An update on Mash left paralysed from IVDD but thriving!

I have been asked to write a small amount about fostering Mash so hopefully this reads okay, I apologise in advance if it’s too long.

Our family consists of 2 teenagers, 2 cats (one an amputee), 2 rabbits and a dachshund Cross named Cocoa.

We had always discussed the possibility of extending our furbaby family, but never taken the next step. Then Mash came along and everything changed. We saw a photo of him on this group and instantly felt a bond, however there was 1 potential obstacle… Mash has been left paralysed after suffering an IVDD episode. We had no idea what extra care he might need, or what his quality of life would be or how he would adapt to a change of surroundings. So we took a step back, but life had a different idea.
We received a text asking if we would consider taking Mash as a foster placement to which our reply was yes!

So after a conversation with both The Red Foundation and his wonderful Foster mum, we made plans to visit him, with us bringing him home if things went well. They say you don’t ever choose a dog, they choose you… well they’re right. After a crash course in dressing his sores (from dragging over carpet, expressing his bladder and how to change his belly band it was decision time… so we asked Mash if he wanted to come with us to which me, and my partner, we’re given the biggest doggy kiss ever. The rest as they say is history. It is day 4. Mash has slept through every night, without worry, and is completely part of the family. He loves his new fur family (even the rabbits), the car and most of all using his wheels to go on walks with Cocoa.

So for anyone who has concerns about a paralysed dog, please don’t be scared because you can do it. They’ll forgive you if the first time you express their bladder you forget to hold one of their feet or if their belly band falls off because it was too loose etc! And if in doubt, open messenger and speak to the wonderful team at TRF, or one of the knowledgeable people they advise.

Love, Lisa, Mash and Family

Lilly the Dachshund Cross

When dogs move to their new homes, we stay in touch with the new family for the rest of a dog’s life. All of us feel very responsible when choosing a new home to make the right decision and we love getting updates and seeing a dog become settled.
Lilly the Dachsund pug cross moved to her new home just before Christmas and here are a few of the photos we’ve received since then, along with a message from her mum today.
Thank you again for Lilly x x
She’s perfect and we couldn’t ask for a nicer puppy dog x x

HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY TO US!

It all started with a group of dachshund lovers pulling together to raise money for a little girl called red on gumtree.
Fast forward 4 years later, we have rehomed over 500 Dachshunds, given behaviour advice to hundreds of owners, rehabilitated over 30 IVDD sufferers, continue to provide lifetime medical expense support for over 150 dogs and became a registered charity !
Thank you to the original group of that raised money for Red (now Luna) and helped found The Red Foundation.
To all our supporters who donate and create awareness for us – please give yourselves a pat on the back, without you guys we would not be able to continue;
To all owners who have entrusted us with rehoming their beloved Dachshunds, thank you for believing in and trusting us.
To our adopters thank you for taking up the challenge and for always being open to learning and to our daxies, the most loveable, stubborn, loudest breed by far, we do it for you !
Its been an awesome 4 years.
Pics 1 and 2 are of the original advert and 3 and 4 of Luna now.
 
 

Huge success following our VIP100 campaign

Just over 6 weeks ago, we set a challenge to try and find 100 people who would try and raise £100 before Christmas, therefore raising a total of £10,000.
 
We’re pleased to announce that since we started the VIP100, 101 people rose to the challenge and raised an amazing £13,639.20.
 
There were various activities that people did to raise money – e.g. baking cakes, making facemasks, doing sponsored runs, raffles, etc. There were also several people who kindly donated the full amount, as well as people raising money in remembrance of their dogs, doing Facebook fundraisers and we even had one couple who donated part of their wedding gift fund.
 
We’d like to thank everyone who took part – whether being one of the VIP100 volunteers, buying raffle tickets, donating, wharever.
 
Attached are photos of some of the activities, as well as photos of participants’ dogs who inspired their owners to take part. We hope you enjoy looking at these.

**URGENT ONLINE RAFFLE** FOR AMBER

**URGENT ONLINE RAFFLE**

Unfortunately one of our Surrenders has been diagnosed with Cancer. She has had blood-work and fine needle aspiration of the area – has x ray booked for this week as well as hopefully removing the lump and spaying her.
We need your help to cover the vet costs as they are bound to reach rather high limits!

Her wonderful new family have donated some items for us to raffle off in hope of raising £800+ towards her fees.

For 5 raffle numbers – Please send £10 to The Red Foundation | Sort Code 309915 | Account Number 26911068

OR http://paypal.me/theredfoundation but preferably bank transfer so we don’t get charged fee.

Please reference ‘Amber Raffle’ and pop us a message or email once you have donated so we can match numbers up to your name and email address.

Prizes include:
Used Mulberry Bag worth £495.00
Mulberry men’s coat wallet black barely used worth £295.00
Dachshund Pyjamas New (Sizes limited) worth £20+
One Urban Pup Harness of your choice worth £15+
One Urban Pup Collar & Lead Set of your choice worth £18+

The winners will be selected at random and will get to pick their prize in order of being selected.

Raffle runs til Sunday 2nd April – PLEASE DONATE URGENTLY!