BENEFITS OF INTERACTIVE TOYS

BENEFITS OF INTERACTIVE TOYS

November 23, 2022

Dogs love learning new tasks, and find interactive toys stimulating both mentally, and physically.   Problem  solving  keeps our dogs engaged, banishes boredom and can help to avoid or  reduces  stress, and emotional imbalances.  Foraging is a natural, enriching  canine instinct, which our dogs enjoy, and offers a solution for dogs that inhale their food.

After Mila was diagnosed with gastric issues,  and regular  bilious night time vomiting, &nbs…

BUY A BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS

BUY A BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS

November 21, 2022

Books make the perfect gift, especially at Christmas time.  

BILIOUS VOMITING IN DOGS

October 01, 2022

EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK; FROM WOLF TO SUPERMUTT AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

 

As much as we’d like to avoid unnecessary trips to the vet, sometimes we should err on the side of caution. I’ve seen posts on various doggy sites where owners ask about bilious vomiting from the FB community, who readily give well-meaning advice. Recommendations include self-medicating our canine companions with antacids etc. which could lead to more severe problems. 

 

Dogs only ex…

ITALIAN GREYHOUND'S KINK IN TAIL

ITALIAN GREYHOUND'S KINK IN TAIL

September 25, 2022

Australia was our home at the time when Lulu was around three years old. There were no indications of what caused it, but one day her tail was straight, and the next day, she developed a slight kink near the tip. When they navigate corners at full speed, Italian greyhounds use their tail as a rudder. At the time, I suspected she might have forcedly whipped it against a wall or door and dislocated it. So, without further delay, we headed to our local animal surgery. As soon as we entered the exa…

WHY DOGS ARE NOT WOLVES.

WHY DOGS ARE NOT WOLVES.

August 27, 2022

Based on molecular DNA sequencing research, Vilá et al. suggested that divergence between the wolf and domestic dog occurred around 135,000 years ago, which is considerably older than the 13,000 to 17,000 years ago, supported by archaeological evidence available at present. 

 

Oxford evolutionary biologist Greger Larson claims that because dog domestication occurred so long ago, with profuse and frequent crossbreeding between dogs and wolves, their genes are lik…

DO WE NEED ANIMAL TESTING?

DO WE NEED ANIMAL TESTING?

August 11, 2022

 

Most people know of the untold horrors perpetuated on animals in the name of research, though most are unaware of the scope of these exploits.

Each year, laboratories use an estimated 115 million or more animals, including amphibians, rodents, pigs, apes, cats and dogs, for research purposes worldwide. According to the combined 2015 statistics of thirty-six countries, research institutes used 112,265 dogs for testing in these nations. By applying the weighted average percentage of …

DOGS DO NOT CHOOSE TO BE LEFT HOME ALONE.

DOGS DO NOT CHOOSE TO BE LEFT HOME ALONE.

August 01, 2022

Often overlooked, companionship is frequently lacking in our dogs’ lives, yet it is one of their most basic needs. However, we should never regularly leave dogs home alone for long hours. Bearing this in mind, we should remember that separation from us is not voluntary for our dogs. Therefore, it should not be surprising that these social creatures find it hard to cope with being left alone for long periods daily.

Additionally, we cannot overlook that dogs have been so heavily selected…

THE CONSUMPTION OF DOG MEAT IN WESTERN COUNTRIES

THE CONSUMPTION OF DOG MEAT IN WESTERN COUNTRIES

July 29, 2022

To most of us, the consumption of dog meat is abhorrent.  However, over the centuries, when meat was scarce in times of famine, dog meat was not wasted and was considered a delicacy.

Even though some Asian countries still offer dog meat for sale, with international pressure, these practices are gradually dying.  In 2020, Shenzhen became the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog meat, which Zhuhai, Beijing and Wuhan quickly followed.  Additionally, the Chine…

HOW CAN DOGS TELL THE TIME

HOW CAN DOGS TELL THE TIME

July 27, 2022

Image by Brigitte Werner from Pixabay 

 

Have you noticed how dogs can tell time? Dogs can perceive the difference between older, weaker odours and stronger, more recent ones. This is because scent molecules in the air change during the day, and while our scent might be strong in the morning when we leave for work, it will be weaker in the afternoon when we return home. Therefore, dogs can learn to associate that we are due home when odours have weakened to a certain intensity.&…

WHAT IS TOO HOT FOR YOUR DOG?

WHAT IS TOO HOT FOR YOUR DOG?

July 23, 2022

Mild outside temperatures of 24°C become 40°C in a closed vehicle within twenty minutes and close to 50°C in thirty minutes.  Similarly, while outdoor summer temperatures often reach 30°C and over, they can generate internal vehicle temperatures of 40°C within ten minutes and close to 50°C in twenty minutes.  Excessive heat gradually increases a dog’s core temperature, and when this reaches over 41.5°C, enzymes are destroyed, and cells start to break …

A DOG’S NOSE, KNOWS!

A DOG’S NOSE, KNOWS!

July 21, 2022

Dogs know where the bodies are buried, who is ill, and who is smuggling illegal substances.

Whereas humans have five million receptor cells, on average, canines have 220 million receptor cells, depending on the breed.  Proficient trackers, bloodhounds have 300 million, German shepherds and beagles have 225 million, and dachshunds have 125 million receptor cells, which is still vastly superior to ours.

Dogs are legendary for their sense of smell and can detect an odour diluted one to …

Dog Days Of Summer

Dog Days Of Summer

July 20, 2022

The first visible rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, occurs during the hottest parts of summer in the northern hemisphere. Ancient civilisations attributed the subsequent heatwaves from early July to early September to the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation Sirius. 

The Romans and Greeks believed the Dog Star was responsible for the unbearable summer temperatures and called this time of the year ‘hemerai kynades’ in Greek or ‘dies caniculares’ in Latin,…

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