Animal Rescue with Marion Garnett
Dedicated animal expert Marion Garnett, founder of the Ealing Animal Welfare Bazaar, continues her column
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.
n IN NEED OF A KINGDOM: Can you home Prince?