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  1. Andy

    Kaiba

    Yay! Bedlington Terrier.
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    Bandit

    Kara has this bandana.
  3. Sniffer dogs up and down the UK are being used in the fight against illegal tobacco sales. Throughout their working careers, Ted and Buster (pictured) have successfully prevented the sale of millions of pounds of illegal tobacco known to contain unregulated and potentially harmful ingredients. Buster by name buster by nature! In their most recent outing, the dogs have been deployed in Northumberland in the towns of Blyth, Seaton Delaval, Lynemouth and Berwick with a small seizure being made in Berwick. Spaniel Buster, and Ted, a rescue Labrador cross were deployed by Housing & Public Protection and Trading Standards in unannounced searches. The dogs were specially trained by Wagtail UK who provide detection dogs for government agencies such as HMRC, Trading Standards, UK Border Force, the armed forces and the Police. Dogs from Wagtail uncovered a staggering 5 tonnes of illegal tobacco and over 2 million illegal cigarettes in a single 4 day period last month. Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member for housing, planning and resilience said: “The sale of illegal tobacco not only avoids taxation, it undermines legitimate businesses in the county that abide by the law and puts money into the hands of criminals. “ Far from being a victimless crime, cheap tobacco makes it easier for children to start smoking, takes advantage of cash-strapped families, and helps fund organised crime. “What is not always understood by users of cheap tobacco, is that it often contains higher levels of toxic ingredients, thereby increasing the existing risk of illness and disease from smoking. Fake cigarettes also present a higher fire risk as they will not, unlike a genuine cigarette, self-extinguish if not actively smoked, which could have disastrous consequences both for the user and their family! “ On a positive note, having undertaken a number of visits across Northumberland, the dogs only found a small amount of illegal tobacco. This is encouraging news and indicates to me that traders are operating their businesses in accordance with the law and in doing so are not placing the residents of Northumberland at risk. The illegal tobacco trade will remain a priority for the council and we will continue to carry out spot searches at future dates and locations across the county.” Wagtail detection dog Bradley sniffing out some contraband in Walsall Despite their success, dogs in this line of work also need their own protection and should be suitably recognised. Earlier this year, Scamp, a springer spaniel sniffer dog was hunted by a gang who placed a £25,000 bounty on his head. Scamp had previously sniffed out six million pounds worth of illegal goods. Sniffer dogs are not only used to fight crime, but they also help with the protection of wildlife and help with ecological surveys. Dogs from Wagtail have also been used to detect great crested newts and bats on building development sites so they can be safely relocated before building starts. Great work Ted, Buster and all the other service and working dogs out there.
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    Duncan Donut

    Looks like we have a new leader
  5. Hi Shavin, Welcome to the pack. I don’t have any direct experience with this topic but I have put the question to Dr Jo to see if she can answer as part of her next “Ask Dr Jo” article.
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    Ted

    Ted just stormed into the lead there 😂 Nice work Ted.
  7. If anybody wants to give this a go it's available now for those in the know. To get started go here https://doglymail.com/blogs/ Make sure you're logged in and then choose "Create a blog". Enter a title and a short description and hit continue. That's it! You started a Dogly Mail Blog. To add entries hit "Add blog entry" after you've created the blog. We'll be making this available to a wider audience soon and linking to it across the site but want to get some feedback from early adopters first. Top Tips Entries with a feature photo look great and will attract more readers. You can schedule when items get published if you want to write a few entries at once and then spread them out. If you need any help. Let us know.
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    Lord Walter of house laight

    Ooh I know someone who is going to like this one 🙂 @Helen
  9. Over 80,000 signatures now. There is clear public support for this even with people having been asked to sign two petitions. Both crimes are of course inexcusable but it’s crazy that metal theft has harsher sentences. There are lots of issues like this one currently not getting the attention they deserve. Time to get Brexit wrapped up now please 🙂
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    Harvey

    Good luck and welcome to the pack.
  11. Photo: HMRC/PA More than five million pounds has been recovered by HMRC in lost tax revenue relating to puppy breeding since 2015. The task force was set up to tackle underground puppy dealing after animal welfare charities raised awareness of the illicit activity in unregulated conditions. In total, breeders failed to declare sales amounting to £5,393,035 across 257 cases. Several arrests have been made with one case relating to fraud spanning over eight years. Durham kennel owner, Kevin Knox, pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of tax and VAT in March 2018 but the total amount of tax unpaid is unknown. In addition; Two breeders in the West of Scotland were handed £425,000 and £337,000 bills in separate cases. A puppy dealer in the East of Scotland was handed a tax bill in excess of £400,000. A former Crufts judge from the Midlands and a Northern Ireland dealer were each given a £185,000 bill in unrelated cases. £114,000 was demanded from a Somerset breeder. A Swansea puppy breeder was given a £110,000 tax bill. Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, said: "It is utterly appalling that anyone would want to treat puppies in such an inhumane way and on such a scale. It’s also deeply unfair to all of the legitimate businesses who do pay the right tax, and the total recovered by the task force is equivalent to the annual salaries for more than 200 newly qualified teachers." "We continue to work hard with other government agencies and our partners to tackle these traders. We urge anyone with information about tax evasion to report it to HMRC online or call our Fraud Hotline on 0800 788 887." Photo: HMRC/PA HMRC are also working alongside the Scottish SPCA, RSPCA, Ulster SPCA, Dublin SPCA, Irish SPCA, HMRC and other authorities in Operation Delphin. Operation Delphin aims to disrupt the illegal puppy trade. The head of the Scottish SPCA’s Special Investigations Unit, who cannot be named due to his undercover operations, said: "Unfortunately, the puppy trade is big business with thousands of dogs being brought into the country each year, particularly from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It is a multi-million pound industry and many of these poor dogs are bred on large scale puppy farms with little to no regard for their welfare." "It’s a barbaric trade which commands huge profit from selling puppies. Often these puppies are kept in appalling conditions and this leads to injuries, health issues and behavioural problems. Some are so far gone that they pass away from complications due to the way they are bred and kept." Last year nearly half of all animals seized by the Scottish SPCA were rescued from puppy farms and I would urge everyone to sign the pledge #SayNoToPuppyDealers and send a clear message that this cruel trade has to end.
  12. Welcome to the pack Sam. What a great photo.
  13. The English Cocker Spaniel is literally a breed fit for royalty and was chosen by Prince William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to join their family. Vital Stats Height Male: 37 - 41cm Female: 34 - 39cm Weight: 13 - 14.5kg Colour: Black, black and tan, black and white, liver roan, liver and tan, liver and tan roan, liver and white, blue roan, blue roan and tan, golden, lemon roan, lemon and white, sable, sable and tan, sable and white, orange and white, orange roan, red, red roan, red and white. Litter Size: 3-12 Life Expectancy: 11 - 12 Years They were originally bred as hunting dogs for their excellent sense of smell and eyesight which made them ideal for flushing out birds and then locating them once downed. The name cocker comes from their use in hunting Woodcocks. They are the most successful breed at Crufts in the UK, taking home no less than 7 best in shows. Temperament & Training "Cockers" are obedient, loyal and energetic. They tend to bond to a single guardian but make great family pets. They have been a family favourite for generations. They also have a strong hunting instinct and their above average intelligence makes them well suited as working dogs. Appearance English Cocker Spaniels come in many colours and are described as sturdy, compact and well balanced. They are tall compared to other Spaniels. Their ears extend to a little past the tip of the nose when pulled forward. Males are a little taller than females but both have similar weights of between 13 and 14.5kg. Health English Cocker Spaniels have a predisposition to luxating patellas (dislocated kneecaps), progressive retinal atrophy (vision loss through degeneration of the retina), hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, cataracts, and kidney disease. Some colours are prone to deafness. For these reasons it is important to have knees, ears, hips, eyes and thyroid tested. English Cocker Spaniels can be prone to rage syndrome, a sudden onset of rage towards anyone nearby. This is thought to be an epileptic type condition. Celebrity and Trivia They inspired a range of boat shoes after a fashion designer spotted they were very good at running on ice. The wave like grooves in a Cocker Spaniel's paw was imitated in the shoe sole design. English royals, Prince William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a Cocker Spaniel named Lupo. Celebrity couple David and Victoria Beckham have a Cocker Spaniel called Olive. History The more general "Spaniel" term was first used in the 14th century with the dogs commonly believed to have Spanish origin. In 1801 texts include references to Springer and Cocker Spaniels but at this time the word "Cocker" referred to a number of individual Spaniel breeds. The only requirement at the time to be classed as a Cocker Spaniel was weight. The commonly held opinion is that two particular dogs are the foundation of the modern breeds of Cocker Spaniel (English and American). Ch. Obo, born in 1879 to a Sussex Spaniel and Field Spaniel, is considered the father of the English breed with his son Ch. Obo II the father of the American line. Do you have a Cocker Spaniel or know any trivia? Show us your Cockers in the comments below.
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    Dogtastic days out for you and your dog! Paws in the Park are Britain’s favourite fun dog shows, with lots of dog games and activities to try including flyball, canine search and rescue, and dog agility. Enjoy a weekend packed with superb arena displays and entertainment, exciting dog activities to try, plus superb shopping for your furry friends. It's a pawfect day out with the kids too! The UK’s largest indoor and outdoor dog show for working, trained and pet dogs.
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    You’ll see the BIGGEST EVER All About Dogs Show returning to East Anglia in 2019! Bring your dog to Trinity Park, Ipswich on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September for two days of exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of have-a-go activities – and if you don’t have a dog, there’s plenty of fun for humans too! Doors open at 9.30am and close at 5pm ADULTS On the gate = £14.00 Online = £12.00 CONCESSIONS (OVER 60YRS) On the gate = £13.50 Online = £11.50 CHILDREN (UNDER 16YRS) On the gate = £8.00 Online = £6.50 Under 5’s FREE Please note that a £1.75 booking fee applies per order
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    You’ll see the BIGGEST EVER All About Dogs Show returning to East Anglia in 2019! Bring your dog to the Norfolk Showground on Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August for two days of exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of have-a-go activities – and if you don’t have a dog, there’s plenty of fun for humans too! Doors open at 9.30am and close at 5pm ADULTS On the gate = £14.00 Online = £12.00 CONCESSIONS (OVER 60YRS) On the gate = £13.50 Online = £11.50 CHILDREN (UNDER 16YRS) On the gate = £8.00 Online = £6.50 Under 5’s FREE Please note that a £1.75 booking fee applies per order
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    You’ll see the BIGGEST EVER All About Dogs Show returning to Essex in 2019! Bring your dog to Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Sunday 26th and Bank Holiday Monday 27th May two days of exciting arena displays, expert advice, shopping and lots of have-a-go activities – and if you don’t have a dog, there’s plenty of fun for humans too! Doors open at 9.30am and close at 5pm ADULTS On the gate = £14.00 Online = £12.00 CONCESSIONS (OVER 60YRS) On the gate = £13.50 Online = £11.50 CHILDREN (UNDER 16YRS) On the gate = £8.00 Online = £6.50 Under 5’s FREE Please note that a £1.75 booking fee applies per order
  18. Yes of course we’re a community that shares 🙂 We’re anti spam but not against people sharing links. Even if they’re commercial it’s fine as long as it’s of general interest and not obtrusive.
  19. Interesting, thanks. I think I’ll play some YouTube videos of some more church bells to see if I can trigger it in Kara.
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    Big Walkies Live

    Big Walkies Live is an event you'll never forget. With plenty of fun to sniff out, doggies and dog fans love Big Walkies Live. Don't have a dog? Don't worry, you can still enjoy the fun! The BIG walk Choose a 2K or 4K walkies distance. Pushchairs and wheelchairs suitable for the 2K route only. If you would like to discuss special assistance, please get in touch and email [email protected] Registration opens at 10:30am and the BIG walk starts at 11am. The event village closes at 2.30pm. The event village The fun-filled event village has: Refreshments Stalls First aid for humans First aid for pets Toilets Merchandise Music and live entertainment ...and more! How to find Big Walkies Live Sophia Gardens is situated in the city centre of Cardiff. You'll find Big Walkies Live registration in Sophia Gardens, Bute Park. See a map of Bute Park for further information. By train Cardiff Central and Cardiff Queen Street The West Lodge or Sophia Close entrances at the southern end of Bute Park are roughly 10 minutes walk from Cardiff Central station and 15 minutes walk from Cardiff Queen Street. By bus There are several bus stops situated along Castle Street to the south, and along North Road to the east. Cardiff Bus routes. By water bus The water bus stop is situated at the southern end of Bute Park near Cardiff Bridge. The service runs to Cardiff Bay between 10am and 5pm. By car Sat Nav Postcode: CF11 9XR (please note this is for guidance only as the park covers a large area). Pay and display car parking available nearby in: Sophia Gardens (CF11 9LJ) Castle Mews (CF10 3ER) North Road (CF10 3EA)
  21. Kara is currently watching Our Planet with David Attenborough. If your dog watches TV, what are they watching?
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    Dogfest Ashton Court

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    Dogly Mail members get 15% off general adult and child admission. An event where you can treat your dog to the best dog’s day out EVER. We know your dog is part of the family, so we have created an event the WHOLE family can enjoy! Dogs, kids and adults all love DogFest, there is something for everyone. “This is the Ultimate Summer Festival for Dogs, the best dog’s day out ever and the best day out for those who love everything canine. Where on earth would any dog or anyone who loves a dog rather be?” Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
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    Dogfest Tatton Park

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    Dogly Mail members get 15% off general adult and child admission. An event where you can treat your dog to the best dog’s day out EVER. We know your dog is part of the family, so we have created an event the WHOLE family can enjoy! Dogs, kids and adults all love DogFest, there is something for everyone. “This is the Ultimate Summer Festival for Dogs, the best dog’s day out ever and the best day out for those who love everything canine. Where on earth would any dog or anyone who loves a dog rather be?” Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
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    Dogly Mail members get 15% off general adult and child admission. An event where you can treat your dog to the best dog’s day out EVER. We know your dog is part of the family, so we have created an event the WHOLE family can enjoy! Dogs, kids and adults all love DogFest, there is something for everyone. “This is the Ultimate Summer Festival for Dogs, the best dog’s day out ever and the best day out for those who love everything canine. Where on earth would any dog or anyone who loves a dog rather be?” Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
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