Who’s Going To Crufts?

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Dog Showing – a good thing or not? ~~ We’re Not Going to Crufts! ~~ Focus on Fostering ~~ Recent Support of Rescues ~~ Sign up to raise money with our beds

Dog Showing – a good thing or not?
Well, it’s Crufts next week and the usual debate about the rights and wrongs of showing dogs is bound to rise to the fore. We have very mixed feelings here at BDBCo, the main one being about the boredom level of the dogs during shows. Apart from the obedience and agility dogs and those that are giving demonstrations, there is a lot of hanging about in a stressful environment.

What do you think? Do the positives out weigh the negatives? Maybe you don’t think there are any negatives, or positives for that matter. Lets us know your thoughts, either here or on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BigDogBedCompany.

We’re Not Going to Crufts Sale!
This year the Big Dog Bed Company is not having a stand at Crufts. Its very expensive and, although we had a great time last year meeting lots of people with and without their dogs, we thought it would be a better idea to do a really great sale – much better than we could afford at the show because of how much we have to pay to be there. So we are offering 25% off all our dog beds.

That means you could save as much as £70 on one of our great beds. Have a look at our website to see what’s on offer. Sale ends on 16th March 2014

afghan in boots from telegraph  Crufts (leonbergers)  foxhounds in pens from telegraph

BDBCo Stand Crufts 2013  crufts weimaraner   Newfoundland at Crufts 2013

Focus on Fostering
This is a huge subject, but we thought we’d try to briefly spotlight it. Figures for dogs being rehomed are not very accurate. Depending on where you look the figure ranges from 150,000 to over 200,000  annually. That is an awful lot of dogs needing somewhere to stay. Fostering can be needed for a range of reasons. It might be that the dog’s owner has had to go into hospital due to illness or an accident and there is no family member who can look after their pet and they cannot afford to pay for care. Fostering in these circumstances may only last a few days, or it can be several weeks or even months depending on the reason for fostering. It’s not just cats and dogs who might need care – snakes, birds, fish, any type of animal kept as a pet may need temporary foster care. There are organisations that specialise in this type of temporary fostering such as Pet Fostering Service Scotland http://www.pfss.org.uk/   Other animal welfare organisations such as the Dogs Trust and RSPCA also provide  temporary fostering support.

A different type of fostering is provided by those people  who take in dogs (and other pets) between their rescue and them finding their ‘forever home’. This is a different type of fostering since the pet may be traumatised and need particular understanding and support. Many, if not most of the rescue charities have a pool of foster carers they rely on. Some make it a policy to never put dogs into kennels. Fosterers are involved in assessing the needs and behaviour of the dog in order to identify the most appropriate forever home. Fosterers are needed because it is better to keep the dog in a home environment, if at all possible. Kennels have their place, but they are not great environments for assessing the personality of a dog in a normal domestic environment. It is also expensive to keep a dog in kennels. This is a short piece written by a fosterer on the demands of foster caring http://www.friendsoftheanimalsrct.org.uk/fostering.html . Do you think you have what it takes to be a fosterer? Why not discuss it with a local rescue charity? They always need an extra pair of hands.

Recent Support for Rescues
We have been able to give some small raffle and auction prizes to three rescue charities this year.  Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming http://www.bulldogrescue.org.uk/  have held their auction. The EARS and Yorkshire Coast Dog Rescue http://www.yorkshire-coast-dog-rescue.com/pm_events.html  auction is in April and Malmut Matters https://www.facebook.com/MalamuteMatters  on 24th March. We’ll be highlighting these events nearer the time.

We have also provided a bed to Love Underdogs Romania https://www.facebook.com/RomanianUnderdogs who are sending it to Romania for use in kennels there. The bed was a sample we made two years ago. It is a size we did not take forward for sale as it is a bit big at 100 x 150cm and has memory foam only on one side. The fabric also has a slight fault which is why we didn’t sell it, but it still has all the key functions of waterproofness, antibacterial, urine resistant and washable. Ideal where there is a high through put of dogs. And of course, it will provide great, long lasting support.

And finally – why not check out how we like to help raise money for rescues ad dog clubs with three different schemes on offer. Have a look at the website as I know you’ve had enough ploughing through this lot :)   Sign up to raise money with our beds  http://www.bigdogbedcompany.co.uk/raise-funds-for-clubs-or-rescues-with-bdbco.shtml