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Contentious Issues

Whenever I'm asked about routine annual vaccinations for a cat or a dog, I happily repeat what I was told some time ago by a very well respected vet. He told me that after the age of 8 or 9, the vaccines don't work.  Presumably to do with the changing physiology of an...

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Hallow’een and Bonfire Night

I think that for animal lovers and their animals, Autumn is a mixed blessing.  Who doesn't love seeing the trees as the colours change, or walking through the crunch of fallen leaves? There's a hint of chill on the air as we recognise that the season has changed, that...

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New Life in the Henhouse

I came home after my holiday to learn that Celeste, my one remaining hen had gone broody.  I'd been hoping this would happen but wasn't sure it would as Celeste is not yet a year old. You may or may not know that when a hen goes broody not only does she lay and stay...

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Love; Pure and Simple

In a recent episode of "The Supervet" a cat was brought in having been badly run over by a car. After X-rays and consultations, the outlook was bleak for his recovery. The vet, Padraig, one of Noel Fitzpatrick's colleagues, bravely sat down with Gandalf's family to...

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Consequences

Maybe we don't always recognise or appreciate the impact that we have on the members of our animal family.  In fairness, until we are made aware how can we adjust our understanding?   A couple of weeks ago I was approached by someone who couldn't understand why...

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Always Animals

On Friday 20th March 2015, there was a rare combination of a solar eclipse and a new moon coinciding with the Spring equinox.  The next time that this will happen is 2053. Spring is always a time of new hope, new life and renewal so all these forces coming together...

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January’s New Moon

The New Moon is a monthly opportunity to focus on fresh ideas and to review the previous month, seeing what can be discarded.  The first New Moon of this year, so extra new, if you like, has been a very powerful one. Anything that has been on the verge of breaking...

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Charlie’s Christmas

I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and will now enjoy a happy and fulfilling New Year. Charlie - cat decided to have his present early.  No sooner had I hidden three catnip mice in the top of a wardrobe, when he was in the room, knocking against the door...

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Kody’s Story

This is the ongoing story of Kody, a two-year-old dog, much loved by his human family and their friends. Kody had been unwell, so off to the vet.  The diagnosis was renal failure, with Kody hospitalised, on a drip and a no hope prognosis. Carrie, Kody's human Mum was...

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Summer Visitors

This Saturday, June 21st 2014, marks the Summer solstice, the longest day, followed strangely only three days later by Midsummer's day.  Then it's the school holidays and very possibly, visits from friends and relations - All very lovely and enjoyable. There are...

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Being Present

I was tempted to call this article "Summer's Here!" but it isn't.  The weather has been warm and inviting us to relax and enjoy ourselves but as we know, things can change.  So, I reminded myself to just be in the moment, be present and observe what is. Why do we...

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All Joined Up!

I was giving a talk to a local horse and riders club the other week, when the topic of interspecies help came up. “Interspecies help” is a posh way of defining how one species can help another.  The instance that this brought to mind for me was a four-way connection....

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