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Frankie’s Story

A litter of 8 Pointer puppies came into the centre in 2008 along with their mother. They had been found as strays and were in the most appalling condition. They were desperately underweight and their mother had been trying her best to feed them all. Sadly we lost one of them, but the rest of them began to thrive and were all rehomed.

The photos below show little Frankie when he first went to his new home, he was still underweight, but in need of a loving home and a family who could give him the love and attention he needed.

Frankie Frankie

Frankie’s owners have kept in touch with us and we received a lovely letter from Frankie telling us the following:

 

By the time you read this I will be over 1 year of age. I would like to thank you all for saving my life and looking after me whilst I was in your centre.
When I was collected I was cuddled in a blanket all the way to my new home in Devon.
Mum and Dad left food for me upstairs and downstairs so that I was never hungry, so I just helped myself - a little and often.
After my injections I went to puppy parties run by veterinary nurses at my vets once a week. I was awarded a toy at the end of the course for being the most improved puppy.
I went on from there to obedience training for 7 months. I have been on holiday twice and have always been on my best behaviour.
I go for 2 long walks a day to lovely places and have a short walk in the evenings.
I have lots of toys; I get lots of love and cuddles and play lots of games.
Thank you once again for caring for me and for all you do for the other animals that come into your Animal Welfare
.

Love from
FRANKIE xxx

 

We were delighted to see the following photos of Frankie, happy and healthy in his new home.

Frankie Frankie
Frankie


Emmy’s Appeal

In the week beginning May 24th we put out an appeal for a dog called Emmy who was found on the side of the road, injured in the Leitrim/Roscommon area. A very kind gentleman bought Emmy into our centre to be cared for. It was immediately obviously that her back leg was badly broken so Emmy went to our vets, Quinns in Mohill. Our fear was that she would have to have her leg amputated, but luckily the vet on duty, Joe, managed to save the leg by wiring and pinning it. Poor Emmy had to be kept in a crate for 6-8 weeks and let out in the garden briefly every 2 hours and she had a hood on for 2 weeks to stop her from pulling out her stitches. We put out an immediate appeal in the form of a poster and an article in the Leitrim Observer to help us to raise funds for Emmy’s surgery. The article showed a photo of Emmy when she came back from the vets – see below

Emmy

The day after the article was featured in the Leitrim Observer donations began come in to the centre. We could not believe people’s kindess and generosity. Some people made the journey and came into the centre themselves or sent us cheques and money through the post. Many people gave money to Christine, the Manager when she was out shopping.

The photo below shows Emmy at our centre, recovered from here surgery and ready to be adopted into a forever loving home.


Emmy

Her forever loving finally came when Susan Corrigan visited our centre to collect her cat who is a regular boarder with us. She and her daughter saw Emmy, fell in love with her and asked if they could adopt her. We knew that this would be a perfect home for Emmy and that she would flourish under the loving care of Susan and her family.

Below are some photos of Emmy today taken in her new home


Emmy  Emmy

Emmy  Emmy


Holly’s Winter Emergency

Holly On 14.12.09 we got a report of a stray Terrier who appeared to be heavily pregnant. The people who had taken her in to their home kindly brought her down to us and we immediately put her into one of our heated whelping rooms. On St.Stephen’s Day Holly gave birth to 4 beautiful little pups late at night. The next day the manager, Christine, went to check on Holly to see if she had given birth to any more pups and quickly realised that something was wrong. Christine could see that Holly was in distress and there appeared to be a puppy stuck inside Holly unable to come out. Holly was running a high temperature and was obviously in trouble. There was very deep snow outside and the road up to our centre was treacherous, completely covered with deep ice, staff had been unable to get up the road and had had to park at the bottom; but Christine rang our vets, Quinns in Mohill, and told one of the vets, Paula that she was coming in with Holly. The 4 pups that were born were left in the care of one of our experienced kennel staff, to keep them warm and stimulated. Christine had a very dangerous and scary drive over to the vets and Holly was immediately examined. Paula said that the pup was in such a position that it could not be pulled out and so a caesarean section was the only option. She then totally surprised Christine by saying that as she was the only vet on duty due to the severe weather conditions, Christine would have to gown up and assist the operation. During the section 2 pups were found to be dead, then 2 pups were born alive followed by a final one who had died. Many thanks to Paula for working so hard to save Holly. Christine then had the treacherous drive straight back to the centre with Holly and the 2 pups to reunite her with her 4 other pups. If Holly had not been taken in and had gone into labour outdoors both she and all the pups would not have survived. Many thanks to the couple who took her in. Here are photos of Holly and her 6 beautiful pups, who are all now happily settled into new homes.

Hannah

Haley

Henry

Hannah

Hazel

Henry

Honor

Hazel

Harriet

Honor

Harriet

Harriet

 


MILLIE

When Millie’s owners first adopted her she had a lot of issues; she would run up and down the hall constantly braking and would choose a corner to bark into. She would stare at nothing and duck terrified as if something was being thrown at her. They realised she was deaf on the first night and she didn’t sleep a whole night for 6 weeks, she would just run and bark. If she rested she would have to be in physical contact with one of the family. She would lie by Barney, their black Labrador, but would turn and snap at him and growl out of the blue. In the garden Millie would run away into a corner or do circuits around the hedge. If her owner picked up a brush or a bucket she would run and hide and she also noticed that Millie had an old scar on her neck where she might have been tied or cut in the past. Millie’s new owners were sure they would not be able to cope with her, but they persevered, got lots of advice and gave Millie a sense of routine. We were very happy to receive a recent email from her new owners who reported that Millie has learnt to play with a ball and now knows her daily routines, she has learnt some simple commands and no longer jumps with fear when drifting off to sleep. Millie now also plays well with their black Labrador, Barney, she began to play fight with him, tugging at socks and rolling around the place happily. Millie’s owner also states “Millie is a bright little dog, who loves attention, is very faithful and sticks like glue. She likes nothing more than to cuddle on the sofa in the evenings. She is much admired for her beautiful coat and sparkling eyes and her agility and energy is amazing.” Below is a photo of Millie looking happy and relaxed in the grass. We thank her new owners for their dedication and for persevering when many would have given up.


Millie


BEN GOES TO JERSEY

We received a telephone call in February during the freezing cold weather and snow. The caller said that some people living near her had gone abroad and she didn’t think that they were returning to Ireland and that they had left their black Labrador tied outside with no shelter, food or water.
The lady who called had started putting food over the fence to the dog, but she was concerned, as his paws appeared to be bleeding due to him trying to escape through a wire fence.

The Community Wardens investigated the situation and as a result the dog was collected from the property and he was brought to our centre.
On his arrival the staff were distraught at the state that he was in, he was incredibly thin, very nervous and he cowered whenever anyone went near him and kept his head hung very low. He was frightened and untrusting of everyone and everything.

Our kennel staff worked very hard over the next few weeks socialising with Ben, giving him lots of fuss and attention to gain his trust and make him feel safe and loved. A priority was also to help him to gain weight and return him to full health. Gradually Ben started to lift his head and greet the staff with a wagging tail instead of cowering and he began to gain weight.

Meanwhile we received an email from a lady who had adopted a much-loved Labrador from us many years ago. She lives is Jersey and was heartbroken as her Lab had tragically died due to a spinal injury which he suffered from whilst playing with a frisbee on a beach near their home. In her email she asked if we would consider her for future adoption of a black Labrador. Our Manager told her of Ben’s plight and after consulting her family she said that she would like to give Ben a loving home.

On the next page are heart-warming photos of Ben, healthy and happy in his new home in Jersey.

In a recent email from Ben’s new owner, Kate, she reported that
“Ben has settled in very well now and has gained a lot of confidence! He loves his new life and is a very happy dog. His coat is looking fabulous and he is filling out nicely now. He has gained more muscle in his rear legs from plenty of walking so he is now looking very handsome! He has definitely decided to have his puppyhood, which he probably missed out on in his earlier life and is generally full of beans.
 Ben is a big mummy's boy and whenever I walk in he practically wags his whole body which is hilarious!”

Ben Ben


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