Tuesday, 18 December 2012


"Dogs are remarkably adaptable to a changing situation providing they have been exposed to a variety of conditions and do not discover everything as new. Like many of us, they share a fear of the unknown."
So says animal behaviour expert Peter Harrison from the UK.
Your dog may react in an alarming way to an experience that is new to him. If you keep your dog in the house, never let him interface with other people or animals, he could react aggressively when suddenly confronted with new scents or environment changes. If your dog  knows only you and your family and has never been out of your house and garden or socialised with other animals, this behaviour should not come as a surprise to the owner.
Dogs ahould be taken out and be familiarised with other dogs, people, traffic, traveling by car etc. If you take a dog to the kennels, let him stay for a few days, not just a short stay. Give him enough time to get used to it and to enjoy the other dogs. That way he will retain good memories.Taking him to the vet will be a lot easier and overall your dog will be a happier animal.
Photo: Courtesy Ansie Janse van Rensburg, animal lover.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Attention games

You are sitting down, completely relaxed when a sudden nudge against your arm or hand announces the arrival of your dog: This is stroking time! You will also know from experience that this is not negotiable at all and you will stroke.
The length of time that pooch is wanting this show of affection is also not up to you at all because the dog will persist and besides, we love showing our canine friend affection.
What really happens is that your dog decides who will be doing the stroking and for how long. At other occasions he or she may select another member of the household and at times they may even completely ignore the invitation to a lekker stroke, groan, roll over and promptly fall asleep.
So it is in the weird and wonderful world of our pets, ruling our homes. Who would want it any differently anyhow?
Inspired by something written by pet lover and columnist Connie in her column Connie's Pet Corner

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Exotic pets scam exposed

 Source: Media 24

2012-12-11 09:41
Pretoria - An exotic pet scam has been exposed by reporters who followed up on ads listed in the classified section of their newspaper.

The Pretoria News responded to ads advertising a lion cub for sale at $1 000 (about R8 658) and the two monkeys listed for sale at R8 500.

The advertisements had the same telephone number but different email addresses. Reporters tried to buy the animals and were told to provide payment first.

The pictures provided of the animals for sale turned out to be photographs of zoo animals or animals for sale elsewhere on the internet.

Onderstepoort vet Dr Dorianne Eliott said it was illegal to own indigenous exotic animals without a permit.

“In this case, it is most likely a scam,” she said. “These scams are very common. Often there are no animals involved, just people looking for money,” she said.

NSPCA communications officer Christine Kuch said scam ads took many forms, from wildlife to puppies for sale.

She said the matter had been taken to Interpol in 2008, but the scammers changed their details too frequently.

Acting editor of the Pretoria News, Val Boj√©, warned readers not to respond to the advertisement as it was clearly a fraud and said a number of other “exotic pet” advertisements had.........

Source Media 24

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Adopt a dog, don't buy one

In an exciting project corporate sponsors have joined forces with Joanne Lefson and global ambassador for shelter dogs, Oscar,  in promoting the adoption of dogs in animal shelters. Together they have travelled over 300 000 kilometers across 5 continents and 36 countries. Currently traveling across South Africa in the "Pedigree" adoption tour, you can follow them on http://www.worldwooftour.com/ and support them when they visit your region.
Animal shelters house an amazing number of dogs including a significant number of purebreds so there is certainly dog available for every one. Each dog is assessed before adoption so you know before hand what you are getting.
The message is simple and clear: Why buy from a breeder or pet shop and add to the problem of too many dogs on the planet when you can buy one from an animal shelter and give a dog a second chance? It may well be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!