Shaggy dog story with a happy end in Midhurst


THE story of a six year old four legged television star had a happy ending when she found a new home in Midhurst.

Maple, an Akita cross touched the hearts of television viewers across the nation when she appeared on ITV’s ‘Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs’ show before Christmas.

Akitas were originally bred in Japan for guarding royalty in feudal times. But Maple felt far from royal when she arrived at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London as a stray last summer.

She had been abandoned and was living outdoors. She arrived filthy and with dietery problems.

Staff at Battersea had to give her a full wash and groom and put her on a special obesity diet as she weighed an astonishing 54kgs and needed to some weight quickly.

And with an exercise plan also in place, little by little the pounds dropped off and she managed to lose a whopping 12kgs.

Even with her glossy coat and slimmer figure however, she hadn’t managed to win over a new family and had been in kennels for four months.

Maple’s hope for finding a home seemed out of reach until Jordan Causer and his partner Kate popped in to meet her.

Jordan said “As soon as we saw her photo we called Battersea straight away and after having a chat with one of the rehomers we were told we’d be an ideal match.

She’s even better in real life and we’re so glad we could give her a home for Christmas.”

Kate added: “We love her so much and she’s settled down to country life pretty well so far.

“We take her on two walks a day which she loves and she absolutely adores her squeaky toys.

“We’ve been keeping her active and while she can’t have too many treats we spoil her with lots of love”.

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