Thurs 31st December: Goodbye 2009

Looking back over the decade it’s been a life changing one for me.  Setting up Hong Kong Dog Rescue as a society in 2002, I never for one moment imagined what it would lead to.  I only did it so I could take a few dogs out of AFCD kennels for re-homing, and it was a fateful Christmas Eve in 2003 that really started everything as it was when I brought the first bunch of dogs back to Lamma to save them from being destroyed.  There were twenty five of them, mostly pekes and shih tzus, but with a couple of mongrel puppies thrown in.  I still have one of them, Cindy, a creamy white and large dog who is suspicious of everyone except me.  She did get adopted while still a puppy, but when she refused to come out of the wardrobe that she had disappeared into, the family decided (wisely, as it turned out) that she wasn’t the family pet they’d been expecting.

I’ve learned a lot about puppies and their behaviour since then, or rather I’ve been taught by the dogs and puppies themselves.  I know that they are as individual as humans, and although their upbringing and environment can affect them, their characters are what they are born with.  Nature or nurture applies as much to dogs as it does to people.   Some pups are cheeky and bold, others sweet and shy.  There are leaders and there are followers, some intelligent, others not the sharpest knife in the drawer.  Whatever they are, they are our faithful and loyal companions and should be given the respect they deserve.

I hope the coming years will see  changes in the law which will give animals at least some basic rights.  Hong Kong is way behind in this and the failure of the government to accept that dogs are now a part of Hong Kong society, whether they like it or not, is a shame and should be an embarrassment too.

Why can’t at least a small portion of parks be set aside as dog friendly areas? Why can’t there be “dog lanes” in the same way there are bicycle lanes? Along the waterfront promenades for example.  Why isn’t walking with your dog seen as good exercise and part of a healthy lifestyle?  Why must dogs be hidden and kept indoors?  Why aren’t the health benefits of having a companion animal recognised, as they are in many other parts of the world?  Why do doctors still tell pregnant women they must get rid of their pet?  It’s like living in the dark ages when all animals were seen as food only.

Apart from that, 2010 will obviously be another big milestone on HKDR’s history when we move to Lantau from Pokfulam.  Apart from anything else, I hope the dogs will enjoy their new countryside home, and I look forward to being able to give them that.

See you all next year, and let’s make it a good one!


6 Responses to “Thurs 31st December: Goodbye 2009”

  1. Yolanda Says:

    Great Job, Sally. Admire your perseverance. Happy New Year and Many Happy Returns to HKDR….

  2. Kathy Says:

    Happy New Year!
    Many things happened last year, some are happy but more are the upset one even in the last day of the year. I hope people can learn a teach from their experience and blessing for everything go better in the future. There are lots of thing to do in 2010 but with the effort of everyone, problem can be solved. Hope all the human & doggie may have a prosperous 2010! No suffering & tear anyone.

    • Sally Says:

      Yes, there will always be sadness mixed with the happy events. Another one of my puppies died in the early hours of this morning (of parvovirus), but we can all only try our best. Look at what we’ve achieved, not at what we didn’t. The best is yet to come.

  3. Cheryl Says:

    Sally, thank you so much for what you did on the dogs! Good question/suggestions you asked the x government, so did many of we pet owners. There’s always hopes in this World, the fact that Christmas brings to us.

  4. Emma Says:

    Happy New Year to HKDR.

    I only hope HK will ban the pet shop’s selling dogs and cats soon.

    “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. We are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are we free to abandon it.” – TALMUD

  5. Winsy Says:

    Happy New Year Sally ! Wish everything will be good for HKDR in 2010.
    I also wish there will be more right for HK dogs.

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