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/

Dogs Trust Honours Awards 2013

Nacho and I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Dogs Trust Honours Awards this week. Held at the exclusive Home House in London’s Portland Square, the awards celebrated some of the bravest dogs in the country.

On a balmy (and pretty sweaty) afternoon in the capital, celebrity favourite Adrain Chiles presented the awards to the seven lucky winners, whittled down from the hundreds of entrants. There was not a dry eye in the house as videos showing each winners story were shown to the crowd, who included dog lovers Arlene Phillips and Donna Air.

One of my favourite awards was for the Hero Service Dog. This went to the beautiful Newfoundland Atrayu (and yes Nacho was a bit scared). Atrayu, is a constant companion for seven year-old Tolemey who suffers from Leukaemia. He helps him swim and provides constant relief and friendship. Truly a best friend to this very brave boy.

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Another favourite was Daisy the Bullmastiff, who won the ‘Dogged Devotion’ award. Daisy joined the marshall family after Tracey’s seven year-old son Jack recently lost his battle with brain cancer. She has helped Tracey with her grief and is one of the sweetest dogs we’ve ever met – she was so chilled she later went to sleep in the garden, whilst other dogs like Nacho were way too excited!

After the awards Home House opened up their garden to the guests providing us with a chance to meet all the fellow guests. We had the pleasure of meeting Basil the Boston – a very handsome little fellow who works with his Mum for doggy blog Barkarama (definitely worth a look).

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Basil and Nacho were well looked after on their day out – they were treated to delicious doggy treats including popcorn and some yummy looking cupcakes. Im not complaining though as they also had yummy mini lemon meringue pies for us humans!

The day was a wonderful way of celebrating the brave dogs in the UK but also the fantastic work that the Dogs Trust do. Thanks to Marc for the invite!

To read about the other awards including those run by the Daily Mirror please click here