#MotherAgain – Time to End Backstreet Breeding

#MotherAgain – Time to End Backstreet Breeding

A mother… again… and again… and again… and again…

Every year, countless defenceless dogs are forced to repeatedly produce litters of puppies by unlicensed breeders and are then sold for easy money. They are mothers again and again before being callously abandoned, having served their only purpose; to make a profit.

Their litters are sold to owners who are often unaware of their origins before its too late, or worse, dumped when they fail to sell. Such over breeding can cause countless health defects and temperament problems in each generation.

Leading animal welfare charity, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is urging prospective dog owners to think twice about how and where they buy a dog, in an attempt to crack down on the horrific and cruel practice of backstreet dog breeding.

The relentless breeding of dogs usually in dirty, squalid conditions takes place throughout neighbourhoods up and down the country, so Battersea has decided to launch a major campaign – End Backstreet Breeding – calling for a clamp down on the many undercover dog breeders that profit from their cruel treatment of these animals.

The world famous animal charity is calling for:

A ban on the sale of puppies under eight weeks’ old. The current law allows for litters to be separated from their mothers at less than eight weeks old, to be sold on by pet shops when they are 12-weeks-old. Separating a mum from her puppies at such a young age denies her young from vital life and socialisation skills.

The introduction of a required breeding licence for any household producing two or more litters per year. A breeding licence is at the moment only required for a household producing more than five litters a year. Producing so many puppies has serious health and welfare implications for the mother.

Dogs used for backstreet breeding whose sole purpose is to make money are usually forced to lead a miserable life. They are frequently kept in cramped, uncomfortable conditions, are more often than not never exercised and are just used to produce litter after litter, with no regard for their health and even less for their happiness. Totally exhausted and inevitably under socialised, these dogs are all too often thrown onto the streets once they have served their purpose to fend for themselves until caught and entered into the “system”.

Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady is supporting the campaign and says:
“I’ve seen first-hand the poor, damaged dogs in Battersea’s kennels that have been bred from over and over again. It sickens me to think what these dogs go through before they’re dumped on the streets broken and unloved. The awful thing is that backstreet breeders are everywhere lining their pockets from the demand for puppies. If there’s one thing we can all do it’s to make sure we think about where we’re getting a puppy from. Visit a rescue centre or a registered breeder and help Battersea end backstreet breeding.”

If you are planning to buy a dog please spend some time and find a reputable breeder. The Kennel Club offers an excellent advice on how to pick a right breeder. Yes it will obviously cost more to buy your dog, but you will know the history and more importantly the mental state of your new found family member. Though never undervalue the importance of the small step you have taken to help eradicate the backstreet breeder.

And if you have two minutes to spare please email your MP today and help us change the law. No pet should be forced to breed again and again and again… no matter how profitable.

To spread the word about the campaign please share it with hashtag #MotherAgain

One year on and… He is back…

Last year we had a lovely puppy with us for a few weeks and this year… he is back!

Welcome back Barnie!

Barnie 06 2014

One year older, a bit bigger, not much smarter, still full of beans Barnie is turning our household upside down 😉

Not sure what has happened but during the last year he has developed a slight fear of cats. He is not running away, there is no barking or chasing… he just stays away… and when one of the cats is guarding the upper landing at the top of the stairs Barnie is not going to come upstairs, instead he will “cry” on a lower step… it is heart breaking… such a wuss.

We are trying to build back his cat confidence. I hope that after few weeks with us they will be good friends again.

As for Barnie and the dogs… they are brilliant together. Bunk stays a bit behind while playing on the field… I blame the weather as it is a bit too hot for running around for my liking, and his… even this morning past 6am it was hot already 🙁

It is amazing that they can remember so far back. As soon as they pulled up in front of the house, Barnie was ready to leg it out of the car… he run straight into our front door and just stood waiting there with big disappointment in his eyes that the welcoming party was missing and that the front door was still closed…

Once inside the madness began… hours of running around, chasing each other, licking and cuddling… so funny to watch…

Now we are on day three and things are starting to calm down a bit. My dogs are settling into their everyday routine and Barnie is slowly trying to fit in.

We have 15 days of fun left ahead of us, so let’s see what fun and excitement the future will bring.

For now I can share with you a few snaps from our first walk together… same as last year Barnie is picking Lilly as his walking partner and they run around and around sharing / fighting over the toys… looks like we are going to need a new ball…

Barnie and Lilly 06 2014Barnie and Lilly 8 06 2014Barnie and Lilly 08 06 2014

Happy Birthday Big Boy!

Today I want to share with you a selection of Bunk’s pictures.

Our Big Boy is 4 years old today!

We do not always celebrate pets birthdays… we even don’t know when the rest of them were born 🙁 we have no idea of birthday dates for neither cats nor Lilly. With Lilly we celebrate the day we brought her home from the rescue place… with the cats… they get a lot of love everyday anyway 🙂

So to celebrate our Bunks 4th birthday I have for you a selection of pictures from his “puppyhood”.

Happy Birthday Big Boy!

They wanted to call me Quasimodo!
They wanted to call me Quasimodo!
Are you sure baths are necessary?
Are you sure baths are necessary?
Ooo big drop!
Ooo big drop!
How was it going? Left, right, left, right???
How was it going? Left, right, left, right???
Next week I will do the top half
Next week I will do the top half
Gizz a kiss!
Gizz a kiss!
Are we going yet?
Are we going yet?
Look at me... and they stuck me in a puppy class!
Look at me… and they stuck me in a puppy class!
Let it go already
Let it go already
All grown up
All grown up

Guide Dogs – Sponsor a Puppy – #GuideDogs

Did you know that every hour, another person in the UK goes blind? This means that there is a huge need to train more guide dog puppies.

Jazz- Guide Dog of the Year in 2013
Jazz- Guide Dog of the Year in 2013

Just like Jazz…

Jazz – she was named Guide Dog of the Year in 2013 for saving Emma, Owen and Emma’s other son, eight-year-old Luke. The trio were stood with Jazz at a crossing when Jazz suddenly moved back, taking the three with her. Moments later, a lorry mounted the kerb where they had just been standing. Jazz has transformed the lives of Emma and her family, allowing Emma to be the mum she wants to be for her young sons.

Guide Dogs are creating a new TV add and Jazz and Emma will star in it. It is important to increase awareness about the guide dogs, their role in people’s lives and impact they actually make.

Please check out this new TV advert. What do you think?

If you think you can spare just a few pounds a month you can sponsor a puppy from just £1 a week. You will receive regular Pupdates, so you can follow your puppy’s journey to becoming a life-changing companion for a blind or partially sighted person. This way you can really make a difference.

To sponsor a puppy please visit Guide Dogs UK.

You can also like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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