Bella and Squiggle set up der phone for da conference call.
Bella: which button is it for getting squiggs, ah da purple one!
Squiggle: if I pwess dis pink button i fink Bella be on da over end
*da girls pwess der buttons*
Bella: you der Squiggs?
Squiggle: yeah I is I loves dis new phone we got we can chat wivout leaving our beds!
Bella: slurp slurp, yeah and I got me cuppa. What time we supposed to pwess da uver button and talk to Mookie?
Squiggle: Bells we not talking to Mookie, I told you we talking to his mum Nay
Bella: you can talk to Nay, I want talk to Mookie
Squiggle: Maybe Nay will let you talk to Mookie when we finish asking her questions
Bella: you got da questions den ready?
Squiggle: no u was supposed to write dem
Bella: was i? hang on I look in me bag?
Squiggle: Hurry up den I gonna pwess da button to connect to Nay on our first ever conference call.
Bella: got dem *shakes da cwumbs off*
Squiggle: ok I pwess da button now!
Bella: NOOO hold on I needs me DDA banana on
Squiggle: they cant see you
Bella: oh tisnt it sykpey fing *sulks* I wanna see Mookie
Squiggle Emails Bella a photo of Mookie to keep her quiet
Ring ring ring ring
Nay: oh I better answer that I expect it those too little pickles Bella and Squiggle. Hello gurls
Bella: hello NayNay is Mookie in please
Squiggle: BELLA I told you later for Mookie swooning, right now we need to talk to Nay about important fings
Bella: what more important that Mookie swooning? You need to get your priorities sorted Squiggs
Squiggle: ssshh Bella Nay can hear us you know!
Bella: Sorry Nay, Squiggle being unprofessional
Squiggle: who being unprofessional? Pffft. Hi Nay sorry Bella is hungry I fink, she gets like this when she hungry.
Nay: hi gurls lovely to talk to you
Bella; We haf got a few qwusehuns for you , How tall is Mookie? wot size is Mookies neck? Are Mookies ears ticklish?
Squiggle: BELLA CONSENTWATE
Bella: they is impawtant qweshuns to me please answer NayNay
Bella gets distracted cos der a squirrel on her lawn out da window and it gives Squiggle a chance to talk to Nay.
Squiggle: You are involved in something called DDA watch, can you tell us why dat is and what D D and the A stand for please?
Hiya Squig, it’s very lovely to speak to you and be given this opportunity to talk about DDA Watch.
DDA Watch is a not for profit organisation that helps dogs and their owners who have been caught up in the Dangerous Dogs Act, especially Section 1 which is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). We also campaign for fairer and more effective canine law & education and promote responsible dog ownership. What does ‘DDA’ stand for? Dangerous Dogs Act.
Squiggle: How and Why did you get involved?
I became involved in DDA Watch 2-3 years ago, but became aware of BSL & the Dangerous Dogs Act when Mookie came into our lives. He’s a big boy and people kept on asking if he was a pitbull, which he isn’t, and doesn’t actually look anything like one. As a new doggy mum I wanted to make sure that I was doing all the right things and so read up on all parts of the law regarding dogs; it’s so important that we all realise that there are laws out there which affect all dogs, regardless of breeds. Anyway, I started to hear more and more about dogs being seized just because of how they looked and it just seemed so illogical and wrong. Then Lennox was seized over in Belfast, a lot of people heard about his case. I became more involved in attending demos, raising awareness etc and I received a call asking if I wanted to volunteer at DDA Watch, and the rest is history as they say.
Squiggle: Do you fink that it important that peeps is aware of DDA watch?
Definitely Squig, an awful lot of people still don’t know anything about the Dangerous Dogs Act and don’t realise there’s help out here if their dogs are seized. The more people that know the better as the more dogs can be helped.
The most important message we can get across if someone has their dog seized for any reason is this; Stay calm, SIGN NOTHING, contact DDA Watch immediately.
Squiggle: What can people do to help DDA ?
Good question, there’s lots and lots of things; raising awareness that we exist and so more dogs can be helped, sharing our page with friends, printing off our leaflets & posters to put into local vets and pet shops etc, sharing our posts, joining in ‘The Majority’ campaign, coming to demonstrations, donating to specific cases, buying a wrist band, t-shirt etc, coming and saying hello when we’re at dog shows…..and probably most important, making sure that everyone carries around our numbers at the ready just in case anyone needs us
Bella: I haf got me DDA banana on *does a twirl* and mummy mandie uses easy fundraiser evfurrytime she shops to get money fur DDA evfurry lickle helps , here da linky it costs nuffink to start doin it its says dat if peeps sign up fru dis link and start doin it they give DDA a £1
Squiggle: Last week you bought a toy from me shop for Kacey, is it any good?
Bella: I fought we was meant to be sticking to the subject, now you talking bout ya shop again! Didn’t Kacey come fru DDA wots her story?
She did, her story is quite a sad one. Kacey was born in a litter of 9 puppies, who were seized at 2 weeks old under suspicion of being pit bull types!!! The police kept all the pups locked away from the outside world, in a kennel, where they saw nothing and had very little human contact. At 6 months old, the puppies were all measured to see if they were pit bull type dogs, 7 were measured as such and Kacey and her brother were not. And here’s the tragedy, the 7 pit bull type puppies were put to sleep, as they’re illegal, and Kacey and brother were free to go, that’s how she came into DDA W care. I drove 3 hours to pick her up from the police; she was a terrified, young pup, frozen with fear, who didn’t even have a name; pup number 3.
She had to go into emergency boarding first as to go into a home would’ve potentially flooded her and would’ve been to much. We started to get to know her during this time, getting her used to quiet walks, being around humans, the outside world little by little. She was neutered and stayed in foster care until recovered, and then came to live with us. Although her confidence had grown she was still very frightened of everything in the human world; cars, bins, bits of paper, furniture, doors, cushions, toys etc etc etc and so we started the very slow process of helping her overcome her fears. It’s been a very long journey, and although some things can still scare her nearly two years down the line she’s grown into a much happier and more settled dog who loves nothing more than running on the beach and playing in the sand dunes. What breaks my heart is that her brothers & sisters never got the chance of the life she has and all because their measurements were slightly different 😞
Squiggle: But I need to get a mention of me shop Bella cos I on me final warning for not doing any social media marketing, apparently as the head of social media marketing I not been pulling me weight and I going to be sacked soon if I not mention it!
Bella: Sacked? but u own da company
Squiggs: apparently not officially! Pfff
Bella: oh no I fink we might need to save you from being sacked den cos if you sacked how will I get dem bulk boxes of bacons sticks shipped!
Bella: wat was da toy Nay bought? Is it pink and squeaky?
Squiggle: no it orange and silent
Bella: well in da circumstances I fink it ok to talk about it even if it not pink, dus anyone like toys da not pink?
Squiggle: you not helping Bells we need peeps to buy stuff even if it not pink
Bela: oh ok
Squiggle: it a Bumi
Bella: *shocked ears* a what
Squiggle: it got a I on da end bells
Bella: *GIGGLES* bumi bumi bumi can I see your bumi *giggles
Squiggle: So Nay what ya fink of the Bumi?
OH MY DOG ITS BRILLIANT!!!! She loves it!!!!! I couldn’t recommend it enough!!!! Kacey loves to chew (something she learnt as stress relief whilst being held by the police) and also play tug, so you can imagine how she can get through toys. The West Paw Design Zogoflex Bumi is really strong and flexible, we take it to the beach where she can run around with it, play tug, etc etc etc and it still hasn’t got any teeth indentations on it . It’s the best she’s had and I can’t thank you enough for recommending it for her xxx
Bella: dus you say to Kacey on da beach go fetch your Bumi *Giggles*
Squiggle: Bella calm down *puts bacon stick in bellas mouth to keep her quiet* sorry Nay sumtimes she gets cawwied away is there anyfink else you would like to share wif us about DDA?
No I think that’s all thanks girls, thanks for calling and I hope it helps spread the word about DDA watch.
Bella: thanks for talking to us Nay, now can I woof to mookie pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee????????????
Squiggle: oh sowwy Bells I just pwessed da disconnect button Mookie cant hear us now
Bella: SQUIGGLE! Pffft!
Squiggle: Sorry Bells but I go another call coming through……………….oh I think it the pink toy supplier
Bella: Hang up quick, take that call now! Speak to you later
Squiggle: Bye Bells!