🐾 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.

“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!

 

Amazon Smile

Support The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association by starting your shopping at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/276067-0

So now you can help support the charity whenever you buy something through Amazon.

To nominate PDWRA as your chosen charity for Amazon Smile all you have to do is go to the website, search for The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association and click select. It’s very easy to do, minimal effort and Amazon will donate a small percentage to the charity with every purchase.

Make sure to always do your shopping with Amazon through the link below:

➡  smile.amazon.co.uk  

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.

 

 

 

How healthy is your pug?

How healthy is your pug? This chart was produced by the BOAS team at Cambridge University showing the Body Condition Scoring in pugs. There are often questions about the weight of our pugs and this chart provides a visual aid of the shape of a pug from too thin right through to obese. I am sure we all recognise that too much weight and too little exercise adversely affects the health of our pugs. Please carefully look at your pug from every angle – be honest – does your pug need to lose a kilo or more? YOU are the person to help your pug to better health and a longer and healthier lifestyle.

Thank you Lorraine!

Huge thanks to Lorraine Callaghan who raised an extraordinary amount of £5,030 over just 12 weeks!

Lorraine did several weekly challenges, each one was for 7 days, and everything cost £7.

Challenges included: ironing, hair cuts and blow dries, washing cars, and walking 7 miles a day for 7 days!

As if that wasn’t enough, Lorraine then held events like a silent auction night, selling goods (Halloween and Baby Pugs – of the stuffed variety), raffles, a pamper day with afternoon tea, facials and pedicures!

Lorraine also has her own grumble of 5 pugs, aged between 4 and 13, one of which is a rescue.

What an inspiration all our supporters are – thank you from all the pugs in need.