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Standard Schnauzer Tillie won the heart of judge Carole Sutton and a treat hamper worth £30.00 provided by Carole whose company is Heights Farm Premium Pet Foods. Carole visited owner Claire Toman's home to present Tillie with her prize and very kindly took and edited the pictures here too.

When I gave Claire a ring on learning about Tillie's win, she told me that Tillie, who is seven years old is very loving with a stubborn attitude. On the picture she submitted, Tillie has a Lego dog on her head. That was provided by Claire's daughter Ellie who is Tillie's constant playmate.

Claire also told me that she had previously owned a miniature Schnauzer who was very vocal and that Tillie will usually emit one big bark when someone calls and then settle if she likes and trusts them. She said that when she is out, Tillie is wary of people wearing glasses or hats as she can't see their faces properly.

When I asked if Tille was a pampered pooch, Claire told me that she is but not when it comes to scraps from the table. Tillie is only fed natural treats and food that is specifically healthy for dogs, as too many dogs are indulged and given things that aren't good for them.

Well done Tillie - enjoy your hamper!

Message from our magazine editor

Just a little bit of a note: My grandpup, Dillon couldn't win as it wouldn't be fair, so he was given a little runner up prize from Carole of Heights Farm Pet Foods. Here he is with his spoils.

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National Pet Month – April 1 to May 7 – the charity

with responsible pet ownership at its heart

Pet fans of all ages are being urged to help spread the responsible pet ownership message by celebrating National Pet Month – April 1 - May 7.

Each year April is National Pet Month – a time for pet lovers around Britain to celebrate life with their pets by staging or attending a fundraising event for a UK pet charity.

National Pet Month (NPM) continues its tireless work to encourage good pet care and highlight key pet welfare issues. It does this by bringing together animal welfare charities, professional bodies, pet businesses, schools, youth groups and pet fans of all ages.

NPM also has a vital role as an umbrella charity, highlighting fellow UK pet charities and helping them raise funds for their important work.

Over the years, fundraising events have included everything from bake sales, sponsored dog walks, vet open days and fancy dress cattery sleepovers to art exhibitions, dog shows, road shows and pet church services.

NPM Chairman Michael Bellingham says: “National Pet Month is for all those people in the UK who love pets and care about them remaining as happy and healthy as possible throughout their lives.

“During National Pet Month and beyond and, as part of our role in promoting responsible pet ownership, we’re encouraging pet lovers to talk to their vets, pet stores, pet charities and rescues to see how they can get involved with National Pet Month and help us raise awareness of important issues around responsible pet care.”

To be part of National Pet Month join in social media chats using #NationalPetMonth.

1. Register as an NPM supporter at http://www.nationalpetmonth. org.uk/_members/ It’s free and only takes a minute.

2. Follow NPM on social media  www.fb.com/ NationalPetMonthwww.fb.com/ JoinScratchingPost (cat fans), www.fb.com/ JoinParkBench (dog fans) and on Twitter @NatPetMonthUK 3. Tell your friends about NPM and get your local vet practices, pet shops, businesses and pet charities involved by staging a fundraising event for a UK pet charity.

4. Get your kids’ school involved. With input from TV vet Marc Abraham, NPM has pet themed lesson plans at http://www. nationalpetmonth.org.uk/ schools with more resources at http://www. peteducationresources.co.uk/

This year also sees the launch of Pet Care Aware – NPM’s new initiative allowing the responsible pet care message to carry on more visibly beyond the charity’s April campaign month.

If you’re in business and would like to support NPM, you can join the Pet Care Aware family for just £250. For this you’ll benefit from a year’s listing on NPM’s website with a live link to your website, plus an exclusive electronic supporter badge for your online channels and a window sticker for your premises.

For more information check out https://www.nationalpetmonth. org.uk/news/national-pet- month-unveils-pet-care-aware


Top 10 Tips For Responsible Pet Ownership


1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements.

2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained.

3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.

4. Provide suitable housing and bedding.

5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.

6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice.

7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate.

8. Groom your pet regularly.

9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified.

10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.

Here are links to our two blogs about our #NPMOnline campaign for this year, given the current circumstances.



We're also looking to recruit Young Ambassadors to stage mini fundraisers from the comfort of their own homes and have included some ideas for you. 


Jet                                                                            Fudge

Ruby                                                                                          Molly

Myla and kittens                                                                         Tomsk

For your supplies during the coronavirus pandemic. Below is where you can still get deliveries

Want to win a hamper?

Carol Sutton has kindly offered the dog treat hamper (pictured below) for the person sending in the best picture of their pet dog.

To enter, simply send your full resolution pictures in jpeg format to: acornnewsinfo@gmail.com

Closing date for entries: May 10th 2020

We will publish all entries on a special page. To keep taking a peek please click here




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