How could you not? But if you REALLY like Billy and would like to offer him a home, here are a few words from his foster mum and our email contact: info@CretanAnimalWelfare.org
Billy is now growing fast, but will not be very big when fully grown. He is very lively and loves to run and play just like any puppy. He is very intelligent and has learned to sit and wait for his food, provided you hold your hand up until you want him to eat. Then, when you drop your hand and say OK he rushes to his food and it is gone quite soon after! He is still on junior type food (fed twice a day, soaked in water) which is in small pieces and easy for him to digest. He is usually good on the leash but needs more training as he likes to run around in all directions exploring everything that’s going on around him! He is now about 4 months old and will shortly be taken for his second injections including one for rabies.
that I was going to run the Lassithi run in aid of the Cretan animals….
But it didn’t happen! 24 kilometres is 24000 metres! Which is a long way by foot! Believe me, as I started training for it a while back, but still didn’t manage to get fit in time…
Inspired by Marcel’s run last year on Lassithi (Bravo Marcel!!), myself and Diana (of Cretan Donkey Care Crete) thought it would be a nice idea to do the same this year…We both toured Lassithi many times by car and it doesn’t take that long! So how hard could it be???
We had a year to prepare, but now being used to the Cretan lifestyle I personally started to train too late. Diana on the other hand had a valid excuse to start her training even later as she needed an operation…the things people do to get out of it, can you believe it??
Anyway at the beginning of August I had to admit to myself and the few people that knew about this idea that health wise it wouldn’t be clever to go for it… It wasn’t easy to do this and I felt like letting the animals down but on the other hand if I would do the run and get a serious injury I wouldn’t be able to help with caring for CAWG’s donkeys currently resident in Malia, fundraising and awareness activities or any other year round jobs for CAWG, and in that way maybe letting them even more down. I know this is just a way of thinking to make me feel better but there is a truth in there!
Anyway, the plan isn’t out of the window tough! The training will be continued from now on so that I will be panetimie (Greek for very ready!) next year. Diana will do the same she said! Any runners holidaying on Crete next August and interesting in running with us, please do contact us about making it a joined force!
A few words from Tilly’s foster home, the person who gave her a chance to use her (at that time) paralysed back legs, the person who is responsible for Tilly being given a 2nd chance because without a foster home, there is no 2nd chances…
Tilly has now made a full recovery from her injuries and runs and plays around like any other active dog. She is very friendly and has a quiet nature, behaves well on the leash and enjoys a walk. She has not been used to long walks so will be happy with just short walks. She is fed twice a day and likes to sample her food just a little before going for her walk and eats her meal on her return. She is a slow eater so do not be surprised if there is still food left after a while. She prefers the dry food for small dogs soaked in a little water to soften it (As you can tell, I’m not spoiling her at all!). The large breed dog food she does not like and refuses to eat.
Tilly is looking for her permanent home to help her find a loving family and to enable the foster home to help another animal
When you look at this photo you see a cute, happy and handsome pup! when we look, we see Wolf… He was thrown over a high wall and into the garden of one of CAWG’s volunteers… of course, this didn’t cause his injury but would most definitely have made it worse.
His pelvis was broken and whereas sometimes, our animals have recovered from such injuries, poor little Wolf was given a couple of months time but no improvement came…
We are very sad to report that this little chap, this smart, loving and cute boy, eventually ran out of chances… and we had to have him humanely euthanised, a heavy burden for any volunteer to carry, especially after having being fostered for a long period of time and hope always building…
Thank you very much to everyone who gives a bit of their heart each time to CAWG and the animals cared for or prevented from suffering.
While most CAWG volunteers are working hard in the tourism sector or on holiday themselves at this time of the year, some are still enjoying spreading the news about our work and creating awareness of animal welfare in Crete!
Here is a dedicated volunteer, on a hot day, trying to promote CAWG’s work to visitors and ideas of Responsible Pet Ownership to locals!
Thank you to all our volunteers for all their hard efforts, day in, day out…
A new report from the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) highlights deficiencies in the country’s animal welfare controls.
According to Eurogroup for Animals, Greek central authorities have been criticised by the FVO for failing take sufficient action to ensure the welfare of animals in its import/transit control system and border inspection posts. For example, the authorities were unaware of legislative requirements for the entry of birds and pet animals.
Most remarkably, inspectors’ findings cast serious doubt over the ability of the Greek authorities to ‘ensure satisfactory and uniform implementation of animal welfare requirements’.
FVO concludes that the lack of guidance from the central level is at the heart of the faulty control system and instructs Greece to further develop manuals and instructions for checks on live animals and accompanied pets.
Here a message from us and of course, from our fantastic Jude.
He is super, we are every day happy with him and thoroughly enjoy having him!
He walks free in the garden in the daytime and listens to us very well, in the evenings we keep him on the lead as we do want to keep an eye on him and we are a little bit scared to leave him in the dark.
He loves to scare the chickens and once in a while he runs like a mad man through the garden and doesn’t know what to do with all his craziness. He is becoming more free every day, but when I walk away he comes straight after me. We do say that I have honey on my bum!!
It is unbelievable for us that Jude had to be this long in foster home, he is such a nice and faithfull dog!!
We will send some pics of him soon, so you can see how good he looks!
Because it’s not just animals in Greece that suffer…
Milk from cloned farm animals could now be a reality in Britain according to reports in the media.
You can help spread awareness of this issue by sharing ciwf.org/cloning with your friends.
Compassion in World Farming is extremely concerned at the news that milk from the offspring of a cloned cow may be on sale in Britain. The Food Standards Agency must act quickly to trace this milk and get it withdrawn from shops.
The cloning of farm animals can involve great suffering. A cloned embryo has to be implanted into a surrogate mother who carries it to birth. Cloned embryos tend to be large and can result in painful births that are often carried out by Caesarean section. Many clones die during pregnancy or birth. Of those that survive, a significant proportion die in the early days and weeks of life from problems such as heart, liver and kidney failure.
The European Parliament has only recently voted for a ban on the sale of meat and milk from clones and their offspring (read more here). We call on the Coalition Government and the rest of the EU to follow the Parliament’s lead and prohibit the sale of food from cloned animals and their offspring.
Please visit Compassion In World Farming’s website for more information on how YOU can help these animals!