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The power of touch

The benefits of how touching an animal and being in their presence positively affects humans is well documented, but it is seldom mentioned just how important touch is to our pets too. When they are touched, petted, have their tummies rubbed or are gently massaged,...

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When dogs have a broken heart

Dogs are pack animals and family is at the heart of their world. Every human and animal that shares a dog’s home has a particular place in this family structure and if they are no longer there their absence is felt. If a dog has a particularly close bond with another...

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Why cats fight

Introducing a new cat to a resident cat can be a traumatic experience, especially when both are adults. While there are many articles on how to introduce cats, there is less available on the causes of conflict and possible resolution. This article concentrates on some...

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Harsh truth about the big WHY

If you believe most animals end up in our shelter as a result of behavioural problems or after being confiscated from a cruel owner, you’d be wrong. The number one reason a dog or cat is likely to wind up in our shelter is as a result of being lost. Reason #1...

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Yellow Ribbon Drive

The yellow ribbon symbolises the hope of a welcome home and forgiveness. Remember the hit song, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree? The story behind it is this: Two men sat in a railroad coach. The younger of the two, obviously depressed, explained that he was...

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Humane training (including our list of endorsed trainers)

Dogs, like human children, need to be taught boundaries and behaviours that will keep them safe (such as good recall or learning to drop something clenches between eager teeth). It also helps to know “stay” before crossing a road, or “sit” when guests enter a room (as...

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