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I've been honoured to have received emails from people all around the world happy to have found this site. I wanted to share some of the messages with you here.

Please pass on the link for Little Dog In A Big City to your family and friends. Do it even if they don't have doggies, because you never know who they might send it to, and how much it will help those people and their dogs.

If you liked this site and found it helpful to you and would like to have your comment on this page, please send me a message. Here's the link: Contact.

Meanwhile, read on, enjoy the rest of the site and please give your doggie a cuddle from me!

From Senga

Hi Despina,

I can't even begin to say what an amazing woman you are.

I came across Little Dog In A Big City by accident, only to be up until midnight reading every single chapter. You are an absolute inspiration!

I also have two Jack Russell Terriers and have found your site truly wonderful, helpful and entertaining.

Love to Jake and Jasmin (and RIP Jordan!), and thanks to you from the bottom of our hearts.


Senga (me), Lady Guinevere (Gwinny), and Archimaedes (Archie)


From Jason

Hello Despina,

I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write the detailed 'how to' on walking a dog on a treadmill.

I realize from your article I have made several mistakes in trying to get my Bostons to use my treadmill. I am going to try your way and see if that works.



NOTE: Jason updated me and told me that his attempts at getting his Bostons to be treadmill-friendly was not successful. In his own words it was due to "a lack of patience on my part".

Now while it's a shame things didn't go well in this case, Jason's honesty at where the problem lies (in him) is what I love to see.

In fact, it's something really important to remember when dealing with our beloved furbabies: when there's a problem, we must look to ourselves to sort it out and NOT blame the dogs!


From Maria


Just wanted to say that I saw your article in today's Leader and went onto your Little Dog In A Big City online book.

I wanted to tell you it's a great site. I have already forwarded your website to many dog lovers. Great information and reading. 

Thank you!



From Shahrzad

Hi Despina,

I came across Little Dog In A Big City by picking up your fridge magnet at my vet.

Then I saw your name - you were my Bellydancing instructor over 10 years ago. What a small world!

And, wow, what a great site!

I have had my Shih Tsu/Maltese cross, Jimmy, for 6 years now. He was a rescue dog and I have found the bond we have built over the the years to be truly amazing - he is my little mate, so loyal and loving. I love him more everyday! 

You website is wonderful and full of really useful information. Also, I am a strong supporter of your doggie initiatives and the values you present. For example, I truly believe that dog farms (puppy mills) and animals sold in petshops should be banned.

Having a rescue dog myself, I am acutely aware of the fact that so many people abandon their animals. People really need to realise the responsibility that comes along with a dog. Too many people take it too lightly and when the going gets a little tough, the poor little pooch is dumped at the pound.

But a dog is for life!

Sure, it isn't always easy - our canine friends have their quirks (just like us) and can misbehave sometimes (just like we can). But having a dog in your life is worth all the ups and downs. It's worth every precious minute!

Hope you are well,

Shahrzad xx

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doggie on porch
Senga's Jack Russell Terrors - err, sorry, I mean Terriers (heh heh) are Gwinny (aka Lady Guinevere) who's flashing her patented 'Bright Eyes' look in this photo, and...

dog on banana lounge
...her pal Archie (aka Archimaedes). He's having a nice relaxing time on the sunlounge here. Together they are Senga's Little Monsters (as Jack Russells love to be).

Boston Terriers
Here are Jason's gorgeous Boston Terriers: Jersey (front) and Emma. And also...

Poodle Shih Tzu
...their buddy 12 year old Peanut (a Poodle/Shih Tzu mix). Look at that adorable face! Peanut particularly enjoyed Chapter 7 of Little Dog In A Big City, which includes a section on Sexy Seniors like himself!

Shih Tzu Maltese
BEFORE: this is Jimmy before his person, Shahrzad, discovered this website. See how serious he looks?

happy doggie
AFTER: Now look at that smile!! Yep, Jimmy sure loves Little Dog In A Big City.



Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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