November 7th, 2011 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments
Two words sprung to mind when I heard that Teresa, just adopted from Tai Po, had already been returned: instant gratification. Or it could be ‘no effort’, or many others with the same meaning. Despite the completed questionnaire specifically saying that these dogs will take time to settle so does the potential adopter understand that (answer yes), Teresa got less than twenty four hours to prove herself to be the perfect pet.
We sent out an email to all adopters the other day with information about Peak to Fong, and in return I got a message telling me that no, I won’t be going and I don’t want the puppy I adopted (for my daughter) any more. She’s lost interest and I don’t like having the dog around (or similar). Checking the adoption details on my computer I was reminded that the dog in question was a chihuahua cross, adopted straight from AFCD via Acorn as a puppy and now just over a year old.
I (we all) would much rather have the dogs wait for a home that will keep them than see them adopted until the novelty has worn off and then returned. Or worse. Because yes, some of these dogs are simply dumped, the adopter not knowing that they will always be traced back to us and we will be informed.
Anyway, it was a quiet Sunday in general but two dogs left Ap Lei Chau together, chihuahua Pumpkin and pom Harry. They are both sweet characters and I wish them a happy rest of their lives.
Some of the other small dogs went off to the Canadian International School to show themselves of, two of them being schnauzer Bix and schnauzer/shih tzu cross Pretty (who looks like a terrier more than anything else). They have become good friends since they have been with us at Ap Lei Chau, maybe sharing stories about their previous unpleasant experiences, and enjoying each other’s company and lots of play. Pretty is a youngster while Bix is middle aged, but they have chosen each other. It’s like that with dogs.
At Whiskers’n'Paws terrier type Lewis chose Minty as his playmate for the afternoon, and the pair of them didn’t stop for the entire three hours. It was only on the sampan going home that Lewis finally admitted he was a teensy bit tired, and he finally nodded off. He definitely needs a home with a garden and a playmate!