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05/03/2015 Foster carer update

This is Rocksy who is currently being fostered by myself in Burnham-On-Sea since January. A lady took the dogs in before christmas 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. Rocksy is a Lakeland Terrier x Jack Russell and around 2/3 years old. Since fostering her I have noticed she was unsteady on her legs at times. After lots of tests very kindly funded by Dogs Friends she has been diagnosed with Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain). I really can not fault this dog she is excellent around children of all ages and extremely well mannered around my 11 month old baby. Friendly and calm around other dogs and cats. Adores going on walks in the countryside where she is good on and off the lead. Rocksy really deserves a loving and understanding home where she can settle down permanently.

23/01/2015 Foster carer update

Rocksy is a 3 year old Lakeland Terrier x Jack Russell. She is a very gentle and loving dog. Very well mannered around my baby and good with older children. Good with other dogs and cats. Rocksy enjoys lots of walks and is good on and off the lead. She really deserves a loving home where she can settle down and enjoy her life. Rosie is off to have some tests soon to determine if there is something wrong with her legs as her foster carer has noticed there may be a slight issue.

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.





Breed:Collie X Kelpie

Age:3/5 months

Minimum Donation: £200



*********************************************************IMPORTANT FOSTER CARER UPDATE*************************************************************

Faith is now 3 months old. 
Her story was on the website from Fernlea vets
saying that Faith would need a big operation on her leg. When i took her for the operation 3 weeks ago the vet was so pleased with her as she is very lively and has no trouble walking/running everywhere that there was no need to operate  and she  has now had her 2nd injection so can go to be adopted.
Faith needs to go with at least 1 other dog as my 2 dogs are teaching her and playing with her every day.and she loves it.thx pam  Tanner foster carer




Foster Carer Update 15/02/15

Faith  continues to be very good  and loves playing with my 2.When it is feedtime she sits in her crate when she sees her food dish coming. Her favourite playthings are old socks tied together or with a ball inside them.

A vet practise in Bristol called on Friday asking for help.  One of their clients had gone over to Wales to buy a puppy from a farm. They arrived back with a tiny Collie cross Kelpie pup.  They took her to their vets where it was discovered that the pup had either been born with a damaged leg or else she had broken it soon after she was born. This was not spotted until the vet health check.  It was quickly realised that the leg needed special surgery - expensive surgery - urgently.  The owners said to put the pup to sleep but agreed to hand her over to the vets for rehoming as the vets thought it would be too sad to kill this bright, trusting, lovely little lady.  The manageress then had the task of finding a rescue to take the pup in.  Sadly, none of the rescues she tried could help.  When she phoned us, we said we would.  That is what we do. 


So now Faith is having her operation shortly.  The leg will be broken then pinned, plated and reset.  Six weeks crate rest will be needed then steady sensible rehabilitation.  Then she will need a great, active forever home.  We have a lovely foster home lined up for her.  What we don't have though, of course, is money sitting here to pay for the operation.  The vets are doing it at a greatly reduced price and we only have to pay for the materials.  This will still be several hundred pounds.  So we are doing a special appeal for her.


She was going to be called Jessie.  But we already have several Jessie's, including two waiting for homes.  So we changed her name to a very meaningful one to us.  To run a rescue, you seem to need limitless faith, hope and charity/love.  We need faith that we will get enough money for her - so she will now be called Faith.





Age:2 Years Old

Minimum Donation:£200


I visited Honey’s owner this morning. The first thing to say about Honey is that she is unbelievably friendly. She greeted me as though I was a long lost friend. She is being re-homed due to unavoidable family circumstances.

Honey is a staffie/lurcher cross and is 2 and a half years old. She is house trained, good with other dogs and children. She cannot go where there are cats as she will chase.










This 11 month old Staffie needs an urgent home foster in Bristol for 31 days please.

Owner homeless for the next month.  Loves the dog and desperately wants him back.

Dora (What a stunner)




Age:7 months ish

Minimum Donation:£200

Dora is an adorable, large, young (7 months or there about's) short coated, handsome young dog.  The Pound said she is a Huntaway.  We are not sure about that.  We are sure that is she a great dog and it is so sad she was dumped!!!


We hope Dora can go in to a foster home asap for further assessing.  She has been 100 per cent here.





Breed:Jack Russell

Age: Young unknown at the moment.

Minimum Donation:£200



Dennis is a very cute, friendly young short coated, tan and white Jack Russell.  He has been a total super star and is just lovely.

We hope Dennis can go in to a foster home as soon as possible for further assessing tomorrow after he has had his vet check.  He seems a wonderful, friendly, polite young dog.





Breed:Jack Russell


Minimum Donation:£200



RIP was born in May last year.  He is a long coated little Jack Russell. His very elderly owner could not cope with him as he got older and when he strayed, the owner did not want him back when the dog warden phoned to say RIP had been collected.

So he has come over here for us to find him an active, great forever home.  He is happily and peacefully sharing a large kennel space and heat lamp with newly arrived Dennis.  We hope some one sensible will offer to foster this lovely little chap asap after he has had his health check, etc. tomorrow.  I am sure he will make a great family dog in the right hands.





Minimum Donation:£200

Foster Carer Update (24.02.2015)

I am Trixie’s foster carer she came a week ago and settled in straight away, she has been with the same family since a puppy and they had to move away and could not take Trixie with them. She loves everything food, sleeping curled up on the couch with me and my own dog Bella a Bichon, she plays ,is very active and generally enjoys life. Trixie likes her walks although I have not had her off lead yet. She is a cheeky scamp but knows no and does obey. She has the sweetest nature and is a gentle girlie, we have had the odd accident in the house but if she is let out frequently in the garden that does not happen,  to me that’s her only fault which I am positive  can easily be overcome!

Her ideal forever home would  be with children as there was 3 in her original home and she has grown up in that environment, also as a big extra it would be lovely if there was another dog  for a little playmate. I really cannot fault her. Trixie is a 2 year old shih-tzu tri coloured 



Trixie arrived with us last week. We don;t have very much information on her at the moment. However, her foster carer is assessing her and we will have a write up shortly.





Brian is in need of a foster or forever home ASAP




Minimum Donation:£200


Foster carer update (23.02.2015)
Brian has been living with me for about a month now. He is a lovely dog although a little bit stubborn at times. He is quite vocal, it is as if he wanted to talk!! he is funny. 
I would have liked to adopt him, however, over the last days, i realize that my home is not after all the place for him, Brian struggles having to share his space with the some of the various four legged visitors we have most days ( i am a dog sitter), he thinks this is his home and is becoming territorial, he gave a bit if a hard time to one of the dogs i had over last weekend, it was only in the flat though, once in the park, he was absolutely fine with this male dog and they seemed even friends! Strange but that is the way of the dogs i guess. They need some space, which is also something that he lacks at my flat. 
Brian is great with people and also other dogs as long as he does not feel invaded. He has been spending time with dogs, mostly female dogs,at my flat and generally he has been good if at times a little possessive of his property, toys etc and has given them a warning but other than that he has been very gentle as you can see in some pics here. 
I have  struggled with strength, although he does not pull as he used to when i first got him (i trained him), we just went out for a walk and after hearing a fire work, he got scared and i could hardly handle him, i had to hold on to things not to fall whilst trying to keep up with him running so a physically strong owner would be best.
He does not like staying on his own but i have been doing a bit of training with this too and seems a little better at times, there is no crying but my neighbors told me that they had heard him crying the first two weeks when i left him.
He loves carrots and not too keen on dog treats but like digestive biscuits and my cakes!! he has a good appetite usually and seems to be able to tell when he is hungry.
He is a brilliant companion and i will miss him much when he goes, i can only wish him the best future and hope he goes the the most loving home. If it wasn't for my work with other dogs, he would be staying but cannot afford to give things up for him. I had to think long and hard and i have to accept the reality. 
Hope he gets settled in a very good home soon. 


Foster carer update (29.01.2015)

Brian is a great dog, doing really well, simply adorable!

He has settled well and gets on with the other dogs. Eating well and sleeping in through the night.

He is very vocal and gets very excited when he knows he is going out, he can't wait and starts barking with excitement, I make him sit to put the lead on. 

I have taken him to the park and has been off the lead a couple of times, he does not run off but will go an greet all the other dogs and when it is time to go home, it is a job to get him back to put the lead back on, (not sure this happened with his previous owners) but he needs some training as i have struggled with this,  perhaps because he still does not know me that well.

Not a great fun of treats, he seems a bit picky with these. 

He likes the kong, especially if you rub something tasty and cheesy but he plays even without it.

He seems to prefer to sleep on the floor to a bed at least since he has has been here, he rarely goes on furniture.

I can confirm he does not like it when he is left alone and makes crying noises so he really needs to go to a home where the owner is in 90% of the time. I have tested this and left him a few minutes alone and stood outside and heard him but when i leave him with other dogs, he seems a little less restless so perhaps someone who has another dog to keep him company when he has to be left alone may be ideal.

I don't know about Cats with Brian, haven't seen him with one.

He is a big soft teddy bear! so lovable i would keep him if i didn't have so much on my plate and i didn't have to leave him alone at times. He's only been here a few days but i find it hard to think he is going to go! I will make sure to the right home! Hopefully in the next few days so it is less traumatic for Brian and me! 


Foster carer update (25.01.2015)

He came to this walk with me and my dog lovers group and made some new friends like Mia the basset, which i look after most days, Brian was a star! we walked for over an hour! Sometimes he is making crying noises but he is settling well and i am sure he will be happy in time.

Beautiful, big boy Brian is a very much loved 5 year old Malamute who is very sadly coming to us shortly for rehoming.  He has been a great dog in all ways for his family.  Unfortunately, the wife is a child minder and Brian accidently knocked a little kid over apparently.  The mother of that little child has insisted Brian goes!!!  So Brian so going - to come many miles to us.


Apparently he hates being alone for long and his really been in his element since the family had a baby and the wife stayed at home with said baby, Brian and children being minded.  So I really hope someone will come forward asap and offer him a great forever home - or a foster home until then.








Age:18 months - 2 years

Minimum Donation:£200

Chipper came here today from the Beacon Pound.  These pictures really do not do him justice.  He is big and extremely handsome.  He also has real 'presence' and pride about him.  The vet aged his as about 18 months to 2 years old.  He is very people friendly but is doubtless a thrown out farm collie and will probably not have lived in a house before.  Chipper is not overtly nervous but will obviously need help and guidance to learn about being a house dog.  He is here at the moment and it will be lovely to get him a good foster home ASAP please.





Age:1 year

Minimum Donation:£200

Foster Carer Update 21/2/2015

Chip is an absolute livewire! But what an amazing dog. He has now had a heart scan and the vets have advised that he has another in 6 months time, but currently no surgery or medication is required. He has now been castrated as well. Chip loves a play and a cuddle. HE eats well and is learning to walk on the lead as he pulls alot at the moment. Chip is house trained and hasn't had any accidents in the house. He is ready to find his new home.

Chip is a small, 12 month old shaggy terrier who was abandoned on the Brecon Beacons, served his time in the Pound, was not claim and has now come over to us to find him a great forever home.   He is very cute, lively and friendly BUT BUT BUT, the vet found the pup has a grade SIX (the worst to have) heart murmur.  This might be why he was thrown out and not claimed.

Anyway, he is going straight in to a foster home to be pampered.  He will be having a heart scan shortly to try and see why his heart is so 'bad'.  Then we will take it from there. 






Breed:Chocolate Labrador

Age:3 Years old

Minimum Donation: £200

This is Holly, a beautiful 3 year old brown lab.  Due to a change in her family's circumstances, poor Holly now spends long hours alone at home and is understandably becoming very sad,  Holly loves to be with people, and that makes her very happy.  She is a little overweight at the moment due to her lack of exercise and a few too many treats to compensate for her being left alone for so long.  She is a much loved dog but the family realise it is not fair to keep her in these new circumstances and have now decided the best thing for Holly is to find her a lovely new home where she will have company and all the exercise she needs.

Holly will stay with her family (in Axbridge) until the perfect home comes along for her.   If you are interested and would like to meet Holly please call Jill for more information on ..........01934 625944

Zena Reserved




Breed:Bichon Frise X Chihuahua

Age:2 years old

Minimum Donation: £200

Zena is a two year old, very sweet Bichon Frise cross Chihuahua.  She chewed something and was taken to the vet to be pts.  The vet refused and arranged for her to come to us.  At the moment, Zena is till over in Wales.  She is loving living with several other small dogs in a foster home there.  She will be arriving over here with us in a few days.





Breed:German Shepard

Age:18 months

Minimum Donation: £200


William came in to us towards the end of last year.  He was quickly adopted but, very sadly, returned after a few weeks for 'attacking' a little dog on the sofa.  Since he has been back, we have tested him, 'pushed' him and generally done all sorts (safely and kindly I must add !!!).  He has just been brilliant with all people and all other dogs here.  His best friend here is Edward, the young Chocolate Labrador.  They play and play and play.  No trouble.  No issues.

So we are now looking for a great, forever home for this young dog.  He was passed round and round between people before he arrive with us to start with.  William is about 18 months old.  He is big and he is strong.  But he is incredibly willing to please and to learn.  

Our prince William is looking for his 'Kate' - as one of our volunteers beautifully described it.



Breed:Cross breed


Minimum Donation: £200

Rex is an unusually looking white dog.  He is a real mix of breeds and it is hard to agree what his parents were.  He is a largish young dog - stocky collie size.  Rex arrived here last summer after being handed in to us due to a relationship break up.   He quickly went in to a foster home.  The foster family adopted him as he settled in very quickly with them and their other dogs.  However,  very unfortunately, for some reason, Rex started to 'guard' the family and things really got rather out of hand.   So he came back here - where he has been for the last few weeks.


Rex has been 10 out of 10 in all ways here.  Just an excellent dog.  He spends all nights in as companion to a volunteer who lives on site.  The volunteers absolutely loves Rex - and vice versa - but, sadly, he (young volunteer) is looking for a full time job and realises he can't really adopt this young dog.


So Rex is looking for a great forever home. 

Special homes needed for project dogs





CONNIE, CHASE and CRYSTAL arrived here a couple of weeks ago.  They were breed in error and not wanted by the farmers.  They spent their whole short lives locked in a sheep trailer apparently.  Luckily the farmers let us take them in. 

All three are very people and other dog friendly - though Chase, the male, is quite dominant at the moment as he has not been neutered yet.

They all need different homes as they don't get on that well with each other.  Can you imagine the boredom and stress they have all lived with - confirmed together in a small space the whole time !!!!!!!! It is amazing that they are as good as they are.

All three are a nightmare to get to eat anything.  They are all very small and skinny.  Obviously they have never had collar and leads on.  It took a few days for them to be brave enough to venture out of their kennels.  They are all enjoying going out in the fields a lot more now - though they need carrying to start with.

In the right hands (like most dogs) they will be great.  So we are looking for brilliant, collie savvy homes for them all.  There is no rush at the moment as they are learning so much here.  We think they are probably brother and sisters.  Crystal gets picked on by the other two - so they have been separated.  Chase has the most impressive chest ruffles a dog could have!!!!  We will try and get better pictures of them all asap. 



Oreo needs a FOSTER or FOREVER home ASAP

Breed: Collie

Age: 8 months

Minimum Donation:£200


Oreo is an eight month old tri coloured collie.  He was purchased when he was 8 weeks old by a family from a Welsh farm.  He became too strong, too active, too clever and just too much for the family to cope with.  (He had working farm collie parents so being a quiet little house dog is too big an ask for him and other with that back ground).


Unlike Aretian, sadly Oreo does not seem to have had basic training or manners - BUT he is improving very quickly here and will, in the right hands, make a great dog.  He is excellent with all the other young dogs and with all his carers or exercisers.  He's just in need of the right, committed forever home.




Breed:Tri Merle Collie

Age:7 months

Minimum Donation:£200


Aretian (pronounced AH-RE-SHONE) arrived here a few weeks ago. He had been very much loved but the 9 year old son in the family had become very nervous of the puppy so he came to us to find him a great, forever home.  He was quickly offered a lovely home but, very sadly, the two older collies who lived there already, did not take to him and made his life too uncomfortable.  So he was returned.


He is a fantastic big pup.  Very bright and keen to learn.  Brilliant with all the other dogs and everyone that handles and exercises him.  None of us can say anything negative about him really !!!!  He is sharing his big kennel with Oreo and that get one extremely well.  Aretian loves playing with the other young dogs here too.  So a forever home with at least one other friendly, playful dog would be best for him.


Please bear in mind, he is big already.  And will need further training and input.  He went to puppy training classes - and this shows as he is so well mannered.



Our Collie Collection


We have a lot of very lovely Collies looking for homes.  All (except one) have come over from Welsh farms.  All are young, bright and kind.  They all need active, savvy, patient, loving forever homes - and continued training and guidance.  We have the most handsome big collie CHIPPER.  There are the two youngest (8 month old) OREO and AH-RE-SHONE.  Then there are the three 'wild' project collies - CONNIE, CHASE and CRYSTAL.







Age:13 Years old

Minimum Donation: £100

Jemma is a 13 year old Westie.  She has been very much loved all her life.  Her elderly owner has had to go in to a care home.  It was hoped that she would be well enough to come home.  Jemma has been waiting patiently in boarding kennels for the last few weeks.   Very sadly, the lady is not going to be well enough to come home ever, so her family have been trying to find Jemma a lovely new retirement home. 

Jemma is coming to us tomorrow and is going straight in to a foster home in Weston super Mare.  She has never lived with other animals or children and has never been let off the lead on walks as her recall is not great.  So we will see how she gets on.  Jemma is very fit and lively apparently.  She is in excellent condition according to her vet report- so don't let her age put you off offering this little Princess a great new home.




Age: 1year

Breed: Parson Jack Russell

Minimum Donation: £200


Butch is a very cute Parsons Jack Russell who will be one year old at the end of this month.  He has had rather a sad life.  He was sold to a lady and went to live with her when he was only 4 weeks old.  The lady loved him dearly but she was disabled and lived in a top floor flat.  So Butch did not have the right exercise or socializing which is vital for all dogs, especially ones that leave their mother and litter mates far too early. 


The lady realised that Butch needed a different life then the one she could offer him, so he came to us when he was seven months old.  He did very well and, after spending a few weeks being nurtured in a lovely foster home, we was adopted.  Very sadly, this home proved not to be suitable for him and he was recently returned.  We have done more work with him and no one has had any problems with him.  He is learning to play well with other dogs.   Though he is still nervous and excitable, he has chilled out a lot with everyone.  


Butch is a very cute Parsons Jack Russell who will be one year old at the end of this month.  He has had rather a sad life.  He was sold to a lady and went to live with her when he was only 4 weeks old.  The lady loved him dearly but she was disabled and lived in a top floor flat.  So Butch did not have the right exercise or socializing which is vital for all dogs, especially ones that leave their mother and litter mates far too early. 


The lady realised that Butch needed a different life then the one she could offer him, so he came to us when he was seven months old.  He did very well and, after spending a few weeks being nurtured in a lovely foster home, we was adopted.  Very sadly, this home proved not to be suitable for him and he was recently returned.  We have done more work with him and no one has had any problems with him.  He is learning to play well with other dogs.   Though he is still nervous and excitable, he has chilled out a lot with everyone.  


Butch is a very cute Parsons Jack Russell who will be one year old at the end of this month.  He has had rather a sad life.  He was sold to a lady and went to live with her when he was only 4 weeks old.  The lady loved him dearly but she was disabled and lived in a top floor flat.  So Butch did not have the right exercise or socializing which is vital for all dogs, especially ones that leave their mother and litter mates far too early. 


The lady realised that Butch needed a different life then the one she could offer him, so he came to us when he was seven months old.  He did very well and, after spending a few weeks being nurtured in a lovely foster home, we was adopted.  Very sadly, this home proved not to be suitable for him and he was recently returned.  We have done more work with him and no one has had any problems with him.  He is learning to play well with other dogs.   Though he is still nervous and excitable, he has chilled out a lot with everyone.  

A message to you - 7th February 2015


We always take every possible care to match the right dog with the right home, after carefully assessing all the dogs that come in to us to work out their needs and character, etc.  Wherever possible, dogs go in to foster homes for even better assessment and back up.  Sadly, obviously, sometimes things don't work out in our dogs new homes.  This rarely happens as we try to take every care.


We were very disappointed (and surprised!) to have several of our dogs returned from their new homes a few weeks ago.  One of the dogs had been in the home for several years even.  The others for several months or several weeks.  All four were returned because of 'issues' that none had shown here or at their  foster homes.  And very interestingly, none have shown any of these 'issues' here or at their foster homes.   


So now they have all four been back for weeks and all been really good, we will try and find them great new forever homes.  All their 'issues' will be explained to anyone interested in them but, to be fair, we will just really do write ups describing how we have always found the dog to be - before they were originally adopted and since they have been back here.  All have been great dogs and have been handled by a range of staff and volunteers plus been with other dogs.  There have been NO problems with any of them.  

Cara Reserved



Breed:Yorkshire Terrier X

Age:4/5 months

Minimum Donation:£200

Cara is a very cute pup that has arrived from Beacon Pound today.  The picture really does not show how pretty and lovely she is - it was hard to keep her still !!!!  The vet thinks she is about 4 or 5 months old.  She still has all her baby teeth.  Goodness knows why she was unclaimed.  She seems scrumptious!!!!!  Cara has gone straight in to a foster home at Axbridge.    Updates to follow as soon as she is settled and assessed.   Vet thinks she is a Yorkshire Terrier cross - and we agree.




Breed:Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Age: 7

Minimum Donation:£200

Foster Carer Update 27/2/2015

Buster has been with me for nearly two weeks. He settled in very quickly.

On walks he is kept on the lead due to his unreliability with other dogs and also too much running aggravates the arthritis is his shoulder. He is fine with other dogs when on the lead. He lets off steam in the garden playing with his ball.
He ignores my chickens when they are in the run and steers well clear of the horses, he thinks they are very scary!
He is a super dog in the house, not put a foot wrong, rarely vocal and loves his bed.


This lovely older Staffie urgently needs a forever, or at least, a foster home.

Here are some pictures of buster, we thought he was older than he is, but  after doing some working out he is actually 7 and will be 8 this year. He is neutered and  good with children but not with cats or other dogs, he walks perfect on the lead doesn’t pull just plods along wagging his tail it’s not recommended that he runs around off the lead as has arthritis in his right shoulder so will limp if exercised  too much. He loves running around garden with toys football etc,loves a bath and jumbones.

Judy and Jessie RESERVED



Breed: Yorkshire Terrier

Age: 6 ish

Minimum Donation:£200

Judy and Jessie are two lovely, little Yorkshire Terriers who arrived with us last summer from Welsh farms when they retired from breeding.  They are now become very attached to each other.  They were adopted together but found it very daunting being with no other 'role model' dogs.  Their foster carer has lots of other little dogs - plus children, hens, ducks, etc.  The two girls are very happy there.  They are back with their foster carer again and are again looking for a great forever home - with other settled friendly little dogs for them to continue to learn from.  And also, very importantly, kind, patient humans to nurture and love them both.


Foster Carer Update (25/01/2015)

Both Yorkies are adorable little dogs, who love attention and cuddles. They enjoy short walks and having fun in the garden. They try so hard to please you but occasionally still get very scared if they are unsure of a situation that is new to them. They really are the sweetest dogs we have ever fostered who deserve a forever home that can give them all the love they so openly deserve. They are great with other dogs, children and our cat. Although they are unsure of our ducks! They have given us hours of entertainment as they have huge characters and personalities. 

Belle and Jasmine


Breed: Shih Tzus

Age: 6-8ish

Minimum Donation:£200

Since the shih tzus have been separated into pairs, they have become much more confident. They are now paper trained, staying dry all night and whilst we are out, if they are in their crate. They are friendly happy little dogs who need a loving home. They love everyone and love being cuddled and brushed by the children. They will make perfect little pets.

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 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.






Age: 7 years 

Breed: Labrador X Malamute

Minimum Donation:£200


This week Jessie has been a Dogs Friend dog for a whole year. We still haven't managed to find this striking lady a forever home. 


Although Jessie was in a foster home for a while, she is back in Kennels now. Jessie desperately needs a foster or forever home. Please get in contact to adopt or foster Jess


Jessie's Story

Jess grew up on a small holding. 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's 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.


In her foster home Jess showed some good 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.

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

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
















Rio is a 2 year old Staffy boy, very friendly and intelligent. He's been in kennels for six months now, waiting to be chosen. It seems no one wants poor Rio. Maybe because he seems a bit excitable when you first meet him but that's the same for most dogs who have been kept in a solitary kennel for so long. Rio is so desperate for some love and attention he just can't help himself.

Please come and meet him, take some time, give him a walk and a cuddle on the bench and you will see the loving, loyal boy that Rio really is.

If you could offer Rio a home please tel. Whitehouse Kennels on 01934 750352.









Mclaren is a beautiful Ridgeback x Lab girl who came in as a stray. She is 16 months to 2 years old the vet thinks. At first she was terrified of everyone and appeared never to have been on a lead before but she has come on a long way since being in kennels.

Mclaren now enjoys her walks and is calm and friendly with everyone she knows and loves a fuss and a cuddle.

Mclaren has obviously had a hard time with men in her past so would prefer an all female home or at least one where the 'man of the house' was very kind and understanding.

If you could offer this lovely, affectionate girl a home, please Tel. Whitehouse Kennels on 01934 750352.







Rosie Reserved



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.










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.







Barney- Reserved



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.


Barney has had a lot of home offers - so no more please. His Foster carer is assessing what is best for Barney and liaising with applications.










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.










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.






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.










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.


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