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My name is Loulou and Animals Asia asked me to write something about myself, my life and my job with Dr. Dog and Professor Paws.
As you can see I look like a small Dalmatian but some people believe that I have actually some Whippet in me as well. The important part is that I have many black dots of which I am very proud!!
When and where I was born is not very clear: but what I know is that by now I am about 18 years old.
Before I decided to live with Rob, Moni and Josie, I tried to live in at least four other homes, but those people did not fit me very well as I used to be quite a handful. So I ended up at the SPCA where I waited until Rob picked me and brought me home. By that time I was somewhere between three and four years old.
I remember that I have been almost blind and very deaf all my life and to my knowledge my teeth never grew more then a few flat stumps. Maybe four years ago a doctor took both eyes out and replaced them with beautiful fake eyes; I am so proud of them because everybody forgets I cannot see!!
One week after I was adopted, Foxy, another SPCA dog, came to live with us. I knew her already from the kennel so we were instantly best friends.
Not even a month later Moni found Yogi who was very ill and only three days old. Because nobody wanted to adopt him he stayed with us for the rest of his life.
And so our family grew: Rocky was found in the garbage; Sausage was very ill and dropped in the garbage too. I feel so sad that people can do that to us – we also have a heart and feelings.
In 1998 Moni heard about Dr Dog and though we’d be the perfect fit! We had to be tested to make sure we were good dogs and would not snap or bite if someone pulled our ear or surprised us. We all passed and soon began doing what we quickly grew to love.
Off we went to our first Dr. Dog visit to Heep Hong Society, Catherine Lo Center in Pokfulam, where we met many small children with disabilities. Over the years this came to be my favorite place to go. I was a very active and happy dog; so many autistic children loved me and I loved them back!!
During 13 years Foxy and I and Sausage and Micky visited so many places together with Josie and Moni – hospitals, elderly homes, schools, day care centers etc. We put many smiles on people’s faces and we smiled right back.
There are so many wonderful stories to tell….. like the one time when an autistic boy that never communicated with anyone, suddenly started talking to me and running with me so fast, my ears went flying!! After a few visits his communication became much better and we loved each other very much.
Or the time when I met a boy who had quite a severe disorder and often hit himself –
all the visiting dogs were afraid, even Sausage. But because I cannot see I went in there without fear and played with him. After that the boy became calmer and I was so happy that I danced around after my job was done – I was so excited!!
Dr. Dog is a therapeutic program: we visit and people can pat us; have us on their lap, brush us, give us treats and walk with us.
Professor Paw is more educational: we join groups of local school children and help to improve their English skills, through a series of classes based around teaching them to be kind to all animals.
At work I love to get treats, be brushed, play with toys and walk on the leash. When Josie puts our work bandana on at home we bark and run to the door because we love to go to work!
But some things are more difficult now that I am older and after 13 years on the job I think I will retire soon, as my bones grow stiffer and I prefer to be at home more, on my own pillow.
My arthritis is painful but I get painkillers that help. I cannot see and I cannot hear but people love me and care for me and I still love life and food.
Now let me give you a few last tips before I go and have my swim:
always respect and be kind to animals
adopt from shelters: there are so many animals waiting for good homes
animals are not fashion objects and have their own four legs to walk on
think before you get a pet; do you have the time to care for it, to pay for it and to love it for the rest of its life? If not, then sponsor an animal instead.
Of course, always check out an organisation’s reputation before adopting a companion animal or making donations.