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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.
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.
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.
A huge thank you from everyone at PDWRA to Martin and the organisers of Pugfest Essex for such a wonderful day. We enjoyed every minute and it was lovely to meet several of the pugs rehomed by our charity. Trustees Janet Thomson and Debbie Symes (pictured with rehomed PDWRA pugs Biggy and Sophie) represented PDWRA on the day, and we were presented with a magnificent cheque from Pugfest for £1000. We have already rehomed more than 100 pugs this year and we are enormously grateful for such support.
This report was written by Hester Kemp who spent the afternoon taking some wonderful photographs for PDWRA.
Visit Hester’s page on Facebook – Hester Kemp Photography – to see lots more photos.
Yesterday I went along to Suffolk’s first Pug Garden Party at Earlsway Farm. This wonderful event was organised by a good friend of mine, Debbie Symes, and was in aid of The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (PDWRA) of which she is a trustee.
I’ve known Debbie for over a year now, and have previously photographed her horses, so it was a pleasure to be able to get some photos of the day for her and for the PDWRA.
Debbie has several pugs of her own (5 at my last count) and fosters many of the rescue pugs until a home can be found for them. She currently has just the one foster pug, but over Christmas she had 8 pugs running round her house, not to mention their two terriers! It was lovely to be able to catch up with some of her past foster pugs who are now in loving new homes, and some with lovely new names!
The garden party was incredibly well attended by lots of pug friends and their owners, and it was wonderful to see them all socialising and having fun together. Having sampled some of the cakes on offer I can testify that they were indeed yummy, and happily lots of money was raised for the PDWRA, which is so important for the welfare of future rescue pugs and for the continued support for foster pugs from the charity!
I was able to donate a voucher for a free photoshoot to the raffle, so I will look forward to getting some photos of the winners dogs in the future!
A big thank you to all who attended or volunteered their time, and to Debbie and her husband for making such a huge effort to make a memorable afternoon. It was a glorious afternoon and I really enjoyed meeting all the pugs and Friends of the Pug Dog Welfare.
Congratulations and thank you so very much to the fabulous team at The South Staffs Pug Club who held an amazing Fairytale Tea Party on 15 May … they raised a staggering £1648.30 for PDWRA!
PDWRA is pleased to announce that it now has an increased presence in Scotland following a meeting held at Haddington on 16 April 2016. Thank you to SPDC for making this possible.
Scotland will be headed up by Emma-Jane Coutts who now holds a PDWRA phone to take all enquiries relating to rescue and rehoming.
The official number is 07590 440294
Answerphone may ask you to leave a message, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
The increasing number of calls from pug owners in Scotland needing to rehome their dogs made us more aware that not only is Scotland very large, but very spread out when it comes to transporting dogs to and from their new homes.
We are pleased to have recruited help from many volunteers, and the photograph below shows some of our helpers who were able to attend the meeting.
Back row l-r: Melissa Findlay, Karren Ralph, Hazel Pearson (Trustee for the North)
Front row: Helen Watson, Emma Coutts.
PDWRA will give full support to Emma and the Scottish team with back up from Hazel Pearson if required. The Team hope to be able to raise awareness via Meet-Up Groups throughout Scotland.
Should you wish to volunteer, please contact Emma at the above number.
Together with most other breed rescues, PDWRA has always retained ownership of pugs adopted through our charity. Pugs were chipped into the charity’s name, using our registered address, and giving the contact details of the adopter as well as an emergency PDWRA contact number.
With the new regulations which came into force on 6 April, this is – unfortunately – no longer possible.
Having waited for Petlog, Anibase and other microchip companies to roll out new online amendment forms, we discovered that the system used by Petlog does not allow breed rescues such as PDWRA to amend details of dogs previously rehomed and chipped into the charity’s name, into dual ownership of both the charity and the keeper. Pettrac was the only microchip company to offer this option, by giving (as required by the new regulations) the name, address and contact details of the adopter as the keeper of the dog, but also listing dual ownership with PDWRA and giving an emergency PDWRA contact number. Anibase have recently contacted us to inform us that they will now offer a similar option.
PDWRA has now been able to achieve the task of making almost all these amendments, which we were able to do, free of charge, on behalf of those who have adopted pugs from our charity. New keepers should receive a copy of the amended certificates by post from the microchip company with which their pug is registered.
All incoming pugs will now have their microchips re-registered by PDWRA directly into the name of the new keeper, as outlined above.
If anyone has any queries concerning the microchip details of their PDWRA pug, please email us at email@example.com and we will do our best to assist.
Thank you for hosting a Tea Party in aid of the PDWRA!
Please pay in using this link: www.virginmoneygiving.com/teapartyappeal
Thank you for collecting loose change for the PDWRA!
Please pay in using this link: www.virginmoneygiving.com/penniesforpugs
The Annual General Meeting of The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association was held on Sunday, 20 March 2016.
HH Judge David Wilcox stepped down as a Trustee, but will continue to support PDWRA as one of the Charity’s Vice-Presidents.
PDWRA is pleased to announce the appointment of 5 new Trustees:
Mrs Jemma Middleton (South Area)
Mrs Hazel Pearson (North Area)
Ms Andrea Slater (Central Area)
Mrs Debbie Symes (East Area)
Mrs Emma Tuke-Bennett (Central Area)
In 2016 so far we have been asked to find new homes for more than 40 pugs, across the country. Vets’ bills this year are already in excess of £30,000 – an increase of 65% on this time last year.