Moving from Normandy, France to the gorgeous region of Valais in Switzerland (up in the mountains), new subjects get me inspired, probably because this is a come back to my roots. Nature, landscapes, feeling new vibes and getting lost in breathtaking atmospheres. Changes are good sometimes...
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A few snowflakes for one day, a short-lived joy since we are not gonna have any snow for Xmas at Chichi Factory Rescue. Bonnie likes it this way, because having snow up the knees, even if there are only a few centimeters, not for her.
Bob doesn't mind the cold, and whether it rains or it's windy, he doesn't care as long as he can play! The others prefer to stay warm inside and Cookie is starting to copy the others and charm us in order to get treats. He trusts us more each day.
And two new rescues arrived: two senior chichis whose owner passed away and the family couldn't take care of them. Gus is quite watchful, fearful and ready to bite, but relaxes once he trusts. His acolyte Domino is a gentle little guy, quiet and cool!
A month cold and wet, even though we have been able to enjoy a few lovely days.
On Chichi Factory Rescue's side, Bob got neutered and his teeth cleaned, which didn't affect his habits, always ready to clown around! Bonnie feels now great with her eye completely healed.
Cookie, the last rescue, is starting to trust and enjoys the comfort of the house. As for the others, they have it easy!
Here is Chichi Factory Rescue's last recruit and not among the least ones... A Chihuahua completely terrified, with a heavy past behind him, though still very young. Removed from a puppy mill of Eastern Europe, he spent his life in a cage and was only used for breeding. Saved from this hell and brought into France by SOS Chihuahua (a French organization), he was so terrorized in his foster home that he was growling and tried to bite, staying hidden under a bed, no way to approach him. A dog behaviorist gave a quite pessimist prognosis as to his chances of progress. So we offered to help this organization, who was looking for a solution for him, and he joined our team. Since then, he has started to trust a little, but his progression will take time.
Puppy mills are crooked breeding facilities, where dogs are stocked in insalubrious kennels or pens, who are neglected and too often mistreated, who are only good for making puppies. They do not get any care, females generate pregnancy after pregnancy, even if they are not in good shape, without knowing anything else. Males, if they are not good studs, will regret not being productive enough... Then the puppies are sold over the internet or fraudulently transported to cities like Paris (if they don't die during the trip, stacked in cages, without any water and light), to end up in flashy window displays of animal shops, priced outrageously high! Behind all this masquerade, few people know the horrible fate of these dogs, hidden in the shade. Because the parents of these puppies, they stay in this hell until their last breath, in pain and misery.
If you buy a puppy, you contribute to this shameful traffic! So please, don't shop, adopt! You will save lives.
A month a little hectic with Bob's arrival, an 8-year-old Poodle extremely stressed out, saved from euthanasia. A good shave was more than necessary since he really looked like Bob Marley (hence his name). A few days for adjustment and he blended in the Chichi Factory Rescue pack, with a soft spot for Mamie Nova, who he likes to kiss.
Bonnie got spayed and the big wart on her eye removed. The waking up for this 10-year-old granny was a bit difficult, but she recovered very well.
Tania and Arnold got a new trim and showed off so that we could see how beautiful they were!
Maggie and Gutz did not worry too much, enjoying the rare sunny days we've had, feels like Winter is approaching fast in Normandy...
Heat came suddenly in Normandy and everyone had a hanging tongue after one minute outdoors... So we thought it would be nice to buy a little pool for our furry pack! Surely some really enjoyed it, while others were a bit more sceptical... If not totally unhappy! Oh well, when you think you're doing the right thing...
Since sunny days are coming, we had to improve our outdoors, so we got down to build a new terrace! Of course, our little furry friends were there to help and especially to give their opinion! We first had to delimit the perimeter - a good opportunity for some agility -, then we had to dig, spread some sand, rake it - Elliott was ready to alert us if we were overflowing -, put the stones and hit them - Elliott was setting the tempo! And when everything was finished, we could all finally rest... Quite a task!
A short trip to the French part of Switzerland to visit relatives and stumbled upon a really peculiar sign strolling by lake Geneva... German Shepherds not allowed? But Gutz is just a tiny Chihuahua... not even taller than the sign itself! Oh the Swiss, they always like to make things complicated...
The SGV Photography crew has a new official member! A poor little Chihuahua who hasn't had much luck in his life so far... He was used as a breeding dog for a so-called breeder and hasn't been properly cared-for. We got him from an association in a deplorable state: recoved with fleas, scabs almost everywhere (fleas helped themselves), ear mites, rotten teeth (some missing, which is why his tongue is sticking out), not to mention a white veil on his eyes (ancient wounds or an inborn problem), a deformity of the jaw and vaccines given from time to time, not regularly (of course, vet bills can be expensive)... In short, absolutely revolting! How can someone use a small animal like that and jeopardize his life by neglect?! Shame on breeders who abuse from defenceless little beings and do not give them the proper care and a decent life. Thankfully there are still thoughtful people in this world and associations to help them being rescued.
Anyway, this little guy's ordeal is over and he is finally enjoying life like he should. His health issues are now just a bad memory and he's already looking much better.