Dou­ble the fun with Dolly & Dixie

Harefield Gazette - - RSPCA NEWS -

CHRIST­MAS 2015 saw the Hilling­don RSPCA deal­ing with a lot of sad­ness, both hu­man and an­i­mals. We were called to in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence where pets needed a place of safety, sud­den deaths re­sulted in us look­ing for homes for two pairs of el­derly small dogs.

Ill­ness also fea­tured but we are pleased to say two fam­i­lies of cats have been re­united with their own­ers.

Dixie and Dolly sadly came into our care due to their owner’s ill health. They are a lovely pair of girls who are in­sep­a­ra­ble and must go to a new home to­gether.

They are well so­cialised and love their walks and sniff­ing about.

Dolly is the more con­fi­dent of the two, but they both min­gle well with other small dogs. At their size we can’t blame them for show­ing a lit­tle ner­vous­ness when meet­ing very large dogs.

Both girls love to sit on a lap for a fuss and en­joy be­ing pam­pered which is just as well, as they do both need reg­u­lar groom­ing.

Dixie is not very com­fort­able around small chil­dren, so we would pre­fer a home where any chil­dren are up­wards of 10 years old.

Dolly and Dixie have lost their beloved owner and the life they knew – can you of­fer them a lov­ing home and the chance to start over?

Bella and Pep­per are two lovely girls who love fuss, cud­dles, lazy days in bed and lots of at­ten­tion – per­fect lap cats!

They came to us as a pair and are un­der­stand­ably at­tached to each other, so we would not con­sider hom­ing them sep­a­rately. They would pre­fer not to live with dogs or young chil­dren but from age six up­wards would be suit­able. Bella and Pep­per are kind-na­tured kit­ties who would be a lovely ad­di­tion to a fam­ily.

Can you take good care of this lovely pair and give them the for­ever home to­geth­er­gether they de­serve?

If you think you can of­fer one of f our an­i­mals a lov­ing home then en please ring RSPCA Hilling­don Branch on 01895 5 833417 or visit our web­site www.w. rspc­ahilling don­clinic.org.uk k to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form.m.

SOME­TIMES we don’t un­der­stand why peo­ple don’t like us. We’re be­ing as friendly as we can but those we want to be friends with just don’t want to know.

Milo, a gi­ant dog with a back­side to match, thinks the best way to make friends is to sit on their lap.

He loves other dogs but, un­for­tu­nately, not re­al­is­ing how big he is, he of­ten scares dogs away with his en­thu­si­asm to play.

So the poor boy is friend­less. He could do with a touch of “how to win friends and in­flu­ence peo­ple”.

Bat­tersea think he is a cross be­tween an Amer­i­can bull­dog and a St Bernard. He is like a cud­dly bear but will need strict train­ing around other dogs. He also doesn’t like be­ing left home alone so is look­ing for a home where he will have com­pany and a gar­den to burn off en­ergy.

Lord Sugar said: “If I want a friend, I’ll get a dog”, so if you want a friend in the shape of a hand­some dog called Milo, you can find him at Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home, Bat­tersea Park Road.

There’s less than 100 days to go un­til the new com­pul­sory dog chip­ping law comes into force. From April 6 all dogs must be mi­crochipped. The only ex­cep­tion will be where a vet has cer­ti­fied that a dog is un­fit to be mi­crochipped.

A mi­crochip is a small elec­tronic chip, around the size of a grain of rice, which is im­planted un­der the dog’s skin and con­tains a unique num­ber that can be read by a scan­ner. The owner’s con­tact de­tails re­lat­ing to each num­ber are logged on a cen­tral data­base so should the dog go miss­ing it can be scanned and quickly re­turned to the owner. It is es­sen­tial the owner keeps the con­tact de­tails up-to-date that are linked to the chip.

In prepa­ra­tion for April 6, Bat­tersea is of­fer­ing dog own­ers free mi­crochip­ping at their re­hom­ing cen­tres. Phone 0843 509 4444 for de­tails.

On Satur­day, Jan­uary 23, Bat­tersea is also of­fer­ing free mi­crochip­ping at Adrian Hall Gar­den Cen­tre, Snakey Lane, Feltham (from11am-4pm).

The Dogs Trust is of­fer­ing free mi­crochip­ping to­mor­row (Thurs­day) at West­field Park, Chelsea (from 11am-3pm) and on Tues­day, Jan­uary 26 at In­wood Park in Houn­slow (11am-3pm).

Dogs Dixie and Dolly (above) and fe­line friends Bella and Pep­per (in­set)

n BIG AND HAND­SOME: Meet Milo

n DO DOU­BLE ACTS:

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