Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

To the Rescue

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

To the Rescue

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Ann Barker is co-founder of Marske-based Save Our Strays (SOS).

What pets do you have?

I have three dogs. I did have four but sadly I lost one a few months ago. I also have a lot of foster dogs all the time.

What are they called and why?

Sally is a six-year-old Saluki Cross so that is why I called her that.

Timmy is about 12 and is a cross breed terrier. He only has three legs. Because of his damaged leg he was walking in a funny way so I called him Timmy Tip Toes. It was just a silly thing I said but the Timmy bit stuck.

Pickles is about seven. He was in a terrible state when I got him and I again said: "You are a funny little pickle aren't you?" and the name stuck.

Where and when did you get them?

They are all rescue dogs. Sally was picked up from the road when she was about 11 months and taken to the vet. She had a broken leg. I took her from there and have had her ever since. She still has a pin in her leg but she is lovely.

Timmy was abandoned outside B&Q in Scarborough. He was in a terrible state. He was covered in fleas and filthy dirty. They had to shave off his fur in the vets. One of his front legs was badly smashed. I took him in but after six months the vet decided the leg needed to be removed. He is a happy little dog now and hops around like anything.

I just happened to be at Waterfall Kennels looking at another dog when I saw Pickles. He was a miserable little thing, very thin and terrified crouching in the corner. He was in a very bad state. He had obviously been kept shut up in a small space because he had a habit of running round in circles (a habit he still has). His feet were very sore because he had obviously been forced to stand in his own urine and he had cigarette burns to his ears. I decided to take him home and have had him for about a year now.

What is the funniest thing your pet has ever done? …

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