Update on adopted dog Candy, by new owners Helen and Norman

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On October 5th 2019 Candy came to us or should I say we collected her which by coincidence was exactly 4 years since our beloved Muppet, another Yorkie, passed away. On arrival home she seemed to know which house was ours and stopped outside the gate.

After an exploratory run around the house she settled down finding a corner where she could lay down for a nap. She was home.

Some eight weeks have now elapsed and she has become part of the family. All the ‘ kids’ now grown up, have visited and Candy has given them her approval, even got on with their own dogs although somewhat less than happy with cats!

We are fortunate enough to have the Centurion way nearby which is a pedestrian/cycle way and nowhere close to traffic so she can safely be let off the lead. Strangely enough she seems to have a preference of tarmac as opposed to grass.

Guy Fawkes night(s) was not a pleasant experience for her and she needed lots of comforting to overcome this, she now has a soft travelling carrier to retreat to when it gets too much.

We have spent time in the eight weeks or so that we have had with her trying to find food she likes. Home cooking seems to be her favourite but some foods are not suitable for pets. We have tried all sorts, it seems if we rotate different brands we have a chance she may eat it all, but it does not stop us worrying if she decides not to eat what is put before her. We can rely on dry foods fortunately in most cases.

We are now looking forward to Christmas with Candy and are so grateful for being able to rescue her. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Helen and Norman

 

Update on adopted dog Hero

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4 years ago today we adopted Hero who was then 12 months old, having just said goodbye to our dear 12 year old Staffie, Poppet.

This is just a short message to you on Hero’s 5th Birthday to reassure you that he is being well cared for and to thank you so very much for letting us share our lives with one of the finest, fun to be with, good tempered, child loving, playful dogs we have ever had the privilege to live with.

Hero is a big Tiger Brindle, beautifully marked, very lively and makes friends wherever he goes.

Hero now lives in Warminster, Wiltshire. He goes absolutely everywhere with us, which has recently included camping and walking the Wessex Ridgeway, then a walking holiday in Somerset. He has loads of stamina.

We went to a dog-friendly pub in Devizes, called the Fox & Hounds. When we ordered our roast dinner, Hero was also given a ‘dog roast’ of chicken and vegetables at no charge! We could do with more places like that who welcome dogs to accompany guests into the restaurant! We also found a great dog-friendly hotel – The Bourne Valley Inn, near Andover. Dogs allowed in the bar, the Restaurant, everywhere. Great walks and dog-mad staff!

My daughter rescued Poppy, who had a very rough start in life – she’s Hero’s best friend now and what a lovely pair they make together!

Rest assured, Hero has his forever home with us.

Thanks once again, keep doing your great work!

Duncan and Karen (formerly from Littlehampton).

Thank you, Duncan and Karen, for your lovely story and it’s brilliant to see Hero in such an ideal home.

Update on adopted dog Honey

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Honey lost her elderly owners when she was 13 years old and the family asked Sussex Pet Rescue to find the old girl a suitable home. Now she’s a feisty 14 year old terrier cross, quite unaware of her age.

 Following three months in a lovely foster home, she now lives in a country cottage with a large garden and has taken to her new life like a duck to water – there are also 30 real ducks to chase.

A few weeks ago she proudly returned from her local village fete with a paw-full of rosettes; the ‘Prettiest Bitch’, ‘Obedience’ (which involved a difficult trick resisting a treat) and then she came first equal with the other contestant in the ‘Seniors Parade’.

In typical terrier style she is very capable of making her opinions known, and nearly a year on she’s is still keeping everyone on their toes!

Update on adopted dog Max

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 I’ve been meaning to write for some time (about 7 years!), just to thank you again and let you know how Max is doing. I don’t suppose you remember Maxie, but he was staying with a big foster home down on the south coast when we first met him back in September 2010. I remember he jumped up at our 6 year old son making him cry! Since then they have been the best of buddies, with our son in recent years insisting that Max even shares his bedroom!

I can’t tell you how much we all adore him, and how he, as my son once said, “is the best thing that has happened to our family”! And Maxie has a pretty good life, he’s always out in the surrounding countryside either with us or his beloved dog walker and his gang of friends. 

He’s well travelled too, having come on holiday with us in our camper, he’s run in meadows in Austria, vineyards in Germany, the hills in Wales, the beaches in France and Holland and Ireland, and open spaces around Bruges in Belgium.

He’s still got a few anxieties, bless him, and not always comfortable with people who don’t have a dog themselves, or a hat on, or a walking stick, or wearing a long dress …….. But he’s super affectionate with us and those he knows and we wouldn’t be without him. So thank you, and keep up the great work you do!

The Cox Family

Update on Stanley

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Seven year old Stanley came to live with us on 10th December and settled in very quickly i.e. immediately. He is gentle, loves people, children, other dogs and will walk and walk and walk. He is learning to play now and his favourite game?  Chasing crows who seem to like to play with him – rising about two feet off the ground and landing about 5 feet away to tease him. He is such a joy to watch.

He seemed so relaxed from the start and doesn’t whine or bark or scratch at the doors and is happy to sleep downstairs in his bed (or on the sofa, of course, now that he’s learnt that this is allowed). The only animals he will bark at are cats!

He’s eating well and has even had a bath after all the rain and the muddy walks.  We took him to a groomer as we wanted to learn the best way to bathe him and he wasn’t fazed about that, although not very keen on the hairdryer.

Honestly!  We can’t believe how fortunate we are to find this lovely, sweet boy and decided after 48 hours that we wanted to adopt him.

Sussex Pet Rescue were very thorough about checking with us what sort of dog we could manage and are being very supportive and it’s so reassuring to know that we can check in with them if we have any problems or queries.

So thank you all, and in particular with our contacts, Jan and Helen. We look forward to many happy years with Stanley and are so pleased to be able to give him his forever home.

Update on Hannah

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I thought I would contact you now as it’s 2 months since Hannah came to share my life. She is sitting here beside the computer with me as I write. I couldn’t have found a more affectionate and biddable companion.

She really has settled in extremely well and each day she shows me a new side to her character. She is SO friendly to everyone, people and dogs, which is a change for me as Henry was a bit of a barker with some other dogs. The only time she seems to bark is when the lead comes out! Not even at the postman.

She is more than happy to stay with John or my neighbour, where there is a friendly Shitzu bitch for playtime, if I know I am to be away from the house for more than 2-3 hours. She has been well behaved indoors with not an accident from day one.

We visit John’s sister at her farm in West Grinstead every week and Hannah made instant friends with the three labs. She loves the freedom there and runs and runs; sometimes losing herself in the woods but returns finally when called, usually rather damp and muddy, which doesn’t bother her at all whereas Henry wouldn’t walk through a puddle. We have such fun together.

I have to thank you for making the arrangements for her to come to me – I’m sure her future with me is going to be a long and happy one.

 

Update on Mojo

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My name is Roger Langstone and I am a training instructor at the Essex Dog Training centre. I first heard about Mojo from Paula, another instructor who is a Trustee with Sussex Pet Rescue.

Mojo came into my life rather unexpectedly. I had wanted a dog for some time but there was always a reason not to- I was too busy, timing was wrong etc. I saw a short video of Mojo with Paula on BBC Sussex where she appeared live on their Facebook stream and on the Danny Pike show. She was up for adoption was I was keen to meet her. Before I had the chance she found a new home.      

 

Philosophically I decided that it was not meant to be. However Mojo’s dominant personality meant that she struggled to settle in and it seemed that living in a single dog home might suit her better. I went to meet her. She came home with me that night and has made herself firmly part of the family.

Initially Mojo displayed a large amount of aggression to other dogs and was extremely stubborn to train. I wanted to train her as part of the Essex Dog Display team but she was too unpredictable and aggressive. With a lot of work, patience and advice from other instructors Mojo began to respond to the training. She was eventually able to join in the training sessions with the display team.

Mojo has gone from strength to strength. She is now able to take part in the public displays. She has a big personality and loves to learn. The time and energy put into her socialisation and training has begun to pay off. Her aggression is slowly improving, while it still requires management, she can now be walked and work near other dogs with less stress for all involved.

Another recent addition to the family is my wife Kate. Mojo tried her best to steal the limelight on our wedding day and was at both the ceremony and reception. Sadly Mojo will only be with the display team for one season as we are all moving out to Australia. Who knows – maybe the start of the Northern Territory Dog display team?

Update on Max

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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

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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

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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. 

Ralphie in new home 1

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