And every dog shall have his tag & collar

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This is truly a multi-dog household. Look at all the beautiful collars!

Originally posted on The Lonely Dogs:

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A little project we have been working on for a while now has been outfitting each of the dogs with a tag and collar of their own.
It’s amazing how such a simple project for one dogs becomes a
mountain of a project for twenty-something.
Smiles and enthusiastic wags abound!

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10 years ago…

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The Hurricane Katrina Memorial at Angel's Rest, Kanab, Utah

The Hurricane Katrina Memorial at Angel’s Rest, Kanab, Utah

 

Lest we forget….

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Proud Mum

It has been a great week for Izzy (and it’s only Wednesday!).

Over the weekend, she was my ‘demo dog’ at workshops to teach owners how to give their own dogs a relaxation massage.   Izzy is very comfortable on  my massage table and chose to remain there during the last half of the workshop rather than getting down on the floor…

Izzy relaxes on my massage table during my "Learn Dog Massage" workshop

Izzy relaxes on my massage table during my “Learn Dog Massage” workshop

And then on Monday night, she visited a local scout group so our local coordinator for Greyhounds as Pets could talk about the re-homing of retired greyhounds.  Izzy loves children, and soaked up all their love and affection.

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I’m so proud!

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Power Struggles at Run A Muck Ranch

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So it’s not only greyhounds who take over the furniture!

Originally posted on Adventures at Run A Muck Ranch:

Sundays are couch cover laundry days, which means I have to remove them.

Today, Willy took issue with my timing.

Which part of DO NOT DISTURB do you not understand?!?!?! Which part of “DO NOT DISTURB” do you not understand?!?!?!

You can tell from the look in his eye and the digging in of his body that he was NOT going to yield.

Eventually, Willy moved on, but not before he hung the “Maid Service Requested” sign.

Good to know who’s in charge!

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How dogs see with their noses

This post isn’t some reference to a scientific journal – it’s a YouTube video.

I hope you enjoy it and learn a little something about your dog’s gift of smell…

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Best dogs for apartment living

Did you know that the American Kennel Club has published a list of the best dogs for apartment living?

With cities growing and land prices escalating, most metropolitan areas around the globe are looking to establish neighborhoods characterized by apartments rather than single-family homes.  This move can create challenges for people wanting to ensure that dogs remain part of their lives.

Years ago for example, in New  Zealand, the main telecommunications company here used a Jack Russell Terrier named Spot in its commercials.  The breeding and demand for these dogs soared.  People thought that the dog, being small, would be good for the suburbs (let alone, apartments).  But terriers need wide-open spaces and are bred for hunting down prey like rabbits and ferrets.  The result:  lots of ill-behaved dogs and owners who were out of their depth.

I would say that this list is a starting point, many mixed-breed dogs can acclimate to apartment living with the right routine and devotion.  And small dog breeds need to be managed carefully around stairs – because a lifetime of walking up and down stairs puts a lot of strain on the back and shoulders….

The best dog breeds for apartment living are:

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Pug

The Pug

The Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu

The Bulldog

The Bulldog

The Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise

The French Bulldog

The French Bulldog

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The Greyhound

The Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested

The Havanese

The Havanese

The Maltese

The Maltese

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

The dog meat trade in China

China meat trade photo

Photo courtesy of Animals Asia

Back in June, there was a lot of media attention given to the Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China.  This is a festival to mark the summer solstice and traditionally dog meat is on the menu.

However, many people don’t understand that the killing of dogs for meat happens year-round and not just at festival time.  Animals Asia has investigated the trade of dog meat thoroughly.

Their four reports, which I have linked here, are sobering reading.  “At every stage (of a 4-year investigation), investigators found a trade riddled with crime and extreme cruelty, violating existing laws on food safety, while those involved in the industry were highly secretive and suspicious of outside interest in their work.”

This is a trade of organized crime and a total disregard for animal welfare.

The black market for dog and cat meat in China

Lies, illegality and stolen lives report

China’s rural dogs in crisis

Survey of public attitudes to dog and cat eating in China

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand