Entries by jocksfood

Hunter with a heart of gold

Perhaps you’ve seen the video. Hunter, a 7-months Belgian Malinois and a 2-day old abandoned giraffe calf named Jazz lying side by side, licking and nuzzling each other. Basically one of the cutest things you’ve seen this year. We spoke to Yolande van der Merwe, Manager at The Rhino Orphanage where Hunter lives, to find out a little more about his remarkable affinity for guarding over the weak and vulnerable.

Retired heroes and the heroes who don’t forget about them

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said that the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it treats its animals. This thought can perhaps be taken further: how do we treat our old animals — the dogs who’ve given their lives to serve us? Lynne & Johann Wilhelm’s organization, Retreat 2 Eden, has a unique project which focuses specifically on retired service dogs. We spoke to Johann about their K9 Hero Project and got inspired.

Coming to the rescue of an old faithful friend

If there’s one national hero who deserves proper respect and dignity, it’s Just Nuisance, the legendary Great Dane of Simon’s Town. When his well-known bronze statue was vandalized, JOCK decided to step in and to come to the aid of our friend, by financing the restoration of the iconic landmark.

Feeling Blue: how one Boerboel brought a community together

When three dogs went missing in Westville, west of Durban, their owners, Blake and Karin Louwrens, had no idea how firmly the community would stand behind them. Not only did Blue become an unlikely poster girl — she also inspired a new non-profit organization called the Blue Bundu Brigade. JOCK spoke to the Louwrens’ friend and co-founder Karen Janisch to find out more.

Legends: A halo of hope in Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit might be a little forgotten corner close to the Kruger National Park in Limpopo for most of us. But for Hoedspruit Animal Outreach (or HALO), it’s the place where they make a huge difference to both the lives of dogs, their owners, and the wild animals of the area.

The confidence of caring

In the township of Mpophomeni in the KZN Midlands children are learning a very val-uable life lesson: that caring for other living beings enhances one’s own sense of self and confidence to achieve. JOCK spoke to Funda Nenja’s Adrienne Olivier about this remarkable project which uses dog training as a vehicle for personal development.

Legends: Vet books for Africa

Sharing is caring — the students of Vet Books for Africa. Knowledge is power. And for a small group of veterinary students of the University of Pretoria, this power is something they want to share to make a change in the world. JOCK spoke to Graham Taylor from Vet Books for Africa about their upcoming trip and how they are improving the lives of dogs and other animals.

Saving sighthounds four skinny legs at a time

A passion for sighthounds has brought a growing group of volunteers together with a single-minded vision: to find a loving home for every adorable, abandoned sighthound in the country. We spoke to Sighthound Rescue SA co-founder Cheryl Campbell about this inspiring project. One look at a whippet or greyhound in full flight on an open field is enough to understand the unbridled devotion of sighthound owners.

Know your breed: Biewer Terrier

Most dog lovers know the Yorkshire Terrier. Yet not many are aware of its cuter-than-cute relative — the Biewer Terrier. If you want to simplify things, you could say the Biewer Terrier is a Yorkie with some white thrown in, but this will upset purists, who are adamant that the Biewer Terrier is a new breed, […]

Ask the expert: Herbal insect repellents

With spring in the air and the hot summer months just around the corner, it’s time to say a reluctant hello to fleas and mosquitos again. There are several ways to treat fleas on dogs but most people are unaware that a number of herbs can be quite effective in preventing a flea infestation and keep those irritating mosquitoes where they belong — as far as possible from you and your dogs. 

Ask the expert: Bloating and GDV

An accumulation of gasses in your dog’s stomach, or bloating, is serious. In fact, untreated bloating can lead to severe problems within a couple of hours. Our in-house vet gives a quick overview of what to look out for and how to treat and prevent bloating and its nasty cousin, gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV).

Airport Heroes: Chasing birds to their hearts’ content

The symbiotic relationship between dogs and humans dates back thousands of years. Yet how many people know that dogs are hard at work to ensure our safety every time we get onto an aeroplane? We chatted to Melissa Hofmann, Senior Wildlife Officer at O.R. Tambo International Airport about the canine heroes who patrol the airfields […]

Know your breed: Greyhound

Known as the world’s fastest couch potatoes, Greyhounds are a very special breed of gentle snugglers. Let’s take a closer look at this elegant breed, with a history that goes back at least hundreds of years. Being extremely fast and agile, yet exceptionally loving and docile, the Greyhound has a loyal following. And like the […]

Ask the expert: Compulsive behaviour in dogs

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a well-known and quite common disorder in humans. But what about dogs? The short answer is that yes, compulsive behaviour in dogs can occur quite often. But what can you do if a dog can’t stop chasing his own tail or licking himself? Our experts take a quick look at some […]

The Lady and her Tramp

On the 4th of August, JOCK Dog Food invited dog lovers from all over Gauteng to join this year’s Lady and Her Tramp Event & Dog Walk at the idyllic Idlewild Country Estate with its panoramic views of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve.

Know your breed: Newfoundland

Big, furry, active and clumsily friendly, the Newfoundland is a working dog in the true sense of the word. Best suited to bigger spaces where it can get its webbed paws dirty to its heart’s content, the Newfoundland will make a wonderful family pet and an even better swimming partner.   Origins Like its names […]