Cats may have nine lives but this lucky pup clearly has two.
In August last year the Gazette reported that a young dog had been rescued from a drain in Cavanagh Reserve, Lalor Park.
With a broken leg and most of her fur lost to an extreme mite infection, not many held out hope for the dog they called Lalor. Blacktown firefighter Mark Brandt said he had never seen anything like it.
Mr Brandt’s wife Linda took one look at the dog and knew she had to do something.
Lalor was taken to WellPets Vets in Regentville, Penrith, near the Brandts Silverdale home.
With three dogs, a cat and alpacas already, and Mr Brandt battling cancer, the couple had a tough decision about whether they should adopt Lalor, who did not have a microchip.
“It was really heart- wrenching,” Mrs Brandt said.
“We didn’t really know how she would fit into our family. It was very emotional in our lives at that time and it was a big step to take her on, but we couldn’t do anything else really.
“We felt we’d made a pact with her: if you live, we’ll help.”
Every day the Brandts visited Lalor, slowly introducing her to their dogs and cat.
Finally, after more than eight weeks of treatment and $18,900 in medical bills, she was able to go to her new home.
The work continued for the Brandts, who learned how to give Lalor physiotherapy for her broken leg. They also needed to socialise the growing staffie with an excited puppy’s mind.
Mrs Brandt said she was grateful to everyone who helped, especially the vet staff and those who donated nearly $17,000 online for Lalor’s treatment.
A day with Hayley Anderson from Guide Dogs NSW made a huge difference to Lalor’s relationship with the rest of her family.
Eight months after her rescue, the staffie is thriving – and has become somewhat of a celebrity. Most who stop to pat her have heard about ‘the dog in the drain’.
“She’s great with the kids, she loves children, she loves the beach, she loves the waves, she loves the other dogs,” Mrs Brandt said.
She’s great with the kids, she loves children, she loves the beach, she loves the waves, she loves the other dogs.Linda Brandt
“She’s just happy.”