Two months after sharing Aimée and Ron’s story from Thailand, the two have been reunited in South Africa, having done everything to make it happen.


South Africa Aimée Zermatten had been living in Thailand for the past two years working as an English teacher and while there, she fell in love with a street dog she named Ron. She took him in and nursed him back to health.

Before meeting Ron and moving away, she worked for the Irwin Animal Rescue and then the Pug Rescue South Africa. She then joined a non-profit working to protect strays in Thailand. That was when she found Ron, who at the time was a tiny puppy.

She took him in so he could be sterilised, and he stayed with her while he recovered. When it came time to return him to his pack, Aimée learned that the construction site where she found Ron was employing illegal immigrants from Cambodia and that the men had been rumoured to be eating dog meat. She refused to return Ron to that environment.

Instead, she started fostering him until a home could be found. He had a few behavioural issues that he had picked up in the pack, meaning his time with Aimée was longer than intended, and a bond was formed. Soon they became inseparable, and the rest is history.

Her time to return home was around the corner, so she started making plans to get Ron back to South Africa. It turned out the process was more than Aimée had imagined. She had spent months saving to get him home, but it cost more than she anticipated.

Aimée started a crowdfund to help cover the difference. While she was raising funds, Ron started going for all his tests. By the time Aimée’s visa was up, she had no choice but to leave him behind. Thankfully, all the arrangements made were flexible, and the company working on getting Ron back, were happy to put his transfer on hold until he was ready.

Now, after a few months of waiting, Ron has arrived in South Africa. He has been reunited with the only mom he has ever known.

“You can’t imagine how happy I am to finally have him back with me. It’s been a rollercoaster ride but it was worth every second.”

Aimée has vowed to pay all this kindness forward as soon as she and Ron are back home.

“I will pay all the kindness and support I have received forward, I don’t know how just yet, but both Ron and myself will be doing whatever we can to make sure we paw it forward.”

As they settle into a new life together, they can start planning their good deeds. With Aimée’s love of animals, we are pretty sure she will continue on that path. Take a look at some of their snaps together; our hearts are so warm!

Sources: Good Things Guy Interview
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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