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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A First Date.....

We'e been doing a little bit of work with Roxy since her weekend away and I'm pleased to say she is working towards a potential home after another successful home trial last weekend.

Her only minor issue seems to be sometimes being a little reactive to passing other dogs on a walk. That is where the work comes in and she is quickly getting the hang of it.

This afternoon I got Dude out for a walk and he gave Roxy a little kiss as he passed her kennel. It gave me an idea.....

They walked together with me on my own perfectly, and I have to say they were both impeccable.  In fact Dude did nothing but kiss her all the way.....

Friday, 16 February 2018

Guv Wants More Of This.....

Another SHAK dog enjoying a well deserved break from the kennels was little Guv.

Guv is a boisterous, energetic bundle of joy who thoroughly enjoyed getting spoilt last weekend, especially loving the attention and long walks.

Little Guv is a typical young lad who loves to play with his toys and get made a fuss of. He spent a lot of his weekend off on the couch enjoying some down time, he truly is a gentle giant.

Guv came to SHAK from another rescue, having spent a lot of time with him the time is right to push forward and try to find Guv his forever family. He needs someone who can give him a lot of attention and love-he certainly has a lot of love to give in return. This beautiful brindle boy deserves his forever home and you could help him on his journey.

For more info contact

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Roxy On Holiday.....

Another SHAK Dog enjoying a break this weekend was Roxy. I'm very grateful to Brad and Amy for giving her this opportunity, and of course it was also an opportunity to sneak a pint!...

Roxy had a well deserved break from the kennels this
weekend, spending her Saturday night in the local pub!

Roxy has been in kennels for over a year now and it was definitely the right time to house assess her and see how she coped outside the world she has not known for a while now. It's fair to say Roxy did absolutely amazing and it broke my heart taking her back to the kennels.

Roxy started off her break by visiting the local pub with a few SHAK regulars, as expected Roxy got a lot of attention from people in the pub, all amazed that she still hasn't found her forever home. The most amazing thing that happened that night for Roxy was meeting a 20 month old little girl who loved her and wanted to give her lots of attention, baring in mind Roxy has been in kennels for over a year we weren't quite sure how Roxy would cope with a little child giving her so much attention- she was outstanding. Roxy was very patient and enjoyed her cuddles, she especially enjoyed taking treats from the little girl.

Roxy did fantastically well and we are ever so proud of her, nothing at all seems to phase this wonderful girl. Roxy enjoyed many long walks, playing tug of war with her toys and loved getting spoilt with cuddles. This girl really deserves her forever home with a loving family.

If you'd like to know more about Roxy then please email

Monday, 12 February 2018


Dino has definately found a friend in Bandit in his mini break.....

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Dino And Donnie.....

Rachel took the liberty of filming from the comfort and the warmth of the sitting room as I walked the boys this evening.  She managed to capture this amazing footage of Dino chasing and trying to get Donnie to play.

I keep saying you maybe need to know these boys to know how amazing these videos are, but believe me they are!!!

Working Task Completed!....

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the worming appeal. Job is now done!

The Biggest Walk Ever For Dino.....

In appalling conditions tonight I managed to get some of the most amazing video footage ever.

Dino (brindle and white American Bulldog) came to us having suffered some horrendous abuse. His present state of anxiety means he is she.domg tonight with me.

Having met Bandit, Donnie and Henry he enjoyed a walk. Anyone who knows Dino will know just how amazing this footage is.....

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Petplan Awards Nomination.....

If like to thank every body who has nominated us for this award. We're up against some very strong and worthwhile competition so we really don't expect to win, but the fact our work has been recognised by you lot means a lot. Thank you.

Dogs Monthly Magazine.....

There's a great piece in this month's Edition of Dogs Monthly magazine featuring our very good friend Phil Lyons John and our very special Lady.....

Monday, 5 February 2018

A Very Big Thank You.....

I'd like to say a huge thank you to the staff and customers of Pets at Home Cramlington for their amazing support through December's Santa Paws appeal. Customers were asked to donate towards buying a dog a Christmas dinner when they were buying goods. The customers were extremely generous and the staff showed amazing support to raise an incrdible £4,675.50p.

We are so grateful to everyone who made this possible as the fact the money was raised at the most difficult time of year means more than I can really put into words.

Caesar and Pyper very gratefully accepted the cheque!
Thank you so much.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Hail Caesar.....

Caesar has been with us for a couple weeks now and really is a sweet boy. He arrived absolutely terrified having spent a lot of time living outside in a garden. We are told he is only about  12 months old so still has a lot to learn about life, but he seems happy with us gradually making new friends.

He shares a kennel with Pyper that was featured in here a few weeks ago and the two boys are definately best buddies. I'm delighted to say that Pyper is moving on to his new home soon so it is now time to step up the search for a place for this little man.

We would like him to have somewhere to share with another dog to show him the ropes and an environment where he isn't on his own for too long as there may initially be some separation anxiety, but with a little bit of reassuring he will make somebody an  amazing friends.

For an application form please contact

Monday, 22 January 2018

Amazing Result In The Wormer Appeal.....

I just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU on behalf of all the SHAK team for really getting behind our wormer appeal. The total as it stands right now exceeds our wildest dreams and smashed the £350 target.

Currently your generosity and support has raised an amazing £1265!!! Not only meaning we can worm our 70 dogs this month but we almost have enough money to worm 70 dogs for an entire year!!!

I am blown away by how much you have supported us on this, and never ever thought we'd reach the £350 target never mind a years worth.

To everyone that has donated thank you so much.

It continues to be manic with me receiving approximately 2-3 requests a day to take in dogs. That was different yesterday when I was asked to help the Caucasian Shepherd that was shot dead by Police in Teeside yesterday. The plea came too late as the geographic difference and weather conditions meant I could never get there in time, even if I was allowed to try and save him.

Today The Sun newspaper somehow tracked me down to do an interview on whether I thought SHAK could have helped him.  I don't think I need to elaborate.....

We are such a small charity, operating well above what we should be, but the team I have assembled will give everything to do all we can. That is why your support on such a simple appeal like this wormer one means the world to us. Thank you so much.

Sky and Bruce enjoying the snow on Friday.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Some News Regarding Our Lilly.....

Some of you may remember Lilly who came here in such a state during the summer. Today we had some good news.....

Monday, 8 January 2018

SHAK Boutique News and Facebook Page.....

Welcome to the official SHAK Boutique page! We are so thrilled to announce that due to the enormous success of the pop up festive boutique in December, we will now be operating it as an ongoing venture.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible to help our wonderful dogs at SHAK. The boutique will run at our HQ in Alnwick 2 days per week to begin with (Days still to be announced) and hopefully full time in the future.

All items will be available for posting out if you can’t get to our HQ in Alnwick and the Facebook page will serve as a platform to advertise the wonderful things we have for sale.

Donations are always welcome however, we can only accept brand new or as new clothes, shoes, accessories and brand new cosmetics. If you wish to donate household things we will accept a small amount or if you have anything large we can arrange to list it on eBay!

Please search Facebook for SHAK Boutique and have a browse!

We look forward to working with you all and of course to raising as much as possible to keep SHAK going.
100% of money raised goes to the charity.

2018 Worming Appeal.....

Christmas seems a million miles away now, and as we head into January it's time that we start to make plans for the year ahead.

One thing we always try to keep on top of but at great expense is flea and worming treatments. With always running with about 70 dogs you can imagine how expensive that can be.

We have decided that to start the year we are going to worm every dog in January which will help us begin the quarterly cycle required. However to do this we really need your help.

We are looking to buy a high quality wormer on line and have always used Drontal. From Animed Direct we can purchase one tablet that will treat a dog upto 35kgs for £4.90. Multiply that by 70 and you can see how much it will all cost..... a whopping £343.

So today we launch our worming appeal and have set a target of £350 in case we get any new arrivals. To donate you can send a payment via two different methods:

PayPal to (Please mark it wormers)

Or a cheque made payable to SHAK (Please write wormers on the back) to SHAK Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1HB.

Our dogs health is extremely important to us and regular treatments help us treat them as if they were our own pets. Thank you in advance for your support.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A Piper Comes At Christmas.....

It seems that every year we have a new arrival during the festive break, last year you may remember Red that was tied to church gates on Christmas Day? This year was no exception, as we received the very handsome Piper just after Christmas.

Piper arrived very nervous, and whilst he is probably 'working weight' he is still quite thin. He has quickly built up his trust with us, and is making friends of both the two and four legged variety.

He is such a gentle soul it's difficult to imagine somebody kicking him out although I do wonder due to a couple of scars if he simply falls into the ex worker discarded category.

We are now waiting for the seasonal madness to pass and for people's routines to get back to normal before looking for either a home or rescue space for him.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Santa's Helpers And Thank You.....

I know this is short notice, but Christmas has crept upon us and with a fund raising diary that is chocker this weekend really is the only time we can fit in a couple of Santa's Helpers days.

You may remember last year was the first year we opened the doors to SHAK HQ for people to drop off food, bedding, toys and cash donations,and it was an enormous success.

So this year we have decided to repeat the event but spreading it over two days, this Friday (8th December) from 10am till 2pm and Saturday (9th December) from 10am till 4pm.

This event is a great opportunity for some of our fund raising team to meet the very special people who support our work, but also a great chance for you to pass on your donations personally. Unfortunately due to a really busy diary we are unable to come and collect any much appreciated donations this time of year.

Thank you so much in advance and we hope to see you on wither Friday or Saturday.

I'd also like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in the SHAK Boutique event over the last couple of weeks, especially Kerry and Natasha for getting the whole event off the ground and Gordon for being of friendly doggy face in the public domain!

Of course the event wouldn't have been a success without your support and I'm delighted to say with money still coming in we have surpassed all expectations and records! Currently the total stands at around £3,500 which is simply unbelievable. Thank you all so much for helping us raise a mind blowing amount.

I'd also like to say a thank you to the fundraising girls who raised a fantastic amount at Alnwick Christmas Market last weekend, but particularly to my daughter Neve who gave up her Saturday to help. At 11 she has seen so much in the world of rescue and Saturday she helped in a way she could. I'm so proud of her.

It was also great to see some of the dogs we have helped get into loving homes, you will all remember Lilly and I think you'll agree she is looking fantastic. Whilst Fagan is certainly enjoying an extended stay with Sheena and Roger.  Thank you all so much.

Neve in charge of the stall. 

And her reward!
Lilly and her dad.

The legend that is Fagan.
Facebook viewers will need to click on the link to see all the pictures.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

An Afternoon With Ian Lavery MP.....

It was a very proud moment to receive the 2017 Charity Champion Runners Up award this afternoon from MP Ian Lavery.

Thank you to everyone who voted and congratulations to Team Susie for their brilliant work being recognised as the winners.

Keene Discovers Snow.....

I love these photos of Keene that Rich took yesterday. Sitting so well behaved and then having that little look behind him as if to say "Whats that I'm sitting on?!?" As he discovers snow. Good job he didn't know how much snow was coming today.....

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Dude Becoming A Dude.....

Just a couple of photos to show how little Dude is coming on. He's just finished his last course of treatment for his skin and workers and as you can see his fur is coming back nicely.....

Facebook viewers will need to click on the post to see all the pictures. 

Eden Comes Forward.....

I love this snapshot Amy managed to get of Eden yestereday. Not only has she pinched Ged's bed, but she's sitting at the front..... on her own!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Where Is SHAK Boutique.....

Anyone in Alnwick today or tomorrow and looking for the SHAK Boutique at HQ, just keep an eye out for one of our biggest dogs 😃

Otto Has A Little Holiday.....

We'e had a really wet spell recently and it had a particularly difficult effect on one of our longest serving residents Otto. The damp seemed to really effect his arthritis so I decided to bring him home for a couple of days of respite.

He is such a complicated character, set in his ways and very nervous, but I think he enjoyed his little break.

I am delighted to say as the weather has dried up, or should that be frozen over he is back to his best, and I am now working on a potential foster home for him.

Facebook viewers will need to click the post to see all the photos and video.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Living With A 3 Legged Epileptic Lurcher.....

One little boy we're really proud of is Haden. Found as a stray with only 3 legs, it wasn' until he came to live with me that his biggest medical issue was discovered..... as well as missing a limb, Haden is epileptic.

He has been with me for a few years now and his illness makes things hard at times, but you can't help but love him.

He has fits in clusters despite being on life long medication, we are currently going through one of those cycles. Tonight he had another fit and once I got him sorted he riddled off to the sitting room to join the others. He decided Sam was his shoulder to lean on tonight.....

Haden (Left) and Sam.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

SHAK Christmas Boutique.....

With Christmas approaching (yes I know I can' believe I'm saying that either!) This week sees the start of the really busy season. Operating out of HQ as a fundraising hub, we are looking to give our dogs the best Christmas yet.

First up is the SHAK Christmas Boutique, a great opportunity to grab a bargain from our range of new and designer party dresses and accessories.

It is also a chance to buy your brand new 2018 SHAK Calendar or the very specially designed range of SHAK Christmas Cards.

Open 10am-5pm on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November.....

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Pin Up Boys.....

Just a couple of pictures of our pin up boy with one of our older pin up boys.....

Well done Dude and Bruce.....

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

An Amazing Picture Of Two Amazing Dogs.....

I have to share this picture of Eden with Ged that Rich managed to take this afternoon.

This is sensational in so many ways. First up she's sharing a bed which is a first, she's looking very comfortable with her new friend but more importantly..... she's at the FRONT of the kennel!

Eden and I have been through so much together, but even this brought a lump to my throat!