Calling All Dog Owners To Help Celebrate World Smile Day

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust invites dog owners to take part in World Smile Day on Friday 3rd October, by sharing your dog smile selfie and donating to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust through its new text donation number, giving dogs in need a reason to smile. World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday in October every year and the message is to devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. To celebrate, the Kennel Club is encouraging people to take so-called ‘dog beard selfies’,… Read More

Fashion Goes To The Dogs: Hound Themed Pashmina Launched For Charity

The worlds of fashion and dogs are colliding!  A tailor of classic bespoke British clothing is launching a beautiful limited collection of canine-print pashminas and she has pledged to donate part of her profits to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust (KCCT), a charity dedicated to supporting dog health and welfare.  A lovely gesture for man’s best friend 🙂 The pashminas have been created by Pip Howeson with artist Jeremy Houghton and will be launched at the Country Life Fair at Fulham Palace, London, SW1 on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September, and… Read More

Open Letter Regarding TV Show ‘Release The Hounds’

An open letter to Kate Maddigan, ITV Commissioning Editor for Entertainment, regarding ITV2 show ‘Release the Hounds’ Dear Ms Maddigan, The Kennel Club is gravely concerned about the new ITV2 television show, ‘Release the Hounds’, which shows a pack of dogs being released on contestants as they race to get to a cash prize. Whilst we appreciate the dogs in the programme are probably well trained, we are appalled that the premise of the show promotes dog aggression for entertainment purposes, particularly when there is so much concern amongst animal welfare charities… Read More

Scruffts Winner Wylie Launches Book At The Kennel Club

Winner of the Kennel Club’s Scruffts 2014 competition, Wylie, launched a book at the Kennel Club Art Gallery last week (11 September), about his remarkable journey from a life afflicted by cruelty in Afghanistan, to becoming an award winning and much loved dog. The book, ‘Wylie, the Brave Street Dog Who Never Gave Up’, is written by Pen Farthing, ex-Royal Marine and founder of charity Nowzad, who rescued Wylie from Afghanistan where he was used as a bait dog in dog fights and was beaten, starved, run over and had his ears… Read More

Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the Manchester Dogs Home fire that claimed the lives of so many dogs and with many more injured. Since 1893 Manchester and Cheshire Dogs’ Home has provided shelter and veterinary care and re-homed over 1 million dogs. For those who want to lend your support, you can do so by donating here: For further information on the charity visit

Help save dogs’ lives! Rescue charity faces closure if money cannot be raised in six weeks

If you’ve ever wanted to help save a dog’s life but never knew how – now is your chance!  A charity which rescues abandoned or unclaimed stray dogs from being destroyed is appealing for urgent donations to save it from closure. Safe and Sound is a registered charity which has so far saved the lives of lots of dogs but is now struggling with funding which could see it shutting down in as little as six weeks if the required £10,000 funding is not found in time.   The charity has had to… Read More

Puppy Awareness Week: 1-7 September 2014

Help us fight puppy farming during Puppy Awareness Week!

We are in Puppy Awareness Week. Do you know how to buy a puppy responsibly? If not then watch this short video!

Top Dog Heroes Revealed As Hero Dogs Join Forces For International Dog Day

Superdogs across the country have been uniting today (Tuesday 26th August) for International Dog Day! Dogs Unite, a Guide Dogs initiative, called on all dogs to become heroes for the day by taking part in a sponsored dog walk to raise vital funds for Guide Dogs. By signing up to their own ‘My Dogs Unite’ sponsored walk, K9 crusaders were sent special superdog capes, to help turn the ordinary dog walk into an extraordinary one – changing the lives of those living with sight loss by raising vital funds for guide dogs…. Read More

Old English Sheepdog Revival Begins

Old English Sheepdog exhibitors, Janet Steele and Val Leggett arranged a get together for the breed, with the aim of raising the profile of the Old English Sheepdog in the UK. The event took place at Kingsbury Water Park, near Birmingham, on Saturday 9th August and around 40 owners and 30 dogs attended. They held a short demonstration on how to groom a pet and everyone had the opportunity to chat and exchange ideas and stories, as well as hints and tips on what leads to use, feeding, training and much more…. Read More

Agility Helped Dog Lover Get Over Stroke

Rod Norton, aged 67 from Louth, Lincolnshire has revealed how competing in agility with his dog has helped him get over a stroke and back to being fighting fit. Rod began competing in agility about 20 years ago until he suffered a stroke in March 2013 and his mobility was severely affected. Rod worked with his physiotherapist for four months’ intensive treatment to get back to fitness. Competing in agility has not only helped Rod rebuild his life as he was very determined to get back to competing again, but it is… Read More