Friday, 18 November 2011

Letter from Milo & family

Greetings Sarah and Paul,
Well we've had Milo one full year now and wouldn't be without him.  My daughter and her boyfriend took him to the seaside at the weekend - thought I'd let you see what he looked like when he arrived home.  Straight in the bath, looks beautiful now though.
Best wishes to you all,

Letter from Kerry (now Indy) & family

Hi Paul & Sarah.
We have had Indy for just over a year now,and thought it was a good time to give you an update.
From a very timid dog who wouldn't leave my side around the house and whilst out walking, he now is very confident and will happily run on ahead, but always checks to make sure he knows where I am! He loves to chase squirrels and goes on squirrel patrol every day during his walk around the park, this is about the only time he barks!
Unfortunately he had a shoulder injury in August and had to have an operation, but thankfully he is now fully recovered and getting his fitness back. The vet is very impressed with his recovery. It was hard giving him restricted walks for a few weeks though.
His personality is now coming to the fore and he such a character always amazing us with his antics and his loving nature, he is certainly one of the family now, and couldn't imagine life without him.
Our old retriever Molly sadly died earlier this year, so Indy is now top dog and seems content to be on his own. When the time is right we will very likely paying you a visit to get him a companion, but for now it's just us and Indy and we love him to bits!
I have attached a photo of him that we took on a day out in Dartmoor.
Best wishes
Kevin & Sara Moon

Letter from Millie & family

Dear Paul and Sarah,

We just wanted to give some news on Millie.  She has been an absolute star and is the sweetest dog we have ever met.  She has been quite timid and scared of cars and people on our walks but is getting braver by the second.  We just got back from a long walk and she is snoring on her blanket as we speak.  She has mastered the stairs and came up to our bedroom at 6.45 this morning to let us know that it was time to get up.  She is eating and drinking well and has put next door's dog in his place.  She is fine with him while we are out on a walk but she will let him know who owns this house if he is taking liberties :)  She has had a bath, which she did not enjoy but she is all lovely and fluffy now.

Thanks for letting us adopt her, we just love her to bits!  We will keep you posted on her progress.

all the best

Thordis, Joseph and Asa

ps.  Joseph says hello to Ernie, Merlin and of course Jack.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Letter from Donna (now Mitts) and family

Hi Sarah and Paul

Just thought I'd drop a quick line to let you know how Mitts is doing, I will send some photo's separately as it doesn't seem to want to send with attachments. 
We are really enjoying Mitts, she is a lovely dog with a really cute and Querky personality. We call her our 'little Princess'. She is a proper lady and it shows when we are out and about with her buddy Sox. He's the 'proper boy' rough and tumble, over the top etc, Mitts puts him in his place though. The two of them love playing together but she is the gentler one when out, she likes to skinny dip whilst he 'bomb dives', she likes to pitter patter along whilst he charges by !! A lovely combination.
Mitts has learnt her recall very quickly by whistle and also knows her name, she was kept on the long lead for walks for about 4 weeks but we are now confident that she isn't going anywhere. She's still on the lead for some outings involving trips to the Peak District as she has an extremely powerful herding instinct. Mitts tries to round up anything that moves and often circles us on walks. She is still very noise sensitive and quite nervous but this is gradually improving as we give her lots of reassurance.
We are really pleased to have Mitts, we and the kids love her to bits and she is a real pleasure to have in the family.

With best wishes 
the Shipleys

Letter from Rosie & family

Hello paul and sarah, just to let you know that rosie has settled in really well and has gained a lot of confindence we still have a little way to go but i am sure we will do it.Thank you so much for letting us adopt her she has bought sunshine back into our lives after losing our beloved megan she keeps on kissing bruce but he doesnt seem to mind, glad to hear that blackie has been adopted hope you are well.

Letter from Buster (now Barney) & Mum

Thought you might like to see this montage of one of your rescues, and how he lives now, Barney (ex Buster) .
Best wishes
Carole Leigh

Letter from Bracken & family

Hi Sarah and Paul
Some more pictures of Bracken with her new brother! They have really bonded, it's a joy to see them together. Bracken is proving to be a quick learner as well as a good footballer, if she was a boy I'd be tempted to call her Beckham!!
Yet again many, many thanks.


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Letter from Dan & family

Hi Sarah, Hi Paul,

My names Dan and I was adopted back in October 2009 to a family in Soutill, Bedfordshire.
I thought you would be pleased to hear that I'm living life to the full and am particularly enjoying my flyball career [Mum says i'm a bit of an addict!!]
I compete with a team called HighFlyers, there are about 5 Wiccaweys adoptees in our club and we have a great time at tournaments, camping and socialising!

Yesterday, I qualified for Crufts 2012 and thought you would like to see me with my pretty rosette!    Unfortunately the Kennel Club wouldn't let me have the name Wiccaweys DannyBoy - so my registered name is Diddy DannyBoy, perhaps you can look out for me in March at Crufts?

Licks and Wags to you both

Letter from Gillian (now Maisie) & family

Dear  Paul and Sarah,
Maisie (formerly Gillian) has settled very happily in her new home; she gets on famously with Jamie, whom she continues to energise and sometimes even surprise him.

Maisie has three window ledges in the house, from which she can survey the village and guard us. She gets very excited when the Oxford or Banbury bus goes past ............... and the tractors and lorries. Passing villagers are now getting used to seeing her in her ‘vantage point’ and this morning she certainly brightened up a lady’s day, judging from the smile on her face.

Maisy sallies forth into the neighbouring fields every day and has discovered the pleasure of pheasants in the hedges and open fields, thanks to Jamie’s mentoring. After the initial excitement of setting out, she is walking well, enjoying plenty of sniffing and the occasional attempt to freshen herself up with some fragrant eau de fox or badger.

She likes to start the day with a cuddle and a little chat from her mum or dad : she is a veritable bundle of joy and a lovely addition to the whole family.
Hope you can use this and any of the attached pics
Best wishes
Neil and Jane


Letter from Teeka & Tara (now Pippa) & family

Dear Paul and Sarah,
Thought I'd give you a quick update on Teeka and Tara (renamed Pippa). They are both in very good form, Pippa has put on 4 kilos and has grown enormously, she's now about the same height as Teeka!   They love their 2xday walks on the beach,, and are ball mad. Pippa loves the sea and has even been swimming and retrieving the ball!- she is totally fearless !!   Teeka is a bit more wary but does paddle. Apart from kennel cough we've had no problems and my older two got it the worst.   I'm just about to start agility with Teeka and am already doing obedience with Pip. She is a totally different dog away from the others, very subdued, which she isn't at all at home, infact as soon as
she felt better a yip appeared!!!   I thought it would be good to get her confidence up on her own.  All the dogs get on really well, and Teeka and Tara are brilliant with the chickens and cat and are now fully house trained.

In fact we are still delighted with them!!

Thanks for the invite to the fun day - I would have loved to come but Pip is still car sick on longish journeys so thought it would be too far for her - hopefully you'll have another one in the future that we can come to.
Best wishes Julia Brown.

Letter from Meryl & Dad

Dear Sarah and Paul,
It is six weeks since I collected Meryl
from Wiccaweys. She really is a lovely,friendly dog. I have had minor poblems with her, such as digging up my lawn, but she will grow out of this. She is good on the lead,and I can now let her off the lead in the fields. She will only go around 30 yards away from me,and will come back immediately when called. She is very,very fast.
She is very friendly with people and
other dogs. Everyone who sees her wants her. One lady said to me the other day 'your dog smiled at me yesterday' ,and no doubt she
did, because she is such a happy dog. I only have to look at her and she wags her tail.
I can only think that she was a failed
farm collie,because no-one in their right mind would part with such a lovely dog as Meryl.
I cannot thank you enough for this
lovely lovely dog.
Please keep up the excellent work that you are
doing, making both dogs and people happy. In mine and Meryl's case very, very happy.

Des & Meryl

Letter from Trixie (now Poppy) & family

Hi Paul & Sarah,

Poppy has settled in well. We’re talking long walks every day, exploring the various parks, with my dad and his dog Jessie. The two dogs get on well, and Poppy is well behaved off lead ranging a short distance ahead with Jessie. Poppy especially likes walks through woodland. It is a pleasure to see her bouncy and uninhibited as she bounds through the woods, as she is cautious verging on timid much of the time. The circle of people she trusts is gradually expanding to include the wider family. We’ve been practicing sit and down, and Poppy has discovered the joy of chasing after a ball. We’re having a lot of fun.

Hope you’re well,

She’s coming out of her shell, and is now perfectly happy trotting out of the house into the garden. Each day I’ve been introducing new experiences, yesterday’s biggie was a walk round the block, today was the vets. On the walk yesterday she met the postman, and two neighbours who made a fuss of her. She was happy in the vets although there was a little stretch of busy road we had to walk along to get there, which she wasn’t so happy about. I gave her some time to sit, listen and watch the traffic, then she was ok. My dad’s border collie, Jessie, has come to stay with us for a while. Jessie has shown Poppy where the best couch grass grows in my garden, and has demo’d some of the toys that Poppy didn’t know what to do with. Poppy is learning fast.

All the best,

Hi Paul & Sarah,

I was just about to call you and let you know how day 1 with Trixie has been, when I realised I’d missed your office hours, so I thought I’d email instead since we’ve had such a great day today.

I’ve decided to call her Poppy, since she wasn’t responding to Trixie, but was listening when I did the pup-pup-pup-puppy call. Puppy, Poppy, Puppy, Poppy. It’s working and she’s responding to her name J

Poppy was very timid when we got home and we had a couple of accidents in the house which I’ve cleaned up without a fuss. She’s least comfortable in the garden and refuses to step outside (so I’ve been carrying her over the threshold). Anyway we’ve been out in the garden lots of times today, and each time she’s been braver, done more sniffing and isn’t sticking so close to me. This afternoon she even relaxed enough to do her business in the garden, which I’m particularly happy about J Little breakthrough this evening was that after coming indoors, having had a fun time in the garden, I turned around and went straight back out again and she followed me over the threshold without hesitation. I think carrying her outside will be a thing of the past very soon.

In the house she’s very relaxed unless she has to move. She’s identified lots of chairs/sofas/etc around the house which are safe havens and if she has to move (because I’ve moved to another room in the house) she does it in a dash. This too is becoming less of a thing as she gains confidence.

This morning my dad and his dog Jessie came to visit, which was a great success. She charmed my dad in much the same way as she charmed me. I’ve attached a photo taken this morning after dad’s visit.

I’ll be on the phone straight away if we have any problems, otherwise I’ll drop you another email in a week to let you know how we’re doing.

All the best,

Letter from Darcy & family

Hi Paul and Sarah

As promised, please find attached photos of Darcy


Phil and Jackie

Letter from Ziggy & family

Hello Sarah & Paul,
Thankyou so much for our darling boy Ziggy he is an absolutely beauty,  we arrived at the vet and you would have thought he had been with us forever, he was so good.
We then came home and let him wonder all over the garden etc, before his first bath.
I have enclosed some photos for you and as you can see he isn't phased by anything at all, in fact I think he likes his new home what do you think ?
Many thanks for all your help.  He has just gone for his evening stroll with Mick and grandaughter Grace.
We will keep in touch with you as promised.
Thanks again
Sheila & Michael Haines. 


Letter from Buddy & family

Paul and Sarah,

He is doing well and has really settled in, he has formed a good frienship with Flynn mainly but we found him curled up in bed with Murphy one morning.  He and Flynn play a lot, tug of war is a favourite.
We are walking him off lead throught he fields already, his recall is very good and he is learning the whistle command from the others.  His stamina is low so we are taking it easy, building slowly, he should be getting to 35 minutes at his age but cannot manage that yet, as soon as he looks to be tiring we pop him on the lead.  He is eating well and is converted to Oscar's as Flynn is but we give Buddy a half an feed extra at lunchtime.  His appetite is very strong.  We will try the csj food next time, looks good from the website.
He is a great character and is part of the household now, he did his first obedience training on Wednesday and was good for a first effort.
My guess would be that he was raised alone by a woman, his first instinct is to go to Imelda or women but he is not afraid of men so has not been mistreated.  He loves his cuddles and I am spending more time with him over the weekend so he is more used to me, having said that he lays with me in the evening happily. 
Attached are a couple more pics for you.



Letter from Buddy & family


As you will see he loves playing with his new brother.



Letter from Buddy & family


He has had quite a day, been out in the car with his new brothers, watched Flynn at Flyball (barked encouragement), went to his new Grandad's (my father) and played in his large garden.  Then a trip to Jollye's to be kitted with new collar, lead, harness and ID tag (the loan collar will be on its way back to you tomorrow, many thanks) then back home to watch me add a rail to the bottom of our 2 gates (he showed an ability to limbo dance last night, now he can't!!).  He has had a very short run in the fields late this afternoon, all in all he has settled in very quickly indeed, my father was amazed at him.

He is very affectionate to men and shows no symptoms of mis treatment, he bonded with my Dad instantly (he is our normal dog sitter, if needed).  He is a real character and the bond with Flynn is already very strong, they play and rest well together, last night all 3 dogs settled down cuddled up.  He is an accomplished thief when it comes to food stuff, we need to have our wits about us, this is no issue to us, is quite amusing, we will adapt to minimise his opportunities.

Attached are a few quick snaps of him today.

Thanks so much for bringing him in to our lives.


Letter from Buddy & family


The first night passed peacefully, all 3 together, and Buddy was clean except for a liitle leak on teh way to the door first thing.  Flynn and Buddy have been playing for over an hour now, think they are bonding really well, Murph is enjoying a peaceful lay in watching. 

So far so good the play is hysterical to watch, Buddy does not let Flynn's size put him off!! He launches his whole body at him!!

Buddy will be coming to watch his brother do flyball shortly, he wont be partaking until the obedience training is well under way

Our obedience trainers rushed over to see him last night and were amazed that he was soon stretched out upside down at our feet.  No doubt it will not all be plain sailing but all in all a perfect start from the young chap.

Will keep you posted!!


Letter from Blackie (now Peggy) & family

Dear Paul and Sarah,
Just to let you know that Peggy has settled very well and is a delightful little lady who gets on well with everyone she meets including our two grand-daughters aged 6yrs and 15mths, who have been staying over half term. As you can see from the attached photos she has made herself at home! She is now finally, able to be introduced to the local neighbourhood dogs having at last got rid of her persisitant kennel cough, we were sorry to miss the sponsored walk because of this.
Our only hurdle now is to get over car sickness which is making poor Peggy not enjoy any trips out even if there are great walks and nice people at the other end.  Any tips would be welcome.

We hope to visit you and return the collar Peggy had from you as soon as I am quite sure she is completely over the cough.
Thank you again for your help in finding such a lovely little girl.
With best wishes from
Angela Williams and Peggy