Collection of Collars & Leads from the UK

posted 27 Sep 2017, 06:49 by Richard Young   [ updated 7 Nov 2017, 11:41 ]

I put a request out to my friends in the UK Flyball clubs for old leads and collars, the response was over whelming with over 30 kg of leads, collars and harnesses collected. These were shipped over and I have been busy sorting out, mending were necessary and they will be distributed to rescue centres and foster homes across Bulgaria

These are the collars that the two rescue dogs came to me wearing, this was the catalyst for me to collect old collars and leads from the UK.The collars are now mended and ready to go back to the rescue centre.

Save Lucy's Dogs

posted 29 May 2017, 13:48 by Richard Young   [ updated 29 May 2017, 13:53 ]

Urgent Appeal:The Haven rescue centre in central Bulgaria has been ordered to close in three months. If homes cannot be found for the 55+ dogs they will seized by the authorities and destroyed.
These dogs are living at present in Central Bulgaria and are been looked after by Lucy Irvine and her team of supporters. With no warning the rescue centre has been informed it must close due to objections from residents in the nearest village, if homes are not found within 3 months, these dogs will be taken away by the Bulgarian officials and destroyed.
This is going to be a massive effort but it can be done! foster homes are needed until passports can be arranged, forever homes and donations also. Any help will be appreciated, please contact Save Lucy's Dogs Facebook page here.
More information is available on the website Street Dog Rescue-Bulgaria

Dog Licence Tax in Bulgaria

posted 6 Apr 2017, 12:26 by Richard Young

During the visit to the Mayor to pay our village tax, our dogs came up in the discussion and I was handed registration forms to be completed and handed back. Our Mayor was looking for money to help fund the control of the stray dogs.

The fees seem to vary from area to area, in our area it is 5 lv for each dog and is due by the 31st March each year. The form has to be completed to register each dog even if the dog is excempt. Looking at the list of exceptions I begin to wonder how much money is collected however it is designed to encourage owners to neuter and thus control the stray dog population.

The form in Bulgarian which has to be completed in Bulgarian.

The same form translated into English for ease of completion.

Dog Jacket

posted 30 Dec 2016, 11:20 by Rovers Retreat   [ updated 30 Dec 2016, 11:20 by Richard Young ]

The weather turned cold so we used an old fleece and coat to create a dog jacket. Here is Alfie, one of Christmas boarders modelling the new coat. The pictures below show some of the steps.

After the measurements were taken a paper pattern was created.This was folded around the dog to double check the size. Remember to leave a little extra for the hem.

Once the size is correct, lay out the pattern on the fabric and sew all the way round.

Place the coat around the dog and mark the positon of the velcro to fasten the front and also the position of the straps.

Santa Came By

posted 25 Dec 2016, 21:34 by Rovers Retreat   [ updated 25 Dec 2016, 21:36 by Richard Young ]

Santa was very busy on Christmas Eve but he did have the time to stop by the kennels however Carolyn had to help open the presents.

Our Christmas Guests

posted 17 Dec 2016, 23:06 by Rovers Retreat   [ updated 17 Dec 2016, 23:06 by Richard Young ]

Here are four guests in for Christmas, getting use to there surroundings.

New Shelter for the Exercise Area

posted 27 Nov 2016, 07:16 by Rovers Retreat   [ updated 27 Nov 2016, 07:16 by Richard Young ]

Activity and Exercise Area

posted 16 Apr 2016, 22:05 by Rovers Retreat   [ updated 17 Apr 2016, 03:29 by Richard Young ]

We finished construction of the exercise/activity area by mid April 2016. The area is secure and naturally shaded and is used to give off lead individual attention to the dogs. There will be toys and activity equipment to give the dogs plenty of stimulation.

Rickie - Our First Boarder

posted 1 Apr 2016, 13:57 by Richard Young   [ updated 1 Apr 2016, 14:07 ]

Rickie came to us on the Saturday he is a high energy dog and needed plenty of stimulation. He is a young dog and soon gets bored, his frustration came out with continual barking, playing with his water bowl, chewing and dragging his bedding out of his kennel. We were made aware of these problems by his owner however by the Wednesday he had settled down. We gave him four play sessions throughout the day and now he asks to goes into his kennel when he has had enough, sleeping until the next session.

We have also worked on his recall as we found he was very wary of men especially if they are carrying something. By day four I was gaining his trust and he is coming up to me quite nicely.

Insulated Block Dog Kennel

posted 4 Mar 2016, 13:55 by Rovers Retreat   [ updated 16 Apr 2016, 21:59 by Richard Young ]

Here is the construction detail of the insulated kennels, ideal for Bulgaria where temperatures can be extreme.

The first course roughly laid out to determine the size. This was then laid using a traditional mortar mix on a level concrete base. Leaving a day to set, then the the insulated floor was laid.

The rest of the blocks were laid using the special Ytong mortar mix,giving a slope from front to back. A timber wall plate was laid on the upper edge which will support the roof, battens installed to take the insulation. 

The plywood and frame work ready for the insulation, hinged at the rear.

Roof shingles laid, now for the corner moulding around the edges.

Ytong lightweight blocks were used, these are easily cut and can be even screwed and nailed.

A coat of rendering to all outside edges, a mix of cement,sharp sand and lime was used.All timber can be simply screwed into the blocks.

Insulation in place and the plywood cut ready to nail on.

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