Dis­ney Ju­nior chan­nel gives dogs a place to lay their heads

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPOSTER - JBJ RE­PORTER

EV­ERY dog has his day... and ev­ery dog should have a ken­nel too, which is why – in the spirit of the third sea­son of Doc McStuffins, the Dis­ney Ju­nior chan­nel is do­nat­ing 25 dog ken­nels to the SPCA, all spe­cially dec­o­rated by South African celebri­ties and me­dia teams.

Doc McStuffins tells the story of a young girl who cares for toys in her play­house clinic. When she puts on her stetho­scope, some­thing mag­i­cal hap­pens – toys, dolls and stuffed an­i­mals come to life and she can com­mu­ni­cate with them.

In the third sea­son, Doc adds an­other string to her bow... she can help pets.

In Doc McStuffins: Pet Vet, Doc opens a new ve­teri­nary prac­tice in her back­yard clinic where she treats ill and in­jured toy an­i­mals.

In cel­e­brat­ing the new theme in the se­ries, celebri­ties were given dog ken­nels and pet-friendly ma­te­ri­als to dec­o­rate with friends and fam­ily. Once com­pleted, th­ese ken­nels were do­nated to the SPCA to use for aban­doned dogs who are wait­ing to find homes.

Mandy Cat­tanah, se­nior in­spec­tor and man­ager of the SPCA, said: “A very big thank you to Dis­ney for the do­na­tion of 25 ken­nels for our an­i­mals. Ma­hatma Gandhi said that ‘the great­ness of a na­tion can be judged by the way its an­i­mals are treated.’ With the as­sis­tance of pro­grammes like Doc McStuffins, we are more able to ed­u­cate our chil­dren on the im­por­tance of pet care, which will go a long way to re­duc­ing the num­ber of an­i­mals in dis­tress.”

“Not only does the new Doc McStuffins se­ries em­pha­sise the need to help an­i­mals, but also the re­spon­si­bil­ity on fam­i­lies to care for their pets,” said Deirdre King, head of mar­ket­ing for the Walt Dis­ney Com­pany Africa.

“We are es­pe­cially thank­ful to all the celebri­ties and me­dia houses for giv­ing of their time and help­ing to make this ini­tia­tive a truly mem­o­rable one, af­fect­ing the lives of a num­ber of an­i­mals.”

Dr Colin van Rens­burg, a vet, of­fered tips for chil­dren in car­ing for their pets. This in­cludes making sure pets drink enough on hot days; watch­ing for ticks and fleas; cor­rect coat care; the im­por­tance of ex­er­cise, play­time and giv­ing lots of love; the right diet; den­tal hy­giene; trav­el­ling with pets for the hol­i­days; and pro­tect­ing pets from loud noises like thun­der and fire­crack­ers over the hol­i­days.

Watch Dr Colin share his top tips for kids in car­ing for their pets on Dis­ney Ju­nior Africa Face­book Page. Watch the third sea­son on Dis­ney Ju­nior, ev­ery day at 7.20am.

DOG­HOUSES: Deirdre King, head of mar­ket­ing at Walt Dis­ney Com­pany Africa, and SPCA’s Erick Tal­jaard.

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