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7 (Not) Surprising Things That DogParents Do

We are not dog parents I know this, but sometimes it can feel like the dog is a long-term toddler and that we are indeed parenting them. So, let’s take a look at what us dog guardians do on a regular basis, and what we do for dogs that we wouldn’t for anyone else.


We Like Their Snoring & Chewing

Snoring and chewing from our dogs meant that they are enjoying a rest or enjoying a meal. Snoring or chewing from our significant other is bad manners and infuriating. Why is that?


Wash Their Shizzy…

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The Agreement of Good Guardianship

Welfare seems to be the basis of care of animals in domestic circumstances. Welfare in many ways gives the impression that keeping the animals for human use and benefit is fine, as long as the animal is not in distress. This applies to animal kept in zoos, farmed for food and our domestic dogs, cats and others considered household pets.

No one really could argue that welfare should not be dismissed nor ignored. There is an ethical case though, to go further than welfare and consider animal righ…

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7 Benefits To Adopting An Older Dog

Everyone loves puppies, yet like babies it’s often nice to give them back. It is startling that many people don’t realise how much work a puppy is and are surprised that they act like babies. The puppy years can be avoided altogether by adopting an older dog instead. So, Let’s take a look at the 7 benefits of adopting an older dog.


They Appreciate You More

When a dog has become homeless they tend to be a bit more aware of the people who loved them enough to offer them a space. The look in th…

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He Came in Like a Wrecking Ball

When you live with a dog who has been troubled for years, small victories matter. Today Chips had a small victory, in fact he had many of them and made me so proud of him.

  • He played with a dog in the park, really played and that’s a huge deal for Chips because he’s defensive and socially awkward.
  • He allowed a big black Greyhound to stand over him whilst just looking to me for his next sweetie.
  • He met a few dogs bigger than him and didn’t growl at them.
  • He met children and didn’t bark at th…

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Dog Guardianship Guilt


As humans we do all have a cross to bear of our own and no-one is free from intentional or unintentional psyche issues gathered from the people around us when we were growing up. Before the age of seven we are little learning machines, and our brains do two things:

  1. They believe everything they are told without question.
  2. They blame us for everything that happens around us.

What does this have to do with dogs I hear you say?

Well, it has a lot to do with dog guardians…

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A Lifechanging Dog

I went away this week on a retreat with one of my dogs, Chips. He’s a lovely, lovely boy and despite a bit of random barking he was very well behaved. He listened when other dogs asked for space, played with the right ones and avoided the ones who didn’t want to play. He was relaxed and happy.

Chips is around eleven now and has turned into the loveliest old man. His grey face and huge eyes are typical of ageing dog. He’s always been a barker and he’s the reason why my books ex…

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