JANUARY/FEBRUARY saw us involved with 17 Rough Collies of various ages from a breeding and show kennels in the Midlands area of the country, when their owner was rushed into hospital in a critical condition. Although these dogs did not come into rescue, we were on the alert and ready to act if needed. They were looked after in their own home for over a week by members of Collie Rescue and volunteers in residence. Their owner recovered and all dogs were left in her care.
MARCH/APRIL has seen more collies come into rescue, most fortunately have been successfully re-homed, although we are still looking for loving homes for four males ..... see "Fostering/Adoption" for further details.
Sadly, we have also lost some of our collies over the last few months .... see "Rainbow Bridge". It is always a very sad time when we hear of collies dying, we know it is expected with the older dogs, but two that have gone recently were more "middle aged" than elderly, and this makes it even more sad. I always say that everything happens for a reason, and yes, one couple who lost their dog took another one virtually straight away and we have now gained a much needed resource when the space left was offered as a temporary foster home, where any dog who needs medical treatment, would not suit a kennel environment or needs assessment and training in the basics can go temporarily, until re-homed, with one of our more experienced owners.
Fund-raising is a vital part of our work. We ran a raffle, raising vital funds, through our Facebook Page - Rough and Smooth Rescue UK. One of our members, an animal artist, offered to do a painting of some of our rescue dogs - 20 in all !! - and we raffled this off via the internet. Although this was hard work for the organisers, it went very well, (although I don't think we would do it again !!)
Our next big fund-raising event will take place in June - an 8.5 mile walk around Carsington Water with our dogs (only the fit ones !!) - see Facebook for more details.
Look out for my May blog.
MAY saw us still busy rescuing and re-homing collies, some again from abroad.
There has also been some worry surrounding a couple of rescued collies, but veterinary treatment for both has seen good results and great relief for their owners.