Tam's Tall Tales

- Paddington Ayr

Graphic of Ayr Station © "Whatlep" via Wikimedia Commons

A Shaggy Dog Story?
The nation's heartstrings were pulled buy the extraordinary tale (tail?) of the dog abandoned at Ayr railway station.

The male Shar-Pei crossbreed (the breed originated in China) has a high set curly tail and puppies are more wrinkled than adults. The abandoned dog was discovered tied to a railing outside Ayr station on with a suitcase which had a pillow, toy and dog bowl, arousing comparisons with the "Paddington Bear" children's stories

An animal charity took dog into care and found out from its microchip that he was called Kai, but that his original owner had sold him on Gumtree to an unknown person A spokesman for the charity said "Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature. We will look after him until we can find him a permanent and loving home."

All has ended happily - as in the Paddington Bear stories - with Ian from Newton Mearns, Glasgow taking in Kai. Ian said that Kai helped him recover from the loss of his last dog, who expired just before Christmas. (The picture of a statue to Paddington Bear seen here is © "unil060902" in Paddington Station London and is via © Wikimedia Commons)

"When I heard about Kai I knew the little guy needed a break but I never thought in a million years I'd get him.

It feels like fate that I've been able to re-home Kai and I'm not usually a believer in things like that.

A happy ending to the story which some papers titled: "Paddington Ayr."

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Tam O'Ranter
February 2015

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