November 23rd, 2011 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
It’s quite bizarre that my Lamma dogs, normally so healthy with no need to see a vet, are taking it in turns to have to go to Acorn for one reason or another. It was Donald’s turn today, and while he was chosen because a blood donor was needed for sick schnauzer Delia, Donald’s previous lameness was starting to show again and I thought I could get his foot checked at the same time. After a couple of years of having been seen by different vets and having many X-rays taken, the original reason for Donald refusing to walk on one of his hind legs turned out to be a small wart on his pad. After it was removed the problem disappeared, so I thought the wart must be growing back. When Dr Tony had a close look there was only the tiniest possible sign of anything, but since Donald had needed to be sedated anyway, whatever it was was removed, so hopefully that’s it for another year or so. Donald must have amazingly sensitive feet to be so badly affected by a minute whatever, but I suppose it’s like a splinter that may be very small but still painful.
Sadly the blood donation wasn’t needed in the end as Delia passed away before there was time for a transfusion. The reason for her continuing high fever and then runny nose remained a mystery, but the infection must have been viral as it didn’t respond to antibiotics at all. At least Delia was able to see her oldest and best friend in the world before she died, when ex-Pokfulam volunteer Flora made the trip over to visit “her” dog. Delia had adored Flora (and vice versa), and the pair were inseparable before Delia had to be sent to Lamma. It has been a couple of years now, but Delia cried with happiness on seeing her friend, showing such devotion and loyalty even while she was so ill.
The four new small dogs from AFCD Kowloon arrived today, and hopefully they will be adopted within a very short time. As with all of these dogs we have no idea of their history or how they came to be at AFCD, but this may well be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Inevitably these last few days before the big Peak to Fong event are full of last-minute arrangements, interviews, sales and a scramble to find T-shirts (tickets) for those who – despite my warnings – left the purchase until the last minute! I made a now-rare visit to Tai Po today and brought back a few T-shirts that had been found by some doglets (who shall remain nameless) and chewed to varying degrees. A couple are damaged beyond repair (unless you like the slashed look), but I have about three that were really only dirty from being on the floor. These have been washed and are now restored to as-new condition, and I can sell these at a knockdown price of $100 (instead of $180). From what I can gather from the logistics team we are down to the last few T-shirts now, so these special ones may be as valuable as gold dust.
Even if you can’t make it to the event itself on Sunday, you can still take part by buying raffle tickets (you can buy on-line), or by sharing the Disney posting on Facebook or Weibo. We are absolutely thrilled by the support of many well-known celebrities who have posted photos of themselves wearing the P2F T-shirts on these social networking sites (including superstar Sandy Lam), and all you have do is re-post or re-tweet and HKDR will receive $1 from Disney every time thus happens, up to the value of $100,000! It costs nohting and takes a second, so please help us get to the maximum 100,000 shares.