Mon 8th March: 3 dogs and a van

It was pretty crazy at kennels today.  We were short of a cleaner, it was also Kathy’s day off and I had to go to Mark’s home to take delivery of the new HKDR van (and Mark obviously had to be there too).  That meant Alice was on her own, and it was the normal busy mayhem.  Alice, sorry and thank you!

I didn’t help the situation by bringing in two new dogs from AFCD, but once again I can blame Gloria and the chow chow girl, (now called Olive  to go with Gloria’s Popeye) as Gloria had offered to foster her so I needed to go and get Olive out of “prison”.  

Poor Olive needs surgery on her eyelids as they are rubbing on her eyes and making them very sore

Getting a dog out of its kennel at AFCD isn’t always easy, in fact more often than not it’s something that requires experience and a good understanding of dogs and their behaviour.  Dogs respond to fear in different ways, and the dogs at AFCD are afraid.  They don’t know why they are there or what’s happening.  They see and hear more than any dog should, and they assume that being taken out of their kennel means only one thing: they are about to die.  Some dogs evacuate bladder and bowels, others become catatonic, meaning that they don’t respond to anything.  There are a few who rush out and try to escape, and then there are those who fight for their lives, including baby puppies who have very sharp teeth. 

I will already have established which dogs I think are re-homeable in the four days that they have to wait before being released, but when the time comes to actually get them out of what has become their safe place it’s hard to know how any dog will respond.  Even dogs that become calm and sweet once they realise that it’s OK and they’re not going to be killed, can resist being taken out of their kennel, and it’s not an indication of a dog’s nature or personality.  In Olive’s case she really wasn’t happy when I went into her space to loop the leash round her neck, but the fact that she backed off and barked at me (rather than lunging forward in an attack, which is an entirely different matter) showed me that she was afraid, not aggressive.  And, as expected, once I led her out of the kennel block, her tail went up and she trotted happily towards the gates and freedom.

While I was there at AFCD, I did a quick scan and saw a bichon frise in one of the kennels.  He had been surrendered due to “family problems”.  Again he was very wary of me, and backed away barking, but in just a few minutes he was sitting on my lap outside the AFCD office while I was waiting for the new dog  licenses, enjoying a cuddle and completely accepting of me as his new person.

As I was sitting there, a woman came through the gates carrying a small dog bag with a large head poking out of one end.  I could see it was a dachshund type, and sure enough it was an almost-dachshund that jumped out once she released him.  The dog, Lucky, was being surrendered because the woman lived in public housing where there is a strict no pet policy.  He was already 18 months old, so the old and obvious question sprang immediately to mind: why did she get a dog in the first place?  Anyway, of course I took him, as he’s a lovely boy but he too didn’t understand why his owner was walking away without him and pulled and yelled as she left.

So that’s how I ended up dumping two dogs on Alice before rushing off to take delivery of the van.  Thank you, Zoe, for an amazing gift.

That's me in the driver's seat with the very generous donor, Zoe.

On top of everything else that needed to be done single-handedly at kennels, Alice also managed to handle adoptions for bulldog Meatball, and also little terrier, Bing.  Good job!

Meatball, a sweet dog even if he looks like a thug

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6 Responses to “Mon 8th March: 3 dogs and a van”

  1. Gloria Says:

    Olive was settling in quite well at my home last night. Sally, you are right. She is only scared but not agressive. In fact she is a very lovely girl. I sent her to the groomer yesterday. She is having a summer hair cut (I have to put a coat on her this morning because of the sudden weather change) and smells really good. She is also very smart because once she arrived at my home, she knew where to pee pee and poo poo (on the toilet tray). I am sure we can find a home for her eventually.

  2. Rachael Says:

    I know you’ve said it so many times but the government really needs to WAKE UP to it’s ridiculous policy of allowing a rampant pet industry coupled with high restrictions on buildings and places these dogs are allowed. Where do they think the majority of these dogs go…..it’s a non sensical, irresponsible equation and the government should be held accountable.

  3. Emma Says:

    If the dog owners were considerate enough not to let their dogs pee or poo in the common area of the govt residence and without cleaning them up, the govt won’t really care. It’s the owners’ fault.

    Also, most of these flats have their doors opened (only having the gates closed). That means the dogs barks at people who pass by the units. It can be very noisy and can cause people to complain.

  4. Abby and Lou Says:

    But why would you get a dog if you live in public housing or where it’s No Pets??!! If you love dogs then you wouldn’t do this. You wouldn’t want to have to give your dog away. It doesn’t matter that your neighbour has one or lots of people have them. It’s the law and if management wants to enforce it then they can. A anti-dog majority can take hold of a management committee and choose to enforce it.

    Most likely you had to hide the dog which means that he/she isn’t properly socialized or even know how to walked. Never mind the impact on health and proper mental, psychological, emotional and physical development this would have on the dog…

    If you love dogs, volunteer! Play with friends’ dogs. Campaign to change the laws and regulations. Be fair and kind to dogs and don’t get one if where you live does not allow a dog. Have back up plans, just in case you have no choice but to move into a no pets building.

  5. Marie Says:

    cooool!! Love the van:)

  6. eu Says:

    We need 1) animal police; 2) neighbourhood network for animal welfare (front line work such as save, foster, adoption); 3) tighter control on hobby breeders and pet shop environment

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