Puppies

Consumers Buying Puppies On A Whim Is Leading To A Welfare Crisis

Caroline Kisko | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Caroline Kisko

The UK's puppy buying habits could be leading to a welfare crisis and causing untold financial and emotional distress for consumers. This is what shocking new research released for Puppy Awareness Week (12-18 September) has found.

Breed Specific Legislation: The Missing Link

Linda Goodman | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK
Linda Goodman

We are running out of time to put right all these wrongs. And so are the dogs. The question is whether we have people in positions of influence and authority who are prepared to step up and do the right thing. And the right thing is to put the best interests of dogs at the centre of their strategy because only by doing this will everything else, including public protection, follow.

Couple Who Had Fertility Struggles Share Adoption Photos With A Twist

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A couple who struggled to conceive have revealed they've adopted an adorable puppy. The pair shared their happy news on Imgur with photos of their new...

To Solve the Puppy Trade, We Need to Be Pragmatic

Rachael Millar | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Rachael Millar

As a select committee of MPs considers what should be done about the pet trade, Blue Cross is urging a pragmatic solution that will really work... Ri...

They Call It Puppy Love...

Kathryn Berens | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

Lottie has been with us now for 5 days. Perhaps I am slightly delirious from lack of sleep but I have fallen for her very heavily indeed much to the delight of my family. That's quite fortunate really as I'm discovering that puppies are not a walk in the park (excuse the extremely weak pun, I plead exhaustion).

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The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Comedy

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This Puppy's Selfie Game Is Seriously Strong

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Move over Kim K, 'cause one young pup is defying the laws of selfie-taking in his own adorable way. The hilarious picture below was uploaded to Reddi...

Maternity Photoshoot Dog Is Back In Front Of The Lens With Her Adorable Puppies

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The dog who melted hearts everywhere with her stunning maternity photoshoot is back... But this time with her adorable litter of puppies in tow. A few...

Why Banning Third Party Puppy Sales Is the Right Thing to Do

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the majority of excited, prospective puppy buyers want to be able to confidently buy a puppy that has the best possible chance of being a healthy, happy companion, and family member. In other words there's no real demand out there for irresponsibly bred puppies.

This Pup Is Pretty Chuffed With His New Braces

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Many of us know the sinking feeling after hearing those horrifying words from the dentist: "You need braces." But one pooch looked positively overj...

When's A Stocktake Not A Stocktake?

Janetta Harvey | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK
Janetta Harvey

Stocktaking is a normal, regular activity for any business. When the phrase 'stocktake and clear out" is referring to living, sentient companion animals, it's a sinister notion. But that's the phrase used to describe what happens in the puppy trade when discarded breeding dogs and puppies not deemed 'cute' enough to sell are dealt with.

How Puppy Buyers Could Be Helped to Spot Good From Bad Breeders

Janetta Harvey | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Janetta Harvey

Puppies are making headlines and for reasons most decent people would rather not think about, especially those wanting a puppy and trying to pick thei...

Why Does the Pet Industry Federation (PIF) Continue to Withhold Public Information?

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

We've repeatedly asked PIF to explain how pet shops might obtain puppies from responsible breeders but of course PIF has not even attempted a response, as by definition this is impossible; pet shops do not obtain their puppies from responsible breeders.

Puppy Is Afraid Of Stairs, Finds A Better Way

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Comedy

Let's face it - sometimes, stairs are a little too big for puppies. The baby dogs' little legs just can't manage. But this crafty canine had an ing...

Cute and Fluffy? How About Dead and Dirty

Janetta Harvey | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Janetta Harvey

It would be a peculiar person that tried to argue that puppies are not adorably cute and fluffy. Thousands of pets for sale adverts flooding the internet show that pictures of puppies rarely fail to look sweet, they succeed in pulling on our heart strings and opening our purses. Cute sells.

Shona Sibary, I Have Someone You Should Meet...

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

My point is that dogs are living things and not some hot commodity. They form an attachment to you and I have seen first hand the heartbreak they endure at being left behind. They cannot comprehend why you left them and it stays with them for life.

The Sad Story Behind the Soaring Cost of Sickly Pups

Caroline Kisko | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Kisko

Our research for Puppy Awareness Week, taking place from 1-7 September, shows that a shocking one in 10 people buy their pup online, without seeing the puppy before they buy and 15% continue to buy from pet shops.

Are You Ready for a Dog?

Rachael Millar | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Millar

Many love the idea of getting a pup, but the reality isn't as rosy for all. If you're house-proud and don't think you're likely to change, think long and hard about whether a dog is the right pet for you.

Planning on Getting a Family Puppy? Read This First

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Parents
Bernadette Ballantyne

Having a family dog is a wonderful thing, but we learned the hard way that raising a puppy is not easy. From eating my son's birthday cake to getting a horse to charge at me, here are the most important things we have learned in the past two years of raising our Labrador puppy Mikey.

Could This 'Friends' Opening Remade With Rescue Pups BE More Perfect?!

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Comedy

So no one told you life was gonna be this cuuuuute.  BuzzFeed BFF recently recreated the "Friends" intro -- shot by shot -- with some furbulous ac...

If a Puppy Comes With Free Insurance Is That Any Reassurance?

Janetta Harvey | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Janetta Harvey

A roll call of puppy farmers delights fill the puppy sites: doodles of all sorts, cavachons, pugaliers, jugaliers, jugs, chugs, pomapoos, the names are as numerous as they are ridiculous. And behind them all, suffering parents endure years of breeding misery, not that puppy buyers will ever see or know that.

There's No Need for Overpopulation - All Dogs Are Worth Waiting For

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Marc Lee Abraham

Our developed world is becoming an increasingly impatient culture. With every slight advance in technology the expectation of instant gratification be...

Shih Tzu Puppies Use Stairs For The First Time And It'll Melt Your Heart

JukinMedia | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Comedy

These Shih Tzu puppies have encountered the first obstacle in their life: the stairs. However, with the help of their Shih Tzu elders, these puppies g...

When Puppies Attack...

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Comedy

Puppies. They're everywhere. Waiting in packs. Waiting for you to drop your guard... Then they attack. This is a public service message, remindi...

Why Buying a Puppy Is Not the Same as Rescuing One

Janetta Harvey | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK
Janetta Harvey

It's never been easier to buy a puppy. The puppy farming industry is huge. In the past, many people bought from pet shops, or local ads, and that still happens, but nowadays, there are thousands of online sites listing millions of puppies for sale around the world, offering a smorgasbord of misery. The scale is mind boggling and hideous if, like me, you loathe the way our relationship with dogs has been infected by a consumerist, disposable way of life.