When Cheryl, from Derby, adopted Beauty in 2017 she knew she was rescuing the seven-year-old, but she had no idea the bull-breed would rescue her too. Cheryl, who has an autism spectrum condition, suffers from high levels of anxiety and struggles to form relationships. But, despite no assistance dog training, Beauty helps to support her, helps her feel safe and is her constant companion – something that’s become even more important during the lockdown.
“From the start, Beauty was more than just a dog to me; she’s become my best friend,” Cheryl explained. “She is a very sensitive dog who is able to pick up on how I am feeling. If I’m particularly upset she’ll immediately sit and raise her paw. If I sit down with her, she’ll give me a hug, often by placing one or two paws on my shoulder and resting her head on me. Beauty is a constant in my life. She provides me with judgement-free companionship as I lack the ability to form many kinds of social relationships with people. In many ways she helps me meet new people as she loves everyone; she’s always wagging her tail, eager to say hello.
“Lockdown has been difficult, but it’s been made that little easier for me thanks to Beauty. She’s been my rock and meant I haven’t been stuck on my own. Her daily walks have given me routine and a valid reason to go out and spend time in nature. Her happiness and sense of excitement never fail to rub off on me.
Beauty is nominated for a SuperDog Carer Award because she’s never left Cheryl’s side since the day she adopted her. “I don’t know where I’d be without her.”