Bank Holidays, even after all these years I can't decide if I love them or hate them. A day off was always the plan, having gone through the burn out stages I always promised myself that if I didn't take proper holidays (the idea of which fills me with total dread) I would make sure we had the bank holidays so we could spend time with the grandkids and have some time off. But the backlog always means extra work the following day and the conversation in my head that can't decide if working through would have been the better option after all.
I said last week that we were putting together a small video on how to chose a puppy, well it's done and you can watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujxo5zw1ne0&t=14s
I would like to hear your feedback on this as Education is something we take really seriously and it always feels such an uphill battle. I must admit that I was absolutely shocked to learn this week, that despite the huge efforts made by our breed council to get all breeders to health test - several of our top kennels are not doing it!!
I have no idea why? Especially as the Kennel Club have already told us that in order to get off the High Profile breeds list we need to have 70% of our show dog's health tested, when much of our education is aimed towards encouraging people to buy their pups from show breeders and not the back yard greeders it really knocked me sideways. Let hope more established kennels realise the importance of this especially if they start losing puppy sales because they can't produce any form of health testing paperwork.
It's been another overwhelming week with more rehome requests flooding through our books, Sadly we receive very litte income in the first few months of a new year, it's not until Spring that the events season really kicks in, but our outgoings remain high. Our vet bill for April was £5,396.50 for 25 dogs, it was actually £2420.91 less than our huge March bill but with little coming in this is always a scary time of year. Reminders went out yesterday for our unpaid adoption fees which totalled £6,600.00 and it is a shame that people feel they can avoid paying for their dog from Bulldog Rescue, but it shows that if they all paid we'd be covering this problem so much easier.
If you would like to help bridge this shortfall please feel free to use our newly set up Go Fund Mepage at https://www.gofundme.com/can-you-help-fund-bulldog-rescue.
This fund is set up purley to help us with our vet bills and not for any other aspect of the running of Bulldog Rescue
One of the dogs we've really tried to help over the past few months was Nessie, another of our increasing numbers of pups with Spina Bifida, she was so severely affected that nothing we did helped her have any form of quality of life. You know we always try and save the dogs where at all possible but Nessie was too affected and it was with much saddness we had to call it a day with her this week. Her foster mummy wrote: