10 reasons to rescue a pet

Once you have decided on the right pet for your family, the next step is to decide where to get it from. It is all too easy to head to the nearest petshop or find a breeder, but here are 10 reasons why you should stop and think about it. 1. Save a life Last year, over 47,500 dogs were abandoned in council pounds. This is in addition to those handed in to charities. It also doesn’t take into account other pets. On average, one unwanted dog is put to sleep every two hours in the UK, simply because they…

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Toddling dogs and teenage cats

Have you ever noticed the striking similarity between dogs and toddlers or between teens and cats? I’m not talking appearances here, although my staffie does look rather like a stroppy toddler when she sulks. But just think about the mannerisms. If you don’t believe me, here are a few short experiments that you can conduct at home to see for yourself. Toddling dogs 1: Tantrums Give a ball to a toddler and an identical ball to a dog. After five minutes, take both balls away and watch carefully.  Bottom lip out, temper tantrum. Walking back and forth to where you…

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Social creatures

I often hear the phrase that we are “social creatures.” Apparently, we’re also relatively intelligent. So why is it that we get social interaction so wrong? If two dogs don’t like each other, they make it abundantly clear. They might snarl at each other, run away, walk past ignoring each other or even fight. What they don’t do is waste time pretending to like each other. When you see two dogs that like each other, they can pick each other out from opposite sides of a field. They greet each other, play together and enjoy each other’s company. But yet, I…

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The great boredom debate

There are many ongoing debates in our house. You would assume that as parents to young children, there would be the odd disagreement over how to bring them up. I understand that it is important to stand together and present a united front. We must cater for the needs of our children, but also our own needs as parents.  We have a certain standard of discipline that we must both enforce.  Sometimes, all children will ask the other parent when they don’t get what they want. But unfortunately, we sometimes just don’t know all the answers.  And one of the eternal issues in…

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7 signs your cat is plotting your demise

We all know cats are more intelligent than the average man. We innocently invite these beautiful creatures into our homes (cats, not men) without realising that each and every one of them is planning to take over the world, one unsuspecting family at a time. Here are a few signs to look out for.  1. She’s watching you Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, feeling like someone is watching you?  And then realised – they are. You think you’re safe when you leave the house but wait, what’s that moving in the grass? It couldn’t…

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