Monday 9th November: In defence of the ankle biters

There’s news on Otto, the 11-month pom with the bent back legs who could only hop when he was surrendered to AFCD. Both legs have been operated on and now Otto is learning to use them. It’s painful for the poor little guy, but he’s young and raring to go, so hopefully he’ll be up and running before too long. It’s important that he gets those legs moving or they could just seize up, and thanks to his lovely foster home he’s doing well so far.

Mojo the peke, who was one of the office dogs before his knee surgery, is back and he’s also doing really well. He loves to walk and there’s no stopping him when he hears the sound of leashes being picked up. He’s first at the gate and refuses to be left behind. Having this type of surgery can transform a dog’s life, and while Mojo has always enjoyed his walks now he’ll be able to go even faster.

While Mojo was in post-operative foster, he fell in love with his new family and they with him, so hopefully they will adopt him after their house renovations, the only reason they brought him back. It’s lovely, but also sad, to see how these little dogs bond with individuals, like Porky has now done with Alice. They are desperate for the security and stability that only humans can provide, and while Mojo may have been a biter initially, and Porky has also not been particularly affectionate, with their chosen people they are angels. Mojo can’t stop kissing his new friend (who is a volunteer so sees him daily), and cries when she leave the room. Porky squeaks with joy when he sees Alice, while Monty the chihuahua is also very loving with people he knows and likes (luckily I am one of them).

I try to imagine what life is like for such small creatures, being inches from the ground when other dogs and humans tower above you like giants. No wonder so many of them bite in defense. It must be very scary down there. All they want is someone to call their own and then you see huge changes.

The new dog I took from AFCD today was also a bundle of nerves. He’s been there for a month (another abandoned but microchipped dog), so to emerge from his solitary confinement to be handled by strangers, not to mention vaccinated, was clearly very stressful for him. He wasn’t biting, but he was jumping around so much that it was a real struggle to get him to stay still long enough for his rabies shot. More stress. I decided to leave him for a day before taking him to the vet for even more poking, prodding and injections. Anyway he has a new name, Scooter, and although he’s registered as a miniature pinscher, he’s clearly not. Another pet shop job, no doubt. You wouldn’t believe what people buy, thinking that they’re a this or a that puppy, when in fact they’re just mixes.

The prizes for Peak to Fong are still coming in, and while the raffle prizes are fixed (and ticket sales will start tomorrow!), we have some of our best prizes reserved for the Sponsored Walk. What is this? Well all participants of Peak to Fong are asked to find sponsors for the walk section of the event. You can download forms from the website (click here) and then just ask friends, family, neighbours etc to sponsor you. At the end of the walk, forms and sponsor money will be collected and there will be prizes for the highest earners in several categories and every supporter who raises more than $2,000 gets a free gift. So there are lots of opportunities to win, and the prizes are worth it!

This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s what keeps us going through the lean times. Please help us make this a truly bonanza event by not only joining yourselves but by telling everyone you know, especially the dog owners, about Peak to Fong. We still have a few surprises up our sleeves, so keep checking the website for updated news and details.

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