Dogs for the Disabled – Big Dogs Breakfast

June 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Earlier in the year I received a letter from Dogs for the Disabled that explained their latest fundraising campaign, Big Dogs Breakfast. The idea behind BDB’s is to host a breakfast party for family, friends or colleagues and raise lots of money for Dogs for the Disabled in the process.

As a dog lover and supporter of Dogs for the Disabled, a charity organisation, who train pups to become assistant dogs that help enhance the lives of disabled men, women and children. I thought it would be a nice idea to host a Big Dog’s Breakfast morning here at Bath-Knight. To coincide with the Diamond Jubilee we decided that Friday 1st June would be an appropriate date for our BDB breakfast.

big dogs breakfast

Big Dog’s Breakfasts can be anything from a gourmet fry up, bacon sandwiches or simply tea and toast. However, facilities within the office are restricted so we opted for a cake and biscuit breakfast with members of staff each bringing in homemade goodies from donuts, biscuits, muffins, cookies and cakes.

Our Big Dog’s Breakfast went down a storm as everyone in the office indulged in the array of scrumptious treats and dug deep to into their pockets making generous donations to Dogs for the Disabled. To boast donations staff also dressed down for the day at the cost of £1.

Big Dogs Breakfast Bath-Kngiht

Bath-Knight’s Big Dog’s Breakfast raised a total of £97.55 which will be topped up to £100.00. The donation will go directly to Dogs for the Disabled who will use the funds to train and support assistant dogs and dog owners. After such positive feedback and plentiful donations I’m looking forward to hosting another breakfast fundraiser next year and would recommend a Big Dog’s Breakfast fundraiser to everyone.

If you’re thinking about hosting a Big Dog’s Breakfast check out the Dogs for Disabled website which contains tips and advice on how to organise and host your breakfast event including ready-made Big Dog’s Breakfast invitations, posters, menu cards and recipe ideas.

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Patchwork blankets for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

March 22, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As I’m sure many of my regular readers will be aware I adore dogs and I’m also a huge fan of knitting. So when I read about a new appeal to get knitters knitting for homeless dogs at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home I couldn’t resist sharing it.

Battersea are looking for volunteers to make hand knitted blankets for pups who are living in foster care and to make it even easier Battersea’s Dogs and Cats Home has called upon the expert help of Lauren O’Farrell aka ‘Deadly Knit Shade’. A professional knitter and the founder of Whodunnknit, who has come up with a simple but beautiful patchwork pattern that anyone could knit (perfect for beginners).

Marcel the dog and his Purly Paw Print Patchwork Blanket

Marcel the dog and his Purly Paw Print Patchwork Blanket

The Purly Paw Print Patchwork Blanket is simple to follow with only knitting and purling required but what makes the blanket extra special is the paw print design integrated into each square. Battersea aren’t fussed about the colour of yarn which you use so I’m planning on something bright and playful to hopefully lift a dog’s spirit.

Once the blankets are complete Battersea Dogs and Cats Home will be putting them into doggie bags which also contain food, bedding and toys for pups that are going into foster care before they find a permanent home.

Battersea hope that the blankets will become a comfort to the dogs, many of whom have had difficult lives, and much like our special toys or quilts which we all possessed as children the blankets will become something that the dogs can cuddle and find comfort in wherever they maybe.

The Purly Paw Print Patchwork Blanket

The Purly Paw Print Patchwork Blanket photo by Lauren O'Farrell

I feel really inspired to start knitting especially because these blankets are going to such a worthy cause. Rescue dogs can generally feel very isolated so I’m sure that something as simple as a warm and comforting blanket will make them much happier and hopefully help them find a loving home.

Download The Purly Paw Print Patchwork Blanket pattern from www.battersea.org .

Crufts 2012

March 13, 2012 at 11:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Crufts is always an event which I keep a keen eye on because I adore dogs. My own pups, Toffee and Summer, are a real joy and keep me very active. However, they are a little too boisterous for a canine showcase like Crufts.

This year an adorable seven year old Lhasa Apso called Elizabeth won the coveted prize of Best in Show after also receiving the title of Best of Breed and Best in Group.

Crufts winner Elizabeth

Lhasa Apso, Elizabeth, who won Crufts Best in Show 2012

Elizabeth is a classic Lhasa Apso with long blond hair and is exceptionally well groomed. I heard on breakfast TV earlier this week that it takes owner Margaret Anderson nearly 2 hours to get Elizabeth groomed and ready for show time.

Aged seven Elizabeth is retiring from canine showcases making her win at Crufts all the more special.

Assistance Dogs- Canine Partners

February 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Recently I’ve noticed a rise in negative media attention surrounding dogs and their owners. Today I read a distressing story about an elderly gentleman who has sadly died after been attacked by his neighbours pitbull.

At the cash point

As a dog owner myself, I understand how much time, attention and effort is needed for dogs to acquire the calm and friendly temperament which most owners desire. However, it would seem that proper training and perseverance with such is being ignored by some making devastating events inevitable.

So when I was browsing news sites yesterday and came across the story of Bryon, the golden Labrador who is able to assistant his owner Kate in all manner of ways, I was delighted to finally see a positive and uplifting story about dogs, who are indeed ‘ A Man’s Best Friend’.

Bryon is an assistance dog who is specially trained to help Kate with everyday tasks from manoeuvring her wheelchair, helping her cross the road, collecting items from supermarket shelves, loading the washing machine and even getting cash out of a cash machine.

More than just a friendly pet, Bryon is able to answer over 100 commands and has become a life line and source of independence for Kate, whose mobility has been reduced due to a long term health condition.

bryon washing up

Bryon washing up!

Responsible for Bryon and hundreds of other assistance dogs is Canine Partners, a charity organisation who are dedicated to training dogs and pups, who will go on to enhance the of life disabled people across the UK.

I was lucky enough to see a demonstration by Canine Partners at Naidex 2011– an industry exhibition which showcases homecare, mobility and rehabilitation products. The demo, which involved two Canine Partners assistance dogs, was spectacular. Showing not only the extraordinary skill and intelligence of the dogs but also how much enjoyment they are able to share. As I’m sure you can imagine the show was most popular amongst exhibitors.

bryon washing machine

Bryon loading the washing machine

I think it’s really is worth taking note of how training a dog with simple commands can make a big difference. I’m not suggesting that all dogs should become assistance pups, I know my own are a little too boisterous for that, but simple obedience rules can help a lot and avoid further unruly dog attacks.

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