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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

At Last I Can Introduce Lilly (WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES).....

There has been a lot of interest in our new arrival, understandably given her condition, and I'm pleased to say that today was a huge day in her life.

The legal situation that has stopped me posting has progressed, so today I can tell you all about Lilly (as we have called her.)

I think it is very important to point out at this stage that although Lilly was signed over in horrendous condition, we are not interested in the past. Her previous owner now has to face the legal system and hopefully justice will prevail, we know she is 12, however all we care about is her life from TODAY.

You can see from the photos on arrival with the Animal Welfare Team of Northumberland Council she was suffering from a horrendous skin condition, her face especially was so red and sore, but also her claws were disgustingly overgrown and her ears were so swollen and infected they were simply shut.







However, it wasn't until Lilly stood up in the house that the Animal Welfare Officer saw the true horror of the neglect she has suffered. Hanging from between her back legs was a huge mass, that almost touched the ground when she walked. Even worse was to come, when on closer inspection it appeared the mass was being held together by string!





The Animal Welfare Team took Lilly straight to The vets after she was signed over, where she was prescribed eardrops and steroids for her skin, today she was back at the vets to get the mass removed.

It turns out the mass was indeed a tumour, and I have authorised it to be sent away so we can see if it is malignant or benign.  I will of course let you know as soon as I do.






Tonight I'm very grateful to Sarah for giving Lilly somewhere warm and calm to recover, her first night of her new life, and tomorrow we start the search to find her a new home to call her own.




If you are interested in giving this beautiful girl a new start then please email foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

(Please note Facebook viewers will need to click on the post to see all the photographs.)

SHAK Boutique Number 2.....



Tomorrow sees the opening of the second SHAK Boutique at our HQ in Greenwell Road, Alnwick NE66 1HB.

A lot of hard work goes into arranging this event by Jill and some of her fellow volunteers, be great to see you there. I'm planning to take along a few faces you may recognise too.....

For full details see the piece in this week's Northumberland Gazette:

http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/pop-up-shop-is-set-to-open-its-doors-to-support-dog-charity-1-8696079

Random 48's Alert......



I haven't run one of these for a little while, but as we are very proud to of reached over 4,000 likes on our Facebook page SHAKthesanctuary I thought we'd celebrate with a random 48!

I'd like to think the work we've done with Eden and Ged are great adverts for what we do, but more importantly for showing what CAN be done rather than destruction. The new girl we have taken on has her own issues, and medically is going to need a lot of attention.

All of this costs money, and that is where you can help these dogs, and have a real impact in helping to change lives.....

All I'm asking is that in the next 48 hours you donate £1 via PayPal, yes just £1, and then if all of our Facebook followers did the same we'd raise over £4000!

When you look into the faces of the likes of Eden and Ged, all we see now is love. They weren't always like that.....

So please log onto PayPal and send £1 to shak@shak.org.uk

https://www.paypal.com/uk/signin

Thank you so much for your support.


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

A Lot More Relaxed.....

I've had a few days off with the school holidays, and it's been great to see Melissa, David and our very special SHAK girl continuing Lennox's good work with little Eden.

The video below show just how excited she is to come out these days, just listen to the excited squeals, and also how much more relaxed she is on her walks.

The very last clip was on our walk today, just me and her, she was even relaxed enough to have a nibble of grass!

So proud of her, and Mel, David and Bree. It was great to come in again and see so much progress.....


Friday, 11 August 2017

A Little Update.....

I've had a lot of interest and questions regarding the dog in my previous post. There are some legal issues that are standing in the way of posting any details at the moment but as soon as I'm able to post I will.

In the meantime rest assured that she is being looked after and already winning our hearts. We have her booked in for surgery next week, and along with other conditions we are trying our best to nurse her back to full health.

Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

One Of The Worst Cases Ever Arrives.....

I mentioned the revolving door we seem to have at the moment, and it's swung inwards again today.

I am still waiting for authorisation to share the state of this poor girl, but I can say hand on heart that what I've seen of this girl, it is without doubt one of the worst cases of neglect/mistreatment I have ever seen.....

I will post more when I can.

SHAK Teams Up With Templeman Retailing and Vending.....


We're delighted to announce our sponsorship with the fantastic Templeman Retailing and Vending. A local family run company, who really have changed the lives of our dogs forever.

In fact I think the support from Chairman Neil Templeman, Director Wendy Templeman, Managing Director KevinTempleman and the whole team is what you could call 'life changing' and not just for the dogs. We have been able to add to our workforce through their sponsorship and vastly improved the level of care and attention we are able to give to each and everyone of our dogs. It doesn't stop there though, and there are already plans to increase the exposure and strengthen the bond between both organisations.....

This includes the SHAK logo and website on every TRV vending cup, whilst also the fleet of new vans will also carry the SHAK logo.....



Kevin Templeman has also come up with some other amazing ideas that will be announced in due course, and for which we are extremely grateful!

It's incredible that the whole company has got behind us and supports us in every aspect of our work. Last weekend we welcomed Steve Jordan And Paul Taylor from the sales team to have a 'day in the life of' experience, and it was also great to welcome Paul's daughter Jessie onto the team. Here's some photos and a few words on how they found it.....



Templeman Sales Team Support SHAK. (www.shak.org.uk)

Over the course of the weekend the team from Templeman Retailing & Vending proudly continued to show their ongoing support for local dog charity SHAK.

The sanctuary for abused, mistreated and neglected dogs had the pleasure of welcoming some additional volunteers to offer a helping hand with some daily activities including dog walking, kennel cleaning, feeding the dogs and general pooch pampering. Steve Jordan, Paul Taylor and his daughter Jessie Taylor spent the weekend helping the team at SHAK look after more than 70 four legged friends currently in the charity’s care and what an amazing experience it was.

When asked about his time volunteering Steve Jordan said “after meeting Stephen Wylie the charity’s founder, he introduced us all to the world of SHAK and it very quickly became clear what an amazing job this charity does. Stephen explained some of the unique reasons as to why the dogs are in SHAK’s care and for anyone who is a dog lover some of the reasons were truly disturbing and difficult to accept. Following our experience one thing that has become crystal clear is that it is not just humans who need a little love and support from time to time, this weekend has been unforgettable and so so rewarding, I would encourage all dog lovers out there to give up a little of their time and help this fantastic charity”.

Steve and Solo.

Jessie, Taz, Steve and Solo.

Jessie and Taz. 

Paul and Duke.

It's not all cuddles!

Paul's turn.

I prefer the smell confectionary!

I cannot express in words how grateful we are for the support from Kevin and his team. In hindsight, life changing doesn't do it justice, it's beyond that. We are all extremely grateful.....

(Facebook viewers will need to click the post to see all the photos.)

Friday, 4 August 2017

FREE Delivery.....

There is FREE POSTAGE on everything on our SHAK Teemill store this weekend, including our Graffiti Tees featuring Kai.....



To order benefit from the special offer, order yours before midnight on Sunday from:

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

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A Venture Further Afield.....

I had another amazing afternoon with Eden as we ventured into the village on our own. Getting out of the van she decided she wasn't sitting in the rain and decided to go for a walk.....

Although things still frightened her you have to remember this is the FIRST TIME EVER she has walked in the world outside of the farm. An amazing experience.....


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Another Sunny Day With Eden.....

Another gorgeous day in the village with Eden and Kerry....


Monday, 31 July 2017

An Afternoon Out With Eden.....

With the sunshine finally back I thought it was time to have a little run out with Eden in the van. David came with me, and the 3 of us had a great afternoon.

Although still really scared, she took everything in her stride and even passing cars didn't concern her.

I'll never forget the look on her face when she realised the van had pulled out of the farm yard.....


Do You Recognise This Little One.....

It definitely seems to be a bit of a revolving door at the moment, 1 out 2 in..... 2 out 1 in. There just doesn't seem to be any respite. We continue to do what we can and be there for as many strays or put to sleep cases as we are physically able to house, but it doesn't get any easier.

This little girl arrived as a stray last week. Found wandering around a Northumberland town at 5.30am, she is under weight, claws very over grown and with a huge stench of urine the origin of the yellow staining on her fur is very obvious.

The saddest thing about Missy's (as we've called her) plight is she is such a loveable little soul who has made friends with everyone she has met on her journey to us. Such a little star deserves a life and a family of her own, not to be in such dreadful condition.

If you know anything about where Missy has come from then please contact Northumberland Council Animal Welfare Team on 03456006400.

Or if your interested in offering Missy a Forever Foster home then please email us on foreverfoster@shak.org.uk.

(Facebook users will need to click on the link to see all photographs.)





Wednesday, 26 July 2017

EDEN GOES FOR A WALK!!!!!

After barking at me in excitement (the first time I've ever heard her voice) I knew today was the day.....


Big Steps Outdoors.....

Another massive step into the outside world for Eden. Although clearly still terrified, she even managed to walk around!

It's incredible to watch how much she relys on Lennox, but also to see her leaning on David.....


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Northumberland Gazette. A Day In The Life Of.....

Had a great day last Friday with James Willoughby from  the Northumberland Gazette. Here's his take on a day in the life of a member of Team SHAK......

(Facebook viewers will need to click the link to see all the pictures.)




Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Noise And Action For Eden To Absorb.....

So with so much happening on a farm at this time of year I thought today might just be a good day for Eden to enjoy some sunshine and see a little of the outside world.....


Monday, 17 July 2017

Amazing Work.....

David and Melissa had a fantastic afternoon with Ged and Eden. You have to remember the state of Ged with a collar when he arrived, and also this is the first time anyone but me has taken Eden out.....


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Just Amazing.....

Another day where the feeling just can't be put into words. I'd like you to remember how Ged was when he arrived, then compare it to this.....


Team Tea Break Time With Eden.....

Yesterday I thought I'd raise the bar ever so slightly again with Eden as she's done so well coming into the office when there has just been us.

So with half a dozen of us in, she made a new friend in Wendy.....


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Can You Give Kai A Home.....

Kai is ready for his new home. He's a 7yr old Staffy cross, he's chipped and neutered. He's so  loving,  an absolute sweetheart.

Totally child friendly, dog friendly with introduction. Possibly cats depending on cat.

He does have a sensitive stomach so he's on James well beloved hypoallergenic.

Email sarahmcalpine2000@yahoo.co.uk. Homecheck and adoption fee applies.



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Can You Give Cleo A Home.....

Cleo hasn't had the best of starts to life, but is another that loves having fun.


She too needs to learn a few manners, but an active life would certainly help her settle into a calmer way of living!

She loves a tennis ball, and loves to please.

Please note it is the charity's policy not to rehome a dog with children unless we have prior knowledge that the dog has been with children before. For an application form please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk 

Could You Give Chuck A Home.....

Little Chuck is great fun. A real character that shows the fun side of life no matter what your mood is!



Chuck needs to learn some manners, which we are trying to do, but he oozes love and with some guidance will make a great companion.

An experienced Staffordshire Bull Terrier home is essential, as well as an active home. If you think you could offer this amazing boy all he needs, then please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

Please note it is the charity's policy not to rehome a dog with children unless we have prior knowledge that the dog has been with children before. 

Can You Give Beck A Home.....

I've had a great day at our other kennels today, and thought I'd share some of the amazing dogs we have there.....





Beck is an adult German Shepherd who came to us malnourished and with some health issues. We have hopefully turned the corner with his ear infections and weight problems, whilst he is clearly enjoying the attention. Beck doesn't just skive and lie about at the kennels, he has a job to do! Whether that be picking up empty bottles along the road, or carrying his squeaky stick, he has to be busy..... typical German Shepherd really.

Beck is looking for a an experienced German Shepherd home that understands the breed and are willing to help him combat his ongoing journey to full fitness.

Please note it is the charity's policy not to rehome a dog with children unless we have prior knowledge that the dog has been with children before. For an application form please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Tea Break Time.....

Looks like I have regular company on my tea breaks now.....


Monday, 10 July 2017

Eden Goes Inside!....

Still trying to introduce Eden to the big wide world, today Lennox showed her around the office.....






(Facebook viewers will need to click on the post to see all the pictures.)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Can You Give Ellie A Home.....

One of the most difficult things to accept doing this job is when a dog arrives needing us through no fault of their own. It's even worse when the dog in question really struggles to adjust to kennel life.

Ellie certainly fits into that category having arrived via the dog wardens after her owners circumstances changed.  The fact we know a little of her history means I can't divulge things on here, but Ellie certainly has had a raw deal.

In the kennels she loves everybody but displays signs of stress around the other dogs. It's so sad to see, and when two of our volunteers offered to take her home for a couple of days it really was a great opportunity to see the real Ellie. I think we are all amazed at the transformation she showed simply living a normal life, and it's fair to say Brad and Amy had a wonderful time with her. She even joined us for a pint in the local on Friday night!

Having seen such a turn around in her whilst away from kennels we are now launching an appeal for an experienced foster home for Ellie with no other dogs or children under 16 to give her the little bit of respite she needs and a new start.

If you would like to be considered for giving this beautiful girl a chance then please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

(Facebook viewers will need to click the post to see all the photos.)