Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened

~ I really do not like fireworks any more, especially since Ive seen just HOW BADLY it traumatises animals, pls keep your pets indoors during fireworks at all times. ~


Food for thought:
Free Range supports the 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare:
- Freedom to roam freely (eg: can not turn around in your own space, chained up)
- Freedom to food and water (eg: not forced down your throat!)
- Freedom to express natural behaviour (eg: run, fly, graze, swim, walk, climb, mating, etc)
- Freedom from undue stress and suffering (eg: no shade when hot, no shelter when cold or wet, injuries not taken care or notice of, cruelty of any nature, etc)
- Freedom to medication when ill (knowing an animal is injured and not allowing it access to medical care is considered cruelty)

Sadly these are the basics. If it was up to me, I would be much more strict, but thats it for now. Please support me by sending me photographic info or names of shops, that do not support Free Range. We should report them. Name and shame them. I have started - it should be easy for us to support Free Range, it should not be an endless hassle to try and locate Free Range products.

Thank you.

"Rescuing one animal might not change the world, but to that animal their world is changed forever"

Saturday, September 7, 2013


Hi everyone,

I just want to thank you for your support over the years.  It is with this encouragement and support and my need to DO MORE towards my passion and love for animals, that I have started a website rather than continue with this blog.  Please visit our new online Pet Magazine www.PetHealthCare.co.za for the latest in news about the world of pets and animals in South Africa.

On our website you will find:
Please visit www.PetHealthCare.co.za, we know you will enjoy the experience.

Keep being awesome!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dogs best friend is an Orangutan

... this is an old one, but just so darn cute!

Best friends: Suryia the Orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick Hound
The three-year-old orangutan goes everywhere with Roscoe.

Where you lead, I will follow...best friends Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick hound.

Doggy paddle's the order of the day here for the couple who live at the Tigers sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Suryia and Roscoe spend hours together every day - they're particularly keen on swimming.

The two mates see the funny side of most things.

There's always time to chill.

A dog's not just a man's best friend, he's an orangutan's too.

Source: Unknown

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lost Pets can be found here

Find out more about CityPetFinder.  

If you have lost a pet, use CityPetFinder to search through a single database of all the animals in the care of the City's 21 *Registered Animal Organisations (RAOs). Because CityPetFinder has been created in partnership with these RAOs, it has a broader database than any of these organisations might have on their own, which greatly improves your chances of finding your pet.

To add your pet’s details to CityPetFinder, click here.
Please note that registration is required to protect the pets listed in CityPetFinder. If you identify a pet on CityPetFinder as yours, contact the relevant RAO directly.

RAOs can also use CityPetFinder to search for animals in their care that have been identified as lost.

Make sure your pet can’t get lost by:
  • Teaching your pet a command such as ‘Stop!’
  • Enclosing your garden
  • Not leaving your dog outside public places unattended
  • Having your pet microchipped or buying him/her a collar or a disc with your contact details engraved on it
  • Ensuring that you exercise your pet sufficiently to keep it from roaming
  • If your pet runs away but is near enough to hear you, call him/her to you in a pleasant tone of voice. Do not shout - this may scare him/her away
  • Keeping your dog on a leash in public places to prevent him/her wandering off

*A RAO is an animal welfare organisation such as a pound or shelter, that has been registered with the City of Cape Town.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Cape Town Pet Registration

Did you know that all PETS have to be registered in Cape Town?

In terms of the City’s Animal Bylaw of 2010, residents are required to register their pets so that the City can monitor and control Cape Town’s animal population (click here to read  more about registering your pet with the City).

Use the form below to register your animal/s, including those that are in excess of the maximum allowed. Click here for more information about your additional animals.

Once you have registered your pets, you are encouraged to update your pets’ details in respect of new pets/pet deaths as and when they occur. Please do so by notifying lawenforcement@capetown.gov.za or phoning Salome Appolis on 021 900 1870/1873/1770 (8:00 - 16:00).

Instructions for using the online form: If you do not live in a flat/complex, please type 'Not applicable' in the relevant space. Please fill in your suburb at the 'Area' field. Be sure to enter the image code and ID number without spaces.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Walmart Animal Abuse on pigs

it goes against my grain to show animal abuse, because there is so much of it and nobody really ever cares.   Ideally I prefer to show the goodness of these animals, and hopefully convert more people to LOVE animals by sharing with them the nice things about them.   They all say the do 'care', but they dont.

Those who do care will (maybe watch this video, i dont recommend it) and sign this petition AND share it with everyone that they know to sign this petition too. And trust me, this is STANDARD practice in EVERY country around the world, not just in America. I know, because I have seen it for myself, with my own eyes right here in South Africa.

Slamming baby pigs heads against the wall, is standard practice for these types of pig farms.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dogfood for my birthday

My friend Lorna once invited me to a dinner, and one of the things we had to bring along was a bag of dogfood.  This sounded like such an awesome idea, so I decided that for my birthday, I would like to invite a few friends over, and instead of bringing me a gift for my own, I asked them to bring me dogfood which I could donate to our local animal charity.

Thank you to all my friends who took the time and energy to come and enjoy my birthday with me, and also to everone who brought along some dogfood for the donation.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CAPE POINT: Whale freed today

Love this story. These guys are the silent hero's of our society. High five to them all.

Members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network arrive on scene.

South African Whale Disentanglement Network (SAWDN) Media Release:
Wednesday, 18 July, 2012.

At 10h21 on the morning of Wednesday, 18th July, members of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network were activated following reports from Daantjie de Beer, skipper of the Paternoster Fishing Companies fishing boat Biskop, at sea off-shore of Cape Point, 1 nautical mile off-shore of Hoek van Bobbejaan, between Scarborough and Cape Point, of a whale entangled in fishing rope and a flotation buoy.

Volunteers of the SA Whale Disentanglement Network were activated while the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) Simonstown base dispatched their rigid inflatable sea rescue craft Eddie Beaumont II to rendezvous with the fishing boat in order to get a visual of the whale and to assess the extent of the entanglement.
Once on-scene the NSRI volunteers confirmed that a young adult 9 meter Humpback was entangled in rope and a flotation buoy.

SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers, accompanied by their specialized whale disentanglement equipment, then boarded the NSRI Simonstown sea rescue craft Spirit of Safmarine III and responded to the scene.

The two SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers involved in todays operation are Eben Lourens, a Western Cape Police Diver and David Hurwitz, a charter boat owner.

Once on-scene the SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteers, using the specialized whale disentanglement equipment, and supported by the two NSRI sea rescue boats, successfully disentangled crayfish ropes, a flotation buoy and a crayfish ring from the young adult whale.

David Hurwitz, SA Whale Disentanglement Network volunteer, said:
“About 20 meters of rope was entangled around the whale, around both tail flutes and looped around to the right pectoral flipper with a small flotation buoy trailing about another meter of rope, constricting the whales movement and causing the whale to be unable to fully extend to its full length, and it was immediately obvious to us that the whale was tired and uncomfortable.

“Once we began the operation, with the the sea rescue boat maneuvering as close to the whale as possible, we made three cuts on the rope at intervals. In the process of making these cuts one of the cutting poles went overboard but was fortunately recovered and then the tip of one of the cutting knives snapped but we managed to continue using the knife.

“After three cuts, at different places along the rope, the rope came completely free and we recovered all of the rope including the flotation buoy and we then also discovered a crayfish ring attached to the rope which had two crayfish inside the ring which was also recovered. (Both crayfish were released back into the sea).
“The operation was made difficult by the rope mostly extending underneath the whale forcing the sea rescue boat, at times, to have to get up and on top of the whale in order for us to reach the rope, but all the while, as we made the progress with the incisions on the rope, the whale was reasonably cooperative!”

Once the rope was cut the whale swam off strongly and fully extending its torso to its full length as it dived and looking completely comfortable in its element.

Only a few minor lacerations and scrapes were observed on the otherwise healthy looking whale.
The operation was completed by 15h30.

SA Whale Disentanglement Network free the whale from the ropes and buoys trapping it.

David Hurwitz lifts a piece of rope that was trapping the whale.
With all the ropes cut off the whale turns out to sea and swims away.
With a Cape Point background the whale swims free.

Released by:
Craig Lambinon
Spokesman: SA Whale Disentanglement Network
Contact: 0823803800

Source:  N.S.R.I. South Africa

Friday, July 13, 2012

5 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

By  Dr. Marty Becker - vetstreet.com
Is “people food” safe for dogs? Some is, some isn’t, and knowing what’s OK to share can mean the difference between a healthy treat and a trip to the emergency clinic.

Poison to Pets

Sugar-free candy and gum
Read the label of your favorite sugar-free gum, candy or even cough drop, and you’ll likely find Xylitol on the ingredients list. The sweetener has become extremely popular in recent years, and its increased use has led to many cases of poisoning in dogs. The product causes low blood sugar and liver failure in canines. If you carry sugar-free gum or candy in your purse or backpack, make sure you keep it out of reach of your pet.
Though Xylitol’s toxicity comes as a surprise to many people, pretty much everyone knows that chocolate can be a problem for dogs. And it is, but it’s not as dangerous as most people think. The thing to remember: The darker the chocolate and the smaller the dog, the more dangerous the combination. If your Labrador Retriever eats a small bar of milk chocolate, she’ll likely get only a bellyache. But a tiny Maltese who eats a a few ounces of dark chocolate could land in the emergency clinic.
Raisins and grapes
No one really knows why grapes and their dried relations, raisins, are a problem for dogs, but they surely are. Dogs who eat a large amount of either may go into renal failure. It may be that some dogs are sensitive and others are less sensitive, and it’s unknown if small amounts over time can be as dangerous as one large bunch of grapes or raisins. Due to the uncertainty, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center advises against giving any amount of raisins or grapes to any dogs at any time.
Macadamia nuts
Another medical mystery, these nuts are best not shared with your pets — especially if they are cloaked in dark chocolate. Though fatalities are rare, as few as 10 nuts can cause frightening symptoms in a small dog, such as muscle weakness, tremors and vomiting. It’s just not worth it.
Onions and garlic
These staples can be found in every good cook’s kitchen, but they should never be part of any pet’s diet. Garlic and onions can damage healthy red blood cells, leading to life-threatening anemia if not caught and treated in time. And though most people already know that pets shouldn’t eat onions, the warning on garlic can be confusing, because it’s often erroneously recommended by Dr. Google as a flea cure. It’s not effective against fleas, and garlic is best left out of a pet’s diet entirely. Final note: Veterinarians often recommend that ill pets who won’t eat be tempted with meat-variety baby food. But be careful to read the label: Some baby foods contain garlic and onions. Choose a brand without.

Some People Food Is Fine

Now that I’ve told you what you can’t share with your dog, I’m happy to share my favorite treats that you both can eat. Some words of warning first.
Treats count as food
More than half the nation’s pets are overweight or obese for the same reason people are: too much food and not enough activity. So while it’s OK, in general, to share healthy food with your pet, it’s not recommended that you do so in addition to your pet’s daily ration of the good diet your veterinarian recommends. Too many treats will either add on the pounds or unbalance the diet, and neither is a good result. Watch the size of the treats (break them up — dogs can count, but they can’t measure) and the frequency.
Treats can lead to behavior problems
If you give your pet a treat whenever he asks, be prepared for him to ask often — and to move to demand when a polite request doesn’t bring forth the goodies. If you don’t want your dog to beg, nudge your elbow or plate (or those of your guests), bark nonstop for treats or exhibit other annoying behaviors, make sure every treat you give is on your terms, not your dog’s. Even better: Use treats for training, which means you’ll be working toward a goal when the goodies come out.
OK, so what kinds of people food are good for sharing? My favorites are baby carrots and apple slices. I also like sharing blueberries, yogurt and lean bits of meat, such as baked or boiled chicken with the fatty skin removed. When in doubt, ask your veterinarian if a particular food is safe for your pet.
The bottom line: A little sharing can be okay. Just know what’s safe for your pet and make sure you’re not either helping your dog pack on the pounds or learn tricks you’d rather he not.
This article was written by Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker

Source: Wake Up World