Bella the stolen dog.

Back in October I shared a blog post about a dog who had been stolen from a local supermarket. Yesterday it made national news when Bella was found 130 miles away. :-)

Two lessons can be learned from the story of Bella; don’t leave dogs tied up outside shops, even for 1 minute and secondly get you dog micro chipped. Without her micro chip Bella would never have been returned to her family.

I love happy endings. :-)

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Cleo has settled.

It was two weeks ago today that Cleo was adopted, she has settled well. We have had several emails with updates which is always nice after a foster baby goes. Cleo has a new sister called Poppy she also has a canine cousin that looks just like her but I haven’t got a picture of her.

 Poppy left, Cleo right.

Cleo and Poppy


The boys have returned to their normal selves since Cleo went, just in time for our granddaughter arriving from Spain, now they have to train her. :-D

Hamish is always happy looking but he had an extra grin when it was frosty.

Hamish and Indy frost


Love Underdogs have just received 31 more dogs from Romania, as usual they are all gorgeous and just waiting for their first ever home. To view these dogs or any of the other beauties click here.

















Blog posts may be infrequent for a while, I have been a bit unwell plus we will be filling the next month with showing England to our Natalia. :-)

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Foster dog, Cleo.

It has been 3 weeks since we brought Cleo home. Today I was intending to do a detailed post about her to help her to get adopted.


I was going to say how she has gone from being a skinny nervous wreck to a slightly fuller more confident girl.


Scaredy pooches

I was going to mention how much she bonded with Hamish, she follows him everywhere and mimics his silly antics.

Cleo cuddle crop

I would have probably said that she has started to enjoy a bit of fuss and attention.


But what’s the point? She has gone and got herself adopted! :-)

We got a message last week that someone wanted to meet her, I expected a little old lady with an equally old dog looking for a companion as this would have been ideal for nervous Cleo. We got to Love Underdogs today and there was a young couple with a nice dog and a CHILD!!!! I was sure that Cleo would either shut down or run a mile. When I realized that Hamish was being a distraction to her even though we were in a different paddock, I took him for a walk in the woods and left Julia with Cleo. We got back 20 minutes later to find the people completing the adoption papers. They loved her and she loved them. You just never know who will be right for the dog until you meet them. :-)

There was some more good news at Love Underdogs, Chip who is a favourite of everyone has been reserved to be collected tomorrow. :-) It was a complete mystery why he has been waiting so long? I happened to mention that I could give him a short term foster but was told he has a home. Nobody deserves a new home more than Chip. As this picture shows he is a bit of a character. :-D

Wacky Chip

I will have another short break from fostering because our granddaughter is coming from Spain soon to stay for a month, it would be nice to have room for her in the house of pooches. :-D



A wonderful Love Underdog looking for a home is Midnight.


Midnight is a lot like Cleo in that he is the same age and also a little shy but very playful, he would like a home without young children but older dog wise kids are fine.







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A Merry Christmas for Cleo.

Merry Christmas to everyone with the time to read blogs at this time of year.

We are ending the year with a new foster dog. We went to Love Underdogs with a view to bringing home Pepita. Unfortunately Pepita doesn’t like lively bouncy dogs so it was decided that she wouldn’t get on with Hamish. :-(

Cleo was selected as our next foster dog. Cleo is very timid owing to a bad home experience, she was homed by Love Underdogs as a chubby, lively and confident young pup. After 3 months Cleo was returned as she “wouldn’t bond” with her adopters? She came back as a nervous wreck, terrified of anyone approaching her and would run a mile if a hand was put towards her! She is also a bag of bones with fur on! :-(

Cleo has been with us for 5 days, she instantly attached herself to Hamish when she met him, she needs a confident dog now to show her that life is good. For the first couple of days Cleo wouldn’t come near us but followed Hamish wherever he went, now when Hamish comes for treats or fuss she comes as well. Cleo will tolerate a gentle stroking now but only if she comes to us, she will move away if she is approached. She will happily lay on the sofa very close to people just as long as Hamish isn’t too far away.

Cleo relaxed next to Eleanor when she visited (I think Hamish is somewhere close) :-D

Hamish Cleo and Eleanor

A beautiful picture of a beautiful Cleo taken by Anna Hauser.

Beautiful Cleo

Cleo playing in the snow in the paddock.

Cleo in snow

Cleo at the park with Hamish.

Hamish and Cleo

Now for the cutest thing ever.

All 3 pooches needed a bath after a very muddy week, Indy was no bother neither was Cleo but Hamish hates to have a bath. Cleo was with us in the bathroom watching Hamish, she saw he was stressed so sweetly calmed him and washed his face. :-)

More information can be found on Facebook or her listing on Love Underdogs.

Cleo Underdog on Facebook

Cleo’s page on Love Underdogs.

My wish for this Christmas is that some of the people who would have bought a puppy will instead adopt a rescue dog. There are so many gorgeous pooches that need a home, they are not “rejects” or “damaged” they are often  just victims of circumstances.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and peace to you all.

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Not much going on.

Nothing much has happened lately, my foster choice (Pippin) got adopted but there are still lots of adorable pooches at Love Underdogs waiting for a home. We will contact Karine once Julia gets back from Spain tomorrow to see who needs fostering next. If the next dog is Indy sized or smaller we can have them now but if it is going to be a big or very nervous dog it will have to wait until after Christmas as we are going to our son’s for Christmas.

My MS has remained much the same. I can’t walk more than a few meters on crutches so I have to use the wheelchair or mobility scooter. Fatigue has been the big issue for the past few months, it is not just being tired it is having limbs that feel like they are made of lead and a brain made of fog! I do get to have 2 or 3 naps a day though which has to be a good thing because I like sleeping. :-D

All of my Christmas shopping has been done with me only having to go to a store once as I did almost all shopping on line. I love the internet. :-) I remember not so long ago having to spend days trawling the shops and still not being able to find what I wanted, am I missing out on the atmosphere though? NO!! I hate crowds and there is nothing atmospheric about fighting my way around town, pushing past grumpier people than me just to find out that none of the shops in Wellingborough sell anything worth buying. :-D

Indy and Hamish have been taking it easy while Julia has been away, we drive to the park at 7 am and they have a good run and play, then we nap.

Indy restingHamish in bed

I had to add this picture. The boys have just returned from a walk, they got so wet we have decided that it is a dressing gown in front of the fire day




The Love Underdogs needing a home today are Diesel, who is 8 months old and very friendly.


And Mowgli, a playful little bloke looking for an active home.



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You’ll all have to sleep in my house

Well worth reading. :-)

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Time for more pooches.

I have been hibernating for the past 3 weeks. I managed to catch some kind of virus that has been doing the rounds, I very rarely catch cold or flu but this time I guess I got lucky! As most people with MS or any other autoimmune condition will tell you, getting a virus is horrible, it drags you down and takes a long time to recover. I have got rid of the original symptoms but I am still wiped out with no energy, I suppose I will just have to continue resting until I am back to “normal” :-D

Love Underdogs will be getting a new shipment of dogs from Romania on the 11th. :-) As usual there will be a wonderful assortment of young and older pooches.

The first of the new dogs is Pippin, there has already been some discussion about her coming to me on foster. Pippin is a lot like Annie who we fostered a year ago, very nervous and wary of people, she is 8 years old and has been in the Romanian shelter for 4 years!!


Another mature pooch is Angel who is 5 years old.


Crumble is 1 year old and looks just like Karine Hauser’s dog, Draculina, I would be surprised if he made it as far as the kennels if Karine gets her hands on him. :-D


Leti is a gorgeous 6 month old, she is expected to be medium to large when she is done growing.


Another youngster is 5 month old Twinkle.


And finally for today is 5 month old William.


In all there will be 30 dogs arriving on the November transport from Romania. Details of all dogs can be found on the Love Underdogs website.

The pups have arrived now. :-) They can be seen arriving on this Youtube video.

New pups video.


One of the dogs who has waited a while for a home is the beautiful Cain who is about 2 years old.


Something I always forget to mention but really should is that All Love Underdogs are vet checked, behaviour assessed, vaccinated, microchipped, neutered and have pet passports.

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Keep Calm Bella We Are Searching For You

I know how it feels to miss a dog, if anyone knows where Bella is make that call.


Hello Bella followers!

Our story to provide you with some background why we miss the sweetest member of our family.

We re-homed Bella back in 2011, after finding her on a pet website out towards Ely. She was one of two girls, unwanted and unkept. When we visited she was all head and paws, riddle with lice and under fed. She was in a state of repair. Our lives turned upside down with joy and happiness nurturing her back to health with proper food and plenty of loving. Since then she has travelled canals, climbed mountains, walked Peaks and is ran most mornings by either Sarah or me. Recently we moved, providing a huge area in which to walk, run and play to her hearts content meeting new owners and new dogs. Within 8 days of moving into our lovely little cottage Bella was taken on the day of our Wedding Anniversary. You have no idea how sick…

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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

Happy Hamish cropped

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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