As we run a 5 star dog friendly holiday let business with conferencing and accommodation for over 60 guests, it was with some trepidation that we gave a rescue dog a home. We were concerned how he would behave with continually new people and their dogs on his patch – we needn’t have worried when taking on Moose the Magnificent.

Moose’s First Year

Moose is a two and a half year old Staffy cross who was an unwanted puppy.  He had spent his whole life in kennels apart from a very short time in a foster home.

He has short hair, doesn’t like to get wet or muddy and came completely house trained.

The staff and volunteers at Moorlands Rescue had done a wonderful job in preparing him for his forever home, while homing him for the charity Finding Furever Homes.  

A highly intelligent boy he only took two days to learn the house rules eg. downstairs only and although we put fencing up in the garden this was never needed. He had found his forever family and he wasn’t going to let us out of his sight, so we had no need to worry about him running off. He soon learnt sit, and walk close, we rarely have to use the lead at Eaton Manor and by the end of the first week we took him with us to the Ragleth pub in Little Stretton where he was very well behaved.

It was over three months before he would play with a toy, until then he was concentrating so hard on all these new experiences he didn’t completely relax. The first day he played was wonderful.

Over the twelve months there have been loads of firsts for Moose:

  • On the beach
  • In the snow
  • Staying at the Metropole at Llandrindod Wells – a 4 star hotel
  • Taking lots of Eaton Manor guests on a guided walk round the estate
  • Spending time with the nieces and nephews aged 0 to 12
  • Travelling around the country by car
  • Visiting the local pubs
  • Joining the weekly dog social in Church Stretton

Ten months after Moose arrived we went back to Moorlands Rescue Centre, all the staff and volunteers knew him and were delighted to see him again, he was just as delighted to see them.

Moorlands Rescue is our local dog rescue centre, it is only funded by donations and relies on volunteers and all the supporters goodwill to let people know about the dogs that are in rescue looking for a new home. Their dedication in looking after the dogs in their care is amazing and Eaton Manor is very pleased and proud to be able to support their work.

For every dog that comes to stay on holiday at Eaton Manor a donation is made to our local dog rescue centre to help save another dog.


Moose’s ‘Gotcha’ Anniversary

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