Travelling abroad with my dog

by Vivien Richardson on April 20, 2010

If you are looking forward to taking your dog abroad for your annual holiday, it can be a daunting task without any forward planning.

Most airlines do not accommodate dogs on their planes as they consider taking a dog abroad not to be ideal. However, there are airlines that are happy to allow a small puppy or dog to travel in a dog cage under the passenger seat. One of the airlines that does allow a small number of dogs and small pets to travel to a selection of cities is Pet Airways.

A larger breed of dog would have to travel in the cargo area of a plane however.

dog-in-plane-costume

Booking a hotel prior to your flight for you and your dog is essential. There are some hotels that (more…)

Dog walker caught 43 times on Google Street View

by Darren Jamieson on April 19, 2010

For anyone who hasn’t used Google Street View on the Internet, it features an almost complete map of the UK in photographic form, taken by a series of Google camera cars that recently toured the country. By looking at Google Street View you will be able to see what your house looked like at the time the pictures were taken, and you can follow roads and streets as though you were actually walking them.

Privacy campaigners have criticised Google Street View because people have been ‘captured’ by the cameras, and appear online – although all faces and car registrations have been blurred. Of course, if you happened to be out walking at the time the Google camera cars came past, you could theoretically be (more…)

Guard dog sleeps through burglary

by Leanne Thompson on April 18, 2010

One of the best things about being a dog owner is the security they offer you. While most dogs won’t necessarily defend your property when you’re away, they all have the pack instinct and will defend you – or alert you to danger – should you be faced with a fire or burglary attempt while you are in the house.

Guard dogs however are different. They are, or should be, specially trained to fend off intruders and to defend your property. Dogs have great hearing, and should be alerted to any potential dangers that threaten either you or your property.

Of course, the keyword there is ‘should’ as not all dogs, even guard dogs, are the highly trained machines they’re sometimes mistaken for. One guard dog in particular, from Devon, recently slept through a burglary where (more…)

Am I killing my dog with kindness?

by Vivien Richardson on April 17, 2010

If you are a person who sits in front of the TV in an evening munching on, and sharing, your bar of chocolate with your dog, you could be poisoning them.

Most dog owners do not realise that a chocolate treat meant for humans is hazardous, and potentially fatal, for dogs.

dog eating chocolate

Some of the larger breeds of dogs can withstand more chocolate than a smaller breed; however, it is safer to omit chocolate altogether unless you treat your pet to specially manufactured doggie chocolate.

The toxic component that affects your dog is called (more…)

Dog bites Ant McPartlin

by Darren Jamieson on April 16, 2010

No, we haven’t spelt Dec incorrectly – he didn’t bite his long time partner Ant, it was a performing dog from Cardiff. The dog was auditioning for the new series of Britain’s Got Talent, hosted by Ant & Dec and judged by Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.

The Britain’s Got Talent auditions were in Cardiff when a performing dog danced on the stage for the judges. After the dog left the stage, Ant tried to ‘pet’ it – whereupon the dog took a bite out of Ant’s hand.

Auf Wiedersehen Pet!

To make matters worse for Ant, after the dog attacked him it followed his co-host, Declan Donnelly, backstage, whom it had taken a shine to.

Ant had a horrid time in Wales, as he was also chased by a pig and shouted at by an unsuccessful contestant in the talent show – that was won last year by dance troupe Diversity.

ant and dec

Britain’s Got Talent is back on TV tomorrow night, where we will see Ant and his (more…)

Weight Watchers for dogs

by Vivien Richardson on April 15, 2010

weight watchers for dogsSlimming classes for humans are not considered to be an unusual occurrence. One piece of advice given at local weight watchers meetings is to take regular exercise, and one good healthy exercise you can do is taking a dog for a walk.

Walking your dog can stop your pet from being overweight, or if your dog has already lost his waistline it will help him find it again. If you are unsure of the correct weight that your dog should be for his age and breed, contacting your vet is the best option available to you.

Good dog nutrition for a healthy lifestyle is as important for a dog as it is for humans. A nutritional pet diet is easily achieved and your vet will be able to give advice on quality ingredients and the essential vitamins and minerals that is needed to obtain good dog health.

Most vets will allow dogs to visit their surgery for a two weekly weigh in, free of charge.

Just like humans, your dog is an individual and one brand of (more…)

Demo for Dogs’ rights in Brighton

by Leanne Thompson on April 14, 2010

Last week we reported on a demo held in Brighton for the rights of dogs in Brighton based businesses. The demo was organised by the owners of Metrodeco with a bid to forcing Brighton to relax its strict dog laws so that dog owners have somewhere to go with their dogs.

Currently, dog owners are forced to stay outside businesses in Brighton, or leave their dogs behind. It seems as if the whole of the UK is becoming very anti-dog focussed and prejudiced against dog owners.

Metrodeco’s Maggie Morgan helped to organise the dog rights demo, and there is even a video of the event which can be seen on their website, and below. The video shows all of the dogs that turned out for the event, and features interviews with many of the dog owners.

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Slugs are fatal to dogs

by Darren Jamieson on April 13, 2010

All dog lovers know that cats and dogs can’t generally live together, but slugs and dogs have an equally strained relationship. As we at Dream Dogs reported just over 12 months ago – the parasites that live on slugs can be potentially fatal to dogs – which is a common problem with many inquisitive dogs that wonder what slugs and snails taste like (perhaps they watch a lot French cuisine programmes).

As reported by the BBC yesterday however, the warmer weather we are (supposedly) experiencing in the UK, combined with the wetter weather we’re always experiencing, has led to an influx in garden snails and slugs. These slow moving, tasty looking creatures prove almost too tempting to many dogs as they forage around the garden looking for snacks and things to play with.

Slugs and snails feature the parasite lungworm, which can cause many different symptoms in dogs – such as (more…)

Preparing the perfect pregnancy for your bitch

by Vivien Richardson on April 12, 2010

When you have decided it is the perfect time to consider dog breeding for your bitch it is important that you take her for a preliminary examination at the veterinary surgery to check for any diseases or abnormalities that may endanger pregnancy, or result in dog breeding being inadvisable.

Always record the dates your bitch mated with the stud dog; most bitches whelp within 60 – 65 days afterwards.

During the first half of pregnancy, food levels should be at normal levels. After five weeks they should increase 20-30% in kilojoules and 2-4% in protein. It’s advisable to add liver at one gram per kilogram of your bitch’s weight.

whelping puppiesDuring latter pregnancy, nutritional needs of the foetus will be provided by your bitch so extra nutrition (more…)

Brave guide dog dies after returning owner home safely

by Darren Jamieson on April 11, 2010

A brave guide dog managed to get his owner home following 120 mile round trip to Birmingham and Manchester, before collapsing dead from a tumour.

The brave guide dog named Comet managed to successfuly escort his owner, 61 year old David Quarmby, home from his trip despite suffering from the tumour that killed him on arrival. Minutes after the pair returned home from their trip, Comet tragically died from the tumour that caused him pain while he was out.

Comet had been a guide dog for david for seven years, and his owner paid tribute to his friend’s dedication and courage:

He got me off the bus, across the road and up the drive. As soon as we got home, I took his harness off, he took a couple of sniffs and collapsed.

Comet was a brave and marvellous dog who will be missed enormously, a very kind dog who got on well with everyone, the life and soul of the party.

David Quarmby and Comet were in Birmingham as part of David’s role as the chairman of the National Disability Network. He was attending a conference in Birmingham, before returning home. On the way home, David noticed that Comet was (more…)

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