celebrating a pet-centric way of life!
MADRA (Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption) is an active dog charity based in County Galway that takes in all breeds to find responsible homes, and they put on very well organized events a couple times a year. They recently held a Dog Adoptathon where they invited the public to come by and meet all of the various dogs in their care, and hopefully decide to give them new homes. This is not meant to be a spur-of-the-moment decision, however, so they do a homecheck for each family before proceeding with the adoption. They asked me to come and do a short talk about greyhounds as pets, since they always have a number of greyhounds or lurchers (greyhound crosses) in their kennels, and as we find with HUG, the public misconceptions about the breed make them difficult to re-home.
They held the event in a doggy daycare centre, with a large central enclosure where most of the adoptable dogs were loose to play together, and people could come in and meet them in a comfortable environment. Amazing to see a group of almost twenty dogs who don’t know each other, all ages, breeds and genders, getting along so well with barely a growl or raised hackle. Bella and I hung out there for a couple of hours, just chatting with people, as it turned out there was no good spot to do an official talk, but it was good to see Bella getting along with other dogs, even if she’s not particularly social and tends to stay by herself.
We met a very special boy as well. Hector is a Saluki-lurcher cross who was found straying with his brother Benson in really bad shape, both skin and bones with terrible mange. They are doing much better now thanks to MADRA, but are still in need of plenty of food and TLC before they can fulfill their full gorgeous potential. Benson had already been adopted, and Hector was doing his best to be charming and friendly with everyone who came through the door. A dog’s ability to forgive never ceases to amaze me after surviving such rough treatment at the hands of humans, and yet they manage to maintain the ability to love despite it all. Hector still doesn’t have a home as of today, and he hasn’t yet been cat tested, but I am considering, very carefully considering, if I could bring him home. We shall see…