News 2010 - page 1
THINK BEFORE YOU BUY A DOG
Today has had it's usual batch of calls, most wanting to rehome a dog, but I had a call from a lady I rehomed a dog to 8 years ago. She has also emailed me - just to show we do not all love our dogs instantly I thought I would share her story with you....
Am so sorry I was emotional at first, speaking to you after all these years. I started to doubt I would ever be able to thank you for my Darling Brandy.
I picked her up from Battersea, August Bank holiday, oh so many years ago. She had been in Battersea for 4-5 months at age 18 months approx,
I took my darling little old Staffie too, they seemed fine together, but I was not prepared for the rest. Brandy threw up in car on the way home, wee'd every time I came into the house for two weeks, I don't want to talk about complications she had weeks later, I had no insurance, why would I - my little Staffie had cost me nothing apart from annual boosters, until her death at 16.5 years of age. I did not like Brandy.(my son loved her, but who did all the work?)
She seemed aggressive, would come charging up to me barking, jumping, frightening. Now I know it was just her chit chat, she does not jump now, but is still full of chit chat for her breakfast, if I forget her little dose of skimmed milk, more chit chat - a little madam, very territorial and protective,
She will let any dog into our house and is kind and protective to them all, even if they have not been her friends outside(I look after friends dogs who have been mean to her on our walks) She is a superstar, I cannot imagine life without her. She is nine years of age later this year, on Metacam now for life, but full of life, loving her hour long walks - an absolute darling....
If I can help foster a dog until you find a home(please, I do not want to fall in love with a dog at this time)I will feed it , walk it with my Brandy
no cost to you - please, please let me know.
Val and Brandy
A man phoned this morning asking if we had a centre in Dorset. He had "rescued" a bitch that was pregnant, she had had the puppies, which he had homed. He said she was now "fruit loop", "gaga" and he did not want her any more. I asked what exactly she was doing. He replied that she tries to bite people when he is out walking her. I explained that we could not take her. He said he felt she would be good on a farm. What he obviously has not thought about is that farmers always have other dogs and cats, and their property is not secure - how many farms have six foot fencing round them? He then said that she would make a good guard dog. I feel so sorry for this poor dog. She has had a litter of pups, been rehomed, and obviously does not know whether she is coming or going. I asked if he had taken her to the vet to check out whether she had a health problem - he said he had not, but that she was not like this before having the pups. He has also kept one of the pups.......
2009 UPS & DOWNS
We started January 2009 with 8 dogs in our care. Little Ted was being fostered with Judith and Edward, Kaiser was being fostered by Frances and Peter, Lorraine was fostering Alice and we had Jake with us. In kennels were Tally, a long stay dog, and Kai, who many of you will remember had had some “issues”, and Lady and Mary. <!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->
We were all congratulating ourselves on a good 2008, with 65 dogs rehomed, but were concerned by the amount of puppies that we had had to take into care. Jake was slowly recovering from a cruciate ligament operation, and I was preparing to go off to Australia for my son’s wedding.
<!--[if !vml]-->I had been back for about a week, and was happily tramping round the field with Pete on a bright cold February day, when he was felled by two rotts – Lady and Alfie, breaking his ankle. I got the two dogs back into kennels, and we called an ambulance, but they could not get it into the field, so we had to borrow a landrover and stretcher Pete into it, then transfer him to the ambulance. Pete was operated on two days later, and came home on his birthday, complete with Zimmer frame, crutches and his leg in plaster! The next 6 weeks were a total credit to all our supporters, without whom we could not have continued to run the rescue. Peter, Frances and Lorraine all mucked in tirelessly, doing extra “walk” shifts. The kennel staff were all marvellous, helping transport dogs if they needed to go to the vets, and generally making sure our dogs were all O.K. <!--[endif]-->
April was a quiet month, other than Peter having his plaster removed, much to his relief. He was instantly back at the kennels, doing too much and getting impatient with himself, but back with the dogs.
May was busy – lots of dogs in rescue and so many phone calls. We rehomed several dogs, and started to build up a larger network of helpers. Kaiser and Lady did a fabulous photo shoot for Dogs Today magazine, helping to promote rescue rottweilers. One of the photos from this was the picture on our first Rottweiler Trust Xmas Card.
<!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->June saw us do our first stand at a show – Lingfield Lodge, our veterinary clinic, held a fun day and asked us to attend. We had a great time, and raised over £400 for the rescue.
August saw Tally finally find her home. Tally was so loved by everyone who knew her and worked with her, there were some happy tears shed the day she went off with Margaret and Ted, who understood the need for time and patience with our Tally. <!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->
We were also approached about a couple of dogs in Ireland. We said we would take them if they could be got over to England. What we did not realise was that this was not an individual who knew of a couple of dogs needing help, it was an organisation which basically charges rescues for bringing dogs over from Ireland. Erin and Gypsy did come over from Ireland, but we were very upset to have been misled. We did not pay the £150 for their transportation from Ireland. Erin and Gypsy have both now found homes. We also held a stall at the Bullie Rescue summer show, and really enjoyed ourselves.
September – the Annual Sponsored Walk in Greenwich Park. Last year I was very upset at the lack of support, but this year was absolutely AMAZING! We had about 70 dogs and 150 people there – all the dogs behaved well, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It really was quite a sight to see! Only in the last couple of days have we received the last of the sponsorship money – and it was worth waiting for! Given the current financial situation, we did not expect to raise as much money as last year, but you have all excelled yourselves for the dogs – the total amount raised is a staggering £7,481.00.
<!--[if !vml]-->We took in three dogs that had been kept in a shed for two years, after their owner had died. Grace, Red and Fred came to join the merry throng in the kennels. <!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]--><!--[endif]--> <!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->
They are still with us, as they are in need of quiet homes where they will be given time to settle. Lorraine was “felled” by Rhino, and broke her wrist – but she still kept working with us!
October was a very sad time for us. Our good friend Ron Cotton passed away suddenly, and Bruce and Charm had to come back into rescue. They have both been rehomed and are now settled, but we will miss Ron’s sense of fun and love of life.
November was busy – with 13 dogs in rescue. However, our fosterers were very good, taking on a couple of puppies a few weeks before Xmas, and giving them the socialisation and attention they needed until we found them homes.
December has seen several dogs being rehomed, and we are now down to four in kennels, and one in foster care. Boxing Day will be spent up at the kennels, giving the dogs their Xmas turkey and presents, and getting together with the regular walkers and fosterers.
SOME FACTS AND FIGURES
Over 900 dogs offered to us this year.
48 dogs rehomed this year, of which
7 were over 7 years old 3 were under six months old
7 "difficult to rehome" dogs
Dogs returned this year – 2 returned due to marriage break ups, 2 due to change of work pattern, and Bruce and Charm, whose owner passed away.Those dogs that were returned have now been rehomed, and we subtract the returns from our figures until they are rehomed again.
Our Xmas appeal for presents and treats for the dogs has been very generously supported, and all have some presents and new collars.
Our thanks to those who sent cheques or parcels, or donated by card to the vet or pet shop. It really makes a difference.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR