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19

Noel's Happy Ever After

Noel's Happy Ever After
Noel came to us with a short but sad story. No one knew his background other than he was unwanted and may have some behavioural issues. He was saved from the pound where he was due to be PTS and came to us for assessment and hopefully to eventually get his forever home. He became our poster boy for a while and joined our pocket money kids as we suspected he might need to stay with us. However....he did really well in rehab and went out to foster under our lovely rescue partner, Nicola Brooks-Belcher at Last Hope Rescue where he fitted in really well....so well it became a permanent placement! Today we received some updated pics and his foster mum said "He's such a gentle giant. He's very lazy too!! His only naughty thing is jumping on the bed and pushing you out!! He's coming on so well, he loves everyone and everything except strange dogs." Good lad Noel, you have come so far for your much deserved, very happy beginning x     
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Oct
12

Chances

Chances
A chance to live.. Over the last year we have given a lot of last chances, taking in more and more 'at risk' dogs who had run out of options and were facing being put to sleep. These dogs are often extremely damaged and highly reactive and when we take them on we know we are taking on a big task and although it is always our goal to rehabilitate a dog so that they can go back out into the world with new skills we know that these dogs are so damaged that they are likely to remain with us forever. A chance to turn it around.. We ignore the critics and shoulder the heavy burdens that come with these dogs, working with them each day and their rehab and learning are made part of thier daily routine. Each dog has its own type of day depending on the issues we are working with. Those that are terrified of touch get lots of touch work, those that are resource guarders play regular swapping games for treats with precious items they hold on to for security. The reactives are gently and safely worked with so that thier triggers become more neutral and they are slowly...sometimes very slowly, desensitised. There are no pressures here, no expectations and no rush, a dog can only be the dog he can become when given the right tools, environment, love and time and all of those are in abundance here. The definition of the word 'Chance' is 'the possibility of something happening' Soza was one of these at risk dogs. When he came to us he was around 17 months old, he had spent the first 6 months of his life living in a drugs den where he was taught to attack and kill cats and dogs and used as a bait dog for 6 hellish months. He was then passed to a person that crated him 24 hours a day which was like a prison sentence; left in his own urine and faeces as they 'did not know what to do with him'. He was surrendered in July of last year and went into foster but sadly he escaped and attacked a dog, doing what he was trained to do in the drugs den because he knew no different. He was punished and beaten severely but Soza did not retaliate. I don't think any of us will ever forget the picture we recieved of him battered, bruised and swollen, it was horrific and heatbreaking. Despite all...
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