We are very pleased to welcome Amanda to our team. Amanda is helping Paul and I with emails and phone calls, so we shouldn't get too bogged down.
Secondly, we are very sad to be saying goodbye to LIz at the end of June. Liz has been with us for nearly 12 years and the pets and us will miss her. She has been a huge asset and we wish her happiness in her move to Dorset.
I was really saddened to hear about Carla Lane passing away.
She did such amazing work with animals and helping wildlife. And herself and Peter (her wildlife manager) helped me so much whilst I was working as a veterinary nurse, not only with advice on rearing and injured wildlife, but also she took birds and animals in her sanctuary for me that could not be released to the wild - including Henry, my one legged seagull. She also took a baby owl for me that needed an expert to rear it - not me!
I was fortunate to meet her and visit her sanctuary on many occasions and see the amazing work, her and Peter did for wildlife.
May she rest in peace. She will certainly be in Heaven, if it exists.
I was walking in Felden Tuesday lunchtime and I saw a huge fox pitifully searching for food in broad day light. After the walk, I rushed back, got a bag of dog food and went back to where I had seen him and sprinkled it in the undergrowth for him.
If your dog doesn't finish his/her food (or if you have some spare), take it on your walk with you and sprinkle it under bushes or in the undergrowth. If you have a cat that hasn't finished his/her food, you can put any tinned food on the bird table for the blackbirds, thrushes, carrion, sparrows, etc or under bushes for hedgehogs. (Avoid giving hedgehogs fish flavours).
If you are putting bread out for birds, soak it in some water first as water is in short supply for birds during frosty weather.
We built our houses on their habitat, so the least we can do is help our wildlife in this weather.
I know it's freezing, but the good thing about this frost is there are no muddy paws to wipe at the end of the walk!
Have a lovely Christmas from all of us at Pet Relief (and Percy & Tony - in photo) and a very happy & healthy 2016.
If you are buying perfume or aftershave this Christmas (or even adding one to your Xmas list), check if it's (or it's ingredients) have been tested on animals first by clicking on PETA's list:- http://features.peta.org/cruelty-free-company-search/cruelty_free_companies_search.aspx?Donottest. Or get the "Bunny Free" app on your phone, then you can check when shopping.
Animals have their heads pinned down and the fragrances dripped into eyes, so by checking first we can all help make a difference.
Had to say goodbye to 4 really special dogs recently (3 reached old age and one lost his fight with cancer). Been looking after them since they were puppies/young and loved them all.
This is one part of the job I hate and will never get used to :-(
Found a lovely black Labrador in Felden Lane today. Luckily he was micro chipped so will hopefully be re-united with his family by now.