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Have you ever considered adopting a rescue dog?

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Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger

We have been contacted by Five Mile Films, the makers of Channel 4’s heart-warming programme The Dog House, the new series of which is currently airing on Channel 4 on Thursdays at 8 pm. 

 They're looking for people to get involved with the show, and say:

We've begun our search for individuals, friends, couples and families who could offer a rescue dog a loving home and share their story with us as part of our next series.  


We wondered if anybody might be interested in hearing more about adopting a dog? Throughout our series we’ve heard from many dog owners who feel their focus, work/life balance and general well-being has been greatly improved after adopting a rescue dog. Equally, for those relevant, it’s nice to have a canine companion working hard from home!  


The Dog House is set at the animal charity Wood Green in Cambridgeshire and has been described as both ‘charming’ and ‘compassionate’. The programme follows prospective owners as they are matched with a rescue dog, specially selected by the expert team of matchmakers at Wood Green. In previous series, we have found there are many reasons people might wish to bring a dog into their lives; loneliness, extra company for a child, encouragement of exercise, or living in the moment more! We tell the story of both humans and dogs, as they prepare to meet each other for the first time. 


We’re casting our net far and wide to find potential dog rescuers! We want to hear from anyone seriously considering rescuing a dog and is up for talking to us about why they need a dog in their lives.  

 

If you would like to chat this through in any more detail or have any other questions, you can get in touch at codieluscott@fivemilefilms.co.uk, and if you want to watch the show you can follow this link to do so.

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  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    Nice idea @Ross_Scope. We had a rescue puppy some years ago and though it had some minor problems, didn’t like people drinking alcohol for example, it was a pleasant experience all told. 

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  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
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    At the very least that sounds like a positive method to stop somebody from drinking @leeCal, thanks for sharing :) 
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  • androgynous
    androgynous Community member Posts: 87 Pioneering
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    It's one of my favourite tv programmes, I loved the Lurcher on this week. It was just crying out to be loved.

    I've thought about a rescue dog many times and have looked on both the RSPCA and Wood Green websites. I would love a companion but the simple truth is I can't afford a dog, and I'm actually allergic to dogs and cats, more so.

    The donation to Wood Green is more than I can afford and so is feeding a dog, ditto pet insurance, and if it's a pet with pre existing health conditions, they've got the same problem I have getting health insurance.

    Aside from having to take a dog for a walk and having no one to look after a pet if I'm in hospital, I don't feel able to commit. It would do my mental health the world of good though, and I had a very large dog years ago so I know what commitment it takes.


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    I would love a little dog have grown up with dogs and even bred a litter 

    But now I don't feel I could care for one ad I couldn't take it out , I would have to rely on my son to take it out and clean up its poop etc and we all know what teenagers are like 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,109 Disability Gamechanger
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    We have adopted 5 dogs over the years, and would have another tomorrow but sadly we aren't allowed dogs or cats where we live now, might have to get a budgie

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  • CoffeeFirst
    CoffeeFirst Scope Member Posts: 203 Pioneering
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    Dogs are such good company. I don’t know how I lived before having my two boys. I initially got them because of my daughter and she loves them both to bits. They are rather spoilt but not in a bad way, cuddles and a few treats here and there! 

    If anything ever happened to either I’d certainly consider a rescue.
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,693 Disability Gamechanger
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    I can't commit to a dog either, when my back plays up I wouldn't be able to go for walks. Plus vet fees. I've grown up with dogs, I'm very good at training them. The police offer a service where you can have one of their puppy's for about 6 months, this enables them to get used to noises and things, then they take them back to train them. They pay all vet bills and food.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    My grandad was a key figure in consistently adopting dogs! He was amazing. I love to hear about this. Though, unfortunately, I am not in a place to adopt dogs either. I hope someone is able to though  <3
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  • Libby_Alumni
    Libby_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,251 Pioneering
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    This is a wonderful opportunity for an individual who is in a current position to adopt animals. I would love to adopt a dog one day, but I would struggle at the moment, due to living in a flat and not having a garden. I've just had a look on their website, and now I'm obsessed with a lot of the animals on there!
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  • JustPete
    JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 303 Pioneering
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    YES, YES & YES

    I registered with Battersea and Wood Green, but think you need to keep registering.

    Anyway, @Ross_Scope I would adopt in a heartbeat  B)
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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    Aww bless @JustPete :)
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  • JustPete
    JustPete Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 303 Pioneering
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    Aww bless @JustPete :)
    Lol :)
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