An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

UN­LIKE the Duke of Cam­bridge, this Prince doesn’t stand out in the crowd. In a row of dogs, he’s likely to be the one you won’t no­tice.

But this doesn’t mean to say, Prince won’t make just as fan­tas­tic a pet as the most stun­ning show dog. He might not have a royal en­tourage but he does have a great fol­low­ing of staff and vol­un­teers at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) re­hom­ing cen­tre who love him to bits.

This 12-year-old col­lie cross loves to play. When I ex­er­cised him in the en­closed agility area at NAWT, he loved ev­ery mo­ment. He was easy to play with as he adores play­ing ball and fetch.

Prince is hard of hear­ing and staff rec­om­mend he is not let off-lead in an un­en­closed area as he has no road sense. They have taught him some hand sig­nals but he is ready to ex­pand his reper­toire.

Im­por­tantly, he knows that a thumbs up means he’s go­ing to get a treat for be­ing a good boy.

One of the best aspects of vis­it­ing dogs, like Prince, at NAWT is that, be­cause they op­er­ate the Open Paw sys­tem of care, vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to feed the dogs so, if you come and see them, you can in­tro­duce your­self by giv­ing them food from the pot clipped to the out­side of their pen.

Prince could pos­si­bly live with a fe­male dog of sim­i­lar age and tem­per­a­ment. If you think you could wel­come this hand­some Prince into your king­dom, he’s wait­ing for you at the NAWT Re­hom­ing Cen­tre, Tylers Way, Wat­ford-by-pass WD25 8WT. An­other rea­son for vis­it­ing NAWT soon is the Easter Quiz and Rab­bit Pet­ting week­end tak­ing place on Satur­day March 26 and Sun­day March 27 (11am-3pm). There will be rab­bit cud­dling and a talk from staff about car­ing for rab­bits. You also need to look out for the Easter Bunny hop­ping around. (Please park at the nearby Mer­cure Car Park).

Fi­nally, don’t for­get that from April 6, it will be against the law for your dog not to be mi­crochipped. Go to chip­my­dog.org.uk to find out where your dog can be mi­crochipped free. The May­hew An­i­mal Home will be car­ry­ing out free mi­crochip­ping at Round­wood Park NW10 on Tues­day March 29 from 9.30am – 11.30am.

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