We hope you are enjoying the first few weeks of autumn! We have had an extremely busy summer this year, so we do need a catch up of all our news and rehomes, plus some information about upcoming events!
On Saturday 5th August, we held our first ever Slobberfest, a weekend of camping and fun for Basset Hounds and their owners. Karen Halliwell-Williams very kindly donated her fields for the event. Demi and the team did a brilliant job organising this fabulous event. There were games and a fun dog show, a fully stocked bar, a burger van and Mexican food truck, a stall selling cakes and handmade goodies and we were entertained by live folk music.
On Saturday evening Nelson and Tibs’ Daddy, Allan, did a quiz for us which was loads of fun and we drank and chatted until the wee hours before retiring to our tents, caravans and camper vans.
On Sunday the dogs all arose bright and early for a rousing game of bitey face while they waited for their humans to get up so we could go for a lovely walk through the beautiful countryside and then back to camp for some games before we all said our goodbyes and packed up to go home.
The weather was mostly kind to us and a very enjoyable weekend had by all meeting up with old friends and making new friends. Thanks go to all who helped put on this great event, which raised over £1,000!
Stephanie's Cathedral Abseil
Our lovely friend and supporter, Stephanie Gascoine, abseiled down Liverpool Cathedral, in aid of Merseyside Dog's Home. She hit her target, and very generously donated some of her sponsorship money to us here at BRNGB! Not only is she very brave, she's also very kind and generous too! Well done Stephanie!
Last month we also held a quick raffle for a dog bed! We won an Amazon voucher through a promotion run by Agria, our insurance partner, and decided to buy a bed and raffle it for our funds!
The bed was won by Claire Crawford, who has two bassets, Kash and Bella, one of our long term fosters!
The raffle raised over £200 so thank you once again for your generosity!
Lorraine's Quilt Raffle
Lorraine, one of our fabulous foster team, is more talented than we knew!
She made this fantastic quilt, and sent it to us to use as a prize. It was so beautiful, we decided to run a separate raffle on our 'Friends of Basset Rescue Network' group on Facebook. We sold 63 tickets, which made £315! That went immediately into the coffers as we have a few big vet bills to pay for some of our foster dogs at the moment. It definitely goes to show, that whenever you donate to us, you are donating directly to a dog in need. Thank you so much for all your support.
Our lovely friend John Llewellyn was the lucky winner!
Sarah Wynn's Ben Nevis walk
Say hello to Sarah and Fred!
Sarah contacted us last month, as she is doing a hike up Ben Nevis in March next year, and she was thinking of which charity to support. We were delighted to be the beneficiaries of Sarah's tremendous efforts! Here is what she has to say in her own words;
"On Sunday 4th March 2018, I hope to reach the summit of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis....in the snow! The 1341m climb is expected to take around four hours, a seven to eight hour round trek. I have been keen to tackle Nevis for a while and cannot wait for my challenge to begin.
With the help of my best fury friend and fundraising ambassador Fred, I am keen to raise some much needed funds for BRNGB. The Basset Hound Rescue Network of Great Britain is a breed specific charity who offer support and advice to hound owners and assist with rehoming of bassets regardless of age or health condition. They never judge and put the care and welfare of bassets first.
Fred joined my hubby and I in 2016 and I cannot imagine our lives without him. Biased I know but bassets are a great breed and full of character. We plan to provide Fred with the warm and loving home he deserves for the rest of his life. However, circumstances can change at any time, whether this be financial, illness or even death. As a basset owner it is reassuring to know that charities such as BRNGB exist and go that extra mile to ensure their hounds receive the love, care and respect they deserve. So please dig deep and donate. Your donation is very much appreciated."
Please dig deep if you can, and support Sarah! Every penny counts! You gan visit her Just Giving page by following the link below:
We wish Sarah all the best with her training!
Busy with rehomnes too this summer, with a few taking place right now, so there are more to come!
Gorgeous Toots never made it out of foster, she was adopted by the Williams Clump!
Lovely Cooper is settling in very well with Judith and her family.
Playful Bernard is finding his feet with his new family, and new basset sister Tia!
Our lovely Molly has been adopted to Margaret in Wiltshire and is doing really well.
Super stanley has settled in brilliantly with Helen and her family in Yorkshire.
Jasper has been adopted by his lovely foster mum Susan too! He's a very lucky boy!
Yet another foster fail, Angela and Kevin just couldn't bear to part from beautiful Toby!
As always, a massive thank you to our team of transporters, homecheckers and foster carers who make sure all of these hounds have their success stories.
Adoption application process
We have made some changes to our adoption application process, from now on, you will have to directly apply for each dog you see advertised on our website. This is because we are handling an unprecedented amount of applications, and we do not want the perfect one to slip through the net!
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 21st October at 3pm, in Llanwern Village Hall. All are welcome to attend, and we will have the usual drinks and nibbles afterwards. Please can you email Louise at email@example.com to confirm attendance by Friday 20th October.
If a little fancy dress and creepiness is your thing, then you and your hounds need to atttend this year's Howl-O-We'en!
When? - Saturday October 29th
Where? - Aberford Village Hall, Leeds LS25 3EN
Please join us for a Howl-O-We'en party for an afternoon of spooky fun for all the family especially of the four legged kind! Fancy dress not mandotory but highly encouraged!
We will have games, raffles, trick and treat competitions, tombolas, food stalls, best dressed person and hound, prizes and lots of houndy fun!
The cost will be £5 per family (2 hounds) with additional dogs priced at £1 just to cover the snacks etc. All the dogs will be free to enter all the activitities and competitions with prizes and also haloween snacks for them to enjoy.
Low cost Refreshments-all proceeds to BRNGB: sandwiches, tea, cakes drinks etc.
Please contact Demi on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Oh yes, it's most definitely that time of year! Our not to be missed Christmas Party is booked and preparations are in progress!
When? Sunday December 3rd, 1-4pm
Where? - Wootton Community Centre, Northampton NN4 6ED
Due to the success of last years party, we have chosen to hold this year's party in the same place.
Ticket price includes a buffet lunch, a gift from Santa for the hounds and children and a mince pie or three. There will be a bar serving tea, coffee, gin and other essential beverages at very reasonable prices.
During the party we will be playing party games, there will be a raffle and stalls and of course there will be a visit from the big man himself who will have a gift for every dog.. and child!
Please follow the link below to book your tickets, they are limited this year, so you'll need to get in early to ensure your place!
Thank you for your continued support!