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    October 7th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    People across the UK are being urged to join a nationwide ecological experiment ‘The Big Snail Count’ as part of ‘Act on Lungworm’ campaign which is aimed at helping dog owners recognise the link between mollusc activity in their gardens and the risk of lungworm to their pet.

    The initiative will encourage families to take part in a timed snail and slug count within their gardens and local parks, recoding and submitting data on the number, location and activity.

    The Count is ahead of a wider lungworm research programme taking place throughout 2015, which hopes to create an overview of lungworm prevalence and spread across regions of the UK to date.

    Infection with the lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus vasorum) can cause serious health problems in dogs and can even be fatal if not diagnosed and treated.

    Evidence from the Royal Veterinary College confirms the lungworm parasite has spread across the UK, from its traditional habitat in the south of England and Wales, and is now widespread in Central England, also reaching northern regions and Scotland.

    Watch the following video to find out more about lungworm and for details on how you can join ‘The Big Snail Count’.


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    September 23rd, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Produced by MSD Animal Health, this live and interactive web TV show will offer tips and advice on how to make sure your dog stays healthy and happy this autumn

    Show date: Tuesday 23rd September
    Show time: 13.00

    Keeping our precious pooches healthy is the number one priority for responsible pet owners, yet how many of us only take our dogs to the vet when they get sick, or they are in pain?

    Preventative health care is a key aspect of responsible dog ownership, and moving from the summer months into autumn and eventually winter can be a challenging time.

    On the back of long, dry summer and mild autumn, we can expect to see a much higher prevalence of ticks.

    And as we move into the cooler winter months and turn on our central heating, we need to be aware of the potential for fleas to multiply in our warm homes. So what do we need to look out for, to ensure our pets are not subjected to unwanted passengers and the diseases they can bring.

    Log on to our web TV show where Chris Packham and leading vet, Paul Sands, will talk through what you can do to ensure your dogs remain parasite and disease free.

    You can participate in the live show, or watch a recorded video once it has finished, HERE.

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    September 17th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has welcomed the B.U.D Programme (Building Understanding of Dogs) to its Bark and Read Foundation.

    The Bark and Read Foundation, funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, has provided a grant of over £4,000 to the B.U.D Programme, which is run by Maggie McManus and Eryl Restall and is based in north Wales.

    The B.U.D Programme has been run in two secondary schools throughout the year, working with pupils who have been identified as needing support with low confidence and self-esteem, some of whom were displaying potential disaffection and disengagement with school.

    Maggie commented: “Thanks to the support from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, the programme has been able to continue to develop throughout the academic year, engaging with more young people and supporting them in achieving their potential in school. Improved self-esteem and confidence enable pupils to engage more effectively with education.”

    At Ysgol Bryn Elian in Old Colwyn, the programme has been involved in two levels of intervention, one with pupils who are in the school’s Inclusion Centre and the other with Year 7 pupils identified through the school’s literacy strategy as likely to benefit from engaging with the programme.

    At Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno, some Year 7 pupils also took part in the scheme.  All pupils who take part in the programme have an initial Soft Skills Analysis assessment to measure their self-confidence and self-esteem.  On completion of the scheme, the pupils are reassessed to identify progress and also to enable the school to target future intervention for individual pupils.

    The Bark and Read Foundation was set up to support the work of projects such as the B.U.D Programme and already works with Caring Canines, Dogs Helping Kids, Pets As Therapy, Google Literacy Project and Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D) all of which visit schools with dogs and help encourage children to read. To date more than £25,000 has been donated to these charities specifically to support their literacy programmes and the results have been overwhelming – one school has seen a pupil’s reading age increase by 2 years in just 6 months.

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    September 16th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Agility Team GB has enjoyed another year of international success at the world’s most prestigious agility event. Held in Coque in Luxembourg, this year’s FCI Agility World Championships saw Agility Team GB secure gold in the medium individual class, and silver and bronze medals in the team rounds.

    Natasha Wise and her Border Collie, Dizzy were victorious for an amazing fifth time in the Individual Jumping Round, taking the gold medal in 30.38 seconds.

    The large dogs team secured a bronze in the Agility Round and then achieved further success by taking silver overall in the Large Team Final, with a line-up which included mother and daughter Border Collies, Ruby and Scandal.

    The 19th FCI Agility World Championships saw 451 participants from 36 nations take part, including Russia, Brazil, South Africa and Canada. With so many top level participants taking part, Team GB’s performance was highly commendable. Alongside the medal winners there were many other notable achievements.

    Team GB accomplishments were as follows:

    •      Gold – Natasha Wise and Dizzy, Medium Individual Jumping Round

    •      Silver – Large Team Final

    •      Bronze – Large Team Agility Round

    •      7th place – Greg Derrett and Detox, Large Individual Final

    •      14th place – Natasha Wise and Dizzy, Medium Individual Final

    •      17th place – Bernadette Bay and Zaz, Small Individual Final

    Team GB Manager, Mark Laker stated: “This year’s world championships in Luxembourg was a fantastic event where we watched the world’s top dogs and handlers show agility at its very best.

    “Agility Team GB performed admirably and once again showed how strong they were under the highs and lows and pressure experienced at these championships.

    “I’d like to congratulate all the team on their achievements at this event, which has been a culmination of months of training and preparations. The support team have been fantastic; in fact everyone involved in helping these top dogs and handlers get to the line, as best prepared as possible, has worked tirelessly over the last nine months.

    “I’d also like to thank all the people who made the trip to Luxembourg to support the team. Their cheering and encouragement helped to make it an amazing experience.”

    Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Agility1st and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club’s preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact.

    For more information about International Agility, visit:

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    September 16th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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.”

    We are only as accurate as our sources. Know something we don’t? Drop us a line below. 

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    September 1st, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles
    • 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

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    September 1st, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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

    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.

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    August 31st, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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:

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    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:

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    Disney’s ‘Feast’ feeds on food-loving dog Winston – USA Today
    Meet Winston the Dog from Disney’s new short Feast – The Disney Blog
    “Feast” Your Eyes on Disney’s Newest Puppy, Winston – Dog Channel

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    July 29th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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 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

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    July 21st, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    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

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