Sat 22nd May: Slipper’s happy ending

The regular reports from Slipper’s foster, Kathryn, were encouraging but frustrating at the same time.  She was being spotted regularly, even by Kathryn herself, but it was never close enough.  Slipper had instinctively gone into survival mode and was keeping herself hidden in the dense woodland most of the time, only occasionally appearing at the roadside.  That was another worry, that she would try to cross and get hit by a car.

Kathryn had asked AFCD if they would set a trap for Slipper, once she had established a point where Slipper was known to be returning to on a regular basis.  Their reply was that if they did and Slipper was caught, then Kathryn would be subject to prosecution for allowing her dog to wander out of control.  When Kathryn told me this, I laughingly said no, that’s not true, as Slipper had been reported to AFCD as lost so she wouldn’t be categorised as a stray dog.  Just to be sure, I asked AFCD myself and it was confirmed that the case would be sent to the prosecutions department.  I was completely astounded by this.  Here we have a situation where the government want people to microchip their dogs, yet by doing so you risk being prosecuted and fined if you happen to lose your dog and report to AFCD in the hope that it is found and returned.  Actually, as Slipper is microchipped in my name, I would have relished the thought of being prosecuted and to be able to go to court and show the insanity of this rule.

Anyway, Kathryn instead asked SPCA to help, and they quickly responded and put down a cage trap (which doesn’t hurt the dog) at the spot where Slipper had been seen.  In the afternoon I went up to Clearwater Bay to see if Slipper would show herself, although I guessed that she wouldn’t.  I took with me the T-shirt that I had worn on my walk that morning so it was nicely sweaty, and I put it in the trap along with the tuna and chicken that Kathryn had placed earlier.  I then walked round the immediate area, hoping that by doing so I’d be leaving my scent around the trap.

At 5.30pm, and with no sight of Slipper, I left to go back to Lamma.  Early this morning (Sunday) I got a call to say that Slipper was in the trap and was fine.  I was so relieved and so happy, and now Slipper will be formally adopted by Kathryn and will become Amber instead.  Kathryn never gave up, and I’m sure both she and Slipper will enjoy a good night’s sleep tonight.

Following on from the awful story yesterday about the terrible man who sent his sweet dog to her death for the unspeakable sin of digging holes in his precious garden, there is another case today.  Not as bad, as the dog was surrendered to us rather than to AFCD, but the level of stupidity and ignorance wasn’t far off it.  This little dog, a long haired dachshund, had been adopted from LAP late last year, but the new owner had chosen not to go back to them.  You might think it was because she was embarrassed but no, it was because she blamed LAP for not having disclosed that this dog was so naughty.  Read this (and weep):

She had been named Elvius but we changed that to Elvira

“The dog is basically a nice and playful dog but it requires high attention. She is very quiet if she is freed to stay at the living home. She would lie besides your foot like a little child. However, it cannot be left alone in the house as it will pee and poo around the house. We have spent a lot of time on toilet training. We used to bring her for walk everyday. We would punish her by not allowing her to go in the living room and suspend outdoor walking if she did not cooperate and urine/poo on the floor. Despite we have tried our best to have people at home 24 hrs x 7 days (our maid gives up her rest day and stay at home), this dog still does not behave. We believe that this dog has her own temper. She protests by pee & poo around the floor.”

The dog is showing classic signs of separation anxiety, but to punish her for her “deliberate non-cooperation”, she was deprived of her walk.  Now if you can make any sense of that let me know, because as far as I’m concerned this person has no idea about dogs or the way they think.  Even a child would have a hard time connecting lack of walks with inappropriate peeing.  I couldn’t wait to get the dog after having read the email, and was relieved when she finally turned up at Tai Po today.
We have to turn a lot of people down for adopting.  You’d be amazed, and hopefully also saddened, by the number of applications we get from people who would walk their dog once a week, or even less.  There are many who would leave a dog alone (and often in a cage) for ten hours or so.  Most of the small dogs, and a lot of the large ones, that end up with HKDR or other organisations have come from these types of homes, abandoned when the isolation, caging and lack of exercise turns them into neurotic wrecks.  They have almost inevitable been smacked for being “naughty”, or deliberately bad, as the now ex-owner of the dachshund would call it.  These poor dogs are just crying out for some attention, a life, anything that will get them out of their prisons, even if their prisons are full of stuffed toys, unhealthy treats and non-stops beauty treatments.  Dogs are animals, not cuddly toys.
Anyway, for today I’m happy.  Slipper is back and that’s cause for celebration.  Hooray for Slipper!

7 Responses to “Sat 22nd May: Slipper’s happy ending”

  1. KY Says:

    So happy to hear that Slipper is back. Hope others will find soon!

  2. michelle Says:

    i’m so glad slipper’s story comes with a happy ending. =) amber, have fun at your forever home!

  3. norma Says:

    So glad Slipper is safe and back home.
    Also glad that the dachshund is now with HKDR and hope she gets a lovely home. Her previous owners hopefully will not have any other animals.

  4. Ellen Says:

    sigh… I guess there’s no end to ignorant and stupid people!
    Any chance of Mark’s class for new/potential adopters extending to say other charities or maybe for a small fee?

  5. Sandy Says:

    yes, Dogs are animals, not cuddly toys.
    My 3 doggie have a walk twice a day (each for a hour), we lovely enjoy the time.
    Acutally, the longer for alone at home just 6 hours! we dont want let them alone at home ,even they havent any naughty , Sometime we will provide special service ~ 24 hours for them……HAhahah..
    I love spend time with them becos they are my son/daughter…hahha

  6. Helen Y Says:

    Dachshunds are of high intelligence and strong character, they are also fearless as they are breed to chase badgers/rabbits out of their dens for the hunter owners, they are very brave canines as they always come into face to face encounter with the defending badgers encased in the narrow tunnel they dug to go through to the underground dens. Dachshunds, are usually extremely affectionate to their owners, and look super sweet and cute. But they are working dogs and not toy pet dogs. Any prospective owner of dachshunds will have to respect this character.

  7. JC Says:

    It is even more ridiculous that registered keepers who refuse to claim back their dogs caught by AFCD do not need to pay the detention fee ($565 + $40 per day of detention). Also, they are rarely prosecuted (none out of 21 cases examined) according to the recent report by Audit Commission. What they need to do is to sign a statement to give up the dogs. This is discouraging people claiming back their dogs, especially the poor people who cannot afford the detention fee plus the fine.

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