Weds 2nd June: About this blog

(This is late today as the first attempt was lost when my computer froze and I had to re-boot.  Very frustrating!)

With the weather so bad today I was looking forward to having a full day on Lamma so I could catch up on thing like accounts (two month’s worth) and giving all the dogs their monthly heartworm prevention, quite a task when there are so many of them.  Instead of that I had to go over to Hong Kong to pick up two small dogs that I’d said we could take, so the Heartgard will have to wait.

I’m building up quite a collection of small dogs that are due to go to Tai Po.  I have two poodles, Kiki and Kenzo, both of whom are now ready for homing even if their skin isn’t quite perfect and Kiki has stitches on the top of her head.  Then there’s Danny, a large-sized shih tzu type who, for some reason which I can’t even remember, ended up on Lamma rather than going to kennels.  Maybe it was because while we were at Pokfulam we didn’t have the space for him in the office, but in any case, he won’t get a home while he’s hidden away.  The two new dogs, who look like poodle/dachshund mixes, can go straight to Tai Po as there’s no need for them to stay here with all the delinquents and misfits.  They just need to be microchipped and licensed, and that can be done on the spot at Pokfulam AFCD.

My new baby pups are doing well, and as always I’m amazed at how quickly they learn to go outside for their toilet needs.  They were all wormed when they arrived so I was happy that the result stayed out of sight.  All puppies are born with intestinal worms, and after being given a de-wormer their poo is usually full of roundworms, the long pieces of  “spaghetti”.  Yuck, disgusting, but it’s really important that the worms are out rather than in.  When you see a puppy with a bulging tummy it’s almost inevitably just full of worms and it affects the puppy’s health both short and long term.  The pups will need another couple of de-wormings to make sure they are clear of the parasites.

Apart from the dogs and puppies and everything that needs to be done with and for them, a lot of my time is spent on the other projects that are necessary to keep HKDR going.  Our new T-shirt range will be ready soon, and we’re also working on other products that we can add to our online shop. There are fundraising events to be arranged, including the launch party for the Tribute Book 3 in October and Peak to Fong (28th November).  Next year’s HKDR Diary is already being worked on, and there are always new things in the pipeline.  It’s not all my work, of course, but as a team we always have to keep one step ahead.

I also spent quite a bit of time today responding to the many comments on yesterday’s posting.  I’m happy that people read what I write and are interested enough to reply, and I approve all of the relevant responses even if they are critical.  However my blog is a daily personal account of my thoughts and feelings as well as a factual commentary on the day’s events, and I don’t whitewash my words because that would make the whole thing pointless.    

Working with an organisation like HKDR is more than just an office job, and it’s an emotional one.  We’re not handling the sale of products, but living, feeling animals, individual personalities that we grow to love.  When we home a dog we have to trust that the adopter is being honest about what they tell us.  The dog has no say in the matter, it has to go where it is sent.  We have an obligation towards each and every dog to try to find the very best possible home, and it’s heartbreaking to find out that a dog has subsequently been abandoned once again, or even worse.  To expect that all of the staff and volunteers, and I include myself, react to every person and situation with a polite smile would be completely losing the point of what we are and why we do this work.  We care, and that’s what HKDR’s about. 

3 Responses to “Weds 2nd June: About this blog”

  1. Jesslyn Says:

    Why is that the puppies are born with worms?
    Argh I will miss Peak to Fong this year, but hopefully I’ll be able to grab one of the new t-shirts before they run out of stock!

    I agree with you that it is impossible for you and we volunteers to be calm as nothing has happened when a dog has been returned. How could we be not angry, furious and outrageos about those people when seeing the sweetest dogs ever returned when it’s not their fault? Please think twice before keeping a pet, adopted or not. It is a life, not a toy.

    • Sally Says:

      Jesslyn, you can search for all the information on the internet as there are many sites dealing with every aspect of dogs and their care, but basically puppies can become infected with hookworms and roundworms while they are still in the mother’s uterus. The larvae (immature forms) of the worms migrate through the mother’s uterus and into the developing fetus. Puppies and kittens can also be infected with roundworms and hookworms through their mother’s milk. De-worming the mother during pregnancy doesn’t help. I’m referring to all of the puppies that come to us from AFCD or the street, or from bitches that had never been wormed (which applies to most of them).

  2. emiri Says:

    i wud have worried very much about u if u were cool as cucumber finding beatrice waiting to be killed at the afcd. of course u wud have been really upset! thank u for standing up for the defenseless dogs and keeping us updated on what you go through everyday.

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