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Website revamp and reorganisation

By Viktor Hanacek

If you’re a regular visitor to our website, you’ll notice that we’ve had a bit of a revamp to the design and layout.  Hopefully, you will like the brand new look as we have tried to make everything clearer and easier to find.  The website should work on mobile phones and tablet devices better now, allowing everyone to get a better user experience. We plan on developing the website into a resource about boxer dogs with everything from health to breed quirks. As well as information and articles on behaviour, training and dog related news there will be information for all dog owners regardless of breed. With regular weekly articles and the occasional guest blog we hope there will be something for everyone on our…

Are you considering adopting a dog?

Are you considering adopting a dog? Or have you recently welcomed an adult dog into your home? Then ‘Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home‘ by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD & Karen B. London, PhD is a must have for your book collection. It is a brilliant guide to help you make your new additions transition as smooth as possible and lets you know what to expect during the first day, week and month of bringing your adopted dog home. There is also a helpful section on common behavioral problems you might face. We have copies on our online shop for only £5.50 – view here.

Santander Foundation donation to AABS

Santander Foundation donation to AABS

We have to say massive thank you to Liz Smillie and Santander Foundation for the amazing donation of £1,336.  The money was raised during a bag packing day at a local supermarket in Ayrshire and we received the donation in March. A few of our volunteers and Dave (the boxer) went along to a photo presentation at Nae Sae New, who had kindly nominated us to receive the donation. This generous donation helps us provide ongoing support to the boxers who come into our care that have illnesses/conditions and need lifetime help. As well as allowing us to continue to rehome and support boxers and their owners throughout Scotland.

AABS Online Shop

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We have just launched our online shop, please check it out! Currently on sale are our general greetings cards for all occasions and Christmas cards. New items will be regularly updated and all proceeds from the sales go directly to the charity. Visit the shop at: http://shop.adoptaboxer.co.uk/

Help with mast cell tumour research in boxers

Would you like to help with the research of Mast cell tumours in boxers? The Animal Health Trust are looking for samples from boxers that have had a mast cell tumour as well as older boxers (10+) who have never had any type of cancer. Samples from older boxers with no history of cancer has proved quite a challenge so if you have a boxer who fits this description, please consider supplying a sample. Without the help of boxer owners, this vital research can’t continue. It’s a simple and easy cheek swab and you can request a kit by emailing oncologyres@aht.org.uk or call the Animal Health Trust on 01638 751000, ext. 1214. Find out more about the AABS Boxer Cancer Appeal.

What I Love About My Boxer…

Paws For Thought (@Paws4ThoughtAds) have just launched their fantastic ‘What I Love About My Boxer…” advertising campaign to help promote Adopt A Boxer Scotland. We were thrilled to be approached about featuring in the campaign and are delighted with the results, I think you’ll agree it turn out brilliant. We love all the gorgeous competition winners who won a photo session as part of the campaign and now feature on the ads. Many thanks to Paws For Thought for all their hard work, we appreciate everything you have done on the campaign for AABS. Please follow Paws For Thought on twitter @Paws4ThoughtAds to keep up to date on the latest developments and news.

Successful Glasgow Huddle

We had a brilliant Huddle on the 23rd February in Glasgow. It was nice to see old faces as well as meeting some new ones. Thanks to everyone that managed along and we hope to see those that couldn’t make it some time soon. Here is the gorgeous Rebecca, AABS youngest huddler, who popped in to see us sporting her AABS hoodie.

AABS Promotional Materials

We have just received our brand new promotional materials to help spread the word about Adopt A Boxer Scotland. If you would like some posters to pop up in your local pet shop, groomers, shops or vet surgery send us an email info@adoptaboxer.co.uk with your address. A big thank you to Falkirk Council for the grant we received to purchase these items, greatly appreciated and will allow us to spread the word about AABS. Thank to you Stephanie McDowell for allowing us to use one of her amazing photos for the leaflets. Check out more of Stephanie’s Animal and Nature Photography.

AABS Training Day

As part of AABS commitment to providing our volunteers and supporters with the best training available in order to carry out the tasks and assessments we require to be carried out on our dogs, we have arranged for Elaine Henley a full APBC member http://www.apbc.org.uk/ to provide us with an informal but comprehensive training day on Saturday 20th April 2013 at The Albany Centre Glasgow 9am to 4:30pm. The training day will be split into sections, with emphasis being put on areas like: Being able to read a dog’s body language. Reading basic signs to spot when first meeting the dog How to meet & greet other dogs plus tips for integrating a new dog into the house (especially when there is an existing dog)…

Adopt A Boxer Scotland is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

Adopt A Boxer Scotland is now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and our charity number is SC043843. What is a SCIO? The Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) is a new legal form for charities registered in Scotland. The SCIO is a corporate body able to enter into contracts, employ staff, incur debts, own property, to sue and to be sued. As such, it provides a high degree of protection against personal liability for its charity trustees. It also provides some reassurance for those entering into contracts with it, and for creditors. Unlike charities that are companies limited by guarantee, SCIOs have OSCR as a single regulator. The SCIO provides another option for bodies wishing to register as charities, and for existing Scottish charities wishing…

Adopt A Boxer Scotland Info Day

We help our very first information day yesterday. It was a great day where we explained how we plan to operate Adopt A Boxer Scotland and gave everyone the opportunity to ask any questions. The minutes will be available to view in the next few days so those who couldn’t attend can still find out what was discussed. Thank you to Janey for organising the hall, it was a great location to the kind helpers who set out all the teas, coffees and buffet. Liz’s buffet went down a treat with everyone tucking in to the tasty grub. Kirsty and Carols cakes were also a big hit. We even managed to raise £60 for Adopt A Boxer Scotland by raffling off a fantastic hamper, congratulations…

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