Adrienne, Twiggy & Roopert’s new way of visiting

Adrienne O’Keeffe and her dogs, Twiggy and Roopert have been a visiting team since 2012.  With the permission of the manager at the unit that they visit, they have adapted their Peata visits to meet the Covid-19 restrictions.  Here, Adrienne describes their experience:

“We are living in a very challenging and surreal time.  We have been missing the people that we visit on a weekly basis.  Over the years, the people that we visit become our friends and we in turn have become an important part of their lives.

“Before the onset of the Covid-19 restrictions, we visited several places every week.  Since then, most of the units that we visited have not been able to accommodate any Peata visits.  However, our friends at the unit we visit in Dundrum agreed that we could continue if the visits could be carried out without contravening the guidelines.

“During our visits to this particular unit, we stay in the front garden and chat to our friends through the closed windows.  I lift Twiggy up onto the windowsill so that our friends can interact with her.  They touch Twiggy on the glass on their side of the window.  It is obvious that we have been missed as our friends tell Twiggy and Roopert, “we miss you”.   We chat for a while and I give Twiggy and Roopert treats on behalf of their friends who understood that Roopert is too big for me to lift on to the windowsill.  We blow kisses and place our hands on each side of the glass.  It is both lovely and very emotional at the same time.

“We have been lucky that we are able to visit this special home abiding strictly to the guidelines.

hands at windows Dog at the window cill

“Adrienne, Twiggy and Roopert”

How often should we walk our dogs?

According to a new law in Germany, owners must walk their dogs twice a day…

Peata supports the logic that all dogs benefit from exercise but the amount of exercise needed depends on the dogs qualities such as size, age and general health.  It is also important to ensure that the dog gets regular daily quality time and is allowed to socialise with its owners, other people and animals.

See below to read the RTE article….

The German Shepherd is among Germany’s most popular breeds.

A new rule forcing people in Germany to take their dog for a walk twice a day has unleashed a debate on whether the state can decide what is best for the country’s 9.4 million pet canines.

Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner announced this week she had taken expert advice and was introducing a law to ensure dogs go for a walk or run in the garden at least twice a day for a total of an hour.

“Pets are not cuddly toys – their needs have to be considered,” said Ms Kloeckner, adding pets must get sufficient exercise and not be left alone for too long.

With almost one in five German homes owning a dog, the new law affects a significant proportion of the population.

“Compulsory Walkies for Dog Owners? Rubbish!” wrote the top-selling Bild newspaper in an opinion piece on the new decree.

A spokesman for the VDH German Dog Association said most owners were laughing at the new rule because they already spent enough time walking their four-legged friend.

“One rule for all dogs is probably well meant but unrealistic,” VDH spokesman Udo Kopernik said.

Dog trainer Anja Striegel said the amount of exercise a dog needs depended on the health, age and breed of dog.

“For a young, fit Labrador, two hours of walkies are healthier than for an arthritic pug with heart problems,” she told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

Germany’s most popular breeds are the German Shepherd and short-legged, long-bodied Dachshund, known as “sausage dogs” followed by Labradors, retrievers and Jack Russell Terriers and pugs.

Then there is the question of enforcement. The ministry has said the 16 federal states will be responsible for enforcing the rule but it is unclear how.