Life with Hayley an Angel in Disguise

Hayley on the day she was adopted from Ark Animal Centre

Hayley on the day she was adopted from Ark Animal Centre

A lovely update from Diane on her Ark baby, Hayley, who she adopted a year ago from Ark Animal Centre, and how she filled the lives and hearts of a family in mourning…sometimes the “rescue dog” isn’t the one being saved. Read their story below 🙂

Hey all… So it’s nearly a year since I adopted Hayley. At first she was a major pain and chewed my bed, Oakleys and more…. But she has crept into the heart of her big brother, granny, aunties, uncles and pretty much everyone. Most importantly, my heart.

Unfortunately she has irritable bowel syndrome which had earned her the nickname: Princess Poopy Pants. When she farts and you are driving, you find a park. FAST!! Hayley got her Bronze Canine Good Citizen in November despite everyone (including me, excluding the KUSA judge) thinking she could not do it. She is excelling as an obedience dog and will be doing her first obedience completion next month.

Training aside… She has become my cuddle bug and K’s best friend. KD has lost a load of weight with having her around and hates when she has school cause she is not around. For my family, Hayley has been a healing tool after the loss of my dad. I fostered her a week after he died and she crept into our hearts. My sister in law is a cat person and actually had to get a dog after Hayley came into our lives!!!

Mom often says how much Dad would have loved her. I think she would have adored him and think he may have stollen her from me. Thank you for recommending this very special girl to me. She has changed my world and refocused my whole family at a time when we needed something more than sympathy.

Written by: Diane Logie

What is Ark Animal Centre?

This incredible 4 minute video will give you an inside understanding of who and what the Ark Animal Centre is, and how you can get involved and help make a difference 🙂

Click this link to view it: https://youtu.be/sovmFsna_NI

Big thank you to the following people who made this video possible:
Eilidh Goosen
Rick Joaquim of Duck Rabbit Studios
Andrew John Lonie
Kasmario Fankis
C.A. Van Aswegen of FiX Post Production
Adam Lomas & Brian Mullany of Fireball Productions

Toby & Master a Township Love Story

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You often hear of the horrible animal stories from the townships of South Africa, but you very rarely hear of a good story…well this is one of those. A story that gives hope and shines light on some special people living in Johannesburg’s informal settlements…

Wendy McWilliams, one of our fantastic volunteers had told us about Toby and his amazing dog. She brought Toby and Master to visit us on Sunday – and were we in for a treat.

Toby is the most amazing person, he is a security guard at a complex, lives in a shack in Kya Sands Informal Settlement and is an avid animal lover. His dog Master who he has had since he was a puppy and is now 5 years old, he has trained himself – with no formal training whatsoever.

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This is how our meeting went. Toby arrived, I asked him if he needed his dog vaccinated – No, he is fully vacced, sterilised, de-wormed and rabied. Oh! So would you like help with basic training – No, Master is well versed in training, here is a demonstration.

Well after the basic sit, paw, down, we then moved onto tricks, fetch, stay, etc. For the first time that day I was in awe, I thought we could teach Toby, but no Toby has a lot to teach us. We then entered the shelter, I was a bit concerned, firstly with an adult dog entering into a pack of dogs who had been watching the goings on behind the gate and secondly with a few of the dogs being a bit racist.

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Well! Toby and Master walked in quite casually and were greeted by all our dogs with absolute glee. Master was so well socialised and got on phenomenally with dogs and small puppies alike. Dolly who is racist went up to Toby and asked for love – all our mouths dropped open – this has never happened before. Toby has a way with dogs very rarely seen. He is absolutely gentle with them and they respond incredibly.

So why was Toby there? He would like to learn Tracking with Master and would also like to find out where he could do a formal course in Dog Training.

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What we would like to do for Toby – Find a Tracking group in the Kya Sands vicinity, organise a course in Training and mostly if we could find a job for Toby working in the animal field, as we feel his talents are absolutely wasted in the field he is currently in.

If we could we would hire Toby in a second, but we can’t, so if anyone is looking for a fantastic employee please consider Toby, you will not be disappointed. If you would like to contact Toby, please let us know at info@arkanimalcentre.co.za and we will put you in touch with him.

Until next time,

Tracy Otto, Ark Animal Centre Manager.

SMS ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48748 & help us feed our rescued puppies! R10/sms.

Barnyard Success for the Ark Shelter!

barnyard rivonia fundraiser BLOG cover for ark animal puppy shelterThe Rivonia Barnyard Theatre was the place to be on 25th January 2013. The Ark Animal Centre‘s fundraiser show was a huge success and saw hundreds of animal lovers dancing to the sounds of the best 80’s music in the incredible show -> Icon’s of the 80’s!

Ark had 200 of their supporters attend the event and together with sales from Ark merchandise sold on the evening, the Fourways based puppy shelter raised almost R18 000! It is their most successful event to date. Afterwards most guests headed over to the Movida night club to celebrate the event’s success.

This money will be used to fund the building of dog kennels on the new property Ark will be moving to in mid April this year. The shelter’s manager Tracy Otto said that there are big things in place for Ark in 2013, the move is just the beginning.

Help feed a rescued dog –> SMS ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48748. R10/sms.

Picture’s from the evening:

 

101 Humorous Animals by Carly van Heerden

101 Humorous Animals - The Lighter Side of Anthropomorphism [Kindle Edition]

Carly van Heerden is the author of ‘101 Humorous Animals – The Lighter Side Of Anthropomorphism’. Her new book is out and available on Kindle & Amazon.com and is filled not only with high quality pictures of some of the world’s most beautiful creatures, but beneath each picture you will find a few interesting facts relating to the creatures in the pictures, making this book the ultimate combination of humor and fact, emphasized by superior images… which for many is the perfect recipe for enjoyable entertainment.

Here is a little more on Carly and her awesome book…

I have spoken on behalf of animals for most of my life now – not only as an activist; I have the tendency to imagine what animals are thinking, and I know I’m not the only one! When I started studying animal behaviorism, one of the first points we are made aware of is that when it comes to training animals, we as humans make the mistake of likening our animals to people; we think we know what they are thinking when they look at us ‘that way’.

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This is known as anthropomorphism (explained in detail in the book). Anthropomorphism becomes an obstacle when we presume what our animals are thinking, even though we know full well they can’t speak English (or any other human language), and they do not think in a spoken language we can understand either. This can lead to our misunderstanding our animals’ needs on occasion; for example, when your dog chews your shoes and looks at you ‘that way’, you think they are saying ‘sorry’ or ‘I didn’t do it’, or ‘please don’t be mad’, when in actual fact they are just looking at you, wondering why your facial expression and body language is changing shape… so suddenly.

There’s a lot to it, but at the end of the day we only ‘speech bubble’ our animals because we love them, and to us they are human – so if the shoe fits…

Facebook often provides the perfect daily dose of comedy when it comes to pictures of animals, which have been ‘captioned’. Sometimes I’m left in tears and stitches by the captions I read, and they are usually so appropriate. So, where did I get my inspiration from? I’d have to say… captioned pictures on Facebook.

To make the book that much more interesting, I spent my time researching the animals in the pictures, hoping to make this book into something more than ‘just a picture book’. To me, one of the best forms of entertainment is a well-structured combination of non-fiction and humor, which allows me to smile and learn something new at the same time. For me, that’s getting what I need and like for the money I spend.

Watershed Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Fund came into the picture toward the end. My ‘Mushroom’ (SPCA rescue Greyhound) was flown to me in Sedgefield from Gauteng, and Steph from Watershed organized the flight through ‘Bidair’. Because I was in Sedgefield, Margot from Greyhound Rescue Group SA organized absolutely everything for ‘Mushroom’ in Gauteng; having a crate made especially for her, driving for hours from here to there to make sure all was perfect for Mushroom’s first (and only) flight. Another one of my books (Animal Stories for Children Everywhere) therefore has 10 % of its sales dedicated GRGSA, and 10% of all sales of this book will be given to Watershed for their tremendous efforts, not just where Mushroom was concerned, but for anyone needing their assistance.

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To me if there is ever an opportunity to promote the good work of animal shelters and rescue organizations, I will make good use of it; hence the decision to add the pages for ‘organizations needing assistance’.

Seeing the excellent effort that ARK puts towards rescuing and rehabilitating mums and pups, I asked if I could make mention of them in this book, and they agreed to let me. The great thing about this being done on Kindle is that folks from all around the world, who purchase the book, can make donations directly to Ark, Barking Mad, and Tico’s Pawket (USA – with focus on providing rehabilitation wheels to paralyzed dogs) from their computers, even while they read the book. I hope the donations are made and that Ark, Barking Mad and Tico’s Pawket can continue to do all they do for our four legged companions who can’t speak for themselves.

Thank you Candice and all at ARK – may all your needs be met and your premises protected. Thank you for dedicating your lives to the animals, and for having the courage to face adversity in the tough times; never giving up.

– Carly van Heerden

Ark Animal Centre’s 2012 Year in Pictures Video

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Ark Animal Centre had an incredible 2012 year! Hard work and lots of sweat and tears but looking back….its all worth it for our fur balls ♥

We have big things planned for 2013, this video is to thank our volunteers and supporters for helping us to accomplish all that happened last year! ♥

You give Ark it’s Bark! Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR VIDEO!

Joint Puppy Adoption Day with PETS!

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Join Us on 12 January 2013 for our JOINT ADOPTION DAY with PETS JHB!! ♥

Come through to adopt one of the many adorable little babies that are looking for a new family 🙂

Date: 12 January 2013
Place: Happy Tails Doggy Daycare, 1 Albatross Drive, Fourways
Time: 11am – 2pm

See you all there!! ♥

SMS ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48748 & help us feed our rescued puppies!! R10/sms. All SA networks.

THANK YOU FOR CARING!