A dog with no nose was rescued from death when she finally found a loving family.Bonnie, a Border Collie cross, lost her snout, part of her front left leg and her tail after living as a stray in Romania.
It remains uncertain how her injuries were inflicted, but it’s suspected that they could have been done by a human.The pooch was about to be put down when she was rescued and brought over to the UK by Beacon Animal Rescue Centre in Canterbury.
When centre bosses uploaded a picture of her to their Facebook page, it was love at first sight for civil servant Kate Comfort. Kate said: ‘We adopted Bonnie from Beacon Animal Rescue Centre which is run by my best friend Rebecca.
‘Rebecca put up a post of her with her beautiful big soulful eyes and huge ears and I just fell in love.‘I had trouble trying to convince my husband at first – as we already had three dogs – but no one wanted Bonnie so I said that I would foster her until we could find her the perfect home.
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‘The fact no one wanted her made me want her more, she was vulnerable and needed love.
‘It turned out that her perfect home was our home and we ended up adopting Bonnie ourselves!’Kate has admitted she felt alarmed by Bonnie’s appearance at first, but says the more time she spent with her, the more she got used to it. After adopting the pup, Kate and her husband Ross, 31, began fundraising for Bonnie to get a prosthetic leg.
However, the wound on her stump kept reopening and the couple realised that they were considering putting Bonnie through surgery for ‘purely cosmetic’ reasons and made the decision to remove her stump instead.
Kate said: ‘We thought putting Bonnie through an operation to try to make her look more ‘normal’ would have been cruel.
‘Our Bonnie is perfectly imperfect, we love her just how she is and if anyone is offended by how she looks, then that is their problem – not ours.’
Bonnie’s owner says that she has had people shout at her in the street and one person has even tried to kick her.
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She said: ‘People have referred to her as “it” or a “thing” which hurts my feelings as she deserves the same amount of love as any other dog.’
However, while Bonnie’s appearance sometimes still gets negative responses, she has almost 14,000 fans on Instagram who love seeing new pictures of her.
Kate said: ‘I originally created an Instagram page for her when we were trying to raise money for her to have surgery but, even though the surgery never took place, her followers have grown and grown and we have been overcome by how much impact Bonnie’s life is having on people.
‘She is an advocate for “unique” dogs and we have had so much kindness and positivity, it’s just incredible.’
Despite her mistreatment in life, Kate says Bonnie is not wary of humans at all and is one of the ‘best things’ to happen to her.
She said: ‘Bonnie isn’t wary of people, so if it was a human, she is very forgiving.
‘But then again, animals are forgiving creatures – they never fail to amaze me with how tolerant and forgiving they are when subjected to cruelty and abuse.
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‘I prefer animals to humans, I wish we were more like them, which is maybe why I surround myself with animals, rather than people.
‘Bonnie is one of the best things to happen to us and I’m so glad we gave her the home and family she deserves.’
To keep up with Bonnie’s adventures follow her at @bravebonbon on Instagram.