Some dogs arrive at the SPA and you think to yourself “this could go either way”. Either he will stay for ever, looking as he does a bit like a hunt dog and being timid, or he will just catch someone’s eye and leave almost immediately. Such a dog was Nestor, who arrived with a horrific wound to his neck, having been tied up with a chain that had dug deep into his skin. When Sarah (she of Animal Trust transport fame) was here, the two of us sat in Nestor’s kennel with him, just ignoring him. He started to approach us and sniff and let himself be patted. Curiosity is good. We decided he would be fine!
Mixing him with Pulco, a very lively and outgoing dog has helped, and on Thursday last week, once he had his second vaccination, Nestor went for his first walk. Shortly thereafter he was reserved. Better still, his new “mum” is the real life human mum of Sherman’s owner! The two dogs got on fine and we know that if Nestor is loved even a fraction as much as is Sherman, he will be a very happy dog indeed!
That was the good news. The rest of the afternoon was not quite so pleasant. After the relative quiet of yesterday we had five new arrivals. Two are puppies who may or may not survive, and three are adult dogs, some of whom may have someone looking for them, if they are lucky.
However a young couple restored my faith in human nature today; they found a small fluffy dog in the middle of the road today, with a leg injury that had recently been operated on. They fell in love with this dog and wanted to keep him, but knew that someone might be looking for him. Despite the fact that he was not identified (grrr), they brought him to the SPA and Carole was able to reunite him with his owners. Had the young couple been less honest they could have just had the dog identified in their own name, and their owner would have been none the wiser; she would just have wondered where her dog was.
Identify your dogs. And better still, get them castrated or sterilised at the same time!
And on his first walk. Different dog!
New arrival found in Caunes Minervois
New arrival – Genesis
New arrival Jacqui. She is smaller than she looks on the photo!