Mimi was hardly older than a pup herself when she was found, pregnant, on the streets. Mimi had nobody to care for her, or her unborn puppies, but she never gave up hope. She sought out the kindest of humans who happened to pass by and she begged to be saved. Mimi devoted her heart to her puppies and even two surrogate orphans, but it turns out this big heart doesn't always work well (and neither does her bum). :( Mimi has genetically deformed anal sacs which require curative surgery but, shockingly, Mimi's heart stopped under anaesthesia. Heart medication was administered to bring her back to life and the surgery was aborted. A cardiologist has diagnosed 'sick sinus syndrome', a rare congenital heart condition. So now this sweet girl needs her surgery in a specialist hospital with cardiology equipment and experts at hand. This will cost around £4.000, please help us fund it. Thank you x
"Why a rescue?
I will tell you why. Rescues are a breed on their own. They have a depth within them that gives more love than you can imagine. I can’t answer how. I know if I had been captured from the street, only knowing fear, pain, neglect, torment, hunger and illness – I wouldn’t trust anyone again. But that is what makes a rescue a breed apart. They have infinite forgiveness. True, some might take longer than others to come back from that depth of fear and misery than others, but a small wag of a tail, a token lick makes you feel you have won the lottery.
I have always rescued. I wouldn’t think of doing anything else. Why would I? There are millions and millions of abused, scared dogs that need a home. I only wish I was rich enough, with home enough to do that. Instead I have to take the few I can and treat them the best that they deserve.
Benny – my first at 4 years old, rescued from Brixton market at 5 weeks, unwell and who never fully recovered. My brother in life. Lived until I was 14 and gave me so much love.
Jock – my naughty second – unwanted litter and ready to be dumped in a pet shop for anyone to pick up. He journeyed through my life and I lost my boy when he was 13.
Felix – thrown out of a van onto a busy London road, swerved and picked up by the lorry driver behind. Starved, beaten, neglected, abused – this boy was the gentlest of all creatures and lived with us for 13 years. How could he forgive? But he did – and some!!
He was followed by Odin. Locked in a flat for the whole of his 9 years. Couldn’t walk as his claws were so long, dehydrated, starved, infected. My beautiful boy whom I lost to a heart attack at about 12. But the fun we had together in discovering the things he should have been granted, bonded us together.
Sally & Suki came as a pair having been locked in a garage. Terrified, desperate to please, with bent,old, now- mended broken bones – these two were my shadows.
Now I have a Rommie and a Greekie. These two boys light up my life. How do these animals come back from their fear and torment and are still able to inject joy into your life?
There is something so very special about a rescue. It may be harder work, but is it? I wouldn’t know. I have never bought a dog in my life. What I do know is that they have made my life richer, happier, warmer and more loving. Sure, they broke my heart when it was time for them to leave, but that is the price of love. My heart is held together like a patchwork quilt of paw prints. But the rewards of a rescue cannot be put into words. It is an integral part of my life. Don’t question – rescue don’t buy."
-by Elle Kim McPherson
Give a Dog a Home Annual Reunion Walk
Saturday 6th April 2019 at 1.30 pm. (Registration starting at 12.45 pm)
Seven Sisters Car Park, Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex BN25 4AD
Entry £5 per dog or can be done as a sponsored walk (email Lynne@giveadogahome.org.uk for a sponsorship form).
An opportunity to meet Give A Dog A Home UK volunteers and both fostered and adopted rescue dogs. We will have a stall table set up (usually in the lower car park) with information and merchandise . REGISTRATION OPEN FROM 12.45 PM ON THE DAY.
We request dogs are kept on lead for the walk due to nearby livestock and that you of course please pick up after your dog. There is a dog waste bin at the start of the walk (situated on the edge of the adjoining field behind a hedge, behind the gate entrance to the car park).
CAR PARKING & FACILITIES
There is an upper and lower car park at Cuckmere on both sides of the road.
Car parking is Pay & Display. There is a cafe and toilets on location.
BEACH WALK TRAIL DETAILS
It is a relatively easy, flat walk to the beach and back via the easy access trail (approx 1-1.5hrs at gentle pace). The walk is not circular so can be taken to any length. View at:
HOW TO GET THERE
The Seven Sisters Country Park is situated at Exceat on the A259 accessible by car and bus. Trains leave London Victoria for Lewes, where you change for Seaford. From Seaford take the number 12, 12A or 13 bus.
Note: It is worth checking for any events at the Amex stadium or other events in nearby Brighton, if these may affect your route or cause traffic delays.
Go to www.sevensisters.org.uk/
All details will also be listed in an upcoming event on our Facebook page, please join the discussion boards for all the latest updates and indicate if you are ‘Going’.
Due to owner illness, Bernie is still waiting in kennels for his new home and fresh start. Please visit his profile for more information!
Final reminder: Our limited edition Christmas Cards and 2019 Calendars are still available but supplies are going fast - order yours soon to make sure you don't miss out!
Our beautiful Christmas cards are perfect for sending messages of love to your friends and families this year and our calendars (packed full of photos of happily adopted Give a Dog a Home rescue dogs!) make wonderful gifts too. All profits for every purchase go towards rescue dogs in need.
Visit our Wooftastic shop to buy yours now, or send us an email with any enquiries.
Give a Dog a Home - UK will be holding our first ever Christmas Fair at Crowborough Community Centre on Saturday November 24th, 10.30 to 2.30.
It will be a festive, fun-filled event and a great opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts and help raise funds for Give a Dog a Home and Spay it Forward so we can rescue and treat more dogs in need.
There will be around 30 stalls offering a diverse assortment of local art, crafts food and trade. In addition there will be fundraising games, a tombola and a chance for the kids to get creative with Daisy Sew.
There is free car parking at and around the venue and a cafe on site.
All are welcome so please do come along, grab some fabulous and unique gifts for family and friends and help to support local crafts and dogs in need!
Venue Details: Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough TN6 1FE. Free parking on site.
For more information please email email@example.com
Andy and Mimi know too well that the smells, sounds, sights and textures of the outside world can be hugely distracting, exciting and even overwhelming for many dogs. This can mean dogs struggle to calm down and focus and can lead to a stressful walk for dogs and owners alike!
However, here are some suggestions for ways in which you can use the environment to your advantage to help regain your dog’s focus outside. Andy and Mimi highly recommend #2 and Mimi is also a big fan of #4 :). We’d love to know if you have any more suggestions?
1. Train in different environments. Of course, just because your dog knows how to ‘stay’ or recall in your house doesn’t mean that your dog knows how to do it outside! Unlike humans, dogs struggle to generalise behaviour and learning can be highly specific to environmental factors. For instance, if a dog is only taught to “sit” in one location, the dog will pair the location with the behaviour and may struggle to repeat the behaviour in a different environment at first. To ‘proof’ your dog’s training skills, practice in multiple environments. Start off training a new behaviour in a boring room of your house, then start start afresh in other parts of the house, then the garden, then outdoor locations with increasing distractions. Eventually your dog will generalise this behaviour and respond reliably in new locations. Proofing behaviour is so important for fundamental skills such as lead-walking, stay/wait, recalls and response to name.
2. Enrich the environment yourself. Environments are full of enrichment by their nature and your dog will inevitably enjoy exploring by himself. However, it is important for your dog to view you as a source of fun and excitement too. ‘The sausage tree’ is a technique that owners often enjoy as well as dogs. While on a walk, wait until your dog is distracted (or enlist a helper to do so), go over to a tree/bench/rock/log/rough surface and hide tiny pieces of sausage, liver or other smelly treats around in the nooks and crannies. Go back to your dog and, using encouraging tone of voice and gestures, direct him towards the treat-loaded object and let him use his nose to see what is there. Allow your dog to sniff out each tasty morsel and spend as long as he wants on this game. Make sure you have placed some pieces out of easy reach so he has to use his mind and muscles to find them. He may even look towards you to help him get those extra little crumbs he can’t reach! This is a great activity not only to exercise your dog’s body and mind but also to build on your dog’s focus and on working as a team. ‘Sprinkles’ is another way to provide environmental enrichment. Scatter small, smelly treats around in grass or leaves and then encourage your dog to sniff and search for the treats. Treat games are best played in quiet environments with no unknown dogs or people around. Scentwork activities are very rewarding and calming for dogs and it is remarkable how much difference just 10 minutes of scentwork can make to a dog's behaviour.
3. Use the environment as a reward. Does your dog go berserk with excitement before you have even stepped out of the front door? Does he pull you towards his favourite field or bolt out of the car at full pelt? As much as we all love to see our dogs expressing unbridled joy, if a dog is already pumped full of adrenaline and too excited/stressed to think straight before you have even started the walk, this is not ideal. Any kind of overarousal, even excitement, is a form of stress and can cause health problems in excess. If the environment itself is a huge prize for your dog, you can use that as a reward for desired behaviour. For instance, you can get into the habit of asking your dog to offer sustained eye contact, touch or a sit/wait before you leave the house to start your walk. This takes time and repetition to train at first, but once a habit is established your dog will offer this behaviour instinctively in order to get the reward of the walk. This training can be used at other times too, for instance asking your dog to wait while you open the gate to a field (use the lead at first to prevent him bolting through). If a dog tends to be very overaroused on walks, it helps to take some time and wait for him to calm and settle in a new environment before starting to explore.
4. Use the environment as equipment. If your dog always wants to be busy and you struggle to gain his attention during walks, try using the environment as an agility course or urban parkour. This works best if you teach your dog some agility cues at home first but you can also start outdoors using luring. Encouraging your dog to weave through trees, jump on logs, climb under bicycle racks, balance along walls etc. is a great way to entertain and exercise them on walks whilst keeping their focus and engagement towards you. It also helps build a dog’s confidence, balance, mobility and strength. Remember to start small and work up, especially with puppies or nervous dogs.
‘The Gromes’ Episode 5: The One with the Sausage Tree
The 2018 Limited Edition Charity Christmas Cards for Give a Dog a Home are now on sale!
Please purchase using our online shop...
...or get in touch with your address and how many packs you would like and Kathy will send you all the payment options.
Specially designed Tania Lomas Christmas cards, ten per pack.
Total cost inc P&P:
1 pack £7.05
2 packs £12.50
3 packs £19.00
4 packs £24.15
For higher quantities and overseas deliveries - please enquire
It's often said that life is a journey best traveled with dogs. But that's the thing about life with dogs; it's a journey, not a destination.
One of the biggest mistakes humans make when working with dogs is to have too high expectations for the dogs and too low expectations for themselves. Expecting a dog to climb a mountain without the appropriate safety equipment is setting him up for a big fall!
It's understandable for people to be keen to launch into life with their new canine best friend, explore all the dog walks and meet all their friends. But with a new rescue dog, it's so important to start off small and slow, setting the dog up for success rather than failure.
Work on building a bond with your dog and building up those 'mountaineering skills' (eg. recall, lead-walking, 'let's go' u-turns and other life skills) at home before you go outside and try to climb a mountain. Always remember your safety equipment (eg. double leads, long lead, secure harness, reeeaaally good treats) and take it one step at a time. Go home before your dog starts to struggle, better to return early but glorious than not at all!
Setting a dog up for success also means not putting them in environments that cause undue stress or danger. For instance, by giving them space when eating and sleeping, not leaving them unattended with other dogs until they've developed a solid bond, not leaving dogs alone with children, not leaving bones or other really high-value food stuffs lying around and creating safe spaces for your dog to retreat and be alone.
As with any journey, there will be ups and downs along the way. Progress is not linear and sometimes you and your dog may have to take a step back and re-assess. That's okay, as long as you are traveling together in the same direction. Advice and help is out there for anyone who needs it. Life is a journey best traveled with dogs, so make sure you don't lose yours along the way.
'The Gromes': Episode Four
THE GIVE A DOG A HOME 2019 CALENDAR IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!! Featuring over 70 of our gorgeous dogs, the calendar makes a great Christmas gift for any dog lover. All proceeds go to rescue dogs in need. Only £8.95 plus postage and packaging
Get yours at www.wooftastic.co.uk/gadah-charity-goods
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