Let’s be realistic and not expect our dogs to shield us from armed thieves. The primary use of a guard dog is to bark when strangers are around and alert you so you can take action.
Myth 2: “A dog ‘resting’ all day will be alert at night.”
ACTUAL RESULT : Depression and unhappiness because the dog: a. Is lying in his own dirt b. Doesn’t know his pack (his family) and is therefore unable to bond. c. Lacks interaction and affection He is lonely and bored.
Truth: “A dog has to relate to a pack!” In the case of a domestic dog that’s the family or other dogs it lives with. If a dog is shut away all day, can’t see daylight or is chained up and ignored, it can’t relate to other living beings.
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Often people wonder: why do you put the animals in temporary foster homes?
It is actually very logical: when the dog or cat gets put into a foster family, it has exposure to an actual home. This means lots more training can be done, the animal can socialize with humans and other animals, house training can be included, etc.
The results? Our dogs often have a head-start and can easily adjust to living with a new family.
The picture below shows Blitzen, a dog rescued off the streets in Nairobi. Because she came in with malnutrition and dehydration. A lovely foster parent has taken her in and gave her the Tender Love and Care she needed to become strong again.
Stevie had been hanging out on the streets of Nairobi for several months. A good Samaritan provided him with food and water and asked the neighbours not to harass him until TNR Trust could come and move him. Stevie was very friendly, submissive and just wanted to crawl into the laps of our volunteers for cuddles. He had to be treated by the vet for tic fever, but recovered quickly and was put in a foster home.
Once fostered, he remained the same sweet and soppy character and loved hanging out with people and children alike. Even though he was already an older dog, he was very clever and learned leash walking and basic obedience very fast.
He was adopted by a wonderful and brave lady called Phrashia. Phrasia had always been apprehensive about dogs but asked TNR Trust to help her overcome this unfounded fear with an appropriate dog. Stevie and her love for each other made her overcome this.
Just after she adopted Stevie, we received this message from Phrasia: “Stevie is doing great. I’m in love with him and I think it’s both ways. He is such a well-trained dog. Thank you for him. Everyone adores him and he especially likes my paps. He sees him and gets excited”
Phrasia eventually decided that Stevie needed a friend when everyone was out and also adopted Roma through TNR Trust. They do everything together.
We couldn’t have found Stevie a better home or a better family. Thank you Phrasia, and Stevie: make sure you take care of your new family!
Roma was her mother’s lookalike. Mama Oreo and her 7 puppies, including Roma, arrived at TNR Trust in June 2017. The puppies were tiny and under 2 weeks old with eyes and ears still closed. She is a terrier mix, only a few years old and was an excellent mother to her furry kids.
Once the pups were weaned, she was happy to run around and play with the other dogs. She seemed to enjoy her well-earned freedom after herding and feeding 7 rascals!
The puppies were at the vet for quite a while as there was no space for fostering. This wasn’t ideal as one of them would cry when being locked up. But our volunteers would regularly take them for a few hours out of the kennel to play, socialize and cuddle. They were very sweet and gentle furkids, and even enjoyed playing with the 2-year-old of one of our volunteers.
Roma was very playful and sweet. She eventually got adopted by a wonderful and brave lady called Phrashia. Phrashia had already adopted Stevie through TNR Trust. She had always been apprehensive about dogs but asked TNR Trust to help her overcome this unfounded fear with an appropriate dog. Stevie and her love for each other made her overcome this and she decided that he needed a friend when everyone is out.
Thank you Phrashia! And Roma, make sure you take care of your new friends!
Korneel, one of the dogs that was homed thanks to TNR Trust, had her story published on a Danish website! “Dyrerenes beskyttelse” is the biggest animal organization in Denmark and the article was printed in their Kids Club education magazine.
Korneel‘s TNR name was Coco. She was born in Kibera with her 2 brothers and taken care of by a security guard. When there was another round of poisoning of dogs to curb in the dog/cat population in Kibera, the guard contacted TNR Trust to come and rescue them.
We went to her foster parent’s home, where she was running around with dogs, cats and people. She wanted to jump straight into our car, so we took it as a sign.
The first day we brought her home, she ran out of the gate without anyone noticing. We looked for her for about 3 hours and finally found her hiding in the gutter in front of our house. She is very playful and is now growing up together with our daughter (they differ about 6 months) under the watchful eye of big sister Pinda.
We took Korneel to puppy class and obedience class here. At the moment, she is the epiphany of a teenager: boisterous, playful, loves giving lots of wet kisses and cuddling. She doesn’t know how long her legs and tail are, so gets very clumsy inside the house.