Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Letter from Bonnie & Mum

Hi Sarah and Paul
I sent you an email a while ago with some photos of Bonnie but something went wrong and you were unable to access them so i am going to try again as we have some nice ones of her in the snow (although im sure youve had lots of snow pics already!)
We had another wiccaweys pup come training on Thursday evening her name is Audrey, including Bonnie thats the 3rd one ive met, nothing compared to the volume you rehome but it amazes me how much of a small world it really is!
Anyway Bonnie is still doing very well, she had a few threats that santa wouldnt come if she ate the christmas tree whilst i was assembling it but now up shes left it alone. She has been thorougly spoilt with pressies from everyone at the vets where i work as well.
Anyway have a gd xmas and new year
Helen Kibble and Bonnie

Letter from Paddy & family

Hi Paul and Sarah

We are absolutely over the moon with Paddy, who we got in July - he is fantastic!!  Please could you add the attached letter to the appropriate forum, he wanted it to be on there before the end of the year.

Paddy is also on Youtube, would it be possible to add the link? It is a short video of him in the snow.    It is at

If not I can send a photo of him to go on. I would really like the video to go on there though if poss.

Thanks so much for contacting us re Paddy - he is a beautiful boy and we love him so much.

All the very best to you both

Tyne and Linda (and Paddy)

Dear Paul and Sarah

I wanted to let you know before the year was out how I have gone on in my new forever home.  Please can my letter be put on the Forum Page so others can see it?

Do you remember me, my name is Paddy… I was very thin and scared when I arrived with you from Ireland.  I was born in March 2009 so I am only young still.

Well, I was soon snapped up once I had come to you and on 10 July, a very hot day indeed as I remember, upon returning from a walk with one of your helpers, I was greeted by two lovely ladies who hailed from the Wirral.  I was rather nervous at first because it was so difficult for me to trust people again after the abuse I had received from an Irish farmer.

We travelled back north and I wondered where on earth I was going this time.

Well that was five months ago now and I am delighted to tell you how HAPPY I am.  When I was adopted I couldn’t even be chipped because I had no flesh to put the chip in.  I have now put weight on and grown muscle too. The vet is very pleased with me.

Very soon after arriving at my new home I developed kennel cough but with love, care and attention I soon came through that and I have never looked back since.

I didn’t like going out of the house when I first arrived, unless it was into the garden. I was too scared to go for a walk because I wondered whether I was going to be dumped again.  Anyway, my two mums reassured me and over the weeks I began to realise that going out meant WALKIES!! I love my walks – well I run everywhere actually – but I am always keeping an eye on my mums to make sure they don’t get out of sight.

I absolutely love to play; the living room is like a dog toy room here; and I am promised more for Christmas!  It will be my first proper Christmas and I can’t wait.

Living here with me is my friend Bella the cat – she is fine and we get on really well.

I am so happy!!! My mums are over the moon with me and life is wonderful.  Thank you so much for finding me my forever home – I can’t thank you enough.

Just so you can see me now, I am attaching a short video of us playing in the snow.

I hope my letter can go in the Forum along with letters from other Wiccaweys dogs.

Lots of love

Letter from Dottie (now Kate), Abbey & family

Hope you and the canines had a pleasant Christmas we changed the pups name to Kate {Andrea felt uncomfortable shouting Dottie) it sounded like an elderly relative had escaped ;)

Kate  as you can see settled in nicely and abbey has started to play although her growls are somewhat unconvincing when her tail is wagging thank you again for providing a perfect
Addition to our family
Kind regards
The Huxley family

Letter from Milo & family

Hya Auntie Sarah and Uncle Paul,
Me again - do you like my piccie in the snow.  My mum and dad say I'm a right character - could be cos I ate half a tennis ball the other day and was VERY poorly - well I couldn't help it could I?  It did taste good tho he he!
Mum and dad say they really love me and I love nothing better than laying with my dad on the rug in front of the fire - now that's what I call just fantabidozee.
Lots of love to you and your volunteers and all my four legged friends

Letter from Dexter & family

Dear Sarah and Paul,

Just want to give you a quick update on the lovely Dexter and to say thank you so much for this beautiful little boy.

Dexter is absolutely adorable and settled in very quickly with the family - although the cats are non too pleased and he has had a couple of 'dobs' on his nose from Mary; the other three just scarper, which, of course means a short chase but he doesn't get too far on the tiled floor and doesn't venture upstairs.  Mary, now knowing he is bit of a softie will view him from a chair in the same room and he now ignores her.

I've certainly walked off the Christmas calories, helped with having to throw and retrieve the frisbee myself goodness knows how many times, with Dexter bounding along beside me!!   Boxing Day evening, 9 of us and Dexter went to a nice pub and he happily sat alongside our eldest son who had taken control of the lead.  We were then surprised to see him a little while later standing behind our son-in-law up at the bar when he went to get a 'round'.  Dexter had been sitting beautifully quietly chewing through his lead!!

His tummy has been a little 'dicky' but I did half expect that following the goose he had been sneakily given and other lifestyle changes.

Later on we are at the vets for microchipping and we should be starting obedience training next week.

Mark, Beth and I would be very interested in joining you for 'understanding your collie' talks if you are running them in 2011.

A very Happy New Year to you.

Helen (Ledingham)

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Letter from Shep & family

Hi there, it was exactly a year on the 21st since we collected Shep from you.  thought you might like to know that he settled in in no time at all and is doing fine as you can see by his birthday picture.  we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for letting us adopt him  the hours of fun and enjoyment are never ending.  all the best  Steve, Sara and Aaron from Market Harborough

Letter from Rosheen & Mum

Wishing you and your collie charges a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Rosheen (collie) xx
PS:  I'm not very well at the moment - the vet says I have the doggie version of Labyrinthitus and I feel very giddy, but hope to feel better soon.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Letter from Hardy, Kerry, Little Meg & family

Hi there Paul and Sarah, Bob Rayner here. wanted to send you an update on Hardy and Kerry and Little Meg.
We love Hardy so much, he is the greatest cuddle addict ive met yet, he seems pretty happy and goes bonkers when its walkies time. He enjoys bombing around after the others and especially likes going to a place we go to called Hudnall Common, its a huge beautiful open space surrounded by forest, I have to tell you, watching him running flat out with no fear of hitting stuff is a heart warming sight! He does seem to get frustrated sometimes trying to keep up with the others and can get a bit grumpy when he goes on the lead but we have been persevering and he is getting better. He is still funny with other dogs but i have been teaching him to sit with me when they go past, he seems to respond well to this and is improving.
Our other two wiccs dogs are a delight to live with, Kerry (was prue) is the queen and rules the pack, neither sam nor Hardy will mess with her and little meg (was lucy) is attached to her by an invisible cord Wherever kerry goes meg goes. You will remember the terrified little stink bag we brought home that wouldnt come out of her crate for 3 weeks? Well she is now a very cheeky gorgeous ball of madness, ive never seen a dog so happy to wake up every morning, WHOOPIE another day!!!.
Unfortunately poor Sam has had some epilepsy attacks recently, the most recent being quite severe, we are hoping that he will be better with treatment from the vets, he is such a beautiful dog and so intelligent, we got him from the border collie trust two years ago and he had been left with them cos he,d had a seizure and his  owners didnt like it so they dumped him. Since he's been with us hed never had one in nearly 2 years (without any medication).
Anyway, hope you have a lovely christmas and new year, sorry we did,nt make it to the last event but i had to work. (got to feed all these furry bodies).
best wishes. Bob and Mandy. Kerry, Sam, Megan fox and HARDY.

Letter from Kerry (now Indy) and family

Hi Paul & Sarah.
Just thought I would give you an update on Indy. He has gained a bit more confidence each day and follows me every where! He loves to cuddle up with Molly and she is very fond of him even when he runs at her and sends her flying! We did get him a crate but he wasn't at all interested in going in it.
He is enjoying his walks and is getting to know the regular dog walkers and their dogs and is almost ready to run with them. The other dog walkers are amazed at how much more confident he is now. He loves to walk with Molly, he enjoys playing and running with her and has even started to pick up sticks to play with.
He has discovered yogurt pots which Kevin and Ben are always leaving on the floor and he loves licking them clean. He is eating his usual food and has a very good appetite.
He has had his first visit to the vet and has been microchipped. The vet said he was very healthy which is good news. We haven't started training yet, we were going to leave it another couple of weeks and start then. He will sit beautifully and his recall is excellent,he is beginning to learn stay but he wont do down, so enough to get by with for the time being, we don't want to push him too much.
We all love him very much and are so happy he is part of our lives. Thank you for letting us have him.
Will send another update soon.
Best wishes
Kevin and Sara Moon

Letter from Zippy & family

Hi Sarah & Paul!
Hope everything is well with yourselves?
Zippy is doing really well, he is such a comical character, he makes us laugh every day. He has a huge personality & has brought us so much joy. His weekly training classes are a big hit...'keen' is an understatement!! were right Paul....he does on occasion need 'reining in'!! This little fellow has energy to burn & really does thrive on using his brain! He and our old boy Robbie are best buddies and love nothing better than having a good wrestle with each other. Thank you once again for entrusting us with one of your precious babies, we love him to bits!
Happy Christmas to you all & keep up your fabulous work.
Love Sharon, Craig, Robbie & Zippy xxxxxxx

Monday, 6 December 2010

Letter from Toby & family

Hello Sarah and Paul, I’ve been in my new home for a week now and I’m having a lovely time. I have a nice bed to sleep in and like to be tickled in it too, and when I don’t want to go in that I have a nice big chair in the window that I can sit on and bark at the dogs outside, they can’t see me its great!

I’ve been having lots of cuddles especially in the mornings as when I get up, I get to go up some stairs and have cuddles on my new mummy and daddy’s big bed and its really exciting!  I had a shower last week, I wasn’t too sure about it at first but it wasn’t too bad, I got lots of biscuits afterwards and loved being rubbed with the towels. My mummy keeps sniffing me and telling me I smell gorgeous too!

I’ve been learning to play and I’m getting really good at it now, I chase a big blue donut in the field and every time I bring it back to mummy or daddy I get a treat.  I love running around in the fields and there are lots of new smells here.  We’ve had some snow which I love to sniff but it gets up my nose and makes me sneeze – mummy thinks it’s really funny.
I like to watch my mummy in the kitchen cos if I sit nicely I sometimes get some nice new food to try.  My mummy keeps trying to take pictures of me and I’m getting much better at posing now she says. Thank-you for looking after me so well and finding me a new mummy and daddy to live with, I think they really like me – woof woof


Heres an update for you and some pictures.  Toby is finding his personality now and learning quite quickly.  He is so clean we have not had one accident at all. He is a delight I can’t believe he wasn’t snapped up earlier.  He is very much a part of the family already and we love him to bits J

Sue Benson

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Letter from Alfie pup & family

Dear Sarah and Paul;
We got home with Alfie in good shape yesterday evening. He had a drink, something to eat, and then went into the garden which he explored before doing what dogs do best in gardens! Having done all that at fairly breakneck speed, he came back in and claimed his bed, which is his space, chewed some toys and settled down. He joined us in our sitting room while we had tea and we had some play-time. Alfie was a bit suspicious of the log fire, which we kept guarded, but liked the sheep-skin rug in front of it.
He was restricted to the kitchen overnight, and seemed to have a quiet night, and greeted us in the morning with wags. He was clean overnight and went out into the garden to do his business before eating a bit of breakfast.
He was a bit suspicious of the washing-up machine but bravely stood back and had a good look at it, however he definitely does not like the hoover and left the room smartly! He did come back a couple of times, but never quite plucked up the courage to face this noisy machine. He'll get used to it in time.
We took him with us to muck out the pony this morning. Alfie was reluctant to get into the car, so Kate got in first and Bruce carried him in. Once in he was quite comfortable. He stayed in the car at the stables most of the time and watched proceedings with interest. We took him out to meet Penny (Kate's Fell Pony), who was a bit big and scary, but he got on OK with Elizabeth (a short-legged Shetland). Reluctant again to get into the car for the return journey (the engine was not running), so Kate carried him in and he settled down OK on the back seat. We'll repeat this morning routine and suspect that he will get used to it in time and overcome his worries.
We had a great game with a ball in the garden. Alfie has a good pounce and likes the chase. He gave up the ball gently and has discovered that hiding under the picnic table is a good game! He is learning to "come" and we played the "running between us" game and Bruce even managed to entice him away from his ball and come to him. He always sits when getting a treat and takes it gently.
Alfie went for his first local walk to the Post Office this morning (about 1/2 mile there and back). He was surprisingly good on the lead, though the walk took a bit longer than normal as there were all sorts of strange smells to explore! We met a couple of local dogs, and they introduced themselves in the traditional manner! Alfie was very good with them. He was good too with the people we met, though he did bark at one couple who were striding out a bit and may have looked a bit threatening. He did not pull to try and get to them - just barked (thinking about it that is the first time we have heard him bark) - so it was probably a "protection" thing. We'll have to work on introducing him to strangers. He is learning to "sit" at the road kerb and wait to cross on an "over" command. He seems to pick things up quite quickly.
Some pictures attached.
Thank you for all the information that you gave us and for spending so much time with us.
Bruce and Kate


Letter from Spot (Magnificent Seven Pup) & family

Hi Sarah and Paul,

Just to let you know Spot slept all the way home which was great, he walked into the house and was greeted with a rather bewildered grumpy cat! Not that that worried him being mr confident he carried on exploring and settled down, when it came time for bed we put him in his crate and he snuggled up in his bed, he wasn't overly happy being left on his own overnight but nothing worse than we expected and he finally settled, not that Jen or I really slept properly waiting for him to stir!!! But at 6am I think we had all had enough and we decided to take a wonder around the garden!! 

He seems to have settled really well and is playing with his new toys and already worked out that the garden is the place to go to the loo! Although there has been a couple of mishaps! The cats are coming around and he has already become a huge character in the family! What was life like before him.... 

Thank you so much to everyone we met at wiccaweys for making us feel so welcome and giving us the time and support to find the right dog, Spot is super and we are overjoyed with having him!!! And all the funny things he does! We will keep in touch with regard his progress!!!


Andy Morris

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Letter com Toby & family

Hi Sarah & Paul,

Just a quick note to let you know that Toby is settling in well, he likes the chaise we have by the window, its a good place to watch the world outside and he has decide he likes his bed beside the sofa which he is now curled up in and sleeping soundly!

Thank you so much for allowing us to adopt Toby , he is such a wonderful, affectionate boy. We'll keep you posted on his new family adventure.

Thanks again,

Steve & Sue.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Letter from Charlie & family

Hello Sarah and Paul
Charlie is the laddie on the right  hand side of Jeff in the photo of our pack and he has now been with us for 18 months. From being a loose wire in the circuit when he arrived Charlie (Registered on the Kennel Clubs working dog register as Prince Charlie of Wiccaweys) has settled into our pack which also now includes 2 Papillons who Charlie fusses like an adoptive father.
Like the rest of our dogs Charlie has been introduced to agility for which he shows great aptitude and we hope that he will be competing next year. He also attends the Cambridge Ichthus Dog Training centre on a weekly basis. We are now coming to the end of our bronze certificate course and hope to go on to silver, gold and possibly a heelwork to music course. Charlie positively thrives on the 1 to 1.
We live under (15 feet under literally) the banks of the River Lark near Ely, twice each day our pack get to chase along the bank with a ball, three chase the ball, Charlie and our black collie chase the other three dogs, all have a great time and are as fit as fiddles. Two swim regularly, two swim occasionally, Charlie never swims and seems to have an aversion for water.
The epileptic fits that Charlie suffered when we adopted him gradually petered out as he settled into his new home and it is now over 12 months since his last attack. Watching him have attacks during the first few months was really heartrending and for them to have ceased is more than we dared hope for.
All in all Charlie is a typical B/C, he is extremely clever, he loves life, is a simply wonderful pet and we love him to bits.
Jo and Jo Brett and all the pack.


Letter from Ben & family

Hi Sarah and Paul,

I have been in my new home for 8 weeks now and I am making myself useful around the garden already. My speciality is digging.

Mum takes me for some very very very long walks in the week to keep me busy but there is always time for digging. My fav place to walk is Ampthill Park in the morning where the gang meet for a vigorous game of flyball. Not sure what the ball is for but it is great fun chasing the other Collies. 

You will be pleased to know that Will has had his plaster removed and is back swimming, playing football and waterpolo. My little Bro. Lewis has been the best fun because he chases runs and rolls around on the floor just like me! 

Have to go now the boys are back from school and it’s play time!!! 

Love you both, 

Letter from Lola (now Jess) & family

Hello Paul and Sarah
Here are some photos of Jess as promised.
She makes a nest in a bed of irises to keep her cool during the summer and it is also where she escapes to when she is running away from the wind banging doors inside the house!
She loves the sea.  Not managed to get her swimming yet but she loves charging in and out after stones.  She also loves puddles - in every one she visits she has a drink then a wee - must be some strange doggy logic to that! 
She has a new friend - a male rottweiler!  He's so friendly, and is protective of Jess if another chap looks her way!  It's amazing such a big scary looking dog can be so friendly and caring, whereas she always gets viciously barked at by a shih tzu, pug and westie who live locally!
As I said on the phone, am trying to persuade my friend to adopt a Wiccaweys collie - she grew up with a collie so is, like me, a collieholic!  We both look at your website regularly - those Minstrel pups are gorgeous!
Jemma & Colin


Letter from Murphy & family

Hi Paul and Sarah,

Well Murphy has now been on his first holiday with us to North Yorkshire and he loved the walks over the moors and showing off his newly developing skills of fetching the stick and charging of with his sister Tess along the beaches. Well we also had to endure Nov. 5 again which he wasn't that keen on (neither are we or Billy and Tess) thank goodness that's all over. Murphy continues to settle in well with us and is becoming quite a character! He really is a great boy. Have attached photos of murphy's Yorkshire tour - he can't wait to go back in January.

Best wishes,

David and Judy. Bill,Tess, Fly and Murphy

Letter from Mario (now Milo) & family

Dear Auntie Sarah and Uncle Paul.

Hope you like my photies; I'm settling in very well here EXCEPT they bathed me - what an insult to my dignity!

Oh - and they don't let me jump up on the work surfaces in the kitchen or the dining room table - and why not I ask myself?

Lots of love to you and your volunteers and all my four legged friends.

Hope they soon get homes.

Milo (aka Marrrio)

Letter from Jack (now Hector) & family

Hi Sarah and Paul
Just thought you might like a quick update on Jack.  Well, firstly he had a name change in the car on the way home. We've decided to call him Hector after the dog in Hector's're both probably too young to remember that programme!! (Mike says he's actually been named after the Trojan hero....)
Hector has been absolutely delightful - we can't believe how well he and Betty travelled home together.  After about 5 minutes they both lay down and apart from occasionally popping his head up to check on directions we didn't hear a peep from either of them for the entire journey.
Once we got home we let him explore the garden with Betty and then we took him for a walk along the canal.  He just loves everyone he meets doesn't he?  Thankfully he showed no interest in going swimming unlike Betty!
Betty let him play with all her toys and they are now both fast asleep on their beds, side by side, absolutely exhausted after the day's excitement.
Thank you both so much for letting him come to live with us.  We will most certainly keep you updated.
Lots of love, woofs and thank yous from....
Rae, Mike, Betty and Hector x 

Letter from Lady Mary (now Jay) and family

Dear Sarah and Paul,

Just to let you know that she has settled down very well.
We have changed her name to Jay because she wouldn't respond to Mary or Lady, but now she responds to Jay or a whistle.

She has only had two accidents in the house and she now lets us know when she needs to go. Since she came to us we have heard nothing from her in the night and we think it is wonderful how she has settled down so quickly.

She has porridge withme for her breakfast and then we go for a walk.  She is brilliant in the car and travels well.  She is a happy and lovable dog and has taken to all the family.

Thanking you both,
Mr. E.D.Barker

Friday, 5 November 2010

Letter from Poppy Tibetan Terrier & family

Hi There,
Sorry for the long silence. Have been meaning to write but just never got there.

Life with Poppy is great.  She is so adorable and has now settled completely. I have socialised her with other dogs and now she is happy to run off the lead when we all meet with our dog friends on the field. She wlks happily to the heel and is an amazing happy dog. 

She gets on with our cat Tinkerell now and we bought a new kitten to introduce her to cats as she was not happy at first with Tinkerbell.  Her new kitty sister is Lulubell whom she adores and happily plays with. She takes the whole of Lulubells head gently in her mouth and plays gently with her. 

2 Weeks ago we added to our family with a Great Dane Male 4 years old from the Great Dane Adoption. This is the last of our animal family as there will be no more additions.  Jago (G. Dane) and Pop are best mates and Poppy is definately the dominant figuren the relationship.

We walk 3 times a day, 1 and a half hour in the morning and hour in the afternoon and 30 minutes b4 bed. 

Poppy hates been left alone a you know. So she goes with me when we go out or we get a babysitter in. An old lady who lives near by who adores Pop Pop! She therefore is never left alone.

She has had all her vaccinations as they were due and her deworming. We belong to the vet Aston Lee, in Newport Pagnell.

She is very obedient when we are out on walks. My best friend also has a Great Dane and Poppy loves walking with the Danes and sometime think she is a Great Dane a well.  She runs and tries to chase and keep up with them, it is really funny to watch. She is really a star. 

I have attached some photies of her for you to see!
Fondest regards