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It is with great sadness that we have to report that Gordon has been euthanised.
This lovely, happy go lucky young dog came into our care back in May, from a Dog Warden who saw how lovely he was and wanted him to have a second chance of a loving home.
Everyone who met Gordon loved him - he had such character, with his little blobs of white on his ears and feet, and his white flash across the back of his neck.
About a fortnight ago, we noticed that Gordon appeared off colour. There was nothing really to "put your finger on" - he just wasn't himself. Within a couple of days he had a bit of diarrhoea - nothing to severe, and had gone off his food a little. So, last Tuesday we asked our vet to take a look at him.
Our vet noticed immediately that Gordon was very pale. He took blood, urine and faecal samples for testing. Within hours we knew that there was something very seriously wrong with Gordon. The next day more results came back. These ascertained that Gordon was in kidney failure. There was no treatment. Gordon was deteriorating rapidly - he had odema (a build up of fluid) in both his legs and his penis. His appetite had decreased and he was starting to be extremely lethargic. Our vet gave Gordon medication to ease the very worst of the symptoms, but explained that Gordon was terminally ill, and that he would deteriorate rapidly. We brought him home. Gordon spent the next few days with us - in a loving home. When it became obvious that he was in pain, we held him in our arms whilst he was euthanised.We will remember him for his sunny temperament, and immense character - he was known as "the mugger" as he loved his treats, and would trip you over to get one! This has been a very emotional time for all of our volunteers - they all worked very hard with Gordon and we will all miss him very much.
Ian and Jayne gave Gordon a loving home. Unfortunately it became very obvious that he was very unwell within a few days of their taking him home, and we took him back to have tests to see what was wrong...this is their feelings on our lovely boy.
We first saw Flash Gordon on the web site. We all instantly fell in love with him, went to the kennels to meet him and realised just what a character he was – big soft and cuddly.
We returned a week later with our bitch Tia. They hit it off straight away, we brought them both home on Tuesday. After a session of exploring his new surroundings, he made himself right at home. Flash Gordon and Tia would sit in front of the TV like an old married couple. Unfortunately, we only had him with us for 4 days. Flash Gordon became ill - he would not eat and if he did, he could not keep it down. Peter and Shelley collected him on the Friday night to take him back to have him checked.
We received a phone call from Shelley the following Thursday which broke our hearts - we were informed that Flash Gordon was suffering from heart and kidney failure.
We had Flash for just 4 days in total, but in that time, he fitted right into the family way of life, following each one of us around, in case he missed out on anything, mugging you for treats and biscuits.
We will sadly miss Flash Gordon, but in the short time we had him, we will have very fond memories of our cuddly bear that was Flash Gordon.
We want to thank Peter & Shelley for all the help and kindness that they have shown in this sad time.
Ian, Jayne Coral & Bradley
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CHARLIE AND ELLIE
You'll be glad to hear that both Charlie and Ellie are doing fine, very spoiled as usual!! :)
We had some professional photos done on them both last year (a family member bought us a voucher for these as an Xmas present, knowing how dotty both Ren and I am about our rotts). I've attached these as scanned images; they have come out reasonably well!
Charlie is still doing very well, he is our pride and joy. He is unrecognisable from the shattered wreck of a dog that he was, at the hands of the scum who did what they did to him, and is now a very clownish, cheeky, bold and very
vocal, very spoilt Rottweiler! An absolute character, he never stops making us laugh with his silly ways and is so much loved. He considers himself to be very much part of the family and absolutely idolises my wife Ren, following her from room to room, never letting her out of his sight for even an instant, even when apparently asleep, whatever the time of day or night.
Ellie is an absolute dream, the easiest dog ever - totally *bombproof* around everyone and everything - amazingly well behaved and obviously very well brought up and socialised, an absolute joy. She is a total sweetheart and has the kindest heart made of pure gold. She does love a good game with her toys/bones etc. and fetches the ball every time like a retriever! (Not like old Charlie who'll be damned if he's ever going to give anyone his toys - he will certainly fetch but has a pretty hard time doing the "give" bit!!)
Both of them will "guard" Ren and I until whatever time of night in the garden, e.g. when having late summer evening drinks etc., until 3am or whatever! They work intelligently as a team as well; one patiently covers the gate without ever being taught to do so, while the other keeps an eye on us, totally silently and invisibly - they are such clever, feline dogs, Rotts! My lovely old Bull Terrier would have buggered off within 5 minutes! : )
We have never, ever regretted taking on our two beautiful RRT rotties and cannot imagine life without them - we owe you guys so much for allowing us to look after these fabulous dogs.
Imagine for a moment that you are the dog. You don't know the person who is holding your lead. Your owner is nowhere to be seen. Now you are leaving the daylight and walking into an intimidating, narrow and noisy corridor where your senses are overloaded by sounds and strange smells. You are intimidated....is this the road to hell?
For many dogs this is the most frightening experience of the dog's life to date. On being placed in the individual kennel, things don't improve much. The indoor kennel space is about 4 x 6 feet. The out door space is the same size. There is no carpet on the concrete floor, just a plastic bed with some clean bedding and a bowl of water. Strangers come and go, cleaning up, some speak kindly, others walk straight past.
Confident dogs will often show signs of distress - the usually bouncy, happy go lucky dog will often simply sit in its bed, or stand looking around quietly. Less confident dogs tend to back away from the kennel door, as they really don't know what will come through that door. Some will show signs of fearfulness by giving a low warning growl. The owners who have given their dog into rescue do not see any of this very stressful period for the dog. At 6pm the lights go out, the door is shut and the dog is in its new environment in the dark. The kennel doors will not open again until 8am. The housetrained dog will often try to hang on until morning - sometimes the urge to relieve itself is too much - then the dog can add worry to the list of emotions it is feeling. The next day, the kennel doors open and the noise starts again. Then, a little later, breakfast is served. Unfortunately the breakfast may not be the food the dog is used to - even if he is feeling relaxed or hungry enough to eat it. Now the need to go to the toilet is intense....then, along come a couple of people with leads in their hands....they speak kindly to the dog, clip a lead on, and take him down the dark, noisy, narrow corridor towards the light! Does the dog expect to see his owner outside? Once outside, these people take the dog into the field, where they let the dog pull them this way and that or stop for a sniff if it wants to. We do this to give the dog a sense of relaxation - the time for training and new rules is when the dog is a bit more settled into his temporary new life.
Even then, the most this dog can expect is kind words from kennel staff, two good meals a day, veterinary treatment as needed and one half an hour walk a day if the rescue walkers can make it, with some titbits and a bit of training when we have time. How terribly sad.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
The PDSA have announced that as from the first of January 2012, they will only treat one pedigree animal per household. This is because the treatment of pedigree animals tends to be much more expensive than the treatment for crossbreeds. I agree with them. In the current financial climate donations and legacies are smaller, but demand is higher. If you can afford several pedigree dogs, then get the appropriate pet insurance to cover their needs. I don't feel any of us should rely on the charity of others to pay for veterinary treatment for our own animals. If we cannot afford an animal then it is not our "right" to have one and expect other people to pay for its care. There are several charity vet services nationwide, and they are all struggling to cope with the ever increasing demands of people who are taking advantage of them. Many of these people take holidays abroad, run a car, smoke, drink etc. If you own a dog and it needs veterinary treatment, then you may have to do without the luxuries in life, and care for your own pet, because unless people start to take responsibility for their own animals with a little thought or foresight, these charities will close - then they can help no-one. Not even the genuine cases of real hardship that they were set up to help.If you don't already have a dog and have not got sufficient means to get private veterinary treatment, then DON'T get a dog.This was brought home to me when I recently visited one of the charity surgeries.I was expecting to see mainly senior citizens, with their little old mongrels. Instead there was a surgery full of young, healthy, affluent looking people - many moaning about how long they were having to wait to be seen. One of them even had a litter of pedigree puppies they had brought in to be checked over! The majority of the dogs in the clinic were pedigree and not neutered.One of the staff told me that the charity is aware that many young people bring their dog in pretending it belongs to their old grandparent, who would be eligible for reduced fee or charity treatment for their pet. I feel very strongly that this should stop. Stop relying on the kindness of others for your pets. They are your pets - you chose to have them - no one made you have a pet you cannot or do not want to afford.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your views.
FLETCHER - OUR LOVELY RRT PAT DOG.....PROUDLY OWNED BY CHRISTINE SMITH.
The website has not been updated as much as we would have liked in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, I have had an operation on my foot, requiring a couple of weeks in bandages etc. and then a week after my operation Peter had an accident and cut off his finger (little one, left hand). The ambulance was here in three minutes, and he was taken to a specialist hospital (Queen Victoria, East Grinstead)where his finger was sewn back on. The hospital then applied leeches to the wound, to keep the blood flowing, and kept Peter in hospital for 6 days. Peter is now home, heavily bandaged, and we are both hoping that the micro surgery to sew his finger back will be successful. It is still too early to tell, but all the signs are good. So, what with Peter's finger, and my foot, things take us far longer than usual..so please bear with us. As one long time supporter said when she heard what had happened "Are there any good psychiatrists in your area?!"
A lady phoned trying to get her dog into rescue. I asked for the dog's age...she replied (you won't believe this one!) I don't know how old it is in dog years!
01.08.11. Have had someone on the phone asking if we have the facilities to bath their dog....we are a rescue, not a grooming parlour.
WOULD YOU LET ONE OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE ONE OF YOUR PUPPIES?
Caller: Have you got any puppies, and if so, can I see them with their parents?
Me: We are a rescue, we don't take in whole families of puppies plus the parents...
Caller: I live in a first floor flat with a communal garden...I want a puppy.
Me: How are you going to housetrain it?
Caller : Don't worry, we have a balcony. By the way, I don't want it neutered as I would like to breed from it.
Caller : I have a six week old puppy and it isn't eating very well. I have given it a piece of apple and a cooked chicken wing (with the bones)
Me : Neither of those foods is suitable. Use a good quality dry dog food.
Caller : Also, can you tell me if there is somewhere I can send my puppy for a month or so to get it trained?
Me : Speechless!