Barby Keel is used to all manner of creatures arriving at the door of the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary where she lives and works, deep within the Sussex countryside. Nothing can prepare her for the arrival of Teddy, however, a neglected, traumatised puppy who is dumped at the gates of the sanctuary in a filthy box, terrified and desperate for someone to love.
Despite his scruffy appearance, Barby can’t help but feel a spark of affection for the overgrown puppy. But with Barby living in a caravan along with her four other dogs, she knows in her heart of hearts that Teddy deserves a more stable forever home.
Wiping away tears, she waves Teddy away to his new life with a young couple, knowing that she’s done what’s best for the animal. But barely a few days later, Teddy is returned to the sanctuary, his new family unable to cope with his boisterous behaviour and his ever-growing size. Barby tries desperately to re-home him, but Teddy is rejected over and over again by his new foster families. Anxious and terrified of being separated from her, Barby is now faced with the impossible task of working through the traumas of Teddy’s past to help the young dog.
But when she receives the devastating news that her beloved younger brother has received a shocking diagnosis, Barby’s life as she knows it is thrown into disarray.
Can the love of a gentle giant help Barby through the unimaginable? And will Barby’s unwavering devotion set Teddy free from the suffering he has endured?