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Canine Stress Signals & Body Language

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The link below will take you through to an article written by Lisa Hird, owner of the Dog Behaviour Clinic –



Lisa is the only dog behaviourist and trainer that our practice has ever endorsed and worked with (for very good reason).

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story.

I remember, many years ago, being on Oxford Street.

It was Christmas, and I was walking hand in hand with a girl whose name has been lost to time and whose face I think was similar to that of Cinderella or Cinderella’s sister, one of the two. Read the article

216 Days, 15 Hours, 23 Minutes, 51 Seconds

We live; in interesting times.

Which is a phrase from an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times….

Now I personally, have no issue with the Chinese.

I have known a few, worked with a few and I actually lived with a Chinese girl some years back who had a love for Pekingese.  She was a genuinely warm and nice person. Read the article

The Summer of 2018.

I was 5 years old the last time we had a season called, ‘Summer’.  I think the year was 1976.

Apparently, as everyone moaned about it being too hot, summer decided not to return and instead went to other places like Greece and Spain.  The cunning Greeks and Spanish embraced summer and built a holiday industry around her and her magical charms.  Read the article

What really matters?


Over the weekend, I shopped.  I spent a bean or two on things I needed, functional stuff, not exciting stuff.

I didn’t though, meet anybody as I shopped.

I never smiled at a shop assistant. Read the article

Sometimes, it’s hard to be a woman……


Sometimes, it’s hard to be a woman.

Giving all your love to just one man.

Sang Dolly Parton.

I have just spent 20 minutes trying to think of an equivalent song for how hard it is to be a man. But I’ve failed. So I’ll write one quickly. Read the article

Will The Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up……..


Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) was an English cleric, writer and collector, well known for being just a little bit odd. I never met him, but I feel he and I could have been friends.  He is best known for stating, “Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery”. Read the article

Time and Stuff.

Time and Stuff.

Today started at 7.30am.

That’s a slight lie.

Today started at 6am with tea and eyes that wouldn’t focus. Read the article

And now we have a blog.


It was dark and I am pretty sure it was winter. It was cold. I was in a cow shed and the year was 2013.  Vets 1 had just launched. Read the article