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John Stevenson
01-31-2009, 05:39 PM
Got a phone call today from my daughter, they had seen an Old English Sheepdog wandering around near the local canal in a very distressed condition.

One guy went to catch it but it tried to bite him so they rang the police.
The police refused to come out because it was classed as a dangerous dog and they can't put them in the back of police cars ?

The dog warden refused to come out as it's weekend but they did say if someone could tell them where it was on Monday they would look into it.
If someone caught it they could take it to Kimberly, 12 miles away and drop it off there.
When asked how they would get it there they admitted that they had no idea and if it wasn't feasible to let it go again.??

Jumped in the Donald with my daughter, SIL and grandson on bike and went looking. Found it after about an hour wandering about with a severely matted coat, half starved and in distress but it wasn't fierce at all, just a big softy really.

Got it sheeted and roped down in the Donald and went home.

http://www.stevenson-engineers.co.uk/files/henry1.jpg

All that wool is just big matted lumps.

This is one paw.

http://www.stevenson-engineers.co.uk/files/henry2.jpg

Bit blurry but you get the idea, just solid matted wool with briars and thorns in.

Spent about two hours tonight in the shower room cutting his coat off and got a load done but knocked off for the night and to give him a chance to rest.
Will get the rest done tomorrow, and steam cleaned then to the vets on Monday as he's been in a fight at some stage and has got a ripped ear. Don't know how bad until I have washed him as it's that matted I'm frightened to cut his ear.

He'll be registered with the dog warden on Monday and if not claimed in 7 days he's got a new bed, decided to call him Henry as this is the eighth Old English Sheepdog we have had.

http://www.stevenson-engineers.co.uk/files/henry3.jpg

Looking a bit better, that pile of wool in the corner is just off one side. To say he's starving you can feed him dog biscuits one at a time and he takes them so gentle.
If I was starving like him I'd have some buggers hand off...............

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jim_geib
01-31-2009, 05:52 PM
I think Henry found him a new home, and you have a friend for life.
this is a pic of my Darby, she weight 75 lbs. when she came to live with us. Six years later she is 145 lbs. and is at the window every night at 4:45 waiting for me to come home.
http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k120/jim_geib/?action=view&current=Darby.jpg

jim_geib
01-31-2009, 05:53 PM
I think Henry found him a new home, and you have a friend for life.
this is a pic of my Darby, she weight 75 lbs. when she came to live with us. Six years later she is 145 lbs. and is at the window every night at 4:45 waiting for me to come home.
<a href="http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k120/jim_geib/?action=view&current=Darby.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k120/jim_geib/Darby.jpg" border="0" alt="Darby, My 10 Year old rescue Dane"></a>

Bot I screwed this up, Darby seems to be shy.

John Stevenson
01-31-2009, 05:57 PM
I think Henry found him a new home, and you have a friend for life.
this is a pic of my Darby, she weight 75 lbs. when she came to live with us. Six years later she is 145 lbs. and is at the window every night at 4:45 waiting for me to come home.
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k120/jim_geib/Darby.jpg
Jims pic link edited

Alan Smith
01-31-2009, 05:57 PM
John, I honestly wish there were more people like you. Plain good common sense and get on with the job. I'm a vet by profession although I really wanted to be an engineer. I'm afraid I see far to many cases like your OESD.
I don't think he could have a better home, I hope he sticks with you. Well done.

Alan

John Stevenson
01-31-2009, 06:00 PM
I'll give him 3 months and if he can't screwcut he's outa here :rolleyes:

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kmp
01-31-2009, 06:16 PM
I'll give him 3 months and if he can't screwcut he's outa here :rolleyes:

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John, be fair give the dog a chance. Looks like a "security operative" to me and I bet no one will walk off with that TOS lathe under their arm when he is around. :D

Regards

Keith

Peter.
01-31-2009, 06:23 PM
Teach him to work the Bridgy - one less onerous task for you :D

Well done John - looks like he's gonna make a cracking pet :)

Your Old Dog
01-31-2009, 06:30 PM
I think you're being too tough. If most guys have trouble after 6 months how come Hank only gets 3 to learn threading?

Nice looking beast you got there. If he's smart enough to learn where his dish is he'll be smart enough to appreciate what you've done for him.

snowman
01-31-2009, 06:48 PM
If he's smart enough to learn where his dish is he'll be smart enough to appreciate what you've done for him.

Really now...it's an old english sheepdog, if he was smart enough to learn where his dish is, he likely wouldn't have gotten lost in the first place :)

Either way, even if mentally impaired, he's a nice enough looking dog. Congratulations John, you'll get paid back regardless of the length of time he spends with you.

(keep in mind, this mild dog criticism is from someone who only has beagles, they can't remember where their food dish is either, thankfully they have a nose that allows them to find it, from a distance of 15 miles, and they'll excitedly talk about their food dish the entire time they are travelling that distance, even if 99% of it is spent running in circles in the back yard)

Your Old Dog
01-31-2009, 06:55 PM
(keep in mind, this mild dog criticism is from someone who only has beagles, they can't remember where their food dish is either, thankfully they have a nose that allows them to find it, from a distance of 15 miles, and they'll excitedly talk about their food dish the entire time they are travelling that distance, even if 99% of it is spent running in circles in the back yard)

Reminds me of a camping trip we made. About 20 kids are playing football in a field between all the campers. This Border Collie was running all around the field thinking he was herding them. When they all got to the scrimage line he dropped down on his belly till they started running. I couldn't help but think how satisfied he must have been with his performance that day :D

What are OESD good for? Will they have a drink with you? If I needed a companion I'd need one at the pub too.

saltmine
01-31-2009, 07:16 PM
He's found a home, that's for sure. We had a similar thing happen when I was staying with my brother's family...His wife was doing some gardening in the back yard (look like a jungle, most of the time) and in strolls this big "traditional" Golden Retriever. He sat there, and watched her for maybe a half-an-hour. She started talking to him, and eventually got around to asking him if he was hungry...he answered with a huge WOOF!...So, to make a long story short, she fed him and got him some water, and he stayed. They put up posters, adds in local papers, and even put an ad on local public access TV...but nobody showed up to claim him. It wasn't long, and he became a part of the family. The Vet said he appeared to be about 8 years old, and in good health...We got him registered and licensed... My brother's wife discovered he had a huge number of "behaviors" and suspected he might have been an "Assist Dog" for a handicapped person..... He made himself at home, and was soon picking up the newspaper from the driveway, and getting the mail (for which he received a dog biscuit)...We couldn't figure out why he was so interested in getting the mail, until one morning, we watched, as the mail lady pulled up to deliver the mail...there was the huge red dog, sitting patiently by the mailbox...She handed him a dog biscuit, he ate it, and took the mail...bringing it into the house...For another biscuit!
The old boy stayed around, and through many "adventures" and happy times, eventually passed on at the ripe old age of 16 years. Golden Retrievers KNOW where their food dish is, even if you move it, they'll put it back.

John Stevenson
01-31-2009, 07:19 PM
We have had 7 now, all from the rescue centre except the first pair which were off a guy emigrating and he didn't want to split them up.

We have had them abandoned, neglected, handed in because the owners had a change of circumstance and in one case because the dog wouldn't travel and the owners had a weekend holiday home.

All except one dog which insisted on biting me for 13 weeks on the trot, turned out good, that one had a brain tumor at age 3 and had to be put down.
The last one we lost just before Christmas had been blind and deaf for over 4 years but still had a decent life.

Yes they will go to the pub, no they never buy a round but once they have full coat they are always the centre of attention. The Dulux paint company has the OES as their mascot and they are known as Dulux dogs over here.
It's rare to get a fierce one so they are not really a good guard dog but they are very family loyal.
They never dig holes preferring to hide things instead and are not destructive as pups.

bfburk
01-31-2009, 07:56 PM
:) Great story John! i am glad there are people like you that will go out of their way to help a dog who is a little down on his luck. I have a Black Lab and he is my best friend and I do what I can to support the local animal shelters.

Keep up the good work!

Arcane
01-31-2009, 08:14 PM
Immanual Kant said: "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."

Ken_Shea
01-31-2009, 08:50 PM
Good for you, John, very good for you.

wierdscience
01-31-2009, 09:22 PM
Teach him to work the Bridgy - one less onerous task for you :D



Dog is probably already complaining about the R-8 spindle:D


Question is how will you keep the swarf out of that mane when he shaggs again?? Coolant?:)

j king
01-31-2009, 09:22 PM
Yea John, good move. they work for cookies and dont complain at all.Cant beat em for shop help.

Here is my best friend.Smartest dog I have ever saw.Took kids to the pound to get a pup.He was the only pup they had.This puppy had flees on his fleas.full of worms ect... I wanted to pass but kids wanted "A" puppy.I wouldnt even let it ride in the cab of the pu.Little dinky thing he was.A couple of baths and a trip to the vet and he was good to go.Sooo smart! I cant get over it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v24/ikimjing/mo002.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v24/ikimjing/mo001.jpg

He doesnt clean up the mill after he uses it tho..Will work on that..

motorworks
01-31-2009, 10:30 PM
John
You have a heart of Gold!
You have a place in the Heaven of your choice!
eddie

Alguy
02-01-2009, 12:50 AM
Well done sir John, would his proper name be Henry Tudor Stevenson .

rdfeil
02-01-2009, 01:10 AM
Well done Sir John. The fates will smile upon you and yours.

Davek0974
02-01-2009, 04:22 AM
Congratulations John,

I'm a big-time dog fan and general animal lover and would likely have done the same thing as you. I'm sure our westie wouldnt mind a friend:)

I hate to see animals suffer due to the neglect or abuse of humans.

We are supposed to be an intelligent race?

Dave

John Stevenson
02-01-2009, 05:42 AM
He might not have been abused, just lost, we won't know until next week.
The area he was lost in a large ex marshalling yard between two small towns and is very overgrown and neglected.
there are paths and many people walk their dogs there but it's big enough to stay out of sight if you want.
He's only a young dog 2- 3 ? years old and he's had money spent on him as he's had the chop and had his dew claws removed.

Well now it's warmed up a bit I'm going to get him strapped to a pallet and stick him up in the air on the fork truck so I can finish cropping him.
Does my back in kneeling on the damn floor :p

Sounds rough and ready but it works well and I have been doing it for ages but it's just a variable hight workbench, most times they just doze whilst you are doing it.

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Circlip
02-01-2009, 06:05 AM
You big soft bu**er, strange how most of us are suckers when we see "lost causes". I wonder how many more you're likely to "find" in the next few months/years John?? Crap economy an all that, animal foodstuff is always the first thing to be found wanting with some. In one respect, I hope he is just lost, as once being on that side of the fence, no matter how many adverts and miles travelled for weeks after, one NEVER stops looking. On the other hand, if yer've won a mutt, I know damn well he won't go hungry.

Regards Ian.

bollie7
02-01-2009, 06:17 AM
Did you get this TV ad over there?
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=JW0a70sPnNI

I have two Rotties. I've given up throwing any waste paper or cardboard in the rubbish bins in the shed. Its quicker just to give it to the dogs directly who will then do their bit for recycling by tearing the paper/cardboard into very tiny bits and spreading all around the back yard. They love to be close which can be quite annoying when you are working under a car on stands.

regards
bollie7

jackary
02-01-2009, 06:26 AM
What a heart warming winter tale (tail) Well done John

Your Old Dog
02-01-2009, 07:14 AM
If this guy is still playful and full of energy you might try what I did with our Lab.

I took 5 1/2 gallon empty plastic milk jugs and tied one end of a rope to one of them and then passed the rope through all the others and tied it off on the last one. The dog just loves the racket it makes when he runs it back and forth across the yard. He shakes his head right and left and lets them slam into him and growls! Just loves it and it's a cheap toy. I used 3/8's nylon rope and change them out about every couple weeks. This makes it easy on me as I can't run with him but I just give him his jugs outside and he's off across the yard.

small.planes
02-02-2009, 03:54 AM
If they hide things you had probably best keep him away from what little floor you've got left ;)

Dave

brian Rupnow
02-02-2009, 08:03 AM
Worst dog bite I ever got in my life was from an English sheep dog. I went to see a friend of mine, and was carrying a box of 24 Ale, for some reason over my head when I got out of the car.--I didn't know he had a dog.---Dirty Bastard dog ran up behind me and bit me right on the cheek of my ass. Beer flew everywhere, half the bottles busted--buddy laughed like a maniac!!! Bastard dog bit like a tiger!!! I have kept clear of English sheep dogs ever since.

John Stevenson
02-02-2009, 08:43 AM
Yes Brian, I know what you mean :D

http://www.stevenson-engineers.co.uk/files/bite.jpg

Gone down a fair bit [ pun intended ] from Saturday.
That means the dog now has to get a rabies jab in case it's caught anything from me.

At least it spit me out again........

Anyway dog warden came this morning and took him away to get shots and see to his infected ear. He wasn't chipped so he's in the pound for 7 days before a decision is made.

They say they had a report of an OES going missing about a month ago but this one was been wild for longer than that judging by the state of his coat unless he was in a state when he went missing ?

It's a reasonable fair system, if you genuinely loose a dog that's chipped, has a collar and a secure garden you get them back free the first time.
Second time 45 return fee.

In this case if the owner want's to reclaim the dog with no chip and collar it's 45 plus vets bill plus daily kennel fee [ don't know what that is ]

If we want to claim him after 7 days, 9 days actually I'm not too sure but I think it's just vets fees to pay plus 10 if we want him chipped.

Anyway poor bugger is better off now than he was. He's lost the matted coat, had a bath, been fed but most important it's been snowing for the first time this year here. Up until now it's just been cold, now it's cold and slushy. On the old siding where he was found there isn't much shelter, most old buildings have been bricked up or demolished.

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mayfieldtm
02-02-2009, 09:06 AM
Best Dang Dog I ever owned was an Old English Sheepdog, back in the 60's
Great watchdog for the kids.
Smart and easy to train, execpt... I never could break him of wanting to roam at night. He would be seen 15 miles from home sometimes.
And he could not stop chasing the rancher's cattle, even after he got shot in the ass by one of them. They don't like dogs running the fat off their cows.
Had him stolen.
The Sheriff said "I saw Bilbo in the back of some strange pickup headed West on 66" Felt like crapping in his stupid looking cowboy hat that he always wore.
Tom M.

aboard_epsilon
02-02-2009, 09:49 AM
Good job he's no bollocks ...because without that coat on .he would have froze them off at the very cold RSPCA kennels.

you'll be lucky if you don't get him back without pneumonia

He looks and will become a nice friendly dog john ...companion for life

all the best.markj

tony ennis
02-02-2009, 10:03 AM
Did you get that bite when you captured him?

John Stevenson
02-02-2009, 10:51 AM
No, when i was cutting his coat off, couldn't find the damn zip..........

Alistair Hosie
02-02-2009, 12:29 PM
If I was starving like him I'd have some buggers hand off...............
you had my hands off a few times for less :D:D:D well done sir gallahad er John Alistair

TGTool
02-03-2009, 10:07 PM
No, when i was cutting his coat off, couldn't find the damn zip..........

Actually, can't say as I blame him. I'd be inclined to bite too if I suddenly realized you were fumbling with my zip.

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