News & Events
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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.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
We recently posted a beautiful picture onto our FACEBOOK PAGE of one of our residents, George, smiling!
We like to think that our dogs smile for the camera as they are happy to have been rescued by the caring staff at Birmingham Dogs Home.
Many of our supporters posted pictures of their dogs smiling too so we thought we would share some of the pictures with you here.
These pictures made us chuckle . . . . . and SMILE of course!
Thank you to everyone who posted these pictures of their gorgeous dogs.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
we would like to share this beautiful poem sent in by one of our loyal supporters:
It's so nice to know that people like you
try your best in all you do,
You help the dogs in every way
You keep them safe and out of bay
You get them well, and nice to see
them playing around as happy as can be
I wish for all to do so well
Be happy and loved
But best of all, I would like to see
is a dog for life be happy with his home and family
*Poem by Jenny Davies
(Birmingham Dogs Home supporter)*
Saturday, February 15th, 2014
On February 07, 2014, a Pug arrived at our Sunnyside Centre who had been found straying in the Bentley area. The Pug was actually microchipped and the details revealed that her name was Daisy and she lived in Stoke on Trent. Microchip details are always rigorously followed up by telephone calls and letters to the owners registered on the details.
We called the telephone number on her details and a very surprised Vicky Leigh answered our call. She was so emotional because Daisy had actually been stolen and the Leigh family had almost given up all hope of ever seeing her again!
This is her story - At around 5am on January 11, Mr Leigh, who is a joiner by trade, had his van broken in to on his driveway and all of his tools were stolen. The thieves then proceeded to break into his shed in the back garden and took all of the tools from there. At this point they must have seen little Daisy looking out of the back door, and therefore broke in to the property to take her also.
Mr Leigh and his son, pictured here being reunited with Daisy, were delighted to find her fit and well at Sunnyside, and safe after her 'dog-napping ordeal'. When they left Sunnyside with Daisy they were looking forward to surprising the younger members of the family who had no idea that their beloved pet had be found safe and well.
This story emphasises the importance of microchipping your dog and keeping your registration details up to date, as without her microchip, Daisy would never of found her way back into the arms of her worried owners.
Saturday, February 15th, 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.
Freddy, a Great Dane, is believed to be Britain's biggest dog!
He's an impressive 7ft 4ins when standing on his hind legs, and although no official measurements have been taken as yet, that could possibly make Freddy as tall as Zeus, the World Record holder, and he could even actually be larger than Samson, Britain's current biggest dog, who measures in at a massive 6ft 6ins.
Freddy is proudly owned by Claire Stoneman in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
Imagine sharing your sofa with a dog this size!
Photograph: Matt Writtle/Barcroft Media.
As seen in theguardian.com 14/02/14
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
On October 07, 2013, the Walsall Dog Wardens brought a little Shih-Tzu in to our Sunnyside Centre in an appalling condition.
Emily, as named by her Canine Carers, was only two years of age but had obviously had a very bad start in life. She had a terrible mange skin condition, matted fur, lice, fleas, bilateral corneal ulcers, and lumps in various places.
St George's Veterinary Group examined Emily and swiftly prescribed a combination of antibiotics, medicated baths, eye creams, eye drops, and steroids to help aid her recovery during her stay at Sunnyside.
Poor Emily also needed to have two lumps removed but she was just too weak to endure the operation, so her Canine Carers set to work to get her strong enough for the next stage of her recovery. With a combination of good nutrition, veterinary care, and the love from her Canine Carers, Shane and Kelly, Emily was strong enough to have her operation on November 27, 2013.
It was a few anxious days of recovery at the surgery after her operation but we were given the good news that the lumps removed were in fact benign and nothing to worry about thankfully, and so now we could start our mission to find the right home for her.
During her stay at Sunnyside, Emily developed quite a cheeky personality and everyone became really fond of her. Towards the end of November we were visited by Mr and Mrs Hawthorne from Cannock, who had rehomed a dog from us previously who had since unfortunately passed away. They were touched by Emily's story and expressed their interest to rehome her.
On December 07, 2013, after her 62 day stay at Sunnyside, Emily was well enough to go off to her new home to start her life. The Canine Carers were sad to see her go but happy to know she was going to receive all the love she deserved with her new family.
Well, we had a surprise visitor on February 11, 2014 . . . . . . Emily, now renamed Millie! Shane Allen, who was her main carer, gladly had a picture taken with her and as you can see from the 'after' picture above she is looking fantastic! She certainly is a credit to her new Owners and it was great to see her so happy and full of life.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Prancer, the Cross Mastiff, arrived at our Birmingham Centre on December 04, 2013 and all the staff fell in love with his gentle nature.
The Canning family visited the Birmingham Centre and instantly fell in love with him and rehomed him in February 2014, much to our delight!
Prancer has now been renamed Milo and he's settling in very well and is receiving all the love he deserves.
We receive lots of updates from his new family via our facebook page, which is always lovely to see.
Good luck in your new home Milo x
As you can see from the picture, Prancer is looking so happy.
Friday, February 7th, 2014
Birmingham Dogs Wardens are working in partnership with Birmingham Dogs Home to help promote responsible dog ownership.
WE ARE OFFERING FREE NEUTERING ADVICE AND FREE MICROCHIPPING
Thursday 20th February 2014 - 10am to 3pm at Woodgate Valley Country Park, Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green, West Midlands, B32 3DS.
If you live in the local area then please feel free to join us to have your dog microchipped or just to receive some helpful advice.
For further information please call Kelly Evans - Dog Warden/ Enforcement Officer on 0121 303 9949
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Petplan and the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes (ADCH) have joined forces for the second year of these Animal Charity Awards. The inspirational event celebrates outstanding animal charities and not-for-profit organisations across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands who have gone that extra mile to help rescue and rehome animals in need.
Petplan has worked closely with animal rehoming centres for over 36 years and sees first-hand the fantastic work that goes on every day to help improve the welfare of animals. These awards provide an opportunity for people to recognise the dedication and commitment of charity staff and volunteers, and they also allow pet owners to say 'thank you'.
If YOU would like to nominate a Birmingham Dogs Home
*Animal Charity Team (fundraising team, canine rehoming team, Canine Carer team, etc).
*Animal Charity Employee of the year.
*Animal Charity Volunteer of the year.
Then please click HERE to find out more about the Awards and to nominate online.
Nominations close 31st March 2014
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
A five-year-old female Jack Russell, found dumped in a carrier bag in Bloxwich, arrived at Sunnyside on December 16 in an absolutely appalling condition and the little fighter was named Hope - the reason why becoming obvious once you read her story!
Hope, who had been discovered by a member of the public behind Marton Court bins in the town's High Street, was suffering from a life-threatening condition, gauged by her behaviour and lethargy.
Good fortune was on her side as when she arrived one of the vets from St George's Veterinary Centre was at Sunnyside and able to see her immediately.
So weak was she that she could not stand up on the vets table and had to be supported by assistant manager Tina Leedham. His diagnoses was that immediate action was required if Hope was to survive and she was whisked to the veterinary hospital.
An urgent assessment discovered that Hope had a ruptured uterus, the result of carrying dead puppies from which she'd also gone into 'toxic shock' due to all the build-up of toxins in her body.
The poor little dog was rushed into surgery in a critical condition and during the operation actually died on the table. Fortunately our wonderful vets do not give in that easily and managed to bring her back to life.
After surgery things were still touch and go and staff members waited for news with fingers crossed. Finally on December 20, after four days in intensive care, Hope was out of danger and well enough to return to Sunnyside. Still quite weak after her ordeal she had to stay in our Isolation block where she received a further 10 days of special care.
Although 2013 had definitely not been Hope's year she had a wonderful late Christmas present on January 4 when she was given a clean bill of health and a terrific forever home with Ms Crathorne from Cannock, where she will spend her future being spoilt rotten and indulging in never-ending TLC.
Bless our colleagues at St George's as they did their best to keep the bill as low as possible and then we had our discount on top, but still the price of Hope's survival came to £788.68.
That's why all the financial help our supporters give is so appreciated - it helps to make the difference with dogs such as Hope who come to us in dreadful situations and health. So from both Hope and all of us here at BDH Sunnyside an enormous thank you.