Earlier this week I was lucky enough to go for a sneak preview of the new Dogs Trust centre in Essex. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know how much I love animals – all animals – so the chance to be involved with the Dogs Trust is one I couldn’t turn down and I’m proud to say I’m now a Friend of Dogs Trust Essex and will be working with them on an ongoing basis.
The building itself is very modern and swish, with solar panels located on the roof to offset some of their carbon footprint.
Inside, the reception is light, airy and welcoming with a high vaulted ceiling and a bank of windows along the front wall. From here you can access some of the kennels where the dogs can be viewed.
The Dogs Trust don’t believe in having bars on the kennels as it’s too much like a prison cell, so instead they are fronted with glass so the dogs can interact with visitors and the other dogs. It creates a really open, friendly feel.
In all the kennels there are a selection of different beds so the dogs can choose whichever is their preference, ensuring that they are as comfortable as possible. The happiness of the dogs is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
They try and house two dogs in each kennel so they don’t get lonely and also have lots of toys to keep them occupied in between play times and their walks around the grounds. I visited just after ‘walkies’ so most of the dogs were fast asleep having been thoroughly worn out!
I think it was inevitable that I was going to want every single dog I saw, but I fell head over heels in love with this 9-month old Rottweiler called Rolo. Sadly he didn’t have the best start in life and is therefore very anxious around people. Any time I went near his kennel he tried to hide behind the door. To see such a big dog so afraid was really upsetting, but the staff tell me he’s a lovely, gentle boy. I just wanted to give him a cuddle and show him that most of us humans are good people and want to look after him.
I can’t stop thinking about him; he’s stolen my heart!
One of the most heart warming stories I heard on the day was about this Border Collie, Mabel. She found herself at the Dogs Trust after her owner passed away and when she arrived at the site she was incredibly depressed and unresponsive. That was until she met a Springer Spaniel by the name of Max.
Since meeting Max, Mabel’s life has turned around. Despite her age (she’s a grand old lady at 14 years!) she now wags her tail and plays fetch with the numerous tennis balls they have in their kennel.
Speaking of their kennel, yet again the Dogs Trust have gone above and beyond anything I ever expected from a rehoming centre in order to make the dogs as happy and comfortable as possible. In their ‘room’ they have a double mattress, a three-seater sofa and a lovely garden area with a climbing frame to keep them occupied!
I was totally blown away by what I saw in the couple of hours I spent at Dogs Trust Essex and am so proud to be able to say I’m working with them. I predict a bright future for not only the centre but any of the dogs that pass through their doors. I can’t wait to be a part of the adventure, assisting those who work so hard there to find these furry pooches their forever families.
Over the coming months you will see more blog posts about the time I spend at the Dogs Trust and I will also be tweeting, Instagram’ing, Facebook’ing and uploading videos to YouTube, so if you want to see what happens behind the doors of a rehoming centre, make sure you keep stopping by for updates!
I’ve uploaded a YouTube video of my first day at the centre, which you can view by clicking the image below. (Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to be made aware of future videos too!)
If you want to donate some money to help the Dogs Trust with the incredible work they do, you can do so via their website. The Essex branch also now have their own dedicated Twitter page, so make sure you follow them to see what they’re getting up to!
I’m so excited to be a part of this and can’t wait to share it with you all!
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