Yesterday wasn’t a very good day. 😦
It rained on and off all day and apart from Julia there was one regular walker and a new couple walking at Wiccaweys. There are so many dogs in at the moment that they only get a walk around the field and a later toilet walk, no grooming or cuddle time. 😦
Today there is only Julia and Jenny but at least it is dry. Winter is a tough time at dog rescue centres, many people surrender dogs around Christmas plus the short days limit the amount of time that the volunteers have with the dogs.
Why is there such a need for dog rescues? If people took it seriously when they got a dog they would keep them for life, I know in some cases people’s circumstances change and the dog has to go but that is rare. I have heard bizarre reasons for dog dumping including “the dog doesn’t match the new furniture” or “it is not as cute as when it was a puppy” Come on people, get a grip! would you dump a child because it crapped on the kitchen floor? perhaps some of you would? if you are not mature, committed or financially secure enough to keep a dog don’t buy one!! My own theory is that the closing of “puppy mills/puppy farms” would greatly reduce the number of dogs being given up to rescues or dumped, people think more carefully when getting a dog from a breeder or a rescue than from a “puppy factory” which is like shopping at Costco!
We don’t want governments regulating dog ownership because they will make it worse but it will happen if people don’t show some sense and raise safe and sociable dogs that the rest of society doesn’t notice. Oh, and pick their poop up when in public because non dog people hate poop.
Shirley has come to us from our friends at Limerick Animal Welfare in Eire .
Shirley is a lovely, cheeky lady. Full of fun and with a great sense of humour. She is fabulous with other dogs and loves to play. If anyone is worried or unsure, Shirley will bring them round and have them playing. She is great with people and just an all round good girl.