Pets — should they be in your bedrooms or not?

Do you have a cat or a dog? Do you let your dog or cat sleep in your bedroom or on your bed? You are certainly not alone, as a survey commissioned by leading pet insurer Animal Friends found that nearly half of owners sleep with their pets. My dog has always slept in, or next to my bed and she is now 15 years old. I personally have no issue with sharing a bedroom with a pet because I view them as part of the family.

 

So, do you think it is good idea to welcome your pet into your bedroom? Fitted bedroom specialists DM Design has analysed the arguments both for and against this decision: Continue reading “Pets — should they be in your bedrooms or not?”

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Go Fetch: Helpful Solutions To Common Dog Problems

A dog is a great companion and loyal friend, but as any canine owner will tell you, there are challenges and problems that come with having a pooch in the home, no matter how adorable they are. Here are some common issues dog owners face, and some helpful tips to resolve them.


Your dog’s bark is worse than his bite

That’s not true of course; it’s only a saying. However, hearing your dog bark constantly can be a nuisance for you and your neighbours. Short of soundproofing your walls and investing in a pair of noise-reducing headphones, what can you do about it?

Tip: Figure out why they are barking. Once you understand why you can do something about it. They may be begging for your attention or could be distracted by other animals outside, as possible examples. You should try and focus your dog’s attention on something else, or use these training tips to teach your dog to be quiet. Continue reading “Go Fetch: Helpful Solutions To Common Dog Problems”

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15 Years With My Loyal Friend

I mostly write about being a parent but every now and then I like to include other aspects of my life too and before becoming a Mum my first ‘baby’ in my life was Molly, my border terrier. Today marks a special occasion as it is 15 years since I first clapped eyes on an energetic 7-month-old who needed a new home. It didn’t take much to win me over. She bounded into the house from her awful concrete run in the garden and leapt on me, licking me like crazy. She was so full of beans and personality that I just knew right then that she was the right dog for me. Continue reading “15 Years With My Loyal Friend”

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Fireworks Noise: Have We All Had Enough?

Have you had enough of the torrent of bangs so far this year? I certainly have. I remember when Bonfire night used to be just that, one night. Over the last two years, I have noticed an increase in a number of fireworks not only being use on November 5th but beginning in October and going off most nights until mid-January! With fireworks being sold in the doorway of your local supermarket and the competitive prices also being placed Continue reading “Fireworks Noise: Have We All Had Enough?”

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Children and Dogs

As I walked my lovely old girl today in the drizzle I started to reminisce about all the places we have been together, how many walks there have been and wondering how many will be left. I got Molly when I was 19 and she was 7 months old. She already had her name Continue reading “Children and Dogs”