Thank you for your concern. Its a long story, no need to bore you with it all, but I found myself alone on the island with 2 gorgeous cocker spaniels, and an expected litter of puppies, when my x decided to unexpectedly jump ship, one week before Xmas 2006, and move permanently back to the UK without me, even though we were engaged at the time, and I had just received news that my parents in the UK had been found in a pool of blood at the foot of the stairs.
A hellish year commenced, which saw me commmuting back & foe to help, as I was determined not to abandon my dogs, as my x had done, and so I struggled on alone until it became impossible. I had found homes for all their puppies & sold my car and during this time I had been trying to organise myself to move back, then, my father eventually died, and I needed to be there urgently for my mother. None of my friends in Tenerife, were in a position to take the dogs, or even look after them for me, and i was not in a position, at the time, to take them back with me, so most reluctantly, I advertised for a good home for them. I somehow hoped, rather naively, that I would find someone who would be happy to care for them until I could move back to Tenerife, or would be in a better position to get them over to the UK. A very nice family responded, who appeared to be perfect, a Scottish chef and his English wife with 2 little daughters and a baby on the way. They were used to having 2 dogs in the UK and were very struck by my 2. It was heartbreaking, I was totally bereft, but I agreed for them to have them. It did not seem fair to let them get attached to the dogs only to expect me to remove them at some time in the future, so i gave them the passports. They did allow me to visit to walk them until I left and promised to stay in touch and send me photos.. I tried to focus on the practical and had every thing now organised to relocate, and my flight was booked. Then, out of the blue, they rang to say their landlord was selling their apartment, they could not afford to buy it, and they needed to remain in the area due to their children's school, but could not find anywhere that would let them have dogs, so could I please take them away again!! It was a strange mixture of relief that they were mine again, was panic at what I would do!!1 I had seen the dog rescue places and could not bare to just leave them there. I remembered another interested person who had answered the ad, Tania, so I rang her and she said she was still keen, so i arranged to get the dogs to her before I left. Then 2 nights before I was due to leave tenerife, she rang to say that she now had a new job that would make it difficult for her to have the dogs. I discussed it with her and said i had had a job but as I lived on a finca, as she did, I found the dogs had space to tear around and were company for each other. She said she would take them after all, so the very night before I left, saw me collecting the dogs then delivering them to the back of beyond to a place up in the hills above La Camilla. When I eventually met her, I realised it was the same Tania who was going to teach classes in Arena, so was so relieved. She seemed fine and said it would be a big surprise for her daughter, Pebbles when she came over at Xmas from the UK. She even had plans, sad to me, to change their names. She had a couple staying with her who were moving to Spain and they thought the dogs were lovely too. She said she would not mind me keeping in touch but I suspected she would not encourage it. As i now had no choice, i had to hope for the best. So i arrived back in the UK Nov 2007 and immediately set out to find work and to help my mother as best I could. I tried to maintain contact with Tania but she was always difficult to get hold of and i started to feel my contact was not appreciated. As i had not heard from her for some time, i contacted her friends who were now on the mainland and they said she was always difficult to get hold of and said they thought the dogs were well and happy. Then i got a text from her to say the dogs were fine and were being looked after by her landlord up at the big house and being made a fuss of while she was at work. This allayed my fears although it gave me some concern that she was giving them up to others. then, one curt text to mine, sent at 8.00pm one evening, to say would i mind not disturbing her anymore as she had work the next day, then nothing! my life continued in the UK trying to start and build up a business and i was flat out. i dreamt about the dogs and worried about them constantly but was not in the position to visit the island until 1 year later on exactly Nov 7th 2008, when the first thing i did on collecting the hire car was to drive straight to Tania's home. No Tania, no dogs, i approached a large overlooking house which did, as i suspected, turn out to be the landlords. It seemed according to them, that she had lied to me. They told me they had never had the dogs, that she had done a disappearing act only a few months after i left the island myself, owing 5 months rent, and taking property of theirs with her. They knew nothing about the dogs. The only clue they could give me was that she had left her job promoting a catamarans at Puerto Colon, and was known to be working at an English bakery shop at the Apollo centre. I went there, but they said she had left about 9 months before, and they heard she was going on to Malta, then Thailand. She had never mentioned owning dogs. I have since emailed her daughter, text and rung her friends in Spain and her mobile all to no avail. She had never collected the passports from the Scottish chef, who first had the dogs and they have since moved to mainland Spain themselves, so left the passports with friends of theirs who have also gone back to the UK. The latest is that he will dig out a contact for them to see if i can get in touch with them. The passports would help by accessing vets or homes and identify them thorough their chip. A friend in Tenerife, who runs a business there, is also very anxious to locate then as he recently lost his cocker and would love to offer them a good home. Really i just want to know they are safe for if settled with someone would not wish to unselltle them.
I can let you have photos if you think it would help, but i worry she might have abandoned them or given them to canarians who would never see British press.