Heaven’s Doggy Door ♥

My best friend closed his eyes last
night, As his head was in my hand.
The Doctors said he was in pain,
And it was hard for him to stand.

The thoughts that scurried through
my head, As I cradled him in my arms.
Were of his younger, puppy years,
And OH…his many charms.

Today, there was no gentle nudge
With an intense “I love you gaze”,
Only a heart thats filled with tears
Remembering our joy filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me,
And he said, “You should cry no more,
GOD also loves our canine friends,
HE’s installed a ‘doggy-door”!

Written By: Jan Cooper – 1995

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Paws-n-All Dog Training

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Naughty, shy or aggressive dogs?? Read on…this article is for you!

Paws-n-All Puppy Socialisation and Dog Training Academy was founded in 2009 after Nicola Dee van Ass qualified as a certified dog and puppy trainer through ThinkingPets.
After having received certificates in puppy socialisation, puppy training, adult dog training, one-on-one dog training consultations as well as obedience and clicker training,
the first Paws-n-All school was opened in Boskruin, Johannesburg.

Paws-n-All moved to the Fourways / Lonehill area at the end of 2010 and has trained many puppies and dogs in the area.

Our training methods revolve around positive reinforcement training (rewarding the good behaviour and ignoring the bad) and through this method of dog training, we have been able to achieve obedience in puppies and dogs while keeping them happy.
In most of our training we use clickers and treats as this enables fast, positive learning in dogs and puppies.
We do a lot of puppy socialisation as it is very important to get puppies used to different situations, sounds, objects and other animals at as young an age as possible.

Every dog is seen and treated as an individual and is never forced to be in a situation that it is not comfortable with.
If a dog cannot handle being around other dogs, we work in one-on-one classes until the dog is happy to move forward.

WE work with each puppy or dog individually in class (although there are many group exercises) and because we do not have more than a total of 6 dogs or puppies in a class, we are able to give each student the proper attention required for them to learn and progress.
There is no age limit or breed requirement need to join the classes, but because of the method of training we use, choke chains, shock collars, prong collars, shouting and physical punishment is NOT permitted in any of our classes.

Contact Details:

Nicola van Ass
Cell: 083 309 0400
Tel: 011 705 2595
Fax: 086 606 7502
paws-n-all@hotmail.com / www.paws-n-all.co.za

Fees are R120 per class
If a second dog or puppy is enrolled from the same family, the cost is R100 per class for that dog.
A once-off registration fee of R100 is required
One-on-One classes are R170 per class.

R20 from every client per class is donated to Ark Animal Centre.

The Rainbow Bridge ♥

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

♥ Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author Unknown

Grooming Tip – Double-coated Dogs

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If you own any Malamutes, Akitas, Chow Chows, Huskies, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Pomeranians, Newfoundlands, Saint Bernards, Border Collies, Rough Collies or Golden Retrievers. You should read on…

What does it mean for a dog to have a “double coat”? Dogs with double coats have regular guard hairs – the coarser hairs on top that repel water – but they also have a soft undercoat that insulates your pet from extreme temperatures. These dogs shed some hair throughout the year, but they shed heavily twice a year as the seasons change. This is sometimes referred to as dropping their coats. You can minimize the fluff floating around your garden just by regularly grooming your dog.

 Various tools are needed for keeping a double-coated dog looking its best. You will need a normal pin brush, a comb, an undercoat rake and a slicker brush.

These breeds should be brushed at least 3 times a week – daily if possible – to keep the undercoat from matting and to minimize shedding. When a dog with a double coat isn’t brushed regularly or isn’t dried properly after baths, the undercoat can become matted. It forms a tightly packed weave under the guard hairs and this is very painful for a dog! The matted coat will also no longer insulate the dog and will trap moisture, which can lead to hot spots and other skin infections. In extreme cases, badly matted coats cannot be detangled and will have to be shaved. It’s the dead undercoat hair that causes dogs to get very hot as it traps the heat.

Unless the dog is terribly matted, do not shave your dog. Double-coated breeds need their undercoat to insulate them from the heat as well as from the cold. If you shave your dog, he will no longer be insulated and will also be much more susceptible to sunburn. Another pitfall is that once you shave a double-coated dog, you will have to keep shaving him as the undercoat will either grow back even thicker than before or it will grow faster than the guard hairs, leaving your dog with a patch-work coat.

Be an Ark Angel – Sponsor a Puppy! ♥

By donating R350 per month or a fee of R2000 for 6 months to Ark Animal Centre for a specific pup, you will help ensure that all the caring that we love to provide is available. You get to choose your own pup to sponsor and by doing so, receive the following:

♥ Unlimited visits to come and love your new cared for pup

♥ A love letter, with a photo, from your sponsored pup every month telling you all that’s happened during that time.

♥ If the pup doesn’t already have a name, you get to choose one

♥ You have first choice to adopt the pup

If somebody comes along and falls in love with your sponsored pup, you will be notified and are given the choice whether you are able to adopt him/her. If you cannot adopt them, we will happily re-home them and give you the option to either cancel the sponsorship, or choose a new, cuddly, loveable pup to sponsor instead.

Your name and the pup’s name will be posted on Facebook, letting everyone know that you’re an ARK Angel!

Your name will also go underneath a photo of the pup on our board at the office

Email: Ark Animal Centre – candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za or Nicola – Paws-n-all@hotmail.com

Call: Nicola: 0833090400 / Tracy: 082 334 7596

Download the Ark Animal Centre Sponsor a Pup Form here.

Dogs In Heaven?

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An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate in the fence and looked in, it was nice grassy, woody areas, just what a ‘huntin’ dog and man would like, but, it had a sign saying ‘no trespassing’ so they walked on. They came to a beautiful gate with a person in white robes standing there. “Welcome to Heaven” he said. The old man was happy and started in with his dog following him. The gatekeeper stopped him. “Dogs aren’t allowed, I’m sorry but he can’t come with you.”

“What kind of Heaven won’t allow dogs? If he can’t come in, then I will stay out with him. He’s been my faithful companion all his life, I can’t desert him now.”

“Suit yourself, but I have to warn you, the Devil’s on this road and he’ll try to sweet talk you into his area, he’ll promise you anything, but the dog can’t go there either. If you won’t leave the dog, you’ll spend Eternity on this road.”

So the old man and dog went on. They came to a rundown fence with a gap in it, no gate, just a hole. Another old man was inside. “S’cuse me Sir, my dog and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come in and sit in the shade for awhile?”

“Of course, there’s some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves comfortable”
“You’re sure my dog can come in? The man down the road said dogs weren’t allowed anywhere.”
“Would you come in if you had to leave the dog?”

“No sir, that’s why I didn’t go to Heaven, he said the dog couldn’t come in.
We’ll be spending Eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won’t come in if my buddy here can’t come too, and that’s final.”

The man smiled a big smile and said “Welcome to Heaven.”
“You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed? How come that fellow down the road said they weren’t?”

“That was the Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life long companion for a comfortable place to stay. They soon find out their mistake, but then it’s too late. The dogs come here, the fickle people stay there. GOD wouldn’t allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all, HE created them to be man’s companions in life, why would he separate them in death?”

Author Unknown