Pet firms raise more than £1,000 for dogs charity

MELKSHAM-based raw pet food company Poppy’s Picnic teamed up with Doghouse in Bradford-on-Avon last week to raise more than £1,000 for charity.

They kicked off the Dogs For Good Dogtober campaign by holding a fundraising event on Wednesday, October 2 at the pet shop, grooming parlour and cafe in Lamb Yard.

Staff from the two companies sold specially-made ‘pupcakes’, ‘puppaccinos’ and raffle tickets.

Prizes included a free hamper of award-winning dog food, a dog grooming session, and a one-to-one consultation with canine nutritionist and broadcaster, Anna Webb, worth £150.

Dogs for Good’s ‘Dogtober’ campaign is raising money to support life-changing training for dogs that provide assistance to people with health conditions such as autism, dementia and learning disabilities.

Doghouse has been stocking Poppy’s Picnic raw dog food for over a year.

Poppy’s Picnic, founder Dylan Watkins and Doghouse’s Ruth Warren have formed a close professional bond because both are passionate about canine health and wellbeing.

Mr Watkins said: “Since donating to mark Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this year, we’ve closely followed the work of Dogs for Good and have been keen to raise further funds.

“Involving the local community seemed like a great idea and we immediately thought of Doghouse, which is more than just a shop, it’s a lively destination what with its cafe and facilities.

“It was a pleasure to work once again with Ruth and the team to bring the event to life.”

Mrs Warren said: “We love collaborating with Poppy’s Picnic. Our relationship is more than supplier and customer.

“Our values are closely aligned and we’re all keen to make a difference to dogs’ lives with good nutrition and products.

“We turned the fundraiser around in just a couple of weeks and are incredibly grateful to our customers who generously donated.”

Poppy’s Picnic’s relationship with Dogs for Good began earlier this year when they were introduced by their celebrity ambassador, west-end star and Emmerdale actress, Gemma Oaten.

On hearing the amount raised, she said: “I’m glad to see Poppy’s Picnic and Dogs for Good continuing to work together.

“As an ambassador for both organisations I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the difference Dogs for Good makes with their charitable work, and how Poppy’s Picnic’s food changes dogs’ lives.

“To see two projects I’m passionate about working together brings me great joy and both parties should be proud of the amount raised.”

The donation from Poppy’s Picnic is the company’s sixth charitable donation this year, having previously supported the British Heart Foundation, eating disorder charity, SEED, Pawprints to Freedom Rescue, Bath Cats and Dogs Home and Dogs for Good.

Doghouse also regularly supports charitable causes having raised money for Bowel Cancer UK and unique events such as stand-up paddle boarding with dogs.

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