Pupaid – Could 2014 be THE year?

Puppy farming is defined as ‘a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being of dogs in their care’. And yes its a big problem here in the UK.

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This is something that makes most animal lovers angry and sad – why does this go on in an animal loving country like the UK? But the problem is that a lot of people don’t know about it – websites like Gumtree advertising cute puppies, pet shops (even those luxury ones) that sell puppies – they all come from puppy farms. Step in TV vet and animal welfare campaigner Marc Abraham (or Marc the vet as he’s more commonly known). He is the man behind Pupaid – the UK’s biggest anti puppy farming event.

Lovesniffy’s met up with him recently in primrose Hill – home to this years event…

“I was working in an emergency vet clinic a number of years ago now, and I noticed that we were getting more and more cases of sick puppies coming in and an increase of them having parvovirus. I started studying puppy farms on the internet to see what they were all about and how, if at all, they were regulated. To say I was shocked when I saw my first puppy farm is an understatement. I had to do something. I knew that there was a puppy mill awareness day in the US, so decided to start one here. I actually came up with the idea in the bath…”Marc-Abraham

From the bath to Brighton racecourse, Marc put on his first event in 2009. When MP Caroline Lucas turned up Marc knew his passion was gaining support,

“The first event was the called worlds biggest puppy party, I had no idea if anyone would turn up to be honest. But people did and were so supportive that I knew this was a cause that wasn’t one I was going to have to battle on my own. Since then the worlds biggest puppy party became Pupaid and we’ve had stars like Bob Geldolf talk about it, Ricky Gervais tweets about it and Liam Gallagher, Pual Weller and Brian May signed a guitar that was auctioned off – the support has been incredible”.

(There was also some air guitar with Brian May in his garden but thats another story!)

Since then Pupaid has moved to London and the event has taken place in Primrose Hill. This year’s event is certain to be the biggest so far with more interest, stars and trade coming than ever before.pupaid

As far as the campaign goes, 2014 is by far the biggest year in it’s history with the debate taking place in parliament tomorrow after the e-petition to stop the sale of puppies without their mothers present reached well over its 100,000 signature target.

“We need everyone’s support – we want puppy farming to become a thing of the past in the UK and its possible to achieve – in the US dog mad states like Los Angeles have banned the sale of dogs in shops. We can do it”.

Be part of Pupaid’s campaign – make sure your MP is taking part in the debate tomorrow and lets make puppy farms a thing of the past. If you’re unsure what to do visit the Pupaid website for all the info.

Join us at the UK’s biggest anti puppy farming event in Primrose Hill on September 6th and be part of something that will change animal welfare in the UK for the better. Lovesniffy’s are very proud to be a part of and support Pupaid.Pupaid

For more information visit Pupaid

Always remember the following when buying a puppy:

Only buy a puppy if:

You can see puppy interacting with mum
It’s a breeder recommended by the Kennel Club (preferably Assured Breeder)
It’s a rescue centre that’s a registered charity
Be suspicious of a puppy farmed pup if:

Mum isn’t there (she’s most likely miles away on cruel puppy farm)
You’re told mum’s at the vet, been run over, sick, basically anywhere else
Price is either very cheap (£100-£350) or very expensive (£2000-£7000)
Pup is being sold in a pet shop or garden centre

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Rescue Dog Files…Cloud

They say every Cloud has a silver lining – well we hope this story will end with one.

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Gorgeous Cloud is around 3 years old and very friendly.

She loves treats and walks nicely on the lead.

She is full of love and affection and would make a fantastic friend for someone out there.

A bit like Nacho before he met little Twiglet, Cloud would be best living as the only dog in a home as she is very unsure of other dogs. This isn’t because Cloud doesn’t like them – she just doesn’t know how to interact and behave ‘properly’ – she probably missed out on the “rules” as a pup without a caring owner to show her the ropes.

Cloud is also best with no cats and if any children, they should be older ones over 12 only who would know how to behave around a little dog that isn’t sure of how to deal with the world around her.

Cloud deserves a loving home as she has so much love to give. Whilst brindles tend to stay in rescues for a long time we hope that this little girl will find her forever home soon – she deserves a chance to be loved.

For more information about Cloud click here.

If you can offer Cloud a home please contact http://www.findingfureverhomes.org.uk/

Rescue Dog Files…Honey

Hello my name is Honey.  HONEY LARGE

I am an adorable 2 year old Brussels Griffon cross.

I am quite a happy, excitable young lady who loves to play and enjoys going out for long walks.

I really love having company and like to be kept occupied so I would benefit from an owner who has lots of time to give me all the love and attention I need. I really like treats and I am keen to learn so would benefit from some all-round reward based training once I’ve has settled into my new home.

HONEY

I am quite excitable and full of beans so will make a lovely addition to an active home where I can be given lots of exercise and have my mind kept busy.

I would like to be the only pet in the home.

Honey is currently at the National Animal Welfare Trust in Hertfordshire – do get in touch with them if you can offer this lovely girl a home.

Rescue Dog Files…Denzil

As you know we are big into rescue dogs here at Lovesniffys and we will be featuring a different dog each week that needs a loving home.

Up this week is Denzil…Denzil3

Pint sized little monkey Denzil is a one year old male Miniature Pinscher crossbreed.

Denzil arrived at The Mayhew after being found abandoned on the streets of London through no fault of his own.

Denzil’s Vital Stats:

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Active

SensitiveDenzil1

Nervous of strangers at first (which is no surprise) but it doesn’t take long for Denzil to make friends with people who are calm and gentle.

Super affectionate to people he knows and trusts

Barks at strangers who visit the house but regular visitors will be warmly welcomed.

Loves going to the park

Loves a cuddle! (Not so keen on toys)

 

From the Mayhew…

Denzil is now looking for a calm and quiet forever home with an experienced person or family who have owned dogs before and have researched my breed type. He can live with children from sixteen years of age and upwards but no visiting young children please. He could possibly live with another dog who could tolerate his lively nature and can also live with dog-confident cats. It’s not yet known how long he cope being left on my own for so he is currently looking for a home where there is somebody around for most of the day. Denzil’s new owners will be expected to continue my training and socialisation with strangers, take him to training classes and provide him with a minimum of one hour of active off-lead exercise every day.

If you’re interested in adopting Denzil you will need to be fully prepared for the hard work and long-term commitment involved in caring for a dog, you’ll be taking on a fourteen year commitment which must not be taken lightly.

Weight: 3kgs

If you can offer Denzil the home he deserves please contact The Mayhew Animal Home via their website or call 0208 962 8000

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Rehoming A Rescue Dog

As many of you who read our blog will know we are big fans of animal rescue and are very passionate about the rescuing and rehoming of abandoned dogs. Living in North London we have two fantastic charities on our doorstep that we work with – The Mayhew Animal Home and All Dogs Matter.

Nacho when he was found

Nacho when he was found

Our first dog Nacho came from the Mayhew – he was found in a bin bag at just a few weeks old. Nacho was our first dog and after getting him at 3 months we were getting used to the toilet training and those little razor teeth. Four years on Nacho is a dream dog and he comes everywhere with us.

Nacho at a past Doggy Sunday

Nacho now enjoying the life of riley!

We have been thinking about getting a second dog for a long time but have always been nervous as Nacho isn’t generally over keen on other dogs. This all changed when little Twiglet arrived at our house. From the moment she walked in Nacho was in love and that hasn’t stopped in over a week.

Around 2 years old and a proper Heinz 57, Twiglet was found wandering by a motorway and taken in by All Dogs Matter. When we first met her she was nervous and very shaky. Well a week on – she’s been on a weekend to Cornwall and now sleeps in bed with Nacho. The shakes have gone, she is great off lead and is eating well. Nacho is very food possessive and they ended up sharing a bowl yesterday! We think she may have been hit previously as she cowers when Sam goes to put a lead on for walks. However this is improving daily and she now wants to sit on his lap.Twiglet

We are big fans of positive reinforcement training and this is working wonders for her recall as she gets used to her name and is also working with toilet training. So far we have only had one accident in a week – pretty impressive I think.

If you’ve ever considered getting a rescue dog but were put off by the possibility of erratic behaviour or past trauma all I can say is give a rescue dog a chance. Twiglet has not had a good start to life but is a joy to have in our home. She settled (sleeping by me right now) in right away, eats her food with gusto and loves Nacho. It’s as if she has always lived in our house. Part of me thinks she is so pleased to finally have a home she can relax in and part of me likes to think she was always meant to end up here.

Over 20 dogs are put to sleep every day in the UK so why buy when you can adopt and save a dogs life? You can get all types of breeds from rescue centres – Ive seen everything from Cockapoo’s, pugs, shelties and chihuahuas. People pay thousands of pounds for a puppy when a perfectly healthy dog that just wants a loving home is waiting round the corner. The myth that rescue centres wont give dogs to people who live in flats, have young kids or work are false. We don’t have a garden, work and have visiting children.

The trend of buying dogs from the internet or in a shop is a worrying one and one that we want to see an end to. Dogs should never be sold in shops – chances are they are from a puppy farm and in poor health (see our previous posts about Pupaid) Something you will never get from a rescue as they will have been vet checked and vaccinated.

I can highly recommend The Mayhew Animal Home and All Dogs Matter, and all the other rescue centres out there saving these beautiful dogs.

Just look how happy these two are…

 

 

Can a rescue dog be trained?

Having volunteered at The Mayhew Animal Home for over 4 years I have seen all sorts of dogs come through their doors; Dogs that were abandoned, mistreated or simply no longer wanted. Some of these dogs have never had any form of training – not even knowing the basic commands of sit and stay. So is it possible to train a dog thats had months or years to develop bad habits?

Step in Wallace…

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Wallace was brought to The Mayhew at eight months old due to his owners ill health. Wallace had all the energy you would expect from a young German Shephard – he was exuberant and sometimes a little full on but was eager to please. He needed someone that had the time and experience of his breed to explore his potential. Step in Robert – an ex police dog handler. Wallace was in for a treat.

I met up with them both last week to see how Wallace was getting on (a normal part of the post adoption process). To say I was impressed is an understatement. We stood in a field whilst Robert showed me some of Wallace’s repertoire – including search and rescue of items that Robert had left in the field the previous evening (one of which was half way up a tree), heel work, recall and scent trails. Wallace aced all of it.

Wallace has been with Robert a mere 6 months and clearly adores him although I think the feeling is mutual.

Wallace is set to become a security patrol dog as he is getting ready for some very thorough and challenging tests which he will surely breeze through. He is taking these tests far earlier than Robert predicted he would and goes so far as to say Wallace is one of the brightest dogs he has ever trained.

Yes Robert has the skills to teach Wallace above and beyond what most owners usually do (myself included) however the fact remains that rescue dogs are just as trainable and eager to please as any dog you buy from a breeder. It may in some cases, take a little more time and patience but boy is it worth it!

Please note that in this video (which is a little far away as I didn’t want to interrupt) Wallace is NOT on a lead and didn’t need any treats or bribes – just a ball at the end.

For more information on the Mayhew Animal Home and dogs waiting for adoption click here

Pupaid – A Gandy old day on Primrose Hill

Getting up at 5 in the morning on a Saturday is never usually that easy. Well this past weekend was an exception as it was the amazing Pupaid event in Primrose Hill.

Raising awareness of the cruelty of puppy farming with an online petition garnering public support daily, here at Sniffy’s we were very excited to meet lots of like minded doggy people and we were not disappointed. The day started off with everyone helping each other set up, grabbing cups of tea and smiling even when the heavens opened.

The day got brighter as did the smiles of all the dog loving members of the public, stall holders and celebrities that descended on Primrose Hill. A lovely taste tester

Walking around there was an array of doggy shopping options including the fab Snaffles biscuits all the way from Brighton, Nina’s Nannies for pets who did a great raffle, Urban Mutts who made us feel very lazy! the brilliant Doggity team and the lovely City Pups. There were also lots of other charities supporting Pupaid including Sniffy’s fave’s Animals Asia, The Mayhew Animal Home, All Dogs Matter and the Born Free FoundationOpening wide for a Carrot and Polenta...

Doggy competitions were the focus in the central ring with categories such as Best Rescue judged by everyones favourite animal welfare advocate Peter Egan and new kids on the block ‘Life with Pets’ magazine. Others included Most Stylish, Prettiest Bitch and Sniffy’s category ‘Best Trick’. Never having judged at a dog show before, we can safely say it’s a very difficult task and really wanted to give everyone a prize; although the winner could make her dog do tricks we can only dream of Nacho ever being able to do!

The winners of 'Best Trick'As the day grew to a close it was announced the petition had gained even more support and with celebrities in attendance including the oh so handsome model David Gandy(pictured below), beautiful Elle McPherson, recently announced Strictly star Abbey Clancey and her husband Peter Crouch, Gail porter, Mary Portas and big supporter Meg Matthews – its no surprise Pupaid is finally gaining the attention it so richly deserves (links to the articles appearing in the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Mirror).

Just your average looking fella...

When the last dog had left and Primrose Hill had returned to normal Sniffy’s had a wee drink with Marc Abraham and his wonderful team who were obviously exhausted but delighted with the turnout.

It just leaves me to say a massive thank you to them for organising a fantastic day and more importantly getting the message out there – puppy farmers beware – the british public are coming for you!

If you havent already – sign the petition here

If you havent seen the fantastic Pupaid ‘Crazy Puppy Party’ video then what are you waiting for – click here

From the bath to Primrose Hill – Pupaid’s Journey

Puppy farming is defined as ‘a commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits above animal welfare and is often in substandard conditions regarding the well-being of dogs in their care’. And yes its a big problem here in the UK.

This is something that makes most animal lovers angry and sad – why does this go on in an animal loving country like the UK? But the problem is that a lot of people don’t know about it – websites like Gumtree advertising cute puppies, pet shops (even those luxury ones) that sell puppies – they all come from puppy farms. Step in TV vet and animal welfare campaigner Marc Abraham (or Marc the vet as he’s more commonly known). He is the man behind Pupaid – the UK’s biggest anti puppy farming event. Image

Sniffy’s met up with him recently in primrose Hill – home to this years event…

“I was working in an emergency vet clinic a number of years ago now, and I noticed that we were getting more and more cases of sick puppies coming in and an increase of them having parvovirus. I started studying puppy farms on the internet to see what they were all about and how, if at all, they were regulated. To say I was shocked when I saw my first puppy farm is an understatement. I had to do something. I knew that there was a puppy mill awareness day in the US, so decided to start one here. I actually came up with the idea in the bath…”

From the bath to Brighton racecourse, Marc put on his first event in 2009. When MP Caroline Lucas turned up Marc knew his passion was gaining support,

“The first event was the called worlds biggest puppy party, I had no idea if anyone would turn up to be honest. But people did and were so supportive that I knew this was a cause that wasn’t one I was going to have to battle on my own. Since then the worlds biggest puppy party became Pupaid and we’ve had stars like Bob Geldolf talk about it, Ricky Gervais tweets about it and Liam Gallagher, Pual Weller and Brian May signed a guitar that was auctioned off – the support has been incredible”.

(There was also some air guitar with Brian May in his garden but thats another story!)

Since then Pupaid has moved to London and the event has taken place in Primrose Hill. This year’s event is certain to be the biggest so far with more interest, stars and trade coming than ever before.

As far as the campaign goes, 2013 is by far the biggest year in it’s history with the launch of an e-petition to stop the sale of puppies without their mothers present.Image

“This year is so important for us – we want to raise more awareness than ever before. The speed in which the petition has been signed is amazing. So far we are on 60,000 but it keeps growing everyday (its only been going since May). We need everyone’s support – we want puppy farming to become a thing of the past in the UK and its possible to achieve – in the US dog mad states like Los Angeles have banned the sale of dogs in shops. We can do it”.

Be part of Pupaid’s campaign – sign the e-petition and get parliament talking about puppy farms.

ImageJoin us at the UK’s biggest anti puppy farming event in Primrose Hill on September 7th and be part of something that will change animal welfare in the UK for the better. Sniffy’s are very proud to be a part of  and support Pupaid. We are delighted to be sponsoring the “My Dog’s Got Talent’ category in the show.

For more information visit Pupaid

Always remember the following when buying a puppy: 

Only buy a puppy if:

  • You can see puppy interacting with mum
  • It’s a breeder recommended by the Kennel Club (preferably Assured Breeder)
  • It’s a rescue centre that’s a registered charity 

Be suspicious of a puppy farmed pup if:

  • Mum isn’t there (she’s most likely miles away on cruel puppy farm)
  • You’re told mum’s at the vet, been run over, sick, basically anywhere else
  • Price is either very cheap (£100-£350) or very expensive (£2000-£7000)
  • Pup is being sold in a pet shop or garden centre
  • Pup is sold from website, Friday Ad, motorway service station, pub
  • You’re offered free delivery

An Exciting Collaboration…

Here at Sniffy’s we are delighted to announce that we will now be supplying our healthy treats to all the Nowzad rescues that are brought to the UK.

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Nowzad work tirelessly to promote animal welfare in Afghanistan and bring back dogs to be reunited with their servicemen. Its a truly wonderful charity and one we are delighted to support.

The Afghan strays will start their life in the UK with healthy, natural and bum sniffingly good treats!

If you want to find out more about Nowzad or help to support them with their new clinic appeal then please click here

Therapaws

My relationship with The Mayhew Animal Home started over 3 years ago when they saved our rescue dog Nacho from the bottom of a bin bag.Traveller pups 007

Since then I’ve become a big supporter of theirs as not only do they do fantastic work for animals, they are also more than just an animal home. They do a lot of work in the community to improve not just animal welfare but also include helping the homeless and working on animal phobias with a variety of people.

Today though I want to focus on one of their projects that is very close to my heart – Therapaws.

Doreen with Sky

Doreen with Sky

This important scheme was set up to give residents in local care homes, residential establishments and community day centres a chance to have contact with the furry residents from the Mayhew. These ‘therapy’ visits provide a chance for the residents to interact with the animals where usually they don’t have the chance. Many residents suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s and often recount past stories of animals they have personally had or worked with. With touch being one of the last senses to be affected by these conditions the animals provide a welcome release.

This video explains all about the scheme…

Apart from the residents having a memorable experience, the animals from the Mayhew get valuable socialisation time away from the home. Kittens are given time and space to have an explore in completely new environments and playtime (obviously in a suitable and safe space), dogs are given lots of contact and (dependant on their size) hugs, and rabbits are often just stroked until they fall asleep!

Wonderful Husky Sky

We love Sky!

This scheme is a winner all round for the residents and the animals, and from a volunteers perspective it’s an incredible experience.

This project that the Mayhew has set up is making a remarkable difference and impact on the local community and has gone on to receive a lot of attention. It will hopefully be adding more homes to its growing database so even more people can enjoy these once abandoned or neglected animals.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the scheme or just want to learn more click here