In this addition we are focusing on our dogs in foster care. We would like to introduce you to a few of them.
ROSCO AGED 2½
“Woof” my name is Rosco, I am two and half old, I was rescued along with my brothers and sister back in July 2014, by the lovely ladies at Labradors in need. When we were rescued, we were only 12 weeks old. Wonderful humans have now fostered us all. My sister Roxy and me went to live with Tracy and Bradley, non of us were in the best of health, we were grossly underweight and had very poorly tummies and we spent a lot of time at the vets having treatments to try and make us better. After a couple of weeks our brother Woody sadly past away, he just wasn’t strong enough. My sister Roxy found her forever home not too far away from us, so I get to still see her sometimes. When I was around 5-6 months old my foster mum noticed I had a limp, after seeing the vet, I had to go and see an orthopaedic surgeon who said I had elbow dysplasia in both my front legs and also an old fracture in one of my legs, which had healed but in an awkward place. I had to have an operation on both my elbows but because I only have dinky legs they will wait and see how I get on with pinning and plating my leg at the moment. I healed very well and started weekly hydrotherapy, which has done wonders for my legs. About 18 months ago I started with another problem, I would itch all the time, like I had a thousand fleas on me but thankfully after a visit to my old buddy Ed the vet for tests, it turned out I had allergies. Guess what? I am allergic to meat, soya, wheat, food storage mites, dust mites and corn. I am now on a special diet and have a tailor made vaccine so I have to have an injection every month as well as my tablets. But apart from my dodgy legs and my allergies I am a happy, go lucky boy who loves his fur sisters, Willow aged 5 and Pepsi aged 10. I love my weekly hydrotherapy, road trips, cuddles, life itself and food of course! I am a long term foster with Tracy and Bradley, I wont be moving anywhere else, this is my home forever.
KIWI AGED 14
This is LIN’s very own Queen of Sheba and is in long term foster with one of our very experienced Admin members and his wonderful family. He was alerted to Kiwi the day before she was due to be put to sleep. Her then owners (who had her from a pup) had to move to a different country, and couldn’t take her with them. They were devastated. Kiwi was collected and safe in the arms of LIN the very same day that she had the vet appointment booked. Kiwi’s previous owners were overjoyed that they had found a lifeline for her in Labradors In Need. They had tried to re-home her tirelessly without any success. Sadly, the reason it was so hard for them to find a home for Kiwi, was due to her being an oldie at the grand old age of 13 years old.
Fast forward one year later. She has lost most of her sight and has arthritis, but she is such a character within her family pack of 6 Labradors. She sleeps most of the day until she hears the tinkle of her collar. This is when she turns back time and becomes a puppy again. Out walking we go at her pace, not too quick, but as soon as she gets the scent of birds, she is off to investigate. She loves her cuddles with her fantastic foster family and will very often snuggle up to the rest of her fur brothers and sisters. Here’s to many more years of joy for her, because her new family have promised her that they will take her on holiday soon, for her to enjoy the beach & seaside smells.
MAX AGED 7
Karen and I currently have two dogs of our own.
We lost our first Labrador to cancer in 2015. We knew if we were to get another dog we wanted to get a Lab. Like most people we used Google to try and find a Lab rescue but didn’t find anything local. By chance, Karen spotted a Facebook add for Labradors In Need so we investigated further. After filling in a form on the website and having someone come around (Thanks Jackie) for a home visit, we waited patiently, put our name forward for many dogs but had no joy. We then received a phone call one Sunday afternoon from Tal Bolton from Labradors in need, asking if we would be prepared to take in a foster dog. He was a Lab Cross called Max. It was an emergency as his time in the pound was up (we all know what that means) would we be interested? It was a “No Brainer” as they say!
Tal kept saying, “Are you sure?”
Of course we we’re sure, take an emergency foster, or see him needlessly euthanised?
The next day Max turned up with Suzanne from LIN. I have to admit both Karen and I are both “Big Dog” people, a Lab/Staffy Cross was certainly not on our radar at all, but when Max turned up he immediately seemed at home in the garden with our Labs and we knew he deserved a chance.
The first night he was with us it was freezing and it turns out, temperatures at the pound were -7! So he definitely was in the best place, in a comfy bed and occasionally on a comfy duvet! We knew we had done the right thing. He started on a raw food diet straight away, his coat and general wellbeing has improved beyond measure. I can’t tell you anything more about his needs because it seems all he needs is love and affection. He was great at the vets, he even got used to the car quickly. He is a total joy to be around, everyone who has met him loves him. He has even proved himself to be a great help with our latest foster dog! Max goes to his forever home in just over a week, we are so pleased for him.
We can not tell you how rewarding the experience of fostering Max has been, yes not all dogs will be as easy as Max, but every dog deserves a second chance, even an older crossbreed. Our experience with Max has led to a second foster, who knows where it will end? All we know is, it’s worth it.
Everyone deserves a “Max” in their lives!
As you can see fostering can be very rewarding for both you and the dog and we are always looking for new people to take on this role. Whilst our dogs are in foster, we continue to provide financial support for any veterinary needs, without your help we wouldn’t be able to do this.
For more information on fostering, sponsoring a dog or to make a donation, please visit our website.
We are always looking for volunteers to join our dedicated LIN team. This could involve carrying out home checks, fundraising, transport runs and assessing dogs that need new forever homes.
Does this sound like something you could do?
We now have a regional network of support teams in these areas: The North East, North West, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands, East Anglia, South East, Cornwall, Wales and Scotland. Please visit our website and complete a volunteer form, where you will be invited to join your regional Facebook group.
Listed below are all of LIN’s trustees, all trustees are in every Facebook group, but one trustee per region will be first point of contact for you.
Tracey Pennell Watson
Lisa Jane Stewart
On a final Note We currently have this little beauty in the rescue.
Penny Piddler aged 4 months
She is having her operation Next week. To read her story please visit her just giving page and, if you can help either by a donation or just sharing her story please do. We are nearly at her total https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/labradors-in-need/penniesforpennypiddler
Labradors in need would like to wish you all a very very “HAPPY NEW YEAR”
WRITTEN BY PAM SHEPHERDSON ON BEHALF OF LABRADORS IN NEED.