Dogs Trust Kenilworth

We love our dogs Pippa and Bella so much that they even joined us for our own wedding back in October 2011. Not all dogs are as lucky as Pippa and Bella though, and some need our help. There are many reasons why dogs may end up at a rescue centre like Dogs Trust, but once there, they are looked after and hopefully re-homed. However, with Dogs Trust moto of “We never destroy a healthy dog” this obviously takes time and of course money!

My friend Nicki and I have decided to do a charity hike to raise money for the Dogs Trust. In June, the two of us are off to hike The West Highland Way. We will be starting off just outside Glasgow and making our way across 96 miles (154km) of terrain to Fort William. The route ranges from lowland moors, dense woodland and rolling hills, to high mountainous regions in the Scottish Highlands.

I arranged with Kenilworth Dogs Trust centre to take some photos to illustrate our cause. Helen, the centre’s Support Relations Officer, gave me a tour and showed me everything that has to be done on a daily basis. Helen and her staff at Kenilworth run this centre brilliantly and all the dogs are loved and cared for. I had lots of cuddles from the dogs and my highlight was with the puppies as you will see below.

Please have a look at the photos then click through to our Just Giving website where you can follow our adventure and donate your much needed money 🙂 Don’t forget to check back later in the year for photos of our hike.

Click here for our Just Giving page and to make a donation 🙂
(Please feel free to leave any words of support for Nicki and I)

Like most women, I went all mushy in the nursery! I’m still not sure who was more excited, the puppies or me ;p

All dogs are neuted when they arrive at Dogs Trust. Of course some dogs are pregnant when they arrive, so they have a nursery unit which helps the newly born pups.
Kennilworth Dogs Trust is currently in need of a new whelping box (birthing box) so if anyone has one they no longer need, please consider donating it to them.

Dogs Trust also have their own animal ambulances that travel the UK collecting dogs from various places and delivering them to their 17 rehoming centres. The drivers are all trained and experienced in dog welfare so they can ensure their passengers arrive at their new home fit and well. Obviously, regular cleaning is a priority!

Inside one of the buildings, the glass panels have all be angled in such a way so as to give the dogs their own space, out of view of the other dogs. The floor has underground heating too. In each dog’s room there is a door that leads out to their own outdoor space.
With so many dogs to feed, a large kitchen is needed, and LOTS of bowls! Then there is all that laundry that needs doing too!
All the dogs need daily exercise and with the help of some lovely volunteer dog walkers they get to have a play on the equipment.
There is also a number of enclosed areas for the dogs to have a good run around with their friends. This particular dog was having a ball of a time with well…..a ball!

Kenilworth Dogs Trust have their very own dog trainer too. It was lovely to see how proud he was of his work and was more than happy to show off one of the trained dogs.

Some of the dogs even get to spend time working with the staff on reception

I know I’m scared and nervous and shy
You might just want to walk on by
But please look again, please talk to me
And see the boy I’d like to be

I’ve never had a life of fun
I’ve never had the chance to run
To chase my ball till I’m all puffed out
To learn that people don’t always shout

I might not wag my tail at you
But look in my eyes, look closer too
There’s life in them, and hope and joy
And I’d love to be your special boy

Author: Fionna Duncan

A big thank you in advance for your donation from Nicki, Pippa, Bella and Sarah xx

Click here for our Just Giving page and to make a donation 🙂
(Please feel free to leave any words of support for Nicki and I)



  • Mandy Charlton
    March 10, 2012 10:31 pm

    aww, I want all of those doggies, I hate to think of animals being in need or without love, I wish you so much luck in raising tons of money for this wonderful charity xxx

  • Angela Allbutt
    March 14, 2012 9:55 pm

    Lots and lots of luck, for a great charity xxxxxx

  • Thank you ladies for your comments and for your very generous donations. Pippa & Bella are wagging their tails in appreciation 🙂

  • How gorgeous are those doggies? Such a good cause. 🙂

  • Sarah this is such a good cause, I wish you well with your fund raising. The photographs above are so lovely, it makes me want to adopt a few more dogs!!! I hope your hard work results in an increased awareness of the need for these guys, and hope some new homes are soon found.

  • Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated! There are so many wonderful dogs out there that need our love and support. Not all of us can provide a home but by donating you can help a dog to have a happy life, free from the threat of unneccesary destruction xx

  • Sarah Gillespie
    May 15, 2012 7:01 pm

    We now have a fantastic £599 raised towards our £1000 target 🙂

  • James Crockford
    May 15, 2012 7:07 pm

    Well done for raising so much for such a good cause.

  • Heather Thomas
    May 15, 2012 7:07 pm

    Great photography as always guys! 🙂

  • Debbie Wright
    May 15, 2012 7:43 pm

    Didn’t want to miss an opportunity to see your lovely pictures again. Anyone who wants a dog couldn’t help but fall in love with these dogs from your pictures.

  • Andrew Crawford
    June 26, 2012 5:38 pm

    As you can see by my photo I’m a real dogy person my dogs mean everything to me. Be kind to dogs, being cruel isn’t big and it certainly is clever or brave.

  • Sarah Gillespie
    June 26, 2012 5:45 pm

    Totally agree Andy. So glad organisations like the Dogs Trust are there to help. Pippa and Bella mean the world to us and it breaks my heart to think that dogs out there aren’t getting the love they deserve!