Bruno and Willow are brother and sister- labrador/ border collie crosses. We got then from DAWGS when they were 9 weeks old in 2002.
Bruno was the runt of the litter (you wouldn't guess it now) and is black with a bit of white, we call him octopup as when curled up all you can see are these, amazingly, mobile eyebrows watching you.
Willow is very pretty, a tricolour, long haired madam. we call her Wiggley Willow, as when she wags her tail her whole body goes, and she loves children. They are all grown up now show the young dogs how things are done, teaching the deprived pups how to play! They are also very tolerant of all the new comers who tend to need more attention, at least initially.
Bruno and Willow are not available for sponsorship.
Pepsi (on the left) is a dalmation/ collie cross, a difficult combination, she came to us on the 12th of december in 2006. She was an unwanted pup, who apparently couldn't be house trained, she was trained in 3 days here, you just had to get off your bum when she asked as she couldn't hold it in for very long. She is lovely and is very affectionate towards people, the only problem is she is very possesive towards the other dogs, in fact we call her "grrrry git".
Levi, who arrived at the age of 10 months in 2006, is a nightmare, we call him Relentless or Leviathon, as he is so persistant! A black lab who belonged to a drug dealer and I'm sure had been fed drugs, he certainly is damaged in lots of ways. When we first got him he wasn't housetrained and if you left the house he used to throw himself against the door. Gradually he has imporoved, but is still the most messed up animal in the house, which is scary as we've had a few problem animals but they have all come on futher than Levi ever will. He still doesn't like long hair, in a pony tail and the first time he saw me in a skirt, he ran away, wet himself, while growling and shaking- honestly, I'm not that bad in a skirt!!
Levi also suffers from a heart murmer and when he is sick he completely passes out for a few seconds both he and us get a fright and the poor we fella runs up for a hug. He has always had nightmares and wakens up terrified, again runs over for some comfort and settles down again.
Lady, is a smoothe coat collie (we think). She spent the first year of her life in a shed and then went to live with an agrophobic, alcoholic lady, she was well loved but never got out. This meant she wasn't house trained and would actually go out and then come in to do the toilet. She is nearly trained now and is a very loving dog, sh e was 6 when she arrived in 2007, we think, but behaves like a pup most of the time. She loves running with the other dogs and is particularly fond of playing with Pepsi outside. From being a dog who didn't understand being outside, she is now the last one in and has been nicknamed 'Dingleberry'
Corrie, a true border collie, who has so much potential but has had a tough time of it, he came to us when he was 10 months old in 2007, what a mess. He was skin and bone and if you raised your voice, lifted your hand to pet him, or moved quickly he wet himself, this dog had been beaten! It has taken a long time ,but we're nearly there and he is better behaved than Levi ,already. I do feel sorry for him, because ,to be honest if somebody had taken him on, who had time to do some obedience and agility, he would have been a star. However at least here he will be safe and never starved or beaten again. Corrie is nicknamed 'Spook'.
Jasper is a german short haired pointer who arrived in August 2011, he wasn't quite 2 when he got here. Jasper was going to be PTS for nipping a child, neither the owner or the mother of the child thought he was being aggressive but in these times and with a small child herself the owner felt she couldn't keep Jasper. No other rescues would take Jasper so he was going to be PTS. We said we would take him, but if he was aggressive to anybody we would have to have him euthanased. Jasper does stand off and bark at people, he is quite fearful of strangers but once he gets to know people he is a really friendly boy, we are hoping over the course of this year to work with him and overcome his worries about strangers. He loves chasing a ball and is becoming good at coming back- even when there are wild rabbits around ( most of the time), he is a man's dog though and can usually be found on Mike's lap if Mike is sitting down - we've tried to tell him he isn't a lap dog but he just won't believe us.