My new puppy!


Tynor with KiriAs many of you know, we got a gorgeous black lab puppy back in May 2007. 8 weeks later Tynor, having been followed by someone in the local park taking photos of what I thought was the children at the time and so rushed home with them quite perturbed, was stolen.

The police informed me that a growing 'trend' is for people to photograph puppies and then literally steal them to order – which was what happened to us. Tynor was lifted from our very dog-proofed garden a couple of days later.

Pipa, Myles and Kiri Nine months later…

We received a call from the dog warden saying they had found Tynor. He'd accidentally got out of the garden of his new home, was picked up by a passer by and taken to the vet who scanned him – THANK GOODNESS FOR MICROCHIPS!!! Everyone had said to us that the microchip wouldn’t work, it was pointless and that we would never see him again – but it did work and we got him back.

We had actually said that we would leave him where he was as it had been such a long time and we didn’t want anyone else’s hearts broken like ours were if they had bought him unsuspecting of what had happened. However, the warden told us of a rather nasty scuffle between the 'owners' and the vet; they thought it was clear they knew he was stolen property and therefore, we were there in an instant!

Since that time, we really wanted to find him a buddy. Dogs live in packs and although our family is Tynor’s pack, we really wanted a friend for him who spoke doggy language (you know what I mean!!).

Finding a buddy for Tynor

So, about 6 months ago, I began hunting around for a black female cocker spaniel puppy (had to be black to match Tynor – I can deal with black hair on clothes as we wear so much dark ourselves, any other colour animal is not permissible!!)… and I really wanted a crazy cocker!!!

Everytime I found a breeder with a litter, 95% of the time there wasn’t a black female to start off with and when there had been, she'd been sold – like hotcakes… but not quite as tasty (joking!)!!
Tynor and Kiri So, imagine my delight when I found an ad on a dog website at Christmas saying, '11-week-old black female cocker spaniel'. Usually they would be around the 8-week age when leaving home so I assumed that the original purchasers had pulled out. I rang and arranged to visit and meet with the pup, but immediately on speaking with the girl the other end of the phone, for reasons that I couldn’t even pinpoint, I was suspicious.
On Dec 27th, we drove in HORRIFIC traffic to meet Kiri. The one-hour journey took nearly 3 as everyone was heading out for January sales and the M25 was like a car park!! Anyway, we eventually reached the address and were greeted by a young girl in her twenties who said her dad had been taken ill and so she was selling the puppies
Again, suspicion arose – anyone who knows anything about buying dogs knows there are various rules to adhere to and signs to look out for to ensure you are buying from an authentic breeder and not a puppy farm!

  1. Always ask to see at least one of the puppy’s parents
  2. Be able to see where they have been reared
  3. Make sure the dog is healthy
  4. Be aware of the breeder’s desire to check you out as prospective owners, it should be a two-way interview!
  5. Be given a receipt

… the list goes on!!
I KNEW all these factors – and yet I found myself in a situation where NONE of them were happening! I KNEW heart of hearts that I had dragged my family half way around the M25 to be duped! “Sorry, the Mum is at my parent’s house", “Oh her eye is fine”, “Sorry she’s a bit mucky, I haven’t had a chance to bath her as I have a new born baby” (no sign of a baby, nor any baby things anywhere!!)…
This poor little puppy had a terrible skin condition, was desperately underweight, incredibly timid, had one eye seeping badly, a hacking cough and smelt dreadful. It was clear she had been completely neglected.
Kiri next to a kid's wellington boot What was I going to do? Walk away?

I think not! We gave this girl her money and got out of there with pup in arms who was half dead by the time we got home. I stayed with her all night having fed her puppy food and scrambled eggs which she devoured (so much for being told she isn’t a very hungry pup!), washed her and cleaned away all the crusted dirt, then wrapped her up in a warm towel and held her close.

I was furious as I knew I'd been lied to but delighted to be able to give our little pup who we called Kiri exactly what she needed… and she is FABULOUS!!!!!
Tynor adored her straight away (well, almost… there was one growl and that was it!) and within three days, Kiri was sleeping in his arms, sharing his bed and lo and behold, we had found Tynor’s buddy.
A lovely ending to be sure, but a reminder, a tragic reminder that 900,000 out of the 7million dogs in the UK, as reported on BBC News24 this week, are puppy farmed. They are neglected and malnourished, and the parents are cooped up and treated like battery hens.
You will be thrilled to know that after plenty of TLC, a course of antibiotics and a place to call home, Kiri is thriving! You’ll see the picture by the welly boot (top right) was taken the morning after we brought her home. Still a little down in the mouth but already getting better. The others as you can see, she is happy and nearly fully healthy. She is a delight to have and to love… although the cat is yet to agree on that!!
See you soon,
Pip x


  1. Nicola Rippon January 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Kiri is adorable and, although it obviously galls to pay money to conmen and women, the reward of saving her and giving her a loving and proper home is worth any price! I’m a cat girl but over the years have had lovely relationships with friends’ dogs and love them too! Well done for taking in Kiri and well done to Tynor for recognising a good girl when he sees one!

  2. Deborah January 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    What a wonderful happy ending for little Kiri, and for Tynor too. I’m so pleased you got him back, and thankful that you recused that poor little puppy from such awful people. If only all neglected dogs could have such a fortunate second chance. xxx

  3. claire January 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    how cute are they?!

  4. sylvia January 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    Oh you are so lucky.Your wee puppy is so lovely and Im sure your other dog is so happy to have a play-mate.My dog is now 14yrs, a wee poodle who is deaf and getting blind.I dont know what Im going to do when the inevitable happens.I think as you have done,the next time Im going to buy 2 puppies so they can be friends.
    I bet your kids love them both.Hope you all have a great time with the dogs and A Happy and Healthy 2010 to you and all your lovely family. x

  5. Emmie January 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pipa that is an amazing story….brought a tear to my eye out of sadness but also from a happy ending.
    So many of these wicked people out there, wonderful that Kiri was saved and now has a wonderful home with you and your family.
    Tynor sounds amazing to have been so accepting, they have both been through a lot so maybe in some doggy way they know how lucky they are.
    Hope to hear lots more about Kiri and Tynor!

  6. dorothy January 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    what a awfull sad story but thankfully a happy ending,people will do anything for a few quid but stealing dogs thats the lowest of the low, just pleased he is back where he belongs, as for poor kiri how can anyone be so cruel he looks sooooo sad its heartbreaking but with yr love and care it will not be long before running around happy, she deff pulls a yr heart stings.take care.
    love best wishes
    dorothy xxx

  7. Christina Tedds January 13, 2010 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa, thank you so much for saving kiri. Having always had “rescue” dogs I am sure you will be blessed with a faithful and loving companion.

  8. Jackie Taylor January 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    I am so pleased you have rescued Kiri and given her a loving home, she could not have found a better one. Other prospective buyers when they became suspicious would probably walked away but you didn’t. I hate to think what may have happened to her.
    I have a beautiful blue Roan Cocker Spaniel bitch called Chloe, she is so affectionate.
    They are rogues and magpies though, protect all that QVC jewellery. So far Chloe has had my glassess, earrings electric toothbrush etc. She is five years old now and the toothbrush incident was only a few weeks ago.
    I know that you and your family will have many happy years with her.
    Love Jackie xxx

  9. Jean, Somerset. January 14, 2010 at 8:07 am -  Reply

    Pipa, Your labrador is gorgeous, and so is the cocker spaniel, it brings you to tears to think of how some of these poor puppies and adult dogs suffer, there is so much of it going on all this puppy farming, the Kennel Club never seem to do anything about it.
    To take the puppy like you did was lovely, she now has a happy and loving home. I rescued a labrador in the same situation, I had to have him put to sleep last year, he was fourteen, it was a big struggle to get his confidence, which he never got in men, he was petrified of some men right up until the end, he would just run away from them and hide. He was the most loving well behaved dog you could ever wish to have. He followed me everwhere, and hung onto my sleeve when he was frightened. I still have ten labradors and one border collie, most are working dogs, but they are also pets and I love them all. Three of the labradors are from a litter I bred, they are 20 months old.
    Anyway good luck with your puppy and hope to hear how she progresses, bless her and I admire you Pipa for rescusing her.
    Kind regards. Jean.

  10. Anne Carr January 14, 2010 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Pip,
    Thank goodness there are dog lovers out there like you. I was placed in a similar situation when I went to see a Jack Russell who had been purely used for breeding, was filthy, lived in a shed in a field and had an obvious fear of men (I can only assume through beatings). I couldn’t leave her and brought her home and had her bathed and when she was all clean she looked beautiful. The vet treated her and we slowly taught her to trust humans again. Infact she was such a cuddly dog in the end she didn’t need legs as everyone just wanted to pick her up. She has passed now but I know the last years of her life were spent happy and she returned that happiness to us in every way. I just don’t understand the cruelty that assist to such vulnerable pets. Hope your new addition turns out to be as truly magical as ours did.

  11. Amanda Hughes January 14, 2010 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa I have just read your story with my daughter. What cruel people there are. Thank goodness fate stepped in and you have your lovely Tynor back. My daughter thinks Kiri is so cute. I remember when you spoke about your new puppy on air a couple of years ago, how he was chewing everything and asking for advice.
    God bless you and your family.
    Amanda xxx

  12. Gail January 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pippa, reading this story only confirmed what I already thought – that you are a lovely, warm person. I would have done exactly the same as you if I were in that situation. You’re a lovely lady and I know your dogs will give you and your family many happy years.
    They are very, very lucky dogs and I wish you all many happy years together. Our animal friends need all the friends and help they can get.
    Your reward will be you and your family sharing all the love and warmth the company of these lovely animals will provide, hopefully, over many years.
    Thank you Pippa.
    Gail xx

  13. rosie January 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    such a moving story pippa x

  14. elizabeth munro January 15, 2010 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Pip,
    Fantastic to hear about the plight of ur labrador.
    How could anyone steal you’re dog from the garden,beggers
    belief, is nothing sacred anymore not even safe in you’re
    own home.Glad u got him back so amazing!!!! and as for
    the puppy I would have brought him home too,puppy farming
    is the pits! My daughter is wating for her black lab pup
    it as born on 21st dec still with breeder we go to see it in week we cant wait. I have a beautiful rescue greyhound
    Called ROCKY he is really really my treasure .

  15. Lynne January 15, 2010 at 1:26 am -  Reply

    Did you know that The Dogs Trust has recently launched a major campaign re puppy farms on their website. They are appealing for people to report such experiences as yours and there is an online form on their website.
    I shop regularly on QVC. I also do volunteer work for a dog rescue in Wales, most of the breeding bitches in these puppy farms are given in to the Council Pound at about 5 years old, exhausted and having lived awful lives.
    A recent Bischon Frise (rescued)had been born with no eyes and yet still had been bred continously for 4 years.
    So I urge anyone buying such a puppy as you describe to report the seller.
    Also many councils, who now have responsibilty for abandoned, stray and unwanted hand in dogs, also have a destroy after 7 days policy. These also include tiny puppies and many pedigree breeds.
    Glad you have rescued this puppy with a happy ending but please report the seller, or the cycle just goes on.

  16. elizabeth munro January 15, 2010 at 1:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Pip,
    I’m back again I forgot to ask you did you report
    the people you got the dog from to the RSPCA. If u
    report this they may be able to do something to stop
    them trying to sell anymore pups and check out the whole place. The more people who report these things the more
    chance of stopping this diabolicle practice.

  17. Georgina Paris January 15, 2010 at 7:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa -just wanted to say that I was really touched by the story and I feel right proud of you!
    Here’s to Kiri and Tynor and their long and happy lives with your family!

  18. Mrs Kim McAnally January 15, 2010 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    Glad you have found a new member for your pack.We too went to a breeder for our first Boxer and although we only saw one parent Bruce was very dirty too an unknown to us covered in flees. He did have all the correct paper work and had been inoculated. However, when we came to get our second Boxer we decided to go the a Boxer rescue. We had to go on a waiting list until a match could be found to go with our male. The wait didn’t take long and along came Ellie. A very thin bedraggled frightened little girl who had been very badly treated. 18 months later we are nearly there with her and the joy we feel in making her life so much better is fantastic. Please, Please do not go to puppy farms. That is how they keep going, the worse the pups look the better they sell. Sorry to go on I wish you lots of love and happy walk and woofs with your new pack.
    love Kim. x

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  20. Tereza January 15, 2010 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Having read your story I would have done the exact same thing in saving the little pup. I was a veterinary nurse for 18 years and often worked with the RSPCA and saw some terribly cruel people. I have said I would love to do the same to the people as they do to the animal.

  21. Emma Moran January 15, 2010 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    How lovely for Kiri, and for Tynor to find such a loving and caring home.
    I grew up with Chocolate Labs and Golden Springers so I am slightly biased ! They are so loving with such good natures. They put up with 7 children in our household.
    The pictures are lovely and Kiri is very cute. Thankyou for sharing them and your story.

  22. Susie January 15, 2010 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Yes, I cried reading your story. I can tolerate many things, but animal cruelty (especially dogs) is something I just can’t bear. Thank God you were there to rescue Kiri! I have a black cocker spaniel too (male) and he has very similar markings to Kiri (with the white chest and nose) and he really is the best friend I could ever wish for. They are such loving and loyal dogs – although ever so slightly insane!! I hope Kiri brings you and your family as much joy and love as my little spaniel has brought me.

  23. Piccalilli January 15, 2010 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Beautiful puppy! I hope you reported the ‘farm’ to the police and RSPCA.

  24. January 15, 2010 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Pippa – your two dogs could nto have found a better owner than you – hope you make them laugh as much as you do me. I am very jealous as would love a dog but unfortunately work all day – roll on retirement.
    Lots of Love

  25. Sally January 15, 2010 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    I was horrified to read about your experience losing Tynor and am sorry to hear you had so much heartache before finding him. How fortunate he is to be home with you again – a happy ending to his experience.
    We all know the advice about not buying from puppy farms but it takes a very strong person to walk away from a puppy in such obvious distress. I’m so pleased for Kiri that you couldn’t walk away (I know I wouldn’t be able to either). We have a cocker spaniel we love to bits – he really is a merry cocker and loves nothing more than being cuddled. I hope Kiri brings you as much love and joy as he has bought us.
    Wishing you and all your family the very best of everything. Sally x

  26. Lynda Collins January 15, 2010 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    It makes my blood boil when animals are stolen or mistreated. As for puppy farms, why on earth dont the “people in charge” bring out stiff laws to try to eradicate this barbaric practise, too busy fining people for putting out too much rubbish I suppose!!!
    I would have been the same and brought the pup home, if only to save one little mite from an awful existence. My old girl is nearly 12 and Im dreading the day she goes.
    Well done Pippa!

  27. Marie Irwin January 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Lovly to hear about your dogs .we too have two dogs Molly is 8years old a fab Westie her sister is nearly 3 called Lily and she is a black cocker spaniel and a wee dotr .Enjoy your new arrival.

  28. Debz January 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    I’m sitting here with tears rolling down my face. You are trully a wonderfull lady for taking on this beautiful little dog and giving her a chance of a happy, loving home after her sorry start in life.
    Not everyone would have wanted to take her on bearing in mind the start in life she’d had but I get the impression that you are not afraid of a challenge and ensure that Kiri’s life will be a good one form now on! XXXX

  29. Sally Patmore January 15, 2010 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Thank you so much for taking on a puppy from dreadful conditions. We took our first boxer puppy out of a puppy farm and he was ill from day one and lived on tablets all his life but we gave him a lovely life and unfortunately passed away 2 years ago at 14 yrs old. Now we have 2 18 month old boxer puppies which came from a loving caring home and were born inside a house. Good luck with your new puppy and I hope they bring as much joy and happiness as my Hector and Emily do.

  30. Anna January 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Pipa, I think you did the best thing for Kiri by taking her away from her terrible situation. I would have done the same. I am so glad she has perked up, she is beautiful! And so pleased that you got Tynor back in the end too, it’s my worst nightmare that any of my dogs might be stolen from me, you must have been utterly overjoyed when they found him!
    I hope you all enjoy many happy years together :)
    Best wishes,

  31. snp January 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    hi pippa
    i was so pleased to read your story im a real sucker for a sad story i moved to france with my husband to covert a barn into our dream house needless to say cat in tow i missed familey and friends so badly my husband allowed me to have a dog we were in a very small village and the locals got to hear i was i the search for a dog my french neighbour a farmer came down to see me and said his bitch had had a litter and i could have one what i saw was just so sad i cant tell you the breed was a french hound not the sort of dog i wanted but i could not leave her there she was very thin and very shy but came on well 9months later i got a jack russell pup they are great mates came back to england to live we were home for 6months when my hound got hit by a car she had to have her fore leg amputated i was heart broken but with a lot of hard work on both our sides she is doing really well runs like she did before and is very happy

  32. christine January 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    hi pipa what a story, my bug bare are crultey to animals, Kiri looks lovely, I am sure Tynor will love him lots. we have little westie called Pepper we love him.
    Wishing you all the best
    christine xx
    (dog lover)

  33. Hayley McLoughlin January 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pip,
    So glad Taynor is settled back at home and now has his new best buddy Kiri!
    My 4 year old cat Phoebe is a rescue cat and has been with me just over 3 months, it’s taking time to build up trust but we are getting there, hopefully Kiri is young enough to forget all the awful things that she has gone through in her little life.
    My Mum looks after dogs while people are on holiday and my favourites are the Cockers – I always make sure I get invited round for dinner so I can have a deluge of fluffy puppy cuddles – they are so affectionate!!
    Wishing you all a great 2010!
    Hayley x

  34. Helen January 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa! I’m so glad you got Tynor back – I knew he had gone AWOL but didn’t like to ask – thak God for Microchips! Our beautiful black lab Cassie was also a suspected farm puppy as well although we saw her Mum – something wasn’t quite right about the surroundings. Like you I couldn’t leave that adorable little black puppy there so we took her home there and then. I have never regretted it for one minute – shes seven now and has had a better quality of life than I could ever imagine – we love her to bits! Kiri has fallen on her paws finding you and Tynor needs to be told he is a dog and unlike cats does not have nine lives!

  35. Lynne January 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Re: Pippa’s dog
    14 January 2010
    The Kennel Club and Dogs Trust have broadly welcomed Professor Sir Patrick Bateson’s ‘Independent Inquiry into Dog Breeding’, which has recommended that steps be taken to tackle irresponsible breeders and to change the way the public think about buying dogs.
    These organisations, who commissioned and funded the report, welcome the report’s focus on irresponsible breeders who farm puppies with little concern for their welfare and those who sell poorly socialised puppies on to owners to use as ‘status dogs’ or as fighting weapons.
    It is agreed that the education of puppy buyers should be stepped up to help them avoid falling prey to a puppy farmer by directing them to responsible breeders, and that the compulsory microchipping of all dogs would help authorities to trace disreputable breeders.
    See Dogs Trust Site to see how the public gan help
    Lynne x

  36. Andrea Cowling January 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    So glad you rescued this pup, but please report these nasty people!
    Andrea in Cornwall.

  37. Margaret January 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    WELL DONE PIPA, we have two Jack Russells one was a rescue suffered badly but trusts us and is so faithful also we have an adopted Lurcher at the Dogs Trust who we support how do cruel people sleep at night , you only have to look at the eyes to see joy or sadness in all amimals so God Bless you for a job well done, wish you many years of fun and love (works both ways ) with your dogs,Margaretxx

  38. Kristina Moore January 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, I knew Tynor would come back. Well I told you that through the blog. I am sure the cat will come round to Kiri. We know a couple who had four blue roan cocker spaniels and a cat. The cat ‘washed’ the cocker spaniels who, if the cat stopped, patted the cat and started him off again. Can’t have animals unfortunately so I am incredibly jealous of any of you who have them as I would love one or two.

  39. Susan Ewan January 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa….Your story made me cry but what a wonderful end to an horrific story, thank goodness that people like you and your family are out there and did not just walk away. Tynor and Kiri are very lucky to be in such a loving home.
    So here’s to many years of happy times for you all. Sue x

  40. Tracey Cooper January 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    hello Pippa, it cheers me up so much to read your story and how you love them both. I am animal mad and love all ours from our two dogs, two ferets, two mice,snake, b dragon and Gheko, who all give different things in different ways! We too had a black labrador when i was a girl, who was stolen, but unlike you we did not find him, as there was no such thing as microchipping then. His name was midnight!
    Just love and look after them, come what may. XX

  41. Sue January 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    How lovely of you Pip, I’m sat here with tears, puppy farms are dreadful, I, too, would have done exactly the same. I’m the proud “mum” of an 18mth blue roan spaniel, who is CRAZZZZZY!! Enjoy both your doggies, Sue x

  42. Linda Burton January 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    Im sat here with tears in my eyes, I have 3 adorable cavalier king charles spaniels, two from cavalier rescue and one that my son rescued from her owner who was beating her in the steet so I know just how you felt when you could not walk away. I am so pleased to know that Kiri is now doing so well.
    God bless you
    Linda, Meadow, Talia and Suki (aka ‘the girls’)

  43. Rachel January 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    She is lovely. That has made my day that you have given Kiri a good home.
    My dogs are called Bailey and Charlie and they too are nutty spaniels.
    Hope we will get to hear more progress on how she is doing.

  44. Jack Williams January 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Good Girl Pippa
    You are one of my crew
    Capn Jack

  45. Sue January 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    I’m so glad you had a happy ending with both of your dogs! I do hope you reported the people who were selling the dogs. I heard the story on radio about puppy farming, and sadly many of them do suffer with poor health throughtout their life. I hope your little Kiri continues to thrive, wishing both your pooches good health – and happy life with you xx

  46. Sue January 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Pipa, your story made me cry! Kiri is obviously meant to be part of your family, and both Tynor and Kiri are beautiful. Thank goodness you have Tynor back with you, I’m sure both dogs will be inseparable.
    Very happy 2010 to you and your (whole) family !
    Sue x

  47. Julia Douglas January 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    We have 4 cockers- all girls. Three from a breeder but the fourth came from a situation just identical to the one you described!
    Yes, what can you do, not walk away. We spent months getting our Cara into a semblence of health and even to this day 3 years on, she will still “go off” if she eats something outwith her normal diet.
    She is the loveliest girl though!

  48. Anne Sewell January 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, i have a black lab called Dennis the menice, lovely breed and very good with children. I dont know what i would do without him, i know i would search for him till the end of time. Lovely story about your new puppy. I wish you all the very best. Anne

  49. Anne H January 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely ending to such an awful situation. Kiri is so lucky you answered the advert. It was obviously fate you found each other. Thankfully there are more animal lovers than not, but still far too many of the latter. People should observe more and then call the RSPCA if they are concerned. Both your dogs are gorgeous. Anne x

  50. cas January 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    hi pippa this was such a sad story but what a happy ending, just hope the rspca check out this family so no other pups have to endure such a poor start in life, if the pup wasn’t in 100% health I wonder what conditions the poor mother had to survive in. Animals no matter what kind or breed deserve to live in a happy and healthy enviroment with lots of love and fussing. I’m sure your pets are thankful to be adopted into a fun loving family, I grew up with dogs and cats and never knew what it was not to have pets and even now reaching adulthood would not be without my 4 cats, the oldest two turning 18 and 19 in April and in good health for their years:)

  51. Jennifer January 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    This is fabulous – the photo at the bottom made me cry but as the owner of 5 rescue dogs I know how much love they give. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Sharon Gasparutti January 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Well done on getting back Tynor when you did and for rescuing little Kiri. The woman you brought her from should certainly be punished for the animal abuse and had it been me I would have for sure reported her to the RSPCA and relevant authorities.
    You and your family have a real heart of gold or should I say plaitnum.

  53. Jennifer Stevenson January 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    I really can’t bear to hear about any animal cruelty at all because I keep thinking about it for days later but I just couldn’t help myself reading your story. Glad you rescued Kiri, can you imagine what her life would have been like if you hadn’t! Why do we have such despicable human beings on this earth who can sleep soundly at night with not a thought of the unimaginable suffering they bring to an animal. A great deal more should be done to stop all this animal cruelty. I’m so glad Kiri is one happy puppy now! Oh by the way, I am a vegetarian !!! -Jennifer

  54. Gwen January 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    What a delightful story, a Mills & Boon for doggies!
    I would be lost without my dogs I have an old german shephard cross he is 18yrs old, & I have two younger dogs (brother & sister) nearly 3 they are cross labradors & they are my world we are at present looking for another pup just in case anything happens to the old fella!

  55. Fiona January 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    What a poignant story – I couldn’t have walked away from Kiri either. I’m so glad that this story has a happy ending for both of your dogs.
    My 14 year old poodle died last year (she came from poodle rescue), it was very sad as she had such a personality and the house seemed very empty even with 2 cats.
    I was so tempted to get another dog but it was difficult with my work so I got two rescue kittens who have been amazing.

  56. jenny cook January 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    isn’t it lovely to live in a doggy house-hold. We have rescued 2 greyhounds. They make brilliant pets, they don’t smell or shed and only need a little bit of exercise. 2 short walks a day.
    They are often shot or have their ears chopped off and get kicked out when they cannot race.=(
    Tully and Shakira are so grateful and happy to have forever homes with us.
    If you are thinking of getting a dog think about rescuing a greyhound.

  57. Kathy Saunders January 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear about Kiri but have you reported the family, it will keep happening if you have not, no one deserves to be treated this way, we had a golden labrador, who had cancer twice and after losing him in 1996 he is still missed, i lost my husband to cancer in August I hope he is with Benji. posted by Kathy 23.10 on 12.01.2010

  58. lynn britton January 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa, what you did was brilliant for that little dog. We have a black male cocker spaniel who is nearly 5 yrs old, he really is the child we havent yet had and we truely love him to bits! he looks so much little your little bundle of black fur joy! and i’m sure she’ll bring you tons of love and enjoyment with many years to come, best wished to her and you and your family
    Lynn x

  59. Sharman Walker January 15, 2010 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa, I’m sitting here on my sofa with my blue roan cocker whose name is Benson and cannot believe all these horric stories towards these innocent animals. How can people be so cruel. There is a good God above and these people will be punnished. Thank God for people like you. I know you and your family will have many happy years with your puppy. My cocker is eight years old and is as mad as ever and people always stop and ask how old my PUPPY is, they cannot believe when I tell them his age. Happy doggy days Sharman

  60. kully January 16, 2010 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Pippa I took in a grubby frightend stray cat feb 2008 only to turn him into a fantastic happy chap , some local yobs stoles him july 2009 and i am still devastated, i had him chipped and nuetered . ive spent hours looking for him and loads of posters in streets and every vet in birmingham ,
    i wish i could a dectetive to find him beacuse if i report my suspuspts to the police . istill wont get my cat back but may alos incite revenge on myself .
    Your puppy is very lovely and lucky to have you

  61. SandraMay January 16, 2010 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    I have 2 black Labs Elkie who is 3 and Evie who is 2, they both came from HOME breeding but we saw all the pups and mum in both cases, you did a brave thing rescuing your latest addition who is beautiful.
    I am so passionate about my 2 GIRLS Elkie is my gem she helped me through a very difficult time and is such a sensitive soul she seems to know when i’m feeling down.
    Evie is a POCKET ROCKET and from day 1 gave Elkie a hard time but they are now inseperable and guess what Elkie is the boss!

  62. Kylie Clarkson January 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    What a wonderful life Kiri will now have, as you say like us all you know what to look for when buying a puppy and when things arnt right, you dont want to give these people what they want (money) but then there is a little life that needs saving what do you do. Like many of us animal lovers you do what your heart tells you to do, and make sure this little one has a forever home.
    As a dog warden I wish more people would Micro-chip their dogs and remember to change the details if they move, or even put a tag on their collars (which is a legal requirement) but unfortunately there are many occasions I have to collect a stray dog that you know must have a home but as no identity I carnt re-unite it with its owners (sometimes people dont want to be re-united with their dog) makes me so cross, all thats needed is a tag to ensure your dog gets home safe as quick as possible so please people micro-chip or put a tag on your dogs collar.

  63. Allyson Howden January 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa,
    Your story really touched me – I could hardly bear reading about Tynor being stolen, but what a happy ending! Did he remember you, do you think? The story about the puppy farm made we want to write and urge anyone else out there wanting a particular breed to just register with any of the animal rescue charities. So many have gorgeous pedigree dogs that have been abandoned, and though you may not always get a puppy you’ll always get a dog that desperately needs you! Enjoy your two adorable dogs! Allyson x

  64. Cheryl January 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    you have 2 beautiful dogs and i’m so glad your story has a happy ending.I have 3 dogs and last year I was in the same situation as you.I went to collect my lovely puppy labrador..she had a severe sickness bug and there were many pups there of all breeds and no mothers.Like you said all the things you are told go out of your head and you think with your heart,not your head,how can anyone walk away.She turned out to be fine after immediate treatment from the vet.My only regret is i couldn’t have them all! I’m sure you have already Pippa,but if you haven’t please report the place to the RSPCA,we so need to get puppy farming stopped. x

  65. Cheryl January 16, 2010 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lynne,
    I’m a member of the dog trust,sorry to be dim but could you tell me where on their site there is the form to fil in,i’m not able to find it,i’d like to also report to the dog trust what i’m sure is a puppy farm,
    many thanks

  66. Lorraine January 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pip,
    Thank god you got to him and gave me a fun and loving home. I believe in fate and belive you were ment to have him in your life. Most people would of just walked away when they saw the state he was in and I am so thankfully you did not.
    I am sure he will bring so much love and joy to you Bret and the children.
    Please keep us posted with lots of pics.
    Lorraine xxxx

  67. sharon campbell January 18, 2010 at 2:29 am -  Reply

    Oh Pipa….you brought tears (both of sadness & happiness)
    to my eyes after reading your post.How anyone can do these cruel things (1st stealing your dog & second farm dogs)is way beyond comprehension.I love all animals but mostly dogs & we have a 5yr old cavalier king charles named chipp ut were thinking of getting another cos i think he must be lonely when we’re not with him.Hubby says no cos he has been topdog for so long BUT after reading about you rescuing kiri & tynor accepting her I think we have to pay a visit to the dog shelter.
    Here’s to many many years of happy doggy escapades
    love Sharon x

  68. Pipa January 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Ha ha, loads and loads of fabulous comments, thank you!!!
    Puppy farming/pet neglect is a terrible thing and I think I was desperately hoping my suspicions were all wrong as this girl we were buying from was very sweet, had two children of her own (supposedly) and so naturally you want to think the best of others, you can’t go through life thinking the worst! … and I guess that is why I didn’t confront her myself at the time. It wasn’t until the Vet saw Kiri that our suspicions were confirmed further – it’s easy to have an opinion on what you should do when you’re looking back on the situation. (Yes indeed the RSPCA were of course duly notified!)
    Saying that, Kiri is doing great, not 100%, but nearly!! In fact, as I write this, she is literally sleeping on Tynor’s back – they adore each other and play together for hours, it’s fabulous!
    I too agree that rescue dogs are great and so many of you have shared wonderful stories, thank you. I too grew up with rescue dogs and also had one as a single adult. We tried last year to adopt a rescue cross but because my children are under 12, it’s not allowed these days.
    I think if I had realised that dogs sold from puppy farms came from regular people as covers for the farms I would have been able to see the wood for the trees a bit better. That’s partly why I wanted to blog about it – it is helpful for us to know how these things work. You see the pictures on the news of these awful places but don’t expect perfectly normal citizens of society being involved. It has reminded me that just because someone has a nice face, sadly it doesn’t mean they are an honest or kind person!

  69. Gail Snook January 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa,
    What an amazing story. Only wish something could be done to these dreadful people mis treating animals. I myself are more of a cat person (have a rescued kitten -maisie) but after seeing you beautiful puppy am slowly warming to dogs! Wishing you all a happy playful time!

  70. christine January 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa
    What terrible story, just think you have saved its life. I sure Tynor will love her to bits. we have a westie called pepper, cant think doing that to him. to much going on cruelty to animals.
    best wishes to you Pipa x

  71. sarah Webb January 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    hi, pippa-did you report the seller? if not,they have profited from their horrible business.

  72. Sandra January 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    I hope this is a happy ending, but sadly that’s not always the case, I could bet my life that neither parent was health tested for PRA or FN, FN sadly kills a dog by the time they reach 2 years of age, PRA the dog could go blind at a very early age.
    I know the heart rules the head in these cases, but it would have been better to walk away, by buying the pup, you’ve moved one litter on, ready for the next to be brought into this world in the same conditions.
    I really hope she stays healthy for you. Good luck.

  73. BB1 January 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I cannot help feel that you have basically lined the pockets of a back street breeder for this pattern of cruelty to continue….the most responsible thing you could have done os called an appropriate authority and made them aware of the circumstances, these are thousands upon thousands of puppies like this as we speak all over the country in puppy mills and you fell for the same old trick and basically funded the trade of puppy farming…working in rescue I can understand the way you felt when seeing the puppy but we have to be responsible and look at the bigger picture, if there was no profit to be made and purchasers to pay up their would be no back street breeding and puppy farming, please try to advocate responsible breeding.
    I don’t expect to see this on your page of comments as the hero posts always look better, but for the sake of animal welfare please think long and hard before funding this trade.

  74. Sandra January 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    I only speak as I find as I own cocker spaniels, cockers are prone to pra and fn and the bets are neither parent was tested, hard as it may have been, you should have walked away, by buying this pup you have encouraged them to breed more, so although this little girl was the last of this litter, there is probably now another in exactly the same condition….the more people buy from puppy farmers like these, the more they will continue to breed.

  75. val January 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    3 years ago we adopted a little X puppy farm black bitch who we called Holly,as she came to us at Christmas she came from a rescue called Many TearsAnimal Rescue who are in Wales and who save so many of these poor abused dogs which are in such a dreadful state when Sylvia saves them.
    Holly is now a fit and well has a big sister in our other cocker called Honey. so glad you were able to save Kiri wish you years of happeness with your babies.
    Holly’s & Honey’s slave

  76. Cazza January 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa congratulations on your new addition to the family, I am sure Kiri will bring you much happiness. I am disgusted at these ‘puppy farms’ and wish the law could be changed to charge these ‘breeders’ once and for all!!!
    I myself have 2 yorkshire terriers – Charlie and Rosie – who are 5 and 4 and just still bundles of fun, and as we live by the beach give us plenty of exercise.
    I also had a beautiful long haired ginger cat called Robbie who I think has also been stolen to order and not been seen for over a month – so christmas was very upsetting for all the family, so I can understand your pain. Robbie is microchipped so I hope one day he will be found – I will keep you posted.
    Take care – happy new year x

  77. Nici Spencer January 25, 2010 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pip
    What a story!! So glad you rescued Kiri from that other place, she was obviously meant for you.
    We have a 1yr Black Male Cocker, looks just like Kiri, all black with a little white bib, he was 11weeks old when we found him, just sat there at the breeders waiting for us to find him :-))
    Is Kiri a working Cocker? Ainslie is, and they look so much alike. If she is you wll have you hands full but be prepared for the belly laughs on a daily basis, they all seem to surprise you with a look or a silly moment (or 10!) every day.
    Enjoy her, she is gorgeous.

  78. Vivien Colville January 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pippa, how lovely to be re united with your dog and to have taken tne puppy -lots of people may have walked away from. We heve a ten yr old westie called archie who we love very much and two yrs ago whilst on holiday in southern cyprus came across a stray dog (one of many) who was in a terrible state, he had been attacked by other dogs and wes covered in fleas and ticks but it was love at first sight and to cut a long story short he is now with us in the UK,not sure he approves of our weather but loves us as we love him. We also rescued a greyhound who had been living rough for two years nr where we live and the dog warden said she was uncatchable but we got her and she is now living with a couple in Reading and very happy. Dogs are such fun and full of mischief but they will love you until their time comes, Enjoy!!

  79. Charley January 30, 2010 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    It must be so hard to see a puppy in that kind of situation, but I’d just like to point out to other readers that by giving the breeder money, you are encouraging them to continue breeding in these horrific conditions. I’m very happy your puppy got a lovely new home, but what about her brothers and sisters and future litters? No matter what the Kennel Club and the government do, puppy farming will always continue as long as people are making money out of it. The only way we can stop this horror is by refusing to buy the puppies and driving them out of business by not letting them make any money. Difficult as it is to turn your back on a suffering animal, the best thing to do is get out of there without giving the breeder a penny, and contact DogsTrust and the RSPCA with the breeder’s details so that you can save not just one puppy, but potentially hundreds.

  80. Diana Croucher-Jones February 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pipa, thank goodness that Kiri found you and your family and is in her rightful place with you all. And of course that you got Tynor safely back too. It saddens me terribly that there are so many cruel and selfish people out there who could treat animals so badly, but thankfully to balance that, there are us crazy animal lovers! Dogs are my weakness and always have been; as a child I walked many neighbours dogs for free, just because I loved dogs so much. My very best to you all, and long may you all thrive and be happy.Thank you for sharing your story. xxx

  81. JAN NICHOLLS February 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Woderful to read the “shaggy dog” story Pipa! Loved the pix too. Adore seeing you on QVC.
    Love Jan

  82. Dawne Curtis February 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    You have just inspired our family to “rescue” a cross bread Yorkie.
    Having “thought about” getting a Yorkie, I was literally browsing the internet and came accross a pet website, advertised there was a Yorkie, 9 weeks old no paperwork but very very reasonable in price. Similar to your situation I sensed something was wrong. I still don’t know what made me ring the number but I did, oh my goodness I won’t worry you by what answered the phone, but it gave me enough to sense that the poor little puppy had to be removed from where it was immediately.
    My husband, myself the two kids and my daughters friend who had come for tea set off to see this little pup.
    When we got there he was shaking, smelly and so afraid couldn’t walk properly. I immediately fell in love picked him up paid the money and left.
    On the way home we visited the supermarket to buy all he needed, after about ten minutes he started licking me and wagging his tail, I was so releaved.
    This morning he has been for vaccines and a health check and is great. He has spent the day running around very very perky, chasing the kids.
    He is a doll, if I hadn’t read your story alarm bells may not have rung as loud as they did, I am SO SO pleased we rescued him. The situation went totally against the grain of how thing sould be when getting a puppy, but some things are fate and this was one of them.
    Thank you again and a BIG wig wag from Ronnie x
    With love to you all Dawne x

  83. Emily T Winter February 15, 2010 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Breeders have a lot to answer for ,or I should say bad ones.I am always amazed at the amount of young men who have boxers,bull terrier’s ,rotwiellers etc.
    They are obiviously poorly or badly trained dogs as well.
    I used to breed dogs myself a long time ago and prospective buyers are interviewed and have to be able to show a garden which is dog proof ,that they are able to walk the dog at least once a day and the dog is not left for hours on end.
    Puppies are babies when you get them needing 4 meals a day with love and warmth being showered on them.
    Breeders have an obligation to ensure all the boxes are ticked for their puppy going to a new home.Money is all they care about,how sad.The good thing is you rescued your wee soul and she will love you always .We, all us dog lovers must complain to the rspca.To end on a brighter note ,you absolutely make cry laughing ,if I am having a bad day I hope you will be on as you crack me up.
    You are a wee ray of sunshine ,filled with energy and fun.
    Thank you for all the pleasure you give me.take care Pipa best wishes Emily

  84. Diane February 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Gorgeous puppy. So glad she is now in a loving home.I have 3 cocker spaniels – one of them is an all black bitch and how difficult was it to find her? We ended up coming away with her brother as well, a cheeky black and white cocker when we originally only went for 1 dog!! Spaniels are so affectionate, patient and daft – perfect when you have children around

  85. karen Wilson February 25, 2010 at 2:23 am -  Reply

    I would have done the same and took the dog, but they must be reported as the mother is likely to be still there being bred to death outside in a shed.
    Most of my dogs are rescue and i have had 2 ex breeding farm dogs from Many Tears Rescue hey do great things.

  86. Erica in Somerset May 17, 2010 at 4:59 am -  Reply

    I remember when you told us on air that your dog had been stolen,
    how I felt for you loosing a dog like that, I often wondered what happened to him, to get him back is astonishing and really goes to show how worthwhile micro chips are. We have 3 black labs what great dogs they are. The pup is wonderful. Puppy farming should be monitored far more closely than it is, unfortunately it will never be banned, my godmother rescued a bitch that had produce 7 litters of pups and she was only 6 yrs old, she did not know what grass was as she had never been out doors, it took her a year to get her to go out confidently. Enjoy your dogs!!!!

  87. jean June 8, 2010 at 12:39 am -  Reply

    hi Pippa.thank you for sharing your dogie with us.they are both lovely dogs.i had a westie she was 17 years old and was a special dog.but we lost her the 5th December 2009 it was a very sad day.we also had a shitzu and she is fab to i didnt want another dog but my hubby did so we looked for a shitzu boy and after looking we found charlie he is a real sweety.He looks like gizmo.but he his in to allsorts.but i am glad we got him.

  88. christina Wagner March 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pippa,how is Tynor,and Kiri doing,are they still well? Its terrible,what people get away with,breeding puppies,etc for money.

  89. Judith waldie January 13, 2014 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Has anyone ever told you, you resemble Marti caine the comedian? she was very bubbly, but sadly died in ’95.

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