News 2011 - January - March
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THE DOGS IN OUR CARE....
We have 10 dogs in at the moment, and I have to say they are all really super dogs. They vary from 10 months to 8 years old, but all are sociable, happy dogs. This does not mean that they will get on with every other dog they meet. I am getting tired of having people on the phone who want a dog and expect it to be super with their cousin's chihuahua (that the dog would meet once a year), or the son's lurcher (that comes round four times a year). I am not able to guess whether a dog will get on with unspecified dogs that it might meet in any given situation. All we can do as a rescue is mix and socialise the dogs with other dogs we have in at the time, and give an honest report to any potential home. I don't have a chihuahua to test with our rottweilers, nor a lurcher, nor any other small dogs. A comment was made the other day by a potential home that "you seem to have a lot of dogs with behavioural problems". I disagree. the dogs we have in are all individuals, requiring time and patience and training before they will fulfill their full potential. Is there no one out there prepared to work and try? Today Peter, Freda and I have worked with these super dogs and it is very disheartening that everyone wants a "ready made, perfect" dog. Today, Audrey has been out with Rio. Gypsy and Izzy have been out with each other and also with Henry (who came back for a visit) Duke and Duchess went out together. Annabelle has been out with Byron and Cleo and Buzz. (although not today as she was lame) Buzz has been out with various bitches. (Izzy and Gypsy and also Annabelle)Mabel, who is being fostered by us has also been out with Gypsy and Izzy and also Byron. We have taken in a new dog today, so walked him alone to settle him. Freda works very hard getting the basic commands into the dogs, as do Peter and I. We do not expect miracles from them. We know it takes time and actually being in a home for a dog to settle down and start to know the "house rules". Any regular Kaiser Therot on Facebook fans will see the dogs playing, enjoying each others company and will be able to see how hard we all work to keep the dogs fit healthy and happy. BUT we cannot keep on looking for perfect dogs for people who want something unrealistic. For all of us who work with these beautiful dogs this is becoming so very depressing. Patience and time....we tell people time and again, but it seems the "instant dog", "instant perfect" is all that matters.
Yesterday Judith and I took Duchess to see the eye specialist for her initial assessment to see if her eyesight can be restored.
The vet spent almost three hours with Duchess and ourselves, doing tests and examining Duchess.
The specialist has said that there are several things wrong with Duchess’ eyes.
Most or all of her eye problems are congenital. (something that has gone wrong during her development) She has cataracts, which are what makes her unable to see, she has a very severe nystagmus (this is an involuntary “wobble” of her pupils), her eyes are not the correct size (they are smaller than is normal) and she shows signs of some sort of retina problem – this is the one problem that may not be congenital.
All of the congenital eye problems will get no worse. The retina problem may or may not get worse.
The specialist has said that Duchess has slight peripheral vision, as the cataracts are not that large. She has suggested some eye drops to dilate Duchess’ pupils, so that her peripheral vision improves and she would be able to see better (she would be seeing around the edge of the cataracts). Obviously she would not have perfect eyesight, but would hopefully have better vision than she has now. The specialist has suggested that we try these for three weeks and we have agreed to this.
The specialist is willing to operate on Duchess, but there are some problems. If the retinal problem is not congenital (and she cannot tell this until she is already doing the operation). Duchess is at risk of the retina detaching, in which case she would lose all of even the little sight she has. If we go ahead and have the operation done we have a couple of choices – do both eyes at the same time, or do each eye at different times, depending on the success of the first eye.
Duchess would need a very quiet foster home for at least a month or two if the operation is done.
So, we are asking you to bear with us for the next three weeks, while we trial the eye drops and see if there is any noticeable improvement in her vision.
Obviously, if we do not have the operation done we will refund everyone who has contributed to her appeal fund.
We would be very interested to hear your views on what we should do.
Ellie had been with us for some time. We had homed two dogs to Fred and Davinia some years ago, and sadly both died very close together, just after Xmas. Fred and Davinia were interested in Ellie and arranged to come and meet her. They live about 120 miles from the kennels.
A couple of days before they came to meet Ellie, she suddenly went lame. We rested her, and told Fred and Davinia that she was lame, but they still wanted to come and see her.
Ellie was still lame when they came, and we all felt it could be a cruciate ligament problem. We offered to keep her and take her to our vets but Fred and Davinia decided that they liked Ellie, and she liked them, and they wanted to take her. So we told them that the rescue would pay for any treatment needed for her leg. As we rehomed Ellie with a problem, the rescue is responsible.
As many of you know cruciate ligament operations are very expensive – usually about £2,600 to £3,000. Our vet charges about £1,800. Fred and Davinia had Ellie xrayed at their own vet, who diagnosed a cruciate ligament rupture. Their vet is a “leg” specialist and very kindly said she would match the price of our vet – which saved Ellie the stress of a long drive etc. We told Fred and Davinia that we would pay the bill.
After lots of chatting between Fred and Davinia and ourselves, Fred and Davinia said they wanted to pay for Ellie’s operation. We felt really bad that we had put Ellie out needing expensive veterinary treatment and leaving them with a huge bill for a dog they had had only for a few days, so reluctantly we agreed that the rescue could pay half the bill. We sent them a cheque for £900 – which they promptly returned with the following letter….
Here I am practising how to move this no waiting cone when my boss parks on yellow lines. When I am finished with it, its over to them chickens for a bit of fresh warm meat! Mind you, since this photo was taken, somebody cut a bone in my leg in half and joined it back together again. I think the boss went begging for some pennies to pay the bird who cut my leg in half and someone sent him a big wedge, but he don't want it cos he's sacked the gardener and cut the maid's hours to 60 a week. His missus gave him a couple of bob out of her purse, so I'm giving everybody their money back. The boss says when he gets down to his last half million the begging bowl will have to come out again and the bride is going on the bank steps with some ten bob notes in case someone offers her a pound!
Love Ellie xxxx
We are very privileged to have such people who support the rescue and the dogs. We don't quite know how to thank them.
12.02.11. We have taken into care two dogs from the same breeder, but from different litters, only three weeks apart in age. Both dogs were sold to the same owner. They are half brother and sister(both have the same sire). They are both Kennel Club registered. Is the Kennel Club really acting in the interests of pedigree dogs? The parents of these dogs do not even appear to have had basic eye/elbow/hip checks done...but the Kennel Club will get their registration fee for each puppy, not caring how badly bred they are, how unhealthy, whether the breeder is little or no better than a puppy farmer....makes me wonder, it really does.
WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR RRT DOG ON
THE 2011 TEA TOWEL?
Last year, we had tea towels produced with photos of dogs in our care printed on them. This year, we thought it would be nice to have pictures of dogs who have been happily rehomed.
If you have one of our dogs and would like to have him or her included, please get in touch with us. We shall require a cheque for £50 and a good quality photograph of your dog; which you can send by email to email@example.com For your £50 your dog will appear on the tea towel and you will receive 10 tea towels.
At the same time you will be helping RRT to support the dogs. Spaces are limited, so please let us know by the end of February if you would like your special baby on the RRT tea towel.
Last year's tea towel was a huge success - as you can see from the photo, the quality is very good.
Fred and Davinia, who come on our sponsored walk every year have sadly lost both their RRT dogs, Freddie and Annie,within 10 days of each other. Both had cancer, both were about 10 years old. Our hearts go out to them as they are very lost without the two dogs.