It was lovely to read about happily rehomed Gracie the Whippetfairy in Dogs Today magazine this month. She was recently diagnosed with a badly damaged disc in her neck and two verterbrae compressing her spinal cord. Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick operated on her and owner Penel (from the amazing Penel Malby Photography) is delighted with her recovery. Gracie was one of the first dogs we rehomed back in March 2006 - we can't believe she is almost 10 years old now!
I think most of us who were followers of Hope remember the day that Sapphire arrived. I was humbled, angered, saddened, frustrated and my heart melted when I read that, even though she must have been frightened, confused and in pain, that she leaned on Ali, our Rescue Manager, when she went to see her the following day. Sapphire touched all of us but I had no thought about adopting her, I never fell for her and I didn’t “need” her. Sapphire was just another black Lurcher and I wasn’t stupid enough to want one of those was I?
We were over the moon to win the Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Team of the Year award earlier this week. We had a great evening at the ceremony but the award is so much more than a good night out. This award recognises the hard work of Ali and all of our fantastic volunteer team and everyone should feel very proud. There were over 5,500 entries overall and for a small rescue like us to win is nothing short of amazing. It shows that although we may not have a lot of resources, we are still recognised as providing a quality service to the best of our abilities.
Anyone recognise the glamorous supermodel gracing the cover of next months Dogs Today Magazine? It is none other than our beautiful Sapphire! She still bears the scars of her ordeal but this photo sums up her resilience and character beautifully. Make sure you grab a copy to read her story!
The last couple of days have been a bit of a whirlwind. We really cannot describe how incredibly proud we were to win the Charity Team of the Year award at the Ceva Welfare Awards. The award recognises the hard work of our amazing team - Ali, our dedicated volunteers and our supporters - and everyone should feel proud of the part they play. We may be a small charity but we have a big heart and teamwork has always been at the centre of everything we do. Thank you to each and every one of you who helps us to makes a difference.
A simple question. Why on God's earth are we still breeding bullbreeds? The "but I am a responsible breeder" argument simply doesn't wash when it comes to bullbreeds I am afraid. No part of me can rationalise it. Anyone breeding bullbreeds and can offer an explanation then please enlighten me. Then come and spend the day with us - are you brave enough to see the consequences of your selfish greed? Or would you rather pretend it is nothing to do with you and let hard working and under resourced rescues deal with the fallout?
We have been fortunate to be given the opportunity to film with the lovely comedian Rhod Gilbert this week. He has been working with Budget Vets for his Work Experience programme and Budgets were keen to involve us and get some welfare messages across. Rhod spent the afternoon with us at kennels on Tuesday then we filmed at the surgery on Wednesday. We have been back to the surgery again today for even more filming. We would like to say a huge thank you to Rhod and his team for the sensitive way they dealt with the Oscar situation.