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We are desperately trying to raise some funds for Saber, initially to control his pain and then to look at the bigger picture and make life better for him again
Saber Update – 4th Aug 2020
This is an incredibly hard post to write. We are trying to keep this as open and honest as possible.
Firstly, a massive Thank You to everyone who has donated so far we are so very grateful, but not out of the woods yet!
We really need you to keep donating if you possibly can, although the way forward doesn’t seem quite so clear cut at the moment.
Saber has now been seen by 2 independent vets, both of which have the view that removing all of the teeth in one operation would be too traumatic and possibly cause more damage ie fracture of his jaw. We have decided that treatment for Saber will probably need to be carried out over a period of time. Initially, we are going to have the 5 teeth removed that have been identified as causing him pain ASAP continue with painkillers and monitor Saber removing more teeth as and when necessary
We have 2 reasons for making this decision which I will try to explain…..
The 2 vets we have consulted and the investigating SSPCA Officer do not feel it would be in Saber’s best interest to subject him to a huge traumatic operation that may actually cause him more damage. We also need to take into account the cost of the operations that may be needed and whether after subjecting Saber to multiple painful traumatic operations we will be able to provide him with a good quality of life which brings me to our 2nd reason.
Since Saber has been with his foster we have seen behaviours that have given us cause for concern.
Saber constantly paces his kennel he holds something in his mouth all the time he also has periods of blankness staring upwards to the sky and periods of excess destructiveness. Much more concerning have been incidents of unexplained aggression, which is unpredictable and for a reason, we have not as yet been able to identify. Even with no teeth, Saber is able to cause significant damage. We have learnt a little about Saber’s past because of the ongoing SSPCA investigation we are unable to share this information but Sabers’ past has not been great and he has been kept in conditions which may be related to his behaviour. We also know that Saber’s former owners were male which may explain his apparent dislike of men. Yesterday was not a happy day, we and Sabers foster spent hours discussing Saber and his future with the vet and the investigating SSPCA officers and we have all arrived at the same decision.
Currently, Saber is not rehomeable to a civilian/pet home because he is unpredictable which in turn makes him dangerous! Obviously we cannot place Saber in a working home ( we now know he was a working dog) because he has no teeth. We have considered the option of a sanctuary but after discussions with a number of professionals, we do not believe this is a safe or appropriate option for Saber if his behaviour and aggression remain the same.
We have been advised by the vet that at the moment it is probably pointless having a professional assessment of Saber as he is too much in pain. We are hoping that once Saber 5 teeth are removed and some of his pain subsides his behaviour will change he will settle down and the aggression levels we have seen will start to subside as we are fully aware that sometimes behaviour and aggression cannot be ” fixed” but we are equally aware that often issues can be controlled and safely managed. This will be an option we will be exploring too
We will proceed with our plan to remove the teeth, give pain relief monitor progress until mid-November when we will review this plan. We honestly don’t know what the future holds for Saber right now but if he is to have a future it has to be one where he will have a good quality of life.
We are all hoping for a miracle and I know Saber foster is finding this incredibly hard and very upsetting ( she isn’t alone) but we know we have to be realistic.
The SSPCA Officer actually said it was nice to deal with a rescue who was knowledgeable experienced and realistic
Sabers foster is going to make sure Saber has the best time of his life and is very much loved while he is in her care. If anyone would like to send treats toys food etc to Saber I know these gifts would be appreciated. Please contact us for details of where to send them.
As an aside If there really is anyone out there that lives alone in a remote and secure location who is experienced with large powerful aggressive dogs with behavioral issues and would like a companion we would like to hear from you. It is important to note Saber is not aggressive all the time he’s mostly a very lovely dog but his unpredictable behaviour makes him at times dangerous.
any other ideas or suggestions that we may not have considered, again please get in touch.
We will update you all regularly
For now, we are trying to keep positive and help Sabers life be a happier one
It started with a desperate phone call to New Dawn from a genuine person wanting to do the best by the dog.
Dave had originally called Belgian Shepherd Rescue UK and Pamela Jameson had directed him to us, she told him ” If anyone could take him and help him, they can”.
Its great that rescues all over the UK can work together for the sake of the dog and the best possible outcome.
From there on the story unfolds;
Dave leaves a message: (Not his real name for privacy) I have a dog, I’ve made a mistake, I’ve barely had him a day and everything is going wrong. I’ve been up all night, he won’t settle and worse, he’s mouthed my gf’s arm, making quite bad scratches. He won’t settle, He seems to be bothered by his mouth!
We made contact, not knowing what to think;
We swing into action with our nationwide network of foster. This time the dog is in Scotland so we made contact with our newly formed Scotland branch and as luck would have it Diane, has a space and is willing to take him.
We quickly get back to Dave and say ‘Please take the dog to Diane’. Having only had Saber 24 hours and for the dogs safety Dave quickly makes contact with Diane and purchases a dog guard to keep Saber safe on the journey. They head off. . . .
He’s a lovely boy, obviously lively and playful but somethings isn’t quite right
Diane notices and goes in for a closer inspection
His teeth are worn/filed down to almost nothing.
No People were harmed in the making of these pictures!
He also has other injuries, So Saber went off to the vets
We get our confirmation from the vets;
Johnny's 1st swim and he absolutely loved it 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
Some times things dont always work out as we hoped but as long as our dogs are in the right home and happy who cares 😊😊😊
Kyra was assessed by a hmp today unfortunately she wasn't what they were looking for 😔😔
Kyra foster had already asked if Kyra didn't go to the hmp could she adopt her
Well guess what .......
We said a GREAT BIG YES 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁
HAPPY GOTCHA DAY TO KYRA AND HER (FAILED ) FOSTER🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣❤❤❤❤ ... See MoreSee Less
Remember Coal ....
A dog we really didn't know if we could turn around and had real worries about the level of aggression he'd shown ....
Well as usual Lenni Paul has worked her magic and Coal is an absolutely lovely dog who once bonded to his handler would be willing to die for them without hesitation
Coal is a dog who needs to build his trust in his handler at his pace hes not a dog who can be pushed ( hes far from nervous hes a big strong confident dog who isn't going to let anyone boss him about)
Coal needs a calm competent kind handler he needs to be someone equal partner rather than just a work tool
We are looking for a force or hmp willing to give Coal a chance ( you wont be disappointed)
Please pm me for more information ... See MoreSee Less
Well this our big brave boy tonight and his bill ,his recop and what he has taken out today. The teeth in the picture should be his fangs and be double the length every tooth in his mouth is the same. At the bottom off every tooth taken out today was infection the teeth had started to go mushy from the base of the roots to half way into the gum. Saber has been in excruciating pain and the reason he has been holding things in his mouth is for pressure to ease pain like what humans do with toothache .What someone has put him though is terrible not even getting veterinary help to ease the pain but ok to sell on its disgusting . We thank you all for the continual support and donations please dont stop we are not out of woods yet .Woof Woof (Thank you) from Saber xxx ... See MoreSee Less
Rayne when she arrived and today HMP Patrol Dog Rayne
Oh lovely girl we are so very proud 😊❤
Our absolute best wishes to Rayne and her handler ... See MoreSee Less
Johnny was playing with the kids today and we were looking at how big his paws are! He also decided he likes to sit on my shoulder like a parrot🙈 ... See MoreSee Less
Well our big brave boy is out of theatre and doing well he has had 1 full side out today and my vet has been excellent . I will update later with bill and news off how he is . Thank you everyone for your support . ... See MoreSee Less
Why is this lovely girl still waiting for her forever home?
Please consider Ruby if you are looking for the perfect pet/companion dog
Ruby foster Tereza Wells is happy to answer any questions anyone may have about Ruby ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful Belle happily settled in her forever home 😊❤❤ ... See MoreSee Less