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Change Lives

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

And A New Start For Dolly.....

Another very lucky girl that has started a new life is Dolly. Thanks to Viv for fostering Dolly (and her two new foster brothers Patch and Ted) as she sets about finding a Forever Foster home. Everyone knows there is a special place in my heart for Dolly, having looked after her at home for 6 months after her and Molly arrived in a horrific state. Seeing her smiling in this photo brings tears to my eyes. Despite having just been speyed and a long car ride south, she still looks so happy.
 
And having reminded you of the state Luna was in on arrival, here's how Dolly turned up.....



 
As I mentioned Dolly is now enjoying her life down south, but we are still looking for a Forever Foster home for her. If you are interested in offering her a permanent home then please contact us via email foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

Luna And Woody In Love.....

I'm delighted to say that Luna has now found a place to call her own..... with our very own Woody! Regular followers on here will know Woody, and what a busy life he leads, well the plan is for Luna to stay for a couple of weeks and see how she goes. First few days she seems to be doing very well.....




As you can see, Woody is also taking everything in his stride, and adopting his usual position!

Here is an email I received from Luna:

 I've been at the new kennel now for 3 days and thought you would like to know how im
doing ..

We had a long drive to get here but I managed to sleep all of the way, we went
straight for a walk and I got to smell very exciting stuff! I then had a wonder
round the garden and then checked out the new kennel. There is also another lurcher
here called woody, I think he's made of wood as he doesn't move that much, although
he does chase me round in the garden (he can't keep up).

My first night was a bit rough and I had a bit of a cry. One of the two- leggers sat
at the other end of the room a lot and I got to sleep :o) Last night I slept right
through. I have had no accidents in the house and the two leggers seem really really
happy when I wee in the garden! Also they keep saying a strange word, and when they
say It, if I lie down they give me chicken! And now when they are eating or if I lie
down in my bed etc they give me more chicken! I like this "down" word :o)

I met some of woody's friends and they all seem nice and we went for a work in
meadows and a wood today with a little back patterdale. I've also learnt that when
they say my name if I look at them they give me more chicken! I also had a bit of a
sponge rub down today and I was brilliant I stood still even though I wasn't on a
lead! The male 2 legger did have chicken in his hand so I didn't want to go
anywhere! I also have a rubber glove groom once a day, which I love. Me and woody
take it in turns and when it's my turn i close my eyes, my coat looks really nice.

You would be proud of me! I couldn't have been better behaved in the house! I like
before bed time best when we all sit in the lounge together and meal times! And
lying in the sun with my new friend :o) There are things I am not sure about but I
am getting braver by the day, I was left in the house alone with woody today for
nearly an hour and we both just slept until they came back :o) radio 4 is on a lot,
I think woody must be an archers fan! I am a very affectionate little girl and
giving lots of love and licks to everyone in the house.

Must go I have lots of things to do now and many of them include eating chicken!

Woofs to Koby and moss

Love Luna xx


As with all our dogs when they venture out into Forever Foster homes, there is a lot of work done in the build up to the final move. This was no different with these two as it was vital that another arrival didn't upset Woody. I think though it was love at first sight, as these pictures from their first date prove.....










And I guess the greatest thing to remember in all of this is the state both of these dogs were in when  the arrived with us, to see them so happy together gives us all a feeling that we simply can't put into words..... Thank you Kate and Ant.

From this.....

To This.....


 

Mona's Trip To The Seaside.....

Mona had a great day out in the sunshine with Aimee this week, and although she didn't manage to squeeze onto one of Aimee's flights, she did get to the seaside.....




 

SHAK Summer Fayre.....


SHAK Summer Fayre Lesbury Village Hall
10am to 1pm Sat 19 July
Refreshments & handmade cakes & crafts
ALSO
Tombola, book sale, name the cuddly dog, raffle, bric a brac & lots more

In aid of SHAK local dog rescue charity

Free entry to children & SHAK t-shirt wearers – Others £1 or can of dog food         

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Anja Arrives And Needs Our Help.....

We seem to be having a little flurry of German Shepherds arriving lately with Zach, Kash and Mia all landing with us. Next up is little Anja who has arrived in quite a state. She was skinny on arrival, though I am pleased to say she has gained 3 kilo's already, and had chronic infection in both ears. We believe that she was left abandoned in a crate in a back garden of an empty house.

However, the biggest concern is her waterworks as she is drinking a considerable amount, and obviously what goes in must come out! I have had her down to the vets today who are equally concerned. Two urine samples have been very dilute despite being taken first thing in the morning, so blood samples have been sent away today to try and pin point a cause.

Anja is such a wonderful happy and friendly girl, we all hope we can help sort out her problems as she deserves so much better than she has had so far.




Badly Infected Ears.....

And What Comes Out.....

Abbie's Fortunes Take A Turn For The Better.....

And speaking of the great work that Mel and David (and Bobby and Bree) do, here's little Abbie's wounds looking a lot better. She has done so well in foster, and become such a big part of the family, that she has fallen on her feet literally in the fact that they can't give her up. Looking at these photos I think she is quite pleased about it!....
Wound Looking Good.....


Big Sister Bree.....

Bobby's Harem: Abbie, Ebony & Bree.....


And One By Bobby And Bree!....

Another of our big Rottweiler boys that has come on so much is Bobby. David and Melissa have done such an amazing job giving him confidence in the outside world, and its an amazing sight to see him as one of the canine representatives at a fundraising event. Here he is with his best friend Bree and a very proud Dad and Mam.....

An Amazing Achievement By Luka.....

We are all so proud of Luka, as he has just become the latest SHAK dog to be a Pets As Therapy dog! Luka was emaciated and frightened when we got him, he'd had a really tough time. Andy gave him a chance after us, and they have both done a fantastic job!


Below are some photo's showing the state of Luka when he arrived.....




Sofa Surfing.....

Look at how relaxed Penny is in the sitting room now.....


Monday, 30 June 2014

Meet Sweet Abbie.....

Little Abbie arrived last week after a few days stay at a local vets. We are lead to believe that she was a stray that wondered into somebody's garden and that their dog didn't taken too kindly to her intruding. The evidence is clear on her front left leg as to who came off worst.

Despite such a horrific injury, Abbie is such a sweet little soul, and has gone into temporary foster (with 3 other dogs despite her ordeal) whilst she recovers and her leg heals properly. We are however looking for a permanent Forever Foster home for her, so if you would like to offer this happy little girl somewhere to call her own, then please get in touch via email foreverfoster@shak.org.uk




Abbie has also been treated for a flea allergy.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Kai's Trip To The Seaside.....

A short and light hearted film of Kai's trip to the seaside. Although it doesn't show the seriousness of some of the other films I've made, its just as important as it shows the social life our dogs have away from kennels.....

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

SHAK TV & SHAK In Motion.....

People have been very kind about the videos I've uploaded to try and show you the work that we do on a daily basis. Also to try and show you the full extent of the conditions we have to overcome as our relationships with the dogs grow. You can watch them all on our sister blog "SHAK In Motion".....

http://shakinmotion.blogspot.co.uk/

However, in the meantime in true  TV style, here is what you may of missed on SHAK TV!

Hannah arrives in a terrible state:

Zach's Story.....Part One and Part Two:



Ryder, Huey and Jack set off for new starts and homes:


Kash and Mia arrive:


And the follow on showing the desperate state of Mia:




Little 'Laser' On The Prairie.....

Another dog very close to my heart that as been enjoying the sunshine is Laser. Here he is in full "House On The Prairie" pose. I know, I know I'm giving my age away there.....