Fri 20th July: A lonely day for May
When I heard from May that she was the only staff member at Tai Po today, my first thought was that I should go up to help out. Then I realised that I’d be more of a hindrance than a help, my knowledge of the routine and dogs having long since been relegated to history, so the best I could do was to post a notice on our Facebook page to rally the troops. We’re short of a Site Assistant, someone to do what Eva does (so well), which is to support May in every way that’s required. So once again we’re on the lookout for that special person to work alongside Eva and help take care of the many dogs we have at our Homing Centre. In this weather it’s tough physically and in all weathers it can also be emotionally draining, so it’s not a job for any but the most dedicated. I know there are such people out there because we have two of them at Tai Po and one at Ap Lei Chau (Iris), so please contact me if you’re interested. As far as I’m concerned any work is better than sitting in an office all day.
After my mention of Angel the pug and her wonky knees in yesterday’s post, there was a wonderful response to my plea for donations to cover the cost of the surgery (twelve thousand dollars), and as always I’m so touched by the generosity of strangers. Now all we need is a foster home where Angel can recover and we can book her in for the first “knee job”. This condition (luxating patella) is really very common in small dogs (and some large dogs have it too) but unless it’s really bad it doesn’t cause any problems. In fact my own Sandy has it to a degree but you’d never know. She’s an agile rock climber as well as all her other skills (like burrowing in mud), so it clearly doesn’t bother her at all.
The young corgi that was brought to us on Thursday had an interview lined up for this afternoon so a quick visit to Acorn was necessary to get his booster vaccination and an overall health check before he met his potential adopter. I’d already left by the time that took place and agreed to an overnight stay to see that Marlon (the corgi’s original name was Mario but that name is already taken) got on with the other resident dogs. So we’ll know by Saturday if he’s gone or is still available (as many other people have been asking about him).
Now that the kennel cough plague has passed, I’m planning my list of dogs for Whiskers’n'Paws on Sunday. I have to bear in mid that there’s a typhoon on the way again and that means being indoors so I’ll keep the larger puppies to a minimum, probably just Opal and Diamond. I have the two newbies to show off, and they are so beautiful I hope they both find homes.