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

Abyssinian Featured Image

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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BUY CLASSIC WIN CLASSICS!

Buy Classic Win Classics

Congratulations to our grand prize winner Liza van Eyk and a warm thank you to all who participated!

The grand prize draw is now closed, but there are still loads of great instant prizes to be won! So keep on scratching until the end of August 2018 to see if you’re a winner.

TO GET YOUR SCRATCH CARD, SIMPLY PURCHASE ANY TWO MONTEGO CLASSIC PRODUCTS.*

 

Our list of totally cool, instant classic prizes up for grabs include:

 

Cameras • Multitools • Sunglasses • Kettle Braais • Cell Phones • Gaming Consoles • Camping Chairs • Bluetooth Speakers • Watches • Games • Mixers • Toasters • Kettles and more.

*Purchase must include at least one Montego Classic dry food product and any other Montego Classic product.

NOW THAT’S A CLASSIC!

“Buy Classic Win Classics” Campaign Terms and Conditions:

  1. The “Buy Classic, Win Classics” promotion starts March 2018. Entries for the Classic Collection Grand Prize ends 31 May 2018 and Scratch cards are valid until 31 August 2018.
  2. Customers can enter the competition by purchasing at least two Classic products, of which at least one product must be Classic dry food (Classic Adult, Puppy, Senior Dog, Adult Cat and/or Kitten kibble) in any size. Valid entry scenarios to receive a scratch card: Any 2 or more Classic dry food products in any size (e.g.: 2kg Classic Adult Dog and 5kg Classic Adult Cat). / Any Classic dry food and wet food combination (e.g.: 25kg Classic Puppy Small Breed and Classic Wet food can). / Classic Dog and Cat food can be combined for a valid entry. (e.g.: 10kg Classic Senior and 1 Wet Cat Pouch).
  3. The competition applies to purchases of Classic products as explained in point 2 in South Africa only.
  4. Customers can enter as many times as they like, but only one scratch card per transaction is permitted.
  5. Scratch to win: Customers must scratch the designated area on the card to reveal if they are a winner. Not all cards contain prizes, but each card is a valid entry ticket for the Classic Collection Grand Prize Draw – kindly visit the Montego Facebook page for Grand Prize entry details.
  6. Customers must follow the instructions displayed on the scratch card to claim instant prizes and/or enter the grand draw.
  7. All instant prizes will be delivered by Takealot to the winners and their respective addresses.
  8. Although Montego Pet Nutrition will do everything in its power to avoid delivery faults/prize defects, should unfortunate circumstances arise in which prizes are delivered faulty or damaged, Montego Pet Nutrition will not be held liable or assume any responsibility.
  9. To claim an instant prize or for any general competition enquiries customers can send an email to competitions@montego.co.za. Refer to back of Scratch card for more details.
  10. To enter the draw for the Classic Collection Grand Prize, visit the Montego Pet Nutrition Facebook page and open the competition tab (desktop users). Mobile users can open the Montego Pet Nutrition Facebook cover image and follow the mentioned link to the entry page. Be sure to have your scratch card and proof-of-purchase/till slip handy when entering, as a clear photo of these will be required.
  11. The winner of the Classic Collection Grand Prize will be selected by means of a random draw on 6 June 2018.
  12. The draw is final and no correspondence/disputes will be entered into.
  13. Each scratch card will have a specific validation code (3-digit code next to prize) which must be submitted upon entry. Customers must retain their proof of purchase and scratch card as this will be required upon submitting details for prizes and/or entry into the grand draw.
  14. Prizes cannot be redeemed for cash or be exchanged for other prizes.
  15. Winners of instant prizes (including the grand prize winner) will be required to supply a day-time address and any other relevant information for delivery of prizes where he/she will be available to successfully receive the prize.
  16. By entering the competition customers adhere to accepting the terms and conditions. Should any dispute arise, Montego Pet Nutrition reserves the right to revoke entries/prizes.
  17. This promotion/competition is only open to South African ID/Passport holders.
  18. The competition applies to purchases of Montego Pet Nutrition Classic products in South Africa only.
  19. 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.
  20. Montego Pet Nutrition reserves the right to swop any prize for one of similar value should circumstance of stock unavailability for example arise.
  21. The winner of the grand prize will be required to have an interview with Montego Pet Nutrition or any agency contacting them on Montego Pet Nutrition’s behalf, a photo of the winner will also be requested for articles and announcements.
  22. Montego Pet Nutrition (Pty) Ltd is the promoter of this competition and reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of the competition at any time without prior notice.
  23. By entering the competition, the winner automatically agrees to allow Montego Pet Nutrition to contact them or to use their full names for marketing purposes.
  24. Instant prizes include:
  • Polaroid Instant Cameras
  • Leatherman Multitools
  • Ray Ban Sunglasses
  • Weber Grills
  • Lego Sets
  • Jenga Games
  • Nintendo Classic Consoles
  • Camping Chairs
  • JBL Bluetooth Speakers
  • Mens Casio Watches
  • New Nokia 3310
  • Rummikub Boardgames
  • Monopoly Boardgames
  • Ladies Casio Watches
  • Kenwood Hand Mixers
  • Parker Pens
  • Philips Alarm Clocks
  • Battleship Boardgames
  • Smeg Toasters
  • Smeg Kettles
  1. Grand prize includes:
  • Samsung 55″ FHD Smart LED TV + 1 of each of the instant prizes

Should you have any queries or questions, kindly e-mail us on competitions@montego.co.za or call us on 049 891 0825.

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History of the Africanis – shaped by Africa, for Africa

History of Pets The Africanis

The unique and resilient Africanis breed is the result of both physical and mental adaptation, as prescribed by the harsh African ecology. Historically, they were not bred for their physical features, but rather for their cleverness and ability to adapt. Having survived for centuries on their wits the Africanis has an evolved instinct for self-preservation.

The name, stemming from Africa as a continent and Canis, for dog, is an actually an umbrella name for all dogs native to Southern Africa – but that’s not where they originate from. They were introduced to the continent around 7000 years ago – a time when there were no domesticated animals settled in Africa.

Characteristics of the Africanis

Africanis love wide open spaces. The majority of Africanis can be found in rural settlements, where they stick closely to their pack of adoptive humans. They have short coats of varying colours and can sometimes even markings. If you’re looking for a dog that takes its guard duties seriously, then the Africanis is perfect and is especially well suited to keeping an eye on livestock, and other domestic animals. They are very expressive and adept communicators. Some say you can even see it talking with its body language and facial expressions.

Making the Africanis part of your family

Is your family active? Do you enjoy hiking, exploring, cycling and running together? Then the Africanis will make a great addition to your team! It’s resilience in health, as well as demeanour, make them great family members who will bring you many years of hassle-free joy.

Over the centuries, the Africanis has developed a natural resistance to internal as well as external parasites, making it a lot less fussy than other more refined breeds.

The Africanis is seen as an aboriginal landrace, and is of keen interest to The Africanis Society, whose intent is to preserve the breed without westernised breed “improvements”.

“The AfriCanis Society accepts the AfriCanis’ many physical variations and maintains that these are shaped by their immediate environment.” states Johan Gallant, founder of The Africanis Society.

“The AfriCanis as a primitive hound is guided by the instinct of subservience, the very drive that made its distant ancestors prime candidates for domestication. It is bound to its human partners and its territory. It will follow you for hours without being on a lead.” he says.

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#GotchaDay – remembering the first day

#GOTCHADAY

Do you remember the first time you locked eyes with your furry pal?

We’re looking for that first ever picture taken of you and your beloved companion. Yes, we’re talking about the one Facebook brings up every year as a memory – and you keep sharing it, because the world needs that cuteness.

Look out for our monthly #GotchaDay post. Share your picture in the corresponding month you and your pet met for the first time. You could win a bag of Montego! Want to know the best part about it? If your pet was adopted, tag the rescue in your post, and you could win a bag of Montego for them too.

We can’t wait to take a walk down memory lane with you!

 

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