It’s that time of year again when everyone gets tons of time off work but can’t afford to fly out of Taiwan because the flights are too expensive. But Taipei is dead. No one is around. There is nothing to do!
Well, fear not, because Animals Taiwan is here to save the day (again)! What better way to see out the Year of the Dog than to come and spend the best part of the day amongst several dozen of them?
Our holding centre staff have taken the next five days off to get some well-earned rest and to visit relatives to collect those all-essential hong baos. That leaves little old me all on my ownsome to feed, exercise, entertain, and clean up after about 60 dogs and puppies and half a dozen cats (we have a few CNY boarders inflating our numbers).
We also need some help doing a little painting and maintenance work.
So, I cordially invite you to throw on your second-bests and come join me for a unique Chinese New Year celebration that involves getting your hands and clothes dirty, cleaning up pee an poop, being hugged and licked by dozens of goofy dogs, and perhaps hammering a finger or two.
We generally start cleaning around 10.00 in the morning and endeavour to finish by 1.00. Then we start taking dogs out for walks in the lovely riverside park across the street, or wash some of the dustier ones, or organize a general tidy up of whatever is lying around, or fixing some of the broken doors, or playing with the cats, or whatever takes your fancy. Generally we do this until 5.00 or 6.00, and then I suggest going for a curry in Tienmu afterwards, if you are free.
Please call to let me know you are coming; I can give you directions over the phone, but generally we are in ShiLin, near ChengDe Rd Sec. 5 and 6, and a short taxi ride from ZhiShan MRT (after ShiLin heading out of town).
Sandman drank all the beers we had in the fridge, but if someone wants to bring some more over, I’ll happily reimburse. Perhaps we can order pizza or something and enjoy the unique view and helathy country air (smells) wafting in from the pig farm next door. Or still go for the curry.
Bear in mind we have a few more animals than normal, but everything is running very smoothly, and if you come in the right spirits, the dogs will be on their very best behaviour.
I look forward to welcoming you. Please do let me know when you will come and what you would like to do. We also exercise the dogs again late evening, between 9 and midnight, so let me know if you prefer the easier, more relaxed night shift.
Happy Year of the Pig!