How well do you know your pet

Stylish living and canine couture

The @Frits Dog Hotel and Daycare Centre in Cape Town is designed to cater to your dog’s every need so that you can travel stress-free knowing that your dog is lapping up love and luxury.

All hotel rooms include free day care, group play sessions, regular potty breaks and a webcam to keep you up to date on your dog’s whereabouts. Why not spoil your pet with a spa treatment for some preening and pampering therapy? Also, @Frits says No! to dog nudity, so choose a snazzy outfit for your pet from their designer canine couture range. atfritsdoghotel.com

What it’s like to be…. your canine chum

Pssst, we know we are your best and most loyal friend but here are a few things you may not know about us.

We can actually see colours, but not as vividly as humans can

We only have two cones in our eyes to detect colours, whereas humans have three. This means we can see colours on a blue and yellow scale but cannot distinguish between red and green. On the other hand, we have better night vision than you.

We can smell disease

If we are acting strange, there may be nothing wrong with us and the problem could be with you. Research in Germany found we have an incredible ability to recognise the smell of a range of organic compounds that show the human body isn’t working as it should. This means we can actually diagnose your cancer, something scientists are eager to explore further, as well as diabetes and the early signs of an epileptic seizure.

A wagging tail does not always mean we are happy

Tail wagging has its own language. When we wag our tail to the right, we’re happy and to the left, we are frightened. Wagging low means we feel insecure but be careful when we wag our tail very fast, with tensed muscles and pupils dilated, then we are getting aggressive. When our tails are down, between our legs, we are sad…boo-hoo.

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We can dream, just like human beings

This won’t come as a huge surprise if you have watched us twitching or whimpering in our sleep. We have the same brain wave patterns while we are asleep as humans, so we dream just like you do. But what is more surprising, is the fact that not all of us dream the same amount. Small dogs actually have more dreams than big dogs.

We can fall in love

It’s not called puppy love for nothing. The concept that we can fall in love was suggested by anthropologist Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Social Lives of Dogs, who believed two dogs named Sundog and Bean were agonised star-crossed lovers kept apart because neither of their owners wanted to give them up.

We can be pretty smart

You might sometimes think we are as daft as a brush, but the truth is we are actually as smart as a two year-old child, according to research presented to the American Psychological Association, and who would question them? We have to  be honest, Border Collies are the cleverest (they can understand up to 200 words). The other clever ones among us are Dobermans, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and, can you believe it, Poodles!

Take our fingerprint

Our paw print may look pretty generic but our nose print is actually as unique as a human fingerprint. The combination of ridges and creases on our noses are so distinct it can actually be used to identify us. Good luck trying to get us to stick our nose in a pad of ink without sneezing though!

Our paws smell of popcorn

Some of you may notice the faint scent of corn chips or popcorn lingering around our paw area. This is knowns as “frito feet”, and it happens when sweat and bacteria build up in our paws. Even though we sweat through the pads of our paws, our main form of cooling down is panting.

Please don’t rush us when we have to go to the loo

There’s a reason we circle around before getting down to business: we have an instinct to be aligned with the earth’s magnetic field before we poop. In fact, researchers watched 70 of us engage in 1, 893 defecations over a two-year period just to figure this out!

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You say I'm great with kids, but...

..if I’m licking, pulling my ears back, turning my head away, or yawning (all signs of anxiety) while they play with me, I’m probably just barely tolerating them. If you keep letting them pull my tail, one of these days, I may just lose it.

Please introduce me around when I'm young so I'm not afraid of strangers

Some experts say I should meet 100 new people of different sizes, genders, and ethnicities in my first 100 days at home, even if it’s just a quick greeting. Please also make sure you include people wearing hats and sunglasses, since those accessories can look awfully scary to me.

If you lose me...

The first thing you should do is call every animal shelter within 50km of home, and visit the nearest shelters every day if you can. Many animal control bureaus euthanise animals if they go unclaimed for a specific amount of time. (For good measure, please be sure to get me a microchip when I’m young.)

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Shaggy by Ikea

Ikea introduced the fabulous Lurvig Collection designed specifically for pets. It includes a treehouse-like cat hideaway, inserts for Kallax shelving units, cushioned beds, scratching mats, a mini Klippan sofa and a bowl that encourages dogs to eat slowly (the elevated part in the middle ensures your dog takes smaller bites).

The collection (lurvig means shaggy in Swedish) was designed by Inma Bermúdez in collaboration with vet Barbara Schäfer to make sure they incorporate cats and dogs’ natural needs and behaviours (how they sleep, eat, walk, play and travel). The cushions are designed to be filled with the owner’s old clothes, blankets or towels, a familiar smell pets can associate with. ikea.com

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