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Karlin
19th August 2009, 11:15 PM
I've overhauled the site. Still needs some tweaks here and there but it now has a section that lists individual available dogs.

www.ckcsrescue.com

Now, people apply for each dog individually and I will pick the best applications in the order I receive them as the homing order for a given dog.

Karlin
19th August 2009, 11:19 PM
A bunch of the links in the Links section are incorrect -- they've changed internally for the new version of the board software I guess -- but that will be fixed.

*Pauline*
19th August 2009, 11:25 PM
I love it, it looks classy. I like the detailed information you give about the dogs, on other sites the details can be a bit ambiguous. I hope it makes things easier for you and the dogs are placed easier. Maybe you'll get more calls from people wanting you to rescue their dogs too, I hope you don't get snowed under.

Thank for doing this :)

pippa
19th August 2009, 11:43 PM
Looks great!

sins
19th August 2009, 11:48 PM
It's very good, I love the profile of each individual dog,it can give a potential owner a feel for the dog and how it might suit their home.
Sins

Louise1823
19th August 2009, 11:53 PM
The website looks great! - I especially love the profile sections for each dog. Its so much more personal and made me want to cry reading their stories.. Im sure it'll be great for helping potential owners to decide which dog is right for their home.

Karlin
19th August 2009, 11:59 PM
Thanks -- for some reason the text spacing is wonky on a couple of pages but when I get the time I'll sort it out.

I may have 2-3 more dogs but I think I have a couple of those homed. I HOPE!!!

Justine I will count on you to get me a few good pics of the dogs when they get to you so I can do an entry for each. I don't know the names for those three.

chloe92us
20th August 2009, 12:36 AM
Karlin, I hope you take this with a grain of salt, but I liked your old site! It was so handsome and welcoming- just like our Cavaliers. This one looks more like a research site. I know how much work goes in to designing (or redesigning) a website- this is my husband's profession- and I hate to even say anything but I think you were wanting feedback, right? Regardless, I think having a website is definitely going to help place dogs more quickly. Great idea, and it sounds like you're getting more outside help. :thmbsup:

Karlin
20th August 2009, 12:56 AM
No I appreciate all feedback! :lol: But it has exactly the same content as the old site. All that has really changed content-wise is adding the dog listings and updating the text. I was tired of the old template though and wanted something that used more images and I like a cleaner design. I also want to add some happy endings stories.

misty
20th August 2009, 08:07 AM
I really, really like it :).

The dogs' profiles and pics are excellent and you do get a feel for the individual dogs. :)

kimy27
20th August 2009, 08:15 AM
The site looks great Karlin. I have been reading the rescue section on the forum a lot lately. It is really upsetting to see all those Cavies who don't have a home and I think its really great what you do. I have decided that the next time I get a Cav I will rescue one instead of getting a puppy.

mounie
20th August 2009, 03:42 PM
Karlin, i absolutely agree with kimy27, what a helpful site, clear information, and such a lovely care for cavs, :thmbsup:

chloe92us
20th August 2009, 03:48 PM
I think the template is laid out nicely, and the information is great, but I think the gray color makes it seem cold (warmer colors are more welcoming) and I have an obsession with font types and I loved the font on the title of your old site. If you possibly changed the titles and headings to a different contrasting font (like a script), they would stand out more. Sorry, I'm a design junkie. :rolleyes:

Karlin
20th August 2009, 04:02 PM
Guess we will have to disagree on design tastes! I did the majority of a design diploma a long while back and used to do a lot of publication design. :) I liked the colours of some of the templates in the old design, but actually always hated that script typeface myself -- but people cannot modify iWeb templates so I had to use it. It's poor for readability especially on the internal pages where the size is small.

Also people with different browsers or operating systems see the pages and website colours differently. The new version of IE on Windows seems to make the board very dark :confused:, whereas IE on our work PCs is close to what I see on Firefox or Safari on a Mac. Frustrating!

Justine
20th August 2009, 04:14 PM
Looks good.easy to use...well done.

chloe92us
20th August 2009, 04:17 PM
Agreed! :thmbsup:

Rj Mac
23rd August 2009, 09:43 AM
cl*pBrilliant :thmbsup:

sarahso
23rd August 2009, 10:39 AM
i think its great, gives good information on all the dogs available for re homing and is very clear and easy to read and navigate!

already in my favourites bar so i can keep track!

well done and lets hope all your hard work pays off and these beautiful babies get the forever homes they deserve.:)

*Pauline*
23rd August 2009, 11:20 AM
I'm really enjoying checking in and reading your descriptions Karlin. It's hard not to fall for all of them.

Karlin
23rd August 2009, 12:39 PM
Well people are welcome to fall for SOME of them and apply for dogs! :)

I will consider UK homes if I can arrange homecheck and support via one of the rescues I work with and if people are willing to come across for a dog.

Bet
23rd August 2009, 12:52 PM
Karlin ,

What a Great Site,

Just a Thought in the Future ,could it be Thought About ,having a Site of Cavalier Breeders with a List of their Names who do carry out Health Tests on their Cavaliers, this would be I am sure ,a benefit for Prospective Cavalier Buyers,

I know that all the Health Tests in the World won't guarantee that a Cavalier won't develope a Health Problem in His or Her Life- Time, but at least the Cavalier Buyer will be assured that they are dealing with a Cavalier Breeder who is concerned enough to be carrying out Health Checks on their Breeding Stock.

To-day there must Cavalier Breeders who are doing this, but Cavalier Buyers are not aware of them.

Bet
23rd August 2009, 12:54 PM
Forgot my Name AGAIN !! in my above Post,

Bet ( Hargreaves)

Karlin
23rd August 2009, 12:58 PM
It's OK Bet, you don't need to sign posts as your name is on the top part -- but if you want I can put a signature on your profile so your name automatically appears each time you post.

ideally eventually the clubs will have referral points for scanning breeders or health registries where buyers can be referred. I do get an awful lot of queries with nowhere to easily send people even though I know there are breeders who are scanning and have litters they wish to home to good homes. :)

sarahso
23rd August 2009, 01:06 PM
I will consider UK homes if I can arrange homecheck and support via one of the rescues I work with and if people are willing to come across for a dog.

oooh:rotfl: shouldnt have said that!

if you need home checks in my area - Cheshire - UK let me know i would be more than happy to help:D

Bet
23rd August 2009, 03:49 PM
Thanks Karlin, if you would do that for me.

If only there was a Cavalier Site where Prospective Cavalier Buyers could visit ,knowing that the Cavalier Breeder had done all they could to ensure that their Cavaliers had the chance of Healthier, Longer Lives ,because the Breeder had Health Tested their Breeding Stock.

Maybe not even a Site at the Moment, but some-body who had a List of those Caring Cavalier Breeders

Bet (Hargreaves)

george108
23rd August 2009, 04:32 PM
Karlin, I hope you take this with a grain of salt, but I liked your old site! It was so handsome and welcoming- just like our Cavaliers. This one looks more like a research site. I know how much work goes in to designing (or redesigning) a website- this is my husband's profession- and I hate to even say anything but I think you were wanting feedback, right? Regardless, I think having a website is definitely going to help place dogs more quickly. Great idea, and it sounds like you're getting more outside help. :thmbsup:

Sorry but I can't agree completely. I think the new site is much better. I thought the old site appeared quite basic and I felt that it could be off-putting for people looking for a cav as it had no listings. Love the listings. I'd love to take them all!!! :-)

Wagtails
23rd August 2009, 04:59 PM
If only there was a Cavalier Site where Prospective Cavalier Buyers could visit ,knowing that the Cavalier Breeder had done all they could to ensure that their Cavaliers had the chance of Healthier, Longer Lives ,because the Breeder had Health Tested their Breeding Stock.

Maybe not even a Site at the Moment, but some-body who had a List of those Caring Cavalier Breeders



I agree that this would be the single most useful thing in the world to which prospective puppy purchasers could be referred, but it must be a very difficult list to keep up to date and accurate.

When I was looking for my very first Cavalier way back in the 1980s, I wrote to the Kennel Club for such information. Sadly, as we all know now, they can no longer be relied on, as registration doesn't seem to mean what we all thought it meant.

I have a feeling that Margaret Carter may well have such a list though, at least in development (and in her head, of course). Perhaps she will respond when she gets back from Norfolk with her tribe of 9!!

Karlin
23rd August 2009, 05:50 PM
People can PM Margaret for suggested breeders. She often knows of scanning breeders with puppies or expected litters and can steer buyers in that direction (with the caveat she herself makes that these are not recommendations but just a starting point for the buyer to ask for certificates and scan results and discuss the breeding choices made :thmbsup:).

Bet I'll do you a signature.

OK I set it up so your posts will automatically say

Bet (Hargreaves)

at the end.