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This adorable tiny Bichon has just arrived from Wales and, if she could write, I'm sure she would say the following -

"Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah - only one more sleep until I meet up with my bestest friend, Bizzy. I have... missed her so much. We both had our pups a few weeks ago but poor Bizzy had dead pups so she was retired and went straight after to England and in to a foster home where she could safely wait for me to join her.

Now my pups are old enough to leave me, I am free to come over to England to retire too. I have arrived in Somerset after a very comfortable drive over. I have had a luxury dinner (sardines in sunflower oil, Caesar pate meat and a few mini kibbles). I am now snuggled under a warm heat lamp in a lovely soft bed, waiting to see the vet tomorrow then Bizzy soon after. I am so happy and can't wait to meet up with my closest friend tomorrow.

I am not sure what it will be like living with Bizzy again. Time will tell I am sure. Also, I know I look rather shabby at the moment after being such a good mother. But I hear I am to make a lovely groom which my foster carer will sort for me."


There is a minimum donation of £200.







Rocksy & Rusty



After being relentlessly busy for absolutely ages (10 years next 9th January to be exact), I really thought this Christmas might be quieter for us all. This time last year there were 30 extra foster dogs at the Stables for example - it was manic. This year I thought they might just be three or four............... No chance it seems!

A lovely elderly lady and her brother just turned up here with two little dogs. The lady took the dogs in a few months ago as they were going to be PTS due to a marriage break up and no one wanting them. The lady is now poorly and has to go in to hospital shortly for life saving surgery. So she just turned up here with the dogs and all their processions.

They are a very cute pair of Lakeland Terrier cross Jack Russell brother and sister litter mates. I know, yet another inseparable pair (or more) of dogs to help.

The lady knows nothing about dogs and did not know about vaccinations, etc. She did not know if either have been neutered. They are going to see our vets shortly to start their vaccinations and have thorough health checks, etc.

They are called Rocksy (the girl dog and spelt the way the lady says is her name) and Rusty (boy) He will chase cats. She does not. They are said to be three and a half. Both dogs are absolutely lovely, gentle and friendly.


There is a minimum donation of £200.










We have no idea why Theo has had so many homes. He's such a lovely boy and loves the other dogs and our children.

The only 'flaw' we could identify is he's a puller when out on the lead but Richard has really worked hard with him over the past few weeks and he's now walking perfectly.

We've also taught him to wait at mealtimes until we say he can eat although he still struggles with eye contact!

He is great with sit, down, wait, back and when asked to go to his bed he will go over to his crate, open the door and go in!

Theo would be best suited to an active, dog wise house with at least one other larger breed dog.


There is a minimum donation of £200.










We received a phone call from a lovely sounding young vet on Saturday. One of their clients had taken their 5 year 11 months old little Jack Russell to them to be killed on Friday. The reason - Dukey had grumbled at their son - not even snapped, let alone nipped. The vet was not willing to kill a healthy, friendly dog so took him in and tried to find a rescue place for him. Sadly all their local rescues and bigger dog charities would not take him, so he is coming over to us on Thursday.


We believe his previous 'carers' had had him since he was a young pup. The vets said he has never been any problems and had issues with them prior to this.


It does seem fairly hard for us to re-home little Jack Russell's for some reason. Bruno has been waiting MANY months. Lovely Scamp has been waiting several months too.


But, because we try to be endlessly positive and optimistic, we really, really hope someone will come forward to offer Dukey a forever home, or, at least a foster home ASAP please.


There is a minimum donation of £200.










Margo was found with another dog in Wales. It is thought the other dog was one of her pups about a year old. Soon after she came to Dogs’ Friends she was found to be pregnant, she gave birth to litter of pups who have been homed.


Margo has been spayed and vaccinated, she doesn’t have any health problems.


We believe that Margo is 2 ½ years old.


Margo has settled in well. When she first came she had some minor disagreements with other dogs, but she soon calmed down and gets on well with the boys. She doesn’t seem to like girls. Margo likes to share a bed with other dogs.


Whenever she gets a chance she will jump onto working surfaces.


Margo is very affectionate she can be a little over the top after she has been left for some time. Margo loves to have a fuss made of her.


There is a minimum donation of £200.







Rebecca - Reserved



We were very surprised to actually find that Rebecca is truly a whippet. So often, dogs that the Pound describe as being a 'whippet' have at least some staffie in them too. But this young dog is really completely and utterly a whippet. And she is absolutely lovely and incredibly friendly and gentle.


The vet has aged her as between one and two years. She is not in a great condition - but given time and good care, she will be transformed. It is very surprising that Rebecca was not claimed. Hopefully we will be able to find her a good foster home very soon where she can be properly assessed.


There is a minimum donation of £200.











Diamond arrived here yesterday via our local dog warden. She was found straying in the Mendips area a few weeks ago. She is chipped but, sadly, when her registered keeper was contacted by the Dog Warden service, the person said that Diamond had been sold and was no longer their responsibility.


This sweet natured, gentle, little dog is young and, even though she is very scared and has had a rough time, she has shown no aggression - just lots of shaking and quaking.......


We think she is quite young but she will have a good health check from our vets shortly.


It would be great if we can get this poor little lady in to a good foster home where she can be properly assessed.


There is a minimum donation of £200.







3 Collies



A local farmer turned up here on Friday afternoon with three STUNNING handsome beautiful 'proper' collies. All very big, chunky, long haired, black and white boys. Seven year old litter mates. All extremely well behaved and just great. The lady who owns them - the farmers mother – for health reasons can longer care for them.


They were breed by the son and all three ended up as his mothers pet dogs.


They had their pup jabs but have had nothing since. None are chipped or neutered.


The thing is that all three boys are very attached to each other, having lived together in peace and harmony their whole lives.


They need to go to be fostered by someone who can spend time and has the space to really observe them to see if they can be parted.


They are stressed in their noisy kennel here. It is big but the collie next to them makes a lot of barking noise.


Donation to be discussed.


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We seem to be having 'very urgent to come in' dogs recently. One such is this lovely black Labrador boy called Barney. Due to a bad marriage/family break up, the poor boy was very sadly made homeless. He has been used to living with four children and is said to be good with all and everything. We are not sure of his age. He is said to be about three years but, at the moment, he seems a little older as he is fairly overweight and unfit. The vet is seeing him tomorrow and so we will have better details then.


Barney has been much loved and is VERY sad to be here. We really really hope he finds a foster home quickly so he can be better assessed. Then a forever home asap would be great. It's so sad he is here - another sad, upset and confused dog.


There is a minimum donation of £200.


Update 16/12/14


Beautiful black Labrador Barney was offered a home but, sadly, the family changed their mind. So this lovely big boy has now gone to a good foster home in the Chew Valley. His foster carer will assess and nurture him very well. When Barney had has health check and started his vaccinations last week, our vet said he needs to loose at least 6 kgs as he is rather overweight and very unfit. He looks like a middle aged dog but his date of birth (according to the records and health information sent to our vets from his previous vets) is 1st April 2011.


Barney is such a lovely lad. Further updates and pictures shortly I am sure.










Injun came to us from Brecon Pound in early 2010. He was a stray young collie who had been dumped on the mountain and not claimed after spending his week waiting. Injun was quickly adopted by a young family and had done very well with them and was much loved.


Sadly, very sadly, the family has recently broken up and a poor, confused and very unhappy Injun came back to us a few weeks ago. He was incredibly upset and a real worry to us. He did not know what to do, how to be and we seemed to be unable to comfort him.


VERY, very luckily, an amazing new foster carer stepped forward to foster this poor collie. He has been with her and her great dogs for the last couple of months. The foster carer has done a wonderful job of helping, guiding and nurturing this dog - we are VERY grateful to her !!!


Anyway, Injun is now ready to find his own forever home - and we really, really hope it will be forever this time. He is being fostered in South Wales in a rural situation.


Injun ideally needs a quiet, adult home. Can go with another dog if they are not too boisterous.


Please contact us for further details as the foster carer will be very pleased to talk to you about Injun.


There is a minimum donation of £200.










Scamp is a very loving, playful little dog. He loves his walks and playing fetch with his ball. He will sit and give a paw for treats. He is on diet food at present as he is overweight. However, this doesn't seem to bother him when he is racing about. He gets on well with my little male dog and also another JR female who I walk for a friend.


The only negative is CATS and small furries. He cannot live with either of these and as he barks at my 6 yr old but is fine with my 11 yr old, It would be best for him to go to home with children over 10. He will make a super dog for someone.


There is a minimum donation of £200.


Update from foster carer 10/12/14


Scampi is very sweet and obedient. He loves to cuddle! He is a super easy dog to take care of as he is very polite and well behaved. He is no trouble at all, he respects Rico and shows interest on him, so he would be good with other dogs. Now he is beginning to easy up more, and is starting to tease us to play with him.


Update from foster carer 16/12/14


He is a 5 years old, healthy Jack Russell. He walks ok on the lead, though sometimes he can get excited and pulls a little, but as he is very obedient you can talk with him and he will listen.

Scampi is very sweet and loves to cuddle! He is a super easy dog to take care of as he is very polite and well behaved, also house trained. He is no trouble at all, he respects my dog and shows interest on him, so he would be good with other dogs. We have heard he is not good with cats nor small furries though. He is beginning to easy up more, and is starting to tease us to play with him, he really tries to speak human words while doing so. He is said to be good with kids over 10, but I can't imagine why he wouldn't be great with smaller kids as well. Overall he is very close to a dream dog, whoever adopts him will be very lucky.


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Kenny - Not available for adoption yet.



Kenny is a 3 year old Springer Spaniel who has had a very very sad life so far and, therefore, needs a VERY VERY special, understanding, sensible forever home which is in the country and has other dogs there that are kind and friendly.


He is a cracking dog and has showed no aggression - just sadness, sorrow and sensitivity. If you think you deserve this young dog, please contact us and his history will be explained to you. HE MUST GO WITH OTHER DOGS!!!


There is a minimum donation of £200.










Alba is a gorgeous dog from Romania, Dogsfriends kindly agreed to take her in from an organisation that raise funds to bring them over from dreadful high kill shelters, where the dogs are literally beaten to death rather than being PTS once the shelters are full.


She is a wonderful dog, walks nicely on a lead, appears to be house-trained using a dog flap too. Alba is more Labrador than anything. She loves people and kids but we wouldn't place her anywhere with young children as we don't have a full history on her.


However she gets on well with my 12 and 13 year old.


Alba would love a home with another dog to keep her company. Alba did have a bout of Distemper, from which she is completely cured now, but does have a post Distemper tremor which means she constantly trembles a little bit. This doesn't cause her any concern or pain but it is just something for potential adopters to bear in mind when they meet her.


Could you offer Alba a family of her own?


There is a minimum donation of £200



Update from foster carer 1/10/14


So, we need a foster home for a dog that we're fostering for another rescue. The other rescue are happy for us to appeal on their behalf. Alba has been fostering with us (me Cerian) for a few months now. When she arrived I saw that she had a slight tremour in her back legs and after much research it seems that this is from having distemper as a pup but amazingly surviving it. Alba fits in fine into our busy household, gets on with the kids, visitors, other dogs etc but she's started to fit occasionally, again this is thought to be from distemper years ago. This in itself isn't a huge problem, although not very nice for her. The problem is that living in a large pack of dogs, a dog that fits is not safe, when dogs fits generally other dogs will pitch in and attack the fitting dog. After her last fit my dogs think that there is something rather wrong with her (and they'd be right) so now they have taken a dislike to her even when she's not fitting. She is fine with some dogs like Squirrel, max, sara and with the tiny dogs. So Alba sadly needs a new long term/permanent foster home. She loves her walks and is very spritely, she's only 4 in her passport but looks about 10 when you meet her, until she has a funny five mins and races round playing. If you think you could offer her the safe and comfy foster home she deserves then please contact me and we'll go from there. At the moment she is kept separate from the majority of the dogs to keep her safe, this obviously isn't ideal for her because it means she's not in with us all the time which is where she'd like to be, also my house is fairly small and all the space is needed.







The 4 Shih Tzu's - Updated



Blackie, Cyndey, Mel & Polly are four Shih Tzu girls, all aged between 6 and 8 years old. Their owner has become too ill to care for them any more. She, very sadly, gave them to us for re homing. They have all been much loved but have never left their farm before, so ever thing is now very new to them.


All four girls are very attached to each other and appear to live in peace and harmony. We never ever separate pairs of dogs that love each other. We do often get pairs, and, indeed, have quite a few pairs at the moment (Shep and Benji, Tiny and Chloe, Lenny and Harry etc.). I did have three very attached ex breeding yellow Labrador girls and they were lucky enough to all be adopted together. And very recently, three of our ex breeding poodles all went to a great new home together.


But I think it will be pushing it to find anyone to take on all FOUR together. So, I know it is another huge ask, but these four lovely ladies really need to go in to a very sensible and experienced foster home where they can be carefully observed to work out who needs to go with who.


They are all very friendly and appear to be in good condition.


Update 15/9/14

The four Shih Tzu's went to see our lovely eye specialist today. From the left, here is what he found


Cyndey - completely blind. But she is incredibly friendly and outward going.

Blackie - she has some sight and is definitely the most outward going and the 'boss'.

Polly - again, she is completely blind but so affectionate and brave

Mel - her eyes are both very good. Bizarrely, she is the most timid.


The four little dogs have spent the last couple of weeks with a very good temporary foster carer (it was she who realised that a couple of them had trouble seeing. The plan was that Jenny would work out which pair gets on better with each other. But they all get on so well. I have never met four dogs that live in such peace and harmony. I have them back at the Stables now. They are going to another foster home tomorrow for further assessing. But I can't imagine things will greatly change between them. They are just a great, cute bunch of lovely little ladies.


Donation to be discussed with Rose for these 4 little poppets.







Harry & Lenny - Reserved



Lenny (Blenheim) and Harry (tri coloured) are two of the loveliest Cavaliers you could ever meet. They are a pair of middle aged chaps that have been very much loved. Sadly their owners were having to work very long hours and the boys were left a lot. So they have come all the way from the other side of London to us so we can get them a great forever home.


They went straight in to a lovely foster home in Burnham on Sea and they have settled in very quickly. They are very different characters apparently. Harry is very active and loves his beach walls, etc. Lenny is much quieter and more laid back. They do not appear to be very attached BUT we PROMISED we would not part them - so, obviously, we will only re-home them as a pair together.


Both boys were rather overweight but are losing weight nicely. They need and deserve a fairly active home where they are kept fit and very happy.


Harry and Lenny could possibly be split. Lenny needs a quiet, pampering home. Harry needs an active home with other dogs and lots going on.


There is a minimum donation of £200 Each.










Jessie is a striking, chunky, beautiful 6 years old Labrador cross Malamute who has been much loved by her last owner. Unfortunately Jessie became too unreliable around the cats on the small holding were she lived with her older lady owner/ So sadly she is now here. She is such a lovely dog. Poor Jess keeps howling and crying softly to herself when she is left (the Malamute half of her). But when she is out and about with people, she is very happy, obedient and waggy, especially when treats are involved (that the Labrador half of her). We really hope to find Jessie a lovely, active country home as soon as possible where there are no felines and the owners are experienced, calm and sensible - in return, they will have a great friend.



Update 18/7/14


Poor Jess had an accident with her paw recently and had to had an emergency visit to the vets. The vet is very concerned as all her paws are getting sore as she tends to pad around her kennel a lot.


Fortunately Jessie has gone into a foster home at last. It is reported that she is getting along very well with Bammy who is neutered 11 year old Ridgeback.



Update from foster carer 23/08/14


Regarding her progress:

  • Her resource guarding is improving as she becomes more secure.

  • Her recall is patchy but improving.

  • Her relationships with other dogs still has a way to go - work in progress. She's less growly on meeting other dogs (I'm giving her lots of neutral / positive experiences with confident local dogs) but she just doesn't know when to stop sniffing them and following them about which annoys them.

  • And I don't think she'd encountered traffic before.

  • She hasn't howled in ages.

  • She likes to run barking to anyone who comes to the gate (or if my neighbours come home late or leave early - which I'm discouraging!)

  • She's adorable with people, and behaves like a playful puppy quite a lot of the time.

  • Since the biting incident, I've been supervising her with my dog and separating them, although we have been walking all together.

  • Her ideal situation would be to go somewhere with lots of people and activity and cuddles, but no other dogs.


The donation for Jessie is negotiable with Rosemary.


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Meg - Urgently needs new foster home



Meg is an extremely cute 6 year old Border Terrier. Her owner has recently emigrated and, sadly, had to leave Meg behind. She is a lovely, very people friendly little dog. She is said to be very good with children and some dogs. Not cats though.


Hopefully, Meg is going to be able to go in to a foster home very soon, where she can be further assessed. A forever home would be great though.


There is a minimum donation of £200.



Update from foster carer 22/10/14


Meg who is a 6 yr old is coming on slowly, she is a great little dog indoors and out, playful and affectionate and call back is excellent. Her downside is that she does not get on with other dogs, when on walks she has to be kept on the lead wearing a muzzle if other dogs are around. I have only had her a few weeks and we are making good progress with other dogs but still work to do.















Tim, the middle aged Collie, came to us last year in a sorry state. He was found straying on the Brecon Beacons and was very very frail and lame. Our vets x-rayed his legs and discovered he had old breaks on a front and a back leg, neither legs having been set and pinned to get them right. After a few weeks of care and comfort, he got fitter and was able to go and live on a local farm as a companion to the retired, elderly farmer.


All went very well for many months. Very unfortunately, Tim went for another dog that appeared on 'his' farm and inadvertently bit that dogs owner when she tried to part the dogs. Even more unfortunately, the lady complained to the local police and has made a very big issue out of this. The police, though very understanding, have insisted that, to protect Tim, we remove him. The farmer is devastated at losing his constant friend and companion. Tim is not feeling much happier either.


This lovely lad needs a foster or, even better, a forever home asap please.






Flo Jo - Reserved



Update from foster carer 12/8/14


Flo is a very gentle lady. She is very well mannered, walks to heel on and off the lead. She doesn't really care for other dogs and children are a bit too loud and bouncy for her liking. She loves humans, she is very affectionate and gives the best cuddles. She just has so much character.


Flo Jo has had a tough last 12 months. Firstly, her owner had a very bad accident and is still in hospital, with it looking unlikely that he will ever come out. Luckily one of his friends took Flo Jo in but, unfortunately the dog snapped at one of the toddler grand children at the weekend. So, rather then the dog being pts, we have taken her in.


She is a 7 year old, smallish, long haired black/grey lurcher lady. She has been living in harmony with other dogs. At the moment, she is very shell shocked and timid. We hope to get her a great forever home asap. In the mean time, a foster home, without babies or toddlers, would be great. Flo Jo has just finished having a season so will needing spaying in 3 months, which we will arrange.


There is a minimum donation of £200.


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Mathilda A.K.A Pink Westie



Well, we had a blue Westie last year - Ruby. Now a pink coloured Westie has arrived. She is 2 years old and has sore skin which the last owner has been treating.


This little Westie was called Wendall - but she really deserves a pretty, girlie name. Ideas for a new name beginning with M please?


There is a minimum donation of £200.



Update from foster carers 11/7/14


Having enjoyed her supper has now settle down to watch re runs of the last of the summer wine.


Update 3/9/14



Mathilda also known as Pink is a Westie cross, about 2 1/2 years old.
She gets on with other dogs, is house trained, but still needs help learning to walk on the lead. Mathilda will sit for a treat and her meals.
Mathilda cannot go with cats. She is wary of people having come from a puppy farm and does not take well to children. Mathilda would like a quiet home in a rural area with perhaps a another friendly dog.







Lexy - Urgently needs new foster



Lexy is a very loving and well-trained six year old female staffie who I've been fostering since Sept 2013. She loves to have cuddles on the sofa, go on walks and play ball. She's perfectly house trained, walks well on and off the lead, only plays with her toys and never chews anything that's not hers.


She always does as she's told - including ignoring the wild ducks that have recently arrived in the garden! She has managed to make all visitors to the house fall in love with her, despite many having previously had no interaction with staffie's and having preconceptions about the breed. In no time at all she's sitting on their knee having a cuddle or making them play ball with her.


I have a four year old son who she tolerates but is unsure of at times so she really would be happier in a house with older/no children. She also gets scared when other dogs run up to her on walks so would be best in a house with no other dogs.


She had a cancerous tumour removed last Sept - but there have been no signs of any re-growth in the last 7 months and she seems to be in perfect health so it's likely the whole growth was removed.


There is NO minimum donation for Lexy, but please bear in mind that we have spent hundreds of pounds to get her fit and healthy.









Bruno is a small terrier cross mainly Jack Russell, but a little longer in the body than the average Jack Russell.


Bruno was homed with an elderly gentleman in July of last year. Sadly, the gentleman had a heart attack in February. It has now been confirmed that he cannot return to his home so Bruno needs a new home.


Bruno doesn’t like cats, there have been some issues with dogs, but he is living with other dogs now with no problem.


There is a minimum donation of £200










Oscar is a 6 year old Rottermann who is looking for a new home - either foster or (preferably) forever home - asap as his owner is too ill to look after him.  Oscar's best friend is a little Yorkie and he likes cats too apparently.  He is a bit shy with new dogs.


Update 8/2/14


Oscar has gone to a new foster home, watch this space for new photos and information.


Update 23/2/14


Great news for Oscar, he will be going back to his owner in the very near future.


Update 7/3/14


It seems that poor Oscar will not be returning home as his owner has made the decision that he is no longer required!!!

There must be some body that can give this special chap a good home.


Update 1/5/14


Oscar is interacting with our 5 other dogs really well. On the lead he does lunge at other dogs but it's obviously because he is nervy and not aggressive. He is an absolute softy. He accepts our cat. In all he is a lovely dog and is fine with people and other dogs once he has got over his apprehension and got to know them.

He is still looking for a permanent home and as his foster carers we will continue to work with him in the meantime.


There is a minimum donation of £200







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Cassie the Rottie - Long term foster


Update 2/8/14


Cassie is no longer available for adoption as she will be another of our long term foster dogs.



Cassie is a lovely, amazingly good natured 5 year old Rottweiler at we took in last week end.  She had been rescued from an awful situation at the beginning of this year.  Unfortunately, the couple who took her in became too ill to look after her so we were asked to help her. Even more unfortunately, they failed to tell us she has a very bad back leg which will require major surgery to correct and take away the pain.   The couple had spent money on having a large, benign lump removed from
one of her back legs and feeding her up, but they could not spend the money fixing her cruitite ligament that had 'broken' on her other back leg. As soon as she arrived, it was obvious how bad it was.  She saw our vets first thing morning who agreed and her great foster carers brought her over again on Tuesday her full xrays to confirm this.


Cassie is a beautiful Rottie that desperately needs a cruciate operation. Dogs friends took Cassie in and are trying to raise funds. She is an easy foster dog but has had a troubled life, this shows in day to day life. We're sure the right home is out there for her but obviously she cannot be homed until the operation is done . Please help us raise funds for this wonderful girl. The operation will be between £1000 and £1300 thank you. If you would like to donate to help this little lady out, we'd really appreciate it. You can donate by either sending a cheque to us, marked for Cassie or use our paypal button on our website. Maybe you'd like to hold a little fundraiser, like a cake sale or a coffee morning? Thankyou so much for your support.


There is NO minimum donation for Cassie, but please bear in mind that we have spent hundreds of pounds to get her fit and healthy.





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