SHAK: Toys and supplements are ideal for festive dog gifts

The world has changed so much since I last wrote in here, such sad and worrying times. I hope you are all well and staying safe.

By Stephen Wylie
Thursday, 10th December 2020, 12:00 am
A dog at play with one of its toys.
A dog at play with one of its toys.

I just wanted to let you know we are still here and, despite the difficult conditions, we are doing all we can to make sure the dogs routine and day to day lifestyle isn't interrupted.Working with a smaller team to avoid infection,the days are harder but I'm delighted to say we have a system so the dogs are still out at least twice each day.Financially it is a very worrying time. Both of our shops have been closed, meaning our main source of income has been taken away. It is only because of the fantastic support we gained from our supporters during the original lockdown, we have had the funds to get through this one. If there is another lockdown in January I dread to think what will happen.The original lockdown was very strange and dramatic for us all. Nobody had witnessed anything like it, and I hope we don't again, but the way my staff and a couple of volunteers pulled together to get the dogs through it, was testament to their dedication to our dogs. One source of release from the mental stress of it all for me, was keeping a diary of the daily events thoughtout the seventy days from 23rd March until 1st June when we all hoped for recovery. Those notes themselves have since been turned into a book which I have called Rescue In Lockdown, and is available on line at or in our stores in Blyth and Amble when they are allowed to open.With Christmas looming, I am starting to be asked what the dogs need. We have an abundance of toys, but supplements such as coconut oil, cod liver oil, dried Seaweed all help maintain the dogs condition. Fleecy blankets, washing detergent and some nice treats are also very useful.So once again, thank you for all your support and the donations which have gotten us this far through the COVID-19 pandemic. Without it we simply wouldn't be here.Thank you and stay safe.

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