Today has brought both happiness and frustration, as is often the case at the SPA. Happiness came in the form of the adoption of Guizma, or “Little Miss Big Ears” as I like to call her for reasons unknown (?). Great news for this puppy who was found and brought in earlier this month. Another one in the warm.
Snoopy, a lovely but aging setter was reclaimed, which was a relief, as at nearly 13, he would have been the oldest dog at the SPA.
We also received some lovely photos of Badens, who thanks to Orphee, has found his forever home after having waited so long at the SPA. Amazing what a foster family can do, isn’t it? They can assess a dog’s character and make sure he goes to the right home, and can warn the future owners of any problem areas.
Ironically today’s main frustration has come from a fostering situation. Remember little Dylan who was adopted one week ago today, having spent 3 months with vet nurse Lisa? Well, his new owners are claiming that they were “badly advised” in taking him. Lisa is devastated. Dylan was living with her dogs and cats just fine, and of course in a new environment there are bound to be a few teething troubles. One week is an unreasonable time frame to allow a dog to settle, but unfortunately Dylan’s adopters are unwilling to take any advice as to how to overcome the issues, which are actually relatively minor.
Worst still, Lisa is wondering if she will ever be able to foster again, as, like me, she found this couple very likeable. She wonders now if she can trust her own judgement.
I think the message here is that if you have a perfect existence and are not prepared for anything that may upset it in any way, please don’t adopt a puppy. Or any dog, in fact. Dogs (and indeed cats) are living creatures who should not be cast off on a whim. Sensible, considered choices need to be made, and this is especially the case around this time of year, when children may be demanding puppies and kittens for Christmas.
We are trying to find a home for Dylan urgently, so please get in touch if you can help. He is currently in Pau. We do not like to think of him being with a family who does not love him, after being loved so much by Lisa and Andrew.
12 year old Snoopy- Reclaimed
Badens’ new life begins properly! Thanks to Association Orphee!
Poor Dylan- rejected after one week.