An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

ARE you ever out with someone and you wish they would be­have a bit bet­ter? It is pos­si­ble Ruby might feel this about Ron­nie.

There is Ruby, sit­ting up beg­ging po­litely while Ron­nie’s play­ing about.

Ruby, older and wiser, is do­ing her best to lick Ron­nie into shape but he can still have his own agenda at times, partly be­cause he finds ken­nels stress­ful. Th­ese two Jack Rus­sell ter­rier cross­breeds came into the care of the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) in March af­ter their owner moved into a flat. She had pre­vi­ously had both dogs since they were young – Ruby is now nine and Ron­nie is six, so it is not sur­pris­ing they are find­ing ken­nel life strange. Some days they spend time in the su­per­vi­sor’s of­fice where they are as good as gold.

They also en­joy snug­gling up to­gether at night. You can meet this hand­some cou­ple at the NAWT Re­hom­ing Cen­tre, Tylers Way, Wat­ford By­pass.

With the hol­i­day sea­son here, NAWT is re­mind­ing us of our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in re­la­tion to dog travel.

Fol­low­ing a sur­vey com­pleted by 700 pet own­ers, they found that 41 per cent of re­spon­dents did not know what the High­way Code says about pet travel in cars. The Code asks us to en­sure that, when in a ve­hi­cle, dogs or other an­i­mals are suit­ably re­strained so they can­not be a dis­trac­tion whilst driv­ing or in­jure you or them­selves, if you stop quickly. Ways of re­strain­ing an­i­mals in cars are a seat belt har­ness, pet car­rier, dog cage or dog guard.

The NAWT also ad­vise us to check what our emer­gency break­down cover says about trav­el­ling with dogs.

Their sur­vey showed that although 88 per cent of re­spon­dents had such cover, only two out of three re­spon­dents knew whether there were re­stric­tions re­gard­ing their dogs. In the event of a break­down, many emer­gency re­cov­ery com­pa­nies leave it up to the dis­cre­tion of their em­ploy­ees to de­cide how the dog can travel if re­cov­ery is needed. They ad­vise us to check our doc­u­ments to see if there are spe­cific guid­ance/ re­stric­tions on pet travel.

On a lighter note, the Av­enue Vin­tage and An­tique Mar­ket is host­ing a Top Dog show on Satur­day (11am to 2pm).

It takes place at the Dray­ton Court Ho­tel, The Av­enue, West Eal­ing. De­tails from www.in­west­eal­ing.co.uk.

n KEN­NEL LIFE: Ruby and Ron­nie

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