Frankie’s beard!

Frankie has always had a beautiful, long and fluffy beard, it makes her look like a schnauzer and look like Frankie.

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Frankie’s beard

 

 

On the 25th of January, we went for a walk through the woods, near to a local high school. We were there for the very first time. Frankie and Penny were having a lovely time, exploring, sniffing and running. We came to a pond and Frankie stopped there for a little while. We continued walking as Frankie is very well behaved and we are aware that if we continue walking she would run to catch up after she had realised we had gone. But this time it didn’t happen, I proceeded to call her and began walking back to the pond. Frankie was there, in some bushes, i assumed she had found the scent of some sort of animal, perhaps a rabbit or another dog. So I just called her again. She wouldn’t budge so I had to go and check what she was doing, she was eating something. Instinctively i pulled her away and looked at her face. It was brown, her entire bears, nose, mouth, tongue, everything! I looked down at what she had been eating, it was HUMAN waste. I could have thrown up there and then. I couldn’t look at her, I couldn’t even hold her lead. We rushed out of the woods and got home, I couldn’t even clean her beard. So I shaved it off and later justified it with that it would have been unhygienic having that in the house. So I now introduce you to beardless Frankie…

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11 Days after the incident

Penny’s Buggy!

Recently, we have decided to purchase a buggy for our puppy farm rescue dog Penny.

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Penny

We have seen that there are quite a few of our friends who also use buggys so we decided to give it a try!

The main reason that we decided to purchase a buggy is because Penny often gets freaked out by roads and lots of people, living in Cardiff, this is a very common thing.

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It worked! Penny absolutely loves it and it is such a useful tool for Penny as when we are getting her used to new environments she can be pushed around. We also don’t get cramp in our arms from carrying a 10kg dog giving us her dead weight.

Last weekend we used the buggy for Penny as we were going to a local garden centre, a place that often scares Penny as there are lots of people around and there are lots of strange noises. Here is a picture of Penny and Frankie in Penny’s buggy!

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Schnauzerfest Barry 2019

A few months ago we attended the Schnauzerfest Walk at Barry, hosted by Nick and Ernie!

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Nick, Ernie and Jack

There was lots and lots of new schnozza friends for Frankie and Penny to meet! They loved seeing all of their friends and even met some new ones, including Darwin who follows Frankie and Penny’s Instagram!

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Darwin and Frankie

Schnauzerfest is of course a charity at the end of the day and they are the charity that paid for Penny’s health care while in DBARC so while at our walk, I carried our bucket in order to take some donations for Schnauzerfest. Nick also organised a raffle to also raise money. In total £695.77 was raised for Schnauzerfest and there were also lots of donation online. You can donate to Schnauzerfest by clicking here.

Hope Rescue!

On Monday the 25th of February we travelled about 50 minutes West to Hope Rescue Centre in Pontyclun. I went to meet with Vanessa, the owner of Hope Rescue. Hope rescue is ‘a registered charity (charity number 1129629). We have been working hard to improve the welfare of dogs since 2005 irrespective of their breed, age or medical condition. As a small and independent registered charity we rely on the support of volunteers and donations – please help us to give Hope to the many dogs needing our support.’
While we were there we had a chat about the work that Hope are doing against puppy farming. Such as this. Vanessa also taught me a lot about backyard breeders. Which I wasn’t as aware of as I am of puppy farming. However it is as big of a problem as puppy farming. There are lots of laws that could be created that would combat both and therefore help the animal welfare of lots of dogs.
We also got a tour of Hope. They have over 30 dogs there having treatment or up for adoption. One of which was Cariad. Cariad has 3 puppies and is from a backyard breeder. She arrived on Valentine’s Day. She is expected to be over 8 years old and the kennel club say that a dog should not be over the age of 8 to breed. ‘She is blind in both eyes – one eye has a total cataract and the other a chronic small eye that will need to be removed once she stops feeding.’ Also ‘She has a grade 2 heart murmur, horrendous ear infection and likely water infection. Her fur was stained yellow from standing and sleeping in her own urine.’ Her puppies are called Cupid, Romeo and Candy and they were 4 weeks old when they arrived at hope. ‘The pups were riddled with worms and a huge flea infestation.’ Cariad and her pups are definitely a designer breed, and they think that he puppies have shiz zhu in them.

 

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Hope also have an English Bulldog called Enzo who was just 3 days old when he was given up by his breeder. ‘He has barely any soft palate and his hard palate has a hole right through it. We can opt to euthanise now, or refer him to specialist vets Langford’s in Bristol to see if he is a potential candidate for surgery. If Langford’s think he is suitable for surgery, we need to keep everything crossed that he will survive until he is 14 weeks old. Sadly many pups don’t make it due to complications such as aspirated pneumonia’ Sadly without surgery the only option is to put him to sleep. Tough choices. However, whilst he is teeny weeny, he is currently a very strong and happy pup. His vet costs could total around £4,000 with the referral, pre-op care and surgery. We’ve decided to give him the very best chance and refer him, taking it one day at a time. If at any point, we feel his welfare is being compromised we will make the right decision. He is still at the vets but will be moving to one of our experienced vet nurses to foster.’ Enzo is another example of backyard breeding.

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I would like to say thank you to Vanessa for letting us (and Frankie and Penny) visit!

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You can find their website here and you can donate to help dogs like Enzo and Cariad here.

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Just adopted or considering adopting a puppy farm rescue dog? In my opinion, this is one of the most important things to read!

Just adopted or considering adopting a puppy farm rescue dog? In my opinion, this is one of the most important things to read! I will be talking about the most useful products for us when owning a puppy farm rescue dog! (does not include any paid or unpaid promotions but is all my opinion!). I am not saying that these products will work for your dog however it worked for ours!

1. Thundershirt. This product applies pressure to the dog (or cat) so that it feels like they are being swaddled like a baby! We used it for bonfire night and it really helped settle our dog, Penny. To the point where she is comfortable around fireworks completely! You can view it here!

2. 50m long lead. This product was so useful for Penny. When we adopted Penny, she did not understand what an owner was so just wandered off in random directions and followed people around who she thought had food. However, she would be terrified if she was on a lead, but we were nervous of her wandering off, so we got a 50m long lead which helped her think that she was off the lead as she had freedom. I think that this is definitely one of the most important things. You can view it here!

3. Harnesses! Penny got so nervous about having something around her neck and having a lead dangling in front of her. Her harness keeps her lead behind her so that she can’t see it. Personally, we use the EzyDog harnesses. You can view it here!

4. Moo Moo and bear Schnauzerfest corsages. These aren’t really useful to the dog, but they are useful for spreading awareness. People often say that they like the corsages and ask where to get one from. However, we tell them that information and we can also tell them about puppy farming and Penny’s story. You can view it here!

5. Liver Brownies. These are Penny’s favourite treats, they were really useful for training Penny to come back. You can view a recipe here!

6. Saving Susie-Belle and Saving One more. These books were very useful when learning about Penny’s behaviour these are essential to read before adopting the dog and just after. Saving One More Saving Susie Belle

7. Kong ropes toys. These are the only toys Penny will play with. These toys have a soft outer layer, no stuffing or squeakers and have a rope in the middle. These toys are small enough for her to wander around with, in her mouth yet big enough for Penny to play tug of war with our other dog, Frankie. You can view it here!

8. Kongs and mind games/mats. These were great when we went out of the house because we could leave her with something to do. Kong Activity Mats

If you would like to buy any of these products, I have linked them below!

Thundershirt.

50m Lead

Harness

Schnauzerfest Corsage

Liver Brownies

Saving Susie-Belle Saving One More

Kong Rope Toys

Activity Mats

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Interview with the owner of an ex-puppy farm rescue dog of 4 years!

I recently got into contact with a lady called Julia who owns Nellie the Noodle who was rescued from a puppy farm in Wales 4 years ago. Nellie is around 11 years old now.

Nellie has a facebook page which you can follow HERE.

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How did you become aware of puppy farming, why did you decide to adopt an ex-puppy farm breeder and what quirks does she have?

Early 2014 I read an interview by Janetta Harvey on Susie Belle and to be honest really became aware of the actual horrors of Puppy farming. In July 2014, I attended a DBARC fundraising walk arranged by Janetta Harvey. For the first time, I met ex-breeding schnauzers. I also met Janet and Donna (from DBARC) for the first time. I had made up my mind I wanted to adopt and it was the case of waiting. In August 2014 I was sent a photo of Nellie and another schnauzer who had been rescued and were being cared for by Walkies Dogs in Upper Brynammen, Wales. I spent lots of time researching and networking with people who owned rescue schnauzers. Made contact with Walkies Dogs and expressed an interest. I adopted her in November 2014 after a 580-mile round trip. I adopted Nellie as I considered I had the time in my life to give her the care and love she needed. Nellie had all the usual quirks, unable to walk upstairs or downstairs. Unable to walk through doorways. Not able to walk on a lead, she had no name. Extremely difficult to groom her (she goes to a professional groomer every 8 weeks now).Very timid, spent a lot of time walking backwards if you approached her. She was desperate for Breagh (resident schnauzer) to acknowledge her. Her house training was not 100%. She ate any post and would try to make a bed out of any post/paperwork. She has a cataract in both eyes, her right eyesight is not good. Since having her she has been hospitalised for pancreatitis and X2 for HGE. She had spindle cell cancer this year, and a large lump removed from her leg.

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How do you think that we should prevent puppy farms?

Preventing puppy farms is about confronting society and setting standards of high animal welfare. The country needs correct laws, and resources that are able to meet the demands of a trade that is established. The internet (somehow) needs to be held to account for allowing sales. The established  Kennel Club needs overhauling. Education needs to start with our youngsters. We live in a disposable society and animals are suffering because of our greed…

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What is DBARC to you and how are you involved with them?

I have been aware of DBARC since 2014 and the development of Schnauzerfest since 2014. I am lucky through Schnauzerfest/Social media/DBARC I have met some great people. In 2016 I started to visit DBARC, especially when they had rescue schnauzers. I would spend up to 3 hours with the rescue dogs, socialising, giving them treats. Personally, socialisation and trust is such a hurdle for these animals. I love visiting, I always take Nellie and Breagh with me. Nellie considers herself to be #SchnauzerStaff. Due to living just under two hours drive away, I can only get to visit once every 6 weeks. However, have been there more recently. DBARC staff are inspirational, humbling people. They go out of their way to help animals in need. In 2016 I read on social media about a schnauzer found dumped with a broken jaw. I messaged Donna and told her what I had seen. The next day, she and Janet drove to Wales and picked the little schnauzer up. She was named Twinklet and the rest is history.

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Nellie and Julie

Interview with the owner of 2 ex-puppy farm breeding dogs!

Recently I have been talking to Anne Barlow, The owner of 2 ex-puppy farm breeding dogs. she agreed to do an interview with me on her dogs, Bella & Mabel!

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Bella & Mabel

How did you become involved with puppy farming?
I was vaguely aware about puppy farming from a few television programmes and internet articles. It was at my first Schnauzerfest walk 3 years back, I won Janetta Harvey’s book in the raffle and read it the same day, I was both appalled and curious. I also needed to address my ignorance on the subject if I was to contribute in any way. Through Janetta, Schnauzerfest and DBARC I found out that so many of these ex breeding dogs needed help and ultimately homes.

 

Why did you decide to adopt an ex-puppy farm rescue dog?
My beloved Toby was diagnosed with Lymphoma in May 2017, we knew that his life expectancy was limited and that he would also be the right dog to lead a puppy farm survivor. We applied to adopt Bella from DBARC as we felt we had the home, love and time to invest and hoped we were able to give a much needed home to one of these very special dogs. Bella came home in January. Toby sadly lost his fight at the end of Feb. Bella was distraught to be most likely for the first time in her life without the company of another dog. We then borrowed one of her kennel mates (Mabel) from DBARC who was still waiting for a home and went on to adopt her too. Mabel was blind and had her eyesight restored whilst at DBARC

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Toby & Bella

What ‘quirks’ do your girls have after coming from a puppy farm?
Bella is not keen on being touched. She hates people looming over her and you have to get down to her level. She has never played with toys. She likes to sit in corners so she can see anything approaching.

 

 

 

Mabel, took 6 months to get used to the hairdryer she would hide at the end of the garden.

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Mabel

She hates the microwave and electronic bleeps.If the smoke alarm goes off she is simply terrified. She adores Bella and will always check Bella’s needs before her own. She can panic if she feels cornered. When we first got her she fell off the harbour wall into the sea as she had no concept of depth and also did not know she could not walk on water. She had never seen the sea before.

 

 

How do you think that we should prevent puppy farms?
Education, so people realise where their money goes. Sites such as gumtree and Pets4Homes to take more responsibility and stop the sales of puppies.
Better regulation, and laws, and restrictions on breeders
More of what you are doing by calling out the politician.

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Mabel

Thank you Anne for agreeing to do this with me!

you can access Bella and Mabel’s Instagram HERE

Our Time In Parliment

At Schnauzerfest 2018 we got invited to Parliment for a meeting with Micheal Gove by the lovely Alun Cairns. We drove up on the 14th of November early in the morning. this is our day! However, our meeting with Michael had to be cancelled as Brexit happened. (that’s the best that I can describe it!)

First of all, we had a wander around parliament before meeting with Hattie, Alun Cairns’ assistant. JXDC6772RNDG5099UTYN0308BTXD7036

Then we met up with Hattie and she took us to meet up with Alun

 

After our meeting, Hattie took us ‘behind the scenes’ of parliament. we were not allowed to take pictures many places but here are a few! FCXW2087 A little later we went to a meeting with Anne McMorrin. In that meeting, we also ran into Borris Johnson!

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Then we quickly walked over to the home office and we met up with David Rutley. EWKW5548

I would love to say a big thank you to Alun Cairns for the opportunity.

and to Hattie for taking her time to show us around parliament and organising all of this!

 

Schnauzerfest Barry Island

On Sunday 14th October we went for a walk in the lovely rain for schnauzerfest 2018. our walk was hosted by Nick Rutter. This year over 200 schnauzers attended to help raise money for puppy farm rescue dogs, mainly DBARC.

We invited Secretary of State of Wales Alun Cairns. He was very lovely and was very interested in puppy farming and helping us ban puppy farms further.

 

We talked for the whole walk and he even walked Frankie and Penny too help fit in!

We dressed him up in a schnauzerfest jumper and he said that it saved him from freezing!

Penny did absolutely amazing with all of the new people and all of the feet! we very very surprised at how well she did.

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