Archive for January, 2012


Aging dogs need regular visits to their veterinarians

When we share our lives with pets, we know going into it that we will only have them a short time. Most dogs’ life span is 12 to 14 years. Sometimes cats live into their late teens. We can count ourselves lucky if we are able to have our pets around for longer than that. […]

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Why “Outdoor Dogs” Are Miserable

By Gina Spadafori www.vetstreet.com What compels people get a dog only to keep it isolated outside, away from the family? I have often wondered this as I walk my dogs down streets lined with fences behind which lonely outdoor dogs bark as we go by. I don’t know what they look like and can only […]

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‘Dog whisperer’ barking up the wrong tree

January 27 2012 at 01:24pm By SIBUSISO NKOMO   INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Camps Bay Dog Whisperer James Lech with his rottweiler. Photo: Jennifer Bruce   Related Stories TV’s dog whisperer denies link to ‘shaman’ Camps Bay “Dog Whisperer” James Lech has been instructed to remove “misleading, untruthful and deceitful” information from his website linking him to […]

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SADAA Trial Dates 2012

18 February 2012           –           Vineyard 17 March 2012               –           Boland Working Dogs 19 May 2012                 –           Vineyard 23 June 2012                 –           Boland Working Dogs 21 July 2012                  –           Vineyard 18 August 2012             –           Boland Working Dogs 15 September 2012       –           Vineyard 20 October 2012            –           Boland Working Dogs End Nov 2012               –           Boland […]

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My dog’s not fat, he’s big boned

Turns out, humans aren’t the only ones who need to drop a few pounds “I was in denial,” said Lindsay Massengale, whose dog, Kona, gained 20 pounds when she switched his dog food. “Now when I look at pictures of him [before he slimmed down] I can see it,” she said. (Pat Greenhouse / Globe […]

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Indoor dogs — living in the pack

By Anne Divine Leavenworth Times Posted Jan 25, 2012 @ 07:30 AM Leavenworth — My discussion of the pros and mostly cons of keeping a pet dog outdoors exclusively comes with a caveat.  I stipulate that my thoughts do not apply to every dog’s circumstances.There are farm dogs whose greatest joy is being with their […]

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Buyer Beware

We have a number of  puppies attending puppy class at the moment with questionable temperament. My heart goes out to their owners who could have been spared the heartache of dealing with a potentially aggressive dog.  All they needed to have done was a little homework, before purchasing the puppy. Every reactive puppy has at least one reactive parent. It […]

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New Ideas for our Obedience Classes

We are planning a major overhaul of our obedience classes for the second term. (This will not affect our Beginner’s Obedience, Puppy and Agility Classes.) After 17 years of following the same format, we feel we need to move with the times and relook at how we structure our classes and what we actually teach. […]

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Puppy Vaccinations

BUYING A PUPPY?  BEWARE   One of the saddest things in private practice is witnessing the joy and delight of a new puppy turn to sorrow when, a few days after its purchase; it succumbs to a horrible disease like parvo virus or distemper. What makes it especially sad is that these diseases are preventable […]

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TV’s dog whisperer denies link to ‘shaman’

January 19 2012 at 01:40pm   NONTANDO MPOSO Staff Reporter THE OWNER of the Rottweiler that attacked a two-year-old girl at Clifton boasted on his website last week that he has spent time with animal behaviourist Cesar Millan. But Millan, the star of the National Geographic show The Dog Whisperer and who counts Oprah Winfrey […]

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Beach signage on dog walking is upgraded

Rusana Philander The city of Cape Town has upgraded its signage on beaches after a two-year-old girl was attacked by a Rotweiler on Clifton beach last week. Keegen Peters and Chanelle Lackay, the parents of two-year-old Meeka, laid a charge at the Camps Bay police station. James Lech, the dog’s owner, was walking the dog […]

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Snake Bite Safety

Amanda De Wet’s Flat Coated Retriever Angel died tragically after being bitten by a Cape Cobra. She asked that we spread the information in the link below as it seems that the vet who treated her dog made the mistake of adminstering anti- venom before putting Angel on a ventilator. Snake Bite Information

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‘Shaman’s’ dogs have attacked before

  NONTANDO MPOSO Staff Reporter THE OWNER of the Rottweiler that mauled a two-year-old toddler on Clifton’s First Beach on Wednesday is a self-styled “dog whisperer”. James Lech, of Camps Bay, owns a dog weight loss and rehabilitation clinic and claims on his website to be “a gifted and well-renowned dog behavioural specialist”. But the […]

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City probes ‘Dog Shaman’

The City of Cape Town is investigating a dog behavioural specialist after his Rottweiler attacked a toddler on a Clifton beach earlier this week, according to the Cape Times. The City’s Specialised Law Enforcement Services is looking into James Lech, who describes himself on his website as the “Dog Shaman” and “number one” in his […]

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Dog mauls girl, 2, at Clifton

  A two-year-old girl has had emergency surgery after being attacked by a Rottweiler at one of Cape Town’s most popular beaches. What started as a fun day at Clifton’s First Beach for Meeka Riley and her aunt, Liska October, turned into a terrifying ordeal when one of three unleashed Rottweilers roaming the beach attacked […]

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Club Opening

Puppy classes have continued throughout the holidays but for “big” dogs we will be reopening on Saturday 14 January. Our first Beginner’s course of the year starts on 21 January at 3pm. All club fees are payable before you attend classes. The membership fees are: R250 per school term or part thereof  (Senior Citizens pay half) […]

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Include Your Dog in Your New Year’s Resolutions

I encourage owners to make a commitment to their dogs a priority next year! Here are a few New Year’s Resolutions I recommend.   walk your dog every day for at 45 minutes to an hour. Walking with your dog twice a day for 30 minutes is the first step toward improving your relationship with […]

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