News About Dogs
Purple Poppy Campaign
News about dogs. FUNDRAISING When Murphy, a Siberian Husky, went missing (most likely stolen), in December 2014, his family launched a huge social media campaign to find him, and Murphy was happily reunited with his family three months later. However, that wasn’t the end of the story.
In June 2016, Murphy’s Army became a registered charity that helps reunite stolen and lost animals with their owners and raises awareness about pet theft. Now Murphy’s Army has launched the Purple Poppy Campaign, encouraging members of the public to remember animals lost in the line of duty and ensure that their loyalty and courage is not forgotten. Andy Smith, the founder of Murphy’s Army, says, “As an animal charity, we strongly believe that animals lost while serving should be remembered. We want to acknowledge the sacrifices that they have made, and continue to make, and ensure they are not forgotten.” The campaign, which has gained the support of celebrities such as David Essex , Arlene Philips, Ben Fogle and Will Mellor, has so far raised nearly £2,500. The funds raised will go to Fireside K9, a new charity that helps retired police dogs in West Yorkshire enjoys their golden years. The choice was inspired by Police Dog Finn, who was stabbed whilst on duty, but lived on to inspire a fight for better legal protection for police dogs.
Over 900 of the world’s tiniest dogs gathered in August at Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, for the second Fest of Chihuahua – the biggest-ever gathering of Chihuahuas in the UK. But these little dogs weren’t just there to look cute; they had gathered with their owners to smash the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ‘doga’ (dog yoga) session,
led by dog trainer Mahny and her dog, Robbie, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. Organiser of the event, Haus of Chihuahua is confident that with over 300 dog-human pairs participating, they have broken the previous record of 275 set in China, and are awaiting an official response from Guinness World Records. Fest of Chihuahua founder Rachel Louise Monk said, “As a nation, we are known for being dog crazy. Chihuahuas are rapidly becoming one of the country’s most popular breeds because of the huge character they carry in their tiny frames. Giving them their own festival just seemed a natural thing to do and we can’t wait until our Christmas event.”
Digging with dogs ACTIVITIES
Both gardening and spending time with dogs have been proven to be beneficial for many people, including those with dementia, so why not bring the two together? Dogs Trust Ilfracombe and Age UK Devon have joined forces to launch Digging with Dogs, a gardening a project aimed at people living with early-stage dementia and their carers. Launched this summer, the project allows people with dementia to spend time with homeless dogs while gardening at Dogs Trust’s rehoming center in West Down.
Sonya Webb, a community activities coordinator at Age UK Devon, said, “Gardening and dog walking provides a unique opportunity for people living with dementia to help them stay active in later life, and provide them with the social benefit of meeting new people and sharing an activity with others.”
With designated ‘dementia friends’ staff to assist, participants have enjoyed both the gardening activities and the dogs’ company.
They have contributed to creating hanging baskets and a sensory garden for the dogs to enjoy as they wait for their forever homes. Elise Watson, the re-homing center manager at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe, said, “We are delighted to be able to work together with Age UK Devon in this way. It was really important to us that we were able to support the new volunteers as best as possible, so we now have staff who are able to better understand dementia and what it might be like to live with it, meaning they can be more empathetic to those taking part.”