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Winter Parties : snow forces cancellations

Thank you to the many members of the Pugs & Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft group who braved the dreadful weather and came along to the Christmas Meet Up on Sunday 10 December.
A massive thank you to Claire Owen and her staff at The Waterways Tea Room, Great Yarmouth, for such a lovely welcome and yummy goodies.
The fantastic sum of £250 was raised for PDWRA!
squishy 2017
Sadly 2 Winter Parties this year had to be cancelled due to heavy snow.
The South Staffs Pug Club with PDWRA Christmas Pug Party at Slitting Mill and the North Herts Pugs first Pugmas Pawty at Biggleswade were both due to be held on Sunday 10 December, but the heavy snow and dangerous roads at both venues necessitated the cancellations.
Penny, Ellie and their teams are very disappointed but the safety of pugs and their people is paramount.
STOP PRESS – see North Herts Pugs FB page for details of their new party date in January 2018!


Another big thank you to Cheshire Pugs who raised a fantastic £780 for PDWRA at their Christmas Party on 2 December.

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 It was a lovely party and good to meet some of the rescue pugs from Central Area.  Thank you everyone for coming and supporting PDWRA.

Photos by Kelly Rawlins



A massive thank you to Jakki, Dave and the Manchester Pug Thing – a newly formed meet up group of around 8 weeks – they had their Christmas Party on 3 December and raised a staggering £1687.10 for PDWRA!

Here are Jakki and Dave presenting Andrea Slater, PDWRA Trustee, with the cheque.




Sandbach party – report and photos

Sandbach 2017

PDWRA Chairman Alison Mount writes:

Last Sunday was the much looked forward to Sandbach Garden Party hosted by the West Pennine PDC at the home of Becky and Stephen Willis.  PDWRA is fortunate in being included in the invitation and we are extremely grateful to everyone on the committee who make us so welcome.  Once again, Judith Coulter and Dawn Bailey supervised the Agility, putting many pugs and ODs through their paces.  Both Peter and I were greatly relieved when Catherine Rutherford “volunteered” to see the games through, leaving us to man the merchandise stand.  The occasion was relaxing, happy and thoroughly enjoyable and there are some great photographs of both people and dogs – just click on the links below.  The fancy dress was fun and the well-attended welfare parade was frankly very moving.  Thank you WPPDC for letting us share your day.  I know exactly how much hard work goes into getting everything ready and dismantling afterwards.

Photographs by Kelly Rawlins can be viewed here
Sandbach 2017 Gallery

Photographs by Paul Worpole can be viewed here
Sandbach 2017 Gallery 2



Pugs and Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft party – report and photos


Huge thanks to everyone who made this event such a success.

A special thank you to Jo Fuller who donated the use of the garden at The Avenue Pub, Great Yarmouth, and made the day possible.

Thank you for all the donations.

A fabulous £607.05 was raised for PDWRA.  We are all so grateful to you.




View some more of the photographs taken at the Pugs & Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft party here







Steventon Garden Party – report and photos

PDWRA - Garden Party 2017 (Steventon)

PDWRA Chairman, Alison Mount, writes:

The annual PDWRA garden party was held for the first time in Oxfordshire at Steventon. The hall there was much larger than the dear old one at Crowhurst and we also hired the small hall as an additional wet weather facility which thankfully we did not have to use. The rest of the facilities are excellent and it is understandably a very popular venue although the parking is a bit tight. The format is never changed and Sophie Mount-Thurston hosted the games outside for children of all ages and all varieties of dog next to the agility ring which was run by Judith and Robin Coulter and Dawn Bailey.

Inside, the tombola was under the supervision of Janet Thomson who manages to gather masses of prizes over the year. She was helped by Sue Quiney, Sylvia Liffen and Pat Hicks Plant. The merchandise had plenty of room to display all our goods and this was supervised by Richard Pallister, Adrian Brewer, Telsha Arora and my husband who has in his retirement done a new stock control and re-packed everything to a point where I am no longer sure where anything is!

Lynne Kellow is our new Fundraiser and along with her husband Steve, supervised the raffle arrangements with Claire Estcourt and Liz Woodroffe out in the field selling. Certainly the prizes were really top quality and a huge effort was made.

Jeanette Field displayed an amazing collection of pug collectables which we lovingly call the “antiques and antiquities.” All these items have been donated and rather like our Welfare pugs find new owners and homes.

In the kitchen, the spread of sandwiches and cakes was managed by Amanda Clark, Kay Greene and Wendy Johnson and I am sure nobody went home hungry. With the extra space we were able to set up some tables and chairs not too far away from the food which was appreciated by many.

The auction had some lovely things on offer which included fawn and black canvasses painted by Claire Estcourt and a lovely dog bed donated by Christine Reynolds Garofalo of Simply Puggery and some porcelain expresso cups and saucers and a cappuccino set donated by a vet friend of Kay Greene.

Everyone was very generous and I think we all returned home exhausted but happy.

Photos can be viewed by clicking on the link below:


Dry Eye Awareness Month

One in 22 dogs are at risk of blindness due to eye disease

How to recognise a ‘Cry’ for help during Dry Eye Awareness Month

A recent survey1 discovered that nearly half (46%) of dog owners were not aware that dogs can potentially suffer from Dry Eye, a condition that affects the equivalent of around 375,000 dogs in the UK.2

As part of Dry Eye Awareness Month, Bayer, distributors of Remend™ Dry Eye Lubricant drops are warning dog owners of the potentially serious risks to their pet’s eyesight if this condition is left unnoticed and are encouraging them to have their dog’s tear production tested regularly by their vet.

Dry Eye is a condition where insufficient tears are produced by the tear glands. It is usually due to the destruction of a dog’s tear glands – rendering them unable to produce the normal amount of tears. This condition leads to severe discomfort and, if left untreated can progress to have very serious consequences, including scarring and even blindness.

For predisposed breeds, such as Pugs, Cocker Spaniels, West Highland White Terriers and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the risk can be as much as a 20 per cent chance of developing the condition3. As the early signs are often subtle, it is not always easy to detect, even for those keeping a keen eye on their pet.

Dry Eye symptoms can vary but the most obvious signs are:

  • • Repeated episodes of conjunctivitis or ulcers in the eye(s)
  • • Signs of discomfort in the eye(s)
  • • Excessive blinking or rubbing of the eye(s)
  • • Discharge from the eye(s)
  • • A dry or dull appearance of the eye(s)
  • • Redness of the eye(s)

Chris Dixon, an ophthalmologist at Veterinary Vision referral practice explains: “Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS), also known as Dry Eye, is one of the most common ocular conditions vets can see in dogs. Unfortunately we often see cases where the condition has not been noticed, and dogs have sadly developed long term damage as a result. Early diagnosis is essential and can have a significant impact on the long-term prognosis for affected pets. Your vet can perform a simple test in just a few minutes to detect if your dog has the initial symptoms of Dry Eye, and if he or she is one of the predisposed breeds it is highly recommended to have your dog tested annually.

Alongside treatment for the underlying condition, vets will usually recommend the use of artificial tears; such as Remend™ Dry Eye Lubricant drops. The use of artificial tears is important in helping to manage canine Dry Eye effectively and to keep animals as comfortable as possible.

To help communicate the effects of unmanaged Dry Eye, Bayer have launched the ‘Eye Promise’ social media pledge, which invites dog owners to commit to proactively testing and treating their dog. View the pledge on the Jungle For Pets Facebook page –

For more information on Dry Eye and how it can affect your dog go to:

PDWRA would like to thank Bayer Animal Health for their permission to post this information on our website.


Moo Moo and Radley


This photo is of Moo Moo and her great friend Radley.   Many of you will remember Moo, a regular attendee over the years at PDWRA parties, who had lost both her eyes but lived out her life very happily with Maggie and Graham Wright.  Sadly Moo is no longer with us, but Radley – who also has lost both his eyes – is still going strong.

Although not a PDWRA pug, the elderly Radley was in need of a set of puggy wheels and a pushchair.  A local fundraising effort was made by a group of pug supporters, and enough money was raised to buy Radley his wheels and a lovely new pushchair.

The money left over from these purchases – £354.56 – has very kindly been donated by the group to PDWRA. We are truly grateful to you all – and for allowing us to use this delightful photo of the two old friends.

Our new Fundraising Co-ordinator

LynneThe PDWRA Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Fundraising Co-ordinator for our charity, Lynne Kellow.

Sarah Tomlinson, who was previously in charge of our fundraising activities, stepped down as a Trustee in May due to family reasons. Our grateful thanks are due to Sarah for all her hard work during her years as a Trustee.

Lynne and her husband Steve are owned by 8 pugs, one of whom has recently become a registered Pets As Therapy Dog. Lynne has wide experience in the voluntary sector; she has served on a number of Canine Society committees, where her particular responsibilities included organizing Shows and Fun Days as well as publicizing events. Lynne is also involved with a large FB meet-up group in her area, for which she has organized a number of successful events with profits donated to PDWRA.

A number of new fundraising activities, covering a wide range of potential opportunities, are already planned. These include the creation of a new PDWRA FB Fundraising page specifically designed to publicise all future events such as garden parties, meet ups etc.

Our well established and ongoing Stamps Appeal is already very successful, and we plan to extend this into an appeal for used printer cartridges.   Watch this space for details.

New South West Area for PDWRA

Our new South West Area is now up and running, covering the counties of Avon, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.  We welcome Jane, Maureen and all the other volunteers to our rehoming team.  Please see our Surrendering Your Pug page for our new Area map giving details of the counties in each of our 9 Areas, and for contact telephone numbers should you need or wish to surrender your pug.

Can you help PDWRA?

2017 has been the busiest year for PDWRA Trustees and volunteers to date.  As of today we have had 137 pugs through our rehoming system.

 The sad reality is that many of the pugs surrendered to PDWRA require veterinary care to treat one or often multiple conditions.

 vet bills poster website

Thank you for your continuing support, it has never been more essential.

Recipes for Rescue!


We need your help!

Are you a budding Nadia Hussain, or Jamie Oliver?  Could you give Nigella a run for her money?  Do you love cooking?  Or do you simply have a favourite recipe that you would love to share?

We are compiling a simple recipe book of favourite recipes, contributed by people everywhere, to be sold in aid of PDWRA.  All recipes are welcome, whether for starters, soups, main courses, desserts, cakes – and everything in between… and of course, there will be a section of recipes for dogs!

Please contribute your recipes. If you would prefer not to have your name printed alongside your recipe, please say so.  Otherwise, this is your opportunity to be published!


Recipes should be sent to Charlotte Hill at