Missing Dog Alert: Rio

BREED: English Pointer



Rio was six years old when he was presumed stolen whilst out for a walk with his other dog pals during a holiday in Norfolk. The family regularly visit Winteron on Sea as it’s very dog friendly and there are lots of lovely walks in the area. On Sunday 25th March 2018, they all did the usual walk and when they got back to the car park all the dogs went off together for one final run over the dunes – all the dogs came back except for Rio.

In the first couple of days, it was thought that Rio had gone off in to the woods and someone been separated from the other dogs and got lost so the family followed proved and tested ways of trying to entice Rio out of hiding – cooking sausages and leaving unwashed clothes at their last spot together. Sadly, this didn’t draw Rio out and extensive foot and drone searches plus a large local poster campaign didn’t result in any positive sightings either.

Given how well trod the area is, the family is confident that Rio didn’t have an accident on that day and die of his injuries; they feel there is a much better chance that Rio was spotted and picked up either as a direct theft or that someone presumed he was a stray and kept him – theft by finding.

Rio had had an extremely horrible start to life, which makes his disappearance even more heartbreaking. Rio is a Spanish rescue dog, from a hunting background. He was discarded because he is frightened of loud noises like gunshot.  There were many signs of abuse when the family took him him. Burns on his rump, perhaps cigarette burns and he ducked if a hand was lifted to stroke him.

If you raised your voice he would sink to the floor in submission but he’d made tremendous strides with his family and was becoming a happy dog.  He always loved other dogs but was fearful of people, men especially but with lots of interaction with kind gentle, men he was learning to trust again.

Rio is a gentle soul and never growled and the family only heard him bark occasionally. Pointers are often referred to as “Velcro” dogs and he certainly was. 

A direct appeal from his owner, Lyn says “He is my dog, but everyone loved him.  It has been very hard and in the first few weeks, I hardly ate or slept.  Many tears have been shed, prayers said and sometimes I feel so low I don’t know what to do with myself.  

“There are moments of hope when my spirits rise, but there are great lows too. I just can’t stop thinking about him, and where he is and what he might be doing.

Heartbreaking doesn’t come near, life will never be the same again. My whole world was turned upside down and the sinking feeling that every dog owner knows, when their dog goes missing just has never gone away”

It has been one of the hardest times in my life I suppose the not knowing is the hardest thing, I can’t grieve properly because there is always that little hope he will turn up one day.

Rio is microchipped and neutered

If you have any information on Rio, please call DogLost on 0844
800 3220 quoting dog ID 127089


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Suspended Jail Sentence and Life Animal Ban for County Durham Dog Owner

Pets Lola and Charlie found living in ‘shocking’ conditions but are now enjoying life in great new forever homes

A man from County Durham has been given a suspended prison sentence and disqualified from keeping animals for life after a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA.

Chris Adam (D.O.B 04.10.92) of The Avenue, Coxhoe appeared before South Shields Magistrates’ Court on Friday (8 February).

At an earlier hearing he had pleaded guilty to four offences* under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 relating to a nine-month-old female spaniel called Lola and an adult female crossbreed called Charlie.

The RSPCA attended Adam’s then address on Heathway, Seaham in August last year where Lola was found in a dog crate in his backyard and Charlie was found in a brick outhouse.

RSPCA inspector Rowena Proctor said: “I was shocked to see how Lola and Charlie were living, particularly after being shown through what was an immaculately clean house.

“Lola was in a dog crate that was entirely empty aside from her, curled up in a ball. There was no bedding, food or water. Adam let her out then went to an outhouse from where he let out Charlie.

“It was immediately obvious that both dogs were very thirsty and that Lola in particular was hungry. They quickly started to drink dirty puddle water and what appeared to be rainwater that had filled a dirty kitchen bowl. Charlie toileted and Lola immediately ate it.

“Lola was obviously very, very thin and her white coat was dirty and smelly, her feet and legs were stained brown and yellow.

“Adam allowed me to look inside the outhouse which had very little natural light and was piled high with tools and other belongings leaving Charlie – who is a large dog – with very little space to move.

“There was no comfortable place for Charlie to rest. There was a piece of old carpet on the floor but, as she couldn’t escape from the tiny space she was in to toilet, it was heavily soiled with her own urine and faeces.

“The smell was overpowering. It must have been an absolutely awful place to be confined.

“There was a water bowl inside the outhouse but it was empty and dry.”

Both dogs were removed with the owner’s permission and taken to a vets for examination before being taken into possession by police on vet advice.

Lola weighed 6.4kg and was emaciated with her ribs, pelvis and spine all able to be seen through her coat. She had Giardia, a gut parasite associated with unclean environments which required treatment. Lola put on 39 percent of her body weight in just a few weeks in RSPCA care – weighing in at 8.9kg on 25 September – but veterinary evidence was that her size has been stunted and she will always be of small stature as a result of being starved at a young age. The vet also considered that it was likely she would always have psychological issues around food, small spaces and being left alone.

Charlie weighed 25.2kg and was very underweight. The vet stated that a dog of Charlie’s size should weigh in excess of 30kg. Charlie put on 13 percent of her body weight, weighing in at 28.4kg less than two months after coming into RSPCA care.

Adam was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail suspended for 12 months and 15 rehabilitation activity days. He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and £115 victim surcharge, as well as the lifetime disqualification.

In mitigation the court heard that Adam had been going through a difficult time and was of previous good character.

Lola was signed over a couple of days after coming into RSPCA care and rehomed to a loving forever home where she has been renamed Molly (pictured in her new life above left). Her new owner says she is a very naughty typical young spaniel, full of energy and fun, who loves walks and lots of attention.

Charlie (pictured in her new life right) was signed over recently and was rehomed to new owners Dan Walsh and Steph Allison at the beginning of this month. Dan said: “We’ve fostered dogs before and usually they take a couple of days to settle in but Charlie seemed very happy from the moment she came home with us.

“She really seems to love life. You really wouldn’t know what she’d gone through if you weren’t aware of her history.

“We live at the coast so are really looking forward to taking her on her first trip to the beach soon.”

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Most British Pet Owners Leave Heating on for Pets

  • Research reveals pet owners leave their lights, radio and TV on for their pets when they go out
  • Nearly half (49%)1 say spoiling their pets causes conflict in their home
  • E.ON has partnered with animal expert Chris Packham to share top tips for keeping your pet cosy during the winter

New research by E.ON reveals nearly three quarters
(72%) of British pet owners say they leave the heating on just for their
pets when they leave the house – with a fifth (27%) keeping the
temperature the same for their pets as they do for
themselves, at a cosy 20oC.

Owners are putting a lot of energy into keeping
their pets happy when they are out of the house: 31% admitted to leaving
a light on, 28% said they have left the radio playing and 23% confessed
to keeping the TV turned on. In fact, it appears
pets prefer BBC1 with 40% of owners saying it’s the channel of choice
while the preferred radio station for pampered pets is BBC Radio 2

It also seems many of us can’t bear to spend a
moment apart from our pets, who are increasingly becoming part of the
family. According to the survey almost half of owners (44%) share their
beds with a pet while 8% miss their animals so
much they actually videocall their pets while on holiday. Meanwhile,
three-quarters (74%) of British pet owners confessed to letting their
animals on the furniture.

But this inclusive approach is causing resentment
for the pampered pooches and felines with nearly half (49%) of pet
owners say spoiling their pets causes arguments at home. The top reason
for rows is letting pets loose on furniture (41%),
followed by buying expensive pet food (35%) and leaving the heating on
for pets when going out (26%).

What’s more, many pet owners admit to prioritising
their furry friends over their social life (34%), holidays (29%) and
even their partner (16%).

People in the North East are the most likely to
spoil their pets like this, with almost half (42%) regularly leaving
lights on and around a third (38%) leaving a radio or TV (33%) on to
keep their pets’ company when they go out.

E.ON has partnered with animal expert and TV
presenter Chris Packham, for his top tips on how we can keep our pets
happy, without using lots of energy at home.

  1. Think about where you put your pet’s bed. At floor
    level there may be draughts you aren’t aware of which could make them
    cold or uncomfortable. Be sure to draughtproof any unwanted gaps which
    let cold air
    into your home and let heat escape. And kneel so you can check it out
    from their perspective and move the bed if you need to.
  1. Work out the line between pampering and proper
    care. You may have a roughty-toughty outdoorsy dog who’s full of beans
    in the rain, wind and snow, but a cold, wet dog is not going to be happy
    – however how
    robust you think he or she is. Get your dog a good quality coat that is
    wind and waterproof. Always imagine how you would feel in their paws!
  1. A smart thermostat, such as the
    tado° from E.ON,
    allows you to control and monitor your heating wherever you are, using
    your smartphone. But it’s not just good for setting the temperature for
    pet! It will help you save money and the planet, by making sure you
    only have the heating on when you need it, and at the right temperature.
  1. During winter, on
    cold days, food straight out of the fridge won’t be very appetising.
    Warm your pet’s meals up to ensure the food is at room temperature
    before feeding.
  2. If you’re out all day, choose a snug room where it’s suitable for your pet to spend the day. Ensure you have an
    energy efficient boiler
    to get the most out of your heating, but there’s no point in heating
    the entire house to keep them warm. So, keep the radiator on
    near their cosy corner with the door closed. And make sure there’s food
    and water within reach of course!

Chris Packham, animal expert and TV presenter, said: “As a nation of animal lovers, keeping our pets happy is a top priority for many Brits – and making sure your home is snug is one quick way to do so. And with some small simple changes, you can save money, lessen your impact on the planet and keep your all-important pet happy.”

For more information about E.ON’s solutions, visit eonenergy.com.

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Study Finds Dogs Lead Owners to True Love on Valentine’s Day

  • Research reveals that dogs increase your matches on Tinder by 177%.
  • Having a dog in a Tinder or Bumble profile photo leads to 69% more matches for women.
  • Men can see their inbound messages rise by 75% by having a dog in their photo.
  • Pet Wingman sees how four-legged friends help both men and women find love.

A dog really is a man’s or woman’s best friend when it comes to finding love, according to a new study.

Created by Webbox, Pet Wingman reveals that singletons can increase their chances of finding their perfect match by 117% this Valentine’s Day by using their dog to help them do it.

On average, men receive 38% more swipes on Tinder and Bumble if their profile picture features a dog, whereas women can see a whopping 69% increase by adopting the same tactic.

The study followed a man and woman as they used the two dating apps for a period of two weeks. The first week, they used a single profile picture of themselves on both platforms and swiped right 100 times. For the second week, they included their four-legged friend in the photo and used the exact same tactic, then recorded the results.

Potential partners unanimously favoured the dogs being in their profile photo for both men and women.

Male candidate, Dan, 24, saw an increase on Tinder in the number of matches (30%) and Super Likes (200%), with a significant jump in messages (75%) and even some messages specifically about his dog Ted.

The female candidate Gemma, 35, saw an astounding jump in the number of matches (117%) and Super Likes (100%) on Tinder, with another major increase in messages (150%) and also messages directly about her dog, Ralph.

On Bumble, Dan saw an increase in matches (42%) and messages (40%), and more than a third of his matches commented on Ted.

Gemma also received more matches (22%) and Super Swipes (100%) on Bumble when Ralph was in her profile photo. As girls have to message first on Bumble, that statistic wasn’t counted for Gemma.

Both singletons found their pet dogs played a major role in helping them to find potential suitors, with Gemma even going on a date with another dog owner after striking up a conversation about their canine companions.

The Manchester-based actress and presenter said: “Ralph really is my pet wingman! Not only did he help me secure more matches, I couldn’t believe how many times he was mentioned in messages.

“I also found that it was a good conversation starter, particularly for men who had dogs themselves, as it instantly gives you some common ground. I’ve already been on a date with a fellow dog owner so watch this space!”

Dan said one of the most frequent comments he received was how a dog makes a man seem more approachable and easier to relate to.

The ecommerce manager from West Yorkshire said: “Ted has been the star of the show – I think some women actually swiped right more for him than me! It’s so much better to start a conversation with ‘your dog is so cute’ rather than a standard ‘hey’ or ‘hello’.

“Although I’m still single, it’s showed me that there are some lovely people out there. Who knows – the next time I go on a first date we could swap a drink in a bar for a dog walk!”

To view the results of Pet Wingman and see how much your four-legged friend could contribute to your love life this Valentine’s Day, visit: https://www.webbox.co.uk/pet-wingman/.

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Top Tips for Taking Your Dog on Holiday


It is no surprise that more and more people choose to take their dogs on the family holiday, it’s almost easier to bring them along as opposed to having to sort alternative arrangements, and almost any destination isn’t out of the realms of possibility, especially with a pet passport!

That being said, more and more people are opting for a holiday a little closer to home, and with so many UK destinations being ideal for dogs, it’s easy to see why. With larger outdoor spaces and an array of new smells and places to explore, the UK has a whole host of staycation potential. When travelling with pets, preparation is key, so here are some top tips for taking your beloved dogs on your holiday.

Choosing the right destination

When picking the right destination for your holiday, there are some important considerations you should be making. Try researching some dog friendly locations, which will provide plenty for both you and your pet to do and see. With the demand for pet friendly spaces growing stronger by the day, the market has responded in abundance so you can easily find houses and cottages which are suitable. For example there’s a huge variety of Dog Friendly Cottages in the Lake District, which would provide an excellent location for a break with your pet.

Some key things to consider when choosing the right property are:

  • Are there any restrictions on where dogs are
    allowed in the house and garden?
  • Can dogs be left in the house whilst you go out?
  • Is the garden enclosed and are there any main
    roads nearby?
  • If you’re dog is particularly active, is their
    enough space for them to play?

Safety is a priority, so it is best to check where the closest vet is and make a note of their contact details. It is unlikely you will need them; however, it is best to be prepared. It’s also important to make sure your dogs are up to date with their vaccinations and worming before taking them away. When taking your dog on holiday, check that your contact details are up to date and visible on their collar.


Start your packing by making a checklist of everything your dog needs daily, that way you know for sure that you’ve got everything. On the list should be necessities such as food, treats, poo bags and medication. If you are wanting to pack light, check if there are any local pet stores where you can easily pick up things like treats and food. Remember to take more medication than they need, just incase you lose any.

Sometimes new environments can be unsettling for dogs, so make sure to bring some home comforts such as their bed, blankets and toys. This will help them to settle in quicker.


To make sure the journey runs as smoothly as possible, plan it in advance. If your dog is not used to long car journeys, ease them in by taking them on shorter journeys. Pack refreshments for the journey, as you would for yourself, such as water and treats. Dogs aren’t used to being in cars for extended periods of time, so make sure you plan some stops along the way to let them get out and stretch their legs.

Planning your itinerary

When taking your dog on holiday you want to make sure they can accompany you on your day trips. Many places will allow dogs now, but it is best to check in advance to avoid any surprises. Start by looking into local visitor attractions you may want to visit and be sure to check out the local pubs and restaurants.

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UK’s ‘Most Dog Friendly Town’ Launches Doggy Creche for Local Events

Malton, known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital and “The UK’s Most Dog Friendly Town” is launching a ‘Doggy Crèche’ in February.

The new doggy-haven is being introduced to ensure a stress-free experience for visitors and to provide a safe-haven away from the crowds for pooches.

Visitors at the Doggy Crèche will be looked after by volunteers from Ryedale Dog Rescue, whilst Burgess Petcare will be supplying food so that pampered pups can enjoy a tasty lunch, free of charge. Experienced dog trainer and behaviourist Charlie Clive will also be on hand to give help and advice.

In the case of emergencies, Station House Veterinary Practice will be providing an on-call service, meaning that visitors to the town can enjoy their delicious foodie day out knowing that their beloved four-legged friends are experiencing the same bliss.

Open for visitors from 9:30am, the Crèche will feature at a range of exciting events on the town calendar this year, including: Monthly Food Markets (9th February, 9th March, 12th October and 9th November), the Food Lovers Festival (25th & 26th May), the Harvest Food Festival (7th & 8th September) and the Christmas Market (7th & 8th December).

Visit Malton Director Tom Naylor Leyland said: “We are thrilled to be introducing the Doggy Crèche to our upcoming events this year and further developing the Malton experience as a fun, enjoyable day out to all visitors, including pooches – Malton is ‘The UK’s Most Dog Friendly Town’ after all!”

Malton was awarded the title of “The UK’s Most Dog Friendly Town” in October 2018, after competing against over 1900 dog-friendly places around the UK and winning the annual Dog Friendly Awards in association with the Kennel Club.

To find out more about Malton, please visit

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Missing Dog Alert: Robin

BREED: Portuguese Podengo




Robin went missing whilst out on a walk along the Grand Union canal in Croxley, Hertfordshire on the 8th October 2018. His owner Ana called for him but he didn’t return and her fear is he was stolen on that day. She has spent the last three months desperately searching for her beloved “soul mate” following potential sightings however it’s hard to confirm whether the dog spotted is indeed Robin without photo evidence.

Ana has appealed directly to anyone who has Robin or may know what happened to him saying “Robin is deeply missed by our entire family, he is very much loved and we just want him home safely. If anyone spots a dog looking like Robin, please do try to get a photo as he does have very unique markings and please get in touch immediately.”

It is a legal requirement to report a found, straying dog to the local dog warden. Please don’t assume that the dog is unloved and not wanted as we know that stolen dogs can be heartlessly and casually abandoned and by calling the dog warden or indeed taking the dog to any local vet, you could be reuniting a devastated family.

If anyone has any information on Robin, then please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 135356.


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Missing Dog Alert: Dana

BREED: Crossbreed Terrier

SEX: Female



Dana was visiting family when it is believed she was spooked and managed to escape their garden near Langley Canal, between the Mansion Lane & Railway bridges in Slough. (SL3). She was spotted running down the side of the house, along the road but her owner couldn’t catch her. She’s been missing since July 22nd 2016 and was five years old this January. There have been no confirmed sightings of Dana since the day she went missing despite extensive searching by her family, who took extended leave to look for her.

Michele, Dana’s mum, has never given up on her and still has a very active Facebook page for her in attempt to keep Dana in people’s mind.  “Our beautiful sweet Dana! You are still in our hearts, baby girl. We are still looking for you and will never give up. You are truly missed every day. If anyone knows who has Dana or knows what happened to her, please do get in touch. We are living a painful existence not knowing where she is ”

It is a legal requirement to report a found, straying dog to the local dog warden. Please don’t assume that the dog is unloved and not wanted as we know that stolen dogs can be heartlessly and casually abandoned and by calling the dog warden or indeed taking the dog to any local vet, you could be reuniting a devastated family.

If anyone has any information on Dana, then please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 101412.


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Missing Dog Alert: Albi

BREED: Terrier/Poodle Cross

SEX: Male



Albi, a young Terrier/Poodle cross from Whitfield, Kent is a loving and devoted dog and that’s why his absence from home is a living hell for his owners.

Albi, the family’s other dog and their dad Carl went out for their normal early morning walk on 5th October 2018, a walk they’d done numerous times before when out of nowhere a large German Shepherd ran at Albi, spooked him and he ran off towards a housing estate that run adjacent. Carl ran after Albi but couldn’t catch up. That was sadly the last time Albi was seen by his owners.

Albi’s family are absolutely distraught and need him home, where he belongs. To the person that may have Albi or knows what happened to him, the message is clear. “If you have him, don’t think we don’t love him because we do, don’t think he is unwanted because that’s absolutely not the case. Please do the right thing and end our suffering, bring him home. Take him to any vets, call the dog warden or DogLost – whatever it takes to bring him back to me or if you know what happened to him, please tell us as the not knowing is excruciating”

It is a legal requirement to report a found, straying dog to the local dog warden. Please don’t assume that the dog is unloved and not wanted as we know that stolen dogs can be heartlessly and casually abandoned and by calling the dog warden or indeed taking the dog to any local vet, you could be reuniting a devastated family.

If anyone has any information on Albi, then please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 135260. http://www.doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=135260

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The Black Dog on Blue Monday…

By Marie Carter-Robb, Editor of Pets Magazine

Today is ‘Blue Monday’ when we are most likely to hit a road block with our New Year’s Resolutions.Confounding our resolve of only 20 days ago, the little promises to shape up our lives along with our waistlines have heaved their last heave and are no more. No one’s been paid since forever and there’s nothing to look forward to on the leaden grey horizon of January. So far, so bleak.

While many people are under the temporary cloud of feeling a little down or blue about life, many of us have suffered, or, are suffering, from a more intractable gloom, the kind that grips by the neck, and won’t let go. It’s when the ‘Black Dog’ of Winston Churchill’s often quoted depressed state is awake and snarling on many more day’s than today’s national descent into ‘depression’.

Late last year, I wrote in The Independent about how our pets can help us when we are in the throes of mental health crisis. I received many words from readers with heart-warming, and often tear-inducing, stories to tell of how our most faithful friends had helped them over that Everestine mountain of despair.

If not quite managing to conquer their demons, their four-legged loved ones had provided the kind of unconditional love that is only ever possible from a non-human. The quiet patience of a dog, his steadfast love and his comforting licks, can help get us back on our feet and even out of the front door into the world; preferably with lead and dog in hand!

I know all too well the sense of light that a dog can bring amid the darkness of despair. He can, hand in paw, help us to fight the metaphorical Black Dog that threatens to consume. I too, like many of my readers, have suffered from times of depression, which have swung into, and out of my life, like a pendulum in slow mo. The clock strikes and the Black Dog slinks in, grinning from ear to ear, unbidden and unwanted.

It feels akin to scaling a vast mountain; bloodied nails snagging and gripping at the rock face for dear life.

Real depression grips and sucks the life and the pleasure of things that used to be interesting and comforting; it erases minutes and hours; it makes the existing difficulties of jobs and relationships even more hellish to endure, and much more confusing; but, worst of all, it makes us feel hollow at the very marrow of our beings. There is a numbness about feeling depressed that I would not wish on my own worst enemy. It is not necessarily transient nor brought on by a confluence of pressures such as happens on Blue Monday. Real depression has teeth, and will consume all hope unless something shifts deep within us.

Climbing out of the pit of despair is not easy. It feels akin to scaling a vast mountain; bloodied nails snagging and gripping at the rock face for dear life. Although they are not the right thing for everyone, I am helped by anti-depressants, and do not care to think about ending their prescription. The unconditional love of a pet, in my case dogs, can help hugely. In the case of a dog, he can help us take our daily exercise. Jogging with my youngest dog Rufus is not only good for him, but it gives me a huge spike of those happy endorphins.

Escaping from the Black Dog takes slow and precise steps, rather than a panicky and frantic sprint. It’s not easy but it can be done, take heart. The Black Dog will slink off again to the shadows eventually to lick his wounds.

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