News 2011 - October - December
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IMPORTANT NEWS FOR OUR REGULAR DONATORS
We are now registered and able to claim Gift Aid on donations from any British tax payer. This means that we can claim 25 pence in the pound on top of your donations. All that needs to happen is that you would have to fill out a declaration that you are a tax payer, and that you would like us to get Gift Aid on your donation to us. This is reclaimable for last year, so if you would like me to send you the form, please either email or give me a call. This could really make a huge difference to our funds and how many dogs we can help.
2011 – ANOTHER YEAR GONE IN A
This was our first Year as a Registered Charity – and what a year it has been. We have been amazed by the wonderful support for the dogs, both financially and by the amount of practical help in walking, fostering and caring for the dogs that the rescue has received.
January saw Jester go into his new home. Annette and John had sadly lost their RRT dog Dexter at 18 months to a tumour, and were absolutely devastated. Jester put on all his charms for them, and has helped them to fill a gap in the family’s life. 5 other dogs were rehomed in January – Henry, Grizzly, Juliet, Hamish and, after some false starts, Ellie. Ellie had been found in the street having been run over. She had an external fixator on hr leg for 4 months whilst in our care. She had completely recovered from the accident, but has some issues – she was rather picky about who she liked and did not like. Fred and Davinia, long time supporters of RRT had lost both their dogs in the space of a few weeks, and took Ellie home. Within a few days Ellie had to have a cruciate repair done on her “good” leg.
RRT offered to pay, as we felt that we should have foreseen problems with her leg, due to her putting all her weight on it whilst the other leg was healing. They refused to take the money, and have nursed her back to full health. They say she is a real character – if somewhat loony!
Only three dogs were rehomed in February – Gunner, Fergie and Oscar. We continued walking through rain, wind and mud – it seemed like warmer weather would never come!
March saw us putting on an appeal for Duchess, the little blind dog we had taken in. Duchess was born with Juvenile cataracts, and several other abnormalities to her eyes. She also has a club foot and her hips are very bad. We were astounded by the fantastic financial support. We raised the money to have her eyes operated on. Unfortunately, when we took her to the specialist, she felt it would not be possible to restore Duchess’ sight. We offered everyone their money back. No one wanted it – all asked that we put it into the general fund. At this point, we decided to bring Duchess home to live with us. Duchess has settled in very well, and does not appear to have any trouble finding her way around the house and garden, or the field where she is walked. The only mistake she made was one night when she lost her sense of direction, and went straight into the pond. She didn’t panic, she just stood there and waited for us to get her out – but she hasn’t made that mistake again. She is such a loving little dog, we are very privileged to have her and cannot imagine life without her. We only homed one other dog in March – our lovely Mabel. The photos of the house where Mabel was abandoned were shocking, but Mabel is a true lady, who is now living in sunny Portugal with Alison and Dave and their other RRT dog, Sonny.
Once again, only two dogs rehomed this month – Marmite and
Izzy. We started to become concerned about whether there were any good homes
left for rotties.
Since writing this, we have had some very sad news...Izzy was put to sleep on Friday 23rd December. She had gone lame a few days before, and when she was x rayed she was found to have advanced bone cancer. She was in pain, and so Pam and Andy made the difficult decision. Our thoughts are with them.
We rehomed 5 dogs in May – Raffles, Max, Sonny and Rodney, and dear Gypsy. Gypsy had come into care as her owner had passed away. She had terrible ear problems, and had some arthritis in her shoulder. After a lot of treatment her ears are now under control, but a ongoing problem. Judith, who fostered Gypsy, simply could not bear to part with her, and so old Gypsy became a permanent fixture in the Walker household.
May saw some glorious weather and the first show in aid of RRT at Higham in Kent. The day was glorious, very well attended and a great deal of fun for all who were there. For us the day was made even more special when our old boy, Byron, won Best Veteran in Show. The show raised an incredible amount of money for RRT, and also helped to promote the positive aspects of the breed. Our thanks go to Rachel Hodges, her husband Steve, Rachel’s Mum Val and the rest of her family, without whom this show would not have happened. Rachel is planning another, even bigger show for 2012, at the same venue in Kent – try to come along and support it, it’s a great day!
One of the RRT dogs was showing signs of aggression to other dogs at the show, so we asked his owners to bring him back up so that we could all work together to try ad improve his behaviour around other dogs. And so, the Naughty Club was born! We started with just this one dog, but quickly found that many people just wanted some rott friendly training…we now have a dozen regulars coming to the field in all weathers to train their dogs…..great fun, and thanks to Lorraine for all her hard work training us all!
Lovely warm weather and lots of dogs needing help. Only one dog was rehomed in June – the lovely Ruby. Lorraine decided she would like to try and put together a calendar, featuring some of the rescue dogs. As Peter Reynolds takes such great photos, the hardest part was selecting which ones to use. If your dog wasn’t featured we are sorry – there were just so many good photos! Lorraine enlisted the help of Carly, who got the technical side sorted out (sorry guys – I don’t know exactly how you did it all, but well done) and the calendars were ready for first inspection on the sponsored walk.
Five dogs rehomed in July – but two have since come back. The five dogs were Ritchie, Emma, Sam, Gina and Amber. In fact Amber was a return from last year – she had tripped her owner over and so she was sent back, but the home we found for her this time adore her. The reasons for the two other returns from this month were just as pathetic – puppy Sam came back as he had no recall when around other dogs, and Gina because her new owner “just could not bond” with her! At this point we started to wonder if we should give up trying to rescue and rehome dogs!
Four dogs rehomed this month – Rolo, Gina, Ella and Noodles. Rolo, who came in at 5 months old, was a real challenge. He came in as his owners could not control his hard mouthing. Lorraine fostered him, and even she found his antics difficult! However, she persevered, and when Anna and Steve came along, we were all impressed by their commitment. They have turned him into a well behaved little man, another ambassador for our breed!
Such a sad time for us….Just before the Sponsored Walk we rehomed Gordon, who had been with us for some time. Within a couple of days he became very unwell, and so we picked him up and took him to our vet, who diagnosed kidney failure. Pete brought him home, where we gave him a few days of comfort and TLC, but his condition deteriorated rapidly, and he was put to sleep a couple of days after the walk. All who knew him were extremely upset – such a lovely, happy young dog. We scattered his ashes in the field where he loved to play.
October saw us homing 3 dogs, Rose (who originally came from a traveller’s site), Molly and Big Ted. Big Ted came home with us as our boy Byron suffered a stroke, and had to be put to sleep - after a time we felt it was right to bring Ted home. We still miss Byron terribly, but Ted has become a huge personality in our house, making us laugh with his silly ways!
No dogs rehomed this month – very quiet, both for homes and dogs in kennels. We spent this time wisely though – training the dogs we did have in, and developing ideas for next year.
December has started off with 3 dogs being rehomed – Dennis, Honey and Womble. All are doing well.
Then there was number 4 - Our lovely Buzz, who came into rescue a year ago aged 7 months. Not the easiest dog in the world, this young lad has finally fallen on his feet with Mac and Ruth, who are extremely experienced rott owners, and who have the time and patience to work with this affectionate buffoon of a dog. At last, a happy ending for Buzz.
At the time of writing we have five in kennels and two in foster homes, and an elderly male Samson, who has just arrived with us.
We look forward to the challenges of 2012.
Lastly, I feel Peter and I must thank each and every one of our regular walkers/fosterers/homecheckers. All these people put themselves out and go the extra mile whenever they are asked to help. These include Debbie, Ali, Erin, Mus, Fugen, Peter and Frances Reynolds, Jackie, Sam, Lyn, Lorraine, Judith, Carly, Nikki and Mike, Diane and Michael, Sharon and John and the kennel staff, who all look after the dogs and treat them with kindness and consideration. Thank you everyone.
BOXING DAY LUNCH - 2011.
As usual, our merry band of volunteers met up at the kennels this morning to give the dogs their Xmas dinner and some presents. For the humans, there were mince pies, sausage rolls and a glass of festive cheer! The dogs enjoyed their roast turkey, roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding and roast beef, and all got several new toys and a good play and a walk as well! The photos don't really do justice to the happy dogs and people who really enjoyed themselves!
BARBIE ERNIE, PETER R. & SHELLEY
CARLY, ERNIE & P.R. PHOEBE, ALBIE AND MOLLY
NOBBY SOME OF THE BOXING DAY GANG!
SAMSON ENJOYING ALL THE ATTENTION! BLESS HIM!
DEAR OLD TAZ (10) ALBIE AND LORRAINE
Our thanks to everyone who came along today, and gave the dogs so much time and pleasure. They were Peter Reynolds, Lyn Green, Mel and Geoff Bass, Nicky and Mike Outlaw and Nicky's Mum and Dad, Jackie McPhail, Debbie Sykes, Carly Montague,Lorraine Day and Judith Walker. Our thanks too must go to Phoebe, Albie, Taz, Molly and Brett who all came along as well!
P.S. Samson is now asleep in his bed - the excitement has been too much for him!
My heart goes out to those people who have recently lost a dog. Many of these dogs were old, some very young. I appreciate that some of these people will not have another dog, as they feel that the heartache when a much loved pet passes away is too much to go through again. I would beg those people to reconsider. So many dogs are destroyed every day - healthy, happy dogs who, through no fault of their own, have ended up in a stray kennel or in a rescue with a destruction policy. If you don't help one of these dogs, then you are doing the dog you lost an injustice. The dog you had was loved and cared for by you, and another dog could benefit from that love now that your dog is gone..I know that it will never be easy to say goodbye to a family pet, but please consider another dog and it's life chances...it deserves you!
12.12.11. Our training session was well attended again today. The attending dogs with homes were Flo, Brett, Molly, Bailey. The rescue dogs still waiting for homes were Teresa, Phoebe, Barbie, Archie and Ernie. Lorraine kept them all on their toes with sit stays (off lead for all - something that we could not have done just a couple of weeks ago), weaving, heelwork, watch me commands etc. Pete and I would like to thank Lorraine for giving up her Sundays to help the dogs to be better trained, and more sociable. The difference in the dogs, and their owners levels of confidence is amazing to watch. HUGE THANK YOUS, Lorraine!
Dear Peter and Shelley,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping me with your kind support.You may not even remember me,I rang you one night about this time last year at the end of my tether as my partner had just left me,leaving me a single mum with four children with two young rottweilers.I was just so overwhelmed with the responsibility and the fact that my partner had done so little to socialise and train these dogs.I just didnt know where to turn.You gave me some very valuable advice and listened to my ranting very patiently.I had no intention of giving up Dude and Lola but just wanted someone to listen who knows Rottweilers as I felt very isolated.I wanted to thank you for that, it meant the world knowing I could ring you if I needed some support.Things nowadays are absolute bliss.I went out bought a couple of gentle leaders, got some training, arranged for them to be spayed and castrated, put them on a high quality food and now I feel like I have given them the home they deserve. My partner had bought them with the idea of breeding - thank Heaven he left and I was able to rescue them and no doubt countless puppies from a life of misery. Now that we have all found our feet, I am doing my best to be an advocate of this beautiful breed by encouraging other rottie owners not to breed or buy puppies but to rescue instead and to educate people and dispel the 'devil dog' persona.
I know that your main aim is to help rescue and find dogs good homes but your support to owners like me is invaluable.
If ever I can be of any help with your charity I would love to be able to repay your kindness, I live in Nottinghamshire so if ever you need a home visit or a dog transporting in this area please let me know. I may also be able to help with very short term fostering if necessary.I am hoping to do some fundraising in the future too...let me know what I can do.
Lorraine did a follow up visit on Raffles this week. Raffles, now Henry, came into care at 12 weeks old. (He is on Happily rehomed, page 3) Look what a handsome boy he has turned into! He is very much loved by his family. Claire, who owns Raffles, is setting up her own training classes.
LORD BYRON - OUR BOY.
Our gorgeous boy Byron was put to sleep on Sunday, 16th October. He was 10. Byron had suffered a stroke in the night, and was unable to get up. Byron had been through quite a bit in his life. He was put into another rescue when he was about 5, but as they soon discovered, he had very bad hip dysplacia. The rescue involved wanted to euthanise him then, but one of their volunteers had fallen under the spell of Lord Byron, and she phoned Peter, who agreed to bring him into our rescue and see what we could do to find him a home. He was on the website for about 5 months. There was absolutely no interest in him. A five year old stray male, very black and sometimes a bit growly with bad hips was not going to be easy!
At this time, we still had Stan, an old, loving rott who would not tolerate another male rott. However, it was very cold at the kennels, and so we brought Byron home for Xmas (very sentimental, I know!) and kept Stan and Byron totally separate. The day after Boxing Day we took Byron back to kennels. The day after that we brought him home again! Stan passed away a few months later,without them ever having met.
Both were aware of the presence of each other, neither seemed to mind. Byron learned very quickly that life here is fairly calm and pleasant. Good food, good walks, comfy beds ad a lot of love. He learned that having his ears cleaned was a fact of life, and that he didn't need to growl at "Mum" for doing it. He learned that Dad played chase with him round the garden table - which they both enjoyed! He became the most wonderful part of our family - teaching the many bitches who have been here (whether foster or our own) the house rules. He could calm things down between the bitches with just a glance their way. They all adored him, and in fact they became known as Byron's harem! Byron became a regular visitor to the kennels - helping many a nervous or unsure dog to have some fun with us.
Byron never had operations for his hip dysplacia.Our vet felt that keeping him slim and monitoring his exercise was the most sensible option.This year, at Higham Dog Show, we were immensely proud when Byron won the Best Veteran in Show cup.
When Byron was about 8, he did start to need some pain relief, but still enjoyed life, if at a slower pace. A few months ago he had a toe amputated, and we expected the worst. Byron still leapt the wall in our garden and gave the vet a hard time at dressing changes! Val, who initially got in touch with us about Byron, has become a good friend to us and supports our rescue and does home checks for us. Pete and I miss our boy every day. I think we always will. It was a privilege to have owned him, and to have been owned by him.
We have had a couple of lovely photos from Yvonne and John, who took our Maisy 3 years ago. Yvonne says Maisy is such a character, loving her sofa and generally ruling the roost!
SUNDAY IS TRAINING DAY!
About three months ago, Peter and I started working with one dog that we had rehomed who was having a few issues with introductions to other dogs. So, his owners came every Sunday, and we all tried to improve the dog's behaviour around other dogs. Within a couple of weeks, he was off lead with another dog, but during our conversations with various people, it became obvious that many owners were not finding it easy to find a training class that was friendly to rotts, or that they felt the training class was not giving them what they wanted for their dogs. So, bit by bit, the Sunday club has started - and on some weeks we have eight or nine dogs working in the field. These dogs all have different issues - for some it is other dogs, for some it is just socialisation, and for others it is basic obedience. However, as anyone who has read this website knows, my view is that there is no shortcut to a well behaved dog - TRAINING IS A MUST. Below are some photos of our motley Sunday crew. We all enjoy ourselves and are starting to see a difference in the dogs from week to week. Our Lorraine (who takes the obedience part of the classes) gives us all homework to do - and we are all practising our downs and "watch me" commands. It is never too late to improve your dog's obedience - or for us oldies to learn new tricks!
The dogs are all improving every week, and eventually the dogs will be doing off lead stays and recalls.
In the photos, from left to right, top to bottom are:
Mus and Jethro, Jackie and Molly, Sam and Archie. (photo 1)
Mike and Brett (photo 2)
Lyn and Duchess (photo 3)
Nikki and Ella (photo 4)
Big Ted (photo 5)
Sam and Archie (photo 6)
Lorraine with some of the class (photos 7 and 8)
Work the rest out for yourselves!
TESS - A VERY LUCKY GIRL
My name’s Siwan and I contacted you about 3 months ago from Cardiff, asking for advice on re-homing a Rottweiler. You asked me to get in touch to tell you the outcome, so here we go!
I started walking Dogs at Cardiff Dogs home about 6 months ago as my partner Gareth was insistent that we were not getting a dog. I thought one day we’d find a cute puppy and that would be it, but Gareth could never be persuaded! Until one day we walked in, and there was Taz (who we’ve re-named Tess), an older female Rottweiler who looked rather imposing in her cage. It was like a love story … Gareth and her looked at each other and that was it! When I spoke to you I had my reservations, she was 7 / 8 years old, no one knew anything of her history, she wasn’t great with other dogs in the Dogs home, we had no experience of owning a dog let alone such a large dog, and more problematically we had 2 cats who Tess was overly interested in when we tried to introduced them. Our cats Mali and Pwdin are 2 old ladies and I didn’t want them to live out their later years in fear, especially as Pwdin was already epileptic. But on the other hand I knew the chances of an 8 year old Rottie finding a home was slim.
Tess was found
wandering the streets in Cardiff, when the Dogs home picked her up she was
chipped to an address 50 miles away. The owners never contacted the home back
and never claimed her. The more we got to know her it’s become obvious that at
one time someone had spent a lot of time with her as she is very well trained
and obedient – so why they decided they no longer wanted her is a
The first 2 weeks at home with Tess were stressful as she had an infection from being spayed, an eye infection and was in a lot of pain. But through all her treatment she never showed any anger and has become firm friends with our vet Sophie who can’t believe what a placid dog she is. From the first day she came home with us she has been the perfect dog. At times you could see nervousness in her around raised voices or sudden movements, she looked scared and cowered which possibly gives us an insight into her past.
She formed a lovely friendship with Pwdin the cat, Mali is slightly more wary but they respect each others space. About a month ago Tess became very protective of Pwdin, who sadly passed away a few days later – they say animals have a sense that these things are going to happen though don’t they?
Tess is a huge Daddy’s girl, she goes to work every day with Gareth, they do absolutely everything together. They walk hours together every day, and each weekend he insists that we visit a new country walk because he doesn't want her to get bored!! They are both besotted, she loves sitting in the back of his jeep, and every night she sits right at his feet and occasionally if we bend the rules she sits snuggled up to him on the sofa. Gareth has worked wonders with her, she’s even good with other dogs now and the nervousness seems to have disappeared.
I can’t begin to tell you the difference she’s made to out lives, I can’t imagine not having her around now. I enclose some photos of the ‘happy couple.’ Thank you for your advice to give an old girl a chance.
Siwan & Gareth