Brrr ... it's more than a little chilly outside as we move into February, but we're sure you're feeling warm and fuzzy inside, despite the weather ... and Valentine's Day is just around the corner! This month we're looking at a truly incredible dog who's captured the hearts of the nation, celebrating our perfectly imperfect hounds with the RSPCA, and taking a look at how animals help bring harmony and wellbeing to our lives. So thaw out and warm your heart with this month's Animal Magic!
The dog who bounced into our hearts
Roo the kangaroo canine has come on leaps and bounds after her shaky start ...
Roo, the two-legged dog, has been in the news
a lot recently, and it's no surprise – this courageous canine has bounced into the hearts of everyone who's heard about her.
If you're out of the loop, Roo is a rescue dog from Romania who is thought to have been born with a
missing front leg, losing the other soon after. Not that this stops her – after the charity Safe Rescue for Dogs
brought her to the UK, Roo found a remarkable way of getting around ... hopping about on her hind legs, just like a kangaroo!
Nikki Dick, who adopted Roo in December, takes her to weekly hydrotherapy and physiotherapy
sessions to help ease any strain on her back.
"We've fallen in love with her; how could you not?" says Nikki. Too true – we're completely smitten!
Roo's care and treatment is ongoing, and it's hoped that she'll soon have the use of a cart to help with her mobility.
For the full story, and for the latest news on Roo's incredible journey, or to help fund her treatement and care, visit the Safe Rescue website.
Are you ready for Ruffs?
The show for the every-dog!
Is your dog the happiest hound around? Have you transformed the life
of a rescue dog? Then enter your dog in Ruffs, the RSPCA's alternative dog
Born out of frustration with beauty pageant-style dog shows such as
Crufts, which judge dogs on the basis of their looks, even when it’s
those very looks that can cause them to suffer unnecessarily, Ruffs welcomes all canines – from Golden
Oldies to the Perfectly imperfect. This dog show with a difference
celebrates dogs for the right reasons – their health, happiness, and
This year's categories are:
Happiest Hound – Send us pictures of your dog's happiest, smiliest or most contented face.
Perfectly imperfect – Especially for ‘wonky’ dogs who will never be ‘perfect’ according to arbitrary ‘breed standards,’ but who are perfect in your eyes
Best transformation – Send in before and after pictures of your rescued pooch The RSPCA is after
examples of the most heart-warming transformations which demonstrate
that ‘rescued’ is the best breed!
Best rescued ex-breeder – Let’s not forget about the many dogs discarded when they’re no longer
producing puppies. Send in pictures of your ex-breeders finally
enjoying a slice of the good life.
Best RSPCA rescue dog – Was your dog adopted from the RSPCA? Send in your pictures and their stories.
Golden Oldies – For older ladies and gentlemen over eight years old. Send in pictures of your dogs enjoying their retirement!
The deadline for entries is 20th February 2015. For more information, and to find out how to enter, visit the RSPCA's Ruffs website
, and keep up to date with news by following #Ruffs
on Twitter. Good luck to you and your happy, healthy hounds!
Animals and wellbeing
Part one – Animals and our mental wellbeing
Hands up, pet owners – how many of you think that your furry friend has a positive impact on your life...?
I’d be surprised if there weren’t a whole bunch of people staring at their screens with their hands in the air right now. Because it’s true – from getting us out of the house for a bit of exercise, to making us feel better when we’re down, our pets definitely have the ability to enrich our lives and improve our wellbeing.
Over the next few months we’re going to take a look at the various benefits our interactions with the animal world have on our general wellbeing. This month, the focus is on animals and our mental health.
Friends in high places ...
Looks like Buddy the support dog is turning heads in Parliament!
Nick Clegg was in for a wonderful treat when he met My Dog, my Friend
contributor Marion Janner and her support dog, Buddy, at a recent event for mental health. The Lib Dem leader was giving a speech about potential improvements to mental health services, and asked for a private meeting with Marion and Buddy afterwards! He picked the right pair to chat to – Marion runs Star Wards
, which helps mental health wards provide actively therapeutic care for in-patients, and Buddy is her wonderful Tibetan Terrier who brings comfort and support to Marion on a daily basis.
This month's competition winner ...
If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in the competition form which you'll receive with every Hubble & Hattie book when you order direct from us! Send it back to us and you'll be entered in our monthly draw, and could soon have a £25 Veloce gift voucher winging its way to you! Good luck!
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