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Cats are often a problem in our lives and I get many, many letters on the subject.  Not always good like poor Doodle the Dandy Dinmont and his ghastly cat Gremlin.

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Doodle’s nightmare … the ghastly Gremlin

But I am glad to say that not all cat/dog households are like this.  I was born into a 3 cat household and they always looked after me and Ollie the Burmese is my best friend.

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My best friend Ollie … on my cushion

So it was heart warming to receive a letter from Chiffon the Chihuahua recently telling me that she was raised by a cat when she lost her mum and she can’t imagine life without cats.  And that’s just the way it should be.

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Chiffon and her brother Chico being weaned by their feline mum Lola

dog and catI loves my blankettorn

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There is nothing better than a

good run every day

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I am careful what I eat too.  Healthy food, hopefully straight out of the fridge, as opposed to out of a can or sachet.  Sometimes I get lucky 😉

A little while ago, I spotted Sir Bentley Bulldog waddling across the field from his ancestral pile and collapsing in a heap on my lawn.  He hadn’t got an appointment, but I slotted him in, especially as it didn’t look like he was going anywhere in a hurry.

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Sir Bentley Bulldog – all puffed out

I hadn’t seen Sir B since we were about 18-months-old, so it was a bit of a shock to see him in such a state.  He was too puffed out to tell me what the problem was but he didn’t have to explain.  I am very intuitive and he had chubbed up a bit since I last saw him.  It is very awkward telling people that they need to lose weight but sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.  So I was blunt.

“You need to go on a diet Sir B!”  I said gently patting one of his splayed out front legs.  He nodded.  Panting profusely.   His eyes wide in agreement.  “And you need to exercise more.  You have no excuse Bentley, your garden is enormous.”

Poor Sir Bentley Bulldog, despite his pedigree and privilaged upbringing, his family clearly needed educating about a sensible diet for him.  They adore Bentley but tossing him more than just the odd sausage at breakfast, in addition to his giant automatic feeder, was not helpful.

We took Sir B home in the car and his family now have him on a diet.  A sensible diet and a little exercise and he is a much happier boy.  I jog over most days to supervise his workouts.  He may never become the Usain Bolt of the Bulldog world, but he is really trying.

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All sorts of horrible things can happen to your dog or cat if he or she is overweight.  Diabetes, heart problems or high blood pressure.

So, please don’t let that happen to yours.

Dear Cassie … My name is Jack and I love tennis balls.  I particularly like to eat the fur off them.  I don’t know why I do it, I just can’t help myself.  Unfortunately, my Mum has now stopped letting me play with them and I am not very happy about this.

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Jack Russell – tennis balls are a no no

 

Dear Jack … I understand how frustrating this is for you, because I know what fun it is to rip the fuzz off,  but your Mum is right.   If you eat the fur, it can get stuck in your stomach, which sometimes means an operation.  So we don’t want that do we?  Also the glue that is used to stick on the furry stuff can break down the enamel on our teeth.  So two good reasons not to play with and eat the fur of tennis balls.   The best toys for us to play with are

  • Very hard rubber toys.  They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and they need to be big enough so we can’t swallow them
  • Rope toys with knotted ends

I hope this helps? 

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Photo Credit:  chacha.com

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Last Summer , Grizelda the Great Dane sniffed me out.  She started arriving at my house and would bark until I went out to see her.  She said she was bored at home and was taking herself for walks on her own. I told her she shouldn’t be going on the roads alone and she should stick to the fields, but all she really needed was somebody to talk to and she had come to the right place.

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Talking through Grizelda’s problems

Grizelda’s humans were clearly not spending enough time with her, so I suggested that she spoke them and tell them she was was lonely. Grizelda wondered if she could move in with us, but I told her firmly, but kindly that we should keep our relationship on a professional level.  I knew what Tessa would say, which would not be printable here and from a selfish point of view, I am not sure I want to share my family with anybody else.

6 months on and I am pleased to report that Grizelda came to visit me today with her new family member, Chi Chi the Chihuahua who she adores and the good news is that, apart from Grizelda having chosen such an adorable little friend, their humans will be spending much more time with them both.

Grizelda and pup

 

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I receive many emails from dogs around the world seeking my advice and I have had a few epistles from cats as well, which is probably because my best friend, Ollie, is a cat.  Mostly they contact me about problems they have with their humans and of course I tell them that  training is so important, especially during the first year, as you don’t want yours to get into bad habits. Tessa would be a couch potato if it wasn’t for me.

imageLast year I had a rather alarming email from a Tibetan Mastiff called Batu who was struggling to control his temper.

 

I could instantly see from a series of pictures he sent me that he indeed had a few anger issues. Anyway, I told him that his vet could probably help him with his aggression, although it might mean small operation.

Of course Batu lives in the outer Mongolian boondocks and had never seen a vet in his life.  Anyway, we Skyped for a while, which gave him chance to get things off his chest.  I suggested that he should go out and find himself a nice охин and settle down. I didn’t hear from him for a while and was a bit worried that I may have put my paw in it, but he eventually sent me a picture  of his babies .. little cuties arn’t they, although they are my size already.

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© David Ganba

So Batu had taken my advice and found a nice охин and here she is.

 

who seems to be keeping him on the straight and narrow mountain paths.  We still email and Skype and Batu is the being the model Father.

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Batu today – The Big Daddy

 

So, please, do get in touch with any problem that you need help with and I would be more than happy to talk it through with you.

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Today I have been helping Doodle a young Dandy Dinmont who is being traumatized by his family’s cat.

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Doodle – Isn’t he cute?

When Doodle arrived at his new home, he was so happy.  He had his own room, his own little bed, delicious food and his new family were giving him lots of love and attention. He thought that he had chosen his new family well.  He had noticed a funny smell in the house, but didn’t dwell on it too much as his life was just perfect.

He was only 10 weeks old when it started.  He went to bed that night and was just about to go to sleep, when he heard a scratching noise at the window and a strange hissing sound, which turned out to be Gremlin the cat.

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Gremlin the grumpy grey cat – just imagine meeting him in the dark. Poor Doodle has to deal with him on a daily basis.

Gremlin came through the window and started circling Doodle’s bed with his back arched and a Basil Brush tail.

Here is my family member Tilly demonstrating the pose. not very nice is it?

Here is my family member, Tilly, demonstrating the pose. Not very friendly is it?

“Just as I thought”.  Gremlin hissed.  “The bad smell in the house is dog and you are the reason I have been shut out for the last two weeks.  Well … dog … my name is Gremlin and I hate dogs.  I don’t like the way you bark.  I don’t like the way you wag your stupid tail and I particularly don’t like the way you smell.  I have been in this house for 10 years.  It is mine and I don’t want you here.  Understood?”.  He hissed, his grey head getting so close to Doodle that he could see his yellow teeth.

Doodle is nearly a year old now and his life is a misery when his family are not around to protect him.  It sounds to me that Doodle’s family are not entirely relaxed with Gremlin either.  Gremlin ambushes him, eats his food and taunts him by flexing his claws when he is sitting a few inches away from poor Doodle.  This poor pup lives in fear of a grumpy grey cat and his self-esteem has hit rock bottom.  Gremlin cannot be allowed to continue to behave like this.  It is shocking dog abuse.

Doodle didn’t believe me when I said my best friend was a cat, so I introduced them.  We do everything together Ollie and I, including having the odd snooze.  Ollie wouldn’t hurt a fly, even if he could catch one.

Cass and Ollie

I have told Doodle that he is doing nothing wrong and to start with he should try growling at Gremlin every now and then, just to show him he is no longer frightened.  Doodle didn’t think he could do that because he is still frightened of him.  I am afraid that poor Doodle will certainly need further counselling and I will help him for as long as it takes. In the meantime, I would also like to tell Gremlin what I think about him and I have a plan.

So for all you pups out there who are having to put up with fiendish feline behaviour, take heart and think on, where there is a bark there is always a bite.

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Cassie the Blog Dog – Talk to the Shorkie. The Shorkie is mostly in, except when taking Tessa for walks and popping out of the cat flap on official business. Email her here and she will respond as soon as her busy schedule allows

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