An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

CHUCK­LES has been here be­fore. He knows the ropes about fea­tur­ing in this col­umn. You get your photo taken and wait.

For the whole of the past 21 months, he’s been wait­ing, since I last wrote about him (Gazette Oct 10 2014). Other an­i­mals fea­tured are now happy in their new homes but he’s not been cho­sen. Dur­ing that time, he’s been lov­ingly cared for by the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) but it’s not the same as hav­ing the free­dom of your own home.

Dur­ing the past months, I’ve oc­ca­sion­ally spent some time sit­ting in Chuck­les’ ken­nel with him. Last week, I went to sit with him, after not hav­ing seen him for a while and he wel­comed me with open arms.

He’s one of the long­est stay­ing dogs at NAWT and he’s got one of the largest ken­nels. Spend­ing time with him, in his ken­nel, gives just a tiny in­sight into his world – he’s watch­ing to see when the handy­man’s go­ing to come and do some re­pairs in the work­shop next door, he’s lis­ten­ing to see who’s com­ing down the yard and he’s wel­com­ing vis­i­tors who come to view him.

When I was sit­ting with him, a lady came to look at him – (and me), but she wanted a younger dog and quickly moved on. Chuck­les is about

nine. get homed. But there are ad­van­tages to hom­ing an older dog.

Older dogs are of­ten calmer and more re­lax­ing to be around and, con­trary to pop­u­lar opin­ion, you can teach an old dog new tricks. They can also still have sev­eral years ahead of them. Dur­ing my visit, Chuck­les couldn’t wait to play ball. He adores play­ing in wa­ter. He loves com­pany but does need to be the only dog in the home. If you could home this Staffie-cross, pay him a visit at NAWT, Tylers Way, Wat­ford by pass. He’ll be lis­ten­ing for you.

In or­der to con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tions for the Queen’s 90th birth­day, NAWT are invit­ing us to hold our own Royal Tea Party in aid of the an­i­mals in their care. They have a fan­tas­tic fundrais­ing pack to help us which in­cludes in­vi­ta­tions, party games etc – all avail­able from nawt.org.uk.

IN NEED: Chuck­les The Man­ager of the Re­hom­ing Cen­tre, Jackie De Friez said age is the main rea­son dogs don’t

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