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Diabetic Dogs – How we manged Diabetes in our Dog

| blog | April 13, 2015

Diabetic Dogs in Ireland treating a dog with diabetesDoris Dachshund 7/11/01 – 30/09/14

It was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our beloved Doris on the 30th September last year.

We had 13 wonderful years with Doris and she brought us tremendous happiness, we will never forget her !

We very rarely had to bring Doris to the vets but unfortunately in April 2011 she had a few symptoms that caused us concern. She had started to drink a lot of water and would often shiver despite being in a warm house.

We brought her straight to the vets and after taking some bloods and doing tests he diagnosed Doris as a diabetic, she was 9 years old. We were both devastated upon hearing this news as we knew a little bit about diabetes in humans but we knew nothing about it in dogs, but this would soon change.

The vet explained to us what we would have to do on a daily basis to care for our diabetic dog but it was all too much to take in at the time and it took us a while to get our head around things.

Doris now had a disease, she would never be cured, her disease could only be controlled and even that would be very difficult to do at times, as we experienced over the next three and a half years. It all seemed very daunting to us both but like everything we do with our dogs we threw ourselves into the task ahead 100% and we started to educate ourselves on how to care for Doris the best we possibly could. Taking on the care of a diabetic dog is a huge task and luckily there were 2 of us involved and our current circumstances allowed us to care for Doris.

What was involved in caring for Doris ?

* Twice daily injections – we injected Doris twice a day as this worked better for her in helping to control her sugar levels but every dog is different, you need to get this balance right with close supervision from your vet.

* She was fed twice a day at exactly the same time as this was very important, feeding at irregular times will totally mess up the sugar levels and will make your dog sick.

* Food portions were the same size at each meal every day but we did not always get this right and as a result we found if we increased the size portions it would affect her sugar levels.

* No food was given in between meals with the exception of the odd raw treat of green vegetables

* A diabetic dog is constantly hungry and this is part of the condition, but as a rule we did stick to our routine as we knew it was the only way.

* Insulin was administered shortly after Doris had her daily meals, it is best that your dogs has eaten it’s meal before giving insulin as it is not good to give insulin on an empty stomach.

* Blood Glucose Monitor: We bought an Acu Check blood glucose monitor (the same one used for humans) so we could check Doris’ sugar levels on a regular basis. We would then record the readings on an excel spreadsheet. Blood was drawn from the inside of the lip. A task that took both of us. One to hold Doris and one to draw & measure the blood. Doris never minded getting this done, as we would treat afterwards with broccoli etc.

Diet

People often think only overweight dogs can get diabetes, this is not always the case. Doris was the perfect weight but diabetes is common in older female dogs especially neutered ones. In humans diet is very important in maintaining a good blood sugar level, so we assumed the same must be the same for canines.

The first thing we did was visit a Mr Tom Farrington in West Cork as we had heard that he had great success in treating diabetic dogs and even curing diabetic cats. He advised that the raw food diet worked very well in helping to control the sugar levels in diabetic dogs. We switched all of our dogs onto this natural diet of raw chicken and raw vegetables and we never looked back !.

The only vegetable that we did not feed to Doris was carrots because of their high sugar content. This diet worked very well for Doris because there was no sugar in it, we would also take the skin off of any chicken because of the high fat content in same.

High sugar levels what to look out for – High levels occur when your dog is not getting the right dosage of insulin

* Increased thirst – when Doris’ levels went up she would start to drink more water than normal, this was always the first warning sign for us.

* Increased gunk in her eyes this was always a sign that her sugars had gone high, when her eyes were clear we knew the levels were fairly okay.

* Loss of appetite when her sugars went into double figures as your dog feels nauseous and cannot eat and this occasionally caused her to get sick

* Other factors such as stress can contribute to high levels

* If we got a series of high levels over a few days we would then adjust the dosage by speaking to our vet , we would then keep a close eye on same by taking more frequent sugar levels until we got it to an acceptable level.

Low sugar levels what were the warning signs -Lows occur when your dog is getting too much insulin so the levels have to be carefully monitored and reduced over time.

Lows are much more dangerous than a high and if left un-noticed your dog can go into a coma but thankfully we were always there to notice the symptoms.

With Doris we always noticed that some of the above symptoms would occur when her levels had gone to low, this would normally occur when the insulin was working at its peak usually around 4 -5 hours after Doris was fed. She would have no energy and would be very weak and if placed off the sofa onto the floor would stagger , a low level for Doris was under a reading of 4 mmol/l on the blood glucose monitor.

When this occurred it was very important that she got a sugar fix to bring up the sugar levels. We would do this by administering some honey onto her gums and giving a very small amount of food finely cut up as dogs with low levels can find it hard to swallow. Within half an hour Doris would come around and she would be fine again but it was always a very worrying experience but we learned what to look out for over time and thankfully it very rarely happened .

As I said before every dog and their diabetic condition is different but there are definitely some common factors that are common and are easy to look out for.

Storage of insulin : Owner error is actually the most common cause of what is thought to be insulin resistance.

This may seem basic but it is important not to skip the basics. Confirm that the amount of insulin being drawn into the insulin syringe is correct, that the injection technique is correct and that the patient is actually receiving the injection. Rule out any snacking or changes in the patient’s feeding schedule. Be sure the bottle of insulin is not expired and that it has been properly stored. Your vet will show you how to administer the insulin correctly and you can also watch you tube clips on the internet. We also found that by giving the insulin in different areas helped an awful lot instead of putting it in the one point each time, we would rotate sides at
each meal.

Yes taking on the care of a diabetic dog is a daunting task and not everyone is in a position to give this much care to their beloved pet due to their personal circumstances and we would not criticise them for this. We are so glad that we were able to care for Doris and help her lead a good life up until the very end, it was tough work but she gave us so much in return it was worth it. Diabetes is a minefield even in humans and even our vets find it very difficult to understand.

If any of you out there are going through a similar experience and would just like to make contact to discuss our situation we would love to hear from you, please email dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

Josephine & Paul

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I hate Dogs !

| blog | April 3, 2015

Dogs Ireland hateI hate Dogs.

No that’s not it.

I hate the people that own dogs.

That’s not right either.

What I have come to realise is that I hate people that think they know everything about dogs.

Hate probably isn’t the right choice of word as hate is a very strong emotion, and one that I don’t use that often, reserved especially for people that skip queues and unhelpful employees in call centres.

One thing the team here at Pedigree Dogs stated from the outset is that we are far too intelligent to suggest that we know all things about dogs, having never officially studied the subject, and we only have a slightly better knowledge than the man (or woman) on the street. However what we don’t know we will always ask for advice from an expert.

The basics are easy, research your breed, research a breeder, be prepared for bringing a pup or dog into your house, apply fair & consistent training from an early age, feed appropriate food and when old enough make sure to exercise the dog in accordance with the breeds requirements.

Then you move onto more advanced things like, what kind of food are you going to feed your dog, and how often, if ever are you going to vaccinate etc.

It’s up to the individual to make an informed choice regarding these subjects based on the information that’s readily available to everybody, that’s if you take the time to look for it instead of listening to the brand marketers.

What really bugs me is when you hear people spouting out pure unfiltered bullsh1t based on no actual scientific or proven fact, just going on what a friend of a friend told them or it’s how my parents always done it.

Ireland may have made enormous steps forward in the last 30 years in relation to most things, but when it comes to dogs and some of the advice that people still spout out, it looks like we are still living in the dark ages.

Don’t just do something with or to your dog because that’s the way you have always done it, educate yourself & I can guarantee you that your relationship with your dog will be a much better place to live in for both of you.

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Pedigree Dogs 50% Off Easter Sale

| blog | April 1, 2015

Pedigree Dogs SaleThe team here at Pedigreedogs.ie are delighted to announce details of our first ever Easter Sale.

Like other well know brands in Ireland, such as Aer Lingus & Ryan Air who constantly seem to be having a seat sale, we have decided to follow the same route (excuse the pun) and have our very own sale.

We are having a 50% off sale, so from now until midnight on Easter Monday, ALL dogs advertised on the Pedigree Dogs website will be available to purchase for 50% less than the asking price.

Yes you did just read that right, 50% off all dogs advertised on the Pedigree Dogs web site.

You see over the last 5 years of running the registered web site in Ireland for dogs, we’ve come to the conclusion that a large percentage of people in Ireland look upon pets & dogs especially as a commodity, that can be exchanged, traded against, haggled for or simply dropped like a hot potato as quickly as the fashions change.

Taking into consideration the above, and the fact that everybody loves to bag a bargain, it made the decision of offering this 50% off sale a bit of a no brainer.

It’s kind of like when Brown Thomas or HOUSE OF FRASER have their January sale, where you see luxurious items slashed by anything up to 50% off the recommended retail price (RRP).

You see the dogs advertised on Pedigreedogs.ie are from some of the top owner / breeders in Ireland and if Brown Thomas or HOUSE OF FRASER were ever to start selling dogs, the dogs you see on our web site would definitely fit in with their brand.

So don’t delay, get your credit card out and go bag yourself a bargain.

Promotion starts: 01-04-15
Promo Code to be used at check out: Pedigreedogsaprilfool

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Pedigree Dogs Happy 5th Birthday

| blog | January 29, 2015

Pedigree dogs Happy 5th BirthdayToday five years ago, the Pedigreedogs.ie website went live on the World Wide Web.

In the 5 years since we launched the site, we have learned an unbelievable amount not just about dogs & people, but also about search engine optimisation and techy things we would never had gotten involved in only for the site.

The site also got us involved with the event organisers of Pet Expo and as a result we have organised the Dog Breed Village for them for the last 4 years.

The world of Dogs in Ireland is massive covering such areas as rescues, puppy farms, dog shows, agility, and so much more, and you would have to be extremely foolish to think that you can improve the life of all dogs in each of these areas.

What we have come to learn over the past 5 years is that it would be extremely unlikely that we will win the war on puppy farms, but we can all make a difference by winning the odd battle along the way. Promoting responsible dog ownership and the responsible breeding of dogs can go some way to educate people that the breeding of healthy dogs of sound temperament does have its place in the world of dogs in Ireland, just in the same way that dog rescues / welfare organisations do.

Emails we receive back from people like the one hereunder makes the hard work that goes into running & maintaining the site extremely worthwhile.

“Hi Paul, just letting you know that I finally got my dog 4 weeks ago via your website. He is a beautiful springer, from Tralee Co Kerry. Breeder was …. ……. who advertised on pedigreedogs.ie. He was worth the wait and the journey, I’m mad about him. Thanks again for your help. Kind regards”

None of us can say what is around the corner, but we have every intention of sticking around and doing our bit to promote Pedigree Dogs and responsible dog ownership in Ireland. Having said that the site wouldn’t be possible if not for the support of people like you, so I’ll hope you will join me in wishing Pedigreedogs.ie a happy 5th Birthday and raise a glass for the next 5.

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Straight from the farm to your house.

| blog | January 15, 2015

Puppy Farm BichonHello Doris & Happy New Year (Well I hope it is for some)

My name is Billy & I am a 9 week old Bichon Frise.

You might already be thinking what could a 9 week old puppy be writing to you about as their life should just be beginning, but trust me, I’m not wasting your time, as even though I’ve only been on this planet for what must seem like the blink of an eye, I have already lived through a lot.

That’s even taking into consideration that the first 2 weeks of my life, my eyes were closed, but now they have been well & truly opened.

The first thing I remember was how cold it was.

It wasn’t just me, my Brothers & 1 Sister also felt it and together with them & my Mother, we’d pack as tightly as we could to keep the little heat we had shared amongst us.

The next thing I recall was the noise.

Screaming & yelping seemed to be coming from every angle, but knowing myself & my siblings were not alone didn’t make it any easier.

When my eyes finally opened & I got to adjust to the dim light, I discovered I was in some kind of cubicle, that was in some kind of shed, and their were other dogs & pups some like me and others not so, in similar cubicles in this shed.

The days seemed to last forever, the noise was terrible, & the cold unbearable. I just knew what myself & my littermates were going through just wasn’t right.

Once a day a non canine would enter the shed and do a quick head count, change some bedding (It needed it, trust me) & give my mother some food which she gulped down with unbelievable haste. I thought at first she ate so fast just in case some of us tried to take some from her, but now realise she was extremely hungry.

It was hard to stay positive, but I could only hope that someday, somebody would come along and take us all from this miserable existence.

That day came for me when I was around 6 weeks old.

Prior to that date a few other non canines had come to the shed a looked around all the cubicles. Some would stop in front of ours and look in, some would even reach over & grab us, no matter what we were doing to have a closer look. The smaller of these non canines were quite rough and passed us puppies around like some kind of plaything, but at least we got to feel wanted by someone or something other than our poor mother, who never got a look in from anybody.

Then one day it finally happened.

Some of my siblings had already been “taken” my sister being the first one to go & not return. Then it was my turn. I was taken from this prison by 2 non canines and transported to where they lived. At first I was hidden from the young ones and placed into another shed, only this time it was smaller & I was on my own. This didn’t last too long thankfully, as late one night I was plucked from my sleep & placed in a box at the base of a tree along with a load of other boxes. Finally I was warm.

What happened next I am still trying to get over. What seems like only a few hours after I was placed in this box the lid was ripped open and I was extracted by the smaller ones. Something great must have been happening as the excitement in the room was nearly unbearable. In fact I wet myself, but it went totally unnoticed. The next few days were like this one and although I got very little sleep it was a 100% improvement to what my life had been up until then.

Then it happened.

The smaller ones soon found more interest in the other boxes that I shared that room with, and after a while they would leave the house each morning & not return until later that day. The older non canines didn’t take too kindly to me using the floor as my bathroom, and just as I thought it couldn’t get any worse I was relegated back out to the shed. Apart from feeding me, the visits have become less and less, and where  I had the support & comfort of my Mother & Siblings in the first shed, here I am on my own.

Please tell me Doris that this is not what I am destined for ! Surely I have more to offer this family if only I was given the chance.

I look forward so desperately to hearing back from you Doris.

Billy the Bichon

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Starting your puppy on raw dog food

| blog | December 11, 2014

Dog Food PuppyThis is a guest post by Dean Barrow who runs raw feeding website, Raw Dog Food. 

Raw feeding is getting increasingly popular amongst dog owners these days, and it’s no surprise that they’d like their pets to be as healthily as possible.

For those of you in the dark, raw feeding is the process of mimicking a dog’s natural diet as closely as possible. This is done by feeding what dogs have been eating for thousands of years – raw meat.

There are two distinct feeding methods undertaken by raw feeders, these are BARF, short for Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods, and the Prey method. That doesn’t mean you have to take sides though, some feed one, the other, or even a mix of both, whatever works best for you and your dog.

BARF – Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods

This is the quickest and easiest way to start feeding raw, BARF is essentially a pre-mixed blend of raw meat, bone, fruit and veg, calculated for the perfect nutritional balance for your dog.

The Prey Method

Prey feeders serve the whole prey whenever possible instead of a pre-mixed blend. This can be any mammal that runs, flies or swims, including whole chickens, turkeys, rabbits etc.

But enough about what is it, the question you’re probably asking is why you should start feeding raw to your new puppy.

Why should you feed your puppy a raw food diet?

So if you’ve just got a new puppy, or you’re planning to get one (remember at this time of the year, a puppy is not just for Christmas!), you’re likely doing a bit of research as to what to feed them.

Well if you want to start them off by feeding them the most natural and beneficial diet as possible, you should really consider raw dog food. Not only will your pup be healthier and have more energy, but you’ll soon start to see noticeable differences. Their coat will be shinier and healthier and they’ll quickly appear more muscular, with a leaner physique.

After feeding a raw diet, you’ll notice that those puppy pearly whites will stay white and shiny forever, the chewing and massaging action of eating raw meat and bones actually helps to clean the teeth. Compare a raw fed dog to a kibble fed dog and the oral difference is immediately obvious.
Remember, kibble has only existed for around 100 years, and was created purely for convenience, not with your dogs health in mind!

There are many more benefits to raw feeding, this post just scratches the surface of raw dog food.

How much raw food does a puppy eat?

This is often overlooked at first, and many people perform an amount of guesswork as to how much food to put down. This can lead to an over or underweight puppy, but it really is quite simple to calculate.

If you know the breed of your dog, especially if your dog is a pedigree, then you just need to feed 3% of their ideal adult weight.

If you don’t know their expected adult weight, such as if you have a crossbreed, then the first thing you need to do is weigh your pup and reference the below table.

Age in weeks % of bodyweight to feed
10-16 10 %
17-24 8-6 %
25-36 6-4 %
37-52 3-4 %

These are guidelines only, all dogs are different with individual metabolic rates and exercise levels. Keep a close eye on your dog and adjust up or down as required.

Start off by feeding 3 meals a day and decrease this to 2 meals after at least 12 weeks. Different breeds will vary so you may end up switching at around 3-6 months.

What’s next?

You should now know enough to consider switching your puppy onto a raw diet, although this is only just the beginning. Do your research and learn as much as you can about raw feeding and you’ll soon be wondering why you haven’t switched already!

For further reading on raw feeding, see the getting started guide on Raw Dog Food.

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Dog Breed Village Pet Expo, RDS Dublin 2014

| blog | November 24, 2014

Dog Breeds IrelandSo that’s it for another year.

The Dog Breed Village as part of Pet Expo held at the week end in the RDS Dublin, was, even if I say so myself, a great success.

Now obviously I am not taking the credit for this, I’m just the puppet master, not that the breed village representatives are puppets…No, start again, I’m just the organ grinder not the monkey..

Maybe I should stop digging myself a hole !

What I’m trying to say is, that without the dedication that the breed village representatives display towards their breed, & as a result, responsible dog ownership in general, there would be no dog breed village. Then there would be no success when it comes to getting our message across to the vast amount of visitors that came to the 2 day event, about the right way to go about researching a breed & then a responsible, reputable breeder.

Somebody once said to me that we are just custodians of our breed, and hopefully we hand it on to the next generations in the same shape or maybe better than when we got involved.

Another way of looking at it is that it’s all about the dog, and our job whether it be an individual or breed club is to make sure that we do all that we can to make their lives the best we can. So as long as we all follow our own code of ethics & ensure that we health test for all the breed specific ailments in our breeds and continue to use events like Pet Expo & the dog breed village to get this information out to the general public, your breed is in good hands.

So once again I’d like to thank the many individuals & the breed clubs, some that are now considered part of the furniture when it comes to this event & all that gave so generously of their own time over the 2 long days at your own expense.

Last & by no means least, I’d like to thank Marie & Lesley, the event organisers, for giving us this FANTASTIC opportunity to promote our Pedigree Dogs.

Now as the puppet master / organ grinder, I’d like to invite you all to take a bow.

Well done.

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Pet Expo 2014 RDS Dublin 22nd & 23rd November Dog Breed Village

| blog | November 10, 2014

The aim of the Breed Village at Pet Expo Dublin 2014 is as follows

To give the potential dog owner :

• All the relevant information on exercise,training,grooming,feeding and housing requirements of the breed from some of the top people in their chosen breeds in Ireland

• Who have fully researched the breed, information on the correct route and process when considering bringing a pup or adult dog into your home

• A chance to see their chosen breed in the flesh, with all the coat and slobber that may go with the breed

• Information on breed specific health tests that both parents of any potential pup should have taken

• A reference point for the future should any interested persons need further information before making the decision of being “owned” by the breed

The Breed Village is an opportunity to showcase Pedigree Dogs and educate the general public about potential ownership of same.

If you are interested in a certain breed and go to a responsible breeder, that carries out all the required health checks, and one that socialises pups from an early age, and provides a lifetime of support, then you have taken the right steps, as your puppy will have the foundation to go on and lead a long and healthy life.

Pet Expo 2014 RDS Dublin

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Dog food developed with Vets that gives your dog wings.

| blog | October 12, 2014

Dog food IrelandDeveloped with vets. Top breeders recommend it. That’s according to the people, (Mars) that bring you the Pedigree Chum brand of dog food amongst others.

I came across this old piece of advertising from this company the other day, & posted it on the Pedigree Dogs Facebook page asking people for their opinion of this food.

Maybe it’s a coincidence but I posted it around the same day that I leaned that the caffeinated drinks giant Red Bull was sued $13m for falsely claiming their product “gives you wings”

Anyhow, out of the 73 comments that were posted, the general gist stated they wouldn’t feed it to their dogs if it were the last dog food left on the supermarket shelves.

During the summer I read a fantastic book called Farmageddon The True Cost of Cheap Meat written by the CEO of Compassion In World Farming, Mr Philip Lymbrey. It deals with the production of food products around the globe, and the cost not just in monetary terms but to the planet that large industrial factory farms cause. Before reading the book I always considered that I had a healthy(ish) diet & filled the shopping basket with ethically sourced foods, but now look at everything I buy to eat through a new set of eyes.

It makes sense to feed you & your family with the healthiest and most ethically sourced products, and I’m not sure about you, but I definitely include my dogs as part of my family.

It’s all too easy to get caught out by the marketers who through their advertising campaigns in print, radio, TV, & now social media brainwash the majority of people into thinking that their product is the best for them & that money can buy.

See the thing is, that Mars also own Whiskas, Royal Canin, Cesar, Sheba, & Chappie & if they can get away with spouting these claims about Pedigree Chum, why would you believe anything else they tell you about their other brands?

But why would you stop there?  Surely if Mars are at it, their competitors aren’t  just going to sit back & take a beating in the race for market dominance.

Personally I’d rather just feed my dogs what nature intended, which isn’t processed foods no matter how many vets were involved in developing it, or how many top breeders recommend it.

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Pet Expo 2014 RDS Dublin 22nd & 23rd November

| blog | October 2, 2014

Pet Expo 2014Roll up, Roll up, for the greatest show this side of the Mississippi

Pet Expo the once a year event which is the largest of it’s kind in Ireland is being held at it’s traditional home of the RDS on the 22nd & 23rd of November.

We here at Pedigree Dogs are delighted again to be involved with the show in relation to organising the Dog Breed Village on behalf of the show organisers.

Visitors to the show will be able to see up close & personal the following dog breeds & talk to some of the most respected owner / breeders of their breed in Ireland.

This as well as all the other aspects of Pet Expo make this as show that is unrivalled in Ireland & one that anybody thinking of buying or adopting a dog would be mad to miss out on.

Pyrenean Mountain Dog
Leonberger Club Of Ireland
Saint Bernard
Emerald Isle Newfoundland Club
Rhodesian Ridgeback
Basenji
Saluki Club Of Ireland
Black Russian Terrier
Alaskan Malamute Club of Ireland
Great Dane
Akita Association of Ireland
Samoyed
Keeshond
All Ireland Siberian Husky
German Spitz Club of Ireland (Klein & Mittle)
Irish Japanese Spitz Association
Phalene Club Of Ireland
Irish Terrier
The Border Terrier Club Of Ireland
Parson Russell Terrier
Miniature Bull Terrier
Golden Retriever
Bracco Italiano
Shar Pei
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Shih Tzu
Mastiff
Gordon Setter
Beagle
English Foxhound
Australian Shepherd
Labrador
German Shorthaired Pointer
Basset Fauve De Bretagne
Old English Sheepdog
Maltese
Shiba Inu
Bulldog
Miniature Schnauzer
Dalmatians
Chow Chow
Boxer Society Of Ireland

Irish Water Spaniel

Giant Schnauzer

Airedale Terrier

Welsh Terrier

Hungarian Vizsla

South Russian Ovcharka

Finally, thank you very much to all the dedicated people involved with the breeds above, who give freely of their time & at their own expense to promote their breed (s) as well as responsible dog ownership to all that visit them at the Dog Breed Village.

P.S. Image used is for promotional purposes only and is no way indicative of the type of people you are likely to meet at the actual event.

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Introducing a Puppy to your home. Is Christmas a good time ?

| blog | September 26, 2014

puppy christmasIs Christmas a good time to Introduce a Puppy to your Home ?

This is a question that raises its head about this time every year and it is a very controversial topic. My human asked this question on his facebook page back in 2012 and he got a great response, the answers covered the full spectrum, from “never,never,never” to “I got my first dog as a Christmas present & it was the best one I ever received”

A Puppy to the right home

When my human read through all the facebook comments he posted the following comment – “Would it be safe to say that a puppy to the right home at Christmas is far better than a puppy to the wrong home any other time of the year ?” this met with a general acceptance.

Different dogs are suited to different lifestyles / households, so whatever time of the year you are introducing a new puppy or dog to your household, please ensure that you have carried out in depth research into the breed, and ascertained what the breed of dog requires by way of exercise,feeding,grooming and housing.

A puppy should never be a last minute decision whatever the time of year, as a responsible owner you should contact reputable breeders a few months in advance and plan properly for this new arrival. My advice if you are considering bringing a puppy into your home at Christmas is to ensure you and your family will have ample time each day of the holidays to spend with your new arrival.

A puppy needs a quiet and stable environment in the first few weeks of its life and this is vital to its development. Most people are on holidays during the festive period and this can be a great opportunity to spend time with your new bundle of joy and to start to house train them etc.

If you are the type of person that likes to party 24/7 around the festive season and has a constant stream of noisy guests around, then this is definitely not the right time to bring a puppy into your life. On the other hand if you have ample time off work and are planning on having a quiet family Christmas in front of the TV and the boxes of Quality Street, and you don’t mind standing out in the cold patiently while puppy is being toilet trained then consider bringing a puppy home at this time of year but keep him away from the chocolates !

Some reputable breeders do sell their puppies at Christmas but only if the puppy is going to the right home. A truly and responsible breeder cares about where their puppies end up some of them carry out house checks and if they think you could be a suitable owner they will then invite you to visit them and to see the set up they have in place, as a reputable breeder has nothing to hide. He/She will question you the prospective buyer about your lifestyle and living arrangements to ascertain if the puppy is suitable to your current situation. You as a responsible owner should always ask to see the mother and father of the pup and ask if the relevant health checks have been carried out for that breed if relevant. A reputable breeder will never meet you at the side of the road when collecting your puppy , if they do suggest this off site meeting, heed the warning bells and walk away !

Becoming the Lifelong owner of a Pedigree Dog

We all agree that education is the key to success. If you are thinking about bringing a puppy into your home in the future attending events like the Dog Breed Village at Pet Expo in the RDS, which will be held on the 22 & 23rd November is a great way of meeting over 40 different breeds of dogs. Going to events like this will lead you in the right direction in regards to becoming a responsible dog owner.

Their responsible owners are on hand to answer all your questions about the pros & cons of owning each breed. It is a two way street, Responsible owners & Reputable Breeders, the two combined reduces the risk of your new puppy becoming another statistic in our already overflowing pounds.

So that’s my thoughts on the subject, now I’d love to hear yours. Feel free to post a comment. If there’s anything else dog related you’d like to see posted on the blog email me at Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie or Tweet me over on Twitter @DorisDachshund

 

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Responsible Dog Breeders Please Apply Here…

| blog | September 15, 2014

Dog Breeders ResponsibleBelow is the list of emails that were sent via the Pedigreedogs.ie Website since the 03rd September

Now as you all know we started this site due to our love of dogs & due to the lack of policing that was clearly evident on some of the dog sections of the large classified type websites.

We answer each & every email that comes our way.

Now we don’t mind putting these people in touch with reputable Dog owners / dog breeders that we know of, but it’s kind of hard to keeping doing same, when you put somebody in touch with a person that has a pending litter of a particular dog breed & they make a sale from same, & then don’t even bother to contact you to say thanks for the referral or support the site by way of submitting their details to the breeders tab.

It only costs €20.00 per year which is the same as a single dog entry for a championship dog show, and only a tiny percentage from the puppy fee that was gained via the contact from our site.

I’ve even included the link to the Breeders Tab Here so what’s stopping you ?

“Hi, I was wondering if you had any information on Doberman breeders? I am looking to buy a Doberman around Christmas time and finding it difficult finding breeders.”

“My name is . I am considering buying a Weimaranar. I own a large garden and a dog run if needed. I own cats, hens and a Shih Tzu. I am considering buying a Male in the month of December. I am aware breeders are reluctant to sell dogs around that year. The reason I am emailing early to show I am genuinely interested and have experience with animals. I am in contact to find an appropriate Breeder that would have pups in the month of December. I am from County , I am wondering the price per pup. I have investigated on the internet and the price varies.”

“Hi could you send me a list of breeders with contact numbers for Dachshund puppies for sale in Ireland. Based in Thanks”

“could you please email me a list of Lhasa Apso breeders in ireland.many thanks”

“Hi, I live in Co.   Can you please provide me with contact details for Weimaraner Breeders in my area. Thank you”

“Hi, we are trying to find a miniature longhaired dachshund puppy from a reputable breeder. Where can I find a list of breeders in ROI? Many thanks”

“hi my da is interested in buying a red setter dog about 2 or 3 years old for hunting pheasants. if you have any contacts could you ring him on ”

“Could you put me in touch with some Dalmatian breeders where i might be able obtain same.”

“Hi Paul, we’re trying to find a mini longhaired dachshund bitch puppy and were looking for a list of breeders in Ireland. Can you help? Excellent article on this adorable breed, by the way!!!”

“I’m looking for a maltipoo pup. Preferably beige in Colour. Do you know any breeders?Thank you in advance. Warm regards,”

 

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Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened !

| blog | August 31, 2014

Pet BereavementIt’s with a heavy heart that I sit at the computer today and type this blog.

Back in April of this year I was contacted by Cuca the Cocker Spaniel all the way from Lisbon Portugal, a lady that I never actually got to meet, but felt like she was a sister from another litter.

You can read what Cuca sent me & my reply at this link

Yesterday I learned that Cuca made the journey that we will all have to make someday, & peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Now I know as well as the next canine or human what an unbelievably difficult time this is for all that are left this side of the bridge.  You see over 3 years ago I had to say goodbye to my soul mate Dempsey, a half brother that I took under my wing from the day he joined my household, and I still miss him terribly.

Back then I wasn’t blogging or felt experienced enough to impart with my knowledge by way of a canine agony aunt, but my humans wrote a small piece about Dempsey which I know helped them tremendously with their grieving. You can read them same at this link

I know that anybody reading this is a lover of us canines, and therefore feel the loss the same way as losing any other family member, 2 legs or more. Unfortunately not all humans see it this way, and can’t understand why the owner of a pet that has recently crossed the bridge, could be so upset. They might even be heard to mutter “Sure it was only a dog”

What they fail to understand is that when humans return from wherever it is they go to for most of the daylight hours, we are the ones that are waiting to welcome them with a wagging tail and excitement as if we’ve never seen them before. No matter what kind of day the human has had, this welcome home can lift even the darkest mood. Putting a smile on a person’s face, is something I believe we are second to none at.

In honour of Cuca, I’d like to say to her humans, that grieving for their loss is 100% natural and the reaction of some people / colleagues can make the already unbelievably difficult experience even more painful.

Take it from me, the emotions that you are feeling are totally normal, and you should allow yourself time to feel whatever way it is you need to feel.

As I mentioned above, one of the many things that helped in the early days of my humans grieving process 3 years ago, was putting pen to paper about their loss and sharing details of the life they shared together. There are plenty of people out there that are fully aware of how you are feeling right now, so continue to share your emotions with these like minded people. They will help you along this difficult road, after all that’s what friends are for.

You are at a very delicate stage in your life right now and it is very important that you take care of yourself body & soul.

I know you & Cuca had 13 fantastic years, and the void that she has left behind can never be replaced. You know that right to the very end you did the very best by her, repaying her for the love, loyalty and companionship that you shared together, something that the people that say “Sure it was only a dog” couldn’t even begin to comprehend.

Now she has gone to share her love with all the other dogs at Rainbow Bridge.

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!

In memory of Cuca,

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

Dog Bereavement

 

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Doris Day’s in the Summer

| blog | August 9, 2014

Dog Friendly AccommodationSummer greetings to you all from Bridie’s Cottage,

Sorry I haven’t been in touch lately but I have been feeling a little bit under the weather.  The recent humidity a few weeks ago really took it out of me and affected my diabetes and my sugars went a bit high, but that’s another days blog !

Thankfully my loving, ever observant humans noticed my warning signs immediately and they provided me with a fan and cooled me down with a little cool mist spray on my head, belly and my little feet at regular intervals. I was feeling really drained even though I spent most of the day in the shade of a cool kitchen and I only went outside for toilet breaks.

To help me recuperate I came down to my peaceful holiday retreat with my humans in lovely Clonakilty, which is in the heart of West Cork and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, to get away from it all and to restore myself back to full health. Once the humidity lifted from the air so did my spirits and I felt vibrant again within a few days. After my break in the countryside I feel totally re-vitalised after all that’s what holidays are all about.  Now you also can have a taste of this tranquility, as I have decided to share a piece of this little tonic with you my canine friends, as I am now offering Pet Friendly Accommodation and it’s now live on airbnb check us out here

Enjoy the rest of the Summer and what a glorious one it has been I have virtually slept in my Karen Millen Sunglasses. My advice to the lovely weather lady Evelyn Cusack is to lay off the humidity for the rest of the year , it’s not good for us more mature canines and also plays havoc with my complexion !

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Don’t become a Roley Poley Polly !

| blog | July 18, 2014

dogs overfeedingDear Doris,

I have been pondering for quite a while about putting paw to paper, but I am worried about my weight…doesn’t everyone?

How rude, I ought to introduce myself, my name is Polly, I am a Blue Roan Cocker Spaniel and I have recently made a trip to the vet for my annual boosters…nothing odd about that but I nearly fainted when I plonked myself on the weighing scales in the surgery, 17 1/2 kgs….. nearly a 1/3 of my body overweight!

I always knew I was a bit on the plump side like my owner Dermot but the shock of this sent me reeling. I am not a lazy spaniel really (apart from nights curled up on the recliner watching the recent World Cup…. )… I am given 2 x 1 1/2 mile walks daily (the other dog in the family is a fit bearded collie and is the normal weight for his breed.) I do love to fetch tennis balls each evening and I do love a good walk down to Cork harbour, but I cannot shift this weight.

I was a bit of a table surfer….when my owners turned their back to answer the phone or the door, I was a little partial to robbing pastries and rasher sandwiches…but those days are firmly behind me. I am on a low protein diet, no treats, no red meat….and I am going crazy…. My owners have tried this raw diet with me but I hate it…… (the beardie is on it….not that I would ever think of robbing his dinner…..). I am going on this new diet for 4 weeks and then ……I just don’t know.

Please Doris, from one girl to another, can you please help me shift this weight….as I do miss admiring my former svelte body in the hall mirror….. I’d hate to think of middle aged spread or thyroid problems…after all I am only 3 1/2…….

I await your informed reply.

Polly

 

Dear Polly,

It is so nice to hear from you. You have touched on a topic that is very close to my heart as diet plays a vital role in my daily life as I was diagnosed as being diabetic over three years ago. I have been meaning to write an article on canine obesity and the implications of same, and when I heard from you I was thrilled as you gave me great food for thought..Excuse the pun!

Before I replied to you I also did a small bit of surfing (not the table kind) and my research on your branch of the family tree shows that your ideal weight should be between 12-15 kgs, so you do have a little bit to shed but you are by no means a sumo wrestler. Having said that you did say you plonked yourself on the scales and nearly fainted. I bet Dermot is glad he didn’t have to lift you on to them as then it might have been him that was fainting.LOL !

Joking aside your breed gains weight easily along with many other of our canine cousins including us Dachshunds so it is very important that we do not get overfed which has been part of your problem up to now. This along with the odd side order of bacon butties & the fact that our humans are around us every day and fail to see our figures becoming more, let’s say “Fuller”.

Now I’m not trying to shock you into getting in shape, as you’ve already made up your mind that it’s the right thing to do. However dogs that are overweight are more likely to suffer from heart and joint problems, diabetes and some types of cancer among other things.

We can put on weight so quickly but it takes a long time to lose it, like I always say “a moment on the lips forever on the hips”

I’m glad to inform you Polly that there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a freight train ! The most important thing on the track to the new slim line you is that your humans have identified your problem. They already take care of your exercise requirements so this combined with your new low fat diet will do wonders for you. Some humans never reach this stage and then sadly it is too late for us canines as the damage has been done. They’re killing us with what they see as kindness.

My condition that is diabetes does not just affect us more mature canines, it can happen at any stage in a dog’s life and it is on the increase. One of the main contributing factors can be diets that are high in sugar and fat. My humans fed me an expensive highly recommended dried kibble for years which they thought at the time was good quality but obviously it was not that good for me. You mentioned that your canine companion the “Beardie” is on the raw food diet, which some humans consider to be just a fad, like many of the diets they go on, but it is the only diet that controls my blood levels effectively and keeps me looking trim. Controlling diabetes is all about a good diet and eating the same amounts at each meal with no snacking in between at all except for the occasional piece of raw veg as a treat which I love. I know your new diet plan may seem quite draconian at present but in the long run it will all be worth it.

You are only young Polly so the pendulum is really swinging in your favour and with your new regime you are doing all you can to try and live a longer ,healthier life and no bacon butty, no matter how delicious it tastes is worth jeopardising that !

You are heading down a new path in life but don’t be afraid of your fears, they’re not there to scare you, they’re there to let you know that something is worth it.

Keep me posted

Yours Truly

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

 

 

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My name is Sammie, not Hannibal Lecter !

| blog | June 9, 2014

Staffordshire Bull Terriers Breed Specific LegislationDear Doris – It’s taken me a while to pluck up the courage to write into you about a subject that doesn’t sit too well with me.

You see I wouldn’t say that I’m the type of dog that is always in your face , I usually just like to take things nice & easy and I’m definitely not one to be making a big fuss over nothing.

The problem I have can be summed up in three words: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

You see that’s what I am, and based on all the rosettes that I have won, I must be a pretty decent specimen.

Those three words can strike the fear of dog into quite a few humans the likes of which if you gave them a penny for their thoughts, you’d get change.

And that’s even before they have laid eyes on me.

After that all hell breaks loose.

I’ve spent many a sleepless night trying to figure out what the reason for this is, but can’t come up with anything that could justify the reaction I am sometimes met with.

If they only knew me, or even allowed me close enough to show them what a fantastic dog I am.

Maybe out of frustration I allow all of this to get on top of me as sometimes I try even harder to convince these “people” that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

I’m thinking it could also be something to do with this stupid head gear that my human is bound by law to put on me whenever I am in a public space.

Crikey, sometimes I catch a glimpse of me wearing it in a shop window reflection when out on one of my walks, and it even frightens the bejesus out of me.

Think of Hannibal Lecter in the film The Silence of the Lambs, and you’re not too far off the mark.

Why do I have to wear it, I haven’t harmed a fly in all of my life (Ok, I did roll over on the kitten once, but the cat & I remain the best of buds, & she will even tell you that she was partly to blame)

Doris, I’d love to hear from you, as people’s fear of me plus the headgear is something that affects me on a daily basis.

I’ll sign off now, as the mini humans that are somehow related to my humans are coming over for a visit & I need to save my energy for all the games we’ll play.

Before I go, I just want to say I think you’re doing a great job with your Agony Aunt column & I’m a big fan.

Looking forward to your words of wisdom

Sammy the Staffie

Hi Sammie

Great to hear from you, I know it can be difficult for us dogs to put our feelings down in words & thank you so much for the kind words at the end of your piece.

What I am going to say first is that like humans, ALL dogs are individuals so tarring all dogs of a certain breed with the one brush is ridiculous.

Take me for an example, how many other Dachshunds do you know of that run an agony aunt service on the world wide web ?

Congratulations by the way on all the rosettes you have won, you must indeed be a fine example of your breed, a breed who’s standard states under characteristics that you are highly intelligent and affectionate.

Now I think it was the human Nelson Mandela that stated that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” & like everything relating to us dogs, humans must first educate themselves BEFORE becoming our guardian.

An educated person will also understand that there is nothing to fear when coming face to face with the majority of dogs & that includes the breeds that happen to be unlucky enough to find themselves controlled by Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). As per my open letter to all humans recently that I titled Dangerous Dogs as a result of irresponsible owners  I stated that “No dog was ever born dangerous. We all start out with a blank canvas. Kind of like you humans.”

You see in the first few weeks of our lives it’s our mothers that take care of our needs, by feeding us and cleaning us, but as it’s humans that domesticated us they take over after about 4 weeks of age. The educated humans will then expose the young dog to all that life can possibly throw at them resulting in a very sociable canine & content human.

Nothing to fear in this situation and only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.

Anyway Sammie, even though the situation you are faced with on a daily basis must be very difficult to deal with, help is on the way.

Educational events such as the Dog Breed Village that is part of Pet Expo every year go a long way to educating humans about all dogs and in particular the ones that have ended up on the BSL list. It’s been great Sammie to have some of your relatives representing you at this great event over the last few years.

After one such event my human wrote the following “A couple of things stick out for me, the first being how well the public reacted to what they are lead to believe as “Dangerous Breeds” Huge numbers visited the Rottweiler’s, Mastiff’s, Ridgebacks, Dobermann’s,Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terrier, and they had a massive impact on reversing the visitors opinion of these breeds”

There’s also a campaign here in Ireland dedicated to having these laws abolished & I’d urge everybody reading this to head on over to the dedicated web site called Unmuzzle.ie and pledge your support. I know that the main human behind this campaign is meeting with government officials in the not too distant future to state the case for abolishing the laws and they have evidence from around the world that banning / muzzling what they call dangerous breeds doesn’t work and only adds fuel to the fire that is already burning out of control.

So my advice Sammie would be to go on living the life you are living, bringing endless amounts of joy to your educated owners and their mini humans, as you have more supporters in your corner than you might think.

As for the people that if you gave them a penny for their thoughts, you’d get change, I’d say to them “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them”

Bye for now

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

 

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A picture paints a thousand words

| blog | May 19, 2014

Siberian HuskiesDear Doris

I’m writing to you as a last resort.

I’m so close to going out of my mind & if that happens I’m not sure what I might do to myself.

The thing is, I was bred to work but it’s not the downturn in the economy that has affected me.

It hasn’t always been this way as I don’t mind saying it but I was the most beautiful pup you could lay two eyes one. In fact it was my eyes that made me look so spectacular. They are ice blue.

In a way it was my good looks that have landed me in the dire predicament that I currently find myself in. You see I was such a gorgeous pup that the first person that came to visit me and my siblings with my mother, snapped me up and couldn’t wait to show me off to their family & friends. It seemed a very slick transaction as I don’t recall too many questions being asked of the new humans about what set up they were bringing me to. Did they work all day ? Were there children in the house & if so would they have enough time to dedicate to my basic requirements? The cash just changed hands & I was on my way.

The first few weeks were great. I was like a magnet for humans as all shapes & sizes were drawn to me & I hardly had a minute to catch up on my well needed rest. If they weren’t playing with me they put a noose around my neck & took me for expeditions that quite frankly left me exhausted. It was like my humans wanted every possible opportunity to show me off.

Then it all changed.

I was cast out of the warm kitchen & comfy bed into a compound at the very end of the garden with a wooden structure with a blanket in it. That in itself wasn’t that bad & I quite enjoyed the outdoors. I think it’s in my genes, something to do with pulling sleds across artic tundra, but I think I’m so far down the garden my humans must forget I’m there most of the time. They haven’t put the noose around my neck for what seems like a lifetime in itself.

My days are long they seem to endlessly stretch out ahead of me. To amuse myself I often dig a lot and I chew away at the chain link on my small run so I can explore the outside world. I am curious to find is there more out there and not just the space I exist in ! At night time I often howl much to the annoyance of my humans & their neighbours but I am just letting them know that I am still down here. The more I howl & dig, the more I seem to distance myself from my humans, as the seldom time they do pay me a visit they always seem to be annoyed with me & look at me with distain.

I long to go out for walks and spend time playing with mine and other humans as well as other dogs but I think the chances of this happening are as slim as snow in august.

My ice blue eyes are now deep pools of depression & I wish this suffering would just end as I‘ve heard that once you cross the rainbow bridge the suffering you might have endured in this world disappears. Is it wrong to have these thoughts ?

I’m sorry for dumping all of this on you Doris as I think I’m a hopeless case, but wanted to send it to you before I took matters into my own hands.

I enclose a picture that probably sums up my situation a lot better than I have described it above.

Yours, for the moment

Ice the Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky

Dear Ice

I must say that this is the hardest Dear Doris that I have had to respond to.

Your email really tugged at my heart strings.

The first thing I am going to say to you Ice is that the situation you find yourself in is through no fault of your own and bears no reflection on you as a fellow canine.

Secondly what I would say to you is that you are not the only Siberian Husky or other relative that has found themselves in this situation. You are not alone.

Humans consider themselves to be masters of the animal kingdom but unfortunately as you well know some are yet to master the skills to become a responsible owner of a canine.

Why oh why did your humans not research your breed sufficiently before being sucked in by your ice blue eyes ?

Why oh why did the owner of your mother sell you on to the first person that fell in love with your ice blue eyes and had the asking price in cash waving in one hand ?

Did they not realise that when your breed was first developed by humans that your purpose was to pull sleds on arctic expeditions to the frozen extremities of this planet ?

The traits that were required in your ancestors are well and truly still alive in the adult dog that you have grown into.

Although the weather in Ireland is sometimes extreme I doubt somehow that you will get to exhibit your talents as a sled dog, but having the ability to do the same, should give your humans some idea as to the exercise you require in order to keep you stimulated both mentally & physically. It’s the lack of these basic requirements that has you howling at night, digging and chewing at the wire that keeps you a prisoner. It should be you looking at them with distain through your ice blue eyes.

It’s a fact that most dogs are over exercised as pups and under exercised as adults. I think you can vouch for this as you were dragged from pillar to post as a pup, shown off as some kind of status symbol, but once you matured and were developed enough to take some serious exercise, your owners had lost interest & looked on with misguided & unwarranted distain in their eyes.

Now here comes the reality of the situation and I’m going to be frank Ice, I can’t see your situation improving much with your current owners.

I with the help of my humans have discreetly made contact with your humans advising them of your plight and advising them of the five freedoms that every animal should enjoy

1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
2. Freedom from Discomfort
3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease
4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
5. Freedom from Fear and Distress

In the event that they finally admit that they went about things the wrong way before making what should have been a lifelong commitment to you, we have advised them that the All Ireland Siberian Husky Club  like many dog breed clubs in Ireland run a fantastic rescue & will be able to assist them in helping them find a suitable and permanent home for you, with humans that understand what you require to lead a fulfilled life that will bring so much joy to theirs.

Don’t forget your current circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.

I truly hope that your current situation will improve and you get to lead the life that you deserve.

Bye for now

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

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Cuca the Cocker calling from Lisbon

| blog | April 10, 2014

Dgs and old ageDear Doris

I have been reading your Agony Aunt blog and I have to say you are a good adviser and a friend to those who look for your opinions.

I’m a 13 years old female Cocker Spaniel without pedigree (I was never in possession of my papers) and my humans never cared about it as they love me the way I am. They had another Cocker before me and that one had a real pedigree however my owners never went to dogs shows with her despite the fact that anybody she passed in the street, stopped & wondered if she was a show girl.

I know you are almost as old as myself and have spoken before about your failing eyesight, but I’d like to know how you are coming to terms with the problems with yours eyes as it is something that is bothering me.

Having said that my biggest problem is the weakness in my bones. My legs and ankles are betraying me often….I take medication for my bones and eat boiled green vegetables almost every day. I’m still very happy when my humans take me for a walk especially on weekends as they both arrive from work during week very late and tired ( they are already old persons but still very active) .

I stay alone at home for 11 hours each day. I sleep a lot, I have a big balcony with plants and flowers where I go to sunbathe and where I bark at other dogs on other balconies. I bark at everybody that appears strange that passes by the building stairs. My owner and her neighbours say I’m a good guard for the houses, I am proud to please them.

If you can give me some advice on how to carry on living a good quality life despite my pains, I would be grateful. All your ideas and advice would be most welcome. I need a small sleep before dinner, so I say good bye and take care..

Yours Cuca the Cocker from Lisbon

Ola my dearest Cuca,

It is so nice to hear from you .You are my first friend from Portugal this makes you extra special to me.

I know my human without the whiskers emails your human without the whiskers nearly every day just to discuss general everyday life and issues, after all that’s what true friends are for. You and I Cuca are a popular topic of conversation in their emails, (as I have read a few when she is not around). It is plain to see from nosing around these emails that our humans love us very much Cuca and they are fully aware that we are getting on in years. Knowing that someone loves you helps anyone live a higher-quality life, we have so much to live for and so much to give !

Yes my eyesight can be poor at times, this is a combination of my age but largely due to my diabetes condition. Regardless of this infliction I still lead a very happy and healthy life. I make the most of what I have and what gets me through each day is the constant love I receive from my humans. You too Cuca are very special to your humans, and this love goes a long way towards easing the aches and pains that we feel.

Like you Cuca I eat vegetables but I eat them raw as they have more nutrients in them and they help keep my teeth clean. I would recommend introducing some green leafy vegetables into your diet, my favourite one is broccoli. Eggs are also very good as they provide us with the most digestible source of protein available, we can eat them raw and I really enjoy them lightly scrambled. Oh I am starting to feel a bit peckish now all this talk of food so let’s move on!

You are lucky to live in a Country where you can get an abundant supply of the “Sunshine Vitamin”, this plays a vital role in boosting our immune system and can also ease our joint pains. I am sure you are aware Cuca that us dogs can also get sunstroke (something that is rare in our Country !!!! ), but some sun in moderation of course plays a vital role in our general wellbeing.

It is nice that you have a large balcony to relax on during the day and you can see the world go by as this keeps your mind occupied while you are alone. You said that you were proud to please your owners by protecting the home for them. Cuca you are being very true to your breed characteristics. I was reading about Cocker Spaniels and it says you are sweet-natured, keen to please and compassionate, I know this is how your humans lovingly describe you.

Un-knowingly Cuca, you are already doing a lot of things to help you continue living a good quality of life. You said you like to sleep a lot during the day, this is also very important no matter what age we are. During your long siestas cell regeneration is achieved. Sleeping also promotes good blood circulation that is necessary in repairing the cells of the body damaged during the day. When we get enough sleep Cuca, we feel energetic, alert and we are able to function well, so a good nap (or 5) every day with a bit of snoring is very beneficial.

Keep up your weekly walks Cuca as exercise helps keep our heart and lungs in good working order. It also enables us to forestall some of the creakiness that old age inevitably bestows upon bones, muscles, and ligaments.

My last piece of advice is to cherish all your happy moments, they make a fine cushion for old age.

Ate Logo Cuca

Doris Dachshund

Email: Dorisdachshund@pedigreedogs.ie

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There’s none so blind as those who will not see

| blog | April 2, 2014

dog breeders online responsibleFortunately there aren’t many times when I have to ask myself, why did I set up the web site Pedigreedogs.ie

The idea that I thought at the time & still do, was the best thing since sliced bread, came to me over 4 years ago now.

Back then when we were desperately trying to tell the world that there was a classified type dog web site out there that went about things the right way, we advised everybody that we were in this for the long haul, and for that at least we can’t be criticized.

Any real follower of the site will know that we are passionate about dogs, all shapes & sizes, and that the site is a hobby that takes up a fair amount of our time. If we are not working on the site we are always thinking of ways to get our message in front of more peoples eyes.

So what is our message ?

Our message is responsible dog ownership.

That applies to owner / breeders & of course to the people that have just taken on the life long commitment to a dog.

Making sure that if you are thinking about breeding, that both dogs have had all the breed specific health tests & are fit, healthy with an even temperament, and that any resulting pups are reared in a home environment and fully socialised before moving to their new homes.

Making sure that as a potential dog owner you have researched the breed fully & spoken to as many owner / breeders as possible, and out of these selected one or two to be placed on their puppy waiting list.

As a dog owner that you can provide your new dog with the correct housing / shelter and provide for it by way of exercise, nutrition & healthcare.

This is the message that we constantly portray through our blogs & the advice section on our web site.

That’s why when I see statements from the DSPCA calling on all websites once more to cease all sales of animals immediately I wonder if our message is being heard at all.

Contrary to some people’s beliefs, there are some owner / breeders that go about things the right way, & why shouldn’t they be able to advertise regarding the same ?

Online is where it is at these days, and where most people turn to when researching anything. A good web site & online presence is a must in the modern world. Where would the DSPCA be without their site or social media following ?

Thankfully we know that the site is making a difference, and the work we put into it is worthwhile, but just wish that people would open there eyes a bit more before tarring everybody with the same brush.

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