Enjoying the Joy Dogs

Thank you Sue Green. Thank you Jazmine, Thank you Orion, Thank you Yola. You brought us Joy!

We are going to meet the Joy Dogs…

They also visit institutions for the therapeutic and caring aspect that they can bring. They visit physically and mentally challenged people in institutions and aged facilities.

By popular demand they started the wellness division of the JOY dogs in the second half of 2013. This is now their primary focus.

Come to the Artists Cafe between 12:00 and 15:00 and meet celebrities! The Joy Dogs will be there…Yes, Sue Green, who has always had a special interest in dogs and has been involved in dog handling and training for 20 years will be in town, with her pack of Old English Sheepdogs. She has assisted in running support groups together with a psychologist and social worker, focusing on helping people with personality disorders and psychological problems.

Apart from being glamorous movie stars, the Joy Dogs has been serving the educational sector since 2011. It has been their mission to educate learners about responsible pet ownership and safety around dogs.  

Orion is now the new Dulux Dog and features in the advert currently being flighted on TV!

Come and meet them.

Cluny Animal Trust

Cluny Animal Trust

About Cluny Animal Trust

Come sink a putt to save a mutt!

It is for a good cause. Cluny Animal Trust really do good work. And if you do not play, go watch.

The Cluny Animal Trust (CAT) is a non-profit veterinary welfare organisation that was established in 2011 to serve the needs of animals owned by impoverished residents of the Eastern Free State and further afield.

CAT stems from Dr Katherine Barker’s sterilisation programme established in 2004 and it is currently run from her small veterinary clinic in Fouriesburg and her satellite practice in Clarens.

The Challenge

The sad reality is that there is a growing number of animals who receive little or no veterinary care and/or are victims of neglect, abuse, poor living conditions, lack of socialisation, dog-fighting or other forms of animal cruelty. Most recently, the very real problem that has now come to our attention is puppy-farming – which is seen as an opportunity to make a ‘quick buck’ with puppies being offered on the town square in Clarens on a Saturday morning. The poor economic climate in the Eastern Free State remains a barrier and significantly affects the ability of many pet owners to properly care for their animals.

The Cluny Animal Trust aims to:

  • End the needless suffering of animals by providing veterinary treatment
  • Educate owners in proper animal care, feeding and preventive treatment
  • Run a small animal hospital and a mobile clinic
  • Sterilise animals to prevent unwanted litters
About those polar bear plunges

About those polar bear plunges

…and what’s the best way to take the plunge? By taking a slow walk into the water…
That is what those in the know say. You are suppose to acclimate the body to the cold.
“It could be just that exercise is good for you, maybe just dunking yourself in water is good for you, or the social aspect of doing the swim in one big group is good for you.”
…and where did this idea originate from?

Polar bear plunges aren’t all that new: Russians and Scandinavians have been dipping in frigid waters for health reasons for centuries.

In many Canadian communities, dipping a toe into icy water is a New Year’s Day tradition. Vancouver’s annual Polar Bear Swim Club has been active since 1920 and usually has 1,000 to 2,000 registered participants every New Year’s Day, and  2,128 registered for the Polar Bear Swim in English Bay in 2000.

But the Nieuwjaarsduik sees at least 30 000 humans diving into the icy cold sea water at Scheveningen, The Netherlands’ main beach resort town, every year since 1960!

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