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Monday, 30 May 2016

Don't Forget This Sunday.....


We are very proud to of once again been selected as a beneficiary of the world record holding Great North Dog Walk on Sunday the 5th June 2016.

This event is annual and measurable and the last dog walk was the 25th staging. It was held on Sunday 7th June 2015 with 26,423 dogs represented by 185 breeds, starting on The Leas, South Shields, England, United Kingdom, SatNav NE33 2JH. The 3 mile (4.8km) walk follows a coastal route along the cliffs with magnificent sea views. There are four different routes of varying lengths to cater for everyone within the community and over varying surfaces like grass, gravel and concrete. This therefore allows for baby buggies, wheelchairs, the young, the elderly, disabled and also older dogs to support this world record attempt. The event is Internationally recognised and holds the WORLD RECORD as the largest dog walk ever held (22,742 dogs).

So if you'd like to do the walk for us, email joanaustin@shak.org.uk to register and get your entry number and sponsor form. Please note all completed sponsor forms and cheques must be sent to SHAK. Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB.

We really are proud to be associated with such a fantastic event, but really need your support with it..... thank you in advance.





Thursday, 26 May 2016

Pippa Update.....

Thank you for everyone's kind words and support for little Pippa, she's taking everything in her stride.

I'm delighted to say that it looks like she'll be going to her new home on Monday in a twist to the story that I'll tell at another date!

In the meantime I am pulling together all her vets bills and medication costs before launching an appeal to help her for the rest of her life.....

She really is a wonderful little dog and we will do all we can to support her through this.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

One Word..... Why?

Today has left one word hanging in my head..... why?

Pippa was left abandoned when her owner escaped from domestic violence.  Just 4 years old she is a sweetheart, a gorgeous Labrador Staffy cross,  her breeding has gone against us finding her a place. That and the atrocious state of saturation the rescue world finds itself in.

Just yesterday Melissa and David noticed something was quite right with Pip. Her abdomen just didn't look right, and it felt hard to the touch. My first fear was a pyo (a mass infection of the womb) life threatening but operable. I made a vets appointment and took her there first thing this morning. I felt a lump just below her neck as she cuddled into me as we travelled, but when I felt one the same on the other side I presumed it was normal.  How wrong could I of been.

Cat the vet was brilliant and straight away picked up it was worse than I had anticipated.  The lumps I felt were lymph nodes, and as Cat showed me them swollen all over Pippa's body my heart began to sink.

This afternoon blood tests and scans revealed Pippa is suffering from a very aggressive form of  lymphoma. Cancer of the lymph glands. There is not a lot we can do other than treat her with steroids with other medication once we determine her future,  and try and to give her the best we can.

The sad thing is she is so bouncy and happy if Mel and David hadn't noticed her abdominal swelling we would of never known until it was too late. I lost Shak to lymphoma and know exactly what the shock of not expecting it is like.....

I am working on a potential home for Pippa as I write this, more to come on that another time, but at the moment the next 48 hours or so are critical for us to see where she will be that will I turn effect the medication she receives.

So so sad and unfair. I don't think any of us can believe it......

Monday, 23 May 2016

Boys With Balls In The Sun.....

Had to share these pictures of Jenson and Dino enjoying the sunshine at the weekend with Sarah..... put a smile on my face too!

Jenson
Dino

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

A Night Of Rock n Roll and Races.....

I'd like to bring to your attention another great night planned at The Northern Football Club in Gosforth on May 27th. Billed as a Race/Rock n Roll night, its bound to be a night not to be missed!

Ample parking space and £3 entry on the door, the fun begins with the first race is at around 7.30.

With a raffle aswell to help raise funds for ourselves, we really need your support to help make this a night to remember!

So mark it in your diaries now..... Race/Rock n Roll night, The Northern Football Club, Gosforth, NE3 2DT on May 27th from 7.30.

 

The 2016 Great North Dog Walk.....


We are very proud to of once again been selected as a beneficiary of the world record holding Great North Dog Walk on Sunday the 5th June 2016.

This event is annual and measurable and the last dog walk was the 25th staging. It was held on Sunday 7th June 2015 with 26,423 dogs represented by 185 breeds, starting on The Leas, South Shields, England, United Kingdom, SatNav NE33 2JH. The 3 mile (4.8km) walk follows a coastal route along the cliffs with magnificent sea views. There are four different routes of varying lengths to cater for everyone within the community and over varying surfaces like grass, gravel and concrete. This therefore allows for baby buggies, wheelchairs, the young, the elderly, disabled and also older dogs to support this world record attempt. The event is Internationally recognised and holds the WORLD RECORD as the largest dog walk ever held (22,742 dogs).

So if you'd like to do the walk for us, email joanaustin@shak.org.uk to register and get your entry number and sponsor form. Please note all completed sponsor forms and cheques must be sent to SHAK. Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB.

We really are proud to be associated with such a fantastic event, but really need your support with it..... thank you in advance.




Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Maddie and Bronson Take Time Out.....

I'd just like to thank Jill and Eleanor for giving two of our dogs a welcome break from the kennels recently.

First up Maddie had a sleep over at Jill's where she really enjoyed herself,  then just last week Bronson had a trip to the seaside with Eleanor and as you can see had a ball too.....

These little trips away are great for the dogs but also help us see them in a different environment, which hopefully helps us find a better place for them. 

'Caring For Your Dog Through The Ages' Presentation At HQ.....


Just a reminder that we welcome Hannah Walker from Moorview Vets at HQ this Thursday for her presentation on 'Caring For Your Dog Through The Ages.'

It promises to be a really informative night, covering all aspects of looking after your senior friend. Doors open at 7.15 for a 7.30 start, usual minimum of £3 donation entry fee.

Look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP shakclub@shak.org.uk to guarantee your place.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

The Launch Of The SHAK Club Sponsorship Scheme.....


SHAK CLUB SPONSORSHIP - OUR DOGS NEED YOU.....
The start of 2016 has been the toughest year yet in the 10 years that SHAK has been operating. Tough in every aspect, but two in particular have had a serious effect on our work.
 The volume of stray and unwanted pets in the UK seems to be at a record high, with rescues saturated everywhere, and at every level. The rehoming centres are full, the breed specific rescues are full, and the specialist rescues like ourselves are above and beyond capacity. Like us, many I’m sure have endless lists of lost and unwanted souls just waiting for a space. We receive requests every day, but with our resources always stretched to almost breaking point, we’ve had to say no to so many.....

The reason for SHAK existing is to help the dogs that really need it the most. To provide sanctuary and a safe haven for those dogs that have nowhere else, to give them somewhere to work through their issues, to give them somewhere to call home..... even if that means for the rest of their lives.
With over 70 dogs now in our care, we are struggling to save more. We have to protect the ones that we have, but by saying no we are consigning many others to death. In today’s world that is the stark reality.

On average at any kennels you’d expect to pay at least £5 per day to keep a rescue dog safe. That equates to £35 per week, or £140 per month for every single dog we have. Even in our most quiet spells we operate with at least 50 dogs in our care at one time. That’s 50 x £140 which comes to an enormous £7,000 per month.

YOU CAN HELP.....  Saving the lives of these dogs is paramount to us, we have to continue to be able to provide them with somewhere safe to go. If you were to donate just £5 a week a dog would be guaranteed a bed and food for a day. If 6 other people did likewise then that would be a kennel secured for a dog for a week. It soon adds up, that £5 per week, every week, would mean a dog would be looked after for a whole month for just £20 or £260 would look after that dog for the full year!

So we are asking you to help us continue our work, asking for your help us to safeguard these dogs that have already suffered so much. If you can afford to donate £20 per month or if your business can afford a one off sponsorship donation of £260 for a full years support, it would mean so much not only to us, but to the dogs themselves.

Please print off the standing order form below and send it to your bank. If you are a business we can show our gratitude by adding you to our list of sponsors on our SHAK Club Sponsorship page on our website. Your name and logo will also be added to all the SHAK Club correspondence and be displayed on the walls of our head office in Alnwick for everyone that attends our regular talks and seminars to see. Whilst providing you with recognition of your support and generosity, such promotion will also act as a small token to show our appreciation.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this post. Working together you really can help us make a difference to the lives of the dogs that have been let down so badly by humans already. We are their only chance, and their only hope. By helping us you really can be the deciding factor between life and death.....


SHAK. Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1HB.

Registered Charity Number:1125159




Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Difference In Moby.....

You may remember a little while ago I released a series of prints, SHAK dogs captured in a moment in time with some special words alongside them.....

Moby was one of the dogs featured, and the words I wrote for him seem even more poignant now.....


The picture below I received last night, Moby in a new environment, and settled in a new home!


You can buy Moby's print and the rest of the set at :  http://www.shakshop.co.uk/The_Bars_That_Bind/p168627_14623427.aspx

It's Not Too Late To Book Your Place.....

I believe there are still a few places left on the course at HQ tomorrow. It's not too late to book your spot or you can pay on the door.....



Infection Management With Natures Remedies.....14th April 6pm.....Course Fee £25

Helping animals to manage infection with natures remedies. We know that nature is full of potential remedies for a whole host of ailments, and many essential oils and herbs can be useful in preventing, managing and sometimes destroying infection caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses. In this 3 hour intensive course we will look at how animals can use a range of remedies to help in managing a range of infectious conditions. The method we will specifically be looking at is Applied Zoopharmacognosy, so you will learn much about this behavioural science in using nature’s remedies, as well as the specific remedies which can be so useful here.

You will be given a pack of potential remedies to take away and use at home with your own animals too.

This course has been designed and will be presented by a qualified Zoopharmacognosist who also happens to be a Registered Nurse.

If you wish to gain further information AND TO BOOK YOUR PLACE please email Leigh Smyth on leigh@animalhealthefe.com/ see her web site www.animalhealthefe.com

http://www.animalhealthefe.com/store/products/master-class-in-infection-management-for-animals/

Doors open from 5.45pm tomorrow at SHAK HQ Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A Year On For Lewis.....

I can't believe that today marks a year since we had to say goodbye to a dog that really summed up what SHAK is about, and from a personal level a dog that really did test me. His story is below, you can read it for yourself and join the dots, but one thing is for sure..... I will never ever forget him.....

A really sad time today as we had to say goodbye to a dog that was such a big part of this charity and our day to day life. Despite being full of life and playing with his boomer ball yesterday, cancer won it's fight against the very brave Lewis this morning.

Lewis was an enigma, a one off and also my nemesis.  The only dog whose trust I never completely gained, but then his past was so bad that he didn't trust anyone. We worked around that though, and whilst my body carries some scars as a reminder of his fear, I'd like to think that by the end we had a mutual respect.

This morning was very difficult, days like today are never easy, and with Lewis's history it made it even more so. But I have to say my team where incredible despite their hearts being visibly ripped in two. Nobody panicked, nobody lost the plot, everybody stayed focused on what we needed to do for the best for Lewis.  For that both me and him will be eternally grateful.

Lewis as I have said left permanent reminders on my body that now serve like tattoos regarding someone that was close and lost. That's how I like to think of them anyway. In reality they are marks from a dog that was so badly damaged by humans he shut himself off to everyone apart from his cuddly toys and his boomer ball. He warmed to us over the years, and I'd like to think that he trusted us even if just a little by the end. One thing is we didn't give up on him and take the easy option..... that is something I am very proud of.

I remember the first time that I suffered at the hands of his fear, as I drove myself to casualty a Biffy Clyro song came on  the cd. The words were perfect for that moment..... perfect for what had just happened and how our relationship now was.....

"You say "I love you, boy"
I know you lie
I trust you all the same
I don't know why

'Cause when my back is turned
My bruises shine
Our broken fairytale
So hard to hide

I still believe it's you and me 'til the end of time

When we collide we come together
If we don't we'll always be apart
I'll take a bruise; I know you're worth it
When you hit me hit me hard."

All the bruises were certainly worth it, and I guess today was the end of time. And we were together.

I will miss you Lewis.  We will all miss you. I hope now you know how much we loved you.



Friday, 1 April 2016

Thank You And Welcome?....

I'd just like to say a big thank you to Andrea from the Northumberland Animal Welfare Team for providing a brilliant service at our Free Microchipping event yesterday. It was great to see so many dogs at HQ, and no matter how big or small she took everyone in her stride!

I'd like to thank everyone too for all their kind donations that came along,  some people didn't even have a dog with them to microchip but tool the time to drop off food, bedding and toys.

Thank you all so much.

Now it's time to focus on tomorrow's event.....

The 'Interested In Fostering' open day runs along the same format as the previous 'Join Our Team' days have, but this time the morning will focus on another very important way you can help our dogs without being involved at the kennels.

We are looking to build a network of foster carers that range from taking a dog home for a short period of time so we can assess if he or she is ready to make the next move, to providing a caring environment for a dog to recover after surgery, illness or emaciation, to a longer term commitment until they find a new Forever Foster home.

It is important that the environment is right for each individual dog, so I think its very important to point out that we will not place dogs with children or cats and small furries unless we have prior history that they have lived with them before.

You really could make a difference to one of our dogs, by helping them take the next step.....

So if your are interested why not come for a 'no strings attached' talk on the 2nd of April at 10.30am at our base in Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB. Please RSVP shakclub@shak.org.uk

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Essential Equilibrium Courses At SHAK HQ.....


There has been quite a lot of interest in Leigh Smyth's courses being held at SHAK HQ over the coming months, which is fantastic! However, I have to point out that these aren't SHAK events, but Leigh is holding them in our pemises. So..... to hopefully answer all your questions, here's the lady herself:



Infection Management With Natures Remedies.....14th April 6pm.....Course Fee £25

Helping animals to manage infection with natures remedies. We know that nature is full of potential remedies for a whole host of ailments, and many essential oils and herbs can be useful in preventing, managing and sometimes destroying infection caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses. In this 3 hour intensive course we will look at how animals can use a range of remedies to help in managing a range of infectious conditions. The method we will specifically be looking at is Applied Zoopharmacognosy, so you will learn much about this behavioural science in using nature’s remedies, as well as the specific remedies which can be so useful here.

You will be given a pack of potential remedies to take away and use at home with your own animals too.

This course has been designed and will be presented by a qualified Zoopharmacognosist who also happens to be a Registered Nurse.

If you wish to gain further information AND TO BOOK YOUR PLACE please email Leigh Smyth on leigh@animalhealthefe.com/ see her web site www.animalhealthefe.com

http://www.animalhealthefe.com/store/products/master-class-in-infection-management-for-animals/



Reiki Level 1..... 30th April All Day.....Course Fee £82.50

Reiki level 1; There are some aspects of our lives and bodies that we cannot see, but that are very important to our wellbeing. Subtle energy is something we cannot see but that is part of our whole body and soul. Energy healing is a way to rebalance our subtle energy systems, which can help people and animals in all aspects of wellbeing. Reiki is a form of energy healing which emphasises the need for us to look after our -selves and our own energy system so we are able to also help others; both people and animals.

This Reiki level 1 course is taught by a Reiki Master who also happens to be a Registered Nurse and Complementary therapist for animals and people. In this one day course, you will learn how to tap into your own ability to heal yourself and others. You will be supported to discover and explore your own innate healing ability and given advice about how to practice at home on yourself, friends, family and your own animal companions.

 Fully certificated course, with follow up support for all learners.

There are 2 follow on courses to Reiki Level 1 for those who wish to know more; Reiki for Animals and Reiki Level 2, more info to follow soon…..

If you wish to gain further information, AND TO BOOK YOUR PLACE please email Leigh Smyth on leigh@animalhealthefe.com/ see her web site www.animalhealthefe.com

http://www.animalhealthefe.com/store/products/reiki-hands-on-healing-level-1/



Parasite Management With Natures Remedies.....5th May 6pm.....Course Fee £25

Helping animals to manage parasites with natures remedies. We know that nature is full of potential remedies for a whole host of ailments, and many essential oils and herbs can be useful in preventing infestation by pests, and also in preventing them from breeding once an infestation has been established. In this 3 hour intensive course we will look at how animals can use a range of remedies to help in combatting a range of parasites, both external (ie fleas and other insects) and internal parasites (ie worms). The method we will specifically be looking at is Applied Zoopharmacognosy, so you will learn much about this behavioural science in using nature’s remedies, as well as the specific remedies which can be so useful here.

You will be given a pack of potential remedies to take away and use at home with your own animals too.

This course has been designed and will be presented by a qualified Zoopharmacognosist who also happens to be a Registered Nurse.

If you wish to gain further information, AND TO BOOK YOUR PLACE please email Leigh Smyth on leigh@animalhealthefe.com/ see her web site www.animalhealthefe.com

http://www.animalhealthefe.com/store/products/master-class-in-natural-parasite-management-for-animals/

I know from my own experiences working with Leigh how enlightening her work can be, if your lucky enough to do one of these courses, I'm sure you will see what I mean!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Munch Update.....


Just thought I'd share these photos of Munch..... as you can see he is doing well and his leg is healing very well. Such a brilliant turn around for this lively little guy. 

Thanks again to Sarah and her family for being there for him when he really needed them and for doing such a great job putting him back together.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Have You Ever Thought About Being A Foster Carer.....



There's been a lot going on of late, as more and more dogs seem to find themselves unwanted. However, we have to keep going and I am delighted to announce some more exciting new SHAK Club dates for you diary which are listed below.

Further details will be available soon, but they include a new ‘Interested In Fostering’ open day, a ‘Join Our Team’ day and something I’m really looking forward too..... ‘Care Of Your Dog Through The Ages’ looking after an older dog  with guest speaker Hannah Walker from Moorview Vets.

The 'Interested In Fostering' open day runs along the same format as the previous 'Join Our Team' days have, but this time the morning will focus on another very important way you can help our dogs without being involved at the kennels.

We are looking to build a network of foster carers that range from taking a dog home for a short period of time so we can assess if he or she is ready to make the next move, to providing a caring environment for a dog to recover after surgery, illness or emaciation, to a longer term commitment until they find a new Forever Foster home.

It is important that the environment is right for each individual dog, so I think its very important to point out that we will not place dogs with children or cats and small furries unless we have prior history that they have lived with them before.

You really could make a difference to one of our dogs, by helping them take the next step.....

So if your are interested why not come for a 'no strings attached' talk on the 2nd of April at 10.30am at our base in Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB. Please RSVP shakclub@shak.org.uk



“DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.....”

Mar 31st 2016... - FREE Microchipping with Northumberland Animal Welfare Team &
a ‘Donation  Drop Off’ Day 12pm-3pm

April 2nd 2016... ‘Interested In Fostering’ Open morning 10.30am-12pm

Apr 14th 2016 - 6pm... ‘Infection Management’ with Essential Equilibrium with Leigh Smyth

April 23rd 2016... ‘Join Our Team’ An opportunity to learn more about how to become a SHAK Volunteer. 10.30am-12pm

April 28th 2016.. ‘Caring For Your Dog Through The Ages’A talk about the older dog by
Moorview vet  Hannah Walker 7.30pm

Apr 30th 2016 - All Day.. ‘Reiki Level 1 with Leigh Smyth

May 5th 2016 - 6pm... ‘Parasite Management’ with  Leigh Smyth

May 15th 2016 - All Day... Reiki For Animals with Leigh Smyth

Aug 14th 2016 - All Day... Reiki Level 2 with Leigh Smyth

Sept 18th 2016 - All Day... Reiki Level 2 with Leigh Smyth


A Little Reminder.....

Just a little remember about our FREE Microchipping day at SHAK HQ next Thursday in today's Northumberland Gazette......

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tinned Dog Food Appeal.....

You have all always been so supportive of us, but I'm afraid its that time again when I have to ask our brilliant supporters to help us out. We have run desperately short of tinned dog food, I don't know why these things literally run in feast or famine, but whilst the dry dog food is ticking over the tins have gotten really short.

Please, if you can spare one tin of food it 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, bringing some to'The Donation Drop Off' day at SHAK HQ on the 31st March or by ordering through out 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.

Another Great Night..... And FREE Microchipping.....



We had another great night on Tuesday at HQ as our good friend Emily and her technical assistant Kerry travelled all the way up from Moorview Vets to give us a talk on 'Preventative Health Care and Canine First Aid.' It really was both informative and entertaining, and I have to say a huge thank you to another sell out audience!



We are already in talks with Moorview about planning the next talk, so I'll keep you posted on that, but in the meantime I'd just like to thank Emily and Kerry for giving up their own to to support us, not only on the night, but in all the time it took to put the presentation together!

Next up at HQ is a FREE MICROCHIPPING event and a Donation Drop Off day on Thursday 31st March between 12-3. In conjunction with the Northumberland Animal Welfare Team anybody who hasn't had their dog microchipped are very welcome to come and get it for done for FREE before the law changes on the 1st of April.

The doors will also be open to anyone who has any donations of bedding, food etc as a drop off point. We had a great success with such a day at Christmas time, so hopefully this one will be as big a success.

SHAK HQ is located at Greenwell Road, Alnwick, NE66 1HB and both events run from 12-3.

Look forward to seeing you all there.


Petplan Awards.....


I came home to a very nice surprise yesterday to find that the charity, Joan and myself had been nominated in various categories of the 2016 Petplan Animal Charity Awards. In a period when things have been so difficult it is nice to know that people still recognise the work we do. Thank you to the people who have nominated us.

ASDA Green Tokens.....

I am delighted to announce that we have once again been chosen for the Asda Green Token campaign at the Ashington branch. Running from yesterday until the end of April, we really need your support to help win the prize money.

So if you shop in Asda and live near Ashington please ask for your green tokens and put them in our container. We've had such great support with this in the past, thank you in advance for helping us this time.



Sunday, 13 March 2016

Two Special Girls Enjoy The First Day Of Spring.....

I made the most of the nice weather today to take two very special girls down to the seaside. Star has worked so hard this week helping Donnie,  whilst Gema is battling so hard against her bone tumour.

Her determination to enjoy life is second to none, and she is showing bravery that I could only dream of. Seeing her on the beach, amazed by so many people and dogs was an emotional sight to say the least.

Amazing girls who both faced a vets needle before I got the phone call..... I am so very proud of them both.

Gema
Star

Munch's Vets Bill.....


I've just had a quick tally up after receiving a payment tonight, and I'm delighted to say the total for Munch's Vets Bill Appeal is..... £1201....

So I'm just over a week your support has lead us to our target of £1200. Absolutely amazing. I'd like to thank everyone who has donated or held fund raisers to help this boy. I'm sure when you look at the picture of him below you can see how much his life has turned around.....