|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
|Problems with downloading docs|
I am getting various calls and e mails from people who have iphones, etc to say they can download docs, but cannot complete and e mail to me
these docs are viewed on these devices as 'read only' and need an app which usually can be downloaded free, so if you are experiencing this problem please download Microsoft word, and, or, pdf so you can complete the necessary doc and e mail to me, thank you
this westie needed to come into rescue, his owners no longer had time for him, he was given to people to look after him, but they had a cat, and as most of you know terriers and cats are usually a 'no go' unless they have been brought up together, so we accepted him into rescue, he is in foster with Sue and Alistair near Stockton on Tees.
He will be 4 years old in July, castrated, vaccinated, and wormed.
he was quite stressed for the 1st day, but is now a lot calmer, and settling down very well, in this much calmer household.
this westie is doing well, but has some aggressive moments with people he meets, so Sue has kindly agreed to book him in for training so he can meet and socialise with other dogs, and people
Izzy needed to come into rescue because her owner did not have time to train her, she is 2 years old, microchipped, spayed, vaccinated, she is in foster with Sue in Surrey
note from Sue
Izzy is a loving girl, but needs plenty of re assurance. She is still very nervous, but slowly beginning to come round, we are having to take her out into the garden on a lead, but she is now sitting at the door and looking out. She is beginning to play with our own westies, and they love her. She has no skin problems, and is clean. Eats well and loves to sit on settee and have her belly stroked ! she just needs time and patience
17.08.15 update from Sue
Izzy is making progress, making friends with the other westies but still needs to be put on a lead to go out into garden., but starting to let her off the lead and she does sniff and have a run around. She still sits behind the back door, but does not shake as much as she did. We took her to the car boot yesterday, and Jim took her one way on her own, as I went with Tilly the other way, and she was excellent. Flo our other westie was at daughters as they take her to puppy classes. Izzy is a really loving westie, but needs more confidence. I have been playing on the floor with her, and she loved it, although I had some problems getting up !! She does love to be stroked and lets us tickle her belly. If she does growl (which is not very often) we tell her off and she knows it is wrong and bows her head
We are putting ear wash in her ears as they are very waxy, perhaps this is why she appears a bit deaf.
Snowy needed to come into rescue because his owner is elderly and could not look after him.
He is in foster with Anne in Livingston, Scotland, he is just 1 year old, microchipped, castrated, vaccinated
note from Anne
Snowy is settling in really well, and very well behaved., house trained, and eating and drinking well. Sociable with other dogs, and good with children, but had a go at chewing my shoe ! but after a week he is doing so well, booked in for grooming tomorrow
wow, look at this handsome boy now
Alfie came into foster with us in North Yorkshire we collected him last Sunday
His skin is so sore, we took him for grooming yesterday, and asked the groomer to take what coat he had to be taken as short as possible, so we could treat all his sore skin, we had already started treating him with the Dermacton Soap bar, for showering, and the Dermacton Cream on his bare parts, after grooming we are now treating the whole of his skin with the Dermacton products, and already he has nearly stopped scratching. He is enjoying his Trophy food, and lets us treat his sore skin, without any problems.
We will not be thinking of re homing him, until he is fully recovered