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I know I go on about my dog a lot. And she is great. But did you hear the story about puppy-dog eyes and how dogs developed facial muscles (aka puppy-dog eyes) that would get humans to do things for them? Master manipulators. But a great tactic from an animal that is as needy as dogs can be. Think about it, in most animals (I’m emphasise most) newborns and offspring are independent relatively quickly. Calves are walking on their own within hours, birds are flying within weeks and baby alligators (not the cutest for sure) swim pretty much from the...

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There comes a point in every parent’s life when they need to let go and give their children space and independence. The same is true, to some extent, for our pets.
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When I was a kid, I often read the Dandy Comic. I remember one sketch which saw one of the characters putting dozens of puncture repair patches all over the tubes of his bike. When asked by another character what he was doing, he replied that he was putting the patches on BEFORE he got the puncture so he wouldn't have to repair it, when he actually did get a flat. In many respects I see the routine worming of both Dogs and Cats in a similar vein. Month on month people come to The Pet Parlour and ask for worming tablets....

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