Saving Bjorn the Bear

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Little Bjorn needs a life saving operation to repair his liver. His breeder, tried to do everything right when rearing her first litter of Irish Wolfhounds, including having them shunt tested, as recommended by the breed clubs.

It was a huge shock when the results came back and three out of the five puppies had failed the test! This was an especially cruel blow since tragically, seven puppies had been stillborn in this litter.

Sadly, Bjorn’s two affected brothers quickly became very poorly and had to be put to sleep to prevent further suffering. Bjorn’s results were a little better than his brothers and with the help of a special diet and lots of TLC, he was well enough to undergo a CT scan to assess his chances of having successful surgery.

The operation to repair an intrahepatic shunt (that is a shunt which runs inside the liver) requires a highly skilled surgeon and is therefore expensive. This is the same operation that saved the life of one of our "Inspirations" - Whisper

This life saving surgery needs to happen as soon as possible. The longer Bjorn’s liver struggles to cope, the more chance there is for toxins to build up in his system, which could jeopardise the operation’s success. His owner/breeder has been trying hard to get the money together to pay for the op, but she needs some help from lovers of Irish Wolfhounds.

The PAWS Team have been helping with practical advice on Bjorn’s care and in view of the heartbreak suffered by his breeder and the seriousness of his condition, have offered to support a fundraiser – specifically for Bjorn’s treatment.

If you would like to donate towards giving Bjorn the chance of a healthy life, please click HERE - then just click on the “Welfare Fund” button and write “For Bjorn” in the comments box on the donation form.

The PAWS Team is extremely grateful to have the support of "The Irish Wolfhound Community" and "Wolfhound Bling!!" Facebook pages, where donations and items for auction, have been streaming in during the last 48 hours or so. 

ALL the money raised in Bjorn’s name, will be paid directly to the veterinary hospital where he is being treated. Should there be any surplus raised, this will be held in our "Welfare Fund" to benefit any future hounds who need urgent assistance.

Updates on the amount raised will be posted here.

STOP PRESS!!!! Bjorn now has a date for his op - Friday 26th January. Huge thanks to all who have donated and are contributing to his auction. Donations received so far total over £2,500 and with the flourishing auction on Wolfhound Bling!! - we are right on target to fund the op. Thank you everyone!

PAWS Fun Day - a HUGE success!

The PAWS Team is delighted to announce that our recent Fun Day Dog Show at Judi’s Pink Tractor Field, raised the amazing sum of £1,200 to help Wolfhounds in need!

Please check out our Facebook page, where there are over 300 photos from the day. There are some more pics if you follow this link.

We would like to thank the “Fergusa Dog Food Company” for providing bags of food for all our class winners; our judge Ricky Coster for wading through the enormous entry; our generous sponsors, supporters, helpers and of course, all the wonderful dogs and owners who joined us on the day and made it such a success.

Last and by no means least, our very sincere thanks to Judi Ferrbert for her kindness, generosity, enthusiasm and expertise. There would not have been a show without her.


Five days to go!

Our star prize for the raffle at the PAWS Fun Day Dog Show on 21st May is a wonderful huge hamper full of doggy goodies, kindly donated by Nic Keeling.
Loads of other great prizes on offer too!

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Fun Day news!

We are delighted to announce that the "Fergusa Dog Food Company" will be sponsoring our show on Sunday 21st May. All class winners, plus BIS, RBIS, BPIS & BVIS will receive bags of food.

To sponsor class rosettes, or a trophy - perhaps in memory of a much loved hound - please Contact Us

RSPCA brings further prosecution in Irish Wolfhound cruelty case

Woman convicted of cruelty receives increased ban

On Thursday 8th September 2016, the woman convicted of cruelty towards two Irish Wolfhounds in August 2015, was again in court.

The RSPCA brought a further prosecution against her for breaching her 5 year ban on keeping dogs. She was also accused of the neglect of three rabbits, found in a shed. The rabbits, along with 22 dogs and puppies – mostly Irish Wolfhounds and Newfoundlands - were removed from her property in November 2015.

This was three months after the hearing at which she was banned from keeping dogs, when she claimed to have only 9 dogs on her property.

Great Yarmouth Magistrates handed her a 6 week suspended prison sentence and increased the ban to 10 years. This time she has been banned from keeping ALL animals. She was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

The Chairman of the bench told the defendant: “We don’t find you a credible witness in any way.” This comment reflects the fact that this woman was demonstrated to have used a number of false names and contact details, in order to conceal her true identity, thus misleading breeders into continuing to sell puppies to her.

She is known to have bought dogs from Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy and Russia, as well as the UK. Breeders are warned to be vigilant when selling puppies and always to ask someone reliable to carry out home-checks on potential buyers.

The RSPCA officer who co-ordinated the case said he would be “keen to hear” from anyone who, in the future, thinks the defendant might be breaking her order. Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and also complete the “Contact Us” form to give further details