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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Daisy Chain Of Love

Update on our special lad, Daisy...

Daisy came to us in May of this year from a pretty horrible situation, devoid of love or any kind of comfort. He was rescued and came into a Haven paid for jointly by our members donations, the lovely Kayleigh Hobbs and the amazing Team Keisha. Pat Myers funded his transport as well as his EB fees and because of his complex issues and fear his move was a tricky one and we could not have done it without Simon Belcher, who is a professional dog handler who drove Mr Daisy home to us.

Daisy is fearful, highly under socialised, has the potential to react and is not keen on women at all. Understandably he could never be domesticated so he came to live with us permanently. Within a few weeks Joy was able to stroke him from outside his run and amazingly shortly after, they had their first walk together which he loved and things were going really well. Unfortunately Daisy then got influenza and retreated to what he knew best, his ingrained behaviours and Joy had to take a large step backwards and was unable to go in with him safely which was really disheartening and even Joy's extensive bag of knowledgeable tricks could not bring him out of his funk and to be honest we despaired a bit, had a few rants and began to wonder if we could ever get that grass between his toes again. He so wanted to be a different dog, you could see it in his gorgeous amber eyes but has so many deep rooted issues and was still so affected by his old world that even the slightest thing could set him back. But a few weeks later, after 3 lots of antibiotics and hours and hours of Joy sitting quietly and patiently outside his run, we had an even cuddlier Daisy back again. He had a new house built which had been designed so he couldn't guard ( a behaviour we were trying to limit ) and we looked forward to the time when he could get back out on his walks again.

Since then with lots of love and work, Daisy has made huge progress, is back out walking and this week was confident enough to make his last move to an outside area where he has learned to feel safe. His transition was far less stressful, he has settled in well and Joy can go in and cuddle him and do all jobs she needs to do in there. This is what she had to say about him...

"Daisy is my one. When he arrived, his anger, hate and fear of humans radiated out of his hunched, stiff body so badly that he even walked with an awkward gait because he was so tightly wound. I have spent so much time over the last few months, sitting and quietly waiting whilst he was ripping his house up in anger, growling and snarling at the world and throwing himself about. I stayed, always in his eye line, always there and the waiting paid off and the time of just 'being' with him made the difference I had hoped it would. He learned to trust me. We have slowly progressed through bigger houses and now he is in his final house and I have at last got him back outside again feeling safe enough not to protect his new turf. When he looks at me now the hate is gone, the fear is gone and he looks at me with eyes that say I know it's OK, I know I'm OK, I know we are safe."

Yesterday's icing on the cake and proof of how far he has come was the achievement of getting him in a coat!

Daisy in his coat

How handsome does he look! Daisy's Chain Of Love is now complete because he is at last in love with Joy and even better, loving his life x

P.S We may still have to replace the duvets....often!

Daisy Home

Daisy wanted to say some thank you's to all the people who helped him....Jo Hogbin, Simon Belcher, Linda Emmans, Niall Lester, Pat Myers, Kayleigh Hobbs, Sally Cottrell, Sally Marie Crocker, Carole Haskins, Lucy Bastafield and all the members of Team Keisha and of course our own wonderful supporters for helping us to bring him in to safety.

We have many other dogs like Daisy who have thier permanent homes here with us, please consider making a small donation or even sponsoring one of them so that we can continue to save those who have run out of chances.


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Helen LLoyd