Friday, 29 January 2010

Missi and the side effects of Metacam



The 2nd dog in from the left is Missi, an 11 year old English Cocker Spaniel.

She hurt herself one day getting out of the bath and was put on Metacam. This had some bad side effects, but luckily her owner discovered Mobile Bones, joint supplement for dogs

You can read Missi's full story on the link below:
http://www.poochandmutt.com/2010/01/29/spaniel-stiff-joints/

Thursday, 28 January 2010

January’s Photo Of The Month Competition – 3 Days To Go!

There’s just 3 days left to enter January’s Pooch & Mutt Facebook Photo of the month competition. You can look at some of the entries already submitted and add your own pictures of your dog by going to www.facebook.com/poochandmutt. The winner will get some fabulous Pooch & Mutt prizes, so get snapping!!

Thank you for all the great entries…Keep them coming in. GOOD LUCK!

Monday, 18 January 2010

Arden Grange's Bunkum writes about Bionic Biotic



Arden Grange, the makers of a highly recommended pet foodhave a monthly newsletter, written by Bunkum the Staffy.

In the January newsletter Bunkum has written about Bionic Biotic (probiotic supplement).

You can read the article here: http://www.ardengrange.com/all-news.asp?ID=162

Friday, 15 January 2010

January’s Photo Of The Month Competition – 15 Days To Go!

There’s just 15 days left to enter January’s Pooch & Mutt Facebook Photo of the month competition. You can look at some of the entries already submitted and add your own pictures of your dog by going to www.facebook.com/poochandmutt. The winner will get some fabulous Pooch & Mutt prizes!!

Thank you for all the great entries…Keep them coming in. GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Valerie: Top Puppy in the UK



This is Valerie aka MARIGLEN ICE CRYSTAL, she is the Top Puppy in the UK and she has Bionic Biotic (dog supplement) every day.

To find out why click on this link:
http://www.poochandmutt.com/2010/01/13/top_puppy_uk/

Friday, 8 January 2010

December's Photo Of The Month Winner!

December's Photo Of The Month winner is Lisa Green! She submitted this photo of Honey 'high fiving' - it got 52% of the votes! Congratulations!

Remember, all you have to do is upload your photos to www.facebook.com/poochandmutt to be in with a chance of winning some great Pooch & Mutt prizes.

2 Hours Left To Vote!

You only have 2-hours left to vote for your favourite photo of the month. Click here to vote.

You can also enter January’s Photo Of The Month by uploading photos of your dog to our facebook group.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Summary of 'The secret lifes of dogs' - a great BBC documentary



The secret Life of the Dog

Last night the BBC showed an amazing documentary about dogs and their involvement in our lives, which we highly recommend you watching on the iplayer at this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pssgh/Horizon_20092010_The_Secret_Life_of_the_Dog/


This is what the documentary covered:


  • How dog read their owners emotions, by reading their faces.
  • How humans can understand different types of barking, without even seeing the dog – such as the playful bark, the anxious bark and the aggressive bark. Interestingly dogs very rarely bark in the wild – it is something that they have picked up through domestication.
  • The hormone Oxytosin. This is a hormone produced by mothers and new-born babies during breast-feeding, which is partly responsible for the bonding between mother and baby. This hormone is also released in both humans and dogs during petting and is both associated with bonding and with reducing heart rates – one of the reasons why dog owners are 3 to 4 times more likely to survive a heart attack.
  • DNA proof that all domesticated dogs are descended from grey wolves – rather than any other type of wild dogs.
  • History of the relationship between dogs and humans, which possibly goes back over 100,000 years. Because both humans and dogs naturally hunt during the day in packs it makes sense that they would team up – leading to domestication. This ability to work together may also have led to humans using dogs to herd animals – helping our transition from hunter-gatherers to a society based on agriculture.
  • Dogs Vs Chimps – which are more intelligent
  • Dogs are one of the only animals that understand human non-verbal communication, such as pointing and gazing in a certain direction.
  • Betsy – the collie with a vocabulary of over 340 words (being able to identify different toys), more than a 2-year-old. The average dogs understand only 15 words.
  • Dogs Vs Wolves – the attempt to see if wolves brought up like puppies will behave like puppies, as dogs and wolves are 99.8% genetically identical.
  • Dogs Vs Foxes – the taming of wild. A project that has been going for 50 years. This shows that foxes can be domesticated, as dogs were. Interestingly it also shows how the looks of the foxes become more like dogs through selecting for tameness. (This is also covered in Richard Dawkin’s Book “The Greatest Show on Earth”). This possibly shows that dogs features are the features of infantile wolves.
  • The ‘need to nurture’. Dogs have features that remind us of infants and make us want to care for them.
  • Dogs and disease. How dog’s simpler genetic codes can help understand diseases that are common in both dogs and humans – which could save millions lives of both humans and dogs.
And a whole lot more....
Let us know what you think.

Mille - Lab x springer who struggled on walks



This is Millie, a chocolate labrador / spinger spaniel cross.

Mille struggled on walks and got very stiff, despite only being 2 years old... then her owner discovered Mobile Bones (joint supplement for dogs).

To read Millie's story Click Here

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Little Jo - The Whippet with foul wind



This whippet is called Little Jo.

He used to have really bad, foul smelling wind, then his owner Su discovered Bionic Biotic (probiotic for dogs).


To read Little Jo's full story click on the link below:
http://www.poochandmutt.com/2009/12/07/whippet-foul-wind-runny-stools/