Faithful Francesca is a sweet sighthound

Mo Chara Animal Rescue

Faithful Francesca is a sweet sighthound

Francesca is a sweet little sighthound girl, about 9 weeks of age. This poor darling was found alone and frightened on a busy road but thankfully she had come to no great harm. Francesca is a stunning fawn colour with a blue mask and blue shading along her back – what a beauty?! Her smooth coat will require only minimal care as she grows to keep it in top condition, just a five minute groom with a soft brush each week and the occasional bath. We reckon Francesca will grow to be quite a large dog (Greyhound sized) but like all sighthounds this doesn’t mean she will need endless exercise – most sighthounds are more than happy with half an hour of play off lead in a secure area and marathon snoozing sessions on the couch!

Francesca has been vaccinated, microchipped and treated against parasites, her new family must agree to have her neutered when she is old enough. Sighthound is a general term for a group of dogs which includes Greyhounds, Whippets, Afghan hounds, Salukis and lurchers. These dogs are typically gentle, easy going and characterful. Sadly they are often treated poorly and overlooked as pets in Ireland but I can assure you, once you open your heart to a sighthound you’ll never look back. They make wonderful pets and adapt well to most lifestyles - you’ll be hard-pushed to find a more loyal or expressive companion. Francesca is waiting patiently for a home of her home – but she is just a baby and deserves a comfier place to stay than kennels. Could you open your heart and home to this beautiful girl?

Q & A

We get asked lots of questions about pet care and welfare and often the same questions are asked again and again so we’ve decided to answer a question each week in our column! Catherine has a degree in Veterinary Nursing and is a qualified dog trainer. She has also spent years managing a busy pet-store where her area of expertise was pet nutrition! If you have a question for Catherine, email mocharaanimalrescue@live.ie

Q: Hello Mo Chara, my mum has an active Collie, Bertie. Bertie is 6 years old but he still loves to run and play, however, my mum has had to have surgery on her knees meaning that she can no longer give Bertie the long walks he needs. Rehoming isn’t an option as Bertie is the apple of her eye but mum is worried that he will become bored and depressed without exercise. Any tips on how to keep Bertie busy while mum recovers? Thank you, Lorraine, Cashel.

A: Hi Lorraine, thanks for getting in touch. Keeping busy is important not only for active or working breeds like Bertie but for all dogs! Fetch might be a perfect option as Bertie can be taught to return the ball to your mum who can rest in a chair and play from there; you can even get little machines which throw the ball for your dog when your dog drops it into a hole at the top!

Intelligence toys like Kongs or dog puzzles offer a great mental workout which can tire a dog out and help them burn off some energy. You could also hide for tasty treats or toys around the house or garden to keep Bertie busy searching them out. If Bertie still misses his walks, perhaps your mum might consider hiring a dog walker a few times a week to take him out?

If you have any questions about adopting a cat from Mo Chara Animal Rescue or pet care please don’t hesitate to contact us - email mocharaanimalrescue@live.ie, call 087-2577182, or find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/

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