Friends of the Dogs are Friends of Ours!

HusQuay the Merdog loves giving back to his human community and his generosity also extends to Cardiff’s animals, especially the canine kind. He thinks that every dog should have the opportunity to sniff, explore, hide, seek, dig, splash and play in our wonderful capital city.

HusQuay invited Friends of the Dogs to Mermaid Quay to support their cause in rehoming stray and abandoned dogs in Cardiff. Formerly Friends of Cardiff Dogs Home, Friends of the Dogs was established to support and promote the work being done to rehome dogs in Cardiff.

We had great fun when some of the Friends of the Dogs volunteers came to our Dog Day Afternoons weekend to celebrate the arrival of HusQuay the Merdog at Mermaid Quay. A lot of new furry friends were made during the Sausage Catching competition, where canine competitors caught sausages from increasing distances, with the champion coming in at 8 metres! Winners received trophies, rosettes and some sought after ‘Woofcakes’ provided by Mermaid Quay’s very own Fabulous Welshcakes.

In the Doggy Dress Up competition HusQuay hit the headlines, accompanied by Clair Thomas’ pup Ralph, who stole the show dressed as Harry Paw-ter. Clair was pleased Ralph was honoured with this accolade, commenting “It makes me feel very proud when other people love him as much as me. I’m very biased but I think he’s the best dog in the world!”

Friends of the Dogs is run entirely by unpaid staff. With hundreds of dogs passing through council pounds and rescues every year, their paws are quite literally in the hands of these amazing volunteers who love every dog that comes in as if they were their own.

One of these dogs is Sandy the stray lurcher, who came to Cardiff Dogs Home heavily pregnant on 27 September 2017. Trusted Friends of the Dogs volunteer Rachel Morgan took her in and within hours Sandy had become a proud mummy to seven gorgeous little puppies! Friends of the Dogs will be working harder than ever to find Sandy and her pups Furever Homes.

They’re always looking for more Hands on Leads for dog walking and any other aspect of volunteering. If you want to help their cause you can become a member, volunteer or donate to Friends of the Dogs. For more information visit their website