Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dogs looking for a new home (K9)

Below are few of the many dogs at K9 that are looking for a new loving home....Can you help.?

If you would like to rehome one of these animals please call the K9 Tenerife Kennels on 667 638 468 between 9am and 8pm or visit the kennels in Las Chafiras between 11am and 2pm any day of the week.
To view more dogs than need a home click here

Name: Isidro

Young female about 8 weeks old going to be a meduim sized


Male cocker spaniel found with
chip, if you
recognise him please let us know. the information with the chip is incorrect so we
are unable to contact the owner.

Name: Scruff

I am looking for a loving home
Can you help?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Video from Dog photographer William Wegman

William Wegman is a Photographer famous for photographing Weimars...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Puppy freed from washing machine

Breaking (Barking) News - Puppy trapped her head in washing machine, firefighters where called out to free her...!

Owner Andy tried to release her by covering her neck with butter..
Puppy said ' what does he think I am a slice of toast..! '

Tenerife Dogs featured in Tenerife News

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Introducing Your New Dog Into Your Home - Written by Sharon Haslam

I received a call a few days ago from a woman who has just adopted a male German Shepherd Cross and was due to pick him up later that week. She was concerned as she already has an older female dog and a cat living in her home so needed advice on how to introduce them all with the least amount of stress. Here is what I advised her:

First of all it is important to have everything organized before bringing him home to help make his transition easier. Make sure you have all your necessary supplies such as a lead, collar and food etc and have a plan of action in place with your family as to who is going to feed, walk and take care of him.

It is always advisable to allow your older dog to meet the new addition away from your property so find a place that is neutral territory for both dogs and have both dogs on lead. Try to have someone else hold your older dog and it is important for everyone to stay calm and relaxed during the introduction. Idle chit chat and quiet laughter among the humans helps to make things easier for the dogs! There may be some growling and spinning around on the lead which can all be very normal but be careful if either dog shows signs of aggression such as lunging, showing teeth, barking and biting. If everything goes ok take them for a walk together to allow them to get better acquainted. Make sure your older dog doesn’t feel left out and become jealous so spend some one-on-one time with her also.

When introducing your new dog to your feline friend, firstly ensure that all doors and windows are closed to prevent either animal escaping. Make sure your cat has a safe place to run and hide if he chooses too. Keep your dog on lead during this time as if your cat runs away, instinct will mean the dog will make it a game of chase. Ensure you have good control of your new dog and if he tries to lunge towards the cat give a firm lead correction and tell him ‘no’. Do not allow your dog off lead in the house until you feel confident that he will not chase your cat, be patient as this can take several weeks. When he settles around the cat be sure to praise and reward him. It’s a good idea to offer your cat food and water in a place where he doesn’t feel threatened and your dog can’t eat it and put the litter box where your cat can use it in peace!

Once you bring your new dog home remember to give him plenty of exercise and maintain those house-rules and boundries!

Article written by Sharon Haslam Dog Trainer - Tel: 699 109 837 

Monday, May 25, 2009

Can I Afford to Get a new Pet?

There is nothing quite like the happiness a pet brings. Before taking on a new pet, however, it is important to make sure you are mentally and financially ready for the challenge.

While most people don't realise it initially, there are major responsibilities in taking on a new pet. From the financial costs of feeding and housing a pet, to the time and energy needed to walk a dog every day, keeping a pet is not for the faint hearted.

Your children may be begging you to get a puppy, but it is important to make sure you have the finances, time and energy needed to take care of a new dog.

Naturally, the biggest factor to consider with any new pet is the financial implications. While food and housing may not seem like a huge financial burden, when combined with other expenditures like the occasional veterinary bill, this can easily amount to thousands over the course of the animal's life.

One of the most overlooked costs a household pet can bring is the cost of replacing damaged items. Although most people expect their pets to always behave perfectly, cats and dogs in particular have a habit of breaking and scratching things around the house.

While not all animals are intent on destroying the contents of your house, it is important to take this into consideration, especially in the first few months before you have trained your pet properly.

Another way the costs of having a pet show themselves is when you go on holidays. Unless you are lucky enough to have friends and family willing to look after your pet while you're away, most pet owners will need to enlist the services of a pet sitting service or kennels.

Time is another major cost to any pet owners. While most pets do not need walking every day, many others can still take up a large portion of your spare time. Cats, for example, require regular grooming and attention and even pets as small as budgies require regular attention and cage cleaning.

For many people who have extremely busy lifestyles, before deciding to get a new pet it is important to ask yourself, do I really have enough time to keep a new pet?

For many pet owners, pet insurance is another number to be factored into the cost of owning a pet. While it is an optional cost, 
pet insurance policies are rapidly growing in popularity as they can save pet owners thousands in medical bills

Of course all of these costs are minute when compared to the joy having a pet brings. The costs of having a pet are great, but most pet owners would agree, the rewards are greater. That said, in order to give your pet the care and attention it deserves, it is important to ask yourself - can I afford a new pet?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Teach your Dog Photography...!

Dog photography - not photos of dogs but dogs taking photos..! Click here
Kodak has a helpful video on its podcast website showing how to get your pooch into the photography

Saturday, May 23, 2009

'Stoned' dog leads to drugs find

BREAKING ( BARKING ) NEWS...! A pensioner in Berkshire was concerned about her pooch as he was sleeping way past his normal snooze time . 

Mrs Bailey and her husband also developed a bad cough and were noticing strange smells coming into the house.

Silly mutt shouldn't of inhaled...  

' Woof Woof , Love and Peace Man...!'

Friday, May 22, 2009

Dogs Smell...!

Not exactly breaking news we all know that dogs smell But apparently their sense of smell is 10,0000 times better than humans.... click here to find out more

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Caring for your Dogs Teeth

Begin teaching your dog to accept having his teeth cleaned when they are a puppy. Small dogs especially are notorious for dental problems, and dirty teeth can cause serious health problems such as heart disease and kidney disease. 

Using a rough cloth wrapped around your finger , gently wipe your puppy's teeth. when your dog is bigger you can eventually use a special doggy toothbrush and toothpaste, but never use human toothpaste, as it is not edible.  

To brush your pooches teeth position yourself and your dog, so that you can access the dogs teeth comfortably. Lift your dogs upper lips and begin to brush in a circular motion, much like you would brush your own teeth. Be sure to brush where the tooth meets the gum-line. Don't forget to get the very back teeth, since this is where your dog is most likely to develop problems. When you are finished the top, move on to the bottom Sometimes you will notice a small amount of blood when brushing your dog's teeth. Lighten up on the pressure but do not stop the brushing. Your dog's gums and mouth will only continue to get healthier with repeated brushings. Praise your dog often during and after the brushing. ( I always give my pooch Basil a treat afterwards.)  

Brushing should be done at least twice a week, and have your dogs teeth checked once a year by your veternarian. If your dogs teeth have significant tarter build up, they need to be cleaned. This usually done with anesthesia. source: Darlene Arden - "Small Dogs big hearts"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Big list of Dog Kennels/Hotels

Here is a big list of dog kennels/ hotels where you can leave your pooch when you go away on holiday.

Si te vas de vacaciones, no puedes llevarte a tu perro y no sabes donde dejarlo, aqui tiene una larga lista de residencias

This Dog Hotel was recomended by Centro Veterinario El Madroñal - 922 713987

Adeje ----------  Canichou...........................................66 6794 080

The following list was compiled by Vet Miquel los Santos, El Medano tel: 922 176 081

ARONA-------   Patricia -------------------------------649 105 065
CHAFIRAS----- Don perro-----------------------------922 735 824
687 620 910
CHAFIRAS------Dog hotel------------------------------679 161 682
SAN ISIDRO----Carlota---------------------------------661 327 471
GUIA DE ISORA----Hunde einse Teneriffa-----------648 226 128
677 885 634
GRANADILLA---Las chozas----------------------------922 772 370
GRANADILLA---Resid. Granadilla-------------------- 616 747 284
GRANADILLA.--Diaz 4 dog ----------------------------922 772 051
GUIMAR---------El volcán-------------------------------670 805 318
AGUA DULCE---Hotel agua dulce---------------------922 693 137
608 248 857
TACORONTE-----Tagoro--------------------------------922 562 034
TACORONTE-----Elena Valerio-------------------------922 572 002
SANTA CRUZ-----Resid. Hospivet----------------------922 685 253
LA ESPERANZA--Irema Curto--------------------------922 637 388
678 585 524
GENETO-----------Mirabal-------------------------------922 261 719
TACO-------------- Resid. Taco---------------------------922 612 476
ARAFO-------------Cat y dog------------------------------690 268 425

OROTAVA--------Hospital veterinario-----------------922 320 552
922 333 476
TABAIBA ALTO--CENTRO EDUCATIVO CANINO ( can board some dogs) Javier Marquez---------------------------------649 191 600

Monday, May 18, 2009

Arona Council

The Arona council is due to sign an agreement, possibly with Live Arico,  for the collection of abandoned dogs, help with adoption and a campaign for more public awareness of abandoned animals.

Arona wants to create a protocol between the local Police and the Health department for the protection of animals with fines for abandonment and keeping potentially dangerous breeds. Fines will range from 1,500 to 15,000 euros.

More information is available in Island connections newspaper

Sunday, May 17, 2009

'I woof therefore I am'

Basil's story - the musings of our small (but thinks he's much bigger) terrorist terrier ... "Well here I am in my weird and wonderful new home ..."
The Woofer on his new balcony - on the look out for a woofing opportunity as ever.
"It's a funny old world if you're a dog. One minute you're freezing your bollox off walking round a muddy field in the rain, and doing the odd spot of kareoke on the park bench ..."
"Then this geezer puts you in this little wooden cage, drives you off to an extremely noisy smelly place (apparently called Cat Wick), and you have to endure hours and hours stuck in this crate while your stomach does all kinds of weird shit (but of course you can't actually shit, 'cos this might be my new home) .... then this other funny smelling geezer arrives and carries the cage around a bit more, and next thing is ... WOW, IS THAT MY MASTER AND MISTRESSES' VOICES ? - YES OH YES, THAT'S THEIR SMELL, YIPEEE WOOF WOOF WOOF" At this point His Master's Voice intervenes to fill in some of the gruesome details of that day's events ... He was meant to have been collected from his dog sitter (Chris) that morning at 6am to catch a Monarch flight. Yes, slumming it on a charter flight, but still with his own passport and at great expense a private limo had been arranged to collect him.
Mr B's passport photo
At 7am we got a text from Chris to say no sign of the person collecting him ! We had everything organised through a specialist animal transportation company, and had even arranged to pay £140 to transport him the few miles from Brighton to Gatwick - and still they managed to screw it up ! Apparently they'd lost some of his paperwork and didn't realise he needed to be picked up. Anyway, after a couple of hours of frantic phone calls between Tenerife and the UK, we finally got hold of them and luckily Chris was a hero and had taken The Baz to work with him. So finally another taxi was arranged and the driver turned up to collect him from Chris' work - but not until he had demanded the £140 - which, not surprisingly, Chris had left at home. Luckily, by now his work mates had fallen under the spell of Mr B's dubious charms and had a quick whip round (thanks guys). And the long and short of it was that he eventually caught a later flight - this time with BA, where he was upgraded to sit beside the pilot ... "NOT TRUE (says the Woofer) ... I already told you I spent the whole time cooped up in this bloody cage in the dark not able to have a shit ..." Anyway he was supposed to be arriving at 8pm and we were told to go to the cargo terminal to collect him. After more frantic phone calls to find out if they would still be open (having previously been told by the pet transport company that they closed at 5:30pm) we had a very emotional re-union scene in the cargo bay - even the tough guys with tattoos working there were touched. So after a sleepless night and a day that started with unbelievable stress at 6am - it all turned out OK in the end. He made it - what a brave little dog ! and a great present for Nikki who's birthday was the following day.
The Baz in his new bedroom
and for the final thoughts - over to the woofer again ... "yeah, it's not bad here really - well obviously it's still a dog's life, and I'm having a few problems with the language thing (although the lessons from the gnomes are helping) ....
Senor el Baz with his Spanish teacher
but it's well smelly here, and I'm getting lots of good walks - well more like rock climbs really ... plenty of cats to chase, and I never did like the rain much - the mud yes, but there's loads of nice volcanic dust to roll around in. And I get plenty of time to sit around in the sunshine and think up things for this blog - like 'I Woof therefore I am' - pretty clever that, don't you think ? I bet no-one's thought of that before ..."

Friday, May 15, 2009

K9 Now have a Stall at Alcala Market

K9 now have a stall at Alcala Market  Sunday from 9 am till 1pm and also.....

Wednesdays at Playa San Juan Market, 10am till 1pm. 

More clothes and bric-a-brac are now desperately needed to keep up the good work at the markets. Donations of clothes etc. may be made at the markets or direct to the kennels.

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, K9 and Friends of the Animals are holding a nearly new sale at Shimmers, in Callao Salvaje.

If anybody would like to make a donation of clothes or money to K9 please contact...

Kennels - 667 638 468

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pants obsessed dog gets surgery..!


Deefer a Mutt who has a thing for ladies knickers managed to scoff twelve pairs before being taken to a vet for emergency surgery. his owner said
 "I have to be more careful in future about leaving underwear on the bathroom floor the knickers cost me 1,000 in vets bills..! "

Silly mutt should stick to dog biscuits...!

Monday, May 11, 2009

'Dog Safety' written by Sharon Haslam Dog Trainer

I always suggest to pet owners to attend a Pet First Aid Course if possible but unfortunately they are not available here in Tenerife.  However here are some basic prevention ideas to help keep your pets safe as we always say prevention is always better than cure:

In the event of your dog having an accident, Common sense is the best first aid and the first thing to remember is DON’T PANIC!

 Contact your vet immediately; if your local vet is closed contact one that is available 24 hours a day.  If you are not sure, please give me a call and I can give you a list.

Don’t give your pet anything to eat or drink unless your vet tells you to do so.

DO keep your dog on a lead when near traffic or in unsafe areas

DO watch out for hidden dangers such as poisonous plants, hidden holes, gullies and caves.

DO look out for dangers within the home.  Check your pet cannot fall from the balcony, chew exposed wires or cables, have contact with any household cleaning products or insect repellents.

DO keep your vets details plus an emergency vet’s telephone number handy and in a place where all family members know where it is.

DON’T allow your pet to play with children’s toys or sharp objects.  These can damage their throats or block intestines. 


DON’T leave rubbish bins unsecured and open

DON’T leave doors open on washing machines or tumble dryers.  Cats find these as cosy places to sleep.


Remember speedy action is required when dealing with life-threatening emergencies but don’t let ‘heroism’ get in the way.  Animals can lash out and bite or scratch when scared or in pain so if you suffer injuries yourself, make sure you also seek medical attention.

Article written by Sharon Haslam - Dog Trainer - to contact Sharon ring 699 109 837 

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tenerife Dogs Ambassador is poorly..!

Unfortunately Basil the Ambassador for Tenerife Dogs is poorly ,he has Kennel cough, which is a highly contagious disease of the dogs respiratory tract. Apparently dogs of all ages can be affected and the signs that your pooch may have the condition include a dry, harsh convulsive cough. Dogs pick up kennel cough from wherever a lot of dogs hang out, ie kennels, training classes. In Basils case the beach and cafes. Basil says " Well a dog needs to hang out with his mates somewhere..!"
Kennel cough can be caused by a number of bacterial and viral agents. The coughing can last for weeks ..! and can lead to more serious complications such as pneumonia.
Basil though is slowly getting better under the expert care of veterinarian Miquel. Basil says "Yes well, Miquel is a nice guy and he knows his stuff but why does he have too put his thermometer up were the preverbial sun doesn't shine, most embarrassing".
As I was saying Miquel has been treating Basil with anti -inflamminatory drugs and antibiotics and it seems to be working. Basil and his owners have managed at last to get a night's sleep..! the poor pooch was coughing all night.  Basil says " Yeah right,I have been coughing for Tenerife..! "
Here is the pooch himself waking up from a siesta .

Photo by Nikki

Saturday, May 9, 2009

K9 Gala Charity Event was a great success !

Entertainers were Mike Edwards, Billy Porter, Stevie B, Shelly, Ian Anderson, John Ashford, Katy Kennedy, Cy Benson, and Christine Kay. Special thanks go to all of the above and Mandy for doing the sound system, Gareth for suppling the magnificent buffet and allowing us to use Starlights Showbar, and everyone who donated gifts for the raffle. K9 raised €633.70, it was a fantastic evening and everyone had a great time.
Breaking (Barking) News.....
Naughty pooch eats fridge magnets.! click here

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Famous and Heroic Dogs

Check out K9 website and their page on Animal Stories, dedicated to some of the most famous animals that have saved lives or made the headline throughout the world.

Here are a few more stories of doggy heroism, a brave pooch who helped save lives in Afghanistan, and earned the highest award for an animal.War Hero Dog
A Labrador who alerts her owner to an intruder and wins the Dog Heroic Hearing Award
A guide dog who despite severe injuries from being attacked by a Rottweiler still managed to guide his blind owner home.

BREAKING ( BARKING ) NEWS - Happy Birthday to Chanel, a dachshund who is celebrating her 21st birthday and is the oldest dog in the world and Guiness Book Record Breaker.!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Recommended Vets in The South of Tenerife

I can highly recommend this Veterinario and Roberto his wife and his staff.

Centro Veterinario El Madroñal 3 el naranjal locales 5,6 y7 38660 Adeje,
Tel – 922 713987 – Emergencies – Tel- 617 48 37 07
Facebook     Website

I can also recommend

Veterinario Patas y Colas
C/Argentina N6 calle viera y Clavijo N4
el medano
922 178080
emergencies 61 9894 207

Vets recommended and used by K9 Rescue Shelter

Clinica Veterinaria
San Isidro Branch
C/l Arguayoda s/n
Edf. Reidencial Olga
Local 5, 38611 San Isidro
Tel: 922 393 016
Mobile: 606 684 227

Clinica Veterinaria
Costa Adeje Branch
Residencial Las Torress, local 15
Tagara s/n Urb. Barranco Las Torres
38670 Adeje
Tel: 922 780 088
Mobile: 667 802 873

Hospivet Sur
C/ Moraditas, 9
Las Chafiras
38639 San Miguel de Abona
Tel: 922 73 69 27

Alcala Veterinaria
Tel: 922 86 55 05
Mobile: 616 366 982

Playa Paraiso
Tel: 922 74 02 98

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tenerife Dogs Welcomes Sharon Haslam Professional Dog Trainer and Veterinary Nurse

Sharon has been working with dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes for over 10 years using kind and humane training techniques and has a vast range of experience in the training of dogs with behavioural problems and also Obedience Training. Her training started in Michigan, 1998 , when she attended many dog training and behaviour counselling seminars by professionals such as Sue Sternberg and Patricia McConnell. In 1999 she started training to become a Qualified and Certified Guide Dog Instructor and she earned her Qualification as a Guide Dog and Obedience Instructor. Sharon is also a Veterinary nurse graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 2006.

Sharon has also attended workshops for T-TOUCH Therapy which is an alternative and therapeutic way to help you become more connected with your dog. She is now living in Tenerife and has a successful business called Happy Tails Dog Training which helps to retrain dogs with all kinds of problems using positive reinforcement, no matter how big or small. She also works alongside K9 (Sharon is on the commitee) and Dingo dogs and runs K9 Rehome follow Up program, which ensures that dog owners have a resource where they can make contact, if they are having any difficulties with their rehomed dog, rather than simply turning it out onto the street again.

Sharon will be contributing to Tenerife Dogs imparting her considerable knowledge of dog behavioural problems and other issues concerning the welfare of dogs in Tenerife.

If you would like Sharon to solve any behavioural problems with your dog give her a ring on +34 699109 837