dogs

08 April 2020

dogs
  • Sky – 9 year old female German Shepherd Dog
    08 April 2020

    Sky is a 9 year old female German Shepherd Dog. Purer than the suburbs or bars of Paris’ as Vincent Van Gogh quoted. I Sky glisten like ‘The Starry Night’. Age has made me wise and loyal to those who love me and life has taught me many lessons apart from what size I am; I still try to sit on your knee for a cuddle. Like a typical sweet old lady you can’t help but melt when you see my face and for the enthusiasm I have with life itself!

    A lover of toys and food, my new owner must have endless supplies. I may be older but I still want to play and you can certainly teach old dogs new tricks! These legs are still raring to go but to make life easier I am happy as a garden dog as long as you are there to keep me entertained.

    An adult only home though please without any visiting children as the hustle and bustle of them does worry me a little, my ears can’t take the noise anymore I’m afraid. Life as a single animal suits me fine so all the attention is on beautiful me and the loyal bond between my owner and self can be made. I am not keen on interacting and socialising with other dogs and prefer my own company.

  • Karma – 5 year old female German Shepherd Dog
    08 April 2020

    Karma is a stunning German shepherd of 5 years old. She came to us when her owner was evicted and had nowhere for her to go. Karma walks beautifully on the lead and has great recall off the lead, and is house trained, most of the day she spends snoozing on the sofa however she loves her food and walks and loves to swim and even more. She loves his cuddles!

    Karma is a really keen focused dog who could learn anything, she is ball obsessed and focused on her handler.

    Karma is a confident girl and loves exploring! Karma is a gentle girl, She is a darling with not a bad bone in her body. Karma would benefit from a home with breed experience where she can have a job to do. She could live with other dogs, but equally would be happy as the only dog. She could live with children age 13 plus due to her size and boisterousness.

    She is not destructive at all and is quite content being left for short periods. She is a very undemanding and lazy girl in the house. This lovely girl would make a fantastic addition to any family as she is really laid back and undemanding, but equally a lovely cuddly loyal companion!

    Karma is spayed, fully vaccinated and chipped. She is flea and wormed. Could this beautiful girl share your home with you?

  • Luna – 4 year old female Pointer Cross
    08 April 2020

    Luna is a 4 year old female Pointer Cross. Luna was rescued in Cyprus and flew to the UK to help her find her forever home. She is currently living in a foster home in Milton Keynes. Here is a little about her: Luna is a very happy girl who really adores all people and other dogs. She loves to play and have fun. She walks well on the lead but can be easily distracted by cats and squirrels. She would not want to share her new home with cats or other small furries.

    Luna is housetrained and sleeps well through the night. Luna would like to find a home with another doggy companion if possible or with humans who have time to spend with her so she can have lots of love and attention.

    Luna is well trained and very intelligent. She picks things up quickly and will be an exceptional family pet with the right family. She is the most friendly, loving dog you will find.

    Luna does have Leishmaniasis. This does not affect her in the slightest as it is now under control. She simply needs his medication each day which is supplied by the rescue and this will keep the disease dormant. Her Leishmaniasis and any associated costs will always remain the rescue’s responsibility, but we would ask that you take out insurance to cover her for any other events that can arise during a dog’s life.

    Luna is ready to find her forever family and wants to share walks and adventures with them. If you can offer her a loving forever home, with a safe garden to play in, we would love to hear from you. She has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Minimum adoption donation of £300 applies.

    ADOPTIONS SUBJECT TO HOME CHECK.

    Post adoption support is available from our charity.

  • Oreo – 2 year old male Pointer Cross
    08 April 2020

    Oreo is a 2 year old male Pointer Cross. He was rescued in Cyprus and has flown to a foster home in the UK to help him in his search for his forever home. He is currently living in Peterborough. Here is a little about him: Oreo is a playful, active, fun loving boy. He is funny, cuddly but also wants his space sometimes. He is not needy and perhaps a little independent but very friendly with people. He has been working hard at walking on lead and walks better in his Halti head collar. He can react to other dogs when he is walking on his lead.

    If off lead Oreo likes to play with other dogs but can be very boisterous and not all dogs appreciate his enthusiasm. If two dogs are playing with each other, he tries to stop them. Oreo may be able to live with a dog savvy cat, providing introductions are handled carefully. He has been living with cats but has gotten a bit wild at times and if they run, he will chase them.

    Oreo is well mannered around food. He is housetrained and sleeps well through the night. He is happy to be left home for reasonable periods and very pleased to see you when you return. Oreo, is an active young dog, hoping to find a family prepared to continue his training and provide the support he needs to help become the family pet that they want him to be.

    His ideal home will have a safe secure garden where he can play safely and a human or humans who enjoy good long walks and adventures with him. He is reactive to other dogs when on his lead and possibly enrolling in some dog training classes will help him with this.

    We have no doubt that with a little more support and ongoing training Oreo has the potential to become a terrific family pet. He has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. The minimum adoption donation for Oreo is £300.

    ADOPTION IS SUBJECT TO HOME CHECK.

    Full post adoption support is offered by our charity.

  • Hero Dogs Website
    08 April 2020

    Greetings Hero Dogs supporters! We hope this message finds you well. As you now see, we have come out of maintenance mode and are officially live once again! Please explore and enjoy our new website. For the next few days, as long as you are seeing this message, there may be times when you are […]

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  • Tips for Staying Healthy
    08 April 2020

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  • Wordless Wednesday 4/8 — Follow The White Rabbit
    08 April 2020
  • Five Indoor Plants Safe for Cats
    08 April 2020

    Read on to learn more about five indoor plants safe for cats.

    The post Five Indoor Plants Safe for Cats appeared first on The Trupanion Blog.

  • Noah – 3 year old male Hound Cross
    08 April 2020

    Noah is a 3 year old male Hound Cross. He was rescued in Cyprus and has flown to the UK to help him find his forever home. He is currently living in a foster home in Wolverhampton. Here is a little about him: Noah was no longer wanted, so his owners tied him up outside the kennels in Cyprus in the middle of the night and walked away. In the morning there he was just tied to a tree on his own wondering what he had done wrong.

    He is currently living with his foster and her many dogs in the Wolverhampton area. Noah is a gentle loving special boy who will make a fabulous pet. He is a fit and healthy. He doesn’t jump up, he is calm in the house, he is playful with trusted dogs. He is likely to chase cats but will play happily with other dogs.

    He is quite shy with people until he knows you but is the gentlest boy. He needs a home that will help him learn to trust and give him time. He is extremely good on a lead. He can jump a six-foot fence from a standing location, so his security and safety are paramount.

    There is no doubt that with ongoing support and kind, gentle handling this clever, gorgeous boy has the potential to become a very much-loved family pet.

    If you can offer this Noah a safe, loving forever home with secure garden to play in, we would love to hear from you. He has been vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Minimum adoption donation of £300 applies. ADOPTION IS SUBJECT TO A HOME CHECK. Post adoption support is available from our charity.

    D.O.G. Rescue Cyprus must be informed at any time of a change in circumstances and our dog returned to one of our volunteers where required. Our Dog must never be handed over to any UK Rescue or sold or adopted on without our knowledge. We always accept the return of our dogs and will endeavour to rehome them accordingly.

  • Lupin – 1 year old male Jack Russell Terrier Cross
    08 April 2020

    Lupin is a 1 year old male Jack Russell Terrier Cross. He was rescued in Cyprus. He is currently living in a foster home in Wigan whilst he waits for his forever family to find him. Here is a little about him: Lupin is a playful, happy, little boy who is delighted to find himself in a home. He really enjoys playing with the other dogs in his foster home.

    Lupin is fine on the lead and listens to commands given. Lupin seems to love children and behaves well around a 10-year-old and a 1 year old. Of course, dogs should always be fully supervised when in the company of children.

    Lupin is however very fearful of men and as a result we are trying to find him a female only home. He has not met any cats or small furries since arriving in the UK so we do not know how he will be around them.

    Lupin is house trained, and crate trained. He uses his crate for eating and sleeps well through the night in it. He is happy to be left for a reasonable time but is left in his crate. Lupin would be happy to be an only dog or to share with other dogs. He would also be happy to live with children.

    If you can give him a chance of a loving home with a safe and secure garden to play in, please contact us. He has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Minimum adoption donation of £300 applies. ADOPTIONS SUBJECT TO HOME CHECK.

    Post adoption support is available from our charity.

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Dog Food Blogs

08 April 2020

Dog Food Blogs
  • Animal Wellness says first captive wild animal infected with virus
    08 April 2020
    USDA has confirmed COVID-19 in a captive tiger at a zoo in New York.
  • Pet Photography Tips to Instantly Improve Your Instagram Game
    07 April 2020
    You love showing off your pets. And we love looking at them. In fact, we enjoy sifting through your submissions so much that we recently started an Instagram account to give them the audience they deserve. And since we joined the ’Gram (follow us @diamondpetfoods), we’ve started paying more attention to the quality of our […]
  • Sales high, but pet owners stock months of dog, cat food
    07 April 2020
    Pet food industry analysts observed U.S. retail sales dramatically increase during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly of dry kibble, as pet owners changed buying habits to build stockpiles.
  • 8 Reasons Your Dog Has No Appetite
    07 April 2020

    From illness and overfeeding, to behavioural problems or a new routine, there are lots of reasons your dog might stop eating. Most of the time, they’re back to wolfing down their food within a couple of days – but we know it can be a bit worrying if your pup suddenly stops eating, so we’ve put together some of the reasons they might be refusing their dinner, so you know how to get them back to their usual self.

    What are the reasons they’re not eating? The weather

    Just like us humans, dogs will often eat less in the summer – we simply don’t want big meals when we’re all hot and bothered.

    A new routine

    Dogs love routine! If you’ve disrupted your dog’s normal routine, this might have left them feeling a bit upside down and off their food. A new baby, a new pet or a sudden change in climate (like working from home or extended school holidays) can throw your usual routine out the window.

    A change in surroundings

    Travelling to a new place or moving house can cause some dogs to feel anxious or uncomfortable, so they might lose their appetite whilst they adjust to their new environment.

    Overfeeding

    Feeding portions that are too big or lots of treats and snacks throughout the day might mean your dog just isn’t hungry! Try to make sure your dog has a set amount of food each day so when you get to the next mealtime, they’re excited to eat.

    Food preferences

    Some dogs simply prefer the taste of certain foods – but they’re also very clever and they know how to get what they want! If you’ve switched foods recently, it’s worth sticking it out for a few days to rule out fussy behaviour.

    Medication

    Not feeling hungry can be a side effect of lots of different medications. If your dog has just started on some new medicine, or has just had their annual vaccinations, they might be feeling a dip in appetite.

    Mental or emotional issues

    Believe it or not, dogs can suffer from changes in emotions just as much as humans can. Stress, anxiety and depression can all affect your dog’s appetite. Stress and anxiety might be caused by humans, animals, environment or objects, whilst depression is often linked to boredom, separation anxiety or the loss of a fellow dog or their owner. If you think your dog might be suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, we’d recommend having a chat with your vet to get them back on track.

    Illness

    Lots of illnesses can put your dog off their dinner, but it’s usually something very common like an upset tummy or something they ate (probably during those 5 minutes they disappeared when out for walkies!). It might also be a sign of something a bit more serious like dental disease, pain or kidney problems, but it’s definitely best to check with your vet if you suspect something else is going on.

    So… what to do if your dog stops eating?

    The best way to get their appetite back is to try and figure out the cause of the problem first! Give your dog a bit of a check up – examine their behaviour, teeth and body for any obvious signs that they might not be feeling okay.

    If there’s nothing obvious, but the behaviour is quite sudden and lasts for more than a couple of days, it’s a good time to give your vet a call. They can help you to work out if it’s something you can treat at home, or if you need to take your dog in for a check up.

    Can’t find anything wrong or your pup is in perfect health? Here’s a few tips to get them eating again:
    • Cut back on treats and snacks.
    • Try smaller portions at mealtimes.
    • Make dinnertime fun with snuffle mats, puzzle toys and trick training!
    • Stick to a routine with set mealtimes (if you can) – usually twice a day for healthy adult dogs.
    • Work up a bit of an appetite by taking your dog out for a walk about an hour before dinner (try not to feed immediately after the walk to avoid bloating!).
    • Add some wet food or low-salt gravy to jazz up their kibble.
    • Tough love! If the food isn’t eaten within 20-30 minutes, take it away and try again at their next mealtime. It’s worth bearing in mind for young puppies you might need to feed the next meal a little sooner, but don’t worry – your dog won’t starve themselves!
    • Change up your dog’s feeding area so they can focus on their dinner in peace! Keep other animals and children away so there are no distractions.

    Sometimes, it can be as simple as the food itself and the portions you’re feeding, but at tails.com we’ll take those worries away with a tailor-made recipe for your dog, filled with the delicious flavours they love! You can even change the recipe whenever you like if you’ve got a bit of a fusspot on your hands. We’ll also include our snazzy adjustable scoop, so you know you’re feeding the right amount, every time. Sign up for 50% off your first box today! 

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  • 27 Things To Do With Your Dog During A Pandemic
    07 April 2020

    We recently asked 1000 pet parents what they were doing with their dog (s) now that they were home more often. Here are the top 27.

    1. Hiking & Walking. Canines are hiking and walking at unprecedented levels. Most people are walking their dog at least twice as much as before, and including interesting hiking and wilderness trails in the mix. Find a dog friendly hiking trail near you.

     

    2. Car Rides. Dogs are enjoying going on "essential" errands with their human. Also many  people, desperate to get out of the house, are going on leisure drives to look at the ocean and mountains.

     

    3. Daily Brushing. Now that you have the time, brush your dog daily. This will help reduce shedding on your sofa (where you've been spending more time) but it will also help with alleviating itchy skin. Read more about daily brushing.

     

    4. Washing & grooming. Now that many groomers are closed, and you're snuggling much more with your dog, washing your dog is likely a task you'll have to tackle. Wondering how often your dog needs to be bathed, this article will tell you based on the type of dog you have and his/her activity level.

     

    5. Easter Egg Hunt. What fun, hiding treats for your dog. Unfortunately during COVID-19 you won't be able to invite your friends, but it's something you can do for your dog. She'll be happy there's not competition. Here's how you can create an awesome Easter Egg Hunt for your pooch. 

     

    6. Baking for Your Dog. Make a cake, make cookies, make treats. Your dog will be thrilled, it will be fun for you and you might just discover you love baking. Want to make cookies? Here's some cookie recipes we love. And if you want to bake a dog safe cake, check these out.

     

    7. Making home made dog food. This is one of those things that you always think you'd love to do if only you had the time. Well, now many people DO have the time. Here's 20 recipes you can try.

     

    8. Dog Training / Tricks. We were surprised how many people said they were teaching their dog a new trick, or going through online dog training programs. Head on over to YouTube where you'll find an abundance of dog training videos. This video that goes over the basics like sit, stay, leave it and more.

     

    10. Playing Fetch & Frisbee. Lots of dogs would play fetch all day long if you'd let them. Well, now's your chance to test that out.

    @aria_the_bernedoodle

    11. Celebrate your Dog's Birthday. This year the celebration will have to be on the smaller side, as you can't invite loads of people, but you can still celebrate with cake, ice cream, cuddles, toys, presents and singing. Need a cake for your pup's party? The Dog Bakery has been making cakes for dogs for over a decade and will ship it straight to your house. Learn more here.

     

    12. Swimming. You can either heat up your pool and let your dog splash around, or buy a kiddie pool. It doesn't have to be as elaborate as the one that @gusgusinthecity is in.

     

    13. Make Pupsicles. if it's warm where you live, this could be a fun project for you AND your pup will love them. Here's some recipes

     

    14. Create an obstacle course. Your dog will have a blast running a safe obstacle course with treats and prizes after every achievement. Learn  how to make a low-cost agility course in your own backyard!

     

    15. Doggie Massage. Did you know that canine massage is a thing? It really is. You can even become a certified Canine Massage Therapist!. If your dog is arthritic or just desirous of some attention, give your dog a massage. Be sure to check out this article so you know how to do it properly. 

     

    16. Dress up your dog in cute outfits. This one is more about the human than the dog but hopefully your pop will enjoy the attention.

     

    17. Let Your Dog Sit With You While Your Work. This one is self explanatory!

     

    18, Family Cuddles In Bed. Many people reported that they were spending time each morning simply cuddling in bed with the entire family, doggos included!

    19. Bike Rides. This might not be for everyone, but someone said they purchased a k9 Sport Backback so they could take their dog with them when they went cycling!

     

    20. Puzzles & Games. There are lots of games you can play with your pup. Here are a few.

     

    21. Teeth brushing. -Beyond the obvious better breath factor, dental disease can actually lead to problems with your pet’s organs, such as the heart. Caring for your pet’s teeth can prevent other health problems as well, saving you tons of money over the long term

     

    22. Dog Photo Shoot & Videos. This is something you might enjoy more than your dog, but then again, if your dog becomes a YouTube or Instagram star it might mean many hours spent together for a long time. So yeah, a great way to spend your time. Does your dog have what it takes? Learn how to decode the success of #Instafamous pets.

     

    23. Homemade Soup. Hey why not? Especially a bone broth soup. Traditionally bone broth was recommended for dogs with leaky gut and digestive problems but recently it’s popularity has grown as more benefits are discovered. Benefits such as improved joint health, liver detox, reduced inflammation, healthy bones, and more. Learn how to make it.

     

    24. Meditate With Your Dog. While you're going over your to do list, emm, I mean meditating, your dog can be snoozing. Important thing is that you're doing it together!

     

    25. Hide & Seek - Doesn't have to be fancy... use Kongs, paper towel or toilet paper rolls (if you can find them), egg cartons, tissue cartons, —really anything you can safely stuff food into!

     

    26. Blow Bubbles - You can blow bubbles for visual stimulation, plus it's just fun to watch your dog chase around bubbles. Your dog will love these peanut butter scented bubbles.

     

     

     

    27. Snuffle Mats. What the heck is a snuffle mat you ask?

    They’re used to give your dog a fun yet challenging way to sniff out food and treats. They encourage your dog to use their natural sniffing and scavenging abilities, and they’re a fun way to have your dog work for their food. Make your own (Tie fabric strips to a base) or buy one ready made.

     

     

     

     

  • Can Dogs Eat Turkey Bones? 4 possible risks explained
    07 April 2020

    There is much debate about the safety of giving dogs ‘real’ bones like those from a turkey. While bone-shaped biscuits may be a household staple for your best friend, we did some research as to be benefits and risks of feeding your dog a turkey bone. Here’s what you need to know before you feed your dog a turkey bone.

    Does your dog eat wet or dry food?
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    Cooked turkey bones are dangerous

    Do not ever feed cooked turkey bones to your dog. It is very dangerous and can cause serious injury to your pet.

    4 possible consequences when dogs eat turkey bone
    1. Broken teeth or periodontitis
    2. If you feed your dog cooked turkey bones or any hard bone you’re risking broken teeth or periodontitis. If your dog breaks a tooth, they might need to have the tooth surgically removed.

      Even if your pup doesn’t break a tooth, hard bone can injure your dog’s mouth in other ways. Cuts could happen on the pup’s lips or cheeks or bone could get stuck in your dog’s jaw requiring surgery.

    3. Mouth injuries

      Hard bone can cause pups to have constipation. While this usually can be resolved easily, it can be very uncomfortable for your pup.

    4. Constipation

      Turkey bones can become stuck in your dog’s stomach and cause blockages. If you think your dog has a bone stuck in their stomach, seek medical treatment immediately.

    5. Bones stuck in the stomach

    Can dogs can eat turkey bones?

    After reading all of these potential consequences you’re probably wondering if your pup can even have turkey bones at all. The answer is yes, as long as the bones are raw. Raw bones and meat can come with additional risks for foodborne illness. Most healthy dogs should be able to handle raw bones, if you have an elderly or immunocompromised dog, check with your vet before feeding anything raw.

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    What should you do if your dog gets a cooked turkey bone?

    If your dog gets a cooked turkey bone try not to panic or assume the worst. Hopefully, you catch them with it quickly enough that all you need to do is pry it out of your pup’s mouth. If you have a dog, you know that there is no faster mammal then a dog running away after you’ve asked them what’s in their mouth! You don’t want to turn this into a game of chase and risk your pup choking. Try offering them another high value treat so they drop the bone and run for something else tasty. You could also try to lure your dog into a smaller space like the bathroom to get the bone away from them safely.

    If you’re not quick enough to get the bone away from your pup before they’ve eaten some or all of it, you might want to give your vet a call. Let them know how big you think the bone was or how much your pup ate. They will be able to advise you on next steps. This might include bringing your dog in for an X-ray to see if the bone needs to be surgically removed or monitoring your dog for vomiting, hunching (trying to poop), bloody stool, or mouth discomfort.

    The bottom line, if you choose to, feed turkey bones carefully and supervise your dog around any cooked turkey bones. This is especially important at Thanksgiving, Christmas or other large gatherings where you might serve a whole turkey. White meat turkey can be a great protein choice for your pup, just make sure to feed responsibly!

    The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.

  • How To Put Your Dog On A Diet: Help Your Dog Lose Weight Effortlessly
    07 April 2020

    While some people may consider overweight pups to be cute, its also in most cases very unhealthy for a dog to be carrying a few extra pounds. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2018 an estimated 56% of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese. If you have concerns about the weight of your pup or your vet has suggested your dog lose a few pounds you might be overwhelmed. How do you help your pup lose weight safely and effectively?

    A dog should lose weight if they are considered overweight to reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and joint issues. Weight-related illnesses in dogs can be similar to those humans face.

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    4 Tips for putting a dog on a diet

    1. Meet with your vet

    If you have noticed your pup is packing on the pounds meet with your vet before making any dietary changes. Your vet will be able to help you rule out any underlying medical issues that could be causing weight gain. Some common examples include thyroid conditions, gut issues or something more serious like a tumor. Once your vet has determined your pup is otherwise healthy, he or she will be able to discuss a good healthy target weight range for your dog and a reasonable time to get there. Like yo-yo or crash dieting isn’t good for you, the same goes for your pup. There is no shortcut to getting your pup back to good health.

    2. Look at your pet’s meals

    The food you feed your pup can impact their weight. If you are feeding a formula for active dogs or canine athletes and your dog is sedentary, you may be giving your dog more calories than they need. This would obviously lead to weight gain! Find a food that is more in line with your pet’s needs. At Ollie, we ask all pet parents to answer a few questions to come up with the perfect recipe for your pup. Then we recommend recipes and the perfect serving size to help get (or keep) your pet at their optimal weight.

    3. Cut back on processed treats

    If your pup is snacking on dog treats or even foods like peanut butter, cheese or meats all day, it is possible that is contributing to weight gain. Delicious treats should generally make up about 10% of your pet’s diet. However, if you are attending obedience classes or training for a dog sport like Rally, Agility or Flyball, you may be using treats as a reward to reinforce your dog’s learning. This could lead to a few extra treats, which shouldn’t be a huge issue as long as you’re adjusting your pet’s meals on the days you train accordingly. If you’re training a lot, consider using some healthy treats your pet enjoys mixed in with things that are higher value. Some good examples are plain grilled chicken or salmon or some cut up berries.

    4. Add fresh vegetables and fruit

    To help your pup feel full longer, add some fresh fruit and vegetables to your pup’s meals. You may have to try a few to see what your pup likes, but you can try green beans, carrots, broccoli, spinach, peas, cucumbers, cantaloupe, berries, and apples. You may consider steaming vegetables before offering them (except cucumbers, they can be served raw). Check with your vet before adding them to the mix, but generally speaking, fruit and vegetables will add both fiber and flavor to your dog’s meals!

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    Consider adding or increasing exercise

    Just like the advice we give to humans, remember to consult your vet before starting an exercise program. This is to make sure your dog is healthy enough to exercise. You don’t want the exercise to exacerbate underlying medical conditions. Your vet may ask you to start with modifying your pup’s diet for a bit before adding exercise. You also may just want to start with short, more frequent walks and work your way up to more vigorous movement. As your pup tolerates more exercise, consider some agility training. It’s great for keeping your pup engaged and at a healthy weight. Because you have to work with them, it’s also a great exercise for bonding with your dog.

    When exercising with your dog, watch for any pain, heavy breathing or other signs of discomfort. If you notice anything concerning, make sure to get a consult from the vet.

    What can you do if your dog is begging?

    Face it, your dog probably hates being on a diet as much as you do. If you find your dog is begging while you’re eating or for a snack between meals you might start to feel bad and consider giving them a snack. To avoid overfeeding your pup, there are a few things you can do so that you don’t give in to the begging. Have your dog eat meals at the same time you eat when possible. Consider using more interactive ways to feed your dog. Try using a snuffle mat or a puzzle feeder so that your dog has to work a little harder for their food. If you don’t want to invest in an expensive mat or feeder, you can make your own using an old egg carton or empty boxes stuffed with some paper, like you get when you have products shipped to your home. Your dog will enjoy the game of “hunting” for food and it will make mealtimes last longer.

    When else might you need to call your vet?

    Helping your dog lose weight can be challenging, but it is important to help them live a long, healthy life. It won’t happen overnight. While your vet may help you initially plan your approach, you shouldn’t end their involvement in your pup’s weight loss process. Consult with your vet along the way, especially if things aren’t going as planned or you think your pup is suffering from another medical issue. Your vet will be a great partner in helping you get your dog back to good health.




    The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.

  • How Often To Feed Dogs: Feeding Schedule For Every Dog
    07 April 2020

    If it was up to your dog, they’d probably say they should get food and treats all day every day. But, as a responsible owner, you know this will only lead to obesity, diabetes and other health problems for your pup. To keep your pup in peak health, you may still wonder what the ideal schedule is for feeding your pup. If you work outside the home, you may be confined to just two meals a day or free feeding - is this healthy or ideal for your pup? We’ve broken down the answer to this complicated question.

    We design your dog’s ideal meal plan! Freshly cooked, delivered to your door! Feed My Pup
    5 general guidelines on feeding your dog 1. For most dogs, two meals a day is ideal

    Most full-grown, healthy adult dogs thrive on two meals a day. Generally, these meals are eaten in the morning and in the evening. Think breakfast and dinner. You can even have your pup eat with you. If you work from home, you may consider splitting your dog’s food into three meals instead of just two. This is not a requirement, but if you eat with your pup, it might make your life easier.

    2. Avoid only one meal a day or free feeding in most cases

    Some dogs can get away with only eating once per day, but breeds who are prone to bloat should especially avoid this as large meals can trigger bloat. On the other extreme, free-feeding is when your pup has access to food at all times. This can lead to dogs eating more, gaining weight or even illness if you leave wet or fresh food out for too long. When feeding wet or fresh food, refer to food safety guidelines and refrigerate unused portions of food as directed.

    3. Measure your dog’s food to avoid overfeeding

    Just like you need portion control, so does your dog. Figure out how much your pup should be eating per day and divide that by the number of meals you feed. If your pup needs a cup of food each day, and they eat two meals per day, you will feed one cup at each meal.

    4. Feed wet food, dry food, fresh food or a mixture of the two
    Does your dog eat wet or dry food?
    Let us know and get started with healthy personalized meal plans! Dry Food Wet Food

    There are pros and cons to each option. While dry food is the most convenient due to the fact that it is shelf-stable even when opened, fresh food may be the most nutrient-dense option for your pup. With a fresh food like Ollie, you can tailor your pet's diet to their needs. Ollie will recommend specific proteins and tell you how to serve the perfect portion at every meal. You have to weigh the pros and cons of each type of food along with other factors including your budget and lifestyle. In addition to convenience, dry food is generally a more cost-effective option for most dog owners. To keep costs down but get the benefits of wet food or fresh food, some owners use a practice called topping. This is when you add some wet or fresh food on top of dry kibble. This way you get the best of both worlds but your pup is accustomed to dry food if the wet or fresh is not easily available. There are caloric and portion size differences between the different types of food, you may need to do a little math to get to the right serving when using the topping method of feeding to avoid overfeeding.

    5. Consider treats as part of your dog’s overall diet

    Another mistake many pet parents make is not factoring treats into their pet’s diet. If you have an adult dog, who doesnt eat that many treats, this might not be a huge issue. For puppies in obedience classes, the day your pup goes to class you might need to reduce portion sizes at mealtime to account for an increase in calories from the treats you use in class.Another consideration is not feeding your pup right before class - you don't want them to be full and unmotivated to work. Think about going for a workout right after a large meal. Unpleasant, right? If your dog does any kind of training with food rewards this will also be true. If your pup is allowed to indulge in some ‘people food’ in addition to their food, you should also include this in your pet’s overall nutrition. While feeding table scraps might not be the best idea as our food can be cooked in sauces or with seasoning including garlic or onions that can make your pup sick, sharing fresh fruit, vegetables or even grilled meat like chicken, lean steak or some fish can have health benefits for your dog.

    If your pup is eating too quickly - find a way to help them slow down
    Not only can eating too quickly lead to bloat or vomiting, but it can also cause other less serious digestive issues like burping or gas. To help your pup slow down at mealtime, consider a slow feeder, puzzle feeder or just break up the meal into 3-4 parts and feed one at a time so your pup doesn’t eat too quickly. While it’s great that they love their food, you don’t want it to cause digestive issues.

    Different breeds have different dietary needs

    If you assume that Great Danes have very different dietary needs than Pugs, you’re probably correct. When shopping for dog food, you might have noticed that some food is formulated for large breeds and other food is formulated for small breed dogs. This is due to the different dietary needs of different breeds. Smaller dogs can have faster metabolisms than large breed dogs. They also have smaller mouths and jaws, this means that some food manufacturers make food specifically formulated for their mouths. Think smaller pieces of kibble.

    A priority for larger breed dogs is ensuring their bones grow correctly and they get enough calcium to keep them healthy. Large breed dogs are also more prone to bloat than smaller breeds. Larger breed dogs can handle bigger pieces of kibble and if you feed dry food to your dog you may notice the increased kibble size when feeding a large breed dog food. While larger kibble size is not the only difference, it is the most obviously visual difference.

    Notes on optimal feeding schedules

    While the guidelines in this article address adult dogs, if you have a puppy under one year old, you will need to feed them more frequently.

    If you are still feeling unsure about how often or how much to feed your dog or puppy, contact your veterinarian. He or she will be able to give the best recommendation for your pup. Your vet knows your pup, has a detailed rundown of their health history and other key information that they will need to give you the best recommendation.

    The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.

  • How To Help A Dog Gain Weight: Weight Gain and Nutrition Tips For Dogs
    07 April 2020

    Most of the information you can find about keeping dogs at a healthy weight is written from a point of preventing your dog from gaining weight or becoming obese. While this is very important, what about if your pup is underweight? Obviously feeding a dog more will help them put on weight, but how do you do this safely and effectively? If your pup needs to gain a few pounds, read on for tips and tricks to help them do this safely and effectively.

    Does your dog eat wet or dry food?
    Let us know and get started with healthy personalized meal plans! Dry Food Wet Food
    4 Tips for helping your dog gain weight 1. Choose a higher calorie food

    Select a food that is higher in calories and protein like what you would offer a canine athlete. These dogs also need more calories to simply maintain their weight. For a dog that is only moderately active or sedentary, this kind of food will help them put on some much-needed weight.

    2. Feed small meals throughout the day or consider free feeding

    This will give your pup the opportunity to eat throughout the day and consume more calories. While free-feeding is generally not recommended because it can lead to weight gain since that is our goal in this situation it is okay to free feed your dog.

    3. Supplement meals with snacks

    Consider adding some supplemental food made with meat sources like bison that are high in fat and protein. These foods, usually canned will be labeled for supplemental feeding only. They should not replace a balanced formula for your dog. You may also want to talk with your vet about adding vitamins or other supplements to help keep your pup healthy.

    We design your dog’s ideal meal plan! Freshly cooked, delivered to your door! Feed My Pup
    4. Use wet or fresh foods

    These may just be more appealing for your pup as they have a stronger scent than dry food. If kibble is not appealing to your pup you may want to consider an alternative. One note on food safety: If you have elected to free feed, follow any food safety guidelines to make sure your pup’s food doesn’t spoil. Most wet or fresh foods need to be refrigerated after opening at the very least. Fresh food like Ollie is shipped frozen and thawed in the refrigerator. It must be kept cold until it is time to serve it. If your pup isn’t digging cold food, consider a formula they can eat warm like a bowl of stew.

    Why might a dog be underweight or undernourished: Picky eater

    If your pup is a picky eater, it may be hard to get them to eat enough to maintain a healthy weight. If you are feeding your dog dry food you might want to try topping the kibble with wet or fresh food. Consider trying a few of Ollie’s recipes to see if there is one your pup enjoys. Some pups prefer beef, while others like turkey or lamb. For sensitive stomachs, the chicken formula might work best. To enhance the flavor of whichever food you pick, you can always add some homemade bone broth to the mix.

    Stress

    Like in people who are chronically stressed, dogs who deal with chronic stressors may lose a lot of weight. To help correct this, you will want to help your pup manage their stress. This might be easier said than done. The first step is to figure out what is stressing out your pup. It could be a change in schedule, too many people around or even something outside that is bothering them like a squirrel, bird or construction they see and hear. If you are using punitive training methods like sharp corrections or an e-collar that could be another reason your pup is feeling stressed. Consider working with your vet or a trainer to help you help your pup with their stress.

    Illness

    Weight loss or loss of appetite can be symptoms (or side effects) of many illnesses including cancer. If your pup has a tumor in their esophagus, lungs or stomach, they may have trouble eating or keeping weight on. While there are other, less serious medical conditions that can result in a lack of appetite, you will want to get your pup to the vet ASAP if you notice your pup is losing weight or doesn’t want to eat. This is especially true if the lack of appetite and weight loss is accompanied by other symptoms like fever or vomiting.

    Old age

    Even if your pup is not sick, age-related issues could prevent your pup from putting on much-needed weight. If your pup is having trouble chewing due to oral pain or tooth decay it may be harder for them to eat enough to gain weight. You may wish to consider giving them food that is wet, fresh or specially formulated for older pups to help them maintain their weight and get adequate nutrition.

    Found as a stray or rescued from cruelty

    If you have recently rescued a pup through a shelter or rescue group and your new dog was found as a stray or removed from abuse or neglect, your dog may be severely underweight or malnourished. You will want to get as much information as you can from any doctors who worked with your pup before you adopted. Then you will want to work with your vet to set up a plan to get your pup back to good health. It may take time and patience.

    It is important that you get your dog to a healthy weight. Being overweight or underweight can cause health issues or even make your dog sick. Also, dogs who aren’t well nourished may lack the energy to lead a happy and healthy life. A dog who enjoys a healthy diet will have the energy to run, play and bring joy to all around them.

    The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.

  • How Much Wet Food To Feed A Dog? An Expert Weighs In and Shares 4 Feeding Tips
    07 April 2020

    So, you’ve decided to keep your dog on a wet food based diet. You may be looking at different types and brands of dog food. If you’re confused about which food to select and how much food your dog should eat, don’t worry, we did the research to help you figure out what will work best for your dog.

    Does your dog eat wet or dry food?
    Let us know and get started with healthy personalized meal plans! Dry Food Wet Food
    How much wet food should I feed my dog?

    The answer to this question will depend on a variety of factors. In order to determine the right amount of food, consider these questions:

    1. What size and breed is my dog?
    2. The larger the dog, the more food they will need to eat each day. Some dog breeds also may require more food than others due to faster metabolism or energy level.

      Younger dogs need more food than seniors. As dogs age, their metabolism slows down. You may want to re-evaluate your dog’s caloric needs as they get older.

    3. How old is my dog?

      If your pup is not at its ideal weight you’ll want to work with your vet on a diet plan specific to your pup. If your dog needs to gain weight, you will want to work with your vet to help them pack on the pounds the right way. If your pup needs to lose a few pounds, your vet can help with a diet and exercise plan to get your pup back on the right track.

    4. Is my dog over or under weight?

      If your dog runs, hikes or competes in sporting events like agility, flyball, or dock diving they may need more calories, especially when they’re competing. Talk to your vet or a knowledgable nutritionist to make sure your dog is in optimal shape to compete.

    5. How active is my dog?

      Some dogs eat 2 times per day and others may eat 3-4 small meals. If your dog is a breed that is prone to bloat, you may split your dog’s food into more frequent meals. Remember to take the total amount of food your dog needs to eat per day and divide it by the number of meals you’ll be feeding. This way you won’t accidentally overfeed your pet.

      We design your dog’s ideal meal plan! Freshly cooked, delivered to your door! Feed My Pup

      Most wet food will have guidelines based on your dog’s age and weight. Puppies who are still growing will need to eat more than older dogs. The guidelines on the packaging are simply recommendations. There are many reasons your dog might need to eat more or less than the package recommends. Consider your individual dog’s needs when determining serving sizes.

      Ollie's fresh food helps take the guess work out of feeding wet food. By providing your pup's information, you'll receive custom feeding guidelines to help you serve the perfect portion at every meal. Create your pup's custom meal plan today.

      4 Wet dog food feeding tips 1. Determine the right portion size for your dog

      Using the questions above to guide your thinking, determine the right amount of food fo your pup. For example, let’s say your dog is a 45-pound 2-year-old mixed breed dog who is on the leaner side. The can suggests for dogs who are 35-45 pounds that they eat 2 cups of food per day, you may decide to feed your dog 2.5 cups, as that is the recommendation for dogs 45-55 pounds and you think your dog needs a little more food to keep his weight stable.

      2. Decide if you want to mix wet food with dry dog food

      Some dogs enjoy the benefits of both wet and dry food. You can mix them together or put the wet food on top of dry food. This is sometimes called topping. It can make dry food more exciting for your pup. Remember to factor in overall nutritional value when deciding how much of each to feed.

      3. Provide fresh water for your pup

      Your dog should always have access to fresh, clean, water, no matter what type of food they’re eating. Keep your dog’s water bowl clean and full throughout the day. Dogs generally don’t like water that has been sitting too long, so remember to change their water frequently.

      4. Create a plan to take care of your pet’s oral health

      To prevent tooth decay or food getting stuck in your pup’s teeth, ask your vet about brushing your dog’s teeth with an enzymatic toothpaste. Dogs need to be sedated for dental cleanings. You don’t want to put your dog under if you don’t have to, so try to keep up with the cleanings to minimize the number of professional cleanings your pet will need.

      Potential health problems caused by overfeeding dogs

      Overfeeding your dog has some potential health risks. Overweight dogs can quickly become obese. Obesity can also lead to cardiac diseases as well as:

    6. How many times per day does my dog eat?
    • Heart Failure
    • Skin disorders
    • Cancer

    Your dog’s nutrition plays a big role in overall health and preventing diseases. Use the questions outlined here as a guide to determine the right amount of wet food to feed your pet. If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s nutrition or what you’re feeding speak with your vet or a qualified nutritionist. Your pet will lead a longer, happier and healthier life when they’re well-fed and nourished!

    The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.

Dog Grooming Blogs

08 April 2020

Dog Grooming Blogs
  • Concerns about my long hair dogs when we return from lockdown
    08 April 2020
  • Grooming schools/apprenticeships in the Tampa Bay Area?
    07 April 2020

    Looking for suggestions please

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  • Best whitening shampoo for white dogs? (samoyed)
    07 April 2020

    What's the best whitening shampoo to enhance a dog with white fur, maintaining that silky bright white and prevent any of that orangy tone?

    Also, which conditioner should I pair it with, if any?

    I'm seeing so many options online and in reviews, that I would like some recommendation from actual groomers or owners with white dogs.

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  • Shedding tools/tips?
    07 April 2020

    I realize this may be a sub more geared towards groomers, but not really sure where else to ask this question. So I have a puppy, 16 week old Pomsky (husky/Pomeranian) that I got 5 weeks ago as a gift

    Thing is...i have no idea what to do about his fur and his shedding (double coat) before this I had a shih tzu lol

    So what products / tools do you recommend? I have a knock off furminator and while it does take some hair off I feel like it’s not enough. There is hair on the couch, my bed, and ALL OVER the stairs. I realize shedding is natural of course but WHAT CAN I DO lol

    Thank you guys!

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  • Just a small vent, my grooming salon also sells a a small selection of goods/food brands and we just got shut down completely, haven't groomed dogs since our stay at home order either!
    07 April 2020

    So as the title states, I work at a small trendy mom&pop grooming salon in the midwest US. We have a total of 4 groomers + the owner who also grooms. we have a small storefront selling leashes/collars/clothes, and 3 8 foot shelves of high-end dog foods we recommend to guests with allergy/coat/skin issues. We also sell raw food at our shop from a small freezer and it's a pretty limited selection. The salon owner has stopped grooming since the stay-at-home order was announced, we finished our dogs that day and called everyone else up to cancel.

    The store owner was kind enough to let anyone who wanted to continue working, work in her store for $15 an hour up to 25 hours a week, since pet stores are considered essential(shops that supply food for animals). She is older so she preferred to stay home and not work in the store itself if possible. Some income is better than none, because we are 1099 I don't think any of us qualify for unemployment. most of us took her up on here offer to work part time in the shop.

    Today the police showed up to our store because of a complaint from somebody that we were still open. We were not grooming dogs! we haven't in about a week! all of our equipment is sanitized and put away, grooming tables were pushed against walls etc. The police basically said "Yeah it's a lady who has been calling us about any stores that have salons open, good on your boss for finding a loophole, but because your primary business is a grooming salon you can't stay open, we wouldn't have showed up if she didn't continuously complain to a point we were required to." The cop also let us know it was a nearby competitor, we know of them, they do self-wash & grooming only, no small shop.

    So here I am, no income, stressed out, and very bummed out. I have enough to maybe cover 2 months of bills in savings but if this drags out any further I'm absolutely screwed. I understand how badly it sucks to be closed right now but to maliciously put someone else out of a job completely is just, I don't know, selfish? We weren't taking any dogs in or poaching business, we had probably 5-10 people a day show up with their dogs hoping for nail trims, or begging us to groom their dog ' I won't tell I promise!" We took down names and numbers of folks who showed up or did call, but nothing else.

    I don't blame the police for shutting us down, I also am not going to fight that we are primarily a grooming business, but I feel like this was a situation where we weren't breaking rules, and weren't endangering anyone. we limited people in the store, not that we get much foot traffic. We only sold supplies, petco and petsmart are still doing the same with their salons closed so it just kind of sucks.

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  • I stopped grooming 22 years ago.... my 6th groom since my return. I’ve missed it.
    07 April 2020
  • Best dog hair dryer?
    07 April 2020

    My 70lb doodle likes to go for a swim nearly everyday! We keep his fur pretty short, but still find ourselves spending a crazy amount of time drying him down with towels/the old hair dryer we currently have. He'll put up with it, but he's also not a fan of the noise of the dryer.

    Any suggestions for a decently priced dryer that would speed up the process and make it a little more bearable for him? I'm in Canada if that matters.

    Thanks!

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  • oh hi buster
    07 April 2020
  • ATTENTION: DOG OWNERS
    06 April 2020

    This is a really difficult time for everyone. I know some of you are having to go longer between grooming appointments but please, please, strongly consider what you're doing before you attempt home grooms.

    Yes, your dog might need to be shaved, but please leave it to the professional rather than you. We can safely achieve a clean shave that will still look aesthetically pleasing.

    We know dogs are going to be in rough shape when the stay at home orders are lifted. We go through this every Spring with people who don't get their dogs groomed over winter. It's okay. We won't think poorly of you. We're all doing what we have to do to get through this safely, this should extend to your animals.

    At best, I think we're looking at another month or two of tough restrictions on businesses. Your dog can withstand 2-3 months of extra hairgrowth. Just keep brushing as best you can at home.

    If you have questions or concerns, post pictures before you try to cut or shave out mats. We can tell you if they are severe and if they need to be removed, and then also the best way to safely do so. Matting can be dangerous to a dog, but it usually takes 6+ months to achieve that level of severity.

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  • Looking for Advice
    06 April 2020

    I'm confident I can give him a decent enough cut, but how can I keep his head secure? Or just in general? I don't have a grooming table lol

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Australian Dog Blogs

08 April 2020

Australian Dog Blogs
  • Dog Dream Box Subscription Box & Gift Boxes
    08 April 2020
    Introducing Dog Dream Box, a new monthly dog subscription box, chock-full of the canine cravings and dog toys that your pooch dreams about. 

    Each gift box is a real beauty, containing 5 or more hand-selected products that your dog will roll over for! With a subscription, you’ll receive your box every month, with different goodies each time. 

    Each box will have a variety of yummy all-natural Australian made dog treats, fun dog toys and cheeky dog accessories. We seriously geek out on the selection process, so feedback is always welcome to ensure we scratch your doggo’s happy place.

    What is unique about the Dog Dream Box subscription box?

    We all heard that saying “A dog is a man’s best friend” or “There is no better friend and companion than a dog”. This is why we adore dogs, there is something about our furry friends that makes our smile big and our heart full. 

    Our goal is to put a smile on your face while your dog gets a spring in their paw-steps, inspiring hours of playtime, exercise, mental stimulation, snuggles and adventures for dog lovers and their fur babies. 

    For that reason, we set out from the beginning to create a unique experience that will fit every dog and dog owner

    That’s why we developed the system where everything is customised and tailored for every dog individually, either with our subscription or one-off time gift boxes. 

    After you complete your pet profile, all items will be hand-picked based on your pup’s specific needs and shipping is always free! That makes Dog Dream Box totally unique.
    Your first box will be shipped immediately and following boxes will be shipped on the 15th of every month

    Who are Dog Dream Box?

    Dog Dream Box is an Australian family-owned dog subscription box business based in Perth. At Dog Dream Box, we want to make your dog’s dream come true and to inspire each dog lover to have an active and happy lifestyle with their pup. 

    Since we are so passionate about the wellbeing and safety of dogs around the country we support and contribute to organisations that support charities and dog shelters around the country. 

    What is the one-off Gift Box selection?

    At Dog Dream Box we like to say that if your pup needs another reason to chase the mailman, you should try some of our one-off unique gift boxes specially created for different occasions. 

    1) Wild Pup Box 

    Super tough durable dog toys and treats for chewers. 

    Wild Pup Box addresses the need for some dogs to chew more often and more vigorously than others. It is loaded with engaging goodies for chewers including toys tested for durability to last longer for more play sessions to ensure dogs have plenty to destroy other than your living room furniture. 

    2) Bubble Bath Box 

    Bubble Bath Box comes with an assortment of amazing pampering and grooming products, e.g. dog shampoos, conditioners, colognes, deodorisers, detangling sprays, brushes and more, to make your dog look like a star after wash. 

    Whether your dog has a silky coat, a wiry coat, or thin fine coat, the products in the Bubble Bath Box are meant for all dogs that could use a good bath every once in a while. 

    3) Puppy Dream Box 

    Puppy Dream Box is a great choice for any new puppy owner with an assortment of minimum 7 or more items including puppy-licious treats, perfect teething puppy toys, amazing puppy grooming products and cute puppy accessories. 

    Start your life together out right with the puppy gift box that keeps on giving for your new fluffy bundle of joy.

    4) Dog Birthday Box 

    It’s your dog’s birthday, time to get some hand-picked and personal gifts to spoil your dog on their special day thanks to the Dog Birthday Box

    Jam-packed with minimum 6 or more items of yummy treats, fun funky toys, cheeky accessories, Dog Birthday Box will be what your dog dreams about all year long. For being such cuties, they deserve only the most beautiful things in the world…on this special day and all year long.

    5) Limited Edition: Natural Paws Box

    Natural Paws Box is our Limited Edition box, designed for the wild at heart. If you and your dog love adventuring outdoors together, enjoying sporty accessories and a healthy, natural snack during your journey, the Natural Paws Box is for you. Stay active and experience nature with man’s best friend at your side.

    6) Dream Treats Box 

    Dream Treats Box delivers an assortment of all-natural Australian-made treats for your dog right to your door. It ensures you never run out of yummy treats for your dog. Because if you do, there will be no relaxing for either of you, and your pup’s wet nose in your lap will make sure of it! 

    Price & Where to Buy:

    RRP*: from $55/month based on a 6-month subscription, from $69-$89 for one-off gift boxes at dogdreambox.com.au

    * All boxes include free shipping in Australia

    Follow Dog Dream Box on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DogDreamBoxOfficial/ or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/dogdreamboxofficial/ 

    MEDIA RELEASE, 8th April 2020
  • Comment on Draft NSW Greyhound Welfare Code Before April 14
    07 April 2020
    Greyhounds are just like other dogs and they need five minutes of our time online this week.

    The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds (CPG) is asking all dog lovers to go online for five minutes and have their say about shortcomings in the new draft welfare standard for these dogs in NSW.

    CPG has assessed the draft NSW Greyhound Welfare Code and decided it fails two of the RSPCA's recognised five freedoms. Two of these five internationally recognised freedoms are:

    1) Freedom to express normal behaviour: by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.

    2) Freedom from fear and distress: by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
    "The draft code says a greyhound can be kennelled in a 1.2×1.8m space and exercised for only 30 minutes a day which fails both of these tests,” said CPG National President, Mr Dennis Anderson.

    “Even worse, in the code these conditions will apply to hounds kept long-term by industry participants as a breeding dog or pet, whereas the career of a racer is usually about 12 months."

    The draft NSW code also gives the industry ten years to get sub-standard housing conditions up to required standards. This would mean many dogs remaining in filthy and unsafe kennelling.

    “Twelve months should be the limit to bring facilities into line with the welfare minimum. If the industry really cares about its dogs, ten years would not be acceptable,” Mr Anderson said.

    “The NSW draft code is so general, you could drive a truck through it. Unlike the Victorian code, this will make NSW’s code hard to enforce and allow many loopholes.”

    How can you help greyhounds?

    Dog lovers can make a quick online submission until Tuesday 14 April using CPG's easy guide. The guide draws on the extensive research and analysis done for CPG’s full submission by a practising vet.

    “One of our volunteers is a vet with extensive experience in developing the Victorian greyhound code. The easy guide for the public is based on her expert advice,” said Mr Anderson.

    He invited more people to join CPG as digital volunteers and get involved in the fight to end greyhound suffering - greyhoundcoalition.com/volunteering-with-cpg

    "We particularly need more people who have at least half an hour a few times to a week to keep an eye on racing stewards' reports online," Mr Anderson said."The data collected helps us to publicise every greyhound death on Australian tracks. 
    Deaths occur weekly on average, while injuries are constantly happening. We're determined to make sure none of these are kept quiet."

    Mr Anderson said people can see for themselves what greyhounds suffer by looking at CPG's 2020 stats page or at actual stewards' reports across Australia - NSW, WA, SA, Vic, NT, Qld and Tas.

    "So far this year, 68 dogs have been killed on Australia's tracks, with more than 2,300 dogs injured nationally," he said. Because stewards' reports reveal so much carnage, CPG has five key demands for all state governments about greyhound reform. 



    Are you new to Greyhound welfare issues?

    Please see this RSPCA backgrounder.

    Does the NSW code draw on best practice overseas experience?

    No. In particular, the positive welfare effects associated with group housing of social animals such as greyhounds is ignored. Paired kennelling is already routine in the United Kingdom 1.

    Photo Credit: Fiona McQueen

    A detailed review into best practice for the socialisation of greyhounds in a racing context, conducted by the Australian Working Dog Alliance for the NSW greyhound racing industry, found that:

    “It is common practice for greyhounds in Australia to spend a significant period of their adult life under conditions of individual housing. This is unacceptable from an animal welfare standpoint.

    Dogs are highly social animals and single-housing eliminates their ability to demonstrate one of the Five Freedoms; the freedom to express normal behaviour (by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind).


    Co-housing of compatible dogs should be adopted as standard practice for greyhounds at all stages of their life cycle”.

    How does the Victorian code differ to the NSW draft code?

    While Victoria also has a similar minimum space requirement to the NSW draft code, it is far more prescriptive as they are in most areas.

    The Victorian Code includes specific details regarding minimum requirements and welfare standards for:

    kennel roof height (must allow a greyhound to stand upright on its hind legs),
    toileting yards (minimum 5m2 per dog, no more than four greyhounds to be toileted together at one time),
    exercise yards (at least 20m2 with a minimum width of 4m2, supervision required at all times when in use),
    day yards (for extended unsupervised exercise, contain weatherproof area and raised bed),
    outdoor sleeping areas (at least 3m2 weatherproof area including kennel with raised sleeping area),
    • appropriate housing of dogs in pairs or groups,
    daily cleaning,
    drainage and flooring.

    1 “They are paired with another dog which they get on with well as a kennel mate” - www.onlinebetting.org.uk/betting-guides/the-life-of-a-racing-greyhound.html

    About Coalition For The Protection of Greyhounds

    CPG is a dedicated group of people across Australia who work together to inform the public about the cruelties of greyhound racing.

    For more information please visit www.greyhoundcoalition.com

    MEDIA RELEASE, 7th April 2020
  • 9 Tips To Stay Productive At Home
    05 April 2020

    The key principle in order to stay productive at home is to create the right mindset and environment that you need to set up before starting your chosen tasks to do throughout the day.

    The post 9 Tips To Stay Productive At Home appeared first on Paw Life.

  • Bestie Kitchen AllRounder Dog Supplement - Review
    05 April 2020

    Did you know that April 1-7 is officially National Raw Feeding Week

    An increasing number of dog owners are shying away from buying processed dry or canned dog food these days, opting instead to either source human-grade meat from their own butchers or dedicated pet food outlets or started cooking for their pets. We don’t have exact numbers on this trend but we’ve all seen the huge increase in premium options available locally for our own dogs in the past 2 years and reviewed some of these in the past.

    The main criticism levelled by (some) nutritionists and vets alike (not to mention the 'big end of town' pet food manufacturers) is that feeding only a fresh high-meat diet (or a typical homemade dog diet) does not meet all your dog’s nutritional needs

    Faced with that argument, you could say that most of the manufactured pet food sold barely meets the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient profiles for maintenance and growth. Same as with our human diet, meeting basic requirements for survival is not the same as being pro-active with your health! 

    When fed occasionally, feeding raw meat only may not be an issue but if you’ve opted to “go it alone” long-term, you really need to add a balanced supplement to your pet’s food to avoid long-term deficiencies in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

    Newcastle-based Bestie Kitchen has impressed us by their professionalism over the past 9 months and we were keen to trial their AllRounder Balancers supplement, a superfood blend of 19 all-natural ingredients to balance meat and boost your dog’s joint, gut and immune system health.

    For these types of trials we always favour our senior dog Conner who, at 13.4 years, started to slow down (mainly due to arthritis) and needs some assistance to enjoy a better quality of life.

    Anecdotally, we learnt that Bestie Kitchen’s dogs Mondoe and Alfy reached the ripe old age of 22 and 20 following Founder Amanda's move away from processed food so this certainly got us thinking... 

    What’s in the Bestie Kitchen AllRounder Supplement?

    The Bestie Kitchen AllRounder list of ingredients reads like a who’s who of superfoods. 
    It includes a mix of 6 fruit and veg (apple, carrot, sweet potato, organic shiitake mushroom, pumpkin, kale) 2 super herbs (chicory, nettle), 5 superfoods (manuka honey, kakadu plum, kelp, wheat grass etc), green-lipped mussel, cod liver oil, pre- and probiotics, bone broth and MCHA bonemeal from pasture-fed Australian cattle!

    Another big tick for us is that it is made in Australia using at least 83% Australian ingredients and is 100% human-grade.

    In these troubled times, we like to know that we’re helping support small local businesses that put their ethical principles ahead of profits.

    How to best use your AllRounder Supplement?

    Conner's Meal Plan - Week 1 (3 proteins)
    Whether you’re a regular raw feeder or first timer, you need to first download the free Bestie Kitchen app. As a bonus, it works on any browser so you can use it on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. 

    It only takes 3 simple steps and a few minutes to work out the right portion size for your dog (based your choice of proteins depending on any known allergies, taste preferences and budget!). 

    The app gives you a 7-day meal plan suggesting rotating the proteins for optimal health.  Some people argue that feeding one type of diet only increases the risk of allergies, often manifesting as itchy skin and how many of our readers report their dogs suffer from those! 

    Yes to variety but you'll also notice consistency over 5 days not to upset your dog's stomach (that's if you don't want to end up with vomiting, diarrhoea, burping, farting or a combination of all of the above!).

    As with all changes in diet, it's a good idea to transition your dog slowly, ideally over a 7-day period

    Starting with 75% current food / 25% new food (first 2 days), then reduce to 50% current food / 50% new food (two days) and finally 25% current food / 75% new food (2 days).
    Depending on your dog [2], it may not be such a big deal and you could bring this down to 3-4 days as we did.
    Conner's Shopping Basket for 7 days of meals

    The app is best for working the quantities but as a rule of thumb, for adult dogs, you would add 5 grams of AllRounder for every 95 grams of protein (12 grams for every 88 grams of protein for a puppy or lactating dog).

    The first thing we learnt when planning meal prep for the first week was that each meat has a different nutritional composition (and fat content) so you need to feed more AllRounder supplement and lean kangaroo meat than bestie and chicken or beef mince for example. Buying 4-5kg of meat (just for one dog) certainly requires more fridge space than normal but we found we quickly got into our new routine.

    The scoop provided in the pack measured exactly 5 grams so it was pretty easy to measure the required one or two scoops per meal (based on our 30 kg dog).

    Our Experience with Bestie AllRounder

    The first thing that impressed us dealing with Bestie Kitchen's Founder Amanda directly was the amount and quality of the nutritional information and high level customer service provided. I strongly believe that the same personalised customer experience is provided to everyone and we did not receive any special treatment. Our questions (specific to our own dog’s needs) were answered very quickly and with a lot of details and this definitely gave us a lot of confidence when dealing with a brand new product.

    We started our trial on March 12 just as the worldwide COVID-19 health crisis was breaking... We had planned our first 7 days of meals ahead for Conner after choosing 3 easy to source proteins (kangaroo, beef and chicken) so we were set for a successful start but cue panic buying at most supermarkets and sourcing what we wanted the following week proved a bit more challenging!

    It’s as if Australians had suddenly discovered the meat aisle in their supermarket! Luckily people have now backed off stockpiling and we were able to source our normal range of meats after a week even though we try to avoid going out shopping as much as possible.

    "What do you call this again? - AllRounder, Conner... Yeah, but that's what you do with it, mum!"

    Using AllRounder could not be easier: simply mix it with a splash of water to form a paste or more liquid consistency and then add the protein (for Conner, this varied from 210g beef, 280g chicken or 400g kangaroo mince per meal, twice daily). I’ll have to admit we fed him slightly less of the kangaroo as recommended as this was too much for him in a single session…

    In Australia, 41% of dogs are overweight or obese and this has serious consequences on their health (causing a host of diseases) and reducing their lifespan [1]. 

    With our senior dog, we found his main health issue was less an overall weight problem but more the gradual loss of muscle mass in his hips / back legs as he's reluctant to move...

    Every time we've put Conner (or our other dogs) on a more varied diet (raw or home cooked meals), there's no doubt that they've been a lot more excited at meal times and have thrived. They definitely sleep better too...

    What Conner really liked was the smell (and taste) of green-lipped mussel powder which is unmistakable even to our human's nose.
    What we really liked was the simplicity because it takes no time at all to mix and add the AllRounder to our dog's food (unlike chopping and cooking vegetables etc.) whilst knowing we gave him that little bit extra to boost his health!

    Bestie Kitchen AllRounder is shelf stable when stored at 25°C or less but if used infrequently or in a humid environment, it's recommended to refrigerate. 

    Please Note: always speak to you vet before making any changes, especially if your dog suffers from any known medical conditions or allergies.

    [1] A recent study of 50,000 dogs showed that the lifespan of overweight dogs was up to 2.5 years shorter than their ideal-weight counterparts. 
    [2] Whilst nearly all dogs readily tolerate a seven-day transition period, a much longer transitional period is recommended if the food change is significant or your dog has demonstrated a poor tolerance to such changes in the past or is a fussy eater and food refusal is expected.
    (Small animal clinical nutrition http://markmorrisinstitute.org/sacn5_chapters.hml)

    Price & Where to Buy:

    RRP*: $15.00 (70g sample pack); $54.95 (350g) or $119.95 (1kg) at bestiekitchen.com
    * does not include shipping
    NB: A 70g sample pack is enough for about 10 meals, for an average, 10kg dog.

    Find the app here: bestiekitchen.com/pages/homemade-dog-food-calculator

    The combination of bestie ALLROUNDER and rotated proteins in recommended quantities, typically meets the nutritional levels in the FEDIAF guidelines and AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages, including large breed dogs i.e. 31kg (70lbs) or more as an adult.

    Disclaimer: a 350g pack of Bestie Kitchen AllRounder balancing supplement was provided to us to complete this trial over a 4-week period for the purpose of this review.
  • Petsure policyholders to receive free vet consultations in April
    03 April 2020
    PetSure and Woolworths will provide free remote Vet consultations in April

    Trailblazers unite to make sure pet owners can still get advice in isolation via televet startup Vetchat.

    Policyholders across all of PetSure’s 30+ brands will have access to free tele-medicine consultations with a qualified Vet during April, thanks to a new joint initiative between PetSure and Woolworths.

    As many Australians self-isolate and states go into various stages of shutdown, the country is working fast to continue providing essential services under difficult circumstances. Amongst various pressing concerns, many still need to ensure their pets receive necessary medical attention. 

    PetSure last week announced investment into televet startup Vetchat which gives pet owners immediate access to a consult with a nationally-registered Vet via chat or video.

    In order to relieve financial stress for pet owners and ensure Australia’s pets are continuing to get the care they need in the current situation, PetSure and Woolworths have joined forces to fund two free Vet consultations during April for all pet owners insured with PetSure brands. Starting on April 1, the initiative means that any customer of a PetSure brand can contact Vetchat anytime between 6am and midnight (Eastern Standard Time) to speak with an experienced Australian Vet in a real-time consultation using chat or video call.

    PetSure CEO Alexandra Thomas said: “We hope these free professional consultations will make a big difference, especially when people are already stressed about money and well-being. At any time, they are a crucial service made more accessible – whether they give a pet parent peace of mind on an everyday pet health concern or guidance on next steps in an urgent or emergency situation. Better access to Veterinary advice means calmer, better informed pet parents and better pet health outcomes. Vetchat also benefits Vets, allowing them to work from home and with flexible hours, an option that may be a lifeline in coming months.
    “With an increasing number of Australians in isolation or work from home situations it could be challenging for many of us to have a face-to-face interaction with a Veterinarian at a Vet surgery, even in a situation where the pet owner is concerned about something they are observing with their pet. 

    Vets may also be finding it challenging to work from their usual premises and consult through traditional face-to-face approaches and it’s in both of these scenarios that Vetchat can make a significant contribution – connecting Australian pet parents with Vets who can do their best work by providing optimal animal welfare outcomes remotely for Australian pets, and connecting Vets with a way to continue to practice.”

    The PetSure/ Woolworths joint initiative is focussed on pet welfare and supporting pet owners, but also Vets – who are likely to be significantly affected from emerging developments. Vetchat gives vets the opportunity to continue to practice remotely and from their own home, with greater flexibility around their hours and location so they can apply their specialised skill set where it’s needed, at times that suit them.

    Existing expertise delivered in new ways

    Vetchat CEO Dr. Claire Jenkins commented: “Vetchat is delighted to be able to reach more Australians and support them in their pet care with the investment from PetSure and the free consults initiative from PetSure and Woolworths. We look forward to speaking to lots of pet carers about their animals and helping them keep their furry family members happy and healthy in the months and years to come. We want to build a world where pets and carers can access Vets anywhere, anytime and this is a huge step towards that.”

    Woolworths General Manager Financial Services and Payments, Paul Monnington, said: “We’re very happy to be able to offer Australians some support in this way, and we hope it will provide some relief to pet owners. Woolworths has been in partnership with Vetchat since January last year through our VetAssist service. We believe this is a much needed service to help make Veterinary care easier for Australians to reach a Vet when they are concerned for their pets. We have consistently seen a 92% satisfaction rating across the consultations from VetAssist.”

    Ms Thomas said telemedicine is fast becoming an integral part of human healthcare, especially since the acknowledgement of its importance by the federal government, most recently in the announcement last week that Medicare will now cover all telemedicine calls. In parallel to human healthcare, Veterinary care also needs to be affordable, convenient and – above all – accessible for pet owners – especially in the case of a lockdown.


    Ms Thomas went on to say: “People are turning to telehealth services for their own medical needs at this time – now they can do the same for their pets without leaving their house. 

    Vetchat is another channel for Vets to provide advice to pet owners. The opportunity to give personalised advice to concerned pet parents allows Vets to reach more animals that need it, faster – not just in the current environment, but under usual circumstances where some people may struggle to get to a clinic and in good time.”

    Demand for Veterinary telemedicine is growing fast around the world, especially in mature pet ownership markets such as UK, US, Sweden. Partnerships with pet insurers and other players in the pet health care sector have proved vital to growing televet businesses and getting them into the hands of pet parents.

    How to access free Vet care

    Customers of PetSure brands can access two free Vetchat consultations in April by going to petsure.vetchat.com.au and entering their pet insurance policy number. They will then get to choose whether they would like a text or video consultation, and will be joined by an experienced Australian Veterinarian within minutes.

    Not sure whether you qualify? 

    See PetSure’s list of brands at petsure.com.au/partners/ or try entering your policy number at petsure.vetchat.com.au. Details will also be provided to customers by PetSure.
  • Win 1 of 2 Petssager Pet Grooming Massage Brush
    02 April 2020
    For many of us working from home at present, the novelty may be already wearing off... However it certainly affords more opportunities to spend quality time with our dog/s.

    Earlier this year we were lucky enough to trial the Petssager Vibrating Pet Grooming & Massage Brush from Funked Up Pet Products with our senior dog Conner and we found it both convenient and easy to use any time and anywhere.

    "Summertime when the livin' was easy" - Conner enjoying a light massage with the Petssager after his bath
    For many people, a pet massage may sound like a luxury reserved for pampered pets but with the stressful world we live in, we thought many of you would love the chance of giving your dog (or cat) the ultimate bonding session in the comfort of your own home!

    Made from high-grade silicone, the Petssager is gentle to your pet's sensitive skin and coat. It delivers a velvet smooth touch and can be used both as:

    ✔️ a grooming brush at bath time. It is 100% waterproof and can be fully submerged.

    ✔️ a vibrating massage brush. There are 7 vibrating speed settings plus a pulsating function.

    Aside from promoting relaxation and sleep, a massage can be beneficial to your pets to increase blood circulation, relieve pain and discomfort in sore joints for older pets with arthritis, improve flexibility and performance for working and sporting dogs.

    Just remember whilst grooming or massaging your dog to always give them a thorough check (for any lumps or bumps, cuts, sore muscles or fleas and ticks) and always consult your vet if you spot anything unusual.

    The Petssager Vibrating Pet Massager & Brush is available in three colours: Blue, Black and Pink with our two winners getting to choose their favourite!

    * WIN 1 of 2 Petssager Vibrating Grooming Massage Brush *
    (Total Prize Pool Value: $150.00)

    To EnterLike our Page & Post (03/04/2020) on Facebook or Instagram and in your own words tell us "why your pet would benefit from regular use of the Petssager AND your favourite colour?". Entries closing 11/04/2020 (midnight).

    Follow Petssager on Facebook and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/petssager/

    You can learn more about Petssager at petssager.co 

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    1. This Competition will open on Friday 3rd April 2020 (4pm) and close on Saturday 11th April, 2020 (midnight). Open to Australian residents only.
    2. To enter, like and share and simply comment by telling us "why your pet would benefit from regular use of the Petssager AND your favourite colour?"
    3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
    The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
    4. Please note you MUST LIKE our Facebook page or FOLLOW @australiandoglover on Instagram to be eligible.
    5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
    6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
    * Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.
  • Tips For Working From Home With A Dog
    02 April 2020

    Working from home has its obstacles, especially with a dog. We know the world has changed and a lot of dog parents have been able to keep their job and work from home.

    The post Tips For Working From Home With A Dog appeared first on Paw Life.

  • Basic Hygiene to Keep your Pets Safe
    01 April 2020
    Basic Hygiene Keeps Everyone Safe - Including your Pets

    Lort Smith Animal Hospital is reassuring pet owners that following basic hygiene principles will keep your pet safe from COVID-19. 

    “Currently there is still zero evidence that companion animals can transmit to humans, or play any role in the spread of this disease,” said Dr Cunliffe adding, “the main method of transmission of COVID-19 is human to human.”

    To date there have been three cases of human to animal transmission of COVID-19.

    Two dogs in Hong Kong who tested positive to COVID-19 have shown no clinical signs. However a cat in Belgium is reported to be experiencing symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea, and respiratory signs.

    There has been over 4,000 tests of canine and feline samples in Canada, USA and EU, including areas with high rates of COVID-19 in the human population. All samples have been negative to date.

    “The evidence shows human to animal transmission is still very rare,” said Dr Cunliffe.

    Upholding basic hygiene principals is key to protecting your pet. Hand hygiene is essential before and after handling your pets, as well as their food and water bowls. 

    “Wash your hands before and after handing your pet, or anything that belongs to your pet,” recommended Dr Cunliffe adding, “also, while it might seem obvious, don’t kiss your pet,” added Dr Cunliffe.

    Lort Smith Animal Hospital advises members of the public infected by the virus to minimise close contact and handling of their pets.

    Current evidence suggests it is not necessary to have someone else look after your cat or dog if you test positive to COVID-19. However if you have a pet ferret [1] extra caution is recommended.

    “People who are sick or potentially have COVID-19 should avoid close contact with their pet ferrets,” warned Dr Cunliffe.

    Lort Smith advises that where possible, have another member of the house care for the ferret during this time. Additionally ensure all people living in the household should maintain good hygiene practices - including minimising direct contact to best protect our ferret friends.

    “If you are at all worried about your pet, please call your vet,” implored Dr Cunliffe.

    Lort Smith remains open to the public and will continue to offer emergency, urgent and essential care to animals. At present Lort Smith’s opening hours are 8:30am-10pm every day of the year. 

    For more information, please visit www.lortsmith.com

    Follow Lort Smith on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lortsmithhospital/ 
    and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/lortsmith/

    About Lort Smith

    Lort Smith is the largest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia, delivering essential and life-saving services to sick, injured and vulnerable animals. Each year our team of more than 60 vets and 110 nurses provide quality care for around 25,000 animals. Lort Smith rehomes approximately 850 animals each year and operates a number of community outreach programs which have a significant social impact on the community. Lort Smith receives no ongoing government funding. 

    [1] Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has informed vets of the following: according to studies no known ferret has naturally contracted SARS (SARS-CoV-1 or this current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic). However given the evidence of experimental clinical infection in ferrets with SARS-CoV-1 we suggest extra caution be taken if a ferret has been exposed to an infected owner.


    Lead image (supplied) Credit: Jordan Tzovlas Photography

    MEDIA RELEASE, 1st April 2020
  • Dog Lovers Book Club - April 2020
    01 April 2020
    Now more than ever, home is where our dog is. With all our regular activities coming to a standstill, why not use this time to read a few more books and disconnect from the world?

    We put together our top picks of inspirational and educational book releases for dog lovers of all ages. So grab a cuppa of your favourite beverage and settle in to discover our latest selection...

    KIKA AND ME 
    How one extraordinary dog changed my world 

    by Amit Patel 

    ‘I live an ordinary life thanks to one extraordinary dog. Kika opened up the world to me again. She’s made what once seemed impossible possible.'

    In 2013 Amit Patel is working as a trauma doctor when a rare condition causes him to lose his sight within thirty-six hours. Totally dependent on others and terrified of stepping outside with a white cane after a horrifying assault, he hits rock bottom. He refuses to leave home on his own for three months. With the support of his wife Seema he slowly begins to adapt to his new situation, but how could life ever be the way it was? Then his guide dog Kika comes into their lives...

    But Kika’s stubbornness almost puts her guide dog training in jeopardy – could her larger-than-life personality be a perfect match for someone? Meanwhile Amit has reservations – could he trust a dog with his life? Paired together in 2015, they start on a journey, learning to trust each other before taking to the streets of London and beyond. 

    The partnership not only gives Amit a renewed lease of life but a new best friend. Then, after a video of an irate commuter rudely asking Amit to step aside on an escalator goes viral, he sets out with Kika by his side to spread a message of positivity and inclusivity, showing that nothing will hold them back.

    From the challenges of travelling when blind to becoming a parent for the first time, Kika & Me is the moving, heart-warming and inspirational story of Amit’s sight-loss journey and how one guide dog changed his world.

    Paperback, 320 pages
    Published: Pan MacMillan Australia, 25th February 2020

    Price: $26.90 from www.booktopia.com.au

    WHO RESCUED WHO?
    by Victoria Schade

    A few rough breaks lead a woman at the end of her leash to journey across the pond to fetch a surprise inheritance - but the dogs she rescues along the way have other ideas. 

    The plan was simple: Elizabeth would suffer through a quick trip to her late father's family homestead in the English countryside, try not to think about how she was unjustly fired from her dream job, claim her inheritance, and hop on the next flight back to Silicon Valley where she can get her life back on track.

    The plan does not include rescuing an abandoned black and white puppy. Or bonding with her long-lost aunt and uncle, their Border Collie, and their two very opinionated sheep. Or falling for the handsome local who runs the town's craft brewery. As Elizabeth's brief visit to Fargrove turns into an extended stay, she discovers that she has more in common with the new puppy than she realized.

    Paperback, 336 pages
    Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc, 24th March 2020

    Price: $26.40 at www.booktopia.com.au 

    GABBY
    The little dog that had to learn to bark

    by Barby Keel

    A moving, heart-warming and redemptive true story that celebrates the healing power of love between humans and animals.

    In the 54 years she has run the Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary, deep in the Kent countryside, Barby has taken in all manner of animals in need of love, care and a second chance at life. She thinks she's seen it all until Gabby, a scruffy, golden-haired Terrier, arrives on her doorstep.

    Trembling, her eyes wide with fear, Gabby is unable to play with other dogs and is completely mute. When Barby discovers that Gabby has been kept locked indoors her whole life, all becomes clear - Gabby has never learnt to be a dog.

    Soon Barby has fallen in love with this strange little mutt and is determined to help her connect with her true nature. But when tragedy befalls Barby, it is not only Gabby but the entire animal sanctuary that's at stake...


    Paperback, 256 pages
    Publisher: Hachette Australia, Imprint: Trapeze, 11 September 2018

    RRP: $19.99 at www.hachette.com.au

    CITIZEN CANINE
    Dogs in the Movies
    by Wendy Mitchell

    This charming and adorable collection of the best cinematic dogs is sure to delight dog lovers and movie-goers alike.

    The Citizen Canine pack includes sixty of the bravest, cutest and furriest pooches ever to grace the silver screen. From top-billed hounds like Lassie and Benji to comedic scene-stealers like Asta from Bringing Up Baby and Puffy from There’s Something About Mary, all your favourite furry friends are here.

    Whether you have a canine companion or just wish you did, Citizen Canine is your perfect guide to dogs, movies and the magical moments when they come together.

    Hardcover, 128 pages
    Publisher: Laurence King Publishing, 10th February 2020

    Price: $19.95 at www.angusrobertson.com.au 

    BOOK CLUB - KIDS' CORNER

    A Home for Goddesses and Dogs
    by Leslie Connor

    A unique masterpiece about loss, love, and the world's best bad dog, from award winner Leslie Connor. This novel sings about loss and love and finding joy in new friendships and a loving family, along with the world's best bad dog. 

    It's a life-altering New Year for thirteen-year-old Lydia when she uproots to a Connecticut farm to live with her aunt following her mother's death.

    Aunt Brat and her jovial wife, Eileen, and their ancient live-in landlord, Elloroy, are welcoming-and a little quirky. Lydia's struggle for a sense of belonging in her new family is highlighted when the women adopt a big yellow dog just days after the girl's arrival.

    Wasn't one rescue enough?

    Lydia is not a dog person-and this one is trouble! He is mistrustful and slinky. He pees in the house, escapes into the woods, and barks at things unseen. His new owners begin to guess about his unknown past.


    Meanwhile, Lydia doesn't want to be difficult-and she does not mean to keep secrets-but there are things she's not telling...

    Like why the box of “paper stuff” she keeps under her bed is so important... And why that hole in the wall behind a poster in her room is getting bigger... And why something she took from the big yellow dog just might be the key to unraveling his mysterious past-but at what cost?

    Hardcover, 400 pages
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 25th February 2020
    For Ages: 10+ years old

    Price: $27.35 at www.booktopia.com.au

    A KID'S GUIDE TO DOGS
    How to Train, Care for, and Play and Communicate with Your Amazing Pet!

    by Arden Moore


    This lively dog care book, specially written for kids aged 8 and up, is packed with photos and colourful illustrations that teach training, care, health and safety, along with hands-on activities promoting play and bonding with canine companions.

    Paperback, 144 pages

    Publisher: Storey Pub, 17th March 2020

    For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

    Price: $28.80 at www.booktopia.com.au


    TIME DOGS
    Seaman and the Great Northern Adventure

    by Helen Moss, illustrated by Misa Saburi 


    In this second adventure, Baxter, Trevor, Newton, and Maia - the Time Dogs! - find themselves transported through time and space to 1805 on the Missouri River. 

    There, deep in the wilderness, the puppies must help Seaman, the dog of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark.

    Paperback, 160 pages

    Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia, Imprint: Square Fish, 10th March 2020

    For Ages: 5+ years old

    RRP: $12.99 from all good bookstores and online. 

    For details, visit www.panmacmillan.com.au

    CATS AND DOGS SUPER STICKER ACTIVITY BOOK
    by National Geographic Kids

    If you’re stuck for ideas to keep kids entertained at home during the school holidays, this is it!

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    Publisher: Penguin Random House, Imprint: National Geographic Kids, 24th March 2020
    For Ages: 4 - 8 years old

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  • April 2020 is Adopt A Greyhound Month
    31 March 2020
    Greyhound Rescue is all systems go for April is ‘Adopt-a-Greyhound Month’ despite COVID-19, but like everywhere else is using safe practices and some new arrangements.

    GR's kennel capacity is 33 dogs, with another 26 in foster care. Right now the volunteer-run rescue is still taking in Greyhounds, rehabilitating them for rehoming, plus placing them in foster homes and permanent homes.

    GR’s adoption fee for April is $385 and includes vaccination, microchipping, plus all hounds are flea, worm and heartworm tested and treated. This fee also includes a New Adopter Kit with a collar, leash, muzzle and loads of other goodies.

    “Meanwhile, we're taking all recommended measures to protect our staff and volunteer workforce from COVID-19. We're practising social distancing and limiting the number of people on the property at any one time," said Nat Panzarino, President, Greyhound Rescue.
    "We have an emergency contingency plan in case we're unable to have volunteers travel to the kennels. We've also secured an ongoing food supply for the dogs. GR are lucky enough to work with SavourLife, as well as Raw and Fresh in order to provide high quality food for our kennel dogs."

    With more people at home due to COVID-19, GR is receiving far more foster and adoption applications than usual, but it's encouraging people to think through their decision carefully before applying.

    "It's great to get this support, but applicants should keep in mind that adoption's for life. When this is all over, shelters such as GR won't be able to suddenly take in all the dogs that have been put in to foster placements, so if you're keen to be a foster carer, be aware that you may still have the dog when the time comes for you to return to work," said Nat.

    "Please consider whether things will still be viable if you were working your usual hours. That said, a period of time when you're home to settle your new dog in is great! So if you were thinking of adopting, then now may well be the time to do it."

    She said that for April is ‘Adopt-a-Greyhound Month’ this year, the volunteers would love to find 'furever' homes for Bjorn and Sasha, two long term houndies who've been with GR since 2018. Both are three-year olds.

    "Bjorn, a gorgeous blue boy who was so anxious arrived in early March 2018. He needs a home in a quiet neighbourhood with a yard where he can stretch his legs. He’s happy to be home alone during the day and is being fostered with another greyhound. It's really heart-warming to read in his online profile what his foster carers say about how he's blossomed," said Nat.

    Sasha had a broken leg and has been doing physio exercises with GR's kennel manager as part of her rehabilitation: "While Sasha doesn't need further leg care, she should have no off-lead runs in large spaces for a few more months and even after this period, should not be 'zooming' too often."

    April is Adopt-a-Greyhound Month - Team Volunteering

    As we once again celebrate ‘Adopt-a-Greyhound Month’, Greyhound Rescue (GR) decided to give us an inside peak at how its volunteer adoption team creates so many ‘happy endings’.

    Full-time workers April Morley and Paula Oberosler had never met each other until they began volunteering with Greyhound Rescue (GR). Now this special twosome is a digital team that works together each week finding homes in Sydney, Canberra and the Illawarra for hundreds of ex-racing Greyhounds.

    April said they each get an equal share of the adoption applications, regardless of location, then they ask other GR volunteers who live in various parts of Sydney to do a home visit.

    "These visits are important because seeing the household - whether a unit, house, villa or town house - helps us ensure a great match. We can also answer any questions people may have. If we have a greyhound of our own, we often take it with us," she said.


    The GR adoption team do their best to find the right dog for the right home.

    "People don't have to worry about the kind of greyhound they'll get. We carefully consider the applicant and their lifestyle, then match the dogs up accordingly. It takes a while, but it means the dogs end up in loving homes and new adopters feel supported by us," said April.

    She first got involved with GR when the state government announced they were going to ban greyhound racing: "I wanted to adopt to help make sure they all got homes.” April chose to support GR as opposed to other rescue groups because it's a no-kill shelter and predominantly run by volunteers. She’d encourage anyone to get involved. 

    April currently has a foster girl greyhound called Cheeky which needs a permanent home. 
    Volunteer Matt driving greyhound Sev to an appointment
    “Do it! The volunteers at GR are the nicest people I have ever met. I always have a great time when I volunteer and the greyhounds are lovable, lazy and gorgeous,” she said.

    Long term volunteer Paula Oberosler, the other half of the adoption duo, said they take pride in being so successful with GR’s adoptions. “The amount of time, effort and thought that goes into every aspect of this volunteer work is reflected in how many happy dogs they're able to place in their 'furever' homes,” she said.

    She said once a dog is officially with their new family doesn't mean the 'job' is over.

    Sarah Thomas with greyhound Reg
    and two whippets
    “New adopters always have questions and the occasional issue, so we are always on hand to assist them as best as possible," Paula said.

    She thinks anyone who is thinking about volunteering should just do it. In fact, three extra ‘vollies’ - as the volunteers call themselves - have just been added to the team to help with the 10 to 20 adoption applications which are always in play - Sarah Thomas, Matt Randall and Peter Williams. 

    "Do it! Do it now!! It’s absolutely life changing for the better, no matter where and what you’re doing. The goodwill you receive from making a positive change is so rewarding,” said Paula.

    “You also make many 'greyt' friends at GR. Right now, they really need more kennel volunteers on week days. Morning shifts in summer are 8-11am, while the afternoons are 2-5pm, seven days a week. Winter shifts are 9am-noon and 3-6pm.”

    The charity’s rented kennels are near Camden. This is where volunteer Tracy Donadel, who was part of the adoption team for a long time, is now taking a break from that and doing kennel shifts instead. Learn more about kennel volunteering in the video below:

     

    Tracy also works full-time. She started volunteering with GR in 2015 when a friend asked her if she wanted to join him and a few other mates to walk some dogs.

    "Heck yes was my answer! A few weeks later I found myself out at the kennels again. I was asked if I wanted to make it a regular thing. I said no, but my mind kept wandering to thoughts of the gorgeous greys over the next week and the rest is history," she said.

    Tracy 'resisted' adopting her own greyhound for a couple of years due to her social and work life, until she fostered Elton in 2017. Fostering a greyhound in your home helps it learn about being a pet while it waits for a permanent home.

    "Eventually it became clear to me that there was no way I was letting him go so I made it official. We’ve been inseparable ever since. A true bonded pair," she said.

    Occasionally a pair of hounds will arrive together at the kennels and are clearly close. Greyhound Rescue makes a big effort to home these pairs together. It can take a while.

    "Not every household can take two dogs, but because GR is a no-kill rescue the time is available for the adoption team to find a perfect fit," she said.

    Tracy said there are many challenges - the financial strains an independent rescue has, the constant search for a secure property to call home and when dogs arrive at the kennels that aren't in good condition, but she has keen supporters.

    "Everyone in my life supports the time I give GR. Some of my friends and family have also become contributors. They join me at events, or volunteer at the kennels, or support fundraising efforts," she said.

    "My mother is currently supplying what feels like half of the Sydney greyhound population with knitted beanies!"

    For more information, please visit greyhoundrescue.com.au
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