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 THINK BEFORE YOU BUY A DOG


They say that dogs can’t count. Try this little experiment. Hold three biscuits in your hand and try only giving him two!

THE RESCUERS ANSWERPHONE..........I WISH!

Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has
suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home
right away.

Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your
150 pound, 8-year-old dog.

Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of
your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a
baby and dogs at the same time.

Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having
problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and
cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY
and pick up the dog you no longer want.

Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the
last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your
dog.

Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money
for your vacation.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not
active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for
their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up
before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way
to work.

Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know
you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is
in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to
take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is
not our responsibility.

Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog
to be euthanized because I won't take it.

Press 18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the
audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted
volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

Press 19 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, housebroken, kid
and cat friendly purebred dogs that we have an abundance of.

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight
aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your
neighbor's cats.

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take
personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this
time with a different answer.

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to
board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge,
of course.

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to
deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before
your kids wake up.

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby
bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had
ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and
it is against your religion.

Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel
bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because
it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility
that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house
but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.

Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling
because she is suddenly pregnant.

Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and
have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it
is cruel.

Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening
phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are
also working and you are angry because no one called you back.

Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because
today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you
need a different color or breed.

Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too
stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next
month anyway) instead of the dog.

Press 35 if you went through all these 'options' and didn't hear
enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being
shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog
while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his
family.

 

2008 – WHAT A YEAR!

 

JANUARY

January saw our rescue dogs safely installed in our new kennels, and a freezing cold wind blowing across the field where we exercise the dogs. The year started with a fairly busy time – we had homed 4 dogs by the 22nd of January! We also still had the lovely Lulu, with ongoing skin and ear problems, staying with us.

FEBRUARY

Still cold, but very happy to see the dogs blossom in their new environment. The large field we have access to means that we can give the dogs a much needed “burn off” and, in time, assess how they react to other dogs. If we thought that January was busy, we knew what busy was in February! We were asked to rehome 6 puppies – all 9 weeks old, as well as try to find homes for several older dogs in the kennels. That month, we managed to rehome 8 dogs – a couple of which had been with us for some time.

MARCH

The field got very wet and waterlogged, but the dogs had such great fun playing and splashing about. I got knocked over in the mud a few times, but the look on the faces of the dogs made it worthwhile. We rehomed 4 dogs.

APRIL

The weather took a sudden turn for the better, and we rehomed 6 dogs. We did however, have to take another 6 pups into care. At this point, we really must thank all our wonderful foster parents for their patience, kindness and co-operation this year – we have been absolutely inundated with pups, and could not have helped very many of them without the fabulous support of our helpers. We were also asked to take Robbie and Roy, two litter brothers who had spent all their lives in a yard, as guard dogs. We took them in with some trepidation, but were very quickly won over by their loving, calm and gentle ways – but how were we going to rehome them? Probably only to another outside “security” home – but we felt we should give it a try to see if we could rehome dogs that were not used to a pet life. We decided to have a large run built so that we could do some training with the dogs. It is about 100ft x 100ft and has proved to be invaluable for dog to dog introductions, and training sessions.

MAY

We made a decision to take a couple of extra dogs into care as we had received some extra donations – one from a bequest, and one from Rotts on Line. We took two “golden oldies” Max – an eight year old male whose owner was going to destroy him as she needed to concentrate on her business and Sasha, a dog abandoned in kennels, who was known to be about seven years old. We rehomed 8 dogs, including our special girl, Lulu, who had been with us for so long due to her allergy and ear problems. Lulu really landed on her feet, going to live with Michael and Diane, who took the lovely old Sophie from us last year. May also found us Sam, who comes and walks the dogs and does home checks for us. She offered to foster Max, and then fell in love with him and kept him!

JUNE

June saw both our golden oldies find loving homes, and also four other dogs. The weather had improved slightly, but with the phone ringing, lots of dogs in kennels and home checks and follow up visits to do, we didn’t get much time for anything else! We rehomed 6 dogs.

JULY

July landed us with yet another litter of puppies! Peter and I fostered some of them at home, and Peter spent most of the three weeks they were here replacing grass, and tidying up the mess that they were making of the garden! The clematis will never be the same after the chewing it received! Still, another 8 dogs were rehomed.

AUGUST

We only rehomed 4 dogs in August, but two of them were Robbie and Roy! I still feel that they should count as double!!

Our thanks to Ann and Danny, who decided that they would like to rescue a couple of dogs that really needed help. The boys have not let them down, and have settled in to a pet life like two little angels! (well, there were a few hiccups at first, but they soon got the hang of being loved) On the day they went, there was not a dry eye at the kennels – those two boys were so loved by us all.

SEPTEMBER

The really busy month for us – the sponsored walk, lots of dogs in kennels, and lots of organising to do. The walk went off very well, and was enjoyed by faces old and new. We also started selling polo shirts, and these created lots of interest and several orders. The walk raised £5,492. We also rehomed 4 dogs.

OCTOBER

Still fairly nice weather, and some help from new faces – Peter and Frances, who kindly offered to come and walk the dogs with us on a regular basis, and Judith and Edward, who offered to foster and home check for us. We homed 5 dogs.

NOVEMBER

November saw enquiries for dogs slowing down, but people needing dogs rehomed going up and up. We rehomed another 4 dogs.

DECEMBER

A quiet time for rehoming, with many people feeling that they will get Xmas over with before taking on a new dog. Caz Williamson, a trainer who took one of our dogs in 2007, is now coming to the kennels twice a week to do some intensive training with some of the dogs – and we can really see the difference!  We only have six spaces booked for the Xmas period and had 10 dogs in at one point! However, Lorraine, Judith and Peter and I all took one home to foster – so we didn’t cause too many problems for the kennels!

 

All in all, a busy and productive year – with lots of new help and support. Particular thanks must go to all those who give us practical support with fostering, home checking, picking up dogs, walking and training and also to all those who have chosen to give us a monthly donation – we now have one dog a month completely paid for by those donations.

However, the year has not been all good. We have had several dogs back for one reason or another – most notably Kai, who had bitten someone. We made a very difficult decision NOT to have him euthanaesed, and have been very pleased by the reaction of our supporters – who have been overwhelmingly in favour of giving him another chance.

We also have a couple of other dogs who are not easy to rehome – Polly and Tally. Polly really does not like other dogs, and is a bit nervous, and Tally who is very calm and steady, but does not like being over handled – until she knows you. We are working very hard with these dogs to re socialise them.

So, all in all, a busy and productive year – we rehomed 63 dogs. We must remember though, that 33 of these dogs were under a year old. Very worrying.

 

 

16.12.08

We have had quite a lot of controversy this week. It involves Lady, a bitch in our care. Please read her story on the In Our Care page. Mr Swinhoe, who runs another rescue, has had published an article in an on line magazine called dogmagazine.net, dated 12.12.08. The magazine did not contact us, but some of our supporters let us know that they believed the story to be about Lady,and felt we should have the right to reply. We have since been informed that the same story has appeared on a rescue forum, stating that it is our dog he is referring to. This is our response and the letter we have sent to the on line magazine. Please feel free to ring us or e mail us with your views - we really want to hear from you.

 

E MAIL TO DOG MAGAZINE.NET

Dear Sir,

We are very upset to have read an article published in your magazine dated 12.12.08 from Mr Jon Swinhoe of Zep The Dep Rottweilers.

We were made aware of this article by some of our supporters, who believed that Mr Swinhoe was referring to a bitch in our care.

We now have confirmation of this as he has published our name on another website, along with the same story.

The problem is, it is untrue.

We are very surprised that you would publish such an article without checking the facts or asking for the name of the rescue from Mr Swinhoe, so that you could at least give us the right to respond to his version of events.

In fact, if you read our response, it will become clear to you that in fact Mr Swinhoe is very well aware that the bitch in question was not pregnant at all.

We are a very honest rescue – which is why the full story of Lady appeared on our website on Friday 12.12.08. We are aware that some people may find the subject of aborting litters unpleasant – as do we, and believe that ideally there should be no need for any rescue to have to make any decision of this kind. However, we found ourselves in a situation where there were no winners. We did not have to make that decision as Lady was not in whelp, but we would have made a decision based on our vets advice.

Unless I am mistaken, Mr Swinhoe is not a vet so is not qualified to comment as to whether a bitch should/should not be spayed, or how far advanced into pregnancy she is, without ever having even seen her!

We are attaching our response to Mr Swinhoe’s letter, which we would ask you to publish, with a printed apology from yourselves.

 

In response to the article dated 12.12.08 in K9 magazine we are the rescue he is referring to.

We were asked to take this bitch into our care by several people who had seen her being advertised as “in whelp”, on a website, for £90.

We agreed to take her simply as she was very local to us – in fact she was only about three miles away from where we live.

However, the advertiser had already sold her to a gentleman who subsequently phoned us the next day.

Mr Swinhoe also telephoned us to discuss the bitch with us, and as soon as we had been contacted by the new “owner” we let Mr Swinhoe know. Mr Swinhoe told us that he had been told the bitch was crossed with a Shar Pei and asked what we would do if that was the case. We said we would still help the dog.  We also advised the new owner that we would be asking our vet if he would be happy to spay and abort any pups if he felt that there would not be an undue risk to the bitch.

The owners main concern was that the bitch would not be destroyed and would go to a good home, and we assured him that we would not destroy her and would find her a good home.

We picked Lady up, and took her to our vet. He could not feel any obvious pups, and felt that it would be safe to spay her and abort the pups. In fact, Lady was not in whelp – she was

having a phantom pregnancy – but we did not know that until she had been operated on.

Mr Swinhoe contacted us about another dog on the same day, and we let him know that Lady had been spayed, and had not been having pups. This was on the 11.12.08. He wrote this article on 12.12.08  and already knew that in fact the bitch was not in whelp at all, so why Mr Swinhoe has chosen to dramatise this is beyond us.  None of us spoke to the original owner so had no definite knowledge of how far into any potential pregnancy she might be. He did not make any adverse comments to us about the situation.

However, we do realise that to talk about aborting pups is a very emotive subject. There were several reasons for our decision, and they are as follows

Raising a litter of pups is very hard work, and very time consuming. Lady could potentially have had a large litter, all of which needed to find good, loving homes. Although many people see pups as “easy” to rehome – if you do the job properly it is not easy. All these dogs would have needed to have an experienced, home checked home, with people who had plenty of time and patience. They would have required lots of care in the first few weeks of life – and a dedicated foster carer for both Mum and puppies.

 

Our other reason was that for every pup in care, our adult dogs spend longer in kennels. These dogs too deserve a chance of a happy loving home.

These pups were not born yet – our adult dogs are.

We were happy to take our vets advice on whether Lady was in whelp, in the first stages of pregnancy, or too far advanced to abort.

 

With regard to Mr Swinhoe’s statement about one of our representatives making an unsolicited phone call to his wife – the representative was Lorraine Day. Anyone who has ever met Lorraine will tell you she is the softest person you could ever wish to meet, and she would never suggest that letting nature take it’s course and allowing pups to die without trying to save them was the right thing to do. She would fight tooth and nail to help any dog to stay alive and be happy and healthy.

“that is all we need – more pups in care” but it has been taken totally out of context.

We are very sorry that one dog has caused so much controversy and bad feeling, when there are so many dogs out there needing all the help they can get.

We have to say however, that we stand by our decision, and if Lady had been in whelp, she would have been aborted, if in the early stages, and if our vet considered it to be a safe option.

We are also aware that it is not ideal to spay a bitch when she is having a phantom pregnancy, but we are not perfect, and did the best we could on the day.

With regards to our taking into care parts of litters and rehoming them – we have. We have been offered 8 litters or part litters this year, and have taken 4 of them. We took these pups as in those 4 cases, the pups were almost certain to go to any home the breeder could find – whether suitable or not, and in one case because the lady concerned was elderly and in very ill health. We would also point out that Mr Swinhoe also takes and rehomes pups.

With regards to our advertising in Free Ads – we do advertise occasionally in Free Ads and have had some very good homes come

forward. We have also had some unsuitable homes, whom we have hopefully talked out of buying a rottweiler at all.

Part of the title of Mr Swinhoes’s article is “IN CIRCULATION” and that is so true. Many of these dogs are IN CIRCULATION – with no stable home and not much chance of finding one.

We are sorry that Mr Swinhoe has chosen to use this route to air the views to which he is entitled, rather than discussing it with us and giving us a chance to answer him directly.

If anyone would like to comment, either positively or negatively, please feel free to ring us and do so – we don’t bite – we just try to do the best for the dogs in our care.

We have no wish to become embroiled in childish arguments and intend to simply get on with finding good, loving homes for the dogs in our care.

 

        

           ARMCHAIR RESCUE 

 

For some time we have been suffering from the well intentioned but stupid behaviour of people that we refer to as the "armchair rescues". These armchair rescues take different forms.

The first is an individual, who thinks they can help a dog by taking it from someone they know locally, because the family circumstances have changed. They take it home, and then find that the dog does not get on with their existing dog/dogs/cats/kids and so expect us to take the dog into rescue. Although these people undoubtedly care for dogs, they are not using their brains. Anyone considering taking on a dog from an individual should not do so with any thought of passing it on to a rescue that is already overburdened with dogs waiting to come into care - which are often in far more need of our help than the ones we often have to take from these well meaning but stupid "armchair rescuers". Before taking a dog into your home check that it gets on with your child/dog/cat and that you have permission to have a pet, and check all the other practicalities surrounding owning a dog - because once you take it, IT IS YOURS.

The second type of armchair rescue is the person who sits at their PC and emails everyone they can think of nationwide, about dogs in dog pounds. These people will often send very emotive emails saying that the dog will be destroyed unless we help and how wonderful the dog is with other dogs, children etc..When you speak to the person who has sent the email, you will usually find that they have not actually seen the dog themselves, but that someone at the kennels has told them about the dog, or they have been trawling the internet and have found a site for one of the dog pounds and have taken it upon themselves to try and help dogs that they have not been asked to help with.

Whilst I feel that rescues need all the help they can get, I do feel that unless you can go out and meet a dog, see for your self whether it appears to have any vices, or you can give some practical support -  i.e. walking,  home checking etc then you should stop thinking that you are helping rescues. All you are doing is making our work harder. We try very hard for the dogs we have in our care, and those on our waiting list - many of the dogs on our waiting list do not get into care because armchair rescues are pushing dogs into rescue centres when there are other dogs out there that need help more. If you want to help a particular dog, then find it a home yourself, or be responsible for putting it into kennels and paying the bill, walking it, advertising it, home checking any homes that come in, veterinary treatment it might need - and only then will you really be a rescue.

 

 

 

 

      

        A PILE OF DEAD DOGS

 

Several years ago, the RSPCA caused much controversy by photographing a huge pile of decaying, unwanted dogs that had been euthanaesed.

The outcry that followed this advertisement caused them to lose much private sponsorship and goodwill – and I don’t feel they have ever fully recovered from the adverse publicity.

However, unpalateable as it is, the RSPCA got it RIGHT. We may not want to face the uncomfortable truth, but we are not a nation of animal lovers. We are a nation of armchair animal lovers.

Most people love to see the cute litters of puppies and give no thought to how many will spend a good part of their life in a rescue – or worse, will lose their lives because the owner did not give enough thought to the responsibility of owing a dog, and the breeder saw his or her bitch as a money making commodity.

Many of our dog loving/showing community have never been out and seen a rescue centre, or the lovely dogs in it. They give no thought to whether these dogs will ever find homes, or where they came from. They have time only to publicise their own breeding, go to their beauty shows, and pay lip service to rescues across the country, all of which are under intense pressure for both money and PRACTICAL HELP. Rescue dogs are seen as the “second class citizens” of the dog world.

For many breeds, overbreeding is rife. Every breeder will tell you that the problems are not of their making – it is other breeders who don’t take their dogs back, who are not careful about where their dogs go. Many will tell you they make their new pup owners sign a contract to bring the dog back to them if they cannot keep it. In practice this is a contract rarely adhered to, either by the breeder or the owner. Owners often feel that they have let the dog down, and do not want to let the breeder know that they could not cope with the demands of a young dog, or that they have failed to do the necessary training and socialising. If the owner does contact the breeder, most will find an excuse not to take the dog back.

Look around any rescue centre in the country and you will see vast numbers of dogs, the majority PEDIGREE dogs, who, through no fault of their own, have been dumped in a rescue centre for someone else to deal with.

The majority of these dogs have had very little training, not been neutered, and in many cases have very well known bloodlines in their pedigrees.

So, from my point of view, it is not enough to say “I take my pups back”. Breeders should be looking two or three generations back in the pedigrees of the dogs in rescue – they are almost certain to find dogs there that were bred by them. They are partly responsible for the thousands of dogs with little or no chance of finding a loving home.

Almost every rescue in the country is overwhelmed by the amount of dogs needing help. Most rescues are now operating a waiting list scheme. More people are abandoning their dogs as they are not in a position to wait for a place in a rescue.

 In practice the Police no longer take stray dogs, and have no responsibility to help any member of the public who finds one. Dog Wardens (who are now responsible for strays in their areas) are only available Monday to Friday, during office hours. So, if you find a dog at the weekend or in the evening – the dog is left with no place of safety and is at the mercy of the kindness of the finder – who may not be in a position to take the dog in and care for it, even for a few hours – and if they do, they may find it hard to get a rescue or local authority to take the dog in.

If breeders continue to breed we will end up not with a pile of dead dogs – we will have a mountain of dead dogs.

THE RSPCA WERE RIGHT.

 

 

 

OUR DILEMMA

 

 

This year, we have been overwhelmed by the amount of puppies needing our help. As regular readers will know, we have had whole or part litters to find homes for.

On looking through our records, we have taken 25 puppies this year and have found most of them good homes. 

Obviously, these pups were too young to be neutered before being rehomed. The owners were asked to sign an agreement to have these pups neutered as soon as they were old enough. (Actually, the contract states within three months of being in the new home) Many of these pups are now over 9 months old, which is more than old enough to be neutered.

Recently I have been checking to see whether these pups have indeed been neutered. I am shocked to discover that only about 33% have been neutered, as agreed in the contract.

The people whose dogs have not been neutered are, in the main, citing the reluctance of their vet to neuter a bitch before it has had a first season. The owners of the male dogs have generally said they "have been meaning to phone the vet".

Most of these pups came into rescue as the result of breeders breeding a litter and then being unable to sell the pups, or as a result of accidental matings.

Our concern is that the people we have homed these pups to are totally disregarding not only the contract they have with the Trust, but also ignoring the health risks associated with un-neutered animals, and the fact that accidental matings can happen to anyone - no matter how careful they are.

I am very concerned that these people took a pup from rescue but feel that they can either neuter or not as they please.

So, given the immense amount of time and trouble we take to ensure that these dogs are going into suitable homes, we are still not getting the message through. We are now considering refusing to take pups that need our help, as we feel that people are treating us as a cheap way to get a pup. Our other option is to give the owners of these pups three months to get them done, or take them back into rescue, as the contract says we can.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

 

        PHONE CALL OF THE MONTH

I was called last night (04.11.08) by a lday who wanted to rehome her dog. This is how the conversation went..........

CALLER  I have a male rottweiler that I cannot keep any more.

ME          What's the problem?

CALLER  I have a small child and he is not a suitable breed to be near children -  as I am

              sure you'll agree. I'm not a dog lover and rottweilers are all vicious.

ME         Where did you get the dog from?

CALLER  It's not my dog, it's my partners dog. He has had it for some years. It lives                   outside and I don't want it near my child.

ME         Well, firstly, 2 children were killed by rottweilers last year. Over 50 children

             were killed by their own parents last year.  I have owned rottweilers for 26                       years and have always brought my dogs up with the children, and have never 

             had a problem. Secondly, as the dog has always lived outside we would struggle

             to find him a home. As your partner bought the dog, really it is his responsibility

             to do the best for the dog.

CALLER  I don't need a lecture from you. Just because my husband bought the dog                        does not mean that he has to keep it. THAT THIS IS WHAT

             RESCUES ARE FOR!

ME         Let us hope he doesn't get fed up with your child - that is what Social Services 

             are for!

CALLER BANGED THE PHONE DOWN.

 

THINK BEFORE YOU BUY A DOG

 

LORRAINE'S REVIEW - 2007 AND 2008


 

I had helped with another small rescue for about eight years or so, which was no longer in existence, when along came Charlie.  Somebody local that had known I was involved with rescue had contacted me over the Easter of 2007.  Charlie’s story is told in our “happily rehomed” pages. I had spoken to Peter a few times over the years and now I had occasion to do so again, this time begging. I had this lovely lovely boy in need of help. Charlie touched me deeply and I wanted to be back doing what I could for these dogs, especially as I now had more time. I asked if I could do more to help The answer was “yes” and so here I am.

 

I have so many lovely memories of the last 20 months including homechecks for dogs I had walked at the kennels. I really enjoy going to visit people to talk about dogs, and enjoy it even more when we can successfully place a dog.  It gives a real feeling of satisfaction to see people with a dog they can love - and a dog find itself in a lovely new home.

 

I have obviously been a bit closer to some, as I have had twelve dogs come through my home this year including pups & adults. I have been to homes or kennels to assess the dogs before they come in. These have included Denzil, Tatum & Rueben and also, Lexi, Sasha and the gorgeous Obi.who I have taken to the kennels also, each with their own stories. The bit I don’t like is when I go to see these dogs or transport them, and I know I am about to turn their lives upside down.  That does not feel good. .

 

I have collected dogs like Dudley. A phone call from Shelley with a “What are you doing tomorrow” and I was off to Oxford to pick up this poor little boy who had quite literally fallen off the back of a lorry, been dumped at the vets with a “if anything’s broken then put him to sleep”.  I drove all the way from Oxford to the kennels with this dear little boy’s head resting on the back of the car seat.  I had never seen such a sad 5 month old puppy in my life.  I also found myself on a long journey down to Wiltshire to collect Karl & Balloo – two lovely boys that I got close to over the weeks, and although I wasn’t involved in anything other than walking Robbie & Roy, boy did I get fond of this pair. Loved them to bits. Then there was Paddy. Another phone call and I was on my way to Brighton to pick up Saddi – left tied to a vet nurse’s garden gate with a note asking to find him a good home.  We did.  Gorgeous 5 month old laid back boy who lived with me plus my three and also then Saffi puppy until I took him off down to Wiltshire to live.

 

My review couldn’t be complete without a mention of the puppies, starting with little Bill. What a gorgeous little man with a superb temperament. Then came Saffi, Tommy, Timmy, Dora, and for a very short period Raleigh & Drake – such a hard life having all these pups around !!! – although it shouldn’t be necessary.

 

So to all those dogs that I have walked, transported, assessed or fostered, I hope you had an amazing Christmas & to their people – thanks for giving them a lovely home, and all the very very best to each for 2009. 

 

 

                      BLOOD DONOR 

 We are extremely proud to tell you that our Brucie Baby, owned by Ron, has given blood to try and save the life of a dog who had eaten rat poison. We are all so very proud of this lovely, gentle and good natured dog. Thanks Brucie.

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks for all the support we have 

   had this year - from the "old faithfuls"

and   the "new faces" who have all put

themselves out for the dogs in our care.

 

WE COULD NOT CONTINUE

 

WITHOUT YOU ALL .

As you know, our kenneling costs are high, and 

the extra push you have all given for the dogs

has enabled us to help several more dogs. You

may have noticed, we have seven dogs in

kennels- the extra two being paid for by your

very generous monthly donations, and the

sponsored walk. This is only possible short term

- but in the current financial crisis we are

amazed by your generosity. Thank you again.

 

   Shelley, Peter and Lorraine.

 

 

 

 

One of our area reps, Graham Blake, sent us this photo of his two rescued babies, Kerry and Buddy.