FOR ONCE the sun shone on most of us during this recent bank holiday and we certainly made the most of it, getting the Boston girls out into the Devonshire countryside and visiting a couple of local pubs and tea rooms.
Writing this, looking out of the window at the leaden skies and splinters of rain, it seems unbelievable that just a few days ago we basked in warm sunshine under cloudless blue skies.
I’M SURE most of us sighed with relief when the curtain finally came down on this year’s Crufts with no shocking incidents having taken place; no planes flying over the venue, no giant Frenchies handing out leaflets and no stickered cars.
A POPULAR dog food company has raised more than a few eyebrows among dog folk with its list of ‘dangerous things to feed your dog’.
The other day I was wondering what the world would be like without kennel clubs. Reading the comments section on any article that features pedigree dogs you would think that with the sweeping away of dog shows and kennel clubs it would suddenly...
DO YOU leave the TV or radio playing for your dogs when you go out?
LAST YEAR we were called out to South Africa to shoot a commercial with Alfie. Of course such a prospect, although initially exciting, was also equally daunting.
WE’VE ALL read about how unfriendly and cold our cities are? Of course there are a whole variety of reasons for this; jamming people together like sardines really does seem to bring out the worst in humans.
This year has once again seen the loss of a number of colourful characters from our world of dogs. Few of them though have been quite as flamboyant or as fearless as Robert Killick.
We have just had our first freezing morning down here in Devon. It was quite a shock to have to scrape the car windscreen, as only a few days ago we were worried about rising water levels as the floods ravaged the area.
In my last blog post I wrote about my mistrust of vets and the reasons that brought about that feeling. This brought forth a wave of anger (mainly from America) and a whole host of mails, including one stating that ‘suicide is high in the...
My faith in vets was seriously dented when I was 15. At the time I bred Coloured Canaries. I bought in a particularly beautifully coloured cock bird but sadly a few days after purchase the poor little fellow was fluffed up and making a coughing...
So, this month we had two stories that were treated with light-hearted hilarity by our national press.
SINCE the majority of the tourist hordes have left we now have the glorious North Devon coastline to ourselves again. With the early nights’ drawing in we’ve started taking our little pack down to the wide expanse of sand at Woolacombe beach.
This disturbing headline has been bandied about on national and local news recently. Apparently one dog faces death every two hours as irresponsible dog owners fail to update their pets’ microchip details.
I RECENTLY read an interesting letter in the Shooting Times. It concerned a little terrier who likes to adopt the very aptly named position of ‘frog legs’...
Our village certainly has an eclectic mix of dogs with (as to be expected in such a rural area) a preponderance of terriers. Our neighbour has a very smart Wire Haired Fox Terrier...
The last of my poultry winged their way off to their new homes a few weeks back. I was sad to see them go and the field is now very quiet but the one good thing that has come out of it is that I am now free to attend dog shows again and last...
NEXT WEEK in my monthly column Crossing the Headlines I write about Gavin Robertson’s marathon charity fundraiser, Pedigree Paws United – a series of sponsored walks totalling 160 miles and featuring every recognised breed of dog in the UK.
IN MY PREVIOUS blog I wrote about that much-missed lover and protector of the Bullmastiff breed, Douglas B Oliff, someone who (as described by Christofer Habig) was particularly good at ‘thinking out of the box.’