Get Educated. The first step to being an outstanding pet owner, according to Dr. Becker, is taking responsibility. “Nobody ever says ‘I was a lousy pet owner.’ It’s always the pet’s fault.” Learn the peculiarities of your pet’s breed such as how much exercise they need, how gregarious they are, how much maintenance their coat requires, how often they need to go outside, and about new technologies, products, and nutrition that might help you care for your pet. Knowing the basics about your pet’s upkeep ensures you won’t be caught off guard by troubling behavior.
It is important that some people are vocal about the non-human beings with which we share this planet; rather than sentimentality, perhaps this concern is driven by a humanity without anthropocentric self-interest, which is an alternative “story to tell the world about ourselves”.If Covid and climate change teach us nothing else, it is the vital lesson that we treat other species and the natural world with scant respect at our own peril.Kim EyreKennington, Oxfordshire Gaby Hinsliff points out that Britain will be judged on how we respond when those who did not make it out of Kabul reach the UK by other means and claim asylum.
Distressingly, we already know what our response will be. The new borders bill sets out to make the majority of people seeking refuge do so from any country apart from our own. It discriminates between “regular” and “irregular” routes – the latter would include routes taken by any Afghan not eligible for the limited resettlement scheme (and inevitably many of those who are but were not airlifted out).Since 2010, the UK has removed or deported over 5,000 people back to Afghanistan. It has neither sought to find them or to release other Afghans currently held in immigration centres.
Use Rubber Gloves to Pick up Stray Dog Hair. Does your dogs hair get everywhere, or is it just me? My favorite method for picking up all that loose hair is using a pair of rubber gloves. You put them on and run you hands over your furniture; it’s amazing how well pet hair clings to rubber gloves.
The borders bill throws out our commitment to the 1951 refugee convention. Given the government’s policies, we can expect the Home Office to continue breaching the principle of non-refoulement along with its responsibility under international law to consider asylum claims and welcome those eligible for refugee status.Libby Ruffle Woodbridge, Suffolk I was one of many who helped raise awareness of conditions at Napier barracks. By their example, the British government showed asylum seekers’ lives were less important than cats and dogs, when, despite many warnings, 400 asylum seekers were left in harm’s way. I am 100% behind Pen Farthing for his compassion, determination and strength of purpose. What is shaming is this government’s incompetence in planning the evacuation, and prevarication which put many more Afghan lives at real risk. Rosie Brocklehurst St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex I respectfully disagree that Pen Farthing’s successful evacuation of animals from Afghanistan shows “the UK holds foreign lives in contempt”. It illustrates how much more could have been done had the politicians had the determination and can-do attitude of this former member of the forces.Helen Bagnall Bishop Monkton, North Yorkshire
Make Your Own DIY Flirt Pole. Make a flirt pole for dogs that love to chase and/or have a strong prey drive. Just remember to take it easy with this exercise since it’s pretty high impact and can be tough on a dog’s joints.
Get Your Dog Microchipped For a Permanent Identifier. A scan of your dogs microchip will give all of your personal information to help with a speedy reunion, just remember to update your information with the microchip company if you move. (microchips are also one of the ways a court can make a decision regarding ownership of a dog, if it ever came to that)