Janice Roberts Oldham Dog
RILEY 2010 - 026
The dog featured as the Janice Roberts Oldham Dog of the year has often been
one that has experienced deliberate cruelty or cruelty by neglect and needed
a great deal of TLC.
Riley was different but no less needy. From the working side of the breed with all the energy of a ten month old, he was in good physical condition, vaccinated, microchipped and castrated. One can only assume that the latter was intended to calm him down and make him manageable. He had belonged to an inexperienced elderly lady for whom exercising and control had become a problem. Riley arrived traumatised and wary, a dog that mouthed and dug in, presenting as a dog that had been badly handled. His first home chosen carefully, ignored advice, and by mutual consent Riley was returned to the scheme and his luck changed.
The Scheme asked ISBC member Linda Baldry to research kennels where Riley could
be safely installed while we considered his future. Linda an experienced Veterinary
Receptionist chose kennels that she used for her own setters. The owner Linda
Croxford and her husband Adrian both excellent Trainers who own Pet Lodge Boarding
Kennels in Whitstable took an interest in Riley and formal basic training began.
Teaching Riley that mouthing was not acceptable, how to walk on a lead and return
when called began. The Scheme is greatly indebted to the two Linda’s and Adrian
whose combined expertise restored order to Riley’s life and gave him confidence.
Riley was also very fortunate to meet his new owners Jayne Watley and Ruth Gill,
and their Golden Retriever Della.
Linda Baldry writes – having become involved with the kennelling of Riley I was more than happy to see that his next home would be the final one. Meeting Jayne & Ruth made my choice easy; they were relaxed, caring and dedicated dog owners who regularly looked after friends dogs while they were on holiday. I had no hesitation in placing Riley with them. I visited Riley after approximately 6 weeks and was delighted to find that he had settled in very well and was already best friends with Della. Jayne and Ruth had started taking him to training classes and had also done some one to one training. He had made great progress and was already exercised off the lead, which allowed him to let of steam and be more relaxed at home, I signed his ownership over to them with no doubts at all, and they said that it would definitely be his permanent home.
Jayne and Ruth write -
When our Vet phoned us to ask if we might be ready for another dog, having lost our 16 yr old Golden Retriever about 3 weeks before, he did tell us that this was a stunning looking dog, but that he might need a bit of work!!
When we visited Riley and walked him round at the kennels, it was obvious that he certainly wasn’t an “airhead” - far from it, he was a very smart cookie and a fast learner. Having said that, he was jumping up and “mouthing” more than was polite and didn’t concentrate on anything for very long.
We didn’t take long to decide to say “yes”, if we were acceptable to the Rescue and started him on home visits to meet our other residents - Della the rescue Golden Retriever and Ravi the Cat! Like the other Setters we know, Riley was intrigued by Ravi and got on very well with Della, so those were the main worries overcome. We brought Riley home, having borrowed a cage and arranged to have the fences raised about a foot and he settled in very quickly, sleeping through the night and being totally clean from the start.
When we first let him off, he just stood there wondering what to do next, until Della waltzed past him and then he was off. We kept him on short recall at first and he was absolutely fine, coming back like a shot. He now runs around like a gazelle and covers enormous amounts of ground, always coming back when called – as long as he doesn’t find anything too interesting on the way back (he has obviously picked up that Retriever trait from Della!)
Riley is currently going to “school”, studying hard for his Kennel Club “Bronze” Good Citizen award, although we are not sure that he will be ready for it in time. He is still not always happy to have his hind feathers brushed and will use his mouth to tell you – totally unacceptable at this rarefied level. He is also not very keen on strangers touching him, especially around his head, using the same form of defence. However, he has picked up very well on the sit and stay and waiting to go through the door, pulls less in the class now (again, no pulling allowed for the award!) and goes “down” well, although staying down is a different matter as yet! Not to worry though, if he isn’t ready this time, we will just keep going until he gets the hang of it. He is such a super lad that the least we can do is to give him the best possible chance that we can. He is very happy at home and plays regularly with both Della (getting her to play by pulling her tail!) and Ravi the Cat – and then it is sometimes difficult to tell who is chasing who!).
FAITH/ FAFFY Janice Roberts Oldham Dog 2009-033
We were asked to find a new home for Faith, a four year old and her mother Millie aged six, in July 2009 when their owner became unable to exercise and care for them. Both bitches were spayed but because of the owner’s illness we could not be certain if one or both bitches needed medication for urinary incontinence. The owner had used a number of veterinary practices, but the last one had only treated Faith. It advised that it had almost ruled out Cushings Disease, and mentioned a possible Liver Shunt. The Scheme felt that it was not going to make progress until the dogs were in a new home and the new owners vet could look at the information available and proceed from there. In the meantime we asked ISBC member Jane Norris to visit the home, she reported back that the dogs were slim and in good order with nothing obviously untoward except the owners frailty.
We wanted to keep this mother and daughter together, but realised the difficulties of placing two dogs, particularly when one of them needed veterinary investigation and might have a serious problem. Then along came Lisa & Faith, yes a lady named Faith and an Irish Setter called Faith!
Although the JRO dog story is about a dog that needs more help than most, it is also very much about people who put a dog first. Lisa and Faith were willing to take both of the girls and cope with the stress of the investigations and treatment for Faith, whose name has been changed to Faffy to avoid confusion, while recognising that it might just be in vain. The Irish Setter Breeders Club Rescue Scheme would pay Faffy’s expenses but it could not cope with trips to the vet, the administration of drugs, and possible surgery. This needed to take place in the comfort and security of a permanent home.
We knew that that Faffy and Millie had lived with another Irish setter in the family, this was Seamus, an elderly gentleman of 12 years old, the owner had thought she could manage him when he was on his own, now we were asked to re-home him as well, and were looking for a comfortable fireside for him on his own. However when Lisa and Faith realised that he was part of the family, was in fact the sire of Faffy they insisted that we did not part them and the threesome moved in with Lisa, Faith, and Cassie their crossbred Jack Russell Bitch (also spayed).
The story to date: All three Setters are now owned by Lisa and Faith, but the ISBC Rescue Scheme pays Faffy’s veterinary account. Her new vet is treating her for Diabetes Insipidus with some success but is still concerned that the liver is implicated. Her treatment for urinary incontinence is expensive because she does not respond to the usual drugs for this problem. However to look at her and see her exercising you would not know that she had a problem. Her mum Millie thrives and dad Seamus has surprised everyone by his turn of speed and interest in life. Oh and I must not forget to tell you that these two terrific ladies Lisa Stammers and Faith Holt made yet another sacrifice, they have moved to a bigger house with a larger garden. Thank you so very much both of you for keeping this family together, it has cost you a lot of time and effort, not to say expense. I wish we could clone you.
The setter family Four friends
Added by our New Owners
Lisa & Faith would like to thank Barbara and all at the ISBC Rescue Scheme, Roz the dogs’ previous owner and all at our local vets for bringing Faffy, Millie and Seamus into our lives, and helping us deliver the best possible care that we can.
It is a real joy to be the custodians of Faffy, she has such a zest for life; everything at top speed, a real bull in a china shop yet always first in line for a cuddle. We feel honoured to be part of her life and to be entrusted with her well being
SANDY JRO DOG N0 21 2007
2005 JANICE ROBERTS - OLDHAM DOG (NO 19) FINN 2005/047 - RIP –
Cared for by Mr & Mrs L Fraser
We call this tribute “The Janice Roberts Oldham Dog” but in truth it is the New Owner who deserves the honour and Mr & Mrs Fraser well deserve to join the ranks of those who have accepted a dog that they recognised would need a lot of care – indeed carers they became from day one.
Finn, his given name, an elderly dog of at least ten years old was found tied to the fence of a Dog Pound in the Irish Republic when it opened one February morning: it was thought he could have been there all night in deep snow. Severely malnourished, dehydrated and with mobility problems he never the less wagged his tail; and it was this greeting that probably saved his life. Fostered by Dr Mary Jane Fox, in the Republic, he remained with her until he gained enough strength for Dorothy Park to collect him and take him to her home in Belfast, where he rested a few days, before the ferry journey to Stranraer in Scotland, and from there towards Yorkshire and his new home. We are grateful to Mary Jane for her Emails on Finn’s progress while he was with her; they were to provide valuable insight into his problems.
In mid March when they first met Finn, Ann and Leslie Fraser’s first impressions were good, better than they had expected, he was bright and responsive. After a week to recover from his long journey it was time to visit the vet. In Ireland Finn had been given a vitamin injection and a first part vaccination, now it was time for the second part. He was also wormed and a blood profile proved normal – the one good sign. A fortnight later I called to see Finn; his eyes were bright and he was alert but still so painfully thin. Mobility was a big worry – a foreleg lets him down and he stumbles a lot, there was evidence of what looked like an old injury at the elbow joint, either an RTA or kicking; but X-Rays will be done when he has gained weight.
Early April and Finn has put on weight but is only 18.5 kilos. His appetite is poor, in that what he eats and enjoys one day he refuses the next; these wonderful people are hand feeding him, anything that he likes to make him stronger. Mobility is still a problem, he is exercised little and often and has been provided with pain relief. Leslie has made him a ramp for easier access to the car. Housetraining is patchy, could be because of his mobility and Ann is sleeping downstairs with him at night. They do not complain but we know how difficult it must be for Ann & Leslie; who remain committed to this most charming, determined and plucky little fellow.
Mid May and X rays have been done; the news is not good. Finn is riddled with arthritis, hips, shoulders and elbow joints all affected. He also has damaged vertebrae in his neck from way back in his life, and a chronic chest infection. If there is any good news it is that the form of arthritis is “reactive” and may respond to long term antibiotics, which will also help with his chest. Finn may manage on his current pain relief and there are steroids to fall back on. While under general anaesthetic Finn had his ears and teeth cleaned, warts around his eyes removed, anal glands emptied and claws clipped. At this point the Rescue Scheme would like to acknowledge the dedication of Vet Mark Goodman, who did everything possible to help Finn and support Ann & Leslie, and the Minster Veterinary Practice in York for its consideration with regard to the Rescue Scheme’s account.
There followed a period when Finn had good days and bad, days when we all thought things were improving, and days when his mobility and eating pattern deteriorated. Ann & Leslie never went out together so that one of them could always be with him. They were also worried because their Golden Wedding Anniversary was due and their family had arranged a celebration holiday. We would now like to thank Kath & Cliff Smith of Banks Ghyll Kennels in Yorkshire. Friends of mine, they have a reputation for looking after elderly and infirm dogs, which live in the house with them during their stay, Ann & Leslie took Finn to visit them and meet their two rescue setters; and he later went back to stay with them in August. Like everyone who has met Finn, Kath & Cliff fell for his undoubted charms, and realising the effort it must be taking care of him without their dog friendly floors, offered respite care if ever it was needed.
We all knew that Finn’s quality of life at this time was managed by drugs and the exceptional care and devotion he was receiving from Ann & Leslie. We talked often and finally accepted that Finn’s back legs had become weaker, his front legs were never going to compensate because the foreleg still gave way. Finn could not manage to toilet without falling over and became doubly incontinent. Mark said Finn had made the decision for us and he was put to sleep on the 29.09. 05. RIP Brave little Dog
The Rescue Scheme is so grateful to Ann & Leslie that for the last seven months of Finn’s life he had known only love and kindness.
From Ann & Leslie Fraser – Finn left his mark wherever he went, admired for his courage. He gave us a perfect example of grace in pain and disability, and introduced us to some very caring and supportive people. We thank them all, Mark Goodman and his colleagues, Kath & Cliff Smith, Dorothy Park, and especially Barbra Rogers who personifies all the fine qualities which lie at the heart of the Irish Setter Rescue Scheme.
2004 JANICE ROBERTS-OLDHAM DOG NO 18 -
Owned by Mr & Mrs Copson
I first met Lady on 4th November 2003 when I collected her from a local Police Station at 9am in response to a call from them. She had been handed in to them the previous evening after being found in distressed condition with her head stuck in railings, remember this was firework time. The couple who found her told
the police she had been sick and had diarrhoea while in their car and I was warned she would not travel well, in fact she travelled beautifully.This lovely bitch, approximately twelve years old, white faced with spay type coat, and relaxed vocal cords appeared arthritic. She was wearing an old, very dirty collar with no ID, but had a new flea collar, and in spite of recent stress appeared confident. Her weight was reasonable but her coat was full of dandruff, very greasy and had not been groomed for some time, having large matted areas. Her ears were full of infected wax, she badly need a dental and had a sticky discharge from her vulva.
I said "Hello lovely Lady" and Lady she became. Kennelling was arranged with a local Sanctuary and she saw their vet the same evening. He started vaccination and it was decide to clean and suture a cut on her ear the next day. Since this required a G/A we took the opportunity to clean her teeth, remove one that was bad and broken and clean her ears out. The vet agreed that she was probably spayed and the discharge unlikely to be pyometra, a urine sample had blood in it so cystitis was another factor. The antibiotics for the suture and dental work would cover the cystitis and he would see her again in a week. During the week I saw Lady to groom her and use body wipes to clean her coat, this she did not like at all. She had been walked twice daily by the staff and the stumbling that I had noticed on collection was less pronounced and she was becoming stronger.
Vets and Pet shops in the area she was found were contacted, Lost & Found adverts in the press were checked. It seemed no one was looking for her. Then a final check with the Police, it seemed that staff remembered taking her in before and had checked records. The Police had contacted the owner and told
her where to find me, but she had not been in touch, so wanting to know more about Lady I phoned the number provided by the police. I was able to confirm her age as twelve and obtain her name which is in fact LADY. This person had owned her for four years, and "thought" she was spayed; she had not been vaccinated in that time, and often strayed??
Lady was re-homed with Mr & Mrs Copson on 16 November 2003, in time to spend Christmas in caring and experienced hands. I met this couple at the Sanctuary and was impressed by their concern and the way they handled Lady. She was signed over in January 2003, by which time she had become quite a cheeky character and her legs were very much improved. Preparing this article just over a year later it is so rewarding to know that Lady has spent the last year receiving the love and attention that is the right of every dog in its old age. I hate to think what her condition would have been by now had she not been lucky enough to be taken to the Police station on that fateful night. The Rescue Scheme thanks two special people for going that extra bit further and offering heart & home to an oldie. We hope Lady is one of those dogs who will see sixteen.
From Peter & Barbara Copson
In the last twelve months Lady has put on a little weight and gained confidence, taking no funny business from other dogs, standing up to their antics and sometimes joining in chasing them around, which is a joy to see. When Barbara takes her for a walk she waits patiently until she is ready, and then walks calmly beside her without pulling. With Peter - it's a case of hurry up; I want to get in the car and prancing about like a two year old. She has no difficulty getting in the car and promptly lies down and we don't know she's there. All in all it's a pleasure to have Lady in our lives and we can't thank you enough for giving us the opportunity to improve life for her, however long it will be. -
Lady was supervised by Barbara Rogers and Olivia Henson.
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