Hairy hounds and the harp
When I’m not writing for a living, I play the harp. The harp has been a passion since I was nine years old – pretty much a constant companion.
I’ve played the harp all over the place – including the Sydney Opera House when I toured Australia with a youth orchestra. But the other day I played in one of the most unusual venues so far – to one of the most unusual audiences.
A friend who works at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home asked me to play at a fundraising event. The guests included a St Bernard, two poodles and several terriers. I accidentally kicked over a water bowl, but the dogs were impeccably well behaved and didn’t howl at all.
The event was to raise money for new kennels at Battersea. Some of the kennels date back to the Victorian era, and urgently need to be updated to provide a welcoming home for the thousands of lost and abandoned dogs that arrive at the home each year.
According to Battersea experts: “A neglected, confused and frightened dog doesn’t show his true character and is more susceptible to infection. By replacing our oldest kennels, we will be able to provide them with a healthy and secure environment where they will feel safe.”
To help upgrade the kennels so Battersea can keep on caring for dogs like the ones you see in these pictures, please donate here.
Photos: Mariana Bassani