A Canine Conundrum

Hannah Devlin, Science Editor of The Times, today wrote a piece called ‘Backache? Dachshunds feel your pain.’ The article stems from a new study conducted by veterinary scientists which has found that “‘long-and-low’ dwarf breeds are at greater risk of slipped discs and back problems.”


Eddie! Little Edward! My miniature-wire-haired Dachshund. Try as I might to train the little blighter; to make him use a ramp rather than jump onto the sofa, he resists. What can be done? How can I explain to him that his current actions will come back to haunt him; that bouncing up and down now will certainly equate to canine sciatica in later life…


Shall I carry him everywhere? Shall I put weights on his little legs to make jumping impossible? Or should I drug him with sedatives so he’s in a permanent state of slumber? Help!



3 thoughts on “A Canine Conundrum

  1. I am guessing you know about this?

    The Daily Telegraph has launched a competition for young women journalists in memory of feature writer Cassandra Jardine.

    The competition is open to women between the ages of 18 and 25 who must submit a feature article of between 1,500 and 2,000 words.

    The judging panel, which will be looking for “intelligence, personality and prose style”, will include Telegraph journalists and Jardine’s husband, William Chubb.

    The winner, to be announced in October, will receive £1,000 and there will also be runners-up prizes worth £500 and £250.

    Entries should be sent by Friday, September 20 to Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize, Features Desk, The Daily Telegraph, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT.

    A statement by the paper said: “Over the years she interviewed countless people for these pages – writers, actors, aristocrats, villains and the previously unknown who had, for whatever reason, become newsworthy.

    “She wrote searing investigations into health issues and miscarriages of justice; long, thoughtful magazine articles, some of them about parenthood or pieces of reportage in support of our Christmas charity appeals; and she was always ready to write pithy, funny pieces about herself and her beloved family.

    “She wrote at speed, as of course she had to for a daily newspaper, but always with distinctive style and personality.”

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