By Becca Husselbee
A dog who was abandoned in a dustbin as a puppy and taken to a ‘kill station’ is now living a celebrity lifestyle after being rescued by her new owners – who holiday with her on a PRIVATE JET.
Chihuahua-cross Coco was dumped in a rubbish bin in Spain when she was a puppy – before being taken to kennels to be euthanised.
But after a British rescue charity stepped in, she was rescued and found a new home with Justine Coom and Richard Harrison, from St Hellier, Jersey – and the little dog is living a life that even celebrities only dream of.
The couple have taken Coco on multiple luxury holidays around the world – where she flies by private jet, along with the couple’s other dog, Harry, who is also a rescue dog.
Justine and Richard, who own a luxury assets company, have even introduced Coco to Prince Albert of Monaco – who insisted on having a selfie with her.
Justine said: “When I saw a picture of Coco on Facebook, I knew I had to give her a home.
“She was dumped in a roadside bin, along with her dog bed and bowl and was discovered by passers-by.
“The charity who were trying to rehome her, The Company of Dogs, had foster carers in Spain who visit the infamous ‘kill stations’ and try to rescue dogs they think will be suitable to rehome.
“It’s where they found Coco, fighting for food amongst 40 other dogs, and took her to a vet to be checked and have her vaccinations.”
Coco was in a sorry state and covered in fleas but was nurtured back to health at a foster home and advertised for adoption on the charity’s Facebook page.
After seeing Coco on Facebook and going through the adoption process, Justine and Richard welcomed the pup into their home two years ago, where she has come on leaps and bounds.
She travels everywhere with the couple, including France, Italy and Monaco as well as going along to some of the couples favourite restaurants and even meeting the Prince of Monaco.
Justine, who owns a luxury assets company with her partner, said: “She was very timid when she arrived but now she is completely fearless.
“Her and Harry, who we also rescued, hit it off straight away and now she even protects him from other big dogs, she isn’t frightened to bark at them.
“We plan out holidays around the dogs and she loves flying with us.
“She often comes with us to restaurants and I’ll ask them for a chair so she can sit and share food with us, she definitely enjoys the luxury lifestyle.
“She is the most grateful little rescue dog in the world and enjoys every second of her life, no matter what she is doing.
“She is an inspiration to us all and we are lucky to have her.”