• Support a BTRF Foster Dog

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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.  

  • If you would like to make a donation towards the ongoing support for our long term foster dogs please visit our DONATE page - there are lots of ways you can contribute! THANKYOU!

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


  • 'Percy Poppet'

    Deemed unmanageable in his early months, Mr. Percy was a very stressed dog when he first arrived in BTRF’s care almost two years ago.

    He bounced everywhere on his 2 back legs, chewed and ate his way through everything he could find, was terrified of being groomed, hated being separated but didn’t really want to be touched, was very unsure about other dogs and had very few positive experiences to draw on.

    He arrived with a ‘clean bill of health’ and was just thought to be a ‘naughty’, out-of-control teenager, but we knew this was going to be a case for Aunty Lisa and her Dynamic Dog Practitioner skills.

    We could see straight away all was not quite right with his movement and when we started a pain-relief trial – and watched him calm and relax almost instantly – we knew we were on the right track… we just didn’t know how complicated that path would prove!

    Our gorgeous Mr. Percy is quite the medical mystery. He has clear pain in his right hind leg, which responds well (but not fully) to a comprehensive pain management strategy. He has had xrays, an MRI, been reviewed by orthopaedic and neurological specialists and we still can’t quite pin down the source. But we have got him feeling a LOT better. The right diet, supplements, pain medication, physiotherapy, rest, behavioural support …… and Percy Picklepants is now Percy Poppet (unless he’s up to mischief anyway – as all the best beddies do!!!)

    This beautiful boy has his whole life ahead of him, thanks to BTRF – and we will support him for the rest of his life to ensure he stays happy and well. We are currently looking for a more permanent foster home for him (with a view to adopt when he is ready). Our foster homes work closely with us to help the dog in their care and this will be even more the case for Percy. You will have the opportunity to work with Percy’s dedicated BTRF care team and will be given all the support you need to help him.

    Because of his condition he will never be a go anywhere, do anything dog and won’t need loads of exercise, quite the opposite, he will be happy with a short sniffy mooch and a comfy sofa somewhere so he can excel and stay the happy, mischievous Beddie he is now!

    If you feel you could offer Percy a foster home or would like to know more, please contact our Training and Behaviour Advisor, Kaye Scott on kaye.scott@bedlingtonrescue.co.uk


  • '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!!

    Lots of luv


  • '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



  • 'Little Mo'

    Little 'Mo' came into foster care with us 3 years.

    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.