One important thing to know about dogs is that there are always lots of walkies involved - and we had a big walk on May 9, when 26 walkers - and almost as many dogs - went for a 15 mile sponsored walk and raised nearly £1,400 towards improvements at the kennels.
The long distance was set at a mile a year for the amount of time Jerry Green’s have been in Bennettland Lane, and we are very grateful to everyone who took part, either walking or sponsoring, as we work on a new office and introduction area for people and dogs, and another enclosed play area for the dogs; so far our handyman Pete has created a new path at the rear of the kennels so we can more easily reach the new grooming area he installed, thanks to the stalwart fund raising of Sue Curry and friends.
Still with walking boots on, staff members Rachel and Amanda will be making their first attempt at the Three Peaks Walk on June 5th. This has become an annual highlight of the JG calendar, a challenging 26 miles in twelve hours to go up and down three mountains! Just the thought of someone else doing it should inspire all our supporters to sponsor them - so please contact the office so every mile and every blister counts as a money raiser for all our needy dogs!
A less energetic fundraiser will be at the kennels on June 27th, when there will be a pet portrait photographic day. You need to book your half hour session for a proper posed professional portrait of your best friend, and you will have a lovely memento for ever! Just contact the office to book your appointment, either by email or telephone - address below. Your half hours session is £10 and prints start from £5.
The Jerry Green Open Day season starts on June 20th, when ex Gilberdyker’s Carol and Dave host their annual open day at Thirsk. Our open day is September 26th.
We have had a hectic few weeks at the kennels, with a large number of dogs rehomed. Our featured Staffie girls from the last newsletter - Bracken, Rue and Poppy - have all gone to lovely new homes. As have golden retriever Rosie, dashund Josh, two pairs of Yorkies, springer/collie cross Willow, brothers Toby and Jake, little Sid. Lovely black terrier Levi has a new home, but we felt sorry for black Lab Benji, who came back to us because his new owner sadly died. So if you are looking for a steady, friendly and sweet natured older dog, Benji might well be the dog for you.
We always like to hear news from our old friends, so it was lovely to catch up with Jasper, a black and tan cross breed, rehomed in 1997 after a lengthy stay with us because he only had three legs.
Jasper must be 17 now, and despite being wrongly diagnosed with kidney failure six years ago is still fit and well, still loves a game with his ball. And border collie Badger has been to stay for a holiday. He was found tied to our gates last year, aged 16. We thought he was a lovely old chap, and feared we would never rehome him due to his age….but someone soon came along and fell in love with him. And now he looks happier than ever! Tales like these two really make our work worthwhile.
Older dogs like these, with settled personalities are always popular for rehoming, and one that fits the bill is one of our favourites, little Meg, a small sandy terrier cross (pictured right). She may be eleven, but she is busy, friendly, healthy and very young at heart! She loves a cuddle and is great company on a walk. Come and see for yourself, and prepare to be charmed by her! There is also Toska(pictured below), a six year old black terrier cross, who has come to us for rehoming because his elderly owner cannot care for him any more. He is a friendly boy who travels well in the car, gets on with children - and loves playing with his squeaky ball!
Empty kennels fill quickly, though! So if you are looking for a dog to join your family, visit our website (www.jerrygreendogs.co.uk) or come along - we open daily between 1.30 - 4pm except Wednesdays when closed for administration. We are an ever changing doggie family, young and old, tall and small, all looking for their second chance and a happy new life.
We have a shop in reception, with many things for your dog - and yourself. These include unique cards for all occasions, a second hand book stall, and our latest book of rehoming successes, Happy Tails, a great gift for £5. At the moment we also have a number of collector porcelain dolls for sale, donated by a specialist collector.
If you want to help the dogs, come and join our friendly volunteer dog walking team and spend a couple of hours a week getting fit in the fresh air meeting new people (and dogs) For the less strenuous minded, we are now collecting used postage stamps to raise money for the dogs. All stamps here to the kennels, please.
With the holiday season coming, did you know you can also board your dog here to holiday with us? But book early - space is limited, and our boarding kennels are very popular!
Ring 01430 449112 to sponsor our Three peak walkers, to book your dog’s appointment for the Pet Portrait Day, or for any 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:
In a New York pet cemetery is a tombstone bearing the words: “JACK: As ever, precedes his master by a few steps.”
Happy dog days! With best wishes from Angela and all at Gilberdyke. Until next time!