Foster Update for week 20th January 2021



DOGS IN PERMANENT FOSTER CARE We have 5 dogs in permanent care. These dogs will be staying under the care of the rescue and not available for adoption due to their age and/or medical issues.

TED LAKING Ted has done wonderfully well since he came to us as an unclaimed stray with cushings disease but his treatment is costly and it is not a cure. All we can do is try and keep Ted as well as possible with drugs. He is settled with Shirley and into a routine, he needs to stay there with no further upset in his life. Shirley has spent much time learning about cushings and understands the condition and that it is life limiting. However, Ted continues to do well, he looks wonderful and we are hoping he has happy years ahead of him because he deserves it. UPDATE 04/12/2020 Shirley says 'Teds 3rd ACTH test shows his cortisol level is low again so he has had a blood test to check his electrolytes amongst other things, this is to be repeated on the 10th of December and the results will be given to a specialist cushings vet to determine whether Ted now has Addisons. If this is confirmed then it is likely that he will need to go on prednisone. Ted is fine in himself, just more waiting....'

LADY BROCKLEBANK will stay with us and with her foster mum Chris. She does have medical issues and at the age of 13 we think it's only kind to let her stay where she is and be supported by us. She recently had to undergo tail amputation and is still getting used to the altered balance.

BELLA SOMMERVILLE has medical issues and will remain with her foster family and Alfie for as long as she needs us. Bella does suffer from dementia but she is a terrific character and is very much loved. Foster mum Debs says 'Bella is still living in her world of unicorns and cricket balls. She’s very pleased the snow as gone as she doesn’t like walking on it. She’s had me up in the night a couple of times this week confused and has left a couple of “gifts” for me randomly round the house but I guess it’s the dementia stepping up'

LEO GRIST will be staying with his foster mum Barbara. Barbara says 'Leo is still doing well, I noticed today his skin has started to be flaky again so I will give him an extra Malaseb bath this week and see how he goes, apart from this he is still a happy little man enjoying life'

POPPY CORLESS will be staying with her foster mum Sharon. Poppy is 13 years old and has a high grade heart murmur, moving her would have been detrimental to her welfare and thankfully Sharon has agreed to keep her forever. Sharon says 'Poppy is so good,such a sweetheart,she loves her walks however she isn’t to keen on the snow. She loves to cuddle up on my daughter’s new bed but she will make fire engine noises and shout at us if we leave the room - it’s very funny but very sweet'




FRASER PURVIS is an 8 year old boy, fostered in the North East by Vivianne who says 'Fraser is doing well - no real changes in respect of him- not sure if all our socialisation efforts are working or not as he is grumpiest when people come and no one visits during lockdown even our parcel deliveries are being left at the bottom of the drive so all seems very peaceful. Only time will tell. However he loves his cuddles - does not like my singing though as he runs and hides'

BILLY SAUNDERS unfortunately Billy has deep seated issues that we cannot deal with in a foster home. Billy has been moved to the care of Anne De Berry at Snowdonia animal sanctuary. Billy needs time and space to decompress. It is very sad but Anne has everything that Billy needs. Anne has worked with our dogs before with great success and although his rehab will take time we are confident she can get him there. Thank you Brian McDonald for taking Billy to Anne's

HUGO LAKING is a 7 year old fostered in the North East by Shirley Laking. Shirley says 'Not much change with Hugo, I bought some rechargeable trimmers and spent a week holding them near, then on Hugo's back then he finally let me trim down the main part of his body and his head. Still won't let me near his face, paws or tall, I did try but he soon told me that I had stop, in no uncertain terms....'

COCO AND CHANEL PHELPS. Coco is 6 and Chanel 4. Lovely girls that needed a bit of work doing. They are being fostered by Angie in Sheffield. Angie says 'Coco and Chanel continue to be a delight. Well behaved girls with no issues. Coco has much better exercise tolerance on her walks now after her surgery so thank you to everyone who donates to the rescue for that. Nothing new to report '

COCO CARBINES is with with Val in the North East, Coco is 4 years old. Coco now has an eye ulcer. She is a very complex character and Val says 'Coco is a little bit changeable. She seems ok but next minute she is frightened of most things and very nervous. She tends to go to door to go outside but If the door is not open she just does her business on the mat. So needless to say I have to watch her every movement. She still follows my every move, my husband is trying to get her to come to him but she is reluctant. She definitely prefers women although she is accepting little pats from men. Her eye is still sore, she finished her antibiotics and will see vet later today. May just need the cream for her eye for a little longer'

She is excellent on a lead and loves walks.

She loves to play with her ball and one soft toy that she picked.

Work in progress

MINNIE MCDONALD is a 4 &1/2 year old and is with Shirley in Hartlepool. Shirley says 'Minnie is doing fine, still has the odd grumpy moments but rarely now. She would of been getting spayed in the next week bu with the lock down vets are on emergency only. She seems to be be over her Uti and is doing well on her prescription food'

OZZIE WENHAM is in Lincoln with Sandra. Ozzie has come back to us thru no fault of his own and Sandra says 'Ozzie much the same. Went to his hydrotherapy this week and also a visit to the nasty vetty man to have his bum squeezed! Apparently behaved perfectly. Night times almost perfect now as long as his night light stays on, ran out of charge at 5am this morning and he was up out of bed and whining immediately. Enjoying walks now and will sit by where the leads hang looking hopeful! '

GEORGE FRITH, is a 3-4 year old with Samantha in Beverley. George has had a tough start in life but is physically ok. Samantha says 'George has been to my parents again with me this week and it’s really interesting how all his anxiety’s quickly return. As soon as someone leaves the house he goes crazy barking and running round yet at home I am able to walk outside without him reacting. My husband has returned from working abroad, George loved him immediately. Now that I have another person in the house we can work on desensitising with men dressed in orange coats (George seems to have a dislike to post men/delivering men).

His ears are still giving him some issues , his diet changed only 5 days ago though, hoping it helps but if not we will return to the vets. The yeast smell has gone though and he no longer has tear stained eyes. He is a happy little man , loves to play with the ball and cuddle . Everyone that meats him says how lovely he is.'

MAISIE WRIGHT is with me in North Lincolnshire Maisie is 11 years old. Maisie is a very sweet natured girl. Very charming and undemanding. She likes to know where I am but nothing too severe. Feeding is getting better given her diet is so strict because of her bladder problems. She refuses dry food but will eat wet food and I make her cookies from bone broth and ground up dry prescription food which she will eat. After an initial weight loss she is now gaining so we are very happy. Maisie is just so very kind and deserves everything we can give her which must include a tv because this little girl has square eyes LOL xx

WILLOW CARR A fab little 7 year old girl with Louise in the North East. We'll update later x

CHARLIE SOMMERVILLE is with Debbie in Sheffield, a smashing young dog who has a few issues atm but hopefully we can sort him, Foster mum Debs says 'Charlie bear is doing really well and responding to boundaries. He’s quite a jealous little guy when the others are getting a fuss and will push his way onto your knee if you let him so we’re having some boundary training. It’s so difficult though as he’s a lovely ball of fluff but he has to learn to share. He loves his walks and we’ve gone from sleeping in our rooms to having his bed at the top of the stairs and he sleeps there in the dark with all our doors shut which is progress. Opening of the back door or front is definitely a trigger sound for him to throw a tantrum so randomly through the day I ask Alexa to play doors opening and closing which isn’t very interesting for humans lol but hoping it will help desensitise the trigger noise for him. He eats very nicely and will sit and wait for the others to finish. A much more relaxed boy but plenty of little issues to sort out but he will make someone a smashing dog and got plenty of love in abundance to give'

PIPPA LEWIS, our senior girl who was being replaced by a white dog is with Sandy in the North East. Sandy says 'Pippa is doing ok , but finding little things wrong with her she has to go for sedation and x Ray in a week , sometimes if you don’t pick her up right she cry’s it could be a luxating patella ,hopefully not , also I have found a lump under one of her armpits I will let the vet know about that to , it’s such a shame she is a lovely old girl who is full of when she eventually finds a forever home I think she needs to be an only dog , we’re she can just sleep and have gentle walks and be spoilt, she deserves to be spoilt , she does enjoy her little walks but only short ones at the moment , she needs to rest , Pippa is on painkillers and yumove'

FREDDIE EASDEN, our youngster fostered by Caroline in Buckinghamshire. Caroline says 'Freddie has settled well, eats and sleeps with mine without any problems. He loves playing (on his own, with someone or with the other dogs) He’s a typical puppy, lots of energy then flakes out. He loves the garden now and his confidence is growing as he will stay outside playing with the others rather than follow me in. Brushing - we are doing in small bursts as his puppy coat and feet pick up everything. Today he’s had a toothbrush treat and has spent most of the day chewing it'

BERNIE DAKIN JONES arrived last week and settling in. He is 8 years old. Debbie says 'Bernie is continuing to do very well with his eating, sleeping and toileting so no problems there. He doesn't appear to have any physical health problems and having only 1 eye doesn't trouble him. He is struggling to come to terms with the fact that being told no does mean no and isn't an excuse for him to get aggressive and try to dominate the humans or the other dogs. We've had a few incidents with him and are working closely with our vet to try and find the best way forward for Bernie'

MAX AND BUSTER WENHAM 2 8yr old brothers who came to us in a disgraceful state of neglect. Sandra says 'Max and Buster have come on in leaps and bounds. Much more confident and even allowing me to (most of the time) pick them up. They enjoyed their baths this week, Buster’s face was a picture he loved his massage. Need to get them started on their vacc’s but other than some ear issues, due to the filthy state of them I’m sure, they are doing really well'

MAGGIE SHERLIKER is a 2 year old who's owner is ill. Foster mum Sandra says 'Maggie is such a whirlwind. Been to the vets and all good, started her vaccinations. Walks well, sleeps well, eats well. No accidents in the house. Been to the beauty parlour and think she's lost half her body weight. She can now touch her tail and chases it no end. She has settled well, but wants to play with Bailey. She knows Alfie is the main man. Bailey will play for so long so when he's had enough Maggie gets his tail and tries to drag him round. He does give as much as he gets. She loves the garden and could spend hours out there. She can be boisterous when she wants treats but is slowly learning new commands. Such a cuddle monster and gives lots of kisses. Such a special little lady'

BELLE DAKIN JONES is a super young lady who came in at the weekend thru no fault of her own, just very sad circumstances. Debbie says 'Belle arrived on Sunday and is now beginning to settle in with us and our crew. She's eating, toileting and sleeping as normal and appears to be a friendly young lady who gets on well with our own dogs. I'll do a more detailed update once she's been here a while'


FRANK DONOVAN , a super little 4 year old boy. Jan says 'Frank is still doing well very happy and content. Groomed this week and was a perfect gentleman. Still has odd habits which include barking at any living creature on the tv so not many nature programmes being watched at the moment! He does still growl when he is not getting his own way and is learning that this is not acceptable. Despite this he is a pleasure to foster and a super little dog'

BAILEY SHERLIKER is ready for adoption but will stay with his foster family for now. Sandra says 'Think Bailey enjoyed his Christmas. He played more with the wrapping paper than his presents!! Been walking Bailey on his own in the hope he’s not as reactive to strangers. This is still hit and miss, but feel there is progress. We then collect Alfie and this is were his protectiveness comes to the fore. Not always but it’s his way of looking after us both I suppose. He doesn’t do kisses but will happily lay on the settee watching telly, he doesn’t even murmur when Alfie “talks” to the Tv. He eats well and walks well on his own. He has to have eyes on you all the time. He’s an adorable older gentleman'

GUS WENHAM is ready for adoption but will stay with his foster family for now.

CHARLIE LEACH is in Driffield with Denise. Picked up and is an unclaimed stray. Denise says 'Charlie is as grumpy,really irritable with the other dogs.He is really hairy at present and he is going for a groom next Tuesday'

BUDDY LITHERLAND is with Sue in the North West. Buddy is 6 years old with a few medical problems. Sue says 'All is well with Buddy, no change. His weight is a constant 9.1kg which is good, he is happy on his YuMove, and can run and jump up without any problems. He is always the 1st on a vacant knee and cleans Nancy and Dougie’s bowls for them if given half a chance! He is a fabulous little man. He just needs someone who will walk him once or twice a day and will let him spend the rest of the day snuggled up on a sofa he is a real heartbreaker'

MOLLIE AND JAKE McDONALD our older pair in Manchester. They needed some vet work which has now been completed and our vet has signed them off

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