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Saturday, 30 July 2016

New SHAK Stuf!....

I mentioned recently that I was really excited about some new merchandise that I'd been working on. Well, today I can share them with you thanks to our friends at Teemill. So now you can have your own SHAK Tee's, Hoodies, Shopping Bags and even Tea Towels!

Working with Teemill is fantastic for us as it means now the designs are done we have very little to do. You have a look on the SHAK Teemill web shop, order what you want and they handle everything for us...... AND THIS WEEKEND ONLY they are also offering our customers FREE DELIVERY on all orders!

So its a great opportunity to get your hands on the latest SHAK stuff without paying postage. All you need to do is follow the link:

https://shak.teemill.co.uk/















 

Friday, 29 July 2016

Don't Forget Tomorrow.....

Your chance to find our more about how you could become part of the team.....

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The Reasons For Silence.....

Thank you to everyone who has messaged me in some form asking if everything is ok with things being so quiet on here lately.....

The simple answer is that things are just so crazy I haven't had the chance to do a lot of things I'd like too, but that's because the dogs come first.

Truth be known it is very tough at the moment, we need money, we need food, we have a constant stream of dogs needing to be with us. On top of the all of that, the summer and holidays bring their own problems with us having to run constantly short handed, that is why the 'Opportunities to Join Our Team' morning on Saturday the 30th July is so important. We need more of the special people we already have to come forward...... in every area of our work.

I've been working very hard to keep us a float, other people have done their bit on other fronts (and I am extremely grateful to them for it) but the term 'spinning plates' really does fit right now, and that's why things on here have been quiet.

One project that I've been working on all hours is SHAK HQ. As you can see from the SHAK HQ page on this site there's some really exciting dates booked, with more to come hopefully, and there are plans in place to expand how we use the valuable premises we have so keep checking on there for new dates.


I am also working on some exciting new merchandise which I hope to announce soon, some of which are based around our new tag line of  'Not Dead Yet' a preview of which is seen below.....


So in one way its exciting times, but in so many others its very worrying. Those plates won't spin forever..... We really need your help more than ever now.


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Opportunities To Join Our Team.....



Having recruited some great new team members since the launch of HQ, the summer holidays means its time to open the door again and hold one of our "Your Chance To Join The Team" sessions. However, this one of Saturday the 30th of July is different, as not only is it an opportunity to come and learn more about being a volunteer at the kennels or on the fundraising team, but it is also an opportunity to learn more about becoming a temporary foster carer.

All the opportunities are exciting in their own way, and also very important parts of keeping SHAK going.....

If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions then why not pop down to SHAK HQ, Greenwell Road, Alnwick, NE66 1HB on Saturday the 30th of July at 10am.

(Please note that these sessions hold no obligation on either side and are designed to give you an insight into the work we do.)

 

Venturing Onto Ebay.....

 



As the pressure continues to grow as the sheer volume of dogs needing our help shows no sign of letting up, we are trying new ways to try and raise the funds we need to keep our work going and save lives. One way I have been experimenting with over the past few weeks has been ebay.....

Results have been a bit mixed, but we have made money. I guess it all depends on finding something others want to buy. So as I look to step it up a little I am appealing for you to help by donating things for us to sell. All items must be in good/new and working condition, easy to package and post and not easily broken (when in transit.) This could be designer clothes, jewelery etc.

So if you do have anything that you think could make us money then please email pictures and details to shak@shak.org.uk and I can see if we can turn your unwanted items into to sanctuary for our dogs.

Thank you.

(Please note that we cannot accept things we cannot sell, so please don't be offended if your item isn't accepted. The idea behind this project is to try and make money with as little hassle and with using as little time as possible.)

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Cupboard Is Bare.....

I mentioned a little while ago that it has been the worst period I've known for dogs being 'unwanted' and with our numbers swelling up to 70+ we're finding it harder and harder to keep going.

One aspect that we're really struggling with at the moment because of the added numbers is food. Despite your fantastic generousity we are running low on everything from dry complete food, hypoallergenic food, dry Chappie food, tinned food and treats.

So its cap in hand time again and I have to ask you to help us out..... Anything you could spare would be greatly appreciated.

As I have said before, the dogs will not starve so please don't panic. We will starve before them, but every bit of help will be a massive boost.

There are a couple of ways you can donate..... dropping off at one of our drop off points, leaving a donation in the donation bin at SHAK HQ (Greenwell Road, Alnwick, NE66 1HB) or by ordering through our Amazon Wish List:

SHAK Amazon Wish List.....

Thank you in advance, below are some food drop off points:

Pets At a Home, Cramlington.
Taylor's Newsagents, Alnwick.
Moorview Vets, Backworth.
Sainsburys, Alnwick.
Carlton's Feed Merchants, Seaton Delaval.
Wilkinsons, Alnwick
Carlton's Feed Merchants, Benton.


Thank you.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Goodbye Little Korra.....

Some really sad news.....

Yesterday little Korra lost her fight against Lymphoma leaving behind her new family who loved her dearly. The rapid deterioration we were expecting arrived much sooner than we'd all hoped, and the world lost a loving little soul, who was enjoying her new life so much.

I'd like to thank everyone who got behind Korra and supported her fight by donating towards her veterinary costs, you helped give her every chance. 

I can't put into words how much I'd like to thank Frankie, Kris and Rook for giving Korra everything. It was a fairytale come true..... the vet nurse falling for a real sweetheart when she needed it the most. They are all heartbroken right now, but they can be incredibly proud of what they did and of the fight shown by their little girl.....





Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hospital And Holiday For Cheech.....

As always things are busy, and its been a great distraction having a little guest for a couple of days whilst he's been neutered. Cheech had a retained testicle so it was vital we got him done, but his operation also meant I was able to give him a break from the stress of kennel life and let him enjoy the Northumberland countryside.....

I think anyone who has met Cheech will know exactly how special these pictures are.






New Name And A New Start When She Needs It The Most.....

It seems even more fitting after the new that I have just broke to you about Gema that I follow up on the story of little Pippa from last week. I promised you there was a fantastic twist.....

Frankie who was the vet nurse that looked after Pippa when she was in for the blood tests and scans last week fell head over heels for her. It was love at first sight, and just a couple of hours after I'd picked her up from the vets I received an email from Frankie offering her a home!

It really is a dream come true, and along with her new start and home, Pippa also got a new name.....Korra.

Korra is having a fantastic time, and is already getting out to see the world with her new brother and best friend Rook! As you can see from the pictures below she is loving every minute of this opportunity, and a life we didn't know whether she'd get.....















Of course there is a serious part in all this and we know that Lymphoma is a horrible, aggressive cancer. Now we have secured her a home we have upped her medication to include a drug called Cyclophosphamide and of course that means a greater financial outlay. All in all Korra's medication will cost around £100 per month, that's where we are asking for your help.....

Can you afford to give a little bit extra to help Korra? If so you can donate via PayPal to shak@shak.org.uk or you can send a cheque made payable to SHAK to SHAK, Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1HB.

Frankie and Kris have also set up a page on Instagram @korrasadventures so you can follow her progress.

I am extremely grateful to them both for giving Korra this chance. Having just gone through so much with Gema I think they are wonderful for loving her knowing their hearts will break. Very special people and a very special dog.....

Farewell To An Amazing Girl.....


Sunday was another hard day as me and Rachel had to make the decision to say goodbye to a dog that has left a huge imprint on our hearts and memories. Six months to the day from coming home with us after being diagnosed with a bone tumour, Gema lost her fight against such a horrendous disease. She had been so brave and fought so hard to hang onto the home she'd waited years for.....

Gema had been a SHAK dog for so long and made so many friends over the years, but it wasn't until she came home that we really got to see the 'real' Gema..... one that was perfect in every way. I know it sounds stupid to say with us having so many other dogs here, but the house really isn't the same without her.

Gema had a lasting influence on so many people, turning so many hearts and minds from 'devil dog' to 'perfect dog'. She was a brilliant ambassador for the Rottweiler breed, and one I am so proud to of had in my life.

Six months was too short a time, but all I wanted was for her to see the summer. She loved being out in the sunshine so much..... On Sunday the weather was glorious. We're all going to miss you so much Gems.