How would you feel?
Bocci’s owner has asked fellow dog bloggers to publicise Inernational Homeless Animas Day (press link to read about it:
We want to tell you why this is important.
Now then, today I am going to be really serious ok? My human and her friends often always walk on Osmaston Park twice daily and last winter they rescued four dogs who had been abandoned. Now, considering the fact that Bonny and I set up a good howl when mum just pops out to the shops, I cannot even begin to imagine how a dog whose family takes him/her to the park and then drives away might feel – devastation? Fear? Hunger?. Two of the rescues went back to their owners. Above you can see a picture of fellow dog lover Anne who has taken in two rescue dogs. One of which, Muffin (black) was one of the dogs we found.
Rescue 1: In the coldest week of winter Bonny flushed a Gerham Shepherd dog out of the hedges that line the park. This poor abandoned creature roamed the park daily, not leaving it, just hoping to find its family. She took food up nightly but worried about water as all the ponds were FROZEN!!! Friend Jane who keeps Gerham Shepherds finally (after five days – we just couldn’t catch it) rounded up this poor dog, took it to the Community Centre where they gave it bread and milk (that was all they had) and the dog warden came and collected it. Turned out this dog was chipped and the owners had been looking for it….??
Rescue 2: Muffin, black dog above with his lovely new furever mum, Anne. Again it was a really cold phase of winter when we slowly realised another dog had joined our group. Friend Diane wandered the park looking for its owners. She took him home (for lunch) and then again, wandered park with Muffin (who she named) searching for his peeps. Muffin was a sad skinny dog but friendly. Eventually she had to take him home and after communications were set up with Dog Warden, Anne volunteered to keep Muffin. He now has all his boosters, flea treatments, wormed, and is beloved dog belonging to Anne.
Rescue 3: Yorkshire Terrier. Owners had already reported him missing and Dog Warden was pleased to reunite dog and family. Good result.
Rescue 4: Jack Russell. Owner soon found (was on park looking) but this dog not chipped and if mum had actually taken him home Dog Warden would have been unable to locate owner.
So now you know why we agree with Bocci, Mayzie and Maggie Mae that funding must be there so people like Dog Wardens can do their job, and so homeless animals can be found loving homes like Anne’s .
Can you imagine how it feels to be a dog who is abandoned?
PS: Unofficial rescue team: Jules, Diane, Anne, Jane, Claudia and my hooman and the guys at Osmaston Community Centre.
PPS: If you have a dog and you cant cope (financial/behaviour issues etc) we understand. But please think of welfare of your animal before DUMPING said dog. Get help. Please do not dump your dog.
PPSS: Links to local rescue centres are detailed on right hand side of the blog permanently. You just need to scroll down and press your chosen rescue centre. There is no shame in asking for help!!