I wish I could give you some good news today to bring joy to our hearts. However sadly I have nothing remotely cheery to tell you.
Someone contacted the SPA Facebook page to ask if we could help them sell their Chihuahua puppies. Err; wrong move. No, it wasn’t me that replied; I don’t know that many swear words. Only kidding; the person who responded was very controlled. But we are not the people to contact when you are trying to make money from breeding. We have enough dogs of our own to home, thank you.
On the subject of which, Dick, whom some of you may have seen on Facebook, is not yet at the SPA, but is on his way to us. He has never been indoors and is merely a “tool” used for hunting. He had a fight with the other dog (also male, also uncastrated) and it is “impossible” to separate the two dogs (by which we understand that to do so would involve some effort). Sometimes people wonder why we are not the biggest fans of hunters at the SPA. Yes, I know there are good hunters too (or at least some do love their dogs; I am thinking of how happy Gary is with his family, amongst others), but the lack of compassion we saw yesterday did not make us any more favourably disposed to people who treat their animals so callously.
You may think I am being a bit ranty, and it is true, today has been a bit frustrating. But luckily there are always reasons to be cheerful, parts one, two, three (to quote Ian Dury)! So here we have some photos of some ex SPA dogs now happily homed and waiting for Santa!
And there were no arrivals, so things could have been worse. The run up to Christmas is always a bit difficult. Stress levels rise amongst families for financial and other reasons (kids are home from school), and getting rid of a pet often seems like an easy option. For those of us who adore our dogs and cats, dumping them is just unthinkable and we have trouble understanding what planet the other people live on.
Which side are you on?
A far happier dog- Benson waiting for Santa
And Popeye – adopted from the SPA when there was still 6 months quarantine!