Elise Dixie from the UK had her heart stolen recently when she was on a trip in Cambodia.

 A huge animal lover, she befriended a stray puppy while volunteering there. She first met the puppy when it had lost most of its hair and had a distended stomach before she set off on a fishing trip.

Later she saw the two-month-old pup again on her return to the beach. It was at this time that she took the pup with her and looked after it in the hostel where she was staying between last September and December.

Elise described the situation of finding the little pup, 'He was so tiny and in an absolutely dreadful state. He had this chain round his neck which was cutting into his neck, and he looked emaciated and his stomach was all distended. He had severe mange and no fur - totally bald, and just kept scratching his skin.

She continued on by saying, 'We managed to get some bolt croppers and cut the chain off, and a vet later told me Snooky had been about two weeks from death. It's a completely different culture over there - they don't have dogs as pets like we do. They eat dogs, and dogs that roam are likely to be attacked and killed by other dogs. I just couldn't let that happen. I took him with me back to the hostel and immediately tried to find a vet to help him.'

As time went on and it became closer to when she had to return, she became increasingly frantic as she tried to find a charity or rescue center to take care of the puppy before she left. Eventually she found Nicky Scales at the Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS) who agreed to help find him a home. Elise found herself to be reluctant to hand him over.

She explains how she felt, 'I know it will sound stupid to anyone who has not got a relationship with animals like my mum and I, but I don't think I could have come home without PPAWS taking him - it was such a relief. When I got home mum and I had a bawl together. I just knew I had to bring him home here'.

Elise then raised £3,000 to have Snooky flown back to England which was a total of 6,200 miles. When asked as to why she did this, she explains, 'People will say why that dog, why not one from the RSPCA or Blue Cross, which we also support. I think it was an emotional response, and we had made such a strong bond.'

Responses to "Teacher spends £3,000 to fly stray puppy 6,200 miles from Cambodia to the UK (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank You Elise For Having such a Good heart! That Animal Will Never Forget What You Did For Him! He Will Love You Till His Dying Day!

  2. Bless the heart of this woman. Sometimes Spirit sends animals into our path for a purpose. They recognized they belonged together.

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  4. Another example of two souls that belonged together...

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