Welcome everyone to our very first blog post.
We get asked for a lot of information, advice and best practise here at Staffie Smiles Rescue, and we wanted to create a blog to allow volunteers, supporters and committee members alike to chip in their experience, share stories, news and more.
Hopefully we will manage an update every month to keep the page relevant and informative, but if you have any suggestions, please get in touch on our Facebook page messenger - we'd love to hear from you!
I'm kicking off this week with a few updates in the news and some good news on some of our deserving dogs.
Bruno takes a Paws from the Programme: One of our lads, Bruno, who has been with us a few months now, and recently got accepted onto the fantastic Paws for Progress programme working with prisoners to help rehabilitate both dog and human.
In even better news, Bruno has finally managed to secure a fantastic foster home, and you can see him here, following a very long, well deserved walk!
Fife: Palm Oil Warning - https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dog-owners-warned-of-palm-oil-on-local-beaches/
One of our adopters has already reported a sickly dog after walking near Arbroath, so please be extra vigilant. Bad enough that palm oil is killing the orangutans, don't let it harm your pooch.
Sadly all too often, we as dog owners fail to take due care and attention when out and about with our fur babes. I say "we", we know it's not you, but since one of our adopters recently was placed in a difficult situation with an off lead dog, I thought it worth mentioning again:
If you are exercising your dog off lead, and see an owner approaching with an on lead dog, be considerate, call your dog back, and put them on the lead - you NEVER know whats happening with an on lead dog, they could be nervous, in training, they could be a new partnership, or it could simply be that as with millions of other dogs, this one doesn't want to say hello to your dog - be sensible, protect your dog, avoid stress for everyone, and put your dog on the lead.
So many dogs like or dislike a specific type of dog. Lets make dog ownership easy, and fun - just like it should be.
Watch out for an orange "be aware" lead colour, and help these owners out by giving both dog and owner a bit if space.
If your dog is injured by a dog on a lead, and your dog was off lead, it's YOUR responsibility. If we're all responsible, hopefully no body's dog gets hurt.
Lastly for this week, I wanted to mention insurance. Truth is pet insurance is one of the few types which you are pretty well guaranteed to use through the life of your pet. What level of cover you take, and how long you arrange cover for (older dogs are far more expensive to insure, so you may wish to just save some cash for a rainy day) is entirely up to you, but please, please, if you have a dog under 9 years of age, get some basic pet insurance. Basic plans can start from less than £10/month, and if it saves you making a hard choice about your best mate, it's the best money you've ever spent.
Signing off and hoping this has been a useful read - it's only a first stab, so hopefully it was worth it!