August just turned 20, making her the ‘world’s oldest golden retriever’

If you’re in need of some wholesome good news today, let us present to you August – the world’s oldest living golden retriever.

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The Metro reports that August was fostered at the grand old age of 14 by Jennifer and Steve Hetterscheidt, from Tennessee.

When they rescued her, they weren’t sure how long she’d live; 14 in human years is the equivalent to around 78 in medium breed dog years. So August was pretty old when she found her forever home.

Six years later, she’s been busy celebrating her 20th birthday and aside from a few minor health issues, she’s hale and hearty.

She hasn’t been officially verified yet, but according to the Guinness World Records, August might be the 19th oldest dog in the world.

And GoldHeart Golden Retrievers Rescue, a rescue centre that has shared her story, has claimed that she’s the ‘oldest known, oldest living golden retriever’.

August ended up at The Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada after her original carer fell on hard times and had to move into a shelter where dogs weren’t allowed.

The Hetterscheidts told Insider that they agreed to foster August thinking that it’d only be for a short amount of time, given her age. But after two years, it was clear that August was going nowhere – and the couple decided to adopt her. So, what’s August’s secret to long-term health?

Steve tells Insider that August and the family’s other three golden retrievers eat a normal diet but that August’s longevity is down to ‘good genes’.

‘Seeing as how she was 14 when we got her, and we don’t really know what they were feeding her before, we really think that it’s just attributed to good genes,’ he explains.

‘Golden retrievers normally only live to be 10 or 12 years old and are very prone to cancer.’ August has some mild kidney failure but thanks to a little extra TLC, she’s stayed at stage 2 (the most serious form is stage 4) for a number of years.

She may be a slow but Steve says that she still loves getting in on the action – whether that’s jumping into pools or settling down for a night in front of the box with the rest of her family.

Britain’s oldest dog, Charlie the Jack Russell, died in 2018 at 23, while Maggie, a Kelpie, was thought to be the world’s oldest dog. She passed away in her basket aged 30 (133 in dog years) in Australia in 2016.

(Story source: Metro)

Canine calming: How do you ease your dog out of lockdown?

The end of lockdown is just about visible on the horizon. But as we plan for life outside the work-from-home bubble, dog owners are being urged to consider how their pets might cope with our “new normal”.

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After more than two months of staying at home, working from home and staying close to home on walks, the easing of restrictions could have an adverse effect on animals.

A Glasgow-based dog expert has issued some invaluable guidance.

Separation anxiety

He says easing dogs out of lockdown is much more complex than being able to go for a longer walk or leaving them in the house more and it could manifest in upsetting physical symptoms.

Dr Chris Muldoon, operations manager at the charity Dogs for Good, has many years experience of training dogs. He says separation anxiety could be a real threat when owners go back to work.

He believes owners will have to gradually prepare their dogs for the change and reintroduce them to old routines so they don’t struggle to cope once coronavirus social distancing measures are lifted.

‘Elevated heart rate’

Dr Muldoon said: “Separation anxiety is triggered by the removal of something in the dog’s life that is a constant part of its life at the moment and generally that is people.

“So if you leave the home at 07:30 in the morning, you grab your keys and head out of the door these can be triggers for the dog to realise that the rest of the day is going to be spent without the person they would rather be with.”

Chris says the dog’s reaction can manifest in physical behaviour like becoming hyperactive for the period of time before its owner leaves home.

He said: “Even after you have left, you may get complaints from the neighbour that your dog has been continually barking or you may get a destructive dog that potentially is tearing up bits of the house.

“And you may get reactions that are just anxiety-based whining, elevated heart rate, respirations, signs the dog is struggling.”

‘Our puppy only knows this lockdown situation’

Corgis Samson and Ellie are the pride and joy of Rebecca Hall and Andrew McLaughlan who live in Glasgow.

They have no worries about Samson, who takes everything in his stride, but Ellie was a young puppy when lockdown started and she missed socialising and separation training carried out with the older dog.

The dogs’ routine changed when their owners became confined to home.

Rebecca said: “Now we are in all the time, Samson gets sick of us and needs his space so we have given him a safe space in a quiet corner of the room. He was used to two walks a day and naps after his walks but with the allowance of one outdoor trip a day he has only had one walk and not had the peace and quiet for his naps.”

“Ellie is a puppy who now knows nothing other than having humans around 24/7 and now doesn’t know what it’s like to be left alone.”

She has tried to prepare the dogs by leaving them alone for short periods.

“I think Samson will adjust back to normal life quite well, but with Ellie it’s going to cause some separation anxiety and I also think she has missed out on a lot of socialisation.

“She hasn’t met many other people other than ourselves and neighbours, and she is beyond the puppy weeks that are essential for exposing them to things, so we are already seeing she has some fear of new humans and especially other dogs.”

How can you take your dog out of lockdown?

Dr Muldoon has some tips for getting dogs used to their owners leaving the home again. They include:

Pretending to go to work

Wearing office clothes in the house and picking up your keys and going outside for a few minutes can get the dog used to you leaving again. Mix up the times you try this and extend the amount of time you spend away.

Don’t make a fuss

When you come back in, don’t make a fuss of the dog. Wait until dog settles and then reward the dog for settling down.

Be patient and don’t get negative

If the dog barks, don’t react. The worst thing for anxiety is to create more anxiety.

Be responsible

Coming out of lockdown people will be allowed to take longer walks and that will mean interacting with other dogs.

Dr Muldoon said: “If you were a responsible dog owner before lockdown, be an even more responsible dog walker now because your dog might not have interacted with another dog for months or longer so expecting it to behave as it did before is a bit unrealistic.

“Put some boundaries on that keep your dog on a lead interactive with other dogs in a controlled environment and note any changes in your dog’s behaviour.

“Be astute about your dog’s behaviour. “

(Article source: BBC News)

Puppy training: What are the very first commands you should teach a puppy, and why?

When you get a new puppy, you should begin training them more or less from the get-go, beginning by setting the rules and routine that you expect them to follow from the very first day that you bring them home.

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Many people wrongly assume that you should wait until your pup has lived with you a few weeks before you introduce rules and training commands, but this is actually a poor way to go about things.

Starting as you mean to go on with rules and boundaries means that your pup knows where they stand from the get-go, and never know any differently; whilst letting them do things when you first get them and then introducing rule to stop these things later (such as jumping up, or getting on the sofa) can be very confusing for a dog, and will take them much longer to learn.

Sometimes, a new pup when young will only need correcting or telling something a couple of times before they will reliably comply, but if a behaviour becomes ingrained or permitted, reversing this later on can be very hard work.

Additionally, when it comes to training commands and the very first commands you teach your new puppy, waiting until they’re several months old to begin will only hold back their learning process, and can actually make beginning to teach them that much harder.

This means that the best approach is to set your pup’s rules and routine from day one, and begin introducing those very first training commands in sessions of just a minute or two in length a few days later; but what are the very first commands you should teach a puppy, and why?

This article will tell you the answers. Read on to learn more.

Why does it matter which commands you teach first?

Why does it actually matter what order you teach your puppy the
commands you want them to follow? Well, first of all every dog has a limit to how many commands they can learn and recall in total.

This can be vast for some but very limited for others, with dogs at the lower end of the canine intelligence spectrum like the Afghan hound and the English bulldog often struggling to learn and execute just five commands in total with any reliability.

Additionally, the first commands you teach a dog should be key commands that will help to keep them and other people safe – after all, it would be foolish to teach a dog to shake hands if you haven’t already taught them a command that might keep them from running head-first into traffic.

Finally, the first commands a dog learns should also be commands that are fairly easy to teach and recall, as they will teach your dog not only what to do when given the command itself, but what training is, how it all works, and how to listen and follow direction to learn new things, laying the groundwork for all of the other commands they will learn later on.

Paying attention to their name

First up, teaching a dog their name might not seem like a command as such, but it is a form of conditioning that lays the groundwork to make teaching your dog to recognise and assign meaning to other words later on easier. It can also be combined with other commands, to render them more effective.

Teaching your dog their name and to show recognition of it by looking to you means that your dog pays attention to you when you use their name; and getting their attention in the first place is of course vital to getting a dog to comply with any command. Ergo, using your dog’s name before issuing other commands can help to improve compliance, making their own name the first thing a puppy should learn and respond to!

Sit

The first direct command that dogs generally learn is the “sit” command, and there are a number of reasons for this, not least that this is widely recognised as the easiest command to teach. This is because it is a simple, short and easy to remember word and one that you can demonstrate to the dog and if needed, use a hand to show them what to do when you give it.

This then sets the tone for the dog’s later learning of other commands, introducing them to the concept of training as well as the command itself.

Stay

“Stay” is a natural evolution of the sit, and this also ups the game
somewhat as it is asking your puppy to have to fight their innate
instinct to go with you or stay with you when they want to, instead following conditioning to learn and obey a command.

This is rather more challenging than teaching the “sit” but is a good follow on from it, and a good foundation for other more challenging commands later.

Come

“Come here” or the basic recall command is a vital one, and part of building good recall skills in any dog; recall widely being accepted as the very hardest command to teach and achieve reliable compliance with.

This is a low-stakes command at first as puppies want to go to their owners, but it is a skill that is built on over time and in the field, when play, prey drive, and other distractions can split your dog’s attention.

No or stop

Finally, “no,” or a universal “stop that” command has an almost limitless range of applications when your pup complies reliably. It can be used to stop the pup from jumping up, chewing something naughty, playing too aggressively, or any number of other things.

This command is another one that starts simply but can get more challenging, but is vital to stop a pup in their track when they’re doing something they shouldn’t be!

(Article source: Pets 4 Homes)

Loneliness of lockdown: How pets are supporting people through the Coronavirus

The mental and physical advantage of having a pet is proving to be especially pertinent during this stressful time.

lockdown loneliness

As lockdown continues, many people are struggling with the shift to an entirely new way of life. Uncertainty about the future, separation from family and loved ones and concerns about health and well-being are just a handful of the anxieties currently affecting many people. This is particularly acute for those who are isolating alone.

Although the benefit of time with animals is widely accepted, the mental and physical advantage of having a pet is proving to be especially pertinent during this stressful time. As a result, the coronavirus outbreak has inspired many people to open up their homes to pets in need of adoption.

Prior to the UK lockdown, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in London saw a surge in interest, with the week beginning Monday 16 March resulting in the rehoming of 86 dogs and 69 cats, an increase of over 100 per cent for both animals compared with the same week last year.

Vet nurse Joanne Wright from the UK’s leading vet charity PDSA acknowledges the value of pets during difficult times, telling The Independent: “One great thing about owning a pet is that they can offer unconditional love and friendship, which is more important than ever through these challenging and uncertain times. What’s even better is that many of our animals, who may otherwise be left alone for extended periods of time, will also be able to enjoy lots of company and fuss at home,” she says.

Research by PDSA reveals that 84 per cent of pet owners state that having a pet has had a positive impact on their mental health. “Pets can also be very calming when we’re going through
anxious times, and they can provide focus and purpose, which can be particularly important for vulnerable and lonely people,” adds Wright.

Jennifer Romano, 35, lives with Jarvis, a 15-year-old ginger tomcat and has always found his presence soothing. “Jarvis has always been a huge comfort in difficult or stressful times,” she tells The Independent. “Knowing there’s a little creature who can’t wait to see you when you get home and who has no idea what is going on in the world outside has definitely helped me to shake
off the worries of the day and put things in perspective. Having animals around definitely grounds you.”

It’s a sentiment shared by Jen Kaarlo, 35, who lives with her one-year-old cavapoo Céline. Getting cosy with her pooch is one way in which Jen combats loneliness while on lockdown.

“Evenings are my favourite time of the day, as we snuggle up together on the sofa and either catch-up with friends over video chat or watch a feel-good movie,” she says. “This part of our routine is steadily helping to combat any loneliness and bouts of anxiety that can arise, as it’s giving me something to look forward to at the end of each day.”

Dr Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist and co-founder of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic, tells The Independent that pets can have a profound impact on an individual’s well-being. “For someone who feels alone and isolated, pets can provide an important sense of connection,” she says. “They can also be a great sense of comfort when someone’s feeling sad or
distressed.”

For Romano, the current lockdown has only served to reinforce
the importance of Jarvis in her life, helping to curtail loneliness. “Living alone, especially during the current lockdown, makes me feel extra grateful to have Jarvis with me,” she says.

Kaarlo, similarly, is grateful for the extra company. “Since days are starting to become less distinguishable from the last, I’m beyond thrilled to have Céline here with me.”

Lucy Barker, 46, lives with two cats – calico Brontë, four, and Jeremy Fisher, 18 months. “I live alone on the outskirts of Bradford – Brontë country,” she tells The Independent. I’m so happy that they live here with me, particularly now, as it can be strange doing isolation as the only human. It’s like Robinson Crusoe but with cats and internet,” she jokes.

Barker values the companionship offered by her pets. “We are a little gang,” she says. “Living with the pair of them makes life under lockdown infinitely more interesting and manageable.”

But, through all the joy pets undoubtedly bring their owners, the animals are also likely to be impacted by the recent changes in our routines, explains Dr Lauren Finka, an animal behaviour expert at Nottingham Trent University.

“Due to the ongoing restrictions we are all now facing, our pets are likely to experience a very different (human) social environment than they are used to,” she tells The Independent. “Whilst many dogs may lavish the extra time and attention from their owners, some may find the increased commotion in the household a little overwhelming, especially if we all seem a little agitated,” she says. “This can be especially the case for cats who generally prioritise some quite periods alone throughout the day and may prefer to snooze when the house is quiet during the day.”

Ensuring cats still have quiet, undisturbed places they can go to throughout the day is vital, says Dr Finka. “It’s therefore important to try to stick to ‘business as usual’ when it comes to the daily routines our pets are used to,” she says.

Wright says that “with children off school, busier households can
be stressful for pets,” so the key is to ensure your pet gets some alone time just as you would like for yourself. “Our pets are potentially very sensitive to the way we smell, the tone of our voice, our postures and body language and even our moods,” she says.

One way to help with this is to create an area where your pet can go if they need some space. “Be sure to allow your pet to get some peace and rest when needed and you could also build a ‘den’ where they can retreat if it all gets to much – a fun task that children can help with,” she says.


(Article source: The Independent)

Coronavirus canines: Can dogs detect COVID-19?

COVID-19 and coronavirus are of course words making it into virtually every conversation at the moment, and discussion of social distancing restrictions, pressure on the NHS, wellness, and avoiding spreading coronavirus to the most vulnerable members of society are all hot topics.

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Other areas of discussion on the subject naturally relate to how COVID-19 can be detected, when tests will be rolled out to the general public, if you can develop immunity to COVID-19 if you’ve recovered from it; and when there might be a workable vaccine or cure.

Testing for COVID-19 both in the UK and elsewhere is something that isn’t happening as quickly as it could be, and being able to test and identify people with or carrying COVID-19 would really help to slow the spread of the condition. However, we’re still a long way away from a large-scale testing roll-out or antibody testing to identify people who have already had COVID-19; but could dogs help with this?

“Can dogs detect COVID-19?” might seem like a bit of a whacky question, but it is not as crazy as it sounds; after all, we already know that dogs have an incredibly acute sense of smell that can actually be used to detect cancer, and that dogs can also be trained to detect other health conditions like diabetes, and even when a woman is fertile!

So, can dogs detect COVID-19, and is training dogs to be able to detect COVID-19 in people something that researchers are looking into, and why?

Read on to find out the answers.

Can dogs detect illness?

Dogs can detect quite a number of different illnesses that we know of and quite possibly any number of others that we don’t know about, and they do this largely by smell.

A dog’s sense of smell is far more acute than our own in more or less every way; not only can they detect more smells than we can but they can identify them, recall them and match them to memories with a far greater capacity than us, and they need far fewer scent particles to work with than us when it comes to recognising and sniffing things out too.

Dogs may also be able to detect other things that can indicate specific illnesses and health conditions, such as minute changes in body temperature; but it is largely the chemical changes in the body that illnesses or anomalies cause that dogs sniff out.

This applies to both conditions like cancer that is consistently present in an affected individual; and for people with conditions like diabetes or epilepsy in which fluctuations can indicate the onset of a blood/sugar imbalance or seizure, these minute changes are what the dog’s sense of smell picks up on.

Do dogs have to be trained to sniff out health conditions or is this an innate ability?

Dogs can identify and recognise the scents and scent changes that indicate all manner of health issues and illnesses and other things besides; right down to what sort of meal we ate last! They don’t need to be trained to work their noses or have their sense of smell fine-tuned; this ability is innate to dogs.

What dogs do have to be trained in is recognising the specific scent that is important for the purpose in question – for instance, the scent that indicates a blood/sugar imbalance for diabetics – assigning meaning to it, and alerting their handler or owner.

Who trains dogs to detect illness?

To train a dog to detect the markers of an illness or health condition requires quite a lot of different elements to come together.

This includes dogs that have an acute sense of smell and that are receptive to training and intuitive to work with and of course, access to the scent in question you want them to pick up on to use as a baseline to build their recognition.

This means people who train dogs to detect illness need access to samples, which might be deactivated viral loads, tissue, people known to have the appropriate markers, or a whole range of other things. In the UK, registered charity and company Medical Detection Dogs is generally the body that trains medical alert dogs and bio detection dogs.

Could dogs be used to diagnose people with COVID-19?

Theoretically yes, and Medical Detection Dogs is already beginning to explore this possibility. They recently announced that they’re just about to begin intensively working with six dogs in a trial to train them to detect COVID-19, in cooperation with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Durham University.

However, it is still likely to be six to eight weeks from start to finish at an optimistic estimate before the success of the training programme can be determined, and the six dogs to be used need to pass an assessment process first, and so even if successful, all of this won’t happen overnight.

Why would COVID-19 detection dogs be useful?

The main application of COVID-19 detection dogs if dogs can indeed be successfully trained for this would be to screen people entering the UK’s ports and airports for the markers of COVID-19, just as dogs are already used at ports to sniff out contraband!

It could also help to speed up testing and prioritise testing for COVID-19 in the UK population in general; whilst people that the dogs flag as infected then need to be formally tested and dog detection alone is never used as a definitive diagnosis of illness, a dog can cover a large number of people quickly and identify people that need to be tested to confirm their status.

Additionally, when the dogs work with people they don’t need to physically touch those they’re sniffing, which means no direct contact with potentially infected people and a greatly reduced risk of passing the virus onto others as a carrier than might be the case with other methods!

(Article source: Pets 4 Homes)

Aldi is selling pet cooling mats for cats and dogs in time for summer

The discount retailer is selling pet cooling mats which are priced from £4.99.

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The Mirror reports that if you’re worried about your pets getting too hot in the summer sun, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Aldi is selling cooling mats for pets.

Meaning you can have your furry friend by your side whilst you sunbathe in the garden knowing that they’ll stay cool.

Priced from £4.99, the cooling mats are part of a variety of pet accessories set to launch at Aldi.

The discount supermarket will kick off a pets Specialbuys event on Thursday, May 28 – but some of the items have already sold out online at aldi.co.uk.

There are several cooling mats to choose from, including a delightful watermelon version and a lemon-inspired option.

Each has been specially designed to keep pets cool and comfortable on warm summer days.

They can be easily wiped clean and stay cool automatically, so don’t require any freezing.

Aldi is also launching cooling dog toys, which are sold in a set of three for £7.47.

The pack includes a ball, shark and bone, perfect for any playful dog. Some other items include cooling pet bowls for £2.99 each and a spotted luxury pet bed bundle that costs £18.99.

The bed bundle comes complete with a bed, a pet blanket and plush squeaky bone toy.

As Aldi’s Specialbuys tend to sell out quickly, it’s best to act fast if you see something you like to avoid missing out.

Customers who shop online will need to pay a £3.95 delivery fee if their order is under £20.

If you choose to pick up some pet accessories in store, you should only do so during an essential shop.

(Story source: The Mirror)

Your pet could star in a new dog makeover TV series – here’s how to apply

Here in the UK we’re a proud nation of dog lovers, and many of us have a four-legged furry friend to call our own.

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News Post Reader reports that the BBC is launching a brand new TV series that will see professional groomers compete to give the perfect makeover to a variety of adorable pooches.

The show is set to air on BBC One and will be hosted by award-winning actor and dog lover, Sheridan Smith.

Titled Pooch Perfect, the new eight part programme aims to find the best dog groomer in the UK.

Ten professional dog groomers from across the country will go head to head each week in a series of themed technical and imaginative grooming challenges, in a bid to be crowned the UK’s top doggy stylist.

Each week, the teams will reveal their grooming creations on ‘The Dogwalk’, where a string of celebrity judges will assess their styling efforts, and dog owners will get to see their pooch’s makeover for the very first time.

As well as the creative furry transformations, the show will also feature useful information for dog owners, including tips on canine care, fun facts about various breeds, and a guide to at-home dog pampering techniques.

The BBC is looking for dogs of all breeds to take part in the series, with each dog taking part to be groomed during the show – so enjoying being pampered is a must.

How to apply

To apply for the show, applicants must be aged 18 years or over on 1 January 2020 and be a resident of the UK, including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

The series is being produced for the BBC by Seven Studios UK, with filming currently scheduled to take place at Media City Studios in Salford during August.

If you would like your dog to be a part of the show, simply email
[email protected]

The deadline for applications is 21 June 2020.

(Story source: News Post Reader)

Queen’s corgi trainer says dogs will suffer from ‘severe separation anxiety’ after coronavirus lockdown ends

Pets will experience ‘huge shock’ when social distancing measures are lifted.

separation anxiety

While the coronavirus-imposed lockdown may be frustrating to some people, dogs have been enjoying the constant companionship of their owners.

But, once the risk of spreading the virus has been contained and people begin to resume their daily routines, the impact on the lives of dogs may be severe.

According to Queen Elizabeth II’s corgi trainer, pups may suffer from “severe social anxiety” once social distancing has ended – as they’ve built up a “huge reservoir of over-dependency”.

Speaking to The Times, Dr Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist, explained: “With such an overload of quality time with their families, dogs are building up a huge reservoir of over-dependency which could see them suffer when mums and dads suddenly return to work and the children go back to school.”

This distress could manifest itself in a variety of ways, according to Dr Mugford, who said that, when left alone, pet dogs can chew furniture, bark, go to the bathroom inside, and “sometimes even self-harm”.

“Put a webcam on your dog and you’ll see howling and pacing and other distress signs,” he said.

To help furry friends ease into the unavoidable separation that will occur when social distancing measures are lifted, Dr Mugford recommends owners begin now – by separating themselves from their pet for 30 minutes at a time, several times a day.

The reminder to consider how dogs will respond to the return to daily life comes amid an increase in pet adoption numbers in countries around the world, as people look to animals as a source of comfort.

“One great thing about owning a pet is that they can offer unconditional love and friendship, which is more important than ever through these challenging and uncertain times,” Vet nurse Joanne Wright from the UK’s leading vet charity PDSA, previously told The Independent.

Research from PDSA found that 84 per cent of pet owners report that having a pet has had a positive impact on their mental health.

The feelings are mutual, according to Wright, who added: “What’s even better is that many of our animals, who may otherwise be left alone for extended periods of time, will also be able to enjoy lots of company and fuss at home.”

If your dog does experience anxiety, they aren’t alone – as a study published in March 2020 by researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland found that most pups suffer from anxiety.

(Story source: The Independent)

Food bank scheme helps keep pets and people together

Two RSPCA branches have teamed up with their local food bank to provide pet food to vulnerable owners during the covid-19 outbreak.

Food Bank

Pet Business World reports that more than one million people have applied for universal credit since the shutdown began. Many are turning to food banks for assistance and many will also be pet owners. The RSPCA understands that people may be worried about continuing to care for their much-loved pets during this period, and two branches in London decided to do something to help.

The Wimbledon food bank has joined forces with RSPCA Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton branch as well as the RSPCA Balham & Tooting branch, forming an RSPCA ‘pet food bank team’.

Supporters

The team will deliver pet food to those who need it and are calling on supporters to help fund the initiative.

Ali Hellewell of the Wimbledon, Wandsworth & Sutton branch said: “Even in the midst of a pandemic we are a nation of animal lovers and the food bank has seen people in difficult times who have chosen to feed their pets over feeding themselves, which shows why this service is so important.

“We cannot do this alone, however, which is why we are asking animal lovers to donate to help us get pet food to those who need it the most.”

Jon Featherstone, chair of the Wimbledon food bank, said: “We are currently providing three days of food packages for up to 150 people a day and we estimate that around 20% of those are pet owners. We are keen to help people stay with their pets, who often provide much needed emotional support through this difficult time.”

(Story source: Pet Business World)

Dogs separated as puppies bump into each other on walk and share adorable hug

Two dogs from the same litter were separated as puppies but were randomly reunited recently and their reactions were just the sweetest.

Hugging Dogs

When out for a walk, there’s nothing better than coming across a cute dog.

But what happens when a cute dog crosses paths with another cute dog – and they realise they know each other?

We can confirm that it results in the sweetest of moments.

This happened recently to Cockapoos Monty and Rosie, who had been born in the same litter, making them siblings.

The pair had been separated as puppies when they were taken to their forever homes and hadn’t seen each other in around 10 months.

But while out for walks with their respective owners one day, they just so happened to bump into each other.

The two dogs remembered one another almost instantly and luckily, Monty’s owner snapped some shots of the pair of them reuniting.

The fluffy pups look as if they are hugging one another in the pictures, which were shared on Twitter and quickly went viral.

Libby Pincher tweeted the story after her dad told her all about it. One of the dogs belonged to her father’s friend, named Dave.

She tweeted: “pls look at what my dad sent me this morning I cannot even.”

Alongside this she shared the dog photos and a message from her dad which read: “So, Dave was out walking his dog and there was a couple walking towards him with a white version of his dog.

“Turns out they are brother and sister from the same litter, but instead of just playing like they do with other dogs, look at this…”

More than 936,000 liked the tweet and over 186,000 retweeted it.

Rosie’s owner Susan Killip later spoke to The Dodo about the heartwarming moment. She said:

“There were six of them, but Monty and Rosie were always together.

“It was so lovely, they both just jumped up and hugged each other. “It was amazing they remembered each other after 10 months of not seeing each other.”

(Story source: The Mirror)