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We all love our pets, and many of us would like to show them off to the world too. But how many pet-owner partnerships have what it takes to get to Crufts? But the good news is that it doesn't have to be scary, because there are lots of different events and levels of competition. For example, if you have a dog that's adorable but doesn't have a pedigree to rival Lady Victoria Hervey's, they can still take a turn at local Companion Shows. These are 'just for fun' events, but are judged.
Owners often accept that very young puppies will chew, but teething can go on a lot longer than the early 'puppy' weeks.
Short-haired cats usually need to be brushed once or twice a week, but long-haired felines, exotic shorthairs and moulting moggies need daily grooming. Older cats or those that are unwell need more help, too. All dogs benefit from daily grooming. Use a wire 'slicker' brush every day on silky and long-haired breeds. Non-shedding, curly haired dogs need daily grooming and professional clipping every few months. Wiry types need regular brushing and occasional professional grooming or 'stripping', while smooth-coated dogs just need a daily once-over with a soft brush or 'hound glove'. Rabbits need weekly brushing, but make it daily if he's shedding or a long-haired breed such as an Angora.
The life of Allen Parton, a former chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, changed in an instant when he was serving in the 1991 Gulf War. He suffered head injuries so severe that he remembered nothing of his wife and children and little of his past life; he was left partially paralysed and dependent on a wheelchair. Traumatised, amnesiac and unable to perform the most mundane tasks, Allen twice attempted suicide before a chance encounter with Endal, a remarkable Labrador Retriever, who helped him to adjust and cope with life.
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