Firstly - a HUGE thank you to everyone who has purchased the PawsUp mascot 'Bob'.
Your generosity will go towards ensuring a more comfortable life for our retired Police Dogs, as all proceeds go directly to their benevolent fund.
For those that weren't aware, PawsUp forms part of Durham Agency Against Crime, which is a registered charity directly involved with Durham Constabulary.
The idea of Bob was 'born' soon after the inception of the fund in the summer of 2013, and he has proved to be a big hit with young and old alike ever since.
We are now the only outlet that supplies this particular soft toy and have him specifically made for us alone .. hence the bespoke ear tag that comes with him.
A little bit of history : Bob was named in honour of actor Eric Richard - a close family friend of one of our founders - who is more famously known as Sgt Bob Cryer from ITV's 'The Bill'.
Coincidentally, and especially for those that bought a Bob at this year's BikeWise, Eric was guest of honour at the first ever BikeWise event which was founded by another Bob ... a great friend and supporter - Bob Brown !
Right .. The Rules Of Bob :
If you visit the 'Where's Bob' album in the 'Galleries' section on this site, you will see some fabulous photographs of Bob on his travels both in the UK and all over the world, and images of him doing something interesting , funny or just a bit different !
That's the kind of thing we're after .. Don't be shy or afraid to ask peoples permission.. experience has shown that most are understanding when you explain why you've got a camera and a stuffed dog under your arm !
Try and get Bob to be obvious in the picture but ensure that the the surroundings / location / object of interest he's with is clearly visible too, so all can see why or where the picture was taken.
Use your imagination but - PLEASE DO NOT DO ANYTHING THAT WOULD PUT YOU IN DANGER !!
We are currently running a competition for the best 'Where's Bob' photograph, with a fantastic prize of the opportunity to have a special ride out in one of our Interceptors cars !!
A special thanks must go to our very own Roads Policing Unit star of Channel 5's Police Interceptors - 'Spike' Fisher who came up with the idea at last weekends BikeWise event.
Entries can either be emailed to us here via firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via Twitter to Bob's newly opened account @PawsUpBob
All entries must be submitted by midnight on Saturday 30th July 2016 and the winner will be chosen soon after.
Please note that all admin relating to PawsUp is coordinated by serving Dog Handlers in their own time, so unfortunately this can sometimes lead to delays in replies and postage of items.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, especially for those that have ordered their 'Bob's' online and don't receive them in time for the end of this competition.
But don't worry too much ... we're sure to run a similar competition soon !
And finally .... keep an eye out for Big Bob ....
we have a sneaky suspicion you might start seeing a lot more of him soon .....
The PawsUp Team
On Friday 24th June 2016 the pupils of St Hild's Primary School, Durham held a fundraising event all in aid of 'PawsUp' !! Activities included a dress down day, cake stalls, sales of PawsUp merchandise and games which resulted in the children raising an incredible £379.50 !!
This was a fantastic achievement by all involved and a special thanks must also go to Durham PCSO Claire Kerr (Jet & Ben) who assisted on the day.
Unfortunately, due to operational commitments, no Dog Support Unit officers were able to attend on the day, so today (Monday 4th July) PC Squire, along with PD 'Lottie' attended the school for a special assembly to say a BIG Thank You to everyone involved, and present the children with a certificate of appreciation along with their very own 'Bob' mascot.
We look forward to receiving some pictures of Bob on his adventures ...
Once again, a HUGE THANK YOU to all the children and staff for their efforts.