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Astrology & Dogs … Yes or No?


I have mixed feelings when it comes to astrology. I will occasionally read my horoscope, and if it’s a good one I will like it and believe it, but if it’s a bad or strange one, I will ignore it and think what a lot of ….

Just out of interest I dug into the horoscopes of my dogs and some of the things I read there are pretty interesting. Here are some:

Mr. Tank, Scottie ~ Aries: March 21 – April 20

The sign of Aries is the Ram which is ruled by the planet Mars. Mars is known as “the bright and burning one” ruled by passion and drive. Aries is a fire sign which makes the Aries dog confident and strong. Taking no for an answer is not in their mindset. When an Aries dog does not come when they are called, don’t take it personally. As a fire sign, the Aries dog is extremely smart and playful. They want to be the centre of your world and your possessions. Naturally inquisitive and self-assured, the Aries dog can find themselves getting into accidents and you may find yourself at the vet more than you would like.

According to this all terriers should be Aries as taking no for an answer is definitely not normal and they also have pretty strong selective hearing. But again it all depends what kind of treats I have in my pocket! Luckily there’ve been no accidents in Mr. Tank’s life, and I don’t think he is as inquisitive as he thinks he is.

Martha, Scottie ~ Leo: July 21 – August 20

The sign of Leo is the Lion which is ruled by the Sun. The sun is warming, noble, and generous. Leo is a fire sign with energy to burn. Leos love the outdoors and everything that comes with it. They also enjoy barking. It doesn’t matter if a Leo dog is with you or at the dog park, he or she loves to be the centre of attention. A huge positive of having a dog with their sign in Leo is that they are the most loyal dogs in the zodiac.

This pretty much fits on Martha! Endless energy, centre of attention, organising everyone and she does enjoy barking … sometimes even for no reason. Or at least I don’t know the reason… I’m sure she has one?

Rosie ~ Taurus: April 21 – May 20

The sign of Taurus is the Bull which is ruled by the planet Venus. Venus is the planet of love, beauty, and gentleness. Taurus is an earth sign and creates a lot of willpower. The Taurus dog wants to have their cake and eat it too. When they want to do something, then that is the way it is going to be. Taurus dogs are inherently shy and need to feel safe. They love to be shown affection but only when they are in the mood. The Taurus dog needs a balanced and peaceful environment. Loud noises and chaos will get them stressed and upset.

Yes, Rosie is beautiful and gentle, and yes she has lots of willpower to get the forgotten snack out of my hand bag, to bark in the morning until I get up and feed her … but Rosie, shy? No way. She is one of the most confident dogs I’ve ever had, loud noises don’t bother here (actually she loves fireworks and gets really excited from all the bangs and lights), she ignores any chaos … and stress and upset? I’ve seen her upset only once when she had a sick puppy and didn’t know what to do with it. That was upsetting for all of us.

If you want to find out more about dogs and astrology, take a look at this article in Dogs Naturally magazine and I’d love to know, in the comments below, if the horoscope matches your dog’s personality or not?

Jitka xx

Vita Canis Style to Rescue 2018 mentioned as one of the highlight events of 2018!

I was recently asked to contribute to an article for TG Magazine, where I shared some of the highlights of the 2018 Style to Rescue Dog Grooming Competition and I wanted to share these with you!

In a recent issue of the TG magazine, Heidi Anderton looked back at some of the most innovative products, services, and events in 2018. To my delight, she mentioned Vita Canis Style to Rescue, but not only that, we were mentioned as one of the highlights of 2018.

For all of us who organised this event, it was definitely the highlight. And as you can see in some of the comments, below, that were left for us from the rescue centres, it was the same for them and their dogs as well!
And not forgetting, Style to Rescue was also nominated for event of the year in the industry achievement awards. We are so proud of this nomination.

Looking ahead, as you know, we are already preparing for the 2019 event which will be even better and hopefully will raise even more much-needed money for the rescue centres. The date for your diary is 28th April 2019 … save it!

We will have fantastic speakers and demonstrations on the day such as; Julie Harris who will be talking about skin and hair; Adam Dunn, the dog behaviourist, will share his tips and advice on dog training, Denise Westbrook will host a demo with one of her lovely poodles and Alison Rogers with one of her bichons.

Here are few words from the rescue centres that took a part in Style to Rescue 2018:
The Style to Rescue grooming competition was an absolutely amazing experience. I am not a groomer but a supporter and fundraiser of Many Tears who was asked if I could go along with a stall and dog for grooming. I have to admit that as I am not a groomer that I had never heard of Vita Canis and had no idea what to expect from a grooming competition. It was fantastic and the Vita Canis staff, judges and groomers were so friendly, made us feel so welcome and took amazing care of our dogs. Many Tears is a rescue which mainly takes in ex-breeders and unsold puppies. We really appreciate being asked to attend Style to Rescue and are busier than ever, with so many dogs needing our help. It is only through support like this that we are able to continue as we take in many dogs with serious medical problems that need addressing such as spinal problems, heart problems etc, that the vet bills are vast. We are so grateful for donations and financial support as well as positivity and raising awareness of what we do, which are invaluable and we need them more than ever. Vita Canis Style to Rescue provided this, funds to help with operations and the opportunity to raise awareness of the Many Tears and the dogs looking for homes.

~ Liz Middleton, Many Tears

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that was involved in this event, as a rescue, any help that we can get with the dogs is always appreciated and most welcome.

Alexa is now with her new family, she looked so lovely after she had been to the grooming competition, and how could they not resist her! Oh and she smelled gorgeous too!

Goofy was also lucky enough to be included in the grooming event, when he first came to me he was unrecognisable, he was very matted and dirty, but just look at his transformation, and now he is happy with his new mum and his pals.

Brian is such a special little dog that has had such a terrible life before coming to me, he looked fantastic after his makeover and is now with a fantastic family.

~ Hessa Riddett, Hessa’s Homeless Hounds

When Rhia-Louise and I were asked to supply dogs for the Style to Rescue competition we were nervous and excited all at once. We were excited because people would see my amazing dogs with their disabilities. But we asked ourselves: How will our dogs react? They all have been hurt in some way by humans from all over the world. And now they would be handled by strangers… Then I have to choose dogs that needed a haircut. So off we went with 5 dogs out of my 25: Thomas Cook, Macey Gray, Patrick Swayze, Sammy Davis Jr, Mildred Rooper and of course Sir Elton John. The day was so well organised and we had the best time in years. My dogs were treated like royalty. Everyone was so gentle to them. Patrick Swayze was the hardest to trim as he has a kind of Parkinson disease and he shakes a lot. All the groomers were lovely and kind, and happy to work with disabled dogs, even if they were in wheels like Sir Elton John. My dogs came away looking the best they have ever looked and feeling on top of the world. We were given sooo many presents for the dogs, you couldn’t see out of our Fiat 500. A couple of days later I received a phone call from Jitka that the cheque for just under £1500 was coming for what they had raised on the day. The money was used straight away for two big operation on two disabled dogs’ leg operations. I can’t thank enough for a fabulous day and we can’t wait for next year, when 9 of my rescue dogs will be coming for a time of their lives.

~ Claire – Louise Nixon, Wheels to Paws UK

Note: We still have space for even more stands and we never say no to any sponsors! If you would like to donate something for our online auction on our Facebook Group, Vita Canis Style to Rescue, please don’t hesitate to contact me on vitacanis@hotmail.co.uk.

Jitka xx


It’s 1:24 am on a Saturday morning and I’m sitting here, at Stansted airport car park, writing this blog. I have nothing else to do except to wait for the recovery …

I was traveling from Slovakia, and even though we took off a bit late, we still landed on time. I got to my car, and my battery was flat… the recovery vehicle turned up after around half an hour and couldn’t recharge the battery. So now I’m waiting for another one to tow me and my car back home. And my phone battery is almost flat too … and even though I found a socket at the coach station, for some reason my charge is not working!?

I can’t even read as it’s too dark, so I’m extremely grateful for this laptop which means I can at least do something. I’m also grateful that it’s fully charged.

Sitting here typing this made me realise that even though I may be stuck here for hours, and I don’t know what time I’ll get home, and I know I’ll be tired and super busy with catching up with everything once I get there … eventually … but I still choose to keep calm and instead of worrying, I’m making a list of all the things I’m grateful for. So here goes:

I’m grateful for:

* The time I spent with my family back home in Slovakia
* I still have my parents, we can still laugh together, play cards, watch films and listening to their constant bickering, which can be pretty annoying but hey ho … I can always zone out!
* Coming home to my lovely dogs who would be ever so excited to see me
* Coming home to John (should I mention him before the dogs? Lol 😂) and tell him all about my trip
* The tights I kept under my jeans even though I was so hot at the airport (thanks, mum!)
* Woolly hat, scarf and gloves
* Third cup of delicious Nero coffee with oat milk
* The recovery company who keep calling me every 20 min to check on me
* And!! The recovery car that is taking me to Toddington services, where I am going to spend a few hours at Travelodge (booked and paid by the recovery company – thank you!!) before I go home later in the morning.

Whatever situation life throws at us there is always something to be grateful for. Even if it is just a little thing like waking up in your own bed 😊

What are you grateful for today?

Jitka xx

Have you tried turmeric?

I came across turmeric when I was a teenager when I started to become interested in cooking, especially using spices and flavours. I didn’t know the benefits of turmeric back then and I was mainly using it to colour my rice yellow so it looked a bit different on the plate. All the exotic spices like ginger, chilli, and cardamom took me to far off places I dreamed about visiting one day. I tried to improvise and cook Indian food, but with no internet, and no foreign cookbooks it was pretty difficult. And, I had never really tasted proper Indian food so I didn’t even have anything to compare it with! But I liked it, and I did eventually get to have my first curry in 2003 when I visited the UK for the very first time.

When I tried turmeric  for the first time I never thought that one day I would give it to my dogs!? And now 30 years later that’s exactly what I find myself doing, and on a regular basis too. So there’s another thing I share with my dogs, turmeric!

Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron has been used for over 4,000 years in alternative medicine. Turmeric is commonly used in Ayurveda medicine for wound healing and treating skin problems. But there is more to it. In a study from 2014, it was proven that curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, was stronger and more effective in people with arthritis than ibuprofen. Curcumin worked well as a painkiller without the gastrointestinal problems and side effects.

Curcumin is able to block enzyme supporting growth of tumours and it has been proven it can help as a preventative care and as a support treatment in cancer, including prostate, skin, and colon cancer.

Curcumin is the most researched component of turmeric, and it also has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, and can help in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and gastrointestinal problems.

So, how much should you give your dog?

¼ teaspoon of finely grated root for 4kg of body weight.

Dr. Jean Dodds, veterinary immunologist, recommends dividing this amount and giving it to a dog 3 times a day, to secure an even, stable level of curcumin in the blood. Another thing to note is that curcumin is not water soluble, so to increase its absorption, it is recommended to serve turmeric with coconut oil, olive oil or salmon oil.

Have you tried turmeric?

Jitka xx

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