Abandoned and mistreated puppy with skin burns finds her forever home

Olive the dog with skin burns, lying on a rug
We think she is beautiful (Picture: My Family Vets)

Get the tissues ready, because we’ve got a tearjerker for you.

Meet Olive, a lovely six-month old Lurcher puppy who has finally got her happily ever after, having been placed in a forever home.

But this story had a dark beginning.

When the dog was just nine weeks old, she was dumped at a local veterinarian branch with severe skin burns.

Abandoned and unloved, Olive had been badly treated by her previous owners – with her left shoulder and left flank covered in burns, likely caused from someone pouring boiling water on her body.

The puppy also suffered from roundworm, fleas and was understandably terrified of humans and aggressive around her food.

A close-up of the skin burns on Olive the dog's body
The burns were likely caused by boiling water being poured on her coat (Picture: My Family Vets)
Olive the dog looking at the camera
A gorgeous face (Picture: My Family Vets)
She was treated at Vets Now in Derby – but it took 12 weeks for her wounds to start to heal and for the pooch to regain the trust she had lost in people.

Now, Olive has a new family who treat her the way she deserves.

Her story was shared on Facebook, where a woman named Jo Lomas, 52, spotted it and knew she had to adopt the pooch. ‘We saw Olive and instantly fell in love,’ said the administration manager from Watnall, Nottinghamshire.

Teach Your Dog to “Find the Treats” for a Fun Game. Teach your dog to ‘find their treats’ by hiding them throughout the house. Simple nose work games are a great way to keep your dog busy & mentally stimulated. It’s Laika’s favorite indoor game by far. (Looking for some more indoor games? Here’s 33 simple ways to keep your dog busy indoors)

‘We have one Lurcher already and are really fond of the breed, so it felt like it was meant to be.

‘She suffered from lameness in her front leg and although the burns had healed well, she still had an open wound.’

Olive the dog
It took a long time for Olive to trust humans again (Picture: My Family Vets)
Olive the dog lying on a grey sofa
Despite everything, Olive is now thriving (Picture: My Family Vets)

Unfortunately, Olive still has some way to go until she will be back to full health – if that ever happens at all.

The dog has weekly visits at Lawrence Veterinary Centre, where she receives laser treatment and has also been given medication for septic arthritis.

Her delicate skin is still prone to tearing, but that doesn’t stop Olive from enjoying her new life.

Jo said: ‘She’s quite a remarkable puppy.

‘‘So cuddly and affectionate – and madder than a box of frogs.

‘After the upheaval she’s been through – so many homes and a nasty injury that continues to cause problems – she still manages to greet everyone with a wag of her very long tail!’

And Olive has an adopted sibling too; eight-year-old Yarnold, who is also a rescue.

‘Olive’s treatment by the team at Lawrence Vet Centre has been excellent,’ added Jo.

‘She’s well-known by everyone in the team and they’re always excited to see her!’

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: One of the fringe benefits of taking on the responsibility of pet ownership is that animals can be an instant icebreaker, whether they’re with you or you’re just using them as a topic of conversation.

Do you have a story you’d like to share?

Get in touch by emailing MetroLifestyleTeam@Metro.co.uk .

The Fix

The daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.

Find out more