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Puppy traders Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2015 08:31

Six unscrupulous men and women thought they had spotted a great way of making money:  search Europe for popular puppies like chihuahuas, pomeranians, shih tzus and Yorkshire terriers, pretend to be their caring owners then sell them on with fake health and and pedigree documents to unsuspecting families for large sums.  Many of the puppies were so sick that they had to be put to sleep within days.  The three men of the gang have been given short prison sentences and the women suspended sentences and community service orders (why the difference when they were all equally involved?).  All have been banned from keeping dogs for life.  These evil traders are just the tip of the iceberg and such organised crime will continue as long as people buy puppies without checking out the breeder more carefully.  See my booklet How to Pick the Perfect Puppy for You to avoid falling victim!

Disposable dogs Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 13:19

It has long been the case that people have bought dogs because they are fashionable at the time.  For example, once it was Dalmatians thanks to the film 101 Dalmatians. Now it is Siberian huskies that are the flavour of the month because of TV shows like Game of Thrones.  Sadly after a while, a worrying number of owners realise that the dog is totally unsuitable for their needs and lifestyle leading to a rise in cruelty cases and packed-out rescue centres.  We are encouraged to throw away household items like washing machines and vacuum cleaners when they are no longer are fit for purpose - all too often, it seems people think that dogs too are disposable....

PS Following the horrendously early death of Beau, I have been inundated with emails and cards and still they come in as the word spreads. I am deeply touched and grateful - thank you.

Beautiful Beau Print E-mail
Monday, 27 July 2015 09:43

I'm sure many of you remember Beau's Blog that charted the chaotic first year in the life of my flat coated retriever puppy.  Headstong and brimming with self confidence he'd been quite a challenge to train but we were turning the corner when he was diagnosed with a very aggressive cancer - at just 17 months old.  So sudden, so shocking, so unfair.  He had one session of chemotherapy but rather than let him suffer any more, I cradled him in my arms and said goodbye.  Flat coats do have a predisposition to cancer but it is rare in such a young dog.  Beau's tragically short life was action packed - as though he knew he didn't have long...

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