Jack Russell bites owner on the bum as she celebrates lottery win

by Darren Jamieson on September 30, 2008

As a young girl celebrated winning £7 million in the EuroMillions draw, her pet dog, a Jack Russell named Brock, jumped up and bit her on the bum. Apparantly Brock was startled at the extreme celebrations from his eighteen-year-old owner, Ianthe Fullagar.

When she’d realised that she’d won the huge, life-changing, amount of money she jumped up and down in celebration, causing Brock to get worried and join in the antics. He then took a bit out of her (more…)

Take Care With Dog Food ‘Best Before Dates’

by Clare Jones on September 29, 2008

Dog owners, and all pet owners for that matter, should be careful when checking the dates on their pet food.  After all, we often give our dogs their food and we do not check the dates on the tin or pouch.

The date on pet food is the ‘Best By’ date.  In most cases, this date simply means that the food may no longer provide the level of nutrition as stated on their guarantee.  The best nutrition levels may have faded but in most cases, according to the manufacturer, the food is still good enough for the dogs to eat.

There is nothing on the food packaging about shelf life, and in fact the shelf life of pet food varies anything from 4 months to 3 years for dry food and 1 to 5 years for canned or pouch products.

The Best By date unfortunately, does not (more…)

Lost dog found in compost heap

by Darren Jamieson on September 28, 2008

Ruby, the border terrier, was found safe and well inside a compost heap in West Sussex after she’d been missing for 16 days. Her owners, Tim and Judith Brown, had been searching for her since she disappeared from their garden one weekend.

Then, 16 days later, Judith found Ruby hidden in the compost heap when she was gardening. Judith says finding her dog after all that time feels like a miracle.

It felt like a miracle. I got the shakes I was so overwhelmed.

It seems that the terrier became stuck in a (more…)

RSPCA suggest therapy for dogs before Bonfire Night

by Leanne Thompson on September 27, 2008

Every year, on November 5th, dog owners are advised to keep their pets safely locked indoors during Bonfire Night. The loud bangs and flashes caused by fireworks can be very startling and upsetting for pets, so keeping them out of the way is the best thing for them. However, the RSPCA are today appealing to all dog owners to make preparations for November 5th by using a form of sound therapy on their dogs.

In 2007 the RSPCA received 940 calls from dog owners relating to fireworks, which is twice the figure they received eight years earlier in 1999. As a result, the RSPCA is suggesting to dog owners that they (more…)

Take Your Dog To Work Day proves a success in Weston

by Darren Jamieson on September 26, 2008

You might remember a previous post where we talked about the charity day in aid of The Blue Cross, where dog owners were encouraged to ‘take their dog to work’. The doggie focused work day occurred on September 17th, where dogs all over the country graced the workplace.

One such workplace was a solicitors’ office in the Boulevard, in Weston. Staff of Wards Solicitors took their pooches into work for a day of four legged legal (more…)

Using Dog’s DNA Profiling To Ensure Dog Owners Scoop The Poop

by Clare Jones on September 25, 2008

I never thought I’d see the day but today I hear that officials in Petah Tikva, a city in Israel, are using a new method to ensure that ‘poop scoop dodgers’ don’t dodge scooping that poop!

They have actually set up a DNA database of local dogs, so that they can match a dog with its DNA profile. When un-scooped poop is discovered, they can match the mess to the dog and prosecute the owner.

In an interesting move, those dog owners who actually do clean up after their dogs will be (more…)

New Era For Dog’s Heart Problems

by Leanne Thompson on September 24, 2008

The release of the results of a three-year study will delight vets and dog owners alike as it means dogs could live a happy life for longer.

The study showed that dogs who suffer from the most common heart failure can live a huge 91 per cent longer if treated with the product Vetmedin(R) (pimobendan) when compared with a different common treatment.

The QUEST (Quality of Life and Extension of Survival Time) study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and marks a real milestone in the development of dog cardiac health.

Experts say that 25 per cent of all small to medium sized dogs who live beyond seven years old are likely to suffer from (more…)

Man denies dog bit off Labour party campaigner’s finger

by Darren Jamieson on September 23, 2008

Dog owner Mark Monroe denies that his dog ‘Jack’ bit off the fingertip of a Labour party campaigner, who was delivering leaflets, despite coming home to find the man’s finger on his doormat.

The Labour party campaigner, Brian Hunter, insists that the dog bit him as he tried to deliver leaflets to homes in Newcastle. He is suing Mark Monroe for £15,000 in damages.

Even though the finger was on his doormat, and Mr Monroe stored it in his freezer for safe keeping, he claims his dog couldn’t have bitten Brian Hunter because he has a letterbox guard that would make it impossible. Also, he says his dog doesn’t have many teeth, so wouldn’t have been able to anyway.

When I came in there was the finger lying on the floor, cleanly sliced off.

I wrapped it up in a food bag and put it in the (more…)

Owner training for London dog owners

by Clare Jones on September 22, 2008

You’ve heard of dog training for dogs that just haven’t learned to behave, well now Westminster Council is offering ‘owner training’ for dog owners who need to be taught manners.

The notion has come around because a wealth of complaints from locals in the Queen’s Park area that dog owners aren’t picking up their dogs’ mess, and they don’t know how to control their dogs. According to the BBC, the council is making £5,000 available for the classes, which it will be offering for free, for dog owners in North-West London.

The classes are being held with a view to showing dog owners how they should (more…)

Leading dog breeder accuses Kennel Club of being in denial

by Darren Jamieson on September 21, 2008

A leading dog breeder has stated that the Kennel Club are living in denial over the accusations they’ve faced about deformed dogs from the recent BBC television show Pedigree Dogs Exposed.

Alison Jeffers is a breeder of Basset Hounds and she says the Kennel Club has to accept the problems and take action to rectify them, for the sake of the health of the dogs. When talking about her dogs, she says:

Our dogs are in good health and can work all day covering 25 to 30 miles.

But the Bassets bred for shows like Crufts are so inbred that most are (more…)

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