Our director Sue Henschker’s hidden Talent

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.

Nelson Jenna Arnold

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.

A Proper Dog

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:

FOND Director wins poetry prize.

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 mcbf@mmu.ac.uk and find out a little more about the event here

Important News for all Dog Owners in England and Wales

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

Lots of fun and a FOND winner at the Rickmansworth Festival

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.

Handsome Winner Luke

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

A Donation from the High Seas

Haewene Brim

Every year the crew of Bluewater Energy’s vessel “Haewene Brim” choose which charities they want to make donations to after their Christmas collection. This year FOND has been one of the lucky recipients, no doubt helped by Mark Milton whose partner Debbie runs Kelty Dog Walks. Mark and Debbie are terrific supporters of FOND helping with fostering and transport. The crew of Haewene Brim have generously donated £500 to our funds for which we are most appreciative of.

Support us and have fun at the Rickmansworth Festival 17-18 May

Date for your diary dog and Dobe lovers. Doberdayz (dog training and dog walking services) are running their annual 2 day dog show with agility and showing classes. Find them at the Rickmansworth Festival a great day out for all on the 17th and 18th May. Doberdayz have generously offered to support FOND’s Dobies with money raised this year. Please contact Sharon Chamerberlin on 07725 748948 for further details or find her on www.doberdayz.co.uk. More about the Rickmansworth Festival can be seen by clicking on this link

Dead Dobermann dumped in Glamorgan – Can you help?

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after the body of an emaciated female Dobermann was found dumped at the side of a lane in the Vale of Glamorgan. You can find out more about this callous and cruel act HERE

If you have any information that could help to identify the perpetuator or anyone connected with this heinous cruelty please contact the inspector’s information line in confidence on 0300 123 8018 leave a message for inspector McNeil.

Lulu’s recent visit

Lining up with Lulu

We are always pleased to see how our re-homed dogs are getting along with their new owners. Fond visitors and some of our resident picture lined up in the garden for a photo shoot when the lovely Lulu, the maddest little Dobie in town made the long journey from Cambridgeshire to Aberdeenshire to tell us how she is doing. Nothing phases Lulu and she soon made herself at home in the kitchen, went for a walk with Kass, Phoenix, Jenna and Russian Frankie as if she had never been gone. After all that she popped back in her car with a glance over her shoulder saying ‘maybe see you in June and give my love to Louis!

Watch out for Louis the blogger and Olga who are making a visit next month.

Lulu's back