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29th January - 29th February 2021 - Issue 161

Leaving a Legacy

ISSN 2050-0572

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Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare


It takes two: Rabbit bonding and companionship - page 28 Three million cats desperately need a New Year diet


for walking male and female dogs together

Vets conquer canine’s critical conker complications

“Smelly Cat” Phoebe finally finds a friend-ly family of her own!

The Saving of little rescue dog called Angel Rescued horses working at the front line during Covid crisis

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What do we Feed our Wild birds on in Winter

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RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE MAGAZINE Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare

Hello Readers


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THE TEAM PUBLISHER: Jennifer Prowse FEATURE CONTRIBUTORS Dean Hart, Animal Behaviourist Mary Lloyd, Bio-Life International Juliet Abrahamson

It is nearly the end of January 2021! How time has flown by and seems to go quicker in Lockdown. Perhaps this is because the weeks are less defined without social activities. Lunches, dinner parties, shopping, or meet ups currently a thing of the past. I know when it’s Monday because it’s the start of the week and it’s also the day the bin man comes and I’ve started waving at him and shouting ‘thank you’ from a distance. But one day seems very much same to me and I often have to remind myself what day it is! Thank you for opening up our latest copy Rescue and Animal Care and I really hope you enjoy reading it as we have lots of interesting features and articles to get your teeth into. Inside we have Tips for Walking Male and Female Dogs together. A Dog born with two penises! The Saving of little rescue dog called Angel. How Vets conquered a canine’s critical conker complications. ( now there’s a tongue twister for you!) Did you know that Three million cats desperately need a New Year diet? Read about how the latest political puss settles in with Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland QC MP And Anyone who has got a new puppy has always suspected it, but now a Dogs Trust study has at last confirmed it –puppies sleep for less time at night than older dogs and both age groups choose to be close to people, when given the option. Read these editorials and more throughout the pages of our latest issue whilst snuggling up with your gorgeous pets.

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Mistress called me Grumpy Knickers! Dear Friends, I hope you are all well and being a good companion to your owners during lockdown. It’s a worrying time for them and we pets have our duty to do by being their best friends and confidants. Mistress whispers many secrets into my ear (which tickles by the way) and shares her feelings about wanting to hug her friends and share time with them. She says it saves talking out loud to herself all the time and then worrying about her sanity. I’m a good listener even though I can only reply with a lick or share my ball with her. Little Mistress seems to be doing OK though. Not being able to go out or meet her friends instead she has late evening video calls with them, sharing a drink or two and a chat. She even dresses up for a night ‘in’ and looks stunning and as if ready to go out to the night club she used to frequent. But Mistress doesn’t like this way of communicating and said it would take too long to make herself look reasonable and the only way she might succumb is to keep her mask on during the call so she doesn’t have to keep applying lipstick or indeed make-up. By 9pm she is worn out from a hard day in the office anyway and would rather watch a good film dressed in her pyjamas! We all get a little irritated in our house spending 24/7 with one another but generally think we are doing ok. So it was a bit of a surprise that Mistress called me ‘Grumpy Knickers’ the other day because I complained she was sitting on my space on the settee ( this is an area defined by my smelly throw) and couldn’t understand that after half an hour of being cleaned of the wet mud attached to my fur after a muddy walk, why I laid down purposefully so she couldn’t get to my under carriage! I mean how would she like it if I took soap suds and a towel to her following our daily exercise-Humph! As most of you know, I much prefer to be called ‘ Frilly


Knickers’ or Troublesome Treacle’ so Mistress if you are reading this please no more ‘Grumpy Knickers’ or I may call you, just as a joke you understand, Big Knickers ☺ We have fingers crossed that we may get some ‘proper’ snow soon as all we have seen so far is just sleet and slush. That sounds selfish of us but it would make lockdown a bit more interesting and I can the three of us making snow angels ! Until next month

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Paws for thought – why having a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement is the ultimate separation preparation Couples who have adopted a pet during the pandemic can save themselves the unnecessary heartache of losing shared pets by arranging a ‘pet-nuptial’ agreement in case of future separation with their partner. When going through a divorce, deciding what happens to shared pets can be difficult and having a plan in place can really help. For custody of furry friends, there is currently no official legally binding measures in place for what happens to pets after a breakup.



egally a pet is seen as an asset, and as with any assets in a divorce, ownership will be decided by the court - however having a prearranged agreement in place, commonly known as a prenuptial agreement, can assist the court to make a decision. To decide the future home of a pet during a separation, couples can include a clause in a wider prenuptial agreement regarding ownership of an animal in the same way they can for material goods, such as furniture or a TV. Pre-nups are seen as a reflection of the parties’ intentions regarding ownership of property and assets prior to marriage, and although they are not legally binding in the UK, they will be taken into consideration by the court in the event of a relationship breakdown. Despite pets being a big part of the family, animal charities such as The Blue Cross and Kennel Club both advise against joint custody of an animal as it can be unsettling and negatively affect the animal’s wellbeing. Splitting up animals who have lived together for a long time may also cause distress to animals so it’s not advisable. It is suggested to appoint a primary caregiver of the animal upon adopting, with a pet-nup clause outlining who this will be and what the duty of care will entail.

Neil Remnant, head of family law at JMP Solicitors, said: “With many couples adopting pets during lockdown, it is important to implement safeguarding in case of an eventual relationship breakdown to ensure you, your family and your pet are put through the least amount of distress possible. “Once divorce proceedings begin, the custody of the pet is in the hands of the court. They will look at a number of factors such as who can best meet the animal’s needs, who has the most suitable home and what is best for the animal. “A pet-nup clause can have a significant impact on any decision the court is asked to make and sets out the intentions of the parties prior to marriage. It can outline custody agreements, as well as financial responsibilities such as veterinary and grooming bills. Whilst it is not officially binding, it is certainly an influential factor in deciding what happens to your pets. “When drafting the agreement, it’s important to bear in mind what would be best for the animal, and agreed primary owners must adhere to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and agree to be responsible for caring for the animal in all eventualities.” n To find out more about pet-nups and available family law services, please contact JMP Solicitors www.jmp-solicitors.com



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Feed the birds! As I write this, I’m glancing out into my garden, which holds two bird ‘trees’ and one bird table. For inspiration I only have to wait for a moment to view. Let’s see: two goldfinches, one black bird, a group of sparrows, ah, and there are a couple of starlings and a blue tit. The collared dove has just pushed the sparrows off, and a robin has joined in the fun. By Juliet Abrahamson


’m lucky to have a large and quiet garden; the seagulls wheel high overhead but don’t land, and the rooks in the nearby beech trees come and go, and occasionally nervously visit the bird table for food. The lockdown has given many of us a chance to see – and hear – our wild birds up closer, and to help them survive through the winter. Our children can be educated; we can learn more about different species; we can be delighted by their antics and can be glad to feed them and help with their survival. Where we are and what we feed them mainly determines the kind of bird who will pay us a visit. If you are new to feeding birds, then visit www.kennedywildbirdfood.co.uk, which will give you masses of helpful ideas and hints as well as be able to supply you with nutritious wild bird food and premium products for your garden birds.


Firstly, a good plan is to put up a variety of different feeders. Ground birds, such as blackbirds and thrushes, prefer to eat from a flat surface, while blue-tits and finches are happy to swing from wire feeders to get their meal. You’ll find a great selection online from Kennedy Wild Bird Foods, which includes poles for feeders and trays, peanut feeders for blue tits and finches, niger seed feeders for birds like goldfinches, and feeders or a bird table to contain sunflower seeds or mixed wild-bird seed, which most birds love. Provide a dish with water, and perhaps a birdbath too. There are also accessories like squirrel guards and rain guards – but don’t feel you have to get everything at once!

When to feed.

Seeds and other foods that birds eat are not always available all year round, and certain foods, such as fat balls or suet, are best given in winter when birds need extra food to keep warm. But it is a good idea to feed all year, since then you will get a wide variety of visitors, and flocks who will remember your 6

bird feeders. In spring and summer it’s best not to feed whole peanuts as they are a choking risk to young birds or nestlings. Kennedy’s sell split peanuts, which is a much better idea at this time of year. High protein is good at this time, like sunflower seeds and grated cheese.

What to feed

You’ll find a lot of information online about what food appeals to which birds, and Kennedy’s have an excellent section on British birds where you can see pictures of an A-Z of birds, their habitat, what they like to eat, and even their recorded birdsong. A large variety of high quality bird-food, from suet to dried mealworms and fat balls and different types of seeds is available to order on this site: www.kennedywildbirdfood.co.uk/bird-food Basically, most birds will be happy with a good premium seed mix. This will contain mostly sunflower seeds, red and white millet, maize and oats, and perhaps some chopped peanuts. This you can put in feeders on the ground or a table, which will attract quite a wide variety of birds including dunnocks and chaffinches. Add plain niger seeds or sunflowers for goldfinches or bullfinches, and whole peanuts in wire cages for great tits and blue tits, and my favourite, the shy long-tailed tits and you will have a fine display. Suet in blocks that contain dried insects and dried mealworms attract insect-loving birds such as robins and


blackbirds, and fat balls, which may contain some seeds, will also appeal to many types of birds. Scraps that you have from the kitchen, including bacon or other fat (chop the rind small), or leftover cake, biscuits or brown bread will be a treat, and blackbirds and thrushes will go for fruits like chopped grape or apple or berries. Just be careful to not include anything mouldy or bad.

Organising it all!

Two more jobs to do: keeping your feeders clean, and storing the food properly, both essential to healthy bird visitors. If seeds gets very wet they may be subject to mould, and they may also sprout, neither of which will be good for birds, who may catch diseases. Cleaning the feeding tubes regularly (at least once a month) is key, and making sure they are dry before you refill is important. I use hot soapy water, a bottle brush and then a weak solution of bleach rinsed off before drying. A table can be wiped with disinfectant regularly. Store food in separate containers, tin or strong plastic in a cool place and use a large scoop to dispense the seed. Then all that’s left to do is to go indoors and find yourself a good place to sit and watch the show! Photo image: ©Adobe Stock


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Dogs Trust ‘Changes the Tale’ for Chow Chow pup 10-week-old Gus is recovering after having his leg removed A Chow Chow puppy called Gus has had to have his leg amputated after he was delivered to unsuspecting new owners wrapped in a towel.


en-week-old Gus was bought online and, when he was delivered on Saturday 5 December, his new owners were immediately suspicious, and they were right to be. Their much-wanted new pet wasn’t behaving like a healthy puppy should and was suffering from a problem with his front leg. Gus was handed over to Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre, in Essex. Lisa Cooper, Centre Manager, said: “Gus’s owners told us that they called the breeder who denied there was

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anything wrong with him, and refused to take him back, or help. “They took Gus to a vet who told them that the problem with his leg was so severe that it would need to be amputated, or he would have to be put to sleep. “They couldn’t afford the unexpected veterinary care he needed, but they also couldn’t bear the alternative. That’s when they did the best thing they could do for Gus and called Dogs Trust for help.” Basildon Rehoming Centre staff immediately took Gus to the local veterinary hospital where x-rays confirmed that his leg was deformed and ulcerated and sadly couldn’t be repaired. He is now recovering from his leg amputation surgery in one of the centre’s experienced foster homes and will start physiotherapy once his wound has healed. Gus is currently not available for rehoming. Owen Sharp, Dogs Trust CEO, said: “Thanks to the phenomenal support we’ve had from supporters throughout this pandemic, we are able to ‘Change the Tale’ for Gus. “I met Gus at Basildon a few days ago and saw first-hand the incredible care that he is getting. His story is a perfect example of what our

amazing teams across the country do every day. “If people have taken on a puppy and are struggling, please contact us here at Dogs Trust. You can call us on 0300 303 2188. “We won’t judge, we just want to help.” n To find out how you can help ‘Change the Tale’ for other dogs like Gus, or how you can ensure the puppy you are buying has been bred responsibly, visit: www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale

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Dog Born With Two Penises Sent A Bundle Of Love From Ooddles Kitchen For Valentine’s Day 2021 The two-pronged Jack Russell who just underwent pioneering surgery in Swindon to remove his second penis, has been sent a ‘bundle of love’ from UK based luxury dog food company Ooddles Kitchen. Surgeon Tim Charlesworth of Eastcott Veterinary Referrals in Swindon, who operated on the 7-month Jack Russell, said: “The two penises were stuck within a foreskin designed for one ... He continues to do well". Ooddles Kitchen PR spokesperson Richard Hillgrove said: “We felt this little Jack Russell puppy could do with some loving right now after pioneering surgery to remove his second penis. That would be a lot for any male to cope with”, says Hillgrove, “dog or human”. Ooddles Kitchen is asking Brits to send ‘a bundle of love’ to their dog this Valentine’s Day with an Ooddles Kitchen gift bundle.

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Pet mistakes - What are my pets trying to tell me? With most of us now back working from home, it’s understandable that sometimes our pets can feel like we’re stepping on their toes. What can we as pet owners do better this time round during the lockdown? Eat less? Walk more? Both, but most importantly, be more considerate. 1. They aren't as hungry as what they tell you they are Like humans, pets probably get bored throughout the day when they are not doing anything, and especially if you're around, they will request attention and for you to feed them. Whilst you're busy and occupied, you might lose track of how much food you've actually given them and that's where problems start. Reduced lifespans, heart disease, and diabetes are just some of the issues that may result from overeating, so make sure you keep strictly to mealtimes and regulate treats to avoid this issue. 2. If you have a dog, take slower walks Dogs spend a fraction of the time we humans spend outside, or at least they used to, so it's no wonder they want to sniff everything they come across. Working from home means lunch hours can be spent with these furry friends,

but there's no need to rush them when you do take them outside. If you can, try and increase your walks by an extra 20 minutes, this will then allow your dog to appreciate the walk they are on. Not only is it beneficial for their health, but for yours, too. 3. If they are sleeping, leave them - but also watch how they go about their day Pets don't really want to worry their owners, but it's interesting to see what they do on a working day whilst you're around. Usually, pets will potter around or take prolonged naps, but every so often watch how they act. Doggy depression is real, and social movements or house moves could cause this. When your pet is around, make sure you show them love and give attention - but of course, don't overdo it. If you start to notice worrying patterns in your pet’s routine, it's probably worth getting checked out.

4. Listen to them closely If you're working from home, try to have a quiet period for both you and your pets. Endless calls, music, or distractions might make them feel uneasy or anxious. Heavy panting could be a sign of a health condition, or it might just be a sign they are overheating - but if you are finding that this happens regularly, it's best to get it checked. Provided by Lee Griffin, founder, and CEO of GoCompare www.gocompare.com/pet-insurance/

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Dogs Trust celebrates big win at charity awards Dogs Trust’s Public Affairs team has won the Savanta ComRes Parliamentary Charity Award 2021 for ‘Best Animal Welfare Campaign’. The final shortlist and winners of the annual Savanta ComRes Parliamentary Charity Awards have been announced, with Dogs Trust collecting the sought-after accolade for a second time running for its continued work tackling the issue of puppy smuggling. The awards, run by Savanta ComRes, recognise the campaigning charities that lead their field in communicating with parliamentarians across eight categories. Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won an award in such a prestigious category. Given that these are the only Parliamentary awards which are voted for by MPs themselves, our success really is testament to the hard work of the team and charity as a whole. “We faced tough competition, so it’s fantastic to get recognition for our longstanding work – especially during a very difficult year - on putting an end to the cruel puppy smuggling trade and many other issues to ensure the welfare of dogs is always taken into consideration by policy makers. “We’ll continue our political work across the UK and are looking forward to the awards next year already!”

The charity launched a parliamentary Puppy Smuggling Taskforce in October 2020 and over 50 MPs from across the political spectrum have already pledged their support. Alongside this, Dogs Trust’s fifth Puppy Smuggling investigative report was published. The report revealed brand new research looking into online advertisements for puppies and outlined what the Government can do to end the suffering of smuggled dogs. Dogs Trust’s Public Affairs team engage with policy makers in Westminster, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the European Union with the aim of improving any legislation that impacts on dog welfare. n For more information visit www.dogstrust.org.uk

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Taking Care W of Your Dog and Cat This Winter If you’re cold, your pet is too – Hill’s offers tips and advice on getting through the Winter months 12


ith the dark nights upon us and the cold front well and truly here, now is the time to get pets ready for the winter months ahead. As the temperatures drop and the elements change, our pets are affected just as much as we humans are, and whether it’s a dog or a cat, nutrition plays a huge part in keeping them healthy at this time of year. Many pet parents are unaware of the importance of making sure their pets are getting the correct nourishment during the colder months, helping to boost their immunity and enjoy a happy and comfortable winter. Some dogs are made for the colder weather and you can tell this by their coats: dense, warm hair that keeps them naturally insulated. Other breeds are however not built for the cold and will easily shiver at the thought of stepping a paw outside. The cold is not just uncomfortable for them but could be hazardous. The same applies to cat care with those breeds with shorter hair and less dense coats being much more susceptible to the cold and requiring special care. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Here are some useful tips to help pet owners keep furry friends safe this winter: Top Tips to Take Care of Your Dog This Winter: Do not overexpose your dog to the cold weather this winter – overexposure can be just as dangerous to dogs; they are susceptible to the same cold-weather sickness and injuries that can afflict humans. This does not mean do not let your dog outside. Playing in the cold weather and snow can be a joy to dog parents and dogs alike, but as soon as you start to get cold - most likely so is your dog. l To ensure your dog is kept warm this winter, especially shorter haired breeds, purchase a dog jacket to wear outside to keep them warm. l Make sure when you bring them in from being outside that you thoroughly dry them off with warm towels and pay attention to their paws to remove all traces of snow or ice that may become matted in their fur. l Like the summer with soaring temperatures, it is the same in l

the winter - never leave your dog unattended in the car as it can quickly become a refrigerator. l Never leave them outside overnight and be sure to add extra blankets down in open spaces indoors.

Some signs to look out for: Signs that your dog is too cold are shivering, unwillingness to go outside and clumsy movements. l Dogs can suffer from life threatening illnesses like hypothermia and frostbite. Symptoms for hypothermia can be intense and include shivering, listlessness, and frostbite. l Symptoms of frostbite are pale skin with a bluish/white hue due to a lack of blood flow. Veterinary attention should be sought immediately. l

Top Tips to Take Care of Your Cat This Winter: cats may sleep on top of engines to keep warm and have shelter from the wind. l It is very important to check that your cat has access to clean unfrozen water during the winter. If they do not, they may end up drinking from other sources which could be contaminated with household cleaners, antifreeze or road-salt. Anti-freeze is particularly attractive to cats, and highly toxic. Make sure any spillages are dealt with quickly and efficiently. If you suspect that your cat has consumed any anti-freeze, you should contact your vet immediately.

If you have an indoor cat, they may not be affected by the drop in temperature but there are still some things to be mindful of. If your cat sleeps on the floor, you could move their bed higher so that there is less chance of them being near a draught. If your cat is older or has arthritis, they may need a little more help in the winter to get to their favourite spots around the house. Consider moving some furniture or creating a ladder for them to be able to climb up rather than jump. l Outdoor cats should be encouraged to go outside still. l If your cat has an outdoor shelter, raise it off the ground. Frozen ground will draw more heat from the shelter rather than circulating air. Also turn the entrance away from the wind and put down more bedding (avoid anything that can freeze or retain moisture or could become mouldy). l If your cat has access to the garage or to your vehicle parked on the street, be very vigilant during winter as some l

“Body fat, size, age, coat and overall health affect your animal's tolerance of the cold. That's why smaller and leaner breeds, for example, aren't well-suited for a cold blast but breeds with thicker, denser coats are much more eager to get outside in the wintertime’ comments Fi Marjoram, Nurse Programme Coordinator at Hill's Pet Nutrition. “Nutrition plays a huge part in how healthy our pets are at this time of year, and it is so important to make sure your animal is receiving the best nutrition possible such as our clinically proven Science Plan range with antioxidants to support them through the season. There is a wet or dry product to suit most pet’s needs, including Adult Dogs, Adult Cats and Puppies & Kittens of all shapes and sizes.” n For more information and to make sure you get your dog and cat content fix follow Hill’s Facebook and Instagram pages. See additional information, benefits and the product range here: https://www.hillspet.co.uk/science-plan

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Saving Little Rescue Dog - Angel It started with an email from the owners vet: ‘Andy, I had the owners of a little rescue dog come in today to discuss euthanasia with their dog. The dog presents with one of the worse cases of anxiety I have seen. The owners have had some training input, but despite that the dog still reacts badly to all cars, people, dogs – anything she see’s. She will not settle at home, struggles with the male owner and still toilets in the house. The owners feel she does not have a quality to her life and are at their wits end. Can you help!’ I learnt that Angel was an ex-puppy farm bitch, who had been with new owners for 8 months. I knew I could help, and the way I would do that is by doing nothing! Well, of course I would do something. But Angel’s story is a great case study in how doing less can give the best outcomes. My priority was to give the carers an insight into Angel’s emotional experience. Her early life experiences meant she had little reference for living in the outside world. Neurologically she will be wired differently to a dog that was not born into that environment. She is likely to have experienced prolonged periods of stress without relief, possibly deep trauma and chronic physiological and emotional harm. The new carers just wanted to offer the best home they could to Angel. However, they had not fully recognised how long a dog needs to start to decompress when coming into a new environment, let alone one with such a troubled past. They had expectations that she would love a nice warm home, lots of cuddles and chance for new adventures on walks. This was not, however, Angel’s experience. Instead, Angel was 14


flooded and overwhelmed by these new experiences. She had never lived in a home before, with so much to process in that new environment – different floorings, the concept of open space and rooms, the noises, sights, and smells. The list really is a long one. She had no sense of keeping clean or toileting outside, and with all the stressors to deal with this is likely why she struggled to connect to the housetraining. She was not used to positive human contact and interactions, and although she connected to the female carer found the man hard to feel safe with. His response was to try and engage more with her, offer more cuddles, tempt her with treats etc. In fact it is likely Angel was just experiencing more social pressure from this approach. And finally, the big one. The carers were trying to take her out twice a day for her walks. Regardless of seeing the barking and lunging, they were determined for her to get out and see the world, to get the exercise. My first goal was to persuade the carers to stop doing many of these things. I insisted we stop all walks. This was a tough message for the carers to process. The reality was that Angel could not cope with the outside world. She was stressing even before the walk started, and in her current state all attempts at training was likely to fail. The carers had a lovely large bungalow with a big garden, so no need to leave the property. I also asked the male carer not to engage with her at all. To just get involved in the provision of the good stuff, but not to expect anything back from her in return. We put together a simple, structured daily routine - a few very positive and predictable events for her to connect to. Set times for meals, enrichment, Free Work (to learn more look up Sarah Fisher and Tilley Farm, or join ACE connections on www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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The result: Within just six weeks of house rest, removing unnecessary stressors and reducing interactions and expectations, Angel started to make some big steps forward. Rarely was she toileting in the house now. She was starting to enjoy the garden and had found her safe toilet place in the far end of it. She was sleeping more – proper rest, a good sign the nervous system was starting to reset. But the biggest change was that she was starting to play! Having been introduced toys to explore as part of the Free Work, she started to choose those she wanted to engage with. She even started to invite the carers, including the man, to join in. We still have not introduced Angel to the outside world yet, but I am sure we will try one day. The main reason is the carers, who have seen her blossom so much without walks. Angel went from a small, dark space to a lovely bright bungalow and big secure garden- more than enough for her to explore and learn to feel safe in- why expose her to more until she is ready? Helping the carers to realise that the walks was a big factor in holding her back, but so easy to remove, proved to be of huge benefit in this case. So, it seems this Angel had finally found her heaven. Andrew Hale Certified Animal Behaviourist Behavioural consultant Pet Remedy www.petremedy.co.uk




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Tips for Walking Male and Female Dogs Together When walking dogs personally or professionally, you must take into account their differences due to their genders. Male dogs may react differently around female dogs, and you must be careful to understand how they react as you will be walking them in close contact. In this article, produced in conjunction with specialist animal trades insurer Cliverton, we will give you information on the different temperaments in dogs due to their genders and tips on how to walk them together. When the dogs are not neutered or spayed There is a big difference between dogs if they have not been neutered if they are male or if the dog is a female, spayed. Males and females are more dominant and territorial when they have not been neutered or spayed. Males can also become more distracted, which is not good when you are walking them. Furthermore, male dogs are usually more defensive when they see other dogs or people, so keep an eye on them in case they decide to give chase. But, a dog’s temperament doesn’t just depend on whether they have been neutered or spayed. Dog breeds have different dominance levels, so do some research on different breeds before walking them together to know which ones may act up with other dogs.

Training Make sure dogs of each gender are trained before taking them out together. This will make walks easier and calmer. Training them to walk properly by making sure they stay by your side and that they don’t pull on their leashes will make it 16


easier for you to control them before you bring them together on walks. Brad Phifer, director of pet behaviour services for Broad Ripple Animal Clinics says: “First impressions between dogs are really important”. So getting the dogs’ first meeting correct and making sure it goes well before bringing them together on a walk will be beneficial. Making sure you give each dog equal attention will make them less likely to be jealous towards each other too. This will train them to accept the other dog as their equal as well. This will also help dogs that feel like you are their person no matter the gender, so allowing them to see that the other dog is good and is accepted will help them.

Walkies The best way to train two dogs of different genders to be together is by taking them on long walks. Having them out on in neutral territory will mean they don’t pick up on scents around them apart from the other dog. Keeping them apart and allowing them to have their own space that isn’t being www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Be a leader You must show that out of the genders of dogs you are walking, you are the one that has dominance and that you are a strong leader. Different dogs will fight with each other regardless of their gender if they don’t have a strong leader. Even two submissive dogs can fight if they see they have a weak leader. If you see a dog bossing another dog around make sure you stop it to show the dog that it is not the leader, you are. This will allow the dogs to be good followers and therefore make walks easier. Allowing both dogs, no matter their gender, to have a fantastic walk each day is the best thing you can give them in life. And to make sure they are looked after in the best way is to have dog walkers’ insurance if you are a professional dog walker. If you are an owner, make sure you find a dog walker with insurance https://www.cliverton.co.uk/policies. By following our tips walks will be easier, and your dogs will be happier. n This article, produced in conjunction with specialist animal trades insurer Cliverton, for further information visit our website www.cliverton.co.uk

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invaded will help them get used to each other. If possible, have them on separate leashes. If you are a professional dog walker with an assistant, then have one each if you know they might need to get used to each other.

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Richard Bowler in action, ably assisted by one of his rescue foxes.

Well Known Wildlife Photographer Richard Bowler becomes Patron for One Voice for Animals UK


ne Voice for Animals UK (OVFAUK) was set up in April 2020 to support small rescues struggling due to the Covid crisis. Richard says: “I’ve always been interested in wildlife and environmental issues, so this is a cause close to my heart.” Richard often finds, and helps, injured animals when out photographing wildlife in the early hours, so is very aware of the importance of animal rescue centres. Richard’s favourite animal is probably the fox, despite seeing many wonderful animals on his extensive travels in Africa, and South and Central America.

Richard says: “To have a bond with foxes, and to see their intelligence, their sentience and the way they have all found friendship with our terrier, Maddy, has been wonderful.” Richard is a passionate anti-hunting campaigner. He has encountered illegal fox hunting near his property, and experienced intimidation from those taking part. He says: “it breaks my heart to think of these animals being chased down by a pack of dogs and ripped to pieces for so called ‘sport’”. Richard hopes that his photographs of the foxes he cares for will encourage people to see them in a new light.

He says: “A fox is right up there with the best of wildlife encounters if you can sit and observe them without them noticing.” Since moving to his smallholding 9 years ago, Richard has been lucky enough to care for 3 rescue foxes: Rosie, Hetty and Charlie.

One Voice for Animals UK founder, Val Green, said: “I follow Richard Bowler on social media, as well as enjoying his wonderful photographs. I was impressed with his advocacy for animals, particularly foxes. I recognised that Richard represented the same values we have in OVFAUK,



and am thrilled Richard has agreed to become our newest patron.”

About One Voice for Animals UK:

Launched in April 2020 to support wildlife and domestic animal rescue centres and sanctuaries struggling due to the Covid crisis. One Voice for Animals UK brings together almost 300 animal organisations, caring for approx 22,000 animals between them into one searchable directory (www.helpanimals.co.uk) where the animal-loving public can find and support rescues near them. The “Join Our Communities” page of the website links to initiatives for the public to get involved in, such as crafting items like knitted nests, transporting wildlife, buy and sell to support their local rescue, and the twice-yearly auctions.


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Killing Our Pets with Kindness We have all been there --we are eating our morning toast and these sad brown eyes are looking up at us and of course, we succumb. Unfortunately you are probably not the only member of the family who does and worse, we do it frequently during the course of the day. The result, according to the PDSA, 55% of dogs and 40% of cats in the UK are overweight or obese. Mary Lloyd tells us more 20

Why Does it Matter? Overweight pets are prone to the following health problems: • Lethargy • Lameness • Diabetes • High blood pressure • Heart disease • Certain cancers

How Can you Tell if Your Pet is Overweight With cats and dogs, you should be able to feel the outline of their ribs with any excess fat being present. The waist should be discernible when viewed from above and the tummy should definitely NOT be SAGGING! If in doubt, let you veterinary surgeon weigh them and they will tell you if they are overweight.


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Dogs should only be fed once per day and cats twice. Overwieght pets consumption should be reduced by at least 10% and the level of exercise increased gradually until they become fit again.

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Cat lovers urged to support compulsory microchipping for pet cats

Cats Protection has called on cat lovers to support compulsory microchipping of pet cats by taking part in a Government consultation on the issue. The charity has set up an online tool to make it quick and simple for animal lovers to back new Government proposals that would make microchipping a legal requirement for pet cats, as it already is for dogs.



ccording to Cats Protection, compulsory microchipping would significantly improve the welfare of cats in the UK - making them easier to identify if they are lost, injured or killed while outdoors. A Government consultation into making microchipping of pet cats compulsory was announced in December. Cat lovers now have until 16 February to take part in the consultation and can register their support by using Cats Protection’s online tool at www.cats.org.uk/microchippingcampaign It is estimated there are 10.2 million owned cats in the UK - 2.6 million (26%) of which are not microchipped, according to Cats Protection's CATS (Cats and Their Stats) report 2020. Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations, Jacqui Cuff, said: “Pet cats are a much-loved part of the household for millions of people. Over the past year especially, we’ve seen just how important their companionship can be – from providing comfort in stressful times, sharing fun and games with children, or providing joy and company to elderly people or those living alone. “It can be devastating when a cat goes missing, and having a microchip is the best way of ensuring they can be returned home. Sadly, if they are not microchipped, there may be no way of tracing a cat’s owner and they may be rehomed, or face a life living as a stray. Making microchipping compulsory would ensure it becomes a routine part of responsible pet ownership, enabling lost


or injured cats to swiftly be returned to their owner. “After many years of campaigning for compulsory microchipping, Cats Protection is delighted the Government is holding this important consultation. A previous call for evidence held by the Government showed 99% support for the measure, so we hope this new consultation is the next step towards ensuring all pet cats benefit from being microchipped. “As the law currently stands, compulsory microchipping only applies to dogs, and it’s only right that this should apply to cats to give them the same protection. “We’d urge all cat lovers to take part by using our microchipping campaign webpage. It’s quick and easy to send Government an e-message of support and doing so will help bring huge welfare benefits to cats both now and into the future. “We’re grateful to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for supporting our campaigning work this year, helping us make a better world for cats.” Cats Protection recommends microchipping as a safe, permanent and cost-effective method of identification which ensures cats can be reunited with their owners should they go missing. Under regulations that came into force in 2016, dogs must be microchipped but this law does not extend to cats where it’s down to owners to decide. n To find out more about Cats Protection, please visit www.cats.org.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Paisley before her diet

Paisley after her diet

Three million cats desperately need a New Year diet Over three million pet cats are overweight and the problem is becoming worse during the pandemic, according to Cats Protection. In a survey of over 2,000 cat owners, more than a quarter (28%) said they had overfed their pet since the start of lockdown in March 2020.

Right to left: Paisley after her diet with her brother Papillon



ver a third (36%) said their cat visited neighbours for a bonus feed and overall, one in five cats (20%) had typically gained between 1 and 2.25 kilos in weight. This echoes the charity’s CATS report, carried out before the start of the pandemic that highlighted at least 3.2 million owned cats were already overweight. Maggie Roberts, Director of Veterinary Services for Cats Protection, said: “This survey suggests the extra time we’ve spent indoors with our cats has led to us overindulging them, which owners did out of love or to make their feline feel like a family member. Sadly we are doing them more harm than good as overweight cats are at significant risk of diabetes, joint problems and urinary infections. “At a time of year when many of us go on a diet, it’s advisable to ask your vet if your cat needs one too.” One cat currently on a weight loss regime is Paisley. The five-year-old weighed 10.75 kgs – twice her recommended weight when she was brought to Cats Protection last year. After being put on a specially prescribed diet she was adopted by James Frankland, 52, from Hove, East Sussex who has continued with Paisley’s slimming plan. “I felt so sorry for Paisley when I first met her, said James. “She was so large she couldn’t move properly or reach around to groom herself. I have a deep love of cats


and was determined to help her reach a healthy weight. “Initially she was following a vet-prescribed diet and I later moved her to normal cat food while sticking to responsible portion sizes. Paisley begged for food most days so I usually bought her off with a catnip toy or a bit more play to help her get more exercise. “She is now getting used to normal sizes of cat food and has lost more than three kilos. Although she is still two kilos from her ideal weight, she’s already so much more agile and lively. I have no doubt it’s extended her lifespan.” Cats Protection recommends owners to: l Weigh out cat food daily, not to overfill bowls, and if giving your cats treats, reduce the overall amount of food you provide them l Avoid giving your cat human treats such as milk or cheese as many cats cannot digest cow’s milk products l Ask neighbours to help by not feeding them. This is especially important if your cat is on a special diet or medication. Consider affixing a simple paper collar to your cat stating that your cat is on a diet and politely requesting neighbours to avoid putting out food. n Further tips for helping overweight or obese cats can be found at www.cats.org.uk/obesity www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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It takes two: Rabbit bonding and companionship With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s not just us humans that might be thinking about that special someone. Our bunnies also like to spend time with a partner – they’re always happiest when they’ve got a companion to snuggle up with. Read on to find out why companionship is so important for rabbits, learn how to help a pair bond together and discover how best to set up a comfortable home for two. Why do rabbits need a companion?

Rabbits are very social creatures. In the wild, they live in groups of 10 to 20, relying on their friends for safety in numbers. Groups of rabbits help each other look out for predators – you’ve probably heard the ‘thump’ they give with their back legs to warn friends of danger. While predators aren’t a problem for our pet rabbits (provided their outdoor enclosures are secure!), these bunnies still have a powerful instinct to be social. Without a partner, rabbits can feel anxious, as it’s harder for them to fully relax since they always carry the responsibility to be alert. Rabbits also look after one another. If you’ve seen pairs of rabbits snuggling 28

up together and grooming each other, you’ll know how happy they can be. If rabbits lack this interaction they can become lonely and bored, and this makes them more likely to develop behavioural problems such as bar biting.

How to set up a happy pair

So now we know rabbits need a partner, but unfortunately you can’t put any pair of rabbits together just like that! The pair will have to be compatible, and it’s also important to be careful about how you introduce them so that they don’t fight. The best way to set up a pair of rabbits depends on the situation and their age. If you’re looking to take on two young rabbits at once, a male and female from the same litter have a good chance of bonding well for life. This partnership is


ideal, but it’s also possible to get the pair from separate litters – provided they’re under 10-12 weeks old, it’s safe for baby rabbits to live together without a gradual introduction. Baby rabbits grow up fast though, and once they begin to reach sexual maturity at 10-12 weeks, it’s important to think about neutering. While it’ll stop a malefemale pair from breeding if you just neuter one of them, it’s actually better from a social perspective if both are neutered. This is because entire females are more territorial and aggressive than spayed females, while uncastrated males still show sexual behaviour towards neutered females. Though it’s easiest for a pair of neutered rabbits of opposite sex to get along, same-sex pairs can also work if www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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they grow up together and they’re neutered early before they start fighting. That’s the picture if you’re getting two baby rabbits, but if you’re introducing rabbits when they’re older, it’s a slightly different situation. Though adult rabbits do need company, they’re also territorial creatures, and it’ll take a bit of time and care for them to settle comfortably with a new partner. This process is called ‘bonding’.

Rabbit bonding – tips and tricks

There are a few things to think about when it comes to rabbit bonding. First things first: it’s important to choose the right partner. In general, bunnies are more likely to establish a good bond if they’re a similar size and their personalities complement each other. This doesn’t mean they need to have the same character – two bold rabbits might not make the best pairing, but a bold and a quiet rabbit may get along better. Again, neutered male-female pairs are most likely to get on in harmony. If your rabbit isn’t neutered, it’s worth discussing this with your vet before getting them a friend. Some rescue centres and pet shops are experienced in pairing rabbits and they’ll let you bring your bunny to meet a potential partner on neutral ground. These services can be really helpful and it’s a good way to get advice on what’s best for your bun.


Once you’ve selected the right partner, the next step is to get the pair bonded well. Here’s a quick guide to the rabbit bonding stages: • Allow the rabbits to see and smell each other before meeting – a good way to do this is to keep them in hutches side by side or in separate pens where they can sniff each other through the wire. • Swap toys, bedding, food bowls and litter trays between their enclosures to get them used to each other’s scent. • Then start introducing them carefully – supervise them together on neutral territory for just a short time. If there’s any sign of squabbling, separate them straight away. It helps to give them lots of places to hide, such as cardboard boxes with two holes cut in, so they don’t feel threatened. • Repeat the supervised interactions, gradually increasing the length of time they spend with each other. If it’s practical to supervise them for multiple brief periods in a day, they’ll bond quicker. • Once they’re happy grooming and lying together, they no longer need to be supervised. Rabbit bonding takes a very variable time – don’t panic if it’s not immediately successful! Sometimes two rabbits will be living happily together within a few days, but other pairs can take months. Occasionally bunnies will bond almost instantly, and this is called ‘love at first sight’. Bonding is the first step to establishing a happy pair, but there are

a few more things to think about to make sure they get on well. Importantly, their home will need to be set up so they live happily together.

Setting up home for two

The first thing about a home for two rabbits is that it should be big enough. In general, an enclosure should be at least 3m x 2m x 1m high for a pair of average sized rabbits. However, bigger buns will need more than this, and it’s also great to provide more than the minimum space if possible. How you set up their home will depend on whether it’s indoors or outdoors – you can get some great tips from our guides on looking after house rabbits and setting up outdoor hutches. For both setups, you’ll need to provide a cosy sleeping shelter that’s big enough for two. This should be filled with highquality bedding so your rabbits will be comfortable snuggling up together. There are also a few tips and tricks about what you put in the environment. For resources such as food bowls and water bottles, it’s best to provide one each to reduce the likelihood of competition causing friction. Rabbits will also feel more secure if they’ve got lots of places to hide, each with two entrances so they won’t get into a situation where they feel trapped by their partner. Another thing that helps bunnies to get on better is to provide an interesting environment where they can engage in natural foraging behaviours. There are loads of toys you can use for environmental enrichment, including puzzle toys that contain food or treats. However, when it comes to treats it’s important not to overfeed, and to choose healthy options that don’t contain lots of sugar. Our Selective Naturals Woodland Loops are delicious dandelion-flavoured treats with no added sugar, and these provide a great option for treat time. With a home that’s well designed for two, your bunnies will be all set to thrive. But to keep them healthy and well, it’s also important to give them a tasty and nutritious diet. Check out our guide to learn more about the different diet options available visit www.supremepetfoods.com



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“Smelly Cat” Phoebe finally finds a friend-ly family of her own! Phoebe happy at Mayhew

With the pandemic sadly still in full swing, more and more kittens are being born on the streets every day due to organisations like Mayhew being unable to trap and neuter animals at their usual rates.


ive-month-old Phoebe was extremely frightened when our Animal Welfare Officers found her living in a pile of rubbish, not too far from us in North West London. She’d obviously been struggling and was smelly, scruffy, skinny and severely dehydrated. ● Luckily, she allowed us to get close enough to collect her, and we brought her straight back to Mayhew along with eight other strays found in the same area. ● We quickly checked all nine felines into our vet clinic for a full health examination, although Phoebe was by far the one suffering the most. ● After making sure there were no immediate medical concerns beyond her hunger and thirst, we bathed her and settled her and her eight neighbours into our Cattery to rest and recover.

very nervous and twitchy, she soon started to enjoy playtime and was very happy to be picked up and stroked. When she was back up to a healthy weight we made sure she was neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and given flea and worming treatment, before placing her up for adoption. We are thrilled to say that she has now found a brand new home with a loving family, who will continue her socialisation programme and ensure that her life is as far away from a smelly rubbish dump as possible. The eight cats who were admitted at the same time as Phoebe have also been adopted, and are very much enjoying their life off the streets. Although we are so pleased that Phoebe and her fellow strays have all found their happily ever afters, we predict that we will see even more animals being born into less than ideal conditions this year. We are trying our hardest to respond to every alert and rescue as many cats and kittens as we can during lockdown, and we very much hope that we will be able to run our crucial Trap, Neuter, Return programme at full capacity again as soon as possible. The cat population crisis is something that we are taking very seriously, and we have also put together some advice on how members of the public can help support us in caring for feral and semi-feral cats in their local areas. n Please visit our website https://themayhew.org/feral-advocat/ to find out how you can become a Feral AdvoCAT, and as always, if you have concerns about the health or welfare of any cat then please get in touch with our Animal Welfare Officers by emailing awo@mayhewanimalhome.org.

Our Cattery staff spent the next few weeks ensuring Phoebe and her friends were well fed and watered, and implemented a socialisation programme to get them used to human company. Stray cats can usually be domesticated with the right kind of care and attention, as opposed to feral cats who are happier and healthier living in outdoor colonies of their kind. Phoebe proved herself to be an extremely resilient kitten, quickly coming around to her new environment. Although she started off 30



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Latest political puss settles in with Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland QC MP A grey tabby has become the latest pet in politics after being adopted by the Secretary of State for Justice and South Swindon MP Robert Buckland QC MP.

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he two-year-old moggy was adopted by the Lord Chancellor using Cats Protection’s Hands-Free Homing service, an initiative set up to enable the charity to continue to rehome cats safely during the pandemic, using social distancing measures. Newly re-named Mrs Landingham, in a nod to political TV drama The West Wing, she was rehomed to Mr Buckland and his family last month after being cared for by staff at Cats Protection’s Birmingham Adoption Centre. Mr Buckland said: “Mrs L has settled in very quickly and has had great fun exploring her new surroundings - particularly the mantlepiece at 5am! She’s full of mischief and has generally made herself at home in no time. “She’s brought us a lot of happiness in the short time she has been with us. We have missed having a cat around the place and we’re delighted to have her join our family. We were especially pleased to adopt again from Cats Protection, a charity which always has many cats in need of loving new homes.


“We adopted our previous cat, Megan, from Cats Protection in 2009 and she was a much-loved part of the family for over 10 years. We have been so impressed with how the charity takes care to find the right cat for the right home.” Cats Protection is the UK’s largest cat charity, helping around 200,000 cats and kittens every year through a network of 230 volunteer-run branches and 37 centres. With its centres and branches closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the charity has instead rehomed over 15,000 cats since March last year using its Hands-Free Homing service. Cats Protection's Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “We’re delighted Mrs L has settled in so well in her new home. No doubt she’ll bring with her that unique blend of calm and mischief that we love about cats. “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Cats Protection remains here for the cats and our Hands-Free Homing service will ensure we can continue to rehome cats to loving new homes throughout 2021." www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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How often should I oil my scissors? Oiling dog grooming scissors should happen each time the scissor has been cleaned and dried. Once the scissor is clean, place 1-2 drops of scissor oil into the joint section of the blade to flush any debris missed and protects the tension screw system. • Check and set the correct scissor tension. It is important that when you have finished using your scissors for the day that they are cleaned thoroughly. Your scissors should then be stored in the fully closed position, to avoid any stray debris accidentally damaging the cutting section of the blade. Ideally, they should be stored in a case to protect them from environmental factors, and away from magnets, which can cause the scissors to attract dust and other particles. Correct scissor tension is also extremely important for maintaining your dog grooming scissors and getting the best out of them. Not only having the correct tension, which will result in your scissors performing beautifully, it will also prevent the blades from locking or catching against one another. If the dog grooming scissors is too tight or tense, the blades become stiff and do not move freely. This will result in unnecessary wearing down of the scissor and will cause fatigue for the dog groomer due to the extra effort required to move the blades. On the other hand, if the dog grooming scissor is too loose, this will result in the blades closing too quickly and will cause the hair to fold rather than be cut. In order to test the tension you should lift the blades upright to a 90-degree angle and let it the cutting blade drop. If the scissor is at the correct tension the blade should only fall ideally to a 2⁄3 closed position. • Have your scissors serviced and sharpened on a regular basis. To maintain a dog grooming scissor's performance, ensuring that the scissor is serviced and sharpened, it vital. All dog grooming scissors are given an extremely sharp edge at the point of manufacture. This sharp edge will naturally blunt over time. However, there are a number of factors which can cause dog grooming scissors to blunt quickly. Having your dog grooming scissors serviced and sharp will maintain your scissor's longevity and keep your scissors performing at their best. In the following cases a pair of scissors should be serviced and sharpened: • If the scissor feels dull and pulls the hair rather than cuts; • If the scissor does not cut along the entire blade; • If you have to use excess pressure on the blade to cut; • If the scissor has been dropped (on the ground or grooming table); • If the tension screw is no longer able to turn left or right; • If the tension screw falls out. Visit Abb Fabbs webite www.abbfabbgroomingscissors.com/collections

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As you probably realise it is vital that everybody leaves a Will. If you don’t, you have no guarantee that your savings and possessions will automatically go to your nearest and dearest. Worse still, if you have no relatives, the State could inherit everything you own. This article briefly explains how to go about making a Will. It shows how easy it is to make a Will and how little it costs. Of course when you make a Will, we hope that you think of an animal charity. Why is a Will important?

Many people don’t make a Will, they think that it goes to their next of kin, this isn’t always the case. Your spouse will not automatically inherit everything, unless you have no family or very distant relations. It is essential that you make plans for the money you leave, however much it is. To make sure that your last wishes are carried out, you must make a Will. A solicitor can help you with the making of your Will.

What happens if I don’t make a Will?

If you die without leaving a Will, the law decides how your estate is divided up. Your spouse might have to sell your home because others are entitled to a share in its value; your family could face a complicated, expensive and upsetting problem. If you are single and have no relatives and don’t make a Will, the entire contents of your estate could go to the state. A Will allows you to choose how your money will be used – to help friends and any charities that you may support, rather than give more money to the taxman.

Charges for administering an estate

The fee for a solicitor should be small. Do phone around to a few solicitors to find out how much they charge. If you appoint a solicitor, bank or accountant as the executors of your Will, they will charge a fee, which will be deducted from your estate.

Consult a solicitor

It is much safer if you pay an expert a small fee to draw up your Will than rely on an often worthless “Do it yourself” Will. A solicitor will make sure that your last wishes are clearly expressed and that your Will is properly set out and witnessed. If you prefer, a solicitor can be the executor and the keeper of your will. 36


How to reduce the amount of inheritance tax you might pay.

Inheritance tax is deducted from your estate when your Will is proved. The amount depends on the net value of your estate and the Inland Revenue sets the current limit. Your solicitor will be able to advise you. If you leave any money to your spouse or to charity, this will not be taxed. So by leaving a gift to an animal charity, not only will you be helping them to help animals in need, you could also reduce the amount of tax payable on your estate.

Can I change my will?

If you have a will already, it is easy to amend it. Small changes do not require a new Will as you can amend your Will by completing a form called a ‘codicil’, which your solicitor will help you draw up. This is then placed with your Will. So you see, if you already have a Will and want to leave a gift to an animal charity, it is easy to amend your existing will. For more extensive changes it may be advisable to have a new Will drawn up.

How will my legacy help?

Legacies are vital to animal charities. Your legacy will ensure that their work will continue for many years to come. Many are small charities that require all the support it can get to enable it to expand and grow and help even more animals in the future. Legacies really are a lifeline to animal charities for their future plans. Thank you for considering making such a difference. Photo image: ©Adobe Stock

Ben Wilkes Trustee – Border Collie Trust GB, rescuing and rehoming Border Collies and collie crosses throughout the UK www.bordercollietrustgb.org.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Blue Cross’s Pet Bereavement and Loss helpline report big rise in calls during the Pandemic The Blue Cross’s Pet Bereavement Support Service helpline has reported a big increase in calls during the coronavirus pandemic, the charity said they had received a growing number of calls from people unable to be with their dying pets because of socialdistancing rules that mean vets have to euthanise a cat, dog or small animal alone.


iane James, who manages the service, said the number of people contacting them had increased from a few thousand five years ago to 14,200 last year. She noted that there had been a 38% rise in calls during December compared with the previous year. “It has been a tough time because people are feeling a double sense of loss, the loss of their pet and the loss of not being able to be with them in those crucial moments at the end, we get people ringing saying their only companion is now gone. Also, it is different now pet crematoriums are not running as normal,” she said. She added, “being able to offer support for people, everyday of the year and at their time of need, from people who truly understand, has been invaluable”. Equally, we have seen an increase in vet teams being affected by the whole situation, having to cope with owners in such distressing situations and trying their best to do what they can”. Our award-winning training in Pet Bereavement Support Care has also been significant in helping many professionals looking for support too in how to help offer best practice care for their clients and for themselves. Many people have suffered throughout this pandemic and not just from their beloved pet’s passing on but also from enforced separation through things like financial difficulty and relationship breakdowns but also the huge surge in theft with puppy prices soaring sky high. These are all types of loss and the same pain, grief and sadness can be felt with each one. The support service has seen an increase in helping people across all these areas. n The Blue Cross Pet Bereavement and Loss Helpline is free and confidential and open 8.30am-8.30pm everyday of the year on 0800 096 6606 or Email on pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk. For more information visit: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-and-pet-loss

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Compassion and Care, especially at the end of life

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Cloud 9 Vets have worked all the way through lockdown and continues to do so. We get so many years of undivided loyalty and love from our pets, we never want that to end but unfortunately it always does and usually much sooner than we would wish, regardless of the age of our pet.


his is the part of pet companionship we usually try to avoid thinking about, it is rare in the Western World that we openly face up to or talk about our own mortality, so not wanting to consider your own pet’s end of life is an understandable state of mind. When our pets do become terminally ill or maybe old age ailments just mean that their quality of life is not as they or we would want, the time has arrived to consider what is best for our pet’s welfare. Changes in behaviour are often accompanied with end of life issues, cats often hide away not wanting to show us they’re ill, dogs usually just stare us in the eye and say “I am getting tired of this!” Reading these signs, combined with expert veterinary advice will help you to save your pet from pain or distress as they reach the autumn of their life. Whilst difficult, it is important to plan and consider the most caring and compassionate way to say a peaceful goodbye to your much-loved and loyal companions. There can be no more loving environment than your own home, the familiarity and security of your home reduces the likelihood of any stress or distress that you or your pet may experience. When starting to plan such an emotional event, even making the first phone call to discuss end of life is just so hard. You need to speak to someone who will treat your call with compassion, with understanding and someone who will give you the time to discuss the issues that are causing you concern. Talking to someone who is experienced in end of life issues makes such a difference. We are currently living through deadly pandemic with the UK being one of the worst hit counties in the world. The lockdown regulations have meant major changes to the way we live and work and the way we receive and access healthcare. It is no different for our pets, many veterinary practices have been forced to limit hours, the government regulations have even restricted the range of services offered. In the case of euthanasia, it is often extremely difficult to be with your pet when they are put to

sleep, which, whilst understandable is absolutely heart-breaking. Finding ways to ensure your pet’s end of life is caring and compassionate, even during the covid19 crisis, whilst ensuring safety and security is a demanding task. An at home euthanasia is always a more personal way to say a loving goodbye, somehow it is far more comforting that your pet leaves you rather that you leaving your pet in an environment they may not have been happy with even when they were reasonably healthy. Using safety measures, such as being outdoors and restricting the number of people that attend the euthanasia as well as maintaining safe distancing, can significantly reduce any contagion. The objective being to strive toward proving a caring and compassionate goodbye but so essentially providing protection and protecting safety. We often have discussions with pet owners who compare their own impermanence with that of their pet, when we consider where we would like our own life to end, it is often in the safety and comfort of our home, possibly with friend or relatives saying an emotional but tender “bon voyage”, is it not logical and loving that we would want the same for our treasured pet companions? Many pet owners are not even aware that this is possible, that a skilled and compassionate vet can make an unhurried home visit, taking

away our pets suffering, tenderly and peacefully. We will grieve for our pet and we will miss them terribly, but there is great comfort in knowing we gave them that final act of love, in their own home. What’s more, it is more comforting to release our own grief when we are at home. When our pets come to the end of their life the sadness is hard to contain, we need to remember all the happiness they have given us, the loyalty, love and companionship. The happy times should be celebrated, remembering that we always did our best for them, even at the very end, when they passed away in a dignified and respectful manner, this is also part of that celebration of life and a peaceful goodbye following a caring companionship is incalculable. n For more information on home visit euthanasia and the service provided by Cloud 9 Vets, you can visit their website at cloud9vets.co.uk or call the Care Coordinators on 08000 354 999. Photo images: ©Adobe Stock

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President Biden’s Shelter Rescue Dog Makes History as the First in the White House


ajor, President Biden’s shelter rescue dog, has been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. First adopted by President Joe Biden in 2018, Major becomes the first shelter rescue dog to live in the White House. This is welcome news for many pet lovers who have already taken the step to foster or adopt a dog or cat in need. In this article Perfect-Pets Books explores the growing trend of high-profile politicians who have famously rescued a pet. If you are interested in rehoming or fostering a dog Rescue Dogs the Essential Guide by Perfect-Pets Books is a great place to start. Full of essential information the guide addresses the key points one should consider before taking in a dog and re-homing it. The recent election results which confirmed Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election has sparked a few fireworks to say the least. However, one of the nicer stories to emerge was the announcement that the Biden family will be bringing their two German Shepherd dogs Major and Champ to live in the White House. The last four years has seen no pets in the White House and this announcement drew smiles and applause from animal lovers across the country. The ASPCA president and CEO Matt Bershadker said: “We’re thrilled the Bidens’ dog Major will be the first shelter dog ever to call the White House his home. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to see how fostering and adopting animals saves lives, helps animal shelters, and brings love and joy to families.” It has also been hinted by President Biden’s wife, Dr Jill Biden, that they also have plans to add a feline companion. If so, it will be the ‘first cat’ since George W. Bush’s cat India a.ka. Willie. Giving a home to a rescue dog or cat has been given a great boost in recent years by high-profile politicians. Across the Atlantic, when Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved into Downing Street, he made headlines with his rescue dog Dilyn. Dilyn was rescued from a breeder by animal charity Friends of Animals Wales before being adopted. He was moved into Downing Street in September 2019. Dilyn, who is a Jack Russell, has proved to be quite popular and has a growing following on Instagram. His Instagram page has attracted more than 2,000 followers. Prime Minister Johnson has not been the only PM to add a rescue to Downing Street. Back in 2011 Larry the Cat, a rescue from London’s Battersea Cats and Dogs Home moved into Downing Street. Larry was known for his high chase-drive and hunting instinct developed during his time on the streets and came highly recommended. Even after David Cameron left office Larry remained at Downing Street. Larry never actually belonged to Cameron and instead belonged to a civil servant, but his story made

great headlines. Larry the cat is one of a long line of Downing Street cats, known unofficially as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. One of the most famous and longest serving cats was Humphrey adopted in 1989. Humphrey was adopted after wandering into No 10 as a stray while Margaret Thatcher was prime minister. He remained throughout the administration of John Major and eventually moved out six months after Tony Blair won the 1997 general election. The re-introduction of four legged companions in the White House will certainly get tails wagging. Although Biden’s dog Major is said to be the first dog shelter rescue to live in the White House, research says this is not entirely true as there was a previous dog rescue. What makes Major special is that he was adopted from a shelter. According to the fact-checkers at Snopes.com they have found that President Lyndon B. Johnson’s mixed breed dog Yuki was found by Johnson’s daughter Luci at a gas station on Thanksgiving Day in 1966. Luci officially gave the dog to her dad as a birthday gift in 1967. Nevertheless, the story of Major is a happy one and it raises awareness about pet abandonment. Animal shelters are desperately in need of owners for the many strays that fill their centres. Covid has created an explosion of pet ownership with many owners truly appreciating the companionship of their new addition(s) during these difficult months. Equally, reports show Covid has also created a growing number of pet abandonments. These have occurred for a variety of socioeconomic reasons such as unemployment or a lack of research from owners. If you are interested in adopting a new pet or acquiring a pet from a breeder Perfect-Pets Books have an extensive range of essential guides for dog and cat lovers that offer advice and information to help owners provide the best care possible. Books such as First Aid for Dogs, The Essential Guide to Dog Rescue and the Essential Guide to Dog Training act as great complements to Perfect-Pets’ most popular dog and cat breeds essential guides. n To learn more visit www.perfect-pets.org for further information. Use code Perfect20Off at checkout and get 20% off.

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Vets conquer canine’s critical conker complications Accidentally swallowing a conker wasn’t one of Monty the Labrador’s best moves. It resulted in life-threatening internal complications but thanks to skilled teamwork at Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies), the critically ill hound made a full recovery. 42



even-year-old Monty was staying with his owner Neil Gailey’s parents while Neil, who lives in Northamptonshire was visiting family in Edinburgh. During a typical morning walk with Neil’s Dad, and completely unknown to him, Monty managed to pick up and swallow a conker. A couple of hours later Monty began to get very sick, unable to hold down water. Neil’s parents rushed Monty to the vet where he was given an anti-nausea injection. Later, however, Monty was presenting very strangely to Neil’s parents, eventually collapsing in the garden. They rushed him to the nearest vet practice as an emergency, Vets4Pets in Milton Keynes. “It was an incredibly anxious and worrying time as Monty was struggling, I was so far away, and he was obviously in some distress,” said Neil. “I knew it was serious even though I wasn’t beside my boy.” Monty needed urgent surgery at his www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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own vet practice to remove the conker but the obstruction had caused damage to his small intestine and abdominal cavity. Following the surgery, he developed complications including cardiac arrhythmia and aspirational pneumonia. His bile pigment was rising, his protein levels dropping and he was deteriorating rapidly, so he was admitted as an emergency to the intensive care unit at Davies Veterinary Specialists , the Hertfordshire-based small animal referral hospital. “He was extremely poorly on arrival and due to his lack of proteins, his tissues had started to swell,” said Julien Bazelle, small animal internal medicine specialist at Davies, which is part of the Linnaeus group. “Once we had stabilised him, tests revealed further alarming complications; low calcium, inflamed pancreas and a large blood clot in one of his major abdominal blood vessels. We also suspected he had multiple blood clots in his lungs blood vessels.” When there is severe inflammation of the intestines, this can affect the very sensitive pancreas, leading to the release of its digestive enzymes and triggering a cascade of inflammatory www.rescueandanimalcare.com

metabolic complications including over-activation of the clotting system. Such complications are rare and Monty was very unlucky to present with so many of them. During the first few days, Monty’s swelling increased and his face and neck appeared twice their normal size. He had to be fed through a feeding tube and needed round the clock nursing. “The Davies nursing team kept a very close eye on Monty,” said Julien. “They helped him to stand every day and stimulated his exercise to help move the fluid which had accumulated in his tissues. Thanks to their amazing dedication, we kept Monty’s nutrition and fluid needs under control, speeding up his recovery.” “It was a very long and worrying couple of weeks, but Monty is a very determined dog and he eventually turned a corner,” said Julien. “He gained strength and no longer needed the feeding tube and to his owner’s delight we were able to discharge him just over two weeks after admission. He is now enjoying his normal life as if nothing had ever happened!” Despite COVID the staff at Davies staff made it possible for Neil to visit Monty

daily, within the restrictions, for a short time. Neil would spend every visit telling Monty how much he loved him and that they still had so much more to share together. Neil said: “For most of Monty’s life it has just been the two of us. I couldn’t imagine life without Monty and I knew he was not going to let go without a fight, however bleak it seemed at times.” He continued: “Monty is doing so well and this is, I feel, a direct result of the incredible care, skill and understanding that the amazing team at Davies delivered. I also feel Monty had too much to live for and fought so hard to still be here and enjoying the life he had before the accident. No one is more grateful and thankful than me. Julien, his colleague Anna and the entire team at Davies will forever have a very special place in Monty’s life journey, and mine too. I will never be able to thank them enough.” n For further information visit www.vetspecialists.co.uk



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Rescued horses working at the front line during Covid crisis • HorseWorld’s rescued horses currently providing a “life-line” to vulnerable young people through charity’s Discovery courses. • Sessions provide unique opportunities for students to experience benefits of equine assisted learning and create connections with their equine teachers. • Charity appealing for help to give more rescued horses a second chance at a happy life.


orses rescued by charity HorseWorld are at the front line of providing essential support to vulnerable young people struggling to cope with the impact of the Covid crisis. The organisation’s Discovery programme offers a unique system of equine assisted learning to students who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to access traditional schooling. Discovery has often proved to be the only way that they are able to build 44

resilience, gain confidence, and learn essential life skills. “We've all felt the repercussions of living through the Covid crisis but for our students, many of whom were already struggling with anxiety and depression, the last ten months have been particularly traumatic,” said Sharon Howell, Discovery Course Leader. “Connecting with our horses can be a huge source of comfort and a calming influence for our students, the benefits


of which aren’t just felt when they’re here on the yard but also when they’re living day-to-day as well.” The charity were forced to stop all sessions to adhere to the restrictions of the first lockdown – a loss which was felt by all involved. “Many of the young people we work with rely on their weekly sessions with our wonderful rescued horses for what could be their only source of nonjudgemental, supportive, positive www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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learning. So to have Discovery taken away from them at a time when their anxiety and stress was at an all-time high was incredibly difficult for many of them. A huge source of support had been suddenly removed at the time they needed it the most.” But it didn’t just have a negative effect on the students – their equine teachers seemed to feel the loss too. “All the equine members of our Discovery team love being the centre of attention during our sessions. Every morning of term time their heads will be over their stable doors, waiting for students to arrive. We have the pleasure of watching as each horse works their ‘magic’ and subtly seems to respond to what the young person needs in that moment. So when the sessions literally had to stop overnight, we saw the change in the horses. They really seemed to be missing our students, and just weren’t themselves without being able to do their job,” said Sharon. As an alternative learning provider registered with the local authority, the charity has been able to continue delivering the programme since the most recent lockdown began, albeit with strict safety measures in place and some changes made to how the sessions are delivered. “We heard from parents and students about how hard it was for them during the first lockdown. It was heart-breaking to know that the children and young people had found it so hard to cope, but at the time there was nothing we could do. So we’ve done all we can to ensure that during this lockdown we’re able to www.rescueandanimalcare.com

keep students and our horses connecting through 1-2-1 sessions,” The equine front-line workers are providing support at a time when requests for student places on Discovery courses have been at an all time high, and the charity is doing all they can to accommodate as many students as possible. “Obviously we’re always mindful of how many sessions it’s appropriate for our horses to do, even though they’re almost always as keen to participate as their young friends. But the reality is that for vulnerable young people like our students, Discovery has never been more needed than it is now,” said Sharon. “The demand for Discovery is already at an all-time high and I fear that it’s only once the peak of Covid has subsided that we’ll be hit with an even bigger wave of children and young people who are struggling to cope with the effects of living through these exceptionally stressful times. We will be doing all we can to offer what we know is this life-changing course to as many as possible.” Sixteen-year-old Discovery student Lauren has been attending sessions for the last three years, but has known since she was 7 years old that spending time with horses was hugely beneficial in helping her live with her ADHD. She says; “Horses are crucial to my survival because being with them slows my brain down. It’s amazing how different the horses are with different people and students. Now I’ve become much more aware of the horse’s

behaviour, and it tells you so much about human behaviour. Because all the horses are so different with their own personalities it gets you to understand your own personality a bit more. “The horses all have their own stories which means if you’re really struggling you feel ok about it, because the horses struggle too sometimes. There’s something about these horses – they're the most understanding I’ve ever met. After my sessions I feel like I’ve had a full-on rant in a therapy session, but I haven’t had to talk at all. “During the first lockdown I was really anxious because we didn’t know how long it was going to last for, and I didn’t know how I was going to be without being around the horses. I went back to school before the Discovery sessions started and I felt so stressed – even my friends noticed it in my eyes. “I just can’t focus without the horses. Quite often people like me with ADHD really struggle in school, but with the horses when they reward you it’s such a huge feeling. It’s worth so much more. It’s like 20 million people saying ‘well done’, when it’s the reaction of just one horse. n In response to the huge surge in demand the charity is appealing for donations to assist HorseWorld in helping more vulnerable children and young people to access the courses building their personal resilience and learning essential life skills. More information can be found at www.horseworld.org.uk/discovery-appeal



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‘Ballerina syndrome’ donkey back on his hooves after months of care A young donkey, who could only stand on tiptoes due to an unusual condition, has made great strides thanks to life-changing veterinary treatment at international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.

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wo-year-old Casey was born with ‘ballerina syndrome’, a condition that meant he could not put his feet flat on the ground. Casey struggled from birth with the medical condition, which causes contracted ligaments and left the tendons in Casey’s legs to tighten so much that, he had to walk on tiptoes. The syndrome also left him unbalanced and prone to tipping over. Casey started receiving treatment when he was just two months old, which involved stretching each of his front legs three times a day. These exercises slowly helped to lengthen the tendons. At the same time, a farrier fitted extensions onto Casey’s front hooves to help bring his heel down on the ground. Grooms would also walk Casey up and down a slope every day to exercise the tendons and encourage his body to adapt to a more natural position. Although the results were not immediate, dedicated staff at the charity refused to be disheartened in their quest to have Casey walking properly. They began to see minor progression week by week, and by January 2019, Casey’s legs had markedly improved. Sadly, despite the intensive treatment,


Casey’s symptoms of ballerina syndrome began creeping back earlier last year. Maria Hughes, one of Casey’s grooms at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We could see Casey starting to come back onto his tiptoes again. When he walked, it was obvious. After a vet and farrier reassessed him, they recommended we fit him with special remedial shoes to help him walk properly again.” The new treatment showed great promise, but Maria said: “As with all physiotherapy cases, there are ups and down and Casey’s situation was no different. But the team’s dedication and hard work finally paid off and we are delighted to see this young donkey can now trot around comfortably and play with his friends.” Donkeys with ballerina syndrome are unable to fully weight bear through their solar surfaces and stand on their toes instead. The condition is relatively rare in equines, but if left unattended the condition can result in lameness and often requires surgery. 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. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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It’s Still Wet Wet Wet! Home to 4000 rescued animals Hillside Animal Sanctuary’s Wet Weather Straw Appeal is going well. But they could still do with more help.

Hillside Animal Sanctuary would like to thank everyone who has been donating to help provide extra straw to bed in the animals after some of their fields have been flooded in the recent torrential rain. Due to the continuing wet weather, the water hasn't yet subsided and they are still using masses of extra straw for bedding. It isn't only the larger horses and cows who need the extra comfort of straw but many of their smaller animals too...

Pictured freshly strawed in and resting in her soft bed Primrose, one of 300 rescued pigs who live in the Sanctuary.

n For anyone who would still like to

donate to our Wet Weather Straw Appeal, you may do so HERE https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_but ton_id=9AH8UUWXJRCP4&mc_cid=834ff5cb 53&mc_eid=fa16ed2b17 or visit www.hillside.org.uk www.rescueandanimalcare.com

Having a nap this afternoon, three of our many rescued deer taking advantage of their deep straw bed. Sharing life together - a Fallow Deer, a Water Deer and a Muntjac content in each other's company. RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 JANUARY – 29 FEBRUARY 2021


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he charity’s ground-breaking Generation Pup study, which follows the lives and behaviours of dogs as they grow up, investigated how their sleeping habits change in their first year at 16 weeks compared to 12 months. The findings reveal that while puppies aged 16 weeks sleep for significantly longer than older dogs during the day, they sleep for less time than older dogs at night. By comparison, once a dog reaches one year of age, they are much more likely to sleep for longer at night – matching their human owner’s sleep patterns. The study also threw up interesting revelations about our dogs’ sleeping habits. Given the choice to get close to their humans at bedtime,

most dogs (86%) opted to do so. Similarly, as dogs get older, owners may be more likely to let their canine companion sleep in the same room as them. The percentage of people who let their pooch sleep in their bed more than doubled within the first year, from 13% at 16 weeks to 27% at 12 months.

We can also reveal the top five most common habits dogs have whilst sleeping during the night, according to their owners: • 73% said their dog shows small twitching movements in their legs. This could be many things but 30%

said their dog looked as if he/she was chasing something (or someone!) in their sleep. • 38% said they thought their pooch spent a lot of time dreaming. • 13% said their dog would often snore “very loudly” during the night. • 9% said their dog is known to wake up during the night and have disturbed sleep. The research also uncovered that the most common sleeping position for a dog is stretched out on their side. With more people having welcomed a pup into their life during lockdown, Dogs Trust is providing owners and potential owners with top tips to help settle your dog at night to ensure everyone gets a peaceful night’s rest.

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Dogs Trust provides top tips on helping your dog (and you) get a good night’s kip, as study shows puppies sleep less at night than older dogs Anyone who has got a new puppy has always suspected it, but now a Dogs Trust study has at last confirmed it – puppies sleep for less time at night than older dogs and both age groups choose to be close to people, when given the option.

Top Tips: • Include walkies, playtimes and short, fun training sessions within your puppy’s daily routine so they’ve enjoyed using their brains and bodies and have plenty to dream about. • Create the cosiest, comfiest den for your puppy somewhere away from the busier areas of the home so they have somewhere lovely to relax undisturbed. • Evening routines can help prepare your puppy for a good night’s sleep, and if you tend to do the same types of activities your puppy will learn what to expect. • Help your puppy out by reducing anything that is catching their attention, so closing the curtains and settling down yourself can help them switch off.

Rachel Casey, Director of Canine Behaviour and Research at Dogs Trust, said: “These findings provide a fascinating insight into what the nation’s puppies get up to when the curtains close at night and it’s time to go to bed. “We know how testing it can be for new dog owners to settle their four-legged friends, especially in the first four months of a puppy’s life, and that’s why we are sharing our top tips for a good night’s sleep. “Whether it’s making sure your pooch has had the right amount of exercise during the day, has a comfy and safe place to settle down or even just teaching ourselves to recognise signs of tiredness in a dog, these tips could help our pooches to drift off peacefully at night.”

Dogs Trust is calling on people across the UK and Ireland with a puppy under 16 weeks of age to sign up to the Generation Pup study, to help the charity learn more about our four-legged friends. By taking part you could help us gain valuable insights into how our dogs’ health and behaviour change over time, to find new and better ways to care for our dogs. n For more information and to sign up visit


• When pups are growing tired, they might suddenly appear to be very energetic and dash about the home, an activity that is often called the ‘Zoomies’. They can also become agitated or restless and might even start to bark or mouth owners by grabbing their owner’s hands or clothing with their teeth. It can be helpful to know this because often owners think their sudden burst of energy means they need more exercise when they really need forty winks. • Puppies are born into, and generally sleep, in family groups so they need to learn to enjoy being in a cosy bed all by themselves. This can take a little time, but you can help them by staying close by and ready to respond if they appear distressed.

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Dobbie came in with a huge jaw abscess that urgently needed removing.

2021 – The year rabbit welfare needs to change PACT Animal Sanctuary has been carrying out rabbit rescue in England for the past 25 years. We have helped hundreds of people fall in love with keeping rabbits and educated them on rabbit care. Unfortunately, it has not been enough and we need to keep working hard to make sure every rabbit lives a safe, happy, healthy life.


t the start of 2020 we finally managed to finish extending our Rabbit Village – giving us a total of 40 enclosures. Our Rabbit Village enclosures are completely safe from predators and give our bunnies plenty of room to run around and exhibit their natural behaviours. They all have a cosy, insulated 'bed box' and are provided with tunnels, toys and hides. The extension was desperately needed as we were getting calls daily of


rabbits needing to be relinquished but it unfortunately took a few years to fundraise enough money for. All of the rabbits in our care receive a course of E.Cuniculi treatment, annual vaccinations for both Myxi, RHD1/RHD2, microchipping and neutering. We also have a vet nurse on site daily if any emergency treatment is needed and an indoor room in case any rabbits need to be kept warm. It's definitely one of the most busy and expensive areas to keep going, but it's


far too important to give up on. More often than not, the rabbits that come through our gates are neglected. Mostly, the owners are oblivious to the neglect they have caused due to being fed misinformation from pet shops and breeders. It is extremely upsetting that it is still common place for rabbits to be kept in hutches. A tradition that stems back to Victorian practices of keeping rabbits for meat. They were simply kept in them long www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Julio came in with serious damage to his genitals from being kept with another rabbit. Shiro came in with a severe respiratory infection and injuries to his genitals caused by another male rabbit.

Bugzy Malone – brought in as owners no longer wanted him. He was very underweight and covered in thick matts of urine and feaces.

enough to fatten up before meeting their fate. The standard pet shop sized hutch is the same size that laboratory rabbits today are kept in – so why are people still keeping their 'beloved' pets in them? 9 out of 10 of the rabbits we see also require emergency dental treatment. Either due to malocclusion of the front incisors or painful spurs on their molars, both of which are due to lack of hay in their diets.

accidental litter. The only female was still living with her two son's and came to us heavily pregnant. One of the males, Teddy, came to us with such badly overgrown incisors he could not eat and was under 2kg in weight.

Some examples of the rabbits we have taken in over the last four months are: l A group of 5 young males who were living together and had caused serious injuries to each other. 3 of them had severe cases of Pasteurella and none of them had ever been vaccinated. l A group of 4 Flemish Giants who had been kept in hutches and used for breeding. They all had extremely overgrown nails, were either very overweight or underweight and had sores on their legs and feet. l An 8 year old boy who had been living with a painful jaw abscess. l A group of 5 who were the result of an

These are just a very small handful of the rabbits we have taken in. Sadly they do not all survive long enough for us to find them a loving forever home, but at least their last few weeks/months would have been the best they'd have ever had. For those that do pull through, are healthy and happy for possibly the first time in their lives, we work tirelessly to find them the perfect homes. We ensure no rabbit lives a life alone and that they are never shut in a hutch. We follow the RWAF minimum accommodation guidelines and give information on the right diet. Adopters sign a contract that says they must keep up regular


Julio after he recovered.

Teddy’s teeth – over grown and wrapped in hair.

vaccinations, health checks and take out insurance. This way we know all our rabbits will be looked after for life. We rely solely on donations from the public to keep up this work and through the pandemic we have lost around £35,000 in donations a month that we would usually receive via our 14 charity shops and fundraising events. Times are incredibly tough for everyone at the moment, but even a monthly donation of £5 would make so much difference and enable us to continue helping rabbits in need. n For more information visit www.pactsanctuary.org



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