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!
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.
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: 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!!!!
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!!