Muddy Boots - when did you last have Muddy Boots? There’s something very invigorating about having a cold, country walk, with a dog, and getting muddy boots.
But - to Dogs Trust - muddy boots are likely to mean muddy dogs and, with the wet weather during the past weeks, Dogs Trust is currently short of clean towels, blankets and bedding for their dogs. If you can spare any, they will be gratefully received. I know many readers are knitting blankets for our local animals – thank you for this and, if you want me to collect them from you, email me at email@example.com
One dog likely to get muddy paws is Loz – a friendly Staffordshire Bull Terrier who loves to play. When I met her she disappeared into the bushes empty-handed but emerged triumphantly with a football. Loz has only just arrived at Dogs Trust but, through no fault of her own, this is the second time she has been there. Four years ago, she was rehomed by them but, due to a change in housing circumstances, her owner can no longer keep her.
When I met Loz, you could sense she felt bewildered by her return. If there is room in your home for this beautiful Staffie call 01895 453 930 or go and see her at Harvil Road, Harefield UB9 6JW.
Muddy Boots are not always good news – the recent wet weather is cause for concern for animal welfare charities. Although actions to prevent animals suffering in the floods would seem to be common sense, there are reports of animals drowning. The RSPCA rescued over 60 animals in five days during the recent floods. Both Blue Cross and the RSPCA issue detailed animal welfare advice on what to do if you are at risk of flooding.
Key points include working out, in advance, your escape route, moving small animals inside and, if possible, upstairs. Making sure you have appropriate carriers for small animals immediately available and keeping up-to-date with Floodline warnings on 0845 988 1188.
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