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From a bag of bones to a happy pooch: Romford gardener gives starving Rottweiler a second chance at happiness

PUBLISHED: 09:01 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:45 07 September 2017

Mason with adoptee Robert McKay

Mason with adoptee Robert McKay

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A severely underweight dog that came into the care of Dogs Trust has been adopted by a gardener from Romford.

Mason when he arrived at the Dog Trust Mason when he arrived at the Dog Trust

Rottweiler Mason was handed over to the dog welfare charity in Basildon because his owners couldn’t afford to feed him.

Emaciated with an exposed ribcage, the six-year-old lad weighed 24kg, which is 16kg less than the average weight of an adult male of his breed.

Now he has been given a second chance at happiness and is well on the path to full recovery.

With a target stone in weight to gain, Mason is already at almost 33kg since going off to his loving new home with adopter, Robert McKay.

Mason with adoptee Robert McKay Mason with adoptee Robert McKay

Staff at Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, put Mason on a weight-gaining programme, giving him four meals a day to increase his size.

He also received hydrotherapy sessions at the charity to support muscle strength.

New owner Robert, a gardener from Romford, said he couldn’t imagine life without Mason.

He said: “Mason is really starting to come out of his shell which is wonderful to see.

“I’m a gardener so he comes to work with me in my van every day, which he seems to enjoy!

“I vowed never to get another dog after I lost my Labrador, Holly, three years ago, but I fell for the adorable look on his face – he’s such a lovely dog with a great temperament.

“I’ve never had a rescue dog or a Rottweiler before and it’s so rewarding to see him with a new lease of life.

“He was really quiet when he first arrived home, but he’s quickly finding his feet and gaining confidence.

“Mason loves his walks and when I first took him out he was looking around and observing everything like he hadn’t been exposed to any wildlife and woodland areas before. “Thankfully he’s gaining weight and you can hardly see his ribcages anymore.

“Given that he’s been through so much, he has such a lovely attitude and he’s always pleased to you. His only flaw would be his loud snoring!”

Lisa Cooper, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Basildon, said Mason had plenty of meat on his bones now.

She said: “Mason was severely underweight when he came into our care.

“While the previous owners did the right thing by handing him over to us so we could support him on his journey to health and happiness, it was upsetting to see a male dog of his breed at such a low weight.

“He was instantly so happy to see staff, which is testament to how loving, affectionate and forgiving dogs can be.

“Our team worked hard to boost his weight, with Mason having four meals a day initially.

“He also had hydrotherapy sessions with our on-site hydrotherapist to help him build up his muscle strength.

“It makes our job so worthwhile when we see dogs such as Mason that have experienced tough starts in life go off to loving “furever” homes.”

Dogs Trust Basildon cares for up to 120 dogs at one time.

If you’re interested in opening your heart and home to a hound in need, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk, call 0300 303 0292 or pop into the rehoming centre situated at Nevendon Road, Wickford.

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