The Ark Rescue & Rehoming Centre, Ashbourne, Derbyshire
It is six months since Simba came to live with us so I thought that I would send you a progress report. He loves to sit on my lap being stroked and would quite happily spend all day there, although he is still nervous and tends to run off and hide when we have visitors. He has a new igloo bed which is the same colour as he is and he can disappear inside and become invisible. He likes to push his bed around in the night and we never know which corner of the living room he will be in when we get up in the morning! He also likes to play with his toys in the middle of the night, especially his ping pong ball - it sounds like a herd of elephants stampeding around.
From time to time he ventures out, especially in the evening, and after a few minutes comes running back in fizzing with excitement to tell us all about it. He is a lovely little boy, thank you very much for matching him up with us.
I feel I'm the luckiest person in the world because you let Patch come and live with us.
I can't tell you how much Patch has changed my life for the better. We walk on the park every day and I now know well over two hundred dogs we see regularly and I talk to their humans so, whilst Patch's confidence has soared, he has also made me immeasurably more confident too. I have made new friends through Patch and he has given me so much to be proud of.
It is not only my life Patch has changed. My elderly, generally antisocial terrier, Dee Dee, loved Patch right from when she first met him, which is unheard of for her. She had been attacked by other dogs in the past but, thanks to Patch making so many doggie friends, Dee Dee is now able to walk with some of them and even be let off her lead to play with those she knows. Being able to do this has really enhanced her life and she seems a lot younger and happier than she has been for years.
I just wanted you to know what a massive impact Patch has had on my family and how life changing his 'adoption' has been for both of us. To me he is anything but a failed, unwanted sheepdog, he makes me proud and happy every day and he couldn't be more wanted or loved.
Soozie and Bob here... Bob and I wanted to let you know that we have just passed with flying colours our Kennel Club Good Citizen Award Gold Test. Mum and Dad are very proud of us and the examiner said we were superb! We're still going to go to training classes but in truth I've already learnt loads - I particularly liked learning how to use my nose and Bob and I have great fun now hunting mice on our allotment! I don't know if you can remember what we were like but can you believe we took part in an Obedience demonstration at Draycott in the Clay Show!!
I just wanted to let you know how our kitten Midge is getting on. We have changed her name to Hermia because of the small feisty lady from a Midsummer Night's Dream and she is living up to her namesake! On arriving home she was nervous for about an hour, then she was into everything!!! She loves snuggling up but she also loves tearing around like a demented lunatic. She enjoys chasing games and will play with anyone. She is affectionate and brilliant with my sister's dog, who came from The Ark and is a regular visitor. I really want to thank Vicky for the amazing job she did rearing Hermia. Thank you for letting me be the owner of such a great personality!
Just wanted to let you know that Gnat (now named Onion) is doing great and is growing in confidence.
She knows what she wants and will squeak if she doesn't get her own way! She loves snuggle time and often follows us round the house. We love her to bits!
Editor's note: Midge, together with litter mates Gnat and Maggie, were found abandoned at a few days old after their mother was run over. They had suffered from flystrike and were covered in maggots. They were rushed to the vet to be checked over in case they had suffered any internal damage. Vicky, one of our staff, then took them home and took on the difficult task of handrearing these sickly babies. After many ups and downs, they all survived and are now healthy and are obviously enjoying life in their new homes
Young brothers Wizard and Magic had quite a long stay with us before this cheerful, friendly pair of black cats found a lovely new home. They are now loved to bits by their new owner and are very playful.
This lovely big Staffie boy was with us for quite a while and so we were delighted when he was finally chosen for adoption. Now he’s having lots of cuddles, eating well and he just loves the sofa! His new family are very happy with him!
“He made himself at home instantly. He is so loving and just perfect. He wasn’t phased by the dogs and they get a swipe if they get on his nerves but I think they will become firm friends.”
We were so pleased when Tara and Sasha found a lovely home together, although Tara was kept very busy whilst with us as she was excellent at fundraising and really enjoyed her days out meeting and greeting the public.
Long stay Husky X Inka has finally found a home and has an elderly doggie friend to keep her company. She is doing well and sleeps upstairs with her owners (we don't know if she has managed to move onto the bed yet!)
It is coming up to a year since we adopted Rusty and Molly - our lovely pensioners, now aged 11 and 10, so just wanted to give an update.
They had obviously been very well looked after in their previous life and we hope we have continued this care now their previous owners are unable to.
My mum and I came to an open day and fell in love with them at first sight, and we all had a lovely Christmas together. Sadly my mum died suddenly in January, and Rusty and Molly have been such a comfort, we all loll about on the settee and go out for walks. They are brilliant in the car and been on holiday with us twice. Rusty has his eccentricities. He gets spooked at certain noises e.g. aerosols and certain adverts and runs off to his food bowl for comfort. He manages very well with his arthritis but some days takes it easier than others. He loves to lick us very enthusiastically. Molly talks in her own “wooky” language and sits in the window watching the world go by, and then sits on our knees. The pair are devoted to each other, but Molly is boss. They drop hair absolutely everywhere but that’s a small price to pay for all the pleasure and love they give.
Thanks for all the work you do.