Easter gathering - Open invite to all dog enthusiasts. Come with or without your dog for a fun, relaxing day in the sun. 11.30-3pm, Matraville NSW. Click here to RSVP. BBQ, music and dog related activities will be available on the day. We will also be celebrating the accomplishments of the people and dogs associated with Competent K9 in a short presentation from 12.30-1pm.
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I.......
I am so grateful for dogs, music, dance but even more excited about the fact that well established services are valuing the role of recreation and play in achieving goals and contributing to the quality of life of individuals. On behalf of Competent K9 I just want to highlight, celebrate and thank the staff with whom I had interactions with at the Ella Centre, Haberfield. The work that...
Canine safety tips for this Easter
From all the Team at Competent K9 thank you for a great 2010 and we wish you all the very best for the coming year.
How Could You ...A dog's letter
Copyright © Jim Willis 2001, all rights reserved
When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask, "How could you?" -- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.
My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect.
We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.
Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never...
To the 'canine behaviour' savy person the picture to the left shows a dog displaying multiple signs of stress. (See Scholz & Von Reinhardt's 'Stress in dogs' for more information).
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