Marvellous Mia is a different dog

Mia, with Andy, Hannah and Lorraine Talmage.

Mia, with Andy, Hannah and Lorraine Talmage. - Credit: Archant

More happy tails from the North Devon K9 Heroes awards with K9 Focus.

Mia, a K9 Focus dog, has undergone transformation from difficult rescue dog to 'true best friend' fo

Mia, a K9 Focus dog, has undergone transformation from difficult rescue dog to 'true best friend' for one Fremington family. - Credit: Archant

K9 Focus rescue dog Mia is a shining example of what the charity and the North Devon K9 Heroes awards are all about.

The Rottweiler-Doberman cross was due to be put to sleep before the charity rescued her as she appeared to be aggressive and unworkable – but the devotion and dedication of one Fremington family changed all that.

Hannah Talmage, aged 17, with her parents ---- and ---- decided to take a chance on a dog previous owners had given up on.

“Although there were troubles at the beginning, Mia and I were friends straight away,” said Hannah.

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“Mia has the dog version of social anxiety and was afraid of other dogs and very protective of our family. She has now been with us for nine months, and with the help of Alistair and Tracy - who we met through K9 Focus - it gave my dad the confidence to carry on training her.

“Dad’s hard work and training has paid off, Mia has transformed from a dog that seemed aggressive to a friend that is truly loving and caring with a gentle persona towards other dogs as well as humans.”

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The result is a totally different dog and one the family were keen to nominate for the K9 Heroes awards, run in conjunction with the North Devon Gazette.

The small Torrington based charity relies entirely on public donations and is run by volunteers, so every success story means a great deal to all involved.

“Mia is an honoured member of the family and earns the spot of the talkative friend with a big heart and a gentle, trusting nature that is so dearly loved,” added Hannah.

“Without Mia I would not have anyone to rely on and cuddle when I’m upset, or to protect me when we are home alone, or just being there to watch TV and celebrate all the good parts of life.

“Mia is a truly inspirational dog and a true best friend; I could not have imagined life without her.”

Nominate a dog for: Pawsome Company - any dog providing companionship.

Working Hero - any working dog.

Rescue to Hero – any rescued or rehomed dog that has gone on to prove itself heroically or bravely, in whatever way that might be.

Just Because - for any dog, just because you love them.

Send their story and a picture to or by post to: K9 Heroes, C/O North Devon Gazette, Unit 3, Old Station Road, Barnstaple, EX32 8PB. Please include your address and a telephone number. We can only accept entries for dogs from within the North Devon area. The judges’ decision is final. Closing date: March 5.

K9 Focus relies on public help to keep going and anyone wishing to make a donation when they enter the competition is invited to visit

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