Dog talk

Walking your dog – 7 things you need to know

Some of us consider December the best time of the year – it’s summer, we get to take a break from work and the outdoors is calling! And best of all, we can enjoy all of this with our dogs. ...

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Emigrating with your pet – your questions answered

If you’ve made the decision to emigrate to another country, you’ve likely considered taking your pets with you. You may be concerned that costs will be exorbitant, but this isn’t always the case. The emigration process takes time – for ...

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Part 43 – Training update

So I have been in training for a while and it is going very well. My trainers say that I’m learning really quickly. They told Mom that I was a gentle boy and very eager to learn and that I ...

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Miracle Milo

Debbie and Alan Joynt still get emotional telling Milo’s story, which went viral on Facebook and caught people’s attention from as far as Australia and the USA. It all started roughly two years ago, when the family’s garden service left ...

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Part 42 – New adventure

Until we are around a year old, our Puppy Raisers have to do as much socialising with us as they can. So I went out with Mom as often as I could, and we visited many different places like shopping ...

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Understanding your pet’s emotions

Many dog owners describe how after a long day at work, they arrive home to a pet who seems thrilled to see them. While some cats are aloof, others are loving and warm. Could these positive reactions be an outward ...

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Part 41 – Socialising and more socialising

Mom and a friend went out for pancakes and I joined them. It is always so nice when restaurants allow Guide Dog puppies. We sat outside in the shade and there were birds, horses and sheep and tiny baby sheep ...

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Fight night! The horrors of dog fighting exposed

A few months ago, Johannesburg residents on their way to work were horrified at a brazen attempt to ‘advertise’ an American Pit Bull Terrier fight on a trailer billboard. The National Council of SPCAs was inundated with calls from angry ...

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Depressed? Pets can bring your smile back

  There is nothing like coming home to our pets when we have had a bad day. No matter how grumpy we are, there is always that wagging tail or soft purr waiting on the other side of the door. ...

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Part 40 – Weekend boarder

When puppies on the Puppy Raising Scheme are about one year old, they go back to South African Guide-Dogs Training Centre to start their formal training to become Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, or Autism Support Dogs. They go to ‘school’ ...

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A broken home: what about the pets?

Earlier this year, Stats SA released the latest marriage and divorce statistics for 2014. Over 24,600 divorce forms were processed during that year, equating to a 3.4% increase in the divorce rate from the previous year. What about the pets? ...

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Part 39 – Obedience class and some fun

After I finished my puppy classes I enrolled in an obedience class. It is at the same school as I did my puppy classes and is called Elementary Obedience. As the name says it is very basic obedience. The course ...

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