Happy Endings

If you have adopted an animal from HULA we would love to hear from you. Please send photos and a brief update via email to:   Happy Endings

Thank you to all of our adopters!


CUPCAKE & BAKEWELL

Photo of Cupcake and Bakewell the kittens

Adopted August 2014

Hello, we are Cupcake and Bakewell. We are brother (Bakewell – black and white) and sister (Cupcake - Tortie) and were part of the Cake family that came to HULA in May 2014.

Our new family adopted us and took us home on 1st August 2014. Despite spending the first five hours hiding under the sofa we have settled in well and are busy training our new family in their respective duties – they are learning fast but could still do better. The house is full of exciting places to explore. Bakewell is the more adventurous while Cupcake takes time to consider things first. We are informally known as Squeaks and Toilet-Head. Cupcake was the first to talk (a series of squeaks) while Bakewell is known for his one and only headlong dive into a toilet.

Photo of Bakewell the kitten
We are growing fast and can no longer fit under the sofa. We are too young to go out yet but spend hours looking out on our garden through the patio window. Soon it will be our playground.

We both have favourite toys. Cupcake takes her fluffy mouse up to bed and enjoys sharing the squeaking sound that it makes with her family at 3am.

Bakewell enjoys hiding his rattling mouse in people’s slippers and then hunting it out.

Photo of Cupcake the kitten
We enjoy being at home together and spend a lot of time either rough-housing or grooming each other. We like living here and hope that our Mum (Muffin) and our brother (Mr Kipling) and sister (Madeira) like their new homes as much as we do.

Big happy purrs from Cupcake and Bakewell.

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SMUDGE & CASEY

Adopted August 2014

Photo of Smudge and Casey the cats
Hi Hula

Smudge and Casey are just adorable and have settled in beautifully. They have their spats but are inseparable and a total joy to both of us.

They love their food, the garden and their beds and Smudge grabs all the toys and Casey grabs all the food.

Between them they have lost a kilo each and Casey in particular is looking very trim. Smudge went for a haircut and a brush up and came back looking very handsome from the groomers.

We are delighted and right now Casey is asleep in the greenhouse and Smudge is looking hopefully at the fridge...............his usual place

Thank you
Tony and Fiona
xx

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Photo of Jasper the dog

JASPER (formerly Blaze)

Adopted April 2014

We just love a happy ending... and 'stray to happily rehomed' just makes our day!

Some of you will remember the lovely Blaze, now named Jasper. Here he is getting on very well in his new home... and clearly learning how to perfect the "I-was-just-a-poor-stray-please-don't-make-me-get-out-of-bed" eyes brilliantly!


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Photo of Annie the rabbit

DAISY (formerly Annie)

Adopted September 2014

We re-homed Daisy (was Annie) from you recently.

I thought you would like to know she has settled really well. She is pictured here with her new friend.

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CHLOE

Adopted February 2000

Dear Hula

I was born at Hula in October 1999 and was known as Cody. I am a Lab x Belgium Shep.

Someone adopted me but decided they did not want me after all, so my Mummy stepped in and I went to live with my Mummy in February 2000 and her 2 year old Collie Boris and was now called Chloe. We moved from MK in 2008 to come and live in Northumberland. Sadly Boris had to leave us for the big park in the sky in 2010 so I was on my own for a while.

Photo of Chloe and Jess the dogs
In August 2012 Mummy and Daddy went to a nearby rescue and I met Jess a 6 month old Collie and I instantly took her under my paw as my new baby sister who I love very much. I did have a bit of a stroke in November of that year but with lots of love and patients I got better quite quickly.

I will be 15 this October but I still enjoy my walks and running after Jess although it isn't that easy at my age. I have attached a photo of Jess and I a few weeks ago snuggled up on the couch and one of me on the beach a couple of months ago.

Love Chloe xx

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ARI (formerly Jules)

Adopted December 2014

Hi Everyone,

Hopefully you will remember Ari (formerly Jules), who we took home on 23 December and who has already given us six months of love, cuddles, playfulness, hilarity and fun!

Photo of Ari the cat
Ari made herself at home the moment she arrived – within 45 minutes, she had covered the house from top to bottom and retrieved a packet of Dreamies from 6 feet up, on top of the fridge-freezer in the kitchen! She likes to pop up there and watch the proceedings, yelling occasional guidance without risk of being tripped over … although it is also fun to creep in and flop over behind the unsuspecting cook, followed by the inevitable trip, gushing apologies, cuddles and, of course, Dreamies!

The Christmas tree lasted 4 days before we gave up and put it away – it came down at all sorts of angles attached to a small black cat … and the space left behind gave a wonderful vantage point from which to take on the curtains … great view from up there apparently!

At quiet times, Ari hops into your lap and goes into cuteness overload – wriggling until she is completely upside down, front feet tucked up meerkat style, tail and back legs akimbo for a tummy rub. Where most cats turn into a bear-trap, she goes floppy and rattles the windows purring!

Photo of Ari the cat
Having spent her formative years as a housecat, Ari has taken her first tentative steps outside … doorstep, inside, second step, inside, wheelie bin, inside, wot’s this green stuff, I think I’ll call it grass … as is her nature, nerves didn’t last long and on her third venture she dashed over and stuck one on a neighbouring small black cat who had dared set foot on her patch!

A few weeks back she gave us a fright – as clouds gathered and rain threatened, we called but she didn’t appear though a faint meowing could be heard and, when tracked, led 12 feet up a tree in the front garden … Ari has discovered the joys of tree-climbing! Just as fears were forming that we might need a ladder, the heavens opened and she skidded through the front door followed by a smattering of hailstones … well, that’s one way to get a small black cat out of a tree!

Suffice to say she is an adorable addition to the household, full of love, cuddles and fun. One of the most talkative cats in existence – particularly at quarter to four in the morning (“pfffft gerroff”, splutter, blink …!!) – and from the snuggles, purring and cuddles this morning seems quite happy to keep us, thank you!

Jude & Pete

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BOYCIE

Adopted April 2014

We love hearing about how our rehomed animals are getting on. Here's Wriggle and Boycie (Boycie being the ex-HULA cat, pictured on the left) who seem to be getting on very well. And don't they look good together!

Photo of Boycie the cat

Boycie had sadly lost his sister Marlene recently and Wriggle's buddie had also recently passed away, so we are very pleased that these two gorgeous cats have found each other.

He looks like he's very happy in his new home.

*** UPDATE ***

You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you're miles and miles from your nice warm bed
You just remember what your old pal said
Boy you've got a friend in me....

Well Boycie and Wriggle seem like they're past the rough road and have certainly found their nice warm bed! These two found each other after they both lost their mates and look how happy they are now! Boycie has been in his new home with Wriggle for just over a month now, and has just started to have supervised visits outside. Wriggle will never be able to replace Boycie's Marlene, and we're sure Boycie cannot replace Wriggle's mate Fidget either, however, we believe these two deserve happiness and a 2nd chance at love!

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ARTHUR

Photo of Arthur the dog

Adopted April 2014

Well here he is, totally spoilt but being a naughty boy at times. Likes to get up at 5.30 in the morning!

Photo of Arthur the dog

He has also chewed through his new harness and lead and many of the toys he has.

Hope he settles soon, I'm getting worn out just watching him :)

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HENDRIX

Photo of Hendrix the dog
Photo of Hendrix the dog
Hendrix has now been with us for just over four months, and has settled in really well, too well in some cases, he has taken over our spare bedroom as his own, he says he prefers to sleep on a big bed!!!

He loves playing with his toys, and adores tickle time!!

This weekend we took Hendrix with us to Hunstanton, in Norfolk, where we are lucky enough to have use of a family property.

This is the first time Hendrix has been
Photo of Hendrix the dog
to the beach, and he loved it. The large stretches of open sand were the perfect freedom boost for him. He tore up and down until he was completely tired out. He was
Photo of Hendrix the dog
extremely well behaved in the beach front restaurant, sitting nicely whilst we had our dinner, and being royally spoilt by the waiters who kept bringing him tit bits. Even guests at other tables had to come over and have a stroke; Hendrix was delighted as always to be the centre of attention and lapped up all the fuss!

We have plans to go back next month again with him, and hopefully will be able to go for a paddle.

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Photo of Doris the cat

DORIS

Hello everyone at HULA,

I can hardly believe it, but in a months time it will be a year since we first met Doris, so I thought I'd let you know how she's getting on.

Photo of Doris the cat
She is a constant source of entertainment, managing to be both completely stupid and devilishly clever at the same time. All of those plans we had as first time cat owners (we would only let her out at certain times of day, she wouldn't be allowed to sleep in the bedroom, that sort of thing) went straight out the window pretty sharpish.

She has a cat flap, it's always unlocked. She sleeps on the bed - day and night - often managing to push both of us right to the edges. Closed doors are not allowed in Doris' house. If she wants to get through one, she'll sit and shout her head off until you give in (she's a very shouty little cat!). And we do give in, quite a lot! She's definitely in charge around here and we're all quite happy with that!

Photo of Doris the cat
Doris is a hunter, but a very kind one. The first present she brought us was a toad! Pretty impressive, it was about the same size as her head! It was still alive thankfully. We found out where it came from when a neighbour chased her out of his garden and he came to complain a few days later! She certainly knows how to make friends, that cat!

Photo of Doris the cat
After that it was a couple of baby birds. Then a 6am one Sunday morning, a live sparrow was delivered to our bedroom. That day, we went and bought her a collar with a bell on it! Since then it's mainly mice and voles, normally alive, if a little terrified. We have a fun 10 minutes chasing them around the kitchen trying to catch them so we can let them free in the field down the road. So she's a hunter, but not much of a killer. We have a theory that her under-bite (or wonky mouth, as we call it) means her teeth aren't very useful weapons. A relief for the local wildlife!

We knew we would love her as soon as we met her, but this little black cat has well and truly taken over our lives completely, and we can't imagine being without her now.

Holly, Chris and Doris

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Photo of Pendle the cat

PENDLE

Adopted 2014

Pendle has settled in instantly and has definitely made herself at home. She is very happy and is constantly purring.

Pendle has had a few hissy moments but seconds later she's nudging you for a stroke! She loves to jump up for a cuddle and doesn't seem to like you on the phone as she tries to knock it out your hand, its very funny!

Photo of Pendle the cat
She's managed to learn how to open doors and I normally come home to door opened that I know I shut! She has a mad half hour before bed and is hilarious as she's doing aeriel flips!

Photo of Pendle the cat
She had a taste of the outside recently and loved sitting in the sun and running about.

She has made my house a home and always knows when I get up and greets me in the morning and sits on the windowsill for when I get home.




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THUMPER

Adopted November 2013

Hi all, its Thumper here.

Well its been a good few months since I went home. I've been told I've settled in really well and made myself at home, I am very cheeky and love exploring around the house, outside in the garden, having cuddles and occasionally playing with my big sister, yeah shes a dog but mum says that I sometimes think I am a dog or my sis is one of me.

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Anyway mum's promised we will get some more photos soon, so I can send another update in a few months,

Love to all Thumps x


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RALF (formerly Jacob)

Adopted February 2014

Hi All, Just to let you know Ralf is completely settled now and doing really well. He's great fun to be with, loves to play with other dogs in the village and makes everyone he meets smile.

One or two issues need sorting i.e. a particular fondness of socks and recall can take a while when he's with his friends but he's going to start school on Tuesday and he's a quick learner.

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Photo of Squishy Face and Rodders

SQUISHY FACE (formerly Louie)

Adopted February 2014

So hello everyone I am going to tell you my little story...

Back in October 2013 I was brought into HULA with my brother and 2 sisters. We were in a sorry state as we had severe Cat Flu. Our eyes were sealed shut with gunk and we were very poorly, I was the worst and the smallest.

The staff at HULA did a fab job taking care of me, they didn’t know if we would make it through...well all four of us did :0) I was called Louie back then but Sarah Tester who works at HULA spent so much time with us that we had nicknames, mine was...wait for it... Squishy face (don’t ask) I thought OK that is fine my new home will re name me.

So I found my forever home. Lots of people didn’t want me or my siblings because we were black or black and white, that made us very sad! But we all got reserved by lovely people that didn’t care what colour we were and all finally went home.

Photo of Squishy Face and Trudy Photo of Squishy Face and Kula

Well I love my home. I live with a HUGE dog called Trudy, she is an Irish Wolf something and Kula who is a Patterdale terrier, they love me and also Rodney who came from HULA last year, he is black just like me and I loves him!

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I purr all the time and love to walk around on mums shoulders. I also love to lick her eyelids at 5am in the morning..WHAT?

I have so many quirks but guess what I was named Denzol, that’s great, however the name Squishy face stuck!!!!! And that is what I know lol. When I was stuck in a tree mum had to call out SQUISHY FACCCCCEEEEE to get me down, the neighbours asked if she was ‘OK’ lol!

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I am glad I am here and I loves my family so please consider helping a rescue dog/cat or small animal as they really do need you !!

Love Squishy Face xxx

PS I can climb ladders!!!!


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LUCY LOCKET & JAKE

Hello everyone at Hula,

Just wanted to keep you all posted on how well we are doing. Lucy Locket is showing Jake some tricks of cuteness and Jake is keeping Lucy Locket in check. They go for regualr walks together and are now happy with each other visiting their own homes.

Lucy is still keeping Rebekah and Gary busy, loving her runs, chasing the birds, bikes and runners. Always coming back with a BIG smile on her face and tongue hanging out.

Jake loves his walks around the woods and smelling the deer. He has a favorite toy which he can spend hours occupying himself, a treat ball.

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SOOTY

Sooty's new owner has sent us some photos to show just how quickly she has settled in to her lovely new home.

She is clearly enjoying the home comforts - tv and cosy bed!

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Photo of Treacle and Toffee

TREACLE & TOFFEE (formerly Moonlight & Stardust)

Adopted October 2013


Hi, just a quick update on the girls!

They are fine, still inside rather than outside due to the rotten weather, but they have been going out for the day when the sun shines :-)

Hopefully they will be able to move outside in a few weeks for the summer, they have lots of room in both runs but it's just nice for them to be on the grass in the sunshine!

Toffee (right in the pic of them both) is very easy going and calm, Treacle is a madam! They may look alike but they have very different characters, but they are great fun and still very easy to handle (compared to our hares!)

Thanks again for them, I will update with 'outside in the sunshine' photos when we get some!

Joy x

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Photo of Ralf

RALF (formerly Jacob)

Adopted February 2014


Hi All,

Went for a lovely long walk this morning with my new friend Dashiel, I'm off for a quick brush and a lie down now but we're meeting up again later this afternoon to do it all again!

Ralf, XX

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DIGBY

Adopted 2014


Photo of Digby
Hi all at Hula, just giving you an update on Digby's progress in his new home!

We are loving Digby's company, he's such a loving and happy dog, really pleased we got him, he's absolutely spoilt rotten by his new mummy and daddy but is such a good dog, and deserves his treats, he's only shredded a few of mummy's clothes! Serves me right for leaving them out for him!

In a good routine now of meal times, toilet times and is perfectly behaved when we have to pop out or at work! He loves watching TV, except the weather lady! Growls at her!

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Digby's good on walks, sits at the roadsides, and walks on the paths but still can't walk in a straight line, he still zig-zags across, bless him! But he's getting better! He loves a muddy puddle, so we've both invested in wellies! And we go on lots of long walks rain or shine, along the canal, woughton on the green, the woods, he really loves it!

We have had no trouble with Digby around other people, family, friends, he's not aggressive to anyone, even loves the postman! He's very excitable around other dogs and loves to play on the fields with others (even though he's stuck on the lead but we've got an extended lead so he can enjoy a play!), he's also learning to howl now as well so he's very vocal!

He's got a good healthy appetite and drinks like a fish! Digby loves his cuddles, as do we, and loves a good old fuss! (Which he gets LOTS of!)

Digby is such a loved member of the family now, couldn't imagine life without him!

He's our baby and we love him to bits!

Thank you Hula :-)

From Digby's mummy and daddy,
Steph & Daniel x

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ROBIN

Adopted February 2014

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After 7 months in kennels Robin's day finally arrived!!!

We said a happy and emotional goodbye to Robin and waved him off to his new home where his bed and sofa were waiting for him. It was lovely to see this lad finally find a family to call his own. We were delighted to hear that things are going well, and he's settling in nicely.

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When he got home, he went for a long walk and had a play in the garden, then he retired to the rug to receive some well-deserved love and fuss! Robin's new sister Heidi says "We love him! Thanks so much for all the help!".

He was as good as gold his first night and didn’t’ make a peep.

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REECE

Adopted March 2013

Following our holiday in the Alps skiing we thought we would send you some pictures of Reece and Huggy enjoying themselves.

We were very excited to take Reece to the mountains as he absolutely adores the snow. When we got there our two very placid dogs became crazed snow lunatics with constant chasing games. We wished we could have stayed out there for longer as tearing them away from the snow was not easy.

I hope you are all well and we will be popping in very soon and I'm sure Reece would be very excited to see everyone.

From,
Laura, Mike, Huggy and Reece

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OSCAR

Adopted September 2013

Hi Oscar here,

Thought I'd send an update on how my Mam and Dad and brothers and sisters are getting on.

Photo of Oscar
It's been almost 5 months since I've been here!!!!

I go training every week (it's really to train Mam and Dad) 'cos I'm trying to get them to teach me how to say hi to other dogs politely.

I have a few games I play. Shark Attack is when Mam's not getting dressed quick enough for my morning walk. This is when I turn my head over with my bum up in the air and run around the bed with my mouth open, sometimes I am lucky and get socks and trousers in my mouth (sometimes with a leg or foot too but I always let go) then I chew chew chew. Mam put me out the bedroom the other day after I chewed her grey cardi!!! So I sat and whined on the stairs :-( Another game is run down the stairs really fast with Dad or Mam in front of me to see who can get down first. Mam says she's sure I've taken a life insurance policy out on her and I'm trying to cash it in (but I'm not sure what that means).

I love my cuddles. Especially when I'm between Mam and Dad or lying on my sisters Sophie or Zoë. (Yes I know I'm too big to sit on their lap but it doesn't stop me trying).

My big brother Jordan sometimes let's me in to his room and if I've ever disappeared I'll be in his room curled up on the bed he got specially for me.

Anyway must go, new games to invent and cuddles to get.....

Lots of love
Oscar

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HARRY

Hi Harry here,

Thought I would give you an update on how I'm getting on. I am living with a lovely family who do lots of fun things with me.

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Every day I get to go to the yard to say hello to the horses, which I like as they tickle my head with their noses (although some of them are a bit grumpy). I have a good run around the fields with my best friends weasel a JRT and Lucy the Greyhound. Lucy is very hard to keep up with but I do try. Mum wont let us play in the fields at the moment she say's it is too wet and we make her car all muddy. Some days dad takes me to work with him which I like as we meet lots of different people. I like going to Sue's the best, as she lets me play in her pond, but I'm not allowed in the swimming pool.

They took me to the sea side for something called a holiday. It was so much fun, we played at the beach running in and out of the water. I have a best friend called Jasmine who gives me lots of cuddles and I get to sleep on the sofa every night. I have a favorite blanket that I like to carry around with me, but when it's in the wash I steal someone's socks to carry instead.

Photo of Harry and Rosie River
Not too long ago Rosie River the guinea pig came to live with us too. She shares a cage with Lulu. They did not get on at first but are now firm friends. Me and Rosie like to nuzzle through the bars of the cage as she is not allowed to come out to play.

I hope everyone at Hula is ok, and all my doggy friends are finding nice new homes.

Will write again soon.

Love harry the Labrador.

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BEAU

Adopted February 2012

Hi there Hula people,

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It’s now 2 years since I moved in & went to live with Ian(my new Daddy) in Pavenham.

I’ve been a very lucky girl. My new Daddy has looked after me & taught me to be nice & very friendly to people, though I still get to bark loudly and run around pretending to be a guard dog if anyone comes near the house or garden, I quite enjoy that.

There are also loads of chickens living here, I am nice and friendly with them though some of them don’t seem to like me. I help daddy round them up and put them away at night. There was one big one that was really horrible and vicious so me and daddy had him for dinner. I go for nice walks around the countryside, I’m not allowed to chase the pheasants but I like chasing squirrels & rabbits. I have 1 acre of woodland garden to patrol & play in which is great fun.

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Daddy works from home so he’s here all the time which is really nice. I like going in the car with him when he goes out & when he goes to watch football at Blackpool I go with him and stay at a house with loads of other dogs to play with for the day. I am pooped after that and sleep all the way home. Sometimes we go into town so that I learn to walk nicely on the lead and meet loads of other people. My favourite place though is the village pub I like going there & Daddy doesn’t take too much persuading. I’m really happy in my new home and Daddy seems to like having me here so much so that he lets me sleep on his bed sometimes which is really cosy. Daddy does tell me off sometimes though especially when I run out of the gate and chase people with dogs and tell them to get away from my house - Daddy doesn’t like me doing that. I know it’s naughty but I don’t seem to be able to help myself. Maybe me and Daddy need some tips.

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Sometimes Daddy's friend comes to stay with her dog, Charlie. Charlie is funny, he’s small, white and fluffy and dances around on his back legs - we get on great together he’s a Bichon Frise and only 18 months old. On the other hand Daddy's Sister and her husband have a dog called Schauble he’s the same as me but with long hair. When he was a puppy he was great fun but now he is 2 years old " much bigger than me I don’t like him much, he wants to play all the time, so after I’ve played a little I go and sit on my own away from him.

All in all I think choosing Ian as my new Daddy has been the best thing for me.

Best Woofing wishes
Beau

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Photo of Millie and Precious the cats

MILLIE & PRECIOUS
(formerly Pandora and Tiffany)

Adopted December 2013

We were delighted to receive these pictures of Tiffany and Pandora - who are now named Millie and Precious.

Millie and Precious's family told us... "They give us so much pleasure and are so very different. Millie, the darker of the two eats for England and is so vocal and clumsy. Precious is more elegant and less inclined to frolic but more affectionate with the gentlest meow.

It seems they also prefer sleeping anywhere but in the plush cat bed I bought them!"

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TOBY

Adopted January 2014

Hello to everyone at Hula,

Toby has settled in really well, loving his freedom outside in our big garden.

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He is also loving cuddles and snuggles all the time with either me or my mum, he snores like a trooper but when he's awake in the morning he lets us know it haha.

Toby and our other dog Jake are inseparable, they go every where together and love to have their play fights in all sorts of places, which is great for wearing each other out. Also giving each other lots of kisses and falling asleep together.

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He also loves his walks but he still has a long way to go with lead training, but his call back in the garden is going very well and he follows me around whereever I go while his nose is still fixed to the ground.

He also really enjoyed his first experience at the doggy groomers, he just loves to be pampered!

Thank you for new family member, we love him so much

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BUD (formerly Spud)

Adopted January 2014

Hi all,

Here are some pics of Bud who is settling in very well.

He is such a good boy and we love him to bits.

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HENDRIX

Adopted November 2013

Hendrix (with a little help from his new Mum) has taken the time to send us a lovely update about his new life.

Please click on the photo of Hendrix to read his story.

Thank you Hendrix for sending us all your news, we are so pleased to see you so happily settled with your new family.

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LOTTIE (formerly Roxy)

Adopted February 2013

Hi to you all at Hula,

Just a note and a few pics to let you know how I'm doing. I love my new life and my new family especially my Mum and Dad. I go to work everyday with my Dad and I know he loves my company. We have lots of visitors to our workshop and I am sure some come just to see me.

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I go for lots of long walks and love meeting other dogs in the park. I even went to training classes for a while but I was so well behaved Mum decided I didn't need many lessons!

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As you can see from my pics I love to sneak up on Mum and Dads bed when no one is looking but most of all I love to lay on my Mums lap in the evening when we watch telly although they cant hear coz I snore so loudly.

Thank you for looking after me so well and finding me a new home.

Love Lottie xx

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Prof. Snuggelton aka Snugz
(formerly Snickers)

Adopted January 2014

Hello to all at Hula,

Thought we would send you some pictures of Snugz (Professor Snuggelton).

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He has become very bold. He's been looking out the windows, pushing us off the sofa and taking over our beds. He truly rules the roost, but is also so sweet and gentle.

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He loves to watch tv with us and be made a fuss of. He's exploring more of the house, and loves his own bedroom with his own double bed and teddies. He is often found snuggled up to Ted. His next adventure will be exploring the garden on his new harness (Still trying to get used to that first). He's already eyeing up a few birds from the window.

Warmest regards,
Terri, Ronnie and Snugz
XxXxX

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Special Christmas 2013 pics from former residents...

Here we have Jason, Hendrix and Dave

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RUDI

adopted December 2013

Hi Hula - Rudi or Rude the Dude - is settling in. Here he is on his sofa and enjoying the flooded River Ouse.

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Rudi has a new collar and lead and still has some shopping to do. He's a boy who loves his kip but won't go in the park in the dark and doesn't like hoovers!

Thank you for looking after him for so long.

Best wishes
Fiona and Rudi

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MARLEY

adopted August 2013

Marley is enjoying his first Christmas with his new family and by the looks of things is especially enjoying the twinkly lights!

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PADDY

adopted November 2012

We adopted Paddy (8 yr old, pigeon-toed black lab!) from you a year ago. He settled in immediately and has filled a huge hole in our hearts.

Photo of Paddy
When he came home with us he didn't know what toys were for. The first time we took him on holiday with us he didn't know what the sea was and just sat and stared at it. Needless to say he was a quick learner!!

This is my favourite photo of him, taken after swimming in the sea and digging in the sand.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing him into our lives.

Anne and Ken Howard

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FREYA (formerly Chalky) & SAMSON

Freya adopted November 2013 and Samson adopted July 2013

Thought I would send you this picture as an update for both Freya (previously Chalky) and Samson.

Photo of Freya and Samson
After a nervous 24 hours, Freya has turned into a purry lap cat. She has mad half hours before finding the nearest lap to curl up on. She is very brave and gives Samson nose touch kisses. Of course, he is a gentleman, and is very tolerant if her cheekiness. Our resident cat is less thrilled but is keeping to herself for now. Freya is just curious about this other strange cat who hissed before wandering away.

Freya has settled in happily and is a wonderfully mad kitten, as she should be. She loves people and isn't phased by anything.

Well done to the cat volunteers and staff who socialised her so well.

Photo of Freya and Samson
Thank you
Rhona

***UPDATE DECEMBER 2013***

Hi all

We thought you might like to see how Samson and Freya are getting on.

Photo of Freya and Samson
Samson still loves his walks, especially if there is a car ride involved to get there. Then he wants a sleep and cuddles from any visitors willing to get down to his level.

Freya is bold and beautiful. She adores Samson and likes to cuddle up with him. He doesn't mind and licks her face.

They find mischief to get into together before curling up for a nap .

See you all soon,
Rhona

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TOFFEE & TREACLE

(formerly Moonlight and Stardust)

They are both very well, settled in and seem very happy!

Photo of Toffee and Treacle the rabbits
They are getting quite active, we put a bale of hay in their pen to encourage them to play, and as you can see - they really enjoy it! They have burrowed through/under/behind it, they play running round it/jumping on and off of it, and then they sit on top and watch the world go by :-)

Treacle (less white) is quite cheeky and nips out of the pen if you don't watch her, Toffee is quieter and really enjoys our company, we go in and sit on the bale and they will both jump up next to us. Toffee just wants a fuss and Treacle wants a treat!

Thanks again for letting us have them.

Joy x

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PENNY (formerly Maisie)

adopted October 2013

Hi guys!

Photo of Penny the dog
Just thought I'd check in after my first month's anniversary...!

I'm so happy here, I go for a long walk every morning and again at night I spend most of my day sleeping...

I've learned some new tricks... Especially paw... Can you believe that every time I give him my paw he gives me treats... Who's training who?

I won the battle for Daddy's armchair... Don't I match it perfectly?

Remember my beautiful pink diamanté collar? I broke it getting over excited and trying to chase a bird... So now I have a lovely snake skin one, and it matches Daddy's bag :-P

I miss you all, but I'm glad I'm not there anymore! I've put on a little bit of healthy weight and the vet is very pleased!

P x

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JAKE

adopted October 2013

Photo of Jake the dog
Jake is an absolute delight. I could have never imagined how affectionate a dog could be, he has settled in to his new home so well - he has been with us for seven weeks - and has his own most definite daily routine.

My 4 year old grandson takes Jake for a walk and my 90 year old father-in-law expects Jake to visit him a couple of times a week. Jake is so gentle and loving to them both.

We are so pleased Rebekah, Lucy's Locket's mum, persuaded us to have Jake.

All the very best
David

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MIMI

adopted July 2013

Photo of Mimi the dog
Mimi was sadly overlooked for a little while until she found her very own happy ending. Sadly staffies are often overlooked which is such a terrible shame as so many are looking for new families.

Staffies make wonderful family members. Just a have a read of Mimi's story which has kindly been sent to us by her mum who as you see clearly adores her.

"How to choose the perfect dog."

When you're thinking of choosing the perfect dog for your family what do you really look for?

- A dog with the perfect smile
- A quiet dog that doesn't bark at everything
- A good companion
- A well trained dog
- A dog that will fit into your life & can even come to work with you if you want to
- A dog that loves lots of cuddles and affection
- A dog that doesn't mind being left at home on their own
- A free hot water bottle or seat warmer
- A dog to keep you company on the sofa whilst watching tv
- A dog that greets you with a big kiss because she loves you
- A dog that loves to play frisbee and ball
- A dog that mixes well with other dogs
- A dog that loves days out at the beach, the woods and a nice walk along the canal
- A dog that makes your family complete
- A dog that loves wearing her winter coat
- A dog that doesn't pull when you take her for a walk
- A dog that has a very distinctive smell just to remind you that they are still there
- A dog that's good natured and chilled out
AND BEST OF ALL THE BEST MORNING YAWN!

Photo of Mimi the dog
If these are a few of the things you are looking for in a dog then guess what, your perfect dog is out there. They might already be at HULA waiting for you to visit as 4 months ago we visited late on a Sunday afternoon and we found the most perfect dog anybody could ever wish for, in fact she is positively perfect in every possible way xxxx and we love her very much in fact she makes us complete as she is so perfect xxx

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MELODY (formerly Rose)

adopted 2001

Hi,

Over 12 years ago I adopted a rather small, wild tabby kitten called Rose from Hula animal rescue, she was very vocal and liked music so we renamed her Melody.

Photo of Melody Rose the cat
She is very affectionate but still does not like being picked up although she has mellowed over the 12 and a half years since we got her.

She gets on with my other older cat and my Mum's cat who visits regularly though they do not always appreciate her mischievous chasing games. Unfortunately, she is petrified of the neighbour's cat even though they are the same age and heads for the cat flap whenever she sees her.

She has always been a hunter and if you are a bit late with her meals she will go and catch her own food but still wants her dinner when I come home and treats for 'pudding'.

She does not like being shut in the house and loves the freedom of the cat flap so she can come and go as she pleases.

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Photo of Sonny the dog

SONNY (formerly Sunshine)

adopted October 2012

Sonny has now been with us for a year so he wanted to say Hi to his friends at Hula and give them an update.

Photo of Sonny the dog


“Well what a year it’s been! My new family adore me and they say I make them very happy. I have them all well trained and they cater to my every need. Apart from my meals I get a filled Kong and lots of little tasty titbits throughout the day. I get four walks a day and I get to chase after my rope or Frisbee as much as I like. Well, I do want to keep my fabulous slim physique.

Photo of Sonny the dog
We all went on holiday in the summer to the seaside. I loved the beach! The first time we went on the sand I went crazy. I ran round and round and round for ages which my family thought was hilarious. I had such fun! As I expect you will remember, water is not my favourite thing so I decided not to go for a swim or even a paddle. I made lots of doggy friends and had lots of ice cream and ice lollies.

Photo of Sonny the dog
I have two beds – a dog bed downstairs and my big sis’s bed which she lets me share once she is awake and I get it all to myself during the day when she is out. When they tell me to go to bed, I say which bed?

I’ve heard rumours that I will be getting a super-duper new bed for my birthday in a few weeks. That will be lovely!

I’m so glad that all my old roomies at Hula have now gone to their forever homes. If you ever hear from my son Thunder (now Digs?) give him my love. I hope he is as happy as I am.

Ooh! I smell food! Bye xx”

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MARLEY

Photo of Marley the cat

adopted August 2013

Hi All

Thought I'd give you an update on our little boy Marley, he's been with us 8 weeks, and has settled in really well, after trying out all the seats in the living room he has settled on one of the recliners that his now claimed for his own.

Photo of Marley the cat
On all our visits to Hula to see Marley he always kept his distance, we were fully expecting it to take a while for him to settle in, but after just a few hours he was snuggled up next to me on the sofa.

He has now got us into his routine of daily play times, being 6am when we get up for work and 10pm before we go to bed, if we don't play ball with him he cries, he's getting very good at catching and kicking the ball back, next thing we'll be seeing him on Britain's got talent!!

Photo of Marley the cat
He's starting to venture outside, but only likes to go out for a little while at a time, and not much further than the garden, he seems much happier following me around, he's now my trusty sidekick and we would be lost without him.

Thank you so much for bringing us together.



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MOLLY

Photo of Molly the dog

adopted December 2002

Hi everyone at Hula.

Just a quick update on Molly (previously called Purdy), we got her from you when she was 4 months old and she will be 11 in December.

Photo of Molly the dog

When we first got her she was extremely shy and nervous but it didn't take her long to settle in and become a member of the family. She is extremely spoilt and we could never be without her now.

Molly loves nothing more than cuddling up on the sofa next to her mum and being out in the garden chasing off the neighbours cats and even birds.

Thank you so much for letting Molly join our family and for all the amazing work you do.

The Bailey's

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TOFFEE & TREACLE

Formerly Moonlight & Stardust

adopted October 2013

Photo of Toffee and Treacle the rabbits
Just to let you know that they are great! Happy and eating well - loved being outside in the sunshine today and no trouble at all to catch and put back in their indoor pen this evening :-)

We have renamed them Toffee (more white and shyer!) and Treacle (smaller but bolder!)

Love them already, thank you

Joy Costello x

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ANDRE

Photo of Andre the dog
Hi there,

Hope you're well. Just thought I'd send a little update as it has almost been 2 years since we have adopted Andre.

Photo of Andre the dog
It has been the best 2 years of my life, he is a little sunshine that brightens up each day, he loves his walks and play time, he will cheer me up when I'm upset and he just loves cuddles!

He is a little clumsy at times, and he is being naughty every now and then, but his little cute face makes us forgive him very quickly :-)

Photo of Andre the dog
It was the best day in my life when we found out that we can take Andre home.

Once again, thank you HULA, you've brought a lot of happiness to our everyday life by letting us have Andre :-)

Marta ( with Andre sitting on her lap)

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BACARDI

Photo of Bacardi the cat
Dear Hula

I thought you would like to see some pictures of Barcardi who we adopted in July. He has been such a delight to have in our home and has become a real part of the family.

Photo of Bacardi the cat
As a volunteer at Hula I get to know all the cats personalities and as much as they are all lovely there was just something about Barcardi and I knew that I wanted him.

He loves being outside but after a couple of hours he always comes home and likes to rest on the sofa. He is such an affectionate cat and loves his fuss and is great company to have.

Photo of Bacardi the cat


We have had the odd guest and I don't know how many collars we have lost but we are so pleased to have him and he is so loved we would be lost without him.

Thank you all,

Love,

Lorraine,Mark,Chloe, Kyle and Barcardi xxx

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DEXTER

Photo of Dexter the dog
Hello Hula,

Dexter here. Guess what? I've become a Dogfather! My little human offspring is called Saabira Grace and mum calls us 'partners in crime' because Saabira feeds me her dinner when the grown ups aren't watching.

Photo of Dexter the dog
I'm being very well behaved in my new role but do get told off for eating tissue or clean nappies out the changing bag.

I spend most of my day chilling out and having cuddles or running after my Boomer ball. Dad says I'm lazy, I prefer to think of myself as 'mellow'. I even got myself a girlfriend but haven't seen her for a while. She cheated on me with a Labrador. I don't care though, I've got my eye on a cheeky little boxer called Brian.

Photo of Dexter the dog
Hope you're all well. I'll come over soon to say hi and give you all a lick.

Love and snuggles,

Dexter 'Who's the Daddy' Dog

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BOYCIE

Photo of Boycie the dog
Hi Guys,

It has now been a year since I had the absolute pleasure of bringing Boycie home with me, and not for one second have I regretted that decision!

Photo of Boycie the dog

My entire neighbourhood has fallen in love with this gentle giant. I barely get out of my front door and he is surrounded! His gentle nature has even worked its magic on a lady who used to be petrified of the smallest dogs! Boycie gets complements and cuddles wherever he goes, and has no problem standing back and soaking up all of the attention!

He's also made a few canine friends. A rottweiler and a labradoodle being amongst them. They will spend hours chasing each other and playing until finally they collapse in a heap, recovering before for the next round!

Photo of Boycie the dog
He's had me constantly laughing for the past year and I love him to the moon and back. He's my baby and I cannot wait to see how he continues to develop.

Anyway, I could write you an essay about him, but instead I'll attach some pictures so you can see for yourselves how he's getting on.

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to love this amazing boy. :) Michelle

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ALICE & GEORGE

Photo of Alice the rabbit
Hi Hula lovelies,

I just wanted to send you an update for both Alice and George. I enjoyed writing this up, it has reminded me how lucky we are to have such awesome buns.

I also wanted to add that they both receive regular Reiki healing and have crystals near their hutches to support them in feeling calm and relaxed.

ALICE - Alice has settled in well and each day seems to be relaxing more into her new life. I knew taking her on would be a challenge and her self defence behaviour was part of the deal. I have been amazed to see that her growling and leaping forward has virtually stopped (fingers crossed) over the last two weeks. I have spent time sitting with her and she now will accept a hand gently placed in front of her. It's still early days, and I don't want to rush her, but I am confident she will eventually be able to let go of her issues.

Photo of Alice the rabbit
She has full access to the garden about 3-4 hours a day. She loves exploring and standing on her hind legs to reach the leaves. Its lovely for her to get the Sun on her back and be able to run and leap about.

I am thrilled that she has joined our family and so happy to see her relaxing a little to accept our love and attention. She is still separate from her man George but signs are good that eventually she will be able to be in with him.



Photo of George the rabbit
GEORGE - We have had George for over a year now and I still can't believe how far he has come. When he came to us he had never been out on grass or had any space to roam freely. The first few months were difficult as his friend Dylan had to be euthanised (due to serious dental issues) and then George experienced digestive problems. Both of these due to years of neglect and bad nutrition. It seemed as if we were going to lose George too.

Luckily he managed to pull through and gain weight. For months he would just sit all day not moving, even though he had a large space in the garage and open access to the garden. Some days I would pick him up out of his hutch, walk him to the middle of the garden and put him on the grass (asking him to find his inner-bunny!) It was obvious he didn't really know what to do!

Photo of George the rabbit

Eventually the only way to stop him running back into his hutch was to sit outside with him. As the weeks passed he started to enjoy being outside and active. I remember the day he ate grass for the first time - we were all leaping about with joy looking through the window!



Photo of George the rabbit
He has now totally found his inner-bunny!! He loves his garden, chasing off the birds who dare to land on his grass and comes into the house to chew my sofa, at every opportunity. Sometimes when Im working at my computer, and the door is open, he will come and sit near my feet to snooze.

George has shown me that with lots of love and patience miracles are possible. I still can't believe that the scruffy, urine stained bunny that was so quiet could have transformed into such a handsome boy with a big personality.

Debbie x

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JAZZ (formerly Tigger)

adopted May 2013

Photo of Jazz the cat
Hi All

Just wanted to give you a quick update on Jazz.

She's been with me for 3 months now and apart from some pretty frequent visits to the vets she seems to have turned a corner now. A few probs with her ears still but I think we'll just deal with it when it comes up.

She settled in straight away and we have definitely helped each other! She's helped me cope with losing my last cat and in turn I'm spoiling her rotten!!


Photo of Jazz the cat
She has a lovely nature, loves cuddles and tends to stay close to home when she goes out. She has also developed a charming habit of bringing me spiders too!!! Yuk!

Thank you very much - hope all is well.

Jo & Jazz

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FLUFFY & OZZY

adopted July 2013

Dear Hula,

We thought you might like to see a few pics of Fluffy and Ozzy in their new home. As you can see they both like lounging around, especially Fluffy. She also likes to spend time in the garden whilst Ozzy, although he does venture outside, prefers snoozing inside.

Photo of Fluffy the cat Photo of Ozzy the cat

They're good fun and seem to have settled in well in their new home and we're sure they'll be happy here. We certainly love having them around.

Andrea & Steve

Photo of Fluffy the cat Photo of Ozzy the cat

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MIMI

adopted July 2013

Well a big hello hula from mimi xxx

Photo of Mimi the staffie
Well it's just over 4 weeks now that I came to my new home and wow what a lovely family xx You're never guess they brought me a lovely bed with a nice fluffy blanket (which I love) lots of toys , my favourite is my kong frisbee and kong.

We go on lots of lovely walks to the woods which I particularly love as there's always lots of sticks but my ultimate favourite thing is going for walks with my dad to the park to play frisbee or ball (even though I have chewed a few) I even carry my ball or frisbee home from the park x but you're never going to guess what..... I even go to work with my dad - I am officially a builder! I even have my own harness with my dads company name on it so I am one of the lads and guess what I have another bed and toys at work too (aren't I a lucky lady).

Photo of Mimi the staffie
When I am relaxing at home my new family give me lots of cuddles and it only took me three weeks to get on the sofa with my dad (I only go on it when I am invited though) but I truly couldn't be any happier - I truly am a happy staffy xxxx

I look forward to seeing you on the 8th September for 'the best staffy smile' because I really am the happiest staffy with the most loving family and we all love each other so much xxx

I hope you like my photos xxx ( aren't I a scary staff (not) just a loved staffy xxx

Lots of love Mimi xxx

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Photo of Elmo the cat

OSCAR & ELMO

Hello to all at Hula,

Approximately 7 years ago I came to Hula looking to give a cat a home, but instead I ending up giving 2 lovely boys a place they could call their own. Oscar (black and white) was known to hula as Gareth, and Elmo (black) were neighbours in hula and were side by side. Seeing them together playing across their little homes it was clear that they had to be together.

Oscar was home two weeks before Elmo however, they hadn't forgotten one another and once together it was like old times (however Oscar does tend to get a little carried away lol!) Since then we have moved again and now Oscar and Elmo have even more companions, Wiggles the family cat, and cats from up and down the street who come in and play in the garden with all the boys (Oscar appears to invite all the cats over lol!)

Photo of Oscar the cat Photo of Oscar the cat

Over the years Oscar hasn't grown up one bit, he is Peter Pan the boy who never grew up, and Elmo has come out of his shell no end. They are the most funniest, cutest loving little boys, and I thank hula for choosing me to bring them into my home, I'd be lost without them!

Photo of Wiggles the cat Photo of Oscar the cat

Kelly & Chris

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SCRUFF (formerly Tobi)

Hello to all at Hula,

I just wanted to drop you an update on a former resident you would know as Tobi but we renamed him Scruff. He has been with us for 4 years now if I remember rightly.

He's still fit and well and extremely happy and getting on famously with our other dog Eddie. He's such a character, he has us in fits of laughter most days with his ridiculous antics. I only have to wave a finger at him and he throws himself on the grass and rolls on his back, kicking his legs in the air. He's like an eternal puppy. If he does anything wrong I can't stay mad at him because I always end up laughing.

Photo of Scruff the dog
He loves his exercise and play but the downside is that he is utterly obsessed with those kong squeaky balls which I have to buy in bulk now. It can be quite painful on our ears when he starts squeaking and if I fail to take the ball and throw it he pushes it into my hand so I have no choice. That can go on for hours!

Anyway, I thought I would include an up to date picture so you can see how he has grown up, this is his favourite play spot in our field. He had his coat cut when the hot weather started so he looks a bit like a shorn sheep now but I have sent you a pre-haircut picture so you can see how he got his name.

I hope all the animals are doing well at Hula,

Kind regards
Louise

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MORGAN

adopted August 2011

Hi guys

I just thought I would give you an update on how Morgan is getting on. I adopted her two years ago this month from HULA and it's been an eventful couple of years! :-)

Photo of Morgan the cat
Despite being very feisty when I first got her, she has gradually mellowed over time and is such an adorable cat.

She is proof that older cats give you back so much love and are so worthwhile adopting. She has such a wonderful personality and so much character.

She fitted straight in with my other two boy cats, well, that's not entirely true, she came in, stared them down, gave them the cat version of a two fingered salute and they obviously realised it wasn't wise to mess with her. Having said that, she will often be found asleep next to The Woodmeister on my bed and they all sit together out in the garden now that the warmer weather is here.

Morgan has regular heath checks and will always need to take her hyperthyroid medication but she can move faster than a speeding bullet for a chunk of Co-op Freedom Food Chicken, to be hand fed to her of course! :-)

She is a total Diva with tons of personality and I love her to bits!

Thank you HULA for giving me my lovely Morgella-de-Ville and I hope her story encourages other people to give older cats a chance!

Donna [We are sorry to pass on the sad news that Morgan passed away in January 2014. Morgan had an enormous personality and will be remembered with much love especially by her Donna who gave her such a wonderful and loving second home]

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Photo of Snowy the dog

SNOWY

Hi Hula

It was so good to visit today, Snowy loved cuddles with Sue.

Photo of Snowy the dog
Snowy has been with us for 7 months now and is a very important part of the family. Friends and family alike have fallen in love with her! Though she does still like my Mum's feet!

I have attached a selection of pictures showing Snowy enjoying walks in the fields, keeping guard in the garden, snuggled in blankets and posing for the camera!

Her coat is now thick and shiny, the vet is so happy with her skin and she has not needed any medication after leaving Hula. Her confidence is building and a great character is shining through. Snowy loves her walks in the fields (especially the long grass) and cuddles on the sofa.

Photo of Snowy the dog Photo of Snowy the dog
Photo of Snowy the dog Photo of Snowy the dog

Thank you for introducing us to this very special dog!


Love Vicky, Ben, Snowy and Thumper

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ALFIE

adopted June 2013

Hi Hula!!

Photo of Alfie the cat
AlfieCat here giving an update. As you can see from my photo, I am very, very happy in my new home and me and my (little) big brother get along famously. I like to prod him when he is fast asleep because it makes him jump.

I now have all my favourite places in the house throughout the day, depending on where the sun is, I eat loads and can be very vocal when my people in the house don’t feed me right when I ask for it.

I go out every night and get up to mischief with my friends, then come back in the morning for a tough day sleeping. I prefer to sleep on Matthew’s arm as he is around during the day lots and if he stops stroking me I prod him with my paw to remind him of his duties!!

I am keeping my owners very happy even though they sometimes call me “AlfiePest” and this weekend I learnt how to “Sit” for my favourite Whiskers Temptation sweeties. Clever boy hey?

All the best to you all at Hula, I hope all the furry friends there find new, loving homes like me.

Xx AlfieCat xx

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Photo of Izzie the cat

IZZIE (formerly Bluey)

adopted April 2010

Hello Hula,

Just a short update to let you know how Izzie is getting on.

We adopted Izzie (formerly Bluey) back in April 2010. She is definitely the boss of the house!

As you can see, she still likes to observe the fish in the pond. She is such a good girl, we love her to bits and wouldn’t be without her.

Denise, Donald and Ashlea

Photo of Izzie the cat Photo of Izzie the cat

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NASH & DUSTER

adopted 2001

We got Nash and Duster from HULA in 2001 and as you can see they are both going strong!

They refuse to sleep separately and are always together.

They are the most wonderful family pets and companions, although Nash got up to his fair share of mischief when he was younger!

Nash even has his own FaceBook Page (Nash Cartman)

Photo of Nash the dog and Duster the cat

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Photo of Dave the rabbit

DAVE

adopted June 2013

Hello everyone

Just wanted to let you know how I am doing in my new home.

Photo of Dave the rabbit
When I was in the car going home I was a bit scared, but as soon as I got to my new house with Poppy my new girlfriend I was let out of my carrier into the garden and had a real good snoop about with Poppy. I spent my first night in the run and chicken coop with Poppy and we were very friendly; no biting or fighting at all. My new mum and dad kept a close eye on us both and in the morning they came and let us both out into the huge garden again.

Photo of Dave the rabbit
I have another friend called Oscar who is a black and white cat. We had a few words first of all but we have now calmed down and get along fine especially after he cuffed me around my ear and I bit him back.... e both know exactly where we stand now and just laze in the garden together now.


Today we have been in the garden again in the sunshine, mum has put a huge umbrella up for us to get shade and she has left us a nice bowl of water with some carrots to nibble on.

Photo of Dave and Poppy the rabbits

Poppy and I are getting to know one another better and I am sure she will soon be cuddling up with me and letting me groom her.

Will be in touch again soon

Love Dave Poppy Kevin and Beverley Turner

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CHUCK

adopted April 2012

Photo of Chuck the dog
I thought I'd send some pics of Chuck for you has we have now had him for just over a year.

Sadly we have missed the last few open days as Chuck has been poorly twice now from eating things he is not meant to. He is very clever dog. He can open doors and jump over stair gates. His training has been successful and we can walk side by side dogs now with no problem.

We have tried to get him on a beach this year and he refused to go on it because he was scared. He's a funny dog and we have learnt over the year that hates water, mud, cold and wind.

We don't know what we would do without Chuck and his entertaining character now.

The pictures are from over the last year of moments he has made us laugh and worry. Hope you enjoy them.

Jenny and Adam

Photo of Chuck the dog Photo of Chuck the dog Photo of Chuck the dog
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BAILEY

adopted June 2012

Photo of Bailey the dog
Hello HULA

Well it's been a year since we adopted Bailey and how time has flown! It feels as though we have had him forever!

He was very quiet in the car journey home and we all thought he'd be nervous when we got home...how wrong we were! We opened the front door and he proceeded to run around the entire house for the next hour! He made sure to investigate every single room in the house and he made sure to have a thorough investigation of the garden! With such a brilliant reaction we knew we were going to be in for a laugh-a-day experience.

Bailey settled in to the family very quickly and soon enough broke every one of Mum's conditions - not allowed on the sofa, not allowed upstairs at night etc! He enjoys his long walks on weekend mornings with Dad and he's keeping us all very fit with his walks too!

Photo of Bailey the dog
He likes to spend most of his time curled up on a bed sleeping the day away with the occasional playtime!

He soon found that he could watch the world go by from Callum's bedroom window and he has now become a very nosy dog!

He also has a play date at least once a week with the grandparents shih tzu!!

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ALFIE

adopted June 2013

Photo of Alfie the cat
Just thought I would send a couple of pics of Alfie Cat's first 24 hours.....he is obviously hating it ;-)

He follows the sun round the house, stretching out wherever he pleases.....purring very loudly may I add!

He has settled in soooo well, him and Cooper get along great already and even have shared a bed!

Thank you for letting us adopt him, it feels like he one of the family already..


Love, Sarah, Matt, Cooper and AlfieCat x

Photo of Alfie the cat

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GREEDY & GINGER

adopted June 2013

Hi all,

We just thought it would be good to drop you a line to let you know how the boys are getting on.

Ginger and Greedy are both still a little nervous and often hide when they hear us coming. If we hold food out however all their nerves are quickly overcome and they both eat from our hands.

They haven't gotten entirely used to us yet though as neither squeak when we take food out, (a common Guinea pig habit!!) yet. Their favourite food seem to be grass, celery and cucumber. We are on our second type of dry food as they didn't show much interest in the first one. They seem much happier with a pellet that does not allow them to pick the tastiest looking bits!

Catching them can still be a bit complicated but I think they are becoming more tolerant of us and once picked up, neither mind too much being groomed.

Photo of Greedy and Ginger the guinea pigs

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SPIKE & SNUFFLES

adopted April 2013

We have received some lovely photos from Spike and Snuffles new owners who tell us "They have nearly doubled in size since we got them and they move really fast!"

Photo of guinea pigs

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BOBBERICK

Photo of Bobberick the dog

adopted March 2013

Hello Bobberick here, sorry its taken so long to write back but I have been busy settling into my new house with my people Gareth and Sarah.

They have been keeping me busy with obedience training, i can now leave a treat in front of me until I am told I can have it (which for me is a major challenge because I do like treats). They take me on nice long walks and out to nice places. I had a nice snowy garden to play in when I moved in and now I like to use the patio for sunbathing and relaxing in the sun. They have a box full of toys for me in the lounge and I am rather partial to a purple squeeky doughnut and a purple squeeky hippo although neither squeek anymore....

Photo of Bobberick the cat
We are both very happy to have had the opportunity to take Bobberick home and love having him live with us. We could not have asked for a better dog and are always greeted with a wagging tail and a smile when we come home.


Thank you to everyone at Hula and all the volunteers for looking after him so well and we appreciate what a great job you all do.

From Sarah, Gareth and Bobberick

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TOBY & SKYE

adopted March 2013

Hello Hula

Skye & Toby here (formerly Jazz) sharing our happily ever after update with you all.

During their time spent at the Hula both Toby & Skye never liked to cause too much of a stir within the cattery so were sometimes overlooked by others but Karl & I instantly fell in love & knew they were the cats for us. We have since discovered their quiet & reserved nature was undoubtedly because they were saving up all their energy for their New home.

Photo of Toby the cat
When he’s not racing around like a Formula One driver or preying on the plump pigeons through the conservatory window you can find Toby sprawled out on the best seat in the house whether that be a bed, chair or table.

He is such a little character & great bundle of fun that loves to play & certainly has lots of love to give. Nobody needs an alarm clock when our little Toby is around, his purr has to be the loudest on record & it alone is enough to stir you from your slumber.

He likes to think he rules the roost & takes great pride in playing king of the castle on top of his cat activity climber but our little Skye always knows how to knock him back down to size if he gets too big for his boots (or in his case paws).

Skye was very nervous & found solace hiding in her bed & behind the sofa when we first brought her home. However with our little Skye we have found you should certainly never judge a book by its cover & even over a short period of time it’s like she is a completely different cat all together & has really come out of her shell.

Photo of Skye the cat
Skye is a big foodie & can always be found meowing her little head off where treats or dinner times are concerned. Favoring her spot sprawled out in the sunshine on the conservatory floor quietly watching the world go by is usually where you will find our Skye but you should never under estimate her quiet nature as Skye has a very playful & mischievous nature behind those big brown eyes.

Karl & I both don’t know where we would be without them, they have really made our little home complete & we cannot thank HULA enough for bringing these two amazing bundles of fun to us.

We look forward to seeing what the future has install but I’m sure whatever it is with Skye & Toby around its bound to be a fun.



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TILLIE

Photo of Tilly the cat

adopted June 2013

Tillie is getting along just fine and making a brilliant companion/house-mate.

As the days have gone by, she's become less stressed and when I get in from work now she is very much chilling on the sofa having a snooze. She's become a lot more playful, especially with the fish toy that was in the adoption pack and I also have one of those cat laser pens, that she chases around the living room like a loon.
Photo of Tilly the cat
When she's not exploring the place, meowing at closed doors, sitting on windowsils keeping the neighbourhood in check or pretending to be an ornament on the bookcase, she's very much a lap cat and like most cats doesn't really understand the concept of personal space.

Photo of Tilly the cat
We've had a few battle of wills, so far it is 1-1. I've managed to win the battle of Tillie wanting all doors open for her convenience at all times but she has definitely won the 'sleeping on the bed' battle. She curls up in a tiny ball at the bottom of the bed but works quite well as a snooze alarm, as when I wake up she comes and climbs all over me and ensures that I can't fall back to sleep.

Thanks for all your help with her, she's fantastic and it has been lovely seeing her get more settled and start to show her personality even in this short time.

Ellie

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TULIP & BRUCE

Photo of Tulip and Bruce the cats

adopted May 2013

As you can see they settled in straight away and love cuddling. Bruce especially loves his tummy being stroked and having his long hair being brushed by one of us and Tulip loves brushing round our legs.

Thank you so much for letting us adopt these two perfect cats!



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DORIS

adopted May 2013

Doris made herself at home as soon as she arrived, had a good sniff around all the rooms in the house, wolfed down her dinner and then came to curl up between us on the sofa for a fuss and a snooze. It was like she'd always been here!

Photo of Doris the cat
Her favourite spots in the house are sitting on the windowsills watching people passing by and chirruping at all the birds that land in the bush by the living room. I'm sure she's desperate to get outside and chase them! If she's not people/bird watching or sunbathing by the window she's probably curled up on one of our laps, or pouncing on the rug in the hallway which seems to her biggest enemy!

She's turned out to be quite a lap cat which we really weren't expecting, but are very pleased about! She's constantly demanding fuss and attention and will often follow me around the house demanding head rubs. I always give in!

We are both totally in love with Doris and can't believe how lucky we've been to find such a wonderful cat to take over our home, so from me, Chris and Doris (who is curled up on my lap as I type this), a big thank you for taking care of her.

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Lucy Lockett

adopted 2012

The beautiful Lucy Lockett was abandoned at the HULA gates. However her luck soon changed and along came Rebekah and Gary to give her the perfect family home.

Lucy came back to visit us at the May 2013 Fun Dog show and fete - here she is proudly sporting her rosette.

Well done Lucy!

And of course thank you to Rebekah and Gary.

Photo of Lucy at Rebekah and Gary's wedding Photo of Lucy at the May 13 fun dog show

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Guiness (formerly Jeff)

adopted March 2013

Guinness is settling in well to his new home life and getting lots of fuss. His new owners tell us that he is slowly getting braver at exploring the great outdoors, but the longest he's gone out for so far was 40 minutes when he came running back crying loudly for some cuddles :)

Photo of Jeff the cat

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Lola

Photo of Lola the Guinea Pig

adopted April 2013

Hi Hula,

As promised here are some photos of Lola settling into her new home with her new sisters.

Lola is very happy to have so many friends, even though they still don't know what to make of her and her gorgeous long hair.

I'm sure with a bit more time they'll love her as much as I already love her :)

Suzy

Photo of Lola the Guinea Pig Photo of Lola the Guinea Pig

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Bruce (formerly Sykes)

adopted July 2012

Hi HULA

Just wanted to give you an update on how Bruce is getting on since coming to his new home.

Photo of Bruce the dog
We first saw Bruce on the HULA website he had been there 5 months, so we went to go and see him. When we first saw him he sheepishly walked up to the door of the run looking rather sorry for himself. We were instantly attached to him.

Photo of Bruce the dog
When we first got him home he was very excitable especially when a ball was involved. Since coming home he has been attending training classes and agility weekly. He has also managed to pass his bronze star obedience award!

Photo of Bruce the dog
We love his cheeky ways and his playful character. His favourite things to do are basking in the sun, sleeping on the radiator, fetch with the ball (which he now gives back), having cuddles and especially rummaging around for food to steal!

We are looking forward to taking him on his first holiday to the beach in the summer. We are sure he will enjoy the long walks but will avoid the sea, as he hates water!

Thanks to all the people at HULA for looking after him and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the next open day.


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Snowy & Simba

adopted Oct 2012 & Jan 2013

Hello all,

Here are a couple of pictures of Snowy (formally Alfie) adopted Oct 2012 and Simba (January 2013) happy in their new home.

They are both well loved and we can't imagine life without them! They took a while to get along but now they're good friends and are never far away from each other

Photo of Snowy (formerly Alfie) the cat Photo of Simba  the cat

All the best,

Nicky and Richard

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Rodney

Photo of Rodney the cat

adopted 2012

Hi...HIYA!

Hope all are well. My name is Rodney, it has been Cubby and now officially I am Rodney/Rodders.

I came to HULA last year after being found by a lovely lady named Hayley, she saved me from an uncertain future and contacted a lady named Katrina. Katrina took me in until there was space at this rescue place called HULA.

Photo of Rodney the cat and Kula the Patterdale
When I went to HULA I was full of myself and a real character, I loved to hang off people's legs! One of the green clothed ladies took me home on foster whatever that meant, she was nice but a little doolally.

Well that was the start of a new life, I never went up for adoption as she loved me too much and kept me as I was now part of a family, I had only ever heard the word family and now I have my own.

Photo of Rodney the cat and Trudy the Wolfhound
I now live with Kula a Patterdale, she thinks I am her offspring, Trudy the Wolfhound who now loves to play with me instead of wanting to eat me and good old Diezol the other cat. Diezol is my best friend and has taught me the art of rabbit hunting much to the humans disgust hehehe!!

I want to thank Hayley, Katrina and HULA for helping me find my perfect home with the green clothed lady and my dad the woodgnome (my words not his).

Off to find some rabbits or a bird maybe, see you soon :)

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Peter

Photo of Peter the rabbit

adopted Spring 2007

Here is a picture of Peter (black and white) with his friend Pippin.

We adopted Peter or Spearmint as he was known then from you in spring 2007.

He's still in fine form despite being quite elderly now.

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Marco & Polo (formerly Marc & Jack)

adopted March 2013

Photo of Marc and Jack the cats
Marco and Polo are doing really well - they've totally settled in now and got the household nicely revolving around them!

We slowly introduced them to the outside world and they're now confidently letting themselves in and out of the house all day and night...although they generally only go out when it's nice outside. Fair weather explorers - my kind of cats!

Little Polo just loves cuddles and giving cat kisses, (lovely at 2am!!), and his big brother is at his happiest when he's barrelling around the house in pursuit of a little bouncy ball. He's got one in particular that he's very attached to and he even carries it around with him and we can play fetch with him like a dog!

They're just lovely, and we really couldn't have chosen cats that could be a better fit.


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BELLA (formerly Zita)

adopted May 2012

Photo of Bella the dog
Hi there just thought I would send an update on Bella as it was nearly a year ago since we adopted her, how time flies!

She settled in a treat and has enjoyed her first Christmas with us. She was spoilt rotten by us and relatives because everyone who meets her falls in love with her.

Photo of Bella the dog
She is a completely different dog since we rescued her, very chilled out and loves her sleep and her belly rubs! She is still in love with her squeaky tennis ball and has a football that she is now loving.

She has such a personality, will howl and speak to you and occasionally speak back when we tell her not to do something haha.

We couldn't have asked for a better dog and we look forward to many more happy years together.

Thanks again, Becki and Jamie

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SUZIE

adopted February 2013

Photo of Suzie the cat
Once Suzie got home she found a lovely pile of clothes, which she dived right into to hide out for half an hour, just so she could get her head together!

After that half an hour, she had a very close look around her new home! She especially enjoyed jumping on top of the wardrobes and bookcases. She likes to station herself at the top of the stairs, so she can see our comings and goings!

Photo of Suzie the cat
When we visited her at Hula she wasn't the friendliest of cats, so we tried to keep our distance until she settled in properly. But after that initial half an hour in the pile of clothes she came right up to each of us in turn and head butted us, she generally wanted some fussing! We've never had a swipe from her AND she likes to have her tail stroked! We have to be careful at nighttime though, if we forget to close the door she will come into our room and wake us up demanding cuddles at 2am!

All in all she's settling in nicely, she seems eager to get outside so that will be her next adventure in a few more weeks.

Love Holly, Karl and Suzie xx

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SNOWY

adopted January 2013

Hi Hula staff,

It was good to see you all at the Valentines event.

Photo of Snowy the dog
Snowy has now been with us 4 weeks and we thought you may like to see these pictures. Snowy loves her new friend Rab and takes it to bed with her! Most days one toy or another ends up in her bed, the squeaky toys are her favourite! She loves cuddles and belly rubs on the sofa and wrapping up in the blankets! This picture is a very tired Snowy after a long walk at Dunstable Downs. The snow was well received by Snowy, she would bury her head in the deepest parts then roll around for ages!

Snowy is gaining confidence everyday, getting more adventurous and inquisitive. This is so good to see as when we first met Snowy some months ago she was a nervous little dog. The best news is that our vet is very happy with Snowy's skin and her coat is growing back beautifully. She hasn't had anymore steroids and is no longer biting or itching. We do keep an eye on her skin though to be sure but so far so good!

Photo of Snowy the dog
Snowy is a massive flirt and greets us with kisses everyday especially Ben! She is getting on well with our 9 year old cat Thumper who is a grumpy old man slowly coming to terms with sharing his home! They are even sharing the sofa! Snowy has found her voice but only barks at the radiators and door bell which is to be expected. My neighbour laughed when I said she was a Westie as he said he was expecting a bigger dog after hearing the bark!

Ben and I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Hula for introducing us to Snowy and helping us with the foster and adoption process. We do miss coming up every week and seeing you all and the other animals especially Reece! We will try and attend your events to support you all and bring Snowy to say hello!

You all do an amazing job and should be very proud of your commitment to animal welfare.

Thank you again from Vicky, Ben, Snowy, and Thumper

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BEN (formerly Bill)

adopted 1998

Photo of Ben the dog
BEN was born on the 21/3/98 as part of a litter of i think 6 black lab cross pups, he was 8 weeks old when we first met him. All the other pups were running around and playing, all except Ben who was quite happy to lay in his bed and sleep.

We asked to see him and he was carried over by the lady who was looking after the boystrous brood. At that moment we fell in love with him and arrangements were made to adopt him.

4 weeks later we returned and happly paid the £80 donation and collected the gorgeous pup. We bought a lead and collor, which we put on him to walk him to the car, Ben had other ideas and promptly sat down and refused to move, I ended up carrying this small dog with huge ears and paws to the car. He sat in the back of the estate car and was happily looking out of the window as we drove to collect the children from their grans.

Photo of Ben the dog
The moment Ben my son and daughter saw each other a bond was forged between them that lasts to this day.

He was re named from Bill to Ben and was a normal pup, chewing this ripping that, but we loved him dearly. As he grew up we found he was a pleasure to be with, he melted hearts with his calm temprement and easy going attitude.

He would love his walks around willen lake, jumping in whenever he had the chance, but used to refuse point blank to go outside in the rain!

One of his favourite games was on wash day as we sat and folded socks he would steal an item from the wash basket and run around the garden with it untill someone chased him and took it off him.

In the autumn he would wait for you to kick conkers for him to chase, he would then try to get as many as he could in his mouth and carry them home, dropping them on the floor when he came through the door. In winter the snow always fascinated him he would walk along with his nose down, tail up ploughing a furrow as he went now and again raising his head with a small pile of snow on his nose. He found it hard to undrestand how you could throw a snow ball but he could never find it?

Photo of Ben the dog
Ben was part of our lives for nearly 15 years, he was a true friend, never made a judgement never took sides. He was always there with a wagging tail and a loving heart when you came through the door. If you had had a bad day he would know and rest his head on your lap, to say he understood.

As he grew old he became a little slower and walks became shorter, but he loved being around people, especially his family.

Ben went to sleep on Monday 26 November 2012, we miss him very much, not seeing his face at the window with his black muzzle now white with age is so sad.

He has left a huge hole in our lives which can only be filled with the fond memories we have.

"YOUR PRESENCE WE MISS, YOUR MEMORY WE TREASURE, LOVING YOU ALWAYS, IN OUR THOUGHTS FOREVER"



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PETRA (formerly Petal)

adopted December 2012

Hello to Everyone at Hula!

I thought you may like to see this picci of Petra, who was totally exhausted after ‘helping’ me with my filing! Yes, as you can see, she most certainly was a GREAT help!
Photo of Petra the cat
I cannot remember if it was Heather who said that once Petra had settled in, she thought she would become a very loving cat. Well, the prophecy was totally correct! I think I emailed to say that she had ventured onto my lap one evening. Now, as soon as I sit down, she is onto my lap, snuggling down and purring quite happily. Believe it or not, she loves having her tummy tickled. Her back end is still a no-go area, which makes me wonder if this is a psychological problem. She is in no pain when chasing her tail or getting herself into the most weird positions when grooming and cleaning. She has turned into a very social cat, who welcomes my visitors and demands to sit on their knees as well! She goes out into the drive and garden but still likes to know the door is open for her return. She continues to leap out of the bedroom window onto the conservatory roof to survey the territory!

Petra and Kit-Kat are getting better with each other now. I feel that she is OK with him, as long as he doesn’t take her unawares. They will now eat together, but both keep an eye on each other as they feed! She will occasionally hiss at him, if she feels he is invading her space. But there is a vast improvement since she arrived back in December. Considering she has only been with me for such a short time, she really has made terrific progress.

She still loves bottle tops!! If I throw one down for her, she chases it around, tosses it into the air and proceeds to flip it over the carpet with much abandon! She has so much energy and leaps around rather more like a kitten than a nine year old! Her exercises include dashing up and down the stairs, chasing her tail at the top before racing down to run through the lounge, conservatory and kitchen! And heaven help me if I get in the way!!! Did I tell you that she has also become a bit of a thief? A while ago, I cooked a chicken breast for my supper, which I was just sitting down to enjoy when my neighbour knocked on my door. I duly answered the door, had a chat with my neighbour and came back to find no chicken and one very contented-looking Petra! She also fights me for a bacon sarnie and if I have yoghurt – her patience knows no bounds! I am hardly allowed to finish it before she has her face in the bowl to lick it!

All in all, Petra is proving to be a wonderful cat with a huge personality. She is fun, loving, contented (Ok, so still Mrs Grumpyboots first thing in the morning!) and I really think she has settled in to her new home. If only you could see the change in her since she came to me, I am sure you would agree.

Very best wishes,
Jilli

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BOO BAYLEE (formerly Linda)

adopted January 2012

On getting her home, I realised Boo Baylee was quite a scaredy ferret. She froze when she heard the cats or dog and wasn't too sure of human hands or my other ferrets.

Photo of Boo Baylee the ferret
She now loves to sniff at the the other animals and they don't really bother her. She's still getting used to my other ferrets and goes out to see them regularly and was living with Tequila for a while when they both were spayed (although found out that Boo is already neutered) hopefully she will get to live outside with them in the future when she's got a bit more confident.

Photo of Boo Baylee the ferret
She's used to my hands now and rarely nips me. She gets very excited during playtime and even makes a noise (which us ferret people call dooking) this is a noise they only make when they get excited and are happy, so I was over the moon when she first did this, along with a dance!!

Boo loves her raw meat and kitten milk, but is fussy with which treats she eats. Her favourite toys are tubes and cat teasers :) Getting a little tied up.....

Photo of Boo Baylee the ferret

**Update February 2013**

A year ago I adopted 'linda ferret' now Boo Baylee, from you. She lived on her own for a while as the others didn't get on with her once she got home, then last October I brought little Oscar Wilde from a rescue whilst I was at a show, he was 9 weeks old. He's 6 months old now and Boo has a best friend :)


Photo of Boo Baylee and Oscar the ferrets
Boo's been quite poorly recently. She and Oscar both had coronavirus which made Boo incredibly ill and on her last legs. Luckily with lots of tlc and special food she recovered, but almost straight after she started losing her hair! We've now found out that Boo has adrenal cancer. I have had her implanted which should start her hair growing back and should make her feel better. She'll need the implant annually but hopefully she has a few more years left as shes only 3! She has Oscar looking after her though so glad she's not still on her own!

** Update **

It is with great sadness that we have heard from Sarah, Boo Baylee's adopter, to advise that Boo Baylee passed away due her illness in July 2013. Thank you Sarah for giving Boo Bayley a loving home, "spoiling her rotten" :) and caring for her through her illness.

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CHARLIE

Photo of Charlie the dog
Hello everyone at Hula I am writing to give you an update on Charlie.

We came to Hula over 6 years ago, earlier in the year we had lost our old girl at the very old age of 20, and the year before we had lost our other faithful friend Prince, I said no more as the heart ache of losing them was so great I didn't want to go through it again.

After a few months we all said that the house was to empty without a dog and said if we got another one we would go for a smaller dog but it had to be a rescue one. We had gone to a couple of rescue places and as cute as a lot of them were we didn't really click with any one of them. We rang Hula and asked if they had any smaller size dogs, we were told yes and they were open for viewing that day, so off we went.

We went in to the kennels and looked around and there he was Charlie. Both my husband and son said that's the one we must have, we hadn't seen all the others but they knew he was the one for us. He was in the kennel and seemed a little scared by us. We went and filled in the form and waited. A week later we got the phone call to say he was ours. We did our three visits and finally brought him home. To begin with he was very unsocial and didn't want to be cuddled or have very little physical contact. But little by little he became more trusting and we had a fantastic little dog.

Photo of Charlie the dog
He loved everyone and was very easy to train he never tries to run when the doors are opened and all in all is a first rate friend. He loves all things shiny and chases lights around and is very found of watching the television. I became ill a few years ago and having Charlie to sit with me on my bad days is a real comfort and he loves to snuggle up with me. He loves playing tug a war and will play for hours if you let him. He learnt to hang the tug a war hoop on people's feet if he wants to play and no one is taking any notice.

Even though he doesn't live with any small children he loves them when they come to visit and is so gentle around them. The most amazing thing about Charlie was a few years ago due to my illness I started to have seizures, one day when I had one Charlie was sat with me upstairs, as I went in to the seizure Charlie ran down the stairs and out to the garden and kept barking at my husband, as this was unlike Charlie to bark for no reason my husband came in to the house. Charlie ran past him back to me up stairs. When he got to me he barked again util my husband came and found me. I was unaware of any of this at the time and was surprised when Alan told me. This has now happened several times, no one knows how Charlie knows, I need help, but he just does. So our very special dog has become even more special.

We have had him for over 6 years and he is the most loyal, trusted and loved friend any one could ever have.

Thank you Hula we are so lucky to have him.

We will see you all soon.

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JAKE

Photo of Jake the dog
We adopted Jake in Summer 2012, although its hard to remember a life without him now. Truth be known we weren't meant to be looking for a dog. We'd recently discussed getting a couple of cats as a practice before taking the plunge with a dog(sorry cat owners!), but when his picture came up through your Facebook link I had to show Stuart, knowing full well that once we'd made the decision to come see him we wouldn't be able to leave without him!

I grew up with a Labrador and had never been a fan of smaller dogs but his character instantly won us over. It became clear on our first visit that he wasn't short of energy and that his number one love would always be tennis balls. I spent the two weeks between then and being able to take him home showing pictures of him to anybody who'd look, like a new parent.

Photo of Jake the dog
He spent the entire journey home with his nose out of the window and seemed to settle in pretty quickly. Since then he's been an endless source of entertainment and companionship. The benefit of adopting an older dog is that he came fully house trained and understood basic commands,(when selective hearing allows it).


He enjoys playing with other dogs, although if he had to make the choice I think he'd go for people every time. We're yet to find a toy other than a kong that he can't destroy, although he's not interested if they can't be ruined and we've never had a problem with him chewing anything he shouldn't. The only thing we've had real issues with are footballs - our nemesis. When it comes to these 'extra large tennis balls' he gets tunnel vision and I'm convinced its not a case
Photo of Jake the dog
of selective hearing but that he has no concept of what's going on around him as he hurtles full pelt towards them. We've had to retrieve him from the middle of a pitch on more than one occasion. We tend to just avoid the park on a Saturday now, to save the red faces. His other great love is balloons. We took him to my parents for a party and we went crazy trying to get the balloons off the wall. Eventually, after much jumping, he managed it. We left him too it thinking that the 'bang' would scare him off doing it again, but no, it just make him want them even more. We had to take them down in the end, although we did take them home and release them for him - he thought all his Christmases had come at once!

Photo of Jake the dog
But as terrier like as he is outdoors, he's more like a cat at home. He just wants to be with you all the time. In fact on you is preferable. None of us are happier than when we're spending an evening snuggled up on the sofa, but you have to make sure there's a hole for him to put his face in. Between your legs, behind your back, under the cushion or if all else fails he'll just make a nook with his paws.

We thought the excitement of us coming home or downstairs in the morning was an initial reaction to being rescued, but every day we are still greeted by a very excited Jake who grabs your trousers and pulls you through the door, before running off to show off his favourite toy. It's nice to feel so appreciated.

In short, I'm sure he's bought us more enjoyment than we've bought him and we can't imagine him not being part of our family now.

Thanks for bringing us together.

Charlie, Stuart and Jake. X

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JAX

Photo of Jax the dog
Hello to all my friends at Hula, Jax here,

I thought it was about time that I wrote my happy ending e-mail.

I have been living with my new forever family now since June 2012 and have really settled in well and am very happy.

They take me out for regular long walks and have been getting me used to all the new dogs and people that I meet when out and about. I have a nice warm bed to sleep on and lots of lovely toys to play with. My favourite game is tug-o war and I really love playing with my squeaky toys too!

I have been having some training so that when I am off my lead, I will come back when called and not get lost or into trouble. (The yummy treats I get if I am a good boy help!! YUM!!).

I get lots of cuddles and fuss and could not have wished for a better family to adopt me! I am so grateful to them and I give them lots of sloppy kisses so they know how happy they have made me!!

Finally, thank you so much for helping me find my new owners and I will get them to bring me back to visit you all on your open days and special events as often as they can!

Lots of love and sloppy kisses,
Jax.XX

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DUSTY

Dear Hula,

Photo of Dusty the cat
Dusty has now been living with us for 10 months but has settled in like she has lived here her whole life. When we adopted her, she was afraid of too much contact with people but has since turned into quite the lapcat, often spending evenings stretching out on one of our laps.

She had been at the sanctuary for 3 months so we were initially wary that it may take her time to get used to living in a home again, however it took her less than a day to make the house her own.

Nearly a year on and we're under no illusions as to who is boss, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Chris, Sarah and Dusty

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MADDY & TABATHA

adopted April 2012

Dear Hula,

Here are Maddy and Tabatha enjoying their first Christmas at their new home. Both have settled in well and love their surroundings.

Best wishes,
Michael & Diane

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SONNY

adopted October 2012

Sonny joins in with everything. He loves to do yoga with me, keep the girls company in their bedrooms, earns treats by learning new things and showing off how clever he is, and most of all he loves being soppy with Ian!

He is making new friends in the neighbourhood and loves his walks. He is such a good boy with the exception when he was alone in the kitchen and Sophie came down to find that he had managed to reach up on the kitchen worktop and help himself to some biscuits which she had baked and left to cool! Well, she is a good cook.

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We struck gold with Sonny and we can’t remember what life was like before he came to live with us.

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CHUCK

adopted April 2012

As promised here are some photos of Chuck of his first 2 weeks at his new home.

He is a totally different dog, he's really cheeky and loves his cuddles. He hates the rain and I have to drag him out of his bed for walks in the morning as he can be a bit lazy.

Photo of Chuck the dog
His Boxer comes out of him in the evenings with a mad half hour with either his red ball, tennis ball or tugger. Also we found he has a bark too!!! he barks at the birds in the garden through the window.

He still has a lot to learn and will be going to his first dog training next week.

Jenny, Adam and Chuck

Photo of Chuck the dog

*** update December 2012 ***

The Chuck Monster (as my mum and dad call me) here. Thought I'll write a note to you as I've been with this crazy lot for 8 months now. I've settled in really well and I've put on weight now. I've been on holiday to yorkshire and I loved jumping up on ruins of Abbeys it sooo much fun. My mum says that I behave well
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now as when I first moved in I did test them to see how far I could push them and I lost alot of the time but with help from Lynne Davies I'm a very good dog. I also have made some rattie friends they were here before me and I love watching them play around in the cage.

I love food I cannot get enough of it. Mum says this is why we doing well in training as I do anything for food or squeaky toys.I have to say I'm not a fan of this training. I am made to go in the rain and when it muddy and I hate HATE getting my paws wet I put on a grump to try and get mum to take me home :-(. Mum and Dad got me a coat to try and make me enjoy walking in the winter but I still try and get out of it. I would rather snuggle up with my mum and sleep all day if I had my way.

Photo of Chuck the dog

Thank you Hula for looking after me and finding me this family I am such a happy doggy now.

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PURDIE

adopted February 2011

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Out of the three very special overlooked dogs at HULA, Kaiser, Luke and Purdie, we were the lucky ones fostering Purdie over Christmas 2010. She came to stay with us and Winnie, Marley and Badger. Think Purdie and Luke were on a mission though ensuring “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”. Now where did you read that recently, oh yes, from Luke’s mum and dad !!

As we left the office with Purdie on her lead that day, bless her heart, she turned to go back to the Kennels! Well they had been her home for almost a year. We steered her over to the car and put her in the back and off we went “home”. And it did become her home, she settled in so well and enjoyed herself so much. She had a wonderful Christmas and because she was such a good girl, Santa brought many pressies for her.

So then towards the end of the 3 month foster period we got a call. Someone may be interested in Purdie and they would like to meet her, can we bring her back please. Well, to be honest, by this time she had worked her magic. It’s true I’m afraid, a dog really is for life, we couldn’t let her go, the thought was just too horrible. So ….. she stayed.

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Purdie had, and still has, issues with little dogs and some big dogs, which is possibly why people passed her by! We will never “cure” her of this but we can and do manage it. It doesn’t take a lot and is just about being vigilant, careful and responsible! For this our reward is Purdie, an incredibly cheeky and exceedingly funny girl; she’s very clever, she puts her paw in food bowls to hold them down!

She’s had some learning to do, mostly how to share, but she is so smart it didn’t take long. She’s a happy go lucky chuck, with a tail that wags up and down, side to side and round and round; she loves to snuggle up and be cuddled. She is incredibly willing to please and absolutely loves meeting and greeting all her friends at HULA on Open Days, especially her “Aunty” Pauline (and Emily). She is happy, spoilt and absolutely adored. She is such a lovely girl, it is hard to believe she was left behind for so long. The fact that she loves to come back to HULA is a testament to the wonderful care she received while she was there and her way of saying thank you.

All we can say is, thank you everyone at HULA for our lovely Purdie and for not giving up on her.

Stephen, Sharon & Purdie x

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LUKE

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adopted December 2010

It has been two years at Christmas since we adopted Luke. They say a dog is for life, not just for Christmas and with Luke, that is certainly true. We could not bare to part with him now, as he has turned into the most loyal, loving, well behaved dog anyone could wish for. Julian loves cuddling him on the sofa and Luke is a big softy with him.

In the past, his big fear was of tall men, what a change in him now...

Thanks again HULA for the chance you gave him over the long two years he was with you and the training and help you gave him. He may not have had that chance anywhere else.

He says thank you very much too. Woof woof xx

Heather and Julian

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SEAMUS

Photo of Seamus the dog

adopted November 2011

In February 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting the new arrival in the kennel block. During my first experience with Seamus he smothered me in staffie kisses pulled out my earrings and covered me in mud. He was a rather portly lad but had the cheekiest face imaginable and I confess it was love.

I walked Seamus on many occasions and his constant grunting and lust for life made me chuckle. Seamus eventually found a new home and I took him along for a ride when I did his home check. Sadly the adoption did not work out and Seamus returned to HULA. He came back just the same, though by now he had lost a lot of weight and his muscle tone had greatly improved – he was a strong lad.

Seamus remained in kennels for nearly a year. I would always grab a cuddle when I saw him and often wished I could provide him with a home. In April of this year I started to foster Seamus and in reality life has never been the same since. Seamus is a one off, strong willed, cheeky, loving and most of all he makes me smile. You can’t help but smile even when he has stolen your dinner, completely ignored what I have asked him to do or just glared at me with those beautiful brown eyes because I have dared to take him out in the rain!!

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Seamus likes his home comforts and expects nothing less, he is always on the lookout to make new friends and steal food. However, words cannot describe the joy, companionship and love this little guy has brought into my life. Seamus loves his days out, we have been on holiday twice and he so enjoys playing by the sea or simply chilling. He cannot bear getting cold and wet and will shelter under a leaf in order not to be struck by the offending rain.

He loves everyone and people often stop to say hello to him, which he clearly adores. There are lots of staffies in rescue and it’s so sad that people don’t know about the wonders of the breed and instead just hear the negatives. I am a big believer in promoting this wonderful breed and trying to reverse the negative image that they have. Seamus stayed in kennels so long because of his breed, age and greying muzzle.

Though I did not have the pleasure of knowing Seamus as I puppy I am grateful that I am the lucky one who has the privilege of spending time with him, stroking that big head when he is sleeping and wakes up to that huge staffie smile each morning. I adore his grey muzzle and know that he has had a life before meeting me and lots of experiences. I recently found out that his real name was not Seamus and his face when I inadvertently said his real name was a picture as all his memories came flooding back.

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I love to take him out and about and adore his staffle wiggle as he struts along beside me. I hope that we have many more days out together and that one day I will be able to once again sit my own sofa.

I have always loved the staffie breed since I was a child and having Seamus in my life has cemented my feelings about this magnificent loving breed. However, they do steal your heart but on the plus side you will never be cold again as there is nothing quite like a staffie hug.

Thanks Seamus for doing me the honour of making if official, life will never be the same again but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you to everyone at HULA for introducing us and for caring for Seamus during his stay I am so grateful.

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MR TODD

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adopted August 2012

Hello!

My humans have tried to ring a couple of times but they know you are very busy looking after all the other animals so thought they would email you...

Well, my last few weeks have been fun! I have LOVED running round the garden and bouncing around! I was a little scared of those pesky cats to start with but as you can see from the picture, we are now best friends! Buttons (in the picture) and I play chase together and she sometimes gives me a quick lick.

My humans seem very friendly, they like giving me lots of cuddles and bringing me inside to run around which is cosy! The little girl human giggles when she feeds me a carrot as I make snuffly noises - I can't help being a noisy eater!

Thank you for looking after me so well...I miss you all but feel happy in my home now :o)

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WAFFLE

Hello !

My name is Waffle, I came to you guys a few months ago, you may remember me as Heather...

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I am a Husky rat and thought that you would be very happy to know I am very happy and settled in my New home. The photos are of me and my house mate Gizmo in our bed that our mummy has kindly made :)

Mummy lets us out to play every night and gives us an Amazing Banquet of yummy goods and in return we give her Ratty kisses and cuddles!

Thank you for looking after me until my new owners came along you guys are the best :)

Love from Waffle X

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OZZY (formerly McDougal)

Photo of McDougal and Louie

adopted September 2012

Hi to all at Hula,

Thank you for letting us adopt Ozzy (McDougal). He has fitted in so well with my 2 boys, King Louie cat and I.

Ozzy and Louie get on so well and cuddle up together in the evenings, as you can see. Ozzy is so affectionate, and has tried to eat everything including the fish food, fruit and even enjoys licking curry plates!

Thanks again Sally, Daniel and Matthew x

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JAKE

adopted March 2012

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Jake is an awesome member of our family who is loved by all of us. At first he was a bit of a pacer and anxious as you guys were familiar with. However within a month he had settled down and started to build up trust with us. At the time he weighed 28-29kg and as you will see from the photo looked all skin & bones. He now weighs a healthy 38kg which I think will be his maintenance weight. Jake is fed only natural products (inc any treats) and is currently being weaned off his high protein diet I put him on to build him up. Occasionally though for a treat he will have a fruit ice lolly!

Jake goes running with me 4-5 times a week and we cover about 16-20 miles. This is about 5am and sometimes he needs a bit of a nudge coz he's so comfy in his bed! When not running we go out usually for an hour or more and we do road, flat/hill, woodland walks. We now have him out of his cage and he has his own space in the corner of the room. J does not go upstairs, grovel or steal food, is a perfect house dog and is extremely respectful. J is not aloof as we were advised and comes for loves & greets us with a happy demeanour, furiously wagging stump when we come in. J recognises motorbikes and looks for my Son or me on our return.

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J has been taught a few tricks/commands such as roll over, up (for jumping), can stand on his rear legs and rest front on outstretched arms for a treat, he also will back up (J jumps backwards-funny), waits on command and can do this on steep steps with gaps between going downwards. I trained him going over very busy motorway bridges and he is now fine with noises. J will also do his toilet on command. Callum my son who has just gone to Afghan taught him to jump on our trampoline which he will now do for a love (I sunbathe on it) or to play with the family. Cal also introduced him to our blow up pool and we reinforced swimming in a local river. J has swum in chest deep water for about approx half a mile, once in a massive storm which was great fun!

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J is improving with his prey drive and will respond to command to leave it when exposed to other dogs however I will not let him off lead unless I'm certain we are alone. J walks fine to heal. When off the lead he doesn't travel too far away and recalls averagely well. J has walked alongside another dog but with a muzzle. Feeding times he leaves the room when we eat and then on command either, verbal, whistle (food is 2 flat tones) or hand signals will attend in the sit and be fed first by hand to reinforce the chew command which he honestly does & then wait for my signal to come round me into the sit & then watch me before I command to take, you can put your hand in the bowl when he eats or if necessary remove him from food. These are all non verbal commands nice and calm. If when training with treats I have taught him not to take food if dropped in front of him until commanded. He will offer a kiss for a treat which Tanya taught him and will gently remove a treat from your lips no bigger than a fingernail size.

Photo of Jake enjoying a rest on the garden hammock
In the garden he loves fetch & tug games as well as destroying footballs. He will release on command & then is rewarded by a bit more play. J will invite the family to play & absolutely loves the nylo bones with orange spring in the middle, he's on his fifth since March!

J is up to date on his boosters, worming and is treated with advocate every month. I daily check ears, paws, eyes with no problem and brush over to check for lumps & bumps.

J loves the car and has travelled as far as Blackpool no problem. So all in all he is settled, has started guarding, will surrender his tummy and is just brilliant.

Thank you all so much for trusting us with him.


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PATCH & CHY

adopted September 2012

Patch & Chy have settled in really well. Patch is still very shy and seems to be dominated by a very mischievious Chy. Chy is certainly a character - she will investigate everything and is very much the leader.

Photo of Patch and Chy the rabbits

We love having them as new additions to the family. They are getting used to having a routine and every morning are ready waiting by 7.30 am to get out of their cage and have a run around.

After this run they are quite content to stretchout in their hutch and have a well earned rest for a few hours!

From The Carter Family

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PROFESSOR JEEVES

adopted August 2012

Dear HULA friends,

How are you all keeping? It is me (Professor) Jeeves, formerly known as (Mister) Jeeves.

I have been very busy since I left HULA in August 2012 and thought I should drop you a few lines to catch up with you all. I am doing really well and since I moved in with my new family, I have managed to take control of the household, particularly at night when I seem to come alive!

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Every morning I get up early (and so does the rest of the family) and I get groomed. I have a quick breakfast and get to play with my toys. During the day, I love to spend time in the kitchen, watching the world go by and at times I do venture outside and have a run around in the garden.

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In the evenings, I like curling up on the sofa and keep my new family company while they watch TV. They tell me that I am a very handsome gentleman and I love it when they cuddle me and talk softly to me.

Photo of Professor Jeeves the cat
When I am hungry or want a treat, I will let my family know and will paw them very gently on their face. They say that I am irresistible; I mean who can resist those green eyes?

They say that a picture can speak more than a thousand words, so I am sending you a few photographs of what I have been up to. This includes my pampering session at Tanya’s grooming salon!

I will keep in touch…

Jeeves x

P.S. My new family would like to thank everyone at HULA for taking such good care of me and for introducing me into their lives! They can no longer imagine life without me…



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OZZIE & COOPER

adopted December 2010 & September 2011

We adopted Ozzie, a then 7-year old beige GSD/Retriever cross in December 2010. He settled very quickly and we found that he had come to us extremely well trained, but it took almost half a year for him to get over his separation anxiety. Initially he couldn't be left at at all, then he was fine for brief periods in the car (luckily it was winter!) and eventually was okay to be left for a few hours in the front yard, where we got him a dog house.

Photo of Ozzie and Cooper the dogs
When we moved from Milton Keynes to Northampton in September 2011, we adopted a friend for Ozzie. Cooper, a then 20-month-old 'Beagle' (who actually turned out to be a Harrier!). The two got on well from the start, although they were a bit disinterested in each other to begin with. Within just a few weeks however, they became best buddies and are now inseparable.

With Cooper around Ozzie was finally completely fine to be left alone in the house and we can now say that his separation anxiety is completely cured. Cooper, being a bit younger, turned out to be a lot more cheeky than Ozzie, often stealing the kids soft toys and chewing any small plastic item he could find. But over time, he's become more relaxed and better behaved and chewing incidents are very rare now.

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Both of the dogs are so well-natured, and absolutely fantastic with the kids. They've have become very popular in the neighborhood and have befriended all the local kids as well as the lovely Cindy, a beautiful rescue GSD from a few houses down the road. We couldn't imagine life without our two boys, now almost 9 and 3, anymore. We're so pleased that we were able to give these two a new forever home.

Thank you HULA!


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ARTHUR

adopted July 2012

Rememeber me? I came in with my mum (Amy) and two sisters (Sharon & Sarah) after being found in a shed.

My new mum has looked after me since I left you on 19th July. We have had such fun together as she brought me lots of toys to play with although my favourite is a scrunched up piece of paper!

Photo of Arthur the cat
I have grown lots and enjoy running around the house, up and down the stairs. I have been in the garden a few times and love climbing the trees. My favourite trick is to make a dash for the conifer hedge and disappear inside it!

Photo of Arthur the cat
Attached are some photos of me over the last few weeks. I have just paid my first visit to the vets which I was not very keen on. Mummy says it was the responsible thing to do but I am not so sure!

Anyway, its nice to see on your website so many good things happening. You all deserve it as you do a great job. I am very happy in my new home but I miss you all.

Lots of love
Arthur x x x x

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DIESEL

adopted June 2012

We lost our previous dog, Polly, a 14 year old Collie cross in May this year. Initially we were not going to get another dog straight away, but coming home to an empty house did not feel right, so we decided in the school summer holidays we would look for a new dog.

Photo of Diesel the dog
Well, on a lovely sunny afternoon in June, (not yet the summer holidays) we went to just "look!" Always a mistake. We fell in love with Diesel, and enquired further. Three visits later and our home check, Diesel came to live with us.

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Diesel, also known as Mr D and Diesel the Weasel, is a delight. He has settled quickly, is very well behaved and is amazing with our two boys who are 8 and 5.

We have had to learn the labrador traits quickly, (stealing food whenever he can!) but we are getting there! We have taken him on his first holiday in the caravan, and he again, was brilliant. Very calm and settled, and loved the outdoors and the long walks. He is great out and about, and everyone comments on how lovely he looks, and he still looks like a puppy, even though he is three.

Diesel loves nothing more than playing ball for hours and hours, or sunbathing in the garden! We are hoping to do more with him, maybe a spot of agility or flyball, something to keep his active mind working!

Thank you Hula for the new addition to our family, we promise to pop in and visit soon with Diesel.

Gerald, Melanie, Sam and Alex

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JESS (formerly Freya)

adopted March 2012

Dear Hula,

Just a short note from Jess (aka Freya). She has settled in beautifully since she left Hula in March. She has been going to training at the Lynne Davies Training School. She has learned many new skills, including coming back when called.... sometimes... depending if I have treats.

Photo of Jess formerly Frey the dog
Her favourite toys are her squeaky ferret, her frisbee, tennis balls and my ipad. When she was at Hula she loved to play with a boomer ball, now she has one of her own to play with in the garden.

She loves to play with other dogs in the local park and has made a couple of doggie friends. Some things haven't changed, humans need to approach Jess with extreme caution because if you get too close, you will be licked!

We hope to see you all soon,

Jess & John

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TIMO (formerly Gizmo)

adopted July 2012

Within a few hours of Timo being with us he seemed to make himself right at home. It was like he’d been with us for years. He wandered around checking the house out and seemed very at ease. He’s only been with us a week, but in that week he has certainly made our house...his house.

Photo of Timo the cat
We already had two female cats and as expected the first few days were filled with constant growling. However a couple of days after adopting Timo....he and my other two cats were fine. No arguing, no more growls, they had accepted each other. Every morning Timo goes up to my other cats, sniffs their noses and then sits...waiting for his food, however he is such an impatient little boy....he jumps up trying to snatch his food as we prepare it.

Photo of Timo
All three cats get on amazingly well and the bonding between them happened very quickly. Timo particularly gets on with Evie who is 2 years old. They are forever playing around the house, chasing each other. It’s so nice to watch.

Timo is a lovely boy but also very very cheeky. He is forever stealing food off the table which we can’t help but laugh at however he is learning very quick and has become well adjusted to our household.

We are very happy to have adopted him and thankful that HULA made the adopting process very easy and simple.

Thanks guys!!

Update September 2012

Everything is great and Timo has really has settled perfectly. Although he has got cheekier and more naughty by the second lol. He is literally stealing our food. Anything thats left on the side he will take and run off to a corner to scoff it down...whilst i’m running around like a lunatic trying to catch him my Dad is just laughing. He adores Timo and he’s adamant like all of us he is a VERY special boy.

I’ve had to hide away the cat food as he has managed to find it 4 times and rips it open to get at the meat or dry food. So yes....as days passes...he’s naughtiness gets worse. But we don’t mind, he certainly keeps us on our toes and his character is such a joy.

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ROSIE-BOOTS (formerly Sweetpea)

adopted July 2012

Rosie had her own room prepared for her when I brought her home but she’s settled in so quickly she spends a lot of the time exploring the rest of the house with her new best buddy Tia. They haven’t quite worked out how they are supposed to play together yet but they have fun trying; whether it’s playful pawing at each other, running round in circles together or Rosie hanging on to Tia’s tail. If Tia’s sitting on my lap, Rosie has already devised a cunning way to shift her so that she gets prime position!!

Photo of Timo
Rosie is eating well, and has had no problems adapting to her new litter tray, although I’m not sure about her habit of using it the minute I’ve cleaned it, cheeky little minx!!!

When Rosie is in her room and I go up to see her, I always find her on the pile of ironing that is sitting in the corner, guess my clothes are more comfortable than the three pet beds in the room!!

Thank you so much for letting me adopt Rosie-Boots, she’s going to be a great addition to my little family

I will keep you updated with her progress!

Nicola

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PERKY

adopted February 2011

Perky is a Bengal Persian cross that we adopted from HULA in February 2011.

Photo of Perky
The purpose of our visit to Hula was for myself to look at multi agency working with Hula and Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service. My mistake was bringing my wife, who immediately fell in love with the bolshie cat named Perky, who strolled up and down the cattery howling at the other cats to let them know she was top cat.

Perky was 4 1/2yrs old when we adopted her and although she has only been with us for 1 ½ yrs, it’s like she has always been here. She rules the roost and Bracken our male Sprocker spaniel loves her, but she always lets him know when she has had enough and who the boss is. Perky loves nothing more than to rub up against the dogs and then steal their bed for a short nap.

Photo of Perky
Perky loves to go out for an adventure in the garden and loves to roll in the flower beds for hours at a time. Her favourite past time is to then traipse all the soil into the kitchen and race up and down the stairs leaving a little trail for everyone to follow.

As you can see she gets the best position on the sofa and nobody messes with Perky. As you know Bracken loves Perky, and even when she gives him a tap she then goes and rubs against him to make up.


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Bluebell is our latest addition to the pack and is a 1 ½ yr old cocker spaniel who had a bad start in life. She has settled in well and Perky has shown her the ropes, they can often be found on the sofa having a power nap together.

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MILLIE

adopted May 2012

Dear everyone at HULA

We just wanted to write a quick note to let you know how Millie is getting on. We've had her just over a month now and couldn't be without her!

Photo of Millie
We've had a busy month or so, she's met our families & family dogs (they all get on very well!) we've been on a mini holiday to the New Forest, and Millie has even seen the Queen!

She enjoys coming to work with me, whether she is curled up asleep, chasing her ball or waiting expectantly at her biscuit drawer!

Millie is at her happiest when she thinks she is going for a walk.... I swear she can hear her lead move from anywhere in the house! She loves 'walkies' and when out will try & chase just about anything, birds, cats, dogs, flies...She even howled at a fire engine the other day!

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Millie also likes to watch the TV every now and then, she loves anything to do with cats & The Dog Whisperer!! Every one that meets Millie falls in love with her, she is the sweetest, prettiest dog and she has completed our family.

Thank you HULA for looking after her and for letting us rehome her, I hope we make Millie as happy as she makes us.

Love
Lucy, Kye & of course Millie xxx

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BUSTER

adopted April 2012

A few years ago I did the volunteer dog walking training at HULA. Having never been a dog owner and being a coward I never went back again!

Photo of Buster enjoying a sausage
This year, on an impulse, I decided to do the training again. I found a new confidence and began walking dogs several times a week. One of the dogs I walked was Buster, an overweight Jack Russell. He had to have an operation for gallstones and since he needed to recover I fostered him while he recovered. I’ve now adopted him and he’s now my constant companion. To mark the occasion I grilled him a sausage and stuck a birthday candle on it. I’ve since learnt that Buster is a great swimmer and every morning he goes for a little swim in the River Ouse. On arrival at HULA Buster weighed 13 kg and his weight is now down to 10kg.

Photo of Buster
I still walk dogs at HULA and apart from the satisfaction of making the dogs’ stay that bit better I have met some lovely people and have lost over 2 kg in weight – not as much as Buster but still not bad!

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SAMMY & KITTY

Photo of Sammy and Kitty the cats

adopted May 2011

This was taken at Christmas - as you can see they are very active in 'helping' us - well let's say I had to put the tree up 4 times!!!

We have had cats before but they are the most loving cats anyone could ever ask for - very affectionate. They know just how to wrap us round their paws and totally rule the house!

Photo of Sammy and Kitty the cats
They never cease to amaze us with their energy running and chasing each other across the garden, up trees and darting in and out of the flower beds, hiding and pouncing out at us - just to keep us on our toes!

Defrosting the freezer really seemed to interest them!

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SAMSON

Photo of Samson the dog

adopted May 2012

We would like to say a very big thank you to you, we love Samson very much and he has become a wonderful addition to our family. He is a joy to have and we can't imagine life without him. He is very happy and a very well behaved boy.

We thank you all at Hula for looking after Samson and will visit soon.

The Smith family

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JASON

Photo of Jason the dog

adopted March 2012

We lost our 13yr old German Shepherd in October 2011 to cancer, and underestimated how big a space would be left in our lives. Until one day in February when we visited HULA and met a boy called Jason. He seemed quiet and looked sadly at us from the back of his kennel and we were intrigued to find out more about him. We learnt that he had been at HULA for nearly a year and had very little luck getting rehomed.

After lots of visits to HULA we decided to formally adopt him.

We picked him up on 1st March and have enjoyed every second since that date with him. He settled down very quickly at our home and enjoys racing around the garden, chasing pigeons and squirrels and bees and leaves and anything else that moves. He has been attending dog training school and is an exemplary student, mastering the art of sitting, waiting and walking to heel. He also takes me running several times a week around the local area and I'm now running MUCH quicker than I ever used to do without him!

Photo of Jason the dog
He also loves walking round Bow Brickhill Woods and can regularly be seen being walked around Aspley Heath woods looking up into the treetops for the elusive squirrels.. and if we take him out in the car he loves to stick his head out of the window, no matter what the weather or how fast we are going!

He sits on the decking staring out into the garden for ages, watching everything, the birds, flies, sheep and rabbits in the field out the back. If we have been out, he is over the moon with excitement when we come back home, picking up his favourite toy and tossing it up in the air while running around us in circles. In the evenings, he curls up on his blanket at our feet and usually snores and twitches his way into the night until bedtime arrives.

He is our best friend and we can never imagine being without him...

I can honestly say, that for as much as we rescued him, HE has most definitely rescued us:)

Liz, Jo & Jason the Akita x

Thank you HULA so much for caring for him all the time he was there...

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GUNNER

adopted January 2012

We brought Gunner home on the 29th January. We had bought Gunner a bed and cushion to lie on and after a good sniff about he began to settle in. As each person came in he would have a good sniff and get used to them before settling down. From that point on he hasn't looked back.

Photo of Gunner the dog
In the time we have had him he has enjoyed playing in the snow and has been on holiday to Lowestoft for a play on the beach. He is a lovely, affectionate boy who loves sitting with his new mum and going for long walks with me down to Kempston Mill or Priory Marina. He has even taken to training for the London Olympics!!
Photo of Gunner the dog


Thank you to HULA for giving us the opportunity to adopt such a lovely boy. I can only imagine how hard it would of been for his original owners to have to give him up.

Ray, Anna & Gunner

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BEAU

Photo of Beau the dog

adopted February 2012

I adopted Beau (formerly Bow) in February after making several visits to walk her & to get to know her. On bringing her home she settled in immediately which surprised me considering she had been at Hula for over 4 months. After only 1 week I could comfortably walk her off the lead as she would never venture far from me. Her recall is excellent & now she is more confident & chasing things such as rabbits, pheasants, guinea fowl, squirrels & stoats that initial recall has come in very handy indeed.

Photo of Beau the dog
Beau now lives in a rural village with many dog owners & is excellent at socialising with all types of dog & their owners.

She likes to take me to the pub on a regular basis but is also happy in my 1 acre woodland garden with the chickens, some of whom it has to be said are not overly keen! especially the stroppy cockerel who pecks her on the nose from time to time.


She has however learnt her territory (my garden) & anyone walking close to its borders or coming to the door gets well barked at until I arrive.

Beau needs a bit of training to get a few more commands sorted but on the whole I cannot believe how well she has settled & how lucky I am to have such a loyal friend already.

Ian

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PADDY

adopted October 2011

Hi All!

Sorry it’s taken me so long to write but I’ve just been having the best time EVER!! I live with some great humans, the big ones feed me and the little ones play with me, what more could I want!

I now live right next to the woods and I chase squirrels and birds for hours…but my favourite thing to chase is sticks because I can catch them!

I get fun baths when I’ve been in the lakes or found muddy puddles to play in and I get loads of cuddles on the sofa at night time with my human mum. My human dad says I get treated better than he does, I think he’s right!!

Photo of Paddy the dog
I have my own space under the stairs, my own arm chair, cushions, blankets and my own designer toiletries! Not bad for a skinny little stray!

I love to chew things and have now learnt not to pull the banisters out and chew them but to chew my toys instead!

I’ve attached some pictures for you so you can see how much fun I’m having! Now my human mum wants a word!

Take care everyone!
Paddy xxx

Hiya,

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Paddy isn’t perfect but he’s been worth every second! We had a few teething problems with chewing but that was quickly under control after some training!

He’s fantastic with the kids (3, 9 & 13) who were all scared of dogs to begin with. They love playing with him, taking him for walks and giving him treats.

Paddy has got so much energy and character he’s literally bursting with it! He’s changed our lives for the better and we expect he’ll be just as excited as we are when our new baby arrives too!

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to bring Paddy into our lives!

E & G

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DUSTY (formerly Jimmy)

adopted February 2011

We adopted Dusty a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in 2011. Dusty was hard work to begin with. He was not used to living indoors and by all accounts had not had much socialisation. It took 5 months to toilet train him (he still has the occasional accident), and 10 months to be accepted by our cat (although he still likes to chase her!!). However, all the hard work was worth it.

Dusty is an adorable, loyal and friendly young dog who has learnt to adapt to our hectic family life. He will take every opportunity to jump on your lap for a cuddle and enjoys daily walks in the woods with big brother Merlin, our Rhodesian Ridgeback.

The photo above is just after Dusty had his hair clipped - he was not impressed (!) and below is of Dusty and Merlin having a crafty rest on our bed!

Photo of Dusty the dog

The journey to help Dusty live indoors amongst a family has been a difficult one, but I would urge anyone adopting a dog to stick with it. The hard work does pay off and in return you will receive an endless supply of unconditional love.



Kind regards,
Lisa

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THEODORE aka TEDDY

adopted January 2012

A young and heavily pregnant cat by the name of Tia arrived at HULA one Friday in October 2011. The very next day she gave birth to four kittens. Kitten 6 as he was called in the cattery was adopted as soon as he was old enough and went to his new forever home in January.

He was given the lovley name Theodore by his new owners and they have sent us these great photos. He looks so grown up now! He is also looking very contented and happy with his new family.

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Photo of Jack the cat

JACK

adopted January 2012

Hello I'm Jack, I hope you remember me?

My owner has cast a spell to let me be able to talk to you for a while, human talk is quite interesting! I wanted to thank you for the care you gave me during the time I spent with you. I confess I do love my food and my new owners have had to watch my weight.

Photo of Jack the cat
I'm into everything ( chuckles) and I have found some lovely places to rest from the top of Mum's wardrobe to the desk while she works on her computer , I guess that's where i learned to type! lol


I have a basket and a lovely toy that gives me treats if I work for it and cuddles; well sometimes I have to move away they love me so much.

Thank you for a lovely home,

Jack xx

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FRAGGLE (formerly Kev)

adopted January 2012

Fraggle has settled in fantastically and is the happiest dog I have ever had. I originally fostered him when he came into Hula but he fitted in so well with my other dogs that I decided to adopt him.

Nothing phases him and his tail never stops wagging, in fact his whole body wags. He is enjoying long walks in the countryside and he is running canix cross with me which is a dog sport with the dog harnessed and pulling on a bungee cord attached to a waistbelt. A fantastic way to keep both me and him fit. Agility and searches have also started so he is a busy chap.

Doggy holidays await in Wales and Northumberland and we are all having a great time.

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MAX

adopted December 2010

Hi, just thought we would drop you a quick email to let you know how Max is getting on.

He was a lovely dog, but we very soon discovered he had lots of behaviourial habits! He used to go absolutely bonkers when someone tried to leave the house - when I say bonkers I mean physically jumping up and biting whoever was trying to leave. We soon employed the lovely Lynne Davies who tried her best to try and get him out of this awful habit - after 3 months we almost gave up on Max - but fortunately we perservered and carried on with his training.

After about 7 months of trying all manner of things.... nothing actually worked and even poor Lynne had to concede defeat. He was still as bonkers as when we first took him home.

Photo of Max the dog
As luck would have it - we moved to Spain. Now what would we do with the dog??

Well we decided to get him a pet passport and he flew out to Spain on Monarch airways on 27th September 2011.

And he just loves it!!

He is truly living the dream - he has always been great in social situations - he loves to sit outside the little bars we have here in the evening and lets the world goes by.

Photo of Max the dog
He goes for loads of walks everyday and very often goes to the beach at least twice a week - he loves the beach - however he can't go on the sand between March and October so he is making the most of it now.

Photo of Max the dog
He has signed up with the local vets and has had to have loads of injections for heartworm, fleas etc - he has cost us a fortune - still we wouldn't be without him!

He still goes mental when someone tries to leave our home, but we just manage that now. Our friends have to give us a 5 minute warning before they intend to leave so he can go for a walk and then they can escape!

Keep up the good work at HULA.

Steve

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ANDRE

adopted November 2011

Andre is like a sunshine to us. He is the most adorable dog ever and he is so smart too, we didn't even need training for him and we hardly ever need to use a lead when he's being walked.


Photo of Andre the dog

He loves cuddles and we couldn't resist so he sleeps on the bottom of our bed :) We had a little trouble with him at the beginning, when he was being left alone. It took him 20 minutes to tear the bin into pieces but he feels comfortable now so doesn't do it anymore.

He is the best thing that happened to us and I can't imagine a day without him now.

Marta x

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DOUGLE

adopted November 2011

Photo of Dougal the dog
Just thought I would send you a New Year's Update on our adoptee - little Dougle the Dog.

Having brought Dougle home late last year he was a bit frazzled, smelly and apprehensive about his miniature life. Although immediately friendly and affectionate you could tell there was hesitation about whether we were his new forever home. However, after a haircut and many hours of snuggles and getting to know each other, our household could no longer imagine life without our little Dougle.

This tiny little dog, often mistaken for a puppy due to his size (he's two years of age) is a bounding ball of energy, wishing for nothing less than long walks, playing in fields, and goodness does this dog love a squeaky ball or anything ball shaped at all.

Photo of Dougal the dog
Dougle has many little quirks in his personlaity - to say he is not a morning person is indeed an understatement, easily sleeping from 4pm one day through to 10am the next day - we are all very jealous of this little man! Not the most elegant of dogs you often get a bum in your face with the occasional running leg as he dreams, but you really can only smile. He is such a personality that we actually have family come to visit Dougle - whilst we watch from the sidelines! Dougle doesn't like the rain, even refusing a toilet break when its wet, and talks non-stop. I've never heard a dog talk so much - not barking - a definite conversation!

There are challenges that we have faced however, our little cat Lili is still growing accustomed to this unelegant package of mischeif, however occasional nose rubs are now taking place between them, and we all collapse into the same bed at night - so far, so good. Dougle is very nervous of other dogs who want to sniff him (which they all seem to want to) and doesn't particularly like loud noises, he runs for cover when the hoover is on, where we find him hiding under our duvet upstairs, but he does quickly regain composure when assured the hoover is away. Dougle is one of the best behaved dogs i've known, he responds quickly and wants to please, although their is always an element of 'cotton wool' hearing (as is the case man or dog!).

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Dougle has learnt several commands, to wait, sit, get down and stay - he is very intelligent, within days sussing out the treat cupboard noise - we are looking forward to the warmer summer weather, which will be an even better time for a lot more training and fun times outdoors! Unfortunately dark nights and cold weather don't appeal greatly to dougle who often has to be coerced to leave the warmth of the house!

Dougle has completed our family and everyday makes me laugh. He treats me like I'm the most missed person in the world he can't wait to see everyday, which is such a lovely feeling (even if I only pop to the shop!).

I definitely cant imagine our life without him now.

With kindest regards
Kirsty and Robert

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JESS

adopted September 2011

Photo of Jess the dog
Well it’s been two months now since got to bring Jess home from HULA and we can’t believe our luck. As first time dog owners we probably were not as prepared as some more experienced adopters but Jess has been absolutely wonderful right from the start. She likes a lot of exercise and fortunately, so do we, consequently three long walks each day around the local fields kept everyone happy and ensured everyone slept well. Now it’s dark so much earlier the evening walk has become just a street walk but Jess doesn’t seem to mind.

Photo of Jess the dog
I say walk, however she doesn’t do much walking. She is obsessed with ball play and just can’t seem to get enough of running after her ball and playing catch and fetch. Once our arms were worn out we discovered the assistance of an artificial ball throwing aid we call the ‘wanger’ which saves our backs and gets the ball even further, much to Jess’s delight. One of her first major excursions was to a flying day at the Shuttleworth air museum near Biggleswade. Despite the crowds and the aeroplane noise she behaved impeccably and everyone made a real fuss of her – quite deservedly so. She posed for pictures with our two daughters and several vintage aeroplanes and still had time for more ball play where we found some open space.

Photo of Jess the dog
She loves getting out and about visiting all the local country parks. She gets on well with lots of local dogs; Scooby, George, Henry, Oscar, Freddie, and Tilly and investigates everything, even if it means getting wet. She is very obedient and comes back when called or ‘waits’ when asked. We can’t claim to have taught her these skills but we are certainly benefitting from them and from having done a 5 week course with Lynne Davies, where she was promoted to the advanced class. Jess is very loving and ‘herds’ the whole family around. If someone gets up from their chair, she follows them to ensure that she knows where they have gone and what they are up to. When the girls come home from school it signals ‘time to play ball in the garden’.

Thank you HULA for looking after Jess until she came home – to us!

We can’t imagine life without her and everyday she makes us smile.

From Steve, Cheryl, Lydia, Imogen and Jess

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Photo of Bramble the cat

LOU LOU & BRAMBLE

adopted January 2011

My partner and I adopted Louise (now named Lou Lou) and Bramble from HULA in January of this year. At first I was unsure about taking on two more cats as we already had two – but once I had met Lou Lou and Bramble there was no turning back.

Photo of Lou the cat
They have both become such a fantastic addition to the household. Lou is very vocal and just loves going out in the garden with Tabitha, one of our other cats. They sleep next to each other and are quite at ease in each other’s company. Bramble is quite shy with the other cats, but she is very affectionate with people and loves to play with her toys and curl up next to you.

Lou and Bramble are both so easy to look after. The cost of having them has been minimal and they both have such lovely funny and entertaining personalities.

I would always recommend to anyone the benefits of adopting an older cat. They have so much to offer and are just so glad to be part of a loving home.


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Photo of Peter the rabbit

PETER

adopted September 2011

Peter is always happy and active and he likes to run around and play with all his toys and eat hay. He has a lovely new shed with a run attached which he shares with his 'girlfriend' Lola.

He has grown so much in confidence and goes racing round with Lola when I go to see them. He jumps on my lap now and is very happy to be fussed.

Photo of Peter the rabbit


In the evening now its cold they stay in the shed at night - I think you can see the little door I have made from the run to the shed in the picture.

He is a lovely rabbit and is doing so well.


Rebecca


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BEANS

adopted October 2011

Photo of Beans the rabbit
Beans has settled in well. He's a lovely rabbit and enjoys being stroked and cuddled. He's really enjoying "The Rabbit Den" as he has lots of space to jump around.

He really enjoys running through the tunnel and sitting on top of the hill in the sun, both Beans and Fluffy still have their 'moments' but hey don't we all.

Thank you for allowing us to add Beans to our family.

Natasha De Kauwe and Family x

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