News 2011 - April - June
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The Police Dog handler, a sergeant, is said to be distraught. He apparently jumped out of Police vehicle when told the dogs were dead, and was found wandering by a canal some time later, having attempted to slash his wrists.
There are several observations and issues here. Some years ago the handler left another police dog in a car, and that too died. I suggest that a professional dog handler should be well aware that to leave a dog in an unventilated car constitutes gross dereliction of duty and, as such, would surely be a dismissible offence. I would be interested to know if, on the previous occasion, he was disciplined by the Police, or prosecuted by the RSPCA for causing unnecessary suffering. If not, why not? If he was, then why is such a person still employed by the Police force, doing the same job, and, apparently just as badly or worse? My feelings are that this officer has simply used his dogs as tools of the job - with no regard for their welfare or even basic needs.
It is terrible that supposedly trained people can show so little sense. What chance do we stand of getting the proper message over to people who are less informed, if the so called professionals are so stupid or superior as not to learn from their own or others' mistakes?
If this is professional dog handling - then we need to consider whether the Police should be allowed to use dogs in their work. It is most certainly unacceptable for the Police and the RSPCA to sweep this under the carpet.......WHAT DO YOU THINK?
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HOT DOGS ALL ROUND!
The weather has improved
considerably over the last couple of days, and out come the paddling
pools, life seems generally much brighter, and it is time for inviting
friends and neighbours round for a barbecue. So, the family dog is part
of the proceedings. Dad lights the barbecue, Mum is bringing out the
salad, the kids are splashing about in the paddling pool. There is lots
of light hearted banter. Sausages on, the guys have a beer or two, and
the family dog is sitting calmly in the shade. No-one is actually
supervising dog/children. Imagine - a child jumps out of the paddling
pool and trips over the dog...dog is wearing a thick fur coat and he's
feeling hot and uncomfortable, even in the shade. The dog may very well
nip the child......or it could be that the dog wants the tempting
sausage being waved about by the child....still, no-one is watching. The
dog nips with no warning....or was there a warning, or maybe more than
one warning? Suddenly the happy day turns into tears, arguments and
often one where the dog is dead by the evening. It is not that
rottweilers are not good with children. It is that some parents are not good
at supervising dogs and children when they have guests, and a few
In my view, dogs and barbecues
don't mix. On hot days dogs should be kept indoors while it is very hot,
and certainly when kids and parents are letting off steam. It is better
to put the dog into a cool room on its own, with a bowl of water and a
bone or a toy to keep it amused. It is very unrealistic to expect to get
away with kids jumping around, with food in their hands, or lying on
the already hot dog and expecting it not to bite. I get irritable when I
am hot, and I don't have a black fur coat on. So, maybe next time you
have a barbecue, or it is just a hot day with kids playing in the sun,
you will think about giving the dog a break - before one of you makes a
Here is the question
For all you geniuses who can do addition and subtraction, work this one out. Our kennel bill is about £1000 per month. Our vet bill is usually about the same, but going up every month. We get £100 for every dog we rehome. Should we only take in dogs that don't need any veterinary treatment, as we could then take in a lot more dogs, or should we destroy a couple of dogs a month if we find they need expensive operations?
COSTS OF OPERATIONS
CRUCIATE LIGAMENT £1,800
Even an ear canal flush and the appropriate antibiotics and ear drops can exceed £500. Please tell us - should we consider destroying dogs that need expensive treatment?
Emma has had her cruciate operation and Ritchie has had his for Osteochondritis; they are now in loving foster homes recuperating. We have Gordon who has been castrated and vaccinated. Ruby, who has entropion is yet to have her treatment. (Her new owners are bringing her back and Rescue is paying, as we wanted Ruby in a home before doing the operation).
Would anyone like to have had to pick which one of these dogs to destroy?
HIGHAM COMPANION DOG SHOW
Held at Higham Memorial Hall and field, this was a truly lovely day for everyone who attended. Rachel and her team worked tirelessly to ensure that the show ran smoothly and was extremely well attended. Peter, Frances, Judith, Peter and I arrived about 9.30 to find all the marquees already erected, and everything in place for us.
By 10 am the field was full of cars, people and dogs of all shapes and sizes. Rachel, Steve, Val and so many others all smiled their way through the crowds, directing traffic, people to the entries table, and much, much more.
The weather held, despite a rather chilly start when I got up, by the time we arrived the sun was out and the day was gorgeous. We were very pleased to see so may of our rescue dogs there - some that had been rehomed as long as 8 years ago.
We did a roaring trade on our stand, selling our merchandise in aid of rescue. We took along Emma and Ruby, both in need of homes. Jackie and Alison ensured that they were well looked after during the day, both dogs behaved very well, and were a credit to the rescue. Lorraine brought Dennis, together with some friends from her local dog club.
We also took along our own three rescue dogs, Byron, Cleo and Duchess. Despite being unable to see, Duchess enjoyed her day and didn't seem to be phased by the noise and crowds - actually, I think she loved all the attention. Byron and Cleo entered the Veterans Class. Despite his poorly paw Byron was placed first - so now he is the proud owner of a cup and a rosette!
For me, seeing the Rottweiler Parade at the end of the show was just fantastic....all lovely natured, kind dogs.
The show raised £1,205 on the day, plus another £105 in our bucket, plus another £300 - so many many thanks to Rachel Hodges and her family for organising this lovely dog show.
ROTTWEILER RESCUE TRUST SUMMER SALE!
Why not splash out on one of our summer offers - limited stock available. We have RRT teeshirts in small, or medium in beige or 1 small black -all at knockdown prices! All have our original logo on them - they are limited edition now!
Teeshirts - normally £10 plus p & p now only £5 plus p & p.
Jacki Earl has kindly given us a report on Nelson and his cruciate ligament repair.
Nelson, Alf and I had all been out to our local country park during late October and I had been picking blackberries.
During the same evening, we noticed Nelson limping slightly on his left hind leg, so I had a look at his paws for thorns...nothing. I felt all down the leg...nothing and he didn’t object to me touching him anywhere on the leg either. So we thought it was probably a muscle strain.
We rested him for a few days and the limp seemed to be slightly better. He did limp for a few minutes each time he got up from a laying position, but then it would go away.
This went on for a week or so, so we went to our vets. Very sorry!!, but it looks like a Cruciate problem, say goodbye to approx £2,000....ouch.
During this time, I was in touch with Shelley, keeping her up to date with the news.
Next, Nelson needed a set of x rays to confirm the diagnosis.
Then we had to decide if we were going to let our own vet (who does specialise in orthopaedics) do the traditional TPLO type of cruciate repair or travel down to Kent (from Northampton) with an overnight stay and have Martin Bennet, RRT’s vet, do the newer TTO type of op.
Our decision was to make the journey to Kent to see Martin as we felt that the benefit to Nelson outweighed the inconvenience of the travelling.
Nelson was booked in for Tues 30th Nov. Andy couldn’t have any time off as it was too close to Christmas, so it meant that I was going to have to deal with this by myself.
By now the weather was deteriorating and they were forecasting snow.... but hey ho, just another little obstacle!
I loaded Nelson into our little escort van, complete with new double duvet 'floor covering'! (extra soft for the journey home).
On our way down the M1, there were some light snow flurries but nothing to worry about. We had an fairly smooth run down, so Nelson was checked in at Lingfield Lodge Surgery at approx 1pm, and I was able to sit with him after his pre med, until Martin was ready to operate.
I left Nelson with them about 3pm. I went off to find my B&B, and lay on the bed and worried for the next 3 1/2 hours!!!
Martin rang at approx 6.30 to say that the op went well and Nelson was fine.....PHEW... massive relief.
I didn’t sleep much that night and I was up very early because I couldn’t wait to fetch him and get home.
I stepped outside the B&B to have my first ciggy and there was about a foot of snow!!!!! During breakfast I watched the news to see the state of the roads and learnt that many roads around the area were closed. I managed to find a route that would get me on to the M25 ....eventually... then home with my boy!
The very kind Hubby at the B&B dug my little van out for me and I very slowly made my way to the surgery.
Out came a still sleepy dog with a big purple bandage completely covering his left leg, but he was pleased to see me.
The nurses at the surgery helped me to get Nelson in to the van, so off we went.
There was quite a lot of snow on the M25, but when I got to the M1 there wasn't any but the journey home took 4 hours ( it was a 2 1/2 hour run) and my knuckles were white from hanging on to the steering wheel, but we got there.
Once home, Nelson was to have complete cage rest for 2 weeks, only out of it for a wee etc and he was wonderful, he didn’t object at all and my Terrier took to getting in the cage with him for a cuddle.
He started to put his leg to the floor the very next day after his op, which we were amazed with and he’s continued to amaze us since.
We made one more trip down to see Martin for Nelson to have his final set of x rays to make sure his leg was healing as it should and it was, all was well.
We built up his exercise very slowly, minute by minute each day and he has gone from strength to strength. He has Hydrotherapy every fortnight, which he loves and he appears 100% fit again and we are now able to walk the same distances that we did before the op.
We have everything crossed that his right hind leg keeps sound!
As a footnote, unfortunately my neighbours Rott had exactly the same injury two weeks after Nelson. She had the TPLO op and she is still having problems now. Her leg is very bowed and my neighbour took her to the vets this week as she has begun to 'throw' her paw as she walks. They have told him to up the exercise!
I would like to thank RRT for the opportunity to have Martin do Nelson’s op and we are very very grateful to him for doing such a good job and 'mending' our big boy.I’d also like to add a special thank you to Judith (who was Nelson’s foster Mum), who put up with me bending her ear every time I had any worries about Nelson and for all the kind words of support that she gave us. She really was an "angel"
Jacki, Andy Nelson and Alfie Earl
Hello Shelley and Peter and dogs,
Hope this finds you all well.
Just a quick update on Hector.
Well first off a more loving boy we couldn’t have hoped for! He loves a hug at the end of the day and still tries to get crafty licks in which is fine if you don’t mind full on kissing with a Rottie!
We now can all sit on the floor and he will happily lay beside us
without reaction!! Phew.
He loves wood walking although due to forest fires at our local forest these have been greatly reduced and so we have spent some time exploring more urban routes. Hector now has a trainer the amazing Kay who helped us curb his lunging and also worked with us on helping remain calmer when greeting dogs as occasionally his greeting is over excited and very vocal. It isn’t aggression more lack of etiquette. Anyway happy to report it has been hugely improved and Hector is looking forward to his holiday in a few weeks. We are all spending a week in Cornwall in a cottage by the beach.
The garden has become his latest great joy sunny afternoons you will find him stretched out and fast asleep but rest assured the rustle of a bag can wake him in a flash – he thinks all bags contain treats I am sure.
Will send a pic soon x
Karl, Claire, Hector and Girls
Grizzly, who was rehomed in January. His very kind new owners brought him back to us for his entropion operation, taking the time to settle him in his new home before putting him through the operation. In the following email from his owners, they mention "low growl" or grumble - he is a talker!
Hi Shelley and Pete,
Many thanks for your phone call the other day it was lovely to hear from you. As discussed please find some of the latest photos of Grizzly where as you will see his eyes have improved, and look a lot more comfortable for him - though they still continue to weep a little. Grizz is still a very lazy dog who is happy to sleep all day and night if allowed, though gradually he is getting a bit fitter and is now happier to go out for his walks. It has to be said that he is not the most playful of dogs and he does like to have a grumble - though that said he is very happy and friendly with everyone he meets. He will have a grumble/gentle growl sometimes at the kids when they stroke him even though they are being very gentle and calm, but he has showed no sign of real aggression (think he is more living upto his name!) - I am monitoring this closely and ensuring the kids are calm around him, and also making sure that they work on being the top dog (i.e by them feeding him after they have eaten and ensuring they go through the doorways first etc.
We have also started dog training/socialisation classes which he seems to enjoy as currently he does lack some of the social skills around other dogs.
We all love him to bits, and he is a well loved member of the family!
Anyway, hope all is well with you both and look forward to keeping in touch.
Will send more photos and updates soon.
All the very best
Easter - a Christian celebration. This week we have taken so many calls from people wanting to give up their dogs that I have lost count. Today, Good Friday, we have already taken three phone calls from people wishing to give up their dogs. These dogs have done nothing wrong but are simply "surplus to requirements". Many of the dogs we have been offered are over 7 years old. They have all been bought as puppies, but for one reason or another are no longer able to stay in their homes. As regular readers of this site will know, we always keep a space for an old dog. However, at present we do not seem to be getting any homes for old dogs. We have two old dogs in at the moment - both in foster homes. Whilst our foster carers will keep these dogs until we find them homes, we do still need loving permanent homes for them. If we cannot find homes for these two lovely old dogs we cannot take any more into care. We don't feel we can keep old dogs in kennels - it is okay in the summer, but in winter cold and damp does not do old bones much good. For me, the pleasures of owning an older dog far outweigh the negatives. I love the way old dogs settle down by your side and are happy to have a cuddle. They don't try to push any issues, are happy to have a stroll round the block and don't want to pull you at 50 miles per hour! Of course, we all cry when we don't feel we have had enough time with our dogs...but do we ever have enough time with them? So, this Easter time, spare a thought for the old dogs, who so desperately need someone of their own. What a rewarding and Christian thing it would be to give one of these super dogs a home. Have a look at Gypsy and Emma on Dogs in Our Care whilst eating your Easter Eggs!
We have been so very lucky and privileged to be trusted by Shelley and Pete with our beautiful girl, Rose. Our little girl is now 14 months old and has been with us since September, She is the loveliest, gentle, loyal girl. She is playful, yet obedient, kind but good fun. She adores our 8 year old son (faithfully plays football in the garden), loves to play throw and fetch with her favourite ball (is able to predict where the ball lands and adjusts her pace accordingly) is SUPER intelligent - it takes Rose around 4 tries with a new command before she gets it, and great with ALL dogs. Most importantly, however, is the incredible work everyone at RRT did to ensure we were the right people for Rose and she the right dog for us. Shelley, Pete, Lorraine and Freda made sure that the match worked and that our pup was in the right place. We adore her and think that she is the most beautiful perfect dog. If you can give one of these dogs a home, please do; and please trust the judgement of the RRT team, they really do know the breed and more importantly, the individual dog's needs. Rose is an absolute blessing.
A note from Mabel! 26.04.11.
RIO - A DOG WITH A FUTURE!
We got Rio from the Rottweiler Rescue Trust when he was 12 weeks old. He lived the life of a perfect puppy, then when he was just over a year old we found out he ruptured both his cruciate ligaments. The first operation went well and he recovered very quickly. However, the second operation on his other leg took a lot more time to heal, due to an infection. This hindered his exercise routine and as he was such a young playful dog, made him very restless. So to compensate for his injuries, and lack of long walks we began to baby him, feel sorry for him - which we shouldn’t have done as this led to him having control over us. He never showed any aggression - we would just let him get his own way. Nearly a year after his first operation, we had our first child and when we brought her home from the hospital, our other dog Lyla was not phased by it but Rio was very focused on her and really wanted to 'check her out'....
Because of our lack of discipline with him in the past, he didn’t listen to us when we gave him a command to 'go and lie down'.....with all the emotion of just coming out of hospital we thought at the time that the best thing to do would be give him back, which was a knee jerk reaction.....this absolutely broke our hearts!!!!!
We were in contact with Shelley and Peter every other day to
see how Rio was coping without us. (We were
After a week or so in the kennels, Rio calmed down and Peter and Shelley started to work their magic on him. We asked them if we could work together so that we could to try to bring Rio back home to us. We said we would do anything we could to help him.
We visited the kennels on 6 occasions with our baby daughter and our other dog and each time we saw him and worked with him it got better every time......he is now happily back at home with us with no problems whatsoever.
We can’t thank Shelley
and Peter(and the team) enough for their time and hard work with helping Rio become a balanced dog and helping us become better
Ben and Tamaryn Webb
YOU CAN SEE RIO ON 2011 HAPPILY REHOMED PAGE 2.
Note from Shelley....Rio is a lovely dog, but as Tam and Ben have explained - even the nicest of dogs can be wilful and refuse to listen if it has been spoiled and babied. Also, knee jerk reactions when a new baby is in the house are common, every one is tired and emotional, and it is very easy to see the dog as the whole problem....In fact, Peter and I were very pleased to work with Tam and Ben - who showed commitment and really put themselves out for the dog that they love.
P.S. The bonus is that as Ben is still continuing with Rio's training, both indoors and out over the park, Ben's father's dog is becoming much more obedient too as he walks with them!!
Lorraine did a follow up visit on our Lady last week, and she is very happy and going on holiday with the family soon. What a lovely, happy girl!
A LETTER FROM ELLIE...
PUPS FROM THE PAST.....
In October 2008 we took in, and provided foster homes for, four male 8 week old puppies from Portsmouth. We named them Cook, Drake, Nelson and Raleigh - very nautical. They are now a little over two and a half years old. All are super natured loving dogs - and I thought you might like to see them all.
Barney, once Cook, is happily living with Bel and Phil and their other dog Wilma. He loves to play and is a pleasure to own.
Bosley, once Drake, is now owned by Freda, Tia, Maggot and Raisin. They all keep him in line. He likes to play with his ball, and loves a cuddle.
Rio was once called Raleigh. A very loving dog, he is in our care at the moment - but not for long. He is great with other dogs but loves to chase squirrels and cats!
Nelson kept his name because Jacki and Andy felt it suited him! Nelson lives happily with his friend Alfie, and visits the elderly when his Mum takes him home hairdressing. They all have a grand time - and he has made many friends.
REASONS NOT TO GET RID OF YOUR DOG.......
A dog should be a lifetime commitment....if you were made homeless you wouldn't put your children into care would you?
Many dogs are handed into rescues/pounds and their owners think the dog will be rehomed...many never make it out of the door again.
If your dog has behaviour issues, work with the dog, go back to training and persevere. Nothing worth having is achieved easily.
If you are working long hours, and you are concerned that your dog is being left for too long, get a dog walker. This really doesn't have to be expensive - ask around locally and see if you can find someone retired to walk the dog for you.
Get rid of your dog and buy a burglar alarm! I wonder how many people would have been burgled but for the timely deep bark of the family rottweiler.
Think about what you are teaching your children if you get rid of the dog. You are teaching them that breathing, living creatures are disposable if they don't suit your lifestyle, or if they don't behave the way you want them to.
SO YOU WANT TO RUN A RESCUE......
We talk to many people who say they would love to run a rescue. However, there are several thing that need to be considered.
Obviously finance is a large issue for all rescues. Most survive with only a few regular donators who work very hard to get support. Many will spend hours each week going to car boot fairs, organising dog shows or some other sponsored activity. Time consuming and sometimes, soul destroying "behind the scenes" work that often goes unappreciated.You will need to decide whether or not to become a Registered Charity, and be prepared for the three months of hard work to achieve it.
The next decision is to find either reliable, sensible foster homes or find a good, reasonably priced boarding kennel. Many of these will not take in rottweilers - and also, they may be happy to have your dogs in "out of season", but will not want them when they have lots of bookings. The other consideration here is that the kennels needs to be fairly flexible about visitors as you will be needing to take potential new owners to meet the dog. The kennels will also have to be within a reasonable distance to your home, as there is little point in having a cheap kennel three hours drive away. The dogs need to be exercised and trained every day - not once a fortnight. You cannot home a dog you don't know.
Then decide on your policies. Will you neuter everything before rehoming, or will you trust the new owner to neuter the dog? Will you home check every home or will you take letters from vets or recommendations from other rescues? Will you have a no destruction policy, or will you destroy a dog because it is ill/aggressive/not kenneling well/has been on your care too long without finding a home? If you decide to destroy certain dogs, how will you decide which ones? How many of your helpers will be involved in that decision? (This decision will always be very hard, as you will have walked the dog, loved it and cared for it)You will need to decide whether or not you will take your dogs back for life if there is a problem in the future. Many rescues do not do this.
You will need to have a website to help to find homes for your dogs. You will need to keep this updated as regularly as possible, as there is nothing more frustrating on going to look at a website and finding that the dogs have all been rehomed, and that the new dogs are not on the website. You need to decide whether to have a fundraising section on the website. You need to decide whether or not to sell goods. (tea towels, polo shirts etc) These can be a good money raiser, but you will have to find a source who does not want a large order or you will tie up money you could be using for a dog in your care. You will need someone with experience of rottweilers to answer the phone - and be prepared - it can ring thirty times a day. You will need to send thank you cards to anyone who supports you.
FINALLY - YOU WILL NEED THE PATIENCE OF A SAINT OR SEVERAL LARGE DRINKS A NIGHT!