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Hello TTouch Friends!


First I’d like to say that I hope everyone takes advantage of this upcoming Holiday Season to have some quality time with their pets. I am of course, speaking about myself. As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon writing this Newsletter, Shanti is whining in the background. They have had supper and probably want to have some playtime in the garden. Why is it that dogs can play together quite happily together in the garden with little input from me? – BUT – it’s important I be there. If I leave and come inside, then of course, they come as well. It’s not like children who are quite happy for Mom or Dad to disappear….It’s also a bit like they bark or whine if they are behind a gate, but if you open that gate, they will stay where they are. They just want to know that they can come through if they want to! I can remember Danilo being much more co-operative at staying outside when he was wet if the door was open. If I closed it, he barked non-stop to get in….


We have tried to make this Newsletter a bit of fun along with the serious things. So I hope you’ll find lots of Christmas and Holiday ideas. Including our “Special”!


There seems to be a bit of confusion about the Companion Animal Training Program (TTACT IV) and all of the dates for next year, so let me explain. We had a 5-Day Intro in October. If you missed it, you can do the Intro in January. The January course will cover the same material as the 2009 October Intro. So you won’t have missed anything.


While we normally only have 2 Sessions a year, there is the possibly to do 3 sessions next year if you come to the January Intro. At Session 2 in April, we will join the 2 Intro Classes into one class. There is also the possibility of joining this program at the April Training if there is space. Once you have started the Companion Animal Program, it’s possible to miss a session and still be part of the TTACT IV Program; although we do encourage people to try to be as consistent as possible.


And of course SARAH FISHER will be here to teach both classes in the first half of the year! We are really starting to get excited about her visit. As a matter of fact, the TTEAM (Equine) Training in April only has 8 places left, so if you were interested in that, best put down your deposit very quickly indeed!


I am a December Baby, so will be celebrating Christmas and a Birthday this year on the 20th. I thought I’d like to share with you what I like to put on my Party Invitations:


“My feeling about the Christmas Season is that it’s a time for sharing, giving, loving and being with special friends.  It’s a time to feel warm, yummy and happy. It’s also about bringing “Spirit” back into the lives of those of us who have been “too busy”

during the year!”


I wish I could invite all of you to a Party as we have the Best of the Best on our mailing list! -  And maybe I’ll just consider doing that one of these years. It could be very interesting indeed!


What I do want to say is how very much I appreciate all of our readers. I know many of you keep the Newsletters and I just hope that there is something for everyone in most of them. We do love to hear your stories, so please keep in touch and let us know how TTouch has been part of your life over the years.


We, in the TTouch office wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season and may 2010 be the best year yet!


Warmest Regards,

Eugenie Chopin

Certified Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Level 3



Christmas Surprise


If you’re looking for a gift for an Animal Loving Person, (yourself included)

We are going to be sending you a list of books on

Special Sale


So Watch Out for the Flyer!!!!


Excerpt taken from “The Twelve Cats of Christmas
Story concept by S. M. Skolnick

Cats and Christmas have always gone hand-in-hand or paw-in-paw, if you will, in my life. Rudulpha, my Grandma’s tabby, was unusually adept at swatting ornaments (but never breaking even one) that hung from her richly decorated tree. Rudolpha’s long flowing coat added to the apparent motion of her body as she targeted a particularly shiny globe suspended from a low branch. Sometimes I imagined I could see the very ornament that she was spying on reflected in her hazel-coloured eyes.

The story I was told (to this day I don’t know if it was Grandma’s fancy) was that on the Christmas Eve before I was born Grandma heard a sound more akin to whimpering than meowing as she prepared to open her front door. Wedged (I know this part is not true) between a milk can and a stone wall was a “tiny shrivel of a thing with a pucker pink nose that was almost red, so I named her Rudolpha.”

Grandma went on to say that “Rudopha’s” nose was so bright that she could have guided Santa’s sleigh. Well at least she could have mad a good tangle of Mrs. Claus’ knitting yarn.” Grandma brought the kitten inside, kept her warm and fed, and adopted her there and then. She said with a sly smile that she always knew my age because it was just about the same (give or take a few weeks) as Rudolpha’s. The sight of that cat in the window reassured me that I was arriving at the right place, and wasn’t accidentally being left with someone else’s granny.

If you’re interested in more: ISBN-0-88088-063-5

The 12 Cats of Christmas
On the First day of Christmas my Tabby gave me a songbird in a spruce tree

TTACT IV will have its second Intro Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2010

After a fabulous start to the TACT IV Program in October, we are even more excited to offer the Second Introductory Course in late January! This course will be for those who missed the October Intro. A bonus is that Sarah Fisher will be the Instructor. Many of you have see Sarah on DSTV’s Talking to Animals – (National GeoWild).


The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year lasting between 5 & 6 days. (Because of the Second Intro, it’s possible to do 3 sessions in 2010) You do NOT need to have any previous experience to join this training. However, you might like to join a workshop before then if you are keen to start. Having a basic knowledge can help you retain more of the Intro training, but again this is not necessary for you to be part of the TTACT IV class. If you are interested in a workshop, please go to our website at www.ttouch.co.za and have a look at the workshop page.


After the Introductory Session and between sessions, students are encouraged to assist at workshops for further experience and do case studies. The program comprises only 2 sessions a year in order to help students with their finances and the need to get time off work. The workshops are scheduled to include a weekend in order to make it as convenient as possible.


The Program is a comprehensive training of hands on work with Companion Animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, etc.



We endeavour to help the student to be proficient and confident in the TTouch work. To this end we have a program that we believe gives a steady, hands-on experience for the best results. That includes such things as:

·         After session 2, the TTouch student is required to do 5 case studies between each session, 15 in total. This is to ensure that the student is doing and experiencing the work as well as getting feedback on what they are doing.

·         After session 2, each student receives a Mentor who is available to help him with these case studies and any question he might have about how to handle a particular situation.

·         At session 2, we begin to take students to a Shelter to work on both cats and dogs. This is to give you an opportunity to experience as many different animals as possible. It also allows us to give back something to the animal community. (Please note that if anyone has an objection to going into the shelter, and we realize that it is hard for some, there is no obligation. There is always an alternative to work with the kennel or your own animals instead.)

·         At session 3, we start to introduce Client Days. This is a morning where we set up Clients and their dogs for you to help in a safe and supported environment.

·         In general, the course is very much a hands on training, giving you a great variety of experience with as many animals as possible, so that at the end of 6 modules you feel confident to handle the clients and cases that come your way.

·         TTACT students are encouraged to assist at workshops given by fully Certified Practitioners. This is a great learning experience and invaluable to the learning process.

·         The TTouch office and Guild is always here to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any needs!

·         Our Instructors all come from overseas and are the best in the world. One of the beauties of this program is that the same people teach it worldwide and so the information doesn’t get filtered down through many hands. The Instructors include Linda Tellington Jones (creator of TTouch), Robyn Hood (Linda’s sister and brilliant teacher), Edie Jane Eaton (also a Feldenkrais Practitioner) & Debby Potts (teacher par excellence).

·         This program is about helping you communicate with animals, giving people an alternative method of working with both animals and people, our human relationship with the animal world and giving you the tools to do all of these things. The program is dynamic, creative and yet very practical so that the work is clear and easy to understand.


At the end of 2 years, if you have done your case studies, you will acquire the Status of Practitioner–In–Training and are then able to charge for one-on-one consultations with clients.


DATE:            Jan 30 – Feb 3, 2010

VENUE:        Broshacarm Kennels - Midrand

COST:            +/- R4000 (Dependant on Rand/Dollar Rate)


Please contact Eugenie if you are interested in more information at eugenie@ttouch.co.za


SESSION 2: April 22-27, 2010

SESSION 3: October 14-19, 2010

On the Second day of Christmas My Persian gave to me
Two naughty mice
and a song bird in a spruce tree

5-Day TTEAM with Sarah Fisher: April 2010


Come and get a taste of this wonderful work to help your horse be the best he/she can be.

TTeam, a technique developed over the last 30 years, uses TTouch and non-habitual movement to help make the lives of our equine friends a little easier, and to enhance the relationship between horse and owner/rider.


The 5-day Horse Clinic can be used as one of the 4 Clinics necessary to become a Horse Practitioner. (For more information on How To Become A TTEAM Practitioner go to: www.ttouch.co.za. This clinic is suitable for both professionals & novices alike. This 5-day Clinic includes TTEAM philosophy, bodywork, ground exercises, riding and is also a good overall view of the Horse work.


Learning the TTEAM techniques will help each rider increase communication with their horse, identify and relieve areas of bodily soreness or discomfort, and help solve training blocks while enabling the horse to learn with out fear.


A truly inspirational method for influencing behaviour, health and performance, including the following:

  • Increase your horse’s willingness to learn and ability to perform

  • Identify and alleviate soreness without drugs

  • Train your horse safely, with confidence, even if you are inexperienced in handling horses

  • Overcome resistances without fear, pain or force

  • Enhance healing and speed recovery of injury- related problems

  • Learn ground exercises to improve balance and develop coordination

The TTEAM method provides solid, practical and informative tools to help with:

  • Sore backs

  • Stiffness & stress

  • Nervousness & tension

  • Inconsistent performance, stubbornness & laziness

  • Lameness & unevenness of stride

  • Girthing and saddling-up

  • Resistance to the vet and farrier

  • Bucking & rearing

  • Resistance to grooming, clipping, pulling manes & giving shots

  • Head tossing & tail wringing

  • Biting & kicking

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2 Day Horse Incorporating TTouch into your Daily Routine






Catherine quadrisense@gmail.com   

021 790 0792 (w)

                  Franschoek Western Cape

2 Day Horse Incorporating TTouch into your Daily Routine


Jan. 30


 Catherine quadrisense@gmail.com   

021 790 0792 (w)

 082 569 8641

Donnybrook Stables Johannesburg

5 Day TTEAM with Sarah Fisher

April 16-20, 2010

+/- R4000

Lindy equibalance@iafrica.com 083 616 0577

On the Third day of Christmas my Calico gave to me
Three French rats,
Two naughty mice and a song bird in a spruce tree



Learn why your dog misbehaves and learn techniques that will change its behaviour









 Understand Your Dog!


Feb. 13 & 14




Eugenie Chopin   echopin@icon.co.za  

011 884 3156





Storm Fear Clinic


TTouch and Behaviour Modification


3rd Dec (6.30-9.00pm)

Saturday 12th &

Saturday 19th

9.30a.m. – 12.30




Scotty Valadao

082 928 0102







Storm Fear Clinic


TTouch and Behaviour Modification


January 30th, February 6th and 13th




Scotty Valadao

082 928 0102


On the Fourth day of Christmas my short hair gave to me
Four Puss ‘n Boots,
Three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree


From: www.mydogiscool.com


Dogs can be wonderful travelling companions. But before you hit the road with your furry friend, make sure you know what you need to do to make your dog as safe and comfortable as possible on your journey. These Frequently Asked Questions can help you plan the perfect trip!


Should I take my pet along on my vacation?

What are my options if I leave my pet behind?

What should I do to prepare my pet for a trip?

How can I prepare for air travel?

How can I prepare for car travel?

How can I prepare for boat travel?

Are there other methods of travel available for my pet?

How can I camp safely with a dog?

What do I do if my pet becomes lost?

Where can I get more information about traveling with a pet?

Where can I stay with my pet?


Should I take my pet along on my vacation?


It’s important to ask yourself if taking your pet along is what’s best for him or her — or if it’s just what’s best for you. At home, your pet has all of his or her favorite toys, sleeping spots, and perhaps the run of the backyard all day.

If your vacation involves a road trip, you need to ask how well your pet will accept being in a car for long periods of time. Is he acclimated to a car? Does she love going out and about with you — or would she rather stay at home? Animals that very infrequently ride in a car are poor candidates for automobile vacations.

Some pets shouldn’t travel at all. If your pet is very young or very old, sick, recovering from surgery, or pregnant, then leave her at home.

Travel by air can be difficult, if not downright hazardous, for pets. Many animals do not travel well on airplanes; this is true of cats, older animals, hyperactive dogs, and short-muzzled dogs, who may have difficulty breathing in a cargo hold. pets have been lost in transit, have been injured, or have even died when traveling in cargo holds. Consider these facts carefully when planning a vacation that involves air travel.



What are my options if I leave my pet behind?


If you will be leaving your pet behind while you travel, you can either find a safe place for him or her to stay, or find someone to care for him or her in your home.


Boarding Your Pet


Do you want to board your pet? Then visit the kennel beforehand. Make sure you inspect it personally to satisfy yourself that it is clean, safe, and roomy enough for your pet. Don’t be afraid to take your business elsewhere if there is anything you don’t like about a particular facility.

Kennel staff should be friendly. Veterinary care must be easily available; in fact, many veterinarians offer boarding facilities.

Animals should be checked at least four times a day, fed twice, and dogs walked at least twice. Ask how many hours animals are left unattended, especially at night. Find out the kennel’s vaccination requirements. Medication and special diets, if they are needed, must be accommodated. Make sure there is a laundry for bedding.

If you plan to board your cat, make sure that the cages are tall and supply different levels for your cat to climb and sit.

Other questions to ask a prospective boarding facility include: Can a friend visit your pet? Will your pet have access to a run? Is the kennel air-conditioned or heated?

Once you decide on a boarding facility, make your reservation well in advance, especially for holiday or summer travel.


Hiring a "Pet" Sitter


You may be able to arrange for a trusted friend or relative to watch your pet while you are away. If not, you can hire a professional "pet" sitter to come into your home once or twice a day to take care of your pet. Some can even stay in your home while you are away. They will walk, play with, feed, and clean up after your pet. Most will even pick up your mail, and turn lights on at night.

Before hiring, interview the sitter in your home so you can see how he or she and your pet get along. Discuss your pet’s needs, habits, and personality. Ask such questions as: What was your worst pet-sitting experience? If my pet gets loose, what will you do?

Make sure the sitter is bonded and insured. Get references and call those references. Make sure the sitter has an emergency evacuation plan in case disaster strikes while you are away.


If you do hire a pet sitter, before you go on your vacation, be sure to leave detailed written instructions on your animal’s care and feeding habits; your complete itinerary, including telephone numbers of where you can be reached; and the name and phone number of your veterinarian. You may also want to notify your veterinarian, and leave a credit card number for emergencies, particularly for older animals or for animals on medication.


What should I do to prepare my pet for a trip?


If you do plan to take your pet along with you, make sure he or she is properly trained to sit, stay, and come.


No matter what form of transportation you choose, your pet should wear a collar, license, and proper identification at all times. Identification tags should have at least your name and telephone number on it. If you are vacationing in one location, get your pet a temporary ID tag that has the address and phone number of the hotel/apartment/house where you are staying. Have your animal microchipped as well.

A nylon collar or harness is best for either a cat or a dog. Never allow your pet to travel wearing a choke chain; the collar-pull could become snagged on the carrier or other object and he/she may choke to death. A cat must wear a safety stretch collar to prevent accidental strangulation.


Keep handy your pet’s shot records, along with a written description and several photos of you with your pets in case he/she becomes lost. You will need these to claim your pet from the local animal control centre.

Also take along a leash, a supply of your pet’s usual food, a container of water, dishes for food and water, a litter box for cats, a favourite toy or two, flea control products if desired, a brush and clippers, any medication your pet may need, and an emergency first-aid kit in case of injury.


If your animal has a bed or "crate" he/she sleeps in, take it along. Never allow cats to travel in the car without being securely in a carrier. Puppies also do best in a "crate" or carrier. Place the carrier in the cargo part of the vehicle or if it is in the back seat, use the seat belts to secure it. (Never put animals in the trunk.)


As soon as you know your pet is vacationing with you, see your veterinarian. Have your vet check your pet’s general fitness and ability to travel. Make sure that required immunizations are up to date, and get a copy of the immunization record. Tell your veterinarian about where you are going, and ask if any special precautions are in order.


How can I prepare for air travel?


Travelling by plane may be the most expedient way to travel, but it may also be the hardest on your pet. It places you in a situation where you have little control over the care given your pet. Although federal regulations require that animals transported on airlines be treated humanely, there have been occasional infractions resulting in injury or death of the animals.

Many airlines allow small dogs and cats in appropriate carriers to be brought into the cabin and placed under the seat. Soft-sided carriers are best for this purpose, although flip-top hard cases are also allowed. If your animal companion is small enough, this option permits you greater control and access, and it is far safer for your animals than travelling as cargo in the baggage hold of the aircraft.

Be sure to confirm what types and sizes of carriers the airlines allow.

If your animal companion must be shipped as cargo, there are several ways to minimize the risks:

Book a direct flight whenever possible. Tell the reservation clerk that you will be travelling with a pet. If a direct flight is not available, book a flight with the fewest number of stopovers.

Travel in off-season periods at mid-week, during the day or late evening, which tend to be less hectic for baggage handlers. There is also less chance that your flight will be delayed on the runway.

Never travel with an animal when outside temperatures reach above 80 degrees or below 40 degrees. Most airlines will try to help you select the right flights and advise you about scheduling.


Carriers for Air Travel


Pet carriers must meet minimum legal standards for size, strength, sanitation, and ventilation. The animal must have enough room to breathe, stand up, lie down, and turn around comfortably. The carrier must have handles, a food dish and water dish, and should be labelled with your pet’s name, your name, address, and destination. Stickers reading "Live Animal" are required on the top and one side. The sticker on the side should have an arrow pointing to the top of the carrier.

The best carrier is made out of hard plastic with a steel or plastic mesh door. A lip on the side will keep any baggage pressed up against it from blocking the ventilation holes. Make sure the door-locking mechanism is easy to use. Tighten all bolts before travel.

If your pet has never flown, familiarize him/her with the carrier gradually. If he/she has a favourite place to sleep, put the carrier in that spot. Place his/her favourite toy, blanket or food in the carrier. Leave the door open and wait until your animal "volunteers" to nap inside. Work toward the point where you can close the door to the carrier without causing distress. Leave the room once the door is secured and your pet is comfortable in the carrier. Your pet needs to become accustomed to being in the carrier without you. Increase the amount of time she is in the carrier with the door closed until she can stay about one and a half times the flight time.


Before Departing by Air


Don’t feed your pet for at least six hours prior to departure time. Most pets travel better on an empty stomach, and if they do get sick they will not soil themselves.

Using a spray such as Feliway or Rescue Remedy on the carrier before placing a cat in it may help reduce stress.


Never muzzle your pet — it could restrict his/her breathing and limit his/her ability to pant. Put his/her favourite blanket or toy in the carrier before leaving for the airport.

Some airlines will allow passengers to supervise the loading of their pets, but you must request this privilege. As soon as you get on the plane, politely ask the flight attendant to remind the captain that live animals are in the cargo hold and that the heating or cooling controls need to be turned on and the cargo hold pressurized. Feel free to express your anxiety to the flight attendant, so as to sensitise the staff to how important your animal is to you.

Once you reach your destination and have deplaned, immediately retrieve your pet from the designated baggage claim area.


How can I prepare for car travel?


A few safety procedures are vital when travelling by car. Never leave your dog unattended in a hot car. Your pet can suffer irreparable brain damage or death if left in a car on a warm day; even "just a few minutes" may be too long.

You may need to acclimate your animal to car travel. Start with both of you sitting the car with the engine on. Gradually build up to a trip around the block, then try a visit to a park farther away. (Thirty minutes is a good test of tolerance.) If your dog is to remain loose in the car, she must learn that the driver’s seat and area are off limits.

Do not let your dog hang her head outside the window; dust and debris can easily lodge in delicate eyes.

Pet supply stores stock inexpensive restraint devices that secure your animal to the seatbelt buckle or to the seatbelt itself. If you are involved in an automobile accident, the restraining device will keep your pet from crashing into the front window or car seat. The restraint will also keep your animal inside the vehicle and away from the driver.

Animals should not ride in the bed of pickup trucks. The risks of injury and death are too great, even if the animal is tethered. Some states even require that dogs ride in the cab of trucks.


How can I prepare for boat travel?


If you are vacationing on your boat, remember to treat your pet as if he or she were a child. This means putting a flotation vest on your pet. While dogs are natural swimmers, they can tire easily and may drown before they reach the shore. It also means not letting your pet stand on the bow of boat where a sudden shift may throw the animal into the water (and into the path of the boat or its propellers). Never let your pet ride in a boat while it is being towed.

Some cruise liners will allow pets to travel in special holds but prohibit them from passenger cabins. Further, quarantine laws may require your pet to be confined from two weeks to six months. An animal in quarantine is boarded at your own expense.


Are there other methods of travel available for my pet?


At present, Amtrak does not allow pets to travel on its trains. Some commuter trains and smaller train operations may allow a pet to travel in the baggage car in a carrier. Check with your local railroad to verify that it allows pets on board.

Also find out if its baggage cars are air-conditioned or heated (most are not). If not, consider another form of transportation or avoid train travel in extreme weather conditions. If your train has a long stopover, retrieve your pet from the carrier and take him/her for a walk.

Unless yours is an assistance animal, bus lines do not allow animals on board. Some local transit systems may, however, allow muzzled and leashed or crated animals on board during non-peak hours. Check with your local transit authority for current restrictions.


How can I camp safely with a dog?


If you cannot reliably control your pet, he or she should not go camping with you. Any pet you take into the wilderness must know instantly how to sit, stay, heel, and come on command, for his or her own safety as well as yours. Dogs can frighten wildlife and should be discouraged from barking, especially at night or when hiking in the wilderness.

Never let your dog wander from your campsite. Dogs can injure or kill wildlife. They are also prone to agitate bears and have even been known to lead them into campgrounds. If you plan to go camping in bear country, it is best to leave your dog at home. Many campgrounds require all dogs to be on a leash, so do not take along your dog if he or she is not leash trained. The safest place for a dog to sleep is in the tent with you.

Be sure to check with the park or campground you are visiting about whether they allow dogs and under what conditions.



What do I do if my pet becomes lost?


If the unthinkable happens and your pet runs away, take the following steps:

Contact the local animal control shelter and humane society and provide them with a current photograph of your pet.


Post reward signs that feature a photocopied picture of your pet and a number where you can be reached or where messages can be left for you.

Give the local police a description of your pet. They may be willing to keep an eye out for your pet while on patrol.


Place an ad in the local newspaper, including a phone number where you can be reached.


If you cannot stay in the area, give your home address and telephone number to the local shelter, humane society, and the hotel where you stayed in case your pet is found.


Where can I get more information about travelling with a pet?

There are many books written for people who want to travel with their pet. Specialty Web sites can also provide a wealth of information including information about current travel regulations and directories of animal-friendly lodgings and accommodations.



On the Fifth day of Christmas My Black Cat gave to me
Five yard of string,
Four Puss ‘n Boots, Three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree

The Phoenix And The Turkey

I was grateful to Phoenix because she returned the turkey. Of course, this event wasn’t quite as embarrassing as the time she stole a barbequed chicken from the top of the barbeque of a huge family picnic in Codornices Park on her Fourth of July birthday. But this story is about turkey.

Many years ago I had prepared a traditional Christmas dinner for a bunch of friends. I cooked and set the table and it looked just so wonderful. A quick step into the kitchen to get the carving knife and fork and when I returned to the dining room, the turkey was GONE! My grandmother’s beautiful antique meat platter was still in the centre of the table. But empty! So, the dinner party began searching for the missing turkey. After several minutes, there was a shout from the bottom of the garden. The turkey had been found!

Phoenix was lying on the grass with her head inside the back-end of the bird, ravaging the stuffing like she was trying to empty a stuffed Kong! Mildly embarrassed (it’s hard owning a dog when you’re a dog trainer), I rather meekly said, “Phoenix, thank you.” She promptly picked up the turkey, happily trotted towards me, sat, and dropped the turkey in my outstretched hands.

“Off!” “Take it” and “Thank you” are three very useful commands to teach your dog. They are easy and fun to teach.

To teach “Off!’
hand-feed your dog’s daily ration of kibble. Take one piece, hold it in your hand, very quietly say “Off!” and present your closed fist to your dog’s nose. Let your dog, lick, mouth and paw your hands. Ignore everything that your dog does and wait for your dog to cease contact for a fraction of a second, then quickly say, “Take it” and open your fist so your dog may take the kibble from the palm of your hand. Repeat the process, but this time wait until your dog ceases contact for one whole second before offering the food. With each repetition, gradually increase the period of non-contact. After about 6-8 repetitions, you will find that as soon as you say “Off!” your dog will sit-stay to wait for the food. Magic!

“Off!” may be used to inform your dog not to touch all sorts of inappropriate items, such as garbage, cat poop, smaller dogs, people, and turkeys. And by teaching “Off!” your dog automatically learns “Take it”, which is very useful for instructing your dog to take appropriate objects, such as stuffed chew-toys, fetch-toys and tug-toys, or to search for and bring back lost items, such as your car keys or television remote control. Once your dog knows “Take it,” you can easily teach “Thank you.” For example, when playing tug-o’-war, periodically say, “Thank you” and waggle a piece of freeze-dried liver in front of your dog’s nose. When your dog relinquishes the toy, praise and offer the liver, then present the toy again, say “Off” and after several seconds of non-contact, say, “Take it” and resume playing once more. “Thank you” is essential for relieving your dog of inappropriate items, such as soiled diapers, used Kleenex, or turkeys.

By the way, after a quick clean up, the turkey was scrumptious. We were all exceedingly grateful. No one fancied the remains of the stuffing though.

EDITORS NOTE: To use a clicker in this exercise, simply Click the second the dog pulls his head away from the food. It’s quick and easy to teach with the clicker!



Ok, here is it – People have been asking me for years to create a weekend workshop for Clicker, so that people from out-of-town have the possibility to join us or that we might possibly take this class out of town.


We are going to see how 2 weekends work with 3 additional 2-hour sessions for those with dogs.



We will be doing “Learning Theory” sessions on Friday Evenings & a combination of Theory and Practical with dogs on Saturday and Sunday. This class will be open to those who want to bring dogs as well as a limited number of observers.




DATES:   Feb. 19-21 + Feb. 26-28; Plus a possible 3 Saturday mornings


Without dogs: Friday Evenings: Feb.19 & 26 – 6-9 p.m.
With dogs: Saturdays and Sundays: 10 until 4 p.m. Plus 2-3 extra
Saturday mornings for practical only

VENUE    Sandown– Johannesburg

BOOK:     Eugenie Chopin at eugenie@ttouch.co.za  or phone 011 884 3156 for more info.

COST:      Weekend Class: R1600: this includes the cost of the 2 Weekends, notes, treat bag, target stick and a clicker
 R300: 3 extra Saturday mornings for practical application with your dog
 March 6, 13 & 20: 9:30 – 12:00 each Sat. morning


If you have always wanted to learn a method of training that doesn’t need aversives to be effective, then join us for a Clicker Experience! Although Operant Conditioning and the Clicker have been around for many years, especially in the Marine World and in training many species of animals for film, it’s only in the last 10 years that it has started to become Mainstream in the Dog Training World. Here is your chance to catch up!


Clicker Training is basically about re-enforcing Behaviour that you want. It works on the principles of giving reward for correct behaviour rather than using corrections and aversives for unwanted behaviour. As a result, you can establish true respect from your dog without fear. It’s fun to do, the dogs love it and therefore gain in confidence and you can finally understand why they do the things they do and how your Behaviour and actions influence them daily!

NOTE: An aversive is anything the dog doesn’t like! So if you yell at your dog and it likes the attention, it might actually be a reward!


This class is designed to teach those who want to truly understand the concepts of Operant Conditioning, how animals learn, how to get through the barriers that stop the learning process and how to move forward in small enough steps to be successful in anything that you want to teach. If you are a Trainer, are interested in being a Trainer, or just are a dog owner who wants to understand more, then this might be the class for you!

On the Sixth day of Christmas My Burmese gave to me
Six plants of catnip,
Five yard of string, Four Puss ‘n Boots, three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree

‘Tis the Season to be Merry! By Niki Elliott



It is that time of year again where we all get into the spirit of giving. There are adverts everywhere encouraging us to buy this or that. Often those adverts contain the cutest pictures of puppies popping out of parcels wrapped with colourful Christmas paper, with a great big red ribbon attached. Christmas cards with lovely pictures of puppies on them. These pictures capture the spirit of Christmas so well. However there is something very wrong with this picture. Christmas puppies are often impulse purchases, and little thought is given to the necessary commitment that having a puppy in the home requires.


A puppy should never be given as a present nor should it be a surprise.  It is not a toy and should not be thought of in the same category. There is a lot of preparation required to bring a puppy into a family. This little bundle of fur will not stay a cute little pup for long. It will grow up and have needs, demanding attention, feeding, training, exercising and grooming. A puppy given as a present along with all the other presents will  not teach a child the most valuable lesson there is to be learnt from a living puppy – respect for life and how to care for another living being.


Christmas morning with all the excitement of opening presents, taking photos, loud music and people coming and going during the day is no place for a puppy. This could all be really frightening for the new addition. Puppies like children go through developmental stages and between the ages of 7 – 12 weeks of age pups hit the first fear impact period. This is always the time that breeders give out their pups to their new families. It is really important not to frighten or stress the puppy during this time as fears learnt during this time can have a permanent impact on the puppy’s personality in the future.  If there is too much going on, the puppy will be quickly forgotten in the excitement and this could affect the puppy’s ability to bond with and to trust the humans in its new family.


Another concern is that reliable breeders will not have puppies ready to be homed at Christmas time. They know and understand the problems that go along with sending puppies into their new homes at this time of the year. So that leaves us with the puppy mill pups, the pet shop pups or the pups from disreputable breeders who actually churn out puppies to meet the holiday demand.  These pups are really cute but are most often inbred and poorly socialized, with very compromised immune systems, which make them more prone to disease, skeletal problems and a whole host of behaviour problems.  The Christmas Day that started off as a whole lot of fun with all the family can easily end up at the Emergency Vet costing a fortune because the new puppy needs a drip after hours!


If you really want to give a puppy at Christmas time, rather buy a lead and harness, a nice dog bed, a good book on raising a behaviourally healthy puppy, a gift certificate for puppy classes or even a subscription to Animal Talk. Wrap these up and put them under the Christmas tree. Then when life has settled down in January all the family can make an informed decision as to what breed they would like, which breeder to get the pup from and then actually selecting the right puppy from the litter for your home environment. It will be something that all the family can do together and it will be a far better start for the puppy. A good start for a puppy in it’s new home creates a better bond with the family and is more likely to prevent problems later on.

Rather give the kids a virtual pet or some video games or action figure warrior sets. They will love these and use them and when they get bored with them they can forget about them. You won’t have the responsibility of picking up the messes, taking it out in the middle of the night and walking it in the rain once the kids loose interest. A puppy arriving at your home when everyone is prepared will be just as adorable and you can always wrap it up in a big red bow!

Niki Elliott is a Tellington TTouch Practitioner II. She is the founder of Thinking Pets School, runs puppy classes, gives Behaviour lectures and consultations. She can be reached at niki.elliott@wol.co.za

On the Seventh day of Christmas my Siamese gave to me
Seven fish a-swimming,
Six plants of catnip, Five yard of string, Four Puss ‘n Boots, Three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree

Puppy Socialization Classes:


All classes below are given by TTouch Practitioners or Practitioners in Training and incorporate TTouch in the Handling of puppies.


õ        Brixton / Auckland Park: Puppy classes; contact Candi Moon: furbabies.sanctuary@gmail.com, 079 490 3233, www.furbabiestraining.co.za

õ       Bryanston, Puppy 1&2, Classes Wednesday evening & Saturday afternoon.
Private sessions on request. Niki Elliott 082 451 0433 or

õ        Cape Town; Puppy Socialization Saturday afternoons, call Debbie on
083 992-8767 or email

õ        Centurion: Puppy Socialising, Basic Obedience & Clicker Classes, 8-Week Course Weekdays and Weekends.  Heather Whitfield 083 566 7009 or email heather4paws@gmail.com

õ        Durbanville: Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. Ongoing: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 9790848 or 082 784 7524 Claire.g@mweb.co.za

õ        Heidelberg: Jordaanpark, Every Sunday; contact Ilze van der Walt:

zafira.ilze@webmail.co.za or 082 921 4448

õ        Hermanus, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West: Puppy l & ll. Tel 082 490 1650 and e-mail janina@krugerphotography.co.za

õ        Lyndhurst, Gresswold, Bramley, Kew, Waverley Area: Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays. Nicky Lucka 083-408-1517 lucka@absamail.co.za

õ        Parkwood: Puppy Classes, 6 Week courses on Saturday afternoons R480 Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net

õ        Pretoria – Lynnwood Glen, Puppy classes for pups until 16 weeks and Basic obedience classes (using clicker training) for dogs 16 weeks and older.  Contact Anelize 079 272 4595 or Manuela 076 427 9166

õ        Randpark Ridge: Puppy Socialising with Clicker, 7 Week courses on Saturday mornings. Wendy Wilson, 083 336 1761 overthemoon@iafrica.com

õ        Sandringham: Puppy Socialising, 6 Week courses on Sundays & Weekday evenings ongoing. Kim Heller 082 570 0463 kimh@kti.co.za

On the Eighth day of Christmas My Manx gave to me
Eight fluffy catkins,
Seven fish a-swimming, Six plants of catnip, Five yard of string, Four Puss ‘n Boots, Three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree

Feasting Funny-Business

At Christmas everyone is in the kitchen, perhaps more than never. Ahem, ever. All this extra time focusing on food often uncovers a wealth of previously unknown, and definitely unwanted, behavior from your dog.


Last week we addressed the complication of counter surfing and this week we’ll address another canine caper that commonly crops up at this time of year - begging.

If Christmas dinner’s at your place this year, know that your pup’s incessant whining and under-the-table nudging will be about as welcome as an undercooked turkey.

So, prevent begging behavior before it even begins by never ever feeding your dog from the table. In fact, difficult as this may seem, your best bet is to completely ignore him during mealtimes. Period. He’ll quickly learn that impoliteness gets him nowhere.


If begging’s already a problem, don’t worry. There’s still time to get your dog on the right track before turkey time: Some behaviors - for instance, sitting or lying down on the other side of the room - are incompatible with lurking around the dinner table. So, brush up on the basics until your dog’s sit, down, and stay are rock-solid reliable. Once he’s a pro with those key cues, ask your dog for a down-stay before you sit down to dinner. Makes sense, right? If your dog is sitting or lying down, he can’t be jumping in your lap while you’re eating dinner. The first few meals may be especially challenging, so reinforce his admirable self-control by periodically going

over to reward him with a treat, pet, and affectionate, "Gooooood dog."

With kind permission from the Dog Star Daily Team. You can go to www.dogstardaily.com for more interesting articles.

On the Ninth day of Christmas My Angora gave to me
Nine lizards leaping,
eight fluffy catkins, seven fish a-swimming, Six plants of catnip, Five yard of string, Four Puss a Boots, three French rats, two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree



                                                It’s Turkey Time!  

Do you know what your dog is eating? 

If a healthy, happy dog is on your list of things to be thankful for, make sure that this Thanksgiving your pup doesn’t ingest anything that could cause her to be anything less. Plenty of human-safe foods can actually prove quite toxic to canines, so if your sweet potato pie recipe calls for raisins or you add extra onions to your stuffing, watch that Fido’s not licking any of the plates.

Top Ten Toxic (to Fido) Christmas Foods/Ingredients

  • Cooked turkey bones

  • Coffee (including beans and grounds)

  • Onions

  • Nutmeg

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Chocolate

  • Tomatoes

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Walnuts

  •  Raisins

On the Tenth day of Christmas My Maine Coon gave to me
Ten luscious lobsters,
Nine lizards leaping, Eight fluffy catkins, Seven fish a-swimming, Six plants of catnip, Five yard of string, Four Puss a Boots, three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree

SHANTI & FRIENDS UPDATE: Thunder Storms & Fireworks

+ The Mysterious Mind of My CAT


We have had serious thunderstorms over the past month and as a result, Shanti has needed lots of attention. When she hears the thunder start up, she needs to come into the office where we are and be with people. She whines and starts panting heavily.


It’s Murphy’s Law that I have one of the 5% of dogs who actually hates a Body Wrap, as that would be my first tool of choice for Noise Phobia! Not wanting to stress her more, I don’t use a wrap, but rather get a blanket or large towel to throw over her body. With the recent spate of storms, a towel wasn’t enough so I decided to try something Robyn was using at the last training – a wrap around the head.


I wrapped Shanti’s head in an elastic bandage and within seconds she stopped hyperventilating, quietened down, put her head on the floor and relaxed completely. Somehow the head wrap was easier for her than the body wrap – Yeah! – I have something I can use effectively on her.


Basically I took an elastic bandage from the middle, put it over her head and ears, crossed under her chin and then brought it back around her neck to tie very loosely at the back of her neck. The wrap was very light and loose – not tight at all.


In TTouch we do believe that “Need is the Mother of Invention”.




     Shanti with Head Wrap                                 Shanti a few minutes later


Shadow, the cat, is also interesting during a thunderstorm. While she doesn’t make a fuss, she does want to be around company. So about the time that Shanti starts whining, you can be sure that Shadow Cat will not be far behind her, jumping on the desk or sitting behind you in your office chair.


As a result of all the storms, Shadow has been sleeping more in the bedroom with the “family”. Remember how I told you a couple of months ago about her climbing the curtains to get into the cupboard? What I didn’t tell you was that on the other side of the bedroom, I, YEARS AGO, gave her access to a yummy bed on top of the tall bookshelf. I even had someone build a special shelf to make the jump easier for her.


Well, she has disdained this bed and shelf for 3 years -- but ---- WAIT FOR IT ----in the past week, she is sleeping most nights in this bed that has been waiting for her for years! Now who can explain this to me? I’m stymied, but delighted to have her in the bedroom at night in a place where she feels safe from the dogs.


So all’s well that ends well!

Although I’m guessing by Christmas she’ll be doing something else…..

On the eleventh day of Christmas My Russian (Blue) gave to me
Eleven boots a stomping,
Ten luscious lobsters, Nine lizards leaping, Eight fluffy catkins, Seven fish a-swimming, Six plants of catnip, Five yard of string, Four Puss a Boots, three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree





Dear Eugénie


Thank you for the session on Saturday.  Chase and I are really walking well on our new harness and lead.  This morning Mom accused him of behaving like a puppy he was so exuberant when we went into the kitchen and that just after a few tarantulas, a little troika and a few zigzags while he was lying next to the bed!  Although he has been getting TTouch every minute I could since we arrived home on Saturday.  I’ve showed Mom how to do some of the touches and after this morning’s playful greeting I just know she will be doing all she can to help!


Thanks again Eugénie.  You and TTouch have had a wondrous effect on our lives.


Fondest regards



TTouch helps Cerebral Palsy patient


Hi Robyn,


I thought you might be interested to hear about my first application of TTouch after the clinic.


I had a riding session booked today with a lady and decided to prepare the pony with some touches but for some reason really concentrated on the tail. I then walked him with the promise wrap and taught my leader how to lead from the side and stay in front!


I then mounted the rider. She is a 64year old lady with a diagnosis of Athetiod Cerebral Palsy. Her body is really tight and stiff but also has involuntary movements. She rides because in her words "it keeps everything working properly". I tried doing some python lifts on her legs and initially noticed that there was very little change in the tightness of her thighs, which I had hoped would happen (while not being attached to any outcomes of course!!! ha ha). We led her around a little as usual just to loosen up and the pony walked freely with a relaxed head carriage. We started walking big fig 8’s and I asked her to assist with turning the pony by turning her body as much as possible, making room for his ribs and ’looking’ with her belly button where she wanted to go. I always phrase it this way but she was able to move around better than usual. But the best was yet to come.


We halted and I asked her to ask the pony to move off - something she finds really difficult and in fact almost impossible BUT she jiggled her legs from the thigh just as you demonstrated and the pony happily walked forward that time and every time we asked!! My leader, assistant, rider and I were thrilled and the pony acted like this was an easy common occurrence. To think that if I had attached an outcome it would have been limited to a more relaxed thigh only - how mundane!


Stopping was a little more difficult as she has trouble controlling her body from moving and therefore finds it difficult to melt. It got better with reminding her to exhale which I usually do. Neither of us objected to this opportunity for progress another day, as for her the freedom of being able to get the horse to move so freely forward was amazing.


Thank you again for all the inspiration. Thanks too for the article as it makes it so manageable and I am realising that the ponies also give you an idea of where you need to concentrate any extra few minutes you may have.


Lots of love




Book of the Month: “How to Run a Dog Business” – Putting Your Career where Your Heart is; by Veronica Boutelle

This is really a great book for anyone in (or wanting to be in) the Dog Business! The demand for skilled dog trainers, dog walkers, dog sitters and dog day care operators has never been greater. But, to succeed in one of these fields, you’ll need more than dog expertise – you’ll need business savvy as well.


Written for the non-business person, Veronica Boutelle, the industry’s top consultant, gives you the information you need to start, operate and prosper in your chosen field. With clear, detailed instructions, you will be guided through the process of determining whether you are well suited for self employment and which field is right for you.



  • Analyse your market, set prices, and advertise your services.

  • Determine what licenses, insurance, and professional affiliations are needed.

  • Create systems that streamline your business and help you avoid burn-out.

  • Establish sound business practices that will make your business run smoothly, keep you profitable, and balance your work and private life.


AVAILABLE from the TTouch office at our Christmas Special of R148!

Call Heleen on 011 884-3156 or email Heleen@ttouch.co.za to order your copy.


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b: Interesting Links


·         http://youtube.com/watch?v=zytCL33Mf2Q - How classical Music can help calm your Canine Companion!


·         http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/12/25/it-s-a-wonderful-life.aspx - If you’re so young, you’ve never seen this Christmas movie, you’re really in for a treat! If you have memories of it from your childhood, you’ll love seeing it again!


·         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bxdg2RPdgQ - A must see!TTouch Instructor, Cathy Cascade helping ALF, the pitbull recover from being a fighting dog.


·         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgEwiH8CeUE - I absolutely love this video on getting over problems with nail trimming using the clicker.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWR-Z8gCMIk - 9 Effective Habits of Dog Trainers


Charity at Christmas


a. Two girls cycling 700 kms for animals: Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan. 1, 2010


Now more than ever before, charities are struggling to continue their life-giving support of those in need. Two ordinary people, Susan Morrell and Elizabeth Hillman, are doing something extraordinary to draw attention to the flight of animals. They are hoping to make a different to three animal charities: The Global White Lion Protection Trust, Cat Pals and Four Paws. They will take to the road from Jo’burg to Durban – 700 kms – on their bicycles! Their aim? To raise as many pledges and sponsorships as possible.


To make a pledge, either through a once-off donation or by sponsoring the riders per kilometre, please contact them at: 074 1063 500 or Elizabeth.hillman1@gmail.com


b. Santa Paws Christmas Stocking Initiative


The initiative was started by two colleagues, Shelley and Tarryn, and the aim is to spoil as many homeless pets in shelters as possible this Christmas.  A variety of Christmas hampers have been put together which you can choose from, with the aim to allow anyone to participate, no matter how small or large (even a R40 donation is welcome). Each donor will be receiving an email, as we want everything to be totally transparent. Please feel free to contact the charities involved should you wish to verify this initiative and/or require a reference to ensure this is a legitimate cause.  Only two charities (FORA and Wetnose) have been chosen in the Jo’burg region for this first year, but should this initiative grow, we will gladly extend it to many more worthy charities


Buy a Hamper for either Charity and get 5kgs of food donated by Royal Canin as well. Please contact tarrynd@gmail for more information and a description of the hampers you can donate.


Amazing Labrador needing a home

I am moving from Johannesburg to Cape Town and urgently need a loving home for my beautiful golden Labrador. She has an amazing nature, is extremely gentle and is 11 years old. Please help!  Contact David or Jacky on 0836517717


Please help Scruffy

I picked up this little fellow between Thabazimbi and Brits, about 2 weeks ago, covered in ticks and as thin as a rake.

 We have named him "Scruffy".  He is used to travelling and was obviously well socialized with other dogs. He can squeeze out of the tiniest of cracks to follow me when I leave him at home.  He hates being left behind. That’s probably why he was running along the road.  I think he was well looked after and much loved, because he loves to cuddle and be cuddled



We are urgently looking for homes for 5 female Norwegian Forest Cats that belonged to Tanya Rawe who was tragically killed in a car accident on Friday 20th November 2009

1.    Dusky – Black Tortie Tabby – 2 Years old. (She needs a single home)

2.    Jane – Blue classic tabby – 7 months old (Very Loving)

3.    Kewy – Black Classic Tabby – 7 months old (Absolutely adorable)

4.    Sylvie – Black Mackerel Tabby with white – 7 months old (A little shy)

5.    Midnight – Solid Black – 2 years old (Very sweet)

 They can all go to separate homes and should be fine with other cats. They are not used to dogs or small kids but because they are still young

They all need to be spayed and micro chipped. This is the only cost involved.


For more photos and details please contact Petra Smith on 0728241904..

Do not leave a message please phone 2 or 3 times until I pick up.. My messages sound like people talking under water.



Cat needs help!

She is young, is jet black with white feet and a white crest on her chest.
She is really a sweet little thing and sleeps on the bed with Yasser & I at night. She is very playful and clearly use to human contact. She needs a home where dogs are use to cats.  Contact
mailto:Fran %20frances@yallabeena.co.za




Jason was rescued by FORA on the 23 November 2009. This is the worst case of animal neglect that FORA has ever seen his eyes were pleading for help and urgently needed medical attention. Contact Breggie 0823365568, Patti  0829223820 or Vivienne 0828526749 at FORA.




They were born on the 26 Dec 2007.  Both been sterilized and all their vaccinations are up to date.

 Diesel is a black and white male, which is very loving, enjoys sleeping in his cosy basket and never roams.

 Rascal is a tortoiseshell female, who is nervous.  She prefers someone who is gentle.  Once she feels safe, she is very loving.

 If you can offer either of these kitties a home, please contact Luanda Hugo on 083-3260669 or Adele on 072-1445914


Looking for a loving home

He is an extremely affectionate cat who would desperately love to move inside and be part of a family. He is amazingly gentle, would be great with children as he never uses his claws and loves attention.  He gets on very well with dogs and enjoys canine company as much as human company, however he would NOT BE SUITABLE for a home which already has cats.  Contact Karen on 011 883-5058 or Kate on 082 600 8166


MAX seeking a loving family:  My name is MAX.  I’m such a lekker oke, (Bull Terrier) and am 5yrs old, Sterilized and vaccinated.  I just LOVE little people!!!. I wouldn’t mind a chick to play with, but Yikes, please NO CATS!  Would so love to go to a nice family of my own.  PLEASE call this Chick from CHARM, her name is Brenda:  083 707 7204


Goofy & Josi promise to be your loyal intelligent watchdogs – owner moving overseas – separate if need be:


Goofy, the intelligent one, an Airedale Terrier had puppy training, so do sit/lie down/go out when asked too. I have extremely good hearing and keen sense of smell. About 7 years old, full medical history. 


Josi – most obedient dogs you will ever come across, love attention, I also don’t ever go running out the gate even when it is open, but still a watchdog to strangers. About 4 years old thorough bred Bull Terrier with full medical history, very child friendly

Hannes Mostert on Mobile: +27 83 964 9933  E-mail : hannesmostert@gmail.com


17.   OTHER



On the first day, God created the dog and said:
’Sit all day by the door of   your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’

The dog said: ’That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’ So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
’Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.’
The monkey said: ’ Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’
And God agreed. 

On the third day, God created the cow and said:
’You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty
The cow said: ’That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?’
And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created man and said:
’Eat, sleep, play , marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’
But man said: ’Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?’
’Okay,’ said God, ’You asked for it.’

So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy yourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.



On Christmas Morning... I wish,

For every dog searching trashcans for breakfast,
a filled bowl with his name printed in bright letters.

For every dog who slept fitfully last night, chained in a frozen
yard, a soft warm bed with a person snoring gently nearby.
For every shelter dog, spending Christmas morning in a soiled run,
a forever home, filled with sounds and smells of family.

For every "Christmas" puppy given today,
a tolerant, caring owner who won’t abandon you as you grow into a
real dog.

For every ailing pet,
enough money for your owner to pay the bills to make you well.

For every lost dog,
a clear, safe road, and well-marked path, to lead you home.

For every old and tired friend,
a warm fire, and soft bed, to ease your aches and pains.


For every Heart Dog at the Bridge,
a moment when you know that you are remembered today, missed again,
and loved forever.

Author unknown

On the twelfth day of Christmas My kitten gave to me
Twelve pairs of mittens,
Eleven boots a stomping, Ten luscious lobsters, Nine lizards leaping, Eight fluffy catkins, Seven fish a-swimming, Six plants of catnip, Five yard of string, Four Puss a Boots, three French rats, Two naughty mice and a songbird in a spruce tree.
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