We wanted to share Pete’s story in detail because it is so important to see and know what he has come from to understand what he needs moving forward.
Many of you will remember the three life-chained dogs we brought down from up north. We were working alongside @Bay Of Islands Animal Rescue and we offered our help. Pete was one of them. Living in complete fifth, chained in horrible conditions, lacking proper food and care, these emaciated, unwell dogs needed help and fast!
What we don’t understand is, firstly, their owners lack of any ounce of empathy to their plight. Why is it ok for them to treat an animal that way? Why is suffering acceptable to them and why are there weak laws or nothing at all to protect the animal in that situation? It is not illegal to chain your dog all of his/her life, as long as you provide food, shelter, water (and none of these things need to be plentiful, clean and humane it would seem).
Many charities struggle to cope with the trauma of seeing and working in these endless situations and we can tell you the pain and frustration of fighting for change and compassion when the laws do not support it is, at times, an overwhelming feeling.
Pete (along with John and Iris) boarded a plane and headed to HUHA and they have not looked back. Their medical needs were met, they were introduced to duvets, pillows, squishy beds and warmth. They were taught to walk on a lead and have learned that running around grassy paddocks is loads of fun! They have been fed good quality food (thank you Petfood Ltd) and have gained a healthy weight and their coats are shinny and their eyes are bright. They have also learned that kind hands, loving arms and gentle voices should be and will always be the norm.
Pete is a complete goofball! He does not stop smiling. He LOVES to play. He is partly greyhound and that shows. He is quirky and cheeky and soft-hearted. He has a open, joyful nature. Pete loves to go for walks and spend time with his many many adoring volunteers. He is a leaner and the biggest softest cuddliest bear of a dog. He has a gentle, quiet greyhound way about him when he isn’t bouncing around being a dork. He LOVES toys and teddies and zooming. He loves his freedom.
Pete is wonderful with people. He still has a bit of a prey drive so we would not place him in a home with cats or small fluffy dogs or on a lifestyle block with stock. Pete has suffered an old injury to his shoulder which causes him to limp sometimes. We have x-rayed and consulted a specialist and there is nothing obvious showing so we are continuing with monthly synovan injections for his comfort. We would dearly love for Pete to find his forever home, where he can run and play, be with his person and truly be valued and adored. Pete needs, wants and deserves to be someone’s family.
Pete is a Greyhound X and is 2.5 yrs old. Please email email@example.com or call 021-225-5928 if you would like to meet him.
Posted on 16 November 2019
A huge thank you to @NZPetfood for supplying HUHA with Addiction Dog food. All of our HUHA dogs thrive on this premium food and we are very grateful for their support.