Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Kitchen sink dramas

I like my mornings simple. It's always an early start - 6.30am, but every second is crucial to get everyone ready for the day ahead. Kids, dogs, grown-ups - and normally it runs like clockwork.
However, some days you open the kitchen door and there's a mystery to solve before you start.
The worst one in my memory was the day of the rat.
Finding a dead rat in the kitchen didn't inspire me to write a hit record, sadly. Tess looked guilty, so she got the blame. But the rat looked serene, not a mark on it. And no rat-shaped holes anywhere - or footprints in the butter dish.
Oscar has since had a dead frog concealed in his coat - so perhaps he might have smuggled it in the night before?
Tess had taken to her bed very early the night before - could she have had Mr Rat in for a sleepover?
Yesterday, I spotted nothing out of the ordinary as I walked into the kitchen bare foot. Well not until my foot felt something warm and squidgy. One of the dogs had been sick - and there was a totally undigested roast dinner abandoned on the floor. Odd.
Normally the dogs are keen to re-eat things that look much less savoury. And we had all enjoyed our roast Sunday dinners, don't know what was not to the dog's taste in the left overs!
This morning I still obviously hadn't learnt my lesson by investing in slippers. The toes quickly detected wetness.
At first I blamed the dogs. We hadn't had a puddle in the kitchen for years, so it was totally out of character. But the dogs were the obvious suspects.
When I found it was a two kitchen roll (the expensive ultra-absorbant ones) sort of lake I became more puzzled.
I did the sniff test - nothing.
The dishwasher, fridge freezer and sink all looked totally blameless, too. Looking above there was no damp patch in the ceiling, either.
I still remain perplexed.
The water was in the middle of the kitchen, it hadn't come under a door.
Perhaps I'd disturbed the dogs in the middle of their first attempt at washing the floor? They've watched us enough - perhaps it's natural evolution?
Or was it a puddle of tears from the widowed Mrs Rat?
When I get home will there be more water? And what will be on the kitchen floor next?

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Two Poodles in a hole

Just got this desperate email from Jill.... For those unfamiliar with this story - Jill is an air stewardess, should you puzzle at the chicken or beef reference. If you've not heard about this case before click here.

In brief - Jill and Peter are totally normal law-abiding people, living a simple life with their four pet Standard Poodles. One evening cows in the next field knocked their fence down and two of the Poodles escaped. A night of searching and fretting ended with the two dogs finding their way home tired and hungry and soaking wet - it had been a very stormy night. All was well until the police knocked at the door and arrested Peter and took the dogs away to secure kennels. Three months later they had not seen their dogs and were frightened they would be killed. The dogs were released on bail - but the couple now face ruin. Despite a lack of tangible evidence to link the two dogs to an incident of sheep worrying the case is due to go to court and if the criminal court find them guilty the civil case that follows will bankrupt them. The police did a flawed doggie ID parade and the local papers printed a rumour that the Poodles were involved as fact.

They live on the breadline in rented accommodation. They have already used their life savings (£500) on the solicitor they call 'the bulldog'.

Can we start a fighting fund so these poor people don't go into court without a defence? Could one of the existing charities open up a special "Two poodle Martyr fighting fund" appeal so we can all pay into it? We can't stand by and watch them go into court unrepresented - with just a duty solicitor who wouldn't have a clue what to do in such a very odd and I would think a precedent case.

I'm sure if they win (and with a decent barrister this case would surely crumble) they should be awarded costs (although I'm no expert - but I did used to watch Crown Court when I was a kid - but that was a long, long time ago!). Any money we raise could go to help anyone else caught in a similar mess.

There has to be justice done here. Jill and Peter's lives will potentially be ruined by the actions of some frisky cows that meant their dogs were at large that night without an alibi. The police found no forensic evidence to link the dogs with the sheep - how can the case go to court on purely circumstantial evidence and a ID parade potentially skewed by biased newspaper reporting - plus the police using a line up of miscellaneous single dogs of breeds that look nothing like Poodles - and then two Poodles they wanted picking together in the one kennel... Hell, if we don't raise the money I'll go down and stand up for them, you could drive a bus through the prosecution's case. But I'm sure we could get someone a lot better qualified!!

Here's Jill's latest email, I just wish I could win the lottery and pay for the best brief possible - do we have any lovely readers of this blog that still believe in British justice and standing up for the little guy? Oh I do hope so!!

"Hello - and I am sorry not to have emailed before, but we have been waiting to hear if we have got Legal Aid, and we really don't seem to be lucky. Someone out there really doesn't like us. After having the first lot of paperwork sent back, and a second lot requested, they have come back and said no. We now have to try for the 'hardship' clause. This really isn't easy, and we were just over the 'limit' for having legal aid. It really does make me want to declare ourselves bankrupt or claim we are illegal asylum seekers. I am sorry to say that but life really doesn't seem to be on our side.
"Peter went back to court a couple of weeks ago, and as the legal aid issue hadn't been decided yet, our solicitor wasn't present. He obviously said that he couldn't plead as he didn't have legal representation, but the magistrate make him use the court solicitor and enter a plea. It was obviously not guilty. It really doesn't appear fair, as I am sure that the court solicitor is great at GBH, drunk and disorderly charges etc, but dog law is rather specialised. At that time they said that he had to go back to court on 3rd December and present his case, and booked the trial for 10/11th January. However, the bulldog said that he cant do the January dates, as he is elsewhere, and doesn't actually have a free date until March 2008! It doesn't look as if the bulldog is going to do the 3rd Dec date either! Talk about feeling alone, and left high and dry! The bulldog's secretary has said that he will write to the court and explain that as he wasn't present when they made the 10/11th Jan dates, they will have to be rescheduled, but I don't hold out much hope. Various people that I have talked to have said that the court really wont change it, so we really don't have a leg to stand on. At the moment we are trying to come up with some assurance that we could pay the bulldog, even if it means going seriously into debt, but I don't think he will consider it.
"I am at the moment trying to get the paperwork together for the 'hardship' case'. Luckily I am in the country for 24 hours, so have been trying to pull together all the relevant paperwork. This job really doesn't make it easy.
"On a much brighter note, Jenni and Minki are GREAT, and getting LOTS of cuddles and kisses! They are gradually getting better, but are still very clingy, which I can go with! Minki is enjoying playing with the puppies, William and Milli, and it is really fantastic to watch them running and chasing each other in the garden. They use the garden rather like a race track, and steam around after each other.......and I thought greyhounds were fast! Jenni is still taking herself off to our bed to be alone, and she really does seem to have aged - if the increase in grey poodle hairs are anything to go by!
"We want Dr Roger Mugford to do an assessment on them, but of course we will have to wait and see if we get that all important legal aid! I think that when I get back from this next trip, on Wednesday, I will ring him. I feel that his input will be vital.
"It looks as if the case hinges on the doggie id parade, which is seriously suspect, but without legal advice it is hard to say. We still haven't got a copy of Peter's statement, so we cant even go through that! It is all just so horrible. There is a cottage on the farm, which was occupied by a young couple, who have since been sent packing, because they were causing serious problems. It is from the girl that the sheep farmer got the idea of our poodles, and went ranting and raving to anyone who would listen to him. She, apparently, said that she had seen 'the poodles' out in the cow fields, which is true. They were, but they were with us and the puppies we had left from the litter. We were walking them in the cow fields behind the farm because we didn't want to try crossing the race track they call a road to get to the woods! Not safe at all with all the little ones!
"Well, what to do now? Peter is due in court in a week's time, and we still don't have any definite legal representation. All we can do is get the next lot of paperwork off to the Legal Aid people, cross fingers, hope and pray!
"Well, got to go and sleep!! More 'chicken or beef' tomorrow, and hopefully, no more medical emergencies ( yes I have had more!) or young Russian males who we nearly got the police to arrest on landing. My, I do have a 'glamorous' job!"

Thursday, 22 November 2007

This little dog really is just for Christmas!

Do you live in the Norwich area? Have you got a dog-proof garden? Have you got some experience with small dogs? Might you have room for one more just for the Christmas holidays?

An active 16 year old neutered male Yorkie needs somewhere lovely to spend Christmas. His elderly owner (Age 82) will be in hospital following a fall and the neighbour who very kindly took the dog in and usually helps her out with walks is going to have a very full house over Christmas and really could do with finding a temporary holiday break for this lovely little dog. He can come back to her as soon as her guests go - she'll have 9 Miniature Schnauzers staying! She tells me he gets on well with other small dogs and is very affectionate. Only needs one walk a day and is on no medication.

If you think you can help please email me or message me for the contact details.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Anyone use Engivita?

Just had a call from a reader that I couldn't answer and I thought - why not ask the bloggers!

Anthony Walker is trying to move his dog towards a veggie diet and had been advised to use Engivita yeast flakes as a supplement (sorry folks - had put wheat in here earlier instead of yeast - I'm on deadline, brain fog!). He wanted to check that this product was okay for use with dogs. Does anyone have any experience of using it? If so can you write a comment here or email colonel_john_oswald@yahoo.co.uk

I remember my parents used to feed our dogs handfuls of brewers yeast tablets - although I can't think why now - I think they thought it was good for their nerves!

Another reader phoned yesterday to say that she'd been told you shouldn't use TCP on dogs and also that it was wrong to feed dogs pork as it was bad for them. Does anyone know why that is?

Had lots of interest from the previous blog - lots of people seem to be considering it. Hope one of them works out for Anne.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Ready to change your life?

I get a lot of post, but every now and again I get a letter that stops me in my tracks. Do you fancy leaving the rat race behind to go and help Anne save dogs' lives?

"I run a small rehoming centre in a beautiful part of Wales, about a mile from the sea in a quiet position on the edge of a village. I usually rehome about two dogs from Death Row every week. The kennels only occupies about three hours of every day, often less - but I enjoy spending time with "my" dogs - and training them where necessary.
"I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer, probably having between six to 12 months to live, and I desperately want my work saving innocent lives (often only super lost dogs) to continue.
"I can offer an excellent caravan as accommodation - soon to be upgraded to a cabin or chalet. And possibly free grazing or stabling for one horse/pony to someone experienced with all kinds of dogs, who believes in discipline but also love. They would need to be a car driver and computer literate.
"There are dog grooming facilities and room for agility training - with a large exercise area on site.
"The only financial offer would be to retain housing benefit, plus the use of a decent car. But there are plenty of other opportunities for other work. Dog walking other people's dogs, bar work, domestic cleaning, gardening, lawn cutting etc."

I asked Anne for some more background. The sanctuary is in a small Welsh village. There's about 500 people, a delicatessen, two pubs, greengrocer, newsagent, hairdresser, small tool repair shop and a choir.
"My place is five minutes walk from the town centre and is very quiet. Badgers pass by it and it is full of birds and wildlife. A paradise for anyone seeking peace and calm rather than the rat race. It is two miles from the beach."

Please pass this appeal on. Let's try to find the right person to help Anne continue her excellent work. Email me for more details or to be put in touch with Anne. Please cross post - we need to find someone!

Monday, 19 November 2007

Caroline and Harry latest

Some of you who have been reading the blog for a while will remember the story of Caroline and Harry. Both are doing really well and enjoying their new food. Click here for the story if you're new here.
A few of you wanted to send them Christmas treats etc. Ceri, the care worker has been off work for almost a month so it's taken some time to find the address to send stuff to - but we have it now!

Gifts for Caroline and Harry can be sent c/o Ceri PREP. 184 Corporation Road, Grangetown, Cardiff. CF11 7AY and just got this message re collar sizes: "Also we measured Harry's current collar which is 18.5 inches from end to end, do those measurements help? She would be delighted to receive a hand made collar from your reader, again many thanks."

It's been bucketing down here - I've been viewing the river nervously as we're not long dried out from the last flood. Just imagine how dreadful it must be to be homeless this winter. How on earth did Caroline and Harry cope?
If I get chance later, I have another major blog topic to tell you about.... Our new person Luke is busy learning the ropes. Let's just hope his previous carpentry work experience won't need to be called upon to build us an ark!

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Injustice personified

I've just been given permission to blog this and yes theoretically I should be making the tea... but this has got me so angry I have to write it down.
Michelle wrote to me a while ago about her original insurance company going pop (the second oldest in the industry) and being taken over by Pet Protect - click here to read episode one. Briefly her insurance premium went up to £62 a month from £24.99 for just one dog.
It just sounded crazy so I tried to intervene and got nowhere.
Things have just got worse. Here's Michelle's email of earlier today....
"Unfortunately Ellie who is also now insured with Pet Protect (via VIP for 9 years) has been very ill. She has very recently been diagnosed with a mask cell tumour in her small intestine. I am told that there is only 10 recorded cases of this in dogs and 2 of those where in Japan (you would think with odds like that I could as least win £10 on the lottery). Her prognosis is described as grave. I have just been told her insurance premium will go up to over £600 per year (fifty something pounds per month). I was expecting this and as it is going to be for a limited time was prepared to try and pay it, only to be told that if I claim and she subsequently dies before the end of the term I am liable for the whole amount. It is highly likely that she will be dead within a year, I am left trying to find where I can get either £600 or the money to fund her treatment (this is on top of the costs of frequent visits to Newmarket and back). Due to a change in my financial circumstances this is going to be almost impossible. To say I feel let down doesn't describe it.
"I know this isn't the fault of VIP and that there is nothing that can be done but I really thought by insuring them I would never have to face this sort of decision, how naive was I.
"Apologies for dumping on you, I suppose I just wanted to tell someone."

This just doesn't seem fair does it? Michelle has paid her premiums for nine years and when she really needs insurance - where is it! It's bad enough having a dog this ill without having to worry about paying for the treatment.
And what's this about having to keep paying the premiums after a dog dies - is this normal?
I'm going to ask Michelle to write to Tailwaggers for some help - I know she's been thinking of remortgaging her house to pay for Ellie's chemo.
If you'd like to organise a sponsored walk for Tailwaggers we'll see what we can do to help - but this is just so totally unfair...

And if any of you with chemo experience would like to give some moral support to Michelle I'm sure it would be appreciated. A letter to Pet Protect might not be such a bad idea either...

Another quick appeal!

You've guessed it - we're still short of people - light at the end of the tunnel though. Luke starts on Monday - but then other people start going on holiday shortly afterwards! It'll be okay - I just keep repeating that to myself.....!

Another request from the media - this time the Sunday Times.

Do you have a fancy dress costume for your dog? Apparently there was something recently in the Spectator on this subject - the growing phenomena that is doggie fancy dress.
Anyway if you have one or more outfits for your dog and fancy being featured can you get in touch by comment or email (beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk).
Not sure exactly what they're seeking - think there's very few homes without a set of strap on antlers for the dog - we've all bought that at some time - admit it!
If you have something spectacular that always wins at your charity fun days go on share it!
Come on don't be shy!
Or if you are indeed a manufacturer of weird and wonderful outfits for doggie parties do get in touch!
I suspect there'll be some of us who don't approve, but I always say if no one laughs at the dog it's probably okay - they really do know when they're being laughed at don't they! My old Sally wore her antlers with pride every Christmas.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Doggie facebook

Does your dog have his or her own page on the canine equivalent of facebook? Would you like to talk about it tomorrow on BBC Radio Scotland?

Just been asked for someone who enjoys networking with their dog. It's urgent - so can you email me your phone number and some details to beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk

It's a lighthearted piece that will be going out tomorrow at approx 9.30am.

Cheers and no - still virtually no staff here! Eek

Friday, 9 November 2007

Little Missy needs our help

I joked in the last blog about Staff problems not being Staffie problems - and guess what? I immediately get a real Staffie problem landing on my desk.
One of the stories waiting to be told was about Missy a five-week-old Staffie pup who has not had the best start.
Tailwaggers receives so many heart-wrenching requests - but I thought this one needs airing.

This email came in recently from the vets treating Missy.

"I am writing to you in respect of a fantastic Staffie pup called Missy, who is an inpatient here with us, and has been so brave.
"Missy is a 5 week old puppy who I delivered by Caesarian section, when her mum Tilly, developed problems. It turned out that a dead mummified foetus was blocking Tilly's uterine body, and Missy could not pass. She was the only other pup and possibly the largest newborn Staffie I have ever seen! She came out crying and has been a source of great joy to all concerned ever since.
"Tragedy struck when Missy's mum Tilly nipped her face one week ago, with no warning sign from Tilly that she would ever do so. Her owners rushed her in to me at the emergency clinic at 6am, with Missy having suffered severe blood loss, shock and serious facial injuries. I
repaired a large deficit at the front of her hard palate, which involved the palate itself and the nasal bones, which were crushed.
"The injury was more extensive and serious than initially suspected by her owner, and this new has come as a great shock. Missy has been an inpatient for all but one day since the trauma. As you can see from the notes (sent by post), she had an oesophagostomy tube placed to
allow adequate nutrition and she has been so brave. As she requires such intensive nursing, we have all become so very fond of her. She has been nibbling her teddy in the cage (and her carers too!)- she is showing no signs of pain. The operation site was checked on Thursday
by my colleague Paul, who placed the oesophagostomy tube, and seemed to be healing reasonably well.
"I sedated her this morning to check the op site for myself, and was devastated, but not entirely surprised, to find a different story. We had expected some post-op complications, but Missy had been very bright, her tube feeding working well, no fever etc, but she had been snorting a little more in the last 24hours. The cause became apparent this am-
50% of the sutured tissue has broken down and left a large deficit/gap. Some of the damaged bone has also died due to the crushing nature of the injury and reduced blood supply. We are essentially dealing with a non-congenital cleft palate.
"We (my vet colleagues and I) feel a specialist opinion is urgently needed, but this is outside the financial ability of the owner. As you will see from the notes I have sent by post, we have frozen her bill with us, and the owner has paid a considerable amount via cash and
cheque, both for the Caesarian section and Missy's treatment. I feel Missy may be offered the chance of an advancement flap, which is sometimes what a craniofacial surgeon can achieve for a child with a similar injury.
"Needless to say, this is conjecture on my part and the specialist may beg to differ. I am certain, however, that euthanasia is a strong possibility for Missy as we have taken this as far as we can here, at her regular vets.
"We wanted to enquire if you would be able to sponsor an initial consultation with a specialist? He/ she would be able to give us an accurate assessment of her prognosis. I am saddened that more specialists do not do pro bono work, but so it is.
"Missy's owner does work (night shifts, like myself) and is not PDSA eligible, but is on a low income. She is, I believe, a classic example of someone who really deserves to be PDSA eligible, like many people. (I do out of hours PDSA work).
I have spoken to my colleagues (vets, nurses, receptionists) who have all fallen madly in love with Missy and are reluctant to give up on her.
"I fully appreciate you will receive thousands of similar applications annually, and may be unable to support Missy's quest.
"I have only just heard of you (Veterinary Times)and wish you continued great support. As a practice, we pledge to contribute significantly to Missy's treatment, should she see a specialist, and receive the option for surgery."
"As a vet, I am supposed to be quite detached and pragmatic, but am finding this little gem of a pup a really tricky one.
"Many thanks, regardless of the outcome of our enquiry."

What do you think folks? Tailwaggers has already agreed to pay up to £200 towards the specialist, but I suspect they'll need quite a bit more than that.
How lovely to hear of a vet going that extra yard for a pup in their care and getting involved.
If anyone wants to help Missy see a specialist please donate to Tailwaggers or organise a sponsored walk (please email me for sponsor forms). To hear more about Tailwaggers click here - but you can post cheques payable to Tailwaggers Trust to Dogs Today if it's easier and we'll pass them on.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

A bad week for blogging

Sorry for the silence - the stories have been screaming to be told, but I've not had time to write them.
We've had a few staff problems (but thankfully not Staffie problems!)
The main problem being an almost total lack of staff.
In theory there are lots of us, on paper.
One of us has relocated to Yorkshire and is (thanks to BT) not yet broadbanded-up so can't use our whizzo new BT phone system that will ring in her house at exactly the same time as ours. Jen's pilgrimanage to the North coincided with another of our 'A team' being uncharacteristically poorly for a week, and yet another being on a long weekend holiday in a very remote location so her dogs could avoid the firework season.
Hopefully calm will break out shortly and I will be able to go back to doing my normal job. I've surprised myself by enjoying banking, inputting subs and answering the phone.
But what should usually be calls lasting a couple of minutes have mainly turned into epics because a) I no longer had the first idea how anything works b) I told people why I was so useless and that took even longer and then we'd get totally sidetracked when they realised I was the editor.
But I had some really lovely chats with readers, so I hope they didn't mind me being completely incompetent taking their orders!
More blogs soon a huge story to write - just have to judge a dog warden competition, write next month's editorial, plan the Feb issue - oh yes and answer the phone....
Things have got to get better soon - famous last words.

Friday, 2 November 2007

Sometimes I get asked difficult questions!

Can anyone think of how to find the answers? I couldn't!

Can you help fill in any of these blanks?

In 1957, a British dog would have an average lifespan of x years and x months. It is now x years and x months. In 1957, xx per cent of dogs lived outdoors in all weathers compared to just xx per cent today.

I can't think of anyone who would have colated these statistics in the 50s, but maybe you know otherwise. Anyone solving this or coming up with a good answer gets a Wubba!

Two Poodle Martyr latest...

If you're new to this story click here for the story so far....

Here's the latest email from Jill, "I am trying to type this, but my hands are shaking, so I will try and get it right.
"We have not heard from Legal Aid yet. So when Peter turned up in court today, the bulldog [their solicitor] had faxed to ask for it to be put off, explaining that the legal aid had not yet been agreed, but the court didn't accept that, and forced Peter into making a plea, using the court solicitor. He obviously said 'Not Guilty'!
"The prosecuting solicitor was making the case, and it appeared to Peter that the only evidence they are going on is their "doggie id parade".
"Oh God, this really has gone beyond a joke now. If it wasn't for my babies, friends and family, I don't know how I would go on. The next court date is 3rd Dec, and the actual trial is set for 10/11th January 2008, so it drags on into next year.
"The case has been classified as one that carries a penalty of a maximum of £1,000 - obviously plus our solicitor's costs. If we lose this case then it goes to Civil Court, where the farmer can take us to the cleaners. Mind you, I don't know what he expects us to come up with when we have nothing to start with.
"On the good side, Jenni and Minki are settling in at home again. Minki is occasionally playing with the puppies, which is lovely to see, but Jenni is still very clingy and tends to isolate herself. I spent a lot of last night wandering around the house, as I couldn't sleep, with all the dogs following me. They are such great company, and just enforce the feeling that what the Police did to Jenni and Minki was so wrong."

I don't know about you, but this just all seems so dreadfully wrong. If the only thing the Prosecution has to link these two Poodles with the sheep is a doggie ID parade then I'm amazed it has got this far.
Judge John Deed would have had none of it. It's like doing an ID parade for humans and putting the two Chinese male suspects (which have been mentioned in press reports) in a line up of Aborigine women, Pakistani children, and assorted red-haired midgets and giants! It would hardly be surprising that the police got the right result! There are rules for human ID parades - people have to be of similar race, age and build. The doggie ID parade made up of collies, police dogs and pointers has to be seen by any sensible person as flawed!
And as the local press had already reported that two Poodles had worried sheep - putting the two Poodles in the same kennel and having all the others in single kennels would seem to have compromised the process from the outset!

Poor Jill and Peter - having this hanging over their heads all over Christmas. Peter is self-employed so proving income (or lack of it!) for legal aid is not straight forward.

They need legal support - I don't think they should go back in without proper representation. The cost prediction for their legal fees is £26k. If they lose and go to civil court the costs will spiral and they could face up to £60k in compensation and £8k in kenneling fees.

I feel helpless. What can we do to help them? I've already asked everyone to write to the charities to see if they'll help. Suggestions please! One of our rank is facing ruin - just because a herd of cows decided to get frisky and knock down their fence. Never have two dogs escaping got their owners into so much trouble.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Please tell me about your golden oldies

It's been a big week in the Dogs Today office!
My longest serving employee (Jen) had her last day yesterday - she'll be working from home - the latest in a long line of our employees that have left the 'real' office to inhabit a 'virtual' one. My second longest serving employee (Julia) has been off all week and can't stop being sick - poor thing. So we're really rattling about here at the moment!
I've just looked at Julia's work in progress and have found that only two people this month have successfully negotiated our postal service to write in and tell us about their lovely golden oldies. As the oldest dog featured each month wins a smashing doggie cake, I immediately sensed the blog may help fill that hole!
Please do email me and tell me about your beloved oldies - we need to know how old they are, which breed or type and ideally their weight. We use all these things to apply a formula that calculates their human equivalent age and it includes a formula that even's out the pedigree/crossbreed different life expectancies.
Any dogs calculated to be 100 in human years or over get a special telegram from the Queen's corgis!
If possible please email a photo, too and any anecdotes that you can give us.
Send direct to me beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk and mark golden oldies in the subject please so I'll spot it.

Another thing we're short of - doggie events for our free listing service - if you have anything that needs a plug, do drop us an email ASAP!

Caption judging was an intimate affair with only three of us short-listing and Karen, assistant ed in Norfolk having the casting vote for the ultimate winner.

Two came from the blog this time:

A: "No, stop telling me Porkies! from Lorraine Gibbons, Slough
B: "There's Snout as queer as folk" from Dawn Key, Luton

Please vote for who gets the Wubba between these two. Some cracking one's in this time, really tough to judge!