For the love of dogs!

I was walking to work today when I was approached by a very friendlydog without a collar. She happily trotted along beside me before crossing Linwood Avenue without a care for oncoming traffic. Shocked I quickly wrapped my polar fleece around her to act as a makeshift collar. At this point my faith in humanity was restored as two cars pulled over to see if they could help! One lovely lady by the name of Kate (thank you if you read this!) dropped me at Linwood Service Centre where I could ring Dog Control.

Luckily for this dog, her owners had thought to have her micro chipped and it was with some relief  that Kerry the kind dog control officer could get her quickly home. There are three things I like to remember here:

  1. Micro chipping is a cheap way to keep a track on your loved ones (pets that is);
  2. When it counts the vast majority of people are very helpful;
  3. People are not the only ones to get scared during aftershocks.

Christchurch City Libraries  has a huge array of information about animals including dogs who wish to be loved and love. Give a pat to a friendly dog today for a rush of joy!

Animal wisdom: Avoid biting when a simple growl will do

My two loved pooches
We have probably all seen this list of things we can learn from dogs including:
  •  Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  •  When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  •  When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  •  Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.

Cutesy it may be, but book publishers are also seeing a market in anything to do with human/animal relationships.  In the last couple of years we have purchased at least 35 – 40 books on this topic or the Library. Dogs seem to feature mostly, and are seen as the loyal emotional bearers of happiness and self-awareness that most of these books celebrate.

CoverCats being the fickle creatures they are seem less prominent.  I am yet to find out what we can learn from rats, but maybe they are the next “big thing”?

People who do not have pets will probably find all of  this completely barmy, so I have  included a few titles that will either change your mind, or just confirm your belief in the craziness of devoted pet owners, (of which I confess am one).