Our little Staffie spent the first eighteen month of her life in a cage and had two litters of puppies with no vetinary care. Our son saw her advertised on gumtree as free, so went and got her. There were no checks of his suitability or care about where and who she was going to. But she walked away and has been so loving and gentle for the last nine years. Unfortunately our son has mental health issues and cannot always look after her so we were taking her for longer periods and now full-time. He loves and misses her but cannot look after himself let alone a dog. He sees her regularly but knows she is better with us, really sad but she picked up on his anxiety also and was very nervous. This is her after her walk in the woods, this morning. It's tough being a dog!
This is Sparky our 2/3 year old rescue. He was picked up by the dog warden near Ross on Wye last November, not chipped. Spent 2 weeks in the pound until I picked him up to foster him. Took him home & put him straight in a bucket of soapy water, then rinsed off in the shower. We had a crate ready, he walked straight into it & settled down. Totally house-trained, very loveable & affectionate dog. He was put on Facebook looking for the owners but no-one came forward. I went through 6 weeks of posts on Dog Lost but nothing like him was posted.
We adopted him within weeks & he is now a pub regular & learning how to pre-wash the plates (essential for a M/H dog). He has of course been chipped, neutered, is walked at least 4 times a day & is doted on by my elderly parents who feed him the odd custard cream.
He is my constant companion & ears, a fantastic guard dog & my chum.
Over the last 25 years we have always given homes to rescue dogs, some of whom have experienced the most horrific experiences at the hands of people who are exceptionally fortunate that I have never been able to discover who they are!!
Our latest rescue is Bonnie, she is a pure bread Cocker whose chip shows she was born in Eire, she was then obviously brought across to the UK following which she fell into the hands of low life travellers where she endured 5 or 6 years in filthy conditions as a breeding b*tch! When she was discovered she was in a terrible condition, but thankfully after 7 months since her rescue and after multiple opps and significant courses of antibiotics she is now fully fighting fit!
One of our rescues was my most favourite of all, namely Sam. He endured the singularly most horrific start to life and when he was discovered at the age of 8 months, he was found in a 20" square wire cage with a fully fitting 2" deep plastic tray at the bottom of it, the cage was in the back yard of a low lifes council house with nothing but a bit of sacking thrown over the top of it for protection from rain etc.
He was almost totally devoid of hair, with the exception of the tips of his ears and tail, he was riddled with fleas, ticks and worms. The tray was full to the brim with urine and excrement and he was sat in it and shaking like a leaf!
The vet he was taken to believed he was only hours away from death but after a long period of very gentle care and he was returned back to full health, or so we thought, however when he joined us we were very concerned that he was running into things when passing to the left of them, we then did some simple tests and discovered he was black blind in his right eye. The vet later discovered he had a sizeable dent in the right hand side of his skull and that the optic nerve was severed, we could only assume he had been given a heavy blow to his young head...... The bastards.
Sam lived lovingly with us for 14 joyous years and throughout his life he was always known as “My Sam”.
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My view is, the trouble today hygiene is over done and we are not exposed to enough bugs and germs from a very young age, hence our immune system is poor. We rely too much on medications sorting out mild problems which we should shrug off. When the BIG one comes which will be resistant to our medicines the world population will be reduced by a fair bit.
It's not if but when!
Tin hat on time?
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