A puppy made a brief appearance at the refuge today, but the fact that he arrived complete with collar and lead gave us a pretty good clue that he had an owner, and that chances were he had just escaped on a walk. However (sigh) he was not identified. His owner did come to collect him, but as ever the excuses as to WHY he was not identified were feeble.
People quite often post pictures of their dogs onto our Facebook page and ask for our help in finding them. We are happy to help; that is what we are there for. However, when the dogs are not identified, I always secretly hope that they will pass through our hands, just so we know that they will be micro-chipped (obligatory before pets can be reclaimed). If dogs are found without coming to the SPA, who knows whether or not they will ever be identified? Despite the fact that this is THE LAW. When an animal is found without coming to the SPA, we have no control over whether identification takes place. If we are told the good news on Facebook (that the dog has been found), we often request that they now get their animal micro-chipped and the answer is invariably “I am planning on having it done”. But who knows?
Anyway, today’s pup, Kay IS now identified.
The other arrival was that of a magnificent border collie, who has been named Ako. He is not good with male dogs, but perhaps his owner is looking for him. He is not identified, of course…..
We received some sad news this morning, that of the death of lovely Alfie, the fabulous gentle Neapolitan Mastiff. He was never part of the SPA “family”, but he paid us a visit during one of our Christmas open days. At that time he was in need of a new home and was kindly being looked after by friends of the refuge, after his real owners decided to kill him rather than take him back to the UK. Thanks to Doglinks, Alfie found a home with a loving couple, Linda and Richard, and although they only had him for six weeks, he probably had more love in that time than in the rest of his life put together. Alfie was ten years old, which is an enormous age for a dog of this size. But love and good care often arrive too late to compensate for years of neglect. Sometimes I am ashamed of my fellow countrymen, but also proud, as all those involved in his rescue were also countrymen (and women) of mine! I have to add that lots of French people offered Alfie a home too, it was just easier logistically for him to go to Linda and Richard.
Information as to the whereabouts of Jim’s dogs and cats is gradually emerging, by the way. Everyone is safe right now and we are urging the mayor of the village to keep us informed and not do anything irreversible! We are all watching!
New arrival Ako- Not identified
And Alfie goes over the Rainbow Bridge