Today Primrose Hill was the perfect setting for a great canine event with a very important message. Pup Aid 2012 was Europe’s biggest anti puppy farming event. The dog show, now in it’s fourth year has relocated to London from Brighton to create an even bigger event and raise more awareness. This is the first time The Royal Parks have agreed to such an event and I hope its not the last.
Judged by some very famous faces, including Brian May, Sarah Harding, and Debbie Douglas from “The Only Way Is Essex”, the dog show included categories such as “Dog that looks most like a celebrity” and “Campest dog in London”. The event was hosted by eighties television presenter Annabel Giles.
Of course a lot of fun was had but the message behind the whole event was to raise awareness of the horrendous puppy farming that happens in the UK. We were introduced to three chocolate labrador bitches that had been rescued from puppy farms. The treatment they had been through was heartbreaking. “Gavin and Stacey” star Joanna Page told us the story of one of the dogs who had been rescued. This dog was kept in a cage without readily available water, was used to have a litter, given a c-section then bred again. Multiple c-sections had left her with terrible scarring. She is now with a new owner and has had to be trained to live a normal dogs life.
On a puppy farm breeding dogs and puppies are often kept in dark conditions, riddled with infectious and inbred diseases. The pups are then sold on to pet shops, free online or newspaper ads. The new owners will be unaware of any diseases the puppy has and many die soon after reaching their new home.
The only way we can stop puppy farming is to stop the demand. For pedigree puppies make sure that you buy from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. When buying any puppy make sure you ALWAYS see it interacting with its mother. If you suspect something is not right then don’t buy. Don’t buy your puppy from a pet shop or garden centre – these have often come from puppy farms. Buying a puppy from a puppy farm is not rescuing it. You are simply creating space for the mother to be subjected to another litter of puppies who will be kept in the same conditions.
Today was a great, fun and very sunny day. One particular bitch called Meryl stole my heart! But the main thing I’ll take from today is a greater awareness of the puppy farming industry and what we can do to stop it. Find out more at www.pupaid.org or follow them on twitter @pupaid