The hound of the golf club
One Cardiff Dogs Home resident is lucky to be alive after being abandoned by her owner and forced to fend for herself for almost a month in June’s torrential weather.
Bute’s survival can be attributed to the kind hearted actions of staff from Cardiff Golf Club. They alerted Cardiff Dogs Home to the stray and assisted with her rescue after club members started noticing the 2-3 year old Cane Corso bitch foraging for food and shelter in the woodlands surrounding the golf course.
Despite being half the recommended weight for a dog of her breed and age, it took almost four days for Cardiff Council’s Dogs Warden, Steve Green, to coax Bute out of hiding and rescue her as she was too timid to be approached and would flee if anyone came near her.
However, Bute is now on the road to recovery after spending the last month at Cardiff Dogs Home where staff and volunteers have been helping her to recuperate.
She even managed a recent trip back to the Golf Club to visit her saviours, club stewards Christine and Mark Wilby and golf pro Terry Hansen.
During the visit, Christine Wilby was keen to point out that since her rescue everyone at the club has continued to ask after Bute, wanting to know how “the hound of the golf club” is doing and if she’s found a new home yet.
Commenting on the lengthy rescue mission, Cardiff Councillor Ashley Govier said: “I would like to thank Steve and everyone at the golf club for their patience and determination, without which Bute’s rescue would have been much more difficult and could have easily hindered her recovery.
“Bute’s case was unusual but not unique. Rescuing a dog when it’s scared and unsure of its surroundings is never easy and requires careful judgement and actions if it’s to be done successfully.
“Fortunately, Bute’s story has a happy ending – especially as she has been recently re-homed with a new family and seems to be settling in well. But this isn’t always the case.
“There is absolutely no excuse for irresponsible dog ownership and anyone found to be acting in this way could face legal action and/or a fine.