Beloved pup making a public appearance
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 07, 2013 08:18 am
A puppy that tugged at the heartstrings of foothills residents last spring is making a public appearance this weekend.
Four months after a 12-week-old border collie blue healer cross was dropped off at the Diamond Valley Veterinary Clinic with severe injuries and was then abandoned by his owner, the pup will greet the public with tail wagging at the Turner Valley Dog Days event on Aug. 10.
New owner Roy, who asked his full name not be printed, volunteered to bring the dog, named Lucky, to the event so people can see how he is doing.
“It’s hard to believe he was terribly abused,” Roy said. “He’s such a friendly, trusting and loving dog. He loves everybody and everything. He never shows any sign of being timid.”
Roy said attending Dog Days is a way of giving back to the High Country SPCA and Diamond Valley Veterinary Clinic for the care they gave Lucky. When the former owner didn’t return to pay the bill or claim the dog, some medical professionals offered their services for free and a number of foothills residents helped cover some of the medical costs that couldn’t be donated.
“I’m sure a lot of people in the area would like to see Lucky,” Roy said.
The dog’s owner William Daniel Goyette was charged with animal cruelty and a preliminary hearing for his case is scheduled at Okotoks Provincial Court Oct. 9.
High Country SPCA first vice-president Susi John said people have been asking about Lucky and now they can see for themselves how well he’s doing.
“Lucky made a full recovery and people want to see him,” she said.
In addition to the appearance by Lucky, Turner Valley Dog Days will feature a demonstration by the Tomlin Trick Dogs, first aid and CPR demonstrations on dog dummies, free dog nail trimming, face painting for children and live music by the band Poverty Flats. All events will be held at the Royalite Millennium Park and Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Money raised at the event goes to the High Country SPCA.
If the day is hot, dogs can cool off in small pools filled with water, which will be supplied by an outside water source in light of the Town’s water restrictions in place since the June 20 flood.
Calgary pet rescue groups will also be in attendance including the Dogs in Need Organization (DINO) and the Delegates Against Inhumane Suffering – Y? (DAISY) Foundation with information and wares to sell, John said.
Food will be in abundance with chili or sausages on a bun to choose from at $5 each. Those with a sweet tooth can check out the bake sale in the Flare ‘n’ Derrick Community Hall.
Turner Valley Dog Days will run in conjunction with the Turner Valley Market in hopes to draw even more people out to the event, said John. The market brings art and food vendors from the region to town for a day of shopping.
In past years, Dog Days raised $400 to $500 for the SPCA’s emergency fund, used in the event pet owners in the area can’t afford their vet bills.
The High Country SPCA often assists pet owners up to four times a month, costing hundreds to thousands of dollars, said John.
“Sometimes its little things like a urinary tract infection and people don’t have the money to look after it,” she said. “It depends on the case. It could be $500 or a dog like Lucky where it’s $2,000.”
With some extra activities planned this year, including a beer garden and music from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., John said she hopes to see Dog Days raise as much as $3,000 this year.
“Every little bit would be fantastic,” she said. “There are people in the foothills who cannot afford to look after their animals. A guy came in with a dog with an infected uterus and couldn’t afford (his vet bill).”
John said the idea of having a beer garden and entertainment in the late afternoon and into the evening came after visitors at previous events were looking for something to do later in the afternoon.
“In previous years people tended to come back after they brought their dog home and they had nothing to do,” she said. “It’s an nice summer day. They might as well listen to some music and have a nice cold drink.”
Those looking to adopt pets can check out photographs of two cats and 10 kittens the SPCA has available for adoption. When the SPCA isn’t able to find temporary homes for animals, they are kept at the Diamond Valley Veterinary Clinic.
The High Country SPCA is still working with a Turner Valley property owner who is donating a portion of his land for the SPCA to build a shelter so they can have a place to house homeless and abandoned animals in the future.