Strikes twice

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - PETS - Can you elab­o­rate on how you found Arthur? How ac­tive is he? What’s his per­son­al­ity like? What’s great about hav­ing Arthur? Email abox­hall@ big­pond. com

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?

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