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elcome to your spring Wag. Spring is all about new beginnings, so here at Dogs Trust were celebrating some major milestones: Last year we found great new homes for over 13,000 dogs; we completed the major rebuild of our Evesham rehoming centre; just a few weeks ago we also completed the refurbishment of our Newbury centre; and weve - at
last! - received planning permission to create a brand new dog rehoming centre in Cardiff!
With the number of stray and abandoned dogs in Wales totalling 4,900 last year, were delighted to be bringing our expertise and experience to help alleviate dog welfare problems in the area. Our nearby Bridgend centre is always filled to capacity with gorgeous dogs seeking special someones, so the new Cardiff centre sited on a plot in Splott - will certainly help matters. Crucially, it will go a long way in improving the lives of dogs in Wales for decades to come. Dogs Trust Cardiff is scheduled to open in 2020.
We are the UKs largest dog welfare charity, but we couldnt do a thing without YOU! My thanks to all of you for reading Wag, supporting Dogs Trust and above all, loving dogs just as much as we do!
PS Thank you to everyone - all 2,500 of you - who entered their dog snaps for our photography competition. We loved seeing so many beauties, cuties, jokers and barkers! Check out the winners on page 18.
All the news thats fit to bark!
Dogs Trust Dog Schools will be running FREE family-friendly puppy and adult dog training workshops over the spring and summer months - so get involved! Focussed firmly on helping Fido and all the people in his family feel happy and confident, at home and on the move, our 90 minute family
workshops welcome owners of all ages. Our Dog Schools also welcome children into their regular five week training courses, which run all year long, and cost 50 per dog. To find your nearest family friendly workshop, and/or dog training course, visit: www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk
SCOOL FOR THE SUMMER FESTIVAL OF THE FIDOS
The best days out are those shared with your best friends (furry and non-furry) - so bring them along, do, to one of our splendid Dogs Trust fun days. A Dogs Trust fun day is like the best village fete, foodie festival, country fair and fun sports day rolled into one - but a million times better because theyre all designed with dogs in mind. Theres usually have- a-go agility courses, food stalls galore, doggy paddling pools and plenty of games for you and your dog to try together, such as best biscuit catcher and the doggy dash. Youll find all the details you need on the back page of your Wag!
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From the editor...
A dog is for life, not just for Christmas
Editor: Deana SelbyReaders Dogs: firstname.lastname@example.org High-res Jpegs only please!Designed by: Anthony Oram anthonyoram.com Print by: Eclipse Colour Print, managed by Red Mist
Thanks to contributors this issue: Lee Paris, Tamsin Durston, Linda Mazza, Catherine Davies, Sarah Morgan-Davies, Cat Charles, Kayla Maryon, Emma Meaden, Hannah Baker, Lucy Jackson, Gemma Sorrell, Tamsin Durston.
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FREE family dog training classes are taking place at the following Dogs Trust rehoming centres:March27 Leeds tel 01132 81494128 Loughborough tel 01509 882316April3 Leeds tel 01132 8149414 Bridgend tel 07920 6586444 Oval Community Centre, Stevenage SG1 tel 01582 80752410 Evesham tel 01926 48577710 Shoreham tel 01273 46697711 Bridgend tel 07920 65864411 Kinsbourne Common Hall, Luton Rd AL5 tel 01582 80752412 Leeds tel 01132 81494113 Loughborough tel 01509 882316July31 Shoreham tel 01273 46697731 Leeds tel 01132 814941
The editor with assistant editor Daniel
Photo: Clive Tagg
COVER STAR Smokey the Lurcher at Dogs Trust Basildon, by James Lincoln. Smokey arrived as stray shortly before Christmas, and has since found his forever home. Do you look like your dog? Share your photos with us firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks to Catherine Davies
Photo: Rachel Taunton
Bloomin marvellous Rosie
Still a vibrant beauty at 20 years old, sprightly Rosie is the light of the lives of Mr and Mrs Slessor, who rehomed her from our West Calder centre an incredible 14 years ago.
Says Mrs Slessor,Thank you for giving us the opportunity of giving Rosie the home she so deserved and for brightening our lives. She is a smashing wee girl who loves snuggling up and gets lots of hugs. Rosie used to love swimming but not so much now as the water is too cold for her. That said, she was paddling at North Berwick last week. Only up to her ankles though.
Would you like to play a vital part in protecting the future health and welfare of dog-kind? Do you own a puppy who is under 16 weeks of age? Then we would LOVE to hear from you!
Generation Pup is a pioneering study into the health and behaviour of dogs from birth until death, and we need even more pups to take part so that we can ensure the results will be beneficial to dogs for years to come. We will ask owners to answer questions about their dogs health and behaviour at various stages of their lives, and, if they wish, owners can also send in hair, faecal and saliva samples from their dogs.We need 10,000 puppies to join us - so if you own a pup of any breed or crossbreed and they are less than 16 weeks old, then visit our website at www.generationpup.ac.uk to find out more and sign up.
We at Wag reckon its not a real holiday unless Rover comes too - so head over to www.dogstrustholidays.co.uk where you can take your pick from over 5,000 pretty and pet-friendly holiday cottages all over the UK, Ireland and France. By booking a Dog Trust holiday cottage, youll not only be ensuring Rover feels part of the family, but youll be helping dogs in need too - as 10% of your booking fee comes straight to Dogs Trust.
Photo: Jen, Ben and Daniel are loving the fresh air and their Dogs Trust holiday cottage!
Photo credit: with thanks to Venture Studios
ALL types of puppies welcome!
Top 5 dogs signed up so far:
1 Labrador2 Cocker Spaniel3 Border Collie4 Cockerpoo5 Golden Retrievers
Is your favourite dog not on the list? Then you know what to do! (NB pups must be under 16 weeks of age.)
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LIFE SKILLS BY TUBE
Weve now got Dogs Trust Dog Schools fun dog training classes for puppies and adults running in 26 locations around the UK, but if you cant make it to a class the next best thing is Dog School on our Dogs Trust Youtube channel. Check out our easy to follow videos for top tips on essential life skills, including housetraining your puppy, teaching your dog to settle and walking nicely on the lead. Visit www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk/training
With reports of dog theft on the rise, we are urging owners to be vigilant through the launch of our new campaign video Family Pawtraits.
With our dogs playing such a huge part in our lives, it is important for us to offer them the same care and protection given to all family members. Whether two legs or four, we all want to be kept safe. By following our three simple steps, you can reduce the risk of theft and offer the best possible chance of being reunited with your dog should they go missing;
SAFE: ensure your property and garden is kept secure SPOTTABLE: keep your dog in sight and trained to reliably respond to a recall command SEARCHABLE: know what to do and who to contact should your dog go missing
STOPDOG THEFT - and share your family pawtrait!
To watch our video and download our Safe, Spottable and Searchable
factsheet, visit our website www.dogstrust.org.uk/dogtheft
Tell us (@Dogstrust) what your dog
means to you and your family and share your own Pawtraits,remembering to
Woofers Very Welcome!
Jules, Jamie and Daniel adore their girl Willow.
Im forever barking BubblesWe LOVE hearing all about how our dogs are getting on once theyve left our care. Way back in 2006, Michelle visited the newly opened Dogs Trust West London rehoming centre where they met and fell in love with Bubbles. Bubbles, a sparkling four year old Border Collie, was one of the centres first residents to find their forever home; fast forward 12 years and Bubbles is still popping smiles on her doting owners faces. Owner Michelle says,She is such a loving, kind, sweet girl. We live in Oxfordshire with fields and rivers nearby to walk along, although Bubbles is getting on a bit now, so prefers to stroll around the garden and relax with the cats. A huge thank you for all the hard work at Dogs Trust