Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Awards and Buster II
I’m very chuffed to be awarded this from both Laurie and the Rotten Correspondent. Many thanks to you both. I won’t nominate others, but you know you deserve it – please take it and display it proudly!
On Sunday morning we walked Mollie down at Steamer Quay, by the river in Totnes.
The tide was up the highest we’ve ever seen it; nearly bursting its banks, and up and down the river the Dart rowing team were out practising in their skiffs. Tiny female coxes roared instructions at the eight men puffing and blowing as they pulled their oars in and out of the water with varying amounts of skill.
We met a lady with three dogs of indeterminate origin, one called Buster. A collie cross with milky blue eyes – he had trouble seeing.
We stopped and chatted, as you do with other dog lovers, and she told us that she was fostering Buster.
“His owners couldn’t cope and wanted him put down,” she said.
I caught my breath, horrified that someone could think of doing such a thing and she saw my anguish, nodded in agreement.
“Someone took him to the Animals in Distress rescue home in Ipplepen and I said I’d foster him.” She pointed to Buster trying to chase Mollie, unsuccessfully. “He enjoys life - apart from his awful arthritis,” she said. “It was so bad when he was in kennels that they had to lift him up each morning. But now he’s with me I’ve got the heating on at night and he’s much better.” She groaned. “I dread to think what my heating bill will be like!”
We stayed and chatted for a while longer before walking on, and she took her brood off in the opposite direction.
I won’t forget her – thank God there are people like her around.