HOMELESS dogs are hoping to find somewhere to put their paws up this Christmas. After the success of the Observer and Dogs Trust’s 12 Dogs of Christmas appeal last year – which saw three pups rehomed – we are again appealing to readers to find a place in their hearts and homes for a four-legged friend. But the charity is urging people to remember its famous slogan – a dog is for life, not just for Christmas – and think about the responsibility taking on a four-legged friend entails. Manager Emma Healey said: “Our 12 dogs of Christmas each have differing looks, personalities and needs but each one will make a wonderful addition to a loving new home so we are appealing for anyone who would like to rehome one of these deserving dogs to please get in touch. “Our slogan, ‘A Dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ is as relevant today as it was when it was first coined 40 years ago. We continue to see many dogs coming through our doors … [Read more...] about It may be Christmas but these dogs are still waiting in kennels for a loving home – can you help?
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Thousands of dogs are set to descend on Parliament as pet owners become the latest group to demand a second Brexit referendum. Pooch-loving activists fear a pet passport scheme which allows them to take their animals to the EU will be suspended if there is a no-deal withdrawal. The scheme enables more than 250,000 animals a year to travel with their owners to the continent. Best for Britain spokesman Paul Butters: “No matter how you voted in the referendum, you did not vote to leave your beloved family pet languishing in kennels for weeks. “All this Brexit bad news must give us paws for thought. “The Government are barking up the wrong tree.” Animals rights campaigners will lead their dogs as they march on Westminster next month, amid claims quitting the bloc without a pact will trigger a shortage of vets. Organiser Dominic Dyer said: “We know Brexit will be disastrous for the people of Britain but it could also be equally bad for our pets, “From … [Read more...] about Thousands of dogs (and their owners) will march to demand second Brexit vote
A little over a year ago, it seemed like young Collie, Duke, might never find that special owner who could provide him with a home of his own. For two years, staff at the Rainbow Rehoming Centre launched appeal after appeal to find him a home, but as they watched countless other dogs come through the doors and find their forever homes, Duke remained behind in the kennels. But then something magical happened. Anna Hyndman from Rainbow Rehoming Centre picks up the story: “Duke came to us from the Pound as an unwanted pet and he had behavioural issues. He was a beautiful dog but had obviously not been socialised properly. It took him a long time to find the right home and then he found Dee McCahill.”Dee, who runs the Million Dollar Fitness in Derry, picks up the story. “I first saw Duke’s appeal on the Rainbow shelter Facebook page after they had created a video to highlight his plight. What made me take action was the fact that he had been there for almost two … [Read more...] about Dee McCahill and her husband ensured one Collie, with challenging behaviour, who had spent half his life at Rainbow was given a second chance
DOGS are part of the family – and that means they are often part of the family holiday. More and more often we are bringing our pooches along on our breaks — saving on the cost of boarding kennels which cost an average of £17.85 a day. And these days, there are a host of pet-friendly hotspots across the UK where your four-legged friends are welcomed — including on our Hols from £9.50, which return this Saturday. These are our top tips for keeping your hound happy on holiday, without breaking the bank. Keep your pup snug and secure in the car by investing in a dog hammock. These covers hook over the back and front seats and stop dogs falling off the seat when you brake. They also protect the back seat from muddy paws. Amazon sells a waterproof hammock seat cover for £8.49, reduced from £19.99, saving you £11.50. If you’re travelling in the heat, make sure that your beloved pet is fully hydrated. A dog water bottle lets your thirsty pooch … [Read more...] about Use these 5 tips to take your pet dog on holiday with you and save on kennel fees – plus win £15k in our raffle
A 52-year-old dad-of-three who left school with no qualifications has got his first paid job after 35 years. Bill Thorpe, who lives in a shared house in Victoria Avenue, Sneinton, said he left boarding school aged 17 around 35 years ago with nothing behind him. He was then kicked out of his family home in Whitwell, Ockbrook, Derbyshire, at that age for smoking cannabis - and has spent time in various hostels and on the streets in Eastwood and Bulwell at various points throughout his life. After being given a suspended prison sentence for common assault in 2010, Mr Thorpe received his first pay cheque, worth around £70, in March. He has been working part-time as a cleaner at the Malt Cross Pub on Monday and Tuesday mornings, in St James' Street, for a company called Radiant Cleaning. And, since Monday, May 14, he has been cleaning at Mitrefinch, a global HR firm, at the Nottingham One complex, in Canal Street, after Radiant secured a contract with the firm. Mr Thorpe, a … [Read more...] about Dad, 52, who left school with no qualifications has just got his first paid job