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Pups set to light up new homes this Bonfire Night

Our team in Kenilworth are hoping this Bonfire weekend will see a litter of six puppies put a sparkle into the hearts of new owners.

The sisters Sky and Sparkle along with their brothers Rocket, Whistle, Crackle and Comet  will soon be ready to rocket into new homes and staff are hoping that there will be plenty of ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’ when new owners set eyes on the adorable littermates.

The Collie pups, now seven weeks old, were born at our Kenilworth centre, just days after their mum, three-year-old Meadow, was brought into their care already pregnant.

Emma Healey, Dogs Trust Kenilworth Rehoming Centre Manager says:

"Like all puppies they are absolutely adorable and their new owners will need the time and patience to give them everything they need. Collies are very active, intelligent dogs so new owners will need to be prepared to keep them occupied and stimulated through plenty of exercise and training.

"We have already started to do basic training with them and they are very quick learners, especially if their favourite foodie treat or toy is on offer as a reward! Now we've just got our fingers crossed that they will be lighting up their owners lives in new homes very soon."

Whilst the pups are hoping that Bonfire Night will bring them a happy ending, staff at the rehoming centre are keen to remind people that this time of year can be scary for our four-legged friends and are encouraging owners to build a ‘doggy den’ at home using a dog crate in a bid to make dogs feel safe and secure during fireworks season.

Jen Protheroe, Dog School West Midlands Head Coach, added:

“Many of us enjoy the experience of fireworks but for our dogs it’s often a scary experience. By creating a doggy den you are giving your dog a haven where they can feel safe and secure. The doggy den should be built away from hustle and bustle of the family home, somewhere quiet where the dog can rest peacefully. This will very much be a safe space for the dog, but they should be able to move in and out of the den freely, making it as cosy and snug as possible is a must but your dog should be able to see out of the den should he want to.”

The Kenilworth team will also be going the extra mile to make the dogs in their care feel as comfortable as possible during firework season and has some simple advice to help make the firework season less stressful for dogs:

Our top tips this Fireworks night:

  1. Walk your dog before dark
  2. Make sure your house and garden are secure
  3. Give your dog options, either play games or give them quiet time in their favourite spot
  4. If your dog seeks reassurance or comfort, don’t be afraid to give it
  5. Never force a dog to go outside