The picture of Dr. Phil & Max that appeared in Wednesdays Dominion PostAs an avid animal lover & a passionate dog owner I have found this past week to be particularly difficult. Firstly came the attack on a five year old girl in Taneatua by their friends Pit Bull terriers, dogs that were reportedly well kept & behaved, & on the same day in Wairoa, a three year old was attacked in similar circumstances.
The latter had great personal significance for us as Dr. Phil was the man tasked with putting this wee mite back together. It was heartbreaking, her facial injuries were extensive, but luckily for her, as well as Dr. Phil being the Ophthalmologist on call, he is also the only ocular plastic surgeon in the region. Usually this is the sort of surgery that he relishes, but this time it was made more poignant by the fact we have a child of a similar age & are so smitten about our dearly beloved pooch. The thought that any well cared for dog could wreck such savagery is just beyond us. I am pleased to report that she is now doing very well, the eyelid injuries look great, but the emotional scars will take longer to heal.
The icing on the cake was the canine massacre in Wellsford. I was almost sick last night when I saw what had transpired. I'm a country girl & have much more pragmatic views on these matters, but there is a right way & a wrong way to do things - this is definitely the wrong way! I whole heartidly give my full support to Bob Kerridge & his team at the SPCA it their moves to bring those responsible to justice.
It just leaves one thing to do, gather good friends around this weekend & eat, drink & be thankful for the beautiful bounty of Hawkes Bay. I might see you at Harvest HB, I'll be the one with the knitting!!