October 30th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
One of the reasons for asking potential adopters to complete the questionnaire is so we can help match the right dog with the most suitable home. Many people see a photo and want to meet that one dog, but it’s quite possible that it isn’t going to suit their lifestyle or family so we try to recommend others that will. Recently a friend referred a potential adopter to me, and having heard what type of dog personality she was looking for I was able to pinpoint one or two particular doglets on Lamma that I felt would suit. One of those was Charity and the other was Shep, and it was Shep who went home on that particular day. He turned out to be exactly what the adopter had wanted, and she was so happy with him that she in turn referred another family to me, hoping that I would be able to successfully matchmake again.
It was easy for me to suggest Charity as the perfect dog, and really it was that simple. They came, they saw, they loved her. Charity was as sweet as any dog could be, giving everyone a lick in turn, and agreeing to play (for a short time anyway) with the toys the children had brought for her. In truth Charity was far more interested in the beach and all the exciting smells like salty shells and dead fish, but she did her duty as required. I don’t know why it has taken so long for Charity (now Daisy) to find a home as she’s always been the easiest puppy anyone could hope for, but now the wait is over. My next project will be soppy Cotton, who for some reason I always want to call Dorothy. I have no idea why, but now that she’s a bit older (around eight months) I just don’t see her as a Cotton any more.
Of course there is the delightful Custer also up there with my top choices, another sweet and easy puppy who always wants to be where I am. He’s a real ‘people dog’, not particularly interested in the company of his four-legged peers, although not bothered by them sharing his bed either.
I brought Lewis back to Lamma because being a terrier cross he has boundless energy, too much for the small Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre. Having him with me means he can’t be seen every day by potential adopters, but he has a garden to run and play in and he needs that. He’s an incredibly cute puppy, but he needs to be in a home that isn’t going to try and mollycuddle him and will give him a lot of exercise.
I’m in trouble with one potential adopter who wasn’t happy when I suggested that walking her current young Jack Russell once a day, five times a week, wasn’t enough exercise. What do I know, and how dare I? Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.