Earlier this week I was lucky enough to go for a sneak preview of the new Dogs Trust centre in Essex. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know how much I love animals – all animals – so the chance to be involved with the Dogs Trust is one I couldn’t turn down and I’m proud to say I’m now a Friend of Dogs Trust Essex and will be working with them on an ongoing basis.
The building itself is very modern and swish, with solar panels located on the roof to offset some of their carbon footprint.
In all the kennels there are a selection of different beds so the dogs can choose whichever is their preference, ensuring that they are as comfortable as possible. The happiness of the dogs is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
They try and house two dogs in each kennel so they don’t get lonely and also have lots of toys to keep them occupied in between play times and their walks around the grounds. I visited just after ‘walkies’ so most of the dogs were fast asleep having been thoroughly worn out!
I think it was inevitable that I was going to want every single dog I saw, but I fell head over heels in love with this 9-month old Rottweiler called Rolo. Sadly he didn’t have the best start in life and is therefore very anxious around people. Any time I went near his kennel he tried to hide behind the door. To see such a big dog so afraid was really upsetting, but the staff tell me he’s a lovely, gentle boy. I just wanted to give him a cuddle and show him that most of us humans are good people and want to look after him.
One of the most heart warming stories I heard on the day was about this Border Collie, Mabel. She found herself at the Dogs Trust after her owner passed away and when she arrived at the site she was incredibly depressed and unresponsive. That was until she met a Springer Spaniel by the name of Max.
Since meeting Max, Mabel’s life has turned around. Despite her age (she’s a grand old lady at 14 years!) she now wags her tail and plays fetch with the numerous tennis balls they have in their kennel.