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Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 14 Jan 2013 23:24

I want one, and can't afford it but I have ' self torture' session from time to time and look at the local Dogs Trust rehoming site ( online ) , it's only a couple of weeks since I looked but there are 17...underline 17!...new dogs listed just in that time. May be an indicator of how many people are struggling financially either in terms of food costs etc or having to work longer hours to stay afloat and just not having the time to look after a dog.

This isn't a post with a point lol, except perhaps to ask what kind of dog 'looking out of the screen' makes you go ahhhh ? :-D

Susan10146857

Susan10146857 Report 14 Jan 2013 23:29

All of them :-D

I don't just think it is because they can't afford them.....there are a lot of nasty people out there, and then there are those who think they want a dog but find it is too much work.

Why don't you see if there is a local dogs home who needs dog walkers or helpers. That should get rid of some of your brooding to have one...and who knows, maybe you will find that you can afford one after all....or......that you don't want one after all :-)

All rescue dogs are vaccinated and spayed or neutered so there will be no expense there.

JustJohn

JustJohn Report 14 Jan 2013 23:30

I should think after your recent porch incident, a Rottweiler would be a pretty and convenient dog to have, Rose.

I rather fell in love with Sealyhams - do you remember that lovely poster in Kent (Sealyham) who had always had that breed. Labradors and Staffies are also usually lovely family pets, in my (very limited) experience. :-D

Susan-nz

Susan-nz Report 14 Jan 2013 23:30

Hello Rose,

I have grown up having a dog as part of the family. Our last family pooch was a Springer Spaniel, he was fabulous. Though he was a family dog, my OH was definitely his master. My daughter used to read him stories when she was younger.

My daughter has a rescue puppy, she lives near us so we 'share' the dog.... Best of both worlds. This dog is a bitzer, noy quite sure what one of the bits is though :-).

maybe when we retire we will get our own dog again, though I remember how traumatic it is to lose a pet


:-(

JustGinnie

JustGinnie Report 14 Jan 2013 23:32

The Dogs Home here had a piece in the paper saying how many more dogs had been taken in since christmas, can't remember the figures but there was a picture of 2 little Yorkies that had been abandoned and they were so lovely that I was tempted but sense prevailed thankfully. Maybe one day we'll be in a position to have another dog but not now . :-( :-(

Any dog looking at me makes me go ahhhh. It's the eyes that do it. :-D

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 14 Jan 2013 23:40

It's too far from me Susan otherwise I would :-)

'Archie' is smiling out at me lol, he's a crossbreed...part spaniel part coliie I should think..I'm a sucker for collies. Many of the dogs listed are larger breeds or Staffies, and a lot of Jack Russell types.

Susan10146857

Susan10146857 Report 14 Jan 2013 23:42

I Know Rose.....why not start up a business as a dog walker.....I know a couple who do just that....or a dog sitter.....I bet there are a few old people who need their dogs walking :-)

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 14 Jan 2013 23:46

Not a bad idea Susan :-)

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 15 Jan 2013 00:45

When I got my PPI back last year, I gave both my daughters money.
Younger daughter got 2 rescue cats, elder daughter got a rescue staffie - that's her,(Betty) in my avatar with one of my grandsons (he's ill in the pic), 6 days after getting her.

She, and my younger grandson Jago (aged 2 and a half) 'play fight'. The dog could quite easily walk off - but doesn't. It's quite weird to walk into the living room to see them both rolling around on the floor, the dog's tail wagging madly, as she grabs his arm in her mouth!!
She doesn't hurt him at all, yet we all know what damage she could do.
He doesn't talk much yet (too much doggy influence?) but can suss out an animals' feelings.
Betty (one of my cats) was pi**ed off with him, put her ears back - he backed off immediately. No-one had told him she was cross - he just knew. My cats have never attacked a human - or a child - yet!!

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond

Purple **^*Sparkly*^** Diamond Report 15 Jan 2013 06:55

I still miss my dog, who I had for 12 years till she got cancer. I miss my cats too, they all died of old age. I haven't been in a position to have more pets since I lost mine but would love a dog and cats. If I don't do something about it soon, I will be too old and would have to sign up for the Cinnamon Trust who look after pets if their owners have to go into hospital or become too frail to care for them.

Maybe you could make contact with the Trust Rose, and do some fostering or something. I am sure they would be glad of any help offered.

Lizx


What does the Cinnamon Trust do?

The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem - for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.

A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital - volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.

The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request.

When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.


Muffyxx

Muffyxx Report 15 Jan 2013 07:45

I'm also a sucker for a collie Rose...their intense stare makes me melt lol.

Mersey

Mersey Report 15 Jan 2013 10:04

I would take any dog Rose.....Love em all....

I dont have a dog anymore (heartaches :-()...I have my Mums Dog quite a few days a week., my foster dog LOL....Hes a jack russel, he has a lovley manner about him and when I was ill he was just a pup and went to stay with Mum for a long time he never left my side it was if he knew (Blub)

Also Bfs Mum has a dog a yorkshire terrier cross Alfie he came from the dog trust not so long ago....he had such a sorrowful story but since being taken in he has come on leaps and bounds, hes happy and content and such aloving dog...

I adore dogs, and if I could I would take them all in... :-) <3 <3 <3

Sue

Sue Report 15 Jan 2013 11:19

Like alot of people on here i love all dogs, in fact all animals, except for snakes.!!
My favourite dog is the staffy. We had one for 13 years. Brilliant family dog.
I have a jack russell now, and love all shapes and sizes. They are such characters, but quite energetic.!
In my dreams, i would love a pug or a bull dog, but cost out of question.

The one thing i have found is that vet bills are very expensive, and at one time recently we had to pay out quite a bit monthly for tablets. Maybe that is the reason for so many dogs being homeless. Even insurance does not cover alot of things as my daughter found out. when her cat was ill. So unfair.

Sue :-)

Mauatthecoast

Mauatthecoast Report 15 Jan 2013 11:35

Could you not ask/volunteer at your local dog's home Rose? I know there are walkers at some near to us.

btw: I've emailed a beautiful picture.....he's adorable :-D X

ChrisofWessex

ChrisofWessex Report 15 Jan 2013 12:08

Four years ago when we lost our 15yr old rescue dog - we had him from 8 weeks, not possible to have a dog anymore, still miss one around. However we adopted one at the Dogs Trust. Last week we had a letter - they are trying to fund raise to build another shelter. Over Christmas holiday period this trust received 1500 dogs. That is horrific.

Same post OH received £25 from Ernie - I asked him if it would make a difference to his life style - he said no so I sent £25 to the Dogs Trust!!!!



Paula+

Paula+ Report 15 Jan 2013 13:24

. It is very strange but just recently I have dreamed several times that we have brought a dog. We would both love one but recognise that now is not the right time for us, so we are like two sad souls who talk to other peoples dogs when we are out walking.

Maggie I had a Staffie name Duke,( because he walked like John Wayne). Duke was fifteen and half when he died. He was the nicest natured dog ever, children loved him and he was great with them, in fact my Mother always said he was more like a child than a dog. They do have a bad reputation, but I think it says more about the owners than the dog, however it is best to err on the side of caution with all dogs when there are children around

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 15 Jan 2013 18:28

Betty (the Staffie - confusing when I've got a cat with the same name!) is lovely with humans and other dogs - but I wouldn't trust her near my cats!!
She'd prefer to be sat in the car for an hour, knowing that the family will soon be back, than left at home, waiting a wee bit longer.
When anyone goes round their house and sits on the sofa, they soon find a dog curled up - cat like - on their lap fast asleep!!
She loves her comfort :-D

~flying doctor~

~flying doctor~ Report 15 Jan 2013 19:32

Rose, why don't you look into fostering an older dog. I know springer rescue cover vets bill for their oldies and I'm sure other dog charities do also. Otherwise, look for someone who works and offer to have their dog while they're at work. Just a thought. Elaine. ;-)

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 15 Jan 2013 20:44

I would like Eeyore's dog, its photo was her avatar and it has such an expressive face. I haven't seen Eeyore on here for a little while.

VIVinHERTS

VIVinHERTS Report 15 Jan 2013 21:31

Many smaller animal re homing charities need people to 'foster' dogs before they go to new homes. They provide the equipment and food - you just need to provide the time because many dogs don't do well in kennels. Have a look at the local re-homing centres near you.