Bristol DAWG

Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue

May 2019 

1 May 2019

Due to rising costs of running the charity it has been decided that there will be a small increase in our adoption fee to £175. This fee has not been reviewed since 2011, but obviously costs have increased, especially vet bills!!!

This brings us in line with other rescue organisations.

Thank you to everyone who supports Bristol DAWG and the work we do.

3 May 2019

May has got off to a greyt start.

Fever (now renamed Chief) has found his forever home in Cheltenham with Ben and Georgia. Think it was fair to say it was love at first sight.

He has been in his new home two days and there was a phone call from Georgia today to say he has been amazing. No accidents in the house and has slept all through the night without a sound. What a good boy.

Another lucky greyhound who will get to learn about home life. Thank you both for giving Chief a wonderful new home and also to our very good friend Eila Moloney for saving him.

3 May 2019

Gerry popped into Asda Filton this afternoon to meet with David Thomas, Community Champion, who presented Bristol DAWG with a cheque for £200. This came about through people nominating us for the Green Token Scheme. 
Thank you to everyone who put their token in our box and of course to David Thomas and the Management at Asda. 

6 May 2019

Today Diane took our car boot stand to Nailsea’s May Fair. Thank you to everybody who donated items to sell. Diane raised £90 and thoroughly enjoyed the burgers.

19 May 2019

Well no-one saw this coming!!!!

We have another failed foster, Jayne Hemmingsley, has been fostering Tinman, but she has decided to join the very popular failed fosterers club and adopt this handsome boy.

Tinman is now called Flynn and has settled in with Jayne and her other dogs as if he has always been there.

Thank you Jayne for giving this boy a wonderful new home and thanks also to our very good friend Eila Moloney for sending him to us.

10 am at Blaise Castle Estate

20 May 2019

Today was an extremely sad day, as we said goodbye to Sally very unexpectedly.

Sally has been with Denise Smart and her other foster dog Allen. On Friday Allen went on home trial and Sally appeared a little quiet and it was thought she may be missing him. By Monday morning she was bouncing about once more and demanding her breakfast, so Denise thought she was back to normal.

Early afternoon she went a little quiet again, so as a precaution she was off to the vet, who couldn't find anything wrong. However, when Denise returned home sadly Sally collapsed and died. Whatever had happened it was very quick.

Sally came to us five months ago and moved to Denise within days of arriving. This sweet girl was nine years old in May and there was no doubt about it, she had had a hard life, thirty eight races and then went on to become a breeding bitch, however, no-one ever told Sally she was an older girl as she was extremely spritely!!!!

Thankfully our very good friend Eila Moloney rescued her and she made her way to Bristol DAWG. We are all devastated as Sally never ever got her own forever sofa, but we are all sure the last five months of her life with Denise and her family will have been the best ever.

No-one loved Sally before, but hopefully she did learn that there was a nice life waiting for her, it was just a great shame it took her nine years to find it.

Our thanks go to Denise who had to deal with all this yesterday.

Run free at the bridge dear Sally, we really did do our very best for you, but sadly time ran out.

21 May 2019

Another successful adoption, Flint (now renamed Flynn) has made his way to Bridgend to live with David and Lesley. He has settled really well and his new owners love walking so he will be in his element. 
Thank you both for giving this lovely little chap a forever home.
Thanks also to Diane Sweet who drove to Bridgend to do the homecheck - we do go that extra mile for our dogs.
Flynn is pictured above on the left with his new friend Skye, who belongs to David and Lesley's daughter. 

21 May 2019 

Little whippet lurcher Freda has found her forever home in Totterdown with Louise and Tim. Now called Maggie, she breezed through her home trial and the adoption was completed today. Thank you for giving this very sweet girl another chance at a happy life. Here she is with her new big brother Tavi.

27 May 2019

Stoke Gifford Fun Dog Show - what a greyt day!

We were amazed at how many former Bristol DAWG dogs brought their owners along to see us – it’s so rewarding to see so many of our dogs, who 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.

We would like to say a big “thank you” to Jan Lasenby who did a brilliant job judging the dog show, with so many dogs to choose from it must have been very difficult. Well done Jan.

Thanks to Colin who helped Jan by stewarding the dog show, lots of dogs in the ring he definitely had his work cut out.

Thank you to Robin and Gail Horsfall who very kindly invited us to the show and sponsored the rosettes.

Jane’s DAWG Stall (helped by Norman and Lyn) - this stall did really well selling lovely collars, coats, knitted greyhounds, plus lots of other bits and pieces – lots of items were handmade by Jane, well done Jane brilliant job.

Well done Hilary and Carol who stood on the entrance and took the entries for the dog show.

Thanks to Diane who ran a Teddy Tombola – lots of children went away very happy.

Thank you to Nina who very kindly walked around for a few hours selling raffle tickets for the hamper – the most we have every made on this, well done Nina!!

Thank you to Joanne from Pets At Home, Emersons Green who did a wonderful job with the nail clipping, with donations taken coming to Bristol DAWG.

Thanks to Michelle Clearly (www.puppyschool.co.uk) who very kindly ran Agility, which proved very popular – despite the obstacles falling over because of the wind!!

Stacey Nevill, (Stacey Nevill Photography – check out her Website/Facebook page absolutely brilliant) who very kindly took lots of pictures throughout the day - Stacey really does take fabulous pictures.

Platinum Pet Care – Kim and Megan again ran their wonderful stall. Thank you for your great support, not only at this show but also throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our event and helped us to raise an amazing £924.

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

Pictured above is rescue dog Toby, Best in Show, with his goodies.

27 May 2019

A message from Tony Hancy:

Dear Friends and Supporters of Bristol DAWG,

You may have noticed the disappearance of DAWG of the Day, and a lack of updates about my running progress.

On Good Friday I was running in a half-marathon at Westonbirt House as part of my training for the Midnight Sun Marathon. About a mile from the end of the race I collapsed unconscious. A fellow runner found me and alerted a race marshal and emergency services were called very quickly. I was treated and stabilised on the roadside by Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and taken to Southmead Hospital, suspected of suffering a heart attack.

Fortunately, it seems that is not the case. But I did suffer a very severe case of heat stroke and, after a week in hospital and now five weeks out of work, am still under observation with weekly blood tests as my liver is still not recovering.

I am no longer able to run, so with a very heavy heart I must withdraw from my marathon challenge. I will continue to support Bristol DAWG this year and I will be finding a new way to continue my fundraising.

To everyone who donated, shared posts, and sent well wishes, and to all the dogs who were DAWGs of the Day, thank you so much. I really couldn’t have done this training without all your support and motivation!

We raised a total of £1,227.50 for Bristol DAWG!

To summarise my running training from 1st January, 2019:
I ran 653.1 km (that’s 405.8 miles)!
I have spent 65 hours and 28 minutes running.
I competed in 6 running events and 48 virtual running events.

Thank you all for your continued support of Bristol DAWG!

Best wishes,
Tony - Bristol DAWG Runner!

27 May 2019
A big thank you to Dave, Lynne, Barbara, Immy and of course the lovely dogs, for collecting again today and also doing another boot sale recently. They raised a total of £384.80.
Everyone at Bristol DAWG is extremely grateful. We are so lucky to have such wonderful people supporting the work we do. 

28 May 2019

Gerry spent a lovely hour this morning with Jonathan Weightman completing the paperwork for the adoption of Bobby.

Bobby is one very affectionate, laid back greyhound, who has already found the sofa in his new home.

Thank you Jonathan for giving this gorgeous boy his forever home (sofa)!!

We must also say thank you to Catherine and Graham Hendy and the boys for very kindly fostering Bobby - you did an amazing job and I know how smitten you were!!

28 May 2019

Another visit this afternoon to finalise the adoption for Trigger. This sweet little boy was so scared when he first arrived at Bristol DAWG, but he has made such progress in a short time. Still a little hand-shy with quick moves, but what an improvement.
Trigger has gone to live in Westbury-on-Trym with Linda, Graham and their lovely lurcher Lady. Hopefully this sweet boy will forget the past, as I am sure the future is very bright for him.
Thank you for giving Trigger a wonderful home. 

29 May 2019

Thank you to The Codrington Arms, North Road, Yate, who very kindly organised a Quiz Night for Bristol DAWG. What a brilliant evening, the quiz was excellent and the food was great.

The winning team and the runners up were Bristol DAWG supporters, but the best news ever  was that the evening raised £294.19 - a record amount apparently.

Thank you to all you lovely DAWG supporters who came along.

30 May 2019

As you know, Tony Hancy was due to run a marathon in aid of DAWG. Sadly this is not taking place now due to his illness. Thankfully Tony is slowly recovering but the trustees felt that they should do something to show our support for Tony and to try and continue to raise donations for our lovely dogs. So we are all going to have a paw print tattoo (yes, even Gerry)!
BUT this will only happen if we can raise £1000.
Each trustee can choose the size, design and position of the tattoo but it must be somewhere that can be photographed as proof!
You can donate using Tony’s Just Giving page