Maret’s 6 days a week of volunteering at the dog rescue is coming to an end, as is the other kids’ dog walking. And before we left town sweet Gudrun Jones wanted to honour the kids by having a picnic/bbq on Easter Sunday complete with an Easter Hunt.
Earlier in the day we had brought ‘home’ one of the rescued dogs for a few hours because of a request of Maret’s. It was a dog walking day, when she has time enough to spend one-on-one with a dog of her choice. The last few weeks she has focused on Katrina, a puppy who liked to pull constantly on the leash, and gnaw anything in site.
Maret spends time during the week watching dog training videos so she has a better idea of what to do with Katrina in the limited time she has to commit to her training and development. She’s managed to have Katrina pulling less on the leash, got her to stop chewing on her fingers, and progressed to simple tricks.
There is no doubt in my mind that it will be difficult for Maret to adjust to not working at the dog ranch six days a week. It’s what she’s been living for for the last 2 months. She knows that great adventures still lie ahead. But that doesn’t make the leaving easier for her.
PS News is out that some people have started up dog fighting in Chapala. Last night there was an attempt to break in and steal dogs from the ranch. Gudrun was told about it via a neighbour, and reported it to the policia just this morning on her way up to the ranch. After delivering dog food and the day worker (Martin) Gudrun was heading out when the policia surprisingly showed up. Very quick response, in a society where dogs aren’t respected at all. Three trucks with about 8 officers mostly in street clothes but with weapons strapped on their thighs or semi-automatic weapons in their hands, they walked around the ranch taking pictures, collecting information from Gudrun and Martin.
There were no dogs missing from the ranch, but supposedly 1 or 2 roaming dogs were snatched from just down the road. Killed and used as bait. Not a pretty thought.
PPS I’m currently reading Gudrun’s book she gave me. Fascinating historical fiction of one family’s experiences of life during WW2, including those who supported the Third Reich and those who hid Jews. If you purchase her book the proceeds all go to running the dog ranch.