What a week it’s been!

From attending a very hot Dog Fest where Michelle gathered up loads of new goodies for the street dogs including cooling bandanas and where our very own head vet Jade won an award, to starting our lovely street dog Lola on hydrotherapy treatment for her elbow dysplasia and a successful mammary mass surgery on Lucky. It’s been go go go!

For those who follow us on Twitter or Instagram too, you’ll see that we recently put out a plea for help to find our missing homeless friend Lachlan and his dog Misty who regularly feature on the blog as attendees at pretty much every one of our street stations. In a matter of days, Michelle received news that they had been spotted! So watch this space, we’re hoping for a very waggy tailed ending as these two are very special to us…

As the last Sunday of the month, Sunday June 25th was what we like to call the full shebang of a DOTS station, where we have all services in attendance; veterinary care, training, bathing and grooming and of course lots of provisions from food to new leads and harnesses.

It was a warm and sunshiny afternoon when Fees Pamper Camper parked and set up the bubble bath, Vets Jade and Anna hoisted up the vet tent and got all the meds ready, Kimberly the dog trainer was on hand to offer advice and tips and more lovely volunteers gave their time to help display all the treats and essential items that the homeless doggy owners could help themselves to. Our trusty homeless pal and volunteer Dodge was of course with us, chalks at the ready to create some of his pavement art to further catch the attention of passers by.

      

We were set up and ready to roll…

First up was our Babe…

Look at this cheeky madam having a lovely old time in the bath, is that a little wink Babe?

Babe was also the first to try some doggy ice cream by Billy and Margot. Perhaps she should’ve had that after being weighed! Ooops! She then had a rummage through the bags of toys and decided that a squeaky Kong was the one for her this week…

Hello Mr Storm…

Look at this boy, like butter wouldn’t melt! Storm is a very strong young man so after a scrub in the tub his dad took advantage of some training advice from Kimberley before Storm made off with a new squeaky fried egg toy, squeaking it all the way down the road as he left…

‘K’

K is a lovely doggy who first came to see us last week but who at the request of her owner, we are not allowed to photograph. So wonderful to see her back again though! She turned up and got a lot of important essentials for the week ahead…

Cuddly boy Tyson the bear…

Ok ‘bear’ isn’t part of his name but you can’t look at Tyson and think anything else. He’s definitely part teddy bear! Tyson is becoming a real regular at our street stations and what a joy he is. The bond between him and his owner is absolutely beautiful to see, pure love. One of the things that is so adorable about Tyson is his love for balls. He turned up with his favourite in his mouth and didn’t let go of it throughout pretty much his whole visit. Even when he was in the bath! He briefly let go to lap up some water but wasn’t taking any risks and just dropped it in the bowl next to him. Tyson’s daddy had noticed that morning that a little sore lump had appeared on his paw. So Jade numbed and shaved around the area and attempted to have a little squeeze, believing it was likely to be a trapped grass seed. Tyson wasn’t a very happy boy about the squeeze though and went in for a cuddle with his daddy. Jade sent them off with some antibiotics to hopefully treat the area but it might be that if something is still stuck in there that he might need to be sedated so that it can be quickly removed…

Kissy boy Harvey!

We welcomed new boy Harvey to our station this week. He was registered with DOTS and treated to the full works. First up, a bubble bath where Fee got more than she bargained for when Harvey decided to plant a few smackers on her face! Bless him. So touching to see a street dog have such faith in strangers. We noticed when Harvey was being dried that he had a very sore neck where his  collar had been rubbing. So we rifled through the essentials table and found a large new harness for him instead. Much better. What a fine fella. We loaded his mummy up with loads of Nature Diet for the week ahead plus some toys. See you again soon Harvey!

HELP US HELP THEM…We’ve updated our Amazon wishlist people! Each week at the street station and also via on foot outreach we are in constant need of items like leads and harnesses. So if you want to become an important donor to DOTS, just head over here and see how you could help…

Until next time!

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