A few years ago I read a book titled “Ralf”, it is based on the true story of Ralf, the therapy dog.
It is now well known that dogs (pet) can heal the human mentally.
In Melbourne, Australia, a Giant Schunauser, named Ralf joined the family of a couple with 4 children, who had a very kind hart.
Ralf was rather a problematic dog with constant barking, however, he gradually became a loving dog surrounded by a kind harted people, especially he was loved by school children.
One day, Ralf’s talent as a therapy dog was found at the Royal Melbouren Show. Since then he & Caroline (foster mother) visited Royal Children Hospital for 5 years during this period Ralf heeled and encouraged many sick children.
2021 is almost over. This year, inparticular with the incident of our beloved Eve -the ex wild dog went missing from my sister’s house in Japan, there are many learnings. We were all impressed and overwhelmed by the people who we didn’t know, but provided great love to Eve & us.
I have noticed in December, there are more and more dogs posted on Instagram as “missing”. Not sure if this is just me who feels this way.
The super guy called Motch san, who caught Eve also said there are more missing dogs than other momths. The possible reason is due to the people feeling busy and are not paying attention to their dog.
Even though the dog owner is careful, dog decides to run off and this unfortunately happens. I am sharing our experience of what can be done when your dog goes missing.
Firstly, make & print posters to distribute as many neghbours as possible. My sister asked the printing company as she printed almost 1,000 posters.
Secondly, report to your local rescue animal centre (or council-either is fine as they are related.) We also contacted local vet, post office, super markets, convenience shops.
As our house is located in countrytown, some vets told us they wanted us to bring the printed poster (not via email).
There were many neghbours who reported they sighted Eve, however, at the same time, this the first time we realised how powerful the social madia is. As soon as we posted on Instagram and Facebook, many people shared the news and we received a message from some people who say “they live nearby, so they want to help.”, or my dog is from the same rescue center.” We received many tips on what to do. This really helped us staying calm and encouraged.
One thing we thought was very helpful was the social madia (instagram ) called “Maigo_ken”, which is an NPO group who has many followers. Once a missing dog is reporte to them, they post on their instagram or FB page. If you use the hashtag Maigo_Dog on your instagram they also picks it and share the missing dog info to their followers.
It is getting colder and colder day by day in Japan. I cannot wish enough all missing dogs in Japan will be saved and reunited to their family as soon as possible by the end of this year.
I have been following my sister Mimi and her rescue dog Eve, since she welcomed her on the 24 June from the animal shelter.
There are many things that surprised us. Firstly, Eve didn’t do her first wee or poo for a week. Eve never eats when Mimi is around her. According to the shelter staff, it is quite normal, Mimi says.
Further more, Eve never shows her interest in going for a walk. Mimi felt relieved when Eve left her carrier case after 2 days.
Last weekend (Day 14), Eve chewed the door in a house, trying to escape! Mimi, feeling at a loss, was driving to return Eve to the shelter where she came from. However, after she spoke with Ms. Kitamura, founder of the shelter, she calmed down. Ms. Kitamura’s advice was it is important to tie Eve with chain all the time to avoid her escape. We feel it is sad doing this, but understand escaping is a typical habit of wild dogs.
This morning, after 14 days without a poo, she did the great second one! Also she held her wee for 12 days. Mimi was very worried about her but sounds very happy now. (The photo was after Eve did a big poo! She looks happier!)
Interestingly she covered her poo too. We learnt wild dogs usually avoid to leave their body smell where they sleep to protect from being attacked.
After the near escape incident, Mimi lost confident and was quite stressed and worried, feeling “It may have been better I didn’t take Eve.” I was relieved to see her a little happier today.
I am going to share how Eve and Lucky (a wild kitten) are doing with Mimi in this blog. You check out how they are doing, and support Mimi by checking her instagram Mychatomomo.