The Secret to a Long and Healthy Life for Staffordshire Bull Terriers

Staffordshire bull terrier with owner in the garden
Chris Stoddard
Chris Stoddard

The Derby Telegraph recently highlighted the story of a Derbyshire dog owner who has managed to keep his Staffordshire bull terrier, Blitz, healthy and active for nearly two decades. Richard Dakin, 39, has shared his approach to ensuring the well-being of his beloved pet.

A Simple Combination of Love, Exercise, and Diet

According to Mr. Dakin, the key to Blitz's longevity lies in a mix of love, regular exercise, and a balanced diet. This approach is not just effective for Blitz but has also worked wonders for other dogs, much like Sophie's journey from Romania to the UK.

Human Food as a Supplement

While the RSPCA recommends giving dogs human food like raw meat as a supplement, Mr. Dakin believes in treating his dogs as family members, often sharing human food with them. He emphasizes the importance of the right amount of exercise to prevent weight issues. For those looking for suitable dog food options, a variety of choices can be found here.

The Importance of Regular Exercise

Exercise is a crucial part of Blitz's routine. Mr. Dakin sometimes walks his dogs three times a day, ensuring they cover plenty of mileage. This level of activity has been instrumental in maintaining their health and vitality.

The Story of Blitz and Stella

Blitz and his sister Stella, who lived until she was 17, both came from Mr. Dakin's friend. Mr. Dakin has been involved in their care since they were born. He describes Stella as the "clever one" and Blitz as less smart but incredibly playful and energetic. To cater to the non-dietary needs of pets like Blitz, owners can explore a range of non-food pet supplies.

Choosing Blitz: A Bond from Birth

Mr. Dakin's connection with Blitz was instant. From the day Blitz was born, Mr. Dakin felt a strong need to look after him, recognizing that Blitz required a lot of attention and care.

(Story source: Derby Telegraph) 

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