It was another sad day at the SPA, brightened by the adoption of lovely Harry. This young shepherd cross arrived not long ago, and he was lucky to catch someone’s eye very quickly. Being well under a year old, Harry has lots of time to forget his very brief stay at the SPA; he is a fabulous well socialised dog and we hope he will be very happy.
The bad news of the day involved Harley, a six year old boxer who was brought in for rehoming 12 days ago. His owner was ill, and her family did not want to keep the dog. When they brought Harley in, they mentioned that he was drinking more than usual, but knew nothing more. He was clearly unwell from the beginning and further examinations carried out today revealed kidney failure due to advanced cancer of the prostate. Harley had perhaps a couple of months to live, but with increasing pain. He was already unable to eat.
A decision was taken to end his suffering. The first thing was to try and contact his former owners, so that Harley could end his life in the arms of someone he loved and who knew him well. However the phone numbers were no longer in service. It fell to employees Carole and Vincent to take Harley on his final journey. Many thanks to them; I am sure they agree that however many times you do this (rarely at the SPA, luckily), it does not get any easier. We were all aware that this dog would have been far better of spending his last days where he had always been, in front of a fire with his owner.
Oh, and to those of you who do not believe in castration; please take note. Had Harley been castrated, it is extremely unlikely that he would have contracted this illess and could have doubled his lifespan. Furthermore the SPA could have rehomed him, as was doubtless the owner’s expectation. Instead it was a sad end for this magnificent dog who should have been in the prime of life.
We hate to end on a negative note, so here is a picture of Cliona, who came to visit today. You see what the SPA can achieve? As long as a dog is not fatally ill, we can do miracles, and we should never forget that fact!