Thursday, 28 February 2013
It was good to read today that British native dog breeds are on the rise again! . Its been a while since Ive seen an Old English Sheepdog around , however according to the BBC there's a 7% rise in their numbers. The english setter saw a rise of 34% in puppy registerations last year. All good figures. The BBC article is here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21163388
Further to my previous post , I now think that canned fish is really good for dogs - As soon as I put some in her food, she goes crazy for it! I've been feeding her fish now for a couple of weeks, and her coat is amazing and shiny - possibly the oils? Its got to be better than factory produced dog food - I mean , lets be honest - we have no real idea whats going into their processed food . I think we can be sure its not top quality cuts of meat! Any thoughts?
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Im quite worried about the amount of group fitness classes that are starting up in our local parks , certainly in my park they now hos one on both a Saturday ans Sunday morning ... the time when most people want to take their dogs out. While I understand that there are lots of 'fitness' related drives around , and get people moving incentives , I also think that there should be a limit on the number of occasions a park is used for them. After all , the organisers aren't doing this for nothing , they are charging a reasonable about of money for their services - these are businesses that are moving into our parks. Whats your views? , Parks for recreation? or should we be more accepting of fitness classes and businesses using them? Here's an interesting article from the BBC regarding councils charging fitness instructors for the use of parks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16656288
Sunday, 24 February 2013
Hi Folks , an interesting read from the BBC website - Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal from 2016 under plans intended to cut a rise in strays. The microchips will be coded with owners' details, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500. A legal loophole may also be closed, meaning owners could be prosecuted over an attack by their dog on private land. The RSPCA welcomed the proposals, but said it doubted that they alone would "make owners more responsible or ensure fewer dogs bite people". Government figures reveal that more than 100,000 dogs are dumped or lost each year, at a cost of £57m to the taxpayer and welfare charities. Ministers hope the change in the law will help reunite owners with lost or stolen pets and relieve some of the burden on animal charities and local authorities. Whats your views? Its good to know that every dog will be digitally linked to the owner , but that doesn't mean that the owner is going to 'care' for the dog . How about the idea of a pet licence? People have to go through a huge program to adopt a child , but anyone can go out and buy a dog .. food for thought!
Friday, 22 February 2013
Ok , So the morning walk is done - like I've said in previous posts , Polly's recall is awful , and believe me she's had a lot of training! So , the solution for me has been the long line - it's a lightweight nylon line which allows her to have a good run around , but gives me a fighting change of getting her back if she bolts! Here's a video of her on it! http://youtu.be/qosB8YHsnKk