Thursday, 30 April 2015

Looking for a Fur~Ever Home for Former Lab Dog Anna, Now in the UK thanks to Being Recently Rescued by Unite to Care!


Meet Anna.  Anna is a very sweet dog that has recently been released from the laboratory where she was used for testing, and into the hands of the wonderful animal rights charity that I work with, Unite to Care.  

Life hasn't been very nice to this poor girl up until now, and what Anna needs now is a loving environment to live out the remainder of her days with lots of hugs and attention.  

Anna is currently in a foster home, but is looking for her fur~ever home.  She's not so much one for big massive long walks (would you be if you'd been confined to a cage your whole life!?!!), and much prefers to chill in the back garden, and just enjoy the feel of grass on her feets and the fresh air.  


Anna is adapting well to the company of cats, but not so much other dogs....especially the bouncy type.  :)  For that reason we are looking for a home where Anna would be the only dog.  Ideally a home with no children under the age of 16, unless they are incredibly mature for their age.  Anna needs a quiet life to live out the rest of her days.  

(Edited to add - Anna has been absolutely wonderful in the house, and there haven't been any accidents or anything, which is just brilliant.  Her anxiety levels seem to be worst when out on walks.  Being on a lead will be such a scary and new experience for her, especially with all these new surroundings and experiences.  

It is natural for a dog's anxiety levels to increase when on a lead.  It is also very common.  I know from personal experience with my family Westie that he is so much worse when on his lead and encountering other dogs than when he is off it.  I wish I had learned simple dog training techniques with him when he was younger and of better vision/hearing.  The other problem with Hamish and how he can be around other dogs is the anxiety my mum can have when she walks him.  My mum is generally scared of dogs.  Her and Hamish were attacked before, and dogs have went for Hamish a few times.  This means that she tenses up, and he senses that straight away.  I notice that then when I walk Hamish and he's on the lead, he goes to be agro with other dogs.  However when I let him off the lead and let him potter around on his own and go up and sniff other dogs....I generally don't have a problem.  

It's funny, because I have spied on her walking my Beagle and there is totally a different energy there.  He drives her nuts, but she almost seems calmer when walking him.  Which is interesting because Alfie insists on speaking to every dog he meets.  He has such a different energy though, so in turn that will have an effect on mother.  Alfie is the calm one though around other dogs, mother not.  Anna is the opposite, she unfortunately hasn't had the joy of being socialised and all these new experiences are really scary for her.  So Anna needs someone to be calm and patient so that she can feed off of their energy.  If you think you could be that person, we would LOVE to hear from you!)

If you have been contemplating the addition of a furry friend to your household, please do consider adopting Anna.  The rewarding experience gained from saving another creature, and giving them the kind of life they deserve, it's one of the nicest things we as humans can do in my humble opinion. :)  

For more information, please contact victoria.fraser@live.co.uk, or direct message our Facebook page.   You can also find us on Twitter - @UniteToCare

If everyone could please share this around as many places as possible, that would be amazing.  Also check out this video that was done from the BBC coming to meet the new rescues.  They made a bit of a mistake though and said that they had been homed, when it was just foster they had found.  But yeah....gives you an idea of the amazing work that Unite to Care do.  :)  


Unite to CARE (Cease Animal Research Experiments) was formed due to an increasing concern as to the use of animals and in particular beagle dogs in medical research. We are a not for profit organisation. 
Our main aim is to offer a viable alternative to research companies to allow us the opportunity to find forever loving homes for any ex laboratory or breeding dogs that are surplus to their requirements and therefore of no commercial value, as per the conditions of licensing, that loss of life or suffering is to be kept to a minimum rather than the standard euthanasia carried out. 
We are also campaigning for an end to all animal research and consequently safer medicines for all as the alternatives available that do not include suffering to animals are also a lot more accurate for the results in humans rather than relying on antiquated methods currently in place. 
There has not been a review of the law in 65 years yet technology has advanced dramatically since then meaning that lives are being risked due to the reluctance to move forward which is vital to protect the public’s health, therefore we will be lobbying MPs and aiming to persuade regulators to accept alternatives to animal experiments where they exist already but are not used due to the easy acceptance that animal testing ‘will do’ as it provides enough protection for the pharmaceutical industry to be able to say they have tested to the standard required rather than the best method available.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Check Out this Amazing Video Showing the Thirteen Lives Saved by Animal Rights Charity Unite to Care So Far!


Awwww.  I am so proud of all of my fellow Unite to Care girls and boys.  :)  When Vicky Fraser first pulled us all together to fight against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca over two years ago when they were shipping Beagles over to the UK for testing, we were a handful of people who all believed in the same thing.  That every creature should be treated with respect, and that Beagles, nor any other animal, should be subjected to horrific testing for any kind of procedure.  We have grown SOOOOO much in that time, and gained support from some amazing people.

Check out this wonderful video to show our plight so far and the lives that have been saved. :) 


United, we stand together, and we ARE making a difference.  

To keep up to date with the wonderful work our people are doing, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.  

Please be sure to check out www.unitetocare.com as well.  

Thank you!! :)  xo

Monday, 29 December 2014

Stop Pharmaceutical Giant AstraZeneca from Opening a New Animal Testing Facility in Cambridge, and Insist on a Life After Labs for the Beagles they Have Already!!


For almost two years now, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca have been at the top of my list for most hated companies.  Despite living in a world that is so insanely advanced, both technologically, and scientifically; AstraZeneca continues time and time again to stick its needle in the dark ages with their barbaric animal testing.  

It was two years ago in February that I got involved with the newly formed Unite to Care, after AstraZeneca shipped over hundreds of Beagles from their closing down facility in Sweden, to Macclesfield in Manchester, so that they could continue their cruel and unnecessary torture of them...despite numerous offers from animal lovers to take them on board and give them a life after the lab.


The manner in which this was done was absolutely despicable, and in the middle of the night no less.  It honestly reminded me of The X Files - Fight the Future, where the secret government are shipping the alien virus in unmarked tanker trucks.  Clearly they realise how horrific their methods are, and want the public to know as little as possible.  I mean, what we don't know won't hurt us right!?!  WRONG!!  How on earth are we supposed to trust any company that is THAT shady!?


What Unite to Care have been campaigning for, and are doing our very best to work with AstraZeneca; is to ensure that rather than killing these poor Beagles after a life of torture, that they get rehomed to individuals who can show them love and compassion, and that not all humans are bad.  And to eventually...hopefully sooner rather than later...to see ALL Beagles free from cages and a life of testing and misery!!  And not just Beagles....all animals! 
  

And whilst I am the first to admit that I have been known to stomp my feet and throw my toys out of the pram regarding pharmaceutical companies...I am also intelligent enough to know that progress isn't made by starting a war against them.  Progress is made through education.  Progress is made through people standing up and saying enough is enough.  We don't NEED to test on animals.  The drug companies should know this from the amount of times people have died after drugs have passed animal testing, but then killed the human test subjects.  We are not Beagles, or bunnies, or monkey's.  We have a different genetic makeup.  We also have the science now to recreate that genetic makeup...something that would lead to REAL progress.  


Just check out all of the work the Dr Hadwen Trust are doing, and you shall see actual progress.  Progress with compassion....surely that's what any decent human being strives for?  We want to live in a world where illness and disease can be treated, but without the unnecessary suffering of innocent creatures.




Cambridge Against AstraZeneca Planning has been running a stage by stage protest over the proposals for a new animal testing facility in Cambridge.  We do not see this as scientific progress....rather a stilt in progress.  We want you, the public, to join us in blocking the acceptance of this proposal.  To insist that they change their ways and step into the 21st Century, in a country where we have the means for real scientific progress.  Progress WITHOUT cruelty!!

You can find out more on how you can help out by either visiting the Cambridge Against AstraZeneca Planning Facebook page, or their website - The CAP Campaign.  The Facebook page has all the dates and information of the planned little events....for example, Twitter storms, to writing to newspapers, a mass group photo posting day....there are numerous ways we can get through to people, and utilising social media to get something to go viral; it really is the best way in this day and age!  Adapt with the times yo!  

You hear that AstraZeneca?!  ADAPT!!!  :)

Sunday, 21 July 2013

How Even Beagles and Bunnies Can Become Friends When the Owner Understands Responsible Dog Ownership.


Word to this.  I find it shocking that so many people do this.  Get pregnant and then realise that they have no more time for their dog.  Yes, sometimes people have good reasons for needing to rehome their pets.  Sometimes life just slams you at a road block and you rehome your dog for the good of them....not you!!


When I got Alfie from Kristi, it truly broke her heart to part with her beloved Beagles.  She was an amazing Beagle mommy and Alfie and Wally were totally her life.  Then life got in the way and she realised that for the good of her two babies, she needed to find a new home for them.  This wasn't something she took lightly as well.  Especially with Alfie...the, ummmm....more hyper/crazy of the two.  Haha.  Luckily fate stepped in and it was just by chance that I met her Beagle friend Suzy who was out with her two Beagles Amber and Gus.  Thanks to Suzy, I found out about Kristi needing new Beagle homes and I messaged her straight away.  Within about 24 hours of constantly messaging each other, she realised she wanted me to have her baby.


Instead of jumping straight in though, we did it the sensible way.  First, introducing my family Westie (whom I frequently look after) to Alfie, Wally, Amber and Gus.  Once Hamish had been pounced on by a pack of Beagles, despite being older than all four put together, he instantly joined in the crazy fun, running around like a puppy again.  My mother even made the comment after I'd gotten Alfie "What have you done to Hamish?  He thinks he's a spring chicken again!!"


Now I understand that sometimes people get a dog, and it's just not suited to their personality/life.  It's like people, some people we get on amazingly with...others, not so much.


I remember a few years back being told that I would be a terrible Beagle mommy, and that I really needed to go for a far mellower dog, due to my tendency to be hyperactive.  Always one to enjoy proving people wrong, I took on the most hyperactive, notorious Beagle in my town...and we just gelled.  He is my soul dog.  I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOOOOOOOVE my little Hamiseetoe and I'd be lost without him, but whereas Hamish is more independent; Alfie is a total mummy's boy.  :)  I guess this is proof that crazy mellows crazy.


The other thing that surprised people was that I was able to take on a two year old Beagle and bring him into a house with a totally independent man of the house, two year old bunny.  Within a week of being together, and after a lot of emmm....loving - Beagle to bunny style (lol), I was able to leave the two of them in the house together when I went out to work.


I gradually left them alone together and kept spying on them, and it was after I saw Alfie pull his blanket over to Jonah's bed and curl up next to him that I realised they were going to get on just fine.


Yes, Alfie may chase Jonah around, and sometimes it looks like he's getting a bit too carried away, but there is only so much Jonah will take before he stands his ground and Beagle~toes gets some kung foo bunny feets to the face.  Haha.  Proof as can be seen here when Alfie keeps trying to steal Jonah's food.  :)


At the end of the day, I believe that all dogs can be trained...it really does just truly depend on the owner.  Bunnies too.  :)  Be sure to check out some of the books and things I've linked to here on Amazon.  Many I read cover to cover before getting Alfie. 


And remember, every breed of dog is different...and every dog is different.  As long as you have the time and patience to dedicate to your beloved pet, you will get years of laughter and fun out of them.  And plenty of exercise.  


Monday, 27 May 2013

Good News - The Escape Artist Beagle in Arbroath Has Been Reunited with His Owners.

The Beagle that I had reported to be found in the Warddykes area of Arbroath late Thursday night and taken in by a kindly owner before being handed into the police on Friday, has today been collected by his owners I've been informed.  Yay!!!


I've yet to find out who this pesky pup belongs too but I'm sure my Beagle~toes Alfie will have the pleasure of meeting him sometime soon.  Thanks to everyone who shared all of the posts on Facebook and Twitter.  You all rock!!  And yay to Jilly for taking him in and taking him to the police in the first place. :) xox

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Beagle Found in Warddykes Area of Arbroath on Thursday Night. Are You Missing a Four Legged Friend!?!


So this morning I woke up to a message from my doggie walking friend Rachael regarding a Beagle that had been found in the Warddykes area of Arbroath and was up on the Help 2 Rehome Scotland Facebook page.  Straight away I jumped into Beagle investigative action as if there is one thing I've become accustomed too, it's escape artist Beagle~toes....something that was made evident when I went onto the Scottish Beagle Club Facebook group and there was a reply to the missing Beagle post saying it might be Alfie as he has a habit of escaping.  This did make me chuckle, especially seeing as how my darling Beagle~toes was curled up under the covers with me when I got the message.  Haha.

Anyhoo, the girl Jilly who found him contacted me with a side view picture of the dog and he is a Tri-coloured Beagle who she had heard howooo'ing outside her house after she had went to bed past midnight on Thursday night.  She opened the door and the dog came bounding in.  Jilly kept him in overnight and then contacted the police on Friday (24th May).


The dog was wearing a brown leather collar, but it had no name tag on it.  The police said that due to the dogs belly still being bald, it looks like he has recently had the chip chip.  Normally this is done at around 6 months old so I would guess the dog would be between 6-12 months old.  This is just a guesstimation but it would make sense.  I know from past experience of handing lost dogs into the police that they scan them for a chip straight away so I am assuming that the dog isn't chipped.

Despite the fact that Beagles are becoming more popular in the Arbroath area, there still aren't that many so I personally would contact the local vets and see if there has been a Beagle recently neutered as they would have the owners details.  Another indication that this is a young Beagle is the fact that us Beagle owners all get to know each other and neither myself, nor any of my Beagle owner friends recognise this dog.  A doggie friend of mine, Chris, he has a girl Beagle called Brandy and he's been looking to breed her.  However he's been having difficulty finding a local boy Beagle who's not had the chip chop.  Due to their, umm...mischievous behaviour,  most people get their boy Beagles neutered pretty early on.

The dog has now been taken to the Brown Street Kennels in Dundee.  If this is your dog or if you recognise him, can you please contact Tayside Police on their new non-emergency line 101.


Thursday, 28 March 2013

Did You Know Just How Little the Scottish Government Gives to Mountain Rescue Teams? More Funding Needed to Ensure the Safety of Walkers in the Scottish Highlands.


(The view taken from the top of Buachaille Etive Mor.)

Since the beginning of January 2013, thirteen people have died in the Scottish mountains.  That's less than 3 months in which thirteen people have lost their lives doing something they truly love and are passionate about.

The good old Great British press have, as per usual, instigated their typical knee jerk reaction to these tragedies and have called for a curb on climbers being allowed on the mountains.  The general opinions that I've been hearing are that people shouldn't be allowed on the mountains, or that they are wasting tax payers money.  That it's their own fault if they die, that they're being selfish going out endangering the lives of the search and rescue people who will be called out in the event that something happens to them.  


(Buachaille Etive Mor completed!!  Best feeling EVER!!)

As someone who has grown up exploring these very hills and mountains, and who has parents who are out climbing these very peaks practically every other weekend...as well as further peaks in England, Wales, Ireland, Mexico, Peru...Everest...it absolutely rattles my cage to hear the garbage that comes out of some peoples mouths regarding this very subject!!  

We live in one of the most gorgeous places on the planet, and yet there are those who will sit there and bitch and moan about the people that actually want to go and explore it!  The main complaint I've heard is that those who go out hillwalking are "wasting the tax payers money".  In the slim chance that something does actually happen, what these idiots don't actually realise is that the government gives very freakin' little to mountain rescue services.  In fact, it's embarrassing just how little our own government support these amazing people.  They give more support to the people that do NOTHING!!


At this present moment in time, the government grant for the Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams is a pathetic, measly £312,000...for the WHOLE of Scotland!!!  This is NOT a case of "wasting tax payers money".  Hell, our own government basically exploit the mountains for profit and yet give practically zero back in return.  
"The 27 civilian, voluntary Scottish Mountain and Cave Rescue Teams, rely on charitable donations and bequests from members of the public as well as local and national businesses, in order that they may continue to deliver the service they provide."

The individuals out there risking their lives as part of the civilian, voluntary teams, they are doing this because they love these mountains.  They understand and respect them.  They want millions more to be able to appreciate their beauty, and I have so much admiration for each and every one of them.


(Glencoe - if it's good enough for Bond...)

USA news station CNN has listed Scotland as the number one worldwide destination to visit in 2013...that is potentially a huge tourism boost.  One of the reasons attributed to CNN's decision is thought to be down to the huge success of not only Disney Pixar movie Brave, but also to James Bond kicking ass with Judi Dench in Skyfall.  A film that was largely featured in the Glencoe...the very home to some of the most potentially treacherous mountains in Scotland.  


(Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Craig taking in the bleak, yet stunning sights of Glencoe in Skyfall.)

With movies such as Skyfall, Brave, Prometheus and Harry Potter making people the world over want to come and visit Scotland and the wonderful scenery it provides, and the fact that the Scottish government use images of these very same mountains to draw people to this country...it forms part of a massive £1.4 BILLION tourist economy.  An industry that the Scottish government want to increase by 50% by 2015!!  That is a massive target, and one that surely requires the government to re-evaluate their funding towards mountain rescue.


(My sister Moosey and I out exploring Glencoe...with extra added Nessie, courtesy of my friend Rob.  See, even Nessie wanted to go and explore further lochs in Scotland!!)

Walkers and climbers are smarter and more equipped now than ever and at the end of the day, accidents happen.  Considering that such a huge part of the Scottish economy comes from tourism, rather than criticising those who enjoy the pleasure and freedom gained from walking the vast stretch of unspoilt territory Scotland provides, the government should actually be putting more money into supporting and educating people to the challenges that walking the Scottish Highlands brings.  



(There is no better feeling in the world than camping in the Scottish Highlands, and Glencoe in particular is one of the single most beautiful places on earth, and should be explored!!)

The world around us was meant for exploring.  It keeps both our minds and our bodies ticking away.  It is also one of the best ways to learn, and soak in the rich history, and all that has gone before.  From a geological and environmental perspective, to that of those who have walked there before us.  If the Scottish government want to keep the compelling history of Scotland alive for people to explore, they need to think about putting more into it, instead of taking away from it.  Accidents will still happen, life would not be life without death.  And with each death on the mountain, it brings a terrible sadness.  We should honour the memory of these people by being able to walk once again in their steps.  

One last photo for you to enjoy...this was taken last September, and was the last walk my parents did before taking on Mount Everest Base Camp.  With some of my family from Canada coming over to visit, whilst on a tour of Europe, they decided, why not take on Ben Nevis!?!  Jim and Annie, joined my mum and dad, and auntie Corinne and her partner Steve, along with my cousin Dominique and her now fiance Kevin...and their doggy Pippa to climb the highest mountain in both Scotland, and the UK.  Along with them was also Team Cooper mascot Alistair McAlistair...the wonderful bunny~feets who does a whole lotta trekkin'!! ;) They all had a wonderful time, and are so happy to say that they have done it.  And Jim and Annie were ecstatic to say that they had come all the way over from the Rockies in Canada to take on their first summit, and it was Ben Nevis!!  That's something that would made anyone proud...please don't take this away from people.  


Edited to add yet another death up in Glencoe after an experienced skier was killed in an avalanche.  That brings the number of deaths up to 14.  :(