Discover Dogs 2017 ..... not long to go , will we see you there?
- The UK's favourite crossbreeds battle it out for a place at Crufts
- Bring your kids to our Kids Zone for face painting, arts and crafts and prize draws
- Meet our Instagram famous Roving Reporters
- Watch the top agility canine athletes in action in the main arena
- Pet A Puppy at our Stressbuster Clinic
- Junior Warrant Competition
- Metropolitan Police Dog Display
- Young Kennel Club ‘Have a Go’ ring
-NOTE: Unfortunately no dogs, other than those that have been invited by the Kennel Club and Assistance Dogs, are permitted into the show.
Pet A Puppy Stressbuster Clinic
Feeling stressed out? This is the stuff that dreams are made of! Come to Discover Dogs and pet a puppy in the dedicated Pet a Puppy Stressbuster Clinic. There will be Golden Retriever and German Shepherd dog pups throughout both days of the show, for your petting pleasure! You can even have your heart rate and blood pressure monitored as you unwind!
Last but not least , Dapper Pets will also be attending the show. We can guarantee some great show discounts on Red Dingo products; featuring the Flanno and Fang it designs. We will also be bringing our christmas toys with us and some will cost as little as £3 a toy. If your a Red Dingo/Dapper Pets lover you don't want to miss out on these offers. See you there!
Grenfell Tower survivor reunited with cat she lost on night of blaze
A survivor of the Grenfell Tower fire who believed her cat had died in the blaze has been reunited with the animal in a rare heartening story to emerge after the catastrophe. Kerry O’Hara, 53, escaped from the sixth floor of the tower at about 1.30am on 14 June. She, like other survivors, has been deeply traumatised by the fire and its aftermath. Ministers 'refusing to pay for fire safety measures' after Grenfell. She said the depression and stress from which she has suffered for more than 20 years was made worse by the loss of her beloved cat, Rosey. On the night of the fire, O’Hara was in “hysterical mode, panicking, crying” after discovering Grenfell Tower was ablaze. “I made a plan to put Rosey in her cat carrier and cover it with a wet towel, but that went out of the window – I was too panicked and scared,” she said. “In the end, I just grabbed my keys and a jacket.”
As O’Hara opened her front door to find thick black smoke, she turned for a last glance at her home of 18 years, and her cat. “Rosey was on the sofa, looking at me,” she said. “I didn’t think I’d ever see her again. “I couldn’t see anything, it was pitch black. I was feeling along the walls to get to the stairwell. I was coughing, and screaming ‘help me, help me, I’m here’. I managed to get down to the second floor on my own, then a firefighter grabbed my hand and led me out. I looked over my shoulder [at the burning building] and it felt like I was in a dream.”In the days and weeks after the fire, O’Hara repeatedly returned to the police cordon around Grenfell to ask if anyone had seen a black and white cat. She put up homemade “missing” posters in the area, but tried to accept the loss of her pet. Two months later, a resident of Oxford Gardens, a road less than half a mile from the tower, found an emaciated and frightened cat and took it to a vet who scanned the animal for a microchip. The cat’s registered address – Flat 34, Grenfell Tower – popped up on the computer. “I got a phone call from someone saying we think we’ve found your cat,” said O’Hara. “I was asking, is she OK, is she burnt? But she just had a scratch on her nose. She recognised me straight away. Now I don’t let her out of my sight.”
Some of O’Hara’s personal possessions have been recovered from her partially burned flat: her passport, a few photographs, birth certificates, books. But she has lost the “homely flat, decorated just the way I wanted it”, surrounded by caring neighbours – a home she thought she would live in for the rest of her life. She is desperate to leave the temporary accommodation provided for her by Kensington and Chelsea council. Passengers on the top decks of buses stopping outside the small flat can see straight in through a window, which she is unable to open because of traffic noise. She said she had been forbidden from putting pictures on the walls. O’Hara said she had no idea how long it would take to find a permanent home. She is confused by the council’s priority system for rehousing, and said survivors were effectively forced to compete against one another for properties.
everal permanent homes have been floated to her but, apart from one, all were unsuitable, she said. They included a flat on the upper floors of Kensington Row, the upmarket development in which 68 homes have been purchased for Grenfell survivors, and properties in Hammersmith and Victoria, which she said were too far from friends and her mental health support network. She was keen to accept one property, a basement flat in north Kensington, but two days after viewing it she was told it had been withdrawn. “I fell in love with it. It’s not nice the way they build your hopes up and then let you down,” she said. “I don’t think the council has handled this well at all. I didn’t ask to be put in this situation,” she said. “All I want is to settle down, but I just don’t know if it’s going to be days or weeks, or even after Christmas. It’s very stressful, and my depression has got worse. “Before I go to sleep at night, I see images of what happened. I’ve been back to look at the building that was my home. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.”
Kensington and Chelsea council said: “We have been working with all the families affected by the tragedy and they will only move in to properties they are happy with.”
'Nighttime visibility product can help you walk your dog safely after dark' - The Lumitube
Walking with a dog in the dark can present a number of challenges for many dog owners. You may not be able to see well in the dark; this can make you take a hard step off a curb or trip on a rise on the path. Finding your dog’s poop at night (so you can pick it up and dispose of it properly) is also a problem.
Although definitely in the minority, some people walk their dogs off-leash at night. We have met a number of people at night who were walking off-leash dogs. If we wasn’t dog people, we would probably be unnerved by the fast approach of a strange dog in the dark. And as it is, if the dogs were ours, we would be worried that one of them would wander off or get lost if I couldn’t keep sight of them. Especially around the Dapper Pets HQ; which is very dark at night.
The most potentially dangerous and most common problem with nighttime dog walking is other people – people driving cars, riding bikes, runners, especially if they can't readily see you or your dog. Whether you are crossing a street, or just walking across a driveway “safely”, if a driver can’t see you, you are at risk of being hit.
But....... Red Dingo offer a solution for this and it comes in the form of The Lumitube. The Lumitube dog collar is an amazing light up LED safety tube by Red Dingo that is lightweight and waterproof. It doesn't just glow in the dark, it is fully illuminated, powered by just one AAA battery.
The Lumitube is lightweight and contains two powerful LEDs; creating a bright light all around your dog's neck. This gives superb 360-degree visibility, unlike light attachments that are only visible from the front.
The glow in the dark dog collar is unlike reflective items; with LEDs you don't have to rely on passing vehicles or street lamps to get the safety glow you need. The Lumitube has it own power source. The bright LED lights will light up no matter where you are, even in the pitch dark, in the middle of the countryside.
The illuminated tube is available in two lengths that will fit all sizes of dog. What is great about this collar is that the tubing can actually be cut to size so you get the perfect fit for your dog.It has quick release connectors, allowing the Lumitube to be assembled and disassembled in seconds and, when fitted correctly, should slip on and off your dog’s head without needing to undo the loop.
The Lumitube is powered by just one AAA battery, which is included. Battery life is about 2 months if walking your dog every day for 30 minutes. Replacement batteries are readily available and inexpensive. This unbeatable illuminated 'collar' is 100% waterproof, so come rain or shine (or midnight swims) the Lumitube won't let you down. Please note that Lumitube is waterproof only when fully assembled. Ensure tube ends are firmly inserted into the housing and the battery lid is fully closed.
The new and improved flying bones!
The Red Dingo Flying Bones dog collar is a stunning and classic design retaining a simplistic style typical to Red Dingo.
The Flying Bones dog collar has been updated as per popular demand from our customers and is looking fresh and bright in four great colours. Appealing to both male and female dogs. As always it has been strength and safety tested to the highest standard in manufacturing terms. Premium nylon webbing is tough and fray-proof while the solid stainless steel D-ring provides a secure attachment point for your dogs lead that won't rust.
As always it features the Red Dingo trademark 'Bucklebone' making the collar easy to remove and fasten, but made with a tough acetate to ensure robustness.
FEATURES Strength & safety tested Premium nylon webbing Bucklebone for easy fastening Fray proof, woven nylon
Loyal police dog first on the scene at Manchester Arena bombing left mentally scarred with 'fur falling out'
A loyal police dog who was part of the first team on the scene at the Manchester Area attack has been left mentally scarred by the atrocities he witnessed that night in May. PC Phil Healy said his dog Mojo developed stress-related alopecia after the bombing and admitted that the pooch still isn't quite back to his normal self. The pair were one of the first responders at the arena, just minutes after the explosion, and were tasked with searching the vast building for more bombs.
Bravely, Mojo and handler Phil have now both returned to the scene of the horrific terror attack on several occasions, including for the re-opening We Are Manchester benefit gig, where they were both again on duty. Speaking to Mirror Online, PC Healy said: "Mojo has been a great dog for me over the years and he is very much part of the family. “On the night of the arena attack, it was such a long, long day - he did 11 hours of searching there. “About a week afterwards, Mojo developed stress-related alopecia. His hair started falling out and we are sure it was brought on by that night.
“Fortunately, it’s starting to grow back now. There are still some patches but hopefully he will be back to his fluffy pom-pom self again soon. “After the incident, we gave him a lot of down time, increased his food intake and gave him special energy pouches of food when he needed to get back to work. “We have noticed that he’s still not quite back to his usual self.
“The dogs pick up on how we feel. Regardless of how much training you do, you are never equipped to walk into what we walked into that night. You could see it in his face, he didn’t want to be there. Nobody did, but we had a job to do. “We had been back to the arena a few times before Saturday’s reopening. Mojo was quite happy to get on with things, he’s still happy to work but he works for me now rather than doing it because he enjoys it. He’s almost back to his usual self; about 90% I’d say. “We’ve got a job to do, so we get on with it. We will not be beaten.”
He told the Manchester Evening News soon after the attack that he will always remember the look on his dog's face as they approached the horrifying scene on May 22. He said: "It did affect him, you could see it in his face, at one point he kind of looked back at you to say, ‘are we really doing this, dad?’ and it was like 'unfortunately son, yes we are.' ”Phil, 46, from Atherton, said it was strange to go back to work at the arena last week. He said: “It is strange coming back knowing everything that has gone on.
“I think the hardest part was seeing the faces of those who have come back for the first time. I have been here a few times now. We had to carry out searches so it doesn’t seem as new to me now - but it’s those people who have come for the first time. “A couple of families came over and spoke to me. You could see - they had young children in their early teens - they had tears in their eyes. “But it's their first time back and it does upset you. In the back of your mind I was thinking ‘do I really want to be here?’” He said officers were given the choice of whether they wanted to return to duty at the arena for the concert on Saturday night.
Phil explained: ”Certain officers didn’t have to come if they didn’t want to. But then again, it’s my job. I have to carry on. You have to go forward, and be here.“There have been ups and downs and there are days it has come back and haunted me. But slowly but surely I’m getting over everything that has happened. The job has made sure we have had counselling and that’s still ongoing. “I want to stay in the job of course. It means then I can help more people. “Being here is proving that we won’t be beaten. We can carry on and people are coming in their thousands [to the gig] to prove they can carry on.”
Our customers and their doggies in the spotlight......
Todays news comes from Karen and her dog Flash. You may have seen a photo of flash recently on our social media as he is a very beautiful dog. Here is what Karen had to say about Flash and Red Dingo....
'Back in May Flash was in a dog pound facing being PTS. A big boy, hard to handle, full of beans and an "undesirable" breed. Whoever was going to adopt him? So Rain Rescue saved him of course. Always there for the ones no one else wants. It became clear in a short time to them that although Flash may not look the part (to most!) he had a heart of gold and a temperament to make other dog owners jealous. Now here he is looking handsome & happy in his new Red Dingo bones collar adopted by us into his furever home.'
Our customers and their doggies in the spotlight......
'So our dog Bronx (black dog ) ; who my boyfriend has had since he was a pup. I've had the pleasure of knowing him for almost 7 years (Bronx, not my boyfriend!!) and he is an absolute sweetheart. Since 2013 he's been through a lot and has had 6 operations, 3 were serious. He's pulled through each one and I'm very proud of him. He 11.5 years old and every day with him is precious so I want to do more with him. He loves going on adventures and staying in hotels. My life would be empty without him.
Then there is Lulu (white dog) . I adopted her in January 2014 so she's about 8 now but honestly.....I don't think she is! She's mental and is a proper cheeky girl, you can't help but smile when she's naughty. I would cry otherwise! She was very skinny when we got her and the first thing we did was kit her out in new gear. Her first collar from me was a Red Dingo pink one with the stars. She still has it amongst her collection! Even though she's naughty sometimes, she really is a sweet girl and she gives great cuddles. I couldn't imagine my life without her either ,although I'm sure Bronx could.
I like the Red Dingo collars because they're great quality and wash up like new; so they're perfect for dogs who like to get muddy. The designs also come in matching "boy" and "girl" colours which is great for someone like me, as I like them to match! They're great value for money too.'
'People ‘more likely to buy a puppy than new shoes on impulse’
Many people spend more time choosing a pair of shoes or their weekly supermarket shop than they do a puppy and with devastating consequences, according to new research from the Kennel Club. Almost a quarter (23 percent) of people will spend five minutes or less researching where to buy a puppy, but a similar percentage (22 percent) will invest half an hour or more when choosing a new pair of shoes.
Choosing a puppy will take 36 percent of people 20 minutes or less, compared to just 16 percent who are prepared to be so reckless with the time spent on their weekly supermarket shop. And one in five (20 percent) of people admit that they spent no time researching where to buy their puppy at all, compared to just 8 per cent who decide which shoes to buy on impulse, or 13 percent who spontaneously decide what to watch on Netflix.
Our hasty and impulsive puppy buying habits are having dramatic consequences. Almost a sixth (15 percent) of pups got sick in the first six months, with some needing ongoing veterinary treatment or dying, if their owner had chosen them than 20 minutes or less. This is three times higher than those pups who experienced ill health, ongoing health problems or death if their owners had spent an hour or more researching where to buy.
Similarly, more than one fifth (21 percent) of people claim to have suffered emotional hardship, and the same (21 percent) claim financial hardship after buying a puppy if they spent between 20 minutes or less researching where to buy their puppy, compared to 7 percent suffering emotional hardship and 8 percent suffering financial hardship for those who spent an hour or more finding out where they should buy their puppy.
In total almost a quarter (22 per cent) who bought their puppy in 20 minutes or less think that they bought from a puppy farm, compared to just 7 percent who spent more than an hour researching where to buy. Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Puppy Awareness Week, said: “This research is a wake-up call for anybody who cares about dog welfare as a rather terrifying picture is emerging of a nation of people who are careless when it comes to choosing where and how to buy a dog, and who feel clueless about where they would begin, if they were to attempt to do this responsibly.
“The result is puppies with all manner of health and behavioural problems being sold via the internet, pet shops or social media to people who don’t know the true background of the pups and who pay the price in veterinary bills and heartache, as they watch their beloved pet suffer.
Our customers and their doggies in the spotlight......
This week Amber wrote into us to tell us all about her dog Nico and their love for our products.
'This is Nico our rescue Rottie who loves wearing his red dingo collar. I find all the products long lasting and fit well. Definitely my first choice when choosing collars for my dogs.'
We also had a lovely review from Alex about his dog Frankie
'Our dog is called Frankie and he is a Jug. He loves eating and cuddling and we have always used Red Dingo products. My partner and I have trusted their harneses and leads from day 1. They have super strong fabric,a good strong buckle; overall they are well made.They also have amazing colors and designs.'
Our customers and their doggies in the spotlight......
This week we spoke to Helen about her beautiful dog Archie and their experience with Dapper pets and Red Dingo products. Here is what she said :
'The photos on the right here are Archie enjoying our holiday in Brechfa Forest and surround areas. Red Dingo are my go to for his leads and collars, they're always so long lasting and survive a lot of washes. Essential when your dog loves to roll in the dreaded fox poo. The products are so well designed and put together and really do last. Archie even has a matching bandana, lead and collar.
Dapper Pets are quick to respond to any queries I may have and are extremely helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Perfect and quick service. Will be ordering Archies 6th lead and collar soon'