Street dogs of Goa, India from a tourist’s-eye view. Photos by Nepali photographer, Karna Dura.
I am SARdog trainer, examiner and doghandler for 27 years and live in Germany. My profession is veterinarian for small animals. My former SAR unit was involved in international Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) missions after earthquakes. In 1999, we faced two heavy earthquakes in Turkey. For the second one, I was choosen as doghandler with my famous dog Amigo, and as team leader. We were fast on the spot, but we still came too late. Amigo only found dead bodies.
We know that socializing puppies is incredibly important if we want them to grow up friendly to everyone they meet and relaxed in unfamiliar surroundings. High quality early socialization provides a lifelong solid behavioral foundation to help a dog deal with whatever life might throw at him. But could it last longer than a lifetime? Could socialization actually extend to the behavior of a dog’s puppies?
It was obvious that they looked and felt better. At that time, I was still taking them in for yearly veterinary check-ups. The improvement was so obvious that for the first 3 years of this incredible journey, my veterinarian at the time was constantly amazed at their condition. He repeatedly told me he had never seen such healthy dogs and cats. He wanted to know what I was “supplementing” them with. He was certain that I had found some “magical” supplement that was making them so healthy!
Hi – I’m Dr Edward, a Holistic Home Visit veterinarian in Australia. I kicked off my career as a home visit vet some ten years ago. I was living in Townsville (in the tropical north of Australia) and had recently split up with my wife. I was sick to the back teeth of working in hospitals, always seeing scared, stressed out pets (not to mention being bossed around by bosses!). I was also slowly recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so I didn’t have the energy budget to take on a full time, high-pressure hospital position.
Let me introduce myself. I am an animal rescuer. I breathe it. I sleep it. I live it. It’s not what I do; it’s who I am. Many of us have a passion of some sort … for some it is art, or dance, or music; some people were ‘born to be’ parents or some type of caregiver. For me, it is everything ‘animal’.