This is no shaggy dog story

A dog which was left homeless after her elderly owner died has found a new lease of life after being taken in by a local family.'' ''Maria Carnaby first met 12-year-old terrier Amber several months ago when the company she works for carried out repairs to the dog owner's home.''.
A dog which was left homeless after her elderly owner died has found a new lease of life after being taken in by a local family.'' ''Maria Carnaby first met 12-year-old terrier Amber several months ago when the company she works for carried out repairs to the dog owner's home.''.

A SAD shaggy dog tale from Pegswood has been given a happy ending after the intervention of a kind-hearted housing support officer.

Amber, a 12-year-old terrier cross, was facing an unhappy and uncertain future following the death of her elderly owner.

But help was quickly at hand when Resident Liaison Officer Maria Carnaby, who knew Amber from visiting her owner’s home through work, heard about the pet’s plight and decided to take her in.

“The lady who died had no family nearby who could look after the dog. A neighbour had taken Amber in, but couldn’t look after her long term,” she said.

“I knew what a lovely dog she was from my visits so I called my partner and he agreed that we could take her in.

“She has fitted into our family so well. The kids love her and it’s as if she has always been here.”

The 40-year-old, who works for Frank Haslam Milan North East, first met the dog several months ago when the company was upgrading the owner’s heating system on behalf of Isos Housing.

A few months later she was working nearby when she found out the woman had died, leaving Amber and her cat with no home.

The cat was re-housed by a neighbour and now Amber is thriving in her new environment in Bedlington.

“When I first met Amber while carrying out the home visits she was a very vocal dog, but after her owner passed away she was very quiet. It has taken a few weeks, but she is now back to her old, happy self,” said Ms Carnaby.

Amber is believed to be a cross between a Lakeland Terrier and Bedlington Terrier and had been a rescue dog before being taken in by her owner 10 years ago.