Dogs re­united af­ter be­ing adopted

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Tails were wag­ging last month when four dogs from the same lit­ter were re­united af­ter a trau­matic start to life.

An­to­nia Al­lum, one of the own­ers and a Ti­tahi Bay Ca­nine Obe­di­ence Club mem­ber, said it was nice that the dogs had been adopted by lov­ing fam­i­lies.

The four dogs were part of a lit­ter of five aban­doned as pup­pies in Blen­heim last year.

When the dogs were res­cued they were about 3 months old and were trans­ferred to the SPCA’s Welling­ton branch. The fifth dog also found a home. How­ever, the own­ers could not make the reunion.

The dogs are of whip­pet cross breed and are sis­ters.

It had been just over a year since they last were to­gether.

Al­lum said she was shop­ping for shoes when she was side­tracked by SPCA vol­un­teers show­cas­ing pup­pies up for adop­tion.

Cud­dles with one of the dogs warmed Al­lum, whose pre­vi­ous dog had re­cently died.

Af­ter dis­cussing things with her fam­ily, she re­turned to the SPCA and came away with her dog, Cairo.

She said it was fab­u­lous to be able to bring the dogs to­gether again.

‘‘The dogs got on in­cred­i­bly well. When they got more com­fort­able with each other, they started run­ning and play­ing to­gether,’’ Al­lum said.

She said there

were con­cerns be­fore the event, be­cause the dogs were quite en­er­getic. How­ever, ev­ery­thing went smoothly and watch­ing them run­ning around to­gether was amaz­ing. ‘‘Every­one had a lovely time.’’ Al­lum and the other own­ers swapped sto­ries about the dogs. Some­thing they all had in com­mon was train­ing the dogs not to jump up.

Al­lum was sure the dogs would meet again, with their own­ers based around the Welling­ton re­gion. Next time they would try to get the fifth dog as well, she said. Ti­tahi Bay Ca­nine Dog Obe­di­ence Club has been help­ing peo­ple train their dogs for more than 40 years and has classes and in­struc­tors to suit every­one’s needs. Classes, usu­ally on Mon­day evenings, are run over an eight-week term, with own­ers learn­ing how to teach their dog how to walk on a lead and in­tro­duce the com­mands ‘‘come’’, ‘‘heel’’, ‘‘sit’’, ‘‘down’’ and ‘‘stay’’. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to con­tact the club, call class co­or­di­na­tor Linda on 027 3613843.

PHOTO: CATHER­INE HAT­FIELD

The four dogs dur­ing their reunion last month.

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