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.