An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

THERE’S noth­ing like see­ing a Lon­don mu­si­cal to leave you with the words of a song ring­ing in your ears for days.

At the mo­ment all I can hear is “Be­cause I knew you I have been changed for good”.

These words are sung at the end of the fab­u­lous show Wicked at the Apollo The­atre, Vic­to­ria (near the equally fab­u­lous Blue Cross An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal) by the two stars El­phaba and Glinda af­ter they re­alise that al­though they have had prob­lems with each other in the past, they have both ben­e­fited from know­ing each other.

They phrase it as we are shaped by those we meet and, if we let them, they can change us for the bet­ter. Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home put it an­other way.

In their “Who Needs Who?” cam­paign, they high­light the mu­tual ben­e­fits of adopt­ing a res­cue an­i­mal and how pets can change own­ers’ lives for the bet­ter by, for ex­am­ple, al­ways be­ing there for them.

Wil­son, a young lurcher cur­rently be­ing looked af­ter by Dogs Trust, is hop­ing for some­one to help change him for the bet­ter and, in re­turn, who knows what ben­e­fits Wil­son will bring his new owner.

He’s got a lot to of­fer – he’s happy, con­fi­dent, loves to be cud­dled and is de­lighted to meet new peo­ple.

He’s very good with other dogs. I don’t know where, if at all, you need help to be changed (there’s plenty of ways I’d like to be dif­fer­ent) but where Wil­son needs help is with be­ing left.

He likes to be with peo­ple and doesn’t like be­ing left alone. Po­ten­tial new own­ers can talk to Dogs Trust’s Train­ing and Be­hav­iour Advisor for ad­vice with this.

If you’ve got time to spend with this lovely lurcher so that, in a few years, you can both look back and say “be­cause I knew you I’ve been changed for good”, you can start your jour­ney to­gether by meet­ing Wil­son at Dogs Trust, Harvil Rd, Uxbridge UB9 6JW.

Wil­son would also be able to at­tend the new Dog School which has be­gun at Dogs Trust. This is open to all dog own­ers not just those who have homed a Dogs Trust dog.

Dog School teaches dogs life skills and takes place on Tues­days and Satur­days at Dogs Trust Hare­field.

To find out more in­clud­ing prices call 020 7833 5148.

They also do 1-2-1 train­ing ses­sions.

FOR BET­TER: Lurcher Wil­son is in need of a new home

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