Mae

Companion Finalist

Mae

Little Mae has been with me through a very difficult 18 months where my Mum passed from Alzheimers and my Dad has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Mae had a very sad start to her life where she was left chained in a barn as she wasn’t interested in working sheep. A friend heard that the farmer was going to shoot her so he went in and rescued her. He couldn’t keep her but I took her on and she has become my soulmate through some very difficult times.

We started an agility journey together and from both complete beginners, we reached G5 at KC with a couple of wins towards G6. Unfortunately, due to Covid, all shows were cancelled last year and I made the decision to retire her from competitive classes. However, despite the fun and success we had at agility, it was her ability to help others that made me nominate her.

Mae was registered with Therapy Dogs Nationwide and used to go into local schools. She was so good with the children. The most memorable comment came from one child who said ‘I’m scared of dogs but I’m not scared of Mae’. I would read stories to the children and together with Mae, we would teach them how to respect animals.

Sadly, as Mum deteriorated with dementia, she needed 24/7 nursing care. However, I would visit her nursing home 3 or 4 times a week and I would bring little Mae with me. Mum couldn’t talk by then but I know she recognised me and her face would light up when we visited. Mae would lie across her lap and Mum would just stroke her. Other residents would come over and stroke her too. Mum passed away at the start of the first lockdown. I was devastated as Mum was my best friend. Only my sisters, my Dad and I were allowed to go to my Mum’s funeral but little Mae was also allowed to attend. She was with me the whole way. Mum would have loved it that she was there.

I was privileged and honoured that little Mae was awarded Wales’s Most Loyal Pet earlier this year. Everyone thinks they have the best dog and none of us is wrong. I’m just so proud that this little dog who had such an abusive start to her life from humans turned it all around and forgave them by being a therapy dog who helped them.

The photos show Mae’s journey from the day she was rescued, through her agility days to her therapy work and the most important job of all, calming my Mum.

 

 

We would like to give a shout out to all the Border Collie rescues out there, including The Border Collie Trust, The Border Collie Spot, Valgrays and Protecting Preloved Border Collies.  A collie is not necessarily the easiest breed to take on as they more often than not need a ‘job to do’, especially a farm working sheep dog. However, with love and a lot of time put in plus giving them that ‘job’  (in Mae’s case, agility) then a border collie is the most loyal companion you could hope to have by your side.

 

Thank you. Diolch yn Fawr. To absolutely every single one of you who voted for Mae to become a finalist in the companion category of the Naturo SuperDog Awards. She did this with all of YOUR support. I feel so lucky to have so many friends who know how special little Mae is. I am overwhelmed to say that little Mae and I will be off to London in a few weeks time to attend the Awards Ceremony so if you want to leave any messages of support ahead of the judges’ final decision, we would be so grateful.  THANK YOU ❤❤

 

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Isobel hill
Isobel hill
2 days ago

You are already a superdog and have done so much good in your life, go smash it little mae, your mam is so proud of you whatever happens, good luck xx

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Isobel hill

Thank you for those beautiful words – and yes I am so proud of this little one whatever happens xx

Julie Cleaves
Julie Cleaves
2 days ago

Good luck Little Mae. You certainly are the kindest of companions 🐾❤️

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Julie Cleaves

Thank you Julie xx

Judith Doble
Judith Doble
2 days ago

What an amazing companion Mae is, she has been and continues to be such a great support to you and so caring, kind and calm with your Mum, you could not ask for a for a nicer dog. Good luck little Mae you deserve to win xxx

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Judith Doble

Thank you Jud, you have witnessed her journey and saw how she blossomed from that crazy little farm dog collie at our first attempts at agility to those special moments of success, but even more special, the moments with my Mum xx

JONES HELEN
JONES HELEN
2 days ago

Thank you everyone for supporting little Mae. Little did I know when I ‘rescued’ this little and abused farm dog that she would bring so much to my life by introducing me to agility and all the agility friends I have made along the way and making the last couple of years of my Mum’s life bearable. I could not have navigated these last few years without you Mae Fach. The depression is waiting to rear its ugly head but yoiu keep me going and will always be my soulmate ❤ I didn’t rescue you. You rescued me xx

Hazel Wallis
Hazel Wallis
2 days ago

Superstar Mae. So gentle and caring 💕

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Hazel Wallis

Thank you xx

Marilyn Hobbs
Marilyn Hobbs
2 days ago

Well done Mae. Such a special girl, and a comfort to your mum, (and nan). Well deserved. <3

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Marilyn Hobbs

Thank you Marilyn xx

Sue Clarke
Sue Clarke
2 days ago

Mae has given so much support to many people under trying circumstances, such a star, you deserve this x

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Sue Clarke

Thank you x

Banjo
Banjo
1 day ago

Well done Mae! This clever little dog is so deserving of recognition. Good Luck with the finals. So exciting! We hope you enjoy the SuperDog Awards!

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago
Reply to  Banjo

Thank you so much x

delyth.davieseckley@outlook.com
1 day ago

Little Mae, you touch everyone’s life who are fortunate enough to meet you, with your gentleness, sweetness and devotion, in spite of your tragically sad start in life.
You have excelled as a Therapy Dog and at Agility competitons, and become your Mum’s soulmate through the most difficult of times. You are one special little girl Mae x

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
1 day ago

Thank you Del – I will pop by with her soon so you can have some Mae cwtches xx

Karen Griffiths
Karen Griffiths
1 day ago

Gorgeous Mae with a beautiful soul!

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
17 hours ago

Thank you Karen xx

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