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UK’s 1st XL Bully case stirs frustration among responsible owners

Patrick McKeown, 40, from Worthing, West Sussex (pictured above), has been convicted for owning an unregistered American XL bully named Sully, marking a first in Britain. When police visited...

10% wages hike for industry from Monday

The National Living Wage increase to £11.44 on April 1st will challenge pet care businesses currently paying staff at minimum hourly rates with significantly higher wage bills, impacting operational...

Cornwall’s Hemlock discovery: A stark reminder of toxic plant dangers

The recent discovery of Hemlock Water Dropwort on Cornwall's beaches, brought to our attention last week by The National Coastwatch Institution, serves as a stark reminder of the potential...

Scotties added to vulnerable native breeds list

As covered by the Sunday Times today, the Scottish Terrier has been added to the Kennel Club's Vulnerable Native Breeds List, which highlights the breeds considered in danger of disappearing from the UK.  The...

The rise of the Doodles: Groodle takes top spot

The Goldendoodle and Poodle cross-breeds in general rose to prominence last year, surpassing breeds like Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs as the top choice among dog owners, according to Pets4Homes. The online...

Alabama Rot: The muddy menace and the hope for a cure

Alabama Rot, or Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy, is in the news at the moment, understandably worrying dog owners. However, though it seems like a new issue, this dangerous condition...

Shock collar ban delay: England, Scotland and NI lag far behind

What do the following countries have in common: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain (in some regions), Sweden, Switzerland, and Wales? Answer: The banning or...

Woe for XL Bully lovers as ban comes into effect

The ban on XL Bully dogs in England and Wales has started, making it illegal to have an unregistered XL Bully dog from today, 1 February. Because of this ban,...

Pandemic pups poll: Just a numbers game?

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found that many people who acquired puppies during the Covid pandemic are now having trouble with their dogs' behaviour. Their recent study – which surveyed over...

New law will mean jail time for pet thieves

The government is backing a new law to tackle pet theft. Currently under UK law a stolen dog is classified as just ‘stolen property’, but MP Anna Firth's Pet Abduction...

Hope for XL Bullies? Judicial review challenges Government’s ban

The recent approval for a hearing to reconsider the Government's ban on XL Bully dogs has sparked optimism among the breed's enthusiasts and owners. As reported by GoFido in November,...

Rogue dog walker ban fuels licensing argument

The recent ban of Paul Kingston, a professional dog walker known locally as 'Bob,' in Hertfordshire's Three Rivers area, has added to the debate around the rumoured licensing of professional dog walkers.  As reported...

Government struggles to enforce American Bully XL ban 

Speaking on Good Morning Britain today, Dr. Christine Middlemiss, the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer, highlighted the difficulty of enforcing the new law against Bully XLs, pointing to uncertain data...

Wages hike: Major shifts in staff pay

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 22nd announced a 9.8% increase in the National Living Wage . This is the biggest raise ever and it means higher running costs...

The Bully XL ban: What owners need to know, and the end of breeding

Parliament introduced new legislation yesterday, set to take effect on 31 December 2023. This legislation will ban XL Bullies, adding the breed to the list of dogs banned under...

RSPCA accuses Government of breaking dog welfare promises

As the Tory party conference takes centre stage, the RSPCA has levelled allegations against the Government of back tracking on its commitments to animal welfare, with several dog related...

Dog carers unite against proposed Bully XL ban

The proposed Government ban on American Bully XL breeds in the UK has sparked a united response from the country's dog care community, with trainers and professionals offering their...

Growing opposition emerges against proposed American Bully XL dog ban

The recent announcement by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to ban American Bully XL dogs has ignited a vigorous debate in the aftermath of a series of distressing dog attacks,...

Protest in Conwy: Dog owners and professionals rally against proposed beach ban

Over 1,000 people gathered in Conwy, North Wales, for a mammoth dog walk on 9th September with a shared purpose: to voice their opposition to a proposed plan that...

Pandemic pups crisis pushes UK dog rescues to breaking point

Between 2020 and 2022, a surge in "pandemic pups" has stretched UK dog rescue organizations to their limits. Around three million dogs found new homes during lockdowns, often without...