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Ami typing!The Italian Greyhound Rescue Charity’s Blog is an informal affair, telling the stories from some of the owners who have adopted dogs from the rescue alongside other rescue business and updates.

We hope the Blogs published serve to be informative both about IGs and the work of the Charity.

So sit back with your cup of coffee and enjoy!

 


Blog #6 An update from the IGRC during the Coronavirus outbreak

We are living in strange times which none of us could have foreseen when we welcomed in the new decade at the beginning of this year. All of the Trustees hope that Friends of the Charity and all of their companions are keeping safe during the coronavirus outbreak and are following the necessary social distancing regulations designed to keep everyone safe. This lockdown will not be forever but while we endure it, let us stick together and help in the ways that we can.

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As many of you will be aware, the IGRC was planning to host its IGstravaganza event at the beautiful venue of Lowther Castle on 6th June 2020 but, following the Coronavirus outbreak and the Government restrictions in place, the Trustees have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. We know that many of you were planning to attend and, like us, were looking forward to a summer’s day celebrating all things Italian Greyhound.

For those who had already purchased tickets, the process of issuing refunds is already underway but if you purchased tickets and have not been contacted with regards to your refund, please contact igrescue@btinternet.com. Refunds are being processed as promptly as possible so please be patient.

The good news is the IGRC can confirm that its IGstravaganza will go ahead next year instead. The new date for the event is 5th June 2021 and the venue will be Lowther Castle as planned for this year. We hope that many of you will keep this date free in your diaries.

Keeping safe with your dogs
For dog owners, while the lockdown has significantly impacted all of our lives, the restrictive measures that are currently in place will be affecting how each of us is able to exercise our dogs. Humans are limited to going outdoors for one form of exercise per day – a dog walk would be classified as a form of exercise. For households where there are more one person, it is likely that you will be doing the dog walks in shifts with one person handling the morning walk (using up their daily exercise allowance) and then another household member completing the afternoon walk (using their daily exercise allowance). Thus, the dog(s) gets their usual two walks a day (on average) and a household is behaving in line with the regulations.

For other people, this routine cannot be adopted – if a household is self-isolating or if there is only one person within the home, the restrictions will prove to be more impactful on the daily routine of their dog(s). Some useful infographics have been put together for charities to share and the IGRC is doing so here in this blog. Please click here to view these infographics – they contain some useful content for all dog owners including guidelines and suggestions which may help out some households and their four legged companions during the lockdown.

The Charity’s ongoing work
The times we are currently going through are unprecedented and for many, the economic impact of the Coronavirus will be hard-hitting. The Trustees want to reassure all its Friends and supporters that the IGRC is continuing its work to support Italian Greyhounds and Italian Greyhound crossbreeds who need our help. The welfare of our breed is paramount and during these difficult times, the Charity is on hand to provide support to those who need it.

While many households have more time on their hands during the lockdown and are spending a significantly increased proportion time of their time at home, now is not necessarily the right time to introduce a new dog to the household. The lockdown we are living through will not be forever and our present lifestyles will not remain so beyond the shutdown – people will return to work and shops and pubs will reopen so the time that people spend at home will reduce as “normality” returns.

If you and your family are considering getting a new dog, just remember that the way we are living our lives at the moment is not for forever – will your lifestyle still suit a dog and will you still have the required amount of time to dedicate to a dog after normality returns? If the answer to either of these questions is “no”, please refrain from getting a new dog. In the long-term, this will cause heartbreak for you and your family when you later cannot cope with the dog and this could then cause significant disruption and upheaval for the dog too. Rather than the traditional saying of “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, maybe let us use the re-phrased saying of “A dog is for life, not just for the coronavirus shutdown.”

The IGRC is continuing to carry out its work throughout the outbreak, primarily providing support and advice over the phone or via email. We welcome genuine enquiries and we are always available to provide support to IG/IG-cross owners who are struggling to cope with their dogs or who simply want some advice about caring for their dogs.

Please be advised that the IGRC has temporarily closed its application process to all new applicants at this difficult time, when there are Government instructions in place to stop the spread of Coronavirus. We cannot home check or move IGs, so there is no point in expanding our already long list of prospective rehomers. If you are in an emergency situation and need help with your IG or IG cross breed please contact the Charity in the usual way.

Keep safe everybody and, if you have a dog, enjoy the precious extra time that you are having with your canine companions – they will help ease any anxieties you may have.


Blog #5 The importance of keeping your IG’s microchip details up to date

In 2017, a Council prosecuted a dog owner who had failed to update their dog’s ownership details on the Petlog database. This follows the new legislation regarding mandatory microchipping which was brought into force in April 2016. Since 6th April 2016, it has been compulsory for owners to ensure that their dog is microchipped so, when an owner failed to complete the transfer of keepership of their dog, they paid the price after being prosecuted and fined by their local Council.

This particular case was brought to the courts by Chelmsford City Council. The dog’s breeder had microchipped the German Shepherd-Husky cross and had registered them on the Petlog database; however, the dog’s new owner failed to complete the transfer of ownership. Consequently, when this dog went missing and their microchip was scanned, the dog’s details were not displaying on the Petlog system. It was only by chance, when the owner contacted the Council’s dog service to report their dog missing, that they were able to reunite the two.

Upon identifying that this dog was not on the Petlog database, the Council followed up this case. Despite the owner being in receipt of the necessary Petlog forms, they did not complete them within the 28 day time period which resulted in Petlog removing the dog’s details from their database. The successful prosecution of this owner resulted in them being fined over £350 by the Council, a rather costly price to pay for not keeping their dog’s details up to date with Petlog.

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Complying with the latest microchipping legislation is part of being a responsible dog owner

What this case serves to highlight is that it is the responsibility of a puppy’s/dog’s new owner to update a Government approved database where the microchip is registered with their information. While it is the breeder’s responsibility to microchip their puppies from the age of 8 weeks old and to register them with a Government compliant database (there are ten approved databases in total, one of which is Petlog), it is the buyer’s responsibility to follow this up by completing the transfer of keepership paperwork.

In brief, the new microchipping legislation includes the following:

  1. All dogs in the UK must be microchipped (this includes older dogs as well as puppies)
  2. Puppies must be microchipped from 8 weeks old
  3. Breeders are responsible for microchipping their puppies and they must be recorded as the first keeper
  4. All subsequent owners/keepers (where the dog resides) must keep the contact information associated with their dog up to date on a Government compliant database. This includes a change of address or telephone number.
  5. All dogs must wear an ID tag

(Please note, regulations in Wales and Scotland vary.)

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Should your dog ever go missing, accurate microchip information can help reunite you back with your dog

To summarise, in order to comply with the microchipping legislation, every dog in the UK must firstly be microchipped and secondly, their owner’s data must be kept accurate and current on a compliant database. Consequently, the new legislation has impacted a wide number of people including:

DOG BREEDERS: as detailed above, breeders have additional responsibilities for their puppies. If you are looking for a puppy, whatever the breed, the breeder you choose should demonstrate a thorough understanding of this legislation and the implications it has on your role as a dog owner.

DOG OWNERS: when you collect your puppy, the breeder should supply you with the necessary paperwork needed to update your dog’s information with the relevant database. The breeder will be your puppy’s first registered keeper and you will need to complete the transfer of keepership so that the relevant database records your details against your puppy’s microchip ID. If you get an older dog, you will similarly need to make sure that you complete the transfer of keepership otherwise the consequences could be notable. Firstly, should your beloved dog ever go missing, if your contact information is not linked to the microchip, when your dog is scanned, the authorities will be unable to identify that your dog belongs to you, reducing the chances of reuniting you both back together. Secondly, if you and your dog are found to not comply with the legislation (either by not having your dog microchipped or by failing to inform Petlog or other Government compliant databases of any contact changes), you could face a fine of up to £500.

RESCUE CHARITIES: when a dog comes into the care of a Charity, such as the IGRC, the changes in keepership need to be recorded accordingly. Petlog’s Rehoming Service has been set up to assist rehoming charities so that dogs awaiting adoption can have their microchip details recorded to the rescue organisation. This Rehoming Service also enables charities to update a Petlog entry with the new keeper’s information once a dog’s adoption has been successfully completed.

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Make sure you understand the microchipping legislation by researching it thoroughly

There is a lot of information out there to fully understand regarding the microchip legislation and the procedures associated with this new system. The effectiveness of microchipping is only upheld if the contact information associated with a particular ID number is the latest. By keeping your dog’s microchip information up to date (whether that be when you move house, change mobile numbers etc), you are hopefully increasing the likelihood that your dog will be successfully returned to you should he or she go missing. If you are a dog owner or prospective owner, please do not get caught out by the new legislation.

To read more, please visit these useful links below…


Blog #1 Whisper’s tale: an IG, some sheep & the authorities!

Blog #2 Patience is a virtue

Blog #3 Don’t be tricked or fooled by unscrupulous breeders

Blog #4 Is an Italian Greyhound the right breed for you?