Sparkle the Dog Receives a Glimmer of Hope

One of the best things about my job as a freelance journalist is I get to write about a variety of topics. Some more formal than others, but I approach them all with the same gusto - to get their story out to the public as best I can.

This is part of a real life story about a cute Staffy-cross called Sparkle and the kindness of two organisations who saw a need in society to be filled.

Image Credit: Marcelo Rendich

According to Animal Medicines Australia (2019) Pet Ownership survey, Australian’s have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world with more than 29 million animals living in over 60% of the nation’s households.

Dogs continue to be Australia’s most popular pets, with a staggering 5.1 million fur babies residing in homes.

The research survey concluded that pet owners mimic traditional parent-child relationships in word and deed. Around half of all dog and cat owners allow their pets to share their beds, talk to them like humans, give them boy or girl names, and more than 25% take their pets on holidays or road trips.

But despite these loving sentiments, there is a down side to pet ownership.

There is growing interest in connection with domestic violence and pet abuse in Australia.

Jodie Myintoo CEO of Glimmer Pets, a charity which offers temporary accommodation for pets in domestic violence, separation and divorce situations said pets are part of a family.

“They, sadly like children, do not choose their situation. We want to support these animals that are in crisis and need temporary accommodation,” she said.

As passionate animal lovers Glimmer Pets was able to help rescue a Staffy-cross from an abusive home recently.

“We want to bring a glimmer of hope to our four-legged friends as well as help where we can to support the complex issue of domestic violence in Victoria and all-around Australia.”

Image credit: Marcelo Rendich

The Staffy who we will name Sparkle was “awfully abused”.

Dog Groomer Marcelo Rendich from Blue Wheelers in Langwarrin received a phone call from Glimmer Pets.

“Jodie wanted to know if I was available to help the rescue dogs, in particular Sparkle.”

“Sparkle’s story resonated deep within in me, to hear about a dog being so mistreated, I wanted to provide some pampering for her.”

As a dog groomer, my first priority is the mental welfare of the dog.”

Marcelo attended the foster home Sparkle was staying at, eager to meet her and help her feel at ease.

“She was timid and showed no sign of aggression. There was so much sadness in her eyes, to begin with but by the end she was happy. The first thing she did after the grooming was lay in the sun. It made my day.”

Sparkle enjoyed a hydrobath with herbal shampoo, a manicure and pedicure, had her ears and eyes cleaned and a relaxing massage.

“She loved the hydrobath the most. Having a calm and relaxed dog not only makes the hydrobath and grooming a wonderful experience but it also develops a strong bond. I exfoliated her skin and gave it a good deep cleansing. It hit all her hot spots. She looked so content,” Marcelo said.

Image credit: Marcelo Rendich

“She was a pleasure to groom and wash.”

Sweet-natured Sparkle is being cared for in a foster home while she waits to return to her original family when they are in a better situation.

Jodie Myintoo CEO of Glimmer Pets said in Victoria we have no crisis support for pets.

“We’re passionate about trying to remove the heartache and save a pet and owner. Both need each other.”

To connect with Glimmer Pets and/or Blue Wheelers Langwarrin follow the links below:


Melissa Coleman

Freelance Journalist/Author/PR Manager



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