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They’re on loan, make the most of it

Rosie left several weeks ago, and in the intervening time I've reflected on our life with dogs which is far too short. Enjoy these life lessons and photos of Rosie who is now enjoying her forever home in Blenheim.

Doggy quote of the month for March

The quote of the month for March is from actor Bill Murray...

Core strength could help dogs avoid knee injuries

“We found fitness matters for dogs just like it does for people, and we haven’t shown that before, says a researcher at Washington State University who has studied cruciate ligament tears in agility dogs. Core strength is key.

The Trustpower Dog

In the February edition of NZ Dog World, I speak with Head of Brand for Trustpower, Carolyn Schofield, about the company's powerful ad featuring an amputee dog finding his forever home with a fellow amputee.

Dog faeces and urine could be harming nature reserves, according to new study

The researchers call for land managers, especially in low nutrient ecosystems, to emphasise the negative fertilisation effects of dogs to visitors, encouraging them to remove their dogs’ faeces. They also call for leash use to be enforced more stringently and the establishment of more off-leash dog parks to reduce the pressure on nature reserves.

Doggy quote of the month for February

“The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth can ever be”
This blog post features a portrait photo of Izzy and me

Let me tell you about Rosie

Rosie is a deaf greyhound who has been my foster dog over the last month. This blog post contains an update about Rosie and the training we are doing to help her find her forever home. Rosie has been returned three times by adopters - we want to make her 4th placement her last.

Synchrony study unveils staggering findings surrounding lifetime cost of pet ownership

The eye-watering totals are from the United States, but I see the costs of pet care adding up in New Zealand, too. Pets are a privilege and not a right; please be sure you have planned for the costs of your pet over its lifetime.

Paw hygiene

Assistance dogs may be refused entry to hospitals on the basis of hygiene concerns. Research by Utrecht University now shows that the paws of assistance dogs are cleaner than the shoe soles of their users.

The most filmed dog breeds

The German Shepherd appears in more movies than any other breed - and other movie trivia, too.

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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