Poor little Snoopy: you may remember last year he had an aural ablation operation, which basically removes his inner ear canals. This means that Snoopy can no longer hear normally, more a muffled and distorted noise. We went down this route to stop the ear infections that occurred every few months or so. Well, it hasn’t! To put a long story short.
Sometimes the everyday events in our lives bring more chaos than we’d like to deal with. It could be the breakup of a long-standing relationship or it could be stress on the job. Perhaps the kids have all left for college or got married and overnight, the nest is empty. As you look at the four walls around you, you begin wondering what if! Although there are no major crises you are dealing with, you are just walking a tightrope on your own, having lost your balancing pole, that person or thing in your life that always gave you direction. Perhaps it’s time to adopt a pet. They make better companions than most people you know, are loyal and not nearly as needy as your last partner. Why not?
If you are anything like me you love your pets as if they were your children. My three furries are just that, they are part of our big decisions and they get lots of love. Unconditionally. A part of this love and care comes responsibility, as with anything, and we make sure that the dogs and cat get the appropriate medical care to ensure they are protected against parasites. Those nasty parasites can make it onto furniture around the home and onto us humans. Yuck!
There are a lot of great reasons to add a pet dog to your growing family. For one thing, owning a pet helps to teach your kids a sense of responsibility, and for another, the unconditional love you get from a dog is enough to brighten up even the darkest of days. I love my dogs, and cat for that matter, but sometimes people do not realise what you take on when you bring home a puppy. Unfortunately, owning a dog is not always plain sailing. Dogs, like other pets, often have unpleasant habits, some of which you won’t realise until it’s too late. To help you make the right decision, here is a quick run-down of the things to be aware of about owning a dog.
Admit it: travelling with the whole family can sometimes be a pain. Even though you endlessly enjoy their company, carrying around bulky prams and coordinating your child’s every move can be exhausting work. Thankfully we have got out of the pram stage now, but there are times where I wish I still had it. Most cases with our family, we mean our little furry friends too, and there are times where you wonder whether or not you could bring your pet along.
New Year’s Eve is one of most anticipated nights of years. But for our pets it can also be night of high anxiety. In the same challenges faced by pets on bonfire night, the loud music, shouting and of course the fireworks may cause our normally calm pets to think their world is under threat. This can have some upsetting consequences. Luckily our friends at Kennedy Wild Bird Food have some handy tips, to ensure your 2017 gets off to the best start for the entire family.
Are you going to Crufts this year? There will be lots of fabulous things to see and do, and lots of gorgeous dogs to “aww” over too. At Crufts – the world’s largest dog show – there’s so much to see and do but as well as serious fun, there’s serious dog care to think about. At the Agria Pet Insurance stand in Hall 2 there’s an opportunity to have fun trying to win a car. All you have to do is guess the winning combination to the competition safe to win one. But there’s a chance to be sensible too – the company encourages pet owners to check out some seriously good deals on pet insurance to protect their pet and the family budget.
Getting a new puppy is one thing, but teaching your kids to play safely and nicely with a new puppy is another thing entirely. After all, you want to keep both the puppy, and more importantly your children, safe and know that you can leave them both alone in the same room without incident.
Everest are running a really fabulous and cute competition on their website at the moment, called Pets in Windows (#PetsinWindows). I love competitions like this as it is a chance to see some really cute photos of other peoples pets. I am gutted as I couldn’t find the one I had of my puppy and kitten (7 years ago) where they are snuggled in the window together, but I do have these more recent ones of my kitten, who is now 7.
It is very easy to just throw food in a bowl, any kind of food without a real thought as to how much your little furbabies (pets) need and whether the food is the right food for them. With our recent scare with Snoopy things have changed dramatically at home: we weigh out both dogs foods accurately now and we have started feeding them half of their allowance in the morning and the other half in the evening. Instead of all at one go. Hill’s have created a perfect Petwise infographic which explains some very useful tips on how to feed your pet the ideal weight.