PUP AID 2010: Provisional Timetable

PUP AID 2010 will take place on Sunday 19th September at Stanmer Park, Brighton.

Here is a rough outline of the fun dog show classes & bands so far…

10am
Doors open & dog show registration starts

10.30am
PUP AID 2010 is officially opened by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove

11:00am
April in the Shade Soul/Blues Rock

11.40am
Maria Daines  Folk, acoustic.

 

Midday
Scruffts: Prettiest Bitch Crossbreed Dog (6mths – 7 years)  
 

12:20pm
The Morning Orchestra Bright indie pop
 
12:45pm
Scruffts: Handsomest Crossbreed Dog (6 mths – 7 yrs) 
 
13:00
Conrad Vingoe Acoustic/Folk
 
13:30
Scruffts: Child’s Best Friend (6 mths – 12 years  & children 6 – 16)
  
13:45
Laura Critchley pop/rock/country

14:15
Parade of ex-breeding puppy farm bitches
followed by
Scruffts: Golden Oldie Crossbreed dog (8 years and over)
  
14:30
Mimi Soya  Teen Punk Pop
 
15:00
Best Six Legs (owner & dog)

15:15
Rubylux
 
15:45
Best in Show
 
16:00
REX Factor & Liam Gallagher-signed Epihone Casino Guitar Auction
 
16:30
VERY SPECIAL GUEST

There will also be a display ring with have-a-go agility, Canine Partners demo and Guide Dogs too.

5pm
PUP AID 2010 ends.

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Bone Look Back in Anger: Dog-loving Liam Gallagher helps UK’s Dogs

Oasis lead-singer Liam Gallagher signed a classic Epiphone Casino guitar with All Saints wife Nicole Appleton, their Dachshund ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and TV vet Marc Abraham in the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Central London to launch PUP AID 2010 – the UK’s first charity boutique music festival and fun celebrity-judged dog show.

(Left to right) TV Vet Marc Abraham, Liam Gallagher with the signed Epiphone Casino guitar, Nicole Appleton and ‘Ruby Tuesday’ (Please credit Gareth Gatrell)

PUP AID 2010 – taking place in Brighton on Sept 19th – aims to raise awareness about the cruel industry of puppy farming – basically the battery farming of dogs in the UK purely for profit.

ThePet.net co-founder Marc, who’s also the resident vet on ITV’s This Morning and Sky1′s My Pet Shame, commented: “As a massive Oasis fan I’m honoured Liam and Nicole are involved and helping me to promote dog welfare as well as raising much-needed funds for both rescue and the research into the health and happiness of all dogs.”

Marc advises that: “People looking for a dog should always approach the Kennel Club for their list of Accredited Breeders or consider adopting from a rescue shelter instead.

“Never buy pups online, from pet shops or free newspaper ads, as these are usually farmed pups which – if they survive the first few days – will often develop severe behavioural and/or medical problems that can often be both impossible and expensive to fix – leading to pain and suffering as well as family heartbreak.

“Always insist on seeing the pup interacting with it’s mother and beware of scams. Please remember that you may think you’re ‘rescuing’ the pup – but its mother’s still suffering and now must produce another pup you’ve just made room for.”

This uniquely signed Epiphone Casino guitar will now do a tour of the festivals to gain even more legendary dog-loving signatures and will finally be auctioned at the PUP AID 2010 event with monies raised going to Dogs Trust, Kennel Club Charitable Trust, and Oldies Club – a small charity dedicated to the re-homing of older unwanted dogs.

To book your tickets click here.

For further press information, images or interview requests for PUP AID 2010 please contact hello@thepet.net

ThePet.net on the Gadget Show!!

Channel FIVE’s popular Gadget Show chose our Puppy Farm Awareness Day in September to film at, and the pet-tastic item was aired a few weeks ago:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

ThePet.net in the Amazon!!

This weekend ThePet.net co-founder Marc the vet will be  travelling to Iquitos, deep in the Peruvian Amazon, to volunteer for a month with incredible charity AmazonCARES.org.

Marc will be mainly neutering dogs and cats to help control overpopulation, as well as treating routine health problems and also visiting local schools to talk with school-children about looking after pets.

AmazonCARES (which stands for Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety) addresses vital topics important to a healthy community environment in Peru’s remote Amazon region.

These topics include animal welfare, human health, domestic violence prevention, humane education, conservation, environmental issues, respect for wildlife in their natural habitat, safety, responsible pet ownership and assisted animal therapy.

Why not follow Marc’s updates on twitter @marcthevet as he reports back from his adventures in the Amazon?!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Pet

Christmas is just a month away and we’re all planning who’s getting what present, desperately trying not to leave anyone, or anything, out.

But have you found your four-legged loved-ones’ special Yuletide gift yet?

Most of you I’m sure will buy your pet special gifts all year round, but how about giving something original to honour this festive time of year?

We’re so lucky in the UK, utterly spoilt with excellent pet shops tempting us inside them.

From traditional garden centres offering all the basics to a select group of high-end pet boutiques showcasing crystal-studded dog collars and trendy see-through cat bowls no less.

Every year it amazes us; the imagination and creativity shown by the pet product manufacturers to reinvent old-fashioned concepts and turn them into cool, flashy high-end gifts.

You don’t always have to look online and there’s never been a better time to support your local high street – if you can.

Personally we’re not really fans of silly novelty clothes for dogs (or cats) as we find it disrespectful.

Owners insisting their dogs love to dress-up as reindeer, Santa or Star Wars characters, wearing antlers with flashing lights, hoof-booties and sometimes even topped-off by the obligatory elf hat.

However on a more positive note, we’d much rather see more money spent on a pet than less.

Food is always another popular festive choice. Christmas stockings bulging with pet-friendly chocolate drops, turkey-flavoured treats and edible cards are widespread but please, when choosing food try to source healthy organic treats.

The golden rule is less changes to the gut bacteria the better, and this especially applies at this time of year when everyone’s guilty of feeding from the table and giving the ‘odd’ scrap. No grapes or raisins either.

Make the most of the practical products out there like weatherproof thermal coats (see picture), or a cozy cat bed?

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Even a microchip implant can be the most useful present you will ever treat your precious pet to. They may not be glamorous to look at or much fun to play with, but as animals are more likely to get lost in these long cold wet nights ahead, they may be the one thing that ensures you spend future Christmas’ together as well.

And finally please think about local animal charities when spoiling your pet this Christmas.

Make donations in money, bedding or food, so animals in rescue centres can also feel special; as they perhaps wonder why they are alone in a kennel this year and not curled up by the fire like the last. Remember – it’s not their fault.

IMPORTANT: Christmas Dangers to Our Pets

With the Christmas holidays just around the corner please consider how your festive celebrations may affect your pets, so we can all enjoy a safe and happy Christmas and New Year together.

Will you be spending your holidays at home or away? Leaving your pets at home will require the help of a responsible (and sober!) friend or neighbor to visit, feed and care for them.

Don’t forget that seasonal plants such as holly, poinsettia, ivy and mistletoe are all extremely toxic so please think very carefully when you’re busy decking out your halls.

If you are staying local and hosting your own party then please spare a thought for nervous pets with unfamiliar guests and when pulling crackers or popping party poppers; perhaps shut them securely in a quieter room with some soothing music, and check on them regularly.

Always make them a priority otherwise they may get scared, try to escape and perhaps never return.

Brightly-colored baubles and tantalizing tinsel are new and exciting objects for pets, who’ll most likely try to eat them and cause them all sorts of internal problems.

Properly securing any fragile glass decorations will make sure they’re kept out of reach at the top of your tree to avoid pets pulling them off, breaking them, or stepping on any sharp fragments.

Foodwise, there are hazards galore at this time of year. Most of you – I hope – will be well-aware that chocolate is extremely poisonous to both dogs and cats (rule: the darker the more deadly), and any suspect ingestion should be reported to your veterinarian immediately.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning can include vomiting, diarrhoea and increased urination, progressing to seizures and sometimes even death.

Poinsetta and chocolate: poisonous to petsTurkey bones can cause choking, constipation, as well as seriously damaging internal organs. Make sure fairy lights and electric wires are ‘chew-proof’ from inquisitive puppies, kittens and even rabbits too.

Another common danger at this time of year is anti-freeze; extremely palatable to cats, it will cause irreversible kidney failure if your cat even just licks his paws after walking through a puddle of the stuff, so be warned and check all outside areas and garages today.

Of course you should never give pets as presents, but if you are seriously thinking about getting your own furry friend, then please visit your local rescue shelter in January, where sadly there’ll be plenty of healthy but confused new in-mates to choose from and adopt.

Finally, ThePet.net would like to wish all you and your pets a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year, see you in 2010!

Looking after our Garden Guests

Did you know that your own back garden has now become a fantastic refuge for our native species of birds, as they can actually find the countryside around them a hostile place these days?

So if you’ve a garden or a secluded area where birds can feed safely, then please try to do your bit to help them survive these coming winter months.

The cold weather’s already arrived and we can all easily help out some of our commoner species such as blackbirds, blue tits, robins, starlings and sparrows by setting up a feeding station and keeping it well-stocked until the spring.

It’s so rewarding to watch the coming and goings of birds from your garden, and within days you’ll even be able to recognize those regular visitors making routine visits in their daily search for food and water.

You may even discover species you’ve never seen close-up before, such as the nervous nuthatch (pictured) or even the stunning but extremely shy great spotted woodpecker.

The nervous Nuthatch (Pic: Nick Broome, www.westmidlandbirdclub.com)
Peanuts have long been a traditional favourite food but there is now such a wide range of specially prepared foods available you can even specialize in which birds you would like to attract!

Many of our favourite garden guests like the robin or thrush are not natural seed-eaters, much preferring fruit, berries, various insects, worms, grubs and snails; a diet fully catered-for by most bird food producers, local pet shops and garden centres.

When setting up a feeding station make sure your table or feeders are near to branches or perches where birds can land and look around – they need to feel safe before feeding. Also try not to put feeding stations too near thick bushes where a crafty cat might be hiding.

Please don’t feed rice, desiccated coconut or cooked meat. Bread isn’t very nutritious either but it’s not harmful and should always be broken into tiny pieces. Scatter some food on the floor for ground feeders such as song thrushes and chaffinches.

Provide birds with a fresh supply of water for drinking and bathing but never add salt, antifreeze or other chemicals to melt the ice. These hazardous substances can also prove deadly to our pets.

Find time to sit, relax and enjoy watching the birds in your garden. Combined, Britain’s gardens are our biggest nature reserve and go a long way to providing places where our native birds can not only just survive but also flourish.

Finally, please try and keep areas where the birds collect nice and clean. Sadly, they can become seriously ill, or even die when there’s a build-up of infected droppings. Prevent this by always cleaning your bird-table/patio regularly and changing their water frequently.

Pets, Wildlife & Fireworks Night

We’re almost at ‘that’ time again when we all seem to feel the need to celebrate the unsuccessful attempt of a terrorist group’s second-in-command to blow up our beautiful Palace of Westminster.

A strange event to celebrate but pyro-pioneer Mr Brock who created it seemed to do rather well out of Mr Guy Fawkes!

To most of us 5th November celebrations signify an explosive fun-filled evening with loud rockets and hypnotic Catherine wheels but for our cats, dogs, rabbits and others left outdoors or indoors, it usually means an intensely stressful time with added bouts of extreme fear too.

Our annual extended fireworks season is an absolute nightmare for our pets; as not only do they get scared but many suffer needless and sometimes fatal injuries. So please consider the following precautions.

Ideally, you should move your pets to a calmer and quieter environment. Bring cats and dogs safely indoors where possible and if not then use a shed, conservatory or even garage as their shelter – making sure it’s fume-free and well-ventilated.

Play some gentle music and give your pets their favourite treats as it will help to keep their minds off things. But don’t be surprised if they don’t touch them at all.

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Keep outside windows and doors firmly shut to prevent escapes just in case pets are startled by loud bangs and try to run away. However if they do manage to escape, please make sure dogs and cats are identifiable – there really is no better time to get your pet microchipped than right now.

If your pet is particularly nervous then please contact your vet about the many possible ‘calming methods’ available, including clever pheromone sprays and tranquilizer drugs (mild sedatives) which can help.

The latter are available in tablet form only from your vet who will be able to tell you if your pet is a suitable candidate or not. These drugs will take the edge off their anxiety by temporarily, and most importantly safely, sedating them.

You should also think about buying hand-held cascading fireworks rather than the noisy varieties, and always make sure you keep all fireworks and bonfires as far away from your homes as possible, thus minimizing any adverse effects on confused and terrified animals indoors.

Of course this does not mean that other wild animals will not be affected so please always check bonfires before lighting them to ensure that no small animals (e.g. hedgehogs) are curled-up asleep inside.

Please think about the dangers of fireworks to your pets and wildlife as a visit to your vet on the night will be far too late.

Halloween & Things that Swoop Down in the Night

So what creatures would you most closely associate with Halloween?

I guess that as well as spiders and black cats, bats would come pretty high up on your list?

Thanks to the ‘countless’ Dracula movies and the increasing popularity of next week’s Halloween festivities (mainly spurred on by our friends over in the US); bats have obtained an unjust reputation for not only attacking people, but also getting tangled in their hair and even being virulent carriers of rabies – statements which are simply untrue.

The first two accusations are myth and, as for the latter, bats are no more of an additional threat of rabies than any other average mammal.

They are actually a most welcome addition to any garden as they feast on flying insects, providing a highly efficient natural pest-control service!

Traditionally, bats love woodlands, graveyards and ancient trees but these fascinating creatures of the night also thrive in our cities utilising our green spaces.

One species particularly at risk from predators are Brown long-eared bats (see below) as they fly close to the ground hunting for insects and sometimes have to land to tackle their prey.

Brown Long-eared Bat

Brown Long-eared Bat

As their name suggests, long-eared bats have strikingly large ears, which are three quarters the length of the head and body. When resting, the ears are folded and held backwards.

Brown long-eared bats can live up to 30 years of age. However their feeding behaviour makes them vulnerable to attack and sadly, many fall victim to our domestic cats.

As responsible pet owners we can go a long way to helping bat populations in urban areas. By simply ensuring that your cat is kept in, an hour after sunset and an hour before sunrise, many bats will have a better chance of feeding and then returning safely to their roosting sites.

If you would like to know more about bats and how to help wildlife in your garden visit www.sussexbatgroup.org.uk

Discover Dogs: Earls Court 1, November 14th & 15th

It’s almost here. The annual Discover Dogs extravaganza is coming to town again – and this time it’s even bigger and better in Earls Court 1.

This fantastic canine showpiece will be celebrating its 14th year of delighting dog devotees from all over the UK and beyond, with new and exciting attractions alongside a range of traditional crowd favourites.

With examples of over 200 different breeds all under one ‘woof’, Discover Dogs is the ideal place to learn more about the pleasures of canine companionship, and all the other benefits that owning a dog can bring.

The show is an interactive experience dedicated to every aspect of canine care, promoting responsible dog ownership and showcasing the diversity and talents of man’s best friend.

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Visitors can chat with expert owners and breed representatives about everything from training to grooming, as well as being amazed by the agility and skills of dogs from all walks of life, from the Metropolitan Police Dogs to Assistance Dogs, past Crufts winners and cross-breeds.

There is also the opportunity to do some serious Christmas shopping for your beloved pooch with over 100 trade stands at the event selling just about everything you can think of for your doggie friend, whether they’re canine or human!

Dog owners from all over the country will be taking part in some very diverse competitions. There’s of course the grand final of the hugely popular Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year competition.

Heats have been held all year and across the length and breadth of the country and the much anticipated final will be judged by a celebrity judge, to be announced nearer the time.

The Kennel Club’s very own Companion Dog Club, for all types of dog, will be inviting its members to join in the fun with competitions designed to entertain dogs and owners alike.

With commentary by Peter Purves and contests including Waggiest Tail, there are bound to be cute canine capers galore to thrill the crowds.

we love this event which continues to get bigger and better every year and provides a fascinating look into the canine world that is fun, educational and a great day out for all the family.

The dog’s role in society is so important this event which demonstrates every aspect of just how much dogs bring to all our lives. See you there!

Discover Dogs, 14th and 15th November at Earls Court 1, London. For more information on this great day out, please visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk or call 020 7518 1012.

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