Kenny’s July News

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Now that’s something you don’t see every day.   Maisie, the springer spaniel and I were invited to Lush Cosmetics because they were donating profits from their Charity Pot cream to SESAW.   Suddenly we saw a human striding through the precinct with a tall contraption strapping to his back.   Apparently it was the Google Earth guy, mapping the precinct with a 360̊ camera.   And I thought he was there just to photograph me!   Mind you, Maisie and I were soon the centre of attention again but I really didn’t know where to look when she rolled on her back for tummy tickles.   That dog is SO embarrassing!   We also called in to see our friends at Pets At Home where they have been selling scratch cards to raise money for SESAW.

If you visited “All About Dogs” at Hylands Park during the last Bank Holiday weekend you may have seen our SESAW stall manned (or is it womanned?!) by Jayne and Lorraine.   The temperature soared to 31 degrees as they met hundreds of visitors from Essex, London, even Australia!  They were accompanied by Jayne’s rescue dog, Frank who is so good at a big event like that.   The gentle greyhound stood patiently as admirers stopped to stroke him in between his rest periods.   As you can see in the photo, he was particularly taken with a whippet that set her cap at him!  

Thank you to everyone who supported our sale at Newton Green last month.   Over £500 was raised at our first visit to this delightful little village hall and we met lots of local residents.   Our volunteers will be very busy attending lots of events in July starting with the Long Melford Street Fair on the 1st.   After that are the Great Cornard Fete on 7th at the Stevenson Centre, the Eight Ash Green Music Festival on 21st July, a doggy day at the Beagle, Sproughton then it’s all systems go for our own Open Day and Fun Dog Show, 12-4pm on Sunday 29th July at the Sanctuary.   The ladies are busy preparing gifts, crafts, plants and there are promises of yummy homemade cakes, a spinning demonstration and entertainment by the Hadleigh Ukulele Group.   We really need some top class raffle prizes and would be grateful for any donations of suitable items.   Leave a message on the ansaphone if you need anything collected.   Please join us, you might even see me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua. 

Kenny’s June News

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Kenny’s June News:

Are you a morning person or a late riser? Unfortunately for me, a lie in is never an option at SESAW because Mum gets up very early. Despite my reluctance, I’m one of the first out of the door as we all rush into the garden, avoiding Gertie the ex-battery hen as she wanders in to inspect the kitchen. Many of the permanent residents are getting on, except me of course, and so are some of the animals awaiting new homes. If you are looking for a pet to complete your family, please consider an older dog and contrary to popular belief, they CAN learn new tricks!

Thank you to all who supported our Spring Fair at the Old School, Long Melford and the £1 Sale at Tiptree. I was lucky enough to attend both events where we met lots of friends, old and new. If you read this in time you may like to visit our Summer Sale, 12-4pm 2nd June at Newton Green Village Hall, CO10 0QY. Lots to buy including nearly new evening and prom dresses, ladies fashions and accessories. We will also be at the Long Melford Street Fair, 2-7pm on 1st July and the Great Cornard Fete, 2pm at the Stevenson Centre Recreation Ground then on 29th July is our Open Day and Fun Dog Show, midday to 4pm. We would be really grateful for some top class raffle prizes, if you have anything suitable please leave a message on the ansaphone to arrange collection.

Must go now, time for a game of chase with my canine pals and of course the winner must be me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Kenny’s May News

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Ollie (the Black) Cat has been a right grump over the Winter but I suppose it’s no wonder after such rotten weather. He even called me “Little Lord Fauntleroy” just because I like going out to meet my fans! Mind you, the title does have a certain ring to it. Anyway, at last the sun is shining and he’s gone stalking down the garden leaving me in peace to tell you about one of our recent admissions.

Many of the permanent residents are getting on (not me of course, I am in my prime!) and so are some of the animals awaiting new homes. Lily is an elderly dog that has recently moved into foster care and she is enjoying every minute as you can see in the photo. If you are looking for a pet to complete your family please consider an older dog, and contrary to popular belief, they CAN learn new tricks!

Our talented crafters send a big thank you for all the materials and wool you have donated. These have been used to make lots of quality items to be sold at future events. Meanwhile preparations are under way for our £1 Sale at St. Luke’s Church Hall, Tiptree, CO5 0SU on 12th May. Doors open at 11am and I’m going to be there too. We all look forward to meeting you again and hope you will give us another warm welcome. Lots of bargains for all the family including the pets and refreshments.

Next time I’ll tell you about the animals needing new homes so I’d better go to meet them and make sure they know I’m Lord Kenneth of Leavenheath … no, I still prefer to be known as Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Ollie’s April News

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Hello, Ollie here, stepping into the breach to give you the news. Please excuse my smug expression when I tell you the “Boss” dog has put his paw in it again.  Kenneth’s February news included an unflattering photo of Mother being pulled down the muddy garden by a pig on a lead. Mother didn’t think much of that! Mind you, he was only trying to convey what winter life is like at SESAW.

Completely undeterred, our little ambassador came home full of himself after attending our Gift and Craft Fair at Whatfield last month. No doubt he was showing off to Princess Poppy the Chihuahua who was there with her owner, Betty and the Copdock and Washbrook Knitters. Our volunteers received a warm welcome from the village and raised £860 for the animals. Thank you to everyone who supported this event and our Book Sale at Hintlesham last week. Bookworms browsed a wide variety of the printed word and left with armfuls of treasured volumes but fear not dear reader, we still have plenty of books for next time!

Our Stowmarket supporters will be interested to know a local resident is organising a big Spring Charity Sale to raise money for SESAW and the Dogs Trust. Jean Powell is an 85 year old charity champion who has raised money for several charities including £3000 for McMillian nurses last year.   Jean enjoys helping others and was invited to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of her good works. Her latest venture will be held 1.30-4.30pm, 14th April at St. Marys and St. Peters Church Hall, Wolsey Road, Stowmarket. Choose from masses of donated items on sale including toys, books and bric a brac plus there will be games, a raffle and refreshments with homemade cakes.

As I am writing this month’s news instead of the dog, let us consider the superior species as we have ex feral cats desperately looking for jobs as vermin exterminators. They need a warm place to sleep and a regular supply of food, a fit and able cat will work more efficiently that weak poorly cats. Mother says we can advise how to introduce working cats to your environment and support you should they become ill.

Our next event is our Spring Sale which starts at 10am, 22nd April at The Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX. I dare say Kenny will be insufferable after attending and just hope little Lord Fauntleroy will stop prancing around long enough to write next month’s news, instead of me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.

Kenny’s March News

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At last, Spring is around the corner and it can’t come too soon!   At the time of writing the garden looks like a winter wonderland from the window but everyone is fed up with the biting cold wind, the snow and squelchy, sticky mud.   Mum can’t wait for the weather to improve so work can begin on new paths and many other jobs waiting to be started.

We always have cats and dogs awaiting new homes, just now we have rabbits too ranging from 8 months to 4 years.   Some in pairs, others are singles looking for a companion – new arrivals, 2 year old Fleur and Florence seen here. Leave a message on the answerphone or call in during open hours for more information.

Our talented crafters send a big thank you for all the materials and wool you have donated.   These have been used to make Mothers’ Day and Easter items for our Gift and Craft Fair on 10th March at Whatfield Village Hall, Rectory Road, IP7 7QU.   The Washbrook and Copdock Stitchers and Knitters will be there too, doors open at 11am.  

Next is our Bargain Book Sale at the Community Centre, Timperleys, Hintlesham, IP8 3PS, from 11am on 24th March.   There will also be pictures, DVDs, CDs and some furniture, just to make it more interesting.   If you have some quality items to sell, phone 01206 263269 to book a table at our Spring Fair at Long Melford on 22nd April.

Right now the kitchen Rayburn is much more inviting than the view of the garden so I’m off to snuggle up in a woolly blanket that was knitted for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.