Monday 31st August: Thoughts on life

The lack of batteries in my camera yesterday became irrelevant this morning when I went downstairs to find that the doglets had somehow taken it from the top of the kitchen counter and chewed it into a mangled mess.  I wonder if they make cast iron cameras?

I picked up the one-eyed puppy from AFCD today, a very sweet chocolate-coloured girl I’ve name Aero.  There was another lovely waggy-tailed pup I called Gershwin (one of the names suggested on this blog, thank you), and an older sharpei-cross girl, now Maggie. The only adult was a very small pom boy, Brush.

 I had to dump the new intake on Kathy for their routine vet visit as I had an appointment at SPCA Wanchai with Hero, the Jack Russell, and his new foster/potential adopter.  If you hadn’t seen Hero when he first arrived at the clinic, you would have thought he was being brought in for treatment as the wound on his shoulder is still open and raw.  I could tell the foster was quite shocked at being handed a dog that looked as though he’d been mangled by another dog, and a big one at that, but that’s exactly what had happened.  A large dog had picked Hero up by the shoulders and shaken him, ripping the flesh on both sides and leaving gaping wounds.  In comparison to what Hero looked (and smelled) like when I found him, he had made an incredible recovery and it will only take time now before he’s back to being whole again.

 If you’re on our mailing list you’ll know that we’ve had a change of office staff recently with the departure of Maxwell, who handled adoptions, and Joe, volunteer accountant.  Thanks to all those who stepped up to offer their services as replacements, and I’ll be introducing our new team members very shortly.  Maxwell is now one of our Sunday volunteers so he will still be able to see his furry friends, especially the sharpei, Mabel, seen here in a great photo by Mandy Chu.

Mabel loves Maxwell

Mabel loves Maxwell

I also love this shot of one of our regular and dedicated volunteers, Norma, with Misto curled up on her lap like a baby.

Norma and "baby" Misto

Norma and "baby" Misto

Check out all of the photos on Mandy’s Facebook page

Running a charity of any kind is never straightforward.  Running a animal charity that relies on volunteers means emotions are involved, and individuals whose opinions differ. People come and go, some happily and others not so.  I was sent this today, and I thought it very appropriate.  Above all, what I do and what HKDR is there for is to help the dogs. Nothing else is important in the grand scheme of things.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, & self-centered ; Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

If you are honest & frank, People may cheat you; Be honest & frank anyway.

What you spend years building, Someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

If you find serenity & happiness, They may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, People will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, & it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, It is between you & God; It never was between you & them anyway.


2 Responses to “Monday 31st August: Thoughts on life”

  1. Mandy Chu Says:

    Sally, we really had a great time on Sunday and yes, so happy to see Maxwell and Mabel they really love each other, so glad he could join us and thanks for all the volunteers who joined!

  2. Marie Says:

    Thanks for sharing Sally 🙂
    Will go to work now with my heart open, and try and do my best for the animals I meet today.
    love the photo of Norma and Misto! xx

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