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Be prepared to see less of Marcia!

OUR DOGS Dobermann breed correspondent Marcia Cox is bravely undertaking a sponsored slim in aid of Dobermann Welfare and aims to lose two stone by the end of September. Marcia would be grateful of pledges for the weight loss in aid of the charity and will be round the rings at the next few shows with her sponsorship form, or you can email her on

Fiona Schofield and Amanda Houstoun also aim to Diet for Dobes and raise enough sponsorship money to help fund the Dobermanns In Need puppy school. Dobermanns In Need is run by a small group of volunteers, dedicated to re-homing Dobermanns into suitable new homes. The group receives no financial backing from the Government and, therefore, must rely entirely upon contributions received from the public.

Each year the number of Dobermanns requiring our assistance rises and each year we find it harder to find the money to meet their needs. Every dog taken in by Dobermanns In Need is provided a safe and warm place to sleep, nourishing meals, is neutered, microchipped, have vaccinations brought up to date and receive any veterinary treatment required. The Dobermanns in the group's care are also carefully assessed before being placed into a suitable new home. Dobermanns In Need cover the areas of Greater London and the South East of England. However, they are always more than happy to offer advice to anyone needing it, whatever their location.

Now supporters and dog lovers everywhere are being asked to sponsorship to Fiona Schofield from the Dobermann Puppy School who has agreed to undertake a ‘sponsored slim’ in order to raise funds for our Dobermanns. Fiona has three stone in weight she hopes to shed (that is 42lbs!) and started the ‘slim’ on Thursday 17th June. Fiona is attending Weight Watchers, in North Hykeham, Lincoln. Weight Watchers will verify the total amount of weight Fiona loses between now and March of next year.

Fiona is the Puppy School Tutor for the Lincoln/South Nottinghamshire areas and her classes start this summer. Internationally recognised animal behaviourist and founder of Puppy School, Gwen Bailey, wrote the Puppy School course. The aim of Puppy School is to prevent behavioural problems amongst puppies and to encourage friendly, well-behaved dogs for the future. The course aims to teach dog owners how to bring their puppy up to be happy, well-behaved and friendly adult dog.

Some people have pledged £1 an lb! If you see ANY of them eating naughty foods at the shows don’t hesitate to tell them off!

Best of luck to all three ladies!

Anyone interested in sponsoring Fiona or wishing to find out further details about her classes, please e-mail Fiona Schofield at: or visit the Puppy School website