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Puggy Love Valentine’s Party raises £615

We raised an amazing £615 from our Puggy Love Valentines Party in the North East last Sunday – even Storm Dennis couldn’t put a dampener on our puggy activities.

The “Wedding” between 2 rescue pugs, Motsi & Kevin, was closely followed by them tucking into a pug-friendly Wedding Cake that was eventually shared with the guests!

Bridesmaids were Dot, looking gorgeous in gold, and Audrey, rocking it in sky blue. Best Man was Donald – who seemed more interested in eating the confetti.

A close-up view of the wedding cake

More  yummy cakes

The marriage certificate

An enormous ‘Thank You’ goes to Party Organisers Extraordinaire who came in the guise of Gwen & Karen. Gwen built and donated the ‘altar/wedding arch’, the cake, and made the bride and groom costumes from bits and pieces she had at home. No funds were steered away from pugs in need. Karen’s husband, Ant, was the tech guru and matched each competition to appropriate music, and of course the Wedding March rang out to commence the pug nuptials.

Gwen also made the Kissing Booth – is there no end to this woman’s talents?

Another of our remarkable volunteers, Irene, donated all her time, ingredients and proceeds (over £80!) selling her delicious cakes on the day.

The Wedding was actually pulled together in less than a week!

Our final “Thank You” goes to everyone who donated in some way or other and came out to support us on a blustery Sunday!  We promise to find a bigger venue next time!

🎄Essex Area Christmas Party🎄

What an absolutely fantastic day we had.  An amazing £800 was raised for PDWRA in just a couple of hours!

It was wonderful to meet and greet so many of our supporters, and to have time to chat with friends old and new, and their pugs.

Huge thanks to the PDWRA fundraising team of Rachel (and husband Steve) and Lorraine who joined us for the event, working tirelessly on the raffles and auction items.

Well done Team Essex – in particular Clare, Marcia, Sally and Steven (aka Father Christmas) – for organising the event.  Big thanks also to Debbie and Richard for coming along with the 2 pug sleigh which always brings the house down!

We hope you will enjoy looking at these lovely photos which were kindly taken by Clare’s Dad, a retired professional photographer.

We are now looking forward to next year’s party!

🎄Yorkshire’s Christmas Pug Party🎄

Report from Lisa, PDWRA Rehoming Co-ordinator for Yorkshire:

We smashed it – £1,504.56 !!

Working in partnership with DIGs Student Accommodation, we hosted our first Christmas Pug Party at Storthes Hall Park, West Yorkshire.  It was a resounding success.

Emma and Lisa, and the DIGs staff and students were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, and they ran a pug creche providing lots of cuddles and did numerous woodlands walks with the pugs.

A PDWRA forever home made the journey from the East coast to reunite their PDWRA pug with their former foster family; we hadn’t told them, so it was a big surprise – and there were tears!

and now to the Thank You(s) –

Oh my goodness, there are so many, I hope I don’t miss any:

Everyone who donated – MB Textiles, @sophiebrabbin, Hug Rug, Headline Hairdressers, Two for Joy Tattoo studio, Morrisons at Elland, Stinky Dog Groomers, Cost Base North, Lisa Wedge; drink donations from Louise, Carol, Carol; Aaron for VIP tickets, stall holders (Jean, Paula, Justin, Fiona, Dawn, Maggie, Alison and Peter), Ryan and Karen for photos, Yasmin, Kelly and West Yorkshire Pugs for marketing – and Pauline, Maggie, Paula and Dawn for their beautiful homemade crafts.

Volunteers who helped on the day, Students, PDWRA volunteers (Jo, Jackie, Alison and Peter who collectively knocked up 726 miles to be there!), Santa and his helper, Martin the amazing chef who makes a tasty Sunday roast!

Amanda, Maria and their families for hour and hours of work and so many ideas for the event.

and DIGs Student Accommodation for the fabulous room!

See you all next year!


PDWRA Area Rehoming Co-ordinator – Yorkshire

🐾 Norfolk pug party 🐾

A huge thank you to the East Coast Owners Club for Pugs & Squishy Face Breeds for their amazing donation of £350 to PDWRA.  Special thanks to Jo and Colin Oldham of The Avenue Pub, Great Yarmouth, for hosting the event.  Here are some photos of pugs and their owners enjoying the  Christmas walk and meet up (not to mention the delicious cakes) which took place yesterday, Saturday 7 December.

PDWRA at the NEC

Big thanks to Kay and John Greene – and their pugs – who represented PDWRA, together with Monika and her pug Teddy, alongside the Breed Council, at the National Pet Show held at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend.

PDWRA at Bulldogs Unleashed

Great day had at Bulldogs Unleashed, the Edward Foundation were perfect hosts, we had lots of lovely visitors, Welfare and foster pugs – and raised an amazing £109 to boot.

Thank you to everyone who donated, especially Maureen, Dawn and Hazel – stalwart supporters!

Yorkshire Student Event

On 8th October volunteers from across Yorkshire took their pugs to meet students from Digs Student Accommodation in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

We played ‘stick the tongue on the pug’ and ‘name the pug’, and the students had a great time playing with the pugs while the owners enjoyed a cuppa!!  Pip, who fosters (with her mum Maria and dad Marcus), raffled off her soft toy collection in aid of PDWRA – thanks Pip we know it was a big sacrifice to part with them!

It was lovely that the students had such a lovely time and they got lots and lots of cuddles!  As we left they said “this has been the best night ever!” And “please, please, please come back soon!!”

We raised over £150 and are excited to be going back on the 8th December for a fabulous Pug Christmas Party.

Click on the link below to our Fundraising Events page for details

or contact the Yorkshire Area co-ordinator Lisa at

Discover Dogs at Excel – 12/13 October

PDWRA volunteers and their pugs were at Discover Dogs at Excel in London on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October.

Our trade stand was very busy on both days – photos below of some of our volunteers and visitors during the day.

We also met PDWRA rescue pug Tallulah, who was taking part in the release of the Kennel Club breed rescue calendar.

On Sunday, PDWRA pugs enjoyed their own booth in the Rescue Area.

Lynne Kellow, PDWRA Secretary and Trustee, writes:

“The only way is Team Essex!

Thank you to our fantastic Team from Essex who represented PDWRA at Discover Dogs last weekend.  

The Team was organised by our Area Co-ordinator Clare, with Karen, Yasmin, Steve, Sally, Emma, Nikki, Jon, Rebekah, Darcie, Marcia, Jasmine, Peter, and our President Janet, Trustees Alison and Charlotte, and of course their lovely pugs!  They enjoyed meeting everyone – including some famous faces!”

Our most grateful thanks to all the volunteers and their pugs – many of whom helped on both days – for giving up their weekend to represent our charity at this very important event.  

Pug & Puffin event at Lyme Regis

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at the Pug & Puffin event on Lyme Regis beach.  It was a great turnout!  You enjoyed the lovely cakes made by volunteers Alison and David Holmes – which raised an amazing £162 for PDWRA! Our veterinary advisers Helen and Malcolm McKee and VAC support, Steve Kellow, enjoyed meeting you all and spreading the word about what PDWRA does.

Wimbledon Festival of Dogs

Well, they didn’t see any Wombles, but they had a great time at Wimbledon Festival of Dogs!

A massive thank you to our wonderful volunteers who came with their beautiful pugs and helped – you all did a great job!

Next weekend (28/29 September) Team East look forward to seeing you at the Essex Festival of Dogs!