From Battersea to Balmullo...

Pup Zoe with Silvana and Lexi.
Pup Zoe with Silvana and Lexi.
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A FAMILY from north east Fife made a 1000-mile round trip to give a new life to an abandoned puppy at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Silvana Urquhart and her 10-year old daughter, Lexi, had their heart set on getting a dog from the iconic south London rescue, and the small matter of distance could not deter them from bringing home the perfect canine addition to their family.

The family who live in Balmullo, came to the rescue of six-month-old Cocker Spaniel cross Zoe, who arrived at Battersea with her three litter mates after being abandoned by their owner.

Zoe is the second Battersea dog for Silvana, who rehomed a Boxer Dalmatian cross called Sammy from the animal charity 12 years ago.

When Sammy died last month, the family missed having a canine companion around the house, particularly Lexi, who has grown up with a dog in the home.

Puppy Zoe has now escaped the big smoke for an idyllic rural lifestyle in Fife.

After completing the five and a half hour train journey up to Scotland, she was soon enjoying the beautiful countryside the Kingdom has to offer.

She will also be sharing a rural home with six ducks, two chickens, and two cats called Georgie and Alfie.

Silvana told the Citizen: “I had such a good experience when I rehomed Sammy from Battersea 12 years ago, and going to the London centre to find a new pet seemed the obvious choice.

“I loved watching the television series ‘Paul O’ Grady: For The Love Of Dogs’ and before moving to Scotland 10 years ago I used to pass the home on my way to work.

“I didn’t think twice about travelling so far to rehome a dog as I knew I could trust Battersea.

“When we saw Zoe we fell in love with her instantly.

“We’re so pleased we could give her a good home.”

Battersea rehomes dogs all over the UK and further afield. Recently, the charity has rehomed to the Orkney Islands and Kirkcaldy.

For more information on rehoming a Battersea dog, please contact the home on 0843 509 4444 or rehoming@battersea.org.uk.