An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Mar­ion Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her weekly col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

THIS is Bud on his day out in Brighton. Like many vis­i­tors who have gone be­fore him, he’s sit­ting on the beach in his coat. But, by all ac­counts, he re­ally en­joyed the day and he de­served it. Bud, a lurcher, is cur­rently the dog who has been wait­ing the long­est time for a home out of all three Bat­tersea Dogs Home cen­tres - Lon­don, Old Wind­sor and Brands Hatch. Be­cause he has spent over two years wait­ing, Bud now lives in foster care and it was his fos­ter­ers who took him to the sea. He loved it and was very well­be­haved. Not sur­pris­ing re­ally as his foster car­ers say he is the per­fect house guest. He set­tled into his foster home quickly and thrives from hav­ing a rou­tine. He’s house trained and sleeps in the kitchen at night. He can be left on his own for short pe­ri­ods and also en­joys trips out in the car.Bud’s look­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced own­ers who will en­sure bound­aries are in place in his new home. He needs to be kept on-lead and muz­zled when out and about as he has a strong prey drive. He walks well on the lead un­til he sees a cat. You see, Bud loves play­ing chase games and is happy to chase or be chased but th­ese need to be with sim­i­lar-minded dogs and not other an­i­mals. He also adores play­ing fetch. If you’re par­tial to throw­ing a few ten­nis balls and think you could give Bud a lov­ing home, con­tact Bat­tersea Old Wind­sor on 01784 494443.

No doubt Bud would like an­other day out – this time at Bat­tersea’s Muddy Dog Chal­lenge. This is an ob­sta­cle course where own­ers com­pete in a 2.5km or 5km run with their dogs. You can en­ter in a team, as a duo or on your own. Bat­tersea asks each par­tic­i­pat­ing hu­man to raise at least £100 spon­sor­ship money. To help pre­pare for the chal­lenge, Bat­tersea sug­gests train­ing plans and train­ing tips. There are two Muddy Dog Chal­lenge Days, firstly in Brock­well Park on May 7 and se­condly in Wind­sor Great Park on May 21. Reg­is­tra­tion in ad­vance is es­sen­tial. De­tails from bat­tersea. org.uk or 020 7627 9295. Spectators are wel­come and there will be mu­sic and com­pe­ti­tions in the event vil­lage.

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