My “Surprisingly” Soft Staffie

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It is true what they say, dogs really are man’s best friend, and despite varying opinions this includes Staffies. I hate to admit it and give up the “tough” reputation of my “status” dog, but my Staffordshire Bull Terrier is actually a big softy.

Obviously I understand the concern of the people who cross the road to avoid us. Or when dogs come up in conversation and the more often than not response to me having a Staffie is a look of shock along with “Oh, bit dangerous aren’t they…” Yes. You are of course right, there is a very high possibility you could be licked to death and who would want to come to such a slobbery end?

keira 4Staffies have been in my family for generations; with my brother and I personally growing up with one from very young ages. Perhaps surprisingly to some Staffies are one of few…

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You don’t need it? We might!

Staffie and Stray Rescue are always collecting donations that may go towards our fundraising events or may help out the dogs currently in our care (such as food, toys, collars, leads etc.)

Can you help?

Here’s a list of things that you could donate!

Unwanted dog food – Your dog doesn’t like it? Don’t throw it! We can make use of it!

Unwanted collars, leads, dog bowls, other related accessories etc.

Old childrens soft toys – Our dogs love snuggling up to soft toys, especially if they are in kennels awaiting homes!

Items that can be resold for cash to help us fundraise

Old mobile phones – We can recycle them and raise money from them

Unwanted stair gates – To help our new dog owners to prevent dogs destroying rooms/ chewing EVERYTHING when they do out. Some dogs have separation anxiety and worry that their owners will never come back, just like their previous owner. Other dogs are puppies and are still in the chewing stage

Are you creative? Design a dog cushion, blanket or bandana for us to resell.

Unwanted office supplies – As a new non-profit organisation, we are currently working from home!

Email us over some fundraising ideas! We really appreciate it!

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Bruno meets potential new owners

We completed a home check on a lady and her 5 year old son who wanted to adopt Bruno!

Everything was absolutely fine so we called the fosterer and asked her to bring Bruno down to meet the family.

At first, Bruno was nervous but after a short while he calmed down and was able to enjoy the company of two new people. The lady loved Bruno, whilst the young boy (who was nervous around us home checkers) was nervous around Bruno. The boy wanted Bruno to be his best friend, however was reluctant to stroke him.

We all walked away and gave the family 24 hours to have a think about what they wanted to do. If they were still interested, it was agreed that Bruno would come to stay with them for a few hours so everyone could get to know each other better.

Just a few hours later, we received a text from the family saying that they would like to see Bruno again!

Fingers crossed everything goes well for Bruno and his new family! bruno1 bruno2

Poor Rolo keeps getting moved around :(

A check up visit to Rolo’s 2 week foster carer hasn’t gone down well. The foster carers other dog doesn’t seem to like Rolo at all, she keeps hiding in the corner and has had a loss of appetite.

Rolo’a foster home carer announced that he could no longer cope with this difficult situation. This was a stressful time for us because Rolo has got his permanent owners but since they are away on holiday and the neighbour offered his assistance, we didn’t have a back up plan, since the dogs got on before living together!

Thankfully, Waggy Tails Rescue is rehoming a dog today, meaning that they have kennel space today! So Rolo unfortunately has to go in a kennel, but we will all be chipping in and doing dog walks with him and spending time with him!

Getting Rolo foster care

Rolo needed urgent foster care for two weeks because his new owners were going away on holiday at the end of July before being permanent carers for Rolo.

We met with a potential fosterer and her own dog for a home check. We agreed that the home would be suitable for Rolo to stay in for two weeks. Later that day, Rolo came to visit the fosterer. We all went for a walk but soon discovered that the fosterers dog kept trying to dominate Rolo and kept snapping at him too!

We let them off the leads but unfortunately the other dog would not tolerate Rolo for some reason – We believe it is because he is yet to be neutered (he is too young) and the older female dog didn’t like him.

We were all upset as we felt that we had failed Rolo. It was 7pm in the evening and we were running out of day to sort things out! We returned Rolo home to his new owners and found that Rolo had been getting on really well with his next door neighbour and his Staffie! We home checked the neighbour to make sure that everything was safe and the neighbour agreed the look after Rolo for two weeks. We are so happy that Rolo is with someone is has become quite familiar with!

Roxys re-visit to the vets

Roxy lumpSadly, Roxy’s lump has grown rather than shrinking. We took her back to the vets. As the previous biopsy revealed no cancerous cells, the vet believes that the lump is a classic sign of a dog being kicked or abused in some way. The lumps are susceptible to changing in size as a result.

As Roxy is still on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, we agreed with the vet to wait things out as the lumps usually disappear within 6 months.  

We then decided to book Roxy in to be spayed, however the vet then discovered that she was having a phantom pregnancy (the body believes it is pregnant when it is not) – So we now need to wait for this to pass before her operation!!

John Dolan: “John and George”

Dogs are indeed man’s best friend. There’s no better proof of that than artist John Dolan‘s upcoming show at Howard Griffin Gallery. “John and George” is his second show at the gallery. The whole exhibition is dedicated to Dolan’s dog, George, and how his furry companion helped change his life.


Before Dolan was a recognized artist, he had been in and out of prison and frequently found himself on the streets. Then one day, Dolan met George, who he managed to buy for the price of a can of strong lager. Receiving George gave Dolan hope, and it also provided Dolan with a subject to draw. In addition to his sketches of the buildings on Shoreditch High Street, Dolan made portraits of George, selling them to interested bystanders. In the end, he had hundreds of sketches, each one representing every passing day he spent with George.


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