Loving and family oriented Cockapoo Izzy was living a perfect life with her family in Radcliffe, Manchester; mum Dawn, dad Ian and her two young human sisters, Lauren and Eve. She doted on them all but specifically loved cuddling up with Dawn or following Ian around the house like his shadow.
Sadly on February 16th 2015, some contractors working on house renovations let themselves into Izzy’s house a day early with the aim to help the family get the job done quicker, however Izzy was very timid around new people and was spooked by them entering the house without her parents there. She slipped out through the front door into the garden at which point the house alarm sounded which scared her even more and she bolted.
It only took 10 minutes, from the time the contractors entered the house to the time Ian arrived home for Izzy to disappear and her family’s nightmare to begin.
The family firmly believe that Izzy wasn’t involved in an accident as they alerted the highway agencies and National rail immediately and there were no reported incidents and Dawn checked daily for months.
They do however believe that Izzy was found and kept or found, kept and sold on.
Whilst this week marks a painful anniversary for the family, they are aware that dogs have been lost and reunited with their owners five or six years later so they hold out hope that they may be reunited with Izzy one day.
Izzy would now be 10 years old and Dawn is pleading with anyone who has Izzy, just to let her know she is okay and let her come home to her family but if the worst did happen in those initial few days, they want to know that too. The not knowing is very difficult for Izzy’s entire family, especially her younger family members who don’t understand how she could just vanish and no one knows anything.
Izzy is microchipped, spayed and was wearing a pink collar when she disappeared.
She also has a light brown-pink nose.
If you have any information on Izzy, please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 82954
Animal-loving TV presenter and former newsreader Jan Leeming, is helping to highlight the plight of Romanian street dogs after meeting Ursu, a seven-year old Romanian stray dog so traumatised by human brutality he had to be netted or sedated before being approached.
Ms Leeming, who has most recently appeared in BBC1’s ‘The Real Marigold Hotel’, took time out to meet Ursu on a recent trip from Kent to West Yorkshire where he is now happily rehabilitated.
Ursu – meaning bear in Romania – was aged seven and still surviving in a Romanian kill shelter when Sarah Napier spotted him on a UK animal website at the end of 2014. Sadly, her enquiry coincided with the charity that was sponsoring his keep having just taken the decision that he was too mentally damaged to ever be homed.
How Sarah and her husband persuaded Monica’s Romanian Rescue to let them have Ursu and try and rehabilitate him is at the heart of a book which has been written by Sarah to help fellow strays and is receiving excellent reviews.
Ursu – Never Give up on a Dog, tracks the first two years with the Napiers and has also been publicly praised by actor and animal activist Peter Egan, and actor Thelma Barlow.
Ursu had survived as a stray for about two years on the streets of Bucharest before being caught by the dog catchers and flung into one of Romania’s most notorious kill shelters. Miraculously he survived on scraps of food for about three years despite being surrounded by death and disease and was somehow spared the barbaric regular killing of the dogs. No-one knows for sure how he survived but the book explores how this might be explained and how he came to be transferred to a better shelter, but still a kill shelter, where he continued to shun human contact despite the best efforts of some local volunteers.
Jan Leeming, owner of her own adult rescue, René, a Pappilon from Battersea Dogs Home, and whose professional career as a supporter of animal welfare has included the reality TV show, Safari School, says: “Ursu was a delight to meet. Happy, friendly, balanced and very accepting of René entering his personal space. The patience that Sarah and her husband have shown is remarkable. What is even more astounding is how they managed to reach through to Ursu and turn him around from a feral frightened seven-year old stray into the placid and relaxed dog that he is today. It’s a fantastic read that I couldn’t put down. ”
The kill shelters of Romania are so called because of their brutal practices including culling dogs in inhumane ways including clubbing, poisoning, starving, freezing them to death and burning them alive. The strays are caught using metal lassos that tighten round the neck and some have their legs trussed at painful angles. Ursu witnessed all of this and experienced much of it and chose to shut down from humans. He would growl if anyone made a move towards him and his eventual fate was unclear while ever he was incarcerated.
“We were his only enquiry in all his life”, explains Sarah, “and the more I learned of his story the more I felt such a stoic dog should be given his chance. But I’m not a dog psychologist and had to rely on an innate understanding backed up by much research to try and work with him. There was no way my husband and I could take him to dog training. He arrived biting, bucking and terrified and hadn’t walked as such for up to four years. He wouldn’t take a collar or a lead. We were told he was the most mentally damaged dog the charity had ever seen. He was terrified of just about everything. We were beginning way back from the usual start line.”
It took a lot of persuading for the reputable charity to let Sarah take on the dog and it was only after a home visit and on the understanding that Ursu would be taken away if his aggression couldn’t be controlled, that Sarah was given the chance to try. Ursu travelled from Romania to join Sarah and her husband Robert in January 2015.
“The morning after we got him, continues Sarah “which had been a very traumatic day for all three of us, Ursu took the decision to come up to me and sit down in front of me and put his head on my lap. After years of shunning all human contact his behaviour was extraordinary. He was still terrified and feral and inclined to try and bite and it was a long haul to get him to where he is now, but his canine intelligence told him he was somewhere very different and that he should take a chance on us. He is now the most affectionate of dogs and exuberantly happy.”
A well-known animal activist working to improve the lot of stray dogs is Downton Abbey actor Peter Egan, who himself travelled to Romania with a team in the summer of 2018 to witness and film the needless terrible plight endured by the thousands of homeless dogs that roam the country. The result, a 30 minute documentary entitled ‘A Dog’s Life – the Homeless Dogs of Romania’ (see Notes to Media) was presented at a live screening in Brussels last month (January) to coincide with Romania taking over the Presidency of the EU and calls on the country to abide by the existing EU legislation that would better protect these animals.
Describing the book as a “brilliant read”, Peter goes on to say : “Having recently filmed in Romania I know what it takes for a dog to survive on the streets or in the Kill shelters. Ursu survived. He inspires us all to never give up.”
Thelma Barlow, best known for her roles in Corrie and Dinnerladies and who bought the book on the recommendation of a friend, describes it as a book about taking risks, beating the odds, and about compassion and kindness. “You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy it”, she says.
Jan observes: “It just goes to show that there isn’t such a thing as a bad dog and that a dog’s intelligence should never be underestimated. It’s all about the training and the environment in which they are living. Ursu is living proof. ”
“It was a complete surprise and pleasure to have Jan join us” says Sarah. Such a household name. Ursu took to Jan instantly and it was such a fillip to have someone in the public eye recognise both Ursu and his book. The way in which these sentient beings are treated is deplorable and the more the word spreads the greater the pressure on all countries to treat these defenceless animals with decency.”
‘Ursu – Never Give up on a Dog’ tracks the dog’s first two years with the Napiers and has been written to raise awareness of the plight of stray dogs and to help raise funds and inspire adoptions. The book is accompanied throughout with photography documenting Ursu’s progress.
Ursu – Never Give up on a Dog is priced £7.99 and is available from Amazon and Waterstones.
Fig, a playful and confident 18 month old Welsh Terrier was out on the farm land where she lived (Chatteris, Cambridge) with the family’s other dog during lunch time on 13th January 2017. This was a normal occurrence for Fig and she had never wandered in the past. Unfortunately, after lunch Fig was nowhere to be seen.
She was very much part of the family and two years later, they haven’t given up on the hope that maybe someone knows what happened to her. If she was picked up and kept or sold on then maybe the people she is living with today don’t know that she has a family that are still looking for her.
The not knowing in most of these cases is worse than knowing something bad happened so the family are appealing to anyone who knows where she is or what happened to her, to get in touch.
If you do have any information on Fig, please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 110137
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
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!”
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
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.
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.
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.