Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tenerife Dogs welcomes Jacqui from The UK Dogs Trust

Tenerife Dogs welcomes Jacqui from The UK Dogs Trust, over to Jacqui to explain what the Dogs Trust is about and her work there................

Hi there, I’m Jacqui and I am Digital Marketing Manager at Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. I’ve been at the Trust for 11 years now and I am glad to be writing for Tenerife Dogs.

A little bit of history, Dogs Trust began in 1891 by Lady Gertrude Stockwell to ‘protect dogs from torture and ill-usage of every kind’

Over 100 years later we still have the same aim. We have a non-destruction policy and rehome 17,000 dogs a year. Though a UK based charity we pride ourselves on offering help to help those overseas with their stray dog populations.

We don’t do this with financial help but by offering help and advice to those who want to start rescues or work with the local authorities to try and change the way it deals with stray dogs.

Our international work started 12 years ago with the very first ICAWC conference ( – website built with my own fair hand!) and it is still going strong with over 300 delegates from as far afield as Australia come to listen and learn how they can change things for the better.

As a regular visitor to Tenerife for the last 20 years or so I have seen the stray cat population shrink. I presume (I don’t know) that this is due to a TNR (trap, neuter and release) program due to the snipped ears of many cats I see. TNR is a great way of controlling the population without taking the animals away from a habitat they understand and causing them unnecessary stress – this is more true in dogs than cats. Many tourists I’m sure think they are doing good by bringing these animals back to the UK, but they are not unhappy, they are more likely to be far more unhappy in a home that is unnatural for them. Then these dogs are left for the UK rescues to care for. But I digress..

Dogs Trust started out with a small programme in Oradea, Romania ( Which was a TNR scheme and a small rehoming centre. Five years later we have withdrawn and they are now totally self sufficient – a wonderful achievement I’m sure you’ll agree.

This year we set up a scheme in Malta Working alongside SPCA Malta, we will create and implement a range of extensive neutering and responsible pet ownership campaigns on the island to tackle the stray dog problem on many levels.

So as you can see even though were a UK charity we are more than happy to share our expertise and advice wherever it is needed – after all the dogs come first!

Monday, September 28, 2009

"How could you" Story of an abandoned dog

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. ...

Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?" -- but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.

My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect.
We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love.

She, now your wife, is not a "dog person" -- still I welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.
Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate. Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a prisoner of love."

As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch -- because your touch was now so infrequent -- and I would've defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers."

You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed, "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life.

You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too. After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home. They shook their heads and asked "How could you?"
They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago.

At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind -- that this was all a bad dream... or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me.

When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited. I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room.

She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. The prisoner of love had run out of days.
As is my nature, I was more concerned about her. The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood.

She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago.

She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"

Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself --a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.

And with my last bit of energy, I
tried to convey to her with a thump of my tail that my "How could you?" was not directed at her. It was directed at you, My Beloved Master, I was thinking of you. I will think of you and wait for you forever. May everyone in your life continue to show you so much loyalty.

A Note from the Author:

If "How Could You?" brought tears to your eyes as you read it, as it did to mine as I wrote it, it is because it is the composite story of the millions of formerly "owned" pets who die each year in American and Canadian animal shelters. Anyone is welcome to distribute the essay for a noncommercial purpose, as long as it is properly attributed with the copyright notice. Please use it to help educate, on your websites, in newsletters, on animal shelter and vet office bulletin boards. Tell the public that the decision to add a pet to the family is an important one for life, that animals deserve our love and sensible care, that finding another appropriate home for your animal is your responsibility and any local humane society or animal welfare league can offer you good advice, and that all life is precious. Please do your part to stop the killing, and encourage all sp
ay and neuter campaigns in order to prevent unwanted animals. Jim Willis
I know here in Tenerife the rescue centres don't put dogs down, but the way its going with the rescue centres filling up so quickly maybe they will have to change their policy.

I know the recession has meant that a lot of people unfortunately have had to leave Tenerife because they just can;t find work and have no choice but to give their pooch up. But as Jim Willis said and I agree, why can't humans put aside a contingency plan for the furry members of the family they are dependents as well ..!

As Live Arico says "Dogs are for life not just for Tenerife" To damn right they are ...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Introducing Steph Veterinary assistant, Dog Groomer and Dog Trainer

(Basil's showing off his new hair cut)

Tenerife Dogs would like to recommend Steph, dog groomer and trainer.
Steph is a trained veterinary nurse and has studied animal psychology and of course grooming.
She has just recently moved back to Tenerife to set up her grooming and dog training business. Basil has just had a fur cut from Steph and is well pleased.
Basil says "I was starting to look like a bit of hippy he said, now I look very smart" (see pic)
Steph has a Duck (Essy) as well as owning three pooches, Essy takes regular walks on a lead, so if you see a duck waddling around with three pooches on the beach, she probably belongs to Steph and Tony...
If you would like to contact Steph for grooming/dog training/pet sitting or walking tel:628859973

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Harry met Sally doggy style...!

A shagtastic film I am sure you will agree..! maybe the younger pups amongst you might want to avert your eyes when the video is playing.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Budapest hosts the 11th International Companion Animal Welfare Conference

Animal welfare organisations, campaigners and interested individuals from around the world have the opportunity to come together at this year’s International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) which will be taking place in Budapest from 7th to 9th October 2009.

Run by Dogs Trust - the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, ICAWC is the leading conference of its kind. It is held in a different European city each year and provides a platform where delegates working in the field of animal welfare can network, exchange knowledge and gain support from their international contemporaries.

One of the main focus will be on behaviour and training with speakers highlighting the importance of understanding the psychological as well as physical issues in animal welfare. Speakers will discuss different training techniques including the “Tellington Touch”. They will also highlight the behaviour that pets need to be able to express to reduce stress and enhance their emotional wellbeing, suggesting practical ways in which to house, handle and treat companion animals. Speakers include Sarah Fisher from Tellington Touch, Carolyn Menteith from Dog Talk, Claire Bessant from the Feline Advisory Bureau, Dennis Baker OBE from Wood Green Animal Shelters and Steve Goward from Dogs Trust.............

To read rest of article go to the Dogs Trust Website

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dog Friendly Hotels

Listed below are some Hotels where you can take your pooch.

I personally have not stayed over night at any of this Hotels, so any pooches out there who would like to do a review of their stay at any of the Hotels listed below or if any reader can recommend a Hotel that is not listed , please leave a comment.

I do know however a cute little Chihuahua called Gretal she has stayed at the Hotel Playa Sur for three years running, her owner is a kitesurfer and she reckons its a pretty cool place.

I Hang out at the Playa Sur Hotel sometimes with Nikki and her husband Richard. The Manager of the Hotel, Burkhard is friendly and he always gives me a stroke, we have a drink in their garden area. Nikki and Richard use to stay at the Playa Sur for their Holidays before we all moved out to Tenerife to live and its a great place to stay if you are a Windsurfer or Kitesurfer as its situated on the beach in one of the best locations in Europe for these types of sports, plus the Hotel is good value for money.

Hotels which are dog friendly ...

Hotel Playa Sur - El Medano

Hotel Monopol - Puerto De la Cruz

Hotel Talburiente - Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Hotel Botanico y Oriental Spa Garden -Puerto De La Cruz

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque resort - Adeje

Hotel Gema Agua Marina golf

Eco Hotel Correa - Altavista de Arona

Apartamentos Teneguia - Puerto De La Cruz

Obviously do check before booking that they still allow pets, just incase they have recently changed their policy on animals being allowed..

Cheers Basil :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Help K9 By buying pet insurance...

Protectapet is a pet insurance company and they are helping K9.

K9 gets paid a commission on all insurance policies that go via K9. So if you are looking for insurance for your pet contact Protectapet. Give them a ring or email, please give REF: SK9. Their website is

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Three convicted over dog -fighting in the UK

Breaking Barking News -

Three people have been convicted of running a dog fighting syndicate. The police said it was one of the largest cases of dog fighting in Europe. Chief inspector Ian Briggs said "Dog-fighting is a barbaric and cruel so-called sport which belongs in the Dark Ages and horrific suffering is caused to the dogs involved".
Too right its barbaric, hope they are never allowed to keep dogs again.
To read more of this news report click here

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Abandoned Cats and Dogs on Tenerife

Here is an excellent article written by Jack Montgomery Travel Writer and Photographer, on the subject of Abandoned Cats and Dogs on Tenerife.

Click here to read Jack's article

Jack and his wife Andy have published a fantastic book 'Real Tenerife Island Drives ' you will find some great walks in there for your pooch as well as fiesta guides, restaurant recommendations, etc...

Jack and Andy have kindly donated copies of "Real Tenerife Island Drives" to Live Arico for Raffle Prizes. So get along to one of Live Arico Events and you could win a copy as well as donating to the doggies...:)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Safety and Dogs

Children and dogs can be a difficult mix. In 2006/07, over 900 children aged nine or under were admitted to hospital in England after injuries caused by dogs..

Check out this article on the BBC WEBSITE

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Feeding Your Pooch

Dogs are omnivores and do need a varied but balanced diet. In order to have a healthy and hardy dog, it is necessary to check its diet carefully for both quantity and quality. Just like us they require protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fibre. Too much protein is not healthy for your dog and can also cause your dog to become hyperactive or aggressive. Fibre and fat are also important in a dogs diet too but too much fat can be harmful to your dog, just like it is to humans. Essential nutrients include vitamins and minerals, if your dogs diet is lacking in these then he may start to show signs of deficiency. For example, not enough sodium can make dogs overly restless. Supplements should not be given (unless your veterinarian prescribes them) as this can actually cause an overdose of certain vitamins. And of course water must be available at all times, especially in hot weather.
It is best to buy a high quality or premium brand dog food which is usually made from a fixed recipe meaning that each bag contains the correct amount of nutrition required by your dog. Avoid supermarket food if possible and opt for natural or organic food that is free from chemicals and preservatives. You get more for your money with a high quality food because it is denser and not full of cheap ingredients and fillers so therefore your dog fills up quicker and it lasts longer than cheap food. Try to look for a dog food that says Complete or Balanced on the bag. As a general rule, you get what you pay for! Research suggests that feeding dried dog food does have a few more advantages than feeding wet food but it is really down to your personal preference. If you do decide to feed only dried dog food day in and day out, consider it from your dogs point of view! Would you like to eat the same food every single day? A strip of cooked chicken or a few cooked vegetables mixed in can be a nice and healthy treat.
Alternatively, you can give your dog human food consisting of cooked chicken, beef, liver, past, rice, potatoes and vegetables. Obviously this will take a lot more planning and effort on your behalf to ensure your dog gets all the nutrients required.
Some human foods are extremely harmful to dogs. This includes chocolate, fried foods and poultry bones (such as chicken or turkey) to name a few as there are many more out there. Chocolate can be toxic and can kill, while bones can splinter and cause a ripped intestine or life threatening infections. It is now recommended that you never offer your dog raw meat because unfortunately these days we cannot trust that the meat is infection-free in its raw state.
Treats can be given to your dog either during a training session or as good boy reward and it is advisable not to give treats regularly as they can seriously affect your dogs weight and health. Supermarket bought treats are usually full of unhealthy ingredients so maybe offer a small piece of cooked chicken, beef or liver instead.
If you plan to change your dogs diet around it is necessary to do this over a 5-7 day period to allow your dogs intestines to get used to it. Start by mixing a very small amount of the new food with the old food and slowly begin to wean out the old food over the next 5 days or so. Failure to do this can mean uncomfortable stomach cramps for your poor dog and a lovely ugly mess all over your house or lawn…you have been warned!!
Just like humans, you are what you eat! If your dog is a couch potato and doesn’t get much exercise or if your dog is an endless bundle of energy, then its diet needs to be adjusted to reflect that. If you have any questions regarding feeding your dog email me now on

Article written by Sharon Haslam Dog trainer, to contact email

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dogged mourner tracks down master

A dedicated mutt completed a four mile journey to find the grave of his owner. The greving pooch dodged traffic to find the last resting place of his master..

click here to read more of this emotional tale

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Increase in number of stray dogs..

Breaking Barking News...

Number of stray dogs on London streets has risen by 64% over the past year.. Sounds a familiar story, I wonder what the percentage is in Tenerife..!

To read the complete article click here

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hero dog's tale to become a film

Breaking Barking News...

The story of how a Labrador dog helped an injured Gulf War veteran rebuild his life is to become a film.

Endal, who died aged 13 in March, looked after Allen Parton, an ex-Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer, who suffered serious injuries in 1991.

see video

Thursday, September 3, 2009

BBC Documentary - Pedigree Dogs Exposed

BBC programme which shows the extend of health problems in pedigree dogs. according to findings the number of genetic problems in pedigree dogs are increasing at a alarming rate..!