The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary

The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary
3 Templemans Ash,
DT6 5NX.

About Us
We provide forever homes for domestic, farm and wildlife animals
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A Bit More About Us
We have approximately 150 animals which includes over 100 dogs
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Happy Beginnings
At The Sanctuary there are no endings, just Happy New Beginnings.
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Realising A Dream
Our Dream Becomes Reality And All Because Of You
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From The Heart
The 'Nobody Dogs' and the sanctuary
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A Hair Raising Experience! (Khan Gets A New Do)

Our gorgeous King Khan has been having a complete make over and has stated, in no uncertain terms that he won't be saying 'Cheese' for a while.

Due to his breed his coat is both long and extremely thick and its got very matted over time and had become felted underneath. His propensity for rolling in the paddocks and dirt does not help much either but he does so enjoy it. When the coat felts it becomes literally like a thick uncomfortable layer of insulation and he was struggling with the increased temperatures and needed to feel some air on his body. He was also suffering with a lot of itchy dead skin which has now all been groomed away. It's taken 8-10 hours over the last week using scissors, horse clippers then dog clippers to get his coat short enough to sort it out right down to the skin and he'll now be nice and cool for the summer.

Although Khan adores Joy, he can be extremely temperamental and this much touch, fuss and annoyance was pushing it so it's been a challenge which we had to accomplish on his terms, each session lasting only as long as he wanted it to and we've gone through a mountain of sausages to keep him entertained at the front whilst Joy was busy at the back! But everyone is intact and Khan, although a little embarrassed by his current restyle is so much happier and skipping about like a teenager since the weight was lifted.


Don't worry will grow again for the winter and we'll keep the pictures to a minimum until then....we promise.


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