THINK BEFORE YOU BUY A DOG
Please email your views to email@example.com - we are happy to put them on our opinions page. Or write and tell us about your dogs...we can all learn from each other.
Please note - If you need to rehome your dog we will need to talk to you, so please call us on the landline. The more information you can give us, the easier it will be for us to try and help.
WE HAVE A LONG WAITING LIST.
We have a long waiting list for dogs needing to come into rescue. Most of these dogs have not done anything wrong. The reasons people are giving us are often poor excuses - for example - Working long hours - the answer is get a dog walker, or I'm having another baby - answer - the dog is part of the family. Or I'm divorcing/splitting up and moving and I can't take the dog. Same answer - you wouldn't leave your child behind would you? Or give it up if you were working long hours! Rescues are supposed to be about helping dogs whose owners genuinely can't look after their dogs. For example, if someone is seriously ill, or has passed away. We should not be here for whingers. Every time we take one of those dogs, we cannot help people who really need our help. If you can't commit to a dog for the whole of it's life - don't get one.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS TAKE THEIR DOGS BACK
We are now asking every caller who wants to give up their dog if they have contacted the breeder - no matter how old the dog is.
Many have, but have not had any joy. Some are very well known and respected breeders in the show world. It seems that breeders can still hide behind their reputations, or make excuses for not standing by the dogs they breed.
Here is a list of breeders who are happy to take their dogs back.
Lynne of Wildheart rottweilers
Rebecca of Jezeve rottweilers
Viki of Ceearott rottweilers
Colette of Zorgs rottweilers
Shona of Darcguards rottweilers
Sue of Cameus rottweilers
Sarah of Melaisey rottweilers
Jackie of Rottalma rottweilers
(Contact numbers on request)
If anyone else would like to "put their money where their mouth is" I will be more than happy to put their name up in lights.
RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS TAKE THEIR DOGS BACK.
THOSE THAT DON'T SHOULDN'T BREED.
MESSAGE FOR ALL BREEDERS - WE ARE STILL MORE THAN HAPPY TO PUT YOUR DETAILS ON OUR WEB PAGE IF YOU TAKE YOUR DOGS BACK FOR LIFE...WE HAVEN'T HAD MANY BREEDERS CONTACTING US THOUGH!
PLEASE REMEMBER - IT IS NOT OUR
JOB TO CONTACT YOU AND ASK YOU IF YOU TAKE YOUR DOGS BACK, IT IS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTACT US AND LET US KNOW.
In rescue, we get used to hearing some very sad stories. But we do suffer from people who think they have a right to off load their dog simply because we are a rescue and it is our job to take it.
In the last few days we have taken three calls from people who have been out and bought dogs that were advertised on the internet. All of these dogs have been found to be “unsuitable” in one way or another. In every case the new owner has tried to get back in touch with the previous owner, all to no avail. They then start to ring rescues to see about getting the dog they chose to buy out of their home as quickly as possible.Two of the three people who rang me told me exactly what sort of home the dog needs! Well, if they know so much, why don't they find it a home?
We have also been approached by someone who has a three year old male that they have had since it was a puppy. They brought the dog from a “breeder” who has no interest in taking the dog back. This dog will destroy the house if left, and the owner is now going back to work full time. The owner has already tried to rehome the dog himself. He placed the dog with a family with children – although the dog has never lived with children. The dog is uncastrated and has never been to training classes. The owner tells me that the dog does not listen to anyone. He humps his female owner, and has also humped the new owner. He will not let the new owners children walk freely from room to room. The dog is coming back to him. He does not want it, and so he expects the rescue to take it.
I explained that we do not get homes with no children or visiting children, and that he really should have trained the dog and castrated it – in fact, PUT SOME EFFORT IN to the dog that HE chose to buy. I told him we could not take this dog.
He could not see what he had done wrong even when it was explained to him. All he and his wife wanted to do was off load the dog onto anyone so that it was not their problem any more.
Five minutes later the phone rang again. It was the owner's wife who was very upset that we would not take the dog. I explained it again to her. She then asked to speak to Peter and he explained it again. Despite our best efforts thse people do not understand why we will not take their dog. Then they say "All he needs is training" it is very tempting to say "Well, train it then!" But then we are accused of being uncaring.
We do care about this dog and the hundreds of dogs in similar positions. It is not the dog’s fault that it has been bought by someone who has not bothered to teach it how to behave. But it is NOT our DUTY to take the dog.
We have to prioritise what dogs come into rescue. There is no point in taking in dogs and being unable to rehome them, or becoming financially insecure due to our hearts ruling our heads. It sounds so cold and unfeeling, but no one made these people buy a dog - they chose to buy it.
As a rescue, we feel we should be helping dogs that really need rescue. For example, if someone is seriously ill or has died, if someone has lost their home, or if a dog is being cruelly treated.
The financial commitment is huge every time we take in a dog.
Firstly there is kennelling – at £8 per day, the cost is about £240 per month. Then the dog needs neutering – approximately £150. Vaccinations (and most dogs have not been vaccinated for some years) is £45 per course. Then microchipping, frontline, wormer is another £50. It must also be realised that we have to temperament assess each dog, get to know it and do some work with it before finding it a home. This cannot all be done in 30 days!
We have also been asked to help a dog whose owner has died. The dog is being taken food twice a day, but is on it’s own in the house. We feel that we must take this dog – this is a genuine case and really needs our help.
"I can't keep my dog because"..........
I am having a baby
My partner has left
I am working long hours
I am moving abroad
I am moving into a flat
These are the most common reasons for wanting a dog to come into rescue. When we start to ask questions about whether the dog is neutered, up to date with its vaccinations etc. the answer is usually a resounding NO. When we explain that any dog that comes into rescue will need to be neutered and up to date with its vaccinations, and will spend at least 4 weeks in kennels at a cost of
£8 per day kenneling £15 flea treatment and wormers
£150 neutering £30 microchipping
we get surprise from the owners. The same owners who spent fortunes on buying a dog, but could not afford neutering or to keep the vaccinations up to date. We get no funding from anyone. When we ask the owners to contribute towards their dog's neutering or vaccinations, we rarely actually get any money from them. They simply justify their selfishness by saying they cannot afford to contribute. THIS IS WHY WE ARE UNABLE TO TAKE MORE DOGS IN.
Reasons for Rescue
In recent months, "working long hours" and/or "I can't walk my dog because he pulls/I'm working long hours" have become one of the most common reasons for owners wishing to give their dogs up. I feel we need to point out to these people that
a) Get up 15 minutes earlier and walk the dog
b) If you are working long hours, employ a dog walker - you must be making a fortune working 12 - 14 hours a day, which is what you are telling us!
c) Take it to training classes
are the best options open to them. If the dog comes into kennels, it will only get one thirty minute walk a day, and will be kept in a small kennel and run. It is unrealistic of anyone wishing to rehome their dog, to expect it to be placed immediately in a home. This is simply not practical.or safe. The dog will need to be fully assessed before being rehomed and this takes time, experience, AND ALSO MONEY. Many people paid many hundreds of pounds for the dog they no longer want, but do not have enough money to help towards the cost of rehoming it when they have tired of it.
We have received this email from a lady whose circumstances led her to consider rehoming her dogs. She has kindly given us permission to put it on the site to make people really think before calling us.
We have 3 dogs, a 19 month old bulldog called Freddie, a 14 month old rottweiler called Tyi and a 17 month old staffordshire bull terrier called Boss. In May this year our contract ran out on our house and our landlord refused to renew it, telling us he was happy with the tenancy and we would roll it over, month by month. Then in June, out of the blue he handed us a handwritten eviction notice with no explanation. We tried to find somewhere to live and eventually found somewhere close to my parents, but as the notice expired the house fell through. The landlord went to the courts and got an official notice, we had no money for a bond and nowhere to go. My parents have two staffordshire bull terriers so staying there with my three boys was out of the question.
Then they got the news that they would be going bankrupt and they would also need to find somewhere to live. We decided that we would all look for somewhere to live together but it was unlikely that we would have somewhere in time before the court ordered us to leave. My dogs future with us was hanging in the balance. My partners mother helpfully told us to "get rid" and eventually we ran out of ideas. The dogs would have to go. It was bad enough that we were soon to be homeless and with the landlord ringing verbally abusing us down the phone almost daily we had to act and the dogs would have to go this weekend. I knew that the breeders we had bought Freddie from would take him back if I asked, Boss would stay with us, whilst we stayed with my parents until a house came through but that left just Tyi. He had been with us since he was just 5 weeks old and he had been with Freddie all of his life. Even now, at almost seven stone each they still tried to sleep in the same bed! They were best friends.
So this Friday I started looking on the internet for Rottweiler rehoming centres, and the first one I found was yours. I read the information on the site and when I got to the "reasons for rescue" page I couldn't believe it. All those dogs that people didn't want, that was just this year and a lot were unwanted due to eviction. By the time I got to the bottom of the page I was in tears. I sat and cried. I had bought him at 5 weeks old and I owed it to him to keep him forever. It wasn't his fault. What if the next family couldn't keep him? Or the one after that? I couldn't do it. All three were staying, one way or the other. I had an idea. I rang a local kennels and after going down to see them we arranged that Freddie and Kyi would stay in kennels. Not perfect, but they have a big kennel together and daily walks and exercise. The cost of the kennels is about £6 each day, not much more than a packet of cigarettes each! They will stay there in October for about two weeks giving us about a month until the house we want will be ready to move into.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know how reading your website made me stop and re-evaluate things. There are possibilities out there for people if they are willing to make the sacrifice for their dogs. Money will be tight but I have taken on extra hours to pay for it. My dogs aren't going anywhere. Thanks for helping us, even though you didn't know it.
Samantha, Freddie, Tyi and Boss.
We have received this e mail from someone wanting to rehome their dogs
We have the most wonderful brother and sister pair of three year old rottweilers. Very sadly they need rehoming. We bred them and they are of German lineage and they come with papers.
X is lively and loving, attentive, athletic and full of energy and fun.X has also come through the adolescent/dominant stage of her upbringing. She is very smart and well trained and obedient, with dazzling pretty good looks and bright colouring. She loves to sit with her chin on your knee and give lots of love.
Y is the Scooby Doo of the rottie world.He really does not care whether he moves or just sleeps, he just wants love,kisses and adoration.He is the biggest, softest most handsome dope you could ever wish to meet.
She is an Alpha female,ideally suited to life with an Alpha male or on her own. Ideally we want to keep her and her brother together as they are lifelong friends, buddies and companions. Their dynamic is perfect.She loves lots of exercise and especially football! She would love to live somewhere with wide open safe spaces.She is not suited to a life with small children or small cats and dogs.
We have made the very sad decision to rehome as we have found ourselves with not enough space now that our six month old son will shortly be toddling. We only have a modestly sized garden, which he will need to have the run of. We would rather rehome them during the mild Autumn than the harsh winter, as this gives everyone the chance to enjoy getting to know each other in the warmer weather.
The correct home is of paramount importance to us.We are asking for a donation to be made to a suitable charity as a gesture of commitment, and we will also need to inspect their new home as part of our responsibility to them. Knowledge of the breed and experience with larger dogs is also essential. We have made this decision because we love them, and not because we don't, and it has been very hard.
Lorraine took a call from a guy a few days ago who was unable to keep his rottweiler. The gentleman had not contacted the breeder, but on talking to Lorraine agreed to contact the breeder first. The breeder has already taken the dog back into her care for rehoming, and is very grateful to Lorraine for making the gentleman aware that she takes her progeny back. So, our thanks to Sue of Cameus Rottweilers, for taking her dog back.