Overweight Pets

Is your pet a Usain Bolt , muscular fit and active or is it Mr Blobby in a fur coat? Chances are it’s somewhere between the two. Not many of us can expect to run a sub 10 second 100 metres, but we should be able to run it without collapsing halfway for a rest …

Puppy Awareness Week

Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) starts today and part of the aim is to educate people on buying a pup so they don’t get one that may have come from a puppy farm.  A recent survey was done by the Kennel Club and they asked how and where owners bought their pups and if the puppy had …

Greyhounds

Greyhounds bring back memories of watching World of Sport with Dickie Davies on a Saturday afternoon during the 70’s and 80’s. We would watch the wrestling, the darts and the dog races. Many people only think of greyhounds when it comes to racing but these dogs do make greats pets. Greyhounds are an old breed …

Cocker Spaniels

Did you know…these dogs were originally called Cocking Spaniels and they gained their name from flushing out Woodcocks for hunters?  Due to their small size they were ideal for chasing ground dwelling birds out of bushes and hedgerows. The true origin of these dogs is not known even though they have appeared in paintings and …

Adopting a pet – Part 1

Each year more and more pets are being dumped or given away by their owners.  According to the RSPCA more than 100 animals are being abandoned each day.  This is a 65% increase compared to figures in 2007. There are many reasons why people give away their pets: The pets are too much hard work …

Staffordshire Bull Terriers

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, (more commonly known as a staffie, staffy or staff), is a medium sized, muscular dog that is very strong for its size and is similar in appearance to the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit-bull Terrier. Currently they are the 5th most popular dog in the UK. The staffy was originally …

Bull Mastiffs

The Bull Mastiff is a big, strong, intelligent dog that was originally bred from an English Mastiff and an Old English Bulldog in the 19th Century. Gamekeepers used them on large estates to help keep them free of poachers. Even though Bull Mastiffs are big dogs they are sensitive, loving and can make good family pets …

Dogs and Car Travel

If you own a dog then you may, at some point, have to put him/her in a car. Whether it’s a trip to the vets or a longer journey there are several things to consider when it comes to the safety and comfort of your best friend. Harnesses, Guards and Crates We wear seatbelts and …