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Sydney – Longer Term Foster Care Needed for Dafney the Pug

This arrangement may suit someone who would love to have a pet of their own but possibly can’t afford to – but who can still offer lots of  love and care..

Chelsea is trying to find Dafney a long term home and says:

“I have an 18 month old fawn pug called Dafney. Due to personal reasons I’ve had to move house and I can’t have her living with me. I am looking for foster parents-  someone in Sydney so that I can come past and walk her and take her out for day trips on occasion. I will obviously still pay for all her food and medical needs.

Please advise if you would be interested in meeting my little girl and possibly welcoming her into your family” .

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May 13, 2012 | 0 | Uncategorized

Your Dog’s Food May Be Causing His Skin Condition

by Ron AyaloB

You love your dog like a member of the family, so when King’s skin starts to look odd, finding out what is wrong with him becomes a top priority. In your quest to find out what is wrong with King, you call the veterinarian’s office in a panic. You try your best to describe the dry, red, itchy spots to the veterinarian. The veterinarian says to just bring King in for a checkup to try to determine what is going on.

At the veterinarian, King goes through a battery of tests, which rule out various types of mange, hot spots and other skin conditions. After you spend all that money, the veterinarian tells you that King is suffering from a food allergy. You sit down with the veterinarian and discuss what you have been feeding King. It turns out that the food you thought was good for King isn’t so good after all.

What in Dog Food Can Cause Skin Irritation?
Many dog foods contain a lot of filler ingredients that don’t actually provide King with nutrition. Some of these filler ingredients are known allergens for dogs. Wheat is the most common food allergen for dogs. Soy is another common allergen for dogs. That is really a shame because most of the least expensive dog foods contain large amounts of wheat or soy, so these aren’t an option for King.

Since you now know about King’s food allergy, you have to find him a food that won’t make his skin irritation worse. Even if you find a food that doesn’t contain soy or wheat, there is a chance that the commercial food may contain other substances that will make King’s skin allergy manifest again. Low-quality dog foods are out because they are unsafe and don’t give King the nutrition he needs. Mid-quality foods are out because they also contain wheat or soy.

You decide to check out the premium dog foods that are marketed as skin-and-coat varieties. Much to your dismay, you find that wheat or soy is in most of those. Corn and preservatives are also listed, and since those may cause skin irritation, the premium foods are out of the question.

Next on your list is the top-of-the-line super-premium dog food. As you start to check those out, you find the same problem. Sure, the ingredients are some of the best available. King will get the nutrition he needs from these foods, but still, you see potential allergens. You decide to try King on one of these foods only to discover that he still breaks out in spots. You go through duck and potato, salmon and potato, and venison and potato varieties all with the same result.

So, What Type of Commercial Food is Best?
In a moment of frustration, you wonder if you can find anything suitable for King to eat. Luckily, there is another option: holistic dog food. Holistic dog food doesn’t contain fillers. It only contains natural ingredients. Most holistic dog food doesn’t contain any type of wheat, soy or corn. Most of them contain brown rice, which isn’t likely to cause King’s allergies to flare up. Other ingredients, such as carrots, real meat, pumpkin, tomato, herring, apples, and a host of other natural ingredients are listed on the label.

After choosing a holistic food for King based on his age and breed, you take it home and feed it to him. As time goes by, you discover that King’s allergy spots are fading. More time passes and you notice that King seems much healthier. His skin looks great, his coat is starting to shine and he seems much happier.

King’s follow up with the veterinarian is wonderful. By choosing a holistic food for him, you not only helped him get rid of those bothersome spots, you also gave him the best shot at living a long and healthy life by providing him with a quality holistic food.

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Feb 20, 2012 | 0 | Dog health, Uncategorized

How To Share Custody Of Your Apartment Pet

By Andrew Reichek

Trying to share custody of a pet during the middle of a divorce, separation, or breakup can certainly add to the stress of the situation. However, it doesn’t have to be another problem that remains unsolved. Sharing a pet has become more commonplace among those whom are in the middle of splitting up.

Although you may have purchased your pet and have taken care of it more than the other person in the relationship, the law may view it differently. Read on to find out how both of you might want to share your bet so you don’t have to get the law involved and spend more money on attorneys fees.

The Law and Pet Custody

Many lawyers suggest that one efficient method is to sit down and work on agreement between both of you. Try and work out a visitation schedule and who will have the pet the majority of the time. Try to keep your pet out of the divorce process. The law won’t see sharing a pet the same way as it views your kids. Remember that child custody laws are different for live human beings.

Pets may be regarded as personal property. That means that someone will be awarded the pet. The other party will not have any rights and may never see the pet again. It’s very possible the court will not dictate shared custody.

How To Share Custody of A Pet In Your Apartment

The first step is making sure that all parties in the process are ok with some sort of shared custody. Remember that your pet is a living creature. Here are some topics you will want to consider.

*What partner has the most space and the right kind of space for the pet?
*Who has the most money to care for the pet. Food and veterinarian visits can surely add up.
*Who has taken care of the pet the majority of time in the past?
*Did someone have ownership of the pet before the relationship began?
*Who has the most free time to care for the pet?

Some of the more successful arrangements include one person getting the pet during the week and the other on the weekends. Also how will you give the pet to the other person? Will you drop it off at their home or will both of you meet somewhere else where you can exchange the pet.

This will be an emotional time. Everyone needs to keep the interest of the pet above each other.

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Feb 15, 2012 | 0 | Tips, Uncategorized

My Dog Was Suffering From Tick Transmitted Diseases – And I Did Not Even Know About It

By Annelie Becher

In the summer of 2008 my Golden Retriever Sebastian got an eye infection. His eyes were red and runny with a yellowish discharge. I thought he had picked up an infection from the neighbors dog and encouraged his immune system to fight off the bugs by giving him some EFT sessions. Sure enough his eyes got better but after a short period of time the infection was back.

Then he got the runs on and off. Because his digestion got better with the use of charcoal tablets and a temporary change of diet I suspected that he had picked up some tummy bug or had eaten something bad somewhere.

Since Sebastian had always been a quiet dog who blended into his environment very well which means he was quiet in the house and lively when retrieving dummies I did not notice that he had become a bit more quiet than usual, he just seemed to be a little tired at times.

The truth came out by coincidence!

My father took his female Rosie to the vets because of her increasing health problems and took Sebastian along with him. His vet had started an interest in tick transmitted diseases because some dogs had died from those infections recently. So he took a blood sample of Rosie and Sebastian which showed that Rosie had picked up Anaplasmosis and Sebastian had picked up Anaplasmosis as well as Ehrlichosis!

Those diseases had been virtually unknown to dog owners and vets alike in our area. We knew about Meningitis and we knew about Lyme’s Disease but we knew nothing about Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichosis, diseases we did not even know existed!

So of course we knew nothing about their symptoms either.

Sebastian was treated with some antibiotic and the Ehrlichosis cleared up but the Anaplasmosis didn’t. He needed a second course of treatment, this time with a different kind of antibiotic before some progress was made and he started to become more lively again.

The antibiotics took their toll of course and left the cells of his body in a weakened state but that was a prize I gladly paid because the treatments were the only way at the time to save his life as I found out a little later.

As I had been sensitized to the subject I suddenly learned that quite a few dogs I had known and also some I had bred myself had died due to an Anaplasmosis infection which had gone too far because it was recognized too late.

My dog is well again now even so his blood tests still show the contact with the Anaplasmosis pathogen. Trouble is that since so many ticks are now infected with the microbes he is liable to become reinfected any time.

Meanwhile I have trained in a method which enables me to support his immune system and the innate ability of his body to heal itself so I give him sessions whenever he needs them. At the same time I monitor the state of his health by having regular blood tests for tick transmitted diseases at least once a year to make sure I am updated with all the information I need to get him treated by the vets and treat him myself.

I hope this article helps!

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Nov 25, 2011 | 0 | Uncategorized

Sarcoptic Mange: 4 Questions to Ask About Scabies

By Simon Tong

Sarcoptic mange is one of two varieties of mange that a dog can be afflicted with. Both are certainly different, but in general, sarcoptic mange is the more troublesome of the two in terms of diagnosis and treatment.

This skin problem can affect dogs of all ages, and causes a variety of problems in a dog’s skin. This article aims to give you the necessary information about how sarcoptic mange is transmitted to your dog, the seriousness of the problem, and its underlying cause.

What exactly is sarcoptic mange?

Sarcoptic mange, or more commonly known as ‘scabies’, is a skin condition that causes severe itching and hair loss. This skin problem is different from demodectic mange (the second variant of mange); unlike demodectic mange, the sarcoptic variety can affect dogs other than the young, old or sick.

Scabies primarily cause an inflammation of the skin, as well as severe hair loss and numerous sores. Pus may also be present, which will harden and turn into flaky scabs.

Finally, thickening of the skin, as well as the development of folds can occur in advanced cases.

What causes sarcoptic mange?

The sarcoptic mite is the main culprit for the skin disease, which is a subspecies of mites that function as parasitic pests.

As with all other types of mites, they’re so tiny that you wouldn’t be able to find any traces of them without help, but get them under a microscope and you’ll see a grotesquely obese little bug trying its best to hitch a ride on a dog.

Unlike fleas, the feeding of mites is not the cause of the excessive itching and other symptoms that affects dogs on a daily basis. Instead, the lifecycle of the mite itself is the underlying cause of the problem.

I’ll try not to delve too much into biology here, but here’s how it basically goes:  the female mites first land on an unsuspecting dog and they start settling in by burrowing under the skin and forming long tunnels, where they deposit their eggs. When they’re hatched, the young mites then come out of the tunnel to form their own enclaves by digging new, shorter tunnels into the skin.

Once there, they’ll remain until they’re fully grown before they start fulfilling their life’s purpose: to make more mites. The males mature faster and they’re the first to get out, only to enter the female tunnels to fertilize them. Once that’s done, the females then reach adulthood and burrow out of their holes… before starting the lifecycle anew.

In case you haven’t pieced it together yet, the activity of the sarcoptic mite is the real cause of mange. The itch that your dog feels is due to the burrowing under the skin and the formation of tunnels, along with all the waste products produced by the mites.  Apart from that, it also causes skin irritation and hair loss, all part of a mange’s list of symptoms.

The sarcoptic mite can live for up to three or four days in an open environment, but they usually live for much longer if they find a host body to feed from – a total of 21 days. If they manage to get their eggs laid though, your dog will soon be in for a very hard time.

How do dogs get this skin problem?

The thing about sarcoptic mites is that they’re highly contagious; they are usually transmitted between dogs when they get into contact with each other. Of course, if you bring your dog out for walks frequently, there is a chance that he might get it from a passing dog while they’re sniffing each other.

This is actually one of the reasons why mange seems to appear on a dog’s face first – they usually use their heads to inspect and investigate things, which makes it a usual entry point for would-be parasites looking for a new place to stay.

They can also attack humans, although the effects are not as severe and there’s no such thing as human mange. The worst problem that one can expect is some itching for up to one or two weeks after exposure to a dog with scabies, but I would still recommend finding some protection as a preventive measure.

Are there any other problems that mange can cause?

In a word: yes. There are several complications that may arise due to scabies, such as skin infections and a weakening of the immune system. Bacterial infections of the skin can come about when your dog scratches at his skin so much that it tears and bleeds, making it accessible for secondary infections from nearby bacteria.

The weakening of the immune system acts as a gateway for more serious diseases that would normally be deflected to infect the dog. This can come about in the form of rapid weight loss, or an enlargement of the lymph nodes. Both of these conditions will subsequently give way to even more serious problems. In cases of animal neglect, some dogs have even had cases of scabies that eventually proved to be fatal.


Basically, sarcoptic mange is a skin condition that starts out mildly in the beginning, but can grow to be very dangerous if knowingly left untreated. Not only does your dog feel the unrelenting itch at all times, he also has to bear the scars of his constant scratching as long as the mites are on him, burrowing underneath his skin to produce the next generation of parasites.

It’s not impossible to cure scabies; if caught in the early stages, it’s actually pretty easy to do so. To put it simply, all you need to do is to kill off the mites and mend your dog’s skin, and everything will be fine. There are tons of resources about mange treatment nowadays, so that shouldn’t pose a problem. However, I would suggest looking up your vet if your dog is already on an advanced stage of sarcoptic mange.

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Nov 01, 2011 | 0 | Uncategorized

Meet Amber from Bali (Dog) Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC)

The first time Amber went to Bali in 2009 she was shocked by the condition of the Bali street dogs. Amber knew that she was going to be travelling back to Bali so when she got back to her Melbourne home she googled “Bali street dogs”.

It was here where Amber first came across the words “Linda Bullar” and the “Bali Adoptions and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC)” and forever change her life. 

“Linda and BARC came up in my search results bar, so that night at about 2 am in the morning in my hotel room in Sydney I emailed back and forth with this amazing lady.. Linda Buller!


The first time I visited BARC in Ubud, I was greeted with licks and kisses from these tiny hairless little creatures that were being rehabilitated by Australian, Ebony Owens, at BARC – Linda’s accomplice, said Amber.

When Amber was asked about her role as a volunteer with BARC she said “basically in Australia I will collect donations, raise awareness, assist volunteers via email – all in consultation with Linda and Ebony. I do lots of different bits and pieces. I do so much running around that it’s hard to give you an exact list”, said Amber.

 “In Bali I gather information for our Facebook group!/groups/19687946558/ and our website to update the site with follow-up information on the dogs as people are keen to know how the dogs are coming along. I pick up scabby, bald pups off the streets/rice fields/cemeteries/beaches, etc, and these findings are usually not planned. I have helped with many different hands-on types of animal work over my time with BARC. I could tell you in detail about the obstacles they are faced with in Bali on a day-to-day basis, the diseases, the neglect, the suffering and the fine job they do considering they have no financial support,” said a passionate Amber.

“We do adoption days in the areas of Jaln Petitengit and Seminyak, we make up banners for the refuge and for the stalls we plan to have in Australia.

 We have a great team of supporters in Australia, and the world! Everyone brings something to the table”, said Amber.

Keen to know how people in Australia can help, Amber said that people can help by:

  • sponsoring a dog online
  • doing some fundraising within their community/workplace, etc
  • creating awareness
  • Encouraging friends and/or family who are visiting Bali to take a full suitcase of clothes and bric-a-brac to drop off at BARC’s charity shop in Ubud. Fill up that suitcase space with some new purchases from Bali  to bring home?

BARC survives solely on the kindness of your donations. The crew at BARC rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all the dogs they can. They give nurturing, unconditional love.

“Linda and Ebony do such an amazing job and they do it seven days a week.  From an outsider’s perspective these girls are saints! Each dog has a name, has no time limit for how long it can stay at the refuge and is treated with love and care which is tailored to each dog’s personal medical and personality needs, said Amber.

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Aug 23, 2011 | 0 | Interviews, Stray dogs, Uncategorized

Dogs 101- Bull Terrier

Bull Terrier has been described as a “3-year-old child in a dog suit”. The energy of this Bulldog/Terrier mix have made them well known amongst powerful figures.

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Aug 18, 2011 | 0 | Uncategorized

Dogs 101 – Doberman (full)

How did the Doberman get its name and you can find out all about this breed- a breed descended from terriers!]
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Aug 06, 2011 | 0 | Dog breed information, Uncategorized

Meet Tara from the Bali Dog Adoption and Rehabilition Centre (BARC)

Melbourne-based, 25 year-old Tara is one of the key volunteers at the Bali Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC) who are based in Ubud, Bali. This may sound confusing given Tara lives in Australia but technology allows Tara to volunteer with BARC remotely.

“For as long as I can remember I’ve had a soft spot for animals”, said Tara. “I’d write weekly newsletters to all of my friends about animals and I sponsored a dolphin when I was about 10.

Now I sponsor Bali dogs! I grew up with my dad racing greyhounds and back then I had no idea how bad racing was for the greyhound welfare, but as I got older and was exposed to it all I saw how my dad was different to the others – he’d take on dogs that were going to be put down or just passed to a shelter and he would treat his dogs like they were his kids, so he was a big influence on me”, said Tara.

Tara found out about BARC through her sister Amber who is heavily involved with the Centre. At first Tara helped from her Melbourne home with a few things they needed assistance with and made some financial donations.

“Then I asked myself how I could do more for BARC while not actually being in Bali physically. I then met up with BARC’s founder Linda Buller when she came to Australia and it all started from there,” Tara said. “Ebony is another Australian that has moved there to help Linda out with the dogs and Amber travels to Bali frequently. They are all constantly hands on but not everyone can be in Bali to help them.

“I work solely from Melbourne and communicate via email and phone. I have visited the shelter once after helping them for about a year to see what it was really like, and I’d love to get over there more often. When I took my first trip to Bali I had the opportunity to visit the shelter first-hand. When I first arrived at the shelter it’s exactly what I had expected – one thing you really notice is how all of the dogs are so well cared for individually… they all have names and you also see just how busy the staff are. They need more people helping out on a regular basis.

Amber is constantly updating me on the shelter as she’s there quite often and she fills me in on how much help they really need and still do. I also have a love for animals, dogs in particular so helping BARC fulfils something in me, said Tara.

“One dog that really touched me was Layla. We found her on the beach and had her in our hotel throughout most of our stay in Bali. She is an amazing dog and I really wish I could have her here with me in Australia but they have very strict laws and will not allow dogs to leave Bali after the rabies outbreak even though it is now under control.

At home I have an amazing giant mastiff x wolf hound called Dexter, he is the most docile and caring dog I’ve ever come across and getting him was the best decision I have ever made. I can’t imagine not having a pet as they just make everything seem a little better no matter what your going through…

My full time job is working in an office for an importing company I’ve been with for about six years. Ideally I want to be working with animals in some way but it’s a bit easier said than done at the moment… I wish the administration job I do for BARC was my full time job !”, said Tara.

If you too would like to become involved and don’t live in Bali you can sponsor, donate, raise funds and awareness contact BARC at  and feel free to visit our website at


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Aug 01, 2011 | 0 | Uncategorized

Which Dog Shampoo Is Right for Rover?

By Cathy Forcier

Choosing the right Dog Shampoo can make a world of difference. Searching local stores and online for Dog shampoo for Rover can be overwhelming. Just like humans, choosing the right kind for your dogs skin type varies from dog to dog. The most common skin types are dry flaky skin, oily skin and normal skin. Which type of dog shampoo should Rover use?


First look and see if Rover has dry flaky skin. If you see flakes, the best dog shampoo for the dry skin is one with an Oatmeal base. The oatmeal will clear up flakes, sooth dry itchy skin and moisturize. Always read the label on how to properly use the shampoo. One reason Rover might have dry flaky skin is because some less expensive dog foods don’t have the correct amount of ingredients for their skin. Try putting omega fatty acids in their meal. You can purchase a specific dog supplement with omega. Another option could be to give fish oil to help with his coat.


Rub your fingers through Rover’s fur and see if there is any type of oil residue. This will help you decipher if the coat is oily. When the coat has oily skin use a refreshing Dog shampoo to clean his coat. You will not want to use any type of conditioner. Conditioner will make Rovers skin feel more oilier.


Check to see if Rover has any dry flaky skin or if you can feel if the skin is oily. If he has neither you can choose a basic dog shampoo. One option is a Deodorizing shampoo. This will get ride of Rovers unwanted smells.


Shampoo for fleas and ticks contain a chemical to kill the fleas and ticks but is safe to use on Rover. Make sure you read the label before applying to see how long you will need to leave the shampoo on. Make sure you rinse all the flea and tick shampoo out. This will help prevent ingestion if Rover grooms himself.


Conditioners are great for dogs with long coated fur that gets tangles and mats. One type of conditioner for after shampooing dogs is a Deodorizing conditioner. This will get the smell out of Rovers skin. Another type is a creme rinse conditioner which makes their fur thicker. Make sure you rinse all of it out of your dogs coat. Don’t over condition this will make the coat look greasy.


The PH in human shampoo is not balanced for dogs. The PH in Dog shampoo is made to remove odors, dirt, oil and has non tearing formula so it won’t burn Rovers eyes. Human shampoo will make Rovers skin dry and irritated.

Use the steps so you can decipher the right type of skin Rover has to get the correct Dog Shampoo. While giving Rover a bath, make it fun and a positive experience for him. I’m sure you will have fun getting wet with him. You can find a variety of dog shampoo at a local store or online. If you have any questions on which type to use for Rover please contact your veterinarian. They will help you decide which dog shampoo is best for Rover to use.

Cathy Forcier wants to thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope you have benefited on the ways to choose the correct type of Dog Shampoo. I find that shampooing dogs with the right type of shampoo with give my dog the most beautiful coat. Please visit and see the items we offer for you and Rover. I’m sure Rover will love them.

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Jul 29, 2011 | 0 | Uncategorized