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In their free time, you will usually find Annabel and Gonzo the Vizsla, writing, riding horses, herding chickens, running caniX, or on their backs, listening to BBC radio 6 music...

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Thank You Julien Blanc for Highlighting the Checklist for Domestic Abuse

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2014 | (21:08)

This week, controversial American 'pick up artist' Julien Blanc posted a domestic abuse chart on his Twitter page calling it a 'checklist' for 'how to make her stay'. The diagram was originally designed by a domestic abuse charity, intended to help women identify when they are being abused, and has...

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My Generation Needs to Rethink Property in London - It Just Ain't Worth It

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2014 | (17:05)

Many of my generation (and a larger chunk of those younger than me) missed the boat with buying property in London, not having had any capital for a deposit at the crucial time. I've long ago given up on ever aspiring to owning a home in London and I definitely...

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Does Your Office Allow Dogs? Well Maybe It Should

(3) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (17:48)

Does your office allow dogs? Well maybe it should. it's a growing trend in the UK, as employers look for new ways to beat stress, which is the number one cause of employee absence; but it now appears that a dog in the office has other surprising beneficial effects too,...

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The Joy of Chicken Keeping

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (01:00)

Our five chickens arrived a couple of months ago, and what a joy they have been. They are such curious little things. They love following the dogs around, and investigating visitors, mirrors, or anything new in their environment. When I put speakers in the garden, they belt over as the...

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Eating Disorders Are Notoriously Hard to Cure, But Does Animal Therapy Hold the Key?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (10:00)

At school, someone was always dieting. We would read "Just 17" at lunch, laugh at the sex problem page, and discuss our bodies. I knew about eating disorders and I never would have thought myself prone to one, but in my early twenties, when I was working full time as...

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Is My Dog Smarter Than Me?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 April 2014 | (15:16)

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One of our dogs, Gonzo the Vizsla, will eat anything, even a blueberry or a lettuce leaf dressed with vinegar. The other, Roodie the Border Collie, eyes anything new with suspition, food included, and will accept raw meat, but anything else...

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That Danish Giraffe and the Questions It Raises

(2) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (15:54)

That Danish giraffe is all over the news today, and the world is in uproar. A giraffe, in case you haven't heard, was humanely killed in a zoo (to prevent in breeding), and then chopped up and fed to the lions. The public were allowed to watch if they wished,...

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David Attenborough's Grisly Discovery, the Revolution & Digging Up History on Richmond Hill

(2) Comments | Posted 4 January 2014 | (03:29)

Sir David Attenborough is one of the higher profile residents of Richmond Hill in Surrey. Recently, while his builders were converting the old "Hole in the Wall" Pub by his home, a severed skull was unearthed and examined, solving the "Barnes murder" dating back to the 1800s. Inspired by this...

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Don't Kill Yourself Trying to Buy a Flat in London, When You Can RENT, RENT, RENT

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2013 | (20:22)

We all know that property prices in London are too high, and way out of kilter with average incomes. Everyone wants to buy here, and for the last two decades, it's been the investment of the century.

A few days ago, I was listening to cab drivers on LBC...

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Courts Are Putting Victims of Domestic Violence in Danger

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2013 | (16:43)

Eve Thomas is a survivor of Domestic Violence. On 29th August she went before His Honour Judge Platts at Manchester Civil Justice Centre ,after surrendering herself to the baliffs. A warrant had been issued for her arrest after she was placed in contempt of court for not providing her flee/safe...

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Yes My Dog Has a Facebook Page and I Love It

(0) Comments | Posted 6 September 2013 | (18:10)

Cyber bullying and trolling are on the increase and we often hear statistics quoted about how people are more depressed after going on Facebook because it triggers feelings of insecurity and jealousy in the majority of users. Well I can tell you, that's not the case for me! You see,...

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UK Dangerous Dog Legislation Is 20 Years Old and It Isn't Working...

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2013 | (20:49)

Eight people, including six children, have died as a result of dog attacks since 2007; a record 6,450 hospital admissions for dog bites in the 12 months to April 2012; annual costs to the NHS of treating dog attack injuries are around £3 million; and some eight assistance dogs and...

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My Doctor Has Just Diagnosed Me With an Ear Problem Which I Think Stars David Bowie

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2013 | (09:35)

Have you heard of Labyrinthitis? I hadn't until I walked into a large tree and visited my GP. For the last week I have been crippled by a sporadic sensation that the room is spinning. It pounces out of nowhere and gets you at anytime - when you are walking,...

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Goodbye Dominance Dog Training

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (06:02)

Dominance theory is an outdated view of dog behaviour that became popular in the 1960s. It has since been disproved, evidence having been accumulated that shows that it is unhelpful and often very destructive. Unfortunately, some trainers still cling to the idea, reluctant to let go of something that they...

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Is a Second Dog a Good Idea?

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (15:23)

Obviously, you need to be meeting the needs of your current dog before another dog can be considered. Is he well socialised? well behaved? Are you meeting his grooming, walking and general needs? Can you afford another dog? It is vital to carefully consider these things, as introducing a second...

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Finding the Right Puppy Training Class

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2013 | (17:33)

As part of my Canine Behaviour coursework, I have been studying and visiting puppy classes covering various different methods of training. Dogs are as different as people, and there is not one catch all method of training at any level, but smaller classes are certainly to be encouraged. Groups of...

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One Way Ticket to Australia, Please

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2013 | (09:09)

The final straw came one grey day in May this year. A gorgeous british bull dog that my doggy agency used to care for, posted a twitter video of himself, learning to surf, on a sunblasted Australian beach. His owner and he looked gorgeous and so much healthier and leaner...

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Losing My Hair, As a Girl, Made Me Stronger

(10) Comments | Posted 7 June 2013 | (09:41)

I remember the moment clearly, I was 9 years old an standing in assembly. The teacher, sudddenly blurted through the silence "Annabel! You have headlice!". I was rushed home in shame and washed with nit shampoo. One boy in the class taunted me until the day I left for big...

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Domestic Abuse - Terrorism in the Home

(1) Comments | Posted 15 April 2013 | (08:57)

We live in a country that prides itself on it's freedom and equality, and yet thousands of women live here in terror. Domestic Abuse has recently been described as "everyday terrorism" after a study of 18 victims in the UK led to the conclusion that domestic abuse is similar in...

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Why the Royal Parks Needs Their Professional Dog Walkers

(2) Comments | Posted 2 April 2013 | (22:14)

As of 2 April 2013, London's Royal Parks (inc Bushy Park and Richmond Park) are licensing professional dog walkers and have decided the maximum number of dogs that can be walked at one time will be 4.
Whilst dog walkers welcome licensing and regulation, the 4-dog limit is...

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