History of English Toy Terrier Rescue
The need for ETT welfare and rescue
“Although the English Toy Terrier is a vulnerable breed and very much sought after, there are a surprising amount that are in need of help.
The most common reason I am asked to help out is due to illness of the the owner and, in some sad cases, the death of an owner.
Those of us who know and love this breed are well aware of how owner loyal they are and how they go through a grieving process, some more so than others.
For this reason I personally feel that in many cases these lost little souls are best placed with someone who has experience of the breed and can empathise with how they are feeling.
For me taking in a rescue/rehome is all about the dog. They are special and need all the love and understanding that can be given.
First experience of rehoming a dog
My first experience of rehome was a boy whose owner had become too frail to continue to care for him.
We took him in and he settled fairly quickly. He was an absolute joy to have and he soon became a loved and established member of our family.
Soon afterwards we were asked if we could manage to take his young daughter in.
She had been for sale but the purchaser had a change of mind so we were asked if we’d buy her as she was now a few months old.
This we did and she settled in no time – pleased to be back with her Sire and a very welcome member to our growing tribe !
After this things snowballed…
We had several requests and as we were still showing and caravanning in those days we realised we couldn’t take them all!
That’s when rehoming started in earnest.
I’m very lucky to be admin and member of the English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) facebook group and am able to put requests for homes there. I also have an extensive list of people who wish to take in these little ones!
Some are relatively easy to find homes for, others may be more problematic but I know there is a home for each and every one of them out there! This is a mantra I always go by and so far it hasn’t failed me.
But I must admit that whilst some are relatively easy, some do cause many a sleepless night for us.
This has been the case when they have belonged to close friends… this is never easy.
Sadly there have been too many of those … some need foster homes , others need permanent homes. This is where I thank all the wonderful people in the community.
There have been two occasions where there have been multiple dogs, all different ages meaning different needs.
We have both bought and rehomed many of these ourselves but that is nothing compared with the kindness of people who have known me, but not my friends in need.
Their support and love for these dogs has overwhelmed me at times. People have travelled hundreds of miles, in one case through the worst snow we’d had for many a year to take these lost souls into their homes.
I’m so grateful to them …. I hope they know that … they know who they are. We’re lucky too that we’re still in touch with most of these people and count them as friends.
To date we’ve managed to home about 50 dogs .. including a Staffie and a Manchester Terrier and some min pins.
I know from past experience that more will come along and more will find the love and care they all deserve.”
Patricia Waterhouse, English Toy Terrier Rescue