• The curse of cute

    We’re living through times in which cuteness is sought out like never before. People spend ridiculous amounts of time searching out, watching and sharing cute things, made easy by the internet. The power of cute is not a new thing; it’s part of being human to be attracted to images of ...
  • Westie Bosley in the garden

    The Westie whirlwind that changed my life

    Before Bosley, my first Westie, came along, if you had asked me if I was a dog lover I would certainly have said an emphatic yes - but once we had him and he had lived with us as a puppy for a little while, that love turned into something ...
  • Parents, please stop bringing your kids to the dog park

    At full speed, my 10-month Dalmatian Scholar, all spots and twiggy legs, looks more like a wild thing than a dog. He looks kind of like the kid who got stretched out in the Laffy Taffy machine in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Ears flying flag-like behind him (tongue, too), he’s happiest ...
  • Candy the rescue dog in the car

    Life behind bars no more

    It was a warm, autumn day... Perhaps this makes for a good start to a story, but for a rescue dog named Candy, life for 575 days was not all sunshine and buttercups. Candy came into the care of Friends of Eden Animal Shelter in the small city of Eden, North ...
  • dying dog

    Calm, panic, calm; the rhythm of living with a dying dog

    A few months have passed since a vet gave my sweet Sally, a German Shepherd mix of A Certain Age, the diagnosis: a fast-growing malignant tumor on her front left elbow. Since deciding on palliative care, I’ve been keeping her as comfortable as I can, without knowing how many months ...
  • Sherlock the bulldog

    Finding Sherlock; transforming a scared, shy fighting dog

    At the platform of a busy station, I click my fingers to get my dog Sherlock’s attention. Then I hold up a finger to get him to sit. A few people look impressed, and one comments on how well-behaved he is. I feel a swell of pride and say, like ...
  • Carob Cookies

    Carob Cookies For Your Dog

    Dogs can enjoy the chocolatey treats we love to eat by us using carob instead, like these carob cookies! The above recipe is for you to print out and keep, so please feel free to save and share it. You will need: A Baking Tray A Rolling Pin Ingredients: 280g Wholemeal ...
  • tail story

    A tail story

    I was born in a stinky place in Bhubaneswar. I opened my eyes to see the world 21 days thereafter. I could hear the squeaky sounds similar to mine nearby. I realised that they were my siblings. We were a pack of five and our mother would feed us for ...
  • Kit Kat

    Thank you Kit Kat

    Kit Kat (2002-2016) I woke up this morning, got out of bed and saw you weren’t there. Went to get my coffee, maybe to share a morning bite – looked down - but you weren’t there. Peeked out of the curtain while taking my morning shower. You were always our ...
  • Does not walking your dog make you a bad dog owner?

    When it comes to feeling guilty about our four-legged friends, the most common reason for owners feeling guilty is when they haven’t walked their dog everyday of the week. Most training books, websites and professionals will tell you the number one rule of dog ownership is you must take your ...