Happy Doggy Days in Javea

A bit of love and affection. The chance to explore the fields, experience the many exciting smells or have a crazy run by the river … that may be all it takes to give a dog the best day in ages. If you have the time it really is worthwhile to nip over to APASA in Javea, take one of the kennels rescue dogs with you and head out for an hour of fun.

It is isnt just a pleasure for the dog – it cant help but put a smile on your face when you discover just how happy the dogs are to be taken out. Its a tiny little thing to do for you, but you get rewarded tenfold in affectionate happiness … and the dogs have a blast!

We went down to the roundabout with a fountain near the APASA kennel and had a mad splosh about for an hour. Nothing is better than silliness in the cool water when the temperature is above 35 celcius and you just had a long walk and run in the fields.

YAY ! Sticking your doggy nose into the fountain to splosh the water around everywhere is the best thing ever! We were soon soaked from top to bottom – both of us.

YAY! Drying off by rolling around the grass like a lunatic is the best thing ever! Luckily it doesnt take long to get dry and warm in the Spanish sun … time for a bit of playtime in the bamboo forest – a never ending source of exploration with lots of strange little things to examine, new exciting smells and a real sense of jungle.

Phew, all that fooling around is exhausting. Sitting around having a break, cuddle times and a drink … before heading home to the kennel after a fun afternoon for us both.

If you want to have a bit of fun and make a dog happy at the same time – just head on over to APASA Javea during opening hours and ask to take a dog for a walk. They always have plenty of dogs who would looooooove a walk!

Leader Of The Pack – Assume Responsibility!

A dog is generally a social being with lots of loyalty and affection to spare for those it gets attached to and shows it respect. That only makes it even more sad when the bond of trust between the dog and its family, the humans, is broken. A dog is happiest when it belongs to a pack in whatever role it might fit into. In the case of a pet, the humans are the pack and one of those humans is the leader of the pack in the eyes of dog. As a consequence taking on a dog as part of the family is a responsibility, not unlike having a child.

The responsibility is yours to look after the well-being of your dog, keep it happy and healthy, and in return it will go out of its way to please you, adore you and show its uncompromising love.

This means that suddenly abandoning your responsibility and cutting off the dog from its beloved family is a clearcut act of cruelty. You may have a million more or less valid reasons for wanting to rid yourself of your dog, but the dog has now chance of understanding them. To the dog, being abandoned by its family or pack is the most heartbreaking and devastating blow it can possibly experience. Whichever way you abandon your dog is an act of cruelty to it, but some are less cruel than others. If you find the dog a new permanent loving home when having to part with it, it will get over the loss eventually

… it may seem like a lot of hassle to search for a new family for the dog, but it is after all a responsibility you chose to take on.

…and to those who do the opposite, escape all responsibilities and ignore the welfare of the dog: You are committing a malicious crime! If not in the eyes of the law, then at least through my lenses. Even in a small Spanish town like Jávea there are numerous examples of such violations of the most basic needs of the dog:

  • Dogs found alone and confused in the streets after being abandoned
  • Dogs chained to the rubbish bins … like the rest of the trash the family couldn’t be bothered to take with them
  • Boxes of puppies randomly dropped off somewhere in town
  • Dogs thrown over the fence to dog kennels
  • Dogs found, sometimes still alive, locked in villas vacated without notice

The list sadly continues with every line depicting another disgusting crime against an animal that was up until then a loving member of the family. And these are not cruel acts committed by uneducated third world people who simply doesn’t know better. A vast number of the abandoned dogs stem from expats going back to England, Germany or where ever they may be headed and simply not bothering to make arrangements for their dog to come along or find a new home in Spain.

Imagine the guy who locked the dog in a villa. In 40degrees with no water or food and without giving notice to anyone. The dog only to be found weeks later when the rental agent comes round to check why no rent is being paid and emails not being answered. That guy is now sitting in his local pub in Bournemouth or Bristol telling people how he was heartbroken he couldn’t bring the dog with him and he hopes it found a new home. Well it didn’t! It died a horrible death of starvation or thirst whilst in despair about its beloved pack having gone missing.

The dog that was found chained to the rubbish bins. A week earlier it was having the time of its life playing in the garden or round the pool of the big villa in the expat urbanization with the family kids. The kids are still playing in the garden with a dog, only in another country and with a new dog the parents kindly gave them as the kids were sad about the old one not being able to come. Why wasn’t it? Because it was just too much hassle to go to the veterinarian and get a passport? Too expensive to book it on a flight to England? Whatever the reason, the responsible adults chose the most vile and horrid solution of all. They took the dog out with the trash and left it there to die.

Do I need to continue?

The examples are scarily easy to find, disgustingly common and those capable and willing to commit these crimes are not sent away to a prison cell, in fact, they rarely even have to be confronted with their sickening acts of malice towards a living soul who loved them and depended on them.

Break the chain dear leader of the pack. Assume the responsibility that is yours!

PS: All the examples above are real and sadly from Javea. I hope none of you reading this will ever add yourself to the list – but further it would be nice if you could in some way support the efforts of those fighting tooth and nails to help these abandoned dogs, get them back to health and happiness, find them new loving homes … please head over to APASA Javea and give them whatever support you can!

Meet Suzy ! A Lovely Dog For Adoption

I went and met Suzy for the very time when I took her for an afternoon of walking, running and playing around Jávea. Suzy lives in the APASA kennel and really should find a new permanent home with people who love her. Because the thing is, as long as we were in the kennel with lots of dogs barking and pouncing about, Suzy was acting all nervous and wild. She jumped in all directions, wouldn’t let me touch her and was visibly scared.

adopt a dog in Javea

It all changed completely as soon as we had walked for 5 minutes alone. She calmed down, became talkative and as we had spent just a little time talking and playing she became very placid and affectionate.

Of course, every dog is an individual little personality with its own experiences and preferences. Some probably love the social life of the kennel and the company of all the other dogs. In Suzys case it clearly makes her crazy and scared to have so many dogs around her at all times. All I could do was take her for a couple of hours of relaxing fun on her own and the hard working people of the kennel of course do not have the resources to give her a special kennel home away from the other dogs.

adopt a dog in Javea

The APASA people clearly love dogs – and they do an incredible job, but for a dog like Suzy I think the only solution to give her a happy life is for YOU to help out. If you live in the Javea area and consider adopting a dog, go and meet her. Take her for a walk and get to know her. You will very soon find out that she is a wonderfully affectionate dog with an adorable personality. Please give her a chance for a bright future with your family, I promise she will give you plenty of rewards back in form of love, loyalty and fun times!

Please consider going to the APASA Javea Dog Kennel and meet Suzy or some of the many other lovely dogs waiting for a new home with a family to love!

Don´t Buy Puppies From Pet Shops !

Please, do not buy puppies from pet shops in Spain ! It is a simple but important request and the reasons are good:

  • The Puppies in Pet Shops are often bred in “puppy farms” under cruel circumstances
  • Hundreds of Puppies and Adult Dogs are waiting for adoption already!
  • Do not feed the puppy farming business by buying their products!


Personally, if I see a petshop selling puppies, I will go in. Look around. Wait till the shop is full of people. Then loudly say: “ I will NEVER buy anything here, they sell farmed puppies. You should all go someplace else“. Of course, this kind of activism is not for everyone, but at the very least – do NOT buy the puppies in these pet shops and if at all possible, support the pet shops that do not sell puppies for all your other pet related requirements. There are some good pet shops in Jávea that has everything your dog needs, but do not sell puppies – use those shops and boycott the others!

If you want a new companion in your life a dog is a lovely choice. You can find plenty of wonderful puppies to adopt, train and become part of your family at the APASA Dog Kennel in Javea. Their website is always updated with what puppies and adult dogs they have ready for adoption. Have a look at APASA Javea as your very first stop when you want to add a new little puppy to your family!


Walking Dogs in Jávea

Was back today to take a girlie dog named Suzy for a walk … as soon as we got walking and playing she was completely well behaved, calm and affectionate.

http://www.javeavacation.com/javea-pictures/?wppa-album=6&wppa-cover=0&wppa-occur=1 … posted a stack of photos of her too, she´s adorable. I was so wishing I could take her home 🙂

Missed the start of the England game though as we lost track fooling around exploring the bamboo forest and playing “thats my stick” and “belly tickles terrible” down in the high grass fields by the river.


Cute Javea Puppies For Your Family ?

Are your kids begging for a puppy? Would you like some memorable awwwwwwwwww moments with a new little member of the family or two?

Have a look at these two sweetheart puppies from the APASA kennel in Javea. Adopting a puppy from APASA means you can come and talk to it first, so you know there is positive chemistry. The puppy will have had its vaccinations, a micro chip and European passport, health checks and blood tests. But more importantly, you get a lifelong loyal companion who will soon grow to love you!


Information about Colina and Colin

“Colina and her brother Colin were found in the campo. Their mother was dead and they hid in a rabbit burrow. Thank god someone was walking his dog there and heard them cry. Both dogs are in foster home now, where they are being socialised with people and other dogs. Next week they will be old and strong enough for vaccination and ready to go to a new home. The mum was medium sized, and we guess they will grow to be of the same size.”

See more about Colina and Colin here

Dog Walking In Javea

Saw this yesterday from APASA Javea: “Supporting Apasa Javea Dogs Home. There are 230 dogs who would just love to go for a walk and some have never left the pound in 4 years. Spare an hour and make a dog very happy. Thank you”

Went and took two dogs, Sawa and Rupa, for a walk in the orange groves near Garden Center Road … and played around in fields and bamboos at the dry riverbed for a couple of hours. I had a great time with the dogs, they seemed to enjoy it too and even found me a dead snake that was proudly handed over as a present hahaha

dogs in javea

If you can spare an hour its a very small help to the local dog rescue. The dogs love the opportunity to get out and explore – and its good excercise as well. You can just turn up at APASA between 11am-1pm and 5pm-8pm and they will instruct you from there.

Heres a few shots from roaming around with Sawa and Rupa at Javea Photos – APASA Dogs

With 230 dogs and very little funding, I suspect any help is appreciated at APASA. You can be a member for 20eurs, sponsor a dog for 25euros, adopt a dog if you would like a loyal companion – or as I did, simply go and take one for a walk.

dogs for walks in javea

Look for Protectora de animales Jávea APASA athttp://www.apasa.eu/

Have an Hour To Spare? Make a Dog Happy !

Many thanks for taking APASA dogs for  a walk along the nature of Jávea. The dogs love to leave the doghouse, explore, run and play. If at all possible, please take a buddy or pals as many of the dogs share kennels. This means that some of the dogs struggle to ever get taken for walks out in nature, as their “room mates” quite simply get jealous, wouldn’t you in case you really fancied a walked and only your neighbor was picked to go?

We now have become very creative with buddies, family members vacationing and this way we can get a lot more dogs desiring a walk in Javea out with friendly people happy to help, even if they are just here visiting friends or on holiday. Each dog walked creates happiness for a living being!

help apasa javea by walking a dog

We are confident that a majority of dogs have sweet dreams about getting out and play in nature or a park, to locate hidden treasure, explore the plenty of good smells and get some personal attention from the kind person walking it. They still find a way to enjoy coming back home to the kennel after, so don’t assume all doom and gloom – the dogs at APASA are well looked after, treasured by the hard working and dog loving staff and all their needs are met as much as humanly possible, but there simply are not enough hours in the day to fulfill every resident dogs dream of a run by the river or walk in the park.  Each and every dog would delight in having some affection and cuddles and promptly go deep into this rewarding those showing them a good time with instant love and appreciation.

I may also say the staff at APASA Javea are fantastic! They work so hard and amazingly remember the name of every one of the many dogs they look after. There’s not enough hours during the day to be fully catering for all of the dogs practical needs, for just that a walker is sure to offer something extra that is hard to accommodate for the staff – time, lots of time. Time to talk to the dog, time to walk it, time to play with it. There isn’t any pressure in the least to make specific commitments, come along to APASA during opening hours, take a happy dog for a nice long walk – and come back whenever you have the time next – you can see more about it on the APASA Javea website