The Ark Rescue & Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
Ella thinks she is in heaven.... she loves her new home and we love her. She loves romping in the garden and sniffing around our orchard where we regularly have visiting foxes and badgers. We love her exuberance, she is a great fun dog, she is obedient and will do anything for a treat. She is so similar to our previous Boxers - she has a passion for food and has already stolen ham, butter and the bird food! We will need to be extra vigilant around food!! Ella has tried out all our chairs, she particularly likes looking through the windows, but the sofa is favourite in the evening!! We are all delighted with her and our visiting family and friends think she is gorgeous and perfect for us!!
Just letting you know how Pip (you knew him as Rip) is getting on ..... we cannot imagine life without him. He's so full of life and a joy to have around. He's a very loving dog and we love him.
It’s been just over 10 weeks now since Twinkle came to join us and. Twinkle is a very confident girl and such a laugh! After a couple of weeks she realised we had an upstairs and that she could go up there and, as the dogs don’t, playtime happens up there! She runs around like a loony and all you can hear is the thump, thump of her galloping about! She also likes to open wardrobe doors (looking for Narnia?!) and anything is a toy for her. She follows me everywhere and is so affectionate, she’s an absolute poppet. She gets on with our dogs Blaize and Rebel really well, but when she’s had enough of them she puts them in their place! She comes up to wake me every morning and be my furry, purry alarm clock which is so sweet. We are so lucky to have her, and can’t thank you enough for letting her be ours.
Paddy, the Border Collie we adopted from you in August 2017, is an amazing dog and has settled into his new Peak District home very well. He has lots of friends (dogs and human) and has been doing well at training. He gets out into the hills most days and loves to play in the water and play with leaves. He also comes out running with us regularly, but most of all he just loves to play. He is a very happy boy and has been a fantastic addition to the family. We feel so blessed to have found Paddy at Ashbourne Animal Welfare. You all do an amazing job.
Just wanted to let you know we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to The Ark and were very impressed with the way the cats were kept and so well looked after and loved. We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for Willow - she is adorable and so very clean and well behaved. Willow is loved by all the family and is thoroughly spoilt. My husband is besotted with her and she sleeps on his lap every possible moment. We love Willow very much and once again we say Thank You!!!!
We just wanted to let you know how Duchess is settling in. She is an absolute dream and, as you can see in the picture, she and Pepper the dog are firm friends. They don't leave each other's side! Smudge, our other cat, is still unsure and hisses at her a bit but, with Duchess being deaf, she is completely unaware! She really is part of the family already, she is such a loving cat and we are all smitten with her.
Bobby settled in from day one and the children adore him. He has beds in the kitchen and living room and spends a lot of time in them. We have a secure garden where he can run off lead, but he is kept on lead on walks as we live in 'sheep' country. Working from home means he gets lots of walks - at least 2 hours a day - and we run together 4 or 5 times a week. Many people have commented on what a handsome dog he is and he has been gentle and friendly with everyone he meets. He is on a training programme and we are going in the right direction. My father, who is ill, loves dogs and taking Bobby to see him twice a week has perked him up no end. Everyone agrees life is better with Bobby in the house - this is his forever home.
Just an update on Harry - he settled in the minute he walked through the door! He rules the roost, likes his own place at the table at mealtimes and, as you'll see from the photo, has taken control of the remote...typical man! He's a happy little chap who loves snuggles and he gives me a good night kiss every night. Thank you for letting me adopt him, he has brought fun and laughter to our home.
Cheeky young American Bulldog Chase, after one false start, has found his forever home. This hooligan hound proved an apt pupil at The Ark Academy and his hard work paid off, as he is now a much loved member of his new family and may be trying his paw at agility, which should keep him busy.
Felix(who could be a model for the Felix cat food) came into The Ark after a hard life on the road. This old boy was in poor health and on several occasions we thought we might lose him. Happily, he always perked up. He was with us for a year and enjoyed pottering around the cattery, supervising getting the tombola ready for our monthly Open Days and generally watching Barbara, our Centre Manager, and the cattery volunteers carry out their work. His quiet, gentle nature won him many admirers (the gentle nature didn't always extend to lady cats and he was banned from the Roger's Room Cattery for ungentlemanly behaviour when he chased the girls!). However, he liked all the boy cats so, when one of our cattery volunteers offered to take him home to see if he would get on with her other cats (both girls and boys), we were doubtful but knew it was probably his only chance of a home and that otherwise he would end his days with us. We are delighted to report that he has fitted in well and remembered his manners with all her cats, both girls and boys!