Welcome

Welcome to my first blog!

I decided to write this blog as I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Willow, who has been diagnosed with the condition L2HGA (Staffy Cramp). There is lots of information on search engines about the symptoms and how to get dogs tested for breeding purposes but not a lot of information about dogs living with the condition.

There are two variants, Luckily Willow has the less severe which consists of all the symptoms bar epileptic type fits. There is no treatment for Willow’s type other than monitoring her exercise, reducing anxiety & excitement levels. This is difficult as she is only a year old, full of beans and has a nervous disposition.

We also have a 5 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Megan, who supports Willow. This is heartwarming as she slows down and supports Willow like a crutch when her legs get bad on a walk.

I am hoping that this blog will give people an insight into how an owner and dog live and cope with this condition.

I welcome comments on all my posts as long as they are informed and appropriate.
As we own two dogs from a very stigmatised breed I am a supporter of Ending BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) and showing how loving, loyal and wonderful these dogs are.

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Update regarding DNA testing from the Kennel Club

KENNEL CLUB GENETICS CENTRE DATA AND BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL SAVED

Important research assets rescued from Newmarket and moved to Cambridge

The Kennel Club and the Animal Health Trust (AHT) have issued a joint statement today (July 28) to advise that, in the wake of this month’s news of the closure of the AHT, the scientific data and biological material including more than 40,000 DNA samples stored at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT’s headquarters in Newmarket have been secured and moved to Cambridge University.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has funded the Genetics Centre since 2009. Led by Dr Cathryn Mellersh, the Centre aimed to develop, where possible, simple mouth swab screening tests to determine affected and carrier dogs. In deciding which diseases to investigate, the joint Kennel Club and AHT team was looking at the impact on the health and welfare of dogs, but also on the support of breeders and access to data and samples.

Bill King, Chairman of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, said: “The Kennel Club and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust have long supported and worked together with the AHT to improve dog health, so it is a very positive development that the Kennel Club’s considerable investment in this area has been saved in spite of a few weeks of uncertainty. Our thanks go to Professor James Wood, Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge Vet School, for all his help and assistance in securing the safekeeping of the samples. Future developments will be announced in due course.”

Dr Cathryn Mellersh added: “The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT was founded to accelerate research into inherited canine disease. Since the Genetics Centre was founded in 2009, by collaborating closely with dog breeders and veterinary surgeons we have developed DNA tests for 22 different inherited diseases which benefit around 50 different breeds of dog.

“We know that breeders make good use of DNA tests to reduce the frequency of these mutations and thus improve the genetic health of countless dogs. There is no reason why this ethos should change now that the information is stored in Cambridge and the Kennel Club Genetics Centre staff are relieved and grateful that all this information and resources have been saved. I would like to personally thank the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for their long standing support of this research and Professor James Wood, Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge Vet School, for all his assistance in safeguarding our resources.”

Further information regarding the Kennel Club’s extensive work in the field of canine health and research can be found on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health

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Important statement from the AHT

“It is with deep regret that today we have announced to our colleagues that the Animal Health Trust’s Board of Trustees have concluded that the Trust needs to close and next week will formally begin the process to wind-up the AHT.

The decision to cease operations has been reached after several months of trying to secure funding.  Although substantial progress was made, the charity has been unable to secure the significant funds it needs to have a long-term viable future.

Further announcements will be made in due course.  However, at this point no further comment will be made.”

Dated 3rd July 2020

You can find more at their website

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Run free Logan

LOGANWe are utterly devastated to be bringing you all the news that our beautiful ambassador, Logan, went to Rainbow Bridge yesterday.

Please join us in sending our love and condolences to his mum, Dee, who naturally is in a lot of pain at the moment.

We are honoured that Logan was a part of our campaign to raise awareness of L2 and know that Dee will continue the campaign in Logan’s name

Run free Logan, no more pain now little man xxx

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Our new ambassador

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Logan (centre with his brother William and his sister, Millie)

We are delighted to announce we have a new ambassador for Willow.  His name’s Logan and he and his Mum have agreed to help us spread the word.

Here’s what his Mum, Dee told us about Logan.

“ I first met him at Battersea Old Windsor fun day and was told he needed a special home. I fell in love  but already having 2 rescue dogs in the house, 1 of which can be reactive, it was something that had to be thought about, so off I went with my current dogs to meet ‘Jesse’ (now Logan) and they got on instantly! So just to be on the safe side I agreed to foster Jesse first in case things didn’t work out. After a few weeks we knew that all would be well and he was most definitely going to stay!

Unfortunately I was unaware of L2 and we always put this down his poor start in life. Then in April this year, Logan was out for a walk with his friends as usual and his legs began to shake, I thought he had been running about too much and took him home, I then popped out and returned 20 mins later to find him having a full seizure . Lucky for us I have a very good vet and after some assessment he came to the conclusion that this was L2, so I sent off the DNA and it came back positive. Since then Logan has had a couple of tremors but not any full seizures. We now know that this is a progressive disorder so we are enjoying life with him as normal but keeping a very close eye out.

So he lives with our dogs Millie and William and 5 rescue Guinea pigs who he loves! 
Hiss humans are myself (Dee), his dad Nigel and his human brother and sister Jess and Harry

I’m currently teaching him simple tricks and we really hope to promote L2-HGA

He is a very happy chap who just loves life 🙂

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Willow’s Fund Auction

We had a good response to our first auction and we are very grateful for the support we received. (You can see a list of the companies who donated to the fund here.) The final total raised was just under £300.  We are very happy with this given that it was just a small group of people who bid on the items and we didn’t have a lot of publicity but it has given us the start we needed and we would like to thank everyone who supported us.

Thanks

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Willow’s Fund

12705706_1333450093347678_1676707601129087514_nWe’re having an auction for Willow’s Fund…a fund set up to raise money to pay for L2-HGA tests for rescues. We know how pushed rescues already are for funds and we wanted to do something to remember Willow and came up with Willow’s Fund.

If you are able to provide us with any items to auction, please let us have a picture of the item, what the starting bid should be and how much you want for P&P. (All P&P will be refunded after the auction)

We hope you can help us get this off the ground

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The Anatomy of a Dog Attack

“Out of the blue, it attacked for no reason”

When a dog attack is reported we will often hear the same old phrases bandied about.

“It came out of the blue”

“It was totally unprovoked”

“We didn’t see it coming”

“It was totally out of character”

Ring any bells? Well let’s try and understand how and why a dog might attack someone.

Dogs rarely, if ever, attack for no reason. Us humans often misinterpret a dog
attacking “out of the blue” and “without warning”‘ because we simply missed
the signs.

Let’s be clear about one thing. A dog who is prepared to bite someone has his
reasons. Can we, as humans, justify those reasons using the social values of people?

Probably not. But of course, dogs do not live their lives according to human social
values

Read the full article here 

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A Dog Rescue’s Answering Machine

Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home right away.

Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your 150 pound, 8-year-old dog.

Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a baby and dogs at the same time.

Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY and pick up the dog you no longer want. Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a “stray” for the last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it’s not your dog.

Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for your vacation.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don’t want to care for their elderly dog because it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

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27 Reasons To Never Have A Staffordshire Bull Terrier As A Pet

Don’t worry, it’s not bad!

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Happy Animals Club

A friend has just brought this to my attention and as she says, “9 years old. NINE. He sets up a rescue and he knows that dogs aren’t happy kept in cages. He also knows that although he has the space now, he doesn’t have sufficient funds to fill it with dogs. So he raises funds first. Wow. Some FB “Rescues” should take note……”

I whole-heartedly agree with her!

http://www.happyanimalsclub.org/

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