Dogs of New Brighton, Part 1

In the first of a two-part interview with Michele Hollis of Dogs of New Brighton, I answer her questions about Jess the Dog's massage, my professional training, and how I started my practice in dog massage and rehab.

Warmth and gratefulness at Christmas

I'm grateful for all my customers and this year, I received some very thoughtful gifts which I share in this blog post.


Gretel is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is a regular massage client. In this video, her Mum shows me how excited Gretel is when I arrive at her home.

Paint your pet

In the December 2019/January 2020 issue of NZ Dog World, I visit Christchurch's Paint N Sip studio to discover a unique and social way to celebrate your pet and come home with a unique painting, too

Misplaced priorities

In this blog post, I ask why Giving Tuesday comes after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Why don't our charities come first?

The housewarming

We were invited to Ben the Greyhound's housewarming party. We provided the frozen cakes and treats - and in this blog post I reflect on the importance of including our dogs in the moments of our lives

Evidence for the negative impact of aversive-based training methods

A new piece of research from Portugal has been submitted for peer review. The research team concluded “Our results show that companion dogs trained using aversive-based methods experienced poorer welfare as compared to companion dogs trained using reward-based methods, at both the short- and the long-term level."

Our ability to read dogs’ facial expressions is learned (not innate)

This research shows that when we are exposed to dogs and dog-friendly environments, we get better at reading their facial expressions. The results of research like this could be used to help develop teaching resources that will reduce the incidents of dog attacks.

Report from the 4 Paws Marathon

The Balanced Dog and partner Bodyworks Massage Therapy sponsored the 4 Paws Marathon this year. Here's Kathleen's report about the event and the massage tent at the finish line as published in NZ Dog World.

Ban the Boom

In my Guy Fawkes post, I point out that the Labour/Green coalition have ample reasons to ban the sales of private fireworks. If animal welfare doesn't bother them, then they can at least take heed of their own policies concerning single use disposables that are filling NZ's landfills.

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Doggy Mom
The blog about everything dog

I've been blogging since 2010 about a range of dog issues. I particularly like sharing the latest research news and I always share a Doggy Quote of the Month