Dogs reunited after being adopted
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.
The four dogs during their reunion last month.