ISSUE 140   SUMMER 2006

     We celebrate 100
      years of helping
        London’s pets

           Do Britain’s
        dogs meet our

    Two dogs’ journeys
         to happiness
Did you know that The Blue Cross can raise valuable
funds from old and unwanted shares? Quite often
small quantities of shares can cost more to sell
than they are actually worth and keeping virtually
worthless shares can cause tax headaches because
all dividends, no matter how small, must be declared.
Such shares may be of little benefit to you as an individual,
but ShareGift, a charity specialising in collecting unwanted
shares, parcels them into saleable amounts and donates
the proceeds to a variety of nominated charities, including
The Blue Cross. The scheme is very successful and during
the past eight years, The Blue Cross has received £46,500
from this method of fundraising.
There is no charge to you or The Blue Cross when you
donate shares through ShareGift – in fact you may even
benefit from income tax relief. For more information about
donating shares to The Blue Cross, please contact
Selina Williams, The Blue Cross, Shilton Road, Burford,
Oxon OX18 4PF, or call 01993 822651.
More information about ShareGift is available from its

     Send your shares!

                                                                Do you believe that
                                                                one important way of
                                                                improving animal welfare
                                                                in the future is to educate
                                                                children now?
                                                                Yes? Then you may like to consider volunteering
                                                                as a children’s educational speaker.

                                                                Blue Cross speakers will be visiting local primary schools
                                                                and children’s clubs across the UK to teach children about
                                                                responsible animal ownership.

                                                                You need to be at least 18 years old and have experience
                                                                of working with children in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
                                                                Full training will be given but a good general knowledge
                                                                of pet care is desirable. Please give as much time as you
                                                                are able.

                                                                All children’s speakers will need their own transport and will
                                                                be required to undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check.

                                                                If you would like further details, please contact
                                                                Tracy Genever, children’s education officer, on
                                                                01993 825596 or email
                                                                                                                                        Contents                      3


                                                                      regulars                                       18 Husky trekking
                                                                                                                         A vet’s tale of braving biting
    Welcome to the summer issue of Blueprint.                         4 News                                             temperatures to raise money
    We have some great features for you; on                               The Blue Cross mobile unit visits              for The Blue Cross
    page 14 we reveal a new concern that dog                              Pets at Home stores, raffle and
                                                                          Pet Pals competition winners are
                                                                                                                     19 When care lives on
    owners are seeking perfection in their pet                                                                           How expert vet treatment persuaded
                                                                          announced, and pet care books
                                                                                                                         Paula to mention us in her Will
    and on page 12 we relay the details of the                            to be won
    centenary celebrations at our Victoria                            7 Interview: Tom Vyner                         all about pets
    animal hospital. Turn to page 26 to win                               The new Blue Cross president, Tom
                                                                          Vyner CBE, tells us about his route
                                                                                                                     20 Advice
    some fantastic goodies for your pet rabbit.                                                                          Your pet and equine questions
                                                                          to the top
    And find out what happened when our                                                                                  answered by our panel of experts
                                                                      8 Animal tales: homes wanted
    reporter Smita Patel met with a former                                Could you take one of these
                                                                                                                     22 Animal focus
                                                                                                                         Advice on caring for a sick dog
    centre manager (page 10) to discover how                              deserving pets home with you?
    things have changed in the last 30 years.                         9 Animal tales: happy                          over to you
    Happy reading,                                                      endings…Bambi’s road
                                                                        to happiness                                 23 Letters
                                                                          How long-term Cambridge resident               Your letters; Parkin gets gold
                                                                          Bambi found her new home                       in the Kennel Club good citizen
                                                                                                                         dog scheme
                                                                      10 From the archives: travel back
                                                                         into the Northiam adoption                  24 Get involved
                                                                         and equine centre’s past                        All the latest supporter and
    Editor                                                                We meet Barbara Lawson and                     volunteer news, plus dates for
                                                                          learn about her time as manager                your diary
                                                                          in the 1970s                               26 Competition
                                                                                                                         Rabbit owners have the chance to
                                                                      features                                           win an amazing new hutch and lots
                                                                      12 Victoria hospital’s centenary                   of supplies for their pets
                                                                         celebrations                                27 My Blue Cross
                                                                          With staff in period costume and a             Deborah Burgess, who
                                                                          replica 1906 clinic, take a step back          recently joined The Blue Cross
                                                                          in time                                        from Battersea Dogs and Cats
                                                                      14 Perfect Dog Syndrome                            Home, tells us about her role
                                                                          High expectations can lead to                  in the reception of our Victoria
                                                                          disappointment with our pet dogs               animal hospital

                                                                      16 Success stories                             27 Contacts
                                                                          We catch up with two Blue Cross                Find your nearest Blue Cross
                                                                          dogs, Max and Bud, and hear about              adoption centre, animal hospital
                                                                          their journeys to happiness                    or shop

  is one of the UK’s oldest animal welfare charities
  has 11 adoption centres, four animal hospitals and three equine centres
  rehomes many thousands of unwanted and rescued animals each year
  provides veterinary care for the pets of people who cannot afford private vets’ fees
  runs the UK’s first animal hospital of its kind at Victoria, London
  relies entirely on the generosity of its friends and supporters                                                                                               4

Editor: Jennifer Lane Assistant Editor: Smita Patel Production: Andrea Fraser, Karen Hedges                Blueprint is printed on elemental chlorine-free paper produced
Photo library: Tracey Hawkins Head of Communications: Daniel Tickle                                        from sustainable forests and the paper mill conforms to the
Design:                                                                                    Environmental Management Audit Scheme.
Advertising enquiries: 020 7932 4067 Registered charity no: 224392 M5020/0506

    Visit us at Pets                                               COMPETITION AND RAFFLE NEWS
    at Home stores
    Our All About Pets mobile unit has been visiting
                                                                   Christmas Draw 2005
    a number of Pets at Home stores this year as                   The four big winners from the Christmas Draw
    part of our charity of the year relationship. There            2005 raffle have been picked out at the charity’s
    are still some dates left and we would like to                 animal adoption centre in Burford. From over
    invite you to come along and meet the team. Our                136,000 tickets, Mr and Mrs McDavid from Dorset
    full range of All About Pets pet care information              were picked to scoop the first prize of £5,000.
    leaflets will be available from the stand.                     Mrs Lines from Essex came second with a prize of
                                                                   £1,000; third prize of £500 went to Mrs Shepherd from Kent; and
                                                                   fourth was taken by CJ Churchill from Bedfordshire. All proceeds go
                                                                   directly towards The Blue Cross’s work with animals in need.

                                                                   Pet Pals calendar

    Sat 8 July – Portsmouth, Hampshire
    Pets at Home, Unit 2 Burrfields Retail Park,                   The Blue Cross Pet Pals calendar competition took place in March,
    Burrfields Road, Portsmouth PO3 5LZ                            and like last year’s inaugural event, there were many entries of a high
    Sat 15 July – Raynes Park, London                              quality. The calendar gives amateur photographers a chance of their
    Pets at Home, 80 Bushey Road, Raynes Park,                     pet appearing in print. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos
    London SW20 0JQ                                                and to those who voted online for their favourites.
    Sat 22 July – Fareham, Hampshire
                                                                   The 12 winning images can
    Pets at Home, 140-148 Southampton Road,
    Park Gate Retail Park, Titchfield,                             be viewed on our website
    Fareham, Hampshire PO14 3HA                          
    Sat 12 August – Sheffield (Heeley)                             The calendar which will
    Pets at Home, Heeley Retail Park, Chesterfield Road,           be on sale at our online shop,
    Sheffield, South Yorkshire S8 0RG                    , and
    Sat 19 August – York                                           in our Christmas catalogue.
    Pets at Home, Clifton Moor Centre,
    4 Stirling Road, York YO30 4XZ

                                                   THANK YOU TO SHIRES
                                                   Malcolm Ainge, managing director of Shires Equestrian Products, presented
                                                   The Blue Cross with a cheque for £5,000 to help support the building of a
                                                   new equine rehabilitation centre in Rolleston.
                                                      Shires raised the money by kindly donating £1 to the charity for each Winter
                                                   Stormbreaker rug they sold in 2005.

                                                   ROLLESTON TO OPEN
                                                   The Blue Cross’s new equine welfare centre is just receiving some finishing touches
                                                   and will be becoming operational during the summer. We will bring you photographs
                                                   of the horses and ponies in their new home in the next issue. To find out more about
                                                   the Rolleston project, please visit, contact Lindsay White at
                                                   The Blue Cross on 01993 825517, or email                                                                                                       Summer 2006
                                                                                         Regulars>News                          5

                                                        your dog’s diet
                                                        Obesity in dogs is a growing problem, and The Blue Cross is

                                           Books        encouraging owners to avoid feeding their pampered pet high
                                                        calorie human foods. This is in light of recent press coverage

                                           to give      of the benefits of regular dog food, compared to fast food
                                                        consumed by humans.

                                           away            Caroline Reay, chief veterinary surgeon at The Blue Cross
                                                        animal hospital in Merton, says:

  We have ten books to give away to Blueprint           “Obesity in dogs poses a big risk to their health. Dogs
  readers. The I am your pet range of child-friendly
                                                        are usually a lot smaller than humans, and giving your
  pet care guides contain everything young owners
                                                        dog a sausage can be a substantial boost to its calorie
  need to know about looking after their pet guinea
  pig or rat. The books were written with advice from   intake, especially if it’s a little dog. Dogs are just like
  Blue Cross staff and give helpful information on      humans in one respect; they like high fat foods.”
  everything from behaviour and feeding to breeds
  and correct handling.                                     Although research into the link between dog health and salt
                                                        is in its early stages, Caroline says dogs with heart disease
  We have six copies of each title to give away.        should avoid foods that contain high
  To win one copy, send your answer to the              levels of salt.
  question below, along with your name, address,            Caroline also worries
  daytime telephone number and which book you           about the trend to give pets
  would like, to:                                       vitamin supplements: “Well-
  I am your pet book                                    meaning attempts to encourage
  competition, Blueprint,                               healthy bones in big dogs by
  The Blue Cross,                                       giving vitamin or mineral
  7 Hugh Street,                                        supplements have been linked
  London SW1V 1QG                                       to problems. Particularly if
  by the competition                                    given in excess, some
  closing date of                                       scientists believe that
  Monday 31 July                                        these may actually
  2006. Please send                                     cause bone and
  only one answer                                       joint problems.”
  per household.                                            If you have
                                                        any concerns
  From which                                            about your
  country do                                            dog’s diet
                                                        or weight,
  guinea pigs                                           discuss a
  originate?                                            feeding plan
                                                        with your vet.

                                                                           news in brief
   BIRD FLU                                                         GROOMING EQUIPMENT
   AND YOUR PET                                                     DONATED
   Following media coverage of the                                  Much-needed professional grooming equipment
   arrival of bird flu (avian influenza)                            (pictured left) has been kindly donated to our Felixstowe
   into the UK, many pet owners are                                 adoption centre. Thanks to Simpsons of Langley Ltd
   understandably concerned about                                   in Cambridgeshire.
   the implications for their pets.                                 The new facilities help staff to keep the dogs and cats
   Visit our dedicated webpage                                      clean, trimmed and better accustomed to being handled. for                                 For further information about Simpsons products contact
   all the latest developments.                                     Kevin Simpson on 01354 691830.

Summer 2006                                                                                 

                                                                                       Take Your Dog To Work Day
       AWARDS NEWS                                                                     registration now open
                                                                                       Now celebrating its 11th birthday,
                                                                                       Take Your Dog to Work Day is the
                                                                                       most popular charity dog event in the
                                                                                       canine calendar. This year we
                                                                                       launched registrations at Crufts with
                                                                                       an attractive new website (see right),
                                                                                       This year the event – sponsored by
                                                                                       Hill’s Pet Nutrition – is taking place
                                                                                       on Tuesday 19 September and registration is now open.
                                                                                       To join in the fun and fundraising, register online, call the hotline
                                                                                       number: 01993 825502, or email

       The Blue Cross’s Steve Goody with Libby Sheridan from Hill’s
       (far right) and two veterinary students, at the AVS congress
                                                                                         BLUE CROSS CAT
       Veterinary Student Award launched                                                 AND DOG WINNERS
       Hill’s Pet Nutrition has teamed up with The Blue Cross to launch an exciting
       new Veterinary Student Award. Students are required to submit a paper
       assessing recent work on the benefits of the relationship between pets and
       people. The first award of £1,000, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, will be
       given in January 2007, and will be presented annually thereafter. Students
       can send their submissions to: Steve Goody, The Blue Cross head office,
       Shilton Road, Burford, Oxon OX18 4PF. For information on the judging
       criteria, please visit our website,

       Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse Award 2006
       The Blue Cross is also calling for nominations from veterinary practices
       across the country for The Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse Award 2006.
       The annual award will be presented at the British Veterinary Nursing
       Association Congress on 13-15 October. It is given to veterinary nurses
       in recognition of their contribution to educating the public in responsible
       pet ownership and the welfare of pets in the community.                           Blue Cross cat triumphs at Olympia
           Nominations can be made by completing the nomination form on our              At the National Cat Show in Olympia, Oscar – a cat adopted from
       website at, or by calling 01993 825577              our Hertfordshire adoption centre – was successful in winning
       to request a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is 7 July 2006.        second and third place in the Open Class and Most Unusual
                                                                                         Colour competitions respectively. His owner Joanne Martin said:
       The Blue Cross Welfare Award                                                      “He is a striking and handsome cat – we think he should have won
                                                                                         first place, of course!”
       The Blue Cross Welfare Award, part of
       this year’s Petplan Awards ceremony,
       has been presented to the chief
       executive of the Feline Advisory
       Bureau (FAB), Claire Bessant, for her
       substantial contribution to feline welfare
       over many years. Dr Andrew Edney
       MA DVetMed MRCVS, a Blue Cross
       governor, presented the award at the
       British Small Animal Veterinary
       Association Congress.                      Claire Bessant with her award,
                                                  and Andrew Edney presenting

       The JA Wight Memorial Award
                                           The JA Wight Memorial Award,
                                           sponsored by The Blue Cross, was
                                           awarded to Kate Kerr for her substantial
                                           contribution to animal welfare and
                                                                                         Blue Cross winner at Crufts
                                           veterinary education. James Wight,            The Blue Cross stand at Crufts was a big success this year, with
                                           son of the late Alf Wight, presented          a great selection of giveaways, leaflets and magazines. The larger-
                                           the memorial award. Alf Wight is more         than-life animated Blue Cross character Dooby the Dog (see
                                           commonly known as veterinarian                picture) was a real hit with passing children.
                                           and author James Herriot. Kate is                 The biggest show in the canine calendar was well supported
                                           the chairman of the British Veterinary        with over 120,000 people attending. The usual competitions and
                                           Association Animal Welfare Foundation         displays were there, and we were proud to see an ex-Blue Cross
                                           (BVA AWF) and is committed to                 rescue dog named Tip win the midi agility. The two-year-old collie
       Kate Kerr with her award and        improving the welfare of animals through      cross Jack Russell was taken expertly around the course by his
       James Wight presenting              veterinary science, education and debate.     owner, 16-year-old Heather Lee.                                                                                                                           Summer 2006
                                                                                             Regulars>Interview                              7

                                                     “  Both my wife and I
                                                        are dog lovers and
                                                        so it is easy to see
                                                        why The Blue Cross
                                                        touched us once
                                                        we’d learnt about it.

                                      Tom Vyner

Tom Vyner CBE became president of The Blue Cross on                    domestic animals. In many cases these animals are the
January 1 this year. He is a former governor and vice                  lifeblood to their owners and they, in particular, want care for
                                                                       their pets more than anything else. Whilst I am sure that the
president of the charity and has been a supporter for
                                                                       lobbying work (and the other fringe activities in which other
many years.                                                            organisations indulge) is necessary, I find it incompatible with
                                                                       the dedicated work that has to be undertaken to look after sick
Q How did you first become involved with                               and needy animals. Both my wife and I are dog lovers and so
The Blue Cross?                                                        it is easy to see why The Blue Cross touched us once we’d
Lord Sheppard asked me to help with his fundraising                    learnt about it.
committee for the Victoria hospital and I became so immersed
in it because I felt the cause was so worthy. One could only           Q You have a
be impressed by The Blue Cross, its objectives, the dedication         dog named Molly.
of its people and the enormous gratitude felt by the people            Have you always
whose animals are treated at the hospital. The sum of money            had pets at home?
we needed was substantial and it was fairly difficult to raise,        We have always had
but this only made me more determined to succeed and with              dogs at home, either
it learn about the organisation so that I could use the knowledge      throughout our married
to entice people to donate to the fund. At this time I was asked       life or earlier through
to join the board of governors, an invitation I felt privileged        our parents. We
to accept.                                                             started with
                                                                       bullmastiffs, and for a
Q You've been associated with the organisation                         period we had my
in various ways for many years. What changes                           mother’s Yorkie after                                        Molly
have you noticed over time?                                            she died. Imagine the
On my recent visits to the Burford adoption centre and the             domestic scene with a male Yorkie ruling a nine-stone female
new Grimsby animal hospital, I gained the impression that              bullmastiff, and the two sharing a bed! Latterly, and for the last
the organisation had moved on substantially, that funding              20 years or so, we have had Airedale terriers – Molly is our third.
is improving facilities beyond all measure and yet as the
organisation is expanding in many directions, it has not lost sight    Q What are you looking forward to getting involved
of its core values. Overall I felt that the charity was in extremely   in now that you are Blue Cross president?
good hands and was being managed very effectively.                     I guess the greatest pleasure I will gain from having
                                                                       the honour of being the president is to help spread
Q Why has The Blue Cross remained so important to                      the word. The Blue Cross is a very special charity and
you over the years?                                                    not enough people know about it, and particularly the
I suppose the importance of The Blue Cross to both my wife and         good work it does. A lot has already been done but anything
I is that it reflects an attitude towards animals with which we can    I can do to help will be great for me. If I can help in a
readily relate. For sure there are many animal charities, but all      business sense then so much the better. I am at the disposal
the well known ones spend a disproportionate amount of time            of the board and will do everything I can to help them in their
and money on lobbying and activities other than the welfare of         very valuable work.

Summer 2006                                                                                             
    Regulars>Animal Tales

    Homes wanted...
    Can you offer one of these pets a loving new home?

      Robyn and Rene are lovely rabbits looking     Brandy is a sweet natured little dog,             Jemma and Laura are mother and
      for a new home together. They are friendly    who is shy initially. She gets on with other      daughter. They have been together for a very
      and fine to handle. They require a suitably   dogs, cats and children. Brandy will make         long time and we are looking for a nice home
      sized hutch and an attached run.              a great companion for a family, couple or         where they can live together.
      Contact: Burford adoption centre              a retired person.                                 Contact: Felixstowe adoption centre
      01993 822483                                  Contact: Thirsk adoption centre                   01394 283254
                                                    01845 577759

      Chester is a three-year-old Great Dane        Saskia is a striking five-year-old cat. She       Handsome cat Blackie came to us as a
      cross. He is a gentle, sociable dog, and      is outgoing and will climb all over you to        stray. He is understandably a little unsure of
      would benefit from continuing the training    get what she wants! She has had a difficult       new people but once he gets to know you he
      that is currently enabling him to be more     time, but she is now ready and keen to find       enjoys a fuss. Blackie has been used to living
      independent.                                  new owners.                                       in a quiet area without much traffic. He would
      Contact: Bromsgrove adoption                  Contact: Cambridge adoption centre                like owners who will give him time to settle
      centre 0121 453 3130                          01223 350153                                      and regain his trust in people.
                                                                                                      Contact: Lewknor adoption centre
                                                                                                      01844 355293

      Kiera is an extremely clever, happy girl,     Phoebe is very loving, friendly and               Belle has been at the centre for six months.
      and a real attention seeker. She has great    affectionate, but prefers to keep all four paws   Unfortunately she has been overlooked
      potential in the right home. She will need    on the ground. She does enjoy a warm lap          because she has a bald nose due to a skin
      dedicated owners to bring out the sweet,      and can be quite playful when in the mood.        allergy. This means she needs to follow a
      affectionate and wonderful dog that she is.   She may be better suited to a slightly quieter    special diet. She is a wonderful cat, however,
      Contact: Tiverton adoption centre             home than she has had in the past.                and very affectionate.
      01884 855291                                  Contact: Torbay adoption centre                   Contact: Northiam adoption centre
                                                    01803 327728                                      01797 252243

    For regular updates on pets available for rehoming, see                                                                                                              Summer 2006
                                                                                      Regulars>Animal Tales                              9

Bambi is at his best
Cambridge adoption centre was home to boisterous Bambi for a long time, until Maxine Thompson
fell in love with the cheeky cat.

Bambi, a one-eyed tabby cat, was a long-term resident at the          I just knew I wanted to adopt him. He’s a playful cat with lots
Cambridge adoption centre. Animal welfare assistant Anna              of personality. He plays like a kitten.”
Claxton explains: “Bambi had been with us for six months and              Bambi is making himself at home and has found his own
came to us because his owners moved abroad. He didn’t settle          hiding place under the bed. Maxine is very pleased with Bambi
in to cattery life at all.”                                           and the swiftness with which he’s settled in: “He’s very well
    Bambi was a very nervous cat, having suffered a road traffic      behaved and I think we’ll be very happy together.”
accident in the past – in which he lost an eye – and quickly              Bambi was very popular at the centre, Anna concedes, but
became notorious for his behaviour. After assessment by animal        could not have gone to a better home. Maxine was also pleased
behaviour adviser Andrew Stripe, the team at Cambridge                with the assistance of Blue Cross staff: “The Blue Cross was
dedicated daily time to a gentle socialisation programme.             brilliant and couldn't have been more helpful to me.”
    As Anna explains: “This gave Bambi a new lease of life,               The Blue Cross rehomes pets like Bambi every day, and
and soon after, he was rehomed.” Bambi’s new owner is Maxine          happy endings like this highlight the dedication of Blue Cross
Thompson, from Cambridge. Maxine was instantly attracted to           centre staff. As Anna Claxton says:
Bambi and explains how he has settled in: “Bambi’s been here
for three weeks now, but has settled in very well and is coming       “A story like Bambi’s only highlights the
along in leaps and bounds.                                            work we do here: mend broken hearts
    “He is a totally different cat at home to the one I saw in
the centre,” she continues. “I saw him and fell in love with him      and send them on their way. This is
instantly. There was a connection I can’t put my finger on –          truly what animal welfare is all about.”

   “ The Blue Cross
     was brilliant
     and couldn't
     have been
     more helpful
     to me.

Bambi is just one of many happy endings so far this year – and another example of The Blue Cross’s careful matchmaking.

  If you have a pet from The Blue Cross with a special story to tell, we would love to hear from you. Please write to Happy
  Endings, Blueprint, 7 Hugh Street, London SW1V 1QG, or email

Summer 2006                                                                                             
        Regulars>Blue Cross heritage

        A career
        to animal
        In the first of a series of interviews with long-standing
        ex-Blue Cross employees, Smita Patel speaks to Barbara
        Lawson, former centre manager at Northiam equine
                                                                                Barbara with her dog, Bo
        and small animal adoption centre.

         Barbara Lawson retired from The Blue Cross in 1994, after               because I know how difficult they are to rehome. So, Bo came
         spending 23 years as Northiam adoption and equine centre                along. The centre staff said he was a nutcase – which he is!
         manager. Barbara still lives in Northiam, and it’s there that           He runs around the house and garden, and it took him weeks
         I spoke to her about her life. Her lovely dog, Bo, listened in          to settle, but I would not take him back.”
         as he lounged by the fireplace.                                             During Barbara’s time at Northiam, she saw changes at the
             Barbara had always been around animals, as her father was           centre and across The Blue Cross as a whole: “The Blue Cross
         a farmer: “We had various animals around as you can imagine.            did change all through my time there. I don’t think there was a
         I knew some of the people at The Blue Cross and enquired                great demand for animal care in the past and, initially, Northiam
         about voluntary work. They wanted someone at Northiam with              was known as St Francis Fields of Rest for Horses,” she says.
         knowledge of horses, which I had.”                                          I ask her how she would handle working at The Blue Cross
             Staff at the centre orginally consisted of Barbara and just one     in 2006. “If I worked for The Blue Cross now, I think there’d
         other person. Numbers steadily grew, however, and she                   probably be more computers, which I couldn’t possibly work with!
         eventually became manager (known then as a superintendent).             But I would imagine the same basic principles of looking after
         As she explains: “The equine centre at the time was small, with         animals have remained much the same.”
         only two horses and two donkeys. But I was certainly working
         hard – no sitting in an office! Though there was office work to do,     “The best thing about
         that was done in the evenings.” Barbara lived in the house on-
         site, which was built by The Blue Cross.                                working for The Blue Cross
                                                 Barbara ran the centre
                                              as well as looking after the
                                                                                 was that the supporters were
                                              maintenance:                       lovely, as were the animals.
                                                “We did a lot of the             Even though it was hard
                                                manual work, like painting
                                                and cleaning drains. It was
                                                                                 work, it was enjoyable at
                                                like a home from home.”          the same time.”
                                                This environment is one that        Barbara also regularly featured in Blue Cross Illustrated,
                                                Barbara remembers fondly.        (see inset) the forerunner of Blueprint. She showed me the large
                                                When asked if she goes back      collection of back issues she owns, detailing the history and
                                                to the centre often, she         development of the charity. Barbara is pictured on the front cover
                                                recalls how she came to          of one issue with Sophie, a dog she recalls hitching a ride on the
                                                 adopt her dog, Bo: “I got Bo    back of a milk float back in 1982 and finding her way to Northiam.
                                                 from Northiam. I wanted to         Her memories are fond ones, and she remains committed
                                                 give a home to an old dog       to The Blue Cross: “The charity has improved a great deal.
                                                 as I had lost my previous       The Blue Cross’s commitment to caring for horses is unique
     Barbara featured regularly in Blue Cross
     Illustrated, the forerunner to Blueprint     ones. I wanted an old dog      and something to be proud of.”
                                                                                                       Summer 2006
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    in your heart”                                                        

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     more for every £1 that you donate by simply filling in this form.
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     No stamp is needed, but if you use one, more money will go to the animals.

Summer 2006                                                                                      
     Features>Centenary celebrations

     100 years
     of helping
     London’s pets
     Hospital staff in period costume ensured our centenary
     celebrations were a great success.

     On May 15 2006, The Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria
     celebrated its centenary. Veterinary staff were proud to join in
     the event to celebrate so many years of support for London’s
     needy animals. From kennels to clinics, some staff could be
     seen working as normal but wearing the big, full skirts and stiff
     tweed suits of the period.
         But the time travel didn’t end with attire. A mock-up of an early clinic
     had been carefully constructed to show just how a working clinic would
     have looked and been run in 1906, complete with old examination
     equipment, boxes of medication and bottles from the time.
                                                                                    Dick Voigt, veterinary director, had the honour of cutting the cake
         The hospital reception also played host to a display of photographs,
     for patients and staff to enjoy. Taken at various stages of the hospital’s
     past, the pictures featured the staff at work, and showed how the
     hospital had changed, including its work throughout the Blitz in World
     War II, when staff often worked by candlelight.
         Today, the clients at the charity’s hospitals are those on means-
     tested benefits, State Retirement Pension (with no other sources of
     income) or low incomes. For some people, particularly the elderly or
     housebound, their pet is their sole companion. Without The Blue Cross,
     many would be unable to afford to keep those animals and would lose
     out on the many benefits pet ownership brings.
         One of the guests on the day was Katie Simpson, 57, who brought
     along her beloved shih tzu dog, Maxwell. Katie, who suffers from
     multiple sclerosis, explained that Maxwell has had many health
     problems too: “Over the years has had kidney, heart and hip problems,
     as well as having cataracts in both eyes. He is so important to me –
     he is my baby and the reason I’m still alive.”
         Katie explained how The Blue Cross treated Max through
     acupuncture: “Within a week, he was walking again. It was like he’d
     been touched with healing hands. The Blue Cross really did save his
     life. It is so good to know he is well looked after when he is in hospital.”

     The Blue Cross believes the human animal bond can never
     be underestimated, and Katie and Maxwell’s relationship is a
     prime example. “He means the world to me” says Katie.
     “The Blue Cross is such an amazing organisation and its staff
     are so understanding. I hope they go on for 100 more years
     and many more after that. Everyone should put their hands
     in their pockets and help The Blue Cross help the animals.”

     As The Blue Cross moves forward into the 21st century, the
     services it offers continue to be a lifeline for London’s pets –
     and their owners.                                                              There was a buzz on the day as staff celebrated 100 years of the hospital                                                                                                                Spring 2005
                                                                                                                                        Summer 2006
                                                                        Features>Centenary celebrations                                 13

    Facts from Victoria’s first year
        The first case seen in the donkey ward was a mare belonging to
        a flower dealer from Notting Hill, which was successfully treated
        for pneumonia.

        A grey tabby kitten with an injured foot from a road traffic accident
        was the first patient in the cat ward.

        In its first year 10,957 patients were treated at the hospital, of which
        1,226 were horses and donkeys, 3,750 were cats and 4,436 dogs.

        81,984 animals were treated at Blue Cross hospitals in 2005.
        The Victoria animal hospital carried out 21,215 consultations,
                                                                                         Steve Broomfield, regional manager for the
        3,878 operations and 7,535 diagnostic procedures.
                                                                                         south, with Katie Simpson and Maxwell in the
                                                                                         mock-up clinic

Vets and nurses carrying out their everyday work while wearing period costume

     Buy a copy of the
     Victoria animal hospital
     centenary brochure
     For one hundred years, teams of dedicated veterinary surgeons,
     nurses and other staff have been a lifeline for London’s pets. This
     stunning 28-page brochure portrays the history of the Victoria
     animal hospital with magnificent photographs taken over the years, many being seen for the first time.
     At just £3.99 + 65p each copy for postage and packing, this centenary brochure is a beautiful keepsake
     for this important occasion.
     Orders can be placed by emailing with your name and address, or sending a cheque
     (made payable to The Blue Cross) to Jayne Eccleston – stating the number of copies you wish, your name, address
     and telephone number – at The Blue Cross, Shilton Rd, Burford, Oxon OX18 4PF. Alternatively, to pay by credit card
     phone Jayne on 01993 825577.

     Any extra donation you may like to include would be gratefully received by the animals.

Summer 2006                                                                                        
     Features>Perfect dog syndrome

     Older people were willing to train their dog five times a day

     The nation’s perfect dog
     In 2005, The Blue Cross conducted a survey into people’s expectations of their dogs, revealing a worrying lack of
     understanding about the importance of training and socialisation, as Su Crown reports.
     Quick fix consumer culture may be nothing new, but Blue
     Cross research suggests our dogs may now be suffering as a
     result. Our survey shows that many owners have unrealistically
     high expectations of their pets – but are unaware of the time
     and effort needed to achieve well-balanced dogs.
         An apparent lack of understanding about the importance of
     training and socialising could mean that dogs don’t meet these
     exacting standards, and are therefore brought to rehoming
     centres, such as those run by The Blue Cross.

     Our demands on dogs
        According to our survey, the majority of dog owners wanted
     a dog to be socialised in under three months and did not think
     that training should be ongoing. However, they also wanted
     dogs that were good with adults and children and could fit in
     to a family environment.
        Julie Bedford, head of animal behaviour at The Blue Cross,
     says: “People may feel that their dogs have to be perfect – the
     need to attain perfection in all other walks of life means that we
     see our pet’s behaviour as yet another problem to overcome.”         The majority of people questioned wanted outdoor dogs                                                                                                         Summer 2006
                                                                         Features>Perfect dog syndrome                                                  15

    The survey also found that women’s dogs were most
likely to suffer from the expectations of this ‘perfect dog                    Survey findings
syndrome’. Over a third of women said that the destruction
of household items would be the thing most likely to make                          55 per cent of respondents wanted family dogs,
them give their dog up, and they find wetting or messing in                        22 per cent outdoor dogs (such as collies), nine per
the house the most annoying behaviour of a dog.                                    cent lap dogs and seven per cent urban breeds.
    However, women are also more likely to leave their dogs
alone all day, which could lead to these behaviours being                          New dog owners are more likely to leave their
exhibited. Julie adds: “It can be impossible to attain                             dogs alone at home during the day (48 per cent
perfection, but with time, effort and the correct approach it                      compared to an average of 34 per cent).
is certainly possible to avoid the problems that may lead to
disappointment, and the dog ending up in a rescue centre.”                         Women are most likely to own one dog (74 per cent),
    Not all the statistics were worrying, however. Dogs of
                                                                                   and the majority of women dog owners (56 per cent)
owners aged over 55 were least likely to suffer the results
of ‘perfect dog syndrome’, with 73 per cent of owners saying                       have owned a dog for more than ten years.
their dog was with them or someone else all day. 70 per cent
were willing to train their dog five times a day to help                           The ‘perfect dog’ in looks and temperament was found
improve behaviour.                                                                 to be female; medium sized; mixed colouring; shorthair;
                                                                                   good with people and kids and a family dog.

“The need to attain                                                                Respondents who wanted dogs that could be left alone

perfection in all                                                                  were most likely to be annoyed by wetting/messing in
                                                                                   the house (38 per cent).
other walks of life
means that we see
our pet’s behaviour
as yet another thing
to conquer.”
                                                                               Owners in the West Midlands are more likely to want a large dog

                                                                               Regional quirks
                                                                                   Londoners are more likely to want an outdoor type
                                                                                   of dog, like a collie, than an urban-living dog, like a
                                                                                   Staffordshire bull terrier.

                                                                                   People in the South West are least likely to be annoyed
                                                                                   by dogs jumping up than any other region.

                                                                                   Dog owners in the East Midlands are more likely to be
                                                                                   annoyed by dogs chewing items than any other region.

                                                                                   Owners in Wales are more annoyed by dogs pulling on
                                                                                   the lead than any other region.

                                                                                   Owners in the West Midlands are more likely to want a
                                                                                   large dog, like a Rottweiler, than any other region.

                                                                                   Dog owners in the North East are least likely to have
                                                                                   ‘perfect dog syndrome’, displaying understanding of
                                                                                   ongoing training, consistency and the importance of
A large number of female respondents had owned a dog for more than ten years       spending all day with a dog.

Summer 2006                                                                                                            
     Features>Success stories

     Success Stories
     Max’s tale
     You may remember Max, one of the dogs featured in a Blue Cross appeal this year. Happily,
     Max has now been rehomed and is enjoying a fresh lease of life with his new owners.

                                                                  We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who
                                                                  generously donated to this appeal and we are happy to
                                                                  report back now on Max’s progress.
                                                                     Max, a one-year-old collie cross, was found as a stray
                                                                  and brought in to one of our adoption centres for rehoming.
                                                                  He had been microchipped so the centre was able to contact
                                                                  his previous owners, but they sadly said they no longer wanted
                                                                  him. Max then began his stay at the adoption centre.
                                                                     Max has now been rehomed and his owners clearly adore
                                                                  him. Mr and Mrs Dodwell were instantly attracted to Max:
                                                                  “Our eyes met and we knew he was the dog for us,” says
                                                                  Mrs Dodwell. They were made aware by staff that Max could
                                                                  be somewhat boisterous but, as experienced dog owners,
                                                                  they carried on with his training and now he is doing well:
                                                                  “He sits at every kerb he comes to and rarely has to be told.”
                                                                     Max is also well-behaved indoors, as Mrs Dodwell explains:
                                                                  “He’s brilliant in the house. He doesn’t chew anything apart
                                                                  from his toys.”

                                                                  Max does, however, have a
                                                                  tendency to devour anything
                                                                  edible, so the Dodwells make
                                                                  sure not to leave any food
                                                                  lying around, “otherwise
                                                                  it will disappear.”
                                                                      Max’s new owners are keen walkers and he spends
                                                                  a lot of time outdoors. Max will be enjoying a series of
                                                                  walking holidays this year, taking in Exmoor, Yorkshire,
                                                                  Pembrokeshire and the Lakes on his travels. He has clearly
       Max enjoys long walks with his new owners
                                                                  endeared himself to his new owners:

         “We’re the lucky                                         “He is a very, very loving
         ones to have                                             dog, always sits as close
         him”, says owner                                         to us as he can, and has
                                                                  the most beautiful brown
         Mrs Dodwell.                                             eyes,” says Mrs Dodwell.
         “We’ve just                                              He is also very good
         bonded with him.”                                        with their three young
                                                                  grandchildren.                                                                                           Summer 2006
                                                                                      Features>Success stories                   17

Bud’s story
Bud, an 18-month-old German shepherd dog, is another success story.
He first arrived at the Blue Cross centre in Tiverton last December.

Bud came from the Porthcawl Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), an
organisation in Wales affiliated with The Blue Cross that takes in stray
and unwanted dogs and tries to find them permanent new homes. Tiverton
centre occasionally takes dogs from PAWS to help them with high numbers.
   Little was known about his history except that his previous owner could
no longer keep him. Bud arrived as an extremely distressed and anxious dog,
and despite all the hard work of the staff, it was clear that he couldn’t cope with
a kennel environment. His behaviour on the lead deteriorated as his frustration
increased. He barked and lunged at other dogs and was generally very hard
to handle.
   Everyone worried about his deterioration and prospects of finding a new
home with owners that could cope with his behaviour. It was decided that Bud
desperately needed to get out of kennels and into a foster home. Centre staff
member Sally Dawes and manager Damian live on site, and as they regularly
fostered animals from the centre that required a little extra attention, they
decided to give Bud a try.
   Sally says: “He relaxed almost immediately. He spent a very peaceful first
evening asleep on his bed, clearly exhausted. Bud is now excellent at coming
when called and slowly I was able to reintroduce him to other dogs off his
lead and out on walks in a much more relaxed and non-confrontational way.”
                                                                                         Sally and Bud
   Bud’s frustration around other dogs soon reduced, and he focused all his
attention onto his handler, and particularly onto toys. Sally says his progress
was remarkable: “He was soon off his lead, meeting many other dogs to play
with in a calm manner.”
   All the patience and training has paid off because Bud is now to become
                                                                                           “All the
an RAF dog. He has just passed his medical examinations and will be a working
dog at the Melton Mowbray base in Leicestershire.
                                                                                           and training
Sally is thrilled at this happy ending:
“This is the perfect home for Bud                                                          has paid off”
because he loves to be kept busy.”

                                                                                                             Bud takes it easy

Summer 2006                                                                                    
     Features>Husky trekking

     Braving the elements
     It began when Pete van Dongen noticed an advert from The Blue Cross asking for volunteers to help raise much-needed
     funds through sponsorship on a husky trip. A year later he was enjoying the wonder of seeing the Northern Lights.

     Pete van Dongen, a vet from Sevenoaks in Kent, saw the
     Blue Cross advert back in April of last year. There were
     several overseas trips but the husky sledding trip to Norway,
     the land of the midnight sun, really caught his eye.
         He registered and started his exercise programme straight
     away, to ensure he had the essential good health and fitness.
     Pete explained: “I ran, cycled, swam, and made regular visits to
     the gym to ensure I was in shape on time.”
         Raising sponsorship is vital and Pete did it in various ways.
     He placed adverts in dog agility magazines, put posters in the
     veterinary practice where he works, distributed flyers, and
     emailed friends and family. He also took on extra work by making
     presentations and then put aside every penny so that he could
     raise as much as possible.
         All these efforts were worthwhile when in February this year he
     was finally ready for his big adventure, feeling fit and having raised
     just over £6,000 for The Blue Cross.
         Their group of 13 volunteers arrived in Alta, Norway, greeted by
     a temperature of minus 20ºc. They met their Norwegian guide and
     all 73 dogs. They were shown how to feed them on a mixture of
     raw meat and dog biscuits with water – apparently a very smelly
     affair. It was that first evening that they saw the spectacular
     Northern Lights for the first time – a sight never to be forgotten.
         The next morning they woke with anticipation for their first full
     day sledding. They were to travel more than 220 km in five days,
     caring for their own teams of four Siberian huskies. Pete said:

     “The dogs were all
     very fit and always
     eager to go. The
     noise they made was
     something you’d need
     to hear to believe.”
         During the trek Pete and the team covered wide open spaces,
     sledded across frozen lakes and rivers, ascended big hills and
     discovered snow-covered woods. He said: “The scenery was
     magnificent and more than made up for enduring temperatures
     as low as minus 35ºc. On the final day we travelled through a
     daunting blizzard. Throughout the week the group formed a
     bond, and by the end of the week we felt an enormous sense of
     achievement. It was tiring, yes, but also exciting and exhilarating.”
         We would like to say a huge thank you to Pete for taking part
     in this challenge on behalf of The Blue Cross, and raising the
     sponsorship to help the needy pets in our care. Turn to page 24
     for information on how you could take part in the next trek in
     April next year.                                                                                    Summer 2006
                                                                         Features>Leaving a legacy                                       19

When care lives on
Money left to us in our supporters’ Wills accounts for a large proportion of our income. When Paula May’s
dog Daisy was treated by Blue Cross vets, she made the decision to support us in this generous way.

Daisy was a rescue dog and had received poor treatment
from her previous owners. She was aged about 13 when
Paula welcomed her into her home. Paula nursed Daisy back
to good health, but had only owned her for a year when
Daisy developed a tumour. When the day of the operation
came Paula felt relieved yet apprehensive of the outcome.
She hesitantly left her in the capable hands of staff at the
Blue Cross animal hospital in Hammersmith.
   It was a nervous wait for Paula. She said: “It was to be
another four days before I got the all clear. My dear companion,
so brave and loyal, finally came home about a week later.”

Paula is eternally grateful to The Blue
Cross and has included us in her Will
to help other pets in need. She said:
“I began to reflect on the wonderful
skill of the vets and their assistants,                              Daisy’s life improved when she moved in with Paula

knowing I would not have seen Daisy
recover but for their care. It was then
                                                                    This remarkable commitment to our work is essential to the
that I made up my mind to give a                                    running of our hospitals and adoption centres.
legacy, to help other pets in distress.”                                The pledges we receive help us enormously in planning our
                                                                    work too. By leaving the gift of a legacy, supporters help to
    Making a Will gives you the reassurance of providing for your
                                                                    secure a future for thousands of animals and we are indebted
loved ones, and it also means that you can leave some money
                                                                    to their compassion and generosity.
for a special purpose – such as helping a charity. The Blue Cross
depends on legacies to help fund its animal welfare work as we      There are several ways to help fund our work, including
receive no government funding. Money left to us by our              leaving a legacy to The Blue Cross in your Will. If you are
supporters accounts for a substantial
                                                                    interested in finding out more please fill in the form on
amount of our income.
                                                                    the back of this magazine to receive our free information
                                                                                    and advice pack before seeing your
                                                                                                solicitor, or visit our website,

Summer 2006                                                                                             
     All About Pets>Advice

     Ask the                                                                                          Caroline Reay is chief veterinary surgeon
                                                                                                      at The Blue Cross animal hospital in Merton,
                                                                                                      London. Ask her advice on any aspect of

                                                                                                      pet health.

                                                                                                      Rosie Mogford is equine manager
                                                                                                      at The Blue Cross equine centre in
     Do you have a pet or equine question that you would like                                         Northiam, Sussex. She can help with
     answered by our experts?                                                                         your equine queries.

     Please write to: All About Pets, Blueprint, The Blue
     Cross, 7 Hugh Street, London SW1V 1QG or email
                                                                                                      Julie Bedford is head of animal behaviour                                                                         services at The Blue Cross. She can answer
                                                                                                      your questions on animal behaviour, training
     Due to the volume of mail we receive, we regret we cannot answer
                                                                                                      or welfare issues.
     every letter. For urgent enquiries, please contact your vet.

     Curbing those dinner time treats                                            Coping with the loss of a pet
     Q I often treat my dog with leftover titbits from the                       Q We have had two dogs – Tiger and Simba – for
     dinner table, but am wary of the potential effects of food                  several years now, but sadly Tiger died a few weeks
     he shouldn’t be eating. What sorts of food should I avoid                   ago at the age of 15. We are all finding the loss hard
     giving my dog?                                                              to cope with, and Simba is without his beloved
     Mrs S Mukherjee, Ilford                                                     mate. Can you advise on how we can all cope with
                                                                                 such a loss?
     A Caroline says: I’m afraid that most veterinary professionals              Mr E Jones, Porthcawl
     frown on giving human foods to animals, perhaps unsurprisingly
     when you consider that there are close controls on the                      A Julie says: I am sorry to hear about your loss and
     composition of pet foods. There are many myths about feeding,               appreciate your concern about how best to help Simba.
     but a balanced dog food – tinned or biscuits – really is best. Raw          As many dogs are euthanised at the veterinary surgery,
     meat can be dangerous, as it weakens bone growth in young                   rather than at home, the loss can be even more difficult to
     animals and may carry food poisoning bugs that may be passed                deal with as the remaining dog does not get to see the body
     on to owners. Dogs don’t need tripe, raw eggs, or a sulphur                 and acknowledge the death. Their companion has simply
     block in their water either. Feeding bones can result in costly             disappeared and they may spend many days or weeks
     veterinary bills, as bits can stick in the intestinal tract.                searching for them. When possible, always allow your other
        Titbits are often given in addition to meals, and they tend to           pets to see and sniff the pet that has died.
     be high fat foods, which easily make your dog fat. Many dogs                   Whatever the circumstance of the death, try and
                        are much smaller than people. What looks a               keep your normal routine. Don’t overwhelm Simba by
                           tiny amount to you may constitute half your           changing his feeding and exercise routine or the amount
                              dog’s daily calorie requirement. And high          of attention he receives. Suddenly withdrawing from him
                               fat foods can produce severe                      (which can happen as you are also suffering a loss) or
                                gastrointestinal diseases. If you must           by trying to compensate for the loss by giving him more
                                   continue, don’t give chocolate or             attention can be distressing. In time you may consider
                                       grapes and raisins, as they can be        offering a home to another dog, but at the moment your
                                             toxic. High salt foods are not      dog is grieving for his companion – not just the gap
                                                good if the dog has a            that his companion has left.
                                                   heart condition. But why
                                                     give titbits at all? Your   It is important that you allow yourself time to adjust
                                                       dog will appreciate a     and come to terms with the loss. If you need support
                                                        walk or a game           doing this then you may consider the help offered by
                                                          just as much –         the Pet Bereavement Support Service. The PBSS can
                                                           and it’s better for   be contacted on 0800 096 6606 daily from 8.30am-8.30pm
                                                           you both.             or by email on                                                                                                            Summer 2006
                                                                                 All About Pets>Advice                                             21

How can I soothe his cough?
Q My horse has been kept stabled over winter, except for        Your vet will probably advise as much time as possible
short periods in the field. He has a cough and I have given     turned out (with a rug if he feels the cold) and dust-free bedding.
him soaked hay. Is there anything else I can try to help him?   Cardboard or paper are also dust free but you still have to
Ms A Green, Suffolk                                             watch for dust from dry dung particles. While shavings and other
                                                                materials do not have the fungal spores of straw they can still be
 A Rosie says: Winter is a bad time for coughs with horses,             dusty. The only dust-free bedding is a rubber mat. When
and keeping them indoors is a likely cause. Firstly, if                    you and your vet have solved this year’s cough, my
your horse has been coughing for over a week and it                         advice would be to plan ahead for next winter;
is not improving you should contact your vet. The most                                                  prevention is the key.
likely cause is dust, or he may have a virus or secondary
infection that will need antibiotic treatment. If a cough
continues untreated it may lead to permanent
lung damage.
    The most likely cause is fungal spores in the hay or
the straw if that is the bedding in use. Soaking the hay
for at least ten minutes will help, or consider switching
to a good quality haylage. This may be enough if the
cough is caught early or as a preventative measure,
but if your horse is sensitive to spores he may well
become sensitive to any dust which will set off
a reaction.

                                                                        For more information on responsible
                                                                        pet care, visit

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Summer 2006                                                                                           
     All About Pets>Pet Focus

     Caring for your sick dog
     Dogs can suffer from many ailments, and it’s important to see your vet if your dog is sick. Here, we can offer some
     helpful advice, from identifying illnesses to giving your dog medication.

     Vomiting and diarrhoea                              If diarrhoea persists for more than             Tablets
     These are common problems and can                   one to two days (depending on                   It is easiest to hide the tablet in food,
     follow changes of diet, scavenging and              the severity), your vet should be               although check that the medication
     feeding on left-over food. Changing to new          consulted.                                      doesn’t need to be given on an empty
     food should be done gradually. Take at              Always consult your vet if you have             stomach. Choose something strong
     least three days and start by adding small          a puppy with vomiting or diarrhoea.             tasting, which will stick to the tablet
     amounts of the new diet to the current one.      Arthritis                                          without falling off – such as cheese,
         Vomiting usually means a tummy upset                                                            pâté, or dog food. Put the tablet in a
                                                         Pets with arthritis need a soft bed
     but it can also be a sign of other illnesses.                                                       small quantity of food and make sure
                                                         and assistance up and down stairs.
     If your dog has been vomiting frequently or                                                         your pet is hungry at medicine time.
     seems weak and lethargic, always contact            Massaging muscles at the start of               It sometimes helps to fool your dog
     your vet. For adult pets that remain bright         the day may be helpful.                         if you give one or two treats – without
     and keen to eat, you can follow the advice          Rest your pet if they’re having a               the tablet of course – before and after.
     below. However, if vomiting persists for            bad day.                                        But vary the number, or your dog may
     more than a day or if your dog seems                Only allow your dog outside for                 learn that the second treat is always
     unwell, contact the vet.                            a few minutes to go to the toilet.              booby trapped.
                                                         Consider getting a heater pad                   Eye drops and ointments
       Do not let your dog drink too much at             for use in the winter.
       once. Drinking lots of water tends to                                                                Bathe any discharge from the eye.
                                                         Never give your pet human painkillers
       result in further vomiting with the risk                                                             If you are right handed, use the
                                                         or arthritis medication – some are
       of dehydration. Give cooled, boiled                                                                  finger and thumb of your left hand
                                                         dangerous for dogs. Only use
       water, little and often.                                                                             to hold the eyelids open. Animals
                                                         medicines prescribed by your vet.
       Do not feed until at least 12 hours                                                                  have strong eyelid muscles so
                                                         ‘Alternative’ health products are
       after the last episode, then offer small                                                             you will need to be firm.
                                                         unlikely to help alone and you should
       amounts of a white meat diet such as              discuss the use of these with your vet.            Hold the medication in your right
       boiled chicken or boiled fish (cod or                                                                hand, and bring it towards the eye
       coley), with white rice.                       Sore skin                                             from the side.
       Provided there is no further                   Licking is not good for wounds or sores               If you are putting in drops, then put
       vomiting, offer small amounts every            – it just makes them worse. Prevent licking           one drop right into the eye, being
       two hours for the first day and then           by using a buster or Elizabethan collar.              careful not to touch the eye itself.
       larger quantities less often for the           Prevent scratching by putting socks on the            With an ointment, squeeze a
       next couple of days. If all remains            feet, or if the itchy area is on the body, by         little out of the nozzle to start
       well, start to mix in the usual diet.          putting a T-shirt on the dog. Bathing in cool         with, position over the eye, and
                                                      salt water (a teaspoon of salt to a pint of           squeeze again to lay a trail of
       With diarrhoea, do not feed the dog
                                                      water) or applying an ice pack, witch hazel           ointment over the actual surface
       for 12 hours, but allow access to
                                                      or camomile lotion may soothe until you               of the eye. Be careful not to
                            water, then feed a
                                                      can get to the vet. Remember that the                 touch the eye with the nozzle.
                                 bland diet as
                                                      most effective flea control products
                                    described                                                               Do not let your pet rub the
                                                      come from the vet.
                                     above.                                                                 eye (use an Elizabethan collar
                                                      Giving your dog medicine                              if necessary) – but do give
                                                      Preparation is key. Get everything you                a treat.
                                                      need quietly beforehand so you do not end
                                                      up chasing your dog around the house.              Please note this information
                                                      It is helpful to have someone to hold the          is intended only as a general
                                                      front legs to prevent your dog pawing your         guideline for the care of a
                                                      hand while you are giving treatments.
                                                                                                         dog already under veterinary
                                                      Small dogs can be wrapped in a towel.
                                                      Have your pet sitting, preferably with his         treatment. If your dog is ill,
                                                      bottom tucked into a corner of the room            you should always contact
                                                      (then he cannot keep backing away).                your vet first.

      This information is taken from The Blue Cross’s Caring for your sick dog leaflet, which is available free of charge from                                                                                                               Summer 2006
                                                                                                Over To You>Letters                          23

                                     Would you like to see your horse, dog, cat, or other small pet on this page? Then send a
                                     photo, along with brief details, to:
                                     Pet Post, Blueprint, 7 Hugh Street, London SW1V 1QG or email
                            We reserve the right to edit any letters as necessary.

                                                         Happy times for Mr Blue
                                                         Mr Blue was riddled with fleas and lice when he was found in an old farmhouse.
                                                         He was a sorry sight and we didn’t think he had long to live. My son brought him
                                                         home and it was six months – and a lot of veterinary care – before we felt sure
                                                         he was going to survive. We then had six years of love and affection from Mr
                                                         Blue until he died aged about 17 years. What more could you ask for?
                                                         E Hodgkinson, Gloucestershire

  Parkin is top dog
  Your article on the Kennel Club’s good
  citizen dog scheme prompted me to send
  in a photograph of our rescue dog, Parkin.
  In the picture he is acting as a clerk at the
                                                             My complete pet family
  local dog show. He came from the Burford                   My cat is called Lucy and is four years old. Pictured next to her are
  adoption centre three years ago and in                     Holly and Taz; two little rascals! I lost a Yorkshire terrier over five years
  March 2005 gained his gold award in the                    ago and thought I wouldn’t have any more dogs, but I couldn’t resist,
  Kennel Club scheme. He is a delightful                     and now I have a loving cat too.
  dog and we are so proud of him.                            S Finnon, Walsall
  M Higgins, Cirencester


   As the writer of our star letter, M Higgins wins
   one year’s free pet insurance from PetPlan, the
   UK’s largest provider of animal health insurance.
   For more information on Purely for Pets pet
   insurance from PetPlan and The Blue Cross,
   call 0800 072 7000 or visit

Summer 2006                                                                                                 
     Over To You>Get Involved

                                                                                                            Blue Cross runner Sue

       The Lapland Husky                                                   London                           Paulin at the 17-mile mark

       Dog Trail – April 2007                                              23 April 2006
                                                                           On a wet Sunday morning
                                                                           in April 2006, 40 enthusiastic
                                                                           runners took their place at
                                                                           the starting line of the Flora
                                                                           London Marathon. After
                                                                           months of training and fundraising, everyone on the
                                                                           Blue Cross team completed the 26.2-mile route, together
                                                                           raising a fantastic £50,000 for the animals in our care.
                                                                              On behalf of the animals and staff at The Blue Cross we
                                                                           would like to express huge thanks to all our runners for their
                                                                           complete dedication, and to their family and friends who
                                                                           supported them all the way to the finish line.

                                                                           London Marathon Sunday 22 April 2007
                                                                           If you have been inspired by the London Marathon and
                                                                           would like to be part of this prestigious event, then why
       Ever dreamt of driving your own team of spirited                    not apply for one of our guaranteed places? By raising a
       huskies across frozen wastelands leaving civilisation               minimum amount of sponsorship, a place on the Blue
                                                                           Cross team could be yours.
       far behind? Well now you can.
                                                                           For more information and to receive an application pack,
           Spend six days sledding through rolling highlands
                                                                           please contact Heather Collin on 01993 825567.
       and deep forest, into the heart of Lapland giving you an
       experience you will never forget. You will cross the Swedish
       border, through wild and untouched nature, before arriving
       at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi.
                                                                         Other ways to help
           Sleeping in native Sami tents, watching the Aurora            Raising money for The Blue Cross is simple and it is amazing
       Borealis and tending your dogs will help you gain a true          how you can really make a difference. Simply booking your
       feeling for living as the Laplanders do.                          annual holiday through Cottages4you or recycling your mobile
                                                                         phones and printer cartridges can raise the valuable funds we
       For a truly unforgettable experience, call Tracey Chittock        need to continue our work. Even using the computer and
       on 01993 825557, email or visit           adopting the Blue Cross Clicknow web search will ensure that
       our website,, for further information.       a donation is sent every time you go online.
       (Turn to page 18 to read a first-hand account of the trek.)       Information on all these activities can be found on our
                                                                         website, or you can contact

                                            Fundraise with eBay
                                            Fundraising couldn’t be made easier because now you don’t even have to leave your home.
                                            The Blue Cross has registered with MissionFish, a company linked to eBay, so that you can
                                            help the animals in our care by selling your unwanted items. When you sell your items on
                                            the web via eBay, you can donate all or a portion of your final sale price to The Blue Cross,
                                            and it couldn’t be easier to set up.
                                            To receive details on how to set up your eBay site, please contact
                                   or call Heather Collin on 01993 825567.

        Have you                          Charity shops – Julie Rosekilly 01993 825595
                                          Telephone befriender (Pet Bereavement Support Service) – Margot Clarke 01993 825539
        considered                        Children’s education speakers – Tracy Genever 01993 825596
        volunteering?                     Mobile clinics and animal hospitals – Diane Taylor 020 7932 237
        If you’d like more                Fundraising – email
        information, here’s               Equine welfare centres – find your nearest centre on page 27
        who to contact.                   Animal adoption centres – find your nearest centre on page 27                                                                                                       Summer 2006
                                                                                        Over To You>Get Involved                              25

Events                                     DIARY DATES

                    S               PARACHUTING Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft
        VAR                          flying at several thousand feet, then leaning forward and letting go. Raise funds for
                                       The Blue Cross and you can do this for free, with training from a professional
                                       parachute instructor.

                                  PERUVIAN INCA TRAIL CHALLENGE Visiting Machu Picchu – the lost
                                   city of the Incas – is a trip on most people’s top ten list of things they would like to do.
          Y        200               This is a challenging expedition with spectacular views of the rivers’ valleys.
           BER                         THE GREAT WALL CHALLENGE If visiting China is your dream then this
                                  trip is for you. Not only do you get to hike the Great Wall, you will also take part in an off-
                         road exploration of the spectacular Ming Tombs – the last resting place of the Ming
                                       dynasty emperors.

                                    ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI DAY CHURCH SERVICE                                The Blue Cross has
                   200               produced an Animal Service pamphlet to support churches, schools and other religious
        4                              organisations that wish to hold an animal service for St Francis of Assisi Day in October.
                                       Animal services are becoming a regular feature in church calendars across Britain.

                    For more information on these events, please call 01993 825557 or email

   AT YOUR LOCAL BLUE CROSS CENTRE...                                         Fête September 2 – Bromsgrove adoption centre
                                                                              Visit our end of summer fête with a great selection of stalls
   Dressage and clear round jumping – Northiam equine                         and refreshments. For more information, please contact the
   centre Watch or take part in the dressage events on August                 centre on 0121 453 3130.
   9 and September 6, or clear round jumping day on September
                                                                              Open day Monday 28 August – Southampton
   9. For more information, please contact Northiam equine
                                                                              adoption centre Southampton adoption centre invites
   centre on 01797 252243.
                                                                              you to visit on their open day, with lots of fun things to do
   Open day Sunday August 27 – Tiverton adoption centre                       for you and your pet. For more information, please contact
   A full day with agility competitions, doggie and kiddie games,             the centre on 02380 692894.
   refreshments, cake stalls, bric-a-brac, photographers, a raffle,
   tombola, tours of the centre, plus a fun dog show with agility             There are many more centre events taking place.
   displays. For more information, please contact the centre on               Please visit our website,,
   01884 855291.                                                              or call your local centre for more details.

Your details:       Mr              Mrs             Miss              Ms           Other (please specify)

First name:                                                                 Surname:
Tel:                                                                        Email:

        London Marathon – April 2007                                             Husky Dog Treks – April 2007

        Collection boxes                                                         Parachute Jumps – throughout the year

        The Great Wall of China Challenge – May & October 2007                   Animal Service pamphlet – 4 October 2006

        Peruvian Inca Trail – May & October 2007                                 Great North Run – 1 October 2006

        White water rafting – all year                                           Box of Christmas decorations – available from September

     Over To You>Competition

     Supreme Prizes
     for Rabbits
     Rabbit lovers are in for a treat with
     some fantastic prizes from Supreme.
     Supreme has remained at the forefront of small animal care, and
     became the first pet food manufacturer to completely specialise in
     small animal nutrition in 1991. The Blue Cross has teamed up with
     Supreme to offer some great prizes to Blueprint readers. First prize is a large
     rabbit hutch (pictured). This hutch is a brand new design and also comes with a stand.
     Four runners up will receive a selection of Supreme goodies, including: meadow hay,
     Russel bedding, Supreme woodshavings, Science Selective rabbit food, jingle ball,
     feeding ball and Keep it Clean spray for rabbits.
     For a chance to win, send your completed crossword, along with your name, address,
     postcode and daytime telephone number to: Supreme rabbit competition, Blueprint,
     The Blue Cross, 7 Hugh Street, London SW1V 1QG. Closing date is Friday June 30
     2006. Strictly one crossword entry per household.

                                                              Photocopies are accepted if you’d rather not tear out this page. The solution to the crossword
       Across                                                 will be printed in the next issue along with a list of winners, which will be chosen in a random
       1    Shedding of fur (5)                               draw of correct entries. The six winners of Pets at Home vouchers from the spring issue are:
       3    Male rabbit (4)                                   J Murphy, Perth; J Winter, Kent; J Cremetti, Worcestershire; M Palmer, Suffolk; N Lockey,
                                                              Bedfordshire; S Nicklin, Hemel Hempstead.
       8    Block containing minerals (7,4)
                                                              Lassie competition winners from issue 139 are: First prize: K Polkingmorne, Cornwall.
       11   Kingly rabbit type and dinosaur (3)
                                                              Nine runners-up: J Walker, Kent; L Rich, Notts; N Williams, Kent; P Francis, Starbridge; H Lees,
       12   Favourite rabbit plant with yellow flower (9)     Yorkshire; M Cleaver, Cambs; J Key, Yorkshire; M O’ Toole, Yorkshire; Z Ashpole; Manchester;
       13   Rabbits eat their food not once but ----- (5)     H Gunn, Cornwall.
       14   Type of goat and type of rabbit (6)
       15   Wild rabbit predator (3)
       18   Rabbit parasite (5)
       20   To keep healthy rabbits need lots of
            -------- (8)
       22   Type of rabbit and name of English rugby
            team (9)
       23   Rabbit young (7)
       25   A rabbit is not a carnivore but a --------- (9)
       26   Mad March rabbit relative (4)
       27   To stop rabbits breeding they should be
            -------- (8)

       2    Rabbit breed with floppy ears (8)
       3    Very large UK giant rabbit breed (7)
       4    Opposite of domestic (4)
       5    Outdoor run as in Noah’s (3)
       6    Favourite orange vegetable (7)
       7    Hay is used for rabbit food and ------- (7)
       9    Rabbit with white fur and pink eyes (6)
       10   Rabbits should not be kept alone – they
            need ------------- (13)
       15   Deadly illness caused by the strike fly (9)
       16   Female rabbit (3)
       17   Wild rabbits live in ------- (7)
       18   Giant rabbit breed from Belgium (7)
       19   Poisonous plant with purple flower (8)              Solution to last issue’s crossword: Across: 1 Sunlight, 2 Hay, 4 Rungs, 5 Vitamin C,
       21   Fictional character – Peter ------ (6)              9 Sunflower, 11 Extending, 14 Ark, 16 Aviary, 17 Filter, 19 Gnawing, 20 Basket,
                                                                21 Catflap, 22 Seeds, 23 Scraper, 24 Spout. Down: 1 Stripper, 2 Hutch, 3 Crate,
       22   Rabbit house (5)
                                                                6 Identity, 7 Feeding ring, 8 Checkchain, 9 Scratching post, 10 Wheel, 12 Catnip,
       24   It is cruel to pick a rabbit up by its ---- (4)
                                                                13 Mineral, 14 Aquarium, 15 Cavy, 18 Tapeworm, 21 Case.                                                                                                                    Summer 2006
                                                              Over To You>My Blue Cross & Contacts                                                                        27

My Blue Cross
With significant animal welfare experience behind her, new head of reception Deborah fitted in
quickly and happily at the Blue Cross animal hospital, Victoria.
I started my new job at The Blue Cross last September. Having worked previously for eight years at Battersea Dogs and Cats
Home in customer services and retail I had quite a lot of experience.
    I had heard of the Blue Cross and its work but it was the hospitals I was more aware of than the rehoming centres. I’m now
amazed at just how much the charity does.
    I settled very easily and quickly in my job because of the support of my co-workers. I supervise reception staff and take
responsibility for the public areas of reception, as well as working as part of the actual reception team. It is a varied role with        Deborah at work in reception
tasks including ensuring smooth running of the appointment system and client bookings, communicating with clients regarding
both patient treatment and after care. I also deal with any complaints from clients and emergency calls.
    My role has some tough moments in that I deal with the cremation of deceased pets, and talk with clients who have lost
their pets, to give them bereavement support.
    Working with animals is rewarding and makes me proud; I love having a hands-on role with both the animals and clients,
often taking on the problem pets and rehoming them. We recently rehomed an ageing renal failure cat to a next-door neighbour,
and I have just taken on a Persian cat – Dolly – despite her having house-training problems.
    If you would like to tell us why you support The Blue Cross, we would love to hear from you!
Write to: Blueprint, The Blue Cross, 7 Hugh Street, London SW1V 1QG. Or email:


Shilton Road, Burford, Oxon OX18 4PF Tel: 01993 822651 Email: Website:

THE BLUE CROSS                                          Hertfordshire adoption centre                            ASSOCIATES
ANIMAL HOSPITALS                                        Kimpton Bottom, Nr Hitchin, Herts SG4 8EU                Assisi Animal Sanctuary
The Blue Cross animal hospital, Victoria                Tel: 01438 832232                                        1 Old Bangor Road, Conlig,
Sheppard House, Hugh Street                                                                                      Newtownards BT23 7PU,
                                                        Lewknor adoption centre
Victoria, London SW1V 1QQ                                                                                        Northern Ireland
                                                        Little Close, London Road,
Tel: 020 7932 2370                                                                                               Tel: 028 9181 2622
                                                        Lewknor, Oxon OX49 5RY
The Blue Cross animal hospital,                         Tel: 01844 355293                                        Mountains Animal Sanctuary
Hammersmith                                                                                                      Milton of Ogil, Glenogil, Forfar,
                                                        Northiam equine and small animal
Argyle Place, King Street                                                                                        Angus DD8 3SQ, Scotland
                                                        adoption centre
Hammersmith, London W6 0RQ                                                                                       Tel: 01356 650258
                                                        St Francis Fields, Northiam
Tel: 020 8748 5150                                      East Sussex TN31 6LP                                     Phoenix Association
The Blue Cross animal hospital, Merton                  Tel: 01797 252243                                        Les Fauges, 24380 Vergt, France
88-92 Merton High Street                                                                                         Tel: (33) 5 53 54 94 81
                                                        Rolleston equine centre
London SW19 1BD                                         Hilda Archer Sanctuary, Newlands Farm,                   Porthcawl Animal Welfare Society
Tel: 020 8254 1400                                      Dovecliffe Road, Rolleston-on-Dove,                      (PAWS)
The Blue Cross animal hospital, Grimsby                 Derby DE13 9AU                                           3 Lias Road, Porthcawl,
Coco Markus House, Nelson Street                        Tel: 0845 260 5505                                       Mid-Glamorgan CF36 3AH, Wales
Grimsby, NE Lincs DN32 7SH                                                                                       Tel: 01656 773307
                                                        Southampton adoption centre
Tel: 01472 343278                                       Bubb Lane, West End                                      CONNECTED CHARITIES
                                                        Southampton, Hants SO30 2HL                              Society for Companion
To find out if you qualify for veterinary               Tel: 023 8069 2894                                       Animal Studies (SCAS)
treatment at a Blue Cross hospital, clinic or                                                                    Shilton Road, Burford,
                                                        Thirsk adoption centre
mobile unit, please telephone your nearest              Parklands, Station Road, Topcliffe                       Oxon OX18 4PF
hospital or clinic, or visit                            Thirsk, North Yorks YO7 3SE                              Tel: 01993 825597                           Tel: 01845 577759                                        The Irish Blue Cross
                                                        Tiverton adoption centre                                 15a Goldenbridge Ind Est,
THE BLUE CROSS ADOPTION                                                                                          Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore,
                                                        Chilton Gate, Bickleigh
AND EQUINE CENTRES                                                                                               Dublin 8. Ireland
                                                        Tiverton, Devon EX16 8RS
Bromsgrove adoption centre                                                                                       Tel: 00 353 1 416 3030
                                                        Tel: 01884 855291
Wildmoor Lane, Catshill
Bromsgrove, Worcs B61 ORJ                               Torbay adoption centre                                   BLUE CROSS SHOPS
Tel: 0121 453 3130                                      Ashley Priors Lane, Watcombe                             Tewkesbury
                                                        Torquay, Devon TQ1 4SE                                   150 High Street, Tewkesbury,
Burford adoption and equine centres
                                                        Tel: 01803 327728                                        Gloucestershire GL20 5JP
Shilton Road, Burford
Oxon OX18 4PF                                                                                                    Tel: 01684 850549
                                                        OTHER USEFUL NUMBERS
Tel: 01993 822483 (adoption centre)                                                                              Summertown
                                                        Blue Cross communications
Tel: 01993 822454 (equine centre)                                                                                276 Banbury Road,
                                                        and fundraising office
Cambridge adoption centre                               7 Hugh Street, London SW1V 1QG                           Summertown,
20 Garlic Row, Newmarket Road                           Tel: 020 7932 4060                                       Oxfordshire OX2 7ED
Cambridge CB5 8HW                                       Email:                            Tel: 01865 516402
Tel: 01223 350153                                                                                                Fleet
                                                        Pet Bereavement Support Service
Felixstowe adoption centre                              The Blue Cross, Shilton Road                             187 Fleet Road, Fleet,
333 High Street, Walton                                 Burford, Oxon OX18 4PF                                   Hampshire GU51 3BL
Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 9QL                            Tel: 0800 096 6606                                       Tel: 01252 627133
Tel: 01394 283254                                       Email:

Summer 2006                                                                                                                     
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                                                  Since 1897 The Blue Cross has been at
                                                  the forefront in animal welfare. Every year
                                                  our adoption centres take in thousands of
                                                  homeless and unwanted pets. We look
                                                  after them until loving new homes can be
                                                  found, no matter how long it takes – The
                                                  Blue Cross will never put a healthy animal
                                                  to sleep just because it has no home.

                                                  Our four animal hospitals provide dedicated
                                                  veterinary care, free of charge for pets whose owners
                                                  cannot afford to pay, and our equine centres have
                                                  fostered hundreds of horses, donkeys and ponies.

                                                  The Blue Cross gets no government funding and
                                                  relies instead on the generosity of its supporters,
                                                  especially those who care enough to leave a gift in
                                                  their Will.

                                                  By leaving a gift to The Blue Cross in your Will you
                                                  can help to secure the future for thousands of
                                                  animals. And of course, if you need us to, we can be
                                                  there for your special companion too.

          Return the coupon or write to the address below to receive our
                     FREE Will-writing and information pack.

   ■ Please send me your FREE advice and          Name   (Mr/Mrs/Miss)

        information pack on making a Will and
        leaving a gift to The Blue Cross.

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        like to find out how to leave a gift to
        The Blue Cross.

   Send to:
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