An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

DO you ever leave things too late? For sev­eral weeks I’ve been think­ing that the next dog I fea­tured from Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) would be Bessie – an af­fec­tion­ate staffie who has been wait­ing for a home since Septem­ber 2014 when she ar­rived at the Wat­ford re­hom­ing cen­tre from a dog pound.

But, when it came to writ­ing the col­umn, there was al­ways a more needy dog to fea­ture first. Then, af­ter not vis­it­ing the re­hom­ing cen­tre for a while where I would see her, when I went to look up her de­tails on­line at NAWT, I got a shock – she wasn’t there. I knew she hadn’t been re­served and my first re­ac­tion was “I left it too late, she’s died”.

Fear­ing the worst, I con­tacted Jackie De Friez, Man­ager of the Wat­ford cen­tre, who said be­cause, for the past two years, there had been lit­tle in­ter­est in Bessie from vis­i­tors to Wat­ford, she had been trans­ferred to Trindle­down, NAWT’s cen­tre in Berk­shire.

Now, I’ve been to Trindle­down in the past and know that, like all NAWT’s six re­hom­ing cen­tres, it’s a very special place. But Trindle­down is special in a dif­fer­ent way.

When it opened, it was the first pur­pose-built re­hom­ing cen­tre for el­derly pets (Bessie is 5-10 years old). All dogs and cats have so­fas, tele­vi­sions and cur­tains in their rooms. They also re­home horses, don­keys, goats, birds and pigs (Don’t even think about it un­less you’re ex­pe­ri­enced in pig keep­ing and have pig-friendly fa­cil­i­ties).

Then I thought, it’s not too late to fea­ture Bessie. She might be fur­ther away but if you want a lovely staffie, Bessie could still be your girl – and you could en­joy a trip into the coun­try to meet her. Tracy Wal­dron, man­ager of Trindle­down says Bessie has set­tled well although she was, ini­tially, un­sure of the goats. She loves be­ing with peo­ple, play­ing with squeaky toys and cud­dling. If you’d like to meet Bessie she’s moved to Trindle­down Farm, Wan­tage Road, Great Sh­ef­ford, Berk­shire RG17 7DQ.

Mean­while, back at our lo­cal NAWT cen­tre, they are hav­ing a Hal­loween event and pump­kin hunt from Oc­to­ber 24-31 (11am-3pm). You can also meet all the an­i­mals there who haven’t got a tele­vi­sion to watch but would love to join you on your sofa to watch yours. The cen­tre is at Tylers Way, Wat­ford By Pass WD25 8WT.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE: For friendly staffie Bessie

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