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Nelson the Schnauzer’s Christmas List


As a young pup I am getting very excited about Christmas, the lights, the smells, seeing friends, the smells, trying to unwrap the Christmas presents under the tree, the smells…

This year, more than ever there is an abundance of toys, treats, outfits (not forgetting the obligatory Christmas jumper) and gifts available for your four legged friends so I thought I would share with you my Christmas list. (I am also hoping that Father Christmas gets a copy of the Fiveways Directory!)

  1. Billy and Margot Christmas Crackers. Available with either a Venison Marrow Bone, Venison Treats, Biscuits or an antler
  2. Lilys Kitchen Three Bird Festive feast for dogs (or Turkey Feast for Cats)
  3. An Antler, I particularly like the split ones!
  4. Alfie and Molly’s Grain Free and Wheat/Gluten Free Christmas biscuits
  5. Kong Festive Balls
  6. Lilys Kitchen Fabulously Festive Biscuits (Fabulously Festive treats also available for cats)
  7. Glow in the dark Chuckit Balls
  8. A Christmas Bandana
  9. The Little Pet Biscuit gingerbread biscuits with festive spices
  10. A Christmas Stocking!

On a more serious note, to all the doggies out there, do stay safe this holiday season. Wrap up warm when outside, make sure you wear your light up collar or light every time you go out in the dark and be careful when sampling any food left around. Never eat those chocolates, however tempting they look as it’s a guaranteed trip to the vets. The same goes for Christmas pudding and if you do fancy a bit of Turkey, make sure you take the bones out first!

Happy holidays to all!

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Upset Tummy by Nelson the Schnauzer


I’ve not been feeling well; a bit of a tummy ache and interesting things happening at the other end…been wondering if it is something to do with the delicious morsel of smelly loveliness I ate off the pavement yesterday but anyhoo…

Fortunately my hu-man has noticed I am a little off colour so has left me plenty of fresh water and has let me have lots of alone time while I try and get better.

Upset tummies are part of a dog’s life and generally speaking we recover within 24 hours. If things don’t improve after 24 hours you could try a starvation diet (just water) for 12 – 24 hours, then introduce plain chicken and rice (in a ratio of 1:2) or some Lilys Kitchen recover recipe, which contains a probiotic, feeding small amounts 3-4 times a day. Do make sure your pooch is drinking water and if he becomes lethargic, bites his side, has a fever or there is any sign of blood get him to the vets.

Upset tummies can be caused by many things. That tasty morsel I spoke of earlier, a nasty bug or an intolerance to certain foods. If it’s persistent it may be worth looking at diet or getting some tests done by the vet.

Prevention is, of course, better than a cure so always keep food poisonous to dogs out of reach (chocolate, raisins, grapes, avocado, cooked bones, mushrooms, xylitol).  There are a few natural remedies such as Digestive Tablets or Tree bark Powder that can help maintain a healthy tummy and it’s always worth keeping a supply of Recovery Recipe in the cupboard.

Hmm, perhaps I do fancy a little bit of chicken and rice …

Nelson was talking to Hannah James, dog translator and owner of The Pet Shed, 100 Preston Drove, BN1 6EW. Tel: 01273 554164

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Kids and Dogs


The kids are going back to school this week, flocking to the gates in their shiny shoes and new winter coats. Lots of parents take their dogs on the school run and whilst it pays to be cautious around unfamiliar dogs the following do’s and don’ts will help when introducing children to dogs for the first time.

  1. Do teach children to treat all animals with respect. Be polite and kind and remember that animals communicate in different ways.
  2. Don’t approach an unfamiliar dog who is on their own. Wait until the owner is there and then ask if it is OK to say hello.
  3. Do let a dog approach you and offer your hand for a dog to sniff before petting them. Watch for any signs that they do not want to be petted and respect this.
  4. Don’t make any sudden movements or loud noises. School is a busy time and a bit overwhelming particularly for small or young dogs. Be calm, and speak in a calm voice.
  5. Do pet correctly. Try stroking under the chin or on the sides of the dog.
  6. Don’t stand over a dog or look directly in his eyes. This can be threatening.
  7. Don’t approach a dog if you are eating and put toys away.
  8. Do be aware of any dogs wearing yellow, particularly a lead or a bandana. These are often nervous or poorly dogs that need their space.

Dogs are social animals who love human contact but always check with the owner first and encouraging your child to do this will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of dogs and other animals.