Sunday, January 21, 2007

Jimmy's Story

Over the Christmas holidays I participated in a scheme they have at Manchester Dogs Home to foster a homeless dog for two weeks. Given that I live in a second storey flat and work peculiar hours it would be difficult to look after a dog full time but I though I’d give it a go over Christmas.

I fostered Jimmy, who’d been found in Ashton-under-Lyme, abandoned and neglected in October. He’d been fostered before and got on really well with the people but one of their children was allergic to dogs so it was back to square one for Jimmy.

He was a brilliant dog who gazed at me with uncritical admiration – something I’ve never come across before – and was really well behaved and good company. I made my mind up to do my best to find him a good home and Phil, from our Labour Party has now adopted him full time and he’s very happily settled and putting on weight and now called Harvey.

It’s a good scheme. It helps the Dogs Home and gives you a chance to see if a dog suits you. Obviously the Dogs Home hope you’ll keep them but they still think you’ve done them a favour if you take them back at the end of two weeks as they find out a lot more about the dog’s personality. I may well do it again next year.

If you’d like to know more about the scheme – just ring the Dogs Home on 0161 205 2874.

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