<![CDATA[Dogs Walk This Way Rescue - Blog]]>Mon, 13 Jul 2020 06:41:55 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Keeping your dogs cool]]>Wed, 20 May 2020 11:04:17 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/keeping-your-dogs-coolWe have had some unseasonably hot weather in the UK over recent months and many of us have been thinking of ways to keep our dogs cool.  We often see stories, in the news, of dogs being left in hot cars which is so upsetting.  Dogs can suffer fatal heatstroke in minutes.  Our canine friends are not able to regulate their body temperature by sweating, like we do, so they rely on panting. 

What are the signs of heatstroke in dogs?

Excessive panting, dribbling and collapse can be a sign of heatstroke. 
If you suspect heatstroke in your dog, move them out of the sun, into the shade, wet their coats with water (cool but not freezing) and call you vet immediately.

10 ideas to keep your dogs cool in the extreme heat.

1. Make sure your dog always has access to clean water.  If you are leaving the dog at home, make sure their bowl is filled right up and maybe leave a second bowl as well.  If you are going out on a walk, make sure you take water and a bowl for your dog.

2. On very hot days, try to walk your dog very early or very late when the temperatiure is cooler.  As well as the risk of heatstroke in the midday sun, your dog is also likely to find the pavements very warm which, at best is very uncomfortable for your dog and, at worst can burn your pooches pads.

3. If it is too hot to walk your dog, try some positive enrichment games.  There are some great ideas online, and we will be sharing some of our ideas in a blog very soon.

4. Never leave your dog alone in a car, even with water and the windows open – it is not safe for them.

5. Be very careful with short-nosed dogs like bull-breeds, older or very overweight dogs as heatstroke can be caused just by running around in the heat.

6. Grooming is very important all year round but more so in the hot months.  Groom your dog regularly and, if you can, take it to a professional groomer for a clip.   

7. Swimming is heaven for many dogs but please take the same precautions you would with children, be aware of currents etc and please ensure lakes, canals etc are clean enough for your dog to swim in. 
For instance, some places, like Frensham Ponds, sometimes have blue algae, which can be deadly for dogs so keep your eye out for signage, and if an area is closed off, please don’t risk it.  If your dogs seems unwell after swimming, please contact your vet as water intoxication can be very dangerous

8. Try freezing your dogs favourite treats into ice-lollie moulds or popping some yummy treats into a Kong and freeze that.We would recommend staying with your dog while they enjoy these treats to ensure they don’t choke.

9. A doggie paddling pool can be enormous fun and a great way for your dog to cool down.Try to position this is a shady spot, or use an parasol to keep it nice and shady.If you use a paddling pool, clean and replace the water regularly
 10. Cooling mats are also great for dogs.  However, do avoid these if your dog is a “bed chewer” as they contain a gel to help keep them cool.
 
We hope you find this information useful, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
Enjoy the Summer and stay safe!
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<![CDATA[Preparing your dog for the “new normal”]]>Tue, 05 May 2020 13:35:31 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/preparing-your-dog-for-the-new-normalPicture
Did you know that separation anxiety is very common in dogs?   Most dogs are pretty social creatures and can get very lonely and distressed when they are left alone.

It’s also worth noting that any routine changes can affect your dog’s behaviour. During the lock-down, your dog is probably getting used to you being at home a lot more than normal and most dogs love it. However, what will happen when the restrictions on movement are lifted, and everything goes back normal, or “the new normal”?

An abrupt change in routine that may increase the time your dog is home alone can trigger the development of separation anxiety.
Your doggo probably won’t like it and will miss you a lot. He/she just got used to another routine, a much better one, so they won’t understand what has changed.


Dogs will show signs of separation anxiety in different ways but some of the signs are;
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Unwanted toileting
  • Barking, Howling or whining
  • Attempting to escape
  • Repetitive behaviour or Pacing
  • Excessive salivation or panting
  • Loss of appetite
These behaviours do not usually occur in the presence of the owner and it is likely that they will probably happen within the first 30 minutes of being alone.

Even if you believe your dog is happy when left home alone you could always check for the hidden signs by filming your dog while you are away.
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Ways to help your dog

It is really important that we never punish an anxious dog, even if the behaviour is annoying or frustrating (such as urinating in the house or chewing the furniture). It will not help and in fact, it will most likely make things worse as you raise the dogs anxiety and stress levels even more.
 

Here are some suggestions of ways to reduce their anxiety

  1. Prepare now – Try leaving the house, when you can, and leave your dog alone.  During lock-down they are probably not left alone very much, and they need to get used to this again gradually before life goes back to normal.  Try leaving them in another room for some time, rather than let them follow you around the house.  Maybe try leaving them in the house, when you go into the garden for a while.  It’s all about the de-sensitisation of the anxiety triggers.

  2. Distraction and Enrichment - When you leave the dog alone leave them an irresistible toy by the time you leave the house .  There are lots of interactive treat toys, but you need to make sure your dog can be left safely with it.  Try to give this toy every time you leave and take it back once you get home again.
  3. Exercise - Take your dog for a walk before leaving to go out to work etc. This way your dog will be tired, calmer and quieter when you leave.
  4. Comfort - Some people leave some of their clothes with their dog as your scent can be comforting.
  5. Stay calm - Down tone your comings and goings. Stay calm and project that calmness to your dog.  We know it’s exciting when you get home and you’ve missed your pup but try not to let the situation become over excited.
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After the quarantine, many dogs will be impacted by the changes in routine. They are used to have you at home all the time now. They will miss you and you will have a hard time leaving your dog home alone. Hopefully these tips will help but if you are concerned, please consider contacting a dog behaviourist for more personalised advice.  We highly recommend Dog 999 which is run by our Founder, Rachael and her business partner Sam.  Both have a lot of experience with lots of behavioural issues and have years of experience particularly with Rommies, who we know can be very sensitive little souls - Dog999

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<![CDATA[Enrichment Feeding for Lock-down and Beyond]]>Mon, 04 May 2020 12:03:43 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/toys-tools-for-lock-down-and-beyondLimited walks can be frustrating for your dog at this time and so one of our volunteers, Kate, has shared some ideas of ways to keep your dogs busy during lock-down and beyond!

Like most of us - humans and dogs - things have changed in our lives recently.  My dogs certainly are not getting the same interactions as before so I have tried different approaches to their normal feeding:

Firstly I have been scatter feeding - this isn't rocket science and basically entails putting their dry food/kibble around the garden to make them sniff it out and eat it.  



I also use slow down bowls which do exactly that.  I tend to use  wet food for this and perhaps a sprinkling of dry/kibble on top, with a bit of water to squidge it down and make eating a little more elongated.


One of my favourite ways of feeding is using a Kong - this can be stuffed with a variety of food - wet, peanut butter (dog one only), squeezy cheese like Primula, chicken and veg mixed together ... plenty of options.  These can also be frozen and are an excellent distraction for your dog if you're practising leaving your dog/s and/or returning back to work in the future.   

Licky mats are another variety of feeding ie. spreading their wet food onto one and letting the dog take his/her time by licking off their food.  Again they can also be frozen.  Please never leave your dog unattended with these as the rubber can be chewed.
Kong Wobblers - or as I call them Weebles - are another great way to feed your dog.  You can fill them with dry kibble/mixed in with some dry treats and your dog then can nudge the wobbler around knocking food out of it.  This can take a while to learn and again is a great brain game for your dog.

Snuffle mats are also great fun for dogs - you can sprinkle their kibble into the snuffle mat and they sniff it out.  The can also be hand-made so if you're looking for something to do, to pass the time in lock-down, this might be a fun craft to try!
Any kind of game where your dog has to work for his/her food is good for their brain.  Filling the yellow/green game with different food - some kibble and some higher value treats is a good way for your dog to use their brain.  Even mine can use this so it really cant be that hard!

Give your dog/s time to be come adjusted to these tools and you'll understand which ones they are interested in, which ones they can be left with and which need supervision.  

Cleaning these are important, and I put each of these gadgets through the dishwasher to ensure high temperature cleaning.  Anything for an easy life!

Just some ideas to keep your dog happy and engaged during this quite bizarre time in our lives.

Have fun!
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<![CDATA[Baking for your Pooch]]>Fri, 01 May 2020 17:45:18 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/baking-for-your-poochPicture
With the lock-down continuing, lots of people are spending their time taking up hobbies that they do not normally have the time for.  I’m sure you’ve all seen the shared baking successes (and failures) on social media, and the empty baking aisle in your supermarket!
We thought some of you lovely dog parents might enjoy a spot of baking for your dogs.  Your dog would be so grateful, and since they are not for human consumption, your waistline might thank you too!

In all seriousness, there are some really great, natural healthy treats on the market but a lot of commercial treats are packed with unhealthy additives such as chemical flavour or colour and not to mention, a more than healthy helping of sugar.

Here is one of our favourite recipies which makes around 20 natural, additive free treats which can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for up to two weeks… we hope you and your dogs enjoy it!

Ingredients
 
200 grams of minced meat (lamb is tasty but chicken or turkey is lower in fat)
100 grams of rice
1 small carrot
1 small potato
1 teaspoon of dried parsley

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C
  2. Fry the mince gently until cooked through, and boil and drain the rice according to the instructions on the packet.
  3. Finely grate the potato and carrot
  4. Mix all the ingredients together, and blend briefly in a blender to form a sticky dough.
  5. Grease a large baking tray and, with wet hands, take small balls of the dough and form into biscuits (ideally bone shaped), around 5cm long.
  6. Place on the baking tray and cook for 35-40 minutes, turning once, until brown and crispy
  7. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool before feeding your dog – try to ignore the “wow that smells amazing, can I have one please eyes”

We really hope you enjoy making these, and that your dog enjoys chomping on them – we’d love to see photos of your creations, and your dogs getting stuck in so please share them with us on our Facebook page.


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<![CDATA[Rachael to the rescue]]>Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:04:15 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/rachael-to-the-rescue​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.

Shocking conditions

​​Rachael spent hours on the phone talking to the owner, his relatives and various people in the dog rescue community and finally got agreement, from the owner, that he would willingly hand over the dogs to us.
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.
​Rachael had already found experienced rescue accommodation for the dogs so that they could be removed quickly and so the dogs were picked up and taken to their foster homes.

​Once Skye was with her foster mum, the team noticed she was bleeding a bit and so they rushed her to the local vet.  
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A very scared Fluffy
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The heavily pregnant Skye

Emergency vet appointment

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. 
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Proud Momma, looking gratefully at her foster mum
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Meet Buddy, Cash and Junior
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.
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Junior
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Buddy
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Cash
​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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<![CDATA[Every Day and Especially Sunday for Chance and Rose at Our Grayshott Kennel]]>Mon, 06 Apr 2020 08:53:09 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/every-day-and-especially-sunday-for-chance-and-rose-at-our-grayshott-kennel
Hello everyone, Just to let you all know that we, Chance and Rosie, are fine and dandy ... we do miss all our volunteers coming here and taking care of us but FM and FD (Foster Mummy and Foster Daddy) are taking very good care of us ...FD has been working like a pack horse in the garden and FM has been cleaning “this bloody house” as she calls it ... she uses other nouns too but we think they might be a bit rude for here ... naughty FM.

Every day seems a bit the same so FM tries to vary stuff for us ... we try and do as many poos in as short a time as possible in the kennel garden so that FM isn't wasting her time down here with us ... she was asking us today if there were any elephants living down here too ... we don't know what she means ;)​
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).
Usually our day is a bit like this .... FD gets up earlier than FM (apparently, she's a “lardy arse”) and takes us out for a little walk... observing social distancing at all times which is easy here because the kennels are on a big plot and the other homes are far away. Then we come in and FM does something called “scatter feeding”, we are not sure what that means but as long as the grub is yummy we will humour her and gobble it up, and it keeps us entertained for a while longer than eating from a bowl. Hey, maybe that’s the point?! Anyhoo, then we go down to the kennel garden for a couple of hours because FD and FM don't trust us out in the big garden ... they say we will run away ... as if ?? We’ve never had it so good before. 
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Here's FB Ferdie, on the "other" sofa, because we're on his
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With Foster Daddy in the kennel garden
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Here's our stream, and FB Ferdie
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Here we are on our walk with FD
Around lunchtime (which we know because our belly clocks say so), FM comes down with a stuffed Kong for us each, today we had "Sardine Sunday" which we've decided could be our all-time favourite. 

Who knew such things even existed??
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.
This is us duffing each other up. We love it, it's the most fun ever!
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
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Here we are at bed time on OUR (Ferdie's) sofa
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<![CDATA[Romania Trip - November 2019]]>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 18:31:48 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/romania-trip-november-2019​In November 2019, a team of Dogs Walk This Way Volunteers headed over to Romania for an outreach trip
​These wonderful volunteers funded their own travel, accommodation and all expenses. In the run up to the trip, they filled 6 suitcases with donated treats, food, medication, wormers and flea-treatments.  Thank you to each and every one of you who donated.
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Jenny, Jo, Caz, Mandy, Kay, founder Rachael and Sam
​The plan for the trip was to visit one of our trusted shelters to help out by spending time with the 600+ dogs; treating them for worms and fleas and giving them some much-needed love.  In addition, the team planned to visit one of the horrific government run kill shelters to save as many dogs as possible.
 
Read more to find out how they got on, on their trip, in the words of Rachel Welch - our amazing Founder;
​“This trip has been extremely emotional for all of us. We started each morning by feeding the stray dogs and cats outside of our hotel before jumping into the mini-bus to arrive at the shelter by 7 am. 
 
Our main job was to get around as many of the dogs as possible to de-flea and worm them.  In addition to this, we treated any dogs that needed it with antibiotics and pain-relief.  We also tried to spend some time with each and every dog to show them some love, and even those that were too scared to interact with us were given treats.  We managed to get some of the dogs out for some exercise as well but there were over 500 dogs to get around to, so time was limited. 
​One of the highlights of the trip was when our delivery of a van load of straw arrived.  In the winter, temperatures get well below zero and the most affordable and manageable way to keep the dogs warm is by providing straw.  We were taking it into all of the kennels, and the reaction of most of the dogs was incredible, they seemed to love it and they were playing in it, rolling around and then getting all cosy and warm.

During the trip, we also visited an awful, barbaric government-run kill shelter, which was one of the hardest things for the team to do.  The team were so brave to visit this hell-hole but there were a lot of tears shed because we knew that we would not be able to save them all.   

We spent time in each kennel giving them food and tasty treats. Some of the dogs were incredibly friendly and happy to see us and others were so shut down, they didn’t even lift their heads from inside the dark kennel, which was just hear breaking.  The single most difficult thing I have ever had to do, is decide which dogs to save, because the reality is that the dogs that we leave behind will be brutally murdered (not PTS in a humane fashion).

18 Dogs are saved

After assessing the dogs, and feeling heartsore, we eventually chose 18 to be removed from the kill-shelter and transported to one of our trusted shelters. There, they are reserved for Dogs Walk This Way Rescue and cared for until they are ready to travel to the UK.   
 
We have been lucky enough to find some sponsors, each of whom have kindly agreed to donate £35 per month which pays for the care of one dog.  You can find out more about the dogs saved from the kill-shelter here
​All in all, we were satisfied that we did the best we could on our trip but we still feel helpless and heart-broken for the dogs left behind.  Sadly, the safe-shelters in Romania only have so much space and we have only limited resources to support them - so we have to accept that we did the best we could in difficult circumstances.
 
Our volunteer team already work so hard to help these dogs, but this trip has driven each and every one of us to do even more to protect these dogs.  We have to continue to raise funds, raise awareness and fund fosterers and find adopters and sponsors so that we can continue to bring them to the UK for the lives they deserve – safe, warm, fed and happy – it really isn’t a lot to ask for is it?”
 
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<![CDATA[A Lidl Christmas Miracle]]>Sun, 22 Dec 2019 17:42:51 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/a-lidl-christmas-miracleArriving in Romania
In November 2019 some of our volunteer team headed off to Romania on an outreach trip. Their aim was to care for stray dogs, help out in the safe shelters and try to save as many dogs from the kill-shelters as was possible in the short few days they were there.
 
When they arrived in Romania, their first stop was a local supermarket to stock up on dog food and treats.  Although they took as much as their luggage allowance permitted, they knew from past experience that it would never be enough.
 
As they left the store a small puppy came running over to the team, as if somehow she knew that these people were her to help her.  Aside from being very hungry, she was also injured and limping on a swollen leg.  The team took one look at her and knew there was no way they were going to be leaving her on the streets to suffer for a single moment more! They immediately rang one of the safe shelters the rescue works with and arranged for this little girl to be picked up.  
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The puppy approaches the team
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Safe in the arms of Mandy

Safe at last

​As they waited for the shelter to collect her, their first stray dog of the trip fell asleep on a warm and cosy lap – probably the first time she has ever enjoyed such a pleasure.  As she slept and the team took turns stroking her, one by one, they fell in love with this beautiful girl and called her Lidl.

The following day, they visited Lidl in the safe shelter where she was already settling in well.  She’s a eally friendly girl, and seemed to know that she was finally safe and cared for. 

Luckily her leg was just a minor injury that she has fully recovered from with a little TLC.
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Fast asleep in Sam's lap
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Lidl in the safe shelter
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Lidl with her children
​The team reserved Lidl and agreed to pay the cost for her care until she could be assessed, vet checked and transported to the UK. For the team, it was a welcome relief to know that she was safe and well. 

​The story doesn’t end there for Lidl…

On 17 December, Lidl hopped on the happy bus for the long journey from the shelter in Romania into the loving arms of our volunteers in the UK. And on 20 December, she joined her forever family to start her new life.
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Lidl has her own Christmas tree!

​How is that for a Lidl Christmas miracle?


A message from Lidl's family on her progress:

​"Just an update on Lidl.. she is truly the best dog anyone could ever wish for, she has got such a lovely temperament. Loves her cuddles, strokes and kisses with all of us. She is settling in really well. Lidl has learnt to sit and stay, although a bit more trick when eating food, but she is getting the hang of it. She is learning to lie down, ad paw at the moment and getting better every time. She is getting lots of praise and rewards when she tries something new or does a command. She;s getting used to going into the garden to go to the toilet. She loves her play time and can fetch her ball and she likes to play tug with us."

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<![CDATA[From a Foster Mum]]>Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:22:15 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/from-a-foster-mumLike most people, I try and strive to be the best version of myself and set a strong example for my children. I’m not expecting to save the planet, but I’d like to do more to “help” that extends beyond reducing my carbon footprint. My most recent venture has been so heart warming, far beyond my expectations, & the most emotionally rewarding thing I have ever undertaken– we have fostered a dog.

After losing my beloved border collie of 13 years last year, my family and I were left with a huge hole in our hearts. I had always wanted to rescue a dog, but was not feeling ready to take this step. So I decided to look into fostering. Having worked in the “dog industry” for over 10 years, I felt that I had developed the right skill set to help rehabilitate and re-home a dog that needed my help. A close friend of mine runs a Romanian dog rescue called “Dogs Walk this Way Rescue”, and she was my first port of call.
​For those who don’t know, there is a huge stray dog issue in Romania. Over 3 million dogs roam their streets. A lot were abandoned after the industrialisation of the country began in the 80’s. People had to leave their homes in the countryside and abandoned their pets. Politicians have tried to enforce neutering but people now make money from catching and killing these poor animals and the conditions the dogs live in are unimaginable.

Having assessed that I was going to be able to help her, Rachael very soon offered me a dog, and so my journey with Harry began. I had no expectations when I met Harry. He was nervous, a bit scruffy and smelly, but so so sweet and desperate for some reassurance. Having traveled from Barlad Kill Shelter to the rescue shelter in Romania (outdoor kennels with temperatures reaching -14 degrees) for micro chipping, neutering and vaccinations/ blood tests etc, and then being put in a van to travel over to the UK, only to be put in another kennel over here - Harry was a very scared dog.
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Harry, once he'd relaxed and got used to being in a home
​​So we met - and I put him in the boot of my car and we went home. For the first hour or so he didn’t really interact with our dog other than peeing on everything to mark his territory. However, within a day or two he began to come out of his shell and he blossomed into the most cuddly, friendly, well- mannered little chap. He was wonderful with my children but took a little time to come to like my husband. He was quickly house trained; he walked to heel and didn’t bark or chew. I was quite amazed! By Day 7, having established that he would come when I called him in from the garden every time, I decided to let him off lead, and he was perfect with that too! Mr Perfect actually! Other than not liking crates (understandably) and occasionally peeing on a piece of furniture if he hadn’t entered that house before ...he was faultless.

​​I now have my second foster dog with me and she is equally wonderful. She is going to take a little longer to trust us, but she will make someone an incredible friend. She adores my children too and is well mannered. These dogs are constantly so underestimated because of their circumstance, when in reality they just seem grateful for the stability, the love and the roof over their heads. Also, I don’t think you need 10 years’ experience to help these poor dogs - just time, a little patience and a lot of love.
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Beau, our second foster girl who has gone on to such a lovely, happy home!

​In conclusion, fostering a dog might not change the world, but for that one dog, their world will be changed forever.

UPDATE: Beau, Sarah's second foster dog has now been adopted. Below is the Facebook post and video Sarah made to help get Beau adopted. 
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<![CDATA[Staying Safe During Bonfire Night]]>Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:59:47 GMThttp://dogswalkthiswayrescue.com/blog/staying-safe-during-bonfire-nightRemember, remember…your dog during fireworks season.

I am not a great fan of fireworks to be fair.  Although I understand that the celebrations can be great fun for people, dogs, cats (and other pets and wildlife) can be left stressed out, confused or, even worse, injured by fireworks.

Apart from the obvious physical damage suffered through accidental contact with fireworks, dogs can be badly affected by fireworks noise and lights.  Possible behavioural problems as a result of fear and stress could include house soiling or excessive grooming, whilst there is also the danger of a dog running away, and never returning home.


The best place to start is to try to find a list of local public firework displays as these can run for a couple of weeks over the 5th November – as we know, fireworks are not limited just to Guy Fawkes Night anymore.
 
Once you know when to be prepared, a few simple precautions can help you to keep fur babies out of harm’s way:


-  Give your dog decent exercise during the day and then keep him/her in, after dark. Ensure he/she has had the chance to “do their business” before lock-down.  If they do ask to go out during the festivities, try to keep them on a lead in the garden. 

-  Ensure their water bowl is full.  Dogs often pant more when they are anxious and this can make them thirsty

-  Try to reduce outside noise by keeping windows shut and curtains drawn. Playing soothing music or having the TV on may also help. 

-Many behaviourists recommends to try not to reinforce fearful behaviour by soothing and reassuring a dog that is looking anxious.  Try to act happy and cheerful.

-  While many dogs like to be settled in a cosy, familiar territory such as a comfy bed or favourite armchair, when feeling scared they need safe places to hide. Ensure they can exhibit this natural behaviour by providing access to a hiding place, such as a den underneath a dining table (simply throw a blanket over the table to create a hidey hole).  As tempting as it is to encourage them out, let them hide in there uninterrupted for as long as they need so they feel in control of the situation.  Of course it goes without saying that if they come to you for comfort then give it to them

-  Make sure all doors and windows are securely closed to prevent your dog from escaping the home.

-  A Pheromone plug-in diffuser such as Adaptil can be used to decrease anxiety, and can have a beneficial effect in calming a dog during fireworks. However, you must start using it a couple of weeks before 5th November to maximise the benefit. It should be sited in the room/s in which your dog chooses to rest and you may need to buy more than one if you have a big home.

If you are particularly worried about your dog during the fireworks season then always speak to your vet for advice.

If you are having your own bonfire night celebration this year, then why not consider:

•    Buying hand-held cascading fireworks rather than the noisier varieties.

•    Holding a ‘silent’ fireworks display – many companies now offer quiet or almost silent fireworks – giving you the same spectacle without the loud bangs.

•    Keeping fireworks and bonfire displays as far away from homes as possible, to minimise any adverse effects on animals indoors, although bear in mind the effect these displays will have on wild animals.

•    Always check bonfires before lighting them to ensure that no small animals are sleeping inside.
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