Category Archives: Infographics

30 Days of Gratitude: #1 & #2

Ok, so I’m going to start a 30 day Gratitude exercise. And I’m using this graphic (see below) that I found on Pinterest. 

Let’s see what changes come about by the end of this exercise. If nothing else, it’ll be a cathartic exercise and help me focus on my intentions.

As it’s the 2nd of January, 2017, I’ll start with the first 2 today.

#1 What smell are you grateful for today?

– it’s got to be my new handwash – sweet orange and almond. 9 out of 10 of the homes of my petsitting/dogwalking clients seem to have this particular handwash in common, and I like the smell so much I bought a bottle of it myself for Christmas. A bonus? The brand name is “thankyou”, how apt is that? 😄

#2 What technology are you grateful for?

– the internet and WiFi. Without which I could not do half the things I want to, or explore the world from my armchair, or learn new skills; or meet new people, or admire artists and inspirational figures, etc. The internet is my window to the world at large. So yeah, I’m grateful to have ready access to it. 

When is a Pit Bull not a Pit Bull?

Pit bulls get bad rap, not because they’re bad, but because people are ignorant. The Media would like us to believe that any stocky dog with a big head is a ferocious Pit Bull about to attack you. Hype and a certain degree of mass hysteria only add fuel to the fire. Then along come the governments to poke their fingers in the pie…and introduce moronic laws called “Breed Specific Legislation” (aka the “Bull Shit Law”). Which only goes to demonise Staffy-type dogs even further in the eyes of Society.

Never mind that there are specific breeds called the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Never mind that they are completely distinctive breeds in their own right. The majority of people can’t tell, so they just label any of these as “Pit Bulls”, and expect the dogs to be ferocious man-eating beasts.

I’ve heard conversations where one person tells how her cousin’s sister’s boyfriend’s father’s ex-wife’s brother-in-law was bitten and mauled by a pit bull, followed by the all-knowing statement, “Of course, everyone knows those dogs are dangerous and aggressive and should be made illegal in this country”.

Such ignorance!

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Right, so here’s an infographic showing the differences between an English Staffy, a Pit Bull Terrier and an AmStaff. Basically, in the minds of a lot of people, Staffy = Pit Bull = Death & Destruction. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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This is just how ferocious they are.

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Touch that duck and you die…from laughter.

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Yes, they really have flip-top lid mouths!

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They really, really hate being dressed up.

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This is so true. They are terrible bed-hogs. Actually no…the Whole bed belongs to them. You sleep on the floor.

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You won’t be able to stop at having just 1, 2 or even 3.

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Even 5’s not a crowd…

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And at the end of the day, how can you resist that look? It just melts your heart.

Staffies, Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds…all maligned in the past because of human ignorance and obstinacy. When in reality there are no bad breeds, just bad people.

Before you buy that puppy…

I found this infographic on Pinterest. I love infographics, by the way, and when I find one about dogs, that’s even better. I’m starting to have quite a collection of dog-related infographics now, in my Pinterest board “Dogs 101”.

This particular infographic gives you a heads up on what to expect from a growing puppy. I would advise you to please look at it BEFORE you even contemplate getting a puppy, or even a grown up dog. The reason being that any dog is, depending on its breed, anything from 8 to 20 years’ worth of commitment. Are you sure you’re up to it? If not, get a soft toy instead.

A few things to consider when thinking of getting a puppy:

1. Adopt, don’t shop. When you buy from a backyard breeder or a puppy farm, you’re fueling the breeder’s motivation to produce even more puppies for profit. Puppies are hard work, and will try their owner’s patience – dog Shelters are already full of half-grown adolescent dogs that have ended up there not because they’ve done anything wrong, but because their owners gave up on them too early. Please don’t add your puppy to the list. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of raising a puppy to adulthood, then get an adult dog instead. Rescue is the best breed.

2. Get the type of dog that’s compatible with your lifestyle. Don’t get a breed just because you like the look of it, or, even worse, because it’s fashionable and all the celebrities have one. For example, don’t get a Border Collie if your lifestyle is sedentary and your idea of a holiday is to sit and watch TV all day. Because your border collie will drive you mad with its incessant demands to play or go for a walk or just Do Something, and you will BOTH end up going crazy. Similarly, don’t get a British Bulldog if you want a jogging companion or someone to go hill-climbing or hiking with. If you’re obsessed with keeping your house clean from top to bottom, don’t get an Old English Sheepdog…unless of course you’re into the furry look.

3. Find a dog whose temperament suits your own. If you’re an introvert, get an introvert dog. If you’re an extrovert, get an extrovert dog. Yes, these things really do exist…introverts are those shy, timid dogs who just want to be left in peace. Extroverts are the bouncy ones full of energy, who always initiate play and are the first to explore that bush. With puppies it can be harder to tell…but generally, the ones clambering over their littermates or roughhousing them will be the bossy, outgoing ones.

4. Keeping pets is expensive. Consider the cost of vaccinations, booster shots every 1-3 years, dog food, treats, toys, vet bills, the cost of desexing the dog (the wisest choice unless you’re a registered breeder), not to mention replacing your entire set of furniture when your puppy has chewed everything to pieces. When you go away on holiday, you’ll either bring your dog along, which means having to find pet-friendly accommodation (not always easy), or leaving them at boarding kennels (more expenses), or, hiring a pet-sitter to visit and walk and feed your dog while you’re away.

5. Puppies are cute when they’re very young and small. But soon they’ll grow and lose some of their cuteness. That puppy that you thought was going to be a medium-sized dog has turned into a monster the size of a pony. It’s outgrown its bed, crate, dog bowls, toys, your house even. What are you going to do?

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