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    June 24th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    President of the British Veterinary Association Sean Wensley said:

    “The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have a significant impact on matters of interest to the veterinary profession, particularly in relation to regulation, education, and workforce planning, but also in terms of animal welfare, research, surveillance, and animal movements.

    “BVA will work hard to ensure the voice of the veterinary profession is heard during the negotiation and discussions that will now begin, in order to secure the best possible outcomes for our profession and for animal health and welfare in the UK. The Vet Futures report provides an excellent summary of issues we need to consider in those discussions, and the Vet Futures Action Plan, due to be launched at the Vet Futures Summit on 4 July, outlines key initiatives that we need to take forward, albeit with revised timelines while the full impact of Brexit is determined.

    “BVA will retain an outward looking and inclusive perspective through our relationships with international partners, including the Federation of Veterinarians for Europe (FVE), Commonwealth Veterinary Association (CVA) and World Veterinary Association (WVA) to ensure the UK veterinary profession continues to influence and engage on cross border issues such as disease surveillance, veterinary medicines and antimicrobial resistance.”

    The BVA is the national representative body for the veterinary profession in the UK. They represent the views of their 15,000 members on animal health and welfare, and veterinary policy issues to government, parliamentarians and key influencers in the UK and EU.

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    June 10th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Across National Volunteers’ Week (1–12 June), Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are celebrating their volunteers and foster carers who have donated 55,848 hours to the Home already this year. That’s the equivalent of over 6 years and 4 months, roughly the same age as Staffordshire Bull Terrier Zena who is currently looking for a new home. Zena is one the 220 cats and 260 dogs that Battersea typically cares for across its three centres at any one time. Without over 1,200 dedicated volunteers – generously supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery – this simply wouldn’t be possible. Battersea’s volunteers assist staff in a huge variety of ways. In addition to animal-welfare roles, volunteers are involved in office duties, representing the Home at events, helping to raise vital funds, showing visitors around our centres, and even visiting schools to educate children about our cause and responsible pet ownership.

    Charlotte Fielder, Battersea’s Head of Volunteering, commented “Whenever I talk to our volunteers and foster carers or I’m told of an achievement I am humbled by their dedication to their roles and their contribution to creating a place where dogs and cats are treated with love, care and respect. During this very special National Volunteers’ Week I want to publicly recognise the efforts of our volunteers and foster carers and say thank you on behalf of all the staff and all the animals currently in our care.”

    Zena is one of 400 animals that have been cared for by a Battersea foster carer this year. Our dog foster carers provide a welcoming and reassuring home environment – from a few nights to several months – for those dogs that simply cannot cope in Battersea’s kennels. For our most vulnerable or traumatised dogs this can be lifesaving. Similarly, cat foster families care for felines of all ages while they await permanent homes. This can be helping new mums care for litters, hand-rearing orphan kittens or looking after adult cats that need the peace and quiet of a home while they recover from medical treatment.

    A £200,000 award from the generous players of People’s Postcode Lottery is helping to expand the Home’s volunteering and fostering programme. Thanks to this, each and every volunteer at the Home can be supported by a dedicated team and provided with the training, uniform, and equipment they require. For the Home’s 259 active foster carers, this vital support means the Home can provide them with everything they need to offer a safe and pleasant experience for our animals – whether a calm taxi journey home with a stressed dog or special milk for young kittens.

    Battersea is currently welcoming applications from new foster carers, particularly those local to the Home’s Old Windsor (Berkshire) and Brands Hatch (Kent) centres. For more information on fostering cats or dogs, or to enquire about rehoming Zena, please visit www.battersea.org.uk.

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    June 9th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    This Sunday (12 June), a dedicated Battersea Dogs & Cats Home volunteer who has transformed the lives of many anxious and abused dogs will join thousands of charity supporters on The Mall in London for a huge street party to mark The Queen’s birthday. Chris McLean, from Surbiton, will attend The Patron’s Lunch, a celebration of The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations – including Battersea.

    Chris McLean with foster dogsChris began volunteering at Battersea as a foster carer in 2010, wanting to offer anxious and abandoned dogs a better start in finding their forever home, after rehoming a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Willow from Battersea. Since then, her dedication to the Home has grown year-on-year and her volunteering activities now include spreading responsible ownership messages in London’s hard to reach communities, fundraising, campaigning for dog welfare, visiting potential new rescue dog owners and bringing her own Battersea dogs to fly the flag for Battersea at every event and open day she can. This is all alongside Chris’ job as a community matron for the long-term ill.

    Chris, regarded by staff and fellow volunteers as one of Battersea’s most respected and trusted volunteers, was selected to attend the lunch in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Home. With The Patron’s Lunch falling on the final day of National Volunteers’ Week (1–12 June), Battersea’s Head of Volunteering Charlotte Fielder explains why Chris stands out among Battersea’s 1,200 active volunteers: “The patience, compassion and joy Chris displays in any task given is truly inspirational. She is a trusted representative of the Home and takes on dogs when no one else can to change their lives. It’s Chris we immediately think of whenever we have a vulnerable or traumatised dog in need of additional care and nurturing – she really is a life saver for these dogs. We hope she always knows how grateful we are of her dedication to Battersea.” Chris commented “I can honestly say I feel excited, honoured and ever so slightly nervous”.

    Others representing Battersea at The Patron’s Lunch include Claire Horton, Veterinary Director Shaun Opperman, and Acting Volunteer Manager Mike Puddy. Chris, Claire, Shaun and Mike are all available for media opportunities.

    The celebrations on the day will include a 1,500-strong parade, in which around 20 Battersea volunteers and staff members are taking part. Members of the public can watch the entertainment parade and the day’s Royal proceedings either live on BBC One or via live screenings in nearby St James’s Park or Green Park.

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    June 8th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The UK’s largest organisation devoted to dog health, welfare and training – the Kennel Club – joined forces with Matthew Offord MP in Parliament yesterday (7 June) at an event calling for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars in the UK. The event for MPs raised awareness of the negative effects of electric shock collars on dog welfare and gave MPs in attendance the opportunity to try out one of the painful devices on themselves.

    Electric shock collars are fitted around a dog’s neck and deliver an electric shock via a remote control or automatic trigger. They train dogs out of fear of further punishment by administering shocks to the dog when they do not perform what is asked of them.

    Research published by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) concluded that the use of electric shock collars as a training method has a long term negative welfare impact on dogs. Furthermore, an independent survey commissioned by the Kennel Club in 2014 found that 73 per cent of the British public are against the use of electric shock collars and 74 per cent would support the Government in introducing a ban on their use.

    The MPs who attended the event in Parliament to show their support to the Kennel Club’s campaign against the sale and use of electric shock collars were:

    Andrea Jenkyns, Conservative, Morley and Outwood
    Chris Stephens, SNP, Glasgow South West
    Danny Kinanhan, Ulster Unionist Party, South Antrim
    Matthew Offord (who sponsored the event), Conservative, Hendon
    Rob Flello, Labour, Stoke on Trent South
    Martin Docherty, SNP, West Dunbartonshire
    Graham Evans, Conservative, Weaver Vale
    Angela Rayner, Labour, Ashton Under Lyme
    Heather Wheeler, Conservative, South Derbyshire
    Scott Mann, Conservative, North Cornwall
    Alan Brown, SNP, Kilmarnock and Loudoun
    Mark Durkan, Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are very thankful to the twelve MPs who came to show their support for a ban on electric shock collars and we hope to continue to engage with them and other MPs on our work to improve dog welfare through a ban on these cruel devices.”

    The Kennel Club strongly believes that every dog should be trained using humane, reward-based methods. These are proven to be highly successful in modifying behaviour including aggression, without subjecting dogs to pain or cruelty. 

    To find out more about the campaign to ban electric shock collars, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/electric-shock-collar.

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    May 20th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    The Crufts Committee has announced that the Breeders’ Competition will be reintroduced at Crufts 2017 as a stand-alone event on Saturday 11 March. Called the Crufts Breeders’ Competition, a maximum of 60 teams will compete and entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

    The regulations for this special competition are as follows:

    Each team must comprise three or four exhibits of the same breed.Each dog must have its own handler.Dogs do not need to be entered in a breed class at the show.All dogs must have the same registered breeder or breeder partnership. No combination of different breeders is permitted.Judges at the show are ineligible to enter.Breeders may enter more than one team.Any Variety Imported Register Breeds may not compete in this competition.Entries will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, KC Regulation F(1)9(d) does not apply.

    The entry fee for each group will be £10, payable online via a link to the Crufts office which will be published in due course. Exhibitors are also advised that ‘pre judging’ will be in operation on the Saturday from 2pm onwards. Further details will be released in due course.

    Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts, said: “Crufts is proud to see the reintroduction of this event at the world’s greatest dog show as it was always a spectacular sight in the Arena. By changing this competition to a stand-alone event, thus dispensing with the need for qualifying heats, it is hoped we will see some overseas competitors joining in the spectacle alongside British breeders on the day.”

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    May 16th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    As the weather warms up and we approach summer, pet owners are being urged to be vigilant against ticks and fleas which thrive in warmer weather. Watch our video where Sharron and the Tickbuster team of experts tell you how you can keep your furry friends happy and healthy as temperatures rise

    As pet owners get set for a summer spent with their beloved furry friends in the great outdoors, Sharron Davies is urging them to make sure their animals are in tip top shape before the summer kicks in.

    The former Olympic swimmer is backing the No Bite is Right campaign and is making her way around the country on the Tickbuster Tour alongside a panel of experts, to help pet owners prevent nasty bites from ticks and fleas which thrive in warmer weather.

    New research shows that almost one in ten pet owners don’t do anything to prevent their pets being bitten by ticks and fleas, while only a quarter treat their pet with a preventative treatment at the recommended frequency. Furthermore, less than 60% believe they have control over their pet’s protection from parasites like ticks, fleas and lungworm.

    But while nasty and in some cases potentially fatal – all of these parasites and the diseases they spread can be protected against by regular use of suitable preventative products available from vets.

    Watch our video where Sharron Davies starts the Tickbuster tour at the Ayr County Fair, alongside a panel of experts, to educate pet owners on how to keep their pets healthy this summer.

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    May 16th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles
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    Prime Minister Trudeau’s two-year-old son playing with their new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, Kenzie. Courtesy of Twitter (@JustinTrudeau)

    The Canadian Kennel Club congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family on their newest addition to the family, a Portuguese Water Dog named Kenzie. The breed is also a favourite with President Barack Obama, who has owned Portuguese Water Dogs since 2009.

    “This is the perfect breed for our Prime Minister and his Family,” said Donna Gottdenker, CKC Member and long-time Portuguese Water Dog breeder. “The breed is intelligent and can be trained to do just about anything that does not require fingers and thumbs, and they are resourceful, problem solvers, protective of family and of course very good looking.” Gottdenker has had great success with her Portuguese Water dogs, most notably, Platinum GCH Claircreek Impression De Matisse, winner of 238 Best in Shows and multiple awards.

    The Portuguese Water Dog, originally bred to work with fisherman, was first recognized by CKC in April 1992. There were 877 Portuguese Water Dogs registered with CKC in 2015 and overall, the breed ranked as the 12th most popular CKC-registered breed last year.

    As always, the CKC strongly encourages prospective dog owners to give great consideration to the lifetime commitment required when caring for a dog, and guides prospective dog owners every step of the way, from deciding to buy a dog and choosing a breed, to finding a reputable breeder. CKC encourages everyone to buy a dog from a member in good standing with the CKC. As CKC members, our breeders agree to follow the CKC Code of Ethics, and CKC Code of Practice for Member Breeders which include a specific standard of health and welfare for their dogs. Although CKC does not recommend individual breeders, new buyers may contact CKC accredited Breed Clubs who can refer buyers to breeders in their area.

    CKC also encourages new dog owners and their dogs to attend obedience training and recommends the CKC Canine Good Neighbour Program as a good first step. The CGN program provides caring owners and their canine companions with a fun, rewarding experience that benefits the family home and the community at large.

    For more information about CKC’s 175 registered breeds, visit ckc.ca.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the Great North Dog Walk at the Leas in South Shields, Tyne and Wear on 5th June.

    Dogs and owners competing at the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017. 

    All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

    Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.  For entry criteria for each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.  

    When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

    Good characterGood healthGood personalityGood temperament with people and other dogsWell behaved

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.

    “The Scruffts heats are not only the perfect family day out, but an excellent chance to socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers in your local area. We are very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds from South Shields and the surrounding areas in action.”

    The Great North Dog Walk is an internationally recognised event which holds the world record as the largest dog walk ever held in 2011, which had 22,742 dogs. This year’s event, which aims to continue breaking records, is in aid of Cash4Kids and will be held on Sunday 5th June 2016 at the Leas, South Shields. The annual event was founded Tony Carlisle, a former local teacher, in 1990 and despite a series of health issues he is continuing his work on the event, raising as much money as possible for charitable causes. Tony was named as UK Fundraiser of the year by the International Fund for Animal Welfare for the second year running last year.

    Registration for the competition starts from 9am and the competition judging begins at 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the show’s chosen charity, Cash4Kids. There is no need to enter in advance, simply turn up on the day. Please remember Scruffts is limited to a maximum of 30 dogs per class, with class entries being taken on a first come, first served basis.

    James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the seventh year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.

    Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “We can’t wait to see what Tyne and Wear’s crossbreeds have to offer. Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine.

    “On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish all competitors the best of luck embarking on their exciting Scruffts journey.”

    For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, Crufts 2017

    Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day at Fonmon Castle, Vale of Glamorgan on 30th May.

    Dogs and owners competing at the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017.

    All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, where all shapes, sizes and ages of dog are welcome.

    Each dog entered in the competition will have a few minutes to dazzle the judges in one or more of the six competition categories: Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child’s Best Friend, Golden Oldie Crossbreed, Best Crossbreed Rescue and the Good Citizen Dog Scheme class.  For entry criteria for each class, visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

    When choosing the winner and runners-up for each class, the judge ensures that the dog has the following qualities:

    • Good character
    • Good health
    • Good personality
    • Good temperament with people and other dogs
    • Well behaved

    Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which organises the competition, said: “Scruffts is a fantastic competition celebrating the love, companionship and often heroic stories of our nation’s crossbreed dogs. These heats also raise money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.

    “The Scruffts heats are not only the perfect family day out, but an excellent chance to socialise your dog and meet other dog lovers in your local area. We are very much looking forward to seeing the wonderful crossbreeds from across South Wales in action.”

    The South Wales Dog & Family Fun Day is held on 30th May, featuring everything from spectacular dog display teams to entertaining fun and games.

    Registration for the competition starts from 10.30am and the competition judging begins at 12.30pm. Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the show’s chosen charity, Kim’s Home, a sanctuary for elderly and abused dogs. There is no need to enter in advance, simply turn up on the day. Please remember Scruffts is limited to a maximum of 30 dogs per class, with class entries being taken on a first come, first served basis.

    James Wellbeloved is the sponsor of the competition for the seventh year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies for their dog.

    Alison Sudbury, Marketing Director for James Wellbeloved said: “We can’t wait to see what the Vale of Glamorgan’s crossbreeds have to offer. Scruffts is such a great competition and truly celebrates the love between owner and canine.

    “On behalf of James Wellbeloved, we’d like to wish all competitors the best of luck embarking on their exciting Scruffts journey.”

    For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk.

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    May 12th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Following a number of queries received, relating to baiting exhibits in the ring at Kennel Club licensed events, the Kennel Club wishes to clarify its position.

    Baiting is the use of food or other items in the ring by handlers to encourage and keep the interest of their exhibits. Whilst this activity does not contravene Kennel Club Regulations, it should be carried out only in a discreet manner and not result in distracting or disturbing another exhibit.

    The Kennel Club has received a number of complaints that excessive amounts of food are being left on the floor in show rings which has, in some cases, ultimately affected the performance of other exhibits.

    The Kennel Club hopes that all participants at licensed shows will refrain from dropping food on the floor in the ring.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We ask that all exhibitors please take great care in the use of food, or any other item that may cause distraction, in the ring and make every effort to ensure that food is not dropped to avoid potentially distracting other exhibits, in the interests of fairness.

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