Recently published Dobermanns: A Practical Guide for Owners and Breeders is a most welcome guide and handbook for enthusiasts, owners and any considering taking a Dobermann into their home. Jay Hogan the author is well known to many British and European owners for her Aritaur kennels where she and her husband have been producing top class show and working Dobermans for more than 20 years.
As well as a practical guide with advice on all aspects of caring for Dobermanns including health and nutrition it also traces the history of the breed and will prove invaluable to any owner.
The book is published by The Crowood Press Ltd and can be purchased from their website here
Since we began FOND has benefited from the generosity of our veterinary practice The Mintlaw Vets. They have helped to boost our funds with raffles and selling merchandise for us and this year is no exception; over the Christmas period they have raised well over £500 for our funds. So once again our heartfelt thanks to all at Mintlaw.
A huge thank you to Sharon Chamberlin and all her Doberdayz team for the funds raised from their annual Summer Show which is held at the Rickmansworth Festival. Once again FOND has been donated proceeds from the show this year amounting to a tremendous £750. Loyal FOND supporter Oliver Stelz’s dog Luke was placed third in the best rescue class and his bitch Sally won first prize for the best veteran.
Sharon’s involvement with FOND began when she adopted Coco, a bitch, just nine months old in the spring of 2014. Ever since then Sharon has been an enthusiastic supporter and has made considerable contributions to help FOND.
Now three years later Sharon has begun to enter Coco in working trials competitions. We are looking forward to their having success. Find out more about Sharon, her Dobies and Doberdayz here is a link
After last years absence a fund raising Fun Dog Show on behalf of FOND returned on Sunday 15th October 2017 kindly hosted by Netherton K9 Ringcraft and organised by Margaret Young.
Proceeds were donated for the welfare of FOND’s Dobermanns
As in previous shows there were competitions with all welcome, a generous selection of raffle prizes, a bottle stall and classes that all dobes could enter, including a class for Rescue Dobies. Eleven year old Cherry belonging to Carol Anne Carson won the Best Rescue and went on to take Best in Show. The event was held at Caldwell Bank Farm, Collessie, By Ladybank, Fife KY15 7UY. Dobies came from as far south as Birmingham and Angus who is cover boy on this year’s calendar with his companion Roxy won the brace class. Young Thor went second in the Handsomest dog class which was won by fellow Fondie Tia.
The raffle and bottle stall were very well supported and in all the event raised nearly £600 towards the costs of Dobermanns in the care of Friends of Northern Dobermanns.
It is ten years since the Animal Welfare Act was enacted but unfortunately there seems little sign that it is having enough effect. The penalties for animal welfare offences are some of the lowest in Europe and now MP’s on The , Food and Rural Affairs Committee want sentences to be greatly increased. You can read a detailed report HERE
Just to highlight the leniency of sentences recently a man was jailed for the maximum term of six months after committing horrific acts of cruelty on a Staffie Bull Terrier cross. You can read a fuller report here.
Battersea Dogs and Cats home have launched a campaign of tougher sentences for serious animal cruelty and we would urge all FOND supporters to join in signing their on-line petition
Earlier this year a group of Scottish Dobermann Club members enjoyed a supper out together and held an informal fundraising event on behalf of FOND collecting a fantastic £440. Thank you all for your generosity, you can be sure FOND will be using 100% on the welfare of our rescue dobes who nearly always require veterinary care before being rehomed.
The ever popular Doberdayz Summer Show part of the Rickmansworth Festival will be on 20th. and 21st. May at the Aquadrome, Rickmasworth WD3 1BN. There will be plenty of fun for all with prizes for dogs and some super raffle prizes for their owners. Doberdayz are one of our most loyal supporters so if you are able please go and join in the fun.
Chris Baber who raised £500 last year from sponsorship for his 500 mile walking challenge hopes to double that in 2017. So far he has signed up for two demanding events South Wales Three Peaks Trial on 25th March and the Black Dragon Challenge Walk scheduled for 8th April 2017.
We will be reporting on Chris and Bonnie’s progress throughout the year and hope the the sun shines for them both.
Chris is now writing a blog so you can keep up to date with his challenges HERE
If you would like to help Chris reach his £1,000 target go to his Crowd Funding page where you can make a donation to help him on his way
Most of us assume that our dogs enjoy a dip and are happy in the water but be aware this may not always be the case. As you can read here there can often be situations when you should take care.
Stop Puppy Farming in Scotland
An application has been made to East Ayrshire Council for a Puppy Farm to house up to 40 bitches and their pups. The application has been made by Hazel Hamilton whose husband is married to the brother of David and Jonathan Hamilton who run the UK Dog Breeding Academy,in Fivemiletown, which recently featured in a revealing BBC documentary on puppy farming. The conditions at Fivemiletown shown in the film were described by Scotlands chief veterinary surgeon as “barbaric, it was a production line. It was using animals as a commodity”.
If the Scottish Government cares about animal welfare it will not allow this puppy farm to go ahead under any circumstances.
Below is the text of a letter of objection that you can e-mail to:
Dear Sir/ Madam,
I am writing regarding the upcoming decision by East Ayrshire Licensing Panel on an application to operate a dog breeding facility in New Intax Farm, Newmilns.
While I accept that planning permission was granted last year I feel that now the matter has reached a licensing stage the Council can now legitimately block this proposed venture. I believe that authorities are aware of concerns surrounding this application and would appeal to you to base your decision on these.
It would be a sad reflection on not only the area but of the Council itself to allow what could potentially be viewed as the industrial farming of dogs. Please do not allow a precedent to be set.