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NewsHound | Issue 02

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.

© @Rudysdvd

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?

© @ThisIsVertus

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.

Check out the original article here:

© @DoorkinsM

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,

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.

Confessions of a Good Boy

Hello Burlings, I’ve just heard the news, another lockdown! Hope you are all ok? I’m looking forward to lots of walks and cuddles with my Dads, those humans really need us these days. Anyhow, just a little update on what I’ve been getting up to, it looks like my adventures may be on hold for the next few weeks. I was recently invited/summoned to a photoshoot at Harrods with a very special lady.

Those who follow me know I’m a bit of a TV buff so you can imagine how excited I was to meet Jodie Comer, AGAIN. She gives great cuddles. Luckily, I’d been to see my pals at Holly & Lil for a wash and blow dry! And finally, I took part in another photoshoot for a very special project I’m doing with Vinnie and the PAAW dogs! More news soon. I got my photo taken by Aurelie Four, celebrated pet photographer and dog Mum to Marcel Le Corgi. It’s been a busy month! Stay safe my friends, you can also follow my adventures on Instagram, @burlybearpom.

Lots of Love, Burly Bear x

© @BurlyBearPom

Cooper and Todds Adventures & Celebrations

Hello everybody, despite these strange times we have been having a pretty good year so far. We have a new human cousin who we absolutely adore, we love helping with babysitting duties. We’ve joined the Burly Bears PAAW ambassador team and have been busy practising our tricks and dance moves for PAAWstival 2021. Mum also keeps us busy with lots of fun games. She says that what can look like a pile of rubbish to most of us can lead to the best enrichment games for dogs. Getting us to use our brains and noses can be more rewarding than going for a long walk.

With the new COVID restrictions and the dark gloomy evenings we are having fun playing games to keep us busy. Mum sometimes uses the extra packaging that comes in cardboard box deliveries, she hides treats inside the extra paper and places it inside the box, pokes holes in the box and lets us rip it up for a reward. She’s always there to supervise when we play these games, and it takes her longer to clear up the mess than it does for us to find the treats! We also recently celebrated our birthdays, one of us was 7 and the other was 5. Feel free to hop on our Instagram, wish us a Happy Birthday and guess which is the mature gent and who is the young pup, @cooper_todd_adventures! Cooper & Todd xx

© @Cooper_Todd_adventures

Slumbering Hound; Cards and Gifts

We do love a nice card for very special occasions. In addition to lots of amazing gifts and goodies for your pets, Slumbering Hound do a range of beautiful handmade cards. We recently ordered some from their ‘Walk the Dog’ range, we love them. There are lots to choose from for the festive season too:

Bookclub; Barrie the War Dog

Our book club pick this week is the emotional rollercoaster Barrie, by Former Royal Engineer Sean Laidlaw. While in Syria, Sean was working as a bomb disposal expert when he found a tiny, abandoned puppy in the rubble of a school that had exploded and collapsed. The two became inseparable in the three months he was in Syria. So when Sean had to return to the UK, he knew he had to bring Barrie home. The two became inseparable in the three months he was in Syria.

When Sean had to return to the UK, he knew he had to bring Barrie home. The two created an unbreakable bond and they were reunited in emotional scenes that have made headlines all over the World. Expect tension, tears and laughter as you struggle to put this book down. A worthy read indeed:

Gabby, Vinnie & The PAAW Crew

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