This weekend (20th & 21st September) sees the National Pet Show coming to Birmingham, following its success in London, this time it’s gone National. The event is for everyone who loves animals. If you want an awesome and entertaining day out, this is the show for you! It promises to be packed with hundreds of animals, excellent features, competitions, celebrities and shopping galore!
Animals to see include, dog, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters , rats, gerbils, chinchillas, snakes, birds, birds of prey, duck, reptiles, tortoises, ponies, donkeys, alpacas and more.
With show jumping rabbits (yes rabbits), duck herding, doggy dancing, parrot displays, to experts talks on grooming and pet care, shopping and much, much more, it’s sure to be a great day out!
Yesterday we visited Gorleston-on-Sea and discovered Jay Jay’s Beach Cafe. What a lovely surprise it was. Not only fantastic fresh food and delicious treats, and a stunning view of the sandy beach and long coastline, but there were at least 15 dogs joining their families for lunch, happily soaking up the sun. And after lunch, an off-the-lead run on the beach finishes off what is probably a perfect day out for families and their pets.
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How devastating for the Manchester Dog’s Home that a pointless act has led to the destruction of the home and the death of at least 53 dogs due to be re-homed shortly. 150 dogs were saved by brave staff under police and fire service escort.
More than 1000 people have visited Cheshire Dogs’ Home in Warrington, who are looking after the surviving dogs, to donate supplies. The overwhelming response has lifted the spirits of devastated staff. There have also been offers to adopt dogs and more than half a million pounds has been raised. With this money a new dogs’ home will be built so please keep giving.
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We love to take our dogs for walks. Not only are walks in open spaces vital for dog health, there are well documented benefits for humans as well. As well as improved fitness levels, walking one’s dog improves general wellbeing. An important part of this is the opportunity to socialise with other dogs and walkers, and feeling part of this community.
There are millions of visits each year by dogs to parks and reserves across the UK. Walking dogs on the lead is necessary in most public places, so having somewhere to let your dog run freely and play openly with other dogs is why these parks and reserves are so popular.
An estimated 220,000 dog walkers visit Burnham Beeches each year, which explains the reaction to recent plans by The City of London Corporation to introduce new ‘Dog Control Orders’ at the popular reserve. Worried dog owner fear that if successful, these plans could extend further across the Corporation’s other walking areas including Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest, Ashtead, Kenley and Coulsdon Commons.
Dogs do have an impact and this impact needs to be monitored by the authorities. For example, the habitats and species in parks and reserves need to be considered, as well as other visitors without dogs (there are 585,000 visitors in total to the Beeches reserve each year).
Most dog walkers are responsible and it seems a shame that the small group who are not cause problems which result in an increase in enforcement. Rangers apparently deal with socially unacceptable dog-related incidents each week. The incidents range from dogs’ faeces being left to dogs rearing up against people and even the ‘savaging’ of wildlife, including deer.
Unfortunately it seems that these incidents are becoming more and more frequent which is why a more enforceable approach is being planned.
While the whole of Burnham Beeches will be open to dogs, the new proposal means that there will only be 220 acres of the reserve where dogs can be off lead while the rest (60%) of the reserve with the most fragile habitats will remain open for dogs only on leads, providing an area for wildlife and walkers who do not want to interact with dogs.
Dog owners will be required to:
Failure to comply may result in a penalty fine.
Fair enough? No dog owner should complain about laws to enforce cleaning up after their dog and most would also accept that a Café in a general public area is not necessarily an appropriate place for dogs to be off lead. Perhaps walking a maximum of four dogs at a time is also fair, to ensure the walker remains in control of the dogs. The issue for dog walkers seems to be that, while 220 acres sounds like a big enough area for dogs to run off lead, the designated area is apparently less manicured, more gloomy and secluded and therefore a safety concern for women walkers.
The Government’s own wildlife advisers, Natural England and The Kennel Club will always support action against irresponsible dog walkers, but the current off-lead ban proposals are deemed unjustified by both organisations. The Kennel Club has branded the DCO’s ‘heavy-handed’.
The Dog Control Orders at Burnham Beeches is proposed to be introduced from this month. To find out more go to www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/burnhambeeches.
Remember that regardless of whether your dog is on or off lead, they will need to be wearing suitable identification, or you risk a fine of up to £2,000. Pet-TagsUK partners with The Kennel Club, providing engraved pet tags that are compliant with The Control of Dogs Order. See the fantastic range of designs at Pet-TagsUK and Kennel Club Tags. Prices are from £8.00 and include full engraving and fast delivery.
You’ll also find great coats and cable knit sweaters to keep your dog warm as the weather gets cooler while out and about.
The Mirror recently reported that councils are putting down 21 stray dogs every day. Most people don’t realise the laws regarding lost dogs.
The sad truth is that if a dog is not claimed within 7 days or if the fine is not paid the officer may dispose of the dog by selling it or giving it to a person he believes will care for the dog, or by giving it to a stray dog centre or the dog can be put down in a manner to cause as little pain as possible.’ For more information, see UK Dog Laws.
The first step to avoiding losing your dog for any length of time is to have them microchipped. The next important step is to make sure your dog wears an ID tag. This way, if lost, you can quickly be reunited with your beloved pet.
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If you need a little escape from the City but don’t want to roam too far then why not try Kenworth House and Gardens. With 791 acres of woodland, playing fields, swimming pools and meadows it’s a great place to explore.
The recently restored Kenworth House is a beautiful neo-classical villa set in stunning parkland, or if you’re after a little nourishment, why not try the Brew House Café, with its picturesque views that can be seen on the terrace whilst you enjoy a cake or sandwich
Surrounded by the Langdale Pikes, The Eltermere Inn in Cumbria is a beautiful place to explore the Lake District from, Dogs are welcome in the bar until 7pm and are welcome to stay in the Stone Arthur Room. Take a walk around the Loughrigg Terrace or if you’re after something more challenging, try and head to the Old Man of Coniston and don’t forget to dine on local ingredients in the hotel restaurant or bar.
This beautiful Hotel is located within more than 65 acres of garden and meadows, by the River Windrush in the heart of the Cotswolds. It offers numerous walks through England’s most bucolic landscape, close to historic, picturesque villages that await exploring.
The Swan & Minster Mill is a Dog friendly hotel that is the perfect place to stop for a hearty gastropub classic after a long walk. Food is reasonable priced and their ‘Dogs Dinner’ is available for a supplement of £5. If after your travels and food you’re feeling a little weary, then the Hotel welcomes dogs in selected rooms.
You’ll be hard pushed to find many places that welcome both you and your dog like this little hidden gem. Just metres from a year-round dog-friendly beach and right on the Devonshire coastal path, its ideal for a spot of lunch, dinner, tea or an over night stay with your four legged friend. Their suppliers are chosen for their excellence, proximity and passion in addition,The Cary Arms also strongly believes a real pub should stock locally produced, real beer so any stop should be a real treat for the senses. Dogs can eat too for a small fee!
When you’ve had your fill, you can grab one of the inn’s walking books to help you explore the pretty coastal scenery and inland paths.
With a staggering 58 beaches, 14 harbours, the smallest city – St Davids – and spectacular views along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail all within walking distance, the Sloop Inn in Porthgain is probably the most famous pub in Pembrokeshire! It is a public house and restaurant in the harbour village of Porthgain, which is situated in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The Sloop Inn has a bar menu which is available lunch and evenings 7 days a week. Specials are also available alongside the bar menu and change regularly. There is nearly always fresh fish amongst the specials and in the season some of our home caught lobster available.
The Sloop Inn welcomes dogs on the pretty terrace overlooking the peaceful port with its rustic fishermen’s sheds and charming artists’ cottages and there is also a large village green nearby which constantly has either cricket or football or rounders on the go on summer evenings and is completely free for all with all age groups – adults included and even the odd talented dog joining in!
The Inn at Whitewell is an old fashioned rural Inn, welcoming to all, providing 23 bedrooms of some glamour, seriously good local ingredients cooked well and a noteworthy selection of drinks. The Inn has a relaxed and friendly service atmosphere, devoid of snobbery whilst providing an experience that is relevant, very enjoyable and not too expensive. The Inn is perfectly located for a whole host of activities and they can organise fishing, walking, tutored wine tastings and more. You could even unwind by borrowing one of their kites
The Inn is perfectly located for those who like to revel in the beauty of the fell and moorland, just pull on your boots and head out of the front door. This can be more passively enjoyed with a glass of wine by the fire or in the river side garden.
Outside, take dogs to swim in the river at the end of the garden and venture into seven miles of private fishing and countryside. Work up an appetite and tuck into dinner at the splendid restaurant before retiring to luxury bedrooms with gadgets galore. Canine companions can expect beds of their own and fall asleep to the sound of the river.
There is no particular reason to bathe your dog, unless he or she has ended up covered in dirt or mud. However some dogs with oilier coats do tend to have more of an odour than others and you might prefer to be with your dog if she or she smells fresher. Bathing can improve the appearance of a dogs’ coats by removing dead hair but keep in mind that frequent bathing can rob your dog’s coat of its natural sheen and make it harsh and dry. For most dogs, regular brushing will keep the coat and skin in good condition, eliminating the need for frequent baths.
If your dog has special coat needs you may wish to consult a breeder or professional groomer for recommendations.
Most vets recommend dog shampoo no more than once a week if you want to lather up your pooch, although plain water from a hose on a warm day might be enough. In cooler weather, baths should be indoors in a tub or basin, in lukewarm water. Some recommend plugging the dog’s ears with cotton to keep water out of ear canals which are predisposed to infection.
A nice blow-dry to finish off is the quickest way to dry your dog, as long as the noise doesn’t bother them too much. Otherwise a good rub with a towel will do the trick.
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The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act has now come into effect, meaning that dog control laws have now been extended to cover private property.
The new legislation will also allow the police or designated council official to seize from private property dogs they believe to be a danger, and it will become an offence to injure an assistance dog, something the charities have been campaigning for, for some time, which is great news.
In addition, courts will now have to consider whether the owner of a dog accused of being a danger to the public is ‘fit and proper’ to be in charge of the animal. The dog’s temperament and past behaviour will also be taken into account.
The Act will increase the maximum prison sentence which can be imposed for aggravated section three cases, which affects dogs being out of control in public. Our recent post on the tragic death of Fergus highlighted the fact that all dogs (and humans) can be at risk, so hopefully this new law will mean owners of dangerous dogs will be more careful.
Dogs Trust said it believed the extension of current dog control laws to cover private property as well as public places gave more power to tackle irresponsible dog owners. But it was keen to express its concerns about the new legislation and potential shortcomings associated with preventing any form of dog attack as its chief executive, Clarissa Baldwin, explains: “The first step needs to be that more work and attention be paid to prevent dog attacks on people and other animals,” she said. “Sadly, at the moment the new laws lack any measures to prevent such attacks and we’re yet to be convinced about the merit of the new legislation.
The Kennel Club called the Bill ‘a positive piece of legislation’ which would improve many of the ‘existing inadequacies of the current dog control laws’. They welcomed the fact that the Government would review the legislation after three years which is being done, DEFRA said, to ensure that the legislation fulfils its intended purpose. “The measures send a clear message to owners regarding their responsibilities in training and socialising, and rightly shifts legislative focus to the correct end of the lead – at dog owners themselves.”
The Blue Cross said time would tell how successful the Act is. “We have been campaigning for new laws to protect the public for more than 20 years and we welcome efforts to make owners more accountable for the behaviour of their dogs, both in public and on private property,” a spokesman said.
The RSPCA welcomed the move to introduce tougher sentences for those whose dogs attack other people and animals but also believes more preventive action is needed. It said it was not convinced that the Act would lead to improved dog control. “The extension of current dog control laws onto private property, as well as public places, gives more power to tackle irresponsible dog owners,” said head of public affairs David Bowles. “But more needs to be done to prevent dog attacks on people and other animals in the first place.
“Tougher sentences may well act as a deterrent, but reactive legislation on its own will not reduce dog bites and attacks. The new law lacks any measures to prevent dog attacks or intervene with owners at an early stage.
“We’re pleased to see that the Government has committed to reviewing the impact of the new legislation in three years’ time, and hope that this will lead to an improvement in dog control and reduction in dog bites, but we remain to be convinced.”
– See more at: www.dogworld.co.uk
Let’s hope these new dog laws will reduce the number of attacks on dogs and people in public places. Remember that the UK dog laws also mandate that all dogs must wear ID when in a public place, including their owner’s name and address, or risk a fine of up to £2,000. Choose from our great range at Pet-TagsUK.
It’s fair to say that cats can be curious creatures, but the aloof and antisocial stereotypes that some place on felines are unreasonable. Plenty of pussycats adore attention, cuddle sessions and even games of fetch. Certain breeds are especially likely to show this type of behaviour. Every cat comes with its own distinct personality, which can always differ from the breed standard, but if you are looking for an extra-friendly feline than these cats could make the purrfect picks. Read on and meet the nicest kitties on the block. And don’t forget that a ID tag will help reunite you with your precious kitty more quickly if he or she strays. See our great range of cat tags in all our ranges at Pet-TagsUK and enter discount code CATS12 to get 12% off your tag purchase.
If you are looking for a constant lap warmer, Exotic Shorthair cats are happy to take on the job. These cats are known for their loyalty and affection, following their owners around the house and cuddling with them whenever they are offered the chance. Exotic Shorthairs tend to be cautious around too much activity, so it may take them some time to warm up to children and strangers. But once you are in an Exotic Shorthair’s heart, it’s a dedicated companion.
Unlike the Exotic Shorthair, the Abyssinian is all about activity. This breed is active, intelligent and adores playing games. The Abyssinian is undiscriminating when it comes to playmates. They enjoy interacting with people of all ages, family and strangers. The Abyssinian’s adaptability makes it a great choice for parents who want a cat that can hang out with their little ones.
Like their squished-faced relatives the Exotic Shorthairs, the Persian is a gentle breed that lives for a good petting session. These cats are quick to return affection if you offer it, as long as you are not too rough with them. While the Persian isn’t extremely active, this breed does enjoy being surrounded by others, sitting close and taking in the scene.
Don’t be fooled by talk that Russian Blues are aloof; these cats just like to observe before they act. Once this breed is comfortable with you, expect them to always be close by. Russian Blues love to play and be a part of everything you do, including sharing your bed. Because of their reserved nature, Russian Blues won’t rush to be a part of social gatherings. Once they feel settled, they are quick to come out and accept their cuddles.
The Burmese is a people pussycat. These kitties thrive on attention and quickly gets it with their charming demeanour. Burmese cats love to “talk” about their day while parked in your lap. They are happy to accept attention from any person or pet willing to dish it out. In fact, Burmese cats thrive on affection so much that experts recommend adopting another animals to keep them company if you are often out of the home.
Siamese cats share many of the Burmese’s loving qualities, plus an added dose of curiosity. Siamese cats not only crave your attention, they want to be part of everything you do. They will happily butt in on chores, meals and TV time. Because of their range of interests, this breed is also known for easily getting along with everyone and often acting like a dog. Siamese are so canine-like that have been known to take up leashed walks and games of fetch.
The Somali is another cat breed that takes a more active approach to getting attention. This breed lives to play games and try puzzles, and is eager to do it with anyone who is interested. Their high energy levels and love for bonding make Somalis ideal for agility training. While this breed loves attention, they do not like to share it with other pets. Somalis seem to thrive best when they are the only pet and are the furry spotlight of a home.
Ragdolls got their name for the limp body position they have when getting attention. This breed is basically built for affection. Ragdolls are laid-back, and are often willing to put up with a lot if it means getting attention. This breed is not big on exploring, preferring to follow owners around the house and stay within petting distance. These cats usually keep this affectionate, kitten-like demeanour into old age.
Birmans maintain a balance between playfulness and affection. These adaptable cats like playing games with other pets and children, but also appreciate a good cuddle when everything has calmed down. Not steadfast lap cats, Birmans will occupy themselves for periods of time and they eagerly seek you out for a good head scratch. Because of this flexible attitude, Birmans usually do not have trouble warming up to new guests.
The Manx is known for not having a tail, but that doesn’t stop this breed from socializing. Smart and observant Manx cats are quick to join in on social gatherings and games. They love to play fetch and try out new toys. These kitties adore company and especially appreciate those who are willing to listen to them “talk” about their day. Once you gain a Manx’s trust, which shouldn’t take very long, the cat will always be a dedicated companion to you.
The Maine Coon is one of those cats that can get along with just about everyone, animal or human. This breed can easily adjust its personality from playful to relaxed, and equally enjoys play and cuddle sessions. This flexibility also makes this breed a great travel companion, especially since most Maine Coons take to leash training easily. These cats will let you know how special you are to them by frequently giving you head butts and following you from room to room.
A recent study of different cat breeds found that Sphynx cats tend to be the sweetest kitties towards strangers. The hairless felines are quick to cuddle with anyone for warmth, but also for attention. This breed does not enjoy too much alone time, so they can often be found “helping” with whatever others in the household are doing. Hungry for love at all times, Sphynxes are known for doing silly things to keep their owners engaged and attentive.
One of the enduring cliches of dog ownership is the frequent begging for table scraps. When sitting down to their meals, many owners are met with the pleading stares of their dogs looking for snacks, either handed out or accidentally dropped. Fortunately, our canine companions are able to consume and digest a fairly wide variety of “people food” even though they’re technically carnivores. But indulgent dog lovers want to know: what are some of the better food choices one can make when it comes to sharing a bite with a hungry mutt? Here are 10 foods that are good for you and for man’s best friend.
Some dog owners like to put a bit of peanut butter on the roofs of their dogs’ mouths because it’s funny to watch a dog smack its lips to get the sticky treat into its hungry belly. Fortunately, peanut butter is safe (and delicious) for dogs to eat. And because dogs are generally quite fond of peanut butter, it can be used to conceal yucky medicine. It almost goes without saying that your dog is best off eating natural, unprocessed peanut butter without added salt, sugar and preservatives. (And that goes for you too.)
Cheese is one of those foods that most of us can agree on. Almost everyone loves at least some cheeses, and you probably have a few lactose-intolerant friends who lament the one thing they really miss eating is cheese. Well, the same is true for dogs. They’re usually eager to gobble up some cheese, and generally it’s perfectly safe. But like us, dogs can be prone to lactose intolerance, so tread lightly. Cottage cheese is a good choice because it’s gentle on sensitive tummies.
Yogurt is one of the best treats you can give dogs for the same reasons it’s so often recommended to humans: it’s packed to the rafters with probiotics, vitamins, protein, calcium, riboflavin, zinc and potassium. But be as judicious with selecting yogurt for your dog as you should be with yourself. Avoid yogurts that are chock-full of sugar, preservatives and other additives. By the same token, fat-free yogurt is an acceptable option for dieting dogs, but be careful not to choose a brand that replaces the fat with an artificial fat substitute. All-natural is the name of the game here.
Summer is almost upon us and our dogs are just as excited as we are for warm weather, fun in the sun, playing at the beach and stuffing our faces with juicy, delicious watermelon. Yes, dogs can eat watermelon. Other melons are good for dogs to eat too, but stick to the familiar fruit-salad basics like watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe instead of anything exotic that you might find.
You’re barely out of bed and your furry pal is already at your feet, giving you those puppy-dog eyes, looking for handouts. Is it safe to share a handful of the blueberries you’re adding to your morning cereal? It’s more than safe; it’s downright healthy. Fresh or frozen, berries are good for dogs for the same reasons they’re good for us: they’re packed with vitamins, fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. But don’t share too much, because dogs are just as prone as we are to the digestive discomfort that can come from berry overindulgence.
When it comes to “people food” for our pets, fish is typically thought of as a favorite meal of cats, and that’s true, but it doesn’t mean dogs can’t also enjoy the health benefits of some fresh, delicious salmon. The fish is a great source of protein, and it boasts a ton of omega-3 fatty acids which promote a strong immune system, healthy skin and a shiny coat. And if your family has both dogs and cats in the home, that’s all the more reason to stay stocked up on this nutritional powerhouse.
“Eat a green thing every day” is an age-old dietary tip that stands for people and their dogs alike. Getting your kids to eat green beans can be an ongoing battle, but your dog will probably wolf them right down. You already know that green beans are nutritious because they’re full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and since they’re so low in calories too, they make a great weight-management snack for dogs that have put on a few extra pounds.
Sweet potatoes are a wonderful, cost-efficient treat you can share with your dogs. These sweet spuds have got fiber, vitamins and carotenoids up the wazoo. What’s the best way to prepare them for canine consumption? You wouldn’t want to eat sweet potatoes raw, and neither would your pooch. Serve them up in a dog bowl cooked, mashed or even dehydrated. Just don’t add salt or butter.
Carrots are an excellent choice of a vegetable snack for dogs. Dogs love to chow down on carrots because they’re sweet and delicious, and they’re healthy because of all the vitamins, fiber and potassium they carry. As a bonus, carrots are great for canine dental health too. Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker suggests baby carrots as a snack to help remove plaque from your dog’s teeth and keep its breath fresh and pleasant.
Yes, pumpkin. Like its orange friends, sweet potatoes and carrots, pumpkin is bursting with vitamins, beta carotene and fiber. It’s also low in calories, and you can feed it to a tummy-aching dog to settle its stomach or help relieve diarrhea. As always, fresh is best. If you really must buy the canned stuff, make sure you select a brand of pumpkin that’s not full of sugar and preservatives.