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  OCTOBER 2010, TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER
1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING - FOR COMPANION ANIMALS –
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS - 5-DAY TTEAM WITH LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES
4.   TTOUCH TIPS - THUNDERSHIRTS – HOW TO CALM YOUR DOG’S ANXIETY
5.   CLICKER TIPS: CHILD GUESTS SCARED OF DOGS
6.   CLICKER CLASSES
7.   PUPPIES: TRAINING IN THE DOG PARK: THE ESSENCE OF COME
8.   BEHAVIOUR: DOG COMMUNICATION – PART 2 – BY IAN DUNBAR
9.   HEALTH - CHILDREN’S TOYS FOR DOGS?
10.   SHANTI & FRIENDS UPDATE: FUN WITH ROBYN! AND MEMOIORS OF ANGELIQUE
11.   YOUR LETTERS
12.   ODDS AND ENDS
13.   EVENTS
14.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES
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1.   EUGENIE'S LETTER

October/November 2010

TELLINGTON TTOUCH NEWSLETTER

(Print and read at your leisure – copyright - Eugenie Chopin

Unless otherwise stated)

www.ttouch.co.za - for more info on any subject!

CONTENTS:

  1. Eugenie’s Letter
  2. Practitioner Training - for Companion Animals – April 29-May 4
  3. Horse WorkshopsCape Town; JHB
  4. TTouch Workshops – KZN & Gordon’s Bay
  5. TTouch Tips – THUNDERSHIRTS – How to calm your dog’s anxiety 
  6. Clicker Tips  How to have a fearful child meet your dogs
  7. Clicker Classes Cape Town – 2 weekends
  8. Puppies – Training in the Dog Park – the dos and don’ts of “Come”Puppy Socialization Classes in your area

  9. Behaviour / Health

    1. Behaviour:  Dog Communication Part 2

    2. Health: How to remove a tick

  10. Shanti & Friends Update: – The Joy of having Robyn Hood in the house! 
  11. Your Letters  
  12. Odds and Ends

    1. Book of the month – Dogs that know when their owners are coming home

    2. Website of the month: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2009

    3. Interesting Links

  13. Events

    1. Make sure you give your Christmas Shoebox!

    1. Dogs or Cats Urgently Needing Homes / Lost dogs

    1.  EUGENIE’S LETTER 

    Hello TTouch Friends!

    Thank goodness the rains are finally soaking the garden! Despite muddy feet (4 leggeds), we are happy with the water. We have been pruning trees this spring as the garden was boasting of too much shade. It’s quite a mission and I have to admit to Not watching the guys in the trees but rather sending them good wishes for health and safety!

    We are hectic here in the office getting ready for WODAC in Cape Town. We are hoping to make lots of new friends down there! The show runs from Friday thru Sunday, Nov. 19-21 and I know that you’ll enjoy it! If you have never been, it’s full of excitement with competitions, displays, agility, weave poles, fly ball and of course all the show dogs and cats. There is literally something for everyone! At the TTouch stand #110, we’ll be having Demos throughout the day all three days. So this is your opportunity to come and see what this work is really about! Here is the schedule!

    We had 3 wonderful trainings with Robyn Hood last month and the TTACT 4 class had their first client mornings, which many of you participated in. Thanks again for coming and sharing your pets with us!

    The TEAM (equine) training boasted 3 new horse practitioners: Tracy Moxey (KZN), Elke Haas, and Andrea van Rijswijk – see Robyn centre front!

    Note that Tracy is the first ever KZN Equine Practitioner so we are thrilled!

    See “Shanti and Friends” for updates on the latest for your dogs that are frightened of thunder or fireworks.

    Warmest Regards and I hope to see you in Cape Town.

    Eugenie Chopin

    Tellington TTouch Practitioner 3 for Companion Animals

    eugenie@ttouch.co.za 

    www.ttouch.co.za



Letters to God from Dogs:
Dear God,
Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?

Dear God,
When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it the same old story?.
 
2.   PRACTITIONER TRAINING - FOR COMPANION ANIMALS –

31 March – 05 April 2011with Linda Tellington-Jones!

The TTACT program has changed format somewhat by allowing new people to start in any session. This goes along with the practice used in Canada and the UK. We have been truly inspired by the number of people interested in this program and don’t want you to have to wait for 2 or 3 years to join us.

DATE:            March 31 – April 05, 2011

VENUE:        Broshacarm Kennels - Midrand

COST:            +/- R4550.00

                        R4250 early bird or if you select the “stop-order” option of payment.

CONTACT: Eugenie on 011 884-3156 or email eugenie@ttouch.co.za

The training runs over 3 years, with 2-week long sessions per year lasting between 5 & 6 days. 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 your first session, 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.

WHAT DOES THE TRAINING INCLUDE?

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 your second session, 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 your second session, 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 your 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.

Please email Eugenie for information pertaining to this 3-year program.

SESSION 5: October 13-18, 2011(please note that while we have names the trainings “session 4” etc. – your personal session 4 will be your 4th training)



Dear God,
Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the
rabbit, but not ONE named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We dogs love
a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the 'Chrysler Eagle' the Chrysler Beagle?
 
3.   HORSE WORKSHOPS - 5-DAY TTEAM WITH LINDA TELLINGTON-JONES

March 24-28, 2011

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

VENUE

HORSE

DATE

COST

CONTACT

TBA - Houtbay

Western Cape

Incorporating TTEAM into your daily equine routine

27-28 November

R700.00

Catherine Williams  quadrisense@gmail.com

021 790 0792 (w);    

   082 569 8641 (cel )

4.    TTOUCH DOG / CAT WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES 

DOGS

VENUE

DOG

DATE

COST

CONTACT

Gordon’s Bay

5 week TTOUCH class for DOGS

Sunday 23 January 2011

R700

Claire Grobbelaar on 021 856 5886  or info@canineconcepts.co.za

Underberg KZN

Polo Crosse Ground

 Introduction to TTouch

20 November 2010

  R300

Doreen Stapelberg 033 342 2220 (h); 084 511 3553 (cell or Nicky

4.   TTOUCH TIPS - THUNDERSHIRTS – HOW TO CALM YOUR DOG’S ANXIETY

Many years ago TTouch practitioners started to use body wraps on dogs. They were used for many purposes but often for fears and phobias such as thunder and anxieties. Over time there have been a few products created to tap into the information that TTouch has provided from the use of these wraps. The latest one is the Thundershirt, which we have tried and found to be successful in many of our cases.

Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. It is this pressure that has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs if they are anxious, fearful or over-excited. From real world experience, we know with certainty that Thundershirt DOES WORK. Based on surveys completed by over 1,000 Thundershirt users, over 85% of dogs show significant improvement in anxiety symptoms when using Thundershirt.

As for WHY Thundershirt’s gentle pressure works to calm a dog, experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.

For example:

·         TTouch dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties.

·         Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations.

·         People with autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety.

·         Children with certain behavioral problems use pressure shirts and weighted vests to relax and focus.

·         Parents use swaddling to calm an inconsolable newborn infant.

Until now, there just hasn’t been a well-designed, inexpensive pressure wrap commonly used for dog anxiety. Thundershirt is changing that! Thousands of veterinarians and dog trainers now recommend Thundershirts for their anxiety cases.

Thundershirt is an excellent treatment for most types of dog anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, we recommend just putting on a Thundershirt and observing the results (No training!). You very well may see significant improvement for noise, crate, travel, barking and others with absolutely no training. For more complicated anxiety cases, we recommend using Thundershirt as part of a behavior modification program.

One thing is for certain, for a very large percentage of dogs, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a terrific calming effect. This has obvious benefits for most types of anxiety. But Thundershirt is also a very useful tool for managing excitability or hyperactivity with strangers, on the leash, or in a training environment. Thundershirt’s calming effect helps a dog to focus (or refocus) her energies in a more constructive direction, allowing training to be more effective.

It can be useful for:

Noise Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

Travel Anxiety

Crating Anxiety

Barking Anxiety

Hyper excitement at training

AND YES THE TTOUCH OFFICE HAS THEM FOR SALE! R300 ONLY – email info@ttouch.co.za for more information.

Harley very kindly modelled one for me to photograph. I was most impressed at how still he stood for the pictures – “wonder if it was the Thundershirt?”

Harley with an XXL Thundershirt

for more information.



Dear God,
If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God,
We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles,
horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic energy fields, and
Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?
 
5.   CLICKER TIPS: CHILD GUESTS SCARED OF DOGS

By Karen Pryor

Q: During the holidays last year we had a young relative visit our home who was terrified of our dog, who is a little excitable but very good natured. I couldn’t seem to convince the child—or his parents—that there was nothing to be afraid of. What can we do for such encounters in the upcoming holiday season?

A: The first requirement is to respect the fear and avoid frightening the child more. Thus, the dog should be leashed, at least for a while, so it can’t rush up to the child. A big, lively dog might best be put away in another room until the child is calm or until the child goes home.

A little child can be held in arms to watch other people pet and perhaps feed the dog. My own dogs are taught to sit with their backs turned so very small children can touch the dog’s fur without encountering the dog’s sniffing nose and licking tongue. ALL interactions between someone else’s nervous child and your dog should be 100% monitored by you, and if that can’t be managed due to your other responsibilities, the dog should be crated or put somewhere else (in the car, if there is no other alternative).

If a baby or small child is going to be in my house for more than a few minutes, I get out the clicker and treats. With the child in someone’s arms, I ask the dog to sit. I toss a treat to the dog. I ask for a sit again, hand a treat to the child, click, and tell the child to throw the treat. Even very young tots will throw a treat to the dog after seeing you do it once, and they seem to find it interesting to see the dog pick up and eat it. From then on the clickerwise dog will respond to the child’s presence by sitting and waiting hopefully for a click—a safe and tolerable behavior.

Lynn Loar, Ph.D., author of Teaching Empathy, works with shelter dogs and inner-city families who are often quite afraid of dogs to start with. Her icebreakers include allowing children to dip a finger in a jar of peanut butter and letting the dog lick it off; one could start with a spoon, instead of the finger.

Perhaps the biggest problem with visiting children, however, is not the fearful child but the fearless child who also is ignorant about dogs. This is the child that may hit a dog, climb or lie on it, hug it (most dogs hate that), or poke at it. The parents are not likely to be helpful, since if they knew anything about dogs, the child wouldn’t be doing these things. In this case, the dog should be removed from the scene at once; don’t bother trying to teach manners to the child, and don’t risk the child doing something, usually in the twinkling of an eye, which might really provoke a bite. You may be sure the parents will not blame the child if the dog nips in self-defense.

I once entertained a young couple who arrived with a four-year-old son who was both fearless and clueless about dogs. My terrier adored babies and children and handled himself well with them, so I did not think to separate them until I heard a scream of real anguish from the dog. Underneath the dining-room table, and out of sight, while the dog screamed and the parents laughed fondly, the boy had grabbed the terrier firmly in both fists by his chin whiskers, and was pulling hard.

I dived into the fray, grabbed his chubby little fists, and pinched them hard enough so he let go (he was holding on so tight I could not just pry his fingers loose—I tried that first). Now the child was crying because I had hurt him, the parents were mad, and I was thanking my lucky stars that my fine little dog hadn’t bitten anyone, including me.

Moral: Look out for your dog, as well as the children. Safety should always come first.

With kind permission from Karen Pryor from Clickertraining.com

About the author

Karen Pryor is the founder and CEO of Karen Pryor Clickertraining and Karen Pryor Academy. She is the author of many books, including Don’t Shoot the Dog and Reaching the Animal Mind. Learn more about Karen Pryor or read Karen’s Letters online.



Dear God,
More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Dear God,
When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake hands to get in?

Dear God,
Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?.
 
6.   CLICKER CLASSES

CLICKER CLASSES: Introduction to Clicker Training – CAPE TOWN

We hope to do 2 weekends in Cape Town early in 2011 0 watch this space!



Dear God,
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog:
- I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.
- I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.
- I will not munch on "leftovers" in the kitty litter box; although they are tasty, they are not food.
- The diaper pail is not a cookie jar..
 
7.   PUPPIES: TRAINING IN THE DOG PARK: THE ESSENCE OF COME

Letting your dog play uninterrupted in the park can be one of the quickest ways to lose control over your adolescent dog. Allow him to play uninterrupted and you’ll quickly lose his attention and have no control over him whatsoever. On the other hand, if you integrate training and play, you’ll soon develop reliable, off-leash distance control over your dog.

How to Train Your Dog Not to Come When Called

Many owners let their dogs off-leash without so much as a "please" or a "Sit." Often the dogs are excitedly bouncing and barking in anticipation of playing. Thus being let off-leash reinforces their boisterous behaviour. They delight in their new-found freedom, running around, sniffing, chasing each other, and playing together like crazy. The owners look on and chat. Eventually, it’s time to go. One owner calls her dog, the dog comes running, the owner snaps on the leash, and the play session is over.

This sequence of events is likely to happen just once or twice, because on subsequent trips to the park the dog understandably will not be quite so keen to come to his owner when called. It doesn’t take much for the dog to make the association between coming when called and having an otherwise utterly enjoyable romp in the park abruptly terminated. On future trips to the park, the dog approaches his owner slowly with head down. The owner is now doing a fine job demotivating the dog’s recall and is inadvertently training the dog not to come when called.

Indeed, slow recalls quickly become no recalls, as the dog tries to prolong his fun by playing Catch-Me-If-You-Can. The irritated owner now screams for the dog to come, "Bad dog! Come here!" And, of course, the dog muses, "I don’t think so! In the past, I have learned that that nasty tone and volume mean you’re not too happy. I think it would be a mite foolish for me to approach you right now. You’re not in the best frame of mind to praise and reward me appropriately." But you are not going to do this with your dog, are you?

How to Train Your Dog to Come When Called

Instead, you are going to take your dog’s dinner kibble to the park, call your dog every minute or so throughout his play session, have him sit for a couple of pieces of kibble, and then let him go play again. Your dog will soon learn that coming when called is an enjoyable time-out, a little refreshment, a kind word, and a hug from you, before he resumes play. Your dog becomes confident that coming when called does not signal the end of the play session. Your dog’s enthusiastic recalls will be the talk of the town! When it is time to end the off-leash play session, I like to soften the blow by telling my dogs, "Let’s go and find your Kongs!" Before going to the park, I always leave stuffed Kongs in the car and back home as a special treat.

In addition, you might consider teaching your dog an emergency sit or down, which is often better than an emergency recall. Teaching a reliable sit or down is much easier than maintaining a reliable recall. With a quick sit you instantly control your dog’s behaviour and limit his movement. Once your dog is sitting, you have several options:

1. You may let the dog resume playing. (Either you were just practicing the emergency sit, or the danger has passed.)

2. You may call your dog to you. (The surroundings are changing and it would be safer if your dog were closer; other dogs, people, or especially children are approaching.) Your dog is more likely to come when called if he is already sitting and looking at you, that is, if he is already demonstrating willing compliance.

3. You may instruct your dog to lie down and stay. (The setting is likely to be unstable for a while and it would be safer if your dog were not running around or running toward you. For example, a group of schoolchildren may be passing between you and your distant dog. To call your dog now would scatter the children like bowling pins.)

4. Walk up to your dog and put him on leash. For added stability, it is good practice to hold your dog’s attention with your hand in a policeman stop signal and continually praise your dog for staying as you approach. (Do this when danger is imminent and a recall or distant stay would be unwise. For example, a herd of one hundred goats is being driven towards your dog. This once happened to my Malamute in Tilden Park in Berkeley.)

Adapted from AFTER You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

©2006 Ian Dunbar With kind permission from Ian and www.DogStarDaily.com

8a)   Puppy Socialization Classes:

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

õ  Bedfordview/ Edenvale/Linksfield/Orange Grove: Puppy Starter Session -One private session with comprehensive booklet; Contact Scotty on 011 882 2418 (h); 082 928 0102 or scotty@scottysdogs.co.za   

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 niki@thinkingpets.com

õ  Cape Town, Bellville; Puppy Socialization Saturday afternoons, call Debbie on 083 992-8767 or email Debbie.conradie@telkomsa.net 

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  Gordons Bay: Puppy Classes for pups under 4 months. Ongoing: new every 6 weeks. Claire Grobbelaar 021 856 5886 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  Oaklands, JHB: Puppy Socializing Sundays 9 & 10 a.m. Tersia Kock 082 828 0505 tkock@telkomsa.net

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

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Dear God,
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog:
- The sofa is not a face towel; neither are Mom and Dad's laps.
- The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

- I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
- Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is not an acceptable way of say "hello."

Dear God,
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog:
- I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
- I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house.
- I will not throw up in the car.
- I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt across the carpet.

 
8.   BEHAVIOUR: DOG COMMUNICATION – PART 2 – BY IAN DUNBAR

Olfactory Communication

Many dog owners have realized, dogs urinate far more frequently than is required by physiological need. Indeed, urinary scent marking serves many important functions, including territorial demarcation, sexual attraction, individual recognition and advertisement of puppy license.

Puppy License To Misbehave

Testosterone is the hormone which makes male urine smell male. Thus, the “maleness” of a dog’s urine depends on level of testosterone in the body. In most mammals, adults have much higher testosterone levels than youngsters. This is not true for dogs though. Plasma testosterone levels start to rise by the time the male pup reaches four to five months old, where after testosterone levels reach a maximum at ten months of age and then fall to adult male levels by eighteen months of age. At the ten-month peak, testosterone levels in adolescent male dogs may be as much as five to seven times greater than adult levels.

Urine odour, therefore, betrays the age of young male dogs. The odour of puppy urine is quite distinct. The puppy’s size, shape, sound, colour, behaviour and especially, his smell, all advertise the youngster’s age. A rollover with a leaky urethra is a means for the pup to display his puppy license to older and/or higher ranking individuals: "Yo! Sniff this urine. See, I’m just a young puppy and don’t know any better. Please don’t harm me. I didn’t mean to jump on your tail and bite your ears. He! He! He!" And sure enough, most socialized adult dogs are quite tolerant and lenient towards young pupskis. However... once testosterone levels start to rise, the male puppy’s license to misbehave is rudely cancelled.

In fact, by ten months of age, adolescent male urine smells sooper-dooper, ultra-mega-hyper-male, informing all adult dogs: "Why looky here. This young urinater must be a developing male adolescent — a potential thorn in the side of social harmony. Let’s educate the young fellow right now, while we still can." And sure enough, most adult dogs (especially males) start to harass developing male pups to put them in their place before they become a significant challenge on the social scene.

Territorial Marking?

The concept of territoriality incorporates the notions of marking as well as defence. In wolf packs, a greater concentration of male urine marks appear to be distributed along the peripheral buffer zone of the pack’s territory compared with the core of the territory.

Perimeter marking by males is similarly prominent with domestic dogs. But, since most domestic dogs are confined to artificial “territories” by walls and fences, and since male dogs tend to urinate against vertical objects, one would expect the majority of urine marking to occur along the perimeter. Surprisingly though, perimeter marking was not observed in an observational study of free-ranging suburban domestic dogs, i.e., dogs which silly owners allowed to roam the neighbourhood at different times of the day and night. Instead, free-roaming dogs regularly and heavily marked a number of often-used radial routes, which lead away from and back to their individual homes. Thus, most marking occurred close to home.

Free-roaming dogs did not actively protect the central area of their home range from other free-roaming dogs, nor did urinary scent marking appear to be effective in repelling other dogs, which freely entered and marked inhabited areas, sometimes when the resident was present. Free roaming domestic dogs do not appear to be in the least bit territorial and in fact, some dogs welcome visitors.

Dogs can distinguished between urine marks from different individuals and male dogs sniff and urinate more frequently in response to urine marks from unfamiliar males, compared with urine from familiar males and compared with their own urine. Also, a dog’s response to unfamiliar urine decreases with repeated exposure, as if “strange-male” urine progressively loses its strangeness. Rather than being an agonistic display of territorial defence, urinary scent marking by domestic dogs appears to be a means to make a strange environment smell like home, by masking the unfamiliar odours with individual urine. Urine marking appears to be the canine equivalent of personalizing a new home with furnishings and possessions.

Urinary scent marking is not the prerogative of male dogs. On the contrary, many bitches urine mark and also, many bitches will raise a leg when doing so. However, the female manner of raising a hind leg usually differs from the characteristic male leg lift posture. Male dogs stand with body weight forwards while a hind leg is abducted at the hip joint and the stifle swings out and upwards to lie above the backbone, so that urine may be jetted laterally towards some vertical object, which was in dire need of marking. Bitches, on the other hand, normally raise a hind paw which is brought forwards underneath the body, usually while the bitch is partially squatting. Often her rear end may be swivelled to one side to direct the urine.

Basically, dog urine is the canine equivalent of e-mail. P-mail if you like. Each urine mark contains its own message displayed on a communal message board. “Spot was here!” “So was Rex!” “Me too! Little Twerpie here.” “Hi! My name’s Butch and I’m ten months old.” “Well, my name’s Roger and I’ve been neutered.” “Shame! This is Trixie and I’m just hot to trot!” “Spot was here!” “Me too!” “Me too!” “Me too!” “And me. It’s Twerpie again!”

Thanks again to Ian Dunbar and http://www.dogstardaily.com/ for the second part of this article!



Dear God,
May I PLEASE have my testicles back?
Lea Ann Yoakum
 
9.   HEALTH - CHILDREN’S TOYS FOR DOGS?

I received this warning from a dog training friend in New Zealand. Dog lovers need to be aware of the danger of giving human toys to dogs.

Adrienne

The letter below came from the Beagle Bugle newsletter, written by Jan Newton.

Last night at agility class, a vet, who is a fellow agility student, was telling us about a case she had this week. The dog ate a child’s teddy bear and was very sick. When she opened the dog up to remove what she thought was an intestinal obstruction she found a huge gelatine type mess inside and the dogs intestines were black and the tissue dead. The dog will die no surgery can fix him up there was no living intestine left from stomach to colon.

This was not an obstruction. .....

So she called the manufacturer of the Teddy Bear on a quest to find out what the gel was and what killed the dog. Turns out the stuffing in children’s toys contains ingredients for flame retardants and mite control! It is designed to become a gel. It is highly toxic. Now you would think a child’s toy would be safe because it is for children, but they don’t expect a child to eat the stuffing of the toys... huummmm that seems a bit scary too. But we all know dogs demolish stuffed toys.  So do not give or buy your dog any children’s stuffed animals... some people get them at goodwill etc. The vet will be posting a warning and story and I will send any other facts as needed and as I learn more. Maybe some children’s toys do not have this ingredient, but better to be safe than sorry.

So meanwhile, make sure all your dog toys are for dogs.

Susie.



Dear God,
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog:
- I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch when company is over.
- The cat is not a squeaky toy; so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing
 
10.   SHANTI & FRIENDS UPDATE: FUN WITH ROBYN! AND MEMOIORS OF ANGELIQUE

It was great having Robyn Hood stay with us for a few weeks and of course, the animals really were delighted. Robyn indulged them with the 2 things they love most: Food and Play!

Each evening after dinner, Robyn would take the plates back to the kitchen and she always found a titbit for the dogs. Now I sometimes give them a treat, but every night Robyn managed to save something for them. Needless to say, she is sorely missed….

The play part of the evening was an extension of a game I play with Shanti and Harley. I take a toy, put the dogs in the hall, then hide the toy in the lounge/dining room area. It’s a great game that engages them, allows me to relax and don’t have the inherent dangers of “tossing” something in the house!

Well Robyn took this to a great new height. The dogs got so good at it and were finding the toy too quickly, so she quickly expanded into the rest of the house – the office, studio, bedroom and kitchen. For us, it was trying to see if we could reach a 4 to5 minute search and for the dogs, it was pure bliss!

The first few days after Robyn left, the dogs were despondent that their newest best friend had left – they sent the message: ROBYN, COME BACK! I try, but it’s not the same..

So a note to those of you who don’t have “time” to train. This is a great way to work with your dogs. We ask them to “STAY” and wait until we give the “go” signal, at which time they are allowed to go and search for the toy. Talk about a great “Premack” example: If you sit and wait (the unlikely action), you get to go find the toy (the desired action). So get creative at home with your pets!

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I have had some lovely memories of Angelique, my golden who left us in June.

With thanks to my friend Nancy who sent this poem on Angelique’s passing:

With feet so wild and free,
She runs upon the meadow.

She jumps with joy and glee,
The winds plays with her tail.

The wild flowers blossom free,
Sharing her beauty and light.

Free to love and free to be,
She runs wild and free.

Nancy

And thanks also to my friend Michelle who sang a beautiful Haiku to Angelique at our Soiree in June. Angelique is indeed well remembered!



Dear God,
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog:
- My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
- I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and registration.
 
11.   YOUR LETTERS

For Sarah, after the TTACT training:

What I REALLY wanted to say was that YOU were such an inspiration - especially about the shelter, and I vowed that I was going to DO something really positive in that direction, when I came home. So, I went to our local shelter, looking for a dog that really needed me - and I have brought home the most beautiful Border Collie! Her name is Mouse. She was run over by a car, her left front leg was degloved from paw to shoulder, and since she belonged to an SPCA staff member, she was brought in to be treated by their vet. This vet saw fit to put her into a cage for 2 months after repairing her leg. During that time, her owner never visited her once. Not surprisingly, she then stopped eating AND it was discovered that her right hind leg had severe dysplasia. She was brought to this SPCA for an operation to remove the femoral head, and again put into a cage to recuperate. When I saw her, her owner had signed her over to the SPCA as she couldn’t afford the costs involved, and she was on the euthanasia list. 

Futher news on Mouse:

Hi Everyone,

Mouse has been in my care for 2 months now.

I would like to thank all of you who sent me messages of support, and especially Paula, and Karen and Yulinda, who each donated a month’s supply of Stempets to Mouse - a product which I am sure has been instrumental in her physical healing! Thank you so very much!  The change in her has been phenomenal!

Her hind leg has muscled up, and lies stretched out, not pulled up and lifeless anymore. She uses it quite a lot. She can stand for more than half the time it takes to eat her dinner, and drink. It touches down now and then when she runs - and she does a lot of that now! She can get to a thrown ball before my Bostons, who are Agility fit! She is able to withstand fairly rough games, on her feet, not only with them, but a frenetic male Border Collie who is staying with me for 6 weeks! What she cannot do, is SIT, for more than 2 seconds.

The hole in her front leg has completely healed, but the elbow still retains some puffiness.

That leg has come down from it’s original, tight, uplifted rigidity. There is a little muscle tone over her shoulder blade, and we have seen that shoulder move slightly in the last few days! Feeling is definitely returning, as she has several times licked and flea’d her paw and forearm quite frantically, even bitten herself. I have felt some resistance from her as I work on that leg, too!

She smiles a LOT!!!!!! She thumps her tail on the floor a LOT!!!! ( Every time we look at her, talk to her or even mention her name!!! )

She is happy --- except if I put a collar and lead on her. That terrifies her. She jumps, twists, falls down. Click and treat! Slowly, she is improving.

Friends with dogs have been to stay - mostly BC’s, as they are agility dogs. One weekend, there were 12 visiting dogs here! At first, she was terribly unsure of herself. But soon, she was O.K. She has come a LOOOOOOOOOng way!!!!

There is a MOUSE in the HOUSE!!!!

Hope you and yours are well!!!

Love,

Doreen.

The story of Mouse continues ---

Mouse’s fear of a collar and lead, and going in a vehicle, were still almost at panic level, when I was asked to give a talk on TTouch to a group of young boys at St. Charles High School. They are members of the school’s SPCA club, and go to the local shelter each week to help walk, groom and pet the animals.

What better, I thought, than to take Mouse to demonstrate TTouch on? But would she go? I had invited her each time I took the Bostons out in the car, for their walk, and she had categorically refused, lying flat and still in her bed, as if trying to be invisible.

When The day came, I left the Bostons in the kitchen, then sat next to her as she lay in her bed, and asked her if she would like to come and help me with my work. I slipped a collar over her head, said "OK, let’s go", and out she hopped to my bakkie with me! As I opened the canopy door, she leapt in, with a grin from here to next week on her face! At the school, I attached a lead, she jumped out, and walked happily next to me through a throng of boys, smiling all the while! We sat on the floor in front of a semi-circle of boys while I did the demo. showing them how they could touch the animals in the shelter, and then, when it was question and answer time, she went over to lie, unfazed, by the boys, and let them ALL pet her! One boy, I could see, was especially enjoying the interaction - he told me how very much he misses his dogs at home.Returning to my bakkie, I now had a "Mistress Mouse" walking with her head in the air, knowing full well that she had, indeed, helped me in my work!

Again, she jumped straight into the back, itching to get home to tell the Bostons, no doubt, of her exploits!

But guess what? The following day when it was walk time, I presumed that now that she had been able to go out all on her own, there would be no stopping her today! Not so. As flat as a frog run over by a bus, she lay, in her basket, unmoving, and would not be persuaded to come out for some fun! In fact, after a few days of this, I finally carried her, put her in with the two highly excited Bostons, and took her out, on a lead, in the park.

We walked a short way, with Mouse winding in between and around my legs like a starved cat waiting to be fed, extremely nervous and panting. We didn’t get far that first day, but slowly things are improving. She can now walk - and run, on 3 legs, for about a kilometre, off lead, as her recall is instantaneous! She hurtles into and out of that bakkie, as if her life depends on it!

Her front, immobile leg continues to dangle uselessly. I have been advised by a physiotherapist to have it amputated. But I don’t want to give up on it YET! I do realise that that might be the best thing to do for her one day, but NOT YET! I need to work on her more first!

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Thank heavens for ttouch!

Guardian, my black and white cat is epileptic and on Diwali/guy fawks he was paralyzed with fear. His eyes were glazed and his little body was paralyzed. Even when I picked him up, he held the crunched up position. I did ttouch and was amazed at how his little body started to relax. I cannot tell you the relief when he gave a meow and turned his head to look at me. Needless to say, they were all locked in the room with the feliway spray on.  Carmen Leonard

After the TTACT Training                                                                       

Hi there Eugenie,

Hope I find you well. The TTouch course was an absolute inspiration to me. I’m also VERY happy to report that my Aussie seems to be completely over his rather severe phobia re thunderstorms! It’s amazing...

Winnie Basson

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Hi Robyn / Eugénie

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for a wonderful, very informative course

I certainly got more than I bargained for!!!

But, I need help now please...

(and I apologize up-front for a very long email)...

I’m dealing with my sister’s friend’s dog (Dobbie) a seven or eight month old Jack Russell Terrier female, who had to be resuscitated after her heart stopped once she was in the recovery room, after being spayed.  The op, itself was a success and she was stitched up

beautifully, but once they took her off oxygen she flat-lined.  

The vets managed to revive her (i.e. got her heart beating and breathing on her own), they injected adrenaline, steroids and diuretic (amongst others), but were concerned from the start that she may be brain-damaged, as she never came round fully (i.e. did not regain consciousness).  This happened two days ago (Friday,  22 October 2010). 

I saw the dog about 2-3 hrs after the op, and she was lying comatose (or in a trance), yapping incessantly at the top of her voice (ten-out-of-ten intensity) at the rate of about a-yap-every-second-or-two, and her whole body contorted violently with every yap.  The vets said this was a motorized response from swelling/liquid on the brain.  It took me about an hour to get the yapping to slow down to about one-every-four-seconds and to about a 4-out-of-ten intensity in pitch.  The first thing I did was ear-slides and I held the shock-points in the tips of her ears, talking my sister (and Dobbie) through the process all the time.  She stopped yapping for a few seconds every time I held the shock-points.  For the next hour or so, I used mostly TTouch but also did some reiki and EFT (although I have no formal reiki or EFT training).  Her right back leg was not responding (i.e. not contorting along with the rest of her body and legs), and she preferred to lie on her left side (when I rolled her onto her right side she became more agitated - so I didn’t keep her there for long).

I lifted her up (holding her body and supporting her head) while my sister placed her paws flat on the cot (we were still at the vet) and I did the small figure-of-eight movements with her body (as Robyn showed us on the course), to try and show her that she was back in her own body.  All the time going with her body movements (i.e. if she strained her back I supported and lifted her up for a few seconds, did the body movements and then let her down slowly to whichever side she wanted to go to.  The second time I lifted her, she slid down onto her hind-quarters and wee’d properly; bright yellow urine (which was our first good sign I thought).  Her right leg started responding, and a few hours later it was kicking as strongly as the left leg.  When she showed signs of ’slowing down’ I let her rest (i.e. did not touch her) until she started becoming agitated again and the yapping intensified, when I started all over again with the TTouches, body movements, energy-work, EFT etc. When I first started working with her I got the impression that being touched was painful as she almost flinched when touched, but as I worked and talked to her, her tail softened and became relaxed, and she seemed to respond really well to the gum touches. The vet allowed us to take her home after about four hours, but said he wanted to see her at

18:30 that night.

At home, my sister put her on her bed and she became more agitated, restless and started yapping incessantly again.  I picked her up, my sister arranged her paws under her and I did the small body moments (all the time focused on her upper body to support her - she was shaking quiet violently).  I was really concerned and tried hard to get her to calm down, until I realized she was wagging her tail wildly from side to side, and I realized she knew she was home (the second good sign).  My sister stayed with her, while I went and sat in the garden, tuned-into her and did distant EFT and I heard her calm down after the first round.  I did EFT for another hour or so (for the cold spot on the left side of her brain, the fright and fear, shock and anything else that came up intuitively) and when I went back inside she was resting quietly, but still breathing in short gasps.

We took her back to the vet and he put her onto a drip overnight (as she was showing signs of dehydration).  The vet was quite amazed to see her so calm and quiet and said it was a sign that the swelling on the brain had subsided.  He also said he had never seen anything like this...

I phoned Trisha and Maureen that night and asked them to help in whatever way they could.

My sister (Esme) and her friend (Patti) went back the next day and when they arrived Dobbie’s tail was quite stiff and she was totally unaware of anything.  Esme put Rescue Remedy on her hands and did the ear slides, TTouches on the pads of her feet and her whole body, gum touches etc and within an hour Dobbie was wagging her tail and the vet allowed her to take Dobbie home for the day, but wanted to assess her that evening again. I was driving down to the coast, so could only tune in intuitively and send distant healing (as Trisha, Maureen and Dr Bulatov (my Homeopath) were doing).  Dobbie was put onto a drip overnight again, and although my sister thought she was in a worse state, I got the impression that she was ’returning’.

When Esme and Patti returned to the vet this morning (at 11:00am) Dobbie had surfaced, recognized them, wagged her tail wildly and was allowed home.  She is eating and drinking normally, but is not able to walk yet, and has to be supported on her feet or she topples over, but when she’s taken outside she wee’s and poo’s on her own. Esme and Patti take it in turns and continues massaging and doing TTouch with Rescue Remedy on their hands, and I’ve told them to place their palm on the pad of each paw (one at a time) and move it in small circles (clockwise and anti-clockwise), to flex and re-flex each leg and to stretch her limbs gently.  Dobbie still seems to ’fade-out’ at times, as her pupils dilate and she seems to lose focus, and is scared of anything that makes a noise that she can’t see.

Now, after all that - my question is: Is there anything else I can do to get her to ’integrate’ back into her own body?

I intend using body wraps and wrap-lifts with her when I return on Wednesday.

Your assistance and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Mandy

Hi Everyone - here is the latest update on Dobbie:

By Monday, Dobbie was standing and walking on her own but appeared to be very drunk and kept falling over, so my sister just placed her hand on Dobbie’s back to steady her. I explained over the phone how to put a body wrap on and emailed some photos, and on Monday night Esme used a crepe bandage and sent me this sms at 10pm “Thanks for pics of wrap. I assumed I had to use the whole bandage. She looks like a pharaoh’s dog after mummification. Dobbie is unperturbed by it, so it should work”.

On Tuesday, Dobbie was able to walk unsupported and went to school with my sister. Esme took Dobbie outside for a wee at about 9:30 and Dobbie started to play on the lawn, so she took her home to be with Jessie, who had tried to play earlier that morning (Jessie apparently got a bit frustrated because Dobbie would play back and went for her – that was before Esme left for school. Jessie has never been an aggressive/reactive dog, but Dobbie has been very feisty from day one; growling at everything, especially Jes). When Patti arrived home at 3pm, Jessie met her at the door, but Dobbie stayed in her basket, barking her head off and staring straight ahead of her. Pattie picked her up and took her through to the kitchen, and when Dobbie found the water bowl she just drank and drank.

Patti is concerned that Dobbie may be blind. I’ll be going round at lunchtime to see Dobbie again (Esme says she is a 1000% better). I’ll keep you updated.

Thank you, thank you to everyone for your continued support and healing energies. We cannot express our gratitude enough.

Kind regards,

Mandy



Dear God,
Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be a good dog:
- My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
- I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and registration.
 
12.   ODDS AND ENDS

 a.      Book of the Month: “Dogs that know when their owners are coming home – and other unexplained powers of animals” – by Rupert Sheldrake

This book is a classic and if you have never read it, this might be the time. Sheldrake proves something that pet-owners have always known – that their animal companions respond to them more subtly and intimately than modern science allows itself to admit.

Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative scientists, explores ways in which our own family pets can teach us to question the boundaries of conventional scientific thought. Much that seems paranormal at present looks normal when we expand our ideas of normality.

b.      Website of the Month: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted/2009/March – A Veterinary Blog for pet lovers and pet voyeurs. This website has great info on physical problems your pet may have. I think I found it when I was researching for Angelique’s cruciate ligament tear. This is a place where you can comment on stories hear about other people’s experiences and ask questions.

c.       Interesting Links

·         http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2010/09/07/baby-deer-tries-to-play-with-pet-dog.aspx

   Now here’s a video with a difference! A baby deer wants to play with a pet dog and fun they do have!

A video on how to perform CPR on dogs.
Hopefully none of us will ever need this but it is better to have the information and not need it then to wish we had it....

L. David Mech is one of the world’s foremost authorities on wild wolves, and has spent the better part of his life observing wolves in the wild. He is also partly responsible for introducing the term "alpha" into scientific literature, which then trickled down into dog training.

In this video he explains when it would be appropriate to use the term "alpha", and how scientists no longer refer to the breeding pair in a pack of wolves as the "alpha" male and female.

13.   EVENTS

Hello everyone!

This year Puppies In Balance in conjunction with ThinkingPets is holding a “Santa Shoebox” Christmas drive for the dogs and cats at various selected rescue organizations across South Africa and Mozambique.  So far, we’ve selected Barking Mad, the Sandton SPCA, Kitty Shelter (Cat-a-holics) and Claw as the four JHB based rescue organizations, and we’re busy identifying rescue organizations in the rest of South Africa and Mozambique. The idea behind this project is to collect necessary items that can then be distributed between the rescue organizations to help make Christmas special for all the dogs and cats in their care. 

It’s really easy to participate – all you have to do if you want to take part in this project is to take an old shoe box and fill it with however many dog or cat related goodies you want – anything and everything is needed and welcome, from toys to treats, food, bowls, blankets, tick/flea control, deworming tablets, leads and harnesses… you name it!  Once you’ve put your box together, you can wrap it in gift wrapping paper or anything else you have at home, mark if it’s for a cat or a dog (and if it’s a “dog box” – please indicate size I.e. Small, medium or large breed).  Then, you can either drop it off at the Practice in Bryanston or any ThinkingPets school nationwide, or you can post it to ThinkingPets by the 30th of November, 2010.  We’ll deliver it to the three rescue organizations in time for Christmas. Then, email all your friends and family and encourage them to participate as well.  It’s as simple as that!

Every single contributor – be it an individual or a business – will be listed on our new website and Facebook page as a special thanks for helping to make a difference to the lives of those shelter pets and the people who look after them. 

We have asked some of our supporting Vets to act as collection points for these shoe boxes or you can drop them at 177 Eccleston Crescent or 33 Devonshire Ave - both in Bryanston.  Please also promote the idea to as many of your clients, friends and anyone else you can think of who may be interested. 

Let’s make this a Christmas really special for all the shelter & township dogs and cats out there!

Kind regards

Niki Elliott

niki.elliott@wol.co.za or phone 082 451 0433

14.   DOGS & CATS NEEDING HOMES

PLEASE ONLY CONTACT THENUMBERS STATED


 


 


FOUND IN Kempton Park: Male Spaniel, +/- 5-6 years old, not claimed although well groomed (he must have belonged to someone?), been at the vet for 3 weeks now, not very happy in the kennels L


 


He is in desperate need of forever home - the vet cannot keep him indefinitely due to space constraints! Should anyone be interested in adopting him, please contact Ria or Paula for more information:


 


 


 


MOOIFONTEIN ANIMAL HOSPITAL – Norkem Park


 


 


 


 


We’d love to find caring homes for our dogs before we emigrate.
 Naiobi is an 8 year old German Shepherd female.  Extremely protective, gentle with children of all ages, needs a compassionate, caring home as she enters her golden years. 
 
Reuben is our SPCA rescue dog, just over a year old, very playful and boisterous.  Needs firm handling and training (good watchdog potential).  A real mixed breed - intelligent.  Needs lots of space, company and probably best with older children and adults. 
 
Please contact Lindsay 082 877 4784
Available immediately to vetted animal lover/s


 


Heavily pregnant female tabby Cats  needs a foster home


 


Can anyone possibly take in an abandoned tabby that has a few days to go before she gives birth?  Her  owners don’t want her because she is pregnant (whose fault is that!!!!) and now that she has only days to go, they have abandoned her.  She is currently at Ivy Road Vet but can only stay a day or two. If somebody cannot take her in she will be put down, babies and all.  My cat room is full of sick kittens and I cannot risk bringing her here.  If anyone can help, please contact Adele 072 144 5914


 


 


Bella and Brutus are asking for a home


 


Brutus is about 15 months old.  He is a cross bullterrier jack russell.  He looks like a white bullie, but has beautiful brown eyes and a pointed nose. Although he is a good watchdog, he has a lovely, gentle nature and is very affectionate. 


 


 


 


Bella was born in December 2009, making her 11 months old. She is a Staffie cross bull terrier.  She is a beautiful caramel colour.  She is very affectionate, although she has the staffie stubbornness.  Bella is about 4 weeks pregnant.


 


Brutus and Bella love each other to bits, and it would be wonderful if someone with a plot or big garden could offer them a loving home, where they could run and play.


 


They are cat-friendly, love bread and apples (they will eat anything), and yes, they are quite spoilt, just like young kids.


 


 


Cats needing homes


 


           The most urgent is Toby- black and white male kitten


 


           Grey kitten, Felix, is a male


 


           The ginger and white kitten is a girl, Bibi, 


 


           Toby and Bibi are claw kittens but Felix is from Pretoria


 


If you are going on holiday soon and do adopt a kitten then i will organize foster care for your kitten while you are away so dont let holidays stand in your way :)


 


Contact Tracyfenton29@gmail.com/ 083 297 3924


 


 


Beautiful cats Ben (male) and Nina (female) looking for new loving homes (Pta)


 


They are neutered, immunized and we had their nails removed. We would prefer that they stay together in a pair as they are very use to each other.  Contact Marina Pretorius


 


082 451 3836


 


 


LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME – OWNERS RELOCATING - Urgent


 


PARIS and ELVIS are brother and sister Jack Russell’s.


 


They have beautiful natures and are very loving, 2 years old.  PARIS has been spayed and has a microchip.  Please Help!  Please contact: CRAIG on 073-191-8585 or Diane diane.mauvis@gmail.com


 


 


2 WIRE-HAIRED DACHSHOUND PUPS  NEED HOME TOGETHER


 


2 beautiful, young boys are available for adoption. They are absolutely adorable and full of life and fun. They are from the same litter and have grown up together and must stay together. They need to be INDOOR doggies please. If you are interested in meeting these 2 little tikes, please email Hayley animals@anresco.orgor call 082 924 4728


 


 


Russian Blue Cat


 


I have a young female Russian Blue cat that has adopted us but would like to find a home for it.  I have taken it to the vet and it is on treatment for an ear infection. I have no idea how old she is but appears to be young, not sterilized, no adoption fee just looking for a home, she will be spayed before adoption. Contact: Cilla Trexler - CillaT@nissan.co.za  or John Jackson 0837035731 johnlj@iburst.co.za


 


 


MALE CROSS GSD/ROTTWEILER NEEDS A HOME BY 10 December


 


Gary (Gareth)is 5 years old, A very protective and dominant dog, not to be homed with other male dogs, but ok with females,not for a home with children.


 


He is a beautiful looking boy who is looking for a family to love him and in return will offer total love, devotion and protection. He is currently shaved, but does have a long coat.


 


He has more of a German Shepherd nature and temperament, he is not a huge dog, about German Shepherd size in height.  Contact: Wendy Burrows on 083 235 5362 or


 


wburrows@metroweb.co.za.  REF. WG2209


 


 


TIGER (short legged rottweiler)


 


Rottweiler crossed with a Maltese Poodle, 7 yrs and 6 months. (preferably not to be homed with male dogs).  Tiger is quite a lovable dog and has a heart of gold and we call him our little Rhino. He has a blue skittle that has become his all-time favourite toy in the world (which we will send with him) and he loves to play with a ball as well - he may not always bring it back to you.  Contact: Wendy Burrows on 083 235 5362 or wburrows@metroweb.co.za


 


 


JADE & AMBER (CAN BE HOMED SEPARATELY)


 


Jade and Amber are Border Collie cross Beagle girls. They are 4 years old and were rescued as pups and have lived with me from age 4 months. Both dogs are spayed and have full vet vaccination and de-worming records and are micro-chipped. The dogs have attended some traditional and clicker training.   Jade is more Border Collie in nature.  Amber is more Beagle in nature.  Contact: Julie Morris on 082 887 9668 or mwmoz@mweb.co.za


 


 


KIT (FEMALE MEDIUM SIZED DOG) JOHANNESBURG


 


Female-medium sized cross breed (size of a border collie), Approx 2 years, She was removed from a negligent owner.  Friendly and sweet-natured.  Contact: Wendy Burrows


 


083 235 5362 or wburrows@metroweb.co.za.  REF WK3108


 


 


LAYLA


She is a Border Collie cross   (mom was the border collie), 2.5 years.  Very gentle little girl.  Lovely manners. Housetrained.  Wonderful happy little dog, very clean and easy going. Loves to play with other dogs. Loves people and enjoys cuddling up of a night time with either her doggy companions or a human to love.  She is a pleasure to have around. 


 


Contact: Wendy Burrows on 083 235 5362 or wburrows@metroweb.co.za.  REF WL1208


 


 


We’re looking for a home for 1 male and 1 female cat, both adults and spayed/neutered.   The black male is about 5 years old and the white cat is about 2 years old. 


 


Contact:CAROL at carolblackbeard@mweb.co.za


 


 


2 beautiful 8 week old grey tabby kittens(JHB/Pta) are looking for wonderful homes.


 


Contact:  Annita 083 634 0069


 


 


Missing cat-Strubens Valley area


 


Minx my beloved cat that’s missing since 23/10/2010.  He is 1yr old silver tabby (with long legs) very friendly cat. Please contact me if you have seen him.  Contact: Sam 078 675 9391 or samantha.crichton@gmail.com


Eugenie Chopin, Certified TTouch Practitioner III for Companion Animal


 


PO Box 729, Strathavon 2031


 


Tel: 011 884-3156


 


Fax: 011 783 1515


 


Email: echopin@icon.co.za, Website: www.ttouch.co.za


 


 

 
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