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  1. The RSPCA have awarded assistance dogs, vets, and dedicated young volunteers in a heartwarming ceremony at 195 Piccadilly, the famous home of BAFTA in London. On Thursday evening (June 27), the RSPCA Honours ceremony was hosted by comedian John Bishop and attended by the RSPCA’s VIP supporters including Deborah Meaden, Peter Egan, Dougie Poynter and Kate Lawler. Fourteen awards were given out on the night including to super Staffie Romeo who won the Service Animal award for his lifesaving work as a canine blood donor and a pet therapy dog and Ethan who won the Amazing Animal Award for assisting owner, Sally Whitney with her disability. Canine Partners dog Ethan won the Amazing Animal Award for his partnership with owner Sally Whitney after she described him as giving her a ‘new lease of life’ and the confidence to work, get married and have more independence. A veterinary initiative called StreetVet was also honoured for providing free accessible veterinary healthcare to pets of homeless people across the UK. Speaking at the event John Bishop said: "Myself and my wife Melanie are great animal lovers and have rescue animals including pigs and dogs at our home - they are just like part of the family to us. “It was a really special evening at the RSPCA Honours and I'm privileged to have been able to host it. The stories I have heard have been so inspiring and it goes to show that animals really do bring out the best in people. “I have enjoyed hearing all about hero dogs such as Ethan and Romeo and learning more about amazing organisations out there such a StreetVet. “The RSPCA do amazing work every day for animals, often in difficult circumstances and I am proud to have been able to play a part in the evening." Kate Lawler, Steph Hartley, Romeo & John Bishop Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive at the RSPCA, said: “The RSPCA Honours are an opportunity to celebrate the amazing animals and outstanding people who work to improve animal welfare. We all share this goal to see a world where animals are treated with respect and compassion and so as the oldest and biggest animal welfare charity in England and Wales, the RSPCA takes great honour in celebrating these amazing individuals, animals, and incredible organisations at the RSPCA Honours awards.” The RSPCA Honours is an opportunity to recognise and honour all these people and organisations that help to make the lives of animals better; through kindness, courage, determination and innovation. Awards are given for bravery, outstanding service and to recognise exceptional contributions to animal welfare. To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website.
  2. Andy


    Great photo. Gets a vote from me 😀
  3. You know your hotel is genuinely dog friendly when they put out a bag of treats, towels, poo bags, a bowl and a list of suitable dog walking locations. I, on the other paw, do not even get a kettle. Not a single teabag in sight. Well played Good Morning Hotels Leipzig, well played. Has anybody else had any good dog-friendly experiences?
  4. The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man was caught on camera roughly treating a dog in Bradford. The incident happened at 3.30pm on Thursday (6 June) near Girlington Road/Willow Street. RSPCA inspector Gemma Fowler said: “We’ve had a couple of calls about a man who was seen being rough and verbally abusing a dog as he walked down the street last Thursday afternoon. “The area was quite busy as there is a school nearby which had just turned out. “The incident was caught on camera by a witness. “I want to hear from him, or anyone who knows who he is, as soon as possible.” The man has a tattoo of three stars on the right of his neck and his right ear is pierced with a stud. He was wearing black jeans, a black coat and a camouflage coloured cap. He was wearing black Adidas trainers with white stripes. The dog is a tan and white bull terrier type, and was wearing a red harness with a black rope lead. Anyone who thinks they can help should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Fowler. “I am worried about this dog and am very keen to check that he or she is okay,” she added.
  5. Warning: Video contains upsetting scenes. John Chris Joshua Bunting, a 24 year old from Wesham, Preston has been banned for keeping animals for four years after beating a dog named Disco. The incident was caught on video and the RSPCA were called by Police on September 8th last year. Bunting pleaded guilty at Blackpool Magistrates' Court earlier this week to one offence of *unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act. In addition to the ban, he received an 18 month community order, 15 rehabilitation action requirement days, 300 hours of unpaid work, a bill for £500 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. RSPCA inspector Alison Fletcher said: “I met Disco before I saw the footage, which is distressing to watch. “He was brought into the room by a male vet and he was extremely frightened. He had no obvious injuries but it was impossible to touch him without causing him distress. “When I attempted to pick him up to place him in the kennel at the rear of my van and take him to the animal centre he went into blind panic. I did eventually manage to coax him inside after around 20 minutes of sitting with him and calmly reassuring him.” In the first of three video clips Bunting can be seen entering the rear garden of a property on Garstang Road North, Wesham and walk over a grassed area partially out of view. A dog can be heard to cry out. He then appears at the corner of the house holding Disco in his left hand, by the scruff of the neck. He strikes the dog with his right hand a number of times while carrying him into the house. Disco can be heard to cry out again a number of times. A second clip shows shadowy figures behind the frosted glass of the rear house door. Noises consistent with a slap and a dog vocalising can be heard. The door opens, a man’s voice can be heard to shout “Get out” and Disco runs out into the garden followed by Bunting. The dog runs onto the grassy area and sits down with his back to the garden wall and facing the house. The dog remains in the garden and Bunting returns back into the house. A third clip shows Bunting standing over Disco before picking him up by the neck. Bunting carries Disco over to a brick-built outhouse within which the dog is placed. Bunting picks up a long piece of polystyrene and repeatedly hits something inside the outhouse. It is not clear whether he is striking Disco, though this was admitted by Bunting in interview. The court heard that Bunting handled Disco in the manner seen in the footage because Disco wouldn’t go to the toilet, and would sit on the grass and not want to come in, then when he came back into the house he would urinate and defecate there. He said that he was trying to move Disco from behind the door to mop the floor. Disco (photo: RSPCA) Veterinary opinion was that it was likely that Disco had been subjected to shouting or violence when urinating and defecating, which caused him to become anxious when performing these bodily functions. It continued that this had lead to him associating the garden with a place in which he experienced anxiety. In a similar way, when Disco urinated or defecated in the house and he was punished, there would be an association with an unpleasant experience in the house. “This poor dog was in turmoil, caused to suffer physically and mentally,” said Inspector Fletcher. “It has taken a great deal of love, patience and training from the wonderful staff caring for him at RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk and District Branch Animal Centre, but I saw him today and he’s like a different dog. “I’m very happy to say that he’ll be looking for a new home soon.” *The full offence Bunting pleaded guilty to was: 1. That on or 8th September 2018 at an address on Garstang Road North, Wesham, Preston you did cause unnecessary suffering to a certain protected animal, namely a small terrier type dog by name ‘Disco’, by subjecting the animal to unnecessary violence, which you knew or ought reasonably to have known would have such an effect or be likely to do so, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
  6. Were you aware of this @Mardyass @Claire and Cara?
  7. There are similar programs in the U.K. such as this one specifically for assistance dogs https://www.yellowdoguk.co.uk/
  8. Helen spotted this today but we’ve never heard of it before. Is it just us? It seems like a good idea but I would be surprised if it was common knowledge in the U.K. Does anybody here do this?
  9. Andy


    Too cute.
  10. Andy


    Dog Prime Minister in the making 😂
  11. Andy


    Aww cute, is she a long-haired GSD?
  12. There are more tips on this published by the RSPCA after hospital admission figures for dog bites have risen again.
  13. We published an article back in February highlighting the risks of not properly understanding your dog's body language and how to educate your children in recognising signs of aggression in dogs. New figures from the NHS show that 23,000 people were admitted to hospital following dog bites or dog-related injuries in the past three years. Following the publication of these numbers, the RSPCA has now also published six golden rules for keeping your child safe and your dog happy. RSPCA dog welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines said: “While dog bites are thankfully still generally quite rare these figures show that, unfortunately, the number of hospital admissions due to dog bites are continuing to increase. “The RSPCA believes it’s incredibly important that dog owners ensure their pets are properly cared for and are happy and healthy. Providing the right training and positive experiences will help shape well-rounded, friendly dogs but it’s also crucial that people - adults and, specifically, children - learn how to act around dogs, how to have positive interactions with dogs, and how to understand their body language and behaviour. Parents should always supervise children when interacting with dogs and react if the dog shows any signs of being uncomfortable. “Dogs can bite for many reasons, such as an underlying illness or injury, or because they’re frightened of certain circumstances. It’s also important to remember that any dog - irrespective of breed, size or history - has the potential to show aggression and cause injury if they’re frightened, uncomfortable or in pain. That is why the RSPCA is campaigning to #EndBSL - legislation which labels four types of dogs as ‘dangerous’ based on their appearance. “Any dog owners with concerns about their pet’s behaviour should seek advice from their vet or a clinical animal behaviourist. There’s more information about aggression in dogs online as well as advice for parents about children and dogs interacting safely.” The Royal College of Surgeons attributes the rise in admissions to the increase in ownership of small dogs. They believe that people may be unaware of the damage even small dogs are capable of causing and that less care is required. The French Bulldog is now Britain's most popular dog ahead of the Labrador with nearly 15,000 being registered in 2018 compared to around 1,500 in 2009.
  14. Andy


    My new spirit animal! 😂
  15. The RSPCA is warning owners of a flea infestation risk as temperatures in the UK rise and is reminding owners to regularly treat their pets for fleas, as the UK enters the peak flea season. For the first time, B&M stores are offering a discount on the RSPCA FLEAaway product to coincide with the warmer weather. Flea infestations are much more likely in warmer temperatures due to an increase in fleas breeding and hatching. RSPCA’S FLEAaway treatment should be used monthly. Each pack contains three months worth of treatment and is now available from £4.99, depending on product used, at B&M stores nationwide. Caroline Allen, Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA, said: “This time of year is particularly rife for flea infestations as the warmer weather means fleas are breeding and hatching at a much quicker rate. It’s therefore crucial that owners treat their pets for fleas but the focus should always be on prevention which means using flea treatment all year round to protect your furry friends from those itchy critters. “Flea treatment can easily be done at home and should be carried out regularly for maximum protection. “Only give your pet flea treatment that has been recommended for them. Products suitable for one species may not be suitable for another. Some dog flea treatments contain permethrin, an insecticide that is safe for dogs but highly toxic to cats so always consult your vet if in doubt.” Tips For Keeping Fleas Away If you spot fleas on your pet treat quickly, as they can give your cat or dog tapeworms and diseases (make sure you worm your pet as well). Treat your home as well, as fleas can survive without a host for many months. Clean bedding regularly and vacuum furniture, floors and skirting boards to help destroy fleas at each stage of their lifecycle. Throw away the dust bag from your vacuum after each use. Maintain your pets' flea treatment all year round, as fleas aren't only active in summer. What Are The Signs Your Pet May Have Fleas? Is your pet scratching? Areas of hair loss, bald or sore patches? Do they have spots or scars? Redness and irritation? Thickened skin in areas (e.g. around ear edges)? Can you see tiny dark specks in its fur, or small browny-black insects scurrying about? Do you have any unaccounted for insect bites yourself?
  16. Welcome @Jessica and Amber. What a cute Viszla. We get that standing in the river look from Kara too. She goes in just far enough to get her belly wet.
  17. A group of dedicated volunteers at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have today been named as a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Volunteers from the leading animal welfare charity are to receive the prestigious award in recognition of the outstanding work they do in the local community by regularly visiting the retired servicemen and women at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Volunteers started visiting the Chelsea Pensioners with Battersea dogs back in 2011 and since then a wonderful relationship has developed between the two neighbouring institutions that has had a significant impact on all involved. Each month a group of Battersea dogs don their blue Battersea coats and head over the Chelsea Bridge to the Royal Hospital. There they are eagerly awaited by its famous scarlet-coated residents, retired army servicemen who relish the opportunity to interact with the dogs, whether feeding them biscuits, gently stroking them, or enjoying an enthusiastic lick on the face. The Battersea volunteers and dogs visit the pensioners in the infirmary or go into their room to keep them company and build strong relationships with everyone they meet. For many of these veterans, a visit from their four-legged friends is something to look forward to, particularly those who have owned dogs in the past but are now unable to have a pet. The companionship and joy these visits bring is also of great benefit to residents who may be lonely and without close family, and several keep dog biscuits in their rooms ready to give to their favourite Battersea dogs. Charlotte Fielder, Battersea’s Head of Volunteering, Fostering & Communities said: “Battersea is absolutely thrilled that the work of this amazing and dedicated group of volunteers has been recognised with a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. We couldn’t be more proud of our caring, kind and compassionate volunteers who regularly take Battersea dogs to visit the Chelsea Pensioners, offering both human and canine companionship. It’s heart-warming to witness the joy these visits can bring”. Battersea volunteer Katie Morgan with Chelsea Pensioner visitor Bonnie Battersea volunteer Katie Morgan, who has been visiting the Royal Hospital Chelsea with Battersea dogs since 2011, added: “It’s a real honour to receive this award for doing something that is so beneficial for all involved. We always receive a very warm welcome from the Chelsea Pensioners, staff, volunteers and visitors and the dogs absolutely love meeting everyone, especially as there are more than a few treats ready and waiting for them. We’ve made some wonderful friends over the years and hope to make many more.” The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the winners are announced on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
  18. Thanks Lou! There's a bigger surprise coming but I'm not allowed to say anything yet 🤐
  19. Andy

    Chip andDale

  20. You can vote on as many dogs as you like but only once per dog.
  21. It looks like you worked it out. I see your entry for this month. Good luck!
  22. Andy


    Gets a vote from me. Welcome to the pack Deborah. Nikki doesn't look 14 at all.
  23. Yes or No? What are your thoughts on dogs in costumes? Is it all just a bit of fun or is it cruel on the dog? Let us know here...
  24. Notable mentions also to pack members @Dinks and @Tracey Bean whose dogs Dinks and Duncan Donut came in as runners up in 2nd and 3rd. There were some really fantastic photos this time.