Pet News

Should you hug your dog?

We came across an article earlier from an Australian newspaper – The ‘Herald Sun’, which included the following comment from the author of a new dog book called ‘What’s Your Dog Telling You?’.

He says;

Hugging is akin to putting a dog in a headlock, a signal for a play fight.

…and on this basis claims you should never hug your dog.

Elle 'cuddling' Guido as a pup!

With the larger dogs we have, we don’t tend to – but do occasionally  when the opportunity presents itself, and frankly they seem to love it. We certainly don’t get repaid with aggression. They are naturally pretty submissive for the most part, so why wouldn’t they be in this situation?

We feel it’s a bit of a sweeping generalization – which needs to be tempered with a bit of common sense. After all, we know our dogs best…

We’re interested to hear what opinions others have. What do you think?

Click here to read the full article.

Defra change blood test rules for travel into the UK

On the 30th June Defra released it’s new rules that will apply to pets entering the UK from overseas. As of the 1st January 2012 blood tests are no longer required. Which for us personally is a bit of a bummer as we had ours get the blood test just before the rule change was announced and are out €180! – c’est la vie! :)).

This applies to almost anywhere in the world. However, the remaining rules are a little less stringent for much of the EU than for the rest of the world. For full details click here for the full Defra press release.

Of course, there are still rules – but this makes life (and a short break over the channel far easier). In short (but always check on the Defra website) you’ll need to show that… Continue reading