After a 3 weeks of getting to know each other Oscar and I quickly found a lovely rhythm of life together. He has taken up the role of my “Office Manager” and I would say he is firm but fair but it is a real stickler for punctuality when it comes to treats!
Even at 14 we still have two walks a day, one of which always includes some “zoomie” time in a field! He still has a zest for life that always make me smile. He has a comfy bed in pretty much every room in the house but in the last 3 months has become a real snuggle bug in the evenings, and loves to be up on the sofa with me watching telly. (He is really enjoying Strictly this year and wants Bill to win)
I always knew that when I was finally able to have a dog in my life that I wanted to adopt and loved the idea of giving an older dog a lovely retirement home, but it has been one of the most joyful things I have ever done. I urge anyone thinking about adopting to not overlook the older girls and boys as they have so so much laughter, smiles and love to give to you.
I can’t imagine life without my quirky, stubborn and sometimes grumpy old boy but I do know that 2020 would have been so much tougher for me without him.
A huge thank you to Cotswold Dogs and Cats for looking after him and not giving up on him for 214 days until I saw his face on their website and knew I had to fill in the form!
Kate and Oscar
Our beautiful Mouse became part of our family on 01st September 2020.
Mouse was one of the 8 Terriers rescued in August 2020 from appalling conditions, kept in dirty rusty cages...horrific for all of them.
I believe Mouse was the first to be re-homed and we were very honoured to be given the privilege of welcoming her to join her older adopted brother Squeak (this was purely coincidental Mouse+Squeak!)
Mouse settled in extremely well with the support of her new brother who showed her the ropes, particularly with the toilet training which she mastered within two days!
We then put her in at the deep end and took her to Cornwall in the Motorhome for 18 days, she took to this like a duck to water and absolutely loved every minute of her adventure (no accidents!)
She loved the beach and paddling in the sea and making new friends. Her recall was excellent and eventually we let her have her freedom on a large quiet beach. She was just like “Bambi” with her legs totally out of coordination when she ran and could she run, she was like a pocket rocket and she enjoyed every minute of it!
Back at home we are fortunate to live next to a National Trust Estate with river walks and lots of canine companions, yes Mouse is really at home in her new environment and we adore her as does everyone who meets her.
We simply could not imagine life without bubbly, full of fun, affectionate Mouse.
Thank you Ebony and all at CCDH.
Sid the Labrador was removed from a property after the RSPCA was sent footage of the dog being repeatedly beaten by his owner. The 10- month-old male dog was tethered to an outdoor kennel and was subjected to multiple beatings with a stick.
Fortunately, a neighbour had caught the act on video and immediately alerted the RSPCA. Inspector who called CDCH. Although she was aware that it meant travellingthe dog some distance, she really wanted the dog to be somewhere ‘really nice’. The whole team took this as a great compliment. Sid is a fabulous dog and despite his past, he is very well adjusted. One member of the team, Ann-Marie our receptionist fell in love with him.
She said "He really is such a gorgeous boy and really cannot imagine why anyone would treat him as they did". She officially adopted him and has never looked back even if he can be very naughty at times!
Pedro was fostered by Ebony, our Animal Care Team Leader from 2017 and finally adopted in 2019 when we won his court case and was eventually signed over to CDCH. He was removed from a horrific puppy farm with 74+ other dogs, he was one of the breeding males. We had 3 of the dogs from this case in our care - Pedro, Lupin and Oscar. Peddy has had some behavioural challenges to overcome and many medical issues since, and has had 4 operations which were a dental, eye removal and 2 operations to fix his luxating patella. Now, he lives the high life with his big brother Chester, another rescue spaniel, and his favourite place is the beach. He has been on many adventures and has many more to come. Ebony says “He is my little sidekick and even joins me on my paddle board which I would say he tolerates rather than enjoys! If it was up to him he'd spend most of his time in bed asleep”. She added:
“I'm forever grateful for having the opportunity to have experienced Pedro's journey through CDCH and now have memories of him within my home.”
I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help with us to rehome Cheddar, he has settled in really well and he loves his new home but I’m sure he misses you.
I really appreciated all your advice, it definitely made everything go smoothly!!
Night times are still a little hard as he likes to know I’m about and I am a soft touch so hate leaving him scratching at the door but we will get there.
You all do an amazing job at the centre and you must all be so proud of what you do to change these puppies lives for the better.
Thank you again for everything :-)
Michelle, Chris, Callum, Lucia and of course Cheddar xxx