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Bristol DAWG

Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue

January 2018

1 January 2018

Bit of an unusual one for Bristol DAWG, but we feel very honoured to have been approached by Ellen Kent (Producer) as she would like to use two Royal Greyhounds in the Bristol Hippodrome production of Rigoletto.
Amber and Trevor Watkins are having acting lessons (but that is just to keep both of them awake long enough to appear on stage!!) Colin will be accompanying them on Thursday, 18th January 2018, but, happily he will not be singing. There will be a Press Release and Bristol DAWG will have a write up about the charity in the local press and the programme. We have been invited to undertake a bucket collection after the performance and with hundreds of people walking out the doors, what an opportunity. 
Two things:
Firstly and I know this is a big ask as it will be a late night - (time to be confirmed, probably about 9.30pm), but I am looking for people (with their dogs) to attend the Hippodrome after the performance to collect with buckets, we need enough people to cover both exits whilst people leave - maximum only half an hour. 
Secondly, for all you opera lovers, Ellen has very kindly donated four tickets in the stalls, R row, in the middle, really good seats £38 each, for us to auction to raise funds. These can be split if necessary. Great Christmas present for anyone who enjoys the opera - please PM me if you are interested. 

OPERA & BALLET INTERNATIONAL
Proudly presents an
ELLEN KENT PRODUCTION
VERDI
RIGOLETTO
The Masterpiece they tried to ban

TWO ROYAL GREYHOUNDS - AMBER & TREVOR
COURTESY OF BRISTOL DAWG
GRACE THE STAGE AT THE BRISTOL HIPPODROME ON
THURSDAY, 18TH JANUARY 2018 

8 January 2018

Gerry spent a lovely couple of hours this afternoon with Edward and Frankie who have just adopted the very handsome Puma. Puma has settled really well and looked extremely relaxed!!

Both Puma and Panther, who are brothers, have now been re-homed and now looking forward to home life.

Thank you for giving Puma a wonderful new home, also thanks to Penny Owen who very kindly fostered the boys whilst they were waiting for their forever sofas - although Puma has only just mastered it! Although re-homed separately I am sure they will see each other again.

9 January 2018

Bristol DAWG were at The Bristol Hippodrome this morning for a photo shoot for Rigoletto. Amber and Trevor will be appearing on stage (accompanied by Colin) for the performance on 15th January. Trevor and Amber will be signing autographs after the performance.

10 January 2018

Everyone at Bristol DAWG would like to say a massive thank you to Support Pet Adoption and Pets At Home.

This afternoon Gerry received a phone call from Nichola Griffiths at Support Pet Adoption advising that we have been awarded a £5,000 grant towards veterinary bills - very, very gratefully received, as our total vet expenditure for 2017 was £21,545.08!!!!!

This £5,000 will give us a good start to 2018.

Thank you for supporting the work we do.

10 January 2018

A big "thank you" to Community Vets - see below.
"We wanted to let you all know about the fabulous response we had to the Christmas raffle - and to thank everyone who gave so generously. We are pleased to say we had managed to raise the grand sum of £350!! The proceeds are being divided between two charities - Bristol DAWG, and HEART, as I'm sure donations at this time of year are much needed."

11 January 2018

Four beautiful new dogs, Hal, Millie, Rocket and Stride, arrived at Tonew in the early hours of this morning and, as always, we have to thank Kristie and James for leaving their warm bed to welcome them.

11 January 2018

Gerry and Colin have welcomed the lovely Sam into their home. He has been with them for a week on home trial just to make sure that Amber and Trevor like him - how could they not - even Amber seems smitten!!!

Sam is another dog saved by Eila Moloney - officially now Sam Watkins.

Massive thanks to Denise Smart, for fostering Sam whilst he was waiting for his forever sofa - as you can see he has found it!!!!

15 January 2018

Colin and Gerry picked up a pallet of treats and food from Pets At Home today. All now loaded in the charity van ready for the kennels on Wednesday. Hundreds of pounds worth of good quality food. Thank you Support Pet Adoption/Pets At Home.

18 January 2018

Let's hope that 2018 is going to be a good year. We have just done our year end management figures and we have been saying for quite a long time that it costs around £3,500 - £3,800 every month to run the charity, during 2017 the figure has risen to £4,100 - bit of a shock!!!!

As of this evening when two more arrive, we will have TWENTY dogs in our care for re-homing, which for a small charity is a lot of dogs and a big responsibility.

The trustees would like to thank everyone who has helped Bristol DAWG, especially the people who very kindly foster, enabling us to take more dogs into our care. Without the dedication of our wonderful fundraisers, who brave all winds and weathers with collection buckets, we could not even consider helping so many dogs.

We are so lucky to have such a fantastic "Team DAWG".

18 January 2018

Many thanks for everyone who supported the Opera  tonight. in fifteen minutes collecting after the performance we raised a MASSIVE

£326.01.

Amber is still refusing to sign autographs, but Trev is awaiting a Hollywood offer following his performance. Really proud of both of them and indeed Sam who was ”in the wings”- all three of them and the eleven other hounds that collected just personified what greyhounds, lurchers and whippets are all about - they were all so well behaved and soaked up the attention and of course slept!

Another brilliant success for “Team DAWG” - the producer was really impressed with what we did in relation to publicity beforehand and the attendance on the night.

Well done everyone.

18 January 2018

Today we were joined at Tonew by the lovely Ben and Pixie from Ireland. Just for once they arrived late afternoon, so Kristie and James didn't have to get up at some unearthly hour!

20 January 2018

Just wanted to share this lovely e-mail the charity received from Ellen Kent, following Rigoletto at the Hippodrome.

"Dear Colin

It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to offer my production of Rigoletto as a platform to help promote the plight of those beautiful and loving dogs.

Thank you for all the organisation and work you put into bringing, not only Amber and Trevor but so many of the other greyhounds and whippets and all your wonderful volunteers and adopters- it was a heart warming sight outside the hippodrome- delighted at the amount raised.

You looked the part in your costume and Amber and Trevor looked very regal and played their parts as if born to tread the boards.

It has been a pleasure to work with you and Bristol DAWG and I wish you and your team all the luck in continuing in giving these lovely dogs a chance at a decent life.

With very best wishes

Ellen x"

Ellen Kent
Producer/Director
Opera and Ballet International

20 January 2018

Let's hope that 2018 is going to be a good year. We have just done our year end management figures and we have been saying for quite a long time that it costs around £3,500 - £3,800 every month to run the charity, during 2017 the figure has risen to £4,100 - bit of a shock!!!!

As of this evening when two more arrive, we will have twenty dogs in our care for re-homing, which for a small charity is a lot of dogs and a big responsibility.

The trustees would like to thank everyone who has helped Bristol DAWG, especially the people who very kindly foster, enabling us to take more dogs into our care. Without the dedication of our wonderful fundraisers, who brave all winds and weathers with collection buckets, we could not even consider helping so many dogs.

We are so lucky to have such a fantastic "Team DAWG".

21st January 2018 

What a Greyt Day!! I think Bristol DAWG can safely say their seventh “Doggie Day” was a huge success. This event just gets more and more popular every year, despite the weather yesterday!

We were amazed at how many former Bristol DAWG dogs brought their owners along to see us!! – it is so rewarding to see so many of our dogs, which are now in loving, forever homes, as many have not had the best start in life. So to all Bristol DAWG dogs, it was wonderful to see you and it makes all our hard work so worthwhile. It was also great to see so many of our foster families bring dogs “looking for a home” along, without you we couldn’t save as many dogs – we are truly grateful for your support.

We would like to say a big “thank you” to Maria Lowe of Viking Vets who did a brilliant job judging the dog show, with so many dogs to choose from it must have been very difficult. Well done Maria, and thank you for all your help, support and hard work.

Thanks to Colin who helped Maria by stewarding the dog show, with so many dogs in the ring he had his work cut out – in one class there were 53 dogs!! Leading up to the show he has also loaded/unloaded the vans, distributed leaflets, helped me with admin and basically did everything I asked and more – no wonder he says he is “my long suffering husband”!!

Well done to Sue and Dave for the speed at which they dealt with the dog show registration, especially as time was limited – they did a brilliant job.

Malcolm Webb and his team (Agility 4 Dogs) did a fantastic agility display, which was very much enjoyed by all watching, and you could see all their dogs were really having fun and enjoying themselves. Malcolm and his team then opened the agility ring to any dogs that would “like to have a go” and it was so funny seeing both dogs and owners who had never done any agility trying for the first time. Thank you Malcolm we are very grateful to you and your team for making our day such a success – your donation was also very gratefully received.

Fastest Sprint (with added distractions!!) – Su, Jason, Catherine and Ashley very kindly ran this between them during the day and turned out to be great fun with lots of laughter coming from the far side of the arena, the treats half way into the sprint seemed to stop quite a lot of dogs in their tracks.

Refreshments – Des, Jim, Sarah, Carol, Debbie, Julie and Julie worked really hard and although busy most of the time they seemed to keep the queue down so people didn’t have to wait long. You did a brilliant job, thank you. A big “thank you” to Carol Phillips for all the refreshments provided, you are extremely kind. Another huge thank you to Linda who provided all the cold drinks. Thank you Alison Howard for the 100 amazing cup cakes you made. Thanks to all our lovely volunteers who made cakes and delivered them on the day (too many of you to mention). Thanks to all the trustees who made rolls.

Jane’s DAWG Stall (helped by Linda) - this stall did really well selling lovely collars, coats, toys, leads, knitted greyhounds – lots of items were handmade by Jane, well done Jane brilliant job.

Thanks to Jane’s “long suffering husband” Norman, who was there from the beginning to the end lifting and shifting – what would we do without our husbands!!

Thank you Jess and Kay your hand knitted coats are just amazing, know you sold lots of coats with all proceeds to Bristol DAWG, there will be lots of warm hounds this Winter. Brilliant job.

Thanks to Jan Lasenby who also very kindly made various items to sell for Bristol DAWG – thank you for supporting us Jan.

Platinum Pet Care – Wonderful stall. Thank you for your greyt support, not only at this show but also throughout 2017. Bread pudding was amazing Kim!!!

In The Dog House Grooming (Avalon) – Thank you you did a wonderful job with the nail clipping, again with donations taken coming to Bristol DAWG, you are very kind – you must have clipped lots of nails this year or people were very generous!!

Bottle/Teddy Tombola – Thanks to Eve and Adrienne who ran this tombola – there were lots of lucky winners – record amount taken this year ladies.

Thank you to Funding Animals Futures who organised a tombola for us and donated the proceeds to Bristol DAWG – very kind ladies as I know you did this last year as well.

Well done Hilary and Diane who braved the cold doorway to take the entrance money – bit chilly ladies.

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our event and helped us to raise an amazing £2,645.

Well done to everyone who helped to set up and who stayed with us to the end to pack up – too numerous to mention, you know who you are.

Most of all thank you to Gerry, who keeps everybody in order and pulls the whole thing together.

Dog Show - Best In Show Theo the greyhound, and Reserve Best In Show was Lewis with little Coco – how cute are they?

Really hope nobody's been missed out, but a huge "thank you" to every single volunteer who helped out during the day.

29 January 2018

We're pleased to announce that Bristol DAWG (Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue) have been awarded a grant of £5,000 to help us pay for vet bills. 

Thank you very very much.