Thursday, 28 July 2011

We want to see those stickers and posters!

Does your dog support the Don't Cook Your Dog campaign? Do send us your photos! And click here for how to get involved....

The world famous Chandi lends her support!

And Just in from behaviour guru Sarah Whitehead:

We want to see your photos of stickers and posters being used! Please email

Great news!

If you want news of Don't Cook Your Dog it now has it's own website... Click here. But please do read on while you're here, really heartwarming news!

Regular readers will know that at various point over the last couple of months we have tried to help OAP Dee stay together with her two dogs Rosie and Milo. She had ended up homeless and had been placed in a council emergency halfway house shelter in London, but it didn't allow her to have her dogs with her. Hence she had taken to sleeping in her car with her dogs.
This obviously couldn't continue and somehow we got to hear about it via a kindly vet and dog walker.
Via Twitter and facebook and blogs we launched an appeal to find a foster home for both dogs. There were many twists and turns as Rosie turned out not to much like being around other dogs and poor Milo needed to be near to the PDSA vets to get to his appointments as he had a fast growing lump on his leg.
But somehow, just in the nick of time, solutions were found and Rosie and Milo settled into loving foster homes with incredible people (Lorna had Rosie for most of the time, Kia and Tim had Milo and Bernice had Rosie for a week and Caroline and Mercedes were the ones who discovered Rosie was better alone!). Via ancient charity Tailwaggers Club Trust (of which I am Chairman by the way!) we launched an appeal for an emergency fund to pay for dog sitters or kennels etc to make sure dogs and owner didn't have to face a night in the car again. You were all very generous and we did need it a few times.
Last night I got the great news from Lorna that Dee is being housed on Friday and Milo and Rosie can rejoin her.
These dogs are Dee's life and it is just fantastic that her life is now back on track and her doggie family is being restored to her. When she had asked for help alone she was told to sign them over to a rescue for rehoming - something we all knew she'd never do.
I know that Rosie and Milo will be very much missed by their foster homes, but what they did for those dogs is the greatest act of love imaginable. And what they did for Dee... I've spoken to her several times over the last few months and being homeless at her age is very upsetting, but knowing that total strangers will offer to help you is life changing.
This whole episode encouraged us to write an article on fostering which will be in the September issue. That and @missyredboots Judith Broug gentle nagging us to do something on fostering! (Judith designed the Don't Cook Your Dog stickers and website... so lots of good ideas!).
So watch out for the September edition - out August 11th.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Competitions - some light relief!

If you are here for news of the "Don't Cook Your Dog Campaign" click here ... but, please read on before you go as we do have a very quick couple of competitions to enter before you move on to more serious matters... Can you guess which two breeds came together to produce this first cross?

First correct answer wins a breed book or a general dog book from Interpet. Email
I will be giving clues if no one gets it - in fact I'll give you one to get you going... may have made this a tad too easy. We'll see...

Part of one parent's name is made up of a suggestion you might make to a bowler in cricket. The other is also a gundog that is defined by a hairstyle popularly adopted by comedians wanting to depict scousers!

It's been won - the correct answer was an Italian Spinone crossed with a Curly Coated Retriever! But there's still time to enter the caption comp.

Caption competition: 

Can you think of a good caption for this pic of the lovely Woodstock? Best one wins a Nina Ottosson Pyramid and five runners up win Coachies treats.

Email or post your best efforts on our Dogs Today facebook page thread. We'll judge it tomorrow at lunchtime, so hurry up and enter!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

URGENT!!!! Rosie needs a place to stay from Tuesday...

URGENT If you are here for news of the "Don't Cook Your Dog Campaign" click here ... but, please read on before you click as we do so much more than this campaign and regular readers will know all about the two dogs in London we have been helping. Their OAP owner ended up homeless and sleeping in a car, Tailwaggers Club Trust stepped in to help find both dogs foster homes so their owner could get back on her feet!

Rosie now needs a place to stay again from Tuesday afternoon or even before that if you can manage it to make sure she settles.

We need someone to take her from Tuesday afternoon or earlier and keep her until Dee gets rehoused - have asked for an ETA for that, but it can't be much longer as the halfway house costs the council a small fortune. The foster home doesn't have to be in central London, but they do need to ideally not have any dogs or cats.

Rosie is 11 years old and very sweet with people.

We have some funds as yet unallocated from the appeal but we have already eaten into much of the money already donated for dog sitting cover on other days when Rosie needed a sitter.THe possible bill for an animal aunt to cover the period current foster mum is working is just too enormous to contemplate and we just don't have the money donated to anywhere near cover it.

Hence we are now officially desperate! To add to to equation - I am so busy with the Don"t Cook Your Dog Campaign and school holidays having broken up plus being about to go away myself, I really can't spend as much time trying to make this happen as I would normally and have already for this case - so I am begging you to please help me find somewhere for Rosie to stay!
Click here for their JustGiving link - we are really in need of topping this up now as we've lost all margin of error. Tailwaggers is a tiny little charity and we really do need your help!

My email address is if you can help in any way at all!!!

Rosie's owner Dee is an OAP with mobility problems. Due to misfortune she's ended up homeless in London and the council halfway house wasn't dog friendly so rather than give up her two dogs - which are the most important things in her life - she chose to sleep in the car with them instead. As soon as we heard about this we tried to find foster home for Rosie and Milo - and Tailwaggers Club Trust set up a Just Giving page to mean we could pay for dog sitters etc to keep the dogs safe.  We've already used some of that money for cover days when Rosie's foster mums had to go out to work and leave Rosie.

Milo is happily settled, but Rosie needs someone who has no other dogs or cats as Rosie is not greatly socialised. She can be left for a couple of hours but gets distressed if any longer. She is a very affectionate and loving dog and all her foster mums have adored her.

Hopefully Dee will soon reach to the top of the emergency housing  list and will get her own place and she can have her best friends back.  But until then, we need a plan B. If you think you could offer Rosie a temporary foster home can you email me with more details. Many thanks! 

Here's Dee's other dog Milo in his Foster home.
I've just received this email about Dee's other dog Milo's who is with foster mum Kia. 

Dear Beverley

We have just found out from Dee that Milo has cancer in his lump on his leg. Fortunately it won't spread to his organs but the worse case scenario might be losing the leg.
I will let you know what is happening after we have seen the vet next Tuesday. I will be giving him LOADS of healing in the mean time.

Anyway ... A lovely lady called Lisa Gozling sent Milo of a box of cookies from Daisy's Dog Deli. Please see the  link underneath as I have filmed him eating them and out its on Youtube so hopefully you can add it to your next blog.

I have also enclosed some more pics. The third one is of Dee holding Milo outside the vet... she said she doesn't mind you putting it in your magazine or internet if you write another blog.

Milo has officially become one of my closest and best friends. Tim is very busy with Cleo so Milo has adopted me as his temporary Mum and he follows me everywhere. He causes me to laugh out loud at least five times a day as he such a strong character. I love him sitting next to me on the sofa and his special Zebra-print, fluffy basket that I bought him is right next to my bed at night.
He seems to love eating lettuce, broad beans and all sorts of vegetables etc that he constantly begs from my plate. He can be a grumpy growler at times but I think that's because his little leg hurts him where a Rottweiller sat on him recently.
In short I love him profoundly and it will break my heart into a hundred pieces to let him go back to Dee. But I will never forget the happiness he has given me and how healing his company is on so many levels.

Kind prayers for his healing would be very much appreciated if your wonderful readers could possibly spare the time.
My love and gratitude
Kia xxx
  My email is
The Tailwaggers emergency Just Giving appeal is

Monday, 4 July 2011

Competition time

If you have landed here because you're interested in the Don't Cook Your Dog Campaign click here to be transported to everything you need to know! 

Have you ever wished you had more hands? Does your small to medium dog do a disappearing act when you get the brush out, try to clip nails etc!

Former dog groomer and inventor Nuala Bowes has designed The Dog’s Apron allowing you to ‘pamper without the scamper’.  The easy-to-use apron takes the stress out of brushing, drying, administering medicine or clipping nails.  Adjustable straps allows small to medium sized dogs to be gently secured to their owners’ laps so they can get on with fuss-free grooming or training puppies. For some reason this lady hasn't managed to work out how to put the apron on herself... but I think you get the idea!

We have four to give away! 

Email or post your entry on our Dogs Today facebook page. We're asking you to share your most amusing dog grooming anecdote. For example dog groomer Anita Bax once found a squashed frog while grooming Oscar. What has your dog rolled in or picked up in the park that you'd like to forget? Do share! Or as it's called the dog's apron, any other things from the kitchen that the dog has taken and is now their own? Or if you can't think of anything and want one, just say that! There are four after all!!!

All about Alfie...

 If you are here expecting the Don"t Cook the Dog Campaign click here... but while you're here...

Lovely short film from Wood Green, The Animals Charity...

Do please pass it on.