Author Archives: Mientjie Kleinhans

Relaxing cat music

Does your cat need to relax, or do you just want to treat your cat to some smoothing music? Have a look at this playlist that we found on the internet for some interesting cat-approved music. There might just be ...

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Elephants forced to perform tricks at Johannesburg Zoo

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) is appalled at the way in which the elephants at the Johannesburg Zoo have been exploited on what is World Elephant Day – a day to celebrate elephants, but this simply isn’t the case ...

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Recall training

A reliable recall is one of the most important things to teach your pup, to the point where it can even save his life if you ever need to call him back to you, away from a potentially dangerous situation. ...

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WODAC Pet Expo 2019

We’re counting the days to this year’s WODAC Pet Expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, from 19 to 21 July. Claimed to be Africa’s largest pet event, the organisers promised a weekend filled with everything pet related. The annual ...

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1000 Paws Walk for SPCA

The 1000 Paws Walk for SPCA is an annual event that has proven to be the largest single fundraising event for the three participating branches of the SPCA, namely the Pietermaritzburg, Umngeni-Howick, and Mooi River & District SPCA branches. This ...

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Choosing the ideal breed dog

We all have different personalities, and dogs also have character traits that make them special. To ensure that you are happy with your new furry friend and that you will be compatible, find a breed that will suit your lifestyle ...

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Prevent resource guarding video

It is a natural behaviour for dogs to be a bit possessive of their stuff. If they were still living in the wild, they would need to protect their main resource, namely food, in order to survive. Resource guarding can ...

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4 Rabies facts you should know

Rabies is caused by a virus and affects all mammals. The World Health Organisation estimates that the disease claims around 60,000 human lives annually, with close to 95% of these deaths occurring in Africa and Asia. Rabies is found on ...

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IFAW unveils a bold new brand and website

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) — a global animal welfare and conservation non-profit organisation — unveils its bold new brand, including a new logo and website. These changes come at a critical moment when awareness and action, from both ...

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Caring for a deaf cat – 4 tips

Just like people with disabilities deserve the best life they can get, so do our pets. Most people will look for a healthy, happy kitten when getting their new cat, and that is fine. Some people, however, will take on ...

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Vampire bats – what you want to know

A creature of legend thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the common vampire bat is feared and disliked by many. However, they are interesting animals, and not quite as evil as many might think! Is the bad reputation deserved? Not at ...

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Teach your dog to lie down video

Now that you and your puppy have mastered the sit, it’s time to teach him how to lie down on your cue. This is a basic exercise, already taught in puppy school, but it can be a bit of a ...

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