It brings us great pleasure to present to you StudentCo’s January 2019 Pet of the Month – Lincoln! This scared little rescue dog turned dashing diva is the perfect example of how a little bit of love from the right family goes a long way!
Chanté Botha is the Visser family’s regular sitter and she has been looking after Lincoln and his siblings since 2017.
“Lincoln to me is a typical Terrier, both soft at heart but a true protector. You can see the life in his eyes – so sparkly with personality and giving out so much love. One can see that he did not receive the same treatment in his previous home.
He is a foster who I believe will have this home as his forever home, because it’s simply where he belongs.” – Chanté.
Mom, Marianne, was really excited and surprised when she found out that her fur baby was going to be famous! She even took the time to answer some of these burning questions on everybody’s minds:
Everyone loves a good origin story – how did Lincoln become part of the Visser clan?
“In 2015, we stayed at home in December while all other Yorkie lovers went on holiday. Yorkie Rescue SA posted on Facebook that they urgently needed a Pretoria foster home for a surrendered dog that was being bullied by his then foster mom’s other dogs.
I called, Tilla came to have a look at our place and a very bedraggled little Lincoln moved in. He was in a bad state after his owners had moved to the US. At first he tried to hide, refused to be picked up and did not eat. His eyes were infected and he was very thin. It was very clear that he had no self-confidence.
He was and still is the softest, gentlest Yorkie ever. So we loved him. We talked to him. We took him to the vet. We praised him and fed him choice tidbits by hand. We invited him to sleep with the rest of the pack on our bed, and gradually we could see the feisty boy he was supposed to be emerge. One day he chased the cat. Then he came out of out hiding to bark at the garden gate. He chased our Bulldog and flirted until Rufus started chasing him back. He began to make demands and we loved him even more for it.
In January 2016, my family asked if I was still looking for a permanent home for Lincoln. Yes, I lied. (Over my dead body, perhaps.)“
Naming our fur kids is always fun – how did you choose the name Lincoln?
“He came to us with his name, although it was spelled “Linkin” back then. I merely corrected the spelling.“
Does he have any unique quirks or habits that can’t help but make you smile?
“He teases and flirts with the Bulldog, Rufus, because he loves chasing and being chased in the garden. They have so much fun!”
Would you describe Lincoln as adventurous or laid-back?
“He loves to investigate, play and sniff around, but he is getting older now, so he also enjoys long naps after hearty meals.”
His perfect day would be…
“His perfect day would include a drive in the car with the window open, a strange cat that he could frighten away, running water he could bite, biltong, cuddles with his dog and human family, a nap in the sun, walkies, and NO THUNDER.“
As pet parents we’re not allowed to have favourites, but who is Lincoln’s favourite human?
“Me me me! (Marianne)”
His favourite food is…
“Everybody else’s food and biltong.”
His favourite toy is…
“The Bulldog, Rufus.”
His favourite StudentCo Pet Sitter is…
“Chanté and her friend Nelmarie. We had to leave him at the vet on 1 January this year when we went on holiday, and Chanté and Nelmarie visited him there. They are our favourite people in the whole world.”
Any funny memories you think other pet parents would enjoy?
“Lincoln is the perfect example of how adopting an older dog can make a difference – not only for the dog, but for his humans too.”
Author: Andrea Wilkins
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