Puppy Farming Awareness Day at LUSH Covent Garden Sat 13th Oct 2012

I’m going to be hosting an afternoon of Anti Puppy Farming Talks at LUSH Covent Garden on Saturday 13th October, LUSH Covent Garden in association with PUP AID.

At a time of year when many people’s minds turn to gift ideas they should remember that puppies aren’t presents and you should try not to let your heart rule your head.

If you’re considering buying a puppy please wait until after New Year and consider adopting from rescue (where there are plenty of puppies) or source a responsible breeder instead where you always see the puppies interacting with mum – and never buy from a pet shop, garden centre, free newspaper advert or any website offering delivery – as these pups are most likely born on horrific puppy farms hundreds of miles away.

The free talks will take place at 1.00 PM, 2.00 PM, 3.00 PM, 4.00 PM and 5.00 PM and I’ll also be joined by 3 rescued, ex-puppy farm breeding bitches, Zoe (pictured on day she was rescued), Tessy and Kayla, and relaying their devastating stories of life on a cruel puppy farm.

Zoe’s 5 years at a puppy farm has left its mark. She has had multiple caesarians, a very saggy undercarriage and an arched back. Zoe has a scarring mark on her back leg where she has been tied up, her muscle tone is poor probably from little or no exercise. She has mis-formed pads on two of her paws, which make walking hard work. Her teeth are worn down, similar to that of intensively reared pigs biting the bars of their confinement through boredom.

So if you’re a dog lover bring your friends and family as this is your chance to find out more about the UK’s horrific puppy farming industry and how, in fact, to choose a happy healthy puppy.

And, in further support of the Anti Puppy Farming campaign, Lush Covent Garden will also be selling the limited edition PAW soap which makes a great Christmas present (pictured below £2.80) with all sales (minus VAT) going to PUP AID!

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

For more info please contact LUSH Covent Garden on: 020 7240 4570

Zoe’s Story
Zoe is a breeding bitch who was fortunately rescued by her now owner, Linzi Follett, who recalls her story:

“Zoe is around 8 years old. I’ve owned her 3 years now and in that time she has changed dramatically from a sad, physically worn out ex-breeding bitch from a puppy farm with no name, to a happy soulful brown bear of a Labrador with a name that means “life”.

“Although her 5 years at a puppy farm has left its mark. She has had multiple caesarians, a very saggy undercarriage and an arched back. Zoe has a scarring mark on her back leg where she has been tied up, her muscle tone is poor probably from little or no exercise. She has mis-formed pads on two of her paws, which make walking hard work.

“Her teeth are worn down, similar to that of intensively reared pigs biting the bars of their confinement through boredom.

“Her ears were covered in scabs when she first came to live with me, with a bit of care these cleared up quickly. These physical scars are telltale to the conditions Zoe had been kept in. Had she been given the correct care and consideration to her welfare these would not be present.

“Zoe psychologically was a shut down, soul destroyed dog. She was far from normal.

“It has taken a while for Zoe to adapt to a home environment. All the things taken for granted in our daily lives such as household noises the doorbell, the television were all new to Zoe. Introducing her to a lead was new too, the car, the park.

“Seeing such a deprived and abused dog explore everyday things in her environment is pure joy, but thinking about her previous life just utter sadness.

2Zoe is now a much happier dog and has thrived on care, a good diet and love.”

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