March 26, 2018

Tips for the First 30 Days of Dog Adoption

The first few days in your home are special and critical for a pet. Your new dog will be confused about where he is and what to expect from you. Setting up some clear structure with your family for your dog will be paramount in making as smooth a transition as possible. Before You Bring Your Dog Home: Determine where your dog will be spending most of his time. Because he will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from shelter or foster home to your house), he may forget any housebreaking (if any) he’s learned. […]
March 26, 2018

Cat Adoption Checklist

Congratulations on adopting a cat! You are embarking on a wonderful and rewarding relationship. Because adopting a new cat comes with a lot of change for both cat and cat parent, we’ve compiled a checklist to help make the transition as smooth as possible. Questions for All Adopters: Do you have any other pets and how will they react to a new cat? Is your current residence suited to the cat you’re considering? How will your social life or work obligations affect your ability to care for a cat? Do you have a plan for your new cat during vacations […]
February 19, 2018

Water crisis? Extreme tips for extreme times.

Human impact is altering weather patterns and bringing water-scarce Western Cape full circle. First it was Knysna Fires, now it’s the Cape Peninsula drought. Are you concerned about your water consumption? Maybe you’re suffering level six water restrictions like 4,3 million others in the Mother City. Our extreme hacks and serious suggestions can help keep hope afloat. Remember: you are not alone and you are not a victim. You ARE living through a challenging time, and that calls for resilience and innovation. If it doesn’t rain soon, Cape Town’s restrictions are going to seem like a luxury and Main Road […]
February 19, 2018

The real cost of pet care

Think about it: acquiring a pet dog or cat could entail a financial and emotional commitment of anything up to 20 years. To put it another way: the cat you present to your child in grade three could still be around when she graduates from university, by which time it will undoubtedly be frail and cranky, requiring frequent – and probably expensive – visits to the vet. Evidence suggests that many people underestimate the cost of caring for their pets. Whereas they might be diligent in budgeting for items such as home maintenance, car repairs and their children’s education, they […]
February 19, 2018

Pet Insurance: Is it Worth the Money?

What is Pet Insurance? Pet insurance is a form of medical insurance for domestic animals. These plans partially or totally covers their medical care. You can also get pet life insurance, however, this is far less common. Pet insurance doesn’t come with the same costs or legal frameworks as medical insurance for people. There are no prescribed minimum benefits or tax deductible payments. Rather, pet insurance is mainly meant to help pet owners afford care for their animals. While it is not as mainstream in countries like South Africa, it is a rising trend. Most plans cover routine maintenance care and […]
February 19, 2018

5 Money Saving Tips for Dog Owners

Adding a new fur-ball to your family can do amazing things for your heart and mind but we can’t promise it won’t be tough on your wallet. We all want to treat our dogs like royalty but not everyone has the money to spoil their dog with the best-of-the-best. Luckily for dog owners everywhere we’ve got loads of great savvy saving tips to help you give your wallet a much-needed break the next time your pup needs a new collar, healthy treats, or a new toy. Here are our top 5 money saving tips for dog owners.   Ditch expensive […]
January 24, 2018

House Training Your Puppy

House training your puppy is about consistency, patience, and positive reinforcement. The goal is to instill good habits and build a loving bond with your pet. It typically takes 4-6 months for a puppy to be fully house trained, but some puppies may take up to a year. Size can be a predictor. For instance, smaller breeds have smaller bladders and higher metabolisms and require more frequent trips outside. Your puppy’s previous living conditions are another predictor. You may find that you need to help your puppy break old habits in order to establish more desirable ones. And while you’re training, don’t worry if […]
January 24, 2018

5 essential commands you can teach your dog

Having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, but if your dog knows a few basic commands, it can be helpful when tackling problem behaviors — existing ones or those that may develop in the future. So where do you start with dog obedience training? You could take a class, but it’s not necessary; you can do it yourself. In fact, with the right attitude, it can be fun for both you and your dog!   Sit This is one of the easiest dog obedience commands to teach, so it’s a good one to start with. […]

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