An­i­mal Res­cue

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS - Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GARNETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn with Mar­ion Garnett

MAISIE ar­rived at Dogs Trust full of sur­prises. Handed in be­cause her own­ers were mov­ing abroad, soon af­ter ar­rival she had an ul­tra-sound and Dogs Trust found she was ex­pect­ing four pup­pies.

Now, one of the prob­lems of a dog hav­ing pup­pies when the fa­ther is un­known, is that you don’t know what the pups will be like.

In Maisie’s case, she’s a Jack Rus­sell Ter­rier and staff had no idea of the size of the fa­ther, to know if Maisie might have dif­fi­culty de­liv­er­ing the pup­pies. (If the Har­lequin Great Dane I saw at PupAid at the week­end had any­thing to do with it, I think Maisie might have passed out on the spot).

The staff vig­i­lantly waited for her to go into labour to make sure she could cope and on the night of Thurs­day July 6, early signs of labour be­gan.

Emma, the op­er­a­tions man­ager, watched her care­fully to make sure she could de­liver the pup­pies nor­mally and at 10.30am on July 7, the first pup ap­peared. She was the big­gest and came out rar­ing to go – eager to get on with life. Pups two and three fol­lowed 20 min­utes apart. Then, af­ter another 20 min­utes, the fourth pup was born. He was quiet and needed re­sus­ci­tat­ing but Maisie looked set­tled, re­laxed and pleased with her­self. Her work was done.

Imag­ine the staff ’s sur­prise when, forty min­utes later, they went in to see Maisie and found five pups suck­ling on Maisie.

She’d had a se­cret fifth puppy and de­liv­ered her qui­etly on her own.

From the look of the pups it’s thought the fa­ther is a Staffie - Maisie has been an ex­cel­lent Mum. All the pup­pies have been re­served and it is now Maisie’s turn to be homed.

If you can home this lovely Jack Rus­sell who knows how to keep a se­cret, see her de­tails on dogstrust. or you can meet her at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Uxbridge UB9 6JW.

Don’t for­get that Dogs Trust now of­fer train­ing in the form of Dog School.

As well as their reg­u­lar classes, they are also of­fer­ing a new train­ing ses­sion fo­cussing on gain­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of dogs with fears such as fire­works.

Top­ics cov­ered in­clude what is fear, how to re­duce stress (spe­cific to fire­works) and keep­ing your dog safe. It takes place at Dogs Trust (ad­dress above) on Septem­ber 29 (7pm-9pm).

Tick­ets are £11.21 from Eventbrite. For de­tails call 07393 140884 or email lon­don­

Su­per mum Maisie needs a new home

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