Happy New Year one and all, and what a whirlwind 2018 has been already! There was a short break for our volunteers and team members when the eventing season passed for another year, but that was soon forgotten when the Christmas rush hit. The end of 2017 saw more Frenchies need PFBR than ever before and so a big thank you is due from both Phoenix, and us here at the Enquirer for all the work that you have made possible with your time and support. It has been a whole year since we formally opened our doors and let the Phoenix fly and wow,Read More →

As dog people we all know the sentiment that a dog is part of our family. They are not “just a dog” but a friend, a confidante, a playmate… So what is that makes a dog Man’s Best Friend? Why do they give us those adoring eyes? And how can we make this unexplainable bond even more special? Well, the clue is in the question – Bonding. Our dog won’t just automatically like us and so, if you have a new pet or are looking to strengthen the special bond with an existing doggy pal, we have some tips for you:- Quality Time: I often tellRead More →

In the month of love, our focus shifts naturally to matters of the heart… But what about the ACTUAL heart? We probably all know that the heart is a large and complicated muscle designed to pump blood throughout our body, delivering nutrients and all the good stuff to our major organs. Without it, we would die. Although a very different build to us, the same is true of our furry friends. In the average dog, the heart muscle will beat approximately 150,000 times in a single day! Heart disease can occur in dogs just as it does with us humans. Where the blood circulation isRead More →

First of all apologies to both Dog Robes UK and Blonde Dog Designs who provided their fantastic items to be reviewed for a Christmas shopping guide. Sadly the busy nature of  the festive season delayed us in getting feedback from our testers. However, we’ve now very thoroughly tested their products and the results are in! Dog Robes Dog Robes UK kindly sent us their full range of robe, snood and drawstring bag for little Boo who is having lots of baths to help with his dermodex. Designed and made in Britain, Dog Robes are made of a special fabric that helps absorb as much waterRead More →

New Year, New You? Have you ever thought about applying the same mantra for your pet? An astounding 59% of dogs in the UK are now considered to be classified as obese which is a frightfully high statistic! These days, overweight dogs are commonly perceived to be ‘normal’ due to influences such as social media, breed standards, pressures from family and friends, as well as a lack of understanding about what is truly healthy. A lack of exercise, misunderstanding feeding guidelines and excessive calorific treats are all recognised as major contributing factors to pet obesity. Often breed standards will stipulate that a breed should beRead More →

If you’re anything like the family of PFBR Founder, Teresa Cargill, you will LOVE to decorate your home in the full spirit of Christmas. There are, however, a few items that you should be particularly cautious about this season as we all know the saying “curiosity killed the cat” and it doesn’t fare all that much better for our canine pals either… Berries Several of our Christmas favourites come with rather striking berries – take holly and mistletoe. While the foliage for either of these plants are considered to be low toxicity, the berries can be a different kettle of fish entirely. Keep these toRead More →

There is nothing better than a yummy Christmas Dinner on 25th December, surrounded by family, friends… and furries! Many of us will figuratively invite our pets to the table on Christmas by sharing our food with them as a special treat; some of us might even invite them literally as well! Whilst this is a lovely thought, it is widely accepted that most human food is just not good for your dog, some of it is even dangerous. So here’s our Christmas guide to what Christmas foods your pet can have, and what you should leave on the Christmas table… Turkey Turkey and other ChristmasRead More →

In this article I am going to write about the dangers of buying a puppy from a bad breeder. There are so many puppies available nowadays, especially French Bulldogs, and you have to make sure you do your research thoroughly before buying. How do you know whether the place you are buying from is reputable? How can you spot a “greeder”? The harsh truth about buying a puppy in today’s world is that a lot of people are only in the breeding game for money, and not for the welfare or improvement of the breed. I am not saying that all breeders are like thisRead More →

We’ve all seen the adorable stockings, filled with pup-related treats, in the shops this time of year. I don’t know very many dog owners who don’t take this time of year as a further opportunity to spoil their furry friend. We need to be careful, however, about exactly what is in those adorably packaged gift solutions. You can see our article on Fat in Treats for one major issue to look out for, but this article is geared towards another Christmas pooch favourite – raw hide. There are numerous horror stories about raw hide and yet it is hugely prevalent in the pet market, whetherRead More →

Our wonderful friends at Scampers of Soham have been cooking up a frightfully good seminar with popular holistic vet, Dr. Nick Thompson, BSc (Vet Sci) Hons, BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS. Dr Nick is a fully trained vet with over 20 years experience. He blends a conventional medical approach with complementary methods including homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine. Dr Nick has a special interest in immunology, and so this seminar is not to be missed – not only will you get the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge, but we all know how infectious (pun intended!) a passion for a subject can be. The seminar will cover:Read More →