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Land of Holistic Pets

Holistic Dog Foods and Herbs

All our foods are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. No wheat, corn soy, beef or pork in any of our diets.

Suitable for dogs with eczema, itchy skin, excess shedding, hot spots, waxy ears, runny eyes, tooth tarter, bad breath, hyperactive, chewing feet, colitis, IBS, pancreatitis, epilepsy, overfull anal glands and many more health issues. An excellent alternative to many veterinary only diets. Please contact us if you are uncertain!

Pet health starts with the diet.

Visit www.landofholisticpets.co.uk

or www.landofholisticpets.ie.

For your dogs holistic diet

Kind regards

George Burns

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Bantry Pony Trekking

We are a small family run pony trekking yard using rescued horses and ponies as we feel this is a non-exploitative way for them to earn their keep.

We encourage a hands on approach from people who want to get involved or learn more, we offer student work placements, working pupils etc as well  pay by the hour rides.

The private trails are around the farm and up to the summit of Mullaghmesha, where, 580m above sea level, the views are breathtaking and cover a vast area of the West Cork coastline,  (on a clear day, and barely your mounts ears in a good Celtic mist)

Rides commence with an assessment form, then fitting with helmets, body protectors and riding boots, provided by us, before you meet your horse and head for the hills! – well maybe not quite so fast! First you mount in an enclosed riding arena and are shown how to sit, hold the reins etc and control your mount ,a condensed lesson in four minutes! For new or nervous riders an escort will walk beside you at all times if you wish.

Our web site is  www.bantryponytrekking.com

Our facebook page is www.facebook.com/bantry.ponytrekking




Christmas Appeal 2012

It costs on average €170 to care for a dog and €100 to care for a cat while in a rescue centre.

This year our partner rescue centres are full to capacity with up to 70 dogs and 150 cats in their individual care at any one time.

This Christmas we are asking our customers to help us, help them.

Donations of money or practical gifts such as food, beds, cat litter, flea treatments,

worming treatments and collars / leads are all welcomed, and can be made at the collection points in your local Petmania Store.

Average costs for caring for a dog in care:

  • €10 release fee to rescue a dog from the local dog pound
  • €30 per month to keep him fed
  • €30 for up to date vaccinations
  • €75 Neuter (male) / €125 Spay (female)

Flea, worming and other medical treatments are also essential costs for all dogs in care, while the day-to-day running costs such as as electricity, heating etc are not accounted for in these figures.

Please give what you can and help our local rescue centres, or consider giving a forever home to one of their needy dogs or cats. Donations can be made at your local Petmania store.

All donations will go directly to supporting our partner rescue centre with works with your local store.



The South African Masters Games,

Open to Polocrosse Veterans from all countries

Open to lady players who are 35+ and men players who are 40+ on the 1st January 2013.

The event is for individual entries in the chukka champs format and will be held at Inanda Country Base, Rose rd, Kyalami.

The tournament will be played on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2013

With a formal SAMSA evening in Pretoria on the Friday evening.

We will organise transport from Lonehill/Kyalami to and from this evening.

Horses can be stabled at ICB or GHS (approximately R150phpn).

Saturday evening will be prize giving (SAMSA medals) and festivities at the ICB clubhouse

With Sunday left to transport horses home.

We have already had a great response and look forward to more Vets putting their names down

and the R600 deposit required to PASA to enter the tournament by the end of January 2013.

Please encourage international Veteran players to join us if they can,

and judging by the response to providing horses from this year’s Vets tour,

we should easily be able to provide them with suitable mounts thanks to our generous SA Vets players.

Please forward to anyone who may be interested!

Kind Regards,

Anne Hayden

PASA Vets Co-ordinator

 083 655 7906 



Results of Wicklow Area IPS Awards:

Novice Pony of the Year –

Katriona Hall’s Bobby Eoin (Laura Hall)

Starter Stakes Pony of the Year –

Zara Stassin’s Rumworth Moonlight (Sadhbh Stassin Peelo)

Show Hunter Pony of the Year –

Polly Lacey’s Northern Fanfare (Chloe Lacey)

Working Hunter Pony of the Year –

Polly Lacey’s Whitmere Jenny Wren (Chloe Lacey)

Intermediate Pony of the Year –

Pat Geoghgan Seaview Tayto (Aine Geoghegan)

Overall Pony of the Year –

Zara Stassin’s Rumworth Moonlight (Sadhbh Stassin Peelo)


My Canine Companion- Assistance Dog’s for Children with Autism

My Canine Companion is a Cork based charity founded in 2011 which provides Assistance Dogs to children living with Autism. Our charity was founded by Cliona O’Rourke a native of Blarney and a dog trainer of many years standing.

Cliona, is a leader in the field of Assistance dog training with 9 years experience in the area and 16 years as a qualified dog trainer. Cliona implemented the first autism assistance dog programme in Ireland with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, having completed her training in Canada. She has worked with over 150 families between Ireland and Canada and has also assisted schools in the Netherlands and England developing their programmes.

Having left IGDB and giving birth to her first child, Cliona formally opened My Canine Companion on the 16th of June 2011. Cliona believed that a small charity would be better positioned to meet the growing demands for Assistance dogs amongst families of children living with Autism.

By the end of 2011 we had released five fully trained assistance dogs and had a growing waiting list of families desperately trying to get their own life changing dogs. A steady expansion of the charity continued in 2012 with the allocation of charity status by the Government. Our puppy training programme was extended allowing the charity to place Assistance Puppies with families at ten weeks old. This programme is the first of its kind in Ireland and over the coming years will see over 30 such pups graduate into fully trained Assistance Dogs.

An autism assistance dog is a highly trained dog that has reached the required standard of Assistance Dogs Europe. Their training includes up to 14 months on our puppy raising or dog socialization schemes, followed by up to 6 months intensive training with our instructors at our training centre in Blarney Co Cork.

Our dogs are trained to remain calm in every situation and it is this calming effect that transfers to the child who is attached to the dog.

How it works is simple. Once partnered with a family the and child quickly form a bond of friendship that is unbreakable. In most cases a child with Autism will have few or no friends outside the family circle so the child quickly develops a deep trust in his or her assistance dog. The dog becomes a constant companion, offering unconditional love and friendship to the child.

When out with their dog the child is tethered to a specially designed jacket that the dog wears. The tether, which is clipped to the dog’s coat, is also attached to the belt worn around the Child’s waist. The child then holds a handle on the dog’s coat.The parent has a lead that is attached to the dog and walks behind the dog and child.The dog is trained to walk ahead with the child yet respond to verbal commands given by the parent e.g. the dog will stop at any obstacle in its path including curbs, will turn left when instructed “left” and right when instructed “right” and so on.

The dogs help increase safety levels when out in public and in crowed areas. The dogs alleviate bolting behaviors, common in Autistic children, by acting as an anchor when tethered to the child. The tether provides independence for the child by eliminating the need for the child to hold the parents hand. This in turn leads to a greater freedom and peace of mind for the parent while out shopping for instance and it is this reduced stress level and greater peace of mind that makes for a more positive experience for all.

We are now 17 months old and we have partnered 14 fully trained assistance dogs with families across the country. This has all been made possible by the tremendous efforts of our army of fundraisers who waste no opportunity to raise money to keep our services going. As a registered charity we receive no government funding at all. It costs €10,000 to train an Assistance Dog before we even look at the overheads associated with the day to day running of our organization.

Our fundraising consists of flag days/street collections, bag packing grocery bags in Dunne Stores or Tesco, sponsored walks, runs, body waxing, sky dives, entertainment nights, cars washing, bake sales, school functions, and any other amount of money making ideas our team of volunteers come up with. We are always looking for new and exciting ways to fund our charity so please feel free to contact us if you would like to help. info@mycaninecompanion.ie

Our 2013 Calendars are now on sale priced €8 and are available to buy on our web site. These calendars are a great Christmas present for family or friends and a must for the dog lovers out there.

If you would like more information on our charity and the services we provide please check out or web site www.mycaninecompanion.ie or phone 021 451 66 56 during office hours.

 Registered Charity CHY No: 20023



New Product launch for Ireland:



Sea Horse Atlantic has combined passion for animals with the marine environment to bring your horse, cat and dog veterinary recommended supplements from the sea. Our unique concentrated feed supplements are derived from organically grown kelp which is low in iodine so safe to feed daily, ruling out iodine toxicity. Combined expertise in marine biology, zoology and the aquaculture industry has developed Kelp Care™ feed supplements for promoting the health of you cat, dog and horse.Kelp Care™ high quality horse feed supplements are naturally rich in:

  • Vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

For more details check out

Sea Horse Atlantic, Oak mount, Castletownbere, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel office :  +353 (0)27 71663  (Mon/Thurs/Fri)      
 Email : info@seahorseatlantic.ie

Mobile:  +353 (0)85 1392280



Job opportunity for Dog lovers

Like Dogs??? Looking for extra income ??? Why not set up your own dog walking business !!!

Check out www.dogwalkbusiness.info for more details