Sylvia's Diary

Sylvia writes a diary entry as and when she has time or if she needs to get something off her chest. We hope that you enjoy reading about the ups and downs of rescue life.










XI’d walk a thousand miles for you,
Then walk a thousand more.
I’d die a thousand deaths for you,
And bring you to my door.

I’d fight a thousand fights
To help you find a loving home,
And walk again forever
If I knew you were alone.

And so I’ll keep on walking,
Until my feet are red.
Until my shoes are bleeding
For the living and the dead.

I’ll walk until the sun is cold
And winter fills the skies
I’ll walk a thousand miles
And keep on walking to save lives



The poles never came for my tent. No big deal one would think. Given that a tent is a scientific structure akin to a bridge in the sense that its sparse support and yet perfect finish is due to a mechanical engineering situation based upon the least amount of structure to support the largest load.,  you would think that plus or minus a couple of poles would be no big tragedy. However, gravity proved me wrong and the two missing poles collapsed my tent into a Newtonian nightmare that can only be compared to sleeping inside a dried out subterranean jellyfish.

So I reverted to the pop up tent. An eighth of the price but so much fun. For those of you who have never witnessed anything in the fast food world of pop up – it’s a massive time saver. However, given that gravity seems to be the theme of the day, I was this time excited by the Newtonian principal of what goes up must come down. It seems though, that pop up tents bypass all Newtonian mechanics. In other words, it pops up just fine, but the pop down involves a very different Law of Motion: Bill rolling around (lycra-clad) using his surface area to body weight ratio to inadvertently crush the pop up aspect of the tent, in the hope of pop down.

Now all was is happening in my living room giving me the reminder: who needs TV when watching ‘Yoga Bill’s Not So Excellent Adventure’. The next step was to test this tent outside. I picked a beautiful evening. The fading sun washed red across the passing clouds of the dusky Welsh sky. It reminded me of the Tucson skies I had come to love so much many years ago. As dusk turned to dark faster than I had hoped, I could barely see two steps ahead. I fumbled my way with excited dogs, my trusty pop-up, a dodgy torch and an ex-military sleeping bag that seemed big enough to hold an entire army.

As I struggled along for half a mile to the side of my favourite stream, I found a beautiful mossy flat bank perfect for pitching a tent. As the tent popped up, the dogs popped back, almost pulling me into the murky shadows of the briefly lit stream. Luckily, I held my dignity and managed to keep from slipping this time. With my ribs still broken and my shoulder still sore I was not thrilled at the prospect of another fall. I took my shoes off, for the sake of all involved and me and the five dogs snuggled inside the cosy space. I unrolled the sleeping bag to discover I was not wrong. It was huge. My mind wandered “if only half the army were in it, then maybe it might actually be warm!” I stopped the fantasy there and lay there in the dark for 10 minutes, until I realised that camping alone essentially consists of being scared, miserable and very uncomfortable. A far cry from my days of Girl Guide adventures!

The dogs however lay stretched out and seemingly content – mainly I think because they had the lion’s share of the tent and I was left to fend for my own corner. And so, ten minutes in I decided to get up and head back home to my warm and cosy bed, and Bill’s warm and furry back to keep the chill out. Having a foreboding feeling about the ensuing pop-down situation, I left the tent for the morning. When I went to collect it at dawn the next day, it was caught on a branch, dangling precariously over the stream. As I slithered down the bank to retrieve I made a note to self: “This walk is probably the most damn fool-hardy thing I have ever done in my life!” I wandered back, muddy and slightly damp with a half-popped down tent flopping around on my back, and I cursed myself for not opting to just be a house wife. I’m sure Bill would have been thrilled!

Talking of Bill, people have been asking about my specific route so they can try to meet up with me to show support or perhaps even walk a bit with me if I am going to be near where they live, so this week I have asked Bill to skip the lycra workouts ( I was in desperate need of a visual break from this daily sight anyways) and instead to do some google map magic and put out detailed maps and specifics of the walk on the website for all to see. Now for those who don’t know, Bill is an American. Normally this isn’t a problem, but when I looked at his first efforts regarding the walk, I was horrified to see that not only did the Americans take London Bridge and shove it in Arizona, but they also stole half out town names. The result being that half my walk was taking place in the US! Bill had me starting in London, Kentucky, somewhere near a fried chicken shop (I’m a vegan) then moving on through Teddington Drive in Charlotte North Carolina, and moving on through Bonemill drive near Hartford Connecticut. I can barely manage twenty miles a day, let alone three states! As a treat, he also thought it might be nice for me to finish the walk at Brecon knitting mill, which turns out to be nowhere near the Beacons, but somewhere north of Talladega Alabama! Needless to say, I began to seriously wonder what the hell I was in for with him in charge of my walk.

After a few choice words, and making him switch over to Google UK , I think I may have finally got through to him. I have asked Yvonne to put his final walk details on the web site for all to see. He has found post codes for the start and end points each day and printed out little Google maps and directions for me to follow. Please everyone have a look, if you live anywhere near my route, make sure he has not messed me about too badly with his Google maps adventure. Bloody hell, I just found one of his crumpled-up notes, he even had me passing by an M4 in Lancaster California. Also for those following my blogs, please have a look and let me know of any good places along the route for pee breaks and for dropping off poo bags!!!!!! I am starting to worry!!!


Warning! The following blog contains topics not usually suitable for polite dinner conversation…however, since the last formal dinner that I was invited to was approximately twenty-seven years ago, I’m happy to raise the subject: Toilets! So, here’s the scoop (bad joke)

One of my most gruelling training circuits is approximately 10 miles, across hilly terrain, jumping over rocks and streams, often in the pouring rain, and never meeting a soul – except the damn worms that increase my training time from three hours to what feels more like a week.  This relativistic time dilation propels my brain into an overdrive of worried thinking.  I worry about the first part of my walk – the London roads and the speed of my worm-rescue abilities in traffic. I worry about walking with 15 giant poo bags. What if there are no bins. I will just be the crazy lady, with a team of dogs and a swarm of flies following her, looking slightly perplexed and knocking on doors of strangers asking to use their bin.

I then start to worry about water.  Carrying enough each day for five dogs and me. That’s a lot of water. And then I worry about actually having to drink it. The reason being that I have been blessed with a miniature bladder. I blame my mini-bladder on my dad.  When I was very young, perhaps 3 or 4, I climbed into bed with him when he was having a lie-in. My Mum brought him a cup of tea, which I grabbed and took a big gulp. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I can remember being horrified by the foul-tasting tan muck that haunted my mouth for the rest of the day. I remember feeling so sick that I left his bed in a dramatic performance worthy of an Oscar, and have NEVER drunk tea again.

So, for my whole life, when everyone at work took their 50 tea breaks a day, I never did.  Hence the microscopic bladder.  Because of this long-standing issue, I often get severe dehydration, resulting in a desperate glugging of a few cups of water, only to result in a waterfall of pee that just won’t stop.  When I’m training, slash rescuing worms on the lanes, I often find myself busting with nowhere to duck out and relieve myself. This results in me humming, often with worm in hand, and doing a little 80’s hip jiggle to take my mind off it.  The jiggle is possibly not something that should be expressed in public, but my rendition of ‘Let it Go’ is, I have to say, more than spectacular.  The choice of words however, accompanied by the welsh streams shushing in the background is not necessarily conducive to a helpful distraction.

So, I talked to a friend about my phobia.  “What if I am in London walking,” I blurted out, “five dogs in one hand, fifteen bags of dog poo in the other, desperate for a pee, no loos, no dog poo bins and a back pack weighed down with bottles of undrunk water” I continued to escalate my already hysterical state and screamed, “THEN WHAT!!!!!” My friend calmly Poured me a small Malibu with a drip of diet coke, fearful of once more initiating a liquid-based freakout, and said, “just tell everyone you’re pregnant. Pregnant women are allowed to pee in the street!!” I pulled the Malibu bottle towards me, and she left.  Walk of Dreams!  And all I can dream about is a toilet.  Maybe I could put this on my sponsor form.  Please sponsor me and offer me your toilet!!

Well it has given all a laugh thinking about this, but it’s a real worry to me.

The next problem is the tent. It’s a two-man affair, which is a concern because a) I’m a woman, and b) I have five dogs! Having decided against the cheap and leaky pop up tent, I ordered this one that came with a book called ‘Tent erection for Dummies’. Well, given that tent erection has never been on my to-do list, I found myself to be in the Dummy category quite quickly.  Having spent hours trying to get the damn thing up, I asked for help only to find some poles were missing! I may have a child’s bladder but at least I’m not stupid!

Then I start thinking (again!)  What if all the dogs get in first (which they will) and settle on the sleeping mat (which they will) and I won’t have the heart to kick them off (which I won’t). How will I walk the next day? Why am I taking so many? How do I choose who to leave? I feel like Meryl Streep in Sofie’s Choice – the cheap version! This is all just so complicated. I pray it will be worth it in the end. Now awaiting new poles to arrive so I can experiment. More next blog……………….


I was always told that if you eat well and exercise regularly you will live a long and happy life. Well, I’m vegan and presently walking about ten miles a day so I should feel good and yet today I felt like hell in a hand basket! Translation of hell in a hand basket: a small portable carrying device, large enough to hold the whole of hell, denoting rapid and utter ruination. My conclusion then to this misnomer about vigorous walks is that regular exercise is DEFINITELY NOT good for you!!  My reason for such an unprecedented outburst has to do with worms.  Not the sort that my dogs get, but the common earth worm - Lumbricus terrestris  - a noble creature with not much road sense.  Let me explain…

A typical training day for me goes like this:  Get up in the dark, do my chores and then set out for my 10-mile adventure, mostly in the wind and rain because for some reason I decided to build a dog rescue in Wales, rather than a sun kissed beach somewhere off the Amalfi coast!  Hey ho – anyway, each morning I set out like a super hero (sans the tight onesie) to push my body to be better.  However, today as the dogs were helpfully twisting their leads around me, storming the lanes like miniature snow ploughs, I came across a solitary worm. Now this worm had taken it into his/her head (do worms have heads?) to cross the road.  But unlike the chicken, s/he had clearly given up half way and was in danger of being squished by a passing tractor. Given that worms are androgynous, I will now reference this creature as ‘it’.

Being a vegan, and so having a love for all living creatures, I launched into my Van Atta rescue Team mode, and proceeded to try and joggle the worm to wake it up enough so it could move.  Being unsure about worm resuscitation in general, I just tapped it on the head (it’s in the middle for those of you that wanted to know previously) and it squirmed just enough for me to pick it up and gently throw it into the soft grassy verge.

Now karma is a funny thing, because as I thought about how I hope to come back as a worm in my next life, due to a constant longing for a little peace and quiet sometimes, Frankley my ever helpful puppy, took it upon himself to launch in to the air and retrieve my new found worm friend from the grassy verge.  The resultant jolt on the tangled lead pulled my shoulder so hard that I fully expected to see my arm lying next to the worm on the grassy verge.  As the pain shot through my shoulder, I yelled a few worm-based obscenities to the sky and continued my way, determined to allow the next road-bound worm to bethe master of its own fate. Of course, two worms in, I found myself back tracking and beginning the procedure all over again. 

Many worms were saved on this rainy day, and I’m sure many more will be saved in the future.  But this got me thinking – how am I going to manage to walk 280 miles in May if I’m ducking and diving between cars as my guilt-ridden head can’t get out of worm duty.  I thought of the headlines in the paper

“Rescue woman walking to secure the future of a rescue that no one cared about is killed scraping worms off the road” May be I should rig it, maybe some people would start to care about the future of Many Tears …..maybe not. Well, if nothing else, every worm saved along the way will have been worth the effort!

15-03-17 SYLVIA’S TRAINING BLOG - Week 3

Although my first day of training started coincidently forty days and forty nights before the event, the Biblical reference has now got out of hand!
In the begining I had two dogs, then two became three and before I could say ‘Bill, please stop wearing lycra’, I had five dogs dancing around me wanting to train (for the record Bill was not dancing).  Forget the tiny pop up tent I bought, I should have built an Arc!
Today as I walk, and try to ignore my painful injuries, I find myself thinking. I’m thinking about all the little lives that have been saved by Many Tears. My thinking turns into more of a dream – all the improvements that I wish I could make to this amazing place to help even more animals, and save even more little lives. I then wake up from my dream and realise that all this takes a huge amount of money. And so, I keep walking, hoping that my dreams will become reality with every step I take. As my body begins to tire from this long trainingsession, I turn my mind to the all the things I need to bring on the walk. And as I add up all the gear I begin to worry about all that weight. So I start to strip it down in my mind – and that brings meto my next thought… underwear. Who needs it! Well, at my age it’s a luxury I can’t go without, so then I had this amazing thought…edible underwear. And then I followed the practicality of this thought through to the breakfast moment. Not good.  But that led me to thinking about disposable underwear – now that’s genius!That very night I went on to Ebay. I found one six pack of knickers – one size fits all! They showed up the next day. It turned out one size did fit all, all at once. I thought about using them as a disposable tent, or a makeshift sleeping bag – they were MASSIVE! Here’s a classy photo of Tidy modelling them for you!
So having disposed of the disposable knickers (no I didn’t eat them, but Tidy thought about it) I was then foolish enough to buy disposable socks. This time one size fits all turned out to mean, one size fits all if you are a small child with unusually tiny feet. So I gave up on the disposable thing altogether. Bill was still interested in the edible underwear – so I got edible socks. They remain uneaten! That night I dreamt I was walking in Africa. No socks, just a loin cloth (thank god) a back pack, some sandals, and the dogs. The strange thing is, the next morning I woke up and noticed that the bruise on my shoulder had developed into a map of Africa. This got me thinking – maybe dreams do come true. I hope so…



10-03-17 SYLVIA’S TRAINING BLOG - Week 2

Earlier this week Bill sprung out of bed like an Easter bunny, put on his 1970’s sweat pants that have become less ‘relaxed’ fit and more ‘snug n sexy’ fit and ushered me and the dogs out into the cold. I was really happy to have the support, and excited to go for a long and more difficult hike across muddy fields that lead to a big and rocky stream.
As the dogs charged for the water, happy to have a well-earned drink, me in the middle and Bill bringing up the rear, I took my first step across the stream onto a fairly stable rock. I was a little tense as the water rushed past me but I thought ‘I can do this’ and took another large step. This time the stone was slippery, my foot slipped from under me and I came crashing down on the rocky bed of the stream.  Bill was right behind me, and dragged me quickly to my feet, trying to get me out of the freezing water.
The dogs danced around me thinking this was a great game of slip and slide! But as I stood there catching my breath and feeling the pain shoot through my ribs, the dogs suddenly became quiet. We had a good mile to go and as I attempted to walk, Tidy my biggest dog, Light and Boo became very concerned. Bill was a bit concerned too but also slightly distracted by the uncomfortably tight sweat pants that were clinging rather enthusiastically to his manly bits! Although my instinct was to make light of this and keep going, the pain in my ribs and shoulder was so bad that I was pretty sure I had broken my collar bone. All I could think of was my walk in May.
That night, as I hobbled into bed I was very concerned for the dogs. They were so exhausted by my tragic fall, and so worried about the massive pain I was in, that they all decided they needed an extra-large portion of the bed to relax on.  I found a tiny corner to curl up in and lay awake all night!!
The next morning, I went to the hospital.  I waited four hours to find out that I had damaged the ligament and soft tissue in my shoulder, and two of my ribs were broken.
I have not been able to train but this walk is for the dogs and because of that I will find a way to get back into training very soon.  

28-02-2017 SYLVIA’S TRAINING BLOG - Week 1

In exactly forty days (and forty nights) I begin my epic 200 mile walk from the ITV studios in London to Many Tears Animal Rescue. Sounds Biblical I know, except for the fact that I’m definitely not fasting, and I won’t be taking a donkey (and even if I did I certainly wouldn’t sit on the poor thing!) So instead it’s just me, a pop up tent (which it turns out is not very easy to ‘pop down’) and a handful of naughty dogs.

At sixty years old I’m finding my body is beginning to creak as I get up in the dark every morning for my grueling and very early training session.  First, I do my chores and drink three cups of water, then I wake my dogs and my husband. The dogs are eager to get going, but my husband not so much!  He calmly but very clearly explains to me that anything unnecessarily aerobic is a superfluous calorific burn situation.  He goes on to explain that if he wanted to get fit he would invest in a yoga class. I left for my training session with the brief but still-haunting image of him in lycra.

Although mind-over-matter has never been an issue for me, mind-over-knees is beginning to present a problem!  I tell myself during my long training walks to put my best foot forward, but I don’t seem to have a best knee to support this thought.  This has resulted in me moaning to random people with more frequency than I had realised.  In fact, it was not until a little visitor, whose parents adopted a dog from us, sent me this letter.

This letter made me realise that if I am going to be able to complete this massive undertaking, maybe it’s time I take care of my ‘nees’ a little better.  Although I rarely pamper myself, that night I took a long bath and noticed that both knees really are quite swollen.

So, I had an idea! On tomorrows walk I will put the dogs ‘Streemz’ collars on above the knees, and of course the Harry Potter plaster! These collars have magnets in them, and so providing I make it out of our automatic locking magnetic doors, I will report on the affects.

I thought I would blog once a week on the pains of getting fit, just in case it may inspire you to fill a page with sponsors. I hope you will enjoy them.  Of course, if I don’t blog next week you can assume that my knees are still attached to our magnetic doors!


Well as the title suggests  sprits are low in the Vanatta household. I was ill last week and Bill has it now too. The dogs that I have picked up this week are so sweet but so expensive (huge heart life saving ops needed, eyes needing specialists and others with problems too. We are talking literally THOUSANDS of pounds to try to save a few lives.

I am walking miles every day trying to get fit, whilst coughing, spluttering. reaching any worrying. It’s not pleasant.  However it appears others who either don’t chose to learn the facts or are just plain mean have put their hearts and souls into slagging Bill and I off. Some of the same people call me and are as nice as can be on the phone or when they meet me but sadly have been way to gutless  to talk to our faces.

I had wondered why there seemed not much support for the walk, and then found out about something one dear kind sweet hearted dog lover repeated saying “we do not want to raise funds for Sylvia and Bill's retirement fund. Others have gone onto Companies House, which is where our accounts are for all to view on line, saying how we personally benefit by taking Many Tears money for ourselves!

So for those charming lovely uninformed keyboard warriors and anyone interested Bill and I own the property of Many Tears.  When Bill bought this he said I could use half for my rescue work and he used the other half for a boarding kennels. He was extremely successful and his kennels are always booked.

As the years went on I had to ask to rent some of his kennels for Many Tears dogs,. The rates were and are amazing less than half what he charges clients and he never charges us extra per dog in the kennel. If I had not done this either dogs would die or I would need to rent someone else’s kennels, and that would have cost the rescue a lot more. These people have looked at the financial  statement and not had any idea what its meant, how its broken down and where the money is used. Why not ask instead of what’s happened. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. 

I was worried for the future of Many Tears as I am getting older and don’t know what the future holds, so whilst I could I thought I would put any extra energy I could into doing something meaningful and trying to secure Many Tears future. Sadly a few charming people don’t see it like that. In fact they have put effort into influencing others to not support the walk.

To those I will say a prayer.

Dear God please open the eyes of those who say mean things about us. Please help them see how cruel and unkind they have been and please help me to stay strong enough to ignore them.

Believe me the day to day running of MT is a struggle.  Yes if it had its own premises it would help and be wonderful but without someone willing to look for the future that won’t be. So instead I will be grateful for running day by day, as my spirits are too low now to do more.

Thank you to the believers.

28-01-2017 RICKY GERVAIS

Just a really short blog, the person I would most like to walk with is Ricky Gervais, could you all write to him and ask him to help PLEASE. If you believe in our work here, the love life and happiness we bring, don’t leave it to others, just try to help me. His support would be amazing.  I need help on this walk to make it work and I am hoping you all are it. X

27-01-2017 FILLY

Do I have too much time to think?? Well last night it felt like that. I was thinking of how it must have felt as this huge slice of wood pierced and lodged long ways through the roof of Filly's mouth. I thought about the weeks that followed, her body trying to fight of the infection, how it must have felt and her trying to claw it out and her giving up.
I thought about what could have been,  the infection could have traced up to her brain and then I  I thought about moving to this scary place, being spayed (which is how this was discovered).  It had been there a LONG time.
I thought about then being moved to a specialist, how the specialist worried as this was an injury she had never repaired before as so extreme. I thought about feeding and giving her her water through a tube, how scary and sad that she also has to be on her own asshe loves dogs and does not understand people.
She has 2 long weeks of a feeding tube only, and then we pray things will be better. I thought about Filly so much and felt such despair. ...

19-01-17 HELP!

Many Tears has grown and grown. With all the support and hard work from the staff and supporters we now have a rescue that is able to save a phenomenal amount of lives! However this comes at a considerable cost!!

This week we have taken in two pups that have presented with liver shunt type symptoms (pictured) and two pups that have Grade 5 heart murmurs.  Many Tears will NOT put these pups to sleep because of economics, instead somehow the funds will be found for the specialists to test these pups and try to mend them and this will without doubt run into thousands of pounds.

With the extra dogs passing through our doors there are clearly many extra expenses, as rarely does the adoption fee cover the expense we have endured getting them to that point.  This fact and the fact I am getting older has driven Bill and I to realise forward measures must be taken to secure Many Tears future. 

The first thing I did was to announce a major sponsored walk that I was going to do in the hope that supporters would try to get sponsors for me. I had decided the money raised from this would go into a specific fund for Many Tears to buy their own property (whether the one its currently on or another).   However sadly there has been a lack of interest in this so far. This won’t mean I give up on it, just that I will work harder for this, for I want to know Many Tears will carry on long after I am not around.

The second thing Bill and I have done is book a professional kennel valuer to value this property. That will give a guideline to how much money needs to be raised for this or a similar property to be purchased. (This valuation will exclude assets already owned by Many Tears such as porta cabins, storage buildings, or kennels and stables that Many Tears supporters have funded).

Please note - None of this is being done because I am planning on leaving any time soon but rather so the rescue can carry on after I am unable to or in case something happens to me.  Whether Many Tears owns this or another local property I would still plan to work for Many Tears as I do now.

The third step Bill and I are taking is we are going to apply to become a registered charity.  This is still very complicated as we both own and live on the property and also have a boarding business on the property.  As this is such a big decision and with the complexities involved, we are taking professional and legal advice to help with this application.   I am desperate that the ethics of Many Tears are not changed. However this will enable the rescue to apply for grants and give access to collect money at large shops etc.  and these are funds we have missed out on in the past.

Yet again we will hold a major raffle this year and the monies raised from this will go towards the Gift of Sight and Broken Hearts funds and other specialists vet bills we have to find each year.  We are hoping for raffle prizes for these, so please contact the centre if you can help but please remember prizes need to be able to be sent/taken anywhere in the country.

I have attached the route I will be taking on my walk, a letter of explanation and a sponsor form. I really hope you will all try to help and perhaps give me some feedback as this will encourage me to keep trying to get fit as well as run the centre (a job that already takes 14 hours a day on average of my time 7 days a week).

Walk LetterWalk PlanSponsorForm

Thank you for sharing our care, for reading this and for supporting us.
Best wishes

16-01-17 A SAD DAY

Today was a very very sad day.  Really more than one person can take. Suffering of animals and my fellow man is too hard to watch. I work so hard trying to eliminate this, but it seems I cannot, I feel I am sinking in quick sand.
To add to the sorrow of a day, a little old insignificant cat lost her home today. She had lost her first home when the kids arrived and moved into a quiet home with a senior lady some years back. That lady died some days ago but has only just been found. The little old cat  has been left an orphan. She is hiding as I type. My heart bleeds for her.
I cannot do this job without support. I cannot bare the suffering of man or beast, Please if you have energy to type, type something that will help - not something that just breaks people, for then the chain of help for the animals is broken! Constructive criticism is welcome but remember with that, you yourself may need to come walk a little in our shoes to see how the changes can be successfully implemented.  Today my heart is to heavy - I hope your day has been better.

Walk in my shoes and help carry my load,
for my hearts to heavy to carry this alone.
Walk in  my shoes, please give me strength,
without your passion my energy's spent
Walk in my shoes, help our dreams unite,
just rescue the suffering, help us sleep peacefully tonight.


A terrified little old cat who has lost
her mum and now only has us to help
her have hope that there is a future
in a new home for her.
We just need to find it.

A little puppy with a broken heart.
He only has the staff, supporters and fosterers
to rely on in the hope he just may get it fixed
and receive help not only a mend to his broken heart
but to give him the gift of life too!!!!



I am in training for the walk I have challenged myself to do as the years have flown by and we are busier and busier. I so appreciate all the hours and days amazing volunteers spend fund raising, and each year I make myself go to a show or two and fund raise too (as I believe I should never ask of others what I would not want to do myself).  Time seems to be running out to try to make a BIG and immediate difference to Many Tears thus the walk. The year started so badly. I did not tell anyone for fear no one would believe I could achieve the walk and not sponsor me but I had a serious knee problem, resulting in sleepless nights and even tears. I broke down in the end and told Emma a physio we have known for many years and one who supports us. She came over and examined my knee and found my knee cap had slipped too far around.  She manipulated stretched and advised and somehow she put this back and the next day I could walk!. I have to do many exercises every day and hopefully the pain will reduce.  I cannot tell you how grateful I am to Emma.

My dogs Boo and Tidy will be my walking companions (hopefull)  and so are also in training.  They too have their own trained doggy physio (Juniper) and I am grateful for her help.  She told me to follow the following plan

Boo is a small breed dog and a little older than Tidy so he has the typical signs of  wear and tear everyone feels as they mature. So to begin with his exercises are very targeted at building up his muscles so they are able to support any joints that are feeling a bit older.  Boo will be enjoying regular massages and some gentle doggy yoga. At the same time he will be gradually increasing the amount of walking he does each week. Joints contain fluid and as we age the fluid can become less efficient at oiling the joints. Just like a car engine the oil can become thick and lumpy when not in use, but as a car warms up the oil flows better around the engine, the fluid in the joints of the body are the same, so Boo’s exercises focus on getting the joints working and this will loosen up the joint fluid making the joints more comfortable over time.

Tidy is a young, fit and healthy dog but being a giant dog his body has extra strain placed on it, so he has a few sore areas in his back, which is to be expected. Some  gentle regular massage will soon help him feel much looser and ready to face his challenge. All animals like humans are right or left handed, this slight variation is completely normal and wouldn't cause most dogs any issues. As Tidy is hoping to join me on  on this long distance walk we want to try and build up his weaker side so the differences are less noticeable. To achieve this Tidy is starting  on a programme of doggy squats and lunges, this will be done by doing stand to sits and walking up and down steps or over poles. He will also be building up his core strength with yoga stretches.  By the time he starts the challenge in May he will be at peak fitness ready to accompany me on my trek to secure the long term future of Many Tears.

I am thrilled to say we had a lovely visitor to Many Tears on Friday. Richard Jones (winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2016) and a serving soldier in the army visited. Here is is pictured with Tidy and he has agreed to walk a little with me so now along with Carl Hester MBE (Gold Medal winner in dressage) I have had two celebrities who said they would support me and hopefully attract the media. I am so very touched by this, as most celebrities I have written to don’t write back, or point blank refuse.  Let’s hope with mine and hopefully your efforts we can really make a difference to secure Many Tears, and its future. 


To make you all smile this is just a little poem Bill can relate to!

A Puppy's Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas
The gifts were all wrapped
When the smell, hit me
Our new puppy had crapped

I knew I could smell it
It was not just a fart
The puppy had dropped one
I awoke with a start

I could hear a slight rustle
As he went to his bed
But, the smell made me nauseous
And it turned my eyes red

I could hear a slight jingle
From the dog tags he wore
It was then that I found it
In the hall, by the door

I had not put on slippers
I had not hit the light
I just hope I could see it
Try as I might

But, as puppy bombs go
this was one for the ages
It had started out loose
And had grown in three stages

My foot found it first
And before I could halt
It was between my toes
And it wasn't his fault

If I'd turned on the light
I'd have seen it, no sweat
But, now, I was hopping
With a foot, brown and wet

I was off to the bathroom
Hopping mad, so to speak
when from out of my bedroom
I heard "What's that reek?"

It was worse than it started
Now, I'd helped it along
It was me, now in trouble
And somehow, that was wrong

Down in the kitchen
I could hear the dog snore
While, I was still hopping
On one foot by the door

My wife, said "go shower"
And clean up the rug
I hopped to the bathroom
And sat down, with a shrug

It was the night before Christmas
I should be out like a log
But, this is my life
Because I own a dog....


31/12/16 A year over and a New Year begins

Another year is nearly over. For the dogs that passed through our care it’s been an amazing year. Well over 3 thousand lives saved, and that is fantastic.  An amazing  job from all, from our fantastic web mistress, office staff and yard staff, and  literally hundreds of volunteers.  Volunteers who foster , home vet, make thank you cards for us, walk dogs, bath and socialize , give time home checking, standing at street corners rattling tins, and all the countless other fundraising that is done.

There are so many to thank, but to give you some ideas I will tell you about a few . I will start with our shop at Blackwater. A team of amazing people give up their time to run a VERY successful shop. All the items are donated They  sell good quality things, and manage with the support of each other to keep this shop running, talking NO wages. We  sometimes are so busy here we forget to say a HUGE thank you to all of you , please forgive us,

Then another group of all our fosters who go the extra 9 yards -  like a mum daughter and friend, who have taken any heavily pregnant dog they had room for, gone through the stress of c sections or whatever, hand raising and losing some, and the joys of saving lives and homing. A real roller coaster. Even yesterday they were here watching their charge have a c section, hand feeing the pups every two hours, and rushing to emergency vets at 2 in the am with the mum with low potassium.

Those who spent months planning and sorting the Christmas fair and party, there are so many to thank.

All of you people with every unselfish act of kindness generosity  and love have made Many tears what it should be.

 This year not only am I determined to keep the place running well, I am trying to look to the future and make sure the rescue is safe, some of you know I plan to walk 20 miles a day from London to home to raise funds and awareness, just something out of my comfort zone whist I still can. But anything you all do adds to Many Tears s success. The raffle each year helps towards the huge specialist vet bills, the street collections too. The gift of sight donations change dogs life’s and open their new world up, broken hearts are mended as are limbs. Huge hernias from over breeding are sorted and so much more.

If you want to raise funds for any specific category please let us know and we will be sure to use the funds for this.

Lastly I want to thank those who are no longer working or volunteering for us. Those who gave up as ill, those who changed careers and any others. Without you all this place would never have been able to save so many lives, and I really do miss you all.

Happy New Year to all of you, I hope it will be peaceful and full of joy.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness,

I hope you read some fine books, and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful,

And don’t forget to make some art-write and draw or build and sing and live as only you can.

And I hope somewhere in the next year you will surprise yourself.


Sylvia x

26-11-16 SIMBA

Poor Simba is so scared of life. Bill and I really try to help him, as do the staff, but nothing really has until he saw June another dog from Cyprus, then his tail wagged. However the reality of two very scared older black dogs finding a forever home is so slim that its practically non-existent. Also I already have so many indoors, to bring another in may cause Bill to leave!!!! So I am asking the impossible, is there a forever home or a fosterer who has the space secure home love and patience for two terrified institutionalised dogs. These dogs have been cared for the best the rescue could where they came from, but they so needed a home and not a kennel. 
WE are renowned for achieving the impossible, so who's up for a challenge to help me?

18-11-17 THE CYPRIOT 12

A few years ago I adopted a dog called Bashful from a rescue in Cyprus and yesterday 12 dogs from the same rescue arrived at Many Tears. Like Bash before I adopted him, all but one of them have been in kennels for YEARS. They have never know what it's like to live in a home with people who love them and so they have come here to wait for some who is reading this to offer them a home. Every one of them is really lovely - they have different personalities but what they all share is the need for someone to offer them love, a home, a soft bed for the rest of their lives. I sadly lost Bash a few months ago and in his memory I have offer to try and help these 12 find someone to love them as much as I did Bash. So I am really hoping there are people out there who see these 12 and will offer them a place in their hearts and homes. They all arrived here in wonderful condition, with new collars and had been bathed - the look great and now it time for the to finally have a chance. So meet the fantastic 12 and you can find out more about them by clicking on their hames.








Prayers did not work for Crisps who I picked up from a breeder, who had never known about life in a home with a special mum or dad and she lost her fight at 5pm last night. She was in renal failure and we could no longer see her slowly slipping away so the vet helped her.  I am sick with sorrow but take comfort that Trinket stood and took 3 steps. Joe our lovely vert and acupuncturist came yesterday and Trinket had a session of acupuncture. We are all incredibly relieved as it does look like Trinket may be on the road to recovery.


It's the second-hand shop in Blackwater 1st birthday on 17th November and they are having a party between 10am-4pm  which they invited Bill and I to attend.  Unfortunately due to staff shortages and dogs coming in this is just not possible which is a real shame so we are hoping our friends, supporters and fosterers will all go along and support them.  We are so proud of the whole team who make the shop the success it has become and grateful for all their hard work as we know they also do jumble sales, car boots etc to raise even more money.  Their success has been truly amazing and certainly helped the rescue.  So please do go along if you can, they will have a cake sale, drinks and a lot of bargains in the shop!

13-11-16 TRINKET

All I can say every day is that hundreds and maybe thousands of people have said prayers for Trinket who looked like she would never have a normal life again. Our acupuncturist (who is a vet), our vet and locum vets all looked and have helped with Trinket's care. Josh one of our kennel staff  has been incredible - massaging her and probably shedding a lot of tears over her.
Every day, there has been the tiniest bit of improvement and yesterday we put a StreamZ collar on her that would help the blood circulate to her poor limbs. We felt anything was worth a try.
Now look today we're not supporting her and she can barely walk but can stand! We feel that by continuing physio she will be able to walk again and we need to thank StreamZ collars.
Tell me this is not a miricle. Anyone who has donated for her MRI, we will not be going down that route now.  If you would like your money back we will be more than happy to return it - please email us at and we will sort this out immediately.  If not any remaining money at the end of Trinket's care it will go into our other funds where we are struggling at the moment.


Today we have been given a DOG StreamZ Smart collar by the company. It's heart warming to know there are so many out there wanting to help our dogs. These collars help increase blood flow and we have found them very good so we are thrilled to have them. They have a 360 degree spiral magnetic effect and have been found to help reduce inflation and pain, improve mobility and promote the general sense of wellbeing.. I am putting one on Trinket.  I wear one on my ankle, so I will take that one off for her.
Here is Elsa getting in the bowl so her fat brothers and sisters all who weigh at least 3 times as much as her don't get all the dinner! She is a bit of a miracle, I never thought she'd make it. I had to mostly hand raise her, though Amen her mummy did help all she could. All her siblings have biblical names, but I let Sydney my granddaughter name her, and although I explained and requested a name from the bible, Syds called her Elsa!   I am very grateful she had got to 6 weeks now and seems to be doing well.
Sadly that is not the case of all our dogs. They come with little or no history. Dear Crisps stopped eating over 5 days ago. We have syringe fed her and rehydrated her, but now things are so bad she is on a drip. She is neither sick, or having a bad tummy. We had her X-rayed today and have already had her bloods done. Nothing on the x-ray but her bloods results were terrible and now it will take a miracle to save her.  With no live in staff at this time the workloads HUGE, I am so sad, please pray for her and the lovely Trinket. 
Again we have decided to hold on the MRI for Trinket as today improved a tiny tiny little bit so we are still monitoring and hoping. Our vets happy to look in this weekend and Joe our other lovely vet will also come Monday. Visitors are very welcome to sit with her and chat, She loves that!  She has also been helped by the kind donation of special slings to help support her and we thank Terry Bolding one of our fosterers and supporters for sending these.

10-11-16 TRINKET

Trinket is doing very well and is being taken care of by Josh a member of our kennel staff.  He is spending a lot of time with her and he is monitoring her progress each day and has noticed very slight but definitely some improvements.  We are continuing with physio and acupunture (thank you to everyone who has donated which has made this possible) and will be making a decision about the MRI scan after further consultation with the vet.


On registering Trinkets microchipped yesterday we found she was just 4 not 6. She is such an outstanding  and lovely girl and today she did balance on her legs a tiny bit, but still her lower limbs do not move. The MRI decision is to be made tomorrow.
Crisps &






Crisp also needs prayers. She gave up eating some days ago and although her colour and temperature are fine she is not. Bloods were taken and we may X-ray tomorrow, so from you all I ask prayers.

09-11-16 NO PILLOW OR DUVETS!!!!

Walking round the kennels I saw this had been stuck on a door, I read it and smiled.  As you can see the sign was ignored and I had to laugh seeing the three tearaways in that very same kennel chewing up pillows and duvets on my next round!!!!!

07-11-16 TRINKET

This morning we called everywhere we could about an MRI and were just about to leave to take her to the specialist when our lovely vet Joe arrived. She did a number of tests on Trinket then called the specialist at Langford’s (where we were taking her) as Trinket had a temperature this morning and Joe wanted her to be put her on antibiotics and perhaps send her tomorrow.
Joe asked me if she was the same as she had been the previous days and I said sheepishly that this morning although I could not really say why but somehow she was different. Anyway even though three vets had done deep pain tests with no reaction the days before, when Joe did it she did seems to react very slightly. Maybe I am too hopeful, but I pray somehow we can fix this lovely dog.
I want to thank everyone for your donations for her. I will fill you in on what happens and we will care for her with all the love and attention we can give. Please if you have time to come and sit and talk to her do - she would so appreciate this.

07-11-16 ELSA

Here is Elsa.  She is the tiny pup. I never dreamt would make it, but nevertheless tried. I hand raised her along with Amen's (her mum) help. Now she is 5 weeks old and in a few weeks will be looking for a very very special attentive new home. She is a sweetheart. Her male siblings are real bruisers. Sort of proud lots of work, but so so worth it.

06-11-16 TRINKET

It's been an incredibly hard few days and now I again have a very hard decision to make. Trinket is an ex-breeding cocker. She has had an injury of some kind to her spine. This has not stopped her wanting us to love her. She can still wag her tail but she cannot move her back legs and has no feeling at all in them. She needs first God to smile on her, second an MRI scan and thirdly the funds to pay for that MRI. We are told  this is around £1500.
Next she needs either an operation or if all else fails wheels. Then a very very special person to take on an incontinent happy charmer.
So you can see this is a HUGE HUGE amount of luck that is needed. I somehow don't think that 1,500 people will send £1 each, but maybe we should take a chance and all buy one lottery ticket just for Trinket.
Life is precious, my God I hope we can help her have one!!!!!!   If you would like to help us try please use the donate button below. Thank you.


05-11-16 BERTIE

This is Bertie. He was rescued by the staff who really care at Swindon Pound. He had lost all his faith in humans. and the pound did not have the time or space to keep and help him and his options were fast running out so he has come to live with us.
The staff who are incredible now have a little trust. He gets 3 walks a day a lovely bed, a heated bedroom and a sweet little JR girl for company. He will need a very patient never give up sort of a person, with a secure garden and home and another friendly kind dog to help him.
This will take months or maybe years, so are you up for this???? I hope someone is!!!!

03-11-16 BUZZ

This is not a pretty picture. Buzz was picked up from a breeder who no longer wanted him. He was very mistrustful and would do anything to get away.
Yesterday we cornered him to look at him further and try to groom him. His coat was thick mats and he stank. In the end as he was so distressed and we could feel under the mats he had major problems so we had to get the vet to anesthetise him.
I then shaved him. Under those mats his whole body felt on fire, the skin was covered in dry puss and bleeding sores. When he awoke I gave him an antibacterial bath and moved him and Banana (who is the sweetest little JR and has become his friend since he arrived) to a very warm comfy kennel.
He is so scared of humans if you go in with him he just paces round and round his basket till you leave. He is now on antibiotics and baths, calming creams and vitamins. He is so special and so sad.


This is what I recevied today after someone was turned down for adopting for a dog.  We only ever try to do our best for our dogs and if you are turned down we are always willing to discuss the situation and see if there is a way to resolve the issue.

Email to the Potential Adopter
Thank you for your application to adopt Drift. At the moment we are considering an application ahead of yours so are unable to proceed with your application.  However, given your working situation, we do not feel a young pup who has not had their 2nd injections yet would be suitable. Sorry to disappoint you but thanks for your interest.
Kind regards
Many Tears Animal Rescue

Email From Potential Adopter
Excuse me!!!
It's No Wonder people end up using or going to a puppy farm !!!
It's because of the pre-judgmental assumptions that you hold as an institution. 
I hope you feel partly, if not totally to blame Why people use them. It's institutions like yours that push peolpe this way - shame on you!!! 
Institutions like yours with narrow minded people, with ideas of granduar and superiority and a narrow minded mentalaity that you seem to hold.
I can not believe its because I work that you believe me to be - unfit. 
Shameful behaviour. 
Then fine, I will now do and go to buy a Westie puppy from elsewhere here's hoping it will not be a puppy dealer or farm  that you are undoubtedly in a perverse way - supporting their businesses by your practices and the Shameful behaviour that you promote by declining and excluding good people and individuals because of a personal dislike from a single telephone discussion; and these preconceived and judgementally unbritish ideals you hold are based from things such as ascent, colour or gender and seemingly, are so deeply ingrained and embedded that they have become inherently personal and/or institutional inequalities you seemingly wand to hold on to as to what you wholly believe 'good' or 'PROPER' people and families are or should be.
Shame, shame on you.

My reply to the Potential Adopter
Thank you for your very "polite" understanding and articulate e mail.  One person emailed you based on the info you provided. Because of your "pre-judgmental assumptions" that everyone at "Many Tears is driving people to puppy farms I felt I needed to educate you, the educator!!!!"

Visit, do not write hurtful e mails
Understand, do not shout at us
And if no time for that talk in a reasonable fashion, you may even find if you bother to explain yourself someone would help you/ 
I do not have the luxury of school holidays weekends and time to sit and be mean
Call me personally if you may like to talk in a reasonable fashion, 

Yours amazed that a head of a college would talk to some one like you have????
Sylvia Van Atta. owner and 7 day a week worker at "Many Tears Rescue"


These 4 dogs are coming to Many Tears from Cyprus.  They have been waiting several years for homes but have never been picked.  I adopted Bash from this rescue who was also one of the dogs that had been waiting almost his whole life for a home.  I lost him earlier this year and in his memory have offered to take some more hounds like him to find them homes for the first time in their lives.  Volunteers who help and the Cypriot rescue and know these dogs well have written a bit about them. Each has chosen the dogs they know best.

Ollie undoubtedly has one of the best characters you may find in a dog, a character that shines through his smile. He is a gorgeous, energetic, good-natured dog that always looks for company and cuddles when he sees people around him. I have walked with him a number of times and was astonished to see how much he loves freedom, being outdoors and smelling everything around, since it’s part of his nature. Ollie is the kind of dog you immediately fall in love with...I personally find it very hard to lead him back to his pen every time we finish our walks because he really looks so happy and relaxed. He is a really devoted dog that will grab every opportunity he finds to show how grateful he is when you give him some of your time. Beautiful Ollie doesn’t ask for much; he only needs a home that will offer him nothing more than the love and affection he has been deprived of all those years. And believe me, he will give a lot more back in return. He certainly knows how to love and make a person happy. My dear Ollie, we will miss you. I will miss your beautiful face and you barking impatiently every time I would approach your pen. I will miss the way you would jump enthusiastically every time we were out for our long walks. I will miss our hugs and your kisses. But I am sure, it won’t be long before someone falls in love with you and takes you home with them. I will be waiting eagerly for the day I will switch my computer on to see your pictures, with your new family in your new home!


Maximus was one of the first dogs I got to know as a volunteer at Sirius Dog Sanctuary. I will never forget the way he looked at me the very same day I visited the sanctuary, as if he was begging me to take him out, which of course made me cry. Indeed, words cannot describe what a lovely dog he is...He appreciates even the slightest thing you do for him and looks at you with those beautiful, big, expressive eyes to show his gratitude and devotion. He is loving, affectionate and loves being with people, so living in a pen gives him a very hard time. Maximus loves running in open spaces and it’s when you realise how much he values freedom, so I always try to spend time with him and take him for walks when I visit the shelter. My dear Maximus, Words cannot express how happy I am that you are about to start a brand new life. I really can’t wait to see you leaving the shelter, but what would make me the happiest person on earth is finally seeing you having the life you deserve. I am more than sure you will be adopted very soon by a lucky family that will be able to offer you all the love and warmth you so much need. I will miss you buddy...You will have a special place in my heart forever; you will always be loved and never forgotten. Have a great life, my precious!



Beautiful Mary - our little helper at the Sirius Dog Sanctuary events!! Whenever we have a Dog Walk - Mary is always there to help out! She loves nothing more than to sit with us - and make the most of all the fuss she gets from everyone! And she certainly enjoys her treats. She will happily sit and watch the other dogs go racing by - but Mary prefers the quiet life and when asked to go for a walk, is much happier just having a cuddle! A gentle natured lady - Mary would be a wonderful companion for someone - she is very sociable with people, but perhaps a bit choosy with her four legged friends. Mary has waited far too long in the shelter but never lost her trust and affection for people - always pleased to see you - tail wagging and those beautiful eyes just saying - are you here for me, is it my turn now?


Lovely Lana - timid by nature and a little bit frightened of the world outside of the shelter.Lana seems very shy when you first meet her, but once she has gained your trust she is so very happy to see you! Lana has come a long way over the past few years in trusting those around her - She shows her affection in a very humble manner but you know that she longs for some cuddles!She loves her walks, once you can persuade her to leave the safety of her pen - and enjoys running along with the other dogs.She will need a patient owner - one who can teach her trust, and can show her the meaning of being loved so that she can feel safe.Her sad eyes tell such a story - a story of having patiently waited for that special someone who she can call her own.


21-10-16 AUTUMN

Autumn came to us heavily pregnant but unable to deliver her pups. Six staff, one vet and one vet nurse later and the family arrived via c-section. Then staff sat all day in rotors helping the pups while their groggy mum woke up, waiting till she accepted them. We have done all we can, now we hope they are safe.

The last pictures is a tiny pup's perfect paw.....



We had a heavily pregnant pug cross handed in and she produced 6 pups, one of which is tiny. As the other 5 brusiers grow she cannot get to the milk bar, so every night, every 2 hours she has a bottle. I am knackerd, she is getting stronger and fights on a daily basis to live!  I cannot name her as I with a name it seems to make it even harder if I lose her but when she is 3 weeks of age I will let Sydney my granddaughter do this. Please say a prayer, so much sadness and tears here, we all need the rainbows too.


The Many Tears Christmas Party is coming up on the 26th November. Tickets will be on sale on our forum shortly and then opened to the public but there are only a limited number available so don’t miss out as there will be an important announcement that evening.
In the day we are having a Christmas Fayre. Please look and see if you could donate tombola prizes for this and bottles for a bottle stall. We aim to make this a FANTASTIC and great fund raising day. PLEASE help us achieve this.
Sylvia x

11-09-16 SYDS HELPING!

This little helper is my granddaughter who is a tad to young to apply for a job here although I think she would like to!
If you are dog passionate and interested in working for Many Tears you can send in your details at any time and should a vacancy become available we will be in touch.


I was sent the following after telling the former carers of Bashful my terrible news. There are no spare funds here and at Sirius Shelter there are 200 dogs looking for homes. Look at the dates these dogs came into their care, some many years ago. So if you every had a wonderful holiday in Cyprus (or anywhere else) what do you think to trying to send a little something to help these guys? As you see they are not cute fluffy babies so harder to home so I will sponsor one in Bashful's memory. You can either send help directly to Sirius Rescue or send here marked "In Bashful's Memory" and I will do my best to help them all.

Email From: Marianna Philippidou
These are some of our dogs. In their description below you can see their age and also how long they have been at the shelter. My list is long Sylvia, with over 200 dogs to rehome and because I cannot be impartial I am sending you 10 and I would prefer if you choose. Only 1 of these 10 is currently sponsored by a supporter but I will manage to raise the money by November. They all deserve better so if we could plan ahead for more than 3 to come to you in the future I will whisper in their ear and tell them to be patient.  Every photo has the dog's name and I have included a description below:


Lana is a hound cross Labrador estimated to be born September 2007, admitted May 2009. Lana is a lovely girl who has been in the shelter far too long. She is in her golden years and still locked up! Lana will need someone to motivate her as she can be timid after so long in the shelter. A great companion for an older couple as she only requires calm walks and a corner to be comfortable in.
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 89cm

From the shoulder to the ground 60cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 71cm


Mike is a male hound cross estimated to be born December 2008, admitted December 2009. Mike came in with his sister June. They were both very frightened but this has settled a little. He will need to leave the sanctuary in order to to build a relationship in a loving home. He is good with other dogs.
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 72cm
From the shoulder to the ground 60cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 70cm


Leila is a female pointer cross estimated to be born January 2007, admitted March 2010. Leila used to be a very shy girl who slowly got out of her shell and started enjoying the company of humans. She is sweet and playful and likes going on walks. She is fine with children but has shown to be timid around some men.
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 96cm
From the shoulder to the ground 55cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 62cm


Simba is a male hound cross estimated to be born October 2010, admitted October 2011. Simba is a little timid in the beginning but he does relax after a while! He loves to walk and very good on lead. Simba is very stressed in the shelter and as a result seems restless all the time. he could benefit in a more relaxed and less crowded environment
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 89cm
From the shoulder to the ground 61cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 71cm


Lady is a female Pointer cross estimated to be born December 2008, admitted October 2011. She is a wonderful natured dog. She rolls on her back for her tummy rubbing and is very friendly. She has good manners, she is very well behaved and she is truly a LADY!!!!
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 87cm
From the shoulder to the ground 57cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 72cm


Pete is a male Pointer cross Beagle estimated to be born January 2011, admitted June 2012. Pete is a nice dog, playful, very intelligent and responds well to commands. He gets on well with other dogs. He loves long walks and games. 
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 89cm
From the shoulder to the ground 60cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 73cm


Ollie (Oliver) is male hound cross estimated to be born December 2012, admitted February 2013. He is a very sweet and playful boy but would definitely be happier in a home where he can run and play freely.
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 86cm
From the shoulder to the ground 58cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 80cm


Sienna is a female Hound cross estimated to be born January 2010, admitted February 2012. She is a very friendly and calm dog. She loves going on walks and she is great with people.
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 90cm
From the shoulder to the ground 62cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 74cm


Evita is a female Hound estimated to be born May 2012, admitted May 2014. She is affectionate, tender and obedient. Common traits of her breed. Evita is a lively dog who enjoys walks. She is good with people and other dogs.
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 90cm
From the shoulder to the ground 56cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 67cm


Maximus is a male hound cross estimated to be born January 2014, admitted May 2015. Maximus was found with a broken leg. He got operated and now his recovering. He is a very friendly dog. Loves being around people, and adores to be cuddled.
From the tip of the nose to the root of the tail 95cm
From the shoulder to the ground 60cm
From the floor to the tip of the ears or the top of the head 73cm


We are so grateful for the food help and donations. People really care and it lifts all our spirits. Me, well I am not working well, I am drowning in my misery.  I don’t usually post personal things too much, but as so many had met those who I am posting about I will continue.
When I lived in N Carolina I took over running a rescue that had very heavy animal traffic. At our own home there was a stray black cat. If I took her to the shelter she would have no hope so we first spayed her and then set her free again thinking she would go home and we would have some red neck banging on our doors screaming at us, but this never happened and Panther became our cat.
We brought her to the UK and she lived with us. We built her her own staircase to our room and she pretty well owned the rescue. At times she would walk round and lie on the signing in books. If you stopped stroking her she hooked your hand with her paw and pulled you back. She was not just any black cat. She lost weight and we had a blood sample drawn which showed she need thyroid tablets. She picked up and was doing great. The other night she bounced over the dogs and leapt to her windowsill restaurant and basket. We all went to sleep. In the night she must have gone out and in the am she was not in her basket, we opened the door to the balcony, she lay dead. No injuries just dead, feet from those who loved her so much.
This week again another indescribably sad time. Some of you knew Bashful. He arrived because a rescue in Cyprus asked our help for some other dogs. I looked at their site and saw a post from a man in N Carolina who did the same terrible job I had to out there. He described with detail talking to the dogs he had to kill, giving them sausages telling them how sorry he was. I related to the post as it rang so true. It’s a terrible thing to be forced to do. Anyway his post was next to one about Bashful who had lived at this sanctuary 9 years. He was a black hound, just like hundreds I had murdered. I wanted to adopt him personally, maybe to ease my conscience, I don’t know.
He arrived at Bristol airport and hated the handlers at the airport to the extent no one would touch him. I just went in and he and I looked at each other and I knew it was forever a partnership.  He accepted me straight away. He was my dog and loved.  He trusted me, walked with me mouthing my hand and grinning up at me.  He hated many people especially anyone to do with vets. Some here were scared of him but although he barked loud he never bit anyone. Good years passed, he was stiff and old and on pain management. Then the other day he suddenly became very ill. After 3 days I decided to try to be brave and say good bye.
I cannot tell you the pain I have…. But its reflecting in my work, my response times to e mails calls and everything. I am sorry.
I sort of need a boost… do you live near TN15 7HP Stansted Village ….. if so please come to the dog show there. Seeing the support will help me please. We have our own rescue class, a stall and tombola. If you have foster dogs you could bring them, if you have dogs you adopted you could show them and let me see them again too, if neither bring your family and your own dog and just support.  It’s very hard to feel motivated but I will do my best to make our part of this fate well worthwhile your visit.
Thank  you Sylvia

25-08-16 This picture says it all

I have picked up a lot of dogs over the last few days and my heart is heavy. One of my own sweet dogs is critically ill and I am super worried about the situation here.
On the brighter note people are rallying for us to keep us going and give us breathing time to make a plan. I realise we are far from being the only rescue hurting at these times and of course all deserve help, however I personally must fight for Many Tears.
Those who run or support other rescues and seem upset that I am fighting for MT please don't be -  if you are hurting I will share anything I can when things improve. After all are we not all reaching for the same thing and trying to save lives?
Other rescue who are in a better situation than us have offered us help and we will do the same when we are in a better positition.
I want to thank every one of you who are trying to help us keep going as this means we will not have to cut bat or slow down. I am one of those people who is all or nothing and I could not bear to send desperate dogs away if there was space here simply because we did not have the food. Your support is giving me strength and I have ideas brewing.

20-08-16 This week has been a week full of despair.

This week has been a week full of despair. The dogs I see seem more stressed and frightened than ever especially the beagles pictured and my heart breaks. The situation with the sudden loss of food has been a bad and sudden shock, and my complete exhaustion has just added to my mood. Tears really do flow here on a regular basis!
On a much brighter note the support shown by the amazing dog lovers of the UK has boosted my spirits, my staffs hard work and dedication has humbled me, and my dogs here waiting for a new life has strengthened my determination to try to find a solution to all the problems.
Meanwhile Hannah my daughter has secured a spot at her villages fate, dog and horse show. I am able to have a class at the dog show for the best rescue dog, and also a spot to have a tent with info and tombola and doggie goods and beds for sale. This venue is on 3rd of September at Stanstead Village Green, Malthouse road, Sevenoaks Kent, TN15 7PH at 2pm. This is a FANTASTIC village with the
most amazing dog walks all around from the  green. It's a chance for anyone living that way to strut your mutt, to bring your foster dog, to meet adopters fosterers and me. Please come support enjoy and talk to me... I am hoping we can have a great and lucrative time. A  fun happy time that benefits all. Apparently the parking is good, and there are prizes and rosettes for our class that is open to any  rescue dog not just for Many Tears Rescue dogs.
I want to thank you all for helping me carry on, for sharing my worries and for keeping strong and focused on saving dogs lives. If you want to help at the show please let me know. I will be setting up the tent from 8am I think, that Saturday morning. Tombola prizes welcome, I am running a dog tombola and an ordinary one also alongside each other.


Tumble is a tiny pug cross and Seven is a tiny schnauzer cross.  Both are extremely scared and so today moved into my house to learn about cuddles,  They need a kind home or fosterer to help them move forwards They really need a confident dog to team up with and would be best split as together they feed of each others insecurities and fears. If you can help by fostering please ask for them on this weeks run or if you think you can offer one of them a home and understand their needs please put in an application form.  Sylvia



So last night a fellow turns up having dug up with his digger 5 baby bunnies at 11am yesterday morning. He brought them to us for help on his way home.  I had a crash course in bunny care and  I stepped out of the office only to meet this very handsome hedgehog.  Experts will take the bunnies on in this morning but they need to get to Haverfordwest. If your travelling that way and can offer them a lift please call me at Many Tears 01269 843084 or email

28-07-16 It’s been a really busy time

It’s been a really busy time. I picked up a large amount of dogs in Ireland last week that had done their time to be able to travel with passports.  Then on coming home and settling them in I started loading the van and horse trailer with all the amazing beds and donations that our supporters have given to raise funds.  I then did the 6 hours drive to the venue, spent three intense days at the show setting up, selling items and then packing up and driving home - getting back at 1.20 pm on Monday morning all this has taken its toll but we raised just over £4,000 which of course is an amazing amount, so THANK YOU for all your help.
By Monday night I was loaded again to go to pick up the the other passported dogs. We returned yesterday and am now busy bathing, grooming, health checking and caring for the new intake. Walking around looking at them yesterday I lost it and started crying. I never do this in front of my staff but sheer exhaustion and worry lead me to it. Two bulldogs slobbery kisses and I was back on track.
Busy busy times for us all here and now your time, support and help is really needed. We of course want to carry on but we are so financially compromised.  Our dogs can cost thousands in vet bills many come to usm needing leg, eye, heart surgery and so much more. Just not sure how to keep this up but do know I will try.
Thank you again to the amazing helpers who turned up at Ardingly and to those who sent items to sell - I could not have raised these funds without you.


So having said I would not do another show this year and then finding out funds are so low we are in trouble here we are again setting up for a show.  At the one we did in Ardingly last year we sold nearly everything and peoples donations for the stall really paid off.  We have wonderful home made luxury pads for sale and a big tombola. I have little energy but great helpers!
Let's hope we raise enough to pay the vet bills for the dogs with broken jaws, dogs with no sight and the dogs unable to walk properly and just just the every day running bills!
Please God let this go OK and please visit us.  We are at the Ardingly Agility Show at the South of England Showground, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 6TL all weekend.


We are home from a stressful few days. This is the first time a breeder in Southern Ireland has agreed and held for us such a large amount of dogs whilst they waiting for their passports to be issued.
I picked them up with Matt. The dogs were walked to us on leads, they wagged and met us happily, kennel staff knew them and saw them off and the owner and his dad stroked them as they left. Back here they have played in water , run in the sand school and rolled around on damp towels. It has made such a difference to see these dogs walking on leads and not shut down BUT all the way home their tails thumped on the crates and they barked for attention, so it was a noisy trip.
Now here we have multiple happy ex-breeding labs all very keen to be some ones special dog. They could be only dogs though never have in the past so will need owners who understand their needs if adopted as only dogs. Please look at their updates, and maybe come and meet these sweet boys and girls!

15/07/16 This is what I do in the evenings

This is what I do in the evenings and you could too!. It's very rewarding if rather slow progress but therapeutic. When sad and thinking of my dogs that I have lost I go sit and help another. There are many dogs like this one - scared unsocialized and ones that definitely would be dead if it was not for Many Tears. If you could help a scared dog and stay the course, stand by him or her, have the courage and patience, are open to help and suggestions and want to truly make a difference to a dog's life please join our fosterers and fill in an app today.
Thank you Sylvia x

10-07-16 MOONEY - The End

I am so sad to have to say that Moony did not make it. Despite all the efforts of the vet and staff she deteriorated to a point that it was felt their was no option but to help her on her way.
This poor girl was shown as much love and kindness we could give her in the last few hours of her life after being left to struggle for so long.
However, the story has not ended. Moony has a foal. Most foals are born in May so it’s not a bad guess to think if the foal is still alive it's young. A local to the marshes has sent a picture of a man checking the horses and taken their car registration number.  We have asked the police to trace this and tell him to check the foal. We have offered if it's alive to take it. We hope the police will help. It's pouring here and the misery is acute.
and I'm told the Authorities are looking into the case.  No water in the field just ragwort and another mare whose skin is sloughing. I pray they will act as it's out of my hands. This job is so sad, the whole centre feels like doom and gloom today.
Thank you to everyone who donated towards her care.  This will help towards the vet costs and we are very grateful to those of you who donated towards helping her. We are just all very very sad the outcome could not have been better for her.

09-07-16 MOONY - Disgusting pitiful and miserable……

Disgusting pitiful and miserable……

This ponies suffering is beyond words. The locals tell us she has been reported number of times to authorities but today she was staggering and collapsing. We have taken her and will be delighted to talk to anyone who says this is their pony!!!!!!

The vets been here two hours trying to save her and is still here trying to save her. Staff are holding her up now and we are all drained.

If you want to help us, we will need to pay the vet, farrier and dentist and she will need a lot of care but this is only if she survives!!! Most of all at this moment she will need prayers. 


30-06-16 ORCHID

Some late night checks are not as you may imagine. Though we scanned and knew this girlie was in late stages of pregnancy ½ an hour before my evening check she had given no indication she was about to give birth. But within 30 minutes there was a little extra soul to care for and this morning there are two. As you can see mummy is a perfect lady.

25-06-16 ERIN UPDATE

Erin's blood work came back today. All seems fine but she is perfect to us whatever. Tom  our vet fell in love with her as she lay at his feet while he worked. Now she has a space next to Matt's head on his pillow at nights and soon we will start to look for a home for her.
This is a true tale of an underdog and what love and the resources can achieve and I want you all to know she lives because of you all, so feel proud,…………. I am !!!!!


Erin had a poo yesterday and I was elated. We think she was in too much pain to try and thus she had more pain relief and a little help and presented us with a poo. Now I know that sounds so sad that this was one of the highlights of the day, but it was. 

The other was that Dee one of our fosterers and supporters arranged a meet and greet for Julian a wonderful man who did a sponsored bike ride raising £2,805. I was so busy but I was told there was food stalls and a great but wet time was had by all. It’s a great feeling knowing people are pulling together to keep us going. 


22-06-16 HEX NEEDS A HOME!

Hex goes home with various staff and in the day hangs with my family, but he needs a home or foster home of his own. He is a GREAST pup with loads of savvy, Please spread the word.

18-06-16 ERIN UPDATE

Erin’s still battling on. She will now eat, but her breathing is poor. The vet said there could be lung tumours, or she simply may not have been able to expand her lungs for so long as the tumours she had ( now removed) were so large that it could take time. Whatever two hour monitoring has made a strong bond with her and I and a lot of tremors of her little tail have  slowly developed to a little wag. I feel privileged………. But........
You know when your over tired when the last visit to Erin  before bed, you find your toothbrush tucked behind your ear when wanting to write her notes?!
Or how when the alarm goes off every two hours you think it’s time to get up for good and start dressing in day clothes?! But worse than that instead of saying good night to your long suffering husband, you make kissy noises and say good night puppy..... well that’s me , a walking zombie…..

I was thinking, those of you who love to use the internet,  how about going on eBay and seeing if any of the sellers would donate some goods to the show I am going to to try to raise funds at?  I know a lot of rescues are hurting for funds, but I will not give up on these dogs without  a real fight, so if you have energy and want to help, please please try to help me get this together, and maybe even help at the stall at the Agility Club Show  23rd to 25th July at the Showground in Ardingly.

17-06-16 I AM SO WORRIED...

I am truly VERY worried about funds and the dogs awaiting my go ahead for passports, and the many coming in . I can see huge bills ahead, and we simply are not financially keeping up.
I held a stall at a big dog show, and there we raised £3000 plus in funds, but I had not planned on another this year. However I have been lucky enough to be offered a free spot at a huge 3 day agility show, and as things stand I must accept this offer and attend to  try to keep our heads above water and save as many dogs as possible.
I need everyones help. I have used up stocks of beds and bowls, dog toys and prizes. I run a tombola to pull the people in and then sell everything doggy, new and second hand.
Please look to see if you have things you don’t need that you could donate.. and please write to or email all the dog toy and equipment manufacturers, shops, stockists and ask for donations to be sent here for the show.
I would not ask, but am truly desperate. PLEASE HELP.
If a keen sewer could sew folded duvets inside a duvet cover these sold very well for dog beds…. Your help will simply be their lives, and its breaking my heart to think of any other scenario.
Thank you

17-06-16 ERIN

Erin is trying to pull through after her major surgery yesterday to remove an enormous tumour, but having lost a huge proportion of herbody weight I can now see how very thin this poor girl is. Please keep her in your thoughts.



When life seems miserable…. You know why you have as dog to cuddle

When friends let you down…….. You know why you have as dog to cuddle

When you are in despair…………. You know why you have as dog to cuddle

When night falls and you lie worrying in bed….. You know why you have as dog to cuddle

Dogs are my world. Thank you for those who agree and help.

Today I picked up a dog , it was called in Monday, but exhaustion stopped me driving all the way to get her, and it was put off till Thursday.

 On seeing her I knew something was wrong. I got her home and Tom our vet scanned and opened her up. She was having trouble breathing and had a HUGE belly. On opening he found 1.5 kilos of her 7.9 kilo body weight was a tumour. It’s now removed, and it’s up to her and God to fight for her life. ( My regret is I had not picked her up when asked, but I thought as was not told she was an exbreeding dog  not one with a problem, its doubtful the breeder knew ), but I feel  just terrible.

18-05-16 BISTO

Bisto our sweet Burnese was not putting on weight and was bleeding when urinating. The vet could feel a problem in her bladder and she was opened up today to reveal a cauliflower type tumour attached to her bladder.

At first the vet was not sure he could do anything, but after a better look he has removed the tumour and we are hoping that she will be ok.

She will remain being loved and fostered by a staff member, but a little prayer could help too.



Many hours have passed - time I really have not got to spare but our fellow has truly benefited from it and now does not hide when he sees me. Tomorrow a fosterer is taking him into her care and will continue to try to help him. I will miss him but I know its best he goes elsewhere where he will live in a family situation.

11-05-16 BENJAMIN - One step forwards and many back

So Benjamin started to look at me and I thought this was great progress until he then started to bark at me and, if I came in to close, lunge at me,  He has no interest in other dogs either. In fact all he wants to do is save himself from any painful action a human may do.   It is clear all man means to him is unkindness.
Today I felt I needed to get him out of his corner and into the sun. I picked him up with some good cloves encase he bit and with help I put a harness on him and then put him down in our back yard. Surprisingly instead of freaking at the harness he took off and I followed. Round and round we went. We stopped here and there and I tried to stroke him. Eventually I picked him up and put him in a new kennel in the same unit with a quiet but interested in humans westie. Let's see how this goes.
Poor Benjamin



11-05-16 BENJAMIN

Today Benjamin looked at me twice and did not hide. But as I got closer he shook to the point of making the basket rattle. He associates humans with fear, and this is VERY sad. I know I should not think of him as a human.however I do, and I feel so sorry for his turmoil.


10-05-16 BENJAMIN

Today we had the vet castrate Benjamin. It was the only way to really give him a good health check and shave of his terrible mats. We were able to give him his pre med with out too much fuss and I carried him to his own basket to wake once castrated and his ears and mats shaved so it was not all too stressful. He is only around 3 years old and yet his teeth were worn from him gnawing at his cage front and filthy with food encrusted around sore swollen gums. Now he will be comfortable.

We mended the TV in his unit and I managed to get him to turn his head towards me in the afternoon, but then he returned to burying his head in the bed. It will be slow going but he is worth it.
We appealed for fosterers this week, as what I am doing is very time consuming and sadly there are many scared dogs here at the moment. If dogs go to foster it frees the staff up to being able to work with the remaining dogs. Many have stepped up and for this I am so grateful. A lovely vet came and helped us again on Saturday and others are coming in a few weeks to do some voluntary spays. Groomers have come and helped us - and all of this kindness helps us continue.
I am proud to work with you all, so THANK YOU x

09-05-16 BENJAMIN

This is Benjamin. When we went to get this dog he was SO extreme to handle thrashing around biting etc that the breeder told us to leave him and he would shoot him! Mathew was with me and expertly picked him up (not with ease) but managed and put him in the van. There he thrashed about and then sat looking at the wall. Getting him out the other end was terrible too. We decided to let him chill with two other dogs, sadly he jammed himself in a corner to scared to move. A day passed and I worried so much I decided to move him to the unit next to my house. We call it the TV Iso unit. It has a TV on - not music, just people talking and cartoons etc. I put him on his own. This sounds harsh, but now the only thing that happens in the day is humans go in and out, we feed, sit, talk and touch. We ask nothing of him. This is Day 1 so let’s see how it goes. He needs to accept me and look at me, but as I approach he hides his eyes so he cannot see me.  He is a heart breaker “Benjamin HB“ - Benjamin heart break!!!!!

25-04-16 I'M BACK!

I am back and tired but the place kept running without me and everyone has done a great job. The foundation for the kennels in Ireland is down and we just need to find the rest of  the funds needed to put the kennels up. There is still some money left from the original very kind donation, so more work will be done as soon as possible.
As I am sure you have seen whist I was away many poor dogs have had to see specialist vets and need major expensive surgery.   I have been thinking long and hard about Many Tears future and am working on a plan, but everything takes time planning and of course funds. Please sell sell sell the raffle tickets as soon as they are out on May 1st.  It will be more important than ever for this to happen this year.


This week has been incredibly difficult and I have seen some terrible sights.  We have taken in a large number of dogs and puppies all of which now of course need to find homes. Our kennels are full to bursting. We have two puppies with congenital medical issues and are in need of expensive operations and others who need other specialist help.

On top of this I have two ill and elderly relatives in the USA who need help so I have to go away for a week which will be the first time in about 3 years that I have left the rescue.  I am desperately worried about things and so once more am asking our fosterers to see if they have the space to take an extra dog but especially the puppies - I will be eternally grateful.

If you are reading this and would like to help by becoming a fosterer you can find out more about this on this page

Thank you


When I go to Ireland I see some very sad sights. The people I work with are INCREDIBLE. Because of those who care we were able  to buy  some of these Irish angels vans to pick up and transport the desperate dogs to safety.

 One of these ladies has now bought a small property with a big bit of land. She has pulled down a large greenhouse and wants to build kennels. One of our supporters gave a sum of money towards this, Now I have the quote for 4   5x5 kennels roofs and runs, ( I do not have the quote for the base yet.) this quote is just over 10 thousand. I know this sounds a lot, but to do the job properly and the best way, this is the cost.

 These kennels will not be Many Tears kennels, but will be free of charge Many Tears holding kennels, whilst passports are done.

This lady has been working with me over 5 years and in dog rescue many more years than this. Up to now we have used stables for holding kennels, and they are far from ideal.

 I am hoping every one may like to put a little towards this venture.

 Please if you donate by cheque mark the cheques Ireland on the back.

 Please watch this blog to see pictures posted of the kennels being built.

However if you want to help but not with  that project, I really want to build a play yard for the bottom overflow kennels, and this will need fence panels which will not come cheap. Maybe you could spring clean and do a family boot sale to raise funds? Or think of another way to rally together to help us help the dogs.

 Here’s in hope, my dreams are yours also.   



Sadly a dog from us called Herby has been VERY naughty…. and my granddaughter got the blame!!!!!

18-03-16 CHERISH

A huge thank you to Jane. She is fostering cherish, and because of her love and kindness I see the way clearly now for Cherishes future.  These pictures are  of Cherish in the sun enjoying her new start to life.. Last night was Hell, trying to decide what to do for her, but now I know, as Jane was so kind as to foster her and find out more about her and what she can cope with. So now we are looking to buy her the gift of mobility, as hers will never come back without some wheels.  Then we shall need a completely committed dacsy lover to adopt and give her the 24/7 she will need for the rest of her life.

02-03-16 Blind Dogs - By fosterer Sally


Don't be scared by fostering a blind dog and taking it to a Specialist! Currently, there are only about 3 fosterers (myself included), that currently foster the blind dogs, taking them to see an Ophthalmologist to see if their sight can be helped by surgery or not.

If any of you have an Ophthalmologist Specialist (not a general vet who has an Ophthalmology Certificate), nearby to where you live, please approach them and ask them if they could assist the rescue. We currently use 2 Vets who have Ophthalmologists, and they currently operate on both eyes (if suitable) for £2000 per dog. There are extra costs of the initial checks, but if they could match this price, then we could also use them and send dogs for surgery to them.

Here at my home we have blind and seeing dogs, they all get on together, the blind dogs follow the seeing dogs and learn the layout of our house. Sometimes you wouldn't know they were blind! Their other senses like hearing and smelling are heightened and you'd be surprised how they cope. As long as you don't move the furniture around constantly to confuse them, they cope really well. I would suggest very young children wouldn't be ideal around blind dogs, but older sensible, dog savvy children would be fine.

Some blind dogs will come out for walks on harnesses (they feel more secure on these), but some don't want to, so if you're worried about having too many dogs to walk, then a blind dog is a good bet, as they are quite happy pottering around in the garden.

Pre surgery, you need to put one set of drops in the dogs eyes 2 weeks prior to surgery, and I have never had a problem with doing this. Post surgery, the dogs can sometimes see blurry things immediately, others their eyesight appears over the next week. You'll know when they can see, they act differently and it's amazing to see the change in the dog. They will have a buster collar on for at least 2 weeks, so that they don't scratch their eyes with their claws or paws. They are not allowed to be walked for these 2 weeks, so again no extra work walking them! They will be on antibiotics, painkillers, anti-inflammatories normally twice a day, but we just put these in ham, cheese, cream cheese etc and they think they're having treats. They are also normally on 3 different types of eye drops for the first 2 weeks. Again these are tolerated well, but you will have to be around most of the day, as they need these drops at different times during the day, although you can do morning, lunch, teatime etc. You would need to take the dog back to the specialist normally a week post surgery, just to make sure the stitches aren't rubbing the eye etc. This is normally a quick consultation and it actually takes me longer to drive to the specialist (an hour), than it does for them to be seen!

It is SO rewarding see these shut down, scared, blind dogs evolve into cheeky little monkeys who run around and act like a 'normal' dog. For example, a recent foster Iesha was very shut down, didn't want to do anything pre surgery and then post surgery she was a monkey! She would go out our cat flap to have a run round the garden, was off lead on our walks, flying round the fields. We of course made sure she couldn't catch her eyes on brambles etc, and you do have to be careful not to walk them near sand, dust or on really windy days.

If anybody is interested in fostering a blind dog or dogs for Many Tears, then please get in touch with the rescue direct and if you would like to ask me anymore questions about the process, then please email me direct at and I will do my best to answer your questions.

I have added some before and after photos so you can see how much of a difference surgery can make!



Many Tears Animal Rescue's photo. 
Many Tears Animal Rescue's photo.



Thank you  for all the books donated to the southern Irish book shop that supports the rescue of unwanted dogs out there. Mandy who runs this would love any donations of fiction books and childrens books aged 5 up wards. . Sylvia at Many Tears is happy to collect these at the centre for them and we will ensure they are passed on to Mandy and used to raise funds to help more dogs.


Who says a blind dogs not useful. Here is Archie being Bases pillow. Cute eh!!!!!


Archie the latest Van Atta, is enjoying life, and though blind not treated like a disabled dog. . We treat him like all our canine family, though tend to try to find extra stimulation each day for him too.
Today he had a new puzzle toy. He soon worked it out and was opening boxes and recovering his treats.
 Last week he easily did a 5 mile forest walk with 14 others.  I walk him off the lead  if safe and treat him just like the others though try to be there for him and watch over him. It's a pleasure to be part of Archies life, I am so grateful he chose me to spend his days and nights with. 

12-02-16 COURAGE

Today was planned.  I went to bed the night before feeling more at ease than the previous week as I knew what I was doing... silly me! A call late that night begged me to save a dog being shot at a pound. His crime?  Well they said nasty.  I rushed my jobs drove 1½  hours And arrived to meet the pound owner.
He went in with the dog who went mad. He came out and I went in.  The dog is in the corner of a small stone kennel growling. It was such a tight space it was dangerous and he was out of his mind with fear. I talked quietly but the pound owner was behind me and the dog was kicking off.
I retreated and as my van was pulled up to the gate of the kennel I asked the pound owner to go ahead and just pole the dog in. I hate the pole but I was not going to get anywhere with him in such a defensive state.
I drove the 1½  hours back home and then along with two others we shut ourselves in the side of the van and opened his door. He looked around came out sat on my lap and thanked me.
Chris from CARA made me aware of this dogs plight and thus saved his life. He is about 8 months and underweight and oh so sweet to us. Fine with other dogs but will come with some baggage as you can imagine.   He is now called Courage. I hope someone out there will want to help him further.


So Archie won our hearts and is staying with us. We all try to make his day meaningful, even when working. He is a special boy, like so many others.
The winter here has bought so much rain, so much extra work, so many extra dogs, but NO extra funds. This year's raffle is crucial, so please all see what you can donate as a prize.
I am working on new ideas and new ways forward and still we are all focused on saving lives but for us competing against funds needed when others can afford TV adds etc seems very hard indeed. We won't let this get us down, we have to believe to achieve.
Your participation is the only way forwards, so let's all say a little prayer tonight that Many Tears will survive and carry on with its great work.


.....It's been very busy here and most of us have had to work even though unwell. Every human seems to be either sneezing, coughing or blowing their noses but all see to turn up for work despite this, which is fantastic.
.....The annual raffle is on my mind as we have to start to prepare for this. It is a major fund raiser and so I ask yet again if anyone can donate a good raffle prize to please email me at Please bear in mind tickets are sold across the UK so prizes must be able to be taken/sent anywhere in the country. For example someone in Scotland would not be able to use a prize like a free hair cut in Essex but a holiday is different as people will travel for that. If you have anything that could help I would be really grateful.
.....I also am hoping to have more volunteers to come and socialize our dogs. Most of our dogs come in never having been petted or walked on a lead. It's very time consuming but is a job that so needs to be done.
.....Thank you all for all you did to keep us running last year, I pray that this year we can continue to save many lives and find them loving homes.


Poem for Archie

Be strong, my friend
You cannot see I know
But your soul shines bright
And you are loved.

Hold your head high, my friend
You feel afraid, I know
But you can smell the breeze and feel the grass
And you are loved.

Allow yourself to trust, my friend
You have felt alone, I know
But now you have an angel by your side
And you are loved.

And love is all you need, my friend
It cannot help you see
But it’s the greatest gift of all to have
And it will set your spirit free.

Love will keep you safe, my friend
And it will let you grow
Into that which you were meant to be....
“Archie: Brave Hero”.


I have been allowed to post on Sylvia’s blog, as I am around her so much.  It’s been a strange day as I was left in the office as Sylvia was picking up dogs. She brought one into the office to meet me. She was only 1.3 kilos and yet she is 2 years old.  Sylvia had a rough night last night, it seems she worries a lot. She seems to wake up just because I raise my head. She worries I am trying to look around with my sightless eyes, but it’s just I wake up and am not sure where I am so I need to sniff the air to assure myself I am safe. She lays her hand on my head and whispers” she loves me.” I lay my paw on her hand and wish I could say” I know “

Every now and then a huge grunt erupts from Bill,( I think it’s an endearment sound,) but Sylvia buries her head in the pillows.

 She, when the heating kicks in and I can stretch out and sleep more gets up!. She carries me down stairs and all but Bill trample down joyously behind her. I hear their paws on the stairs and her laughing and greeting them all. Some go out one way some another and she stands with me on my favourite loo patch and says “ hurry up” . hurry up what/ I have no idea, so I have a pee ect and she seems ecstatic?

 We go in to the warm kitchen, and she kisses us and races off. Bill then comes in. He’s great fun. He plays with me and “Base” and gives me breakfast. I like him allot, and he seems to cuddle me especially when no one’s about., but Sylvia sometimes catches him.

 I like it here, I am beginning to relax. I don’t like what the vet did to me yesterday, and Sylvia keeps putting lavender oil on me to stop me licking the missing bits, and I smell like a lady, but apart from that being loved is definitely cool!

20-01-15 My team

Tonight as the staff left I was standing in the front garden with my blind foster dog Archie (not on the website yet). I watched the staff leave and felt incredibly blessed to have such wonderful people working here. They all left  with a foster dog either on a lead or in their arms. Each and everyone who went by was taking home their work. Others who could not have a foster dog were off to do home checks, but no one left to get away. Everyone works here for the love of dogs.

Today Milica one of our fosterers had to bring a foster dog in for an operation.  We had received an urgent call to help two dogs who needed to be given up under very sad circumstances. We put out a plea to our fosterers as we believed they had had a full health check and Milica collected the dogs for us.  However, it soon became apparent that one of them needed to be seen by a vet. This morning Milica and her husband Peter drove many miles at an unearthly hour to Many Tears arriving at 8am and Charlie was then able to see our vet. As you can see from the photo Charlie was suffering from stones in the bladder which have now been removed.
Milica and Peter stayed here so they could take Charlie home again after surgery and during their wait they mucked in here at the rescue walking dogs and helping out with a smile despite being so tired from their early start this morning.
Milica and Peter are just one part of a huge team of amazing people who make this place the fantastic rescue it is.   I cannot say thank you enough to all for your support, and want to  tell everyone how proud I am to be a part of this too.
Thank you!

26-12-15 Syds My Granddaughter

We have had some wonderful vets give their time to help us with the dogs that were not spayed and unable to go to foster or homes until they were but here is a picture of an up and coming vet - Syd my grandchild preparing for her own operation on her toy dogs!


24-12-15 Our Christmas Miarcle

Yesterday after a sweet cav was spayed - she died!!!!!! Her heart stopped as did her breathing. Her name is Cassie and she is an ex breeding dog and a friend to another cav who came in with her. She has never known a home of her own, a special person who loved and boasted about her. She had never had much of anything in her life.
.....I was in the surgery and saw the vet breathing for her, massaging her, trying to start her heart again. I saw him give the adrenalin and desperately try for 30 minutes to get her heart to pump on its own and for her to take a breath on her own.  My heart felt like it was being ripped from my chest. I was helpless so I did the only thing I could think of - I bargained with God “Please please let her live, if you do this I promise to work flat out for another year. PLEASE help her”
.....She finally lay unconscious but breathing on her own. We were all delighted but as the hours passed she did not wake up. Our vet feared she could have brain damage and as the evening wore on everyone left for the night. I stayed in the surgery and cried, prayed, and reflected on a year that was so full of worries and sadness. I thought of all the wonderful volunteers who were so strong and focussed and I felt ashamed and weak.
.....Bill came in to see me - he sat on the floor and felt the despair and sadness in my heart and understood all I was feeling. I eventually went to bed but lay worrying. I could not bear to go down to visit her, as she may not have made it but after 30 minutes at 4. 30am I decided to be brave, lying in bed was not achieving anything, so down I went.  There she was tongue in, head raised quietly watching mer. It is our Christmas miracle and I put her friend Tassie with her and they snuggled together. 


Congratulations to charlotte Hardy and Jedd who won the ABC at Olympia, it was an incredible win, and the dog came from Many Tears. We are all so proud of them both.

08-12-15 It’s been a long time since I wrote

It’s been a long time since I wrote, but I think it’s time I start again. Many Tears is going through a very tricky time. We are very short handed as people are away on long term sick and others have left, and we have not been able to find the right replacements. Two staff have been promoted and all are stepping up to working extra hard so as to carry us till better times, but its VERY hard.

We are carrying a huge financial burden on our shoulders with so many needing help our vet cannot give. We have 5 hoping to have the the Gift of Sight at over £2,000 each and it’s so hard playing God (but that’s how it feels). The ex-breeding bitches and dogs always get the chance, but those appearing to manage without sight don’t, like Twinnings who is a very happy puppy, who could have perhaps been even happier if he could see.

Then there is one waiting a heart operation, a goldie and a collie needing intricate surgery to help them urinate and two 6 month old pups needing liver shunts fixing. This amounts to around £19,000 in surgeries or more!!!!

Then in Southern Ireland we considering building some holding kennels for ex breeders whist they await their passports, this again will cost about £10,000.

We don’t have reserve funds because we try to help the dogs and not sit on money, but that sometimes does not seem wise. However it does seem morally right, as I feel people donate money for the dogs, not for Many Tears piggy bank.

We try to help so many, to give rescuers in other countries hope, and to give ex breeders a new start.  I know it’s because of you all that we keep going, and I also know that you all are tired of constantly being asked to help, so I am sorry.

Help is not just money, it is time too, or simply prayers. We do have a place you can stay if you want to come and work but you need to book this and remember the whole property is non-smoking, so no smoking in the cabin either.   However if anyone would like to donate to any of the above you can do this from the Donations page on the website.

 I am desperately needing people to foster the dogs needing specialist work, people who live near to or can drive to Rowe Vets in Bristol  where the liver shunt pups will be operated on, so please please ask around.  It does mean keeping the dog or pup around two months or more, and going back and forth to the specialists.

 Enough of my worries, just thank YOU for caring enough to read this. 

19-11-15 New Second Hand Shop Now Open

We are delighted that the new Second Hand Shop in Blackwater is now open. We wish the team every success for the future and will continue to collect donations of new and used, good quality second hand items to pass on to both of the Second Hand Shops that support us. For more information on the shops please click HERE

05-10-15 The Girls and Friends!

It would now seem I am a source of amusement for my girls and their friends!

04-10-15 The Girls

Every day is that little bit better. I just wish someone out there would take these two sweethearts on. they are so special. I have a lot of heartache in my life and these two will add to it. I run Many Tears just fine with everyone's help but I am a useless fosterer or even personal carer. My heart just breaks worrying for them all.  Precious gains all her strength from Pixie and although Pixie would do fine without her Precious would be lost. I so hope someone will want to adopt the pair.  I am in awe of the wonderful fosterers out there dedicating their time to helping these dogs THANK YOU SO MUCH.

02-10-15 BRUMBY

This is brumby, she needs a prayer. She is a very tiny pup, and there is something wrong with her. At the moment we do not see a pattern, but  what we do see is she goes almost comatose at times. We are sending bloods away, and praying she has not got a liver shunt. Please say a prayer for her


02-10-15 PRECIOUS

My girls moved into a kennel with others. They both really like me and I worry how Precious will cope with out her Pixie.



This is my granddaughter grooming!!


This is the greeting I got this morning when I went to see Pixie and Precious.  I am elated!!



Today I took the girls outside. Pixie loved it and Precious delighted me when she looked into my eyes with trust. Everything is very hard for her and it would be easy to feel no progress is being made but if you know dogs and rejoice in every tiny step forwards, things are GREAT.... It will be a long road till Precious is truly happy, but we are on the right route. I just so hope someone out there will take on this very special giel and help her move forwards, or better still take them both on. Whichever way an existing confident dog would truly help these two fantastic special girlies.



Just a quick update on our internet situation. We are currently waiting for funding approval from the Welsh Government.  The local wireless company has submitted an application for us and upon approval we will be looking at going for their service.  We will keep you posted on progress and thanks again to everyone who has helped us.


Good positive day today. Precious let a man stroke her, and I introduced a darling cav to them, and Pixie took her lead and actually kissed me. I feel VERY privileged, and a little bit high I am so pleased.......


24-09-15 Pixie & Precious

.....Precious and Pixie are needing exposure to home life and because I work all day my efforts are not really enough. Hence a foster home is needed. If this cannot be found I will after the weekend move them into my home.
.....There I would move them into a puppy play pen, equipped with a warm basket and a few toys for them to investigate.  I would do this otherwise they would just go behind a chair and hide so this is an "open" area rather than a crate.  I would put the TV on so there were different noises and lights and try to go in as much as possible until hey watched my every move and were truly interested enough to interact. I would sit them on my knee and groom and pet them and I would have my other dogs around so they could see that they trusted me. I would push them a little further every day, as if I did not they many never move forwards.
.....I wish I could do all this for them but I spend only about 1 hour indoors apart from sleeping,  The rest of the time I am working so the time with them is limited. They really are sweeties and with time will come round, so please consider taking the challenge with them or any needing special time. 


Poor Precious is so scared. At the start of our session yesterday she snapped at me for pushing the boundaries too far. So I stopped stroking with my hand (which I withdrew when she snapped as I did not want to get hurt) I and stroked her with a toy bone and a false hand. I then gently muzzled her and heldher in my arms. After 10 minutes I took the muzzle off and set her on my lap. Very slowly her heart rate stopped racing and she eased down. All the time Pixie kept coming to see. By the end of this session she was looking at me,and started to observe me. I am delighted, as for her to move forwards sheneeds to not only relax but be interested in me. This was a good start.
Pixie is interested in me and is coming round to the idea that I am a good deal and I have nice experience's linked with me. She is curious and because of that her mind is open to learning. I am delighted with her little bit of progress.

Today the girls were spayed. I gave them a makeover whilst under anaesthetic also to avoid any extra stress. They are now under a beautifully knitted patchwork blanket that was made and donated for just this sort of reason. Both went through the spay well.

Although these girls are both terribly scared, in the right circumstances we would home them together.  I would be better if there were other dogs in the house to help them and if not homed together this would be an absolute must.  We are looking for people experienced with scared dogs and who really understand what is involved in helping them.


Pixie and Precious are my project dogs, assigned by our yard manager.  It's up to me to put the time in to help them. They have only ever known the place they grew up in and one person's care. Now they are displaced and so scared. Pixie shakes and Precious won't look at me.  I know with time and love this will change. All at Many Tears will have a project dog this week, in hopes other dog lovers will be tempted to become a fosterer and be the stepping stone towards a home or adopt a dog that still needs time until he or she is like your own pets.  I am hoping the progress will give all hope, especially the dogs I love so dearly.


18-09-15 Yesterday was a good day!

Well yesterday was a good day, we had our internet!   Although still slow at times, at least it worked and it didn’t crash all day.   I will sleep better tonight knowing the office staff can still all  come in tomorrow.  BT Openreach also sent some top people today and they looked over our entire set up and checked the phone lines again.  All seems to be working but unfortunately we still only have around  1mb service and that is the best we will ever get with their current equipment and phone lines in our area. They did confirm that it would be possible to activate broadband on the second line to either split the house from the office  or to  network the two together to increase us to a 2mb service.  Either of these options could help us a bit, but  with all we are doing, we would still have  fairly slow speeds and would still overwhelm  the system with all the data we are constantly downloading and uploading. They also confirmed that there are no immediate plans to upgrade our area to a  fibre service. 

So at this time, the best way for us to move forward appears to be continuing to pursue the satellite or wireless broadband option.  With funding available from the Welsh Government, we may even get a new service installed at no cost to the rescue so we are investigating this.  As soon as we decide which option to go for we will let everyone know.

In the meantime  Sylvia and I would like to thank everyone for their support  and suggestions,  as well as the pressure they  placed upon the companies supplying our service to take action to help.  BT Openreach have been out numerous times with various engineers and management  and TalkTalk has had senior management monitoring the situation. Although there is nothing else either company can do to help our situation with the existing phone lines as they currently are in our area, we do appreciate the calls for action to them  from all our  supporters.  Fingers crossed we will not have any more major problems while I look into the other options available.

Thank you again

15-09-2015 Update on our internet situation from Bill

So everyone knows what has been happening and what our situation at the moment I will explain it best I can as I understand it to be.   Please bear with me as I am not all that technical  a person but here it is:

BT Openreach  was here yesterday and have been out again today and checked out all our equipment and our lines once more.  Everything is working as it is supposed to, but we are in a rural location some 4-5 kilo meters from the exchange or box thingy so the best broadband that can be offered on their existing equipment appears to be  just a bit over 1Mb.  The rescue office has up to 5 computers that can all be working online and we also have another in the house as well. In addition is an assortment of ipads, phones, and other laptops that can be on or used.  As I understand it, all of these devices are fighting for our single 1-1.5 MB broadband service and it cannot feed them all which is why we keep crashing and when working it is so  very slow.

We have 2 phone lines to the property feeding a BT versatility phone system and our line rental or phone service is provided by BT business with the internet service provided by TalkTalk.  With our existing equipment and their current infrastructure, the Openreach engineers have suggested two possible things that may help our situation a bit.  First is to change from a residential broadband service to a business service.  Although this will not increase our 1Mb service it may affect something called contention, which determines how many different customers might be using the same broadband bandwidth in the area.

The second suggestion is to add broadband service to our second phone line and to split the house from the office so we do not have as many devices trying to use the same 1 MB service.  Also with this  suggestion, it may  then be possible to band  or network the two services together so that our 1 mb service gets bumped  up to 2mb.  Openreach are scheduling some senior technical engineers  to  visit us within the next couple of days  to look at this as well as review our equipment and their infrastructure to see if any other solutions can be offered from them.

With this information,  I contacted TalkTalk and asked if we can upgrade to a business account.  Yes they said, but only if you change your line rental to us as well.  To this I said, even if we wanted to change our line rental to you, we  need to check how that would that affect our BT versatility system and any maintenance agreement on it, is there no way to have business broadband service on its own? Apparently not. Personally I don’t see why they can’t just change our broadband service from residential to business without insisting on having the line rental as well, but without securing that business from us, they are not interested in changing our service.

Next I contacted BT Business and explained our situation and the suggestion from Openreach that a second broadband line might help us.  They are happy to add  business broadband service to our second line, but only if we sign up for a min 12  month contract.  Then when asked if we can get out of the contract if the second line does not fix our problem and we have to look at satellite service from another provider, they said no!

I had requested information and a call back  from a  national satellite broadband company yesterday, we heard nothing back from them  yet  so I guess I will start looking for others to call tomorrow.

Some people have suggested we look at broadband through the 4G  network.  We have always had spotty mobile phone coverage here, but tomorrow I will start looking into this as well.

This evening, we had a local company come out and survey our site for wireless broadband.  They say we can even get funding through the Welsh Government to cover the set up costs. They promise to get back to us with a proposal right away.

So do I change my phone line rental on a maybe?  Do I add a second broadband service  on a maybe, and in addition, agree to pay for it even if it does not help and I then have to go to someone else and pay them as well?  Openreach is sending specialists to meet with us again in the next couple of days.  I am waiting for the satellite company to get back to me.  I am also waiting for the wireless company to give me their proposal.  I will call more satellite companies tomorrow and I will try to look into the 4G options.  In the meantime will  there be anything  for the office staff to do tomorrow or do I send them home again when they can’t get online.  I am dreading the morning……


The frustration over the broadband issues for the past few months have been tremendous, but we have somehow managed to get by.   Then finally,  when Sylvia had  to start sending office staff home the other day  and we could not even access the database and people were unable to adopt dogs, she could no longer see the light and felt there was no way we continue to cope.

Yesterday it was looking like the only way forward might be the satellite broadband option,  but others have come forward with further options to look into and even tonight we have had a call from the top of BT Openreach offering to come back out and reassess our site and the options they can offer.   

Please be assured we will fight on. Some days are worse than others here and the past few have been some of the most frustrating we have ever had. Sylvia is still feeling very low, but the words of encouragement help, so we would like to thank everyone for their concern and all the emails of suggestions and support.


14-09-15 The Internet Problem Continues

I am in tears!!! Not just because of this work I do, but for the fact  that BT Openreach have just  jumped to see about our internet  problem ( thanks to all the  support we have and your calls for action) ,  and can basically  do nothing.  We are at the end of an old telephone line quite a way from the exchange, and because of this it just seems hard luck.
.....We cannot upgrade our service level for a better internet  connection  because  I am told they cannot provide any better service on the equipment and infrastructure  in our area.   It was mentioned  that perhaps if we activate broadband from our second phone line and we split up  broadband service on the property from both lines  it may help, but it may also not,   mostly because of course we are talking about the same distance from the exchange. It was suggested we can look into a premium service called BT Net ?,   but were warned that it can be quite expensive.   Apparently It has a dedicated service for monthly fees in the hundreds, but only after we pay to provide the infrastructure from the exchange – so basically we pay to have new cables to the property, then we pay to use them.
The last suggestion was that we may need look into satellite broadband again.  After the last company surveyed our property and said no, I am feeling totally hopeless, but Bill is going to try looking at others.   
I suggested people in poor reception areas should not be charged the same as others for less service, there was no comment on this.
.....We have just been quoted £800 per month to receive service becuase of the istance we are from the Exchange. We cannot afford this, or to pay BT for new cables from our exchange which seems to really be the only solution, all this seems so unfair.  Terribly sad to us, but the end for thousands of dogs at the rate things are heading.
Maybe those who run BT  Openreach  would all support us and  out of  the kindness of their dog loving hearts donate this service  for the dogs……


The strain of running Many Tears is HUGE and I mean immense but now with no internet that is workable it is starting to feel impossible. People are ringing up being impatient and plain rude or mean to the staff.  I have sat all day in the office trying to help but the mistakes made and worry is getting to much.   I am very sad to say that unless this gets sorted once and for all I cannot continue, which means Many Tears would shut.

We have tried to get satellite but to no avail, and it seems short of moving next door to one of the top bods of Openreach no one really cares. TalkTalk has scheduled an engineer to come on Thursday but we need them NOW and I expect the engineer will just tell us we need new lines (which we already know!) and the fault will go to BT Openreach and then I fear nothing will happen again as we are not in a high priority location.

I will keep trying but this cannot go on. I feel there is no resolve.  Please email and call Openreach. and help us.  It sounds trivial but the internet is these dog's lifeline.

07-09-15 MY DOGS

These are my own dogs and I just thought people might like to see what we do on the rare occassion we have a spare minute. 


16-08-15 BEAGLE PUPS

These are our trio of darling little beagle pups -  August has found a home but unfortunately nobody seems to be interested in Allie Cat and Aggy and we also have Bungle who is 5 months old.  Please share their stories and help find them homes.  They are all really lovely pups.


14-08-15 HARRY

This is Harry and he is a super star.  He had to have an eye removed earlier this week but nevertheless he is still full of love and fun. He shares the kennel with two very scared ex breeder girls and they are treated so kindly by him, with such respect and gentleness. So I feel you are all missing out not fostering or adopting Harry. Please give him a chance to get out of kennels straight into your hearts,


Today I would like to share the message below from Anne Clelland who came to volunteers at Many Tears with her sisters.  They made a real difference to many of our dogs lives with their love and kindness and worked so hard.  It was a pleasure to receive this and I wante to share it with you all.

Dear Sylvia,
.....I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of my three sisters and myself to thank you, Natalie and your staff for a wonderful four days we spent at your Rescue Centre last month.
.....My sister, Margaret Duncan, and myself have been 'website junkies' for several years and our visit was therefore somewhat of a pilgrimage as it involved a round trip of 740 miles from our home in Scotland, but it was so worthwhile to witness first hand what we already knew from the website and to participate in some small way in the care and rehabilitation of these deserving dogs.  We were in dog heaven right from the start and we are in awe of the inspirational work carried out at the Centre, and by your fosterers.
.....It was our privilege to firstly walk with the dogs, then spend some time in the play area and progress from there to socialisation and grooming/washing.  How special it was to hold a trembling little soul and watch the courage it took to take a treat from our hands,  moving from there to a tentative tail wag.  They want so much to be able to trust. 
.....Back at home, we have visited local rescue centres as, like yourselves, they are always in need of towels and unwanted bedding.  We have usually come away from there feeling so sorry for the dogs and yet, when we (reluctantly) left Many Tears, we were filled with hope for all your dogs and I tried to think what the difference was.  The conclusion I came to was that your culture is entirely different.  In the National Rescue Agencies, there is a feeling that the dogs are 'processed' and, if they have difficulties, it is accepted that they may never find a home and they are therefore destined to spend months and sometimes years in a solitary kennel where they either become withdrawn and depressed or manic, bouncing around and barking furiously at all who come near.  Such a situation is unacceptable at Many Tears; each dog is an individual and is given exactly the care and rehabilitation it needs.  The love and dedication of yourself and all your staff was apparent to us on our visit and is obvious in every word of the Kennel Blog.  Your dogs have company in their kennels and have a chance to play and walk together, which makes them so much happier and consequently more rounded and sociable dogs when they go to their forever homes.  It truly is a place where magical transformations can begin.
.....To all of the so-called experts who ordain that the first 12 weeks of a dog's life dictates it's future behaviour, I feel they ought to acquaint themselves with the success stories of your dogs, particularly the ex-breeders, who could not have had a worse start in life.  What truly hellish years many of them have spent, and yet, they can learn to trust and, with perseverance and devotion, go on to lead the sort of lives every dog should have.
.....We hopefully managed to recruit two volunteers/potential fosterers or adopters for you as, before leaving Carmarthen, we were speaking to one of the lovely assistants in the Hotter Shoe Shop and another customer, telling them what we had been up to and showing them the photos we took.  They hadn't thought of volunteering before, but both seemed really keen and I hope they followed through with their plans to make contact as, like us, they were 'dog crazy'.
.....Our four days were not nearly long enough and we hope to return regularly but in the meantime, we all wish you the best of luck for the future and hope to meet again.
Anne Clelland


Below are some of the huge achievement for dogs adopted from MT by winning rescue league out right. Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in these events we are so proud of you and the dogs. Sylvia

.....Dotties Luck (formerly Tuppence) joined our home in July 2009.  She was a very lively little girl and foster Mum Debbie Pearce recognised this very quickly and aptly called her Dottie.
.....During our 6 years together we've had trials and tribulations that I'd never have dreamed of.  She quickly she made her mark in Agility and went to Grade 5 in our first season.  From our first Novelty show where she won Prettiest Bitch to now competing at Grade 7, her list of achievements continue to grow:
2010-2011 ...Winner - Embroidery Shop Agility G1-4
2012 - Winner - Dogs in Need - Grade 5
..........Runner-up - Olympia Semi Final
..........8th place - Olympia Final (5 fts!)
..........Winner - Supa DARL League G4-5
..........Runner-up - Agility Club League
2014 - Winner - Agility Terrier League
..........Winner - Rugby Small Championship (CC)
.....Our achievements in 2014 put us on the Squad for Team GB selection but a fall from a ladder resulting in a broken foot and 3 months in cast was one hurdle too many.  We are now getting back in the swing and so far this year we have added to Crufts to our list where we won the Singles Agility Heat and came 4th in the final and competed in both the Team event and the Championship.  We had the Reserve Championship Ticket at Wye Valley and have just won the DARL (Rescue Final) Small G5-7.
.....We've had our share of issues and still have them but we hang in there and seek support and experience from others when we need it.  Our motto is 'No Rain, No Rainbow' and I feel very lucky to have this little girlie in my life.  Thank you Many Tears for giving all these creatures a chance - it's a privilege to be part of the bigger family. X



.....My MT girl Drifter competed in the 1-3 large dog final and came 3rd overall. We adopted her from MT in Nov 2010, she was called Dottie then & had come from Ireland at about 10 weeks old. She was found in a ditch in Limerick & was then fostered by a lady in Bristol where we first met her at about 5 months old.  She was a bit of a wild child until she was about 3 but then started to settle down & grow up!  She started agility in G3 & over the last 12 months has reached G5 much to my amazement.
.....Drifter is a lovely friendly girl & anyone who bends down to say hello is treated to a face wash, ears are her speciality. Even the cats get a daily ear wash!
Thanks to MT for trusting us with this lovely Lurcher girl.
Julie Threlfall.

.....After just two years competing in agility and our little crossbreed, Rosy (was Rascal) once again qualified for the DARL league rescue final.  Here's a bit about our journey.
.....Rosy was totally overcome with fear when we collected her in January 2013, she had been a cruelty case and Many Tears had done an amazing job, getting her out of a situation.  She was terrified of everything so we gave her time and it wasn't long before her desire for company and affection brought her to our laps, she gained confidence rapidly and learned very quickly.  We soon realised that this little dog was bright and intelligent and keen to learn and love. 
.....Since then Rosy has given us so much joy and responded positively to every opportunity or challenge that we have offered her.   Her desire to please and interact has made training her for agility an absolute pleasure despite all the problems we have had to overcome.  At one point we had jump poles scattered around the floor in our lounge to help her overcome her fear of being near anything that might move!  I even accepted that she would never learn to weave, because anything that randomly touched her body sent her into panic mode.   But, with patience and using alternative techniques we found a way through each challenge.  She is also the most delightful pet in the home and adores our grandchildren. ...of course the feeling is entirely mutual!
.....Fortunately this little dog was able to trust people again, despite her history, mainly due to the knowledge and experience of Many Tears, their handling of her initial experiences as soon as they got her out of her neglected situation and by placing her with an amazing fosterer.
.....Rosy progressed through from Grade 3 to Grade 6 in agility in the first season and actually won her class in the DARL league final last year.   We qualified again this year, pleased and proud to be part of this event again, a chance to see so many rescued dogs who have, against all odds, found the best forever homes and have secure and happy futures, thanks to the rescue charities.
.....It was a different final set up this year, with the opportunity to run a jumping and an agility course to accumulate points.  Rosy ran both courses brilliantly but unfortunately took down a pole in the jumping, gaining 5 faults.  We were placed second in the agility, but this was not enough to place us overall.  It was a great event, amazing atmosphere and lots of smiley people and dogs!
.....Thank you Many Tears, we have already been back to you for our second rescue, Meggy (was Cream Cheese) and she's already one of the family....although I doubt whether there will ever be another Rosy!
Chrissy Mitchell


These little girls have come in from two different breeders as they have finished breeding them. They're both totally blind and we have called them Felicity and Michelle.  I am literally praying that they are operable and can be given the Gift of Sight. If they can we will need to raise the funds. Please help us help these and other dogs like them.  If you would like to donate towards fund please visit our Gift of Sight page to find out how.


Any time spent sitting with Many Tears dogs is such a simple but effective way to help these bewildered darlings adjust to the new life they so richly deserve. It takes little human effort to sit quietly and patiently, talking gently and slowly introducing them to kind hands and encouraging words. Some are braver than others and are soon wagging their tails and enjoying a gentle 'cwtch'. The less confident look on trying hard to overcome their fear, edging as close as they dare, desperate to interact and if and when they do the feeling of satisfaction when they will tolerate a gentle pat, look at you and reward you with a timid thank you lick is worth every minute you've spent getting to this point.
The human rewards are tremendous, knowing that your small but significant effort may very well have been one of the first times these potentially wonderful 'friends' have known that this is the beginning of a safe and loving future. The therapeutic effect benefits both canine and human.

Please support the amazing Many Tears they are as grateful as their four-legged residents for any help and assistance we humans can give, so please find time to help 'socialise man's best friend' you really will have an enormous reward for little effort.

22/06/15 LILLY

.....At the moment my focus and energy is driven towards Lilly as much as I can. Ask yourself this... What do you wish for a annual anniversary? Whether it be your birthday, wedding anniversary or another celebration? Maybe a card, a present or a set time to enjoy the moment? Well today I re-visited Lilly’s previous details and I discovered in 6 weeks we will be celebrating Lilly’s year anniversary of being here at Many Tears from when she originally came to us. Celebrate? What is there to celebrate? I can’t find anything or any reason. Sadly for Lilly it's reality that she has been here for nearly 1 year now and as happy as she may appear and as hard as my staff try to make her life here enjoyable the reality is that Lilly has not had her own person or family nor has she had a home to call her own for 365 days!
.....So today I revisited some of Lilly’s weak areas, I found out her prey drive for sheep is still very strong and her new owners will have to be aware of this and understand that the will need to keep her on the lead when there is the slightest possibility of livestock being present. I walked Lilly through the chicken pen today too and she was a lot more relaxed in here than when she was within the sheep field.  She showed interest in the chickens but did not attempt to chase.  However due to her strong chase instinct in larger animals I still wouldn’t trust her around the smaller animals.
.....Lilly had a wonderful time in my paddock and her recall is incredible!! She will recall to food and will wait by your side until the next instruction is given. Lilly ran with a long line on in the paddock amongst my dogs and although struggles with introduction to dogs initially she will settle and share a kennel and space with them. With people Lilly is everything you would ever want, she has such a desire to please and really loves the company of you. It is also very apparent to us also that Lilly is fantastic amongst children.
.....Please spread the word about Lilly, yes she has her down falls however this girl is seriously really desirable. We are determined that Lilly will not spend her year anniversary here at Many Tears!!


Things are very tough. The days role by and are often extremely stressful and lonely but sometimes good things happen.  This letter from a volunteers who came from Alabama was a good thing - reminding me of all the wonderful staff, fosterers and volunteers etc have around me.

Dear Sylvia, Bill and the Many Tears Family,
Please excuse my late response I just returned from Berlin and have been slightly busy.  I just wanted to thank you all for the amazing time I had, all of you and the shelter are a truly inspiring place and I could never have imagined having that much fun and enjoying it that much.  I will never forget the time I had there, the dogs, and the remarkable transformations I saw some very mistreated dogs go through.  There is a tremendous amount of love and service that emanates from the shelter and all of you and I hope I was able to help in during my visit.  I will return soon (if you will have me) very soon, and if not this summer definitely next year and hopefully for longer.
Please say hi to everyone and give them my best.
Miss you all a lot
Best, Jiyan


Here are the schnauzers at Many Tears enjoying a game.  Some are braver than others but all enjoyed the good weather and their time in the sand school.  How good does that make me feel?.............................Very good!!!

18-04-15 CHIEF

Our sweet pup Chief had no more fight left in him and died the early hours on Friday morning. We are all terribly sad.

Rainbow Bridge



We would like to wish Steph Elder a very happy birthday.  She is a very special lady and thanks to her and her mum for everything they do for Many Tears.  Have a great day Steph you deserve it. Love Sylvia and everyone at Many Tears.

15-04-15 CHIEF

.....This is Chief. We are fighting for his life. He was adopted but became ill and was returned to us so as we can do our VERY best for him. Tom our vet is watching over him today and I pray God is doing this also.   Light a candle for our boy please.
.....Chief's lungs are inflamed and congested with fluid. He is on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and also having physiotherapy and steam treatment to help the fluid to come out.
.....Joanna came to see him to see if acupuncture could help him. She mainly used points to balance the immune system, since it's likely that his immunity is generally low but the immune system could be actually causing problems in the lungs by over-reacting in the tissue and adding to the fluid and congestion. Acupuncture should help by getting the immune system into a more balanced state, helping Chief fight infection while not over-doing it in the lungs. She also used points to soothe and relax Chief, as well as to promote the energy he needs to heal and recover.


This is what happens if , as a "loved" pup someone puts a collar on a puppy, then as the pup grows their interest dwindles. Slowly, slowly the collar embeds in the neck as the dog grows. Despite all of this, this little yorkie loves being loved by humans. How wonderful is a dog, that he forgives so readily, unlike mankind. These photos were taken whilst the dog was asleep for his neutering operation and we can see the neck is much improved and healing now.

29-03-15 BEAGLES

Many Tears currently has 23 beagles looking for homes.  Beagles are a gentle sweet dog and all of us know someone who has benefitted from the poor beagle whose breed is used for  experiments that are supposed to benefit man.  Maybe in tribute to the beagle and for all this breed has been forced to endure to benefit man we could all try to find these beauties a home.

In the UK, the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 gave special status to primates, equids, cats and dogs and in 2005 the Animal Procedures Committee (set up by the act) ruled that testing on mice was preferable, even though a greater number of individual animals were involved.

Beagles are the dog breed most often used in animal testing, due to their size and passive nature.  They are used in a range of research procedures: fundamental biological research, applied human medicine, applied veterinary medicine, and protection of man, animals or the environment.  Most dogs are bred specifically for this purpose, by companies such as Harlan and although in the UK we are no longer are permitted to use beagles for smoking experiments, sadly the USA and other countries still allow this.  Meaning tobacco company's can just get their testing done there.  So for man's enjoyment and many other reasons they die.

So to help this breed please share this and try and find our beagles a home.  You can go to the Dogs Looking for Homes page. If you scroll down a little you will find a search box where you can search for a dog by breed, age, location etc.  Just select Beagle and you will see all our who are so desperately waiting for their forever homes.  

Thank you.

19-03-15 PASSPORTS

This is one of many dogs we saved last week. We had to find a huge amount of money to do this, as all came from Southern Ireland and had to have passports and wait 3 weeks before travelling.

We had to pay for these poor ex-breeding dogs to be held so they could make this journey and for the passports. It's been so worth it but so stressful not knowing how long we could keep this up.
However our wonderful supporters have come us with some great ideas:

Dee came up with trying to collect odd bits of gold and I am so hopeful this will help raise funds to get dogs passports so please help us Pan for Gold it really will save a life.

Catherine and Lexi so cleverly thought up the idea of paying for your selfie on Facebook and we would love to see you and your dog on our My Buddy and Me page.

Bob and Chelse said they would walk to work, and others have offered ideas too many of which can be found on our forum where so many help to raise the funds we need for a variety of causes.

 So I am begging you all to take part in one of these event. Please dig through your jewellery box and send scraps of gold. Ask your dentist for old gold teeth (mine gave me some) and do some funny selfies with your dogs to make us all laugh and to raise funds.

19-03-15 WILSON

For those who supported me fostering and homing Wilson, and for those who said I was ridiculous and he should be put to sleep, I thought you may like to see how he turned out.  As you can see, today he passed to become a PAT dog!


18-03-15 We're Panning for Gold!





Have you an odd earring or cufflink, a necklace or ring no longer worn lying in your drawer? The satisfaction of knowing you have helped save a life by simply donating unwanted or broken jewellery is immeasurable.
Please ask everyone you know to donate their unused pieces - even the smallest items all weigh up - and let's see how many lives we can save. Each dog's passport and transport costs are around 80 euros so please donate your unwanted gold and silver which will help pay for the passports needed as with your donations many dogs can be saved from an uncertain future.2pt




09-03-15 Slip

Well of course as his fosterer I am totally bias, BUT ...... what a lovely lovely boy SLIP is. He has had one lead lesson and is on the path to success.  He slept all night with 3 huge dogs - not a peep. He greeted with all you need to see if you feel like rubbish with a steamy nose and a lot of work ahead. How many people make you feel like a million bucks, well Slip does. Grateful for every bit of kindness. Later on he had stair lessons (that he found daunting and a true challenge) and lesson in meeting cats which he found interesting but not compulsive. He is a really dear fellow, so  gentle kind and rewarding to show new challenges to.

08-03-15 Walking around the kennels last night

Walking around the kennels last night I spent some time with this beautiful trio all waiting for- they do not know what but I know there is a loving home out there somewhere for each of them and just hope they don't have to wait too long to find it.

So this is my new foster dog (Bill does not know yet!!!!). I have picked him as he is one of the many juvenile pups that we have here and no one wants them. Nether have they been lucky enough to go to foster. I cannot bare to see them just growing up in kennels, and hope with extra blogs someone will fall in love with him.  He is called Slip. and I think is a greyhound cross collie, and he is a darling.  He walked into the office and met multiple dogs with no trouble t all.  He will meet cats next,  The others are called Roo, Gryffindor, Bunny, Yorkshire, Devon, Wiltshire

05-03/15 Natalie and Teek

We are alll so proud of Natalie our Yard Manager and her dog Teek who had a wonderful run at Crufts Agility 2015 and came 2nd.  Well done Nat and of course Teek you both really deserve it.

04-03-15 Poor Pandora

Yesterday whilst vet nursing this is what was found. Poor Pandora had a nasty scar looking like a c-section but when opened we found a very  bad spay. However there was a strong nasty smell about her and after a lot of further investigation we found somebody had put a lamb castration ring around her fully formed tail. The rotten tail had dropped of leaving decayed tissue and the band and an open tail bone protruding. The pain must have been terrible.

PLEASE everyone hold a boot sale or do a collection at least  once this year to help us with our new van appeal because without it we will not be able to collect and help dogs like Pandora.

Our search for great prizes for our annual raffle is now on so please look out good prizes which can be posted/used anywhere in the UK as our tickets are sold across the country.

Thank you. Sylvia

28-02-15 Last night i got in from walking

Last night I got in from walking my dogs and all the staff had left. I went to check on the dogs that had been spayed and could not find a Maltese Terrier that needed special time. I was so upset thinking something had happened whilst I was out, so I started calling everyone at home. It was a mystery until I looked better.  Under the cushions and blankets that made up her bed I saw a tiny little nose. She had burrowed under them all - what a relief!!!!!!

Taking about reliefs, Patsy Anne was put on steroids, as still unable to stand with out screaming she seemed to be going down hill. The vets eventually decided she could have a type of meningitis, (more  common to beagles as opposed to most other breeds, but still rare) this is very difficult to diagnose. she was put on a large dose of steroids, and low and behold the difference is miraculous. She will have a five week course of these. We are all delighted to see her up and about.

26-02-15 Say a prayer for Partsy-Anne

Say a prayer for Partsy-Anne.  She is a beagle who is in a lot of discomfort and if it was not for drips and pain killers she would be in a lot of pain too. Despite x-rays and multiple vets looking, we still are not entirely sure what's going on. We need extra special help, so please say a prayer to your God whoever it may be. This is a special brave girl.



16-02-15 Here is a picture that cheered me

.....Here is a picture that cheered me. A dear pup who is not like other pups, a pup others may well have written off. a different physically handicaped baby, adopted and very much loved.
.....It was very hard last week. . We were called about a farm where juvenile dogs or pups had been left in stables with a dirty pan of water or none at all and apparently no food. It was a desperate shame to see all these poor unwanted babies. I have worried who will help, they need time, lead training and love but most of all a home.
.....Sometimes I  am not sure how to have the strength to carry on these very long seven day a week days, but seeing these dogs makes me stronger..
.....If you can help foster and educate these pups please apply to be a fosterer.  They are eating ravenously Natures Diet puppy and we are slowly being weaned onto dry food.  Come and meet, sit and play with them, they would love it.



The next theme for the 2016 calendar is Mud Lark.  if you have good,  high resolution photos of your dog of dogs larking about and having fun in mud,  please send to   

PLEASE only send one photo per email - you can send as many as you like but my computer jams is more than one photo is attached per email.

We will pick the pictures at the end of the year and let everyone know which have been chosen.

Thank you

23-01-15 Meet Crunchie


So why do I always let these little special needs fellows get so under my skin. Well if you meet him its clear!  this is crunchy, he has a fused, inoperable hind leg, and a deformed short stumpy front leg, both on the same side. He is as sweet as can be. Our vet says until considerably older making special limbs is sort of out of the equation. So he really really is a very special needs fellow.

Don't be fooled to thinking he is unhappy. Our vet who loves dogs said, some would say euthanize, but he said if this little guy could talk he would choose life for sure, ( and that is clear with his tail wagging his tongue licking you and his whole demeanour.)

So what does he need this minute?..... a great foster home or better still
forever home, and prayers please.


18-01-15 SOPHIE'S CAKE

Many Tears rescue sure left an impression on one little girl who visited last year.  Sophie asked for a rescue cake and I hope other youngsters will feel the same and make this world a better place for our animals.
Thank you Sophie smiley xxx



As you may or may not know every few weeks I am posting a theme for you to send pictures of and MT dog or dogs in foster or adopted.The best will be used in the calendar for 2016.

This time I'm looking dogs having  winter fun (snow if you have it, frost is fine too) but they must be good quality, full size, high resolution pictures.  Please only send one per email as sadly it makes my computer jam if you send more. Send them to

Please snap away and partake so this turns out to be a wonderful calendar.
Thank you


06-01-15 2016 CALENDARS!

We are trying to plan ahead this year so every few weeks there will be a new theme for inclusion in the 2016 MT Calendar and so I am asking everyone who has a Many Tears adopted or foster dogs to send pictures. There will be 12 themes and please make your photos as funny and clear as possible.

The first theme is dogs in places they should not be! Please send the pictures at full resolution (so not cropped of reduced in size) but only one photo in each email or it jams up the system to me at  Please include  your dog's name and your telephone number.

The best one each month will be chosen for our annual calendar and each will receive a small prize so there are 12 potential small prizes to be won and you will know you are helping us to raise funds.

It will be fun, so please get your dogs posing asap and send to me asap.

Thank you!


06-01-15 BEADS

Here's one special needs pup in exactly the right home.  Beads is a little pom pup who needed a very special home and it  brings a BIG smile to my face she would have had no future if it was not for everyone who helps keep Many Tears running. Look at her now, fallen on her paws and so loved.


04-01-15 WILSON

Here is one guy who would have been dead if it was not for the support of all to get Wilson here and his wonderful adopter. From a biter being put to sleep to this. The picture tells all.


03-01-05 BERNARD

This is Bernard a 13 week old Bichon puppy who is deaf (or has very limited hearing) and blind. Despite this he is quite outward going and loves to be near you and cuddled.  He is very special to me and we are taking him to see a specialist to see if anything can be done to give him some vision.  If anyone would like to help donate towards this we would be truly grateful (see the donate button below).  I will update as soon as I have some news but please pray for this little boy.  Sylvia



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