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    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.



    All that wool is just big matted lumps.

    This is one paw.



    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.



    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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    Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.




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    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/k1...rent=Darby.jpg
    Last edited by jim_geib; 01-31-2009, 05:57 PM.
    Mansfield, Ohio

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    • #3
      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.
      Last edited by jim_geib; 01-31-2009, 05:57 PM.
      Mansfield, Ohio

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jim_geib
        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.
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        Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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        • #5
          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
          West Sussex UK

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          • #6
            I'll give him 3 months and if he can't screwcut he's outa here

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            Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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            • #7
              Originally posted by John Stevenson
              I'll give him 3 months and if he can't screwcut he's outa here

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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.

              Regards

              Keith

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              • #8
                Teach him to work the Bridgy - one less onerous task for you

                Well done John - looks like he's gonna make a cracking pet
                Peter - novice home machinist, modern motorcycle enthusiast.

                Denford Viceroy 280 Synchro (11 x 24)
                Herbert 0V adapted to R8 by 'Sir John'.
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                • #9
                  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.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Your Old Dog
                    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)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by snowman
                      (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

                      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.
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                      • #12
                        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.
                        No good deed goes unpunished.

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                        • #13
                          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.
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                          Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.



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                          • #14
                            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!

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                            • #15
                              Immanual Kant said: "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
                              Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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