Moving to Cumbria seemed like the ideal time to bring a well-behaved dog into our life. Nick is adamant that a mongrel is the healthiest type of dog. Our first port of call was the Animal Refuge in Wetheral and we found the cutest puppy with an unlikely name of Bambi. By the time we got her home, we’d named her Leah. As we got to know Leah we realised how lucky we were to have a well-behaved dog.
The Animal Refuge’s pre-condition was that Leah be speyed. As usual, Nick, trained in Lambeth’s Dog psychology, wanted none of it and ignored the Animal Refuge’s calls for a year, and eventually, they summoned Leah to the Vet. Being unused to this procedure we thought they all these dog loving people would use advances in medical technology such as keyhole surgery to tie up the relevant tubes. Not so, full removal of all parts plus they do not use self-dissolving stitches. Poor Leah was forced to have a cone on her head and had the indignity of being taken out on a lead.
No more running freely and she is totally fed up and this is only day 3.
Leah soon recovered.
Before you get excited, here is the Animal Refuge’s advice on neutering.
“There are many misconceptions related to neutering, though. Firstly, the age at which a dog should be neutered varies between breeds and generally a male would be neutered at six months, while a female should be spayed after her first season. There is also no evidence that letting a dog experience motherhood before neutering her is in any way beneficial. In fact, a dog’s first litter is usually the riskiest and poses a higher chance of complications.”
For more advice see www.animalrefuge.co.uk