An exciting day?

A measure of what an exciting life I lead is that the most memorable thing to happen this week is today having an assessment for my new wheelchair! :-D  All the really dull stuff was already done when my MS nurse did the referral, today was just taking some measurements and selecting the chair and accessories that I wanted. I managed to get a nice lightweight chair that I can easily dismantle and put in the car while sitting in the drivers seat. So I now have a good quality, purpose made and well fitted wheelchair which was free thanks to our wonderful NHS, people need to value it before the government sell it all off.

Getting the new wheelchair has been quite timely, I have now started the process of beginning some new volunteering positions, both are with rehabilitating offenders which will fit nicely with my experience at the Probation service.

I love the work I do for Love Underdogs but adding the new  placements will make me feel worthwhile again, pesky people will never take the place of my pooches though. :-D

On the theme of Love Underdogs, a new bunch of puppies will be arriving next week, details of all of the new pups can be found on the Love underdogs website.

A selection of the new pups.















And for those pooch people that prefer an oldie, there is 8 year old Bruno who has been waiting for 233 days so far. :-(



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What a dull life!

There really isn’t anything to blog about in my life at the moment. I have an appointment on Wednesday to find a voluntary placement to test my work ability, quite looking forward to that.

My brain has been full of turmoil about the Syrian refugees that are currently walking around Europe looking for refuge. I wish I had an answer for them other than they keep trying to reach Germany who appear to welcome them. Our country say they will take orphans from refugee camps in the middle east, I would happily foster a couple of kids but I doubt I would be approved (too much of a leftie) I haven’t got money but I would share what I have.

When there is nothing to write about I always resort to posting pictures of my boys. :-D

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A very happy Hamish at the park this morning.

Indy Hamish and chum herding

Indy and his brown Collie friend teaching Hamish how to heard.



Flynn is a young dog pictured here a year ago in Romania, Flynn is now in England and looking for a home. Flynn can be adopted via Love Underdogs website.


Jelly, Clarissa and Faye are 7 month old lovelies from the last Romanian transport, they are all still looking for homes.

Jelly, Clarissa and Faye as babies.

Jelly Clarissa and Faye as babies







These 3 are also available via Love Underdogs website.

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Coronary angiogram

In common with most MS “sufferers” I get aches and pains from time to time, I always just put it down to MS and move on. After some pretty intense chest discomfort recently I was persuaded to go the doctor, I was referred to a cardiologist and scheduled for a coronary angiogram. I was dreading the day and imagining all sorts of horrible suffering with things being shoved into my heart!! Yesterday I had it done, I felt quite silly by the time it was finished as it was completely painless and not even uncomfortable. :-) The NHS staff at Kettering hospital cardiac unit were the most delightful people and made the experience almost like a nice day out. :-D

I created some entertainment for myself when I returned from the procedure. The man in the next bed was constantly complaining about everything! I discovered when I was cheerfully chatting to a nurse it appeared to annoy him? the more it annoyed him the more cheerful I became, it was the most fun I have had for ages, I will have to go out more often.

The outcome of the angiogram was that my heart is in great shape, just 2 tiny areas of plaque that are not obstructing blood flow. I guess it was a good idea quitting smoking 12 years ago and stopping eating animals 15 years ago. I was given strict instruction when leaving hospital, things not to do so as not to open the artery in my wrist, these included not using my crutches (wheelchair bound for a bit) no housework or lifting  for 2 days so I am being pampered. :-) I may have accidentally told Julia that it is for much longer than 2 days? :-D


Midnight is about a year old and is looking for a home. Midnight is a little shy at first (who isn’t) but very playful when he knows you. He likes other dogs and cats and is just fine with slightly older children.

Midnight on Facebook

Midnight’s page on Love Underdogs.


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Branching out.

We have some fabulous news for all our supporters and Romanian dogs fans.
Love Underdogs have teamed up with our German partners BMT and from the 1st of October we will be funding together the running costs of a fabulous shelter and sanctuary in Osnabruck Germany. This shelter will be entirely dedicated to welcome dogs from the Victory shelter in Brasov.
This shelter is owned by a trust who has allowed us and BMT the use of the facilities. It has space for 60 to 80 dogs and about 200 cats. Love Underdogs is solely focusing on dogs whilst BMT will be taking care of the cats. The operation however will be managed by BMT and the CEO Karsten Pflucker is personally overlooking this fabulous project. The manager Judith also has great experience with Romanian dogs.
Some of you may recall that our own Bubbles already moved there (he is doing fabulous by the way!) and when BMT asked us if we were interested in participating in the project in order to help more dogs from Brasov, we were over the moon, as it fitted perfectly with our expansion plan.
We estimate that this project will allow around 200 dogs per year to be placed in Germany from Brasov Romania.
The second and very important advantage of the project is that we will be able to send some of our own underdogs, who have been with us a long time and are still without a family. It means that they will have access to much bigger accommodations, and get a fresh start somewhere new. We hope that BMT’s reputation and their gravitas in Germany will attract families for our dogs who are so wonderful but have not found a family in the UK despite so many appeals and so much exposure.
We will announce tomorrow night the first 5 dogs who will be going to Germany in October, should nobody offer them a home between now and then. We sincerely hope that some families will want to come forward for them before October, so we will give everyone a month’s notice. We would not want anyone to be disappointed after all!
The shelter will have by the end of the year (still under construction in parts) 12 sanctuary houses with attached gardens and 11 large adoption suites, indoor and outdoor, which can take around 5 dogs each. All dogs will be up for adoption but our long termers will occupy the larger accommodations with garden as they may take a little longer to have families.
We will announce transports from Brasov Romania to Germany on social media so you can follow the activity in Osnabruck on here too and for our German followers, you can share these wonderful dogs too
BMT Germany:

Starting at the top is one of the housing blocks followed by a typical play area and finally inside a kennel. I wouldn’t mind living there. :-D
German kennels German kennels1 German kennels2
It has now been decided who will be the five dogs to make the move to Germany as they have not had any luck in the UK. All five dogs have been featured on here, some of them multiple times.  Should anyone decide to adopt them before the October transport that would be great.
And finally, Marley.
These are all wonderful dogs but have just not attracted any interest here? I am sure they will do well in Germany. :-)
I am particularly sad that Bumble didn’t get a home here, I have been tempted by him for ages but he has been assessed as needing to be an only pet.
Good luck to them all.
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An epic day.

I will use the original words from the Love Underdogs Facebook page to explain why it has been an epic day. :-)


This morning we waved goodbye to our 600th dog, leaving for a loving and secure future with a forever family. This means so much to us. When we first visited the Victory shelter in 2011, there were also 600 dogs there. Today, in a symbolic way, we finally emptied the shelter of our first visit. We have now rehomed the same number of dogs that were there at the time.

Thank you all for your support, your dedication to these dogs, and thank you to the generous donors, the volunteers and the families. On behalf of the founders and trustees, a massive thanks to the team, the kennels in the UK and to our friends and partners at AMP Romania, who all work incredibly hard and never ever let the dogs down no matter what!
We never thought this was possible 4 years ago. In fact, it was just a visit in passing, one of these ‘why not, let’s go and have a look’. We were in Romania to discuss a placement for a rescued Georgian bear cub in the AMP bear sanctuary, an operation carried out by our sister charity, Hauser Bears.
We never had any intention of adopting, let alone facilitate several adoptions.
The previous day, we had visited the peaceful bear sanctuary. After the wide open spaces and the rolling hills, where the bears spend their days, safe from harm, playing in the pools and slowly forgetting their concrete pits and their chains, we were ill prepared for the dog shelter.
When we arrived, the shelter was full to the brim with 600 dogs, all desperate for attention. The conditions were basic but we knew this chaotic space was a safe haven from the world outside, from dog catchers. But for too many, this was the only haven they would ever know. There would be no running in fields, no chasing after toys, no loving family. The visit seemed an endless walk between the pens, wet noses pressing against the fences. Their individual stories began to emerge: this one arrived as a puppy, 10 years ago, nobody will come for him. This one is missing a leg, no one will want him. It was heart-breaking. So many dogs, hopeful, desperate, looking at us like maybe today would be their day, so many without names, future or prospects. At the time, there was nowhere for them to walk, they never left their cages, on top of one another, winter after summer after winter… At the time, the existing partners where taking many dogs to Germany and France, but could only afford to take the more adoptable ones to keep on top of the numbers needing homes.
On that day, we fell in love with countless dogs, and a slightly mad idea began to form..
We thought we might be able to rehome 20 dogs and began a shortlist of dogs that had been left behind, those dogs that had no other option, unless we created one, the forgotten, the old, the less than perfect.
It was only ever going to be a side project.. and here we are 600 dogs later – that is the power of the Romanian dogs, those unwanted strays that are so easy to fall in love with.

Anyone who lives with or works with Romanian dogs will tell you – they just grip your heart and won’t let go! There is just something about these street urchins! Very early on, we were faced with criticism over importing dogs to the UK, when so many need homes here. We sincerely believe that any animal lover experiencing what we did, who looked into these desperate eyes on that day, who saw the suffering first hand, would find it hard to turn their backs on them and somehow abandon them to their fate without trying to improve things for them in whatever way they can.…/about…/our-little-philosophy/

Our first Love Underdogs foster was Willy who arrived in that first batch in 2011, Willy is still doing well at the age of 16. :-)

Willy, now Wilfy has a wonderful family of his own now.

Willy, now Wilfy has a wonderful family of his own now.

A selection of the current Underdogs looking for a home.















I would invite anyone in the UK looking for a dog to consider Love Underdogs first, these “Romie dogs” will get under your skin and into your heart. :-)

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A slow plodding summer.

Not much going on at the moment. I am still in the process of job hunting, so far I have seen a “job coach” and a career advisor who is writing me a new CV/Resume, looking at her first draft even I would employ me. :-D

It has been a rough few weeks for the animals in this world of ours, I was heart broken over poor Cecil the lion but it woke me up to all the vile trophy hunting that goes on! It is not just over paid American dentists who are doing it, people from all countries and most walks of life get their jollies by murdering other sentient beings?! I have now joined several campaigns to try to change how animals are treated, it is time we acted in a civilized manner with all creatures.

Image courtesy of Bill Lunsford.

Image courtesy of Bill Lunsford.

I am still not quite well enough to take on another foster dog but I hopefully will be soon? Love Underdogs have just brought 31 dogs from Romania so any little space I can help to create at the kennels should help. Of course, a great way to make kennel space is for people to adopt from Love Underdogs (or whatever rescue centre is near you)


Freya is a gorgeous large girl who needs a special home, she is very shy and will need time and love to develop into the wonderful dog she should be. Freya is exactly the personality that we like to foster but with my health as it is I might struggle a bit to give her the exposure to the world that she needs? :-(

Freya 1

Freya 2

The top Freya picture is from Romania and the bottom one from Glebe farm.


There is a “pocket sized” version of Freya at Love Underdogs just in case you have a small home. :-)  Dixie is about six months old and is beautiful (mind you I think all dogs are beautiful).



And finally, Cognac is a lively, playful and somewhat goofy boy needing a home. Cognac is 6 years old so none of that puppy stuff has to be endured. ;-)


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Is it really late July?

Where has the year gone? I had so many things that I was going to do this year and I haven’t done any yet. We haven’t bought a replacement Motorhome/RV yet, although we may be close? We haven’t even been to Scotland to visit our friend who happens to be the farmer who bred Indy. I must stop being so lazy and get some stuff done. The one thing I did do was have an appointment with a disability employment advisor although they are now known as “a work coach” I hope the new title makes them good at helping me get a job. :-D That went quite well, I have a kind of plan to do some different volunteer work to test what I can physically do and how many hours I can manage. At the moment with the way my MS has been I don’t think I can do much more than get out of bed but if I force myself I may make some progress. I am now going through all the nonsense of getting my NHS wheelchair upgraded to a lightweight one with detachable wheels as I have discovered that I can’t lift the old one into the car any more! I have noticed a few signs of deterioration since this current bad spell started. I am a lot weaker and less coordinated, I tire easily and my eyes want to stop working after quite short periods of reading or using a computer! I am hopeful that despite my MS now being “secondary progressive” I will still have some good times?

As with all of my moaning posts there is always an upside. My lovely pooches are still as lovely and Hamish is now just like a “normal” dog, he still prefers it if people leave him alone until he is ready to approach them but he is not scared any more. :-)


As you can see, Hamish is free to roam around off lead with his gang without much supervision. :-) I am so proud of him, we have always been proud of Indy but treated Hamish differently because of his nervousness but since letting him loose to discover things he has flourished. The latest great pleasure Hamish discovered is mud! It started when we took the boys to a bird sanctuary which incorporates a long stretch of disused railway line along the side of which is a deep mud filled ditch! not just regular mud, oh no, this is deep and black and very stinky MUD!! When Hamish came out he was black all over apart from his spine and his head, we spent the rest of the day trying to get him to have a swim in the lake, Indy would but despite Hamish loving swimming he wouldn’t go in. Since that day he has gone in the mostly dried up stream at the park in order to get muddy, if he wants daily baths  (which he hates) then we have the patience to go the distance. :-D I think we are starting to see a turning point now, he is at least going in where there is a little water.

It will soon be time for another foster dog, we are hoping for a few oldies in succession so that I can cope with exercising them, I can’t manage 2 strong young dogs at a time while at the same time watching out for Indy.



A beautiful tripaw called Betty is in need of a home. Betty is currently being fostered by a member of the Love Underdogs staff but she would love a forever home.


If Betty is not for you there are plenty of other lovely dogs at Love Underdogs soon to be added to by 31 puppies arriving from Romania in August.

A few of the August puppies.

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Love Underdogs show.

On Sunday we had a lovely, if a little chilly day at Love Underdogs fun dog show and reunion. The purpose of the day is for adopters to meet up while at the same time raising funds to enable other dogs to be rescued. It was a successful day with a lot of people attending and a decent amount of money being raised. :-)

On a personal note our boys were very good, Indy was just Indy and behaved impeccably as usual and Hamish showed great signs of improvement especially with children, he barked at a few people who got too close to him but settled after a while and relaxed. :-)

My pack.

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A few times during the day Indy was mistaken for Chip, Chip is a gorgeous boy who I have added to my blog a few times in the hope of finding him a home, so far to no avail. :-( I would foster Chip but his energy and personality is too close to Hamish which would cause chaos at home!

The beautiful Chip.


I tried to take some photos of the fun dog show so that the prize winners could be shown on Love Underdogs Facebook page, A former Love Underdogs boy called Yol decided that I should photograph him instead so he photobombed me. :-D


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One of the trade stands sold home made dog treats which judging by the dog on the table were very good. :-D


These are some of the other previous Love Underdogs residents who have been lucky enough to be adopted.

I love this “oldie” he reminds me of Budha who we fostered recently. :-)

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What can I say about this gorgeous wee pooch?DSCF0389A lovely well behaved pair. DSCF0390


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I love this elegant chap, he is 14 month old Joey.DSCF0434 (2)

It was a great day during which lots of people roamed the kennels meeting dogs with a view to adopting. If you are thinking of getting a dog and you are in the Uk, check out Love Underdogs first as they rehome to all areas of the UK. If you live elsewhere in the world there will be a local rescue centre or shelter near you, many of which will be breed specific in case you have your heart set on a pedigree dog.



On a sad note. I have featured Bobbi several times recently, he had overcome a bad spinal problem and after expensive surgery and rehab to learn to walk again. In recent weeks Bobbi’s health has deteriorated and yesterday he died. It has been a very hard time for all who knew Bobbi but especially for the team at Glebe Farm who have cared for him for so long. :-(

Rest in peace Bobbi.



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A whole load of nothing.

Writing for the sake of it!

Nothing much has changed since Jolie was adopted, she has settled well into her new home and we get a pleasant stream of pictures and updates from her family facebook  page.  :-)

Hamish has continued to flourish, I am not saying that Jolie made him behave badly but he has come on leaps and bounds since she went, he was in a constant state of playful excitement! In the past Hamish would have half an hour playing ball at the park away from other dogs and then he went on lead for an hour, now he stays off lead for the whole walk. Hamish is much less bouncy when he meets new dogs and less nervous of their pet people. :-) He loves his afternoon run with my mobility scooter, this causes him to yip like an excited Husky for the first 5 minutes, I used to be embarrassed by the noise but now it just makes me laugh which makes him do it more.

Hamish and Indy (back left) enjoying the sunshine with their friends including Romanian Ginny at the front with her back to camera and Sunny underdog laying down on the right.


Hamish and a partially hidden Indy in the buttercup meadow.


We will be getting another foster dog soon but while I am having trouble walking it limits us a bit, I can’t hold two in one hand while using crutches and it would be a nightmare on my buggy(tangles would ensue)!

I am so relieved that nice weather has finally arrived, I hate the cold and wet although if it gets too warm my MS fatigue will be a problem but I could always sleep all day under the cherry tree at the bottom of the garden. :-D

I think my MS has settled in for the long haul as my balance, spasms and neuralgia are still as bad as they were 3 months ago! I will be due to see my MS nurse next month so I will see if anything can be done to feel better? I haven’t even felt well enough to post on Facebook recently!! A few days ago I was sitting thinking about when was the last time I did anything like cooking (I love to cook) or repairs around the house? it has been a long time, I plod from one spell of feeling bad to another and before you know it another year has passed! I will make sure that the next time I have a good spell I will do something to ease the burden of poor old Julia. She doesn’t read my blog so I will probably get away with calling her old? :-D



3 year old Freya is looking for a very special home. Freya is a very shy girl who will need a patient, gentle family to help her continue to progress after the work already started at Love Underdogs kennels. She is exactly the type of dog that we usually foster, a lot like Annie and Jolie, maybe when I am a bit better she will be the next one? If she doesn’t get a home of her own before then. Please visit Freya’s profile to learn more about this beautiful shy girl.


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News from Jolie.

It is always nice when a foster dog stays in touch. Jolie has been in her new home for 2 weeks now and is settling in nicely. She was nervous of her new dad for the first day but soon got attached to him, he did the right things by walking with her and doing her grooming etc.

Jolie now lives in a small village near the English border with Wales so has the benefit of some gorgeous countryside to walk in. After she had been in her new home for a couple of days she got scared by something and pulled out of her collar and ran away! Her dad followed her a short distance and she was waiting for him in a dead end lane, he calmed her and then put her collar back on and went home, that’s why I use a harness with nervous dogs.

Jolie now has 2 feline siblings, she was OK with cats when she was with us unless Hamish started shouting at them in which case she would join in, she seems happy enough with the cats in her family if a little unsure of them.

I think Jolie is going to have a good life, she lives in a lovely place that has a lovely big paddock for her to play in, with nice people who love her. What more could a dog want? :-)

Jogging Jolie Jolie with new dad asleep in the paddock enjoying the paddock Jolie and cats Jolie in bed

Warm in front of the Aga



I am going to feature Chip again. Chip is exactly my kind of dog and would be mine if I didn’t have Hamish, Chip is the same personality as Hamish and there are only so many scatty, playful, boisterous pooches I can cope with. :-D

Chip is with Love Underdogs in Warwickshire but can be rehomed anywhere in The UK.



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