An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

SOME­ONE bumped into my car this week – that’s why I’m in a garage watch­ing their car TV ad­vert for the mil­lionth time.

This par­tic­u­lar ad­vert shows a man gaz­ing lov­ingly at a car, touch­ing it rev­er­ently and then bond­ing with it by tak­ing it for a run amidst spec­tac­u­lar scenery.

Not un­like how some peo­ple meet a dog, fall in love and then en­joy tak­ing it for a walk in the coun­try­side.

One key dif­fer­ence is that the plan should be to keep the dog for the whole of its life and not, like a car, just for a few years.

Roxy’s pre­vi­ous owner had her since she was a puppy. She had a lit­ter of pup­pies, but the owner then found Roxy too ex­pen­sive to keep so she came into the care of Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Roxy’s a young bull mas­tiff who doesn’t quite un­der­stand what a big girl she is. She can get ex­cited and bois­ter­ous so needs to learn bound­aries. She doesn’t yet know a lot of com­mands, but is a quick learner so should re­spond well to fur­ther train­ing.

She walks well on the lead and loves a cud­dle and play­ing with her toys.

At present, Roxy has a frac­tured toe which means she will need to ex­er­cise gently when she goes home with her ex­er­cise be­ing grad­u­ally built back up.

If you can see your­self falling in love with Roxy and bond­ing with her dur­ing walks in the park, call 0843 509 4444 or meet her at 4 Bat­tersea Park Road SW8 4AA.

Some­times it’s nice to send a Christ­mas card which is a bit dif­fer­ent.

If that’s on the cards for you this year, the Old Wind­sor branch of Bat­tersea Dogs and Cats Home is hold­ing a pho­to­shoot where you and your fam­ily and dog, or just your dog(s) can be pho­tographed with Fa­ther Christ­mas.

The pho­to­shoot takes place at Bat­tersea Old Wind­sor, Pri­est Hill, En­gle­field Green, Wind­sor SL4 2JN on De­cem­ber 3 and 4 from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Ad­mis­sion to the Santa Paws event is £4.50, which in­cludes one pho­to­graph.

Re­duced prices for ad­di­tional prints.

Bat­tersea is also hold­ing their fam­ily carol con­cert on De­cem­ber 5 at 7pm in St Luke’s Church, Syd­ney Street, Chelsea.

Tick­ets for this won­der­ful evening must be bought in ad­vance and are sell­ing like hot cakes, so you’ll need to be quick to get one. De­tails from Bat­tersea.org.uk.

EX­CITED: Roxy the bull mas­tiff

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