Sun 16 Dec 2012
In the past I have mentioned the Cayman Islands Humane Society (similar to SPCA) ; as anyone who knows me, knows I adore dogs. Here in Cayman, I really like the fact that many people when they want a dog (or cat for that matter) go to the Humane society to find their new best friend. Unfortunately, this place is constantly overflowing with pooches ; either because of new litters or people abandoning them.
There is good news though. Every Sunday, a bunch of volunteers take the dogs and give them some basic training. This week-end and last I tagged along with my good friend Lorene (who goes pretty much every week-end). The idea is to get the dogs who are in need of a new home out for some fun, get them socialized and also give them some basic training. At this weekly event, the local “dog whisperer”, Kenneth who does an awesome job with the dogs is always around to assist with the training.
Last week, it was on Seven Mile beach. Here are some the dog handlers and the doggies. (I was also one ; was assigned “Flint”, a cute black dog.)
Kenneth, aka the Dog Whisperer giving us the marching orders.
Here Kenneth assists one of the handlers (as we are all called during the training – I like it, sounds sorta formal) with her pooch. SIT
After all of the sits, heel, turns and walking around, this dogs gets some TLC. Seems quite content!
The sad part is at the end. The doggies have to go back to the Humane Society. Hopefully most get adopted in short order and don’t stay there too long. In any case, with the walks they get + Sunday training it should give them a better chance of finding a good home. Here they are getting loaded into the van for the ride back. All of these doggies were awesome; makes you want to take a few of them home with you.
Unrelated to the event, I saw this guy just before the dog training. Quite impressive since this dog looks only a few weeks/months old. I walked along the beach for a while and this little guy only fell off once ; the whole time he was going back & fourth between his owners legs. Very cute.