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

Happy Ending for 3 Adult Dogs ♥


FANTASTIC NEWS!! This past week we saw three of our lovely adult dogs find their new families! Amy, Megan and Snowey have finally found the perfect homes they have been waiting months for. We are so very happy for these 3 girls ♥

Proof that happy endings are real

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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

Choosing the Best Dog Breed for You

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How to choose the best dog breed for you? Well, there are many important factors to remember when looking at getting a new puppy or dog, whether it’s your first canine pet or an addition to the family. Getting a new dog is an experience that will bring you both joy and companionship and it’s important that you try to make the right choice for you and your family.

Firstly, you need to research the breeds that are out there. There are many places you can look where they give you all the information you’ll need to know what sort of dog you’ll be getting. Remember though, that each dog is an individual and while the research tells you that the breed is very placid and doesn’t like a lot of exercise, you could find yourself with an exception to the rule. The guidelines on the breeds are just that, guide lines. When researching you need to think about the lifestyle you currently have and how your new pet will fit into this lifestyle. There are so many breeds to choose from that there will mostly always be a breed or two to suit you. Making a hasty decision, or getting a pup for the wrong reasons can land up costing you dearly in finances as well as emotional wellbeing.

With regards to your lifestyle and your environment, ask yourself the following questions:

1)      How much space is there for your pup/dog to run around in at home? This is important because if you live in an apartment, getting a Labrador will not be the best option for you, even if you can walk it every day, as a medium or large breed will find it difficult to keep itself busy during the day when you are not home. Some breeds don’t require lots of space if you are able to exercise them every day, but you should always but the wellbeing of your new pet first. Will your Great Dane be happy in a townhouse garden? Use the research and be honest about the space available. Maltese, Schnauzers, Yorkies are great dogs for smaller gardens, whereas Staffies, Jack Russells, Pointers, Bouviers and Great Danes require larger properties.

2)      How much time can you spend with your new dog? It is very important to remember that a young 8 week old puppy will require more time from you than an older dog. Even though a puppy sleeps most of the day, they need to be taught house training and have companionship for a fair amount of the time. Getting an older dog means that normally you have to go to a shelter to adopt them, but it also means that a lot of the time they already have their own personalities and are able to look after themselves when you are not there.


3)      What is your activity level like? The reason you ask this question is because if you are a very active person, running, cycling, etc, get a dog that has a higher level of energy. Trying to take a Bulldog on a 10Km run is both dangerous for the dog as well as cruel. Look for a breed that enjoys running, a working breed perhaps, like a Pointer. If you prefer to laze around at home and relax, then a dog that is more calm and placid is the better choice. Getting a Border Collie when you want to watch TV every day could possibly lead to boredom and behaviour problems. Breeds like Maltese, Schnauzer, Yorkies and Bouviers do not require as much exercise as the other breeds.

4)      What are your current and near future family plans? If you have young children, it’s always a better option to get a dog that has a higher pain threshold than other breeds. Maltese and Spaniels tend to snap at children when they have their ears pulled as it really hurts them. Staffies and Schnauzers, for example, handle the pain much better than their more fragile counterparts. A large family means a lot of activity. Try and stay away from your more timid breeds (although timidity can be found in any dog depending on their breeding, temperament and surroundings) and look for a more solid breed.

5)      What does your cash flow look like? Many breeds require specific foods and special grooming. While a Schnauzer doesn’t shed its hair, it requires regular grooming and if you cannot afford or aren’t prepared to spend the extra money, go for an easy to groom dog with a short coat, like a pointer, Staffie, Mini Pinscher that has a short coat which will only require brushing and the odd bath. Keep in mind though that most short-haired breeds shed their fur all year round.


6)      Do you have other pets at home? Adopting a gun dog, like a pointer, that is bred to retrieve birds will see you having many sleepless nights if you have an aviary or pet birds at home. Hunting dogs like terriers tend not to do very well with cats as when the cats run away from them, their first instinct in to chase them. Keep in mind that your other pets already have a home and that they were there first. The new puppy or dog needs to fit in with the existing family.

7)      Set ground rules before getting your pup. If you want your new companion to be an outside dog, make sure that you start from the beginning with the rules. (Keep in mind that leaving an 8 week old puppy outside all night is not the best idea). Have a space allocated to them so that they do not get used to sleeping in your room or on the bed. If you want them to stay off the furniture, then do not allow them onto the couch when they are pups. It’s very unfair and confusing for them when they have been taught and allowed to do specific things and then all of a sudden they get punished for doing them. Be consistent and more importantly, be patient. They learn fairly quickly, no matter their age and it’s important to keep in mind that they learn the good behaviours as well as the bad ones.

8)      Are your prepared to take your pup/dog to training? Socialisation is essential for a new puppy. Starting as early as possible in their lives is hugely beneficial as it not only teaches them how to interact with other dogs, but teaches them what is acceptable in our lives as well as what is unacceptable. Training older takes sometimes takes a little bit longer than training an 8 week old puppy, but every dog is able to learn. Not taking your dog training can be detrimental to the overall wellbeing of your dog.

Researching your perfect breed or mix breed:

Once you have decided on the right size of dog for your family, you can now start to research the breeds/mix breeds that are out there. Look at the following information when researching a breed:

1)      The size of the dog – Does the size of the dog fit your environment and the space available?

2)      The exercise requirements of the breed – make sure that you get the right trype of dog for your lifestyle.

3)      Grooming Requirements – You need to be aware of how much the dog sheds its coat, how often they suggest grooming the breed and what type of grooming is required. All these need to fit into your budget and time schedule.

4)      Temperament of the breed as a whole – Remember that there are always exceptions to the rule. But have a look at what the general breed personality and temperament is like, this will tell you whether the dog will fit into your family.

5)      Learning ability of the breed – Some dogs tend to learn faster than others and if you are looking for an easily trainable dog, choose a breed that is known for its trainability.

6)      Health issues – some breeds tend to have more known health problems than others. Bulldogs for example suffer from back problems, joint problems, overheating, breathing problems, etc. German Shepherds have a common problem with hip dysplasia, as do many of the other larger breeds. It’s also important that in general, the larger the breed, the fewer years it lives. Small breeds can live for up to 18 – 20 years, so again it’s important that you are willing to have this companion in your life for so long. Great Danes tend to live to between 8 and 10 years and while there are always the dogs that live longer than the average, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

There will always be a breed/mix breed out there for anyone who is willing to care and love their pets but remember, patience, consistency and training are a must..

Help Ark get onto Woolworths MyPlanet card!


Ark Animal Centre would really appreciate your help in getting us onto the Woolworths MyPlanet program! We need 1000 forms before Woolworths will load us onto their system!

Click here to download the form or please email – candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za and she will forward you the form to fill out.

It takes two minutes of your time and in return you will help feed, medicate, care for and rescue abandoned and abused dogs and puppies in South Africa. ♥

Love Your Country ♥ Love Your Animals

Branding needed for Ark bakkie?

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Ark has been sponsored a beautiful bakkie to fetch and carry our rescues! Thank you so much to the sponsor who wishes to remain silent for now ♥ We are so appreciative!!

We would like to brand it with Ark’s logo and contact details – if anyone can help us we would be most grateful!!

If you can help please email candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za or call 082 334 7596 xXx