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Should you consider owning a Dachshund?

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Dachshunds are the most wonderful dogs but be aware you can never own one! They own you! You will never train one, they train you and you will lose your heart and never ever want a different breed of dog again despite all the reasons they give you grey hair and  drive you to distraction. Those stumpy velvety little legs will run up to you, plonk themselves down on your lap and those meltingly warm eyes will look into your soul and say, hello…I love you. And you will be lost forever.

These quirky little bundles of love have many peculiarities and hilariously funny personalities, they may be small but they have huge personalities and love to be the centre of attention, indeed they demand it. A Dachshund is guaranteed to bring fun and laughter into your life and home.

Be aware that they are unique and have traits as a breed that you will need to accept…Dachshunds are more interested in what you have than what they have. He will want whatever you’re holding or eating,  if it’s yours it’s his!

Dont expect to have a neatly kept lawn. Or houseplant. Or cushions. It’s all earth to them. Bred to hunt badgers and go to earth they love to dig, everything!

He will not want to wait for ANYTHING! If you don’t act immediately to give him what he  wants when he wants it he will yap, whine, run around, nudge, and jump, cajole and bark at you.Failing all that he will stare and not stop until you are completely unnerved and give in.

Dachshunds won’t do anything they don’t want to do. It’s better to ask them to do something you DON’T want them to do, in the hope they do the opposite! Stubborn should have a new definition in the dictionary…Daschund

Be aware that this little bundle of love will bark at the smallest noise. He knows he is actually the size of a great dane and wants to protect you from the dangerous leaf that has fallen from the tree and the threatening sparrow daring to land by your window,

Dachshunds think the sofa and all the soft, squishy cushions, are theirs. Their job is to stretch out their little legs and lounge. Your job is to move seats and not interrupt their sleep,

He  will quite literally f follow you every where ,just in case you are going to do something fun without him, from the moment you have a dachshund in the house you will never get to sit alone on the sofa and all the soft, squishy cushions will be taken up by squat little legs and a pudgy sofy body, you will never again have to bath, clean your teeth and or sit on the loo alone.

Dachshunds hate the bad weather and it is quite wrong to expect them to go outside. He will  wee by the door and   consider that nothing is wrong, indeed if you tell him off you will notice Dachshunds have VERY selective hearing. 

 From the moment you allow a Daschund into your heart and home everything that is yours will become his, socks, hankies, pants, toilet roll. What fun you will have hunting things down and clearing up!

But you will fall utterly and completely in love, and that is the power of a Daschund.

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Ben & Jerry have launched an ice cream for dogs

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Now your dog doesn’t have to look at you with envy while your are eating your ice cream and you don’t have to feel guilty. Ben & Jerry have launched two flavours for their new line of ice cream for dogs:Pontch’s Mix and Rosie’s Batch, both names after two employees dogs.

Ben & Jerry  started in 1978 founded by Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield allows dogs in the office and therefore they play a big role in this company. 

Pontch’s Mix has peanut butter and pretzel while Rosie’s Batch has pumpkin and mini cookies.  As dogs are lactose intolerant these ice cream don’t contain dairy products but use sunflower butter which is easily digested by our canine friends.  The recipes were created with the help of vets and experts in dogs nutrition. 

Unfortunately for the time being these dogs treats are only available in the US but hopefully they might come to delight British dogs soon.

 

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Pet prices soar in isolation need for companionship

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We are a nation of pet lovers and dogs and cats are by far the most popular of pets. During the Covid pandemic people who were having to think twice about the responsibility of a puppy or kitten have decided to take the plunge as they are working from home and feel they have the time to dedicate to a new family member. During this isolating time, people are turning to pets to help relieve stress and anxiety, as well as a way to stay active, a walk is so much more pleasurable with a dog than alone and if you are motivated to run or jog there are many breeds of dog that will happily join you.

People now feel they have the time and effort  to put into training a dog, However this sudden need for companionship in a mad lone;y world has meant that the price of puppies has more than doubled during lockdown with dogs costing almost £1,900 on average.Prices for puppies have skyrocketed during lockdown, with some now more than four times higher than usual. Popular breeds have seen even sharper price increases, and puppies are often selling for £3,000 or more, according to a leading online marketplace.

Certain breeds have become hugely popular and demand has outstripped supply leading to its own set of concerns for animal charities. 

These welfare charities such as the dogs trust  RSPCA  and Blue Cross  have warned high prices could encourage “puppy farming”, smuggling or dog theft.

Unscrupulous  unlicensed breeders have seen an opportunity for  cashing in on the surging demand for popular puppies at this time, without any concern for health or welfare.

While there are many responsible breeders who care hugely for their animals, unfortunately with this huge demand now taking place there are plenty who are just looking to tug on the heartstrings and exploit the situation, it’s creating a lucrative market for cruel puppy smugglers.high prices will encourage the illegal importation of puppies or heavily pregnant dogs from smuggling hotspots in eastern or central Europe.

These poor animals are smuggled into the country in the most horrendous conditions and arrive weak, terribly ill and have suffered significant trauma in the process creating  more problems for a potential owner with a mentally scarred puppy. Unfortunately this trade is a booming concern at the moment and the deterrents need to be reviewed with tougher penalties for smuggling pups to deter  this dreadful practise. Only a handful of cases have ever been prosecuted and you can get a longer sentence for smuggling cigarettes than you can for smuggling puppies.

There are genuine fears that we are heading for an animal welfare crisis as people return to work away from the home in the future.. With the  RSPCA issuing a warning that they fear huge abandonments when people get back to work or realise they can no longer afford to keep or make time for their new pet.It may be that the economic situation   means that some people may find they can’t afford to look after a dog any more when the future so uncertain.

Behaviours of the dogs may mean they are no longer a pleasure to have in the home as these puppies will have grown up with people at home all the time when  that comes to an end and dogs become bored or anxious because they’re used to people being there and disruptive and bad behaviour will likely begin.

The Dogs Trust is concerned there will be up to 40,000 dogs abandoned in the coming months as a result of people buying puppies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The costa involved in a pet have risen dramatically too with insurance going up significantly and even more than doubling in many cases due to the basic cost of buying and vets having to hike their prices to meet government demands and regulations

 

Owning a pet is a huge responsibility and a long term commitment. Whether prices will fall again as the country begins to return to ‘ normal’ remains to be seen.

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Dog in Scotland eats Christmas dinner

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Curious news from Scotland, a chi apso dog, a breed of Tibetan dogs named Bubba, has eaten the whole turkey that was to be eaten at Christmas by the family.

Bubba walked into the kitchen on Christmas Eve and quietly ate the bird, which had been wrapped in tinfoil and left under a tea towel on the counter.

The dog then collapsed to the ground, unable to move after such a large meal. # A photo of Bubba lying on his side has been shared thousands of times on social media.

The photograph was posted on Twitter by owner David Barrett, who lives in Prestwick, Scotland and hasn’t eaten turkey this Christmas. Bubba might not eat one ever again though. 

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