February Edition 2020

The rise of Pet Friendly UK

Pet friendly UK has come on in LEAPS and BOUNDS since Vinnie arrived in our lives more than 7 years ago, it’s almost become trendy and we love it. When Vinnie was a young pup it was difficult to find somewhere we could take him locally as almost none of our local bars and cafés allowed dogs inside. Thankfully that’s all changed in recent years, we would now struggle to find somewhere he isn’t welcome! We salute all the big names who have paved the way for pet friendly policies with a number of bars, restaurants and hotels greeting our canine friends with doggy menus, treats, water bowls, beds, spa and grooming services, dog beer and pawsecco. Some of these wonderful venues include Drake and Morgan, BrewDog, M Restaurants, Fullers pubs and hotels and a number of Four Seasons hotels nationwide. We were beyond excited when John Lewis announced that their stores are dog friendly earlier this year, not because I have any particular interest in dragging Vinnie shopping but because we all now have the choice, sometimes families shop together! Following their ban on the sale of fireworks recently (thumbs up), Sainsburys are hosting our friends at a Christmas pop up for 3 days this December, a slap-up Christmas dinner for dogs served by silver service style waiters at Hus Gallery in London with all proceeds going to Guide Dogs UK, WOOF. Day Spas, hotel pet turn down services, doggy food and drink menus, silver service, it really doesn’t get much better. There are however those out there who don’t have the opportunity to avail of the glitz and glamour in the pet friendly world, those who struggle on a daily basis just to exist and live in comfort and peace with their best friend. I read an article in the Metro recently about one such person and it made me sad and angry in equal measures. Christopher Palmer whose medically prescribed emotional support dog Tammy helps with his severe depression and anxiety is facing eviction from his home by Plymouth Community Homes. Despite evidence from his doctor that his dog is essential to his life and well being and that a move from his home could be detrimental to him, Christopher, a vulnerable man is being put through the stress and indignity of the court system. Thankfully the judge has given him a stay of execution until January to consider his case however in this day and age this is simply not acceptable in our opinion. There have been no complaints about Christopher’s dog, he has support from neighbours and friends. We need formal recognition for the importance of the human animal bond and the benefits of emotional
Our Story

Our journey started five years ago, when bubbling with excitement, we moved into our new home. We didn’t realise it at the time but the seed for PAAW House was sown shortly afterwards when we were challenged by a group of residents’ in our building for having Vinnie in our family and taken to court.  In the four years that followed, we experienced wonderful kindness and support from dog-loving communities and animal charities all over the UK. These qualities went on to become the foundation for PAAW House.  Our goal at PAAW House is to create an online community where we can all join together to promote the human-animal bond, campaign for positive pet policies, share our stories, have fun and support each other.   Welcome to the Pet Revolution! By Gabby Kuehn and The PAAW Team  
Treats that go further!

What makes Barry, Bibi, Pablo and Vinnie literally shake with anticipation and excitement? Why ByBenji Biltong of course. We asked Roz (Founder of ByBenji) to divulge some of her secrets about the best treats in town.  “When it comes to a high value dog treat, brands will strive to create something that little bit different! Well, they would say that wouldn’t they? Yet, when a dog treat is seen to change a dog’s life and help support canine contentment, then it’s worth taking another look…or sniff! The now legendary irresistible reaction that is spreading through the dog treat world is from ByBenji Biltong…but what is all the beef about!!!  Well actually, it’s Silverside Beef, yes, pure Silverside of Beef is the one and only ingredient (straight from London’s Smithfield Market!!) and the treat collection is an adaption of the traditional Human snack Biltong!  Uniquely marinated, these slices of raw beef treats, seem to have an aroma that has magical pooch powers.  Not only does it keep a dog focused and support recall training, it genuinely keeps their noses interested enough to occupy hours of fun with a treat toy too! Yet one of the most touching testimonies is that nervous dogs who have been through trauma and distress have been seen to show more interest in eating and socialising when near an open bag!  One snack for man maybe…but now ByBenji saves the day for dog kind too!”  By Roz Lishak Discount code – PAAWHOUSE15 www.bybenji.com  
PetsNet: Join the conversation

PetsNet aims to create a powerful online community driven resource. A place to chat, meet other members, share information and offer advice and tips on everything pet related.  On a personal level the idea is based on the fact that such a resource would have been invaluable to me personally over the years but in particular when going through some very challenging times dealing with negative pet policies and blanket bans on pets.   We at PAAW House are not going to take all the credit for this idea, we were inspired by MumsNet. We can personally resonate with Justine Roberts story of how MumsNet came about. Her journey started with a family holiday, ours started in our family home! As mentioned earlier we were going through some very challenging times, a three-year court battle ensued, during which time we received dozens of messages via a variety of channels. There were messages from people in similar situations, messages of support and even messages offering advice and help.  I realised at this point that we needed a dedicated platform where people could share stories, support each other and offer advice in the pet world, who better to look to look to for inspiration than the people who had already done it for Mums and Dads. In fact, we were so inspired we wrote to them for tips and advice and they incredibly kindly took time out to respond and wish us luck, nice one MumsNet we’re very grateful.  We hope in time we can create the same support resource for pet parents as MumsNet have provided for all the parents out there.  If you would like to join our team of guest experts or our moderator team please drop us a message at [email protected]  Join the conversation on PetsNet now!   By Gabby Kuehn
Burly Bear pupdate

Hello again Burlings,  Let’s get you up to speed on my month so far! I finally got to see my Primark Christmas campaign in stores and online, promoting Christmas dog outfits, toys, collars and leads, we had such a fun day at the studio in Kings Cross being photographed by a photographer who shoots super models (just like me). I bagged another great job this month shooting a behind the scenes video for Clarks online where I got to meet my gorgeous friend Keeley Hawes again, she is a brand ambassador for Clarks Shoes as well as UNICEF. I was extremely lucky to hang out at Clarks HQ and bring a smile to everyone during their work day, plus getting to play with Keeley! I wasn’t meant to be in the shoot with her but Clarks loved our relationship so much they included me! Here I am strutting my stuff with Keeley for their website. It’s not been all work and no play, I have also been to the PAAW House launch party where I met Maggie the Wunderdog, and got to spend time with Lucy from You and The Dog, Teresa from The Dogvine and made lots more new friends. I took my Auntie, we had the best time, I got to show her the fabulous side to my life. If that wasn’t enough, I also got to hang out with Kristen Stewart again who was in town promoting the new Charlies Angels movie and insisted I come along for a cuddle. I do love putting a smile on peoples faces and even got to walk the red carpet in my Rock Dog leather jacket when Kristen was promoting her movie Seberg previously, the paparazzi loved me. I popped into Pom Cafe this weekend too which was fun, they gave me a free Pet Teezer, I can’t wait to brush my fur with it. I met all different shapes and sizes of Pom’s it was the best laugh, me and my mate Thor @Thor.pom.pup spent the afternoon flirting with all the ladies.  Back to work, I am now registered as a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog which means I can visit people who are in need of some comfort or just want a big smile and a cuddle from a small fluffy pooch. I love that I am able to give back to people who are in need of some love and kindness. I also go to the Cuddle Club which is a club where superheroes like me get to visit workplaces to help relieve stress, anxiety and promote a happier work environment. At Cuddle Club I get to hang out with my buddies Chubbs @itschubbsworld, Cedric @cedric.the.pomeranian, Harley @harleybear.29 and Tilly from the @cavdashians. We have just
PAAW House Party

My humans Gabby, Florian and I hope all who attended had a great time at our launch party and charity event last week in aid of The Wild at Heart Foundation. Thank you so much to everyone who came along on the day and made it such a roaring (or barking) success. It was wonderful to meet so many new friends and see our four-legged buddies having fun. We haven’t got a final tally as yet but we raised over £1000 for our charity thanks to your kind contributions. PAAW Barry, our wayward English Bull Terrier, found love with Ethel from You and the Dog (their humans had quite the job keeping them apart), Burly Bear the Pom and Barry the Puggy were reunited for another photo op (looking great chaps), Barry the Puggy and Little Lil Pug travelled all the way to London to see us (sorry you got lost trying to find us) and I had a fine old time meeting friends old and new on the day. Thanks also to Eleanor from The Wild at Heart Foundation, her lovely dog Panda, Teresa from the Dogvine and the ever photogenic Belinha, Jade, Anna and beautiful Snow from StreetVet, Kay and Lucy from Wanderdog, Chelsea and Albie from Holly & Lil, Stewie Sinclair, Digby honorary PAAW crew member, Claude who pointed out to us that he was the biggest boy in the room, Hervey who spent much of her time overseeing the artists corner and PAAW Pablo for just being Pablo. PAAW Bibi was sadly missed but we understand that partying is just not her thing. Big shout outs to Pie, Ginger, Mr Zipper, Romeo, Suzy Rebel Queen, Gizmo, Balthazar, Miss Bluebell and Emmylou for taking their humans out to meet us. I apologise for any names we have missed, it’s hard to remember every pup from the day but you are all dear to our hearts and we were delighted to have you there. Was there a star of the show? Well each and every one of you are stars but it was an honour to meet Maggie the Wunderdog and her lovely mum Kasey, what a team and amazing ambassadors for The Wild at Heart Foundation and the work they do in Lebanon. All that’s left to say is the day would not have been the same without Steve Burton, photographer, Ben Oakley and David Bray, artists, Lord Ant B, DJ, Butternut Box for the free dogs dinners (Woof), Lucy from You and The Dog, Michael and Burly and our friends who travelled far and wide for your support and the hospitality from London City Runners.   Our next charity event will take place in January in