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If you go down to the woods today... Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 September 2015 09:27

... beware of Seasonal Canine Illness.  This is a mystery illness affecting dogs between August and November that have walked in woodland.  There are specific research sites such as Rendlesham, Sherwood and Sandringham but this is not to say it does not occur in other woods in the country.  The disease was first identified in 2009 when a number of dogs died but the exact cause is still unknown.  For further information and symptoms of affected dogs, visit the Animal Health Trust website.

Blue Cross con? Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:03

The Blue Cross has been inundated with callers wanting to adopt Baxter, the shaggy apparently homeless dog that wanders the streets to the tune of Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive.  But Baxter is not a stray.  Instead he is a highly polished actor with several film and TV credits to his name!  When asked why they didn't use a real stray, the charity says they didn't want to stress out any of their dogs.  But surely they could have found one dog that would have enjoyed the limelight?  If you watch a commercial for, say a cancer charity, you assume that the person portrayed is a genuine sufferer rather than an actor.  Shouldn't the same apply to a dog?

The last goodbye Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:19

A dog is often a vital, important member of the family so to many owners it seems only right that they should have a proper send off.  According to a Sunday Times report, up to 10,000 services a year are carried out by pet funeral parlours, costing anything from £100 to thousands of pounds.  Many say that holding a funeral helped them deal better with their grief than the somewhat clinical dispatch offered by most veterinary surgeries.  As someone who has only recently lost their beautiful 17 month old flatcoat I can understand this - but I chose to bury Beau without ceremony in the garden he had loved.  We are all different and each to their own...

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