Saturday, August 25, 2007

Our Lovely Rescue Dogs & Friends - Photos by Lorraine G Huber

Welcome to my Dogs For Life

Dog Rescue Site - Sharing My Personal Experiences
on adopting rescue dogs

Our lovely Molly with her flying Monkey,
she just loved that toy until she chewed it to bits!

Thank you for visiting, please visit often as new photos
and information on dog rescue sites will be added regularly

Lorraine Huber

Livingston, West Lothian


I have put this blog together partly to share my photographs and experiences of our own 3 lovely rescue dogs, view all my pictures below. I also want to encourage people who love dogs to find out more information about how to help the thousands of wonderful dogs, in rescue centres throughout the UK. I will be updating this site regularly with new information, so I hope that you will visit often and also leave your comments or questions, so that I can improve the site.

There are some very important questions that you must ask yourself before getting carried away by the thought of having a dog, as they are a committment for life, not just for Christmas!

Do you work full time?

If you do then a dog would not necessarily be for you unless you could make provisions for the dog so that they would be walked throughout the day and not left on their own for long periods, as this is not fair on the dog and can cause stress and suffering which would lead to unwanted behaviour.

Do you have the kind of lifestyle that a dog could be part of?
Do you enjoy walking in all weathers, as a dog needs regular exercise no matter how you feel, they need company love and a regular routine. Do you have the time to devote to a dog, in exercising, playing, training, grooming and all their other needs.

Do you like to take regular holidays?
Dogs can be a big factor in the holiday period, finding someone to look after them. We have found that this is an expensive feature of owning our dogs paying for kennels or home sitting.

Can you afford the commitment of a dog. A dog is expensive not just initially, not just the food and treats, but the vaccinations, and often unexpected vets bills for any illness or injury. Even if you opt for pet insurance there is the excess, and if you don't have insurance, vets bills can often be hundreds, as we have found out owning 3 rescue dogs ourselves.

Do you live in a home with a secure garden, this is a must especially if considering owning a rescue dog. Most rescue organisations will not home to people in high rise flats.

Do you have children under 5, some dogs do not respond well to young children and this could be a problem later for you and the dog

I know this sounds as if I am trying to put you off owning a dog, I'm not. I just know from personal experience what a huge committment, in so many different ways owning a dog is. They are like children in a way, totally reliant on you for their physical and emotional needs and this is a lifelong responsibility. It is serious decision to adopt a dog into your life, all I would urge you to do is to ask yourself all the above questions and think about if adopting a dog is right for you and right for the dog. If I haven't put you off then there are lots of organisations that can advise you in taking that first step. I have shared a little of my own experinces and photos of our own dogs below.

Thank you for visiting my blog and don't forget to scroll down and see our own dogs, we love them to bits they fill our lives with happiness. If you would like to ask any questions about our my own experiences of owning rescue dogs then please feel free to email me, Lorraine G Huber.

Please also visit the dog rescue sites I have listed in my blog , if
you want to find out how to adopt a rescue dog in the UK

Dog rescue and dogs available for rehoming

Our 3 Wonderful Rescue Dogs

A male pointer cross breed, &
2 female Springer Spaniels,

It's nice to sunbathe

My Dad's just gone for the ice cream can't wait!

Yum yum

I love my monkey he's nice and soft to lie on

More of our Lovely Rescue Dogs

In 2003 we lost our beautiful little Springer spaniel Ceilidh, to cancer she was almost 13 and we had had her from a puppy. She was a fantastic dog so full of fun, loving and loyal, we were so devastated when she went to doggy heaven, she left such a huge gap in our lives, she was our family and we truly grieved for her.

We later had to decide if we should we be without a dog at all, but we just couldn't bear it. We then considered the possibility of adopting a rescue dog , as we knew that there were so many lovely dogs, that through no fault of their own, were looking for a permanent home. We hadn't ever had a rescue dog before and had always brought up our dogs from puppies, so we knew what to expect from them, so finding out about adopting was a big step for us and we were quite nervous about it, but excited too at the prospect of sharing our lives with another dog.

Our First Rescue Dog Adoption

We went to visit our nearest dog rescue centre, Dogs Trust at West Calder to discuss this, they were so helpful and caring. On our second visit,we fell in love with a lovely 2yr old pointer cross called Gio who really chose us too, he put his paw through the bar to my husband and looked longingly, our hearts just melted. We took him for a walk around the track and 2 weeks later after our home visit and everything was approved we were allowed to adopt him, we were just thrilled, those 2 weeks seemed like an eternity as went to visit him in the kennels and knew he was going to be our boy. He is just such a character and so laid back and loving. He has been so adaptable and laid back , as through time we adopted our 2 lovely springer girls; he lets them know in his own way who's boss, but then lets them get away with murder, he is a big softie! I'll write more of our experiences as time goes by, but for now have fun looking at our photos............

Adopting our 3 rescue dogs has been a fantastic experience, we have had them all at different ages and they all get on fantastically with each other. They have completely different temperaments and funny ways and each one has brought us great joy, as well as worry at times, if they get ill or injure themselves.

If you are thinking about owning a dog, please consider adopting a rescue dog, it is so rewarding for you and the dog. There are so many wonderful dogs in rescue centres throughout the country just waiting for that forever home.

I can personally recommend at least 3, that we have adopted from, they care so deeply about the dogs in their care and find the most suitable permanent homes for them.

I will list the three websites here if you are considering giving a dog a loving home. We have had our dogs for 2 - 4 years now and have never regretted it!

This website shows rescue centres throughout the UK with information on rescue dogs in their care. I am sure that you will find so much helpful information on all these sites. Please contact me if you would like to know more about our own experiences of adopting a rescue dog. I would be happy to give some advice.

Support your own local dog rescue organisations.
If you can't own a dog yourself then why not think about getting involved in dog walking or fostering, raising funds, there are all sorts of ways that you can help rescue dogs where you live.

The Scottish Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals is a fantastic organisation needing all our help to rescue animals in dire situations, please visit their website to see how you can be involved

The following link gives information about for animal lovers everywhere
that feel strongly about the ethical treatment of all animals, there are numerous ways that you can get involved

Here are some more of our own lively bunch, hope you find them amusing, we love them to bits, never a dull moment!

They look too comfy, I think I'll go and annoy them

I know she's bigger than me but she's lying down and she lets me get away
with lots of things because I'm a pup

I love swinging on my Mum's foot

A day out at the Almondell Country yipee!

I was born swimming!

Do you think it's dinner time yet?

Its been white quite a long time now

Where's that squirrel gone now?

This is me since yesterday .......

I may be older but I can still run fast

A wall is there to be looked over

Shall I dig another hole in the sand or just have a rest now?

Time for a rest now, its been an eventful day


Friends love each other


If you are going on holiday abroad and would like to take your dogs with you here is the information about Pet Travel Scheme

If you are also interested in my work as an artist please visit my online gallery and my other artist blog

I also have just started a blog sharing my photos
the beautiful scottish scenery
and also have my own arts blog

Best Wishes

Lorraine G Huber 2007