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10 Things you did not know about your dog!

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A dog is a man's best friend but how much do we actually know about our furry fellas? New researches and studies reveal surprising facts, which will give you a whole new perspective on our faithful companions. 

1.    Dogs yawn contagiously when they see their owner yawn. A study also shows that dogs yawn out of empathy, which means the yawning is emotional (PLOS ONE Journal).

2.    Statistics suggest that there are more than 9 million pet dogs in South Africa, more than in France.

3.    Dogs cannot only recognize familiar faces on images but they can also read people's facial expressions. They are able to conclude if you are happy, sad, angry etc. (Animal Cognition Journal).

4.    Dogs are able to sniff out testicle and other sorts of cancer with an accuracy of 99%. This is more precise than any human-built scanner. Using their incredible sense of smell dogs are trained with blood samples of cancer patience.

5.    A new study from Vienna, Austria, suggests that the relationship between a dog and its owner is strikingly similar to a parent-child relationship. Adult dogs behave to their owners like children to their parents.

6.    Dogs have a slightly higher body temperature than humans. The average body temperature of a dog is between 38°C and 39°C.

7.    The nose print of a dog is as distinctive as a human's fingerprint. The dog can be precisely identified by it.

8.    An American study reveals that around 1 million dogs were named primary beneficiary in their owners will.

9.    A new study on the brain of dogs suggests that dogs have emotions very similar to humans, which makes dogs capable of love and affection.

10.  Dogs can easily overheat, as they don't have an efficient perspiration system. They only sweat underneath their paws. These are the only glands they have. 


Featured FurKidz: AWS Philippi

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These wonderful Furkidz are all at the Animal Welfare in Philippi. All of them have been there for many weeks and long for a place to call home. The Animal Welfare of South Africa has been in existence since 1929 and has a brand new administrative building, houses a busy veterinary clinic and has well kept kennel facilities. The cattery is also new and many other ugrades are in progress. There is lots of greenery and large free run area`s for the doggies. So come and visit, don`t forget these FurKidz just because of their location!

Click here to see all of Philippi`s FurKidz still waiting for homes, browse through them, you will find all ages, sizes, breeds and colours! Please open your hearts and homes for them!

Call Marinda on 021 692 2626 for more information

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Ambassador for the voiceless!


What is LLF?                          llf_logo

The Lucky Lucy Foundation is a Non-Profit, Pro-life, Pro-Quality of Life organization that tries to relieve the plight of severely neglected and abused township and street animals, but also socially uplifts and educates destitute and impoverished children and people in and around Cape Town, and has been improving the lives of animals and families since its inception in 2010.

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What is LLF´s vision?

LLF envisage a respected and educated society with healthy, sterilized, happy and fed animals, where there is no more inhumanity, cruelty and neglect. Lucky Lucy Team is giving hope to the hopeless and showing our society that every life matters.

What does LLF do?

LLF makes every effort to reach every destitute, impoverished and poor individual in every community that they work in and in doing so they enter into a conversation on their level, respecting them and understanding their situation. The importance of sterilization, feeding, clean water, primary health care like vaccinations, deworming etc. is thoroughly explained and once understood they show them what the results can be when it is done.

LLF has a plan to build:
a rescue and rehabilitation centre not only for animals but for people too
• a free of charge animal hospital on LLF's farm
an upliftment, education and training centre
a children's hospital for kids between the ages of 0-5.


What does LLF aim at?

LLF is focused on getting as many animals sterilized as they possibly can to prevent an increase of animals in already over-populated areas. Society spends millions on eliminating (euthanizing) unwanted animals but this is a quick solution and does not solve the issue long term.

On a weekly basis, LLF visits the poorest communities -- not only to help the dogs and cats but to help the people and children as well. Every pet owner who gives LLF their animals for sterilization will receive food for their animals as well as for themselves every few weeks. The animals that LLF rescue are brought to the LLF farm. Here, the animals receive the proper rehabilitation to become perfect companions in order to be re-homed more successfully.

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One of LLF mottos is "EDUCATION NOT CONFISCATION – teaching of justice, respect and compassion for all life!" People in poorer communities do not have the necessary knowledge. The children learn this desensitized way of life that they can harm, hurt or kill, yet remain indifferent. They become accustomed to pain and suffering. Cruelty becomes routine and animal abuse prevents these children from developing empathy. By teaching them another way of life, a change will occur. LLF teaches individuals life skills, like vegetable gardening, woodworking etc. which they can use to create employment and therefore instilling responsibility; they can start caring for themselves, their families and their animals. LLF uplifts these communities by giving, not only time but also the materials needed.

They have a goal of "not confiscating and euthanizing but educating and sterilizing", which means in the long run that fewer shelters will be full and less euthanasia will take place. This may take more time and cost a bit more financially but the long term effect it will have on our society is what matters.

MuttMix: Drum Roll Please!

noodle_muttmix "We'd like to continue making mutt's more 'acceptable', so that these unique creatures can find good, loving homes. With a MuttMix 'pedigree', the dog is no longer just a mixed breed, but something special - a unique blend of special characteristics that's better than any pure breed!" Richard Johnson, Director, MuttMix

The swabbing had occurred. The samples had been posted. The 4-6 week waiting period had passed. I opened my emails to find one from the MuttMix team, announcing the test results - this was it! This was the moment when the great Noodle mystery would be solved. I opened the first attachment and read: Read more...

MuttMix: Testing Noodle

"We'd like to continue making mutt's more 'acceptable', so that these unique creatures can find good, loving homes. With a MuttMix 'pedigree', the dog is no longer just a mixed breed, but something special - a unique blend of special characteristics that's better than any pure breed!" Richard Johnson, Director, MuttMix

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In this, the second part of our three-part series about MuttMix, the test kit has arrived and it's time to make the second step in finding out just what Noodle might be. Read more...

MuttMix: The Introduction

"We'd like to continue making mutt's more 'acceptable', so that these unique creatures can find good, loving homes. With a MuttMix 'pedigree', the dog is no longer just a mixed breed, but something special - a unique blend of special characteristics that's better than any pure breed!" 
 - Richard Johnson, Director, MuttMix


 Most of you will probably remember Noodle, from "Diary of a Rescue Dog" some months ago. Noodle  has grown into a beautiful, healthy and bouncy girl, and has enough energy to easily power 3 to 4 dogs per  day. She is very talkative, absolutely loves being as close to her people as possible, and will engage in a  staring competition with you until you eventually lose (you'll always lose) and scratch her tummy. While  we've been sure of Noodle's outgoing and loving personality since Day 1, we haven't been nearly as sure  as to what she is.

 One of the funniest moments was when I first took her to the vet, and had to fill out her card. "What breed is she?" asked the receptionist, who then looked at Noodle, furrowed her brow, put on her glasses, looked at her again, and then looked at me for help. "Erm, some sort of, um, terrier?" I offered. And, since then, Noodle has been described as "some sort of terrier" whenever the question of her very-evidently mixed breed arose... but, outside of those rare occasions, we've had great fun trying to guess what breeds Noodle owes her unique look to. Once we got to suggestions such as "warthog" and "farm goat", thanks to her adorable top-of-snout whiskers (similar to the facial hair of a warthog) and insatiable appetite for absolutely anything (hence the goat), we thought it might be time to call in the experts. Read more...

2nd GROUPON Winner Story

As promised, here is the second winner story sent in by Aldu & Jeanie!

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We adopted Indie from the AACL Bellville South centre in December after much deliberation and tears, and wished we could adopt more!

Here's the story.

We were looking for an older lady to be a companion to our VERY old lady, Sproetels (a very friendly and active character), who became lonely after the passing of her 15 year long four legged friend. We went for a visit to the AACL in Bellville South to have a look at some potential suitors, and were almost brought to tears after seeing all the dogs in need. We then decided that we WILL adopt a dog, and never buy one. We saw Indie there, and immediately fell in love with him (although he did not meet any of our requirements - small breed, older, female dog). Some of his brothers and sisters already had to be put down because they were such a large bunch, and we could not allow the same fate for him. We went through the whole process, and he ended up in our care around the 20th of December at about 5/6 weeks old. Soon after (6-7 days) our boy started to look off, and his mother's instincts landed him at the Stellenberg Tygerberg Animal hospital. He was diagnosed with parvo virus, and was not given high hopes. He was admitted immediately and we notified the AACL, whom was very supportive, and shocked at the news. We held our thumbs and knew he was a fighter, and he eventually got through the ordeal and alleviated his mother's depression and wallet after a week in intensive care. The AACL kept in contact to hear about his recovery as well and tested the remaining pups at the shelter, who were luckily all in tip top condition. Indie was happily returned home, and started livening the place up. He brought back a bounce in our other dog's step, and is giving us so much joy, love and way too much exercise!

He is a beautiful boy of around 4 months old now, turning out to be a large breed dog (eeek!). He is constantly confused for a Weimaraner (we call him a Mooi-maraner) and we revel in the opportunity to correct people in the fact that he is adopted, and comes from the most mix of the mix breeds alive. He is truly an ambassador for adopting a pet.

We would like to thank you for the wonderful work you do and we admire your selfless dedication and devotion to saving and helping our best friends! We hold a special admiration for your work, as Indie's mother is working with TKAG (Treasure Karoo Action Group) against Fracking in the Karoo.

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