The success of the Open Day was the highlight of a wonderful autumn here on Bennetland Lane, and we remain just as busy going into winter, with plenty of Christmas cheer on the way for everyone. Including the dogs!
Dogwalker Helen Nicholson had the idea of staging a Christmas Fayre this year - so make a date to come along to Goole College on December 3 (2-6pm) when Helen masterminds this Jerry Green fundraiser. Everyone is welcome and admission is free, so get into the Christmas mood early and enjoy craft stalls, raffles and refreshments; and if you are interested in having a table at the Fayre, which costs £5, contact the college on 01405 - 762420 and come along and support us.
Our popular Christmas raffle will be running again, tickets available in a couple of weeks. A voucher for a meal for two, kindly donated by the highly popular Hope And Anchor at Blacktoft, a Christmas hamper and a bottle of whisky are among the prizes.
Throughout December we will be holding a Christmas Meal Appeal at the kennels. So many of our friends, supporters and doggie adopters like to make us a part of their Christmas, visiting and bringing presents for the dogs in our care, that we thought we would like to make this pleasant time even more special this year. So we want to invite as many people as possible to come and visit us, and bring along tasty meals and treats as Christmas gifts for our dogs. There are many people who already make up Canine Christmas Boxes of treats, tinned food, toys and blankets - and we love to see you all. But we are also aware that there might be some friends out there who feel they might not be welcome as visitors unless actually looking for a dog of there own. This isn't the case at all - we welcome everyone interested and who has the welfare of dogs at heart. So come and see us (any afternoon between 1.30pm and 4pm, except Wednesday, when we are closed to visitors for administration) enjoy our special Christmas raffle and soft toy tombola, bring some treats and say hello to our dogs, and have a chat. The dogs in our care will enjoy sharing Christmas with you in this way. So thank you on their behalf in advance, and we look forward to seeing you!.
We are always busy taking in newcomers and rehoming old friends. Zander, who started life here as an abandoned puppy five years ago, returned through no fault of his own two years ago and here ever since, found a new home recently. And now enjoys walks on the beach. Bella, gentle giant Minnie, Labrador Maestro (whose last owner died) GSD Loucey, Staffie Ellie, collie Rolo and terrier Reed are among the dogs who have gone from here to happy new homes and lives. But no kennel remains empty for long! So current residents now looking for new homes are a litter of collie cross puppies, 11 year old Meg and black and white Labrador/collie crosses Carla and Zook. Phone for more details.
One dog we would really love to see settled in a home of her own for Christmas is our longest current resident, Molly, a terrier/collie cross. She came to Jerry Green's when her owner emigrated.
Molly is a shy dog who loves cuddles and is just looking for a quiet life where she can be the apple of someone's eye and an only dog. She walks nicely on the lead but keeps getting passed over - we think because her broken black and white coat makes her look old and grey at first sight. Which is such a shame, because she has a pretty and intelligent face and a heart of gold, a favourite of us all!
Then there is Scooby, a handsome young Staffie (see picture). Scooby is only 15 months old, but a special dog to us all. He came from a Hull family earlier this year, we soon noticed his strange leg movements. His old family thought this was because he had fallen down some stairs - but we think the fall was because of what we have now found to be an epileptic condition.
Scooby's condition is stable, and he stays healthy on daily medication, a simple tablet regime, and is a happy, outgoing little chap, a playful boy who would soon be at the heart of any household, looking for a quiet life with short walks and plenty of company.
If any of these dogs appeal, or you are looking for some other dog to take to your heart, contact the kennels. We have an ever changing family of dogs, young and old, tall and small, looking for a second chance and a happy life.
We also have Jerry Green Christmas cards and doggy gifts for sale at reception if you are Christmas shopping for four legged friends, including hand knitted blankets all dogs love! And if you have time to spare and would like to help, we would love to hear from you.
Volunteers especially enjoy dog walking - just a couple of hours a week to get fit, meet people (and dogs) and be out in the fresh air. You can also board your dog here so he holidays with us while you are away on yours.
Ring 01430 449112 for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org This is also the address to sign up to receive our newsletters by email, which is becoming increasingly popular.
Thought For the Month:
"A good dog, like a good candidate, cannot be of a bad colour." (Peter Beckford)
Happy dog days! With best wishes from Angela and All at Gilberdyke. Until next time!