Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Letter from Robbie & Mum

Hello Paul & Sarah,
                       Just letting you know that i am very pleased with Rob, He is so well behaved and house trained, obedient when out walking and fantastic with other dogs and people and comes straight back to me when called. I have attached 4 photos of him so you can see how he is getting on.

                                                                                                     Yours Faithfully
                                                                                                                Mavis Quirke


Letter from Pepper & Mum

Hi Sarah and Paul,
Pepper is an absolute delight and it feels as if she’s been with us for much longer than just 11 days! 
I’d let her off the lead after only two days as she was coming back to me immediately I called her, and we played lots of hiding games just to make sure.  To make things easier our ‘borrowed’ sheep moved on to their next holiday home so she now had an extra 4 acres to play in and she could happily go into the garden unsupervised; not that she’s out there for long anyway without wanting our company.
Having had five unbelievably quiet nights, she suddenly became anxious in her crate on Saturday night, yelling out and shredding her bed and anything she could get hold of.  I got up thinking she may need to go in the garden but she started fretting again as soon as I left the room, so I tried the ‘ignore’ tactic but to no avail. On Sunday day she was perfect again and not destructive at all. We briefly put her in the crate a couple of times during the day on Sunday after exercise and she was quiet when we were with her, but then cried again that night. I tried to analyse what may be happening - had we overdone the bonding bit?  Did she need the radio on?  Should I try the crate in the bedroom?  Should I just ignore it?  Well who knows – but after 2 pretty much sleepless nights we left her on her sofa in the kitchen – and not a peep – not even a wrinkle on the bed!  And so it has been ever since, so the crate has now been packed away.
On Monday she met the elderly folk at mum’s Red Cross group. It was great to see her ‘working the room’ and having a cuddle with everyone.  On Tuesday we had to leave her alone for the first time for about an hour and she was brilliant. On Wednesday a friend came over with her 7 month old labrador; they belted around the field for a couple of hours and got on famously. She’s beginning to walk really well on the lead slightly ahead of me without pulling and I’m happy with that.  In between going out she’s been learning all about gardening and helping to clear up the field of fallen branches and twigs.  She’s a very inquisitive and confident girl and nothing seems to rattle her; she’s comfortable with everything both in and outdoors, including the bird-scaring bangs in the fields. She doesn’t bark at people or dogs (only horse neighbours have to be barked at) and even introduced herself to the postman the other day!
Today she encountered two different kinds of lawn mowers, both of which had to be barked at until she retrieved the tasty treats I’d hidden on them! And tomorrow we’re going to Lynne Davis’ training class which I’m sure she’ll enjoy – I’ll let you know.
By the way – the cough disappeared so I’ll return the pills to you in the post.
So, I hate to gloat given that some rehomed dogs seem to have so may problems, but our little Pepper is just amazing!
More pictures to follow as soon as I’ve worked out how to sync them from my phone!
Best wishes,
Edna, Marianne & Pepper

Letter from Pip & family

Hi Sarah and Paul ,
I've emailed u some photos of Lucy and Pip I hope you like them. Have u got any spaces free on the understanding you collie talk in April myself and Alex would love to come?   Thanks to paul for all your advice last week it really is appreciated. We were put to the test this morning when we encountered the same dog but thankfully both of us remain unscathed. I really feel we have turned a little bit of a corner with his sensitivity to noise we can now take him out to play ball and he doesn't bolt if he hear a loud noise if he looks a bit shifty we can get a good emergency down from quite a distance and then we collect him. Pip came along with us to training with Lucy and wAtched this week it has always been an issue because the training ground is on a farm and gas guns nearby spooked him so not took him for a couple of months.  He did so well he joined in the silver class and got a rosette for best in the class. Lucy was not impressed lol. Lucy and pip are getting on well she acts bossy but she is quite fond of him I think. We really can't imagine not having him he has really stolen our hearts.  Pip and Lucy have been up snowdonand scarfel pike in last month or so.  We are off to agility tonight with Lucy it the first week of the season pip is coming to watch and if he likes the look off it will have a go.   Hope to hear from you about the course in April.  I'm quite new to all this emailing lark could u just email me back to let me know u received this I'm still not quite sure I've done it right.


Carol, Alex, Izzy, Lucy and of course Pip Squeak  xx

Letter from Romanian Blondie & Dads

Dear All @ Wiccaweys,
Thank you so much for our wonderful Blondie. She has now settled and is sleeping soundly through the night and is bright and funny through the day (she has a shoe fetish which has been amply satisfied by some old wellies that she enjoys throwing about). She has made herself thoroughly at home (photo attached) and is a total joy.
Thanks again,
Peter & Andy

Letter from Tobi & family

Here he is just now. He is a great help in the garden not. Rosie is having a kip on the bed upstairs.  He and Rosie are getting on great. She has come out of her shell since Tob's arrived. We didn't realise how much she missed Jack since he died in August. Woken up again this morning by those two play fighting on the bed. Took them for a long walk this morning and they are knackered from running after their tennis balls.

He runs well off the lead over Pontcanna Fields and Bute Park and walks well on the lead in the street although he gets nervy when there are a lot of people and traffic about. He gets in well with other dogs so far and we still have three cats and they don't bother each other.

Took some nice photos the other day. Will forward them in later.

He has landed on his feet coming to us and we are really grateful for having him.

Best wishes from John and Kay.

PS Saw pictures of those gorgeous little Kelpie puppies on you website. Just look like Tobs. Is he a Kelpie as well?

Letter from Tigger, 1 year on, & family

I can hardly believe it, but I’ve been in my Norfolk home now for almost a year (well, eleven months actually).  Me and Katie (border collie cross) have lots of games together, like tug, pretend fights and chase. She quickly decided that she was the boss, but I don’t really mind, as long as I get lots of cuddles from my people and my Dad plays endless games of throw and fetch. I have trained him to throw my soft toy for me every 20 seconds or so while he is on the computer or watching football. I’m sure he doesn’t realise he’s doing it half the time; if he forgets I woof loudly to remind him. My Mum and Dad take me to the beach about once a week. My people have this long thing that makes the balls go a long way. Katie always gets there first – I’m bigger, but she’s quicker (and brighter – Dad). We met this man on the beach this week. He told us that he had a dog that he loved very much, but he died about a year ago. He had thought about having another dog, but had felt until now that it would have been disloyal to the one that died. My Dad told him that he once had a special dog that died, and although he would always have a special place in my Dad’s heart, they now had another dog in the family that he loved just as much (I think he meant me). He told the man all about Wiccaweys. My Mum and Dad have a granddaughter now. She is 10 months old and likes to pull my hair. I hold up my paw to say “please do it again” and so she does! We love each other lots.  Me and Katie go to see the groomer once every month. Katie just has a wash, but I have a wash and trim, because my hair grows so quickly. The vet said I had put on 3 kilos since I came to Norfolk and now I am exactly the right weight and that I am really healthy and that I have a “lovely nature”,  whatever that means. I am sending you a photo of myself. It was taken just after I had been groomed. Don’t I look handsome! Love and licks to you both and thank you so much for rescuing me. On the web site you had put “Tigger deserves to be loved for the rest of his life”. Well, I will be. 

Letter from Bran (now Ruby) & family

Hello Wiccaweys, here is Ruby formally Bran with Mom, Dad and Belle in Weymouth 201, both beautiful girls.