Please help us end Puppy Farming

The BBC2 The Daily Politics Show yesterday featured a campaign headed up with Marc Abraham, well known TV Vet, to bring an end to puppy farming. You can see the VT that was featured together with more detailed information on the BBC website here.

A Government e-petition launched by Pup Aid  gathered over 100,000 signatories and is therefore eligible to be brought before the House of Commons to be debated. For this to happen an MP must make a case to The e-petitions House of Commons Backbench Business Committee for their consideration and it is is that committee who will decide if this is or isn’t put forward for debate. It is therefore imperative that we all lobby our MPs to take this matter forward.

Pup Aid is the driving force behind this campaign and you can find out much more on this subject by visiting their website.

 

Congratulations are in Order!

On Sunday 2nd February 2014 we held our very own Post Gold tests at Touch Canine Centre in Harrogate. Post Gold tests follow on from KC Good Citizen Gold Award……there’s always something to aim for here at Tailwaggers!  There are currently 5 levels to aim for Advanced, Premier, Elite, Platinum Level 1 and Platinum Level 2.

 

We had 8 passes at Advanced:

 

Harvey and Charlotte Simons
Sam and Mark Lofthouse
Tia and Jill Blackburn
Dill and Freya Brosnan
Pip and Pat Hedley
Poppy and Kay Webb
Dylan and Jane Hartharn
Jack and Wendy Withington

 
 
We then had 2 Premier passes:

 

Blue and Jean Planitzer
Pippin and Sue Moore

 

At our highest level (until we invent more!) we had 3 Platinum Level 2 passes:

 

Digger and Julie Addyman
George and Jennie Wall
Megan and Angela Lowrie

 

Congratulations everyone!!  What brilliant achievements both you and your dog have made.

 

 

A Wonderful Success Story!

Tess, the little terrier, started training with us after trying other training organisations. She reacted the second she saw a dog, even if it was 2 fields away, and had attacked and bitten other dogs in the past.

It’s not been a quick fix, Tess and her owner Alison have had to work hard but Tess now works in a full class of dogs and has gained her Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze and Silver awards! She is currently working for Gold!

She has the biggest set of teeth for a dog her size that I have ever seen!!! When she relaxes her lips fall back so this photo is the result!!….it’s almost as if she is holding one of those toys that look like a set of teeth!!

tessie relaxing

Seasonal Canine Illness – A Warning!

Seasonal Canine Illness is not widely known. The disease comes on very quickly, usually within 24-72 hours of having walked in a woodland area. The most common clinical signs reported are:

Vomiting
Diarrhea (which can vary from watery to bloody)
Tummy (abdominal) pain
Lethargy (or reluctance to move)
Loss of appetite
Shaking or trembling
High temperature (fever)
The most common clinical signs are sickness, diarrhea and lethargy. If you suspect your dog is showing symptoms of SCI then please contact your vet immediately.

Government Plans to Use Stray Dogs and Cats in Experiments

The UK Government’s plans to remove the current protection granted to stray domestic animals, such as cats and dogs, as it integrates the new EU Directive on animal experiments into UK legislation.

If these new rules are imposed, the Government could allow the use of stray, lost or abandoned cats and dogs to be used in experiments and sentenced to a life in a UK laboratory.

BUAV have launched an appeal asking for everyone to write to their MP urging them to sign up to an Early Day Motion that has been lodged.  You can find out more information on their website.

K9 Check

www.k9check.co.uk aims to assist in improving the health and well being of animals by providing factual, verified information on which prospective owners can make good decisions.

K9 Check Objectives (taken from their website)

  • Provide a means for all owners of pedigree and crossbreed dogs to contribute information on the health and wellbeing of their dogs to an international  database
  • To ensure that all data submited is verified by qualified veterinary practitioners
  • Make all data is readily and easily available to all interested parties*
  • Ensure the data is analysed in a meaningful and impartial way
  • To assist in legitimate research projects, designed to improved animal health and welfare
  • To work with Vets and other appropriate professionals to refine and develop the way we collect and use data.

To enable them to fulfill these objectives they need your help to build their database. Visit K9 Check’s website for further information and to submit your data to them.