June 14th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment
The photos taken on Lamma were posted on the HKDR Facebook page today, so I spent a good amount of time looking through them and being reminded of how and when the dogs came to me. Many of them were leftovers from the very early days when my home was the only place we had, before the Pokfulam Kennels were offered to us and long before Tai Po or Ap Lei Chau.
Tufty was one of a litter of sharpei crosses, beautiful pups who were my introduction to the “breed”. She had the typical and very common “fat ear” (aural haematoma) of sharpeis so she’s been left with one crinkled one, but she’s still lovely to me.
Curly was a very beautiful baby with golden-red Shirley Temple curls, but he was also a timid boy. His curls softened into waves as he grew but he stayed shy.
Sooty looked like a normal-sized puppy when I first got him, but he grew and grew. As he got older he also grew sideways, and he’s a really big boy now. He loves to be cuddled though.
Many of these dogs are now sponsored through the Life Saver Club, a regular donation programme set up for the express purpose of helping us to take care of our long-termers, those dogs who have been with us for years and who are less likely to find their own homes. While Lamma is now a ‘forever home’ for dogs like Tufty, Curly and Sooty, we also have quite a few Tai Po residents who qualify to be Life Saver Club-sponsored. If you would like to help take care of any dog on a monthly basis, please do email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. We will choose a dog for you unless you have one you would specifically like to nominate, and that will be “your” dog only.
I’m really hoping that Biff and Buffy won’t be staying with me forever, not because I don’t love them of course, but because I want them to have a home of their own where they can get the attention they deserve. In the meantime if anyone would like to sponsor their ongoing costs of food, Frontline, heartworm prevention etc, then please mention their names when you contact the Life Saver Club (volunteer Shaline).