Tag Archives: pets

It’s a dog’s life

5 Jan

As we get back to work after the Christmas break, it’s got me thinking about what our pets get up to while we’re out of the house. If you’re currently reading this while at work with a mischievous pet waiting for you at home then that thought probably makes you a little anxious! Personally I’d love a dog but feel it would be unfair to leave him or her at home while I’m at work all day. I’d like to hear from you guys about how you overcome that hurdle. Do you employ a dog walker or take your dog to ‘doggy day care’? Do you work your hours around your pet so you can pop home in the middle of the day? Maybe you even take your dog to work with you? And when you do have to leave your dog at home for a few hours, how do you keep them calm and entertained until you arrive home?

Let me know your thoughts!

Best wishes


Pets and Fireworks

2 Nov

Well it’s almost that time of year again when the sky is lit up with fireworks, and while it can be fun for us humans, it can be a scary time for our pets. But don’t fear, the following link from the RSPCA includes lots of good advice to keep your pets calm this firework season: http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/pets/general/fireworks

Top tips include:
1) Provide a safe place to hide e.g. make a little den under furniture
2) Walk dogs during daylight hours before the fireworks start going off
3) Make sure your pet is microchipped so if they get spooked and run away they can be returned to you
4) Stay calm and don’t fuss over your pet too much as this can add to their sense that something is wrong

There is some really good advice from the RSPCA so please take a look. Enjoy the fireworks but make sure you and your pets stay safe!

Another life for cat Cheetah

19 Sep

Right! Time to bring you some more news and stories from the animal world! Today I want to share Cheetah’s story- a stray ginger tom cat who’s life was saved by the RSPCA after he was run over and left to die on the side of a road.

Cheetah’s leg was completely crushed by a car and it was several days before he was found dragging his broken leg, and taken to the RSPCA hospital in Putney. Unfortunately nothing could be done to help Cheetah’s leg so it had to be removed.

But there is a happy ending! Cheetah has since learnt to walk on three legs and is becoming more confident by the day. A loving new home has been found for him when he is given the all-clear from the RSPCA’s Southall Cattery. It’s great to hear he is doing well! Things could’ve been very different for Cheetah if nobody had found him on that road.

You can read more about Cheetah’s story and watch a video of him in action right here: http://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2013/09/16/animalhospitals-perform-life-saving-operations/#.UjpcKzZwZLM

Calling all animal charity supporters!

15 Aug

Thank you to all of you who have completed my animal charity dissertation survey so far. I greatly appreciate your help! I still need a few more responses though so if anyone else currently supports an animal charity (either by donating or volunteering) please could you take just a few minutes to fill it in? You’ll be doing me a huge favour!


I’m super busy at the moment but I promise I’ll be back with lots more exciting animal posts in the very near future!

Thanks again!

RSPCA rescue porcupine in Birmingham

11 Aug

The RSPCA recently made a fairly rare rescue concerning an escaped porcupine! The porcupine was discovered in Birmingham when a dog returned to his owner covered in porcupine spikes. Inspectors from the RSPCA had to carefully catch the spikey creature and keep him safe in a kennel until the owner could be traced.

It turned out that the porcupine’s owner was in fact a lady who looks after wild animals professionally. The porcupine had just recently come to live with her and had dug its way out of its enclosure.

It’s great that the two were reunited, but it is important to emphasise that this lady is an animal specialist and it is not recommended that porcupine’s are kept as pets!

On a final note; I still need lots more responses for my dissertation survey, so if you support a charity (either by donating or volunteering) please take a few minutes to help me out. I’d greatly appreciate it!


Survey Time!

10 Aug

I’ve reached the final hurdle of my dissertation research and I need your help! I’ve put together a short online survey aimed at people who currently support an animal charity either by donating money or volunteering. The survey questions are all about the ways which animal charities communicate with their supporters and which of these tactics are most effective.

I need at least 200 responses so I’m hoping all you lovely bloggers will help me out! It only takes a few minutes to complete and you’ll be doing me a huge favour!

You can find my survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P65WWMF

Thanking you in advance 🙂

Happy World Cat Day!

8 Aug

Today is World Cat Day! This special feline day was founded in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and is all about celebrating one of Britain’s most-loved pets.

Why not take a look at the Cats Protection website and see for yourself the great work they are doing to help cats in need? You can find it here: http://www.cats.org.uk/

And I will leave you with a lovely quote which celebrates this fine species…

“I’ve met many thinkers and many cats, but the wisdom of cats is infinitely superior” – Hippolyte Taine

Happy World Cat Day everyone!