The hardest goodbye

On 27 December 2021, my greyhound Izzy passed away after entering end-stage kidney failure. This post reviews her incredible life where she achieved much as a pet. Izzy taught countless owners and dogs in my massage workshops and oversaw the key years of the business' growth. I miss her greatly.

Doggy quote of the month for January

Dr Jessica Hudspeth is pictured in this month's quote of the month as she waits respectfully while a family says goodbye to their pet. It takes a special kind of vet to work in hospice and euthanasia services - for which we should all be grateful!

Pets’ impact on human gut microbiome to be explored

Researchers say the study’s results could support the promotion of contact between older adults and household pets

Laying the groundwork for a potential dog allergy vaccine

Researchers in Japan have been studying the allergens behind dog allergies in people. This work may eventually lead to a vaccine, enabling previously allergic people to have dogs as part of their lives.

Walking your dog is better at reducing stress than strolling alone says new study

Researchers in the team took saliva samples from 14 dog owners for a week to see whether it was better to walk alone or with a pet.

Home euthanasia

In my December column in NZ Dog World, I interview the lady vets behind Our Pet's Goodbye, which operates a home euthanasia service in Christchurch. Home euthanasia has been chosen numerous times by my clients when it is time to assist their dog to peacefully pass, but may vet clinics now struggle to offer a home service.

Most dog breeds highly inbred

Dog breeds are often recognized for distinctive traits — the short legs of a dachshund, wrinkled face of a pug, spotted coat of a Dalmatian. Unfortunately, the genetics that give various breeds their particular attributes are often the result of inbreeding. This is research from UC Davis.

Doggy quote of the month for December

The quote of the month is from the Greek philosopher, Diogenes. Check it out!

Ed’s feature for Christmas gift vouchers

Ed, a Bull Terrier, is a regular client for massage. Ed behaves much the way a human does during massage and so we decided to put a blanket over him and film a session. This video is being used to promote gift vouchers for Christmas 2021. Give the calorie-free gift of massage this Christmas!

Remembering Jenny

In the November issue of NZ Dog World, I pay tribute to my friend Jenny Hamilton. Jenny lost her battle with cancer on 11 September 2021. She is sorely missed.

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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