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Dog owners and walkers in Milton Keynes are being asked for their views in a bid to encourage responsible ownership and a sense of community.
The Parks Trust is holding an open evening for dog owners on Thursday 23 February from 7pm until 8.30pm at Campbell Park Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 4AD to talk all things dog and parks related.
They’re interested in what type of dog-related events you’d like to see or be involved in and to listen to your thoughts about encouraging responsible dog ownership. See here for full details.
Huge thanks to Willow Veterinary Centres for posting on Ralphie’s wall about a puppy scam which has made its way to Milton Keynes. The full details of the scam can be found on Willow’s website here but it’s a typical example of pulling on a potential dog owner’s heart strings, offering a pedigree puppy for free and then conning them out of money for ‘delivery’ never to be seen again. Pedigree puppies are not cheap to buy and it’s easy to see how people could be tempted by this offer, but please don’t be scammed.
We bought Ralphie almost two years ago now and he was £550; we paid a deposit of around £100 when we saw him and picked him out at just two weeks old. That ‘secured’ him for us and we paid the full amount when we collected him at eight weeks. when he was old enough to leave his mother. So don’t ever pay up front and in full for your puppy and don’t buy one without seeing it first, seeing it’s parents where possible and without having a chance to quiz the breeder about health checks etc – you need to make sure the puppy you’re paying for will be a healthy one. Equally, if you’re buying a puppy from a home where it’s no longer wanted, go and see it in its home environment first.
Whether to get your dog neutered or spayed is a question faced by all dog owners. Ralphie.co.uk talks to Stony Stratford’s Gemma Bessant, owner of Stamp the chiwawa, about her decision…
A talk and demonstration by the Medical Detection Dogs Charity is being held in Milton Keynes later this month.
Medical Detection Dogs is a charity that trains dogs to help people with life threatening health conditions.
The event is being hosted by Fun Ways and Yardley Gobion Dog Training Classes and will take place on Thursday 26 January 2012, from 8pm at New Bradwell Communtiy Centre, Milton Keynes.
All are welcome and tea will be provided. A donation of at least £2 per person is requested on entry and all monies raised will go direct to the charity. Call 01908 502272 for further information.
A scheme set up to encourage Milton Keynes dog walkers to be the eyes and ears of the community and help reduce crime has more than 1,000 members.
Milton Keynes Dog Watch is a registered charity set up to encourage dog walkers to keep a closer eye on the community as they exercise their pets. A partnership between SaferMK, Neighbourood Watch, The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Council, local enforcement officers and wardens, and Thames Valley Police, the scheme promotes dog walkers as a visible deterrent to crime.
Helen Sharratt, Watch Liaison Officer for Milton Keynes and Rural,said: “As a member of Dog Watch you will be out walking your dogs at various times of the day covering large areas of Milton Keynes and this can have an impact o reducing crime. Most criminals will not break into cars or houses is somebody is walking by. The information dog walkers feed back to us will assist in preventing crime, anti-social behavior, and assist in identifying offenders ad cleaning up areas.”
The scheme also promotes responsible dog ownership. Take, for example, the case of four-year-old Duke, a rescue dog from Wales who started out life as a working dog. He has been attacked twice by other dogs since moving to Milton Keynes, one at a local lake and another at a local park.
Helen added: “On both occasions the other dog wasn’t on the lead and the owner was unable to get their dog under control to prevent the attack. Fortunately on both occasions the dog had not left any puncture wounds and the vet gave Duke clear bill of health. But both of these attacks could have been avoided if the dogs had responsible owners.”
Dog owners signing up to the scheme are asked to follow the Dog Watch Code of Practice, which encourages responsible dog ownership, including controlling your pet, cleaning up after them and not littering.
Members carrying the MK Dog Watch card are also entitled to discounts on a range of products, including dog food stores, training classes, microchipping and more.
MK dog owner Emily has shared pictures of her two dogs – say hi to Kande and Fudge!
Emily says: “Here are my beasties. The black one is Kande and the brown one is Fudge. They go to agility once a week over in Lavendon and Fudge loves it!”