New Behaviour Contracts Introduced

From the 20th October 2014, there are tighter controls on dog ownership. Dog wardens and police officers are able to impose conditions on dogs that create a nuisance in the community.

Authorised officers can instruct dog owners to do something, such as attending training classes or keeping a dog on a lead. Or ask them do stop doing something, like stop using a certain park to exercise a dog.

This is a new drive by Government for early intervention with dog control to prevent escalation that results in dog attacks.

Dogs getting caught up in Ebola concerns

Panic is emerging regarding Excalibur, the dog euthanised by court order last week in Spain because his owner, a nurse, is infected with the Ebola virus. Authorities feared the dog could spread the virus, despite the fact that neither Excalibur nor any other companion animal in the world exhibit signs of infection or the ability to transmit it.

Now, the dog that belongs to a Texas nurse who helped treat the Dallas man who died of Ebola has been quarantined, for the same fears that led to the death of Excalibur: The dog could get and spread the deadly disease.

Fun in the Park

What a great day, we took twelve dogs to Calderstones park today (12th Oct) and met twelve volunteer dog walkers who took the dogs out for some fun.

This is an important aspect of rehabilitation for the dogs, meeting people, experiencing a new environment and lots of new things to smell!

Thank you to everyone involved, the dogs loved it.

Your dog is younger than you think!

Your dog is probably several dog years younger than you thought. There could be just four dog years to one human year, not seven, according to the Daily Mirror.

It was thought that one human year counts for seven dog years, your two year old pup is actually a grumpy teenager (that’s why it refuses to walk to heel, and is definitely nothing to do with your training skills…).

However, there is actually no scientific basis for the claim that one human year is equal to seven dog years.

The Genius of Dogs

We often think of evolution as being the survival of the fittest, where the strong and the dominant survive and the soft and weak perish. But essentially, far from the survival of the leanest and meanest, the success of dogs comes down to survival of the friendliest.

Most likely, it was wolves that approached us, not the other way around, probably while they were scavenging around garbage dumps on the edge of human settlements. The wolves that were bold but aggressive would have been killed by humans, and so only the ones that were bold and friendly would have been tolerated.

Run free

Nico, Flora, Roger and Tom - Always and forever in our hearts.

We united with dog lovers worldwide for the annual “Remember me” awareness campaign. Here at the home we remembered all dogs that have died in kennels through illness or simply old age and especially the four that died in the Manchester Dogs Home fire.

Bring on the Wall....

Eddie's walk along Hadrian's Wall

Eddie will dog walk from coast to coast following the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall, past Roman settlements and forts to raise much needed funds to help lost dogs.

Starting at Sededunum Roman fort in Wallsend, going through the empty landscapes of Northumberland and then on to Cumbria, he will finish at the mouth of the River Solway amidst the outstanding natural beauty of the Solway Firth.