It’s a Dog’s Life: Dogs Around the World

Hi there fiends!

The olympics are off to a flying start, even if there have been a few troubles with the accommodation! I watched the swimming yesterday and there are athletes there who are even better at me at moving through the water. Although I still think it’s a pity there is no doggy paddle category.

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It got me thinking about how many people there are around the world, and the countries they live in… and more importantly the dog fiends in those countries! So I thought this week we could look at dogs around the world, starting with here in the UK.

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We get treated very nicely here, I would recommend it to my fiends around the world. Just look at how Andy Murray treated his fiends Maggie May and Rusty when he won his Olympic medals…

 

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America is a lot like here too. Dogs are considered pets and are looked after really well, although sometimes that does mean silly fancy dress!

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It’s a similar story in Italy and France…

However, life in India is very different for dog fiends, much like it can be for human fiends too! Dogs are found outside and on the streets much more, running wild and free with no scary trips to the vet’s! But this does mean sometimes their fur isn’t as shiny and they can get I’ll more easily. It makes me feel very lucky.

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Stray dogs surround an Indian roadside tea vendor as he reaches into a packet of cookies to feed them on a street in Allahabad , India, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Did you know in Saudi Arabia the only way dogs can be kept in the home as ‘pets’ is if they are classed as working dogs!? You find working dogs all over the world, as guide dogs, hearing dogs, sheep dogs, police, drug sniffers, money sniffers and security dogs! Attitudes are changing all over the world, and China – who hosted the 2008 Olympics – are even beginning to keep dogs as pets, which is great because they were not that nice to dog fiends to say the least.

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But my absolute favourite place for dog fiends to be is definitely Nepal. I think I’ll ask Mum to take me there for our holidays next year! They have a whole festival for animals each year and on the second day, known as Kukur Tihar or Khikchã Puja (meaning worship of the dogs), people place garlands, tika (a Hindu marking), and offer yummy foods to dogs to recognise the special relationship between humans and dogs.

They believe dogs are messengers of Lord Yamaraj, the God of Death, and so it is very important to treat them well. So remember that the next time you see me or one of my fiends!

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How do you spoil your pets? Do you live in a different country to me? What is it like? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

Until next time fiends

R x

Tennis, Cycling and KISSING!

Hello there fiends!

How are you this week? It’s been quite the week for me out and about with my fiends exploring. You may have seen some of my posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I’ve been continuing to follow the tennis and support Andy Murray! Fingers crossed for him, you can see above I am hoping for a repeat of 2013.

The Tour de France also began last weekend and I have been cheering them on while admiring the beautiful French scenery, it has made me feel a little French in the head.

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Mark Cavendish is currently in the Green Jersey, meaning he is the current leader in the points competition. Although we all know it is all about the yellow jersey!

I’ll take the yellow cap instead of the jersey! …

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All this exercise reminds me of the endurance needed to compete! I have had lots of practise from my long walks across Devon.

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It would be easier by car!

I also do a bit of agility training and that takes lots of mental and physical endurance for us pups!

You may have seen this week it was National Kissing Day and my social media was covered with images of people sharing the love. Here are some of my favourites and of course my own, sharing the puppy love!

 

 

 

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Sharing the love and kissing my horsey fiend

Have a great week fiends, until next time

R x