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Updated: 2018-03-07T17:52:17.356+00:00


Dogs Trust Loughborough: The great rehoming mystery!


In the world of animal rehoming, there is one great mystery that stumps many, even those who’ve worked in the industry for many years; why are some dogs overlooked?We’ve all heard about how black dogs are harder to rehome but here at Loughborough the team are dumbfounded as to why these five special pooches have been overlooked.  Collies Kye and Polly, Beagle cross Frank, Crossbreed Cassidy and SBT  Stevie are firm team favourites and have been repeatedly overlooked by visitors looking for their new best friend.  Latest research into people’s choices when choosing a new dog shows that that:·         95% prefer to choose a dog with a toy in their kennel·         72% prefer dogs who stand at the front of their kennel·         59% prefer female dogs·         72% prefer a non barking dogAge is also a reliable predictor of adoption with dogs under 4 months being the most desirable followed by under 12 months old.Each of our five is different, a true individual with plenty of character and personality.  They are loved by the team who are desperate to find them the loving homes they deserve... Here's what their favourite Canine Carers have to say about them!Why I love Kye - By Canine Carer KirstyKye has brains and beauty.  With his stunning colouration and the fact he can find tasty treats hidden away is a breeze, what’s not to love?His favourite thing is walking with his carers and doggy pals.  Kye is a pleasure to walk and he’s really helped build the confidence of his canine pals who aren’t always too sure about life.  Away from busy kennel life, Kye enjoys a cuddle or doing some fun activities to keep his clever mind occupied.  Kye is a very special dog and I really hope someone can offer this lovely boy the home he deserves.Why I love Polly - By Canine Carer JemmaPolly is a popular girl here at the centre; all her carers love her fun and cheeky personality.  Polly can be a little shy at first and can be worried by meeting new people so she spends her days in our kennels where she isn’t seen by visitors.  Sadly this means she is often overlooked despite how pretty and amazing she is.  Polly is such an intelligent dog who is always keen to learn new tricks.  If she is not snoozing in her arm chair, you’ll find her out in the field playing fetch.  Polly just loves tennis balls and will play with them all day!  She’s desperate to find someone to love her who enjoys playing fetch as much as she does, please ask about this beautiful girl.Why I love Frank - By Canine Carer Aimee Frank is very much a ladies man who is a true gentleman. He can be a little shy at first but is a very sweet and loving boy. He adores the finer things in life and would love to find a quiet, calm home in the countryside. Currently he settles for basking in any sunshine we have and tickles from me while we relax together in our centre garden.I have no idea why Frank is overlooked - just look at him, he's so handsome! He can sometimes get upset in his kennel especially when people walk past him to see the other dogs but he really is a delightful distinguished gentleman with lots of love to give so please ask to meet him.Why I love Cassidy - By Canine Carer AdrianCassidy is a very loving and affectionate dog and although she can initially be nervous of new people, once a bond is built she won't leave your side.  She is a very good traveller and will jump straight in the car and is a very calm and quiet passenger.  When Cassidy is out in the wilderness she loves to explore and is more confident in her surroundings, she truly loves long walks.I love training Cassidy as she is very intelligent and enjoys her food rewards which help her learn faster.  We have lots of fun going out for walks and Cassidy will happily say hello to other dogs and play with them as long as they don’t ask her to [...]

Dogs Trust Evesham - Newt Sanctuary


The ecology here is so rich and valuable to our centre and we are working to ensure all steps are made during our rebuild to preserve the natural balance here at Dogs Trust Evesham. From Bats in our education centre to Great Crested Newts in our pond our aim is to keep our centre enriched with wildlife. As the current pond is so close to the building work we need to ensure their safety is taken seriously and their habitat could be at risk. For this reason we are building a brand new pond built with them in mind, away from the rest of the rebuild in one of our fields here. We will be trained on how to safely transfer the newts from one pond to the other when they are ready for transfer.That is not all we have here, in fact on a beautiful summers day whilst walking dogs in our fields you will often be accompanied by swifts darting around catching insects around your feet! They will be provided with bird boxes as will some of the other bird species we have here – all tailored to their requirements and hidden in the trees when we are rebuilt. We have Foxes, Buzzards, the occasional kestrel, Sky larks and a whole host of other birds, insects and mammals – We have even heard Tawny Owls hooting from the woods behind us!The bats will have a brand new pad to call their own instead of living in the education centre loft, they are being provided with “bat friendly accommodation” in our new maintenance barns and dark corridors around the site to ensure safe navigation.The newts will have a new pond and after the breeding season when they naturally return to our current pond, they will be relocated to their brand new habitat which should cater for all of their needs. As our newts have been breeding this year we are hoping that they will continue to breed and become a treasured and rather special addition to our site!We are working closely with the environmental agencies to ensure everything is done correctly and we are very proud to have such a vibrant and diverse site. We do not just love the dogs here – but all of the animals we are surrounded by![...]

Hooray For Ray!!


At the end of August we received a very exciting telephone call from former boxer and builder Ray Bulloch who owns R&G Builders and Property Maintenance. Ray called to say that he would very much like to donate over £1000 to us in form of toys and treats for all of the dogs in our care - which obviously we were really very grateful for!Kind Ray wanted us to decide what he ordered for our curious canines so swung by Head Office in his amazing pink builders van - to let us choose the gifts for our dogs.Ray with office dog Daniel Hannah in our Ops Department had great fun choosing lots of fun toys and treats, which have already been delivered to Dogs Trust Harefield - and will be distributed to all of our centres! We are so so grateful for Ray’s kind gesture, and on behalf of all of the dogs in our care want to say a great big THANK YOU!You can find out more about Ray and R&G Builders and Property Maintenance on his Facebook page! [...]

Dogs Trust Loughborough: Luna's Video Blog


Luna is a 2 year old Alaskan malamute that currently lives here at our Loughborough centre. She is currently looking for an active home who will give her the mental and physical stimulation she needs. Ideally she will live in a home that will work her either canie x or cart pulling to give her the right amount of exercise. The reason we have done a video blog for Luna is to show the work we have been doing with her to help improve her welfare also work on a few of her flaws. The video blog is focusing on teaching Luna a trick routine, this may seem to only be teaching her just a few ‘cute’ tricks but by learning new things in a fun positive way she gets a lot of mental stimulation which helps relieve her stress levels. Week one is just practicing moves she already knows and getting her used to training in an inside environment. In week one I also show some of the training I have been doing with her at the vets as she does not like anyone touching her if she does not know them, this is so I can check her eyes, ears, nose, mouth and paws for the vets with no complications. Thank you for watching, keep checking back for week 2. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> Luna’s Video Blog Week 2 This week Luna enjoyed her lovely offsite adventure to the iconic Beacon Hill maze which she really enjoyed. In the training barn I have started linking some moves together that could be used in the final routine. In the video I also demonstrated the training that she has been going through to help her remain calm and easy to groom as she needs daily grooming. It is all positive reinforcement based and I give her a treat on regular intervals when she remains calm, if she wants to get up and sniff around I allow her to until she is ready to continue. Luna's Video Blog Week 3 In this week’s blog we give Luna her feed in a bag attached to a rope being dragged along the ground so she has to chase her food to get her dinner, this is just one of many idea’s that we have came up with to provide enrichment here at Loughborough. Enrichment is a part of daily routine with all the dogs here at dogs trust Loughborough and it helps to keep the dogs mind and body active. This week I had been working on a new trick for her to learn which she was doing really well at so there is a short clip to show her progression with this trick. I did some more or her trick’s routine outside where there are more distractions before moving indoors to Link a few more moves together so I could work out a routine to go through with her. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Luna's Video Blog Week 4 Unfortunately this is the final week of the video blog but I will update the blog on a regular basis showing off her new tricks and progression. In this week there is another new move I have been working on which is a synchronised roll over also there are clips of her softer more loving side. The final routine is shown also but I will be working to do another more impressive routine with her.  allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' FRAMEBORDER='0' />[...]

Dogs Trust Loughborough - Tales from the Dog Suit Part 2


“Yes it’s hot in here!”Some people have been asking the name of the big yellow dog. It’s ‘Poochie’, yes that’s right Poochie. Not Elvis, or Dave, or even Buster. Where did it come from? Well, I was waiting in line to do the flyball event and the lady shouted from the other end, “What’s your name?” as she had to call me to go and get the ball. (Watch the video below for how flyball works, it sound complicated but collies and lots of other dogs appear to love it!) It really was the first name that popped into my head. Next time I’ll know to have a cool name picked beforehand so that doesn’t happen again! allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />After I had my reward of a tummy tickle and rosette (yes I got a rosette!!), we were off on a wander again. I definitely needed a bowl of water after my running around.  A quick chance meeting with Meg and Sarah meant I sneaked Sarah’s BBQ burger, she didn’t even notice because I squashed her!Flyball - thirsty work!What burger?                                                             All our canine carers love to pose for pics as demonstrated here by Amy, Jemma and Aimee. Strike a pose girls! I then had to work out how long until dinner. What am I saying, I’m a dog, I can’t tell time! When my stomach starts growling, that means it’s time for tea!Amy, Jemma and AimeeDinner time yet?                                                                  All this talk of dinner made me sleepy so I sneaked onto the Mobile Rehoming Unit for a quick nap again. It’s busy work being chatty and posing for photos! Mal and Jim are like a comedy duo – Mal calls Jim ‘Grandad’ and they’re always a great laugh.Cheeky chappies Mal & Jim!Jim catches me napping!Then locks me in.When I manage to escape the clutches of the Stand-Up Pair I run into Nat. She is trying to copy me, but I think my nose looks more true-to-life! I pose amongst the prizes on the tombola stall but I still think anyone would be lucky to win me!  This is Nat's sad face!Win me!                                                                         Now we’ve discovered I love competitions it’s off to the show-ring to strut my stuff. Sam entered me in the ‘Waggiest Tail’. To be honest I don’t think this played to my strengths as my tail is a bit thin, caused by age I think! Still, I tried to charm the judges Annie and Adrian with my sense of humour and a good ‘Play Dead’. It must have worked because woohoo I got another rosette! My head won’t fit through the kennel door at this rate.                            I've given up wagging my tail.But still got a rosette hu[...]

This is an amazing story that you must read ....


Meet Dexter, Dexter is a beautiful Greyhound who has an unusual story to tell about his journey into his new home.I'm finally going to a home...Dexter was brought into Dogs Trust West London with his friend Zippy after spending several years (6) at another rescue centre together. Zippy quickly found a home but Dexter was still looking for that special someone. Then along came Rosemary.Rosemary saw Dexter on the website after looking at dogs in our West Calder and Glasgowcentre she saw Dexter and decided to phone up about him. Her current dog had a similar background and after speaking to the staff at Harefield and West Calder Rosemary felt she could give Dexter the home he neededRosemary lives in Edinburgh – Dexter was in Londonand having spent several years in kennels moving him to a nearer centre if the rehoming didn't work out wasn't an option, it would just be too stressful for him.So Rosemary decided to get the train to London. She met Dexter and spent several hours with him over the weekend. Rosemary soon had to return to Edinburgh but was back the next weekend with her Husband to let Dexter meet the family and make sure he was right for them.Deciding what to wear I've got to impress.Moving into a home would be a big change for Dexter he had led a kennel life for so many years so things that are normally taken for granted such as car journeys, TV’s and stairs were all going to be slightly alien to Dexter. He’d need a bit more training and adjustment before he went to his new home and Rosemary had commitments in Edinburgh so she couldn’t stay in London any longer.But Dexter had waited so long to find a new home and the match with Rosemary was right there had to be a way to help them be together.So Richard Moore – Manager at Dogs Trust Harefeld decided to drive Dexter to his new home once the staff felt Dexter could cope with the journey and his new surroundings. He would also ensure Dexter was settled and comfortable in his new home.And so on 13thAugust the road trip to Edinburghbegan. Preparing for my new country!On the way they took in many of the well known British sites including the Angel of the North and that all important Border crossing into Scotland!Angel of the NorthPit stop - its a long journey!And finally 6 weeks after first meeting Rosemary and an 8 hour journey Dexter was in his new home.Made it to the BorderMy new owners , love my new homeRosemary says, - ‘Dexter settled in so well -  having had a dog that spent years in kennels before I was expecting him to take a few weeks but he has settled in quickly. The staff at Harefield have gone above and beyond and the support has been amazing. Too sum up Dexter is Absolutely Amazing!’[...]

Dogs Trust West Calder: Basil


Basil here is a very sweet boy who is happy to be left at home for a few hours, house-trained and good in the car. He is a clever boy and knows his basic commands. He is very friendly, affectionate and loyal to those he knows. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />  Basil is looking for a quiet adult home as he can be a little timid with children and likes to have his own space. Basil is not really comfortable around other dogs, much preferring his own company so would like a home where he can be the only pet and and have lots of long walks in the woods. Basil is a very loyal lad who, when he knows you will have a friend for life. He will make a wonderful companion! A cuddle with Linzi one of his favourite Canine Carers in the sun.A cuddle with Caroline Rolling around and getting cuddles with stephen in the grass.Basil relaxing in the office with a bone, helping out with some admin and returning some phone calls. A training session with Caroline – his party piece is too give a paw. Some more cuddles with StephenIn the summer house chilling on the sofaStephen and Basil out for his daily walk, making sure everything around the centre grounds is running in order.Basil with some volunteers from the Postcode Lottery who undertook all aspects of helping in the canine carers in the kennels in the morning. Basil was very much delighted with all the extra attention! Basil is lots of fun and the staff at the centre are really keen for him to find his forever home soon! For more information please contact Dogs Trust West Calder directly:Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, West CalderBentyheadWest CalderEH55 8LEOpen: 12:00 - 16:00Late Night Opening: 12:00 - 19:30 every Thursday until SeptemberClosed: TuesdayTel: 01506 873459[...]

Dogs Trust Loughborough Summer Show 2014


Our Summer Show on the 27th July was a great success!The sun kept on shining and alongside the beaming smiles of everyone on the day it made for an amazing day for all the two and four legged guests. What’s more over £16,500 was raised by the 3,700 guests, all of which will help the homeless hounds in the care of the team at Dogs Trust Loughborough.Thank you so much to everyone who attended on the day!The day wouldn’t have been possible without all the help from the volunteers in the run up to, and on the day, so a huge thank you to each and every one of you. Here’s to continuing this success and maybe next year but will be even bigger and better! I’m already starting my planning!! Date for your diary - 26th July 2015Thank you again, Ella, Supporter Relations Officer[...]

Dogs Trust Loughborough - Dog Suit: Part 1


It’s 10.50am on 27th July and around 23˚C. The pressure is mounting and anxiety levels are high. We’ve spent months preparing for this moment and it all comes down to this. Ella gives the ten minute warning over the tannoy and it is time for me to step up. No, it’s not the Commonwealth Games but Loughborough Dogs Trust Summer Show and I’m wearing the dog suit. Gulp!        I’ve thought about all the things that could go wrong: heatstroke, thirst, toileting, what if I make a child cry? You see these things on You’ve Been Framed don’t you? What was I thinking? No time for that now as it’s the five minute shout. On with the fluffy body, I can’t wear the feet as the suit is already too long for me. The head goes on and lastly my front ‘paws’. The eye holes are small so I can see about a tenth of the normal view and if you’re less than three feet tall, forget it! To combat this I have my minder come paparazzi, Sam, one of our reception team. I grab her arm and we step out into the sun. Cue Chariots of Fire music! Feeling strange at first, I start waving randomly at people and love that they wave back. I settle into it and spot the micro-chipping stand. After all, it will soon be a legal requirement. It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would, like a wasp sting I’d say and over quickly. With Carol and Clair                      Being ChippedOur Education Officer Anthea and Rebecca were running the children’s fun area so I posed for a picture with them before they got really busy, Anthea had to move me as I was blocking the sign with my unusually large head, I couldn’t get used to it! In the kids tent there was also a couple of snakes and I even touched one! With Anthea and Rebecca                Touching a snake!  I had always known I was no David Beckham but I still thought I’d manage to get closer with the football game. No prize for me but I did get a sticker, though he did try to put it on my eye which meant I could only see the size of a ten pence piece! I think he just felt sorry for me in this suit.After my dismal sporting efforts we visited the DNA stand which was a highlight of the day for me. It was like an episode of ‘Who do you think you are?’ as I found out my mum was a Chihuahua and dad was a Basset. It does explain my beautiful eyes and large personality! Sam had to pull me away from the dog tombola as I didn’t understand that all the treats were not for me and tried to snaffle some for later.Is this all for me?We walked along to the bouncy slide where I had to take my shoes off – what you didn’t know dogs wear shoes? Sam wasn’t allowed on it, troublemaker you see, so I had to climb up myself. Not easy with the suit covering my feet and my vision compromised! I got to the top and looked down at my adoring fans! , When I went to step forward I bounced and started falling forward. I styled it out and posed for the cameras on the way down – always professional eh? allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Although I was known as the large yellow dog on the day, there was one who was even larger than me! Her name is Dogcilla and she tours around the country letting everyone know about Dogs Trust. I felt tiny compared to her!Mummy?I have to admit it was bringing out my inner child as I got really excited when I saw the fire engine. I cli[...]

Dogs Trust Shrewsbury Open Day


Dogs Trust Shrewsbury’s Open Day was a fantastic day. It was very well attended with lots of supporters helping us raise “POUNDS for HOUNDS”.They managed to raise in excess of £7200.00 with donations still coming in!  Big thanks to ….Defence Helicopter Flying School - for bringing their helicopter, for people to view and for doing a flyover the centre on his departure.Volunteers - for giving up their time to come along and help us – they are all greatly appreciated.Trade and Charity stall holders -  who attended and supported our event whilst spreading awareness of their own organisations.Red Cross & Haygate Vets -  for Human and Doggy first  aid.Free Radio - for their attendance, PA & commentary and assistance with the dog show judging.Haygate Vets – for being the sponsorship of the dog show. HM Prison Service – for their Dog display.Shrewsbury Fire Service – for attending & supporting our event.West Mercia Police – for attending & supporting our event.Raffle Prize donors – all gifts were lovely, and went down well with the winners.Darren – for being the Dogs Trust Mascot for the day despite the heat ! PAWS UP TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MAKING THE DAY A HUGE SUCCESS.Traders, Vendors, Supporters, Friends & Family and of course not forgetting all our Dogs Trust Staff.[...]

Dogs Trust Shoreham - Thompson


This is Thompson, a 1yr old Collie cross from Dogs Trust Shoreham. Thompson is a friendly boy but he can be shy when he is around new people and in new situations. He feels much braver when there is another dog around to have fun with. Here he is with his trainer Bellah who will introduce him to potential new owners: Thompson is a bright young chap with a very sweet character... and he LOVES his food, especially tasty treats! He is very popular at the centre as he has lots of doggy friends who love to go walking with him.Thompson is looking for a new home with an easy going dog who will help him build his confidence. Despite being a youngster, he is looking for an adult only home with children over the age of 16.Thompson would benefit if his new home had a garden so that he can mooch about while building up confidence to go out for regular walks. He is looking for new owners that are happy to help with his training and take things slowly. If you think you can give Thompson a loving new forever home, please call Dogs Trust Shoreham on 01273 45257.    [...]

Dogs Trust Essex: Walkies!


Dogs Trust Essex have been for a group walk off site for the first time! They walked along the road next to the centre and then freestyled up some footpaths, into some brilliant big fields so that the dogs could have a good sniff around.Walking along the roadHaving a sniff in the fieldThe dogs played together very wellExploring the wonderful wheat fields  The dogs all had a fabulous time and mixed very well with the each other. They were out for about an hour and were all exhausted by the time they got back! [...]

Dogs Trust Bridgend - Eleri's ordeal


Dogs Trust Bridgend has just gone through a very worrying time. One of our little Lurcher girls Eleri, was recently rehomed, but got spooked, and ran away from the owner, and had been lost for quite a few days up on a local common.However, they have had an amazing response, from local dog lovers, and also other dog rescues etc, all helping in the search for her. We are thrilled that Eleri has now happily been returned to the Bridgend centre. We are pleased to say she is safe and well and happy to be back.The staff at the centre are so grateful to all those who responded and took part in searching for her. They really could not have done it without all the help on media sites and everything else. The staff at the centre also did a fantastic job of going out in their own time to help in the search. A huge thank you to Lynne Treharne, the receptionist at Dogs Trust Bridgend, who kindly came forward and took Eleri into her home as she is very familiar with the Lurcher breed.Here’s Eleri enjoying some time with her greyhound and Lurcher friends that Lynne Treharne kindly brought in to see Eleri. They greeted her as one of them and calmed her better than any human could have done. They surrounded her on first meeting almost to protect her which was lovely to see. She seems to enjoy the company of the other dogs and felt reassured when they were close to her. Eleri is the slightly smaller brown Lurcher.[...]

Guest Blog: Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week


Below is a guest blog post from Shaun Davis at The Royal Mail, highlighting the importance of their Dog Awareness Week. We too are supporting this important campaign by releasing a series of short videos - consisting of answers to some of the questions our Facebook followers had with regards to dog behaviour and the law regarding their canine companions and postmen! Ensure to keep an eye on our Facebook page over the coming week to watch the videos- they will also be added to the end of this blog.  Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week - Week Commencing 30th June 2014 During the week, and in partnership with the Communications Workers Union (CWU), we will be aiming to highlight the significant number of dog attacks on postal workers and to encourage responsible dog ownership. Over the last 12 months, there were more than 3,300 dog attacks on our postmen and women across the UK. These people were simply carrying out their jobs, trying to deliver mail to our customers.Sadly, some people think a postal worker being attacked by a dog is something to draw humour from. They may conjure an image of the postman being chased by a dog and make light of the issue.In fact, the effect of being bitten by a dog can be devastating and life changing. The injuries our people have sustained in the past year have ranged from bites and fractures, to ligament and tendon damage, and in some cases amputations. In addition, some of our people have been so badly affected that they’re not able to return to a job they enjoy – delivering the mail in a community they want to serve – and instead have to be reassigned elsewhere in the business. This isn’t right and things need to change. The Law In May, there was an amendment to the Dangerous Dogs Act in England and Wales.  This new legislation now ensures our postmen and women will have legal protection over attacks by dogs when they enter private property, including a customer’s garden. Tougher penalties will also be imposed for irresponsible dog owners. This change in the law was championed by Royal Mail and the CWU.  Working together We want to make it clear that Royal Mail isn’t against dogs. Our campaign is aimed at encouraging responsible dog ownership. We want to work together with dog owners and our partners to address this issue, to ensure our people can carry out their jobs without fear, and that dogs don’t feel threatened or put in a position where they may bite someone.We’re working with Dogs Trust to help educate our customers about the role they can play in helping us to reduce the number of incidents.These tips include: ·         Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives. Place your pet in the back garden or a faraway room.·         Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to sign for an item. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.·         Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your mail is being delivered.·         Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible.·         If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a postman delivering your mail, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.We’re doing our bit too by asking our postmen and women to follow a number of steps if they’re concerned[...]

Dogs Trust Snetterton: Fun Day and Dog Show


A  massive thank you to everyone who helped make our Open Day & Fun Dog Show such a success. We raised a grand total of £6,264.02 for the dogs in our care! With special thanks to…the East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club for bringing their lovely team of star Staffies and putting on a fantastic display, the Scratby donkeys for helping to raise money for their canine friends,  the 1986 Squadron Air Training Corps for working furiously in the heat to park cars and help put up gazebos, Barry Francis, our compere and music man for being great fun all day, our local dog warden for kindly sponsoring the bouncy castle slide, all our amazing volunteers for working tirelessly all day, all the kind businesses and people who donated fabulous prizes for our raffle & tombola, and everyone else – 2 & 4 legged for coming along to support us and make it such a great afternoon. [...]

Dogs Trust West Calder: Fundraising Superstars!


Andrew Bullock here recently completed a Fun Run and raised an amazing £250 for the dogs in our care! Thank you so much Andrew, and well done!

These lovely ladies who run small coffee shop morning to raise funds in West Lothian have raised £300 for Dogs Trust West Calder along with some food and biscuits for the dogs!

Helen Welsh was impressed by our kennels and heard we were fundraising for our paths and walkways and wanted to help.

These employees from Sky are regular visitors to Dogs Trust West Calder kindly donated several amounts of donations and they sponsor Sammy at the centre who they also saw.

Thank you very much!

Dogs Trust West Calder had some lovely volunteers from Postcode Lottery who were getting involved in helping the canine carers in the kennels in the morning, making sure the dogs accommodation was cosy and comfortable for the residents. It was a lovely sunny afternoon which meant the dogs were able to get out on an extra few occaisions - Basil here was very much delighted with all the extra attention! A huge thank you to these guys!

Dogs Trust West Calder were very pleased to receive this yummy gift of Krispy Kreme doughnuts from their dedicated volunteer Chris Still for all of the staff as they work so hard for all the dogs at the centre! Thank you Chris!

All the staff at the West Calder centre really appreciate all of these kind donations - and want to say a massive Thank You!

People's Postcode Lottery help fund new Dogs Trust Education and Community Officers across the UK


We have appointed five new Education & Community Officers across the country to help educate local children about safety around dogs and responsible dog ownership. These appointments were made possible due to funds provided by players of People’s Postcode Lottery!Ruth Thomas (ECO for East London) with Education dogs Jasmine and Fudge.The new Education and Community Officers (ECO's) based in London, Manchester Edinburgh  and Southern England will join team of 22 staff across the UK who visits schools in their areas to engage with young children to promote safety around dogs to ensure they understand the responsibility of owning a dog. Our Education team has reached over 100,000 children to date and the generous support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help the charity reach even more of the dog owners of tomorrow.Ruth Thomas, Dogs Trust Education and Community Officer for East London comments: “I can’t wait to visit more schools in East London to share the important messages of staying safe around dogs and being a responsible dog owner. I feel very lucky that this role enables me to combine what I absolutely love doing - working with young people - whilst promoting my love of dogs, an important cause that I care passionately about.Ruth adds: “It is so important that we support the next generation of dog owners to help them understand the responsibility of owning and caring for a dog and I am proud to be a part of this. The children love learning about how to approach and stroke a dog safely and even get to practice on my dog Fudge who adores children and accompanies me on school visits.”Hazel Johnstone, Trusts Manager at People’s Postcode Lottery added: “We are delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to help fund Ruth’s role to teach children across London how to interact and care for dogs. It is evident, through the number of children they teach these important skills, that Dogs Trust Education and Community Officers provide a valuable role in the community.” About People’s Postcode LotteryPeople’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes local to them. People’s Postcode Lottery is an External Lottery Manager and manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different causes supporting a range of good causes. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit  Postcode Lottery Limited is regulated by the Gambling Commission under certificate nr 829-N-102511-007 and 829-R-102513-007, dated 06 November 2012. Registered office: Titchfield House, 69/85 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4RR People’s Postcode Lottery players support the following Trusts – Postcode Green Trust, Postcode Care Trust, Postcode Culture Trust, Postcode Animal Trust, Postcode Heroes Trust, Postcode Global Trust and People’s Postcode Trust. These Trusts are funded entirely by players and support a variety of charities. For further information on each charity, visit: 45p from every £2 ticket goes to good causes and players have raised over £33.2 Million for good causes across the country There are five draws a month with prizes every day and each ticket costs £2 – paid monthly in advance by direct debit. For further prize information, visit: Maximum prize per ticket is £400,000 or 10% of draw proceeds and all prizes are awarded by ticket Players can sign up by Direct Debit or credit card online at www.postc[...]

Dogs Trust Loughborough - Sadie's Diary


Sadie is a 6 year old Jack Russell Terrier who transferred to the care of the Loughborough centre in May from our Newbury centre. This is the story of her settling in to our care and getting to know all the important new people in her life. Sadie arrived with us late on a Wednesday evening with Sophia the Training and Behaviour Advisor for Dogs Trust Newbury. Sadie has been living at the Newbury for a little while, waiting for the perfect home to come along. We decided a transfer to Loughborough to give her a new audience of potential adopters and to assist her rehabilitation following an injured cruciate. At Loughborough we have a fully equipped hydrotherapy suite and full time veterinary hydro therapist.  On her arrival Sadie was taken down and settled in to her new kennel in our intake block. This is the area of the site where all new arrivals have the chance to settle in and find their feet. It is a quieter block with a small group of staff members meaning the dogs can settle in and bond with people. On Thursday it was time to be introduced to myself, Heather, the TBA for Loughborough. Sadie met me out on a walk where I woo’d her with yummy pieces of hot dog. She was soon choosing to walk by my side instead of her old friend Sophia’s in the hope that I would throw her a tasty treat again. Later that day we took her out for another walk and showed her round the centre. I was able to take the lead this time and return Sadie to her kennel. She was more than happy to have me handle her closely to unclip the lead and seems to like her new surroundings.  Friday came around quickly for Sadie and she was still fast asleep when we arrived on the intake block in the morning and greeted us yawning and stretching her legs. Me and Sadie were now firm friends and able to go for walks and spend time together without Sophia as our chaperone. This is a big deal for Sadie as she spent so long at her previous centre being handled by familiar staff members. In the afternoon we introduced her to our Homework House where she had a whale of a time emptying the toy box and selecting something to carry back to her kennel. Homework House is a fully functioning home environment that we use to give dogs a break from kennels. It is the perfect place for a nervous dog like Sadie to learn a new strategy for greeting visitors to the home and this is something we will teach her once she has settled in.  In the afternoon Sadie was introduced to Kym and Grace who work in the intake block. She met them in the kitchen and we made sure they had yummy treats for her. Saturday morning we waved goodbye to Sophia who drove back to Newbury after her visit. Sadie has settled in very well at the centre and didn’t seem to notice she had gone! She has bonded very quickly with me and we are firm friends now. During the first week of any dog’s stay with us we are assessing their temperament and character and building up a picture of what sort of home the dog is looking for in the future. We do not put the dog through a series of rigid tests, it is more of a fluid process of simply observing their reactions to a variety of different situations, people, other dogs and things dogs can value highly such as treats and toys. It was soon clear that Sadie’s driving passion in life is toys. The noisier the better! allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0'[...]

Darlington's 20th Anniversary


DOGS TRUST DARLINGTON TURNS 20!  This Summer Dogs Trust Darlington celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Rehoming Centre first opened in May 1994, and since that time has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed over 18,000 dogs. A big thank you to all those who have rehomed a dog and who have helped in any capacity with the centre’s work.Today, the rehoming centre cares for around 120 dogs at any one time, including its Sponsor Dogs, Copper and Apples. allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Here's sponsor dog Copper enjoying the celebrations eating his doggy cake! Sue Embleton, Dogs Trust Darlington Centre Manager, says:“Since Dogs Trust Darlington opened 20 years ago we’ve had over 18,000 dogs pass through our doors. Our dogs go on to become much loved, waggy-tailed household pets and some have even gone on to become police sniffer dogs or assistance dogs.“The support we’ve received from the local community - from volunteers at the centre to those rehoming dogs - over the last 20 years has been indispensable to our work and incredibly heart-warming. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved with the centre over the years. We are very much looking forward to being a part of the community for many more years to come!” Please contact the Darlington Rehoming Centre on 01325 333114 or visit us at Hill House Farm, Sadberge, Co. Durham, DL2 1SL during our opening hours of 12-4pm everyday (except Tuesday closed).  There were lots of cakes donated for the occasion including one for the dogs! Fun Facts·         Dogs Trust Darlington has rehomed over 18,000 dogs since opening 20 years ago·         Dogs Trust Darlington is one of 18 rehoming centres that Dogs Trust has in the UK·         The average age of the dogs at the centre is 4 years·         The centre has over 100 local volunteer dog walkers and fundraisers·         Our oldest resident is Cracker who turns 14 years old this year·         Each week we use over 210kg of complete dry food to feed the dogs in our care two meals a day - This equates to over 10,950kg per year and 220 tonnes over our 20 years, which is equivalent to 120 cars or 31 double decker buses!·         On an average day at the centre we have 10 canine carers working in the kennels, their shift is 8am-5pm every day of the year! ·         Sometimes canine carers can walk 13 miles per day whilst walking their dogs, cleaning kennels and general duties…this is the equivalent to half a marathon each day! ·         Our youngest canine carer (coming up to 20 years old) – Lauren Sutcliffe was born 2 days before the centre was opened in 1994. ·         Our oldest canine carer is Phil Nicholson at 76 years old and he has worked here since our early days![...]

Dogs Trust Loughborough: Our 2nd Birthday!


730 days, where does time go….

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2 years on from when Dogs Trust Loughborough first opened its doors, we are extremely proud of the positive impact we’ve had on dog welfare in the East Midlands.  We’ve rehomed 1785 dogs of all shapes, sizes, ages and breeds.  That’s the equivalent of 2 dogs going off to new homes every day for those 2 years!
Advice for life for all these dogs is provided by knowledgeable Training and Behaviour Advisors Nico and Heather – it certainly keeps them busy!

We’ve also cared for 61 dogs in our specially designed rehabilitation facility.  This state of the art facility supports all of Dogs Trusts centres by providing dedicated care to dogs with a variety of behavioural problems.  

Our dogs come to us from owners all across the region, who can no longer care for their pet. We also work with 16 different local and national organisations assisting with the large numbers of unwanted dogs found abandoned or straying.

Whilst caring for and rehoming dogs is the main work undertaken at the centre, we also promote responsible pet ownership via the work of our Education Officer Anthea and Supporter Relations Office Ella. Anthea has delivered over 600 education workshops while Ella has spoken to over 65 groups interested in the work of Dogs Trust.

Our dedicated team of 50 working in various roles across the centre live throughout the region with journeys ranging from 2 miles to 52 miles each day. 80 local people also travel to the centre once or twice a week to volunteer with us. In 2 years, they’ve given an amazing 7600 hours to the centre and been an essential part of Dogs trust Loughborough.

We’re very excited about the future and aim to continue supporting the East Midlands whether it be via helping dogs, recruiting local people or working with local businesses; it is very important for us to be a part of making the East Midlands a great place to live.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 2 years, we couldn’t do it without you.

Dogs Trust Loughborough: Celebrate Your Pets! (Part 2)


The staff at Dogs Trust Loughborough are celebrating National Pet Month by introducing us to their very own furries! Ella - Moss and Brewster I celebrate my pets by going on lots of long walks, exploring the countryside.My two lovely boys; Moss my Blue Merle Border Collie and Brewster my Spaniel, love going out into the countryside investigating and exploring. Moss is a shy boy but his confidence has grown no end since we adopted Brewster, they are best friends and could never be without each other – even for an hour! Every day we go walking for at least 8 miles, meeting new people, new animals, new places and new smells. I just love to see the smiles on their faces every day!I am at my happiest when I’m spending time with my dogs.  Emily - Stig I celebrate my pets by involving them in as many aspects of our life as possibleOur dog, Stig, has been going to work with either myself or my husband since he was 8 weeks old. We have taken him all over the country – in the car, on trains, on the London Underground, on a funicular railway in Devon – and he has taken it all in his furry stride (falling sound asleep on the Tube with his head on a commuter’s foot!). We are at our happiest when walking with Stig in the Peak District with a pub lunch to look forward to along the way. Grace - Phoenix  I celebrate my pets by teaching him new things.This is me and my 9 year old Belgian Shepherd, Phoenix.  He used to be quite an athlete when he was younger and we did quite a lot of agility, which he loves, and though he still thinks he's 3 years old, we've started to do veteran classes at agility shows instead of competing against the younger dogs - though I haven't told him this yet! He rarely gets a clear round but we don’t care - it's all good fun and it means we get to spend days out together having quality fun time. He adores learning new things and can be quite overenthusiastic with his training, but nothing makes me smile more than the look on his face when he realises he’s learned something new and fun. We're looking forward to the warmer weather for some nice walks in the sunshine - we especially love going out for strolls in the countryside, and though Phoenix is technically a herding breed, he doesn't like the look of sheep very much!Jemma - Tia I celebrate my pets because they are my best friend.Tia is a 4 year old Golden Retriever who has been my best friend since she was 8 weeks old. Together we enjoy nothing more than going on walks and cuddling up on the sofa. Tia never fails to make me smile and is always up to some mischief. Her favourite things are swimming in the local rivers, stealing socks and anything that squeeks. Tia really isn’t just my dog but my very best friend who I couldn’t be without.     Kelly - Paco and Ace I celebrate my pets by spending quality time with them.My boys, Paco who is 12 and Ace who is 4, love nothing more than spending time outdoors no matter what the weather. Whilst I prefer the warmer, dryer days they are more than happy to run in boggy fields and the muddier the puddle the better!! And if they get to share a picnic too then that’s an added bonus to their day J Not just dogs…my best friends.  Lauren - Druss I celebrate my pets because he is Druss the Legend! Druss’s name originated from a novel called ‘Druss the Legend’ and he most definetly has legend status!  He might be in his 11th year but he’s still going strong and thinks he’s a puppy. Druss has been[...]

Dogs Trust Loughborough: Celebrate Your Pets (Part 1)


Here's Centre Manager Nikki celebrating her pets for National Pet Month! I’ve been working in animal welfare for over 10 years now but I’ve had pets all my life.  Growing up I cant remember a time we didn’t have a budgie chirping away in our house!  Rosie was our family dog in my teenage years and once I started college studying animal care, guinea pigs joined our clan!After completing my degree and getting a home of my own, my home has never been without a pet.  Budgies, guinea pigs, chinchilla’s, cats and dogs have been a staple part of my adult life and I couldn’t imagine my home without an animal. Those of us who share our life and home with a furry creature know all about why we should celebrate our pets but if you’re currently pet-less let me tell you why you should consider rehoming an animal. They make you laugh!My two dogs make me laugh so much, true belly laughs as well.  They are the funniest creatures I know.You always have company.I live alone but I don’t feel like I do as my dogs and cat Lacey are always with me.  There is no better company.They provide you with unconditional love and trust.Pets never shy away from telling you how much they love you.  My boys and I snuggle up on the sofa and we all give a satisfied sigh happy to be together.They keep you active (most pets!).Rupert’s getting old now so doesn’t go for more than a potter most days but Mork and I head out for long walks whenever we’re off work.  Even on work days, we get out at least twice a day come rain or shine!A small word of warning, do remember that any pet does require time, patience, understanding and money.  Never rehome an animal without considering the impact if will have on you and your families life.I am truly thankful for every day I have with my 3 pets.  I celebrate our life together by devoting time to them and caring for them in the best possible way I can.  In return I get their devotion and bags of unconditional love which is extremely humbling. [...]

'Dog Walking' by Brian Owen


allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />In March, Brian Owen (BPO Songs) contacted us with the very kind offer of giving us the use of his song 'Dog Walking' which is probably already stuck in your head after listening to it just once! It's a lovely song, written and sung from the heart. All of the dogs featured in the video we have accompanied Brian's song with are past and present Dogs Trust residents!We asked Brian if we would mind setting the scene for how 'Dog Walking' came about... How did the song come about? My wife and I have had dogs since 1988. Originally we had our beloved Pointers, Feargal and then Jacob, and always believed that as pack animals they should be out and about with us all the time. Both dogs were walked (or ran with me) at least 50 miles a week and at least twice a day.  In their lifetime each dog walked (mostly ran!) the equivalent of going round the world! After Jacob died we decided to rescue our current dog Muttley who we believe to be a Basenji. Muttley came to us with many problems, not least that he had been locked in a flat for four years since being a pup.  He had never been outside and still had a puppies pink paws.  When we rescued him he was about to be 'put down' and had been inside the cage in which he was kept for 5 months. When we let him out he could not even run properly because his legs were not co-ordinated, he had simply never run in his life.  Although we had many hurdles to overcome, and my wife was a real hero and brilliant with him, we decided that the basis of our strategy should be to walk him as much as we possibly could.  That was back in 2008, Muttley is now a very well adjusted dog and, in his 'walkies' is about half way round the world. Dog walking not only saved his life, but brings joy to his life and ours every day.   Kind regards,BrianThanks for sharing your song Brian, we love it!  [...]

Loughborough BLT Event


On Saturday we held a Bullbreeds and Lurchers Tea Party, hence BLT! (did you see what we did there?) Heather, one of our Training and Behaviour Advisors, wanted to highlight these breed types to our customers and dispel some of the myths people have about them. It was also a great excuse for our dogs to meet new friends, and get lots of biccies!Tablecloths on, china dusted off and the tea poured. Our lovely volunteers arrived at 11.30 and promptly arranged the biscuits for the human guests. Heather had even done some home baking, not for the humans but the dogs this time! On the menu were liver paste bites and sardine sponges. Every dog that visited the party tried to get to this table! Heather's Home Baking! First to drop in on the party were Ace and Rose, a striking pair of friends. Both were very excited to get some treats and spend some time saying hello to our volunteers. They can both sit for treats and like to show this off. Ace is such a friendly chap and happily leans into you for cuddles.                                                        The next VIPs (Very Important Pooches) to arrive were Faith and Charlie. Faith was so excited she could hardly sit still, though again with the help of some cheese she managed it! Faith is a very friendly girl looking for an active home as she does have a lot of energy. She has a soft side and loves to get affection from the people she bonds with. Charlie is a handsome youngster who, despite being excitable, will still sit and pose for the camera. He is a true professional supermodel, making sure his best side is in the picture! Yarnold was the next pup to strut his stuff heading straight for the goodie table. He is a bouncy and sociable chap, wants lots of cuddles and will sit and give paw. A lot of adopters think greyhounds and lurchers require lots of exercise. While they do love to let off steam with a run, think of them as sprinters as the rest of the day you will probably find them curled up on a duvet or your sofa! They are the biggest couch potatoes and can squeeze themselves into the smallest spaces so don’t think your house is too small for a sighthound! Rocco and Tyson made their personal appearance at the party as they are a pair looking for a home. Tyson had surgery on one of his legs prior to coming to Dogs Trust, however as it was unsuccessful his leg had to be removed. Don’t let that fool you as he gets around fine on his 3 legs, especially when there is food involved! Both boys are so friendly and love meeting new people.   Looking for a big hearted home together! The star of the day was Tyke as several families had travelled to the centre especially to meet him! He handled his fans with his usual modesty as he is very practiced at meeting his public. Murphy followed in Tykes paws and learned from the pro on how best to get humans to give him biscuits. Last but not least was Bullseye. He is doing clicker work (Heather explains that next month) with Sam and is brilliant at doing his ‘sits.’ He enjoyed coming to say hello to new people but was very focused on his training.The dogs all had a good time at the party meeting new people and the staff l[...]

A Night at the Gallery


I was honoured to be invited to the launch of ‘The Company of Dogs’ exhibition last night (20th March 2014). Rosie FortescueAmanda AbbingtonThe exhibition is a joint venture with PetsPyjamas and animal portrait photographer Gerrard Gethings. We were lucky to be asked to provide 20 of our own lovely dogs - who at the time were all looking for homes - to be photographed and displayed along with the many cute pooches belonging to some very famous faces! I had, of course, seen the pictures before the exhibition but nothing can prepare you for the grandeur of seeing them framed and pride of place in the wonderful space at PetsPyjamas.Our feature wall of Dogs Trust dogs was simply stunning and every one showed the dog to perfection, it was hard to choose a favourite.Dogs Trust Feature wall The event itself was dog themed (Pugsecco anyone?) and the canine guests were not left out with doggy cupcakes and biscuits being the first canapés of the night! As well as a cosy nook to chill out in - could have done with a quick break there myself as a night in heels began to take its toll! As the drinks flowed and new doggy pals were made I met many many people every one a dog lover and every one loved all the photographs. I’m going to admit I’m not a big celeb follower so many of the famous names passed me by but I could probably tell you the name of every dog I met!!We took many bids on the night for the portraits (pawtraits?) But you can still bid for your favourite by visiting all proceeds will come to Dogs Trust. We also have an amazing sets of print postcards priced at  just £1, you can buy yours here!The Company of Dogs Exhibition takes place at PetsPyjamas gallery, 81 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4QS from 21 - 29 March. The gallery is open from 10am until 5pm. The exhibition is free and if you are in the area I do encourage you to go you really won’t be disappointed![...]