Another year, another dog meat festival in Yulin, China, in conjunction with the summer solstice. Around 10-15 thousand dogs and cats are tortured and killed during the festival, while an estimated 10-20 million dogs are slaughtered for meat in China every year. And while China have banned the sale of dog meat, which will come into force a week before the festival, there is no official ban of the actual event which begins this Thursday, the 21st June.
Forthglade have always been famous for their healthy, natural dog food. So I was very excited when I found out they were releasing 100% natural treats too. These treats were released along with their new, dry cold pressed food.
In August 2015 Ember picked up a tick on her stomach whilst we were on holiday in the New Forest. Ironically, the same year in April 2015, the Big Tick Project was launched in the New Forest. The Campaign was started to raise awareness about ticks and tick-bourne diseases in the UK, to help pet owners protect their pets and themselves. Each year, veterinary practices collect data and complete a questionnaire to contribute to The Big Tick Project’s Campaign. The information helps to make up a UK threat map, which shows the risk of ticks in local areas. Find the map here, is your local area a high risk? Mine is! You can find out more about The Big Tick Project here. The Big Tick Project are also sponsoring Dog Fest this year which will be taking place in June in Chesire and Hertfordshire, you can get your tickets here!
Spring is the most enjoyable season for walks with Ember, I love being outside when the weather is warmer (hopefully soon, please). However, it is also the worst season and can become uncomfortable for dogs, owners and wildlife alike. Spring synergy with dogs and wildlife isn’t something which comes easy, but I’m fed up of being tarnished with the same brush as other, irresponsible dog owners.
I read a post by Sarah from Twilight Bark recently and her experience really resonated with me and inspired me to write this little post. Go check out her open letter to dog owners here.
When I first found out about Pure Pet Food on Twitter I was intrigued by the unique process they use to make their dog food. So when Mat from Pure contacted me about Ember trying some of their treats I had to say yes. That and the fact that Ember loves food (of course).
I’ve always been an anxious person and have suffered from panic attacks and anxiety, stemming from when my dad was first diagnosed with blood cancer. Before Ember came into my life, I had only heard about the healing powers of dogs, not just physical health but mental health too. I had no idea how much Ember would change my life. Just seeing her face and wagging tail is enough to brighten up any day, no matter how hard it may have been. She helps me get out of myself and I have met and spoken to a lot more people just thanks to her. Plus she never judges me, no matter what I talk to her about. I like to call her my therapist with 4 legs. I owe her so much, for making my life so much more positive and happy, I want to make sure she knows just how much I appreciate her.
For Mental Health Awareness Week, I have compiled a list of ways dogs help improve humans mental health.
Spring is coming and along with it, hopefully nice weather, but also spring flowers – some of which may be poisonous to our pets. There are several common plants which we need to be cautious of, along with symptoms which come with poisoning. Dogs can be poisoned by eating just part of the plant, leaves or bulbs from the plant and heavy pollinated plants could disperse on their back and be licked off. Here’s a handy picture guide to some common poisonous plants which you may come across this year, along with some useful information.
Until it becomes required for companies to label the background of their products, how easy would that be, it can be difficult to work out which companies do not test their products on animals. Why is it the good guys have to jump hoops in order to ensure customers are aware of their cruelty free products?
But don’t worry, there are many ways you can use to work out if your favourite products are cruelty free, as well as finding more cruelty free brands.
I love walking. It’s the best form of exercise and is great to clear your mind, but walking with a dog is even better! Ember also loves walkies, being out in the open air with loads of sniffs as well as birds and squirrels to chase. There is just something magical about being amidst nature with your best friend. There is also plenty of benefits of exercising outside with your dog, many of which are scientifically proven. Need more proof? Heres’ some of my favourite reasons to exercise outside with your dog:
On the 25th May 2018, The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 as law. GDPR will introduce tougher fines for non-compliance and give individuals more say over what companies do with their personal data.