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Blue Green Algae Can Kill

Blue-Green Algae is dangerous to all animal, but particularly dogs who love to splash around in lakes.

Many blue-green algae contain, or make, a number of different toxins. These toxins are often harmful to dogs, and can even be deadly. Dogs are most commonly exposed when swimming, playing in, or drinking from contaminated water. Dogs may lick the contaminated water from their fur and can be poisoned this way.

Water that contains blue-green algae may appear a different colour, often looking like pea soup. Blooms are not always large and can sometime be seen in smaller areas of the water close to the shore. The algae may be blue-green in colour, or can even be red, brown or black. The water may sometimes smell musty, earthy or grassy, and you may sometimes see foam along the shoreline.

See the Kennel Club website for more details

Posted by: David Harris on: 06 Jun 2021.

Dangers in your garden

As well as various chemicals used for gardening (lawn food, weed killer, etc), did you know that there are many common plants that are poisonous to dogs? If any of these are in your garden you need to keep your dogs, and other pets, well away from them.

The list of plants includes:

Bulbs: Daffodils, Snowdrops, Hyacinth, Tulip.

Flowering plants: Azalea, Rhoddendron, Geranium, Hydrangea.

Trees: Yew, Conkers, Acorns, Holly, Laburnum.

Food Plants: Rhubarb, Potato, Tomato (leaves and unripe fruits).

Don't forget other stuff you might not have planted but could have self seeded: Ragwort, Nightshade, Foxglove, Mushrooms, Toadstools.

For further information see

Kennel Club - Poisons in your Garden (good explanation of various risks)

PDSA - Poisonous Plants (useful seasonal guide)

Posted by: David Harris on: 24 Apr 2021.

Support Adoption for Pets

We are really proud to be partnered with Pets at Home in Wakefield and Sutton as part of their Support Adoption for Pets scheme.

Bruce, Mindy and Rose were working hard at Wakefield on Saturday 20th July and managed to raise £139.51..!

Working hard meant slobbering on kind and generous customers and begging for treats so it was a difficult day for them (not).

The gang will be out and about again at Wakefield and Sutton stores so if you are about then please go along and say hello, we will tell you more dates soon.

Thanks Wakey..!

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 01 Aug 2019.

Just trying out our updated blog pages

We've been doing some work on our blog page and we think it's almost ready to go

The main change is that we can now have up to 5 image for each post.

All you need to do is click the image that you can see and then up comes the rest

Posted by: David Harris on: 04 Apr 2019.

Cassie lands on her paws

Cassie went to a foster home in February...

Cassie went to a foster home in February, sadly her fosterers had just lost their boy Hector. Cassie was completely different from Hector and needed some work but her new family fell in love with her and adopted her in October. She is now looking forward to her first Christmas in her new home.

Merry Christmas Cassie..xx

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 09 Dec 2018.

Vets warn of disease threat to UK pets from overseas rescue dogs

Well-meaning animal lovers who import rescue dogs from abroad are risking the health of millions of UK pets, vets are warning...

Click this link to go to the full BVA article 

Posted by: Lisa Clibbery on: 19 Sep 2018.

Percy flies the flag for NAYBR

Doesn’t our new flag look fantastic…

it has been kindly donated by the wonderful Percy and his very generous and caring mum and dad. We are really proud of Bryan our logo and mascot and this eye catching addition really helps us to draw the crowds. The photo here is at the All About Dogs event in Norfolk which was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. We are really fortunate to be supported by Aztec Events who always put on a great show and ensure everyone has a great time.

Despite a wet Sunday the sun returned on Monday and the kind and generous people of Norfolk helped us raise £1,267.18…! Every single penny really does make a difference and our kind supporters are truly amazing.

From all the dogs at NAYBR…….. THANK YOU..!

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 29 Aug 2018.

2019 calendar coming along nicely

So the 3rd shoot went well...

So the 3rd shoot went well last night despite the rain; thanks to those who participated! 

Here’s a very pensive Joe reviewing the shots, can’t wait to see the finished calendar.

Check out his website for further details

Bounders Dog Photography

Posted by: Lisa Clibbery on: 16 Aug 2018.


Happy 14th Birthday Molly..!

On Wednesday the 8th of August, I turned 14..! My foster Mummy tells me I’m a very lucky girl because when I came into rescue at the grand old age of 10 the Rescue put me into their amazing foster scheme as I had a very big mast cell tumour and the vets they didn't think I’d last 6 months. I have proved them wrong..! That's probably because I’m a bit of a diva but hey I’m old so I can be.

In the last few years I’ve lost my hearing and I can't seem to see very well anymore but I’m still loving life thanks’ to the rescue.

I got lots of lovely pressies and a Birthday cake it was yummy but I had to share it with my fur brother. I suppose he puts up with me bossing him about so I don't mind too much.

I’d best be off now my Aldi bed's waiting lol.

Love and lick Molly Munchkin xxxx

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 12 Aug 2018.


Beautiful Dancer battles through...x

One of our Coordinators, Chris Cobb would like to give you an update about her special girl.

Dancer was at the vets having just had a massive tumour and her spleen removed, she lost a lot of blood and was on a drip. I really didn't think I would get her back but someone was watching over my little girl and she was OK.

Much better night last night had some rice pudding for breakfast hopefully she will have a drink today. I would say she is feeling better .Once again we thank you for all your good wishes and prayers xx

My world yeyyyy, she's just eaten all her dinner..!

More pupdates to follow…

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 12 Aug 2018.


2019 Calendar boys and girls...

So this week has seen the start of the annual NAYBR calendar. Joe at bounders dog photography has kindly donated his time and expertise again.  This year we have chosen all 12 dogs to be in the calendar. Some because they have great stories to share, some foster dogs and some adoptions. We hope the end result will be fantastic ! All we need now is the weather. We will keep you posted with our progress!

For more info about Joe, check out his website... Bounders Dog Photography

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 12 Aug 2018.

Keeping cool

Wise words from Star...

Me & Dad made the local newspapers… Yeah on our holidays. I am a star, even the local newspaper wanted to interview me to say how this hot weather is and how it takes its toll on us pups. My mum told him straight she’s so truthful & a little embarrassing lol but if you’d like to read it, it was in the Great Yarmouth Mercury.

Click here to read the story...

Love Star..xx

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 09 Aug 2018.

Matthew out with the dogs

Another Saturday outside Pets at home

Out with the dogs raising cash to help with our activities

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 09 Aug 2018.


Molly finds her Furever home…

I went to Clumber Park with my Dad last week! We saw ducks, squirrels and even a rat!! I saw other dogs too, and was ever such a good girl! He said I was so good that he would buy me a treat, some special doggy frozen yogurt. I didn't eat it because I like ice cream and frozen yogurt just isn't the same, no matter how much Mum and Dad say it is. I have been listening to their conversations and they keep talking about taking me to the beach soon, I'm super excited about that!!

Lots of sloppy licks,



Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 09 Aug 2018.


Scooby settles in…

My name is Scooby I came to stay with my new family from Battersea. My most favourite thing in the whole world is going to pets at home .My mum says I am such a good boy as I walk round looking and sniffing at everything  and she is very proud of me as I never touch .The nice ladies who work there love me too .

Licks and kisses,



Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 09 Aug 2018.

Next Aztec Event

Barclay prepares for the Norfolk All About Dog Show…

Just letting you all know our next big event is the fabulous All About Dogs show at the Norfolk Showground. It’s the August Bank Holiday weekend so you will have time to come and say hi.  I love these shows, I go with mum and dad and there are other members of the team there too.  I run the show tent, Mum thinks she does but it’s really me!  I do this along with some other boxers.  There is going to be a record number of us in Norfolk so is a good time to pop and see us!  You will meet Bruce, Mindy and Rose, Percy, Tilly and Ellie, Holly and Bentley, Murphy and Poppy as well as me!  

There is plenty to do and see, there is doggie agility, I am not keen on that, too energetic for me!  Also there is the K9 Aqua Pool where you can have a swim and dive in - no thanks, I'm strictly a land boy!  

There are stalls to buy new collars and leads, every discerning boxer knows they should always look their best!  

There are toy stalls, lots of nice treat stalls which might just be my favourite thing.  I once shoplifted a pig’s ear but we won't mention that as mum was very embarrassed!

But the best thing of all are the bed stalls, lots of lovely comfy dog beds!  Mum always treats me to something and dad gives her his look as he says I have so many!  Pish, what does he know!  There is some entertainment on, some singers but I put my paws over my ears for that, not my scene!

There are stalls for grownups too, usually some homewares, there are sometimes clothes and shoe stalls, garden items, crafts and cakes and as ever, the famous beer tent.  I have to say I have been to it once or twice!  Mum said I was too young for a tipple!

So I hope to see you very soon at the Norfolk show!

Click here for details...

Loads of love Barclay x

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 09 Aug 2018.


A note from Rocky’s Mum…

ROCKY.... well what can we say about our boy??  We've had you only 4 months, he’s had his first train ride to the seaside and was absolutely good as gold so many people was amazed by him. He loved the beach (has no fear) and brilliant in and around the caravan, so settled in just fine. Safe to say he loved his first family holiday; we're so proud of you gorgeous boy well done for being such a good and brave boy. We don't always know what these pups have faced or even feared in their life before, but this fella really does try and we know he now knows he's truly loved by such a great family. We will keep him safe without a doubt and I'm sure the feelings mutual; we do love you Rockstar..!

Posted by: Matthew McDonnell on: 09 Aug 2018.