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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Northumberland Gazette. A Day In The Life Of.....

Had a great day last Friday with James Willoughby from  the Northumberland Gazette. Here's his take on a day in the life of a member of Team SHAK......

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Noise And Action For Eden To Absorb.....

So with so much happening on a farm at this time of year I thought today might just be a good day for Eden to enjoy some sunshine and see a little of the outside world.....


Monday, 17 July 2017

Amazing Work.....

David and Melissa had a fantastic afternoon with Ged and Eden. You have to remember the state of Ged with a collar when he arrived, and also this is the first time anyone but me has taken Eden out.....


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Just Amazing.....

Another day where the feeling just can't be put into words. I'd like you to remember how Ged was when he arrived, then compare it to this.....


Team Tea Break Time With Eden.....

Yesterday I thought I'd raise the bar ever so slightly again with Eden as she's done so well coming into the office when there has just been us.

So with half a dozen of us in, she made a new friend in Wendy.....


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Can You Give Kai A Home.....

Kai is ready for his new home. He's a 7yr old Staffy cross, he's chipped and neutered. He's so  loving,  an absolute sweetheart.

Totally child friendly, dog friendly with introduction. Possibly cats depending on cat.

He does have a sensitive stomach so he's on James well beloved hypoallergenic.

Email sarahmcalpine2000@yahoo.co.uk. Homecheck and adoption fee applies.



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Can You Give Cleo A Home.....

Cleo hasn't had the best of starts to life, but is another that loves having fun.


She too needs to learn a few manners, but an active life would certainly help her settle into a calmer way of living!

She loves a tennis ball, and loves to please.

Please note it is the charity's policy not to rehome a dog with children unless we have prior knowledge that the dog has been with children before. For an application form please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk 

Could You Give Chuck A Home.....

Little Chuck is great fun. A real character that shows the fun side of life no matter what your mood is!



Chuck needs to learn some manners, which we are trying to do, but he oozes love and with some guidance will make a great companion.

An experienced Staffordshire Bull Terrier home is essential, as well as an active home. If you think you could offer this amazing boy all he needs, then please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

Please note it is the charity's policy not to rehome a dog with children unless we have prior knowledge that the dog has been with children before. 

Can You Give Beck A Home.....

I've had a great day at our other kennels today, and thought I'd share some of the amazing dogs we have there.....





Beck is an adult German Shepherd who came to us malnourished and with some health issues. We have hopefully turned the corner with his ear infections and weight problems, whilst he is clearly enjoying the attention. Beck doesn't just skive and lie about at the kennels, he has a job to do! Whether that be picking up empty bottles along the road, or carrying his squeaky stick, he has to be busy..... typical German Shepherd really.

Beck is looking for a an experienced German Shepherd home that understands the breed and are willing to help him combat his ongoing journey to full fitness.

Please note it is the charity's policy not to rehome a dog with children unless we have prior knowledge that the dog has been with children before. For an application form please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Tea Break Time.....

Looks like I have regular company on my tea breaks now.....


Monday, 10 July 2017

Eden Goes Inside!....

Still trying to introduce Eden to the big wide world, today Lennox showed her around the office.....






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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Can You Give Ellie A Home.....

One of the most difficult things to accept doing this job is when a dog arrives needing us through no fault of their own. It's even worse when the dog in question really struggles to adjust to kennel life.

Ellie certainly fits into that category having arrived via the dog wardens after her owners circumstances changed.  The fact we know a little of her history means I can't divulge things on here, but Ellie certainly has had a raw deal.

In the kennels she loves everybody but displays signs of stress around the other dogs. It's so sad to see, and when two of our volunteers offered to take her home for a couple of days it really was a great opportunity to see the real Ellie. I think we are all amazed at the transformation she showed simply living a normal life, and it's fair to say Brad and Amy had a wonderful time with her. She even joined us for a pint in the local on Friday night!

Having seen such a turn around in her whilst away from kennels we are now launching an appeal for an experienced foster home for Ellie with no other dogs or children under 16 to give her the little bit of respite she needs and a new start.

If you would like to be considered for giving this beautiful girl a chance then please contact foreverfoster@shak.org.uk

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Extra, Extra, Read All About It.....

It's been a busy time to with the media. Here's a feature in this month's Living North magazine, our column in today's Northumberland Gazette, and a piece from Dogs Today Magazine.....

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Eden Discovers Rain.....

Another little one who is responding to a big week is Eden. We have to remember that she has NEVER been outside before. Earlier this week her boyfriend Lennox made sure she was ok when she encountered rain for the first time.....

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Ged Making Friends.....

Little Ged has continued to progress so quickly, And as you can see he now has more new friends in Melissa and David.....

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Unbelievable For Eden.....

Another sensational session was had outdoors with Eden this afternoon. Clearly the fear is still there, but with the help of her friends she actually seemed to take an interest. Just watch that nose go.....


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Outside For Ged And Eden!!!..

It was a MASSIVE day yesterday as I decided to step it up a little with Ged and Eden. Ged had progressed so well so quickly it seemed a natural progression to try him on a lead.....

Eden we just really needed to give her a taste of the outside world. Although she was terrified she kept a constant eye on her new best friend Lennox, and hopefully we have at least given her a little something to think about.

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Friday, 30 June 2017

A Massive Step For Ged.....

I've had a couple of days of but David and Melissa have continues with some fantastic work with little Ged as I have decided to call him. Ged apparently means brave and is one thing this little boy certainly is.

Today I decided to step it up just a little.....


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Another Little Step.....

Some more really vital and impressive progress has been made over the weekend by Melissa and David.....


Saturday, 24 June 2017

The First Sign Of Trust.....

Day 4 and Rich makes the first fantastic break through with out new boy.....


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Day Two.....

After a sleepless night I came up with a plan today to try and get the lead and collar of our newbie.....


Not the easiest or most pleasant to watch or execute, but such a massive hurdle over come for him. The relief and calming signals he displayed when the lead came over his head is something I will never forget......

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

A Really Sad Case Arrives.....

A really shocking case arrived yesterday after being found abandoned in a field in rural Northumberland.

This little Staffordshire Bull Terrier is in absolutely shocking condition. He is quite clearly emaciated and showing severe signs of fear aggression. He has a metal chain tied around his neck and a collar that has somehow caught behind his front leg, meaning it's almost like a holster!

This really is a disturbing case, and one that is going to be a real big challenge.....

If you know anything about whose this dog is or where he came from please contact the animal welfare team at Northumberland Council.


Saturday, 10 June 2017

A Little Update That Could Mean So Much.....

This probably doesn't sound much but I put Haden and Lennox in with Eden today and left them all a hide chew. Haden ate his and Lennox 's as expected but after several hours I caught Eden eating hers with the boys lying next to her. Of course she stopped as soon as the camera came out, but that is the first time ever she has ate with another dog and/or people present.....


Friday, 9 June 2017

Axel Time.....

There no show show without punch as they say, and Axel wasn't going to be out done. I'm sure you'll all remember what a state and how entrusting he was when he arrived.....




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An Incredibly HUGE Step For Keene.....

There was sensational work from Rich and Keene today..... work I thought I may never see! You may remember how Keene loved to have his lead in his mouth and on arrival was notorious for chewing through standard leads. This lead to me buying a wire slip lead especially for him.....

Rich has grown to love Keene and has really moved him forward. I can take no credit for the image below of Keene enjoying a walk on a normal lead other than holding the camera. I am so proud of them both.....


Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Good Morning Kiss.....

We've been really manic and a little short handed recently so it's been a little quiet on here. However I thought I'd share the welcome I got from Eden this morning.....


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Wired For Hound.....

To say that since I started SHAK nearly 11 years ago my life has been a bit of a rollercoaster is such an understatement. So much sadness and loss, so many saved. On a personal note it has brought me my own radio show, TV appearances,  radio interviews and more. Stuff that always just seems surreal. Nothing, however tops the photo below.....

Sir Cliff Richard perusing the book "It's A Dogs Life" written by yours truly.....


Eden Makes The Front Page But Loses Her Best Friend.....


Looks like Eden has definitely become a celebrity up here after making both the front page and page 3 in this week's Northumberland Gazette!


There is also a double spread on the Mayors awards last week,  so I'm really sorry for the people who opened their newspaper this morning to be bombarded with my face!


It all comes a's a timely boost having had to day goodbye to my beautiful and brave girl Star on Sunday who battled cancer of the jaw so bravely, and became a big friend of Eden's.  She lived with me and my family for over 8 years, and maybe when I'm feeling stronger about it I can tell you her story. At the moment I'm kind of running of automatic.

Star was an incredible girl, the fact she has changed Eden's outlook on life means her legacy will live on, and for that I am very proud of them both.



You can read the full piece from today's Northumberland Gazette at:

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Eden And Her Friends.....

Thought you all might like to see a little more animated Eden, she likes it when her friends Sky, Star and Haden come around.....


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Mayor's Civic Award 2016/2017.....

I was extremely proud last night to be awarded a Mayors Civic Award from Alnwick Mayor. I was awarded alongside people who do such incredible work,  it all felt a little surreal.....