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Adele and Mika

These two girls are forever friends and were brought into the rescue centre when we had some volunteer vets in country. They were tiny puppies and one was found in an open hole in a suburb – a caring passerby had lifted her out and brought her in to the centre. The other was found alive with two other siblings when their mother had been killed by a passing car. Two other puppies were adopted out leaving Adele alone. The vets took the two of the puppies and nurtured them, until their volunteer time was over and they left Malawi. Concerned that the two girls would not do well in the rescue centre aka clinic we promised we would take them across to the shelter section. They have grown into beautiful ladies and Adele has a very special drawling yodel greeting when she sees us. Mika is very affectionate and loves to jump up onto something like a window ledge or the table outside to be at our eye level.

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Chuck and Laila

Chucky was found wandering in a rural setting of Malawi, very neglected, hurt and untrusting of humans, with sores on his ears and face he was in pain so obviously reactive aka aggressive when approached by people. Chucky came into ARC and had is wounds treated and was given medication, but after living at the centre for a few months became slightly aggressive again and had to be moved to our section next door where he could have his own space for part of the day and just unwind. He became a different dog and eventually we were able to pair him up with Laila who was rescued from being stoned in an area nearby a school. Our Director Dr Ssuna’s daughter saw him being abused and alerted the rescue centre and Laila came in for care and attention. She was extremely timid and untrusting of humans and she and Chucky formed an alliance of insecurities, which has built them into a great pair of loving trusting doggies. Chucky has developed cataracts in both eyes, but knows his way around our garden area adjacent to his kennel that he shares with Laila, so they both live together happily. They are both special dogs (aren’t they all?)

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A stunning GSD cross Husky this massive white dog was surrendered as the owners had a baby. He does have aggression tendencies and has bitten one of our dog handlers during a training session, as well as Dave, during moving him from one section to another. He is an in tact male, which could be a reason for his dominance, but he is quite loving and sociable with the other dogs too. We have developed a risk free solution of moving him back to his kennel after exercising daily, and all is working out well with this magnificent dog, who shall unfortunately remain un-rehomeable due to his aggression. We would not risk rehoming him even if we could explain his aggressive tendencies. We have had a qualified trainer in to work with him and she firmly believes he has deep seated behavioural issues and we think he was previously beaten in an attempt to train him before hand as any form of stick or overhand movement that may look like a stick coming down towards him sparks off his aggression, as well as attempts to restrain him, which was obviously used to tether him in his previous environment.

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DD and MD

“Mother Dog” were left behind at a house in suburban Area 10. A lady viewing the home for a possible rental noticed the dogs had no food or water and questioned the security guards who were generously sharing their food with the abandoned dogs. There was one puppy with them too and we were informed there had been more but they had all died. This is debateable as there is a huge roadside puppy trade in Malawi, so the others could have been sold off. The three dogs were very mistrusting of humans but did enjoy the food we brought them daily (usually during our work lunch hour or after hours on our way home.) Eventually we managed to get the three dogs in the car, and they were all sterilized and then the two older dogs brought to our shelter section. DD unfortunately started having epileptic fits and is now on daily medication (he had seven fits in a row and the vet had to run across to administer diazepam to stop them).

Goofy and Charlie

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Goofy and Charlie

Goofy was surrendered by a lady who could not keep him as she has a home allocated with her current job and is only allowed one dog (which she already has.) Goofy has had half his spleen removed as he had cancer and the vet doing the operation gave him a 50:50 chance of surviving the operation. He has recovered well and is now kennel buddies with Charlie who’s previous owners left Malawi for Spain and ultimately Guatemala and could not take the dog with them. The poor girl had been left behind previously and the owners who surrendered her to us had found her on the property they moved into when they arrived in Malawi for their two year contract. They loved and cared for her during their stay, but couldn’t bear leaving her alone when they left. Charlie is a crossbreed which includes bull terrier, but has issues with her legs and was only with us a month when her back legs collapsed completely and she dragged them around behind her happily. After symptomatic treatment with anti inflammatories and pain killers to which massages were added, she regained use of her legs and has thankfully not had a repeat of such an episode since. She has a very distinctive bark and her kennel buddy Goofy is a fantastic “singer” – he howls beautifully…..

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This golden oldie has been with us for 11 years. She was the pioneer of our rescue activities here in Malawi, and we remind the others to thank her for their rescue as without her plight we may never have begun this arduous task. Next door to the house we lived in the people moved out and we saw the property locked up for weeks before, one night, returning home from our niece’s school function (we hardly go out at night) a very skinny dog crawled out from under the locked gate. She was skin and bone. We investigated to find out that she had been left behind by the previous tenants who didn’t like her and had taken their other two dogs with them but left her behind. While the premises was empty we fed and watered her daily and she came to trust us. The new tenants said they would take her, but she was more in the road than inside the yard, so we took her in. At that stage we had no facilities to keep her in, so she stayed under a tree in our back garden, which we separated from the front section of our house, which housed our personal dogs, cats and guinea fowl and chickens. Honey proved intolerant of cats, chickens etc (probably because she has been starved and saw everything else as a food source.) When we changed jobs and moved house, she had better living conditions and now has her own kennel and is out all night. She is a brilliant alert dog and won’t bark unless there is reason for it.

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James was to be euthanized and he had been returned after being rehomed (for trying to eat the new owners chickens) Another expatriate family who had little boys wanted a couple of dogs so James was rehomed successfully with another dog Bruno for a year with this family. James and Bruno were a great pair for this family with active young boys who loved and played with the very tolerant dogs. Bruno had previously been rescued after being left behind in a property with her mother who had died from strangulation as she was chained to a pole. We had to get police escort to break the chain on the gate of the premises and remove Bruno and bury her deceased mother. Sadly Bruno, who was 12 years old this year, passed away, and now James is on his own. James is also a jumper of a dog, not as in jumping on us, but jumping on things to get to our eye level. He loves affection and has run around games with us in the back yard.

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JJ is short for “Jumping Jack” and this boy (in front of the first picture) was surrendered by an older lady who had “done the right thing” and removed the dog from a rubbish dump when he was just a puppy. She had seen him eating plastic and wanted to give him a better life. She had taken him home, and tried to integrate him with her older dogs, but he proved too rambunctious and she called on us for help. We took him in and for about a week the poor doggie was terrified and sat under his bed. We had to leave his food out for him and when we walked away he would eat everything and then retreat under his bed again. We had another pup Fox Face who was very disabled on his entry to the rescue centre. Eventually his back legs strengthened and he would pull himself around on his front “elbows” as his legs were so bent out of shape. After lots of TLC and massage therapy, as well as good eating (nutrition) he walks and runs around with his bent front legs. He has the most distinctive deep bark and is such a happy soul. He and JJ are now kennel buddies and truly love each other.

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Kong and Bobo

This beautiful pair of doggies (read that as larger breed dogs) came to us from a Korean lady who working as an expatriate in Lilongwe, Malawi, had to move into an apartment complex where she could no longer keep them. She contacted All Creatures to say she had two “vicious security dogs” who she wanted to surrender to us before she moved as she had no other options. They had been tied up during the daytime and let loose at night to guard the premises. After interacting with them for a few weeks, feeding them daily (with dry dog food and treats), they became more trusting and friendly towards us and we moved them across to our home aka “the shelter” where they have now become loving and playful, and even enjoy sleeping on their beds with warm blankets at night (as its winter now in Malawi). We are hoping they shall be able to be rehomed to a fantastic new owner.

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Next door to another home we lived in (houses usually come with the job you have) the expatriates left the country and left their four dogs behind. These dogs roamed the streets at night and stayed on the premises during the day. We found out they were Father Dog, Mother Dog and two siblings – boy and a girl. We started feeding them every night when we got home from work, and they were just becoming approachable when the unthinkable happened. New tenants had been found for the house and they wanted the dogs “removed” so the government vet came in, and with no resources to relocate or kennel the dogs for rehoming they shot them (in a suburb in broad daylight). We returned home from work and my Mom was distraught as she heard the shots and sent one of our staff over only to find out three dogs had been shot and buried. We wondered what had happened to the fourth dog so went out to investigate and she was hiding in the rain water drain outside the premises and came crawling on her belly towards us when she recognized us. We took her in immediately. OD has only one functioning eye, and we suspect she was blinded in the one eye by a spitting cobra. OD still lives with us, and has been with us for over 8 years now. She is loving and friendly but hates vets and any vet nurses who come over to check on her for any ailment. She literally screams and hides away from them.

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A pure-bred Great Dane, this horse of a dog has been with us for two and a half years. His owner is a prominent celebrity within Lilongwe, and obviously wanted a large breed dog, but doesn’t have sufficient time nor backup assistance for the care and attention he requires. He was brought to us at 8 months old, and had been chained up to restrain him from knocking the original owners elderly mother down. He is a boisterous dog and having his size and weight behind him is difficult to control. The owner had tried training but he had been unable to participate. Sadly the owner was just not able to devote the time and effort required to keep such a lovely, particularly agile and active, very large dog. This is a very special dog, who is just boisterous. He still has some play biting tendencies, and with his size and weight behind that grip on your arm, it invariably causes bruising if he “plays” too roughly. Of course if he jumps up, his paws are on your shoulders as he is huge indeed.

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RIP Bruno X

RIP Bruno X

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Yet another expatriate left Malawi and brought his dog into us who is a “character” and although a lovely dog, has not been brought up as a pet and was soley for security. She has basic interactive skills with humans, is very active (in her kennel), hence she is very muscular. She is likely to be with us forever as she has clearly never been inside a home. This indicates she was just a guard dog and was on the outside only. The language barrier between us and her owner (from India) who surrendered her gave us little feedback on her history – she was just left with us, together with a rabbit and a cat that this gentleman had owned. The rabbit and cat had been indoors with him, and both have been successfully rehomed.

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This gentle giant is a misunderstood angel. His mother had to leave for a posting in Sudan and could not take him with her. He was a one person dog, and then had to adjust to being in our kennels for a few months until another lady offered to rehome him as she was experienced with Golden Retrievers. Roley is a beautiful boy but had some issues with his hips, back, feet and ears. It unfortunately didn’t work out in his new home to the point where the new owner considered him unhomeable and took him for euthanizing. I was alerted by the vets and Roley came to live with us. The vet has him on medication for his hip dysplasia and after having been slightly immobile he is moving around and comes straight to the car when we get home from work each day to welcome us home. We were also told he has a heart problem so he cannot be sedated or anaesthetized, and he does try to bite when you try to groom him, so this is a bit of a problem. However, he has his chair to sleep on as well as a bundle of hay, and a recently donated bed from Holland (which arrived via a sea shipment) that he loves to cuddle into. He tolerates some dogs, but often when we have new arrivals he has to be moved onto our enclosed verandah to ensure there are not fights for this old man.

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Sam and Spare Dog

This pair is a very unlikely match, but were forced together when Spare Dog was thrown into the property where Sam lived with an ex-employee of the Company I work for. Sam is a grumpy boy and his original owner had to give him up because her boyfriend did not like the dog. Anyway Sam ended up being taken in by an expatriate working for our Company and this man loved him and they got on well. One evening he got home from work and had two dogs not one. A smaller dog had apparently been thrown into his walled garden and she was limping a little. He took her to the vet for a check up – eventually had her spayed, and she “Spare Dog” and Sam lived together quite nicely, until the expatriate had to leave Malawi. Sam and Spare Dog were then built suitable accommodations at our place and now live with us.

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A Peace Corps Volunteer who regularly had her dog stay with us (before she thankfully exported her back to USA) was at a shopping centre in Lilongwe and a dog walked up to her and sat at her feet. It was already dark and she couldn’t bear to leave this dog there in danger of being bumped by the cars in the parking lot (and in the busy main road). She picked the dog up (literally) and brought him in her arms to us. He now has several healed wounds all over his body (probably from being beaten or burnt, as the fur is off these places) and hence we called him “Scar”. He seems to have some sort of terrier in him (maybe pitbull) and although separated by a fence and gate, he has managed to get into the side where we keep the chickens and rabbits and unfortunately killed one or two. When he has his exercise time out of his kennel, he sits staring at them roaming around. He does love his food and is very affectionate too. He doesn’t mind being picked up at all. He is a stunning dog.

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A beautiful small toy type dog was left behind (with her sister) by her owners who left Malawi, in Phalombe, a district in Southern Malawi. They were brought into us over two years ago. Snowy’s sister, Spotty unfortunately suffered kidney failure and was euthanised after being with us for just over a year. Snowy is a precious little soul who loves love and play times. She comes inside for cuddles on the sofa some evenings and chases rats in the trees. She is a very special little dog and although we have tried to find a home for her, most prospective owners prefer to take puppies and not fully grown dogs.

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Teal’s first owners left Malawi and another expatriate gentleman took him in and cared for him. Teal stayed with us on a boarding basis whenever his owner went home on holidays. Then the owners expatriate tenure was over and he returned home and could not take Teal with as he already has dogs in his home country. Teal is a fantastic character but doesn’t like to mingle with the other dogs. He is a loner but is affectionate to humans and is playful. He will ignore all the other residents during his exercise time, but if any of them display any aggression he will tell them off. We have had a few people interested in rehoming him and are forever hopeful that he will get a good home one day. (We have had a resident before for 2 years before he found a dream home.)