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My name is Karen Rawlings, I live in Ferndown and have been a devoted animal lover all my life.

I live with my husband Mark, our gorgeous golden retriever puppy Wallace after sadly losing my two retrievers Oliver and Harley in the last 2 years which was absolutely heartbreaking, and 1 cat Phoebe. I worked in the office of a Veterinary Practice for 3 years and this is where Phoebe came in, I rescued her as she needed a home, she was the third cat I re-homed after falling for the endearing looks they gave me. Previously I rescued Joshua, who was badly treated and subsequently lost an eye, but was much happier after that, and dear Molly, we called her Manky Molly as she was a little bit scruffy, old , had a very strange walk and was nearing the end of her days, so I brought her home, she was with us for a wonderful 3 years before we had to let her go- she was a wonderful cat and I have the satisfaction that she at least had a lovely time with us in her later years.

I have loved all my animals and feel they are, and should be, part of the family, they give unconditional love and can be faithful, loyal and can also be a dab hand at counselling! I challenge anyone to not be revived after a hard days work when you come home to be greeted by your dog or cat (if they are in the mood) - somehow the day wasnt so bad after all!

Mousey & Phoebe

Having had dogs and cats most of my life I understand how they can play an important part in our lives.

A dog is not our whole life, but they make our life whole.
Cats were once worshipped as Gods, they have never forgotten this...

Leading busy lives or having a change in your situation can bring problems and this is where I can help. It is lovely having a pet in the home, it makes the home feel alive, but there are times when you are unable to give your pet the care and attention it needs, and isn’t it better to have a pet rather than decide not to due to work, logistics, or family commitments?

Give me a call or contact me here on my website and let me fill the gaps so I can look after your pet when you can’t.


Karens Petcare is insured with Pet Business Insurance. Pet Business Insurance is the trading name of LRMS Insurance Services Ltd, Reg Nr. 3438163.

Your Pet is my business!

Information & Funnies

""We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals""

""My dog is half pit-bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip!""


For more information on behaviour and training for pets, visit Paws in Hand's website click here

For all your petfood, accessories and dog grooming visit Pets Corner in Ferndown, contact Kevin or Kay on Tel: 01202 892057. Competitive prices and independently run - Mention my name for a discount on Dog Grooming!

Has your carpet been ruined by your dog or cat?, call MARK RAWLINGS CARPETS AND FLOORING on 01202 874690, home choose carpets and vinyl - some are pet proof!




Call 999 - Road traffic accident involving a pony, cow, donkey, pig, sheep dog or deer.

Call Verderers' Office 02380 282052 (mon-fri 9-5pm) - sick, injured or distressed pony, cow, donkey pig or sheep.

Call Forestry Commission 02380 283141 (24hrs) - sick, injured or distressed pony,cow, donkey, pig, sheep or deer.



Please be careful in the summer months when walking your dog on any heathland. Adders are our main worry this time of year. They are most dangerous early after hibernation when their venom is stronger and during the hottest part of the day so be aware when walking at lunchtime and make sure you keep an eye when walking on any open sandy areas. They love to sunbathe in these areas but like to be near the heath so they can escape. if your dog is unfortunately bitten try(!) to keep calm and do not run with your dog back to the car/home. You need to take it to the vet as soon as possible where it will usually be given anit-venom. I used to carry Piriton incase i was with a dog who was bitten however this will not help, you need veterinary assistance. If you are not sure it has been bitten but notice lethargy, stiffness, swelling, or strange behaviour - do not delay and call or visit your vet.They may not give the anti-venom if you are not absolutely sure a bite has been received as this may cause other problems but it is still best to check.


If your pet suffers anxiety and stress around fireworks, the following advice may help:

Dogs and Cats- keep them inside and walk your dogs early to avoid early firework displays. Close all windows and doors and close curtains. Keep the radio or tv on loud to muffle the sound. Prepare a den for your pet where it can feel safe and comfortable. Dont fuss over your pet or it will think you are frightened too. Let your pet pace around, whine or miaow and hide in a corner or behind something. Make sure your pet is wearing ID incase it escapes.

Rabbits/Guinea Pigs- If possible move the cage inside or in a garage/shed. Cover the hutch with a blanket to muffle the sound and ensure there is extra bedding to bury themselves in.

Products that may help

Emergency Flower Essence - available from health stores

Adaptil plug ins (like plug in air fresheners)- available from your Vet or on the internet


To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1. They live here. You don't.
2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'niture.
3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.
4. To you, they are an animal. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

""If you think dogs cant count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving the dog only two of them....""

Did you know......An old wives tale says putting a little bit of tomato puree in your dogs dinner will help to reduce the staining of grass when they urinate!

'Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened'


A Dog's Purpose? (from a child).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?
Then Shane continued, Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


If you are interested in helping animals, i can strongly recommend the following charities which I support and have done for many years which gives me great satisfaction:

WDCS - The whale and dolphin conservation society.

LACS - League against cruel sports.

WSPA - helping such causes as Bear baiting/dancing in Pakistan and India, hunting of endangered species such as tigers. Stamping out bear bile farming in Asia.

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary-re-homing and offering foals and horses a safe haven which they richly deserve!

IFAW - International federation for animal welfare.

The Brooke Foundation - helping to inprove the treatment, and educate owners of horses, mules and donkeys in poor countries.

The Dogs Trust/PDSA/The Blue Cross/Guide Dogs for the Blind/The Margaret Green Foundation.

Friends of the Strays of Greece /email: Tel enquiries: 01425 478757.

WAGGY TAILS RESCUE - rescues,dogs, cats, rabbits. Fosters dogs - if you can help with fostering or would be interested in re-homing a dog/cat/rabbit or would like to sponsor a dog call: 01202 875000. They also have a meeting every first Saturday of the month at Parley Sports Club, West Parley where dogs needing a home are walked around the hall for you to see, meet and chat to the foster owner.

and last but not least The Born Free Foundation-helping animals all over the world, based on the work and awareness of the plight of wild animals by Joy Adamson.





Never give chocolate to your pet! Chocolate is pure poison to our furry friends! Feeding this sweet treat
to your cat or dog could be serious.