Would like to say a huge thankyou to the amazing children at Bishop Aldhems Primary School in Poole who very kindly raised £61.87 for the dogs at the rescue, we would like to say a huge thankyou from us girls and the dogs and that we are so impressed that children are adopting rescue dogs and helping us look after them by working hard and fundraising
All of us at Dorset dog rescue would like to say a massive huge thank you to these lovely young ladies from St Gregory's school North Dorset who raised £187.00 running 5
miles round their cross country field after school . Ruby the dog on the left the red fox lab came from Dorset dog rescue two years ago and joined in the run . Super huge well done girls, just want to say we appreciatte every donation regardless of size but its so special to see young children understanding the plight of rescue dogs and a rescues struggle financially
Sweetie says thank you, after rolling in mud
she is back on the bed within an hour of being shaved
Julia the groomer was so patient as sweetie was very nervous and scared
she deffo hasn't had the best life
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 behavior 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 behavior 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 etc 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
Ok we are full to the brim (understatement)
if you can foster through the holidays
in any of the below areas please call the girls
in your area and they can talk you through it,
SOMERSET/MARTOCK is Helen on 07938503700
NEW FOREST is Nicola on 07763514217
DORSET is 07715596368
or Nat's on 07801282624
We have dogs of all ages and size
Suzie is a 2 year old teeny tiny westie, in foster with other dogs
(male and female) and gets on fine with them.
Very friendly with everyone she meets
Currently in foster in the new forest
Please call nats on 07801282624
Meet Hubert he is a 12 month old, neutered pedigree Weimaraner
who is a failed worker so is going to a pet home
In foster with children
Has excellent recall and clean in the house
Please call Jodie on 07938 503700
Tiny hasn't had the best time, she was sharing a kennel with a staffy who wouldn't let her eat food apparently!! so needs some meat on her bones (me and Nats can show her how to do that we find it easy ) she is very submissive with other dogs and is just a big cuddle monster, Tiny is 3 years old and a fawn Great Dane, give Helen a call if you would like more info 07938 503700
Jacob is a 5 month old retreiver x puppy
he is an active boy who will need an active family
please call Nats on 07801282624
Milly is a tiny 3-4 year old staffy girl
who's sadly been used to breed from
She is in foster with other dogs and gets on fine
but her foster mum feels maybe she would suit to be an only dog
or living with just one other. Isn't in foster with little children or cats
so for these reasons as we cannot say how she'll be we feel older children
and a cat free home. Milly is based in Parkstone
Clyde is a 2 year old lab cross, extremely sweet nature
and gets on with the other dogs in his foster home
Not in foster with children or cats
so we cannot say what he'll be like living with them
In foster in the new forest
Nero has been with us a month now and he really is just a big dope
he is about 18 months and in foster with another male dog and older children
If interested please call 07801282624
cilla is a 5 month old collie and in foster with male and female dogs and gets on great
Now little cilla can be quite nervous when she meets people
so her new mummy and daddy will need to understand its not going to be an instant thing
it is going to take time and perseverance. Cilla can be viewed in the new forest
George is a 2 year old springer cross, very lovely,friendly boy
who's in foster with other dogs (male and female)
he's about lab size and has plenty of energy
so a nice active home would be lovely
Please call nats on 07801282624
Suzie is a 10 month old border terrier
Very sweet little girl who enjoys being around the other
dogs in her foster home. Can be shy of new things and people
but doesn't take her long to adjust
but would probably suggest a home with slightly older children
Sadly she isn't in foster with cats so cannot say how she will be
living with them. Suzie is based in Poole with her foster family
please call nats on 07801282624 for more information
Wesley is a 10 month old golden Labrador
he is brilliant with other dogs but is a typical bouncy Labrador pup
so will need basic training, please ring 07738232637 for more info
Bella is a 5 month old gsd x husky and in foster with children,cats and other dogs. She will need to continue with puppy training in her new home as will still have accidents, chew and loves to chase mops and help do they washing. Very friendly little girl (who is going to be a big girl when fully grown so please put this into account). Please call/text nats on 07801282624
Hilda and Doris are 2 x 18 month old pug x's they are tinier than a pug
Very quiet and quite timid but also love cuddles, will make the best lap dogs
and brilliant with other dogs and cats, call 07738232637
Rosie hasn't had the best time in her brief 2 years, we think
she would prefer a home with another dog and NO CATS.
She is a 2 year old spaniel x and is very loving
Please call 07801282624 for more info
Ted is a 4 month old good old fashioned mongrel, there is so many breeds
you can't call it lol he is very sociable and so loving and will curl up
like a lap dog, be perfect for an all round family pet,
please call Nats on 07801282624 for more info
Dotty is a professionally trained German Shepherd, her manners are impeccable, walks without lead and sits perfectly in restaurants ect. She sleeps at the door of the 2 children she lives with and is a typical protective shepherd, where as she doesn't feel the same for toddlers as feels need to here them so over 6s but never hurt them. Great with male and female dogs. Dotty is 2 years old, please call 07738232637 for more info
Barney is a 4 year old shih tzu who needs a super special home, we feel he's going to be more happy in a child and cat free home and probably with an older couple as he does like to sleep 90% of his day. He is in foster care with other dogs and although he's fine his foster home have told us they think a home with either an older more quiet dog or as an only dog would be better for him. Barney does need time to get use to new people so a few visits to his foster home would be better so he can get use to you. Currently in foster care in the new forest.
Now if you need a little help around the house Sally is the one to assist :) .
She's a 5 month old collie cross and has the most gorgeous markings. Very friendly and loves other dogs and children. In foster in the new forest and will need to continue with the usual puppy training and will get into plenty of mischief.
meet Tessa she is about 4 years old,she is good on the lead,good recall and gets on well with other dogs and children.Tessa has had a bit of a bad time she had mange ,she was very thin and we think she has been in a accident as she walks with a slight limp ,she loves her walks and plays with no problem .Tessa is clean in the house ,for more info please call helen in Somerset on 07938503700
Jacob (terrier cross) is an older gentleman who will be looking for a lovely older but active couple and abit of a quieter home. Very unexpectedly Jacob found himself needing a new home after the passing of his elderly owner and unfortunately family members were unable to help. Jacob can be viewed and reserved but cannot leave us just yet. Jacobs foster mum has found he is a little hard of hearing (either that or abit selective apart from that he's a very sprightly older gentleman who loves everyone he meets and is also good with other dogs
Ted (whippet x ) and cilla our lovely little collie girl and are looking for their forever homes (separately). They are 4 months old and in foster with male and female dogs and love getting into mischief and keep their foster mum and dad very busy. Will need to continue with the usual puppy training in their new homes. In foster in hordle (new forest) please contact nats on 07801282624
Sparky is a male 1-2 year old sprollie, full of fun and energy and loves attention
fab with the other dogs in his foster home (male and female)
He has asked for an active home with a play friend. Currently in foster in hordle
Meet dave (blame his foster mum) he's a 5 month old lurcher pup
absolutely brilliant with children and good on and off lead
he does need to continue some training
ie some basic training and can have the odd accident at night
Super loving and a typical pup
so will keep you nice and busy :) in foster in Somerset