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Missing pet poster info

Next in my series of Missing Pet posts, is how to design your own missing pet poster.

It may seem silly, but a lot of posters circulating make common mistakes, having the correct info and sharing it wisely can help you in the search of your missing pet Read the rest of this entry


What to do if your pet has gone missing

If your pet has gone missing please follow the following steps:​










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How to help a grieving pet

When a furry family member crosses over the bridge, it’s hard on everyone, including surviving pets. Dealing with your own grief, and the grief of your human children, is difficult enough without also worrying about a remaining pet that may have stopped eating or is showing other signs of depression.


When two fur children are closely bonded and one of them dies, the surviving pet may have what experts refer to as a “distress reaction” that is similar in many ways to human grief. Some of the signs include:

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Prevent back to school blues… For your pets

Its not quite back to school yet…

This article has ideas for you to implement now, while you are on holiday.

As kids go back to school , pets may feel left behind.

When preparing for the day that kids go back to school remember to put your furkids on your prep list.

When your human kids go off to school, your pets have to begin a new routine, after having their family home and available twenty four, seven.

This is a time when they can become bored and could start chewing things that they shouldn’t. To prevent behaviours that you would rather not deal with, prep ahead….

To help ease the transition, try incorporating some of these ideas into your new school routine:


  1. Prep for School

The best time to start is about 2 weeks before school opens.
Plan some activities away from home, and increase the time you spend away every day.
There is no need to spend too much money, a long walk, or hike is a great example.

What is awesome about this idea is that it not only helps your pets adjust, it helps you bust your children’s “end of holiday” boredom.

  1. The Same Old Routine

Pets just like children, thrive on routine, a sudden change can be stressful and disorienting.
Think about the parts of your pet’s current routine – meals, walks, and training – that can stay the same, and try to stick to the established schedule.

Once again, incorporate your children into this routine, especially the littlies, and they will find it easier to adjust to being back at school too.

  1. New and Improved

For any routines that must be altered, replace them with new ones. For example, if you can no longer walk the dog in the morning because you’re driving your child to school…why not just take your pup along for the ride?

  1. Boredom Busters

Imagine being all alone without anything to do all day long.

You can’t even get yourself a snack even though the fridge is right there!

After a few days or weeks of this, you might come up with some…ahem…creative ways to entertain yourself.

Head boredom off at the pass by leaving your pet with interactive toys that engage his mind and body.

Get your children to make toys during the holiday and introduce the toys as you prepare for back to school day. This will increase their bond with your furry family members, bust their boredom, and your pets will have some new and exciting toys.

  1. After School Special

Talk to your children about how much your pets miss them when they’re at school. Encourage them to spend some quality one-on-one time with their special buddy when they get home. This might mean playing together in the back yard, talking to them about what they learned, or curling up on the couch and doing homework or reading out loud with the pet by their side.

Pets like to hear your voice so encourage your kids to read to them. Once again this little tip benefits both pets and kids!

  1. New Year, New Responsibilities

Including kids in pet-related chores is a great way to teach compassion and commitment. So with each new school year, give your child a little more responsibility when it comes to your pet. Make sure tasks are age-appropriate so that both kid and critter are set up for success!

  1. Weight Watchers

With school in session, chances are he’s not as active as he was during the holiday. Even just one or two extra pounds can have a detrimental effect on your pet’s health. So take a second look at his diet and adjust meals and treats as necessary.

Take this tip into consideration when deciding on boredom busters…


  1. Class Act

Yes, you can teach an old (or young) dog new tricks!

And why should kids have all the back-to-school fun, anyway?

New Year is the perfect time to sign your pooch up for a new training class.
Depending on where you live, you might find options that range from obedience to agility to canine choreography!

Involve your kids to keep the holiday bond going, or make use of this idea to have a supportive and encouraging buddy at your side for those New Year’s resolutions.

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tips for pets – fireworks

One of the most troubling times of the year for pet owners is fireworks season.

The best way to approach something that your pets react negatively to is to be prepared.

If your pet reacts fearfully to loud noises, fireworks and the loud bangs that come along with it are going to be an issue.


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How to choose a name for your new pet

Effective communication between animals and their human companions is the hallmark of a good relationship and choosing a good strong name is important when considering this.
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Things your deceased pet wants you to know

I have been working with a few guardians recently and decided to compose a few posts on crossing over.
I hope that though posting these more people are helped through their process of grieving the loss of their pets.

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How do you know its time to say goodbye? Time to cross the bridge…

How do you know its time to say goodbye? Time to cross the bridge…


As a mother of fur children, I know too well that making the decision to humanely euthanise your beloved family member is no easy feat.


I won’t beat around the bush here, you have to be very hard on yourself because in all honesty, emotionally you will be wanting to do everything possible to keep your fur child with you as long as possible.


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Emigrating to the UK with our five furry four paws

I have a post for you by a super guest writer today who agreed to me sharing her wonderful story of emigrating WITH her pets!

She is a poster child for REALLY caring for her animals. You can find Gillian on her wordpress blog


Emigrating to the UK with our five furry four paws

We have five animals of which all except one are rescue pets.

There are three cats Amber, Lilly and Tic-Tac and two dogs Tala, a mixed breed Afrikaner type dog and Quinn a husky cross

Amber Wright

Amber Wright


When we started exploring the option of emigration at the beginning of last year, it was with the full agreement by everyone in the family that if the pets could not go with us, we would not go.


My sister and I have experienced pets being left behind when we as young children left Zambia to come to South Africa and it was very traumatic for us. We also felt that as children we would have acclimatised and settled into a new country much quicker if our beloved pets had been with us. This is a point that families should consider


I do not want to judge, but I am always so distressed to see emails being sent around of families trying to find “last-minute” homes for pets when they are emigrating. People this is not a sudden decision one makes, there are months of planning and preparation that go into making such a move, so why if you are not taking your pets with you is this not something you are preparing for right from the beginning. They are not disposable objects, but living breathing creatures and if I had left my pets behind I would have wanted to vet the home and do a few spot checks to ensure they were OK.


Lilly Wright

Lilly Wright

I think most people are also unaware of the quarantine laws having been changed and they believe the costs to be prohibitive which they are not.


Fortunately for us, the UK quarantine rules changed at the end of 2011, but even if they had not, we would gladly have factored the cost of the whole process into our budget, and we know that if our animals had to undergo the stress of the quarantine period, we would have overcome that once they were reunited with us.


Sorting out our pets was the first step we took in the whole preparation process. We chatted to our vet, googled and then contacted a couple of pet transit companies and asked them to lead us through the process and then give us quotes. We were pleasantly surprised when the quotes arrived, as they were not as much as we had expected.


Once you have chosen the pet transit / relocation company, there is a process to be followed and timing is crucial.

Quinn Wright

Quinn Wright


    ∙         Pets have to be neutered /spayed and one needs certificated proof of this∙         All our pets dogs and cats receive annual inoculations anyway , but they all had to receive rabies inoculations and they also all had to be micro-chipped
    ∙         Exactly one month after the rabies inoculations, we had to take them back to the vet for bloods to be drawn which are then sent off to Ondestepoort for testing so that  Rabies clearance certificates could be issued by the state vet.
    ∙         This was also a chance for our vet to scan the pets to see that the micro-chips were working.
    ∙         From time of the bloods being drawn, a three month period has to elapse before the pets can be relocated as a precaution to ensure there are no symptoms, pets may not leave before this period is up! It is vital for people to remember this as we fell short here and it affected the kennelling of our pets
    ∙         It only took a couple of weeks for us to receive the clearance certificates from Ondestepoort and also from the company that supplies the micro-chips ( which can be checked online)
    ∙         Pets are not allowed to be sedated during the flight. But we were encouraged to have them all on natural calmatives a week before the move and were assured by the pet transit company that they would also administer anything if needed.
    ∙         We decided that we didn’t want the pets at home and stressed during the packing up of our furniture, we arranged for the pet transit company to fetch all five pets the day before the movers came into the house. As we live in Durban, they were kept in kennels here overnight and then flown to JHB the next morning. We had anticipated them being flown straight out to the UK, but we were a week earlier than the rabies blood date so they were kennelled in JHB for a week and then flown out to the UK. ( again I stress it is important to remember the timeline to avoid such delays).
    ∙         They arrived in the UK and were transported straight to kennels near where we are going to be staying. They are being boarded there until we find a home to rent that is pet safe and pet friendly, but in the interim we can visit them and play with them every day and reassure them that everything will be OK. 
Tala Wright

Tala Wright

The pet transit company we used have been fantastic indeed. Daily reports ( well more than daily as we were phoning often to check up and they were not phased at all) They let us know when each step of the process took place as well. The kennels in JHB were heated and the pets were allowed out into an enclosed garden for playtime once a day. The majority of the staff also live on the premises.


When they loaded them ready to take them to OR Tambo, they also took photos of each of them and emailed them to us.


All of them have handled the whole process remarkably well, except our one little cat Lilly who is a timid girl who doesn’t like strangers and who is exhibiting signs of stress. But we are managing this and we know she will relax once she is in our new home with us.


There is a lot of paperwork, and I would advise that all correspondence is organised properly to enable fast access as needed. We were also advised to make copies of everything  so we had proof just in case documents were mislaid at all.

Tic Tac Wright

Tic Tac Wright


Our biggest challenge is a currently ongoing one of finding rented accommodation that will not only accept pets but that is safe and secure for our pets. A lot of UK landlords are not keen on pets because of possible mess etc, but we have been told by a couple of agencies, that if one is prepared to offer a slightly higher deposit but mostly  guarantee that the property will be professionally cleaned when vacated, that there is a way around this reluctance. We are prioritising our search for a house as we want our pets safely with us as soon as possible. We know that homes and gardens in the UK are smaller, but our cats are largely indoor cats anyway and we will be able to safely take our two dogs for walks once we are settled, which we dared not do in SA.


People this is doable and with far less expense and stress than we anticipated and all the challenges that one does face can be overcome. Please, if you are animals lovers and your pets are part of your family as they should be, I would urge you factor the costs into your budget planning and  to really consider taking your pets with you if you are emigrating it is well worth it and I cannot wait until we are all in our new home together.


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The point of things. Why do I Blog? and a survey…

Why do I blog?

This feels a little like a school essay. *laughs*

Why do I blog? 27 February 2013

OK, let’s get serious.

I blog because its a form of healing for me. There are just some things that you need to get off your chest. I tend to bottle everything up otherwise and well, just like what happens to a bottle of coke when you add a mint to it… It explodes.

I blog about what’s important to me; my kids; animals; I blog about life. If you’re a regular here you’ll know I’m a little squishy, part sentimental, passionate about animals and I LOVE to laugh.

If I blog about a subject or something really really personal, its because I feel that someone out there will gain something from it.

My main objective, my ultimate goal is to show a connection between animal abuse and domestic abuse. Statistics in SA about animals are slim and many people don’t realise the connection.

So to kick start my goal, I’ll be running my own survey. If you want to take part, and I mean be committed to taking part comment ꜜ down there ꜜ in the comments section, or email me on with your info.

What I’d like to know is:

1. If you grew up living with domestic violence or if you were a partner / wife / husband / family of an abuser;

*a) Did the abuser – also abuse your / his / her pets?

*b) Did the abuser – start out by abusing your / his / her animals before progressing to you / your children / your family?

*c) Did the abuser – abuse the animals when you / your children / family weren’t around?

Then… If you’re really brave; could you tell a bit of your story? Please tell me your real name (for statistics purposes) but I am very happy to use a pseudonym to protect your privacy, if I use your story in a blog.
Tell it all or just a bit, writing is an amazing healing tool…

If you found this article interesting you may also like to read:

Cycle of Abuse


Profile of an abuser


My Story

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