Bourbon & Bailey

Bourbon & Bailey by Julie Hammond

These two gorgeous brothers were re-homed by us in January . Their family had been relocated here from South Africa where they had been used to roaming free on acres of land.

Bourbon & Bailey

The property they had moved to in the U.K. was modest with a small garden and the boys became increasingly frustrated with their new surroundings. We were lucky enough to find them a wonderful home together with a three acre garden.

They settled almost straight away and are now enjoying the freedom they were used to since tiny pups.


Banjo came into our rescue back in September 2020 .
Sadly he had a knee injury which had been left untreated for a lot of years. He was very lame because of the injury and structurally his body was not in good shape because he had been compensating for the injury for so long.

First he had to have a castration operation and x-rays for his injured knee. He was given excellent care in my local kennels and he just loved all the fuss he got on a regular basis. To give him some company, I had him here with me and my dog Charlie as much as I could.

He then went for his knee operation and back to recover in the kennels. because he’s such a lively, bouncy, fun boy we decided it would be the best place for him to recover, which it was. They did a super job with his after op care, second to none. I am very lucky to have excellent kennels near by. Anyway he had his recovery time and I was able to re-home him to a super new home where they were happy to work with his intense rehabilitation. Continue reading “Banjo”

Chairman’s update

Chairman update 

I have the opportunity to write as I am currently supervising a television advert for a popular pet supermarket featuring a variety of dogs,cats, rabbits, hamsters even a gecko and supervising mostly involves trying not to get in the way.

The opportunity to meet a diverse group of pet owners has highlighted for me the value of owning a pet particularly during the past year when we have had our freedom curtailed by Covid-19. Many of the animals featuring in the advert have been purchased in the past year to help children and adults cope with the isolation of the pandemic.
The children benefit from their pet’s company and learn the responsibility involved with their care whether that be the necessity to carry poo bags or the inconvenience of crickets active through the night which have to be moved to another room to enable sleep.
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Gus by Carol

Gus by Carol 

I can’t believe it’s nearly 6 years since I travelled to Toddington Services to pick up Gus from Fiona Miller.

I had lost my beloved Cash and my home was too empty without a four- legged friend. Gus was a very sweet boy and very good in the car.


However it soon became evident he was very nervous of noises. He had apparently lived in a very quiet area. After firework night he would not leave the house for nearly 2 days. What an amazing bladder he has! After some coaxing he began to regain his confidence and slowly ventured out. So I started doing some positive training around noises.

We followed the bin men around on a Friday for a few weeks.  (I did tell them what I was doing in case they thought they had a stalker)  Continue reading “Gus by Carol”


Bentley by John Ward

Bentley came to us from Labrador Rescue 3 years ago at the age of 3. He was very, very lively when he first came but settled well as the weeks went on although he does still have his moments of rampage.

He has been, and continues to be an absolute joy to us. He is now age 6 and a wonderful dog.

During the first Lockdown, I took him to a different location each day and posted a picture on Facebook where he has built up quite a fan club.
Here he is at Cromer


When I was Chairman of Norfolk County Council on “Take your Dog to Work Day” I took him to my office at County Hall where he caused quite a stir and even had his picture in the local paper.

Thank you, Labrador Rescue SE & Central, for giving us this wonderful dog (and his predecessor Hugo, a chocolate Labrador who lived happily with us until he sadly passed away aged over 15).

Long may you continue your good, and important, work.



Well, week 12 of lockdown and George is trying to make sense of the world. He’s loving country life and loving the undivided attention of his owners. Our quiet, anxious rescue dog has blossomed into a very confident boy.


COVID-19 has had some very positive benefits. Lots of healthy socially distanced walks and so much time with his new family!

This is George determined not to miss out on a trip to Ikea! Or is our driving really that bad? Really, George, you’d love a trip to the beach far more. George has now become a real country boy. Living in an area frequented by pheasants, he can sniff one out 100 yards away. Fun for him and entertaining for us  to watch but he’s never harmed one; it’s not in his nature. Continue reading “George”


Barney by Jacky Garvey & Barbara Wilkinson.

 We were asked in February of this year if we could help find a home for this lovely boy, due to a member of the family being allergic to him.

He is only 4 years old and already has 2 new hips and operations on

Barney Right with his best      friend Ziggy

both elbows. This meant that for nearly all his life his exercise has been limited and he wasn’t able charge around and play boisterously like a normal young Labrador.
As a result he suffered with a lack of socialisation.

We put him onto the website in
search for the perfect home.
We had many enquiries.
One of the conditions was someone with a strong arm, as Barney
is a big strong dog! A lovely lady called Janet enquired about him, I must admit I did initially have concerns if she would be strong enough to walk him.  Luckily Janet is a good friend of one of our helpers, they met through Labradors! I was assured that Janet would be the perfect home and would do whatever is necessary.
Then lockdown happened in March, and we were unable to progress his rehoming. Janet was so keen and frequently phoned to see if there was any news on when she would be able to welcome this lovely boy into her home.

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Teddy by Jo

Teddy by Jo

Sadly, during April 2020, we lost our beloved dog – she was 12 years old and very much part of our family. Our children had grown up with her and never lived without a dog in the house and the loss during a national lockdown really was very difficult for us all.
We quickly knew we wanted another dog and although puppies are exciting and full of fun the pleasure we got as a family from having a dog was also in the later years – long walks, beach trips etc. So, we began to look into rescuing a dog and quickly stumbled across Labrador Rescue SE & Central. We hoped we could help a dog in need find a new loving home. We completed all the relevant paperwork and eventually spoke withJulie who had identified Teddy as a possible addition to our home.

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