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Pete's page is for Pete to rant to someone other than me! Sometimes we both feel as though we are drowning in a sea of unwanted, un-neutered and unloved dogs. Gone are the days when all the calls were genuine rehomes i.e. owner seriously ill, owner died etc. Now we take many calls from people who just can't be bothered with the dog any more....oops! sorry, this is Pete's ranting page, not mine!

Pete will also put on some lighthearted bits about our experiences of running a rescue.. but first, I will have to nail him down to give me some notes to work from, as Pete doesn't do the computer stuff (hang on - have I just got myself another job?)


JULY 2014

Although this is Pete's Page....Kim Wyatt-Brooks felt like joining in! So here is her rant!



I'm feeling really upset and angry about all the dogs that are brought into rescue (and sometimes even returned to rescue) for ridiculous reasons. Is it really so difficult to understand that if your dog does something wrong IT IS YOUR FAULT!?

I have 2 "challenging" dogs. When Ro lunges or growls, or Gaia snaps, it is because I (NOT THE DOG) screwed up. Either I failed to teach them how I want them to behave AND to sufficiently reinforce this behaviour, or I put them in a situation they are not (yet) able to handle.

I mess up often. REALLY often. (I'm obviously a slow learner). And when I do, Gareth and I talk about what WE did wrong and how WE can prevent the same thing from happening in the future. Just because I put the dogs in a situation they were insufficiently prepared for, does NOT mean that they are dangerous and untrustworthy. It means I need to manage them better in the future. If I returned a dog every time I MESSED UP, we would have a very very empty home.

Instead of handing a dog over to a rescue, how about training, managing and supporting them to be "good" and trustworthy in the future?

ADDENDUM: The problem doesn't just exist "out there" amongst "clueless owners" and people who know nothing about dogs. This also happens with sensible owners like us. Wonderful, devoted, experienced dog people who pass stringent tests and adopt a rescue dog but later return it because it jumped up and barked at granny or because mum or dad let the toddler lie on the new rescue dog and he or she snapped. And now, the owners "can't trust" the dog anymore. It seems even the most sensible and experienced owners resort to returning a dog, rather than fixing the problem. And, as always, the dog is the one that suffers.


JUNE 2014


You can all walk down the road with a puppy rott and everyone you meet
wants to say "hello" to it. When your puppy is 9 months old it is still a big
puppy but not so many people want to say "hello" to it. When it is two or
three years old even less people want to say "hello" to it.
Why do we get puppies coming into rescue? God only knows. Why don't
people think •..•while we are looking after puppies we are not rehoming older
dogs. People think that older dogs can't be good dogs. But they can with a
little effort on the part of the new owners. It isn't just rescuing a dog and
feeling sorry for it. It is about long term commitment.
As a rescue there are some things we cannot ask prospective owners •..•e.g
how is your marriage? How secure is your job? Will you become ill in the next
few years/months? At this rescue we take our dogs back lor life. I can't speak
for other rescues but the ones we know do try ·very hard to make sure the
dog and the home work well together.
In my years in rescue I have learnt one thing: There are only perfect
people •• perfect animals!
I feel that the website and facebook are good for comments and rehoming
but this rescue is here for the dogs. We have three young dogs and one

middle aged dog ln rescue at the moment. All are safe. All three youngsters·have either potential homes or foster homes. Our middle aged bitch is in
foster but we have not had a single call about her ••••even though she is
extremely good with people and other dogs.
Where are the people who just want to help a dog? Am I working for the DOGS OR THE PEOPLE?

JULY 2014

Although this is Pete's Page....Kim Wyatt-Brooks felt like having a rant here it is!



I'm feeling really upset and angry about all the dogs that are brought into rescue (and sometimes even returned to rescue) for ridiculous reasons. Is it really so difficult to understand that if your dog does something wrong IT IS YOUR FAULT!?

I have 2 "challenging" dogs. When Ro lunges or growls, or Gaia snaps, it is because I (NOT THE DOG) screwed up. Either I failed to teach them how I want them to behave AND to sufficiently reinforce this behaviour, or I put them in a situation they are not (yet) able to handle.

I mess up often. REALLY often. (I'm obviously a slow learner). And when I do, Gareth and I talk about what WE did wrong and how WE can prevent the same thing from happening in the future. Just because I put the dogs in a situation they were insufficiently prepared for, does NOT mean that they are dangerous and untrustworthy. It means I need to manage them better in the future. If I returned a dog every time I MESSED UP, we would have a very very empty home.

Instead of handing a dog over to a rescue, how about training, managing and supporting them to be "good" and trustworthy in the future?

ADDENDUM: The problem doesn't just exist "out there" amongst "clueless owners" and people who know nothing about dogs. This also happens with sensible owners like us. Wonderful, devoted, experienced dog people who pass stringent tests and adopt a rescue dog but later return it because it jumped up and barked at granny or because mum or dad let the toddler lie on the new rescue dog and he or she snapped. And now, the owners "can't trust" the dog anymore. It seems even the most sensible and experienced owners resort to returning a dog, rather than fixing the problem. And, as always, the dog is the one that suffers.




Shelley posted about Leo on our Facebook page (rottweiler rescue trust) and got a comment from someone who has been looking for a rescue dog, but after filling in three online application forms and getting no response, bought a puppy. Shelley pointed out that we do not use application forms, so it must have been other rescues she had contacted. We ask anyone interested in a rescue dog to phone us. We have no problem with other rescues who do use online application forms. However, for us, we cannot "suss" someone out by a form. We expect anyone interested in a rescue dog to speak to us, tell us what they want, and we can then see if we have anything that matches their lifestyle etc. We expect them to have a homecheck, come down to the field with their partner, kids and any other dog they have and slosh about in mud! THEN we can see if they are suitable for one of our dogs!

08.02.14. only one call today! Woo hoo! Man with a 10 month old male that he no longer "has room" for. I asked how long he had had it. He said he had had it since it was a pup. I suggested he contact the breeder....his response? "Oh, I am the breeder"!

09.02.14. Had a lady on the phone. She asked for some advice.....should she rehome her dog or destroy it. the reason? the rottie (a two year old unspayed bitch)who has just finished a season, has attakced her border collie bitch (also unspayed) of 6 years. it was a serious attack and unfortunately the collie had to be destroyed. the lady also has a puppy bitch of 6 months old from the collie, and a yorkshire terrier. The dogs are not socialised with any dogs other than the dogs they live with, and have never attended training classes. i was very polite but suggested that ideally she should spay the rottie bitch (and in fact neuter any of her other dogs not already done), go to training classes and keep the rottie. She put the phone down on me.


Thought I would put on today's calls so far....and it is only 1PM!

First call was at 8.15 this morning. A lady with a two year old bitch that is having its second phantom pregnancy in a year. But she doesn't want to get it spayed...she just wants to know how to stop it having phantoms!  Ten minutes later...a man with a 6 year old male. His mother has alzheimers and he is buying a small property with a granny annexe...his Mother has a greyhound so he wants to rehome his rott.

Got back from the kennels to a help and advice message...the dog in question is 10 years old and has a bone tumour (aggressive) in the shoulder. Would we advise amputation as that is what their vet has advised.

Next call was from a lady whose grandson has a dog. He needs temporary accommodation for it until May. I explained that kenneling the dog is her grandson's responsibility...

.Next call was a stray kennels who have a rott in. I had to tell them we have a long waiting list.Next came a social worker who has visited a house where there are several children and an aggressive rott. The family have admitted that this 5 year old uncastrated male only tolerates the man of the house. It lives mainly outside. I had to tell her we would not take the dog or go out to the house to assess call was from a young man who is moving into a flat and he has a 4 year old male.

I put the dog on our waiting list but told him at present we are looking at 4 - 5 months before we could help. next came a man with multiple sclerosis, who needs to move into disabled housing but cannot take the 6 year old dog with him. Once again, I had to say we could only put the dog on the waiting list. Last call (so far) was from a man with a 9 year old rott male. He has sold his house and he and his wife have moved in with his in laws. He cannot take the dog with him........and so it goes on. I think you can all have a week of the stories we put up with! As from tomorrow!





Just over a week ago we were asked to take a dog due to a marriage break up. The dog is Holly. When Shelley spoke to the lady owner she asked if the dog was neutered and vaccinated. The owner said the dog was vaccinated, but not spayed. The owner said she would contribute to the cost of the spay, and send the vaccination card with the dog when her ex partner bought it to the kennels. The partner arrived and there was no vaccination card and no donation. Holly is a lovely girl, and we do not ask for donations to take a dog into care, as we are well aware that some people can’t afford to donate due to their circumstances. However, a donation does help to keep rescue’s head above water when we are very full. A couple of days later Shelley phoned the owner and left her a message, not asking for a donation, simply asking her to send the vaccination card so that we could save a bit of money as Holly will need a full course as we have no history of vaccination without the card. The lady has not replied. Well done for conning a rescue. Holly is very much loved by all of us, and has been spayed and had her first vaccine now…..but how can these people live with themselves? If you can deliberately con a rescue….what else will they do?

 We had Holly spayed yesterday. She had an ovarian cyst and was bleeding

 very badly after her spay. We were very worried about her all last night. We had an offer of a foster home for her first thing this morning from Freda, one of our supporters. When we went to the kennels this morning Holly was absolutely fine. There were no blood spots in her kennel. The kennel staff had put plenty of beds and paper down, and her heat lamp was on to make sure she was warm. They had even put towels against the door to her run to make sure there were no drafts. There was only one problem….Holly wanted to go out for a walk with us! She is now complaining to the Rottweiler Union!!!

We do not need any donations as our regular supporters have covered all costs. Thank you to all our supporters.





Shelley has just taken a phone call from a man whose nephew has an eight year old uncastrated male rott. The nephew's wife has just had a baby. the dog is growling when in the room with the baby and peeing up everything that has the scent of the baby on it. The dog has a history of biting..both strangers and people it knows. The gentleman who phoned could not understand why we cannot take the dog (even though Shelley tried to explain).



I have just listened to one of the worst phone messages I have ever heard. The lady has left a message saying she has a 9 year old bitch, good with other dogs but is dramatically "downsizing". if we take her bitch it will come with a full bag of dog food. The dog comes highly recommended by her vet! (I bet she is an estate agent) I have returned the call and left a message explaining that there are not many homes for 9 year olds and the kindest thing to do would be for her to keep the dog. Shelley refused to ring on the grounds of the exceedingly bad language that would have ensued.



Pete would like to say thank you to all our supporters for their help this year, and for their donations for Rolo. Well done everyone!




I have had two calls today from people who have made stupid mistakes. the first was a nice young man who could not keep his 4 year old rottweiler. He rehomed it via gumtree. The guy who took it phoned him two days later to say it had nipped his finger. The guy had put it in the bath on the first day....the dog allowed that. the second day the guy decided to give the dog a bone then take it back twenty seconds later. he got the bone but he got a nip too! The original owner should not have put the dog on Gumtree in the first place. The next call was from a mature man who had bought a 12 month old dog a week ago from Gumtree. the dog is going for his twin daughters. I have advised him not to put the dog back on Gumtree. Unfortunately there are no easy answers when there are so many unwanted dogs out there.


We have launched our "Rolo" appeal to get the funds for Rolo's operation. However, we tried to make clear we didn't want regular supporters to donate as they do so much already, for which we are very grateful. However, those of you who walk round the field when taking a dog and promise updates, photos, support for RRT...isn't it about time you ACTUALLY do something?

 Each year, Shelley and I spend around £250 of our own personal money getting RRT cards printed...we then send them out to our supporters. This year, whilst we wish you all a very merry Xmas and Happy New year, we will be putting £250 into the Rolo fund instead...that will bring the total up to £925. Still some way to go....but hopefully we will get there!




 Rolo's story is quite involved. He first came to us as a pup of 6 months old, two years ago. Having been fostered with Lorraine, we placed him into a home. Unfortunately, the couples marriage broke down, and Rolo came back into our care. Rolo was a difficult pup, and we feel that he probably went through quite a bit of trauma during the breakdown of the marriage...i.e. being shut out or hearing lots of shouting etc. When he came back to us, he was very difficult to handle. He was and is very friendly, but hated having his collar touched and was food possessive. He is also a "trier"! Typical lippy young adult male! He had been in both foster and kennels for nearly a year when he partially ruptured his cruciate ligament. This needs repairing. (It happened in October) We could not have the operation done at that time as it seemed unlikely that anyone would take Rolo into their hearts and home, but to do the operation which costs in the region of £2,500 and put him back into kennels would be to throw money down the drain, as the aftercare is so very important and cannot be achieved in kennels. A few days after his diagnosis, a couple came forward to foster Rolo, with a view to keeping him. We do not put dogs into homes needing veterinary treatment...dogs have always gone from this rescue as healthy as they can be. But in Rolo's case we decided to see how he would settle before doing the operation. Our vet confirmed that Rolo was not in any pain and that to let him settle for a few weeks was a good idea. Well, Rolo has now been with his foster home for over a month and they have done very well with him, and would like to keep him. So, we are now asking for help to pay for his cruciate operation. We are not asking those of you who are regular supporters, but there are many dog lovers out there...and hopefully some of you will find it in your hearts to donate to the "Rolo Fund". Any donation, however small would be very much appreciated....our Paypal address is Bank details are on the Home Page of the website. Thank you for helping Rolo.

Rachel Hodges has kindly donated this original painting...worth at least £200 for the Rolo fund. Details below....

Here is the framed Artists Proof of "Rottweilers" by world famous artist Stuard Mallard. Its signed by the artist and has a certificate of authenticity on the back. Can be delivered to the RRT Sunday Training Day. Would make a lovely Christmas Present. £200 donation (or nearest offer) to RRT and this one off is yours. Please be generous...this painting is fabulous!






 Hello again Pete,
Thank you so very much for posting my previous e mail concerning Benson. It's much appreciated.
I thought it would be nice to post a little article of what he (and Rottweilers can do given the right training, love and attention).
Benson as gathered from my last post, is a Blue Cross Educational dog and also a Pets As Therapy Dog. He accompanies me into schools, brownie and scout groups and nursing homes and helps me in the field of education and canine welfare.
As we all know, the Rottweiler is given a bad name for the breed, simply because of the ignorance held by those who do not understand them nor appreciate them.
I was walking down my local high street one day when I was tapped on the shoulder by a middle aged woman. She enquired if it would be possible to come to a local school where she works, to give the children a special presentation/talk on Safety and Dogs etc. She was a very nice lady and Benson who was with me sat by my side whilst she stroked him and praised him.
It came to the time when I had to ask if the school would welcome an educational dog so that the children could see for themselves that given the right training, all dogs, regardless of breed are not all that the local media make them out to be.
The woman had now proceeded to put both her arms around Benson's neck, (he loved that), and was continually praising what a good dog he was. His tail was swishing in all directions. A group of youngsters also passed us and stroked him.
The woman then asked what sort of dog would it be, ie is it a large dog, a small dog, a well behaved dog etc etc. So I replied,
"Well it's a Rottweiler" and before I could finish, she almost shrieked, "No no no, we can't possiblY have one of those.....they are vicious horrible dogs".
Quite calmly I replied, "Really, you've been stroking one for the last twenty minutes".
It just goes to show how scaremongering and knee jerk reactions can shape  animal welfare dis-association in our communities these days.
Shane McNeelance



I did a home check for Rosie last week. I asked all the basic questions and a few more. Rosie was returned after 24 hours.

The basics on the homecheck were:

The man sounded very kind. He already had a large breed male (castrated) that he had rescued. He had owned a rottweiler before (for about 10 years). The fencing was 6ft all round. The dog would rarely be left.  He insures his dogs for veterinary treatment. He lives with a friend who also loves dogs. This was apparently a very loving home. There were covers on the sofas so the dogs could sleep there if they wanted. Also a comfy dog bed in the kitchen, and dog toys in the garden. Everything SEEMED right. He was invited down to the kennels with his friend and his dog to meet Rosie. We have had Rosie for 8 weeks plus. I know many of you will know, but for those that don't, the kennels let us use their field to walk and train the dogs in. It is about 5 acres. The lady who owns the kennels is a real animal lover and feeds stray cats and the foxes in the field. Rosie has been walking round the field EVERY day for 8 weeks or more. We have had rabbits, deer, badgers and foxes in the field. We have NEVER seen her roll in anything. The man walked round the field with us for 40 minutes. She didn't do it. The man took her out on the Monday morning and she rolled in fox mess. He was straight on the phone and returned her within 24 hours of taking her. Perhaps if you have any suggestions for questions to ask on homechecks you could send them in to add to our revised list, which is as follows:

1)How is your marriage(Are you or your partner having an affair?)

2) If you are over 30 and have no kids, are you planning any and if not, are you taking precautions?

3)Is one of your adult children likely to come home to live with a new grandchild?

4) Are you a smoker?

5) Do you drink to excess?

6)Are you going to be made redundant?

7) Are you going to let your 12 year old child walk the dog?

8)Are your neighbours okay with you having a dog?

9) Does the dog need to get on with Granny's chihuahua when it comes round for an hour at Xmas?

10) Do you mind brown patches on your grass and/or shrubs?

11)Do you mind if this dog occassionally rolls in fox mess?........

Some of the dogs are not good with you want me to ask every neighbour three houses either side of the potential home whether they have cats? Any dog may eat rabbit poo, roll in fox mess, chase cats. It may hop about when it treads on a thistle. This dog may eat berries, or grass, or worse! 

 AND FINALLY.....If anyone else tells us that if they win the lottery they will start a rescue or have 10 rotts then we will BOTH SHOOT OURSELVES! What do you think the chances of winning it are? We would love you to buy us out! At the moment, if there are ANY reasonable offers on this one....We'll accept and give you some money!!!

15.10.13. An email from Shane:

Dear Pete,
I am appalled at reading about the man who returned Rosie to you and as far as I can see for no reasons. She is such a beautiful dog and the only ray of some hope I would wish for her is to find a home where she is really going to be loved and wanted. She deserves the best as do all the dogs.
Forgive me for relating Benson, my own dog's story.
Benson was wandering amilessly around my local park. He had been there for about three to four days (according to my vet), must have been hiding from everyone in sight. Eventually this frightened starving Rottie made an appearance on the Christmas weekend of December 2010. He was limping, had a bloody eye and his hair was matted. He was also untagged or chipped. I took him in and got him to the vet asap. My vet advised me that if he was handed over to the council, he would probably not be re-homed but euthanased as nobody wants an unknown rottie of two year plus..
I decided to post notices where I found him and I also visited the lost sites and walked around the area with him on a regular basis. After three months I decided to have him neutered and chipped, and he now lives with myself and two other dogs and a cat....everyone well adjusted and knowing their place.
Benson is now a registered "Educational" dog for Blue Cross Animal charity in London, teaching children and adults about safety around dogs and also helping them get over their fear of dogs.
He is also a registered "Therapy" dog for Pets As Therapy, (PAT), in London making visits to retired senior adults who live in nursing homes and adults in hospitals.
In serving as an ambassador for his breed, he also helps educate members of the public on overcoming prejudice and stereotyping.


An email from Margaret Bunker :

Hello Shelley

It was very interesting to read about the person who returned Rosie when he came to meet her with his dog and your good impression of him.  Your own words  HE SEEMED RIGHT.  I have a suspicion that for some reason he changed his mind about having her and made up any excuse.  If he has had dogs before he could not fail to know that rolling in muck is normal dog behaviour- so something is not right there.  Also, you and Pete are “old hands” at home checking and would spot the wrong type of home or lack of experience on the prospective candidate’s part.

That does not stop the disappointment when a dog is returned for no good reason and more importantly can prejudice the dog’s chances next time around. I know this won’t happen in Rosie’s case.   I have found that dogs don’t tell lies but sometimes humans don’t have the courage to say “It’s my fault- I  should not have had a dog / another dog and I am sorry”  That way we all know where we are. 

With regards to the lottery, no I would not open a kennels or try to buy you out but it may put me in a position to do a bit more good for your very deserving  dogs.  I am all too aware that you need good homes- not words- and often the money is not the real problem.

Why are people spending hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds on dogs of dubious pedigree when rescues are full of lovely dogs just waiting for a home?

Keep going- you are very much admired for the good work you do. 



Some of the comments from our Facebook page



This email is from Davinia Howard....who has 2 RRT dogs


Hi both,
I can understand why you get so despondent,but you do a fantastic job and remember all the dogs that you have successfully homed over the years.I would have thought that any one who has owned a dog before knows that they can have some strange and sometimes quite smelly habits,this is normal dog behaviour.
The question you should add to your list is.If the dog rolls in fox poo/cow poo/horse poo and eats anything that resembles these things would you like us to pay for the dog to go to the nearest dog groomers for a shampoo and set.
Love Ellie and Alfie(aka one dog destruction squad and tramp)


Last night Shelley took a phone call from a man in the North of England. He had a three year old bitch and is being evicted. Shelley could hardly hear him for children yelling in the background. The man was quite aggressive in his manner. He ranted on about no one wanting his dog and thretened to tie it to a lamp post. When Shelley asked where he got the dog from there was a pause...."Oh, I used to have her mum" he replied. God only knows where this and many other dogs will end up, but we just can't take them all.



Okay, next question!  We had a lady ring recently who had rescued a dog with many issues from a very bad situation. The lady thought that a rescue would take this dog as she cannot afford to keep him any longer. I explained that we could not take a dog with aggression problems. A few days ago she rang again to say she could not afford a bag of food and frontline for the dog. We sent her a pets At Home voucher for £20 and posted her a couple of flea treatments. The question is....what do we do if the dog needs vet treatment, or she rings asking for more food.....

Response from Margaret :

Dear Pete and Shelley
With regard to the kindhearted lady who has taken on the difficult rottweiler, the main thing that struck me here was your own statement that you could not take a dog with aggression problems.  While part of me thinks that the lady is giving the dog a chance I wonder how qualified she is to decide whether the dog can be "turned around" because while I have seen many difficult dogs re homed, sadly I have seen a few  cases where the dog bit or attacked in spite of all the kindness shown to it. 
With regards to RRT helping, I think both of you will know whether you should continue to help a dog you don't know and that is not in your care.  I don't know if this helps but when I ran our little fundraising group there was a part of our "constitution" that allowed us to help dogs not associated with the rescue kennels for which we fundraised, but this help was limited to a certain amount and we looked closely at the situation.
Sorry if I sound hard hearted and I applaud the lady for doing what she can.  Whatever you decide will be well thought out and within your charity's area of operation, I am sure.  I am an old softie at heart and would save everything but realise that there are limits to what we all can do.
Love to you both and a hug for ROLO


I know this is on Pete’s page but it is actually a day in the life of a rescue.

We have got some really nice dogs in our care and one difficult dog whose name is Rolo. Rolo is being taken care of in a different kennels to the one we usually use, and is being very well taken care of. Kelly (the lady who runs this kennels0 has 4 rotts of her own and is very experienced with the breed. She walks Rolo 4 times a day (more than he would get at our kennels). About a week ago Rolo developed a limp. On Wednesday, Kelly, Shelley and I took Rolo to our vet to investigate the problem. Rolo was very badly behaved at the vets and was extremely difficult to handle. Eventually we managed to get him under anaesthetic and x rays show he has a partially ruptured cruciate ligament which ideally needs repairing.

The operation costs around £2,000.  We feel that we need a foster home as the aftercare on this operation determines the success or failure. We do not have a foster home for this challenging boy. If we do the operation and put him back into a kennel environment we would simply be throwing money down the drain.

We understand that Rolo is not the easiest dog to work with if he had a cruciate operation done, as he is energetic and very wilful. We had a very hard decision to make…..and NOT all three of us agreed.

We have had him in our training class with lots of other people and other dogs. He is so eager to please and to learn but he is clever….and will take the mickey out of anyone not strong and consistent enough.

So, back to the vet situation. We were all in the surgery and Kelly was stroking Rolo’s tummy and he was laying there like a lamb. BUT where do we rehome this dog? Kelly cannot keep him as she has 4 dogs of her own, we cannot keep taking dogs that no one else wants as we already have 5 of our own….

So, a decision had to be made. I know a lot of people would have said while he was under anaesthetic “put him to sleep”, and I know a lot of people will disagree with what I have done. I brought him out of the anaesthetic and took him back to kennels – without having the cruciate operation. Our vet has said he can be managed with pain relief (which he is getting) but will develop arthritis in later life…… but the problem remains who will take Rolo?

I do expect to take some “stick” for this. This particular job started at 9am and didn’t finish until 4pm, so it was not a “quick” decision.

In between all this, our own dogs and the rescue dogs were all walked and looked after.

Whilst I was waiting in the surgery I was reading the local free ads paper, which has always in the past had several litters of rott pups for sale. There were none, but there were so many pup adverts for other breeds. Obviously rott pups are getting harder to sell, and the breeders can’t make money out of them any more ,but my heart goes out to all the breeds that are being so overbred.

Please do let me know your opinion….have I just condemned Rolo to kennels for the rest of his life?

The emails we have received  so far:

Hi Pete  

What a difficult decision to make and I’m sure you all thought long and hard about what was best for Rolo, I glad you have given him another chance (I would have done the same), and that a home will  eventually be found for him. You, Shelley and all the volunteers always do your very best for all the dogs in your care.

You will remember when we first met Roger – over 3 years ago now………he was  very full of himself, lively and a bit of a handful but with kindness, training and a lot of patience what a wonderful dog he has become, very laid back with a great character and everyone just loves him. 

Rolo sounds a bit like Roger, so if anyone is thinking of re-homing him - as you say he is  intelligent, keen to please and has character all of which are assets in his favour and i'm sure he will respond to being in a loving family atmosphere and their kindness. 

Keep up the good work and thank you for that you do.

Best wishes to you all

John & Jan



Dear Pete and Shelley
When thinking last night about Rolo, three or 4 cases came to mind where dogs had been in our rescue kennels for months, or even well over a year, who were difficult to re home.  In every case they were staffie types not nasty but really OTT.  Some had had serious money spent on them by the fundraising group but these dogs could not go to just anyone as they were clever dogs who needed lots of exercise and stimulation.  They did find homes eventually  and I saw one of them at the recent dog show, helping to run the agility.  She was adopted by a vet student (now qualified) and Zara the dog writes on Facebook.  In public, she has to wear a muzzle because she has been classed as Pit Bull Type Exempt.  Her owner has put in a tremendous amount of work with her and she is a sweetheart, in tip top condition and as far as I can see very, very friendly to both humans and other dogs.  Before she was adopted, our kennels was full to bursting and I suppose she could have been a candidate to be PTS  simply because we could not easily find her a home.  However she was saved, and has made a wonderful dog and a great ambassador for staffie types.
I think you have done the right thing- you both know Rolo better than anyone.  Please God his day will come soon.
Love to you both
Dear Shelley & Pete
I have read Pete's page and feel I have to write to support you.
I know it is a terrible way of life you have chosen which is to try to help every rottweiler in need of care but this is imposible as we all know.
I am sure you have lost a lot of sleep over Rolo and have come up with the best decision for him.  I am positive a lot of people, including me trust you to do the best for the dogs in your care and I shall continue to support you in any way I can.
Meanwhile keep agonising over these beautiful dogs.  When you lose that ability, the dogs will suffer.
Regards and best wishes


My heart goes out to Rolo and to you all at the trust. What a difficult decision to make. 
I wouldn't criticise your decision but I'm so glad he wasn't put to sleep. 
I really do hope someone can give him a home that he so deserves. 
Best wishes,
A true animal lover
Hi rrt
I have read Pete's page and having weighed it all up.... you love your dogs AND you clearly are compassionate about the dogs in your care. The vet informed you Rolo can have medication to control the pain - so I think you have made a decision that can be lived with.You never know what's round the corner ...... maybe someone who could love and handle Rolo . The decision you made today feels right to me.
Jayne xx
 Hi Pete and Shelley,
So, I've just read this story about Rolo. I'll be honest, as I was reading it, I was unsure as to how it was going to end and I did wonder if you had made the decision to let Rolo go peacefully. Then I quickly remembered who I was thinking about here, the two of you!  You never take the peaceful route!
You have in no way condemned Rolo to a life in kennels. You have made an incredibly difficult decision to not go ahead with the operation and no one came blame you for that, but I very much doubt that the medication that Rolo now needs to be on is free so you have continued with your commitment to provide him with the best possible care that you can under the circumstances.
I'm sure we all wish we had a crystal ball so we could see into the future and be reassured that this gorgeous, head strong boy will end up in his perfect home, but reality dictates something very different. However, he is in the best possible place that can be provided for him right now, he's being given the medication to keep him comfortable and whilst we're waiting for Rolo's knight in shining armour to come trotting down the lane, we'll just have to keep him busy in training to help be as good as he can be.
I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for you day in day out, but you (and everyone else who supports you) are amazing and as much as you currently have Rolo, Julia, Rose and Spot still looking for their new home, the others that you have helped over the years is testament to what an incredible job you do.
Chin up and have a glass of wine safe in the knowledge that you've absolutely done the right thing.
Sarah. Xxx
Dear Pete
I have never met either you or Shelley but I am absolutely convinced that you will always do the best for any dog in your care.  You were faced ( with Shelley and Kelly) with an impossibly hard decision and you did what you believe was the correct thing to do.
Rolo is not a dangerous dog, albeit a strong minded one.  OK he is difficult- many difficult dogs can be re homed to the correct owner.  Had a foster home been available, the operation could have gone ahead but you can only work with the situation that you have got.  Perhaps when, and I won't say if, Rolo is rehomed the op could take place?
Should you have had him PTS? Certainly not-while there is hope that someone will have him  and he is re homeable. He deserves a chance.
I am trying not to be sentimental here and I don't believe that anyone should save a dog at any cost, but I have been astounded at how often a difficult dog, with the correct owner, becomes a reasonably well behaved canine.  There may still always be problems but good handling works wonders
You will get no stick from me
 Hi guys
Well, my personal opinion is, you have to ask if anyone can take him, put the question out there. Someone may look closer at their home environment and ask themselves 'could we do it to help this dog have a chance?'
But I also understand he is not an easy dog. I also know what it is like having a very active dog (Saffi) that has had a cruciate operation means. It can be 'testing'!!!!!
I wish I could offer Rolo time with us but not with Yogi.
It's hard call but I think you have to exhaust ALL the options.
I really hope someone can help.
Good luck and hoping someone can help this lovely boy.
Hugs to you all xx
 I think you did the right thing... Because you think so. You guys put all the hard work in and frankly, I think you know best. I'd take Rolo (if you thought he'd work for us), but Rufus (the rescue mastiff) is very difficult with any dog other than Rose - so much so I can't walk him, Joe has to, so it would be unfair. Someone will come along for Rollo and you have him that chance.

Heidi James

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The phone has just rung. A man bought two "outside" dogs three days ago with the permission of the landlord from whom he rents his work property. The dogs barked last night and the neighbours complained, so now the landlord says the dogs have to go. I explained that we cannot take them and that he should get back to the people he bought them from. I hate not being able to help the dogs.


In the last three months we have started an RRT facebook page in an attempt to get more homes. This has been time consuming but although it has raised interest, it has not produced a single home.....just more dogs needing help.  I am constantly scanning the facebook page as people are advertising their own dogs or rescues there, despite being asked not to do so. We are fast running out of ideas to find our dogs good homes. We have asked volunteers to do write ups on the dogs they see improving every week - these have started to go onto the In Our Care Page. What we both realise is that we cannot take any more dogs unless we get homes for those already in our care. We cannot allow them to be left behind. 


I am hi-jacking Pete's page to explain a few things to our followers: We have not been posting our "funny" stories due to a distinct lack of humour in this house for the last few weeks. This is due to homing ONE dog only in the last 8 weeks. To top it off, the kennels we have used for the last 6 years has rented a lot of kennels to an all breeds rescue. The other rescue is causing us so many problems.....we are not only picking up the mess from our dogs when we walk round the field, we are picking up their dog mess too. The other rescue is not attending to the health and wellbeing of their own dogs and our dogs are constantly at the vet needing medication for diarrhoea, kennel cough etc. due to the lack of veterinary treatment of dogs coming in from pounds. This all breeds rescue rents 40 kennels, so they are in the powerful position as we only rent 3 or 4 kennels at a time. Our patience is being worn thin by people wanting perfect dogs, not prepared to work...and our hearts are breaking watching our beautiful dogs going down the pan because they are becoming depressed as they have been in kennels for so long.














Bumble came into rescue at the tender age of 8 months. He had always lived outside, in a kennel and run.  Bumble tried to dig under the garden fence when no one was in, to get to the dog next door. The dog attacked Bumble's foot and leg. When Bumble's owner came home, he bandaged up Bumble's foot. Two days later his foot was so swollen and mangled that the owner took Bumble to the PDSA. He was so badly damaged that amputation was the only option, as Bumble had lost all feeling in his leg. When the vet told the owner that Bumble could not be kept in a kennel with this kind of injury, he phoned us. It is against this man's religion to keep dogs in the house as they are considered dirty. Bumble was being fostered by Lorraine (and her baby sitter Lulu the rott)Having had Bumble for three weeks, we were all very concerned that Bumble was not making the progress we would have liked. Our vet did a myelogram and took x-rays of both spine and hips and the news was devastating. Bumble not only had neurological problems, but also severe hip dysplacia. With heavy hearts we made the decision to euthanise Bumble as he had no quality of life, and was in pain.


AUGUST 2013.


After yet another week of whinging calls it was lovely to hear from one of the people who had a "difficult" dog from us a couple of years ago. The lady phoned to say that the dog has had a sore tail, and she had only just managed to get him to the vet as she had had to have an operation and radiotherapy for breast cancer. She was more concerned about her dog than herself! His tail is fine, he has some antibiotics and it is improving daily. She told us that he would not leave her side when she came home from hospital, crept on the bed with her (which he doesn't normally do) and laid beside her being very gentle....he is usually a bouncy boy! We are going to visit them both next week.....How refreshing to have a non whiny phone call!


 This photo is Brucie Baby, almost 12 years old. He is a very special boy to me and Shelley, as his owner, who was a friend of ours, passed away some 4 years ago. Brucie is a real gentleman, loving other dogs, cats, livestock, people etc. We are very grateful to Tina for taking him into her home and her heart. Tina bought him his own special paddling pool to keep him cool when the weather was hot!


Yesterday Lorraine, our trainer was not able to come to take the training class as she had just taken into her home Bumble, an 8 month old rott who had just had his leg amputated (see dogs in our care for further information) So, Shelley and i had to muddle through! Shelley did some dog to dog introductions, and I took the training class. Much fun was had by all!








 When the class was finished, Yolanda played ball with Rolo....He has been with us for a year now. When will it be HIS turn for a home?


JULY 2013.


I wonder if so many people would keep breeding dogs if they had to give their dogs away to excellent homes and were not allowed to make any money from breeding.  I know this would be impossible to police and won't happen but would they be so keen if there was not money in it somewhere for them.?   Years ago, when a bitch gave birth to puppies because of a " street accident"  the owners usually just wanted to find good homes- at least that is what I remember.  Nowadays in the newspapers,  crossbreeds and in particular bull breeds, are advertised at a great deal of money.  I have no evidence of this personally but it has been said that some people breed from their bitch simply  to supplement their income!  All the rescues are full of staffie cross types that cost serious money when they were originally sold and that now no one wants.  I will correct that slightly, because our local kennels does a fantastic job at re homing these dogs but there are so many of them and when people come to the kennels they like to see different types of dogs.
It would be great if breeders and rescues could work together to reduce the number of homeless dogs ( and there will always be cases where people really have no alternative but to re home ) but it is a very sad reflection on society that we call  ourselves a  Nation of Animal Lovers while so many dogs are being destroyed on a daily basis.  Television programmes tend to show the "happy" side of rescue- is it time the general public saw the other side because I don't think most people are aware of this.  They think every dog that goes into rescue eventually finds a happy home.  If only!!
Sorry,  I don't want to sound pessimistic and if anyone reads this please remember that although alone you can't do everything, we can all do SOMETHING
Love to all at RRT


 I've heard of Jack and the Beanstalk - but how about Pete and the Thistle?











 I had a lady phone at 9pm two nights ago. She was in tears. Apparently her 2 year old spayed bitch had nipped a neighbour's child in her own garden whilst the neighbour's child and her son were playing on scooters in the garden (she knows the dog hates scooters and admitted that this was her fault). The dog punctured the child's arm. It was a hard nip -the dog was joining in with the kids and got a bit carried away. The lady's husband, who bought the dog, wants it to go.Hhe will not work at all with the dog. It has had  NO training. The lady has SIX children and does not drive. We explained that we do not take dogs that have nipped, as we cannot rehome them. We have offered to assess the dog, give them help and advice and free training.....we will keep you updated as to whether they turn up.


Hallo Shelley and Pete,
Pleeeeeeeeze continue to up-date your page. I read your articles on a weekly basis and it is up-lifting to follow the progress of the dogs you have in your care, in some cases turning a life of sadness and cruelty into a life of happiness and love in their new homes. We lost our lovely rottie in 2006 aged 13 so I know first hand what wonderful companions they are.
Will continue to log on to your site and keep up-dated on the progress of the dogs.


Hi Shelley and Pete

I wanted to write to you to say that I was really pleased to see that 2 female rotties have been rehomed to good homes. The reason why I wanted to write is that what concerns me is why there has been no interest in the males. I just don't  understand this. I have read and re-read your comments and assessments of Spot, Rocco and Rolo. I’m not sure whether it is just me but I really do not understand why people are not showing any interest in them. Is it because they are strays or that they need a little bit of work?! Well, I am sorry but we all have to put the work into our dogs. We have to train them every day -  no dog is perfect. I just find it very upsetting to see that these boys have not had 1 suitable offer of a home. All because they are not perfect! Well who wants a perfect dog??? Surely a dog with character, spirit a unique personality is what we all look for in our dogs. I have 4 dogs of all different breeds, all different personalities. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love training them individually and as a group. The enjoyment we all get -the communication and bond that I have built up and yes it takes time to gain the trust and love, so why aren't these boys going to good homes? I truly wish people would wake up! There is no such thing as a perfect dog, just as there is no perfect child.  We are responsible for them and it is our duty to bring them up correctly be that a human child or a dog. But the enjoyment you get when your Rescue Dog looks at you with total unconditional love is totally priceless.  I truly hope that someone will wake up and smell the coffee and see how much potential these boys have and would give, given half the chance.

Please also don't close your page down I really do like to see and read what you and Shelley have been doing and also I do believe that this page is also an education tool for those people who do not realise what people like yourselves in rescue really do.

Sorry if I sound as though I am ranting but I know you will understand.

Many Thanks




Re the story below: 

The dog being sold for a pound. We are going to put this piece on a few other pages.

Firstly, thank you to all the good breeders who do take their dogs back, whatever the dog's age. To breeders generally - I know you can't follow up whether or not your pup has been spayed or castrated or has been bred from or whether the new owners follow the terms of your agreement/contracts.

If the rescues and the breeders joined together we might be able to stop pups/dogs being sold for a pound on media sites. At the moment this is only on this page, but I am going to put it on Facebook so possibly some of the backyard breeders will read this and think "that was a lot of work for a pound". Perhaps some of the "armchair rescues" and "pound pushers"will realise the costs involved in rescues taking in these poor dogs that are being bred, bought and sold without a second thought. The cost of taking a dog into rescue runs into many hundreds of pounds....castration/spaying, kennel costs, vaccination, microchip, time, effort and homechecking. ANY COMMENTS OR IDEAS?

I would really love at least one breeder to come back to us. All the good breeders  say "It is not my dog/pup". But these dogs come from somewhere......and we need to work together to STOP IT NOW!



We set up a facebook page about a month ago to try and get some homes for the dogs in our care. This is for a three month trial period as Shelley and I do not think we will get any serious offers of homes from facebook. Within a week someone had posted a photo of a dog that needed a rescue place. I removed the post and asked the lady by private message to contact me. That dog is now in RRT's care. Tonight another one has appeared on the site - despite our putting a notice on the facebook page asking people not to do this. Tonight's was a puppy being advertised on Gumtree for a pound. Whilst very sorry for the dog, our facebook page is not the correct place to advertise the dog.


Saw this on facebook .....very worrying



















Hello Shelley and Pete
Please, Please keep going with the page.  I think it is so important that people who read your page know what you have to deal with and that having a dog is a HUGE responsibility- I suspect that most people who have had little to do with rescue, think that dogs end up there through their own fault.  I am no expert but I would say that this is seldom, if ever, the case.  People have dogs for the wrong reasons and then do not SPEND TIME WITH THEM- so important.  There are reasons why people have to give their dogs up and you do hear of very sad cases but reading your page enforces my belief that so many dogs in rescue are good dogs just waiting for the right owner.  I am looking forward to the day when more people have a rescue dog and are proud of it.  My husband boasts about the fact that his dogs are rescued! I know he would never have swapped any for them for a Crufts Champion.  Keep on telling us what is happening in the world of Rottie Rescue!!!


As a rescue, we are sure most rescues put up with the things we do. It does not matter how many times I say to potential new owners "Do not put your face down to the dog" men almost always do it.These dogs don't know the person, and have often been through a rough time before they came to us. The dogs have all been thoroughly assessed. Several potential homes have said "Oh, I've had a few nips from dogs before"....what they DON'T seem to think about is that if a rescue dog nips them we have to put the truth on our website......then no-one will want the dog. All because men don't listen and think.


I have not put anything on Pete's Page for some time as it sounds as though I am always whingeing and whining about the homes we are offered but as my own dogs read this page regularly (Teddy, Cleo, Polly, Cassie and Duchess - who has to have the page read to her as she is blind!)I will give you an update of just a few of the calls we have had this week.

A lady phoned who has never owned a rottweiler before. She wanted a young dog which would need to get on with geese, chickens , horses and her four young children. She and her husband have parted, and he is aggrressive towards her, so the dog must be able to guard her but be great with the children and their friends etc. She would like the dog to sleep out in the stables at night to guard the horses too. She does not have dog proof fencing and also has two small terriers. When she gets home she lets them out and they run off and come back when they want. The lady sounded quite well educated to me......but perhaps I am just thick as I have never tried just letting my dogs out and seeing if they come back!

We are in Kent. A lady phoned from Bradford. She and her husband have two rotts, a dog and a bitch. Her husband can walk the male but she cannot walk the bitch as the lady is only small. She said she had mated the bitch several times as the bitch is so beautiful and had sold all the puppies. The lady said she would like to keep the dog if she could walk her. I said that I am only 5'3" and Shelley smaller than me. I advised her to use a Gentle leader and half check collar and go to training classes. She asked if I knew of any dog trainers in the Bradford area. I replied that I don't. She laughed and said that all dog trainers in Bradford are useless - and so are all the vets in Bradford.......

Shelley took a call from a lady. The lady's friends dogs have just had a litter. She was thinking about buying one, but someone had told her that rotts attack children with no provocation. Shelley explaioned that rotts need good ongoing training and socialisation, and advised her to research the breed properly before even considering getting a rott. The lady then said "Yes, but can I leave my kids and the dog playing football in the garden when I am indoors"? Please let us know if you would like Pete's Page updated or if we are depressing you too much....if you want us to keep going or stop with the page, please let us know.


JUNE 2013.


I know this page hasn't been updated much this month, but we have now set up a facebook page (on a three month trial basis) to see if we can find some homes for our dogs. We still have Rolo, Rocco and Cindy. rolo has been with us for about 10 months now, Rocco and Cindy for 3 months. So, let's pray we find some homes soon.


Had several calls today, but two really got to us.

The first was from a man whose sister has just split up from her boyfriend and has a 3 year old unspayed, unvaccinated bitch that is good with children. he called it "the parter's dog". They have BOTH had this dog from a puppy. he asked "Do you charge for a dog coming into rescue"? The answer is no. We may often feel that people are taking the micky out of us, but we don't charge.


The next call was from a lady with an 8 and a half year old bitch that is going blind. The dog is fabulous with people, other dogs and lives with a cat, but the lady is having to move into a property where pets are not allowed. So terribly sad.

 MAY 2013.



One of our reps went to do a follow up visit on one of RRT’s dogs last week. The dog is a 2 year old male who had never been any problem in kennels. He is absolutely adored by his owner, and it was evident the dog adores him.

When asked if there are any problems with the dog, the response was “The only thing he does is he will bark if someone is stroking him and they stop.” The rep, quite correctly, explained that this is attention seeking behaviour and advised isolating him for about one minute every time he does this. He will learn from this that attention seeking behaviour only gets him isolation.


The rep and owner continued talking, standing looking at a picture on the wall. Suddenly the dog jumped up at her, putting his paws on her chest, and barked in her face. The rep, who has three rotts of her own, and thus has some experience, felt intimidated by this behaviour. The owner talked about how the dog does this sometimes;  he will focus on a person, and if the owner does not notice it, or he does not divert him in time, the dog will jump up and bark at that person.

The rep explained that this gives a very bad impression of a breed. The man reflected that he regularly lets the dog jump up and put his paws on his chest, as an expression of affection.


This kind of behaviour is very dominant, and will lead to aggression if not stopped very quickly. There are behaviour programmes freely available on the internet – why don’t people read them? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all try to see our dogs from other people’s point of view, and respect the other person’s right not to feel intimidated or threatened by a dog.


We have had this response to the piece below from Christine Henstock.


Hi Shelley and Pete
Re the stealing of dogs for fighting - this has been on a few rescue websites and on facebook - different coloured paint spots for different size dogs - this has been going on in the south yorkshire area for a while apparently - I have now taken down my sign in the window "my rottweiler lives here'. I have heard that dogs have even been stolen from outside shops while their owners where shopping and even people cruising round in vans and taking dogs from gardens. There is a picture of a man going round who goes to sanctuary's and dog pounds to get suitable dogs out for fighting - it is a terrible world out there and people need to be aware of what is going on.
Christine XX



Nine days ago we were contacted by a very upset couple. They have a 2 year old rott male, a staffie bitch and a Jack Russell male, as well as three cats. The lady explained through her tears that a week or so before, she was at work and was contacted by someone purporting to be from the Police Dog Section, who was interested in taking her dog to use as a police dog. She didn't think much of it at the time, but politely told him she did not want to get rid of her dog. When she got home, she was telling her husband about ti. He instantly realised that the police do not solicit for dogs, and anyway, how did they know where she worked/ He phoned the local police who confirmed that they do not operate in this way, and in the area do not use rotts as police dogs.

Three days later they came home and found an orange sticker and a pink sticker on the front of their house. It appears that this is a new method of marking where dogs such as rotts and staffies live - orange dots (usually of paint),means large dog, pink dot meaning medium size dog. This is to enable a forced entry, where the dog is stolen to be used either for fighting or bait. Shelley and I had not heard about this before, as neither of us use the internet very much, but on speaking to doggy friends, it seems everyone knew but us. We phoned the people back and offered to take the dog into care, which they had asked us to do two days before, but they have arranged for a friend to dog/house sit whilst they are at work. On a police website the reasons being given for the sudden upsurge of dog fighting/baiting is that with new laws on scrap metal etc - now you have to give your name and address if you are selling scrap, and can only be paid by cheque - unscrupulous people are finding a horrific way to make some money. Apparently cats have also been stolen from the same houses, for use as bait.


Yesterday we had to phone our website designer and ask her to put "Between 9am and before 7pm" on our banner on the website. We have now had calls at all hours of the day and night. these range from 6.15 am, 4.20 am, midnight (that one was drunk) and all times in between. Although we love our rotts, and try to help as many as possible it seems beyond stupidity to me that anyone could think it is acceptable to phone so late/early, to people that they do not know. Actually, i think most people woken up in the middle of the night get a real fright, even if only for a moment, as they think it must be a family emergency.


One of the young bitches we have in our kennels is petrified of one of the kennel staff. He is one of the most gentle and kind young men we have ever met. The dog came from a very loving and caring home. If the kennel hand goes into her kennel she cowers away, and has messed herself with terror. She is so stressed by this young man, yet therre is no reason for it. She is absolutely fine with everyone else she meets. She is not coping with kennel life at all - poor little girl.


A man with a  northern accent rang and left a message asking us to phone back with our address as he doesn't want his rott anymore, and wants to bring it into us. Shelley rang back and left him a message (but no address!).


Phone call  - went like this

"Where in Orpington are you? I'm looking for a pup or something under a year". I replied "Sorry, we are not in Orpington. The kennels are towards Gatwick".

He said "I've already got a rott so can I come and look at any you've got?"

I replied "We would need to do a homecheck, and to ask you a few questions first".

He said "Thank you" and put the phone down.


A lady rang and asked if we had any space for a dog. Her stepfather has been made homeless, and cannot find anywhere to live that will let him take the dog. They have been phoning rescues for a month, and no one could take the dog. It is a three year old unspayed bitch. She is good with all other dogs, and good with kids, although she hasn't lived with them. Officially we are full, but we always keep something in reserve for a cruelty case, so she is coming in in the next couple of days. What a nice man, to not just abandon his dog to its fate on the streets.


All the rott rescues get lots of calls from people who want/need their dogs to come into rescue. We try to point them in the direction of their nearest rott rescue (there are only about 9 or 10 in the whole country) if we cannot help their dog. If we cannot help, we always tell people not to advertise their dogs on certain social media sites, or advertising sites, as we get at least three calls a week from people who have bought dogs from these sites and found that the dog was not what it was purported to be. The new owner usually struggles to get in contact with the original owner as all they have is a mobile phone number, or the original owner refuses to take the dog back. Today we had a call from a lady whose father had passed away leaving an eight year old rott bitch. When we said we couldn't take the dog, we also advised her not to advertise it on these sites. She had already done so, and had been sent a lot of emails from dog lovers telling her not to advertise the dog in this way. Many of the emails were very abusive. Actually, she was a very nice lady who was simply a little naive. So, whilst we thank all the dog lovers who keep track of these sites, please do remember to keep your emails polite. The lady had several phone calls and emails and didn't like the sound of any of them. For us, the very sad part of this story is that if we put an eight year old bitch on our site, we get no interest and the dog ends up with us. It would appear that if you put it on one of these sites - you can get an old dog a home (albeit not neccessarily a good one)in a very short space of time. Very worrying indeed.

APRIL 2013.


Had a phone call from a lady who did not want to give a dog to rescue. Her 20 year old daughter bought a male rott, about 9 months ago, when she was living with her boyfriend. The lady just wanted some basic advice about training, neutering etc. She is happy to keep the dog - she loves him - but wonders if there is anyone out there willing to take her daughter? (I am on her side here!)


Had a phone call from a lady who lives in Wales. Her husband bought a rott puppy for her son two years ago. Her son is now 18 and has just left home - leaving the dog behind. Her husband is "always working". She cannot walk the dog as she has two young children to look after. She asked when we could collect the dog!


I have decided not to nominate Shelley for either the Tact and Diplomacy awards, or the Nobel Peace Prize. The reason is as follows! One day last week Shelley answered the phone. It was a lady who is expecting her second child. Due to complications she cannot walk her rottie bitch. Shelley explained that we are offered about 3,000 dogs a year. The lady was totally disinterested. Shelley then asked whether the lady's partner could walk the dog. Apparently he is another one who "works very long hours". Then Shelley asked her if the dog is good with her first child. She said "it is, but it isn't obedient". She then said she felt they were not the right family for this poor dog. Shelley asked what age the dog was - the reply? 8 YEARS OLD! At this point Shelley lost all politeness, calmness, tact and discretion. In her most sarcastic voice she said "I fail to understand how you have come to this conclusion after 8 years. If your dog is not obedient and you have had it for 8 years it is your fault." The lady said "How dare you"? Shelley said two more words and put the phone down. I leave you all to guess what the two words were! The serious part of this story is that we had no chance of helping an eight year old bitch as we are simply not getting homes for them. We are offered at least 4 old dogs a week - ( by that we mean over 7) One of our supporters made a very true comment - this lady took the rap for all the other calls we get week in, week out. We pride ourselves on being polite to the people who ring and ask for help, but sometimes even we "blow our tops". But it's fun winding Shelley up about it!!!


MARCH 2013.


I am always telling Shelley that you can pick up a rott on virtually any street corner in the UK. Whilst I was at the kennels walking the dogs a man from the tip of Scotland phoned and left a message. He wanted to know the closest rescue to him as he wanted a rott. I phoned him back two hours later and  told him that Fife rescue is the closest rescue to him. It was still 200 miles away! If he has been any further north he would have been in the sea! However, he said in the 2 hours he had been waiting for me to return his call, he had found two dogs locally (in rescues) looking for homes.


A middle aged lady phoned a few days ago. She is genuinely very wobbly on her legs and the council would like to move her into disabled accommodation, but she would not be able to take her 8 year old bitch. She asked if we could take it. I explained that at the age of 8, the bitch would be in kennels for a long time, as homes for older dogs are not easy to find. We spent a long time on the phone, and at the end of the conversation she said "I shall tell the council I don't need to be moved for at least two years. I shall keep my dog safe". Lovely lady.



Today saw the newspapers full of a terribly tragic story. Apparently a 14 year old girl went into a friend's house. There was no one else at home. She was eating a meat pie. The family's five dogs mauled her to death. Four of the five dogs were shot by police marksmen. They were not rottweilers......but that is not the point of the story. The radio and TV have been asking some serious questions about whether or not certain breeds of dog should be "banned". It is alleged that three or four breeds(including rottweilers) are "vicious", "dangerous" and unsafe as family pets however well trained. There have been some voices of reason out there, putting forward the arguement that owners need to train, socialise and control their dogs - whatever the breed, and that the owner should be aware of what is appropriate with ANY breed of dog in the house/family. So, think about this one.....

Last Friday, I was called by a lady whose partner had left 10 days before, leaving behind two adult rottweilers. The lady was terrified of the dogs. She was almost hysterical, and I could not get much detail from her. She said her children were going in and feeding and cleaning up after the dogs. (I assumed they were adult children). I took her number and got Nicki, one of our volunteers/supporters to phone her. Nicki phoned me back and I was very concerned to find that the children going in unsupervised with these two dogs were 4, 6 and 12 years old. Nicki and her husband Mike went and collected the dogs the next morning. The lady stayed in the kitchen is she really is frightened of dogs. When Nicki and Mike got the dogs to kennels, they spent 30 minutes getting the little bitch out of the van as she was so nervous. This was an accident waiting to happen. Not because the dogs are bad dogs, beacause they had been locked in a room for ten days, not exercised, and had no adult supervision. Thank God nothing bad happened to those kids. The dogs are Luke and Sky, who are on "Dogs in our Care". They were bought from a family member a couple of years ago. Poor dogs. Comments?


Took a call from Germany today. The guy is an American, in the US army, who is being posted back to the USA and can't take his dogs with him. He asked if we could take them. We advised him to go back to the breeders as they were both bought in Germany. They are both 8 years old. So now we are even being asked to take other countries dogs!


Well, the person mainly responsible for updating the website is back from her holiday, so watch this space (and the other pages) for lots of updates in the next couple of days. We have LOTS to tell you!



Home Checks for rescue dogs  -

I wonder who saw the recent advertisement for a new TV series when 3 prospective homes for a dog were showcased?

Did this well known expert inspire a prospective caring owner, or show a cynic how to jump through the hoops?  What do you think?


The Cost of a Dog ???

A classic request is “how much is a dog from your  Rescue”?

We respond that we ask for a donation of £125.00

We then go on to explain that all dogs are microchipped, wormed, frontlined etc. It is our policy that all dogs are neutered, and assessed for suitable homes. What we may not get around to mentioning is that this of course inevitably incurs additional costs and kennelling fees for the Rescue, before we even consider a dog leaving us.


So what then is the real cost of a dog ? 

Estimate for one year : Food : £400, Immunisations & incidentals : £350, Insurance minimum of £500 - which can rapidly increase should a condition not be covered, or not for life.  Possible holiday kennelling for circa 2 weeks : £300 ..... £1,550.

So if we are lucky enough  have the company of a four legged  friend for 8 years –  the expense will be of the order of £12,500. 

 This is an idea of the commitment to caring for a dog  –  it is not a one off payment.  



We were offered three dogs yesterday. All were under a year old. None had done anything wrong - one was owner being evicted, the other two were young people who were having a baby and don't have time for their dogs. Whatever happened to "A dog is for life"? Apparently a dog isn't even for a year any more!



A friend phoned today to tell us this story : She was sitting in a coffee shop in Orpington when a man walked past with three male rotts. As she is a lover of our breed, she went out to say hello to the dogs.She asked the man about them. He bought them for £700 EACH (the breeder gave him a deal, apparently!). He has three children, lives in a flat and has no garden. These dogs are 9 month old litter brothers. THIS IS A SO CALLED REPUTABLE BREEDER.


I spoke to a lady this week who needed to rehome her dog due to her divorce. She said "When I bought this dog I didn't know I was going to get divorced". Same problem we face when we do a homecheck for one of our dogs - we don't know if they are going to get divorced either.....very difficult.


Three of the many stories I've heard this week : A man rang to rehome his dog. He is going abroad to work, and when he comes back he is going to marry his girlfriend (who loves the dog) but she lives in a flat and is not allowed pets. I explained the difficulties rescues face, but gave him some general advice - which was "Don't advertise your dog on certain internet sites as dog fighting and unsuitable homes are rife". I advised him to advertise locally, and home check any possible homes. He said "I had my dog on a couple of these sites and have had 34 emails back - I took the dog off these sites straight away". 01.02.13.

Had a call from a nice lady in Yorkshire - we are Kent/Surrey borders. There is a family very close to where she lives that have a rottie bitch. Th family also have 8 kids. Originally the dog was very well looked after, but is now thin and has a skin problem, and is let out to wander the streets. Several local people have complained to both local societies and the Dog Warden, but when they went to the house the people told the authorities they no longer have the dog. Apparently the dog is now locked in the attic. I have explained and tried to help, but I cannot tell them to steal the dog next time it is let out. If they can get the dog signed over then this rescue is prepared to take her......but the owners apparently feel they are doing a good job with the dog (even though she is very thin and has an untreated skin problem) and want to keep her.


Lady rang from Sheffield. The lady helps a Boxer rescue and has 5 dogs of her own. Her daughter was driving to work when she saw a rott running in the road. The daughter picked the dog up and took it to a local vet. The dog was microchipped. The owners were contacted. They said they had given the dog away some years ago and had other dogs. They do not want the dog. The vet feels the dog is 5 or 6, and has either been hit by a car or has arthritis. The lady cannot afford to pay for x rays, but does not want the dog put into the local pound as she fears the dog will be put down. She is looking for a rescue place for the dog. This dog is apparently quite nervous. Unfortunately this dog is 6 hours away from us - the lady and I are working to see what we can do . Our thanks to her for looking after Boxers, and trying to help a poor rott that really is in ned of some help.





We have received these replies to the piece dated 30.01.13.

Dear Pete
I love the little story about Cassie and how she has come round,  with love and patience.  There is no secret to turning a nervous, possibly aggressive, dog into a loving family pet.  You know how to do it and you're happy to share your tactics with anybody who asks for advice.
We have never had anything else but rescues and my neighbour can't work out how we always pick good dogs with no problems!!!  We don't,  we  work with the problems and use your recipe- love and patience.  Thank you.
Hello Pete & Shelley
Well done to you for all the work you have put into Cassie - You are so right about patience and time - the dogs we rescue cannot speak and tell us why they are afraid or what has happened to them in the past, we, as mere humans can only guess and try to work out what we can do to help them realise that they are now safe - it is not easy.
We adopted our Sophie ( not a rott ) almost a year ago after she had apparently spent a month in a council pound, a local rescue took her out of the pound and took her to their kennels, a lady apparently took her home a few days later but took her back the next day as she couldn't cope with her.
We went along with our Charley Girl ( definitely a rottie bitch ) to look at an older male dog - who does Charley Girl choose but Sophie !! I couldn't believe that she had 'chosen' another bitch - no problems with the two of them getting on but the day after we brought Sophie home I nipped out, on my return Sophie was not in the house - to my disbelief she had got out of the cat flap - thankfully I managed to persuade her back to me - I rang the rescue in tears - I thought they would think I was bloody useless - they suggested I took her back but I couldn't do that - what had this dog been through ?? I had no idea but the solution was not to take her back - poor buggar couldn't have known, back then that she was as safe as houses from now on, so chapter by chapter we have coped - Sophie can jump and as soon as we left the house she would be on the kitchen worktops - scooping up whatever she could find - cat food, used tea bags, cups - anything - we used to come home and it looked like we had been burgled, she has escaped from our 'secure garden' but come back within a few minutes to me stood outside in my dressing gown for all to see ( not pretty ) - she has got out of the bedroom window on to the kitchen extension roof and jumped on next door's glass conservatory roof, ruined two camping holidays in the van cos she is petrified of the sound of rain on the van roof, tiddled on our bed and so on and so on . . . .BUT one year on - yes she does still turn into an absolute petrified, jibbering wreck if she hears a firework, she does still try and pull on the lead but she no longer tries to turn herself 'inside out' when a big lorry goes past us, she doesn't get on the worktops now ( well hardly ever ) and she seems to be coming round to the fact that she might like this accomodation - we can't use baby gates as she jumps over them or tries to barge through if she's scared - she is still a work in progress and probably will be all her life but what on earth would happen to her if we abandoned her and took her back to rescue ? I'm not claiming to be a dog whisperer because I know I make mistakes but I love my dogs and will do the best I can for them - she may never be absolutely at peace but if only she could tell me why she has been so scared - I dread to think what she has endured in her life before she came here. All I am trying to say is that anyone taking on a rescue dog should be prepared for the long haul and expect your patience and bank balance to be tried - severely !! Cassie sounds like a doddle to me - won't someone step forward and give her a chance ??
Chris XX


We have been fostering Cassie since October. When Cassie came into our care, she had severe eye and ear problems, and had to have three fairly major operations in the first month of being here. This meant she had to have a buster collar on for 6 weeks. For the first two weeks she was here, Cassie howled. Virtually non stop if she was left in a room on her own. Shelley and I took turns in sleeping downstairs for the first week. She was fine with Shelley but didn't trust me at all. She didn't do anything except growl, but if I had pushed her too far she may have made a mistake due to stress and me pushing too far, too quickly. Over the weeks/months Cassie has changed dramatically. Cassie sleeps like a baby now, and doesn't mind being left for a couple of hours. She now comes up to me for a gentle cuddle and loves her tummy rubbed. Just goes to show what patience and love can do.


Re the piece below we have had two responses..


Hi Shelley and Pete
Regarding the 3 dogs living in a crate/shed - Oh dear - what a tangled web - You are so right when you ask who would take these dogs on even if they were taken from this situation, they are bound to have issues. The RSPCA have come in for a fair amount of criticism recently in the press, it is only what most of us knew about them anyway but on the other hand you have to wonder what they mean when they say that 'the inside of the pen is immaculate' - it doesn't really mean anything - the dogs should not be kept in there whichever way you look at it.
As they say no laws are being broken and I think this is where the problem lies - until there are proper laws against people breeding dogs and treating them the way they do, things will never change. Even if there were laws someone would have to enforce them. You also have to wonder whether the dogs would be safe in the hands of the RSPCA even if they did get them out ? They too run out of kennel space like any other 'rescue' - what can they do but have surplus dogs destroyed ?
It is a pitiful state we find ourselves in when there aren't enough people with more than one brain cell who keep buying puppies from 'breeders' and the pond life who call themselves breeders who are allowed to carry on making money at the expense of the poor dogs they use - may they all rot in hell


Hi Shelley
So sad about the rottweilers in the crate. It does make you realise that sometimes the dogs who make it to the kennels and are re-homed to good homes  are the lucky ones. I do hope that someone comes forward to give them a chance.
Like you, some of the dogs we get in are not actually cruelly treated in the sense of horrific abuse but are neglected by the fact that their owners don't really have time for them and should never have had them.
Just before Xmas an elderly friend of mine took on a foster dog - a collie / springer cross. She has fostered a few dogs from the kennels- and although we have no history it would appear that the dog was kept in a caravan and from his size did not get enough exercise.  He was certainly well fed- he was a barrel on legs!!  With a good diet and lots of running around he is starting to look something like the weight he should be.  I know that this is completely different case from those poor rotties but how do we get people to understand what a responsibility a dog is and that it is part of the family.
You are so right when you say that rescue centres face these sort of situations on a daily basis and sadly the people who care enough to help usually have an army of dogs of their own.  On a happier note, a dog who has been in our kennels for over a year will go to his new home today, if his new owners pass the home check.  One of our volunteers has been going in on a Saturday and taking him out for the day.  She has dogs of her own so she takes him to her Mum and Dad's where she made a video of him in various circumstances and put this on Facebook -surprising how away from the kennel environment a dog can blossom and seem entirely different.  Fingers crossed he settles in his new home.
Lots of love


 Over the last few weeks, there has been a Facebook campaign to try and get three rottweilers out of a crate/shed on a driveway. The RSPCA have issued a statement (link below) saying that the dogs are fine. According to neighbours, the dogs are not walked, socialised or fed regularly. If these dogs are removed from this situation, is there anyone willing to take on even one of these dogs? I have no details on the dogs. Howver, they are unlikely to be healthy, socialied, housetrained or good with dogs/children/cats. However, one of the rescues will probably take in these dogs, assess, neuter, and end up with them in their care for life. Unless someone who really wants to rescue comes forward...into the unknown. And that is what rescues do every day of the week.


Shelley . . .
It's just too quiet. . . . I reckon you have shoved Pete and his hoover under the bed !! And he can't get out . . . and no one can hear him . . I'm starting a campaign . . Save Our Pete . . . .That's what real rescue is all about !!!  . . . Dont worry Pete I'll save you . . I love golden oldies . . ha ha ! Love the fact that you have called me a 'fan' and I love the new pictures of the dogs
Chris XX


Had a couple of emails from "fans"!


Hi Shelley
Great to see  you back on line again. Yes the snow does cause some chaos!!.  My boys love it but I find walking in it rather difficult so walks have been shorter than normal- although they have the paddock to play and run around in.
Have you had any more news of Aero and is Rolo still enjoying himself with Lorraine?
Our kennels was overflowing once again and I understand that some dogs were put to sleep on Monday at the insistence of the local council who will not allow overcrowding.  it is such a shame because these dogs just need someone to love them and make time for them.
For a nation of so called animal lovers we should be ashamed of ourselves!!  But we don't respect each other so how can we respect other creatures?
Sorry - on the soapbox again.
Love to both of you
Hi Shelley
Will you tell Pete that this is not funny - his page is too quiet - I'm waiting with baited breath for the next instalment - how can I get fired up and respond when it is so very quiet ?? Bet you have had a lot of calls re Jeremy ??
I've even had time to make a snowman today
Chris XX


The snow has well and truly hit Kent in the last week - so sorry I have been a bit quiet - it takes us far longer to get to the kennels and walk the dogs in the snow - and even longer to thaw out once home! Sunday was the worst day - it was snowing whilst we were walking the dogs...they loved it!

 Some of you may remember Ron Cotton, a long time supporter of RRT, who had a dog he always called "Brucie Baby". Sadly, Ron passed away some years ago, but we rehomed Brucie to Tina, another supporter of RRT. On Sunday Tina brought Brucie up the field for a visit. Thought you would like to see the photo of this happy old boy - Brucie is about 10 now. Bless his old grey muzzle!





Pete has gone a bit quiet over the last week or so - he promises to be back with a vengeance in the next few days! (this really means I have been too busy to put his bits on the site!)



I thought Pete was getting in the New Year spirit when he kept humming a tune today - then I worked out what the tune Fairport goes...............It's got to beeeeeee Perfect...........


In response to the piece below - from Margaret Bunker.


Hi Shelley and Pete
I have just read Pete's Page and really do sympathise with your dilemma about taking in real "rescue dogs" as opposed to "dogs to order" As a volunteer at the local rescue kennels  all sorts of dogs come in and the kennel owner cannot say no, because that is his contract with the council. Like so many rescues, we get our fair share of  "difficult" dogs,  most of whom have the making of being nice dogs, but we do also get  dogs with serious problems and these problems are not solved with a wave of a magic wand. Like you, many of the dogs we get in have had little training and socialisation, a few are aggressive to dogs and humans, but the majority can be sorted out with discipline, love and training.  However, people do come to a rescue centre expecting to find dogs that fit exactly into their circumstances, with not a lot of work on their part so we get left with these "problem"  dogs for whom we cannot easily find homes. Sadly, some are put to sleep, when there is really no need,  other than lack of space and kind knowledgeable owners. There are good people out there- just not enough of them, sadly.  So many people want "cuties" or "fluffies" as I call them.
I realise that our kennels is different to yours, and for what it is worth I believe that you should carry on doing what you are doing and taking a mix of dogs who need your services.  Real Rescue, which is what you are,  goes in where it is needed and, while always exercising common sense, does not simply take in dogs that will be re homed almost immediately.  You need some of those, so that people have a choice but if you just take in dogs that are young and healthy I don't think either of you would feel at ease with yourselves.  There are other organisations that are a "Dog Shop" but that is NOT YOU.
Blind Ben was a  Rottweiler Cross who spent over a year in our Rescue Kennels, with not one person interested in him.  He was blind, a huge dog and had bad arthritis in both legs. When the kennels was overflowing, he was on the list to be put to sleep.  An appeal in the local paper brought him a new home with a young lady who gave him a very good life for a year, but unfortunately the lady's job took her to Italy and Ben found himself looking for a new home again.  The kennels would have had him back but he would have been put down.  I and others spent 3 months trying to help his owner to find him a home.  We had various ideas about appealing in the local press, posters on every street corner  etc but NO ONE WANTED HIM.  In desperation, I asked a local boarding kennels if they would take him as the thought of putting him to sleep was unbearable.  In fairness, I had offers of financial help to pay for this.  Can I say that by this time BEN was stronger and healthier than ever and had come off  medication for his arthritis.  He had lost his excess  weight which meant he was walking well.  As D Day approached and his owner was going to have to move away , lo and behold a miracle happened and Ben found a new home.  That was 2 years ago and as far as I know he is still going strong.  Was it worth the effort?  Of course it was.  This is the kind of situation that you deal with every day and you are so right to help those who particularly need you.  You re homed 37 dogs this year, some of whom had problems.  I think that is something to be very proud of.
As Christine said, there is the world of difference between transferring a dog from one home to another and REAL RESCUE which is what you do. Please don't get despondent, you do a marvellous job and don't stop doing what you do.  You have got it right and Cassie and Rolo WILL find their forever homes
Best wishes for 2013


In response the the piece below - from Christine Hemstock.

Hi Shelley and Pete
First of all - a very happy new year to you all.
I have been thinking about the word 'rescue' and believe that it covers a multitude of meanings to a multitude of people, the dictionary states ' rescue - deliver from attack, custody, danger, or harm ' which is how I would interpret 'to rescue'. It's a bit like an upside down triangle with the widest bit at the top where most people would fit into - the widest bit being where someone sees or hears about a dog that needs to be given a new home - this may be that it is still in a home but for some reason the owner is unable to care for the dog and is genuinely looking to rehome it, the next bit down would be where the dog has ended up in a rescue centre but is still that preloved dog with no major issues looking for a new home. As we get further down the triangle we get to the dogs who have been removed from terrible situations and have the physical and mental scars that go with it. What I am trying to say is that some people would consider that they had 'rescued a dog' if they had simply taken it from one loving home into their loving home - this to me is not 'rescue' it is simply moving a dog from one safe place to another, on the other hand and at the bottom of the triangle are the dogs that no one wants maybe due to age, looks, temperament or 'issues' and this is where the real RESCUE kicks in and that is what you are - REAL RESCUE !!
The human race is indeed very varied - some people abuse their own children and elderly relatives - what chance has the dog got ? You do a fantastic job and you can either do alot for a few or hardly anything for alot. The world health organisation once stated ' we are so busy pulling people out of the river that we haven't got time to go and see why they are falling in'
For me I would choose Cassie out of the dogs in your care and would consider that I had taken the easy option - being a sucker for a golden oldie with problems - I'm not perfect either.To anyone thinking of 'rescuing' a dog - LOOK IN THE MIRROR - TAKE A LONG, HARD LOOK - DO YOU THINK YOU ARE PERFECT ? If you think you are then you are WRONG



Over the last few days we have been asked why we have so few dogs in our care. This is the reason - and please, please think about it. We have taken Rolo back. He is not perfect - he is head shy and he chews. We have Cassie, a middle aged bitch with eye and ear problems that have been sorted out to the best of our ability. We have had no good calls on these dogs. We have had 6 calls on Faith in three days. If we keep putting dogs like Rolo and Cassie on the back burner, they eventually get left behind completely. This means that if we take in 5 slightly less than perfect dogs each year for the next 10 years, we will be left with 50 less than perfect dogs....and I cannot take them all home myself. Where would this leave the rescue? Would you like RRT to take more dogs in but we would have to put a destruction policy in place?

We are now at the end of the year and would like to thank anyone who has taken into their hearts and their home one of our dogs. A few of these dogs have had some issues - we thank the people with these dogs for working so hard with the dogs. What do other rescues do with their "less than perfect" dogs? I mean all the other rescues - all breeds rescues, rott rescues, large, small and in between. Please do give us your thoughts and suggestions - we really are open to hearing them. We don't expect everyone to have what we have - a blind dog, an old dog, a dog with eye and ear problems, a very difficult dog and a tough young male - but we would like to hear from someone prepared to really work with a dog that they are taking on.Thank you to everyone who has come and had a walk with us this year and helped to keep these dogs as well socialised as possible in difficult times and circumstances.



Over the last few days we have had some real Xmas crackers!

Lets start with the phone call that went: 

Caller : Have you got any puppies?(lady speaking loudly over screaming children)

Me : No.

Caller : What is the youngest dog you've got?

Me : 5 years old.

Caller : That'll do - can we come and see it?

Me : NO!

They obviously put a lot of thought into owning a dog!!!


Next one went like this - "Hello, I am a professional rugby player. I live in a third floor flat with a communal garden that is not secure. I want a male rott. I am prepared to carry it up and down the stairs!!!" ......... sometimes I despair!




I went to the dentist for root canal treatment on Monday - it hurt like hell - but it didn't hurt as much as Shelley extracting the money for Xmas presents out of my wallet!



Hello again Shelley and Pete
I have been reading your recent updates on Pete's page and Margaret's responses - I have to agree with you all that it is very depressing but makes compulsive reading - in the past I have helped several local dog and cat rescues, at one oint doing home checks for Labrador rescue and helping out the local cats protection league - Margaret's comment about a dog not matching the three piece suite brought back a memory of a 'lady' who wanted a 'cream coloured cat' that would 'match' her new leather three piece suite but could we have it 'de-clawed' like they do in America so that it wouldn't scratch the suite- she was told to 'go forth and multiply' in no uncertain terms !
Having said all that I do have a scrap of understanding when people get a dog home and realise they have made a big mistake, possibly because they have been swept away with the idea of rescuing a dog, got to the rescue centre and realised that the dog they saw on the website is not for them so they may have looked at an alternative.
It has happened to me - a hardened dog lover and rescuer who 'likes a challenge' - in February we were looking for another dog, we rang about an older dog which was on the rescue website but apparently another family were going to look at him that day but we said we would go along in anycase and see what they had - we saw quite a few dogs over the next couple of days and came home with a dog which we would not have previously considered - a blinkin' hound cross !! She was very submissive and gentle and not only that our Charley Girl ( or rescued rottie ) absolutely loved her - all good so far - we brought her home and she was and still is fabulous with the cats, the trouble began the day after we brought her home - I nipped out to good old Sainsbury's for half an hour to get her used to me coming and going - on my return she was not in the house - she had squeezed herself through the cat flap and was busy sniffing her way down the other side of the road - at that point I could have taken her back - I have NEVER had a dog who wants to run away before -but no - I didn't want to let her down - since then we have had numerous escapades including her getting out of the bedroom window onto the kitchen extension roof and onto next door's glass conservatory roof - peeing on our beds ( I'm not kidding ) dragging me like a train around the village ( thank god for halti's ) - I could go on and on but dammit I will get there with her - she is very sweet !!  So I cannot for the life of me understand why people do not give these rescue dogs TIME to settle in - are they thick ??
As for the reasons why people want to give their dogs up - it is obvious they do not want to be bothered putting in the time and effort - they would rather put that on to someone else - why don't these people stick to having more kids and produce even more people who couldn't give two hoots about their pets - after all it will keep the rest of us busy trying to help them. God help us all - it is time this damn useless government made laws against idiots breeding dogs
christine X

Hello Shelley and Pete
I was saddened by the number of calls received by yourselves last week and wondered how you coped when you had to say no to people, because in spite of the dog owners I know you love the dogs and would take them all if you could but that is just not possible.
I know it is no laughing matter but your list of reasons why people wanted to offload dogs to you reminded me of some of the reasons we get when people bring dogs back to us having "rescued " them from our "pound" One or two examples might make you smile
Lady returned 2 year old border terrier cross bitch        " i didn't want a dog that was lively"
German shepherd returned after 3 hours                        " I let her into the garden and she barked"
Elderly staffie cross male that had been in kennels for 18 months and had finally found a home was brought back      "Dog kept following me around.  I couldn't cope"
9 year old dachshund came back after a day because it growled
Jack Russell returned because he caught and killed a guinea pig that was running loose around the lounge.
5 month old staffie cross puppy returned because she pulled a bit on the lead and wanted attention.
The list goes on!
I am still waiting for the dog that comes back because it doesn't match the sofa or 3 piece suite!!
Yes,  we do home checks but our circumstances are such that we HAVE to get dogs out to make room for others so some do slip through the net.  That said,  we find many loving homes for really difficult dogs so there are some good people out there who take on un housetrained, un socialised "works in progress" and somehow they do cope.
Love to you both


I have made an executive decision and decided to put on the dogs we are offered again this week....

Monday 03 12.12.

5 year old bitch - spayed - rescued by present owner and spoiled - now the dog is protective and has bitten the postman - and the lady is moving.

1 year old bitch - not spayed - lady rescued it but now feels that her flat is not big enough for the dog.

Tuesday 04.12.12.

18 month old bitch - not spayed - boyfriend bought it as a puppy as a present for her but she is now working full time.

3 year old male - not castrated - had from puppy - only likes the lady and is growling at her 2 year old son.

7 year old bitch - not spayed - owner fleeing domestic violence. Wednesday 05.12.12.

2 year old bitch - unsure if spayed - chained in a garden day and night - neighbours all very distressed but the owners do not want to give the dog up. I have advised calling the RSPCA and the local authority - we have no powers for dogs in these situations.

4 year old bitch - unsure if spayed - found straying, emaciated and in terrible pain with a severe ear infection. The kind gentleman who took her is paying for her ear treatment but cannot keep her himself as he already has two large dogs of his own.5 year old bitch - spayed - owner in hospital - unable to care for the dog (Dog Warden called)

6 year old male - not castrated - as above Please Note - both these dogs are in the care of the Dog Warden.1 year old bitch - not spayed - owner has had a stroke - his mother is prepared to pay for the spay if a rescue can take the dog.

10 year old male - castrated - owner has gone bankrupt and is moving to a cheap property where the landlord will not allow dogs Please Note ; this is the lady's -partner's dog that they have had from a puppy!

2 year old bitch - not spayed - owner 79 and unable to control.

5 year old bitch - not spayed - owner 79 and unable to control. Please note - owner would not say where he rescued the dogs from or how long ago!

14 month old bitch - not spayed - man rescued it from a friend of a friend while down the pub - dog has escaped from garden and attaked two other dogs and also bitten the owners - police involved.

6 month old male - not castrated - owner in prison.

Thursday 06.12.12.

3 year old bitch - unsure if spayed - owners abandoned in a boarding kennel.

6 year old bitch - not spayed - bitch has fought with three other unspayed bitches in the house (all are in season).

Friday 08.12.12.

8 year old male - castrated - marriage break up. Saturday 09.12.12.

4 year old bitch - not spayed - owner homeless - dog unpredictable. 5 year old male - not castrated - rescued by a cat rescue as it was going to be destroyed.



When we first started this website, we used to log every call for a dog needing our help and record it on the website, along with a few basic details on the dog. It became so depressing and also very time consuming. So, for one week only, just to show everyone what is going on out there we will put on every dog we are offered and the goes!

Monday 26.11.12.

2 year old bitch - not spayed - owner has mental health problems.

1 year old bitch - not spayed - owner has had leg amputated and can no longer walk the dog.

5 year old male - not castrated - both owners disabled.

8 year old male - not castrated - owner has cancer and his wife is in her 70's and cannot walk the dog.

2 year old male - not castrated - owned by a young man who left it with someone for 8 weeks, then took it to a friend's house where it was kept in the garage, then took the dog back again. This poor dog had already had three homes before the young man got it, and it is now showing signs of aggression.

4 year old bitch - not spayed - can we find a foster home for it for 4 weeks as the owner has no money to pay for kenneling and is going into hospital to have major surgery.(This is not a service we are able to offer)

8 year old male - not castrated - owner moving.

Tuesday 27.11.12.

One year old male - not castrated - youths broke into the garden, let the dog out and tied a plastic bag around its head. It nipped one of the youths - owner no longer trusts it. Vet surgery rang to see if we could stop it being put down - another rescue has taken the dog.

One year old male - not castrated - owner (in the army) posted abroad.

Wednesday 28.11.12.

7 year old bitch - not spayed (owner will spay if rescue can take her) - owner moving abroad.

Thursday 29.11.12.

So far the only call today was from a young lady looking for a rescue puppy as a surprise for her friend's eighteenth birthday present! so I am expecting the day to get worse as it goes on!

2 year old male - not castrated - can we foster or kennel it until lady finds a home for her and her children where she can have the dog. This is not a service we are able to offer.

2 year old bitch - not spayed - owner rehomed privately as she was moving, new owners will put her down if original owner does not take her back.

1 year old male - not castrated - owner going back to work full time. Dog is completely unsocialised and untrained.

Friday 30.11.12.

20 month old male - castrated - owner has broken her arm.

4 year old male - not castrated - owner has 5 kids and partner has left.

2 rotts - no details as when I said we had a waiting list they put the phone down.

14 month old male - not castrated - son has left his dog with disabled mother.

3 year old male - rescued privately - dog has been kept outside as a guard but has now become protective to owner and drivers will not come into the yard.

1 year old male - not castrated - dog still not housetrained, has had no training and not good with other dogs.

Saturday 01.12.12.

4 year old male - not castrated - owner in Police custody.

Sunday 02.12.12.

1 year old bitch - not spayed - owner moving away (her parents bred it - I advised her that responsible breeders take their dogs back FOR LIFE)

So, this week we have been offered 22 dogs - a quiet week. I am prepared to put this on every week if you are interested. Please let me know whether you would like to see these facts and figures every week or not. By the way - did any of you notice how many of these dogs are not spayed or castrated?





Hello Shelley and Pete
It is great to read that Kate, Ella and Lottie have been re homed.  I have been praying that Aero and Rolo would find their forever homes before Christmas but their day will come.  Both are lovely boys. 
Your daily log of dogs needing to be re homed is dreadful.  Why do people have them without thinking what having a dog means.  My dogs bring so much happiness into my life that I just cannot imagine life without them.  Of course they are a tie and a restriction sometimes but they are not moody or deceitful, are always pleased to see me, don't answer back and are not too badly behaved, all things considered!  Where do you find people who love you unconditionally and who never judge you?
We have a sponsored walk on Sunday where I hope we will see a lot of our recently re homed rescue dogs and that is great.  The following Saturday we have a promotional display at Pets at Home who are very good to us.  We are taking one or two dogs from the kennels so I have to get cracking measuring them up for their Santa suits!!
Love to you both and Aero and Rolo
Hathern dog Rescue


Had a message left on the phone that went as follows "I have a two year old male with anger problems (towards people)which I am sure could be sorted that I need to rehome. I was only out for an hour and phoned the man back. Apparently the neighbours have complained, the RSPCA and dog wardens have been involved. The RSPCA say the man has too many dogs (6) that never go out. The man says they do go out as he takes them to work with him -- but not at the moment as he is on a private job. He called a behaviourist in and it took her three weeks to get anywhere near the dog. He has had the dog from eight weeks old. The dog is always muzzled when out. Our poor breed - the people that breeders put these dogs into.


Just a sample of today's dogs offered - 2 x ten year old dogs, one 16 week old pup, a six month old, a five year old due to be PTS tomorrow and a two year old bred by the owners parents...don't know what to say anymore.


Have just taken a phone call. The conversation went like this:

CALLER  -  My friend has a ten year old rottweiler, She is moving from a three bedroom house into a smaller property and does not have space for the dog. Can you take it by next Monday?

ME  -  I'm sorry, we have a waiting list for dogs needing to come into rescue, and as most dogs only live to around 11, I feel the lady should keep the dog. A ten year old dog does not need a huge garden or long walks. It needs a comfy bed and two short walks a day. Space does not come into this.

CALLER  - Another question - my friend has phoned the vet and been quoted £150 to euthanaese the dog. Isn't that rather expensive?

ME  -  I don't think it is, but I fail to understand how your friend could own her dog for 10 years and then have it put down because she no longer has the space.

CALLER  -  I agree with you. I am just trying to help the dog.


Dear Pete
I have just read about the caller whose friend was not prepared to keep the 10 year old dog for the rest of its life.  After 10 years of owning a dog surely you must love that dog and be prepared to do almost anything to keep it with you and to be honest the dog would have adapted to the smaller property or whatever.
I think it is partly a symptom of the age we live in- anything that is any trouble is discarded or passed onto someone else while the person responsible ignores their responsibilities and expects others to pick up the pieces. 
We have kept dogs alive when common sense has told us that we should let them go but the thought of parting with them was too much to bear-  my conscience is still troubled by one particular dog who really went on for too long but we loved him so much and still miss him 15 years on.
"Reputable breeders" have a lot to answer for






 I am hi jacking Pete's Page again to show you Pete's new toy. I bought him an expensive vaccuum cleaner about three years ago. He never stopped moaning about it. He has finally gone out and bought this one. He says I am not allowed to use it! (Does he really think I want to?)

All comments welcome!!!





Now then Shelley we need more information ! What make of vacuum cleaner did you buy for Pete three years ago and what has he gone and bought himself ? This is very important because I have known very few men who actually don't have an allergy to domestic appliances.
Several years ago my dear husband and my best friend took it upon themselves to buy me a dyson DC04 for my birthday - - - I was absolutely disgusted and shot my husband one of those ' you should have known better and you are going to suffer for this' looks but actually when I started to use it I could have hung my head in shame at the amount of muck it picked up, then I thought it is because you can actually see all the muck as there is no bag but to be fair I have tried other hoovers and there is no comparison to a dyson - I've had a couple of reconditioned ones since then but a few weeks ago I treated myself to a brand new DC33 - WOW what a machine, I also 'treated myself' to a vax carpet and upholstery cleaner because the blinkin' hound that we adopted in February is frightened of her own shadow ( literally ) any loud noises and has a bit of an anxiety problem going on ( we are constantly working on this but she is an extreme case believe me ) this 'fear' causes her to tiddle anywhere she thinks may be ok even if the door to the garden is open ( you wonder why I drink wine and smoke fags ?? ) Having said all that she is very, very loving and we would not even contemplate parting with her now - anyway back to hoovers - my advice to you is to let Pete use the hoover as much as he likes because the novelty will wear off eventually and if it doesn't you can thank your lucky stars although I'm always a bit suspicious of house proud men !!!
By the way I love, love , love the look of Wally and am trying to persuade my husband to look at his picture - he sounds as though he would fit in here at the madhouse with six cats, a rottie bitch, a hound that pees on your bed ( I have plastic tablecloths on the bed  -  - it's true ) a woman who likes dyson hoovers and a big soft husband, trouble is we are in Derbyshire and you are in Kent - but where there's a will there's relatives - I mean a way
Love from Christine Henstock

I bought him an upright Dyson (I think they're great too) but he moans because it won't go under the bed. Who cleans under the bed? He has bought himself a Sebo. Oh well, as long as I dopn't have to hoover I don't care!


Hello Shelley
I've been having a little think about the problem with your Pet (e), this kind of behaviour is rare but not unheard of and you have my sympathy, I will do all I can to help. I think the first step would be to try a little bit of socialisation - not too much too soon - just take things nice and easy, try to see things from your Pet (e)'s point of view, you have given him a new toy, something which he is now being possessive over - you can't blame him - you allowed him to have it. I know you don't want the toy but you have to make him think that you do - after all you are the boss and you must make him realise this but in a very kind way - try reading "Nothing in life is free ", it is a very useful article and deals with all kinds of behavioural problems.
Has your Pet (e) been marking in the house ? If so he may be trying to mark his territory which is understandable but not to be encouraged. You may well find some good training classes near to where you live, I think they are called 'Day Centres' or residential care homes - look on the internet - it is a valuable source of information.
Hoover UNDER the bed ??? I'm worried about our Pete - he needs to get out more - bless him ! I daren't even look under the bed and I'm not going to tarnish my new hoover by sending it under the bed, I mean it would get all dirty wouldn't it  ?
I hope my advice has been of benefit and wish you luck


  Not sure about Pete's new hoover.  Looks a bit old fashioned to me!  Winking smile Sarah xxx


Hello Shelley
I think you must be very lucky to have a partner who considers hoovering as his particular calling.  My husband feels that I have an obsession with the vacuum cleaner when I insist on vacuuming every week.  No one would ever describe me as houseproud but I do feel I need to muck out occasionally!
The experience is traumatic because as soon as said hoover appears in the lounge, his favourite TV programme is always just about to start- no matter what time of day that is!!
The Jack Russell starts yapping and jumps on the Dyson trying to destroy it and the Rottie / staffie  cross, the fearless one who is reluctant to let people in the gate unless one of us says "yes ok" suddenly becomes a nervous wreck.
I have often suggested that my husband vacuums while I walk the dogs but that does not go down well either.
I very much enjoy the stories about all the dogs in rescue and am so pleased that they are all safe with you
I can't answer Pete's question as to why people are not coming forward to have another rescued rottie.  We are having the same situation at the rescue kennels here - fewer people coming forward looking to rehome a dog and more and more dogs being abandoned or dumped.  I don't know where it will all end but all we can do keep doing is the best we can.
Love to you and Pete.

Over the last few months, at least a dozen ex RRT dogs have sadly passed away. Only one person has come back to us for another dog - and that was Judith, one of our Trustees. I wonder if these people have got another dog from somewhere else, no dog or another breed. Can anyone tell me please?




A woman rang a couple of days ago. She said her 5 year old bitch that has had 2 litters was playing in the garden when it suddenly went lame on a hind leg. She took it to the PDSA who told her it had ruptured a cruciate, but as it weighed 52 kilos they would not operate. They gave her strong pain relief for the dog and told her to drop it's weight. I asked the lady why she was ringing me. She replied "I want my dog to go to a private vet and have the operation done and I wondered if the rescue would pay for this". I replied that we don't pay for an individual's dog to have surgery - this is the responsibility of the owner. I asked if she has a nice flat screen telly - she said she does. I told her to sell it and pay for the dog's operation herself - that is what I would do if I could not afford an operation for my dog. But there is another point to this - how can someone breed two litters when they cannot afford vet treatment for their own dog? We are both very sorry for the dog but we do not have the money to fund operations for dogs not in our care.


Now, when I left school I thought I was thick but........

A lady phoned looking for a dog to come into rescue. I asked her where in the country she lived (to help her find a closer rescue. She replied "England"!

It was not a cruelty case or an emergency.

12.10.12. We have had several calls from people who live within a 25 - 30 mile radius from us. When we tell them where we are they ask "Do you know of a rottweiler rescue closer to where I live"? I am now thinking of opening  corner shops to take in rottweilers so that nobody has to travel too far to offload their dog!

11.10.12. Two responses on the call below:

Suggestions for the Breeder who had 2 dogs she had bred unceremoniously returned to her and she doesn't have kennels;
Instead of ringing Rescue Centres, telephone "Ring & Reserve", then pop out and collect your tall baby gates !
As most Breeders like to boast "I only breed dogs because I love them", you must be overjoyed at the surprise of 2 more to love and I am sure with time, effort and training you can live as one big happy family, if you are unable to find them suitable homes.
Then ask yourself two simple questions;
1. Was it right to breed a litter of puppies into a world overflowing with unwanted dogs?
2. Was it a good idea to sell 2 puppies from the same litter to one home?- Ask any decent trainer the answer if you are unsure of it.
YOU took the money, now accept YOUR moral responsibility!
Hi Pete & Shelley
Regarding the dogs returned to the breeder - Firstly I feel sorry for the two dogs being let out of the car and the owners "scarpering' - the dogs must be bewildered and confused, it is only a few days since they were dumped. The lady who bred them has had  HER dogs returned to her and she must take responsibility - let's hope that she hasn't bred anymore and has no intention of doing so in the future. Maybe she should give the dogs chance to settle in with her dogs and they may get on given time. If she doesn't want to keep them she should rehome them herself and not expect rescue to pick up the tab - has she not read your website and seen how much you have had to spend on Cassie alone ? If you do eventually find them a place will she fund all their care costs ?


Shelley took a call from a well spoken lady who asked if we could help. She bred a litter of pups almost two years ago and sold two of them to the same couple. They arrived at her house with the dogs a few days ago. She thought they had come back for a visit. The couple let the dogs our of the car and in her words "scarpered". The two dogs are not getting on with the breeder's dogs - she is having to keep them separate. When Shelley said we ask people who cannot keep their dogs to go back to the breeder she replied "Well, I don't have a kennels". Shelley told her we would put the dogs on our waiting list to come in, but that cruelty cases take priority with us. Comments?



Hello - I have hi-jacked Pete's page for this i have been asked some daft questions whilst being part of this rescue e.g. can I bring my dog to you for you to bath it?! but this email .....well, make your own minds up!




hope you can help me? I'm on the hunt for rottie teddy bears for my three step children. As unfortunately we had to rehome their two rottie dogs as mum and dad split up and unfortunately nether of us had the room or the time to keep the dogs.

Have looked at several sights but none of the dogs have come up right, faces are all wrong.
hope you can help with my hunt.


We have these responses to the email story dated  12.09.12 lower down the page:    


Can I just say that when I spoke to Pete and Shelley recently  asking them for help to take a rottie from our rescue kennels,  they could not have been more helpful and understanding.  Aero  was given a chance by them and I understand he is doing well. 
Taking on a rescue dpg is not like buying a designer handbag and you almost always inherit someone else's problems but rescues are so rewarding
I read a comment today beside a beautiful photo of a rescue staffie with an 8 month old child ( supervised of course )
The comment said    THE ONLY DANGEROUS BREED IS HUMANS    It made me think! 
Keep up the wonderful website
It may seem that the website gives the impression that RRT thinks that all owners cannot be bothered with their responsibilities but that is because that 99% of the calls they receive are exactly that. Don't be put off giving them a call as they are genuinely trying to help and will give you all the advice you ask for. I've no idea why this person needs help but it would be helpful to know what they want - let me guess - to offload their dog ?????


Yesterday was a really busy day...Mus and I met at the kennels to give Derek a good walk before taking him to the vets to be castrated and have a "once over". We met Shelley there, in case we had any problems. Derek was as good as gold with the veterinary staff and we then all went back to the kennels to walk the other dogs. We phoned the vets at 11, and were told that Derek was still out for the count and could not be picked up until 1. So, we decided that Shelley would take our own dogs home, and do the shopping on the way. I asked her to get Derek a tin of pilchards for his tea. She replied "I don't think that's much of a swap - his nuts for a tin of pilchards"! I then went and collected Derek and brought him back to our house for the night, as he needed to be kept warm and quiet. (He is still in our utility room and has been as good as gold) The photo below is Derek in the garden with Pete....I think Derek was contemplating doing the same favour for Pete!

By the time I got home Shelley had returned calls to all the people who had left us messages whilst we were out. Here is a selection of them - these are crackers! First man - "I got a rottweiler x from the RSPCA last week - he is a super dog, very well trained and good on a lead. Can you take him as when I walk him it is jarring my shoulder". ...Young woman "I have a 10 month old, very boisterous bitch. A rescue in the Midlands has offered to take her but it is a long way. Can you take her as you are closer or help me with the money to get the dog there"....Second man "Have you got any puppies under 5 months old that need rescuing?"...I then had the misfortune to pick up the phone. A woman offered me her 7 year old bitch. It had a litter some 4 years ago. She got rid of the male which she owned (sire of the pups). She put the bitch in with her Mum who is now moving to a flat. I asked her why she can't have the dog as it is hers. Between giggles she said "I have decking in my garden and I have a young child". I asked if the dog was good with children - she said it is lovely with kids. So I asked for some veterinary history. She said "Oh, she can hardly get up as her back legs are so bad, and she has a lump on one of her teats but our vet doesn't think she would make it through an operation". I asked her how she thought I could rehome her like that. Still giggling she replied "Oh, I don't think you could rehome her"!  What on earth did she think I was going to do then? Surely that is why she rang a rescue? So, by then it was time to feed and walk our own dogs again. Then a quick curry order (thought of Shelley's cooking made me do this!) and a sit in front of the telly. But the phone rang so we turned the TV off, arranged a couple of home checks and went to bed  extremely tired! Just an average day! Hey Ho!



We received this email last week. Comments please? We would not like to think that we are putting off genuine people who are asking for our help.

 I entered your website for help, I have a genuine reason for asking for your advise or help but after reading your lengthy website I feel totally at a loss as to where to go, as you give the impression that all owners simply cannot be bothered with there responsibilities.


A man phoned and asked Shelley if we could take his 7 year old bitch. When she asked what the problem was he said "She isn't getting on with my new puppy". Shelley told him to take the new puppy back to where he got it from. Grrrrrr.....He then asked for other rescue numbers that he could try. Shelley gave them to him. Hopefully he got told the same by them too!



A lady rang this week who has a three year old bitch that is fabulous with other dogs and the lady's 5 children. The only problem is that it keeps jumping over the perimeter fence and barking and nipping at people walking along the track at the back of the large property. Shelley and the lady got along well and at the end of the conversaion the lady said "So, really what I need to do is raise the b****y fencing! I had better get on to it then!"


A lady rang Shelley this week and asked her to take her dog. The dog does not like other dogs, children or strangers. When Shelley explained that we could not take a dog like this as  we have kennel staff to consider as the dog is aggressive to strangers. The lady replied "but as you are rescue i thought you would know how to make it right". Shelley said "yes, but I still bleed like anyone else!" The lady banged the phone down.

Hello Pete
Have just read your page - again ! You must think I have nothing better to do ? Well, your comments always get me thinking and I always liken the things you say to my own, humble experiences over the years with dogs - not just Rotties. As you know 12 months ago we rescued a 5 year old Rottie bitch from a local rescue, we knew that she had, in the past had a cruciate ligament repaired and had been diagnosed with epilepsy and needed twice daily medication, we already had an elderly, male rescued crossbreed and she sounded 'just our cup of tea'. After being in rescue kennels for a month she was then fostered by a couple who had never fostered a dog before -
Off we went to meet her and all went well so we brought her home - apparently she had never been socialised with other dogs - always being taken out early morning and late at night, she apparently hated cats and to top it all, couldn't possibly be left on her own in the house because she cried so much.......She came home with us, got on asolutely fine with our old dog, walked into a house with 5 cats, got swiped by one of them and since then has had the greatest respect for cats and now ignores the lot of them, she is more than happy to be left for a few hours, in fact I think she heaves a sigh of relief when we go out  as it means she has the settee all to herself, she has even met and licked the hand of our neighbours 18month old grandson - under strict supervision of course, but I was very, very proud and pleased because my neighbours trusted me and her to be near their grandson - 5 months ago we went looking for another dog as we lost our old one 7 months ago - Lo and behold she took to another bitch after parading with several older male rescue dogs so it just goes to show you cannot judge a book by it's cover, with patience and a few ounces of common sense everything can be overcome.
Yard Dogs for Sale ??? It doesn't bear thinking about - were they puppies of yard dogs or the adult dogs ?? God knows, We used to walk past a scaffold yard a couple of evenings a week a few years ago and in this yard there was always a German shepherd 'guard dog' - it wasn't chained up and so would come to the wire mesh gate barking - it was a pathetic looking thing and so whenever we walked past I would push a tray of food under the wire which it always wolfed down, I wasn't the only one concerned for this dog and it transpired that someone rescued this dog and took it to the vets, it was apparently covered in rat bites - I have heard since that it is living very happily with a family.
As for you all doing rescue I don't see how you could do any better - you cannot possibly help them all - you can either do hardly anything for a lot or do everything for a few.
Why anyone wants to buy a dog from a breeder is beyond me - is it just ignorance ? Or do people imagine that rescue dogs are somehow second class ? Most of the dogs were bought from breeders in the first place - the breeders must know that they are adding to the problem - do they give two hoots ? Obviously not - they do it for the money - why don't they go out and get a proper job - no-one will ever convince me that the breeders are doing it for the good of the breed - these breeders should be dragged round the council pounds by their short and curlies or be made to have all their puppies microchipped before being sold so that they have to be responsible for that dog - FOR LIFE _ I wonder how many breeders would agree to that.
The 'lady' ( I use the term very loosely ) who had her 14month old bitch destroyed because the blood tests were too expensive - I wonder if she has ever had any blood tests, scans etc and how much that has cost the NHS who I work for ? We know what to do with her next time she doesn't feel very well !!
Christine Henstock


On the In Our Care page we have Sid. Sid is a stray. We have said we will not place him in a home with young children. Sid has probably been brought up with kids, and has met them at the park when he was a puppy/young dog. Many of these stray dogs have been owned in the past by a young couple with tiny children, who have not thought out the costs/training/time etc that goes with owning a large dog. When they have tired of the dog they simply abandon it. So many stray dogs have probably come from homes with young kids - but how can we home the dog into a family with youngsters when we do not know for sure? Think about it - for a dog to end up in a stray kennels it has to have been handled by a stranger - usually the local Dog Warden. It was probably abandoned in the local park where kids play. The Dog Warden will have put it in the van, got it out the other end at the kennels. The staff there will have been in and out to feed and clean out. After the statutory 7 days, the Dog Warden will ask the kennels what they think of the dog. If the kennels are unsure or have noticed any aggression in the dog, the Dog Warden will not bother to phone a rescue. They simply put the dog down. So, most of these dogs are probably used to kids.


I was in Surrey this week and saw a sign "YARD DOGS FOR SALE". Any comments?


We were  not born to be rescue. When we started we muddled through. Hopefully, with our experience we have got better at it over the years, but we still can't help them all. We do not believe people who say "if only I could win the lottery I would start a rescue". You wouldn't. You would buy a big house, a fast car, go on holiday and put your dogs in kennels! Any suggestions on how to do things better? Please do not say network dogs on Facebook. We like people to talk to us and come and see the dogs and the people in the flesh.


If you buy a dog from a breeder why don't YOU get THE BREEDER to sign a contract saying that they will take the dog back (for the rest of its life) if you can't keep it. I bet that would put a few breeders off!


I have had three calls this week from ladies who have several kids, are pregnant again and whose husbands are "always at work". They all want their dogs to come into rescue. The husband must have some time off! (he might be better off taking the dog for a walk!)


Once or twice a week we have someone phone who say they want a rott. They have often been on various websites looking at breeds I have never heard of. Most of these dogs cost a fortune. Is there a new breed out there about to take the lead on the "hit list" of Staffs, rotts, dobes, GSDs, mastiffs etc?


A woman phoned who wanted to rescue one of our dogs. She wanted a young bitch with a tail - must be under 14 months old, as that was the age her last rott died at. I asked what had happened, as this was a very young dog to have died. She said that the dog had become unwell, so she had taken it to the vet. He said it was extremely pale and there may be underlying problems. He wanted to do blood tests. The woman asked how much that would cost and the vet said "anywhere between 3 and 4 hundred pounds". The woman had the dog destroyed for £135.


Had this email - very interesting reading - makes you think 


Dear Pete,
I was just reading your page and find some reasons for owners wanting to rehome there dogs so sad, pointless and annoying. How shallow are some people in this world.
From a young age I was petrefied of dogs (especially rottwiellers and german shephards) but after a mis-spent wild youth found myself with a baby, epileptic cat and a rottie x german shephard (the dog, the babies father had left me with)!!
I know some of this message if not all sounds irresponsible of me.  At the age of 22 responsibility hit me hard in the face. A single Mum, i played with the idea of seeing if the police would take the dog (Scrumpy) as I was in a flat with little money and quite a hectic life. I worked part time and was always poor.
I decided I couldn't let my Scrumpy go she gave me so much in companionship and protection and the thought of her not being with me broke my heart, she'd been moved around quite a bit in her first year and I could tell she was happy with my son and I.
To get round being in a flat I walked my dog 3 times a day with baby on tow, decent walks, sometimes we'd have dinner or lunch in the park and be there for a number of hours. I'd work for 5/6 hours so she'd always get out before and straight after work. I got her insured although she was an extremely hardy dog and I never used the insurance.
We didnt have material things just basic living. My dog never went without, niether did my son or the epileptic cat that needed medicine 3 times a day!! I dont think I could have faced being a single mum as well as I did without my Scrumpy, she helped me through so much emotional hard times (giving me excercise, hugs and being a shoulder to cry on) I couldn't thank her enough and wonder if I was worthy enough to be her owner. I called her my sons other mother cause she loved him so much. I owed it to her to do all I could to look after her properly. We eventually moved to a house with a garden surrounded by fields which she loved.
I had Scrumpy put down at the age of 13 due to cancer and 10 months before she was put down I aquired a rottie (Kaiser) from a pub, he'd been quite badly treated. My dad had drunk in the pub and as soon as the lady mentioned not wanting him he contacted me and talked me into having him.. After having him a couple of weeks I thought I had finally lost the plot. What the hell was I doing I hadn't wanted the first one and now I had another. He was hard work, extremely strong on the lead (i'm 5''4' and 8 and a half stone and he was a biggun) He'd do wierd things after I thought I'd finally cracked it with his training. He spent most of his first year hiding behind my legs through being scared or dragging me down roads after big trucks,cars even wheel barrows or things i couldn't see. Thanks to my local Rottwieller Rescue Trust, that has now closed :( sad  I got advice on training him, I couldn't thank them enough, especially for not getting angry at the amount of times I called!! I did consider not keeping him thinking I was being irresponsible yet again!! but he was already part of the family and i knew there would be a lot of people that would send him back to the rescue, and I became protective of him cause of his strange ways that could've got him into trouble if he was in the wrong hands.
I had him put down 7 months ago at the age of 5 years because of bloody horrible limb bone cancer, it's so unfair he'd become such a good dog!!
Anyway after spending the last few months trying to work out if I want a dog in my life cause I felt my 2 came to me without me looking for and wanting them I have decided I do but was made redundent and haven't yet found another job, but have a couple of interviews lined up.. fingers x.
 I'd love an old one cause I'm not ready to commit to 10-15 years yet. I'll keep trying and hopefully speak to you soon.
Kind Regards and God Bless you all and the dogs you care for.
Julia xxx


This has not been a good week. Our regular followers will have seen Mick the mastiff on the In Our Care page, and many will have followed his progress with hope. On Tuesday, Shelley, Erin and I were walking Mick, along with our own dog, Duchess. We had walked round the field, Mick had played happily with Duchess. Everything was calm. Shelley went to put Mick back on his lead and with no warning he went for her. She has an extremely bruised arm and a deep puncture wound in her shoulder, but is fine although very sore. I shouted at Mick, but he went back for another go. Make no mistake, this was several serious bites - not a snap. I got in between and he growled and showed his teeth at me, then thought about turning on Duchess. I managed to get him on a slip lead and put him back into his kennel. Yesterday, Mus and I got him out, took him for a walk, and he once again growled and snarled at us, but did not bite. Today we could not get him out of his kennel - he was backing off and very nervous/anxious. We do not now feel he is rehomeable. We have made no decisions as yet.

We have had the following emails about Mick and his future:


Hi Shelley,
Sorry to just blurt it out but, I just read that you had been bitten on  your  website, Im so sorry to hear that.  Im pretty sure it's not the first time you have had a bite, but  it rocks your confidence and makes you question everything you know. It sounded serious, I hope you are  getting better.  Sorry to, that the dog had to be destroyed, this was honestly your only option, don't beat yourself up over that, be strong, move on and help the next one!  You don't need me to tell you what wonderful work you do, but if it helps, "you do wonderful" work, sometimes shit happens to really good people!
It's been three years since I was bitten and there are some dogs I look at and still freeze, which of course they know straight away.  Knowing you, you will have got straight back on the proverbial horse I do hope so cos we all need you fighting he good fight.
  Hello Shelley

I hope you are getting better - we are all very sorry to hear what

happened to you and know that you must make some very hard decisions.
We have been reading the updates on the two dogs Mick and Derek, and
were hoping for a happy ending but realise that some dogs have just
been too badly treated and traumatised in the past to help - we hope
he finally finds some peace as his life must of been hell for him to do
what he did. We do fully support you in what ever decisions you make
and also in whatever actions you think necessary.

Again its not us at the rough end of the stick but you and we applaud

you for the difficult and heartbreaking job you do and know that you
gave him a good life at the end and every chance. We are truly sorry
that it didnt work out for this poor, troubled boy but hope that many
more dogs can be saved.

Rachel and Steve

Dear Pete and Shelley

Firstly let me start by wishing Shelley a speedy recovery. I really felt I had to write to yourselves regarding Mick. I was absolutely shocked and worried when I read what had happened to Shelley. After my initial reaction, I really felt I would like to express to you my feelings on Mick.  I have a Mastiff/Rottweiler. I have had to work really hard to ensure that she is brought up and able to cope with different situations, the training will continue all her life.  As the mix of both breeds, they are very head strong and you have to keep on top of postive reinforcement training.

Mick has come from a (and I  use the word loosely) "home" where he had no training, no love, care, warmth and above all no interactions. He did not have stimulation to keep that rottie/mastiff brain being used to its full potential, so this dog had nothing before it came to your rescue. So after reading what happened (and I am no expert), this is just my opinion on what I believe,  Mick is not able to cope with life. He has been traumatised to such a point that he does not know how to handle  normal situations - be they love, walking, training - so for him when something as simple as putting the lead back on him, he doesn’t understand. He reacts in the only way he knows, which is attack without warning. I feel from the bottom of my heart and I also know that you and Shelley would do absolutely anything for your dogs, but I truly feel that Mick is going through what soldiers go through when they come home from a war and are unable to cope with the trauma of life that they have had to lead.  In my opinion it would be really unjust to keep Mick alive, as I feel his suffering is being prolonged. He has received more love and care from the both of you and your staff  in the last couple of months than in all of his years.  I truly believe that in this instance the kindest action would be  to stop Mick’s suffering, as this is always about the dogs health, both mentally and physically. I truly believe that Mick would not be safe to be rehomed and would be a danger. This is no fault of his, but the fault of his previous owners for not providing a good quality home.

This is just my opinion and my view. In rescue, you have such hard decisions to make every minute. I know whatever you decide will always be for the good of the dog.




Dear Shelley and Pete
I'm so sorry about the events concerning Mick - what a shame for him and you, I hope you are allright Shelley, I know you will be very shaken and also upset - please know that I am thinking of you and sending my love.
It is impossible to know why Mick has turned on the very people who are trying to help him but I wonder if he has some cerebral lesion or growth which is affecting his behaviour ? It is with sadness that I suggest that Mick is put to sleep, it is not fair to expect him to adjust to being rehomed or put in a situation where he believes that he has to defend himself again and it is not fair to think that he can be rehomed - poor dog, we will never know why but you have all done your very,very best, more than anyone else would have been prepared to do - God bless you. Whatever you decide I will be behind you 100%, there are hundreds of dogs out there just waiting for a chance to be taken in by good people like you and right now you have to think of them -  cruel as it may seem but this is life and we have to meet things 'head on' - as one door closes another one opens
With lots and lots of love
Christine Henstock
ps - has Pete actually put something on 'his page' without your help ?? If he has now you know that he CAN do the computer stuff !! Think you may have 'shot yourself in the foot there Pete - Ha XXXXXXXXXXXX
Shelley had a phone call from someone to whom we rehomed a dog some years ago. We knew that the RRT dog had passed away as she had told us a few months ago. The lady explained that she has been and bought a puppy for two reasons - the first was that because the dog she had from us was middle aged when she took it, she didn't have the dog for as long as she would have liked. The second reason was that she felt her RRT dog was an "exception" for a rescue dog, as it was so good natured. Shelley tried to explain that actually, most of the rescue dogs are extremely good natured - but there is just no getting through to some people. So, the well bred puppy has a lot to live up to!
It's the rescue dog is a second class dog thing again isn't it?


Monday, Monday good to me!

A lady telephoned who was crying so much I struggled to understand her. Eventually she managed to speak and explain that her 3 year old rottie bitch, whom she had had since a puppy, had stepped on her Chihuahua and killed it. She said that the rottie was not aggressive, it had just fallen on the chihuahua. She said she could no longer bear to even look at the rottie, and that it had to come into rescue. I explained that it was simply a very sad accident, and that accidents do happen. She insists she no longer wants the dog.

Next call - five minutes later.

Another lady phoned - extremely upset. Her friend had come to visit her. Her friend said "all dogs love me". The owner of the dog (who is 8 years old and has never done anything wrong in his whole life) said "my dog is lovely, but he doesn't like being cuddled around his neck and face". The friend got on the floor and cuddled the dog, who was dozing , around his neck and face. She got away with it. The owner repeated "please don't do it - he doesn't like it". The visitor, the one who is "good with dogs" sat on the sofa, called the dog to her and did it again. The dog bit her arm (quite badly, as the visitor pulled her arm away when the dog bit her, and so  the flesh was torn badly). The visitor is now saying she wants the dog destroyed....

I am obviously sorry for the lady who got bitten, but I think it shows that it is not just dogs that need training - people need it too. Why would you cuddle a strange dog when you have been asked by the owner not to? Every mother in the country teaches their 4 year old to ask before touching a strange dog - and this was an adult who chose to ignore the dog's owner to prove a stupid point.

Before I had time to get my coat off and make a cup of tea came another call. The lady said she has a sixteen month old bitch that needs to come into rescue. I explained that we have a waiting list, but asked her what the problem was. Apparently the little bitch is chewing badly. i asked how long the dog is left - the lady said she is only left for about 1 - 2 hours, while the lady goes shopping. I said I didn't think that was excessive, as even Shell and I need to go shopping as we do like to eat occasionally! I then suggested that she come to our class on Sunday, (free of charge) where she could meet our trainers and behaviourist who would be only too happy to give her some tips to help stop the chewing until we have a space to take her. She replied "I can't come - I work all the hours God sends"!


We have had this email in response to some of the items on here!


Hello Pete,
We have just returned from North Wales where we have been in the camper van with our dogs for the past week, as I always like reading your page it is the first thing I have done this morning. There are a few things I would like to comment on if you don't mind....Here goes
I'm with you regarding a 'sadly missed' page - we know that lost dogs are sadly missed, anyone who has loved a dog knows this - it breaks your heart - but it is selfish not to move on and think how you could honour the lost dog's memory by taking on another lost soul, no good weeping and wailing over something you cannot change.
Re your phone calls - how in the Lord's name do you keep your hair on ??
Man with athletic girlfriend - - - your girlfriend must know about training and determination if she is so athletic, wouldn't it be a nice thing to do together to go to dog training classes ? Owning a  Rottie is not about physical strength - you could be a very small person with the right attitude and walk several Rottties without being dragged across the road.
Man who owns a dog with entropion - my advice to him would be to poke himself in the eye several times a day with a sharp object, ask your building society for a mortgage break for one month and use the money for your dog's eye op.
Well done that lady who will give her 13 year old son a talking to
Agrophobic with dog - - - - words fail me at this moment !
Lady with a territorial growly bitch - - -lock yourself in a small room for a month, see how you like it
Man with pregnant wife - - - cast your mind back to when you bought the dog - you really wanted it didn't you ?? will you be getting rid of your kids when you get fed up with them ??
Finally to the man who owns a dog which is in great pain with hard black wax in it's ears ---
1)  Take your dog to the vets
2) Find the dog a decent home - do this yourself - don't expect rescue to do the hard work for you - get off your backside !
3) Do NOT be tempted to own another animal of any description
4) Pray that you never get a nasty ear infection yourself because it is very, very painful
I've finished now but I just want to say that you do a wonderful job and if someone was coming to do a homecheck on us we would do everything possible to enable us to have a dog from you, we would take your advice because you are the ones who have done all the hard work with the dog, you know it's nature and the last thing you want to hear is "The dog you let us have last week has escaped through a hole in the fencing"
With kind regards
Christine Henstock


Had a man on the phone who said he needs to get rid of his bitch today.I asked him why. He explained that his girlfriend, who is six feet tall and an athlete had been dragged across the road by the bitch when she saw a small dog. I advised headcollars etc. but he was not really interested. I explained we have a waiting list, and that rescue is for geniune, urgent cases. He asked me to define urgent or genuine. I did so, not particularly politely! 


I think I have upset a man who phoned wanting a dog. When I said I would do a homecheck he replied "But my vet knows you, and he knows me". I replied "Yes, but does your vet know how good or bad your fencing is"? He does not want a homecheck. He will not be getting a dog from us.


A lady phoned whose 5 year old dog has nipped a neighbours child. The owner was out. The neighbour's child (13) was playfighting with her 13 year old son. The dog nipped him. He has never done anything like this before - the dog lives with 6 children, ranging from 1 year to 17 years old. Her knee jerk reaction was that her dog has to go. After speaking to us, she agreed to keep the dog and get rid of her 13 year old! (She actually calmed down and realised it was really not the dog's fault - and that the kids need a talking to about appropriate behaviour around dogs)


Agreed to take a 16 week old puppy today from a lady who was struggling to cope with it's separation anxiety issues. Phoned her back three hours later to make the arrangements, and it appears that the breeder has agreed to take it back. This is the third time this has happened with puppies we have agreed to take in at various times. We had arranged foster homes for all three puppies, as we do not put young dogs in kennels - only to have to tell the foster home that the owner had got the dog back to the breeder. I have no problem with this - other than to say that I wish these breeders would take their adult dogs back too!


Monday calls are always fun(not). Here is a selection of today's sweetheart calls!

1. My 3 year old dog needs an entropion operation and I want to give him into rescue as vets bills are expensive and I have a mortgage to pay. The PDSA and Blue Cross won't help me as I don't qualify...

2. I need a home for my dog as it won't stop barking and the neighbours are complaining. I am agrophobic so I can't take the dog out...

3. I need a home for my 8 year old territorial bitch who lives in the kitchen and is growly with strangers as my grandaughter is allergic to dogs....any ideas why it might be growly with strangers?!

4. As I was typing the other three, the phone rang again. This time it was a man with a 7 year old male...he doesn't want his dog any more as his wife is expecting her second child and they have no time for the dog.

No wonder we are a miserable, stroppy pair of so and so's!


Sitting here on a Sunday evening relaxing. Phone rings. Guy who says his dog has thick black hard wax in her ears. She is screaming with the pain. What should he do? What do you think he should do!


I am a bit worried that we have lost a few of our regular monthly donations in the last couple of months. Obviously this is due to the current difficult financial situation many people find themselves in. The regular donations really help - our vet bill last month was £1,200 - and that is without kenneling and sundry costs. If you would like to consider a monthly donation, our Bank details are on the home page....rescue is an expensive business!


Had a phone call from a lady who wants a male rott. Her old rott is nearing the end of his days. During the conversation she said her existing dog got out and wandered for a couple of miles the other day. Her vet told her that the dog was looking for a place to go and die. I think all it means is that she has lousy fencing!


Had a phone call from a lady who wanted a young bitch. Her one stipulation was that it must be good with the grandchildren that her kids have not even started producing yet!



I am very concerned and disheartened that we do not seem to be getting any homes for our dogs at the moment. Okay, we have Mick and Derek, who are not the easiest dogs to rehome...but the rest are all super temperaments, fairly well behaved and eager to please.  I do not believe that advertising our dogs on Facebook is appropriate. Rescue is a serious business, and we have never had any success from Facebook enquiries. Anyone got any ideas? We have tried advertising in local vets....all we got were dogs needing homes! We have tried local papers to no, if you have any ideas, please let us know. We will not be taking in any more dogs until we have found homes for some of our long term dogs. They deserve their chance of a home and we cannot keep putting them on the back burner.

07.06.12. We have just taken a phone call from the friend of a lady who owns a rottweiler. The owner of the dog is going through a divorce. The dog lives with another dog at present, who is being put down tomorrow due to ill health. The person who rang wants the rottweiler to be taken into rescue tomorrow as the owner does not think that the rott will cope without its friend.



We got back from the kennels, having taken 5 dogs in this week alone, and having agreed to take two more in the next few days. Shelley picked up the phone and said "Blimey - no messages, that's a first for a long time". I replied - That's because there are no more dogs to rescue - they're all with us already!!!


Our dear old lady Cassie, who came back into rescue last September, has sadly had to be put to sleep. We will all miss her, and would like to thank Steve and Joy for the love they gave this lovely old dog for the last months of her life.


 Dear Peter and Shelley
We just wanted to thank you both for the pleasure of Cassie's company for the past 8 months. As you know she had to be put to sleep yesterday 28/05/12 due to bloody cancer. She was at least 10 years old but still enjoyed her daily walk with me, we will miss her greatly, thanks again.
Steve and Joy




This week I took a call from a very upset man. He had rescued a rottie bitch from a very large animal charity when she was 11 years old. He was recently made redundant and has little money. His dog of 13 years old was in a very bad way. She was not able to get up, had not urinated for two days, and he had to lift her head for her to eat and drink. Her legs were swelling. He had no money for a vet appointment, and no way of getting her there as he does not drive. Over the previous few days he had asked for help from three very well known large charities, who offer free or subsidised veterinary treatment - and one of those charities was the one that had homed him the dog. All refused to help. As the dog was obviously in distress, I rang his local vet, who knew the dog as it was registered with them. The vet went out to the dog, who, sadly, had to be put to sleep. The rescue paid the bill. The gentleman has assured us he will pay us back when he is in work again. It is the first time this rescue has paid for euthanasia. If you feel that we were wrong to help - please let us know and I will personally pay the bill.

Thank you for the replies we have received on this one - they are underneath :

I think you did the right thing in helping that man and his very poorly dog, in fact I have just written a cheque for twenty pounds towards it, I shall post it on my way to work this morning.
Rescue is not only about taking dogs in and rehoming them but reaching out to a dog and it's owner in distress earns you a pair of angel wings in my humble opinion.
I can only guess at which very large animal "charities' refused him help but I have a very good idea.
I really wish I lived nearer to you, I would love to meet you - one of these days
With kind regards
Christine Henstock

Dear Peter
You did the right thing. We would have done the same for the poor dog.
Its a terrible thing that he couldnt get help for those days when the
dog was suffering. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done for a
dog, just to put it out of its pain and suffering and you helped the
dog and the owner, perhaps in a different way than usual (or how you
would have hoped) but you helped a rottweiler in need and we will
continue to support you and donate so that you can do the right thing
for other rottweilers - whatever the situation and outcome.

Sorry you had to deal with this, but at least the dog isnt suffering
any more.

Best wishes
Rachel and Steve
Hi Pete

I read on your page about the dog who had to be put to sleep. I had much the same with my old girl Ella. She was on medication for 2 years for arthritus (excuse spelling) in her front legs. The vet warned me she was becoming tolerant to the medication and i would have to make the hardest decision sooner rather than later. On the Saturday morning in early January 2008 I woke to find her hardly able to move at all. She made it through the day but somehow the look in her eyes told me she was in agony. On the Sunday I took her out in the car which she always enjoyed more than anything else. We stopped at our favourite walk and bless her she couldnt get out. I drove home in pieces. I carried her out of that car and immediatly called my vet. I fed her all of her favourite treats and carried her to the surgery. She fell asleep cradled in my arms. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but also the best thing I could have done for her. I only had her 3 years, I took her from a friend of a friend who was emigrating but wasnt prepared to pay for her doggy passport. I like to believe she was happy with me, swimming in the sea,
chasing squirrels through the park and trying to bring trees home!! I think you have done the best thing for the dog. They have to have quality of life after all. Im sure the owner loved the dog and provided a great home and for that they should be proud. Its a pity some of these so called charities dont provide more of an aftercare service. You know you couldnt have done anymore.



I have just been asked to take into rescue a five year old dog. He has done nothing wrong. The family have had the dog since it was a puppy. When I asked why they need to rehome the dog the answer was this :

 "I like the dog but my 16 year old daughter and my husband don't like it any more. It is too in your face. If you don't take it we'll put it down."


We had a lady who has one of our dogs come up to rescue today to look at another of our dogs. She lost her male rott some months ago and is still mourning his passing. We may have seemed insensitive to her feelings. We did not mean to - but from our perspective, our breed is in terrible trouble, and we need kind loving homes (of which this lady is one) for these beautiful dogs that need help. Please, if you have lost your dog, don't leave it too long, go to work with another -put in the time, love and care you put into your last dog and you will be rewarded with exactly the same love and devotion that your last dog gave you


Today we took into rescue a 16 month old unspayed bitch. Her owners could not keep her as they have two kids under 5, a staffie and two cats. The husband is working long hours and they all live in a flat. Have you heard this one before? The little girl came into us, very thin, undersocialised and stressed. The kids were in the back of the car screaming and crying as the guy signed her over to us. We have not taken photos yet as she was so very upset ad stressed. Thank you to Peter Reynolds, Mike Outlaw and Mus Ozman who sat on the concrete floor outside her kennel for half an hour, feeding her titbits, talking to her and calming her down a bit. Please look at the In Our Care page in the next few days, once we have taken the photos. I am gutted for her.


The phone has been busy with grizzlers today..."I am working long hours", "my partner has left" - or the greatest one for a long while - "Can you take my dog into rescue as I'm going to Scotland for a month and I can't afford the kennelling"! After these calls, we were both getting a bit peeved and irritable. The phone rang again. it was a lovely lady who asked if we had any spaces. Her daughter had died of cancer, leaving two young children and a rottweiler behind. These are the calls we are here for.


Rescue is an up and down business, and I am often ranting and upset on this page - but today I would just like to thank all our wonderful supporters/trainers/homes who back us in the field, whatever the weather. So many people, without whom this rescue would not/could not help so many dogs. Although this year homes have been even harder to find, our walkers have been in the field come rain, shine, snow , wind - whatever the weather and I don't remember anyone moaning about it! If Shell or I have had to go to work one morning, volunteers have offered to do an extra morning walking the dogs so that they don't lose out on their makes all the difference and keeps us going!  Financially, support has been strong from our regular supporters - and at a time when finances are strained in every household. So, THANK YOU ONE AND ALL - YOU KEEP US GOING!


Had a lady ring wanting to rehome a 5 year old dog. her partner has left and she has several children to look after. She said "My ex partner won't take hisdog now that he has left. I asked how long the dog had lived with the family. She replied "oh, we bought it when it was 8 weeks old". I replied that therefore it was THE FAMILY DOG - not just his! Please don't insult our intelligence by making everything someone else's fault.


20.04.12 Had a man phone yesterday. He was asking for help and advice about his 5 year old entire male. He had read the website and wanted to try and understand why his dog had bitten his sister in law. The dog is kept outside all day whilst the family is at work. He come in only when the family are at home. The dog does not get a walk until the evening. A couple of months ago the sister in law moved in with her baby. She was going to kiss the owner's wife (her sister) goodnight when the dog turned and bit her hand. Why do you think the dog bit?

We got an answer to this one! - and here it is!

Hi Pete
I always enjoy reading your page and felt the need to reply to your question as to why that chap's dog bit his sister in law. Now I'm no expert so I don't want you to think that because I've watched a few episodes of 'The Dog Whisperer' that I think I'm clever , but it seems obvious to me that the owner doesn't give enough time to that dog and he's never had him castrated. He's got a very intelligent guarding breed who needs mental and physical stimulation, so what does he do ? Shuts him outside all day with nothing and no-one to interact with, day after day, lets him in to be part of the family for a short while in the evenings and the dog gets one walk, this must be very precious time indeed to that dog and he's probably not been introduced properly to the man's sister in law and baby so when the dog sees her going towards the man's wife how is he supposed to know that she is not trying to hurt her?
I think the owner should swap places with that dog for a week, he should be shut in a bare room with no tv, no computer, no radio, no newspaper, no-one to talk to and then be let out in the evening for one hour and a bit of a walk, while in the meantime the dog goes out all day, everyday, meeting people and other dogs, having lots to do and think about, generally keeping busy and see how he likes it ! He should be trying to see things from the dog's point of view, fair play I suppose at least he is trying to understand why his dog did that but if he reads your webpage that much he must have realised by now, there is enough information and stories from other people to educate people about rotties.
I think he should spend more time with his dog, take it out at least twice a day and when he is at work he should pay someone to come during the day and walk the dog.
Sorry for the rant but I cannot understand why anyone wants a dog to keep it outside and it not be part of the family
Kind regards

20.04.12 We are often asked to take dogs that have been very, very spoilt.By this I mean that the dog has been allowed on the bed, got away with telling the owners what to do etc. It is hard enough to find a good home for a dog without having to deal with "spoilt dog syndrome" on top! So, if you are one of the guilty owners - think long and hard. What if your life genuinely changes and your dog needs to come into rescue? It can happen to anyone......

11.04.12 This one is a classic! Just had a phone call from a lady who had asked a trainer to come to her home and advise her as her dog was getting a bit snappy with the children. The rott is an 11 month old bitch. The trainer has told the lady that the dog is more aggressive because she has had her tail docked, and that she will bite the kids by the time she is 18 months old! I haven't heard that one before!


20.03.12 Yesterday I was chatting to one of our volunteers. I was telling her that an 8 month old rott was about to be put to sleep at a vets when someone stepped in and found the dog a rescue space. She was incredulous that a vet would destroy a healthy, happy puppy that had no issues. I tried to explain that although vets do not want to do this, what is the alternative with every rescue full to bursting and breeders still breeding? What would you do if you were a vet? 


Took a call from a lady who needed to rehome her dog (a castrated male)due to her marriage break up. She had phoned her local all breeds rescue and they had advised her to advertise her dog on Gumtree and Preloved! She was inundated with calls from people who wanted to breed from the dog and who didn't want it when they found out it was castrated. She had several enquiries from suspicious types whom she suspected wanted the dog for dog fighting or other illegal activities. She also had several very, very angry calls from dog lovers, who were appalled that she had placed her dog on these sites. She has now removed her adverts from the site, and is trying to rehome the dog responsibly herself. She will be doing home checks if she finds a home she thinks may be suitable, but will keep her boy until she does.


Had a call today from a woman who wanted to get rid of her 5 year old male rott. The reason? She is "downsizing". I don't know whether she meant her house or her dog.


We think rotts are the best breed in the world, but the bad press we keep on receiving makes it hard to walk our dogs in public without getting stick from ignorant people who pick their dogs up even when ours are under control and berate us for having the breed we love. So sad.


A man phoned this afternoon asking for advice on his two year old dog that had been recently castrated, and had started chewing. It also had not calmed the dog down as he had thought it would. We explained that castration can take up to six months to work. He also mentioned that the dog had sired two very healthy litters of rott x staffs (he owns the bitch too). Having given the man lots of advice i then asked him "if any of the people you sold your pups to comes back to you in a year/5 years/10 years, will you take them back - because that is what responsible breeders do". There was a silence at the end of the phone......

13.03.12 A man phoned this evening at about 6.30. He said that his wife had left him,(yes, we do understand that these things happen) and she was the dog lover of the two of them, but he felt it was only right that he should look after the dogs, even though she was no longer there. He is a lecturer, and leaves the dogs for several hours three nights a week. I pointed out that in kennels they are left for 23 hours a day, although they have a run and some company and we go every day to walk them, this is not like being in a kind home. I thanked the gentleman for caring for his dogs.


A lady phoned this evening trying to help a rottweiler (not hers). She had phoned several large (all breeds) rescue organisations throughout the day. The only one that answered her was the Dog's Trust - they told her they were full. We answered the phone at 6pm. She was very appreciative that we had answered the phone - but we still had to tell her we are full. Most small rescues do answer the phone - but most of us are full and can't help


We have six lovely dogs in our care at the moment. Other rescues too have some really nice dogs in. We get people on the phone who want their dog to come into rescue for various reasons - and are too worried to rehome the dog themselves as they feel it may end up in a dog fighting ring or in the wrong hands, being bred from. But most of those people bought their dogs from a breeder (who is probably still breeding). The people who want a rescue dog often want "perfect" with no hard work. What are we supposed to do?


Had a woman on the phone who wants a dog. In her words it must be

under three

very good with people

very good with other dogs

not pull on a lead

She has seen a dog on another site that she thinks will suit her, but wondered if we have anything like this as we are much closer. I told her we don't have a dog like that. We do not rehome dogs to people who have an unrealistic expectation of a dog they haven't even met yet. I also resent people thinking that they can waste two rescues time and money so that they can find "perfect".


Today we were asked to take a 7 year old dog. Until three years ago he was a family pet. 3 years ago the man who owned the dog found himself a girlfriend who had a young child. This poor dog was put out in the garden, and allowed to sleep in the kitchen at night. The girlfriend rang us. She said "the dog does not like anyone now. It also hates other dogs." I explained we could not take a dog like this. She asked why not and I explained. She then retorted with "Well, I don't want to put a healthy dog down"


It seems to me that people are buying dogs without a second thought and getting rid of dogs without a second thought. Even older dogs (anything from 7 to 12 years) are regularly being offered to us due to marriage break ups, new babies, moving etc. Does no one have any heart? Any consience? How can they live with themselves when they have parted with a dog that they have had for years?

We appreciate that relationships break up, but with no homes and no support what can we do? 


We are not getting any homes. We have not had any good enquiries in the last month - are any other rescues doing any better? Please let us know if you are - we would love to pick your brains to help our dogs.


We were asked if we could find a working/security home for a dog with very high energy levels. Well, firstly, we do not rehome dogs for security purposes. Secondly, the reality of security homes tends to be that the dog is being handled by a very young handler, and spends most of it's time in a van. Not a great life.




Hi, thought I'd put my opinion on this a rescue I think we are taking the stick for a lot of breeders who have bred litters, take the money and then either run or hope for the best. I'm sick of hearing "oh, the breeder is not in it for the money and can't take the dog back". Most people who contact us have not even spoken to the breeder of the dog. We are taking their dogs for them. I feel that there are a lot of breeders out there who sell litters of puppies (and I am talking about even the so called responsible breeders) who profess to love this breed but see rescue dogs as second class dogs, something to be pitied, but nothing to do with them. A case in point is Duchess, almost blind and needing a huge amount of money spent on her so that she can see again. Not one single breeder  put a penny in the pot. I rest my case.




Mutterings from 1st to 6th January


Quote –  If you have never lost anything – the chances you have never had or  done anything worth losing.


Pete’s  view  –  If you have lost a dog keep it in your heart and keep your memories – but give another dog a chance to find another space in your heart.  


A selection of calls from  prospective “Rescue” homes :



Do you routinely do hip scores on the dogs?  …..  

I lost my dog two years ago,  but I am not sure whether I am ready to have another one yet …..

I would like to replace my Rott because the local scoundrels are damaging my car…….

My last dog looked like “xx”, did “xxx”, and never did “xxx” – that is what I am looking for…….

How would you have responded  ??




22.12.11. I am tired of people thinking that because they have watched four repeats of the Dog Whisperer they are Caesar Milan - I have watched 30 episodes of Air Crash investigation and I still can't fly a bloody 747!


Guy phoned up with a 16 month old dog that is biting people. It was bought for his 11 year old son. When i said this was an inappropriate breed for an 11 year old he agreed - he said he wanted to buy the child a GSD!


The phone hasn't stopped ringing this week. Dog after dog needing a new home, many for very spurious reasons. One lady has two bitches of 15 months old that she bought from a breeder in Herne Bay, Kent. She paid £600 each for them. She only really wanted one, but her 7 and 8 year old kids wanted two, so she bought two. Now,one of the dogs is pushing the boundaries, and she wants the rescue to take it - not the softie with no issues. The lady doesn't want to go back to the breeder - after all, the dogs are 15 months old now - why should the breeder be bothered by a lady with problems? Just dump on rescue, yet again!



A man rang on behalf of his son. The son has a three year old male rott, but cannot keep it as he has a new girlfriend, they are having a baby and she doesn't want a rott in the house with a new baby. A couple of points here: 1) Get you son to phone himself - not leave it to Dad and Mum to sort out - you are a big boy now!



A lady telephoned us to see if we can take her dog. The dog is male, 18 months old and castrated. He is starting to nip the kids if they tell him what to do. The kids are 14 and 18. I asked if he had been to training classes. She giggled and said he hasn't. I asked her if her kids are expected to say please and thank you. She said yes. I asked her how she achieved this. She said by training them to say it. I told her she had answered her own problem!



I took a call yesterday from a young woman who was being placed in a women’s refuge due to her ex partner’s violence. She wanted the rescue to fund her dog for two or three months until she could take it back. I explained that the rescue cannot afford to do that, and that she would have to finance the dog herself. She then said as she was on benefits, she could not afford to do this. I explained again that the rescue cannot afford to fund her dog, for her to have back. We fund dogs that need new permanent homes. At this point, her friend, a male, came on the phone and was extremely abusive and threatening. He said he would bring his male rottweiler and set it on me. I thanked them for the call and apologised for not being able to help them.

The point to this story is that I suspect that all the rescues are taking abusive calls – this is not the first we’ve had and I’m sure it won’t be the last – we have even had to block one person from phoning us at all (a free service from the phone company for the first month only) as the person was calling us at all hours of the day and night – drunk.



We have not taken these dogs, nor would we put individuals in touch with each other. In our experience, to do these "home to homes" is very risky, as we have not assessed either the home or the dog, and if it doesn't work out, then we are expected to take the dog into rescue - and, unfortunately, money and time do not permit us to take every dog offered.

Another day, more phone calls....

Dog warden who brought big Ted to us phoned to see if we had space for another rott - a stray bitch of a year we still have Big Ted, and several other dogs that have been with us for a while, we have no space.

Have had a lady from Newcastle looking for a home for her 2 year old male rott x Dogue de Bordeaux. None of the breed rescues will take him as he is a x breed, and she is desperate...

A lady with an 8 year old male rott, not castrated, going abroad...can't afford to take him. Has tried contacting the breeder through various breed clubs but she does not respond to phone calls - nothing new there then!

A man with a fifteen month old rott that was bred by his daughter. He is moving from one pub to another but is unable to take the dog with him. I advised he asked the breeder for help, but he said his daughter wouldn't be able to help.

12.09.11. A lady has just phoned up with two rotts, kept in a shed at the bottom of her garden. She has 4 kiddies and her husband works away a lot. I asked why she got them. She replied "I love them!"

12.09.11. Offered a two year old small uncastrated male. It lived inside as a puppy, but now guards an MOT garage - but doesn't sleep in the garage - it sleeps in a hut on the site.


25.08.11. Sitting quietly minding my own business in the living room when i heard the dogs "creating" in the kitchen. Went in to find Cleo and Polly chasing a squirrel round the kitchen! Not every day that happens. It got out without harm though - speed up girls!


Dogs prayer: Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in the entire world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends and your entertainment. I only have you.


Sorry I have not put anything new on here for a few weeks - but I had a little accident......for more details see News and Views.

I am starting to wonder just what we can do to rehome some of our dogs. We have two stray males in at present, both nice dogs...but we have had no interest in them, other than one man who wanted a home check, but then decided he would "have a look round" and see what else was available first.. do these people not realise that these dogs need a home, and that this rescue would not be doing a home check if we felt that the dog was in any way unsuitable for them or their circumstances. Potential new owners seem to be holding all the cards as it is a "buyers market" and there is so much choice.


Had a nice lady on the phone interested in one of our bitches. She explained that she has been ill. I explained that the bitch in question has some arthritis - she replied "I don't care what she's got - I'm not perfect - she doesn't have to be either" - now that is a rescue home!


Most evening we get a phone call from someone who has heard about a dog that needs help. Most of these people know nothing about the dog - whether it is neutered or not, how old it is, whether it has lived with children or not. they are often surprised when we ask them to go and see the dog for themselves....then call back. They rarely do. 

Often we are asked to take dogs due to marriage break ups or redundancy/eviction. Obviously, no one wants these kind of problems in their lives, but these things do happen. My point is twofold. Please think about the costs of having a dog - of any breed before you hit one of these problems. Insurance for a rottweiler is about £40 per month now and does not include yearly vaccinations, flea treatment and worming, or the cost of neutering. When we are asked to take a dog, we have to consider several things. Firstly, are we getting good enquiries from people who want dogs. Secondly, our vet and kennel bills are going up and up and we have to ensure that the dogs already in our care can have the treatment they need. So, to some degree we are in the same boat as the owners who cannot afford/are struggling to keep their dogs. But people keep buying without a second thought for the future, and breeders keep breeding and selling their puppies without a second thought.


I took a call today from a mature couple. They have a 10 month old male that they rescued from a rescue centre two months ago. The husband spoke to me first, saying that his wife doesn't trust the dog because it is going for her, but said it isn't vicious. When I asked him to explain further, he passed me to his wife. She said that her husband isn't well and isn't walking the dog, and that the dog is showing dominance over her, and as she has grandchildren, she doesn't want the dog any more. She spoke on the phone to a trainer today, who told her to rehome the dog. Obviously, I haven't seen the dog either, but it seems to me that this couple should not have been allowed the dog by the rescue centre, as they clearly are unable to exercise or train it. I'm afraid I suggested that they contact the rescue centre and asked them to take the dog back...hopefully the rescue centre will take it back and do a better job next time.

We are getting a lot of calls from people in their fifties and sixties who have just lost their old dog. They are looking for a young dog, usually under a year. These people then (if they pass a homecheck and get a young dog) ring up complaining that the youngster is chewing, full of energy, jumps up etc. Have they forgotten what their last dog was like when it was young? Actually,as I am 63, I know my limitations and always go for a mature dog (3 - 4 years old minimum)that will be happy to be left for a few hours, and not need the amount of work and training that a youngster needs. NOT ROCKET SCIENCE FOLKS!

Here is the question

For all you geniuses who can do addition and subtraction, work this one out. Our kennel bill is about £1000 per month. Our vet bill is usually about the same, but going up every month. We get £100 for every dog we rehome. Should we only take in dogs that don't need any veterinary treatment, as we could then take in a lot more dogs, or should we destroy a couple of dogs a month if we find they need expensive operations. COSTS OF OPERATIONS

SPAY £150





Even an ear canal flush and the appropriate antibiotics and ear drops can exceed £500.

Please tell us - should we consider destroying dogs that need expensive treatment? 

Emma has had her cruciate operation and  Ritchie has had his for Osteochondritis; they are now in loving foster homes recuperating. We have Gordon who has been castrated and vaccinated.  Ruby, who has entropion is yet to have her treatment. (Her new owners are bringing her back and Rescue is paying, as we wanted Ruby in a home before doing the operation). 

Would anyone like to have had to pick which one of these dogs to destroy?



Those people who sit on the fence will get splinters in their bums.




If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and
  boring people with your troubles, 

If you can eat the same food every
 day and be grateful for it, 

If you can understand when your loved
  ones are too busy to give you any time, 

If you can take criticism and
 blame without resentment , 

If you can conquer tension
 without medical help, 
If you can relax without a glass of wine,

f you can sleep without the aid of drugs, 

You are probably the family dog!

08.06.11. Sitting down after a hard day, and at 8pm the phone rings. I pick it up to find a frantic lady on the phone. " Please help me - my dog is having puppies and she only young". It turns out that the lady rescued the bitch, who is about a year old now. She also has a nine month old mastiif x american bulldog male.....well, we know what they have been doing. We gave her as much practical advice as possible, but it makes your heart sink to know that there is yet another litter out there needing good homes, and an owner who did not think that the male was old enough to sire a litter......say a prayer for these puppies, that they find loving homes.

CALL OF THE WEEK! (Peter is always lucky with phone calls!)


Just had a call from a lady who asked if we have any puppies, between 6 and 8 weeks old coming in in November or December!!!

Our thanks to Mr D. Martin, who has sent us a cheque to care for Emma. We are extremely grateful.


Is there anybody out there who simply wants a rottie who doesn't have cats. Now I have nothing against cats, but I haven't had a call from anyone in the last couple of weeks who doesn't have vast quantities of them! Out of 5 good sounding homes, there is a total of 25 cats to consider! Even the most tolerant rottie would struggle. But these potential owners seem very surprised that we don't have something to suit them. So, I ask again - IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO DOESN'T HAVE CATS AND WHO DOES WANT A ROTTWEILER?


CALL ME PSYCHIC - TODAY ( SUNDAY 26.6.11) HAS BEEN 28 DEGREES AND VERY SUNNY. I predict that tomorrow we will have a spate of calls from idiots saying that their dog, that they have had from a puppy has nipped one of their kids. I will let you know tomorrow whether I am psychic or not!

28.06.11.Actually, we had no calls ...but the reality was even worse - a trained Police Dog Handler allowed his dogs to die in an unventilated car....words fail me.

MAY 2011

This month we have lost two foster homes. Both homes decided, for one reason or another, to keep the dogs they were fostering. We are one of those homes, having decided that it would be unfair to move Duchess on now, as she has settled so well with us, and has been here for quite a time. Diane, who was fostering Audrey, has also decided to keep her. Whilst we are all very pleased with our new additions, it does mean that we cannot help any more dogs by fostering - we are now at maximum capacity in our homes. Had there been any real interest in Duchess or Audrey, earlier on in their stay with us, they would have been rehomed. Although we were personally overwhelmed by the financial support we received for Duchess, no one stepped up to the mark to offer this super little dog a home. Audrey, a bit of a challenge, but a very loving dog was being overlooked too. As a rescue, we will always have slightly more challenging dogs needing our help - but we will no longer be able to take them into our care, if we cannot realistically find homes for them...

We got home the other day to find 9 messages on our answerphone. We had been out for 5 hours, walking the dogs in kennels and doing some food shopping. We took down all the numbers, and one asked us to phone her urgently. We rang that one straight away. The lady answered and told us not to bother, the dog had already been put to sleep - she needed the dog gone immediately, and we had not rung back quickly sad.

Last Sunday was very hot. We took 4 calls, all of them from people who had owned their dogs from puppies. All were 4 years or over. All 4 dogs had nipped the family child - none of the children required hospital attention. In every case the children and  dogs had been left unsupervised.One lady said - I know it is hot, I know my dog was laying in the sun and I know my child jumped on it - but I only give a dog one many chances do you give your children when they make a mistake?

26.05.11. About four weeks ago we noticed our 10 year old boy, Byron, was licking his right front paw. We couldn't see anything obvious, but took him to see our vet. He would not let either myself or Shelley touch it, but presented it proudly to a complete stranger in the vets surgery, the vet nurse and the vet! The only one who had any idea about what was wrong was the vet! He diagnosed a nail bed infection, and Byron was put on antibiotics for ten days. However, during this time his nail fell out. As is was rather sore, we took him back to the vet. This time Byron had to be muzzled -he swore at the vet the whole time his foot was being bandaged. After 5 days the bandage came off. In the next few days we noticed he started licking it again, so back to the vets we went....boy, what a nightmare he was this time! He swore and grizzled and showed off, we had to really hold him - even with the muzzle on it was a struggle.

Our vet felt that the problem with his nail had started as a nail bed infection, but had very quickly become a tumour, so he advised a toe amputation. As Byron is 10, I don't think either of us would have operated on him unless he had been very uncomfortable - and he was. His foot was a constant source of irritation to him. So, a fortnight ago we had his toe amputated. When we picked Byron up from the vet he was very very grumpy. He laid in the back of the car, and refused to get out when we got home. He stayed in the car for four hours, only coming out in time for tea! Five days later and the dressing needed changing again. Muzzle on, nurse, vet and ourselves ready - okay, the fight begins! The swearing is dreadful - he sounds so awful. The vet nurse has learned to do a dressing change in record time - she says it is the self preservation method! Byron will need another couple of dressing changes before he can have his foot back the way he likes it - without the bandage. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that our normally gentlemanly, happy go lucky, friendly dog changes into a raging monster when he is in pain and being pulled about.Our vet staff are very good and realise that he is a nice dog....but what about the people in the waiting room who hear the ferocious growling and see us come out puffing and panting? What on earth must they think? It is even more amusing to watch their faces when we come out...yesterday he strolled over to a lady with a cat in a basket, said hello to it nicely, waited for a titbit from the receptionist, ignored two dogs who didn't like him, and made his way to the car with us nicely...perhaps that was his way of reminding us that he is still our super boy - he is just in pain and a bit frightened when his foot is being dressed.

  keep breeding and selling their puppies without a second thought.

APRIL 2011

 This week has been particularly difficult for Shelley and I. We have been offered a lot of dogs, and most of them have been over 6 years old. The reasons are varied, but the problem remains the same - there are very few homes out there for older or old dogs. The two calls that were most difficult to deal with were as follows: An 11 year old bitch whose owner had died. The daughter took her home, and she gets on fine with the other (existing) dog, but is doubly incontinent. The lady said she could not longer take the smell of urine on the furniture and carpets but feels that the dog is too healthy to be euthanaesed. We explained that if she doesn't want the smell in her house, no one else would want it either...very sad, and very difficult. Poor old dog.

The other call was from a lady who said she had been looking after the dog for someone, but was having to move and couldn't take the dog with her. The dog is 10 years old. On further questioning, it turns out that the lady herself bought the dog for her son when it was a puppy. The son was eighteen at the time. For the last two years she has looked after the dog as he now lives abroad. She would now like to go abroad to live and won't take the dog with her. I explained we could not take the dog. A few minutes later she rang back to ask if we knew anyone who would foster the dog if she paid for the food. I explained that the foster homes we have we use for our own dogs, to keep kenneling costs down. The reality of this one is  -  DON'T BUY YOUR EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD A DOG IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO LOOK AFTER IT!


Sorry about the language on this one - but this is what we put up with...


A guy phoned and left this message..I have a rottweiler cross that is pi..... and sh...... all over my flat. I can't stand it any more - ring me back (sounded belligerent) Two minutes later he rang again and left another message....Are you going to ring me back? You are a rescue..that's what your job is....

Peter did phone back when we got in, but the guy had used a neighbour's phone and never got back to us.


We have just been contacted by a lady whose relationship has broken down. She has two four year old rottweilers. One castrated male. One spayed bitch who is almost blind and has hip dysplacia. She bumps into furniture if it is moved around. Both have lived with older children and been around young children. Both are good with other dogs. We have Byron at home, who also has bad hip dysplacia, but we have had him for four years with no problems. It is just a case of keeping him fairly slim and limiting his exercise. The two dogs are very close to this rescue - what should we do? How can we put an almost blind dog into kennels? Would anyone help this dog anyway?

This article appeared in the Daily Mail a couple of weeks ago.

  • Dogs were pulled along for one mile before driver realised

Two dogs were dragged to their deaths behind a family's car after a woman tied them to its rear bumper without telling her husband.

In an incident that police are treating as an accident, the man, who has not been named, drove off and travelled for a mile before realising what had happened.

By that time, the pair of Rottweiler cross dogs had become detached from the man's Land Rover and had been found either dead or dying by passers-by.

Police officers were called to the horrific scene in Crawley, West Sussex where they spoke to the man who has not been named but he was not arrested.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: 'We received a call from a member of the public who saw a 4x4 being driven along the Balcombe Road and two animals were seen tied to the back of it being pulled along on the ground.

'The police received further calls from passers-by who had to swerve in the road to avoid the animals. 

'This is a tragic accident and the family is understandably devastated.'

Officers learned the man's wife temporarily tied the animals to the car but missed her husband who got in the vehicle without seeing them.

One dog fell from the car near the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium in the town, where it was later found dead.



February 21st.

If anyone else phones me who is over the age of 10 and tells me they didn't realise the dog would get so big, I will lose my temper. Everyone knows how big rottweilers get. The books don't keep it a secret!



February 27th.

My birthday. We had been out the night before to a quiz night in aid of the dogs, and were still in bed when the phone rang. It was a guy who has a dog that has been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. He wanted us to take it as he doesn't have time to take it to the vet once a fortnight for treatment. No peace for the wicked!



Had a call from a lady who had deliberately bred her rottweiler bitch. The bitch had had 14 pups, and she was only expecting her to have half a dozen. She rang to ask us for the list of homes on our puppy waiting list so that she could sell the rest of her puppies. She was told no, but only after a very long disbelieving silence!

We have just put a message on our answering service asking that anyone who has a mobile rings us back, as our phone bills are getting out of hand. If everyone left landline numbers, we could probably help another dog every quarter....

Had a call from a lady who says that her rottweiler has got too big for the house. Is it an elephant or a rottweiler? Who doesn't know how big rottweilers get?

I start my day at about 7.30, and have generally taken at least one phone call before 9.30. Most days we have between 10 and 15 calls from people wanting their dog rehomed, but yesterday (17.1.11) was the worst ever. We took 35 individual calls and did not get off the phone until 10.50pm. It's okay, but the food here is lousy - we never get time to eat or cook a meal properly! 

A man phoned with two bitches - 3 and 5 years old. They have never really liked each other but have started to fight. They are left 8 hours a day, get one walk in the evening, and one meal a day (in the evening) -and he wants to know why they are fighting!

My favourite calls are the ones that ask us to take their uncastrated, unvaccinated, unwormed, unmicrochipped,untrained and unsocialised dogs. They nearly always say they will give us a £20 donation to help with the cost of feeding it!

Had a lady ring who has a dog that doesn't like children. She asked if we have any farm homes that her dog could go to. How many farmers don't have children?!

Had a lady ring to say she needed her dog to go as her husband couldn't walk it as he does three nine hour shifts a day! If everyone in the country who owns a Rottweiler is working the hours they say they are - then why is the country in such a ..... state?