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Woman with terminal cancer finds her dogs a new home

Kim Girbin's likely going to move from her Waitakere home because of her cancer treatment.

It will be an emotional goodbye for TJ and Bella, but their owner, who's battling terminal colon cancer, knows passing them on to a loving family is for the best.    

Auckland grandmother Kim Girbin faces a future of chemotherapy and cancer treatment. No longer able to look after herself properly, she is giving up the companions she's cared for since they were pups. 

The foxy and pomeranian-silky terrier mix dogs were listed for adoption on Trade Me last week. The response was "overwhelming," with about 400 well-wishing messages and several offers to take care of the dogs. 

TJ, 10, and Bella, 6, may have themselves a new home at the beach.

Girbin has found the pair of pooches, who are "like sisters," a new family through friends. Misti Landtroop​ and her daughter Abi hosted the dogs on successful trial visit at their home in Takapuna this week.  

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"Within five, ten minutes TJ had the 10-year-old little girl, Abi, down on the ground, exactly the same thing she did with my daughter," Girbin says.


Although Girbin had a "good cry" after the first meeting, she knows they would be well looked after in their new home and she can visit any time.  

"I feel a lot better today, knowing that they will go to someone who is able to love them," she says. Being close to the beaches in the area is a major bonus too. There would be minimal change to the routine for the dogs, she says. 

Because they'd been with Girbin their entire lives, she will stay in contact almost daily during the handing over period. Girbin hopes to continue catching up once a week. 

She returned to hospital this week, receiving news that she will return to chemotherapy and may have surgery.

"The chemo, this time, is going to be a lot harder... I'm going to be completely out of it."




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