An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

AF­TER 36 years, we are hav­ing a new kitchen. Some peo­ple love do­ing ren­o­va­tions, but that’s not me. I’ve just had a de­tailed ex­po­si­tion of the dif­fer­ent sorts of hinges on a fridge freezer – I walked off half way through as I couldn’t stand it any longer.

But I’m glad that, when do­ing im­prove­ments, some peo­ple en­joy it.

The Dogs Trust at Hare­field has just had makeovers to two places and, be­cause of their at­ten­tion to de­tail, they look fab­u­lous.

The court­yard area, where I met Carter the Lurcher, now looks like a Le­goland for dogs.

It has got two new bone­shaped pad­dling pools, a Z-shaped sand­pit, a tun­nel, climb­ing frame with dif­fer­ent tex­tures on the steps, a se­cret cir­cuit for the dogs to ex­plore, which goes round the in­side perime­ter, and is adorned by plants which were on dis­play at Hamp­ton Court Flower Show.

The but­ter­flies love it and so does Carter.

He de­serves a bit of hap­pi­ness as he has not had much luck on the re­hom­ing front.

He can be wor­ried by traf­fic, so he’s look­ing for a calm, ac­tive home, pos­si­bly in a ru­ral area where he can get the ex­er­cise he needs. He likes lots of fuss and cud­dles.

If you think you could home this gor­geous boy, you can meet him at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Uxbridge UB9 6JW.

Whilst there you can visit the sec­ond area that has had a makeover, which is the tea room.

The new lay­out is de­light­ful. Arm­chairs, cof­fee tables, a fan­tas­tic view and ex­cel­lent value for money – what more can you want when you go out for lunch, whether or not you’re get­ting a dog from Dogs Trust?

The Dogs Trust has just the right book for their cof­fee tables, pub­lished this week to cel­e­brate 125 years of Dogs Trust.

It’s called Dogs and their Faith­ful Celebrities and is avail­able from book­shops.

Mean­while, if, like Dogs Trust, you are giv­ing your out­side area a makeover and want to en­sure it’s more dog-friendly, Dogs Trust has hints to help you, such as en­sur­ing the bor­ders are se­cure, ad­ding a va­ri­ety of tex­tures to pro­vide sen­sory stim­u­la­tion, giv­ing dif­fer­ent heights so dogs have a va­ri­ety of van­tage points, pro­vid­ing a quiet re­treat for shel­ter and be­ing alert to poi­sonous plants.

For de­tails, see dogstrust.org. uk and type dog friendly gar­den in the search box.

n GET CARTER: This lurcher de­serves a bit of hap­pi­ness

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