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A wonderful success story – and a happy ending!

SOPHIE – Staffie x – approx 6 yrs – Redcliffe, Bristol

SOPHIE is a sweetheart who so deserves her forever home after everything she has been through. She does need something a bit special, but we know that the right home is out there for her, maybe with you?

This lovely girl would prefer to be the only dog in the home. Whilst she did previously live with 2 other dogs as time went on she began to feel the need to referee their play sessions and this led on to fighting. She is happier without those stress levels around her.

On walks also Sophie prefers to ignore other dogs, although will tolerate them as long as they don’t pester or hassle her. She will play fetch alongside another dog with no incidents, but should still be watched carefully just to be aware of any signs of anxiety or guarding.

Sophie recently suffered a neck injury, believed to have been sustained jumping from a counter. This caused something similar to whiplash and she was on steroids and reduced exercise while the inflammation and pain eased. It caused her to drag her front paws and she wore down her middle two claws to the point of bleeding. Whilst this is improving well, walks of longer than 20 minutes on pavement still cause scraping so she has little booties to wear which her foster Mum is happy to pass on. Although the pain appears to have gone (she was prescribed Tramadol as Metacam made her sick), she should be prevented from jumping heights or jarring needlessly.

As a result of this injury and reduced exercise Sophie gained some weight so is a little overweight at the moment. She gets tired after playing fetch for 10 minutes, but does love it, so play and exercise are important. She also enjoys her walks and manages an hour at walking pace. If a walk is missed due to illness or other commitments she does not pester and simply settles to the changed routine.

On or off lead Sophie is a dream. She walks beautifully on lead and only begins to pull when excited, but stops immediately she is told. Off lead she remains close, never losing sight of you, and her recall is 100%. Obviously in a new home a bond would need to be built before any off lead walking is undertaken, but in the right setting and once she has gained trust in her person she focuses totally on them.

Sophie is not good with small furries or woollies, so sadly we would not be able to home her where there are cats, rabbits or similar small pets or indeed around livestock.

On meeting new people Sophie tends to shy away and prefer to be left alone. She’s a shy girl who likes to make friends in her own time and at her own pace. Whilst she will not show any negative behaviour in terms of growling or lip curling, she will make her discomfort clear by turning her head away or physically moving away if she can. And whilst she has allowed unknown children to hug her without complaint, she is not used to children and has never lived with them, so with these factors combined we would like to find a quiet home with no resident children and no visiting young children where she has the sole company and attention of a gentle and patient Mum and/or Dad and time to bond with them. Sophie’s life before coming through Loving Homes Dog Rescue to her first home was one filled with neglect and breeding, and we need to know that for the rest of her life she will be treated like the special girl she is and her needs always respected.

Although Sophie doesn’t play much, she does love tennis balls, so prospective owners best stock up on those! She also loves her Kong filled with tasty treats, and frozen raw bones. She shows no possessiveness or guarding with people touching these and does not snatch.

Sophie used to suffer quite badly with separation anxiety, but it has improved well in her foster home where she has been left for 4 hours without noise or destructiveness. She also has a crate which has aided in her sense of security and independence, although it is left open for her to choose whether to use it. New owners should be aware however that a change of home and the unsettling of making a new bond may trigger this issue again, and it is important to be prepared to work on building up to leaving her slowly.

In the home Sophie is a very relaxed girl, and will happily sleep for long periods. She does not pester for attention or constant amusement, but does like to be close to you, especially when sleeping. She’s a real ‘cuddler’. She’s also a bit of a worrier, so her snuggling up is her security and reassurance that all’s well. She currently sleeps with her foster Mum in her bed, so prospective owners should be aware of this and consider whether this is something they would accept, or at least be willing to teach her to sleep in a bed alongside theirs. She may not adjust well to being expected to sleep downstairs alone after this time.

In many respects Sophie is a very easy girl. She travels quite well, and although she used to suffer from travel sickness this seems to have improved and she travels easily for a couple of hours. She needs very little grooming and is tolerant of being handled all over. She is good at having her front nails clipped (with the aid of treats), although a little fussier with the back. In the Summer she needs a little sunscreen on her nose, and in the Winter she feels the cold very easily so wears coats and pyjamas.

Sophie is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated.

She occasionally suffers from ‘Swimmers Tail’ and the vet has prescribed Tramadol for this. It is usually resolved in a day or 2.
**What is Swimmer’s Tail?
Swimmer’s Tail happens when a dog’s tail gets strained or sprained by activities such as swimming or playing. The tail will be sore and the dog may not be able to wag it or hold it up for a few days. It is most commonly seen in breeds who use their tails A LOT for swimming and wagging purposes 🙂
How is Swimmer’s Tail Treated?
A few days rest is the best treatment for swimmer’s tail. Most cases resolve themselves within a few days. Your veterinarian may prescribe a pain or anti-inflammatory medication if your dog is uncomfortable.**

Anyone wishing to discuss Sophie or be considered for adoption is asked to email enquiries@lovinghomesdogrescue.org.uk with their name, address and contact telephone numbers. Please state that it is Sophie you are interested in.

A telephone interview, homecheck and adoption donation/contract apply.

Loving Homes Dog Rescue Dogs for Adoption's photo.
Loving Homes Dog Rescue Dogs for Adoption's photo.Loving Homes Dog Rescue Dogs for Adoption's photo.
And the happy ending? Megan, who fostered Sophie in the beginning and again this time, has now adopted her and they are both ecstatic! 🙂
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Loving Homes Dog Rescue’s Dog of the Week….

Dog of the Week

Dog of the Week

XENA – Crossbreed – 3 years – Orkney

XENA is a beautiful 3 year old Crossbreed currently located in the Orkney Isles.
She could be homed with a large male dog who is tolerant but robust; Xena plays very hard and needs supervision, correction and ‘time outs’ with this to ensure safe playtimes.

She has never shown aggression to dogs she meets on walks, but has a tendency to be over excitable and domineering and would possibly scare some dogs. Continued work on her manners will be needed.

Xena is high energy and her usual walk and exercise routine comprises of some good off lead run and play time. Her recall is poor though, responding better to a whistle than voice, but still with work needed to be consistent. The occasional missed walk does not cause a problem, but she will need at least one long active walk, or a shorter walk with an off lead play session daily as a rule. Xana is not for couch potatoes wink emoticon

Once on lead Xena can walk well, unless distracted when she will pull hard. However she is responsive to voice command and will need ongoing training to improve her focus and response.

Xena must NOT be allowed offlead around livestock. She has a high prey drive, which is now controlled but will need ongoing training, and cannot be homed with cats or small furries. She will also chase birds.

Whilst Xena does need an experienced and knowledgeable home, she loves people and is keen to greet them. This can be exuberant at times, so she will not be homed where there are children under 12, or elderly/frail residents for their own safety.

Xena has shown no food, treat or toy possessiveness or aggression and has learned to leave, or sit for food and treats and wait when told. This will need continued reinforcement, and she may attempt to snaffle food from a hand if it was in reach, or from a low lying table.

She travels well in a car, crated and harnessed. She has also traveled loose on occasion without incident.

She can be left for short periods at home without problems, although rubbish bins should be well secured away, and is fine when crated. She will sleep alone in a kitchen, or crated, and settle at night without issue.

Xena is a wriggly girl when being groomed but enjoys it. She is ok to bath and wipe her paws, and being short coated needs little in the way of major attention in this area.

All in all Xena is a happy, very bouncy girl. She loves attention and people but she would need an owner very aware of her prey drive (although this is workable) and able to deal with her strength. She would need ongoing training with a confident owner. Could that be you?

Xena is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated.

Anyone wishing to discuss Xena or be considered for adoption is asked to email enquiries@lovinghomesdogrescue.org.uk with their name, address and contact telephone numbers. Please state that it is Xena you are interested in.

A telephone interview, homecheck and adoption donation/contract apply.

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Dennis – a day out of kennels LIVEBLOG

Older dogs need loving homes too… and Dennis is a sweetie!

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this blog will be updated with real time events today. Dashing Dennis is stressed in kennels and desperately needs a foster home or even better a forever home. He is one of the youngest residents at Senior Staffy Club at 8 years of age. He is full of fun and character and is very eager to learn. He is looking for a pet free home and can live with children 8+ he is currently in kennels in Stafford but can be rehomed anywhere in the UK for more information on Dennis you can click this link – http://www.seniorstaffyclub.co.uk/Pages/Dennis.aspx or if you would prefer to telephone to find out more and maybe offer Dennis a forever home please call Nikki on 07870392164


Here’s a bit from Dennis! please expand video and turn up your volume –

Here goes I’m leaving the kennels and making my bid for FREEDOM……

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Win-Win!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a Redmond Pressure Multicooker in an online competition! I was absolutely thrilled – couldn’t quite believe my luck, to be honest – as I had read some food bloggers’ reviews on the new Redmond Multicooker and been very impressed. As you know, I bake for my dogs and I also bake for family visits on Sundays, and I love to cook, but it’s just the 2 of us at home now that DD has  moved into her own place with her partner.Even though we have solar panels, electricity is so expensive and I am very aware of how much energy my fan oven and hob use, so I try to limit my baking and washing to sunny days… That can be tricky in England because our weather is nothing if not unpredictable! That’s why I wanted a Multicooker – far more energy-efficient and they can steam, bake, fry, cook, deep fry – all in one gadget that uses a mere 900 watts.

So, I was super-excited when my Pressure Multicooker arrived…

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Isn’t it beautiful??!! Look at all the things that come with it….

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A 4.8 litre cooking bowl (totally non-stick); a trivet and steam basket; spoons; a measuring pot; a deep-fry basket and a 100-recipe book. This cooker has 55 automatic programmes, but you can use the “Multichef” settings to cook the way you want to and for how long you want. I haven’t used a pressure cooker for about 30 years, so I was a bit intimidated at first!

My first meal was a gammon joint, baked from frozen, followed by roasted potatoes and root veggies. Look at this!

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That was incredible… the meat was cooked to perfection, in half the time it would have taken in the fan oven and the veg were perfect too! My next venture was the Meatball soup following the recipe in the Redmond book:

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Super-tasty and nutritious, cooked in 20 minutes. This is the life – chuck it all in, press a few buttons and forget about it! A couple of days later, I was craving something sweet. I don’t eat biscuits or cookies as such, but I enjoy a slice of cake, so I decided to bake a Victoria-style sponge cake. That’s a great favourite here and I didn’t have all the ingredients required by the recipes in the book, so I winged it, using my basic sponge recipe and adding some coffee and stem ginger curd left over from a hamper I won at Christmas! Fingers tightly crossed, I pressed the appropriate buttons and left it to cook/bake!

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When it was cooked, this is what it looked like. I tipped it out onto a plate, (put the plate over the top of the bowl and up-ended it!) – et voila!

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A large, round, super-fluffy cake, dusted with icing sugar!!

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As light as a steamed pudding and it tasted amazing – Bravo, Redmond! I can’t tell you how delighted I am – oh and not forgetting my husband, who is dining like a King lately!! The cake was incredibly light and moist and stayed that way until we demolished the last 2 slices  4 days later!

Today is Father’s Day and I am treating us to steak – with some vouchers courtesy of the Tesco Orchard Programme – #TriedforLess, which will also be cooked in the Redmond. However, I did use the oven today to bake the dogs some peanut butter, carrot and oat cookies, and I have mini meringues baking now for our dessert with Tesco’s fresh berries – also #TriedForLess!!

Zeus and Flake had me virtually pinned to the oven when their cookies had finished baking… Understandable, as they really did smell great!

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So that’s it from me today – do you bake for your dogs too?

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LOKI is looking for her Forever Home!

LOKI

LOKI – cross-breed – approx 8 months – Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire
This delightful package is LOKI. It’s hard to pinpoint what her exact breed mix is as we suspect there are several in the pot, but Collie, Staffie and Whippet or some other sighthound breed have all been suggested…as has Jack Russell! Whatever she is she is utterly wonderful and since arriving in her foster home has not set a paw wrong.
Loki is sharing the home with 4 other dogs, both male and female, not all are yet neutered, and there have been no issues between them. She accepts her place in the pack and sees her role very much as the puppy, having a very happy disposition and a desire to play. She may prove too playful for a lazy or elderly dog, but a placid one that is able to calmly tell her ‘enough’ is accepted. She is equally friendly with new dogs she meets on walks, although again her enthusiasm to say hello and play must be watched if the other dog is not welcoming.
Loki currently enjoys 4 walks a day, 3 of around ½ hour each and one of an hour. She does need regular walks and would not suit an inactive home, so we are looking for a family or active couple who enjoy the outdoors and are committed to the ongoing lifetime needs of a lively, playful and happy dog that would thrive in such a home.
Lead work is in progress, and whilst Loki can pull a little she is learning to stop at the kerb, to wait when asked and to focus on her person. Her new owner will need to continue reinforcing this training to ensure she does not forget these important new skills.
Loki is excellent with people and greets them with enthusiasm but without being overly bouncy. She does not currently live with children, and whilst she has been well behaved with any she has met out and about, with her lively young nature we would advise homing with children aged 10 and over.
As with many young dogs who have spent some time in kennels, Loki does suffer from separation stress and so we will not home to full time working homes. She does need someone at home for much of the day, able to work with her on building up the time period she is left slowly and gradually over the weeks. For this reason also, we would prefer to home where there is a resident dog, ideally one which is equally playful and active to match her energy levels, but also steady and confident, with a placid tolerant manner and good manners to help guide and teach Loki.
Although still only a youngster Loki is 100% house-trained, has no food or toy possession behaviour, is friendly at the vets, tolerates bathing and grooming and although she has not had an opportunity to experience car travel she has been on public transport and traveled well.
Loki is fully vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated, and we are currently in discussion with a vet about spaying as her season history is unknown and she is at an age where he feels she may be due a season. Should she not be spayed prior to homing she will be homed under a Neutering Contract, which must be adhered to and will be followed up on to ensure this has been carried out within a reasonable period of time.
Anyone wishing to discuss Loki or be considered for adoption is asked to email enquiries@lovinghomesdogrescue.org.uk with their name, address and contact telephone numbers. Please state that it is Loki you are interested in.
A telephone interview, homecheck and adoption donation/contract apply.

If you have any further questions, or are interested in adopting a dog, please contact Loving Homes Dog Rescue in the first instance. We rehome dogs right across the UK. 🙂

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Baking for my dogs

I really enjoy baking and baking for my dogs is a big part of that. People are always surprised when I tell them that I bake my own dog treats, but see the reason behind it when I explain that a) I have 2 Staffys and b) a lot of commercial dog snacks are full of additives and hydrated stuff. Baking your own treats is pretty quick and simple, usually you have the staples in your cupboard anyway and the dogs are so grateful, sometimes more so than other family members!!

Today I baked them apple and carrot dumplings:

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Grated carrot, grated apple, flour, oats, poppy seeds (for extra crunch), 2 eggs, molasses and a few walnuts. The food processor did all the work!

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I just popped spoonfuls of the sticky mix onto a baking sheet and put them in the oven for 30 minutes. The dogs think the oven is the “Baking Channel” and are quite happy lying on the kitchen rug whilst their treats bake! I leave them in the oven to dry out and then pop them into a container when they’re completely cold. 🙂

I must admit, we are all missing Dad (Nick), who is fishing a big competition this weekend and won’t be home until Sunday. It makes us all restless and we don’t sleep well without him, so keeping busy is the only cure!! This is Flake’s sulky, “I miss Daddy” face yesterday…

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Definitely didn’t want to get up, bless her!

Tomorrow I’ll post another of the Loving Homes Dog Rescue dogs looking for their Forever Home… Have a good weekend 🙂

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Doggy Ice Cream…

I’m not sure whether or not I’ll make this for my two dogs, but here’s the recipe in case anyone fancies trying it – and also for me in case I forget where I saw it!!

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Let me know if you do try it – looks good enough for us humans too! 🙂
Image courtesy of http://www.tesh.com

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SNOWIE’s looking for a forever home…

SNOWIE

Your chance to adopt a lovely puppy who will give you years of joy, affection and companionship. 🙂

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PRINCE looking for his Forever Home

PRINCE

Our beautiful Prince is seeking the family who will love him all his life……he is a gentle, loving dog but shy and sensitive, all he needs is love and security. Please note, anyone applying for Prince will have to be prepared to visit and meet him here, he will not be re-homed without meet and greet initially. ❤

NB: Prince is in Orkney, Scotland.

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REGGIE needs a Forever Home

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This is Reggie… one of the dogs in rescue to Loving Homes Dog Rescue at the moment. This is the dog rescue I work alongside and where Flake came from. I hope this lovely boy finds a home soon. ❤

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