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Adorable Puppy Cupcakes!

puppy_cupcakes  Our fantastic regular readers know that we post a new and delicious doggie treat recipe each week, so this one might confuse some of you! This week, we've decided that you also deserve a nice baked treat! These adorable puppy cupcakes, created by Martha Stewart, are the perfect addition to any puppy-themed party. Here at FurKidz, however, we'd like to offer up a challenge to you!

Why not bake a batch or two with friends, and sell them to raise funds for your local animal shelter? Or, host a real puppy party - invite your friends over and everyone gets to bring their doggies along! If you don't have the space, have it at the local park. Invite everyone to bring a plate of themed eats. Have fun with your friends while your dogs can have fun with theirs! Let us know your ideas! Read more...

 

When pets mourn

grieving_dog   By Claire Lai Lam

Last week we discussed the grieving process that humans go through when they lose a special pet, but what happens for the animals that are left behind? Humans are divided on whether animals can experience loss and grief as well. From research and anecdotes it seems that animals also exhibit behavioural changes after losing a loved one which many people interpret as a grieving process. Charles Darwin, most well known for his ideas around evolution, wrote a book entitled The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. He reflected on how animals share similar emotional expressions to us, including sadness and grief. There are, of course, differences between the way that animals and humans grieve; we are able to grieve for distant relatives, even people we don't know. Animals grieve for companions, those that they are familiar with and see often.

I believe that animals are sensitive souls who possess empathy; think about the way that your pet responds to your excitement, sadness and anger. You, like Cesar Millan, might prefer not to call this empathy, but rather view this as the pet's response to others' energy. Whatever you call it, there is something that happens to our companions when they lose a person or animal that they are close to. Most articles focus on grieving in dogs and far less attention is given to the grief experience of cats; perhaps because we view cats as more independent and less attached to other animals or people. However, it seems that the loss of a significant person or animal has a similar effect on both dogs and cats and this article will explore both. Read more..

 

Flea Allergy - Soothing the Itch

1itch1   Flea bite dermatitis, also called flea allergy is one of the most common allergic skin disorders in pets and affects both cats and dogs of all ages, genders and breeds.

Dogs that have flea allergy dermatitis are hypersensitive to the saliva a flea passes into the dog's skin when it bites. The bite from a single flea will have a minimal affect on a normal animal, but dogs with flea allergy will experience immediate itching, redness and swelling. Read more...

 

Featured FurKidz: Our Shepherds

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A Wonderful Breed, but High Maintenance!

The German Shepherd is a wonderful breed, but it is a "high maintenance" animal not suited for everyone. If you are unfamiliar with the breed, please take the time to educate yourself about it. 

German Shepherds were bred specifically for their intelligence, a trait for which they are now renowned. They are considered to be the third most intelligent breed of dog, behind Border Collies and Poodles. In the book The Intelligence of Dogs, author Stanley Coren ranked the breed third for intelligence. He found that they had the ability to learn simple tasks after only five repetitions and obeyed the first command given 95% of the time. Coupled with their strength, this trait makes the breed desirable as police, guard, and search and rescue dogs, as they are able to quickly learn various tasks and interpret instructions better than other large breeds. Read more...

 

Barrie Hawkins: Twenty Wagging Tales


twenty_wagging_tales_cover     I shed tears reading, mostly of joy and it gave me a lovely
     warm feeling inside

     Author: Barrie Hawkins
     Format: Softcover, 320 Pages 
     Publication Date: May 2009
     ISBN: 9781840247558
 
     Price: R119.81

 

I just couldn't stop reading this book from the moment I opened it! I read more or less for 18 hours solidly, surfacing only for meals and drinks, until I had read every page!

I shed tears reading, mostly of joy and it gave me a lovely warm feeling inside. This book is not sad, every story has a happy ending. What makes it so wonderful is that this is all really happening. All the characters in the book are so real that when you have finished you feel you know every one of his human friends and his canine charges. Read more...

 

Love is Blind!

1100358451_7c36a93cea_2    By Linda Harding / The Squashed Tomato

They say that love is blind, and they're right. Have you ever looked at two people and wondered just how they ended up together? Thought that they just seem like the world's unlikeliest couple? It's usually when you smile, shrug and say "Hey, love is blind" and it happens more often than you think. When it comes to choosing pets, however, this saying couldn't be truer! Read more...

 

Apple Cider - Natural Wonder Weapon

dog_eating   Read what Paul Jacobson a Pet Food Nutritionist, qualified chef and owner of Vondis Holistic Pet Nutrition recommends: 

Supplementing your pet's diet is very important. Last week we discussed the benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oils. Over the next few weeks I will discuss other important additives which I deem to be most important for the well being of your companion animal – Apple cider vinegar, Spirulina and Rosehip & Devils claw.

Apple cider vinegar is a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance. If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly licks its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of Apple Cider Vinegar may change things around. For poor appetite, use it in the food - 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 20 kilo. dog. Read more...

 

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