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“What a good dog you are. What a fine dog you are. Hachi, you are the best dog in all of Japan.”
Professor Ueno speaks these words to his faithful dog before boarding the train to work every morning. And every afternoon, just before three o’clock, Hachi is at the train station to greet his beloved master. One day, the train arrives at the station without the professor. Hachi waits. So Hachiko waits. He waits for ten years. Not even the kind young boy known as Yasuo can persuade Hachiko to leave his post, and take shelter in a warm home. Soon Hachiko is known around the country, and the world, as the dog who never gave up on his owner's return.
Hachiko Waits is a novel inspired by a true story. Hachiko´s love to his owner moved the whole of Japan and had a big impact on how the Japanese treat their dogs and even a statue was build in his honour.
Leslea Newman is an author of children books and tells her version of the story in a way that is even appropriate for children to read. She uses short, memorable and emotional sentences, that are easy to understand for children, but adults will be touched just as much.
Newman managed to make the characters in the novel walk straight into your heart, even though the book is only 100 pages long.
Hachiko Waits is a moving and absolutely touching book about a deep friendship, loyality and hope. Especially one dialogue is very significant, and everyone, who owns a dog, should keep it in mind:
“The woman reached out to stroke Hachi's fur again. "Hachi, you are a very good dog," she said to him. "And your master was a very good man."
Yasuo picked up Hachi's bowl and looked at the woman. "Did you know Professor Ueno?" he asked.
"No," the woman answered. "But it is clear to me that he was a fine man. That is why Hachi continues to hope and to wait. He remembers the kindness of his master."
Click here to buy "Hachiko Waits" from kalahari.com. With your purchase you support SA's shelter animals as a percentage is being donated to FurKidz.
PETS is a non-profit, pro-active and pro-life animal rescue organization. They don’t wait for animals in need to come to them; but spend every free minute in the townships looking for animals in need of help.
This is just a small display of a few of the cats in P.E.T.S foster care. Click here to see all their FurKidz, dogs and cats, waiting for a forever home. Every animal is unique, and matches different types of people. There will definitely be the perfect one for you!
The Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch was founded in 1956. Since this year they try to help homeless, stray and unwanted dogs and cats to find a new fur-ever home. If you are thinking of getting a new fluffy friend visit them and make one pet happier.
Before taking your new companion home, ask yourself: What does my dog needs to be happy? Here is an overview of the absolute basic things each dog needs:
1. Clean Water
A healthy dog/cat needs access to plenty of cold and clean water. Without a certain amount of fresh water your FurKidz will get ill. Unlike your dog's food consumption, you don't have to monitor your animal's water consume on a daily basis, he will generally drink enough to maintain a proper level of body fluids.
Don't be niggardly with buying your dog's food because this is one of the most important decision you make and has a huge influence on your dog's healthand in turn your vet bills.
3. Physical & Mental Exercise
Just like humans, dogs need physical exercise, take your your dog for a walk at least once a day for an hour (depending on his age, medical condition etc.) or split it the walk up into various shorter trips. Try to find new areas to walk in and give your dog the opportunity to smell and see new things on a regular basis. Challenge them, they will love you for it. Teach them a trick, "hide" healthy and natural treats somewhere or play a game, so your dog has a task. Always remember: A tired dog is a happy dog.
Just visit the the AWS Stellenbosch and they will help you to find your new furry friend!
|Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch|
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Lots and lots of adorable cats and dogs are waiting for you at the Animal Welfare Society Helderberg in Gordon's Bay. These 12 smily faces are just a few of the over 200 FurKidz longing for homes. Click on their picture to find out more about them, or click here to see all the FurKidz waiting for homes in Gordon's Bay.
For more information about one of these sweethearts, please call Julia on 082 725 4213 or the adoption office on 021 856 5549.
"Animals are not our whole life, but they make our lifes whole."
Have a look at those eight dogs of AWS Helderberg in Gordon's Bay. Aren't they adorable? So different in character, look, age and size. One of their over hundred dogs will definitely be the perfect match for you, no matter if you are a sporty, lazy, old or young person! This is just a small display of HAWS doggies, click here to see them all! They are just waiting for you to come and visit them and their friends!
It is an exciting experience chosing your new best friend and taking him home. Here are a few tips to make your new doggy fell welcome and at home.
- Your dog will explore everything, so the first step before you bring your new friend home is to puppy-proof your house. This means that you should place shoes inside closets, put electrical cords out of reach and move any expensive or valuable items out of puppies way.
- When you bring your pup home walk him around your garden first and wait until he relieves himself. Pick a special place and encourage him to potty there. You have to be patient because it may take 10 or 15 minutes. Always praise warmly when he relieves himself in an approved spot.
- Next, enter the house and show him around. If he is already used to a lead, keep him on it for the first moments, so you can stop him immediately if he starts doing something you don't want - such as lifting his leg, chewing on a chair leg, jumping on the couch. If he lifts his leg, give him a quick leash correction (yank on the leash and release) and tell him “No” to disrupt the action then take him outside immediately. Praise him with warm words or a treat if he is going to the right place.
After the house tour, take him outside to potty again. Be sure to take him to the same spot.
Remember, your dog will be excited and anxious about his new home. Don’t be surprised about panting and pacing, housetraining accidents, excessive drinking or chewing, or gastric upset during the first few hours. Tell every member of you family to resist the temptation to overwhelm a new dog. Give him some time and space to get settled. Dogs thrive on routine, it will take about 3 weeks for your new companion to fully settle in and feel at home.
Fact: Housetraining problems are the top reason people give up dogs. But as long as you are consistent and provide training your dog will adjust and all housetraining issues can be sorted out.
If you’re searching for a dog that fits perfectly into your life,spend some time at the Wet Nose Animal Rescue Center in Rayton. Over 300 dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and personlities are waiting for their new best friend. There are large fields which allow you to take the dogs out for walks to have a relaxed and stressfree meet and greet in the nature. We will introduce a few of their wonderful dogs to you now:
Meet Saidie, she is a Doberman Pinscher x girl, who loves to be around you and simply can’t get enough attention. She always puts her head under your hand if she thinks you aren’t paying her enough attention and tells you clearly that she loves your touch. She is a very intelligent girl and with 6 years of age still has many years ahead of her, but has longsince outgrown the strenous puppy phase.
Then there is the Bull Terrier x girl Jessie. If you’re searching for a strong and loyal friend you’ll find your perfect match in her. Jessie is only four years old and curious like a puppy. Her kindness outweighs her strength and you won’t regret a visit.
The next character we have is Terry, a little Norfolk Terrier with soft and very fluffy fur. If you would like to have a cuddly companion with whom you can play, here’s your new friend! Terry loves to play with a ball and to run around, but he also loves human interaction and to get cuddles. Hi age of five years means nothing when you see him exploring the world and sniffing around.
Have a look at Butch, this four year old extra large cutie pie needs a forever home without cats. As every Boerboel, he is very loyal and loves to be around you. He won't let you down if you need him and will be your protector and best friend forever.
The last doggie we introduce to you, is called Chutney and is the smallest of our five Featured FurKidz. He’s a 12 months old little Dachshund with beautiful dapple colouring. Still a pup, he is full of energy and enthusiasm to explore the world with you.
Please meet all of these wonderful dogs and even more at Wetnose in Rayton, you will definitely find the one that fits your lifestyle perfectly!
Look at all these cute dogs and call Wetnose on 013 9323 941 for more information!