regular readers will know one of the nightmare scenarios at Rescue
occurs when a bitch arrives here and is suspected of being pregnant.
In cases such as Pippa last year several questions need answering
before you merely solve the problem with surgery and in her case
of course she was so advanced that we had to let her have them.
January 2003 Libby was brought here from a sanctuary in Liverpool.
A Friend in that area had taken a day off to be her chauffeur.
She had completed her “days” waiting for her owner
to come forward, but he never did. This was actually a bit of
a surprise as she was a little stunner and so loving and friendly
and at only around a year old you could have been forgiven for
thinking that she was someone's pride and joy.
was immediately noticeable about her was that she appeared to
be IN SEASON. A trip to the vets confirmed that she was probably
at the end of this cycle and it didn’t need Sherlock Holmes
to tell us that she was probably at her most receptive peak time
whilst she had been actually wandering the streets of Liverpool.
it is wise to spey bitches midway between their seasons to prevent
any hormone imbalance occurring, but Libby was not going to wait
that long. If she had been caught—and God only knows by
what—the prospect of puppies at Waterside again was not
exactly filling anyone here with glee and delight.
vet advised us that the best time to neuter Libby and thus terminate
her pregnancy would be in 3 weeks. This, of course presented us
with a further problem—what to do with her for so long a
period and where could she recover post surgery.
was good ol’ Gayle and Kevin Mansell that answered this
call for help and they agreed to foster her and bring her through
this traumatic time. They had just been bereaved of their beautiful
Stafford, Khan, a cherished old boy who was both charismatic and
enigmatic, and they wanted to help others whilst not ready to
commit fully to another just yet.
help over the next few weeks was invaluable and of course we all
secretly wished that Libby would help them overcome their own
grief so much that they would adopt her themselves. But, it was
not to be, or they didn’t say!
hundred miles away in Shrewsbury one of our Life Friends Simon
Pryce was also grieving. He had rung to say that Caer a lovely
little bitch that Tracey O’Donovan had rescued several years
ago had just died.
Simon had once taken a photo of Caer which I had managed to get
published in the SBTC newsletter (1998 Issue) sat in his classic
TVR. Simon and his wife were devastated at their huge loss and
I delicately mentioned the plight of Libby to them.
was later that evening this sleek, but chunky silver monster glided
up the drive (no, it wasn’t Bob coming back from the pub!).
Simon had just three loves in life - his wife, his dog and THAT
CAR. He always adds …… “but not necessarily
in that order!”
that moment there was no doubt where Libby's future lay as of
course when she jumped into the TVR she really did look like she
had finally arrived.
story is typical of many cases who arrive here each year, but
her story does highlight how much we depend on our Friends. It
is true that the income from this source represents around 25%
of our total annual resources, but the contribution made on top
of that in voluntary care is immeasurable. The Friends has been
running for well over ten years now and boasts hundreds of members,
largely made up of people who have or have had one of our dogs.
As each of these treasures passes away, extremely sad as it is
this Rescue is left with a pool of experienced Stafford owners
that we MUST target and persuade them to use their, experience
to the full to help another. I truly believe that for the Staffordshire
Bull Terrier to survive it is that experience and the knowledge
of just exactly what it is you are responsible for is will enable
it to do so.
As long as we have the support of our Friends great things will
continue to be achieved. You are a great team to work with—even
if some of you do live abroad— being so far away doesn’t
mean you can’t be included (Our E-Group alone will see to
that and ensure you feel part of things).
case proves the Friends make that VITAL difference. The Rescue
here is manned solely by unpaid volunteers who do it purely because
of their love for this breed, and want to help. Money alone will
not solve all the Staffords problems and there is a very serious
side to this Rescue that means you can get your “hands on”
at anytime for as much and for as long as you like.
Homecheckers (vetting potential future homes), Chauffeurs, Taxiers
to and from the vets, dog walkers, fosterers and carers. Stafford
owners come from all walks of life, but unless we know what your
skills are in any field across the spectrum between typist to
Judge of the Realm we simply would not know who to ask for advice
and help if the dog has a problem.