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Sydney – Max the Beagle Needs a New Home Before His Family Move Overseas in April

Sue is moving to London with her family in April and needs to finds the lovely Max a home asap.

Sue says – this is our six year old family Beagle “Max”.

He has a beautiful temperament and is mostly obedient. He loves food so should not be left unattended in kitchen.

He’s happy to sleep outside. He loves a walk and can be walked off leash in off leash parks or on the beach.

He does not bark much – only when strangers arrive. He’s used to young children – we got him when our daughter was two.

Max has slowed down now he is older but needs a secure fence at least 4 ft high.

He’s desexed and microchipped and has regular vaccinations and heartworm etc.

If you’d like to make an enquiry about Max Sue’s mobile phone number is 0425 728 301.


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Mar 29, 2012 | 0 | Looking for a Home

How To Add A Cat to Your Dog-Friendly Household

By Colleen Sedgwick

It’s a common misconception that dogs and cats can’t live under the same roof harmoniously. Some pet owners have even avoided adding a cat to their family because they assumed their cat and dog would…well… “fight like cats and dogs.” But by being patient and properly introducing them, your pets – whatever their species! – can become lifelong friends.

If you’re soon to become a cat-and-dog household, here are 10 tips to help you start their relationship off right:

1. When you bring your pet home for the first time, have the right mindset. Don’t get discouraged if your pets don’t become the best of friends over night. It’s important to realize that they’ll most likely need some time to get to know each other.

2. Let your pets become familiar with each other’s scents before they meet for the first time. Put your cat’s blanket (or any object that’s been in contact with your cat) near your dog for a day or two, and vice versa. When they meet face-to-face, there will at least be a familiar scent between the two.

3. When you first introduce your pets, your cat should be at your dog’s eye level.

4. Keep your dog on her leash when she’s meeting your cat for the first time. As with all our friends in the animal kingdom, it’s hard to tell how your pets will react when they see each other for the first time. Always play it safe!

5. Keep a firm (and loving) grip on your pets as they meet. This will help make them feel comfortable and secure.

6. It’s possible for some posturing to take place when they first meet, and they may make a lot of noise at each other. This is normal. If things start getting too aggressive, separate them into different areas of the house. Patience is key! They may not take to each other at the first attempt, so don’t get discouraged too fast.

7. After they meet, make sure it’s easy for your cat to get away from your dog whenever she feels stressed or threatened. Providing a small cat door she can easily escape through is one example. In fact, allowing each pet to have a location to call her own will be helpful for when they just want to retreat and get away from it all.

8. Your pets should feel relaxed while eating. To prevent them from feeling defensive against the other with their food, let them eat in separate places at first.

9. Let your dog hang out with another family member in a separate room for a half hour or so to give your cat a chance to safely explore your home by herself. You may want to do this daily, until both pets are familiar and happy with each other.

10. It’s crucial to praise your dog when she exhibits good behavior with your cat (i.e., when she doesn’t bark or chase her.) Consistently rewarding her with a treat will go a long way!

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Mar 22, 2012 | 0 | Tips

Charlie’s All Grown Up

Angelique has kindly sent this photo which i just had to share with you. You may remember us following Charlie from puppyhood and answering some of Angelique’s queries and concerns (see the posts in A +++++ Watching Charlie the Pup Grow).

This is Charlie now with her favourite new toy called Todd which is all the way from New York.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about Charlie’s adventures soon.


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Mar 20, 2012 | 0 | A++++ Watching Charlie The Pup Grow

Sydney – Bluey Needs a Home

Nadine says:

Bluey is a non-de sexed male Blue Cattle dog, possibly between three to four years old that does not nip at all and is very gentle and quite trusting towards strangers.

He adopted his current owner after spending some time on the streets. He is quite tiny for his breed, has a very soft fluffy coat and shows signs of being exceptionally smart.

There is evidence he has had some basic training – he sits on command, fetches and brings the stick/ball right back to your feet.  Bluey has virtually spent most of the last two years alone locked up in a backyard, is hyper-active with acute anxiety as far as I can tell.

Bluey has been living with Ron who is 84 and still working as a long-haul truck driver, therefore he is rarely home.  Although the backyard is quite big the neighbours want him gone because he barks incessantly, and at anything.  Ron’s family also want the dog rehoused as they are bearing the brunt of neighbourhood complaints and do not feel Ron is able to give Bluey the life he deserves.  There have been efforts to rehouse Bluey but all so far have fallen through.

Ive recently taken Bluey into my too tiny backyard with my female Blue Cattle dog.  He gets fed twice a day and has nice long walks every day, alongside my dog.  He’s pretty good at being walked on a leash, but he is alongside my dog so I’m really not sure what is learned behaviour and what is just mimicry.  Since having Bluey his barking has almost stopped (I control it and he has another dog there that does not bark at all) and his anxiety and hyperactivity is slowly waning.

However, in short, Bluey is a handful you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.  He represents everything that is bad about dogs – incessant barking, anxious, hyperactive, jumping up and demanding attention the minute you walk into the backyard.  BUT he’s a gorgeous dog – exceedingly sweet and could be a great companion if he experienced routine in a healthy and secure, stable and loving environment – which he’ll be in until a more permanent home is found for him so (fingers crossed) this may take the edge off his hellish ways!  If you know of anyone willing to take little Bluey on I would love to hear from them.

Thank you for your time,


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Mar 15, 2012 | 1 | Looking for a Home

How to Avoid Exorbitant Vet Bills

By Ron Ayalon

Your best friend Loki needs to go to the vet from time to time. Getting updated shots and vaccines is a given. You can expect to pay your vet a certain amount each year for routine maintenance. But, little Loki may also get sick or injured leaving you with a skyrocketing veterinarian bill. Vet care is not cheap these days with all of the high tech innovations that allow your Loki to be saved from illnesses and accidents that may have been irreparable in the past. While some incidents are inevitable, there are some precautions you can take to avoid paying for your vet’s new yacht.

Accidents and Traumas
You certainly can’t prevent all accidents from happening, either to Loki or yourself. But, a little care can help you avoid daily disasters. Keep obstacles out of the way in the house to prevent him from hurting himself, for instance. When walking Loki, be aware of things that could hurt him like that rusty sewer drain or the shards of broken glass in the street. You don’t need to worry constantly, but pay attention to your surroundings to eliminate potential accidents.

Gastrointestinal Surgery
Dogs love to put things in their mouths. From the sock in the laundry hamper to the tasty looking rock on the sidewalk, Loki likes to taste new things. You probably see some of these items when you pick up his poo, but when he decides to try something that he can’t possibly pass, he will need an expensive trip to the vet. Surgery to remove something from his intestines can cost thousands of dollars. He can also become very ill from eating something toxic. To avoid these occurrences, keep things he shouldn’t eat out of his reach. It’s just like baby proofing your house.

Of course, you can’t clean up the streets and get rid of all the nasty things he could eat out in the great wide world. To avoid Loki swallowing a rock or other interesting morsel while on a walk, teach him the “drop it” command. Practice with his harmless toys and give him an appropriate treat whenever he drops the toy at your command. In no time, he will be following your instructions carefully.

Dental Disease
Just like you, Loki is susceptible to dental troubles. Cleaning plaque-infested teeth or treating a dental disease in Loki can cost upwards of $1,000. To avoid it, just like you, he needs to brush his teeth. Of course, he can’t do it himself, so you will have to do it. You can find dog brushes and toothpaste in tempting flavors at the pet store. Aim to brush his teeth at least three times a week. You can also provide Loki with treats and toys that promote dental health. The act of chewing is important for keeping his teeth clean, so be sure he has chew toys and that he eats dry food.

Dog Fights
Vets see cases of dog bites and traumas all the time. Dog bites to other dogs as well as people. Often, people neglect to take the time and effort to socialize their dogs with others and fights can ensue. While you can’t be responsible for other people’s dogs, you can keep Loki well socialized by making sure he has safe and healthy interactions with his dog buddies. You can also prevent an injury from another dog by avoiding those you don’t know. When on a walk with Loki, don’t let him approach another dog if you are not familiar with him or her.

Veterinary expenses seem to rise all the time. You want to keep Loki healthy and happy for many years without breaking the bank. So, take some of these precautions keep him out of the vet’s office.

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Mar 12, 2012 | 0 | Dog health, Tips

Walk the Dog!

By Ron Ayalon

Wolves are the ancestors of dogs and the first thing a pack of wolves does in the morning is go for a stroll. Ok, maybe they stretch a little first, and it isn’t really a stroll so much as purposeful wandering. The point is that dogs have the need to walk deep within their DNA. This goes for the biggest Mastiffs to the tiniest Chihuahuas and everything in between. And, yes, this means your precious Skittles needs a daily walk as well. Aside from the ancestral yearning, there are many modern reasons to get off the couch and walk skittles at least once every day.

Do it for Her Health…and Yours
Unless you are a hermit living in a cave, you have heard that Americans are not just overweight, but obese. Well, unfortunately, we have passed the bad behaviors on to our dogs. Dogs are now tipping the scales, and in some cases breaking them. Just like you, for optimal health, Skittles needs some exercise. Sure, you can lazily play fetch with her in the living room or backyard, but a walk is great for both of you. If you make a change from rarely walking her to walking her every day, you will be amazed by the change you see in her and in you.

Keep Her in Line
Do you ever come home to find that Skittles has dug through the bathroom garbage can to shred every tissue you used to blow your nose? Does she ferret out the most disgusting rotted food from the kitchen garbage or gnaw on the leg of the dining room table. These undesirable behaviors can often be reduced or totally eliminated with a walk (a little training can’t hurt). Skittles is bored and has more energy than she knows what to do with. Whereas a person who has a lot of energy might find something constructive to do, all Skittles knows how to do is destroy. If you are not walking her, start. If you are walking her just once a day, add a second walk and watch her nasty habits disappear.

Give her Mental Stimulation
People tend to forget that dogs get bored too, especially more intelligent breeds. The smarter the dog, the worse the destruction it can create when bored. Back to the ancestral wolves, they wander around throughout much of the day to find food, patrol their territory, and sniff out intruders. All of this is constant intellectual stimulation. Wolves use their noses, ears, and eyes and remain alert all day out of necessity. Little Skittles may not need to patrol or find food, but without the need she has a mental gap. What is she to do with all those brains and nothing to think about?

A walk is more than just a way to drain her energy and make her too tired to be fat or destructive. Skittles needs mental stimulation and on a walk she gets it. Just like wolves do, she uses her nose primarily, but also her eyes and ears to observe her surroundings and what she perceives as her territory. There are all kinds of toys and treats that you can buy her to keep Skittles busy in the house. But, there is no substitute for a stimulating walk.

Now that you know how important walking is for your buddy, it’s time to get out there with her. Start with a reasonable route and lengthen it as you both get more fit. Change it up from day to day to keep her interested. If she doesn’t walk well on the leash, consult with a trainer to learn some tricks for improving her walking behavior.

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Mar 09, 2012 | 1 | Looking after your dog, Tips