Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Would you like to be well groomed?

Would you like a Dyson Groom tool? We need 3 people who have a Dyson who'd like to try out a Groom tool & ideally video & write up their experiences for the mag and possibly Dyson's own website. You get to keep the Groom tool at the end. I guess you need a dog not already scared of the vacuum who moults! Email me with Dyson in the subject title with why you'd like to try it out! beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk
Here's a link to find out more about the Groom Tool http://www.dyson.co.uk/vacuums/groom/howWorks.asp

Here's how it works...

How to use the Dyson groom tool

Make sure your dog's coat is clean and completely dry and has no large knots or tangles. Attach the Dyson groom tool to the hose on your Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Groom your dog in the direction of the coat, using smooth, even strokes. Apply a little pressure as you groom to make sure the slicker bristles reach into the undercoat.

To suck the hair away, remove the Dyson groom tool from your dog's coat and release the trigger

Dyson’s Groom tool is self-cleaning and mess-free, sucking up dog hair before it falls to the floor.

James Dyson: “A moulting dog isn’t man’s best friend. Conventional grooming tools create a fur cloud and more cleaning. We’ve engineered the Groom tool to hygienically remove fur, without the mess. ”

The Dyson Groom tool’s stainless steel bristles remove loose hair and dead skin. Bristles and air flow are controlled via thumb pressure on a tab. As the thumb is lifted, pressure is reduced and the bristles retract. Simultaneously, air flow is re-directed to suck hair and allergens into the clear bin – hygienically.

Suitable for medium or long-haired dogs, it fits the hose of most Dyson vacuum cleaners.  The length of the bristles can be adjusted by pushing down on the trigger. And because the bristles do not protrude, it’s easy to store.

Want one? Email me with Dyson in the subject title with why you'd like to try it out! beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk Remember you must be able to video your trial and take some photos.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Mate Select launched

We hear Mate Select was launched last night at midnight by the Kennel club but I can't seem to find it, can you?
Channel 5 News are arriving at 9.30am to record a news piece about the launch. What do you think of it? Can you find it? Who will use it?

It's up and running now!

Do have a go, input your own dogs name.

Channel 5 came set up and had to go away again! Camera was broken! Hopefully coming back later. One of those days for glitches!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Have you seen Brook?

Just passing this on.... please keep an eye open. Here's a link to the page on Dog Lost.


I'm writing to you in the hope that you can help.

On Saturday 16th April our beloved pet, Brook, a Chocolate Labrador, was stolen from our garden, in Lancaster, Lancashire.

Ever since then, we have been campaigning and doing all we possibly can to make people aware of him in the hope that Brook will be returned to us. We have tried everything possible even as far as getting Brook featured on ITV's 'This Morning' on the 19th May. We have also set up a Facebook group for him 'FIND BROOK' with over 800 members. But still we have had no leads. This is why I'm hoping you can help too.

Brook is four years old, he has a small white fleck on his chest and a slight kink in his tail. He is entire, and so we think he has probably been stolen for breeding purposes.

We have had Brook from a little puppy, he was given to me as a birthday surprise from my now husband with an engagement ring tied around his neck. He really was a massive part of the family and he is missed so terribly.

We live down a quiet country lane, where you really would not expect your pet to be taken from his family and home. It is just so cruel, and unfortunately when it happens to you, you realise that 'dognapping' is rife all over the country.

As you can imagine our family is totally devastated and are extremely worried for him and we just want him back home where he belongs. We are offering a reward of £2000 for his safe return.

I am hoping that this is something that you can assist with, if you require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me. Caroline 07765 785880

Many thanks for your time.

Kind regards

Caroline Hoyles

Thursday, 19 May 2011

End of an era?

Just in, The KC Chairman Ronnie Irving has decided not to seek re-election at today's KC AGM.

Here's his resignation letter:

It has now been my privilege to hold the office of Chairman of the Kennel Club for nine years. For some time I have privately been considering how long to continue in the post, and in March of this year I finally took the decision to relinquish the position. As a consequence of this I now wish to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as Chairman on June 7, which is the date on which the General Committee is due to elect its Chairman and Vice Chairman. I will also, in due course, retire as a Trustee of the Kennel Club and therefore as a Member of the General Committee. I will of course retain my Membership of the Club and will be happy, on an ad hoc basis, to help the Club in any way that it feels that I can be of assistance.

The Kennel Club has been through a difficult period over the last few years but I feel that it is now in a strong position to move forward under different leadership. When I took over as Chairman I said that I would ‘not continue in the post for ever’ and that it would be time for me to go when a fresh eye and new leadership would be beneficial. I believe that time has now arrived and that it is therefore appropriate to move on and for me simply to return to the occasional judging appointment and to enjoying showing our dogs.

The Kennel Club’s position on Health and Welfare has never been stronger with the Kennel Club Dog Health Group up and running, the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust in full swing and the Accredited Breeder Scheme working well; the on-line Registration, Transfer and Petlog systems are operating successfully and the Kennel Club website contains a wealth of helpful information for breeders and for prospective and current dog owners; the Club’s financial position was strong enough last year to have a healthy surplus even after donating a total of nearly £800K to the KC Charitable Trust and to the KC Educational Trust for the benefit of dogs and dog people; this year’s budget also looks sound; we now have the Kennel Club Educational Trust’s Building at Stoneleigh being extensively used by the world of dogs; Crufts and Discover Dogs have been an agreed success and are likely to continue as such; though the economic climate is not good and registrations are slightly down in the first part of this year, the demand for pedigree dogs continues apace; shows are bound to suffer from fuel and travel costs in the medium term, but hopefully the longer term future of most of the societies is still very sound.

Finally, and probably most importantly, I believe that the range of skills and the abilities of both the General Committee and the Staff of the Kennel Club have never been stronger and more diverse and that the Club, under that leadership, will have a very sound future ahead of it. I would particularly like to thank both the Committee and the Staff for the very strong support they have provided to me over the last nine years. Without that support, I would undoubtedly have decided to bring my tenure to an end several years earlier!

I wish the Club every possible success for the future.

Ronnie Irving

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Lewis Hamilton wins by a nose (a cold wet one!)

STAFF at Santander are revved up after naming the Guide Dogs go walkies mascot after a driving superstar.
Young Labrador pup Lewis, named after Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, will be the face of this summer’s go walkies events across the country, aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Project manager at Guide Dogs Caroline Shields said: “We are very excited to meet Lewis, our new go walkies mascot. We can’t wait to share his progress and the progress of the go walkies project with everyone at Santander.”
Go walkies is the first ever series of national events where dogs, rather than their owners, are sponsored to take part. Last year, over 110 walks were held across the UK raising enough money to support nearly two guide dog from birth until retirement.  (Each guide dog costs the organisation approximately £48,500.)
As part of Santander’s support for Guide Dogs in 2011, a guide dog puppy was named by over 100 staff in the company’s Liverpool office.
They voted for their favourite name for the go walkies mascot, choosing from Alonso, Lewis or Jenson. It was a close race, but Lewis pipped the others to the chequered flag.
Mrs Shields said: “There are 180,000 blind and partially sighted people in the UK who are unable to leave home. We want to reach out to them and provide the support that will help them get out and about on their own terms and Santander’s sponsorship will provide us with vital funds needed to make go walkies the UK’s largest sponsored dog walk within the next three years.”
More information on go walkies events is available at www.gowalkies.org.uk, or www.facebook.com/gowalkies

Monday, 16 May 2011

Please watch this and pass it on...

This advert has been produced free of charge by Satchi and Satchi with the fantastic Bill Nighy providing the voice. It will air in London cinemas in the next few days but with your help it can be seen by many more people virally. Can you please pass this link on: http://youtu.be/_gZRrqEDP9c

Desperately seeking some breeds!

We have our next photoshoot on Tuesday - yes, next week! And we are having a bit of a nightmare getting it finalised!

We are low on Plummer terriers and Salukis. And we have just decided to bring forward the Bracco Italianos as we have some extra slots.

If you have any of these three breeds and are able to attend a photo shoot in Brookwood near Woking, Surrey on Tuesday contact rachael@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk ASAP - telephone 01276 858880.

If you know anyone with any of these breeds who might be a possible to attend please pass this message along ASAP!

These dogs are needed for our in depth Fido Facts feature. Tim Rose - probably the best dog photographer in the world - will be taking the pix and you will get to keep the images for your own use as well as seeing your dog in the magazine and getting a lovely doggy bag of goodies.

Are shoots are great fun and you'll not be on set for too long as Tim works fast to keep dogs happy and content.

If you want to see what our shoots are like click this link to see a film shot at our last ever shoot at the Slough studio. Following the closure of the photo studio (end of an era!) we've relocated our shoots to a really sweet village hall that is very easy to find with a good car park.

Has your dog got a talent?

I was sent a link to a video of young Bulldog Gabe over the weekend and it made me realise that every dog is capable of greatness! I've never seen a Bulldog do much more than sofa share before, this really is an inspirational video!

If your dog has a special skill (and we don't expect Gabe standard, so don't be too intimidated!) have you entered the Kensington Palace Dashing Dog Show yet? They're calling it the original Dog and Throne Show... can't imagine who suggested such a dreadful pun (okay, I'll own up! It was me.)

Saturday 18 June
10.00 - 17.00
Kensington Palace Orangery Lawn

Entry is £10 per dog. People go free!  Lots of other classes for just good looking dogs - check out the website.
Plus, if you have a Cavalier you really need to be entering the Dash lookalike competition and if you have a dog that looks like you or indeed anyone or anything famous - here's your big chance too as there's a lookalike class!

Here's the talent category in more detail...

Royal Variety Pawformance

Does your canine companion have a special talent fit for a royal audience? Can they stand on two legs or play dead? Can they wave or roll over on command? Can they sing or even dance? If your dog has a special skill we want to see it...

Come on, imagination in gear yet? Train your dog to do a royal wave or a bow wow wow... and if you're struggling - how about a Royal wee? How about Corgi footman herding?

Gifted and talented or just royally loved, do get your little Princes and Princesses ready for the poshest dog show in the very short history of posh dogs shows!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Do you put on fun/charity/exemption dog shows?

I'm looking for people to join a small email focus group to brainstorm an idea to do with charity dog shows! If you have organised shows in the past or plan to in the future can you email me (beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk) and put 'charity focus' in the subject. Be really grateful, trying to develop an idea that will hopefully help! Please pass on to any relevant forums!

Would your dog like to try a Thundershirt?

We'd like five people to try one out and let us know if it helps calm their dogs. Did you watch the excellent Sky Atlantic biopic of Temple Grandin? The amazing autistic woman who has revolutionised animal welfare for cows in America by looking at the world through an animal's eyes? She found her own anxiety was dramatically reduced by a machine she made that gave the effect of hugging her - even though she couldn't bare to be hugged by humans.
Well whether or not you watched the show (buy the DVD if you missed it - really is fantastic - click here to Amazon link) if you've got an anxious or over-stimulated dog that could do with calming why not apply to take part in our trial of the item of clothing that has got people talking almost as much as Pippa Middleton's backside-enhancing dress!
Have a read of the background info from Xtra Dog below and if you're interested in taking part email liz@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk and put 'Thundershirt' in the subject. Tell us about your dog and why you think they'd benefit from a Thundershirt.

With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited.thundershirt image Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs show significant improvement in symptoms when using Thundershirt. Thundershirt is already helping tens of thousands of dogs around the world, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers.
The Thundershirt is also in keeping with the Tellington TTouch ethos and recommended by Linda Tellington Jones, Sarah Fisher and Marie Miller. For more information on TTouch please visit our TTouch pages.
As for WHY Thundershirt’s gentle pressure works to calm a dog, experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years. For example:
  • TTouch dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties.
  • Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations.
  • People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety.
  • Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus.
  • Parents use swaddling to calm an inconsolable new born infant.
Until now, there just hasn’t been a well-designed, inexpensive pressure wrap commonly used for dog anxiety. Thundershirt is changing that! Thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers now recommend Thundershirts for their anxiety cases.

Interested in taking part email liz@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk and put 'Thundershirt' in the subject. Tell us about your dog and why you think they'd benefit from a Thundershirt.

Monday, 9 May 2011

The Pet Show, The Endals and the caption comp...

After the most amazing, uplifting weekend at the London Pet Show I'm back at my desk scaling a massive backlog! Di you take any photos at the show? Do email me if so. Yes, yet again too busy chatting and putting the world to rights and not taking photos!
Will post more about the Endals shortly - but really urgent on my 'to do' list is to drum up some great entries for our latest Caption Competition! We'll be judging this tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1pm, so get emailing your entries to comps@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk or post them on the growing Dogs Today Magazine Facebook page.
Here's the photo for you to ponder....
The photo is by Juliet McKee at Sugar and Spice Photography and it looks to me to be a Hungarian Vizsla in the frame!

Great prize this month - a Nina Ottosson Dog Finder Game and runner-up prizes of Coachies! Thank you Company of Animals.