Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Belated award thanks and an update

A BIG belated thanks to Sue and Song at Graceful Greyhounds for sharing with us this Pawsome Award that they received.

We are very pleased and proud. Thank you so much.

I would like to pass it on to one blog that I found today written by the RSPCA in Manchester and Salford.

I was really impressed by the long but thoughtful and information-packed post the author has written about 'bull breeds' and the failings of the UK's current Breed Specific Legislation.

The RSPCA and other rescue kennels in the UK have lots of lovely dogs waiting in vain for a forever home because they are seen as 'dangerous' bull breeds. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, for instance, is one of the loveliest breeds with a fearsome reputation it just doesn't deserve.

The Lady Of The House had a good cry last week when she watched a documentary on the BBC called Death Row Dogs which showed a lovely dog called Tyson being put to sleep because he was classed as a "Pit Bull Type" and although everyone agreed he was a lovely dog and had never shown aggression, because he was a banned type he could not even be offered for re-homing.

We hope the Dangerous Dogs Act in the UK is soon replaced with more fair legislation that penalises the deed not the breed and places the emphasis on making irresponsible owners face the consequences of their actions. In the hands of the wrong owner any dog can be a loaded gun waiting to go off.

I also know that Manchester and Salford RSPCA has been helping look after more than 100 animals rescued from a fire at a garden centre in Oldham last week. So a big PAWS UP to them.

Anyway, more about me!

My second lot of blood tests came back fine, but after a chat with the eye specialist the Lady Of The House has now decided not to go ahead with surgery for the time being. My eye seems slightly better again and it's not causing me pain or discomfort and the eye doctor is SURE it's "nothing sinister" so we're carrying on with the steroid drops and cream and we'll review it again in about five weeks.


Thanks for all your good wishes.


browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Congratulations! On the Award.

Congratulations! On the verdict of the eye vet that nothing sinister lurks!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

tubby3pug said...

Congrats about the award and the eye doctor report is very good news
Urban Hounds

What Remains Now said...

Congratulations on your award, Winnie. So glad that your eye problem isn't going to result in surgery.

Declan said...

Congratulations & jolly well said about the pit bull types. Mum watched a doc not long ago about the PDSA and how they had to turn away Staffies from their rehoming centre, they had so many. Deccy x

Mr. Pip said...

Hi Winnie,

I am glad your eye is slightly better and the LOTH's plan sounds like a good one.

I am pretty sure my assistant would have joined her in that cry. The documentary (and law) sounds very sad and unfair.

Your pal, Pip

Sarge said...

Hey Winnie!
Wow, congrats on your big award! That's so fun. I'm glad your dogtor trip went well and I'm sure your eyes will be just fine. Take care!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Amber DaWeenie said...

Congratulations on your award and so glad the eyeball is doin' better.


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...


I am soooooooooo very much glad that your eye is better... Let's just hope that you NEVER have to have the surgery.

Sue said...

Well done on passing the award onto such a fab blog.

Glad your eye doesn't need an op.

Bassetmomma said...

Congratulations on your award! Glad your eye is getting better!

scotsmad said...

Glad to hear about the eye... It's sooo sad that dogs are penalised for idiot people.

Staffies are very popular here. They are sweet dogs.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Maggie Mae said...


YaY fur your award!! We are happy that your eye is better too. Until you is all better, boxer puppy prayers are still on da way to you.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

PeeS Thanks for comin' to my pawty and helpin' wif da clean up.

houndstooth said...

Congratulations on your award, but more importantly on not needing to have surgery! That must make it a lot easier to sleep at night for all of you!


Two French Bulldogs said...

Congratulations on that cool award
Benny & Lily

Snoop und Emily said...

congrats!!!! :)
we're back from our blogger break now, so we hope you hop by again ;)!

Snoop & Emily

Bobby said...

Hi Winnie
We are pleased your eye is not hurting and is nothing serious,paws crossed.
All the dogs that need homes it never ends.Years ago my brother had a Pit Bull it was one of the nicest dogs I have ever known he had 4 children at the time and the dog was great with them.
Licks Bobby

Casey said...

That Dangerous Dog Act sounds very scary. They've talked about passing something similar around me, but thankfully it hasn't gotten past talking.

Congratulations on your award, though, and I hope your eye keeps getting better!

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

So pleased you don't have to have eye surgery Winnie, love and hugs from the Taylor pack xxx

Electric Dog Fence said...

Hi Winnie, how are you doing now? Hope you're doing good.

Gracie May said...

Glad your eye is better!

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Thank you Winnie for the tails up on the valentine competition, Mummy has posted some of her favourites LOL.

Lauren @ Life With Desmond said...

congrats on your award! and that is some very excellent news about your eye, so congrats on that, too. i hope all continues to go well!