Woofs, wags and a big welcome to The Dogvine, the place for All London Dog Talk! I’m Teresa and together with my 2.5 rescue dogs (more on that later) I’m on a mission to create a place for all things Dog in London.
Why? Well, when I moved to London in 2012 with my dogs, it took a long time to find out all the local dog knowledge such as where the good dog walks were or which were the dog-friendly places nearby and the information online was either not very comprehensive or simply didn’t have a local enough focus. I soon realised that the best source of all the local insider dog knowledge was often to be found in the park via a chance conversation with other dog owners as they passed a tip along on what I came to call the “Dogvine” and hence the online version of “The Dogvine” was born.
On The Dogvine, I’ll be featuring lots of London Dog info such as dog events, dog friendly businesses e.g. coffee shops & restaurants and pet products. I’ll also be doing what I can to help put the spotlight on local rescue charities and promote pet adoption. And of course, you’ll get to know the Dogvine Crew a bit better too…
The Dogvine Crew – from Rio to London
Before living in London, I was lucky enough to live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a few years where I rescued several street dogs, three of which came back to the UK with me. You will often hear people talk about the disparity in communities in Brazil with the astronomically rich living in mansions alongside the poorest people living in the city Favelas (slums). In Rio, I was immediately struck by the same disparity that translated to dogs. If the dog is fortunate enough to be a pedigree then it is adored and pampered. Sadly this is probably because pedigree dogs are seen as a status symbol. If however, the dog is a crossbreed then it often ends up on the street neglected and abused and seems to have no worth at all. I saw some horrific cases of neglect and abuse and was fortunate to be able to help some, but sadly not all of them.
The Dogvine Crew are Belinha, Moleque and Nina, all rescues who have made the journey from the streets of Rio to London, Belinha and Moleque in December 2012 and Nina in June 2014. Nina was adopted by a friend and we now share her so I guess it’s 2.5 dogs, kind of.
The Dogvine is inspired by these and all the other wonderful rescue dogs out there.