Category: News

Bravo Working Dog Rescue

The Daily Mail has recently highlighted the growing numbers of retiring Police and Military dogs put to sleep at the end of their working lives.

Bravo Working Dog Rescue, run the only specialist working dog rehabilitation and retraining rescue in the UK.  They have had many successful cases over many years but the increasing numbers of failed and retiring working dogs that are not staying with handlers needed its own rescue. Bravo was created to offer this on a bigger scale.

They are currently fundraising to find enough money to set up one main base with kennels.  Their motto is “sometimes, even a hero needs help”. These dogs find our lost children, catch our burglars and keep our workplaces safe and protect us from drugs and explosives. They really deserve help.

Bravo Working Dog Rescue is the only rescue offering rehabilitation and retraining to failed and retiring working dogs. Whilst some dogs do get to retire with their handlers, everyone will have seen recent news reports about the amount of dogs put to sleep at the end of their career or sold on badly.  We  fight many in the industry to take dogs, often helped secretly by handlers who want to save their dog.

Sadly Bravo Rescue are now turning dogs away as their original kennels are being turned into something else.  Therefore they desperately need to raise £5,000 to enable them to move and set up a kennel base in the Midlands.

Anything you can do to help is much appreciated, for without this wonderful organisation, many of these dogs could be dead or worse.

Please help by sharing this link and donating if you can.
http://www.gofundme.com/BravoWorkingDogRescue

Pup Aid

When I received an invite from Marc Abraham to attend Pup Aid this year, I did so without hesitation. Many of our clients have unwittingly purchased dogs/kittens from puppy farms and I welcome any opportunity to raise awareness of these appalling concentration camps.
Being used to early starts, we set off for London at 6.15am, with our car piled high with the equipment,  required to set up our temporary camp on Primrose Hill. London has always filled me with horror, since my last encounter driving around the city . So lost was I, that I ended up with a police escort who had answered my frantic pleas of help. I was much younger then and have long since lost my ability to catch the eye of a passing policeman!   I was therefore reliant on my trusted Sat Nav, who thus far had always helped me to reach my destination.059
The next hour was spent making friends and setting up our marquee – not an easy task and I would like to thank the two lovely gentlemen from Primrose Hill Bookshop, without whom our marquee would never have made it out of the bag!
As passionate animal welfare advocates, we are always keen to raise a little money on the day and Pup Aid was no exception. Our wonderful twitter friends had donated all manner of doggie toys, treats, training aids and even a doggie bed, which was carefully positioned in front of our stall to attract public attention. We had hoped to raise at least £100 for the pup aid cause and we were not disappointed. People were extremely generous in their donations and over £130 was raised at the end of the day, so a huge thank you to everyone from Primrose Hill who supported such a good cause.
The event was well attended by the general public and even the VIP’s came out in force. It was lovely to meet some of my twitter friends including the lovely Leean Pindar from http://lovesniffys.com/ and my favourite VIP Peter Egan, whom with his wife Myra, work tirelessly in their support of animal welfare.
The day was a resounding success and I would like to thank Marc Abraham on behalf of animal owners everywhere, for his efforts in bringing the misery of puppy farms to an end.
Marc and everyone from Pup Aid still need your support with their petition to close down these barbaric puppy farms, so PLEASE sign and share http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528

Pup Aid

When I received an invite from Marc Abraham to attend Pup Aid this year, I did so without hesitation. Many of our clients have unwittingly purchased dogs/kittens from puppy farms and I welcome any opportunity to raise awareness of this appalling concentration camps.

 

Being used to early starts, we set off for London at 6.15am, with our car piled high with equipment needed to set up our temporary camp on Primrose Hill. London has always filled me with horror, since my last encounter driving around the city . So lost was I, that I ended up with a police escort who had answered my frantic pleas of help. I was much younger then and have long lost my ability to catch the eye of a passing police

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man, so I was reliant on my trusted Sat Nav, who thus far had always helped me to reach my destination.

The next hour was spent making friends and setting up our marquee – not an easy task and I would like to thank the two lovely gentlemen from Primrose Hill Bookshop without whom our marquee would never have made it out of the bag!

As passionate animal welfare advocates, we are always keen to raise a little money on the day and Pup Aid was no exception. Our wonderful twitter friends had donation all manner of doggie toys, treats, training aids and even a doggie bed, which was carefully positioned in front of our stall to attract public attention. We had hoped to raise at least £100 for the pup aid cause and we were not disappointed. People were extremely generous in their donations and over £130 was raised at the end of the day, so a huge thank you to everyone who supported such a good cause.058

The event was well attended by the general public and even the VIP’s came out in force. It was lovely to meet some of my twitter friends including the lovely Leean Pindar from http://lovesniffys.com/ and my favourite VIP Peter Egan, whom with his wife Myra, work tirelessly in their support of animal welfare.

The day was a resounding success and I would like to thank Marc Abraham on behalf of animal owners everywhere, for his efforts in bringing the misery of puppy farms to an end. Marc and everyone from Pup Aid still need your support with their petition to close down these barbaric puppy farms, so PLEASE sign and share http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528

So you want to become a Pet Sitter!

Since Nina’s Nannies for Pets was formed in 1998, our business has seen rapid growth.  So much so, that we are now offering our live in pet care service throughout the majority of the South of the England.

We now have an established team of pet and dog sitters in the Cambridgeshire, London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Bristol, West Sussex area and beyond.

We are always keen to welcome fresh faces to our team of self employed, live in pet sitters, especially from the above areas. We are particular interested in recruiting from the Surry area. This type of work is ideally suited to retired people/couples, who have experience of caring for animals, but no longer want the responsibility and expense of owning a pet.

I am often asked what makes a good pet sitter and my answer is often unexpected!  Of course people need to have the relevant experience and those people on our books come from all walks of life, including retired police officers and those from the caring and nursing profession. Each pet sitter shares one important thing in common and that is to keep a level head at all times and to deal with any emergency when they arise.

Pet sitting is most certainly not for the feint hearted and for those people who feel that this type of work is a good excuse to enjoy mini holidays throughout the year, should think again!

A typical service includes, the upkeep of pet’s customary diet and exercise routine, administration of any medications, monitoring health and arranging for medical treatment in case of an emergency.  Managing incontinent cats/dogs and of course clearing up after puppies.  You must also be ready to endure cold winter nights when the client’s heating fails, separating feuding dogs at meal times and all manner of unexpected events, that can occur during the course of your duties.

I should stress however, that there are also many pleasures to be had, such as visiting new areas of the country, making new friends on two legs and four!  Delighting when the shyest of cats take up residence on your knee, when the client has assured you that they will only appear for their meal times and enjoying the company of pets, without the responsibility and cost of owning your own.

 

We would love to hear from newly retired people, that are interested in becoming a live in pet sitter, so please do not hesitate to call Nina telephone 01525 220732 or email info@ninasnanniesforpets.co.uk

Animal Cruelty

I honestly believe that introducing ‘animal welfare’ into the school curricula will undoubtedly see a decrease in animal cruelty. I would therefore please ask all visitors and clients to sign and share our petition to ‘Introduce Animal Welfare into the School Curriculum’.

Animals have encouraged the moral and personal development of children, bringing social benefits to their communities. Scientific research has also proved the health benefits as well as promoting a general feeling of wellbeing.

Animals also bring out the nurturing instinct of a child and help them to understand the responsibility of owning a pet.

Therapeutic and educational benefits have been identified, especially benefitting those children with special needs. Their calming affect can also help to reduce stress, improve concentration and help to boost self esteem.

There may not be a ‘quick fix’ for animal abuse, but educating our children how to better care for our animals is a start. I would therefore ask EVERY person who reads this article, to PLEASE sign our petition. We can force change and we CAN make a difference. It is easy to tut tut at the horrific images of animal abuse, or feel sickened by the puppy who has just been put to sleep having been thrown from a motorway bridge!

I am therefore asking people to put their pen where their mouth is and to force our government to make animal welfare education part of the school curricula. Together, we can and will make a difference.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38361

Nannies Expand for Dorset Dogs

A pet sitting business, formed after its founders recovered from serious illness, has expanded their workforce to cope with growing demand from their Dorset clients.

Nina Cole set up their enterprise in 1998 after recovering from a brain haemorrhage, which she suffered 6 months after her husband, had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Nina has worked with animals throughout the majority of her life, both as a volunteer fund raiser for animal charities and studying for her diploma in dog psychology, which was postponed indefinitely when her business, Nina’s Nannies for Pets took off.

Today business is flourishing, particularly in Dorset and the surrounding area, where she recently held interviews at The Sandbank Hotel in Poole.

The majority of Nina’s and Doug’s pet nannies are retired people or couples, who have undergone vigorous security checks before being accepted as part of their family team.

“We do occasionally take the odd prank call”.  Nina stated, recalling one potential client who requested care for his one eyed incontinent Anaconda!  “We always try to accommodate our client’s needs, even if it means sharing your bed with a St Bernard, or dealing with a burst pipe”, and we take these oddities in our stride”.

In 1997 the company were proud to reach the semi finals of the Barclays Small Business award, narrowing missing out on a place in the final and their certificate takes pride of place on the office wall.

Their website boasts glowing testimonials and their service is recommended by pet professionals and clients alike.  They are particularly keen to keep the ‘family’ feel to their business and this is reflected in their prices.  Nina states that it is important to offer an affordable service and clients such as the Cinnamon Trust are always given a discount.

Ban Puppy Farms

Puppy farms have long been associated with utter misery. A place where congenital defects are commonplace and thousands of dogs live in the most appalling conditions.  puppy farm

Bitches are bred every 6 months and kept in conditions that are no more than prisons, where they never see the light of day or feel the touch of a loving hand. They live in extreme conditions, in unbearable heat in the summer and freezing conditions in the winter.

It is impossible to put into words the horror that exists behind these walls. Where dogs are left in their own excrement, alive with fleas, mange and gaping wounds that are left unattended . These poor dogs will readily accept the kick of a boot, since this is commonplace and the majority are too weak from infection to care!

Puppies are torn screaming from their mothers, piled in overcrowded and filthy crates. Their pitiful howls are disregarded by their jailers who are driven by financial reward.

Why is it, that this disgusting and vile trade is allowed to continue. PLEASE take a minute to click on the following link and follow the instructions:

http://www.puppylovecandampaigns.org/whatyoucando.shtml and following the instructions.

These dogs do not have a choice, we DO and we CAN help.

 

New year

No sooner have we said goodbye to Christmas 2010,  the new year is upon us and and our office is once again a hive of activity.

December saw one of our pet  sitters suffer a bucked front wheel, in their attempt to reach their destination, largely due to the lack of treated roads in the Hemel Hempstead area, but  I feel sure that the horrendous weather conditions left every pet sitter throughout the country struggling and we are extremely pleased to welcome in the New Year!

Since we started our pet sitting service way back in 1998, we could never have anticipated its popularity and due to rapid expansion we are now able to offer our live in service throughout the South of the country. Would you believe, we even had an enquiry on Christmas Day!

Our recruitment drive for live in pet sitters is now in full swing, so if you would like the pleasure of a pet, without the responsibility, please visit our http://www.ninasnanniesforpets.co.uk/recruitment.html page for full details.  This type of work is ideally suited to retired professionals, since the work is largely part time, but each application is judged on merit.

We have received great feedback from our pet insurance comparison page http://www.ninasnanniesforpets.co.uk/compare-pet-insurance.html where you will find some of  the best on line deals.  We have long advocated the importance of pet insurance, having seen both the advancement of veterinary treatment and the escalating expense! 

We are also putting the final touches to our franchise package and already interest has been immense.  So much so that I have three interviews scheduled and it has yet to be formally launched.  It certainly is exciting times for us and this year is set to be the busiest yet.

Cancellation of competition

It was with great regret that we were forced to cancel our ‘Santa Paws’ photo competition, but sadly the lack of entries would not have benefited the charities concerned.

We feel that the adverse weather conditions, played a large part in the small number of entries that were received and with more snow forecast, we had little reason to believe that position would change.

Obviously it was extremely disappointing for all those concerned, since our previous fund raising efforts have always been a great success.  I would like to thank all those companies who donated prizes and hope to arrange another fund raising event in the Summer months.

We have informed the majority of people who did enter their pets and the donation and photographs have been returned. I have been contacted by the Gazette newspaper however, informing me that a few more entries were received and those people will also have their donation and photographs returned.

 

Santa Paws photo competition

We are pleased to announce the launch of our ‘Santa Paws’ photograph competition, in aid of Chiltern Dog Rescue in Tring and Cats Protection in Hemel Hempstead. Both charities are extremely close to our heart, since they are both local and of course one of our own cats was adopted from Cats Protection!Haricat
 
We have been completely overwhelmed by the support we have received, with many local companies making donations for our prizes. The first prize in each section are holidays. For the winner of the dog section we have a self catering cottage, by Lairg, in Sutherland, Scotland which has a log fire, sleeps 4 people and two dogs are welcome. This has been donated by Farrant Frost Ltd.

For the winner of the cat section we have a four day Butlins break for four people, donated by Bourne Leisure, in Hemel Hempstead. The second prizes are a professional photography session, donated by Ian Waldron photography in Edlesborough. Third prizes are a £100.00 hamper donated by Pets at Home in Hemel Hempstead and another £100.00 hamper donated by ourselves Nina’s Nannies for Pets, also based in Hemel Hempstead. Fourth prizes are dinner for two at the Watermill Restaurant in Berkhamsted and The Red Lion in Berkhamsted. Fifth prize is a signed copy of Gino D’Acampo recipe book, and a limited edition, of the Meerkats ‘A Simple Life’by Aleksander Orlov, donated by one of our pet sitters Adrienne Hasler.

In addition to these wonderful prizes, we also have a Thames River trip which includes lunch and has been donated by The Flight Centre in the Marlowes Mall and will be raffled on the day.Luika

Mic Martin from BBC Dog Borstal has kindly given up his time to present the prizes to the winners of the dog section, and Jonathan Vernon Smith from BBC Three Counties radio, is our judge for the cat section.

The competition is being launched in this weeks Herald/Gazette, with two photographs of our dog Luika and Haricat. Both are the Nina’s Nannies for Pets mascots and delight in helping with our fund raising. They are obviously not included in the actual competition itself!

To enter this wonderful competition you should submit a festive photograph of your cat or dog, and the envelope should be marked ‘Santa Paws’ and addressed to The Herald/Gazette Newspaper, 39 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP1 1LH and please remember to put your dogs name and contact details on the back of your photograph. We also ask that you submit a £5.00 donation with your entry, made payable to either Chiltern Dog Rescue, or Cats Protection.

You should also be available to attend our prize giving, which will take place on Tuesday 21 December outside of The Flight Centre in the Marlowes Mall, in Hemel Hempstead ,at 4.30pm. if you are lucky enough to be chosen as one of our winners. Even if you are not a winner,why not come down to the Mall and meet Mic Martin or Jonathan Vernon-Smith, where we will also be displaying the winning photographs.