Today after a couple of days of so-so weather, the sun shone again, and the volunteers were out in force. It was also the first chance for Eric and Adriana, who are on work placement at the SPA for two weeks, to be put through their paces.
Each of them teamed up with a British volunteer and went off to walk dogs. All kinds of topics were discussed, from rugby to cupcakes! Everyone looked very happy strolling along, waving arms and legs as they tried to communicate. Eric and Adriana soon noticed the difference between accents, as we had both southerners and northerners there. I am just sad that Moira was not there, a Scottish accent would have put the icing on the cake!
And all things cake were very much on the agenda, as Anna, one of our walkers, came along with goodies, which helped to sustain us as we started to flag a bit mid-afternoon. Delicious!
There was an adoption too, again by a Brit! Lucky Gabriella was picked to help mend the heart of a lovely lady who had sadly lost her two dogs within the last couple of months. No dog can be truly replaced, but a new four legged friend can help to mend a broken heart.
Gabriella had been seen straying around the refuge for at least 6 weeks before she was finally brought in; presumably she was abandoned by someone who could not bring themselves to take those last few steps inside the gates and ensure their dog’s safety, but rather let her loose on the road. Well, Gabriella is safe now, and will have a fenced orchard to play in. Once she has settled in she may well be joined by a friend, and it may even be someone she already knows……We haven’t told Rodrigo yet, though!
A much better picture of Tanya who arrived yesterday. Five years old and calm.