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We are only able to show a small selection of the many dogs available for rehoming, and the information provided on each dog is for guideline purposes only. For more information on each dog, or to view all the dogs available for adoption, please visit our rehoming centres directly.

BDH GRAND PRIZE DRAW WINNERS

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Throughout the Summer we held a Grand Prize Draw in which supporters could purchase raffle tickets for £1 a ticket.

We managed to raise a tremendous £7,315 From the Grand Prize Draw for our homeless dogs and would like to thank each and every one of our supporters for purchasing a ticket / book.

A very special thank you goes to the wonderful Jane Smart for yet again donating many prizes, and Susan Davis, from ERF Electrical Ltd (Leicester), for helping us to purchase prizes at a reduced cost. The support that these ladies have shown is phenomenal.

The Grand Prize Draw was drawn on Thursday 30th October 2014 and here are the prizes won and the winners names:

1st Prize £1,000 Holiday Voucher (or cash equivalent) - Alastair Green Ticket 07407
2nd Prize Cinema 3D 42" HD TV - Laura Malkin Ticket 04362
3rd Prize Apple IPad Air wifi - Graham Jukes Ticket 20634
4th Prize Digital Camera - Mrs Griffiths Ticket 03832

Plus 5 Winners of a 10w Mini Bluetooth Speaker;
5th Prize - David Newman Ticket 05719
6th Prize - Steve Gough Ticket 04903
7th Prize - Jenny Davies Ticket 10239
8th Prize - Katrina Llewellyn Ticket 01711
9th Prize - Cheryl Howard Ticket 04366

Thank you once again to our supporters for participating and we hope you all enjoy your prizes!

Picture shows first Prize Winner Alastair Green and his Mother, Melba Green, who bought a Ticket for him earlier in the year.

BDH CHRISTMAS CARDS

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

We are now selling our Christmas Cards to help raise funds for our homeless dogs this Christmas.

The cards cost £4.95 per pack, and there are 10 cards and envelopes in each pack (5 of each design, as shown in the pictures below on the attachments).

Pack 1 Santa's little helpers
Pack 2 cute dogs
Pack 3 paws and bowl

We currently have the Christmas cards on display at both of our Centres for purchasing, but if you wish for them to be posted then please either send a cheque (cheque made payable to Birmingham Dogs Home) or cash for the correct amount to Birmingham Dogs Home, Fundraising Department, 10 New Bartholomew Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5QS, enclosing your name and address details and which pack(s) you require or alternatively please call the fundraising team on 0121 643 5211 (option 3) to pay by card. Upon receipt of funds the pack(s) will be posted out to you.

Cards are £4.95 per pack and the Post and packaging costs are as follows;

1 pack £1.95
2 packs £1.95
3 packs £2.95
4 packs £3.95

(The postage costs above are based on 1-2 packs being a large letter/ envelope and 3-4 packs being a small parcel)

Remember remember your dog in November

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Here are just a handful of tips for dog owners during the firework season. It is always best to plan ahead and be ready for the fireworks in advance.

If your dog really suffers during the firework season then please speak to your vet or Behaviourist for further advice on how you can help your dog through this difficult time.

•Make sure your dog (and all other pets)are kept safe indoors during the fireworks.

•Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an identity tag and is microchipped just in-case they do manage to escape.

•Walk/ exercise your dog before dusk (before the fireworks start). A long walk could also tire the dog out and enables them to stay calmer during the night.

•Play your dogs favourite games (fetch with a ball or tug of war with favourite toy etc), as mental stimulation can tire them out too.

•Feed your dog before dusk (before the fireworks start). A scared dog wont eat.

•Make sure they have access to water as an anxious dog may pant more and therefore drink more.

•Move hazardous objects out of the way as a scared dog may run for cover and could harm themselves on something in their way.

•Don't allow them out into the garden for a toilet break alone as they may get scared and jump the fence. If they have to go in the garden then accompany them and have the dog on a lead.

•Create a safe haven, ie; a covered area under cover or crate. This can be in a corner out of the way and covered by a blanket and should have water available inside. Put a favourite toy or treat in there. DON'T lock them away in a crate as they may feel trapped and panic.

•Close any windows, doors, and curtains so it dulls the noise and stops the dog seeing any flashes.

•Have the radio or television on.

•DON'T comfort the dog as this can raise their anxiety levels. Try and ignore any unwanted behaviour (unless they are likely to harm themselves at any point).

•DON'T punish the dog for any unwanted behaviour or toileting mishaps, as this will also raise their anxiety levels.

•If your dog is friendly with other dogs then invite a friend around with their dog, if they are not scared by the fireworks, as this could calm your dog down when they see that another dog looks relaxed and at ease. DON'T invite another anxious dog around.

•If you have to leave the house and your dog is severely scared then ask a friend or neighbour, that your dog already knows, to dog sit for the night.

•DON'T make sudden movements, like running around or jumping up from your seat. Refrain from jumping up and running to the window to see the fireworks and acknowledging the sounds, as you will need to pretend that you are not bothered by them.

•If your dog is looking at you then perhaps try and blink your eyes slower or lick your lips slower than usual and talk in a normal calm way. Hopefully your dog will pick up on these calming signals from you.

•Pick up your dogs favourite toy and encourage them to play with you to distract them from the noise. Mental stimulation can tire them out.

•Give a treat that they can chew on for a while as chewing releases happy endorphins in the brain and could keep them in a calm state. A kong toy filled with a paste or favourite food could be given as they will spend hours licking the contents out.

•If your dog is very scared then introduce prescribed medication or herbal remedies recommended from your vet, or put on a [thundershirt= http://www.thundershirt.co.uk] BEFORE they start to panic (so introduce these before the bangs start).

•Introduce a DAP Diffuser or/ and a 'sounds CD' (ask your local vet) a month or so before firework season and up to the night itself to get your dog used to the noises he will hear on the night.


Although we have given you some helpful tips, please always ask the advice of your vet and/or a qualified behaviourist.

Jollyes Petfood Superstore in Willenhall has been one of Birmingham Dogs' Home's most generous supporters over the years, providing help and financial assistance through many in-store promotions and events.

BDH would once again like to express our appreciation to Manager, Simon Woodfield, and his wonderful team and customers at Jollyes for their phenomenal support.

Throughout 2014 Jollyes held puppy classes once again, donating 50% of the proceeds from each class to BDH which amounted to an impressive £1,000!

Harry the Cockerpoo (pictured below on attachment) helped the Jollyes team smash the £1,000 mark by becoming the 80th doggie student of 2014. With half of the £25 fee going to BDH this has helped the store raise over £2.6k for the homeless dogs in under 3 years of puppy training.

If you have a puppy under 20 weeks of age and you would like some training and socialisation classes, whilst helping to raise vital funds for BDH, please contact the store directly on 01902 609888.

Thank you once again to the amazing team at Jollyes for their wonderful support.

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PETS AT HOME VIP CLUB

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Do you shop at Pets at home? If so, please register as a VIP today and start saving money for Birmingham Dogs Home and Sunnyside!

You can sign up to be a VIP at any store, but you must confirm upon registering that you wish to support either Birmingham Dogs Home or Sunnyside Kennels when you are asked.

As a member of VIP, you'll not only be supporting your local charity, but you will get great benefits for you and your pets. You'll receive exclusive discounts on everything from food to health products, as well as helpful hints and tips so you can ensure that you get the best of your pets.

Collect Lifelines and support your local BDH centre today!

VIP benefits don't stop there though! Simply swipe your card at the till to collect VIP Lifelines, which will help you and your fellow VIP members to send much needed support to the homeless dogs at Birmingham Dogs Home.

You'll even receive a voucher for 10% off your next in-store shop in your welcome pack to say thanks for signing up.

All you need to do is register your details on-line by visiting the Pets at Home VIP WEBSITE or visit your local Pets at home store. If you want to know more call the VIP team on 0800 328 4204.

BDH AUCTION FOR BIG REUNION TICKETS

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

We have been given tickets for the BIG REUNION at the Birmingham LG Arena on Tuesday 21st October 2014, and are currently holding an auction over on our FACEBOOK PAGE to auction them off and raise vital funds for our homeless dogs.

If you are the highest bidder on one of the auctions you would get to see:
Five
Blue
A1
3T
5th Story
Damage

Here are details of each of the 3 auctions (click on each link to view each auction and to bid):

AUCTION1
MEET & GREET VIP SHOW TICKETS TO SEE THE BIG REUNION

We have been given two VIP tickets for the Big Reunion at the Birmingham LG Arena on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 19.30.

Not only will you have two excellent seats, but you will also get to actually MEET the stars of the show who are Five, Blue, A1, 3T, 5th Story and Damage.

Seats are BLOCK C, ROW C, Seats 14 & 15

To get your hands on these great tickets, we are auctioning them off on Facebook and all you need to do is put your bid on the post for BOTH tickets and the winner will be the highest bid on the closing day.

For your information, the face value for EACH of these VIP tickets are £140.00 each.


AUCTION 2
TWO SEATS/ TICKETS TO SEE BIG REUNION - BLOCK C, ROW N, SEATS 14 & 15

We have been given four tickets for the Big Reunion at the Birmingham LG Arena on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 19.30, however we are auctioning them off in TWO PAIRS, so should you wish for all four tickets, you will need to bid on BOTH auction 2 AND auction 3.

The four tickets seats are excellent and located on BLOCK C, ROW N, Seats 12, 13, 14 & 15

PLEASE NOTE: You are bidding for TWO tickets ONLY on auction 2, seats 14 & 15

To get your hands on these great tickets, we are auctioning them off on Facebook and all you need to do is put your bid on the post for TWO tickets and the winner will be the highest bid on the closing day.

For your information, the face value for EACH of these VIP tickets are £51.45 each


AUCTION 3
TWO SEATS/TICKETS TO SEE BIG REUNION - BLOCK C, ROW N, SEATS 12 & 13

We have been given four tickets for the Big Reunion at the Birmingham LG Arena on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 19.30, however we are auctioning them off in TWO PAIRS, so should you wish for all four tickets, you will need to bid on BOTH auction 2 AND auction 3

The four tickets seats are excellent and located on BLOCK C, ROW N, Seats 12, 13, 14 & 15.

PLEASE NOTE: You are bidding for TWO tickets ONLY on auction 3, seats 12 & 13.

To get your hands on these great tickets, we are auctioning them off on Facebook and all you need to do is put your bid on this post for TWO tickets and the winner will be the highest bid on the closing day.

For your information, the face value for EACH of these VIP tickets are £51.45 each


Please only bid in pounds

If you have any queries, please email fundraising@birminghamdogshome.org.uk or call 0121 643 5211 (option 3)

Auction Closing date is Thursday 16th October at 9pm

HAPPY BIDDING!!!

Do you have a special Veterinary practice or even a special Vet or Veterinary nurse that you would like to nominate for the Petplan Veterinary Awards?

Perhaps you use the same Veterinary Group that Birmingham Dogs Home does - St George's Veterinary Group - and would like to nominate the practice or one person there?

The 5 award categories are:
*Practice of the Year
*Practice Manager of the Year
*Practice Support Staff of the Year
*Vet Nurse of the Year
*Vet of the Year

"Petplan has worked closely with the veterinary profession for over 37 years and sees first hand each day the fantastic work that goes on in veterinary practices across the UK. They recognise that keeping customers happy and pets healthy is a team effort from the receptionist and support staff right through to the vets and nurses themselves. These awards provide an opportunity for people to recognise the hard work and dedication of veterinary staff and provide a great opportunity for pet owners to say 'thank you'."

Please click HERE for the Petplan website to view more details on how to nominate.

Three finalists will be selected in each category and invited to attend a prestigious award ceremony in April 2015 where the winners will be announced.

To view videos of the 2014 winners click HERE
Terms and Conditions can be found HERE

I Rescued A Human Today

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor, peering apprehensively into the kennels.

I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.
I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.

As she read my kennel card, I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past.
I only have the future to look forward to
and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.
I shoved my shoulder and side of my head
up against the bars to comfort her.
Gentle fingertips caressed my neck;
she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw
to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could
to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.
So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors.
So many more to be saved.
At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Author: Janine Allen

BDH RAISES FUNDS AT NATIONAL PET SHOW

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

If you love animals, or love an entertaining day out, this is the show for you!

The National Pet Show launched at the NEC, Birmingham on 20 - 21 September 2014 and certainly lived up to its promise of being packed with many various animals, excellent features, competitions, celebrities and shopping opportunities! The show was split into five Animals Zones, with something for everyone!

The National Pet Show was built on the success and huge following of the London Pet Show and the turnout for it was amazing.

The show was a fantastic opportunity for BDH to raise awareness and vital funds for our homeless dogs directly with visitors who were attending the Show to purchase items for their pets at home and engage with other animal lovers. We raised just under £3,500 over the weekend at the Show and we all had a fantastic time meeting new and old supporters visiting our stall.

Thank you to everyone who visited our stall to chat or to purchase merchandise to help us raise funds, we are very grateful for your support!. We hope to see you all again next year.

St George's Veterinary Group were very kind to sponsor our recent Sunnyside Open Day in August and we would like to say a massive thank you to them for their ongoing generous support over the years.

Their support was invaluable to the success of our Open Day.

Did any of our supporters attend our Open Day, visit St George's gazebo, or enter the Dog Show on the day, and do you have any pictures to share with us? If so, why not pop some pictures on our Facebook page HERE

To show your support why not pop over to their Facebook page HERE and 'like' or share a picture from the day.

Information about St George's: "St George's Veterinary Group is dedicated to treating domestic pets as well as horses. Their Wolverhampton hospital sits at the centre of the veterinary profession and can offer you state of the art diagnostics and treatments such as digital x-ray, endoscopy, ultrasound and more.

The Wolverhampton hospital is also host to the Wolverhampton Veterinary Emergency service providing a dedicated out of hours service to most of the other local practices.
They have a further five branch surgeries at Albrighton, Sedgley, Halesowen, Bushbury and Perton and a mobile visiting service covering the Sedgley, Halesowen and Stourbridge areas"

visit their WEBSITE for more details about St George's.

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