The Club are holding an event for Burns Night at Bathgate The evening includes a match night for club members dogs and a Dinner and Disco. They are generously donating half the funds raised to FOND. If you would like to attend you can find out more HERE
Many dog owners dread Guy Fawkes night and New Year Celebrations when their pets will be upset by the inevitable Firework displays. Here is some practical advice that may help you and your dogs cope at these unsettling times for them.
Your vet will probably have a CD on sale which simulates the cacophony of sounds and violent bangs emitted by fireworks, this used in conjunction with an Adaptil collar or Adaptil plug in device may
help to relax your stressed pet. You need to introduce these sounds now having carefully read the instructions and make sure you distract your dog with a game, training session or favourite chew.
Basically you are endeavouring to desensitize your dog to these unpredictable and erratic explosions. If your pet shows fear do not endorse it by petting him or her and making a fuss, either distract
your dog or allow him/her to retreat to his/her den. and for information about Adaptil products and their uses click here
Pets naturally hide when they are frightened so provide a safe haven which they can squeeze into, maybe an under stairs cupboard or an indoor kennel covered with blankets and an extra cosy bed inside
to burrow into, preferably in the centre of your home. Switch on the television or radio to help mask the bangs and close your curtains/blinds to hide the flashes.
Take your dogs out for a good walk and to do their business before dark and then keep them in. Just one firework exploding can lead to a fear of leaving their home. Do not let your pets out once
fireworks or a display are about to start and if your garden is not totally secure keep them on the lead.
Not always easy, however, if you too become tense when fussing and comforting your dogs when they are frightened you will only endorse their fears and your pet will be less likely to cope when you
are not at home.
Despite what some owners may see as irrational behaviour by their pets please do not resort to anger, your pet is terrified and becoming angry will only make a bad situation worse. If your pet
has sought refuge leave it in its hiding place leave it there. High levels of stress can lead to aggressive behaviour.
Fear is a terrible thing and can result in totally out of character behaviour. If your pet’s angst has given you cause for concern in the past or you have a young pup and want to be prepared, speak to your vet. There is medication that can be prescribed to help pets with extreme phobias.
Tips for Protecting Pets during the Firework Season
- Keep your pets indoors at night during firework season, with the curtains closed, the lights on and music or television turned up to disguise the noise and flashes.
- If your pets become very anxious, don’t over sympathize with them: they may see this as you approving of their nervous behaviour.
- Provide a ‘safe place’ – a den or secure covered bed area where they can hide away.
- Give them plenty of vigorous exercise during the day to tire them out. Don’t exercise them after dark, to avoid running into any displays.
- Provide plenty of toys such as Kongs and chews to act as a distraction.
- Block up cat-flaps and close doors and black out windows to prevent your anxious pet from running away or reacting to flashes during firework displays.
- If your pet is extremely sensitive, consider consulting your veterinary surgeon for a mild sedative or tranquillizer to help keep them calm. If taking this course of action do it now.
- Make sure that your pet is properly identified in case he/she runs off during fireworks. Use both an identity disc (your name, contact number and post code, not the dog’s name) and a microchip.
- Consider asking a friend or relative that lives in a more rural environment to take care of your pet for a while, but always remember to update your pets ID tag with the relevant contact details if he’s is staying away from home. Alternatively, you may want to book your pets into a rural boarding kennels to ensure complete safety.
- Don’t set off fireworks in your own garden. If you must have fireworks, PLEASE let them off as far as possible from homes with pets. It is sensible to attend an organized
display rather than setting off your own, and of course NEVER take your pet to a firework display! Many pets are terrified by fireworks. They hate the noises their unpredictability and are terrified by the flashing lights.
How can you tell if your pet is becoming anxious?
If they show any combination of shaking, trembling, excessive drooling, barking, howling, trying to hide, trying to get either into or out of the house or garden, temporary loss of appetite,
temporary loss of bladder or bowel control, unusual destructive behaviour or diarrhoea. If your pet hates fireworks, start your preparation early with a special made Scary CD to slowly desensitize
them to the sounds of fireworks or other such noises – don’t wait until the fireworks start.
Sadly Evelyn passed away on Saturday 11th October after a long illness. A lovely lady who was a true friend to the Dobermann.
No one could love the Dobermann breed more than Evelyn, her knowledge of pedigrees was encyclopaedic, she was well known on the show circuit and her astute nature meant no one pulled the wool over her eyes.
Evelyn became involved with rehoming Dobermanns more than 25 years ago when she was introduced to Kath Miller who at that time was a director of the Dobermann Welfare Association. Kath just had to pick up the telephone, tell Evelyn that there was a Dobe in distress and at the ‘drop of a hat’ Evelyn would travel wherever necessary and collect the Dobe in need. Their favourite meeting place prior to the advent of the M77 was at a service area on the A77 where they would chat over a coffee and roll before the Dobe needing a new home was transported on to Kath’s kennels.
Evelyn never tolerated fools or negligence to her beloved breed and on Kath’s advice would always ensure that the rescued Dobe was safely locked in her car before dressing down an uncaring owner. She was never afraid to go into any situation and Evelyn never walked away from confrontation, if something needed saying she would say it and not mince her words!
I was a member of DWA from 1992 and in 2007 sponsored and ran their website dealing with rescue cases and rehoming when I was introduced to Evelyn their representative in Scotland via a telephone call. Evelyn and I lived over five hours apart, she in Southern Scotland and me in the North East corner. Though we worked together for more than six years, speaking on the ‘phone almost every day, strange as it may seem we never physically met. Between us we rehomed many, many Dobermanns throughout the north of England and in Scotland. Some were kennelled in Aberdeenshire but the majority were housed in kennels close to Evelyn in Irvine. Evelyn would give me the descriptions of the dog needing a new home and send me photographs. There was no one more brilliant at conducting a telephone interview as to the potential of a possible new owner for a dog or to find out from an owner who was relinquishing a dog whether they were telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, she had a sixth sense and never missed a trick. Her memory was phenomenal.
Early in 2011 having become frustrated by the lack of support from DWA I decided to start my own rescue organisation with my friend and colleague Louise Greig and FOND was born to try and be there for some of the many Dobermanns needing homes in Scotland and the North of England. Evelyn gave us her wholehearted backing and was an inspiration and invaluable with her support in the background and immense knowledge of breeders and pedigrees. Between us we had established many invaluable contacts and supporters; aided by the confidence Evelyn gave us FOND has now rehomed over 125 Dobes in three years.
I tried without success to drag Evelyn into the 21st century to use a computer but she would have none of it so nearly every night we would have long telephone conversations whilst my partner rolled his eyes in dismay as he waited for his supper!
Shortly after our working relationship began Evelyn took in two siblings for DWA, Roxy and Jenna who needed to be rehomed. She learnt they had spent months in kennels after their owner became ill and when Evelyn visited she discovered that prior to this the dogs were being kept in a windowless cellar with no apparent bedding. After reading Evelyn’s description of Jenna she instantly appealed to me and I just knew she was the Dobe for us. My partner and I had recently lost our Bullmastiff bitch leaving Arnold our Dobermann on his own and so Jenna came into our lives whilst we discovered that another litter sister, Jodie, was already living with Evelyn.
A few months before I parted company with DWA Evelyn’s health problems had begun, originally she thought it was as a result of receiving a bite from an unstable Dobie bitch that she went to assess, but the bite became continually infected and sadly it transpired to be more sinister and cancer was diagnosed. Over the next three years as the cancer progressed Evelyn became increasingly incapacitated until she could no longer care for her two dogs. It was with heavy hearts that my colleague Louise and I realised earlier this year that we would eventually loose Evelyn to her cruel illness.
Evelyn as ever, putting her dogs first, had to come to terms with making the heart wrenching decision to ask for help with her dogs as she could no longer care for them. John and I were asked if we could take Maddie and Jodie into our home and in June two of Evelyn’s good friends drove them to Lonmay. After losing Jenna to cancer earlier this year we now have her sister to look after. We are honoured to be entrusted with their care and although they clearly missed their Mum most terribly to begin with, especially Jodie they are now very much part of our family and we believe happy with their new lives.
Evelyn is survived by her daughter Janeen Sengendo to whom all at FOND extended their heartfelt sympathies.
14th October 2014
FOND and Fife Rottweiler Rescue’s Companion Dog Show has been a great success. With more than ninety entries in the eighteen classes there was no shortage of interesting and handsome contestants, not to mention the owners.
We received generous support from all who attended and the event raised over £900 for FOND. Our thanks to all who made this possible and in particular to Margaret Young of Malibray Dobermanns.
Pam and John would like to thank everyone for the countless messages of support we have received and for your individual memories of an irreplaceable little friend.
All dogs are individuals and special to someone but for us and all who met her she was a “one off’.
More on Lucy can be seen at our fondly remembered page
Some of you who have bought FOND’s Christmas cards may be aware of Sue’s artistic skills as each year she has produced the artwork for our cards. There is more to Sue’s repertoire as you can see from the pictures here.
As her gift for Pam and John pictured here shows you can see she has an extraordinary talent for capturing the beauty of the dobermann. This tryptic of their last three dobes was painted using photographs that she had found on FOND’s web pages.
Sue’s skills are not confined to dobes as the Bullmastiff here shows, what John would call a ‘proper dog’
Sue is always happy to take commissions from those who would like their dog portraits and can be contacted at:
Congratulations to our director Louise Greig, who has won first prize in the Manchester Writing for Children competition. Anyone who receives our Newsletter will be well aware of her talents as a writer. But she is also a gifted poet having won the prize for a portfolio of children’s poems. They have now been published by Manchester Metropolitan University as part of an anthology “Let In The Stars”
You can order a copy by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org and find out a little more about the event here
It might be controversial, but it’s the law. So it pays to know the details of this legislation, especially as some changes have come into force over the last few weeks.
Section 3 of the Actapplies to every dog owner in England and Wales. Under this section, it is a criminal offence for the person in charge of the dog to allow it to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place. But it’s important to realise that a dog doesn’t have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law. Not many dog owners know this, and it is important to hold that thought when looking at the changes. Anyone who deals with dogs needs to be aware of these changes – but they are much more detrimental to rescues, in particular as they are rehoming dogs without knowing their history. And placing them in the wrong hands can lead to all sorts of problems if the dog bites someone.
What changed on the 13th May?
The biggest difference is the Act now covers incidents on private property as well as public places. This includes your own house and both front and back gardens. These are the recent additions:
It will now be an offence for your dog to attack an assistance dog (Guide Dog, Hearing Dog, etc.).
Prison sentences will be increased for those convicted of some offences.
Police or an appointed local authority now have powers to seize a dog considered dangerously out of control in a private place. The existing legislation already covers public areas
The court must also take account of whether the owner of the dog, or the person in charge of it, is a fit and proper person to have a dog.
To protect your dog, plase make sure you consider the following
Ensure your gardens outside areas are secure.
Manage your dog when someone knocks
Keep unexpected visitors or delivery drivers safe on your property. The requirement for the law to cover private places as well as public ones has long been campaigned for by the Communication Workers Union. Numerous Royal Mail and other delivery services employees are injured by dog bites each year and up until now there has not been the legislation to enable action to be taken to ensure their future safety.
Make sure that any visitor can safely access your front door without encountering your dog.
You also need to consider how your dog greets people. What you view as a dog being friendly by jumping up at visitors may be seen as threatening behaviour by a stranger.
What about burglars or trespassers? It is not entirely clear. Your dog may be considered dangerously out of control if it is in a building that is your private dwelling at the time of the attack. But this does not cover incidents in your front or back garden. So while the law is yet to be tested you should ensure that all areas of their gardens where their dogs could encounter unexpected visitors are secure. You might also consider talking to your neighbours and asking them not too let their children climb fences to retrieve balls etc. to be on the safe side.
It’s common to hear people involved in rescue saying that the DDA of 1991 was badly drafted and not well thought through. Sadly, this year’s amendments do not help put right this situation. The incidents of attacks by dogs on people have risen, and that is the result of irresponsible breeders and irresponsible owners. Until we have legislation that tackles the latter, and that includes breeders in the UK, as well as abroad in places such as Ireland and Eastern Europe, where many puppies are now coming from, this situation will worsen.
The DDA 1991 mainly proscribed 4 ‘breeds’ – they had to be neutered, microchipped, tattooed and muzzled in public. The owner was also unable to give them away or sell them. The idea obviously was if they were neutered, they would gradually die out. Twenty three years on from this Act we have clear evidence from the statistics that it is not working because the Main ‘breed’ the Government of the time wished to get rid of is not a breed at all, but a lookalike. So out of one litter some puppies when they grow up might be identified as pit bullterriers, and some not. The categorization of this ‘breed’ being solely on looks and measurements of the head and body. Here are the interesting figures that prove how futile that Act was.
Numbers of registered dog types on the Index of Exempted Dogs for the last four years
- 2010 – 800
- 2011 – 1129
- 2012 – 1519
- 2013 – 2004
- 2014 – 2658
For a professional analysis of the act see here
Margaret Ramsay recently presented us with a cheque for £200 which she raised from sponsors who paid up after her 5K run in the Scottish Highlands. Further south in Derbyshire Jill Woodward and Holly Siddalls’ North Derbyshire Animal Support have been regularly making donations since opening their shop to assist with the neutering of FOND’s dobies.
Two days of sunshine, an entry of fantastic dogs and generous people all helped make The Doberdayz Fun Dog Show at the Rickmasworth Water Festival a great success.
The show is the brain child of Sharon Chamberlin a FOND supporter and adopter of Coco, one of our dogs, Sharon’s hard work raised £450 for FOND at the event . And as an added bonus Luke one of our recent rescues took the Caspy Cup Trophy for the best rescue Dog in the show.
So a big thank you from FOND to Sharon and all her supporters for making us part of such a successful event