Our Helping PAWS
SOUTH OF ENGLAND
Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Kent, East Sussex, Surrey, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucestershire, South Wales
Our regional co-ordinators (Helping PAWS) each have their own group of volunteers offering help to Wolfhounds in their local area.
Please complete the "Contact Us" form and we will put you in touch with the Helping PAW for your area.
Alternatively, you can visit our Facebook page.
HAMPSHIRE, DORSET, WILTSHIRE,
Karen Scott - New Forest
I’ve owned lots of dogs over the years and mostly, to a dog, they’ve been rescues, dogs I’ve inherited from friends, or from people who simply just didn’t want them anymore. In the way we all might show a preference for a blonde or dark haired ‘significant other’, give me a shaggy dog with a decent set of eyebrows and I’ll give you a love story right there ..... One fateful day in May 2005, enter the big dream come true… One rowdy wheaten rescue Irish Wolfhound, Fred, courtesy of the Irish Wolfhound Rescue Trust. Our first and never to be our last. We were hooked!
Over time, Fred became a PAT dog, working with children in a long term rehabilitation centre and in the elderly wards of Southampton General. He was a natural. We’ve since been fortunate enough to inherit the beautiful Blondie, who came to us last year at 6.5 years for her retirement. Long may it continue. I’m lending my name and assistance to this cause, because it will be a privilege to be able to help where help is needed and a great opportunity to work with some truly wonderful people. The dogs (of course) are the icing on the cake.
Sue Climpson - North Wiltshire
I am an illustrator, graphic designer and jewellery maker, originally from Blackpool, but now living in Devizes with my wolfhound, Cu Sha and my rescue wolfhound cross, Gus. Most people think Gus is a young wolfhound and ask - "will he grow as big as that one?" J
From early childhood, I loved animals very much, particularly horses and dogs and I dreamed of having a massive hound as my best friend. I think the idea came from stories and art history books (both my parents were artists). Or maybe the general appearance I imagined in my dreams was influenced by the donkeys on the beach, whom I loved. One day, to my astonishment I saw my imagined dog made real, walking with his human. So it was more than a dream … I knew that one day, I would have a wolfhound in my life !
I have had wolfhounds for 35 yrs and have adored each one for the distinct personality that he has been; each one completely different and each feeling to me as powerful a presence as any human; better behaved than most humans and as a race, most certainly more kind and gentle. They have stood by me through some pretty hard times and I have been so grateful for their loving support. I am more than happy to be part of a group who will give some of that remarkable love back.
Sue Wilkinson - Hampshire - West Sussex - please go to the Team page to see Sue's profile
Tom & Rosi Perrott - (profile will be added soon) Sarah Stacpoole - (profile will be added soon)
There have always been dogs in my life. I have quite a large kennel of Irish Wolfhounds and Greyhounds located in Leeds Kent. My first wolfhound came from Dagmar Kenis Pordham in 1976. My main hobby is showing my dogs and I also enjoy judging all of the hound breeds. I bred my first wolfhound litter in 1986 and my first greyhound litter in 2007. I am a Kennel Club Assured Breeder with the Accolade of Excellence. I am a member of the IW Club and IW Society and also a member of the Greyhound Club Committee which I enjoy very much. I own a Canine Hydrotherapy Centre with my partner Dave, I am a NARCH Registered Canine Hydrotherapist and am working towards my Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy which I hope to finish in June 2016. I am passionate about the rehabilitation of dogs, working closely with Vets and Physiotherapists, to give our clients the best possible treatment. I have attended many courses, the most rewarding being Functional Rehabilitation and Managing Pain, these are subjects that I would like to study in greater depth.
Ros Cramphorn (awaiting photo)
I have owned Wolfhounds since the early 1970's (help - that was a long time ago!) Much has changed since then – especially with regard to the amount of information available to assist new owners with rearing. When I bought my first wolfhound Snoopy, I wasn’t given any information about exercise, or general care – I wasn’t even given a diet sheet! Sadly, she had to be put to sleep after she broke her leg, which was due to bone cancer. I felt that my inexperience regarding the breed and a lack of information from the breeder, contributed to this outcome. I think with more support, I may have made a better job of rearing Snoopy.
Without the support and guidance of your breeder and /or a network of Wolfhound enthusiasts, it can be difficult to find out where to get sound advice if experiencing problems. Attending dog shows was often the only time one could meet other Wolfhound owners and even then it took a long time to be acknowledged. I was entering Windsor show one year when Ron Baird (Chairman of the IW Club) was on the way out to go carriage riding. On passing me he asked if I was OK and I was really chuffed that he actually knew my name - and that was after 15 years of showing!!!!
At present I am Treasurer to the Irish Wolfhound Society, Ashford & Faversham Canine Society, Woolwich, Bexley & District Canine Association and Maidstone Mats (a syndicate of Kent dog clubs for equipment held at Maidstone). I also run a ringcraft training club on a Monday evening. This keeps me out of mischief!!!!!
I am pleased to be part of PAWS and happy to offer advice and support to all Wolfhound owners, be they newcomers to the breed, or long-standing owners in need of a helping hand in times of difficulty.
Having been in Irish Wolfhounds for over 35 years there have been many times when I have been grateful to have Wolfhound friends that I could reach out to in times of trouble, and be there for them in return. It could be a phone call, someone you can use as a sounding board - or even the practical hands on help when you’re on your own.
Although there has always been an informal network of like-minded people in the breed, ready and willing to help in an emergency, there has been nothing more formal for others that might not have access to such a network – PAWS fills that gap and I’m delighted to be able to pay forward the kindness that I’ve experienced over the years. Being an active member of the Irish Wolfhound Health Group as well, I’m very keen that we all work together to help educate the wider public and vets to realise that just because an Irish Wolfhound is a giant breed, when tragedy strikes it doesn’t automatically mean there’s no hope. The journey is easier together.
Ann Mason - (profile will be added soon)
SOMERSET, DEVON, CORNWALL
Tom & Rosi Perrott - (profile will be added soon)
Nicky Warwick - Devon
I had wanted an Irish Wolfhound since I was a very little girl and I finally got my first one in 1985. She was an 18mth old private rehome and cost me £50 ....... It was the best £50 I've ever spent!
From then on I immersed myself in learning everything I could about our breed. I began showing in 1998 and bred my first litter in 2006. My aims for breeding are for health and longevity, without loss of type and temperament. I have experienced most IW problems over the years - and a few weird non IW ones too! So I'm well used to coping with anything I face.
SOUTH WALES, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Karen Cox - Bath - Bristol - S.Glos
Like many others, I was smitten by wolfhounds from an early age, about 12yrs of old in my case. My first encounter was whilst waiting at a vets surgery where I had accompanied my friend, who had taken Thumper (yep, he was her great big rabbit) to have his nails trimmed.
Whilst sitting in the waiting room, I felt something rest upon my shoulder, I turned around to gaze into the eyes of the most enchanting animal I had ever seen. That was it, the light bulb moment. I knew one day I had to have wolfhounds in my life.
It took a while, jobs & babies came first, but in 1989 we welcomed our first wolfhound to the family. After we lost her, it was another 6 years before the circumstances were suitable for another wolfhound - or two or three! Whilst we have had some from pups, three came to us as rescues. Each one has brought something special, but to see a "damaged" hound grow & enjoy life is truly the best reward there is.
Christina Lloyd - South Wales
I saw my first Irish Wolfhound when I was about 10 years old. I fell in love, and from that day, I was always going to get a wolfhound when I had a suitable home.
I finally got my first Irish Wolfhound in 1985 – a lovely puppy bitch. I was then “persuaded” that it was better to have two wolfhounds rather than one, so, in 1986 I adopted my first wolfhound through the Irish Wolfhound Rescue Trust. I have now lived with thirteen wonderful wolfhounds. I really enjoy meeting friends with their wolfhounds. Hours can be spent just watching the wolfhounds being happy together! I do not show, but I do like going to the odd local show, especially if my wolfhounds can attend as “spectator dogs”.
I have become all too familiar with wolfhound health issues including heart disease, GDV, osteosarcoma, and spinal problems. You never stop learning about health issues. It really helps to talk to people when you have a problem. My wolfhounds are always heart tested. After over 30 years of sharing my life with wolfhounds, I am still in love with them. The utter devastation of losing a friend is more than compensated by the joy, and privilege, of living with them.
Anne & Paul Vaudin - Gloucester & "Three Counties"
We have owned and loved Irish wolfhounds since 1994. Our first three, McGinty, Clancy and Chewbacca, were 'just' family members, but in 2002 we started showing our dogs.
Moving from Guernsey to Gloucestershire in 2013 has allowed us to become more involved in the breed as members of the Irish Wolfhound Club and Irish Wolfhound Society.
Over the years we have worked through most of the common wolfhound health conditions – heart disease, bone cancer and bloat - and also mobility problems such as FCE, fractured femur, spinal degeneration, elbow dysplasia and most recently, cruciate ligament surgery. We also have experience of some of the more unusual problems: epilepsy, laryngeal paralysis, chronic rhinitis, necrotic elbow bursas and lymphoma.
Now retired and living near Newent, we have the time and commitment to lend a hand to any wolfhound in trouble in the Three Counties area, and would be happy to help in any way we can.