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The cost of a dog Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 December 2017 15:47

Recent research commissioned by comparethemarket.com found that owning a dog over a nine year lifetime can cost more than £25,000.  Obviously vet bills, food and other expenses will be highest for some of the larger breeds but costs for even the cheapest - the beagle - still average £15,000.

While we are talking money, we have been sad to see just how much some owners are spending on their dogs this Christmas.  Does any dog really need a £500 bed, £800 outfit or even a roast turkey dinner?  Honestly, all a dog needs is to spend the day with the family he loves, a brisk walk whatever the weather, his usual food and, if necessary, a safe bolthole from noisy boisterous children. 

Happy Christmas to you all!

Beware of rogue breeders Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 12:08

A puppy breeder was recently sentenced to 16 weeks in prison and disqualified from keeping animals for life after RSPCA inspectors raided his premises and found puppies kept in appalling conditions.  He was reported by seven people who had bought puppies from him that later became ill and died.  He had passed himself off as a "caring" breeder, offering to take the puppy to them as a "home check."  Like a breeder who offers to meet new owners in car parks or half way such a suggestion should be like a red flag - steer well clear.  Parliament has called for the introduction of Lucy's Law that will make it illegal to sell puppies unless their mother is present and also sellers will have to allow potential buyers on to their premises.  (Sadly, this still won't stop those rogues who rent or borrow properties for potential sales).  If you are thinking of getting a puppy for Christmas - and we hope you aren't - do be very, very careful.  And remember we are still offering our puppy booklet for free if you email us your address.

A happy retirement? Print E-mail
Monday, 04 December 2017 15:33

What happens to Army dogs at the end of their service?  After helping save hundreds of lives in places like Afghanistan, they are sent to the Defence Animal Centre in Leicestershire for detraining and preparation for re-homing in the civilian sector.  These are dogs that have led an extraordinary life on the front line and so they need to learn to relax and understand that they no longer have to work.  But despite an extensive programme of rehabilitation some dogs are just too old, unfit or dangerous for re-homing and so they are put down.  This week nine year old Belgian Shepherds Kevin and Dazz have hit the headlines as they will be destroyed unless a campaign to reprieve them succeeds.  It is understandable that dog lovers are appalled that such brave dogs will be put down but it is important to remember that in some cases, these dogs are not suitable for re-homing and, harsh as it sounds, death may well be the kinder option.

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