Kenny’s January News

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“As we stand on the threshold of a new year, we reflect upon the wonderful support given to SESAW throughout out the year.   We are grateful for the generous donations of food, bedding and other items which go towards caring for the animals, and for the saleable goods which help raise money at our sales.

We are also indebted to the many volunteers who make everything happen, including Mrs. Pat (Herbie) Whalley who has now moved on to help a care homes charity.   Herbie has been involved in many SESAW fundraising events over the last six years and organised the twice yearly Sales held at Long Melford.   The Christmas Fair which raised £3,100 was Herbie’s last event and we wish her similar success at Leornard Cheshire Homes. 

Now I’ve finished the serious bit, how about this for something completely different.  It’s not often an ex SESAW dog hits the headlines but two of our canine friends made the news recently.   Hadleigh’s heroic hound Bowza, a Labrador cross, was featured on BBC Look East and the national press after sharing his body heat with a lady suffering a head injury.  Bowza’s proud owner, Don Cox, said the dog seemed to understand the problem and stayed next to the shivering lady for over an hour until an ambulance arrived. 

My old friend Freddie, a very cute chihuahua cross, became the centre of attention during filming for a Channel 4 TV commercial.   The little chap was chosen to appear in an ad with the equally handsome bigger chap in the photo, to advertise “Solidor” front doors.   Of course Freddie was completely unfazed by the experience because we chihuahuas are often the star attraction.   Apparently he has already be asked for his pawprint and might become more famous than me!

I have no idea what animals may be available for rehoming when you read this so please keep an eye on our website or visit when we reopen on Thursday 17th January.   Don’t forget to wear your wellies if the weather is wet!   My vertically challenged canine friends usually return home with very muddy undercarriages, which is extremely uncomfortable, I can tell you!   Time to muscle into the scrum to find a space in front of the Rayburn for me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua

Kenny’s December News

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FacebookFacebookThank you to everyone who helped or visited our Christmas Fair at Long Melford last month. A good time was had by all and a fantastic £3,100 was raised. Although we will have a break from sales until next March, life is harder at SESAW during the cold winter months. The work has to be crammed into the shorter days and the animals are ready for bed much earlier. Extra insulation, draft protection and fixings have been installed but Mum keeps watch for damage to the buildings and fences during her daily rounds.

During the long winter evenings our Craft ladies will be knitting, crocheting and sewing lots of beautiful things (like the pink elephant in the picture) to raise money next year. If you have any spare wool, cotton, material or other craft notions they could use, please get in touch. We can arrange collection of donations which need to be clearly marked CRAFT.

I must tell you about Charlie and Gypsy, two lovely Chihuahua/cross dogs, both two and a half years old, very much in need of each other. They may be nervous initially but have progressed tremendously and will continue to do so once they have a new home. We also have a pair of delightful and inseparable Springer Spaniels, see photo. Sadly, seven year old Uncle Kez and his seven month old nephew, Max, have been with us since their owner became ill. They will need further training but they are very loving and will repay their new owner tenfold. Wildlife casualties continue to arrive but I’ll tell more about that next time.

It’s time to thank our volunteers who turn up every week, whatever the weather, to care for the animals, buildings and garden or organise sales and fairs. Also the unseen army of people who deliver donations of food or other items and goods to be sold at our fundraising events. Last but not least, we thank the visitors who attend those events. Please note that we will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period – dates will be posted soon. Best wishes for health and happiness to all our supporters from everyone at SESAW including Ollie (the Black) Cat and Kenny (the Boss Chihuahua)

Kenny’s November News

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FacebookFacebookTalk about have your cake and eat it!   You should have seen the yummy selection at our sales in September and October, all baked and donated by talented supporters. I was only allowed a tiny taste due to my dicky tummy but I did get my usual cup of tea! Thank you to everyone who helped or visited us at Great Bentley and Hintlesham.   We were made most welcome by the locals at both events which raised over £4000 for the animals. Our last event of 2018 is our Christmas Fair at the Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9DX. Lots of goodies on offer plus a raffle and tombola. Doors open 10am, Sunday 18th November, get there early before they sell out!

Back at the Sanctuary, last year’s rescued blackbirds have reared their own broods and the kestrel is happily flying free above the garden, most frustrating for poor old Ollie (the Black)Cat! Mum and the volunteers have been kept busy with a doggy family after cross breed terrier sisters, Hinge and Bracket arrived. Hinge promptly produced with four tiny pups which are now happily rehomed, leaving Mum and Auntie, the inseparable sisters. They are around two years old with lovely personalities, unlike poor old Jack, the Westie cross, who needs an understanding home. He is a bit of a grump but deserves a chance to be happy and loved.

Ollie says please keep your pets safe during Hallowen and Bonfire night.   As a black cat, he is particularly wary of the spooky season and we animals all dread the fireworks around 5th November.   That is a time when all pets should be safely tucked up indoors, including Ollie (the Black) Cat and me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.   We are usually open 10-1pm Thurs-Sunday if we have sufficient staff – volunteers always needed, so please contact us if you think you can help!

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Thank you – and GOOD LUCK!

Ollie’s October News

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FacebookFacebookLittle Lord Fauntleroy is strutting around the house trying to look important. Yes, Kenny “the Boss” Chihuahua has been out to meet his fans, giving me the opportunity to email some exceptional news for you!

Mother, known to you as Maggie, will be awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Suffolk later this month in recognition of her notable contributions to the community. I cannot tell you how proud and delighted we all feel about this well earned and deserved acknowledgement. Of course the good lady herself will have none of it, insisting she is merely a “facilitator” and will accept said accolade on behalf of the volunteers, without whom there would be no SESAW.

Now back to the animals as I don’t think Kenneth has told you about the cats awaiting homes, in particularly a little puss called Marti who has been with us for six months. She arrived pregnant but the kittens are all weaned and she is ready for an adult only home where she would be the only cat.

Our next sale is at the Community Hall, Hintlesham, IP8 3PS, 11-2pm on 13th October. Lots to buy including collectables, jewellery, furnishings, a tombola, raffle and refreshments. 50p entry, free parking. Our popular Christmas Fair will be held at The Old School, Long Melford on Sunday 18th November. Tables still available, phone 01206 263269 to book.

No award could sway Mother from her evening rounds so I’m off to accompany her before it gets dark. The nights are drawing in and getting damp but a cosy nest in the hay bales is still the best bed for me, Ollie (the Black) Cat.

Discount on tickets to the National Country Show Live!

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FacebookFacebookWe’ll be at The National Country Show Live at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September. You can save 75% on tickets by quoting ‘NCSL2018’ when you book online. The offer ends at midnight on Friday 21st September 2018. Book here: www.nationalcountryshow.co.uk – hope to see you there!

Kenny’s September News

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FacebookFacebookDespite a chaotic few days before the event, everyone seemed to enjoy our Open Day and Fun Dog Show. After a storm left a trail of devastation on the Friday night, our fantastic team rallied at silly o’clock on Sunday morning and restored order ready for the visitors’ arrival at midday.
Although a little wet, it was a happy day with lots of laughs as volunteers hung onto legs and roofs while others made running repairs to the billowing gazebos! The Hadleigh Ukulele Group carried on entertaining like the troopers they are, to the delight of their audience. Most importantly, many animals were rehomed but more are coming in so if you are looking for a pet to complete your family, please visit us when we reopen in September.

Mum is still looking after injured and orphaned birds and wildlife. Those bad mannered seagulls that gave me a peck are now living in an outside pen (best place for them in my opinion!) until they are old enough to be released.

We have been invited to three events this month, two of which are on the same day! Our volunteers will attend the Wickham St. Paul Dog Show CO9 2TP which starts at 1pm and a fundraising sale at Polstead Village Hall, CO6 5AL between 10am and 3pm. Next is our own Autumn Fair, taking place on 16th September at the Village Hall, Great Bentley, CO7 8LG between 11am and 3pm. Lots of quality items including gifts, antiques, collectables with good food – and me! Please come along to meet us.

Finally, for a weekend with a difference, take the family to the National Country Show Live at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ on Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd September. Dawn and Karen will be representing SESAW at this prestigious event which will be opened by television personality, Ben Fogle.

Our garden looks lovely thanks to our helpers putting in hours of hard work and I’m off to smell the flowers. Maybe they will name a rose after me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.

Kenny’s August News

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FacebookFacebookThere was much reminiscing about England’s football success in 1966 and the heat wave of 1976 last month. Very interesting providing we dogs don’t have to wait on a hot pavement during the conversation. Even my Mexican roots don’t protect my little pads in that weather! Despite the heat, the Melford Street Fair was a good day for all concerned. Let’s hope some volunteers come forward to continue this great annual event.

Mum has been kept busy with the usual young domestic and wild orphans brought in through the summer including a baby seagull. Naturally, as top dog around here, I introduced myself and received a sharp peck through the bars for my trouble. Charming. The cute little duckling was a much better behaved character!

We have been invited to the Beth Chatto Gardens Wildlife Fair, Elmstead Market CO7 7DB. This is a beautiful venue for two days of fun family events on 21st and 22nd August.

Our garden is also lovely thanks to our helpers putting in hours of hard work and I’m off to smell the flowers. Maybe they will name a rose after me, Kenny (the Boss) Chihuahua.