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Dog and fashion show raises funds for the Cinnamon Trust

 

Over 200 dogs attended a fundraising day this week to help raise money for the Cinnamon Trust.

The day, organised by the Denton-based pet boarding centre mypetstop included a fun dog show and fashion parade.

The dogs dazzled the judges and the audience by performing tricks and competing in a fun dog show, helping to raise over £200 pounds for the charity.

Centre manager at mypetstop, Carol Anderson, said: “Every year, we support a charity and this year we’ve chosen The Cinnamon Trust. This was our first fundraising event which was brilliantly supported by our loyal customers who we would like to thank for attending”.

Anita Janes, at The Cinnamon Trust said “everyone enjoyed the show and we’d like to thank mypetstop for their support and the local community for raising money”.

mypetstop provide premium pet boarding and care centres across the north of England. The Cinnamon Trust are their chosen charity this year and the dog show was the first of many activities they’ll be running this year to raise funds.

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 by Cinnamon

Guiver is learning new tricks (age 14!) with Sian Perry in Somerset:-

Guiver came to us as a temporary foster.  Unfortunately after a few weeks her owner passed away, so we decided to keep her on despite being 13, now 14 years old.  She is a Labrador cross, possibly Staffie. She gets on great with my other two dogs, and the dogs I look after and walk including an Inuit, a Jack Russell and a Border Collie. She is very laid back and is happy to sleep in the most comfy spot, which usually means pushing humans and dogs out of the way or just sitting on them! We take all the dogs to fun dog shows, it is great for them as they get to meet other dogs and get loads of attention from the people there.  In February we decided to have a go at the Kennel Club Good Citizen Tests as she has always been very well behaved and we taught her some more since having her with us.  Despite her age she picked it up very quickly and passed both the Bronze and Silver awards with ease.”

We are always looking for more people who can care for dogs or cats on short or long-term foster basis. Fosters receive a package of care -  Cinnamon Trust pay all vets bills for the rest of the pet’s life and provide cover for holidays. If you can help please email us suing our contact form.

Posted on 06 Jul 2012 by Cinnamon

Zak is in Kent with Kathleen Wratten:-

“Zak’s  description Rottweiler crossed with a Staffordshire Bull Terrier made him sound a bit ferocious.  However, although he has a face only a mother could love, he was a little smaller than we expected and with a lovely temperament. He has settled in really well with a bed in the sitting room and another in the kitchen where he sleeps at night.  Although he’s ten years old he has boundless energy and will play with a ball all day if we let him. My husband was in ITU for many weeks last year after major surgery and is still recovering his strength.  Zak has proved a Godsend because hehas to make the effort to take him out, if only into the garden, and this has made him far more active than he would have been otherwise.  So it’s a win win situation all round.”

We are always looking for more people who can care for dogs or cats on short or long-term foster basis. Fosters receive a package of care -  Cinnamon Trust pay all vets bills for the rest of the pet’s life and provide cover for holidays. If you can help please email us suing our contact form.

Posted on 04 Jul 2012 by Cinnamon

Marcus is with Sharon Douthwaite in Essex:-

We recently became long term fosterers for a beautiful Golden Retriever boy called Marcus.  I have a son with special needs and he was so excited as he has always wanted a Golden Retriever too. The first question my son, who has difficulty sleeping by himself, asked me was if Marcus could sleep in his room. One of us has to stay with him, normally most of the night, as he is very scared and cannot go back to sleep by himself.  Well, that was before Marcus arrived. He now goes up to bed by himself with Marcus, stays in his bed all night with his door closed. WOW!!!  I think we are all still in shock!! How amazing what a big dog like Marcus can do in a few days. He has had a very big impact on our family life. I am very grateful to Cinnamon Trust for allowing us to foster Marcus.  We hope to have many happy years ahead of us with our new family member.”

We are always looking for more people who can care for dogs or cats on short or long-term foster basis. Fosters receive a package of care -  Cinnamon Trust pay all vets bills for the rest of the pet’s life and provide cover for holidays. If you can help please email us suing our contact form.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 by Cinnamon

Cindy has Wendy Keiller in Somerset wrapped all around her little paws! Wendy says:

My lovely Cindy has now been with me for almost 18 months and I can’t imagine life without her.
I was quite definite she would not be allowed into the be...droom. Well that lasted all of 2 days -one morning I woke to find her lying next to me head on the pillow and a paw on my shoulder! Cindy is extremely stubborn, often ignores me and then for no reason will lick my hand or rub her head against my leg. She has a beautiful face and big brown eyes and when she talks to me I just can’t resist her! It is so special the bond we have built up. I know she is completely spoilt, but as long as she has a happy, contented and comfortable “retirement” that’s all that matters. She has changed my life.”

We are always looking for more people who can care for dogs or cats on short or long-term foster basis. Fosters receive a package of care - Cinnamon Trust pay all vets bills for the rest of the pet’s life and provide cover for holidays. If you can help please email us suing our contact form.
Posted on 26 Jun 2012 by Cinnamon

Jip on lifelong foster

Jip is a real tonic to me since my husband died a year and half ago.  Whenever possible she comes with me whatever I am doing.  She’s been sailing and camping and is a regular social visitor.  She has just had a weekend with two Irish Wolf Hounds in Suffolk. Not only does she make a difference to my life but she has become part of a friend’s family helping their son to become dog friendly rather than phobic.  She also spends one day a week with a breast cancer survivor while I am at work.  I am sure this is a 3-way win.  I know that Jip is having a day of pampering, grooming and general dog attention. Jip skips into my friend’s house without a look behind her so I know that she is happy and my friend, who is not well enough to have a dog full time, has a day of looking after a pet.  We are both sure that this is highly beneficial and therapeutic to my friend’s health and wellbeing so a win, win, win situation.”

We are always looking for more people who can care for dogs or cats on short or long-term foster basis. Fosters receive a package of care -  Cinnamon Trust pay all vets bills for the rest of the pet’s life and provide cover for holidays. If you can help please email us suing our contact form.

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 by Cinnamon

Still in Glamorgan, Bronwen and Stan Roberts are enjoying life with William


“Being pensioners when our last cat died we thought she had to be our last pet but over a year later we were still missing having her around. One day a friend told us about The Cinnamon Trust and that they often needed foster homes for older cats and they also took care of veterinary bills. We lost no time in applying to them. Then William arrived. William is the easiest cat we have ever owned he very quickly fitted in with our routine and has just the right balance of independence and affection. He has brought a lot of sunshine into our lives and made our house a home again. We are so grateful to The Cinnamon Trust for bringing us together.”


We are always looking for more people who can care for dogs or cats on short or long-term foster basis. Fosters receive a package of care - Cinnamon Trust pay all vets bills for the rest of the pet’s life and provide cover for holidays. If you can help please email us suing our contact form.
Posted on 20 Jun 2012 by Cinnamon

Tallie, a Staffie/Labrador mix has made Nettie Suder in Hampshire very happy

“I had been without a dog for months, waiting for the right one for me when Tallie was brought to me, confused, eleven years old and very overweight.  She is absolutely no trouble. We spend our days together, when I need to go out and leave her for an hour or two she doesn’t complain and is pleased to see me on my return.  Even my cat has taken to her; Tallie has graciously allowed him to be boss. She is not demanding in any way. I can’t think of any problems.  Everyone likes her.  I have her on a small diet, with some delicacies for interest and she is now losing weight.  I like the company as I live alone, except for these animals. In short the decision to take on an elderly dog has proved totally successful. I will endeavor to make her life as happy as she has already made mine.”

We are always looking for more people who can care for dogs or cats on short or long-term foster basis. Fosters receive a package of care - Cinnamon Trust pay all vets bills for the rest of the pet’s life and provide cover for holidays. If you can help please email us suing our contact form.

Posted on 15 Jun 2012 by Cinnamon

Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels

Hairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels logoHairy Bikers' Meals on Wheels has joined forces with BBC Learning and a range of organisations across the UK to showcase thousands of volunteering opportunities that help older people. They have teamed up with Do-It.org.uk to help potential volunteers find opportunities local to them. The Cinnamon Trust has long been a supporter of Do-it.org.uk and we use it to publicise our appeals for volunteers in some of the most difficult areas of the country where volunteers are hard to find.

The Hairy Biker’s Meals on Wheels mini site is part of the BBC’s website and has a list of charities helping the elderly that need volunteers and The Cinnamon Trust has been lucky enough to be one of the featured national organisations. You can also search the Do-it database for opportunities near you.

As well as posting our appeals on Do-it we also broadcast them on Twitter every day you can follow us every day at @CinnamonTrust .

 

 

 

Posted on 30 Sep 2011 by Cinnamon

Gulliver Travels Again

A Journey to find the Gulliver Ancestors

We are lucky enough to have some very talented volunteers and one in particular is Susan Clarke. Susan has written and published her book tracing her family from both the current family back and from the Norman Conquest forwards. Some of the proceeds of every copy sold will go to The Cinnamon Trust and the book is available through Amazon.

Gulliver Travels Again by Susan E Clarke

Posted on 21 Sep 2011 by Cinnamon

Appeal Success

Last week I started to ‘tweet’ our urgent volunteer appeals. I am pleased to say that we have enrolled one new potential volunteer directly from these tweets. A ‘typical’ case requires about five or more volunteers for a number of reasons. Many volunteers can only offer one walk a week because they have busy lives themselves. Volunteers need time off for holidays or family commitments and everyone can fall ill.

A typical case is such a thing actually exists needs a small supportive network of volunteers so each volunteer does not feel that they are shouldering the entire burden and if for any reason they cannot commit one week it is not a problem. Some of our appeals are in areas where we do already have volunteers but they are already at capacity and we need to bring in more volunteers to support them.
It really does not matter if you feel you can only volunteer for a single walk a week, or you think you go away too often. Volunteering will help lighten the burden of everyone and may make all the difference, like to old saying goes “Many hands make light work”.

If you would like to volunteer you can download the volunteer registration form today.

Posted on 07 Sep 2011 by Cinnamon

How to contact us about an appeal

Yesterday I mentioned that along side our online appeals we also use local newspapers and just by chance yesterday in the HemelToday the Cinnamon Trust was mentioned. Like so many local and national newspapers they have their own online newspaper and they have also mentioned us on their website.

In this particular mention they did not include a telephone number, email or website address. The best way to contact us about any of our appeals is through email and the website. If you do want to respond to any of our appeals you can ‘phone us in 01736 758 707, email volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk or download a volunteer application form from the website http://www.cinnamon.org.uk/volunteers/

If you feel you can help then please get in touch. You can also pass these contact details on to anyone you know who may be interested.

Posted on 02 Sep 2011 by Cinnamon

Volunteer Appeals

We are always looking for new volunteers but it is often the case that where we have the greatest number of cases is also the area where we have the fewest volunteers. On our volunteers page we have a map with pins to highlight where we urgently need volunteers. Not every appeal is for dog walkers, In Birmingham right now we are looking for help with transporting pets, fosterers and dog walking. At the moment we have 31 urgent appeals for volunteers running and we are using a combination of local newspapers, posters and online advertising to highlight these cases.

One of the ways we advertise online is through the Do-It.org.uk website. This website lists thousands of volunteering opportunities across the country and you can search by town or postcode and how far you are prepared to travel etc. We list all our opportunities for volunteering under the ‘Animals’ category and we update this at least every two weeks. So far this year we have welcomed 57 new volunteers through sites like Do-It.

Follow us on twitter at @CinnamonTrust

If you are interested in Twitter then you can follow us at @CinnamonTrust where we have over fourteen hundred followers (and counting). You will be amongst the first to learn about updated appeals and events. Obviously we really appreciate it when our twitter followers retweet our appeals and spread the word beyond our regular following and help in bringing new volunteers to the trust.

Posted on 01 Sep 2011 by Cinnamon

Tale of the Day

OLLIE, OLLIE, OXEN FREE

When we ran a special appeal for more volunteers to help walk bouncy little Ollie, an energetic 2 yr old Jack Russell, we were delighted by the enthusiasm of our newest volunteers. Ollie’s mum Barbara, 75, is overwhelmed. Having limited mobility she is so grateful for the help of The Cinnamon Trust volunteers and would like to say a heartfelt “thank you!” to James, Jane, and Melanie.  Ollie is so much happier now he’s out and about and having a run -- and Barbara is really enjoying meeting and having a chat with some lovely new people!

Jane was over the moon when we told her that we had accepted her application to help walk Ollie. “You can start right away, Jane!” we told her. “Oh, fantastic!” she said. “Can you still hear me? I’m dashing about looking for my wellies as we speak!”

Ollie adores his 90mph walks with Jane  -  they go out for about an hour and he’s very pleased with himself after  hurtling around the river, across the field and snuffling around some very huge shrubs. He’s so full of energy that he still manages to have a bit of puff left for James and Melanie when it’s their turn on his walking rota!!

Jane, James, and Melanie have all said how much they have enjoyed meeting Barbara and Ollie and how they’re looking forward to their new walking routines. We think Jane said it perfectly when she told us:

“If only every day could be filled with such simple pleasures as walking a buddy! And to think that less than 5 days ago, my world was minus an Ollie; now its full of it and I do thank you all at The Cinnamon Trust for this opportunity; I'm permanently wet, my legs ache with all this galloping around and I've never been more smiley!”

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 by Cinnamon

Tale of the Day - Lasting Flame

The story of Sid the dapper, long haired ginger tom is full of love and loss. Poor Sid’s first home was lost when Sue died. His grief was added to when Sid’s companion cat, Cosmo, died shortly afterwards. Sid would have been alone but he had the Cinnamon Trust, thanks to Sue.

Then Sid’s luck changed when The Cinnamon Trust stepped in and our lovely volunteer Sri became his long term foster mum. Sid never quite forgot how quickly things can change. We quickly found him a lifelong foster home with CT volunteer Sri. He blossomed and flourished, he was always in the thick of things and loved cuddles. He loved supervisory duties with Sri’s grandchildren (play monitor), and he was always purring and chatting and he really was a hero.

Sri wrote:

“He saved us and my house from being engulfed in flames.  One night as I was going to sleep I heard a slight noise but thought nothing of it, but Sid was behaving so oddly and refused to settle on the bed as he usually did. I finally said, "Ok, Sid, let's go see what is happening," and found that a light socket was in flames and the fire had spread to the door.”

Then Sid, aged 8 by now, got cancer. As a long term foster cat of course The Cinnamon Trust stepped in immediately and took care of all of his medical expenses . . . and made sure, together with Sri, that he had the very best of care right until the very end ( just as The Trust had promised Sri, and his first loving owner that we would).

Sri said:

"A day before he left me I told him he would go and see Cosmo in heaven, and repeated Cosmo's name a few times and his eyes became saucer like and he purred and purred."

He was a beautiful, chatty, loving cat who missed me whenever I was out for more than a few hours and is very much missed by us all.

 

Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by Cinnamon

Tale of the Week

EBONY AND IVORY

Ebony with Maggie and PhilWhen Ebony’s owner died this 10 year old poodle, who had been a city girl all her life, had no idea that she was about to retire to the country.

Tireless Cinnamon Trust volunteer Maggie (dog walker, short term fosterer, transporter, recruiter, and cat carer!) who had been Ebony’s dog walker was happy to take Ebony to her lifelong foster home with Phil and Sue out in the countryside. Maggie told us:

“I stayed for an hour or so to make sure she was settled and to pass on all the information I could. Ebony roamed about, going upstairs and generally exploring her new surroundings. The house is delightful and just across the road from a beautiful wooded area with bluebells and lots of interesting things to explore. They are only a five-minute walk from the beach.”

I called them the following day to see how the first 24 hours had gone. Suffice to say they are completely in love with Ebony and she is clearly the apple of their eyes. Phil rang me on Wednesday to give me an update. Apparently they can barely walk her because everyone in the town wants to stop and say hello to her. Ebony is eating well, sleeping well and is apparently generally very happy. I am sure Irene would be delighted with this arrangement, knowing that Ebony is loved and contented. I am also sure that Ebony will never forget Irene.”
 
Ebony’s new mum wanted us to know that “Ebony is a right old character and a fantastic addition to the family. She’s so lively! And she’s settled in beautifully!”

Just watch out for those pristine ivory chair covers, Ebony! There’s a good girl!

Posted on 03 Jun 2011 by Cinnamon

Appeals

More coming soon.