Rescue Remedies Diary August 2021 - October 2021

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Rescue Remedies Diary August 2021 - October 2021

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Oh how the Rescue scene has changed over the last 18 years. The Dogscape & influencers has changed beyond belief.

Breeders played God: In the early 2000s we were still in the era of large pedigree breeders with kennels which is how the Kennel club came into being with breeders deciding the breed and breeding establishment standards. Ordering your puppy from the pedigree breeders was seen as the responsible thing to do. The Kennel club made sure that home breeders were seen as to not understand 'their' science, standard of breed, and to produce dogs with a lesser lineage. The breeders trended in each breed promoting and exaggerating features with Crufts as the focal array every year. Breed trends such as the quest for the White Golden Retriever… The Brown Labrador... The Blue Shepherd...the merle Collie. In these early days of my setting up the Rescue, White Boxers, because they had a high probably of deafness were put to sleep at birth. Then White Boxer Rescue came into being giving them value and promote them and acceptance within the market place. Compassion came up against the giants. Jack Russells were deemed to need 55% cream coats. Black JRTs were usually put to sleep as not breed appropriate despite same lineage as the rest of the litter. I rescued Rascal from a lady who rescued him from a farm with full pedigree but was being drown that morning for being black. She was dying of cancer and surrender Rascal into our care. It taught me one of many lessons in life to be Dog centred and to separate out from human head stuff. Many of the Jacks we have helped were Jacks, despite the dominant coat colour brown or black. Recent example is Buddie. If it walks and talks like a duck….. The profile of breed traits were being engineered to more extremes. For example Fox terriers trended with longer and longer noses... the Dachshund with longer backs.. Pugs and Staffies compressed muzzles and Shar pei with folds and wrinkles galore. It became obvious these together with inbreeding from limited examples were causing health problems. For examples White German Shepherds, Chocolate Labs and Cocker Spaniels were getting reputations for behavioural problems. King Charles Cavaliers and Great Danes were having heart defects and were dying young. Labrador and large breeds having hip dysplasia: You were meant to feedback to the breeder and assume they would stop breeding from certain lines where defects were reported The population had been picking up on these issues and it was trending that Mongrels (Crossbreeds) were far hardier. This all led to the BBC having a row with the Kennel club and exposed these breeding exaggerations, deficits and throw Crufts off their annual schedule.
Rascal JRT Pedigree thru and thru
Rascal JRT Pedigree thru and thru
Petshops breeders replaced by Puppyfarms: In the early days we were also still in the era of corner pet shops. They were seen as the second best way to buy live animals. However more and more people were moving away. There were a lot of press stories exposure, and protests. Those protests also were very strong on the Animal Laboratories and experiments with breaking into Labs and Abattoirs and exposing cruel practise. This helped the public become alive to standards of welfare and care. Cruelity pervades these exploitative businesses.

Microchipping: Petlog was set up by the kennel club and other chips companies started up to earlier but was becoming standard good practise. Chips have been compulsory for years now BUT many chips aren’t registered or changed with transfer of ownership. The plus is most of the dogs we take into record at least we have a better understanding of their age and ofcourse the strays who don’t need our help are have been traced back to one of their previous owners.

Breed Trends, Designer Dogs and DNA: Celebrity followers bought certain breeds to prominence for example Caroline Flack’s Ruby French Bulldog. Other trends came as ever from featuring in films like in the big hitters in the past e.g. Dalmatians, Rough collies and St Bernard’s. Recent example it the rise of Huskies from The Game of Thrones. In the 2000 more and more people were suffering from asthma or eczema due to pollution and over use of chemicals within the home ++ and its began known that dog's dander set of people’s chest or cause intense itching or hives so non moult breeds began to win favour. Poodles were the best known...so the Labradoodle was born and the Aladdin's lamp was activated and designer dogs came into full force. Cross Breeds with funny names were suddenly up marketed and taken into the hands of big breeders even though you hope for the best traits of both breeds, and you may get the worst traits. Then the DNA market exploded and the jury is out. One really wonders if pedigree dogs through and through came out as 100% or pick up the original breed mixes formulating the pedigree.

TV gurus & Behaviourists TV gurus became fashionable. People turning up to meet dogs strutting their stuff and talking about dominance and this technique etc. They had learned it on the TV. They were full of Jan Fennel head stuff which may have suited her and her collie pack BUT… dog follows you through a door, demotion from bed and furniture into ‘dog know thy place’. Behaviourists also echoed all this and it trended for years as with the Dominance theory. Caesar Milan was either a hero with people pinning down their dog without a clue of appropriateness and reading the dog in the moment. Or demonising him by, in my view, by taking his pack techniques out of context, and classifying them as kicks or hits. To me its like see a dog playing with its owner with the owners fist in its mouth and judging the dog as dangerous or the owner punching his dog. In truth the dog has total mouth control and is engaging with its owner in a trust bond play. I don’t know.. I don’t watch dog TV I struggled to read one of Jan Fennel’s book it just didn’t meet with me and the way my pack operated. I never had a top dog I just had a host of individuals who related together and had their quirks. Behaviourists are a unregulated ‘profession’. It would be a derogatory term if your mother was referred to a behaviourist or trainer. It negates dog’s basic premise as sentient beings.
We have been approached by media and I have always jetted 200 miles an hour in the opposite direction of sycophantic patronisation and simplistic approach to Rescue and dogs. I have learned from every dog we helped and continue to learn...I feel uncomfortable reading behavioural reports as it’s all about labelling and fitting a dog into norms. Many behaviourists have not gone down well within our Rescue especially when they arrive as ‘god’s’ spilling out terminology and mind frames/ games. Cutting across others observations with the authority of ego. Their attitude so obviously getting in the way of the humility of reading each dog. They were people on the foot hills, they saw themselves as Messiahs. Elements of practise we had also call out. Their body language with dogs were reserved, detached, over thought and there isn't usually fluency. We have met and worked with very genuine Behaviourists who hold that knowledge not a badge or barrier but met the dog (and family) first then examine and search appropriate solutions. These behaviourist approach us to help certain dogs and we have readily stepped forwards. Laying on labels and trying to impress their learning on others, frankly goes down like a lead balloon with many in the Rescue. They are naturally seen as ‘exotic birds that have just landed’. Their attitudes can be so demeaning to the Heros walking the walk in our Rescue, who know more in their little finger tip. Those of learning who did stay had a lot of unpacking to do, learnt so much from our dogs, and settled in with us and let go of hard boundaries, and projections on to our dogs. It was a difficult path for them to let go of all the head stuff. They became receptive and sensitive to our dogs, in the moment, but a much more difficult path, than dog and cat owners which are usually the main credentials of our volunteers have. Some don’t own pets but want to build an affinity with homeless dogs. I always tell families NOT to contact Behaviourists for 3 months. After 3 months in your home you are the expert on your dog and you can pick and choose advice then. Look into their basic credential i.e. what dogs have they owned personally and where is their footings. Then feel confident to take with a pinch of salt and you will know from your gut what is appropriate for your dog and what is claptrap. You all know where I stand on this …forgive me.

Diet: Big Breeders and Animal Labs generated the evolution of dried dog food market also used in the animal experiment kennels. Chicken and egg… in fact the animal labs were researching diets as well as medicines (For humans and animals). Where do all these specialist foods came from Science diet, Large dog diets, Westie diets. Dried foods delivered a balanced diet in a very convenient form for kennels and so avoiding flies on wet food and enabled a lazy method of just going down the line and filling bowls. This science was picked up with vets also and food sold 'as medicine'. Gone were the days of a tin of wet and Winalot wheat mixer. Raw diets trended and became big business. Big markets opened. Then there all the alternative medicines for help joints; stress etc medicines becoming even part of vet. practise.

Drugs & Insurance Companies The drug companies jumped on this lucrative market trending wormers and flea treatments fed into social stigma and fears of infestations and they rolled in mega bucks, with the vets, into care programmes. (Like they had with the annual MOT and vaccinations decades before). The insurance market was emerging all at the same time and the vets tied in also, so people were being offered enhanced treatments which would be out of their scope unless they had insurance: Chemotherapy for dogs, joint replacements, and brain ops. Super vets emerged, Referral Vets... overnight care was passed over to them. Insurance companies’ money enabled advances in research and animal related science. Some people think its gone too far and people are not advised what is or isn't appropriate for elderly dogs. Today especially in the last 5 years most private vets have sold out to conglomerates Vet companies of which there are about 6. The vets now run ‘risk adverse medicine’ with diagnostic pathways of tests and scans which the client pays for! The big partnerships train their vets to follow these risk adverse pathways and no longer to use their discretion, to avoid legal risk of misdiagnosis and possible legal cases. (Oh and it is lucrative). This high tech vet care comes at a huge price to the customer.
Old fashion vets know their science and will use their examination and experience, and research and dialogue with colleagues to focus on their choice of treatment. They watch carefully for outcomes and based on outcomes focused tests are run or drugs targeted to further evidence. Our vet is of this ilk and is straight on the case to treat rather than endless tests.

Main influencing Law: The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA) led to Breed-specific legislation (BSL) which seemed like a dark shadow over the whole impetus of saving dogs lives especially bullbreeds. The public had assumed Staffies were also dangerous dogs and there was a strong very anti camp within the general public, a strong prejudice which affected most people who hadn't had up close contact with bullbreeds. Despite this the scene at the time was confusion with 1000s of Staffie puppies for sale as if there was a subculture of breeding to hit out against this trend. There was also a lot of backstreet breeding of pit bull types as the DDA had enhanced the anarchist market. So many people began to challenge the law when dogs we reported to the police and seized and specialist lawyers were sharpening their tool set with different case law, and the lawmakers were revisiting the law to make the lines clearer. The DDA is a breedist law which has been very expensive to carry through with many dogs seized for many months, many court cases, and many lives unnecessarily lost. Deed not breed is one of the many slogans which has arisen and tried to get this law revoked or revised. It ignited the public's fear; dramatized by the press and there are many who work tirelessly to save seized dogs.

Dog Movement beyond country boarders:The EU Pet Movement Policy was introduced in 2004, with the UK's policy bought in line Jan 2012. The quantantine laws changed…quarantine kennels became international travel kennels. Suddenly foreign champions were winning Crufts and they impacted further breed trait trends and the blood pool became broader. And then the import of Rescues in their thousands with people bring over street dogs and placing them in British homes where semi feral dogs tried to adapt to the restrictions to their freedom in this foreign land. Puppies (Any breed you want!) and Street dogs poured in from European countries with very suspect roots and there was a lot of money to be made with the well meaning public buying in ‘sympathy stories’ which often didn’t bear true with the realities on the ground. Dogs dying in the UK for want of a home and hundreds of imported dogs arriving flooding the market.

Dogs Lost and stolen: Doglost was set up the same time as I started in Rescue, when Bruce Forsyth's daughter’s dog was stolen and she made such a fuss her dog became too hot to handle, and was returned. We homed a dog to Lionel Blair who had had his dog stolen from non such park. the early 2000s theft has grown beyond recognition and you feel, rather like the rats, you are never far from a dog napper! Naïve people leaving their dogs outside supermarkets, in cars, in back gardens when they are at work, walked by grandchildren, off lead and disappear to be napped by those waiting in the woods! It is shocking and the law is being changed to reflect the trauma this causes. The pandemic hasn't helped because the cost of puppies and dogs have gone through the roof so many £££ are to be made. The thieves are organised and what's app groups and people bid for dogs that have come in and they are shifted around the country. Its underground like dog fighting and baiting is...its the dark arts.

Dog careers: Dog groomers have flourished with mobile vans, and spars. Dog Therapy with Hydro pools and Reiki etc. Dog Walkers, Dog sitters, and Day care have exploded. Boarding kennels have diminished and are a vanishing service as with the breeding kennels. Dog Supermarkets with clothing and huge market of plastic toys, mind games etc etc.

Dog Purchase: Searching for a dog in the late 90s and early 2000s the internet was becoming more prominent to advertised Rescues and Breeders. Large trading websites and FB ++ took off as did the free ads. People still don't appreciate what free to a good home means to shift dogs with problems and to again puppyfarm breeding stock with a veneer of trusted family feigned.

Specialist Rescues: Some Rescues pick-up perceived vulnerable dogs. Ex Puppyfarm Rescues. Foreign National Rescue eg Spanish rescues. Home to Home Rescues: Breed Rescues: Ex Breeder Rescues. Pound puller Rescues. Puppy Rescues. Ex Laboratory Dogs. Oldies: Large breed Rescues. Small breed Rescues. Local Rescues. Large City Pound Rescues. Giant Multi branch Formulaic Rescues eg Dog's Trust. Home Based Rescues. Foster based Rescues. Kennel Based Rescues. Deathrow Dog Rescues. DDA Rescues

Charities with special functions: RSPCA. PDSA. Blue Cross. Celia Hammond neutering clinics

This isn't complete but I hope you find it interesting to put some of this down. Will proof read it again tomorrow but
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Re: Rescue Remedies Diary August 2021 - October 2021

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I will add this but these are my views and are based on hearsay often from different sources. These corporates play their role but are huge ships which sailed out of port from the merger beginnings, when they were closer to their founding mission. In my view are no longer there for vulnerable unskilled dogs who need them. They are more about people pleasing.
The Giant Rescues namely Battersea, Dogs Trust and RSCPA: Corporate beasts with huge administrations which are becoming more and more lost to the real problems on the ground. This is a little of what I have heard but is hearsay, I hold back MUCH.
Battersea is led by executives. When the COE top Charities salaries were exposed the press were unable to gain Battersea's figures. Battersea is all about Branding and that means in my view it became a culling machine, with a sense of purpose to wean out less than perfect dogs from the streets. To protect the public and yes many buy into that as a chief purpose. The Battersea Brand stands above all else, so the public could trust a Battersea dog. The Behaviourists assess and judging dogs within a frightening setting whether the dogs achieve a very high bar. With empty kennels as a consequence, Battersea had to go further a field and had agreements with pounds to visit every week and to pick of the easies, the local Rescues are offered the rest. Even then there are no guarantees. Battersea has a no bite policy so won't help any dog where there is a reported bite. This has been in place for about 5 years. People can have their dogs on waiting list and then if they don't pass their assessments they can be put to sleep within a week..its all in the small print. The money they put into marketing is enormous. The Staff have contracts which seal their lips, to the point I have heard partners can't attend Christmas dos in case 'work talk is shared'. The sweet sweet TV programmes hide the stark decisions made on vulnerable dogs that are washed up on their shoreline. Battersea is run on legacies. Battersea isn't focused on neutering. Many dogs are homed with a £30 voucher to take to the vet which isnt followed through. We know of many Battersea litters as a consequence. Neutering just doesn't feature in their radar as a responsible thing to spend their 100,000,000s on and use their army of vets and op. rooms for. I just don't get how a Rescue dog can be rehomed without neutering. Forgive me.
The Dog's Trust is also Corporate and again ensures the public receive easy dogs. This is mainly done by having an entrance assessment which if they don't pass the hoops the families as asked to take back or... There motto of never put a healthy dog to sleep is 'stretched' we have heard by transferring into another Corporate Rescue or "healthy" ralso references Behaviourally healthy. The dogs also have to be able to share a kennel and that is with moving occupancy as one is homed another will arrive. Dogs Trust was famed in the Rescue World for being very pro neutering. They up to recently, sent neutering vouchers to Animal Welfare Officers and into the community for bullbreeds. That then became an 'amount' to help and encourage. This is now stopped. Dogs Trust have various schemes such as sponsorship which if you dig deeper can actually mean a dog isn't up for rehoming because they are a 'earners' then eventually they are retired into homes. I had the honour to meet one of their big earners in retirement mixed with 6 other dogs, cats etc and would have been very sweet for appeal and VERY easy to home! I found it so difficult to get my head around their sponsorship scheme meant 100s of people sponsoring the same dog, not for their dog's keep, but plainly as income for the entire business. Which I suppose is OK but not when it keeps that dog from getting homed.

RSPCA: Their decision making particularly over the last 5 years have moved them away from their core values in my view. They stopped helping strays and they have been closing down their main public related support services which helped so many needy animals and people on benefits. I cant believe they closed Putney within the same 2 years of moving into new huge headquarter. The public was/ is never sure they make the right calls on vulnerable animals and when animals in plight are reported the inspectors have to see extreme circumstance to act and then prosecute ...holding those animals for long periods awaiting outcomes often.

I don't busy my mind in gossip. My instinct is thank God these organisations are helping as many as they do. Within Rescue, ethics are everything and we know very few who hold our ethics. Yes we struggle, as so many families don't understand when our walkers are ooing and ahhing about our dogs why are they aren't in their forever homes. We actually know how vulnerable our dogs are, and we will hold out to get it right for them. We take flack for that and our "onlead for life" policy. We are strong enough to stand firm for our dogs and know we value our dogs as the celebrities they are and eventually it will all come right for them
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Re: Rescue Remedies Diary August 2021 - October 2021

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The Patterdale
The Terrier Family: Patterdales are Lakeland Terriers ie their area of origin is the Lake District known to the locals as The Fells. The Patterdale is known as "The Black Fell terrier" (Chocolates are allowed!). The Lakeland Terriers sit geographically below the Scottish Borders (Border terriers). Further north The Scottish Terrier and West Highland terrier. To the east the Capheaton terrier. And further east the Bedlington Terrier. To the south The Staffordshire Bull Terriers. South East The Yorkshire Terrier and The Airedale. South England you have the origins of Jack Russell Terrier, Parsons' Jack Russell and The Fox terriers. Welsh Terriers. From Ireland The Irish, Wheaten & Kerry Blue. Very simply this explains how terrier people related their terriers breed from the working landscape and they were bred for work on and off of Farms.
Stella Smooth Patterdale
Stella Smooth Patterdale
Walter Sweep Wire Patterdale
Walter Sweep Wire Patterdale
Tigga Chocolate Pattie
Tigga Chocolate Pattie
Understanding Patterdales: The most fascinating of all Terriers, in my view, are the Lakelands. Lakeland Terrier had a hard job to do in the ‘Fells’ craggy rugged landscape where they were sent out there to locate the fox dens not so much the foxes. To enter the den they needed courage and tenacity …they weren't there to kill and they often if not found by the farmers were killed unless they were able to retreat back out of the dens. They were locators and bred to bark when they have reached their quest, so the farmer hands could then dig and destroy the den occupants. To pick off a fox doesn’t solve your fox/ badger etc. problem; you have to destroy their den and den occupants. The terriers were then dug out and their faces and necks often showing the battle scars they had with the incumbents. So terrier is terrafirm / ground: Terriers go to ground in their quest. Where they weren’t found by their charge hands and they did make their way out of the den they needed to find their way back across the terrain and so yes terriers range wide and will often find their homes with incredible precision. These little characters needed to be wiry, independent minded and brilliant orienteers. Their tails docked within hours/first days of birth, to avoid damage underground and their pursuit grabbing them. The Terrier Farm hands often will grab their stump as they back their way out of the den if it isn't a deep set one and pull them free. I have so many experiences of how Patterdales find their way back…HOWEVER they have no road sense what so ever and many a terrier, like hedgehogs, foxes and cats become ‘road kill’. ANY responsible owner of a terrier would never simply trust their recall, and put them at risk of being hit by cars as my saying is always, in this day and age you are never farther than 50 yds from a busy road. Sadly many of our Rescue’s Patterdales have ended their lives pre-maturely by people who place their egos of ‘Give them freedom’ above their lives. Even after the event they have chosen to justify their decision as they break news to us requesting another!!
Terrier people who work terriers, are often hard, rugged stoic people like their terriers. They adore their terriers but put their quest and venture above safety of their lives. These are the people when you visit terrier shows who show off their latest, perfect specimen. Not as dog shows within the pedigree breeding circles but they boast of their performance and many will mix breeds bases on the performance and temperament . They glibly state what chose of litter means; the rest of the litter were sold for lineage from their ‘great terrier i.e. son of …or given away and the rest drown in a bucket or shot.

Terrier lovers are hard stoic people who adore their terriers and value their instincts but manage them so they remain safe and offer them that security and companionship for their natural lives as they play out. Terrier lovers ‘get terriers in their guts’ the terrier instincts and will laugh as their terrier display their ‘serious natures and endeavours’. Terrier lovers know how to anticipate their terriers, they get the measure of them and are 2 steps ahead of them shielding them from self-harm. When their terrier fires off meeting dogs they offer them their rock of calm and don’t feed into their frenzy but offer them the opportunity to engage with safety, distract them and judge when the encounter spills over and substitutes their object of interest for new horizons far more interesting than the fascination or fixation. I so often manage a terrier and introduce them to new people and they forget how I did it and then swear blind their terrier isn’t good with anything, wants to kill everything. These people aren't managing their excitement levels and giving them free expression but are trying to eliminate their terrier character. My saying: You can’t train the terrier out of a terrier…nor would you ever want too. This is our Terrierrescue motto. They train well within their bounds of instinct drives. They are very intelligent. You work in harmony and partnership with your terrier’s instincts, to enable them to satisfy their curiosity and then gently direct them on to another focus. The owner can hold fears and the terrier then is on heightened alert. They embrace and manage and its all 'a matter of fact' part of their day and awareness life offers many different attractions to enjoy and move onto. Terrier lovers GET terriers and would never trade them in for a calm fluent dog. They love being out in nature exploring the hedgerows: For us …with sight of wild flowers and changes in nature. For the terriers… its smells, movement and hearing. They are stirred in the moment in the array of nature’s messages from picking up their peemails, to scenting what rat went this way 3 hours ago.

Back to understanding ‘the breeds’ of Lakelands:
The Lakeland Terrier (Lakies): Pedigree (Kennel club registered) is an amalgam of their geographic neighbours as far as I can make out. They carry the Yorkshire genetics with coat type reflecting Yorkshire and Bedlington terriers. They are Black and Tan (Silver and Red), Red and Wheaten colours. Lakeland soft coats are meant to be non moult but having lived with many pedigree Lakelands they do moult. Their look is a pointed muzzle and their official groom look is to not trim the fur between the eyes like a reverse Mohican.
Cherie Lakeland
Cherie Lakeland
Pedigree Lakelands are in my view the most difficult of terrier they are very zany and I have rescued so many of the breed and manage them where many can't. They taught me everything …don’t ever be fooled, as Pedigrees they aren’t easy they are zany and ‘wired’ and utterly adorable. This is where I started our Rescue many had been captive in kennels for the first 2-4 years of their lives but they were very trainable but very intense.

The Fell Terriers: Working type Lakelands. Their coats are course and they are very hardy. The Black Fells and Dark Brown Fells are traditionally called Patterdales which points to its origins, Patterdale is a village in the Lake District. The Reds are called Red Fells. The Black and Tan that mimic Welsh terriers by colouring and can be confused by the public with Welsh Terriers. However the Working Lakelands as these are called, are associated with the Fell terrier roots. There may be many classifications related to specific breeds:
Nuttall Patterdales as small and muscular and Brian Nuttall living south of the Lakes was famed to also breed Staffies, and they are an amalgam of Fell terrier and Staffies and you see them and yes. Fells terrier are very close cousins of Staffies. The origins of terrier have bull breed and sighthounds as founding genes
Frodo Nuttall Type Patterdale
Frodo Nuttall Type Patterdale
The smooth Black and Tan Fell terriers are usually just called Fells. The Middleton Working Lakelands have a particular fur pattern with tan marks on their temples which terrier people recognise as Middleton breeding lines.
Avril Capheaton Type Terrier
Avril Capheaton Type Terrier
Connie & Dexter Fell Terriers
Connie & Dexter Fell Terriers
Jock Working Lakeland
Jock Working Lakeland
Fell terrier's coats can be Smooth, Broken (Smooth on head and legs and rough on top of back) or Rough/ Wired.
You need a sense of humour to own terriers and they will crease you up. They are never naughty just terrier. If they make you cross ...perhaps you aren't a terrier lover.
Gyp Red Fell
Gyp Red Fell
Terrier People are not purists and have never fallen in with the Kennel Club, as mentioned they breed for savvy and performance and will put a Border with a Pattie to enliven their terrier line. They have always resisted classification and pure lineage.
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Strays Stolen and Finders
Strays: The dog scene has changed radically over the last 20 years and dog ownership has a lot more responsibilities in what can feel a hostile environment. Strays were the main stay of many receiving Rescues in the recent past. The Police and the RSPCA stepped back and the local authorities (Council) took up legal duties to take in, provide emergency vet treatment if needed, and to trace owners. Dog Wardens / Animal Welfare Officers became the lead officers. They are responsible for dealing with incidents with public disputes, welfare issues in the home of an educational nature and involving other agencies where continued concern. With Strays after 7 days if microchip details are fully resolved without reclaim then strays are either rehomed, passing into a reputable Rescue or ‘destroyed’ as is their terminology as of the 8th day or after.
Theft and stolen dogs: Historically this was a feature for dogs of value initially breeders kennels were targeted to steal pups or valuable pedigree breeding stock. It also featured in the form of ownership disputes with some ending up in the courts. Puppy farmers undercut pedigree breeders and standards went down and volume went up. The foreign markets surfaced with the change of quarantine laws. People were rescuing street dogs from all over the world and puppies are arriving in terrible conditions after long journeys.
What has emerged is a new malevolent issue which has escalated in recent years as the second hand (Ready trained) dog has increased in valued. Family dogs are viewed as a commodity of cash value. The buyers value of the second hand preferring the ready trained/ made dog and believe they are taking on a dog who no longer can be cared for. Dog thieves sell to people: No questions asked or same sad story told every time and believed. You know what dog you are getting when homing an adult…or so you think. The ethics doesn’t matter to most, they push it into the background like any tales of poor animal welfare or slave labour +++ They convince themselves they are the “Heros” going to give this cheap cute pup a loving home, if it’s health holds up. There is no back-up no come backs
Snatchers: Now enter the blatant daylight dog thieves often working in pairs with a van. Dogs do have a predicator: human snatchers. They can gather intelligence ahead of the snatch like marking houses where they have noted a valuable dog lives or visiting parks. They snatch off lead dogs; They jump back garden fences maybe with one at the front door to distract owner; dogs left outside shops easy pickings; dogs left in cars broken window and they’re away. They see someone or a dog warden advertising a found dog and feign ownership, using false address and they are off.
Your Responsibility: Don’t be Naïve and then Grieve
1. Chip: Make sure your dog’s chip is registered and up-to-date: Correct owner, address and valid mobile numbers.
2. Photos: Have photos of your dog as prove of ownership, so many lost dogs on Doglost have no photos available. Always have a disc with your mobile numbers on your dog’s collar even in the house, this is law.
3. Supervision: Be responsible don’t leave your dogs unsupervised, or in an underaged person’s charge or managed by strangers especially in a free running pack. Don’t leave unattended in back gardens. These people note patterns and mark houses.
4. Be Savvy: Don’t allow strangers to come and admire your dog. Be suspicious.
5. Don’t let your dog off lead especially with a dog walker within a multi pack where your dog can be easily picked off.
6. Contact your local authorities and neighbouring councils and Doglost website as soon as you lose your dog. Keep contacting them.
As a responsible Rescue:
1. Histories: We check all dog’s backgrounds as they arrive where their history isn’t straightforward, where dog wardens havent reassured us, or we have suspicions via their chip details and search DogLost website
2. Trace any leads: We follow up any families who think they recognise one of our dogs studiously.
3. Neuter: We neuter all dogs so they lose their value for any con-families wanting our dog (cheap dog for breeding)
4. On Lead for Life: We carefully vet our potential homers so we know we can trust their ownership. We turn many homes down, to risk takers who have their dogs off lead. This guards against a lot of thefts, but also going stray, road deaths and altercations with other dogs or nervous public. We educate against dog walking companies who blatantly take risks.
5. Management: We are strict on garden security and exit management and tutor on potential dog theft.
6. Retention of Rescue’s details kept on our dog’s chip: We retain our Rescue’s address in the background of their chip so if their owners can’t be traced our dog comes back to us.
7. No one ever visits our Centre without an appointment and are turned away even if they have travelled a long way etc etc. We never risk our site being vetted or raided with security systems.

Responsible Finders:
1. Call the mobile on the dog’s disc.
2. If no disc, take the dog to a vets so they can read the microchip details.
3. Local Authority: If no luck call the local authority and a few neighbouring authorities just in case their owner has reported them missing. You may need to hold on to the dog in a spare room over night. Call them again in the morning to make sure the message has been passed on to the day shift, and any panicked owners have since called in with clear description of their dog.
4. Proof of ownership: Never give the dog to someone who you have any concerns about i.e. feigning ownership ask for a name, photo, history. And the dog’ recognition. True owners have turned up to find their dog was been passed on to false claimer.
5. Finder should never advertise the details of the dog found on Social Media just “Found a dog in such an area” The owner needs to come forwards and describe the dog as proof.
6. Check “DogLost.co.uk” and social media if anyone is reporting their dog lost or stolen even after the council may have collected as the council probably won’t do this.

The law has changed and Snatchers are being treated with more severity. Up until now dogs were classed as property. Be astute.
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The Homing Team
The Homing Team is the back bone of the Rescue and without their dedication we wouldn’t have a Rescue. It is a very difficult role and it’s staggering to me how resilient they are despite the abuse they receive out of others ignorance and failure to grasp the complexities and essentials inherent in decisions made in the interest of our dog’s long term future. They ask for no mention or praise when they succeed to achieve a homing for our long stay dogs or an ‘in and out’ homing. The myth is because they haven’t met the dogs or walking them they don’t know the dogs. In truth they know dogs in essence, they are privy to all background information given prior to entry in the Rescue, are avid Forum readers, constantly in contact with myself, and as needs be fosterers and lead walkers once fine tuning a homing. They are often the key contact with past families. They know the breed specifics inside out and own RescueRemedies dogs themselves also. They home hundreds of our dogs a year very successfully. Both are dog centred and in truth they don’t seek no limelight and have to engage with emergency situations when things are going wrong. They are often subtly blamed, ‘why is this dog sitting here’ or if a dog comes back where as the Homing team are aware of the dog's specific needs within the home and lifestyle. Many think they have a better grasp why a homing failed better than the Homing team, without being party to any of the complex exchange and exploration of knowledge. It’s a whole lot more complex than ever anyone supposes. 400 successful homings a year speaks volumes. Families are extremely complex entities with many unpredictable facets, far more unpredictable than dogs! It is NEVER about blame though sometimes I do let my despair show like recently when I suggested a family place our dog in a comfortable room for ‘Down time’ with soft bed, soft lighting, radio, food as they were displaying hyper activity every evening. It was reflected back to me I had suggested to “Lock the dog in a room” next time we talked, I reinitiated the discussion and in depth reasoning.
Kevin Homing Success
The Homing Team spend their every waking hour committed to finding our dogs their rightful home where our dogs can walk off into the sunset and receive everything they so deserve and missed out on at the front of their lives. The interference into their lives is extreme and they have to safeguard themselves from calls at 11.30 at night, multiple emails because they haven’t replied within 30 mins, and abusive emails. Many have joined the Homing Team but stepped back for breaks and then just didn’t come back. I always think of the front of house roles in the Rescue are very pleasurable like the waiters in a Restaurant. Whilst in the kitchen, where its mission impossible with the heat, tempo and mitigating disasters, with instant remedies required. Or managers office where you can’t get cover for 2 nights that week or the chef walks out mid-evening due to sickness or emergency family matter, or a delivery arrives of very poor quality or wrong or missing ingredients. Whilst the diners enjoy in bliss or perhaps voice criticism reference the main dish as too hot, too cold or wrong dressing on the salad for their taste!
How we work: We have Elaine and Kathy vetting each Homing questionnaire with all those with ‘Off-lead’ weaned out at source. I then allocate the Homing Questionnaire to our 2 Homing Team members Dianna and June. Each have their own way in engaging with the applicants and Dianna has admin support by Jo who collects all the Garden Video’s for Dianna to see. A full exploration is entered into with the family, very often having touched base with me in the interim to just check out some details i.e. if we have a suitable dog on the basic facts delivered.
Red and Cola Homing Success
We have to reach beyond romantic overview, sympathy, naïve grasp of behavioural facts or old fashion punitive approaches. We never promote a dog on cheap, ‘poor me’ terms; it’s a syrupy element that leaves me cold. I’m about giving our dog dignity and worth and implicitly believing in our dogs abilities to rise beyond their tarnished pasts. The homing team steer the thinking into the stark practicalities and reflecting back the deal breakers and explore tolerances and ability to adapt to the needs of an incoming dog. We are looking for safety measures. We arbore the use of crates in the house, are watchful of hints of dog flaps unsupervised access to gardens during work hours, ability of cope with any character features. We are rigorous on ‘On Lead’. It is hard especially when they say their last dog was difficult with dogs, or had bitten and then exploring the issue it was so very minor to be hardly worthy of memory, let alone remark. As a Homing Team we have had to deal with mental health issues, learning difficulties, alcoholism, anger issues +++. We are totally transparent and carefully introduce our dog’s behaviour traits that may manifest or need careful accommodation and ensure they are registered. It is wonderful when you pursue a homing and the family live up to their words. With the best will they often well meaning, talking the talk families who need to walk the walk. We willingly receive our dogs back but don’t lay it on our dogs. Yes we have learnt more how our dog’s adapted within or discovered perhaps that a dog is scared of children or will be very excitable reintroducing them to a new home. We also have experience how different our dogs are perceived or act in different settings.
Our Homing Team engage with Homing Applicants and are very, very thorough because they need to be. They bring to bear a wealth of experience in steering the interview. The naïve onlooker celebrate a lovely family considering offering our dog a home. Even when we have asked for home checks it can be the main feedback…lovely people, but forgot to photograph the fence we were concerned about. We aren't swept away with emotion we are rooted in essentials to make this homing a success. We are focused in depth and fact. We are an adoption agency where we are rigorous to get it as best we can with the element of a family rising into the homing and our dog’s needs. Each dog is unique. Lovely people have nothing to do with finding the right home for our dogs. We often say we don’t have to love the family to recognise it’s the right home for our dogs but a good working relationship is essential with the incumbent family as we are our dog’s anchor and are there for them throughout their lives. We need families with their feet on the floor, with realism and commitment to see the settling period through but also to ride life’s events. We are asking over 72 questions on our homing question and they have more to ask as we zoom in to really get a gauge on the life style, skill base and tolerances… EXPECTATIONS. Low expectation and it’s a winner…high expectations and keep the kennel ready.
Poppy & Bruce Homing Success
The hallmark of our Rescue is we move fast for our dogs. We want them in homes we don’t ever chose to have them in kennels one night longer than they need to be. We have to however ensure we are entrusting our dogs into capable hands. We have many sayings in the Homing Team “That’s a BIG ASK for our dog”. “What are deal breakers within this family”. “Who is the weakest link”. Sometimes the homing Team can have 6 conversations, gather full details via video, Google maps and where needs facebook accounts, work and landlord references. Then all the logistics and arrangements of the homing meet which are very carefully engineered and directed by the Homing Team.
The Homing Team is solid, astute, polite and constantly allow remarks to wash over their heads, as they endeavour to achieve the right homing for our precious charges. Hurray for the Homing Team. My mentor nearly 20 years ago always said to me.. Lynne I have to be able to put my head on my pillow at night and sleep! Our dogs have already lost at least one home we are looking for a home to offer them stability and ongoing caring!
Barney Homing Success

HOWEVER Rescue Remedies is about Team work and each part is more valuable to our Dogs than the next...


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Just to put you in the picture ref Joycee my mother and an explanation of my apparent absence.

Joycee has been coming increasingly disabled. Her left leg gave way on her but her carer caught her but she lost her confidence to place weight through it and wouldn't walk. Within 2 weeks she wasn't able to transfer and so they upped her carer programme for hoisting her and attendance 4 x a day with 2 carers. She soon lost her use of hands and arms and has been tetraplegic (4 limb paralysis) for about 6- 8 weeks now.

Yesterday when I visited she was suddenly extremely chatty unusually so which was amazing, but I noticed she has crackling on her lungs so I called the Dr and went and collected antibiotics. This morning she woke very confused same chattiness but only 20% related to reality. The Dr's paramedic called in lunchtime and reaffirmed Chest infection and asked to promote fluids. I went today and will be going everyday as we see how this pans out. She is hallucinating and incredible imaginations related to aspects of her life, belongings and people involved in her life. So I remain hard at the Rescue am and pm but during the day travelling down and sitting with Joycee and getting her to take liquids, food and supporting her. This weekend will swing the situation either way but the paramedic is coming back to assess her on Monday. She is now one month off her 91st Birthday.
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Quick up date Joycee wasn't confused today which felt like a miracle, just very very sleepy
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On Lead Policy

So we have survived the Pandemic's worst force JUST. We are now witnessing a very harsh climate for homing our dogs. The nation went mad and bought in puppies from any avenue they could. Some got stung as they were supplied from basically appalling circumstance. The puppies rolled to meet the demand. From abroad, from puppy farms, back street litters, stolen dogs ... the word was out, the prices were soring. Breeders were in it to make a packet on the whole. The holier than thou, certainly didn't keep the prices down, they inflated them as much as they could get away with....

So here we are 1 year on and watch this space. The prices for puppies are still sky high and Covid puppies are now in the market at 9-15 months having out grown their first homes, as too lively to handle as 9-15 month old pup-adults are. So you got a Covid puppy, and you're either ditching it through free ads and trying to get your money back or you're breeding from it to ...try and get your money back(+ more). OK call me a cynic but homings from Rescue have dropped right off unless they are all singing and dancing and our dogs in truth arent.

The perfect storm is, we are that Rescue who tend to be there for the dogs who have had it hard or were maladapted to their families. Families lay it all on the dog's backs and when they don't quite manage it and demonstrate they haven't got the toolkit of skills to rise to the situations they are placed it...blame goes squarely on that dog' back. These are the dogs who left their mothers and siblings too soon, were probably poorly socialised, weren't equipped for being left then suddenly left. The vets are swamped so no chance of neutering and this is so rarely seen as a must.

We are receiving applications which does frankly amaze me but the expectations on the incoming Rescue dog are often stupendous. There is still 50% of applicants applying to have our dog off lead. You reflect that back to the volunteers at the Rescue and they are shocked because of the level of socialisation a dog needs to meet and greet and adapt to warm advances or over assertive play or engagement. The public firstly have to be cool about a dog off lead running and attempting to meet. They most often are taken aback especially if a bullbreed or terrier start to jump up for attention or affection. If they have another dog they and their dog have to be cool about attempts to retrieve balls or share treats or happy for that dog to interrupt their general flow, conversation or walk plan. In the perfect world your dog has 100% recall and they're back sitting by your ankles despite glaring distractions and attractions competing with your squeaky toy or inviting call. AND if the persons become nervous with the attentions received by your dog and misread their overtures and start calling out or lifting their arms or telling off the dog (barking at them). Sure that Rescue dog with a depleted skilled set shrugs it off, and returns to base. That terrier ignores the running child, the ball game, the car moving down the road or the dog barking from the garden across the road... How many people actually have their dog's under control. How many of us go out on our walks dreading the off lead dog zooming over to us with no owner to be seen or heard. I have known so many terrier owners knocking on doors saying they have lost their dog, probably down a fox hole, can you keep an eye in case it is seen as they have to go off and collect their children from school or go home and get their car so they can go curd crawling looking for them before it gets dark.

In our Rescue we are asking for a simple civic courtesy Keep your dog(s) on a lead. We chose that right over our dogs future management. This enables us all to enjoy the shared space. The space isn't owned by the owners with accomplished dog who have the right to run around and invade others space and they frankly have no control over. 'You should have your dog on a muzzle if they aren't social'. 'Its OK he is friendly!' yelled from 75 yards away. As many bull breed owners know 'Those type of dogs shouldn't be walked in public'. Terriers should be seen and not heard. 'I can't help it if your dog doesn't want to play.'

Somehow it's all meant to be so much more adult if you give your dog free reign and let them mingle and 'they'll sort it out'. The slightest spill over and yes you are to blame. Never let it be known you own a Rescue. So many dog's natural control methods when 'sorting it out themselves' are little understood or accepted in truth: Such as when the large dog pins the other dog down to tell it No! When the bullbreed grabs the other dog to immobilise it, avoiding a fight and holds it until the other dog gets the message to get on your way and out of my space. Then there is the terrier who goes in barking furiously whilst circling their 'aggressor' whether the other dog sees it that way. If it's a threat to the terrier or small dog they big themselves up as almighty, courageous and often outrageous! to intimidate and buy time.

Rightly or wrongly we as a Rescue have an on lead for life policy. This is the only circumstances we are prepared to place our dogs in as it is best for everyone. The on lead can involve long lines or extender for those skilled at using them. We like our dogs to arrive home safely after a walk and it pains us to hear tragic circumstances, which by retention on a lead, was wholly avoidable. Our pool of homes are restricted by this policy but then we home in with diligent careful families who put their dogs lives safety first and minimalize risks. We know we are happier walking out into a leaded environment. We by law need to have our dogs under control in a public place and we win hands down when we have evidence to prove we were there supporting any encounter. Photographic evidence is often a great help within the litigious world we so live in.

So our pool of responsible homes is restricted. We educate others but in truth many are determined to give their dogs the freedom and perhaps pay the vet bills or the price by throwing the dice within an unpredictable entourage or 'soup' of mixing dogs and people. I have heard in Germany all dogs are required to be on lead in public places. Our dogs are in our charge and our responsibility is to offer them circumstances in which they can proceed to succeed
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Trolls:

Every Rescue and everyone who gains any attention will have Trolls following in their wake. We have had a week of really bitter trolling from anonymous faces claiming to know our Rescue, Ex RR volunteers and parcelling up snippets of information which are barely identifiable or ring from the past. Trolls hold a fascination in their quest as they try and stain, destroy, teardown, discredit, damage or harm. This is how they get their kicks. It is the most intense focused negative energy and when you step back you can see grievance, vengeance; jealousy; hatred. The hallmark is righteous indignation. I really believe that many people's first encounter is 'seeing the perfect' organisation or angel' then they begin to realise its not perfect. They could intellectualise it into perfect but they fail to appreciate the realism and constraints and the anguish of endeavour. Darth Vader, Pontius pilate and Lucifer all fell away from the endeavour and then sort to tear down or betray. Trolls give themselves crediance and suggest they know better and best. Trolls are so perfect, and have a simple answer to solve all issues. Trolls sensationalise to make others turn "Wow REALLY". They try to tear at the very clothing that you wear and you picture yourselves trying to shake them off but then it comes to you, ignore, don't feed them, carry on as your business is urgent, important and your quest is to meet need.

It feels like you are heading to where they want to be...and they try to push you out of the way to claim that plinth. ACTUALLY it was only a flight of stairs to enable, engage and help. You weren't interested in parade or glory: That is their beef and they so don't like to be ignored, they are throwing toys out of their pram: It is all about their uncontrolled EGO. They are easy to ignore as their opinions matter little and out of kilter.

So to turn it all on its head Trolls linger in the dark, anonymous, thinking they are enlightened and exposing the dark. Whilst services, individuals and organisations with true endeavour are very happy to be away from the limelight, as the engagement is to assist others not to attain acknowledgment. Trolls bully and intimidate: Never revert to being their victim.

Trolls are ready to twist your words and trip you up in anyway they can. They want to expose disingenuous motives or activity they want to reveal 'fake', they care not as they are driven by hate.

This week has been really tough. Personally my mother has been bedbound and now I can't visit as I have had a really bad head cold, cough and about to lose my voice+Petrol conservation! 2 volunteers have lost their rag over a very minor things which took me aback. Early in the week we were notified of an Ex Volunteer trolling. Then the last 2 days we have been trolled again with all kind of threats galore.

BUT This week we lost and found Macey! We homed Ollie on his 5th Birthday. Mr Biggles made it home and we helped 2 dogs for another Rescue reach successful outcomes. We saved Hugo the Shar pei and Summer Staffie from Put to Sleep. We took in little Tommie and Cosmo who are both dear dear Terriers who needed us truly. Write a review on Google if you value us we have made many people happy this week which makes us very happy positivo1.gif
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New Improvements
Sorry the above was just needed to be said as unless you see this type of new intrusive energy, which many suffer from, it can attempt to split and destroy, when in fact its worthless.

Wanted to share how we are prepping for the winter now. The kennels have spent every penny to buy new fencing which the first assignment has arrived and the second assignment may come late tomorrow petrol permitting! We have bought it secondhand but really seems in good condition. Barry is a new keen volunteer who drives a 'car transporter' for a living and desperate to help our dogs, so has enabled us receiving this all on site.
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Prison grade fencing.JPG
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We need a group to help us later this week to move the new panels into place then we will sell the Herris fencing to try and recoup a little of our costs. Very excited as dogs will not be able to get at one another through the fencing and it will be easy to move the Paddocks as we need.
Current Paddocks to be replaced
Current Paddocks to be replaced
I am in discussion with a Special Police officer who goes out of his way to save dogs lives and he really believes in our work and has witnessed it on many occasions. He has a dog who has little hope getting through the court process without us. I have been able to share with him the improvements on site with our new paddocks and the impending improvements in the Walker's paddocks. He is certain because of our dedication and reputation together with our Health and Safety record he can save the dog from euthanasia once he puts the evidence to the Judge. It is always a pleasure to work with him, his colleagues and our other friends in the Police in different divisions. We save so many dogs who have ended up with the police and its a wonderful partnership and outcome for deserving dogs.

AND prepping for the winter we are preparing for a massive baby tree delivery for the sirte and will happy planting in November over 400 trees

And another Story: We (mainly Eddie) cleared all the fallen tree and hardcore debris on the other side of the Bridge last week. Back breaking work for one person but job now more or less completed. During the process of me juggling calls and trips to the dump I lost the dog mobile key at the dump and at the moment I'm not sure where the spare is. Nasia had helped me unload massive trunks etc and was there when I declared I can't find my key. I knew it was in my pocket and now I knew it wasn't. We were just at the point of climbing into the mega skip what he spotted it down the side of the skip 10' below. Even when he showed me it I couldn't make it out. He got a magnetic pole and very slowly lifted it up
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Well I just want to say we have fun times at the Rescue and we are always driving forwards. The bitter snide remarks of me being a dog hoarder; too many dogs or trapping dogs in cruel conditions for years +++ always with SHE (Devil) emphasised ! (and that is the tame stuff) is from people who don't or no longer serve or see our dogs, our collective endeavours and witness how somehow financially we have kept going despite being on the margins for the last 6 months. We don't expect people's applauds. We respect people who help directly with our dogs or the important in-direct activities on site which improve the facilities offered to our dogs. We are ever grateful for people's amazing generosity who make it all happen for our dogs.
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