Archive for March, 2018

  • Help Us Save the Planet – Use Less Plastic

    Ocean Plastic Pollution

    WildWash are launching a campaign to use less plastic. We use PET plastic bottles for our products which are the most recyclable plastic bottles, however, most enter the municipal solid waste stream instead of being recycled.

    Discarding plastic bottles instead of recycling them, wastes nonrenewable resources and generates higher levels of greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases trap the sun’s heat in the atmosphere, in a natural process called the greenhouse effect. This leads to Global Warming and this extra heat causes changes in climate patterns, including the severity of wind, precipitation and temperature fluctuations. It will affect all our lives in some way now, but in years to come the effects will be irreversible and will ruin the world as we know it. We have to work together and we need to take action. Even a small contribution will make a difference. It is better to do something rather than nothing.

    Our oceans are in need of immediate help. Today billions of pounds of plastic can be found in swirling convergences making up about 40 percent of the world’s ocean surfaces. Our wildlife needs our help, for example, 60 percent of all seabird species have eaten pieces of plastic, with that number predicted to increase to 99 percent by 2050. Based on the amount of plastic found in seabird stomachs, the amount of garbage in our oceans has rapidly increased in the past 40 years. We need to take action.

    As part of our campaign we will be suggesting ways that we can eliminate plastic from our lives and work towards cutting down the pollution of our planet. Small steps lead to big changes.

    As a company that uses plastic we will be looking at ways to reduce the plastic consumption. Our first step is to introduce refill centres across the UK. The first refill centre is The Mutz Nutz in Notting Hill (address: 221 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 1EA). Customers will be able to bring their empty WildWash Pro 300ml bottles and refill them. Our concentrated formula normally costs £14.95 a bottle, but for the refill service it will just be £10, so customers will make a huge cost saving as well as using less plastic. We are aiming by the end of the year to have centres offering this service all over the country to make it accessible to everyone.

    We will be appealing to all our customers to help with this plea and we also welcome anyone and everyone to get involved with ideas and tips. We would like this campaign to span as far as possible so please email us at info@wildwash.co.uk to get involved.

    Some informative links are below:

    https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/

    http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/nationalgreenweeksub/waste-reduction-tips/tips-to-use-less-plastic.html

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/02/how-plastics-made-from-plants-could-be-the-answer-to-the-worlds-waste-problem

  • WildWash Stands With Bazil & Ruby In The Fight Against Spain’s Cruel Treatment Of Podencos – The Invisible Dogs

    Stand with WildWash Pet Shampoo in out fight again Spain's cruel treatment of Podecos dogs.

    *Warning* – This is perhaps one of the most difficult posts that we have added to our blog. None the less highly important. It’s something that needs to be shared and seen.

    Please don’t look away or ignore this. Instead we ask that you chose to stand with us in bringing this dark subject to the forefront and these dogs back into the light and love they deserve.

     

    The royal we at Bazil & Ruby Pet Boutique have written a blog post about Podencos – a topic which is really important to us, as Ruby is a rescue Podenco from Spain. As hunting season comes to an end in Spain (at the end of February), it is estimated that between 60 – 80,000 young dogs will be abandoned, left to starve, or worse. We would like to raise awareness of this ancient breed (a breed which descends from the Pharaoh Hounds of Egypt). Hopefully many of these dogs will be lucky enough to be rescued by charities, and like Ruby will be put up for adoption.

     

    Podencos – The Invisible Dogs of Spain

    If you are wondering what owning an invisible dog would be like – let me stop you there! Podencos are often referred to as ‘invisible dogs’ or ‘the great forgotten’, as they are the most abused, and overlooked breed of dog. Yet, what most people don’t know about this little known and misunderstood breed is that they are one of the oldest pure breeds of dog in the world, descending from the ancient Pharaoh Hounds of Egypt. A breed which is often depicted in ancient hieroglyphics and was revered by the Egyptians for their incredible speed, endurance, agility and superior sense of smell – characteristics which made them incredibly good at what they are now bred to do – hunt!

    It is believed that Podecos were brought to the Canary Islands by the first settlers and became a popular breed throughout the islands and the Spanish mainland in the 16th century, when hunting rabbits not only became necessary, but also a very popular sport. Nowadays, they are recognised as both Sighthounds and Scenthounds. This rare, super-charged combination of hound makes it hard for Kennel Clubs to classify and often causes controversy within the clubs. No matter how they are classified, one thing is for sure – they are a fascinating breed!

    Stand with WildWash Pet Shampoo in out fight again Spain's cruel treatment of Podecos dogs.

    Sadly, as hunting season in Spain comes to an end, it is estimated that between 60,000 – 80,000 Spanish hunting dogs (Podencos as well as Galgos- Spanish Greyhounds) will be dumped on the streets. Most of these perfectly healthy, sweet natured, dumped dogs are under the age of 2, and many of them will be with pup. There are no regulations on breeding, micro-chipping or guidelines on how Podencos should be kept as they are not considered pets by their hunting owners – they are simply a tool for hunting rabbits during the 12 days (Sundays) of hunting season. Most of their working life is spent on a short chain, without any shelter from extreme weather conditions. Alternatively, they are often crammed into dark sheds, packed so tightly together that they cannot move- forcing them to lay in urine and faeces. They are given very little food or water as it is believed that being starved makes them better hunters. At the end of hunting season each year (in February), their owners repay these young dogs for their hard work and loyalty by throwing them away; abandoning them, killing them, or leaving them to starve, as it is cheaper to get rid of the old ones and breed or buy new ones for the next season, than keep a pack fed until the following season. The fate of these loyal and gentle souls is to die a painful death at the hand of their owner, out on the streets, or at a killing station- known as a Perrera.

    Stand with WildWash Pet Shampoo in out fight again Spain's cruel treatment of Podecos dogs.

     

    If you think that discarding them like garbage isn’t bad enough, the hunters seem to get pleasure from killing and torturing the dogs in sick ritualistic ways at the end of the season. The most common methods used are hanging them and/or burning them alive (yes, they really do that). Although the Spanish Government continues to turn a blind eye, many in Spain are joining the plight of the Podenco, and are giving the hunting dogs of Spain a voice – one that desperately needs to be heard! Thanks to their efforts, these cruel and common practices are being widely exposed, which is having a discouraging impact on the hunters. But, sadly, many dogs are still being shot, drowned, hanged,  poisoned or left to starve to death. If you think I am exaggerating the scale of abuse these dogs suffer you only need to turn to YouTube, or google, to see the grotesque videos of skeletal Podencos hobbling with disfigured broken legs, or images of dogs with deep lacerations around their necks and bodies peppered with gun pellets. What is even more remarkable about these hardy dogs is that they are so trusting and loyal, that they can still be rehabilitated and rehomed.

    Stand with WildWash Pet Shampoo in out fight again Spain's cruel treatment of Podecos dogs.

    Despite the unimaginable abuse these beautiful dogs suffer, they make fantastic pets. They are keen to learn, eager to please, loveably clownish, affectionate, and are good with children – as well as other household pets. They are energetic and active, but equally love a good long snooze throughout the day. They are unusual, yet majestic and beautiful in appearance with the most stunning eyes. They can be either long haired, wired haired, or smooth coated (short haired). Most breeds of Podenco only come in 3 colours – white, copper and white/copper combo. The main difference between each Podenco breed is their variation in size- ranging from as small as a Jack Russell Terrier, to as big as the size of a large Hungarian Vizsla. They are full of personality and are an ideal dog for active couples or active families.Stand with WildWash Pet Shampoo in out fight again Spain's cruel treatment of Podecos dogs.

    Fortunately, there are a growing number of charities in Spain that have made it their mission to rescue and re-home Podencos. At this time of year (February/March), these charities are inundated with hundreds of dogs and puppies, all in need of veterinary attention and new loving homes. If you are thinking about getting a puppy or bringing a dog into your life, why not consider adopting a Podenco? For a fraction of the cost that you’d pay a breeder, you could have a fully vaccinated and neutered (depending on age) new best friend.  Best of all, you will be saving not just one, but two lives, as your adoption will open up a space for another dog or puppy to be rescued and saved from horrific suffering.

    Stand with WildWash Pet Shampoo in out fight again Spain's cruel treatment of Podecos dogs.

     

    For more information about Podencos and/or Galgo’s; to donate, sponsor or adopt- Here are a few recommended and reputable Charities to get you started.

    SOS Podenco > http://www.sospodencorescue.com

    Animals In Distress > http://www.animals-in-distress.eu

    Hope For Podencos > https://www.hopeforpodencos.com

    Podencos In Need Scotland (PINS) > https://pinspodencos.weebly.com

    Galgos Del Sol > https://galgosdelsol.org

     

    Shop at Bazil & Ruby Online Pet Boutique

    To help Bazil & Ruby continue taking the stand in this fight, please visit them here and shop their online pet boutique. Thank you for sticking with us on this post and for reading through and what’s more…for willing to help us take a stand and fight for the lives and love of these beautiful dogs.