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5 Health benefits of Valerian for you and your pets


As legend would have it, valerian was used by the Pied Piper to clear rodents out of Hamelin. But it’s not just rodents who go crazy for this herb, cats and dogs go mad for it too and when you look at its health benefits for both humans and animals, it’s plain to see why. Today, the herb is lauded for its ability to soothe anxiety and relax active minds that do not allow for restful sleep and if you can ignore its stinky smell, you’ll find it can be a very effective herbal remedy. Here are just 5 health benefits of Valerian. 1. Sleep Valerian is most famously known for its benefits with instigating a healthy sleep cycle. Currently, about 50% of the population struggle to get to sleep or they wake-up during the night. People are often frustrated with the sleeping pills that doctors prescribe and would like… Read more »

5 amazing health benefits of Turmeric


Turmeric was traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange colour and has been used throughout history as a healing remedy. A relative of ginger, turmeric is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, haemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic. The yellow or orange pigment of turmeric is called curcumin and is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents There’s not a huge amount of scientific research to back these theories up, but that doesn’t mean the benefits should be dismissed out of hand. Here are just 5 health benfits that Turmeric has been credited… Read more »

Natural alternatives can be just as effective to fight osteoarthritis


“Because there wasn’t an effective alternative on the market, we developed our own.” The purpose of many traditional medications used to treat osteoarthritis is to reduce inflammation, but these often include steroidal and non-steroidal medications, both of which have a wide range of side effects whilst not addressing the root cause of the problem. We’ve always believed that natural alternatives can be just as effective and come with the added benefit of not having these side-effects, but for a long time we were unable to find a product on the market that could be effective, while only using natural alternatives – that’s why we have come up with our own solution. JointNatural is a product rich in materials that help to support and maintain a dog’s joints, as well as cartilage production. It has anti-inflammatory properties and also includes anti-oxidant agents. Boswellia Serrata, for example, is just as effective for reversing inflammation as more conventional products…. Read more »

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club Open Show – the results are in!


On November the 7th our very own Paul Boland was guest judge at the East Midlands Staffordshire Bull Terrier Open Show held in Overseal , Derbyshire. Once again he was very impressed at the high standard of animals on display as his long held judging skills were pushed to the limit when it came to naming the best breeds in attendance. Here’s what Paul had to say about the event. “May I thank the committee of East Midlands Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club for asking me to Judge this special Open Show. The whole committee where very welcoming and kind to me. A special thanks’ to Janet Higgins and Dave Lee and my three excellent stewards Terri Morrell, Craig Stokes and Mason Coleman. My entry was very large and the overall quality of the dogs was high. “It was an honour to be presented with a commemorative shield by one of my… Read more »

Paul Boland Guest judge at Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club Open Show

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We’re delighted to announce that our very own Paul Boland will be the guest judge at the East Midlands Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club Open Show on Saturday November 7th. Paul started judging Staffordshire Bull Terriers in 1996 and he has judged 6 breed shows and lectured too many breed clubs in the UK. Paul grew up with Staffordshire Bull Terriers in Liverpool and after graduating as a veterinary surgeon in 1992 he bought Chelsea’s Jupiter Dream who gained his stud book number. His first affix was Bluestaff and his bitch Bullhawk Banshee at Bluestaff gained a CC. In 1999 Eric Galvin and Paul became partners under the new Scousious affix which produced CH. Scousious Pretzel Logic JW and as members of Merseyside SBTC Eric and Paul where fundamental in setting up the DNA tests in our breed. The event takes place on Saturday November 7th at Overseal Village Hall,  Archive… Read more »