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Could you offer Layla a forever home?

Could you offer Layla a wonderful forever home?

Layla is a sweet natured 1 year old girl whose past circumstances mean she can be nervous in new situations.  She will need further training, socialisation, patience and understanding, and would benefit from basic training classes.

Layla is an active young pug who loves playing with toys and running around off lead.  She needs an active home, lots of exercise, stimulation and someone who is there most of the time.

Layla will need to live with a male dog aged 4 or over.  She is very nervous of children so will need an Adult Only home.

She loves cuddles, attention, curling up on your lap or just being close by.

If you can give Layla the loving, caring forever home she deserves, please email quoting reference Layla.


Young supporters learn about PDWRA

Here are some young members of the 9th Castle Mount East Brownies pack, who were obtaining their Charity Badges earlier this week, by learning all about PDWRA from Clare, our East Area VAC.  Clare was accompanied by Sally, one of our most dedicated volunteers and supporters – together with 6 rescue pugs!

Essex Festival of Dogs

Team Essex had a great day at the Festival of Dogs!  Thank you to everyone who volunteered on the PDWRA stall, everyone who came to say hello, and everyone who helped us raise much needed funds for the many pugs in our care.

Despite the wind and occasional rain, and the gazebo nearly taking off, we spread the PDWRA word and offered plenty of pug kisses and cuddles.  We also raised a whopping £185.03.  Here are some photos from yesterday.

Well done, Team Essex: Clare, Marcia, Steven and Sally, Lyn and Les, Yasmine, Diane – and all their pugs!

Unfortunately, due to the strong winds, we will not be there today, for health and safety reasons.

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!


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.