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Thursday, March 12, 2009


Wellard, Eastenders, and Marley and Me

Have you seen the Pedigree Chum advert [UK readers] about Marley & Me?

In the centre of the group of dogs watching is a Belgian... do you think he looks a little like Wellard from Eastenders?

Actually he should do! He is the 'Wellard' actors grandson... so Wellard is now a proud grandma of a budding animal actor!

Note: [This is just an update for all followers of Wellard on my various blogs - and will be posted on them all!]

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Bloat, Gastric Torsion, Gastric Dilatation

For all new readers - please check out this informational post on Bloat - the following link will take you there!

Monday, March 19th, 2007 is the date to look for to access the vital informational post on Gastric Dilatation/Torsion, more commonly known perhaps as Bloat.

You'll also find information at Lhasa Apso Potty Training

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Sunday, February 08, 2009



At present in the UK we seem to have nothing in the news but SNOW [unless you prefer the seemingly endless financial gloom]... but DO take extra care of your dogs in this weather.

A few dos and don'ts...

Do keep moving
Don't stand about and let them get cold
Do check their paws carefully when you return from your walks - they could have cut them on jagged frozen snow
Don't take them out in too deep snow if they are small and likely to be troubled by snowballs in their fur
Most importantly... Don't let them play on frozen water anywhere

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Monday, January 19, 2009


More tips and frozen water warning + new blog

The winter here in the UK seems to have been going on for ever! Dogs get covered in mud or soaked every time they go out for exercise. Not to mention the dangers of frozen stretches of water in ponds and canals especially - let's hope it is soon over and we get a drier and better spring and summer which is more suited to outdoor pursuits, especially dog agility!

If you are experiencing difficulties when drying and cleaning your pet, then get your dog used to being cleaned up after its walks by using a reward - it's easier if there are two of you - one holding treats, and the other doing the necessary cleaning.

There is a new blog which has just started at Lhasa Apso Potty Training which deals with all sorts of doggy behaviours. Do please click over and see what you think!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008



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Friday, September 05, 2008


Dog Health Problems - Pedigree v Mutt

Did you see the much publicised Pedigree Dogs Exposed [on UK TV] which has left most dog breeders and exhibitors incredulous and angry, and others feeling that it may have served as a timely reminder that there are issues that need addressing by the KC and breeders before it becomes too late?!

Then there was the Martin Clunes dog programme [in 2 parts] which was MOST interesting... and did touch on the same negative health problems occuring in pedigree dogs in the last programme. If you missed both programmes and own a pedigree dog do try and see if any of your friends taped the programmes. Most worrying!

The health problems appear to be getting worse and worse. Just looking at some breeds makes you worry - think of the poor Alsations, whose back ends and legs look all wrong, and from what was said on the programme it is being encouraged by the Kennel Club as the way they should be! But it causes untold problems later in life, and not that much later, either!

Arthritis, heart problems, heads too small for the brain, poor articulation, breathing problems, and so much more is being increasingly found within the pedigree dog breeds - in breeding is a major problem, as is breeding for required TYPE for showing. More worryingly, dogs with known problems are being made champions and are being bred from in large numbers - increasing the problem exponentially.

[If you are thinking of adopting new dog from rescue - a working dog, from working stock, a mixed breed, a Heinz 57, would all be perhaps better bets health wise - obviously if you are a fan of a particular breed, then it will be that particular rescue that you go, but do please be aware that the veterinarian costs for your new pet could be horrendous... maybe the previous owners knew of the health problem and that was their reason for the abandonment!

I do know of some unscrupulous cases of this phenomena. Your breed's Welfare Trust might be helpful in this respect if they can afford it - I know with our Trust they do fund vets fees for health checks firstly, and secondly try to fund vets fees for problems found in abandoned animals.]

The mental anguish, the vets costs, and the final outcome of this ticking time bomb is something perhaps best avoided.

It was horrific to hear how some of those poor animals suffered, and all in the name of 'best of breed'! I know of several people who couldn't bear to watch all of the programme - but it is best publicised, whilst hopefully, there is still time to at least partially reverse the harm being done to pedigree breeds.

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