Pet Corner – Just one look, that’s all it took

… as the song goes. When there’s nowhere else to turn and the loneliness monster moves in, where does one look?

Social life suddenly reduced to TV, shopping, TV, paying bills. Fun life, isn’t it? Just four walls and thou. A furry, four-pawed friend will fill a huge gap. No, not just any gap, ‘The Gap’. A dog is a man’s best friend. No one else around? Not a soul to talk to? Woof! Abandoned animal shelters have a wide variety of abandonees/dumped dogs.

From the dog’s mouth

Habit is a pattern of behaviour. Really? We are like that too, canines that is. We are your silent companion. You see, we really do “get it”. Not only creatures of habit, like humans, we are able to adapt to whatever is happening. Get the lead … walkies! Bowl … din-dins! Oh no, not the bath! Yikes!

Soft bed, warm blankets, somewhere to flop, one eye open, one ear cocked. Just a quick nap. But one dog does not fit all. One dog, one master or mistress. That’s how it always has been and will be. Good family friend, good with other animals. One look. Just one. That’s all it will take.

The muttiest, most flea-bitten, strangest, silliest, doesn’t matter. That’ll be the one. Human that is! Dogs are four-pawed versions of humans. They react and bond. Fit like a glove. Read each other’s minds. Signalling, yawn, scratching.

How many people say that pets and humans start to look alike? There must be a reason. Take a stroll and look us up! Bring a treat.


Pop-Up Diary

On sale, APAA’s Jackie Billing’s truly innovative 2023 Calendars, sponsored by the members and their devoted pets; 4x pack Christmas cards; ornaments, prints, paintings; early Christmas shopping; home-made jams, preserves, shortbread cookies. These are all available at the Jolly Bar in Alvor on Thursday, November 3, from 11am to 3pm, or at O Tasco in Senhora do Verde (Portimão) on Thursday, November 10, from 12 noon to 3pm (lunch book direct on 282 471 769). Then, there will be a Special Christmas Fayre at the Holiday Inn in Armação da Pêra on Tuesday, November 15.

Also, along for the ‘Jolly’ ride will be Fiona and her Fi-line winter fashion collection, stunning hand-painted jewellery and natural product make-up. Algarve’s talented Gill Goode and her artwork, cards, fridge magnets. All too good to be missed and all in aid of the Spaying and Neutering Programme (SNiP) carried out by APAA, the Association for Protection of Animals Algarve.

 Charity Shops

  • Alvor, Dunas Complex, Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-2pm
  • Silves, Rua Elias Garcias 20, Monday-Saturday, 10am-2pm.

Please help APAA by bringing your fabulous, unwanted gifts and goodies, especially Christmas stuff, novelties. Everything for a wonderful Christmas! Or come buy that special gift, such as our new 2023 calendars!

Abandoned animals and re-homing contact: Jenny [email protected]

Visit or Lisa Dowling’s APAA Facebook pages.