Seeing Willow race with her pals around the new Dinton Farm Dog Park, sniffing and exploring, tail wagging so quickly it’s just a blur, you’d never know she had such a rough start to life.
From the state she was in, Willow had clearly not known a lot of love before she was handed into the Lonsdale RSPCA. This is where Morphett Vale couple Laura Sommerville and Jason Russell — both volunteers at the shelter — fell in love with the American Bulldog X Staffordshire Terrier, now aged 17 months. They introduced Jason’s daughter Ella to Willow and when they hit it off, they made the plucky pooch an official member of the family by adopting her in December.
The Huntfield Heights dog park, which opened in May, is the third dog park the City of Onkaparinga has built since 2016. The others are Minkarra Dog Park in Flagstaff Hill and Symonds Reserve Dog Park in Aldinga Beach.