As I was drinking my now-cold cappuccino at my local coffee shop early in the morning, an email notification popped up on the bottom right hand corner of my screen. An invitation to Parliament to discuss the rise in dog theft across the UK. Despite my initial excitement at the thought of going to Parliament, my heart sank a little at the prospect that dog theft has now become a national concern.
Well, a lot has been going on in the past week or two. You might notice the new design layout of the website and a few new updates here and there with additional blogs. I wanted to re-design the website to give it a much cleaner look, it’s also much easier for me to customise it in the future, add some advertisements and new features etc. (with special thanks to Graham Inman for helping me out with that). Changing something small like the colour of the font takes so much time and effort, I’m glad I’m not a web developer, that’s all I can say!
I’d love to know your views and suggestions on the new layout! You tend to look at a painting or a picture for so long, you forget how others perceive it.
I’ve also got a brand new section dedicated to guest blogs and the first one I have is from Laura over at www.thepuppytails.com with tips on puppy training and recall. Some very sound advice, you can view here.
I’m always open to ideas and if you feel you have something to blog about on my website (dog related, obviously!) feel free to send me an email – email@example.com
I also finally have some time on my hands to do other things; back in March this year at Crufts I signed up to the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI). However, due to work and other commitments I haven’t got round to it but I have now completed my first initial assessment. I felt like this was a great opportunity to share my experiences with my readers, particularly to those going through the same thing or thinking to do so. I’m looking forward to it so watch out for future blog posts and updates about it!
This month is National Microchipping Month sponsored by Petlog.
New statistics were released at the end of May by The Kennel Club; the research, carried out by the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets: Petlog. Petlog state that 46% of dog owners are unaware that compulsory microchipping is to be made in England while, out of the other 54% only one in five knew it was compulsory in England by 2016. At the same time just less than 50% of pet owners do not know if their details are currently up to date.
Isn’t this slightly worrying? There is truly a lack of understanding with dog owners around the country, almost all major charities think that microchipping is beneficial and rightly so. Such a simple and cheap procedure can be a brilliant method to safeguard your pet in case they go missing.