Pet Life Magazine, New Zealand Pet Life Magazine Issue 4 Spring 2017 - Page 3
There’s nothing like chatting
to the owners of hero dogs
to put yourself and your
pooches to shame!
For this issue I spoke to
four owners of incredible
dogs that spread their super
powers far and wide.
Who are these amazing dogs, so obedient and clever, that can
and will do everything on command or just know the right way
to behave? And listen!
And where can I get myself one?
Some days it’s a struggle just to get the dogs out of the kitchen
while I’m cooking dinner.
But joking aside, it takes much time and effort to train dogs for a
particular service, and many do not make the cut for some reason
Among the dogs in this issue, Rush works the police beat, Mena
sniffs out little blue penguins for conservation efforts and Liam
keeps safe a boy with cerebral palsy.
These dogs have all been subjected to daily intensive training and
evaluations, and training is ongoing throughout their lives – they
must prove that they continue to be adept at the skills they have
I guess my training is a little more basic. Sit! Wait! Down! No!
And then I figure that maturity will kick in for a better-behaved
dog whose ears aren’t painted on. There is a huge difference
between my super-chilled out, relaxed and good listener 9-year
old Labrador Marley and bonkers 1-year-old Ridgeback Roxy, who
bounces off the walls.
But I do remember wanting to throttle Marls many times when she
was a pup.
Working for a pet magazine, and having owned many pets in
my lifetime, it seems as if every story evokes memories and
emotions, and this issue is no exception.
The fish hook story reminds me of the time that Moss dog got
one through her lip and the old man came home from work to
find his pup passed out on the lawn after the vet had been
called in to remove it. Man, was he angry!
An interview with Kids Safe With Dogs Charitable Trust director Jo
Clough reminds me of the time when Ella, as a giant, happy puppy,
chased a girl for fun but it wasn’t funny at all because the girl was
really scared of dogs and fell on her face screaming blue murder.
There’s a piece in here on desexing pets that makes me
wonder whether I timed that right for any of my dogs – Marley
was spayed at six months and has suffered from urinary
incontinence since about 5 or 6 years of age.
And kind of funny but not really, the advice on caring for exotics
reminds me of Bald Pommy Bloke running inside with our
lifeless pet water dragon – he was all ready to throw her on the
bonfire when she spluttered awake from hibernation.
I hope reading our latest issue of Pet Life magazine also brings you
much enjoyment, reflection, and answers some questions.
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