January, 2016

  • 26 January

    Jury Duty Call for Man’s Best Friend

    One NJ man has a funny tale to tell and the proof to back it up.  Now, it’s not uncommon for our family members to get a jury duty summons but in this case it was Barrett Griner’s furry family member, named IV (that’s four in Roman numerals) that was summoned to jury duty. Mr. Griner […]

  • 26 January

    Dog Training Tutorial: Building Eye Contact & Attention!

  • 26 January

    The Five Most “Moving” Cat Journeys of 2015


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    Humans it seems aren’t the only ones with wanderlust. There are plenty of other animals who like to roam, either out of necessity - think elephants in search of water - or who have to walk for a living - think camel treks. Some wander far and wide simply because it’s part of their DNA.

    Closer to home and slightly smaller in scale, but no less prone to going walkabout, think about the humble cat. Many an owner will tell you tales of the time their cuddly kitty scarpered after being let out one week too soon after moving into a new house, and miraculously turned up at their old address - days later - without so much as an A to Z, let alone GPS. Others will recall, teary-eyed, how their furry expat feline got lost in Bermuda but was found at the airport and had to be shipped across the Atlantic at great expense.

    These four-legged travels seem to transcend time and space and are a constant source of amusement and heart-warming wonder. Not a year passes without a new incredible journey being reported. It’s also proof of just how much we love our cats and how much they get about. Here are our top five stories from 2015:


    1. Long-distance Ozzie

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    The long-distance winner has got to be Ozzie - a 25-year-old ginger tom - who somehow managed to get from Australia to London and then to Northern Ireland but no one really knows how even though he was micro-chipped. That’s 12,000 miles over land and sea! He also wins the award for having a cartoon alter ego. His real name is in fact Tigger but staff at the rescue centre renamed him.


    2. Coast to Coast Kevin

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    The award for the cat on the longest road trip - in the dark - should probably go to Kevin the tabby who was finally reunited with his owner after two years, and who had traveled two thousand miles from the east coast of America to the west coast when he became trapped in a haulage container!


    3. George on the Bus



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    The most public-transport friendly cat has to be George, an 18-year-old tabby. His 128-mile mystery adventure started when he went missing in Llanrwst, North Wales, on Mother's Day weekend before being reunited with his owners in Brighouse, Yorkshire, five weeks later. Maybe he should have bought a return ticket?


    4. Stow-away Frankie



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    The award for the cat with most desire to hijack a bus goes to Frankie, a one-eyed tabby from Oamaru, New Zealand. He leapt aboard one day while the driver was washing it and stowed away. The bus ended up in Macraes Mines in East Otago, a 100 km south of his home town, but amazingly two years later he turned up on the doorstep!


    5. City-break Daisy



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    The prize for the cat with the most city-breaks under its collar surely has to go to Daisy, the Scottish Cat. To date, she’s been to Rome, Dresden, Prague, Munich, Florence, Pisa, the Alps, Viterbo (Italy) and Venice too. Where on earth will she go next? Who knows but you can keep track of her on her Instagram account: Or if you’re looking for a cat with more yachting experience, you could follow Matt and Jessica Johnson who quit their jobs to sail around the world with their cat Georgie instead.


    Don’t underestimate the homing instinct!

    On a slightly serious note, the one thing these amazing stories demonstrate is just how determined our cats can be to get back home. So if you’re moving home with a cat, or any other kind of pet for that matter, it’s important to build in their homing instincts to your plans. There’s plenty of good advice and practical tips out there if you’re not sure how to move a house with a cat. 

    Come moving day, they probably won’t have a clue what’s going on. All the people coming and going, plus the strange noises and new smells can stress them out. Even if the day goes well and they don’t seem too fussed, doesn’t mean they’re going to realise the place you’ve moved to is now their new home. Cats will often try to escape and head back to their former home, whether it’s just a few miles or on the other side of the world!

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  • 26 January

    Puppy Chewing & Biting – Stop bad puppy behaviours with one cue!!!

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  • 26 January

    The plot to kidnap the Presidential pup is foiled

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    People in the Secret Service experience more 5150’s than most of us can imagine. Most of them are loose screwballs, but they can be dangerous.

    Scott Stockert from North Dakota was arrested at a motel in Washington, DC after authorities had been tipped off by a field office that the man was driving to the capital to kidnap the Obama family dog. The Obamas have two Portuguese Water Dogs, Bo and  Sunny.

    Agents found two unregistered guns in his car, a shotgun and rifle, as well as a machete, a billy club and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He is not a registered gun owner and was violating local gun laws.

    He claimed his name was Jesus Christ, his father was President John F. Kennedy and his mother was Marilyn Monroe… oh,  and that he came to Washington to announce he was going to run for President.

    All threats against the President are taken seriously and thoroughly investigated even though 75% of the people making the threats are mentally ill.

    And speaking of mental illness, the judge has released the man from custody and ordered him to wear an ankle monitor. Source

  • 26 January

    Free Shaping with an Australian CattleDog |

  • 26 January

    Never place a bid, or “Buy it now”, without a careful examination of the auction first.

    Make sure that you know exactly what it is that you’re bidding on at eBay. This may sound like common sense, but it's amazing how many new eBayers lose themselves in the excitement, they forget to pay attention to the details..

    Be aware of any conditions the eBay seller might have placed in the ad. These could include: method of payment, shipping and handling cost, amount of time before item will be mailed out, or any extra costs such as taxes or duties, etc. Also, when it comes to an article of clothing, or shoes, make sure to note the size, color, fabric, finishing, any possible flaws, wear and tear, or damage. This is especially important if the item is “used”, “pre-loved”, or “vintage”.

    If there is anything you are not quite sure of, get more information from the eBay seller before you bid. You can do it by clicking “Ask seller a question”, either on the right-hand side or near the bottom of the listing.

    The vast majority of sellers encourage potential buyers to ask as many questions as necessary to help them make an educated buying decision.

    Since you cannot examine the item in person, you have to rely on the information provided by the seller. After all, once you place a winning bid, you are obligated to complete the transaction.

  • 26 January

    How to train a dog to “Leave it”