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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Competition For Sunday.....

Spot the shy, introvert Pensioner selling every Sunday from the
Fountain Bank Car Park, Seaton Sluice selling at rediculously cheap

Magnificent freshly ground coffee topped with fresh cream & black
Swiss chocolate.

Hot Chocolate topped with cream, white chocolate and marshmallows;
30 varieties of teas which include herbals.

Ovaltine/Bovril/Horlicks/Horlicks light.

Diet Coke/4 types of Fruitshoots for the Kids.

Freshly Baked Scones, Cheese or Fruit with British Butter.

Free Lolly for the Kids.

Proper Catering Machines, Proper Drinks, and all in 10oz Poly cups.
You may have to queue but it's worth it.

Every Sunday and he's approved by the Council & Hastings Estate.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

BBC Radio Newcastle Interview.....

Was asked to be on the Jonathan Miles show on BBC Radio Newcastle this morning. The topic was if a dog bites once should it be destroyed? Listen in from about 37 mins in.....

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Patrick Looking Fab.....

Stumbled accross this on the internet, I'm sure you all remember Patrick's story from early last year. This happened in America where Pitbulls aren't a banned breed, and shows that despite a breed's reputation nothing can compare to the cruelty the human race is capable of. Pleased your doing well big guy. He's a reminder of what he went through:

"Kisha Curtis, the alleged abuser of a beautiful Newark pit-bull puppy named Patrick, was finally handed down an indictment of Fourth Degree Animal Cruelty for abandoning and starving the 1-year-old pit bull in March, by the New Jersey’s Grand Jury. Her sentence, if found guilty, can carry up t0 18 months in jail.

Patrick was found stuffed in a plastic bag in the garbage shoot of a 22-floor apartment building. Ms. Curtis, who lived on the 19th floor, denies having stuffed the emaciated puppy in the garbage bag and having thrown him in to the garbage shoot. Patrick weighed 19 lbs. and was 1–2 hours away from death when the building maintenance man found him. Patrick was sent to Garden State Veterinary Specialist, in Tinton Falls, to recuperate. He is currently weighing 51 lbs and is in a loving foster home."

Monday, 16 January 2012

SHAK Supporters Club 200 Draw.....

I'm pleased to announce the results of the SHAK Supporters Club 200 Draw For January. Congratulations to the winners.

1st Place: 073 - SHAK
2nd Place: 149 - Anon.
3rd Place: 160 - Aisling Soraghan.

There is still time to join if you haven't done so already. Forms can be printed off on the "You Can Help" page on this website.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

The Stunning Oscar.....

Not to be out done by Otto 2, Oscar was next up with the ball. Although he couldn't beat his pals record, he certainly displayed some magnificent close control.

Otto 2 Beats The Record.....

Here is our very own Otto 2 beating the world doggy keepy up record. I've been trying to capture this for months. He does this every single day. We have a deal that if he gets the ball back to his kennel without it touching the ground he can keep it.

Meg And Otto.....

The very contented football star and his gorgeous wag.

A New Romance.....

We had a blossoming new romance at The Rescue Place this week, as after a great deal of socialising, Duke met a lady off lead for the first time. Gema is a great playmate, and she is always fun around the boys. I think you can see from these pictures that it was a good match, and for anyone who remembers the abused and naive dog that Duke was when he arrived, these pictures may seem amazing. Duke didn't even know how to play with a toy never mind another dog. So proud of you big Brindle, and thank you so much Gema.

Gema And Duke.....

Gema And Duke.....

Gema And Duke.....

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Saturday, 7 January 2012

My Double D's.....

I enjoyed a walk on the beach yesterday with my Double D's Dusty and Dudley. Both of these dogs were left abandoned and with serious illness's. Yet they are two of the most loving and biddable dogs you could ever meet. I'm lucky to foster them both on behalf of SHAK, and the reaction and admiration that they both get from people on meeting them and hearing their stories is testament to what these dogs represent. Thanks to the stranger who kindly took these photos of me and my boys after getting cuddles off the pair of them.

New Year, New Life For Little Suki.....

A quick update on Suki the Saluki who we took in just before Christmas in desperate need of a cruciate ligament operation. As you can see she is relaxing into her new foster life and is recovering well. Her new Dad tells me that she saw in the New Year by watching the swimmers taking their new year dip in the north sea, before a trip to Monkseaton to watch the morris dancers. In the short time she was with us she won everyones hearts. We're all just so pleased that she has found the life she should of had in the first place.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Sad Day As We Lose Jake.....

A sad day today as a great family lost their pride and joy, and SHAK lost the best ambassador we could of ever wished for. After being unwell for a while, including having part of his bottom jaw removed with a tumour, Jake left us all for Rainbow Bridge. An MRI scan revealed a further 3 tumours, 2 being on his spine on the other being in his spleen. Despite being so brave and strong, Jake couldn't go on.

Jake's story is one I will never forget. He was without doubt the smelliest and most matted dog I have ever seen. After being dropped by his transporter at a vets, I walked in to collect him and was met by such a stench. "Whats that? I enquired thinking there was problems with the drains. "Your dog" came the reply as I was handed a lead and shown the door.

The big guy scrubbed up well though, and when the Nichol family came to me on the look out for their first family dog, I knew exactly who they needed. The rest is history, as Jake became a permanent fixture at nearly every SHAK fundraising event. The support that dog gained for us simply by his Dad showing the pictures of how he used to be, was truly amazing.

Above is a picture of him the day he arrived, and also a picture of perhaps his proudest hour, winning Rescue Dog Of The Year 2011 at the Hillheads Dog Club Show.

There is nothing I can say that will make any of this any easier John and his family, but I will say this. You can always be proud of yourselves and him for turning the smelliest and most matted dog ever, into the finest example of what we do, that any charity could ask for.

Jake was perfect, and you were all perfect for him, if ever a dog and a family were meant to be it was you and Jake. My thoughts are with you all.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Northumberland Gazette.....

Published in the Northumberland Gazette on Sunday 1 January 2012

A DOG charity which saves pets from death row is appealing for volunteers to help continue its work.

Shak – which stands for Safe homes and kindness – was set up five years ago by Stephen Wylie, 37.

Named after his dog that died suddenly from lymphoma, Shak takes in dogs which would otherwise have been put to sleep.

And pooches from Southampton to Inverness have been rehoused at the charity’s kennels on a farm north of Alnwick.

Stephen said: “We take in the dogs that no one else wants.

“We take those with illnesses and medical conditions. When nobody else wants to help, we give them a chance.

“Shak was the name of my dog, a German shepherd-cross, who died out of the blue. I got him from a dog shelter and I decided to give up some time to volunteer.

“I did some dog walking and it just came about that way. I had my own business at the time and came to an agreement with my business partner, packed that in and set up Shak.

“It’s taken five years to get to where we are now, but it is so rewarding.

“Some of the dogs we take in have had such a bad time.

“I have been bitten before as well but it is brilliant when you work out why that bite has happened and you can stop it happening in the future.

“It’s just a passion.

“When a dog is taken by a pound it is given ten days before it is put to sleep. That’s where we come in.

“They come here and we deal with any problems they have had. We try to understand why they have problems.”

Five-year-old Shane, a German Shepherd, would have been put down had Stephen not taken him in.

“He had huge behavioural problems because his owners hadn’t socialised him,” he said.

“When we went to get him he was ready to bite anyone that came near him.

“But now he’s great. You have to train them physically and mentally.”

Ellie, a two-year-old Staffordshire Bull terrier was a stray. Stephen ‘fell in love’ with her face and she’s still learning.

There are around 52 dogs currently living at Shak and it is hoped that some will be rehomed as part of the charity’s forever foster scheme.

Stephen add: “We have to make sure that the owner is right for the dog, we lead them in to taking a foster dog with coming for walks, afternoons at homes and sleepovers to get the dogs acclimatised.

“But some of them will never be rehomed.”

However because of the amount of dogs now being housed by Shak, more volunteers are needed to carry out an array of duties.

Dog walkers, people to clean food bowls, kennel cleaners, fund-raisers and more are wanted to help keep it going.

The charity runs entirely on donations, with most of its food provided by others.

But its biggest expense is vet bills.

Stephen said that they use a surgery in Backworth which is used to them bringing in new dogs to get checked out when they come in.

People can also leave donations at the vets to pay for medical bills.

Alongside the dogs at the kennels Shak has around 15 dogs with foster families and six at his own home.

One of those is Dudley, who was driven to a field in Kent and left.

He has Chronic Degenerative Radiculo-Myelopathy, which affects his muscles.

If you are interested in volunteering contact Stephen on 07931 702345 or email

A blog is also set up at where you can follow the work that the charity does and the dogs that have been rehomed and details of how to make donations.

A page on social networking website Facebook has also been set up.