This seems an apt time to draw your attention to a petition seeking to restrict the use of fireworks. You can find out more about this petition to the UK Parliament and add your signature HERE
Two of FOND’s rescues, Ollie and Fleur will be appearing at ‘Discover Dogs’ on the Kennel Club Rescue stand on Saturday 17th October. Their picture is one of the enteries that has been selected for the Kennel Club’s 2016 Rescue Calendar and they will be attending with their adopter Sue Hird and Pam Hall to promote the sale of the calendar and generally make people more aware of the work rescue organisations do.
With competitions, events and trade stands Discover Dogs should have something to interest all dog lovers.You can find details HERE
Once again the Scottish Dobermann Club are kindly donating the profits from their Challenge Night and Burns Night Celebrations to FOND. The event is being held at the Cairn Hotel Blackburn Road Bathgate on Saturday 23 January 2016 and is open to both club and non club members and includes Three Course Dinner and Disco.
More details from event co-ordinator Miss Trudi Wilson 07849 379288
We are always happy to see our re-homed dogs and last week we received a visit from Louis and Olga who also brought along owners John and Karyn Birtwistle to do the driving. This was Olga’s second visit and she has come on leaps and bounds in the meet and greet department being confident and happy to meet us.
They all enjoyed an excursion to the dunes with FOND residents Priscilla and Belle though Louis was not going to share his frisbee with anyone.
We were delighted to learn that Louis blog now has more than three thousand followers worldwide. Maybe he will give his visit a mention.
Thanks to the stirling efforts of Margaret Young, Scottish Dobermann Club on behalf of FOND and Bruce Miller on behalf of Fife Rottie Rescue there was a great attendance at the Fun Dog show on Sunday 19th July at Highfield Equestrian Centre, Caldwell Farm, Collessie, Ladybank.
FOND’s stand was well supported, the raffle went well with its first prize of a Tuffies Duronest going to May Anderson. Sue Hird ran a bottle stall and these positively flew off the table! plus a competition to guess how many Jelly Beans were in a huge jar! With the generosity of our supporters FOND raised just over £960.00 to help its Dobermanns so a big thank you to all those contributors.
One of the most astonishing efforts came from Oliver Stelz who adopted Luke a stray picked up near a busy dual carriageway west of Glasgow two years ago. Oliver lives near Farnborough in Hampshire and made the journey, a one thousand mile round trip, setting off around mid-night on the Sunday with Luke and his companion Sally. Two Dobermanns more devoted to their owner your rarely meet. Oliver was not the only person to make a long journey to lend support to FOND, Martin and Margaret Ramsay drove down from Inverness with their Dobie Diesel.
Sue Hird with Fleur and Bev Ronan and Ollie both from North Yorkshire also made the journey and one of our first rescue’s the delightful, pretty Chica was there with Jane Alexander her devoted owner.
Our hearts went out to Stephen, Gill and Elliot earlier in the year when they lost young Baxter not even 3 years of age to cancer, however, this did not deter them from supporting our event and they kindly made the journey from near Birmingham combining it with a holiday near Aberfeldy to come and say hello with their Dobie bitch Roxy who is missing her pal. Not only did they win many prizes from the bottle stall but they went home with the huge jar of Jelly Beans so I hope they are not feeling too sick now!
As ever loyal supporters Margaret and Graeme Easton with their beloved Kaiser were there to enjoy the day and lend support and Kaiser, bless him, presented FOND with a cheque for three hundred pounds.
James Pringle and his son came along with Skye and Diesel and we wish his family well as his wife is not so well, we were also delighted to see the naughty little Eva there with the lugubrious Murphy a regular ‘pit-stop’ if travelling through Dundee they live with Graham and Sally and a more recent rehome was Rosie and her owner Carl Smith probably the fittest pair of all as they go running together and compete in Cani-X events. It was also a great opportunity to meet new people and we had some lovely offers of support in the form of candidates to carry out home checks or make Dobermann collectibles like some lovely key rings. If I have forgotten anyone please forgive me, it was a hectic day but a lovely one with so many well behaved dogs. Thank you. PH.
Results and Raffle Winners
Dobermann Open Class
- First: Luther – Best In Show – Arlene Todd
- Second: Lana – Malgorzata Zalucka
- Third: Mandy – Susan Verrall
Dobermann Rescue Class
- First: Holly – Shona Thompson
- Second: Fleur – Sue Hird
- Third: Chica – Jane Alexander
A full list of the raffle winners can be downloaded here
Classes for all breeds shapes and sizes, all welcome. You can find a copy of the entry form here
Looking forward to meeting up again with many of our FOND rescue Dobies and meeting new fellow Dobermann enthusiasts. Why not come along and see if you can win one of the many beautiful rosettes, cups and prizes with your Dobermann.
A big thank you to Margaret Young for all her work and support in organising this fund raising event on behalf of FOND Dobermanns and Fife Rottweiller Rescue.
A rosette for every rescue Dobermann.
We will have a stand with a bottle raffle, a raffle with a first prize of a Tuffies Duronest, second prize a bottle of Champagne and various bric a brac and Dobermann ornaments etc. We hope you will come and support us.
Appeal for Ronnie now closed
Thank you to everyone who so kindly rallied round and contributed towards Ronnie’s veterinary care at Croft Vets in Bolsover. The response was over whelming. We now have funds in the pot to pay for his operations and some for on going care. The total bill was one thousand pounds which included not only the removal of the major mass which was the size of a grapefruit measuring 15cm in length and weighing over a kilo, but another 5 lumps. The vet discovered that Ronnie had a retained testicle and consequently castrated him, plus he had problems with his teeth so all this treatment was carried out and was included in the bill. There will obviously be a histology report in due course. Ronnie is back at the vets tomorrow (16th July) to have his wounds inspected and dressed.
Thank you for giving this kindly Staffie a chance of a decent life. If all goes according to plan he will obviously be looking for a very special home in a couple of weeks time. Anyone interested should contact Jill Woodward at NDAS. Regular up-dates to follow.
Up-date: 18th July 2015
After undergoing extensive and successful surgery on the 13th July Ronnie is currently being fostered by Jill near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. He returned to the vet last Tuesday to have the wound where the one kilo tumour was removed from his foot inspected. The bandage is now off and the blood is pumping to and from his foot via the smaller blood vessels in his leg as his main artery had to be clamped at either end to enable the vet to remove the mass. This was all able to be carried out due to the spontaneity of you the public who responded to his dreadful plight by either seeing him on this site, Facebook or the NDAS website. Ronnie has formed an attachment with James the cat but is not so keen on Shona and Mia.
If you know anyone who could give Ronnie his special home as an only dog with plenty of human company then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Jill has helped FOND on many occasions so it was our turn to return the favour. Ronnie’s next check up with the vet is on the 21st July and then a few days later he will hopefully be having his stitches out and be ready for rehoming. You can contact Jill via the NDAS website
Up-date 14th July:
Ronnie, depressed and with an ulcerated mass barely able to move thankfully came officially under the wing of North Derbyshire Animal Support after he was unclaimed from Bolsover’s Council pound. Early this morning he was straight into Croft Vets when Jill learnt the full horror of this Staffie’s plight. Not only had she given sanctuary to a dog with one grotesque mass but he had 5 other small lumps that also had to be removed. If that was not enough Ronnie also had problems with teeth requiring attention and to cap it all poor Ronnie who was still entire had a retained testicle.
The vet took the decision to address all these matters in one fell swoop and once Ronnie regained consciousness after operating he personally delivered him to Jill a sad and confused sight in the back of the vet’s car. However photos show that not much later we find Ronnie lying on the floor in Jill’s sitting room with Miss Shona who has apparently taken it upon herself to mother him. Ronnie will be returning to the vet on Thursday morning to have his wounds checked but tonight I can report he has eaten his scrambled egg, been up and about going out into the garden to do his business and although somewhat shell shocked by all that has gone on he is looking positive and constantly craving human contact wanting to be stroked for reassurance.
Details of the cost of this huge amount of treatment will be confirmed over the next couple of days but we do know so far the account is over one thousand pounds. His treatment could not have been financed without the absolutely tremendous support from all those people who spread the word regarding the wicked and callous abandonment of Ronnie with the massive tumour attached to his front leg. Not surprisingly it has enraged many people. An extra big thank you to Christina who spread the word and raised considerable funds enabling Ronnie the chance of a decent life. A special thank you to all those who so generously donated. In a few days we hope to report that one little Staffie is starting to show the benefit of your kindness.
13th July 2015
To anyone who might be reading this post, no you are not going crazy this is a Staffie you are looking at and his name is Ronnie.
Jill Woodward, Managing Director of North Derbyshire Animal Support who has given FOND’s lovely wee Shona an absolutely brilliant home has asked for help with a fund raise for this elderly dog who was picked up last week as a stray by Bolsover’s District Council’s dog warden. NDAS are most anxious to raise funds for an operation to remove this hideous and heavy growth from Ronnie’s foot, he is virtually immobile so time is of the essence. The plan is that he will be operated as quickly as possible after the 14th July. If Jill cannot find a suitable foster home where Ronnie can convalesce after surgery she will take him into her home as he cannot stay in a council pound. If this operation does not take place Ronnie is doomed to die.
Thank you to all the Facebook users who posted the message about Ronnie’s plight as he really did need help, he has obviously had a hideous existence for some considerable time. In the long term he will be looking for a home probably as an only dog with a human he can call his own. Anyone interested in offering Ronnie a home should contact Jill Woodward at North Derbyshire Animal Support, Unit J2 Bolsover, Business Park, Woodhouse Lane, New Bolsover, Chesterfield, S44 6BJ. After completing an adoption application form all applicants will be home checked.
Louise has done it again, another first prize in a major poetry competition, acknowledging her extraordinary talent. She has been busy for the last month so it may be late June or early July before the next FOND newsletter is out. You can find out more about Louise’s success and read her winning poem here