Thank you for the feedback, it’s much appreciated! I was limited by word length, the competition I entered stated 2000 words or less and it’s exactly 2000. As I got carried away initially, thought I’d leave the reader to decide. I really wanted a rescue, but yes, perhaps too obvious. The plan was for the Doctor to take them in (child and mutt), as he’d already been feeding the dog and established a relationship. No room at the Inn though!
It’s nice to know there are still people out there who like a happy ending! With a Twist!