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.
Iceland is giving away unsold food to customers for free to prevent wastage
The supermarket’s new scheme has the potential to give away over 1.3 million food items that would have otherwise gone to waste
Iceland has launched a new free food initiative that gives away produce at the end of its shelf life for free in a bid to prevent food waste.
The frozen food retailer claims its ‘Free on Last Day of Life’ initiative has the potential to give away more than 1.3 million items worth £500,000 a year to its customers while also cutting back on food waste – all food items ordered and delivered by Iceland have previously had a shelf life of at least two days.
The scheme has been launched across 1,000 of its stores following a successful trial in forty sites, which saw over 17,000 items given away for free and customers receiving an average refund of £1.58 per order.
The process is simple and doesn’t require any extra effort from the customer; If an item ordered is the only one left and has the same day date, it will be scanned, labelled and placed in the shopping cart as normal. The customer will then be made aware of the free item ahead of delivery and will not be charged the original price.
Fresh, chilled, baked, cakes and morning produce are all included in the scheme.
Iceland Foods managing director, Richard Walker said: “Reducing food waste is a huge priority for us as we continue to reduce our impact on the environment.
“We know that shelf life plays a big role in the creation of surplus food so we to have find an innovative way to combat this within our stores and via our online shopping.
“Our Free on Last Day of Life scheme not only helps reduce food waste but also supports our customers.
“We know cost is key to many of our shoppers and this new initiative allows us to offer them the opportunity to reduce their weekly shopping bills as well as helping to reduce food waste.”
The scheme is available both online and in store now; you can find your closest Iceland supermarket here.
Manchester voted second best city for independent pubs in the UK
Manchester even trumped London for it’s selection of independent pubs and unique craft beers
In somewhat unsurprising news, Manchester has been voted as the second best place in the whole of the UK for a good independent pint and boozer.
The survey, commissioned by business-comparison site Bionic, set out to uncover the UK’s best craft drinking destinations in an attempt to get people back in pubs following a rough eighteen months for the hospitality industry.
The study judged each city based on its pubs’ customer reviews, the number of unique beers available and the number of top rated pubs and microbreweries to create an index ranking.
It also looked at the most popular pints to share on social media and which independent beers are each generation’s favourite.
And, low and behold, Manchester ranked very handsomely in second place as a result of its vast number of 1,600 independent pubs and 781 unique beers, scoring a respectable 77 out of 100 in the overall index ranking. That’s a lot of beer.
And to make this news even better, Manchester beat the capital city London, which ranked in third place with 5,800 independent pubs and 552 unique beers (none of which will be a patch on ours, obviously.)
Newcastle took the top spot, just pipping us to the crown with a score of 80 on the overall index ranking.
Glyn Britton, Chief Customer Officer at Bionic, reflected on why we should consider visiting local pubs rather than supporting chains: “The lockdowns have been hard for many small businesses so next time you’re in need of some essentials or even just fancy a pint, try heading down to your local high street to explore what’s on offer at the grocery shops, restaurants, pubs and microbreweries.
“You won’t just be getting goods, you’ll be helping to support the future growth of your neighbourhood and help give back to your community.”
You can read the full report here.
Nearly 30,000 people are having affairs in Manchester according to ‘cheating map’
Some of you have a lot of explaining to do…
A new ‘cheating map’ has revealed the staggering number of people allegedly having affairs in Greater Manchester.
The Official Infidelity Index, run by married-dating site Illicit Encounters, allows users to see just how many affairs are getting underway by location across the whole of the UK using specific counties, cities and even postcodes.
And, low and behold, there’s a staggering amount of you unfaithful lot doing the dirty right here in Greater Manchester.
The map claims that precisely 27,224 people are having affairs in Manchester alone, while 2,994 are cheating in Altrincham, 1,251 in Salford, 1,141 in Bury, 916 in Hale, 906 in Wigan and 684 in Bolton.
Manchester ranks in fourth place out of all UK cities for affairs, with it being narrowly beaten by Nottingham (28,719), Birmingham (45,787) and London (a whopping 168,322).
And while this data may seem a little untrustworthy, the figures are based on Illicit Encounters’ very own extensive data, who claim the rise in cheating is a result of pandemic restrictions being lifted and people feeling unhappy with their partners during the 2020 lockdowns.
Illicit Encounters spokeswoman Jessica Leoni said on the results: “We have seen a rise in cheating over the last year throughout Greater Manchester, particularly since the start of autumn with almost all adults being double jabbed.
“Record numbers of people came back from their summer holidays miserable and looking for excitement after 18 months of being bored and stuck at home with their partners.
“We have enjoyed the busiest year in our history with women in particular looking to start afresh and joining in unprecedented numbers.
“The cheating surge will continue as more of us return to the office in the run-up to Christmas. Adulterers often use work as a way to cover up their affair.”
To see how unfaithful your area is, visit the Infidelity Index here.