News & Events
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
This Easter we would like to remind all dog owners that chocolate is poisonous to your dogs.
Easter is a fantastic time of year where family and friends give Easter eggs to each other as a treat - but giving an egg or any chocolate to your dog (or other pets such as rabbits, cats and rodents) could prove deadly due to the highly toxic chemicals (theobromine)that chocolate contains.
Chocolate Poisoning symptoms usually appear within 4 to 24 hours of eating the chocolate and the seriousness of the poisoning will depend on the amount, type, and quality of chocolate consumed. You may notice a range of signs which can develop to other symptoms;an abnormal heart rhythm, tender stomach, excessive thirst, vomiting, drooling, tremors, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, and a high body temperature. Dogs may even experience seizures, kidney failure, or even death in extreme circumstances.
Dark chocolate and expensive chocolate is a bigger risk to dogs as it contains a higher level of the chemical, Theobromine. White chocolate contains a smaller amount of the chemical but could still cause problems and make your dog sick.
On another note, chocolate has a high sugar content and would cause obesity and dental disease.
Please make sure that all Easter treats are stored away from your dog's reach (as you would do with medicines).
If your dog consumes an amount of chocolate then please call your veterinary practice and tell them the following; what your dog has eaten, how much they've eaten, and when it was eaten, and they will make a decision as to whether your dog is to be clinically assessed or treated. DO NOT try and make your dog sick
Celebrating Easter with your dog
You can still celebrate Easter with your dog as there are many doggie Easter egg and chocolate alternatives in the pet shops at this time of year, so why not go and treat your dog and let them join in the Easter fun!
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
On January 2, Elvis, a handsome Lurcher arrived at Birmingham Dogs Home in a bad way.
He was very underweight with a swollen leg which he couldn't put weight on easily. He seemed to be in a lot of discomfort and was taken to St Georges Veterinary surgery for a closer examination. An x-ray showed that his pelvis was in fact fractured.
Elvis had an operation to mend his fractured pelvis and then the slow recovery process started. He received regular physiotherapy sessions and also daily massages from the canine carers but he would still hold his one leg up and wouldn't walk properly due to the bruising of the nerves in his leg.
He was prescribed antibiotics and pain relief through this process and the vet advised that Elvis would more than likely suffer from arthritis in his hips in later years due to the injury sustained.
Over a month passed and the muscle wastage in Elvis' leg didn't seem to be getting any better and he seemed more reluctant to put weight on his leg. We knew that something else had to be done to aid his recovery so he could aim towards finding a new home to relax in. . . . . . and along came Lee, a fully qualified Animal Physiotherapist, from 'Woof n Water' in Smethwick!
Lee very generously offered for Elvis to come along to their Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy Centre to receive FREE hydrotherapy sessions to help build the muscle up in his legs and to gain his strength back. Elvis was so good on his first hydrotherapy session and actually seemed to enjoy being in the water, although he was quite tired afterwards. After only a few sessions his body was getting used to this new routine and we could actually see a difference with his walking as he would put a bit more weight on his leg. This is the breakthrough we all so desperately wanted to see.
Elvis was so nervous of any new situations when he first arrived at our Centre but spent each day being cared for in the fundraising office where he received lots of love and kisses. It took several weeks before he would voluntarily walk over to us for a fuss or for food but he eventually started to gain more confidence which also excelled during his visits to 'Woof n Water'.
Elvis is currently being fostered by Lee so he can have regular hydrotherapy sessions and massages and he is recovering nicely. We cannot thank Lee and his team at 'Woof n Water' for his amazing offer of help and for his dedication in working with Elvis. Lee certainly has a true love and extensive knowledge of dogs which is evident when you see him working with them. Lee is doing a grand job with Elvis and we really appreciate this wonderful support.
If you would like to know more about 'Woof n Water' please click HERE
PLEASE NOTE; Elvis is not available for rehoming yet and is not at our Centre. His treatment is on-going at present and as soon as we have an update we will let you know of further rehoming details.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Occasionally if we see something that catches our eye in the News we will post it on to our website 'news and Events' page to share with our supporters.
A boy's best friend
From just six-months old, Ben Evison has suffered from a muscle-wasting condition that has stopped him from playing with other children, and has struggled to make friends as a result of the devastating illness.
But his life has been turned around after being introduced to the perfect companion - a 12-week-old support dog called Rosie!
Ben, from Whitchurch, Shropshire, was told he had spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress type 1, or SMARD1 in February this year and is believed to affect just eight people around the world. This can leave Ben unable to eat, sleep or play like other children as it affects his respiratory system. He finds every day tasks difficult but they have been made easier by the chocolate Labrador, who has helped aid him in his treatment. The animal is now being trained to help Ben get dressed, pick things up and will also be able to monitor his breathing.
The pair have formed an inseparable relationship as she aids Ben with everyday tasks and has already had a life-changing impact. His mother, Catherine, said: 'Although Ben goes to mainstream school, he struggles to make friends with the kids there. Now he has Rosie it means the world to him. Not only will she be trained to help him get dressed and monitor him, but she'll also be his best friend. The condition is extremely rare, and Ben has a different form that no-one else in the world is listed as having. We just don't know what the future holds for Ben. As parents it's very scary but we take each day as it comes. Doctors have told us to carry on as normal and obviously that can be difficult, but Ben is so determined to live so we will carry on as best as we can and Rosie will help with that.'
Story Courtesy of dailymail.co.uk
Pictures Courtesy of Mercury Press & Media Ltd
Read more here
Friday, March 28th, 2014
Occasionally if we see something that catches our eye in the News we will post it on to our website 'news and Events' page to share with our supporters.
Brought together by two dogs and true love!
A besotted blind couple who married this week have told how they fell in love when their guide dogs also became an item.
Claire Johnson, 50, first fell for Mark Gaffey, 51, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, when her pet Venice got friendly with his pooch Rodd at Dog Training classes in 2012.
The two dogs became inseparable and soon their owners, who are both registered blind, soon realised they were head over heels for each other too.
Just a year after meeting, Mark popped the question on Valentine's Day last year. And the happy couple married this week at Barlaston's Upper House hotel in Stoke-on-Trent - with their dogs as ring-bearers.
Claire said: 'I have no doubt that our guide dogs brought us together and helped me find my true love. Much like our two guide dogs, we really are best friends and soul mates. Our dogs were the class love story. Everyone used to joke about how Mark's dog Rodd and my dog Venice were meant to be together.'
Mark said: 'During the training our two dogs, Rodd and Venice, seemed to know something we didn't. They were always playing together and nuzzling up together. I have never believed in fate, but it does seem like it was meant to be.
Read more HERE
PHOTO - Courtesy of Clara Lou Photography/ Newsteam
STORY - Courtesy of Dailymail.co.uk
Last month a very concerned member of public ran into our Sunnyside Centre clutching a tiny, emaciated little puppy.
He informed us that he had been walking his dog along a local canal when his dog started to frantically pull him towards some hedges along the water side. Upon further investigation of the hedges a tiny little puppy appeared, very frightened and cold. He immediately picked up the puppy and rushed her to Sunnyside.
On arrival, the Canine Carers could see the puppy was in a very poor state and was fading fast so they rushed her straight to St Georges Vets for immediate help. This tiny little puppy was admitted, where she was placed on a hot water bottle, wrapped up warm, and given fluids to help revive her.
Little Faline, as named by her carer Layla, started to pick up a little but the vets then discovered her insides were completely blocked by worms. A worming treatment was administered but due to the amount of worms she had, and as the worms evacuated the gut, her intestines inverted inside each other.
As if this little puppy hadn't been through enough, she then had to undergo lifesaving surgery to repair her intestines. Without this operation she would have faced certain death. Almost half of her intestines had to be removed and the remaining intestines placed together in the hope that they would fuse.
It was touch and go for this little puppy for two weeks after the surgery as the recovery rate for this sort of operation was relatively slim. Being emaciated and now with very sore and tender insides, small and regular sensitive meals had to be given in order to prevent bloating and pain when digesting her food. However with antibiotics and the love and care of her Canine Carer, who is currently fostering her, she is facing a very promising future when she is well enough to be rehomed.
The veterinary treatment alone that Faline is receiving from our charity funds is currently standing at over Ā£400 and is rising.
Our veterinary bills increase constantly, amounting to over Ā£167,000 last year due to the increasing number of dogs arriving with conditions that require long-running or urgent treatments and operations, like our little Faline.
Without our supporters we simply couldn't continue our vital work and we thank every one of you for donating to sustain the Homes survival in order to continue the work we do for strays like Faline.
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Birmingham Dogs' Home wishes to say another enormous thank you to Thomson Airways who have simply been an amazing supporter over the last two years.
Not only has this generous and thoughtful company delivered substantial cash donations to us on a monthly basis but has in the past donated a pallet of airline blankets to help our strays stay warm and comfortable.
The Airline, a real friend of BDH, has donated over Ā£25,000 since supporting us, as well as providing superb PR and awareness of our Home and the work we do to help abandoned dogs. This vast amount of money is collected from generous holidaymakers flying into Birmingham Airport on Thomson aircraft, many of whom donate their spare foreign coins to a total of four charities.
These donations have meant so much to us over the months, helping in numerous areas, specifically for expensive medical treatment for dogs that arrive in poor condition or sick at our centres.
We would like to thank Richard Else, Cabin Crew Performance Manager and Airline Charity Coordinator, with whom we have enjoyed an excellent relationship and who has provided outstanding support and assistance in achieving the Airline's magnificent donations to us.
In addition, our sincere gratitude goes to behind the scenes champions Daniel Greer and Verity Jackson, and Steve Lightfoot, for kindly nominating BDH in the first place for a sponsorship that will now cover a two-year stint.
Added thanks goes to a very important bunch of people - all the wonderful Thomson Airline cabin crew who fly into Birmingham Airport - without whose representation on behalf of Birmingham Dogs' Home we would not have enjoyed such success.
It is never surprising to hear of Thomson Airline's continued success as a company, such is the enormous generosity of its dedicated and professional staff.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts x
Thursday, March 13th, 2014
It's all go now for the BIG BUILD and a new EXCITING FUTURE for Birmingham Dogs' Home!
Our outstanding new Animal Welfare Centre to be set in beautiful rural countryside in Catherine de Barnes near Solihull gets its build launch date this summer.
Its ideal position and layout provides a truly outstanding development and offers superb modern facilities and space for dogs to enjoy the nature around them.
This ground-breaking project, which should be completed in 2015, will mean substantially improved standards in the facilities available for our dogs, staff and the community who will be able to become more involved.
The unique design of the facility, which should be home and HQ for our charity, has been carefully positioned with appropriate landscaping to help integrate the building within its surroundings.
New, state-of-the-art facilities will provide 120 purpose built kennels in four main kennel blocks, veterinary facilities and a behavioural suite. Unlike our existing facility in Birmingham, there will now be excellent external exercise space for our dogs and an area for dog walking.
In addition, education rooms will support the outreach work of the charity and its links with the local community. The site layout has also been designed specifically to create a calm environment which will minimise stress-related barking.
By utilising sustainable methods and through design, the building limits energy use and has been designed to achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating.
*Building a new future . . .
and brighter tomorrows*
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
The biggest celebration of dogs is back at the NEC, Birmingham from March 6 - 9, 2014.
22,000 dogs compete for the world class title of Crufts Best In Show and there will be a Discover Dogs area (where you can meet over 200 pedigree breeds), Good Citizen Dog Scheme training ring, Dog Activities Ring, The Young Kennel Club ring, over 400 trade stands and rescue stands where dog lovers can support their local charities and shop for themselves or purchase gifts for their four legged friend.
Come visit Birmingham Dogs Home in Hall 5 on Stand 160 to see the work we do and to chat to our friendly team. We will have plenty of gifts on sale with special show offers and exciting new products for you and your best friend!
HOW CRUFTS STARTED
Crufts is named after its founder Charles Cruft. The young Charles left college in 1876 with no desire to join the family jewellery business. Instead he took employment with James Spratt who had set up a new venture in Holborn, London selling 'dog cakes'.
Charles Cruft was ambitious and a relatively short apprenticeship as an office boy led to promotion to travelling salesman. This brought him into contact with large estates and sporting kennels. His next career move with Spratts saw him travelling to Europe and here in 1878, French dog breeders, perhaps seeing entrepreneurial talents in Cruft, invited him to organise the promotion of the canine section of the Paris Exhibition. He was still just two years out of college.
Back in England in 1886 he took up the management of the Allied Terrier Club Show at the Royal Aquarium, Westminster. It was in 1891 that the first Cruft's show was booked into the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington and it has evolved and grown ever since.
More of Crufts history and dates can be read HERE.
Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world. No longer purely a dog show, Crufts celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives.
It has changed in ways that couldn't possibly have been imagined when the show was set up in Victorian times by the late Charles Cruft. Although it was a very different event in 1891 Charles Cruft was a great showman and would surely have enjoyed the size and scope of the event today, which is an essential date in any dog lover's calendar.
The dog show is still an important part of the event, celebrating the unique relationship that dogs share with their owners. Judges are trained to ensure that only healthy dogs win prizes, which in turn encourages the breeding of healthy dogs.
Crufts is ultimately a celebration of all dogs. It celebrates working dogs, which are fit and healthy enough to perform the jobs for which they were originally bred, such as those in the Gamekeeper classes or which line up for the Police Dog Team Operational and Humanitarian Action of the Year award, and it hails hero dogs through the Friends for Life competition. Rescue dogs are celebrated in the rescue dog agility competition and the speed and agility of dogs is celebrated in the ever popular competitions of Flyball and Heelwork to Music.
For prospective dog owners and dog lovers, Crufts is a prime opportunity to talk to Kennel Club Assured Breeders, rescue charities and breed experts about how to responsibly buy, train and enjoy life with your dog.
And of course, with hundreds of trade stands selling anything and everything for dogs and dog lovers, it is a shopping extravaganza!
To Find out more or to purchase tickets for this event visit the official Crufts WEBSITE.