|Site Updated 10th May 2013|
51 Dogs Rehomed this year so far
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BORDER TERRIER WELFARE
Charity no 1116853
MID YEAR EVENT
Woodmansterne Village Hall, Carshalton Road, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3HR
Sunday 12TH May 2013, 2pm - 4.30pm (approx)
Border Terriers Question Time : Open Discussion - Q&As
Fun Classes - No Entry Fee- Rosettes Awarded
There will be the opportunity try Agility with your BT
Grooming Advice Available - please bring your own grooming kit
Raffle (donations gratefully accepted)
Border Terrier Memorabilia for Sale
Tea / Coffee and Cake Refreshments
*****Diary Note : AGM is Sunday October 20 th 2013*****
Please complete the following and return to Mrs Melanie Robson, 'Carisbrooke', 3 Buckles Way, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 1HB by 7th May 2013. (email@example.com)
Please reserve ……. adult tickets @ £5 each (children under 16 free) for the BTW Mid-Year Event on Sunday 12th May.
STILL LOOKING FOR HER FOREVER HOME
Please visit our dogs needing homes page
Please check the lost, missing and found page, all the way to the bottom. these bts need your help! thank you.
We thought you should see this rather fabulous birthday cake made in celebration of BTW's 30th anniversary. doesn't it look gorgeous!
This T-shirt was also made for the occasion.
Could anyone interested in purchasing one or more of them please contact Sarah (on 0207 6272918), who will take your order and make all the necessary arrangements. the T-Shirts cost £12 each (plus postage and packing) and are available in medium, large, xl and xxl.
NOW FOR A FEW WORDS FROM MELANIE
What a marvellous day for BTs and owners alike ! Thank you to everyone who came along to support the 30th anniversary of BTW ! As ever, this event is a wonderful opportunity for owners and their four legged friends to meet new friends and catch up with old ones ! Following the meeting where we welcomed our new president Mrs Margaret Curtis, there was a fabulous presentation by local vet Lizzie Henderson (Priory Vets) on the subject of first aid for dogs . She gave many useful hints and tips about keeping your dog comfortable and safe in the event of a medical emergency together with useful information which helps your vet to identify what might have happened and how best to treat it.
After a very tasty lunch, our retired co-ordinator Diana O'Grady regaled us with stories of her experiences with BTW over the last 30 years. Her very own 'tails of the unexpected !'
Then, it was time for our four legged friends to have their turn in the limelight at this very special occasion ! From Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Best Trick, Best Veteran and Best Rescue BT - virtually all dogs entered one of the fun classes which finished with a fun match where everyone could participate. Special rosettes were awarded and lots of super prizes were won in the raffle. Special thanks too to Gill Jarman who took some fabulous photos. The event closed with tea and a super commemorative cake - courtesy of Joyce Rhodes - a BIG thankyou to Joyce - it was delicious !!
We have been asked by Helen Freeman to show you this photograph of the stand they had at the Terrier Club of Devon & Cornwall's open show on Sunday 16th October 2011, when they managed to make £79.40.
There are no words to thank you all enough for the funds you have raised. BTW and all BTs out there are very lucky to have you!
Please click here to see the fabulous photographs from the Buckham, where a team of helpers raised over £250 for BTW. There are no words to thank you enough for this!
One fantastic piece of news comes from Sarah Baddeley, who with her friends managed to raise an amazing £250 for BTW organising a camping weekend.
I couldn't possibly say it better than she does here:
"In April 2011 a group of Facebook friends organised a fun camping weekend at Kingsbury Water Park in Sutton Coldfield. The majority of us had only spoken online and so we decided 'BorderFest' would be a great idea to meet each other and our beloved Border Terriers. (although I'll let you into a secret some of our Non-BT doggy friends came along too).
The weather was fabulous, some of us camped all weekend and some just came to visit for a day! The humans had a massive picnic with pork pie, homemade cakes and biscuits! And some alcohol may have been consumed (in moderation - of course!).... The lucky dogs had home-baked treats, plenty of sausages and lots of cuddles! They were all on their best behaviour (most of the time) and wore smart bandanas and BorderFest badges.
Everyone kindly brought a few items (well 120+) to raffle off in aid of BTW. The Raffle presents were closely guarded by "Gruffle" the onsite Security Dog! We also auctioned 2 memento 'BorderFest' mugs this one has pride of place on a boat somewhere off the south coast at the moment. A lovely lady on Facebook who is a very talented artist www.spoiltrottenart.co.uk offered to paint a picture of one very lucky doggy as a special raffle prize, and here it is our oldest member "Minkie"....
We made a grand total of £250 for BTW! A fantastic time was had by all! So much so BorderFest is due to be repeated in September and we hope to raise even more money to help BTW!
" Thank you to you and all your camping friends Sarah. BTW couldn't thank you enough for the donation! Absolutely fabulous! Another perfect example of people's wonderful ideas and ingenuity. 3 Peaks challenges, camping weekends, you name it some of you are up for it!
Here is Mike's story
A wonderful person whom I had the pleasure to meet at the AGM.
He works incredibly hard and very much behind the scenes so no one knows about him. Well, now you do and remember him and 'Snowie'! My name is Mike Stubbs, driver of 'Snowie' the van.
Some years ago our house contained a West Highland White Terrier, 'Kelly', who, when she passed on, left us all bereft, and the house like a funeral parlour. I made enquiries at our vets for a 'second-hand dog' and was put in touch with th Westie Rescue Scheme, who let us have the 'hooligan' 'Dylan', who now rules the roots.
Westie Rescue showed an interest in the use of my van as long distance transport for rscued dogs. So, sign written, air conditioned, fully fitted with cooking and sleeping gear, collapsible cages and doggie welfare items, 'Snowie' and I covered twenty seven thousand plus miles between M.O.T. certificates, ninety percent of which for Westies.
On one occasion we were asked to take an aggeressive Westie to Lesley and Harry up near the County Durham border for retraining. Lesley and Harry were at the time very involved with Border Terrier Welfare, of which they made me aware. Passed an hour just nattering about our travels. Finished me cup of tea, egg and bacon sandwich, said Ta-raa and off we went.
Weeks later, travelling home from Edinburgh on the darkened M1, my mobile phone rang and it not being illuminated I answered an Viv Waldron spoke to me to say she represented Border Terrier Welfare and could I do a journey for her. I could only give her my home 'phone number and HERE WE ARE!' Nothing is too much trouble for me to help anyone with anything for if it will fit in 'Snowie's' back door it will be done. Someone asks, 'can you do?' to which my only answer is 'when?' Where to and at what time is of no consequence whatsoever and if it be a dog, the sooner the better. The dog MUST come first.
Things changed at WRS and it all ended so I turned to Westie ReHoming, who were happy for 'Snowie' to carry their logo alongside BTW signage. 'Snowie' now resplendent in 'his' new signage has visited Scotland numerous times (Edinburgh, Lanark, Cambusland, Glasgow, Lossiemouth, Shotts, etc, etc.) most of the southern counties, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, all three Yorkshires, NWS, Somerset, Cheshire, Northumberland, Cumbria and many other places in between. The longest trip being three days. Two Borders from Shotts, Lanakshire, to Beaulieu in Hampshire. Set off, out of six inches of snow, southward through pleasant weather to end in Hampshire into what turned out to be a seven hour downpour. I know this because heavy rain makes a terrible racket on 'Snowie's' roof. Sleep? Safe to say we survived and just now we sit and await calls from either charity to go where ever required whenever needed.
I shall carry on in this fashion until somebody gets fed up with me and as long as I can get 'Snowie' through his MOT tests. Need one myself soon I think. As some of us Brummies say, 'Ta-raa a bit.
Microchipping makes a difference
(Important words written by Diana O'Grady)
One thing I have learned this month from the calls that have come in is that microchipping is essential but does have its possible problems.
A girl from "Lost Dogs" rang to say they had a pair of border terriers found tied with blue string. Apparently the blue string is significant of Gypsies and indicated that these were stolen dogs.
The process of the Lost Dogs concern is next to see whether they have been microchipped. Having scanned them both and discovered that both had numbers under this scheme it was possible to locate one in Kent and inform the owner that their dog had been found. This was a charming and happy story and that dog was then dispatched to it's rightful home. But - the other dog was also chipped and the name of the dog was disclosed and it's rightful owner. Here things got more complicated as when the "rightful owner" had been located they were very difficult to locate. With a little help from BTW and further aid from a friend who was prepared to call at the home this was verified and then the plot got a bit thicker. It would seem that this dog had been sold on when the owners found they did not have enough time to exercise him but they did not hand over the papers concerning the chip number. When the dog was stolen it would seem that the then owner had not created any fuss or put out any feelers to find the poor dog. After more time and concern the original owners have decided that they are now in a position to look after the dog properly and have been given him back by the Old Windsor Battersea Dog's Home.
I do hope everyone will now be happy. The moral to this story is to ensure that the papers concerning the chip number are always in the right name so that the dog can be assured of the right home . The system would seem to be very efficient at Headquarters.
Please don't forget to take a few moments to check our stolen, found and missing page
You might be able to help us re-unite one of these bts with their very worried owners. thank you
For any queries about Border Terriers please email us at our new address: firstname.lastname@example.org We use PayPal as a method of payment for donations, which you may find easier and safer. Please check out our Donations & Treasurer's Corner page.
A FEW WORDS FROM OUR CO-ORDINATOR
The work of BTW is to relieve the distress and concern of those unable to manage their border terriers and find the dogs new and loving homes.
This work has changed much over the years but the number of dogs coming into care is ever increasing. Communications between those working in the field has improved enormously with the use of computers and the respresentatives are now aware of the dogs in need. It also enables them to keep in touch with each other more easily. The system can only work, without hitch, if there are enough working representatives across the country. This however presents difficulties. Inevitably, over the years, there have been areas that, for varying reasons, have been well covered and many that have been less than adequate.
The North of England and Scotland have never been easy. The area is large and much of it rural. Those who have worked in this field have also had to work extremely hard and as a result have become stretched to breaking point. In the early days more dogs came in from the North than any other though now it would seem to be more even across the country.
Smaller areas with more people involved would be ideal. If each representatives could persuade friends and colleagues to work with them this would make the job less lonely.
This may sound idealistic but to keep up with the demand BTW needs to enlarge those committed to working with border terriers. We are very lucky to have our committed members and that a fantastic job is being undertaken but should there be anybody in the North East, Mid Yorkshire, Wales, or Mid West England who feels they can offer any help do please let it be known.
Contact can be made either through the website e-mail or by ringing 01983 865370 and ask for Diana O'Grady.
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