As discussed with sobriety has come a clearness of thinking and the ability to dream and set goals. It has also made me aware that the life I was living wasn’t really living it was just turning out and I’d be hungover, at work, drinking, sleeping and repeat (talk about groundhog day). Anyway one of the things is that I realized how much my job doesn’t feed my soul AT ALL. It provides me with an income which I am extremely grateful for but I need to be doing something to improve the world we live in and because my passion is animals preferably to improve the world they live in. So I am at present taking steps towards becoming an Animal Welfare Inspector and part of that involves going and spending as much time as I can with the Chief Animal Welfare Inspector so today I did just that and it never fails to be an eye opener (here is my post from the first day I went with her – https://functioningguzzler.wordpress.com/2019/02/02/even-the-bad-felt-good/ )
Today our jobs took us out of the city and to a couple of country towns. I am rapidly learning that the majority of the people that you visit are very wary of your visit and a lot of them don’t want you there and the welcome mat is very rarely out. Our first call was to two dogs that were just chained to a tree and this had been reported by people who were concerned. Sure enough they were chained to a tree which provided them with shade but there was nothing but dirt for them to sit on, they were in good condition which was great and they were lovely friendly dogs, there were empty bowls around but no water at all (I’ll put what is the legal requirement at the bottom for those that are interested). A friendly talk was had with the owner explaining what needed to be changed and we helped her to set them up with a basic kennel and shelter. While we were doing this the male dog kept trying to mount the female dog and when we told the owner that they will have puppies next she said nah they won’t do anything because they are brother and sister (sadly it is surprising the amount of people who think their dogs won’t breed because they are related). We gave her beds and blankets, flea treatment a bag of food for her dog. By the time we gave her all of this and helped her with the kennel her attitude changed a lot because she could see we were there to try to help. A follow up visit will be made because she needs to get the kennel situation sorted so that during storms it is stable and a way of doing this was discussed along with the offer to get her dogs desexed and come back and help provide a run for them.
Next visit was not as friendly because it was to a young guys house who thinks its tough to have tough dogs and he is very abusive and threatening. Like all small towns the word had spread that we were there and he had bolted from the house. We sighted two dogs on the property and one was chained to a clothes line, skinny, no water, no food and she was vicious. Some biscuits were chucked at her and you could see that she wanted them but she would not move from her spot. Apparently it’s quite common for them to get smart and not show you how long their chains are so you go closer and then they can launch at you. There was also a male dog on the other side of the house and it was chained to the deck and had shelter by going under the deck. He did have water but it was green, no food and he was not friendly either but as soon as biscuits got chucked at him he forgot all about guarding. There is no way we would go in there with him but he would of been a bit easier to pole if needed. Legal paperwork was left were the owner will be able to find it and he has a week to correct things for them both.
We then went back to the city and had to call on another regular because there had been reports that he had over 10 dogs and that they were injured and in bad condition. It turns out that he is good intending but sadly takes in dogs or picks up dumped dogs or puppies and tries to look after them himself. He did have seven dogs and they were actually in okay condition probably the saddest part was that a couple were so over weight that they couldn’t walk properly. There were 2 males that weren’t desexed and naturally one was wanted to be a alpha dog and had 3 fights while we were there. One of the females wasn’t desexed but the guy thought she was too old for that to matter. The offer was made to get the two males and one female desexed, he said he couldn’t afford it and was told that didn’t matter they would be done for free. Sadly he still wasn’t keen but the seed was planted and hopefully he takes it up.
Back at the office there had been a call taken from a lady saying that he dog was unwell and demanding that they provide medicine for him as she couldn’t afford it. She was told to bring the dog in so that they could see it. They thought it had a flea allergy and had an infected tail. On inspection it actually had bite wounds on it’s neck and after unwrapping the insulation tape off its tail underneath it was infected and possibly from bites as well. He wasn’t desexed and had been jumping over to the neighbors dog who had attacked him. The husband was the one that brought him in and I noticed that he was driving a new wagon (yep sure it could be a company one but I don’t think so) and he was well dressed in label clothing. Why they couldn’t go to the vet I have no idea. It was advised to keep the tape off the tail as all that would be doing is driving the infection in instead of having it come out. He was given stuff to treat the wounds and told that if it hadn’t improved at all in a couple of days to come back and see the vet onsite.
The rest of the day involved treating sick cats that are in quarantine at the center. The inspector will be doing the paperwork while watching the rugby tonight at home. It really is a career that is also a lifestyle as she will also be taking care of her own dogs (the one’s she has adopted because they were deemed unadoptable for various reasons) her cats and can’t remember what else she has. Oh and the foster mumma cat and kittens, orphan kittens etc as well. She is an incredible person and her job is also her life, just the sort of person you want looking after the animals.
Living life sober, raw and real is a blessing and is allowing me to have experiences like today. I can’t help but think how different these dogs would be with different owners and in loving pet homes but sadly I am learning that it’s not as common as I thought it was.
Animal Welfare Regulations in New Zealand – Shelter – You’ll be OK if your dog’s shelter and living area meets these needs –
- Your dog can access their sheltered area at any time. It is clean, dry, shaded and ventilated – but not draughty – and protects them from the extremes of heat and cold.
- It is big enough for them to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position.
- They have constant access to water.
- Their droppings and urine do not accumulate
Otherwise you can be fined $300