Please! Keep Your Dog On A Lead & Under Control!

Lambing season will soon be upon us. Indeed there are already a few prancing by their mothers already!

Broadwindsor.Org has reported twice in this first month of 2023, cases of sheep worrying and death: first at Hursey and then at Common Water Lane.  It’s alarming having to reiterate to those who live within our community and yet take no heed.

Only yesterday, an elderly villager walking her two dogs down to Hursey encountered another dog walker with two dogs leaving Hursey Common. Although the individual leaving had put the leads on the two dogs, “the youngest of these must have either slipped or been released from its lead because it barrelled at speed straight past me up to her (dog) and started attacking her – tearing lumps of fur out of her. I walked as swiftly as possible moving toward the fighting pair with my stick raised which, along with the second individual shouting its name, eventually made the thing (dog) run back to her at the gate.”
“The woman shouted her apologies, explained he was still young and hadn’t yet learned ‘manners’, then added that’s why she had put him on the lead.”

This prompted our elderly villager to request it be highlighted that it’s not only sheep and lambs… “owners of any dog which had demonstrated unmistakably aggressive behaviour, should be more responsible and kinder to others by keeping their animal on a lead at all times or make it wear a muzzle when it was off lead.”.

Please be a responsible dog owner 🙂

Photo: Natalie Frampton

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Post Office Open Today

Despite National Industrial Action this weekend, Broadwindsor’s Post Office Outreach service will be at the Comrades Hall this morning from 10am – 12.30pm. Thank you to the guys from Crewkerne!

You can also stop and enjoy a cup of tea or freshly brewed coffee thanks to the Post Office Users Group 🙂


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Off To The Post Office!

The Post Office Outreach service is open at the Comrades Hall this morning from 10am – 12.30pm and your dog is welcome to come in with you 🙂 Continue reading “Off To The Post Office!”

Warning! Farmers WILL shoot your dogs!

Local Farmers, Andrew & Tim Frampton have issued the following warning after an incident on Lewesdon hill earlier today.

“This morning three labradors chased our sheep in the first field at the end of sheep wash lane heading to Lewesdon hill.The owners let them off the lead and they ran riot chasing the young lambs and forcing some ewes down a gully into the common. The dogs then chased the cattle in the next field up.

I would ask all dog owners to keep your dogs on a lead in fields with livestock . As landowners we have the right to shoot dogs caught worrying livestock and chasing the sheep.
Please, if you see fellow dog walkers not with their dogs on the lead in these fields, not picking up dog mess behind them or even roaming around the fields off the footpath – please Inform them to stick to the countryside code.

With the grass laid up for silage making please stay on the footpath and pick up the  sticks you throw for your dogs as bigs ones can damage harvesting machinery.”

Tim Frampton caught three teenagers, 2 boys and a girl and after denying it, they said they couldn’t get the dogs to come back.

We will shoot dogs if we catch them chasing the sheep. We spent hours lambing the ewes in the middle of the night through January and have no reservations about the repercussions.”

Andrew & Tim Frampton


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Does Your Dog Have Kennel Cough?

There is the presence of Kennel Cough in a couple of dogs in our village at this time.

Kennel cough is an airway infection that causes a dry hacking cough in dogs and is highly contagious.

Kennel cough spreads by direct contact between dogs, in the air and on surfaces (such as food bowls and leads). Dogs with kennel cough should be kept away from other dogs and public spaces while they are coughing, and for two to three weeks afterwards.

Symptoms of Kennel cough usually take 3-14 days to develop and then last for 1-3 weeks. Most dogs develop a hacking cough and stay otherwise quite well, but puppies, older dogs, and poorly dogs can develop more serious symptoms such as:

  • A reduced appetite
  • Low energy (lethargy)
  • A high temperature (fever).

Treatment is usually anti inflammatories from your vet.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent kennel cough, and is especially necessary if your dog spends lots of time with other dogs or goes into kennels.

For further information on treatment and care – please visit the PDSA website HERE.

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Win With Your Dog In A Group Photo – Sunday, 10th April

New Image Consultancy at Redlands Yard are adding locally made Designer Dog Accessories & Essentials to their lifestyle products on sale and are launching them this Sunday, 10th April by way of a competition.

Owner: Joanna Medley

For your dog, you can win a bespoke collar, lead and bandana.  All you have to do is accept Joanna Medley‘s invitation to go along to Redlands Yard for 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon – remembering to bring your dog with you – and take part in a group photo.

The main photo shows Mopsy, Joanna‘s dog, who won 1st in Yearling class at Crufts last month, modelling products suitable for this year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in 8 weeks time.

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Local Employment: General Asst. At Dog Sanctuary

The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary is the largest Sanctuary and Rehabilitation centre of it’s kind in the UK.

They advertised on social media earlier today seeking General Assistant(s)/Cleaner(s)

General assistant and cleaner position/s
We are a busy dog sanctuary and rehab centre with some small farm animals and horses. We are based near Broadwindsor and looking to expand our animal care team.
The role could be job shared and covers a 7 day week.
We will also consider bank staff applications for ad hoc days.
You will need to:
  • have your own transport,
  • be physically fit,
  • have a love for animals
  • enjoy working outdoors.

You will fulfil roles such as:

  • managing the animal bedding laundry room,
  • utensil and feed bowl cleaning,
  • maintaining clean communal areas and buildings
  • being of support to the animals and our care team.
Wage in line with living wage.

They welcome applicants looking to commence a career path in animal care.

Please apply by email and include your CV to: joykeys@icloud.com

Joy Keys founded the sanctuary in 2000 – read more HERE.

 

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Restrain Your Dog In Your Vehicle Else Pay A Fine

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of safely restraining animals in cars.”

Being in breach of this advice can see drivers facing on the spot fines of up to £1,000, a maximum fine of £5,000, nine points on their license and even a driving ban and compulsory retest.

According to the RAC, the Highway Code itself is not a legal document and the rules outlined in it are not official road laws. However, “A number of the points outlined in the Code are backed up by official traffic laws, meaning you can be fined, prosecuted or disqualified if you ignore them.”

To read the rules on other animals – Highway code rules 47 – 58 – click HERE.

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Hursey Common Now Clear

The sheep grazing at the sports field in Hursey Common have now left.  It is now safe for dog walkers to allow their dogs to run inside.  Please remember to pick up any mess your dog may deposit 🙂

Please also share this information with other dog owners you know/see as not everyone uses the internet and/or social media.

Thank you.

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Calming Spooked Pets On Fireworks Night

Loud bangs, explosions, unexpected noises and darker nights can all contribute to making your pet dog or cat feel extremely stressed and anxious.  The RSPCA estimate that 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.

This year Broadwindsor Fun Group are holding a firework display at Broadwindsor’s Cricket Ground at 7pm on Friday, 5th November. Both Councillor Simon Christopher and Broadwindsor House have sponsored this event.

You may already know that your pet is scared of fireworks from previous years or you may have a new pet and this could be their first experience of fireworks.

Tips to calm dogs:

  • Walk them during daylight hours to avoid times when fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the sound of fireworks.
  • Put on some music or tv to mask the firework sounds.
  • Create a quiet space where your dog can feel in control.
  • Create some hiding places around your home.

Cats:

  • Provide hiding places in your home.
  • Cats can become more stressed if they’re outside during fireworks.
  • Make sure your cats are microchipped in case they’re startled and escape outside.

There are medications (Pheromone diffusers, sprays and collars ) that can be prescribed and purchased, but they don’t have an immediate effect. Talk to your vet as far in advance of Fireworks Night as you can.

The morning after a nearby fireworks display, check your garden for any fallout or shrapnel which may pose a risk. Fireworks contain highly toxic ingredients that can be fatal to your pet if accidentally eaten, so remember to stay extra vigilant during fireworks season.

It’s not just animals in the home that can be scared of fireworks – horses can be too.

  • For top tips on keeping your horse safe and secure during the firework season – please follow the advice from the British Horse Society – Click HERE.

Please don’t let off fireworks in your garden – go to an organised display 🙂

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