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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Great Night On Saturday.....

We had a great night on Saturday at the Shoulder of Mutton,  and I'd personally like to thank everyone who supported the event. Special thanks of course to everyone involved organising it, and to Carol and the bar staff for being such fantastic hosts.

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Newbies Settling In.....

Just a couple of pictures to show a couple of the new arrivals that have featured on here with such big arrivals.....

First up here's Daisy making a new friend in Paul and wearing her shiny new collar.....


Next up Keene relaxing in the sunshine..... even if it was for just 5 seconds! 


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Keene Update.....

Keene is still doing well. I'm learning more about him every time I see him, and I'd like to think he's learning about me too.

He's still a one for carrying his one lead, which he tries to turn into a game of tug everytime something alerts those hyper sensitive senses of his, but that's OK I've bought him his own wire lead.....


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Can You Give This Beautiful Girl A Home.....

Tia is a 7 year old German Shepherd who is looking for a home.  She is a gentle soul, little nervous at first but incredibly loving once she's relaxed. She walks well on lead and travels well in the car. She could live with another calm dog,  possibly not a bitch.

She is a general all round happy girl who would love to find her person....and would blossom in the right home. We advise no cats or children under 10.

For more information email sarahmcalpine2000@yahoo.co.uk or to apply. Rehoming fee applies.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

A Huge Step For Keene.....

Continuing on the story of Keene, there was a big stride taken today as we went for a walk on a normal lead. Although he was a bit mischievous trying to tug it, we both enjoyed the relaxed approach rather than the rigid lead.....

Choose Life.....


Choose Life.....

A little idea that has been running through my head since the launch of the follow up to my favourite ever film Trainspotting was realised became a reality yesterday.

I'm sure everyone is aware of the 'Choose Life' tag line, I decided to do something that symbolises the decisions that are made about our dogs before they arrive with us.....

Featuring our very own Bren, who was himself facing the vets needle and is a great ambassador for when can be achieved when the correct decision is made.....

You can 'Choose Life' here:

https://shak.teemill.co.uk/product/choose-life-tee-1192/


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

And An Update On The New Boy.....

Of course yesterday I introduced you to another amazing boy, the one I have decided to call Keene, which apparently is German for 'sharp' and to be honest it really sums him up.

Keene had a tough act to follow after Axel''s impressive show, but he wasn't intimidated by the new surroundings,  he simple sucked it all in. I'm not sure if I have ever seen a dog that is so alert and switched on to EVERYTHING. He knows exactly where you are all the time, and is fully aware of everything that is going on around him. I didn't feel threatened at all, just aware that I was under surveillance! Even when we stopped for photographs there was a visible glance my way when I moved my hand slightly more over his side. I could see he was recalculating the situation. Though as you can see he did let me get that little bit closer.



On the way back we stopped to pick up his poo bag, but he beat Melissa to it.....


The incredible thing was once he did put it down and Mel picked it up, he ever so gently took it from her hand and carried it again.

Keene is incredible. A dog more intelligent than I've possibly ever seen before, yet he was a vets appointment away from having life taken away.

Update On An Amazing Boy.....

It was really nice to spend some time in the sunshine today, especially after waking up to snow. What was even better was spending it with Axel! This boy has come on so much and I don't just mean physically, his whole attitude to life has developed as well as his character.  So much so I trusted him to pose for these photos off lead....


I think it's fair to say that he was pretty pleased with himself!


And as a little reminder for those who aren't familiar with Axel''s story, this is how he looked when he was found.....



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Monday, 27 February 2017

Road Trip For A New Arrival.....

I got a frantic phonecall on Friday from one of my most trusted rescue contact's.  The kind of phonecall that you its desperate the minute you see their name.... Because that's the only time they contact you.

Turned out there was a dog sitting at the vets waiting to be destroyed. Having had several homes he'd allegedly been used in protection training, but at 18 months old his life hadn't even started.

So I had a road trip south today, preparing myself for a dog that had been described as 'very sharp.' I was really going to have to be on my toes with this one.

What I was greeted with was a very confused and beautiful boy who watched every move I made. Once out of the van, on a rigid lead, he was an instant attraction for spectators sitting in their cars in the car park. I'm sure he noticed every single one of them.....

We had a gentle 4 hour drive back home,  on which he responded every time I said his name. You can see he is desperate to have that connection with someone, and being a suspected German Shepherd cross Malinois I wouldn't expect anything else.

I think the world outside whats he's known is a new and scary place to him. Exciting too of course,  we have to introduce him gently.

There's a bond between us already, I can see the desire in his eyes to belong and trust, but also the fear and bewilderment. It's our job to make the trust take over the fear.


Saturday, 25 February 2017

More Amazing Progress.....

Another amazing bit of progress today was with a dog that was found last Friday chained to a lampost and was understandably showing signs of fear aggression. I have to be very selective in what I say about this one as we do know some history.

Taken to the vets, he was looking at getting destroyed until I got the call.

Yesterday after being in our care for a week he trusted me enough to let me take the chain off from around his neck. Today, after a week on the 'rigid' lead we enjoyed a wander on a double lead.....

Another amazing soul who is rediscovering trust.

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Big Changes For Daisy.....

Having spent a few weeks in emergency temporary boarding, I moved Daisy to The Rescue Place yesterday. She was perfect sharing the van (in a crate) with some of my dogs.  She's quickly settled and today she made a new friend in Rich.....

Thursday, 23 February 2017

A Date With Daisy.....

I introduced you to Daisy a little while ago..... a dog that had been written off for aggression issue's and was less than 24 hours away from a vets needle in a pound.

Today the weather was atrocious.  Wet, windy and the kind of day that makes me question why I do this. Surely an office would be a better place to be?

Then I went out with Daisy.....




This beautiful girl has issues, there's no doubting that.  However those issues are man made, and this is backed up by possibly finding out a little bit about her history before she ended up on death row.

I see her as a very special girl, and one that made my job today worth more than the rain could ever spoil.....

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Monday, 20 February 2017

New Kai 'Graffiti' Tee's......

The sunshine we've seen lately has inspired me to produce somerging both colourful and different with spring hopefully on its way.....

The Kai 'Graffiti' T Shirt is unlike anything I've ever produced before, as individual as the big man himself.  You can order yours here:

https://shak.teemill.co.uk/product/graffiti-t-shirt-1192/


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Where We Are At The Moment.....

I'd like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support during the quiet time on here. My time just seems to disappear at the moment, but everything will be so worth it. The Rescue Place is going through what I can only describe as a 'life changing' redevelopment, which will not only make our job easier but also improve the lives of our dogs beyond my wildest dreams. Coupled with a new exciting venture that I'm hoping will help us find homes or rescue places for some of our dogs we think are ready, then you can maybe begin to imagine how it's so difficult to find the time to sit and write on here.

More on all of the above when the time is right, but however life does continue to go on, and the need for our work is as intensive as ever.  On Tuesday teatime I received a call from a vet who had a dog booked into be destroyed. Despite not having space,  or even premises capable of taking another, we came up with a plan alongside Northumberland County Council Animal Welfare (who were again amazing) and we were able to stop this beautiful girl losing her life. After a couple of assessments from their team and myself and a couple of days in temporary boarding I'm delighted to say that she is moving to abother rescue soon. She was so close to losing it all.....

Another who was facing destruction and the subject of a few frantic phonecards is Daisy. She ended up a shelter where she was showing signs of aggression and dog aggression.  Again the council contacted us as she finished her last day as a stray, and of course I said yes.....

She is currently again in temporary boarding, but today I spent my second day assessing her. It's early days but the first signs are good.....

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Jenson left and Daisy right. Daisy was due to be destroyed and dog aggressive. 
Daisy and Fagan who is a great stooge dog as he wants to be on his own! 

Ember Update.....

I think it's fair to say Ember stole everyone's hearts when she arrived late last year. Emaciated and in a right mess.....



She came home with us after CT scans and all sorts at the vets, in a desperate bid to find out what was causing her to be so skinny and weak.

I thought I'd share with you some photos I took on her walk this morning.....






Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Big Rescue Has A Sad End.....

In my last post I mentioned that I was working on one of our biggest rescues to date, it's with great sadness today that I have to tell you that despite everything that was done for him, the little guys body wasn't strong enough and we lost him this weekend. Taken fron us before he'd even arrived.

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago about a little crossbreed that had been ploughed into by a car and left for dead in a ditch in Romania.  I know the subject of importing dogs is a controversial one, but now isn't the time to discuss that, my own take is that if a dog needs help and people accept responsibility for life then location shouldn't really matter.

Anyway, little Negrutu was found in the snow and left to die. His legs were frozen together he was so cold, resulting in open sores. However a worse discovery was made when it was found he was paralysed from midway down his back. He was taken to the vets where he was quite happy to accept the use of wheels to get around, but he was very under weight and weak. That was when I was asked to help him.....

Some very kind people donated the money to buy him his own set of custom made wheels and the process began to try and get him to us.

Last week things took a turn for the worst again, as the little man was rushed to the vets again, this time with suspected renal failure. He died this morning.

There was something special about this dog that stole my heart from the minute I saw him. So special it made me think about situations and broaden horizons that I'd never done before. We are full to capacity as normal and won't be venturing into bringing dogs to the UK,  but Negrutu really needed our help.

I'd like to say a special thank you to the people who brought this little guys story to my heart, and did everything they could to get him here. Although he never quite made it to us, I will always think of him as a SHAK dog, and one who certainly showed so much courage in his will to live.....



Monday, 23 January 2017

Please Be Patient.....

I've been inundated with emails of late, many from people kindly looking to join our team. However we also in the process of huge renovations to our kennels, so I'm afraid organising all the building work means I haven't been able to respond to very many. I'm asking for people to be patient and I will get the relevant application forms sent out.

In all of this of course the dogs are at the forefront, making the whole project even more demanding.  It's not even just our dogs, as unfortunately the world of cruelty doesn't seen to stop because we're having building work done. The last few days has seen me embark on perhaps the biggest rescue mission of one poor soul that we've ever launched.....

There will be more on that in good time. However I'll leave you with a little update photo of Bren and Axel today..... true buddies.


Saturday, 21 January 2017

A Magic Moment.....

Today I witnessed a little bit of magic that makes me so proud that I can't really put into words how much it means, or what it feels like to witness.

Bren, Topaz and Axel all arrived at the back end of last year with huge stories and reputations for one reason or another. They have all progressed so much, Bren and Topaz share a kennel, but I've had a feeling for a long time that Axel would match their energy levels. Today we put that to the test.


These dogs have suffered so much before coming to us. Bren and Topaz were actually hours from being destroyed. Whilst Axel want far from being starved to death. Maybe reasing those words and then looking above will give you an indication of the pride and love for these guys.....


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Resurrection Axel T Shirts Available For A Short Time.....

A new year and a new T Shirt to help show your support for SHAK and Axel in his fight to gain full health and to finally start living his life.....

This T Shirt will only be available for a limited time so be sure to order yours quickly from the link below:

https://shak.teemill.co.uk/product/resurrection-1192/


Friday, 13 January 2017

A Big Step For Axel.....

Whilst 2016 was a huge year I think it's fair to say that Axel's story was one that will stick in the memory for a long time.

Today me and Rich decided it was time to up his game.....

The two dogs in this video with him are Star and Bruce.  Star was booked into the vets to be destroyed for being uncontrollable. Bruce was tied to a tree on wasteland at the age of 8, discarded like an empty McDonald's bag. Both live with me and my family now, and are so amazing I showing dogs the way that despite being written off by others, there isn't enough money in the world to put a price on now much they mean t me.

A few tellings off and Axel got it, manners are very important,  but Rich and I were very lucky to witness magic this morning.....


Snow Time.....

It's nearly a week since I last posted a picture of Ember, but despite looking a bit concerned in this photo, the other dogs quickly showed her how much you can enjoy the snow this morning.....


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Today's Northumberland Gazette.....

Another great piece in today's Northumberland Gazette.....


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Ember Relaxing At Her Local.....

Just really had to share this photo of Ember in her local tonight. This dog is battling against whatever it is, but despite being left in such a horrendous state she simply adores being around people. I'm so very proud of her.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

We're Only Three Days In.....

In my last post I did say that I felt in 2017 that we would need you more than ever. Today is the 3rd of January and already today we have two new arrivals and a dog that was due to be destroyed at a vets this afternoon is hopefully still alive and due to come to us later this week. Can you see why we need your support so much?

I think the most disturbing side of all this is the way these dogs have found their way to us. I mentioned also in the last post, a dog that had been tied to the gates of a church on Christmas day, yes that's right a church on Christmas day, today he came to us as no owner had come forward.  He is such a playful, energetic dog. There is no way he deserved to spend his Christmas abandoned and then in kennels. I also said that it is the kind of story line that Disney would write if they were doing a story about a stray dog. I can't get that thought out of my head, except it's for real.....

This handsome boy was tied to a church gate on Christmas day. 


Then we also have little Dolly who was left in a garden along with another dog. They fought as you'd expect for two dogs left to fend for themselves, so she has been to the vets and now has to start her life all over. Microchip details tell us she is only two.....

Little Dolly, abandoned at Christmas. 

So already three days into the year we are under immense pressure, but what else can we do. We refuse to give up on them.  Already Christmas seems such a long time ago.

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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Time To Reflect And Look Forward.....

So tonight we see the end of 2016. A year that saw us hit the 10 year mark as well as making and losing some amazing friends.

I think it's fair to say that it has without doubt been the toughest of those 10 years,  and whilst there were times I thought we weren't going to make it, we have,  and I'm very proud of that achievement and of the people that got us there.

It never stops of course, and already I have two dogs stacked up and waiting to come to us, one was tied to a church gate on Christmas day!  Something Disney would write in one of their films, and they'd probably give it a happy ending. Time will tell.

There has been so many big stories this year,  so many tears of pain and joy, and as we move into 2017 there is a little glimmer of hope.

Ember's lymph node biopsy results have come back,  and the good news is that they show she isn't suffering from lymphoma! They are however 'reactive' so her body is fighting something, we just need to try and locate what. I have her back at the vets next week for more tests.

Your support this year has grown remarkably,  the incredible kindness shown this Christmas is testament to that, but I can't help and feel that in 2017 we're going to have to rely on you even more as the world of rescue just gets more and more difficult. Being right at the cutting edge of life and death means it isn't going to get any easier for us, I really hope you can support us through it.

Thank you again for all you have done and myself and everyone at SHAK (2 & 4 legged) wish you a Happy New Year. I'll leave you with some pictures of Axel who has won the hearts of so many, and words that just seemed to fit! See you on the other side.







Friday, 30 December 2016

Winter Sun 2.....

And here's Zoro catching the last rays before a beautiful sunset.....

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Winter Sun.....

Just a couple of pictures of one of our very special girls Holly enjoying the winter sun on our walk yesterday .....

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Making More Friends.....

Just a little update on our very special boy Axel..... as you can see he has now made even more friends with Mel and David.

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