A Pup of a different kind

We were walking along the prom this afternoon after lunch and noticed a lot of people gathered round something in the sand near the water’s edge.
It’s not unusual to see seal pups come ashore to rest at this time of the year, but usually Mum or Dad is in the water keeping a watchful eye. This is my picture from March 2018

The Seal Sanctuary is one of the numbers logged into my mobile as on a couple of occasions we have come across a seal pup that appears to be stranded. Maggie has always been very good and not bothered it, but other dog owners aren’t so aware and let their dogs go bounding up out of curiosity and frighten the poor things.
Today, a team were on hand to take the injured baby to the sanctuary for treatment, TLC and rest. Talking to one of the spectators, apparently it was hurt, as when they moved it to get it into the bag hoist, it was bleeding.

Usually the recovery stories are heart warming, but we will never know for sure whether any we have reported have been released back into the wild when fully recovered. It is quite an event when this is done as people are invited to witness their return to the water, and it is quite a tear jerker for all those involved.

The sanctuary do a marvellous job, and when MOH was here that fateful Summer, he and I visited. I took loads of pictures as they had a new pup which was too young to swim yet, the original posts are here and here


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to A Pup of a different kind

  1. I’m so glad there are those who are still motivated to look out for our animal friends. This world is getting so hardened and crass, that many don’t make the effort. Thanks for sharing a heart warming story! ❤

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    The sanctuaries do wonderful work. I hope this pup is okay.

    • I hope so too. One thing is sure, they will care for it until it is fully recovered. Each are ringed so they are aware of the history if it is in need of assistance in the future. Some of those at the sanctuary cannot survive in the wild for whatever reason, so they are permanent residents. They are wonderful to watch.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I’ve seen some shows on the sanctuaries and I know that those who cannot go back into the wild are kept and cared for. Going back to our conversation yesterday, animal sanctuaries and rescues are at the very top of my list of charities and not for profit foundations I’d be giving money to. Thank goodness for them ❤️

      • How wonderful! I’m definitely with you on that.
        We checked our ticket, didn’t win a dime. 😦 Maybe next time.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        😪 haven’t checked mine yet. Stay tuned 😊

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