THE DOGS BEHIND THE PASSION
10 year old Field Spaniel
Lola is 10 years old and started to lose her sight at just 7 months old. Fully blind by 18 months old, she is the matriarch of our dog household and rules the roost with unflappable calm and gentleness
6 year old Cocker Spaniel from working lines
Charliie is our clown! He arrived as a 16 week old puppy, still with stitches and post-op collar from the removal of both eyes due to an infection picked up at birth but ignored by his breeder
7 year old Miniature Long-haired Dachshund
In 2018 we were contacted by the amazing RED Foundation to ask if we would consider taking Norman.A show and stud dog for five years, it was only when the breeder sold him on to a pet home that he was discovered to be blind (PRA).The new owners did not want a blind dog, so this very scared little boy came to me, and now owns my heart. He is our security guard and defends me daily from rustling leaves moving ants, alien invaders...!
THE COOKIE MONSTER
Standard Smooth Dachshund with a double dapple coat pattern - just 9 months old
The baby of the family, Cookie was part of an RSPCA seizure of over 100 dachshunds in an illegal breeding ring, and was just a few weeks old when rescued. Her "double dapple" coat pattern is not recognised by the Kennel Club for registration as it is so often combined with major health defects - some obvious, some hidden.Cookie has almost no eyesight and impaired hearing
Chief bowl washer and dispenser of treats
Proud owner of the team, and previously 'mum' to a blind Schnauzer who lived an amazing life and is still remembered with love.
Barbara has been involved in both canine and feline welfare for many years - working in a busy rescue & re-homing centre, in private rescue, fostering several blind dogs, and as the developer & organiser of a national seminar aimed at educating breeders which was supported by nationally recognised animal welfare charities, and internationally renowned veterinary specialists.
She has also successfully hand-reared in excess of 100 orphaned kittens!