A hectic week. Saturday afternoon return to the UK following flights in excess of 24 hours. Half nine Sunday morning off to the New Forest to pick up Phoenix my new puppy (I didn’t drive). Would he still be cute? Of course, even more so.
I brought him home to meet the family including two and a half year old grandson. He settled in right [... continue reading 'Phoenix Arrives']
It’s a busy life being a Dog Listener hence the delay since my last posting. Already this year in the course of my job ‘mending dogs’, as well as my usual hunting ground of Southern England I have travelled to such diverse and exotic locations as Scunthorpe (twice) Northamptonshire, the Isle of Wight (twice). Still to come are France, Australia, Yorkshire and possibly America.
There have [... continue reading 'Recent and Future Travels']
Below is an article I picked up from a Chicago newspaper. Once again it concerns the use of cruel training gadgets on dogs. Every dog owner should read this as a cautionary tale. It’s horrific not only for what this woman has done but the justification she uses. In essence what she says is that it’s alright to attach an electric shock collar to a [... continue reading 'Be Careful About Who You Let Near Your Dog']
It must be ‘Silly Season’ looking at the press this week. We of course had the one serious story covered in a separate blog about Shock Collars in Wales.
Silly story number one was the introduction of a new non emergency phone number by Dundee Police to take pressure off of the 999 system which was being overloaded by trivial enquiries.
It was decided that a bright [... continue reading 'Three Silly News Stories']
The good news is that the Welsh Assembly have banned Electric ShockCollars. The bad news is that it remains legal to buy sell and use them for the forseeable future until further legislation is enacted.The very bad news is that the UK Government is not following suit. I remember a certain Anthony (call me Tony. I’m just a regular guy) Blair promising ‘joined up government’ [... continue reading 'Electric Shock Collars Banned in Wales']
This will probably be the last post of 2007. A big thank you to those who have contacted me either through the blog or directly. I take note of all your comments either positive or negative. Even if you do not agree with everything I say, and if I have not been able to convince you that using Amichien Bonding and being non confrontational or [... continue reading 'Looking Forward to 2008']
Now that the annual two month period that makes up ‘Bonfire Night’ is nearly over we are well into the the run up to Christmas.
Both these periods are very busy ones for me and my fellow Dog Listeners. The phone rings off the hook.
Problems with dogs and fireworks fall into two categories, either the dog is traumatised and afraid or they go into ‘Defence [... continue reading 'Christmas is Coming']
For all of you lucky people who have never seen an organised dog fight. I can tell you that it takes a special kind of person who having seen one is not physically sick and doesn’t have nightmares as a result.
My attention was drawn to the case of the American ‘sportsman’ Michael Vick and his involvement in this illegal ‘sport’. It seems his lawyer [... continue reading 'What does it take to put a ‘Celebrity’ behind bars?']
I did a short bit on Fred Marden’s breakfast show on BBC Southern Counties Radio on the 27th April to raise awareness of my campaign for IDOD.Listen here.
The quality is not great but it gives a flavour of what we are attempting to do.