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Monday, 17 September 2018

Duke Update.....

The support and kindness that people have shown Duke has been nothing short of sensational.  I'm delighted to say that we smashed the target we set and people are still stopping me in the street and donating and asking how he is. We've decides to keep the excess funds to one side just in case he needs more surgery or further amendments to the surgery that has been done. Once again, Thank you all so much.

He's had a great few days recovering with Brad and Amy, as you can see......

Duke is recovering really well, he’s feeling pretty sorry for himself so is enjoying extra cuddles and attention. He has been spread out across the double bed every night!
Duke has been doing so well we decided to take him for a pint down the local pub where he got even more spoiled as everyone felt sorry for him with his buster collar on. The bar maid even brought out a bowl of cheddar cheese for him since he’s very fussy and said no to the regular dog treats!

Dukes eyes look to be healing really well, we are back at the vets this week for a post operative check up so fingers crossed they are happy with his recovery. They will be checking to see if enough skin was removed in order for Duke to be as comfortable as possible as before the operation his bottom eyelids were extremely inverted. They will be looking to see if any skin needs to be removed from his top eyelid to make him even more comfortable. I think Duke can’t wait to get that buster collar off regardless!

Amy





Sunday, 16 September 2018

A Reminder For Tomorrow.....



Please dont forget if you are interested in volunteering at our new shop, we aare having an information meeting tomorrow.....Monday 17th of September at our new premises.... 12 Bowes Street, Blyth NE24 1EB.

Doors open at 17.45 for an 18.00 start. Hope to see you then.



Thursday, 13 September 2018

Duke Recovering After His Op.....

Just want to  say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everybody who has supported Dukes appeal. The reaction from our supporters has been simply unbelievable and I'm delighted to say that he has had his surgery and is currently recovering at home with Brad and Amy. Thank them and you guys so much.....


Monday, 10 September 2018

Nearly There And Exciting News.....

With a lot of hard work and the help of some amazing people (more on those at a later date) the very first SHAK Retail Shop is very nearly here!

I have to say it has had brilliant reception and as myself and fellow trustee Joan were doing more work there this afternoon we even had people coming in and wanting to look around!

When this idea was first announced we had a surge of people looking to offer their time as a volunteer. We really do need these people to help for this to work, remember as a charity we have over 70 Dogs that need caring for, our human resources are stretched to the limit, so we have decided to host an informal session for everyone thinking of volunteering.

The idea behind this is for you to see exactly what is involved in being part of our retail team, including explain Gift Aid,  then hopefully you will want to be part of it even more!

So the special night is a week today, Monday 17th of September at our new premises.... 12 Bowes Street, Blyth NE24 1EB.

Doors open at 17.45 for an 18.00 start. Hope to see you then.



Monday, 3 September 2018

Can You Help Us Help Duke?.....

You may remember I introduced you to Duke back in April when he enjoyed a great weekend away from kennel life with Brad and Amy. We vowed then we would try and find him a home,  but all of our efforts have been in vain.



Duke was found as a stray, we know he is called Duke because he had a tag on with his name but no owners details, maybe they were afraid of a large vets bill looming? He has had constant problems with his eyes since he arrived with us be we were hoping to put off any operations until he found his forever home. Unfortunately since that hasn't happened we have decided to go ahead with his surgery and kindly accepted the offer of a few days with Brad and Amy to recover.

Duke needs an operation on his eyes called an Entropian. Entropion is the name given to “inward turned eyelids”. The inside of a dog’s eyelid is smooth and pink, so it slides smoothly over the eyeball. However, if it is turned inwards even slightly, the hair and eyelashes rub against the eye, causing irritation, pain and inflammation. In severe cases, entropion can even result in corneal ulcers (“scratches” on the eye’s surface), pigmentary keratitis (dark pigment-filled spots forming on the cornea) or even rupture of the eyeball itself. Even moderate cases, if not resolved, may affect the dog’s vision.

(Extract taken from https://kernowvetgroup.com)



So with everything else in place, this is where we need your help to really make a difference to Dukes life.....

It is estimated that his operation and after care will cost around the £400 mark,  so today we are launching an appeal to raise the amount required.

Duke is booked in for surgery on the 13th of September and will have the operation regardless, but if we could raise the additional funds to cover it it would really help.

You can donate via PayPal to:

paypal.me/shaksanctuary

Or via cheque (made payable to SHAK and marked Dukes appeal) sent to our head office:

SHAK HQ
Greenwell Road
Alnwick
Northumberland
NE66 1HB

Duke has been so patient waiting for his chance of a home, we really want to make a difference to his life.....


Friday, 31 August 2018

Goodbye August.....

Had a nice walk this evening which have me and Henry an opportunity to say goodbye to August with a beautiful sunset.....

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The Group Gets Bigger....

The two newbies have come on so well with Bren and Rex that Rich and I decided to really put them to the test....

So the two on each end are boys, the girls (who have never met each other before) are in the middle. They all had so much fun and loved each other. A very proud moment.


Bren Welcomes The Girls.....

You may remember Bren arriving last year, terrified and displaying it in horrendous fear aggression. He was so bad that the pound we saved him from, who had booked him in to be destroyed, described hom as the most aggressive dog they had ever seen. I'll emphasise the point again, he was terrified....

Today of course he's a lot happier and from being discarded and written off, he has turned into a valuable asset for helping others who are finding life in rescue difficult. As these photos of our latest two arrivals show.....




Monday, 13 August 2018

A Huge Day For Indie.....

Having become a resident in my home on a regular basis, today was the day to push Indie a little further and see how she coped with a day in 'my shoes.'

She was amazing and although clearly the change in routine was a huge thing for her, as well as the new experiences, she really was amazing.

First up was a meeting at the kennels with the dog who made Indies arrival possible, little Eden. I wish I could have gotten more footage but Edens fear of cameras made us cherish the shots we got. You can actually see Edies reaction when she notices the camera is on her! I do have to say though as soon as Eden saw Indie she was straight over to see her and looking very excited. It was as if she knew.....

After a little spell relaxing whilst I did some work at the new shop, I thought Indies courage deserved a little reward, so we visited a quiet local beach I know. I think from her reaction it was probably the first time she had ever seen the sea!

I know today has been huge for her, watching her sleep now I can see how mentally exhausted she is. Yes she was frightened and unsure,  but she was also so curious and when she let herself go she enjoyed sniffing and making new friends. I am so proud of her and of course Eden.....






Introducing Rocco.....

With so much going on at the moment I thought I'd take five minutes to introduce you to one of our other long termers who has really progressed in our care.

Rocco came to us at 6 Months old after he was booked in at the vets to be destroyed for being destructive. He was still just a puppy and quite rightly deserved that chance. Once he arrived we found he had a more serious issue in that somebody had thought it was fun to play tug of war with him on the lead, which then resulted in him always biting the lead..... even at walk times.

Over the time he has been here we have worked very hard to desensitize him to the obsession with the lead and now he looks proud as punch carrying his training dummy everywhere he goes.

Rocco loves people and has shared his kennel with other other dogs during his stay, he really is a happy little lad.

I often get asked if I would rehome certain dogs, Rocco being one who often crops up. I'd love to see Rocco in a home but would have to one that is very understanding and where he wasn't left on his own. He has so much love to give.....

If you are interested in learning more about Rocco please email foreverfoster@shak.org.uk


Saturday, 11 August 2018

New PayPal Link.....

We are always getting asked how people can donate easily, which is obviously a very good thing! PayPal has for years always been a very easy way and today it has just gotten even easier!

All you need to do now is follow the link below, sign in and add the amount. Couldn't be easier!

paypal.me/shaksanctuary

Thank you all again for all your donations, who wants to be first to try the new way.....

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

HELP! Calling All Carpet Fitters!....

We have been working so hard on the new shop, fitting in shop fitting with kennel work, and I'm glad to say things are beginning to take shape.....

However there is one thing that has been nagging away at me since we got the keys and today we made the decision that we really do need to replace the carpet!

So once again we come to you for help. Is there anyone out there who owns/runs a carpet or flooring company? Are you a carpet fitter who could help? If anybody can donate a new carpet and/or time to fit it it really would add the finishing touches to our new venture.

Of course we could buy one out of the charities funds, but we really believe that the dogs deserve the best we can give and try to use the money we receive to help them directly.

If you could help in anyway please email retail@shak.org.uk

Thank you in advance.






Wednesday, 1 August 2018

SHAK Retail Is Here.....

Today is a very special day as I'm delighted to announce our first step onto the retail ladder. Today we picked up keys for our first shop in Bowes Street Blyth and now the work begins!

Continuing on from our very successful boutique days, we have a alternative vision as to how the retailing experience in a charity shop should be. Selling high quality second hand clothes and some very interesting goods as well as SHAK merchandise, our shop will be something completely different from the usual charity shops on the high street.

We will also release details soon as to where and when people can start to donate stock, but please note we will not be selling books, cds, dvds or bric a brac.

This is a really exciting progression for us and will also provide a new food and bedding drop off point and also an excellent chance for events and to meet members of the team.

If anybody is interested in helping in the shop then please contact retail@shak.org.uk

In the meantime, thanks to our resident designer Michael  for creating an image of how the shop may look!....


Monday, 30 July 2018

Look At Harley Now!....

Posting about dogs once they have left us isn't some thing I normally do, but I really do think I can make an exception with these photographs.

You will all remember how frightened Harley was when we saved him from being destroyed. So scared that even someone entering his kennel was enough to make him mess himself. We did a lot of hard work and used up a lot of patience and finally made him ready for the next move.....

Our good friends at a partnered rescue offered him a chance to look for a new home,  they really did come up trumps!

Last night I got these before and after photos and I cannot pit into words how proud I am of the work we did but more importantly Harley (now known as Angus.)

I'd like to thank everyone who was involved in getting him to this point and also his brilliant new family that love him so much.









Thursday, 26 July 2018

Simply Amazing.....

Clay has been getting a little better every day, coming out easier and beginning to relax more. He has more trust in females,  but this video if him with Amy shows just how far he has come.....

Amazing Work from everyone who has been involved with him.....



Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Coming Soon.....

Something very exciting is coming to a high street near you soon.....


Monday, 23 July 2018

Marley Has A Girlfriend.....

I thought you might like to see just how far Marley has come in a few months, by showing you his reaction to meeting Sasha for the first time.....

The second video is how he was the day he arrived.....



Sunday, 22 July 2018

Fun In The Sun.....

Rachel and I enjoyed a really nice walk tonight as the sun set on a beautiful day. We had great company, and it was lovely to see such big stories as Indi and Phoenix enjoy each other's company, until Henry photo bombed the photo shoot!....





Saturday, 21 July 2018

SHAK Retail A Step Closer?....

We've hopefully made some major progress over the last couple of days in our search for retail premises in Northumberland. It's one of those tasks that is on going, but hopefully we should be able to announce some good news next week.

As always we can only work on these projects with your help, so of you have spare time and would be interested in volunteering in a SHAK High Street shop then please get in touch via email: retail@shak.org.uk

Thank you.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Clay and Sky.....

I forgot these were taken on Tuesday, as Clay (as we've decided to call him) was enjoying making friends with Sky.

I especially like the second one where Sky distracts me so Clay can pinch the hot dogs from my pocket.....



Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Lost For Words.....

After making so much progress with our new boy yesterday, today I thought I would try and take things a step further.....


Monday, 16 July 2018

Simply Amazing.....

These dogs never cease to amaze me and what a walk I have just enjoyed with our new boy after Brad suggested we brought Sky along. I don't want to spoil it but to get so close to him in his kennel in just 48 hours was a sensational feeling.....



I am so proud of these two boys, simply amazing! 

Another Two Arrive And Avoid Being Destroyed.....

Whenever I get a call from out good friend Jennie down at K9 Search in  Birmingham I know she has a serious problem.....

This time a big Bull breed had been found chained to a bus shelter and was showing severe signs of fear aggression. Thanks to the great people at Animal House Rescue they somehow managed to get the dog safe before he was taken to the local pound to serve his 7 days. Within 2 hours of arriving his fear had lead to him failing the assessment and he was destined to be destroyed.....



That was when the phone call to me happened. Once the seven days we're completed Lynn and Carys stayed tried to their word and went back to get him before setting off on a road trip north.

It appears put new friend seems a lot more comfortable around woman, but even saying that Carys did an amazing job being able to get him on a lead. Now it was over to us.....

Yesterday was the first day I needed to get him out. He was so stressed and frightened. His kennel was in a horrific state and he was trying everything he could to keep me away. He would not let me get anywhere near him with a lead and his stress levels were rising dramatically. The only safe way was to use the rigid lead.

He hated that too, in fact having seen him arrive on a lead, the difference with the rigid one was quite upsetting to see. I just needed to get him outside.....

Once outside I tried my luck again, I really didn't want him to associate what should be fun with the stress the rigid lead was causing him.....



He really is an amazing dog. I can see that in his eyes already. All we need to do now is make him realise we are not about to hurt him.

Ironically at the same time the dog wardens called me about a Yorkshire Terrier that was due to be destroyed in the local pound after several weeks because only one person could get near him. Of course I said we would help, and it really was a surreal moment getting him put on the lead for the first time so soon compared to the big boy that had just arrived.

Toby hates getting the lead on, he will jump and lunge and snap at you whilst doing so, so much smaller than the rest of our other dogs but his teeth are still as sharp!

Once out though he loves life and we just need to help him work through his issues.




Quite upsetting to see such a big dog so emotionally scared but equally as upsetting to see such a small dog so close to losing  his life. I'm pleased we were able to save them......

Thursday, 12 July 2018

SHAK Retail Coming Soon. Can YOU Help?....

This charity has grown beyond my wildest dreams since I formed it in such sad circumstances in 2006. The battle to continue is always on going and with what I consider to be the best team we've ever had, we really do need to build on our success.

Developing a retail side of SHAK seems the obvious way to increase income and given my working background before this crazy adventure with dogs!

We are currently looking at and in talks about retail outlets all across Northumberland and hopefully will have some very exciting news soon.

In the meantime we are trying to address the next and most obvious issue..... staffing new premises! So if you would like to express an interest in helping out at a SHAK Shop of some sort in the future then please get in touch via email to retail@shak.org.uk.

All positions will be completely voluntary to begin with and will include store managers, assistants and anyone interested in the actual running and development of such sites. Whilst retail experience would be a great help, it is not essential.

Maybe if you cannot help with the hands on with the dogs this would provide you with a great opportunity to help us and become part of the SHAK Team?

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and please email retail@shak.org.uk to express any interest.

Thanks.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Milo Meets Rex And Bren.....

Having learnt so much about Milo from working so closely with him the last week or so, it's quite clear that a lot of his issues stem from an excitement that he has no idea how to manage. He is desperate to play but has no concept or understanding of how to go about it. Step up two of our most playful boys in Red and Bren.....



Holly 'Hot Tub'.....

After her escapades in the paddling pool, Holly 'Hot tub' has taken keeping cool just a little too far.....


Thursday, 5 July 2018

Sunbathing With Indi.....

I get a lot of people asking about Indi, to the extent I've been stopped by strangers recently in the supermarket and the pub to ask how she is doing. The truth is she's doing great without any major developments. We've got our morning and nightime routines settled and she enjoys her walks with the other dogs.

She's had a couple of sleep overs in the house but that is still a big black hole to her, so we just do little and often. Still she has taken everything in her stride and has never once rejected anything we've tried to do together.

This morning on a day off we were able just to relax and catch a few of the warm sun rays together.....