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29th May - 29th June 2021 - Issue 165

How to tackle pets’ separation anxiety while managing your home’s ‘carbon pawprint’

Brits go barking mad for dog-friendly Staycations The Plight of the Koala

ISSN 2050-0572

FREE TO READ Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership and Animal Welfare


It’s the dog’s biscuits! Battersea launches new pet baking series

Meet the cute pair George and Tomahawk at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary Help homeless horse Heather find her happy ending!

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

Dear Readers ON THE COVER

THE TEAM PUBLISHER: Jennifer Prowse FEATURE CONTRIBUTORS Penny Hurt Andrew Hale Mary Lloyd, Bio-Life International Juliet Abrahamson DESIGN Vicki Barnes WEBSITE WDL Website Design Ltd

What lovely weather we are experiencing at the moment! I think we all deserve a decent summer and a bit of pampering be it at home or away. It is not surprising to hear from The Blue Cross that we Brits are going barking mad for dog friendly staycations and they are offering advice to owners who may be taking their pet away for the first time. We are so thankful to all our loyal readers for reading Rescue and Animal Care and in this issue we welcome reader Carolyn Thrum from Sydney Australia who has sent us an article on how the recent droughts and summer bushfires have affected the koala. Another new contributor this month is Penny Hurt from Hereford who shares her personal journey on agility with her three gorgeous dogs! We all pay a great deal of attention to the physical welfare of our pets but we often forget that pets can suffer from mental health issues too. Experts suggest that up to one third of dogs and one quarter of cats suffer from anxiety and post -traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) in the UK. Mary Lloyd tells us more…. Read how lost cat Raven found his way back home after more than 10 months on the run! Plus many other interesting articles inside!

14 The plight of the Koala

10 dog breeds most likely

48 to bespoiled by their owners

Until next month

Love Jennifer x



Contact us 07885 305188 Jennifer@jspmedia.co.uk

George and Tomahawk are latest rescues at equine welfare charity

Depressed or stressed Pets!


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10 Agility A Personal story


20 Reasons Why Collies Don’t Use Computers


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The Purrfect Premium Cat Food with a small Pawprint We all know that cats are carnivores, but did you know that by substituting the meat protein in their food you can help to reduce their carbon pawprint? Catit, the brand known for its range of cat toys and accessories, has recently launched Catit Nuna, one of the UK’s first premium ranges of delicious insect-based dry cat foods, packed full of tasty protein and using only pure, high-quality ingredients. It’s made entirely in their own facilities, so they know exactly how it is produced!


eople might be slightly squeamish at the thought of using bugs in their pet’s food but it’s a delicious and more sustainable option for your cat that they are sure to love! In many cultures worldwide, insects are on the main menu, simply because they’re so delicious, beneficial and sustainable! With almost 500 million cats roaming the earth, not to mention cat purchases increasing since lockdown, you can help make a real difference by substituting your cat’s traditional meat protein food with one manufactured with insect protein, for a happy, healthy and eco-conscious cat!”. There are two delicious flavours available for your feline friend: Real Chicken and Atlantic Herring, both rich in healthy protein and include sustainably farmed insect larvae called Hermetia Illucens (also known as Black Soldier Fly larvae). A true superfood, the tasty grubs are bursting with protein, vitamins, and minerals such as omega 6, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. The grubs are sustainably farmed before being dried and ground into a fine and nutritious flour (so there are no nasty surprises!) that forms the basis of the Catit Nuna recipe - it’s sure to pass the taste test with even the fussiest of felines!

This scrumptious new kibble consists of up to 92% sustainable protein* and is combined with either a small amount of chicken or sustainably sourced herring to create a great-tasting, nutritious and more environmentally sustainable food for cats. By purchasing one 5kg bag of Catit Nuna instead of a traditional meat protein food, cat owners can help save up to 35 bathtubs of water! **. The new range is a result of the brand’s efforts to help tackle the environmental impact of cat food production and to help reduce the carbon ‘pawprint’ of pet food. The kibble is extruded using less thermal energy, which is not only better for the environment, but helps keep the food fresher for longer. Unlike most other pet food packaging, Catit Nuna bags are made using low density polyethylene and can be easily recycled. n It is available to purchase online and from selected pet specialty stores with RRPs from £26.99 for a 2.27kg bag. Special Offer! Every 2.27kg bag of Catit Nuna has 1/3 off. NOW only £17.99 for a limited time. Visit www.catit.co.uk to find out more. *Out of total protein level. Catit Nuna chicken recipe is 88% sustainable protein and Catit Nuna Herring Recipe is 92% sustainable protein. ** Based on one 5kg bag of Catit Nuna Insect Protein and Chicken formulation in comparison to a premium beef based dry food with a comparable protein level. Water comparison based on an average bathtub with 95 litre capacity.




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followed me here as I never thought I would see them again. They told me that from a birds eye view and as the crow flies, it only took them a minute to fly over from our home. I am hoping that they may stay here while all the building work is going on because they won't be able to hear themselves tease each other with all the workmen hammering and drilling. I mentioned in my last column, Mistress, Little Mistress and little ole me, had been sofa surfing and we were all getting little sleep trying to get used to our new surroundings. So when Adrian at Barclays read about my plight he sent me my very own sofa bed!!!!!! It is super comfortable and as you can see in my photo how pleased I am. The bed is a Box Style Dog Bed from George Barclay. If you can persuade your owner to get you one go to www.georgebarclay.co.uk

The Green Green Grass of Home Hello all my furry, fluffy and feathered friends! I thought I'd never see Tweedledum and Tweedledee again! Deemed as sometimes 'bird brains' the humble pigeon is far more intelligent than previously thought. According to a study pigeons can even have abstract thoughts and understand both space and time. I am telling you this because I named them Tweedledum and Tweedle Dee in jest! When we had to leave our house some weeks ago now, due to urgent work needing doing on the roof I thought I had lost my entertaining friends with whom I teased and got back as good as I got! However, there I was minding my own business and rolling on the grass in the garden of our new accommodation (I am used to a patio) taking in the newly mown aroma and getting the grass cuttings in my fur when I heard a familiar taunt. 'Found you Troublesome Treacle!' they cooed together whilst balancing precariously on a thin branch with playful glints in their eyes. I am so pleased Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Me in my Box Style Dog Bed I wonder if they make sofa beds big enough for humans as at the moment Mistress has got a very bad back and I caught her trying to snuggle up in mine!!! Help me Adrian! if you do make oversize ones please private message me and we can arrange a surprise delivery. Happy to swap for one of my favourite toys. I am going to leave you all now as I can’t stop yawning and my bed is calling for me to curl up in it.. Pidgeon photo image: ©Adobe Stock stock.adobe.com

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




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It’s the Dog Biscuits: Battersea launches new Pet Baking series featuring apple slices, frozen treats and pancakes Baking has long been a favourite pastime for many of us, and during lockdown many more discovered the simple pleasure of whipping up a sweet or savoury treat from scratch.


ow there’s no reason why our pets need to miss out on the joy that baking can bring, as Battersea is launching a new series teaching owners how to make tasty homemade pancakes and frozen treats, perfect for a summer’s day, for their dogs and cats using healthy ingredients such as bananas, apples and sweet potato. From 26 May, Battersea will be streaming the new Made in Battersea baking series across its social channels. The series is returning by popular demand after the charity launched its first baking series last year, which to date has received over one million views. The first episode will air at 11:00am and will show dog owners how to make a selection of mouth watering recipes, including: • Dog pancakes • Frozen dog treats • Apple slices for dogs • Watermelon ‘ice cream’ for dogs • Frozen fruit cubes for dogs • Cat friendly egg cups • Frozen cat treats • Homemade beef jerky for cats • Gummy cat treats • Tuna balls for cats

Rehoming and Welfare Manager, Rebecca Lodder said: “We all want to show our pets just how much we love them and baking tasty treats for them can be a great way for us to bond closer to our dogs and cats. “All of the Battersea recipes have healthy and pet-friendly ingredients but baking for your dog or cat should only be done as an occasional treat. Just like us, our pets could get a little too rotund if they are given the chance to overindulge.”

If you want to bake along with Battersea, head over to the charity’s YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok. n Battersea has been here for every dog and cat since 1860. To find out more about the charity and the work they do, please visit www.battersea.org.uk

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Sparky at a young dog training camp. Photo credit: Rachel Gue

Agility – A Personal Story I’ve always felt that dogs should have a purpose, so when Rosie came into my life I wanted to find something suitable for her intelligence and energy levels. By Penny Hurt


osie is a bearded collie. Then, she was an energetic 18 month old, full of beans and quite capable Rosie and the author of inventing her own fun if she wasn’t feeling fulfilled. Sadly this had got her into trouble in her previous home on a farm so when she came to me I committed to helping her learn to direct this energy into more suitable activities. She needed a lot of basic training but I could also see that she needed more than that. She was bred to work. Beardies were bred as herding dogs designed to be in tandem with their shepherd owners, to work on instruction, follow directions, but also to think for themselves and take on challenges without question. We are so lucky these days to have many activities to choose from. For me agility was the right choice. It’s an active sport involving running around both for the dog and the handler and keeping us both fit. There’s a lot to learn – and this is what I love best. The great feeling when my dog and I are working a course together, both doing our own jobs, her taking the obstacles and me making sure I’m in position to direct her around the course without mistakes. Believe me it’s not easy to 10


achieve (!) but it’s immensely satisfying when it all comes right. To get to that point takes many months of training but I love being out, engaging with my pal, short sessions, always making it fun and what a difference it makes to our relationship. Rosie became so engaged with me instead of wanting to run off and do her own thing. Agility is also a social sport. For me, a mixture of one to one lessons and group lessons is ideal. Many of my friends are people I’ve met through the group classes and then we will meet up at competitions too, maybe camping for the weekend (when it’s permitted again). For Rosie group classes were good because she had to learn to focus on me with other people and dogs around. So I joined a group class at my local club and started to learn the basics. As time went on, I wanted to learn more and to get the detail right and this is where one to one classes with an experienced trainer are the way to go. Not all agility trainers are the same and it’s important to find one who suits you and your dog. Over the years I have had six one to one trainers all of whom are very good (and very patient!) and have helped us in different ways. I also found that we needed to practice at home in between lessons. There is plenty to train using no equipment at all and my back lawn has been adequate for much of it. Later on though, I wanted to practice Rosie’s jump skills and my handling skills around www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Training session

Practising the weaves at a lesson obstacles, so the next stage for me was to buy some equipment. This can be quite an investment so I didn’t do it until I was certain that I wanted to carry on with agility and quite possibly train more dogs (more on this later!). I started with 3 jumps and then added a tunnel and a mini A frame and more jumps and then weaves. I made sure the jumps could be easily set to competition heights. With the tunnels you can choose from different lengths, I chose a 2 meter one from Naylor which was enough to provide the experience for Rosie and to fit into my garden easily. (The most difficult decision was choosing the colours!) I also bought a mini A Frame and I see that there are better contact training ramps and rockers (to train see-saws) available now too. With Rosie and I embarking on the world of competition in a very modest way it only seemed right

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Rosie taking the finish line that my next dog (and the one after that!), would also learn agility skills. Beware, it can be addictive! So Monty was the next to join Sparky, Rosie and Monty us. He came from a on the training A Frame rescue centre (Many Tears Rescue in South Wales) as a juvenile and has a lovely calm attitude. Rosie had to retire early because of hip problems and Monty so far has been my dog with whom we have achieved most in the competitions and gradually worked our way up the grades. Latest to join our little agility troop is Sparky, a border collie who came to me from the same rescue centre as a pup. Sparky has been quite a challenge so far, with some behavioural and physical problems but already the agility training we have done has helped our bonding and his focus on me. Each dog learns in a different way and has different skill sets so the challenge with more than one dog is to adapt the training to their needs. Meanwhile I am getting older and the courses are getting faster. Will Sparky be my last agility dog? I hope not as I find it such a rewarding thing to do. It keeps my mind and my body active and gives me a wonderful relationship with my dogs. And most importantly the dogs love it. RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2021


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4ft Rocker Board

Competition Standard Jump Wings

Naylor Agility Equipment Naylor Agility are pleased to introduce their new range of dog agility equipment to complement their popular range of Dog Agility Tunnels. Naylor Agility Equipment is manufactured using high quality materials in the UK. The new range of dog agility equipment is ideal for agility training at home and at club level. The new range comprises:

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

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

Can be ordered directly via the webshop www.nayloragility.co.uk or phone our sales team on 01226 444378 to discuss your exact requirements. Please note all agility equipment is made to order with a 6 week lead time. Stacking Blocks

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CW is now a permanent resident at the Macquarie Koala Rescue Hospital.

The plight of the Koala Carolyn Thrum explains how the recent drought and summer bushfires have affected the Koala Hello from Sydney Australia. I love reading your magazine and thought you might like to learn more about the plight of the koala after the recent drought and summer bushfires. With this in mind I took a 4 hour trip up to the Port Macquarie Koala Rescue Hospital to see how the koalas were rescued and treated there. I met Evan’s Head CW on my arrival. He was seated on a forked branch in a large open cage. He was originally found walking in circles consistent with being 14


hit by a car. His left eye was removed but he also appeared to have a brain injury so would not survive in the wild and is now a permanent resident. The koalas are named as they arrive at the hospital. The first name refers to the place they were found so after rehabilitation they can be returned to the same environment. The second name can refer to the person who found the animal or a member of the rescue team. I was fortunate to meet about 8 koalas during my visit. These are the ones who are long term residents www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Here is Barrington Xavier who is very old with worn teeth, a side effect from chewing hard eucalyptus leaves. He dribbles a lot and I noted needed to be encouraged to eat.

Maria River Jan, pictured here with Allie, her carer failed when she was released into the bush so lives back at the hospital. She is very spoilt. and won’t be returned to the wild because of their injuries. Koalas sleep for 18 out of 24 hours a day so I was lucky to visit at feeding time. Huge bunches of freshly picked eucalyptus are brought to the centre daily by volunteers and distributed into vase like containers of water. CW was waiting for the fresh produce and reaching out to the carer for his supply. During the drought the hospital setup a ‘Go Fund Me’ site hoping to raise enough money to set water stations out in the bush for the native wild life. Following the fires, shortly after, the site exceeded all expectations raising $7 million from around the world. This plus a government contribution has allowed them to plan a new hospital and research facility. The Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie on the mid eastern coast of New South Wales was established in 1973 by Jean Starr who started caring for sick and injured animals in her own home. Now, as well as rescuing animals it is also a scientific research, training and education centre. The work is carried out by a small number of staff and a large group of volunteers. The iconic Australian Koala is much loved by people around the world and the mid north coast is home to a significant number of koalas with an estimated population of 15 to 28,000. Unfortunately their numbers are in decline and one causal factor is their loss of habitat. Sadly around 80% of koala habitat has been lost to land clearing and bushfires. Koalas get their name from an aboriginal word meaning ‘no drink’. It is believed they get all the moisture they need from the leaves they eat and rarely drink water which is why during the drought and bushfires after the moisture had dried from the leaves the koalas were found drinking from dogs’ water bowls in people’s backyards. You may have seen these images as they were beamed around the world. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

A 24 hour rescue service is available to respond to calls about sick and injured animals. Approximately 250 koalas are rescued each year. The devastation of the koala population is due to a number of factors…. Chlamydia, dog attacks, car drivers and bushfires. Chlamydia is the major cause of sickness in koalas and makes up 80% of all admissions to the hospital. It is a sexually transmitted, single cell bacteria that acts as a virus and leads to blindness. The disease can be treated with an antibiotic but as antibiotics kill gut bacteria this spells disaster to a creature that relies on bacteria to break down the strong eucalyptus leaves it needs for life. As developers move more into koala habitat the animals are subjected to dog attacks. Cars are also responsible for koala deaths and injuries as the animals try to cross busy roads. By far the largest loss of koala life and injuries was due to the 2020 summer bushfires. The NSW parliament estimated that as many as 5000 koalas were killed, one third of the state population. In an attempt to regenerate the areas devastated by bushfires the koala hospital has an annual ‘give away’ of 20 saplings from each of the koala’s four favoured species of eucalypt. It is a joint initiative with forestry and the hospital for people to plant on their properties. These trees will then be available in the future for leaf collection as well as providing habitat. The 24 hour rescue service uses trained rescuers who know how to retrieve an animal from a tree and understand its behaviour. Any orphaned joeys are placed with carers in their homes where they are treated like new born babies until they old enough to go to the hospital for reorientation. Then they are released into the wild. I feel blessed to have met these lovely animals and their devoted carers and sad as well that this animal is so badly affected by over development. n You can read more about the hospital at www.koalahospital.org.au RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2021


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The Great Horses for Health UK Relay scores with football legends Glenn Hoddle and Rio Ferdinand Football legends Glenn Hoddle, Rio Ferdinand and Leeds United players Pascal Struijk, Luke Ayling, Mateusz Klich and Tyler Roberts took the time to show support for the The Great Horses for Health UK Relay 2021, along with the riders and horses from West Yorkshire Police at a Leeds United home game at Elland Road on Saturday 8th May.


he UK relay which aims to celebrate how horses can have a positive impact on our mental health and well-being was launched at Wentworth House by kind permission of Sir Phillip Leyland on 2nd May supported by South Yorkshire Mounted Police. The relay moves to North East UK region on Saturday 15th May when the Northumbria Mounted Police Unit are ready to support and will work

its way around the UK until ending in Cornwall on 2nd October. Founder Sophie Gifford said: “The Yorkshire region have really embraced the launch of our UK fundraising relay and shown that the mental health and well-being message has no boundaries. The aim of the Great Horses for Health Relay is already bringing communities together to celebrate the positive power of horses and

help raise funds for equine Charities. We are off to a great start to achieve our goals and invite everyone to join our growing list of celebrity and sporting supporters.” n To find out more about The Great Horse for Health Relay and how you register to take part, please visit www.horses4health.co.uk

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Every piece of plastic counts! The problem has become so vast that our oceans currently hold over 150 million tonnes of plastic waste. By 2025, it is expected that there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish! If we continue at this rate, by 2050, there will be MORE plastic than fish!*


each cleans are an amazing way to clean up the coastline and remove harmful plastic from the paths of thousands of marine species. They can also help us to: l Reconnect with nature l Spend time with like-minded people who also care about animals and the planet l Get us outside and moving!

We’re calling on YOU to organise or participate in a beach clean for World Animal Day!

Although the problem is vast, it’s important to remember that every piece of plastic you see on a beach is a potential hazard for a sea animal, so every piece you manage to take away could potentially save a life. By viewing our actions like this, it’s easy to immediately see the positive impacts of our beach cleaning – the more we collect, the more we help (and feel great!).

How do I organise a beach clean?

Organising a beach clean is easy! Follow these 5 simple steps to create your event: www.rescueandanimalcare.com

1. Gather your volunteers Contact family members and friends, or message a local Facebook group or community group to get some willing volunteers together. It’s up to you how many people you would like to get involved – even a single person’s efforts have a significant impact, so you could go solo! But the more people you get on board, the more hands you have to collect up the rubbish. 2. Pick your beach Choose a beach which has a plastic problem and is accessible to your team. You can also contact the local authorities to let them know of your plan, which may get you more volunteers to add to your team. If you don’t have a beach to go to, lakes, rivers and streams also face similar issues with plastic pollution, assess if there is another water source you could clean safely. 3. Spread the word! Let others know about your event and inspire people to get involved at their local beaches by posting on social media, and of course, registering

your event on the World Animal Day website. When you upload your event to the World Animal Day website, you can request a FREE 5 x 7 World Animal Day flag! 4. Gear up and clear up Arm yourself with plenty of bags and biodegradable gloves, also make sure to bring a first aid kit to deal with any accidents (rubbish and slippery rocks can be sharp). Also, think about how you will transport the rubbish off the beach and into a safe disposal area where it won’t inadvertently make its way back to the sea. 5. Have fun! Any day on the beach is a fun day! What’s even better is that you’ll be surrounded by people who share your values of saving marine animals and caring for our planet. n Visit us at www.worldanimalday.org to register your beach cleaning event or find one happening near you!



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George on his admission to The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

George and Tomahawk are latest rescues at equine welfare charity Just one month ago, George and Tomahawk were rescued from a location in Devon where they had been confined to a concrete yard for over a year. Now they’re settling in well at equine welfare charity the Mare and Foal Sanctuary near Newton Abbot, joining over 600 rescued horses and ponies.


eorge and Tomahawk’s arrival brings the total equines rescued by the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in 2021 to five, or an average of one rescue per month. As the restrictions of the pandemic ease, the charity is relieved that its rehoming scheme can be fully promoted once again - a vital way to create space at its sanctuaries for new rescues. The charity offers no shame advice and support to horse owners. It is for this reason they were contacted by George and Tomahawk’s owner who 18


had been struggling to provide the level of care these horses needed due to a change in their personal circumstances. The Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s welfare outreach and advice team found that the Cob and Shetland pony pair had been confined to their yard with just a cattle-shed for shelter. The owner was no longer able to tend to them. They had various health issues and their routine worming and lice treatments were long-overdue, www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Tomahawk on his admission to The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

Arriving at our veterinary and welfare centre meaning they were burdened with internal and external parasites. The charity agreed with the owner that George and Tomahawk’s needs could not be met under the circumstances, so an emergency intervention was taken – bringing great relief to their owner. The pair arrived at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s welfare and veterinary centre in Newton Abbot and both have recently completed their quarantine period. The pair now have a sanctuary for life. 12-year old skewbald Shetland Tomahawk had a history of laminitis and has Equine asthma (RAO). His feet were long and his toes ‘slippered’ and he had thrush in each foot. George, a 27-year old bay Cob had rubbed his coat where lice had irritated him, he had bilateral hindlimb stiffness and poor grazing ability due to worn incisors. Welfare advisor Leah Brock was involved in their rescue. She said: “I am pleased the owner had been brave enough to contact us for help and relieved for www.rescueandanimalcare.com

George and Tomahawk in the cattle-shed George and Tomahawk. They have a safe and secure future.” n The charity is asking for donations to support its daily work to provide lifelong care to horses and ponies like George and Tomahawk at www.mareandfoal.org. Alternatively, people able to rehome a rescue horse or pony on a loan basis are encouraged to find out more about its Sanctuary at Home scheme. RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2021


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A unique and spirited way to discover York: guided pub walks in aid of York charity ‘Keep your pet’. At last – you can not only enjoy an evening of pub visits but justify it as a means of raising much-needed funds for York organisation ‘Keep your pet’ (KYP).


or those visiting York for the first time or those who want to learn more about the city from a different perspective, KYP’s guided pub walks with an experienced volunteer provide a unique and fascinating way to discover more about the rich history of York’s beer and pub heritage as well as the centuries of events and people (and spirits) associated with them. A typical walk includes around 15 establishments and lasts 1.5 - 2 hours. We meet at the junction of College Street and Goodramgate, (outside the National Trust shop).

We then venture into the city, stopping outside the various public houses to learn about their beginnings and the roles they played in the historical events of York, as well as seeing other historic buildings & sites along the way. Tours can be tailored to the specific requirements of a group by including specific pubs or routes through the city. The next walks will take place on: • Saturday 29th May 3pm- 5pm • Friday 4th June 3pm - 5pm • Sunday 13th June 3pm - 5pm • Tuesday 15th June 3pm-5pm

• Thursday 24th June 3pm - 5pm n Cost £6 per person & all proceeds go to Keep Your Pet a local charity scheme unique to York & run by Age UK York. Payments can be made at the start of the tour or through the Age UK York Just Giving page. Participants are asked to have a face covering available. Groups will be limited to 10 (plus the guide) & booking is essential. Book on 07592 547326 or email pubwalks4kyp@outlook.com or visit www.keepyourpet.co.uk Photo image: ©Adobe Stock stock.adobe.com

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Ferran Torres, new Champion for Wild at Heart Foundation Manchester City and Spanish National football star Ferran Torres has joined renowned animal welfare charity Wild at Heart Foundation as Champion ambassador.


orres is an animal lover - dogs have been a huge part of his life since childhood and he currently has two adopted dogs Minnie and Lluna at his home in Foios, Spain. Since joining Manchester City and missing his dogs greatly when he’s in England, Torres reached out to Wild at Heart Foundation to see how he could support the charity. As Champion, Torres will work closely with the Foundation to help raise awareness of the 600 million global stray dog population crisis and support future fundraising campaigns. Torres said: "Since I was born, I have been surrounded by dogs. I don't remember life without their company. With joy, safety, love and kindness, dogs are capable of transforming a house into a home. I’m happy to be working with Wild at Heart Foundation to help rescue dogs on a global scale.”



Wild at Heart Foundation, founded by Nikki Tibbles in 2015 works all over the world to help end the suffering of stray dogs. With a focus on rehoming, sterilisation, education and raising awareness for urgent causes and issues. Tibbles commented: “We are thrilled to have Ferran onboard as the charity’s Champion! Not only is he a global star, he is kind and compassionate and clearly cares about animal welfare. As a player for Manchester City and the Spanish National team, he has an international platform which will help us raise awareness of the Foundation to a new audience of football and dog lovers. Together we will make the world a better place.” Torres is an ambassador for Kick Out Plastic, a charity that aims to reduce single-use plastics and works towards a more sustainable future. Torres has always placed great importance on caring for nature and

the environment. He commented: “It’s true that I’ve always loved getting lost in the mountains or taking a quiet walk on the beach with my dogs. It’s my way of disconnecting.” Kick Out Plastic and Wild at Heart Foundation unite two of the great passions of the Premier League Champion, Carabao Cup and Champions League finalist. n Ferran Torres is leading the way and calling for his fans to visit https://wildatheartfoundation.org/ to explore the many ways they can help with fundraising and raising awareness of the plight of the stray dog globally. Alternatively, text TORRES to 70085 to donate £5 to Wild at Heart Foundation.

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Distract your pet by encouraging play

Spot the sign: Howling could be a form of stress

It is important not to reward the behaviour with kisses or treats because that suggests that the behaviour is justified. • Accidents • Fights with other dogs or cats

Treatments There are no simple remedies. Treatment requires understanding, love and re-assurance. The first challenge is to identify the source of the problem which is often easier said than done. Once the cause is identified, the pet can be de-sensitised by gradual exposure to the source of the problem until the pet recognises that it does not pose a threat to its wellbeing. It is important not to reward the behaviour with kisses or treats because that suggests that the behaviour is justified. Instead, ignore and distract by calmly handling the pet and encouraging it to do other things such as play, go for a walk or embark on some training exercise. If you do not over-react, the pet will quickly realise that he or she’s fears are not justified and they can begin to adopt normal behaviours associated with the trust in the fact that if you are not anxious then neither should they be. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

Encourage your pet to by going for a walk n If the cause is separation anxiety of course, the key is to adopt a companion pet or another carer if you are otherwise occupied. Thankfully, anxiety in pets is as treateable as it is in humans and just like humans, love and understanding can lead to the happy ever after! For further help or advice, please do not hesitate to call the Bio-Life Helpline on01608 686626 or visit the website www.biolife-international.co.uk Photo images: ©Adobe Stock stock.adobe.com RESCUE AND ANIMAL CARE 29 MAY – 29 JUNE 2021


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Ann Bolland’s beloved cat Missy

Antifreeze warning for owners after agonising death of muchloved cat An owner whose cat died from suspected antifreeze poisoning has joined Cats Protection’s campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of the product to cats.


ighteen-month-old Missy is thought to have swallowed antifreeze near her home in Skipton, North Yorkshire, before becoming severely unwell. Her distraught owner Ann Bolland said: “I realised something was wrong when Missy seemed a bit subdued one morning, and within the hour I could see she was going downhill. I got her to the vets quickly but it was too late, her body had begun shutting down. She was disorientated, her organs were failing and the vet said all the signs were pointing to antifreeze poisoning. “Within a few hours, she had to be put to sleep. Her deterioration in such a short time was absolutely horrific to witness – she had been a healthy, energetic and lively cat, and suddenly she was gone. “The day before had been a bright, sunny February day with a heavy frost forecast, so I think she had somehow come across it when someone was topping up their car with antifreeze. I had no idea of the risks to cats of antifreeze and I would urge anyone using it to be extremely vigilant that there are



no cats around. Losing Missy in such a traumatic way has had a huge effect on me, I’m a huge animal lover and have always owned pets, but I’m not sure I can bring myself to have another.” Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity, is campaigning for better labelling of the product and has urged owners to be vigilant if their cats have access to garages or sheds where it may be stored. Madison Rogers, the charity’s Senior Advocacy & Government Relations Officer, said: “Antifreeze contains a substance which is particularly harmful to cats and can prove fatal if ingested, as it seems was tragically the case for Missy. “It only takes a spillage on the driveway or a cat walking through a puddle and then grooming its fur for the poison to be ingested. This quickly affects a cat’s kidneys, with damage sometimes so severe that the cat may not survive. “This summer, we’d urge owners to make sure any stores of antifreeze in sheds or garages are securely kept away from cats. And anyone doing checks on their vehicle should be mindful of how

dangerous antifreeze can be for cats, so it is important to wipe up spillages immediately and not leave bottles on the driveway unattended. “Many motorists are completely unaware of how dangerous antifreeze can be, and we’d like to see better labelling on products. Such a simple measure could help prevent the deaths of many cats and save their owners the ordeal of seeing their beloved cat suffer.” This year Cats Protection’s advocacy work is being supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Stephanie Kerr from the charities team at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “As a cat owner myself, I’m very pleased that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting Cat Protection’s advocacy work on these issues. None of us want a pet or any other animal to become ill or suffer when it can be easily avoided by raising awareness of the dangers of common household products." n To find out more about the dangers of antifreeze, please visit https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/home-and-environment/poisoning www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Raven reunited! Lost cat finds his way back home after more than 10 months on the run For some cats that get lost or go missing, a happy ending in which they are reunited with their loving and worried owner is indeed possible - the chances of which are made infinitely stronger if the cat has an up to date microchip.


or four-year-old Raven, who originally went missing back at the start of 2020, the fact that his owner had included both her address, phone number and email on his chip was his saving grace – as despite her moving house during the pandemic, we still managed to bring the two of them back together after 10 long months apart. ● Raven’s owner had originally looked all over for him, and was heartbroken when he didn’t return a few months after wandering off. ● Despite missing him and desperately wanting him back, she had no choice but to move house a couple of weeks later, resigning herself to never seeing poor Raven again. ● Raven, however, had struck lucky and found a lovely family who were feeding him a stray, so wasn’t in any kind of pain or distress and was being well looked after! After a while, Raven’s finders decided to go through the process of adopting him officially, and brought him into Mayhew as a stray intended to have him checked over and registered to them if they passed our initial assessment. As with all animals who come into our clinic, we searched for a microchip and to our surprise found that Raven actually had an up to date one. We tried sending a letter, text and email to the details on file, and despite the letter obviously never arriving with the original owner, she did receive the email and replied to us shortly afterwards in surprise and delight. Although Raven’s feeders were obviously disappointed that they would no longer be taking Raven home with them, they were thrilled for him and his original owner who came in to pick him up as soon as she could. Whilst Raven was with us we’d given him a full health assessment and neutered him, and



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cleaned up a few old scabs on his head and ears that he’d picked up during his time straying. When Raven’s owner first saw him, she couldn’t believe her eyes that he was really there, and Raven was equally delighted to be reunited with a familiar face! Although Raven has now settled back into his new house, we expect to see many more cats just like him who sadly will never get to see their loving owners again. Cats like Graham, whose story we shared last month and who are not microchipped, rely on voluntary neighbourhood posters and word of mouth if they are discovered all alone, and often this is not sufficient enough to be able to track down their original family. It’s also incredibly important that multiple methods of contact are included on a microchip, so that if owners like Raven’s move or get a new phone or lose access to their email account, they can still be reached by one of the other methods.

We are thrilled to hear that a recent government consultation into compulsory cat microchipping has now moved to the next stage, with Justice Secretary Robert Buckland having set up a new taskforce to look into the practicalities of making microchipping cats a legal obligation, just like it currently is for dogs, to help prevent pet theft. Mayhew fed advice and thoughts into the original consultation, and we will be watching closely for any updates over the next few months. n To find out more about Mayhew’s services, including rescue and rehoming, please visit our website www.themayhew.org You can also read more about our on site Vet Clinic and the services we offer, including microchipping, https://themayhew.org/community-vet-clinic/microchipping - though please note we are currently running at a significantly reduced capacity due to the ongoing pandemic, and are not currently open to the public. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Where have all the Dogs gone?


ovid 19 has caused many problems and not just for humans but the animal world is suffering too. As a breed rescue we normally take in about 200 Labradors per year but since the pandemic their popularity has escalated beyond measure. We received over 2000 enquiries for dogs of all ages and in the end, we simply had to close our books to registrations. As a result the Trust has had to rethink its policies and we now have a completely new way of working. During the pandemic we have taken in less than 20 dogs for rehoming. The majority have had serious problems of one kind or another and have incurred the Trust in many hours of hard work doing rehabilitation and generally sorting them out before they have gone on to their new forever homes. Puppy farmers and some unscrupulous breeders have cashed in big time for these dogs. A Labrador puppy went up from £850 to over £3000 in the space of weeks. Unbelievably, people so desperate for Labradors fuelled the trade by paying these exorbitant prices. All sorts of yarns were spun by the vendors in order to secure a quick sale, pocket the cash and disappear off the face of the earth, only to emerge with a new identity and different address. The Kennel Club breed standard shows that there are 3 colours of Labrador Black, Yellow and Chocolate – any other colour is not recognised. Now we have sellers advertising Champagne, Charcoal, Fox Red, Grey, Silver and all of them attracting even higher premiums. Unsuspecting buyers flocked to purchase these colours as they were advertised as rare. The power of on-line sales knows no bounds. Owners are now returning to work and the phone calls are coming in asking for help, not to rehome the dog necessarily but wanting endless advice on trying to put right mistakes. This week, a 14 week old puppy that



bites and is aggressive. I can hear it in the background barking hysterically, the owner admits the dog is being caged most of the time as each time it is free it does the wall of death round the house. I give what advice I can but I fear that it falls on deaf ears, I suspect the dog will have been sold on as it cost them megabucks. I fear the worst for many dogs as so many will be in a situation that they are not used to i.e. being left for long periods of time whilst owners are back at work. Many owners wanting help are telling the same story to us, the dog is aggressive to other dogs, wrecking the house when left, barking constantly. All these things can be sorted but people are not turning to rescue to rehome the dogs. They are being sold on time and again with the problems escalating. We have come to a situation where the dog is like a used car, once it goes wrong then you sell it on carefully avoiding the truth as to why. And so it goes on like a treadmill with the result that there are some very screwed up, unhappy and in some cases dangerous dogs out there. For heavens sake if you find yourself in this situation then think of the dog first and go to your breed rescue, they know and understand their breed better than anyone. n To find out more visit Labrador Lifeline Trust www.labrador-lifeline.com info@labrador-lifeline.com www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Keep your pet safe in the car Plans of foreign holidays will once again be shelved for millions of Brits this spring and summer, and now households planning ‘staycations’ have been advised on how to keep their four-legged family members safe on road trips.


he motoring experts at LeaseCar.uk have compiled their advice for travelling with pets, with the top priority being to keep them safe. The Highway Code states that dogs or other animals must be suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you or themselves if you stop quickly. Failure to do this could result in a fine and penalty points. The experts are urging owners to use suitable restraints including harnesses for dogs, pet guards for larger, active dogs and cages or carriers for smaller animals. Other tips featured in the guide cover preparing your animal for the journey, advice for during the trip and what to do when you finally arrive. Tim Alcock from LeaseCar.uk said: “Travelling with your pet can be stressful, especially if they become anxious or suffer from motion sickness. “So, we’ve compiled some tips to help make the journey as easy as possible for both your animal and you. “Preparing them ahead of the trip with a long walk and a light meal will get you off to a good start. “Once the journey is underway, it’s important to make sure your pet is safe, and you adhere to the guidance set out in the Highway Code. Also remember to have plenty of stops, keep water in the 34


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1. Go for a walk Take your pet for a long walk before you head off on your travels to burn off excess energy. They’re more likely to spend the journey relaxing if they’re worn out. 2. Feeding Feed your pet two hours before travel – they travel better on an empty stomach and it reduces the risk of travel sickness. Also make sure there’s water in the car in a spill proof bowl.

On the journey

3. Keeping your pet safe Make sure you stick to the rules in the Highway Code and keep your pet safe by using restraints. Harnesses are great for dogs. For larger, more active dogs, try a pet guard which can turn the boot into a dedicated pet area. For smaller pets, consider investing in a carrier, crate or cage. 4. Breaks Remember to take plenty of breaks on the journey for toilet stops and exercise,

especially if you’re travelling a long way. And remember to keep your pet on a lead when you take them out of the car. 5. Window Shades Invest in some window shades to help keep the car cool and block out direct sunlight. This will make the journey more comfortable for your pet. 6. Keep your pet relaxed Journeys can be stressful to pet, so try and make them as happy and relaxed as possible. This could be as simple as their favourite toy or a blanket from home. 7. Cooling down Don’t let your pet hang out of the window to cool down. Not only is this illegal, they could injure themselves. Instead turn on the air conditioning and open windows furthest from your animal. 8. Breakdown If you breakdown while travelling with your pet, don’t let them out unless it safe to do so and make sure you keep them on a lead.

When you arrive

9. Let them free As soon as you arrive and it’s safe, give your pet a chance to stretch their legs and run around. Photo image: ©Adobe Stock stock.adobe.com www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Brits go barking mad for dog friendly staycations • Over half of UK dog owners plan to take their pet on a staycation this year • A quarter of dog owners took on their pet during Covid • Two thirds of pet owners anxious about taking their dog on holiday


ith some restrictions still in place for overseas travel 51% of dog owners plan to take their pet on a staycation this year. With a quarter of UK dog owners taking on their new pet during the pandemic, Blue Cross is offering advice to owners who may be taking their dog away from home for the first time. For many pets they may find themselves for the first time in a totally different environment. They may have never seen the sea before or had much experience around livestock. The charity recommends owners plan ahead to ensure everyone enjoys a holiday that is happy, not a horror. Kerry Taylor, Education Manager at Blue Cross said: “There are a few key things to consider before you go, during the journey and when you arrive. For example, find out where the nearest vet is located and check our first aid advice, just in case. Make sure your dog is microchipped, which they should be by law, and your mobile phone number is on their dog tag. Pack everything your dog will need and to make sure they 38


are comfortable being in a strange place, especially if it’s their first time.” Two thirds of dog owners confess they are nervous about taking their dog on holiday, with 40% of owners saying they fear their dog might get stolen or go missing. However, shockingly over a third of owners say they don’t have a contact number on their dog’s tag. A third of owners also worry their pet will overheat in the sun yet over a quarter think it is ok to leave the dog in the car with the windows open when making a quick stop. Kerry continued: “New dog owners in particular need to plan ahead and do some research before setting off. Never leave your dog alone in a car, on hot days, even just for a couple of minutes, as it can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Make sure you take regular water and wee stops if it’s a long drive and get them used to public transport before setting off on a long train journey to make sure they will cope.” www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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Despite half of the owners claiming their dog always comes back when called Blue Cross animal behaviourist urge caution before letting dogs off the lead while on holiday as some dogs may behave differently somewhere they are unfamiliar with compared to their daily visit to the local park. It is also vital for dogs to be kept on a short lead when around livestock and kept on lead if there is any doubt whatsoever.

n For more staycation with pets advice visit www.bluecross.org.uk/petholiday Blue Cross is a charity and relies on donations from animal lovers to continue its vital work helping sick, injured, homeless and abandoned pets. Visit the website to make a donation, find out more about the charity’s work and to see pets currently looking for loving homes.



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End of life, we know it will happen As much as we would prefer to ignore the trauma of an end-of-life situation, we know it will be something we will go through. I wouldn’t recommend that this becomes a regular subject of conversation but some thought and some planning is always a sensible and strangely comforting thing to do.


aybe you will discuss whether to let your pet die naturally at home or taking them to the vet’s clinic for a planned euthanasia? The decisions you make will be personal and based on the health of your pet and their quality of life. My German Shepherd does not like visiting the vet, (luckily she has not had to do it often) but when she does, the anxiety is obvious and distressing, she looses hair becomes nervous and generally stressed. In an on-line survey arranged by Cloud 9 Vets over 90% of respondents would prefer to organise a home euthanasia. This means avoiding potential pain and 40


risk for clinic anxiety, in other words a peaceful, controlled and stressless passing in the safe environment of your own home.

Dos and don’ts

When this discussion becomes unavoidable, do:

• Talk to your vet practice in good time: there is no advantage pushing things to the last minute. Sadly we have too often seen a situation that the owner appears to be in control of, suddenly turn into a crises, when the situation controls you, it may turn into an emergency, when the peaceful

and gentle goodbye becomes a rush to avoid pain and distress. • Discuss pet euthanasia with family or friends: this is a major decision, get everyone on the same page before making that final decision. • Run through a quality of life assessment, do it several times if necessary. • Consider the environment, being at home will reduce stress.


• Don’t be scared of making that call or booking that appointment, when you are facing the inevitable www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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it is comforting to talk to experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate people, who can help and support you. • Don’t push things too far, in an end of life situation remember the sentiment that “a week too early is so much better than a day too late”. • Don’t blame yourself, considering euthanasia is something you do as an act of love for your pet, to save them from pain and distress. • Don’t let other people make the decision for you, you know your pet best. • Don’t forget about aftercare, do you want to bury at home? Or perhaps organise an individual cremation with the ashes returned in an urn?

Time is always a factor

When it is time, you will likely know as an owner, after all you know your pet better than anyone else. They often send us subtle signals, maybe they are hiding away, maybe they just look at you in ”that” way, asking


for some help if their quality of life is not what they or you would want it to be. Don’t feel guilty, those who contemplate putting their elderly or sick pet to sleep do it through love, nothing else. Make sure you say a proper goodbye before the vet’s appointment, there will also be time after you meet the vet, but you may want those few private moments, before the vet arrives. A gentle-euthanasia needs time, do not be rushed, make sure you can go through the process carefully and calmly, without being hurried or too focused on the clock. Be clear with the vet, how much, or little do you want to know about the process? Make sure you get the closeness and compassion you and your pet need. Even in times of Corona this should still be possible, ask before, because it is too late afterwards. All of these decisions are personal. Should I order an individual or communal cremation, a burial at home? There is not a “right” decision, just a decision, that is

right for you and your family. We don’t talk about end-of-life do we? Well we just did! And planning what to do, in good time, makes the process, gentle and dignified, making sure that you celebrate the wonderful life of your pet rather than just mourn their passing. One of our vets, Charlotte recently said to me, “putting a pet to sleep is such an emotional and sad time but if you plan that process with respect and dignity, their passing can actually be something very special and very loving”. n Amber Synnott, Amber is co-founder, Director and Practice Manager at Cloud 9 Vets visit cloud9vets.co.uk Photo image: ©Adobe Stock stock.adobe.com



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Introducing Dog Centred Care – Recognising the dog’s emotional experience I recently gave a presentation at the Victoria Stillwell Dog Behaviour Conference. During the talk I introduced the phrase ‘Dog Centred Care’. To show what that meant I asked the delegates to consider two types of behaviour: ‘The behaviour we do ourselves and the behaviour we judge in others.’ Have a good think about that! When we break it down like this, we can easily see the difference between the often-two-dimensional ways we judge behaviour in others, compared with the complexities and nuances we experience behind our own behaviour. By Andrew Hale Let’s start with the behaviour we judge in others. As a species we are very judgemental of behaviour. There are many Andrew and his dogs reasons for this and I will not delve too deeply into those here, but when considering a dog centred care approach we must start by recognising how our own judgements, expectations and language of behaviour may stop up us from offering the support the dog needs. We need to remember the norm is still to see behaviour simply on a continuum of good to bad and it is very easy to define a behaviour based on our own 42


agenda and outlook. This, in turn, can lead to a focus on just wanting to change or control that behaviour without thinking about what the dog might have been communicating through it in the first place. Whilst judgement of behaviour is, of course, important when we consider safety and its effect on others, we must also remember that the animals (or indeed humans!) emotional experience might be quite different to any determination made externally as to its desirability. Unlike the way we judge the behaviour of others, when it comes to consider our own behaviour, we know it is really rather complicated - right!? We know of all the many factors that affect us, that feed into our own emotional experience and then on to what drives our behaviour. We also know what it feels like to have our behaviour judged, scrutinised and challenged by those who have no idea of our emotional experience. We can www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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think back to examples from school, or maybe in the workplace or even within our own family or social network. There is nothing worse than having people just arbitrarily make assumptions and create expectations that may have no resemblance to our own needs, and that are just based on what they find appropriate etc. If we think to a time where we were put under pressure to act in a certain way, without the ability to express emotional need or to behave in a way we felt more comfortable, we can easily identify with what that control and coercion feels like. Within dog training we have become really good at being able to create, change and challenge behaviour in dogs. The focus (and arguments) have often ended up being over what methods or tools are best, what approaches get the best ‘results’ and how to get them the fastest. Much of this is based on the foundation of the human having decided what is appropriate, what is allowed, what is expected and what those ‘results’ look like. Indeed the long discredited dominance model was built on those projections- a model that sadly still sits large in the zeitgeist. Even as we have tried to move away from that model and shifted towards using rewards, we have not been so quick to move away from the human ego and its focus on getting behaviours we want and expect. So, here is the rub. Behind the dog’s behaviour there will be an emotional experience, and often real genuine emotional need. If we just seek to change behaviour in an arbitrary and unilateral manner, we risk just getting behaviours we find more appropriate, but that offers little internal value to the dog or indeed relief for their emotional need. The mantra that is often used is ‘Reinforce the good, ignore the bad’ but we can now see the possible problems with this. Those


‘bad’ behaviours may well be communicating real need and the seeking of relief. By ignoring those what is the dog really learning – is it learning to stop that behaviour as it won’t be reinforced or more fundamentally that help doesn’t come? And those ‘good’ behaviours - are we supporting behaviours that have any use or internal value to the dog, or are they based purely on our expectations of what ‘we’ want because we have judged them as good? So, the real consideration must be to stay mindful about the role our own judgements play in deciding the appropriateness of behaviour, and to try to ensure if we are going to create or support a behaviour that it is has some use to the dog as well as for us. This is the essence of a Dog Centred Care approach. It invites us to try and put our own judgements and expectations into some alignment with the dog’s emotional experience and their communication of their emotional need. I have reached out to others in the dog behaviour community who are also asking some of these questions and created a FB group where I can share all our work. If you would like to read more articles and watch some great chats join us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogcc or go to my website www.dogcc.org and join the mailing list to hear of courses on the emotional experience of dogs that are coming soon. Andrew Hale is a Certified Animal Behaviourist and behavioural consultant for Pet Remedy



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How to tackle pets’ separation anxiety while managing your home’s ‘carbon pawprint’ • E.ON teams up with expert vet and TV presenter, Dr Scott Miller, to reveal the sustainable ways pet owners can help minimise their home’s ‘carbon pawprint’1 • New research2 reveals that over half (64%) of Brits leave various appliances on to keep their pet calm and comfortable when left alone • Almost half (49%) of pet owners are unaware of the impact their pets’ energy use has on their own carbon footprint • Line of Duty, EastEnders and Planet Earth are the top TV shows left on to keep pets company


ith a sharp rise in the number of pets over the past 12 months3, it’s little surprise that our ownership of pets may have had an adverse impact on our energy use, creating pets’ own ‘carbon pawprints’. With lockdown now easing and Brits slowly heading back to normality, new research from E.ON with 2,000 pet owners2 has found more than half (56%) have adopted various habits to help keep their pets calm and comfortable2. Many of these habits can increase households’ carbon emissions – something which almost half (49%) of pet owners surveyed are unaware of2. For those who are slowly heading back into the workplace, over a third (39%) of British pet owners said they’re concerned with how this may affect their pampered pet. Six in ten (64%) put devices on when they leave their pet on their own, including the TV (43%) and radio (44%)2. When asked why they leave devices on for their pets, more than half (58%) said it’s to keep their pet company2. When choosing which TV shows to leave on, Line of Duty (12%), EastEnders (12%) and Planet Earth (17%) were among pet owners’ favourites. Other popular shows included Blue Planet (17%), Coronation Street (12%) and This Morning (11%)2.

Separate research by E.ON4 with 2,000 pet owners found that almost two fifths (37%) of pet owners confirmed if they knew the extent of their energy use when caring for their pet, they’d try new ways to decrease it and become more sustainable, including: • Installing smart lighting (56%) • Using energy efficient appliances, including TV and Radio (55%) • Using energy efficient light bulbs (54%) • Choosing a supplier which provides 100% renewable electricity (52%) 44


Expert Vet and TV presenter, Dr Scott Miller • Monitoring energy use via a smart meter (50%) • Installing a smart thermostat (47%) • Upgrading to an energy efficient boiler (47%) • Installing solar panels and or battery storage (45%) Chris Lovatt, Chief Operating Officer of E.ON Energy Infrastructure Services, said: “Sustainability is at the www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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heart of all we do at E.ON; we provide all of our customers’ homes with 100% renewable electricity6 and a range of smart home solutions. “With many people being unaware of the impact owning a pet can have on their carbon footprint, we’re keen to help encourage pet owners to think more broadly about how they can make sustainable changes in the home. Whether that’s through effective monitoring of energy use with a smart meter, energy efficient appliances, or installing a new and efficient boiler, we believe in a smart, personalised and sustainable energy future for our customers.” To help pet owners across the country care for their pet more sustainably, E.ON has teamed up with expert vet and TV presenter, Dr Scott Miller, to provide his top five tips: 1. Keep it cool – Stress and anxiety can lead to an increase in your pets’ body temperature, something which is exacerbated by a warm house. Try to keep things a little cooler when leaving your pet alone to help reduce stress levels. And make sure that you have an energy efficient boiler for those colder days when you do need the heating on – you’ll save both energy and spend less on your heating bills while still keeping your pet comfortable. E.ON’s tado° smart thermostat is another great way to manage your home’s temperature when you’re not there. It not only monitors the weather forecast for you, but also allows you to control your heating from your phone. 2. Turn on the TV – Outside sounds and strange noises can worsen separation anxiety, so use gentle background noise, such as a radio or TV to muffle these and reduce any negative reactions to them. While this is an energy-consuming way of soothing your pet, you can cut down how much power you use simply by turning down the TV screen brightness5. Keep an eye on your energy use with a smart meter to help make sure you’re only using the energy you need to when keeping your pet calm and comfortable. And ensure you’re with an energy supplier that provides 100% renewable electricity6, like E.ON. 3. Enrich their environment – From toys to interactive food gadgets, there are so many great ways to entertain your pet when you leave the house. Encouraging your pet to ‘work’ for their food, stimulating their problem-solving abilities and engaging them in a task are all great ways to focus your dog or cat on something positive rather than the negative feelings of your departure. 4. To light or not to light – Many owners like to keep a light on for their pampered pets, something which can use up a lot of energy over time. But many pet owners might not be aware that dogs are naturally nocturnal and can see better in the dark than you can. www.rescueandanimalcare.com

If this habit is one that you can’t quite break, try using energy efficient LED light bulbs or a timer to save energy and keep your pet comfortable. 5. Practice makes perfect – If your pet is suffering with the common issue of separation anxiety as lockdown eases, you must try to keep some separation from them even when you’re in the house together. Have an area for them to relax on their own, use stairgates and slowly increase the time you spend out of the house away from them in short increments, using toys and treats to divert their attention from your departure. Pet cameras can be a useful tool to help gauge the level of your pet’s anxiety, and always consider the help of a local specialist pet behaviourist who can help understand, support and manage separation anxiety in your furry friends. The research revealed dog owners’ top habits to help keep their pooches calm and comfortable2: • Leaving lots of toys out to play with (64%) • Leaving the lights on (48%) • Leaving the radio on (44%) • Leaving the TV on (43%) • Playing music (36%) • Giving them a dog bone (35%) • Monitoring their pet via camera (19%) • Leaving on other pet related devices e.g. pet diffuser (19%) • Walkie Talkies to communicate with their pet (12%) With the recent rise in pet theft7 and many new pet parents leaving their pet for the first time, half (50%) of British pet owners admit they’re concerned about how they can keep their pet safe once they’re back in the workplace2. To help address this, pet owners have installed a pet camera, CCTV and additional security alarms – all of which can add to a household’s energy use. E.ON offers smart meters, efficient boilers and solar and battery technology which can all help people better manage their home energy use, and even generate their own. To find out more about 100% renewable electricity from E.ON6 and other sustainable solutions, visit www.eonenergy.com 1. Carbon Pawprint - the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organisation, or community – in this case, pets. 2. Survey of 2,000 respondents carried out on behalf of E.ON by FlyResearch in April 2021. 3. Source: BBC News 4. Survey of 2,000 respondents carried out on behalf of E.ON by FlyResearch in May 2021. 5. Source: Energy Saving Trust 6. Electricity backed by 100% renewable sources. E.ON's renewable generation assets, agreements with UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to your home comes from the National Grid and DNOs. eonenergy.com/renewable 7. Source: The Guardian



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Help homeless horse Heather find her happy ending A ten-year-old piebald cob called Heather has been looking for a home for over 500 days and Blue Cross in Rolleston is calling out to find her happy ending where she will live as a non-ridden companion.


eather arrived at Blue Cross through the RSPCA in June 2017 and despite being rehomed several times before, she was returned to the Rolleston centre in September 2019 and been waiting for a new home ever since. Heather previously had wounds in her heels and the backs of her knees from having mites. Because she was sore she had learnt to kick, bite and strike to stop people from handling her legs. Since being back at the centre she has had a lot of training with her legs and happily she is now good to be examined by the farrier and allow the team to put oil and cream on her heels and the backs of her knees to prevent her getting sores. Verity Anderton-Johnson, Rehoming Co-ordinator at Blue Cross in Rolleston said: “Heather is a sweet mare but needs a



chilled when the other horse left the trailer and travelled back alone fine. We hope we can soon find her happy forever home.” Her new borrowers will need to keep Heather on a poor quality grazing and she benefits from having a daily gut supplement. At times where grass is growing rapidly (spring) she would benefit from turnout on a non-grazing area such as a woodchip or school and time away from grazing until the grass has settled to help hew lose some weight.

competent and consistent handler to build her confidence up. Heather has been a travel companion while in our care and was great. She was really

n To find out more about Heather and other horses needing a new home, or to make a donation towards their care, visit www.bluecross.org.uk


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10 dog breeds most likely to be spoiled by their owners New data from personalised pet gift shop Yappy.com has revealed the UK's top ten most spoiled dog breeds, with Cavapoochon’s topping the list!


he triple crossbreed (a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise and Poodle) came out as the UK’s most pampered pet, with Maltipoos and Chow Chows in close second and third place. Following a fur baby boom over the last year with over 3.2 million Brits all becoming puppy parents, Yappy.com has studied over 300 popular breeds and over 5000 individual pet profiles to identify the most opulent pups from every area of the UK.

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Maltipoo comes hot on the tail of the Cavapoochon as the UK's second most-spoiled dog. These silky-coated pups are ideal for owners with allergies, are easy to train and are full of adoring personality! Maltipoos are much-loved by celebrities too, with famous names such as Laura Whitmore being proud owners. In third is the cuddly Chow Chow. One of the oldest dog breeds in the world, Chow Chows are now one of the most expensive dog breeds in the UK and are the third most spoiled! Thanks to their teddy bear appearance, the breed is highly sought-after and adored. Whilst it’s no surprise to see popular breeds like the Sproodle, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Hungarian Vizsla in the overall top 10 list, the data shows that other much-loved breeds such as Dalmatians, Siberian Husky and Shih Tzu all placed in the bottom 10 of the UK’s most under indulged dogs. Based on the average spend of dog owners, Yappy.com www.rescueandanimalcare.com

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has calculated which breeds are the most spoiled in each area of the UK. The map identified that in Scotland the most spoiled dog breed is the Cockapoo, in London it's the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and in Yorkshire, it's the Chihuahua!

WHICH DOG NAMES LEAD TO THE MOST SPOILED PUPS? The data from Yappy.com also found that the names of pups also has an influence on their spoiled nature and uncovered that dogs named Disney are the most spoiled in the UK. Pooches named Waffles and Marmalade come in close second and third place, and pups called Franky, Oz and www.rescueandanimalcare.com

Macey being the least likely to be living a life of luxury. John Smith, founder of Yappy.com said: “Every dog deserves to be spoiled and enjoy the ‘ulti-mutt‘ best life possible and our findings show which cities and regions are doing the most treating and which breeds are the most likely to be indulged. Following the explosion of new dog owners during the past year, we're seeing owners wanting to spoil their pets more than ever and are treating their fur babies as human members of the family." n The full list of the most spoiled dogs in the UK, including every region's particularly pampered pups, can be found here https://www.yappy.com/uk/dogs/b/most-spoiled-dogbreeds



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Tickets on sale for cat behaviour conference Cats Protection is holding its second virtual cat behaviour conferences to help demystify one of the UK’s most loved but misunderstood pets. The online event on 24 September will feature informative sessions and engaging Q&As, focusing on a number of topics including: • how to train cats and practical application for cooperative care • using technology to assess pairs of cats According to the charity, the conference is ideal for veterinary professionals and everyone working in the animal welfare sector - as well as budding cat behaviourists. “We’re really excited to build upon the success of last year’s conference which attracted an international audience. It’s a fantastic opportunity for cat professionals to engage with some amazing speakers,” said Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow.

Nicky added that the conference is also suitable for those whose work focuses on cats indirectly, including those studying for a relevant qualification. The day will count as seven hours of Continuing Professional Development for those needing to maintain CPD hours. Speakers include a range of cat behaviour experts, including Sarah Ellis and Kersti Seksel. The conference is hosted by The Webinar Vet, a company that has global success in running virtual conferences, and tickets can be purchased at https://www.cats.org.uk/helpand-advice/information-for-vets/cat-behaviour-conference at a cost of £50 plus VAT. Early bird price is £35 plus VAT for the month of May only. The event starts at 9am on 24 September and content will be available for another six months after the event for no extra fee.

Davies celebrates VNAM with free first aid videos for pet owners Davies Veterinary Specialists (Davies), the small animal referral practice based near Hitchin in Hertfordshire, is celebrating the skills of vet nurses during Veterinary Nurse Awareness Month (VNAM) with a series of free, practical first aid videos for pet owners. An ill or injured pet needs immediate care and knowing what to do could help give vital time to get the pet to a vet and save a life. Presented by Registered Veterinary Nurse Danielle Banks, the six videos provide an insight into the highly skilled role of a Registered Veterinary Nurse at a busy veterinary referral centre and include practical hints and tips for pet owners. In the first episode Danielle and her RVN colleagues Hannah Perry and Nichole Neate, explain the role of a referral nurse. Further episodes guide dog and cat owners through some of the practical skills needed as a pet owner, such as what to do in a first aid situation, how to handle and examine a pet safely and how to administer medication effectively.

your distress and make it more difficult to manage the situation. 2. Keep a first aid kit at home and a small one with you for when you are out and about. 3. Find out about your veterinary practice's 'out of hours' care and ensure you have the vet's number on your phone. 4. Your safety is paramount, don't put yourself in danger in order to provide first aid. 5. Be aware that animals may become aggressive if in pain or distress. It may be necessary to restrain the animal in order to provide first aid. 6. Never administer drugs to your pet unless directed to do so by your vet. 7. Use advice from friends and the internet with caution and always seek professional advice.

Danielle, Hannah and Nichole’s first aid tips to help you care for your pet in an emergency include: 1. Keep calm, an animal will pick up on

Tim Richardson, Managing Director of Davies said: “Registered Veterinary Nurses are the beating heart of Davies

Danielle Banks, Hannah Perry and Nichole Neate

and we would not be able to function without them. We are proud to celebrate VNAM with our new video series, which not only showcases the outstanding skills and dedication of our RVN team but also provides pet owners with numerous important practical nuggets of information and know-how to help them cope in a first aid crisis.” The videos are being rolled out across Davies’ social media platforms during the month of May and can be viewed on Davies YouTube channel https://vetspecialists.co.uk/services/nursing/animalfirst-aid/

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Return to Normality Strikes Worry in Dog Owners - 83 per cent of pet owners are anxious about leaving their dog home alone when returning to the office - The Natures Menu Pupcast returns for series two


ith the roadmap out of lockdown preparing people for a return to normality, recent research indicates that 83 per cent of pet owners are anxious about the return to work and leaving their dog at home alone. Yet preparations have begun, with 95 per cent of dog owners having already started thinking about how they will manage the process of leaving their dog on its own for longer periods of time. More than two thirds (68%) state that they’ve already engaged in talks with their boss about more flexible working options, whilst others are exploring setting up a baby cam to keep an eye on their pets (14%), or even considering a second pet to keep them company (7%)! This is particularly surprising given that one in five owners that bought or adopted a puppy during lockdown regretted their decision or found it much harder than they thought. The survey was commissioned by Natures Menu, the UK’s leading expert in raw and natural pet food, to support the launch of series two of its Pupcast – a podcast which provide advice for pet owners. Featuring dog behavioural expert and puppy trainer Kerry Ward, AKA the Fairy Dog Mother, episode one discusses techniques that pet owners can put in place to prepare man’s best friend for the upcoming changes, and how you can spot signs of anxiety. With 79 per cent of dog owners claiming they had experienced a change in their dog’s behaviour due to a lack of socialisation, with shifts such as becoming more wary around other dogs, clinginess and a lack of excitement when it came to walks, it’s

a key time to start preparations. Melanie Sainsbury, Veterinary Education Manager at Natures Menu, said: “Whilst many of us have enjoyed having more time at home, spending quality time with our dogs, this can lead to concern for pets, and owners alike, as we target a return to normality. “It’s understandable why so many owners are concerned about the major shift to leaving their pets home alone, especially those who purchased a puppy during lockdown, as having company 24/7 has become all they’re used to. That’s why it’s so important that owners start implementing techniques now to ensure a smooth

transition without causing anxiety for their dogs.” Episode one of series two of the Pupcast is now available to listen to on all major podcast channel providers: https://shows.acast.com/thepupcast/episodes/routine-changes-how-tohelp-social-anxiety-in-puppies https://open.spotify.com/episode/30A bNSEdi1oOSUJgnGbofy https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/1-routine-changes-how-to-help-social-anxiety-in-puppies/id1536918124 ?i=1000517960776 n For more information visit https://www.naturesmenu.co.uk/

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Donkeys rescued from Cumbrian mountainside A pair of donkeys in need of urgent veterinary care, who were found wandering loose on a Cumbrian mountain road, have been rescued by international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.


aisy and Thistle were spotted by motorists passing through the Lake District National Park, home to some of England’s highest mountains, in May 2020. The donkeys who had severely overgrown hooves and bold patches on their coats, were walking along the side of a mountain in the Langdale area of the park. Twelve-year-old Daisy and eleven-year-old Thistle had access to the whole of Wrynose Fell. Without intervention, the donkeys could have become stranded if they wandered too far into the mountain’s high peaks and steep slopes. Following a call from a concerned member of the public, Donkey Welfare Adviser, Adele Crompton travelled to the mountainside with an RSPCA inspector, a vet and two officers from Cumbria Police. On closer inspection, the Donkey Welfare Adviser could see the donkeys needed urgent veterinary care. Their hooves were misshapen and twisted, indicating they had not seen a farrier for quite some time. Their coats were in poor condition, with missing patches of hair leaving their delicate skin exposed to the sun. Adele said: “Once they were safely caught, I could see that their feet were very badly twisted, which would have caused them considerable discomfort. They were clearly struggling to walk. “It was good thing we were able to step in when we did. The road they were on had several blind bends, and

Daisy (left) and Thistle with Donkey Welfare Adviser Sally Bamforth Photo credit: The Donkey Sanctuary there is a chance that they could have been involved in a traffic collision. “It would have been a tragedy for not just the donkeys, but for any motorist who saw them too late.” The RSPCA and the police made contact with Daisy and Thistle’s owner; they agreed for the donkeys to be relinquished into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary. After arriving into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary, Daisy and Thistle received expert veterinary care, including dental work and farrier attention to their feet. They have since settled into their new environment quickly and have made good progress on their road to recovery. Sally Bamforth, Donkey Welfare Adviser at The Donkey Sanctuary said: “Daisy and Thistle have continued to do well. The condition

of their coats and hooves have considerably improved. “We are awaiting further assessment to see whether the damage sustained to their hooves is long term, or has improved to an extent where they may be eligible for our Rehoming Scheme. “They have enjoyed being handled and receiving daily attention, and they are looking towards a much rosier future.” The Donkey Sanctuary is a global leader for equine welfare, research and veterinary care. The charity operates programmes worldwide for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation. n For more information visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

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