26th July 2020
At last Mr Shaggy aka Lukas is booked on the Happy Bus to freedom. He has had a haircut. He will be here mid August. I did not think it right to be transporting dogs during the lockdown so he had to wait. If you would like to send a donation for him that would be great as we haven't been able to do any fundraising during lockdown. But, don't worry, he is coming anyway
19th July 2020
Lori had to have his nails cut. Quite a challenge. Thanks to our great vets understanding of some of our rescues we were able to give him a sedative so Phil and I could do them at home to save the stress of taking him into the surgery. A good vet is essential when working with dogs like Lori. Thanks for all your help Lizzie from Rhyd Broughton
7th June 2020
Now I feel AshBlonde is less frightened of me I am moving on with her rehab. I have been stroking her gently, just once, down her back before I put her food bowl down. I will still be doing the same, but now I will move on to the big guns - Turkey off cuts. They vanished rather quickly when I turned my back to leave the kennel today ! It is expensive, but worth it to get her to see me not as a threat but as her friend. I hope one day she will trust me. Her eyes are more gentle. Its hard to get a photos cos soon as I get a camera out she looks like the most unhappy dog in the world. She isn't, she is just like Bella and hates cameras. Soon hand feeding will begin. I love this girl, she had been in the kennel in the shelter for 5 years. Rome wasn't built in a day, and I have plenty of patience to work with a girl like this.
31st May 2020
Our other little Black girl Nora/Joanie is getting better. She is shy with people so we must socialise her with lost of people before we look for a home for her. She sits on my lap for a cuddle each day. She is such a sweetie, we all love her. As soon as members of our rescue committee can come back to the kennels we will all be working with her and Babs.
24th May 2020
Today was the day for Babs. I have been working with her since October when she arrived. I worried that the 6 weeks when I couldn't see her due to my eye op would have set her back. She has been moving on fast the last few days and weeks. Today was our big day, our big breakthrough. She put her paws on the concrete by herself with no treat, no me luring her, just her idea, and off we went.
17th May 2020
It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you all that Miss Pink Pyjamas / Skye got her angel wings yesterday. She was taken into our vets to be pts by her owner 2 years ago already a very old lady, our vet rang me, sent a photo and got permission to let us take her. She was so matted we had to shave her. I am sure you all remember her Pink PJs. She was very lucky to be homed with 3 of our other rescues with Kerry and Saffi, members of our dog club. We could not have wished for a better home for her. She has had the best 2 years of her life. We are all shedding tears and sending our very grateful thanks to Kerry and her family for the wonderful care she gave our girl. God Bless our little girl.
10th May 2020
Little Joanie / Nora is getting better. She is so shy bless her. Now Babs is improving it gives me time to start working with Joanie. She gets click treat every time she looks at me. Yesterday she took her food from my hand. She is a real sweetie, right up my street, her little face is so lovely.She has got a soft bed but always pushes it out of the bed in the day time ? I put it back at night and she sleeps on it then.
3rd May 2020
Massive thank you to Harringtons Pet foods. They have donated dried and wet, dog and cat food to smaller rescues who don't usually get a look in. We were very lucky that they choose us. This will really help us out just now as we cannot do our usual big fund raiser which we were due to do in March. Money we would have spent on feeding the dogs and cats can be kept in reserve in case we have vet bills to pay.
This of course is on top of all the donations of food we have received from our supporters. Jill heaves a big sigh of relief
5th April 2020
Very sad news this morning. Miss Molly O'Malley one of our little rehomed rescue cats that went missing before Xmas has been found dead. The lady that found her took her to Rhyd Broughton Vets to be scanned so at least her owner would know what had happened to her, she had only recently died. She must have got lost and couldn't find her way home. If you are that person, please can you just let us know where she was found, her owner would like to know and also thank you for taking her to be scanned.
22nd March 2020
I had to make a decision about Callie. She was due to leave us today for her new home. I didn't think it fair to keep her until all this was over, poor girl could be months. So we kept well away from each other while going through all the usual advice about looking after her. One less for Phil to look after too while I am on light duties. We will miss you Callie, you are such a little sweetie and made us laugh. Good luck baby, your new life begins today. Job Done x
15th March 2020
We are all so sad we wont be able to see each other for a while. I thought I would put up some of our old photos showing happier times for us all to enjoy. How lucky, rescue cat had 4 kittens, one each to cuddle. Keep safe everyone, we are in it together, Happy Days is a big family and we will support each other through this like we have every other crisis we have faced.
16th February 2020
Lovely message from Moosie, now Lola.
I have been living with my humans Daniel and Sylvia for nearly 3 years now, but I have never forgotten Happy Days and am very grateful to you for bringing me here.( Even if my humans don't let me eat nearly as much stuff I find on the street as I want to !!). She has also sent pressies for any little dogs we have here. Sorry I think I forgot to post a thank you Moosie, you know how busy I am and sometimes get a bit behind !!
Sounds like you are having a grand life, a bit different from the one you were rescued from on the mean streets of Romania
26th January 2020
Little Nora, or Peeky as I call her as she likes to peek around the door looking at me, is improving. Now Tiny Peg has been homed I can work on her without a Peg on my head. She is such a sweet girl, but very shy. Once she looses her nerves she will be a very loving little one. More work to do yet, but watch this space for updates.
19th January 2020
Poor Miss Dixie, twice people have said no, not for them, she is the sweetest girl you could ever hope to meet. She is so like Little Guy its amazing. Her fosterer has decided to keep her with her. Lucky, lucky Miss Dixie, what a fantastic new Mum and Dad you have landed yourself. We have a home offered for her puppy so it looks like both are about to start their new lives.
12th January 2020
Now Xmas and New Year are over we get down to the serious job of finding homes for the dogs in rescue. We had already had enquiries for the dogs that are ready to go so are arranging home checks and visits for them. Tiny Peggy left us yesterday for her new life. She has a new brother to play with. They got on great yesterday. Going to miss you little one, you made us all laugh with your antics. Lucky you, your new life begins Good luck baby - Job Done xx
29th December 2019
Look who came to drop of some pressies for everyone - Rosie. Her fur is like silk, she is so happy. The £20 we paid last year just a few days before Xmas to get her out of the kill shelter was the best £20 we have ever spent. God love you Rosie, what a lovely girl you are, and you have made your Mum smile again xx
15th December 2019
Massive thank you to everyone that has sent Xmas pressies for the dogs and cats we have resident or waiting for a home. I have photographed just a few. On Wed night after class a few of us will stay behind and make up the Xmas bags for them. I cant believe how generous you are. The dogs and cats will have a great day xx
1st December 2019
Big day for Miss Dixie and her pup tomorrow. They will be on board the happy bus heading to the U K. Hopefully they will arrive on Saturday where massive cuddles await. She should have come months ago but then she surprised everyone by giving birth to 6 pups. Now its your turn baby, you are coming home xx
3rd November 2019
20th October 2019
Faith is an old lady now, maybe 14 or 15, her back legs are starting to let her down. When she came 4 ish years ago we thought she would be with us for just a couple of years. She is on medication which has helped her such a lot. Phil has given her Eddies coat and she loves it. She is like a dog walk model strutting her stuff on the yard to the envy of the others x
13th October 2019
Can't thank Sonia Goulding and her friends enough for putting on a fund raising cafe for Happy Days Animal Rescue and The Candy and Tibby Trust this afternoon. She works so hard baking all the wonderful cakes, and we just come along and drink tea and eat cake, and chat. Another great afternoon raising funds for rescue xx
15th September 2019
What a lovely day for me. Milly came to see me. She travelled over with Lori to be his friend and help him to become a happier boy. Once we saw how long it was going to take him to recover we decided it was not fair on Milly to have to stay in kennels with him. We looked for a very special home for her and found one that was just perfect. Her little tail never stops wagging.
8th September 2019
Fingers crossed everyone we can get this poor girl out of Barland Kill Shelter very soon. We have a rescuer trying to get her and will keep her in her own house until we can get her ready to travel. I have called her Babs (Black and Beautiful). A lady has been feeding her on the streets for 4 years, she has begged a rescue to help her, she has never been any trouble. Now she is in the hands of the scum they call the dog catchers, we have to try and save her and get her to Happy Days so she can find a new life free from danger.
1st September 2019
Philip is feeling so much better now those nasty old worms are gone. He loves to come out and play with Tammy. He enjoyed all the brushing yesterday from Sian. Tammy is like a new dog, now she is up to the weight she should be. What a lovely pair, so glad we were able to get them to Happy Days, big thanks to everyone that had a hand in that.
11th August 2019
A very kind friend of Happy Days sent us a large donation just a couple of weeks ago and hoped it would be enough to save a dog, it is.
So introducing Ash, she will be arriving late September to join us at Happy Days, she is 10 years old and has been waiting in a cage for 5 years to be rescued. Well baby, you are coming home at last.
21st July 2019
Had a lovely phone call today to let us know that Sassi has settled into her new home really well. She has been there 2 weeks so today was allowed out for the first time. She was very good and walked beautifully on the lead. Thanks to dog club members that taught her lead walking skills. They are very pleased with her, and guess what, just as I said would happen, she hasn't been barking, she was just excited at being out of kennels. I cant tell you how much it means to us to have updates on the dogs and cats we re home.
7th July 2019
Our Little Miss Dixie was keeping something hidden !! The rescue she is with in Romania thought she was looking better and putting weight on now she is being looked after and having good food. Now we see why !! Our little girl is soon to become a Mother. So we can't move her until she has had her pups. This is the life of rescue, never a dull moment.
30th June 2019
Philip is doing very well. He is being treated by Lizzie at Rhyd Broughton and is improving every day. From a dog that didn't bother to come out of his kennel in Romania to our lovely lad who loves to see us. He is on restricted exercise at the moment and took me by surprise this morning by coming out of his kennel at a run. Lead on tomorrow my lad, you are obviously feeling much better.
12th May 2019
Our beautiful little Taz left for her new home today. She has waited a long time for the right home and she is a very lucky girl to have found a lady that is just perfect for her. She also has a new brother. What a lucky girl she is, have a great life Taz, I am sure going to miss you lovely girl. Job Done xx
21st April 2019
Our new resident rescue dog arrived last week. Jill was a bit excited to welcome her to Happy Days. She has been very badly treated and is extremely thin. We will be feeding her 6 times a day, small meals until she is up to the weight she should be. She can now look forward to a life full of love and cuddles from the Happy Days Gang.
31st March 2019
Our beautiful Sara left for her new home on Saturday. I don't think Jill wanted her to go. Always happens ! But this was one very special girl who had crept right into Jill's heart. She has had a wonderful home and we will see her every week in class. Got to put the dog first, but sometimes its hard.
13th January 2019
Jumping on the Happy Bus in two weeks time is Jade. Jill saw this photo of her in the dreaded Botosani Kill Station in Romania. She got in touch and offered to bring her to Happy Days. She is now having all her health checks ready to travel. I think all the girls will be fighting for a cuddle with this lovely girl.
6th January 2019
Our lovely Betty who we thought would live at Happy Days forever due to her past and her being so frightened, blossomed after arriving and working with Jill for a few weeks. She is such a wonderful girl Jill said it would be a shame not to find her a home. We were very lucky that one of our dog club members fell in love with her when she first arrived. Just after New Year off she went to live with Angela, a perfect match, good luck lovely girl.
18th November 2018
I was asked by a friend to find a new little middle aged dog for her little girl. Her little dog had died a few weeks before. I found Friday who was with a friend of ours in Rescue in Romania. Message to Carmen, dog booked on transport with Dana, assessed when he arrived to make sure he was suitable. Intro to resident dog went very well, home check done, Friday off to new home. That's how is should be, a bit of patience and the right dog in the right home. Lucky Friday, now Jangles x
4th November 2018
Betty will soon be arriving at Happy Days. This poor girl has been waiting 3 years for someone to notice her and offer to help her. She did have a home, but as she wasn’t any good at guarding they put her out on the street and shut the gates. She waited outside for a long time and then wandered off. This is when she was hit by a car. Her owners just left her lying there with 2 broken front legs. She was lucky someone saw her and she was taken to a vet for treatment but has been stuck in a little kennel and run ever since. We hope she will be rehomeable, but if not, she will be a friend for Lorenzo and will stay here with him to help him cope with life.
21st October 2018
7th October 2018
Well we did it, our annual sponsored walk. This year we walked around the Rhug Estate near Corwen. We had a great day, walking, eating lunch and of course chatting away. I love it when the 3 training groups come together to try and collect enough funds to help us through another year of rescue. We have over £1000 and hope to push it to £1500 once we have all the sponsor money in. Thank you everyone that took part or sponsored us, we have a great team here at Happy Days x
23rd September 2018
Our new dogs arrived this week. They were tired from the long journey but soon livened up once they had had a good nights sleep. They came into dog club this morning to meet some our club members that help us run our rescue. We will be doing our Sponsored Walk next Sunday at the Rhug Estate near Corwen, we hope to raise lots of money so we can rescue more animals.
16th September 2018
This little fella is called Friday as he was found by Carmen our rescue friend on a Friday. He is on his way to Happy Days and will arrive on Monday. Can't wait to meet him and give him a big love. I am sure he will soon be heading off for his new home. What's not to love about him. He already has someone interested, so after a few days to rest he will meet the dog who hopefully will be his new sister. If they don't hit it off, then he will be looking for a new home in a couple of weeks after assessment.
9th September 2018
Our lovely Nita can be a bit naughty. She was such a sad case when she arrived at Happy Days. Her name in Romania was 'Suffering' Bless her. After Jill spent many months working with her to show her we are really quite nice and the other dogs just want to play, she is a changed girl Jill even took her to Bangor University last year when she was giving a talk about her work doing rehab with very stressed dogs. She likes nothing better now than to get into the wood shed and dig holes, as she only has 3 legs she does it with her nose. This is the face Jill gets when she askes her if anyone has been digging holes. Me Mum, no, I have no knowledge of anyone digging holes at all !!
2nd September 2018
Alice left this week for her new home. She is a very lucky girl, she will have a sister to live with and a lot of family dogs to play with. We will miss Alice, she wasn't very well when she arrived and so has been here a bit longer than normal and we have all spoiled her. She didn't want to leave Paul who was one of her favourite people to cuddle with. Good Luck Alice, see you soon in training class.
26th August 2018
Our lovely old lady Skye, also known as Miss Pink Pyjamas is well and truly settled in her new home. After a phone call from our vet to say she had been taken in to be pts by her owners, but they would hand her over to rescue, Jill jumped in the car to go and collect her. At age 14 we didnt think she would get a home, but we were happy for her to live out her life at Happy Days. She was very matted so we had to shave all her fur off. As you can see, she is fully recovered, fur grown, beautiful and silky and she has a home to call her own. We miss her at Happy Days, but were very happy to see her leave for her retirement home. Job well and truly done x
19th August 2018
Big thanks to Matt and Emma for hosting our Rescue Committee meeting last week at their pub, The Fox and Hounds in Pwllglas near Ruthin. A warm welcome and great food as usual.
We had lots to discuss. Fund raising always top of the agenda.
This years main fund raiser will be a Sponsored Walk - Harry's Hike for Happy Days. Those of you that have followed the Harry Story from the start will know what a major thing it is for him to be able to come out for a walk with us. He is ok as long as he has his club friends and handlers with him. There will be more details soon for people that would like to sponsor Harry.
We hope our supporters will help us to keep doing the work we all love, saving animals who need us and putting a smile back on their little faces.
12th August 2018
Lucky Harry had a visitor this week. Anna used to come and sit with him and give him cuddles when he was first coming into Dog Club. She has been off to University for 3 years but he certainly had not forgotten her. He was soon cuddling up just like he used to. Harry is very lucky to have such a large fan club.
5th August 2018
Winnie and Bella have booked their seats on the Happy Bus and will be arriving with us in September. They are Mother and Daughter and need to be homed together. Just two small dogs who have had a rough time in Romania and ended up in a kill shelter ( I know those two words don't go together do they !) They were rescued by Sofia Radu and are being looked after at her Shelter. We cant wait for them to arrive so we can shower them with love and find them a good home for the rest of their lives.
29th July 2018
Alice came into dog club today to learn some basic commands for when she finds her new home. She had a great time getting to know everyone. She loves other dogs. We think she would be better homed with another dog to play with. She is about 1 - 2 years old, an all round lovely girl. She soon had Matt giving her cuddles and treats.
22nd July 2018
We carried our very frightened little lad Lorenzo into the training school yesterday to see if he would socialise or at least take some interest in another dog and people. We could not have been happier. He cuddled in to Jill's dog Jo and had a good look at everyone. He didn't walk around but it is early days, he has come on so much in the short time he has been here. 4 people sat with him and talked to him, he even had a bit of a brush. Small steps, but steps in the right direction of his rehabilitation.