News 2012 - October - December
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THE YEAR OF HARD TIMES
We started the year with high hopes – having found so many good homes for our dogs last year (48). I am sad to report that this year we have homed 23% less dogs (37).I feel that this is mainly because people do not want dogs that are less than perfect and that they may need to work with to iron out teething problems.We are rescue - we cannot simply take the young or healthy dogs that everyone wants - we have to take the dogs that need our help.
Our finances are fairly stable, thanks to the hard work of Rachel and her family (who run the Higham Dog show for RRT), Lorraine, who organises the making and selling of the calendars, the auction site which was set up specifically to help all the rott rescues, and some very generous donations from regular supporters.
So, let’s get started on the year!
Our year got off to a lovely start, as on the first of January Sarah and Duncan took Samson. At 9, Samson had had a life of cruelty and neglect. This had not affected his temperament one bit – he was a lovely old boy who gave them, and their other rott Budd, lots of love. Sadly, due to ongoing neurological problems Samson passed away in October, but he features on our calendar on both the front and the back covers – as Samson is what real rescue is all about. Our thanks to Sarah and Duncan for loving an old dog and giving him the best of everything.
Also in January Ernie, Phoebe, Barbie and Albie were rehomed.
February saw us rehome the lovely Rita, a 6 year old bitch who had been living outside for some time, and dear little Sausage.
By March we were starting to realise that homes were harder to find, but Nobby and Cookie both landed on their paws and went to new homes.
April we rehomed only one dog – Tizer. A lovely young dog, Tizer is living with several other rotts, greyhounds and a little dog too! He is keeping Ted and Margaret on their toes!
In May Pumpkin went to her new home and settled beautifully, as did Connie, Frank and Kenny, Pluto, Soldier and Daisy. We took in a 9 year old bitch, Ebony who weighed only 19 kilos as her owner had been starving her. It made a change to be able to feed a dog up rather than diet the succession of “tubbies” we usually get in!
It was also in May that we were asked to take two dogs – a male rott and a so called Italian rottweiler (!) which was actually a Cane Corso who had lived outside all their lives. They had been bought for a boy of 14. The people brought the dogs over and we let our hearts rule our heads. These poor dogs knew nothing and no one. Mick the Cane Corso was emaciated and very nervous. Derek the rottweiler was aloof and knew no commands. Neither were vaccinated or neutered. We knew we were in for a long struggle with these two dogs, but decided we could not live with ourselves if we allowed them to go back into such a terrible situation.
In June we rehomed 3 dogs – Tizer 2, Lily and Byron. A rather timid boy who had been made to live outside for two years, Byron went to live with Jon and Heather and RRT bitch Sausage. The Higham Show was a huge success and we all had a super day raising money for the dogs. Everyone who attended really enjoyed themselves, as did the dogs. The weather held for us (just about!) and there was a lot of laughter all day long.
Just a few days after the show our poor Gypsy Rose was put to sleep as she had a tumour and had lost the use of her legs. Judith
adored Gypsy and was devastated. Gypsy Rose had come into rescue aged 9 years because her "Mum" Claire had died tragically young at the age of 51 of cancer. Thanks to the efforts of her twin sister who lives in America, Claire and Gypsy Rose are now reunited in the gardens of remembrance in Aberdeen.
Lorraine also had a terrible time when she discovered a huge tumour on Dennis. After a lot of surgery and a long period of recuperation Dennis is now well on the road to recovery.
In July Yolanda and Paul, long time RRT supporters decided to keep Ebony, whom they had been fostering for some time. She is now a firm part of the family, along with Archie and Phoebe. We also rehomed Alfie, Sadie and Bubba.
August saw Squiggles and Archie go to new loving homes. Sadly, we had to make the sad decision to euthanize Mick the Cane Corso.
September – Bonnie, Sid, Penny and Derek all found good homes, as did Clyde, the dear little Jack Russell (now Henry) who had come into rescue with Bonnie.
In October we did not home a single dog. Pete and I both got very depressed as seeing these dogs in a kennel day after day, knowing that all they need is love and someone sensible to work with them, but not being able to find anyone is the hardest part of the job we do. Our Sponsored walk was held in Greenwich Park and was well attended.
In November Lottie, Wallace, Kate and Ella all found new homes. Suddenly we were a bit more cheerful!
However, Xmas loomed! I made a couple of mad dashes to the shops, wrote 200 Xmas cards and managed to spend some time training our own dogs – in between taking Cassie back and forth to the vets for eye and ear surgery and blood tests.
In December we found our Aero his forever home. Aero had spent over a year in kennels – not all this time with us, but in another All Breeds Rescue, who despite their very best efforts, could not find him a home. He has settled very well. Merry Xmas Aero!
On reading this back, I know I have left so many important parts of the year out……..
Several people phoned to tell us that they had lost their much loved RRT dog…..I am so sad for them, but cannot understand why so few came back for another dog when there are so many out there needing help and a family.
Our Sunday training class, where we have anywhere from 10 – 18 dogs each week. Boy are the dogs improving! Big thanks to Lorraine and Mus for taking the classes.
Thank you to all our walkers/volunteers for putting in that bit “extra”. The walkers are Nicki, Mike, Yolanda, Jackie, Erin, Sarah, Lyn, Mus (who also trains the dogs too!) and Tina.
Our thanks to Peter Reynolds for all the stunning photos…the calendar would not happen without the photos!
Our thanks to all the people who have contributed in so many ways to RRT this year, not least our other long suffering Trustee, Judith, who always works very hard with us to ensure that things get done!
Last but not least, my thanks to Pete for all his hard
work, and for putting up with me and my cooking!
Bella, one of Judith's dogshas been having chemotherapy. All the staff at the surgery love her, as she is an excellent ambassador for our breed. Here she is playing receptionist at the vets!
Some of you may remember that we rescued a dear little Jack Russell along with a rottweiler, back in the summer. Clyde, now Henry, has settled in very well with Irene, and likes nothing better than his two furry friends to snuggle up to!
On Sunday 2nd December, Phoebe (rehomed January 2012) came to the kennels with her Mum and Dad for a visit....hasn't she grown? Such a lovely girl.
This poem really makes you think!
I adopted your dog today the one you left at the pound
The one you had for ten years and no longer wanted around
I adopted your dog today. Did you know he’s lost weight?
Did you know he’s scared and depressed and seems to have lost all faith
I adopted your dog today, he had fleas and shivered with cold
Guess you don’t care what shape he’s in, you abandoned him, I am told
I adopted your dog today. Were you having a baby or moving away?
Did you suddenly develop allergies? Or was there NO reason why he could not stay?
I adopted your dog today, he doesn’t play or even eat much
I guess he’s very sad inside. It will take him some time to trust
I adopted your dog today and here he is going to stay
He’s found his forever home and a warm bed in which to lay
I adopted your dog today and will give him all that he will need
Patience love and security, so that he can forget your selfish deed
Why would any sane person choose a puppy rather than an adult dog ?
Without wishing to sound unkind is there anything endearing about owning a puppy, other than they look cute?
As a dog trainer I have recently done an awful lot of training sessions with families that have bought puppies and I have to say when I arrive at their homes I think “seriously shell shocked” at the reality of owning a puppy best describes the family atmospheres that I have been met with. These include families that have waited years to get a puppy, families with young children who “hate” the puppy, couples arguing over the stress and chaos a puppy has caused and disappointed teenagers who wanted a puppy to walk, then cuddle up and watch football on the television with.
The reality of having a puppy is far from the rose coloured idealistic dream the owners had hoped for.
Puppies mouth with razor sharp teeth and it hurts! Turn your back and they chew your prize possessions and they are happy to wee and poo all over your carpets and furniture.
You can’t leave them home alone for more than 2 hours – so shop quickly or don’t expect them to grasp the concept of house training anytime soon.
They can only have limited exercise on their growing joints – so forget watching the television in peace, instead spend the time working out how to mentally stimulate your very lively puppy.
But don’t worry all of these issues can be solved with bucket loads of patience, bucket loads of time and bucket loads of training!
Why put yourself and your family through all of this when you could go to a rescue centre and with the help of the dedicated caring staff get an adult dog that best suits your family lifestyle.
Ok you may have some initial training hiccups, but rescue staff are there to help and apart from the feel good factor of giving a rescue dog a new happy life, you will also have a dog that once walked will be happy to cuddle up with you in front of the television or will be happy to fall asleep in a comfy bed while you shop to your hearts content, then return to a poo and wee free house that’s still in one piece!
Adult dogs are far less demanding than puppies and in most cases far more family suitable than hyper active, destructive, mouthing and demanding puppies!
Do you really want a puppy??
Best phrase from a client I did puppy training with this week – “I can’t understand it I paid £800 for my puppy and its 14 weeks old now and still weeing and pooing indoors!”
Even I was lost for words!
Speaking to a friend today, he told me this story : Another breed rescue (not a rottie one) closed its doors to new dogs about three months ago, as they have 12 spaces, all filled with dogs that desperately needed rescuing, but are either young or middle aged adults. Some have veterinary problems, which the rescue has sorted out to the best of their ability. They are struggling to find homes. Just as a point of interest, the rescue put a young, healthy, "perfect looking" PUP on their website. They did NOT say it needed rehoming. The next day, the guy had 90 plus emails regarding the dog, and the phone rang constantly about the dog. No one was interested in any of the REAL rescue dogs in their care. The same thing has happened in the last few days to us. We have put a young, healthy pup (7 months) on the site and that is all that people are interested in. THAT IS NOT REAL RESCUE. THAT IS A CHEAP PUPPY.
We are still waiting for sponsorship money to come in and would be grateful if you could send it as soon as possible.
A huge thank you to all those who have sent in their sponsorship money......we are a bit down on last year but are hopeful that when the rest of the sponsorship come in, we will not be too far short of last year's total.