Can you imagine what life would be like living with 26 husky dogs?
It’s a reality for Heather Smith who runs Saint Sled Dog Rescue.
Over the last five years she has helped to rehome more than 500 of the breed.
And she’s fallen in love with so many that she has a home bursting with dogs.
It takes real devotion and it was fascinating to interview Heather who came to me for help with publicity as she is looking for help to open her own boarding kennels so she can care for even more dogs.
Her story appeared in the Daily Star Sunday and Best Magazine and you can read the cutting below.
Heather, from Peterborough, said: “People say I’m crazy, but I see them as my family and they need me just like children need their parents.
“I fell in love with Sled dogs when I got my first husky Sasha 12 years ago.
“Then I rescued two more dogs, taking the total to three, then they had puppies so we had eight.
“After that the pack grew and grew and I remember when I had 13 my husband said, ‘If it goes up to 20, I’m leaving.’
“Four years ago, it did and to be honest the relationship broke down for many other reasons. Now I have 26 dogs and couldn’t be happier.”
Heather has helped re-home 400 dogs and has a team of 30 staff and hundreds of volunteers across the country who help with foster care, home checks and transporting pets to their new families.
But she has admitted that her devotion to the dogs has made it hard to find love.
She said: “Not many people want to date someone with so many dogs – they are always going to come first and men don’t tend to like that!”
Do you have a remarkable rescue story? Or share your home with lots of pets?