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Owning a dog
By SARAH LITTLE, VETLIFE
Owning a dog is a privilege and a major
responsibility that must be well thought
over before deciding to embark on the won-
derful journey of dog ownership.
Once you have decided that it is the right
time in your life to commit to owning a dog,
the next big decision you have is to choose
what breed you would like -- what kind of
dog suits your lifestyle.
Important things you need to consider
include the energy levels and grooming
requirements of your new friend, and how
big they will grow.
You must be very careful in selecting
your new pup, making sure it has come
from good parents with a nice tempera-
ment and no health problems.
If it suits your situation, there are many
dog rescue shelters around that have adult
dogs to re-home.
Having a dog is a major financial com-
mitment -- the bigger the dog, the bigger
the bill! When you get your new pup or
adult dog, if they have not been vaccinated,
they will need to have this done at the
When you pop into your local Vetlife
branch, we will give you lots of helpful
advice and a free puppy pack, with food
samples and/or vouchers to get you started.
Your new dog will need regular worm-
ing, flea treatments, and de-sexing.
In the first year, a lot happens, but you
must always be prepared for the unexpec-
ted. It is a good idea to look into pet
insurance, as this can help greatly in the
case of emergency surgery or illness.
Owning a dog can be one of the most
rewarding things you do; seeing your little
puppy grow into a well-behaved and
If you run into any problems, there is
always someone on the end of the phone to
Contact Vetlife for any local dog training or
agility clubs as these are great fun for
owners and dogs.
Good luck and enjoy your new best friend.
Double show magic
IN COSTUME: Ieuan van den Peet and Angus Hilliard perfect their lines
in the dress rehearsal.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC: Georgia
Cruse and Jessica Harris-Daw in
costume for A Christmas Carol.
DANCE OFF: Andrew Gilbert addresses the crowd, as Jessica
Harris-Daw, Georgia Seales, Georgia Cruse, Troy Scott and Ieuan
van den Peet dance across the stage.
SCREAM AND SHOUT: Sade Edwards, Olivia Austin, Laura Curry
and Erin Dwyer in full flight during rehearsals.
LINCOLN HIGH School
is gearing up for an
intense week of drama
later this month. The
highlight of the week
will be senior students
performing two differ-
ent plays over two
nights in the school hall.
24, will see the classic
Charles Dickens story A
Christmas Carol hit the
stage, followed by David
Hill s A Day at a Time.
Both plays start at
7pm and tickets are $5.
They are available from
the school office or at
the door on the night.
Hula hoop action to raise funds
HULA FUN: Students at Greenpark School prepare for the record attempt.
ONE LUCKY Selwyn school
stands to benefit big time
from a national hula hoop
Hopeful hula hoopers will
converge on Lincoln Domain
on September 28 in an
attempt to break the New
Zealand record for the largest
number of people hula hoop-
ing at one time. The national
challenge involves everyone
simultaneously hula hooping
for two minutes. Anyone who
drops their hoop in that time
cannot be counted towards the
All hoopers are invited to
nominate a local school and
the one that has the most peo-
ple hooping for it -- proportion-
ate to their school roll -- will
win all the funds raised.
The event is planned as a
free family fun day, with live
music, children s prizes, auc-
tions and celebrity hooping
The record attempt is spon-
sored by Ray White Lincoln
Ray White Lincoln owners,
Steve and Leanne Morgan,
said there need to be more
than 200 people standing at
the finish, but they need
many more at the start.
We need the community to
get in behind this, so at the
end of the two minutes, we
still have more than 200 peo-
ple swinging their hoop.
Anyone can do this -- bring
the kids, bring nana -- just as
long as they can swing their
hoop for the two minutes, Mr
Money is being raised
through the sale of New
Zealand-made fitness hula
hoops, available at Ray White
Lincoln and Rolleston.
Members of Ray White
teams, along with Bernadette
Smith from In2 Hula, have
visited local schools and
taught some of the finer
aspects of hula hooping. Ray
White is donating hula hoops
to every school it visits.
In 2008, Christchurch set
the New Zealand record for
the largest number of people
A year later, Invercargill
managed to trump that.
Hula hooping has made a
massive comeback -- it has
taken the world by storm.
Kelly Osborne uses it to stay
fit, Beyonce advocates it, and
in Canterbury, we have emb-
raced it for fun and for fit-
ness, Ms Smith said.
The fun day starts at 11am.
Hoopers can register online
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