Born a “Gog”Lover
By Stephanie Wilson
Born a “Gog” Lover, I adamantly took my toy “gogs” with me everywhere I went. In fact, I believed I was a “gog.” My mother tells me that I used to sit under the table, panting and begging for food (Obviously imitating bad behaviour). My dogs were my best friends.
After school I went on to study a Bsc. Genetics and then completed my honours in Entomology, during which I studied parasites. I endured multiple rejections from Onderstepoort during these years. I then had the greatest realisation that changed my life. If I don’t work with dogs every day, striving to make a difference in their lives, I will never be happy.
From Commodity To Companion
The story about Lucky, the security dog.
By Dr Tamsin Price
Lucky, a comrade shot in the line of duty. Taking a bullet to protect those who hardly took note of the being amongst them. A once glorious canine, a powerful force of muscle and mane reduced to a bag of bones with instant paralysis from the chest down.
Canine Sports Medicine
By Dr Tanya Grantham
Canine sports medicine is the new kid on the block. This branch of veterinary medicine includes orthopaedics, exercise physiology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology and nutrition. A critical partner to canine sports medicine is rehabilitation. Rehabilitation includes conditioning, maintaining and regaining fitness.
Canine sports are becoming increasingly popular. In South Africa perhaps the most prevalent is agility but IPO, gun dog trials, tracking and herding competitions are also very popular.