Sat 30th January: Pippin comes home

Pippin (right) and his furry sister

I thought I was going to have a much needed day at home, but on getting the call telling me that Pippin could go home from hospital, of course I went over to collect him.  He’s put on a remarkable amount of weight in the past couple of days and is now up to just over one kilo.  I’m even beginning to wonder if his frog legs were due to being severely underweight and dehydrated.  It would be wonderful if that was the case and he didn’t, after all, need knee surgery.

Boo looks like a baby RoccoBack with his siblings Pippin was given the necessary beating up (for leaving without permission), but I was happy to see that he could fight back even if he was being pinned to the ground.  I knew it would settle after a short time, and it did of course.  Every puppy that leaves the litter for whatever reason, say a visit to the vet for vaccination, has to be fully inspected and interrogated on its return. (This photo is of Boo, one of Pippin’s sisters and looking just like a baby Rocco. She has an extra toe on each back foot, and not the normal dew claw (she has those too), but a real spare digit).

The issue of dogs being returned is still a major discussion point, especially after it happened yet again.  As SY commented on this blog, it’s not the dogs’ choice to go to any specific home, it’s the adopters who make that decision. It’s therefore up to the adopters to be sure they select the right dog, and even that they are sure they want a dog at all.

Sweet Preston

So the news of todays adoptions was greeted with muted enthusiasm instead of the usual handstands and cartwheels.  Yes, great, if they stay.  Anyway, today’s roll call included Preston, the golden retriever found stray and starving and really not at all well.  He’s regaining his health  and confidence, and is a sweet dog.

Otto, only just a year old and now fully fit

Otto, the pom whose back legs were completely useless when I got him from AFCD, was also adopted, as was Pudding, the cute-but-strange looking daughter of the (ex-pregnant) peke cross.

Collie Riley had been adopted from us a couple of years ago, and ended up at another rescue organisation before being returned to us.  He was in a terrible

You can see Riley's swollen face in this photo

state, with an abcess in his mouth as well as other signs of neglect.  Now he has a new home, and I really hope that this time it will be forever. 

Megan and Jennifer were in the running for a home, and it was Megan who was the final choice.  She’s due to go on Tuesday, and I’m happy for her but wonder why sweet Jennifer, probably the easiest dog ever, is still waiting.

I have so many gorgeous puppies ready to go to Whiskers’n’Paws tomorrow.  I have been trying to make a list but really can’t decide. I want to take them all and for them all to find homes. Ah, wouldn’t that be a dream come true?

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5 Responses to “Sat 30th January: Pippin comes home”

  1. Anna Says:

    It’s bizarre. Humans in a similar situation would find it difficult to be thrust from place to place to place. Why should dogs be any different? It’s a question of respect and understanding towards other sentient beings.

    Give them a loving, long-lasting home, research on their behaviour, research on training and positive reinforcement. Make an informed adoption. There’s so much information and so many resources available out there – all free – that these trivial excuses just don’t justify the tremendous confusion the dog is put through.

    Ultimately, a home is the ultimate dream. But there’s a difference between acting like you did the dog a favour or welcoming it as a truly loved member of the pack. If the latter, as any dog owner will affirm, the effort is WORTH IT.

  2. Abby and Lou Says:

    By no means defending returns but reading about adopting and actually adopting is different and some people just don’t realize the actual difficulty that they may encounter. Most of us like to think we are up for it. Dogs are great. And adopting is good. Oftentimes we are caught up with the excitement that we are looking through rose-coloured glasses.

    In this day and age, it’s all about instant gratification. Working hard loses it meaning especially when we can pay someone else to cook and clean and look after the kids. Working toward something that is meaningful is a lost quality. (OF COURSE THIS IS ALL A GENERALIZATION!!)

    We’ve had two rescues (plus other ones growing up) and it wasn’t always easy but it’s been most rewarding. We can’t imagine life without the antics of our dogs who really show their shining personality every day. To think they are “rejects”!

    Our lifestyle is certainly different if we didn’t have dogs. We travel less because frankly we don’t trust boarding kennels much with our babies and want to minimize their duress. We go out less because we don’t want to leave them alone for too long. We plan our schedule around their feeding and walking times. But that’s our responsibility. This is what we signed on. Sure we can hire a helper etc but we love our lifestyle with our dogs, hiking and going on outings. Playing with them and having friends over.

    • Sally Says:

      For anyone who has never had a dog before or can’t decide which dog would best suit their home and lifestyle, volunteering before adopting is really the best way to go. You can then not only connect with the dogs on an individual basis, but you can also make a more educated decision as to whether or not you really want a dog in your life full time.

  3. Abby and Lou Says:

    Volunteering is a GREAT way to understand more about dogs. Sometimes when you love a dog the best thing to do is volunteer, rather than have one. It’s also a good way to see more dogs and also to see that it’s not the breed, but the dog, that is important!

  4. Yolanda Says:

    Couldn’t agree more with Sally and Abby & Lou above. I love dogs and cats when I was very young but due to the living environment in Hong Kong, I choose to have cats. I have six cats at home, age ranges from 13 years to 2 years old now.

    My passion for dogs hasn’t been stopped though. I used to feed stray dogs in my area but had seen them gone one by one mysteriously. I decided to join HKDR as volunteer not long ago and I am so tempted to adopt one from time to time. However, being a responsible owner, I have to consider my cats at home, especially the eldest one who has been suffering from chronic kidney disease for a number of years. It may not even be a good idea for the dog as well; having to face a crowd of cats – who knows what would happen when we are not home.

    In addition, I hate to see return dogs and I don’t want to be one (nothing more worse than to give them hope and take it back after a while). After talking to Mark, we decide that it is just not a good timing and the best that we could do is to support HKDR, do more volunteering work and to love as many of them as possible.

    Btw Sally, I love mongrels and I surely will adopt one when the time comes.

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