MAN’S BEST FRIEND: A weekly column from the South Lincs Centre of Jerry Green Dog Rescue
At seven-years-old, Gloria has only lived half her life and we desperately needed your help to make sure her life continues to be happy and healthy for many years to come.
Coming to us as a stray, we knew little about Gloria’s past. A visit to our vets soon raised concerns as lumps were found on her mammary glands that desperately need to be removed.
Not only are these mammary lumps causing poor Gloria lots of pain and discomfort, they have the potential to be malignant tumors, which poses a huge threat to Gloria’s health and even her life.
Our vet is confident of a positive outcome for Gloria now that she is able to have the partial mammary strip surgery that she so desperately needs – treatment that will total £450.
Thanks to your generosity Gloria can now have her surgery to change her life for the better. Luckily, she is also in a wonderful foster home so that she can recover from her surgery in a warm, loving home.
DOG OF THE WEEK
Hi, I’m Doris. I love to run and play with all my doggy friends. I get very giddy meeting new dogs and am learning to stay on all four of my paws.
I also like to meet new people but can be a little shy at first. I was found as a stray so am really looking forward to having a warm home of my own.
I would be happy to live with another dog with a similar play style and could potentially live with older children.
Unfortunately I wouldn’t be suitable to live with cats or small furries. Please contact my friends on 01205 260546 to arrange to come and meet me.
Getting your home ready to welcome your rescue dog
Bringing your new rescue dog home is an exciting time... but do you have everything they need to let them feel comfortable? How you prepare for their arrival, and how you spend the first few weeks together, will have a huge impact on your relationship.
Before your dog arrives home, establish what the dog rules of the household are. It is useful to write them down and put them somewhere clearly visible so everyone in the family can remember them. Questions you might want to ask include:
• Is your dog allowed on the sofa?
• Can your dog come upstairs?
These are important boundaries to establish straight away. Make sure everyone knows the rules and the words you will use for things, such as recall or other training cues. That way you are setting up your dog up to succeed from the beginning.
Once you’ve decided on your house rules, it’s important to think about the physical setup of the home to welcome your new companion.
• Where will their bed be; where will they sleep?
• Are they going to have a safe area; do they need a crate?
• Will stair gates be needed?
You should get as much of this ready as possible before you collect your dog.
When you are welcoming your new member of the family, the best possible way to help them is to give them stability as soon as they arrive home. Dogs thrive on a predictable, safe and kind routine and would benefit from a dog-friendly and loving routine from day one.