Fur-ever friends

Dogs of all ages and breeds are saved at Dogwatch, a Christchurch charity which has been rehoming abandoned and surrendered dogs for 35 years – with no government or council funding. Need for its services, and forever homes for its hounds, is showing no signs of subsiding.     From its five-acre, purpose-built adoption centre […]


Rosie on the mend: Ourvets

This issue, Veterinarian Dr Geoff Mehrtens, shares Rosie’s journey to recovery, thanks to expert care from Ourvets.     Rosie was a happy, healthy six-year-old female Shih Tzu x Lhasa Apso who had become uncomfortable recently when urinating. A general examination of Rosie revealed no abnormalities; however, her owner Bridget had noticed that Rosie was […]

Dogged Determination

Dogged Determination: Q&A with Mark Vette

Mark Vette has trained animals for film and television locations around the world, such as Narnia and Lord of the Rings. He has his own television show Pound Pups to Dog Stars, where he transforms dogs on death row into happy, healthy, well-behaved dog stars.     But what’s perhaps even more impressive is that […]


A fix for the itch: Ourvets helps Garfunkel the poodle get back to his playful self

Scratch, scratch, scratch – veterinary clinic waiting rooms are filled with itchy dogs. It is an incredibly common and frustrating problem. Now, a safe new drug has put calm back into dozens of dogs’ lives. Garfunkel poodle was so named for his puffball-head of apricot fluff. He was bouncy and energetic until around age five, […]