Archive | June, 2013

Animals know more than you think…

29 Jun

I found a brilliant article from The Guardian website today entitled, ‘Animals know more than you think’, and it makes for interesting reading! Although we tend to think of some animals as intelligent e.g. dogs and horses, many other species are deemed stupid with limited thinking capacity. However, a recent study has shown that chickens, sheep and pigs deserve a lot more credit for their brain power!

It is thought that chickens have better numeracy and spatial awareness skills than most young children, pigs can understand the concept of a mirror reflection in order to locate food, and sheep performed better than monkeys and rodents in an intelligence test using different colours and shapes! Even the poor goldfish labelled with the ‘three-second memory’ has proved it can associate specific sounds with feeding time!

So it just goes to show that animals may be more much intelligent than many people give them credit for. You never know just what master plans are going through their animal minds!

You can read more about the study here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/shortcuts/2013/jun/19/animals-know-more-than-you-think

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PDSA saves the dog which eats ANYTHING

28 Jun

There’s a great story on the PDSA website this week about a mischievous dog called Millie who has needed emergency veterinary care twice in the last five months after eating things she shouldn’t! Vets in Edinburgh recently saved Millie after she got her paws on human medicine including ibuprofen which can be highly toxic for dogs. A garden plant and a six centimetre piece of wood were involved in her earlier incident back in February which also required veterinary assistance.

A very big well done to the vets and nurses at the PDSA who have come to Millie’s rescue on more than one occasion! But I get the feeling that this won’t be the last time the greedy pup bites off more than she can chew!

You can read more about Millie’s antics here: http://www.pdsa.org.uk/about-us/media-pr-centre/case-studies/1373_pdsa-vets-save-curious-canine-twice-in-5-months

What to do if you need to give up your pet

27 Jun

When we talk about rescue animals we usually think of animals which have been abandoned or saved from neglect, but sometimes this is not the case. Many pet owners are faced with the difficult dilemma of giving up their pet if life circumstances prevent them from looking after them anymore. Old age, illness, money problems and many more factors can make it impossible to give an animal the care and attention they need. Sometimes, giving an animal up for adoption is the best way to prevent any suffering.

Giving up a beloved pet is never going to be an easy decision, but sometimes it’s the kindest and most responsible plan of action. Fortunately, there are many animal charities who are here to help out. Blue Cross provide some great information on their website here: http://www.bluecross.org.uk/106603/what-if-i-need-to-give-up-my-pet—.html They offer a special ‘Home Direct’ scheme which helps to rehome pets directly to another family without them having to stay at a rescue centre and wait for a new home to come along. Hopefully you will never find yourself in this position, but for those of you who do it’s important to remember that there is help out there, and ultimately you are doing it because it’s the best thing for your pet!

PDSA comes to The One Show

25 Jun

There’s a special treat in store for all you animal lovers this week as top animal charity PDSA join in the fun on The One Show! Tune in to BBC 1 tomorrow (Wednesday 26th June) from 7pm for an insight into the wonderful work of the PDSA vets and nurses. I’m sure they’ll have some great stories to share with us TV viewers!

Don’t miss it!

Rescue dog Harry gets a new lease of life

24 Jun

First of all I’d like to say a big thankyou to those of you who have shown interest in helping me with my dissertation research. It is much appreciated and I will be in touch over the coming weeks!

But work aside, I came across a lovely story from the RSPCA today about Harry, a gorgeous boxer/Staffie cross who has just graduated as a police sniffer dog! Harry was taken to the RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal Centre after his owners were banned from keeping pets following animal neglect. The kennel supervisor at the rescue centre realised Harry had a strong ability to search and after a special police assessment he was successfully enrolled on a sniffer dog course.

After a slightly shaky start, Harry has proved his worth! He has now graduated as a drugs dog but can also search for up to 20 scents including firearms. This just goes to show that their are some really great animals in rescue centres, and despite not having the best start in life they are still capable of wonderful achievements.

Here’s to wishing Harry the best of luck in his new life with Avon and Somerset Police!

Dissertation time

23 Jun

Some of you who are regular visitors to my blog may know that I’m currently studying an MA in Media and Public Relations with the hope of working for an animal charity one day. The last hurdle to completing my degree is a dissertation- and that’s where I need your help!

Throughout June, July and August I will be researching the public relations strategies used by different animal charities and which ones work best. There are two ways in which I’m hoping people will help:

1) Next month I’ll be posting a short survey and it would be great if you guys could fill it in as I need at least 200 responses!

2) I’m also looking for some opinion leaders to answer some interview questions via email. If you run an animal charity, work at a shelter, look after animals, regularly support an animal charity or perhaps adopted a pet from an animal rescue centre I’d love you to get in touch. Just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Thankyou in advance for your help and in the meantime enjoy the rest of my posts!

The State of Nature report

21 Jun

For any of you who are interested in nature and wildlife, the ‘State of Nature’ report is a must-read. The report has been put together by 25 UK wildlife organisations to analyse how nature in the UK is faring.

The report outlines both good and bad points. It shockingly reveals that 60% of the species studied have declined over recent decades. Moreover, 1 in 10 species is at risk of disappearing completely. There are however, some great conservation programs outlined in the report which show that a good effort is being made to protect the future of UK nature and this is a positive step forward!

Take a look at the following section of the RSPB website for everything you need to know about the report: http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/science/stateofnature/index.aspx
Not only can you read the full report for yourself, you can also watch David Attenborough officially launching the report at the Natural History museum last night and take a peek at some photos from the launch night!