Mae

Companion Category 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 ❤❤

 

Category: Companion

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Jennifer Browning
Jennifer Browning
4 months ago

Maexxx

Mary Jones
Mary Jones
7 months ago

Mae is a very loyal, loving dog who is sensitive to the feelings of those around her. She shows the doggy equivalent of compassion towards others, despite the tough start she had in life. She has brought a real sense of calm support as a therapy dog to those receiving palliative care and with dementia. She’s a treasure with a big heart.

Chris
Chris
7 months ago

Good luck in the final.
You have a special dog in Mae, who has done you so proud in everything she does for you.

Paul
Paul
7 months ago

Little Mae certainly has a story and a half to tell. She is sweet and amazing (as all dogs/collies are.) Good luck Little Mae, I hope you win a well deserved award. <3

King Mary
King Mary
7 months ago

Mae is a gentle girl who loves to make people happy. She has been read to by school children, visited her family whilst terminally I’ll and always been there for her mam. God bless you little one and look after mam x

Christine James
Christine James
7 months ago

I have known Helen for some years now and rescuing Mae was one of the best things she has done. Mae has brought great comfort to both her parents and is a massively supportive companion for Helen in this difficult time.

Cleaves Julie
Cleaves Julie
7 months ago

You deserve all the praise and thanks you can get little Mae
Your a star

Ramshaw Denise
Ramshaw Denise
7 months ago

Mae has been a wonderful pet and agility dog but more recently she has been so important in supporting her owner’s family. She is an absolutely amazing and loving dog❤️

Hazel Wallis
Hazel Wallis
7 months ago

Ahh Mae, you are such a special caring dog 💕💕

Fowers Maggie
Fowers Maggie
7 months ago

Go mae go such a wonderful dog xx

Lisa
Lisa
7 months ago

Mae is the sweetest dog & brings a sense of calm and trust to anyone she meets.
Best of luck Little Mae (& Helen).

Griffiths-Smith Christina
Griffiths-Smith Christina
7 months ago

Little Mae has been very busy comforting & supporting her very poorly grandad as well as her lovely mum who has been through such a lot.Little Mae so deserves to win bless her – such a special little lady.❤

JanWilliams
JanWilliams
7 months ago

I met Helen and Mae at a agility comp I was watching with my young dog Bella about 8 years ago …. I have followed their story since, and am amazed at how giving and caring they both are; and how Mae has helped Helen through the last couple of hard years, as well as bringing comfort and laughter into so many people’s lives…

Muriel
Muriel
7 months ago

Pob lwc Mae and Helen.
Mae is truly a super dog .She is such a caring and kind dog and has has helped so many people of different ages but most especially she has given Helen and her Mum the most marvellous constant support and loyal companionship throughout a very difficult time .
Best wishes for the final, you deserve to win!

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  Muriel

Diolch yn Fawr, Muriel xx

Michael Adams
Michael Adams
8 months ago

I’ve had the pleasure of watching & competing with Helen & Mae at Agility competitions around the country. From the early days when Helen couldn’t stand near other dogs in the queue because Mae found it so stressful, to hearing the delight & joy of Helen because Mae achieving a clear round.
Helen has had the patience of a saint with Mae, she’s never given up on her when a lot of folk would have found her way too much, some well chosen words might have been muttered.
This partnership deserves all the recognition they can get, like everyone COVID has made life very difficult, it’s great to read a story full of positives & how a dog can be so loving after all it went through as a young dog.

Congratulations Helen & Mae, well deserved.

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  Michael Adams

Thank you for those very special words. They mean so much to me. Xx

Linda
Linda
8 months ago

Such a special little dog, I hope she wins. My mum has dementia too and the difference a collie can make is enormous. I’m so glad your mum had little Mae. Hugs from us x

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  Linda

Thank you Linda xx

Williams Sarah
Williams Sarah
8 months ago

Fabulous little Mae.

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  Williams Sarah

Thank you Sarah xx

Karen Griffiths
Karen Griffiths
8 months ago

Gorgeous Mae with a beautiful soul!

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
8 months ago

Thank you Karen xx

delyth.davieseckley@outlook.com
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

Banjo
Banjo
8 months 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
8 months ago
Reply to  Banjo

Thank you so much x

Sue Clarke
Sue Clarke
8 months ago

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

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
8 months ago
Reply to  Sue Clarke

Thank you x

Marilyn Hobbs
Marilyn Hobbs
8 months ago

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

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
8 months ago
Reply to  Marilyn Hobbs

Thank you Marilyn xx

Hazel Wallis
Hazel Wallis
8 months ago

Superstar Mae. So gentle and caring 💕

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
8 months ago
Reply to  Hazel Wallis

Thank you xx

JONES HELEN
JONES HELEN
8 months 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

Judith Doble
Judith Doble
8 months 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
8 months 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

Julie Cleaves
Julie Cleaves
8 months ago

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

Helen Jones
Helen Jones
8 months ago
Reply to  Julie Cleaves

Thank you Julie xx

Isobel hill
Isobel hill
8 months 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
8 months ago
Reply to  Isobel hill

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

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