An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

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

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL MATTERS -

AF­TER spend­ing a long halfhour in John Lewis look­ing at cur­tains and fab­rics, I came to the con­clu­sion it’s not essen­tial to choose the ones you like the best in the world, just ones you can tol­er­ate liv­ing with hap­pily – (I hes­i­tate to add, just like choos­ing a part­ner re­ally).

For­tu­nately, two Lurchers have found they can tol­er­ate liv­ing with each other very hap­pily – so hap­pily, in fact, that Dogs Trust want them to be homed to­gether. Many re­la­tion­ships are con­sol­i­dated by hav­ing shared his­tory to­gether and these two cer­tainly have that.

They came over to­gether from the same place in Ire­land and have been shar­ing a pen to­gether at Dogs Trust, Hare­field.

Just like many part­ner­ships, they sup­port each other in dif­fer­ent ways.

Larry is an af­fec­tion­ate boy who, although he can be shy when first meeting peo­ple, is soon won over by food. He is more con­fi­dent than his ken­nel mate, Suzie, who can find meeting new peo­ple daunt­ing.

Larry tends to act as a role model for Suzie.

They are look­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced own­ers who are around most of the day so that leav­ing hours can be built up grad­u­ally. If you are in­ter­ested in hom­ing these two friends, they are wait­ing at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Uxbridge UB9 6JW.

But part­ner­ships – for hu­mans, at least – may not be rosy all the time. They may go sour and even be­come abu­sive.

In or­der to help some­one in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship who would like to leave their home but is re­luc­tant to do so un­til they know there is some­where safe for their dog to go, Dogs Trust has set up the Free­dom Project. This is a dog fos­ter­ing ser­vice for peo­ple flee­ing do­mes­tic abuse.

In many cases, dogs can­not be taken into a refuge so Dogs Trust places dogs in the homes of vol­un­teer fos­ter car­ers for up to six months un­til their own­ers are re­housed and can take them back.

Dur­ing this time Dogs Trust cov­ers the dog’s ex­penses in­clud­ing food and vet costs. If you would like to know more about this ser­vice or if you’re in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer fos­ter carer, see de­tails at dogs trust free­dom project.org.uk or call 0800 298 9199. Cats Pro­tec­tion (cats.org.uk) of­fer a sim­i­lar ser­vice called Paws Pro­tect for the cats of peo­ple flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. Call 0345 260 1280 or email paws pro­tect@cats.org.uk for de­tails.

With both these ser­vices, con­fi­den­tial­ity and safety are of the ut­most im­por­tance.

Suzie and Larry

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