WE’VE met Tessie before. Last time it was during frosty February and she was wearing a beautiful knitted lilac coat to keep her warm. You may remember the photo.
Nine months later, this Labrador cross is still waiting for a home. When I arrived today, she was sitting on her own in her pen with a tennis ball in her mouth. She then proceeded to neatly catch every piece of kibble I threw for her. She’s a clever girl and eager to please. She knows lots of tricks and is ready to learn more. Tessie’s a delight to spend time with but doesn’t like being left alone for long periods. She’s looking for an experienced active owner to keep her occupied. If this could be you, Tessie is waiting for you at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) rehoming centre, Tylers Way, Watfordby-pass WD25 8WT or call 020 8950 0177.
Hopefully more warm hand-knitted dog coats will be arriving at the centre soon. Watford is just one of six NAWT rehoming centres. Together they have joined together to form the NAWT’s new Craft Club. We are invited to become part of their team of supporters who help fundraise for animals in their care by making items the centres can either use themselves, such as cosy dog coats or sell at special events.
The Craft Club has an Introductory Pack which includes patterns for Christmas cones, pet blankets and bunting. They would love supporters interested in crafts to get in touch with them to share ideas and patterns. You can also receive the NAWT Craft Club Newsletter. Your items can be taken to the Watford centre (with the added bonus you can meet the animals) or sent by post (address above). You can contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or see details at nawt.org.uk.
The next major sale at the Watford centre is their Christmas Bazaar on Sunday December 3.
We all know the death of a loved one can be difficult. In recognition of this, throughout November, the Watford NAWT rehoming centre (address above) is going to have a Remembrance Tree near their reception area on which visitors are welcome to hang a tag in memory of an animal they have lost.
Sometimes, carrying out little acts of remembrance can help to ease the pain.
Clever girl: Labrador cross Tessie
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GARNETT, founder of the Ealing Animal Welfare Bazaar, continues her column