Parting is such sweet sorrow

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My buddy Willow

So, our time at Care for dogs draws to an end.

We have had so much fun working at the shelter, we had bonded with the dogs a lot and to a degree them with us. Willow, a cute little black and white female, would follow me around quietly and every time I sat down woud be sitting next to me. It got to the point where she would growl at any of the dogs that came up for affection, bad Willow! We also bonded with the people that ran the shelter. Sarah is now one of my heroes, she works six days a week at the shelter, in from 8am and is on the go non stop all day. She knows the entire history of every dog, including the ones that are only there temporarly. One of the dogs, a Neopolitan bull mastiff called Dakota needed to have special mediation for his mange which was very exensive.

Spending time with the dogs
Sarah bought it out of her own money, using the money she had put aside to get her hair cut! Gill is just as amazing, taking in countless dogs and cats to her own home to give special attention to. They bring a special kind of atmosphere to the shelter.

Sarah was aware that I was interested in getting involved in the medical side of the shelter so took me on vet runs with her. I went with Dakota to see the vet as he (Dakota, not the vet) was vomiting. I also went with 4 dogs on the weekly TVT injection trip. Once a week the dogs that need it go to the vet who gives their injection via an IV. They undergo proper chemo, with appetite loss a common side effect so need to be under close watch. Going on vet runs was a real buzz, I got to speak to and interact with Thai vets.

The fab five!
Sarah also got me involved with the daily wound dressings. A lot of the dogs that come in to the shelter do so because they have wounds that need looking after. These wounds need the bandages changing on a daily basis. I assisted one of the guys, Khun Saay in this and we had great fun trying to comunicate, he speaks no English and I speak no Thai!

One of the highlights was being shown, and then allowed to do, injections! All the injections I did were subcutanious (under the skin rather than into a vein). I gave several puppies their vaccinations, and was trusted to the point that Sarah handed me the deworming tablet, flea treatment and vaccination injection for a new dog and asked to go do it by myself! I was chuffed to be given such trust, I would have to get a fistful of qualifications and work there for very long time before being allowed to do anything like that back home.

Giving the puppies their vaccinations
I also got to do daily meds, a lot of dogs are on various medications and giving a dog a handful of tablets may sound like a nightmare but was a lot easier than first thought. The dogs are fed a dry food diet so go wild for Tescos 'finest' wet dog food. They literally line up in the hope of getting a mouthful of 'tasty' food. They are so eager in fact that the food (and pills hehe) have to be given at the end of a spoon, saving precious fingers from being snapped by mistake.

The Wednesday before we left the entire Care for dogs team went out for a meal as a kind of farewell to Kate and ourselves. We went to a really nice vegetarian restaurant as most of the group are veggie (haha Rachel you are outnumbered!!). Karin, one of the founders came along with her husband and new (as in 3 weeks old) baby.

These puppies were found dumped in a bush
There was lots of cooing, I had to strap Rachel into her chair to stop her stealing him, and lots of talk about babies in general. During the last 5 weeks we have come to view care for dogs as a home away from home, getting muddy every day and sweating our bollocks off has never been so much fun!

The next day was Kate's last day at the shelter. During the rides to Gills house, in the back of Gill's truck to the shelter and on countless other occasions I had a multitude of interesting and informative conversations with Kate, a truly unique indivdual and grew to count her as a good friend so was just as bummed it was her last day. We made our goodbyes to her brief, the 'ripping the plaster off' course of action.

Our last day at the shelter was just as emotional.

Willow looking thoughtful
We were told there were two new puppies, they had been dumped outside the shelter on Saturday evening. We were assigned the task of de-ticking them, spraying for fleas, I got to give their vaccination injections and we chose brand new collars for them. We then took them over to the puppy enclosure to meet the others. They were a bit shy to start with, overcome by the rowdiness (the puppies are always so eager to play they swarm you) but soon settled in. I was then free to say hello to someone I thought I wouldnt see again, TIM TIM!!!! The stupid people that adopted him and Rufus brought them back saying their parents 'changed their minds' about letting them have them. Kate you are right, stupid people suck farts from dead seagulls! Tim Tim is huge! He has grown so much in the short time hes been gone, plus hes gone and got a white ring of fur around his muzzle! He was jet back when he left! Both Tim Tim and Rufus were riddled with fleas so we had to spray them, and I gave Tim Tim a booster injection.

At the end of the day we applied the plaster technique again though there were almost a few tears (from Rachel of course, I'm far too big and butch for that sort of thing *rolls eyes*).

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My buddy Willow
My buddy Willow
Spending time with the dogs
Spending time with the dogs
The fab five!
The fab five!
Giving the puppies their vaccinati…
Giving the puppies their vaccinat…
These puppies were found dumped in…
These puppies were found dumped i…
Willow looking thoughtful
Willow looking thoughtful
Hanging out at Clydes house
Hanging out at Clyde's house
Sing, always getting beaten up
Sing, always getting beaten up
Gold and Cookie flatshare
Gold and Cookie flatshare
Kazim is gorgeous, hes blind but s…
Kazim is gorgeous, hes blind but …
Isabella hogs the food bowl
Isabella hogs the food bowl
Betsy says hello
Betsy says hello
Terry caught red handed
Terry caught red handed
Belle gives me a wash
Belle gives me a wash
Puppy attack!!!
Puppy attack!!!
Rocket steals my hat....again
Rocket steals my hat....again
Willow begging for food
Willow begging for food
Dakota, his own wanted him put dow…
Dakota, his own wanted him put do…
Tim Tim now has a white nose!
Tim Tim now has a white nose!
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