Update on adopted dog Max

 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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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