Adopted Bebe and Dau Dau the Mongrels at the SPCA in 2017
Dau Dau and Bebe was rescued from a manhole in Chai Wan by an SPCA inspector in the winter of 2016. They were not in good shape – they had fleas and one had an inflamed left eye while the other had a swollen right hind leg. After medical treatment by the SPCA veterinary team, the two sisters were put up for adoption – one in Sai Kung Centre and other in Wan Chai, due to space restrictions. Bebe was slightly luckier than Dau Dau, as she met William in Sai Kung Centre first.
William adopted Dau Dau and Bebe from the SPCA in 2017. William describes Bebe as a smart, obedient and curious furkid. Bebe wouldn’t urinate on the floor like a typical stray dog. Instead, she knocked the door and signaled to William that she had to go to toilet, leaving William stunned at that moment.
It didn’t take long for William to notice another mongrel on the SPCA website, who looked exactly the same as Bebe and had a consecutive SPCA number. Out of curiosity, William visited Wan Chai Centre and discovered that Dau Dau was Bebe’s sibling, who had already been adopted but returned to the Centre recently.
When William first visited Dau Dau, staff members tried to bring Dau Dau out of the kennel, but she was too nervous and refused to move. Yet, William didn’t give up. He took Bebe to the Centre to visit Dau Dau. This time, Dau Dau came out of her room and began to play with Bebe as if they had never left each other. William realised that these two sisters were destined to live together. He immediately applied to adopt Dau Dau and soon was able to take her home.
When Dau Dau first arrived at her new home, she spent most of her time with Bebe and they both enjoyed watching TV with William on the sofa together. Unfortunately, the ‘honeymoon’ period did not last long. Dau Dau began to hide under the desk for much of the time. Whenever she came back after a walk, she would immediately urinate on the floor out of nervousness. Both dogs began to fight over toys and food and sometimes injured each other – Bebe’s forehead was bleeding while Dau Dau’s front leg was hurt. One time, when William’s mother tried to stop them fighting, they injured her thumb in the process, and she had to seek hospital treatment.
William decided to seek help from the behaviour and training team of the SPCA and find a solution for both dogs to live in harmony under the same roof.
Although not every day is perfect, William and his parents have never thought of surrendering either of their beloved dogs. “We won’t give up – we won’t say goodbye to them,” William’s mother says determinedly.
There are always ups and downs in life, and it’s the same with keeping pets. The most important thing is to overcome the obstacles together. We wish Dau Dau and Bebe all the best in the future as they live “happily ever after” with William’s family!