Our founder, Rachael, often says “rescue has no boundaries” and this week, during the coronavirus pandemic, Rachael proved that to be true.
In a local chat group, we were made aware of a number of dogs being kept is awful conditions in a small back garden. The weather at the time was really hot, and it was clear to see that these dogs needed help, fast.
The team turned up to collect the dogs, a female rottweiler (Skye), a male rottweiler (Zeus) and a bull mastiff cross (Fluffy). The two rotties were super friendly but the bully cross was very, very nervous. We had been warned that he was aggressive but really only saw a very scared dog. On top of this, it turned out that Skye was pregnant.
After a scan, the vet said that she could not hear any heartbeats and gave us two options… one, take her home with some antibiotics or two, perform a c-section and see if the puppies were alive. We felt that the kindest, and safest option for Skye was to go ahead with the operation. After a few nail-biting minutes, the vet informed us that she had 6 puppies. Sadly, three had not survived but the other three were healthy, as was their mum.
To say we were delighted was an understatement, and we are so grateful that we were able to get her out of that terrible situation and into a safe loving environment, and more importantly, get her the veterinary care she needed so quickly. Sadly, some tumours have also been found on Skye's spleen so we will be taking her back for some tests, once she has recovered from her c-section.
Skye is now back at her foster home and happily feeding her three gorgeous male pups. Both Zeus and Fluffy were entire (not neutered) and so we were unsure who the Daddy was, but it’s clear from the pictures, that the Daddy is in fact Fluffy, the bully cross. Skye's foster mum had the honour of naming these pups, and she has called them Cash, Buddy and Junior.
Zeus and Fluffy are settling into their foster homes too and we will be giving them time to settle in and be assessed before we decide on the next steps for them but, rest assured, they will be treated like kings and loved to bits.
We need your help
We were not expecting the dogs to have to see a vet so quickly when we rescued them, which s is not to say that we wouldn’t have rescued them had we know,n. It does however mean that we now have a rather large vet bill to cover, as well as the ongoing care of the dogs and the puppies.
We have set up a Go Fund Me page to raise fund for this trio that turned into six! If you are able, please make a donation - no amount is too small.
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We are now living in the big house ... which apparently is called “Turn Left”, which is a bit unusual isn't it? (Note from FM: You know how in an aircraft, the first class passengers turn left? Well the big house is first class for our rescues, most of whom have never lived in a home before).
Anyway, we have been very, very good girls and only had a couple of accidents in the early days but that wasn't our fault was it? No. It’s not like we knew there was a special place for wees and poos and places they shouldn’t be done. For about the last week there have been no accidents at all ... our FB Steve and FB Ferdie are an odd couple though ... not very friendly with us yet ... FM calls them “The Twats” ... we think that she must mean their breed. (Note from FM: Steve and Ferdie are themselves Romanian rescues, who take their jobs of showing the newbies the rules in the big house very seriously indeed).
Then we went for a stroll down to the woods where Rosie visits the stream. Chance doesn't want to yet but she might when she gets braver. Then we come back up to Turn Left and have a rest because obviously we've had an enormously energetic day with much duffing in between feeding. Then after our rest, and a few grumblings from foster brothers, Ferdie and Steve if we take liberties with THEIR sleeping spots, FM will give us “Grub Up” in something called a slow-down bowl which means we take about 1 minute instead of 30 seconds to eat our grub. FM seems pleased so that’s OK with us.
At Conker o'clock FD and FM get very excited and certain bottles come out of the fridge whilst lemons or limes are cut up and put in glasses along with a lot of ice. They always seem slightly merrier after this, especially if FM then gets out something called wine. FM says that it helped get her through the announcement that football season was cancelled ... she said she nearly fainted.
We usually retire to our beds in the hallway at around 10pm, FM makes FB Steve sleep out here to keep his beady eye on us and growl a bit. He's a bit of a “miserable old sod” FM says but she leaves him here because apparently, he's all bark. That must be the Twat breed.
We hope you are all OK during these strange times and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
Love Chance and Rose xx