10 Tips for keeping and elderly dog happy and healthy

Establish a relationship with the best Vet you can find. Depending on the overall condition of your dog it may be advisable to have it checked every six months.  Your Vet should be someone whom you trust and with whom you feel very comfortable.

Educate yourself about the conditions common to older pets and the therapies used for them. Be alert to symptoms so that you can bring them to your Vet's attention promptly.

Feed your older dog the best food you can afford. Consider feeding two small meals daily rather than one large one.

Homeopathy and your hound

As a homeopath based in Napier I see people with chronic and acute illness every day. It never ceases to amaze me how this form of natural, safe, effective medicine has the ability to trigger the body's innate ability to heal itself and often within minutes, hours or days. The medicines are mainly made from plant, mineral and animal material and instead of treating the disease, we try to find the substance which matches the whole person and the presenting complaints. That means various factors must be considered: What is the causation? What makes the symptoms better or worse?

Dave and his Sports hounds

I was just thinking, now don't get the wrong idea, it doesn't happen often.
A man at my time of life should have a sports car, so why have I recently bought a people mover instead?
7 seats when I only need 2 (one really, but don't tell anyone)
Actually a motorbike would do nicely.

" So why?" you ask, does a fifty odd (very odd some would say) year old man need a people mover.

For some reason he though he may get a dog, not just any dog, but a Husky.

Update on Gucci - (Gucci Rush)

Gucci - (Gucci Rush)

Gucci would have to be one of the most spoilt greyhounds around.

She has been with us for about 18 months now and has melted her way into the entire family's hearts.  She spends her day time at my Dads, following him round for pats or sleeping in the sun, and spends the evenings with me, playing with her toys or sleeping on her bed (She is taking her retirement very seriously by getting as much sleep as possible.)

Angels Come in Black - Lilo and the Cat who Came to Stay €¦€¦.. or did it?

Having signed on the dotted line for Lilo nearly two years ago, I thought that the reality of ever having a cat would be remote, at best.

Blindsided by the pitfalls described on various fatalistic web-sites, I kept pushing the idea of a cat to the back burner. The image of Lilo dashing through the garden with an inert cat in her mouth was pretty easy to conjure up.

I missed a cat about the place and decided to revisit the idea.  I contacted Lilo's original trainer, who had written on the adoption form that:

"Lilo has shown no interest at all in the cats.€

Angels Come in Black - Lilo - Dishing the Dirt

It is hard to imagine that a weed, some advice and cup of tea could lead to expenses in excess of $150. Add Lilo to the scene and it becomes a lot easier.

It all began with a weed - Kikuyu to be precise. In fact it was turbo charged monster Kikuyu which had established itself in the dead centre of the lawn.

A visiting garden handyman saw the patch and being a man of few words advised:

"Dig it all out.€

So I did. A long and painstaking job it was.

Update on Cruden (Homebush Cruden) - One Year On.

Crudey has now been with us for just over a year. None of us could imagine life without him, such is the way that he has become part of the family.

His personality continues to develop as he tests  the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. He can be boisterous, very occasionally manic, loyal, timid, skittish, funny, sulky, but most of all, he is absolutely loved by all who meet him.

Update on Fern (Come on Nelly)

The first thing Fern  (previously Nelly ) did when she arrived at her new home was wrestle and 'kill' her bed. In fact her entire first week (which I had taken off work ) was full of fun and games. I spent a bit of time training her to accept her kennel and run in preparation for leaving her to go to work and it seemed to go well. The only request I had on my application form was for a dog who would be happy to be left alone during the day.

Farewell Boxer (Allegro Comet)

How to begin to describe the ten amazing years with my gorgeous boy Boxer?

I guess start at the beginning which was a phone call from GAP telling me they'd found me a dog. I was in Wellington at meetings all day. Never mind Jacqui says, you could do a one-way car hire and drive back to Auckland, picking him up on the way. So I did (very persuasive lady Jacqui)!

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