For the months of January, February and March 2018, we will be raising money for Westie Rescue UK. Visit the My Westie is My Bestie shop and find items for yourself or friends and family. Twenty percent of each item bought will be donated to Westie Rescue UK on the last day of March 2018.
Westie Rescue UK was founded by Kevin Baker and his partner Nikki on 20th November 2016. In the beginning, the rescue consisted of just Kevin and Nikki, fostering in their own home and it was funded solely from their personal savings. Since then, the number of staff involved has increased significantly and consists of volunteers undertaking a variety of roles from fundraisers and fosterers to transport providers. Westie Rescue UK prides itself on being a non profit organisation and finally gained registered charity status on the 22nd June 2017.
Westie Rescue UK Mission Statement
Westie Rescue UK will rescue any Westie they are made aware of that is in danger or need. Their network of volunteers will help with home checks and transportation. The network of foster carers will ensure that there is a place of safety for each dog. Initially, the dogs will be placed in a foster home in order for an assessment to be undertaken on their temperament to establish what type of home and owners who would be suitable to adopt or foster. A full vet check and any treatment required. Adopters will be made aware of any health conditions where necessary. All dogs will be neutered before going to a new home. Westie Rescue UK seeks suitable forever homes for each dog where possible. If a dog is unsuitable for adoption they will stay in long term foster with a staff member of Westie Rescue UK. This wonderful charity operates a non destruction policy for all healthy dogs.
Toby's mum Gillian says, "Toby is 15 and a half years old and he was rescued at age 5. He's a cantankerous old man who likes to have lots of snuggles and his own way. His favourite place in the world is nestled between my husband and me, making sure we are not being affectionate to each other but only to Toby. He can sense when a new squeaky toy has been bought for him and will rummage through the bags until he finds it. He spits out his peas that are in his food and chews his jumbone on my rug knowing I will walk on it without my slippers. He has lots of friends and is loved by everyone."
Opening presents, squeaky toys, snuggles, cheese and walking in the woods
Veggie sausages, peas, little yappy dogs because they scare him
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The My Westie is My Bestie shop is open!
Here you will find fun Westie related gear and merchandise. As part of our desire to help Westies in need, we will be donating a portion of the proceeds to chosen charities.
For the months of October, November and December we are raising money for WestieMed. Read the story below about how WestieMed helped a Westie who has joined us on many walks in Windsor Great Park.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales on the My Westie is My Bestie shop will be donated to this very worthy organization.
They help rescued Westies in need of medical attention. WestieMed is an all-volunteer, non-profit created to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescued Westies.
All projects and activities of WestieMed are funded by charitable contributions. With these contributions from donors, they help injured or ill Westies, giving them a second chance at adoption and love from a permanent family.
Our Westie friend Pasha started her journey as a foster pup in March 2013. At that time she was very withdrawn, unfit, not socialized, had a severe yeast infection, skin problems, wispy and thin hair, her back was dipped with the weight due to being overweight. She didn't bark and, as she was withdrawn, she spent her days finding places to hide. Treats were the only way she would appear from her hiding place.
A family was following Pasha's journey on social media. In June 2013 they lost their little Westie, Poppy, and were heartbroken. The family made the decision to get another little Westie so they made inquiries about fostering Pasha. They met Pasha twice and received the wonderful news they could foster her.
Unfortunately, Pasha's health continued to be an issue and the foster family needed some help. This is where WestieMed stepped in and gave assistance. With their help, Pasha was able to receive the treatment. To learn more about WestieMed and how you can get involved or help, go to www.westiemed.org.
If you have a charity you would like us to raise money for, please send the name, website address, and UK registered charity number to My.Westie.Is.My.Bestie@gmail.com. We are looking for charities to support in 2018.
As many of you are aware, I moved abroad from England this past summer to get married. This meant that it looked like our Westie Walks would become a once a year affair on my annual visits to the UK. Luckily we have a group of Westie Walkers who are pitching in and helping to host the walks in my absence.
We hope to see you at one of our future walks!
Meet Charlie Boy!
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Charlie boy's mum, Julie, writes, "I bought Charlie Boy from a local breeder over six and a half years ago and never looked back. This little boy makes friends wherever he goes. He has bags of personality, he loves to be loved and is extremely bright. Charlie spends a lot of time with my dad whilst I'm at work. Charlie has brightened my dad's days. They go walking by the river most days and have made many friends. Charlie has given my dad another lease on life!"
Meet Mollie and Isabel!
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Wesley's sister, Issy, writes, "Wesley is adorable and unique because every time he meets someone, it does not matter who, he rolls over onto his back and expects belly tickles. If he is bored of the tickling, he will put his ears down and smile. This has happened ever since we got him! We saw him in a breeders house and we knew straight away that he was the dog for us. He is really a lovely natured pet."
It is our endeavour to create a community of Westies and their owners in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, Surrey, & our Westie friends worldwide.