12 year old Gemma has been in foster with Carla since she arrived in January 2019. A timid girl, she has come a long way since joining LCH and is now comfortable and feels safe with Carla’s Staffie boys. In July, Gemma underwent tests for Cushing’s disease, and was diagnosed positive.
Cushing’s disease cannot be cured, but can be managed, and treatment will cost approximately £49 a month, even without the essential regular blood tests. Gemma deserves a chance of a full, happy life, and LCH will be there to support her all the way.
Older dogs, in general, are much harder to rehome. But when faced with this 13 year old boy on death row, we could not turn away. Handsome Odo, now 16 years old, is in ‘end of life’ foster care - loved, and wanting for nothing in his twilight years.
Three years ago, he found himself in the pound and due to be PTS until LCH stepped in. He came to us with mast cell tumours which were removed and to this day have stayed away, so fingers and paws crossed they will never come back.
Odo is in end of life foster care with Carla and her Staffie family. She says "He is the most gentle soul I have ever met in a dog and loves everyone and every dog. I will never understand how his owners ever dumped him. He is the most beautiful boy ever."
Odo has thrived on love, care and a sense of safety, which is what every dog needs and deserves in life. His expression says it all.....
"Thank you for looking after me"
Not all of our Lifers are elderly souls with health issues, - some remain in our care due to psychological damage from their previous life. We are fortunate in having experienced and patient fosterers who will do whatever it takes to make these dogs feel safe and loved.
Whizzy is 12 years old. He came into rescue in October 2016, and went straight into foster with LCH volunteer Sue. It quickly became apparent he had no trust in humans due to past abuse. It was also obvious that this boy was not able to be rehomed due to his issues. So, he has remained with Sue ever since as an end of life foster.
She says "It has taken a long time and a lot of work for him to realise he can trust me, but I love him with all my heart, he is such a character. He loves his tennis balls (although they have to be the Kong ones, cheap ones are not good enough for him!)"
No more worries for Whizzy, this boy is now safe and content.. in the loving arms of LCH.
DO YOU REMEMBER HENRY?
Henry came into rescue from the pound in late 2017, just 3 years old, and severely disabled. A super friendly, chatty lad, Henry made himself at home with foster dad Andrew and family. Assessed by our vet and then taken to Somerset for an MRI, the results were not good, - firstly his back, and also maybe some brain damage. The vet thought he may have been hit quite hard on the head…
The decision was taken to make the remainder of Henry’s life as enjoyable and pain free as possible and shower him with the love and affection he deserves.
Andrew says “So now we have this crazy, lovable dog, several teeth missing and chatty as anything, loving life to the best of his ability, wrapping my wife and I around his little finger, taking up most of the sofa and the bed”
"Loving Life" - those two words sum it up, don't they?