Thurs 4 March: Memories

I got two emails that reminded me of the early days of HKDR.  The first one was an update on an older dog we homed recently, a very lucky little guy as he was with us for only a short time before he was chosen.  He was adopted by a couple who had previously adopted a blind Yorkie from me, a long time ago, in the days before we had the Pokfulam kennels and when adoption interviews used to take place at a vet clinic in Aberdeen.  I called the Yorkie Bumble, as he used to bumble around the house on Lamma, not being able to see where he was going.  Shortly after taking Bumble home, the adopters got another dog as a friend and guide for him.  When this dog died of old age, Bumble was left bereft, and pined for his companion.  Now he has a new friend in Lucas, and it’s such a heartwarming and lovely story I wanted to share it. 

Lucas and Bumble, new best friends

“We are so glad to have both Bumble (brown) & Lucas (white) in our
family. Bumble is now 11 years old boy who is totally blind. He was
adopted from HKDR 6 years ago. He was depressed in the last few months
after the death of his best friend Sophy. He just slept and isolated
himself. After Lucas joining our family recently, Bumble is
revitalized. Now Bumble takes up the leader role. He is alert and
walks around most of the time. He is happy and has good appetite.
Companion is a good medicine! Lucas is a well behaved and gentle dog.
He can tolerate Bumble who would bump into him from time to time.
Lucas just gives way to Bumble and allow him to eat first. Lucas does
not look like a 11 year old boy. He is very happy and runs around at
home. He integrates into our family very well. Thank you very much
HKDR for your good work to save so many dogs.
Kania & Ronald”

There is no such thing as “too old”.

The second story is about Buzzie, a wire-haired dachshund who was one of the first dogs to come to HKDR after we moved into the Pokfulam kennels.  Buzzie was a naughty boy, but he was the favourite of our then-volunteer, Maggie.  Maggie had cats and wasn’t supposed to have dogs in her apartment, but eventually she couldn’t bear leaving Buzzie at kennels (although she had by then fitted his space out with carpets and a special comfy bed), and she took him home.  When Maggie returned to her native Poland, of course Buzzie went too, and here are some recent photos of him.

Buzzie in a snowy paradise

I love this shot:  Buzzie and his "brother", Tymon

I love this shot of Buzzie and his “brother”, Tymon.  It’s reminded me of our upcoming Tribute Book 3 and the natural, outdoors shots that we’ll be featuring.  Spaces are starting to fill up now, so if you want to be part of this fundraising project please don’t wait until the last minute to book.  Vivian Chan is handling the appointments for photographer Claudia Tse, so if you want more information please email  This will definitely be our best book so far, and Claudia’s photos are amazing.

If you have your own special shots of your dogs that you want to share, this year’s HKDR diary will give you the opportunity to do just that.  Details will be available soon, but I just wanted to keep you up to date on what’s coming.

Everyone loves puppies!

A group of Girl Scouts came to kennels today.  They are raising funds and awareness for HKDR, and will have a stall at the HKIS World Fair on 24th April.  Thanks girls (and mums) for your support.


4 Responses to “Thurs 4 March: Memories”

  1. Abby and Lou Says:

    what great pictures!

  2. Angie Says:

    Hi Sally, good to see the girl scouts came to visit you … did they bring any of those home -baked cookies with them by any chance ??
    From The Cookie Monster !!!

  3. Susan Says:

    Really happy to see Buzzie again. Just look at this jovial little fella! I still have photos of him at the kennels. 🙂

  4. Maggie from Polan Says:

    Hello Dear All, I am so touched by the small part of story about Buzzie. He is amazing dog, unique, he did such a wonderful progress in his behavior.
    I wish to him life with me forever. I met him in the kennel full of aggressive behavior against to children Right now after all this years with me – he can easily play with 2,5 years old children and he is like angel.

    We wish come back some day to HKDR but according to cruel Chinese law it is not possible . I wouldn’t be able came back with Buzzie. This is not an option.

    Dear Sally we miss you so much and all kennel job and all atmosphere in HKDR

    big hugs
    Magdalena Buzzie Tymon

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