Canine News and Woofdates:

by Shadow the Therapy Dog.

Part of the BBC.

Broadcasting Border Collies.

Uppingham – Leicester Road Allotments.

July 2nd/3rd

Over 10 Allotment Sheds/Properties broken into and other acts of vandalism.

Hiya!  I’m Shadow, the Border Collie crossed with a Kelpie.

I was a rescue dog!  Now look at me!

I spend all day with my hooman.

10 Minutes in the shade

10 Minutes in the shade.

He is lovely, he walks me and feeds me, and him and his Lady hooman like to play ball and fetch with me all day!

She is especially nice with the treats and fusses.

My hooman takes me to see lots of big lovely gardens during the week as part of his Business and work; but at the weekend!!!

“What do you mean not everyone gets to take their Dog to work every day?”

We spend it mostly at the allotment!!!


Shadow LOVES it at the allotment!

Lot’s of butterflies to try and train to land on my nose; which tickles but makes me laugh and smile.

I adore watching the Red Kites circling above looking for food and riding the thermals.

Best of all though; I like falling asleep in the sun with my nose smooshed up in the shade near the shed door while my hooman and his Lady work on the allotment and grow me things to sniff or for my ball to hide under while I play “Seek Seek Seek!”

(Oh and soft little trees for me to widdle up all the time!  I can leave all the Pee-Mail I want for the other dogs that come visit!)


This week was different though!

Something bad had happened when we got there after work one day.  Things smelt wrong, bad wrong, strangers had been at the shed!




What has happened; what is this sticky smelly stuff on my spot?????

“Where are my ball and treats????”

Shadow spoke with his Hooman about this incident; this is what was reported when the break in was discovered.

Multiple small items taken and some larger tools, many sheds broken into or damaged in the process.  After seeing what was posted on Social Media and then by myself when I arrived after work; I have spoken with several of the other plot owners who have been broken into and had items taken.

Following this I have spoken to the Council Clerk briefly to report the theft and the response was…

Thank you for your email and I am sorry to hear that your shed has been broken into and the other behaviour that you have witnessed.
As a Council there is very little that we can do, however I reported the shed break-ins to our local police last week and I will forward your email, so that the police get a full picture of what is happening at the allotments and can add the area to their patrols to make it a less appealing space for the activities you described.
Kind regards,
Kellie Sabin
Deputy Clerk
Uppingham Town Council


The sad part is the Oil thrown over the slabs outside a shed for us personally.   [Shadow, my partner and I.]

As this is where Shadow likes to unwind and sunbathe while keeping his head in the shade of a large pot or by the shed door.


Nice of the thieves to take the window out and not break it though; for that Shadow and I are appreciative.

While trying to clear the Oil thrown for some reason over the slabs is not an easy job; it has to be done or Shadow may walk through it and get it on his paws or fur.  Wouldn’t want to think about what that would do to him; let alone if he had sliced his paw open on broken glass.


Some small items and a broken pair of Petrol powered hedge cutters were stolen out of the shed.

(Mountfield 60cm 2 Stroke Hedge Cutters ~ blades with a broken tooth; Right side/far end of blades.  Engine failing due to lengthy prolonged use.)


At least it didn’t mean a trip to the vets and a bill like it could have cost if Shadow had got there before we knew what might be waiting.  If we didn’t know about the break ins; Shadow might have run into the Oil that was left behind or ran over broken glass and indeed lucky given the large splinters left behind when forcing into the shed window.

The Police and council are aware of the incident and the situation is being monitored and information collated by the authorities.

Anyone with information should contact Uppingham Police or the Town Clerk for information to be shared or included in the investigation.

I know what you smell like; I won’t forget your smell in a hurry!

Shadow stare

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my Ball go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will Pee all over you.