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Australian Shepherd left heartbroken after being abandoned at boarding kennel

By Greta Inglis Dog Behaviourist | Animal Behaviourist

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Piet Tonies agreed to board Australian Shepherd Snoetje while her owner was away. Seven months later, she was still there, and her owner had vanished. 

Beautiful Australian Shepherd Snoetje was brought in to Piet's boarding kennels with a Labrador puppy, for what was meant to be a week-long stay. 

But 7 days turned in to 7 months, and the owner seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. 

While Piet did everything he could to keep Snoetje happy, the poor pup was clearly bewildered and confused, wondering why her owner never came back to claim her. 

An unpaid bill and a lonely dog

The bill for Snoetje's care rose week after week, eventually reaching a whopping 2,000 euros.

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Piet has had dogs abandoned at the kennels in the past, and every time it happens, it affects him emotionally. 

The dogs don't understand why they've been left, and placing the dogs in new homes can be complicated, explains Dibevo, the trade organisation that regulates boarding kennels in the Netherlands. 

From neglect to new beginnings

Snoetje's story was shared nationwide, and she received lots of offers of help. A family was chosen for her, and she left Piet's care to join them. 

It seems she had bonded closely with the boarding kennel owner during her 7 month stay, and it took her a while to adjust to the changes. Thankfully, her new guardians are devoted and experienced, and have given her the time she needs to settle and adapt to her new home. 

@ad_nl Wat sneu 😢 Zeven maanden geleden werd Snoetje door haar baasje voor een week naar een pension gebracht. Daar zit ze nu nog steeds. En dat is volgens pensionhouder Piet niet eens het ergste. Hij kan er met de pet niet bij, dat mensen zo met hun hond omgaan. #hond #dogtok #dogtiktok #dogsoftiktok #fyp #foryou #voorjou ♬ origineel geluid -
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