Tues 23rd February: Two extremes

According to my diary I had a fairly free and uneventful day in store, and had planned to go to AFCD to pick up the chow chow and another dog that was living with – and is possibly related to – Simone, the fluffy black girl I got out yesterday.  I shouldn’t be surprised that things didn’t turn out that way, as nothing ever does at HKDR. “Expect the unexpected” should be hanging on the front gate as a daily reminder.

Kimberly is ready for a home of her own now

At least Kimberly, the chihuahua cross girl, made her scheduled appointment at the vet to have her dental work done.  She had to have seven teeth removed and wasn’t too happy about that, but I’m still very impressed with the way that she handled what would have sent her into a complete spin when she was younger.  Living with a house full of other dogs has turned her into a pretty laid back kind of lady, bearing in mind she is still a chihuahua at heart.

Another, and very different looking, chihuahua cross, Whizz, had surgery on his infected tail.  It was such a mess, with the bone sticking out through the skin, that amputation was the only real option.  There’s still a couple of inches of tail left, but at least Whizz can start again without what must have been an agonising condition.  Now we wait to see if he still chases what’s left, or if removing the source of the pain will stop that behaviour.

Hello Ruby!

First unplanned delivery of the day was a six-year old golden retriever girl, Ruby.  Sweet and lovely, Ruby was very lucky to be taken straight into foster by one of our volunteers.

I was in the vet’s consult room trying to sort out a bunch of puppies having their second vaccinations when Kathy came in and said someone wanted to surrender a miniature pinscher, was that OK?  It wasn’t until later that I saw the dog, a tiny weeny teacup mini pin (wearing a blue gingham dress!)  The owner said she was moving into public housing so couldn’t keep the dog, but honestly you could have hidden it in a matchbox. I thought Bizzy, our other mini pin, was small, but he looks like a giant beside this little creature.

The next “delivery” really was a giant, a Tibetan mastiff puppy, still only three months old and surrendered because the daughter in the family spent too much time playing with it.  This has to be a contender for “most ridiculous reason ever given for surrendering a dog”, but I’m glad that they did because Betty, as I called her, was living in a small apartment in To Kwa Wan, not exactly famous for its park and open spaces.  These dogs should not really be in Hong Kong anyway, but should be living in the snowy mountains of Tibet, the same as the huskies, Saint Bernards and Pyrenean Mountain dogs who are forced to endure the heat and humidity of the sub-tropics when everything about them screams “snow!”  Seeing huskies wearing coats in Hong Kong makes my toes curl.

Betty and Mole, new best friends

Anyway, Betty is here now and at least we can try and get her into a home that will be far better and more suitable than the one she came from.  I couldn’t resist sitting her next to one of the other puppies that had come for vaccinations, and while I have to admit that Mole, the small one in the photo (and one of the litter from the AFCD mother), is a bit younger than Betty, the size comparison is too funny.  They were so sweet together, instant best friends in the way that puppies always are, with no thoughts of colour, breed or size differences.

New best friends


6 Responses to “Tues 23rd February: Two extremes”

  1. Diana Says:

    Sally, your blog today makes my heart sink.An abandoned tibetan mastiff is my nightmare. Eighteen months ago I wrote to AFCD, suggesting that they should alert the public that this breed is not for everyone, not for apartment life and not for HK. They should impose strict restrictions on the import and breeding of this breed, compulsory desexing, compulsory leashing and muzzling. Their reply was “Public safety and animal welfare are 2 of the top concerns of this Department. Therefore, when the relevant law is reviewed, professionals from relevant fields and legislators will consider very carefully whether imposing a ban on the importation of this breed is the most appropriate method to enhance the 2 concerns. ” Well, 18 months have gone by and I haven’t heard anything further from AFCD. Betty looks like a nice dog but her adult size of over 100 lbs can make rehoming her in HK difficult. I hope someone living in or moving to a foreign country that has plenty of snow will take her and give her all the love and care that she deserves.

    • Sally Says:

      I think that in the right home with the right family, any dog can be fine. The problem is that there are too many idiots who think that you can stick a huge dog into a small space, never exercise or socialise it, and it will grow into a normal animal. See today’s post about the husky, and that’s what I’m talking about.

  2. max Says:

    My Kuro, a puppy abdonded in the street looked exactly the same as Mole – very sweet and active. Wish Mole and Betty can stay together and find a home very soon.

  3. Silvena Says:

    As Albert Einstein said:
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
    Seriously, what were people thinking getting a Tibetan mastiff when you live in a small apartment let alone the HK heat and humidity.

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