MONTEGO’S BOTSWANA BONANZA IS BACK

MONTEGO’S BOTSWANA BONANZA IS BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER

More than P45 000 in prizes to be won, plus the chance to WIN P10 000 in cash!

To stand a chance to win, simply buy any specially marked bag of Montego’s Classic, Karoo or Monty & Me products, check inside for a Winning Bone Token, then follow the instructions to claim your prize!

There are also 10 extra special Golden Bone Tokens to be discovered. Find one  to enter for the  grand prize draw of P10 000 cash!

See below for a guide to our coloured tokens and prizes to be won.

Botswana Bonanza 2018 T’s and C’s:

  1. The Botswana Bonanza promotion begins on the 17th of September 2018 and closes 20th of December 2018 or while stocks last.
  2. This promotion/competition is open to all Botswana ID/Passport holders. If deemed necessary, winners may be required to submit proof of citizenship to claim their prize.
  3. To win in the Botswana Bonanza, one must simply find a Winning Bone Token in a specially marked bag of Montego’s Classic, Karoo or Monty & Me products, retain their receipt and phone 71 598 178 to claim their prize.
  4. Only official Montego Winning Bone Tokens will be accepted as valid entries into the Botswana Bonanza and must be retained in order to claim prizes.
  5. The token colours below indicate possible prizes as communicated on the Winning Bone Tokens found in specially marked bags:

Orange:  1 x 10kg/25kg Bag of Classic Adult Dog or 3 x 385g cans of Classic Adult Dog wet food.

Pink: 1 x 5kg bag of Classic Adult Cat or 1 x 1kg bag of Classic Kitten or 2 x 16 x 15ml boxes of Sauce for Cats or 36 x 85g Cat wet food.

Green:  1 x 10kg/25kg Classic Puppy.

Yellow: 1 x 10kg/25kg bag of Classic Senior.

Light Blue:  1 x 8kg/20kg Bag of Monty & Me Essential.

Red: Bags O’ Wags Chewies 5 x 120g packs or Crunchies 2 x 1kg boxes.

Brown:  1 x 8kg/20kg bag of Karoo Puppy, Adult or Senior.

White: 6 x 500ml Sauce for Dogs or 6 x 500ml bottles of Sauce for Dogs Plus.

Golden Bone: P10 000 cash Grand Draw entry.

  1. Montego Pet Nutrition will not be held liable for any possible defects/damages to prizes upon delivery.
  2. Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
  3. Montego Pet Nutrition reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the competition at any time without prior notice. Visit montego.co.za for more information.
  4. Customers may enter the Grand Prize Draw for every golden bone they find.
  5. The Grand Prize Draw will commence on 21 December 2018 and the winner contacted directly thereafter.
  6. The winner must provide proof of banking details and their winnings will be transferred directly into their account as soon as possible.
  7. In the event that a Golden Bone Token is found, customers must submit their contact number, the name of store where the product was purchased, as well as their name and surname to competitions@montego.co.za.
  8. It is the responsibility of the token finder to claim their prize. A Montego representative will arrange delivery of prizes at the soonest convenient date after initial contact.
  9. By entering the competition, the winners automatically agree to allow Montego Pet Nutrition to contact them or to use their full names for marketing purposes – winners may be required to allow a Montego representative to take photos of them and/or conduct an interview for any social media and/or print media pages/publications.
  10. No employees, directors, agents, distributors or consultants and their immediate family members or anyone directly connected to or in the employment of Montego Pet Nutrition, its subsidiaries and business partners, associates, advertising and promotional agencies and staff members of the participating stores may take part in the competition.

Should you have any queries or questions, kindly e-mail us on competitions@montego.co.za or call us on +27 49 891 0825 or 71 598 178.

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History of Pets – Ragdoll Cat

Quick Ragdoll Cat Facts:

  • Ragdolls are a relatively new breed in the kitty kingdom.

  • Ragdolls were “created” in 1963, their origin credited to Ann Baker, a breeder from sunny California, USA.

  • The cat believed to be the original but unregistered Ragdoll, is a white cat named Josephine.

  • Ragdolls are often referred to by their pet name, “puppycats” because of the way they follow their owners from room to room.

  • The Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds around.

Ragdoll History

Ragdolls take their name from a defining characteristic. As Ann Baker, the original breeder explained that her cat was so comfortable and relaxed when being held that she went as floppy as a ragdoll.

The catalyst for this new category of feline was Josephine, a white, longish haired female cat whom, together with a black-and-white stray tom, produced a unique litter of kittens. The litter consisted of a solid black male, a bi-colour, seal point female and a longhaired brown male, becoming the predecessors of today’s Ragdolls.

Over their evolution, these cats have become well known for their easy going temperament, large size, non-matting coat and unique appearance. Ragdolls became recognised as a pure breed in 1966 when Ann Baker registered kittens Kyoto and Tike as the first Ragdolls in the American National Cat Fanciers Association (NCFA).

Characteristics of the Ragdoll:

Ragdolls have medium to long coats which come in: frost, blue, chocolate, seal, red, lilac, blue-cream and cream, with bicolour, mitted and pointed patterns – which they get from their part-Siamese ancestors.

Their beautiful blue eyes are quite a sight to behold, but it’s their disposition and personality which make them a pawsitively popular. Ragdoll cats tend to be quiet, playful, placid, relaxed and loving and get along well with people, making ideal pets for those living in an apartment.

Reaching full maturity between 3 and 4 years, this breed is slow to mature physically. As adults they usually weigh between 4.5 and 9kgs and have a longevity of 7-12 years.

The Ragdoll keeps its cute, kitten-like playfulness into adulthood and old age, enjoying a good game on occasion.

Being Responsible for a Ragdoll

These friendly felines make great house or apartment cats as they adapt well to the indoors. Though they can be easily leash trained, Ragdolls should never be left outside unattended as once they experience the outdoors they’ll probably try to sneak out whenever the doors are opened, especially with children in the house.

As for maintenance, the Ragdoll needs interactive exercise and room to play to stay in shape, and if need be walked on a leash (as mentioned above, they can be easily trained). Their coats should be brushed daily, to keep knots and tangles at bay.

Ragdolls are generally healthy, but bladder stones and a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, are among the afflictions that have been reported in the breed.

If you’re interested in owning a Ragdoll cat, why not try adoption. You can call your local animal shelters or vets to see if there are any in need of a fur-ever home.

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History of Pets – Saluki

With its refined demeanour, the Saluki is the embodiment of grace and speed. These sleek and silky-coated ‘sight-hounds’ – which means they hunt by sight as opposed to relying on other senses – may appear aloof to strangers but are in fact loyally devoted, preferring to stay at one’s side rather than lounging on a lap. They also love being pampered!

Saluki Lineage

Formerly known as the Persian Greyhound or Gazelle Hound, Salukis originate from the Middle East and are believed to have been found across the region in: Persia (Iran), Syria, Egypt, Anatolia, Mesopotamia, and Arabia.

The Saluki holds the Guinness World Record for the Oldest Dog Breed. In fact, it has been long believed to be one of the most ancient breeds, with depictions of dogs closely resembling Salukis appearing on Egyptian tombs as early as 2100 B.C.E. (±4,000 years ago).

Legend has it that Pharaohs hunted gazelles and hares with Salukis, working in tandem with falcons, and were so treasured they were honoured with mummification after death. A claim which is supported by the fact that archaeologists have in recent history uncovered mummified Salukis in tombs.

Sharing Your Home With a Saluki

Salukis love to run and require daily exercise. Because of this, they prefer a back yard with lots of space. The ideal running area for a Saluki is 90 to 100 metres in length or width, with fences reaching at least 1.5 to 2 metres because Salukis can easily jump them. Make sure to keep them on leash when outside in open spaces, as their sight hunting instincts and speed have a tendency to take over when opportunity knocks.

Timid and leisurely indoors, Salukis love their creature comforts: a soft bed to prevent callouses forming on their skinny frames, a warm room and carefully selected food -Salukis are very picky eaters. Occasional brushing of coats and feathering keeps this breed clean and preened.

Traits of the Speedy Saluki

Salukis are best trained with positive reinforcement methods, take note though, that their ability to think for themselves means they’ll obey, but at their own will. Given the right amount of exercise and stimulation, they’re mostly well behaved, don’t bark excessively, or demand too much attention.

Salukis are one-family dogs and can be shy of strangers. And, although gentle with kids, won’t be able provide the high energy playmate that children prefer.

Is a Saluki The Right Choice for you?

If you want a dog who’s quiet and calm, devoted but won’t hound you for attention, who can live inside but needs daily exercise, this is the canine companion for you!

If you are interested in adding a Saluki to your family, please consider adopting from Sight Hound Rescue South Africa.

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WUMA! Year of the Dog Competition

Celebrating 2018, the Year of the Dog, WUMA! Will be giving away 2 x 20kg bags of our food each month – of your choice!

To enter the give-away; send a photo of your #WUMA woof to COMPETITIONS@MONTEGO.CO.ZA, tell us why your dog would benefit from WUMA! Dog Food and which range you would want to win. 

We will be selecting each winner at random and will be announcing the winner during the last week of each month.

Only one entry per person/dog per month – multiple entry submitters will be removed from the monthly draw entirely. Entries close on the 24th of each month.

Competition Rules: 

  • Only one entry per person and/or dog.
  • The winner will be selected at random and the decision is final – no correspondence regarding decision to the selected winner will be entered into.
  • Prize will be couriered to the winner’s delivery address and is not redeemable for cash.
  • If the winner’s prize cannot be delivered/given due to incorrect delivery details or lack of response to delivery detail requests after five days from announcement, winners will forgo their prize which will be given to a charity of WUMA! Dog Food’s choice.
  • This competition is only open to South African residents only.
  • WUMA! Dog Food reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the competition at any time so please keep an eye on the Montego Pet Nutrition Facebook page for any updates regarding the competition.
  • All entries into the competition agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the competition.

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History of Pets – Maine Coons

Maine Coons are the gentle giants of the cat world with females growing from around 8-35cm tall, weighing around 4.5-6kg and males 25-40 cm’s tall, reaching around 6-9kg.

Interestingly, the Guinness World Record for world’s longest domestic cat was held by Stewie, an 8-year-old Maine Coon who grew to be 123.19cms from head to tail, fully stretched out.

The Colourful History of the Maine Coon.

Trying to pinpoint the true origins of the Maine Coon is like… well, like trying to herd cats. There is much speculation about how Main Coons came into being.

One legend has it that Captain Charles Coon, an English seaman, kept long-haired cats aboard his ships as a way to control the rodent population. When the Captain’s ship anchored in (Maine) New England, the felines would exit the ship and mate with the local feral cat population. When long-haired kittens began appearing in the local cat population, they supposedly became known as “Coon’s cats”.

Another intriguing theory is that Maine Coons are descended from six of Marie Antoinette’s pet cats that were shipped to Wiscasset, Maine, ahead of an alleged planned escape from France during the revolution. Though, genetic testing indicates that Maine Coons are actually descended from the Norwegian Forest Cat, the Vikings are likely responsible for bringing them to the USA.

One thing is certain though, this feline is not the biologically impossible result of breeding a cat and a raccoon as some stories go. The resemblance to raccoons’ tabby coat and furry ringed tail is however, how these kitties got their name.

Fast feline fact: The first published reference to a Maine Coon was in 1861, about a black and white cat named Captain Jenks of the Horse Marines.

Mannerisms of the Maine Coon.

Like true cool cats, the Maine Coons are good-natured, relaxed and easy going, preferring to stay nearby and hang out rather than needing to be constantly attached to owners. They love their human families, following them around and observing activities – even trying to lend a helping paw where they can. Their laidback and loving personalities make them the perfect choice of pet for families with children.

Maine Coon Maintenance.

These big, sociable softies also need plenty of exercise and enjoy running or playing with toys and puzzles to satisfy their hunter’s instincts.

Speaking of soft, their silky coats come in: solid colours, tabby colours and patterns, bi-colour, tortoiseshell and calico. The Maine Coon’s coat needs regular attention and brushing to avoid tangles and matting.

If you’re looking for a super friendly, sometimes silly, loyal companion who does just as well in a back garden as an apartment, then the Maine Coon is a purr-fect choice.

Like the sound of a Maine Coon? Why not consider adopting from the Maine Coon Rescue and Rehoming South Africa (mcrrsa@gmail.com).

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HISTORY OF PETS – THE RIDGIE

The Rhodesian Ridgeback or “Ridgie”, as they’re affectionately known in the canine community, gets its name from area of Africa where they originate from, as well as the distinctive patch of hair running along its back. The Ridgeback is part of the hound family, bred to be a family guardian and hunter of lions, the breed acquired the title of African Lion Hound.

In the early 1800s, Dutch settlers in Africa came across the Khoisan peoples, who had had hunting dogs noted for their ferocity when protecting their human family. The settlers wanted to breed a dog that could hunt, guard livestock and the family, as well as withstand the Southern African climate. The settlers had the idea to begin breeding Great Danes, Mastiffs, Greyhounds and Bloodhounds amongst others, with the Khoisan’s hunting dogs, bringing the Rhodesian Ridgeback we know today, into existence.

Raising Ridgebacks

As adults, Ridgies have quiet and even temperaments, they can reach a large 60-70cms at the shoulder and fully grown, weigh between 34-36kgs. But take note, these tan or red Fidos can be wilful and stubborn, which is why socialisation and training early on is a must.

This strong and muscular breed also needs regular exercise to stave off the boredom otherwise you might be left with uprooted trees, giant holes in the garden or fence-jumping. However, an assertive owner who lays down the law as well as the love, will enjoy a calm sociable and highly protective companion.

Is a Ridgie The Right Choice for you?

If you’re seeking a furry addition to your family that:

  • Is large, intelligent territorial and protective
  • Has a short easy to care for coat
  • Thrives on vigorous exercise and athletic activities
  • Is calm and quiet in the home (as an adult)

Then this is the canine companion for you!

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Are you up to the #Montegogram Challenge?

Montegogram PhotoChallenge

If you’re one of those folks with a keen photographic eye, then this challenge is for you! We’ve seen some amazing entries in our #Montegogram photo challenge on Instagram, and we want everyone to participate so we can see even more.

Every month we present a new theme and it’s up to you to submit your best photo based on that theme, tagged with #Montegogram to be entered for consideration. Just imagine – you could win all the wagging rights!

Head over to https://www.instagram.com/montegopets/ for the latest theme and while you’re there, have a look at the entries we’ve had so far!

Some of the #Montegogram entries so far!

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Montego Pet Nutrition acquires dog food brand, WUMA!

Montego Acquires WUMA!

We’re proud to announce that popular SA dog food brand, WUMA!, will soon be joining the Montego family of pet nutrition products. The acquisition empowers us as the official WUMA! brand owners, sole manufacturers and distributors as of 1 June 2018, thereby furthering our goal to becoming the number one pet food brand in South Africa.

Established in 2005, WUMA! has become a household name among dog owners in the market for high quality, affordable pet food – something we at Montego feel passionately about providing. Made for dogs of all breeds and sizes, WUMA! offers a wide selection of puppy and adult dog food made from quality ingredients that are free from any colourants or artificial flavourants.

We believe in delivering products that are consistently high in quality, and the acquisition of WUMA! not only speaks to this commitment, but also to our vision of becoming South Africa’s go-to pet food brand with a reputation for quality and reliability.

We also wish to assure loyal WUMA! customers that all products will remain the same in terms of both ingredients and recipe. WUMA! products will now be produced at and distributed from our state-of-the-art factory in Graaff-Reinet (Eastern Cape), and made more widely available for customers due to our larger reach and distribution channels.

Being a member of the Pet Food Industry Association (PFI) and FSSC 22000 certified, all our products pass stringent quality standards, assuring pets and pet owners alike that not only are they feeding their pets a quality product, but a safe product too – and WUMA! will come with the same assurance.

Ultimately, there was no hesitation when it came to the acquisition. WUMA! aligns well with our exceptional standards of quality and adds value to our existing offerings, which means more value for our customers. We look forward to the growth and opportunity that WUMA! will add to your family as well as ours.

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History of Pets – The Border Collie

Border Collies are furry geniuses. Yes, you read right, the Border Collie is considered a genius amongst dogs due to its ability to execute complex tasks. They are fast learners and need to be trained from a very young age, as they tend to pick up everything going on around them. Not training them could lead to bad behaviour, so a keen interest must be taken into what your Border Collie learns. The first step to understanding this breed is knowing where they have come from.

What do Border Collies love to do?

All dogs are hunters, but the Border Collie specifically shows signs of modified predatory behaviour – instead of hunting, their natural instinct incorporates the beginning of the hunt, where they stalk, crouch and nip, without injuring the animal that they are herding.

Their need to herd is deeply ingrained, and it can sometimes even be seen when they play with their human family. Some owners go as far as renting sheep for their Border Collies to herd!

Border Collies have a trademark look in their eye, and if you’ve ever had someone’s stare stop you in your tracks, you’ll recognise the Border collie’s stare. Their gaze is intense stare and known to intimidate livestock. No, they aren’t just staring at you because they know your deepest secrets (well, they might), but “the eye” is another tool inherent to Border Collies to help them with their herding job.

Overall, they are independent and intelligent dogs, that love being part of a family, and love showing off their herding skills.

Where did Border Collie’s originate from?

The Border Collie can be traced back as a lineage, to one single Dog – Auld Hemp. Auld Hemp who was born in 1893, is widely considered as the ancestor of the border collie, and as a stud dog, he fathered over 200 pups. He too, was a herder, and unlike other herding dogs of the time, his style was quieter, less aggressive and softer. His softer demeanour impressed breeders as these were the qualities  they were looking for in a herding dog. The end result is what is known today as one of the top herding breeds in the world.

The story of this great herder goes back even further than that though, to the Roman Empire. They were the first civilization to master the art of raising and herding sheep. They were responsible for establishing the wool industry in the British Isles, after bringing sheep and shepherds to the area. The weather in this area called for a new breed of sheepdog that could withstand the cold, which the Celtics took to task, and started breeding their own type of dog. These dogs were called collies, from the ancient Celtic word colley, meaning faithful and useful. The full name Border Collie, was related to being bred on the borders of England and Scotland.

There are some famous Border Collies too!

Chaser, a Border Collie trained by professor of Psychology John Pilley, knows the names of her 1000 unique toys, and has been trained since she was two months old. Not only can he identify an object as a “toy”, but he can also identify all of his toys by their individual names. Dr. John Pilley explains that even though food is used as a training tool with most dogs, play and activity is innate in this dog breed, and works as one of the best training tools for Chaser and other Border Collies.

Watch Chaser show off her skills on TV now:

Striker, holds the record for The Fastest Car Window Opened By A Dog, rolling down a non-electric car window in 11.34 seconds. Now that’s impressive!

Another famous dog, and in our opinion, one of the most beautiful was Epic, a Border Collie so beautiful and representative of what Montego stands for, that he is proudly featured in our advertising. Epic sadly passed away recently but will forever remain part of our family.

Taking care of a Border Collie

Border Collies have a double coat and shed often. They are also known to be demanding and energetic dogs that are becoming more popular as family pets.

The breed needs to be kept active as their natural intelligence can lead them to boredom quite easily. If you are considering a Broder Collie as an addition to your family, it is worth keeping this in mind.

This breed has a median lifespan of around 12 years, and in general are healthy dogs. The most common health problem associated with the breed are eye problems and hip dysplasia. Allergies resulting in skin issues can occur, and it is advised to feed your border collie a diet that has a higher calorie count to offset their active nature.

If you are interested in this breed, please consider adopting a Border Collie from a South African rescue centre, like Border Collie rescue South Africa.

Image Sources: Border Collie Fan Club | Border Collie Museum

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History of Pets – The Abyssinian Cat

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Abyssinian cats are fearless! Especially when it comes to heights. This breed loves climbing and are not afraid of taking on heights that would leave us humans feeling a little bit dizzy. Their active nature keeps them sleek and slim, and they are happiest with some friends around, be it dogs, other cats or their human family.

Here’s something you might not have known: Ethiopia used to be called Abyssinia! This is exactly where these cats originated from, but not necessarily what they are named after.

In the 19th century, British soldiers were deployed to North Africa, where they found this beautiful cat breed. They purchased kittens from local traders, and made their way back to Britain, where cat shows were all the rage. The first mention of an Abyssinian at a cat show, was is in the Harper’s Weekly (January 27, 1872 issue) where the 3rd prize in the December 1871 Crystal Palace show was taken by the Abyssinian Cat “captured in the late Abyssinian War.”

The Abyssinian cat was refined in England. Its introduction to Britain may have been the result of merchants and colonists that traveled to and through the major port of the Indian Ocean, Calcutta.

Well yes, they do resemble the painting and sculptures made by the ancient Egyptians. These paintings show the beautiful similarities like their arched neck, large ears and eyes, shaped like almonds, and a beautifully muscular body. But more closely, they retain the looks of the African wildcat – the ancestor of all domestic cats.

Generally, these cats weigh between 3,6kg and 5,5kg, and can get up to 13 years old. Their eyes range between green and gold in colour, but their short and medium length fur can range from red, blue, fawn and even cinnamon.

The Abyssinian is a no-nonsense cat that requires little grooming, although showing some extra attention whilst grooming them with a cloth will be rewarded with soft purrs, and who wouldn’t like that?

It has a loving and affectionate nature, and loves spending time with its family, often speaking back in a soft, quiet tone.

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