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Matilda - Our Staffy Puppy Rescue (hopefully!)

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Barcode, Nov 25, 2012.


  1. Barcode

    Barcode PetForums Senior

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    So, I thought I'd start a thread to document our rescue journey. For a while, we have been sort of, but not too seriously, looking for a second dog, and our criteria were (a) rescue, and, obviously, (b) dog friendly. Then, we stumbled across this story:

    How could they? Puppies Maggie and Matilda are left blinded after being doused in chemicals and abandoned in park | Mail Online

    Their rescue page is here:

    http://www.freshfieldsrescue.org.uk/animals/detail/matilda1

    And this is what they looked like at first:

    Maggie + Matilda - CHAOS 2 - YouTube

    Maggie and Matilda were found, in a bucket full of chemicals (bleach and something unidentified, we were told), with the result they have lost much of their fur and have seriously damaged eyesight - Matilda is virtually blind.

    OH phoned the rescue on Monday. They had had a *lot* of interest, but after a long chat, we were the first people actually invited to meet the pups yesterday. The reasons, we discovered, included (a) we seemed genuine (b) we understand the costs of on-going treatment for their eyes (c) I work from home and (d) we have a very friendly, confident dog. And less explicitly said was that they wanted someone to raise a good dog that could be an ambassador for a much maligned breed.

    So off we went, from York to the Wirral. On entering the room and cuddling them, OH simply said:

    "There is no decision to be made."

    We chose Matilda. Matilda, we think, may be able to distinguish shapes as she doesn't bump into things. We chose her as she is the quieter one. Not because that is easier, but because Scrabble, our Border, can be very lively, and we don't want them to be bouncing off one another all the time. The rescue agreed.

    When we introduced Scrabble, she seemed utterly perplexed by what they were! (bear in mind we have a Border that thinks big dogs are the best, and thought nothing of charging around with a Mountain Dog yesterday! :laugh:). But after that, she then came down to their level and started rolling about on the floor with them. She let them climb all over her and even nibble her ears! Not once was there a growl or grumble. We were really proud of her.

    The rescue indicated that, as we have a secure garden, the homecheck *should* be successful - we spent a good hour chatting about our circumstances and nothing came up that seemed to prevent our taking Matilda - we are going to be taking her to the rescue's eye specialist for treatment, and they are meeting the costs for a little while. Matilda *may* lose an eye as the membrane has not yet formed, but this doesn't affect our decision to take her.

    To the thing that abandoned them. You have unknowingly done them a favour. Matilda is only going to know normal dog-things from now on, have a big sister in the form of Scrabble, and have no-end of attention.

    Here are some photos from our visit.

    Me holding Matilda.

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    Scrabble surviving the nibble attack.

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    Matilda in her blue jumper.

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    I'll update this thread as our journey progresses :)
     
  2. astara

    astara PetForums Senior

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    she is adorable congrtulations on your new arrival :)
     
  3. Goblin

    Goblin PetForums VIP

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    Will say if things go totally wrong and you end up with a blind dog you'll be surprised how little it seems to effect them. However, even just being able to see "lumps" it may be worthwhile getting used to not moving furniture around or leaving things lying around (such as washing baskets in the middle of a corridor).

    One site I did find useful is http://blinddogs.net/
     
  4. Barcode

    Barcode PetForums Senior

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    I guess this is one time my slight OCD regarding tidiness could be a virtue! Things are kept off the floor unless in use e.g., Scrabble's three hundred toys.

    We've been thinking that we'll probably get her say, a talking ball, and toys that make noises. We'll let her find her own way (under careful supervision, of course) around the house and garden so she can 'map' it.

    I do think, that since dogs rely more on their sense of smell and hearing, it is unlikely to be a huge deal for her - especially as she has never known any different.
     
  5. BroxiBaby

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    Aww she is adorable :001_wub: I can just about remember when mine was that size. Hope you have a fab time with your new addition
     
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    She is quite simply beautiful :001_wub: Wishing you the very best of luck that you get to bring her home and well done for giving her a chance, it sounds like she will have the prefect home with you :D
     
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    She is gorgeous!
     
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    AWWWW!! Shes just soooo cute. I think its great you'r going to adopt her and give her loving home she needs!!

    I will be keeping an eye on this thread to see how your all doing! :)
    It really touches me when people rescue staffies, ecpecially when they need the attention Matilda needs. They so dont diserve the bad press they get! :(

    My Mitzie was a poorly girl when we rescued her and its so rewarding seeing them up and healthy again.

    Good luck with everything! :)
     
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    I hope the home check goes well and to the scum that did that to her , i hope karma bites them back :mad:
     
  10. Booties

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    She is beautiful! Despite the damage done, she has the prettiest little face!

    Congratulations, and best of luck with her :D

    I hope her sister is adopted by a great family too :)
     
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    Ohh look at their cute faces!
    Seeing things like this hapening makes my blood boil
    But Matilda is in safe hands now x
     
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    Bless her heart she's gorgeous. I hope the homecheck goes well and you get to bring her home soon. I'm sure she'll thrive with you :)
     
  13. Barcode

    Barcode PetForums Senior

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    Cheers all.

    The rescue said that their being in chemicals may have been an accident. Even so, I know that if Scrabble fell in anything dangerous, we'd be instantly off to the vet - it's a very disturbed individual that thinks it in any way acceptable to abandon a dog like that.

    Apparently, when a passer-by took them to the vet, the vet said that it was quite possible another vet might have put them to sleep - thankgoodness the vet knew the rescue.

    OH told her mum today. She said "I bet it's *her* (i.e. me) making you do this", "Your house is small", "I won't have two dogs in my house." OH has said if she's nasty about Matilda, she won't be visiting us for christmas! It really is a joint decision, and those sort of comments are a touch unnecessary.
     
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    GingerRogers PetForums VIP

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    Bless them, such a heartbreaking story, how people can do things like that, don't want the dogs fair enough but to deliberately harm them like that :mad::

    However they are so lovely, that video of them bundling about like proper little cheekies, but so tiny still.

    Wishing you all the best and well done, also very glad you OH is on board - surely the MIL will come round when she meets her :001_wub:
     
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    She looks like she could be enzos sister which has now make me get a lump in my throat. Well done you and congrats x
     
  16. BabyBlu

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    Barcode PetForums Senior

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    That's not our dog! - horrific though, isn't it? It must make someone feel oh-so-good about themselves to torture a small animal that cannot defend itself. In my view, the punishment should be on a par with that meted out to those who harm other people.

    Having a discussion about the garden fence. We've got chicken wire between fence posts at the moment. Not the most attractive thing, but we only bought the house two months ago, and plan to put sturdy panels up nearer Spring - it had nothing when we moved in. OH has checked its all pegged in, so seems to be o.k. Scrabble hasn't escaped yet at any rate.
     
  18. BabyBlu

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    Matilda is so cute. :001_wub: Some people are so horrible.

    I hope everything goes well and she's home with you soon. :)
     
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