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THE DEMENTIA DOG PROJECT
The Dementia Dog Project builds services for people with dementia that brings dogs back into their lives or supports them to continue their relationship with dogs.
It aims to prove that dogs can help people with dementia maintain their waking, sleeping and eating routine, remind them to take medication, improve confidence, keep them active and engaged with their local community, as well as providing a constant companion who will reassure when facing new and unfamiliar situations.
For more information have a look through their site or get in contact if you would like to get involved: http://www.dementiadog.org/ and here's a touching short video of a dog helping Alzhiemer's sufferer get his speech back:
OMG! Soooo CUTE
I've always loved this tune: 'I want a dog' by the Pet Shop Boys - no offence to cats! :)
Maria's furry customer 'Knuckles' rescued from a Greek beach
On 6 July 2012 whilst on a holiday in Greece a poor puppy walked into the lives of a dog-loving couple from the UK. He was starving, terrified of humans, had bits of his ears and tail missing, but just wanted some food, water and TLC. So this wonderful couple decided to rescue him, and go through the process of bringing him back to health, love and finally the UK. After a trip to a Greek Vet they discovered that ‘Knuckles’ (best name ever!) was aged anything between 2.5 – 4 months old weighing in at between 6-7 kilos. After agreeing that Knuckles was a ‘Heinz’ variety breed the Vet reckoned he had a bit of ‘Greek Shepherd’ in him. His wonky legs raised concerns that they may have been broken, or that there was a severe lack of calcium.
After arranging further visits to the Greek Vet, Knuckles was immunised, fed healthily, along with additional supplements and was awarded a UK Passport to travel to his new life in Lewisham, SE London.
Eight weeks on Knuckles is now treasured, happy, healthy and loved by his new owners and even won Best Rescued Dog at the recent Chinbrook Meadow’s Dog Show. Maria now loves her regular weekly walks with the lovely Knuckles. If you’d like to find out more follow ‘Knuckles the Dog’ on his own Facebook page:
My Rottie storie
My husband came home one afternoon only to find Charlie our adored Rottweiler with his head peering out of what can only be described as an enormous mouse-hole that had appeared at the bottom of our bathroom door! Poor Charlie had shut himself in the bathroom and had tried to eat his way out! ....... On another occasion, after laying new carpet throughout the 15 feet hallway, we returned to nothing but underlay - Charlie had eaten the whole carpet!!! He had a few digestive problems for the next few days - but nothing serious - bless his little cotton socks. We did feed him - honest! Maria :)
A goodbye message to a great friend
A Picture of Chet & Bauer's Last Day
I subscribe to thedogtrainingsecret.com and recently received an email from Chet on the passing of his beloved dog 'Bauer' - here's what he wanted to share with dog owners who were grieving their loss - And 'Thank you' Chet:
My wonderful dog, Bauer died of ‘BLOAT’ last weekend, a condition I was told could not have been prevented. While in the hospital after a failed surgurey I was given a book to help me cope, and upon flipping open that book the first exercise asked me to write down a description of how I’d wished I’d spent the last day with my dog. And as I read that book I realized that if I had to live it all over again, I would have done everything EXACTLY the same. I had been given the opportunity to spend that perfect ‘Last Day’ with my dog at the beach, his favorite place.
Here’s hoping this tragedy in my life, can help you appreciate the little moments you share with yours.
Your “Last Day” – A Goodbye Message To A Great Friend
If I had the chance to relive my last day on earth with you,
I know without a doubt exactly what we’d do.
I’d pack you up and head on down to your favorite place of all
Where we’d spend hours watching you chase your
You’d swim until your muscles couldn’t paddle any more,
and then I’d stroke your sandy fur ’til you were ready
for some more.
I’d feed you marshmallows while we sat there on the beach,
because I know that most of all they are your favorite treat.
Then side by side we’d sit in the last moments of the day,
and remember all the good times we had shared
along the way.
With tear filled eyes I’d sit there as the Lord took you away,
and look forward to the next time that once again we’d play.
It won’t be soon my friend, I’ve got things here still to do,
but rest assured that today won’t be my last day with you.
Many years from now I know we’ll meet again,
And when we do can we please relive this “Last Day”
Remembering the heroic dogs of 9/11
Omar Rivera with 9/11 Hero DORADO
Two courageous dogs saved their owners' lives amid the danger and confusion following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. As the anniversary draws closer each year, many will remember these two heroic dogs of 9/11.
The Story of Dorado, One of the Heroic Dogs of 9/11
Dorado is a guide dog owned by Omar Rivera, a blind computer technician working on the 71st floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Dorado, a yellow Labrador Retriever, became one of the heroic dogs of 9/11 by saving the life of his owner.
Dorado was near Rivera when the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11 began. But as pandemonium broke out, Dorado became separated from Rivera. But the courageous dog found his way back to Rivera and guided him to the crowded stairway. With the panic-stricken crowd pushing and struggling to get out, they slowly made their way down 70 flights of stairs of the demolished World Trade Center on 9/11.
The Story of Roselle, Another of the Heroic Dogs of 9/11
Roselle is another guide dog who became one of the heroic dogs of 9/11. Roselle, also a yellow Labrador Retriever, saved the life of her owner, Michael Hingson, a blind public speaker.
Roselle and Hingson were on the 78th floor of the World Trade Center on 9/11. As Roselle guided Hingson toward the stairway, they encountered a woman who was having trouble seeing due to the smoke and particle debris. The brave Roselle led Hingson and the woman together down 77 flights of stairs to safety.
Both Heroic Dogs of 9/11 Receive Recognition
Later both Rivera and Hingson both spoke about the World Trade Center attack on 9/11 and attributed their lives to their heroic dogs of 9/11.
Rivera is quoted saying, "He guided me down 70 flights of the World Trade Center, it was amazing. It was then I knew for certain he loved me just as much as I loved him. He was prepared to die in the hope he might save my life. It was slow going but Dorado kept nudging me down step by step. I owe my life to Dorado - my companion and best friend."
Hingson said, "Roselle kept taking directions from me as we headed down the stairs of the World Trade Center. I owe my life to Roselle."
Both of these heroic dogs of 9/11 have received numerous awards including the Dickin Medal from Great Britain.
Published by Sunshine Wilson
Sunshine is a freelance writer, a certified professional dog trainer and an electrical engineering consultant. View profile
Pet-lovers from across the pond share their embarrassing pooch stories
Petside readers submitted their embarrassing pet stories via Facebook and Twitter. Here are the funniest!
An Associated Press-Petside.com poll recently found that 95% of pet owners say their pets are "very or somewhat well behaved."
However, the same poll showed that more than 1-in-10 owners are often embarrassed by their pets' behavior!
Sounds like the pets in the following stories could use a little obedience school! ...........
"Nothing beats your dogs running out into the living room with your panties and handing them over to your guests for tug of war." - Ashley E Sanderson
"I was at the vet with my dog and he broke wind. People began to notice and when I said "the dog did it" everyone looked at me like, "sure he did lady!" - Susan Gougeon Klein
"I was in middle school spending the night at a friend's and had brought my puppy along with me. I left my suitcase open and was mingling with my friend's parents and other guests. My puppy came running up the stairs bumping into walls and knocking things over with panties on her head looking like captain underpants! The guys asked, "Whose panties are these?" I said "not mine!" Well I had forgotten that my mom writes my name on all of my underwear and socks! So there my name was on my panties over my puppies head. I was soo embarrassed!" - Valerie Armanda Gallegos
"I was hoping to make a good impression when my big Lab mix scooted across the pale carpet and left a stinky brown anal sac fluid stripe moments before my mother-in-law arrived. Aw, well, I never liked her much anyway..." - Lisa MacDonald
Selection picked from this great website: www.petside.com
Choking dog saves its own life by dialling 999
Photo Ben Lack (The Sun)
COPS who raced to a house after hearing desperate heavy breathing during an emergency call found a DOG had rung 999 while strangling itself with the telephone wire. George, the two-year-old Basset Hound, had knocked the phone to the floor and got entangled in the wire — winding it round his neck.
And he panicked so much he incredibly managed to ring 999 as he pawed at the phone trying to free himself.
The emergency operator alerted police who dashed to the empty home of driving instructor Steve Brown and his daughter Lydia.
They were preparing to smash down the door when a family friend from a nearby house ran out with a key to let them in.
READ THE FULL STORY
Life Without Dog
I stumbled across this heart-warming story by Tim Heintzman which touched me and I'm sure Tim wouldn't mind me sharing it with you.
Mark Twain wrote that “The dog is a gentleman. I would rather go to his heaven than man’s”. My dog, a golden retriever named General Custer, or as I called him, Custer, was not only a man’s best friend but my teacher, guru and the gentlest of souls ever to walk this earth. A month ago, Custer was diagnosed with a hemangiosarcoma tumour on his heart. The vet suspected something like that when he saw that his heart had become radically enlarged from only three months before. An ultrasound confirmed his suspicions.
Custer and I walked out of the veterinarian hospital, he labouring because he also had partial laryngeal paralysis which affected his breathing and I in that surreal state of mind one goes into when you have just been given some news that you can’t quite process. Six months earlier he had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I was witness to a higher level of courage than I had ever seen before.
Read Tim's full article and leave him a comment? I have :)
My Dog Likes to Disco
A Funny Dog Poem for Kids
My doggy likes to disco dance.
He boogies every night.
He dances in his doghouse
till the early morning light.
The other dogs come running
when they hear my doggy swing.
A few will play their instruments.
The others dance and sing.
They pair off with their partners
as their tails begin to wag.
They love to do the bunny hop,
the fox trot and the shag.
You'll see the doghouse rockin'
as a hundred dogs or more
all trip the light fantastic
on the doghouse disco floor.
At last, at dawn, they exit
in the early morning breeze,
and stop to sniff the fire hydrants,
bushes, lawns and trees.
I just don't understand it
for although it looks like fun.
I can't see how they fit inside
that doghouse built for one.
By Kenn Nesbitt
Copyright © 2009 Kenn Nesbitt
All Rights Reserved
Four-footed golden angels make their waggy debut at London Pet Show
A gorgeous group of golden stars made their furry first appearance at the London Pet Show.
Arguably the cutest dance troupe in the world, the Southern Golden Retriever Display Team – which has performed at Crufts for nine years running - delighted crowds at Earl’s Court during the animal-packed event.
Led by their owners, the 16 waggy-tailed entertainers performed to their favourite hits by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry over the weekend of May 12 and 13.
Karen Menter, from Swanley, is the team’s choreographer and organiser.
Read the full article by Nikki Jarvis in The News Shopper
After a night on the tiles...
After a night on the tiles two Labradors ‘Whiskey’ and ‘Guinness’ woke up, looked at each other and Whiskey said to Guinness “How do ya feel?” Guinness replied: “RUFF RUFF RUFF!”
Dogs mimic human yawns - love it :)
Scouring Cesar Millan's website I discovered an article by By Nicole Pajer who reports that a new study suggests our dogs mimic us when we yawn. - Cool aye? -
".....Have you ever yawned and then glanced over to see your pup do the same? A new study reveals that yawning is contagious not only between humans but also between a dog and its owner. In fact, a dog hearing the sound of a human yawn seems to be enough to trigger a canine yawning reflex and may be a key element in proving a dog’s ability to empathize with us. READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND FIND OUT WHY DOGS YAWN ON CESAR MILLAN'S WEBSITE
"My Dad was a boxer!...."
When we see owner's out walking their boxer dogs my husband invariably says: "My Dad was a boxer ..... And my Mum was a cocker-spaniel"
It always raises a chuckle.
For those who haven't already seen the above hilarious video of CLARK in 'Ultimate Dog Tease', you've got a real treat in store - I'm still chuckling :)