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🎄Merry Christmas & Happy New Year🎄

This photo of the lovely Osky pug sums up Christmas for so many of us.

All of us at PDWRA would like to wish our Friends of Welfare, our adopters, foster carers, volunteers, as well as everyone and every pug who has supported us this year, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

In 2018 we have been asked to find new homes for almost 350 pugs – the highest number ever since our charity was founded 45 years ago. Our volunteers have never been busier, and your support is greatly appreciated.

We couldn’t do what we have been able to do this year, and what we know we will be asked to do next year, and in the future, without you all.

Thank you for your support in helping us to help so many pugs in need.

🐾 Thank you! 🐾

The North East UK Christmas Party on 1 December made a profit of £1004.25 for our pugs in need!

Thank you to everyone who supported us – our vets bills for November alone have already reached £12,451 so this will help significantly.

🎄 Christmas and New Year 🎄

In line with other responsible rescues, and in accordance with our usual practice, we will not be accepting any new adoption applications with effect from Monday 3 December until Monday 7 January 2019.

We will, of course, continue to accept pugs which need to be surrendered during this period.

Contact numbers can be found on our Surrendering Your Pug page.

“Living in a Box”

We have the BEST foster carers – we know that – but now their family members are flying the PDWRA flag too!

Massive thanks to foster Mum Extraordinaire Maria, and her daughter Pip, who raised £135 for us by “Living in a Box” for 24 hours!

Pip and a school friend were sponsored to do various tasks whilst “in the box” and of course their foster pugs wanted to “help” too.

What goes in … has to come out again after 24 hours!

Keeping busy … At least their bedrooms will remain tidy!

Room for another pug?

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget …

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Well done Walter!

Walter would like to thank everyone who stopped by for cuddles at the recent Northern Pug Dog Club Championship Show, where he opened his treasure chest to help raise money for PDWRA to help other pugs like him.

Big thanks to Walter, and to Penny for bringing him to the Show!


Helping pugs with panic over fireworks

Some dogs breeze through it, but most don’t. Yes folks, it’s the noisiest week of the year, with both Bonfire Night and Halloween coming so close together, it feels like there’s fireworks on every night for up to ten days, and it’s often a week of abject fear and misery for many animals.

Dogs’ hearing is approximately four times more sensitive than ours, but it’s not just the volume that affects them, it’s the fear of unknown. Those loud noises signal danger to them, as does the flashing lights and the smell of burning and gunpowder.

The whole experience is completely unpredictable, with a cocktail of sensory overload that can send your poor dog into total panic. It can be profoundly upsetting and negative for them, but you can help.

Building a ‘doggy den’ could help your dog feel safe and secure during the bangs and pops of fireworks. It’s about creating a safe environment that your dog can retreat into; a feeling of warm protection that could make all the difference.

Dogs Trust have special tips on creating the perfect den; “The doggy den should be built away from hubbub of the family home, somewhere quiet where the dog can rest peacefully. This will very much be a safe space for the dog, but they should be able to move in and out of the den freely; making it as cosy and snug as possible is a must, but your doggy should be able to see out of the den should she want to.

Concerned owners should seek veterinary advice before fireworks night if their dogs are very scared or panic due to fireworks.”

How to create a Doggy Den:

  • Use an indoor dog crate or chairs and/or a table covered in blankets to create the safe space – using blankets over the top will help muffle the bangs
  • Fill the den with soft blankets, pillows and a few familiar items that smell of your dog to make him feel comfortable, a few items smelling of their owner would be a bonus
  • Make sure your dog has access to clean drinking water in their den, a non-slip bowl would be an advantage to avoid spills
  • Add some of their favourite toys to the den; they have positive associations with them so will help them feel at ease
  • Keep a radio or the TV playing as this will help to mask the sounds of the fireworks outside

As an alternative, many dog lovers have found that ‘wrapping’ their dogs makes them feel safe too. Perhaps because it feels like a hug. Instructions shown in Lili Chin’s drawing: just don’t tie it too tight!!

Enjoy your fun, be safe, and love your pugs.

Doggy drawings by Lili Chin, many thanks.

Grateful thanks to PDWRA adopter (twice!) Sam H-L for permission to use this text.