Saturday, November 27

Confinement Leads to Poetic Justice for Whanganui Kennel Dogs

The confinement and the power of poetry are attributed to the Whanganui kennel relocating a record number of dogs this year.

Whanganui Pound Keeper and Education Officer Marieke Waghorn with labrador-cross

Marieke Waghorn, Whanganui Pound Keeper and Education Officer, with a “Skinny Winnie” Labrador cross, found tied to a fence without food or water
Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

The council-owned facility found new owners for the 175 dogs in its care that were deemed fit for rescue.

When Whanganui Stable Breeder Marieke Waghorn finds a dog, she often writes a poem.

This is about Skinny Winnie, who was found half starving tied to a fence with no food or water.

Sometimes life is not fair

You try so hard but you get nowhere

That’s how me for part of my life

I tried so hard to stay out of the fray

I’m not sure if my owners just didn’t care

They always seemed to be somewhere else …

In the past, there was a good chance that a dog like Skinny Winnie was euthanized this year, the kennel is successfully relocating more dogs than ever.

He has cared for over 900 canines, reuniting the vast majority with their owners and finding new homes for 175.

“It’s definitely a record for us and it’s a lot of hard work. A lot of time and effort goes into it. We spend a lot of time advertising on Facebook and looking for parenting.

“We also make sure that all dogs are killed, vaccinated, eliminated, dewormed, searched and chipped, so a lot of work is required.”

Waghorn said the blockade made it easier to find homes.

“So we actually had a waiting list to adopt dogs, so I think a lot of people during the confinement reassessed their family values ​​and what life was about, and after the confinement they wanted to adopt a dog, which was fantastic.”

And then there are those poems on Whanganui’s Adopt a Dog Facebook page.

This severed puppy was unclaimed,

So now Reggie, he’s been named

You are looking for a new loving home

Somewhere you can call your own

It is most likely a working dog breed,

So you will need more than just a bed and food,

You will need a job to keep you busy

Otherwise, it will make you dizzy …

Waghorn said he needed something to get people’s attention.

“I want people to know what we are doing here, so I found the best way to do it was to use a little poetry, and people love it.

“So I use poetry to advertise the stray dogs we have or if we have dogs to rehome them. I’ll post their photos and write a little poem.”

ARAN Animal Rescue's Fiona Rae says relocating pound dogs is incredibly rewarding

ARAN Animal Rescue’s Fiona Rae said relocating the dogs from the kennel is incredibly rewarding.
Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Fiona Rae is the Whanganui representative for the charity ARAN Animal Rescue.

He does a lot of work getting the right dogs ready for relocation.

“So I try to put things in their place for them, like a vet appointment first. It’s always a must and we always make sure the dogs are vaccinated and eliminated from sex during our rehoming.

“And then I advertise a home for them or try to get a foster home to take care of them until we find a home for them.”

She said it was incredibly rewarding.

“Sometimes when I see them missing, I almost come to tears depending on the journey we’ve made together, but when I hear later how well they are and how happy they are, I think that’s great and the motivation to keep going. .

“Because it’s not always a great result, most of the time it is, but some dogs have a past that comes back to haunt them.”

Whanganui resident Tina Gibson made Susie Q run into kennel staff when she was a puppy and she couldn't be happier.

Whanganui resident Tina Gibson made Susie Q run into kennel staff when she was a puppy and she couldn’t be happier.
Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Whanganui resident Tina Gibson spotted four-month-old Suzie Q on the Adopt a Dog page.

“She is a personal cross and I have owned this breed before and they are great dogs therefore I went for her and she has done very well since I got her.

“She is a very good girl. Isn’t everyone taking proper care?”

The dog came up with the name.

“Suzie Q was her name when I bought her and I loved her so she stayed. She is a rock star and an incredible one from many moons ago.”

Rescue dog Suzie Q

Rescue dog Suzie Q
Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Marieke Waghorn said it was stories like Suzie Q’s that made all the hard work worth it.

“Oh it’s fantastic. The feeling is amazing. It gives you a really good feeling and especially when we find dogs that have had a really hard life and we can get them on the right track. Make them healthier and happier. It’s so rewarding.”

Anyone interested in adopting a dog like Skinny Winnie, for example, can visit Whanganui’s Adopt a Dog Facebook page to view the dogs and poems.

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