Chester, the great survivor


Chester has lived through many hardships; found emaciated and alone on the streets of Brent, he found his second chance at life with The Mayhew Animal Home, which took him in in February. But Chester’s troubles were far from over. The Great Dane-Bull Mastiff cross soon developed a high fever and stopped eating. His temperature soared to 40 degrees celsius for several days. After blood tests, The Mayhew vets discovered a huge infection in poor Chester’s prostate, which had inflamed his stomach. His insides were filled with pus.

Chester after op

Chester was cleaned up by The Mayhew’s veterinary staff, and he was soon back on his feet, showing off his fun and friendly personality. However during his recovery it was found that Chester unfortunately suffers with Colitis, a form of irritable bowel disease, which must be managed with a special diet. But you wouldn’t know to look at him!

Chester waits for a home
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Now, after months in kennels, Chester is ready for a lucky break.

Dog Adoption Officer Lisa Guiney said, “We are so glad that Chester managed to pull through and is now able to find the forever home he so deserves. This gentle giant is such a friendly boy who gets along well with everyone he meets and loves to snuggle in close for love and attention, particularly tummy tickles.

“He’s a strong boy, but providing he gets plenty of exercise, he is a calm, obedient and well behaved dog who’d make a fantastic companion.”

Chester cuddles kennels staff 2
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The Mayhew is also offering Chester out to a foster home, to give him a change of scene from the kennels.

Dog Foster Coordinator Janet Nobbs said, “We urgently need more foster carers to help look after our dogs and would love to find someone suitable to foster Chester until we can find him a forever home.

“Chester is such a loving and gentle dog, and we’d ideally like to find someone to foster him who’s experienced with bigger dogs and is able to be around for most of the day. Being a Great Dane cross, Chester is a strong boy, so his foster carer would need to be equally as strong and able to give him at least one hour off lead exercise each day. He would also need to be the only dog in the home and live with people aged 16 years and older.

“Fostering a Mayhew dog is perfect for people who can’t have their own dogs. We will provide food, bedding, toys and all the other equipment needed for the dog.”

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For information on adopting or fostering Chester, visit his profile here, or call 020 8206 5875.


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