Sue had a stall at Tower Gardens as part of Skegness Gala, the weather was windy all day and at times her husband Dave had to hold the stall down!! There was a soft toy tombola and some BIN merchandise available. Despite the weather trying to ruin things £51 was raised! Well done Sue and Dave.
By Jane Wrench
So yesterday, I had the pleasure of being involved in the Bullies In Need Fun Day. The sun shone, the people arrived, fun was had and money was raised. And it made me realise how important days like this are. The Bull Breeds have undergone a huge change of image in recent times. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier came about in or around the 17th century when they were known as the Bull and Terrier or Pit Dog and were a cross between the Bulldog and some terrier. The introduction of the Humane Act, 1835, saw an outlawing of dog fighting and the breed was renamed the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It was 1935 before the breed was recognised by the Kennel Club. The breed is renowned for it's tenacity, loyalty, reliability and affinity with people. It is the only breed to have the words 'totally reliable' in its breed standard and one of only two breeds, from over 190 recognized by the UK Kennel Club, to have a mention of the breed's suitability with children.
So what happened? How did this much loved breed fall to being perceived as a "natural born killing machine"?
People......people are what happened. And the media.
Dogs (of any breed) are now seen as property, commodities, disposable and status symbols. In past times, a dog was also a status symbol, but of wealth not fear-ability. They were valued. I am not a bleeding heart or ignorant. I am not going to say dog attacks don't happen. They do. They are not however, all instigated by a Bull Breed. The media plays it's part in spoon-feeding the general public information. For every dog bite inflicted by this breed, there must be dozens involving other breeds. They don't make the national press. I'm not going to get into bite pressure and all that but, yes, some breeds can cause more damage than others but that doesn't mean they are born any more aggressive. When an incident occurs, generally the dog ends up dead and the owner gets a slap on the wrist. That is like giving a drunk driver a strong talking to and crushing his car. We are responsible for driving our cars safely, raising our children respectfully and training our dogs responsibly. Dog attacks will never be stopped, or at least lessened, until the problem is tackled differently.
Yesterday I watched hundreds of dogs ( Bull Breeds, Labs, Lurchers, Chihuahuas, Chi-Poo, Shar Pei, Rottie, Malamute, Poms, Yorkies, Chinese Crested, Crosses/Mongrels, Poodles, Dachshund ) walk around, socialise, mingle and behave. They were a credit to themselves but more so to the people holding the leads.
Having a dog in your family is a privilege, not a right. Having a dog is a choice. Being a responsible owner is mandatory. Hats off to everyone who attended yesterday. Actions speak louder than words and yesterday yours spoke volumes xxx
We have various events planned for both Stoke on Trent and Manlethorpe. Details will be on the Events page just as soon as things are finalised.
Just wondering if anyone actually reads this blog?
If so please get back to me with suggestions of the sort of stuff you would like to see here. Would love to know that I am not talking to myself!
During the next few months we will be holding events of our own as well as attending other organisations events with our stall. Keep checking our Events Page so you don't miss anything. We would love to see you, please do come over and make yourself known
We are always looking for foster homes, sometimes just for a few days in an emergency to get a dog to safety, other times until we can find a forever home and occasionally in special cases such as old age or illness, for the rest of the dogs life. We pay veterinary costs and usually the fosterer provides food, toys, bedding etc. unless we come to other arrangements.
Fostering is a very rewarding experience, there is no better feeling than knowing you have helped to save a dogs life and then prepared him to go off with a new family to love and look after him. Usually a few tears are shed though, most of them are happy tears, but of course they all take a piece of your heart away with them too.
Jack has now been neutered, he has been visited by a lovely family and his future is looking bright. Watch this space!
I am hoping that one or two of you may be able to help us out again. We have vets bills in excess of £1000, mainly due to Pebbles surgery, Jack's treatment, Bullseye's investigations for his skin problems, Treacle's spaying and removal of a growth on her teat and a variety of vaccinations and minor treatments.
If anyone can help you can send either to Paypal at email@example.com or direct to the vets stating it is for the account of Bullies In Need;
2-3 Trentham District Centre
Stanley Matthews Way
Once again any amount will help. Thank you
The day has come where Jack is now ready to be rehomed. He has done exceptionally well to readjust so quickly. He is now a happy dog who deserves a loving home.