An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Garnett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

NEL­LIE’S dilemma was clear. Dur­ing the pre­cious time she has out of her pen at the re­hom­ing cen­tre, she wants to spend it chas­ing ten­nis balls.

But, to­day, she could see there was a new pad­dling pool in her ex­er­cise pad­dock. Her prob­lem was how could she chase balls and play in the pool at the same time.

Nel­lie’s a clever girl and, quick as a flash, she de­vel­oped a rou­tine whereby I threw the ball as far as I could and she brought it back via a trip through the pad­dling pool, drop­ping it, soak­ing wet at my feet. If I didn’t pick the ball up quickly enough to throw again, she would pick it up and drop it again as a prompt to get on with it.

I don’t know who en­joyed this rou­tine more, me or her. If you want to in­ject some hap­pi­ness into your life, you could do worse than volunteering with home­less dogs.

Nel­lie ar­rived at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) from a dog pound. With a strong chase in­stinct, she has to wear a muz­zle when out and about.

If you think you could home this lovely lurcher who’s good at prob­lem solv­ing, you can meet her at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust, Tylers Way, Wat­ford by Pass.

NAWT is de­lighted to have been short­listed for the Change Project of the Year Cat­e­gory in this year’s Char­ity Times Awards. It has been short­listed for be­ing the first in the UK to im­ple­ment the Open Paw train­ing pro­gramme which aims to im­prove the re­hom­ing prospects for dogs in their care. It’s be­cause of the Open Paw pro­gramme that, when you go round the cen­tre, you are en­cour­aged to in­ter­act with the dogs by giv­ing them food from the con­tainer out­side their pen. Dogs, staff and vol­un­teers un­der­take struc­tured train­ing in the Open Paw pro­gramme.

Be­sides pad­dling pools, NAWT has other tips to help pets this Sum­mer in­clud­ing giv­ing dogs frozen treats such as flavoured ice cubes and to re­mem­ber that an­i­mals, such as pale-coloured dogs and cats, can be vul­ner­a­ble to sun­burn so to ask your vet about an ap­pro­pri­ate sun block. It’s also im­por­tant not to for­get the wel­fare of rab­bits and guinea pigs. For ex­am­ple, they need to be kept clean and checked twice daily to make sure they are free from fly strike.

COOL DOG: Nel­lie is en­joy­ing the pad­dling pool

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