Saturday, 7 May 2011

Happy cat, but not so happy dogs

I saw such a lovely sight this morning, and was annoyed with myself for not having my camera with me. I was walking Jessica blind dog on The Hills, when I came across Paul, hubby of Janet, walking their dog Tango. Tango is not very well and walks quite slowly.

The Hills is a wide expanse of grass which is regularly mown, with views over the River Trent on the one side, and the backs of houses on the other. Paul and Janet live in one of the houses and they have a gate from their garden straight out onto The Hills. It's a popular dog walking area, with fabulous views because it is so high up.

I was thrilled to see Mr Beasley tagging along with them. Apparently he often does this. As soon as they set off he jumps over the fence to join them.

Remember Mr Beasley, the cat who wouldn't stay with his owners after they moved house, he kept going back to his old house. It's lovely to see him so settled with Janet and Paul, he is adored by them. He still remembers me and came running when I called his name.

Not such a happy ending for little Rocky though. If you remember his owner always kept him in the back garden with a shed to sleep in. He kept escaping and going across the road to Barry's house, and stayed there for quite some time. We were hoping that she would hand him over permanently, but she has taken him back and sealed up the holes in the fence where he was getting through. I have asked her if he could go and stay with Barry, but she says her daughter wants to keep him because they have had him from a puppy.

Poor Rocky is now a prisoner in his garden again, and there's not a lot we can do about it. I will ask her again to reconsider, and think of the happiness of the dog, but she seems oblivious to Rocky's needs. He is not being ill treated, but he must be lonely. Barry and myself make a point of walking past the house every day to talk to him through the slats in the fence, and push meaty treats through for him.

I saw something that shocked and upset me this week. A dog that I have known for about five years has lumps and knots of matted fur in his long coat. He looks very badly neglected. I asked the owner how she had let it get into that state, and I got a load of abuse from her. I am expecting all hell to break loose when she gets a visit from the RSPCA. I can't help it but I will always speak up for animals if I think they need help, because they can't tell us what is happening to them.
This is what he should look like, he doesn't look like this now.

13 comments:

  1. good for you contacting the RSPCA,I'm not a doggy person but they don't deserve to be neglected. I hope it turns out ok.

    Josie x

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  2. Animals do not have their own voice, it is up to us to speak up for them. Well done, and Thank you from an animal lover.
    Jane xx

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  3. Some "people" should not be allowed to have children or pets!!!!Good for you speaking up for those who can not speak for them selves. Who cares if they like you or not ...would you really want to be friends with people like that. If she took care of her dog like she should in the first place she wouldn't be getting a "visit" that would piss her off. I adopt for life with all my animals. One of my two dogs now just had a triple mastectomy and was recovering from that when she woke with a swollen eyeball. Back to the vet we went and found out she has real bad case of glaucoma. Sure I am getting her treated for it. You can check out our little blog @ http://mydogsmom-joy.blogspot.com/

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  4. A big thank you from me for speaking up. If more people were like you the world would be a better place.

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  5. It can be upsetting when you are trying to help the owners of pets, and they just reject any aproach. It`s best to let the RSPCA experts do their bit. Well done for speaking out on the animals behalf.

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  6. Well done for challenging these people Ilona. That cat is just divine, one of my other Blog freinds has a pretty little female called MRS Beasley :-)

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  7. Have you seen the front door on Scunthorpe freecycle?

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  8. Thank you Little Blue Mouse. I have just looked through it back to April, and can't see one. Garage door at Epworth if anyone wants one.

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  9. It was on today's digest - front door, small rabbit hutch

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  10. Sorry, I don't know what todays digest is, I am not a member so maybe it is something I can't see. I don't want a front door for a small rabbit hutch, ha ha.

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  11. Oh sorry, I've just had another look and it's Scunthorpe Freegle. I didn't realise there was still a Freecycle as well, I thought it had changed completely to Freegle but I still refer to it as freecycle..

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  12. I find Freegle easier to work out, as it's not all underlined. I am always a little late when they come as emails to me though.

    Well done Ilona for speaking out for the dog. I'm a bit like Josie, will pet other people's dogs and walk them if they ask me to when they;re away for the day but I'm a catty person (haha) but absolutely hate cruelty to animals.They are so easy to get and then afterwards people just don't bother about them.

    It's a pity people didn't have to be vetted to get any dog or cat like they have to be when they get rescued animals.

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  13. You are an inspiration to me esp when it involves dogs and cats.

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