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Tess had spent just over 4 months, from September 2009 to February 2010, as a stray, running wild on Staney Hill overlooking Lerwick on the Shetland Islands.

We understand she had been kept on a farm to be trained as a sheepdog but did not show any interest in herding so in September 2009, she had been given away to a lad to be kept as a family pet. Within a week of him taking her home, she had run off and in spite of all his efforts, she would not come back to him.
In spite of efforts of dog wardens and many local people, Tess had vanished and remained out of human contact for long periods of time. On the odd occasions she was sighted, she stayed well out of reach, running away if people approached her.

That winter had been particularly bad on Shetland, with heavy, prolonged, snowfall and temperatures down below -15c on some occasions.

Episode 1 tells the story of her adventure on Shetland and the first two weeks in our care. She is a remarkable little dog.
Episode 2 is the continuation and conclusion of the Shetland Tess rescue story. Picking up from where part one ended, this film shows her finally settled in her new home and includes an interview with her new owner.
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