Thursday, 22 October 2020

Weds 21st Oct: New dogs and a happy update

For some reason I had almost no internet connection today so emails were written sporadically and I ended up going to bed very early to read a book.  Still, thanks to the double-Ws of Wifi and Whatsapp I was able to read messages and see photos of the new dogs from AFCD, so here they are.... Dolly the pom, young brother-and-sister Cheerio and Cypress, and a labrador-cross girl, Meg, who is three years old. 

If you're interested in any of these dogs, or any of our many dogs and puppies, please start by completing the adoption questionnaire at

There's been a lot of interest in sibling puppies Gunner and Gina since their photos and a video was shared on Facebook, but please remember that there are six more in the same litter, all with "G" names. 

Out of the blue I'd been thinking about our adopted French bulldog, Romeo, and how he was doing.  You may remember he was a challenging little dog who ultimately had the great fortune of being adopted by someone who saw in him what nobody else had, and there was never any question that this wasn't going to work out.  Things were progressing nicely so the regular updates were no longer necessary, but when Romeo popped into my head I felt I had to ask what the latest was and received this reply:

(Dear Sally) You have a "good nose"! 

This morning I was able to go to Sai Kung Waterfront, in the middle of the town, to stay for a while and observe people and activities with Romeo for the FIRST TIME. He was shaking of excitement.

Then we walked through a park in the middle of the town and went back home. What a day!

There is so much I have to tell you, but as I am preparing for meetings tomorrow and on Friday, I will give you a proper update on the week-end. 

Generally: Romeo has changed into „Rocky“ and is loved by so many people; incredible! 

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Tues 21st Oct: More dogs coming in


Every time I type the date at the top of the page I can't believe how fast the time is passing and that it will very soon be November.  Where do the days go? I can see how quickly the puppies grow as a physical reminder, and even the Little Litter of Nine are seven weeks old now and running around.  In fact I was sent a video of Zia, the smallest of them all, showing her short legs which indicate for sure that she will be a smaller sized adult. 

For the other puppies staying at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre who aren't yet on the website you can see who and how they are by checking or Eagle's Facebook page

Corgi Morgan was adopted today and started his new life in a lovely home where I'm sure he'll be very happy. 

To fill the vacancy left by his departure we have a new pomeranian coming from AFCD, along with a few larger dogs who'll be going to our Tai Po Homing Centre. 

Jumping ahead to Wednesday and with special thanks to Reggae singer-songwriter Mousefx  for picking Hong Kong Dog Rescue to be the beneficiary charity for the radio show Share My Song@ 881903! From today (10/21 6:00 am) to 10/22 6:00am, please support Hong Kong Dog Rescue by sending a blank SMS to 50 881 903! Each SMS means a donation of $5 to HKDR. Your telecom service provider will debit the money from your monthly statement.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Mon 19th Oct: Being emotionally involved

 If you remember the dreadful case of the "Wonderland" dogs and cats that were abandoned and left to starve to death, which sadly many did, we took in quite a lot of the surviving dogs once the court case was over.  They had already spent almost a year at AFCD after having been rescued so by then they no longer resembled living skeletons, and several have since been adopted and are now living a life they couldn't have dreamed of during that dark period.  Sadly we lost two of the dogs, Robin and most recently Jemma, although we can never know if their previous ordeal contributed to their subsequent ill health and death. 

Today we had confirmation of the adoption of another of the dogs after a foster period, and now Emma is formally a real family member.  Her rather battered appearance is likely a result of having had to fight for her food and life while at "Wonderland", but her spirit and sweet nature were never affected. I love this photo of Emma and her corgi "brother", also an ex-HKDR dog, and we're so happy and grateful for the opportunity of happiness finally. 

Sadly another one of the Wonderland survivors has had no such luck, having twice been taken for a trial adoption but without either working out.  The worst part of this is that neither time was related to Samuel's behaviour in any way, as both homes said he was very calm, gentle and a very easy dog.  I feel heartbroken for him as he really is a lovely boy, and next time will be the last, of that I'm determined. (Samuel's photo is below). 

We do get emotionally involved with the dogs and puppies, at least I know I do, and I couldn't let go of the thought of the puppy-now-adult who had been sent to AFCD by his owners.  In the end they were asked to get Obi out of AFCD and bring him to us, so he's now at Tai Po. 

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Sun 18th Oct: Male or female, or does it matter?

 After feeling sick and miserable all day (see yesterday's post for the reason) I have some happy news today as two puppies, both guests at Whiskers N Paws, were adopted today and I'm hopeful that more will be going home soon.  The lucky dogs were Patti and Tickle, and their departure means two more can move from our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre to have fun at Whiskers N Paws.  I don't know which pair will be chosen, but I'll let you know.

Meanwhile one of the "foundling" litters are reaching the age when a move back to the Homing Centre is looming, but we'd much rather that they were adopted directly from their foster homes if at all possible.  This is the "G" Litter of Gussie, Gail, Gabby, Greta, Gina, Grover, George and Gunner, eight in total. They were only a week old when brought to us on the 2nd September, and now they're all happy and healthy and enjoying their lives.  Here's a video of Gina and Gunner:

If you would like to meet any of these, or other, puppies in foster, please start by completing the adoption questionnaire at as a first step. 

I was just asked by a potential adopter if there is a difference between males and females, and my reply was as always that although it's a generalisation, yes there is.  Females tend to be more family orientated and naturally like to form tight-knit groups, while males don't have best friends in this way and prefer to have a group of mates they will play with when they feel like it.  I know this from my first-hand observation of the dogs that live with me on Lamma, where there are cliques of females who stick together closely but very few males who live like this.  There are exceptions to every rule of course, so Melba and Romeo are always together and lookalike brothers Beefy and Sammy are pretty much inseparable, but the rest of the boys hang out as individuals. 

The word "bitch" is highly appropriate when two females fall out though, and once the fights start they're serious and there's nothing you can do about it.  That's why, again as a general rule only, if adopting a pair we recommend a male-female combination as most likely to form a close relationship.

Having said all this, the Lamma dogs that are closest to me (by their own choice, and nothing to do with me) are Griffin (male) and Rag (also male), but although they don't have enemies they also don't have best dog friends either. 

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Sat 17th Oct: Needing to let off steam

 I'm finding it hard to write anything due to feelings of sadness and anger, and I should really take the dogs out for a walk to calm down before posting this but ......

Not for the first time someone wants to surrender a dog, adopted as a puppy by a couple who at the time had no children.  Initially things went well and both puppy and adopters were happy, and there was initial email contact between them and Cactus, our trainer, whose services are freely available to all adopters.   Fast forward some years and there are now children, and out of the blue there's a surrender request due to the dog biting.  However AFCD have already been called to take the dog away, and only now is our help asked for.  

It's been years since Cactus last heard from the family, so we had no opportunity to offer solutions when problems first started, presumably when the first baby was born.  Intead the dog was sent away for "training", and I use this word loosely because what is taught at these places is fear.  Fear works initially, but what happens afterwards is inevitable and that is biting.  A dog has only one way to protect itself when it feels there's no other option, and that is by using its teeth.

My question is always the same, why come to ask for help now?  Why not as soon as there were signs of trouble?  If you adopt a dog when there are no children at home, there is always going to be adjustments on both sides, and sometimes issues arise.  That's often because the dog starts to be ignored, or is taken out less, and maybe gets into trouble for things that are perfectly natural like stealing toys or waking a sleeping baby.

Now it's too late and a previously perfectly fine dog will die in terror and alone.  The now ex-owners, as they have already sent the dog to its death at AFCD, are blaming me for being "judgemental" (that old chestnut), and I don't care about being called names or any of that, I care about the dog whose life has been destroyed because the request for help came far too late. 

Please don't do the same.  If you have problems, ask for help immediately. 

Friday, 16 October 2020

Fri 16th Oct: Coordinating foster puppies

 I'm so glad I don't have the massive task of coordinating all of the foster parents with their baby puppies and the inevitable urgent messages about their condition and vet visits.  Cindy is currently juggling all of this with her own "real" job as well as being a wife and mother, and for the few occasions when I have to step in to help, or make decisions about whether a puppy needs to be seen by a vet, I seriously wonder how Cindy manages.  We have so many little ones in foster homes at the moment, with the Little Litter of 9 still having to go back and forth to various clinics (they have tick fever, Babesia Canis to be precise), and now one of the most recent babies had to be hospitalised with bad diarrhoea.  Thankfully it's nothing serious so it should be an overnight stay only, but with the very young even something like an upset stomach needs to be dealt with promptly. 

Watching these babies change and grow still amazes me, and thinking of them at the time of their rescue and how they managed to survive at all is nothing short of a miracle.  Sandboy, for example, was the smallest and weakest of his litter, and the last to be found during heavy rain.  He had swallowed water and sand and was very weak, but I got this photo of him today.  His foster parent has done an incredible job of taking care of three from this litter, as have all of our foster carers. 

The slightly older puppies who are staying at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre have got past all of those fragile baby weeks and are now happy, healthy and fully ready for adoption, as you can see from this lovely video by volunteer Harryn:

Please remember to start any adoption enquiry by completing the questionnaire at before asking to meet the dogs and puppies at the Homing Centres.  Also, when completing the questionnaire give as much detail as you can, and make sure your email address is correct.  You'd be surprised at the number of times there's a typo in the contact details and emails bounce back.  Please also check your Spam folder if you're waiting for a reply and haven't received one.

Another reason to visit is to buy the Cube Calendar, T-shirts or even wine (at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre).   We are open every single day of the year, no exceptions, even during typhoons and Public Holidays.  

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Thurs 15th Oct: Edie becomes a Canadian

 It was a huge day for Edie, adopted from HKDR several years ago and then surrendered along with several other dogs, all of whom were subsequently adopted.  Now Edie has the last laugh as she arrived safely in Vancouver to start a new and amazing life in the home where ex-HKDR Ling Ling previously lived before her recent move to the Big Kennel in the Sky.  We had to help to choose the right replacement and several to-and-fro suggestions were made, and ultimately Edie (now Quincy) was the lucky girl. Look at her sad face at the airport and then once she was in Canada, what a difference!

Now that the sun is back and we can look forward to a great weekend, it's the perfect time to come and choose a puppy or dog to join your family.  We have so many puppies at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre with quite a frightening number in various foster homes, so there's plenty to choose from.  The under-age (two months) can be adopted as long as there's a second taken on a foster basis until they're old enough to be separated, while all of those at the Homing Centre are "ripe" for immediate adoption.  

As always please start by completing the adoption questionnaire at