Maple Syrup

*** REHOMED ***

Friendly but timid, no collar, no tag. A friend of mine, remembering the unknown, unwanted, unhelped stray that was runover on Valentine’s day (story here), picked Maple up and dropped her with Jenni.

No microchip. She’s been logged by the dog warden and no-one’s come forward to claim her in the five days she’s been in the system. Considering the state she arrived in, we weren’t really expecting any concerned guardians turning up. So RAWR have taken her under their furry wings, and Maple will be looking for her new home as soon as she’s neutered, vaccinated and microchipped (early next week). She came to me for fostering yesterday – and it looks like she’s going to be no trouble at all!

Despite her rather rundown appearance, Maple’s a healthy wee thing, and very, very affectionate. She seems to think she’s a lap dog (bit big really, but it’s hard to resist her imagination). She’s a bit wary of humans, but once she gets to know you she’s never far from your side. We’re not sure about housetraining yet – she’s had one accident overnight, but that could just be the new, strange environment. We don’t 100% trust her with the cats just yet, but she mostly seems to ignore them, so we’re hopeful. And we haven’t dog tested her – planning on doing that tomorrow. Also no idea what she’s like with kids. So far she’s a quiet, placid wee thing who only seems to want company. She might be best in a family without cats, just to be on the safe side. And she’s defo going to want a human around most of the time to keep her company.

We’re leaving her food down all the time at the mo, as she’s underweight (sry none of the pics really show this well). And she’s been out and about Bantry on her lead and in her (legally required) muzzle today. Didn’t like the muzzle much 🙁

Maple’s looking for her forever home – email Jennifer, or call her on 085 774 3549, if you’d like to meet her!

Dog Control

I’m not going to go into muzzling in any depth here. Certainly the laws are biased and unfair. Any dangerous dog should be muzzled in public, and dogs become dangerous because of the way their human ‘guardians’ raise them, not because of their breed.

When I foster dogs, I have no idea of their temperament. I need to be careful they’ll be okay with the cats. And, when we’re out in public, I need to keep my foster under control, just in case. It drives me nuts the number of people who let their dogs of the lead and allow them to approach people and other animals without restraint – you have no idea if that person is scared of dogs, the temperament of the other animals. Please do show a bit of consideration for other road users, even if you’re determined to ignore the law (all dogs, regardless of breed, are legally required to have a collar and tag, and be kept on a lead in public).

One international movement is very useful in this regard – the Yellowdog Programme, from Sweden. Yellowdog is a worldwide campaign to support sensitive dogs who need more space or time to move away from both people and animals. By using a YELLOW ribbon, bandana or similar on the leash or the dog, we can now show others that this dog needs more space. Check out their pages for more info.

Current Legislation

Rules Relating to Certain Breeds of Dogs

The Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 place controls on 10 breeds of dogs namely the American Pit Bull Terrier; English Bull Terrier; Staffordshire Bull Terrier; Bull Mastiff; Doberman Pinscher; German Shepherd (Alsatian); Rhodesian Ridgeback; Rottweiler; Japanese Akita; Japanese Tosa and to every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog).

The controls, which must be observed when the dog is in a public place, require that these dogs, or strains and crosses thereof, must be kept on a strong short lead [only up to 2 metres long] by a person over 16 years of age who is capable of controlling them.  The dog/s must be securely muzzled too.  Furthermore, the Control of Dogs Act 1986 gives specific powers to the courts to order that a dog, which the court considers dangerous, must be kept under proper control or be destroyed.

Whether you agree with this legislation or not, if you don’t conform your dog can be ‘destroyed’. I hate that term – people ‘destroy’ things, they ‘kill’ animals. And anyone breaking the laws on the control of dogs faces a fine and possible prison sentence.

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