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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Issue: 16/04/2021

Hydrotherapy tragedy

Following recent publicity given to the tragic drowning of Stafford Tia, there is a call for more regulation to be put in place.
In a YouTube video clip, to my untrained eye the dog appeared too low in the water which caused it to frequently swallow water, when brought out it was in a state of collapse. Despite this we are told a repeat session took place when death occurred. 
Unless there are extenuating circumstances should not the owner be required by law to be present during these sessions, rather than more regulation?
Yours etc.
Ann Bradley


The positives 
of hemp oil

I read with interest article by Steve Dean (Health Matters) on Hemp Oil in the 9th April issue of OUR DOGS.
Whilst totally agreeing that such oils should only be purchased from a reputable seller, I do feel that I need to point out the positive, rather than the negative, aspects of hemp oil, in order to give a balanced opinion.
From a human point of view I can only sing the praises of hemp oil, having previously suffered from PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica) for many years. Since taking this oil my mobility has come back to near normal and I no longer suffer the pain I used to and I sleep much better at night.
From a canine aspect I have seen many remarkable changes which have been made to dogs’ lives, thanks to hemp oil.
We own a boarding kennels and sell the same brand of hemp oil, currently advertised in OUR DOGS, to our clients. I have been witness to several changes for the good brought about the daily use of this hemp oil. I have seen the temperaments of both anxious and nervous dogs vastly improve, but the two recent cases which come to mind are Stella, a 13-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, whose owner, in 2019 truly believed that he would not be bringing her in to board with us for much longer as her health was so bad. She had poor mobility and found it hard to stand up, occasionally falling over. She had no real quality of life. Just weeks after starting her on Hemp Oil she was running around and we are told she can now climb the stairs once again and jump into her favourite chair, something which she has not done for a long time.
Miley, a five or six year old Labrador was constantly scratching underneath her chin, causing hair loss, soreness and eventual bleeding. When she came into kennels we had to put an Elizabethan collar on her to prevent further damage and suffering. Her owner had been to the vets on a number of occasions, spending a great deal of money on skin tests, tablets and balms, all to no avail. We suggested that he might wish to try hemp oil, which he was more than willing to do. After a week Miley had stopped scratching and two months after that her hair had all grown back and there was no more soreness or bleeding.
So, whilst I do agree with Mr. Dean that you should be careful from where you buy these oils, there are some more reputable ones which actually do work, and work well.
Yours etc, 
Martin Leigh


Public places and leads

I am writing to you about an incident which happened in Rowley Regis, West Midlands in which two dogs got into a garden of a house and attacked awoman who sadly lost her life. It is believed the dogs were American Pit Bulls.
When people take their dogs for a walk they should keep the dogs on a lead, but some people do not bother and some people who are afraid of dogs are very cautious, which is the reason why people should keep their dogs on leads in a park or public place. 
It makes me angry when you see people in parks or public places with dogs off the lead.
Yours etc,
Rod Phillips
Pointer info please

THIS PAINTING painting of a Pointer by the eminent canine artist Maud Earl is now in The David Roche Foundation house museum in Adelaide and was purchased by Mr David Roche (1930-2013) at auction in 2006.
Our hope is that someone would be able to identify the Pointer, or who owned it, as despite extensive research no one seems to know anything about it. Maud Earl was instructed in the art of painting pointers by William Arkwright.
Maud Earl painted for many rich and famous dog owners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, not all titled and dated. What is known is that this painting appeared in Buchanan’s Black & White whisky advertisements around 1915.
Perhaps someone will recognise the painting or have a photo depicting the painting hanging in the background.
Any information would be very much appreciated.
Yours etc.
Geoff Sauer
Guide, TDRF
gsauer@bigpond.net.au

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