Animal Rescue with Marion Garnett
Dedicated animal expert Marion Garnett, founder of the Ealing Animal Welfare Bazaar, continues her column
AFRIEND whose greyhound has just been treated for a broken foot told me how, in order to get the dog home, she carefully lifted her in and out of the car so she didn’t have to put pressure on her foot only to find that, as soon as they arrived home, the moment her back was turned, the dog managed to haul herself onto the comfiest armchair and sit there expectantly waiting for room service.
Chester, a four-year-old Great Dane and Bullmastiff Cross also looks as though he’s sitting pretty comfortably too but he deserves to be as he’s had a difficult few months.
Chester was found in February abandoned and emaciated on the streets of Brent. He was taken to The Mayhew Animal Home where the vet team initially thought he was reasonably healthy.
However he soon developed a high temperature and stopped eating. Concerned about what was wrong, The Mayhew opened him up to have a look.
They found he had an infected prostate and that his insides were inflamed. Poor Chester was cleaned up and although The Mayhew thought they may have to operate again, this was not necessary and he recovered well. He does, however, have colitis which can be controlled with a special diet with bran mixed into it. The Mayhew can help his future owner with some of these costs.
Chester’s a strong lad who weighs 50 kgs so his new owner must be able to handle him. Great Danes often vie for the title of tallest dog so he’s not for the faint-hearted. He’s friendly and loves to snuggle in close for love and attention. He can sometimes be overly assertive with large male dogs.
Chester is not happy in kennels so until The Mayhew find the right permanent home for him, they would like to find him a foster home. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering Chester, call 020 8962 8000 or see themayhew.org.
If you want an unusual evening out, The Mayhew has teamed up with Nomad Cinema for a special dog-friendly screening of the film Best in Show.
There will be free microchipping before the film and you can cuddle up to your dog during the show. It takes place on September 3 at Queens Park NW6. Details from whereisthenomad.com or The Mayhew 020 8206 5872.