Sunday station double whammy!

Sunday station double whammy!

Last Sunday, September 24th saw Team DOTS volunteers setting up firstly on The Strand in London, followed by a second station in Kent. Two teams, two stations, fifteen dogs and thirteen hours of hard work and doggy love and we couldn't have been happier providing our services including veterinary care, grooming and training. Here are our two dream teams that made all the difference this week.     SO FIRST UP, STATION 1; THE STRAND, LONDON Gunner boy Handsome Gunner was our first pup of the day and he had no hesitation in jumping straight in to a warm bubble bath! After a quick check with the vet, he was on his way again but this time all clean and smelling fresh, with some essential items all bagged up for him… It’s Fizz! Ahhh lovely Fizz, such a special, gentle lady. She too enjoyed a bubble bath and blow dry before having a weight management consultation. She collected some food, cutting back on the number of treats...
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Sunday Station 24…Could you help us stock up on winter essentials?

Sunday Station 24…Could you help us stock up on winter essentials?

There was a hint of early Autumn in the air at our last Sunday station. The leaves were falling and some drizzly clouds were overhead. As the turn of the season rolls in, life starts to get tougher on the streets for our homeless friends and their beloved companions. Their minds turn to the looming  winter months and support from homeless organisations becomes even more vital. Whilst DOTS is first and foremost about the health and welfare of the street dogs, our aim is to help as many homeless doggy owners off the streets and into accommodation as possible, with their dogs. One of the main barriers to securing accommodation, even temporary, is the dogs themselves. Many landlords just don't allow them, regardless of their good behaviour and most homeless people would rather be on the streets with their best friends than in shelter without. The love between man and dog knows no bounds, homeless or not, and the powerful bond is...
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Sunday station number 21…newbies and our old faithfuls

Sunday station number 21…newbies and our old faithfuls

Sunday 20th August saw members of team DOTS set up in the usual spot on The Strand in anticipation of our furry friends arrival. This particular week we were joined by two vets and a vet nurse who were on hand to microchip and administer worming and flea medication, plus Kimberley who was there for any training or behavioural needs. It was a great day where we registered 3 new doggies who found out about DOTS through word of mouth on the streets. We love that word continues to spread about us and our services. The more homeless dogs we can treat and support the better :) So let’s introduce you to the nine four-legged friends who joined us this week… Welcome back Indie! New to DOTS just last week, Indie returned as she’d been a bit off her food for a week. She was checked over by the vet and some sensitive food was given for her to try over the week ahead. It...
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Our 20th Sunday street station and Misty’s Memorial Sunday Funday!

Our 20th Sunday street station and Misty’s Memorial Sunday Funday!

Last Sunday was a day of huge emotion as our usual Sunday street station was transformed into a memorial fun day for our beloved Misty who passed away recently. Whilst normal services were suspended (but still with essential goodies up for grabs of course!) Team DOTS waited for Misty’s friends to come join in the fun, to pay tribute to such a special girl. Spirits were high as the aim of the day was to celebrate Misty’s life and all the love that her daddy showed her on the streets and how she’d made herself a very comfy forever home in all of Team DOTS hearts. With Misty’s daddy, Lachlan joining us, we know our girl would've been looking down on him sending him a great big slurpy kiss. So with the ball pit, paddling pool, play tunnel, Kongs filled with yumminess from Butternut Box, doggy ice cream from Billy and Margot we were ready to go. 6 doggies came to play, 3 of...
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Sunday Station 19…Pawgust already!

Sunday Station 19…Pawgust already!

August already and the first Sunday of the month saw team DOTS make for The Strand for an afternoon of meeting, greeting and treating lots of street doggies… At the end of what was an extremely emotional week given Misty leaving us for Rainbow Bridge, the team wanted to make sure that it was business as usual to ensure our other dear furry friends were cared for and their owners supported. And there was a special surprise for one doggy dad whose birthday it was! In memory of Misty, we displayed a beautiful photo of our special girl at the station, along with a candle and a bowl of some of Misty’s favourite treats for her other doggy friends to enjoy. Her daddy came for a visit and found some comfort as Michelle showed him all the love on social media that his ‘co-pilot’ and himself had received throughout her last week. It ended up being a busy station as we welcomed 9...
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Sunday stations 17 & 18…and a sad but loving farewell to our beloved Misty

Sunday stations 17 & 18…and a sad but loving farewell to our beloved Misty

Hey all…Vicky DOTS Station blogger here! I’ve been on summer hols for a few weeks so just playing a nice game of Sunday night blogging catchup. But what a few weeks it’s been for DOTS. Words fail to describe the upset at the passing of our beloved Misty. Such a shock and huge loss to everyone who was lucky enough to meet her. But it’s more than that to her lovely and devoted daddy. Misty was described as his co-pilot. His best friend and most faithful companion. Dad loved her so much, so when it was discovered that Misty was very unwell DOTS and our treasured followers and supporters did everything to try and keep the unthinkable from happening. But our Misty turned out to be a very poorly pup and showed no signs of responding to treatment. It was this wonderful girls time to make her way over rainbow bridge so that all the other pups there can look after her from here...
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Our second Kings Cross hub station

Our second Kings Cross hub station

Last night, July 12th, saw the return of our weekly Kings Cross hub station where we were armed with doggy essentials and veterinary professionals to tend to the doggies that we perhaps don't get to meet on The Strand every Sunday. It’s so encouraging to hear that word of DOTS is spreading among the homeless community as many of the new additions to be registered with DOTS at Kings Cross are showing up to this new hub station via word of mouth. Last night we added a few little newbies to the DOTS register, plus welcomed some familiar faces all of which got tons of loving care. We love you doggies. So, without further ado… Lovely lady Ellie Our first visitor of the evening was 14 year old Ellie. Ellie will need to come to our main station to receive further support so we hope to see her Sunday. We found out that Ellie is fearful of buses though, they make her poorly sick so...
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Doggy station number 14…and a big THANK YOU

Doggy station number 14…and a big THANK YOU

Another sunny summers Sunday rolled in again and team DOTS were setting up for street station number 14! Well technically now it's number 15 seeing as we've since launched a hub station in Kings Cross, but who's counting? ;) Can you believe that we’re 4 months in to this? It’s whizzing by and we’re just so grateful for all the support so far. So here’s a moment to just say a whopping THANK YOU to those who give their time, expertise and care to the countless street doggies and their owners. To the growing number of product partners; Barking Heads, Nature Diet, Kong, Huxley Hound, Butternut Box,  Mikki Pet UK, Harley Bear Coco Bites, Spotted Hound UK, Wild Paws… From the ongoing supporters to the one off treaters - THANK YOU. And more recently to those of you who are doing some amazing fundraising activity to help support us. From making and selling things to cutting off hair…we’re blown away! So, drum roll...
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Doggy station 11…and how to become a donor to help Lucky

Doggy station 11…and how to become a donor to help Lucky

Last Sunday was another warm day in London town and despite it being quiet on the streets due to a bike race, DOTS still set up as always in anticipation of some of our four legged friends making a visit. No matter how quiet a station may be, if we can help out even just one doggy we’ll do it! The day before, Michelle put some of her baking skills to work by making some doggy bone treats for any pups that might stop by. Michelle is level 2 food safety and hygiene certified so she set to by making some yummy peanut butter wholemeal treats! What dog doesn't like peanut butter? This week we had visits from five of our furiends… First up, teddy Tyson! This boy is so snuggly! You just want to give him a big cuddle…ok, we sort of do, we cant resist! Tyson and his daddy popped by to stock up for the week ahead on all the essentials,...
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