An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert MAR­ION GAR­NETT, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Char­i­ties Fair con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

“MUM, Mum, I’ve found a won­der­ful dog called Phoobe” and so it was an­other Dogs Trust dog found a lov­ing home. That was eleven years ago, the young son had been look­ing at the Dogs Trust web­site for a new dog and come across a bor­der col­lielabrador cross, named Phoebe (and strug­gling with the pro­nun­ci­a­tion).

Phoebe had come into the care of Dogs Trust af­ter be­ing found tied to a tree by the road, with her name writ­ten on a card.

Now in her twi­light years, I’ve just seen a photo of Phoebe in the sea at the Isle of Wight hav­ing the time of her life.

Her owner says, “She is so lov­able and loyal, the whole fam­ily love her to bits. She comes on all our hol­i­days and all we have to say is ‘Do you want a swim in the sea’ and she is by the car ready to go”.

Hope­fully Dogs Trust will find Arlo a sim­i­lar happy home. Arlo, a Pat­terdale Ter­rier, was brought to the re­hom­ing cen­tre from a pound in Ireland. I

met him on a hot day in the cen­tre’s court­yard where they had shade, wa­ter sprinklers and pad­dling pools to keep the dogs cool.

Arlo is a friendly boy who likes fuss and be­ing around peo­ple. He needs plenty of men­tal and phys­i­cal stim­u­la­tion and also so­cial­i­sa­tion with calm dogs.

He can live with chil­dren aged 12 or above. If, at this point, your child is say­ing “Mum, Mum, I’ve found a won­der­ful dog called Arlo”, you can meet him at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Uxbridge UB9 6JW or see de­tails at dogstrust.org.uk.

Photographs are a pow­er­ful way of por­tray­ing a mes­sage and, to en­cour­age young peo­ple to de­velop an in­ter­est in pho­tog­ra­phy and an­i­mals, the RSPCA is hold­ing their Young Pho­tog­ra­pher Awards.

There are sev­eral cat­e­gories and the RSPCA give lots of tips on how to take good pho­tos. These are worth read­ing even if you don’t en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion. See de­tails at rspca.org.uk.

There should be some ex­cel­lent photo op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust’s Sum­mer Fun Day won Satur­day July 14 (11am-4pm). There will be games, food and a dog show. You can also look round the cen­tre at Tylers Way, Wat­ford.

Arlo loves be­ing around peo­ple

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