Archive for April, 2010

Farewell to Smithy

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Smithy was with us at BCDH on and off for about seven years and was very much loved by all who knew him. He was a dog that did not like strangers and care had to be taken when getting to know him, but once a friend, you were never forgotten.

Due to his bad health, he was in constant pain with his arthritic hips and other age related problems, it was decided by all, including the vets, that as there was nothing else we could do for him medically, the kindest thing would be to put him to sleep. All of his friends and walkers came and paid their last respects the week before, including some of his past animal carers and he was finally laid to rest on Tuesday 27th April. It was all very peaceful, with those that knew and loved him there until the end; he was then buried in our cemetery.

Smithy was lucky enough to come to us, where we are happy to accommodate dogs with “slight issues”, as long as they are happy and healthy, I think it would be fair to say that no other home would have kept him for so long, but he was fine with us and had a very good life, being thoroughly indulged with treats, toys and new coats to keep him warm in the winter. The home will not be the same without him, but one thing is certain, we will never forget him.

Don’t be put off by the ‘difficult’ ones

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Lottie LC

A message from owners of cats re-homed from us

Lottie and Wylye (formerly know as Nixie and Nancy) are two sisters who came to live with us in early December 2009. They had been in the Home for about 6 months having been brought in as feral kittens born in someone’s shed.

Lottie wouldn’t let anyone touch her (I’m still amazed anyone managed to get her in the basket) and Wylye wasn’t much better. The first night Lottie wouldn’t even come out of the basket to eat and overnight they decided the safest spot was wedged-in behind (and eventually inside!) the piano. Not an auspicious start, but being kittens they would come out for food, & whilst she was eating Wylye would let you stroke her.

After about 2 weeks I heard a loud purring one morning as I was dishing out the food – Lottie finally making some happy noises. Over Christmas they discovered the joys of an open fire in front of which Lottie luxuriated, and both would fuss round my legs as I prepared their dishes but still Lottie wouldn’t let herself be stroked.

Then one evening, after about 6 weeks of  trying to just gently touch her back, I almost accidentally managed to do so and in the middle of jumping up to run away you could almost see her stop and think  ‘…hum, actually, that is quite nice’. That one moment was all it took. We now have two affectionate, entertaining  and handsome cats, who will not yet let us pick them up (it will come) but who love being fussed and stroked (following one around the house in order to benefit from same) and who have fully relaxed in their new home (though Wylie is not quite as angelic as she appears on the photo.).

And the moral is? … don’t be too put off by cats who don’t immediately respond to you, give them space, security and time and they will come around. Having had feline friends for 25 years -  a pair of male cousins and latterly a lovely female who I still miss having lost her (aged 14) in September – all very affectionate, I will confess to having had some misgivings in the first few weeks of having our new friends but I’m glad we persevered & I rather think they are too.


 chilled Lottie

Found a home!

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Animals re-homed 20 – 26 April 2010

In sickness and in health

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Our Poorly Pets Appeal has gained momentum – thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We have so far raised £12,163 (and 25 pence!) so we need one final push to reach our £15,000 target.

Here is where the money gets used:


Kush, a Jack Russell puppy, was brought in with a broken leg. His owners didn’t want to pay for the treatment so he came to us instead. After treatment in our on-site vet suite it is now healing well. He gets over-attached to anyone who looks after him – and as he is staying at a variety of staff homes each night then he has a lot of mummies and daddies! We are happy to say that he has a new owner waiting to take him home once he has fully recovered.

Rufus who has had to have an eye removed after a road traffic collision, and Holly was hand-reared here after losing her mother and siblings in a road traffic collision. Rufus we are happy to say has just found a home but Holly is still looking.
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17964 rufus
Pets are our responsibility whether healthy or sick. There is help if you are struggling with fees with our Veterinary Scheme or you can try the charity PDSA which has a hospital in Bristol.

Old love

Friday, April 23rd, 2010


A message from the new owners of one of our cats:

We adopted Puss from the Bath Cats & Dogs Home at the end of March this year as he had been at the home since December and not only had he found it very stressful, he was also quite ill. Being an old cat, we wanted to provide him with a loving, family home for his declining months.

Since coming to live with us, he has settled in nicely and we have made a short video to share with you.