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Please welcome to the stage… PUP AID!!

PUP AID is‘s Puppy Farm Awareness Day event for 2010.

PUP AID is a mini-boutique music festival to be held at Stanmer House near Brighton on Sunday 19th September with another celeb-judged dog show, Rex Factor, and loads of fun for all the family – and your dogs.

Puppy Farming – as I’m sure you know – is an incredibly cruel industry that basically battery-farms dogs.

Hundreds of thousands of poor bitches are kept in the dark, endlessly mated to mass-produce pups that are sick, diseased and unsocialized.

These puppies are then sold online, in pet shops and from free newspaper adverts, while their mothers continue to suffer both mentally and physically.

Unfortunately so many dog owners are still not aware goes on – and even fewer know how to spot the tell-tale signs of when someone is trying to sell them a puppy produced in this way.

So following on from the success of our first-ever Puppy Farm Awareness Day in Sept 2009 we’re continuing to fight against puppy farming in this country.

A bigger event means more publicity and as a result the more aware the dog buying population will be of what’s going on, and what they need to look out for when searching for a new dog, i.e. always see with mother, responsibly bred, or to consider adopting a rescue dog instead.

There will be a small admission charge to PUP AID with a proportion donated to Dog’s Trust (Shoreham Centre).

PUP AID will try and help dog buyers everywhere be aware of how nasty this side of dog breeding is, and hopefully reduce the demand for pups bred in this way and help put a stop to puppy farming in the UK.

We will be gaining heaps of publicity as celebs attending will include soap stars, actors, comedians, politicians and sports personalities. Some of the celebs have already confirmed and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have their support!!

Pre-launch, PUP AID has already gained massive support from:

Tickets will be on sale from 1st August 2010 and to register interest in coming along, performing or exhibiting, then email us at and join the Facebook PUP AID event here.

Why Not Follow on Twitter? is now proudly using Twitter as another way to keep in touch with the growing online pet community.

If you are on Twitter you can follow us here and we will of course follow you back:

We’re hoping to use Twitter as a way for the pet-loving community to share ideas for great places to stay, eat and go with their pets. You can also use it to ask questions or suggest new ideas for the site.

If you’re not sure what Twitter is – it’s a bit like the status update feature on Facebook, but without the rest of Facebook. You can write a message with a maximum of 140 characters. This is seen by all the people who choose to follow your messages. You in turn can see the messages written by everyone you decide to follow.

It’s great fun and before you know it you’ll be chatting to all sorts of like-minded people who like you are passionate about pets.

If you need any help signing up to Twitter – add a comment below.

New sign-ups at Crufts

It’s been a hectic third day at Crufts. Saturday is always supposed to be the busiest day and with people (and dogs!) everywhere you look it seems to be the case. There’s been lots of interest on stand. We’ve signed up loads of new pet-friendly businesses keen to tell you what they’re up to. Here’s just a few of them:

Bluebell Country Kennels and Training Centre
Dogs at Home
Wilmslow Pet Shop
Abbey Veterinary Group
Pet Services Agency
Ashleigh Veterinary Centre
Pet Blood Bank

If you’ve used any of these services – please follow the above links to write a review and tell us what you thought.

Adventures in the NEC

It’s day two of Crufts and we’ve already had a very exciting and tiring time up here in Birmingham. We have met some lovely people and would just like to thank everyone who has travelled from far and wide to enjoy this wonderful event and popped in to say hi to us at stand.

Toy and Utility Dog day today has been great fun, and we have all loved watching the dogs strut their stuff in the ring.

Here are some of the photos we have taken so far, so even if you couldn’t make it, you can get a taster of some of all the fun we have been having. Mona and MarcMarc and MonaAndy and friendsNigel, Marc and DogPoodles

Top 10 tips to help you look after your pet in a recession

  1. Try to prevent problems before they happen. Inspect your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth and paws with a ‘home-health check’ every day, as knowing what’s normal will help you detect any problems allowing you to act quickly.
  2. Groom your pet daily and add omega 3 & 6 supplements to his diet, this will not only increase your owner-pet bond but will also keep his skin and coat healthy.
  3. Feeding can be a lot less expensive if you buy on-line in bulk; and why not supplement your dog’s diet appropriately with home cooked alternatives like grated carrot, pasta and rice? Although dogs can be vegetarian please note that cats do require meat in their diet.
  4. Why not turn a hobby into a business and use any spare time effectively by starting up a dog-walking or pet-sitting service?
  5. Use free leading social ‘petworking’ website to search for, or even add the most value-for-money pet-friendly businesses in your area. Sharing information with like-minded pet-owners helps everyone in these tough economic times.
  6. Cancel your expensive gym membership and walk your dog more often!
  7. Save on dental bills by learning to brush your pet’s teeth. It’s easy, and toothpaste for dogs comes in lamb and poultry flavours too!
  8. Always invest in pet insurance. Accidents do happen and every pet deserves the best veterinary attention in an emergency.
  9. Think of re-homing an abandoned or unwanted pet rather than buying an expensive puppy. Please consider an older dog or cat from your local animal rescue centre. Always buy a pedigree puppy from an Accredited Kennel Club Breeder and never from a pet-shop, newspaper advert or online.
  10. Never ever abandon your pet, there are always people that can help out.

Win a year’s supply of free food for your pet!

UPDATE: This competition is now closed. We will announce the winner shortly.

Whether you own a dog, cat, rabbit, or even a chipmunk, is giving you the chance to win a years supply of pet food completely free, courtesy of Burgess Pet Care!

This fantastic prize will go to member who has invited the most of their pet-owning friends and/or pet-friendly businesses to join between 24 December 2008 and midnight 31 January 2009 and sends us an email with the number who have joined to by 15 February 2009 (the invited friend or business must join to count). How easy is that?

So why not start inviting your friends right now by clicking here

The Winner will be member who has the most friends or business accept their invite to join between 24 Dec 08 and midnight on 31 Jan 09. The prize is a one year supply of pet food for your nominated pet, as available within the Burgess Pet Care pet food range at the time of supply. The quantity of food won will be as deemed suitable for your nominated pet by Burgess Pet Care. Their decision is final. The winner will be contacted by the email address they provide at  No purchase necessary. Prize is non transferable and there is no cash alternative. Entrants must be 18 years or over. Full details of our privacy policy and competition rules are available here.