So we have been taking ex breeders since we started and Brooke
is our most recent ex breeder who has touched the hearts of many.
So my good friend Mrs A came up with the slogan "Are you sure you saw the Mum" and we think Brooke is the perfect poster girl for this campaign to raise awareness about buying a puppy as we feel the only way forward is education and awareness, please let's share everywhere as this isn't just in Ireland and Wales as Brooke came from Bournemouth.
Ok we girls at DDR can sometimes occasionally get a tad grumpy, not with the dogs but sometimes with people. We frequently get told we got successful very quick due to our brutal honesty and common sense approach to rescue.
We get asked all the time 'whats his/her history' 'do you know how old/breed'. Then we say the same old answer we just don't know. These are rescue dogs but even if they are handed in and people tell us everything about the dog since birth it would be foolish for us to believe it so the answer is still the same we just don't know.
We assess the dogs on how they are in rescue and what behaviour they display in there foster homes. Sometimes dogs don't display there 'true' personality till 2 months down the line once settled in a home. We cannot hold every dog 2 months so they are listed on how we see them at the present time. I wish we had a crystal ball but we don't.
We only want people/families to adopt our dogs to understand they are adopting a dog not a washing machine, in that I mean they have their own minds so can be unpredictable or change there behaviour in different environments. We thoroughly test the dogs with other dogs and if food aggressive and what they like with kids or horses or cats or whatever then one day they could take a dislike to a certain dog/child ect and we want people to understand this before adopting a dog.
I would like to stress this isn't a 'rescue dog' problem this is all dogs. Sometimes yes rescue dogs can have problems due to abuse or neglect but then also you get a rescue dog that is very easy as appreciates every thing they have as they have never had it and are no bother.
Dogs are like having a new kid, they will cry in new places for a few nights till settle, they need to adjust as have probably been in a pound in Ireland then to rescue in Ireland then on ferry to us then to vets then to foster home and then to your home so they go through a lot before they arrive with you.
We ask you to bring your dogs/children to all viewings as its not fair on everyone if you don't then we get a call ,my cat doesn't like him' 'kids are scared of the puppy' and they don't need to be passed round anymore than they are.
We often get calls 'my ddr dog is naughty you must have it back today' when we ask how long they have had it they state they adopted it at 8 weeks and is now 18 months!! Now we are NOT responsible for how your dog turns out believe it or not these days everyone likes to put blame but as adults you adopt the puppy/dogs and you will get back from your dog what you put in. And its very easy to say ok not my fault dump back at the rescue. We are always here to take a DDR back BUT you will have to wait for an available space we just don't have empty spaces for the day you feel you need to return your dog and this can take upto 6 weeks.
I know this post looks harsh but its being realistic as some go into dog ownership with tinted glasses, my dogs I have had years can still do stuff very out of character. Dogs will always have a natural instinct, you can raise a terrier as a lap dog but most will still always chase a rat, you can raise a springer as house pet but most will always try and flush birds, we have many ex working lurchers and you know they may take a deer or rabbit down, sheps can suddenly bark at random strangers, this is all dogs not just rescue dogs. So you may think we will go buy a pup from top breeder but you will have same problems as you cant take instinct away.
Its all about choosing the right dog for your lifestyle xx
OK so am on a begging mission as need some help.
We pride ourselves on being very honest and like to show you guys
where you money goes that you give us
hence why we regularly show you our vets statements.
We love that we take the ex breeders
that often come with high medical bills,
big boys, big breeds, cruelty cases,
elderly and often these need ongoing care.
We provide a vets bills for life scheme for the dogs
with pre existing conditions that otherwise
may not find homes as in the current climate
we know money is tight to take on a dog with vets bills.
All our dogs are health checked, vaccinated, flead
and wormed and we have a very successful neutering voucher scheme
We have paid 55,000 in last year in vets bills but also our transport is 800 a week plus
on top of that our fuel bill is huge, then add food and phones etc
its a lot of money to run a rescue Our out goings are more than whats coming in
so am asking (pleading ) to any wonderful people
or companies who would like to help us.
Us and the dogs would appreciate any help anyone can contribute.
We have attached our vets statement as think its important
for people to see, and I think we are in a minority
that display our vets bills for all to see.
If we were with any other vets this would be so much
more as Natterjacks are amazing to us and Andy has even done some ops for free.
Thank you all of our amazing supporters,
A few years ago we started to work with Petplan as they are one of the few insurances that realise that small independent rescues get no financial grants or support so send money bank from the policys taking out, so whilst paying your premium you are also giving back to the rescue you adopted your dog from.
All our dogs receive a healthcheck from Natterjacks vets and you receive 4 weeks free insurance with Petplan that YOU need to activate the day you adopt your dog.
Another reason we use Petplan is that we have our own dogs insured with them. We insured our own dogs with Petplan as when I was younger I worked at a vets and saw so many BIG NAME companies not pay out on insurance claims at last minute and genuine people be landed with huge bills. Also because of this, vets ask for payment up front due to insurance companies keep doing this, BUT because Petplan is so good they are one of the few insurance companys that vets will wait for the money as they are so good at paying out. So if you think so many ops can be £4000 plus can you afford that up front with one of the other companys. I couldn't so my dogs are with Petplan.
Soooooo over the last few years Pets at Home have been really amazing at supporting small independent rescues like DDR like never before. Firstly, they sent us a pallet of food to help over the Christmas period. Also, due to The Support Adoption Scheme in the store where we go to and sell raffle tickets, they raised an amazing £2326.36.
This is breathtaking for us as our vet's bill is up to £4000 even though we pay huge sums weekly so, instead of refurbishing our new van at this present time, we feel this whole amount, when clear, will be going off our vet's bill. As Natterjacks are truly a one off vet practice and hence why many people who adopt are staying with this amazing team, we seem to be inundated with skin issues and joint problems so feel this is more of a priority.
Also Colin and Jenny and their amazing team at Pets at Home, Fleetsbridge were great to work alongside. They really interacted with the dogs (even Bandit when he trashed a display!!) and genuinely cared about their stories and wanted cuddles. They all had a great sense of humour and were great. They are currently running a "Buy a Rescue Dog a Meal for 50p" so, if anyone wants to help, they can by popping into Pets at Home at Fleetsbridge. I think they are a great example of how a big corporate store gets it right with the personal touch.
Big shout to Waitrose in Parkstone who also very kindly raised £340 with how busy we are at Christmas is a huge help and we really do appreciate everyone's support.
Thank you. Every single penny helps and makes a difference. Look out for the other two amazing local companies who have helped us out later on in the week. Please share and cross post as I do believe these companies don't have to help us and it is amazing that they are doing so.
Sometimes kind wonderful companies do lovely kind things and don't ask for any recognition - they just do it to help us and be kind. When I said we would use some money to make a banner the lovely Jean at Opus Print sent us a message and offered to design and make us one which is amazing. They also made us car stickers supporting DDR. We want to say a huge thank-you to you guys as we love it and you designed it also as we have no imagination, http://opusprintgroup.co.uk/
RESERVE NOTE: Dogs will only be held if the prospective adopter has met the dog and the owner of the rescue has agreed to hold the dog for them and the prospective adopter has paid a deposit. Dogs will not normally be kept 'on hold' for more than 48 hours.
DDR is based in Bournemouth and Poole
but we have foster homes all over Dorset and Hampshire.
Puppies must remain in Dorset
but our dogs over 6 months can go further afield.
If anyone can help in any way whether it be fostering,
Transport , bedding or a donation
To help towards these dogs vet's care
it would be massively
appreciated by us
But especially by the dogs.
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