Author Archives: Mientjie Kleinhans

How to identify a cheetah

Do you know how to identify a cheetah in the wild? It can be difficult if you don’t know the differences between the cheetah, African leopard, jaguar and even the snow leopard. The March 2019 issue of Animaltalk has the ...

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Must-do adventures with your dog

Don’t miss another second of spending more time with your dog. You can go on interesting adventures and raise your fitness levels at the same time, and create more memories that contain some giggles and a whole lot of tail ...

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6 tips before adopting a dog

The situation in South African dog welfare is dire. Our shelters are overflowing with dogs needing homes, and they keep flowing in. If you are looking to welcome a dog into your family, adoption is certainly a good option, but ...

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20 safety and etiquette tips for dog walking

Stepping out of your everyday routine and taking the dog for a walk is enjoyable for both the dog and for you. There are beaches and parks in South Africa that allow dogs, so be sure to check for signage ...

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Celebrating the Top Dogs of 2018

The top dogs of South Africa had their moment of fame on the red carpet, which symbolised a year of hard work and dedication to achieve their ultimate goal – to be the best show or agility dogs in South ...

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5 tips for being a better pet parent

We all want to give our pets the best, and you too can go from being a good parent to a great one with these tips, courtesy of the South African Pet Food Industry Association. 1. Implement a routine Animals ...

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NSPCA to take legal action against Johannesburg Zoo

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) was made aware that the Johannesburg Zoo is bringing in another elephant in the immediate future. This decision has been made following the death of one of their elephants, Kinkel, last year – leaving ...

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Taking care of your older cat

Cats may have nine lives, but all cat lovers will know that they live them to the fullest! It is often difficult to deal with your cat getting older, but this is the perfect time for some extra love and ...

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Save the date for the next Animaltalk Top Dog awards

The next Animaltalk Top Dog awards will take place on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at the Indaba Hote, Fourways. Every year we celebrate all the special dogs in South Africa as well as the professional people who ease the lives ...

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Frank and Fearless – the conservation-themed movie

Leon Schuster and Gray Hofmeyer’s latest comedy, Frank and Fearless, is all about rhino poachers, starring a beautiful Rottweiler and a baby rhino. Animaltalk spoke to Gray Hofmeyer, co-writer and filmmaker, about the strong conservation theme and the characters in ...

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Tortoise abuser sentenced

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) investigated a case of deliberate cruelty to a tortoise by Letiya Mercy Lebakeng who was sentenced in the Palm Ridge Magistrate Court on 5 November 2018. Lebakeng was accused of deliberately and forcefully throwing ...

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Tips for pets afraid of thunder

You hear the crack of thunder in the distance and you cringe, knowing what follows next – a dog who is so afraid of the thunder that you struggle to keep him under control. But it doesn’t have to be ...

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