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Summer has arrived, and after a brief break from our usual monthly output, here is Part I of August's offering... packed full of stories, fundraising news, training advice, Sanctuary updates, rescue catch-ups, and more… not forgetting the dogs that have recently come under the wing of Last Chance Hotel. Part II will be dropping into your inbox shortly... 

 

Our volunteers are still working hard to secure safety for those animals in need, despite financial resources at a low. Fundraising is more important than ever, and we are thankful for all those fabulous people who have given their time and energy to help us, and also those who support our fundraising events, such as our Dog Shows, and online auctions. 

We have a fantastic team, dedicated to the welfare of animals, giving their time freely and willingly, in all areas of expertise. Volunteering is not a hobby, it’s a way of life, and is hard work, especially for those who already have full time jobs or other commitments. But the rewards are tenfold…. the knowledge that you have helped save a life, have contributed to improving the life of an innocent animal so that he or she can find a forever home, have helped raise vital funds for our vet bill so that our Lifers and other poor souls can be treated for their ailments, have been instrumental in spreading the word about the work of LCH, or have kept the charity wheels rolling along through admin and general background maintenance, - all these essential cogs without which the Last Chance Hotel machine could not function...that is priceless.

And that is Team LCH

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New Arrivals

Roxie needs a home

There are many different reasons that dogs come under our wing, but none so sad as when a caring owner has to give up their beloved companion due to circumstances well beyond their control… 

Roxie has found herself homeless after her owner became ill and was admitted into hospital; Roxie came to us and was placed into emergency kennels until her devoted owner was well enough to have her back. Sadly his landlord has decided that he no longer wants Roxie in his property, so with a heavy heart not only because of his health, but also the landlord, her owner has asked us to find her another home that will give her the love and care she so deserves.

Graham arrived from the pound, a little 7Kg scruff of terrier, happy to set his paws down in a foster home where he could be looked after and assessed for future adoption. He has had all his vet work done now and has recently left his fosterer for his new forever home. 

Rolo is just 12 months old, a cute little Pug X, who is great with other dogs and children. Rolo has a grade 5 heart murmur, and though this sounds very serious, we have had many dogs through our doors with this problem. He does however need a quiet home because of his condition. Rolo is now in a foster home with view to adopt.

Bob the Bichon is another youngster at 1 year old, looking for a quiet home where someone will give him the time and training he needs, ideally a one person household. He is currently in foster with a dog savvy cat, but being a pup, he will chase if they run!

 

STOP PRESS!!

Dino is on his way to Cornwall as this newsletter is being put together.  He is a foreign dog, placed in a bad rescue that has since been closed down. Dino needs a very savvy fosterer who WILL NOT push his buttons but will take the time to earn his trust and respect. You can find out more about him on his website page.

 

You can find more information on our other dogs by visiting our website pages: for foster or for adoption. Also our Facebook page.

Waggy Tail Endings

Many people would say that a house is not a home without a dog. But after losing a beloved pooch, some make the difficult decision to not allow another into their lives. Thankfully, this is a decision that can be reversed, especially when presented with a beauty like Izzy, who is now helping to heal the heartbreak of her new family, who lost their special boy Riley in April. Izzy is a lucky lady, and we think she knows it! 

 

Sky has also landed on all four paws with LCH volunteer Anne and hubbie Joe; they too lost their furbaby Sam, in tragic circumstances, in April. Sky’s arrival into care could not have been timed better, and she is already loved to bits.

Polly, a beautiful 6 month old lurcher, had suffered an extremely neglected past, and came into LCH very nervous of other dogs. She settled in well with foster mum Fiona and family, and has gained confidence steadily, - so much so that she attended our Dog Show at Crofthandy and gained 3rd place in the Best Puppy class! Polly has recently been adopted and is very happy in her new home.

 

Frank had been in foster with Carla for a year, having been dumped by his previous owners and at risk of being euthanized. He has finally found his perfect forever home, proving that there is always a special someone out there, and they are worth waiting for.

Dear Molly,  - this girl has been through so much, a loveable lump of Staffie, who ended up in kennels through no fault of her own. By way of very sad circumstances, Molly is now in her new, loving home, bringing her own special comfort to Lionel, who said goodbye to his Last Chancer companion Charlie a few weeks previously. 

A house is not a home without a dog.

Mini Waggy Tails

JRT pup siblings Jack and Sally, came into rescue recently, and didn’t take long to find their forever sofas…. 

Karen, who fostered Sally, joined the ever swelling ranks of ‘failed fosterers’, where failing is a beautiful thing. Sally is now firmly ensconced with Karen and family, and joined them at our recent Fun Dog show, where she behaved impeccably!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The August Bank Holiday on Monday 26th August, will see us in Falmouth, at the Princess Pavilion, 41 Melvill Rd, Falmouth TR11 4AR for a doggy day out. Stalls, games for dogs as well as kids, 16 class Fun dog show, and of course refreshments available in the Pavilion cafe.

20th October - Last Chance Hotel Autumn Fayre and Dog Show at Crofthandy Village Hall TR16 5JQ

Make a note of the dates in your diary. More information on our website Events page.

FLASH AUCTION ENDS SOON!

ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT to run of our Flash Auction, join the group page here. View all the lots on offer here. 

Loads of fab stuff to bid on, all for the animals under our wing… ends Tuesday 6th August 8pm.

Rescues Revisited

We love to hear from our adoptive families, and every so often feature a story or two from them

Westie Basil arrived in August 2015, a very troubled little man, having gone through a terrible experience before coming into our care. He remained in foster for several months undergoing assessment and rehabilitation, until his ‘special someone’ came along, - in this case, Jacqui and her husband. He now has a fab life, but it wasn’t always easy, as Jacqui recounts here…

We applied for a dog from LCH to keep our Yorkshire Terrier X company, - she was also a rescue and having been with us for a year, we felt confident to take on another rescue terrier. We met Basil at his foster home and after speaking to his foster carer about his quirks we took him for a walk around the village. On this and several visits after he acted like a typical terrier who just wanted some good sniffs. However when he spent the afternoon with us it was evident that he was not a happy dog. The stress of a change of scenery was very upsetting for him; he kept spinning, barking and attempting to dig up the garden and the front room carpet. All afternoon both hubby and I were at a loss as to how to calm and reassure this troubled animal. At the same time the thought of taking him on was becoming further from our minds. We realised he would require a lot of understanding, patience and even expertise that we felt we didn’t have. Then right at the end of the afternoon our neighbour called round unexpectedly for a chat. Straightaway this burly Cornishman knew what to do with this stressed and animated dog. He got down on his knees, pulled Basil alongside him, then holding him firmly he started talking in a hushed low voice. Basil calmed down, stopped barking, stood still and for the first time looked around and saw that he was safe.

Basil has been with us for three years now and has travelled all over Europe in our van, visited campsites and family members (who adore him) and continues to be a work in progress. The routine of at least two walks a day in the woods, on the dunes and around parks, has given him the chance to engage his brain using his highly sensitive nose and burn off energy running about with his house mate. Seeing a West Highland Terrier chase after even faster bunnies is a joy to watch. However, his mode of cooling down has been a little wearing, no muddy puddle is safe and Basil loves to wallow making sure the mud gets in all the hard to reach parts! White dogs are like white cars, they do not stay clean for long… On the plus side he is a saint in the shower, he will sit patiently having the water wash away the dirt and his stress. 

We have no idea of how bad his life was before LCH but any strong cooking smells from a warm oven, grill or bonfire and he will either hide in the garden or almost run in the other direction. We have tried various calming products to help in his moments of insecurity and periods of hyper alertness which result in him acting stressfully. We have learnt his triggers and tried to reduce them and as needed calmly reassure him when he goes into himself and his old ways, which is becoming less frequent. Luckily our friends Sam and Sarah ‘K9 Freedom and Health’ have been on hand with tips and guidance; the best method we have found is routine home life and walks, cuddles, belly rubs (Westie Wind!), patience and ensuring that he feels part of our little pack. 

We take great pleasure in seeing how far Basil has come and especially when people who previously knew Basil do not recognise him, as his lovely character shines through and they see he is just a typical friendly Westie, happy in his little world.

 

Squeak landed on all four paws with Wendy and John Newton last year. This dear little soul came in from the pound, no one really knows how she ended up there, but she is now enjoying the sweet Cornish air in a loving home. Wendy tells her own story here…

 

Flashback to Hallowe'en last year 31.10.18. This photo on the LCH site at breakfast time. Squeak, a Cairn Terrier Cross 10 years old, needing end of life home. We had had our home check with Carolyn a few weeks previously and also chatted to Theresa a few days before at the Autumn Dog Show so were known to the charity. By 9am that Wednesday morning we had agreed to take her on, sight unseen and by Sunday 4th November we collected her at Chivvy Cross, she was brought down from an overnight stay at Swindon. What a lovely happy girl she turned out to be, not fazed by anything at all. We took her to the Christmas Dog Show and she won first for Best Rescue, so proud! 

Squeak was spayed in January and had mammary lumps removed at the same time, we were so relieved when they were found to be benign. Our 12 year old Cairn Terrier, Lottie, is not overly impressed with her but the two tolerate each other. Sadly Lottie now has many health issues, not least being diabetes. We are not sure how long Lottie will be with us before she crosses the Rainbow Bridge but when that time comes hopefully Squeak will help heal our sadness and perhaps share her home with another LCH dog.

 

Sit Happens

In this occasional feature, Sarah Higgins, who runs LCH’s ‘Sit Happens’ Dog Training, gives training and behaviour tips

Encouraging Calmness

Many common problems with pet dogs can be attributed to over-arousal. An over-aroused dog doesn’t make the best decisions, and it’s these bad choices that lead to problems like barking, spinning, or biting. Arousal can be created by excitement, frustration, anxiety, or fear. Events that create arousal and stress cumulate and can create an over-aroused manic dog which is not only unhealthy but difficult to live with. It used to be thought that an excitable dog would be cured if you exhausted them by giving them lots of physical exercise – “a tired dog is a good dog”, but what you create is an adrenaline junkie and athlete who needs more and more exercise to tire them out. 10 minutes of mental activity is the workout equivalent of an hour of physical activity. I talked about enrichment activities in a previous article, and these are great for occupying dogs but also for calming them down. A calm dog makes good decisions, listens, and shows behaviours incompatible to those of an over-aroused dog.  Every dog will get excited or stressed and that’s absolutely normal, but constant over-arousal means the dog is never allowed to ‘come down’. It can take up to 72 hours (that’s three whole days!) for stress hormones to dissipate. If constantly aroused their body will be coursing with stress hormones which can cause not only behavioural problems but also health problems long term. We can help our dogs recover after an arousing event by ensuring they don’t do anything that will make them too excited or stressed, but also by encouraging calmness. These could include calming enrichment activities like a Kong stuffed with food, scatter feeding, or a long-lasting chew. You could physically help the dog to calm by stroking and massaging them whilst breathing slowly and deeply and being calm yourself. If your dog finds it really hard to chill out after doing something exciting, then popping them in a covered crate or quiet room with a chew (or other calming activity) can really help. Coming down from a stressful or exciting event is a skill dogs need to learn, just like recall or a trick, calmness needs training. Practice makes perfect so just as some dogs are born being able to calm down easily, others need more help. A calm dog is a happy dog, and a happy hound means happy owners.

 

Sanctuary News

Breakfast here at the Sanctuary is one of our most favourite times of the day and guaranteed to blow away any early morning grumps the humans have. 

Bubbles happily shares hers with the chickens. The goats form a disorderly argy-bargy queue. Goose Willis shouts for his raspberries, sneaky grey duck has a quick munch on his food before joining his neighbour for a more social meal… It's a time for all personalities to shine through!

Twice a day, along with their species appropriate pellets and mixes, they love their fresh fruit, veg and cereal (rice crispies and weetabix being favourites). Keeping the fruit and veg fresh had been a problem, especially now that Summer has arrived, and we were having to buy every two days at a cost of £65 a go! But thanks to supporter Melissa Brands, we now have a big fridge for the feed room and can buy in bulk from a wholesaler. Unfortunately, we cannot obtain leftovers from supermarkets, because it is sent to Food banks, and anything left over from that is unfit for consumption.

 

We are always in need of assistance at the Sanctuary, any time you can spare is much appreciated. Please contact us if you can help: email info@lastchancehotel.org or tel 01209 281159.

Did you Know?

We have a NEW LAST CHANCE HOTEL FACEBOOK PAGE, which aims to keep you updated with all the latest news on the dogs and much more. Please click on the link and ‘like’ our page.

We have other Facebook groups: LAST CHANCE HOTEL AUCTION runs auctions throughout the year, with loads of fab stuff up for grabs, raising vital funds for our vet bill.

Our Amazon Wishlist, by which you can purchase specific goodies and have them delivered to us, is a lovely way to send a present for our animals! The link will take you straight there for a browse of all sorts of goodies from toys and chews to harnesses, coats and lovely food.

There are also ways to help raise funds for us whilst you’re shopping online, which don’t cost you a penny. Easyfundraising is a scheme whereby you can shop at many popular retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, and they will donate a small percentage (usually 1%) of your order to the charity of your choice, with no extra expense to you. Giveasyoulive is a similar scheme, with over 4000 retailers involved.

Like all charities, we depend almost entirely upon the generosity of our wonderful supporters. We have several ways in which monetary donations can be made: PayPal is easy and convenient for the many people who hold an account.

JustGiving provides another way of donating and also an opportunity for individuals to fundraise for us through sponsorship of a personal challenge. In addition, it allows us to claim back the Gift Aid part of the donation which can add vital pennies.

If neither of these methods are suitable, then we are more than happy to accept donations via direct bank transfer using the following information:

Barclays
Last Chance Hotel
Sort code: 20-67-19
Account no: 73797503
(Do drop us a quick email with your details so we can say thanks!)

or cheques, if sent to our Treasurer, at the address given at the bottom of this newsletter.

Legacies are also a vital source of support and we now have a dedicated page on our website which provides information on legacies and about leaving a gift in your Will to Last Chance Hotel. All donations enable us to continue our work in rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming, and legacies provide a future for the charity, as well as giving us further opportunity to educate, inform and promote responsible pet ownership.

Thank you from Team LCH and all the animals!

 

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog, it merely expands the heart

Erica Jong

Part II of the newsletter will be with you over the weekend... Meet two of our lifers, read a Tale from the Heart, enjoy the photos from our Summer Fayre and Dog Show, and more..

 

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Last Chance Hotel

14 Westdown Road, Delabole, Cornwall. PL33 9DS

01209 281159

www.lastchancehotel.org

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