Pets

Wild things in colonies

We often get calls from farms and smallholdings asking if we have any feral cats to keep the rodent population down, and feedback is that they do a very good job. Cats learn what is normal at a very young age, during what is known as a ‘socialisation period’. Between...

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Tick time is here again

By Peter Coleshaw It’s that time of year again – as the weather warms, some of our cats come in with ticks attached. But why only some cats and not others, and why with the warmer weather? The first part is easy to answer – unlike fleas, which spread readily from cat...

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Barking mad doggy fun day

Dogs and their owners are invited to Dogs Trust Salisbury’s Fun Day on Sunday, June 2. The Rehoming Centre in Newton Tony is open from 11am to 3pm for fun and games, including the ever-popular Fun Dog Show. Classes include: Most Appealing Eyes, Waggiest Tail and Best...

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Dog walkers needed

A Gillingham resident asked for dog walking support for their 12-year-old Beagle from the Cinnamon Trust. Now the charity is looking for volunteers. The national charity assists the elderly and terminally ill and their pets to keep them together for as long as...

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Stray cats need compassion

By Ali Theobald, Salisbury & District Cats Protection One of the worst things for a feline owner is if their cat goes missing and never returns. There is always the uncertainty whether they have chosen to move on to someone else or if they are lying injured or...

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Neutering the stress-free way

By Peter Coleshaw Neutering is not a new topic – but every year those queens start coming in season and the circle of life continues. Un-neutered girls make this very evident, becoming very affectionate, tail in the air when cuddled, often ‘calling’ loudly. This often...

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Eywa’s all heart

Eywa is a beautiful, four-year-old female Husky, looking for her special forever home. She is playful and really enjoys a game of fetch with her tennis ball and loves a good sniff in her snuffle mat. Eywa is clever but needs to be the only dog in an adult-only home....

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Toileting problems

By Peter Coleshaw Weeing or pooing in places other than the litter tray is a very common problem. But your cat is not being naughty or mean – this is a clear indication something is wrong from your cat’s perspective. However, the cause is not always easy to determine...

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Dog lovers dating night is launched

As Valentines is one of the hardest days of the year for many singles, Monty and Mabel’s in Wilton are hosting an ingenious evening, putting a new twist on dating. Dog lovers are often kindred spirits, so what better way to meet than at a 'dogs are invited too' dating...

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Training goes to the dogs

An informative dog training demonstration with local dog trainer Stephen Harrison from ‘One Man & his Gundogs’, raised money & awareness for local animal charities in Wiltshire. Jo Davies and her staff at Petpals Salisbury, organised the evening on Friday,...

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Have your say on dogs

Is it a  dog’s life? Residents, visitors and organisations in North Dorset are invited to give their opinions about rules concerning dogs. What do you think about dogs in public places - like parks - and also when they should be on a lead. After considering people’s...

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Lyme disease: take care with ticks on cats, dogs and humans

Currently hitting the news, Lyme disease is a particularly nasty illness we humans can catch from ticks. Currently hitting the news, Lyme disease is a particularly nasty illness we humans can catch from ticks. In people, the symptoms can be mistaken for all sorts of...

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Sheep may safely graze

The increasing number of attacks by dogs on sheep has led to a ban on dog walkers. Fields with livestock near Durrington Walls and  Stonehenge now have restricted access to create some dog free zones after National Trust discussions with tenant farmers concerned by...

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Perfect pooch pinches top prize

On June 25, Dogwise Training School, Mere, held its annual dog show to help raise funds for Battersea Dogs Home and Happy Landings animal shelter, based in Shepton Mallet. The owner of Dogwise Training School, Tina Hazzard, was delighted to announce that this year’s...

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Dog of the month – Not just a winning personality

Dog’s Trust ‘Dog of the Month’, Clarence, is such a handsome fella, a unique looking crossbreed with a gorgeous mini-mane that emphasises his natural good looks. Being a sensitive chap, Clarence will need to be the only dog in an adult only home for now. He doesn’t...

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Cat causes panic

Two women rescued a soldier’s wife after she refused to leave her burning home because she could not find her cat. Eventually, the two Good Samaritans led her to safety from her house in Tidworth, Wiltshire. The 28-year-old was rushed by ambulance to Salisbury...

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Lenny – Dog of the month

Meet Lenny, Salisbury Dogs Trusts' Dog of the month. Lenny is a sweet eight-year-old Jack Russell who loves toys and enjoys a good tasty treat. He can take a little while to get to know people, but once he’s settled into a new environment he will bond closely with new...

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Fire and rescue service prepares for pet rescue

Pet resuscitation kits donated to Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service by Smokey Paws include pet oxygen masks. It is the latest recipient of the animal masks with in Amesbury, Salisbury, Shaftesbury and Swindon stations. Smokey Paws is a not-for-profit...

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Police go to the dogs

Six new general purpose police dogs joined the force this week. The dogs and their handlers completed 13 weeks of intense training and now take to the streets of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Avon & Somerset to protect the communities. The group trained together...

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How to find a lost cat

Your cat has failed to come home – something we all dread. What now? Firstly take heart: I reckon 50% or more of such cats come home, so it’s not always an instant disaster. Sometime, something scary may have happened around your house – check every nook and cranny of...

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Education, education…

Cats have long been seen as mysterious creatures – in reality we simply didn’t understand them. By their very nature, they are not demonstrative or ‘in-your-face’, so interpreting their emotions and needs can be tricky. But huge advances have been made in our...

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Enjoyable living in senior years

Valley News has put together an informative editorial feature about many different aspects of senior life. The feature provides practical advice on various issues, explains where to get support and information, and introduces several local businesses, including care...

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