Huge demand for dogs during COVID lockdowns has fuelled a rise in dog thefts in Devon.
With the cost of purchasing our beloved four legged friends increasing, criminals are on
the look out to make a quick and easy buck.
Peppe’s Paws has put together the following tips for you to protect your Dog.
1. Ensure that your dog is microchipped. In fact, it is a legal requirement to have your
dog microchipped by the age of eight weeks old.
2. Take regular photographs of you and your dog from different angles in the event
you need to prove ownership. Ensure you take a photograph of any distinctive
3. Never leave your dog unattended
4. If your dog is home along, leave the radio or TV on. If you leave your dog alone in
the evening, turn the lights on so it looks like someone is at home.
5. Vary your dog walking routes and the times that you walk your dog. Criminals tend
to target dogs by looking for daily walking routines.
6. Be wary of strangers who ask several questions about your dog.
7. Refrain from walking your dog at night time alone.
In the events that this awful experience happens to you act quickly by:
The Most Commonly Stolen Dog Breeds are:
1. French Bulldog
4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
5. German Shepherd
6. Labrador Retriever
7. Springer Spaniel
8. Siberian Husky
Fleas and ticks
Fleas and Ticks are in season and it’s our four legged family members that suffer from these little critters.
Fleas and ticks are external parasites that can cause extreme discomfort and even serious illnesses to your pets and even humans, such as Lyme Disease.
Luckily, fleas and ticks are easily prevented with the use of easy to administer prevention products. These products range from spot-on and spray treatments to collars.
Checking For Ticks
After county walks you should check your pet in the following areas for ticks.
Ticks need to be removed slowly and carefully to ensure that the whole tick is removed. We recommend the use of a ‘Tick Remover’. These can be purchased online or from pet suppliers and vary in cost from £2.50 to £10.
If you do not feel comfortable removing ticks from your pet, we recommend that you contact your local vet for advice.
For further helpful information on Fleas and Ticks, we refer you to the following websites:
The Kennel Club
Peppe’s Paws transport services can help with trips to the vets or dog groomers, transport to a holiday destination (including to and from airports) and assistance moving house when your car is to full for your pet to safely travel with you.
We also offer a ‘Doggy Wedding Service’ - with weddings being the most important day of your life, the planning of a wedding can also be the most stressful thing you do! For those of you who want your furry family member to be part of your wedding or a guest, we can eliminate any further stress by organising transportation and supervision of your dog during your wedding.
For further details on our transport services and quotes, please contact us to discuss.
Peppe’s Paws have put together a list of local dog friendly pubs and cafés to assist you if you are a new dog owner, on holiday or new to the area.
Mill on the Exe
Telephone: 01392 214464
Dog friendly pub overlooking the River Exe. An ideal spot for lunch with your four legged friend.
Tel: 01392 256947
Hosting an annual dog show, this beautiful pub is a great location to take your dog on a lazy summer’s afternoon. Great food and a vast selection of beers from Exeter Brewery, Hanlon's, Otter Brewery and Bays Brewery along with many others.
The Quayside Café
Tel: 01392 757 410
Excellent coffee right on the edge of Exeter canal. Grab a coffee and enjoy the view with your friends, family and dog.
The Diggers Rest
Tel: 01395 232375
500-year-old inn with beams and log fire. A great place for winter lunch/evening meals offering British and Global dishes.
Your Dog will feel right at home.
On the Waterfront
4-9 Southern Warehouse
Tel: 01392 210 590
Great pub food in a glorious setting by the River Exe. Perfect for a warm sunny autumn day to sit outside with your pooch.
Dogs are also allowed inside the bar area.
The New Inn
Tel: 01392 461312
Set in 2 acres in the midst of the glorious Devon countryside, this dog friendly pub hosts an extensive outside area for your four legged friend.
The Otter Inn
Tel: 01404 42594
A tranquil Country pub situated next to the River Otter. The Otter Inn has a beautiful large beer garden and inside there is a large log fire for those cold winter months. They offer a great selection of value for money pub food. The owners happily welcome your four legged friends. This is one of Peppe’s favourites!
The Bowd Inn
Tel: 01395 513328
If you fancy a carvery any day of the week, then this is the place to come. Enjoy the outside garden with a large children's play area and plenty of room for you dog to sniff around. Dogs are also allowed in the bar area.
The Courtyard Sidmouth
128 High Street
Tel: 01395 577553
Great coffee, tasty food and fabulous vegan options. This café is a must visit if you like yummy food and coffee. Plus your dog will receive a more than friendly welcome.
The Cranberry Farm
Tel: 01404 823946
Located in the heart of Cranbrook and offering a variety of food and beverages. This is a great place to bring your four legged friend to unwind and relax after work or catch up with loved ones.
We have teamed up with local photographer Gemma Varney to offer a premium photographic service for all pets in our care, just quote 'Peppe's Paws' when you book your studio or location shoot and claim your free 10x8in print with every photo session.
Below are some examples of Gemma's work, you can visit her website at: https://www.devonphotographytraining.com/pet-photography.html
Ideas by Peppe, translated by Sophia.