Hector: 'Not so sure I want to go in here but it looks like there ain't no way of turning back now.'
Hi everyone, well you will all be glad to know that Hector got over his surgery without a hitch!! Yes he was a bit sleepy and sore the first night but today is Day 5 post-op and he is like he was the day before he went in to have the operation- plenty of energy and bounce. It was really hard to keep him quiet after 2 days. He did have a little bruising but nothing to bad. His stitches are dissolvable which is wonderful. He was put on antibiotics and pain killers for 3 days which seemed to do the trick. They also discovered that he had a urinary tract infection so he got a different set of antibiotics for that which he will be finished tonight.
Hector: It was a little sorer than I thought it was going to be but I managed to put on a brave face, even though I was a bit dopey when I got home. Wow, did I get lots of TLC afterwards as well, not that I would go back in a hurry but everyone was really good to me. They didn't even put on that silly lampshade thing for my head because I promised I wouldn't lick my wound. Now who is a good boy then!
Here is Hector being minded by the very nice and friendly Sarah Doyle from Dogs Trust Ireland.
is an international dog charity which started in the UK in 1891. They currently have 17 rehoming centres around the UK and run international welfare programmes in Malta and Romania. They are delighted to be open for rehoming in Dublin, building on the education, microchipping and neutering campaigns they’ve offered in Ireland since 2005.
To date, they have spent over €
5m neutering dogs in Ireland and their education team has delivered classroom talks to thousands of school children about responsible dog ownership.
Over 6,500 stray and abandoned dogs were destroyed in Ireland in 2009. That’s over 17 dogs per day. There are already rescue charities doing a great job but there simply isn’t enough room for so many dogs needing help, which is why they opened Dogs Trust Dublin.
Their mission in Ireland is to bring an end to the destruction of stray and abandoned dogs. They aim to achieve their goal in a number of ways:
A national neutering campaign
offering low cost neutering for dogs whose owners are on state benefit. To date, they have neutered over 50,000 dogs through this initiative.
An education programme
offering free curriculum linked resources to teachers in Ireland. Through classroom workshops, children learn about the importance of responsible dog ownership and meet their resident education team dogs, Molly and Siabh!
Their brand new rehoming centre, Dogs Trust Dublin
, is now open and will aim to rescue, care for and rehome 1,000 dogs in the first year.
Sonia, Sarah, Suzie and Stephen at the Irishtown Stadium running track. (Thats alot of S names!!!- not planned)
Next on our agenda this week was meeting up with Sonia O'Sullivan on friday afternoon. Sonia was so nice to us all. It was a such a pleasure to meet her. My big confession is that I brought my camera with me, took loads of pictures for the blog but for some reason I cannot get access to the photos after putting them onto my computer. I only have a few but they definitely are not the best of them. I also promised Sonia that I would send the photos onto her for her children but now I can't. Please accept my apologies, Sonia, IGDB and to all the readers of the blog.
We met up with her at the Irishtown Stadium in Irishtown, Dublin. This is a fabulous facility for the local community, with flood-lit running tracks, 6 astro-practice-pitches and 2 full size astro-pitches and large club house with many more facilities I am sure (We just went to the running-track).
Sonia is a great supporter of the Irish Guide Dogs, she calls in often to Headquarters when she is Cork her native county.
Sonia gave us lots of her time when we got there and told us all about her work/training and her family back home in Australia. She also has a dog back home,Snowie-a border-collie, which her children adore, so she was very comfortable with Hector. She got down on the ground and chatted and played with Hector or maybe it was more like Hector played with Sonia, he was so excited when he met her.
Hector: I know I am only a four-legged dog but it was really nice to meet Sonia, such a nice human being. Sonia might not realise it but I think I could be of great assistance to her in training program as I just love running. I would also be great company for her when she is training and brilliant motivation as she would want to keep up with me because I am such a cool dog. Just give me the nod Sonia and I will be your new mentor!!!!
Hector: I am honored to meet you Sonia!
After this great afternoon we went that evening to an end of year Girls Brigade display which was held in St Fintans School Hall where there were about 300 people. This was a big experience for him. There was lots of music, singing, dancing and children doing little plays. He sat for about 2 1/2 hours very quietly watching the whole thing. He never barked or made any noise, just lay down patiently and watched. I was so proud of him, if not a little guilty because it was so long. He slept like a baby that night!
Hector: Well, it was a really good display but I was glad to get home, it had been a long day. I also really enjoyrd meeting that lovely girl Miss J Seargent who was so nice and friendly to me, I would have gone home with her, I think she would spoil me rotten!!!!
Also my apologies to the lovely girl whom I met at the display on Friday night a Miss J Seargent. I am trying to find out your mums phone number so I can ask her personally about putting the photograph of you and Hector together at the end of the display. Maybe you can get someone to phone Jackie the Capt. of the 5th Company to pass on your number as I need your mums permission to put the picture on the blog.
Hey 2-legged Hector we met a really good friend of yours, Barbara from Horse Racing Ireland at our Local farmers Market in the Red Stables Yard in Saint Anne's Park on Saturday morning. She said to say Hi to you!!!
Barbara is obviously a bit of a keep fit enthusiast as she had just completed an 8K run in St Anne's. When she saw Hector she asked me was he "Hector's Hector" and of course I said yes, so then it was time for another photo opportunity.
Till next week..............Ciao!!