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RESCUE and ANIMAL CARE 29th April - 29th May 2021 - Issue 164 www.rescueandanimalcare.com

FREE TO READ Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare

ISSN 2050-0572

Gemma Atkinson teams up with Hill’s to help feed Rescue Dogs and Cats

Shyness in Cats How How old old is is your your dog? dog? New New research research shows shows our our four-legged four-legged friends friends don’t don’t age the the way we we may may think think

How a holiday with your pet can improve their behaviour

Dogs Trust rescues puppies found dumped in a supermarket car park Cover Image

Michaela Strachan urges pet lovers to take par t in charit y rescue run

Unwanted Lockdown Pets Fill Rescue Centres Petwise Insurance

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Unwanted Lockdown Pets Fill Rescue Centres With the Pet Food Manufacturers Association reporting that around 3.2 million households in the UK acquired a pet during lockdown, shelters are seeing a reported uplift in unwanted cats and dogs being placed into their care as new owners struggle to look after them.


n Scotland, the SPCA say its centres have already reached capacity. The worry is, as life returns to normal, that the same trend may continue across the rest of the UK. Caring for a new pet could become more of a struggle, alongside reopening of workplaces, travel resuming and social activity restarting. For many, a puppy or kitten is the most suitable option when looking to welcome a ball of fur into their family, but there are many who might prefer to welcome an older pet into their home and are adopting from rescue centres – giving senior cats and dogs their forever home. There are many benefits to rescuing a senior pet, as many will already be trained, meaning you get a good idea of their personality straight away. If you live a less active lifestyle, a senior pet could be an ideal fit for you and adopting will give you that warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Ensuring your new pet is properly protected can be a minefield and with the average claim cost now a staggering £817*, pet insurance can support in helping you take care of your furry friend. Newly-launched Petwise Insurance for Senior Pets is the first provider in the UK to focus solely on the needs of cats and dogs aged seven and over, making it a good place to start when looking for insurance for your rescue pet. Things to look out for when researching insurance for your senior pet: • Co-payment/Co-insurance – most pet insurance providers will introduce what is commonly referred to as a co-payment excess when your pet turns a certain age. This can be anything up to 30% of the total claimed amount that you will need to pay, on top of your standard excess when claiming. This can leave you having to foot a large chunk of your vet bill. Petwise Insurance is one of the only providers in the UK to never introduce a co-payment excess, making it a good choice if you want a fixed excess only. • Pre-existing conditions – it’s common for cats and dogs, like humans, to suffer from certain conditions when they are young that they will grow out of. If any symptoms relating to these conditions reappear in later life, many pet insurance providers would class these as pre-existing.

Petwise Insurance does not class an illness as pre-existing unless your pet has shown signs or symptoms in the last 24 months, meaning they may be able to offer cover where other providers cannot. • Joining age limit – there are pet insurance providers in the UK that will not offer insurance to pets over a certain age. Petwise Insurance has no upper age limit, meaning they offer cover for rescue pets well into their golden years – who may otherwise get overlooked for rehoming. • Dental cover – animals, like humans, can suffer with dental health problems as they age. Many pet providers only offer dental cover for accidents and you may have to pay more if you want a policy that includes dental cover for illness. Petwise provide dental cover for illness as standard in their policies which could help cover vets’ costs if treatment is needed. • 24-hour Vet Helpline – as pets age you may find that their needs change which could leave you with questions about changing their diet, amending exercise routines, or decoding unusual behaviour. Whatever their age, most pets would rather avoid a trip to the vets (as I’m sure would most owners!) so look for a pet insurance policy that includes a 24-hour vet helpline to provide you with advice and care tips to avoid a costly and stressful trip to the vets. Finding the right insurance can make pet ownership more affordable. It can enable more people to rescue and adopt older pets that might otherwise spend their final years in rehoming centres. n For more information and to get a quote today, visit Petwise at www.petwise-insurance.com or call the team on 0333 003 2271 *Financial information taken from the ABI Figures, correct as of 2020




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On my mini holiday

We Have Been Sofa Surfing! Hello all you lovely creatures! It’s been a busy month for little ole me, Mistress and little Mistress, We are having to get some urgent building work done on our home so we are soon moving into temporary accommodation. When we went to look at the house we will be taking, I met a rather gorgeous dog called Bertie. He actually answered the door. Clever boy! I think he may be my new love interest. If he is reading this then maybe we could hook up for a walk! Meantime we have been sofa surfing and I had a lovely break with Barking Mad in our local area. Picked up by Tracy, my most favourite person in the world apart from Mistress and little Mistress I was taken to one of my regular dog carers for two weeks of ‘holibobs!’It was fab and I was well loved and taken good care of.

If your owners are going away and can’t take you with them get them to book you in – tracy.saer@barkingmad.uk.com As I write my column I notice my tummy is rumbling so it must be time for a treat soon. It is quite a disturbing noise and keeps distracting me from my creative writing. Mistress thinks it is coming from her so I will let her go on thinking that. Just like I do when I do a bottom burp! The Wi fi keeps dropping out and although I don’t have much of a temper if it happens again I’m going to throw my toys out of my bed and eat piggy’s tail off!!! Following April showers it seems we have May showers too as it is pouring down. Mistress has just dashed out to bring in the washing and has put her slippers on the wrong feet! Not the first time she has done that or put her jumper on back to front. She puts it down to stress. I put it down to madness. No not really. Honest Guv! I am off now because now my mouse isn’t working properly! See you next issue and I can tell you all about our new home and whether Bertie joined me in the park!

Follow us on facebook Rescue and Animal Care www.facebook.com/rescueandanimalcare Troublesome Treacle Please contact us or visit our website for more information. Heathway, Colton, Rugeley, Staffs WS15 3LY Tel: 01889 577058 www.bordercollietrustgb.org.uk Reg Charity No1053585




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RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE MAGAZINE Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare ‘Biggest ever’ dog

6 looking for his forever

Dear Readers


Petwise Insurance

THE TEAM PUBLISHER: Jennifer Prowse FEATURE CONTRIBUTORS Dean Hart, Animal Behaviourist Mary Lloyd, Bio-Life International Juliet Abrahamson DESIGN Vicki Barnes WEBSITE WDL Website Design Ltd


Welcome to your Free copy of our latest issue! We have a lot of great features inside including a piece about a 100kg mastiff called Galahad who is looking for a forever home with an owner whose heart matches his size. Take a look - Isn’t he fabulous! Newly-launched Petwise Insurance for Senior Pets is the first provider in the UK to focus solely on the needs of cats and dogs aged seven and over, making it a good place to start when looking for insurance for your rescue pet. For the month of April, Hill’s Pet Nutrition aims to provide 14,000 meals to UK shelter pets As pets begin to spend more time out of doors, their health and welfare challenges change significantly from heat stress to allergies and bee stings so here are a few key things to watch out for over the next three months. Mary Lloyd tells us more. Put your feet up with your furry friends and read more articles within! Hope you enjoy and thank you for reading.

Love Jennifer


Over a third of owners

14 worried about Pets being left after Lockdown, survey shows



Contact us (01787) 228027 Jennifer@jspmedia.co.uk

Gemma Atkinson teams up with Hill’S to help feed Rescue Dogs and Cats


Top tips to keep your dog safe as UK staycations restart


Follow us on facebook Rescue and Animal Care www.facebook.com/rescueandanimalcare Troublesome Treacle

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38 How a holiday with your pet can improve their behaviour

30 Shyness in Cats



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‘Biggest ever’ dog looking for his forever home Big-hearted mastiff Galahad weighs in at 100kg A 100kg mastiff called Galahad is looking for a forever home with an owner whose heart matches his size.


he friendly four-year-old boy has had a lot of change in his life so far, having had several homes already. Dogs Trust Canterbury Rehoming Centre Manager, Harriet Blaskett said: “Galahad is easily the biggest dog we’ve ever had here at Canterbury, and he’s looking for a big-hearted owner to match. “He’s got no idea of his size at all and just loves human company so he needs an owner able to cope with the demands of such a big dog. “Galahad has had a lot of upheaval in his life so far, so can be a little unsure when he first goes somewhere, but once he’s comfortable he enjoys exploring his environment, sniffing (and knocking things over!) as he goes. “His amazing foster carers say he loves nothing more than lounging on a sofa of his own – he sleeps on a two-seater! - and plodding around the garden. He has little respect for flower beds or hedges and chooses to walk through them, loves chewing toys, and spraying them with saliva with a flick of his head.” Galahad is looking for a home with plenty of space that has direct access to a garden. Although Galahad likes other dogs he can find some a little overbearing so any dogs in the home should not be too boisterous. He cannot live with cats or small furry pets and has been known to chase horses. Galahad can live with children aged 12 and over. If you think you could change the tale for Galahad please check out his profile on the Dogs Trust Canterbury website and click on the ‘Come and meet me’ button.



Big-hearted Galahad

Although the rehoming centre is currently closed to the public, Dogs Trust is still rehoming via an appointments system. If you think you have home in your heart for a canine companion, visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/ourcentres/canterbury and contact the team for more information.

n If you are struggling to cope with looking after your dog, for whatever reason, contact Dogs Trust on 0300 303 2188. Alternatively, please give what you can to help Dogs Trust change the tale for dogs like Galahad who haven’t yet found their forever home, by visiting www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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• Wobble Board – a 60cm diameter board with paw print design and a secure wobble dome in the centre. Fantastic for building confidence on unstable surfaces, promotes balance and co-ordination and is great for rehabilitation exercises. The wobble board is also fully rubberised for safety. • 4ft Contact Trainer – for training stop and 2 on 2 off contacts at home. Fully resin bound rubberised surface with contrast colour contact area. The contact trainer is 4ft in length and 1ft wide with the contact end angled to sit closer to the ground when in use. • Stacking Blocks – ideal for posture and form training. The stacking blocks are fully reversible with wider and narrow sides for big and little paws, both sides are rubberised. Suitable for creating a still position for standing pose and can also be used to grow confidence and teach paw awareness.

• TanGo Mat – a 180cm x 90cm resin bound rubber surface on rubber backing with durable plastic buckles to fix to Marker Poles. Rolls up for transportation. • 4ft Rocker Board – a 4ft long x 1ft wide fully resin bound rubberised surface with angled ends to sit closer to the ground when in use. Each end of the rocker board has contrasting colour contact sections. The rocker board is ideal for building confidence in movement under foot for young and nervous dogs and is a perfect introduction to seesaw movement. • Competition Standard Jump Wings – supplied with 2 pairs of removable jump cups and weighted pole. Made using high quality treated timber with removable feet for easy transportation and storage. All 4 KC standard heights, with 200mm available on request for UKA select height the specification allows use in KC and UKA competitions.

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Michaela Strachan urges pet lovers to take part in charity rescue run Run a mile a day, or set yourself a bigger challenge and complete it within a day or a week!


t’s National Pet Month and I’m urging animal lovers to take part in the Blue Cross ‘Rescue Run’ to help the charity care for pets in need. Complete 26.2 miles between 1 and 31 May however you like – hop, skip, jump, walk or run, you can even take part with your dog. Every penny raised will go towards helping the thousands of homeless, abandoned, sick and injured pets the charity takes in each year and each participant receives a special medal when they have completed their virtual marathon. Run a mile a day, or set yourself a bigger challenge and complete it within a day or a week! Run solo, with a friend or with your dog. Get out and about in your local area, jump on the treadmill or crosstrainer. You can even put the miles in doing laps of your garden. The choice is yours. This is a virtual event you can do locally, keeping yourself safe and following social distancing guidelines. Not only will you feel amazing when you’ve completed the challenge, you’ll feel even better knowing you’re helping to give more pets the chance of a healthy life in a happy home.

Michaela Strachan

On average last year it cost Blue Cross £909 to care for and rehome a dog, and £567 for a cat. Your support is vital in helping Blue Cross keep its doors open to sick, injured and homeless pets. Your medal is ready and waiting. So what are you waiting for?

n To find out more and book your place visit www.bluecross.org.uk/rescuerun

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ctress and radio presenter Gemma Atkinson is calling on Brits to show their support for shelter pets, as Hill’s Pet Nutrition launches a nationwide campaign today, to support homeless pets in desperate need due to COVID-19. As the pandemic reaches the one-year mark, animal shelters up and down the country are facing 12


unprecedented budget cuts and financial strain. With a growing number of pets reportedly being given up or abandoned and fundraising events postponed due to the crisis, rescue shelters are at capacity and struggling to keep the animals they look after fed and cared for. Gemma, owner of Spaniel and Sproodle Ollie and Norman and President of The Bleakholt Animal

Sanctuary, is asking pet parents and vet professionals alike to share pictures of their furry friends using #MissionForeverFriend across Instagram and Facebook. For every post, Hill’s will donate a bowl of food1 to a local shelter throughout the month of April, providing up to 14,000 meals in the UK, and up to 100,000 meals across participating countries. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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GEMMA ATKINSON TEAMS UP WITH HILL’S TO HELP FEED RESCUE DOGS AND CATS • For the month of April, Hill’s Pet Nutrition aims to provide 14,000 meals to UK shelter pets • #MissionForeverFriend Campaign to Help Shelter Pets Find Their Forever Home

Gemma Atkinson commented; “Whilst the country has been in and out of lockdown the past year, shelters across the country have been working tirelessly to help the lives of the many animals in their care. Sadly, just like all businesses and industries, they have suffered hardship due to the pandemic and are in desperate need of support right now. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

“My dogs are a huge part of our family and I’m a massive advocate for animal welfare and successfully rescued pets. By supporting #MissionForeverFriend, animal lovers can show their support for local shelters and give animals in need the second chance they deserve. Hill’s believes that all pets deserve the best care humanly possible, and that the right nutrition has the ability to not only

transform lives physically but make shelter pets adoption-ready while they wait for their forever homes.” Hill’s Pet Nutrition UK and Ireland is proud to be partnering with Raystead Centre for Animal Welfare and Wood Green - The Animal’s Charity. Both charities aim to provide forever homes for shelter pets and offer support and advice for pet owners. Michael Unsworth, Hill’s Vet Affairs Manager, UK & Republic of Ireland added: “#MissionForeverFriend is an extension of our 365 day-a-year commitment to helping shelter pets, but it’s never been more important to help animals in need than right now. Centres are at capacity with many people experiencing ‘buyer’s remorse’ or sadly suffering financial or health woes due to the pandemic. Just like all vet professionals up and down the country, the staff and volunteers at these shelters have worked round the clock to feed them and keep a roof over their heads, but there’s only so much they can do with funding and rehoming all on hold. “This movement will provide muchneeded nutrition to thousands of innocent animals and we’re thrilled that Gemma is lending her support to help the cause.” n To learn more about #MissionForeverFriend and find ways you can help shelter pets find their forever homes, visit www.HillsPet.co.uk/shelter



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Over a third of owners worried about Pets being left after Lockdown, survey shows Yorkshire, UK – A UK-wide survey conducted by Burgess Pet Care has revealed that over 35% of owners are worried about leaving their pet alone for longer periods of time when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and believe their pets will find it difficult.


n the national pet food manufacturer’s survey of over 1,500 owners, conducted in February 2021, almost 30% of owners reported a change in their pet's behaviour during the three lockdown periods, with almost 40% also noting a change in their pet’s normal routine as a result of the lockdown regulations.

Burgess’s survey also revealed that: l Over 70% of owners have spent more time with their pets during lockdown; l 14

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prepare their pets for being left alone for longer periods, with a further 33% intending to prepare their pets for this scenario; l

66% of owners won’t be making plans to prepare their pets for being left alone for longer periods.

Dr Suzanne Moyes MVB MRCVS, Veterinary Director at Burgess Pet Care, said: - “As we begin to imagine what life may start to look like when the days of lockdown are finally over, it’s vital to think about the impact it will have on our pets. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Ted and Evie “Separation anxiety in dogs is a recognised and well-documented condition, with symptoms including pacing, panting and chewing items that smell of their owners. However, it’s also important to recognise that for some cats, their world revolves around their human and a sudden increase in time without human company may result in them displaying signs of separation anxiety including over grooming, starting to spray around the house and an increase in meowing for attention. “Smaller animals, particularly those living indoors, often form close bonds with their owners and will feel the impact too. Prey animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs are naturally predisposed to being cautious and on high alert, which makes them susceptible to experiencing stress when their routine changes.” Dr Moyes advised that owners worried about how their pets will cope with being left for longer periods of time should put strategies in place at the earliest opportunity: “There are lots of things you can do to make the transition easier for your pet. For dog owners, try a long lasting treat or puzzle toy, and gradually increase the amount of time you leave them alone. For cats, try praising and rewarding them with a small treat when they’re resting in another room or when they stop meowing for attention. “Enrichment is key to keeping our small pets busy www.rescueandanimalcare.com

Separation anxiety in dogs is a recognised and welldocumented condition, with symptoms including pacing, panting and chewing items that smell of their owners.

and happy when we’re not around. It’s all about making a pet’s life more fulfilling by providing opportunities for them to exhibit natural behaviours such as foraging, tunnelling, digging or climbing. Rabbits, for example, will enjoy cardboard boxes with holes cut into them for them to explore, cardboard tubes stuffed with tasty feeding hay and herbs to munch on and wicker balls to bat about. Engaging activities and sensory stimulation play a big part in boosting the health and wellbeing of our small pets.” n For a wealth of help and advice, please visit the Burgess Pet Care blog www.burgesspetcare.com



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The Labrador Lifeline Trust is a charity dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and helping Labradors They are now in their Twenty first year of helping Labradors in need of new homes and their main priority is placing the right dog in the right home. They cover the areas of Berkshire, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex and Surrey

Registered charity number 1076061

Tel: 01256 884027 / 07860 691251 / Email: info@labrador-lifeline.com





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The human side of rescue Working in the world of rescuing animals is often seen as a dream job. Protecting animals against mistreatment, misunderstanding and even worse. Seeing them off to a new home must surely be very rewarding. It is, but it also brings a lot of emotion that is often not expected and rarely talked about. By Ben Wilkes


oming to terms on a daily basis with animals having been let down, in some way, by another human can have a culminative effect on rescuers. It often leads to one of two outcomes, the person becomes every anti people or they leave rescue work emotionally scarred . Many years ago when my involvement with Border Collie Trust grew I soon became aware of this "emotional overload" particularly in one situation where a lady involved in rescue couldn't say no to any request for help but felt no one was good enough to adopt from her. It lead to mistakes being made, her marriage breaking down, losing her home and indeed the very rescue she had started. I happened across an article "The Four Phases of Rescue" by Doug Fakkema in 2004, it helped bring an understanding of the emotions we experience every day and to keep things in perspective. The article began - "Those of us who work on behalf of animals and dedicate our lives to them experience four phases in our career evolution. As we are unique, so are our individual stories, but we all undergo a similar process. If we survive that process, we go on to understand that we have achieved what we wanted in the first place." If you search on the internet you will find the full article but I'll give an idea of its message....

Phase 1 - you enter rescue work full of enthusiasm, intending to save every animal that needs it. Your enthusiasm means 25 hour days are possible, you eat, sleep and breath rescue. You are confident that the simple answers to the complex questions of why rescues are needed will solve the problem. Phase 2 - hearing the same stories day in and day out begin to take their toll. Nobody outside your rescue world www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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understands. Despite your 25 hour day the same problems keep happening. We are tired all the time and perhaps reluctant to even talk about what we do. We start to lose touch with family and friends as it's easier to withdraw into our own little world and try to become thick skinned to it all. Phase 3 - people should be euthanised. No one, including co-workers understands what you are going through. You are always tired but can't sleep. You eat rubbish food, smoke and drink too much but it's the only thing that helps. Anger becomes your over riding emotion with everyone you meet in any situation. You don't think anyone is suitable to adopt any of your animals and you may even start to develop the characteristics of the animal hoarder. Phase 4 - you realise you can't save all the animals or educate the entire world

population. You realise though that you can still make a difference and accept the need to make rescue work part of your life, not your complete life. You see that not all people are bad and that the solutions are as complex as the problems. Some people do get stuck in Phase 2 and even worse, Phase 3 but the vast majority move between the phases on a daily basis, recognising that sadness and pain are part of their world and that they need to let the feelings of anger and frustration wash over them. They realise the potential they have to help animals and indeed people. They are making a difference. Ben Wilkes started as a volunteer at Border Collie Trust in 1997, becoming a Trustee in 2000 and volunteers full time at the Trusts rescue centre. www.bordercollietrustgb.org.uk RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 APRIL – 29 MAY 2021


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Pet Welfare in the Spring As pets begin to spend more time out of doors, their health and welfare challenges change significantly from heat stress to allergies and bee stings so here are a few key things to watch out for over the next three months. Mary Lloyd tells us more Dogs

After the lazy days of winter, dogs may be a little unfit especially if they are older. For that reason, it is important to start exercising gently and gradually build up the walks and playtimes. Although the weather may still feel cool, the sun can be strong and cars can very easily become death traps. On no account should any pet be left alone in the car for any length of time. More time in the garden means it is important to ensure that fences and gates are secure and the dog cannot escape or even get stolen. In the garden, avoid using herbicides and pesticides that are potentially toxic and keep tools safe from dogs especially playful puppies. Avoid using slug pellets to protect your plants because these are tasty but poisonous to dogs. At the same time, be aware that some plants are toxic and playful puppies can easily ingest them. Common toxicities are caused by Delphiniums, Fox18


gloves, Hycanith, Hydrangea, Ivy, Lily of the Valley, Laburnam, Azalea, Bluebells, Daffodils, Lilies, Lupins, Wisteria, Sweet Peas, Rhodedendrons and Nightshade to name but a few. Eating slugs and snails can resulting heartworm infection which can be fatal if left untreated. Needless to say, all dogs need regular treatments against worms,ticks and fleas. When it comes to Easter, chocolate poisoning is very common. Chocolate contains chemicals which cause muscle twitching, tremors, fitting, raised heart rate and high blood pressure. Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are also toxic sono hot cross buns for woofies!


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traced if they get lost. Neutering is important because this is the time of year when many unwanted litters are born. To protect the birds in your garden, a collar with a bell will prevent your cat from harming birds and nestlings. Bear in mind that foxes are nursing their young and will vigorously protect their young from predators. Keep an eye out for any bites or injuries that an overly curious cat can easily endure. Again avoid planting certain species which are toxic and do not use slug pellets, pesticides and herbicides in your garden.

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

Do not be tempted to bring them out of their winter shelters too soon. Although the days may be warm, nights may still be cold and frosty. Limit grazing time initially otherwise a sudden change from hay to fresh pasture can cause diarrhoea. Very importantly, use a fly strike preventative because maggots are a killer!

Other Health Issues

Pets can suffer from allergic reactions as well as people. In pets, atopic eczema is the most common reaction although it is the inhaled pollen that causes the reaction. Pets that are prone to eczema in Spring can be wiped with PetalCleanse after they have been outside and inside a daily spray of AirCleanse can maintain a pollen free environment. Dogs are often prone to “hotspots” in the Spring. In severe cases, your vet will recommend a course of steroids but in many dogs, a carefully restricted diet can help prevent the conditional ongoingalong with the use of the Bio-Life MediCleanse Pure Essence spray. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

Atopic eczema A bit of care can ensure that you and your pets can enjoy the Spring and Summer without miss-hap. n If you need any help or advice, please visit the

Bio-Life website www.biolife-international.co.uk or call the Bio-Life Helpline on 01608 686626 (open 8am to 8pm,7days per week).

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All products available from www.biolife-international.co.uk



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How old is your dog? New research shows our four-legged friends don’t age the way we may think New Dogs Trust research has found our dogs are not necessarily in the age category we might think they are.


e’ve all heard the old saying that dogs age seven years for every one human year, but a Dogs Trust researcher says things aren’t that simple. And the findings will enable all of us to better care for our four-legged friends. Dr Naomi Harvey, Research Manager at Dogs Trust and Honorary Associate Professor of Companion Animal Behaviour & Welfare at The University of Nottingham, has reviewed scientific literature on aging in dogs - the conclusions of which have been published on Tuesday 27 April in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. Dr Harvey said: “Dogs mature more quickly than we do. Many one-year-old dogs have reached their full height and most will have gone through puberty or be approaching the end of it, so they’re definitely not the equivalent of a seven-year-old child! “A quick internet search reveals that there are many dog age calculators available online. Most typically agree that a dog that has just turned one is equivalent to a human around the age of 15, although these age calculators generally adjust their calculations based on how long certain breeds are expected to live. “It’s common to read statements that say dog breeds age at different speeds, with some dog breeds aging much faster or slower than others. But I wanted to look at whether this is really true.” Dr Harvey searched through scientific publications on signs of behavioural aging and development in dogs aiming to work out at what age a dog can be considered a puppy, juvenile, adult, senior or geriatric. In her review, she concluded that there is evidence to suggest that a one-year-old dog is indeed still juvenile just coming out from puberty (so the comparison to a 15-year-old is about right) and that dogs don’t become 20


mature adults until they’re two, which marks the end of adolescence (equivalent to when people are aged around 25). She found that dogs can be considered to be entering their senior years (when an animal is older but typically still quite healthy) at age seven, and that they can be classified as geriatric (a stage of aging where poor health or death becomes most likely), at age 12 and over. In the UK, the average lifespan of a pet dog is 12 years (across all breeds). Some dogs however reach ripe old ages of 15 and over, and dogs this age can be considered ‘very aged’. As some dog breeds live on average far shorter lives than others, it is common to adjust a dog’s age category by their breed life expectancy to decide when they are ‘senior’ or ‘geriatric’. Based upon evidence for how dogs age behaviourally, Dr Harvey argues that we shouldn’t be doing this: “Certain dog breeds are expected to have shorter lifespans, with some, such as the Great Dane (pictured), having an average life expectancy of just six years in the UK. In terms of their health, these dogs do decline quickly, meaning they

need additional veterinary care when they’re much younger than other dogs. But whilst their bodies may be impacted by health problems when they’re still young, there’s no evidence that short lived breeds are aging in the true sense of the word, as behaviourally they appear to be following the same trajectory as other dogs. In other words, short lived dog breeds are not aging faster, they are simply dying younger. “The language we use to describe dogs and consider their age matters. By saying that these dogs are aging faster, and using language such as ‘geriatric’ to describe a dog that is objectively still young, and a dog that should be in the prime of its life, we’re masking the health and welfare issues associated with certain breeds of dog.” To read the full research paper please go to: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2021.643085/full To find out more about looking after or adopting an older dog please go to: https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/getting-or-buying-a-dog/rehomingand-looking-after-an-older-dog www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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When we say we home a sighthound Forever- we really mean it! Forever Hounds Trust is a charity dedicated to the rescue, care, welfare and homing of greyhounds, lurchers and all other sighthounds. We are proudly celebrating our 25th anniversary this year and in that time have matched more than 10,500 sofas with their very own hound!


hese dogs all need us to be there to find them a safe home, having been abandoned, abused, or discarded by the greyhound racing industry. We are there to support homers for the dog’s entire life. But do potential adopters know what that truly means? Dogs often come to us in poor physical condition or with horrendous injuries. Some have never experienced a normal home before or seen another breed of dog. Some have suffered terrible trauma. When dogs come into our care, they are assessed and trained before they are ready for adoption. But their new families often need help for issues that arise as the dog settles into their new surroundings. We offer free advice to all homers of a Forever Hounds Trust dog, provided by our professionally qualified behaviourists, for the dog’s entire life. We call this Post Homing Support and we are truly proud of the results our small team achieves! There were 107 requests for Post Homing Support during 2020. This was a high caseload, brought about in part by the pandemic. During that difficult year, many homers were anxious due to the pandemic and coping with complications around a new dog was often the final straw. In normal times, many of these owners would have worked through the problem. Of these 107 cases, 90 were successfully resolved or are ongoing. In a year when lockdown changed dogs’ routines and kept them from socialising, it was not surprising that lead reactivity was the most cited issue. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of our Post Homing Support team (most of whom are volunteers), 90 dogs were helped to remain in their forever homes – a fantastic outcome!


along we faced challenges and doubts. FHT’s Behaviourist helped us calmly and in small steps to get to know our wonderful hound. I can’t praise her enough or the charity. We aren’t there yet and know that it will take some time. I am so glad we sought help and persevered!” Our support of our hounds does not end once they find their forever home. Roly’s story illustrates just how valuable our Post Homing Support is, to enable a hound to remain with their new family. Without this support, some potential homers would not take on the challenge of a rescue sighthound, or may struggle, or even give up on that dog. We rely entirely upon donations from supporters, the public and trusts to fund the care and support we provide our hounds. Please help us to continue to fulfil our commitment to keeping hounds in their forever homes, FOREVER! www.foreverhoundstrust.org


At the end of 2020, we matched Roly to his new forever home. His new family admitted that he was quite challenging. His Mum explains “We were overwhelmed by the readiness of Forever Hounds Trust to provide unlimited, superb help that was practical and extremely supportive. As the weeks rolled www.rescueandanimalcare.com



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Top tips to keep your dog safe as UK staycations restart With the return of staycations this May and many pet parents not wanting to leave their beloved dog behind, Nature’s Variety, leading expert in natural pet food, has revealed its top tips on how to ensure your dog is kept safe and happy whilst away from home: 1. Safe Travels: Everyone has fond memories of a family road trip from some point in their childhood, however they’re not quite as popular amongst our pets. To make sure their journey is as safe and comfortable as possible; keep your dog suitably restrained in the car, don’t let them hang their head out of the window (even though many are desperate for the scent buffet!) as this can result in foreign objects such as leaves, rocks and insects causing inflammation and damage to eyes, nose and ears. Also, fit sunshades, keep them hydrated and take regular stops for a bit of exercise whenever it is safe to do so. 2. On-the-go: When packing the essentials for your holiday, don’t forget to also make a checklist for 24


your dog! To help your pet feel at ease whilst on holiday and travelling, they’ll need a comfortable place to sleep, their favourite toy and, most importantly, a travel bowl for fresh water. This is particularly important for any new pups who may not be used to leaving the comfort of home during lockdown. Plenty of treats or a meal that’s convenient to feed on the go would also be most welcome by your furry friend, especially if there’s any delays en route! 3. Do Your Homework: Assuming all holiday parks and hotels have dogfriendly facilities is an easy mistake to make, however this isn’t always the case! Before you embark on your summer staycation, make sure you read up on your chosen accommodation’s pet policy to avoid disappointment.

4. Poisonous Plants: Even though you’re on holiday, your dog still needs to stick to their normal routine of going on a daily walk. Whilst out and about in the new area, make sure you keep an eye out for poisonous plants that are surprisingly harmful to dogs, including wisteria and tulip bulbs. Keep a handful of treats on hand to lure your dog away from chewing on any plants on your route. 5. Seaside Dangers: Please don’t just assume your dog can swim or will love the water. Never force a dog to go into the sea - let them explore safely in their own time on a lead to start with. Some breeds are naturally strong swimmers, but other breeds, such as corgis and pugs, are not. Also be mindful that dogs can ingest sand by accident through digging or repeatedly picking up sandy balls www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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and toys and if they swallow enough, it can cause a blockage in the intestine, called sand impaction. Signs of this serious condition, which requires urgent veterinary treatment, include vomiting, dehydration and abdominal pain. 6. Overexertion: It might be your pup’s first holiday experience, so please be mindful that it could either be quite a stressful experience for them, or just very exciting! If your dog is overexerted, and/or exposed to the sun, it could lead to heat stroke – so take it slowly and be mindful of how much they are doing. 7. Sun Protection: Whilst we might want to make the most of the rare British sunshine to top up our tan, we need to ensure that dogs aren’t in the sun for long periods of time. If you don’t have a parasol for protection, try to pick a shaded spot so that your precious pooch has somewhere to avoid the heat!

professional advice from your vet before departure. 10. Vet Contact: Sometimes things go wrong, so you will need to know the number or address of a local vet. Make sure you have it written down, in case you can’t access the internet. Your dog might become unwell or injure themselves, so you need to know that you can get help quickly, should you need it. Melanie Sainsbury, Veterinary Education Manager for Nature’s Variety, said: “Dogs are very much a part of the family and with 83% of new puppy owners saying they’re worried about leaving their dog home alone after lockdown*, there will be more people than ever before with a furry companion on their summer holiday! “We want to make sure that our four-legged friends remain safe and

have as much fun as their pet parents, and so we hope our staycation tips will put owners’ minds at ease and help them feel well-equipped.” Nature’s Variety’s ground-breaking Freeze Dried dog food is ideal for if you’re travelling with your dog. Combining all the flavour and goodness of raw ingredients with the ease and convenience of dry dog food, the range is blended with a special selection of powerfully nutritious fruits, vegetables and botanicals. Formed into bite-sized nuggets, these raw ingredients are then freeze-dried – a safe and extremely gentle food process that preserves all the goodness, flavour and nutrients. The result is an incredibly nutritious meal that’s extra tasty, as the process intensifies the meaty flavours dogs love. Plus, with no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, Nature’s Variety Freeze Dried range can be enjoyed straight from the pack, with no refrigeration needed. n For more information on Natures Variety, or to arrange delivery direct to your holiday accommodation, visit: https://www.naturesvariety.co.uk

8. Clean Up Your Pawprints: Before you head out of the door for your staycation, remember to stock up on poo bags, allowing you to clean up after your dog wherever you are! 9. Fit to Travel: Most importantly, complete a quick health check for your dog before traveling, ensuring that they’re up to date with all injections and wormed, as well as prevented from attracting fleas and ticks. If you do have any reservations surrounding taking your dog on holiday, seek www.rescueandanimalcare.com



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Record week of sales – re-opening of charity shops “compares to Christmas” Blue Cross is celebrating after a bumper week since the charity’s shops were allowed to re-open on Monday 12 April. The shops welcomed back customers who spent over £120,000 in the first week -the highest ever week of sales for the shops. Compared with the same number of shops in 2019 there was an almost 30% growth on revenue through shop sales. On the first day of opening alone Blue Cross shops raised over £35,000.


lue Cross has 54 shops spread across the UK from Haslemere in the south to Northallerton in the north, including Abergavenny and Monmouth in Wales. David Palmer, Retail Operations Manager at Blue Cross said: “We are absolutely delighted to see a record week of sales. Our retail team worked tirelessly to make sure the shops were ready and were excited to welcome back visitors and supporters who came to browse and buy the quality pre-loved items we have for sale. The figures were



staggering and it was as busy as our peak pre-Christmas period.” Blue Cross charity shops would love to take in any good quality items of clothing, furniture, toys, and other items. Please make an appointment to drop in any unwanted goods and wear a face covering when inside the shops. Blue Cross shops raise money for the thousands of unwanted, abandoned and sick pets cared for by the charity’s rehoming centres and hospitals every year. The shop is calling out for pet lovers to consider joining the local team

and for donations of good quality items. Volunteer opportunities range from sorting and displaying stock to helping customers, serving on the till and helping out with window displays. Time commitment is flexible. Every donation really helps to raise vital funds to help the sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets in the charity’s care. n For more information about Blue Cross or to find local Blue Cross charity shops visit www.bluecross.org.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Shyness in Cats If you’re wondering why your cat is shy around strangers, or are worried about helping a scared cat adjust to their new surroundings, our guide might just help. Shyness can be shown in many ways – from a cat hiding to freezing in place or even appearing skittish. So if you’ve created a safe and loving home environment, why is your cat fearful and what can you do to help your shy cat relax? Five ways to help a shy cat adjust to a new home 1. Give them places to hide. A cardboard box is ideal! 2. Keep to a routine. Aim to feed and interact with them at the same time each day 3. Get to know their body language. Do they seem stressed or anxious? 4. Be calm and gentle around them – and teach young children to do the same 5. Be patient. Take the time to earn your cat’s trust.

Signs of fear in cats

Signs that your cat is scared include: • running away • retreating to hiding places • dilated pupils • flattened ears • cringing and cowering 30


How to help your shy, nervous or timid cat

You can help your cat to feel safe and secure by: • providing plenty of refuges where they can hide. Cats de-stress more quickly if they can hide, preferably somewhere high and dark, such as behind sofas or on shelves • preventing other cats from entering your home by windows, doors or cat flaps. Make sure your cat is not being bullied in the garden or intimidated by other cats through windows or doors • maintaining daily routines so your cat knows what to expect • use synthetic scent pheromones (available from your vet). These can help reassure your cat and reduce stress • sit quietly near your cat so they can get used to you in their own time. Ignore them while you read a book or take a nap so they don't feel pressurised or anxious in your presence. Do this while they are eating, or give them a small food

treat so they associate you with a positive experience • let your cat approach you. Direct approaches are extremely threatening, so don't force attention on your cat • blink slowly at your cat, narrow your eyes so they are half open and then turn your face away slowly to reassure your cat that you are not a threat n For more information visit www.cats.org.uk https://www.cats.org.uk/help-andadvice/cat-behaviour/shy-cats Photo images: ©Adobe Stock stock.adobe.com


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Grub’s up! Catit launches its first insect-based Cat food packed full of PURRRRFECT Protein


e all know that cats are carnivores, but did you know that by substituting the meat protein in their food you can help to reduce their carbon paw print? Catit, the brand known for its range of cat toys and accessories, is launching Nuna which is one of the UK’s first premium ranges of delicious insect-based cat dry food, packed full of tasty protein. It’s made entirely in their own facilities so they know exactly how it is produced! The scrumptious new kibble consists of up to 92% sustainable protein* and is combined with either a small amount of meat or fish to create a great-tasting, nutritious and more environmentally sustainable food for cats. By purchasing one 5kg bag of Catit Nuna instead of a traditional meat protein food, cat owners can help save up to 35 bathtubs of water and reduce their CO2 emissions by 100kg - the equivalent of driving from London to Dundee**. There are two delicious flavours available for your feline friend: Real Chicken and Atlantic Herring, as well as a range of insect protein cat treats in a variety of flavours. Both are rich in healthy protein and include sustainably farmed insect larvae called Hermetia Illucens (also known as Black Soldier Fly larvae). A true superfood, the tasty grubs are bursting with protein, vitamins, and minerals such as omega 6, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. The grubs are sustainably farmed before being dried 32


and ground into a fine and nutritious flour (so there are no nasty surprises!) that forms the basis of the Catit Nuna recipe - it’s sure to pass the taste test with even the fussiest of felines. The new range is a result of the brand’s efforts to help tackle the environmental impact of cat food production and to help reduce the carbon ‘pawprint’ of pet food. The kibble is extruded using less thermal energy, which is not only better for the environment, but helps keep the food fresher for longer. Unlike most other pet food packaging, Catit Nuna bags are made using low density polyethylene and can be easily recycled. “People might be slightly squeamish at the thought of using bugs in their pet’s food but it’s a delicious and more sustainable option for your cat that they are sure to love! With almost 500 million cats roaming the earth, not to mention cat purchases increasing since lockdown, you can help make a real difference by substituting your cat’s traditional meat protein food with one manufactured with insect protein, for a happy, healthy and eco-conscious cat!”. It will be available to purchase online and from selected pet specialty stores with RRPs from £26.99 for a 2.27kg bag.

Herring Recipe is 92% sustainable protein. ** Based on one 5kg bag of Catit Nuna Insect Protein and Chicken formulation in comparison to a premium beef based dry food with a comparable protein level. CO2 comparison based on emissions from an average unleaded petrol car. Water comparison based on an average bathtub with 95 litre capacity.

n Visit www.catit.co.uk to find out more. *Out of total protein level. Catit Nuna chicken recipe is 88% sustainable protein and Catit Nuna www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Patient care assistant Rebecca Stevens who makes the special cat pillows

A cat relaxing on the pillow

Keeping cats comfy with handmade cat pillows A patient care assistant at Davies Veterinary Specialists (DVS) near Hitchin in Hertfordshire is keeping feline patients extra comfortable in the cat ward by making them special cat pillows. The safe, super-soft pillows, which are all made from recycled materials and sprayed with a stress-relieving cat pheromone, have been given a definite ‘paws up’ by patients so far.


avies is a ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) Gold Standard Approved Practice, which means the practice already adheres to a rigorous set of criteria aimed at reducing feline stress while providing the very best in health care. But the feline team are always looking for new strategies to make the practice even more cat friendly. This is why Rebecca Stevens, one of the patient care assistants, came up with a new idea to help reduce anxiety in hospitalised cats. 34


“We know that a trip to the vet can be very stressful for cats,” said Rebecca. “They all like to snuggle up to something soft so I came up with the idea of a pillow for each patient that can be sprayed with a special pheromone to help reduce anxiety and keep them cosy and calm.” In the true sustainability spirit of Davies, Rebecca recycled old pillowcases and blankets to make small cat pillows. Each pillow is stuffed with old pillow wadding, meaning that they are fully machine washable, which is important for infection

control. When a cat is admitted into cat ward, they are each given a pillow which has been previously sprayed with the cat pheromone spray Feliway®. “They are a huge hit with our feline patients, who often snuggle up to them.” said Rebecca. “It’s been such a rewarding project and pillows are now standard issue in the cat ward!” n To find out more about Davies visit www.vetspecialists.co.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Dogs Trust rescues puppies found dumped in a supermarket car park Only one of the two puppies abandoned in a ‘Bag for Life’ survived

Bunny and Blossom when they were found in a Bag for Life

Bunny in her foster home

Last month [March], two tiny Dachshund puppies were found dumped in a carrier bag in a supermarket car park in Essex by a member of the public. The puppies, who were shivering and terrified when they arrived at Dogs Trust Basildon, were named Bunny and Blossom by the team there.


he pair of tan and dappled puppies – who the charity believe to be sisters - were rushed to the vet as soon as they arrived, where staff provided them with round the clock care. The puppies were estimated to be under six months old and heartbreakingly, within hours of arriving at the safety of Dogs Trust, Blossom began vomiting and had severe diarrhea. She was found to be suffering with parvovirus. Despite the best efforts of the vet team, she sadly died of the virus within four days. Bunny was also treated as having parvovirus but miraculously survived, and with some extra TLC


from centre staff, she is on the road to recovery. Lisa Cooper, Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre Manager said: “These poor puppies were in a sorry state when they came to us. I dread to think what they had already been through in their short lives, and what could have happened to them if they hadn’t been found and handed in by a quick-thinking member of the public. “It’s absolutely devastating that little Blossom didn’t make it, but thankfully we were able to change the tale for Bunny and she is very much on the mend, with her personality starting to shine through

in the foster home where she is being cared for. “Despite her ordeal, Bunny has been thriving and is a very sweet, cuddly and playful girl.” The charity is taking this opportunity to remind everyone that, if you are struggling and need advice or support to give up your dog, please speak to a rescue organisation in the first instance. To find out more about how Dogs Trust is helping keep dogs and owners together or if you would like to donate to Dogs Trust visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale n For more information visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 APRIL – 29 MAY 2021


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National Pet Month: How a holiday with your pet can improve their behaviour • Canine expert, Nick Benger, says holidaying with your dog reduces behavioural issues • UK travel for families (and pets) is set to resume from 12th April • Heart rate data reveals that a trip to the beach can increase a dog’s heart rate by 74%


ith April seeing both National Pet Month, and the lifting of lockdown restrictions allowing domestic holidays for one household, a new study has revealed just how much dogs enjoying holidaying with their humans. The research found that a dog’s heart rate increases by 51% on average whilst on holiday, with experts recommending that taking your fourlegged friend on a UK break could help them overcome lockdown induced anxiety and stress1. To find out what makes having a holiday home so beneficial for dogs, pet-friendly holiday park operator, Park Leisure, conducted a study using heart rate monitoring technology2, and partnered with Nick Benger, a leading dog behaviourist starring on the Amazon Prime show The Pack. Nick says, “For dogs, getting away



and appreciating new scents and experiences can reduce stress and strengthen their relationship with their owners. It’s also extremely important that puppies (especially lockdown puppies) are exposed to different situations, people and dogs – holidaying with your pet is a great way to do that. As for older dogs, a change in environment is a great chance to improve their training in a neutral space without the baggage of past learning at home.” After establishing an average resting heart rate for the dogs using a pulse monitor, researchers then tracked their heart rates during a visit to Park Leisure holiday home park, to reveal exactly how a break in an idyllic beauty spot affected them. As the dog's heart rate rose, their excitement levels also increased. The dogs took part in various

activities to reveal what excited them the most:

1. Being on the beach – increased heart rate by 74% on average

By far the biggest draw for the pooches, a trip to the beach certainly got their tails wagging, raising the dogs’ pulses by a huge 74%. Combining the excitement of a wide-open space, the unpredictable waves, and an unfamiliar landscape, the beach offers a multitude of stimuli for canines. Nick commented: “The beach is such a fantastic place to walk your dog. They can run in the open space of the beach and enjoy the different texture of the sand or the sea which gets some dogs so excited. The beach brings with it a whole new array of smells, which dogs love to spend time exploring. I've never met a dog that didn't love the beach!” www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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may seem more contented and spend more time sleeping by the fire, like a person might visit a spa to destress. 2. Young and excitable dogs can become bouncier and fuller of energy and excitement at the prospect of different walks and adventures. 3. No matter what your dog's energy levels are, loose relaxed muscles and a wagging tail are good indicators that your dog is enjoying their holiday.

2. Paddling in the sea – increased heart rate by 62%

Having a splash in the sea was a close second when it came to getting the pooches excited. Getting wet and padding in the water increased heart rates by 62% suggesting once again a completely new experience will arouse a dog’s interest.

3. A country walk – increased heart rate by 58%

Getting out in the fresh air also proved to be a favourite. While it’s well known that going for a walk is always a popular activity for pups, a new walk in the countryside raised heart rates more than a regular walk at home (45%), suggesting that being out in nature is beneficial to our furry friends.

4. Playing fetch in a field – increased heart rate by 57%

Playing fetch with the dogs served to raise their heart rates by 57% on

average. Exercise is essential to a dog’s well-being and playing fetch, or any similar running game, is an ideal way for a pooch to blow off some steam and have fun.

5. Arriving at a holiday home – increased heart rate by 39%

The anticipation of arriving at a new destination had a huge effect on the dogs, as exiting the car and entering the holiday home saw an average increase of 39%. A chance for a pooch to explore a new location and get to grips with their new space is very exciting for them.

6. Relaxing by the fire – increased heart rate by 11%

A much more relaxing activity, sitting by the fire increased the resting heart rate by 11%. While a very calming activity, being cosy by the fire with their owner creates a sense of pleasure and contentment in dogs.

Nick’s top tips on how to tell if your dog is enjoying its holiday are:

1. For older, more relaxed dogs they

Lisa Williams, director of marketing and holiday sales at Park Leisure, says, “So many of our holiday homeowners and visitors have told us how much their furry friends love staying at our parks, so it’s really interesting to see the data to back it up. “The results show how different holiday activities excite our pooches, whether at the beach or enjoying our stunning countryside. We have a range of locations to suit any pooches preferences from the stunning coastline of Cornwall to the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire and North Wales. “All our locations are pet-friendly, and we’re introducing measures in all of our parks to go the extra mile to accommodate them. This includes facilities such as dog bowls, washing and poo bag stations, doggy treats at reception, and handy resources to give visitors important information about the local area, such as emergency vets, good walking spots and dog friendly pubs and cafes. These are already a key feature at our Pentire, Amble Links, Chantry and Yorkshire Dales parks, and will become standard in all locations by the end of summer. “Pets aren’t so different from us really, and most of the benefits we get from taking a staycation are just as helpful for our pups, whether the fresh country air or fresh sea breeze, the chance to switch off and relax, or just the change of scenery. “There are so many reasons to treat yourself to trips away regularly and now our study proves that your dog will love it just as much as you do!” n For more information on the research and video diaries of the dogs who took part, visit: https://www.parkleisure.co.uk/news/st udy-reveals-dogs-love-holidays-just-asmuch-as-we-do n To find out more about holiday homes, click here: https://www.parkleisure.co.uk/ownership




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HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall announced as Patron of The Great Horses For Health Relay 2021 We are delighted to announce Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, as the Patron for our Great Relay taking place across the UK this summer.


he announcement comes ahead of the relay launch on Sunday 2nd May in Yorkshire. The Great Horses for Health Relay will travel around the UK over the summer months and aims to highlight how horses can have a positive impact on our mental health, whilst also raising vital funds for equine charities. Founder Sophie Gifford said “We are incredibly grateful to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for accepting the invitation to become our Patron. As a keen equestrian herself, HRH understands how horses can help

have a positive impact on our well-being. To have The Duchess of Cornwall as our Patron is also a huge boost for our 7 equine charities who have struggled through Covid and are in need of support to continue their vital work” Equine charity HorseWorld have teamed up with Founder Sophie and an enthusiastic group of volunteers, to provide a support team for The Great Horses for Health Relay. HorseWorld are one of the equine charities who will benefit from the fundraising generated by the event. CEO of HorseWorld Petra Ingram

said “We are delighted to welcome HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to our Horses For Health team. We hope that with her support we will be able to connect with the horse loving community across the UK, to celebrate together the positive power of horses and help raise funds for equine charities. n To find out more about The Great Horse for Health Relay and how you register to take part, please visit www.horses4health.co.uk

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Prosecution of animal cruelty cases We have all seen our way of life change over the past 12 months and many people have been able to own the pet they have always wanted. Estimates suggest 3.2 million households have purchased a pet in the last year, with puppy sales increasing by over 100%.


s demand has soared, so have the opportunities for criminals who have long sought to profit from the possessions that society most demands. It is with this rise in mind that the Home Secretary announced a taskforce in April to combat increasing rates of dog theft recognising this is no longer a crime of opportunity, but one often carefully planned by organised criminal gangs. Whilst many dogs are stolen to be sold, a large number are stolen specifically to be bred in puppy farms, often in the most appalling of conditions. It is here that the link between dog theft and animal cruelty is so apparent. Reports of illegal puppy farming have risen fivefold in England in the last 10 years and the RSPCA report they have uncovered large criminal gangs making millions of pounds from puppy farming. I have campaigned for many years for tougher sentencing for dog theft. At present, the guidelines that courts follow when sentencing people for dog theft, require them to consider the financial value of the 'item' stolen, if the item is of low value, custody is not within the consideration of the court. This part of the problem can be easily 42


solved through the Sentencing Guidelines Council reviewing the guidelines to ensure that where the theft of a family pet is involved, its monetary value is irrelevant to the sentence. Whilst we need to ensure those that steal dogs are sent to prison, we need to ensure that the link between dog theft and animal cruelty is not only properly investigated, but also prosecuted. As with any offence of theft, offences of dog theft are investigated by the police and then taken to court and prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). However, offences of animal cruelty are currently investigated and prosecuted by the RSPCA. The RSPCA have indicated that they are exploring transferring prosecutions to the CPS and I believe this would be a very welcome move. The role of the RSPCA presently is both one of investigator and prosecutor. Whilst the relationship between the CPS and the Police can at times be difficult, the separation of the two means that there is more scope for review and oversight as to the type of cases being prosecuted. Prior to becoming an MP, I worked in the Court Service for many years. It was

routine for the RSPCA to instruct local solicitors to prosecute cases for them. Not only is this expensive, but the majority of cases, whilst wholly worthwhile, tended to focus on isolated cases of mistreatment or neglect rather than looking at the more sophisticated organised networks of criminals that we know commit these offences. With the Government committed to increasing prison sentences for serious perpetrators of animal cruelty from six months to five years we have a real opportunity to get to grips with those who routinely farm pets for profit. Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive of the RSPCA, has spoken of the huge responsibility the change in the law places on the charity's shoulders. The route the RSPCA wish to take is that the CPS will deal with the legal processes and the RSPCA, with their knowledge of animals, will be responsible for the investigative work. This is the relationship the CPS currently have with the police and it would be the best option to ensure a less fragmented approach and fewer missed opportunities to stop these criminal gangs. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Dexy in the cone after surgery

Dexy in surgery

Maxillofacial surgeon unlocks rare feline TMJ problem A maxillofacial surgeon at Leading veterinary referral practice Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies) based near Hitchin, Hertfordshire has resolved a cat’s bilateral temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysplasia by performing complex surgery.


exy, a 12-year-old female cat suffered with an intermittent locking jaw, which was usually triggered by her yawning or grooming herself. She was diagnosed with bilateral TMJ dysplasia, which is relatively rare in cats and was referred to the Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic at Davies for treatment. “Dexy was in distress every time her jaw locked, and she couldn’t eat or drink,” said Dr José Ruiz. “The only available treatment for this problem is surgery: in order to prevent the mandibles from locking, www.rescueandanimalcare.com

due to the abnormal elasticity in the joint's capsule and ligament, we needed to remove some bone from her cheek and jaw bones – known as the zygomatic arch and mandible.” The anaesthesia team performed a bilateral trigeminal nerve block to reduce any possible pain during and after the surgery with excellent results. Dr Ruiz then approached the zygomatic arch at its ventral aspect. An incision was made over Dexy’s cheek bone in order to access and cut it. The bone cutting was performed using an instrument that when vibrating can cut bone but not

soft tissues, thus preventing any trauma to blood vessels, or nerve structures. The top part of the mandible was also cut to prevent it from locking on the remaining cheek bone. Dexy recovered very well and she was discharged 24 hours after the procedure. n To find out more about the Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic at Davies at Davies visit https://vetspecialists.co.uk/services/dentistryand-maxillofacial-surgery/ RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 APRIL – 29 MAY 2021


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Cocoa the dog, fully recovered after her brush with two toxic plants.

Toxic plants to keep away from Pets

Pet owners are being warned about deadly, toxic, and harmful plants commonly found in the garden. The experts at Lazy Flora, a plant subscription site, have revealed a list of things growing in gardens, that need removing when curious pets are around.


afety at home for pets to be able to roam freely is paramount. Peckish pets put in a scenario with lethal berries and leaves will increase the risk of accidental poisoning. Some plants, like the Lily of the Valley, are toxic from top to bottom. Whist others, such as rhubarb, have parts of the plant that is safe to eat, but the leaves should be avoided at all costs. Claire Ransom, the founder of Lazy Flora said: “I introduced pet-friendly plants to our range because my own dog Cocoa ate two different toxic things whilst out in the garden and I had to rush her to the emergency vet both times. “I was pretty horrified and didn't sleep for several nights while we figured out with the vet what she had been eating and what damage it could have caused. The guilt was awful, 44


I couldn't believe I'd so carelessly put her at risk. I vowed never to let her get access to any toxic plants ever again. “Luckily, Cocoa was fine and suffered no lasting damage, but it really heightened my awareness of just how toxic some plants can be. To keep curious paws away from danger, it is best to remove these plants out of easily accessible areas of the garden.”

Toxic plants to keep out of reach of pets:

pets, with the leaves and seeds containing the highest levels of alkaloids. These alkaloids are toxic and can cause vomiting, nausea, painful burns in the mouth and a slow heartbeat.

2. Foxglove

These pretty bell-like blossoms add a bright pop of colour to the garden but watch out, as the plant is packed with toxins. Accidental ingestion of any part of the plant could lead to nausea,

1. Larkspur

Belonging to the buttercup family, Larkspur is a flowering plant that is grown for its graceful, vividly coloured blossoms. This plant is low maintenance, making it a favourite among newbie gardeners. However, all parts of the Larkspur plant are toxic to

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Lantana flowers

Tulip and hyacinth bulbs 5. Oleander

4. Lily Of The Valley

vomiting, diarrhoea, and irregular, or slow heartbeats. The berries are bright and juicy looking, meaning they are more likely to attract pets.

This beautifully dainty, fragrant flower is surrounded by bright gorgeous green foliage, but be warned, it is highly toxic to human beings and animals alike. The flower naturally produces a whole range of cardiac glycosides, a highly toxic compound that is powerful enough to send a grown adult to A&E. Accidental ngestion may lead to headaches, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, and skin rashes, but severe poisoning without immediate treatment can be fatal.

3. Rhubarb

Whilst this popular ingredient in crumbles appears innocent enough, the mistake is made when people or pets attempt to eat the leaves of the plant. They are high in toxins, such as oxalic acid, which could affect the kidneys. In high doses, these toxins can lead to kidney failure and in some cases, death.


Popular among gardeners for its pretty pink flowers, the oleander looks like an unlikely danger. There have been reports of death, as a result of adults ingesting a single leaf of the plant, due to how toxic it can be. Pets who eat any part of the plant may suffer from heart arrhythmia, vomiting, cold extremities, and even death.

6. Tulip and hyacinth bulbs

The toxic part of tulip and hyacinth plants is concentrated within the bulbs and when it is ingested by pets it can have some serious side effects due to irritation in the mouth and throat. The most common symptoms among dogs that have ingested these bulbs include drooling, being sick and difficulty breathing.

7. Lantana flowers

All parts of the incredibly pretty Lantana flower are particularly toxic to dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and horses. In large volumes, it can cause damage to the liver and increased sensitivity to light.

8. Deadly nightshade

Foxglove Oleander

Lily of the Valley

As the name of the plant suggests, these pretty plants can have deadly consequences. The round purple and black juicy looking berries are highly toxic and eating them can potentially cause drowsiness, facial flushing, fever, vomiting, confusion and hallucinations. n For more information visit www.lazyflora.com

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The Donkey Sanctuary’s Chelsea garden wins again The Donkey Sanctuary’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden that was re-built at the charity’s international headquarters in Sidmouth has received another accolade, after it picked up a prestigious Community Award in the 2021 Association of Professional Landscapers’ awards.


he Association of Professional Landscapers annual awards recognise landscaping projects that show technical and horticultural excellence. The Community Award, that the ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden won, recognises charitable and remembrance gardens. The ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden was built to mark The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50th anniversary in 2019 and was designed to showcase the charity’s international work. Using water as its central theme, the garden demonstrates how owning a donkey means access to clean, fresh water for some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world. Phil Treymayne, Manager, The Association of Professional Landscapers said: “The award judges who visited the ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden in Sidmouth were extremely impressed at the level of skill and attention to detail that had 46


gone into the reconstruction. “These are never very easy to do, and it was felt that construction team had done a fantastic job in retaining the overall look and feel of the garden and blending it in to its new surroundings. Phil added: “Whilst there had to be subtle changes, the overall look and feel of the garden was retained and it is brilliant to think this multiple award-winning garden can now be viewed by thousands more visitors. It was a very deserved winner." James Searle, Head of Commercial Activities at The Donkey Sanctuary said: “We’re really proud that our garden has won this award and that the hard work and dedication of the construction team has been recognised by the judges. “It was always our aim to produce a garden that could be enjoyed for years to come, long after the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. When The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth

re-opens in May, I know once again, that the garden will be a firm favourite with visitors.” The garden won the sought-after ‘BBC RHS People’s Choice Award’ in the Artisan Garden category at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. After the show, it was reconstructed at the charity’s international headquarters in Sidmouth. East Sussex based landscapers, Frogheath Landscapes Ltd., constructed the garden. It can be viewed free of charge at The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth, which is due to reopen to visitors on Monday 17 May. The Donkey Sanctuary is a global leader for equine welfare, research and veterinary care. The charity operates programmes worldwide for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation. n For more information visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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SPILLERS urges owners of older horses and ponies to take survey treatment decisions and which decisions have the best outcomes. It will provide an insight into how owners comply with administering medication and their capacity to feed PPID horses separately, as well as the costs and the side-effects of medications. “The survey will provide valuable information to help improve the healthcare and management of PPID horses,” said Clare Barfoot RNutr, Marketing and Research and Development Director at SPILLERS. “It will also give us a clearer insight into current levels of knowledge amongst horse owners and how best to provide practical, targeted information on PPID.” This survey is one of a number of SPILLERS research collaborations aimed at helping to benefit the lives of senior horses in the UK and around the world. “We are proud to be involved with collaborations that bring together world-leading equine veterinary, nutrition and research experts interested in working on healthcare in the older horse,” said Clare. “And we are committed to continuing to undertake work that helps support the wellbeing, performance and longevity of senior horses.” To take the survey please click here


f you currently manage or have previously managed a horse or pony aged 15+, and especially those with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), SPILLERS™ is encouraging you to participate in a survey to help better understand and improve the management of this condition. PPID, also known as Equine Cushing’s, is a common condition in older horses and ponies and can be linked to a range of problems including laminitis, weight loss, delayed coat shedding and a long curly coat. The survey is being conducted by the University of Melbourne, Australia, with support from the WALTHAM™ Equine Studies Group, which underpins the science behind the SPILLERS brand, and in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology, The Royal Veterinary College, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica and The Liphook Equine Hospital (UK). It forms part of a major international project to improve the understanding and knowledge of the fundamental causes of PPID, in order to improve early diagnosis, treatment, husbandry and nutritional management. The short, anonymous online survey should enable researchers to better understand how owners make

n For advice on feeding your horse or pony contact the SPILLERS Care-Line on 01908 226626 www.spillers-feeds.com

We are delighted to support the Animal Charities featured in this Magazine

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Nose to nose contact is a common way for Strangles to spread

STRANGLES AWARENESS WEEK GOES INTERNATIONAL! Vets and equine professionals across the world are gearing up to take part in Strangles Awareness Week.


or the first time, international equine and veterinary organisations, including Sweden’s National Veterinary Institute and its 20 member organisations, the Royal GD and MSD Animal Health in the Netherlands, and the University of Melbourne in Australia, will be helping to spread the messages of the Week, which will run from 3rd to 9th May. They will join over 80 equestrians, vet practices and equine businesses across the UK who have signed up to become Ambassadors for the Week. Now in its second year, Strangles Awareness Week aims to provide an opportunity for horse owners, yard managers, vets and equine professionals to share their stories and promote support for those affected by this infectious equine disease. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the British Horse Society, Intervacc, Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Scotland’s Rural College’s Premium Assured Strangles Scheme (PASS), Surveillance of Equine Strangles (SES),



The (Dick) Royal School of Veterinary Studies and World Horse Welfare. Together they have decades’ worth of experience of either caring for horses with Strangles, educating horse owners, supporting those coping with outbreaks or research into the disease. Andie McPherson, Redwings’ Campaigns Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have so many international organisations getting involved in this year’s Strangles Awareness Week. This is particularly positive coming hot on the heels of research revealing just how easily the Strangles pathogen can travel across the globe. “We hope the growing diversity of organisations and individuals participating truly highlights how Strangles can affect anyone and emphasises the importance of working together, as well as encouraging even more people to come forward with their experiences. The more we collectively speak out about Strangles, the quicker we will see fewer horses, owners and businesses facing the misery of dealing with outbreaks.”

As part of the Week’s aim to promote more open and constructive conversations around Strangles, this year’s event will include a series of podcasts with figures from across the equestrian community, such as vets, yard managers, farriers, grooms and transporters, each sharing their unique perspectives and lived experiences of the disease, how they practice good biosecurity and the importance of positive discussions about the disease’s prevention and management. Everyone will also be able to participate through social media (look for #SAW2021) where there will be opportunities for people to tell their own Strangles stories or share messages from the Week with their own followers. You can even add a specially-designed frame to your Facebook profile photo to really show your support! n If you would like to join the list of Ambassadors to help promote the Week, please email: campaigns@redwings.co.uk. Visit www.redwings.org.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Hedgehog Awareness Week 2nd -8th May 2021 • Stop using pesticides and poisons. • Cover drains or deep holes.

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• Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds & pools.


edgehog Awareness Week during May this year aims to raise the profile of the Britain’s only spiny mammal. This year the Charity is asking people create their very own hedgehog haven! Gardens are a stronghold for hedgehogs, and we can make their lives so much easier with very little effort! Tips will be given out on the charity’s social media accounts during the week using #hedgehogweek with daily competitions to win hedgehoggy prizes.

BHPS Chief Executive, Fay Vass, said “Our gardens take up such a lot of habitat, and by each making our own plot more hedgehog friendly, we can improve a huge amount of habitat for them. If you don’t have a garden yourself, you can still help by contacting public space managers, neighbours, family and friends to ensure they are all doing their bit. We urge everyone to become a Hedgehog Champion for their area at Hedgehog Street – a project run by BHPS and our partners People’s Trust for Endangered Species. Join more than 93,000 Champions by signing up for free at: www.hedgehogstreet.org – you will get an email with top tips on how you can help hedgehogs each month and there’s even a Hedgehog Street app you can download from The App Store or Google Play!” BHPS is hoping to raise £2,000 during Hedgehog Awareness Week 2021, you can donate to the 2021 #hedgehogweek appeal at: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/HAW21

There are many things we can all do to help hedgehogs; here are just a few: • Make sure hedgehogs can access your garden with a ‘Hedgehog Highway’ a 5” x 5” (13 x 13cm) square gap in the bottom of fences or walls should do it! Once created you can log these on the BIG Hedgehog Map at www.bighedgehogmap.org • Create a log pile that will offer shelter and natural food. • Build a Hedgehog Home (see plans at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hedgehog-homes). • Move piles of rubbish to a new site on the day you are burning it and check it carefully before setting light to it, lighting from only one side so that there’s an escape route should you have missed anything. • Check areas carefully before mowing or strimming. • Ensure netting is kept at a height that allows hedgehogs to pass safely under it. • Check compost heaps carefully before digging the fork in. www.rescueandanimalcare.com



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Topper and Dolly with Guardian Sarah Jane

Gentle giant donkey finds new friend for life A giant Poitou donkey left heartbroken by the loss of his best friend has found a new companion thanks to international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary.


opper, a fourteen-year-old Poitou – one of the largest breeds of donkey – lived with his companion Amber at their owner’s property in Wiltshire. But when Amber succumbed to cancer and sadly had to be put to sleep, Topper was left alone, pining for his best friend. At around the same time, a donkey named Dolly had been brought back into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary after a previous rehoming had not worked out. She had lived at a home with two other donkeys, but unfortunately Dolly had not bonded them and it was felt that it was in her best interests to find her alternative companionship. Donkey Welfare Adviser Justine Thomas could see that Dolly was unhappy, and believed that there was someone out there who could provide her with the love and attention she deserved. After hearing about Topper’s plight from his owner, Justine worked with colleagues at The Donkey Sanctuary, in particular New Arrivals Manager Sara



Blair-Salter and Senior Veterinary Surgeon Alex Thiemann, and arrangements were made to introduce Dolly to Topper at his home near Marlborough. Poitou donkeys are a rare breed and require a specialist care regime. Justine knew that Topper’s owner, who is vastly experienced and knowledgeable in their care, would help Dolly settle in when the pair were introduced. Measuring an average of 14.2 hands high (142-152 cm), Poitous are distinctive not just because of their size, but also their long shaggy coats. Although a regular breed of donkey, 14-year-old Dolly was particularly tall, so would match Topper’s stature perfectly. Justine Thomas, Donkey Welfare Adviser at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “Donkeys form strong and long-lasting friendships and much prefer the company of their own kind, so it was very important that we found Topper a new donkey companion. Dolly turned out to be the perfect partner.” Topper’s owner and Dolly’s new Guardian, Sarah-Jane Newton, said: “Topper was clearly in distress at being

on his own and I was extremely concerned for his welfare, even to the extent that the whole family slept out in the garden summerhouse right next to his stable, just to keep him company at night. “The Donkey Sanctuary was amazing. Justine and the team pulled out all the stops and Dolly soon arrived. Topper was beside himself with happiness when he saw her, and although Dolly needed some time to settle in and get used to her new environment, they both desperately needed a best friend and bonded almost immediately.” Sarah-Jane added: “They are inseparable now, and it has been wonderful to watch their relationship blossom. Dolly is a wonderful donkey with a huge personality, they are the perfect match for one another.” The Donkey Sanctuary is a global leader for equine welfare, research and veterinary care. The charity operates programmes worldwide for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation visit our website www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Man’s, and woman’s, best friend: then and now ‘…magic book, with a free-flowing writing style; very Bill Bryson, with a proper African view! I feel I knew Django.’ Julian Hill


t no other time in history have dogs been so popular. In a time of loneliness and fear we have sought out our best friend. We have added a joyous dynamic to our homes in an attempt to alleviate stress and distract ourselves, and the kids, from the fact that life just isn’t the same anymore. And why not? Why shouldn’t we seek out the unconditional love and loyalty that dogs give us when our own lives are uncertain and fractious? Happily we may soon be able to go back to work, socialize properly again and take that oft-postponed or cancelled holiday, seek out warmer climes, an island or an African safari. Django is one dog, a Jack Russell cross, that certainly brought love and companionship to a couple of field guides living in Maun, Botswana’s remote gateway to the Okavango Delta. In fact, 1980s Maun is reminiscent of Sir Percy Fitzpatrick’s 1880s Barberton, and Django is no less of a character than the legendary Jock of the Bushveld. Named for the hero in a spaghetti western, and oblivious to his diminutive stature, Django squares up to the challenges that life as a safari guide’s dog throws at him. As a pup he puts the ferocious Pit bull terrier Buford firmly in his place; the only other animal to have done so was a hyena. Django’s baptism to life in the bush takes place at the tender age of not quite a year old. With Peter and Salome, he embarks on a trek through the Okavango Delta. Over the years, and as he notches up safaris, Django develops a keen understanding of life in the bush, his nose, eyes and ears an early-warning radar system to the less-in-tune humans: many is the time that his sharp sense of danger saves lives. In his travels he wins the hearts of a tribe of Kalahari Bushmen. In the Namib Desert he encounters the red ochre-adorned Himba people, and while venturing into the remote Kaokoveld he befriends the most endangered tribe in Africa. As the shared adventures in this odyssey unfold, the reader cannot help but fall hopelessly in love with the intelligence and personality of this plucky terrier. His adventures are woven into an enthralling tapestry that reveal a host of intriguing, colourful characters, an understanding of the hyper-specialized ecological system of the Delta and some truly hilarious encounters.

Dog lovers’ praise for Django: ‘…a wonderful read – an experience more than just a read actually.’ Trish Frielinghaus ‘One of the greatest pleasures of reviewing books for publishers is when really great ones come along – this is one: Django by Peter Comley.’ Lesley Cripps Thomson www.rescueandanimalcare.com

‘… wonderful and so beautifully and wittily written. Great treat.’ Heather MacDonald ‘We very much enjoyed the delightful story of Django.’ Anthony and Sandy Collier ‘It was a really lovely read. It was interesting, informative, exciting and sad too. I found it very entertaining, and very well written.’ Jill Thiselton ‘Totally lost in the book, loving it, wish I could take a whole day off just to read it; makes me want to be a part of it and to have a Django of my own.’ ‘I just couldn’t put the book down. What a lovely book – not only the actual story about the dog but even more about the African background of Botswana and Namibia, just the safari guide aspect with the game and the different stories that came out. It was so enjoyable and entertaining about a way of life that one wonders how long it will go on for.’ Lea Author: Peter Comley. ISBN: 9798572768923. RRP: £12.95 RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 APRIL – 29 MAY 2021


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COULD YOU ADOPT ME? Can you give any of these lovely pets a place in your home and your heart? Availabe to adopt from RSPCA The Danaher Animal Home www.danaheranimalhome.org.uk





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16097 Reggie Reggie is a gorgeous, friendly chap who loves to play and receive cuddles.

16011 Ezra Ezra is loving, affectionate and super cuddly, she enjoys your company and a fuss or brush.

16012 Rambo A true gentleman and has a much laid back character. He loves human attention and enjoys lying next to you for a fuss.

16102 Shadow Can be timid at first but once he feels comfortable he will come out of his shell and show his affectionate side.

15991 & 15992 Bill & Ben 2 energetic little degu’s looking for their forever home. They will entertain you.

16107 Eclipse A timid little bunny and needs a very patient owner to help her come out of herself and grow in confidence.

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Pepsi M2 A gentle and sensitive chap who really enjoys the company of people. He absolutely adores food, which makes training with him a delight!

Bobby M8 I’m not an early riser, so don’t dream of waking me up for an early morning walk.

Lucy F9 She looooves her food, however could do with not having too many treats! Lucy does enjoy physical affection from people.

Ozzy M6 Unlike Ozzy Osbourne, I am a quiet kind of guy, looking for a quiet home to settle into.

Tabs M7 I'd like a home that's quiet and peaceful and, as I've only been used to living with adults,

Timmy M12 I think I would be happy to live with teenagers that know when to give me some time to myself.

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