Towards the End of 2017

And so another year draws to a close. Many of you are racing around getting ready for family to arrive, putting up decorations and trees, and hopefully not getting too stressed.

Here at Last Chance, things slow for us too. Its not the time of the year for people to take on a new dog, what with all the fuss and kerfuffle of the festivities. And yet, this means an overflow of unwanted and abandoned dogs being placed into the pounds, shelters, killing stations or on the streets. When too many dogs are found, many have to be put to sleep to make way.

Its so sad. And not a very festive message. BUT

Maybe you can help, just a little. If you are thinking of getting a dog or puppy, PLEASE go to your local shelter OR look on facebook, there are literally hundreds of gorgeous fluffy bundles you can choose from, who will love you even more as they do know when they’ve been saved. They pick you. You will see in the their eyes.

Encourage your friends and family thinking of getting a dog to also look. If someone prefers a particular breed, again there are hundreds of pure breeds needing homes. They may not have paperwork BUT many rescues are breed specific and are experts in rescuing that breed. And unless you’re going to be a breeder or show the dog, why does it need to be a specific breed?

Cross breeds can suit you much better. The latest popular dog is the Belgian Malinois, due to the film Max. But they’re high energy very intelligent dogs needing quite specific handling, and if they don’t get it, they will find their own jobs to do, jobs you may not approve of, like ripping up your bed and bedding, or decking, or demolishing a wall to give you a more open plan living space 🙂

But mix a Mali with say a gsd and wow! Different dog.

Anyway, either way if we all adopted then maybe this would stem the flow of back yard breeders who don’t care about their animals, looking only at the money. It will save you from paying out a lot of money for a sick dog too!

So, I leave you on that note and thank you for reading

Inez

How Animals Help Us Live In The Moment

The company of animals certainly seems to have a healing effect in many of our lives. This is probably partly due to the fact that they don’t judge us in the same way fellow humans do. They may get annoyed with us if we stroke them the wrong way, but they’ll never judge us for our flaws. A cat or a dog will never reject us because we eat too much, have credit card debts, or don’t call our mothers as often as we should. It’s not unusual to see dogs sitting beside homeless people on the street. Our animals love us, even if we don’t love ourselves. In many cases, they embody mindfulness; they are non-judgementally present in the moment. When an animal is sitting with us, they aren’t busy thinking about yesterday or tomorrow. They are simply there. This is probably why they have such a special place in many of our lives

Our Pets

In our busy lives it can be all too easy to take our pets for granted. However, if we can make the time, our pets can provide us with great ways to practice mindfulness.

Next time you’re with your pet, why not take a few moments to really notice everything about them. When you stroke them, pay close attention to how their fur or feathers feel beneath your hand. Maybe even imagine that it’s the first time you’ve ever felt them, and see what difference it makes to your experience of them.

Notice their appearance, taking in every whisker, every feather or patch of coloured fur, every paw and claw. Watch how they’re breathing. Listen to their heart beat if you’re snuggled up with them. Perhaps most importantly of all, cultivate a sense of gratitude for having them in your life. Remember all the difficult or painful times that you’ve been through, and how your pet has been there with you through it all. Let that gratitude fill you from top to toe.

Animals and Meditation

One of the great things about animals is that they don’t care about our plans. They have a habit of interrupting those streams of thought that we feel are very important. Although this may at first seem like a negative thing, it can actually help us become unstuck from living in our mental chatter by bringing us back to reality. For this reason, animals can help us in our formal meditation practice.

Have you ever been meditating, and then heard a dog barking in the distance, or had your cat try climbing on you for a cuddle? Far from being distractions from our meditation, they can enhance it. Meditation is not about escaping from the present moment, but about embracing it. While we’re taking our meditation very seriously, animals are just living their lives. And so that dog barking in the street or that cat determined to have your attention act as anchors to the flow of the present. They are reminders that we are not in control, and that the best way to cope with life is to let go of our pre-conceived ideas of how things should be and join in with the dance of how things really are.

We can do this by noticing our reactions to them. If we feel annoyed about our meditation being interrupted, we can look at why that is. Perhaps it’s because we have an inaccurate idea of what meditation is about. Or perhaps we’re attached to an idea of how we’d like to be. In this way, animals can have a very humbling effect. They can remind us that our meditation practice doesn’t place us in an elevated state above the rest of life, but that in fact our meditating is just like the barking in the street, just one small part of life as a whole.

Animals are indeed great mindfulness teachers, if we take the time to notice them. What mindfulness lessons have you learnt from your pets?

And Still They Come!!

Meet Flappie!

A lovely 6 month old pup, found by holidaymakers near Malaga. No chip, friendly and seemingly housetrained loves cuddles.

And yet thrown out, abandoned and left. Thankfully found otherwise he may be lying in a ditch somewhere, broken and waiting to die.

Or taken by unscrupulous people and used as dog bait for fighting dogs

It really is sad. But hopefully we will find a home for Flappie, this is what we do.

If anyone would like to sponsor Flappie please contact us

Conan – The Shepherd!

Such a gentle loving boy. We had no idea where he came from, but over the weeks he started to get more and more sad, down and withdrawn.

A larger female had been put in with him, and was bullying him, we suspect also eating his food. We were at our wits end!

Then a lovely lady with a UK rescue, asked us about him. She paid his release all his preparations and transport, but we needed somewhere to place him.

Posting on social media a lovely lady came forward and offered. It was one of the best days when I went to get him out. He was very shut down – this can be a dangerous time and if you make a wrong move its likely the dog will snap out of fear. I gave Conan his space and was very gentle, yet let him see he had control.

Driving him to his new foster he was so scared as to what was going to happen, but also brave. He arrived and his foster immediately fell in love.

He was quiet but very hungry, only skin and bone under that long fur. The next morning he went to his foster and showered her with kisses! How wonderful.

Currently he is sleeping on her bed hahaha – we do hope his forever family is going to be as soft with him.

Shortly he will be on the transport to his new life, never to be bullied or scared again.

Conan we do love you – you were very nearly our No 8!! Good job my husband didn’t see you!!!!!

A day in the life of Rescue!

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It all started with this gorgeous boy, hes only a pup, left on a chain outdoors. We were alerted and the owner didn’t want him. Two local ladies contacted us, we took him in and after a visit to the vet hes in a residence. Which we have to cover somehow.

During the day, our lovely helper Mick, slipped in the pound whilst releasing 2 more dogs, and fractured his wrist. Unfortunately for him none of us were very sympathetic, after all we have all given birth so a bottom jab to us is really nothing 🙂 mick

Then a last minute dash to another residence to take a dog who has a sensitive stomach, more quality dog food – an hour and a half round trip.

Three more offers of adoptions to negotiate, an update of the photos of the dogs in the pound album on the facebook page, some promoting of dogs in foster in the hope we find a home and a lengthy discussion of the design for the forthcoming 2017 LCAR Calendar took us into the night

Oh how we laughed with each other, thankfully!

Then comes more dogs abandoned and contacts messaged to match make – SUCCESS, galgosthese young galgos wont be starving, stoned or worse, they will have loving homes, a chance lucky escape for them

 

 

 

 

And to boot 2 MiniPinscher puppies have been returned after a second adoption as the minipinadopter decides she doesnt want them!

We cant say no obviously and its best they come back to us until we hopefully find a final good home for them.

More sharing of posts, a stab at some fundraising and MORE discussions of the calendar – soon to be launched – completes it, so far!

And trying not to worry about the debts! Because their lives mean more.

To donate and help us help them, please go to www.lastchanceanimalrescue.es

Thank you X

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JOIN OUR TEAM-ING!!

Ha! Bet that made you look!

Teaming is a great way to raise funds of our charity. All you do is sign up and it’s £1 a month!

You can share the teaming link for others to join too!

We are always in debt – treating the doggies from the pound or strays off the street as well as maybe paying for a private residence for them while we find them a suitable home always costs.

LCAR is becoming a victim of its own success – now so well known for saving so many lives, that we just cannot do much more without reducing our costs.

So, you could really help by getting on board with this.

It’s so easy! And safe!!!

Click HERE and sign up. And that’s it! If you want to share that you have done it may encourage others to do so, and let’s face it, £1 a month is hardly noticeable to most people, but a collection of these can make the difference to these poor lost souls.

Remember – Register HERE then just share to your friends.

Thank you X

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Exercise should be fun!!

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Yes I know, not a title I would want to read more from hahahah, I’m allergic to exercise – I get all hot and sweaty just passing the gym!

Hence one of the reasons for having so many dogs. Means I have to get my ass off that sofa and take them out. And you know what? I feel leads better for it 🙂

But I would be bored doing the same route and routine, I’m not a routine type of gal!

So I mix and match. One day ball throwing on the field. Another time road work and some training. In fact we are always reinforcing good behaviour with praise and treats, I have a treat bag out with me all the time and it’s really good to tell them how good they are.

It’s payment for their good behaviour 🙂

Anyway, today we went to the bank to get some cash out, and I took Max and Marshall with me to ensure no one nicked my money!

On the way back the basketball court was empty, and it’s enclosed so early good for using and getting the dogs to do some training with distractions walking past, like kids and other dogs.

We had some fun here. Hope you enjoy as much as we did. X

Hi from Inez!

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Hi there!

My name is Inez. I’ve been with Last Chance since about 2014 when I offered to help put some collection tins out locally to me.

My husband and I had seen a gorgeous dog, supposedly a retriever, in sept 2013 in the Kill Station. She had 48 more hours until being pts and we just couldn’t leave her.

She had been surrendered by an owner, one of a mating pair and he just wasn’t bothered about them any more. The male had been adopted.

Spirit (top right) came home with us and is the most sweetest good girl, known as Middle child as we hardly know she’s there!

We now have 6 – and I’m proud to call them my 6 pack, the nearest I’ll get to having abs Hahahaa

My main role is with Social Media posting and sharing and updating the posts as well as fundraising.

But oh boy do I have some takes to tell you!

So, keep watching for the ongoing tales of The Life and Times of an Animal Rescuer in Spain!!

Laters taters x

New blog for LCAR

Hi, my name’s Richard and I help out Last Chance Animal Rescue with all things IT-related. You might hear from me again here if there is news relating to websites or facebook pages. For now I’m just here to tell you that LCAR has a new blog (which you know because you’e reading it!). And I’m hoping that various people who work with Last Chance will shortly be along to share short stories and tell tall tales about their experiences in dog rescue.