Sunday, 23 December 2012

Adopt me to give a chance to the most overlooked

Our March edition (out February) Adopt Me is opening now. We sometimes have a theme, and I'd like this month for us to particularly give a chance to the dogs most often overlooked. The brown ones, the black ones, the Staffies... the dogs that need a chance to stand out from the crowd and show people how special they are.  All dogs will be considered, but if we are short of space priority will be given to these types
Here is how to get a hard to home dog included in Adopt me feature.
1. We need a good photograph (about a 1MB when attached, in focus ideally!)

2. The answers to these really simple questions.   

3. A 100 word statement from the dog that makes people look twice. (See below if you need inspiration!)

Here are the questions:
Name of dog:
Type of dog and size if not obvious:
Approx age: (in years)
Sex:
Neutered?
Housetrained?
With other dogs?
With cats?
Good with children?
Location (County):
Contact details:
Foster or forever home?

Email all three of these elements to a new email address

jules@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk (retype this as copy and paste for some reason often will not work!) 

and put 'Adopt me' in the subject. 

Good 100 word statements to inspire!
Hey I’m Shady! Will you throw my ball for me?
I’ve been in Rescue for over a year now which my carers say they are very surprised about. I love the company of people and get quite stressed if left on my own for long periods of time.
I’d love an owner with a lot of time on their hands; I’ll thank you with my devotion and wagging tail! 


My new year’s resolution is to find a loving new home where I can play lots of games of fetch – could you help me make it come true?
I am the busiest dog in the world! I like to train, and play games, and love my obedience classes here in Leeds. I have lived with children with severe learning difficulties in a very busy house, and with another dog. I am much prettier than my photo, but I won’t keep still long enough for anyone to take one – I’m too busy seeing if the photographer has treats! I would love to live with an active family who like to get out and about as much as I do. You can watch videos of me training at the Iron Mountain website.
I’ve been at Battersea over a year – the Home never puts on a limit on how long it takes to rehome a cat or dog – and I’m a real favourite in the offices where I spend a day or two a week chilling out, being good-natured and friendly, well-mannered and very affectionate. For someone who looks like they ate all the pies, I’m actually a delicate and discerning eater – I once said no to a Bonio! Like my namesake Cleopatra, I am very beautiful, with carefully applied eyeliner, and would like to be building my own little homely kingdom soon.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Have you bought a puppy farmed dog?

Are you prepared to talk about it?
Radio 4 You and Yours are going to cover puppy farming and puppy traffiking and are very keen to talk to people who have encountered this trade.
Many people only realise afterwards that the pup they bought was battery farmed and we need to find people who are prepared to tell their story so that others can avoid the misery.
Did you buy your dog online?
Did the 'breeder' offer to deliver your dog or meet you half way?
Did you ever see your dog's mother?
Chances are, if so, your dog came from a puppy farm.
Did your pup have health or behaviour problems?  Did the breeder refuse to take your calls or help you in any way? Was their only interest how you were going to pay?
Are you feeling guilty for messing up? Stop beating yourself up and help change things.
Breeding of dogs is pretty much unregulated. The only licenses that local authorities issue are to do more with physical housing than animal welfare.
In Sweden dogs are protected by excellent consumer legislation with teeth.
Dogs are sold with a puppy contract.
Huge simplification, but If anything goes wrong in the first three years the breeder pays - dogs come effectively with a three year warranty and that means no one breeds just to make a quick buck or does it shoddily. You have to be as professional as possible or you're going to end up in court paying out a lot of compensation. And if you insure as most good breeders do - your premiums would be unaffordable if you were to rear in battery conditions that put pups at risk of disease and behaviour issues.
Wouldn't that be good here - if we could change things by making bad breeding simply uneconomic?
It would mean fewer people breeding and those that do continue being encouraged to breed happy, healthy. sociable dogs by effective legislation that means if pups aren't fit for the purpose of being a pet dog the breeder can get taken to court.
Did you buy a dog that wasn't fit for purpose?
Did it break your heart and empty your bank account?
Please share your experience.
Let's get people asking why Britain - a supposed nation of dog lovers - so badly lets down our best friends.
 It allows them to be swapped for inanimate objects on Gumtree (the dog being swapped for a dining room table was still up earlier despite Rachael in our office bringing it to Gumtree's press office's attention several days ago).
Or people traffick dozens of pups in buckets where some will die in the crush...
Please, please share your stories.
Let's get this stopped.
My email is beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk
Please let me put you in touch with You and Yours so you can try to save other dogs and families from this misery.



Monday, 3 December 2012

Little and Large finding love in our valentine issue

Our February edition (out January) Adopt Me is opening now. We sometimes have a theme, and I'd like this month for us to particularly give small dogs and big dogs a new life in the new year. All dogs will be considered, but if we are short of space priority will be given to these types
Here is how to get a hard to home dog included in Adopt me feature.
1. We need a good photograph (about a 1MB when attached, in focus ideally!)

2. The answers to these really simple questions.   


3. A 100 word statement from the dog that makes people look twice. (See below if you need inspiration!)


Here are the questions:
Name of dog:
Type of dog and size if not obvious:
Approx age: (in years)
Sex:
Neutered?
Housetrained?
With other dogs?
With cats?
Good with children?
Location (County):
Contact details:
Foster or forever home?

Email all three of these elements to a new email address

jules@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk (retype this as copy and paste for some reason often will not work!) 


and put 'Adopt me' in the subject. 

Good 100 word statements to inspire!
Hey I’m Shady! Will you throw my ball for me?
I’ve been in Rescue for over a year now which my carers say they are very surprised about. I love the company of people and get quite stressed if left on my own for long periods of time.
I’d love an owner with a lot of time on their hands; I’ll thank you with my devotion and wagging tail!
My new year’s resolution is to find a loving new home where I can play lots of games of fetch – could you help me make it come true?
I am the busiest dog in the world! I like to train, and play games, and love my obedience classes here in Leeds. I have lived with children with severe learning difficulties in a very busy house, and with another dog. I am much prettier than my photo, but I won’t keep still long enough for anyone to take one – I’m too busy seeing if the photographer has treats! I would love to live with an active family who like to get out and about as much as I do. You can watch videos of me training at the Iron Mountain website.
I’ve been at Battersea over a year – the Home never puts on a limit on how long it takes to rehome a cat or dog – and I’m a real favourite in the offices where I spend a day or two a week chilling out, being good-natured and friendly, well-mannered and very affectionate. For someone who looks like they ate all the pies, I’m actually a delicate and discerning eater – I once said no to a Bonio! Like my namesake Cleopatra, I am very beautiful, with carefully applied eyeliner, and would like to be building my own little homely kingdom soon.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Love me Love my dog(s)


Can you help us with one of our next features?
Claire Horton-Bussey is writing about the Hounds of Love. Ben Fogle and Davina McCall both met the person they were to marry walking their dogs. Has a dog proved to be significant in finding love for you, too? We want to know! (Names can be changed if shy).
Or conversely, have dogs split you up?
Has your dog ever refused to allow your significant other into the bedroom?
Did your dogs hate each other on sight?
Do your breeds of dog need to be compatible to make it work? Which breeds and their owners definitely don't work? Hairy dog owners attracting only other hairies? How about giant breeds and toys? Working and Utility?
Have you ever found love at a dog show? Has a judge caught your eye as he's pointed to the winning spot? Has a fellow exhibitor lent you a comb and it's led to a brush with love?
Have you fallen for someone actually allergic to your dogs? Is loving dogs just a really promising sign that you'll agree on other subjects? Does it mean that they at least have a track record of loving someone other than themselves?
Share your theories and histories with claire@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk who is hoping for some tremendous love stories and great anecdotes!
(Get a pot of tea on Claire, sounds like you'll enjoy this one!)
We discovered our ad man Mike had met his wife on a dog walk when we were discussing this feature. They've been together 40 years and now have a gorgeous Standard Poodle and lots of grand kids...
Please share your stories for our Valentine issue... and if you are looking for love, talk to Claire about it, maybe we can have a lonely hearts column for just this issue.
Did any of you go on Sky's Date Me Date My Dog? How did it go? I know several of you were contemplating it... Please cross post and share widely. Spread the love or at least the request for it!

Saturday, 3 November 2012

New year, new home?

Our January edition (out December) Adopt Me is opening now. We sometimes have a theme, and I'd like this month for us to particularly give some Collies, Greyhounds a Lurchers chance for a new life in the new year. All dogs will be considered, but if we are short of space priority will be given to these types

Here is how to get a hard to home dog included in Adopt me feature.

1. We need a good photograph (about a 1MB when attached, in focus ideally!)

2. The answers to these really simple questions.   


3. A 100 word statement from the dog that makes people look twice. (See below if you need inspiration!)

Here are the questions:
Name of dog:
Type of dog and size if not obvious:
Approx age: (in years)
Sex:
Neutered?
Housetrained?
With other dogs?
With cats?
Good with children?
Location (County):
Contact details:
Foster or forever home?

Email all three of these elements to a new email address

jules@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk (retype this as copy and paste for some reason often will not work!) 


and put 'Adopt me' in the subject. 

Good 100 word statements to inspire!
Hey I’m Shady! Will you throw my ball for me?
I’ve been in Rescue for over a year now which my carers say they are very surprised about. I love the company of people and get quite stressed if left on my own for long periods of time.
I’d love an owner with a lot of time on their hands; I’ll thank you with my devotion and wagging tail!
My new year’s resolution is to find a loving new home where I can play lots of games of fetch – could you help me make it come true?
I am the busiest dog in the world! I like to train, and play games, and love my obedience classes here in Leeds. I have lived with children with severe learning difficulties in a very busy house, and with another dog. I am much prettier than my photo, but I won’t keep still long enough for anyone to take one – I’m too busy seeing if the photographer has treats! I would love to live with an active family who like to get out and about as much as I do. You can watch videos of me training at the Iron Mountain website.
I’ve been at Battersea over a year – the Home never puts on a limit on how long it takes to rehome a cat or dog – and I’m a real favourite in the offices where I spend a day or two a week chilling out, being good-natured and friendly, well-mannered and very affectionate. For someone who looks like they ate all the pies, I’m actually a delicate and discerning eater – I once said no to a Bonio! Like my namesake Cleopatra, I am very beautiful, with carefully applied eyeliner, and would like to be building my own little homely kingdom soon.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Xmas presents sorted yet?

Did you like our fantastic Howl print - the dog in the same style as the famous Scream painting? 



We've just released five more classic collectable A3 prints from talented artist in residence Kevin Brockbank. Do check them out and look out for the special deals. Buy three for a discount, buy all six and save even more. And you can get signed, limited edition prints or you can go for the budget option. And if you just love one of the prints you can get all your Xmas presents in one place and get a really good price for buying three or six of them!

"One likes to watch TV with one's dogs"

 "A Good Read"
"The Dog Fight"
"How the Westie was won"


"Dogzilla"
Scroll down when you get to the shop to find the prints - and why not buy all your friends a sub to Dogs Today and some Hounds for Heroes Xmas cards while you're there.... (!)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

They spelled Cesar's name right...


I was asked to write a balancing piece on Cesar Millan for the Mail on Sunday but it was heavily chopped and didn't have the 10 points of how to spot a CM copycat trainer.... so here's the link to paper and the positive Cesar interview and the somewhat altered one from me (even spelled my name wrong online.... only used to write a column for them for eight years, but hey ho!)
 The unsubbed article I emailed....
There’s a long queue of people eager to stab Cesar in the back. His loyal fans claim we’re all just jealous of his fame and fortune – but there’s a lot more to it than that.
Cesar is a proper modern-day gladiator. People love to see him wrestle with snarling animals – he calls them his ‘red zone cases’. Clips of him being bitten are shared rabidly across the Internet.
He actually gets paid to punch and kick dogs on TV, without getting arrested! In his defence he claims he’s merely ‘touching’ them.
Alan Titchmarsh didn’t let him get away with that excuse on his TV show this week. Alan said he’s seen Henry Cooper touch people like that and it hurts!
If Cesar thinks a ‘kick’ to the kidneys is a ‘touch with the foot’ does he think a war is a massage with bullets?
As Sinitta would say, he’s just so macho.
He’s completely instinctual and unscientific. He’s just made all his theories up as he’s gone along. Forget operant and classical conditioning, flooding or learned helplessness, and boring things like qualifications. He’s got much more interesting celebrity endorsements and the best teeth that money can buy.
And best of all he wrestles with powerful dogs that sometimes bite him.
Proper, positive, scientific, qualified dog trainers won’t do that for the cameras.
Apart from the tweed skirt, there’s not much difference between Barbara Woodhouse and Cesar - if you stay away from his Red Zone. And bless her, Barbara was training dogs 35 years ago when none of us knew any better.
Things really should have moved on. American boffins wanted to teach dolphins to do subversive things with weapons and they pretty quickly picked up on the fact that rewards worked a lot better than punishment. It all there in the history books of animal training.
But someone pleasant using a clicker and a bit of cheese probably isn’t going to get you sitting on the edge of your sofa.
Much more visually interesting watching Cesar zapping a dog with electric shocks, tightening up a prong collar so the spikes go into a naughty dog’s neck. You’ll never see lovely Victoria Stilwell kicking and punching (sorry ‘touching’!) a dog to get respect (or ratings).
On Sky News this week Cesar told Eamonn Holmes that electric collars were great for people with disabilities to use on their dogs.
Apart from Welsh people, obviously.
Everyone forgot to mention that.
Use a shock collar in Wales and you can get 6 months in prison or a £20,000 fine. Hopefully our creaky animal welfare laws will catch up soon, too. For dog’s sake.
While Cesar’s X-rated red zone clashes are badged “Don’t try this at home,” sadly many people do. Cesar’s ‘calm assertive’ overpowering masculinity may stop him being too badly bitten, but sadly less assertive types can end up in A&E after a one-way trip to the vets with their soon to be ex-best friend.
And that’s the core of the problem, Cesar is at best a very guilty pleasure. But he’s not strictly entertainment – people will try to emulate his methods.
But when we copy our other TV heroes things don’t go anywhere near as badly wrong. Imitate Jamie Oliver’s signature dish and you can always order a take away when we it all goes less than lovely jubbly.
And how many people have actually posed as a surgeon after watching Grey’s Anatomy? Hopefully very few!
Yet Cesar Millan copycats - whose only qualification is usually watching his show - are breaking dogs in every town and city and calling themselves varients of ‘dog botherers’.
But, just as they probably don’t have his gorgeous Hollywood smile - they also don’t have the benefit of his ‘calm assertiveness’ or crucially his editorial control to deliver the required happy ending  that pet owners dream of.
Here’s 10 ways to spot a CM clone…

1 If they Alpha roll your dog. Anyone going on about being the alpha male isn’t up to date on proper wolf hierarchy. And if dogs are really wolves – we’re all just monkeys.
2 “Touching” your dog with either their fist or a boot. Suppressing bad behaviour with aversion won’t cure it, just drives the problem deeper
3  Uses an electric shock collar to teach a dog what is wrong. Many dogs become paranoid and aggressive after being zapped. They’re illegal in Wales for very good reasons.
4 Approves of pinch, prong or choke collars. Anyone who teaches a dog what is wrong rather than what is right is on the wrong track
5 Claims your dog is trying to dominate you if he just jumps on the sofa. It’s not just Gary Glitter who made us uncomfortable about going on about the ‘leader of the pack’. 
6 Anyone who goes “pssstttt” at your dog is a Cesar Millan fan. Tell them to Pssstttt off.
7 Suggests you invest in a treadmill. Cesar is a huge fan of this type of exercise, but dogs really do love a good sniff on a walk, to them it’s like reading a newspaper.
8 Anyone who offers you a quick fix to a complex problem is probably using punishment techniques. Like pulling up a weed, you will hide the problem and it’ll probably re-emerge twice as strong next time.
9 Has no qualifications apart from the school of life and a box set of Cesar’s last series.
10 Has no affiliation with any group that is a member of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (www.abtcouncil.org.uk). The only industry regulatory body with any teeth.
They are trying to impose some standards on animal training to protect our best friends from this sort of abuse.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

More posh dogs dinners in aid of Hounds for Heroes

SAVE THE DAY!


The next Dogs Dinner will be Sunday December 2nd and there will be a grotto and all the dogs will get Christmas presents. You MUST put it in your diary NOW! Reserve your table - you will be seated within the main restaurant - the grotto will be in the covered terrace.

Email jorge.coelho@gauchorestaurants.com to book!


Dog’s dinner’ £35 per Human
 Complementary pooches meal, we will also be donating £5 per dog to
‘HOUNDS FOR HEROES’ 

Human's Offering
GALANTE ‘Don Perro’ Cocktail
    Empanadas or Ceviche samplers     
300g Tira de Ancho (Rib-eye) or 300g of Churrasco de Chorizo (sirloin), Argentine grass feed Angus

Pooches offering….  
Nutritious treats on arrival  (see below!)





The first doggie dinner at Gaucho's Hampstead was a huge success with 31 dogs and 79 humans having a very memorable day. We are still hearing rave reviews. This is a VERY exciting restaurant and it is just so amazing that they are dog friendly! Here's some photos from the day.







The fantastic news is - the restaurant enjoyed having dogs dining so much that they're doing it all again! The last Sunday of this month! So reserve your table now!



To book your table email jorge.coelho@gauchorestaurants.com (Jorge the lovely brilliant below to the left with happy dinner George the Lab!)
 

Below is Gaucho's lovely operation director Martin Williams and Hudson.


Saturday, 29 September 2012

November edition in the shops now

It's out now and in the shops! If you want to find your nearest stockist click the button to the right and type in your postcode. We're also in Pets at Home. And if you can't find a copy close then do check out our website http://www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk where you can buy just one copy postage free if you like or save up to 50% by buying more!
Front cover is the gorgeous Benny from Paul O'Grady's hit show For the Love of Dogs. Benny was the shy Rottie cross that had to overcome his fears to find a new home.
My editorial talks about another doggie TV show, Top Dog Model on ITV2. Just watched the latest episode and it was quite gripping after a shaky start! Did your favourite win?
Some nudity in our news section for a change... but it's all for a good cause! Hounds for Heroes calendar... no not Allen getting his kit off - check out http://www.hilostmyclothes.com/ for more details!
Rachael Millar writes a powerful article on the history and future of Dog Lost and we include the first of our regular columns - Lost and Found. Each month we'll feature two long lost dogs and one found.
Rachael also got to chat to lovely Ben Fogle this month, we've watched Ben grow up as dad Bruce has written for our mag since 1990!
And over the page there is proud dad Bruce! He's written this month about his family's love of Labradors.
Which fits in really well with Adopt Me this month, we've got loads of lovely Labradors looking for homes as well as lots of older dogs.
I loved writing about Paul O'Grady and his fantastic new show. I got the chance of getting the gossip of what it was like working with Paul and we've followed up what happened to some of the dogs featured in this fantastic show.
Rachael is back again with a great feature on cover dog Benny - now called Barney!
We've got a new sponsor for Adopt me - 8in1 and they're going to give a welcome home gift to every dog homes through our section! Wow!
Peter Neville's case history this month is about how to get an older and younger dog to get along.
Pet Behaviour counsellor Lynn Allardyce takes on the challenge of a collie who is unused to being left alone.
Karen Wild tells us how we can make mortal enemies cats and dogs the best of friends!
We have a wonderful feature of Medical Detection Dogs - wow! You will want to read this. Don't want to give too much away, but this is a charity that is just really taking off. All credit to Claire Guest and her personal story is amazing. As she says - so much synchronicity going on!
Lovely vet Richard Allport gives you some ideas of the best books to read if you're interested in natural pet care.
Good Boy is an inspiring story of a little dog can make a massive difference!
Sarah Whitehead looks at scaredy dogs and how to deal with fears and phobias.
Gina Stokes gives the latest installment in Strictly Pawroom - even if you're not keeping up with the whole routine - this month - how to train your dog to walk backwards. Fascinating! Have a go.
Victoria Stilwell on the power of play - may just look like fun, but it has huge benefits.
Terry Doe continues his contemplation of whether responsible people are often just too daunted to take the plunge and get a rescue dog while less cerebral types are jumping in without a second thought and making a lot of splash-back.
I Want One - win loads of good stuff this month. A portrait, a great new bed, Lily's Kitchen's new no grain dog food, Loads of squeezy Kong toys, 24 Nature Menu pouches, a bandana, a Doggie dressing gown that will dry your dog - great idea! And some fantastic pupcakes from the petpooch boutique!
Appeals will tug on your heartstrings as usual, and we feature Remus a Bulldog pup with the most terrible hips... sad story.
With Firework night fast approaching we go through the options to help you get through it... Christine in our office spends all year planning as her dogs hate the bangs so much.
Going green - we highlight the best eco-friendly dog ideas. Fascinating!
Did you know there are two types of Corgi? There's not just the Pembrokes that the Queen has. We put the limelight on the rarer Cardigan Corgi and they were throughly charming.
Allen Parton bring us up to date with Hounds for Heroes latest news.
We look at Puppy farming and two very different ways of bringing the message to the public. Pup Aid and the 7 days event.
Think Tank asks and answers - what questions should you ask when you are choosing a new vet? Heart problems, poor appetite in older dogs, what to do when there's a dog at training class who hates your dog, muddy paw solutions ways to show people your dog doesn't like other dogs, homeopathic antyi-anxiety ideas, shedding issues.. you name it!
Then there's the caption - great pic this month, just saying! - cross question, strange but true, crossword and Louise Harris is on Pat on the Back - did not know that her dog Lola was no longer married... after that big wedding as well!

If you'd like the 50% less toffer - click here to take up our amazing offer.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Win the meal of your life - that means the world!

Win a slap-up meal dinner you'll NEVER forget and support Hounds for Hereos!
Hurry - you need to enter tonight! Please pass on the word and get as many people entering as possible and as many donations to Hounds for Heroes as possible!
You will win a meal for two at the famous Gaucho restaurant in Hampstead, London NW3. Sunday September 30th. Up to a value of £150. And your dog can eat with you and choose from his or her own menu!

 
First thing tomorrow (Tuesday 25th) we will pick two winners.

All you have to do is - (apart from to be able to take up the prize should you win) - is answer this question "who is your hero?" 50 words maximum. Email me beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk


We'd really love it if everyone who enters could consider making a donation to Hounds for Heroes Dogs Dinner Just Giving Page - just so Gaucho's generous gifts raises awareness and funds for this fantastic charity. Here's the link - every penny counts and the money will go towards training assistance dogs for people who put their lives on the line for Queen and Country. http://www.justgiving.com/The-Dogs-Dinner

If you're not the lucky ones - don't worry you can still join in the fun and dine with your dog at Gaucho!

On Sunday 30th September 2012, Gaucho Hampstead will be hosting their first dog friendly lunch which will be served on their Garden Terrance from midday (entry will be via the exclusive pooch side gate). Lunch will include, Champagne and Ceviche tasters followed by 300g of Argentine Grass Fed Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye steak. Each pooch will be pampered with their very own menu to select from including, but not limited to, an Angus Beef or Chicken pooch Empanada followed by a Beefy Bone, a blend of four classic Argentine Grass-fed Angus beef cuts (aged for 35 days). A donation of £5 per dog will be made to "Hounds for Heroes"." (£35 per person pooch's included)

To book your table email jorge.coelho@gauchorestaurants.com

But  email me not Jorge your entry! beverley@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk


Good luck!

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Sunday, 2 September 2012

You don't want to miss an issue...

Our October issue is now on sale!
Apologies, this is a first proof of the cover - some literals were spotted since this one. Perhaps we should have a competition to spot which they were...!



We've got the best ever subscription offer on at the moment. Really there has NEVER been a better time to move over to subscribing. It's 50% cheaper than buying it in the shops and it'll be delivered to your door before the shop copies hit the shelves. Click here!

Plus you get the chance to see your dog appear in one of Kevin Brockbank's famous illustrations...



So what's in the mag? The front cover in itself is a work of art to start with. Richard Horsfield is a photographer/artist that we've only recently discovered. (His Cane Corso Neo was featured in Sept's caption competition).
The cover is a digital painting of Richard's much missed Dobermann Tzen. Two years ago Tzen had a terrible accident - he broke his back on wet grass and sadly had to be put to sleep. We are very honoured to have this incredible tribute to Tzen on our cover.

My editorial letter is mostlytalking about the climax of our campaign against Lloyds and Halifax - if you remember they made a speedy retreat from pet insurance. The Ombudsman's latest response to this drama has been far from helpful.

Our news section is action packed as always and the main story of the month has to be our article about websites which carry free ads for pets and allow all sorts of horror stories to unfold.

It's a very strong piece and Rachael Miller has moved the debate along and opened up discussions with the press offices of all the usual suspects. A must read.

We have the last push for the Dogs Dinner, a really fun way to raise money for Hounds for Heroes,

We've got a couple of pages on rescuing Podencos next to a couple of pages of Podencos who very much would like to be rescued... what a coincidence!
There are 53 dogs looking for a home this month including a Bulldog called Bird and a Husky named after a Gold medal winner.
There are loads of others that we've all fallen in love with. Proof reading these pages gets us all falling in love again and again...

Some cracking Happy Endings stories to read - they always make us very happy!

Rachael Millar has been busy this month and the Tripawds feature which will cheer your heart. Watching the Paralympics has made everyone realise that you need to concentrate on what you can do, rather than what you can't and these amputee dogs are living life to the full on three legs and we've even got a Tripawd looking for a new home should you feel totally convinced... Grace does look a real sweety - just saying!

Our Good Boy story this month is an uplifting story of another three legged dog.... we don't just throw this magazine together you know!

Jemima Harrison has written us a brilliant article on recall. Anyone who has any trouble getting their dogs back should give it a read. Jemima had a masterclass from Pippa Mattinson and passes on some of the best tips. There's a really special offer on Pippa's new book Total Recall.

Alternative vet Richard Allport's column gives news of there being finally some scientific evidence that natural food is good for dogs and also points out that there's a drug being used that perhaps isn't such good news... he does like to push the boundaries does our Richard!

Lovely behaviour specialist vet Jon Bowen gives some sound ideas for getting prepared to cope with fireworks. Well worth reading.

Peter Neville deals with Whippets that don't come back when called - this month you really are spoiled for advice if you are having trouble getting your dog to come when called.

Vet and behaviour expert Hannah Lyon tackles how to deal with a dog that hates vets... it really is awful when you've got a dog that's poorly that gets even more stressed about going to the vet. Very good article.

Sarah Whitehead gets the 'best headline ever'  award... Fifty Shades of Spay. She unearths more evidence that maybe puts neutering in the spotlight.

The lovely folk at Honey's - (who you might remember were until recently called Darling's) are giving an amazing half price offer on their hampers. A perfect intro to raw feeding. So so have a read!

Gina Stokes is brushing up your doggie dancing with some more umbrella moves... would have worked really well in the Paralympics opening ceremony come to think of it!

Some people forget we have an Insurance Doctor - if you have ANY insurance questions or queries Neil Flint really is THE man. No one knows more about pet insurance,

Dog trainer to the stars Karen Wild grills Dragon Deborah Meaden about her three Hungarian Vizslas. We discover why these are the perfect dogs for Deborah but why she doesn't think people should fall for their looks alone as they need very special owners.

Guide Dogs encourage us to Go Walkies with a great new App!

The one and only Victoria Stilwell tells us how distraction can be the perfect training solution with an anecdote about cheering up her daughter by taking her to the dogs home!

We've got a Golden Years Special with lots of tips for getting older and wiser and giving Vintage dogs a sparkling old age.

In our 'I Want one' spread you can win a new bed, a portrait, a doggy bag to dry your dog, some lovely HiLife Nature's Essentials food and even an edible pumpkin treat!

Allen Parton has been out and about meeting some fantastic supporters and volunteers for  Hounds for Heroes.

Terry Doe gets reflective after losing a much loved relative and wonders if love is the thing we need the most to become good dog owners?

10 people can win a fantastic and substantial Natures Menu Hamper - you really are spoilt this month aren't you!! Has there ever been a better time to consider a more natural diet?

Our celeb editor Natalya Anderson gets to spend time with the lovely John Barrowman... it's a hard job, but someone has to do it!

Loads of Autumnal gifts for you to consider... really interesting stuff.

Postbag, always a good read - we love getting feedback!

Fido Facts this month on the Ibizan Hound - aka the Podenco! Bit of a themed issue...

Appeals this month will tug on your heart strings...

Pet loss and Obits always make up weepy - but especially this month because beloved Spud is featured. We had Spud on our front cover MANY years ago. You may remember Spud. An Australian Cattle Dog that could skip. RIP Spud.

Think Tank is full as usual. Older dogs, putting dogs into kennels for the first time, finding the right weight, what to feed a dog with lymphoma, house training an older dog.. lots more, too.

Caption, cross question and Crossword and Gabby Logan in Pat on the Back.

132 pages.
But you can have the for the price of 66!
With our new offer! Click here

October issue - on the shelves September 13th.
Let us know what you think of it! And don't miss the special offer - you can extend your sub if you like... just saying - it's a prize we'd all like to win! See the previous blog for some more example of Kevin's work...





Your dog could become a piece of art....

... and you could save 50% off Dogs Today. It's probably our best ever subscription deal.

Just click this link and you will be give the chance to either subscribe to Dogs Today for the first time or extend your existing sub for a staggering 50% less than the price you would pay in the shops! Two years delivered for the price of one year's magazine's in the shops! And that's paying by Paypal and there's a European and Worldwide price, too!




One lucky person taking up this sub offer will win the chance to have their dog featured in one of our resident artist Kevin Brockbank's illustrations which will appear in the magazine! Plus you'll get an a signed A4 print to keep, too!

Here's the link to take you to the offer: Please do pass it on! 


 Here's a quick reminder of just some of the many pieces of art that Kevin has produced for Dogs Today.



Here's the link to take you to the offer: Please do pass it on! 

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Can you pass it on?

Can I ask you for your help?
Could you tell a couple of other people about our magazine?
Tell them why you read it?
Can you try to let some new people in on the secret that together we might actually be able to change some things for our best friends?
(The Don't Cook Your Dog campaign is a great example of how uniting the dog world can start to actually save lives. Every person who has felt brave enough to intervene is our hero.)
That we can help each other when things do go wrong. (For eg: When Halifax and Lloyds left pet owners in the lurch by suddenly dropping their cover for life pet insurance we formed a group to fight it and against all odds there was a U turn when everyone stood together.)
That we can all celebrate when things go right? (For eg: We've all watched the amazing Allen and Endal story over the last decade and rejoiced at the birth of Hounds for Heroes...)

We've put together a really, really special offer where people can buy the next two magazines and get the next one free - anywhere in the world - and they can pay with just a click by PayPal.

It's never been easier or cheaper.

Plus we'll be picking one person out of those that take up the offer in the next week to win a copy of Kevin Brockbank's much-loved print The Howl - a doggie version of Munch's famous Scream.

Here's the link for the special offer.
Please do pass it on!
http://www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/shop_fb.htm

We'd love to reach out and find some lovely dog lovers who don't yet regularly buy our magazine.

Can you help spread the word and tell people why you read this magazine?

If it helps to explain why we're different, maybe you can re-tell the story of how we started?

In 1990 I saw an advert in the Guardian for the launch editor of a new magazine aimed at pet dog owners. I applied and had a grueling interview process with many tests (pre-dating the Apprentice, but similarly fierce!).
Despite being pretty young (almost a baby if you're doing the maths...), I got the best job in the world.
The magazine was the brainwave of Viscount Rothermere, the media mogul who owned the Daily Mail empire.
I was a young girl from Liverpool who had no previous experience of press barons, but I did share something very important with the good lord.
We both loved dogs.
He was an Akita man and his dogs obviously meant the world to him.
One day while driving in France he had a terrible car crash. He was injured and one of his dogs died and the other was so traumatised he ran off.
He sent an urgent message to all his staff.
Anyone who could speak French was told to leave their desks immediately and go to France to look for his lost dog.
The very brilliant journalist who tracked down that very scared dog was given the coveted Hollywood reporting job.
Well wouldn't you do the same in his hand-made shoes?
He and I shared a vision.
We both really valued dogs.
It had been a tense first meeting, he obviously tested me.
I'd stood up to him and told him he was wrong and after that we got on very well.
I wasn't being cheeky, but I was confident when it came to dogs.
He didn't ever frighten me, I could see a twinkle where others only saw steel.
Lord R encouraged me to go on crusades, to try to change things and make life better for dogs.
Sadly, not everyone else in his empire thought our voyage was such a worthy one.
There were some who thought he and I were, quite literally, barking.
I was only the editor and Lord R was very far removed from my every day working life.
I did get used to international phone calls in the early hours when he got excited by something he saw that we could report on - or heaven forbid - if we made a mistake. He really did read every single word we wrote!
Sadly, the business-side of the magazine was somewhat chaotic and beyond my remit.
The project made my very many middle managers very nervous.
Having the ultimate boss taking a close interest meant a lot of nervous tummies for 'the suits'.
Just the hint of a rumour that Lord R might drop into our Windsor offices would cause the management to do mad things like paint the car park, order new office chairs, have his favourite brand of bottled water delivered...
Lord R was someone very few people in my management chain had ever had much to do with. He was a very private man.
Grown men, my bosses, would literally go pale and shake in the lift up to his office in Derry Street.
It made people do strange things to try to impress him...
...like TV advertising for a magazine that retailed at 75pence.
I had never edited a magazine before, I didn't know quite how mad that was.
It was incredibly exciting.
We got really very involved in making the adverts and it was thrilling.
But it was soon painfully obvious that it was simply impossible not to make an enormous loss.
For a start, we didn't print enough copies to capitalise on the new demand.
We had given a sampler edition of the mag away with the Daily Mail and it was one of the most successful campaigns for the paper ever - only putting Diana on the cover shifted more copies of the paper.But next month we'd only put a few thousand extra copies on the shelves. We blew our big chance by not being bold enough. We spent a fortune on the ads yet scrimped on the print bill.
We made a shocking £350,000 loss and the shareholders started to tire of Lord R's very expensive pet project.
On the day Windsor Castle almost burned down, I got the news that we were being made redundant and the title was to close.
All the team went to the pub opposite the castle to moan that the Queen had other houses, but we only had one magazine.
That day we vowed not to let Dogs Today die.
It was heart ruling head.
We'd already started so many campaigns, we badly wanted to keep them going.
We were all sure we had to try.
The next day we all turned up for work as if nothing had happened.
All our colleagues on other titles thought we were quite simply mad.
We started working on the next edition of a magazine that had already closed.
Peter Smith was the first person who told me I could do it.
(You might remember him as the first and very genial newsreader on Channel 4's Big Breakfast.)
He had been the genius behind our TV advertising campaign, he had got to know and love the magazine and realised the thing that connected us and our readers was that we would do anything for dogs. Viscount or homeless person, we were all connected by that bond.
We all knew that the love of a dog was worth a lot more than money.
We were part of a secret club of people who knew dogs were special and deserved much better.
Peter taught me to do spread sheets and budgets and to believe in myself.
He got me to look at the business side of the magazine and figure out a way to make it work.
I don't know where the courage came from, but I told my boss I wanted to buy the magazine.
He laughed.
He told his boss - he laughed a lot!
No one said no, they just passed the request up the line.
Some mad, scouse, doggy, slip of a girl, who had no money or experience wanted to buy a magazine that had already lost a fortune...!
My offer got all the way up to Lord Rothermere, who called me in for a meeting.
He had a big grin on his face, but at least he wasn't laughing.
I had nothing to lose, quite literally.
He looked me straight in the eye and said he'd heard I wanted to buy his magazine and he'd had a word with his financial advisor.
The advisor had told Lord Rothermere that he should sell me the magazine and invest in my new company.
I often think back to the moment and wish I could experience that feeling again.
It was the most unexpected news imaginable.
He asked if I'd like to see his financial advisor.
I think I nodded, unable to form words by this point!
He showed me a photo of his Akita.
Lord Rothermere sold me the magazine for £1 and then invested £10,000 in some shares in my new company Pet Subjects Ltd. At the time I thought it was a vast fortune. To me it was.
I didn't know then, but he'd set it up so I couldn't be damaged if it all went horribly wrong.
He really didn't think I stood a hope in hell of making the magazine profitable - his vast army of experts had all failed, so why would a young girl from Liverpool who had never published a magazine turn that massive loss into a profit?
In retrospect, it was a very fair question indeed.
Rosie Peace (our designer then and now) and Sarah Whitehead (then editorial assistant and now famous behaviourist and Dogs Today columnist) took the giant leap of faith with me.
Looking back £10k was nowhere near enough to float a business.
And I didn't bullshit people that it was. I told people when I didn't know what I was doing or couldn't afford something.
Contributors worked for free, subscribers paid us forward and even sent us food parcels and furniture! Our repro house (for these were the days before digital and we needed photos scanned and film running out) gave us a whole edition free, amazingly generous.
Then there was that very starry night at the magazine equivalent of the Oscars.
We'd been given free tickets for the dinner by our distributors as I'd pleaded poverty. I hadn't had a hair cut in months and I was wearing a vintage dress out of frugality not fashion.
I thought I was dreaming when I heard the man on the stage telling the story of how we'd saved our magazine and I realised lots of people were in tears including me!
We won Small Publisher of the Year that night.
The first year we'd even been publishers.
Lord Rothermere heard the news and immediately sent over his chauffeur with Champagne.
He really hadn't thought we could turn his magazine around, but we had somehow done it.
We made it work with pure willpower.
It made him incredibly happy.
Many years later, sadly after Lord R had long since died, I would often meet people who worked in the massive Associated Newspapers empire who could remember him bringing our little magazine into very serious meetings and giving people a roasting about not being passionate enough or committed enough. He'd always tell our story.
He'd forced so many people to read our magazine - stood over them until they did. Most notably the Home Secretary who had produced the god awful Dangerous Dogs Act....!
We really do miss the wonderful Lord Rothermere.
It was wonderful to know he was reading every issue and cheering us on in every campaign.
He saw a spark in us, a way of getting pet people to stick together and change things.
He gave us this chance.
Please can you pass on what Dogs Today is all about and spread the word to a new generation of dog owners?
It's hard to imagine it's already been 22 years since we started.
That we're still battling vile BSL, Puppy farms etc etc.
But there are some battles won, but there's still so much more to do to make the world a better place for dogs.
Please spread the word.
We need you!

Here's that special offer again: http://www.dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/shop_fb.htm

Just before you go, can I tell you about some lovely people who have kept every single edition we've produced since we started out in 1991? We only found this out when a devastating flood destroyed our office. Our precious bound copies of the magazine were destroyed and we lost all our history in a matter of minutes.
But then fantastic readers started coming forward and offering to give us their own complete sets of magazines to replace ours! It still makes me cry... it was such a terrible time, but hearing that so many people had treasured their magazines for all those years gave us all the strength to keep going.
Thank you for reading us - whether it's been for a month or two decades. We really appreciate it.












Monday, 20 August 2012

November Adopt Me now open!

Our November edition (out October) Adopt Me is opening now. We sometimes have a theme, and I'd like this month for us to particularly give some oldies a chance. All dogs will be considered, but we'll look very kindly on the golden oldies!

Here is how to get a hard to home dog included in Adopt me feature.

1. We need a good photograph (about a 1MB when attached, in focus ideally!)

2. The answers to these really simple questions.   


3. A 100 word statement from the dog that makes people look twice. (See below if you need inspiration!)

Here are the questions:
Name of dog:
Type of dog and size if not obvious:
Approx age: (in years)
Sex:
Neutered?
Housetrained?
With other dogs?
With cats?
Good with children?
Location (County):
Contact details:
Foster or forever home?

Email all three of these elements to a new email address

jules@dogstodaymagazine.co.uk (retype this as copy and paste for some reason often will not work!) 


and put 'Adopt me' in the subject. 

Good 100 word statements to inspire!
Hey I’m Shady! Will you throw my ball for me?
I’ve been in Rescue for over a year now which my carers say they are very surprised about. I love the company of people and get quite stressed if left on my own for long periods of time.
I’d love an owner with a lot of time on their hands; I’ll thank you with my devotion and wagging tail!
My new year’s resolution is to find a loving new home where I can play lots of games of fetch – could you help me make it come true?
I am the busiest dog in the world! I like to train, and play games, and love my obedience classes here in Leeds. I have lived with children with severe learning difficulties in a very busy house, and with another dog. I am much prettier than my photo, but I won’t keep still long enough for anyone to take one – I’m too busy seeing if the photographer has treats! I would love to live with an active family who like to get out and about as much as I do. You can watch videos of me training at the Iron Mountain website.
I’ve been at Battersea over a year – the Home never puts on a limit on how long it takes to rehome a cat or dog – and I’m a real favourite in the offices where I spend a day or two a week chilling out, being good-natured and friendly, well-mannered and very affectionate. For someone who looks like they ate all the pies, I’m actually a delicate and discerning eater – I once said no to a Bonio! Like my namesake Cleopatra, I am very beautiful, with carefully applied eyeliner, and would like to be building my own little homely kingdom soon.