A couple of years ago a friend of mine had a bit of a run in with a guy in the village which left her feeling quite upset and understandably shaken.
While listening to her account of what happened, it prompted me to remember a forum discussion relating to a charity which offered people free legal support and advice when they are unsure of where they stand in the case of such disputes, and so I set about to find out more about them. A quick google soon helped me find the organisation I was looking for, Justice for Dogs, founded by Ann Harpwood MBE.
I called Ann that morning and had a really good chat to her about the work her charity does, and dogs in general. She founded the charity twenty-five years ago on the base of a life time working in law, and has a dedicated team of barristers, solicitors, veterinary surgeons and dog behavioursts who offer their services free of charge to Justice for Dogs members who need their help.
Personally, I have had very little dealings with solicitors in my life, but I do know that legal fees can mount very quickly and a single phone call might cost several hundred pounds. I am also very aware that is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to be a dog owner now with so many places being put under dog control orders and made out of bounds to dog owners, and more and more people seem to be afraid of dogs and unwelcoming to them. It seemed to me that this charity was therefore a very worthy cause, and with Escher being a young, lively and intelligent lad, it seemed like a pretty sensible idea to join up. At the same time, I pledged my support to help promote them.
The new compulsorary microchipping regulations don't go far enough and have only been put in place to save money on the management of stray dogs. Nothing is mentioned about the need to scan microchips and check registration to help find missing and stolen pets.
Its no good giving all dogs microchips in all vets, agencies and other establishments do not scan for microchips as standard procedure everytime and any time an animal is dealt with whether dead or alive.
Compulsory microchipping does not work without compulsory scanning and responsible owners are being let down as we have to rely on a 'duty of care' which does not work now!
If you are a breeder, why not include a copy of tthis flyer in your puppy packs? ..or if you are a pet care professional - a trainer, vet, behaviourist, groomer, dog walker / pet sitter etc. Please download the form from the link before and print off a copy for your clients.
Gemma is passionate about feeding dogs a natural fresh food diet and delivers throughout the area. I am a firm believer that fresh is best - I don't like processed food, I don't like the idea of my dog eating something that's made to be stored as being priorty over being nourishing and tasty for my dog!
I 'met' Helen on-line while looking to promote my training classes locally, and she came to see me at my Clavering class to tell me about her new hydrotherapy business just up the road in Chrishal.
I was already looking to teach Escher to swim properly as he's the 'sensible-cautious' type and I knew it was not going to come naturally to him, so I took him to her for a few swimming lessons. He was certainly not the easiest of dogs for her, but her patience won the day.
Helen specialises in treating dogs that have been injured or need help with arthritic conditions, but will also see dogs by veterinary referral for fitness swimming and water confidence. She is a lovely, kind and patient girl I am now glad to call a friend, and I can wholeheartedly say that your dog could not be in better hands than hers.