Dealing with a Broken Ankle and a Dog

If you’ve read the previous post, you’ll probably remember that at the end of February I had the misfortune of breaking my ankle as I was going down some stairs. Unfortunately, despite the stairs having no more than 3 steps, I had a bad fall and a pretty awful break. …

The Dilemma: Should You Spay / Neuter Your Dog?

Our Back Story A year and a half ago, before Nix came into our lives, Manel and I knew that we wanted to spay our future dog. My previous dog, Syd, was an intact female which had to be spayed at 9 years of age, after suffering a pyometra (uterus infection) …

Safe Car Travel with Dogs

You may remember that before Nix came into our lives, we had no car. We mainly moved around using public transport and borrowed a car whenever we needed one. However, about 4 or 5 months after Nix joined our family, we felt the need for a car more acutely, and …

Helping your Dog Deal with Fireworks

Fireworks are beatiful to see, but they can be very scary for dogs, so it’s important to do our best to help our four-legged friends deal with them. Even if your dog doesn’t fear them now, he may do so when he grows older, so I think it’s important to …

Furminator: The Best Dog Brush We’ve Tried

Important note: During this post, I’ll talk and refer to the Furminator as a brush. However, it is marketed as a de-shedding tool. During the late spring and early summer months dogs tend to shed a lot of hair. About a couple of weeks ago, Nix reached the shedding peak. …

Another Lesson Learnt: We’d Better Avoid Cheese

As I explained in last week’s post, Nix has been having some stomach issues of (so far) unclear cause. Last Tuesday we stopped giving her any kind of medication. Fortunately, it seemed like she had recovered, as she didn’t throw up… until Friday night. On Friday we invited my aunt …

Broken Toys: Why You Should Get Rid of Them ASAP

Currently Nix is taking medication. Again. The whole thing started about a couple of weeks ago, when she threw up various times on different days. The curious thing was that she wasn’t vomiting immediately after eating nor was she vomiting whole amounts of food. It was either bilis or a …

The Worms Strike Back

Just like back in December, about three weeks after de-worming Nix, she got worms again. Just like the previous time, we have no clue as to how she got them: we think it’s either prolonged contact with other dogs which may be infected or some of the rubbish she’s eaten …

Heat in Female Dogs: Nix’s Experience

Right at the beginning of February Nix was in heat for the first time. We had been expecting it for a while because of the attitude of some male dogs towards her – they were very interested in her – and also due to her age (she was almost 11 …

The Golden Rules to Avoid Separation Anxiety

One of the most important things that a dog needs to learn is to be able to stay at home for a few hours without having separation anxiety and wrecking chaos in the house. If you’re not familiar with the term, separation anxiety happens when your dog gets anxious after …