When I was first contacted by Jacky to photograph Guinny (Guiness) she had some very bad news. Guinny had been attacked while out being walked by two Bull Mastiffs who were off lead and with an irresponsible owner. Martyn who was walking Guinny was unexpectedly attacked by these two dogs on the street and was injured himself being bitten trying to get the dogs to release Guinny from their grip. Guinny had extensive injuries and had to have a number of operations to try and fix the damage these dogs had done to her. It was thought she wouldn’t survive the damage, so she is a very lucky dog to be alive today.
As a dog owner myself this is honestly my worst nightmare and I worry about this happening to my dog, Peanut. I do believe that a lot of a dogs behaviour is influenced by their owners and it’s a real shame that some dogs are treated in a way which brings out the worst in them.
Jacky says “Guinny lived across the road from us and we loved her to bits, the owners decided to divorce and offered her to us as they knew she would be well looked after. Martyn and Guinny have a fantastic relationship, I think she realises she was a lucky dog to come to us. Everybody in the nearby streets know her and all think she is adorable and so friendly”.
I was quite surprised to see how resilient Guinny was and that her attack hasn’t dampened her spirit or happy nature at all. I think dogs have a will to survive and live their life especially when they are loved and cared for by special people who treat them as part of their family. Guinny is very lucky to have Jacky and Martyn who care for her dearly and helped see her through her recovery.