With the demand for designer pups on the rise, far too many dogs are finding themselves abandoned, homeless, and winding up in rescue centres, whether it be because of their past, their breed, or simply their age.
Yet while many excited owners will willingly fork out thousands for pure bred puppies, there’s somewhat of a stigma surrounding taking in rescue dogs, despite the abundance of love they have to give.
Because of this, Manchester Dogs Trust has a whole array of beautiful dogs looking for their forever homes. Here are some of their finest contenders…
Bob – Collie cross
Sweet-natured Bob is on the look out for a loving family to take him in. Described as ‘super cuddly’, this thirteen-year-old Collie cross breed absolutely loves human attention, and will happily sit on the sofa with you for a nice long snooze.
According to the rescue centre, Bob’s idea of a perfect day would be a nice gentle walk, a nice dinner, maybe even a few treats and then a nap in front of the fire.
Bob is the perfect dog for those wanting a calm, friendly older boy that loves people and other dogs.
Riley – German Shepherd
Handsome Riley, aged six, is on the look out for a patient and understanding family to give him a home.
As Riley loves being with and around people, he can struggle when left on his own, so will need someone at home all day initially before leaving hours can be gradually built up – the perfect companion for those still working remotely!
Riley will be going to a home on a foster care basis to begin with pending veterinary investigations.
Bronson and Richie – Chihuahua and Jack Russel
This cheeky pair are in need of a family with enough love for the both of them – seven year old Bronson (Chihuahua) and one year old Richie (Jack Russell) love spending time with each other, with other dogs and, of course, with people.
Richie is very active and constantly wants to be on the go – Bronson, on the other hand, isn’t so energetic and although he enjoys having a potter about with his friend, the dogs would benefit from different walks and exercises to suit both their needs.
They would prefer a home without any other dogs.
Cooper – German Shepherd
Do you have room in your heart and home for seven-year-old Cooper?
This ‘goofy’ boy is a real adventurer at heart – he loves nothing more than going for long walks in new, unexplored places. Despite his age, he’s also very playful and will never turn down a game of tug of war on his favourite rope.
Because of his anxiety around other dogs, Cooper will need to be the only dog in the home.
Fisher – Greyhound
Fisher is a very sweet and gentle natured two year old Greyhound looking for a home to settle his paws into – he’s an incredibly friendly chap who enjoys the company of people and being out and about on long walks.
For obvious reasons, Fisher will need a medium-large sized garden and, having not being socialised with them, will need to remain on the lead when around other dogs.
Herbie – Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Who could say no to that face?
Aged ten, Herbie is your typical loving Staffie, and loves nothing more than to be around people and providing some great companionship – because of this, he would ideally need a home where someone will be around throughout the day.
Because of his age, he prefers shorter walks and more cuddles and naps on the sofa.
Teddy – Labrador cross
True to his name, gorgeous Teddy, aged five, really is just a giant teddy bear – once he gets to know you, he loves nothing more than to be fussed and cuddled to his heart’s content.
Teddy is a massive foodie, loves nice gentle strolls and long snoozes on the sofa in front of the TV.
Teddy would like his new home to be situated in a quiet area with access to quiet walks as loud noises can overwhelm him – he will also need access to a secure and quiet garden.
Winters – Lurcher
Beautiful Winters is on the lookout for a patient forever home that can help him settle and feel comfortable.
He can be a little shy with new people, but once you’ve fed him plenty of treats and played with his favourite tennis ball, he’ll be all yours.
Due to Winters’ worry of men, he will need a home with at least one female owner and any men in the home should be aware that it will take some time for him to feel fully comfortable – past experience with the breed is also preferred.
Rocky – Crossbreed
Ten-year-old Rocky is on the look out for his perfect retirement home. Ideal for those wanting a calmer dog, Rocky loves nothing more than to relax in the garden on a warm afternoon.
He can be a little wary when meeting new people and whilst he likes being around others, he can be shy of handling, so a home looking for a quiet companion would be perfect.
He would also benefit from being the only dog in the house.
Toby – Dutch Shepherd
Three-year-old Toby is looking for an active family to keep him on his toes – he loves nothing more than going on long walks and playing with his favourite tennis ball.
A family with experience and/or knowledge on his breed is preferred, and will need to be the only dog in the home because, while he is friendly with other dogs, he isn’t yet socialised enough to share his home with one.
For more information and to see the whole list of dogs looking for their forever home, visit the Dogs Trust Website here.
More than 30,000 sign petition calling for people who walk dogs during a heatwave to be fined
So many dogs are unknowingly suffering in the heatwave
A petition calling for fines for all those who walk their dogs during heatwaves has surpassed 30,000 signatures.
The petition was launched by twenty-five year old Paige Spearman, who wants owners to refrain from walking their pets in temperatures above 20 degrees celsius.
In her Change.org description, she explained: “Far too many family fur babies die every year from heat stroke due to negligence, and ignorance. A dogs average body temperature is 38/39° so anything over 40/41° can become fatal if not recognised quickly.
“I believe fines should be enforceable if ANYONE is seen walking a dog in 20° heat and over by the police. As well as people speaking up and calling the police if they see this happening but with supporting evidence.”
She went on to explain that, because tarmac takes a couple of hours to cool down after being in direct sunlight, the only appropriate time to walk a dog on a hot day is in the early evening – and even then, water should always be on hand.
At the time of writing, Paige’s petition has reached 30,491 signatures – it needs 100,000 for the topic to be debated in parliament.
The petition comes as the country continues to be gripped by a heatwave, with has seen temperature highs of 31 degrees celsius; while this hot weather may be a treat for most of us, for our dogs, it can be deadly.
Dogs are unable to regulate their body temperatures as well as we do; panting is the only way a dog can cool down and, sadly, it isn’t enough to stop them from overheating.
Signs of heatstroke in dogs include heavy panting and excessive drooling. They may appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated, or collapse and vomit in extreme circumstances.
The RSPCA advises people to dial 999 immediately if an animal starts displaying these symptoms.
What to do if you’ve been bitten by a horsefly as they descend on Manchester in the heat
These flies carry a seriously painful bite…
As the heatwave continues to grip the nation, the higher temperatures and humid conditions have brought with it a myriad of horseflies.
We can never just enjoy the nice weather in peace, can we?
Horseflies – known unaffectionately as clegs – are large, hairy flies with bites that pack a serious punch.
The pesky insects are known to thrive in warm and humid conditions so, as you can imagine, Greater Manchester is swarming with them at the moment.
A bite from a horsefly can be seriously painful and, though not considered to be generally harmful, they can lead to some nasty infections.
If you’ve been bitten, the NHS advises the following.
Bite hack 101: Clean the area. It’s important to keep the bite clean because if bacteria gets into the skin it can become infected. It’s best to clean the wound with an antiseptic soap and warm water. It will also help to keep the wound covered to prevent infection.
The website also recommends applying a cold compress, which will soothe the bitten area and stop any itchiness or inflammation. Elevating the affected area has also been proven to help reduce swelling.
Though if you’re looking for a quick remedy, doctors have been known to recommend using an over-the-counter steroid cream containing hydrocortisone. Ibuprofen gel can also help ease any pain and swelling.
The official NHS website says: “A bite from a horsefly can be very painful and the bitten area of skin will usually be red and raised.
“Horsefly bites can take a while to heal and can become infected. See your GP if you have symptoms of an infection, such as pus or increasing pain, redness and swelling.”
You should contact your GP or 111 if the symptoms do not improve within a few days, if you’ve been stung around the eyes or mouth, if you develop flu like symptoms or if the bite becomes infected. Dial 999 if you began wheezy or dizzy, experience nausea or vomiting or you lose consciousness.
Women lose three hours sleep every night because of their partners, according to study
This explains a few things…
Ladies, are you feeling a bit knackered today? Well, there might be an explanation, and they’re sleeping right next to you.
A new study has produced findings that suggest us women are losing sleep at night, and it’s all thanks to our partners. I, for one, am not at all shocked by this news.
Commissioned by Bensons for Beds, the study analysed 2,000 British couples and found various reasons for this disruption in our sleep patterns, with a massive one in four women blaming their partner’s snoring.
One in three women also added that they wake up every single night compared to just two out of every ten men, with one in two women admitting they feel ‘constantly sleep deprived.’
According to the study, other triggers that cause sleep loss include period pains and children crying (14%), while a third of women just think their partners are better at sleeping.
However, it isn’t all peaceful nights for men, either – two in ten men interviewed reported that their sleep was regularly disrupted.
On the gloomy statistics for women’s quality of sleep, Helen Nunn from Bensons for Beds said: “It’s worrying to see that this research has found women are getting less sleep and feeling more tired than their male counterparts.”
Stephanie Romiszewski, the company’s sleep expert, added: “It makes sense that men and women have different sleep needs – we are in some ways very different. With hormonal changes that come with menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, the biological differences are huge.
“With this in mind, it’s really helpful for us to get into a few good sleep habits that can help us get through.”
The NHS offers a range of different tips to get a better night’s sleep – their website suggests a number of wind-down techniques such as relaxation exercises, avoiding the use of smartphones past a certain time and reading books before bed.
They also suggest keeping a sleep diary, and to make your bedroom ‘sleep friendly’ as there’s a ‘strong association in people’s minds between sleep and the bedroom.’