Izzy’s pram and beyond

Izzy, my greyhound, has begun to use a pram on some walks. In this post, read about my plan for a series of posts about dog ageing, arthritis, and senior dog care.

Dog-friendly dining

In the summer edition of Pet Life NZ magazine, I explore the world of dog-friendly dining and come up with a short list of things to look for when dining out with your dog.

Dogs of New Brighton, Part 2

In the second part of my interview with Michele of the Dogs of New Brighton, I explain more about Fear-Free techniques, the legal standings in NZ of physical therapy or 'physio'; we also talk about The Balanced Dog's birthday club, dog cakes and standards for responsible dog ownership.

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."

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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