On Dogs, Disappointment, Dilemmas and Decisions

The Dog When I volunteered to raise an Assistance Dog puppy I thought I had prepared myself for the job at hand.  It wasn’t a job as such. It was a journey of learning and professional enhancement that I wanted to pursue. I have a special interest in Assistant Dogs. I have shared a home with a fully trained Assistance Dog. My background as a physiotherapist has given me insight into the physical limitations imposed upon so many people with various movement, pain related and physical restrictions to the extent that I wanted to explore first-hand how dogs were trained…

Helmets- Personal Choice or Community Standards?

Every now and then something happens to stir up the helmet debate. Images like the one above always look more glamorous and romantic sans helmet.  This year, it’s the changes that are being brought about in terms of what standards are permitted at competition, and what standards no longer qualify.

10 Reasons You Should Buy Your Daughter a Horse!

Sorry Mums and Dads of the world, but I’m about to make your life difficult. I am such a believer in the fact that growing up around horses is just the best upbringing, for so many reasons! It’s character building, it’s healthy and I feel that it taught me so many lessons that I’ve taken with me through life and have made me a better, more well-rounded version of myself.

Featured Business: Canine Cuddles

What does it take to open and start your own pet care business?  Sarah Goldberg is about to take her years of experience in managing and running childcare centers and start her own dog day care center in Balcatta, Western Australia. The location will have an indoor and outdoor area, with spaces for puppies, a rest area, different sizes dogs and interlocking fences to ensure everything is planned and safe. Meet Sarah, from Canine Cuddles.

Dairy vs Vegan and Why I Support Our Dairy Farmers

{Trigger warning: this article discusses mental health issues and suicide} It’s still dark outside when you wake up. But the silence is heavy. Your reason for waking up this early, day in and day out for the last forty years was loaded up into a truck bound for the slaughter house over a week ago. The stock you raised from birth is gone. All that’s left now is the mounting debt, but what’s money when there’s no work for you any more.

Royally Stuffed?

Growing up I remembered the ads on tv about looking after “All Creatures Great and Small”(did you sing that in your head? hahah) I thought the RSPCA was a marvelous and benevolent organisation that truly did care about ALL animals. Seeing images of puppies and kittens on the TV knowing that somewhere out there was a group that would stop mean people from hurting them….. it was a comfort. And maybe back then they did really care. As an adult and with the invention of the internet I began to notice a trend in what I was seeing about the…

“The Most Surreal Photo I’ll Ever Have Taken”

This photo and the story that goes with it was eaten by the internet, until I stumbled across it this morning- and boy, and I glad I did!  Here is the story of Ainsley Daniela’s Precious Memory: “This is a photo of me and my dog Charlotte. A seemingly ordinary selfie. Back in September 2014, I was in the UK after a breakup, when I got a message from my ex saying she’d shot my dog. Apparently it was deserved, she was running amok.

Absent Pet-Mum and a Sick Fur Kid

For those that don’t know me personally I have spent the last four weeks in the uk. It’s always exciting to go away and meet new people and experience new things. I got to meet new cats, Flapjack and Topsy and check out the local vet when we took Flapjack to the vet for her thyroid check up. Before you go though there’s always the issue of who do you trust with your pets before you go away.

The Litter Or The Pee Pad

Here I am in the UK visiting a friend and of course he has cats. Leaving my three home was a challenge but having two here has eased my kitty withdrawals quite a lot. Upon arrival at the house I saw something that had been mentioned but not really thought about; The kitty litter trays didn’t have litter in them; they had absorbent puppy toilet training pads set up in the bottom. Now as an avid cat fan I was a little taken aback when I first heard of this. What no litter? The kitties can’t dig and bury, it’s…