We weren’t allowed to go but Mummy wanted to show Little Tyke that there are many dogs that have no homes to go to. But as they were not allowed to take photographs of dogs in the kennels, they took pictures of all the dog statues!Just as you enter the reception, there is a bronze statue of a boxer created by Rudy Weller who based the sculpture on his boxer dog Ben who died aged 8 of a brain tumour.
Just inside the lobby is this little guy This was presented to The Dogs Home by Kathleen Stone Sorley to give pleasure to the visitors and staff. She raised the funds by running the 1994 London Marathon.Also at the entrance is Buster Elvis Savage, a sculpture of Paul O’Grady’s dog – in recognition of his work at the charity and his appointment as an ambassador. Buster died in 2009.
There was yet another dog statue – this one without a plaque, no name and no association. The statue was sitting by itself outside. In many ways, like the dogs that arrive at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.Found alone, abandoned, without a name – hard to believe that you can find strays in London but it seems they do. And Little Tyke met one – Tilly, a four year old greyhound He wasn’t so sure about Tilly because he’s a lot bigger than me or George but once he realised how sweet and gentle Tilly is, Little Tyke started giving her treats. And Tilly, like us, wanted more. Little Tyke had to turn out his pockets to show there weren’t any! But Tilly … hmmm, she’s interested in other matters! LOL!!!! Be careful Little Tyke!
May’s comment: Just wanted to show Sasha that not all dogs belong to a family or have a home. He was a little nervous with the bigger dogs but the staff at Battersea were very reassuring and gave him confidence to approach them.
We did not see a lot of them as there’s a case of kennel cough so many of them have been isolated.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is UK’s oldest and most famous animal rescue centres – rescuing and rehoming dogs and cats since 1860. Doing a great job. We visited the original, located at 4 Battersea Park Rd, London SW8 4AA. They have two other branches.