An­i­mal Res­cue

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS - with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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 r.mat­ or see de­tails at

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

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

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