Posts Tagged ‘dog’

Take a second look at Elf

Monday, June 6th, 2011

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” Hi.  I’m one of Elf’s regular walkers, and I’ve become friends with him since we met at the beginning of March when I became a volunteer dog walker.  Elf’s a really special dog whom I’ve grown very fond of, and everyone at the home wants him to find himself some new owners, so let me tell you more about him.

Elf is a young dog, who’s pleased to greet you with a wag of the tail and maybe a sloppy kiss if you want one because he’s always happy to see people!  The home takes precautions with all their dogs, and so when you take him out on a walk, he might be required to have a muzzle on but do be careful because he tries really hard to take it off by rolling around on the floor like a hoover, which is very funny!  Being young, he’s got bundles of energy when you first go out on a walk, but he does calm down.  He’s a good boy and knows some of his commands such as sit, lie, and he’s good at stopping at a road if you ask him to.  He also responds to wait when we go through gates however he hasn’t quite learnt the art of “paw” yet and if you try it, you’ll likely end up with a kiss instead.  That being said, he’s a clever boy and would enjoy the stimulation of learning.  Elf loves squeaky toys and his treats, so he can always be bribed.

We recently took part in the Wag Walk in May, and managed to walk the longest distance of 6 miles.  I’ve come to the conclusion Elf doesn’t know he’s tired until he stops!  Although he loves his long walks, he’s also happy to take a break.  When it’s sunny, he’ll often find a shady patch and have a lie down or sit for some cuddles or a belly rub, or he’ll just to watch everyone and everything.  Elf has become fascinated in horses, although he’s not sure of them when they neigh.  He’s learnt to sit nicely if he wants to watch them run round a field and go over jumps.

All in all, he’s a lovely boy and I’ve got a real soft spot for him.  For some reason, he’s been overlooked in the home by potential owners but please give him a chance.  He may not bark to get your attention when you approach, but he’s a cute, enthusiastic, friendly dog who you can’t help but fall for once you get to know him.

- Jen ”

Elf is a young dog, who’s pleased to greet you with a wag of the tail and maybe a sloppy kiss if you want one because he’s always happy to see people!  The home takes precautions with all their dogs, and so when you take him out on a walk, he might be required to have a muzzle on but do be careful because he tries really hard to take it off by rolling around on the floor like a hoover, which is very funny!  Being young, he’s got bundles of energy when you first go out on a walk, but he does calm down.  He’s a good boy and knows some of his commands such as sit, lie, and he’s good at stopping at a road if you ask him to.  He also responds to wait when we go through gates however he hasn’t quite learnt the art of “paw” yet and if you try it, you’ll likely end up with a kiss instead.  That being said, he’s a clever boy and would enjoy the stimulation of learning.  Elf loves squeaky toys and his treats, so he can always be bribed.
We recently took part in the Wag Walk in May, and managed to walk the longest distance of 6 miles.  I’ve come to the conclusion Elf doesn’t know he’s tired until he stops!  Although he loves his long walks, he’s also happy to take a break.  When it’s sunny, he’ll often find a shady patch and have a lie down or sit for some cuddles or a belly rub, or he’ll just to watch everyone and everything.  Elf has become fascinated in horses, although he’s not sure of them when they neigh.  He’s learnt to sit nicely if he wants to watch them run round a field and go over jumps.
All in all, he’s a lovely boy and I’ve got a real soft spot for him.  For some reason, he’s been overlooked in the home by potential owners but please give him a chance.  He may not bark to get your attention when you approach, but he’s a cute, enthusiastic, friendly dog who you can’t help but fall for once you get to know him.Elf is a young dog, who’s pleased to greet you with a wag of the tail and maybe a sloppy kiss if you want one because he’s always happy to see people!  The home takes precautions with all their dogs, and so when you take him out on a walk, he might be required to have a muzzle on but do be careful because he tries really hard to take it off by rolling around on the floor like a hoover, which is very funny!  Being young, he’s got bundles of energy when you first go out on a walk, but he does calm down.  He’s a good boy and knows some of his commands such as sit, lie, and he’s good at stopping at a road if you ask him to.  He also responds to wait when we go through gates however he hasn’t quite learnt the art of “paw” yet and if you try it, you’ll likely end up with a kiss instead.  That being said, he’s a clever boy and would enjoy the stimulation of learning.  Elf loves squeaky toys and his treats, so he can always be bribed.

Louis the terrier goes back to school again-this time it’s Combe Down school.

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

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On Tuesday the children of the Reception classes of Combe Down school visited the Home as part of a school project on people who help in the community.After eating their lunch(very important!) they heard a talk on how we help the animals that come into our care.They then had a tour of the home and there was much ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ from the children; the ferrets seemed especially popular.

Then on Friday it was our turn to visit the children at their school.Louis the rescue terrier  and friend watched the children as they completed a human agility course and if they completed it they were allowed to donate the cat or dog food that they had brought in to school-we are happy to report that everyone completed the course and the donation was gratefully received.

Many thanks to the children of Combe Down school.

 

Alfie(was Alvin) the lurcher and his new life.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

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We had a lovely e-mail from young Alfie’s new owners-apparently he has already had two holidays and was only adopted in April-lucky you Alfie!

His new owners write-

We adopted Alfie on 30th April and haven’t looked back since.  He is the best most wonderful dog you could ever want.  It took a few days for him to truly settle in but now you would think he had been here all his life.  He has met with loads of other dogs, small furry ones also (with no muzzle) and is great, says hello and has a sniff, he does want to play when he meets bigger dogs and is very puppyfied, lots of people we have met ask about him as he is a very striking dog and all seem to think he is younger than the 2 years you put on him (I guess we will never know).  He always has a mad 5 minutes after breakfast where he runs around the garden at 100mph then is shattered. 
 
He has been to two caravan hols with us and loves to lie on the beach in the sun, not too keen on the sea though.  We haven’t had him off lead out and about as he is very interested in stuff, but we found a quite cove on hol where he couldn’t escape, only out to sea so we knew we were safe, and let him off lead.  His recall is very good as he thinks of his belly.  And he loves his pigs ears and marrow bones.
 Taylor and Alfie are best pals and go everywhere together! alfie and friend

 

 

He is adored by all of us and will be treasured for years to come.

Alfie exhausted

 

 

                                             
What stunning photos and nothing could be nicer than a boy and his dog.Thank you for re-homing Alfie and giving him such a lovely life!

I was abandoned with a broken leg

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

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This is Tulip, a pretty saluki cross lurcher.

Soleful eyes? Check.

Fluffy ears? Check.

Four legs? Er, actually no.

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Tulip was found abandoned with her leg shattered. We can only assume she was too expensive to fix, or useless for poaching or guarding, after having some sort of accident.

She was taken to a vets and had to have her leg amputated. With no owners claiming her, she came to us.

Imagine in one week losing your home, your owners and your leg and winding up in kennels with strange dogs and smells.

For the first week Tulip was withdrawn and reluctant to exercise and interact. Then she went through a phase of kicking back at everything, barking and growling at everyone to keep away. She was scared and unsure.

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With patience and care from her animal carers and dedicated work experience girls like Hollie (pictured) Tulip is feeling more secure and happy. She even had her first groom and bath this week – look in the right-hand corner for the amount of hair that came off!

Although still nervous of men approaching her, she is bouncing back quickly and becoming a staff favourite. We have found that she loves sunbathing and belly rubs.

If you approach her kennel she may bark at you – try approaching slowly and sideways-on, and armed with small smelly treats! If she is unhappy with you being there, please back away and try again another day, we don’t want to push her too fast.

If you are interested in homing Tulip, please come in and meet her and speak to her animal carer.

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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.