Shar Pei’s battle with loneliness during lockdown

Many pets have enjoyed having their owners work from home during the pandemic, but some have faced endless days alone whilst key workers’ hours increased.

This was the case for 12-year old Shar Pei Bella Boo whose owner was forced to leave her at home whilst she attended regular 12-hour shifts.

Without company Bella Boo became extremely bored and lonely, which resulted in her experiencing symptoms of anxiety.

As well as causing accidental damage to the property, she also made a lot of noise, which are common signs of separation anxiety in dogs.

Although Bella Boo was well-loved by her owner, lockdown really began to take its toll and their situation sadly became untenable.

London-based animal welfare charity, Mayhew stepped in to help with Bella Boo’s owner making the incredibly hard decision to give her up to enable her to find a home in which she had more constant companionship.

A spokesperson for Mayhew commented: “Thankfully, we were able to closely support the owner throughout Bella Boo’s transition period, and soon settled the shar pei down in one of our refurbished kennels to relax and adapt, before placing her up for adoption. Although Bella Boo’s anxiety means she can be shy and nervous around new people, she is a gentle and friendly dog who forms strong bonds and loves attention. Our Kennels staff have developed a personalised care plan that will help Bella Boo get used to her new lifestyle, and have enjoyed building up her trust since welcoming her into our care.

“Our vets have also prescribed Bella Boo some effective medication for her recurring ear infections and incontinence, which we believe can be easily managed; and ensured she is neutered, microchipped and up to date with all of her vaccines and flea and worming treatment.”

Given her history, Bella Boo is now looking for a new home with an owner who is around a lot and who have experience and knowledge of dog ownership.

If you think you could offer Bella Boo the new home she deserves, you can check out her online profile and follow the current rehoming processes at Mayhew.