A monthly dog blog
Hi folks. How are you all? I expect many of you will be
going on your summer holidays. Don’t envy you the hassles
involved in driving around in this country. Not for me. All
those traffic jams, fumes, hot and stuffy cars. And that’s
because I suffer from travel sickness. Only need to go a few
miles or so, and I start to quiver, drool, lick my lips and
whoosh, before you know it, I’ve been sick. So car journeys
are out of the question for me.
Bossman had a similar car problem with a corgi called Roddy.
Owned by a Mr and Mrs Ingrams. They brought him one August
afternoon after a heavy shower that had just passed. Roddy
shook his waterlogged coat, splattering Bossman’s white coat
and liberally sprinkling his consulting table.
"Oh, we’re so sorry," chorused Mr and Mrs Ingrams,
themselves soaked, water pooling round their shoes. "That
downpour caught us out," added Mrs Ingrams.
"We couldn’t have come in the car anyway," said her husband,
gruffly, his moustache bristling with droplets of rain. "Roddy
won’t let us use it."
Mrs Ingrams interrupted. "It’s not his fault, dear." She
turned to Bossman. "He just doesn’t like the car."
"And as a result, he’s going to mess up our holiday plans,"
snapped Mr Ingrams.
Roddy gave another shake. Steam rose from all three of them.
"What’s actually the problem?" Bossman asked, having given
Roddy his annual booster vaccination.
Mr Ingrams answered. "As soon as he gets in the car, he goes
mental. Absolutely nuts. Completely uncontrollable."
"He does rather bark a lot," confided Mrs Ingrams, with a
nervous little laugh.
"You can say that again. He howls the car down."
Further gentle probing by Bossman revealed that Roddy leapt
across the car seats, barking hysterically and so made any
journey an absolute misery for the Ingrams. It seemed
unlikely that they could take him down to the West Country
that September for their annual break as they’d hoped.
"What about some pills to knock him out?" suggested Mr
"Well there are sedatives we could give him," said Bossman.
"But they can be a bit unpredictable and could actually
worsen the hysteria. Besides which, they’d only be a
short-term remedy. I suggest we try a retraining programme.
There’s six weeks before your holiday starts so there’s time
Bossman explained what he wanted the Ingrams to do. Roddy
was to be put in the car on his own each day. He was to be
ordered to stay sitting on the back seat. If he did he could
be rewarded with a doggy treat. Mr Ingram was to then
approach the driver’s side, open the door and sit in the
driver’s seat and rattle the car keys. Then start the car.
If at any stage, Roddy got up and began to bark, Mr Ingram
was to stop immediately and get out of the car. And no
"We’ll give it a go," said Mr Ingrams, determinedly.
Two weeks went by before Mr Ingrams phoned to say they
weren’t making much progress.
"Persevere," urged Bossman.
Three days before their holiday the Ingrams came in to see
"Roddy stays in the back of the car now," said Mrs Ingrams
"And howls the car down from there," said Mr Ingrams
"Perhaps you’ll need these after all," said Bossman, handing
them a packet of sedative pills.
"I’m sure we’ll manage without them," said Mrs Ingrams. But
her husband pocketed them all the same.
Bossman had a postcard from Cornwall a week later. It read,
"Dear Doctor, Having a nice time despite a bad journey down.
We got stuck in a ten-mile traffic jam on the M5. I was very
well behaved but my master fumed with rage all the time.
Perhaps he should have taken the pills as I didn’t need
them. Lots of licks, Roddy."
So there you go. It worked out well for Roddy.
As for me, the thought of ten-mile tail backs, is sickening
without getting in a car. So I’m staying put at home, thanks
Whatever you do, make the most of the rest of the summer.
Love and licks
P.S. My Bossman is Malcolm Welshman.
His latest novel, Pets Aplenty, is published by Austin
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Give Shy Cats
Sindy was hit by a car and brought
to Harmsworth Animal Hospital
The RSPCA is urging
prospective owners to give shy cats a chance. Shy cats can
often get overlooked but just because they are quieter in
the cattery does not mean they won’t make the perfect
A cat can be shy or timid for a number of reasons, they may
have been through a trauma, they could still be very young
and learning the ropes, or maybe they are just waiting to
find that special someone who can bring them out of their
At the RSPCA Southall Cattery there are currently some timid
cats who are looking for purr-fect homes.
Aneel Odhwani, animal care assistant at Southall in London,
is urging prospective owners to give shy cats a chance. He
says, “All cats personalities’ are very unique, some might
be feisty and some might be quieter but they could all make
a great companion.
“Unfortunately this is quite a common problem which we see
all over the country. People just don’t give shy cats a
“People walk through catteries and don’t notice the timid
ones as they pass through because they don’t go up to
strangers immediately. The confident cats who stroll up to
people are much more likely to catch someone’s eye.
“It is such a shame as just because a cat is shy in a
cattery doesn’t mean they don’t make loyal, sweet-natured
and often playful companions once they have settled in a
home and have got to know their owners.
“Some might say that this extra bit of a challenge makes the
bond between owner and cat all the more unique.
“The shy cat won’t go up to any old stranger with their love
- it would be especially for you.”
Two year old Sindy was hit by a car in February and brought
to Harmsworth Animal Hospital as she was unable to walk. The
black and white cat was found under a car by a passer-by in
Brent and brought to the RSPCA for treatment.
No owner was ever found and so after a month of treatment
she was back on her feet and arrived at Southall in March
looking for a new home.
Aneel adds, “She has recovered from her ordeal now but Sindy
is a very shy cat. She’s not going to be anyone’s lap cat
but she does want to make friends.
“She would suit a quieter, adult-only home with a more
experienced owner who understands her need to do her own
Three-year old Betsy is another cat who needs a little
patience and lots of space.
She came in to Southall in March from a multi-cat household
in London where 10 cats were living in total.
She shies away from the staff at the cattery and would
rather be running around a field or out and about.
She would suit a home on a farm where she can have plenty of
space to run around and be herself.
Paris and Andie are two timid foster sisters who are bound
to come out of their shell soon.
The three month old kittens were brought in separately in
April but have become foster sisters during their time at
Paris was found as a newborn with her mum in a back garden
in London whereas Andie came in at about two weeks old
without a mum. The pair have since become thick as thieves.
They are still quite timid but staff are sure they will grow
out of this and will benefit from lots of company.
They will need a home with adults-only or older children who
are used to cats. The new owners will also need to be
experienced with cats as the pair are flu carriers.
Aneel adds, “Shy cats can take some patience but in the end
we’re sure it will be worth it.
“Southall Cattery is at full capacity and this isn’t a rare
occurrence. We’d love it if more people took a chance on
quieter cats and gave them the loving home they deserve.”
To rehome Sindy, Betsy, Paris or Andie, contact Southall
Cattery, Hounslow, London on 0300 123 0746, or visit
Or visit the national website at
* Please note - story is
correct at time of going to press and cats available for
rehoming may change
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and
rehoming animals in desperate need of care visit
Or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one
standard network rate message).
RSPCA Launches Free Pet Fur-st
Do you know how to carry out CPR on your cat, what to do if
your dog is choking or how to help a pet in shock? The
RSPCA’s brand new free downloadable Pet First Aid Guide has
everything owners need to know in an emergency.
As the UK’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity, the
RSPCA hopes pet owners will download the guide onto their
smartphone so they can be as prepared and knowledgeable as
possible, should a crisis happen. The guide is available to
download free* from now.
James Yeates, chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA, who
helped write the guide says, “This pet first aid guide is an
essential for all dog and cat owners.
“Hopefully they will never need to use it but it’s good to
know what to do if an emergency happens.
“Obviously in the situation like a cut, a burn or if your
dog or cat stops breathing you need to speak to a vet
straight away and get them seen to as soon as possible - but
in an emergency situation every moment is crucial so if you
can start first aid before you get to the vets it can really
help. You could also ask your vet to show you some of the
techniques at your pet’s next visit so you can be confident
in using them.
“The guide can be downloaded onto a smartphone so pet owners
will have the reassurance that help is at hand in the event
of an emergency.”
Easy to navigate and read on any smartphone, the first aid
guide covers what to do in the following emergency
circumstances until you can get your pet vet care.
Signs of shock,
Signs of poisoning,
Internal and external
To get your hands on a copy of the guide visit
Your Pet Safe in the Summer
is finally here, and with it marks long glorious
days, drinks in the sunshine and barbeques aplenty.
Summer is also a fantastic time to spend quality
time with our four-legged friends, enjoying long
walks, trips to the beach and eagerly-awaited
With light mornings and evenings, our pets will have
more time to spend in the great outdoors. However,
they can’t tell us if they are too hot or
uncomfortable, so it’s important that we make sure
they are happy and healthy during the summer months.
PDSA vet, Rebecca Ashman, outlines her top tips to
keeping our animal companions fit and well when it’s
1. Never leave
pets in hot cars, conservatories or caravans. Not
even for a couple of minutes. Even if the sun isn’t
shining, temperatures can rise incredibly quickly.
Within a very short space of time, pets can develop
heatstroke, which can be fatal.
2. Provide lots
of clean, fresh water. Check your pet’s water bowls
or bottles at least twice a day and be on hand to
provide plenty of refills. This is even more
important on hot days.
3. Exercise your pet at cooler times in the day.
Just as we wouldn’t exercise under the midday sun
with our coats on, keep pets in the shade during the
hottest part of the day. Keep exercise and walks to
mornings or evenings, and give them constant access
to cool, indoor areas throughout the day.
4. Ensure your pet has access to shade. This is
especially important if your pet lives outdoors in
an enclosure or a hutch. Indoor cages should also be
kept away from windows to avoid long periods of
direct sunlight. Don’t let your pet lie in direct
sunlight for too long.
5. Check your rabbits for flystrike. This is a
serious maggot infestation that can be fatal. During
summer months, rabbits should be checked underneath
at least twice a day for fly eggs and dirt. Keep
their back end clean by wiping with a clean damp
cloth, removing any faeces and trimming the fur if
necessary. Apply a preventive product regularly to
stop flies laying eggs.
6. Protect your pet with pet sunscreen. These are
available from all good pet stores and can be used
on areas where pets have no, or sparse, fur. It is
particularly important in white pets. Protect areas
such as the nose and tips of ears.
Be careful when enjoying BBQs. Dogs will eat
everything and anything and it’s not uncommon for
dogs to swallow corn cobs and then need them
surgically removed from their stomach or gut. Kebab
skewers are also particularly dangerous. Remember to
clean up and keep dangerous items away from your
four-legged friend. Keep alcoholic drinks away from
pets, as well as glass bottles which can cause harm.
8. Regular trims. Keep your pet’s fur neat and
trimmed as this can stop them from getting too hot.
This is particularly important for dogs with very
hairy feet. Dogs lose heat through their foot pads
so keep hair in between these pads nice and short.
9. Take care when travelling. If you’re going on a
journey in the car, make sure there is plenty of
fresh air and the temperature of the car is cool.
Make regular stops and offer your pet water,
regularly. Never let your dog put their head out of
the car window and never leave them in a parked car.
With all of these tips in mind, it’s important to
watch out for signs of heat stroke. Excessive
panting, excitement, a bright red tongue and
disorientation can quickly escalate to fatal
collapse. If you see any signs of heatstroke, call
your vet immediately.
If your pet has simply overheated in the sun, wrap
them in a cool damp towel, changing it regularly
with a fresh one until they are cooler.
Head to PDSA’s website for what to do if you see a
dog in a hot car this summer. Click on
PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity. They are on a
mission to improve pet wellbeing through prevention,
education and treatment. Funding from players of
People’s Postcode Lottery helps the reach even more
pet owners with vital advice and information.
For details visit
Specialist Pet Oxygen Masks in Fire Engines in East
RSPCA and Smokey Paws
kits to help animals caught up in fires
The RSPCA has joined forces with Smokey Paws to pay
for one specialist animal oxygen therapy kit for
every fire engine in the county - with the aim of
rolling this scheme out across the whole country.
Brian Lockyer from Smokey Paws says, “With 46% of UK
households having pets and over 40,000 house fires a
year in the UK, pets can tragically often become the
victims of smoke inhalation and poisoning. If oxygen
is available at the scene, it should be provided to
“Specially designed pet oxygen masks are more
effective on pets than the human masks often used to
try and revive pets by first responders. Our mission
is to equip every fire engine in the UK with these
life-saving pet oxygen masks.”
Smokey Paws raises the money for the life-saving
masks via public donations, company sponsorships and
fundraisers. But now, the RSPCA is also helping to
fund the kits in an effort to roll them out across
RSPCA animal welfare expert Dr Samantha Gaines says,
“The bond between people and their pets can be
incredible strong and so losing a pet in a house
fire can be hugely traumatic.
“Our pets can be very vulnerable to the dangers of
house fires and particularly smoke inhalation. The
fire and rescue services in this country do a
wonderful job, we’d like to help them not only save
the lives of people but also of beloved pets who can
be caught up in devastating and terrifying fires.
“By providing one special animal oxygen kit for each
fire engine in the country, we hope to enable our
brave and heroic firefighters to save even more
All crews in East Sussex will now carry an animal
oxygen kit onboard as standard practice.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service operations manager
Matthew Elder says, “The Smokey Paws Animal Oxygen
Therapy Kit is used in the resuscitation of animals
rescued from fires or who are in need of oxygen,
following respiratory damage through smoke
“Occasionally we see pets suffer from the
detrimental effects of fire leaving owners
devastated and this additional piece of equipment
means that we can help to revive pets in those
crucial moments following a fire. We have found that
it can be difficult to revive a pet with a
human-style oxygen mask but this piece of equipment
will assist us as it is specifically designed to fit
around muzzles rather than a human nose and mouth.
“For many residents in our Service area pets are
part of the family and we feel that it is our duty
to rescue animals and give them the best chance of
survival, which we hope this new piece of kit will
give us the ability to do this.”
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating
and rehoming animals in desperate need of care
please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to
87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard
network rate message).
To support Smokey Paws, please visit their website:
* The picture
shows Fire fighters Kieran and Darren, RSPCA
volunteer Ann Bolton, lurcher Patch from RSPCA
Brighton, Brian Lockyer from Smokey Paws at Hove
Fill your Retirement Void and Supplement Your
Anne and Cliff Law from
Oxfordshire have been pet sitting since 2010
More than half of people retiring
this year will be doing so earlier than expected,
according to new research from Prudential. 60% of
those giving up work this year are doing so earlier
than their projected state pension age, or company
But giving up work early comes at a cost. According
to the research, early retirees will be £1,250 a
year worse off than those who work until their
retirement date. Understandably, many may want to
continue to earn money to boost their retirement
One popular option for retirees is home and pet
sitting. According to Homesitters Ltd, a national
home and pet sitting company, a growing number of
retired people in their 50s, 60s and 70s are joining
them every year.
Anne and Cliff Law from Kidlington in Oxfordshire
have been home and pet sitting since taking early
retirement in 2010. Cliff had worked in the motor
industry for thirty-three years and Anne was a care
assistant in a pharmacy. When the couple stopped
working, they found retirement had left a big void
in their lives.
Anne heard about Homesitters when she met a couple
employed by the company looking after her employer’s
home and dogs while she was away. They decided it
would be something they would enjoy too.
Both keen animal lovers, the Laws didn’t have room
for a dog at home so one of the main highlights of
home and pet sitting is spending time with animals,
particularly dogs and cats.
Over the years the couple have carried out 112
assignments and looked after 60 different dogs, 30
cats as well as chickens, budgies and hamsters and
they do many repeat visits.
They find dog walking is very sociable and also
great exercise and the couple have become friends
with some clients and keep in touch with them
throughout the year. The role is helpful financially
Cliff Law says, “Home and pet sitting is a fantastic
hobby, we receive a remuneration and expenses which
is useful, but the main benefit is having the chance
to visit new places and spend time with dogs and
cats and we really benefit from the exercise we get
taking the dogs for walks.
“We have stayed in some very special places. We
recently did an assignment in a huge old rectory in
the Cotswold countryside with stunning views. Most
of the houses have beautiful gardens which are
usually maintained by professional gardeners and
some are like stately homes. We’re able to
appreciate them without doing any of the work! Some
homes also have swimming pools or cinema rooms which
can be a real treat.”
The couple feel reassured that as employees of
Homesitters they have 24-hour support should they
need any help or advice. They know they are
completely supported by the company, which is just
as important to them as it is to the client.
One regular client is Sara Evans from Bedfordshire.
Anne and Cliff looked after Sara’s two golden
retrievers and cat when she made her first booking
with Homesitters six years ago and Sara has
requested them for every assignment since.
Sara explains, “When Anne and Cliff arrived for the
first time I knew I’d struck gold! Now I always
request them if possible. We know the animals are in
safe hands with Anne and Cliff while we’re away and
that no problem is unsurmountable for them,
especially with the backing of Homesitters’ support
Alan Irvine, Chairman of Homesitters says, “With our
business expanding rapidly we would love to hear
from many more retired people. We have interesting
assignments all year round and our homesitters can
choose to take on as many as they wish. Also, unlike
home and pet sitting agencies, all our homesitters
are employed and paid directly by us, which means
they are fully insured and get our full support and
backup at all times.”
Homesitters is on a
recruitment drive to recruit enthusiastic and
reliable people to join its expanding team of
homesitters across the UK.
For more information on
becoming a homesitter and to apply click on
Tartan Dog Bed
Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Feedem to offer
one lucky reader the chance to win a gorgeous Danish
Design Royal Stewart Dog Bed in a beautiful Scottish
Tartan pattern with a rich red base colour. The bed
measures 45cm (18 inches).
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Reunites Owners with
Three Cats Missing
for Total of 21 Years
Ringo was reunited after 5 years
Cats Protection has renewed calls for compulsory
microchipping of cats after helping three cats
who had been missing for a total of 21 years
finally find their way back to their owners.
Ringo, Whiskey and George were all handed into
separate branches and centres of the charity in
June – appropriately during National
Microchipping Month – and were swiftly reunited
with their owners thanks to details on their
While Ringo and George had both been missing
from their homes for five years, Whiskey had
been gone for a staggering 11 years when he was
handed into Cats Protection’s care.
Cats Protection spokeswoman Cat Jarvis says,
“Cats Protection frequently reunites cats with
their owners, and the main reason why this is
possible is because the cats have been
“Whiskey, Ringo and George’s owners were all
thrilled to have their much-loved pets home
after being missing for so long, and this was
only possible because they had been ‘chipped."
behind the happy reunions
Whiskey with Christine Charlton,
Marie Goddard and Delphine Wood,
Co-ordinator of Cats Protection's
Anglia Coastal Branch
Whiskey was reunited with his owner Marie
Goddard an incredible 11 years after he went
missing from his home in Wanstead, East London.
It is thought the ginger puss became lost and
was later taken in by an elderly man living
nearby, who assumed he was a stray.
The man later moved to Caister-on-Sea in
Norfolk, taking Whiskey with him and caring for
him until ill health meant he needed to hand him
into Cats Protection’s Anglia Coastal Branch. A
routine scan for a microchip revealed his
original owner, and Whiskey was later reunited
with Marie after 11 years.
She said, “I was absolutely overwhelmed and
thrilled to see Whiskey again. I always thought
he must have died, perhaps in a road accident,
so to see him again was just wonderful. I had
always felt so sad that I never had any idea
what had happened to him, but thanks to his
microchip he is now back in our lives.”
During the 11 years in which Whiskey was
missing, Marie moved into a flat which is not
suitable for cats. Therefore, Whiskey will now
be living with her son James and his partner
Christine (shown in the photo). So Marie will
still get to see plenty of Whiskey
Ringo's owner's daughter Jasmine
Daniels and Ringo on the morning
they were reunited
Ringo had been gone for five years when a farmer
contacted Cats Protection's Exeter Axhayes
Adoption Centre to report him as a stray. After
bringing him into the centre, staff used the
details on his microchip to trace his owner
Carolyn Daniels, who lives just a few miles away
in Bradninch, Devon.
She said, "He was thin, looking a bit worse for
wear and in need of a bit of TLC, but we were
overjoyed to see Ringo again. As soon as we got
him home he was purring away, he definitely
recognised us and our other cat, Arthur. Our
teenage daughters were so thrilled to see Ringo
again and it really is so wonderful to have him
"I never gave up hope, I knew that if he was
ever scanned for a microchip I would get a call,
but as the years passed it seemed less and less
likely we would ever see him again. And then it
happened! If he hadn’t been microchipped we
would never have got him back."
George at the Cats Protection's
National Cat Adoption Centre before
he was collected by his owner
George had been missing from his home in
Eastbourne, Sussex, for five years when he was
handed into Cats Protection’s National Cat
Adoption Centre in Sussex. Having gone missing
from owner Carrie-Ann Bishop’s home, it is
believed he was taken in by an elderly woman who
assumed he was a stray.
Eventually, she became too frail to care for him
and handed him into Cats Protection, where staff
carried out a routine microchip scan and
discovered his original owner’s details.
Carrie-Ann said: “I am so pleased that me and my
two children have been reunited with our cat
after five years, thanks to him being
microchipped. I cannot thank Cats Protection
enough for all their effort in reuniting us and
I would urge everybody to get their pets
While the charity is able to bring about many
happy reunions, figures released earlier this
month by Cats Protection show that two in three
stray cats are never reunited with their owners.
The charity's calls for compulsory microchipping
of cats appeared in Cats Protection’s 2022
Agenda for Cats, which urges politicians from
all parties to support measures to protect cats
from abandonment, harm and neglect.
Cat Jarvis adds, “We know from our research that
less than a third of pet cats are microchipped
and one in four have no identification at all.
If all cats were microchipped the chances of
reuniting missing cats with their owners would
be greatly increased, leading to many more happy
“Legislation relating to the compulsory
microchipping of dogs came into force last year
so we are asking the Government to now turn its
attention to cats.”
As part of its campaign, Cats Protection is
urging cat owners to ‘chip their pets and keep
their records up to date so they are able to
reunite more missing moggies with their owners.
The charity’s latest video promoting the
benefits of microchipping is available to view
Surge of Baby Owls
at RSPCA’s Norfolk
The RSPCA are working flat out as young birds
and mammals flood in during summer season spike.
More than thirty owlets are currently being
cared for at the RSPCA’s East Winch wildlife
centre near King’s Lynn in Norfolk. They’re part
of the 643 wild mammals and birds that are being
looked after in the centre at the moment.
Every summer, injured, orphaned and abandoned
juvenile mammals and birds flood into the
RSPCA’s wildlife centres. Young owls are no
exception, and so far this year, East Winch has
looked after more than 32 tawny, barn and little
Alison Charles, Manager of the RSPCA’s East
Winch wildlife centre near King’s Lynn in North
Norfolk says, “We’re looking after thirty-two
young owls at the moment. The youngsters have
been admitted for a variety of reasons including
being caught in netting, being emaciated and
riddled with flies and maggots. We need to help
them recover from their injuries or weakness and
then build them up in preparation for return to
“On arrival we feed the owlets tiny pieces of
chopped chick and leave some pieces in their
cage to encourage them to eat on their own.
These owlets may look cute, but it’s important
to remember they’re wild birds of prey. Once
they’re able to feed themselves, we keep
reducing our contact with them so they don’t
imprint on humans. That’s the best way to make
sure they’ll cope when they return to the wild.”
As well as the young owls, East Winch wildlife
centre is currently looking after more than 170
ducklings, 41 gulls, 56 hedgehogs 35 swans and
over 200 fledgling birds. If you see an animal
you have concerns about after observing it for
some time please call the RSPCA's emergency line
on 0300 1234 999.
If you would like to help raise funds to support
the vital work carried out by the RSPCA’s
Wildlife Centre at East Winch, visit
to purchase your animal care
If you would like to help RSPCA East Winch
Wildlife Centre continue rescuing,
rehabilitating and releasing wildlife with a
donation of just £3, simply text RSPCA3 to
70007. (Texts cost £3 + standard network rate).