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Haute Dogs Calendar | All Dogs Matter

Award-winning London-based milliner Awon Golding launches beautiful calendars for 2019 featuring rescue dogs wearing couture hats to raise money for London-based dog charity, All Dogs Matter. Celebrated pet photographer Rachel Oates lends her talents to the project, capturing the personality-filled images.

Awon adopted her dog Stevie from All Dogs Matters and has committed to doing her part to help rescue dogs find new loving homes. Her love for animals and passion to help less fortunate pups is the reason behind this unique fundraising initiative.

She has teamed up with 11 dog-loving couture milliners including Phillip Treacy and Rachel Trevor-Morgan. Each milliner designed a beautiful unique headpiece relevant for one month of the year.

Last year, All Dogs Matter charity rescued and re-homed over 350 dogs! The team rescue unwanted/abandoned dogs daily from all over the UK and use a mix of foster homes and kennels spaces to protect the dogs in their care.

All the proceeds made will be donated to the charity to help towards vet fees and the upkeep and provision of rescue dogs in kennels and foster homes. Additionally, Awon has designed stylish campaign t-shirts and totes to raise further funds for the cause.

This campaign will help raise awareness of the amount of rescue dogs across the globe that would make beautiful additions to any loving home. Why not treat a loved one to the perfect Christmas gift and help make a difference by buying a one- of-a-kind haute couture calendar, t-shirt or tote bag?

Prices for the calendars start from £20, £15 for the t-shirts and £12 for the tote bags.

All products will be available to purchase from the Indiegogo campaign from 24th September until the end of October Click Here. From the beginning of November all product will be available to purchase from www.awongolding.com.

Fetch & Follow Stories | Claire & Rolo the Therapy Dog

We're very luck here at Fetch & Follow as we get the chance to meet some great people and amazing dogs and none more so than Claire and her Pets at Therapy dog, Rolo. In addition to visiting their local hospital each week, they also spend time at a residential care home and went to school for a year as a Read2Dogs visitor. 

With such an inspirational story we wanted to talk to Claire about Rolo and the amazing work he does, along with sharing tips on how other dogs can take the lead from Rolo and become therapy dogs.

Tell us about Rolo and how he came into your life

Rolo is an RSPCA rescue. He’s a cross breed – a Springer Spaniel cross Poodle or Sproodle or Springer/Poo. He was rescued from a puppy farm, one of thirty dogs – three litters and their mums. Rolo would certainly have died had it not been for the RSPCA as he had E.Coli food poisoning and it was touch and go whether or not he would survive. Sadly, two of his siblings had already died before the RSPCA arrived. All the dogs and pups went off for rehoming, apart from Rolo, who was kept at the vets for a week. After round the clock care, he was well enough to spend Christmas with one of the nurses and we collected him from my RSPCA contact on       January 2nd 2014.

What made you put Rolo forward to become a Therapy dog and what training was involved?
I have always loved dogs and been interested in how dogs help humans; when I was 12,  I did a project about Guide Dogs, which I think I still have somewhere.  Even before we had a dog (Rolo is the first dog of our own) I wanted to be a Pets as Therapy volunteer, as I know the joy and comfort dogs and many other animals can bring to humans.

Rolo went to puppy classes and then on to more general training – which I believe every dog should do – actually it’s just as much for the owners as their dogs (if not more)! When Rolo was around a year old, I applied to Pets as Therapy and got him assessed. No specific training was needed.

What is involved when Rolo visit patients
Each week we visit Southend Hospital. We start off in the Children’s Ward – Rolo is the first and only dog allowed in there, following the trial session he did two years ago. We then visit the Stroke Ward and then Oncology ward.. Rolo interacts with patients depending on their needs and how they are – he even helps with rehabilitation. Patients enjoy stroking him, some like to give him treats in return for them asking him to do something. Sometimes he sits on my lap and puts his paws on a pillow or blanket resting his head near to or on the patient, occasionally he lies on the bed with the patient. It’s important to note that it is not just patients that Rolo gives therapy to, but also staff and visitors. Rolo knows many of the staff, having worked at the hospital for three and a half years and as Southend is a University Teaching Hospital, there are always new people to meet. The staff really appreciate Rolo’s visits too.
Rolo also visits a care home and was a Read2Dogs visitor at a local Primary school for a year.

Rolo really loves to meet people – of all ages – whether they are new to him or people he has met lots of times.

What does Rolo like to do when he is not being a therapy dog?

Apart from meeting people, Rolo also loves to meet and get to know other dogs and play ‘chase’ with them, then perhaps share some places to have a good sniff. Rolo enjoys retrieving, especially tennis balls. He is rather a ball connoisseur – he will return a proper tennis ball many times, but if it is not a proper tennis ball or is damaged (injured), he will take it away and try to destroy it. He also loves to dig on the beach and the mud and swim, if it involves retrieving something. Rolo enjoys the variety in his life and knows how to behave, depending where he is – he’s a real professional – very calm when at work, but full of fun when out on a walk or in the garden. People often comment on how calm he is at the hospital, ever since he has been working there at 18 months old; conversely many people have commented ‘You’ve got a lively one!’ when on a free run.

If someone was interested in putting their dog forward to work as a therapy dog what advice would you give them?

I would suggest you contact ‘Pets as Therapy’ and ask them to email the assessment details and other requirements. There is no issue with regard to the size or type of dog, something I have found some people have a misconception about, but they mustn’t be too old, as it can be very tiring for them. They can start at around one year old. The main things are that your dog is not worried about noises, sudden or otherwise, can walk to heel with a normal collar and lead and does not jump up or ‘paw’ unless asked. They also need to be able to wait patiently, as sometimes you can be talking for some time with an individual or group of people. All skills (apart from noise sensitivity) I believe every dog should have, following basic training. Naturally, they must be relaxed and enjoy being around people and being touched. If there are any issues during the assessment, these can often be worked on and then your dog can be reassessed.

You can follow Rolo's adventures and see all of the good work he does on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

 

MUTT Magazine - A new leash of life

Here at Fetch & Follow we are always on the look out for something new and interesting in the world of ‘Dog. So when we heard of a magazine which celebrates rescue dogs and the joy adopting one can bring, we knew we had to find out more.

 

Below co founder Jay Harris talks to us about how the magazine started and what inspired the trio to focus on abandoned dogs and the issues surrounding them;

Mutt Mag arrived on the scene as the result of a Nottingham Trent University project in collaboration with Stack Magazines. Created by Alice Harrison, Jay Harris and Rosie Spence, Mutt Mag is fuelled by our love of dogs and compassion for the cause. Mutt Mag was born of the necessity to both honour the dog’s impact on our lives and educate readers on the contemporary crisis of dog abandonment.

Mutt Mag’s mission is to celebrate rescue dogs by awarding them the love they deserve, peeking through the keyholes of families and their happy hounds to offer an undocumented glimpse into their second chance at a forever home. Inspired by dogs themselves, Mutt Mag strives to embed a fun and enthusiastic approach to an otherwise disheartening topic, with love, care and dedication embedded into every turn of the page. 

For Issue One, Mutt Mag focuses on the concept of ‘Home’ and has been lovingly created to evoke the feelings of belonging and excitement as experienced when welcoming your newest family member. Inside, Mutt Mag strives to represent rescue dogs from all walks of life. We chat to John Bond about his first solo exhibition ‘Best in Show’, Kristina Suvorova illustrates her interpretation of bringing your rescue dog home and Henry Garrett of Drawings of Dogs expresses the impact of his dog Billie on his life and work.

To follow the adventures of this exciting new magazine visit www.instagram.com/muttmag_
Plus you can now buy issue 1 of MUTT Magazine from Fetch & Follow online and in our east London store