Whitby named as one of the UK’s top 10 most pet-friendly destinations

Whitby has been named one of the top 10 pet-friendliest destinations in the UK, according to a new survey among British pet owners conducted by price comparison website, Money Pug.

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Scarborough News reports that of the 1,000 people who voted for Whitby, over 50 per cent of pet owners said they would be prepared to spend £500 or more on their pet’s holiday, while 25 per cent said they would pay between £51-£100. 16 per cent said they wouldn’t like to be out of pocket by more than £50.

Nine out of 10 dog owners said they won’t travel without their furry friends. While 10 per cent admit to taking other pets, including cats, hamsters, rabbits, reptiles, birds and guinea pigs, for a day out. The strangest travel companions include a hedgehog, a pony, a horse and a rat.

The survey also reveals that 80 per cent of pet owners have travelled with their pets between two and four times in the past year.

The results indicate that British pets are also living the good life when they are not travelling. Aside from taking trips abroad, the majority of pet owners (69 per cent) take their animals with them to pubs and restaurants, 52 per cent take pets out shopping, 17 per cent take them to work , and three per cent even admitted to attending university or college with them.

In addition, the most unusual places where pets have been taken to are sailing, to bike meet-ups and art classes.

When it comes to travel, 89 per cent of pets travel by car. Less utilised options include caravan (19 per cent), train (18 per cent), boat (9 per cent) and plane or bus (both 2 per cent).

Lee Whitbread, CEO of Money Pug and dog owner himself, said: “It’s no surprise that pets are part of Brits’ families and are treated as such. People tend to form deep connections with their animals and don’t want to leave them behind, even when travelling the country.

“Because of this, they evaluate carefully which locations are best suited for their experience together and are not frugal when it comes to paying for this luxury.

“The travel industry is having to adapt to accommodate pet owners’ growing desires to travel with their pets.

“To keep their minds at ease and prepare for unpredictable situations, such as accidents, injuries or theft, we recommend finding the best pet insurance deals to ensure assistance when required.”

The other pet friendly UK destinations have been voted as Cornwall, Keswick, London, Glasgow, Norfolk, Scarborough, York, Devon and Weymouth. Foreign cities such as Paris and Alicante are the most popular international destinations.

(Story source: Scarborough News) 

Carrie Fisher’s dog Gary recognised her during ‘The Last Jedi’

If you’re a “Star Wars” mega fan, then you probably got a little misty eyed (okay, fine, full-on teary) seeing the late, great Carrie Fisher on screen in “The Last Jedi.” You weren’t the only one.

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Pet Central reports that in fact, there was someone near and dear to Princess Leia’s heart that had an especially emotional response: her beloved therapy dog, Gary.

Gary, who is now in the care of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, attended the world premiere of “The Last Jedi,” dressed in his very own Star Wars-inspired garb.

According to a tweet from Los Angeles’ ABC 7 News anchor Veronica Miracle, Gary sat on the lap of an assistant during the screening and that his ears perked up every time she was on screen.

Of course, Gary got a glimpse of his late pet parent when he watched “The Last Jedi” trailer a few months ago, which was posted to his Instagram with a caption that read, “My mom looks more beautiful than ever.”

It would be especially impressive if the famous French Bulldog caught a glimpse of the creature inspired by none other than himself, a new character lovingly being referred to as Space Gary.

Whether or not Gary noticed the alien based on his likeness, we know that he’s always looking after his mom and will forever be her biggest fan.

(Story source: Pet Central)

‘Why dog’s make everything better’: Interview with ‘Archer’s’ Amber Nash

Amber Nash is perhaps best known as the voice who brings to life Pam Poovey in the hit animated comedy TV show, ‘Archer’, which has just been renewed for a highly anticipated 11th season.

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Alongside her co-star Lucky Yates, Amber created and co-hosts an after-show called ‘Archer After Hours’, which talks about the show that’s just aired and invites fans to send questions in. Fans can catch up with the latest season’s episodes on Facebook.

We caught up with Amber to chat all things ‘Archer’ and talk misunderstood dog breeds as we meet her giant baby, her rescue Pit bull, Carol.

Hi Amber, thanks for chatting with us today. We know you’re a massive dog lover and own a Pit bull named Carol so we can’t wait to find out all about her. How and when did Carol come into your life?

My husband and I got her from a rescue organisation in January 2013, she was my Christmas gift but wasn’t fully baked yet by the holiday.

My last dog had passed away two years earlier and I was really needing a new baby in my life.

How did you come up with her name?

She was very shy, so my husband and I being in the comedy business wanted the name of a famous comedian that was known for being shy. We came up with Carol Burnett, who also coincidentally has long legs, like our Carol does, plus the Christmas Carol connection. It was perfect.

What made you choose a Pit bull?

Being in Atlanta, lots of rescues are Pits. We actually thought we were getting a Mastiff mix but as she grew into the beauty she is today we realised that smile was all Pit. I think a lot of places lean into other breeds when listing mixes because Pits have a bad reputation, which is so unfair and mainly because they are unfortunately used in fighting, through no fault of their own.

Have you owned a Pit bull before?

I had never owned a Pit but my previous dog was a Rottweiler, another misunderstood breed. I like the big beasts!

There are a lot of myths about Carol’s breed and other big dogs like her, so let’s use this as an opportunity to shine a light on them. Tell us all about Carol’s personality.

She is a giant baby. Literally, she is scared of a lot of things, usually sound related. She is not a fan of any weather events, fireworks, loud trucks. She hides in the bathtub or under the bed when she is scared. She loves being with people, she loves when we have guests. She loves her beast babies (toys) and if she is having a really good time she needs to go get a beast baby to complete the experience. She is happiest when my husband and I are both at home and sitting on the couch together. If we are in the yard, she’d rather be inside on the couch and will bark at us until we do what she says. She is also very into bath time, hers or other peoples…if someone else is having a bath she likes to be there and to lick their legs dry when they get out.

Where does your love of dogs come from?

I grew up around dogs and have always loved them. I got my first dog when I was 11, a Golden Retriever named Tater. Dogs make everything better.

Our readers will most likely know you best as the voice of Pam Poovey on the TV show ‘Archer’. Pam’s changed a lot over the years, first being a gossipy head of HR at the agency to becoming someone who holds her colleague Sterling Archer to account and more of a spy sidekick. You’ve been playing her for 10 years now.

What’s the best thing – or biggest challenge – about playing a character like her?

It has been such a privilege to play a character for so long and one that I love so much. A lot of people respond to Pam because she is bold, fun, strong and doesn’t care what anyone thinks, all things I think we all aspire to be more like. I’m so proud of the character and how far she has come. I love that she is body positive, sex positive, and a sex symbol.

If you were let loose on the scripts, what would you love Pam to do next?

I’d love to see a big story arc at Poovey Farms with her family and I’d get to play all the characters a la ‘Nutty Professor’.

Does Carol ever come into work with you?

No, she is a little too squirrelly for that.

You live in Atlanta don’t you, how dog friendly is the city?

Very, it seems like everyone here has a dog and lots of tattoos. Especially where we live there are tons of parks, trails, sidewalks, dog spas and hotels.

Where’s the most dog friendly city or town you’ve visited and what makes it stand out from all the others?

I really do think it’s Atlanta. I think it helps that we have pretty moderate weather and lots of space.

We ask all of our celebrities this question, it’s all in the name of fun. Based on their personalities, which breeds of dog come to mind when you think of your Archer co-stars?

  • Jessica Walter – (the voice of Malory Archer) – Maltese.
  • Lucky Yates (the voice of Doctor Krieger) – Boxer.
  • Judy Greer (the voice of Cheryl Tunt) – Yorkshire Terrier.
  • H. Jon Benjamin (the voice of Sterling Archer) – French Bulldog.
  • Aisha Tyler (the voice of Lana Kane) – Afghan Hound.
  • Chris Parnell (the voice of Cyril Figgis) – Boston Terrier.

And what about you, what breed of dog would you be and why?

Probably like a German Shepherd, a little bossy but still likes to have fun.

Moving onto our quick-fire questions, can you share a secret or an unintentionally funny moment from the ‘Archer’ recording booth with us?

Having to make humping noises in a room full of dudes was pretty funny.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen Carol or another dog do?

My 100 pound Rottweiler Dottie jumped in the trunk of my Honda Accord wanting to go somewhere.

What do you think is the most important life lesson we can learn from dogs?

Take naps and let people know when you are happy to see them.

Finish the following sentence, my dog is…

..a brindle beauty.

Thanks so much, Amber!

(Article source: K9) 

Loving the Lakes: Hollyoaks’ Sarah Jayne Dunn visits the Lake District with her dog ‘Ming Ming’

The Lake District is one of Britain’s most popular destinations for day trips and short breaks, and because of how much there is to do outdoors, it’s extremely popular with dog owners.

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Sarah’s story of her visit

We presumed, as you do, that a weekend away in the North Lake District in early June might be a safe time to hope for mild, pleasant weather, however as we drove the long journey up the M6 on the Friday afternoon of our trip we were abruptly reminded that firstly, you are stupid to accurately predict any type of weather in Britain and secondly, the ‘Lake District’ is named so for a reason.

We arrived at our cottage (which was massive), Orchard House, at Tottergill Farm around 6 pm on Friday evening, stupidly on our part we trusted the sat nav to take us straight to the door instead of following the provided directions and therefore we struggled to find the site at first.

Following the directions is a must as the farm is located off the main road, down a long single track lane and then up another long dirt track, truly nestled into the countryside.

Because of this, however, you are rewarded with the most spectacular views, which our cottage directly overlooked and made the most of with large bi-folding doors leading onto the outdoor terrace.

Unfortunately, due to the torrential (not an exaggeration) rain, we were unable to use our terrace or the private hot tub located on it.

To be honest though, as much as this was a bit of a shame, the cottage itself more than made up for it and was so clean and spotless, and beautifully decorated throughout, that we were more than happy to spend our time indoors.

The weather also meant we were able to make use of the log burner in the living room which Stanley was fascinated with and Ming Ming collapsed in front of.

There was no one there to greet us when we arrived but the house was unlocked and we were able to settle in and appoint rooms (three double bedrooms, all stunning). Jon, my husband, and I took the large master room, complete with a luxurious en-suite with a free-standing bath and a large walk-in shower.

My son, Stanley had the large double room next to us which he was thrilled with as the bed was massive. He promptly made a ‘pillow cave’ and was more than happy to sleep in there on his own. Both bedrooms boasted views as far as the eye could see (on a clear day that is).

There was a cake waiting for us on arrival which we all tucked in to with a brew.

A couple of days prior to our arrival I had done a Sainsbury’s shop online to arrive between 7-8 pm, we were dubious that they would ever find us but at 7 pm promptly our shopping arrived. I’d highly recommend doing this, even if you just get in some supplies for the first day.

The house is equipped with everything you will ever need for a home from home holiday, utensils, whisk, flask, pots, pans, gravy boat, you name it it’s there in one of the cupboards.

There’s also milk in the fridge, locally made toffee, fresh coffee as well as the fresh cake on arrival, and a drawer full of leaflets of things to do in and around the area, including walking trails and games for both kids and adults.

The second we found this Stanley was in his element playing all the games, such a great idea for kids. There’s a handy floor tray for you to pop your shoes into in the hallway, storage space and a downstairs toilet too which is really useful when you have a toddler.

Ming wasn’t left out of the equation either, with treats, poo bags and a dog bowl left for her. I would recommend taking a second dog bowl for water as we had to empty her water out of the bowl when she was eating as there was only one bowl, and definitely take an extra dog towel.

Once we’d unpacked the shopping there was a knock on our door and it was the owner Tracey, she was super lovely and very helpful and also apologetic as apparently there’s usually someone on arrival to great you but she thought her husband had met us and her husband thought she had met us.

She talked us around the house and the surrounding area and local amenities and said she was on hand, literally in the adjoining (through a secret door in the dining room) house if we needed anything.

I would advise notifying ahead if you have any cat allergies as Jon is allergic to cats on as soon as we walked through the door he started to sneeze and get puffy-eyed, we later found out that Tracey has a cat that sometimes crosses through the secret door into the cottage to sleep. Tracey kindly provided Jon with some antihistamines, but it may be an issue if your allergies are more severe.

Once Tracey left it was Stanley’s bedtime, he took great pleasure in playing in the huge bath and snuggling into his pillow cave as we read his bedtime stories, and in no time at all, he was fast asleep and looking the most comfortable I have ever seen him.

Now it was chill time for myself and Jon and we cooked dinner in the large kitchen, opened and a bottle of wine and cosied down in front of the log burner to watch a film, absolute bliss.

We woke up early, a lie-in isn’t an option with an excitable two-year-old, and hoped the weather may have brightened. It hadn’t. We didn’t let this dampen our spirits and decided to make breakfast, drink the yummy fresh coffee that had been left for us and sift through the leaflets to find somewhere we could go in the wet weather that would allow us to take a dog.

Stanley played whilst we deliberated over what options were possible, unfortunately, a lot of our indoor options were not dog friendly or were just too far of a drive. Just as we were about to give up hope and resign to a day indoors playing hungry hippo, we discovered a train journey in the not too far away village of Alston.

It was a 45-minute drive away but mainly on country roads so not an unpleasant drive as the scenery was beautiful.

Alston itself is pretty small and quaint, we headed for lunch to one of its top-rated cafes (dog friendly) on TripAdvisor ‘Top Cafe’, named so because it sits at the top of the hill.

We were the only people in there, presumably due to the bad weather keeping everyone indoors. Jon ordered soup which he said was absolutely delicious and I went for a sausage bap while Stanley tucked into beans on toast.

Suitably fuelled we headed the short walk down to the train station. The station is very small and quiet with one little shop and toilets. We purchased our tickets from the shop and boarded the little steam train, we got seats indoors by the window and Ming Ming happily sat under our table.

The train travels all the way to a village called Slaggyford which takes approximately 30 minutes, it then stops and you can alight for 30 minutes before heading back to Alston.

Children are provided with an activity sheet with lots of things they need to look for on the train journey, Stanley absolutely loved this and it kept him entertained throughout the journey, which is very picturesque through the countryside.

When you get off the train in Slaggyford there is a train carriage which has been converted into a small cafe to purchase tea, coffee and ice cream. There are toilets and you get the chance to have a look at the train from the platform, Stanley was thrilled to learn our train was called the ‘Green Dragon’.

We grabbed a brew and ice cream and bravely opted to sit in the open-air section of the train for our return journey as the rain had lifted ever so slightly. This pleased Ming greatly as she was able to sit on Jon’s knee and take in all the wonderful smells on the way back, as we chugged through the open air.

Now a little peckish from all the fresh, damp air we decided to stop off on our way back at ‘The Duke of Cumberland’ pub.

This pub is actually walking distance from Tottergill Farm and had been recommended by Tracey and most of the comments in the visitors’ book. I can only imagine that it’s a beautiful walk down to the pub, around the lake. It wasn’t an option for us unless we chose to wade our way there, but really good to know if you visit and you get nicer weather.

The pub was beautifully decorated inside, very dog friendly and the food was delicious. The staff were very helpful and absolutely lovely with both Stan and Ming.

Fed and worn out from our day we drove the short journey back to the cottage and popped on one of the many available DVDs for Stanley to chill out and watch, ‘Horton Hears a Who’. Jon stoked the fire and we all settled down for a cuddle before putting a very tired Stanley to bed.

I chose to make the most of being away from home and housework by soaking in the humongous bath with a glass of fizz for half an hour, what a luxury. The house is so peaceful and despite being large it feels very cosy and homely, it was a shame we couldn’t have stayed for longer.

Sunday was our day of departure and so we made breakfast before tidying the house and sorting our rubbish and recycling, there’s a recycling house situated next to the barn to dispose of waste.

Tracey’s dogs popped their head in to say hello as we were loading the car, as did the farm’s friendly (most of the time apparently) cockerel, who could be seen patrolling the farm on many occasions. We decided to break up our three-hour journey home with a visit to Keswick (approximately one hour drive away).

It’s a beautiful town with lots of shops and cafes. We grabbed a coffee and chocolate-dipped strawberries and marshmallows in ‘Java Coffee House’ as it looked busy, always a good sign, and it’s dog friendly.

After a brief mooch around the shops, as someone was getting tired (Stan although Jon wasn’t far behind him), we decided to continue our journey home via Ambleside and a restaurant that lots of people via the powers of Instagram, had recommended to me, ‘The Drunken Duck’. You can’t book a table but we went at peak time on a Sunday afternoon and didn’t have to wait. I’m so pleased we gave this place a visit as the food was delicious and the atmosphere and surrounding countryside fantastic.

Stanley was entertained with games and crayons and paper and a really generous kids meal and we were able to relax and eat a delicious meal and Ming was welcomed with open arms, cuddles, lots of fuss and dog treats, winner.

Our weekend at Tottergill Farm was wonderful and based on our experience we’d highly recommend, I only wish we could’ve stayed for longer or possibly visited with parents or friends as the house was easily big enough to sleep and home more guests.

We would’ve loved to have been able to take advantage of the hot tub and outdoor area with those spectacular views and to try some of the walks including the all-important one to the pub, but actually it was probably the perfect place to spend inside on a washout of a weekend as we had everything we needed in luxury surroundings.

Go with friends, family and your dogs and stay for at least three nights to make the absolute most of this wonderful place.

A week’s stay in Tottergill Farm in Orchard House for up to six guests starts from £1122 and a three-night weekend from £815. (www.premiercottages.co.uk, 01228 670615)

(Article source: K9) 

Mischievous mutts! The Top 10 naughty dog breeds (and others)

All dogs can be fun, silly, and apt to look for ways to get themselves into trouble from time to time, and many dog owners will tell you that the time they need to be most concerned about what their dog is up to is when they can’t hear them doing anything at all!

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Some dog breeds tend to be more mischievous than others in this regard though, and whether the manifestation of “mischievous” you’re working with involves being fun and silly or if it tends to involve being a real pain and getting up to no good, dogs of this type need a lot of stimulus and entertainment to keep them happy, and they are certain to keep you on your toes.

Whether you’re hoping to choose an entertaining, fun-loving and mischievous dog breed as your next pet or if you want to avoid picking a potential canine troublemaker at all costs, knowing what types of dogs tend to be the most mischievous and which breeds tick all of those boxes is a good start.

Dogs are nature’s best creation; a dog is someone who loves you more than himself. Dogs have a soft corner for humans, and they feel amazed when they are with us and the same goes for us.

We love them, and we also love to hang out with them. For ages dogs and humans have been living together and by living together, we both have adapted to each other accordingly.

There are many dog breeds and every one of them is amazing. Some are small and some are big, some are for protection and some are for alertness. But there is one thing that is common in most of them and that is naughtiness.

Almost all dogs are naughty but if I ask you to tell me the “10 Naughtiest Dog Breeds” it will be hard so to solve that problem here we have listed the naughty dogs.

10. Beagle

According to many surveys a “Beagle” is one of the naughtiest dog breeds in the world. They are small and active. A Beagle is a medium size dog but when it comes to naughtiness Beagles are full-size naughty dogs. It is often suggested that you should “pet-proof” your home and you should never leave any food, drink or chocolate on the table. If they will see it, they will make a mess out of it. They are adorable but their mischief level can also reach heights.

9. American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier has a very bad reputation for being naughty. They are always active, always up for a game and this is why they are so naughty. In reality, they are very humorous, all they want to do is have a little fun, but sometimes it is called “being naughty”. They are also a medium size dog with short hair. They are agile, super active and athletic dogs. They might be naughty, but they are also very useful, as Police use them in rescue missions or in search missions. When they are around and hiding all your stuffed animals and toys, you need to know what is going to happen with them.

8. Boxer (pictured above)

Boxers are medium-large size dogs with short hair and muscular bodies. They are highly spirited dogs who love to do physical activity all day long. Boxers have great stamina and they don’t get tired easily and because they are hyperactive, they will show you their naughty side by sometimes playing with your important papers or with your favourite blanket. They even get naughtier when they aren’t getting enough exercise. So, keep your Boxer busy and take him to walk/jog and play with him to keep him calm and out of mischief.

7. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu are amazing, cute and small but do not judge them by their size and cuteness. They are naughty and mischievous as hell. They are originated from Tibet or China and for many years they have been quite famous to humans. They are small and curious, and this curiosity makes them naughty when they try to do something. They are cute and super adorable but do not keep any valuable items or important papers within their reach, as you may not find them later. With their adorable eyes, they will convince you that they won’t do this again but believe me they will strike.

6. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are the best guard dogs and one of the most famous dogs as well. They are amazing in what they do but sometimes they can behave naughtily. German Shepherds, as the name suggests, are from Germany and originally were working dogs for herding sheep. German Shepherds are known for their strength, intelligence, and obedience but sometimes when they are in the mood, they turn naughty. They are highly energetic and when they are active, they will just hop around and will cause a little trouble. They are the second most popular dog in the United States of America.

5. Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terriers are probably the cutest dog. They are small and cute, they were developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England and that is why they are named as Yorkshire terriers. They are called “Yorkie” and they might be small, but they aren’t small in mischief. They are very naughty and active. They are small and they enter every small place in a house where they shouldn’t be in first place. They are small and enthusiastic and with their great mischievous mind, they can cause you a little trouble.

4. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are amazing and one of the most loved dogs. They are a large size dog who was originally bred as a gun dog. The name retriever is because of their ability to retrieve shot game without any damage. Unlike many dogs, they love water and this is what makes them naughty. They are awesome but full of mischief. They are easy to train but you can’t train out their naughtiness. They love to tear and chew things, so if you own a Golden Retriever then give him a toy before he starts chewing your favourite shoes or pillow. And also keep any eatable stuff outside his range.

3. Chihuahua

They are one of the smallest breeds of dog, they are tiny and insanely mischievous. They originated from the state of Chihuahuas in Mexico; hence, they got the name Chihuahuas. Keeping Chihuahuas is like keeping a small running machine which is never gonna stop. They are adorable but when they start to get into mischief, no one can compete with this little, adorable, naughty dog. They are notoriously famous for eating everything which lands on the floor; they will eat it before you can blink. No matter what it is, food, toy or even pills.

2. Dachshund

This standard size hound family member might look a little small to you as compared with another dog but believe me, they are not like other dogs, Dachshunds are naughty beyond your imagination. They were trained to hunt small animals like rabbits and since it took a lot of running in chasing the rabbit, it is still in their genes. They run and run and run…Dachshunds will make you laugh with his insanely mischievous acts and sometimes they will make you angry after you find out that they have chewed through your refrigerator wires. They won’t just eat their food on a plate, they eat their food everywhere. This little adorable beast is one of the naughtiest dogs.

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever is on top of two lists, one that they are a most popular dog breed in United States of America, Australia, United Kingdom and Canada; another is that they are also on The Most Naughty Dog Breed list. They are amazing, they are great for assistance, they are great with blind people and they are great with sniffing. And they are also great with mischief. They love to eat food and non-food items. They love to run, they love to swim, and they just love to do everything. This is the way they are naughty. We all have seen the movie “Marley and Me” and Marley was a Labrador Retriever, now you can imagine the level of naughtiness he has.

And we can’t forget these other bad boys…

Siberian Husky

The Siberian husky is one of the most mischievous – or hard work, depending on your views – dog breeds of all to share a home with, and for a variety of reasons. Just one look at these dog’s faces indicates their propensity for getting into mischief, and if ever a dog looked as if they were biding their time before getting up to no good, this would be it! Siberian huskies are hugely energetic dogs that need to spend several hours exercising every day in order to thrive, and if they don’t get enough exercise, they’ll think nothing of escaping from their garden (and they’re really good at this) and taking off to walk themselves. They are also highly personable and more than happy to wander off with strangers that encourage them, and they need a lot of mental stimulation as well as physical exercise. Digging, climbing, chewing things and making a lot of noise howling are all common husky behaviours, although these traits can all be managed by owners who understand the breed well and are able to fulfil all of their needs.

Jack Russell

The Jack Russell might fall at the opposite end of the size spectrum to the Siberian husky, but their personalities are just as large! A common joke amongst Jack Russell owners is that they don’t train their dogs so much as make suggestions and hope for the best, although this is a smart breed that thrives on having a job to do and whose metal energies can be channelled in positive directions with the right handling and management. Jack Russells are hugely confident and plucky little dogs that will face up to much bigger opponents, and they also have a strong prey drive, love to dig, and need lots of exercise – all of which can result in dogs of the breed being destructive or problematic if poorly supervised or not provided with something to do. They can also be really comical and entertaining too, and very rewarding to own – just not for everyone!

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is blessed with good looks, high energy levels and a short attention span, and dogs of the breed can be somewhat selective about their obedience and following the direction of their handlers. They are also really comical dogs that often get away with bad behaviour simply because they’re so entertaining, and this is a breed that will think nothing of rolling in a muddy puddle or digging up a flowerbed if the urge takes them, only to face up to their owners with an innocent expression and a total denial of any wrongdoing! Dalmatians need a lot of exercise and entertainment to keep them happy and chilled out, and they love to have company to provide some reassurance – and to keep them out of bother.

Border Terrier

Finally, the Border terrier is plucky, fun-loving and tenacious, and once they get an idea into their heads or a toy into their mouths, virtually nothing can part them from it. Like most terriers, Border terriers have a high prey drive as well as a propensity to enjoy digging, and this is one dog breed who is most likely to be up to no good if they suddenly go quiet rather than if they’re playing noisily! Border terriers need to have their energies channelled into positive directions to keep them occupied and under control, and without adequate supervision, such dogs are apt to dig, chew and cause all manner of mayhem, although they will probably have a great time doing it.

(Article source: Various) 

You must be kidding! The 7 most random dog questions that (might) blow your mind

Is it a rhetorical, quizzical examination of one’s own appeal or a sign of a deeply disturbed human mind to ask “why does my dog hump me but nobody else?”

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If you’re somewhat shocked at the mere notion of humans contemplating why their dog appears to have an attraction to them and only them, brace yourselves, because according to a well-known website analytics firm, people demanding explanations for their dog’s seemingly targeted humping preferences is pretty fertile ground out there on the Worldwide Web.

No fewer than 3,324 times this question was entered into a search engine over the past 12 months. Think about that for a moment. 3,324 poor souls own a dog who has caused them to have to type those words out on their phone or computer in an effort to discover why their dog ‘loves’ them in this way.

But guess what? If you think that’s weird, odd, random – as Bachman-Turner Overdrive once proclaimed, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

We decided, because nobody else has, that we’d take a look at seven totally random dog-related questions that have been typed into a search engine at least 1,000 times over the past year.

We shall examine them and in some cases, we might even be able to answer them.

So buckle up, here we go….

How long can a dog go without water?

(searched 20,304 times)

This is a terrifying question for the very real implications it contains. If you’re typing this into a search engine because you’re thinking of going on holiday for a week and wondering how long it might take for your dog to die, you are a contemptible individual that should never have been given the privilege of owning a dog. If you have typed this into a search engine because you’ve gone to work and are fretting that you didn’t refill the dog’s water bowl up when you left, then the answer is, on a hot day, a dog can die in a matter of hours through the effects of dehydration. It should, of course, go without saying that dogs should always have access to a large bowl of clean drinking water in all circumstances. If you do have to leave your dog home alone for a while, and most of us do, why not consider investing in a pet cam that will allow you to keep an eye on them while you’re out for a short time.

What is a male dog called?

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A dog? A male dog? It’s called a dog. For real. Just, a dog.

How many toes does a dog have?

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Now we’re getting into the nitty-gritty. A proper question with a real, observable factually correct anatomical answer. Presuming the dog we’re discussing has a leg on each corner and a foot at the end of each, they’ll have 16 toes. Four toes per foot. Dogs have 16 toes. Nice and simple.

Is goofy a dog or a cow?

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Oh, we’re going weird again, are we? We can’t claim that there are no cows in the world called Goofy. That would be wrong of us. We simply do not know. There very well might be. But if we’re talking about Goofy, you know THE Goofy, he was created by Disney in 1932 and (big spoiler coming up) he was originally named Dippy Dawg. His name was later changed to Dippy The Goof and eventually, he became known as Goofy in 1939. Goofy was definitely a dog. But is he still a dog to this day? Well, no. He’s actually a cartoon character. But there is a popular urban myth that he’s a cow. He’s not. Goofy is a dog.

How many dogs are in the world?

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We should be straight with you here, right from the off, we haven’t had time to count them all. They won’t stay still for long enough.

So we’re going to have to go off the most credible source we can find which, in this case, is World Atlas and they say there are 900 million dogs in the world, as of 2018. And why shouldn’t we believe them? 900 million sounds like plenty.

With big claims like this or when an astrono…, astrolog….,erm, a space expert tells you that a star is ‘x’ billion light-years away, we just believe them. Because, why not! I’m not prepared to measure the distance between our home planet and a star and I’m not counting all the dogs in the world, although the latter certainly sounds like a fun job. 900 million dogs in the world. Happy? Good!

Do dogs have periods?

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Let’s presume we’re not talking about the sort of periods you get when you’re at school or college, like lunch periods, maths periods etc, let’s assume the people asking this question have been to school, at least once, and didn’t notice a Dalmatian sat next to them trying to copy their Geography homework. Let’s assume the people asking this question are curious about the menstrual cycle of our canine pals. Let’s do that. It’s safer to do that.

Female dogs (bitches) tend to get their first season (or heat) between the ages of six months to a year. From then on they tend to have two seasons per year although some may come into season once every eight months.

A season can last anywhere from two to four weeks and it’s quite possible if they are mated, that they can get pregnant at any time during this period which is why it’s common practice for owners to have their dogs spayed in order to avoid the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.

Can dogs eat brussel sprouts?

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We are, I assume, all in agreement here that Brussel sprouts are disgusting and should be illegal? Yes? Good. What we do know about dogs is that they are ready, willing and able to eat some pretty disgusting stuff. So with that in mind, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that a dog may be inclined to attempt to eat a disgusting Brussel sprout. So the real question here is, is it safe for a dog to consume this most unpleasant of vegetables? The short answer is, yes. They can. Some do. But everything in moderation. This food item can have quite a laxative effect on dogs so lots of sprouts is a no-no. Eating one sprout won’t kill them. Eurgh. Nasty.

(Article source: K9) 

Good foods: 11 human foods dogs can eat (& will benefit from)

We’re all guilty of falling for puppy dog eyes, so often pulled out of the bag by our canny pets when there just so happens to be food around. But so many of our favourite foods are toxic to dogs, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite foods which are actually good for our dogs so you can hand those leftovers to your pup, guilt-free.

Hungry Dog

1. Pineapple

Pineapple is one of the most popular fruits, packed full of vitamin C and natural goodness. It can also make a delicious frozen treat too! In small quantities, pineapple (but not the leaves or outer skin) can be good for dogs too.

2. Sweet Potatoes

Naturally low in fat, sweet potatoes are a great source of iron, calcium and fibre, and they can be a really tasty treat for dogs too. Some owners dehydrate them to give as treats, others bake or boil to add into their pet’s daily meals.

3. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is packed full of vitamin A which is an essential vitamin for all-round health. A dog’s skin, coat, muscles and nervous system all need vitamin A.

Pumpkin is also full of fibre and is recommended by some pet experts as a way to help dogs suffering from upset tummies. Some also recommend pumpkin seeds and flesh for dogs because of the oils found in them, which can be beneficial to dogs with urinary incontinence.

Raw or canned, it is important that any pumpkin given to dogs is natural and not full of sugars. It should also be given in small amounts (the American Kennel Club recommends one-four tablespoons, max, per day for dogs with upset stomachs), as too much can be toxic. If you have any questions about feeding pumpkin to your dog, speak with your vet to get some advice.

4. Oatmeal

A popular breakfast for many, oats are quick to cook, high in protein, iron and calcium and filling too. If you make with water or milk and prefer a drop of honey to sugar, dogs can happily enjoy leftovers.

If you’re tempted to give it to your dog more generally, because some pet owners recommend is as a carb alternative for older dogs, it’s worth noting that it is relatively high in calories so it’s suggested that dogs are given one tablespoon of cooked oatmeal for every 20 pounds of their weight.

5. Cottage Cheese

Low fat cottage cheese is great for dogs because cottage cheese is high in protein and calcium, so it can be a great way of adding a little extra protein into their diet. Start off giving fairly small amounts to make sure your dog can tolerate the dairy though.

6. Natural Yoghurt

Plain natural yoghurt acts as a natural probiotic for dogs, as well as being a good source of calcium. Try adding a spoonful of low or non-fat natural yoghurt into your dog’s breakfast, lunch or dinner!

7. Peanut Butter

Natural peanut butter, like almond butter, can be a really tasty treat for dogs. A great cupboard staple for filling dog toys, pet owners have loved peanut butter for years. But always check the ingredients before you buy and avoid any that list xylitol, a sweetener, that’s poisonous to dogs, in their ingredients.

8. Apples

Rich in antioxidants, some pet experts believe chewing apple slices can help to not only keep a dog’s breath in check, but they can help to clean their teeth too.

9. Cucumber

Cucumbers are high in water content so can be a great summer treat to help keep a dog hydrated. Dogs can eat cucumber skin (organic is best though) but owners should chop into smaller, manageable slices or chunks to make them easy for dogs to chew.

10. Salmon (and other fish)

Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which support a dog’s immune system and can help maintain coat and skin health. However salmon is just one type of fish dogs can safely eat and benefit from natural omega oil. Others include tuna, shrimp (without the shell), pollock and cod, so if your dog prefers a less oily fish (for digestion), try baking cod or pollock in olive oil.

11. Watermelon

From heart health to hydration, there are so many recommended health benefits when it comes to watermelon. Dogs usually love it too. Make sure you take out the seeds and don’t give your dog the rind though. If you’re looking to go the extra mile to make watermelon a tasty treat for your dogs, why not chop it up into small chunks so you can give your dog the right amount for their size, then dip it in some natural yoghurt and freeze!

If you have any concerns about what human foods dogs can eat, err on the side of caution and chat with your vet because every dog is different and every dog’s tolerance levels for protein, oils and so on varies at different stages in their life.

(Article source: K9) 

Owner of 17-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier reveals secret to pet’s long life

That’s a great age for a dog!

Old Staffie

The Derby Telegraph report that a Derbyshire dog owner has revealed the secret to keeping his Staffordshire bull terrier healthy for nearly two decades.

Richard Dakin, 39, has been the proud owner of 17-year-old Blitz since he was just a puppy. This is an impressive age for this breed of dog.

According to Mr Dakin, from Swadlincote the trick has been a simple combination of love, exercise and the right amount of human food.

“I always tend to treat my dogs as humans, it’s just about treating them as one of the family and interacting with them often. People don’t interact with their dogs enough,” he said.

The RSPCA recommends that human food, such as raw meat, is given to dogs as a supplement every so often alongside normal dog food.

Although diet is important, Mr Dakin said the key is giving them the right amount of exercise.

“I shouldn’t say this because you’re not really supposed to feed your dogs like that but our dogs have lived longer than they were supposed to. They’ve always had little titbits of human food, whatever is left on our plates, and I’ve always fed them meat once a day,” he said.

“If you start feeding them bad food all the time then they will get overweight but its just as important to take them for walks.”

Mr Dakin said he would sometimes walk his dogs three times a day, covering plenty of mileage.

The technique has been a proven success and Mr Dakin’s other dog, Blitz’s sister Stella, lived until she was 17.

Both Stella and Blitz came from Mr Dakin’s friend and he helped to rear them from when they were born.

As the older sibling, Mr Dakin described Stella as the “clever one” while Blitz “isn’t the smartest dog.”

“I used to say it was like having a toddler in the house. Blitz was always running around, banging into things. He loves chasing bubbles around, if bubbles were out that would be it, he would be done for the day,” he added.

Like love at first sight, Mr Dakin was drawn to Blitz from the day he was born as he felt the need to look after him. He said:

“I chose Blitz because I felt as though no one would be able to look after him properly, he needed a lot of attention.

(Story source: Derby Telegraph) 

Meet the world’s first dogs to detect lung infections

Every year we seem to learn more about dogs with scientists tapping into their natural instincts.

Lung Detectors

From cancer to bombs, our dogs have the skills and senses to detect and help their best friends, us. Which always leaves us wondering what dogs will discover next.

Now, as a new scientific study by the Imperial College London and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust is unveiled, we know the answer: lung infections. According to the study, Bio Detection dogs trained by the charity Medical Detection Dogs were able to detect and identify (to a very high level of accuracy) bacteria associated with serious lung infections.

The study unfolded

A major cause of lung damage in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is infection with bacterial pathogens, the most prevalent of which is Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa), chronically infecting around 60 per cent of the 10,000 patients in UK by adolescence and adulthood.

The major findings, published in the European Respiratory Journal, have shown that medical detection dogs can differentiate between Pa and other CF bacterial pathogens by sniffing bacteria grown in a nutrient liquid.

The study’s authors conclude that compared with existing technologies, dogs may ultimately prove more sensitive or more affordable for screening lower airway infection in CF.

Pa may be successfully eradicated, but frequently reoccurs and develops resistance to antibiotics. Chronic Pa is closely linked with faster lung function decline and earlier mortality.

The heavy antibiotic burden imposed upon patients and the resulting bacterial resistance, allergies and toxicities compound the detrimental impact of the infection itself.

This is a particular problem for children with CF, as it is often harder to diagnose in them, but takes hold of the lungs and becomes extremely difficult to shift. If they have symptoms, they are usually prescribed a broad spectrum antibiotic that will not work if the culprit is Pseudomonas. Early detection will lead to them receiving a targeted antibiotic, stopping the bacteria taking hold.

How dogs were able to sniff out lung infections

Given the natural odour of Pa, the new study’s authors hypothesised that dogs can be trained to detect this bacterial organism. As a first step they assessed the ability of four dogs to identify Pa from other CF bacteria. The bacteria were grown in the lab, and then filtered out of the solution which was presented to the dogs.

In the trial, the dogs were trained and tested on customised sample presentation stands. During training, correct identification of Pa samples was rewarded by an auditory click and food.

Once trained, dogs were presented with Pa-positive cultured samples, other cultured bacterial controls or sterile liquid in a random, computer-generated sequence. A positive indication (when the dog either stopped or sat down) was rewarded if correct.

The samples were then presented in a double-blind testing scenario. Four blind studies were undertaken:

  • Pa versus other bacteria familiar to the dogs, producing a mean sensitivity (correct signalling at a Pa sample) of 94.2% with a specificity of 98.5%;
  • Pa versus previously un-encountered bacteria, with two of the three dogs maintaining sensitivity at above 90%;
  • dilution testing; at dilutions of 1:1,000, sensitivity (93.8%) and specificity (94.9%) were consistently maintained;
  • and mixed, multi-organism cultures, still correctly identifying Pa with a sensitivity of 86.5% and a specificity of 84.1%.

Bio-detection dogs, trained by Medical Detection Dogs, the UK’s leading charity saving human lives by employing the medical benefits dogs provide, may be crucial to the early detection and rapid treatment of chronic Pa.

Sniffer dogs are familiar in contexts such as airport security, and reports of their use in medical fields such as diabetes research are established. There is also an emerging recognition of their ability to detect other life-threatening diseases including some cancers.

The study was supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and conducted by Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital, in collaboration with Medical Detection Dogs, who are delighted that this rigorous scientific study has demonstrated the ability of the dogs they train to accurately detect possible indicators of infection and disease.

Talking about the study’s findings, Professor Jane Davies, from Imperial College London, said, “This is a really exciting development. Advanced technology to detect infections, for example in breath, has proved difficult so far. The successful training of the dogs on cultured samples will now be used as the foundation for testing patient samples directly.

“People with CF could ultimately monitor their lung infections from home by sending in samples for the dogs to check. We are very grateful to those with CF, cared for by Royal Brompton Hospital, for providing samples for this project and to the CF Trust for their funding support of the next stage of this project as part of the Strategic Research Centre for Pseudomonas infection.”

Dr Claire Guest, Chief Executive and co-founder of Medical Detection Dogs, added, “The findings of this world-first study into the ability of dogs to detect Pseudomonas are yet another indicator of their remarkable contribution to saving human lives.

“Pseudomonas is a condition that affects thousands of people each year in the UK alone. I can assure them that Medical Detection Dogs is working very hard to find effective, affordable and sustainable ways to manage their condition.

“These trial results are just one more reason why dogs never cease to amaze me. They have a highly sensitive sense of smell, unfailing loyalty to their owners, and the ability to restore hope to many.”

Dr Janet Allen, Director of Strategic Innovation at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, concluded, “A quick and easy way of detecting Pseudomonas would make a massive difference to people with cystic fibrosis and their families. Once it takes hold, it requires strong antibiotics that can require hospital stays and often carry significant side effects. Some antibiotic-resistant strains can even cause permanent, life-shortening lung damage.

“We’re delighted to fund the next steps of this work as part of our ‘Personalised approach to Pseudomonas’ strategic research centre, so we can build on this work and help people with cystic fibrosis live longer, healthier lives.”

(Story source: K9) 

Rescuer opens her home to 97 dogs during hurricane Dorian

Most of us cannot imagine having seven dogs in our home, let alone 97!

Dog Rescuer

Chella Phillips lives in Nassau, Bahamas where she devotes her life to rescuing local street dogs, affectionately known as “potcakes.”

When she got word of Hurricane Dorian, Phillips gathered up as many pups as she could before the massive category 5 storm. She ended up with 79 dogs in her master bedroom, and 18 more throughout the house.

“It was either leave the dogs on the street to fend for themselves… or do something about it,” Phillips told ABC News. “I just want these dogs to be safe. I couldn’t care less about the dog poop and pee in my house.”

Dorian is one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the Bahamas. It caused five deaths as well as massive property damage and flooding.

Phillips and the pups in her care lost power, and water entered the house at one point; but overall, they were lucky.

“We are alright after a stressful night,” she wrote in a Facebook update. “All services are down, all TVs are fried from the lightnings so no more cartoons for the sick dogs until we can purchase new ones.”

“I don’t see how any dogs, or any living being could have survived outside,” she continued. “My heart goes out to them. Thank you for the outpouring of support and heartfelt prayers.”

Phillips’ viral Facebook posts helped bring attention to her rescue, “The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas” which takes in homeless, abandoned, and abused island dogs. They have also helped renew interest in an online fundraiser benefiting the refuge.

Although the campaign is unrelated to Hurricane Dorian, publicity from the viral story has given it an unexpected boost. As of Tuesday afternoon, supporters had donated more than $88,000 – far exceeding the original goal of $20,000!

Since she began Voiceless Dogs, Phillips has helped about 1,000 dogs, many of which have gone on to wonderful new lives in the United States.

(Story source: I Heart Dogs)