ARTHUR: THE SPECIAL ONE [30.08.17]
We adopted Arthur on January 11th 2010. He is one very special dog, he has lots of quirks some good some not so good but once you get used to them you can’t help but love him. Life just wouldn’t be the same without him.
FOURTEEN YEARS OF LOVE AND AFFECTION [21.04.17]
On 30th ApriI it will be six months since we lost our family friend and I wanted to publish a remembrance story about our beautiful dog Sandy, who we rescued from Animal Lifeline on October 17th 2002; Sandy was and still is pictured on your website home page with Wendy Turner-Webster – the beautiful little ginger collie!
After 16 years of life, and spending 14 years in our home, Sandy sadly passed away 30th October 2016, surrounded by his loving family. We all miss him terribly, he became a member of the family from the day he came home with us. We have so many lovely memories of him which I would like to share.
I urge other people to adopt from a shelter such as yourselves, as I was able to find my best friend and experience a love unlike any other in a wonderful rescue dog.
I hope one day I am able to adopt again, and fill another dog’s life with love and cuddles.
BLUE THE MAJESTIC ONE [06.12.16]
Well we got Blue in May 2004, just before his 4th birthday. He has overseen 4 children, two of which are now grown up. Just when he thought he was in for a rest along came two more babies (now 2 and 4).
We moved to a village surrounded by fields and dogs in 2010 and he soon became well known, a bit of a celebrity. He’d take himself off to visit people during walkies – I remember one Christmas day whilst walking off his turkey dinner he wandered into a neighbour’s house whilst they were eating their Christmas dinner and walked out with a bone.
He has become known as ‘majestic Blue’. It was at this time that he was also introduced to cats, contrary to belief he took to them almost straight away (almost!) although there was a lot of nose rubbing and cuddling with one of them. That didn’t stop him chasing the ginger church cats though! He can’t walk as far anymore or chase ginger cats, but everyone still asks about him. I’m writing this as we know his time is limited at the age of 16, he has brought pleasure to so many lives and we thank Animal Lifeline for letting him live with us. The majestic Blue ( Balloo). Peter
BORIS & MATILDA – EIGHT MONTHS IN [27.11.16]
Just updating the story of the lovely Boris and Matilda, now they have been with us for nearly 8 months.I cannot overstate how much we love these dogs – they are affectionate, funny, noisy and devoted. The vet tells me that Boris is quite elderly, about 10 – 12 years and Matilda is much younger at about 8 years. As she is so stout (big boned, not fat), they are both on a par when it comes to walking – in other words both cannot walk very far. However, Matilda loves it when we go out in the car for a walk and she especially likes water it seems. The vet suggested when I was musing what she was crossed with, that it might be a fish tank. She is very rectangular!
Boris did go for a wander about 2 months after we had them, somehow escaping through a very small gap in the gate. He ended up at the accountants who do the books for Animal Lifeline – what were the odds? Anyway, since then there have been no more escapes. Indeed neither of them ever go out even when the door is open. It seems they are equally devoted to us as we are to them. I can only say to anyone wondering about whether to adopt a Staffie – they are well worth it and definitely good for your mental health, since they love unconditionally and are a joy to have around. Just wish they liked other dogs more, but you can’t have everything.
ALFIE’S LEGACY [30.09.16]
We adopted Alfie in June 2004, as company for our very very naughty terrier puppy. Alfie was a rough coated lurcher and a true gent, he taught our naughty Bess manners and how to be a good girl, he also taught her how to get in the biscuit tin and how to break in to the kitchen bin!! Additionally, he also trained two whippets that we adopted from animal lifeline, he was a proper dad.
Alfie sadly went to dog heaven in February 2016, leaving our family devastated, we still have Bess and Jak the whippet who are amazing dogs thanks to Alfie.
Keep up the good work Animal Lifeline
Claire and Ellis Quinn
Bess and Jak the whippet xx
OUR JESS! [06.09.16]
We only went up to the kennels to drop off some bones, but persuaded the hubby to look round! He spotted Jess, there she was on her own looking out to a field, she looked friendly enough.
Well since we adopted her in November 2014 she has been great although she likes to chew remote controls and my slippers! She went on holiday with us to France and was so good in the car even for the 15 hours it took to get there! She is such a little darling, so playful with other dogs, normally comes back when called if not she soon comes running when you are more than 2 feet away.
Yes, she hogs the bed but we love her so much. Thank you Animal Lifeline.
Paula and Chris.
ADORABLE AMY [22.05.16]
We had Amy a cross Collie/Labrador from you 14 years ago , her name then was Molly . We had another dog named Molly so we changed her name to Amy.
Amy is a much loved pet and my best friend , a very loving and gentle pet who loves us as much as we love her. Corrine.
DELIGHTFUL DELILAH [21.07.16]
It is always great to hear how former Animal Lifeline dogs are getting on and we have recently heard from Emma Salt who 13 years ago, had an 18 month old puppy from Animal Lifeline and called her Delilah.
“Delilah is nearly 15 now and she is amazing,” says Emma. “She walks 2 miles every day and can manage a maximum of a 6 mile walk. She’s full of energy and is a wonderful dog and companion. We love her dearly.”
“I wanted to send you some photos and let you know that she’s very healthy, very happy and I think you do a wonderful job.”
MY BABIES – COOKIE & LUDO [30.04.16]
I first had Cookie the Anatolian Shepard from you. She was so disruptive at first and chewed threw a leather sofa, garden furniture endless shoes and bedding. Cost me a fortune but no matter what mischief she got up to, she got away with it as I adore her!
I then decided that she needed a friend so Pat suggested Ludo the Lurcher who is so well behaved.
I love them both and can’t thank Animal Lifeline enough.
BORIS & MATILDA – TWO WEEKS IN AT NEW HOME [22.04.16]
I came to adopt 2 dogs and with a view that I didnt want staffies. I had greyhounds as my last two dogs and mongrels before that. I admit to sharing a widespread prejudice about staffies. Anyway, when I said I wanted two dogs, pointed out to me were Boris and Matilda, two fat wiggly middle aged staffies and after 3 visits I decided to take them on from among the many staffies who are sadly over- represented in rescue kennels ( in part because people think like I did). The first evening I have to admit to wondering what on earth I had taken on – so excitable, never still and panting like trains! Greyhounds lie around and are very quiet usually so this was a bit of a shock. They had calmed down a lot on day two, and each day they have got calmer and more at home. They are still wiggly and adoring of everyone who calls. They are a joy to have around, such characters and so funny – Matilda snuffling like a pig and Boris deaf as a post, so it is easy to suprise him when he stands with his back to you as you come in, and then to see his sheer plesure at seeing you again!
It is 16 days since they joined our household. Feels like they always belonged here. So glad you pointed out the two staffies who needed to go together. I am a convert.
JESSIE – JUST PERFECT! [03.04.16]
We’ve covered many miles over the years, walking up to twenty miles a day. Unfortunately old age, and a previous chronic injury to her front left leg, means she can no longer walk far these days. She still has a good life though. She’s spending a couple of months touring France and Spain with us later this year.
BUDDY: THE BULLMASTIFF [15.01.16]
Hi there we adopted Buddy the BullMastif from you in Jan 2013.
Just to let you know he is stillgoing strong and very healthy.
He has been an absolute pleasure to have around
the place and is well known on his visits to my local pub!!!
He is such a well natured and gentle boy
We feel very lucky to have him
FAREWELL SOPHIE – WELCOME SAMSON [05.12.15]
Broke our hearts but we lost Sophie (see 22 May 2015 entry under) earlier this year. We adopted Samson (left in photo) from you guys the very next day. He helped Sadie, my wife and myself fill the void left.
He can be a handful but he is so loving and he is learning day by day. Here he is resting with his adoptive big sis! Keep up the good work you are doing.
Dave and Rachel
PIPPA – PERFECTLY PLACED! [04.12.15]
We adopted Pippa 3 years ago and she settled into family life straight away! Pippa is the most well natured and loving dog you could meet. She loves spending time down the stables with her best friends Tia (Our other Alsatian) and Jose (The Cockrel).
Every moment with Pippa is a joy and we wouldn’t change her for the world.
“WE DON’T NEED ANY MORE DOGS” – BUT THEN WE SPOTTED CARA! [30.10.15]
We have always had rescue dogs and when our previous border collie Pip died in 2007, we visited Animal Lifeline to pick another one. We had always had collies but this time we saw a cute golden coloured dog playing with a ball – and immediately knew he was the one for us. He is now 14 (according to the vet) and still going strong although he has slowed down a bit when he goes out for a run.
In 2013, we came to the open day and my daughter, Rosy, spotted Cara the black lurcher. Although I had said “we don’t need any more dogs” before we came, she fell in love with her at first sight and we ended up bringing Ashley to the kennels to make sure they would be friends for a permanent move. Suffice it to say, they have been absolutely fine together and even share their beds and toys.
Thank you for all the hard work you do – these 2 are adorable, friendly, happy little souls who have the second chance they so richly deserve because of you. (Photo – Ashley left, Cara right).
AMBER: OUR GERMAN SHEPHERD [06.10.15]
Amber came to join our family just over three years ago. Right from the start we realised what a beautiful young lady she was. She fitted in with our family immediately. Our other dog, Molly, loved her straight away. Even the cat was pleased that she had come to join our little gang. Every time he came in from a night on the tiles he would run straight over to her and rub his head on her’s.
She is the most lovely natured dog ever. Our pictures show that she has her very own spot on the sofa. The second photo is of her climbing Helvellyn in the Lake District. She has enjoyed many holidays in our caravan, in fact every time she gets in the car she thinks she is going on another trip somewhere.
FOSTER TO FAMILY DOG [12.09.15]
This is Suzie. She came initially as a foster dog but soon became part of the family. 8 years and many happy tales later she is still here and loved very much by everyone she meets.
SADIE & SOPHIE [22.05.15]
We adopted Sadie & Sophie in Aug 2-3 years ago.
Sadie & Sophie are twin long haired German Shepherds. We met them at a time when I was suffering badly with depression so it was like we were helping each other. Myself and my wife giving them a loving home and they giving me a reason to get up and get out each day! They changed my life for the better and I will always be greatful.
They are both still doing well even if they are getting on a bit now.
Dave and Rachel
DIESEL THE GENTLE GIANT [17.04.15]
I took Diesel home for a weekend visit to see if my cantankerous old girl would like him. Scarlett loved him!
That weekend is now over a year ago and they are devoted to each other. What a beautiful gentle boy, who says staffies are vicious?
Has to be a pretty bad owner, he is my 3rd staffie rescue and a credit to the breed.
HAPPY ROCKY! [21.03.15]
We had Rocky in june 2013. He really is a fantastic dog and is woken up 6.30 most mornings with a kiss on his head and a tummy tickle then we go on our morning walk.
When we get back he has a couple of Shapes biccies. He loves his walks wherever we are and is brilliant off the lead. I just say his name and he stops, I say “heel” and he comes to my side – his recall is perfect. Rocky loves to run on the beaches we go to and loves a paddle in the sea, so we try and get away as often as we can and he loves it! He is so nosy. He has a new toy every week and gets so excited when we show him the bag!
Rocky very rarely barks, he loves having a run around with over dogs. He just looks at cats and walks past them.
Rocky is the first staffy we have had and what an adorable breed they are. We have never laughed so much and he is such a lovable loyal dog. When we are out and stop for a coffee, he loves to sit on your lap like a yorkie. We were in a hotel in Scotland in the bar and he had to sit on my lap.
I knew that when I looked into Rocky’s eyes at your Serendipity Kennels he was to be our new best friend. I was so right! He is sitting on the setteee across from me now while I type this just waiting to go out in the car – so I had better go.
GRACE’S A GREAT GIRL! [24.01.15]
Its been five and half years since we adopted Grace. She will be 12 this year and she’s been such a loving dog, she makes us all smile, she is very active and loves being outdoors and is very adventurous.
We thought it would be difficult to retrain an older dog but we’ve been lucky. She is very bright and adapted to us almost imediately. Everyday we feel so HAPPY and LUCKY that we got her and love her to bits, everyone takes to her and she is good with other dogs she completes our family.
LOTS OF LOVE LOTTIE [20.11.14]
We adopted our beautiful Lottie from Animal Lifeline in August 2012. Originally called Paige she was the last sibling waiting to go. As soon as we saw her, we decided that we had to have her. Within 72 hours she was home with us and in May 2013 her best friend Oscar was born who she loves loads.
Thank you so much Animal Lifeline!
Hayley and Andy xx
PIP REMEMBERED [12.11.14]
Seven years ago we were blessed when we adopted our beloved Pip from Animal Lifeline . Pip , a Jack Russell passed away on Remembrance Sunday .
She was about 4 years old at the time of her adoption and we loved her so deeply that we don’t think the hurt of losing her will ever go away . Thanks to you all at Animal Lifeline for allowing us to take such a wonderful little lady into our lives .
Chris & Ron Jamieson X
RUBY & GUCCIE – GEMS! [14.10.14]
Hi. I had Ruby and Guccie some while ago. We love them dearly they come to the caravan with us and camping. Ruby is still the bossy one and the yappie one. But they are so lovable. We are thinking of having another one from you but cannot think what sort would go with these two. Any ideas would love to hear from you. Pat.
BLADE’S OUR BUDDY [14.09.14]
I had Blade in 2010 – he was around 2-3 years old. I came straight to Animal Lifeline as I had my previous dog from there. He was a little thin when we got him as he was stressed about being in kennels – he likes his comfort! We have no transport of our own so he was brought to my home, to see if we got on okay – which we did – he quickly settled himself in front of the fire. Needless to say I had no hesitation in signing papers to become his human – especially since Animal Lifeline have always been so brilliant in the past.
Now 4 years on he’s… well he’s still enjoying the comfort albeit on the sofa now. He’s such a sweet dog, we’ve never had any problems with him and he’s my absolute best friend. Rescue will always be the best “breed” to get for me – Alison.
MISTY’S MAGIC [04.09.14]
We adopted Misty from Animal Lifeline January 4th 2009, after losing two beloved companions in 2008. Misty had no trouble settling into our family, although really didn’t like travelling in the car when we first got her.
In May of that year we all went to Southern Ireland for a holiday with our caravan and stayed at a lovely site where Misty and Karen used to walk daily on the beach, ocassionally sharing it with two or three race horses who liked a dip in the sea. Later in that holiday we moved down the coast and stayed at Skibereen, when a lady told us about a dog show to raise funds for the local school. We went to watch and came home with first place rosettes for best Collie and best puppy!
Since then Misty has been very happy with us chasing her ball in the house and on walks every day and then we discovered flyball in December 2012! We joined Longton Flyball and Misty is now a valued member of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’, with Rosettes galore and is a very happy girl!! We love her loads and continue to support Lifeline by sponsoring Jake ,the Weimaraner who continues to live at Lifeline’s kennels.
LOTTIE IS LOVED! [16.07.14]
We adopted Lottie, formerly known as Dot, from Animal Lifeline in December 2011. When we met Lottie all we knew about her was that she was probably born in 2010 and the staff and volunteers at Animal Lifeline all said how sweet natured she was. They weren’t wrong.
Lottie quickly settled into a routine at home, and now 2 and a half years plus later, she’s a wonderful loving and playful little dog, who loves everybody, gets on very well with other dogs, and loves nothing more than a good walk before curling up on our laps for a nap. Lottie is a lovely little dog and we are very grateful to Animal Lifeline for enabling us to give Lottie the home she deserves. (Craig Flaherty).
POPPY AND PENNY UPDATE! [07.07.14]
Back in 2010, Wally and Lorna Davies adopted two little Pomeranians from Animal Lifeline, and they have just sent us this lovely update on how the dogs are doing:
Penny running as fast as her little legs will carry her Poppy flat out!“We still keep in touch with the kennels every two or three months and most of the staff and volunteers there remember the dogs fondly. We wanted to share a couple of photos of them taken in Ireland this May, where they so love to run on the beaches, so all those who remember them can see just how happy they are.
Poppy the larger and older dog was born with three congenital heart defects, but as you can see, it is not holding her back from having a happy life. They have been a delight from the day we adopted them and we hope they will continue to be so for many years to come.
Warmest regards to all at Animal Lifeline and in particular at the wonderful Serendipity kennels.”
Wally and Lorna Davies
(Photos: Penny Left and Poppy Right – Fun on the Run!]