Again I have to write that things have been a little quiet around here these days. But not something I am going to apologise for because I have been having the best time filling my weekends with dogs.
It's been both happy, sad, exciting, tiring, emotional and heartbreaking... plus every other emotion that I could ever come across. This weekend was well and truly a mixture of them all, mentally it has been exhausting.
Yesterday myself and a few other volunteers decided to get our clean on and clean the sensory garden for the dogs. It was an epic task as there was just so many leaves everywhere, plus it's muddy in parts! We swept. dug a new sandpit, weeded and washed until it was looking pretty decent. An amazing team effort than gave me some aching muscles today.
On to today, it's been a heartbreaking day for good and bad reasons. The best reason is Sadie, the dog in the second photo, is trotting of to a rescue space tomorrow. Sadie is a little complex madam who has her funny little ways. She only trusts a handful of walkers and is fearful of a lot of things. However, me she trusted. I met her in her way (at her level) weeks ago and since then I always want to walk her and spend time with her. I've written a lot on her board (click here) and enjoyed every minute. I took Sadie for a little goodbye walk at the very end of today and for the first time actually look her back into her bed. Sadie isn't usually a fussy dog, she lets you smooth her but all she really wants is you to throw balls. However, I got in her kennel and that was it, she rolled over for belly rubs, held onto me, cuddled in and made a fuss of me! It was a whole new experience with her and something that broke my heart, I cried. Upset because I would miss her but also because she was finally in a place that she felt safe enough to fuss me - this was a metal kennel. On a happier note this rescue space will be for the best as she's been in the kennels since April. She's amazing and if any reader wanted to adopt her, she would be awesome - just learn her way of doing things.
I'm saddened to say however that my heart broke for many other reasons. A dog was handed over and the reason actually was because they took rubbish out of a binbag on the kitchen floor. I have no more words on that one. Another dog was so exhausted, pictured below, after being out on the streets for so long that she just collapsed into the deepest sleep in the office. It was adorable but also heartbreaking at the same time, she just looked so relieved to be somewhere warm. Her claws were sore and worn down, luckily she is in a place that will care for her. She is also adorable, cwtchy and just generally awesome.
Mitch is the dog in the first photo, this was taking when getting his photos done for the forum. He was so scared that at first he just stood there and shook. With a little love from us he eventually took food from our hands and enjoyed a lovely back rub from me. Hopefully he won't be waiting too long for a home, but it's so sad to see them so scared - the volunteers do more than just dog walk.
Final point from today is an incident that we are all furious over. A dog was thrown from a van at the end of the lane that Cardiff dogs home is located. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? For one, we were furious, for reasons that I can't go into but lets just say the dog is an ex poundie. However, the positive spin is that as soon as we were made aware that there was a dog dumped no fewer than ten volunteers and the three members of staff came running (and I mean we were all legging it down the lane) to bring this little one back to safety. It was a pretty awesome sight to behold, a dog that had just been dumped surrounded by people walking in with her. I'm proud to say that is the people who I spend my weekends with, it was an awesome display of what we all stand for.
My youtube channel has also been taken over with dog videos, but d'ya know what. I love it.