THANK YOU

To everyone who helped organise the Epworth Show: to everyone who came : to those who helped over the weekend and to those who couldn’t come but supported us by sponsoring classes etc, etc.

There’s so many brilliant photos on the LL FB page to go through , it’ll take forever : https://www.facebook.com/groups/930736200340168/

https://www.agilityfoto.com/v/photos/96866twk/C342414804/epworth-22-09-19?fbclid=IwAR3GBXs-uTD2wQQz84h2cHjZltAlMh2OO6mHEy81tFQgtHLSag-1f_FL87E

Sponsor Dogs

Sadly I had news last week that Greta, one of the LL Old Timers, had passed away. She’d been a LL sponsor dog as she came into rescue with a metal pin in her back leg (which she was unable to bend) from a previous ‘incident’ and as she got older this leg caused her some problems. She was on various Meds and rescue covered her vet bills as her insurance became a ridiculous amount as she got older.

As some of you are aware. Bubba, who’d been a LL resident and also a sponsor dog had to be PTS in June, as he lost the use of his back legs and was very distressed………..so we are “renewing” our sponsor dogs because we have a few oldies who’ve come to us and gone into “permanent foster” homes. This way they get the comfort of a home of their own and 1:1 care, instead of being stuck at the rescue HQ, and the lovely people who take them in know they will have back up from the rescue, both financially and with any problems they may have.

So let me introduce you to the new kids on the block :

CHUCK

Chuck is about 11 now and came back to LL after his owner became very ill and unable to look after him any more. This is Chuck's original rehoming thread in 2009: http://www.lurcherlink.org/llink/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=62878&hilit=Chuck+bull

He's more of a "Chunk" than a Chuck these days (is on a diet!) but he still does his little tap dance at food times He now has a permanent foster home, where he can spend the rest of his days in peace and comfort, rather than having to be cooped up in our noisy, busy house with all the other dogs.

ROD

Rod was signed over to LL after his owner was admitted to hospital and couldn’t look after him any more. He’s nearly 12 years old and wasn't vaccinated or neutered, but as he had some absolutely rotten (literally!) teeth that had to come out, he had everything done at the same time. He had all of his canines out plus a couple of his carnassials, and can eat proper food again now, instead of mush. His breath no longer knocks people out when he wants to kiss them too!

He had a RTA as a pup, resulting in his left front leg being broken and repaired and having some metal work left in it. This could cause his problems with arthritis as he gets older. He’s now gone to a new home on a permanent foster agreement, so LL will be responsible for his vet bills for the rest of his life.

HETTY

Wendy (now "Hetty) came to us as an owner surrender as she was being picked on by the other dogs in the household. She's a young adult of around 3-4 years, but sadly Hetty /Wendy has been diagnosed with kidney failure - not too bad atm (Stage 2) but it's still a shock as she's so young

Because she has to have a special renal diet and meds plus regular tests etc, Lurcher Link will be responsible for those expenses as her new owner won't be able to get insurance for her to cover that. Obviously we didn't realise she was ill when she was rehomed, but are going to treat her as if she was still in our care, as she'd still need all the treatment if she was here with us. So we will be having Wendy / Hetty as one of our Sponsor Dogs to help raise funds for her treatment

GRETA

GRETA

BUBBA

BUBBA

CHUCK

CHUCK

ROD

ROD

HETTY

HETTY

Scared of loud noises?

My dog is scared of loud noises, what can I do?

At Lurcher Link we quite often get people contacting us for advice about how to help their dog when they're scared of loud noises such as thunderstorms or fireworks, so I thought I'd write a little bit about what you can do to try and make their life more bearable – especially around Bonfire Night/ Season.

It's quite common for dogs' hearing to change as they get older and although some dogs might become a little “deaf” which can be a good thing if they can no longer hear loud bangs, sometimes they actually become more sensitive to different sounds. So a dog which has been absolutely fine about fireworks going off all its life, might suddenly become a shaking wreck for no apparent reason. Obviously go and get your dog checked over by a vet to make sure there's no health problems, but there are steps you can take at home to try and help.

1) If it's fireworks which are the problem, consider going away somewhere really remote for a short break if you live somewhere there will be a lot of displays happening near your home.

2) Start early (NOW) and get one of the “fireworks” noise desensitisation CDs or downloads from the Internet and follow the instructions, starting quietly and gradually and slowly building it up. The Dogs Trust have a good pdf on their website which you can download:

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/dog-behaviour-health/sound-therapy-for-pets

3) Close all your curtains, put the lights on in your chosen room, turn the TV or radio up loud (maybe warn your neighbours in advance!) and make a “safe place” for the dog. If he wants to hide under the table or behind the sofa, put a bed their for him or set up a crate with covers over it, so it's like a “den”. Give him a juicy bone or a filled Kong to try and distract him and just be there to reassure him, in a “matter of fact” way, that everything's OK. You don't need to ignore him, or mollycoddle him, just be a reassuring presence for him if he wants to snuggle up with you. He may choose to hide away, but if you're in the room too, it will help him.

4) Some dogs benefit from wearing a Thundershirt, a tight fitting T shirt or a TTouch body wrap – using a crepe type bandage. This provides a comforting “hug” which settles them, much as swaddling comforts a baby. (See diagrams below)

5) There are various types of medication you can use, from herbal remedies such as Rescue Remedy or Scullcap and Valerian tablets through to sedatives from your vet. It depends on your dog's anxiety level as to how much of what medication is effective – but be aware that some sedatives can practically “paralyse” your dogs' movements, whilst they're still fully aware of the scary noise happening, so if your dog is really frightened, seek professional advice, don't get get something off a bloke from the Internet!

6) Learn some Calming Techniques such at TTouch and Calming Signals from Turid Rugaas (http://en.turid-rugaas.no/calming-signals---the-art-of-survival.html) – it's surprising how effective a bit of yawning and lip licking can be.

7) Thunderstorms can be more unpredictable than fireworks, but you can still use coping mechanisms such as a “safe place”, turning up the volume and using Thundershirts or body wraps as well as TTouch and Calming Signals.

8) Find a good behaviourist and seek their advice if you're worried you can't do anything yourself. Sometimes all you need is someone to show you how to cope with a situation to give you the confidence to deal with it – and that's exactly what you'll be passing on to your dog.

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Kennel stuff update

We’ve been busy lately having the floor replaced in the kennels - lovely porcelain tiles now, easier to clean !!! It’s also now at more of an angle to enable pee to run down into the drains and the dogs have new raised beds with easy clean mats (for them that don’t chew!)

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New kennel beds being fitted - have a heater underneath and waterproof padded mattress to go on top.

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Then we went mad and decided to get running water down to the kennels too. This involved much digging of trenches , fitting of water pipes, filling the trenches back in and general tidying up…luckily I knew of a man with a mini-digger.

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So all the hard work’s been done now, just a bit of tidying to still do - mainly just rebuilding the drystone wall where the water supply’s gone into the kennels - and we no longer have to cart bottles of water up and down the hill every day. Big thank you to Danny Keegan Plant and Excavation Ltd for the sterling work and to Edward Johnson & Sons for fitting the new bucket sink in the kennels (and moving the electric socket which was right next to it!!!) and also for giving our staff/ visitor loo an overhaul after some kind person reversed their vehicle into the party wall, causing a big crack to appear! Hopefully we’ll now pass muster when inspected by ACDH.

We had an on-line auction to raise funds for this work and I’d like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved with it for enabling us to crack on with getting this done……….thank you so much chaps :)

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Wear a Hat dog walk on 30/3/19 at Shibden Park, Halifax

We’re having a little stroll in Shibden Park, Godley Ln, Halifax HX3 6XG on Saturday 30th March in order to raise some funds for Brain Tumour Research.

BUT… you have to wear a hat (doesn’t have to be a funy one, just a hat) and it would be good if your dog does too in order to attract attention and hopefully make others donate towards Brain Tumour Research.

It’ll be a child friendly walk, there’s a kiddies’ playground there, plus a cafe and loos so please make sure your dog is kept on a lead in public as there will be some people around who don’t like dogs and we need to be good ambassadors for Lurcher Link (so bring poo bags!!!)

I’m planning on meeting up around 12 noon in the area near the Lower Car Park ( also bring cash for parking metre - max £1.50) but I’m sure we’ll be pretty visible anywhere in the park if you’re late and want to catch up. There’s no agenda, just a walk around wearing hats…..please come along and support us - and raise some funds from your friends / family / coworkers if you can get them to sponsor you to do it.

See you there

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Kennel refurb

I thought you might like to know what's going on at LL HQ at the mo - we're having a bit of a refurb in the kennels, mainly the floor but a few other bits and bobs.

I've been concerned over the last couple of years that there was a residual smell of pee in the kennels, even though it gets cleaned out at least twice a day and I had a sneaky feeling that pee was getting trapped underneath the rubber stable matting. So we are in the process of removing all the (really heavy) rubber matting and laying down some more concrete to give the floor a steeper gradient, then putting ceramic tiles on the top of that.

Of course, nothing is ever simple in our world, so we have to have special "anti-pee" epoxy stuff to put over the concrete and under the tiles and "pee-proof" grout between the tiles and around the edges so they stay sealed and don't lift. When I say "we" it's actually nowt to do with me- I'm the tea lady - it's our wonderful local handyman Edward Johnson who's masterminding the operation with help from Kieron our resident kennel hand and Alex ( No1 son) who's popping over when any heavy stuff needs doing........so many, many thanks to them for doing such a dirty, smelly, noisy job as we still have a few kennel dogs in situ.

I'd like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people who've donated the money for this to happen - you know who you are

Whilst this is slowly happening (the weather's not been too good for drying out concrete!) Edward and his helpers have been making new beds for the kennel dogs- more lightweight, so we can clean around and under them easily, but the warmth from the heater will permeate up through the slats of the bed. plus we can put an extra plastic or raised bed underneath if needed, as the heaters and wiring are caged in. We'll be using the thick blue vinyl kennel mats on top of the wooden beds as there's a lip to stop them sliding off (with an anti chew strip at the front!).

We were looking at getting different divider panels for the kennel runs too, as we've had a few incidents of dogs being bitten through the metal bars as they jump up. Then, of course, as they pull way when they go back down to the floor, it becomes a rip wound, rather than a puncture and bleeds profusely. But we've decided to try fencing them off using the existing barred kennel panels and adding some sturdy weldmesh along the tops, fixed along the ceiling on batons and fixed to the bars. Fingers crossed!

Hopefully when the weather's a bit warmer, we'll be able to put a splash of white paint over the ceiling to reflect the light a bit and maybe along the corridor too. We have to fit doing all this around the residents who can't be moved into foster homes, so it all takes time.

So this is what's happening at the mo and why we can't take in the gazillions of dogs that we're asked to on a daily basis. Hopefully in another week or so we'll be back up to speed though

More exciting news .....

We’re going to have some babies……..well, not us personally but we’ve taken in a lovely stray bitch who’s hugely pregnant - maybe in a week or two. She’s gone to our wonderful fosterers Tammy and Nev who have lots of experience of bringing baby Lurchers into the world.

Mum (Jasmine) is pretty obviously a bull x and we have no idea what dad was, so it’ll be interesting to see what turns up…….watch this space!!!

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Some exciting news for the New Year

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Lurcher Link has been approached by Paws.com and asked if we’d like to take part in their shelter support scheme which would involve them offering us their Canine Choice dog food, free of charge, for all of the shelter dogs for the next 6 months. Plus - not only that but, for every bag of food bought, for their own dog through Paws.com, people can donate a nutritious meal to a dog in need at no extra cost. How fabulous is that????

https://paws.com/giving-back

In return the people at Paws.com have asked us to share details about the dogs we have looking for homes, much as we do anyway through social media and our forum, and when a dog is adopted, make sure we have a Happy Endings story and photo so folk can follow their progress from coming to Lurcher Link to finding their own sofa.

We’ve been using a local brand of Lamb and Sweet Potato kibble over the last couple of years as we’ve found it seems to suit most of the dogs here and Paws.com can offer us a food which is practically the same. We’ve done a bit of a trial run with some of the “sensitive” dogs here and they all seem to really enjoy the Canine Choice lamb food, and most importantly - it doesn’t upset their tums!! There is also a chicken and a salmon variety available with different sized kibble and different protein contents for puppies, adults and senior dogs.

We always give some food away with dogs being adopted out and now we’ll be able to give proper Trial Bags, rather than a carrier bag with kibble in it. Plus we have a personalised discount code : LURCHERLINK30 which offers friends of Lurcher Link a 30% discount off their first big bag of Canine Choice.

So if you’re looking for a tasty and nutritious food for your Lurcher, why not have a look at Canine Choice and submit your dog’s profile to their feeding guide and see what they come up with? I did this for Odd Job and this was the result: https://paws.com/pets/33240/food .

They’ll show you how their food compares to other well known brands such as James Wellbeloved and AATU . You can get a trial size bag without committing yourself to a huge one, just to make sure your dog likes the food. If you’ve got any queries, you can just drop them a line through their site and see if you can find the perfect food for your dog.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We had a lovely donation of some shoe boxes of Xmas treats for the rescue dogs last Sunday. The Greyhound Trust and Sighthound Social Club met up for a walk at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and two LL volunteers, Andy and Alison, went to collect the goodies for us.Sadly I couldn’t go as I had people coming here to meet up with potential dogs, but it’s very much appreciated …none of us expected quite such a lot of boxes though :)

Bubba has selflessly volunteered to check the boxes out for us but Odd Job is trying to hypnotise me with his super powers, so he can be chief taster :)

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Lovely art

I just wanted to point people in the direction of Steve Sanderson and look at his gorgeous artworks. I was aware of his " spirit hound" pictures, but when I looked on his website at the other things he paints, I was really impressed ... so much so, I bought myself one:)

www.sandersonart.co.uk

 

It's not all lurchers and greyhounds, but there are a lot of lovely paintings featuring them. Steve also does lovely landscapes and commissions at very reasonable prices. (Christmas is coming chaps!)

Make a cuppa and go have a look. You'll be glad you did.

 

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