October 16th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
I was happy to be able to spend the day at home today as the ailing baby pup is hanging on but needs frequent hand feeding. Not having any anti-diarrhoea medicines in the house (must get some), I used an old-fashioned home remedy of corn starch in water which seemed to do the trick, and now it’s just a case of waiting. The bigger two are already starting to run round in their special area, created by joining two very large-sized cages together. In the daytime they’re out in the garden (in their mobile home), and at night back inside, and while it works for now they will soon outgrow the space. Of course the sick little girl is the cute one, with her thick wavy coat and ears that are already starting to elongate from their initial triangle shape. I can’t say I’m optimistic, but there’s always hope while she’s still breathing and swallowing her liquid food.
The older dogs are fascinated by the double-cage and its three inhabitants. Stardust in particular spends almost the entire day waiting for the pups to come close enough to the edge so she can lick them. When I hold them out for inspection Bali tries to grab them round the neck, not being sure if they’re toys or food, while Naomi salivates and does that jaw-chattering thing that many dogs do when they see or smell something they don’t like. Have you ever taken a tick off a dog and then let them have a smell (most dogs want to see what you’ve just removed from them)? I don’t know what it is about ticks, but dogs hate them as much as their owners do. If anyone knows the answer to what it is about these creatures that causes dog to wrinkle their noses and drool, please let me know. Maybe they produce some sort of offensive chemical in their jaws?
On Saturdays I need to know which foster puppies will be coming to Whiskers’n'Paws for the Sunday adoption parties, and Maria was happy to tell me that Indigo won’t be there as she’s staying permanently. Identical sister, Becky, will be there however, along with Island Pups Freddie and Baxter.
Another foster dog that’s had to be removed from the available list is Shannon, the long-haired dachshund who spent so long in a cage, standing on the wire floor, that she developed cysts between her toes that became infected. I hate cages at the best of times, but even worse is when there’s no covering on the bottom. It’s incredibly cruel, and painful for a dog, to force it to stand on wire that cuts between the toes. Anyway, after a family conference it was agreed that Shannon was too lovely to let go, she we can close the file on that case. That’s another dog who has a home for the rest of her life, guaranteed.
Here are two of our lovely dogs that are waiting for homes. Mocha was a recent surrender (why??) and dear Gobi has been with us for some time. He’s a very special boy, a mix of all sorts, small/medium size with a crest of hair on top of his head. He was abandoned on Cheung Chau, and we were told he used to live there with another one of our Tai Po dogs. It’s a mystery why Gobi hasn’t been adopted, as he’s a sweet and easy dog, his only problem being that he can’t live with cats. A small price to pay for a unique individual.