Hello NewsHounds, this week’s round up includes a new vegan venture from Rudy’s, pet friendly London rentals from Vertus, memories of a much-loved street cat, plus news and gossip from Burly Bear and friends.
Rudy’s; New Kid on the Butchers Block
On November 1st, World Vegan Day, the undisputed Kings of London’s vegan scene, Rudy’s, opened the UK's first permanent vegan butcher in North London. Rudy’s offer their plant-based versions of homemade mock meats including dirty burger patties, chilli-non-carne, baycon, chick’n and even Christmas turk’y. Although based in London you can order online for nationwide delivery. Rudy’s Vegan Diner has been serving up vegan comfort food for more than two years.
Their veganised versions of classic American junk food ranges from giant seitan hot dogs to dairy free milk shakes. We look forward to visiting them again once lockdown is over, in the meantime their clever DIY kits to recreate the diner experience at home will be available for delivery on their website soon.
Luxury London Pet Friendly Rentals
Movie anyone? ‘The secret life of pets’! We love it, we’re convinced that Vinnie would be chief party planner, Barry, resident hell raiser and Bibi trading dog biscuits at the door for a place at the table. We recently spoke with the team at Vertus, Canary Wharf Groups residential arm, about their new pet friendly development, 8 Water Street, a collection of 174 pet friendly units in the heart of Canary Wharf. Have they inadvertently created East London’s ‘Secret Life of Pets’ HQ we ask ourselves?
Doorkins the Great; Southwark Cathedral Cat laid to Rest
As reported in The Guardian last week, just a year after her retirement, Doorkins the much-loved Southwark Cathedral cat sadly passed over the rainbow bridge recently. Doorkins made the transition from street cat, stealing food from the traders at Borough Market to Cathedral cat 12 years ago. She was loved by clergy, the local congregation, tourists, and celebrities, even meeting the Queen on one occasion. Following a memorial service, which was live streamed for her many admirers, her ashes were laid to rest beside a wall separating the peaceful cathedral and the bustling Borough Market.
It’s also reported Doorkins service caused a bit of a storm on Twitter, “Is this a joke?” tweeted a member of the clergy. “Losing a pet is no joke to the many of us who consider them as much-loved family members. The love and love for a pet, just like empathy, is a powerful thing.” Companion animals have never been more important, especially during these trying times. RIP Doorkins, our condolences to those who loved you. We walk past your resting place regularly on our daily dog walk.
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Lest we Forget; Heroes come in many Forms
As we approach Remembrance Sunday in unprecedented times, we remember the many animals who lost their lives alongside their brave human companions. We recently featuring a piece on a wonderful charity project (NMWDM UK), founded to establish a memorial to commemorate Military working dogs who served their country, https://paaw.house/heroes-come-in-many-forms/.
Look out for our guest blog article from Anna Webb this week featuring some of our animal heroes. As charities continue to struggle this year, remember you can still donate to the poppy appeal from the comfort of your home.