Category Archives: special dogs and awards

An update on Kai

Kai, the dog who was abandoned at Ayr Railway Station in Scotland last month, has found a new home.  I wrote about Kai in the post  A new twist on abandonment.

Because of the worldwide coverage of Kai’s story (which reminded a lot of people of the story of Paddington Bear), there were lots of people who applied to adopt him.  Ian Russell, a self-employed hydraulic engineer, is Kai’s new owner.  Kai will get to travel all over Scotland with Russell, just as Russell’s previous dog did for almost 15 years!

Read more about Kai’s new home here:

Dog abandoned at railway station with suitcase of his belongings finds a new owner – Telegraph

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

Special needs pets can make great companions

(Photo: Sara C. Tobias/The Advocate)

Pickles, a Pug with no eyes (Photo: Sara C. Tobias/The Advocate)

In this story (link below), the Newark Advocate talks about the adoption of pets with special needs and why their owners wouldn’t think twice about doing it again.

Meet, for example, Pickles.  Pickles’ eyes were surgically removed for health reasons but she still enjoys life!

Special needs pets can make great companions.

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

 

 

Dog of the Year

Forget the Golden Globes…

Don’t even think about the Screen Actors Guild awards…

And even pass by the Oscars…

The awards show of early 2015 was the World Dog Awards, broadcast earlier this month on the CW Network in the USA.

Dog of the Year was Hank, the Ballpark Pup. Hank, a suspected Bichon Frise cross, made headlines last year when he wandered into the spring training camp of the Milwaukee Brewers professional baseball team.   A veterinary check revealed that he may have been hit by a car.  Outfitted in Brewers’ official gear, he became the team’s mascot.  A children’s book, beach towel, and other merchandise have also been produced, with 20% of the proceeds going to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

The title “Dog of the Year” was given to honor the dog that made the most impact on popular culture during 2014.   Hank received his Golden Hydrant statue from celebrity Paris Hilton.

While this award show may be seen my some as ‘over the top’ – Hank’s story helped to highlight the plight of homeless pets and the need for people to think ADOPTION first.

Good dog, Hank.  Good Dog.

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

Going to the dog park via public transport

Eclipse, a Black Labrador living in Seattle, has made the local news…  She’s so enthusiastic about going to the dog park, she often takes herself there – on the bus!

Enjoy this story about a special black Lab!

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

The incredible flying dog of Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard is a village in Bedfordshire (UK).  It’s home to Callie, a Chocolate Labrador with flying credentials.

As an official member of air crew, Callie's identification card helps her to clear airport security.  The card was issued by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

As an official member of air crew, Callie’s identification card helps her to clear airport security. The card was issued by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

At the age of 3 months, her owner Graham Mountford  first took Callie in the his Cessna.  He said, “We first tried her in the plane when she was a few months old, just taxiing around the airfield, and she seemed to love it.”

Callie is now over 3 years old and has more than 250 hours of flying experience.  Her favorite trips are to beaches where she can run and play.

Callie tends to sleep on the plane, but apparently gets excited during take offs and landings

Callie tends to sleep on the plane, but apparently gets excited during take offs and landings

An AOPA spokeswoman said “She is the only dog we’ve issued with a card, and it’s going to be renewed.”

Source:  BBC News

Paddy, a World War I hero

The Wellington Infantry Battalion sailed off to war in October 2014 with their mascot, Paddy, on board.

There was an order prohibiting pets but it was successfully argued that Paddy, an Irish Terrier, was a pre-war official mascot and therefore should be allowed to travel with the regiment.  Paddy belonged to Sergeant-Major Beaumont Woodhead, a professional soldier who was Company Sergeant Major of ‘A’ Company.

Photo courtesy of  National Army Museum

Photo courtesy of National Army Museum

Paddy served on the battlefields of Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Belgium and Germany, eventually being promoted to the rank of Scout Sergeant- Major.

Paddy's name plate reading 'Paddy 7th Regiment Wanganui' is on display at the National Army Museum

Paddy’s name plate reading ‘Paddy 7th Regiment Wanganui’ is on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru, New Zealand

Source:  National Army Museum

Derby: running on prosthetic legs

I love working with special needs dogs.  With technology and innovation, we have more opportunities than ever before to give these special dogs quality of life.

Today I came across this special story of Derby, an adopted dog born with malformed front legs.  How’s that for inspiration?

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