Sled dogs slaughtered in Vancouver

by Mark James on February 18, 2011

Dog lovers in British Columbia have been left aghast at the news that more than 100 sled dogs were butchered in April of 2010.

The dogs belonged to a Californian sled dog business called Outdoor Adventures that ran into financial difficulties shortly after the Winter Olympics, which were held in Vancouver.

Now, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have launched an investigation into the cull.

The slaughter came to light in paperwork relating to a compensation payment made to (more…)

Cheryl Cole! Walkies!

by Mark James on February 17, 2011

Cheryl Cole, singer, dancer, model, talent show judge and shiller of shampoo now has a dubious honour to add to her long list of achievements: she is the celebrity that most people would like to name their pet dogs after.

The ex-Girls Aloud starlet beat off stiff competition to become the number one choice for bitches, including Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Victoria Beckham and Grace Kelly. Hold on – Grace Kelly?

As the ex-wife of philandering footballer Ashley Cole, Cheryl has carved out a (more…)

How dog training can be fun

by Vivien Richardson on February 16, 2011

dog-playing-with-toyHigh levels of energy with a puppy is easy to fall in love with; bundles of fluff with appealing eyes running all over the house, sniffing and chewing at everything, is a delight for any dog owner.

However as time passes a dog may have slowed up a little as he or she reaches doggy adulthood. Dog training while a pet is at puppy stage not only benefits both owner and pet, but it keeps bones and muscles in good order.

When you’re starting training with a new puppy or a dog it requires immense (more…)

Dalmatian Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on February 15, 2011

Instantly recognisable owing to its spotted coat, the Dalmatian is a sleek, muscular breed of medium size, with a massive amount of stamina. Intelligent and devoted, it loves nothing better than to run and play with its master – often for hours – and is totally people orientated.

The Dalmatian’s affinity with horses is well documented. Developed as a coaching dog in 18th century England, it was earlier used for hunting and guarding in Dalmatia, Yugoslavia. Despite this, the Dalmatian is a friendly and non-aggressive breed which makes an ideal family pet. However, it can be a little boisterous for very young children and is best suited to an experienced dog owner.

Dalmatian-femaleTypical Dalmatian Facts:

Height: Dog 23 – 24 inches (58 – 61cm) Bitch 22 – 23 inches (56 -58 cm)

Weight: 35 to 70 pounds (16 to 32 kg)

Average Litter Size: 8, though up to 15 is not uncommon

Life Expectancy: 9 to 15 years

Good with Children: Yes, but best suited to children over the age of 6 years owing to its exuberant nature.

Kennel Club Classification: Utility breed

Colour of a Dalmatian

The only spotted breed of dog, the Dalmatian is instantly recognisable by its short, black or liver spotted coat. Other colours include blue, brindle, mosaic, yellow and tri-colour, though these are very rare.

Dalmatian puppies are pure white when first born, with most of their spots appearing within (more…)

Fogle flings self at feral fox to save his pets

by Mark James on February 14, 2011

Ben Fogle recently leapt to the rescue of his elderly pet dog when it was set upon by a fox.

The television presenter had seen the feral animal in his neighbourhood for several days in a row, but his close encounter with it came when he was walking his black Labrador Inca, along with his other pet Maggi and his mother-in-law’s dog Beca – both Labradors – in central London near where he lives.

Ben FogleHe had let the dogs off their leads to run free on some private land when the fox decided to (more…)

Walthamstow dog track earns reprieve

by Mark James on February 13, 2011

Following a long and bitter battle since it was closed down, the famous Walthamstow Stadium dog track may have a last gasp chance to be saved.

Since the last race was run in 2008, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding what was in store for the track, but the end of such acrimony may yet be in sight.

Developer London & Quadrant (L&O) snapped up the site for £18m, and planned to redevelop the site into 480 homes. Instead of knocking the building down completely, the plans included the fabulous (more…)

Pig flies through canine assault course

by Leanne Thompson on February 12, 2011

A pig named Louie has earned a place in a canine display team.

The porker is so good at sailing over jumps, negotiating see-saws, running through tunnels and weaving in and out of poles that his owner, Sue Williams, had no choice but to include him.

Sue, 46, is an animal behaviourist and dog trainer originally from Porthmadog, Wales, and took delivery of Louie last summer.

Using the reward based positive reinforcement technique she (more…)

Ich bein ein Border Collie

by Mark James on February 11, 2011

Lucy-LouBoris Johnson had better watch his back – a town in America has just elected a dog as their new mayor.

Yes, you heard that correct… a dog… as mayor. It is America after all.

Lucy Lou, a brown and white border collie, came first in the race to become Mayor in the town of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. However, it wasn’t plain sailing – she had to fend off some stiff competition in the shape of (more…)

Adele’s pet dog papped as it poops

by Mark James on February 10, 2011

Photo by Photo Agency

Singer Adele has lamented the price of fame, and revealed that her fans will do anything to get their hands on memorabilia, especially when she is out walking her dog.

For the majority of us, walking a pet dog is a pleasurable pastime; you both get important exercise and plenty of fresh air. However, for 22 year old singer Adele, things can (more…)

How a dog crate can be used for training

by Vivien Richardson on February 9, 2011

Dog-CrateA puppy comes into a new home that is full of people making a fuss. He has left his mother, brothers and sisters, and he is nervous and will probably have the uncontrollable urge to run to a corner of the room for a wee.

During the first day he has to get used to new owners, a new home, different dog food (which can give him the runs) and learn where he can relieve himself; you can understand why he wants to have a rest and sleep.

It is essential that you allow your new canine friend time during (more…)

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