Update on Max

Max has been with his new family for two weeks and has settled in brilliantly. His daily routine involves a good walk on the South Downs in the morning playing lots of ball games, Max usually manages to lose at least two tennis balls during his walk as they get covered in mud and disappear!  His new family keep a plentiful supply of new tennis balls at the ready!Max 1-Optimized
Max comes home after his walk to snooze on his duvet and have a good cuddle and tummy rub. Later in the afternoon, and having explored the garden, it’s off for his afternoon walk and then home for tea. Max 4-OptimizedMax is a very happy boy and we are delighted that he has found such a lovely family to give him his new forever home. Max 3-OptimizedMax is off for his first camping holiday soon with his family, which we are sure he will really enjoy.

Update on Harvey

To Helen and all at Sussex Pet Rescue

Just a short note to let you know how Harvey is getting on 1 year on.

When SPR were asked to take him on he weighed an obese 57 kilos. Today he went to the vet for his annual boosters and general MOT. He weighed in at a very healthy 34.5 kilos. He now loves to play with other dogs on the common and can run around and chase a ball although squirrels are always a good alternative if I haven’t taken a ball.

He has settled in very well and loves his cuddles (although is still very heavy when he decides to sit on my lap) and will do anything for a carrot.

Gil and Harvey

Update on Ralphie by his young owner

image2Ralphie’s a stunning little dog with a great personality. He’s such a fast learner and is very quiet. He has settled into our home really well. He loves going for walks up the downs and down Brooklands with our other dog Buddy. 

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He also loves playing with the rabbit in the garden. His training is coming along really well, he can sit and wait while I walk a few paces back and is fully house trained now!

JodyRalphie in new home 2

In Memory of "Charlie Boy"

My wife Ann and I decided it was the right time to introduce a dog into our home. I had had experience with dogs in my family during my childhood, including close friends who were puppy walkers with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and I had been a puppy walker in the past and a volunteer for the RSPCA as an adoption visitor.

It was an easy decision to choose to adopt a rescue dog, firstly trying the Dogs Trust at Shoreham and then the RSPCA in Brighton. However, we couldn’t find quite what we were looking for as having two school age children we were after a ‘cheeky terrier’ that would enjoy walks on the Downs or the beach and play happily with the kids in the garden.

DSCF1868An internet search revealed Sussex Pet Rescue and after a couple of ‘phone calls and a visit from Jan, we were on the list. Within days Jan called to suggest ‘a lovely little Jack Russell cross’. He had apparently been well treated during his first year as a puppy but the couple that owned him did so without the consent of their landlord and against his policy. Sadly he had to be re-homed and went into an SPR foster home in Lancing. We visited the foster home and were greeted at the door by a lovely gentleman and the cutest faced, shiny eyed, little black glossy coated pooch we had ever seen. ‘Cheeky’ was written all over him as he trotted up and down the hallway with his tail, undocked and curling over his back ‘husky style’, wagged excitedly. We were smitten and asked if we could take him home with us as the home check had been carried out.

By the next day we had experienced licks, cuddles, every room in the house being inspected twice over, mad dashes around the garden and a brief introduction to the cat who looked at us as if we had committed high treason! For the next 16 years our hearts and lives were ruled by our lovely “Charlie Boy”. Our children, including the older married ones, often were indignant that Ann loved him more than anything in her whole life. This included me, my saving grace being that Ann credited me with him being “the most wonderful present anyone had ever given her.”

We even decided that holidays abroad would stop and purchased a touring caravan so that he could come along wherever we went. He climbed Snowdon twice, walked for miles over numerous footpaths over the Downs, the New Forest, Wales, Devon and half the country! Despite his mischievous ways, he brought more love into our lives than we could ever have imagined.



As “Charlie Boy” aged his bright shiny eyes became hazy, his fur became grey and also his hearing faded so that sometimes he didn’t realise that we had been out and we would find him fast asleep on his cushion. Despite being attacked by a large dog and having both cruciate ligaments go in his back legs, Acorn Veterinary Surgery and a local orthopaedic surgeon kept him fit and healthy until July 2016.

Sadly one morning, without any previous hint of a problem, we woke to find “Charlie Boy” confused, shaking and not wanting to eat. We rushed him to Acorn where Vet Sandy diagnosed acute kidney failure. The only faint hope was to flush his system through in order to see if he improved. We took him home that evening but I felt that the vet was not very optimistic about his condition. Heartbreakingly we faced the inevitable the next morning as there was no improvement so Sandy came to our house so that “Charlie” could stay on his beloved cushion on the settee in the sitting room. Ann and I gave him his last kiss, told him he was a good boy and stroked him as he fell asleep.

We have never felt pain like it but I would do it all over again. He had given us so many memories and we were able to give him as much love as he had given us. We still miss him terribly.


A very big ‘thank you’ to SPR for introducing us to our “Charlie Boy”. Many phrases and memories of dogs long gone and poems of love and praise for those still living can be found but the one that really caught my heart was “A dog will give you some of the best days of your whole life … and one of the saddest”. But it is worth it as it’s all about love and nothing else will quite bring as much unconditional love into your life as giving a rescue dog a home.

Barrie and Ann Turner


Charlie's story

Optimized-14 Charlie in garden 10.8 (12)After visiting Chucky (now Charlie) in his lovely foster home with Nicky, we fell for him & looked forward to giving him a new forever home. He had a skin problem & an ear infection & gnawed his toes & between his pads but this was already so much better after Nicky’s kindness & attention. We returned to collect him on the 8th July although feeling a bit mean as he was leaving a lovely environment with his lovely foster mum. He seemed happy enough with us in his new home, sniffing around the house & garden & meeting the chickens – on his lead – & seeing the cats from a bit of a distance. He was good as gold sleeping in a crate on his first night & every night since.
Optimized-10 Charlie in garden with Mum & Me 20th July 20th July 2016 (30)When he is 100% ok with the cats we will then leave him loose in the room where they also sleep & he can then go outside if & when he wants to. He is a lovely boy, great temperament / nature, well behaved, funny – he loves to loon about – running around all the rooms at high speed. He is a quick learner & is great socialising with all the other dogs on our walks. His skin seems to be fine now & I hold my breath when I say I think we have just seem off the ear infection finally – fingers crossed! He is still gnawing at his toes & pads a bit if he goes out of sight at home but he is so much better. I’m thinking it may just be more a habit now, than an irritation. I let him loose with the 6 chickens within the first week as he had not seemed so interested in them so much & he was great, only wandering up slowly to sniff them & when they started to run, I told him to leave & he did & he’s been great with them ever since.
Optimized-6 Charlie 13th July 2016 (4)Although our rescue cats (of 14 years) grew up with our last dog – a friends dog visited one day & chased them both – up the stairs & around & really freaked them out – they still remember it I think so it’s been a very slow process to see Charlie as a friend not someone who will also chase them. The word‘leave’ has been used a lot & he responds very well to it. The cats now eat quite happily on their table just a couple of feet away from Charlie eating his & last night our male cat touched noses with him while he lay in his bed – brilliant. We have taken it this slowly – almost 2 months! – as wanted to take it at the cats’ pace so they accept him without feeling pushed out at all. Within the first month I was able to walk with him off the lead in the mornings down the meadow, & along the beach & in the woods (most areas).
Optimized-12c Charlie 5th Aug 2016He was surprisingly good the first time & has been brilliant ever since. We are so pleased to have Charlie live with us, he is such a lovely boy, we love him very much.
Thanks for all you all do for the dogs, Kind Regards, Corinne & Joan

William's story

IMG_3286“We were blessed the day William came into our lives 2 years ago, what a special boy he is! William is about 8 years old now and his story is a sad one, no longer wanted by his owner he was handed in to Sussex Pet Rescue as a stray. William was very underweight, weighing only 33 kgs, he had a flea allergy, his skin was red raw and he was filthy dirty. The saddest thing of all is that he is blind and the owner didn’t even realise. We took him to see an eye specialist who informed us that William was born blind, we were told his optic nerves are not attached which is a very a rare condition apparently.
WILLIAM 2-OptimizedDespite everything William is a gentle and loving dog, he touches everyone’s hearts and we are amazed at how well he copes with his blindness. He has such an expressive face and people are always shocked when the realise he is blind as he acts and moves as though he can see. When out walking on our regular route he knows instinctively where to turn and at home he steps over the other dogs where they lie and knows when a dog bed is free for him to lay down on, such a clever boy.William is confident and has great spatial awareness, learning about new environments very quickly.
WILLIAM 4-OptimizedHe now lives with two other GSD’s, Max and Babe, and a Cavalier called Ella. Max and William love to play together and this is amazing to watch. William also loves to play on his own with his ball and he seems to know exactly where it is at all times, incredible really. He also loves his walks and is enjoying life now. We are so pleased that this incredible dog has come into our lives and it is a joy to see him so happy now.”
Jane & Sally

Wiley's story

IMG_0539Wiley is a seven year old Staffie cross who had been with Sussex Pet Rescue for quite a while receiving the necessary medical treatment she so desperately needed.  Eventually she was ready for adoption. As soon as I saw her on the SPR website I phoned Jan.  Just over a week later Wiley moved in with me.  The whole adoption process was very thorough and friendly and, apart from finding out all about Wiley from Jan,  I also spoke to Paula, Wiley’s foster mum in Eastbourne.  I then visited Wiley and Paula, then I had a home check from (another) Paula and a few days later I went back to Eastbourne and, feeling very guilty about taking her away from such a loving and caring foster home, brought Wiley back to Hove.  Fosterer Paula gave me a ‘Wiley’ bag with Wiley’s medication and a very helpful written account of Wiley’s ‘habits’.  Jan ‘phoned the following day to see how Wiley was. Wiley had found her spot on the sofa that first afternoon!  A couple of weeks later Paula did a follow up home check to make sure Wiley had settled in and everything was going well.  Wiley was on her best behaviour, but then she always is! 
Considering everything she has been through, she is so friendly, playful and adores cuddles.  Her tail is constantly wagging. Her favourite thing to do is to carry two tennis balls in her mouth, especially when we go for a walk.  This brings smiles to most people we pass.  Quite often they stop and ask questions about her.  I always explain that she is a rescue dog.  I think I fell in love with Wiley the first time I saw her and I’m so grateful to SPR for allowing me to adopt such a delightful dog.  Wiley takes all visits to the vets in her stride and will have to take medication for the rest of her life.  She is also on a strict walking regime while the muscles on her back leg strengthen.  As I write this Wiley is sitting on the sofa looking at me, those  two staffie ears standing upright, with two tennis balls in her mouth and her tail is wagging.IMG_0550
SPR: We are very grateful to Pat for adopting Wiley and taking her on with her existing heath conditions, we were looking for a very special home for Wiley as she is a very special girl and we certainly found that with Pat. Sussex Pet Rescue covered the cost of Wiley’s skin treatment and her knee surgery and will continue to cover any costs relating to these pre existing conditions. Wiley has made an amazing recovery and is thoroughly enjoying her new life with Pat, what a perfect outcome for this lovely dog.
Sussex Pet Rescue is committed to covering the cost of treatment for any pre existing medical condition for any of our dogs when they are adopted.


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We rehomed our lovely boy Rufus in May this year. What a smashing little dog he is. He took to his new surroundings very quickly and loves cuddling up to anyone who sits on the sofa. I know, it’s disgraceful isn’t it!

Already he has been on a couple of holidays with us up to Scotland and for a weekend with friends in our touring caravan. We visited my Mum and Dad on the Isle of Cumbrae and they of course fell in love with him introducing him to the other Cavalier King Charles Spaniels that live on the island. I went for a paddle and a little apprehensively he came too. The water is a bit cold up there you know.

Rufus 3Rufus has been to dog training at both Seaford and District Dog Club and Berwick Obedience Association and he is coming along beautifully. The sit stays and recalls are all improving each week. He loves going to training, meeting other dogs and getting lots of rewards.

Thank you Sussex Pet Rescue for allowing me to adopt this wonderful little chap.



Rocky iRocky rehomed 2s a 6 year old Terrier adopted by a lady in January. He is a very lucky dog to have a holiday home to go to with his new owner up in Scotland where they spend about five months of the year. He loves the ferry crossing and the journey in the car. The holiday home is near to a beach where he has a great time swimming and has also made new dog friends there.


We had been looking a dog for about a year before we found Kevin. We didn’t want to rush as we knew the right dog was out their waiting for us. We are first time dog owners so it was all a bit daunting. Jasmin (age 13) was constantly looking at all the rehoming websites when she spotted Kevin. At this time my husband still wasn’t too keen on the idea but agreed to visit him at his foster home in Lancing. We were all excited but I was keeping an open mind.

When we met Kevin the first person he went to was my husband and it was love at first sight! Kevin was 5 months old and had been with the foster home for a few weeks. We all fell in love as he seemed such a sweet puppy with a great nature. I suggested to the family that we go off and see my Dad for a cup of tea and a think about it. I knew really that our minds were already made up! We all LOVED him and knew he was our forever dog. We rang the foster ‘mum’ and said we would really like to rehome him and as we had already had a home check she said we could take him then and there! It was the day of the terrible Shoreham Air Show crash so we took a long detour home and poor Kevin didn’t travel well.

Kevin follow up 3

I borrowed a crate and we had our old large cat’s bed and bowls and we had his food from the foster home and reality sunk in. One of our ‘rules’ about getting a dog was that we would invest time and money into training so I rang up my dog trainer who gave me some tips to settle him down. Our trainer spent 2 hours on two consecutive days with us. It was the family that needed training not so much Kevin. He showed us everything we needed to do, how to correct him, feed him, walk him and train him. It was wonderful and we learnt so much. From there we all followed the training and it works wonderfully. We have had ups and down but we persevered and we couldn’t imagine life without Kevin.
Kevin follow up 2We have had Kevin for 9 months now and he recently ‘celebrated’ his first birthday. We have found some wonderful walks in the beautiful countryside which is a welcome break from busy family/work life. We get complemented on him and his good behaviour all the time 🙂 People assume because he is a Jack Russell he will be snappy and bark but I believe that is down to training.

Sussex Pet rescue made the whole process very easy and helped us all the way. They are a fantastic charity and do such great work.
Many thanks Tanith, Wai Hing, Mackenzie, Jasmin & Kevin