July 15th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
It’s so frustrating to have such beautiful puppies so perfectly ripe for adoption, and then to hear them coughing. It hasn’t affected their playing or eating, although in the heat of the day all dogs and puppies are collapsed in the shade, but it does mean I can’t take them to Whiskers’n'Paws for the Sunday homing party. The German shepherd pups are super gorgeous but they too will be staying behind when I leave for the afternoon. Damn and damn. It’s just as well we have back-up “stock” at Tai Po, and maybe it was meant to be because Katie’s pups really need some exposure before they outgrow their baby cuteness. Katie was the third mother-with-pups that arrived at AFCD within a week of each other, the other two being Constance (now on Lamma) and Whitney (at Tai Po).
At least my own trip over to Whiskers’n'Paws will be very easy, with maybe four of five puppies and a group of doglets.
The fact that Fuzzy had to wait at all to be adopted shows how slow things are right now on the homing front at Tai Po, but she left today to start her new life. She was one of a group of dogs that came from Stanley Barracks (via AFCD) and all of the dogs that have come from there have been wonderful. They’re obviously fed and taken care of by someone as they’re all very friendly and good natured. We still have quite a few from the last batch of barracks dogs, including Devon and Jello, both sweet, and hopefully their turn will come soon.
The husky puppy (called Superman) arrived today, and our star volunteer photographer, Kat Kuok, took this lovely photo of him. In fact she’s been busy taking photos of many of the dogs, the intention being that eventually every dog will have a stunning portrait to show his or her beauty. A good photo can make all the difference when there are hundreds of faces on the website to compete with, and I’ve always found it interesting to know how potential adopters choose. I think most people have a favourite look and I suppose I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, but then every dog has something special. There’s Keith “The Teeth” with his exaggerated underbite which makes him look like Dracula (upside down), or Gypsy with her wonky smile. Some dogs are naturally photogenic and every shot makes them look amazing, but it’s really not easy getting that perfect portrait as I know only too well.