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How will I keep an arthritic Ralph entertained?

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How will I keep an arthritic Ralph entertained?   That is a question I have asked myself several times as we started the regime of shorter walks. It is OK to take Ralph out several times a day for a short walk of no more than twenty minutes but that …


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We are a Five Star Service  

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  In July 2018 guidance was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to protect dogs being boarded in homes – the very service we offer at VIPPIES. You can read the document by following this link to the  Government Guidance   Having read it through we …


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The North Wind Doth Blow…

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The North wind doth blow, and we shall have snow. So, what will our pooches, kitties, and bunnies do then? There is nothing quite like a sunny, frosty winter’s day to lift the spirits after the grey skies and drizzle. And of course, anyone with children will know that they …


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Arthritis and your Dog – Ralph and Janes Story. Equafleece

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This is the third instalment of Jane Crofts’ experiences of living with an ageing dog now diagnosed with arthritis. Today is the coldest day so far, the Saturday before the Christmas weekend where we have weather warnings of freezing rain, howling gales and definitely a sofa day. The fabulous thing …


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Travelling by car? Stay safe.

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Travelling by car? Stay safe. For many years Jane Crofts worked in Road Safety focussed on making sure people stayed safe using the roads, cycle paths and footways. Today she is revisiting that experience and turning her attention to pets, particularly dogs: Over the years I ran campaigns covering all …


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Arthritis and your Dog – Ralph and Janes Story. Part 2

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This is the second instalment of Jane Crofts’ experiences of living with an ageing dog now diagnosed with arthritis.   Last time I wrote Ralph had just had his arthritis confirmed and I had a month’s supply of pain relief for him and some veterinary advice on his daily exercise. …


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Arthritis and your Dog – Ralph and Janes Story.

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Jane Crofts has agreed to share her experiences of living with an ageing dog as a follow up to her article ‘One ear up, one ear down’. For some time now I have had an inkling that Ralph was slowing up, getting old, a bit stiff. As an avid ball …


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Could You Save Your Pet’s Life ?

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Could you save your pet’s life? Jane Crofts thinks she is better equipped that she was a few days ago.   Those of you who have read my previous articles for VIPPIES will know that I am the devoted slave to Ralph, the nearly 12 years old border collie. So, …


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Doggy Day Care and Sleep Overs

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Doggy Day Care and Sleep Overs – why VIPPIES decided to offer an alternative to boarding kennels   VIPPIES has over a decade of experience in providing high quality care for animals with looking after your dog being at the heart of their business. After all, it started from a …


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Jane Crofts writes about Pet Insurance:

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Before I start I must make it clear that I have no qualifications to comment on insurance policies or financial matters, just a few years of experience as a pet slave and a dollop of common sense. This article is purely to help us all ‘paws’ for a think about …


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