Spring is here - Andrew’s daffodils planted along the verges of Bennettland Lane are starting to bloom as a sign that the weather really is turning for the better at last. So if your plan is to get out and about and make the most of the milder weather and lighter days, then you might like to show us that your boots are made for walking - to help the rescue dogs.
Please come and join us on our sponsored walk - with or without a dog! - on May 8. (Poster to follow)We really appreciate your support. The walk will be a pleasant fifteen mile stroll - a mile to celebrate every year that Jerry Green Dog Rescue has been at Gilberdyke.
Money raised will go towards more improvements here - a new office and introduction area for people and dogs, and another enclosed play area for the dogs; great safe spaces for free exercise which allow staff and potential new owners to get to know the dogs in relaxed surroundings.
The walk will leave the kennels at 10am and take a circular route via Newport and the canal, with a picnic lunch break. All walkers must register before the day and use the official sponsor form - the more the merrier. For more information or to register phone or email the kennels (addresses below)
And if that is just a taster, or you fancy a real challenge, how about joining us for the Three Peaks Walk on June 5 as well? It has become a regular highlight of the year for our wonderful supporters, and everyone has great fun meeting the challenge! Contact us for paperwork.
Goole And District Canine Society has just disbanded, and we are delighted to be able to thank the members for thinking of us and making a wonderful donation of just over £1,000, the remainder of society funds, to benefit the dogs here at Gilberdyke. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and practical support, and wish you all well in the future.
It has been a busy at the centre this month - for we have seen sixteen dogs go out to new homes. These incude Toby and Bruce, Yorkies Alfie and Jack, Scrappy Doo, Bruno, terrier Archie, Sheba and former stray, Tai the Shih Tzu. A new dog walker fell in love with young black lab Cindy, and our two special dogs Ziggy and Chalky, who came in for rehoming because of their owner’s age and ill health, found themselves a lovely new home in Goole.
But empty kennels are a rarity! So if you are looking for a new dog to join the family, look at our website (www.jerrygreendogs.co.uk) or visit - we open daily between 1.30 - 4pm except Wednesdays when closed for administration. We are an ever changing dog world, with young and old, tall and small dogs, all looking for their second chance at finding a happy life. Other changes at the centre this month, with Peter just completing the finishing touches, we now have two new feed preparation areas, making life much easier for the staff, many thanks to Pat & Eric for there kind donation of cupboards and work surface. We would also like to say thank you for the lovely table donated by Hawk Furniture www.hawkfurniture.co.uk. for our staff room.
One of our happiest success stories lately has been a stray Staffie we called Dolly P (for Parton) She came to us as a stray, in terrible condition. Despite being only a young dog, she had obviously been used as a puppy machine and then just dumped - she had no puppies with her, yet her teats almost touched the floor. But she had the most gentle trusting nature, and a lovely smile. We all fell in love with her and determined to make her well again. After a few months, and much love and care, a couple met Dolly and it was love at first sight. Dolly moved to Hull - and really landed on her paws!
She is now a glossy, loving Dolly, gentle, sweet natured and “ a real daddy’s girl” for her new Dad (she loves her new mum too!)
(See pictures at the foot of newsletter of Dolly's recovery)
It is happy-ever-after stories like this that brighten our day. So perhaps you could brighten the day for two other lovely little Staffie girls we have here looking for separate homes? Both Bracken and Rue are pretty brindle girls - quiet, loving, a bit shy and timid, but full of character. They are both between three and five years old, and will make devoted, settled family pets, preferably with plenty of company in the day (they are both dogs who love people, walks and toys!) Come along and visit - they would love to meet you.
We also have a doggy shop in reception, with beautiful hand knitted blankets, collars, dishes and toys for sale - and some unique cards for all occasions. There is also our new book of rehoming successes, Happy Tails, a real treat for £5 if you want your heartstrings tugged, and we also do a wide range of doggie name tags for just £4.99.
These come in an eye-catching range of colours and styles so have a look and order. They arrive direct to your home in days, and £2 from each sale goes to Jerry Green.
And if you have time to help, but were thinking of shorter walks than the sponsored ones. Come along and be a dog walker and spend a couple of hours getting fit in the fresh air and meeting new people (and dogs) You can also board your dog here to holiday with us while you are on yours. But book early - space is limited, and our boarding kennels are very popular!
Ring 01430 449112 for JG information, or email email@example.com this is also the address to sign up to receive our newsletters by email, which is becoming increasingly popular.
Thought For the Month:
There is sorrow enough in the natural way/From men and women to fill our day;/ But when we are certain of sorrow in store/ Why do we always arrange for more?/Brothers and Sisters I bid you beware/ Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. (Rudyard Kipling)
Happy dog days! With best wishes from Angela and all at Gilberdyke. Until next time!