Thur 18th February: Updates and adoption

Puppy Dreamer lost his fight for life during the night.  He touched me with his strength and determination but it wasn’t enough in the end.  I’m thankful at least that the parvovirus test was negative, so  I don’t have to worry that the other babies will come down with it although there is already another very small one who isn’t looking too good. She failed the breakfast test this morning, which means she didn’t want to eat.  That’s the first sign that something’s wrong. At least the vet clinic opposite kennels is open today so I can take her straight in.

I finally managed to get some sort of heater working at home although I have to keep it on very low so that it doesn’t blow all the fuses (what normally happens).  I’ve put the radiator next to the puppy enclosure so they can snuggle up to one end and keep warm.  This cold weather is hard for such young puppies, and I’m sure many who live wild are dying, especially because it’s also wet.

I took labradoodle Teddy over to the kennels for another adoption interview today, and this time I’m happy to say he passed and he’s now moved to Lantau where he has a huge garden and other dog friends to play with.  One of them is Twix, a terrier mix also adopted from HKDR.  She’s doing very well and, like my own terrier Sandy, thinks she’s Queen Bee.

Foo nearly found herself a home

Boston/Frenchie Foo almost made it to a new home too, but the resident French bulldog didn’t take kindly to having a young lady coming into his space.  French bulldogs are like that, as we know only too well with Foo herself, although she shares her space quite happily with young Becky.

There are positive updates on a few dogs, one of which is Cooper, the corgi who moved to the Lamma Home for Young Delinquents because of his food guarding issues.  Like others before him, once Cooper was in a place where he could be given space and left to get on with things in his own time and way, there have been no further problems. 

Cooper, all better now

Now Cooper eats his meals without any fuss, and has given up any guarding behaviour.  No doubt this is also because of the larger dogs that are circling for leftovers when Cooper stops eating, but he happily steps aside and leaves them to it.

The shiba inus who came to us in such a terrible condition are making a great recovery.  The scabies has been dealt with (luckily this is very easy to do), and as the dogs respond to plentiful and

One of the shiba inu boys when he first arrived

 nutritious food the muscles in their legs are building up, and there is a huge improvement in the collapsed joints. The two brothers who went to foster together are even playing with toys, something I’m quite sure they never had a chance to do before. 

These cases are hugely satisfying and rewarding because there is a visible result, whereas with dogs like shih tzu Venus, the changes are slower and less apparent because the damage is emotional rather than physical. 

Venus, what happened to you?

Venus is doing well in her foster home and is learning to be a normal dog, but she is still very unsure of what “normal” means.  When she first moved in she didn’t understand what affection was, and didn’t respond to petting, either in a good or bad way.  Now she’s enjoying her ear scratches and tummy rubs, as well as her frequent walks.  She has a long way to go, but at least she is slowly emerging from the protective shell she created around her.  Who knows what happened to make her like this, but at least she’s being given the chance to start over again.

In case you missed this request, we are urgently in need of foster homes for our kennel dogs for a couple of months after we move out of Pokfulam and before the new site is ready.  We are facing the prospect of not having anywhere to house the dogs for that period and really, desperately need your help.  Please email Maria at if you can accomodate a 4-legged guest from end of March to May/June.  Thank you!


6 Responses to “Thur 18th February: Updates and adoption”

  1. Diana Says:

    May Dreamer rest in peace. Such a tough little one.

  2. Yolanda Yan Says:

    Rest in peace, Dreamer. Your courage will leave in our heart. I am so happy to know that Cooper is doing well. Indeed I have been wondering where he is. Foo, please behave yourself until you find a warm loving home. ….you are a sweetie indeed. Venus, alway wish you well…i am sure you can do it.

    Sally, all the best. Want to help but unfortunately……

  3. Pato Says:

    I am pleased to hear that Cooper eats his meals without any fuss, and has given up any guarding behaviour. Sally I wish to know how you train Cooper to improve?
    Foo, I know you are a good and sweetie doggie, I wish you can get a lovely warm sooner or later. As long as you still in kennel, I promise I will come to visit you as much as possible.

    • Sally Says:

      I didn’t train Cooper, I just allowed him the space and freedom that he needed. Dogs that are left alone to sort out their issues usually do so. The biggest mistake most people make is to put too much pressure on a dog to be what they want it to be. Too much cuddling, too much training, too much bathing, too much babying. There is almost never too much exercise, the one thing that can also sort most dogs’ problems out.

      • Pato Says:

        Thanks Sally, I learn a lesson. In fact I am learning technique how to keep dogs and how to deal with them, thank you

      • Pato Says:

        Thanks Sally, I learn a lesson, in fact I am learning teachnique on keeping and take caring the dogs. thank you

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