Tuesday, 15 April 2014

'Dog Walking' by Brian Owen


In March, Brian Owen (BPO Songs) contacted us with the very kind offer of giving us the use of his song 'Dog Walking' which is probably already stuck in your head after listening to it just once! It's a lovely song, written and sung from the heart. 

All of the dogs featured in the video we have accompanied Brian's song with are past and present Dogs Trust residents!

We asked Brian if we would mind setting the scene for how 'Dog Walking' came about...

How did the song come about? My wife and I have had dogs since 1988. Originally we had our beloved Pointers, Feargal and then Jacob, and always believed that as pack animals they should be out and about with us all the time. Both dogs were walked (or ran with me) at least 50 miles a week and at least twice a day.  In their lifetime each dog walked (mostly ran!) the equivalent of going round the world! 

After Jacob died we decided to rescue our current dog Muttley who we believe to be a Basenji. Muttley came to us with many problems, not least that he had been locked in a flat for four years since being a pup.  He had never been outside and still had a puppies pink paws.  When we rescued him he was about to be 'put down' and had been inside the cage in which he was kept for 5 months. When we let him out he could not even run properly because his legs were not co-ordinated, he had simply never run in his life.  Although we had many hurdles to overcome, and my wife was a real hero and brilliant with him, we decided that the basis of our strategy should be to walk him as much as we possibly could.  

That was back in 2008, Muttley is now a very well adjusted dog and, in his 'walkies' is about half way round the world. Dog walking not only saved his life, but brings joy to his life and ours every day.
Kind regards,


Thanks for sharing your song Brian, we love it! 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Loughborough BLT Event

On Saturday we held a Bullbreeds and Lurchers Tea Party, hence BLT! (did you see what we did there?) Heather, one of our Training and Behaviour Advisors, wanted to highlight these breed types to our customers and dispel some of the myths people have about them. It was also a great excuse for our dogs to meet new friends, and get lots of biccies!

Tablecloths on, china dusted off and the tea poured. Our lovely volunteers arrived at 11.30 and promptly arranged the biscuits for the human guests. Heather had even done some home baking, not for the humans but the dogs this time! On the menu were liver paste bites and sardine sponges. Every dog that visited the party tried to get to this table!

 Heather's Home Baking!

First to drop in on the party were Ace and Rose, a striking pair of friends. Both were very excited to get some treats and spend some time saying hello to our volunteers. They can both sit for treats and like to show this off. Ace is such a friendly chap and happily leans into you for cuddles.


The next VIPs (Very Important Pooches) to arrive were Faith and Charlie. Faith was so excited she could hardly sit still, though again with the help of some cheese she managed it! Faith is a very friendly girl looking for an active home as she does have a lot of energy. She has a soft side and loves to get affection from the people she bonds with. Charlie is a handsome youngster who, despite being excitable, will still sit and pose for the camera. He is a true professional supermodel, making sure his best side is in the picture!

Yarnold was the next pup to strut his stuff heading straight for the goodie table. He is a bouncy and sociable chap, wants lots of cuddles and will sit and give paw. A lot of adopters think greyhounds and lurchers require lots of exercise. While they do love to let off steam with a run, think of them as sprinters as the rest of the day you will probably find them curled up on a duvet or your sofa! They are the biggest couch potatoes and can squeeze themselves into the smallest spaces so don’t think your house is too small for a sighthound!

Rocco and Tyson made their personal appearance at the party as they are a pair looking for a home. Tyson had surgery on one of his legs prior to coming to Dogs Trust, however as it was unsuccessful his leg had to be removed. Don’t let that fool you as he gets around fine on his 3 legs, especially when there is food involved! Both boys are so friendly and love meeting new people.
 Looking for a big hearted home together!

The star of the day was Tyke as several families had travelled to the centre especially to meet him! He handled his fans with his usual modesty as he is very practiced at meeting his public. Murphy followed in Tykes paws and learned from the pro on how best to get humans to give him biscuits.

Last but not least was Bullseye. He is doing clicker work (Heather explains that next month) with Sam and is brilliant at doing his ‘sits.’ He enjoyed coming to say hello to new people but was very focused on his training.

The dogs all had a good time at the party meeting new people and the staff liked talking about their favourites with the customers. We asked owners of these types of dogs what they would say to prospective adopters, read what they said here.


If you are interested in adopting a Bullbreed or Lurcher come in and see us for more information about these amazing dogs! Visit our website www.dogstrust.org.uk or call the centre on 01509 8800700.