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Don’t forget to buy your 2018 calendar now on sale in the shop
Thanks to Lisa Pearce for organising yet another wonderful calendar competition featuring just some of our amazing rescued Labradors!
Walk with friends
Walk with Friends – suggested date 19 November, Bedford area
Every breed of dog is welcome
Walk with Friends have kindly offered to do a pack walk with proceeds going to the rescue. These pack walks are on lead group walks with training advice available as you go if you need it! It’s a great opportunity to have a sociable walk amongst like minded people and make friends.
Before going ahead they need to know if there is enough interest and approximate numbers of interested parties, suggested date is 19 November.
This would be a great opportunity to collect your Christmas Calendar and possibly buy some cards and paper.
Walk with Friends choose a different rescue to support each month so we are very grateful to be chosen.
If you think you would like to go along then please email, email@example.com Can we get a good turnout?
Give as you live
2017 has arrived and you can help support our charity by registering with Give As You Live. It costs you absolutely nothing but we get money by you shopping at top retailers like Next, House of Fraser and Debenhams etc for your gifts via Give as you Live. Please look here for full details.
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Chairmans Christmas Message
Chairmans Christmas Message
The Autumn leaves and the falling fruit can I understand bring on melancholy, I know the evenings are long now the clocks have gone back but I love this time of the year, walking through the woods as the leaves turn colour and fall gracefully to the ground and then kicking them back up in to the air for the dogs to jump and chase and try to catch. Chocolate Labradors like Meme are pretty hard to see in the woods in the summer let alone in the autumn when she disappears perfectly against the background leaf litter. There is Christmas to look forward to , the anticipation is much of the enjoyment for me, I shall be organising the Scouts Christmas concert, the Vicar is booked and as usual his brief is to say a few words on the “Spirit of Christmas” and as usual this will provide me with the opportunity to shout “Vodka”. Organising the concert allows me to dictate the carols, there was some contention last year as to whether ‘When Santa go stuck up the chimney’ truly is a carol but there has to be some advantage to being in charge and the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts love shouting Achoo, Achoo, Achoo almost as much as I do. I shall have them all singing “Good King Wenceslas”, I include it every year as a prompt for the vicar, the good King going out in the snow to give food to the poor man, the true spirit of Christmas.
I shall start studying the holly trees to see which have the brightest berries and at the same time I suspect so will the birds but I don’t begrudge them, too much. My view of Christmas as I am sure it is for so many was formed in childhood; Choosing a tree and then spending most of a day trying to wedge it into a bucket with bits of brick so that it stood vaguely upright, Dad coming home from the office on Christmas eve with a briefcase full of Christmas cards and then pining the cards to lengths of red crepe paper, of course the family cards carefully placed on the mantelpiece, the family service at church on Christmas morning with the Turkey already in the oven, a houseful of relatives and friends and often those who had no large family to spend the day with joining in the general good hearted chaos.
When we were young we would spend Christmas with our Grandparents, everyone piling into the car with the dog and a boot full of presents to travel down to Southampton, as the years passed they came to spend Christmas with us and now we take our children to their Grandparents on Christmas day.
Our family Christmas has changed very little, there are more dogs but the spirit is the same. I hope very much that however you choose to spend the Christmas period, kicking up leaves in the woods with your dogs or lounging by the fireplace in front of Bing Crosby the spirit of goodwill will be with you and of course your dogs, at a time when so many worthwhile charities are looking for support I would like to thank you for yours on behalf of all the wonderful dogs that will playing happily in the woods or lying peacefully by a warm fireplace this Christmas, thanks to you.
Christmas is well and truly behind us and Happy New Year greetings are diminishing causing me to ponder what the etiquette is regarding New Year greetings. Happy Christmas seems appropriate from the start of advent although perhaps it should be Happy Advent and only Happy Christmas from Christmas Day until Twelfth night? Do I stop wishing Happy New Year after Burns night although then there is Chinese New Year, perhaps the 31st January? Well, as ever I write out of season so as January is still here with me and the forecast is for snow I wish you, your families and your four footed friends a happy and healthy 2017.
Margaret commented that Christmas had been quiet, I suspect she may have unplugged her phone, deservedly, over the festive period, she doesn’t subscribe to Twitter so she may not be aware how hard the LRSE&C elf was working having foolishly announced that I would post a new photograph on Twitter each day of Advent, I was already behind by day three, fortunately I was spoilt for choice with the wonderful pictures taken by Peter French of the Dogs party. I enjoyed my foray into Twitterland but the charity would greatly benefit from a twitter-elf to promote the charity, no previous qualifications, just enthusiasm, no set hours, as usual we offer no pay or benefits just a warm sense of well-being.
The Dogs Party was tremendous and as chairman I am keen that it should continue, apart from raising funds it offers an opportunity for the charity to meet, both two and four-legged friends. We are a Labrador charity but so much more, I believe we are a people charity made up of a wonderful diverse group of people all connected by a common bond. The Dogs Party will have a new organising committee for 2017 although with twenty years of experience to back them up. We need new faces and new ideas to join in, no previous qualifications, just enthusiasm, the hours are flexible although the date is soon to be set, as usual we offer no pay or benefits but by the end of the day your face will ache from smiling.
The chairman and trustees are also looking to ease some of the burden of the management of the charity, as you will know if you have previously read the chairman’s ramblings I run a pack of cub scouts and never refuse a volunteer. The pack could just about be run by one but it would be exhausting and quickly one person, however dedicated would start to flag, fortunately I am part of a team of five, that way each brings a different set of skills and the total workload is manageable, this week we will be drawing outlines of cubs, the sort that appear on the ground at crime scenes and then filling the outline with colourful organs; lungs, liver, spleen courtesy of some splendid arts and craft card that Debi Gillard passed on to me at the Dogs Party. Actually Debi runs the 100 club, the odds are very good, unlike the lottery, each month 50% is returned as prizes and 50% goes to the charity, wonderful but I digress and I was digressing anyway as this week instead of drawing intestines and studiously avoiding any complicated questions about where the reproductive bits and pieces go on the drawing from the cubs I shall almost certainly still be returning from a family funeral in Southampton and the team at cubs will cope perfectly well. We have a dedicated, efficient and hard-working treasurer who just occasionally would appreciate someone to be able to lend a hand, not necessarily so he can go to funerals, so do you have a little time, hours to suit? Are you any good with figures? Full training provided, no pay, no benefits but there is much to be said for being part of a team.
I hope you are still with me, I am on a roll, I have two administrative projects that have been languishing for lack of time, one would potentially greatly benefit the health of our breed and possibly all breeds, I am looking for a researcher to investigate the opportunities that the charity might have to support research into health and disease in the Labrador. No previous experience just a bit of time and perseverance to look into what is possible, as usual no pay, hours to suit, no benefits but if all goes to plan at the end of the day you may be able to look back and say that you had a small part in something big for the breed.
And finally, I promise, I am looking for a diplomat, someone who is not prepared to take NO as an answer to co-ordinate closer communication between the various Labrador rescues, the breed clubs and the Kennel Club. Ideally someone with an understanding of all three organisations, oblivious to set-backs and tenacious in achieving an ultimate goal of improving the welfare of the breed, I may not have sold this one and as usual there is no pay, no benefits, hours to suit and almost certain abuse but potentially your name could go into the history of the breed.
We have homed a dog from Spain at the request of another charity, we do not currently import dogs for rehoming in the UK but of course we consider any request for help for a dog in the UK. This dog has Leishmaniasis and for those who have not come across this disease before I have written a few notes for you to enjoy later once you have completed your application forms for the situations vacant positions above.
My very best wishes for 2017 to you and your families both two and four legged. Thank you for your continued support.
A message from our Chairman
Following much deliberation and lengthy discussion about bits and bytes I am delighted to welcome you to the new LRSE&C website and would encourage you to have a look around. Much is the same but we are brighter and bolder and now available to be accessed by smart phones which I was informed was vital in our modern times. I did question whether a smart phone would instinctively know when it was time for dinner or become ludicrously over-exited when I reach for the leads in the cupboard. I rather suspect if the manufacturers could get the phone to seem so joyously happy to see me whenever I have been away even if just for a few minutes then sales would soar but I do understand that there are things a Smart phone can do that a Labrador can’t and to be fair I shall never have to clean up after my smart phone.
Despite the technology, LRSE&C is a “people and pets” charity with a large group of friendly volunteers always trying their hardest to help in whatever way we can to unite dogs in need with loving forever homes. We can always use extra help and you will provide a perfect Christmas present this December if you have time to call one of our co-ordinators and say” I could possibly help”, volunteering can be extremely rewarding and I understand good for our health and mental well-being and whether you can offer one lift for a dog to the vets in a year or have ambitions to be the next chairman then do please let us know, if you have any time to give to our wonderful breed then you will be welcome.
The website has taken a great deal of collective effort and I hope very much you will ‘interact with it’, of course I have no idea what that means but it seemed to be a key point that kept coming up in the discussions. 🙂
LRSE&C Christmas Cards
LRSE&C 2016 Christmas cards, winners of the competition judged by Louise Mincham. Pack of 12, 3 designs £4.50, £2.50 per order for postage and packaging ( message inside ‘Seasons Greeting and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year’) if you would like to purchase any please contact . Thanks.