The Flat Coated Retriever Rescue Network: News in June 2022

Introductory Statement

Our introductory statement has helped to answer inquiries from guardians who are contemplating the surrender of a flat coated retriever, potential adopters and potential members of the network. The statement can be read at: http://www.iainrobbe.com/fcrrn_01/

John Doe

In early May the FCRRN were contacted about a flat coated retriever aged 14 months who needed a home. John Doe (pseudonym) is a COVID-19 lockdown puppy and it seems he has had minimal training. He is apparently very strong and wilful and he needed an experienced adopter.

He was in foster care that had been organised by the Flat Coated Retriever Society rescue, rehousing and welfare scheme. We heard about John Doe through a friend who is a member of the Flat Coated Retriever Society and who also knows about the FCRRN.

The good news is that John Doe has found a good long-term home, all being well, via the Flat Coated Retriever Society rescue, rehousing and welfare scheme. He will need a lot of love and training.


Later in May the FCRRN were contacted about a flat coated retriever cross called Shadow whose details had been posted by the Black Retriever Cross Rescue (2022) on Facebook. Shadow is about four and he is allegedly “too lively and an escape artist.” It seems the Facebook posting led to some immediate interest so he went to a home in England once he arrived from Eire at the beginning of June.

The Black Retriever Cross Rescue and the FCRRN have agreed to collaborate in the future to help a dog in need which is a positive step.

For both John Doe and Shadow the FCRRN were able to involve two different potential adopters which is heartening. The more choice there is for a potential home then the better the chances of finding a home that can truly meet the needs of the dog.

The Green Light

The FCRRN have responded to several inquiries about our work. The inquiries have been along the lines of, “what if we had to surrender our beloved flat coated retriever…could you help?” Our response is that we are available to help because we have members who are keen to adopt a flat coated retriever and the FCRRN practise our principles of openness, trust, and high emotional intelligence.

Happily there has not been the trauma and sadness of a surrender but it seems the knowledge that we can help is beneficial.

These inquiries have been reminiscent of a moving comment in Amy Bloom’s recent book (Bloom, 2022) where, in a different context, receiving a green light that help is available provides, “the reassurance, the insurance,” and that is all that is needed for now.

Our key aim is to improve the quality of life of flat coated retrievers so please contact us if you think the FCRRN could help.

Dr Iain J Robbé

On behalf of the Flat Coated Retriever Rescue Network (FCRRN)

Email: walesandwm@gmail.com


“Rescues R Us”

Black Retriever Cross Rescue   https://www.facebook.com/BlackRetrieverXRescue

Bloom, A. (2022). In Love. A Memoir of Love and Loss. London: Granta Publications.

This entry was posted in Flat Coated Retriever Rescue Network by Iain Robbe. Bookmark the permalink.

About Iain Robbe

I am a medical practitioner (MB, BS, 1980; MRCS, LRCP, 1980) registered with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I have reactivated my licence to practise and I am providing telephone support to vulnerable elderly to assist them during the pandemic. I remain active as a Clinical Medical Educationist participating in a number of projects with the universities of St Mary’s and Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and Mount Allison in New Brunswick, inter alia, and separately with three of the veterinary schools in the UK. My focus is on teaching and research in professionalism, ethics, and communications, and particularly the influences of vernacular architecture on the creation of positive learning experiences in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. I have the degree of Master in Public Health from the University of London (1985) and the degree of Master in Medical Education with distinction from the University of Wales (2001). The guiding principles in my practices are based on andragogy and humanism, and the prime ethical principle of autonomy for the individual and in population health.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *