Safety & Security Alerts

If you are aware of any potentially dangerous item or risk, please do contact us to report it so we can share it with other Shih Tzu owners.

A product is being sold in garden centres and shops called Cocoa Mulch which is a substitue for other mulches or soil improvers that can be deadly to all dogs.

If you are a gardener and have a Shih Tzu please do not use this product, better safe than sorry.

As far as we know there is no warning on the product bags  The lethal ingredient of cocoa mulch is called Theobromine.  The mulch smells like chocolate and is attractive to dogs, if they eat it they have very little chance of surviving.

Dog theft

Thefts of dogs have increased dramatically over the last few years. Stolen dogs are seldom reunited with their owners.  Once your dog has been stolen, it will be lost to you forever.  Stolen dogs are often sold in pubs, for a few pounds, or are stolen to order and sent abroad.

We all know that dogs should not be left in hot cars, but leaving your dog unattended in a car, even for a few minutes, can result in its being stolen.  The thief smashes the car window and takes your dog.

Leaving your dog tied up outside a shop is an open invitation to a thief.  Don’t do it!!

We all know that our dogs love to run free.  This does, however, create a risk.  A thief can easily pick up your dog and run off if you are not close to it.  Apart from the danger of theft, dogs can run off if frightened, and you may, or may not, see them again.  It happens often!  Think carefully before you let them run loose.

Thieves will even steal your dog from your garden.  Take whatever precautions you can.

You may feel that the risks are small and that it won’t happen to you, but ask yourself…. how you will feel if it does???

If anyone has lost a dog or knows someone who has, the Dog Lost website  is a great place to begin.