‘Newshound’ sniffs out a story


A newshound tried to prove he has got what it takes by sniffing out a meaty story at the Standard office.

Dylan the springer spaniel was asked to follow up a news ‘lead’ on the ‘dog and bone’ – but sadly his ‘ruff’ copy was just not up to scratch.

We have not gone barking mad – the pet’s visit was just part of National Bring Your Dog To Work Day.

Jerry Green Dog Rescue, in Algarkirk, arranged for the seven-year-old pooch to pop in to our Church Lane office with owner and staff member Hailey Pettit.

But there was also an important part to their visit – to spread the message that rescue dogs make great pets.

“I rehomed Dylan from the centre and he is such a lovely, friendly dog,” said Hailey, adding there is an issue with a lot of people buying puppies online because they think they look cute – only for the dogs to be abandoned as adults.

“The trouble can be that people are tempted by a cute, fluffy puppy but then don’t consider how much of a commitment it will be when it is a fully-grown adult dog.”

Hailey started out as a volunteer at the centre, but is now employed as a kennel and admin assistant.

She added: “We always need new volunteers for people to help out at the kennels, walking and socialising the dogs – but also people who can help us out with the fundraising, too.”

The rescue centre, which currently has 15 dogs in its care, is gearing up for its summer show on August 16, with a fun dog show, agility demonstrations, children’s activities and stalls.

The event takes place at the centre, from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Admission is £1 for adults, with children under 16 free. Registration for dog classes (£1 per class) is from 11.30am.

To see the dogs in the rescue centre’s care, go to www.jerrygreendogs.co.uk.

Dedicated to making a real difference

Bring Your Dog To Work Day is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs. 
On Friday, businesses across the UK welcomed their loyal four-legged companions into the office, all in the name of charity. It was the second national event of its kind and was organised by pet care brand HOWND.

As well as raising funds for a cause, it could have some positive benefits for employee productivity and wellbeing.

Many scientific studies have concluded the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace, increase job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale.