I went to a really interesting talk last week. It was all about anxiety in puppies and what we can do as vets and pet owners to reduce anxiety, aid the settling in period and facilitate their adaptation to their new environment. The talk featured two brilliant Veterinary Behaviourists, Dr...
On Sunday, I joined thousands of Australian's in supporting the RSPCA and completed the Million Paws Walk. I have been a long time supporter of the RSPCA but this was the first time that I have participated in the walk. I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how well behaved the dogs were! They were all excellent. I only heard one scuffle and it was over and done with very quickly without any injuries or incident. I will admit, I wasn't brave enough to take Jack - for a couple of reasons, the most important being that he's arthritis wouldn't have allowed him to tolerate walking the distance and the second being that he's terrible around other dogs when he's on the lead.
My fundraising efforts were not as good as I'd hoped (sometimes life gets in the way of the best intentions) but I was really really glad that I went along. The team from Oscar's Law was there promoting an end to puppy farming, Staffy Rescue was there along with a number of other breed rescue groups promoting animal adoption, Sydney University vets and vet students there giving free health checks and of course all facets of the RSPCA.
I have been unfortunate enough to deal have to deal with the RSPCA on a number of occasions throughout my career. (I say unfortunate because if I'm calling the RSPCA it is generally about a case of neglect or cruelty that I have seen). They have always been very prompt at responding to my requests for help. They are limited by the law and that frustrates everyone (probably no one more than those hard working RSPCA inspectors). Whilst I'm lucky to see only a few cases if any each year, I don't envy these inspectors who face dealing with these cases on a daily basis.
Okay, so that's enough chatter, here are some of the adorable dogs that were there enjoying the sunshine! I'll definitely be going again next year, how about you?