Thursday, 29 April 2010
Another busy day after yesterdays 14 hour marathon. Yesterday was a tiring day for me, but know where near as bad as it must of been for Faith. Today she showed just very small signs of beginning to trust, although she is clearly so very very frightened. Faith would climb into any hole she can find, and to see a dog look like she has given up on life is a disturbing way to spend your day. She will not eat or drink in front of anyone, although eats at night when she is alone, and spent her time just lying curled up in a corner. She came out for three walks today (2 with me and one with Gregg) but don't let the photos fool you, she was terrified every single minute she was outside. We had to take her out though, as she wouldn't go to the toilet inside either. Faith has all the time she needs with us, I have the feeling that is going to be a long time.
I had the pleasure of seeing little Jonesy today (formerly Bones) although it was to take him to get castrated so as a man the smile didn't last long! He looks fantastic and is doing well. It was good to see him happy.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
On arriving at the kennels, it took 30 minutes to get her out of the car, and she then began to try and hide everywhere, under the car, behind a fence, she even tried to crawl into a breeze block. She is going to be one of the biggest challenges I have ever had. Such a beautiful girl too.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Big Bentley Bear arrived with us as nobody else seemed interested in him due to what was described as a "wobbly" backend. He was such a nice big boy, and so handsome. The photo below was taken by me the day I picked him up, and shows what a fine lad he was. We moved him into foster quickly, as he really struggled in kennels, and for nearly a year Andy and Jackie gave him the best home possible. Andy even went in the shower with him, and our thoughts are with them both at this difficult time.
Run Free Big Bear, it was an honour and privilege to have you as a SHAK dog.
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Saturday, 24 April 2010
We need all the support we can get, as a phone call at 9pm tonight leads to another German Shepherd girl with issues heading up to The Rescue Place. More when she arrives, but she has been described as a "female Scooby" (read Scooby's story on our forum http://shak.myfreeforum.org/about85.html) Oh the joys. Still that is what we are here for, to give this beautiful girl time.
Thank you to some good friends of mine who support us every month. They turned up today with a whole load of food. Thank you.
Friday, 23 April 2010
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Anyone interested in buying a horse, please make payment of £3 via paypal (https://www.paypal.com/) to firstname.lastname@example.org stating your choice of horse and an email address so I can send any winnings via paypal in return. Please send the payment as a "gift" that way we don't incur any charges.
The horses for Race One are as follows:
7-Bun In The Oven.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
First up, the big man Gunnar is smitten by our Harlie. Quite simply due to his size, strength and background, we have kept Gunnar separate from the others. Yesterday Harlie was in the run next to him, and he was just absolutely smitten. Well, you'll see for yourself soon.
Carrying from the photo's you saw last week of Lola and Shane, these two now play in the runs again. I think Max is enjoying the peace to sniff without Lola jumping all over him. For Shane, it is just like he is starting life all over again. You have to remember he was in a desperate situation, lunging for people, cats and other dogs. Just shows what a good looking woman can do to a mans heart!
Video will come soon I promise.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
"Hi steve been on my first holiday in the caravan i enjoyed it got 2 sleep on mum and dads bed went 2 the beach loved the sand didn't like the sea and it tasted yuk had lots of walks and i was well behaved had 2 sleep for 2 days when i got home i was really tired lv seymour. "
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Another manic set of phonecalls (Thanks Joan) see's us confirm two weekends running Fund Raising at Pets At Home in Cramlington. Thank you to Joan, Carol and Nicola for agreeing to give up parts of their weekend at such short notice, you have made it possible for us to be there this Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April. We will also be there next weekend too (24th and 25th) so it will be great to make some new friends, and of course to also see some old ones!
We have had a busy few weeks Fund Raising, and of course we have the Race Night at the Border Terrier on the 30th. Latest update on that is the we have a signed Newcastle United shirt to raffle off. Please jot the date in your diary if you fancy your chances of winning it.
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
A bit of bad news, as it looks as big Lenny may be looking for a new home. He went to a farm 15 months ago, but it appears that it may not be the correct environment for him. Lenny is a big castrated male Rottweiler, and a real sweetheart. He is currently still in his home, but we are looking for an alternative. As we no longer re home to the public, anyone interested in him would need to go through the Forever Foster Scheme. Please contact me via email@example.com
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Here as promised is the video of the new romance blossoming at The Rescue Place. And yes that is MONA with Brodie! Mona has been a real handfull, she has obviously been well beaten at sometime in her life, and because of that she is very frightened (I have the scars to prove it) but on Tuesday she decided she wanted to make friends with Brodie, and well you can see for yourself the fun they had.
Other dogs on this video are the 4 boys (Laser, Murphy, Butch and Kane) all playing in a run together, Daisy and George with Bouncer in a run, and check out Scooby with his new girl, the newbie Nina.
Sorry again for the barking noise, it took me all my time to upload never mind edit, and please note that the video runs for 16 minutes, so grab a cuppa before you watch it.
The most amazing part of this story is that we were alerted to the fact the dog was missing via the wonderful K9 Search in Birmingham! K9 Search is a register for lost and found dogs in the West Midlands, and has a great success rate at reuniting lost pets. It just shows what can be achieved if we all work together.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
As promised, here are some pictures of one of the newbies as promised. Gunnar arrived at SHAK on Friday night, and it took 4 of us to carry him in a crate into his kennel as no one could get near him. He comes from a "working" background, so I could not take his aggression lightly. Here he is on a walk wth me today (Tuesday) I let you be the judge of whether or not any progress has been made.
Monday, 5 April 2010
Thank you for giving up such a big part of your Easter. I think people forget the vital part you all play, but me, Gregg and the girls at the kennels couldn't do what we do without your backing.
Also, thank you to everyone who came to support us at the events, the people who chipped in financially, but also the ones who donated food and toys.
I still remember when I started all of this, and had to raise every penny myself. All of your support means a great deal to me.
Oh and well done to Elaine and Andrea for winning the unofficial "Name The Newbies" competition (although I didn't even know we were having one!) So welcome to SHAK and The Rescue Place, Gunnar and Nina.
Labrador Retriever missing Cramlington, Northumberland
Labrador Retriever - dog (entire)
Golden. Short haired. Fine bone structure. Average height about 18" at shoulder. 2 years old. Microchipped.
Ran away in Cramlington, Northumberland (date not mentioned).
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Life does go on, and in this job you have to just accept how cruel it can be, and focus on helping the next one, or should that be the next three after Friday. Shane (new name) is a German Shepherd who everyone else said should be destroyed, No one looked at the reasons that were causing his problems. He is with us now, and early indications are that he will pull through. He already has made friends with Daisy, a major development for him.
Thank you to Lisa and Diane for undertaking an 18 hour (yes 18!) round trip on a Good Friday to deliver two dogs that are more "than a hand full." I haven't decided on new names yet, but due top training they have had, their names need to be change so they can adapt to their new lives. One is a Malinois bitch, the other is a massive Malinois Rottweiler cross male. They have already made progress from the mental state they arrived in, the bitch especially is making new friends.
Whilst I'm talking about new and recent SHAK dogs, I have some news on Koda (yes apparently Gregg spelt it wrong) the Malamute we saved from destruction last week. He moved to Malamute Rescue on Thursday, and today I received the following:
"Hi Stephen, Gregg
Fantastic news for you both, Koda has found a home already. Marina his foster carer took him to the malamute weight pull event in Leeds this weekend and the lady who helps to organise them fell in love with him. She has had a mal before and knows the breed inside and out.
Thanks to you both he will spend his days in a loving home with lots of new friends to play with at the weight pulls, I will get to see him there too so that is great.
Thanks again to you both, you do an amazing job!!
Saturday, 3 April 2010
3 more lost souls arrived yesterday too. More to follow.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
After his fabulous hand painted garden ornaments (there will be some available Sunday and Monday too) Derek has excelled himself by creating some wonderful "Faberge" type SHAK hand painted eggs. Doggy cartoons and local scenes such as Delaval Hall are all displayed so well, its a shame that the work can't be displayed for ever.