Sunday station 27…and 10 lovely friends

Sunday station 27…and 10 lovely friends

Each Sunday it’s never set in stone just how many precious four legged friends Team DOTS is going to see. Sometimes we have an inkling when owners give Michelle the heads up that they intend to swing by, other times we are reacquainted with doggies who we haven't seen in a while, not to mention complete newbies! Our last Sunday station, October 8th, was a right mix when we saw a wonderful 10 furry friends! Luckily Team DOTS was well manned including new vet Chrissy, Kimberley our trainer, Emma from Purple Bone London, Anna, Robyn, Lesley, Lauren and our homeless buddy Lachlan (the late Misty’s daddy). So let’s meet the 10 furries shall we? Another Tyson… Perhaps not the Tyson you’re used to having updates on, but just as handsome! He is one of the dogs we haven't seen for a while now so it was great that Tyson’s dad knew that if he needed to see us, he knew exactly where to come. After...
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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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A big THANK YOU to Above the Line Security

A big THANK YOU to Above the Line Security

At first glance you could be forgiven for not seeing the similarities between DOTS and Above The Line, the hugely-respected company that provides on-set services for the British film industry. But you’d be wrong! Where Above The Line provides security for everyone working on a film, DOTS always has the safety of our human and furry friends on the streets, uppermost in our mind. And while Above The Line is known for its ability to organise and maintain everything, no matter how big or small on a film set, DOTS has its own mini productions every week where we will do our very best to take care of everything from help with life-saving veterinary surgery to providing dog treats to keep at hand in a pocket. Shared values are the basis of any great relationship and we’re absolutely thrilled to say that Above The Line is enabling DOTS to step forward and develop our reach even further out into the world, making a...
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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 23…Lights, camera, action!

Sunday station 23…Lights, camera, action!

Fresh from a wonderful day at Pup Aid the day before, last Sunday’s station on The Strand was equally as exciting for DOTS…wanna know why? Well, DOTS was honoured to have been contacted to film with the amazing Dr Scott Miller for the new series of Vet on the Hill! Wowee! The Vet on the Hill team were a pleasure to meet and work with and everyone including the street dogs thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Vet on the Hill returns to More4 in the Autumn, we’ll let you know when we know more…we hope they got our good sides... But back to what DOTS does best…treating the street dogs! First up, was Spike… Michelle had first heard of Spike through a DOTS supporter and arranged immediate care for his bad ear before they'd even met. Then Michelle bumped into him and dad at his follow up appointment and told them to come down to the station for essentials and goodies. So they did! Now, as...
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A FUN DAY AT PUP AID 2017

A FUN DAY AT PUP AID 2017

Last Saturday morning, team DOTS were pitching up on a sunny Primrose Hill for a day of fun at the Pup Aid Fun Dog Show. The team were Michelle, Fiona, Kimberley and Sophie and they were all set for the festivities ahead and a big DOTS raffle. Alongside likeminded doggy loving brands, fundraisers and charities, DOTS was out to support the work of the wonderful founder of Pup Aid, vet and animal welfare campaigner Marc Abraham. Marc started Pup Aid 7 years ago and has attracted quite the celebrity following to help increase awareness and funding, from Ricky Gervais to Sinitta. Pup Aid is the ongoing campaign against the cruel puppy farming industry. The campaign promotes the adoption of rescue pets to drive down the lucrative but tragic demand of little pups, whilst also striving to have tougher laws passed. Pup Aid are big believers that all dogs are worthy of a happy home and safe environment, something that DOTS is also...
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Super Sunday! Station number 22; from The Strand to Kent!

Super Sunday! Station number 22; from The Strand to Kent!

August Bank Holiday looked, for once, to be a sunshiny affair, but there was no rest for the wicked because Team DOTS were taking on TWO stations on this particular Sunday. First up was the usual 2-4pm set up on The Strand where the team consisted of Kimberley (trainer), Fee (groomer), Lui (vet), Stuart (head vet nurse) and volunteer Emma..plus of course Michelle. Cool bowls of water were dotted around the site in anticipation for our panting four legged friends. First up was little Gismo! This little sweetie popped by to have his post-op check up after being neutered last week, arranged by DOTS. His healing wound looked in tip top shape so after his stop with the vets it was time to stock up on food, goodies and toys. Our Babe… Of course this lovely lady stopped by to say hi, we wouldn't expect anything less! Her first stop was a cool down in a bubble bath courtesy of Fee’s Pamper Camper. But it’s not...
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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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