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Please help us find our new family; update

September 25, 2015

Edited. Because a few people have asked about donations I am linking to the place that has been caring for the pups http://www.animalaid.org.au/index.php/79-get-involved/199-donate-online this links to their donation page that has paypal. They are an amazing charity. At this stage I am not able to pay the kennel fees, I will be sending a lot of my household belongings to auction next week to cover it. But if anyone does want to help these guys really could do with the help and they have taken amazing care of Charlotte and Archie.

Update: We are in Melbourne, Australia.

Thank you to the many people who have shared our blog already, you are very kind.

Some have asked about donating and if anyone would like to, then the costs of them being in kennels has been an expense I have not been able to meet. Email freyabergin@gmail.com for details of where to direct donations too. The organisation that has been helping does an amazing job with many animals in need. They run a program that is very close to our hearts that helped us stay with mum in the past.

Mostly we want to talk about the kind of family that would be good for us. And can we be split up?

Can we be rehomed separately? No is the short answer. Charlotte gets a lot of comfort and reassurance from Archie and while he would probably be fine, she needs her brother. So i am really hoping they can be rehomed together.

I have a physical disability and mental health issues, they have coped with that well. They are very aware of what is going on and on days I have not been able to get out of bed they have cuddled up with me, gone to play with their toys and come back. They are adaptable, caring and resilient. When I was better they would often come with me to work as a nanny and they adore children and assume all children are there to play with them.
We both love kids, we love long walks but we are also total lapdogs who love nothing more than snuggling up with mum. We both are very tolerant of small children and will wander off if it gets a bit much. We are both de-sexed, microchipped and in good health. While we love kids and teenagers, what we really need is a family who understand it will take a little while for us to settle in and that Charlotte is really smart and if left to her own devices she gets anxious. So someone who won’t leave us for too long at a time and does enriching activities when home with us. For us that could be a walk in the morning and evening and just watching you adoringly while you relax watching TV. But we would love entertaining kids too.

We are not crate trained to sleep but we are for times when we need to be contained like if a trades person is at the door. We will bark but once we have met them we think they are great. But we will want to stay with our humans. Our crates are a nice place to rest and watch from too. Mum had one set up under her desk and one in the bedroom for Charlotte. Because Charlotte likes to think she is the boss, it’s good for her to have a nice cosy spot and wait to be invited to cuddle up.

Both of us are sleeping on the bed dogs, Archie quite likes the floor in warm weather. But mum lost that battle the second night I, Charlotte was home. I could jump up on the bed and have ever since.

We are able to use a doggy door and are both housetrained even if during heavy rain Archie will try to pretend he is going to melt if he goes outside. We have never been dogs who have been left outside, we have always had access inside and out.

We like to play with our toys, chase a ball, generally not give it back so have a few ready for us to chase is mum’s advice. We love tug of war, squeaky toys and Charlotte loves to water retrieve.

Charlotte does have separation anxiety and takes Lovan daily. Lot of exercise, routine and being predictable is what is best for her. She is very happy in general but some situations are more stressful for her, she does not like to be tied up outside shops on a walk, she will cope but best to avoid if possible. Leaving and arriving is the other big one. Have your things ready to go and out the door without fuss is the best advice. A treat is great but Archie will probably eat it.

Health: Both are in rude good health, they could do with a raw marrow bone regularly for their teeth, which are in great condition.

Archie as an ex stray will always love food and appear hungry. He eats from a maze bowl and has some of the loaf style food for Charlotte’s in a kong. Keeping him eating slowly is a good thing. They eat separately, Archie mainly has diet kibble and Charlotte a loaf style food because she is more fussy.

They both are hypoallergenic but need their coats looked after. Charlotte tolerates brushing, nail clipping, trimming of her face, paw & rear end fur. Archie will let you brush him a little if offered a treat. But he is otherwise needing to be sedated for grooming.

Archie does not like having his paws or rear end handled. He doesn’t like to lose control of his body if that makes sense. You can pat his paws but he will tell you when he has had enough with a head bonk or possibly a gentle mouthing of your hand.

Charlotte is a fussy eater and almost always on the slim side. When she was a puppy she had Fanconi’s type syndrome caused by some chicken jerky that was recalled. It caused kidney damage that she was lucky to survive and has shown no lasting effects. But it is important that she eats & she needs tempting to eat. She is more of a grazer but that is not possible in a multiple dog household so she has a high value loaf style food, she eats away from Archie in a quiet area.

They are beautiful dogs whom I have enjoyed every minute of having in my life. My heart is breaking but we have no place to go & no hope that things will change.

As I said last time I will make all their gear available. They have pretty much everything they could ever need but I realize some might prefer to get new things in the hope of settling them into their new home. That of course is respected but if there is something they already own then if it saves money please take it. The rest will be donated.

I can be contacted via email freyabergin@gmail.com I am happy to answer further questions and will give my number via email if requested.

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Here I am helping mum relax, its a hard job but I'm good at it.

Here I am helping mum relax, its a hard job but I’m good at it.

Please help find Charlotte and Archie their perfect family

September 24, 2015

The saying is no news is good news. But sometimes that is not the case.

My friends know that giving the pups, Charlotte and Archie up for adoption is the last thing I want to do but I can’t see how I can get them back. They have been in kennels for 6 weeks with no end in sight. I think it is better for them to settle into a new home as I have no idea when I will be able to find a home. I have deliberately not stated where they are for various reasons but might ask a key person to let people know.

Charlotte is a nearly 8 years old spoodle with 2/10 level separation anxiety. She is lovely but gets upset when you leave & makes a fuss when you get home. But perfectly happy while you are out.

Archie is a 7 year old Schnoodle who has adopted from the RSPCA about 4 years ago. He is very easy going and will do anything to please you.

Both are well trained and enjoy attending obedience classes. They both love children of all ages and love meeting new people and dogs. Both walk well on the lead using head collars. Charlotte is great off the lead but Archie wanders off to mark on every tree or bollard.

It breaks my heart to rehome them because they are the best part of me and my family. They have got me through so much and I have failed them.
My physical and mental health are not much better and I am struggling to look after myself. I have no confidence that I could find and keep a job that would let us be back together. I can’t actually cover the expenses that I have let alone save for renting a new house.

For me this is giving up and admitting that I just won’t be able to fix this situation.

Charlotte and Archie deserve so much better. And I will never be able to give them that.

I will call tomorrow and ask them to be moved to the adoptions area and hope they can be rehomed together, Charlotte is much calmer with Archie and he is a lovable doofus who copies some of her bad habits but they are gorgeous and very trainable.

All their equipment would be available for the person who adopts them:

2x crates with good quality bedding

2x thundershirts incase you have a noisy roof during storms or for fireworks.

Grooming supplies, scissors, clippers, nail trimmers. Archie needs to be sedated to be groomed which a vet can explain.
It breaks my heart to do this as Charlotte and Archie and my family and what I love most in the world.

But I am in a terrible position, I will be homeless again on Saturday and even if I wasn’t so stressed my back and mental health give me no confidence I could find and keep a job.

Please don’t think I will be suddenly swanning around, I still have no place to live and can not cover my own costs of living and certainly can’t afford more mental health support. This is the end of the line for me, I have tried and failed.

i hope they can be rehomed together and will make sure their equipment is ready for them.

Thank you for your support. IMG_5315 IMG_4347

Here we are supervising mum studying. It helps her a lot.

Here we are supervising mum studying. It helps her a lot.

Here I am helping mum relax, its a hard job but I'm good at it.

Here I am helping mum relax, its a hard job but I’m good at it.

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Asking for help from our friends…

August 10, 2015

Mum has dusted off my blog to write a little about what has been going on in our lives & ask for help. She says it’s hard to write & using my blog helps her. IMG_4468

As lots of our friends know it has been a hard few years for Mum, Archie & I. It is getting better & better but this year has been hard & we need to ask for some help as everything isn’t going to get better overnight. Mum says we can wish this but it’s not how things work.

We are asking our friends & the anipal community of twitter for help with the costs of finding a new home to rent, some medical costs & Archie’s vet bill.  After talking with her Psychologist & Psychiatrist getting a little home for us is the most important thing. A lot of things will get better when we have a safe, quiet place to call home. It is really important that we stay with mum, we are her family & help her look after herself because she loves us so much. Mum has severe PTSD so living alone & having our home be her sanctuary is really important.

Our paypal is freyabergin@gmail.com

Mum hasn’t put a round figure on the ideal amount because really everything helps & its daunting. She will be seeing a financial counsellor when they are available.

But this is a breakdown of some of the costs that are hard for mum to cover at the moment:

  • New rental costs = $2400 approx, this is based on renting for $280 a week, the bond & 1st months rent. This is the most realistic price after a lot of research.
  • Archie’s Vet bill = $298 – he was really naughty, mum was distracted & he ate a lot of dark chocolate. Mum could pay it but it came out of the house moving funds.
  • Medication = $210 a month for the 2 most important ones that keep mum going, there are some more but they only cost $6.10 each. The antidepressant is $60 a month (so far so incredible) & the ADHD medication $148 a month. Both are really what is going to make the big difference in mum finding a job that she can stick with.
  • Medical insurance = $152.60 for just hospital or $235.05 for extras too, like dental, glasses etc. This covers the treatment for Fibromyalgia & ADHD that is not available publically.
  • Rug replacement = $550 Archie might have been really naughty a marked on a lovely rug & ruined it at our lovely friend who let us stay’s house.
  • Kennel expenses = $280 a week, $40 a day for us both.
  • Storage costs = $46 a week or about $184 a month. This will be gone when we have a new house.

Paypal seems to be the easiest way to do this, mum looked at the fundraising sites but all seem to take a cut that seems to not be the best idea for all. But she will take advice if anyone thinks they are a better idea. Anyone in Australia might like bank account details instead, leave a message & mum will give them to you.

Mum gets a payment for being a student, it is about $1200 a month. It isn’t enough for anyone to really survive on & mum is allowed & wants to work, she can earn $10000 a year without affecting this payment. She was working part time until early March when she re-injured her back & lost her job. Mum hasn’t worked full time for more than a couple of weeks since injuring her back a bit over 5 years ago.

Here we are supervising mum studying. It helps her a lot.

Here we are supervising mum studying. It helps her a lot.

There are other bills & things but really we need to find a home. The cost of medication is also a worry for mum because without them she really struggles to do much, let alone to find a job, do her study & get things more stable for us.

Now that mum is feeling a lot better & her confidence is coming back she is looking at jobs & all paws & fingers crossed she will find something soon.

Mum is looking at withdrawing all her retirement savings which is not great but is allowed for the purposes of covering all her medical expenses for a year. She also is planning to take the old landlord & real estate agents to a court that deals with that, they did not do their job & left urgent repairs for over 6 months. She should get some money back on the costs of that, possibly a good amount that covers the costs of moving in & out & some of the rent while we were there, but it’s not quick. Both of these take time & effort that mum just has not been able to manage yet.

We will do another blog post with some more of the history, it’s hard to write & we don’t want to overwhelm people.

Please know that mum is very nervous about this being public as there is someone who makes life very difficult for her but keeping us is far more important than her dignity.

Thank you for listening. Please do not give anything that will make you miss out or worry.

From Charlotte, Archie & their mum Freya

Edited: There are lots of services to help with homelessness & a lot of things but because mum is not sick enough to get a disability pension her income without a job is too low for them to assist. Mum is in touch with a lot of support but there isn’t a way to get help now from them. In the future yes but not at the moment. Catch 22.

As you can see we help mum laugh a lot.

As you can see we help mum laugh a lot.

Here I am helping mum relax, its a hard job but I'm good at it.

Here I am helping mum relax, its a hard job but I’m good at it.

My long lost bloggy

September 7, 2012

Wow mum did find my bloggy. So I going to writ in it 😀

Well is been a long time frum when I last wrote. I has a sibfur Archie who be well a permanent fixture I finks afta a whole year ob libing here Bol he be good now but it took sum settling in. He did want to play wrestle mania all da time :/ so I gots to has a no Archie’s allowed castle, was really just a crate wif a blankie but it did keep him out Bol.

We has moved to da beach & 150 meters away is da dog off lead park. It has swampy mud in it which mum says smells revolting but I just love.

We has also been helping out a rescue group called Starting Over Dog Rescue & we has fostered sum gawjus pups but also we do drive da pups to DES foster famblys too. I quite like meeting dem but Archie just loves it & has played & played & played sum more wif our last two fosters Tilly & Milly, dks be good fur I can snooze in peace den.

Um dis be about all I has fort ob to woof about so I leave it now 🙂

Da early days

September 27, 2010

When I was bery ittle mum did stay at home wif me all da days. She & I did spend 3 weeks training & playing before she did has to go back to dis fing she does called work.

I had what is called Anxiety, which means I did be super happy all da time if mum was wif me but I be bery sad if she was not where I could see her.

Mum did say that I is going to sound sooky la la & embarrass her by saying I want to be wif her all da time, I did has to put my head in da shower wif her & sometimes I did jump in da baf just to be wif her. I did also need to go wif her if she did go to da toilet. (Mum didn’t want to rite dat or to say I did has to sit on her lap, she said if u rite dat I do go red like a tomato but is da truf & truf can hurt)

I did has so many new hoomins to met too. My Aunty Rezzi who I did met at da shop do be my next faborite hoomin & mum did make her pwomise she would look after me if mum couldn’t. Because she so lubberly I did get to go bisit at her house & her work & she always gibbed me gwat hugs. SHe not mum but she welly gwat too.

My grandma do be fun too, she do be lubbing anipals but not like being der mummy, she say has had too many hoomin babies to look after anipal babies. But she do be lubbing hasing me to play when I bery ittle, she tooked lots of fotos like mum did. Mum said I was too quick to get bery good fotos ob except when I was snoozing.

I had lots to learn, I had a new bed & bowl. I went to da Vet a few times a week for a cuddle wif da nurses & stand on da scales to see how much I was growing. I got a real surprise when I found out da Vet do not always be so nice & sometimes u feel really sick when u do see da Vet.

I also learned to sit, stay, heel, walk on a lead, come & eben heeling off the lead & turning. I learnt to put my seatbelt on & how fun it is to go in da car, I could be going to buy really nommy noms, to my Aunty or Grandmas or to a welly good park. Da car be welly so fun. Mum said I so smart but then I went into my teenage weeks & I stopped listening to mum fur I did be grown up now 😉

Da bery beginning – da photos

September 23, 2010

Des are da 3 photos dat mum took dat first day.

First is coming home in da car, I be bery floofty.

Second just me being me.

Third is when I went to bed in mums big hoomin bed bery late in da night.

Da bery beginning – Coming home

September 23, 2010

Hi Pals bof two leg & four & welly cool peoples who use wheels like Diva’s mum 🙂

I is Charlotte Bergin, I is also called Charshy, Charlotte Von Scrufty Rufty Bergin, Scrufty, lots of names but dey all started one day just ober two years ago….

I was in a cage wif 2 ober puppies, a boxer cross & a doxie cross, dey did lots ob barks when people came in to shop to look at all da baby puppies like me.

I was 14 weeks old & had been the last of my litter to be sold, I was born on the 7th of December & it was late March, about the 21st when 2 hoomins walked in the door.

Dey walked right up to my cage & de ober 2 pups did run up & jump & bark, saying get me out, we is lonely, we need hoomins. I did come up too but not jump & bark but watched dem. Den all da hoomins did talk & da shop hoomin came ober & opened my cage & lifted me out. I was cuddled by some gentle hands wif a squishy, cuddle hug that warmed me right up. 

Da ober lady hoomin den held me then & the 1st hoomin looked at my face & nuzzled me, it was luberly & I licked her. She went awwww & did rub behind my ears.

I was held by the 1st lady hoomin again & all da hoomins did talk in hoomin talk. Den da 2 hoomin ladies talked to me & da 2nd hoomin said she is a little lady I fink she be called Charlotte & da 1st hoomin said ‘perfect, Hi Charlotte’ & tickled me under da chin & under my ears. Was a gwat tickle.

I was neba put down again in my cage, dey stayed holding me & got some stuff like a collar & put dat on me, toys & a bed & den the 2nd lady hoomin did hold me while the 1st hoomin who did nuzzles gibbed lots of foldy money to the shop hoomin. 

Den I was cuddled by the 1st hoomin & we walked out da shop with the 2nd hoomin.

I was outside for da first time in about 7 weeks. The sun was shining & the wind was blowing but I was out ob da cage & being cuddled by this warm, squishy hoomin wif soft hands & words.

We got in a car & I did sit in my new bed on the passenger seat. The 2nd hoomin who I now no is my Aunty Rezzi did kiss me good bye & da 1st hoomin did sit behind the wheel & say ‘It’s time to go home’. Dis be my mum, she gibs welly good cuddles & lots of treats.

We went home but had to make a stop at Murphy Bros to get food & I did get be carried in der too, mum said so I didn’t get scared fur it was a busy, scary day.

Back in da car den the next stop was my new home.

Der was so many gwat sniffs to sniff & fings to explore but I was tired & had a nap on my new hoomin mums lap.

Dat first day was amazing, I had so many fings to learn, I was so busy I didn’t eat a fing, dat seemed to worry mum but I was just too busy & not a hungry pup.

When da sun went down I didn’t has to go back to the cage shop but I did sleep in a special dog bed fur da first time. It was right next to mums bed so I could see her & smell her.

I falled fast asleep & was a amazing first day wif my new hoomin.

….Den at 2am I woked up…. mum did take me outside fur to do a wee, after a lot of sniffing I did a wee in da garden, I got a treat, so cool. At da cage shop you just did wees in da cage & no treats. 

We went back inside & my lubly hoomin said good girl, good Charlotte, you did a weewee. Gosh my hoomin talked lots but I lubed her already 😉

Back in da bedroom mum did put me back in my new bed, but I wasn’t tired & I did want to be wif her so after a while she did let me cuddle her in da big hoomin bed. Was so fun, I could run around da bed, chew her hands. Fur some reason she said it was sleeping time. cwazy hoomin, it was party time but I cuddled her & we slept.

Den da sun came up on my second day ob hasing a hoomin who was my mum. I neba went back to dat cage shop & I did has so many fun fings to learn.

Night pals, dat was my first day ob my new Charlotte life. We found out my old name was skipper, lucky my Aunty Rezzi did suggest Charlotte fur it is my perfect name.

Fanks fur reading my bloggy, is a bit long but was a busy day.

Lub & licks 

Charlotte