mite is no stranger to any animal rescuer and the Staffordshire
Bull Terrier as a short smooth coated breed seem to be particularly
prone to acquire these parasites at the slightest drop in condition.
Indeed we have dealt with several cases this year so far.
the worse case we have ever seen came to our attention in April
courtesy of “The Shropshire Star”. “Posh”
and “Becks” as they were then known had been captured
by a local Dog Warden after straying and foraging for several weeks
over the Wrekin area.
and “Becks” were however far from the glamorous millionaire
jetsetting superstars known to all. In fact on first sight the problem
looked insurmountable, putting them both gently to sleep was an
easy, but definite option.
were almost bald and their skin was scaly, sore and inflamed with
the intense irritation. “Becks” back had a thick pie
crust down its entire length that would need to be carefully removed
to get at all the non-fare paying passengers beneath. It would be
a long job to get this right and no doubt, and did, effectively
close us to help others for some weeks.
are times when you must either seize “the bull by the horns”
or “get out of the kitchen” and this was one of them.
Nobody else wanted to know and always up for a challenge (ha!) Bob
carefully loaded them into the car.
port of call was The Fytton Arms in Oldham where the licensee was
holding a Fun Day and B-B-Q for our Friends and their regulars.
Sadly only a fleeting visit could be made as we needed to get back
to our vets before they closed to stock up on certain medications
and washes. But if ever Matt and Val ever needed the perfect example
of why money was being raised they certainly got it. The horrified
faces of his regulars said it all, many had Staffords themselves.
the start of a Seven Week Project to restore the two dogs to health
and as the story began to unfold over our e-group it was amazing
the offers of help that arrived. Their tale of woe had touched many
hearts. Clean blankets arrived by the bundle as constant changes
were needed. Friends called by and countless walks were enjoyed
on the beach - often with an impromptu saltwater bath thrown in.
Cards were received from well wishers by the score. Dawn Robinson
needs a special thanks for it was she who got the worst job of helping
to remove that pie-crust! It was very stubborn and needed several
careful soakings to coax it away from the skin, they don’t
show things like that on Pet Rescue!
No one could ever say they didn’t get the real deal here.
staff at the Alexander Veterinary Centre were fabulous and saw them
several times over the course of their stay here. Liz Thomas in
particular was brilliant and very thorough. Both the sarcoptic and
cheyletiella mites were found to be present on their bodies. The
latter proved to be particularly difficult to eradicate and it was
the greatest news ever when we were finally told that no live mites
could be found anywhere on their bodies.
From then on it was just TLC all the way and lots of garlic enthused
dinners to purify their blood streams and build them back up to
As this was achieved one set back did occur - they lost their dependency
on each other, hitherto they would curl up and sleep with one another
and share their food - now they squabbled continuously and minor
injuries started to occur. It did prove to be a blessing in disguise
actually as it meant there would be no need for us to feel guilty
to separate them for adoption and this would obviously improve their
chances for successful placement considerably.
was the first to go. Unrecognisable from the poor bedraggled creature
of rotting skin and bone only a few weeks earlier.
A week later “Sam” was re-homed to a family in North
Yorkshire. It can only be with great pride I can relate their story
to you now. Not only in terms of what was achieved for the dogs
but how it was achieved via a huge team effort and our Friends going
out of their way to pitch in and do whatever they could to make
this miracle happen.
of Northern SBT Rescue have never in my knowledge let a dog down
yet and risen to every challenge with huge smiles on their faces
knowing that another “win” is just around the corner.
“Sam” and “Minnie” are two dogs that will
certainly never forget what you all did for them and the special
homes that were eventually found for them.
I am proud to be a part of such a fine band of people. Well done
to anyone who helped in any way the evidence in the photographs
below is plain for everyone to see. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!
JOIN THE FRIENDS TODAY
And make a difference to the destitute members of
our beloved breed.
may never be able to say your name,
but they’ll always know they had a Friend
who stepped in when all hope seemed to have gone.