Woofs at St. Patrick's

The students  at St.Patrick’s School had 2 singular visitors today.  Bonnie and Clyde.  No they were  no such thing as impersonators of the infamous 1930’s bank robbers, but simply two gentle giant dogs.  An Argentinian and Italian mastiffs.
These two beautiful creatures were accompanying Dr Luke Vella Varzin, a veterinary within the Animal Welfare Department,  who kindly accepted the school’s invitation to deliver a talk to the students on the occasion of animal awareness day.

Dr Vella talked about the work that is being carried out by the Department  in particular towards injured strays or lost animals.  He stressed about the importance of microchipping not only because it’s requested by law but more importantly because it makes it much easier to re-unite a lost pet with its owner. He also gave some tips on how a pet should be taken care of.  Vet checks, grooming, exercise and good food are all factors for a long healthy life.  After the talk, lessons continued as per timetable, however in a more comfortable way as the boys came to school in casual wear.                  

A Eur 1.00 donation was collected from the boys in aid of the Association of Abandoned Animals. The staff also pooled in their share.  With the money collected the school will renew its annual committment towards this sanctuary.

A pet is part of a family not a piece of furniture and should be treated with respect and consideration.   And as Anthony Douglas Williams nicely puts it ‘Don’t treat animals as animals.  Treat them as living beings.  That’s what they are’.

Susann Callus