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On the 31st of August our volunteer Padraic and his friend Colm jumped from a plane at 10,000ft to help raise money for our new Dog Unit.

The Skydive was done with Skydive Ireland based in Galway. It was beautiful summers day and the two guys would have had an amazing view over Galway City and Clare- however Padraic told us: "I was more concerned about hurtling to the ground than appreciating a view".

Some people it would seeem, have no appreciation for the beauty of our wee country....

Both had videos of themselves falling from the sky and you can view them by clicking the link above.

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Amy and Jean, two friends of the Wicklow SPCA will be doing a 12hr Endurance Run around the running track in Arklow (behind the Bridgwater Shopping Centre).

They will be staring off at 4am on Saturday 23rd of Arklow and will finish at 4pm that evening. This is a monumental challenge and we want to take the time to thank both Amy and Jean for doing this. If you feel like you want to challenge yourself and take part for any amount of time, please let us know.

A 5km walk will also be held at 2pm at the running track for any member of the public to take part in.

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Dog tips:

The main needs of a dog are:

  • Good nourishing regular meals
  • Clean fresh water
  • Warm draught proof bed
  • Plenty of exercise
  • Human Companionship
  • Grooming
  • Veterinary attention if ill or injured

Before You Get a Dog

Make sure that you can supply the above essential needs. Have a collar and lead in readiness. DO NOT GET A DOG if you are away from the house a lot and there is nobody else to care for it. A dog needs human companionship and it is unkind to leave it in the house for long periods. Choose a dog suitable to your needs and space available. For example do not get a large dog if you have a small garden.

If you are choosing a puppy- do not take from the litter until it is at least 6-8 weeks old. Make sure that it is well and can eat.

Decide whether you want a male or a female pup. Either way neutering or spaying is highly recommended. This is best for the dog and the owner! Also it avoids unwanted litters of puppies, many of which will end up in Dog Pounds here most are destroyed.

Where to get a dog: Sharpeshill Animal Sanctuary has lots of lovely dogs and puppies just waiting to be chosen by new owners!

If purchasing a puppy, make sure that the pups are well cared for and are seen with their mother. They should be kept in good condition and should be healthy and happy. Always check whether puppies have been vaccinated and if not, make sure to have your puppy vaccinated as soon as possible.

When You Get a Dog

Have the dog vaccinated as soon as possible and checked for fleas and worms. Always make sure that your dog is wearing a collar and identity disc with your telephone number. If possible have the dog micro-chipped at your veterinary clinic. Make sure your dog is licensed and under control at all times.

Feeding Dogs & Puppies

The rule of regular mealtimes is most important. Adult dogs are generally given just one meal a day with a possible snack in the morning or going to bed. Choose a good brand feed and feed according to the manufacturers guidelines. Avoid giving dogs sugar and sweets as these are bad for digestion and teeth. Chocolate can be dangerous for dogs. Always make sure that clean water is available for your dog at all times.

Puppies should be fed 4 times a day. Clean fresh water should always be available. Between 3 and 6 months, meals can be reduced to three times daily. After six months reduce to twice daily until the dog is a year old. Again there are various food brands available and manufacturer guides should be followed. Beware of puppies chewing items of clothing etc., they can choke or become very ill.

Training Puppies

The training of all dogs and puppies requires patience. Most dogs will try to please their owners. Dogs should be trained to come when called, walk on a lead without pulling, sit, stay and other basic commands. The voice is the main tool. The two essential words are the dog's name and "No". Always praise success. Puppies of 2-3 months old can be taken for little walks around the garden to accustom them to a collar and a lead. Owners should be aware that serious puppy training cannot start until the puppy is about 5-6 months old. If you have a difficulty you can contact a dog obedience/behaviourist in your area.

Remember: Patience and self control. Never lose your temper.

Handling Dogs

When lifting an adult dog, put your arms around his chest and tail as though you were carrying a lamb.
When lifting or carrying a puppy, always use both hands so that the front and hind legs are supported.
All dogs must be handled firmly, gently and quietly.

This is the most important part of dog care. It must be adequate and regular. The amount of exercise will vary with the size of the dog, age etc.

Puppies should have plenty of play followed by plenty of rest and children should not be allowed to over-tire them.

Never exercise a dog from a car or a bicycle.

A wide toothed comb used regularly works well and there are various types of brushes on the market. Grooming stops the coat from matting. Some dogs, particularly Old English Sheepdogs, Poodles etc, require clipping. Otherwise their coats can become so matted that the skin can become infected and in some breeds the eyes can also become infected.

Notes for Dog Owners
If your dog lives indoors he should have a dog bed, which should be kept clean. If your dog lives outside, he needs a warm, dry, draught proof kennel with bedding.

Never keep a dog tethered on a chain, if your garden cannotbe made secure, build a dog run/pen. A chained life is no life for a dog. He needs freedom.

Never leave your dog outdoors during fireworks or a thunderstorm - many terrified animals get lost.

Bathing Dogs
Do not bath dogs unless absolutely necessary. Never bath puppies. If you do have to bathe your dog, use a recommended dog shampoo and be sure to read the instructions carefully and rinse away all traces on completion.

Regular Vaccination
Dogs should be vaccinated yearly by your veterinary surgeon.This will give protection against some of the worst diseases such as Parvo Virus. The dog should be kept away from other dogs for 3 weeks before vaccination and ten days afterwards. Most reputable Boarding Kennels will not take your dog while you go away on holiday without an up to date vaccination certificate.

Regularly worm your dog and check for flea infestation.

Make sure your dog is always wearing a collar and identity disc.

Unspayed Bitches
Bitches normally come "on heat" twice a year from about the age of six months. The period lasts for about 3 weeks and the dog must be kept under close surveillance to avoid becoming pregnant. The best solution is to have a bitch spayed from about 6 months of age onwards thus avoiding unwanted litters of puppies.

Caring for Old Dogs
If healthy, and well cared for a dog can live to a ripe old age. However, extra care should be taken of him as he grows older. He may need a special diet and his exercise should be very gentle.

If you Lose Your Dog
Start looking as soon as possible.
Put up posters with a description of the dog with your telephone number;
Contact the County Dog Pound (In county Wicklow: 0404 44873);
Contact your local SPCA;
Contact other animal welfare groups/ shelters in your area.

All dogs are required by law to be confined or under supervision and control.

It is a legal offence to abandon unwanted animals.