April 14th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments
A strange thing happened today, maybe because it was Friday 13th, or because it was my birthday and I’d received so many greetings (thank you) on my Facebook page that it resulted in overload. In either case I was unable to access Facebook on my Blackberry or the office computer so I couldn’t see either personal messages or comments about my blog and the lost dog story, and thanks to a birthday dinner and a long wait for a sampan back to Lamma it was midnight before I got home. I’d made an error of judgement in posting the adoption photo of Sasha and Merry, or rather a hasty decision when I had to get a move on and couldn’t find another photo. It was supposed to be for indentification of Sasha, not the person or even Merry, but I was told that there were a lot of personal comments being made so the whole entry was removed. It was my mistake and I sent myself to the naughty corner (of the bed) for the night and will say no more other than Sasha is still missing and I hope she comes back.
Although banned from Facebook today, I was able to read my emails and too many of them were surrender requests, out of which only one had what I’d call a genuine reason for asking for help. Apart from the ease at which people seem to be able to give up their dogs, it’s upsetting to see how many dogs aren’t licensed, have never been vaccinated and aren’t on any heartworm prevention. Forget the desexing, that’s almost unheard of. It’s probably true to say that any dog living in the New Territories, and who isn’t kept inside for its entire life, will be infected with heartworm if not given any prevention. Like the breeder dogs I have been talking about, almost all of whom need (expensive and risky) treatment, many of those that we take from the Sheung Shui AFCD Kennels are heartworm positive (we got one today). Apart from the cost of the treatment and the discomfort for the dog (two injections in the spine), there is the potential of a bad reaction which can be fatal in itself, and even if that doesn’t happen there needs a be a month of restricted exercise while the dead worms break down and eventually disappear from the body. So with all of these surrender cases I insist that the dog is tested for heartworm before we will even consider accepting it for re-homing, and sadly for the dogs themselves most owners aren’t prepared to do that. Heartworm prevention is so easy – a tablet once a month or a yearly injection – so please don’t put your dog at risk by thinking it’s not necessary.
One of the birthday messages posted included this link to a wonderful story about a man and his dog, and it being the weekend and a new day I wanted to share it. For all the those people – and I know there are many – who either don’t like dogs at all and/or think they are dumb animals, I wish they would watch this: