Tuesday, 3 January 2012

This train terminates here - All change!

Well people we survived 2011 and thats no mean feat!

2011 saw crazy hit a whole new level and 2012 is gonna be worse! Its easy to forget whats happened and whats coming so heres a keep overview of 2011 and what to expect in 2012!

Over the last 12 months you guys have helped us save 9 "case" dogs. Six of those dogs had never known anything but a kennel and at 16 months old have required alot of rehab to help set them on their way. Jake,  Molly and Izzy are still with us but ready for new homes. Merlin is also still with us and still looking for a bullbreed experienced home with no young children. He will be going into foster care in the next week to continue his rehab.

You have also helped us keep safe April a stunning staffie girl abandoned in the summer heavily pregnant. She gave birth to her pups but being a stafford no rescue place was forthcoming. April and one of her pups Kandie are still with us and looking for homes.

We have also helped a number of dogs caught up in the riots earlier in the year. One owner was forced from her home and during the madness her pup was attacked by another dog. With no home and no money you guys helped offer a spot of safety and vet care for his injuries. He is now back home with his owner.

It doesnt sounds much on paper but thats a total of over 20 dogs in 12 months. Each dog spends on average four months in our care. With kennel bills of £10 per dog per day thats thousands of pounds and we couldnt do it without your help.

Today for example we have costs of £40, tomorrow will be the same. We have had to fundraise like carzy and you guys have helped us keep going. We still have thousands to raise and we hope over 212 you will help us to keep the dogs safe.

We have dealt with more cases last year than ever before and we have watched courts get tougher and more dogs die. We have dealt with many issues surrounding housing associations and councils changing tenancies and the increased use of "agreed behaviour contracts".

We held No voice no choice a great event in Chertsey which despite having the motorway closed was a huge success.

We have also met some amazing people this year who have rolled up their sleves and got stuck in! In particular we must thank Sian Morton, Terry Edwards and Keeley Sutton for their help this year. You guys rock and sadly are stuffed this year cos you know your doing more of the same!lol

So whats the score for 2012?

Well theres alot of changes afoot. Our first priority is to focus on the dogs still in kennels, Izzy, Molly, April, Jake and Merlin. Kandie Aprils pup is still looking for a home.  We need to fine those homes and find the funds to keep them safe until we do.

Allie Green will be slightly less avaliable as she focuses less on the day to day running instead concentrates on set issues and one or two new avenues....oooo interesting i hear you say! Watch this space for details! The rest of the gang will still be about in full force so dont think we are going anywhere...thats just silly!

So anyone whose read this far is now probably wondering what the heck this has to do with trains terminating...well its easy.

2012 is the year all will change. The law WILL change, maybe at the end of this year maybe start of next but this is the year that the discussion will reach a whole new high and decisions will be made. There will be lots of angles and proposals thrown about and chances are we will end up with a law that is a mishmash of all those.

The danger is in among the shouts of "End BSL" someone misses the bit that will destroy many dogs of all breeds. The Dog Control Bill proposal ( Kennel Club Blue Cross Dogs Trust) is a good example of this as it allows for the destruction of dogs seized on "welfare grounds" prior to a trial. Anyone who is aware of what kennel stress can do to a dog will be aware that is a welfare issue but is ait right to kill a dog that has a problem because the law says that dog must be seized AND before its even been found guilty of anything?.
Or maybe in among the "End BSL" cries no one notices that actually it IS BSL. The Dog Control Act proposal ( RSPCA) is a good example of this. For all their cries of "we are anti BSL" their proposal keeps it in its current form and may well make things much harder!

So this year we will be wrapping up what we couldnt finish in 2011 and focus on the new legislation and the usual cases. We will be linking in with new ways to improve dog ownership and more importantly, the perception of certain breeds and certain owners.

Most importantly we will need your help even more than ever before...or rather the dogs, current and future need your help. Help to keep them safe, raise the funds, offer the spaces and help for every dog in the country to make sure that when the law changes, it will change for the better for them and not bring about a new canine holocaust!

So... put your fighting hats on people cos 2012 just got started and we have a hell of a fight to go through!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

And then they died.

I am often told of posts on the internet attacking DDA Watch or myself in some way or another. Sometimes the posts make me laugh as they are so "out there" it's just funny. The majority bore me. They are just ramblings and I don’t have the time or interest to set them straight. Most of the time it's supporters who email or privately message us what’s been said. I rarely have the time to go on the hundreds of different pages and thousands of different profiles looking for what’s being said by whom about what.

But what these silly little people posting these silly little posts don’t understand is there’s certain things we cannot say. By law. Not because we don’t want to say them…trust me on that. You have no idea how frustrating it is not to tell it exactly how it is or even set you straight. Id love nothing more than to tell the world of the things I've seen, show them even and offload on to someone else. Then they can walk a mile in our shoes and mentally bury the dogs that they couldn’t help too!

But we cannot legally. So to those posting their little posts :

I am sat here trying to write something having literally been told I cannot, by law, put what I wanted to put. I cannot say the whole story and correct your fabricated guesswork. So I’m going to talk a little about what I do. Read it. None of the information is based on any specific case although some may be similar as we deal with a huge range. But the info isn’t about any particular case. It is about what we do and more importantly why we do it.

Specifically it’s a demonstration, a demonstration of the main difference between you and me. You who havent even had the courage to post your accusations on this page in plain view.

If everything we knew stayed in the front of our minds we would go crazy and your posts bring everything flooding to the front. It’s been years. Do you have any idea how many dogs I've seen die? Do you have any clue of what it feels like to have someone kill a dog you KNOW you can save? To put your heart and soul on the line and watch it be pointless? Then have to get up and do it all over again? Have you any idea what you do to those trying to stop dogs dying every time you start on your rubbish?

I’ll be honest, I'm sick of being the one sitting here seeing what I see. I am sick of watching what happens next while the rest of the world sits there either not knowing, not caring or even worse, attempting to take a tiny snapshot of what I know, what I saw, what I FELT and I had to deal with to attack DDA Watch or myself with.

So now im going to try and get you to see it too, know and feel it just as we have to and if you STILL don’t get it you're not who you claim to be. Or maybe you are the person you claim to be, and that’s even sadder.

Every single day I get up and the phone rings or the emails are filling up again. I take a few details that are offered and I explain to everyone their options. I may be lied to, or not given the whole story. I may be given the truth. I don’t know. I'm not a mind reader and at the end of the day that is NOT why we do what we do.

You see, the point you are missing is in every single call there is one common factor. Somewhere in among the lies or the truth or the tears or the heartbreak or even maybe blood spill there’s a dog. That dog is probably now alone, scared and unknown to that dog its life is hanging in the balance. Someone somewhere could come along at any moment and watch that dog die.

And the crazy thing is…get this…. That dog, the victim in everything, that’s the one who will pay the ultimate price. That dog will fight hard to keep its heart beating and to keep breathing but when that injection finally hits its blood stream it will not have a choice. No matter how hard it tries, and it will try, its body will not do what its mind is begging it to do. It will not keep breathing and its heart won't keep beating.

Now often we will be aware of a case where for some reason the dog is not going to get home. Maybe there are a number of dogs and the owner can’t have them all back. Maybe there are welfare issues and the owner shouldn’t and won’t get the dog back. Maybe its just not wanted anymore. There are a lot of reasons why a dog may not go home.

But there’s only one reason why a dog will die and that’s because not enough people cared. I have fought hard to save a lot of dogs. I have seen their faces…you never will and they will never haunt you. I’ve read about them before I even meet them, how they lick your face so pleased to see you. How they cuddle in close, shy and nervous in the strange kennels. I’ve seen beyond the uncaring owner, the unwanted litter and maybe even the dog that’s been fought and I’ve seen a dog that wants and even moreso DESERVES to live.

I have then gone out of my way to TRY to give that dog just one small thing. A rescue place. Maybe I will be able to help that dog and find it a loving forever home to be cherished in. Maybe the idea of rescue won't last forever, maybe the damage will be done and it's too late to safely do anything. But maybe I can just for a short time hold that dog and spoil it in a way it has possibly never known. Maybe I can show that dog that someone actually cared and that dog will know for a moment what it is to be loved.

Maybe I will have to do the best thing by that dog, the thing that will destroy me but I will put that dog first. Maybe I'll have to hold that dog as the life I tried to save ends, as it heart stops beating and it stops breathing.
Maybe I will and maybe a piece of me will die with it.
But I will tell you now what I won't do.

I WILL NOT back away from offering or attempting to keep that dog breathing because someone with a laptop wants to spin things around to achieve their own sick purpose. I WILL NOT let any single person stop me from standing up and offering a dog a chance of a life when I can offer that. I don’t care if that person is a scumbag owner or an internet cowboy who sits behind a computer and doesn’t see the flood of dead dogs that had no one to stand up for them.

You will not stop me offering but your lies and attacks may stop someone letting that dog have that place and when that dog is fighting to keep breathing and keep its heart beating you post your news reports because we all know how factual and unbiased they are. You post your posts with your incorrect guesswork. Each time you do that know that YOU helped end its life.

If you knew me, which you dont you would know im not a people person. And that is the fundamental difference between you and me!
YOU see the people and decide who is worthy.
I see the dog and they are ALWAYS worthy.

So I will be the one watching them die when your attacks take their toll and I'll be the one to mentally bury them while YOU keep digging them up again.
I am proud of all the dogs we have stood by, I am proud of all those we saved and I am proud of all the attempts we made even when we lost, because we put everything on the line to save those lives. When those dogs hearts stopped beating and they stop breathing we will remember them when you never even knew they existed. And each time you attack us because your dont like something I will know we did something you could never do. Put the dogs above everything else.
So you attack all you like. But ask yourself this: what do you think happened to the dogs you keep forgetting to mention in your latest attack? Because all you are doing is help create the title of this post. So you tell me…How proud are you of that?

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The future of DDA watch

Its been almost a year since DDA watch became a registered company. We hoped that becoming a company would help us become bigger and stronger and really fight back against BSL. While we did indeed become much bigger the core heart of DDA Watch has not become bigger or stronger, if anything sheer exhaustion has almost crippled us.

We have never had as many dogs in as we do now and we have never had as many cases, several very important ones as we do now and to be honest we just cant cope anymore.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking hard to see if there is any realistic future for DDA Watch. We will stand by the dogs we have in our care and we will still work the cases we are currently doing. I sincerly hope this isnt the end but its not looking good. I hope all our supporters will be patient as we take the time to work out if we can continue to try and end this barbaric law.

Allie Green - founder .

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Puppy Naming competition to raise funds for DDA Watch

As many of our supporters know we currently have a litter of staffie pups and their mum currently in our care. Mum , now named April was found pregnant and straying and went on to give birth to 8 pups. The pups are now 4 weeks old and 5 of them still need names...and you can help choose them!

Below are pictures of each of the currently nameless pups and each pup is numbered 1-6.

For every £1 donated to our paypal account ddawatch@aol.com you will be able to pick a name and that name will be entered into a draw on monday morning at 10am. A draw will take place for each pup with the winners announced here.

You MUST include with your donation the NUMBER of the pup you wish to name AND your chosen name for that pup. For example £1 donation with a note stating "pup 1 boris"

If more than £1 donated please state EACH name for EACH numbered pup, for example "pup 1 = boris. Pup 2 = bert" and so on. If you want to donate for example £5 and have five entries of the same name for the same pup simply include the name and number of the pup with your donation and we will make sure the correct number of entries is added to the draw.

Make sense?! we hope so! So please take part in the great naming competition and send your donations via paypal to ddawatch@aol.com and include the details of which pup as seen below!

Pup one Female

Pup 2 female

pup 3 female

pup 4 female

pup 5 male

Monday, 1 August 2011

The Sinless Seven become the Extraordinary Eight

Today Team DDA Watch did it again. You saved a life. As you know recently we took in seven dogs all of whom had been held for over a year as potential banned breeds before being determined to be Not guilty.

Originally we were meant to take a total of ten dogs not seven. We booked the spaces and waited for their arrival however just a few days before they were due to arrive we were told that three of the ten had now been deemed pit bull types and would therefore not be allowed to come into our care. The owner of the dog was asked to sign the remaining dogs over for destruction or be taken to court again.

Thanks to the support and donations from Team DDA Watch (thats YOU!) we were in a postition to fight back and the owner refused to sign over. We paid for our own assessment of the remaining dogs and our expert determined that one of the accused was Not Guilty. We were prepared to go all the way to court if need be which was not needed as the Met decided to allow the 8th dog to come into our care. Sadly the remaining dogs were deemed type and with no home to go to they have been destroyed, victims of a draconian act that benefits no one. We are so sorry we couldnt save you too x

The 8th dog was unable to come to us right away as she had a cyst which required a biopsy. A nail biting wait followed as we waited to hear the results. The 8th dog had escaped being killed so many times could they really escape again?

It turned out they could so please say hello and welcome to Honey, the luckiest dog that ever existed, the one you saved.

Please PLEASE keep sharing and donating. We literally cannot save these guys without your help. Look at Honey - thats what its all about!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Song in a Million

'A Song in a Million'

DDAWatch is proud to announce: Your chance to have a song composed and recorded especially for you!

Award winning songwriter Maria Daines and producer Paul Killington have offered to write and record a special song for a loved one or for your special pet, past or present. The song can be in memory of a loved one or on any subject you choose and because it takes Maria and Paul many hours to record a new song, the fee will be £200 to be donated to DDAWatch for our 7 'not guilty' dogs kenneling fund.

All you need to do is tell Maria some background information about the person or pet that you would like the song written for.

The song will then be sent to you, signed by the artists on CD and also in mp3 format.

For a chance to have this special song tailor made for you please contact Allie Green at DDAWatch, email: DDAWatch@aol.com

Saturday, 25 June 2011

The Magnificent Seven - life begins!

A few weeks ago DDA Watch were asked to help with a number of dogs. The dogs had all been held as banned breeds by the police but further examination showed they were Not Guilty!

On 23rd June 7 of those dogs came into our care. Five of the seven were one year old males who were born in and spent their life to date in secret kennels. Their Mum, was also relased as was another female.

Now named Josie, Molly, Tigger, Harry, Cooper, Merlin and Boo their life starts now but they need your help.

Most of them have special diets and have or had skin complaints. All are entire and need neutering. All have great temprements but lack the training and socialisation they should have had. We will look after all seven dogs, rehabilitate them, neuter and eventually rehome them but we need your help to fund this fantastic journey. When they arrived they didnt even have a collar and costs are over £100 per day.

If you can help please donate even a few pounds. You can donate via paypal

or by bank transfer to

Lloyds TSB Bank PLC. 1 West Street, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6AA.

Bank account name: DDA Watch

Sort code 30-94-41 Account number 31464960

Please help us to help them, we cant do it with out you !

And please keep checking back for updates on the magnificent seven as their life starts now!