Time to say goodbye (part 1)
Time to say goodbye (part 1)

I recently had to take a dog to the vet to be euthanised. Not my own dog, but a much-loved Pitbull who has been part of my family for 11 years. Everyone who has ever had to do this will know how hard it is. It is difficult from the moment when you realise that […]

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Toilet training in 8 simple steps
Toilet training in 8 simple steps

So, here’s the thing about dogs. They don’t come with built-in manuals that explains to them how humans want them to behave. They have no way of knowing what we want from them! This is especially true when it comes to toilet training. Therefore the responsibility falls 100% on you as the owner to put […]

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Family ties
Family ties

Susan’s dog accidentally fell pregnant and gave birth to an adorable litter of pups. Considering that shelters are full to the brim without the necessary resources to care for the staggering numbers of animals that come in daily, Susan should never have allowed this to happen and she really needs to sterilise her dog. But […]

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The canine condition
The canine condition

  empathy noun The ability to understand/feel what someone else is experiencing from their own frame of reference, therefore, the ability to mentally place yourself in another person’s position.   It is often said to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you judge them. This is not always easy to do, as it […]

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Spare the rod… just spare it
Spare the rod… just spare it

Punishment forms an integral part of the society we live in. If you commit a crime, you get punished accordingly. If you break the rules at work or you don’t do your work, you will get a few warnings, eventually leading to dismissal. Even as children we get taught that when you do something you […]

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When your dog is a scaredy-cat
When your dog is a scaredy-cat

Can you imagine living in a human world as a different species, and unable to communicate your fears and insecurities? Our dogs are confronted to a myriad of ‘human’ things in their lives. These are things that they simply don’t understand, and as a result many dogs suffer from fear in one form or another. […]

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Don’t let your puppy skip class!
Don’t let your puppy skip class!

Few things are as exciting as getting a puppy! You are, after all, getting a new family member and a loyal best friend. Unfortunately though, this excitement sometims turns into disappointment as soon as pup starts getting older. The puppy becomes ‘naughty’, and the owner doesn’t know where to turn. The dog gets banished to […]

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All the love, half the work: adopting an adult dog
All the love, half the work: adopting an adult dog

As dog lovers, we tend to fall in love with every dog we meet. Think about it, whether you are at the park, at the vet, or simply visiting a friend, there always seems to be a dog that catches your attention, and before you know it you are thinking: “So adorable, I wish I […]

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The maiming of man’s best friend (part 2 – tail docking)
The maiming of man’s best friend (part 2 – tail docking)

Two tiny, five-day-old puppies are lying on a table. The human hands that are handling them are bigger than they are, and the human voice is explaining that she is going to demonstrate the process of tail banding (a method of tail docking). She determines the length that she wants the pup’s tail to be, […]

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The maiming of man’s best friend (part 1 – ear cropping)
The maiming of man’s best friend (part 1 – ear cropping)

A perfect little baby girl is born. After meeting their child for the first time, the following discussion takes places between the parents and their doctor: Parents: “She is so lovely! But we don’t really like the shape of her ears. Can we pop in next week for a quick surgery to sort that out?” […]

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