We had the most ever foster dogs here at the start of last week end!! Twenty seven extra dogs. And still, every single day, we get phone calls and emails from a whole range of people asking us to take dogs in for them. It is so sad. We always try to give everyone asking for help the best advice we can and will point them towards other appropriate rescues if we can't take their dog/s in. Sadly, the majority of dogs are Staffordshire Bull Terriers - with husky dogs coming close behind these days too.
There has been some real heart break recently too. People losing their much loved dogs, ponies, cats. It is so very hard listening to people who are devastated. And understanding completely their grief. It would be easy to spend a lot of time in tears. And watching some of my old dogs and ponies fading gracefully away is my constant agony. BUT they have been, and continue to be, worth everything. We who love our animals are so lucky to have known them.
On a much happier note, several dogs have gone to new forever homes or lovely foster homes over the last couple of days. Thank you to everyone who has got one of the dogs. It is lovely to hear how well the dogs are getting on. And they are several people booked to come to meet the dogs, with a view to adopting one over the next few days too.
Finally, Sofia Maria, one nearly blind Cavalier girl, is booked in to have her eye surgery on Thursday. This is so exciting. She arrived here a few months ago in such a sad, bad condition. She is now fit and strong enough to have her operation. The specialist is optimistic both cataracts are removable. Fingers crossed for our lovely lady. And many thanks to the volunteers who will be driving her back and forth to the specialist in Devon. And the volunteer who will be nursing her after the op.
And finally, DON'T FORGOT OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY ON SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER AT WINSCOMBE 2 - 4 . Our Grand Christmas draw is being held them. Really, really hope we raise lots of money - we so need it sadly.
This is Bella, a gorgeous girl with a gentle and cuddly personality. Bella is definitely the quietest of the litter, and has a beautiful temperament. She loves to play with her brother and sister, is happy to meet new people, and gets along great playing and sleeping with our big mastiff cross. Bella loves her chew today and wants nothing more than to have a play and a cuddle, she can be a little timid so a quieter home would probably suit her best, but one where she gets lots of attention and cuddles. She is crate trained and is clean in her crate, she will also sit at the door and make a noise to you know if she needs to go out. Bella is the smallest of the litter, but will still likely be the size of a large collie/lab when she's fully grown as you can see if you look at her paws! Her littermates look like they will all be a bit bigger than her so please be aware that she may end up bigger. Could you offer Bella the lovely home she deserves? She would love to meet you and show you how incredible her cuddles are!
The minimum donation for Bella is £200
Lilly is a Toy Yorkshire Terrier who we have had since she was a puppy. (she is 8 years old now) She is a lively and affectionate dog who just loves human company and is never happier than when she can curl up and sit on your lap. She loves a walk and to play, chasing her various squeaky toys in the garden. She is in very good health having just had her regular check up with the vet. Her teeth are probably her only small issue, but they are not a major concern and she is not in any discomfort. We live next to a footpath so she does tend to bark when people walk her dogs down the side of the house. However apart from this and of course when food is around she is quite happy just to sit in your company. She shares the house with two cats and they all get on very well. Our situation is that everyone is out working now, and we all live very busy lives. Lilly is just not getting the company or the attention she deservers and we all feel that she she would benefit so much from having a new home. To go and live with someone or a family who have time and people at home who would enjoy the companionship. Lilly has a great personality and she will thrive with love and attention.
The minimum donation for Lilly is £200
When Penny first arrived with us she was very nervous and underweight. She is still a little thin but has grown in confidence.She is a smart and loving dog. Penny is a quick learner and has been taught Sit, Wait, Down and Recall in the five weeks we has had her. Her lead work is much improved and she generally walks on a loose lead now. We have a large extended family and we have found Penny to be nervous around very young children. If it was one child at that age in the house she is fine however she finds large numbers unsettling. Therefore I would recommend she goes to a family with older children. We have grown very close to her and it will be very difficult to let her go. She loves nothing more than having her belly rubbed by my teenage children Please give her a chance as she is a beautiful dog.
The minimum donation for Star (now called Penny) is £200
Last week we took in a pair of young pups that had both been born 'dual sex'. It is very rare for a pup to be born thus - even rarer for two of the same litter!!! Their breeder took them to his vet when they were 5 weeks old to be put to sleep as they would obviously be no good for breeding from. The vet refused as he thought they will make lovely pet dogs. So they came over here. They were both in a very bad way when they first arrived and had to be rushed over to our vets for treatment. Both had a huge flea, worm and mite burden, they were dehydrated and very hungry. After immediate treatment, they have both recovered and are great, cute little pups. They are said to be wired haired fox terrier cross poodles. We will be looking for great forever homes for them when they are 8 weeks plus (around 12th December). It is so much kinder and healthy on all levels for dogs not to be only dogs normally that preference will be given to people with at least one other appropriate young dog already living there. Also, please be aware they will need specialist neutering at the appropriate age.
The minimum donation for each puppy is £200
Sidney is a lovely grizzled black Cairne Terrier who is looking for a great new, forever home. He is an excellent all rounder though not good with cats and also he prefers living and playing with bitches. He is a young dog and just lovely.
The minimum donation for Sidney is £200
Wags and Whirlwind are two middle aged Shih Tzu dogs that have recently
come over to us from a Welsh farm as their owner sadly died. Both girls are very lively, happy and friendly. Their eyes seemed sore so they were seen by our eye specialist. Unfortunately he discovered that Wags, the bigger girl, is going blind and there is nothing to be done to save her sight. Already she finds it hard to see when it is dark. But her eyes are comfortable and she is not in pain. Whirly has
one sore, dry eye which will need on going treatment to keep it comfortable.
Both dogs are very attached to each other. Whirlwind act as the eyes for Wags. In return, Wags, the more confident, gives Whirly courage. They are a great pair of dogs and really deserve an equally great forever home with a lovely large, safe garden for them to race around in.
Donation to be discussed with Rosemary for these 2 poppets.
Yogi is a lovely young Sprollie (springer x collie). He was born on 19th July 2012. Poor Yogi did not have a good start in life and apparently was very thin. He is doing well and is such a good, lovely, young boy, we really hope he gets a forever home soon. A foster home in the mean time would be good too.
The minimum donation for Yogi is £200
Winnie is a lovely, gentle 4 year old yellow labrador who has had lots of pups in her life. She had a litter very recently but, very sadly, she accidentally crushed them all to death, poor winnie is massively overweight and the vet said she would not have realised she was squashing them.
She is extremely shy and timid as she most likely was born and lived her whole life on the isolated farm she has just come from. She panics on a lead. Is too scared to move if anyone new is around. etc. etc. BUT she has shown no aggression and is living very happily with several other dogs. Winnie weighed 44 kgs when she first arrived here last week. The vet said she should weigh 28 kgs. Or 30 kgs max. So you can she how fat she is. This lovely lady needs a great, sensible forever home where there is at least one other similar dog to help her. She will make a great friend to the whole family.
The minimum donation for Winnie is £200
Gavin is a very large, happy black Labrador type young dog. He was a stray. He went in to a foster home for a few weeks till we could take him in and his foster carer really started him off well. Gavin has been here for a few days and is a real superstar. Completely kind and good. He would love further training and guidance but he is such a joy to be around, this should be great fun. Can you be Gavin's 'Stacey'??? (Sorry - could not resist!)
The minimum donation for Gavin is £200
Charlie is a stunning, tiny cream coloured 4 year old neutered Chihuahua. He belonged to an elderly lady and was very much loved. He was also very much spoilt (allegedly) and became a bit of a brat. His owner became too ill to care for him and poor little Charlie was passed around rather. So he has come here for us to find him a great forever home. Yes, he is very small (about 2 kgs I think) and extremely pretty. But he is a DOG not a toy. This lovely little chap has gone straight to a lady who is very experienced with minute dogs to be fostered and fully assessed by her as to what Charlie's dream life is.
The minimum donation for Charlie is £200
Lycan is a 1 year old mastiff cross rotti, all vaccinations up to date, micro chipped and neutered. Need to find him a new home due to me being ill. He is a very affectionate dog, loves everyone-cats, children and other dogs and likes nothing better but to snuggle up to you even under the duvet. He will need an owner who has owned large breeds before as he is a strong dog. He does get excited around other dogs-just wanting to play with them, treat reward training seems to work best with him to make him focus on you. Loves the car, not afraid of any loud noises,
can be left alone happily with a kong and even loves going to the vets!
Donation to be discussed with his owner.
Blackie is just gorgeous, she is sociable, walks nicely on a lead, mostly housetrained and never stops wagging her tail. Looking at her I'd think she was something like a kelpie x lab. She is good with the other dogs she lives with but can be a little bossy at times. We think Blackie would be happy as an only dog or with other dogs in her family. She loves my kids aged 11 and 12 but we have no experience of her with younger children. She is about the size of a labrador. She is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Better photos to follow.
The minimum donation for Blackie is £200
Margo is a nearly 5 month old Carpathian shepherd cross puppy, she is huge and will get alot bigger. At 4 months old she weighed in at 15kg. Margo is clean in the house and can use a dog flap. She needs to learn about walking on a lead and will need to go to puppy classes to keep her socialised. At the moment she is in foster with other dogs and loves their company. We think she'd be happiest in a home with another dog to help her learn about the world. She is friendly and cuddly once she gets to know you but is a little shy on the first meet.
The minimum donation for Margo is £200
Meet Paddy, isn't he gorgeous, write up to follow shortly.
The minimum donation for Paddy is £200
Donny was born on 8th February this year. He is a Shih Tzu cross Jack Russell. A couple bought him as a little puppy but, unfortunately, they have both become too ill to look after Donny. Rather then him having to go back to his breeder, the breeder asked if he would take him in to rehome him. By coincidence, we very recently took in one of Donny's litter mates, Rex, for a similar reason. Rex got snapped up even before he made it on to the site as he is a fab little dog. Donny is a very happy, active young dog who has gone straight in to a foster home. It will be great to settle him in to his forever home asap.
The minimum donation for Donny is £200
Hani is a gorgeous little lady, she is small/medium sized, bigger than a terrier but not a big as a collie. She is believed to be about 2 years old and was a stray. Hani loves people and kids and gets on great with other dogs, she is an easy going girl who needs a little help with her housetraining and learning about the world. She is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, we think Hani would be happy with or without another dog for company. You couldn't ask for a more loving dog than this little girl.
The minimum donation for Hani is £200
Before I even start to write this I need to say that these girls need a very special home, a home that has all the time in the world, all the patience possible and more love to offer than can be imagined, so please read on, but don't apply unless you can offer these little poppets a 5 star forever home, thankyou.
Poli and MImi are believed to be sisters, they ended up in their local dogs home when their owner died and no member of the family could take them. They are chihuahua sized, not housetrained, don't walk on a lead, they've been in foster for a few months now and have mostly come out of themselves, but are much happier when they're the only dogs in the house, they are not dog aggressive just a little worried by dogs bigger than themselves. They tend to hide behind things when new people come to the house, so if you are lucky enough to come and meet them you'll need to be patient. We think they would benefit from a quiet house with a secure garden and with someone who doesn't really want to walk miles, we can't be sure at this time if they'll ever overcome their fear of leads/harnesses/the great outdoors. Ok so that's all the stuff that isn't so great, but they are the most comical, wonderful little ladies when they know you, they dance around and talk for cheese and treats and they are just so gorgeous. I'll pop a video on soon and more photos so you can see how delightful they are. This photo was taken when they were in the dogs home.
The donation for these girls is to be discussed with the foster
We regularly get asked to foster dogs for people who can not look after them for a variety of reasons but they want to have them back as soon as possible. The length of time that we foster these dogs varies hugely. At present we have quite a few such days. This is great - but it means we are VERY short of foster places for so many dogs that we take in to rehome. A couple of months ago, a social worker asked us to take in a dog for one of his young clients who was suddenly homeless. We were meant to only have the dog for a short time as the young person was meant to be desperate to have his dog back. The dog went to a foster home for a while as we only thought it would be for a couple of weeks. Now the dog is here and the young person can not have him back as he has now moved in to a home where no dogs are allowed. So this poor dog is looking for his own, stable forever home. He is called Jay Jay and is a real mix of breeds - a genuine Heinz 57. He is young and very friendly, though needs some further training.
Please consider giving Jay Jay a home..................
The minimum donation for Jay Jay is £200
Violet is a very lovely, confident, friendly, small tri coloured 8 year old Cavalier. The vet thinks she has had a recent trauma to one of her eyes and the eye imploded. It is not too sore at the moment but will need removing soon. Violet also needs major dental work as she has a mouth full of rotting teeth. This great little dog has spent her whole life so far in a kennel. We want an amazing retirement home for her where her past is fully understood and respected. Violet has a slight heart murmur too but seems very bright and so happy to be free.
The minimum donation for Violet is £200
It is quite hard to show in the pictures how very matted, sore and long the Westies coats are. Believe me though - they truly are!!! Vera is a lovely as Vesta. The vet thinks she is about 5 years old. She adores Vesta. Though they are both friendly and lively, they are quite hard to get hold of at the moment and panic rather. I am sure both will come round quickly in the right hands though.
Vesta is a 10 year old (approximately) ex stud dog Westie. He has never had a hair cut, not even a trim!!! So you can imagine the state the poor chap is in!!!!! His eyes are especially sore as are his teeth. But he is a cheerful, brave boy, even though he is obviously nervous, confused and unsure. He is very attached to Vera, and vice versa. I think there is no way these two can be parted so please do
not just offer to adopt one of them..........
Both Westies are booked to have all their coats shaved off tomorrow. This will obviously help them both feel more comfortable. I really really hope some one special and local will come forward very quickly to foster them as they are charming. Vesta needs to see the vet again in a few days to have his poor sore eyes checked after his eye drops, antibiotics and pain killers have kicked in.
They are a great pair of inseparable Westies!!!!!
The minimum donation for the pair is £350
Vic is yet another dumped young Welsh collie. He was not claimed from the Pound so came over today for us to find him a forever home worthy of him. The vet thinks is about 1 year old. Though he is timid and scared, he showed no aggression or malice. He was excellent with the other dogs. It seems like he has had a tough life so far but he has a lot of potential and will make a great friend to the right family.
The minimum donation for Vic is £200
Vlad is a lovely older chap. He is a short legged Jack Russell with a long pointy face (my favourite type). He is so stressed and confused that the vet did not vax or handle him today. We all thought it would be best to let him settle for a few days. As he was not properly examined, we are guessing he is middle aged. He really needs to get in to a foster home so he can relax asap. He has just spent a couple of weeks in a Welsh Pound after being found as a stray.
The minimum donation for Vlad is £200
Vicky is a cute, cute, cute young Blenheim Cavalier. She is an ex breeding bitch and is very scared at the moment. The vet thinks Vicky is about 2 years old. She is very attached to Violet and Valerie so will need a little time for us to suss out what is best for her. Vicky seems to fairly good condition but has obviously never lived in a house before, had a collar and lead on, not been house trained and never been without other little dogs. So we will only rehome Vicky to a home that fully understands her past.
The minimum donation for Vicky is £200
Izzie is a Dalmatian who was a pet and then used for breeding. She is in good health apart from an ear infection, which is being treated. Her condition looks good. She is said to be 8 years old, she seems quite young. She is more confident and outward going than is expected from a breeding dog. Izzie can be very affectionate. Some dogs have been aggressive to her but she hasn’t shown any aggression to other dogs.
The minimum donation for Izzie is £200
Teddy Bear is charming everyone who has met him since he arrived here. He is a young, light brindle staffy who just loves life. Though his life has been turned upside - like all dumped strays - he seems irrepressible and very happy. If he was virtually any other dog breed he would be snapped up very quickly, sadly for him he is one of thousands of staffies in rescue looking for a forever home.
The minimum donation for Teddy Bear is £200
Tim is a very lovely collie. This poor boy, like Toddles has spent months in a welsh pound. He is in a sad state, very stiff and lame. Our vet thinks he broke his leg a while ago and it's never been treated. He has most likely been a working collie who was dumped when he couldn't work anymore. Tim will be neutered and xrayed and we'll find out how bad his leg is, the vet suggests he is about 6 or 7 years old. He is currently enjoying a big comfy bed and seems very relaxed.
The minimum donation for Tim is £200
Toddles has spent the few months in a welsh pound after he was dumped by his owners. Even though he has been so let down, he has an amazing nature and loves everyone and everything. We're not totally sure of his breed but he just looks like a small rottie to us. He is around 2/3 years old, he is quiet in his kennel and non destructive.
The minimum donation for Toddles is £200
We are very surprised and upset at the total misinformation you have
put about Bruno on your site!!!!!
He was dumped on the Brecon Beacons in May 2012. BUT AT NO POINT WAS
HE GOING TO BE PUT TO SLEEP by the rescue that had him from May 2012 to
when we had in earlier this year. DOGS FRIENDS HAS A NO KILL POLICY.
What you have written is very very damaging.
Bruno is very happy, chilled and relaxed all the time he was in
kennels. He shared with another young dog, Poppy. He loved all his
carers. He was totally clean, quiet and non destructive in his kennel.
Elisha visited and kindly offered to foster Bruno with a view to
adopting him. His problems only started when he had spent time with
Elisha as he obviously finds city life hard.
He was ALWAYS very welcome to come back here and at absolutely no
point, unless he became critically ill, would we have killed him.
We will all be very grateful if you would urgently alter the
misleading, untrue info you have on his page.
http://dogs.channel4.com/ Please click on the link for more info.
Bruno was found as a stray in Beacon last summer. This poor boy has been living in a rescues kennel since then. He finds it hard in kennels it seems as he is very sensitive and does not like the life. He is a Boxer cross Rottie. ¦He is very thin due to kennel stress. Bruno shares a room with Poppy collie and they get on very well. Further details and updates shortly. Bruno really ,really needs to be pampered in a foster home to help him put on weight and gain confidence.
Update from his fosterer
Bruno is an amazing dog who has come such a long way from having such a
bad start. he was very underweight and unsure of the lots of things but now is happy and healthy. We think he is around two to three years old and is a rottweiler boxer cross, he's very handsome! He's very loving and affectionate, loves a cuddle and would make someone such a good companion. He is a little scared of the world at times and isn't very comfortable at being left alone but this is getting better everyday with help from a behaviorist at Langford University. Bruno loves his toys and especially tennis balls, he is very gentle with taking treats and his food. He is very good with children, I have a seven year old who he adores but he can be quite heavy pawed at times so may be best suited with older children.
He walks OK on the lead he just needs firm handling. Bruno has met a few dogs and at first isn't sure but after a while and a good few sniffs he is fine and would be happy living with or without another dog. Bruno is looking for an experienced and understanding home who has the patience and time to spend with him that he deserves.
The minimum donation for Bruno is £200
She is a lively and very adorable 3 yr old (4 yrs old in November) white SBT X who was used to being an only animal. She has been with us for 2 weeks now and is fitting in very well with our own SBT X and our stubborn cat. She came to Dogsfriends after her owner became too ill to look after her.
She is looking for a dedicated owner to fulfil her exercise needs, she loves playing ball but please no footballs as this can cause some naughty behaviour, she needs at least 2 walks a day and the one in the morning we use to play ball over the field and this seems to settle her for the day when I go to work. I have her crated during the day as her play with my dog can sometimes get a bit rough but she is happy enough to get in it and is left for 7 hours. She is very good with my children who are 7 & 10 and I would recommend that she is homed with children over 7 yrs old as she can be a bit of a bulldozer when excited and she could knock a small child over without meaning too. She will give a couple of barks to someone coming through the door but she does this with a wagging tail. She is very loving and loves lots of cuddles and will sit on your lap for as long as you will let her, she will give you lots and lots of kisses and loves and I mean loves lots of attention. She does occasionally portray puppy style mouthing and if you have had a puppy before you will know what I mean, there is no aggression with it she just gets excited and this has only happened a few times.
The minimum donation for Tassie is £200
Trigger is a mixed breed dog, we were told he is a boxer cross. He came in with Bailey the little black terrier, due to their owners personal circumstances changing. He's lived with kids and other dogs and is just gorgeous :) Please come and meet him, he's in the kennels up nr Westbury Sub Mendip and we would love for him to have a foster home or a forever family of his own. He can't live with cats though. Trigger is about 2 years old.
The minimum donation for Trigger is £200
Billy is a 2 year old Standard Manchester Terrier who has come from a large commercial breeding kennels. He is good with other dogs but very wary of people, especially men. The elderly lady who recently acquired Billy could not cope with his nervousness so he was taken in by another family. They do not have the time or experience to deal with him so this lovely little chap is coming to us for fostering and than to find a great forever home when he has been properly assessed.
Billy came to me on Tuesday to foster, he was nervous but got on well with my dogs though he did try repeatedly to hump the 2 bitches but they told him that was out of order and he got the message. As he was used as a stud dog and has been recently neutered it was perfectly natural for him to behave this way. As the hormones leave his body this will become less and less and already today on Friday there is a marked improvement. One thing we did discover he isn’t house-trained so he is confined to the kitchen where he is supervised and to his crate when I have to go out.
As he is so nervous I can’t verbally correct him when he goes to cock his leg so am using a diversion and then putting him on his lead to go out for a wee, so far this is going well but it’s very much early days.
Billy is very pleased to see me in the mornings and is very comfortable and trusting of me. Considering this poor boy has been passed from pillar to post with I believe physical correction I’m surprised how quick he has come to trust me. He is walked twice daily on a long line so he can have a good run round with either my Dobe bitch or Dobe male and he is responding to his name and coming to me for a reward.
As you can see Billy is very much a work in progress and I can’t see him being up for adoption until his house training is rock solid and he is completely relaxed about meeting people. I am taking this slowly at Billys pace as ultimately this will pay dividends and he can find a really good home.
The minimum donation for Billy is £200
Rocky is a very small jack russell, who was handed in to us as his owner became to ill to care for him. Rocky is 7 years old and has not lived with children. He is really really sad to be in kennels so if you could foster him or offer him a forever home please contact us asap. Thankyou.
The minimum donation for Rocky is £200
Barney and Charlie are two lovely, 10 year old Parsons Jack Russells. Their owner very recently died and no one in her family could look after them. The family could not find any rescue space for them and they were going to be put to sleep yesterday. But fortunately, the lady's daughter made calls all over the country and finally phoned us. She and her husband drove a long way to bring them here yesterday. They are both rather confused to be here - and will obviously be
missing their owner a lot. Both are lovely dogs - though very unfit and overweight at the moment.
Here is a video of them getting ready for a walk at their fosterers house!
There is no set donation for these boys but please bear in mind the vet costs we have incurred when donating.
Hamish is a lurcher type, he is about a year old. He had to have his tail docked as he kept whipping it and it just wouldn't heal. Hamish has a great personality, not a bad bone in his body, he loves to play all day long and has alot of love to give. What Hamish lacks is training and although we're working on it, he will need it continued in his new home. He is bouncy and wiggly and a great big cuddler, although he isn't that great at getting comfy on a lap! Hamish is good with bigger kids but not great for small ones as he'd knock them over. He walks ok on a lead and isn't as strong as I thought he'd be. His recall when he runs with other dogs is ok but it hasn't been tested one on one yet. If you'd like to offer Hamish a home please contact us and have a chat with his foster. Hamish could be homed as an only dog or with pretty much any other dog type.
The minimum donation for Hamish is £200
Indie is a beautiful 3 year old German Shepherd cross, she is about the size of a small labrador. She's had a really tough life and has lived outside for most of it, but despite this she is a sweet, well balanced, young lady who loves people. She walks well on a lead and has good basic training. Indie gets on with other dogs but we suspect not cats, however we aren't sure either way. She would be fine with older kids but we'd avoid homing her with small kids as she make knock them over by accident. Could you offer Indie a forever home where she will be shown what love and kindness really is all about?
The minimum donation for Indie is £200
We have 3 kittens and 2 cats looking for homes, photos to follow,
One little black short haired male kitten, 8 weeks
Two white shorthaired kittens with black tales and a bit of black on their heads - both females about 10 weeks.
The two mums are being spayed today and will then be available for homing.
All wormed, flea treated, friendly and clean!
Please contact Lyn on 01934 820038 if you would like to offer one a home
Shadow is a 9 month old cross breed. He is still a playful puppy who is fully house trained, walks well on the lead (with a nose collar), is friendly to other dogs and really trainable. We have taught him many many tricks since he has been with us including- sit, lie down, roll over, take a bow, paw, spin, talk, stand, jump and high five. He is quite big so would need someone fairly strong who would commit to continuing to train him. If left alone for long periods of time outside his crate he can get bored and be a bit naughty (like taking things out of the bin- he has never done anything remotely destructive) however when left with other dogs he is fine and would best suit a home with other dogs that would be happy to play with him. He is fully vaccinated, wormed and flea treated, can travel in the car and is fine with cats. He loves his toys and will happily fetch them when thrown for him but his favourite thing is his Kong filled with cheap meat sandwich paste, and any form of chewy bone. He has been in kennels a few times and has been fine. We have noticed that he flinches slightly when stroked on his head which the vet believes shows he has been hit over the head numerous times, so he just needs some love and understanding, but we are sure he will eventually realise no one is
going to hit him ever again.
The minimum donation for Shadow is £200
George is a large brindle coloured labrador cross. He is 14 years old. He has come into the care of Dogs Friends through absolutely no fault of his own but due to a change in his owners circumstances. George is a real gentleman. He is sharing our house with many other dogs from a tiny yorkie to a couple of labs and an otter hound. He is perfect with all of these even though he is not used to sharing with other dogs. George is not meant to be good with cats but has been
alright with the ones he has met so far although he is not sharing a home with them here. To be fair he doesn't move too quickly preferring his own pace so probably doesn't pose too much of a threat. George is fine with our eleven year old but I am told is not used to or to be trusted with small children. George has a very large fatty lump on his left shoulder which although unsightly does not inconvenience him in any way. George still enjoys a walk and has a good stretch twice a day here.
George's owner is not going to be able to have him back for several months at least. Although he is coping here this is not the ideal home for him. He is looking for an older couple or person who will be around most of the time because what George enjoys most of all is having his people around him. It is hard to tell at the moment as George does cry sometimes at the big change in his life but he will settle down for a few hours on his bed with our dogs without too much fuss. George needs someone asap to look after him before he gets too
settled here and has to have the heartbreak of moving again as our
foster home is only short term due to the number of dogs we have here. George is a well behaved, quiet (as long as you are in the same room ) good at night, completely 100% housetrained old boy, happy to sleep for long stretches of time.
Is there anyone who can help George through this difficult time and give him the love, time and security he needs until his old owner is in a position to have him back?
George is not available for adoption
This is the little blue westie who came to us from a breeder, she is now in foster, slowly recovering and starting to come out of her shell. Her skin is improving with 3 malaceb baths a week and she is still on alot of medication but we're hoping that will be eased off in the near future. Ruby is still very nervous and has a long way to go but she has moments when she acts like the puppy she was never allowed to be.
Currently not available for adoption
Cassie is a lovely, amazingly good natured 5 year old Rottweiler at we took in last week end. She had been rescued from an awful situation at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, the couple who took her in became too ill to look after her so we were asked to help her. Even more unfortunately, they failed to tell us she has a very bad back leg which will require major surgery to correct and take away the pain. The couple had spent money on having a large, benign lump removed from
one of her back legs and feeding her up, but they could not spend the money fixing her cruitite ligament that had 'broken' on her other back leg. As soon as she arrived, it was obvious how bad it was. She saw our vets first thing morning who agreed and her great foster carers brought her over again on Tuesday her full xrays to confirm this.
Cassie is a beautiful Rottie that desperately needs a cruciate operation. Dogs friends took Cassie in and are trying to raise funds. She is an easy foster dog but has had a troubled life, this shows in day to day life. We're sure the right home is out there for her but obviously she cannot be homed until the operation is done . Please help us raise funds for this wonderful girl. The operation will be between £1000 and £1300 thank you. If you would like to donate to help this little lady out, we'd really appreciate it. You can donate by either sending a cheque to us, marked for Cassie or use our paypal button on our website. Maybe you'd like to hold a little fundraiser, like a cake sale or a coffee morning? Thankyou so much for your support.
The minimum donation for Cassie is £200
Jake came to us a few weeks ago. He was a stray in an Essex pound. Jake seemed to be on his last legs as he was very frail and in a neglected, poor, frail state. He has shed years since first arriving here. This is mostly due to having had urgent, major dental work. Plus a very good diet, comfort, care, etc. He was briefly adopted but, sadly, this did not work out as their other little dog and Jake did not get on. Also, Jake is not a lap dog. He is a bright, active, terrier cross collie type boy.
Hi everyone my name is Jake, I love cuddles and adore my food (I have no teeth so I like my biscuits soaked in water but prefer meat) ,I chase cats out of the garden so I am best suited to a home without cats. This is what my foster mum says about me ...... Jake is a gorgeous older dog that needs a quiet home to retire to, Jake can be nervous of new people and cowers when meeting them, we think something in his past may have made him this way. Jake is fantastic with my three children ages 4, 6 and 13. He does not like to be picked up, but likes to snuggle up on the sofa to sleep. At times if Jake is unsure or worried and/or is being moved off the sofa he can be a little nippy but he has no teeth so this does not hurt, we think this could be due to bad experience in his previous home. Jake can be left on his own for a few hours and our neighbours have said they do not hear a peep out of him. Jake is clean in the house and enjoys spending time in the garden. Can you offer a loving retirement home for this gorgeous well manned gentleman.
There is no set donation for Jake, but please bear in mind the vet costs we have incurred when donating.
On Sunday morning we had a telephone call from a lady looking to find a quiet, gentle elderly Staffie girl for an elderly lady to adopt. Very shortly afterwards, we were asked if we could take in a Staffie that matched that description exactly. Only problem was that she was in Harlow. She was yet another dumped staffie and had been taken to Harlow Pound. But, because homes for staffies are like gold dust, a wonderful volunteer drove hundreds of miles (from Suffolk to Essex to Somerset - which took her many hours as the traffic was so bad - and
then back to her home in Suffolk).
When she arrived, she was trembling all over. She had been so terrified of the kennels and the other dogs in the Pound that the staff there had kept her in their office. Maggie May went to the vet yesterday for a total health check, vaxxing, etc. before being taken on to meet the elderly lady. BUT WE WERE VERY SHOCKED TO FIND THAT MAGGIE MAY IS ONLY VERY YOUNG - 3 years old maximum.
So our plans had to be quickly changed. She is too young for an elderly lady, so we are still looking for a dog for her. Very luckily, our two emergency foster carers, Maria and Jasmine, very kindly offered to foster Maggie May. Even more fortuitously, Maggie completely transformed from looking like a terrified, old lady in to a great, happy, wagging, playful young dog when in their home. Jasmine is young - Maggie is very good with her. They have cats - Maggie is very good
with them. So, whilst it is great that Maggie is young and has a whole life ahead
of her, we have yet another Staffie to find a home for.............................
Update from her fosterer
Maggie May has been with me fortwo days so far and is simply adorable. She just wants company, lots of cuddlesand someone to throw a ball for her. She’s toilet trained and clearly been very welltrained at some point in her life re basic commands: sit, stay, paw etc. She doesn’t pick up anything she shouldn’t (including all my 3 year old son’s toysthrown everywhere), chew anything etc. She travels well in the car and will calmly sit and wait for you. She really will make a lovely pet for someone. However,she really does want constant company at the
moment and once she feels secure she becomes attached very quickly. She
spends most of the day on my knee whileI work from home, follows me everywhere around the house and sleeps on the bedat night-time. She does tend to bark when someone new walks in to the house -but then so do lots of dogs! She briefly saw the neighbours two small dogs whobarked at her but she didn’t react at all, aside from that we haven’t had any interaction with other dogs yet and I have no other pets.
The minimum donation for Maggie is £200
The very lovely Aye-Aye is a neutered male of about 2 years old, and is a mixed breed, possibly a collie terrier cross. He has travelled all the way from Romania to look for his forever home here in the UK, and is currently in foster in Staines.
He loves people but can be a bit clumsy as well as strong so would be best homed with an active family but no small children. His fosterers have been very impressed with how smart he is and think he would absolutely love to learn agility which would be a great outlet for his oodles of energy. This boy does need a garden to run around in too.
Having spent most of his days as a street dog he still needs some basic training for lead work etc. but he is about to start attending training classes. He is friendly with most other dogs, and loves to play fight with his foster buddy, Teddy, but he may need a little behaviour work re canine socialising. Aye-Aye doesn’t seem to like cats… he barks at them from a distance. The first 2 photos are taken in the uk by his fosterer, the last one was taken at the public shelter in romania he was saved from, what a difference :)
Here is a little video of Aye Aye learning basic commands
Whilst Aye Aye is a little way away, his fosterer would be happy to bring him Bristol way for a meet and greet so please don't allow his distance put you off!
The minimum donation for Aye-Aye is £150 - He is not a dogsfriends dog but we do sometimes allow other dogs to be promoted on our website for a donation to our charity as to be honest every little helps and our vet bills are huge at the moment.
I am writing this update with a heavy heart as we have received sad news regarding Taz. This lovely, gentle soul has a very aggresive form of cancer in his mouth which is inoperable and has been given a prognosis of weeks possibly months of his life left. My family and I have come to love Taz very much. Every now and then a dog comes along who really tugs at your heart strings and Taz is just such a dog. We are all devastated by the news, but will do everything we can to make his last weeks as comfortable as possible.
Scampie is a lovely, 8 year old Shih Tzu boy. His old owner had had him since Scampie was a very young pup. Very sadly, the chap recently got a new girl friend and she did not want him to keep Scampie for some reason. The chap was absolutely heartbroken to have to hand Scampie over for rehoming - so you can imagine how devastated Scampie is!!!!! He went straight to the vet for a health check, vaccinations, etc. The vet found he has a bad heart murmur but it might have sounded so bad as the poor boy was stressed. Scampie also had sore eyes, but, again, the vet thought it might just be because his hair is very long and was
annoying his eyes. He is in lovely condition about from the heart and eyes.
So Scampie has now gone in to a good foster home where he is having a make over and regular eye drops. He will be monitored for coughing and or breathlessness (of which he showed neither signs) which will indicate heart problems. But we are fairly confident both issues will improve. We really want Scampie to have a lovely, kind forever home. He is just such a good dog.
The is no set donation for Scampie, but please bear in mind the vet costs we have incurred when donating.
This lovely girl is at a pound and has until the day after tomorrow to find a rescue space or she will be put to sleep. We are full, can you foster her for us?
1147 – EVIE – CAME IN WEDS 17.7.13 – TIME UP WEDS 24.7.13 UPDATE – happy bouncy girl, likes lots of fuss, clean in her kennel, has sniffed other dogs through kennel bars and is fine with them. female black and white collie, older girl, about 7 to 8 years plus, has an ingrown tooth, doesn’t look infected, inflamed or painful, but Pip is going to look at it to double check. In good condition, travelled
well in the van, doesn’t seem bothered by other dogs, a very calm sweet
natured girl, not bad on a lead.
I am really surprised that Evie has not been snapped up. She is just lovely. Well mannered, good in all ways and gets on with everyone and everything. Her only issue is that she grizzles when first left as she is very insecure. We have no idea of her history or background and, being a collie, she could well be really missing her old home and owner. But, as she was an unclaimed stray, her old owner is presumably not missing her!! Evie really really deserves a great country forever home with a person, or people, who will be patient, understanding and NOT let this darling dog down again.
Update - 20/10/13
I have been fostering Evie for about 2 months. The description above says Evie is an older Collie. It is very difficult to age dogs but Evie doesn’t have many white hairs where they shouldn’t be. Evie is very active and will run when she could walk. Although Evie isn’t a pup, she has quite a few years ahead of her as an active dog. She is definitely not an old dog who just wants a half hour walk then just sitting around for the rest of the day.
She is confident with other dogs but accepts more dominant dogs without a fight. I think she must have spent a lot of time with other dogs and knows how to behave. There seems to be real affection between her and Henry my old Westie.
We don’t know Evie’s history but she was quite excited when she saw me with a lead. She was no trouble waking to heel. This would suggest she was a pet.
Evie is well liked by the people who have been involved with her.Although Evie has been very good with me she has had problems with previous fosters, although they liked her she cried when she was left. My feeling is that when she has had a full day being out with the other dogs running round the garden etc she will not cry, but if she hasn’t been active, she may cry when left. I only had one problem with her crying. She only cried when I was in the house but in an other room, this was a day when I had been out. I think Evie is a very good dog but it is essential that the adopter has the time and energy to keep her stimulated.
The minimum donation for Evie is £200
A dog behaviourist visited Roly today and this is what she had to say about her.
Roly has been repeatedly bred from and has had to endure repeated matings which has resulted in her having aversions to overly zealous dog encounters. We have found on working with Roly she will indeed accepts overtures from friendly
calm dogs, we would certainly consider rehoming her with a large breed mature neutered male or ideally as an only dog . Working with Roly has been a pleasure as she is highly responsive to both guidance and to positive reinforcement, she is such a sweet biddable little girl who would make an ideal companion for family. Roly walks well on the lead and would suit a home who could give moderate exercise but more importantly a secure and loving home environment which thus far she has not experienced.
The minimum donation for Rolly is £200