June 1st, 2012 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
I’d mentioned the two rottweiler-like puppies at Pokfulam AFCD on my blog the other day, and how I was planning to take them out on Monday but ended up with puppies and the dog-with-mange instead. So today was the day for a return visit, and the puppies greeted me with wiggly bottoms as they tried to wag their non-existent tails. There were two more puppies that were obviously from the same litter but they had full tails – lucky for them – and all of them were very sweet and happy. It was only after microchipping and rabies vaccinations had been done that I had to give an age (for the license) and on checking their teeth found that they weren’t puppies at all, at least not young ones. They must be around eight months old judging by the fact that their fully adult teeth already have some signs of tartar. So there are now two mini-rottweilerish young dogs at Tai Po along with their two very sweet and pretty siblings.
We used to get a lot of French bulldogs at one time but haven’t seen any for some years, probably because they’re not the most friendly of dogs with other dogs although great with people. Then suddenly two Boston terriers/French bulldogs turned up at Ap Lei Chau (one blind and one with heartworm), and today there was another Frenchie at AFCD with really terrible skin. His owner had apparently died but that’s no excuse for letting your dog get into the state that poor Happy is in. (I gave him this name because despite everything, he’s such a cheerful little dog and was so delighted to get out of his kennel). At least he’s young and once we get his skin sorted I’m sure he’ll find a home as I’m often asked if we have any French bulldogs available.
The two Lakeland terriers were at Acorn when I arrived with the four not-puppies and the Frenchie, although I hadn’t known that they would be arriving (from AFCD Sheung Shui) today. They’re nice little dogs, again not without some health issues though not too bad (the male has an ear infection, probably due to a food allergy). There’s two more dogs I’m not worried about as far as homing them is concerned.
I was told that the not-rottweiler family had been surrendered by their owner, and was horrified to find that plastic tags had been put through the ends of their ears, probably when they were young puppies as the tags at first felt like raised scabs from a wound. It’s pretty shocking what some people do to their dogs, although at least this group had clearly been otherwise well-treated as they are so people-friendly. There have been so many horror stories over the years, so it’s always nice to see something different for a change. Twice this week dogs that I’ve seen at AFCD have been reunited with their owners, not exactly the sort of homes that we would let our dogs go to but at least the dogs are loved and wanted, enough that their owners turn up at AFCD to collect them. The thing about dogs is that they don’t care how rich or poor their humans are, or whether they are dressed like princes or paupers, and the dog I watched skip out of AFCD today with a shabby old man who’d paid his fine in coins and a few ten dollar notes was the happiest dog in the world that that moment.