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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Help SHAK Reach 500 For An Amazing Prize.....


The first couple of days on social media  have been incredible and its great to see so many familiar faces and names as well as seeing so much new support.

The aim of this new approach is to achieve exactly that..... new support and awareness.  So..... I've had a discussion tonight that is really exciting if we can get more people on board the SHAK bus!!!

Basically if we can achieve 500 page likes on Facebook we have a really exciting prize to give away to one lucky supporter that will be announced once the 500 is reached.....

So if you haven't already liked SHAK The Sanctuary on Facebook please do so. Tell your friends and family to 'like' it too. Once we hit that magic 500 there will be a very lucky winner.....

Join The Co-op Membership Scheme And Support SHAK.....


I'm delighted to anounce that after being approached by Alnwick Co-op to continue our relationship with the stores in the Alnwick area, we have successfully been nominated to be one of the beneficiaries of the Co-op Membership Scheme!

The scheme has just been relaunched this month and is running until March 18th 2017.

To become a member of the Co-op and to raise money for us, please register via the link below and nominate SHAK as your charity.....

http://www.co-operative.coop/membership/

How it works

Every time  members choose Co-op branded products and services and use their Co-op  Membership card (subject to Membership T&Cs) 1% of what they spend will go to their chosen  cause.

Members can change their choice at any time until the end of the giving period on 18th March 2017.

If members don't pick a cause during the giving period then their 1% is shared out equally between all the local causes in their community.

So if you live in the Alnwick area, & shop at Alnwick Co-op in Bondgate, Co-op Victoria Road, Co-op Petrol Stations, Co-op Longhoughton, or sadly need to use The
Funeralcare Alnwick. Your membership card can earn cash for SHAK and help us save even more dogs on death row.....

It's as simple as that! Thank you in advance for your support.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Great Sales For 2017 Calendar.....

I'm delighted to say that just 10 days into being available the 2017 Calendar is selling fast, in fact it's broken all sales records from previous years.....

Featuring Laser on the cover and the month of December, it just felt right such a special boy should take centre stage.

You can order your's now from the SHAK Shop via the link below, and to avoid disappointment and to make sure you get yours in time for..... Christmas!

http://www.shakshop.co.uk/SHAK_2017_CALENDAR/p168627_1592854.aspx




The News Hits Home.....

Neither Haden or Sam can believe SHAK is back on Facebook!


Monday, 26 September 2016

SHAK Goes Back On Facebook.....



It has taken a great deal of persuasion..... but I have finally given in and allowed the launch of the official SHAK Facebook page. The idea behind the page is to create awareness and support, and for people to be able to spread the word about the work we do......

So to follow us on twitter search for @SHAKRescue and on Facebook look for SHAK The Sanctuary





For the charity to survive we really need support, we need people to get behind our events and promotions, hopefully this move will help us reach a bigger audience.....

When Corbyn Met Red......



Just wanted to share this video of two boys who met for the first time today..... Corbyn (the Lurcher) and little Red have both spent time with other dogs from the histories we know know about them, today I thought it would be nice if they could spend some doggy time together.....


As you can see they had great fun and it was great to see them both enjoying themselves despite this very difficult time in their life.

We would love to find Forever Foster homes for both of these guys..... if your interested then please email foreverfoster@shak.org.uk  for an application form. 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Make Your First Plastic Fiver One To Remember.....


With the launch of the new 'plastic' £5 notes a great idea was suggested..... why not donate the first one you get to us!?!

That way you'll never forget what you did with your first one, and it will go to a very good cause....

You can donate via PayPal to: shak@shak.org.uk

Send a cheque made payable to SHAK to SHAK HQ. Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB

Or even use Just Text Giving. Simply text SHAK01 £5 to 70070

Make your first plastic fiver one you remember.....

Incredible Progress With Two Incredible Boys.....

Two other boys that are doing incredibly well are the Malinois and Akita we saved last week. Once again I think that pictures say more than words, and as you can see it's not only myself that's been accepted by these two fantastic dogs, but David is making great friends too.....








The Amazing Bruce And Donnie Show.....


I've had a few people ask how Bruce is getting on and how he is settling with his new pals..... Well I'll let you see for yourself.....


He really is brilliant and I think anyone who kniws the other dogs in this video (Lennox, Donnie, Bandit etc) will be amazed to see them all play together.

Big Donnie (big brindle mastiff type) is one that never does cease to amaze me. A life written off for being dog aggressive.....


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

At 11 Sam Needs To Start Over.....

With all the big arrivals last week another handsome boy sneaked through the door almost unannounced.

Sam was picked up as a stray and is microchipped,  but it appears his owner has disappeared off the face of the earth.  I guess now isn't the time for me to point out the obvious flaws in the law, but one thing him being microchipped did do was tell us that he is 11.

Sam is such a gentle soul and although we don't know his cicumstances or how he has been living,  it's clear to see that he hasn't seen a great deal of the world.

Due to the big boys arriving last week we made the decision for him to come to the kennels at our home where it would be quieter for him to adjust to his new surroundings,  I think the hustle and bustle of the main kennels really would of blown his brain. At 11 does he need that, or to be looking to start over??

The truth is he has too, hence we're doing all we can to find him somewhere he can call home. If your interested or would like to know more about how you can help Sam then please email:

foreverfoster@shak.org.uk




Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Time For Kisses.....

Talking of the little guy from yesterdays post, he was really excited to see us this morning and even more so when it came around to walk time!

There was no need for a rigid lead today, simply open the kennel door, slip the lead on and then off we went.

Once outside, what happened next blew me away.....

 

Another LIFE SAVING Story.....

You all know the phrase about waiting for a bus..... two usually come at once, and the same is true with dogs! 24 hours before I was notified about the Malinois I told you about last night I was asked to help a big Akita in the same pound, showing aggression and facing the same fate..... destruction.

Like the Malinois this boy boy was still serving his 7 days as a stray, so the council who had brought him in had to give permission for him to be destroyed. You know how this goes..... that's when I received a phone call.....

Since he came to us we have seen no sign of aggression just sheer strength and determination if he wanted to go somewhere, or more to the point determination if he didn't want to go somewhere! That coupled with his weight of 45kg + we've been working with him using the 'Rigid Lead' again.

Today I felt I knew him well enough to use a normal lead.....






Walking him like a normal dog after he had been so close to death was an incredible feeling. He even allowed me to cut off the scraggy piece of twine he had for a collar! A week ago to day he was due to destroyed..... so much progress in such short time.
 

Monday, 19 September 2016

A Real LIFE SAVING Story.....

Last week was manic in all sorts of ways, too many tales to mention just now and others that are still works in progress, but one LIFE SAVING story I can tell you involves the handsome boy (we are still coming up with a name that suits him!)  below.....

Last Monday I was made aware of a Malinois in a shelter that had been handed in as a 'stray' the previous day. The shelter reported the dog was behaving in an extremely aggressive manner and contacted the council from where the dog was found and requested permission to destroy it. That's where we come in.....

After 48 hours of phone calls and emails permission was granted by the council (as the dog was within its 7 days) for myself to collect the dog along with the dog warden from that council. What greeted me was a very fear aggressive youngster whose world had clearly been turned upside down.

The move from the kennel to  the van wasn't pleasant. Catch poles had to be used, and whilst I'm not proud to say it, no matter what it took we had to get that dog into my van. It was a matter of life and death.....

On arrival at The Rescue Place, his fear was clear to see, look at his body shape but more so his eyes.....





Even just touching him sent shock waves down his whole body, and you could see the fear in his eyes.A Malinois has a hellish bite, I just couldn't afford to rush him or take any risks. I continued using a pole as a 'Rigid Lead' for the next couple of days, but very quickly a bond was beginning to form.....






Saturday proved to be a good day, as my new pal met Rich and Rachel and incredibly he showed us he knew a few tricks. Sit, paw and down were all water off a ducks back to him, and despite the obvious caution that we had to take, he was quickly becoming a firm favourite.....






Then today something amazing happened. I went to get him out on the rigid lead as normal, but he wasn't having it..... in desperation I showed him a normal lead and he put his head straight into it and off we went. I think the pictures below show just how much that walk meant to him, myself and Melissa.....




So an incredible turn around within 5 DAYS..... This young boy was looking at a vets needle, instead his life began today.....

(To continue saving the lives of dogs like the handsome boy above we need your help. If you'd like to donate towards the cost of helping these dogs you can by: PayPal to shak@shak.org.uk or by sending a cheque made payable to SHAK to SHAK HQ. Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1HB. Thank you.)

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Waiting Is Over.....


I'm delighted to announce that this weekends huge fundraiser at Alnwick Food Festival was also the eager awaited official launch of the 2017 SHAK Calendar.....

Featuring Laser on the cover and the month of December, it just felt right such a special boy should take centre stage.

You can order your's now from the SHAK Shop via the link below, and to avoid disappointment and to make sure you get yours in time for..... Christmas!

http://www.shakshop.co.uk/SHAK_2017_CALENDAR/p168627_1592854.aspx




Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Oscar Has His Blood Tests.....

Had Oscar down to Moorview yesterday for his blood tests, so now it's just a waiting game for his results. Once again apart from the couple of minutes in the consult room he was brilliant, and he really enjoys the days out. We even had a game of football when he got back.....


Thanks to the fantastic support of you guys I am also delighted to say that we have received a fantastic £580 so far of the initial £600 target. Obviously the results of the bloods will determine the route we go down next, but there will be a second phase of funding needed.....

You can donate via paypal (shak@shak.org.uk) Pay direct to the vets by calling Moorview on 0191 2566990 stating Oscar's bill on the SHAK account or by sending a cheque made payable to SHAK to:

SHAK HQ
Greenwell Road,
Alnwick,
Northumberland
NE66 1HB

Thank you all again for your support.

Another Great Night At HQ.....

I'd just like to say a HUGE THANKYOU to Darren, Frankie and star of the show Rook, for  providing us with a brilliant presentation about dog blood donor's last night.

'All You Need Is Blood' was so informative and interesting and delivered so well that it really did capture everyone's imagination and attention. 

Speaking of 'everyone,' it was another sell out and I'd like to thank everyone who once again showed us fantastic support by turning out, even one of our most recent success stories, little Jack, made an appearance.

I am already in negotiations with Frankie to book Darren again, so if anybody would like to suggest a topic then please email your suggestions to shak@shak.org.uk


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Bruce Comes Home.....

It's also been a really big weekend for Bruce. Having arrived as a stray at the start of the summer I think it's safe to say that he has really struggled in kennels. When I received a call out for a German Shepherd that was tied to a tree on some wasteland I have to admit I prepared myself for a battle..... The truth is he was a sweetheart from that moment on and my heart was won by him.

Yesterday I decided to say enough was enough having tried every angle I could to place him. I have to thank Rachel for once again understanding the downside of my work and welcoming him into our home with arms spread wide.....

I think these photo's will probably be more appreciated by anyone who witnessed Bruce in kennels. They cover last night and today. He has been amazing & so have the rest of our guys.

With Lennox 

Lennox and Pinky say Hi

Sky does too!

With the guys

Home in the background

What a weekend