LEONBERGER RESCUE AND WELFARE:

OFFICIAL RESCUE FOR THE LEONBERGER CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN BREED CLUB 

We understand how difficult it is to give up your beloved Leonberger, but sometimes it is the only decision a Leo owner can make. If you are in a situation where you are finding it difficult to cope with your Leonberger or your home circumstances have changed, we can help you through the painful process of rehoming.  We will do everything in our power to make it as stress free as possible.

After you have surrendered your Leonberger, we will find the very best home for your beloved dog and will keep track of him/her to ensure that they are receiving the very best care. 

Our process is to find out the reason for the dog coming into rescue and obtain the dog¹s full history, including any health information. If lack of training or easily dealt with behaviour problems are the cause, and if the owner is willing, we attempt to help the owner keep the dog by offering training suggestions and resources.

If the dog¹s behaviour is too much for the owner or the owner is not willing or able to work with the dog, then one of a few things may happen. If the dog lives close enough to one of our volunteers experienced enough to do a basic evaluation then we will arrange a visit to your home to interact with and assess the dog. We may also use a qualified behaviourist to temperament test and assess and advise us of the choices available. Our dedicated welfare and rescue team are here to help and advise.

Any contact or discussions with members of our Rescue and Welfare team are in the strictest of confidence. We will not judge your reasons for needing to rehome your dog as we know this is a hard decision for any dog owner to make. 

For any advice or help needed with your Leonberger please contact one of our team, our contact details are shown on our Contact us page on this website.

LCGB Rescue & Welfare team 

 

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    We adopted our first Leo (Mrs Miggins) in 2013. She was one of many rescued from a puppy farm and taken to the RSPCA. She was in a terrible condition , chronic ear infection and still had her stitches in from being space. It took a while for her to get used to being indoors/go for a walk/enjoy treats etc but she eventually did and became the most wonderful new member to our doggy family. After one year we decided she might like a friend so we rang LCGB to see if you had any Leo’s that needed a home. Alison put me directly in touch with someone who needed a home for their 6 year old male -and so we got George. Sadly we lost Mrs Miggins in 2015 bit, I believe she has a comfortable and loving 2 years with us. George carried on until this October when, at the age of 10, we had to say goodbye. We have had many dogs, of various breeds, be part of our family and it has certainly been an absolute privilege to share our lives with Leonbergers. - Judy

    We adopted our first Leo (Mrs Miggins) in 2013. She was one of many rescued from a puppy farm and taken to the RSPCA. She was in a terrible condition , chronic ear infection and still had her stitches in from being space. It took a while for her to get used to being indoors/go for a walk/enjoy treats etc but she eventually did and became the most wonderful new member to our doggy family. After one year we decided she might like a friend so we rang LCGB to see if you had any Leo’s that needed a home. Alison put me directly in touch with someone who needed a home for their 6 year old male -and so we got George. Sadly we lost Mrs Miggins in 2015 bit, I believe she has a comfortable and loving 2 years with us. George carried on until this October when, at the age of 10, we had to say goodbye. We have had many dogs, of various breeds, be part of our family and it has certainly been an absolute privilege to share our lives with Leonbergers. - Judy

TED IS MISSING  

*** UPDATE ***

TED is home & back with his family  
He was found in a field by a neighbour  
Thankyou to everyone who shared posts 
WELCOME HOME TED

 

HELP PLEASE!!! TED IS MISSING!!! 

Ted went missing at 6.30 pm Thursday 13th June in Barrow Gurney. He was probably searching for his best friend, Marchant, who is in this picture. Ted has been out all night and we are really worried. We live in Clifton, Bristol. Ted has only been with us a couple of months and has formed a real bond with Marchant. He is a gentle giant with a kind temperament. People frequently stop Marchant in the street to say hello to him and Ted. He is micro chipped and wearing a tag. Our worry is that someone may have taken him because he is so adorable. You can contact us on 07971107035 and email address: marchant.barron14@bathspa.ac.uk. Please share this post.

Potentially dangerous chew  

Please do NOT buy this type of bone for your pup! It’s not worth the risk. 
Luckily for this patient, the vet was able to wiggle it free but a previous patient at the surgery was under general anesthesia for nearly half an hour whilst the vet had to saw through both sides of the bone safely to remove the bone.  
Both dogs are lucky that they did not end up with lacerations or broken teeth or damage to their jaws.

Palm oil - North Norfolk  

*** NORTH NORFOLK AREA *** 

PLEASE BE AWARE 

Pieces of palm oil have been found on Bacton beach in North Norfolk. The Coastguard are aware and are checking nearby beaches. As a result of their checks, large amounts have also been found between Walcott and Happisburgh. 
As palm oil is dumped out at sea, it could turn up on other beaches. 

Please be vigilant - if ingested by dogs this substance has been know to be fatal.

YELLOW = I NEED SPACE 

If you see a dog wearing a yellow body shirt or has a yellow lead or wearing a yellow bandana or something similar. This means that a dog needs some space. 

Please, do not approach this dog or its owner with your dog and do not let your dog run up to say hello. Yellow accessories or leads are usually an indication that their dog cannot be close to other dogs or can be reactive towards other dogs through fear or other reasons. 

Reasons why a dog may need space: 

It may... 

* be a rescue dog that is nervous 
* need rehabilitation 
* have health issues 
* have had a bad experience with another dog and is nervous of friendly/any dogs that run up to say hello  
* be in training 
* be very old  
* be nervous or shy and other dogs cause it stress 

Some yellow leads also have "I need space" or "reactive dog" written on them 
A dog may be reactive on the lead more so than off lead, that is why dogs should not meet whilst on leads as there is no where for them to run to. When scared or nervous a dog in flight or fight mode whilst on a lead feels it can only fight as the lead is their restriction to avoid their fear or a scary situation. 

It is always a good idea to place your dog on its lead if another dog is in the immediate area.  
When some owners let their dogs run up to other dogs with the statement "it's ok, my dog is friendly" it is not the same for all dogs and the risk of a reaction or negative incident between dogs is a strong possibility. This can easily be avoided.  

YELLOW = I NEED SPACE

ATTENTION: For dog walkers in Norfolk  

ATTENTION DOG WALKERS IN NORFOLK 

Dog-walkers in HEMSBY in NORFOLK have been warned after blue pellets which resembled poison were found next to a litter bin on YARMOUTH ROAD in HEMSBY, Norfolk  

The blue pellets said to resemble rat poison were found in a pile of food on a public road in March 2019 

Concerned residents in Hemsby contacted Great Yarmouth Borough Council after food and blue pellets mixed together had been strewn on the ground on Yarmouth Road. 

The council’s environmental team has visited the area, placed a warning notice on the bin and is monitoring the site. 

A mother and daughter were walking their dog when they saw what appeared to be cat biscuits and poison pellets mixed together beside the bin. 

They cleaned up the mess but it was there again the next day. 

A similar concoction has been found in the past few days in HEACHAM in NORFOLK. 

Please be vigilant when walking your dogs

Easter eggs 

*** REMEMBER THIS EASTER THAT CHOCOLATE AND OTHER EASTER TREATS CAN BE HARMFUL TO DOGS *** 

Easter eggs 

Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is extremely harmful to dogs as they struggle to metabolise it, so it builds up in their bodies to toxic levels. 

If a dog is suffering from chocolate poisoning, the symptoms they may display may include hyperactivity, vomiting, diarrhoea and fits. 

The first two hours after your dog has eaten chocolate can be vital for your pet’s recovery, so if your pet has eaten any chocolate or similar treats containing cocoa, it’s essential to call a vet immediately. The sooner your dog is seen and treated the better.  

* Raisins, grapes, sultanas and currants can cause kidney failure in dogs. So keep an eye on your hot cross buns  

* Some plants and bulbs, e.g daffodils are also toxic to dogs if eaten. 

The gorgeous Easter Bunnyberger is Memphis

Reports of Leishmaniasis  

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REPORTED CASES OF LEISHMANIASIS IN HERTFORDSHIRE AND ESSEX  

Dog owners in the UK warned after their pet dies of a bug that can infect humans 

A shih tzu in HERTFORDSHIRE has sadly died from the disease. 

Experts have warned that it can infect humans. It comes following the death of a pet shih tzu in Hertfordshire which died after catching the infection. 
The disease is Leishmaniasis and is carried by female sand flies, which transmit the disease with their bite. It can be passed between dogs when an infected animal bites or wounds another. It is also known to be a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be passed from animal to human. 
Until now, it was commonly found in Europe but unheard of in the UK. Vets are raising awareness and warning pet owners to be on the alert for symptoms. 

The three year old shih tzu that died had been with his owners since he was a puppy, and had shown no signs of the symptoms. But vets suspected dog-to-dog transmission of the disease, and another dog in the household had been put down six months earlier due to developing a severe case of Leishmaniasis. This is the first reported case of Leishmaniasis in the UK in a dog without a history of travel to an endemic area. 
All dog owners must be aware of the bug, and the signs their dog could have it, as increased travel and importation of dogs meant increased risk. 

Veterinary experts have said “Leishmania-infected dogs may present an infection risk to other dogs, even in the absence of natural vectors, as direct transmission between dogs is possible.” 

A FURTHER CASE WAS REPORTED  
A fully vaccinated English pointer – has also been diagnosed with the infection in ESSEX. The dog had never travelled outside of the county, however its owners had travelled to Spain last summer. The dog had never been in contact with another infected dog, so it is believed that the owners may have accidentally brought back sand flies from their holiday in their luggage or clothing. 

The symptoms to watch out for include: 

Severe weight loss 
Loss of appetite 
Diarrhoea 
Tarry faeces 
Vomiting 
Nose bleeds 
Exercise intolerance 
Scaling on the skin 
Alopecia Nodules on the skin surface 
Ulcers 
Long or brittle nails 
Painful joints 
Signs of renal failure – excessive peeing, thirst and vomiting 
Emaciation 

TRANSMISSION TO HUMANS:: 

Leishmaniasis can infect humans in three different forms, however it is rare in this part of the world. Most cases have occurred in Brazil, East Africa and South East Asia. The most lethal is visceral leishmaniasis, which is fatal in 95 per cent of cases and causes bouts of fever, weight loss and anaemia. The most common form in humans is cutaneous leishmaniasis and causes skin lesions and ulcers.