Friday 31st July: End of the month

After getting the sad news about Ginger and hearing of even more leptospirosis cases, it’s not a happy start to the day.  Still,  I have to be at kennels by midday for a meeting so it’s business as usual as I type my blog, check and reply to emails, and walk the dogs before rushing off to get there on time.  The good thing about traveling by sampan is that you can be fairly accurate about the time it will take to cross the Lamma channel as there’s never a traffic jam, but getting a taxi at the other end is where the plan can fail.  I’m only a few minutes late, so it’s not too bad.

 Meeting over (which was to discuss an event collaboration), I get a lift to the Pet Expo which opened today.  I have to say I’m disappointed with the stand we’ve been allocated this year as it’s closed in on three sides making access difficult for more than a couple of people at a time.  We’ve got boxes and boxes of dog clothes at low, low prices, as past experience showed that most visitors to the Expo are looking for bargains, although the real point of the event is for wholesalers to show their products to Hong Kong retailers.  I have a quick look round all the other stands as I’m also looking for suppliers and stock if I can find something we can sell, but there’s nothing for me to buy this year.

Border terrier cross Bumble

Border terrier cross Bumble

 So it’s back to the kennels where Bumble, a border terrier cross, has moved into the office to take the place of Dorothy and Rasta, both of whom have gone to foster homes.  Of course the two rascals, Cosmo and Luca, feel duty bound to torment poor Bumble, so I take him out for a walk to give him a break.  I can tell that he’s toilet trained to go outside as we stop at several lamp posts along the way, and Bumble clearly enjoys his walk.  He was found as a stray and wasn’t microchipped, so there is nothing to indicate where he came from or why he was abandoned on the street.  He’s a lovely little dog, very sweet natured, and with no health problems that we can see.  He should find a home fairly easily, especially as border terriers and that type of wire-haired breed are very popular.

 Otis, on the other hand, is a big, black dog who is something of a fixture at kennels now.  He wasn’t the size he is now when he first came to us from AFCD, but his absolute and total refusal to go for walks, or even tolerate wearing a collar or harness, has meant that his waistline disappeared a long time ago, and his neck is thicker than his head (which is why he can slip out of a collar so easily).  When Mark the trainer first started with us, Otis became something of a project, but with his ability to slip out of every harness ever invented, the best we have achieved so far is to get Otis to go out of the kennels gates and then run up and down a few yards chasing a thrown treat.  Then Iris, one of our regular volunteers, started working with Otis and managed to get him to walk a further few yards along the road, which was seen as something of a breakthrough in Otis’s mental block. 

Big Otis

Big Otis

 As I was leaving the kennels yesterday, Otis decided he wanted to go out too and barged through the gate with his usual boorish manners.  Kennel rules are that if you let a dog out, you have to bring it back in, so I grabbed a leash and looped it round Otis’s fat neck, expecting him to come back in without too much trouble.  However, today was obviously the day that Otis had made the decision to go for it, and instead of going back inside he headed off down the road with me beside him.  We got as far as the gates to AFCD when Otis managed to pull his head free of the leash looped round his neck, so for the next half an hour all I could do was follow him around as he explored.  He savoured every blade of grass and every patch of earth, leaving his mark before enthusiastically scraping back with his hind legs.  As much as I was delighted with Otis’s new found courage I was also getting impatient and wanted to get home as had been my original intention, so I was relieved when Mark appeared to lead Otis back to kennels.  Now we can start again, with some hope that Otis can, after all, start to lead a normal life any maybe, just maybe, find a home.

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One Response to “Friday 31st July: End of the month”

  1. ada Says:

    appreciated your hard work and wish you can continue to help those poor little dogs & puppies !

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