What a lovely event this was. Report and photos to follow as soon as possible.
OUR NEXT EVENT –
Saturday 17 June in Aberdeen AB24 4HS
Unfortunately the Garden Party due to be held in Suffolk on Sunday 18 June has been cancelled.
Sunday 2 July at Steventon Village Hall, Oxfordshire OX13 6RR
This is a new venue for PDWRA, replacing our previous venue at Crowhurst in Surrey. It is not a ticketed event. We look forward to meeting lots of new supporters as well as those who kindly support us every year.
Teas and refreshments will be available, as well as the full range of PDWRA merchandise.
Enquiries to Alison on 01480 810805 or Janet on 07776 195369
Sunday 13 August at Great Yarmouth NR30 4BW
with our thanks to the Pugs and Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft Facebook Group
Sunday 3 September at Sandbach CW11 1RG
Could you offer a special home to a bonded pair of pugs? Please follow the link to our Perfect Pairs page for further information.
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 Recipes4Rescue@nulloutlook.com by Monday, 22 May 2017.
Karen and her family sadly lost their beautiful black pug Winston to liver cancer on 28 December 2016. In his memory they held a fundraiser on Good Friday, and donated £75.00 to PDWRA to help us continue our work in Winston’s name. They had a raffle, a buffet and the children each presented a speech to the guests. A montage of the afternoon and a copy of the children’s speeches are pictured below. Tilly aged 11 wrote the top one and Alfie aged 12 wrote the bottom one.
The PDWRA Trustees send grateful thanks to Karen and her family for supporting our Charity.
If you would like to foster a PDWRA pug, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mark your message “Foster Enquiry” and state whereabouts you live (please include your postcode). This is essential so that we can get back to you as soon as possible. Applications will be acknowledged by email, and a member of your local Area Rehoming Team will then contact you as soon as possible, to take further details and to arrange a mandatory home check.
Some PDWRA pugs are placed in long-term foster care due to their age or health issues; other pugs are placed in short-term foster care for assessment, spaying/neutering etc before being permanently rehomed. If you have a particular preference for providing long or short-term foster care, please do let us know.
Veterinary expenses for foster pugs are paid by PDWRA.
If you apply to foster, we ask you to please note that fostering a pug is NOT necessarily a short cut to adopting a pug, and should not be regarded as such. We are lucky enough to have some fabulous foster carers, who help us by regularly fostering different pugs and getting them ready to move on to their forever homes. However, each year does always seem to see a number of foster failures!
To everyone who has already applied to foster or adopt a pug, we ask for your continued patience – it takes time and organisation to process all applications and to arrange for our mandatory home checks to be carried out. We are all volunteers, doing our best to help pugs in need wherever and whenever we can. Our intake in 2017 to date is higher than it has ever been.
Here are some of us beside the Kennel Club Find a Rescue Dog stand at Crufts on Friday 10 March. With a wonderful team of helpers + pugs busily promoting the work of PDWRA throughout the day, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and a really great day was had!
Photo: Martin Hill / The Kennel Club©
Our new East Midlands Area is now up and running, and we welcome Patricia and Steven 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 8 Areas, and for contact telephone numbers should you need or wish to surrender your pug.
At the end of every quarter, the buyer weighs up all the PDWRA stamp donations and sends us a cheque which goes straight into the Association’s coffers. The buyer is now paying us £10 per kilo, and our last payment was the biggest ever – in excess of £72.
So please keep on sending the stamps, and we thank you for your continuing support.
JOIN THIS EVENTS PAGE FOR OUR GREAT JUMPER SALE!
Sandbach Garden Party – Sunday 4 September 2016
The Sandbach party held jointly with the West Pennine PDC and PDWRA was a delight. The weather did exactly what it said it would do; pour with rain on the Saturday to drench all the helpers while they set up and then get better to become dry with sunny periods and overhead cloud on the day itself. Thanks to the good drainage of the field there were not any problems apart from the ice cream van that had to be towed in and out! Plenty of people enjoyed ice cream throughout the afternoon and the photo booth run by Kelly Rawlins of Inspired Design and Print was very popular and many took the opportunity to get their dogs photographed. There was a fun agility course run by Dawn Bailey and Richard Pallister, Alison and Peter Mount ran the games which were well supported, and the committee of the WPPDC did everything else including all the fabulous refreshments. Thank you West Pennine.
The annual Crowhurst Welfare garden party was slightly muddy under foot but it did not stop the fun and games and great atmosphere with something like 130 cars parked up. It was great seeing familiar faces again and hearing about the pugs who have flourished under the care of new and sensible owners.
The afternoon started with the obligatory agility course run as usual by Pat Scragg, and then Sophie Mount-Thurston continued with the games, which were really well supported. Every game needs to be dog friendly as holding a pug or OD is compulsory.
Comment might be made about the number of dogs coming in from Eastern Europe in general, which is very concerning. We have had to rehome many, and without doubt many of them are very unsettled and disturbed. Our Welfare parade was not without foreign representation, but the majority were ex breeding/abused/neglected pugs now happy and living a decent life. The oldest pug had come from kennels in Cyprus where she and a companion had been handed in and the kennels had made contact with us through various dog friends to help find them a retirement home. They will hold the Max cup for the coming year, which was presented to PDWRA some years ago.
There were many entries for the fancy dress, but the winner was the Good, the Bad and the Pugly with runner up, a farmyard collection, with a little girl dressed as a cowgirl with her sheep/pug.
Thank you to everyone who supported and helped us. The merchandise and tombola stalls were busy all afternoon, and a new addition was a jewellery stall where various items had been crafted for sale, and there was a constant queue for refreshments. The efforts of one busy day’s fundraising had already been blown by one seriously heavy vet bill the week before, but we never stop fundraising because the dogs keep on coming in.
View some more of the photographs taken at the Crowhurst 2016 Garden Party here
16 July was the date of our trip to Hayling Island, where we had a delightful Welfare party thanks to the kind invitation for Angie Graham and her family. I always get a little buzz as we cross over the bridge and then it is not far to the family home where there is a very special garden, lovingly cared for. The garden had been set up with several gazebos so that whatever the weather, there was protection. With this summer being what it has been, none of us expected boiling hot sunshine. Pugs were dashing about everywhere, in and out of paddling pools, round the shrubs and appearing in the kitchen – with pugs being pugs, looking longingly at beautifully decorated cup-cakes. It was the most successful party on the Island to date and went one tenth of the way to our monthly £10,000 vet bill. Yes, that is what we are having to spend and are trying to raise.
View some of the photographs taken at the Hayling Island 2016 Garden Party here
This report is from PDWRA Chairman, Alison Mount:
Thank you to everyone who made Canine Capers so enjoyable at the beautiful Dorothy
Clive Gardens. It was a perfect opportunity for us to promote the needs of
our charity by offering light hearted entertainment for the 280+ visitors and their
dogs who came for a splendid day out. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
The Trustees of PDWRA work hard to ensure that the pugs who come to us go to the
best of homes and for those pugs with health problems they will receive the very
best veterinary care. This year we have re-homed approximately 100 pugs with vet
bills costing about £10,000 a month and this weekend alone, another 5 have been
added to the list, all coming from the north west of England.
Our work never finishes as we keep a lifelong interest in the dogs and support where
needed, for the owners. We shall look forward to meeting our new friends in the not
too distant future and hope that the dogs enjoyed the agility course, the games and
of course, the sausages.
Our thanks to Kelly Rawlins for the lovely photos.