The SPA was relatively quiet today, but there was good news in that two dogs were reclaimed. First to leave was little Milou, who arrived soaking wet and then turned into a fluffball when he dried out. I am sure he would have found a new home quickly, being young and small, but he is back with his owners, who luckily came to look for him. I say luckily, because although he was identified, his microchip had migrated and was not detected by either us or the vet.
So there is a lesson here; even if you know your dog or cat to be microchipped and assume that no phone call means that he is not at the SPA, there is always the possibility of human (or technological) error. Give us a quick call to let us know that your pet is missing, just in case, and keep an eye on our Facebook page, as all our dogs have photos on there.
The second dog to be reclaimed was one of Saturday’s arrivals, and everyone is delighted. Chipie is a very elderly lady. She obviously had someone who loved her, as she had recently had a haircut. And although for her age she was in good condition, she was too fragile to be outside and so was living in the infirmary. Her owner came looking for her today, and apparently it was quite a reunion!
There was one reservation, too, and it was of a black dog, which is always good news. It might be coincidence but Angelina (originally misnamed Brad!) was reserved the same day on which several new and excellent photographs were added to her Facebook album. A good photograph can do so much to help the way people perceive a dog. A picture of a dog interacting with a volunteer can say much more about his character than words! Thanks to Alizée for her photographic skills!
Yesterday the SPA received a lovely message to mark the second anniversary of the adoption of Munro by Nicky and her husband. Munro is yet another hound who has gone to live in the UK, and Nicky’s love for (her words) “this lovable ridiculous ginger lumpkin” is absolute. She described him as being “the best advert ever for adopting a rescue”. Although never having met in person, Nicky is friends with many other SPA supporters in the UK and elsewhere, and the Facebook thread started filling up with pictures of other SPA hounds, so we saw Maddie and also had news of Gwen, Yessa and Luther. Nothing cheers us up more than news of happy dogs!
For once on a Monday there is more good news than bad! Long may it continue!
Angelina – RESERVED; perhaps thanks to this photo.
And Munro celebrates two years since his adoption.