Saturday, March 30

Keep your Dogs away from your Easter Eggs

Everyone knows that chocolate is bad for dogs, don't they? 

Well one owner in South Wales was reminded of the problem when their dog consumed the children's Easter Eggs, fortunately the dog was rushed to the vet's and is now recovering.

So what caused it?  Chocolate contains a chemical, theobromine, that is toxic to dogs. Dogs are not able to metabolize this chemical quickly enough within their livers, and this can be a problem if they ingest an overwhelming amount of chocolate.

Also, different types of chocolate have different amounts of theobromine in them. The higher the cacao content, the more theobromine the chocolate contains and the more toxic it is to dogs.

Theobromine is related to caffeine, and the symptoms of chocolate intoxication can resemble excess caffeine intake. Dogs can become agitated to the point of uncontrolled trembling. They can appear hypersensitive to noise and hyper-reactive to external stimuli. With higher levels of intake, seizures may occur. In severe cases, death can result. 
Because the toxicity of theobromine is dependent on a dog’s weight, a smaller dog ingesting the same amount as a bigger dog has a greater chance of toxicity.

But the good news is that treatment can succeed if symptoms are caught early, but to avoid any problems keep dogs and chocolate away from each other.

Remember, the chocolate products specifically produced for dogs does not pose this risk but still remember, moderation in all things!

Sunday, March 24

That's what you call dedication

The yard outside Reception on Friday 
We have suffered some bad weather here at the Rescue the last few days with a lot of snow falling since Friday.

Not only has it been snowing but that snow has been drifting in the strong arctic winds

This has meant that some of our staff that live some distance from the Rescue could not make it in to work, those living closer were picked up by 4x4 vehicles. so those that could make it in had their hands full.

Road Conditions getting to the Rescue on Saturday

Despite this terrible arctic weather and drifting snow making the roads almost impassable some of the staff have made it in and so have some of our hardy regular volunteers, both the dogs and staff were very pleased to see them and when you look at the conditions out there then - that's what you call dedication

Friday, March 22

Change of Plans for 23rd March

Owing to the unexpected snowfall today the trailer will not be going to Jollyes tomorrow (Saturday 23rd March) BUT we will still be there, nice and warm INSIDE the store so please come and get your pets microchipped.

On the plus side you won't have to stand out in the cold while we do the microchipping.

Tuesday, March 19

Microchipping in Flint 23rd March 2013

 We will be holding a micro-chipping event at Jollyes in Flint between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 23rd March, 2013 you can support the charity and ensure your pets get returned to you should you ever loose them at the same time. Our trailer will be parked outside the store, you can't miss us.

We will be doing the micro-chipping for only £10 per pet

And if you are wondering how a micro-chip works, well it's a sophisticated electronic device which has been pre-programmed with a unique number, it is implanted in to your pet via a small injection, very similar to that of a vaccination. 
Your pet's unique MicroChip identification number is registered on the UK Database alongside your contact details. 
As your pet's MicroChip contains no battery it is read using a special scanner, which powers the MicroChip allowing it to send a signal back to the scanner. This is then displayed as a number on the screen of the scanner.

And how big is it? Well slightly bigger than a grain of rice, we can show you one when you visit to get your pet chipped.

Look out for our trailer

With  microchipping becoming compulsory why not get it done now and ensure your pets get returned to you should they get lost or stolen. So why not visit us and get your pets micro-chipped

MicroChipping your pet is a simple procedure that will stay with your pet for life! 

For directions - click here

Wednesday, February 20

Meeting Leon

Meet Leon!
This is Leon, he is a lovely older dog who has spent a very long time in rescue. He has been re-homed before but has returned for reasons beyond his control, such as relationship breakdowns between his owners.  He's had more than his fair share of bad luck over the years!

He's a simple pooch who wants for very little from life, just a couple of walks during the day and then relax with the family in the evening. Of course, he could also be so much more too! He has a calm disposition which makes him very easy to train, plus he really loves positive reward based games and training, meaning he has great potential in many areas.

Here is an account from Sue, a valued volunteer at North Clwyd Animal Rescue....

"I have taken Leon home on several occasions and although he's not so keen on the car (it could be my driving) once he's in the house he's fantastic, clean through the night without any noise. He know's he's not allowed upstairs and after his first attempt he hasn't even tried again. He's really good on and off the lead and his recall is very good.

I think his size may put people off but he is very affectionate and would make a really loyal and loving dog once you get to know the real Leon!"

Leon has a few things going against him as a rescue dog, firstly he has a bit of Staffie in him which appears to put off some would be adopters (typically folks influenced by media myths and sensationalism), also brindle dogs with dark faces generally have little interest shown in them whilst at rescue centres. But Leon's biggest hurdle to getting adopted is his initial distrust of strangers. At some point during his life he's learnt that strangers approaching him and trying to touch him is a bad thing, and of course being a rescue dog potential adopters are viewed at first as strangers.  The sad fact is Leon only needs a very short time to build up trust in people, I managed it in a 10 minute walk! From this point on he's been very comfortable with me. It is not uncommon for would be adopters to be looking for an 'instant connection' with a dog which rules out introducing Leon to them.
So Leon has a few more hurdles to jump than most before he gets some serious interest in him, but sometimes the best and most rewarding relationships need a bit of work to get them started!
As a canine behaviourist I'll always advise spending as much time as possible, over a few visits if necessary, to really get to know your family's potential companion.

Getting to know Leon....

In order to get to know Leon, all it takes to earn his trust is to show him you can show him respect by simply in-turn respecting his personal space (just as you would meeting new people!).  Take a walk with Leon, (ignore him) and just let him come with you, don't try to force yourself on him by trying to stroke him, don't try to force him to engage with you by trying to get him to respond to your voice, just simply walk.  After maybe 20 minutes of calm walking, respecting Leon's personal space, take a seat and see if Leon wants to come and meet you. If he comes up to sniff you, let him, once he's finished sniffing, get up and walk some more. Next time you stop Leon will probably try to engage you and rub against you and it is then you can start to stroke him a little, then, get up and walk some more. Once Leon is comfortable accepting a fuss you will see the sweet, obedient, lovable dog Leon really is. (Of course, this whole process can be helped along by offering him a few good treats for showing interest in you or relaxing around you).

He also struggles with some pushy dogs (like so many other dogs do), he usually gives them a bark or two telling them to calm down or back off, but this would be an easy problem to work through once he is in a home. He is so quick to learn and responsive this issue could be tackled in several ways (one simple way can be seen in his video).  He just wants to know he's safe, that you can keep him safe when scary dogs are around, so he can then relax and just be a dog.

Check out Leon's video...

here is his photo profile -

here is his NCAR portfolio -

So come up to NCAR and take him for a walk! Even if you have no intention of adopting him you could take him for a walk and help show him that strangers aren't all bad and really they are pretty good! This would not only get the lad out into the countryside but spending quality time exploring with strangers will vastly help his progress!
For any help regarding Leon contact me on

This lad just needs a chance, there must be a home and family out there for him!

Adam - canine behaviourist.