I’m thrilled to be back home with my handsome, four-legged boys, Oliver and Guapo, whose sweet, furry faces I sorely missed while visiting the Netherlands last month.
It was agonizing to be away from them that long. But thanks to FaceTime, frequent texts, and other social media platforms, I was assured by my pair of dog-sitting daughters that they — WHAT!!!! — barely noticed I was gone.
Seriously, I didn’t mind that they forgot I ever existed because, like most pet lovers, what really mattered to me was knowing they were safe and cared for.
This brings me to why my heart is aching for hundreds of folks who were ordered to leave their pets behind after recent wildfires in Pukatawagan got out of hand and thousands of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation residents were ordered to evacuate their community.
A large number of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, and even turtles, were left inside locked-up homes, forced to fend for themselves without food or water after their owners fled.
And as my talented colleague, Shelley Cook, wrote in last week’s Winnipeg Free Press, a handful of residents and volunteers from Manitoba Animal Alliance stayed behind to tirelessly care for the animals, including malnourished stray dogs that are in desperate need of food.
According to Cook, more than 30 vulnerable animals were rescued out of the community, and of those, 11 have been reunited with their families.
That’s great news! Still, the dedicated Manitoba Animal Alliance rescuers are in need of cash donations to buy the food they can easily purchase in the Pas and ship to the First Nations community. They are also in need of short-term foster care for strays, all of which are hoping for a forever home.
To donate or learn about becoming a foster, go to www.manitobaanimalalliance.com.
Speaking of forever homes, Meagan Peters at Manitoba Mutts sent along this profile of a four-month-old mixed breed that is also looking for an everlasting home:
Approximate age: 4 Months
Breed: Mixed Breed
Size: Large (50-80 Lbs)
Arrival in care: June 2022
Bio: Hola! I’m Curry! I’m a fun and feisty girl looking for a special home to suit my needs.
I am kennel trained and I am still perfecting my housetraining!
I get along very well with other dogs, especially larger dogs!
I can live with cats perfectly. I would say a dog confident cat would be best for me!
I love going for walks, however, I still need some work on my leash manners. However, my foster mom says I am improving each time! A home with a fenced yard is ideal for me and apartment/condo living would not be a good fit.
I am suitable for a home with children that will respect my boundaries. My foster mom has been working on a strong “out” command, which is a word that signals me to release something. This is a valuable tool when I am super excited. My foster mom says this has significantly improved my manners with both children and adults when I get excited.
Although I am a very friendly girl, I demonstrate what my foster mom calls “having a high drive”, which means I need a job to keep me busy, or I may chew on things that I’m not supposed to and get a little bit of an attitude (I like to back talk when I’m bored!)
I am a wonderful, fun little lady who would love to play all day and then hit the couch for a Netflix marathon at night.
Where is our first adventure together going to be?
**NOTE: Curry’s adopter will be offered three complimentary training sessions by her current foster parent/trainer. She will teach key concepts like “Leave it” with cats and “Out” for nipping. Visit www.manitobamutts.org to fill out an application, or contact [email protected] for more information. Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue Inc. is a 100 per cent foster-home-based, not-for-profit, charitable rescue with a mission to relieve animals in distress and animals suffering from overpopulation and/or abandonment, provide for the care, maintenance, and rehabilitation of stray, abandoned, and displaced animals in Manitoba and be a leader on matters that promote and improve the welfare of all animals through enhancement, protection, care, and education.