Thank you to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Labrador Retriever Club for sponsoring our rosettes for the dog party.Your continued support is much appreciated.
Welcome to the Link, I know many of you enjoy sitting down with a cup of tea and perhaps a biscuit or two and with your dogs looking lovingly in the general direction of the biscuits you enjoy reading the stories of LRSE&C knowing that just by reading the Link you are helping. Go on you can give them a half a biscuit each, they have been good and as soon as you have read a few pages you can go out for a walk and so the extra calories won’t hurt too much. Mind you, it has been warm so do be careful, walks in the early morning and evening are sensible when it is hot and although I know everyone knows not to leave dogs in a car on a warm day even for a few minutes, I was shocked that I overheard a tanoy message at the Windsor Championship show that a dog had been left in a car in the car park on the hottest day of the Summer, the stewards are very vigilant but of course they shouldn’t have to be. I was working at Crufts again this year and it is a very big show with thousands of well behaved owners and dogs but there is sometimes a call to an unattended dog on a show bench, by the time I arrived to tell the owner off she had arrived back from the toilet and was very apologetic. I mention this to ensure that everyone who visits the vet’s office to find me drinking tea and eating biscuits will know that I do some work as well. The highlight of the four days at Crufts of course is Gundog day where the charity was brilliantly represented and attracted much attention. Thank you to everyone who took the time to travel to Birmingham on behalf of the charity.
The charity, actually John, has been busy ensuring compliance with the new data regulations, however you will not have received a message from us asking if you wish to remain on our mailing list as we do not send the Link unless you have subscribed nor would we buy your details from other charities, your support is important to us and we will do nothing to jeopardise it, as you are by now almost certainly aware we view the charity’s volunteers and supporters as a family and we want to keep it that way.
Of course families may have disagreements, but we try and reserve those for trustees’ meetings, but what we have in common binds us together and together we are stronger and more able to assist those who need our help and of course in our family that means dogs and people alike. If you are aware of anyone within our family who is struggling with the expense of the care of their dogs then please let your regional co-ordinator know as the charity will do whatever is possible to help.
Certain dogs end up through no fault of their own occupying more space in my inbox than others; Mabel who came to the charity following a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus induced by acromegaly has been to visit a specialist eye surgeon in Hythe in Hampshire, the removal of diabetes-induced cataracts in the Labrador carries a higher complication rate and sadly Mabel developed Glaucoma and has had to have one eye removed, she has some sight in the remaining eye and continues to enjoy her life greatly although we had hoped that the surgery would restore her vision.
Bailey has visited the specialist cardiology team at the Royal Veterinary College to attempt to have a narrowed artery widened, pulmonic stenosis results in reduced exercise ability and ultimately heart failure, the surgery hasn’t been as successful as was hoped but Bailey has a very loving home and shows little sign of letting his heart condition stop him from enjoying life.
Dottie came to the charity with mega-oesophagus, a condition where the muscles of the oesophagus do not work and so food does not move down into the stomach. Dottie is a delight and has been to the Animal Health Trust for tests but unfortunately they have told us there is nothing more they can do to help. Dottie has a special custom made chair to help the food slip down and although her life is likely to be short she certainly enjoys every minute.
The trustees will meet next in the autumn when the theme of the meeting will be developing a five year plan for the charity; we must always look forward and never just look back on our past successes. How can we help more dogs over the next five years? How can we best assist those who have homed dogs from the charity? How can we serve the welfare of our breed? As always your thoughts and constructive comments are welcome, in the Scout Association there is an infectious CAN DO attitude, no problem is insoluble, no idea un-achievable, and no achievement, however daunting, unattainable and it is this attitude in which we endeavour to encourage the children who will hopefully be the next CAN DO generation. So what CAN LRSE&C DO in the next five years? What can we achieve?
Enjoy your dogs and hopefully a long warm summer of walks and thank you for your continued support