page will be updated with all of our news and stories! Enjoy!
on Gerry (was Charlie) the Collie who lived for
some time in the woods alone: Gerry
is one of the saddest dogs I've ever had to foster.
When I look at him I nearly cry...his eyes seem
to tell of years of suffering and I wonder what
was done to this old boy that has made him so
terrified of everything. We got Gerry last Sunday
and he was literally rigid with fear when I tried
to stroke him. He is rake thin and the only thing
that he responded to for the first few days was
food...he couldn't get enough of it! He still
can't.Having lifted him out of the car I brought
him into my kitchen and he was just overwhelmed
and lay there shaking. So I coaxed him into the
utility where the door is wide open into the kitchen
for him to come in...Yesterday, 5 days after being
with us, he made his first tentative steps into
the main part Gerry lies on the mat in the utility.
For the first two days I had to lift him outside
to let him do his business. He would be rigid
in my arms and so petrified it would break your
heart.He goes out himself now with me, keeping
very close to me and once he's done he immediately
runs back inside, body crouched low to the floor,
as if terrified that he'll be left outside.Yesterday
evening the sun shone in the back door and he
lay closer to the opening of the door but he still
didn't go outside.
the last few days Gerry greets us with a gentle
wag of his tail so we're making progress ! But
when I kneel beside him and stroke him he once
again crouches to the floor and the wagging stops.
It's as if he likes to be stroked but can't relax
fully and enjoy it. Gerry is completely submissive
to my dogs and keeps to himself. I look at my
gang and as they snooze on their bean bags, relaxed
and content with their worlds and I look at Gerry
who is in his usual spot on the mat (I have a
lovely bed with soft bedding and a warm blanket
right next to his mat but he refuses to go into
it) and I wonder once again what could have happened
to this dog that has brought him to this fearful
place. But the good news is that Gerry will never
have to face any of those horrors anymore. And
in the last few days I have seen some brightness
come into those sad eyes and with time and lots
of love Gerry will learn that it's not a bad world
TO Phil Hogan ON DOG BREEDING ESTABLISHMENT BILL
implementation of the Dog Breeding Establishment
Bill is long overdue, our country has the shameful
reputation of being the Puppy farm capital of
Europe and the thousands of dogs and puppies that
live in appalling conditions are testament to
this fact. These establishments need to be regulated
and the legalisation should be effective to ensure
there are closed down when they do not meet the
standards needed to provide due care for the animals
in their care.
appeal to you to show some compassion and decency
and immediately sign this bill into law.
far too many years animal lovers throughout this
country have petitioned the government to introduce
strong and effective legalisation to regulate
the puppy farm business and put and end to the
intolerable suffering, neglect and abuse endured
by thousands of dogs incarcerated in these hell
holes throughout Ireland.
have the well deserved and shameful reputation
of being the Puppy Farm Capital of Europe, it
is commonly acknowledged that we in Ireland lag
seriously behind our European neighbours in all
areas of animal welfare. For the sake of the animals
that continue to suffer while your government
procrastinates on this much needed legalsation
will you please do the right thing and put an
end to this shameful industry.
WRITE TO SIMON COVENEY
ON STAR'S BEHALF:
reality for Star and all abused dogs like her
is their owners who are responsible for allowing
their dogs to suffer such pain will not be brought
to justice. Why? Our animal welfare laws are totally
outdated some drafted over 100 years ago. For
decades animalwelfare organisations and individuals
have petitioned the government to introduce effective
legalisation which would like most civilised countries
make people accountable for abusing animals and
punish them accordingly. We in Ireland are in
the backwaters when it comes to animal welfare,
the indifference of the political parties to animal
suffering is shameful. If you want to help change
this please write a short email to email@example.com
and ask him tointroduce this long awaited legalisation.
Star and the thousands of other who have no voicedepend
on you to speak on their behalf.
you so much to Eabha Buttimer who donated 40 Euro
of her communion money to Cork DAWG.
are told that Eabha started out being very nervous
around dogs but after numerous visits to one of
our fosterer's house and encountering many of
our waifs and strays, she is now a confident little
animal lover who wants to be a Vet!
MAYS SAD SAD STORY
May the most beautiful lurcher you could ever
hope to know was found wandering in Limerick in
an almost collapsed state. She is our care now
as the local rescues in Limerick could not take
her in. She is a mere skeleton and is suffering
from a chronic skin condition. Our vet tells us
that she must have been born with this condition.
Sadly and unbelievably her owners failed to treat
her and today Ellie May is a very sick girl. The
skin conditon has meant that she constantly feels
itchy. She has scratched so much that she has
lost the hair on large areas of her body, most
notably her face, neck, legs and feet. The repetitive
scratching caused her skin to bleed. Many sores
formed on her bony body. Many of these sores have
become infected. Her skin has become swollen and
feels like leather, this is particulary noticable
on her feet. Due to malnutrition, Ellie May when
she walks, she looks like she is walking very
much down on her feet. Ellie May, when she was
found just scratched and scratched and scratched,
she could not rest, all she did was tear at her
frail body. She was so distressed rubbing her
body against anything that was near her. The heat
from her body felt like the heat you would feel
from a barbecue. Thankfully Ellie May has spent
some time in the vets and received treatment.
While this treatment has made her feel somewhat
comfortable,she is still
scratching, not as much though, and she has a
long way to go to regain her strength. Our vet
told us Ellie Mays immune system has been greatly
compromised so he cannot say whether or not Ellie
May will recover. Ellie May was very nervous initially
and jumped and cowered if anyone approached her,
expecting no love and cuddles but more hurt. She
is however starting to relax, you can put your
face up to her for a kiss, and she will not move,
no kisses yet though. Not surprisingly Ellie May
is very depressed and has little interest in what
is going on around her, but from time to time
her magificent hazel eyes will watch what is going
on and there is a tiny flicker of light like a
candle trying to ignite. She is in a fantastic
foster home now where she will receive all the
love and care she has never known existed. If
you can help us towards Ellie May's care, please
click here. We and Ellie
May would be most grateful.
- Born to Fight? This
is the sad scarred face of dog fighting in Ireland
today. We got a call late Saturday night about
a dog found wandering in the lashing rain outside
a pub. The people who phoned were loathe to leave
her and made numerous calls for someone to help.
The two ladies stayed with her in the rain until
one of our volunteers went to collect her. They
even named her Tia and gave us a donation towards
her care. The sight we came across broke our hearts.
Tia, about a year old is skin and bone, has deep
infected pressure sores from lying on concrete,
has ear mites, and has severe breathing problems.
Her face is quite swollen. She was in a terrible
state yet endeared herself to all who met her.
She stayed the night at a volunteers house and
at first she was so exhausted she fell asleep
standing up. Afraid and unsure to lie down. When
she was brought to the vets the next morning we
were told she has typical fighter dog scars. When
he opened her mouth the reason for her swollen
face and breathing problems were apparent, she
has broken teeth and infected gums. Today she
is being x-rayed to see if she has a broken jaw.
The condition Tia was left to get in is horrifying.
Yet, she is so grateful for the food, and warmth
she is receiving and has a wag of the tail for
all she meets. Because of Tia’s background whether
she was attacked or used for fighting we will
have to test her with other dogs and rehabilitate
her. She will not be up for rehoming until she
is assessed. But so far the reports are that she
is quiet around other dogs. But
we have to be sensible about how to rehome
Tia and in the meantime she will get the love
and care she never thought she deserved. The thought
that there others like her, lying on concrete,
starving and more than likely suffering from one
injury or another angers us deeply. If anyone
has any suspicions of dogs being bred and used
for fighting we beg you to please report it to
the guards and to the ISPCA. The suffering this
causes is untold. If you can help towards Tia’s
care and rehabilitation we would be very grateful.
We have had the offer of an amazing experienced
foster for Tia in Tipperary!! We look forward
to new pictures shortly and will keep you posted
on her progress.
you so much to Sinead and Garry for donating so
generously to Cork DAWG in lieu of wedding favours.
Thank you for the selection of fantastic pictures.
Sinead and Garry are very valuable supporters/fosterers
for Cork DAWG and have 3 rescues of their own
Tess, Honey and Sam who even joined them on honeymoon!!!.
Delighted the day went well for you and wishing
you every happiness for the future.
Georges Special Day, April 19th 2011
to all these people who helped made the day such
Alison and the staff ofÂ the Pantry Restaurant,
& her team of volunteers at the Midleton
Flower Shop & Eve Essence Beauty Shop
business community in Midleton who donated
spot prizes for the raffle
& staff of Colombas Girls NS, Douglas
and Scoile Bhride, Eglantine for their easter
Cougan & Neil Prenderville of 96 FM
Trev and Community Radio Youghal
& East Cork Journal
- Scooby the
the people who came to support George &
Sophie on their special day
sincerely hope we havent forgotten anyone. It
was a very successful day thats to all the support
we got, Trish the Coordinator took two very tired
but happy dogs home yesterday after a long day.
The publicity we got was totally unexpected and
very very welcome and we raised close to 1500
Euro on the day which is fantastic. Also, the
glamour was spectacular. We even had a couple
make the effort of travelling from Mayo and more
supporters from Dublin!! Thanks again all!!! Cork
Another Heart Breaking Case - Fosterer Urgently
needed for HOPE.
we got a call from a member of the public to say
that they had found a Beagle rummaging in the
bins outside their home. They said that she was
in bad condition so we told them to bring her
in. We are full to bursting in the shelter but
could not refuse. When Hope as we called her arrived
we were all shocked at her condition. She
is covered in mange, what few teeth she has left
are rotten and infected. She is a mere skeleton,
her spine is protruding through her skin, and
to top it all she is very heavily in pup. We took
her in and gave her a nice bed and a good meal.
She was so thankful for the little she received
from us. This
type of neglect is getting all too common. It
took along time for Hope to reach this state.
Her body is so frail we don't know will she be
able to go through labour and if she will have
the streng to raise puppies. For now all we can
do is give her warmth and try to bulid her up.
We expect that she doesn't have long to go before
the puppies arrive. We are desperate to find her
a kind foster home to have her pups in. The shelter
is no place for her but at the moment its all
There is not a week that goes by now that we are
seeing abuse and mistreatment. It is putting a
huge burden on us both emotionally and finacially.
Please keep hope in your thoughts as the next
few days are going to be very important for her.
If you have room in your heart and your home for
Hope then please contact us, she will need a quiet
safe environment for the next few weeks.
FOSTER HOME HAS BEEN FOUND FOR HOPE WE WILL KEEP
YOU UPDATED ON HER PROGRESS
importance of spaying and neutering
is Daisy. Daisy was dropped to our shelter a
few days ago along with her two pups. Poor Daisy
is after a lifetime of breeding and then she
was simply discarded. We think she is about
4 yrs old but it is hard to say as she has certainly
had a very difficult life.
She is merely a skeleton and her body is worn
out from a lifetime of rearing pups. Despite
this she is an excellent Mum and her puppies
are now thriving. Daisy is a sweet. gentle dog
with the saddest eyes we have ever seen. She
does not know what its like to be loved or shown
affection. She is currently in a foster home
and is geting on great. Daisy will make a loyal,
loving dog. We have to stress the importance
of neutering/spaying. There are so many dogs
in this world that need a home and irresponsible
breeding is making matters worse. Daisy's life
of breeding pups is now over and for the first
time in her life she will be loved and looked
after. Her two boxer x puppies are in foster
care where they will soon start on their vaccinations.
to Mary & Peter-James Coughlan who chose to
donate to Cork DAWG in lieu of wedding favours.
And thank you for the photo!!! Hope you both had
a wonderful day!
successful day at at our Adoptathon 2011
had a wonderful day on Saturday at our Adoptation
with approx 10 dogs booked and up to 900 Euro
raised for the cause. There are so many people
to thank who helped made the day a success, first
and foremost Nanci Creedon, Creedons
Doggie Day Care who very kindly hosted the
event, thanks to Glanmire Ices who fed the masses
from their Sweet Sensations van and made a donation
to DAWG at the end of the day. Thanks to Joe,
Helen and Dermott from Sunbeam Veterinary Clinic
who were available to answer questions on the
day and to Michelle from FunAnzza
who entertained the kids with facepainting. A
special thank you to the Fitzy Chicks of Irelands
Got Talent who sang on the day and we wish them
all the best, so vote for them!!!
had huge support and gained a few more fosterers
and volunteers which is what it is all about!
The dogs were very well behaved. A few got overwhelmed
but that is only to be expected. It was an extremely
busy day so if you didn’t get to talk to one of
the team, please email us and we will get back
to you as soon as possible. And happy Valentines
from all the dogs who attended:).
on Graces' Progress
is doing much better and got her stitches out
last week. Her personality is starting to show
and she is a very loving , affectionate girl.
She loves her walks and is getting on great with
her new boyfriend. Grace is now ready for her
forever home. She would like to say a big thank
you for all the kind wishes and donations made
Miss Polly's Progress Report
our gorgeous lurcher pup has been to the heart
specialist. The news isnt great, Polly is in heart
failure and no operation can save her. BUT it
can be managed by medication for as long as she
lives. It could be months or a year or two. Polly
is going to stay in long term foster and if you
would like to help towards her care we will be
adding her to our sponsor a dog programme shortly.
Polly is not in pain, is loving life in foster
and we are determined that in her short life she
will know nothing but love, warmth and security.
She has touched all our hearts. Today Polly is
in the vets to get some fluid drained from around
her heart. Part of the disease is that she retains
a lot of fluid. Fingers crossed for our girl.
She is a fighter thats for sure. All going well
Polly will be at the adoptathon showing off her
new valentines coat and flying the flag for the
sponsor dogs. Update - Polly is loving life. She
has small walks on the lead which she loves but
they do tire her out. So sad as as a puppy she
should be running and leaping around the woods
with her foster sisters. But she is happy and
that is the main thing.
Warm Glow in Doneraile this Christmas .
are happy to say that we finally have managed to
improve our shelter and make it warmer for the winter.
We have insulated all our kennels and have installed
heat lamps. As you can see the greyhounds are making
the most of it. They are so happy with the warmth
that they don't even want to get up out of bed in
the morning. These improvements mean the world to
us and makes it easier for us to deal with the coming
We would like to say a big thank you to Sighthounds
UK, their generosity enabled us to carry out this
We would also like to thank John for doing all the
woodwork and to Larry who took time off his own
job to install the heat lamps for us, they greyhounds
send a big sloppy kiss from the comfort of their
to Sven and Lesley.
congratulations to the happy couple who married
on Friday August 20th. A beautiful day was had
by all. Thank you both for choosing DAWG as your
charity in lieu of wedding favours. The thought
and support is very much appreciate. Wishing you
many many happy years together.
huge thank you to our supporters who walked/ran
the mini marathon for us. Thank you also to the
Sunbeam Veterinary Clinic for sponsoring the t-shirts
and to Una who put a lot of work into organisation.
A great day was had by all and we very much appreciate
that you chose Cork DAWG as your charity on the
day. The monies raised will be put to very good
use helping the vulnerable, needy, and abused dogs
an Irish Terrier re-homed by us to Janet in West
Cork in September 2009 became Champion of Show
and Best Terrier in the Ballingeary Agricultural
Show on August 22nd 2010. This
was Rusty's first time at a show and he behaved
impeccably in the ring with many other beautiful
dogs. The Judge loved him, and he came home
with three rosettes, a Silver Cup plus a largy
supply of dog food. Well done Rusty, you have
done us all proud and thank you Janet for the
to share, Danny who was adopted as a puppy from
us by Tony Nevitt, is now a qualified Blue Cross
Pets as Therapy Dog. We are all very proud of
him. He has come a long way from being an orphaned
greyhound puppy at the shelter.
of Cork DAWGs new Charity Shop.
are very proud to announce the opening of our
new charity shop, 55 Main Street, Midleton. The
opening takes place on Friday 9th April at 10.30.
Well done to Jill and her team for all the hard
work and effort it has taken to get the shop ready.
We hope it will be a huge success!!
you so much to Susan Dawson who held a fundraiser
for DAWG in the UK and raised 100 pounds sterling.
Susan adopted Dillon from us last year. (see our
page). Susan runs the Bluegreyhound which is dedicated
to raising funds for dog charities. She
lives in West Yorkshire and along with Dillon
has two other greyhounds Archie and Peggy. The
link to Susans website is www.bluegreyhounds.org.uk
a homeless dog wants
don’t want to live in a barrel
spend my life chained to a fence
don’t want to go hungry and cold
the rain pours down on my face
don’t want to watch from the window
my family plays together inside
apart from those who I love
love them – so why am I outside?
don’t want to feel like an outcast
bewildered and alone
where my family went
why sometimes children hit me with stones
promise I’ll be a good dog – if you just show
try to resist temptation and tell you when I need
to go out
learn to sit and to stay and roll over – wow what
fun we’ll have!
you will tell everyone who visits I’m the best
dog you’ve ever had
want to play and have fun in the sun
on the beach feel the wind in my hair
play fetch with the ball or a stick, oh what
memories we will share!
be so happy for a lovely warm fire -
somewhere to lay my head
night a quiet corner of my own so I
can snuggle right down in my bed
pick me from the Shelter – give me a name –
me my second chance - you have so much to gain.
welcome you back home everyday - my tail wagging
a silly grin on my face
you’ll just love me and accept me and give me
the right to say:
is my family, this is my world – I’m so happy
to live in this place!
Skydive for DAWG
would like to express our gratitude to Adam Greaves
(Adam's family adopted our
beautiful Poppy the greyhound) who did a skydive
recently in the UK in aid of Cork DAWG. This is
what Adam told us 'We turned up at the airfield
at 7:45am, surrounded by loads of fog and a bit
bleary eyed after already having done a 2 hour
drive. I was, however, first to register, meaning
I was first to jump. After
a nervous couple of slices of toast, I had a really
entertaining briefing (the instructor took his
time as we had to wait for the weather to clear)
and felt much more relaxed. As it turned into
the most glorious of days, I got kitted out and
went up in the plane, not nearly as nervous as
I thought I would be. Then the fun really began
as the adrenaline started pumping and I jumped
out. I loved every moment of it; the sensation
of freefall is unlike anything I have ever experienced!
Unfortunately it was over far too fast but it
was well worth it. I had the most amazing time
and would seriously consider doing it again. It
was a fantastic day!' Thanks so much Adam, it
is very much appreciated. There are mutterings
that some some of our own volunteers hope to follow
your example!! Watch this space........
1000th Dog! We can't believe it!
has been a busy few years for us here at DAWG
and we have now rescued in excess of 1000 dogs!
They are of all different shapes and sizes and
all have their own sad story to tell. Leah (photographed
above) is our 1000th dog and we would like to
share her story with you. She is a young female
labrador who was found lying by the side of a
narrow country road. She could not get up and
we think that she was there for several hours.
She had been hit by a car and whoever did it just
drove off and left her there. Luckily, some kind
people were driving past and spotted her. They
stopped and took her straight to the nearest vet.
Leah had suffered a very bad break to her elbow
and was obviously in a lot of pain. She needed
immediate surgery to repair it. The people who
found leah were very concerned about her and even
offered to contribute towards the cost of her
surgery. Leah has since had her operation and
is now in a foster home where she is getting lots
of good TLC. It will be several months before
she is back to full health and ready for rehoming.
We have had many sad cases like Leahs in the last
few years but luckily this one has a happy ending!
Unfortunately, all stories like this one don't
have a happy ending and we would like to say a
huge thank you to Fiona and her. Husband who cared
enough to stop and help Leah. Update: Leah
has been happily reunited with her owners!
HAS MADE IT AS A PIN UP DOG
our gorgeous greyhound pup who went to a home
in the UK has been chosen by greyhounds galore
to be their "May Dog" in their 2010 calander.
His mum Susan entered Dillons photo in a competition
held by "Greyhounds Galore .This group rescue and
rehome greyhounds in the North East of England.
We are very proud of Dillon and so is his mum.
She told us "Dillon is a lovely lad, runs like
the wind - he has these mad moments sometimes
when he just runs from one side of the garden
to the other at an incredible speed just for the
sheer joy of it. Peggy and Alfie my other greyhounds
just stand looking at him as though he is mad
with their heads going from side to side as though
watching tennis! Peggy and Alfie are both getting
on but will play with him sometimes. He loves
going to dog class weekly and it really stimulates
him, I take a bag of cheese cubes for his treats,
he loves these. He is such a different dog from
when he first arrived, he is very confident now,
especially when out for a walk. He wants to play
with every dog that he passes. Dillon is proof
of just what wonderful pets greyhounds make".
We can't wait for May to come around when we can
look at Dillon all day long!
OUR POPPY IS A CHAMPION
Many of you will remember
Poppy our greyhound puppy who
came into our care last November with her siblings.
Poppy was severely malnourished and at one stage
we feared she would lose her fight for life. However
Poppy like her siblings recovered and was adopted
by a wonderful family in Leicester in the UK.
Poppy's family are so proud of her as she recently
won three rossettes in three different dog shows.
Many dogs entered so it was a huge achievement
for poppy to win. She won 2nd in 'Best greyhound
bitch under 2 years', 1st in prettiest bitch and
3rd in best pedigree. Poppy recently went on
her first summer holidays. She spend a most glorious
week by the seaside and by all account adored
running on the beach and splashing in the sea.
Everyone here at D.A.W.G are so very proud of
you too Poppy.
FLYS THE FLAG IN NEW YORK FOR OUR IRISH LURCHERS
December Beanie our little lurcher puppy,went
to his new home in Upstate New York. Beanie was
found wandering the roads in very poor physical
shape, so to go to such a wonderful home was a
real fairy tale ending. Beanie settled in very
quickly and is now a fully fledged New Yorker.
However Beanie hasn't forgotten his Irish roots
as he recently went to a show and was honoured
to tell everyone he was an Irish lurcher rescued
by dawg.His mum Debs told us that " Each year
we have a greyhound/sighthound gathering in the
Finger Lakes region of New York. This is our wine
growing country, hence the name Grapehounds. I
had the opportunity to introduce my Irish Lurcher
Lad to many people who had heard of lurchers but
never seen one. He was an excellent ambassador
and got passed from hand to hand. The photo shows
Beanie with his brother Tiger (they are known
as the dynamic duo) and two new friends he met
at the show. Well done Beanie, we are so very
proud of you.
VERY SPECIAL APPEAL FOR RENO.
was recently run over and needed surgery on a
broken front leg and back leg. This surgery cost
us 700 Euro and we are appealing for any bit of
help you can give. We have so many special cases
like Reno and we couldnt help them without the
help of our supporters. Reno is such a sweet dog
and is doing so well in foster. This is what is
foster Mum has to say 'Reno is such a happy little
chappy, he looks like he's smiling all the time.
He's a real lapdog and absolutely loves people,
seems to get on with other dogs and totally loves
his little walks, when he's recovered he should
be a dog that would be fabulous to take on walks.
I'd say he hasn't had much exposure to cats and
his first instinct was to bark and he may have
chased them, but he has gotten close to my cats
and this morning he was washing Bobs ear. He is
such a good little dog and so patient in the crate
which must be so hard for him as he's a very energetic
little fella. He will be easy to love and I would
say he's going to be a very loyal pet. I'm in
love with him already. He's housebroken and wouldn't
dream of making a mess in his crate'. Reno
is patiently recovering and hoping for a very
special new home. He will make a wonderful pet.
If you can help at all in these tough times we
would be extremely grateful. Thank you.
Thank you to all the support
we have received for Reno. He is now allowed out
of the crate in the evenings and can take about
4 or 5 little walks a day. Only 5 minutes at a
time. His foster mum is working very hard to make
sure his legs heal well. He was the happiest little
boy when the bandages came off. Here he is pictured
with Leah his foster sister. He adores her. His
favourite pasttime is watching tv while chilling
on the couch and his favourite show is the Dog
Whisperer!! Reno should be ready for rehoming
in less than a month. Update: Reno
went to a fantastic new home with Conor 7 and
Cliona 10. Their story will be in our Christmas
DOG IS A COMMITMENT FOR LIFE
We are getting an increasing number of people wanting
to rehome thier pets for various reasons. This is a
very upsetting thing for a dog to go through and often
they are rehomed for reasons that can easily be fixed
if the dedication is there. We urge people to think
twice about rehoming their dog and instead to treasure
and respect it and to give it the love that it gives
them. The story/poem was forwarded to us and has a very
powerful meaning to it that should be considered by
all whom wish to bring a dog into their life.
A dog is not a disposable object, nor is it a toy or
a gift. It is an addition to your family as much as
any child is.
Please read the story & ask others to bear this
tale in mind before ever considering bringing a dog
into your life.It is entitled 'How
Could You?'. Click here!.
Line for our Greys!
We recently had a visit to the sanctuary from Elkie
Lonnkvist who volunteers with action for greyhounds.Elkie
is a champion of rescue greyhounds and lurchers in
the UK. She works tirelessly to raise the profile
of greyhounds and lurchers as family pets. Elkie takes
many rescued greys and lurchers into her home and
fosters them until she can find suitable homes. She
gives her time freely and has fostered some of dawgs
greyhounds and lurchers in the past few months. Elkie
really enjoyed her visit to the sanctuary. She was
up at 7am and threw herself into the daily routine
of the sanctuary. Elkie just loved spending time with
our greys and lurchers and they loved Elkie, especially
as she took them on lots of walks. Elkie also spent
time working on some of the greyhounds who have behavioural
problems. We really enjoyed having her stay at the
sanctuary and hope its the first of many visits. Before
Elkie left us she gave us some very exciting news.
In the new year she will open her own rescue in Bristol.
It will be called Bristol Dawg. Elkie will take some
greyhounds from our sanctuary into her rescue in the
hope of finding them their forever homes. We have
four dogs waiting for jan 1st when they will travel
to Elkie. We'd like to thank Elkie so much for helping
our dogs in the past. We look to the new year and
wish Elkie every success with her new venture. We
are honoured and humbled that Elkie has chosen to
work with DAWG and in doing so has offered a life
line to our greyhounds.
ON LITTLE LUKE'S PROGRESS
Just take a look at these pictures and you will see the
difference in Luke (story below). He is so happy to be
rid of his matted hair he is like a new dog. His fosterer
says she is delighted with him he is coming on so well.
We would like to give a special mention to Padraic of
the Mobile Dog Groomers who as the pictures show did a
fantastic job on grooming little Luke. Thank you to everyone
who has asked about Luke he is doing great!
WE COULDN'T TELL IF THIS
YORKIE WAS MALE OR FEMALE
AS THE COAT WAS SO BADLY MATTED
days after Sprite came into our care, we received a
call about another Yorkshire Terrier in distress. A
woman driving on a country road in Bandon came across
a little Yorkie straying in a deplorable condition.
She told us the dog's coat was in very bad condition,
but we were appalled at the state of the dog, when it
arrived at the sanctuary. Its whole coat was matted,
huge dreadlocks hung from every part of its body. The
coat was so dirty, every type of dirt possible was engrained
in the knots. The knots were so big we couldn't say
whether the poor dog was male or female. Its skin was
pulled tight by the knots, this must have caused so
much pain. How it managed to go to the toilet we will
never know. As the shock of the dogs condition began
to ware off, we became more and more angry. This little
dog didn't get into this condition over night. It took
months to reach this stage. Somebody must have seen
the dog. How could one look at a dog in this state and
do nothing. The poor dog was emotionless just sat there
looking at us shaking. We immediately arranged for the
groomer to call to the sanctuary. The dog was washed
and clipped and underneath all the dirt and knots we
found a treasure!, one of the most beautiful little
boys in the world. We called him Luke. Luke's skin was
raw and his paws were sore. His coat had given refuge
to so many fleas, Luke had to have the worst infestation
we ever saw. We are glad to say that Luke is so much
better now that his coat has been clipped. Not surprisingly
Luke is depressed so one of our volunteers has taken
him home for lots of tlc. We feel that Luke is around
6yrs old. We hope that very soon Luke will get a perk
back in his step and will be ready to face the world
again, this time round we will ensure it will be a happy
experience. Once he is looking and feeling a bit better,
we will take more photos of Luke.
YOU FROM SPRITE
want to say a big hello to all my fans and admirers, (I
believe there's many out there), I'm not surprised though
the volunteers here at the sanctuary tell me I was a very
sick boy. See my story below. To be honest I felt so weak
and so poorly that I can't really remember too much. I
do remember though thinking how lovely my warm bed was
and how kind everyone was to me. Nobody was ever nice
to me before I came to the sanctuary and I didn't know
what a bed was. Today I feel a lot better, my itching
has almost stopped and my belly is no longer swollen.
My skin is feeling and looking a lot better.I don't have
as many hotspots anymore. My hair hasn't grown back much
yet but I know when it does I will be even more beautiful
than I am now (if that's possible). I have lots of energy
now and love to play in the garden. I like to hang out
with the big boys, pups are only for kids. Bertie is my
best pal, he's the main man around here. The volunteers
say I have lots of "spirit", they are right there, I say
life is for living! I'm looking forward to the time when
I'll be able to go to a new home. I know it will be a
few weeks yet as I have to get lots better, that's ok
though as it means I can hang out here with my pals. I
know lots of people will be thinking of offering me a
home. Just to let you know, because I am a Yorkie, doesn't
mean I'm a girlie dog. No fancy coats for me, I'm more
into biker jackets if you know what I mean. Thank you
to everyone who sent donations to help get me better.
Thank you too to all those very kind people who sent me
treats and biscuits, but Bertie said to tell you they
are all gone, hint hint! Love Sprite
Update! - Do you Recognise These Puppies????
See their story below. Romeo, Juliet, Tom and Jerry were
found by a riverside by children fishing. They were extremely
lucky to be found. Just look at them now. They have all
been rehomed and are in great shape. They are happy go
lucky playful pups. Just as they should be!! They have
come such a long way. Thank you so much to all our supporters
for the donations we received. It has made all the difference
to them as you can see. We are so grateful as the vet
bills continue to mount, every little bit donated really
does help and these puppies are the proof. Another happy
Two Very Lonely Puppies
the two little puppies above? They were recently rescued
near a rivers edge luckily having been spotted by children
fishing. Their mother was found dead in a field nearby.
They are suffering from mange and worm infestation and
are about 5 weeks old. We have no idea how long their
mother was dead or how they survived. Subsequently 2
other pups from the same litter were found a couple
of days later alive! We have named the two above Romeo
and Juliet. They are all little survivors and getting
a little bit stronger each day. They will be ready for
rehoming in about a month. We will keep you updated
on their progress.
If youcan help us in anyway towards Romeo and Juliets
(and their siblings') veterinary fees we would be very
grateful. We depend solely on help and donations from
our supporters to keep us going and thanks to you we
have rescued and rehomed over 320 dogs since last September.
Thank you very much!
Pet Expo 2008!
City Centre Street Collection
you so much to our loyal volunteers and their four-legged friends
for coming out to support DAWG on June 21st and making the day such
though the rain poured down, it didnt stop the tails wagging and
it was so nice to see the children and parents alike taking the
time to pet the dogs and pups and to stop to talk to us. Thank you
for your support, it is as always very much appreciated.
big THANK YOU to Declan O Connell and Tadgh Buckley who ran the Cork
City Marathon and raised 650 Euro for DAWG, it was a fantastic achievement
and we are extremely grateful. This money will be put to good use
in continuing our effort in rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming
the dogs of Cork.
Clive- DAWG's 200th dog!
is Clive, he is the 200th dog that DAWG has taken in since
their begining in October 2007. Is has been an extremely busy
six months with lots of dogs in need coming into our care.We
are delighted to have rehomed 200 dogs. We hope to home another
200 in the next six months but need your support to do this.
Clive is available for adoption and details can be seen on
the adopt a dog section.
the DAWG Mascot
would like to introduce Bertie, the DAWG mascot. Bertie
is a permanent resident in our sanctuary. He came in in
the most appalling condition after being seriously mistreated.
He was nursed back to health but still suffers the emotional
scars. He is terrified of men and strangers, as a result
Bertie cannot be rehomed so he will live out his life in
the sanctuary. Everybody adores Bertie and he has the best
personality once he learns to trust you.
you can see from the photo Bertie is very handsome, He has
his own armchair where he proudly sits and watches all the
is always something happening and always new dogs arriving.
have decided to have Bertie as our mascot and he will report
all the news from the sanctuary in the future.He will keep
everyone up to date on the latest news,and tell us of all
the new arrivals.
watch this space for all the doggie news from our resident
shop pictures! Click here!!
Mallow DAWG SHOP
Hello! from all of us at DAWG
shop in Mallow. Sales are tipping away, our clothes are selling
really well and are presented beautifully now with the welcome
addition of our new "steam press".
We cleared many boxes of books from our back room and are
now accepting more. Pottery, plants and jewellery go really
well too. So keep that great stuff coming our way!
We are open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00p.m. (open during
We are looking for volunteers. Even once a fortnight or once
a month, whatever you can manage. Two of our volunteers drive
from Cork city, so if you do not have transport, do not worry!
Remember even one hour volunteered, helps save the life of
We are looking for volunteers, please
to learn more.
is on the Mend
are delighted to report that Lexi is doing well. Her fur is
starting to grow back and she has gained weight. This is all
thanks to her foster Mum, who has done a great job looking
after her. Lexi is still nervous and timid but in time she
will learn that she can trust people. We are looking for that
extra special home for Lexi, it will need to be a quiet loving
home. If you think you can offer this then please contact
D.A.W.G recently had a successful afternoon at the
Cobh Dog Show.
great to meet all the people who love their dogs and who look
after them so well. This gives us all great hope. People came
up and chatted to Marie and Noreen at the stand and were delighted
to hear about our group and our success stories so far.
We hope to save many more dogs in the months ahead. Great
to see so many big dogs at the show and all so well behaved.
The two dogs pictured here Harry, the great Dane and Oscar,
the St.Bernard, brought their owners along to us after winning
their prizes. They were the stars of the show!
It was Maya's first day at school.
Two volunteers and our little side kick Maya who is a rescue
dog visited the Transition year students of St. Aloysius Secondary
school in Carrigtwohill, Cork on Monday December 10th 2007.
The girls and their teachers had kindly invited us to present
to them and share a little bit of what our organisation is
about. We thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and their enthusiasm
for animal welfare. Maya loved her new found fame!
was a fantastic experience and we would like to thank all
who took the time to listen to our presentation. With a special
thanks to Roisin Whitford and her teacher Ms Dunlea for organising
for us to come
would love the opportunity to come and visit other schools
and hope to share our experiences with young people. They
are our hope for the future.
click here to see the pictures