Strays - they are not wild dogs, many were left behind or driven out from homes who once owned them. Betrayed by the very ones who took them in, the ones who had promised them a home when they were cute chubby pups, that they would belonged till they were old and gray, but that promise has been broken. Some were born to these made homeless and they are the 2nd generation strays. Strays who need our help, to provide food when they can’t find any, rescue them when we can find a temporary shelter, rehome them when we can find them a family. You tell us, what can be a better thing.
Our dearest Alsie has been missing for the last few days. We are very worried for her and can only pray that she is just roaming and not missing. The last time we saw her was April 8 and since then she has not appeared and we can’t find her when we go looking.
Beautiful Alsie as we remember her, classical beauty, poor faithful Alsie
Alsie when we last saw here, ears twitched back, nervously looking around.
The last meal Alsie had with us
Alsie chewing her favourite bacon treat. This is her all time favourite. We would give her a whole packet just to see her eat them again.
No you probably also won’t understand the joy and yet sadness that comes with each feeding. Will we see them again tomorrow? Will they keep safe? Will they return? What happens when we don't see them? Would we regret we didn't do enough? Should we have taken them away, but where do we bring them, where can we go? The questions come to haunt us each and every time.
And when one doesn’t turn up or when the food is uneaten, you start imagining the worse but grief becomes harder when you do find out that they won’t be coming back - if you found out they had been poisoned or hit by a car or caught, captured. No, it is a grief that only a feeder can understand.
We received this email from a friend who feeds in the West, the day she could not find her beloved dog. She had already lost one (Brown) earlier this year, found poisoned, and this last email came when she also lost Silly. Tears flowed as we read her email. We can understand and we can empathise. Will we stop feeding so we don't have to go through this emotional turmoil, NO, because that would be wrong, because the hungry still need to live, but we cry for those we cannot rescue, those we cannot take home. It is always a hard choice to walk away. Please bear with this, we cannot help but share her sadness,
This is G's eulogy
- FOR SILLY -
Silly is a handsome boy
You ran towards my direction in circles and halt when you touched my knees with your button nose and I knelt down to give you a gentle paton the back. To my surprise you gave me your paw and I accepted it graciously with a firm handshake.Your face was so dopey cute and your fur was thick and luscious.
We fell in love.
You were the 1st stray who taught me the inner beauties strays possessed.I look forward to your funny tactics and whines that tickle my bone, for a stray so big could be such a softie marshmallow within. You bought along Bear and Brown to be my friends and boy was I delighted and honored!
We would play "faster! Run! Catch!" when all of us will race to thecanteen just to fill my tummy craves of food. Smart "alex-es" you all were when I proceed into the "human jammed canteen" while you all waited patiently at the corner for me. I remembered fondly when one evening when I was working late, time checked was close to 7pm.
My workplace was deserted. I headed back tomy vehicle parked some distance away where suddenly a group of foreign workers came towards my direction making "not so friendly remarks and whistles".
(no toys? I find tattered rugs/shoes to play, no chewies or treats? The bone of a chicken IS a treat! No soft beds and blankets? I seek solitude under cars and grasses, or perhaps huddle together for special bonding)
Bear hiding behind ever since Silly has disappeared
Silly, Wally I love you. Deeply.
It was an experience never to forget. A hot day too cos we were all perspiring like crazy. We managed to see the beagle and decided that we wanted her because of her quiet temperament. So off we went again to the vet...
Amber : My favourite position
I'm in doggy heaven. Thank you Mummy WH for taking me home and showing me what life can really be like.
Sweet Amber brings much joy to WH
Do you know that she's even afraid of my bunnies the first few days? She didn't know how to react to them the first few days she was around. Gradually, she got used to them, occasionally sniffing them and my rabbits were not even scared of her! This is funny! Maybe they all knew and sensed that they have been abandoned once before so... as the saying goes... let's live and let live...
I am still not sure if I would be keeping her for good as I missed my rabbits. I am still not sure if I can manage Amber and the bunnies running around in the living room. I missed having my rabbits run around the living room. Taking care of a dog is certainly not easy but luckily for me, Amber is such a good dog that even for a first-time dog owner like me, I was able to feel like life is still the same after a week. Needed some adjustments and getting used to them all...
So... meanwhile, Amber is still here till I make up my mind or a better home comes along. She certainly deserves a good life from now on.
Contributed by WH.
The 1st one with a new chew, she doesn't like ball that much, but she loves chew! We went out yesterday and thereafter resting peacefully after the long hot walk :-)
One thing we still need to observe is her behaviour with Finn (their other dog, a Corgi). Finn is sulking under my dining table, her comfort zone. We caught Four , who is taller, pawing over Finn's head and cornering her. I think she wants to play but my older dog cringes & hates it. We need to arrange time-out for each by separating them eg; one goes to the park, the other stays home; or Finn sleeps in my room at nite, Four in the kitchen; and also during feeding time they have half hour of uninterrupted alone time each in the kitchen.
Four : I now have a home and I'm am standing guard protecting my new family
Four loves her Chewy Chews while Finn looks from below the table.
The other thing that we will always have to keep in mind is their health condition, tick fever possibilities, keep up with antibiotics dozages, regular vaccinations, etc...these are long term efforts that we are committed towards.
Hope our stories offer you some assurance, let's keep in touch, till the next time, my warmest wishes to ALL's big hearted souls out there by just doing what you do :-)
and in an updated email of April 22, 2009
Four is doing great, she has learnt most of her commands, paper trained, and is more calm now. Most important, I can sense that she is happy. We bought several chews, each day she devours 1 to 2, to keep occupied while we are at work.
With her desperate back ground, I fully understood why she came to us greedy, charging back forth, rushing for food, barging everywhere, scavenging dustbins, and eating poo! Now she sits and wait for her food although still very excited. My other dog is also adapting, less sulky, she gets more treats because I have to be fair in training, and definitely they get more walks. I take Four running 3 times a week, then switch to Finn for a cooling down walks to buy breakfast before work.
I don't expect Four to be perfect, in fact I don't need her to be as well behaved as Finn. Both come from very different upbringing. I only need Four to understand basic commands and be manageable socially. Every dog is different, partly nature partly nurtured, so even if you have 2 dogs, the approach should vary. If this is a good tip to adopters, feel free to share it in your site
Contributed by MK
Well, the real life experiences above about the 5 year old rescued beagles goes to show that AGE is not factor that an older dog cannot learn new tricks, that dogs can adjust no matter their years. We are highlighting this as there have been some concerns by a few interested parties that they would prefer younger dogs in terms of training but the three beagles rescued have proven against that misconception.
The third beagle, named SANDY is also doing very well. The adopters have not emailed us but have kept us updated by SMSes and phone calls on how well behaved Sandy is and how quickly she has picked up. She was paper trained in just a few days, fantastic achievement for dog caged up for such a long period of time. Sandy has adjusted very well to her new environment and their resident dog.
It is not whether an older dog can learn new tricks or adjust, rather it is how much you as an owner or adopter is willing to put into your new pet. For Four, Amber and Sandy, they were very fortunate to find families who love them as they are, understand the dog's behaviour and anxiety because of the background they come from, a background that is not the dogs' fault but of breeders' greed. We are glad they are given another chance in life where they no longer just exist but live as man's best friend and companian, as they should, as they righfully deserve. The adopter has a huge part to play in the dogs' development. It can be a young puppy or a 5 year old, but if there is no commitment, no patience and no understanding, the pup is going to grow up as untrained as the next stray.
Do not brush off an older dog because of misconceptions. Give them a chance, they do deserve it as the life they come from have been brutal and sad and if you can make a difference to them, they will return that with their love and devotion, that much we can assure you.
Devoted Cara - Sterlised Female http://theratspackadoption.blogspot.com/2009/03/devoted-mia-cara-for-adoption.html
There are still 3 beagles in the farm, one male and two female beagles, of which one is crippled, due to an accident in a breeding accident. (another casualty among breeding dogs) for rehoming or fostering. The beagles need to find fostering soon as we have been told they are not being fed much, if at all. They are approximately 5 years old.
If anyone is keen to adopt or able to foster a beagle, please do drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 98383820.
On the evening of 19th April, Sunday, 2 bull mastiff were discovered tied at the gates of Pet Movers, Pasir Ris Farmway 3, where Animal Lovers League (ALL) is located. It is said that an old woman left them there and walked away. The 2 dogs, one male and one female are big, and handsome, both unsterilized, their coats are well taken care of, and it is evitable that they have been reared and not strays.
For more pictures or write up of the Mastiffs, please view http://www.animalloversleague.com/wordpress/ and if you can help sponsor these dogs or adopt them, please call ALL or us at email@example.com
Animal Lovers League – Donations
Currently ALL need aid on food for those in their care, besides many others, please visit http://www.animalloversleague.com/wordpress/ to see their lack.
If you wish to help and want to donate to supply their needs, Ms. A has very kindly offered a simple online avenue. Click on http://myconceptpetstore.blogsrc.com/a-help-for-the-strays-at-all/ and partner with us so that the dogs and cats in ALL can stay healthy and happy.
Animal Lovers League fundraising charity dinner on Tuesday, 5th May, 2009
During this time of financial difficulty, the kennels are hard hit as they may not be the priority on everyone's mind. The need for shelter, medicines and meals, however, still continues for these homeless, rescued, abandoned and abused animals, many with no sponsorship.
Animal Lovers League, a non-profit organisation, (http://www.animalloversleague.com) looking after the welfare of these animals therefore has to constantly solicit for funds and appeal to the generosity of animal lovers and well-wishers to perpetuate this noble undertaking of this organisation to better the lives of the animals, giving them a second chance in life.
Tickets cost $150.00 for a delicious 4 course meal featuring modern Singaporean cuisine at a posh restaurant at Wild Rockets @ Mt. Emily http://www.wildrocket.com.sg/wildrocket.htm).
What better way to support this 'big hearted' kennel and at the same time enjoy a cosy, fabulous meal with your loved ones. Please call one of the following contact to purchase your tickets or if you need more information :9670-8052 or 9154-6422 or 9838 3820 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From those residing at Pets Villa run by Animal Lovers League
Thank you for your generosity
It goes a long way to our welfare and care