Post by stephandalfie on Jan 23, 2012 17:22:54 GMT
OMG I love those baby kongs!!!! Muchos!
Did my bit today and delivered our donations, then I very foolishly walked round - BAD idea!! I need to win the lottery and get a massive house with acres of fields and room for all the ones that seem to pull your heart out when you walk past.
Enjoy doggies xx
Steph and Alfs x
A life without a four legged friend is no life at all .... in my opinion!
And, you saw it here first folks, there were seven, just seven of these little cuties in our bumper box...
What do you need to do to get your hands on these 'must have' Kong Keyrings? Well, two have been snaffled for our raffle at the Barons court Quiz Night on Wednesday, the rest are up for grabs, best offers please, only five remain ;D
Good news - one of these little cuties has been 'reserved' ;D I believe his forever keyfob will be coming to collect him tonight at the Baron's Court - awwwwww
Friends were very honoured to have our youngest (and prettiest) volunteer perform a special ceremony yesterday......
Erin: 'Ok, I'm here, got my bag, my doggie and my biscuit, what do I have to do'?
The business of the day is explained to Erin.....
'Put the Puppy Kongs into the lil bags? Easy Peasy Mummy'!
Erin executed her duties with diligence and professionalism....
...even though some of the puppy kongs were a little less than co-operative 'Erin, it's behind you'! ;D
It's a good job Erin's mum, Bex, took care of the post ceremony 'hospitality'
Erin's task today represents a pretty significant moment for Friends.
Our Environmental Enrichment Initiative was sparked some 3 months ago after Rebecca Rankmore (camera-shy employee of Cardiff Dogs Home) was tasked by the managers with researching the most enriching 'toys' for the dogs in the Home. Becky's findings set us off on our journey into exploring ways that Friends could help to improve the welfare and wellbeing of the dogs.
With the help and support of expert advice and guidance from a renowned university lecturer and specialist in captive animal research, Friends are developing a whole program which we intend to roll out throughout 2012. The Kong Appeal is Part 1 of this initiative, and we envisaged that it might take 3 months to implement fully, as we are relying totally on donations. In fact, after just 3 weeks, we have managed to put a Kong, in it's own hand crafted bag, into every kennel, and Erin's task today was to signify this by putting the last puppy kongs into crates 48, 49 and 50.
If you haven't seen it already, please click the video link above to see some of the puppies who have already enjoyed the benefits of stimulating and enriching 'playtime' ;D
Does this mean this part of the program is over? Actually, no. Inevitably, some of our dogs will want to take their Kongs with them to their forever homes, and if a dog appears extremely attached, Friends are considering offering these preloved kongs to rehomers for a donation. Inevitably some will get damaged eventually (see King making mincemeat out of his first 'Classic' Kong - now replaced by an Extreme) ;D And as the Kongs are assigned to a kennel, and will be enjoyed by successive 'residents', it is important that they stay in good enough condition that staff are able to keep them clinically clean, so there will, sadly, be 'casualty Kongs' that need to be 'taken out of service'.
So Friends will need to keep a slow but steady supply of Kongs to ensure that we maintain the current 'Status Quo'
Also it is part of Friends committment to ensure that the Home have a regular supply of fillers.
A firm favourite is Tescos value liver pate, so if you're doing your shop at Tesco's (I'm sure all supermarkets have an equivalent) please consider popping one in your shopping trolley whenever you shop, and taking it to the Home. Tinnned frankfurters have also worked well (and have the added benefit of being easily stored at the Home).
So, Thank You, to everyone who has helped. From Becky, who sparked the idea; to Debbie (our expert advisor), to everyone who donated a kong or funds specifically for this appeal; to 'Mrs Kong UK', Chess Wales Ltd, The Merrie Harriers, Disney Store Cardiff, to the Friends Crafty Corner who rose the challenge 'before the glove hit the floor'; a very special mention to the manager and all of the staff at the Home who have embraced and implemented this part of our program; to the doglets who have helped us promote it, to everyone who is quietly leaving fillers at the home....
Lastly, to little Erin, who came along to mark the occasion...
For those of a nervous disposition, please look away now ........
....... Casualty Kongs
It seems there is a very good reason why Kongs come in different sizes, and different colours
Maria, the Manager of CDH has personally visited our forum to express (on behalf of the doglets) how very grateful they are to everyone who has duggen deep into their pocklets, and everyone who has beavered away to provide the baglets to help bring to fruition Part 1 of Friends Environmental Enrichment Program, the Kong Appeal ;D
We and the staff at CDH are just beginning to appreciate just how 'valuable' Kongs are to the dogs, and are 'learning' as we go along about how long a Kong should be left in a kennel, and the importance of 'matching' Kongs to dogs (the large classic, pictured above, spent an hour with Boomer K5)
We always realised that there would be an element of 'replenishment' required, and so will be continuing a 'soft appeal' for Kongs throughout the year.
Meantime, Friends are very grateful to Caroline of Cardiff Canine Citizens here who has been keeping a 'watchful eye' on the program, and has very kindly donated two 'Boomer-proof' extremes...
'Extreme' thanks Caroline and Bern, your last donation is going into a kennel bag as I type!
Hello - do you still need Kongs for the dogs? Or is there something else I can help with? I've been lurking online for a while now and I'm so impressed with everything you do for the dogs. For various reasons, we're not quite ready to have another dog yet but I'd like to help in some small way. If you don't need Kongs, I'd like to join/send a contribution but I don't have a PayPal account. Should I just send a cheque somewhere? (sorry if I've missed instructions somewhere - still finding my way around the different messageboards). Please let me know how I can help. Paola