The Most Dog Friendly Community Online
Join and Discover the Best Things to do with your Dog

Welcome to Our Community
Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Hi All - My Story with Leela & Pups

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Esther Dingley, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. Esther Dingley

    Esther Dingley New Member Registered

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Hi Everyone,

    In 2017, myself and my partner Dan crossed paths with a little ginger and white stray dog on the Southern Coast of Spain.

    3 years earlier Dan had been rushed into emergency surgery at Durham University Hospital and we were told to say "a proper goodbye, just in case". Dan did eventually recover but the events had kickstarted an totally unexpected adventure. We paused our jobs and drove away from our home in Durham in a second-hand campervan.

    It was during these travels that we came across the little dog, who had been abandoned, with no collar or chip, and who had been found sheltering during a huge storm by a lady called Blanca. There is a huge problem of dogs being abandoned in Spain; where dogs often get driven out to rural villages and left there. So many, its so very sad.

    We decided the campervan had room for one more and we named her Leela. We instantly became a very contented travelling trio. But bedraggled and very skinny little Leela was hiding a big surprise. The vets gave us a few days warning and a difficult decision, as to whether we wanted to terminate at 50 days! but we said 'no way!' even just within days Leela was now family and we couldn't risk her life. So soon Bella, George, Rose, Pati, Teddy and Jess arrived! We committed to raising them and finding them good homes. Whilst Teddy and Jess found their new homes with some amazing friends, for one reason or another, Bella, George, Pati and Rose stayed and joined our travelling team for the next 3 years. Two humans and 5 dogs all having incredible adventures as we travelled through Europe, mostly in the campervan but sometimes house-sitting. From the beautiful sandy beaches of Spain, to chasing butterflies through sunflower fields in rural France, to riding cable cars up into the snowy mountains of Switzerland, they spread smiles (and a lot of woofs) wherever they went! Bella and Rose even took me for a very long, 27 day, dogwalk across the French Pyrenean mountains... But that's a whole other adventure story!

    I know I can't post links up yet but when I can I'll put a link to our blog estheranddan (dot) com where you can read more about the story, the dogs and see their individual profiles. The 7 of us were recently featured in Your Dog in September

    Actually during the lockdowns, Dan also used the time to write the full story of our adventures over the past 6 years "What Adventures Shall We Have Today?", in which Dan humourously captures the very best travel tales from 6 years on the road. Naturally the dogs are the stars of half this book, which is available on Amazon if you search for it or "Dan Colegate".

    Dan's inspiration led to the creation of a collection of heartwarming dog poems, which combined with pictures of the dogs, is a great gift for dog lovers of any age and guaranteed to bring joy, laughter and maybe even a tear or two.
    "Love, Fluff and Chasing Butterflies" is also available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback and 50% of the royalties are donated to the Dogs Trust.

    And we've just created a series of 5 children's books inspired by the true events of finding Leela and our adventures with the dogs. Which I will post more about over the next few days. We've had great feedback and I'm very excited about seeing them enjoyed by children and parents.

    So that's me and my story with Leela -
    Hello Everyone and Woof...
    ...look forward to being involved in the community!
     
    Flobo, Finsky, niamh123 and 1 other person like this.
  2. JudyN

    JudyN Moderator Moderator Registered

    Messages:
    5,972
    Likes Received:
    7,463
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Welcome to the forum - I feel a Kindle purchase coming on!:)
     
  3. Tinytom

    Tinytom Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    466
    Likes Received:
    343
    Trophy Points:
    63
    What an amazing story and what true Angels you both are ....
    Look forward to reading more xx
     
  4. niamh123

    niamh123 Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    458
    Likes Received:
    321
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Hello and welcome to you all:)
     
  5. Esther Dingley

    Esther Dingley New Member Registered

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thanks Judy for the welcome... We've just created 5 children's books about Leela's rescue story and adventures with her pups. And also Dan was inspired so much by the dog's love that poetry came flowing out of him... Love Fluff and Chasing Butterflies captures the story in poems but is also about love for dogs and sharing life with a canine companion. Has lots of pics of the dogs in! Let me know what you think... if you search Amazon 'Dan Colegate' you'll find all the books... Ex
     
    JudyN likes this.
  6. Esther Dingley

    Esther Dingley New Member Registered

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thank you so much for the welcome!
     
  7. Esther Dingley

    Esther Dingley New Member Registered

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Thanks... as I said to Judy.. I'll post up more and also if you search Amazon 'Dan Colegate' you'll find all the doggie books we've created...50% of royalities of Love Fluff and Chasing Butterflies goes to the Dog's Trust x
     
    Tinytom likes this.
  8. Hemlock

    Hemlock Well-Known Member Registered

    Messages:
    1,062
    Likes Received:
    914
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Welcome from me too.
     
  9. jeandecker76

    jeandecker76 Member Registered

    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Thank you for your kind heart.
     
    Esther Dingley likes this.
  10. Esther Dingley

    Esther Dingley New Member Registered

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    3
    thank you
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.