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Next week is Pet Theft Media Day, May 9th.

Newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations will be focusing on the impact of pets being stolen in the hope of bringing them home.

Since January, we have been sharing a monthly appeal for Doglost, a not-for-profit organisation that helps people whose dogs have gone missing.

It’s a terrifying thought and a scenario every dog owner dreads, but the more people are aware of missing dogs, the more chance there is of them being found.

This month we’re sharing the cases of Dixie, Louie and Nala, and if you have any information on them, please contact Doglost on the links given.

Have you seen terrier Dixie?
Dixie

Dixie is a five-year-old female Jack Russell, feared stolen.

She went missing from the front garden of her owner’s house in Dormansland, Surrey, on 22nd July 2018.

Dixie has never ran off or wandered from home causing concern that she has been taken from the garden.

She is tricoloured but mainly white and black and has a distinct round black mark at the bottom of her back above her tail. She has brown eyebrows and wired hair.

Dixie’s owner’s daughter, Carla, said: “Dixie is my mother’s main companion as she lived with only Dixie after my dad passed away. Dixie was originally my dad’s dog too so is a great comfort to my mother.

“Following her disappearance, we’ve all been distraught. Dixie and my mother used to cuddle every night on the sofa and she would rarely leave my mum’s side.

“My mother is devastated beyond words.

“Dixie loves playing in the garden with the grandchildren and she adores each of them. They miss being able to play with her.

“To anyone who knows where she is please report it to us or to DogLost. You can do it anonymously if you want to.

“If you have Dixie please let her come home to her owner who misses her so much.”

Dixie is microchipped and neutered and was wearing a purple collar at the time of her disappearance.

If you know anything about Dixie please call Doglost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 132173 or visit her profile here 

French bulldog Louie
Louie

Louie, a young male French Bulldog, was stolen from his owner’s Will Dunford’s car in Costco car park in Chingford on 27th February 2019.

Louie’s owners were in the Chingford area for work and, unusually, had needed to take Louie along with them after their dog sitter was unable to look after him that day.

Louie is microchipped and is chocolate and light tan coloured.

Following his disappearance his owners have been making the two and a half hour journey from their home in Stratford-upon-Avon to search for him.

They have also been putting us posters and have an active Facebook group for Louie.

Will said: “Louie has still not been found. I am desperate to get him back in my life as things haven’t been the same without him as is my partner Mally.

“I have decided to double the reward for anyone who can get him back to me. It is now £5000 cash with no questions asked.”

The police are also investigating Louie’s disappearance.

If anyone has Louie or has information on him, please contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 140978 or to visit his Dog Lost profile here .

Join the Facebook group to help find Louie here

Louie and owner Mally
Nala the Shar Pei
Nala

Nala is a four-year-old Shar Pei, and she went missing from Strathclyde Park in Motherwell, Lanarkshire on 17th March 2019.

Nala was being walked by owner Debbie Land in the park when another walker dropped his dog’s lead and his dog attacked Nala.

Terrified, Nala ran and the other dog carried on chasing her and while they were able to retrieve the other dog, she kept running.

It’s vital she is found as she has IBD and may get sick if not fed the right diet and she is very wary of people other than her family.

Despite an extensive search of the park and surrounding area in the immediate aftermath, there was no sign of Nala.

Her distraught family have had drones, thermal cameras and sniffer dogs assist in the search.

They have given out more than 10,000 posters and a Facebook group, ‘Help Find Nala’, has more than 4,000 members.

Nala is microchipped and neutered and was wearing a collar on the day she went missing.

Debbie said: “This whole situation is a living nightmare. Nala is like a child to me, she's part of our family and life isn't the same without her. 

“If anyone knows where she is or has any information, please come forward. I wouldn't wish this situation on anyone.

“Nala is the sweetest most gentle dog out there, she doesn't deserve this. She should be at home with her family and the people she loves.”

If anyone has Nala or has information on her, please contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 141670 or to visit her Dog Lost profile here.

Join the Facebook group to help find Nala here

Nala and owner Debbie
Every day dogs go missing but every day they are found too

That's what keeps families like those in today's post going.

Sharing their stories so people are aware if they see them is vital too, so please, if you can, share this on social media, particularly if they are from where you live.

Thank you so much for reading this - it means a lot to Doglost and the families they support.

To find out about other missing dogs, you might like to read our Can you help find Louis, Aika and Anna, Can you help find Albi, Willow and Tilly or Can you help find Ruby, Beetle, Izzy and Dana.

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Are you planning on visiting a doggy event this summer?

Festivals aren’t just for us humans – thank goodness – and I know I would far rather spend a day with Patch surrounded by lovely pups than wade through mud at a music event.

This summer there are more pet themed events than ever taking place all over the country, so here is a round up of the best days our for you and your furry friends.

All About Dogs

Organised for dog lovers by dog lovers, you can meet Insta famous dogs, take part in fun dog shows, buy treats and goodies for your pup and see BGT’s Trip Hazard and Lucy.

It’s a chance to try out all kinds of exciting things like hooping, scent work, doggy swimming, agility plus loads of fun games like ball bobbing and meet Insta famous dogs.

5-6th May in Essex

26-27th May in Hylands

25-26th August in Norfolk

28-29th September in Suffolk

www.allaboutdogsshow.co.uk

Patch and I after the Muddy Dog Challenge

Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge

Think Woof Mudder – this is an obstacle course you run around on your own, with your dog or part of a team and you can choose from a 2.5 or 5km course.

It’s a brilliant event raising money for animals in need and you need to raise a minimum of £100 to take part. Patch and I did it last year and Daisy the year before, and you can read how we got on here.

12th May in Windsor SOLD OUT

1st June in Cheltenham

29th June in Nottingham

14/15th September in Manchester

21st September in Tunbridge Wells

5th October in Newcastle

19th October in Leeds

www.muddydog.battersea.org.uk/

Castle Howard Dog Festival

Learn about the work of mountain search dogs, try terrier racing, watch gun dog displays and improve your understanding of Pets As Therapy dogs.

There’s also a fun dog show, lots of stalls ranging from pet artists to treats and accessories, plus food and drinks too.

4-6th May, Castle Howard Estate, York.

www.castlehoward.co.uk

Daisy and the girls at Scruffts semi final

Discover Dogs

Meet hundreds of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. This event is perfect if you’re considering a breed and want to find out more.

Kids under 8 go free and there’s a Young Kennel Club ‘Have a go,’ ring where children can try different activities, plus dog displays and a cuddle corner.

Two years ago Daisy qualified for the Scruffts semi finals (epic) and you can read how we got on here.

12-13th October, Excel stadium, London

www.discoverdogs.org.uk

Noel Fitzpatrick is the host of Dogfest

DogFest

Enjoy a festival of fun with your dog. Dogfest is hosted by Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding, you can camp with your dog and watch shows, displays, doggy diving, shopping and support charities.

We’ve been for the last three years and it’s always a fantastic day out.

It’s on at three locations:

11-12th May at Knebworth Hall, Hertfordshire.

15-16th June at Tatton Park, Cheshire.

22-23 June at Ashton Court, Bristol.

www.dog-fest.co.uk

Chris Packham and his dog Scratchy

Dogstival

We spoke to host Chris Packham a few weeks ago about what to expect at Dogstival and you can read the interview here.

There’s an education tent, locally brewed beer and food for humans, food and treats for dogs plus displays and fun shows.

May 18 – 19th at Pylewell Park in the New Forest.

www.dogstival.co.uk

Dogs Unleashed

Dubbed ‘The Ulti-Mutt doggy days out’ Dogs Unleashed is taking place at two venues this year.

Attractions include fly ball competitions, agility training, terrier racing, breed stands, dog show and a doggy splash pool.

22-23th June, Bakewell Showground, Derbyshire.

14-15th September, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter

www.dogsunleashed.co.uk

Dog Lovers Festival

This year’s event takes place over three days with food and drink stalls and entertainment with tribute acts to Robbie Williams, Queen, Pink, Oasis, Kylie and Lady Gaga.

There’s canine aqua sports and a dog show, and you can find out more about doggy massage with the Canine Massage Guild – read about how Daisy got on with this here.

2-4th August Elvaston Castle Country Park, Derby.

www.dogloversfestival.org

Just Dogs Live

Meet Betsy Boo, a frisbee catching, back flipping dog, listen to Pupaid campaigner Marc Abrahams and have a go at fun activities like agility and flyball.

There’s so much going on over the course of the weekend starting with the East of England Championship Dog Show on the Friday and fun shows on the Saturday and Sunday.

5-7th July, East of England Showground, Peterborough

www.justdogslive.co.uk

Daisy with trainer Dominic Hodgson at North East Dog Festival

North East Dog Festival

A fun day out for all the family, there’s dog shows, woodland walks, presentations and classes and lots of shopping.

You can learn about the work of homeless charity Street Paws, meet This Morning’s Scott Miller and have a go at loads of fun activities.

Around 5,000 people visited in 2017 and this year promises to be bigger and better. You can read how we got on when we last visited here.

7th September, Kirkley Hall, Ponteland

www.northeastdogfestival.com

Paws In The Park

As well as watching displays, dogs of all shapes and sizes can try new activities and take part in competitions.

Try Search and Rescue, see how far they can jump at Dash N Splash, or if they’re fast enough for flyball. Small dogs can join in the Mini Paws activity centre.

18-19th May, South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex.

13-15th September, Kent Showground, Detling, Kent.

www.pawsinthepark.net

Proud Daisy and her rosette

The Family Pet Show

BGT star Lucy Heath and Trip Hazard will be performing and meeting fans along with film and book sensation James Bowen and Street Cat Bob.

It’s a fantastic day out for all the family where you can meet all kinds of animals from giant tortoises to dinky ferrets.

The dog show is a qualifier for Scruffts – two years ago Daisy won and it was the best day ever – you can read about it here.

20-21st July, Media City, Manchester

www.thefamilypetshow.co.uk

Woofstock

It won an award for the UK’s best Dog Friendly Day Out in 2017 and this year’s event includes dog shows, displays and demonstrations, music, street food and stalls with all kinds of goodies for dogs and their owners. Plus music from 80s legend Paul Young and other artists.

16-18 August, Coronation Park, Dartmouth.

www.woofstockuk.co.uk

Do you have a doggy event that we haven’t included? Visit the Contact page to let us know and we’ll add it to the list!

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It’s a question I faced exactly a year ago today when I said goodbye to Daisy

Daisy had been by my side for nine years, and although she was a senior dog, losing her came as a shock.

You might have read her story already. She was diagnosed with Canine Dementia last January and I wrote about How to cope if your dog has dementia.

She responded well to medication and, perhaps naively, I thought we would have a few more years together.

Daisy was 13 but was so spritely. Even the day after the dementia diagnosis she pulled her lead out of my hand and went running off in a field of sheep.

I spent the day covered in sheep poo and I kid you not she was laughing at me!

Daisy just before she went off chasing the sheep
Playing with a rugby ball days after the dementia diagnosis
Fast forward just a few weeks and she went rapidly downhill

It was when she could no longer see her favourite ball we knew something more was going on.

We took her to the vets and early tests showed signs of a brain tumour.

In the short space of time we had to digest the news and try to work out what to do next, Daisy continued to deteriorate.

I spoke to two vets and the outlook was bleak. Surgery wasn’t an option and around the corner was a seizure or haemorrhage which could have been fatal.

It all happened so quickly and as each day passed, the fiesty Daisy faded away.

The vets said she wasn’t in pain as she was on medication but she was so frightened and confused.

On April 17th we cuddled her and said goodbye. I didn’t want a horrible ending. I wanted it to be peaceful and for her not to suffer.

You can’t help but question your decision. Not so much at the time, as I was too scared of something horrible happening and I wanted to keep her safe.

Afterwards you think, ‘Was it too soon?’ ‘Did I do the right thing?’ And stupidly, ‘What will people think?’

Because when you create a pet blog, and put yourself out there, you have to share the bad as well as the good.

Daisy with her Scruffts rosette
On holiday in Whitby
And in the two weeks after Daisy died, I did worry about explaining myself

I know putting animals to sleep isn’t something that sits right with everyone.

Some owners believe we should let our dogs live their lives out as we do as humans, and that’s something I completely respect.

But I felt like I wanted to protect Daisy from whatever her ending might have been.

You can read more in this post - Saying Goodbye to our gorgeous girl Daisy

I’m writing this post because other bloggers and influencers will have to face this day, and I guess I wanted to use my experience to help in any way I can.

The Dogsofinstagram hashtag had 141 million posts and the @dogsofinstagram account 4.4 million followers at the time of writing (April 2019).

There are thousands of pet bloggers around the world and sadly, our dogs don’t live as long as we do.

Trying our best to be instagram-able!
On another holiday in Derbyshire!
Losing them and having to deal with this publicly is a reality

I’m not an expert but I can share how it was for me.

I didn’t expect to lose Daisy so soon. If I had known, I never would have started the blog less than a year earlier in May 2017.

I was fortunate as I write about other animals and people meaning I was still able to create content.

It’s heartbreaking losing your pet and I’m so so thankful to everyone who reads my posts and follows and supports me.

Writing the post, then writing the social media posts linking to the blog and clicking ‘post’, ‘tweet’ and ‘share,’ I was a mess.

I turned my phone off for an hour and walked round the park crying - by then this was a regular occurrence.

It sounds dramatic but I was dreading what would happen when I turned it back on.

I needn’t have worried. The comments, e mails, private messages, cards, flowers that followed totally blew me away.

Daisy is always watching over us
Our first event for the blog - Battersea Muddy Dog Challenge
When you launch a blog, you kind of know people read it

But a lot of the time you sit in your house tapping away and doesn't register that what you write means anything to anyone.

I don’t mean that to sound self-deprecating as I’ve done some things I’m proud of.

Helping dogs find homes, raising money for rescues like Beds For Bullies in a time of need, educating people on the reasons why homeless people have pets.

Feedback in comments, social media posts and e mails is always welcome. But when I posted about Daisy, it was on a totally different scale.

The personal messages about the bond we shared, how writing about her dementia had made other owners realise their dog had the same thing, how funny she was, how she reminded people of dogs they had lost, was just lovely.

Friends sent me photos of them on adventures with Daisy and her with their dogs, her as a young dog, an old dog.

Daisy and Sparky, my friend Suzanne's terrier
Daisy with my friend Sharon's dog, posh Stan!
Colleagues put up with endless sobbing

Even the grumpiest photographer I know reminded me of when we did a feature about dog Reiki and Daisy did a poo on the floor.

In true Jeremy Beadle style, the day Daisy was put to sleep, it was announced that the Queen’s last Corgi Willow had passed away too.

As a journalist writing mostly about pets, an e mail dropped in my inbox asking if I could write about the emotions she might be feeling.

I took the commission and spoke to bereavement counsellor Shona McLean - feeling slightly guilty that she was giving more advice to me on how to cope than Her Majesty.

In the two weeks between losing Daisy and publicly sharing what had happened, I did think about stopping the blog.

When I started, it was never to be an influencer and I don’t consider myself, Daisy or Patch to be one, I just write about things that interest me or that I think people will find helpful.

But I really feel for people whose pet is an influencer and who might build a blog or social media account around them and their name.

Because when they’re gone, what do you do?

In this Guardian piece, Loni Edwards, a lawyer and the head of The Dog Agency for influencers, talks about losing her mini Frenchie Chloe aged just four.

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A post shared by Chloe The Mini Frenchie (@chloetheminifrenchie) on Sep 10, 2017 at 5:54pm PDT

Chloe had 180,000 followers on Instagram

She'd worked with Google, cleaning brand Swiffer and, at the time of her tragic death, her face was on billboards for the Pixel phone.

She’d been at Blue Pearl animal hospital following routine surgery and staff mis-calibrated an oxygen machine. They admitted her death was a, “medical error that shouldn’t have happened.”

I can’t begin to imagine how Loni must have coped in the aftermath, not just with losing a dog but the utter devastation because it should never have happened.

Remarkably, she launched a campaign, #petsarefamilynotproperty, setting out to bring changes in the law for dogs to be have more legal protection.

Currently, in America, they’re treated as ‘property,’ and owners are entitled to the ‘economic value,’ or how much it would cost to buy a similar animal as compensation.

You can sign the petition here Pets are family not property petition

Any pet owner knows they are part of the family and you can’t just buy another like you would a mobile phone - you can’t put a price on your pet.

Daisy and her brother Tommy who she lived with before me
Daisy and her old friend Lottie
You can never replace them

But if you’ve loved and lost a dog, there will be a huge void in your life and in time you may feel ready to love another dog.

The dog you lost will always be in your heart and no-one can take away the memories, but giving your love to another dog is a lovely way to honour the pet you have lost.

With Patch, he didn’t come from a shelter like Daisy, but he needed a home and we adopted him in August, four months after losing her.

I felt guilty bringing him into her home, seeing him sniff where she once lay, him snuggling down in her super comfy crate.

He must have wondered where the dog he could smell was and for the first few days he wore her old pink harness while we waited for his to arrive.

Patch in Daisy's harness
Each time we went on a walk to a familiar place, it felt strange him following in Daisy’s paw prints

Going back to Lymm, where I’d spent nine years with Daisy, I dreaded running into people who’d last seen me there with her.

Of course I adored Patch from the moment I clapped eyes on him and my love for him grows every day.

Sometimes I think he might be even more indulged than Daisy because losing her made me realise how precious our dogs are.

If you have a blog or a socially famous pet and you’re thinking about what happens when it’s their time the main message I want to share is that it will be ok.

Be kind to yourself, and whatever you decide to do, whether it’s continue, stop, or change to incorporate a new pet, the community you have built will support you.

And if you’re struggling, there are pet bereavement counsellors you can speak to, and the Blue Cross offer e mail and phone support here

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It’s likely you will be aware of the work Medical Detection Dogs do helping to fight cancer and other life threatening diseases.

This week is Parkinson’s Awareness Week and Dr Claire Guest and her remarkable canine team are also working to detect the disease earlier.

It’s a cause very close to Claire’s heart as her father John, 80, a retired solicitor, discovered he had the disease three years ago and it inspired her to see whether her dogs could help.

Working with a team from Manchester University, she put Peanut, Bumper, Zen and Rumba to the test and found they could diagnose it in 400 samples.

Early detection can lead to better treatment and improve quality of life and her charity was awarded £11,000 last year from Purina as part of their Better With Pets initiative to further their work.

I spoke to Claire about what the project means to her.

Can you tell me a little bit of background about your work?

Yes, we’d been focusing on cancer detection and how the dogs could help with this and we started to realised dogs could detect other things.

We moved on to detecting the change in human blood sugar that comes with diabetes and our Medical Alert Assistance dogs work with people with diabetes and Addison's Disease.

We realised there was the potential to make a difference across a broad range of diseases - there was a huge amount of scepticism.

When my dog Daisy who had worked as cancer detection dog warned me about my own cancer I hadn’t detected any changes myself.

All that was happening that was slightly out of the ordinary was that for a few months before my diagnosis I was falling asleep more.

Then I was told I had cancer. My parents were beside me when I went into hospital. I had my surgery to have my lymph nodes removed and thankfully it hadn’t spread.

I had my lumpectomy and radiotherapy and they were with me all the way through.

It re-inspired me to keep going - these dogs were picking up something we needed to learn from.

Claire and her family

Can you tell me about your dad and Parkinson’s?

My dad had told me years before, in his forties, he’d lost his sense of smell. I said to him, ‘How bad is it?’ He said, ‘Well I can’t smell anything.’

It was only years later we discovered that early loss of smell can be related to Parkinson’s but this was when I was having cancer treatment and dad and my mum Maureen were concerned about me.

At the same time, this loss of smell my dad had was being pretty much ignored. We didn’t think we could do anything about.

So six years later when I had recovered from my cancer hopefully and was officially in remission and yet my father started with these awful symptoms.

What were they?

In most cases with Parkinson’s, people get odd symptoms building up over years. They don’t suddenly become Parkinsonian, and the thing with my dad is that he didn’t get tremor.

Often when people see this they think it’s Parkinson’s. There’s actually a lot of other reasons why people might have them and there’s also many people who don’t have them initially but do have Parkinson’s.

He started to get stiffness in movement and difficulty balancing and walking which didn’t seem to have an obvious cause.

It was sufficient enough for him to be quite concerned, even when on a short walk. This came over the last three or four years.

Then, nearly three years ago, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

What was quite clear and was so powerful was the time when my parents were assisting me with my cancer treatment, my dad had Parkinson’s and the damage was taking place.

Completely unbeknown, by the time my dad was diagnosed, 50 per cent of his brain had already been affected so the damage had been done and this is the case in most patients.

Once you see that damage, you can slow it down from then onwards, but you can’t reverse it - all the time he’d been looking after me this was going on.

One of Claire's talented team at work

How did you feel?

I felt absolutely gutted that something couldn’t have been done earlier.

When you have the Parkinson’s diagnosis and you know it’s a lifetime now of having the disease all you can pray is that the medication will slow the next stage of the progression.

Cancer is the thing that everybody fears and I think that because cancer can be so rapid, people think it’s a death sentence but actually things are changing a lot and it may not be any more.

People survive if diagnosed early and that’s why we’re so passionate about our work.

Dad is a very fit and healthy person in other way, and I think about if I’d known ten, 15 years ago, what things might have been like.

I wanted to do something to help with the diagnosis of the disease to help in detecting it earlier.

How is your dad now?

He’s on medication and is doing very well.

He continues to come to events and is active and the charity wouldn’t be what it is without him and I hope this is good for him.

Dad was pivotal in helping me set up the charity. He was a volunteer from day one and helped me co-found it, believed in the work and supported me.

Claire and her family recently met with Camilla Parker Bowles who recognised their work

How does your dad feel about the work you’re doing with Parkinson’s?

He thinks it’s absolutely incredible. Even though we’re working on this and making progress with the dogs clearly indicating Parkinson’s disease, the time when it could have helped him has gone sadly.

If we’d been twenty years ahead we could have made a real difference, even ten years, but sadly that time has passed.

But Dad isn’t like that, he thinks very much to the future and the people it will help so he’s absolutely passionate about what we’re doing and the fact that his daughter and dogs will hopefully make a difference to millions of people.

What is your goal when it comes to the dogs and the work with Parkinson’s?

My aim would be to work with clinicians to recognise Parkinson’s at a much earlier stage, when patients have these unclear symptoms that don’t fit into a pattern.

They might feel tired, weak or wobbly, all the symptoms which are usually dismissed as an ‘off day’ until they become very bad.

I hope this will mean the pharmaceutical industry will look into drugs that can assist in the reduction in the damage that’s being done to the brain for people with early Parkinson’s signs.

Although you may never be able to cure Parkinson’s in our lifetime, you can reduce the damage so much that the person doesn’t have severe symptoms.

At the moment this disease is running wildfire in people’s bodies, destroying them.

If you think about this terrible thing going into someone’s brain and destroying the cells so that they’re unable to walk, balance, if you can stop the spread of that fire, they could have a really good quality of life for many years, and that’s where we need to get to.

I hope one day there will be a cure, but for now we want to stop this rapid progression of this horrible disease.

To find out more about Claire’s work, visit www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

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If you enjoy going EVERYWHERE with your dog then you will love hearing what Chris has to say about dog friendly Britain.

The wildlife expert has presented hundreds if not thousands of animal TV shows in his career and presents Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch.

This summer he’s hosting Dogstival which is a two day event in the New Forest, close to Chris’s home, celebrating all things dog.

Chris, 57, spoke to us about why he became involved, his love of poodles and his hope that Britain will become more dog friendly.

Can you tell me a little about your involvement with Dogstival?

Yes, I’m involved because I have a great passion for two things that Dogstival is going to celebrate.

That is dogs and the human relationship that we have with these animals and also the New Forest which is where I've lived for the last 16 years but I've known all of my life.

The New Forest is an extraordinary place. It's a great natural resource in terms of its habitats and its wild life. It's a great leisure resource, people come here, dog walking, horse riding and camping.

But it’s something we want to make sure survives into the future and we have to look at the positive and negative effect of visitors to ensure that happens.

And the event is also aiming to encourage people to enjoy the New Forest with their dogs?

Yes, certainly the most rewarding part of my day is taking Scratchy out for his morning walk. We go through a patch of the New Forest that I know and I love, and I enjoy being with him there.

I share my life with Scratchy as completely as I can. He sleeps in my bed, eats from my plate, rides in my car, he comes to work with me whenever that's appropriate.

He’s the epicentre of my world and this is not unusual, dogs play an incredibly important role in many peoples lives.

Chris and his poodle Scratchy © Dogstival/Harry White Photography

What can people expect at Dogstival?

A very broad celebration of dogs and our relationship with them. There’s lots of things on offer for many people.

Pre-dog people, people who have never had a dog but are thinking about it.

People who have perhaps lost a dog and thinking about getting another one but their life situation might have changed and of course people like myself who are obsessed with the relationship that they have with their dog.

There's always more to learn and an event like this is a great way of bringing community together to learn more about everything, behaviour, nutrition, health, welfare.

And also to think about how we maintain a healthy relationship with the environment of the New Forest that we love and enjoy so much.

There will be lots of locally sourced food, not just human but dog as well, locally sourced dog food. So very much you're getting involved in the New Forest community.

You're in the Dogstival lounge giving a talk too?

I'm always very keen to talk about the mental health benefits of having a dog. I've been working with some charities that supply dogs to autistic young people and I see the enormous benefits that they bring to both the child and to the family.

I also have been working with some people at Lincoln University who are looking at the impact that it has on the dog and how easy it is for a dog to move into a relationship with an autistic youngster and their family.

I’m keen to talk about responsible dog ownership, focusing perhaps specifically on the impact that dogs can have on wildlife and farm stock, when we know that there's an issue with both of those.

In a world where there are more people and more dogs and less space, we have to think about changing our behaviour.

So it's getting people to understand why they need to do that, what the impacts are and asking them to think about how they live with their dog in the modern world.

Adorable Scratchy © Dogstival/Harry White Photography

Do you think we are as a nation becoming more dog friendly?

Yes, but it's not moving as fast as I would like. But then I'm bound to say that aren't I? I spent quite a bit of time living in France with my two dogs and life as a dog owner there is so much easier.

You walk into a post office with your dogs, no one tells you to get out. You walk into the local grocery store, it's fine.

I think a lot of people in France are certainly a lot more tolerant of the fact that people have dogs as companion animals and they're as valuable to them as their children.

If someone asked me to tie my dog outside the post office I'd just say to them, ‘But I wouldn't tie my child outside the post office and if I did I'd be on the front page of the paper. Why do you expect me to do that with my dog?’ And then I'd leave.

There are a lot more dog friendly restaurants, cafes and places to go. I still think that the dog walking community is one that's not being fully catered for, even when it comes to walking.

We're not quite there yet. I've tried to use dog friendly hotels for instance, when you turn up they're not as dog friendly as they claim to be.

I think there is still progress to be made. We've been to a couple of restaurants locally recently and they're both dog friendly. So that's a good sign.

Can you tell me about the dogs that you've had in your life?

I had Max the poodle, he was the first one from 1980 through to 1995 and then after a break I had another dog called Fish.

Then I had Itchy and Scratchy, sadly we lost Itchy a couple years ago, but so I've still got Scratch now.

They've all been black miniature poodles and I wouldn't stray from the breed. Life's short and I've found a breed that I relate to. So I'm a committed poodle owner. You couldn't prize me away from my poodle I'm afraid.

Chris out walking with Scratchy © Dogstival/Harry White Photography

What is it that you like about the poodle?

They're challenging, characterful, slightly anarchic, full of beans, very devoted, clever, you can teach them things quickly.

I should say that they don't shed any hairs, you don't have to hoover around after them. You’d never find a single dog hair in the house, not one.

But you do have to get them clipped obviously. I have the miniature size and that's for convenience really, I can just lift them in and out of the car and they're easy to manage.

Your dog Scratchy is nearly 16. Can you tell me about what it’s like caring for a senior dog?

The care you give a dog changes throughout their life, by way of exercise and nutrition, but there’s other things you notice too.

The first time this winter he was out in the snow and we caught him shivering, he did have his coat on, but he'd spent too long out in the snow and then I picked him up, wrapped him in my coat and took him back. I wouldn't take him out in the wind and the rain without a coat now.

With his walks, I’m very keen to keep him mobile and his joints are in really good condition. He's got no signs of arthritis.

He's always had quite long walks, so, for example, yesterday morning we did nearly four kilometres and he has two of those a day, and normally he'd get longer.

For a 15 and three quarter year old dog that's pretty good going. He's out and sniffing, he's enjoying the world.

With his food, he’s eating less. I've switched his food some time ago to a raw food diet and this is working well.

My point of view is that, with older dogs, it's about quality of life. I love him so much that I felt that if his life were compromised by his own standards than that would mean it would be his time to call it a day.

But at the moment he's responding to the treatment and he's trotting around and jumping about when he's awake.

Chris and Scratchy wrapped up on a walk © Dogstival/Harry White Photography

And he recently had surgery for cataracts?

Yes, I can't tell you it was one of the most fantastic things. Poodles are prone to them, and for a long time I kept taking him to the vet and said, ‘Well look, if he was a human he'd still be driving.’

And then we took him back again and the vet said, ‘Okay, well now he wouldn't be allowed to operate heavy machinery, they're not bad. Stop fretting.’

And then over Christmas they did get progressively worse a lot more quickly. So eventually the vet said, ‘OK, he's now at a point where his vision is compromised.’

So we decided to go ahead with the operation and it's gone perfectly. It's exactly the same as a human operation in terms of what they do. It's transformed him.

He goes out in the woods and he's looking at this that and the other, it's fantastic. Again being able to give him that extra quality of life at the end of his life is something that I'm really pleased about.

You describe him as the epicentre of your life, what does having him mean to you?

I think it's purpose, it's a sort of security. You know, I need something stable in my otherwise rumbustious life.

He's incredibly important. I miss him when I'm not with him. I fret about, well I didn't used to fret as much as I do now, I fret about him when I'm not with him.

Fortunately my partner Charlotte is an animal person extraordinaire so I can leave him with her and know that he's in perfectly safe hands.

But that doesn't mean I don't miss him when I get into bed and he's not there and I don't just listen to him at night.

Chris and Scratchy © Dogstival/Harry White Photography

They give us so much don’t they?

Yes, for me it’s humility and perspective. There's nothing more important, and sometimes, we forget that, and we get home, and people feel the same way about the relationship they have with their children and their family and their partners and all those sorts of things where there's enormous amounts of investment, time, effort, energy, passion, love, commitment.

But when you give it to a dog, and it gives it back to you in 100%, undiluted, full on, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it's guaranteed then that's something of immeasurable value.

Sometimes life starts to run away and then you take your dog for a walk and you realise where it's really at.

* Dogstival takes place on May 18th and 19th at Pylewell Park in the New Forest. Find out more at www.dogstival.co.uk/

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The thought of anything happening to our dogs is unimaginable

We share such an incredible bond with them but more than 60 dogs are stolen in the UK each week and many more go missing leaving families utterly shattered.

There is help out there - via doglost.co.uk who are a huge community of volunteers across the UK who work tirelessly to reunite dogs with their owners.

Nearly every day they succeed but it’s vital their cases are shared so it’s why I’ve teamed up with them to share cases every month.

Today owners Harriet, Rachael and Caroline explain what happened to their dogs.

Louie
Louie

It’s nearly nine years since Louie, a small Yorkshire Terrier from Birmingham went missing in September 2012.

His determined family have never given up - he was only three when he vanished and will now be ten.

Louie went missing from his home at around 6pm on 26th September when his family were having work done at their home in Kings Norton.

He followed one of the workmen out to their car and got locked out and it’s thought he was found then kept, known as ‘theft by finding.’

A neighbour saw Louie on the front doorstep and went to pick him up but he got spooked and ran into nearby fields.

Others tried to catch him but the frightened little dog kept running and he was last seen on the corner of Middleton Hall Road the day he went missing.

Louie’s owner Rachael Handley has searched tirelessly for Louie since. She said: “It has always been extremely difficult for us to put into words just how this impacts us as a family.

“It’s been completely devastating and has consumed our lives. It’s an endless roller coaster of emotions which can sometimes be unbearable to cope with.”

Rachael with a photo of treasured Yorkie Louie
Louie is a tiny dog with a huge personality and presence

He is a happy, easy going boy, cheeky, funny yet fearless.

He is trained to gold standard obedience and agility so he knows lots of commands and tricks and loves to be the centre of attention.

Louie is microchipped and his details can’t be changed, so if he’s scanned, the vet should be alerted that he’s missing.

Local rescues, police, vets, walkers and groomers and taxi companies know about Louie and his family search every day.

His story has been shared at high profile events like Crufts, Pup Aid, Paws in the Park and his family have campaigned at Westminster to change the law on pet theft.

There’s a reward for his safe return or information leading to it and you can join the Facebook group to help find Louie here - www.facebook.com/Missinglouie/

Rachael said: “It’s been six and a half awful years of waiting and wondering where Louie is and what has happened to him. 

“Louie is our family, our precious little boy. We just need him home. If anyone knows anything, please, please, do the right thing and come forward with any information. No questions asked and we will treat any information in the strictest of confidence. ”

 If anyone has Louie or has information on him, please contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 43360 or to visit his Dog Lost profile here.

Aika
Aika

Aika is a four-year-old black rescue Pug and went missing on 17th January this year.

She disappeared from her garden at home in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire around 6pm after being outside for just a couple of minutes.

Owner Harriet Eavers thinks it’s possible she escaped from the garden as CCTV doesn’t show anyone entering the garden.

She’s an all black Pug apart from a distinctive white patch on her chest and came from Muffin Pug Rescue.

Where she went missing is surrounded by fields and there was one sighting of Aika the next day on Leckhampton Lane in Cheltenham but no confirmed sightings since.

Harriet and Aika have featured on local radio and in the newspaper, thousands of leaflets have been given out and the community has rallied to help find her.

Harriet said: “I will not rest until I know what has happened and she is safe at home. It has been heart-breaking - she truly is part of the family.

“It is my absolute worst nightmare and I would not wish this to happen to anyone.”

Aika and Harriet
Little Aika is a friendly, sociable Pug

She loves people and other dogs and is known by family and friends for being mischievous and extra greedy.

She is microchipped and neutered and her family are offering a substantial reward for her safe return and you can join her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/haveyouseenaika

Owner Harriet added: “For anyone who may have Aika, please return my dog. She deserves to be safe at home where she is loved.

“If you have her, please get in contact or drop her off at a safe location - wear a hoody, drop her off and leave. There will be no questions asked.

“If you think she has been sold onto you, it’s not your fault. Please get in touch so we can check it’s her and I can know she is safe. I just want my dog safe at home.”

If anyone has Aika  or has information on her, please contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 139463 or to visit her Dog Lost profile here.

Anna
Anna

Anna is a three-year-old working Cocker Spaniel who went missing from Marden in Hereford in March 2019

She was hunting in a hedgerow down a private lane close to her home while out on a walk and went missing

Owner Caroline Marsland has been searching fields, hedgerows, rivers and railways for several miles around the area and spent hours calling her on March 7th when she disappeared.

They’ve also informed all the vets and rescue centres within a 30-mile radius, put posters in shops, pubs, post offices, parks and walking spots but have had no sightings and fear she’s been found and kept.

Caroline said: “Anna loves people and cuddles and loves to stroke people more than being stroked herself. Our family is utterly heartbroken.”

Anna on a day out at the beach
Anna is a small Cocker Spaniel

Caroline is worried she may have been mistaken for a puppy and kept. She is microchipped.

Her family and their other dog Poppy are searching desperately for her and have asked if anyone has taken in a dog matching her description to get in touch.

Many people unwittingly buy dogs with no idea they have been stolen or take them in  believing them to be strays when their distraught families are searching for them.

Caroline said: “Everyone loves Anna and we just want her home. If anyone knows anything about her disappearance, please let us know.

“If you have her, please take her to a nearby vets and say you found her, there will be no questions asked. She is part of our family and we need her home.”

If anyone has Anna or has information on her, please contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 141223 or to visit her Dog Lost profile here.

The more people see these stories, the higher the chance of the dogs being found

So please, spare a thought for the families of Louie, Aika and Anna and if you think you can help, share on social media, or via e mail or WhatsApp.

It means so much to the families and, reassuringly, many do find their way home even after many years.

To learn more about the work Doglost do, try Why Jayne Hayes set up Doglost or for more cases there is Can you help find Ruby, Beetle, Izzy and Dana? and Can you help find Albi, Willow and Tilly?

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We love exploring the Northumberland coast and countryside

Since moving to Newcastle a year ago we've found loads of great places to see with your pet. 

Everywhere is so dog friendly, and recently we were invited to visit St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth, to see what they had to offer for our four legged friends.

It happened to fall on Tommy’s birthday weekend so the three of us were super chuffed to pack up the car and head off for a treat.

Patch outside St Mary's Inn
St Mary’s Inn is near to Stannington village

It's a traditional pub and restaurant just outside the centre of Morpeth.

The building was the Administration Block of Gateshead Borough Council Lunatic Asylum which opened in 1914 and the site later became part of the NHS and was still in operation until 1996.

It’s been renovated beautifully. Our room was gorgeous - stylish and minimalist. The furniture is traditional Victorian wardrobes and sideboards with a king sized bed.

The bathroom was spacious with a large bath and toiletries from The White Company, and we had a choice of locally sourced waters and tea and coffee.

We’d come prepared and brought Patch’s bed, but when we checked in we were offered a dog bed, bowls and anything else we might need to make him feel at home.

Having a snooze after his walk
One of the rooms at St Mary's Inn

At the bar, Tommy was pleased to see a range of locally brewed ales - there are so many microbreweries in Northumberland!

He had the custom made St Mary’s Ale from the nearby Rigg & Furrow brewery and I enjoyed a few glasses of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

The bar is cosy with burning fires and leads into a warren of different dining spaces. What we loved were all the different dog sculptures - of course Patch had to pose next to them.

One of my favourite things was that they had bar snacks for dogs! We treated Patch to a pack of ‘Get Your Hound Inn’ chicken flavour crunchy treats for £2.10.

Yum - crisps for me?
I’m a girl of simple tastes and opted for more traditional items at dinner

We chose from the snack menu to start. I had a delicious, home-made red pepper humous and pitta and Tommy had a Black Pudding Scotch Egg with Tomato and Pepper Chutney.

For our mains, we had steaks with crispy onions, baked mushrooms, tomato and skinny fries.

I had Rump and Tommy tried the Bavette. Steaks are sourced from R and J Butchers in Yorkshire, juicy and grilled perfectly.

Finally, we shared a home-made Sticky Toffee Pudding with vanilla ice cream which was absolutely gorgeous.

If you enjoy fine dining, head chef at the hotel is Chris Cheek who has worked in Michelin Starred Northcote Manor and St Mary’s sister hotel, Jesmond Dene House which has the Two AA Rosette.

Having a drink in the bar
Tommy tucks into breakfast
At breakfast, there’s plenty to choose from

There was a table filled with juices, fresh fruit and cereal and a choice of freshly cooked breakfasts. Tommy went for the full English, I had bacon, beans and toast.

And Patch of course had a sausage. Dogs are welcome in the breakfast area and he enjoyed being fussed over by the staff and other guests at the hotel.

We checked out and set off into the middle of Morpeth for an eight mile walk around the river and woodland valley park.

Classed as an ‘easy’ walk, it was pretty flat. The first part takes you along the river - it’s fast moving so we kept Patch on a lead - then you cross farmland and open fields.

For wildlife lovers, there’s lots of woodland plants, squirrels and wild birds, and if you like photography, there’s plenty of stunning scenery to capture.

Patch on our walk
There’s plenty of dog friendly cafes and pubs in Morpeth itself

And if you’ve forgotten anything for your pup, Joe’s Pet Supplies has all you need from food to coats and harnesses.

They also stock The Snack Pawtal biscuits - handmade, natural treats created in the Tyne Valley - these are always a hit with Patch. 

If you’d like to soak up some of Northumberland’s history, there’s so much to see and do.

Harry Potter fans can visit Alnwick Castle - it’s open between 29th March until 27th October 2019 - the backdrop to Hogwarts in the first two films.

Dogs aren’t allowed in the castle or grounds but there are plenty of walks nearby.

Exploring Belsay Hall
There’s plenty of dog friendly cafes and pubs in Morpeth itself

At Belsay Hall, an English Heritage property, dogs are allowed in the grounds as long as they are on their lead.

You can walk around the striking medieval castle which was built in the 14th century and 30 acres of gardens described as some of the most picturesque in England.

There’s also Warkworth Castle which is a short drive from Morpeth where dogs are welcome to visit as long as they stay on their lead.

Warkworth Castle is a stunning fortress built after the Norman conquest in the 11th century and was the backdrop for several scenes in Shakespeare’s Henry IV.

It was home Northumberland’s greatest aristocratic family The Percys, and you can explore the great hall, bedrooms and chambers where they once lived.

From the walls are stunning views across the North Sea and it’s just a short walk to a lovely, clean and dog friendly beach.

Patch posing with some of the sculptures!
St Mary's Inn is perfectly placed to explore dog friendly Northumberland

It's ideal for a quiet break and while we did lots of exploring, I’d have quite happily stayed in the bar in front of one of the fires. There’s something for everyone.

I love places that go the extra mile to make dogs feel welcome and with friendly staff, doggy bar snacks and dog sculptures, Patch felt very spoilt and so did we!

Rooms start from £109 per night for bed and breakfast.

Find out more at www.stmarysinn.co.uk

• With thanks to St Mary's Inn for inviting us to review their property.

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Nicola Owst will never forget the first day she saw Buddy

She was driving on the outskirts of London and passed some wasteland.

On there was a crate with a dog locked in. Nicola stopped and at first she feared the poor animal was dead.

But when she opened the door, the dog moved. Horrified, she wrapped him in a towel and drove nearly 100 miles to the vet.

Nicola kept checking he was alive as he was in such a terrible state.

He weighed just 3kg - Staffies usually weigh around 17kg. The vet said it was the worst case of neglect they had ever seen and told Nicola he’d be lucky to live a few days.

Buddy the day Nicola found him
Buddy recovering from his ordeal
Brave Buddy defied the odds and pulled through

Nicola, 34, from Kibworth, Leicester, said: “He’s our little miracle. I never had a dog before Buddy, I never thought one would fit in my life.

“But he found me and we saved each other. He was in a terrible way when I found him. He had mange and dermatitis, and his paws were raw from being in his own mess.

“He needed to have his tail amputated because of an infection and he was so frightened and anxious if I ever left him. He’d chew his paws until they bled. 

“I was going through a break up when he came into my life and he was there for me when I was happy or sad and gave me a reason to get up every day.

"It was as though we were sent to save each other.”

Buddy and Nicola now - look at that smile!
Handsome Buddy
Buddy has many talents and has won thousands of fans

When she first rescued him, one of Nicola’s elderly friends  had diabetes, and clever Buddy knew when she needed her insulin and would cling to her leg. As soon as she had her medication, he’d move away.

Now 11, Buddy lives with Nicola, her husband Jonathan, their 20 month old son Toby and Susie, six, a Springer Spaniel who they rescued - she had been used as a breeding dog.

Buddy also has 26,000 followers on his Facebook page where Nicola shares their adventures.

After Staffies were voted the UK’s favourite dog in a poll last month, she was asked to attend Crufts to educate people about the breed and encourage more people to adopt them.

Nicola and Buddy at the Staffy Discover Dogs stand
Proud Nicola gives Buddy a cuddle
Buddy will be at the Staffordshire Bull Terrier area of the Discover Dogs section

Visitors can learn about hundreds of different breeds and Nicola hopes Buddy's story will inspired people to consider adopting a Staffy.

She said: “It breaks my heart to think of what he has been through and how scared he must have been. He’s such a brave, happy boy.

“Three years ago he was diagnosed with cancer in the ankle joint of his back leg. It was in a difficult position to reach and the vet feared they wouldn’t be able to remove all the tumour.

“Even when he went into the surgery for his chemotherapy treatment, he would trot through the door wagging his tail and afterwards he would be running around the park like any other dog.

“When we adopted Suzie three years ago, she was very nervous but Buddy, he was like the wind beneath her wings. He gave her confidence and they are so happy together.”

Buddy with Nicola, husband Jonathan and Susie
Buddy is no stranger to dog shows

He’s been to the Family Pet Show and was voted Best Rescue Dog by Downton Abbey actor and welfare campaigner Peter Egan at Pupaid.

While the Crufts show rings are filled with pristine pedigree dogs, Nicola says she is proud of the opportunity to champion rescue pups.

She said: “There is a place for all dogs at Crufts and being part of the Discover Dogs area gives us the chance to show people what Staffies are really like.

“I hope meeting Buddy, hearing his story and being able to handle him and seeing what a gentle dog he is will encourage more people to consider his breed and adopting dogs from rescue.”

To follow Buddy's adventures, visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/buddydogtherescuestaffy

If you enjoyed Buddy's story, you might like to read How Bailey the Staffy saved owner Andy's life or How a helpless Staffy inspired Emma to set up Dogs4Rescue.

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Moving house can be stressful for all the family - including the dog

A month ago we relocated from our flat in Gateshead to Gosforth to a much bigger house with a garden for Patch.

It’s absolutely lovely with lots more room for everyone, and all of Patch’s toys, beds and other paraphernalia. 

As we’d only adopted him six months earlier in August last year, I was conscious that moving might be unsettling for him.

I wanted to handle it as best I could, so I spoke to dog behaviourist Helen Motteram from Social Paws to find out her advice on how to settle him in.

These were her tips and how we got on.

(Fab sofa cushions were a moving in gift from the lovely Michelle at Scruffy Little Terrier and you can get them here)

Familiarise them with the area before you move

“It’s a good idea to take your dog to the area where you’re going to be moving to beforehand so they can get used to it too,” says Helen.

“They can experience the sights and smells then when you do move, it’s somewhere they have been before.”

With Patch, we were already very familiar with the area as we often walk in Jesmond Dene, a lovely park and beauty spot which is now only a short walk away.

There’s also a pub just down the road from our house, The Brandling Villa, which we’d been to several times. They have an amazing dog menu and it’s so dog friendly,

It's always full of dogs, which Patch loves. So now, every time he walks past, even at 6.30am, he tries to drag us in.

Patch enjoying a chicken dinner at the Brandling Villa
Find a new vet and pet shop and change their microchip details

“This is something you can do before you move,” says Helen. “Make sure you change the details on their chip and collar tags.

“Going to the vet can be stressful so it’s best to leave it a week or so at least before you pop into the surgery if you need a check up.

“The vets is a good place to ask about dog walkers, sitters and groups in the area too.”

We’ve changed Patch’s details on his chip and he has smart new collar tags - essential for terriers who like to, ahem, explore.

One of his first walks was to the pet shop at the top of our road, Four Paws, which sells food, toys and all kinds of treats.

I bought him some food and a chicken foot (ugh) and, like the pub, he’s been pulling to go back ever since.

Try to replicate the layout of your home

Helen suggests taking a photo of the layout of the room your dog spent most of their time in at your old home and try to recreate this.

“Dogs like to be in familiar surroundings,” she said. “Try to keep things similar if you can and take their beds, blankets and crates which will carry smells.”

As our new house is so much bigger - we went from a tiny living area to a big open lounge, we have tried to do this.

Patch was so excited when he arrived he spent ages zooming around. He’s settled well and his favourite spot in on ‘Neigh-paw-hood watch’ up by the window.

Patch on Pawtrol at the window
Don’t walk too far in the first week

Helen says to take it easy when you first move. “On the first few days you can play with your dog in the house and garden if you have one so they can settle in.

“Moving can be overwhelming so minimising any further stress is a good idea. Make sure the garden is secure too.”

Patch was as good as gold when we moved and was actually really calm after the initial zoomies!

He found a spot by the window and lay in the sun and we did some enrichment games, hiding treats so he could go on treasure hunts.

Our garden is secure too, so it’s great for him to be able to play and we’ve been able to use it to work on his recall too.

Patch out with his ball
Limit the number of visitors and keep a routine

Helen advises taking time off to settle pets. She said: “If you can be with them for the first few weeks, this is ideal, and try to avoid having lots of visitors.

“Let them settle into their new surroundings, and try to stick to the same routine. So walk them at the same time and feed at the same time.”

We are lucky in that we live away from my family and Tommy’s are quite far away so we had a few weeks to settle Patch in before anyone came around.

I work from home so he can relax in a bed in my new office as well which he seems to like.

The girls were very giddy when they saw the new house but we explained Patch needed to be kept calm.

They have all settled in well and love cuddling up on the sofa with him and having a garden for Patch to play in.

Patch relaxing in his bed in my office
Find dog friendly places and try to meet other dog owners

Helen advises: “Research your new community online and find the best spots to visit, from walks to pubs and cafes.

“Meeting other owners and dogs is good for you and your dog too.”

We have definitely ticked the box for finding dog friendly places. Newcastle is such a dog friendly city thank goodness! Patch loves the Quayside Market, especially the Geordie Banger stall. 

I’ve also joined a book club thanks to an invite from Sue McCabe who helps us train Patch so I can meet other Crazy Dog Ladies.

And he’s started the Bronze Kennel Club Good Citizen Training Scheme too.

Did someone say SAUSAGE? Patch at the Geordie Banger stall
Conclusion

As Helen says, as stressed you might feel, try to put their needs first and remember that they don’t understand what is happening and might feel overwhelmed.

And having time out with your dog to just be in the moment is the perfect thing to do when you’re frazzled from lugging boxes and furniture round.

Have you moved home with your dog and do you have any advice to share?

I’d love to hear it so please pop it in the comments below.

If you found this post helpful, you might enjoy Advice on coping with anxious pets with Helen Motteram, or for training advice, Training a Terrier with Sue McCabe.

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Our dogs have such a special place in our hearts and lives

The thought of losing them is unbearable.

But heartbreakingly, every day around 60 pets in the UK are missing or stolen.

Thankfully, help is out there. Doglost.co.uk is a resource where thousands of people across the country are alerted when a dog is missing.

They have a database with each dog's details on, and, crucially, they help owners keep calm and give them the support they need during those vital first hours.

I've partnered with Doglost and each month I will be sharing cases in the hope it brings dogs home.

The owners of Ruby and Beetle, Izzy and Dana share their story.

Ruby and Beetle
Ruby and Beetle

Ruby and Beetle are mother and daughter Border Terriers and went missing while out on the Lothian Estate.

They were with their owner Georgie Bell and her husband Ed close to Ormiston House near Jedburgh on the Scottish Borders.

Both dogs are very familiar with the area.

The super intelligent little dogs were off lead and dashed off together after a scent and have never been seen since the afternoon of 28th December 2018.

Mum Ruby is five and Beetle is two, and are very close. What may stand out is that they are very small Border Terriers, only weighing around 6kg. Both are microchipped.

Georgie said: “Ruby loves the outdoors and being on the estate with Ed. Beetle would rather be with the family, she was my shadow, she followed me everywhere, even to the loo.

“She is so loving and needy whereas Ruby is more independent. As mum and daughter they were a very close unit, they love being together, lying in their beds and cuddling.

“They love running around together but always, always come back but we spent days walking around the estate, checking they hadn’t gone down a mineshaft, hole or well.

“We wanted to exhaust every possible scenario but it came to nothing. I miss them so much.”

Ruby and Beetle at Christmas with their family
Georgie fears the girls have been stolen and has put up a £5000 reward

The couple have three children, Tom, 15, Felicity, 14, and Frances, 12 who are desperate for their dogs to be returned.

Posters have been put up all over the UK and their story has appeared in several newspapers but still no news.

Georgie said: “They are my world and since they went, I have been glued to my phone and computer waiting for messages. It’s tearing our family apart.

“We fear they’ve been picked up by a gang because everyone we know would have brought them home.

“The house doesn’t feel like a home and it’s taken over our lives and impacted on our relationships.

“The children are desperate to have them back, all my youngest daughter wanted for her birthday on January 4th was to have them back.

“Please if anyone sees them or knows where they are, we want to know they are safe.

“They may have been sold on and the new owner might not even know their background.

“So if anyone knows of someone who has two little Border Terriers who might be our girls, please contact us.

“We’ve put up a £5000 reward for their safe return, we just want them home.”

If you have any information on the girls call call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 138714 or visit their profile here

Izzy
Izzy

Izzy is a six-year-old Apricot Cockapoo and went missing four years ago.

Heartbreakingly, she ran away from her home in Radcliffe, Manchester, on April 16th 2015, when workmen let themselves into her home.

Owner Ian Purvis who lived with wife Dawn and daughters Lauren, 16, and Evie, ten, had nipped out to get some paint and she was at home alone.

Startled by the stranger, Izzy who was anxious around people she didn't know, ran out of the door and into the garden where she stood trembling with fear.

The builders tried to retrieve her which scared her even more and she noted out of the gate.

Dawn said: “I know how scared she would have been. I just wish Ian had been able to get home to catch her before she was so frightened she ran off.

“In those first weeks and months, we put scent trails down, cut up old t-shirts and put pieces into bushes to leave her a trail home.

“Ian went out walking in the early hours every morning and late every night for months just in case she was trying to find her way home, whilst it was dark and quiet.”

Izzy and Ian
Ian and Dawn set up an online appeal and rang the police, council, rail and motorway authorities

The family hope and pray Izzy has been taken in and cared for by someone that thought she was a stray and that one day her chip will be scanned and she will find her way home.

Although very shy and timid, they believe she may have been sold and the new owner may not know her full background and that she is a missing dog.

Izzy is spayed and her family keep her microchip details up to date and one day a call will bring news of her safety.

Over 8,000 people are in a Facebook group searching for her and the couple have spent £10,000 in their search, including calling in a pet psychologist and pet medium.

She said: “My daughters often wake up in the middle of the night after having a nightmare about her. How can I tell them it will be OK when I don’t know myself?

“Izzy is part of my family and has been for six years, we love her so much and I will not just give up on her, she’s in my heart forever and I feel like a piece of my heart is missing with her.

“If someone has her please just let her come home, that is all we wish for, to have her back home with us.”

If you have information on Izzy, call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 82954 or click here to see her profile.

Dana
Dana

Dana is a terrier cross rescue dog from Serbia.

She moved to be with owner Michele and her husband to what they hoped would be her forever home but on 18th June 2016 she went missing.

Dana was visiting family in Langley, Slough, about 35 miles from her new home when she went missing from a garden.

She had been playing with Freddy, the family’s other dog, when something spooked her and she escaped.

Dana was last seen on the Langley Canal a month later, and despite returning to the area where she went missing every day for months, Michele hasn’t seen her since.

Michele said: “Dana is a sweet and loving dog but wary and timid of strangers.

“Both me and my husband have left our full time jobs now working part time so we can  concentrate on our other dogs and keep up the search for Dana.

“We also postponed our wedding in September 2016 as we couldn’t bear the thought of getting married without Dana being there.”

Dana and Michele
The family are hoping she was picked up as a stray and kept

Michele wants to appeal to anyone that may have Dana or who might have found her and gave her to someone else to get in touch.

Dana is spayed so can't be used for breeding, is microchipped and was wearing a collar on the day that she disappeared. There is also a reward for her safe return.

She said: “Dana would have celebrated her fifth birthday in January and we still marked the occasion.

“She is still very much part of our family, even though she is not with us. In the short time she was with us, we fell in love with her. She was a very loving little girl and we won’t give up on her search”

If anyone has Dana or has information on what happened to her, please contact DogLost quoting dog ID 101412 or to visit her profile click here.

Sharing their stories increases the chance of the dogs being round.

Knowing Doglost has reunited dogs as many as eight years gives owners hope in this desperate time too.

If you can help, either by sharing this post or giving information, it means to much.

To find out more about Doglost and their work, you can read Why Jayne Hayes set up Doglost or Can you help find Albi, Willow and Tilly.  

The post Doglost appeal – Can you help find Ruby, Beetle, Izzy and Dana? appeared first on The Paw Post.

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