Monday, February 17, 2014
Is this your dog? We found him this morning while walking our dogs. We think he is a slightly older dog and is wearing a collar.
Please call me at 016 335 8768 if he is yours. If he isn't, please share this post so that we can reunite him with his family.
Friday, February 14, 2014
|Belle, my precocious Beagle!|
Yes, I do have 2 pure breed dogs and no I do not classify myself as an animal rescuer. I just happen to be an animal lover that does the best I can with the resources that I have.
Anyway, in recent times, there have been alot of people that have suddenly became animal activist of sorts. They are big into rescuing and re-homing and feeding the strays etc, which is really great in my opinion. However, as a result of this "awakening", i.e. compassion for the strays and mixed breeds, there has also been a birth of people that are anti-pure breeds.
|Cleo, my gentle and sweet natured Labrador|
|Mishka and Teddy - my two demanding cats!|
People also seem to have forgotten that pure bred dogs were bred for specific purposes, and have many traits that can fit specific needs of people and their families. For example, Labradors make one of the best service dogs due to their calm and gentle nature, and their ability to work long hours. Beagles are tough, sturdy dogs that come in a smaller package. They are great with elderly people (and children) that need a companion but are unable to care for a larger dog.
|Lucky - my most challenging dog ever...|
I would always recommend adopting a dog or cat to those who are looking for or considering getting a pet. There are alot of pure breed dogs as there are mixed breed dogs that are available for adoption. If you purchase a dog or cat, it means that there is one less home for a rescued animal.
|Rascal - the best guard dog you could ever ask for!|
However, before deciding on a particular breed, regardless of whether your are adopting a dog/cat or buying one, it is important to ensure that you research the breed so that you know what you are getting yourself into. Each breed has been bred for a specific purpose, and you will need to know whether or not your lifestyle (and finances!) will be able to cater to the needs of that particular breed. Don't get a dog or cat purely because it is cute or beautiful, only to abandon it when you decide that it is too much trouble to look after it. Please make sure that you are in for the long haul as getting an animal is at least a 10-15 year commitment.
|Brownie - a sweet old lady that loves cuddles...|
So this is just a gentle reminder to everyone to take a step back and stop being haters of pure breeds. Instead, start making a difference for all dogs regardless of breed, by not buying any animals from pet shops and unethical breeders. You can also improve animal welfare by educating your friends and family about unethical breeders and by promoting responsible pet ownership.
Natasha Fernz is a proud "mom" to a Labrador, a Beagle, 3 mixed breed dogs and 2 local cats
~all of which were either adopted or rescued
Sunday, January 26, 2014
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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Many pet owners want the best for their pets, and are willing to spend tons of money getting their beloved companions the best of everything - the prettiest collars, the coolest t-shirts and premium or even ultra premium pet food.
In the past, I used to feed my dogs and cat the best kibble there was on the market. Why? Simply because I did not know any better. And surely if my vet thinks that I should feed my pets kibble, who am I to disagree?
I was one of those who thought I was doing the best for my furry companions by buying them the "best" and "most expensive" kibble there was in the market. But little did I know that I was actually slowly but surely "poisoning" my kids.
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And then of course, there are those pet owners who will go to great lengths to prepare home-made meals for their canine or feline companions in order to ensure that their beloved pets get a balanced diet. Very often however, these home-made meals include fruit and vegetables. And some even go so far as to advocate a vegetarian diet for their pets which is completely inappropriate.
The ideology that including fruits, vegetables and grains in your pet's diet will make it a wholesome and balanced diet is completely and utterly wrong. Your canine and feline companions do not need these types of food and by feeding them these foods, you are actually putting unnecessary stress on their internal organs.
When I first started raw feeding I was sort of following the BARF method which included a small amount of pureed fruit and veges. Why? Well, it was because the few raw feeder friends that I had included fruit and veges as part of their dogs and cats diets, and because I was desperate to try anything that would improve Cleo's health.
Anyway, since we first started raw feeding almost two years ago now, I have been doing extensive and continued reading, and I have learnt that dogs and especially cats have no use for fruits or veges. (I should have realised this on my own after the first month of raw feeding. In the first few meals, yes they would eat the pureed fruit and veges, but then later on they would just go for the meat and bones only!).
|Picture from www.vetmed.wsu.edu|
|Picture from www.vetmed.wsu.edu|
Additionally, dogs and cats do not produce the enzyme amylase in their mouths like humans (and herbivores and omnivores) which is very important for breaking down starch and carbohydrates before they enter the stomache.
Their digestive systems are that of true carnivores, i.e.a they have a very short digestive track which means that it cannot digest plant matter which requires a much longer time to be broken down. How many of you have noticed that if your dog ate some grass, it would come out the other end completely undigested?
This means that if you feed your dog or cat grains and carbohydrates, you are stressing your pets digestive system and you may cause excessive strain on your dog's or cat's pancreas.
For a more detailed analysis on whether or not your dog or cat requires fruits, grains and veges, check out the following links:
The Great Debate: Do Dogs Need Fruits and Vegetables?
Myth: Dogs are Omnivores
What is Wrong with Dog Food?
Canine Evolution and Anatomy
Note: This post is intended as a guide or reference and is not meant to replace veterinary advice. The information on this post is based on conclusions that I have made after extensive reading, advice from other raw feeders in particular the Raw Feeding and Raw Chat Facebook groups, and on my experience with my own dogs. Please consult your holistic veterinarian for advice on the most appropriate way to feed and supplement your dogs.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Those that are more fortunate and internet savvy may be re-united. But a large number of animals are un-claimed because the owners do not know how to look for them, and the rescuers have no way of contacting the owners.
So I thought I would just highlight the importance of having dog-tags for your poochies. Make sure your dog has a collar with an ID tag and/or your local council license. This can help reunite your dog and you should your dog accidentally escape and is unable to find his way home.
The most important piece of information to include on the pet-id tag is your phone number. So where can you get these id tags? We got ours from Furrenz.com. There are quite a few styles available for a reasonable price. Service is efficient and delivery, prompt.
For more unique id tags, check out Furkids Forever. The tags sold here are one of a kind...
But at the end of the day, please make sure that you take extra care when opening gates especially if you have auto-gates to ensure that your beloved pets do not accidentally run out. Also check your fences periodically to ensure that there are no holes etc from which your pet can squeeze out. And also please be careful when walking your pets. Ensure that your harnesses and collars and leashes are secure.
Howls: Responsible Dog Ownership
Friday, December 06, 2013
However, two weeks ago, he suddenly became very ill. One day he was doing fine and the next day I noticed that he had not eaten his food which he normally gobbles down within minutes. He also did not greet me or try to play with me like he normally does.
He was just lying in his litter box. I tried to pick him up and he screamed in pain. That was when I realised something was very wrong.
Anyway I brought the food to him and he ate it all up but he was in severe pain. I took him to the vet the next day blood was also taken as physically there didn’t seem to be very much wrong with him.
On the 5th day he started to try and stand and walk, but he was still quite wobbly. So we took him in and the vet recommended that an x-ray be done.
The x-rays apparently showed that he had a severe calcium deficiency as his bones were not clearly defined and were very faint.
Our vet has since recommended that we switch him to a kibble diet as it is a more balanced diet. I disagree and cannot bring myself to feed Teddy such rubbish.
My main area of contention is that if there was a severe calcium deficiency then the change should not have been that drastic, i.e. happy kitten one day, miserable kitten the next. It should have been a progresssive deterioration. These pictures posted above were taken only 3 weeks ago with the exception of the first picture which was taken when he was initially rescued.
So anyway, I decided to take him to see Dr Susanna of Asia Paws, and he took to her really well. No screaming or hissing and allowed Dr Susanna to put in several needles into his back and into his legs. He then even started to walk about on the treatment table albeit rather wobbly. So we will be continuing acupuncture with Dr Susanna for Teddy and hopefully he will be all better soon.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Folks, I have been completely swamped with work, rescued ones and fostering and have not had the time to post anything at all... So I do apologise for the silence.
However, this is just a gentle reminder to everyone that our cats and dogs are CARNIVORES!!!
So just because you might be vegetarian, your cat and dog should NOT BE VEGETARIAN!!!
Ideally they should be fed a PREY MODEL RAW DIET! This consists of plenty of fresh, raw meat and bones and organs!!! Not veges and fruits and other nonsense like grains!!!
Sorry, for shouting there, but had a phone call from someone who wanted advice on what to feed her over-weight basset hound that seems to have a million allergies. But whatever I tried to tell her, she had an excuse for not doing that, and then ends the call by telling me that a vegetarian kibble diet is what her basset hound needs!
Argh... have no idea why she even called me when she did not want to listen to or even consider anything I had to say...
Monday, September 23, 2013
How to get paint off my dog?
You're probably thinking, why would I ever need to know this piece of information?
Trust me, you may well need it someday..
I came home this evening, exhausted after a really long meeting with the Board of Director's at my client's office, to find my helper shrieking at Rascal in dismay... He had gotten really excited when he heard my car arriving and proceeded to prance up and down the fence like he normally does. The only problem was that there was a pan of paint there!!!
And so he splashed dark brown paint all over the underside of his body and got 2 paws completely soaked in paint as well. And of course, he then left paw prints all over the patio!
I think Charrisa thought I would get really mad at her for letting this happen. I actually found it quite hilarious when I saw Rascal looking as brown as he was.. But my amusement quickly turned to worry when I realised to severity of the situation.
Anyway, in the unlikely event that your dog decides to help you with painting, keep calm and try to get the paint off as quickly as possible. It will be harder to get it off once it has dried. Bear in mind that some dogs may have a bad reaction as well, especially if they start licking their fur, so it is quite important to get it off as quickly as possible.
Get a bowl of vegetable oil or cooking oil, and lots of paper napkins. Soak the paper napkins in the oil and start rubbing out the paint. Try to rub out as much paint as possible. Then give your dog a good warm bath with some mild soap or shampoo. If it's bad, you may have to repeat the process a few times... And if you have a dog with a long coat, you may have to consider shaving off his fur... And if necessary you may need to take your dog to the vet.
But whatever you do, don't use thinner or kerosene on your dog... You could hurt your dog that way. Just thought I'd share this handy tip with you guys...
PS: I know Rascal doesn't look like he had that much paint on him, but I only thought to take the picture after I had gotten a fair bit off!
PPS: You can also get paint off your skin using vegetable oil if it hasn't fully dried.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
My poor old Rascal has been feeling cold recently as it has been raining alot... and as we have alot of trees and plants in our garden, it really is quite cold in our house...
I usually wrap him up in his Thundershirt when it rains not because he gets frightened, but to keep him warm as he has a very very thin coat of fur. But it was extra cold yesterday, and he was actually shivering so much that I had to wrap him up in his blanket as well!
So I decided to order him a proper dog coat from Chilly Dogs, and can't wait till it arrives...
Will post a picture of Rascal in his coat as soon as we get it. Hopefully it will help keep him warmer on rainy days...