NEWS: Four legged friendly Erdington residents wanted for next series of Channel 4’s The Dog House

Words by Ed King

Producers of Channel 4’s The Dog House are looking for Erdington residents who want to share their homes and hearts with a new four legged friend, to be part of the hit TV series.

First broadcast in 2019, The Dog House follows the lives of puppies and dogs at Woodgreen Pets Charity as they look for new ‘forever homes’ after being abandoned.

All rescue dogs, many have been left with Woodgreen because their previous owners were not able to take care of them anymore – but all are now looking for a permanent place to call home and people to love and be loved by.

Often referred to as a ‘dog dating show’, The Dog House features families and individuals looking for a new furry friend who are then ‘matched’ to a dog (or dogs) the staff at Woodgreen believe will be the perfect fit.

Some are looking for simple companionship, to bring joy into their lives after a difficult time – like a break up or bereavement. Others are hoping to improve their physical or mental health by having a dog to care for.

After a ‘first date’ meeting at the Cambridge based animal sanctuary, the lucky pups are sent home with their news owners – whilst those that didn’t quite make the match go back to their kennels.

Sue Ketland, dog behaviour and training specialist at Woodgreen, told: “Every dog deserves a loving home, and those in Woodgreen’s care find themselves without a family to call their own.

“Taking on a rescue dog not only saves them from loneliness, but you too. Dogs truly are the best source of comfort and joy! With so many people struggling with feeling alone, dogs can bring purpose and companionship, as well as getting you up and active every day.

“It’s an incredibly rewarding experience to offer a dog a second chance, and to help them settle and grow into their new life with you.”

To be considered for series five of The Dog House you must first register your interest online with Channel 4 before 28 April 2023. To register or for more information visit:

The show’s producers will then establish a shortlist of possible contenders for series five, which is likely to be broadcast in January 2024.

Series four of The Dog House began broadcasting on Channel 4 from Thursday 5 January, with episode one showing three visits to Woodgreen from people looking for the perfect pup.

Nine year old Oliver and his younger brother Felix took home a cockapoo puppy called Percy, with parents Hannah and Craig hoping the new addition to their families will help Oliver’s anxiety. After a slightly tentative start, the young boys and puppy bonded with Oliver stating: “I’ve never had joy… like this before.”

Next, the Foreman family were looking to fill a hole in their hearts after their dad and husband Andy had recently passed away, eventually finding the right fit with two seven month old Westie/Poodle cross puppies who “definitely have given us hope as a family.”

Finally, The Dog House also found a partner for golden retriever Rosie who was suffering with a broken heart after her owner’s break up meant she lost her life long pall Hollie. Enter Badger, also a retriever, and now Rosie is now “very much over the breakup and… definitely has the sparkle in her eye back.”

The Dog House is produced by Five Mile Films and broadcast on Channel 4, with series four currently going to air every Thursday at 8pm.

For more on The Dog House visit:
For more on Five Mile Films visit:

For more on Woodgreen Pets Charity visit:

NEWS: Business is pawsitivley booming for Erdington Pet Centre

Words by Keat Moore / Pics by Keat Moore and Ed King

Erdington Pet Centre has been catering to the needs of Erdington’s pet lovers for the past 10 years and has continued to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Erdington Local went to find out more about the store and what affect the lockdown has had on their business.

Erdington Pet Centre / Ed King

We’ve actually got busier,” says owner Paul Beresford, “when it started, we had lots of people panic buying and we were really busy. But after a little while it quietened down, and we’ve managed to keep that busier pace.”  

On the list businesses exempt from lockdown restrictions, pet stores have been kept open across the UK – providing the food, medicine, and exercise essentials for thousands of furry friends. But at Erdington Pet Centre, the stay at home message has some seen some unexpected increases in sales.

We’ve sold an awful lot of fish tanks and we’ve seen an upturn in wild birdseed as well,” explains Mr Beresford, “which I think is due to people looking for new hobbies whilst at home and spending more time in their gardens.”

Paul Beresford - Erdington Pet Centre / Keat MooreCompared to most of the shops on the High Street, Erdington Pet Centre is one of the few without a queue – which Mr Beresford says has helped bring in new customers: “We’re seeing a lot of new faces, sometimes from out of the area, so we’ve got no complaints.”

He has also found the Government’s support for small businesses to be especially useful during the lockdown, “the Government has helped us tremendously, especially the reduction in business rates and the small business grants – they’ve been a big help.” 

But Mr Beresford says he’s been surprised at just how many people are still out shopping: “I have another shop in Wolverhampton, which I’ve actually closed as it was the opposite to here – there’s no one around in Wolves town centre, it’s dead.” 

Erdington Pet Centre / Ed KingThe busyness of Erdington High Street has been an area of concern for both the police and the community; Birmingham City Council recently implemented new road markings and erected barriers to widen the footpaths and help enforce physical distancing guidelines.

But at Erdington Pet Centre, Mr Beresford doesn’t see it being too much of a problem, “I think there’s possibly more people about in Erdington than needs to be. But on the whole, I think they’re being sensible and respecting social distancing.”   

Erdington Pet Centre can be found at 117 High Street, Erdington. Its trading hours, including during lockdown, are between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm – Monday to Saturday. To contact Erdington Pet Centre, telephone: (0121) 373 1323