I had this conversation with a 14 -year-old Kennel Maid, she was standing a mere 4’ 6” tall, whilst I was in a very, very noisy animal sanctuary, looking for my lost dog, Nippur, to take him home.
Me. " How the hell do you cope with this noise lass? Do you ever get any Peace?"
Girl. "There is never ever any real peace here and never will be. The noise is always up and down, they all think they are top dog 'in a strange place'. Anything can start the madness, the noise and the chaos off."
Me. " Do the dogs ever settle down and get on with each other?"
Girl. "Yes, sometimes, if I can pair dogs up well, it’s quiet for a while occasionally, but never for long, visitors are coming and going, captured dogs are in and out, most stay here forever. They ALL get very rattled at the slightest noise".
Me. "What sets off the madness the most"
Girl. The dog in each kennel simply wants to fight the other dogs in their kennels. It is that which causes the madness. They never, ever, ever give up wanting to be top dog.
Me. "What sets off the biggest happiest noise?"
Girl. "When an owner or an adopter turns up and they ALL BLOODY WELL THINK THEY ARE GOING HOME! They literally scream to be released from their Sanctuary."