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    The number of foster dogs coming into our care in need of ongoing medical and / or behavioural back up and support is increasing. Many are needing expensive medication and regular health checks and will stay in forever or long term foster care because of these needs.

    Your support will help pay for any on-going vet bills, medication, specialist food, enrichment toys and behavioural care, whilst they live their lives with us in foster.  

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    We currently have 10 dogs in foster care. Here are just a few of their stories - check back regularly for updates!


  • 'Pippin'

    Hi everyone, ‘Pippin’ here! I came to BTRF earlier in 2021 in quite a bad way. I had lots of medical issues include a really bad skin condition, itchy smelly ears, two lump thingies on my tummy, one on my tail and one on my side.

    I am an oldie at 11 years so BTRF took very special care of me and I am in foster care at the moment with an amazing foster parent, and we are under the watchful, experienced eye of Aunty Lisa and BTRF’s Aunty Kaye!

    I had to have an operation to remove three lumps and to give me an extra thorough check over because I am a more senior Beddie. Well that has been done and I am recovering with my lovely foster mum. We had to wait patiently biting our finger nails (well, I bit my paw nails!) waiting to hear the results of the tests Dr Georgie did on the lumps to see what they were.

    Apparently it is good news but also 'not sure news'! So here goes!

    The lump on my side was nothing to worry about and that's gone now- hoorah! Dr Georgie could only remove one lump on my tummy because the skin there was very thin caused by the medication I have been on for a lot of years to try to help my skin issue, so there wouldn't have been much skin to stitch if both were removed at the same time - yuk!

    But that lump was also nothing to worry about and that's gone too - hoorah, hoorah!! But the other one on my tummy that couldn't be taken away at the same time will also have to be removed. My amazing care team won't know what that is yet of course.

    So they are going to let me have some time to chill out and when they all feel I am ready they will remove the second lump on my tummy and the one on my tail.

    Phew - that's my news! I am recovering well and there were lots of smiling faces when I went back for cuddles last week to have my wounds checked out.

    My BTRF house buddy is really looking after me and even lets me cuddle up with him as I think he feels a bit sorry for me! Here are a couple of photos of the two of us chillin' together! I am the liver one!!

    I will be having my second op as soon as I am ready - so watch this space!

    Lots of luv


  • 'Luna'

    Hello lovely BTRF supporters! Luna here, BTRFs newest foster dog - I am just 6 years old!

    Aunty Kaye, from BTRF has asked me to introduce myself now that I have been in BTRF’s care for a few weeks and am feeling much more relaxed and chilled and ready to say hello!

    I am sure you know that when dogs like me come into foster with BTRF, for the first couple of weeks at least we are given a much needed chance to ‘noodle’ and do nothing other than to get to know our new homes and foster parents. This is very important because when a rescue dog goes through a life change like I have, we have to have time to take a breath and unwind because we are so anxious. Rushing out for a walk and taking in all the novel experiences outside the safety of our new home is way too stressful and can make our anxieties much worse.

    So here I am in a lovely foster home chillin’! My foster parents have been through the BTRF’s Foster Carers’ Training Scheme so know exactly how to help me, plus they are working very closely with Aunty Lisa (from Canine Thinking) and Aunty Kaye to make sure they do all the right things to help me settle.

    I came to BTRF because I wasn’t getting on with my house buddy and my owner thought it better for me to find a new home where there were no other dogs.

    But once I was in BTRF’s care I had the usual full medical MOT. This is when I got to meet the lovely people at Eden Vets and they and Aunty Lisa started to unpick my issues.

    They have looked at my diet and made lots of changes to help me feel better in my tummy. Aunty Lisa keeps asking my foster parents for ‘poo’ photos - YUK!!! Apparently this gives her a great idea as to how well my tummy is coping as my diet is gradually changed.

    They also suspect I have some discomfort in my back legs and that is going to be investigated to help me feel more comfortable and less anxious - we all know that pain can affect behaviour a lot.  I will also need to have my teeth checked and cleaned and my amazing care team will sort that out with my foster parents and BTRF as soon as I am ready.

    So all in all I am doing fine but there are lots of issues to look at and work through and I just need time and support to adjust to my new life. Which I have to say, I am very happy with and I think my foster parents are pretty taken with me too.

    Licky slurps



  • 'Doogal'

    Evening everyone. I am 6 years old and my name is ‘Doogal’, I am BTRF’s latest foster dog and I have quite a story to share with you.

    I came to BTRF about 3 weeks ago because my owner could no longer keep me. He was very sad but I was very relieved that he asked BTRF if they could take care of me and find me a new home.

    The BTRF team tell me I am very special because I have something called copper toxicosis. Because I have this condition BTRF have placed me in a very special foster home – they are what BTRF call a ‘forever foster’. Apparently this means that I will stay with my new family forever so I can stay under BTRF’s watchful eye. So I think I am a very lucky Beddie as I will be getting the best possible care.

    Everything happen very quickly when I arrived – I was given a quiet few days so that I could get over my life change. Apparently this is normal when a BTRF rescue dog first go into their new home. It helped me feel much calmer and gave me a chance to relax and get to know my new foster parent. I didn’t have any walks or visitors for several days (that would have been way way too much for me – I wasn’t ready for that). I just spent lots of time ‘noodling’ around my new home and doing lots of sleeping – wow that really helped – I needed plenty of sleep to help me feel much better about going to a new home.

    I needed to have some blood tests to see how well my liver was coping and it was good news, the results were all very positive considering I have had this disease all my life. But I now have a very special team of Drs advising and looking after me because they know a lot about about the condition I have. Apparently I love the attention I am getting, my foster mum told Aunty Kaye that I am a real chilled out ‘cuddle bunny’ who is very happy when I have a lap to hijack!

    I have a special Dr who is putting together my new diet and I will have to see another Dr who will check my liver regularly just to make sure that all the care that I am receiving is helping to support me in the right way.

    So that’s my story so far as I start my new BTRF journey. I will keep you all updated with my progress as I am not going anywhere, BTRF will be looking after my care forever now and will be working closely with my foster parent to help keep me well.

    Cuddles and hugs



  • 'Shandy'

    'Shandy' is one of our first ever 'Twilight Foster Dogs'. He is now 13 years old and a Beddie x Whippet who came into our care in 2017. He was due to be put to sleep but fortunately another breed rescue stepped in and then contacted us for our help. We immediately came to his aid and placed him in BTRF foster care. It quickly became apparent that he had medical issues in the form of seizures and significant anxiety to the outside world, which sadly appeared to be exacerbating his medical condition. We immediately found him the medical treatment he needed and appointed a highly qualified behaviourist, Helen Greenley, to work with the foster carers to help him with his fear of the world outside the safety of his foster home.

    Shandy will stay with us for his twilight years because of his medical needs. But as the behavioural care helped to address his anxieties he now loves his walks with his house buddy, Chester and enjoys life to the full!


  • 'Little Mo'

    Little 'Mo' came into foster care with us last year.

    Like 'Shandy' she suffered with anxiety to the outside world and has needed regular behavioural back up and support to help build her confidence and to help her cope better with life. She also has allergies which we need to treat on a regular basis.

    Little 'Mo' is doing really well but will be in long term foster while we help address her behavioural and medical needs.