Herald - Issue 458

Page 76 • The HERALD • 30th May 2024 v SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE HERALD v ANIMAL MAGIC • Dog Walking • Horse Care and Sitting • Pet Sitting In the Southampton/New Forest area Why Me? • Professional and reliable • Fuly police checked • Qualfied and 20+ years experience • Fully insured • Pet First Aid/CPR trained • Competitive prices Please call or email Charmaine for further information on 07772 241819 Vearspetandequineserices@outlook.com www.vearspetandequineservices.com Vear’s Pet and Equine Services Charmaine Vear has over 20 years of experience in caring for animals including dogs, cats, horses, ponies and poultry; she recently set up Vear’s Pet and Equine Services o ering excellent pet and equine care. Vear’s Pet and Equine Services covers the New Forest and Southampton areas, o ering a range of services, whether you need help looking a er a beloved pet whilst you are at work or need someone to tend to your animals whilst you are away. Charmaine prides herself on being professional and reliable, providing a safe and fun environment for your pet. She o ers dog walking, horse care and sitting and pet sitting where she will visit your home, play with your pet and let them in the garden. Your pets will be in safe hands as Charmaine is Pet First Aid and CPR trained, she is fully insured and has been fully police checked. Charmaine comments: “I’m passionate about animals and find it really rewarding working with them and love being outside in all weathers. As a pet owner myself I know what it’s like to leave your beloved pet in somebody else’s care while you’re away or busy working. I’ve experienced this first-hand and just the reassurance of knowing that I’ve left my pet with Charmaine Vear, Vear’s Pet and Equine Services someone caring, loving and kind, knowledgeable and understanding makes me feel reassured and inspired me to want to provide this for my clients too.” For more information or to book your pet in with Vear’s Pet and Equine Services please email: vearspetandequineservices@outlook.com or call: 07772 241819 or follow Vear’s Pet and Equine Services on Facebook and Instagram. More information can be found by visiting their website: www.vearspetandequineservices.com Don’t Overwhelm Your Rescue Dog by Rachel Clark IMDT, ADT-DTC, Little Rascals Dog Coaching e New Forest Wildlife Park is delighted to announce the recent birth of ve European mou on lambs. Arriving on the 5th, 9th and 11th April, these adorable additions are a testament to the park’s dedication to the conservation of this unique wild sheep species. “We’re incredibly excited to welcome these new mouflon lambs,” comments Animal Manager Adam Ford. “As one of only two UK collections to showcase mouflon, we play an important role in educating the public about this fascinating species and contributing to their ongoing conservation.” European mou on are native to the Mediterranean islands and were introduced across Europe for hunting. Now well-established, they o er a fascinating glimpse into the history of domestic livestock and the delicate balance between introduced species and Wildlife Park Celebrates Birth of Rare European Mouflon Lambs It’s tempting when you adopt a dog to want to introduce them to all your favourite places and people straight away but this is o en overwhelming. If you’ve ever moved to live in a di erent country or even a di erent county, you might remember how disorientating it can feel at rst. Not knowing anyone, not knowing where anything is, not understanding the language or sometimes the accent! For your dog it’s even more disorientating because it wasn’t their choice to move nor do they understand why. e equivalent of someone putting you in a van one day, taking you somewhere and saying “Here’s your new family, time to be happy!” The need for safety: During the rst few months of a dog’s life, they’re learning about what’s safe and what’s not. A er this they’re more likely to respond to novel situations with fear rather than curiosity. is is bene cial for survival. For a newly rescued dog, particularly one from overseas, everything is novel and potentially threatening. It’s also important to remember all the senses are involved in this, particularly scent. Dogs see the world through their nose. The rule of 3’s: e rule of 3’s is a general guideline that helps with understanding the recovery process that a newly rescued dog may go through. In the rst 3 days, dogs will be stressed. Like us, di erent dogs respond to stress in di erent ways. Some will try not to be noticed, avoiding eye contact – this is o en mistaken as being ‘good’. Some will seem hyperactive or overly boisterous – o en mistaken for con dence. Others will try to escape, while some may be brave enough to bark or growl (ask for space). Over the rst few weeks, dogs may gradually feel safer. About 3-4 weeks in is o en when people will report that their previously quiet rescue has started growling or barking more or testing boundaries. is is o en a sign the dog is feeling safe enough to show their feelings. It’s also why responsible rescues o en have a 3 week assessment period before advertising dogs for adoption. So they can assess what sort of home they need. A er 3 months, dogs may begin to feel more at home, more settled into their new routines and part of the family. Slow down! When you take your dog home for the rst time, your rst priority should be helping them feel safe. Familiarise them with your home and garden rst, let them decompress. en when you start with a walk, go to quiet places rst, don’t put them under pressure. If you need help with your rescue dog, you can book a free chat with me via www.littlerascalsdogcoaching. co.uk/#book-a-call native ecosystems. e park’s herd currently consists of one ram, four ewes, and their new lambs. Visitors will notice the ram’s impressive curly horns, a sign of maturity and dominance, while the ewes typically have smaller horns or none at all. Mou on live in small herds which are led by an older ewe, with rams o en forming separate groups outside of the October/November rutting season. A er a ve-month gestation period, ewes give birth to one or two lambs in March/April, nursing them for about six months. While the IUCN classi es European mou on as feral, the New Forest Wildlife Park recognises their educational value and actively participates in breeding programs. reats like habitat loss, poaching, and disease transmission from domestic livestock highlight the need for ongoing conservation e orts. e New Forest Wildlife Park champions mou on conservation, as highlighted by a record-breaking 14 lambs born in April 2022! “By showcasing mouflon, we can educate our visitors about the challenges facing wild sheep populations and the importance of responsible wildlife management.” explains Keeper Jenn Rawson. “It’s heartwarming to see our herd expanding and know we’re making a difference.” e New Forest Wildlife Park invites visitors to come and see these charming new lambs while discovering the importance of mou on conservation. For more information visit: www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk Mouflon lamb and mother

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