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    ...and then the roof fell in!

    We had a bit of rain today. Not a storm, as many of you have had. Just some rain in the morning.

    Ever heard the old adage 'the straw that broke the camel's back'? Well, it can now be changed to 'the rain that broke the dog center's roof'.

    I got a call as I was on my way to the vets to get to the center quick - the roof was broken. So, I got there to find the whole bloody thing had collapsed! The dogs were on top of it & jumping out to greet me. Sadly, I have no pics of that, as I only took my camera later in the afternoon, but here is my dog center as of today...





    The supporting struts are only held up by the fences. That white thing you can see in pic 2 is a light fixture that used to be about 2m above my head. Now it's at eye level.

    Walls have been brought down. Doors can't be opened. Dogs are everywhere - largely enjoying the freedom.



    In this pic you can see some chairs that the dogs used to lie on. Thankfully none were there when the roof came down.

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    How can we help?

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    We were very lucky in many ways. Eck, my worker was inside (& so was his pickup) when things started to go pear shaped. He was mixing food for the dogs when (in his words) he heard 'fok-fok-fok' (apt, huh? ) & he got in his pick-up & drove. Literally, like a film, the place collapsed behind him. It must have been enough warning for the dogs to get out of the way, too. We have a few missing (run off) but not one injury.



    Again, a crushed flight cage that the dogs used to shelter in.

    Eck, bless him, cut off our power, so no sparks or fire risk. Just after I got there, a motorcycle taxi driver stopped & spent an hour helping Eck & I clear the front part of the wreckage so we could get in & out. He disappeared before I could offer him any money for his help.



    A friend of mine was with me today & she took a mother & 5 pups to her house. She has been helping me all day & now she's taken my little boy for the night to help me out. He's ecstatic, as she has a swimming pool!



    I've taken the sick dogs, those that were due to be adopted & those who are scared of humans to my home (30 dogs here - my neighbours will love this!!) & the rest are still pretty much loose. We hope they remain in the area - food should be a good motivator in that.

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    The only reason for posting this thread was to say how fantastic people can be. Eck was spot on, as far as initiative & work were concerned. The motorsai driver helped for nothing. Kathryn, my friend, gave up her entire day (& night) for us. I called some Australian friends who have a construction company & they spent most of the day with us & have pulled some of their workers off of other jobs to make the place safe (over the next few days) & construct temporary shelter, free of charge.

    You hear so much about how people here are stupid, lazy, don't care, are losers. Well, I must be bloody lucky, as some wonderful people (Thai & Farang) have helped me & some mutts out, today.

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    bloody hell NR, when it rains it pours! sorry no pun intended,, good luck with the work ahead of ya mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    How can we help?
    Thanks, but that's not necessary - unless you want to give a dog a foster or permanent home.

    Seriously, the only reason for posting was to vent a little & also to say how wonderful people had been.

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    Did I mention that stroller is willing to adopt 10 kilos of dog per week? He has a family to feed

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    Its great to see people come together to support you that way NR!

    A need to vent??? Heck, it should be in the newspaper to show how the community, both Thai and farang came together to support your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Did I mention that stroller is willing to adopt 10 kilos of dog per week? He has a family to feed
    You are a ray of sunshine today DD. Heard about all the wind damage last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Did I mention that stroller is willing to adopt 10 kilos of dog per week? He has a family to feed
    Isn't it nearly your bed time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Did I mention that stroller is willing to adopt 10 kilos of dog per week? He has a family to feed
    He don't eat pet dogs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    Just after I got there, a motorcycle taxi driver stopped & spent an hour helping Eck & I clear the front part of the wreckage so we could get in & out. He disappeared before I could offer him any money for his help.
    Don't let Tud see that, he'll think you're lying.

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    Just a little addition:

    The construction people helping me out have been in touch this morning & it's a bigger job than even they realised at first. Because the dogs are loose, time is of the essence. Not only, because the dogs are in danger if they're loose, but they're a hazard to traffic & locals, as well. I know there aren't many members in the Hua Hin area, but maybe some guests live here - so I'm going to ask a favour.

    If anyone in the Hua Hin area has labourers, gardeners, handymen etc in their employ that they could spare for a few hours or a few days, please get in touch. Also, if you live in the Hua Hin area & have a secure garden & would be willing to foster a dog for a couple of weeks until the pens are secure, get in touch.

    I don't like putting my number on here & hope it's not against the rules, but if I'm asking guests for help, I guess I have to. It's on our website anyway.

    Please call 081 9814406 if you can either lend us some labourers or foster a dog. Thank you.

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    Oh, my. So sorry about the damage. I hope it's all in order soon....

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    Hope things work out for you N/r must be a bloody nightmare

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    If you need the name of a good builder from Jomtien, I'm afraid I don't know any.

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    Sorry to hear about the damage, but nice to hear about those who helped out. If I were in Hua Hin, I would be more than happy to take in some dogs for fostering.

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    ^ Wot she said. I hope you get things sorted out soon.

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    Thanks all. Just been in there. The guys have done a fantastic job so far, but approx half of the dogs have gone missing, including two of my favourites, Rocky & Patch.

    The only good thing is that I haven't seen any bodies on the nearby roads, so with any luck they've just gone roaming & will be back when they get hungry or have had enough.

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    Terrible thing to have happened.I hope it's all sorted out ASAP.The dogs will find their way back hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    The guys have done a fantastic job so far, but approx half of the dogs have gone missing, including two of my favourites, Rocky & Patch.
    I hope Marmite is OK.

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    So sorry to hear about that NR, I hpoe that you get back up and running as soon as possible. I will say a quick prayer for the neighbours, I'm sure that they will understand.

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    Good luck herding up all the dogs. As most of them were strays they have the street smarts to survive and as you say will show up when dinner is ready.

    A suggestion when you rebuild. The Thai thatch is good and relatively inexpensive but it can get very heavy when water logged. You might consider another roof material?
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Good Luck Rain,

    I hope you get all the Dogs back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    The guys have done a fantastic job so far, but approx half of the dogs have gone missing, including two of my favourites, Rocky & Patch.
    I hope Marmite is OK.
    Marmite was adopted a few weeks ago. He lives with a British guy & his Thai wife in Rayong & will be travelling back & forth with her when she goes back to her hometown. Really nice couple. He's a lucky dog. His sister, Mona, is OK & still hanging around, though.

    Thanks all for the good wishes.

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