9th December 2009 to 15 August 2022
We literally bumped into this rowdy bunch while having a coffee at Central Bark Café. I was made aware they were fostering for Starlight Barking at the time so I asked to have a look at the dogs up for adoption. Bruno had travelled with his best buddy Benny and a number of other dogs all the way from the Lemnos shelter in Greece where he had spent many years and he was a very loving boy, which is what hit me straight away.
My husband had never had a dog and was a bit reluctant to adopt at first but, as soon as he saw Bruno it was love at first sight and he was ours after the usual house checks a couple of weeks after we first saw him. We kept visiting him in the interim, but it took him a further two weeks to settle down. Escape artist extraordinaire, he destroyed half the house trying to run away until one day he realised that he quite liked living with us thank you very much, and he completely stopped out of the blue.
Bruno took Benny under his wing during their time in the shelter as Benny was a very nervous boy. When we took Bruno away from him, Benny went into a decline. Thankfully after a few weeks wonderful Sarah and Will adopted him, and we had the boys together a few times since. Sarah mentioned that the night Bruno passed away Benny had very frantic dreams and had been sad afterwards. We think Bruno might have come to pay him a visit to say goodbye before moving on.
The 24th of December became Bruno’s Christmas celebration day. All the family gathered to enjoy the show He would absolutely go berserk when he understood it was time for his presents and was eager to rip them open (leaving mummy to pick up tons of shredded wrapping paper afterwards!)
He loved his food and was always lurking close by at meal times, both at home and at his beloved pub. He would get super excited at the mention of the words ‘Auntie Sue is picking us up to go to the pub’!
Bruno was loving, playful, hated to get wet, but loved to hover up snow. Hated to go to the groomers but loved mummy and daddy to groom him. He filled our life with so much joy that we are feeling the void now but, with the miracle of his love, there will be another soul to fill that void one day we hope.
We hope that Bruno’s story will bring more people around to the idea of adopting a Ghost dog. He was 7 and half when we got him and he’s given us the most wonderful 5 years of our life.
Thank you our very special boy, you have been a balm for our troubled human souls and we will never forget you.