Change Lives

Change Lives

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Blade's Easter Holiday.....

Whilst we were all working over the Easter holidays (no days off in animal rescue I always say) Blade was enjoying a nice weekend in the Northumberland countryside with our very own Rich! Rich says he didn't put a foot wrong, and as you can see he made himself very much at home, even in the tiny bed!

We are desperate for the right home for this big handsome lad. He has stayed in kennels far too long, and has proved this weekend that he can be a great companion both indoors and out. If you would like to be considered as a Forever Foster home for Blade, then please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk







Finlay's First Holiday.....

Following on from Snoopy, another SHAK boy (and ex Sheena and Roger foster!) Finlay is looking really happy and settled in his new home with his new sister. I think the contrast in the first picture compared to the next two really does show the work we do, and gives me the momentum to go on.....


Monday, 21 April 2014

Lacey Lends A Paw.....

Another dog I'm very proud of is Lacey, who stepped in after the sudden loss of Bobby at todays fundraiser at Great Outdoors. Lacey was one of my first ever rehomes to my Mam, and I love her as much today as I did the first day I saw her. Thank you both to my Mam and Lacey today, and of course the staff and customers of Great Outdoors, Shiremoor.



When Tye Met Kai.....

Geoff and myself were very lucky this afternoon as Kai and Tye took us on a nice walk in the sunshine. Tye is doing very well after struggling to understand that other dogs can be fun. Kai is just amazing, and quickly following in Scooby and my Oskar's steps as the big stooge dog. I think the look on Geoff's face tells you all how proud we are of both of them.....


Guess Who.....

Guess who This is.....

?????

Yep, you got it..... Little Snoop!

Hasn't he grown up into a handsome boy! Brilliant to see him all grown up and looking so happy.

Could You Spare Some 'Pennies' To Help Penny?....



Penny is a dog that a lot have people have followed since I first put the photo's on here of her massive mammary tumour. She is another one, like Leyla and Zara that desperately needed us after she'd been picked up as a stray, and last week her need got even greater.
Penny wasn't herself last Tuesday, she wouldn't eat and didn't want to come out of her kennel. I rushed her down to the vets, worried that with all the other problems, she may be suffering from a Pyometra (a womb infection that could kill her.) A scan revealed that this wasn't the case, but also revealed something just as sinister if not worse..... a large mass on her liver. The vets performed a CT scan of her whole body, to see if what looked like cancer had spread anywhere else, especially her lungs. The good news was that there didn't appear to be any secondary tumours, and her lungs and chest got the all clear, but the huge growth underneath and the one on her liver were confirmed as looking like cancerous tumours ( in the rush of it all I have forgotten the clinical name of the tumours.)

I trust our vets down at Moorview greatly and asked them where we should go from here, fearing the worst. However, they wanted to operate as Penny is so full of life despite her condition. So on Thursday morning, Penny had an operation to remove the huge mammary tumour, cut over the liver lob that was home to the other tumour and also spey her at the same time. Whilst in the operating theatre, the decision was made to remove another mammary tumour.

She certainly has been through the wars, but she must feel so much better with that huge lump gone. I'm very lucky I have great support from Sheena and Roger, and once again I had to call cap in hand asking if they could help foster a real desperate case whilst she recovers. From a couple of sleepovers previously we know that Penny finds being in a home a very stressful experience. I think she has probably been an outside dog. Sheena was prepared to sacrifice a night's sleep to help Penny on Saturday, and despite showing her stress as we expected, she does now, 48 hours in, appear to be settling.

I'd like to thank everyone at Moorview Vets for being so understanding and wanting to help Penny. I'd also like to say thank you to Sheena and Roger for being so understanding and welcoming Penny into their home despite knowing it may be difficult.

But despite all the help we have had so far, we still need YOUR HELP. Penny's vet bill is estimated to be around £800. As part of our "Change Lives" campaign we are once again asking you to help us out. If you could help towards Penny's vets bill then every 'penny' would be appreciated.

There are several ways you can donate.....

Send a cheque (payable to SHAK) to Wildwood Cottage, 3a Stead Lane, Bedlington NE22 5LT.

Make a donation via PayPal to the email address shak@shak.org.uk (marking all donations the Penny Appeal)

Call Moorview Vets directly on 0191 256 6990 (please tell them it is for Penny from SHAK)

Hand in your donation to the SHAK stall at one of the events on the Events Page.

Or print off the Standing Order form below:


Penny is a wonderful girl, and a very sad story lies beneath those dark eyes I'm sure. She deserves the best in life, and is getting that right now..... we just need your help to make it all possible.

Thank you in advance for your support.


And It's Home Time For Judy.....

Another girl enjoying the outside world after such a long stay with us is Judy. She has been with us far too long, but because of her strength, size and being a mixed breed the attention from potential fosterers never really fell on her.....until Bill and another SHAK dog Rufus came along.

It took a lot of work, as Rufus isn't the best at making new friends, but a series of visits and walks around her new farm home the change in him was amazing. I'm proud of both of these dogs, and the change and bond that developed over the weeks of pairing these two up was very special to witness. It taught me a lot, and showed what can be achieved given time.

For Judy its a brand new start, for us it's so different, as Judy was always there. Its fantastic to see her home.




Bobby & Bree, & Ebony Makes Three.....

There has been a lot of work going on, and after the new girls arriving, I'm delighted to say that some have gone into new Forever Foster homes too.

A big thank you to Bobby and Bree for letting Ebony share their home, and as you can see she is already settling in very well. Ebony won my heart the minute I saw her, with all her energy and mischief, its great to see her having somewhere to call her own and friends to relax with. Thank you Melissa, David and Ashleigh.
Ebony and Bree.....Big Sister

It's a big world out there......

I'll have a nap first before I conquer it!

It's just all too much for Bobby!

Chase Me!





This is fun!

Making Friends For Fraser.....

We try and socialise the dogs at The Rescue Place as much as we can, as being able to play and interact with other dogs opens up the door to so many more fostering opportunities as well as the mental stimulation and fun it can also provide. I have been doing a lot of work with Fraser of late, and as you can see he has quite a gang of playmates to let of steam with.....
(L-R Butch, Fraser, Kane)



Kane happy with his new mate.
Laser, Star and Fraser.


Fun In The Sun.....

Here's Oscar enjoying the sunshine, and still catching as many balls as he can fit in his mouth!

Whilst Maisie thought she'd give me a kiss!


Leyla Recovering Well.....

Another dog who came to us in a terrible way was Leyla. You may remember all of her lumps and bumps and the concern surrounding them.



Well I'm delighted to say that she has had them all removed and is recovering well in her foster home with a family that think the world of her. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours with them all (including another SHAK boy Fletch) just before her operation and it was great to see her so happy. She's another one who just proves the one mans rubbish is another's treasure!

The Sorry State Of A Real Sweet Soul.....

Just as much a sweetheart but obviously arriving in such a desperate need to be with us was Zara.....

Found abandoned in a ditch near a farm in the middle of nowhere, Zara was severely underweight, and after we picked her up we took her straight to the vets to be examined. Below are the photographs a vet nurse sent to me.




The awful thing about Zara's plight is she is so loving soul, and just loves company. We have had her a couple of weeks now, and I need to get some very latest photographs, but already after a week (as in these photographs below) you can see an improvement.

Zara has a distinctive blue tongue, and we think that she is a Sharpei cross, only time will tell how she appears when she is her full weight, but in the meantime being found in that ditch could just be the best thing that has happened to her for a long time.