Fri 29th January: Please, not another one

Little Mo, the first of the 5-week old litter to come down with parvovirus, died during the night.  She seemed to be doing well, eating and not vomiting, but it wasn’t enough.  Now I’m just waiting for news of her brother, Pippin. The latest report was that he was bright and eating well, but I’ll only believe that he’s going to survive when I get the call to take him home.  For Pippin, even surviving parvo won’t mean the end of his trials as he has bad knees which will need surgery to fix.  The poor little guy has frog’s legs at the back, something that’s quite common in small breeds but is rarely quite so obvious. Otto the pom puppy was another one who couldn’t walk when I took him from AFCD, but after surgery on both knees he’s now fine and looking for a home.

The mother peke/shih tzu cross who arrived with her daughter, was mysteriously called Barnaby by her ex-owner.  That’s a boy’s name.  Anyway, whatever her name is, or was, she was desexed today and found to have seven puppies inside her, a very big litter for such a small dog.   It doesn’t make anyone happy to do this, but “no unwanted puppies” applies to small dogs as well as big ones.  There are already plenty needing homes without adding to the numbers.  Now Barnaby and her daughter, Pudding, are ready for adoption, and I’m betting they’ll be gone by the end of the weekend.

I thought today that we were over the hump of instant returns and that at least Madeline, a very sweet and easy dog, would be the one mongrel that would stick.  Now it seems I was wrong.  A comment on yesterday’s blog entry criticised me for not being understanding about the reasons for all the returns, but this one really takes the biscuit.  I won’t say anything further just in case the couple in question stop to think (which I obviously hope they do), but this has nothing to do with the dog or her behaviour.

Venus the shih tzu is starting to settle in her foster home, but appears to have been traumatised by her less-than-a-day adoption experience.  I can’t imagine what happened, but it scared the daylights out of Venus.  At least she’s moved from her spot at the front door to one of the dog beds, but she’s still refusing to eat.  She ate happily at kennels, so the reason isn’t her original abandonment but something that has happened subsequently.  She’s in the best possible home for now, so at least I don’t have to worry about her.

The afternoon was spent at a meeting in Central where the updated layout designs for the new kennels were unveiled and discussed.  As I mentioned, we want this site to be as “green” as possible, with as little damage to the environment as we can achieve.  The plans look fantastic and I’m impatient now to make the move, and to be able to get down to the small details such as who will be allocated which kennel.  The kennel blocks (actually all large converted shipping containers) stand in groups, and we’re trying to plan it so that there are none without a view.  Of course there’s the small matter of actually building the kennels to be dealt with first, and even though we’re using containers there are drains to be installed, and a waste treatment system, dog-proof fencing, paths and decks and play areas.  Still, I can’t wait.

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2 Responses to “Fri 29th January: Please, not another one”

  1. Bonnie Says:

    You were criticized for “not” understanding why the dogs were returned? What nonsense and how utterly absurd?!

    Those returning the dogs simply want to justify their irresponsibility by blaming the dog and you. First of all, those people should “understand” a dog is a commitment for life. Dogs have feelings and being returned again and again only traumatize them more and make them harder to accept and trust poeple again. Thus, leading to those people accusing the dogs of behavorial problems. Duh.

    I have one dog, two cats (one abandoned twice) and a cockatoo and they are my kids for life.

  2. SY Says:

    For anybody planning on getting a dog, be prepared to adjust your life to it, not the other way round, because the dog did not make that choice – you did. If you are not prepared to do that, becoming a volunteer on your own time is a better option. HKDR is run on a tight budget funded by kind donors and run solely by dedicated volunteers and a very small staff and resources are scarce. Don’t come bearing a “serve me” attitude – it is NOT a pet shop! So please see things from their perspective and the dogs’ perspective too if you are genuinely keen to help out.. The rewards are many for those who persevere despite initial difficulties when you see your ability to change a dog’s life forever..

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