Monday, 2 April 2018

Monday’s interesting Dog Fact!

Dogs can see in the dark because of the tapetum lucidum, a mirror-like membrane in dogs’ eyes. There are light-and-motion sensitive cells in the retina that are referred to as rods, which can tell the difference between light and shadow. The tapetum lucidum rebounds the light that the rods didn’t absorb into the retinas so they can take in more light. Dogs have evolved to be able to see better in dim light, yet they can’t do so as well as cats.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Dog Fact!

Why are dogs’ noses so wet? Dogs’ noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps them absorb scent. They then lick their noses to sample the scent through their mouth.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentines Day

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself! 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Coldwater Joke

This is for all the germ conscious folks that worry about using cold water to clean.
John went to visit his 90-year-old grandfather in a very secluded, rural area of West  Sutherland . After spending a great evening chatting the night away, John's grandfather prepared breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. However, John noticed a film like substance on his plate, and questioned his grandfather asking, 'Are these plates clean?'
His grandfather replied, 'They're as clean as cold water can get em. Just you go ahead and finish your meal, lad '.
For lunch the old man made hamburgers. Again, John was concerned about the plates as his appeared to have tiny specks around the edge that looked like dried egg and asked, 'Are you sure these plates are clean?'
Without looking up the old man said, 'I told you before, lad , those dishes are as clean as cold water can get them. Now don't you fret, I don't want to hear another word about it'.
Later that afternoon, John was on his way to a nearby village  and as he was leaving, his grandfather's dog started to growl, and wouldn't let him pass. John yelled and said, 'Grandfather, your dog won't let me get to my car'.
Without diverting his attention from one man and his dog  he was watching on TV, the old man shouted, 'COLDWATER, GO LAY DOWN NOW, YE HERE ME!!!

Monday, 15 January 2018

Wet Dog Day

The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog.

Ambrose Bierce 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?

How Many Dogs Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb? 
 Border Collie: Just one. Then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code. 
 Rottweiler: Make me!

Lab: Oh, me, me! Pleeease let me change the light bulb! Can I? Huh? Huh?

Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!

German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, checked to make sure I haven't missed any, and made just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation. 

Malamute: Let the Border Collie do it. You can feed me while he's busy.

Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls.

Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.

Mastiff: Screw it in yourself! I'm not afraid of the dark.

Doberman: While it's out, I'll just take a nap on the couch.

Boxer: Who needs light? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.

Pointer: I see it! There it is! There it is! Right there!

Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

Westie: Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. I am not one of THEM so the question is, how long before I can expect my light again?

Poodle: By the time the Border Bollie finishes rewiring the house, I'll have something else for him to do.

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned-out bulb?

Old English Sheep dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb. 

Basset Hound: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Interesting Facts About Dogs!

Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.

A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.

Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.

After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.

Interesting Dog Fact

The word “werewolf” derives from Old English compound “were” (meaning “man”) and “wulf” (meaning “wolf”)

The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kublai Khan.

Monday, 1 January 2018

10 New Year’s Resolutions For Dog People

The new year is upon us and that means it’s time to start thinking about resolutions. Get your pup involved in your promises for 2018, and know that every time he gives you sad puppy eyes, he’s reminding you to follow your goals! While I’m sure we are all trying our best to be the best pup-parent to our canine family members, there is always something that you can be doing better. Here’s our list of New Year’s resolutions for dog people!

Promise to take your dog for one long walk every day.

Rain or shine, Fido deserves his exercise. Not only will this get you and your pup away from your Netflix binge-session, it will also allow for some much-needed bonding time for the two of you. Who says your workout partner needs to have two legs?

Resolve to give back to other pups in need.

Whether it’s putting a few dollars in the “homeless pets” jar at the pet store check-out line, or volunteering to walk dogs at your local shelter a few days a week, make sure to give back to those four-legged friends who don’t have as much as your own furball.

Spend more time with your dog.

If you find yourself getting caught up in life (the holidays will do that to you!) vow to take a breath and spend a little more time with your dog. It’s easy to get distracted by all of the important events going on, but don’t forget that every time you head out for a dinner with friends, you are leaving your fuzzbutt behind. Devote plenty of time for snuggling with your furry friend, and try to stay in one or two nights to show your dog how much you care about him.

Take your pup somewhere new.

Looking to get away for a weekend? Find somewhere that will accept your dog as well! Try renting a pet-friendly Airbnb to get away from the hustle and bustle of your life, and give your dog a new experience.

Let your doge make friends with other doges.

If your pup is a fan of playing with other canines, allow him that socialization. Bring him to a dog park, or join a dog-walking group in your neighborhood. The time spent with other pups will help them build positive relationships, which in turn helps them avoid altercations in the future. Unsocialized dogs can become nervous around other animals, and may even get defensive. Avoid that with plenty of play dates!

Measure your pet’s food out every single time!

Instead of just simply guessing around how much food your pet is having poured into his bowl, try meticulously measuring it out every mealtime. Get the recommended feeding amount from the bag of food, and also from your veterinarian. Overfeeding can result in laziness and this in turn can lead to overweight doggos plus other health problems!

Make sure your pup is getting a yearly “physical.”

Just like people, dogs need yearly check-ups with their doctor to make sure everything is A-OK. Don’t just take your dog to the vet when he’s sick – make sure you bring him in at least once a year to check for conditions like diabetes, arthritis and other diseases that could be prevented. Also, don’t forget the teeth! Your pup should have his teeth cleaned regularly, no matter how much they hate it. Just remember, it’s for their own good!

Promise to feed your dog only the best!

While healthier dog food brands are sometimes costlier than the generic brands, they will truly make a difference in your dog’s life. Try to find foods that have real ingredients instead of words that you can’t pronounce. The more natural, the better.

Get your pup groomed or groom him yourself.

This is really important for long-haired dogs. Don’t wait too long to get them groomed, or the knots in their hair could become very painful against their skin. Brush your pup a few times a week to distribute oils evenly along their coat, which will make them shinier. Not only will you have one good-lookin’ pup, but he’ll feel better too!

Think about possibly fostering a homeless pet.

If your pup is dog-friendly and could maybe even use a friend, consider fostering a pup at a local shelter. Not only will this show the dog compassion, but they will have a warm place to sleep that isn’t a kennel. Dogs who are fostered are typically better socialized and easier to place in a forever home. And who knows – you may fall in love and make him your forever pet!

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year

Happy 2018 thankyou for all your support in 2017 I hope everyone has a lovely year and looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Dog ID Tags

I'm always surprised by the number of people who don't realise that their dog is legally required to wear an ID tag.
The Law states (via the Control of Dogs Order 1992) that "Every dog while on a public highway or place of public resort ( this basically means every dog not at home on private property) must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner (including postcode) inscribed on it, or a plate or badge attached to it"
This pic from the Kennel Club shows what must "by law" be included on your dog's tag.
Your telephone number is optional I would recommend this as well. Some people recommend that you put just your name on the tag (as you are required by law to do) and not your dogs name. Unfortunately dog theft is a very real problem and if the thief knows the name of your dog this may help them pass on the dog to the unsuspecting new owners because it appears they know the dog because the dog responds to their name. That's a more personal choice.

Some people are of the opinion that if their dog is micro chipped, they do not require a dog tag with their contact details on it. This is incorrect, and you should always have a dog tag on your dogs collar no matter if they are micro chipped (which I highly recommended) or not.

Certain dogs are exempt from having to wear a dog tag. They are:
  • Any dog registered with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
  • Any dog while being used in emergency rescue work.
  • Any dog while being used on official duties by a member of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, HM Customs and Excise or the police.
  • Any dog while being used for driving or tending cattle or sheep.
  • Any dog while being used for the capture or destruction of vermin.
  • Any dog while being used for sporting purposes.
  • Any pack of hounds.
If your pooch isn't on this list then it must be wearing a tag by law :-)

They only cost a few pounds and there really is no excuse :-) Especially if it reunites you with your lost pooch :-)

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Dog Agility at Bramble Cottage

I have several pooch's which I compete with at Kennel Club Dog Agility. I'm in the process of building my own course in the garden for extra practice and have a couple of promising pups almost old enough to compete alongside my other "sports dogs" :-)
Tullah has just retired having reached Grade 7 and qualified into Champ classes

This is a photo of Hess my border collie from a few years ago (and my legs!)
And here is a video of us competing :-)

This is one of the things my dogs and I do when we are not at Bramble Cottage Dog Grooming caring for dogs, its great fun!
Posted by Bramble Cottage Dog Grooming - Skegness/Spilsby/Wainfleet on Saturday, 20 June 2015

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Big Thank You to eveyone who attended the Spilsby Dog Companion Show

We had a busy weekend organising and running the Spilsby Companion Dog Show on Sunday 12th July. We raised £300 for the Spilsby Local Charities! Thank you to all my customers who attended and gave their support and to my family for their help on the day!

This is me, all set up and ready to take entries with Hermione Austin.

And a big thank you to Sue and Jane. Here you can see Sue handing out the Best in Novelty prize.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Spilsby Show Today

It's the Spilsby Show today! I'm running the Companion Dog Show next to the main marquee, the weather looks like it will be nice and there is lots to see and do, so why don't you join us for a fun day out?! :-)

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Off the Leash!

I love Rupert Fawcett's Off the Leash cartoons!
He has a brilliant Facebook page and some really funny books :-)
This is my favourite of his more recent posts:

Copyright 2015 Off The Leash Dog Cartoons (Rupert Fawcett)

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ticks! It's that time of the year again :-)

Ticks are small creatures that are mostly found lurking in grassy areas. They are parasites ( which means they require a host to feed from). Ticks can also pick up disease from one mammalian host and then pass it onto another (like dogs!).
Ticks start out as small, oval and flat ( about the size of a sesame seed) when unfed, but once completely engorged with blood, they grow to the size and shape of a coffee bean! They look for hosts to latch onto, by climbing to the top of a long blade of grass and waiting (a behaviour known as 'questing') for passing mammalian traffic (dogs!)

Ticks aren't just pests that feast on your dog and cause him or her to itch; they can also be carriers of some serious diseases. UK ticks can carry a devastating condition called Lyme disease caused by bacteria, which affects both muscle and nerve cells. Dogs may experience intermittent lameness, fever and lethargy while humans may show a rash, joint pain, fever, and headaches. If incorrectly diagnosed, or left untreated, it can result in an extremely serious debilitating chronic illness with lifelong complications. In humans it is, unfortunately, a difficult disease to diagnose but in dogs, it is even more difficult, so prevention against ticks is of vital importance.

Whilst I started this post by saying that it was "that time of the year again", and ticks are commonly more active in summer, don't be fooled into thinking they're just a warm weather problem; they can, in fact, be found in your dog's environment anytime throughout the year!

There are many safe products on the market to prevent ticks: from spot-ons and sprays, to special collars impregnated with substances that infiltrate into the fatty layer in your dog's skin, killing ticks when they attempt to feed and get their first mouthful of anti-parasitically treated blood. I personally use frontline. Even so it's a good idea, on returning home, especially from areas such as parks and woodlands, to check all over your dog's body for signs of any visitors.

Ticks can be dangerous for any age of dog and any breed so it's important to know what to do if you spot one on your pooch :-) The most important thing is don't panic and resist the urge to just pull it straight off. This would be extremely painful for your dog so ticks always need to be removed slowly and carefully, otherwise embedded mouth parts can be left behind. Or if ticks are 'stressed' - poked and prodded, burnt with a flame, or, as is commonly done, covered in Vaseline to suffocate them - the ticks may regurgitate their bloody meal back into their host along with any disease they're carrying! Gross right! So we definitely don't want to do any of that! :-)
If you find any ticks on your dog, they must be removed, however if done incorrectly, mouth parts left inside your dog could result in a local tissue reaction, inflammation and infection often requiring antibiotics, or even surgical removal. There are plenty of good and inexpensive tick removing tools out there. A quick google search will reveal most of them :-)

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

First Post! :-)

The Bramble Cottage Dog Grooming Blog is now up and running! To celebrate here's a picture of the new BCDG microfiber towels (embroidered with our logo!) just arrived and waiting for your pooch :-)
At Bramble Cottage we like to use microfiber (a synthetic fiber that is finer than one denier - this diameter is smaller than a strand of silk!) towels as:
  1. They absorb water much more rapidly without the need for rubbing (better for your pooch's coat!);
  2. You don't have to rub hair to get the water out so there is minimal friction between the towel and hair fibres - less friction means less breakage and a nicer coat;
  3. Hair that's been wrapped in a microfiber towel will dry a lot faster than hair that's been wrapped in a regular towel;
  4. Microfiber doesn't produce lint (bits of white fluff). Lint from regular towels can cause hair tangles.
  5. It helps to reduce hair "frizziness".
We Don't use heated cage dryers at BCDG. Never. Ever. I like my dogs to have a spa treatment experience rather then being in a factory environment :-) (see more on this in an upcoming blog post!)
Here's a pic of the lovely Bracken the Cocker sitting on one of our new towels after his groom :-)He came in for his first big boy's groom, and showing his age, he had to have a little nap! :-)