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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:18pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Animal Care is an animal rehoming centre in Lancaster (in case anybody isn't aware :tooth: ). They never put a healthy animal down and house cats, dogs, rodents, chinchillas, ferrets and even reptiles!

    Me and Lyle walk the dogs there and sit with the cats, so here are some photos of Animal Care and some animals from our last few visits!

    Photos of Animal Care, including the paddocks, wildlife centre (where they house injured wild birds) and the chicken coops!

    **edit**

    Some of the pics are from the Stoke kennels too :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:22pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

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    This is Bailey, a 6 year old Rottie. She is absolutely adorable, a real softie! She loves cuddles, chasing balls and toys, and lots more cuddles!!

    We fell in love with her straight away, and Lyle wanted to take her home as Vinny's sister! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:25pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Now here is Courtney, also six years old, a German Shepherd cross with a Collie. She is quite big and can look intimidating, but is the softest dog ever! She's been at Animal Care far too long - when she first came in we thought she would go within a week as she's just so lovely, but I think her size scares people off!!

    However she is finally reserved and will hopefully be going to her new home next week C:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:27pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Abbey now! A lovely little Staffie girl, absolutely adorable! Loves to run, chase toys and chew, she is lovely and is also one of the few dogs who can do the agility course.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:31pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My Gypsy baby now!! Only 1 year 7 months old and been there for a year; she has just too much energy for people to cope with. She's a great dog; fantastic with people, other dogs, intelligent and knows the agility course! If she's still there when we're ready for a dog, she will be ours!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:35pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    These are Uno and Sabrina, brother and sister, Collie crosses with Pugs. They are young (8 months old I think), very playful hyper puppies. Very cute :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:40pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hattie next, 5 year old Lurcher, very playful and cuddly. Gorgeous girl, and a pleasant surprise as the other Lurchers we have walked haven't been as involving as a lot of the other dogs, but Hattie was great!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:43pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Daisy the slightly mental miniature Jack Russell next, she's just 8 months old and had no training so very hyper! The one photo I managed to get of her is one where she is attacking Lyle and her lead, haha!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:44pm (Jan 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here are some of the other animals...Simba one of the cats I visited, Dancer and Prancer the roosters, and the goats!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 10:09pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     
    They are all lovely animals Red no wonder you both love going there.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 10:28pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     
    Abbey has such an appealing face, and that rottie (Bailey?) is so smiley! All lovely dogs (and others). What a great facility they have there, its no wonder you enjoy going.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2011 6:39pm (Jan 6th 2011)
     
    What a wonderful place to go Red you must get a great sense of well being with all that great work but maybe a bit sad as well.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2011 6:53pm (Jan 6th 2011)
     
    Beautiful, Red. And thank God for people like you who work free for them!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2011 1:07am (Jan 7th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks :blush:

    It's a bit sad, but it's nice to take them out and it's great to see them go to good homes. I'll try remember my camera when we go to Animal Care and take photos of all the new dogs / cats we see C:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2011 6:41am (Jan 8th 2011)
     
    Lovely pics Red. so glad you have time to give to all the lonely animals. I saw duckies too!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2011 10:51pm (Jan 9th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The ducks are lovely, they always follow you as you walk around in case you have any bread!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2011 1:44pm (Jan 10th 2011)
     
    lovely photos and it is so nice to know that you and Lyle care for these animals.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2011 5:57pm (Jan 10th 2011)
     
    Shobhna, you're back! Nice hols?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2011 12:00am (Jan 11th 2011)
     
    Hi Shobhnaaaaaaa, have a nice time away?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:23pm (Jan 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Adding some extra photos...these are from ages ago, Joe took them when he stayed in Morecambe with us over the summer C:

    First off we have Barney. He was six years old (but looked much older!) and was a Collie cross. He was lovely but suffered from separation anxiety; he was rehomed a long time ago now!

    This set of photos are of the kennels where the dogs spend most of the day.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:26pm (Jan 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Another photo of the lovely Courtney...and I'm very sad to tell you that she is still at Animal Care. She didn't get rehomed as she was supposed to, the family decided not to for whatever reason...
    Let's hope she gets the good home she deserves soon :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:28pm (Jan 16th 2011) edited
     

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    Solo now, who got rehomed before we got chance to take any photos of him, so I'm glad Joe did! :bigsmile:

    He's another collie cross (yes, there are a lot of them!) and was only 9 months old. He was a gorgeous, bouncy, happy puppy. Loved other dogs and people. Very energetic and a really lovely dog...glad he got a home after just a few months!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:31pm (Jan 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Samba now...I call him my Samba baby :face-smile: Just under two years old and has been there for a year. He hates other dogs, but is lovely with people. Nobody wants to adopt him because a) he's very strong and energetic! b) he's a Staffie *sigh* and people get put off by his appearance c) You have a to have a meeting with the manager before taking him home for a trial or anything.

    He is a bit of a problem dog, but he is absolutely lovely too! He just needs the right person to come along and see how lovely he can be...he's not on the site at the moment and I'm a bit worried about him. It doesn't say he has been reserved but he isn't on the Over The Rainbow's memorial page thankfully. I hope he's okay...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:32pm (Jan 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hattie again now :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:33pm (Jan 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cruze, another lurcher like Hattie, but about twice the size of her!! Seriously, when he jumped against the mesh and stretched his paws went above my head! He was only young (11 months old) and a very silly bouncy puppy. He was rehomed a while back now :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:36pm (Jan 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Jet, another lurcher. Not sure how old he was. He was a very long term dog and was Staff Only. He was a lovely gorgeous gently giant of a dog, and when he was on the lead he liked other dogs too. However when you took him off the lead he attacked them! He has since been rehomed which was very nice :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 9:39pm (Jan 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And finally Ollie. Another young collie cross, only 9 months old. He came in as such a gorgeous dog; happy, always wagging his tail, loved other dogs and people. We walked him a few times and he was just a joy.

    However he did get broken in the kennels...he was rehomed once but the family brought him back rather cruelly because he play wrestled with their child and she felt his teeth on her hand, he didn't bite her at all though. So he came back and got very depressed. He began barking and attacking other dogs, and eventually had to become staff only as his behaviour became very erratic. He was so miserable in his kennel and would stand and bark and dash around wildly. There wasn't enough company, play or interaction for him in there.

    Me and Lyle thought he would never find a happy home...but he did! And he's been there for a good few months now :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2011 10:47pm (Jan 16th 2011)
     
    A real mix of happy and sad stories there Red. Samba looks like a lovely dog but people don't want a pet they might have to put some work in with, they just want something easy.

    I notice a lot of the dogs were sticking their tongues out at Joe. What did he do to them?!!!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2011 7:04am (Jan 17th 2011)
     
    Lovbely to hear their stories Red and that many have happy homes now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2011 12:02pm (Jan 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebA real mix of happy and sad stories there Red. Samba looks like a lovely dog but people don't want a pet they might have to put some work in with, they just want something easy.

    I notice a lot of the dogs were sticking their tongues out at Joe. What did he do to them?!!!!

    Well, it's pretty safe to say I don't want an easy dog...I'm considering Gypsy!!!

    Dogs stick their tongues out when they are happy, playful, and showing they are submissive...so it was probably those.

    It is nice to look back on the ones that were rehomed TM.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2011 8:21pm (Feb 13th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Courtney has finally gone!!!! Her first home fell through, but this time the home visit was a success and she has gone from the site...hopefully for good. Bless her :laugh: Bailey the rottie has gone too.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2011 11:25pm (Feb 13th 2011)
     
    That is good news Red! I'm always pleased when the bigger dogs get homes. I hope they both settle in well and are happy with their new families.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2011 9:42am (Feb 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Me too Kate :face-smile: I like bigger dogs over smaller dogs , although Animal Care has proven that little dogs can be gorgeous too ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 6:01pm (Mar 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well here are some of the dogs from the kennels in Stoke. A lot harder to get even a half-decent photo of these dogs as we have to keep them on a lead for the walk so you only end up with photos of their rears!!! :tooth:

    We walked fourteen dogs today, but I didn't manage to get photos of them all.

    This is Roxy, she's a large cross of some kind but we couldn't for the life of us work out what she was!! She was very big and soppy and lovely; good with other dogs, people, the lot!

    Also, at the mid point of the walk she was rolling in the grass asking for her tummy to be tickled and generally being cute. As she was rolling the clip of the lead was pushed across the ground, and the lead miraculously unclipped itself from her collar!!! :gasp:

    We couldn't believe it! Thankfully she's such an obedient dog she lay there gazing up at us adoringly and didn't even get up, so I gave her a fuss and stroked her belly whilst Lyle clipped her back on! She was being walked with Beau as well, a young Staffy cross, but I didn't get any good photos of him.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 6:03pm (Mar 2nd 2011) edited
     

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    Next we took out Tom and Karly, large and petite Staffordshire bull terriers. Both fine with other dogs and I have to say I fell head over heals in love with Tom!! Karly was gorgeous, but Tom stole my heart; at the midpoint where we give them treats and a fuss he dragged Lyle over to me and was sat leaning into me enjoying a fuss.

    So cute :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 6:06pm (Mar 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We took Patch and Sasha out next who are regulars of ours; a small Staffy cross, possibly pug, and then a Greyhound. Both lovely, but Patch doesn't like other male dogs. Photo's of Patch:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 6:08pm (Mar 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Then Lyle took a terrier called Harvey out and I took out Buddy. I've walked Buddy four other times and he's gorgeous!! The only down-side to Buddy is that he doesn't like other dogs, but he's ever so good and doesn't lunge at them, he walks past very nicely.

    He's a very chunky (fat!) Staffy, and he's just lovely. A real gent.
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 7:34pm (Mar 2nd 2011)
     
    I love Greyhounds Red my parents had one when i was at home a rescue one she was lovely !!
    But she had terrible wind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 8:18pm (Mar 2nd 2011)
     
    Nice pictures Red glad you managed to get some. The dogs all look well and happy. It is real nice you were able to walk so many.
    We used to have a huge German Shepherd that used to do that Lee. It was nearly almost at meal times as well, ugh it was awful.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 10:40pm (Mar 2nd 2011)
     
    Beautiful dogs Red. My sis-in-law's springer had terrible wind when we went to visit on Sunday. Or at least she said it was him!!! :wink:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2011 10:57pm (Mar 2nd 2011)
     
    Posted By: leevauxBut she had terrible wind

    So this chap's gone to dinner with his future in-laws and he has the urge to pass wind. He does so and the father shouts 'Rover, get OUT from under the table!' but the dog stays put so the chap thinks he's got away with it. And does it again. 'Get OUT, Rover!' But the dog stays put, The chap has to do it a third time and this time the father bends down, drags the dog out and shouts 'Get OUT Rover, for God's sake, before he gasses you...':face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2011 12:24am (Mar 3rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've only ever walked three greyhounds Lee, plenty of lurchers that have greyhound in them, and they do seem lovely. Very relaxed dogs (unless they're chasing something!) but it always surprises me that they're such couch potatoes unless out on a walk!!

    NN, the dogs are happy for the most part. The main dogs they have problems with are the collies, keeping them entertained as they're so intelligent and on-the-go. Half the dogs there are having to be kept in their indoor pens the past few weeks apparently because some building work is being done to the outdoor ones, so quite a few of them were a bit miserable!

    I love German Shepherd's, think their gorgeous dogs. We saw Ruby out today, she's a GSD, and we haven't seen her for a few weeks...she's come on in leaps and bounds, she was being walked with her 'brother' Sam by just one handler today, and was been good as gold! They're very good there at actually training the dogs into walking nicely and things like that.

    We also saw the oldest dog there out and about today, a 15 year old Rottie cross Collie. He's not even up for adoption anymore, although people can sponsor him. He hates people and dogs and we were told not to touch him as he pootled about on his little walk!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2011 6:35pm (Mar 3rd 2011)
     
    :thanks:You do wonderful work there, you two. And Kate at her shelter. I'm not brave enough to do it myself, but I do so admire you who do...:thanks:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2011 8:48pm (Mar 3rd 2011)
     
    Actually CC I am also doing it for selfish reasons - I was told by my psycho-person that I needed to have interests of my own. The only thing I'm interested in is animals!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2011 9:22pm (Mar 3rd 2011)
     
    I know that, but it's still a brave thing to do. I couldn't bear it. You're heroic! :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2011 2:48pm (Mar 4th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I just love dogs...well all animals, but dogs hold a special appeal 'cos I've wanted one all my life!

    We walked Ruby and Sam today, they've improved so much!! Ruby doesn't attack him any more (she has severe anxiety at being separated from him, even if just by a few feet, and so when she caught up she would grab him by the head to tell him to stay close!), Sam has stopped pulling on his lead altogether and has given up trying to eat the chickens - awesome! Didn't manage to get any photos though as it's always quite hectic walking those two.

    We walked ten dogs altogether, and I got to take my Buddy out again!! We had a breakthrough with Connie, an elderly collie cross who suffered a stroke and is scared of humans, too. She actually approached us as we were getting treats (she lives in the kitchens) and accepted a treat from our hands :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2011 6:46pm (Mar 4th 2011)
     
    What a privilege; she must have picked up on your vibes, Red...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2011 9:04pm (Mar 4th 2011)
     
    How nice that Connie decided to make friends Bless her.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2011 3:24pm (Mar 6th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was a massive breakthrough, she usually stays in her bed whenever anybody goes into the kitchen and nobody else has ever gotten her to approach them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2011 7:30pm (Mar 15th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just before I got ill we went to the Stoke shelter to walk the dogs. I'm pleased to report that Joey the JRT has found a new home and left :)

    I had some really difficult dogs...Lyle was laughing at me because he was walking all these calm steady dogs, and all mine either pulled like mad or had behavioural issues!

    One of the staff said we could walk Roxy (a particularly difficult terrier cross who I've walked before) and Jack, the JRT who was with Joey. They'd need walking separately because Roxy is not good with other dogs (and that's putting it mildly). She asked who would like to walk who, and I stupidly said Lyle could decide...of course he chose the gentlemanly Jack and left me with the nightmare that is Roxy :tooth:

    It was a walk and a half, I can tell you that for sure! She pulls so much on her lead she spends the majority of the walk on her two back legs, and there's nothing you can do about it. She refuses to walk when she can see other dogs (which she obviously can when walking at the usual spot around the shelter), and yaps like mad when they're near. She also tries to attack dogs but in frustration sometimes bites you legs instead, and also holds the lead in her mouth and chews and attacks it...phew! Sounds like I might be walking her regularly now because a staff member showed me how to work with her on the walk, and she showed some improvement by the end...oh good! :P

    However it was all worth it in the end because, between walks, we could sneak off and visit the eight 10-week-old puppies they had in...awwwww!!! :heart: They were absolutely adorable, all wriggly bodies and nibbling teeth and slobbery tongues! I wanted to take them all home with me. There were a mix of collie, GSD and Staffy crosses. All were adorable; I was gutted I didn't have my camera!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2011 7:26am (Mar 16th 2011)
     
    Great work Red some one has to do it !!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2011 6:45pm (Mar 16th 2011)
     
    Red, it sounds like you have your hands full with Roxy. She's going to need a lot of work, but you are going to make a big impact on her life by teaching her how to walk on a leash. Way to go Red!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2011 6:07pm (Mar 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks both ~ Haha, yeah someone has to do it...but I'd rather it was Lyle!!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 4:51pm (Mar 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The kennels in Stoke are having some major work done thanks to a massive donation they got. Half of the old shabby kennels on the outside have been reformed into new gleaming ones, and underfloor heating is being installed for the coming winter :)

    This is a quick before and after:
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 4:55pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    Posted By: Redunderfloor heating is being installed for the coming winter


    Very nice Red they will be warm as toast :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 4:58pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They look smashing, we're going up tomorrow so will be able to see how happy the dogs are in them! The dogs on those sides have been kept in their indoor pens all the while they were being refurbished, so I bet they're glad to be out in the fresh air again :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 5:06pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    I bet they are,it will be so much more comfortable for them and much easier to clean them out as well.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2011 7:01pm (Mar 20th 2011)
     
    How lovely that someone left them a donation that's enabled them to do this work - it is marvellous for the dogs.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2011 5:12pm (Mar 21st 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Someone left a house to them Kate, so they're using all the money to do up the kennels.

    We went dog walking today, and it was my favourite-est time yet!

    We walked some gorgeous dogs, only three of our regulars, which were Buddy, Kara and Tom. Tom has lost a lot of weight and seems a bit unwell so we're hoping he has a speedy recovery. The 12 week old puppies were still there, about half of them had been rehomed, they are VERY cute.

    First we walked Baloo, a Border Collie pup who was absolutely gorgeous. Opened his kennel door and he ran out and flopped onto his back at my feet for me to rub his tummy!! He was walked with a young boxer cross called Treacle, and she was absolutely adorable.

    Then I walked my Buddy boy and Lyle took out a staffy cross called Trevor. Next was Kara and Tom. And then we walked a young whippet cross called Larry and I walked Smudge.

    Smudge was about five months old, god know's what breeds he had in him, Collie and Spaniel by the looks of it. I fell head over heels in love with him. I've begged Lyle to ask Keates Hulme on the off chance they'll let us have a dog...

    He had the most lovely soft fur, knew sit and paw, was good with other dogs and was just so gorgeous. He loved his cuddle. I spent almost half an hour sat in his pen with him afterwards; he was sat on my lap, and then the next he was on his back with his head in the crook of my elbow like a baby. I really wanted to take him home and was almost crying when I had to leave him... :face-sad:

    Here's a photo of us on our walk
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2011 5:58am (Mar 22nd 2011)
     
    It warms my heart to see you taking such care and really putting in quality time with these animals.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 6:09pm (Apr 27th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well we've not been able to go volunteering since getting a dog of our own! We can probably pop up for an hour or so in the next few week's though, if Kasp's separation anxiety keeps improving at the rate it has been doing :bigsmile:

    Just wanted to say that at Animal Care at the moment, out of 27 dogs, 14 are either reserved or on home visits! That seems like a really impressive number to me, and two of those dogs are long-term dogs that have been there since last August, one of which is my Buster!!
    Well done Animal Care, keep doing what you're doing :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2011 10:07pm (Apr 27th 2011)
     
    Its a shame you haven't been able to go Red, but that is really great news about all the potential rehomings! The point of volunteering is to go when you are able, and at the moment Kasper needs you more. I'm sure at some point you will go again but don't worry about it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 6:39pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate :) I'm wondering how many of the dogs at Animal Lifeline will have gone by the time we get back :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2011 10:20pm (Apr 28th 2011)
     
    Hopefully all of them in the nicest possible way!!! I'm sure there'll be lots more to bond with though.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:26pm (Apr 30th 2011) edited
     

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    Ahhh two batches of good news - first one JOEY HAS FOUND A NEW HOME!!!!

    Joey is lovely, but he has been at Animal Care since the summer of 2006 for a few reasons...

    1) He is a Staffy cross

    2) He has a brain tumour which causes seizures

    3) He is now an older gentleman at 8 years and 3 months old now

    He's reserved at the moment so it's not finalized yet but I SO hope this goes through :bigsmile:
    Here are some photos of Joey :)



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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:29pm (Apr 30th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The dog in the middle in the above photo is Buster too...he has gone from the site, he's in his new home now :cheer:

    Hopefully they will realise what an awesome special boy he is and keep him forever. The other dog (GSD cross) is Troy, he lived with Joey and has been there just as long although they didn't come in together. Troy came in abused and terrified and aggressive towards everything. They've worked with him for years and he's improved so much and can be walked and live with dogs he's been introduced to.

    Anyhoo, photos of my Busbus who I will never see again (hopefully) :cry:
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:30pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    Always wonderful to hear of any animal being rehomed but that is really great news for Joey as he a health issue, there are some kind people out there thank goodness.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:32pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    It's a treat to meet these doggies but hard to say goodbye but then it's a positve because someone out there will love them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 8:35pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     

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    I never thought Joey would go, I'm completely over the moon :)

    And yes, I do think that out of the kennel environment Buster will flourish and become the happiest pup ever!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2011 10:00pm (Apr 30th 2011)
     
    That is such great news Red! I think it is a really special person who takes on a pet with a disability, or challenging behaviour, and gives them the home they deserve.

    Fudge, the very fussy cat, has now gone from the rehoming centre. His brother, Buttons, is still there. He is really struggling with being on his own though - he craves company so much and is getting distressed, but he is very friendly too (I was fussing him for over 10 mins and he still wanted more!) so hopefully someone will find him really soon and give him a home as well.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2011 1:21pm (May 1st 2011)
     

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    Kirri, another Staffy who had been at Animal Care since 2006, took her time going. The only thing wrong with her was that she didn't like other dogs. She was also scared of being looked at in her kennel by people she didn't know, and so didn't give the best first impression.

    But it took her years to go so I never imagined Joey would go...especially because he was kept in a private kennel block away from the public (because people would find his seizures distressing), so the family who have reserved him hadn't even met him yet when they asked about him, how sweet is that? :smile:

    I'd love to get a dog with 'issues', providing they could live and interact with other dogs. Most the time dogs listed as difficult are usually quite young and have boundless energy, with little or no training. It's why we were particularly interested in adopting Kasper, because we knew that if he went anywhere else it's very unlikely they'd give him enough exercise and training, which leads to the destructive behaviours his old owners described.
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    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2011 1:44pm (May 1st 2011)
     
    It seems dogs need far more exercise than people realise Red. People the world over keep dogs locked up with litle or no exercise and then expect them to sit quietly in the back yard while they go out and not bark or make a noise. All they want is some love and attention and to not be shut out of your life. Regular exercise seems to resolve so many 'problems'.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2011 6:11pm (May 1st 2011) edited
     

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    Exactly, if you aren't prepared to give the dog as much exercise as it needs, then get a more chilled breed like a pug. I've grown up with dogs getting two hour-long walks a day, so when I first took Vince out (who gets two walks around twenty minutes each) I was really shocked, I just thought everyone took their dogs out for hour-long walks :P He does chase his ball lots, but even so he's a Springer cross Lab and has turned into a bit of a porker :tooth: :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2011 9:48pm (May 1st 2011)
     
    Yes, I woud like to take on a cat that is either very shy or aggressive and help to bring it around, but with the grandkids it would be far too difficult, and maybe too stressful on the cat. There are a few there at the moment that just need a couple of months love and attention in a home environment.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2011 8:32pm (May 2nd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well Nelly was feral and very shy when we got her, and now she's definitely ruler of the roost! Not sure how much she'll like Kasper though ;)
    Sometimes it's the most difficult animals that are the most rewarding :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2011 1:09pm (May 11th 2011) edited
     

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    Ahhhhhhhhhh!
    More good news!! Firstly Joey has gone :)

    And and and Troy is reserved! :bigsmile: Troy is the longest stay dog there, came in hating everything and everyone. They've trained him to say hello to humans instead of attacking them (!) and he can be walked and play with (and even live with) dogs that he's introduced to. He's a big German Shepherd cross and he's hard to work with, but he's lovable too. He's also separated from the public as he doesn't give a good first impression. I can't believe he's going :smile:

    And my second good news is that Stella's going. She's a small Staffy who arrived last summer. She came in very happy and good with other dogs, but hates the kennel environment and is now very fearful and scared of them. She is on a home visit
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    Stella


    Troy:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2011 10:39pm (May 11th 2011)
     
    That's great news Red! I hope both dogs settle with their new owners.

    I missed the rehoming centre on Saturday because of this damn trapped nerve so am anxious to get back to see who else has gone.

    I spoke to Sam yesterday who had my son's 2 cats and she says they're settling in really well. I think they are blossoming in the stress free environment. Sam is very matter of fact about a lot of things, experienced with horses and doesn't seem to get stressed about anything. Her sister and nephew visited yesterday and both cats disappeared while they were there, but reappeared quickly after they'd gone. I'm sure they'll soon get used to the family visitors and charm them the way they're capable of!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2011 1:24pm (May 12th 2011)
     

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    Aw that's really great news Kate, it'll be nice to be able to keep in touch with their new owners :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2011 4:45pm (May 12th 2011)
     
    Yes, and to have the caveat that if she doesn't get on with them, or circumstances change and they need to be rehomed again, I am able to either take them or help out. But I'm sure it won't come to that - they are loveable boys!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2011 5:41pm (Jun 27th 2011)
     
    Kate; thought of you today when I went to a house with FOUR Maine Coons, one still a kitten. Gorgeous!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2011 10:07pm (Jun 27th 2011)
     
    OMG!! Did you steal one for me? Shall I watch out for the postman in the morning?!!! (Were they sweeties?)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 3:27am (Jun 28th 2011)
     
    There was a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge ginger long hair who looked like a lion! And the kitten was like a soft grey cloud...the others were (sensibly) hiding somewhere in the shade!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2011 11:24pm (Jun 28th 2011)
     
    Either of those will do me CC! (I'd really like a tabby and white boy, but I'm easy to please and it would get a very good home ...!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 7:58pm (Sep 29th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some Animal Care news! Firstly Troy, the GSD who came in with no training and aggressive to everything and was the longest dog there (he'd been there 5 years), he was adopted a few months back. His new owners have just sent this in and it's so lovely I had to share :smile:



    And also, Animal Care has a Springer cross Collie!! He's not as cute as our dog (haha, but I may be biased!) but it says he is *very* energetic, could play all day and can't be rehomed with other dogs, although he's okay around most.



    You can definitely see the resemblance between him and Kasper though!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 14th, 2012 11:49pm (Jan 14th 2012) edited
     

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    RIP Samba-baby. One of my special dogs.

    I really don't know how I feel about his death...I'm really hoping foul play wasn't involved :( You see, he disappeared from Animal Care over a year ago. Now, I was expecting them to make a song and dance of this as he was a long term dog and I thought he'd been rehomed...but nothing. So I emailed them asking if he'd found a new home, as I no longer lived nearby and he was one of my special boys...no response. He was taken off their site, never saw or heard from him again.

    Then, over a year later, an 'Over The Rainbow' comes up for him. A year later!! They put it up Jan 2012, but it was dated Samba died mid-Jan 2011 (later this month) And, even more suspicious, they didn't say what he died of, and they usually do...If they had him PTS I would just be devastated. They're a no-kill shelter, and they're housing permanently / trying to rehome dogs with way worse behavioural issues than Samba had...He was dog aggressive and could be afraid of males / certain strangers, so would act aggressively. That's NOTHING compared to some of their dogs - they had to keep Jed themselves! And they have dogs that have been there for 6 years, so it wasn't because he stayed too long...

    I loved Samba so much, I'm just gutted. He was a really happy dog. He used to get so excited to see me and try play through the bars; he was just gorgeous.
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2012 11:44pm (Jan 16th 2012)
     
    Red, I'm sorry about poor Samba. It's heartbreaking. He looks to be such a sweet pup.:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2012 11:55pm (Jan 16th 2012)
     
    I'm sorry too Red, it's so sad when we feel so acutely for these poor abandoned animals and then can't get to grips with what has actually happened to them. Maybe the RIP notice was a typo? I can't think of any other reason for a 12 month delay unless they homed him and he died soon after for some reason but the new owners didn't inform the shelter. Please don't feel bad - you can't save every animal and you were kind to him so he will have always remembered that. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2012 4:30pm (Jan 17th 2012) edited
     

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    It just bugs me. He was only 3.5 years old and he really was lovely to those humans he wasn't terrified of. He had such an impressive bark too, one of a kind, and the most gorgeous brown eyes and big bulky head. The last photo was taken by Joe, and Samba's staring into my eyes as I stroke him...he was a right soppy git and used to try kiss you through the bars! :smile:

    They didn't home him Kate because it says something like 'unfortunately he died before he could be homed', because I assumed that too at first...if they did have him PTS (and I'm hoping they didn't) they should have at least done an urgent appeal first. Sure, we weren't ready to adopt a dog last December, but I'd have had Samba in a heart beat, even with aggression and dog-hatred.

    But then again I don't know if he did just have a medical problem, and they just forgot to update his Over The Rainbow, because the last few times I saw him he was acting more depressed...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2012 11:39pm (Jan 17th 2012)
     
    He may well have had something terminal and they thought it best to euthanise before he suffered. Don't beat yourself up, and remember that you have a responsibility to Kasper too - if Samba didn't like other dogs he might've made Kasper's life hell. From what you've said I don't think they'd have put him to sleep for the sake of it, but I do understand how awful it is making you feel. Just remember him in your own way and recall the affection he showed you, his life was worth a great deal to you and that can only be a good thing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2012 12:17pm (Jan 18th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Kateb remember that you have a responsibility to Kasper too - if Samba didn't like other dogs he might've made Kasper's life hell


    We didn't have Kasper last December - we only got him in March :smile:

    I didn't want a dog-aggressive dog for my first, because ideally I want a second dog in a year or two, but if it meant saving a dog's life I'd have taken one. And you never know, even the most aggressive of dogs can be worked with with a LOT of training and compatible dogs...in fact that reminds me...

    Teddy (formerly known as Tennessee but they're trying to make him sound more appealling *sigh*!) is an almost 11 year old dog who has been at Animal Care for years and years and years (6ish?) and has always been very dog aggressive. Well, after some serious training with their behaviourist, he's okay with other dogs now! :smile:

    Once he's introduced to them it seems he's quite playful and relieved not to have to be scared anymore. There's a really cute video:



    Now how cute is that?! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2012 11:35pm (Jan 18th 2012)
     
    That is lovely and just shows what investing time and (the right) effort can do. I thought it was going to go bad ways at the end though when he got his hackles up!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2012 12:01pm (Jan 19th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Actually it was the black dog that growled, and it was just in play. If you watch their body language it's very relaxed, soft eyes, upright slow waggy tails, play bows, play running with no intent to catch etc.

    Dogs often growl and bark in play. Some playfights can look truly vicious!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2012 6:38pm (Jan 31st 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have an appointment at the cattery tomorrow. It's shut to the public on Wednesdays so we're going in for a guided tour, some training, and to talk about what we're willing to do. Should be fun :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2012 9:52pm (Jan 31st 2012)
     
    Looking forward to hearing all the details Red!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 5:08pm (Feb 1st 2012) edited
     

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    We had a really fun day!

    Very cold though...even though we've been back an hour or so my hands still don't work thanks to the stupid thing that's wrong with them *scowl* Never mind I'll just wear gloves under the rubber gloves next time I think.

    We got there and were shown around, which took A LONG time! It's only small but there are lots of different sets of runs, a staff shed, office, food and litter shed, toilet, hot water & dishwasher area, bedding cupboard etc. it was like an outdoor maze :shocked:

    Then we got all suited up and took an instruction sheet and set off to clean some pens, at first with the staff member with us. After we'd done the first few she left us to it and, later, when we found out the other person wasn't coming in today we did all the pens in the whole place! :bigsmile: Even the stray and ferals that the staff member at first said leave to the other person we did!

    Met some lovely cats! Lots of cleaning and cuddling done, and I was SO impressed by the cat toilets!! They actually flushed!!! Didn't get bitten or scratched either :rolling:

    Cats in order of photos are Alfie, Goliath, Rufus (he was supposed to be unfriendly but loved a cuddle!), Romour (x2) and her mother Snowy who is deaf. There were lots of other lovelies, my favourites were a nameless black very friendly 6 month old kitten, a stray I got to stroke after spending 30 minutes with her called Dusty, and Rufus, pictured.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 10:35pm (Feb 1st 2012)
     
    Those 'flushing' litter trays are really expensive! Are they the ones that wash the litter and then dry it? I saw them at the Cat Show a year or two ago. Was very impressed but I think it would scare the bejesus out of my cats! Have they all got one?

    How many cats have they got in there? Rumour is very pretty - she'll be snapped up quickly if she's friendly. Each of them seems to have a lot of space just by virtue of there being a chair in there! Its the one thing the CP rehoming centre would like to have - a room where people could meet the cats in a more homely setting, and somewhere we could work with the less confident or scared ones. But sadly there are no funds, no space, and no time with around 150 cats to care for at this time of year, more in kitten season.

    I am so pleased you enjoyed it - I hope you can begin to at least like cats! They are very intuitive and if they know you don't like them they'll make an extra effort to give you attention. Born wind-up merchants!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2012 10:57pm (Feb 1st 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The toilets weren't as noisy as I thought they'd be (I expected them to sound like a Sani-flow!) and they worked really well, they were so cool! All the adult cats have got them, but the nursery area with kittens doesn't. Some adults have standard litter trays as well, especially if there are a few sharing one pen.

    About 30 I think. Romour was goooorgeous! You can't tell but she had one blue and one amber eye too. She and Snowy only came in the day before and they were already friendly, a little nervy but handling everything well. I think they'll be gone when we next go!

    The pens vary in size...the single pens for small females have an indoor area (toilet, bed, raised area with blankets and food) and an outdoor run of about 4x5 foot. The larger pens (for multiple cats or big toms) are about 8x5, and the biggest is a bit bigger than that. They all have a few chairs or benches in there.

    Posted By: KatebI hope you can begin to at least like cats!


    Never!!! I have never liked a cat in my life!! :001_tt2:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2012 10:12am (Feb 2nd 2012)
     
    Well done Red, :face-smile:if you aren't that keen on cats especially!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2012 1:22pm (Feb 2nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks TM, am glad you are out of hospital! :)

    Posted By: KatebI hope you can begin to at least like cats!


    Posted By: Trevs Mumif you aren't that keen on cats especially!


    Um...people do know that I actually like cats, don't they...? :glare: :laugh: Otherwise I wouldn't be volunteering with them...I've grown up around cats, I stop to fuss cats, I persuaded Lyle's parents to get Nelly...I just don't like them as much as dogs and, as most people prefer cats, I take a very anti-cat stand! I prefer lots of animals to cats, and I'm never head-over-heels in love with cats, but I still like them :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2012 11:37pm (Feb 2nd 2012)
     
    But they do seem to be bottom of your list of preferred animals, with cockroaches being above them!!! I just hope they can slowly climb up your list as you get to know them better!