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Here is Maccy on the bed in spare room, with his little "nothing to see here head tilt". This is where he goes to look for look for mischief. This actually makes us smile, because since his setback, Maccy hasn’t been jumping up on to things, one more step forward for him.
He loves being in the garden with his foster mum and dad, usually keeping his distance from mower and blower, but yesterday he was having so much fun throttling the leaves and grass that were being blown, he was having a ball, so wonderful to see😍💖 ...
Glad you’re having fun mac. You’re looking wonderful 🐾🐎
Live this little dog ...
Great to see he is well enough to get up to mischief 🎄🎄❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Oh Mac, you're a handsome young man. Look sooo innocent
He is priceless
Love hearing about the antics of this gorgeous boy.
How wonderful to see Macy blooming, looking handsome. 💖💖
Just 💕s this dog!!
Mac is handsome he has such a cheeky face love 💖 him
Awww so happy to hear bless ❤️
Who me? 🐶Such a gorgeous little man. Love to you Mac & your foster family for Christmas.🎄🎁❤️🐾
Love this boy! Cx
Oh Mr Mac you sweet sweet man l look to see your progress may it always continue to be good as you deserve nothing less.💖💖
Irene, he is coming along in leaps and bounds, it is so wonderful to hear about his new adventures. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, you've been good so Santa will be kind. Big hugs to you all and give Macca a Christmas kiss from me.💖😘
That's so good to hear. Love this boy. Xx
Maccy, That is so wonderful that you were having fun.
Love you MacIntosh !
Your having such fun Mac and your beautiful personality is shining through. Thank you to all that care for this special boy. Mac 🐾💕🐾
Im sitting here feeling tired and just randomly scrolling through facebook, not really taking much notice of posts until.............my favourite little boy pops up, Mac! Sitting here now with a big smile on my face, after reading yet again of his little achievements. "Good boy Mac". He justs melts my heart, and Irene, to suggest he gets up to mischief.......not good boy Mac😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
He really is an adorable little chap
Maccy my special little man you are burrowing into my heart and when you find your very special home I shall miss you very very much.
Soooo gorgeous with a loveable character...❤️❤️❤️😘😘😳
It's post dinner cone free time for little Chappy. Poor boy, he was still reaching his stitches, so a bigger cone, that can't fit through the door was in order! Talk about an oversized lampshade! It won't be for long little buddy xx ...
Baby Colin update: We still don't think these human things are trustworthy but these doggie pals are awesome!
He flinches if you so much as move your fingers if you’re sitting next to him, yet he seems really happy and playful on other ways. He LOVES his toys, chases a tennis ball and is always up for a rumble with Alfie and Bonnie.
Why such a young pup feels this way about humans is so sad, either he hasn't had nice humans, or he has been in isolation, away from people. One thing we do know, our goal is to change his perception and show him humans only bring good things... food... pats... treats and love. ...
Colin I promise your Mum is a good lady. She is going to love you and care for you lots and lots.
Poor little fur baby we certainly don't know what they have been through it takes time 🐶🐶🐶🐩🐩🐩🐕🐕🐕
Poor baby. So glad he is in a good place now!
I rescued a little poodle who had lived a very isolated life, caged mostly. The whole world scarred him. It has taken 4 years to show him its a safe place but he is still anxious at times. Isolation can be very damaging.
I adopted a dog and he is the same way. Doesn't like dogs and some people. The people that had him musted abuse him terrible. This is him his name is gilly
Still early days, he will give in to the love.
Colin life will be good in time, mum seems the best one to care for you. 💖
So sad to think of what his life was like before he came to you, but it will only get better xx
Sad to think a dog so young could be so scared. But he will change with RWL..❤❤
7 days ago, We adopted a 16 month old female malshi who’s just weaned a litter. She has no idea what to do with a toy. No clue! She already loves my husband and I, but is scared to the point of shaking, of anyone and anything that is outside of the house. She is absolutely tiny and hides in tight spaces if someone knocks on the door! I’m so sad for her at this young age that she has no idea what to do with a toy.
Oh darling Colin 💕 Dear baby boy if only you could all talk to us.... You’re in the best hands ever now 😍 xxx
I would say isolation😢
The 3 of'em are gorgeous
Totally confident that you will teach him human love very quickly. They’re the best little Colin. Just trust and your life will be so, so happy. 🐾💕🐾💕❤️
I wish I could adopt but I’m across the pond.
All three are so precious glad they have a great home.
Awe I love them
Thank you for caring for these little darlings.
Too cute ❤️🐾
Beautiful babies 🐾
Aww,poor baby. I'm sure lots of love and cuddles will help him feel more confident around humans. Time and patience is all it takes.
It's been a long journey for our darling Clover. With so many people holding hands along the way, to make her future a better one. From lost, to a country pound with a badly broken leg she's had so many people doing all they can for her, from the pound staff, to volunteers in NSW who over-nighted her and dropped her to our transporter, to an amazing lady who flew up and drove her back and took her to physio session, to her carer and all the well-wishers and followers along the way. We thank you all. Clover is now ready to find her forever home www.rescuedwithlove.org/adopt/...
Good morning from these two little friends, Chappy and foster sister Marley. Chappy's just had his vet work finalised, some teeth stinky tartar removed, now smelling fresh as a daisy. He's had some xrays, which shows some disc disease, he gets around really well but shows signs of pain when it's palpated, so we'll start him on some pain relief and see how he goes but he doesn't seem concerned at all when moving around. Chappy has a little heart murmur but no meds required. While he was under, we had rear dew claws removed.
So, time for a little healing and once his cone is off we know we're going to have a very "Happy Chappy"! ...
Well it’s been a wonderful journey to watch Macintosh life turn around, he'll always will be a little different! But aren’t we all.
On the 20th July we picked this poor big boy up from Geelong! He knew only pain in his short life. The beginning of August was to be a new pain free start for Mac thanks to his lifesaving surgery and care of Advance Vet Care and the most incredible dedication from his foster carers.
Mac had a big setback in September that we didn't know if he'd recover from, but he did. We know this could happen again but, he is doing well now, Amanda at AVC has high hopes he could have a reasonable lifespan. The reality is, no-one really knows with Mac, but we know he is happy now and now is what matters :)
He is to stay on fluid tablets, a steroid every 2nd day and Losec for life. This seems to be keeping things stable for him.
And the amazing thing with MacIntosh was that they really didn't know if he'd be able to learn, but he sure can, and the specialists were so excited to see all the things he's capable of.
With little vision in one eye and low vision in the other, none of these things stop Maccy from being a happy boy.
Mac is still searching for just the right forever home and it really has to be just right to keep him well, but we haven't given up hope xx
Hope you find a forever home Mac. Pity we live in Adelaide.
Oh Maccy .... 💓💓💓
Bless him and all who have enabled him to be how and where he is now ..❤❤❤❤❤
Best wishes Mac !!!
Go Mac! Please, please any one out there thinking about having such an animal enter thier household.........think of Mac. He would make such positive addition to any loving family. The benefits would definitely outweigh the little obstacles he is overcoming. Paws crossed Mac🐾
Macca never doubted he's a very special boy, he pulls thru with personality plus....❤️❤️❤️
Melinda Benn perfect for Lilly ❤️
Ohhh Mac you beautiful boy . Your photo in the diary was gorgeous too 💙
I hope Mac finds his forever home very soon and lives a long happy and loving life
Baaaaaaaabe (Paul Harvey) ☹️😢🥰
Gorgeous little man
Mac is a lovely dog 😘
One very special amazing little man , love you Mac ❤️😘
Luv you mac xx
Amanda at AVC is fabulous
Credit to her and her knowledge
She looks after my Maxy and without her he probably wouldn't be here
I have followed Maccys story from the start, his life is 1000 times better since RWL opened your heart and took him in. Thank you for looking after this special boy, and to his foster carers, you truely are a gift from heaven!!! 💙💙💙
There is just something about this little dog 💙
Such a special and brave boy. 🐾💕🐾❤️
Love you Macxx
Merry Christmas darling Macintosh ❤🎅
He has a strong spirit. He will find a good home soon. Who couldn’t fall in love with him
He is an adorable loving pup. I have been following him and he is one strong boy. I live in the United States and that’s one reason why I don’t share because of the distance. But I pray he will get a home quickly. He deserves it.
I’d like to talk microchips, but please don’t just switch off thinking yours is fine. It may not be! There’s a whole gamut of things that could have gone wrong, even if you’ve signed a microchip form and sent it off yourself!
With Holidays, Christmas and New Year, fireworks and parties coming up, this is serious!
People often make the mistake, of assuming everything is fine with their pet’s microchip. They’ve adopted a dog or cat from a Shelter, a rescue group or bought one. Signed the forms and off they go. That should be the end of it right? Well no, no always. In most cases things are fine but working in the industry we see so many cases of microchips that are there, but there are NO details lodged on them, microchips that were supposed to be changed over and weren’t, whether the paperwork was done and sent in or not an incorrect number lodged, a simply typo of a 15 digit number, too many zeros, not enough…. dogs with two microchips; that can be a nightmare if the owner doesn’t know there’s two and the wrong one is scanned.
This can cause all kinds of issues. If you aren’t listed on the microchip, the number lodged was wrong, or your details are outdated, there is no way for anyone to find you and let you know they have your dog or cat. If details on a chip are old owners, it can be a nightmare, depending on the circumstances, proving you are the legal owner!
So, unless you have, in your hands, a confirmation from the microchip registry, with all the correct details on it, I urge you to follow it up and make sure you have all your pets’ microchips all up to date.
You need to know your microchip number, and which register it’s on (there are 7 registers in Australia). If you don’t know your microchip number, you can have your pet scanned by your vet (who may already have it on file) or your council.
If you do know the number but are unsure which registry the microchip is on you can find out at www.petaddress.com.au/ (if you are in NSW or SA you may not find your number on Pet Address – and will need to contact your State registry). Then head to the website of the registry your pet is on to find out how to check or update your details. Some are online, some you will need to call. ...
What a nightmare! Who knew there were 7 registries?
Thank you. I've always wondered if my details were changed over for my rescue cat. I'll be able to check now.
Beth Tucker Hannah Oliver Michele Oliver
Best have tag with mobile number on collar so finder can ring owner straight away ! Less stress for all concerned.
I must check , although I did recently get notification to make sure my details were still correct for one of my rescues
Moving shortly so this is good to know.
Thanks Rescued With Love 👍🏻
Thank you for this timely message, will get on to it nowm☺
Brilliant info. I would add get into the habit of asking your vet to scan and check for your pets chip at least once a year too. Sometimes they move and can be hard to find etc.
Yes learnt this the bug and way. My old boy was a rescue luckily my vet knew me as he needed surgery but was not legally my dog. The register my girl is on actually send emails confirming details are up to date.
I didn't know this. This is very handy information. Thank you
And the pollies don’t see an issue with 7 different registries!!! It’s a nightmare just trying to find out which registry your pets are on.
We need to follow this up Garry
So if you don't know the microchip number, you have to visit the vet to find it out? Can't it be looked up by surname?
Cresta Gwilliam do you know if Vicki Ducat got the conformation form from Central Animal Records for Tux?
Clover has been given the best vet report after her surgery and lengthy rehabilitation to repair her broken leg. Everything has healed really well and she has avoided any problems with the elbow joint like severe arthritis. The vet has decided the plate will be left in place to avoid any unnecessary risks later on which shouldn’t affect her movement much at all. We are overjoyed for Clover and can now begin the process of finding her the perfect home to enjoy the rest of her life xx ...
You shall not pass!!! Getting out the door is slow going for the elderly Freddo, who often stands in the doorway for quite a long time, and the others wait very patiently, like Albert, as you can see. ...
I'm very clever. I'm asked to "stay" inside when foster sister Gem is taken to the toilet, as she likes some privacy. I always comply with those wishes. In fact as soon as I hear the word stay I know it means, run to the window to watch where you're not allowed to go 😂 MacIntosh xx ...
Little Chappy who came down from the RSPCA Queensland is just a divine little man who is settling in well. He's off for a dental tomorrow to fix his pongy teeth! Pee-eww! In the meantime he has been a very cruisy gent, happy and calm, except when his mouth is touched (we hope his dental helps with this) and when it comes to cats..... oh oh ...... when he turns on the turbo (note - will need a cat free home!). ...
Graeme Smith – ex CEO of the Lost Dogs Home (he left 4 years ago) turned up at the LDH AGM two weeks ago and stood outside, gleefully happy.
The current Chair of the LDH, Mrs. Prue Gillies, animal advocate, supporter of Animals Asia, Animals Australia and follower of those who work hard for the animals at the coal face, was being vilified publicly in an ABC article made possible by his supporters. Mrs Gillies – who has been on the Board of the Lost Dogs Home for the past 5 years, was being blamed for everything, from 50% of the staff having depression, to the abject failure of the previous management, and subsequent turnover of staff.
Graeme was thrilled no doubt, to hear she had been taped without her knowledge, during a conversation with Jane Tribe, and replayed in the media the following day.
Does anyone else think Graeme has ‘issues’?? I can’t see too many CEO’s who retired hurt from a company fronting up to an AGM 4 years after leaving. It sounds absurd, and a little bit creepy – but yes Graeme did exactly that. And his supporters smiled broadly.
The Life Members, under Graeme were hand picked by him. And when Graeme left, and the Constitution was changed – it took away their power (and Graeme’s) to vote in some of their devotees and roll then Board (aka the 2016 AGM which failed in spectacular fashion due to a number of you becoming Members and outvoting them). Jane Tribe being a Life Member, and others, have not forgiven, nor forgotten. Ms. Tribe is also sister to Andrew Tribe the Chair of the LDH for 20 years during Graeme’s reign (therefore another avid Graeme follower) who disappeared from the scene without a backward glance at the staff or the animals.
So why has there been so many changes in Management at the LDH?
I think back to an incident which took place a year ago under Andrew Israel the former CEO.
November last year saw 35 degree days. And as I wrote at the time, I went into A Block which was padlocked at both ends, barriers up on all the windowless area at the back of the pens, and a small fan attached to the ceiling above each door – one of which wasn’t working. The kennel staff had hosed down the concrete and put ice in the pens – but the heat was unbearable – at it was only 11 am. I was shocked to see a Scotch Collie in full coat being led back into one of the pens after a walk in the midday sun. The last Collie I had seen come out of A Block was years ago – and it died from heat exhaustion and its body was being removed.
I asked if the dog could not be walked in the late morning sun (due to his coat) and if he could be moved to a cooler pen (A Block was the worst) and I was given a blank stare. This clearly had not been considered by Andrew Israel, nor Ben Pocock his 2IC. Instead Ben prattled on about how the dogs need exercise out of the pens.
The visit went from bad to worse, to just unbelievable. Neither the RWL Carer who came with me, nor I could even reason what the CEO or his Management Team were doing, ignoring all the issues around the most basic thing for an animal in a pound. To be cool when it’s hot, and to be warm when it’s cold.
Over the following days attempts were made to bring in air conditioners and for a couple of days this happened. Andrew and his staff had been managing the LDH for over a year at that stage. And Kerry Thompson the previous CEO was there for over a year. Graeme Smith for over 25 years. Nope. No cooling for the animals in all those boiling hot summers – apart from the knee jerk reaction from the November visit.
Until this current Management under Keith Drew – who came on as CEO around 4 months ago. And he, and his management team (all new) have shown me how EASY it was to address the problem of cooling the animals during the hot summer.
FOUR MONTHS. Andrew Israel etc, over a year, Kerry Thompson, over a year, Graeme Smith over 25 years. And this Management has put in 32 yes THIRTY TWO evaporative coolers into all the pens. In FOUR months of management.
At the time I met Andew and Ben in A Block on that hot day – I was told the Board had already agreed and were ready to go with the inserting of cooling. So why was it never done? Was it not important? Thermometers were put in to monitor the heat, but that doesn’t cool bodies.
Graeme Smith didn’t do it, Kerry Thompson didn’t do it, Andrew Israel didn’t do it.
So when I heard Kerry Thompson being interviewed by the ABC over the LDH and the personal attack on Prue Gillies, and other ex management who were setting fire to burn the pyre with the current Chair tied in the middle of it – I will say this. Those people had their chance. And if they couldn’t manage the LDH and do it better for the animals, then by God find someone who can.
Not every appointment is a winner – we all know that. But I know one thing – the Board deal with governance – and Management manage. And if they don’t perform according to the Charter – then leave. And they did. Because Management, not the Board, failed the animals in their care.
The hangover of this I dealt with when little Mavis came to us. Let me explain.
And this is where Prue Gillies, nor any Board Member cannot be blamed. And Management were so new – they were still learning the ropes of what happens in the Home. Now you must understand there are good staff in the LDH working hard for every animal that comes to them. And to speak of a ‘toxic’ culture being brought in by the Board and current Management – I want to say this. How can they be toxic when they did not know – or had not been in the Home long enough to make an impression?
I asked the LDH if Mavis could come to us. Her finder was prepared to adopt her and hand her over to us. We suggested we take Mavis directly – to save any mucking around. I was contacted by LDH staff who told me they couldn’t tell me anything about her physical state due to privacy laws. *sigh and this rubbish went on until finally after 11 days I came in to collect Mavis personally – and she was left as she was in that state while in their care. Please look at her photos.
I said nothing and listened to what I was told. She had cataracts, could have cancer, could have Cushings – the range of could haves was astonishing. I packed Mavis in the car and drove to the vets where she was cleaned up, bathed, shaved, and treated with antibiotics and pain relief – then surgery the following day.
Somewhere along the line I felt ill and angry. I wrote a 23 page report and I sent it off to the Chair, Prue Gillies and the CEO Keith Drew. I said – this happened on your watch – this is the timeline, I want you to know. Your staff are failing in the most basic pastoral care for a vulnerable, ill and older dog for 11 days she was ignored. (it must be noted that there are changes being made, I have been told, after my report was seen)
So how does Prue Gillies, the Board and the New Management end up being responsible for things like Mavis? They aren’t. They didn’t know Mavis. They hadn’t seen Mavis. The staff who dealt with her, I HOPED would have somewhere in those 11 days cleaned up her eyes, cut off the matts, or even groomed her – they are after all not a small country pound without resources. The toxic culture I hear about and the suffering of animals of which Prue Gillies was impaled publicly for are not responsible for either. The staff who think or thought it was okay to leave Mavis filthy, matted with infected eyes and in pain for 11 days are.
The toxic culture of the LDH blocked and obfuscated any attempt on my behalf to help Mavis.
But eventually Mavis came to us – and I have said for 13 years – it should not be this hard to save a life. But it was at the LDH. And while I am hated by Graeme Smith, and many others including current staff in the LDH, and their Life Members and supporters – there is one thing that drives me. To make it better for the animals. And I know Prue Gillies, who is my friend, is exactly the same. So to see her so brutally attacked so publicly by people who hate her, the very same people who couldn’t put in an air conditioner – or clean up a little manky dog – and moan about the toxic culture they work in – well it’s in context for me who I support.
It is my dream to one day be able to walk into the LDH and say – oh that little manky boy there – can I take him into RWL? And the reply is – Yes. Of course. Absolutely. And it happens.
And if I have the strength, it will. I can say when I went to pick up little baby Colin – he was bathed and clean and ready to go. And if that was because of new Management (and the support of the current Board and Chair) I’ll take it. Thank you. And maybe one day we will see the back of Graeme Smith and all those with a grudge, with revenge in their heart, and people will see a thriving bubbling metropolis of happy animals and staff in the infamous Lost Dogs Home. ...
Graeme Smith is seriously one "SICK" individual, repulsive person!!
Mr Smith and his followers need to retire away from this country.
Good on you
Nice to see there are people associated with LDH who care about the animAls rather than the money,trips and kudos .
Change is hard and with change comes anger for the ones that don’t want to change
Eventually hopefully there will be a great team there
Graeme Smith, that is just down right perverse to turn up like that with no purpose other than to ????????
Thank you Kae, for continuing to care ,when many would have given up. It must be so disheartening to see so many who could help but can’t or don’t as they are stifled by a few with the power. In the end though you WILL win . And the pets there will all be the victors. And I know this because I know that you will NEVER cease to care for them. Xxx
Bravo Kae Cx
Well said. 👏👏
Hmm takes time to excise the old set in their ways staff (and deal with their BS) but onwards and upwards Kae. Your my voice at LDH and I support you 💕
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mahatma Gandhi
Isn't that a cruelty case in its own? Leaving Mavis in that state for 11 days? Disgusting people 😡
Just a heads up that we all need to be careful what we say on these things. There are people with money and lawyer friends who will happily use their power and wealth to go through the court systems to ask for compensation.
Do these "humans' get pleasure in torturing dogs, this is the only thing that it points to. They can get away with it....I hope that they suffer before their death...not a nice thing to wish on someone but animal/children abusers need to suffer!!
LDH have been lost for a long time - and to see how poor Marvis was left just breaks my heart - she should have been given to you straight away. I hope that for the animals sake the improvement continue - i must say i spoke to the new director on a different matter and I was impressed he does seem to be 100% trying to make improvements for the animals. Great job Kae - we all stand behind you totally.
How is Mavis now ?
Graeme Smith is a despicable pig. He was the person who wouldn't let me adopt a little Maltie (looked like Mavis, badly matted)years ago because he was not suitable to rehome, (too timid). I tried but wasn't "allowed" to save this baby. Other horrible stories about that place l could tell you. Some people there have no empathy for animals and don't belong.
Unreal .... a LDH that doesn’t care about the 🐶... why was it set up in the first place???? Mean selfish cruel people, I’m glad you’re there for those dogs 💕💕
How can an organisation designed to do good be so evil.. power and greed it must come down too.. disgusting
Graeme forgot to take his happy pills 😡
thank God we have you Kae & all at RWL... 🙏💖💙🐾🐾
It is astounding to think that these people, who obviously care so little for the task to which they are appointed, instead build themselves little fiefdoms so they can feel powerful - it's pathetic. I so appreciate the time and effort you go to, to set the record straight. I know that your version is the correct one because your reputation is a demonstrable record of caring for these little creatures who have no-one else to help them. Thank you.
It is wrong that the people who get into positions of power in these instructions are often there for their own ambition not to care for animals
I could be wrong but I think it's illegal to tape someone without their knowledge (unless you're the police, and even they probably have to have a judge's permission). Especially when it is broadcast on the media.
But, as you say, it is management's job to manage and in the case of poor little Mavis it seems there wasn't enough supervision at some level of management. Though that is not the CEO's responsibility. It's the responsibility of middle management or a line manager.
It's time for Graeme and his cohorts to move on.
The sooner Graeme Smith and those of his ilk are no longer amongst the living, the better off this world will be. How anyone could look at Mavis and not do something to at least make her more comfortable, is beyond me. They shouldn't be working with animals.
Kae thanks for all you do, I am so glad I stopped supporting that hell hole, they kept asking for more but doing less. Praying things improve in the near future.