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PD Finn with PC Dave Wardell and PDSA Director General Jan McLoughlin
A courageous police dog, who sustained near-fatal stab wounds when apprehending an armed suspect while on duty, is to receive the PDSA Gold Medal – known as the animals’ George Cross – for his bravery and devotion.
Police Dog Finn, who is now retired from service with Hertfordshire Constabulary, almost died from the stab wounds he sustained. His actions protected the life of his handler, PC Dave Wardell, who was also injured in the incident.
The formal presentation of Finn’s PDSA Gold Medal will take place on Sunday 6 May, at the charity’s PetLife ’18 festival at Cheltenham Racecourse: the first ever public presentation of such an award.
Finn’s story has captured the hearts of the nation and inspired a campaign to change the law around the protection for service animals.
On 5 October 2016, Police Dog Finn and handler Police Constable Dave Wardell from for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit were called to an address in Stevenage. The dog unit was instructed to give chase to a suspect who was evading arrest and who was believed to be armed with a baton or stick.
During the pursuit, PC Wardell released PD Finn with a command to detain the suspect. The suspect attempted to jump over a fence but Finn kept pace and was able to take hold of his leg, foiling his escape.
PC Wardell explains: “I joined Finn, grabbing his collar and straddling his back to give him support as he held the suspect. In a split second, I saw the man lunge at Finn’s side with a weapon. As he pulled away, I saw a 10-inch blade, covered in Finn’s blood.
“The man then lunged at me with the blade but Finn, despite being seriously hurt, grabbed hold of the suspect and stopped him from landing a fatal blow. My hand was cut in the struggle and Finn’s head was sliced open.
“Despite suffering two serious stab wounds, Finn’s grip on the suspect remained – pulling at the suspect’s leg to stop him from jumping the fence.”
Finn’s constant grip enabled PC Wardell to wrestle the assailant to the ground, where he eventually dropped the weapon. Other officers joined the team to assist and Finn was rushed to the nearest vet for life-saving treatment.
PC Wardell continues: “Finn’s determination, even after he’d been seriously hurt, was absolutely faultless. He definitely saved my life that night and stopped an armed criminal from posing a threat to other officers or the public.
“I am bursting with pride that Finn is receiving this award – he is a true gem and embodies everything that is special about police dogs in this country. He is my best friend and I owe him my life.”
PC Wardell also needed medical treatment for a stab wound he sustained to his hand.
Following the attack, Finn made a miraculous recovery and was back on active duty just 11 weeks later.
PDSA’s Director General, Jan McLoughlin, said: “Finn displayed outstanding devotion that night, both to his duties and to his handler. For his actions, Finn is an extremely worthy recipient of the PDSA Gold Medal.”
Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who, alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner nominated PD Finn for the award, said: “Our Police Dog teams perform outstanding work and are a great source of pride for the Force. Finn’s story highlights the vital role that these animals play in our society and the dangers that our officers face on a daily basis. I am thrilled that Finn’s actions are being recognised.”
The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit is one of the teams which make up the Joint Protective Services (JPS) Command for the three Counties. ACC Paul Fullwood who leads JPS said: “This award highlights the brilliant work our police dogs deliver across Beds, Cambs and Herts and UK police forces. The extreme danger faced by Finn and his efforts to protect PC Dave Wardell is just amazing and the award is so well-deserved. I am so pleased and proud that Finn has been recognised by such a prestigious award”.
Finn’s remarkable story inspired a campaign called #Finnslaw. This seeks to lobby Government to change the laws that surround service animals, to provide greater protection and prosecution powers.
David Lloyd, the PCC for Hertfordshire, said: “Finn’s horrific injuries and the bravery he showed that night lit a fire in the hearts of the British public. Attacking a police animal should not be treated in the same way as damaging a police car. The public clearly think the same, and the fact PD Finn’s actions have prompted this response shows how much the public care about our animals important contribution to policing.
“Finn’s award is a fitting recognition for his heroic actions that night. I very much look forward to seeing Finn formally presented with his PDSA Gold Medal, later in the year.”
Jan from PDSA continued: “Finn’s story captured the hearts of the nation. We received scores of enquiries from the public, asking for Finn to be recognised by PDSA’s prestigious Animal Awards Programme. So I’m thrilled that members of the public can see Finn receive his medal, at PDSA’s PetLife ‘18 festival in Cheltenham on 6 May.”
We’re delighted to be awarded 10th position in a comprehensive list of the Top 20 UK Pet Blogs, by Feedspot,
The awards were judged by an expert panel, who looked at each blog’s Google reputation, their influence and popularity on social media, as well as the quality and consistency of the posts found on the blog.
It is such an honour to be on a list with so many fantastic blogs, including The Pet Gazette, and The Telegraph (Pets.)
Friends for Life winner Vanessa Holbrow and Sir Jack Spratticus with Geri Horner. Credit Flick.digital.
Beloved rescue Border Terrier ‘Sir Jack Spratticus’ has been announced as the winner of the dog hero competition, Friends for Life, at Crufts 2018.
Owned by Vanessa Holbrow, from Burnham on Sea, Somerset, Jack, had been to four homes before being rescued at the age of 13 months by Vanessa, and he is credited with changing her life, helping her to live with complex mental health issues, by giving her confidence, companionship and stability.
Jack, who was selected from the Breed Rescue category, was one of just five dogs to make it to the final of the Friends for Life competition at Crufts, which celebrates the close bond between man and dog and celebrates heart-warming stories of friendship in adversity. The winner was chosen by public vote and was announced in the Genting Arena at Crufts by Geri Horner nee Halliwell.
Together they raise awareness and breakdown stigma attached to mental health issues. Jack has given Vanessa the motivation and confidence to speak on local radio and write articles for Rethink, and together they have raised thousands of pounds for mental health charities. Jack was accepted by the organisation Canine Generated Independence in August 2017 and is now nearing the end of his training to be an official assistance dog to Vanessa.
Vanessa and Jack were presented their award and a cheque for £5,000 from the Kennel Club Charitable Trust for charity Border Terrier Welfare, the charity that rescued Jack. The four other finalists also received £1,000 for their chosen dog charity for getting through to the prestigious final.
Speaking about their win, Vanessa: “I am in absolute disbelief and am so proud of Jack. He had such a bad start in life and it took me a year to train him, but this just shows what love and patience can do. He is training to be an official assistance dog, he helps to raise awareness of mental health issues and he is my family. I don’t know what I would do without him.”
Geri Horner, said: “Before Vanessa, people had given up on Jack, but Vanessa never did, and Jack never gave up on Vanessa, which makes this such a beautiful partnership. This competition epitomises what Crufts is about – we care for dogs, and they care for us as well.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Huge congratulations to Vanessa and Jack for their incredible win – their story is so moving and inspiring, it really shows how dogs can transform the lives of their owners.
“We have had some amazing finalists for this year’s Friends for Life competition, and they all should be extremely proud to have got through to the final five. Each finalist has helped to change and improve the quality of their owner’s life, showing unwavering loyalty and they are a great example of the incredible difference that dogs can make to people’s lives.”
The five dogs which made the 2018 final were selected by a panel of judges from the Kennel Club, where they were chosen for the lifetime of love and loyalty they give to their owners and for the way that they have irrevocably changed their lives.
We will be featuring an inspirational story by Vanessa on how Jack has changed her life in two parts – April and May editions.
Roughly 54 million people in the UK are pet-owners (statista). We are also experiencing an increase in the number of people renting over buying, due to the cost of house prices and flexibility.
So, when landlords state ‘no pets allowed’ on listings, this not only causes problems for people looking to find a new home to rent but also significantly reduces the scope of people who the advert appeals to. Therefore it should be addressed why having pets in rented accommodation is not only beneficial for the tenants, but it’s actually a good thing for the landlord too!
NatWest’s Landlords and Tenants Survey revealed some very telling results about what pet-lovers we are as a nation. Out of the 1000 tenants across the country surveyed, one-fifth stated a pet-friendly property was the most important attribute, trumping cleanliness and affordability. Interestingly, 81% of this fifth were female! This proves just how essential pets are to our lives.
The Benefits To You
We know the joys that our pet brings us. However, there are numerous health benefits that we don’t even think about when playing with our cat or dog. Our stress and anxiety levels decrease when we have a pet, this has a positive knock-on effect on the reduction of risk for more serious issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. Taking our dog for a walk seems ordinary, but we don’t consider how this daily walk reduces obesity and cardiovascular disease and increases sociability for us and our dog.
The benefits extend to children as having a cat or dog is might actually be a preventative method for them to develop allergies and boost their immunity. It also gives them an introduction into responsibility and taking care of something other than themselves.
We are building a better understanding of the importance of mental health, and it has been found having a pet has a positive effect on our mental health and can help combat loneliness. This has been recognised widely and dogs are welcomed into nursing homes to lift the moods of those feeling lonely, the charity Pets As Therapy.
The Benefits to the Landlord
After discussing some of the benefits your pet brings you, address why it will be a good thing for the landlord too. Firstly, having a dog, for example, adds additional security, preventing burglaries. Discuss how pet-owners don’t want to cause disruption in their pets lives with constant moving around, hence will stay in the property for a longer period of time. This means they won’t have to keep finding new tenants year on year.
Understanding their point of view is crucial, so try and address their concerns. These are things you would do without a second thought, but conveying this to your landlord will help them see how responsible you are. Cleaning up your pet’s messes, grooming them, repairing any damages they cause and training your pet properly so they are approachable and sociable are all tangible ways of depicting your cat or dog won’t be a problem.
Some Simple Solutions
If your landlord is still having some doubts, think of some ways to put their mind at ease. Offering a slightly higher deposit than a tenant without pets will depict your willingness to take responsibility for any damage your pet could cause. You could arrange for your landlord to meet your pet so they feel comfortable with them and remove some of the mystery as to who your pet is and what they’re like. The landlord might have a misconception as to what damage pets can cause and the level of noise they make, so if they meet your pet, it can relax them. To show you are a responsible tenant, uphold a level of cleanliness you’re both happy with. If you have dogs, give them plenty of exercise so they don’t become restless, and treat the rented property with respect.
Finally, if your landlord has agreed to allow you to have pets, don’t break their trust and keep any more than you both agreed upon. This will damage your relationship and could cause some legal issues. Ultimately, you want a positive relationship with your landlord, so think about ways you will both be happy, so you and your furry friend should be able to stay for the long haul.
One lucky Pets magazine reader is in with a chance of winning a year’s supply of pet friendly disinfectant worth around £60.00 in total, from the UK’s most popular liquid disinfectant brand, Zoflora, helping you to keep your home fragrantly fresh and clean.
Containing patented malodour technology, Zoflora Fresh Home has been tested against pet-specific odours and eliminates nasty whiffs with ease – even that unpleasant wet dog smell! The refreshing Mountain Air fragrance has been specifically tested to be kind to your pets’ noses, whilst leaving a beautiful long-lasting scent in every room, creating an inviting atmosphere for your family and guests.
Like all Zoflora products, Fresh Home also kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including Bordetella Bronchiseptica (a cause of kennel cough in dogs), Campylobacter Jejuni (diarrhoea in dogs and humans) and MRSA (antibiotic-resistant infections in dogs, and other pets).
Patsy, age 8, has been homeless for 3 years and his carers would love him to have a warm, loving home as soon as possible.
Handsome Patsy is quite shy and takes a little while to show his true personality, which he will do when he has a forever family.
Patsy is tall, black and absolutely stunning, however, since he retired he has been going a bit grey round the face. He is, of course, a greyhound and is sad that, so far he has been overlooked. Ideally his new family should be experienced in looking after one of this fantastic breed.
Contrary to public belief, greyhounds only need two 20 minute walks a day and like nothing better than cuddles on the sofa with their humans.
At the moment, staff at Greyhound Trust, Dunton do not know if Patsy is other dog or cat friendly, as he has spent his whole life just with his own breed.
Can you help Patsy get a new home? Then do get in touch with the Trust on 07852 734 958 to go and meet Patsy and arrange a home check.
You may have heard of ‘Galentine’s Day’? When gals celebrate their pals by sending gifts to one another. Well, another trend is on the rise this February 14th for those with pets… we like to call it ‘Pawlentine’s Day’!
As a *poll reveals that 50% of pet owners would rather splash their cash on their furry friends than on their partners, and 14% have even admitted they loved their pet pal more than their other half, many people are now giving flowers to their four-legged friends.
As Valentines Day approaches, research by Euroflorist has revealed an increase of bouquets being delivered from pets to people and even people to pets!
“Most people think Valentine’s Day is a time when people buy flowers for their other half, but over the past few years, we’ve noticed an increase of deliveries being sent to, or on behalf of a pet. Living proof that it’s not just romantic love that is celebrated at this time of year, “ says Euroflorist CEO Laszlo Varga.
However, if you are planning Valentine’s flowers to celebrate your furry friend, bear in mind that some flowers and plants can be toxic to animals.
“We frequently have customers enquiring as to whether our bouquets are pet-friendly,” says Laszlo, “and we believe it’s crucial to point out the hazards of particular flowers to domestic animals.”
With this in mind, Eflorist has teamed up with animal welfare charity Blue Cross who have some valuable tips about pets and petals…
“Blue Cross is warning pet owners that some flowers and plants can be deadly to our four-legged friends so to take care if flowers are in the house or garden. Among the most common toxic plants are lilies which can cause kidney failure if eaten by cats. The pollen can rub off easily onto a cat’s fur when they brush past. If they lick just a small quantity it can be very dangerous and a vet should be contacted immediately. African daisy, calendula and nasturtium may be safer alternatives to add to your bouquet.”
Caroline Reay, Blue Cross Vet, says: “A nice bunch of flowers can really brighten up your home, but there are certain plants and flowers that can be harmful, even fatal, to pets. Lilies can be extremely dangerous, even in tiny amounts or by picking up pollen on fur, and should be avoided all together. Other plants such as tulips, amaryllis and begonias can also be a threat if consumed by your dog or cat.
“If you’re thinking about sending a bouquet or plant to a pet owner, it’s worth doing some research to make sure the flowers are pet friendly. If you’re worried your pet has eaten something it shouldn’t, seek veterinary advice immediately.”
For more flower advice please see our list of pet-friendly-flowers, visit www.bluecross.org.uk or contact your vet.
If you have a pet who you love, tag them with their favourite pet friendly flower on Instagram @efloristflowers @the_blue_cross and with #bemypawlentine.
Forget Blue Monday – millions of pets face a Blue Year unless their owners take steps to end their stress, obesity and loneliness, according to leading pet wellbeing charity PDSA.
The warning comes on Monday 15 January – dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ – where short, dark days, empty pockets and dwindling New Year’s resolutions all add up to create the most melancholic day of the year. But PDSA is urging pet owners to spare a thought for the pets who face another year of loneliness and boredom going far beyond the joyless ’January blues’.
According to the 2017 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, 1.8 million (19%) are routinely left at home alone for five hours or more on a typical weekday, leaving them facing another solitary year with little company.
Katy Orton, PDSA Veterinary Campaigns Manager, says: “Loneliness can be incredibly damaging for our four-legged friends. Dogs require lots of mental and physical stimulation, as well as human companionship, and shouldn’t routinely be left alone for longer than four hours at most. Bored dogs are unhappy dogs – they can show their frustration by chewing and being destructive, barking, toileting in the house, or developing other habits.
“Our 2017 PAW Report also revealed the shocking news that 93,000 dogs* are never walked, leaving thousands unstimulated and at risk of becoming overweight or developing obesity. This can predispose them to serious health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Given an estimated 40% of UK cats and dogs are thought to be overweight**, this is only adding fuel to the fire of a growing pet obesity epidemic.”
Rabbits are also suffering in silence throughout the year, as PDSA warns of a general lack of understanding about what they need to be happy and healthy. Bunnies are incredibly social animals who require compatible cotton-tailed companions, but over half (56%) are still living alone, causing lifelong boredom and stress.
Many rabbits also live in small hutches at the bottom of a garden, rather than the large hutches with constant access to large exercise areas, toys, and places to hide and explore.
Furthermore, many are fed incorrect diets, with 31% of rabbits being fed too little hay (i.e. less than their own body size daily) and a quarter being fed muesli as part of their main diet, which leads to digestive problems, dental issues, and obesity. Rabbits’ diets should be fibre-rich with plenty of high quality feeding hay and small amounts of pelleted foods and fresh greens.
PDSA research also found that cats have a reason to be down in the dumps too, with 2.1 million cats (20%) living in a house with one or more moggies that they don’t get along with.
“Unlike dogs and rabbits, cats usually tend to prefer living alone”, Katy adds. “Living in a multi-cat household can lead to stress, fighting, spraying indoors, over-grooming and urinary problems. If you have multiple cats living under the same roof, it’s important each cat has their own resources and there should always be one more litter tray available than the number of cats in the household. Make sure there are plenty of cat beds, hiding places, scratching posts and feeding areas as they may not want to share! These should also be dotted around the house so they can have their own space if they want it, and should help them to be much happier and friendlier felines.”
If you are concerned about your pet, or need pet advice on keeping your pet happy and healthy, book an appointment to see your vet. Free pet health tips can also be found on PDSA’s website: www.pdsa.org.uk.
Rescue dogs are special. They have often been through difficult circumstances in their lives, and because of this, they really need some extra care and attention on both the emotional and physical sides. In fact, it’s only right to give them the best second chance possible. Read on to find out how to do this.
To give your rescue pup the best second chance, it’s vital that you think long and hard before you choose which one you will rehome.
This is because you need to consider many different factors such as how much time you can spend at home with your dog. After all, it may not be fair on a pup that has a bad time of it if you are at work all day, especially if they are nervous and have possible attachment issues.
It’s also important to consider things such as the size of the dog you are looking to get. Ask yourself questions like will there be enough room for them? Can you afford all the food that they will need, and will you be able to handle them when you take them on walks outside the house? All of this is vital because you want to make the right decision the first time. Otherwise, the rescue dog will have to go back to the kennels and start the whole process again. Something that can be very difficult and upsetting for them.
Look after their health
While rehoming shelters and kennels often do a lot for their canine residents in term of physical health and wellbeing, some rescue dogs may have ongoing health conditions that you will need to continue to treat.
To do this, you will need to get as much information from the kennel and the vets on their health as possible and make provision for any issues they do have.
This may be something simple like switching them to a grain free food like some of the ones listed at https://www.stopthatdog.com/best-canned-dog-food/ if they have an allergy. However, it could be something much more complicated like paying for them to have an operation or long-term treatment for a chronic condition.
Give them time
Next, when you bring any puppy or dog home, you will need to give them some time and patience to get used to their new family and environment. With rescue dogs, this need is amplified, often because they have been through a lot of change and can even have been mistreated by their former owners. That means you can’t expect them to be like a normal family dog straight off the cuff.
A quiet space with a good dog bed is vital for a rescue pup.
Instead, give them plenty of love and treats, but be patient and ensure they have a quiet, protected space like the examples at https://www.rover.com/blog/ that they can retreat to away from the noise and bustle of the family. Yes, It may take some time, but with good treatment and a loving attitude, they should begin to learn that you are not a threat in the way their past owners were and they can be more relaxed in their new home than they have ever been before.
Just as you pay special care and attention what you put into your own body, you need to be doing the same for your dog. Of course, there is no single food that is best for every type of dog. It very much depends on a number of different factors including their age, breed, health condition, and how their general digestive system works. Sometimes, it takes a bit of trial and error until you find what is right for them. Here are just a few tips that can help you out when it comes to choosing dog food.
Consider Stage of Life
First of all, you need to consider what stage of life that your dog is currently at. Puppies eating adult food will not get the increased amounts of calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals that they need to grow big and strong. On the flip side, an adult dog eating puppy food is likely to become overweight very quickly. Older dogs may need to switch to a senior food brand that is more easily digested.
Select Food Type
The most common types of dog food include dry, semi-moist and canned. Which one you go for on a regular basis depends very much on your dog, though dry food tends to be recommended most often. The internet is a valuable tool that will give you more information, but you should also consult with your vet if you are having any issues deciding.
Look at the Ingredients
High-quality ingredients obviously make up healthy food, so it is worth taking the time to check out what goes into your dog’s food. This type of information is readily available online for brands like Betsy Farms. There are certain legal specifications when it comes to the percentages of the basic food groups that dog food contains, but some may have lower energy values and lower-grade proteins. Look out for meat, fish and egg content as these are all things which have a high biological value.
Take Your Time When Switching Foods
Once you have finished doing all your comparisons, the time has come to present the food to your dog. If you are offering them something completely different, you need to allow plenty of time for your pooch to make the transition from their old brand to the new one. A sudden change in food can lead to problems with your dog’s digestion. You should be aiming to introduce the new food into their diet slowly – ideally, over the course of 7-10 days. Start with a small amount mixed with their old food, and you can gradually start to increase the ratios over time. If you encounter any problems along the way, don’t try to force the issue. Speak with your vet to see if you can identify what the problem is.
Once your dog is happy with their new food, take a closer look at them once they have been eating it for about a month. Bright eyes, a shiny coat, a healthy body condition, and good energy levels are all signs that you have got it right.
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