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Hampshire woman makes stand for Staffies

Tuesday, 29th May 2012

A woman from Hampshire is raising awareness of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed, urging people to give them a chance.

Paula Watson has owned Bull breeds for a long time and is particularly fond of Staffies.

She is looking to make people aware that these dogs make wonderful pets and that her own dog, Boots, loves nothing more than being showered with affection.

She said: "It saddens me that people are quick to judge these soft, loving creatures from what they've read in the papers or because of who’s on the end of the lead.

"Some people give Boots a wide berth when we’re walking down the road when all they’ve got to be worried about is being smothered with kisses and cuddles."

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home took in almost 6,000 Staffies last year, which accounted for 37 per cent of the total dogs brought in.

Currently, the charity is running the Staffies: They’re Softer Than You Think campaign to improve the breed’s image.

Kaye Mughal, centre manager at Battersea Old Windsor, said that she hopes the perception of Staffies will change because they are people orientated and find kennel life difficult.