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News 2011 - January - March

Latest News 2011

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THE DOGS IN OUR CARE....

16.03.11.

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.

02.03.11.

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.

 

01.03.11.

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….

 

Hi,

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.

 

FEBRUARY

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.

Shelley

 

11.02.11

Hi,

I've been looking at your website for inspiration as 2 weeks ago today I took on a 15month Rottweiler bitch named Lola in desperate need of a good home. I was told that the owner was looking for a new home because she had moved and didn't have the room to look after her properly. I viewed Lola on the Tuesday and was shocked to see how underweight, dirty and weak she was but she had obviosly been loved as she had a lovely affectionate nature. Lola had tugged at my heart strings instantly but I didn't want to rush into a decision. After careful thought I decided that I would take her on as I knew I could give her the home that she needed.
So, 2 weeks ago I went to fetch Lola eager to give her the home she deserved and was pleased to see that the previous owner had at least bathed and groomed her in an effort to make her more presentable but quite alarmed at the eagerness to see her go. I put this down to the fact that the owner had been too upset to say her good byes. Lola settled in immediately and showed no signs of pining, she has been a complete angel and has taken to my 14 year old son and 4 cats and to me in particular extremely well but I was surprised that she wasn't more energetic.
Lola's old owner claimed that she was up to date with her jabs but couldn't put her hands to her records due to the recent move, I took that as a valid reason. I asked when she was due to be wormed next and was told February. My immediate concern was to get Lola onto a balanced diet and introduce exercise and play (as she didn't appear to know what toys were) to her slowly.  I noticed that she wasn't eating properly and put that down to the fact that she hadn't previously been fed properly however I also noticed that her bowel movements were very sloppy so took the decision to worm her, see how she got on and take her to the vets at the end of February once she'd had time to settle into her new home. After worming Lola, her appetite increased, her bowel movements became the correct consistency but were very dark and she began show more signs of energy so I continued with my plan.
On Saturday last week I took her to the woods with my mum and her golden retriever (Rosie). Lola and Rosie have become good friends. Lola enjoyed the walk, she struggled a little bit and slowed down  a few times to regain some energy. I took her for a very short walk on Sunday and she wasn't happy so I assumed she'd over done it the day before so I left her to rest for a day or two. On Tuesday I took Lola to some open fields near to me and she didn't enjoy the walk and alarm bells began to ring in my mind. I left her then until Thursday and we took her out again with Rosie to the same open fields, she again was very unhappy so to determine whether it was the open space that bothered her or the exercise we went to the woods. When we arrived at the woods Lola seemed much happier and began to enjoy the walk, after about 20 minutes of walking she collapsed and couldn't get back to her feet so I phoned my vets. I carried her back to the car and we went straight to the vets.
I explained the situation and the vets found previous records, Lola had only ever visited once in October and at that time wasn't underweight however the previous owner had phoned them in January because she had been vomiting severely, the vets had put some medication up for her but the owner never went in to collect it. On Thursday the vets questioned her bowel movements and took blood. The blood results showed a level of 10 when they should be around 40. Lola is extremely anaemic and in critical condition. I still don't have a confirmed diagnosis but the most likely cause is rat bait poisoning. After only 2 weeks Lola has made a major impact on me and I am absolutely distraught at the thought that she has been suffering for as long as she has and that I hadn't realised that something more serious was wrong sooner. I am convinced that the previous owner knew of her illness and did and said nothing about it. I know that there is no way that she has been in contact with any poison of any sort in the 2 weeks that she has been with me but I wish I had taken her straight to the vets for a check up as soon as I'd taken her on.
Lola is taking vitamin k and treatment for ulcers at the moment which although she is very week and sleepy she seems to be responding to. Lola is due to go back to the vets on Wednesday to see if her bloods have improved and then we consider the next move which is likely to be a blood transfusion and a scan. She is a very long way from a full recovery and it is going to be very costly but I'm hoping that she will pull through as I know that she is definitely worth it and she certainly deserves it.

Carrie 
New and very worried and stressed owner of Lola
 
 

  AN UPDATE FROM DAISY DUMPLING...

 Hello Shelley and Peter,
A BELATED HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL ,
 Thought I would let you know how Daisy is getting on.  She had a lovely Christmas -lots of presents and lots of treats.  She is getting a lot better at walking now - she doesn't pull at all, She gives you her paw when she wants something (a treat or biscuit etc) and she even changes paws now.  She will sit and wait for her food and she doesn't eat it until she is told to do so.  I am going to take her to classes just to make sure I am doing it all right.  She will ask to go outside.
She still sleeps on either our bed or my son Jordan’s bed - over the Christmas holiday she took up so much room on Jordan’s bed he ended up on the floor and Daisy had the bed!!!!!!.
When she is given a raw hide chew to have, she has half of it then hides the rest, either down the side of the sofa, in a bedroom or a bathroom.  She has been known to bury it too. 
Her eye is a bit weepy so we are taking her to the vets. 
I have attached some more pics for you to see how she has grown.
  
Hope all is well with you. I do keep looking at the Rottie Rescue website to keep up to date with other Rotties. 
Hope you like the pics - please feel free to forward them to her foster parents (I am sure they would like to see them as they told me to forward any on to them - but I don't have their email address to do so). 
Love to you all

Debbie and Terry

XXXX from Daisy Dumpling

   

 

 WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR RRT DOG ON

THE 2011 TEA TOWEL?

January 2011

 

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 rrtrust@hotmail.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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

SAD NEWS

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.