Monthly Archives: June 2013

Next Interview: Nicole Rivera – Children’s Author

I haven’t done an interview in ages! This time I interview someone out of the UK, across the world the United States.

Nicole Rivera is a children’s author and educator. She has published her own books, 4 of them involving Max, a shelter Pit Bull Terrier she met while volunteering at a animal shelter. Many of you may know, there’s a lot of controversy (to put it lightly) surrounding the Pit Bull as it is a banned breed here in the UK while over there, it isn’t (except in certain areas) so I briefly discuss these issues.

Nicole is committed to inspire children all about the wonders of animal compassion, while raising awareness about respect and responsible ownership to tomorrows pet owners through the power of reading and learning.

Here is a small preview of her book ‘Max the Shelter Dog’ presented by American television personality Rachael Ray.

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South of England Basset Hound Walk – Alice Holt

Last Weekend I was at the South of England Basset Hound walk set the historical Alice Holt Forest which is located on the Hampshire/Surrey border.

The South of England Basset Hound Club hold a number of walks around the South of England including Studland Bay and Swanage by the beach. Generally we get a great response and occasionally have other hound owners wanting to join in on the action, it’s a wonderful opportunity to have a great family day out.

Lead, ready. Biscuits, ready. Camera, ready. Basset, ready. Off we go!

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National Microchipping Month

This month is National Microchipping Month sponsored by Petlog.

New statistics were released at the end of May by The Kennel Club; the research, carried out by the UK’s largest lost and found database for microchipped pets: Petlog. Petlog state that 46% of dog owners are unaware that compulsory microchipping is to be made in England while, out of the other 54% only one in five knew it was compulsory in England by 2016. At the same time just less than 50% of pet owners do not know if their details are currently up to date.

Isn’t this slightly worrying? There is truly a lack of understanding with dog owners around the country, almost all major charities think that microchipping is beneficial and rightly so. Such a simple and cheap procedure can be a brilliant method to safeguard your pet in case they go missing.

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