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Unusual dogs

A while ago I posted that some breeds rarely seem to come into rescues, and that one I'd not seen at all was the flatcoated retriever.  After the Otterhound, frankly, I should have known better...

Oldies Club now have a flatcoated retriever on our waiting list, and another dog that sounds suspiciously like a second one.   Flatcoat 1 sadly has larangeal paralysis, so needs a calm home without too-long walks : breed rescue are on the case, but it seems that enthusiasts for this breed tend to like long walks and excited bouncy dogs - so she's not quite as easy to place as you'd think.

Suspected flatcoat2 belonged to a gentleman who has gone into care.  Sadly, the owner is very confused and his representative though a nice man, is someone that I think could probably recognise a labrador, but nothing more unusual.  But I can't think what other breed is about lab sized, with a long black silky coat but isn't a collie.  He might be a cross, of course, but apparently the owner said he was bought as a specific breed.  Not that that necessarily means anything!   Annoyingly, owner's representative has no email, so we can't get photos to find out more, will just have to wait and see what turns up!

Another rather unusual dog is coming in shortly: a long haired rottweiler. I didn't know rotties came in long haired flavours, so when I took the call I was rather assuming this was another mis-sold crossbreed, but it turns out that this is an unusual but known varient - and he certainly looks full rottie in the photos.

We're having a right old rush on dog surrenders at the moment, I think the record so far is 5 dogs added to the waiting list in a day!  They all sound like very genuine cases, though at this time of year there has to be a suspicion that some of them are actually people who have holidays booked and have decided that boarding the dog costs too much, or have left it too late to book.  Hum.


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17th Jun, 2010 11:18 (UTC)
I very much hope that suitable homes can be found for them quickly. Would that we had more garden ...
18th Jun, 2010 12:38 (UTC)
I am hoping we may be able to place the flatcoat with larangeal paralysis at least, because a kennel environment would be no good at all with that sort of problem.

If she was in the Westcountry I'd have offered to take her, but she's near London and I suspect the transport to Cornwall would be too much stress. :-(

I'm hoping we can take the other dog as well, but he sounds like he would probably be OK in a kennel environment if necessary. I just want us to take him so I can satisfy my selfish curiousity about him!
19th Jun, 2010 09:16 (UTC)
Do let us know how you get on with them.
20th Jun, 2010 23:18 (UTC)
No news on them yet, but I had the most awful set of calls on Friday. First there was a poor woman who was losing her home, and two different RSPCA branches had told her to put her old dogs to sleep, so she was in a terrible state. We managed to fit them into a foster home as an emergency, thankfully - got a grant through from the Kennel Club, hurray they are good for something after all.

And then there was a woman who didn't seem deliberately cruel, but her poor old dog! She got out in season aged 10... they never thought to spay her ... and got pregnant - at 10! And she got a pyometra and had to have an emergency spay on New Year's Eve at vast expense, and they couldnt' pay the bill so she's not been to a vet since as the vet is refusing to give them any more treatment. And all the pups died. And she smells, and she's itchy and she keeps scratching herself on the furniture so hard she has drawn blood, and she's got weak back legs and NO pain relief or even glucosamine for the arthritis.

And she's growling at the kids, poor old thing, not surprising. She must be so uncomfortable. I just wanted to go round there and take her straight to a vet.

In short: aaaargh.
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