Sunday 4 December 2016

This is one of the hardest posts I have had to write - on  Friday the 26th August 2016 at 12,15 I had to put my darling Missy Blue to sleep.  A decision that many of us have to make   - for that one day YOU have to play GOD!

Missy Blue - everyone who  knew her - loved her  - the children at various educational events where she taught them - how to be responsible around dogs - how not to fear dogs but also how NOT to approach strange dogs without permission from your parent and the owner.  Brave in  her battles with epilepsy - her fight against pnemonia in 2011 - her stomach disorders and finally pancreatitis a battle she lost. Most of all her little 'Ladylike personality' - she was definitely a 'little person dog'. She gave me and many so much love and happiness all her life with me - One thing I could do for her - is let her go.

You go into your vet who you trust and who knows your dog so well  (My dear vet used to call her his valentine) and you hope he can work one more miracle - one more chance - one more month, week - just one more day - BUT he can't - and when two weeks before - Ben said 'We all love Missy Blue - But we can't always work miracles - I knew in my heart - time was not on her side.

That morning I took her - Before I went her two canine sisters Kiki and Chelsea Rose went upto where she lay - and  each one licked her face - surrounding her as they said Goodbye.  But I still had hope - I still pushed all doubts to the back of my mind -Waiting for that MIRACLE -but it never came and  then she looked at me with those beautiful eyes and she licked my tears - resting herself gently in my arms -
'Mum - I am ready - its time.' and with my heart so broken I feel it will never mend I held her until her last breath - My Beautiful Beautiful Girl- How I miss you so

RIP Missy Blue - 26.08/2016
My Angel without Wings

Monday 29 February 2016

Make your walks more interesting especially as your dogs get older and can not go so far and even a car ride is not a regular option. Also if new to the area - get a local map - explore new routes - dog friendly parks - and also go and visit your local vet register your dog.
Take your dog different routes - they soon get bored of the same place - every day - vary your walks during the day - it also stops dogs from being too territorial  in their behaviour - especially when a new dog enters a place they consider their second home! Also you will meet more fellow dog owners and maybe get to go out together to investigate other interesting walking areas.

Also get creative - have your own 'agility course' in your garden - (Agility Clubs especially in the city are  hard to find) Make it suitable for your individual dog - senior dogs to little small dogs can take just as much delight in jumping over a low makeshift jump as a bigger or younger dog from a higher jump.  Some bamboo canes for a makeshift weave - and also check the internet for cheap but suitable agility equipment which is light and easy to carry and put away in your garden shed. In the summer I get out the old childrens plastic swimming pool - small enough for the garden but big enough for the dogs - they love it after a play in the garden and it keeps them cool.

Enjoy your walks but most of all your dog will enjoy them too and become more socialised and more mentally stimulated as well as physical

Dog Rest is important when your dog has sustained an injury and as every dog owner knows 'Dog Resting' is not on their pet's agenda especially a young dog - and though a crate is an alternative to some - they still need that 'scent and smell of the outside world' - their wistful look at others playing in the park when they are allowed their 'first' ten minute walk on lead!!  No you are not their faviourite person -

Also you are then told by your 'wise and quite 'correct' vet that your dog must 'lose weight' or certainly 'not gain weight - so what do you do with a 'WannaBe BouncingLivewire' - Remember - No Jumping - No Chasing and no big interaction with their canine pals - and not even The Supervet to watch on TV - What a Dogs Life.

Dogs need mental stimulation as much as physical and more so if the physical is limited to block walks or around the garden and back ON LEAD -

I have been working with a beagle that has a back injury and after two weeks of bed rest is now on 10 minute walks - imagine her frustration - her main joy in life as a beagle is scenting - taking in the smells of the world! So we worked out to put plant pots in the garden filled with different scents from her usual walk put her on a fairly long lead (different from her walking lead) - letting her scent and smell - then just sitting outside with her - She actually seemed to be taking a deep breath of the smells around her and was calm.  Then again - a gentle sniff around her 'new scenting pots' and then rest.  On her block walk we took her away from the direction of the park - - a different corner of the street - stopping for five minutes and then turning back - again - a different corner of the street - stopping for five minutes - then back home.
NB Before we did this exercise his owner spoke to the vet to get his okay obviously we did not want to overdue it and hinder her recovery.

Tuesday 5 January 2016

5th January 2016

Another year has gone already - 2015 was a year of new Dog Laws - More Dogs and kittens abandoned or surrendered to the already full up rescues around the country.  In Romania more stray dogs were cruelly killed by equally evil 'dog catchers' - in Spain a rescue still seeks the 'Missing Spanish Pups in Uk' - adopted by J Steenson in Glasgow and only notified in October 2013 that they had gone 'missing' - Last known location in Leith - the adoptee not disclosing any more details. Thousands on facebook are still helping to trace these four pups who will be two years old now. I have become involved with an amazing rescuer of Poundies Shelle Alders who with her committed volunteers helps fund - rescue - foster dogs that would otherwise after Seven Days in a Council Pound be euthanized - I have also met some brilliant dogs with just a little patience - understanding and training guidance have been adopted or in foster awaiting furever homes.
Taz whose main desire in life is muddy puddles and lots of love adopted by Sam - Dice a stunning boy who
just needed socialisation and introuduction to the day by day environment. Lucus who was a troubled soul who we loved and thought he had the perfect home but sadly not. 

In 2015 I was awarded a small sub contract from Queens Park Parish Council to continue my educational animal care and welfare groups - helping with advice and training with dog owners on low income yet desperate for help with their adored dog.  Also working with the local warden and dog warden for Westminister on Dog Patrol and educational seminars - Free Microchipping Events - Issuing free dog vouchers for spaying and neutering - so far ten dogs have been spayed this year (vouchers courtesy of Dog Trust).  I have been out to Chobham Surrey for a one day Masterclass in understanding when 'Its Dog Play or Fight' and an update on Dogs Behaviour - Scenting - Fear of other dogs and their reaction.  Each year I make sure I sign up for one of Sarah Whiteheads amazing Masterclass in Dogs Behaviour - we can never stop learning about Dogs Behaviour.

I have also observed the 'Big Brother' attitude of the 'Powers that be' to people that want to work yet this new government want to avoid helping and literally make it very difficult for small businesses and low income workers to survive doing the work they love and feeling good about earning a living rather than sit at home and do nothing - Am I being political -  not really - just stating a fact. So for myself and many I am sure in the year of 2016 will do everything they can to seek more work - work harder and not give up the job they love and that makes them feel part of the community and most of all - a human being.

So good luck - keep helping - rescuing and remember there is always someone a lot worse off than us - prayers for the poor people - animals - that have suffered during the floods.  The refugees that have no homes - lost children - families - wildlife that greedy hunters are killing and making extinct - strays all over the world that are being beaten killed - by countries that have no welfare - no sanctuary - no heart.

Happy New Year of 2016

Friday 4 December 2015

04th December 2015

Dog Theft., Microchipping (all dogs must be microchipped before the 1stApril - This will be a legal requirement!!) and thinking seriously about adopting - buying a dog or a pup just before Christmas - Well maybe You might just THINK AGAIN!!

How many dog owners of all ages Realise that by April 2016 ALL dogs must be microchipped - and it will be part of the Dog Laws already in force.  On 17th December 2015 at St Judes Hall 67  Ilbert Street Queens Park London W10 4QJ - 10am-12midday  Vicki Bannan  our Westminster Dog Warden and myself and the Environmental Warden Nuno Reis will be microchipping - offering advice on dog behaviour and animal care and free neutering vouchers sponsored by Dog Trust can be obtained.  This service is free but most importantly is open to all dog owners in the Borough of Westminster.
For more information visit

Dog Theft
Dog theft is on the increase all over the UK and especially now just before Christmas when small dogs and puppies have been stolen to meet the demand for 'designer dogs'. That does not mean that other larger breeds are not safe from these evil predators.
Make sure your dog - pup is not left alone outside shops - in cars or even in the garden UNATTENDED. It takes minutes to steal your dog.  I have actually been outside a shop for over fifthteen minutes before an owner came out  to her unattended dog  and  she was very upset when I told her about what COULD Happen - hopefully she Or anyone else I have spoken to won't do it again.  Take your dog out before or after you shop for a walk - Am I being 'over the top' - no I have seen too many times what has happened to dogs left alone and it breaks your heart.  Also when you get an id tag - just put your mobile number - and  never put their name - and hopefully they are microchipped so put scan me - Be Aware when walking at night or poorly lit areas. Keep your pet safe

Most Rescues do not home animals two weeks before Christmas for the simple reason - having a new dog or new pup in the house just before and during the festive season is not good for the dog and can be all too overwhelming for the new 'owner'.  Especially a new pup - (But the kids wanted a puppy for Christmas) A pup is not a toy - and he certainly does not come with a 'toilet training kit' 'chewproof' and with all the frantic activity of Christmas - before and on Christmas Day with visitors - Have you really thought it through!!
Think about the breed - If you have the time and committment for the next ten or fifthteen years - holidays  and so the list goes on.  After Christmas and things are back to normal and you feel ready then go to a local rescue and I am sure like every year there will be lots of 'Christmas pups' abandoned to choose from.

Friday 6 November 2015


Where has the the time gone. Where do I start regarding my latest 'dog projects' 'dog workshops' 'dog patrols' and educational advice groups regarding Animal Care and Responsibility!

In August I was awarded a contract by our first London Parish Council to help with dog issues in the area and also start workshops for the community of Queens Park and various projects for both dog owners and non dog owners.

I joined the local Environmental Officer and dog warden for Westminster on their 'dog patrol' around the local area of Queens Park in August 2015.  Though Queens Park has many responsible dog owners who have their dogs on leads and pick up after their dogs {this is one of the by laws and dog owners can be given a fixed penalty for not complying} there are some that constantly ignore the rules on both counts.  Many offenders were found to let their dogs off lead in the childrens play area and led to constant dog fouling. Since working with the dog patrol four fixed penalties have been given out after dog owners given cautions and warnings. I am sure that no one both dog owners and non dog owners want their children - grand children being victims of dog mess!! As a dog owner myself I certainly did not want to be stepping in dog mess every time I went into the park

Education regarding Animal Welfare - Dog Care and Responsibility and also addressing childrens fear of dogs and how to approach dogs in public places to me is very important - and I am lucky to have the full support of Queens Park Public Library who give me access and time slots so I can arrange events to reach out to ages from 5 - 12 and their parents and offer advice and information regarding our pets in the home and local parks.

Dog Workshops commenced in September - October - This workshop was for dogs that had certain social issues - ie fear aggression - interaction with other dogs - recall and pulling on the lead  - Also one on ones were arranged for dogs that needed individual help with training or behavioural issues. The next workshop will be on Sunday 29th November for small breeds from 12pm-1pm  and for large breeds 2pm-3pm

Bonfire night has been but not necessarily gone!! Fireworks will still be going off over this weekend and probablly the next week end as well.  Firework Displays or in your own garden should be supervised and controlled and thats not me being a Party Pooper but firstly you hear so many stories of accidents happening
not only with children but our pets - some pets run off in fright - some get injured - some do not survive so  check bonfires before you light them - (for wildlife) keep your dogs and cats away safe inside - and of course make sure your children are well away from the fireworks and bonfire - Keep safe and keep your precious ones safer

Sunday 12 July 2015

Traveling on Public Transport with your pet (s)

Even if you DO own a car I am sure you might have to use public transport at some time with your pet but imagine having to rely on the courtsey and approval of public transport both of the 'driver' and the public passengers on a regular basis.

Many of the Public Transport Providers in UK Do have provision in place for you to travel with your 'Fido the poodle 'Freddie' the Husky or 'Mollie' the English Bull Terrier  in tow but OFTEN with strict stipulations in place especially on buses where it is at the 'discretion' of the driver!!

How many times have I been on buses (minus my own dogs) but been witness to a 'drivers discretion' or in some cases 'he doesn't like DOGS with a capital D!!  One time even - sticking up for one very obedient and
well behaved Springer Spaniel and ending up with both the owner - the dog and myself been thrown off the bus and threatened with possible interaction with an authority of the Law.

Or I have got on the bus with Missy Blue my whippet cross (wearing an Elizabethan collar - Missy not myself) and had a pleasant and dog friendly driver and met with sniffs - loud exclaimations - people jumping in the air - anything to get out the way of the 'Dangerous Fiend'!!

I pull Missy Blue firmly to my side - I mean I don't want her to 'Catch any of the ailments' of these irate and disgruntle passengers.

Traveling back on First Great Western who along with South West Trains allow two dogs per passenger with my two dogs who slept both ways there and back I and my friend had a great journey with both humourous and friendly ticket conductor and passengers alike.  It was only when I reached Victoria Station that I had to wait over half an hour - five cabs later before Me myself and two small dogs were accepted by the Representatives of London Cabs!! 

Guide Dogs should be allowed on any Public Transport but there have been news stories of Guide Dog Owners refused by Drivers and even one 'Dog Owner' told they should leave their dog behind when traveling!!!

Since 2012  and the relaxation of the UK pet travel (though all proper paperwork and vet checks and vaccinations are a legal requirement of travel)  many more people are traveling abroad with their pets - where on Ferries - owners have to leave their pets during the trip in their cars - on the Eurotunnel  shuttle  dogs and owners travel together in their cars through the Channel Tunnel.

Just coming back from France and No I did not take my dogs but I saw many dogs out with their owners - not on walks through the green countryside but in the cafes and bars  - in  the markets and even the small Art Galleries - Maybe UK will Follow and once again become the Dog Loving Country - we once were