While we’re waiting for our next guide dog puppy, we’ve been keeping our hand in by walking dogs at the local rescue centre. Of course, we’ve fallen in love with all of the animals at the centre, but our special favourite is Alfie, a beautiful six year old golden labrador.
Alfie has been shoved from pillar to post. He was a sniffer dog but somehow got lost along the way and it’s thought he was possibly forced into dog fighting while lost on the streets in Europe. Not surprisingly, he now has a problem with aggression with other dogs and finds being in kennels very stressful. But Alfie loves people and is the most beautiful boy. He’ll do anything for a biscuit, is very obedient and affectionate. He loves playing in water, loves his big teddy and tennis ball. We would have adopted him like a shot, but couldn’t chance him with the puppies. We really hope some special person will come along soon and take Alfie home to be loved as he deserves and given the chance to learn how to live happily with other dogs.
While we’ve been waiting for our next pup (who hopefully arrives on 13 September) we’ve been looking after a couple of friends’ dogs during the summer. Our current houseguest is Tia who is also a beautiful golden labrador and is three years old. Tia is very much a lady and patiently waits for her treats and dinner. She even crosses her legs as a proper lady should 🙂 Tia loves the local woods, she loves her treats, adores chasing balls and playing tug with her red hoop. She does seem to have selective hearing though, and sometimes fails to hear us calling her, but strangely when the word ‘biscuit’ is mentioned she miraculously appears in an instant.
Most evenings she’s totally pooped from the day’s activities and sleeps soundly in her bed until about ten o’clock. Then it’s as if an alarm goes off and she’s up and ready to play, just as we’re thinking about preparing for bed.
We’ve loved having Tia stay and are hoping the next week goes slowly so we can continue to enjoy her company before our friends return from holiday. We’re almost tempted to put a sign on the door when they’re due to collect Tia saying “Gone Away. No Forwarding Address” but imagine they’d track us down 🙂
I saw a message on Facebook last week that said: “Without animals, our wallets would be bigger, our homes would be cleaner, but our hearts would be emptier”. I imagine animal lovers everywhere would agree with that.