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Thanks to a Puppy Farmer Monet Needs Our Help

Please check our Monet’s story here.

With all the money Monet made these greedy people you’d think they could have had her operated upon straight away. It’s not too late for monet..

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Aug 30, 2012 | 0 | Puppy Farming

Why I Volunteer with the Bali Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre

On the horizon today as a volunteer for the Bali Adoption and Rehabilitation Centre (BARC) are a few thingsI can share.

First off I got a Facebook alert which I need to share far and wide to say that BARC have run out of Divetelact. With 45 puppies under seven weeks old and 13 kittens, they are in desperate need of more of this powdered miracle in a can! This can be purchased in 900gram – 20kg cans. If you or someone you know is heading over to Ubud in the coming weeks, this is #1 on the wish list! ?

My background has been in public relations and I have retired from work now due toa  health issue.

This means that I can dedicate all of my time to animal welfare. I think it was Tony Robbins that once asked something like  – “if you won mega amounts of money and you had bought everything material you wanted and travelled all you wished – how would you spend your time?”  To me that answer was always simple – my passion is animals and so I am now living my passion.

I suppose what gets to me about the BARC cause is that they have so few helpers and that has been what has drawn me to help them – that along with the fabulous work they are doing for cats and dogs in Bali.They are truly a dedicated bunch!

Expat Australian artist Linda Buller started the charity after living in Ubud and seeing first hand what was happening to the dogs and cats – or what wasn’t happening. She could not create her artworks while witnessing all the suffering.

Ebony from Queensland saw what Linda was doing while visiting Bali so she left her Queensland home to go and help and she now lives and works at BARC.

This is a 24 hour a day full-time committment as opposed to a 9-5 job. When you have baby kittens and puppies they have to be fed and cared for each few hours. I think that’s what people forget and this is shared by the small team. They also work with a fabulous vet called Madi.

Then a few years ago Virgin flight attendant Amber was travelling back and forth to Bali for work. She too was moved by what was happening to the neglected strays of Bali so she searched the web and made contact with Linda. That was it – Amber would spend most of her days off in Bali helping the animals and returning to Melbourne she would do all she could to further the cause in Australia – to alert people to the dire plight of these dogs and cats. Recently Amber has given up her job, moved to Bali and helps full-time with BARC. I think once you experience the wonderful work that BARC do it’s hard to turn a bling eye.

Prue has recently moved to Bali and is now also volunteering so much with BARC. Prue is doing amazing work – she is a designed so has changed the look of the BARC website and Facebook page. She is also now a key contact when you need info from Bali.

Amber’s sister Tara came on board after she discovered the situation and while based in Melbourne, Tara has been managing all the animal sponsorships along with other admin-type tasks.

After the BARC plight was featured on Channel 10′s The Project, we have formed a committee of Australian volunteers plus some major supporters ftrom Holland have joined. Together we are on a mission to raise awareness and raise funds.

The thing is in Australia people generally have a love of animals and while it is uncommon to see a stray dog, stray cats area different story.

There are many individuals that look after stray cat colonies and many dedicated cat welfare groups. We are better off financially than the Indonesians. $1 Australian dollar in Bali can do so much for an animal whereas in Australia it will barely buy you a tin of food.

I think what I am trying to say is that I feel I have to help the small group in Bali. They are so busy doing the hands on work that they need people to help raise funds and awareness.

Stay tuned for more of an insight into the work of a volunteer with BARC.

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Aug 27, 2012 | 0 | BARC

BARC is Building Bali’s First Dog and Cat Sanctuary

The truth is there are 140 dogs, 40 cats, four monkeys and pig being cared for by the Bali Adoption and Rebailitation Centren (BARC).

I have become heavily involved after a trip two years ago to Bali.

When we saw the state of the dogs on the streets we searched for the BARC refuge and took a trip to Ubud in the Balinese hills. I say “dogs” because we really didn’t see any cats on that trip. Apparently cats are held in much higher regard than dogs and are very popular. For instance if someone were to run over a cat they would stop.. Dogs on the other hand are thought of as bad spirits and have to often fend for themselves.

Less than a year ago we heard the news that BARC were being evicted from the rental premises where the dogs and cats are sheltered. They had been there for years but the owners did not want to renew the lease.

So it’s been a mad rush for BARC  to raise the funds needed to buy land and to create the infrastructure necessary to be able to relocate all of the animals to this sanctuary.

It’s called a sanctuary because it will be a forver home to animals that cannot be rehomed. This may be because of behavioural issues or they may require life-long medical attention. This is a place that will not let them down like they’d been let down in the past.

BARC have now purchased the land and there is a huge fundraising drive to build what is needed – the fence, cat pens, dog beds, a play area, onsite clinic, etc.

The first campaign to raise funds for the fencing was a success – next BARC will raise funds for the housing and shelter of the pets.

Stay tuned and I will share the journey of being a volunteer working from Australia with many other dedicated volunteers around the country. We figure if Australians can’t help our Balinese neighbours then who can?

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Aug 26, 2012 | 0 | BARC

Dog Games and Puzzles – A Fun Way to Exercise Your Dog

By Sarah Glassford

We all lead busy lives these days and as much as we’d like to spend two hours a day walking our dogs sometimes it is just not possible. Providing mental stimulation for your dog in addition to a daily outing is a great way to keep them healthy both mentally and physically. Research has shown that 15 minutes of challenging mental stimulation for a dog is like going for a one hour walk.

There are a range of games you can play with your dog that will provide them with the mental stimulation and challenge they need. There are behaviour benefits from keeping your dog entertained in a positive way as well. So if you are walking your dog each day and challenging your pet with games and puzzles, you are less likely to have a dog that is going to chew, dig holes, bark unnecessarily and be naughty.

These days there are many interesting and fun dog puzzles and games available that will provide your dog with hours of fun and entertainment. Look for a game or puzzle that allows you to reward your dog as they play. The better ones will allow you to hide food or treats within chambers or sections of the puzzle that your dog then needs to find. The aim of the game is for your dog to hunt and find the food or treats in the puzzle.

Some games offer even more of a challenge with “locks” or other mechanisms that mean your dog has to work their way through the different challenge “levels” to get their reward. Most games or puzzles you can buy from the pet shop also come with a challenge rating – so if you’re worried your dog will find them too hard then start off with one of the easier ones. Once they’ve worked out the easy one you can upgrade to a harder model and start the fun all over again. It’s a good idea to rotate the games as well as this keeps it interesting and your dog will have to work it out all over again.

Think about the food or treats you hide in the puzzle game as well. A treat that smells really, really good is going to keep your dog interested for much longer than say a piece of dry dog kibble. Try out the different jerky treats available to find one that motivates your dog the most. Tuna jerky is a strong smelling reward that is bound to tempt the fussiest of dogs.

Games are also a great way to bond with your pet. Imagine the fun you can have watching your dog find the treats and get their reward. It’s a fun time for them and they’ll associate that with being with you.

Sarah Glassford is the owner of Pets Unleashed – a pet store that specialises in providing quality,healthy and fun pet products that people and their pets actually need. Pets Unleashed stocks a range of puzzles and games for dogs. Take a look at the Nina Ottoson range of dog games – bound to challenge even the smartest of dogs.
Find out more about fun and practical pet products at the Pets Unleashed online pet store: http://www.petsunleashed.com.au

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Aug 21, 2012 | 0 | Dog Exercise

Dog Constipation Remedies

By Jerry Andie Barrete Abuke

I know that you are reading this article because you want to know the remedies for dog constipation, but before we go to that, let’s define constipation. Constipation is a digestive system disease which is characterize by difficulty in defecation. It may be food retention in the intestine for 2 to 3 days, hormonal hay wire, and parasitism.

Food retention in the intestine is normally caused after large meals or when our dog sneaks into her dog food. When this happens your dog will have a stomach bloat. Stomach bloat obstruct the intestinal canal of your dog because of high fermentation that is happening, the food stuff tends to expand then harden because of the nitrogenous gas that mixed along with it making your dog constipated for 2 to 3 days.

Remedies:

  • Give your dog fresh or lukewarm water to drink on throughout the day to help food digestion.
  • Give your dog a juice of aloe plant which is a natural laxative that is good for your dog

If the 2 mentioned above doesn’t work, try the generic drug remedies such as methelcellulose and docatase as a powerful laxatives.

Hormonal hay wire causes dog constipation and you may ask why? Pregnant dogs are prone to constipation because during pregnancy the level of progesterone increases, the effect of this hormone is to make sure that there is a steady blood supply flow in the uterus and the set back is that the movement of the intestine becomes slow because of the diversion of blood supply. Relax intestine means, the flow of the food also becomes slow making pregnant dog constipated. Generally constipation is easy to treat but when your dog is pregnant that could be difficult.

Remedies

  • Give your dog an ample amount of water before meals and in between meals.
  • Use wet dog food.Give your dog a cooked food for easy digestion and to avoid more constipation.
  • Give your dog a juice of aloe plant which is a natural laxative that is good for your dog.

Parasitism can cause constipation by obstruction of food and the parasite itself. Too many intestinal parasite (round worm, flat worms and pinworm) post a problem to your dog aside from its competition for nutrition. Intestinal parasite makes the situation worst by giving your dog constipation. Giving for dog a powerful anti parasitic drug is a big no, because if the parasite dies inside the intestine of your dog they will eventually cause more constipation.

Remedies

  • Give your dog a lukewarm water every meal.
  • Use a potent anti parasitic drug that will only knock out the parasite.
  • Use a powerful laxative such as methelcellulose and docatase to void out the parasite along with the stool.

Constipation pose a serious trouble to dogs if we do not know the real cause of the problem, the best way to avoid this, is by making sure that dogs are constantly de-wormed, giving wet dog food and by giving water after meals. These collective effort shows how much we love and value our dog.

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Aug 20, 2012 | 0 | Dog health

Simple Steps to Ensuring Pet Safety at Home

By Kathryn Lively

Those of us with children will do anything to keep them safe at school and at home, so it should make sense that we want the same thing for our four-footed friends. Dogs, especially, are curious and tend to get into things, so it’s important to make sure your home is safe for the entire family. This includes the family dog, cat, or other winged or multi-footed creature in the house. Making simple changes to your home and lifestyle, though, can guarantee a safe existence for your dog, cat, or other winged or multi-footed creature in your home.

That said, here are a few guidelines to consider when planning home safety for pets. Make sure the kids know what to do as well. Everybody should look after each other.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

When we see something, we may tend to make a grab for it. This goes for pets as well. If a dog sees a bit of food dropped on the kitchen floor, you can bet he’s going to lap it up before you get a chance to clean.

If you’re eating chocolate, you definitely don’t want to leave any out where a dog can get to it. You should be very mindful of food that is left out – it needs to be out of reach or, even better, put away when you’re not eating.

What then, you may ask, do you do about garbage? A dog or cat may see you scraping leftovers into a bin and make a dive for it later. You may want to keep kitchen garbage in a can with a lid a pet can’t easily nose open, or else keep all garbage in cupboard space underneath the sink. If you collect small plastic bags from the grocery store, use them to secure food that’s bad for pets and double-knot the handles.

A Pet Proof Bathroom

If you do not want your pet dipping into the toilet bowl for a drink (to be sure the commode is not exactly the cleanest source for water), make sure everybody keeps the lid down at all times. In doing this, though, you should always check that your pet has a handy source for getting water when he/she is alone. Condition your pet to go to its bowl for water.

If you take medication, it can definitely be harmful to pets if swallowed. Never leave a pill out in the open – this includes vitamins and supplements – where a pet can easily jump or stretch upward to nab it. Keep all medication bottles in a medicine chest or shelf, and use child-proof lids to protect your prescriptions.

Know the Boundaries

You wouldn’t set a toddler free outside where he could run out into the street, would you? The same goes for a dog or cat. When it’s time to go outside, your pet may be so excited that he’ll bound away once the door opens. You need to set firmly with your pet that he/she stays close to you when leaving the house. That way you can gauge traffic and other conditions so you pet isn’t hurt.

When your home becomes a safe environment for your pets, your dog or cat will enjoy a long life in a happy house. Keep an eye on them, and on everything that poses a danger to them.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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Aug 19, 2012 | 0 | dog safety

Beagle Grooming Tips

By Claudia Robbins

Would you like to get the essentials about Beagle grooming? Read on for grooming tips that will help you raise a happy and healthy Beagle.

If you have been looking for a low-maintenance dog with minimum grooming requirements, the Beagle should be high on your list. Beagle grooming is an easy task once you understand how the dog is equipped to survive different weather conditions. The good news is the Beagle is a hound. It is used to tracking prey in rough conditions. The outer coat is thick and helps protect the body, but there are other aspects of grooming you need to know. It’s actually quite simple and requires very little of your time.

Why The Beagle Has Smooth Hair

Beagles have smooth coats of hair, but they need grooming, though only once a month or so. The dog is built to hunt but has a fuzzy undercoat as well to protect it from the cold. Dog owners may literally find it very difficult to penetrate the outer coat with a soft brush. It’s almost weatherproof and needs very little maintenance. If it’s bred indoors, Beagle grooming once a week helps keep in touch and notice signs of infection, if any.

Characteristics Leading To Grooming Schedule

  • The Beagle appears to have thicker hair in the winter as protection from the cold. However, it does tend to lose hair in spring, which is why brushing hair every week helps the dog lose less hair overall.
  • The dog is blessed with a powerful sense of smell which takes it out on tracking events. It finds its way through thick jungle growth passing through excretion of other animals. The Beagle won’t stop until it reaches its destination and will sniff itself to glory gathering all possible sorts of infection. The thick outer coat does afford solid protection, but what you have to watch out for is infection in the ears.

Bathing A Small Dog Is Easy

  • You could bathe your Beagle in a small tub without much difficulty. Use room temperature water to soak the coat up to the skin. A gentle dog shampoo can be used to massage lather into the hair. Some dogs may be a bit wary of getting wet, but initial Beagle grooming training helps the dog adapt to water as long as it is done once a month or so.
  • The dog accessories industry has gathered momentum over the years. You are now able to buy conditioners and specialized shampoos capable of protecting the dog from infection, as well as keeping its hair healthy without much shedding.
  • Other aspects of your Beagle grooming such as trimming nails and removing wax from the ears can be done as needed. You do get specialized ear-cleaning dog products, so it’s just a matter of choosing the right one for your Beagle.
  • Brushing a grown-up Beagle’s teeth may not be an easy exercise unless you introduce brushing sessions when the dog spends its first few days in your home as a pup. Teething is a natural phenomenon and must be considered while brushing teeth.

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Aug 16, 2012 | 0 | Dog breed information, Dog grooming

How To Care For Pitbull Puppies

By Sanjana Antony

Are you thinking of raising a pitbull? It is a good idea. These puppies, contrary to common misconceptions of being aggressive and violent, are very loving dogs. They love people and want to be around us, so you can definitely raise a pup to become a part of your family. Here are some guidelines.

Before you bring home a pitbull pup, inform your family members and close friends in advance. The purpose is not to warn them, but just to let them know the kind of breed and that the myth that pitbull puppies will grow as monsters, is just that, a myth. If you are in good terms with your neighbors and you know that they will not mind seeing your new pet, maybe you should inform them also ahead of time. Just make sure that the pup will not be able to trespass into their garden and cause some damage.

Make sure that there is enough space in your yard where the young pup can exercise. Your garden may be alright, but pitbull puppies, even at their early age, needs plenty of exercise. You have to take them out twice a day to walk, jog, or run on a daily basis. When the weather is bad, you may want to use treadmills, like what other people do to exercise their dogs.

Don’t let your puppy get bored. Always give them something to do or play. Because pitbull puppies love people, you can play with them with their toys, and you can walk or jog with them during their exercise. This breed is highly intelligent, but when left with nothing to do, they can become destructive. So never leave them alone for long period of time. However, if it is necessary for you to go, the dog must be in an enclosed area with no expensive furniture, no wires. Leaving a chew toy with the pup is always a good idea.

Plan to socialize your pup. Gradually introduce your pitbull to family, your friends, and other people. Take him to dog parks or any public places. You can lessen their fear when they are always around people. But don’t leave your puppy with young children who could upset or hurt them. Some children like to pull the tails of their pets, and this can make them aggressive, and hurt the child back.

Never hurt your pitbull. There are two reasons for doing this. First, you may commit animal abuse. Dogs are living creatures, so they should not be hurt. Second, they may hurt you back. As already mentioned above, pitbulls love to be with people, however, they have something in their genes that urge them to retaliate when hit. So it will be better that you treat them nicely.

These dogs are gifted with strong jaws that could kill, but given the right care and discipline, the pitbulls, while they are still puppies can make people not to mind about their locking jaws. They can grow to become friendly and loving pets of your household.

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Aug 12, 2012 | 0 | dog behavior

Advantages of Hiring a Pet Sitter

By Penney Hoppe

Benefits of a Pet Sitter to your Pets

· Unlike humans, pets prefer to have their life the same each day. They like to do things habitually. Hiring a pet sitter means allowing your pet to stay in your home. The sight, smell and sounds will be all familiar to your special pal unlike in boarding facilities.

· When at the pet sitter’s home, your pet’s diet and routine will continue which is very important. There are animals placed in boarding facilities that get too stressed that they do not have the appetite to eat. There are also facilities that do not regularly give the needed exercise.

· The possibility of your pet getting exposed to stressful situations and diseases will be minimized when a sitter takes care of him. The chances of your special buddy acquiring germs and disease are higher if he is in boarding facility with other animals not familiar to him.

· The hassles of traveling from your home to the kennel will be eliminated. There are times that constant travelling can be very stressful to your pet.

· Professional pet sitters can provide animals with the utmost care that you can rely on. Attention, love, mental stimulation, playtime and occasional treats are given to your pet, regardless of his breed. There are boarding facilities which do not accept certain breeds of animals.

Choosing a Pet Sitter

Choosing the right pet sitting expert can be a tough job. You need to look for someone who knows everything about petting such as the diet and grooming of the animals, and most of all, how can he get the animal to warm up to him.

Entrusting your cute puppy or kitty to someone you know you can rely on while you are gone can give you a feeling of security that your pet is in good hands.

· First, find out if the person has the qualifications needed for a pet sitter. Ask for some references and make some follow ups. References are the best way to obtain some ideas on the reliability of the pet sitter.

· There are several ways where you can effectively find a reliable pet sitting expert. You can begin your search online where numerous websites offer for pet sitting services.

· Your veterinarian is also the best resource person to ask. He might be acquainted with someone in your area who knows a lot about pet sitting.

· Do not decide on the first sitter you come across with. It is best to have several options. You can arrange interview to every one of them. Find out how your pet and the sitter react with each other. An experienced one can easily get the animal’s trust.

· Apart from your interview, observe the pet sitter if he asks several questions about your pet. A reliable sitter makes sure that he knows everything about your pet especially the diet and medical conditions so that he would know how to react if the situation calls for it. The one who doesn’t ask questions isn’t actually concern with your pet’s well-being.

Taming a Shy and Scared Pet

Older pets like cats and dogs tend to be scared and aloof of their new people around them. They usually hide and looked terrified every time you approach. It is not actually unusual for animals to be scared of other people and new environment especially when they were not properly socialized when they were still very young. If you are a pet sitter, patience is really something you need to put into the pet.

· A reliable pet sitter knows how to make a shy and scared animal trust him. Learn the “language” of the pet so it would be easier for you to gain his trust.

· Never look at the animal’s eye directly when he is not yet accustomed to your presence. It sometimes sends an aggressive message to the animal that might start a fight.

· From time to time, sit near the pet to let him know that you are of the same level; that you are not a threat.

· Talk to your special pal in the nicest way possible. Once the animal gets accustom to your company, start petting him, initially for few seconds, and longer on the following days.

Owners of older animals usually place their pets in boarding facilities or kennel. In some ways, it could be an advantage to the older pets since they are able to see other animals. The can also be fed and groomed properly. Owners of pet centers are aware of the needs of older pets unlike new and younger pets; they can be easily tamed since they are already accustomed to different people and animals.

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Aug 10, 2012 | 0 | Dog Boarding, Dog sitting

Traveling With Your Dog: Tips for Success

By Lisa A Mason

If you’re planning a vacation or trip with your dog, there are some things to know first. Traveling with your dog does not have to be a difficult challenge but it definitely helps to plan ahead. First, you need to know where you are going, how far the trip is and how long you will be there. Next, you need to know how you will travel. Will you drive or fly? Are you considering a train or other form of transportation?

For many people, their pets are like part of the family. Unfortunately, not everyone sees them this way and there are some places where dogs are not allowed (unless he’s a service animal). So you need to ensure you have a hotel that will allow your dog to stay with you. If you’re flying, you must check with the airlines first to see if they allow pets and what arrangements are made for their travel.

Many dog owners just love to drive with their beloved canine in the seat next to them. Many dogs actually grow very accustomed to traveling in vehicles, even for long distances and will sit quietly and calm during the travel. You can help train your dog to enjoy car rides by taking him for them when possible, starting with smaller, short trips until he becomes used to it and enjoys the ride. Offer lots of praise and treats and show her you are proud of her.

Here are some additional tips for traveling with your dog:

· Make sure you pack supplies and any prescription meds, the food your dog normally eats at home, etc.

· Give your dog a lot of exercise before the trip and whenever possible, let her out for regular stretches while traveling.

· Plan ahead to have dog-friendly accommodations.

· When driving with your dog, use a travel crate. This is the safest option and it’s like a child car seat, which absorbs the impact in the event of an accident.

· Have an identification tag on your dog and his crate in case they become separated or your dog gets lost in a strange place.

· Don’t feed immediately before the trip as some dogs get motion sickness.

Traveling with your dog can be a pleasant experience for you both, especially when you take the time to plan accordingly. What are some of your tips for traveling with your dog?

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Aug 07, 2012 | 0 | travel