Category Archives: general interest

O be Joy-full!

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We have in the past supported pleas for help from various worthy causes. On this occasion we’ve decided to sponsor a puppy in training to be a Guide Dog, a decision made in response to recent TV advertising.

It was easy to set up a direct debit & we’ll receive regular pup-dates as training progresses. Of the three dogs featured for sponsorship I chose Joy as it’s an apt name for the festive season & because hopefully she will bring joy to her new owner in due course.

Colour Code Guide Dogs!

Would you know what it meant if you saw a Guide Dog with either a red and white or a blue and white harness flash?

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The photo above shows Cooper with a red and white flash on his harness. This indicates that the Guide Dog Owner has hearing loss as well as a visual impairment.

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The photo above shows working Guide Dog Hetty with a blue and white flash on her harness. Blue and white indicates that Hetty is also a seizure alert dog.

Please like and share with your friends to build awareness of this!

Monty the Tibetan Terrier enjoying his autumn holidays.

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At just over a year old Monty went lame and seemed to be in a lot of pain. He was x-rayed and found to have severe hip dysplasia. The Vet decided to try a conservative treatment plan that included exercise, anti-inflammatory drugs, hydrotherapy and green lipped mussel. It worked! No surgery was needed & Monty is able to live a full & active life.

He has happily been a Flex Sprinkler for the last four years

To chew or not to chew, that is the question.

Golden Retriever pup chewing a child's shoe
Golden Retriever pup chewing a child’s shoe

To chew or not to chew, that is the question.
I have a new puppy at home in addition to three adult dogs. At almost  months of age the pup is exploring & learning all the time – mostly with his teeth! In an attempt to find something safe for all four animals to chew I started to ‘google’ on the subject. Continue reading To chew or not to chew, that is the question.

Dogs Die in Hot Cars – Do something about it

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Shock tactics are used in this poster issued by the Government but how can we spread the word so that no dogs die as a direct result of warmer weather this year …………

Follow this link for advice from the RSPCA on what steps to take if you suspect a dog is in distress –

www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/dogsinhotcars

We were at a show recently where volunteers regularly patrolled the parking areas to check dogs left in vehicles.  In case of doubt owners were called over the tannoy system to return to check their animal/s without delay or risk their vehicle being broken into

Dog Beds for the Elderly – Magnetic or Orthopaedic

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Last week we had a completely off topic email from one of our customers. This gentleman buys Flex Sprinkle for his Golden Retrievers but was asking for recommendations as to suitable beds for his increasingly elderly dogs.

Interesting subject & one we’ve enjoyed looking into – the question posed was which was better for creaking joints, magnetic or orthopaedic.

Continue reading Dog Beds for the Elderly – Magnetic or Orthopaedic