|Note from Mo|
I do thank everyone who watches the website, and thank you all for your kind messages
As most of you know we are very dedicated 'family' of volunteers who all feel very strongly about looking after our special dogs, and try never to turn a dog away, no-matter its age or condition.None of us take any expenses , the adoption donations we ask for partly cover vets bills (which for some dogs this can be very expensive and ongoing) there is also Grooming costs, and feeding,bathing, and all the other costs involved with the care and wellbeing of these animals.
If at anytime you can spare even a very small amount of money, this would be gratefully appreciated, to help us continue this very necessary need.
You can donate through 'pay pal' on this website.
Thank you so much
Over very many years we have taken in westies who 'bite' we take the view it is not the dogs fault, he may be has been teased,illtreated, miss handled, lots of reasons, we bring them in to our homes, show them they are wanted, rehabilitate with people and other animals, and keep them as long as necessary, until we are sure they are ready for their new 'forever home'.
Not only do we take in dogs through 'westies in need' we try to help other kennels,pounds,other rescues, to help many of these dogs.
Recently a westies in need fosterer (with many, many, years of experience, took in a blind jack russell who had been kept in a cupboard most of his life as he was considered to be untrustworthy with people and children, the owner was going to have this dog put to sleep, this fosterer was given a brief outline of this dog, she then travelled 100 miles to collect the dog and bring him back to her home.With blind dogs they normally follow other dogs,and soon get used to not bumping into things.This dog did not, he was aggressive with her other dogs, and repeatedly banged his head against the wall, he was totally distressed. She had to make a decision to take this dog to her vet to be put to sleep, for the safety of herself,her dogs, and anyone else the dog came into contact with this poor dog.How she managed to get this dog to the vet without been savaged, I will never know, it took 4 staff at the vet to hold this dog, again it was banging its head on the wall and the table. He is now at peace.
and they say lightening cannot strike twice in the same place, well it has.
The same fosterer took a 5 month old cocker spaniel in, which had bitten, this dog was fine most of the time, but then would turn and attack for no apparent reason, she was given advice this poor dog has no quality of life, and cannot live in a normal enviroment. The person who handed to dog in has been contacted to collect this dog (which we do not really recommend as this dog willl most likely to be put into kennels, as he cannot be rehomed, and will then live a institutional exsistance with no quality of life) or he will be put to sleep, to end his misery.
Because of this we will no longer be taking into rescue any dog from an unknown source, but will still try to help other rescues, and kennels, and pounds, as we have in the past.
This wonderfui fosterer is so stressed I will not allow her to take in any more dogs, and hopefully she will recover from the dreadful situation, she has been put in.
Please keep this wonderful fosterer in your thoughts
|Lovely dogs and lovely people|
We are very privilaged to have contact with so many wonderful dogs, and on the whole so many lovely people!
We have a lovely following on the website, sometimes with people who for whatever reason cannot adopt a dog, and people who need advice for their dogs.
Recently we gave advice to a lady who's westie was unwell, this morning I received a beautiful card from Marion who lives in Limerick, with a very kind donation towards the costs of the treatment for the 2 ex puppy farm breeding bitches- Thank you so much Marion, and all the other kind people who keep these poorly dogs in their thoughts
Mo and Ian
|urgent fosterers required |
We urgently need fosterers to join our friendly team, must be 'westie wise' please contact for a chat, and/or download an complete an application to foster from the website and e mail to me
I look forward to hearing from you to help these little dogs
Fosterer in South Yorkshire urgently required
Fosterer in South urgently required (Kent area)
Fosterer in Midlands urgently required
More dogs needing to come into rescue
Still need fosteres
Foster homes needed urgently
please bare in mind some dogs who come into foster are traumatised so we do not foster or re home when there are young children in the home
|Us at West House|
I have taken the decision we cannot take any more foster dogs into us here,we have some problem dogs, and the many years I have been doing this is taking a toll on my health,my home needs attention,and we do not have any time out.
I will continue to foster the dogs we have, but any more needing to come into rescue will need to go to other of our foster places.
We really need more good foster homes, so if anyone can help please complete an application to foster from the website and e mail to me
update 21.01.13thank you to everyone and as you will see we are still taking in more dogs here, but we have got some lovely new good fosters, and are are always needing more!
I am having to start being more strict and not answering the phone after 7pm some people are still phoning none emergency well after this time, from now on, I will not answer, we have a message service, if it is an emergency I do check messages and will return your call, thank you
At my great age I can just about manage the internet and web site, but I do not do text so anyone sending a text I will not respond, and these are usually from mobiles, and we do say on our voicemail if you are using a mobile, please call later
|A Big Thank You|
I really do not know how to put into words , how to thank all you very special people, who we consider you our good friends, and cannot thank you enough for all your kind messages, and cards, and wonderful donations, they have made us cry, and laugh. We really appreciate your time and kindness, it is so wonderful all the Westies have so many people thinking and caring for them.
We hope you all have a better 2013, with lots of love, Mo,Ian and all the fluffties xxx
Sorry but we are no longer able, because of cost,to post out applications to adopt, if you do not have access to the website/internet please send a large sae to us and we will post out an application
Well another year nearly over, and again, lots of westies gone to there new forever homes, and still more needing to come into rescue. We and others have had sadness in our own dogs going over 'Rainbow Bridge' but we can draw comfort knowing they are now free from pain, and have all their doggy friends to run free with.
Again I cannot thank you all enough for all the support, donations, and wonderful cards and messages received throughout the year, we have so many true and good friends gathered over the years, and could not carry on without you, you are always there for us in sad, and good times.
Thank you all so much, especially all the westies and other dogs we have all been able to help this year
Mo and Ian xxx
as most of you are aware because we always have so many dogs in our home, we do not have spare time to do any fundraising, we are very grateful for all the help our supporters provide.
I also worry about joining organisations who offer to help but in return want us to promote their products, which we do not believe in doing.
But we have just joined an organisation called Easy Funding.co.uk
if you would like to take a look at the URL http:/www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/westiesinneed.
I know most of you know we have had a HUGE vet bill for one of our poorly westies, and I cannot thank you all enough for your donations towards this, you are all very special and we could not continue to rescue and re home without your continued support, but in saying this when we accept a dog into rescue we do ask for a donation, this goes towards ALL the dogs we have in foster, it is happening more and more now that people will agree to make a donation when we accept a dog in, but then we never receive these donations, and more often than not the dogs we accept need vet treatment, including, castrating, spaying, grooming etc etc and other behavioural/skin problems, we have a wonderful team of fosters, who take these dogs in as part of their homes, and provide all the care the dogs need
We do not ever want to get to the stage where we have to refuse to take dogs into rescue, but on a practical point we cannot continue to accept dogs into us with sometimes very costly needs, and yet these are the dogs that really need to be helped
I am called Arthur 2 because there is another westie in foster with Mo and Ian, called Arthur, so I have to be Arthur 2, and I am in foster with Sally in Peterborough
I am 18 months old, now neutered, vaccinated, and groomed, I needed to come into rescue because my previous owner could not cope with me, I have had little training, so Sally is starting to teach me, my coat was very matted, but now I have been groomed I feel much better, and the bed that came with me was soiled, so that went straight into the bin, together with my collar, which did not fit me .I am getting on fine with Sally's other dog, and they are allowing me to share their toys
note from Mo
Sorry picture quality not good, too many pixels to upload to website, so I have printed and scanned
Alfie came into foster with Paula in Bradford.
Message from Paula
Alfie, you could not meet a more lovely boy! He is an absolute delight and will be such a fantastic addition to any household, whoever gets this little boy will be very privileged.
He will need to go ideally to someone who knows the breed well, and understands his need for a strict diet and keep up the care of his skin.
At the moment he is a very itchy poor lad, but that has subsided a little yesterday after the Dermacton bath, and three lots of Dermacton Cream, and he has managed to actually lay down, and sleep, and is more comfortable than he was.
He is a lovely clean boy and will ask to go out to do his duty in between walks, he walks calmly on a lead, he loves a nice walk and gets all giddy because he is going out. Travels very well in the car, just sits on the back seat with his doggy seat belt on and was no problem in the car coming here, and when we have been out and about. He is very obedient, especially for a westie!
He has settled in with Hamish our westie from WiN, and you would think they have always been together, he is totally fine with cats, and has lived with a cat who played with him, and he has not been interested in mine.
He will play with you if encouraged, but is not very interested in toys as such.
He knows when it's bedtime, and settles fine.
Considering what this little chap has been through, he is the most chilled out westie you could meet.
His skin is terrible, has elephant hide under his arms, and across his chest with pink patches which are tender, inside his back legs are black.
He is a good boy when being bathed and I think giving him a nice bath helped to soothe his skin a little, washed him in Dermacton, and he just stood and let me do him with little worry at all, he will let you dry his paws without a mutter. He does not like the Dermacton lotion or cream so I have to catch him unawares!
He is such a gorgeous little man and I am so glad we can help him.
He is going to the vet for a once over, and treat his sore ears, and then to the groomers, to get rid of his matted coat, and then we can start treating his skin better.
He is castrated, and we think he is 4/5 years old.
I cannot believe someone has let this dog get into this state, they need shooting !
Note from Mo
This is an updated picture of Alfie, after grooming, sorry quality not good, due to too many pixels to upload to website
A big thank you to Paula for taking care of this lovely boy
This little westie came from a kennels in Derbyshire, we think she is around 4 years old, she has settled in very well, a quiet little girl who loves a cuddle
Lexie went for grooming yesterday along with Radley, so this is the smart new look, we have people wanting to adopt her, but one of her ears is a bit sore and dirty so we have started cleaning this, which she does not like, so we are having to muzzle her to treat this ear. We also think she is older than we original thought, we think she could be 6/7 years old
Her ears are much improved, but still a way to go, she is a lovely gentle little girl- until you clean her ears !
poor Lexie, Ian has taken her to the vet today as her ears are very poorly and not responding to treatment, I have just spoken with Ian and Leanne the vet who says her ears are totally blocked so the treatment we have been using is not having any effect, she has also got an ulcer on one of her eyes, we are getting meds for this, and she will be back at the vets on Friday so they can sedate her and try to open up her ears, and send off swabs for analysis, the vet thinks the problem with her ears has been going on for years and not been treated
Hello I came into foster because my owners were elderly and not very well,and could not take care of me. So am in foster with Lorna in Birmingham.
I am just 2 years old , my 2nd birthday was 06.01.14. I am settling in very well with the other dogs, and I am fine with older children. I am micro chipped, castrated, and vaccinated.
note from Mo
Sorry picture quality not good, too many pixels to add to website, so I have printed and scanned
Roxy came into rescue a few days ago, due to her not getting on with her westie brother. She is 18 months old, microchipped, spayed, vaccinated.
she is in foster with Lorna, in Birmingham. as a young puppy one of her legs did not form properly, this was operated on, but she does walk with a limp.
Note from Lorna
Roxy is an outgoing young lady and approaches everything with pleasure and energy, despite her limp she is not afraid to get in and get her paws dirty, if she could laugh it would be a deep hearty laugh, she loves a fuss and a good walk, she gets on well with my children, and other dogs, fully house trained, she is quite a large westie, walks well on a lead, and when she wants some time on her own she goes into her crate and has a snooze, she is affectionate and very pleased to see you when you walk in the door and greets you with excitement
We have recently accepted into rescue a female westie from Ireland, we have little history for her, as she was a stray, we think she was likely to be an ex puppy farm bitch, no longer needed, as most of these dogs receive no love and attention,not socialised, no vet care, and are mainly kept in crates and used as breeding machines.
Lorna in Birmingham agreed to foster her, her skin is very blackened we call it 'elephant hide', she is now getting a proper diet of Trophy food, and Lorna will be bathing her with the Dermacton soap bar, and massaging Dermacton cream into her sore and blackened skin.
A big thank you to Kris and Lorna for all your help with this little mite, and we think the name of Fern chosen by Lorna really suits her
Missy came into rescue with us in North Yorkshire, due to illness of her owner.
She is 18 months old, microchipped, spayed, and vaccinated.
She is settling in really well, lots of energy, she is playing with the other dogs so well, especially with Oscar, and she loves chasing about outside. She has got 2 lovely floppy ears !
She slept well last night, and is enjoying her Trophy food. She is such a happy little girl.
Missy will be going to her new forever home in a couple of weeks