September 16th, 2014Articles
A summary of the morning’s main headlines on Tuesday 16 September:
The number of animals who died has officially risen after police officers combed the site. The death toll now stands at 60. One survivor of the blaze died at a veterinary hospital on Saturday. Another dog remains seriously ill.
A scene investigation by Greater Manchester Police is continuing to establish the cause of the fire and the emergency services will be at the home all week. Police have warned the public not to identify any suspects or speculate on social media, and asked anyone with information regarding the fire to come forward. The 15 year old who was arrested and released on bail is now under police protection after receiving death threats via the internet.
Over the weekend, hundreds visited the Cheshire Dogs’ Home in Warrington, where many of the 150 survivors from the blaze were taken, meaning dozens of dogs found potential new owners. Some 50 were fostered on Saturday and 22 went to temporary homes on Sunday. (Under the rules of the centre, dogs must be taken into foster care for two weeks, during which time dog and prospective owner will see how they get along. If all goes well, the adoption will be made official.)
The Manchester Evening News Just Giving page has now raised over £1.4 million and will be closed at 2:00 pm today (Tuesday) so that the donations can be passed on to the charity. Simon Cowell has pledged £25,000 and Animal Friends Insurance has donated a further £25,000.
A campaign to gather a list of construction workers and skilled tradesman willing to donate their time to re-build the center for free has made great strides in the past few days. They now have a dedicated website, over 470 Twitter followers and more than 13,600 page likes on Facebook. They will start work as soon as they have permission to access the site.
Dog lovers working on the BBC soap Coronation Street hosted their own fundraiser yesterday, when they brought their pets to the set. This followed one of their co-stars having to apologise for an ill-thought Twitter joke about “hot dogs” on the night the fire broke out. 26-year-old Jack Shepherd, who plays David Platt, explained that he didn’t understand the severity of the situation and also made a donation to the charity.
Meanwhile, the media, including the Huffington Post and the Guardian, have started to comment on the real issues underlying the tragedy; namely that it took such a dramatic event to inspire members of the public to consider rescue dog adoption. A recent report found that Britain processed 110,000 stray and unwanted dogs in 2013, with 21 being put down each day due to lack of space and resources. Manchester Dogs Home alone rehomes around 7000 canines a year, without any government funding. “We are always looking for caring permanent and foster homes for our dogs and often have over 250 dogs that are waiting to find that perfect family.”
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September 1st, 2014Articles
- New film by the Kennel Club shows puppy buyers what to expect from a good breeder and the health perils of puppy farming
- Animated film by the Kennel Club about the dos and don’ts of puppy buying available on the Vet Channel for veterinary waiting rooms
- Vet packs available for the Kennel Club’s annual Puppy Awareness Week to help clamp down on the growing puppy farming trade
The Kennel Club has produced a film in conjunction with TV vet, Marc Abraham, to show puppy buyers what to expect from a responsible breeder and the perils of buying a puppy from a disreputable source.
The Kennel Club is calling on the veterinary profession to help clamp down on the cruel puppy farming trade, by making their clients aware of the importance of buying a puppy from a responsible breeder or rescue home, and has provided films, literature and information that vets can use throughout the week.
The Kennel Club’s annual Puppy Awareness Week, which is taking place from 1st – 7th September, aims to help people find a healthy, happy puppy, whilst raising awareness about the plight of overbred bitches and puppies born into cruel puppy farms.
With as many as one in four people buying pups directly online, through social media, from pet shops or free newspaper ads, outlets often used by puppy farmers, it is a growing problem. The majority fail to see the puppy with its mum or in its breeding environment, and very few receive a puppy contract or relevant health certificates for the puppy’s parents, which indicate the likely health of the pup.
The film shows the consequences of buying a puppy farmed pup, which can include costly treatment for parvovirus, worms, gastro-enteritis, kennel cough and pneumonia, and what a puppy buyer should expect to see when buying from a responsible breeder. The Kennel Club has also provided an animated film, with graphics, about the dos and don’ts of buying a puppy which can be played in vets’ waiting rooms and is available through the Vets Channel.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We need to raise awareness amongst puppy buyers about the importance of not buying from rogue dealers, who are making money at the expense of their dogs’ welfare.
“The veterinary profession have a captive audience of animal lovers who can then go on to be great champions of the cause, spreading the message about buying a puppy responsibly further afield.
“If we could spread one simple message that people can easily remember it is ‘ABS is Best’ as the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the country that sets standards for and inspects dog breeders before they join the scheme and every three years, giving puppy buyers confidence in their credentials.”
Marc Abraham, TV vet and founder of the Pup Aid campaign, said: “People need to understand that it is not acceptable to buy a puppy without seeing it interacting with its mum, without seeing the breeding environment, without a contract of sale, or without health test certificates; and need to know how to spot the signs of a puppy farmer early on, as once people get to a pet shop, garden centre or an irresponsible breeder’s house, it’s often too late because they want to rescue the pup.”
Pup Aid has secured a parliamentary debate about banning the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops, which are often from puppy farms, on 4thSeptember, after an e-petition received over 100,000 signatures.
The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme was established in 2004 and last year the Kennel Club received UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Services) accreditation to certify breeders on the scheme. This is much needed in a market where dog breeding is largely unregulated. Kennel Club Assured Breeders have to abide by the Scheme Standard, which includes ensuring that puppies are shown with their mum, that the parents are given the appropriate health tests for their breed before they are bred from, that they have a clean and safe breeding environment and are given the correct vaccinations.
In addition to the materials available for PAW, the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have also worked with trainer Carolyn Menteith to produce the Puppy Socialisation Plan, which can be used by breeders and puppy buyers to socialise their pups, which is something the puppy farmers will fail to do and helps puppy buyers to distinguish good from bad breeders.
Puppy Awareness Week takes place from 1st – 7th September and the Pup Aid event founded and organised by Marc Abraham takes place on September 6thin Primrose Hill, London. To find out more, and to order a PAW veterinary pack visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw.Tags: PAW 2014
September 1st, 2014Articles
New research reveals the true cost of buying a puppy and the deadly disease lurking in pet shops
- One in five pet shop puppies contracts deadly parvovirus
- One in five people are staggered by the cost of treating their sickly puppy
- One in four continue to buy from pet shops, newspaper ads or online outlets often used by puppy farmers
The true cost of buying a puppy is soaring, with one in five bought from pet shops contracting a potentially deadly disease within six months, as more and more people are getting their puppies from pet shops, the internet and free newspaper ads, all outlets often used by puppy farmers.
Research conducted by the Kennel Club for its annual Puppy Awareness Week (1-7 September) has revealed that puppies bought from pet shops are four times more likely to contract the potentially deadly parvovirus, which can cost thousands of pounds to treat, as one in five end up with the disease. The Kennel Club and other animal welfare organisations are campaigning to end the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops.
This comes as the Pup Aid campaign, which is supported by the Kennel Club and Ricky Gervais, has secured a debate in parliament on 4 September about banning the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops, where the animal’s mum is not present, after the second largest animal welfare petition of all time received over 111,500 signatures.
The Kennel Club survey showed that 16 percent of people say they have bought a puppy from a pet shop, which amounts to almost 1.5million puppies. Others buy directly from the internet (3 percent) or free newspaper ads (5 percent), with no contact with the breeder or puppy before buying – meaning that almost one in four are buying from outlets commonly used by puppy farmers.
Marc Abraham, Kennel Club Veterinary Advisor and founder of the Pup Aid campaign, said: “Parvovirus is a horrible disease that is frequently contracted by pups from puppy farms because of the filthy conditions that they are kept in. It is no surprise that so many pet shop pups are contracting this disease, as they frequently come from puppy farms. Puppy farmers will not want you to see the puppy’s mum, who will probably be unhealthy and overbred, or see the pup’s home environment and will go to great lengths to keep you away. I developed the Pup Aid campaign and support the Kennel Club’s Puppy Awareness Week because it is crucial that we stop this unnecessary suffering.”
The cost of buying a puppy from a disreputable source is hitting people in the pocket, with one in five people surveyed by the Kennel Club saying that they spent a lot more on vets’ fees than they anticipated when first buying a dog. This number is more than a third (38 percent) when the pup came from a pet shop and a quarter (26 percent) when bought online.
Common conditions suffered by puppy farmed pups include parvovirus, which can cost up to £2,000 per pup to treat; worms which can cost up to £1,000 if they create diarrhoea requiring a drip; and up to £3,000 if they create surgical problems requiring an abdominal operation.
One in four people say that they think, in hindsight, their puppy could have come from a puppy farm. Many people simply do not know what to expect from a breeder when buying a puppy. Shockingly, 31 percent of people never see their puppy with its mother, more than half don’t see the puppy’s breeding environment (this number excludes those buying rescue dogs) and 65 percent do not get health certificates for the pup’s parents. These are classic signs that a breeder is irresponsible and has something to hide – and these breeders will often sell their pups through dealers, who meet puppy buyers at neutral locations such as motorway services, through pet shops, or directly over the internet, with the buyer only seeing the pup on collection.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Puppy farming is a horrific industry that can only be halted if puppy buyers get wise to where puppy farmers sell their pups and the kind of corners they will cut, which is why we created Puppy Awareness Week. We urge people to do their research before they buy apuppy and to always go to a Kennel Club Assured Breeder, rescue home or a breeder they know they can trust – otherwise they will pay a high price financially and emotionally, further down the line.
“The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the country that sets standards for and inspects dog breeders, and the Kennel Club has UKAS recognition to certify these breeders. Outside of this scheme, puppy farming is rife and there is little regulation, so it is hard for puppy buyers to know who to trust.”
The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have also worked with dog behaviourist Carolyn Menteith to develop the Puppy Socialisation Plan, as responsible breeders will be dedicated to socialising their puppies, whereas puppy farmed pups typically exhibit behavioural problems.
The Kennel Club has made a YouTube film showing the dos and don’ts of buying a puppy which can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/paw.
The Kennel Club is supporting Pup Aid’s annual Pup Aid event, being held at Primrose Hill on 6 September, which is a fun, celebrity-backed dog show.Tags: PAW 2014
August 31st, 2014Articles
We know that a picture is worth a thousand words (and pictures of cartoon puppies are probably even more valuable), so we won’t waste too much time introducing Disney’s newest canine star while images like this are available:
This adorable little fellow is Winston, the focal character of Feast, a new animated short which will be released on 7 November 2014, attached to full length feature Big Hero 6. (The first Disney animated film to feature Marvel characters since The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment.)
“Feast is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share” says director Patrick Osborne.
The short starts when a human named James offers puppy Winston a French Fry. From there a relationship grows and you see 12 years pass based on the ‘feasts’ the two share, some accidentally spilled, all from Winston’s perspective. The food changes as the two mature and a woman enters James’ life. (At first this is a setback for Winston as nachos and spaghetti give way to Brussels sprouts and hummus, but he gets over it.)
Although he grew up with Dachshunds, Osborne chose a terrier to be the hero in his film. “There’s something about that expressive face. To be able to work with that is pretty cool,” he says. The team even brought in three Bostons for a day of inspection. They monitored how the dogs act and, crucially, how they eat.
“Winston is a star terrier that’s full of energy. Like any of us, he is looking for food and some kind of emotional connection.”
Initial reviews indicate that the short has been incredibly popular with audiences and that Winston is ready to take his place in our hearts next to Pluto, Pongo and all the other Disney dogs. Here’s another picture, just in case the first one wasn’t enough to convince you:
July 29th, 2014Articles
Could your dog be a record breaker?
Obedient dogs around the UK are being asked to join a Guinness World Record attempt for the ‘Largest Simultaneous Dog Stay’ organised by the Kennel Club on Friday 8th August at 6pm at the International Agility Festival.
The Kennel Club is calling for dogs that are able to stay for two minutes or more to take part in the Guinness World Record attempt with their owners at the International Agility Festival in Rockingham, Northamptonshire for the festival’s 10th anniversary.
The stay is two minutes and dogs can either be sitting or lying down in the upright position, i.e. not on its side or back. The record will be attempted by a group of dogs and handlers and will be measured by the number of dogs. People are able to compete with more than one dog.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “In celebration of the International Agility Festival’s 10th anniversary we are hoping to break the record. The current record is 627 dogs and we are calling for those who are sure their dog is able to do the two minute stay to get involved.”
“No matter what your dog takes part in, whether that is agility, showing, obedience or working trials, we would like you to take part to promote the benefits of well-trained dogs and responsible dog ownership.”
The Kennel Club International Agility Festival, which is kindly supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, will feature around 2,500 dogs of all types, sizes and experience levels competing across 15 agility rings, with dogs jumping and weaving their way around the various courses. The festival is the world’s largest agility festival and sees competitors from all over the world travel to compete.
For anyone who is interested in taking part in the Guinness World Record attempt please fill in your details here https://www.surveymonkey.com/
s/IAFdogstay. The festival is free to enter but there is a £5 parking charge. The Kennel Club is asking people to arrive at the exercise area near to the companion dog ring from 5.15pm to give everyone enough time to get into place. Everyone who takes part will automatically enter a raffle with one winner winning £500.
For more information on the festival, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/
July 21st, 2014Articles
More than half of Britain’s eight million dog owners have sacrificed a holiday because of their dogs but 71 per cent of dog owners would be more likely to go on holiday if they could take them, according to new research by the Kennel Club that looks at dog owners’ holiday habits. Furthermore, 58 per cent miss their dogs more than their friends and families when they do decide to go on holiday.
The Kennel Club has released research for the launch of its Be Dog Friendly Week which found that 32 per cent of dog owners do not take their dogs on holiday with them and 44 per cent of them feel guilty, upset or disappointed when they go away without their four-legged friends.
The good news is, scientist now believe that our dogs may actually enjoy staying in kennels! For more info, click here
This upsetting trend is likely to have a negative impact on Britain’s businesses, many of which risk missing out on the valuable so-called ‘hound pound’, as 71 per cent of dog owners tend to have their holiday in the UK. Kennel Club research has also shown that 47 per cent of dog owners tend to spend more than they save and that 71 per cent of them would be more likely to go on holiday if they could take their dogs.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The research is worrying. People feel really guilty and upset when they leave their dogs to go on holiday, missing them more than their friends and family, which is why the majority of dog owners surveyed would tend to opt for a ‘staycation’ if they could take their dog along with them. That is why it is so frustrating that the UK continues to fail miserably next to other European countries when it comes to dog friendliness, with our anti-dog stance stopping almost five million dog owners from enjoying British services and holiday destinations.
“In difficult financial times, when many are struggling, businesses are missing an opportunity because our research has shown that four out of five businesses with a dog-friendly policy say it has helped them attract more customers and has had a beneficial effect on staff. This clearly indicates that the UK’s economy could massively benefit from the so-called ‘hound pound’ just as much as the millions of dog owners in this country.”
“We are encouraging businesses across the UK to adopt a dog friendly attitude even if it’s just for a day or two as part of our Be Dog Friendly Week to experience the many wonderful benefits that being around dogs can bring.”
Steve Bennett from Dog Friendly, sponsor of the campaign says: ‘Finding the best places to stay with your dog is never easy. The Dog Friendly database is the UK’s largest with over 32,000 dog friendly businesses and locations which are a real godsend to dog owners searching for suitable accommodation during the holiday season.”
As part of Be Dog Friendly Week, the Kennel Club has launched the 2014 Be Dog Friendly Awards to reward and encourage businesses and public places across the UK that adopt a dog friendly attitude.
The awards are being held in association with Dog Friendly, the UK’s leading directory with over 32,000 carefully selected dog friendly entries in 19 categories.
To find out more, visit www.bedogfriendlyawards.co.uk.
July 4th, 2014Articles
This is Kheva the Pyrenean Sheepdog. You may remember her from our Crufts Show Tails featurette; she came Second in Junior and Post Graduate and also took part in the Good Citizen Silver display team. When she’s not strutting her stuff in the show ring, she participates in flyball and agility and loves hanging out with her JRT sister Jinty. Plus, she’s a qualified PAT dog.
Just 16 months old, she is full of beans, as you can see in this video.
Unfortunately, Kheva recently had an accident and required surgery for a luxating patella. She had the procedure last week and is thus far recovering well.
Kheva will be on crate rest for the next couple of months, and her owner Jeanna reports that she’s finding it rather difficult; Kheva wants to be out having adventures, not stuck inside all day! Jeanna is looking for ways to keep Kheva’s brain working while her body rests.
If any of our readers have unloved activity toys or doggie puzzles kicking around, we’re sure Kheva would appreciate them (postal address below). Or, if you have any advice for Jeanna as to how to keep an active Pyre still(ish) while she recovers, please leave a comment below.
Alternatively, if you have a few pounds to spare, please consider donating them towards the cost of Kheva’s treatment, post-operative pampering and treats.
Kheva is very special to Jeanna, who says that the fluffy pup helped her get through a breakup, redundancy and losing her home. Her sister Jinty was recently the recipient of a Dogs Today Medal at the London Pet Show, and Kheva accompanied them every step of the way. Jeanna just wants the best for her highly active dog and is hating seeing her cooped up and bored.
If there’s any way that any of our readers can help, it would be much appreciated.
For updates on Kheva’s progress, you can follow her Facebook page.
Gifts to be posted to: Jeannie G, c/o Hardys Publishing, 15c High Street, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 5DP
July 1st, 2014Articles
A quarter of all dog owners (26%) and over a third (40%) of cat owners have not microchipped at least one of their pets, a new study has found.
26% of dog owners have not had their dog microchipped
40% of cat owners have not had their cat microchipped
1 in 7 pet owners who have had a pet stolen or go missing never got their pet back
Vets don’t routinely check new patients for microchips
A shocking one third of owners are not safeguarding their pets by having them microchipped, and worryingly 21% of pet owners have had a cat or dog stolen. The independent survey carried out by Animal Friends also found that 14% of pet owners who have had a pet stolen or go missing never got their pet back.
Official police data shows the equivalent of at least three cats and dogs were stolen each day last year, according to the organisation Vets Get Scanning. With such high pet theft figures, and since microchips are intended to help reunite a lost pet with its owner, micro-chipping should be an important aspect of owning a pet.
However, this new study reveals that for almost one in six owners this is far from the case: 15% chose ‘I haven’t thought about it’ as the reason behind not micro-chipping their pet, making this the most popular reason given, and demonstrating a lack of public awareness of the identification method.
The animal insurance provider’s research found that one in ten people (10%) chose ‘my pet never leaves my side or somewhere safe like a house’ as their main reason for not getting their pet micro-chipped. However, recent statistics released by Vets Get Scanning found that 52% of pets are in fact stolen from their own gardens, while 19% are taken from people’s homes in a house burglary.
Awareness of micro-chipping may not be enough to secure a safe return should your pet go missing, though: Animal Friends’ study also addressed an issue concerning vets not making use of the microchips pets are carrying.
Currently, vets do not routinely scan animals brought in to them – something that the majority of people questioned view as wrong: 72% of those surveyed think that all animals admitted to a vet’s care should have their microchips checked. Just 21% believe the vet should need a reason, saying this should only be done if the vet is suspicious that the pet may be stolen.
From April 2016, it will be mandatory for all dogs to be micro-chipped, and Vets Get Scanning notes that the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has now stated: “We support scanning new patients as best practice”, indicating that micro-chipping pets is the future, and that it should become increasingly effective as scanning becomes routine.
Debbie Matthews, daughter of presenter and entertainer Sir Bryce Forsyth, is one high-profile believer that vets should routinely scan pets admitted to their care. After her Yorkshire Terriers, Gizmo and Widget, were stolen from her car, Debbie was horrified to hear that vets don’t scan pets for microchips – meaning that the identification devices in her dogs wouldn’t necessarily help her find them.
In fact, it was only through the media attention the case attracted that Debbie was reunited with her pets. Debbie is now an active campaigner of the Vets Get Scanning petition to get vets to adopt a practice policy where all dogs that come into their practice are routinely scanned for microchips on their first visit.
Debbie told Animal Friends: “Each vet practice sets their own practice policy, which means although BVA (British Veterinary Association) now states it is ‘best practice’ to scan new registering pets, they don’t all have to. We started the campaign after we found out that when a stolen dog is sold on to an unsuspecting new owner, no scan would be done on registering a new pet accompanied by an owner.
Microchips only reunite pet and owner if a pet is scanned. Owners of microchipped pets assume that this is already happening but it appears they are wrong. You only find out who is and who is not scanning when your pet goes missing or is stolen. This campaign is now aimed not just at vets but also rehoming centres, dog wardens, highway agencies and rail networks. It’s not hard to see why so many missing dogs and cats are never found with the lack of scanning going on.
Further stats can be found here.
April 23rd, 2014Articles
Dear Dogs In The News Reader,
Now that Easter is over and our thoughts begin to turn to warmer weather, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a very worthy campaign which Dogs In The News are proud to support.
The international “Don’t Cook Your Dog” campaign was launched in June 2011 as a response to the tragic and preventable death of two police dogs, who were left in a hot car. Chay, a Belgian Shepherd Malinois, and Milly, a GSD who was only five months old, were left to bake in a civilian car outside a police station while their handler attended a meeting. (Two summers previously, in June 2009, Jet and JJ (also Police trained GSDs) suffered a similar fate.) We’ve been reporting the canine headlines for four years now, and sadly these dogs are not the only ones who have lost their lives in that time, simply because their owners forgot that dogs die in hot cars.
One of the key elements of the DCYD campaign is a car window sticker, which aims to remind people of the dangers of leaving dogs in cars during the summer. We would love to see one of these in every car in Britain, and to never have to read about a dog dying in a hot car ever again.
This drive to spread the message is more important than ever as spring develops into summer approaches and the weather warms up.
To that end, we are very happy to help the campaign in our own little way by providing the car window stickers free of charge.
So, we invite you to order yours now! Just click HERE and we shall get one out to you very shortly.
We hope you will join us in spreading this important message. Don’t forget to visit the official campaign website for more details.
The DITN TeamTags: Articles, Dogs Die In Hot Cars
March 28th, 2014Articles
Sandra Willis, who lives aboard her 57ft narrowboat Golden Boyz with her 2 golden retrievers, has launched a new roving canal trading business selling doggie gifts in Birmingham. Sandra says “as pop up shops are very popular at the moment I thought I’d join in with a float up shop”. This shop is exactly that; Sandra cruises or floats along the canal, finds a good mooring spot & literally opens up her shop aboard her narrowboat.
Sandra launched her new float up shop, Golden Boyz Doggie Gifts, on 17 March outside the NIA and it’s current and future locations can be found on it’s Facebook page. They also have a blog where you can follow their adventures.
Sandra is selling all sorts of doggie gifts both for dogs and humans and is mainly selling the type of products you can’t get elsewhere. For the dogs as well as a range of wholesome and nutritious biscuits in a large selection of flavours; there’s doggie Herbal teas, doggie popcorn for when you’re watching those Lassie repeats, naturally shed antler chews,and fashionable doggie bandanas. For the humans there’s lots of doggie branded gifts including dogopoly board games, dog themed greeting cards and pictures as well as other merchandise such as pens, bags, jewellery and Tshirts.
There are a number of floating markets around the county this year and Sandra will be attending most of them as well as of course floating up to numerous towpath locations throughout her region. Why not pop along and say hello to her and her 2 little furry sales assistants?