Grandmother tagged by magistrates for animal cruelty

by Leanne Thompson on July 31, 2011

A grandmother was hauled before a magistrate and told to wear a tag – all because she couldn’t bear to put her dog down.

Pauline Spoor could not face having her 18-year-old labrador Dexter euthanised, even though he was struggling to walk and was suffering from a variety of ailments.

chocolate-labradorThe RSPCA forced their way into the 71-year-old’s home and found the elderly Dexter to be suffering from a range of medical problems, including arthritis, loss of fur and conjunctivitis. After charging Mrs Spoor with animal cruelty, the poor pooch was taken away and put down by a veterinarian a day later.

On appearing before the beak at Tameside Magistrates, Mrs Spoor, who was (more…)

Would You Like Fries With Your Knuckle Sandwich? McDonald’s Manager Punches Customer With Service Dog

by Darren Jamieson on July 30, 2011

Most responsible dog owners wouldn’t dream of taking their pet into a restaurant that forbade them, unless it was a working animal, such as a guide dog. One customer did just that – and got more than just a Big Mac and fries.

Jennifer Schwenker visited an outlet of the burger chain in Marietta, Atlanta, accompanied by her service dog and two autistic children. However, manager Tiffany Denise Allen saw the innocent party and became enraged at (more…)

Neuter Lotta People Know That – New Nonsurgical Sterilisation Method For Dogs

by Mark James on July 29, 2011

A scientist is on the brink of a new way to sterilise dogs without the need for surgery.

Michael-Caine-not-a-lot-of-people-know-thatAny dog owner hates seeing their pooch go in for a medical procedure, but a special well of sympathy is reserved for dogs that are sterilised – especially by men.

However, a scientist in Flagstaff, Arizona, may have discovered a way to do the deed without your pet having to go under the knife.

Dr Loretta Mayer was conducting a study with mice, which involved (more…)

Pamper your pooch with great grooming

by Leanne Thompson on July 28, 2011

Regularly grooming your dog will help maintain healthy skin and will also make huge improvements to the quality of their coat. A well groomed dog will be a happy, healthy dog. Regular grooming will give your dog fresher breath and his coat will shed less.

Most pet stores across the country offer grooming services that are tailored to your dog’s specific needs. Most groomers would recommend that your dog becomes a true doggy diva and has a full day of being groomed. This will (more…)

How to deal with a lost dog

by Darren Jamieson on July 27, 2011

Finding a lost or stray dog can be a distressing situation and it is difficult to know whether to approach the dog as you don’t actually know anything about it.

A frightened, sick or distressed dog may behave in an unpredictable manner so it is always important to evaluate the potential risks to both you and the dog. If a dog looks like it may become aggressive it is advised to stay away and warn local authorities of the sighting.

The following tips will help to greatly improve your chances of reuniting a stray dog with its owner:

Assume that no matter what the condition of the dog or what it looks like (more…)

Ozzy Osbourne Wins Puppy at Auction, Begrudgingly Promises Not to Bite its Head Off

by Mark James on July 26, 2011

Shivering rock ‘n’ roll wreck Ozzy Osbourne has further endangered his beloved Persian rugs by winning a heated bidding war at an auction for rescue dogs.

ozzy-osbourneSpurred on by his fearsome wife Sharon, the bat-biting, ex-Black Sabbath madman became embroiled in a battle to win the bid for a Yorkshire Terrier pup. Bidding started at an eye watering $5,000 (£3,000), but the adorable bundle of fluff (the dog, not Ozzy) soon persuaded the room to part with even more cash.

In the end, the reality show star trumped everybody else present with a bid for $10,000 (£6,000). He presented the pup to a delighted Sharon, who, in a flash of inspiration, called her new (more…)

Preventing your dog from jumping up at you

by Vivien Richardson on July 25, 2011

dog jumping on peopleWhen a puppy jumps up on you, you cannot help but give it the attention that it is craving. However, fast forward a year and that puppy is now a bigger dog. If he insists on jumping up, it is clear that there is a problem with potential dangers, from torn clothing to physical injury.

If a dog starts to jump up at you then don’t give him any attention at all. Most dogs will not mind if the attention that they get is positive or negative – they will just be glad of any attention at all. Turning your body to the side will reduce the target (more…)

Flea-ing for their lives

by Leanne Thompson on July 24, 2011

Fleas are a very common problem with dogs, and need to be treated properly. For the best way to help deal with a flea problem, follow these helpful steps:

dog-having-a-scratch-for-fleasFleas can be seen with the naked eye, and are usually a red/ brown colour that move quickly and jump around. Fleas do not just stay on the dog – it is thought that only 5% are actually living on the dog. The other 95% usually contain themselves in the dogs bedding and the surrounding environment in your home.

Controlling a flea outbreak will vary depending on how big the infestation is. In most cases an (more…)

Postman Problem solved

by Mark James on July 23, 2011

There is nothing more worrying than waiting for an important letter to come through your letter box in the morning, only for your dog to get there first and chew it up. If you are tired of trying to read a letter with teeth holes in and covered in drool, there are certain measures that you can carry out to help stop this behaviour.

This is actually a very common problem in a lot of dog-owning households. A dog is usually doing this as an act of territorial aggression, and is not usually an act of attention. Your pet will think that it is protecting you and your home, and (more…)

Man Receives Shocking Fine for Shocking Dog

by Mark James on July 22, 2011

A man in Wales has been fined by magistrates for using a battery operated ‘shock’ collar in an attempt to train his border collie.

Philip Pool, of Ogmore-by-Sea in the Vale of Glamorgan, was ordered to pay £2,000 and an additional £1,000 costs for using the collar, which was outlawed in Wales in 2010.

Ogmore-by-SeaThe training device uses pain to train a dog, and administers an electric shock to the animal if it strays beyond a certain boundary. Although banned in Wales, the collars are legal in other areas of Britain, and it is estimated that half a million dog owners use them.

Mr Pook’s dog, Dougie, had been wearing the collar when he was found on (more…)

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