AFTER losing their german shepherd- cross Ralph, who lived to 16, Wanita Anning and her family had doubts whether another dog could fill that void.
However, after some time, Wanita, of Huonville, stumbled across Brightside Farm Sanctuary run by Emma Haswell, and met a german shepherd- cross- basset hound called Arthur who had a freakish resemblance to Ralph. I’d often go online and look at the dogs at the dogs home and then just by chance I saw a link to Brightside Farm Sanctuary and immediately noticed Arthur because he looked so much like our previous dog, Ralph.
Arthur had been found dumped further down the Channel and had been brought in by the Huon Council. He most likely would have been put down if it hadn’t been for Emma Haswell from Brightside rescuing him.
I just can’t speak highly enough of Emma and her team down at Cradoc, with the care they take with the unwanted and rescued animals they look after.
I contacted Emma and a couple of days later she personally dropped off Arthur to our house. When he got here he leapt straight out of her car and ran up to me with his tail wagging and he was just the funniest looking thing; I’ve never seen such a long dog with such short legs before! And he has the longest tongue I have ever seen on a dog as well. He just loves people – he definitely tries to kill them with kindness. You can see him trying to talk to other animals as well, when they are on TV. He’ll sit there and bark and whine at any other animal on the TV, which is very humorous to watch. In two words: not very! I think it must be the basset hound in him because he loves, and I mean loves, to sleep. If he comes inside in the evening and it’s a cold night he’ll get up on his favourite chair ( which also happens to be my husband’s) and go out like a light, and we just leave him there. That said, he does have one strange strict morning routine. Matthew backs his car out of our gated driveway each morning and then closes the gate. No matter what Arthur is doing, even if he is eating his breakfast, he has to jump into Matthew’s car for the trip down the driveway and then gets back out and goes back to whatever he was doing. We as a family could not ask for a better dog to fit our family. He is one of the most unique looking, beautiful natured creatures I have ever encountered. We are about to build a new house and Arthur, or “King Arthur’’ as my son Brandon calls him, will definitely be getting his own room. We just couldn’t imagine life without him now. Anyone interested in adopting a pet should consider visiting the Brightside Farm Sanctuary’s website at www. brightside. org. au
THE demand for pet- friendly infrastructure is alive and kicking. Where pets are part of the family, their humans don’t want to leave them behind.
Take this comment from a Mercury reader: “We search out accommodation around Tasmania that is pet friendly and like to reward towns where there is plenty of off- lead walking.”
They are not alone, another said: “So much of Tasmania is [ devoted to] national parks or reserve and not an option for those who travel with dogs.
“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our State Government and local councils could be more inclusive and respectful of the joys of dog ownership and permitted dogs on leads in these areas?
“And wouldn’t it be great if we could walk dogs on- lead in the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, in Hobart?”
There are precedents here with dogs already permitted on lead in the Royal Melbourne Botanic Gardens and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The following information was kindly provided by readers Malcolm and Ros, who travelled through Canada recently and were delighted to learn dogs on leads are permitted in the national parks there.
“Although walking tracks in the Rockies were extremely busy, there was total acceptance of the considerable number of dogs being walked.
“It was very apparent that dog walkers understood the importance of having well behaved dogs and how crucial it was that droppings were collected.
“The Canadian Rockies model shows an inclusive attitude to dog ownership.
“In Canada’s mountain parks around the popular Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore areas, almost 50 per cent of hotels are pet friendly.
“Some hotels offer a welcome package when dogs are booked in including a dog bowl, treats and dog bed.
“Front desk staff may offer dog- sitting or walking services with fees donated to local animal rescue shelters.
“One hotel proprietor in Banff has chosen to double the number of pet rooms made available due to the demand.”
So, walkies anyone?