This photo was posted by #Jen Wold an overseas rescuer who is passionate about desexing and adoption.
You might say that this doesn't happen in New Zealand...but it does, and in many pounds around NZ it happens every Friday.
We agree with this message...this is a human caused problem.
HUHA is New Zealand's leading No Kill shelter. Over the past 6 years, amongst the thousands of animals we have saved, we have euthanized just 9 healthy but broken dogs. Of course we tried everything we could to appease their aggressive, antisocial and unpredictable behaviours, and to find them safe outcomes. But for each of these dogs, their experience of life had been learnt from the worst kind of humans. Not all of the previous owners were intentionally cruel but each were ignorant and had failed as the guardians of these amazing animals, oblivious to the fact that their choices of care (or lack of) had cause so much irreparable damage.
So after all our efforts failed, we held each of these dogs in our arms as we whispered a gentle and loving goodbye, knowing we have no choice. They would never be safe in the community, and maybe through death they would find their peace.
You will never see a line up like the one in this photo at HUHA, but don't kid yourself it does happen in our clean, green, caring country. It happens most Fridays. And you are most probably FB friends with someone who is directly or even passively responsible.
Our words of advice. Treat you pet as a valued member of the family. They are not status symbols, guard dogs, yard dogs or back yard dogs. They are not punching bags when your favorite sports team lose and they do not deserve to be a tool of blackmail for domestic violence. They are not money factories as they are not puppy factories. They are not someone else's problem, they are not your children's responsibility. They are not toys you can leave lying around or shut in a cupboard when you lose interest, nor exercise equipment that you can stop using when you can no longer be bothered. No they don't want to sit in a cage for a week or two in between your pig hunting hobby trips. They are not the latest must have that you can flick off on Trademe when the fad passes. They are not insignificant rubbish you can through away. And no they are not trying to piss you off, they just need contact from you. They are not naughty they are just bored and if you are complaining that they can't come inside and watch telly with you because they are untrained or that you cant walk them because they pull....then get off you lazy arses, put some effort in and teach them, train them, engage them and involve them. And if you can't do it on your own, then ask for help.
Your dog will undoubtedly be one of the most dedicated and loyal members of your family and one of the most rewarding relationships of your life. And they deserve consideration and your respect. So man up and take responsibility....this is totally on you!!
We hope the PM will remember the people of Hanmer Springs, Cheviot, Parnassus, Rotherham, Culverden, Ward and Seddon and homes in surrounding areas, and find the time to drop in. When asked for an update on relief work in Parliament today, he only mentioned Kaikoura, which is experiencing severe problems and needs a huge amount of support. The PM has flown in and out of Kaikoura at least twice. There hasn’t been too much NZ media focus either on other places. But British news website The Guardian reported earlier today on the plight of people in the small North Canterbury town of Waiau. Here’s the link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/15/surviving-in-waiau-the-forgotten-town-closest-to-the-nz-quake-epicentre
I write this with a heavy heart & i might not completely express what i need to & i might be "politically" incorrect.
My words may not be able to change the world & all the death that is happening. But my prayer is that LOVE & PEACE would find you all.
My heart aches for the families of the ones who have been murdered by the very people who were sworn to protect us. For the men & woman who were massacred because they were gay. The families blown to pieces because they were & are still caught in a war that is not even theirs. The countless refugees that are turned away cos its not our problem. For the people in Papua who are living through modern day genocide as we just watch on facebook. To the people that live in fear because of the colour of their skin or what they believe in. To the many who are not heard & who are forgotten, my heart aches for you all.
Im not articulate or eloquent when it comes to this stuff. All i know is we have to make a change. No matter what colour you are, what you believe in, where you come from or who you are. We need to put aside our differences & choose to love, accept, forgive & change for a better tomorrow. We are divided as humanity, even within our own. Its time we unite to make a change. Stand up. Stand up for those who cant.
Dont be silent. Stand for something or fall for anything.
Christmas is the season for giving and we are giving three new drinks for you to enjoy. Keep it sweet with our Toffeenut Latte, spice it up in a Gingerbread Latte or if you feel like a classic - Chocolatey notes with the Santa Hat Mocha Frappuccino.
GOOD ADVICE vs BAD ADVICE - Please share with your networks
You may have seen/heard the Triangle of Life advice making the rounds again. This is BAD ADVICE. It is used in countries where building codes are different to ours.
Drop, Cover, Hold is GOOD ADVICE. This suits us in New Zealand and our building standards and codes. DROP down low so you don't fall, COVER your head and neck with your hands/jacket/backpack, and HOLD on until the shaking stops.
Doorways should be avoided if possible as these can slam on you or your fingers. If you're interested in reading more about this, head over to http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/get-ready/at-home-get-ready-get-thru/drop-cover-and-hold-is-still-the-right-action-to-take/
Stay patient and stay awesome everyone - Charlotte
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The judges of the 2017 Cheese Awards have spoken and the results are in! Our Kikorangi Blue swept up 3 champion awards, Tuteremoana Cheddar & Ramara both grabbed golds, and our Kahurangi Blue is New World's People’s Choice for the third year running. Which award winner is your favourite? #TasteKapiti
Empire Magazine just named us Best Film of the Year! "The way it perfectly balances its elements – emotional without being overwrought, quirky without being twee, hilarious without losing touch of the story or characters – is an achievement that nobody saw coming."
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