An­i­mal Res­cue with Marion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

SOME of us are built for speed and some aren’t.

The su­per­sonic air­craft Con­corde was cer­tainly built for speed and after go­ing in­side it to­day at the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, Dux­ford, it was no­tice­able how nar­row it was in­side. Sleek and slen­der like Corn­corde, grey­hounds are also built for speed.

Many of the grey­hounds in re­hom­ing cen­tres are, like Barn­aby, ex-rac­ing grey­hounds – used to run­ning as fast as they can. But also like Con­corde, Barn­aby is now re­tired – he’s been wait­ing for a home since March so that the new phase of his life can be­gin.

He’s af­fec­tion­ate and play­ful with peo­ple but he can be ex­citable and is look­ing for a home with an owner who has ex­pe­ri­ence of sighthounds - th­ese are dogs who pri­mar­ily hunt by sight and speed rather than scent and en­durance (scen­thounds).

As it’s likely he has spent most of his life in ken­nels, he will need time to get used to his new home en­vi­ron­ment. If you would like to home this hand­some boy, you can meet him at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Uxbridge UB9 6JW.

One of the many strands in the ser­vices Dogs Trust pro­vide is dog train­ing. Dog School teaches own­ers how to give their dogs the skills they need to lead happy lives. Skills such as re­lax­ing in dif­fer­ent places, meet­ing peo­ple po­litely, hav­ing man­ners around food, com­ing back when called and walk­ing nicely on a loose lead. Dog School aims to help owner and dog build a trust­ing re­la­tion­ship. They tai­lor their guid­ance to the dog’s in­di­vid­ual needs in or­der to give a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for owner and dog. For de­tails con­tact 020 3405 9360 or email lon­don­dogschool@dogstrust.org.uk. You don’t have to have ob­tained your dog from Dogs Trust to at­tend Dog School.

Now for two im­por­tant events tak­ing place soon. Firstly, on Satur­day Sept 8 (11am-3.30pm) the Southall RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre is hold­ing their Sum­mer Fayre. There will be a bar­be­cue, stalls and games. Han­well Ukelele Band will be play­ing at 12.30pm. The Cen­tre is at Bur­ket Close, Southall UB2 4JS.

Se­condly, the Na­tional An­i­mal Wel­fare Trust (NAWT) is hold­ing a meet­ing of their Craft Club on Sept 15 (1.30pm-3.30pm) where they will be do­ing quilling pa­per crafts. Ev­ery­one is wel­come, from be­gin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced crafters. Re­fresh­ments will be avail­able. The meet­ing takes place at the NAWT re­hom­ing cen­tre at Tylers Way, Wat­ford by Pass WD25 8WT.

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