Saturday, 21 December 2013

Letter from Maisie & family

Paul and Sarah,

Well after two weeks we would like to let you know that Maisie has really settled in well. It's like she has been with us forever, as you can see from the pictures.

She has been learning to walk on the lead and is really making some progress. We have also let her run off the lead for the first time this week which she is thoroughly enjoying. The crows in the field are not to happy though as she really does have some pace and loves to chase them.

She likes to chew and so far we have lost a dogs toy, a toy motorbike, a small sock and she loves zips, lol!  She has also chewed through her harness so could you let us know if you would like it replaced or should we send the money?

We would like to thank you both and Eddie for spending time with us and for all your advice. We are very grateful as Maisie is a wonderful and very loving doggy addition to our family.

We hope Maisie's sister Mollie and all the other doggies can find great homes and we wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year.

Kind Regards
Jon, Lorraine, George, Harry, Lulu and Maisie xxxxx woof 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Letter from Timmy & Emily, and family

Hello there everyone,
I know that you have probably no recollection of any of us but a while ago in April 2012 we found our lovely border collie Timmy. My sister and I had created an entire project on why we should rescue a dog. You may remember that. We just wanted to thank you for making our live so wonderful and we wish you the best for the future. Timmy truly is a member of the family now and he has conquered many of his fears that cruel people inflicted on him when he lived in Ireland.

I can't imagine life without Timmy and the service you gave us that day was remarkable.

Timmy has come so far in the past year and a half and he is now an awesome little boy. He loves his tennis ball and I have spent this year recording all of the cool things he does. That is how much I love him.

Thank you so much

The Kyle Family
(Emily, Charlotte, Helen, Andy and Timmy)

Monday, 2 December 2013

Letter from Rossy & family

Hi Sarah and Paul,
Just wanted to let you know that Rossy has been brilliant and is settling really well.  He has a bit of separation anxiety which is understandable but we are working on that and today he has been letting me go to the loo on my own!!!
He has met the dog I look after for my friend during the day and they are fine together.  He has also been to work with me and enjoyed getting lots of fuss and attention there!!
Jasmin the skittle kid has just about come down from the excitement of his arrival and we are all very happy to have him with us.
Many thanks again
Jane and family

Letter from Daisy pup & family

Short version - she is ACE and we love her, as does everyone we have introduced her to.

Slightly longer version - it took her a day or two to come out of her shell, unsurprisingly, and she's still a little clingy when she is unsure, but growing in confidence every day. She is good about sleeping downstairs (no complaints at all - she whinges if she can hear us upstairs in the mornings, but it's a mild grumble, no yelling) and thus far hasn't wrecked the place...still waiting for that! She is mostly house trained - there have been a few accidents, but they have chiefly been our fault. We don't get a lot of warning and there are two doors to get through, so it's a rush to get them unlocked in time. But she's got the idea, so now it's just perfecting the execution.

No problems to date with the bunnies - three of them are fairly bolshy, and have come up to her (with puppy on a lead), given her a good sniff and then lost interest completely. She wants to play with them and is confused that they don't want to play back, but she is also easly distracted by the promise of treats or a ball throw when they won't play with her. So I'll keep channelling the wish to play with them into an association with playing ball instead. She hasn't met the remaining three as yet as I am concerned that they would run away, which would be counter productive.
And...she's friends with one of the rats. Bizarre. Only through the cage bars, but she will sit and whuffle at the rat, and the rat will sit by her and brux (it's a horrible sound - like tooth grinding, but it indicates happiness)

We're keeping her on a long lead for now when she's out, as she's getting good at coming back but it won't be engrained for a while I'd guess. But I'm letting it trail behind her when we are playing ball, so she is getting to charge about. And we took her to a rowing event last Saturday. Rob kept her with him while I was racing. She had a lovely day being the centre of attention and fussed over by EVERYBODY. She was shattered when we got back - will have to do that again!

Anyway, we'll bring her to see you in a couple of weeks - I suspect she will have shot up. It feels like she's growing every day at the moment, though she's still pretty petite. On which - both Rob and I will be coming to the xmas walk, so we have a spare pair of hands. If you have a Wiccs resident spare, we're happy to walk another one as well as Daisy between us. Not least because Rob is already coming round to the idea that 8 paws is better than 4. Shouldn't take too much more work :D (but don't tell him I mentioned it lol)

See you soon! Sarah

Letter from Sam, Joe and family

Thanks very much for the wonderfully positive newsletter and congratulations on all the developments being undertaken at Wiccaweys, you deserve every success.
Sorry we can't come to your Christmas party but we are rather a long way away. Joe and Sam are wonderful, even when they get me up at 5am for their first 'walkies', but then that's the price for asking for 'oldies'. We would not be without them. They enjoy the walks on our farm where many other dogs are walked and Sam and Joe are always keen to join in any socialising. They get me out walking at least three times a day which is good. So we three 'oldies' are getting plenty of exercise.
When they first came home with us I resolved not to allow them on any chairs, and this has worked, except that they have taken over the settee, but they are happy and comfortable and need to relax after a hard day's walking, sleeping and eating. We would not be without them.
There's just one drawback. When out walking so many car drivers slow down to look at them, Joe especially as he is rather obvious, that they expect the attention now, stopping to take in the admiring noises and smiles from the contents of each car. We fenced off an area in the garden as a playpen where I throw the ball watched intently by the two 'lads'. Then I fetch the ball, throw it again, then fetch it etc. etc... and so on. They enjoy this game immensely.
We wish you every continuing success, you have given so much to the dogs and to us who have taken them on. I hope you continue to have the response and help you deserve. I will be putting a donation in the post soon.
Best wishes and continued success for Christmas and 2014.
From Jim and Margaret Vinson, Sam and Joe, the lads.

Letter from Lucy & family

Hi Paul and Sarah
Just to say a very belated (apologies!) many, many thanks for all your help at the understanding your collie talk and our 1 to 1.   We learned an awful lot and also it increased our confidence in being able to understand and help Lucy better. 

Lucy continues to be absolutely gorgeous and we get more smitten with her every day - we really can not imagine life without her now! She is still struggling a little to train us, but after our visit to Wiccaweys she thinks that with her (and your) help we will get there eventually!

Hope everything is well with you both and at Wiccaweys in general, and once again, many, many thanks for all your help.

Best wishes
David, Julie and Lucy xxx

Letter from Mabel and family

Hi Sarah & Paul,
Just a quick update to let you know Mabel is settling in well. I have attached a photo. She is learning the cats ways and there is still a way to go before the cat accepts her but we all managed to sleep in the same room last night so progress is being made. We are just letting them sort themselves out in their timescale. She is loving her walks and we met up with sister's dog yesterday while my sister rode her horse and she really enjoyed being out and about.
Paula, Matt, Meara (the cat) & Mabel Davey

Letter from Harry & family

We're home and settled :)

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Letter from Emma (previously Haxie) and family

Photos of Emma and her young handlers Max six and Ed four at a summer fun dog show. Emma ended up BEST IN SHOW, about 50 others dogs competing.
We still can't get her interested in playing with a ball but she now travels very well in cars, motor home, trains and we have just come back from the Isle of Wight so she had her first trip on a ferry. We have nearly had her a year and can't believe how she has come on.

Kind regards

Mary and Elliot


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Letter from Bobby & family

Hello Everyone

I wanted to send you some pictures and tell you all about how I am getting on in my new home.

I love spending time with my new Mum & Dad we go on lots of nice walks in the fields, I have made friends with my new cousin Mini the black lab and we sometimes go on walks together. I like sitting with my family in the evening while they have their cup of tea and watch movies, I get to sleep by their feet, stretch out and sometimes get my own pillow J

We are going away on a holiday next year which is very exciting and means lots more walking and even a trip to the beach.  I have also just been to the doggy hairdressers where I got a nice new haircut and had a bath ready for the winter.

I hope you like my pictures.
Please say hello to all my friends.

Lots of love

(Clair & James)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Letter from Jack & family

Its a year since we went to the Wiccaweys show, to show how well Merlin was getting on after we found him at Wiccaweys in March last year, and having followed young Jack on the website being left behind week after week with no one noticing his little face. I made the big mistake of talking to Sarah saying how surprised I was that he was still at HQ and why had he not been adopted.... aaaaagh big mistake within half hour we were at HQ walking him and after a week of thinking about it we came up and took him home.

Jack and Merlin hit it off like brothers and the fun began, they play fight all day every day until Merlin says enough?  Merlin and Jack are the most fantastic dogs they are just so loving, great with everyone and other dogs.. just the cats at HQ they have been back a few times to check out and supervise the new kennels and gave the cats a right old time, don't understand what cats are doing in a dog rescue.
We just had a week in our caravan in north Cornwall, we let jack off his lead on the beach for the first time and discovered he is into water sport a true water baby.

Letter from Haxie (now Emma) and family

Just to let you know that Emma went to a fun dog show a couple of weeks ago, along with about 50 other dogs.  Max (6) and Ed (4) took her in several events.  

She won the best rescue dog, best in the next section (winners from various classes) then went on to win BEST IN SHOW.   When the official photos arrive I will attempt to send one of her with her young handlers and clutch of rosettes.

The criteria that the judge (local Vet) used for Best in Show was the dog she would most like to take home. Rather good for a dog rescued by Wiccaweys from the Ennis Dog Pound. Emma is a really wonderful dog and we thank you again for letting us have her.

Love from Mary and Elliot

Monday, 2 September 2013

Letter from Bob & family

Hi Sarah & Paul
Thought it was about time we sent you some pics of Bob who has now been with us for nearly 2 years!
He has blossomed into the most loving boy he even accepts my kisses & cuddles & pretends he doesn't like it but paws me for more, hes a confident boy now & great off the lead & travels well in the car now so he can go to new places & try to catch more squirrels!
We look at Bob & think how long it has taken to gain his trust & for him to be a happy waggy tail boy who loves playing ball although he still wont give it back!  We're really pleased that all of our hard work has paid off & Bob can enjoy being a loved spoiled dog which he  rightly deserves.
Jackie, Mark, Jamie & Bob. xxxxxxxxxxxxx


Letter from Millie & co

Hi Sarah and Paul.

Here are a few photos of lovely Millie and her antics.  She is a bit of a sneaky sock thief as you will see in one of the photos.  We were clearing out drawers and then found that Millie had taken a few pairs of socks to her bed :)  She also loves playing with balls, there is a routine ball game that we play every evening when she gets all her balls out of her basket and flings them around the living room and chases them!    She is such a lovely dog, we love her to bits!

all the best,

Thordis and co

Letter from Clifford (now Georgie) & family

Hi Sarah & Paul
Thank you for our very pleasant visit yesterday, and also thank you for the gift of the new addition to our family, 'Clifford', now renamed Georgie.

Georgie travelled back with us really well, and has acquainted himself with his new home and garden. He has taken to resting outside under the trailer - obviously feels very safe there, and watches everything we do from there. He comes out when he feels like it to say hello and have a love. At other times he comes out to have a a mad play session with Rosie, which is lovely to see. His tail is right up now. As expected Georgie is very suspicious and often reticent when we try to approach him, but we feel confident that he will learn to trust given time. Georgie certainly loves his food, and is very eager for his portions. As I write this, he has just come in from outside, sat in front of me and intimated that he wanted a love. He likes his face and tummy rubbed best of all.

Rosie and Georgie are getting on really well together, and it is obvious that this has been a good match. We are really delighted.

Thank you once again, and be assured that we will continue to give you periodic bulletins.

With our very best wishes to you both, and all at Wiccaweys
Heather & Jonathan

Letter from Billy & family

Dear Paul and Sarah,

Here are a few photos of Billy. He is very happy here and we are making
steady progress with him. 
Thank you so much for the advice you gave me over the phone it was very
helpful and made me feel much more confident.

We will send you pics and information on a regular basis.  It is good to
know that you are there to give advice and encouragement. 

Kindest regards, 

Ken and Ingrid


Letter from Ollie & family in France

Hello Wiccaweys

Just been reading your website and it was good to see so many testimonials on 

I thought I'd give you an Ollie update considering he is coming up to 11 years 
old in October and we got him from you guys when he was just 2!

We are still living here in Chatel in the French Alps and Ollie loves it here 
and everyone loves him. He seems to like living at altitude, although not loving 
the 35degree plus weather we are currently enjoying, or the thunderstorms. 

Anyway, here are a couple of pics, one of Ollie with a stick in a mountain river 
and the other of him just about to fall into lake Geneva. 

Keep up the good work


Letter from Swift & family

Swift here.

Mam has been out and about taking pictures with her new camera.  We have a lovely new village sign and she has snapped me sitting in front of it.  Where we live is just a patchwork of gold at the moment.  Soon all the fields will be harvested and ploughed up and it will be a patchwork of brown once again.  We love the way it is constantly changing.

Last week Mam and Dad were woken in the small hours by the mournful sound of a dog howling!  It was just like something out of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’!!  Just one big howl - then silence.  Apparently it was me and I was dreaming!  They are hoping I don’t make a habit of it!

Sending some photos Mam has taken when we have been out and about where we live.

Love Howler xxx

Letter from Milly (now Nina) & family

Apologies for the delay!
Enclosed are some up to date pictures of Nina (Milly).
The Cats and her are getting along really well and she has made plenty of doggy pals in and around the village. 
Hope Poppy is doing well.
Kind regards,
Debbie, Chris and Kathryn


Letter from Daisy & family

Hi Sarah and Paul just a quick update to let you know we all got home ok. Got held up in traffic on M25 but otherwise straight forward run back.  Daisy was very good and sat on the seat all the way, sometimes bolt upright , sometimes slouching and sometimes curled up but mostly whichever way leaning up against me.  She has met the cats and totally ignored them.  She has had her dinner and took herself off to bed - see photos attached. Daisy could not keep her eyes open any longer!   We will keep you updated on progress but thank you for bringing Daisy into our lives we hope we will do her proud.
kind regards
Carol & Lyn