If you couldn’t get to the PDWRA Garden Party last Sunday, but would still like to show your support, why not make a donation and sponsor Claire and Phil? They are doing this to raise much needed funds for pugs in need.
Thank you in advance for your support.
The 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.
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.
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.
Thank you for your continuing support, it has never been more essential.
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.
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©
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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.
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.