It's Grand Prix weekend here in Melbourne and we can hear the whine of racing cars at Albert Park across the city to our house this morning. Confined to barracks as I am at present, those noisy engines are making me dream of our road trips - Tyler hanging out the window, people admiring me in the back seat as we make our way through city traffic to the beach.
We love driving about in the car and so I thought this news article would be interesting to you, my fellow traveller dogs.
Dr Katrina is a wonderful vet who supports Golden Retriever Rescue (the link is on this blog) and Riley, of course is the star of the show. Dr Katrina fostered Riley who was rescued from dreadful circumstances which I'll quote directly from GRR:
" Riley, who is approximately two years old was left in a run set up by Griffith Pound for people who wish to anonymously dump their dogs. He was emaciated, limping badly on one of his front paws and within two days had pus erupting from the swelling on his paw. Katherine from Lab Rescue took Riley to her vet and a mercy dash up the Hume Highway followed with GRR's foster carers, Lee and Warwick waiting in a car park late at night to take are of him. GRR's vet found Lee waiting on the door step the next morning and Riley is now resting quietly at Wendy's home.
The infected swelling in his foot revealed two grass seeds embedded far into his paw but more alarming than this were the four identical marks on each paw where the skin had been rubbed raw and large round sores had formed and become infected. These rub marks and round sores indicate that Riley has been tied by each foot for a long period of time by thick rope which has been knotted. While this is incomprehensible to all of us his horrific past is just that, it is passed and now Riley has a future which is abuse free. His owners have done their worst but they didn't break this special man's spirit. Riley is willing to trust and comes up wagging his tail for some attention of the loving kind."
Riley now lives with Dr Katrina and her family and participates in Dr Katrina's media work highlighting pooch rescue and other aspects of dog care. His wounds have healed and his happy kind nature has come to the fore. And so Riley is now the happiest poster boy in Australia!!