An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Garnett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

MAKE no mis­take, Max makes the most of what he’s got. He may only have one eye but he’s got a lot of balls.

Fif­teen at the last count – and that’s just in the out­side part of his pen.

He’s got a se­cret stash in the in­ner com­part­ment where he sleeps. Each time he goes for a walk, he takes a ball with him just to make sure he’s got some­thing to play with and, then, when he spies one ly­ing around, he picks it up and brings it back so he re­turns with two – clever boy.

I’m not go­ing to beat around the bush here. Max isn’t for the faint-hearted. Sure, he’s made mis­takes in the past but, if you want a solid staffie with a bit of spirit, he could be your boy.

And, since he’s had his eye out last year, be­cause of glau­coma, staff feel that he is much more set­tled and hap­pier now.

For the past two af­ter­noons I’ve spent time with him and, on both oc­ca­sions, it was the highlight of my day.

He loves playing and when he knows you’re go­ing into his pen to play with him, he makes those gor­geous staffie chat­ter­ing noises of an­tic­i­pa­tion that staffie con­nois­seurs will recog­nise.

Max is an in­tel­li­gent boy who knows ba­sic com­mands.

He is look­ing for a home with adults or fam­i­lies who have chil­dren aged 16 or above.

He needs an owner who will spend time get­ting to know him as, dare I say it, he is com­ing up for his fourth an­niver­sary of wait­ing for a home.

If you can home this boy who is very much loved by staff and vol­un­teers but who needs a home of his own, you can meet him and his hoard of ten­nis balls at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) re­hom­ing cen­tre, Tylers Way, Wat­ford by­pass.

As well as look­ing after dogs, NAWT also look after cats and on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 25 (7-8pm) they are hold­ing a free in­ter­ac­tive we­bi­nar on fe­line be­hav­iour.

Two years ago, NAWT started look­ing after the dogs in their care us­ing the Open Paw sys­tem of care (which is why, when you go round the cen­tre, you are en­cour­aged to feed the dogs) and, this month, they are in­tro­duc­ing the Open Paw sys­tem for cats.

For more de­tails and to reg­is­ter for your com­pli­men­tary place go to

ANY­ONE FOR TEN­NIS BALLS: Max loves to play

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