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Stray Aid, County Durham – Coins for Canines

During the year we collect all of our spare coins in a large glass jar, until the jar is full, and then we put the money to good use.
Last year we gave the coins directly to the Stray Aid charity shop in Easington Colliery. This year we decided to convert the coins into food – food for hungry dogs.
IMG_3865I bagged up the coins and took them to our local Asda in Peterlee, where there’s a cash convertor machine. I poured the coins into the CoinStar machine, which converted them into a voucher valuing £10.29. It’s not a bad amount considering I rarely use cash to buy anything, which means I don’t get much loose change. IMG_3864
IMG_3863Then I used the CoinStar voucher to purchase a 12k bag of Wagg chicken and veg complete, and a large can of Chappie.IMG_3862
On the drive back home from Peterlee, I dropped the food off at the Stray Aid shop in Easington Colliery, so that they could forward it on to the rehoming centre in Coxhoe.
It was only a small donation, but every little helps, and if only 10% of Stray Aid Facebook fans did the same, they would equal a whopping 12,000kg of dried dog food a year. This roughly works out to feeding 60+ dogs every day for a whole year.
Hopefully I’ll collect even more loose coins next year, and be able to purchase even more food for the dogs at Stray Aid.

The Mrs and I adopted our two gorgeous dogs from Stray Aid. Barley the Lurcher and Porter the Rottweiler have changed our lives in so many ways, all for the better, and we can’t imagine life without them.
Stray Aid is a truly wonderful charity, they work very hard, and do so much to help abandoned and straying dogs, so if you ever want to add a furry friend to your family I highly recommend paying Stray Aid a visit.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Stray Aid Charity Dog Show and Gala, Hardwick Park, County Durham

Last Sunday we decided to go to the Stray Aid Charity Dog Show and Gala.
It was being held in Hardwick Park, Sedgefield, County Durham.
Sedgefield is a mere 30 minutes away from us here in Easington Colliery, but thanks to the wonderful integrated SatNav in our Citroen C5, we got to enjoy a much longer drive through the Durham countryside. In fact our Citroen SatNav decided to almost triple the time it should have taken to arrive at Hardwick Park. Maybe Citroen have shares in the oil industry? So it’s beneficial for them to get you to drive further than needed, all in order to boost their share dividend.
When we did eventually arrive at Hardwick Park, we parked up, chucked a couple of quid into the Pay and Display machine, and and headed into the show area.
Barley, our rescue Lurcher (adopted from Stray Aid) was overjoyed at being around so many other dogs. He’s a very social young lad, who loves the company of other dogs.
We had a look at some of the stalls, and we grabbed a late breakfast; a pulled pork roll and a bottle of coke, which we shared as we watched the dogs wandering around.
We mooched round, milling with the other dog owners, and letting Barley meet lots of the other hounds.
There was a speech by someone from Durham County Council, I can’t remember her name.
Then we watched some of the events in the show ring.
We would have entered Barley into some of them, but then that would not have been fair on the other dogs; he’s pretty perfect so would definitely have won every event he entered. I’m not biased.
My only gripe about this event was the music coming from the P.A. system. It was very loud, and low quality. We noticed that some of the dogs found it a little distressing.
Having said that, I’m really glad we went to the Stray Aid Charity Dog Show and Gala, and we’re looking forward to going again next year to support the wonderful work that Stray Aid does for animals in need.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Doggie Tales – Day One

Friday was a strange day for us. We visited the Stray Aid Rescue Centre in Coxhoe to look for a dog to adopt. What we had not really planned on was actually leaving Stray Aid Rescue Centre with a dog on the very same day.
Soter the Lurcher cross
We thought the process of adopting a stray dog would take at least a week, and involve a home visit. But all it took was a few forms to be filled in, and a small fee.
Formalities over with, we introduced Barley to our car. He was happy to jump into the back of our estate car, but because we did not have a dog guard he was also happy to climb over the rear seats to explore, and then also into the front seats. Needless to say this was all done while we were stationary.
Soter the Lurcher
With Barley comfortably introduced to the car we set off for home, with Laura and the dog sitting in the rear seats. He was a little frisky, but not too bad, and Laura managed to keep him under control during the 25 minute journey. Barley was interested in everything, intently looking out of the windows as we drove.
Once home we gave Barley some water, and then showed him the rooms in his new home.
When we’d finished showing our new dog the house, we took him on his first walk over to the old Easington Colliery Mine Lift monument. He enjoyed the walk in the country and seemed very relaxed, so instead on going straight back home with him we walked up the High Street (Seaside Lane) to the pet shop to buy him some toys and treats. The people and the traffic did not seem to bother him.
Soter the Lurcher
Once back at home Barley settled in and had an enjoyable afternoon destroying two ‘chewable’ toys. Toys that the label specifically stated as ‘strong toys, tough rubber’. Within a few minutes the toys were unrecognisable, so at least we know he has good teeth.
In the early evening we made dinner for Barley, an after his food had gone down, we all went for a long walk, during which we started the process of teaching him to walk well on a lead. He is a Lurcher and likes lurching. This we managed to temper a little after 45 minutes training. It was a full and tiring day for all of us, but also a very rewarding one.
The hardest part of the day for Laura and I, had been trying to come up with a name for him. The Stray Aid Rescue Centre had named him Brogan, a name that we were not very keen on, and one that the dog didn’t respond to either.
We spent a lot of time during our first day trying to think of name for him. Every time I suggested a name, Mrs.R said no. By early evening we had finally settled on Soter. We both liked the name Soter, and thought that was the end of name idea, but it wasn’t.
For some reason Mrs.R just couldn’t remember the name Soter. She often came close with variations, such as sot, and sober, which probably says more about her than the dog name we’d chosen.
Anyway, as it was pretty obvious Mrs.R was never going to call the dog by the same name twice, we decided a new name was the answer. And so it all started over once again. I’d suggest a name and Mrs.R would say no, although she would initially say yes to some of my suggestions, but after a few minutes would say no because of whatever random connotations had popped in to her head about the name.
It wasn’t until just before lunch today that our new rescue dog finally had a permanent name.
I had said I wasn’t going to suggest any more names, and that Mrs.R would name him, but as I stood in the kitchen making lunch, and drinking a beer, a name popped in to my head.
Barley! Well, if it’s good enough for beer, it’s definitely good enough for our new dog.

Soter the Lurcher

A short video of Soter destroying a couple of new toys during his first hour in his new home.

Stray Aid Ltd,
Stray Aid Rescue Centre,
Cornforth Lane,

By Richard Randall