|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
Sally is doing so well with Arthur, he can still have his 'moments' but he is much less stressed now
I am a happy boy now and behave more like a westie. I am now 2 years old and have lots of energy, I love my walks and behave on a lead, although I am not keen on bikes, scooters and roller blades. I am always chasing the pigeons away, and if my foster mum wants to do any gardening then I like to help, I am good at digging. I still don't get this thing of chasing balls - my foster brothers do- they are crazy !! I just like shaking things and pulling them to pieces !! I do not go upstairs, they frighten me. I behave when I visit the groomer and the vet, and I do not mind mum putting me in the bath. I still sometimes like my own space, and I will let mum know when to leave me alone. I am a good boy at bedtime and sleep well, and always have a waggy tail when I see mum in the morning. I love lots of fuss and tummy tickles and will roll over to tell her. I enjoy my life here, but would be happier to be 'top dog'- Sammie westie wont let this happen. Perhaps a new mum and dad with just one brother or sister is what I am looking for
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
Very pleased to say the ulcer in her left eye is responding to treatment, which we are continuing, unfortunately because her ears have been neglected for so long the treatment was not working, results form swabs confirm this, so she had a strong antibiotic injection this week, and will need to go back to the vet next Thursday for a further check on her eye, and another trip the following week to see if there is any improvement with her ears
the treatment for her eye is really working, unfortunately her left ear is totally blocked and will not open, but her other ear now has a slight opening, and we are cleaning and treating this daily.
We call her the dancing queen she dances around at feed times, and lets us know she is a happy girl.
Good news, Lexie's ulcer in her eye is almost clear, and her ear is so much better, she is such a lovely natured little girl
What a wonderful little girl Lexie is, she protects our blind cocker spaniel, when Bertie grabs his floppy ears, and she tells him off !
Been to the vets again for further check up, the ulcer in her eye is totally cleared, and her good ear is now better
She is such a happy little girl
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
Hello I am in foster with Lorna in Birmingham, I needed to come into rescue as my owner did not have time for me, I have blackened and sore skin which has not been treated.
I am now having my Trophy food, and my skin is being treated with Dermacton Soap Bar, and Dermacton Cream, and thanks to my foster Mum I am feeling better already.
I was 3 years old in February, and I am settling in so well, its good to be loved
|Elsa and Bella|
Hello we needed to come into foster because our owner is being posted abroad.
We are sisters born on the 06.02.2006 microchipped, spayed, and very healthy
We are in foster with Karen in Peterborough, we only arrived yesterday but already making ourselves at home
update from Karen
Bella and Elsa have been with me just over a week now, I can only say what a joy they are to be looking after.
The girls have come from a very good home, and have been very well loved and looked after by their previous owners.
These two beautiful girls are so good with everyone they meet, they are good with other dogs, a pleasure to walk, they love the bath/shower and no problem wiping their paws, or being picked up.
Both love their cuddles, especially Elsa who would sit on your knee all night, Bella just loves to be sat at the side of you.
They do enjoy their walks and are quite lively at the start, although they do slow down after a while, and will sleep for England if they have had a long walk, I have found if we take a long walk in the morning, then they are happy with just 20 mins to half and hour at dinner time.
They both must stay together as they absolutely adore each other.
Whoever is lucky enough to adopt Bella and Elsa will be very privileged, I have fallen madly and deeply in love with these two precious little darlings, I think they are the perfect pets
Hello I needed to come into rescue as my owner worked long hours
I am micro chipped, castrated, vaccinated, and wormed.
I am just 16 months old, with lots of energy !
I am now in foster with Mo and Ian in North Yorkshire, and settling in really well
I am doing really well, sleep all night, so in the morning I have plenty of energy to run around outside, I am well behaved, apart from when I do not want to come inside. I think I would like my forever home where I could be the only dog, and then I can get all the attention!
Mo think I am doing so well, which I am, I love going out in the vehicle, I am learning to play with the other dogs, I truly love being outside, but then in the evening I snuggle on the sofa with Mo, and Lexie, but if I get too close to Lexie when she is asleep she growls at me !
Meg is a westie x poodle, 5 years old, spayed, needed to come into rescue, as she did not get on with young grandchild.
She is in foster with Lorna in Birmingham, and settling in very well, she will be going for grooming soon