Dog talk

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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Part 38 – Out and about

As part of our socialisation, we have to go out and experience as many things as possible. We went to an expo and there were loads of people and things to see. There was a helicopter and people could pay ...

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Your first best friend

Many of us fondly remember the pets we had as children. They were always there for us – ready to lick away tears, to take part in the silly games we played, and to attentively listen to the important things ...

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Small dogs, big love!

  What the smaller breeds lack in size, many make up for in personality. Some small breeds are very busy dogs, needing plenty of exercise. Others are ‘too big for their boots’, often standing up to dogs twice their size ...

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Part 37 – I’ve got bigger!

I’ve been in my new home for three months now. I thought I’d show you how much I’ve grown. This was my very first dog bed when I came home, so I still like it very much. Mom says I’ve ...

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Part 36 – GDA puppies at Walkhaven dog park

The humans organised a whole bunch of Guide Dog puppies to have a playdate at Walkhaven dog park. We had such a blast! Mom says we played like only Guide Dog Labradors can play. Here are some photos. We were ...

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Emigrating with your pets – it’s not as hard as you think

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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