MEET Taz the high-fiying puppy.
Taz has certainly landed on his paws after being whisked away to his new home by private helicopter.
When Bonnie the cocker spaniel gave birth to a litter of six puppies, Seonad-Siobhan Duggan and Peter Bashforth of Douglas-based Kennel Club-assured breeders Glenleven Cockers could not have guessed what a journey that one of the pups would have.
Having lost one of his siblings after eight days, things progressed well for the litter and Taz left the care of Glenleven for life in a new home. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned with his new owners and after a short time he returned to Seonad and Peter.
After a couple of days of settling back into life back in Douglas, the decision was made to try again to find him his permanent home.
An advert was posted on the ‘Champdogs’ website on a Sunday night and by lunchtime on the Monday Peter had received an inquiry from a family in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
After passing the ‘puppy interview’ and having seen a video of Taz and the other puppies on You Tube, along with photos, prospective new owners Willie and Sheila set about making arrangements to meet him and see if he was the right temperament to mix with their current cocker called Hugo.
With no pets being allowed to fly on scheduled flights to Irish airports and having assessed the ferry timetable, Willie advised that as he had his helicopter licence he would fly over to the island with his son Ross.
With fair weather forecast for the Tuesday of Grand Prix week, arrangements were made for the flight. Seonad and Peter set about making sure all the paperwork, toys, blanket etc were gathered ready should Willie and Ross decide Taz was the puppy for them.
On arrival at Ronaldsway, Willie and Ross were introduced to Taz, with Taz taking an immediate liking to Willie, licking and nibbling his nose. The outcome decided with the first lick, Willie said they wanted to give him a good home. After all the paperwork was completed, Taz boarded the helicopter for his private flight direct to the helipad in his new three acre garden in Lisburn.
Seonad said: ‘The entire Bank Holiday weekend had been an emotional roller coaster starting with the return of Taz and culminating with his departure by private helicopter. We would like to thank the airport security team for their assistance and especially the lady who accompanied them for her compassion and understanding as Taz flew away to pastures new.’
She said they had received regular updates from Willie and Sheila and were delighted to hear that Taz has settled in well to his new home and is already a much loved member of the family.
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