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Ebola in Dogs

Ebola in dogs
Whilst listening to the news today regarding the Ebola victim in Spain I learnt that her dog had been destroyed as it could also have contracted the disease from her.  I have no idea whether Ebola can be passed on via animals, and it would appear that scientists have differing opinions themselves, but it did cause a certain amount of fear in my mind.  I’m not one to pay much heed to the scare mongering which is prevalent in our media these days, but it occurred to me that if dogs can carry and transmit the Ebola virus, via excreted viral particles, this could cause a much greater problem.  Being in the business I’m in, I know all too well that despite the fact that dog poop should be picked up everywhere many choose to ignore this fact, even making an excuse that it isn’t on a path or in a public place.  However, the reason it should be picked up everywhere is that the toxins in dog waste poison the land and make their way into our water table, and I for one wouldn’t want the water table to be infected with Ebola.  My aim is not to cause pandemonium amongst you, I am not claiming to be an expert on the subject, merely voicing the thoughts that went through my head this morning.  I just hope this might make some people think a little more intelligently about why they should pick up after their dog and stop making excuses about where and when it’s OK to leave it!  
I know I’m biased, but even my customers tell me, that with a Dicky Bag there is no excuse for not picking up everywhere, and it’s about time the lazy people, the “I walk in a field so I can leave it to break down naturally”, were held to account! It is estimated that 20-30% of stream pollution is caused by the toxins from dog waste and residue dog waste. They are poisoning our countryside, other animals and our water.


Treat Bags get seal of approval

Karen Wild, profesional dog trainer, author and dog behaviour feature writer in Dogs Today magazine, recentlly put our new treats bags through some rigorous testing in her dog training classes and her review is so glowing it even made me blush!

If you already know of our products you will know that we pride ourselves on great quality, reliability and usefulness. We want to make products that our customers love as much as we do and to get this kind of review puts a spring in our step.

When I first tried a bit of dog agility training with Rosie and Barney I discovered how awkward treat bags were to use. First you have toggles to wrestle with whislt under the time constraint of giving the treat so the dog remembers what it's being rewarded for, then you are so preoccupied with delivering the treat quickly you forget your plentiful bag is open and promptly dispense the majority of your treats on the floor!

And then there's the running!

This basically translates into "how many treats can you scatter around the course" It became plainly evident that dog treat bags needed a "Dicky Bag" style overhaul, and we're pretty pleased with how it turned out.

We have produced an anti spill lid which allows instant acces to your treats. It has a belt loop, carabineer and double sided velcro one wrap so you can attach to whatever you want. The neoprene stops grease marks from meat or cheese leeching through onto your clothing and it is easily washed either by hand or on a cool wash in the machine without falling apart. Now that's what you call a treat bag!

If you don't believe me, go and read Karens blog here.


Cattle Culling because of Parasite in Dog Waste

Here is a very interesting report on BBC Countryfile about a parasite called Neospora. Dogs act as a host to these parasites which they can pick up from all types of meat and food and as there is no cure or vaccine so the parasite won't be eradicated with worming tablets. If infected dog waste is left and the contaminated grass is injested by cattle the only way of erracdicating the disease from the herd is to cull the infected animals. This isn't just a problem if you walk in pastures, other animals and birds can transfer the parasite to the pasture, so the message is, IT'S NEVER OK TO LEAVE DOG MESS!! The only way to find out if your dog is infected is with a blood test as your dog can function normally whilst being a host to this deadly parasite.

The Parasite is hazardous for at least 6 months, long after any trace of dog waste is visible, meaning it can be picked up on the feet of othe animals and birds and transfered to the pasture. Neospora is the number 1 cause of abortion in cattle and is estimated to cost the British economy £20 million and £800 million world wide, and all because a few people are too precious to pick up. Cattle can't be treated meaning the only way the farmer can protect his herd is by culling the infected cows and potentially their calves too!

Having travelled the Country selling Dicky Bags I have spoken to thousands of dog owners, and it infuriates me when they tell me that they don't have to pick up becuase they walk in fields so their dog doesn't poo on paths! I knew this wasn't the answer to the dog poop problem but I had no idea of the seriousness of the problem regarding infecting other livestock. Watch out reluctant poop pickers, I have the information and I'm not afraid to tell you you're wrong!

Watch the report, it's fascinating, it's about 45 minutes in



It's gonna take more than just another pick up campaign!

Please don't misunderstand my views written here, I commend everyone involved in trying to encourage more dog owners to act responsibly, but yet another poop scoop campaign, this one entitled THE BIG SCOOP which launches on 14th June 2013, involving Keep Britain Tidy, Ben Fogle, Kirsty Allsop and the Dogs Trust, will bring exactly the same results it always has and NO PERMANENT POSITIVE EFFECT will be achieved.  Dog fouling incidents are on the rise for the first time in 10 years - surely nothnig screams we need a new solution more than these statistics!

You would need to have just landed from Mars to not know that you are expected to clear up after your dog and dispose of it properly (ie a bin).

The reason people don't pick up is they don't want to be left swinging an offence knotted bag of poop looking for afore mentioned bin! 

Very few people will admit to being responsible for ever leaving poo or poop bags, but those that do state that if they know there isn't a bin they won't pick up.  There is no written rule for how long is too long to swing a poop bag (for some it appears to be 100m) and that need only take you 9.63 seconds to reach it (if you're Usain Bolt!)

I rarely see anyone NOT picking up after their dog, and if I don't see them how are dog wardens supposed to catch them and issue fines, they are far more visible than I am.  If I do happen to see a hesitant owner you won't be surprised to hear that I offer them a poop bag, from the numerous i always have stored in my dicky bag, to encourage them to do the right thing and i've never been turned down or had a confrontation yet.

With this in mind, let me tell you my theory on who is responsible.

Firstly lets tackle the fouling. 

Many owners will only pick up if the fouling occurs in a public area, on a path or if social circumstnaces dictate they should (ie someone can see them!)  These owners avoid pcking up by walking theire dog off lead and march off in the opposite direction oblivious to what their dog is doing and happy for it to catch them up when it's finished.  To avoid picking up altogether they simply walk when it's dark!  Interestingly reported cases of dog fouling increase dramatically in the winter months when it is darker for more of the day! 

Now for the dumping

These I feel come in 2 catagories.  The first is another driven by what other might say or do and given the option would just leave the poop where it falls!  You can tell this person by the amount of times they look up and around before actually picking up the poo, hoping that by the time the dastly deed is requierd that the onlooker has turned their back. This is the point when i like to hang around to witness the outcome!  I still fear however that this rarely has a good outcome because I know full well that as soon as I go round the corner that their poop bag is getting dumped!  The second is the "accidental" dumper - a victim of DeJa Poo!  Put the bag down to retrieve when returning from walk only to either "forget" or take different route home.  This unfortunate incident has a knock on affect as other dog walkers see a bag left and either think well if they did it i might as wel too or leave their bags as a weird protest that there aren't enough bins.

Either way - yet another campaign - will only tell us what we already know!

What  we don't know is how long before someone recognises that we need a new and better solution!  I have tried and tried to contact everyone involved in the campaign to throw modern thinking into the mix.  It is so frustrating not being able to get your voice heard. In a vain attempt that someone of importance might be listening i shall repeat myself again.



I would say "have your cake and eat it" but "have your walk and enjoy it!" seems a little more apt.

thnak you for listneing to my little rant!



Crufts 2013

Stock is all packed and ready for loading for our Crufts 2013 expedition.  We will be on the same stand as last year Hall 4 stand 172 so please pop by and say hi!

We will not only have Dicky Bags this year,  we will also have all our brand new prodcuts to show you which we are very proud of.  As you would expect all of them are hand made in Cornwall from the finest quality neoprene and designed to make life just that little bit nicer and easier.

So come and meet Hugo,Barney, Bulter, Matt, Hans and Wellie Bob for yourself - we will be more than pleased to introduce you!

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