The month of October has been dognapped by the Assistance Dogs Australia super puppies!

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Stop what you’re doing, this is not a drill – the month of October has been dognapped by the Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) super puppies!! Now renamed Dogtober the month is a way to celebrate all dogs and take fundraising into their own paws, organising themed events or impressive canine feats to raise much needed funds and awareness for the work of ADA. By participating in Dogtober you can help those like Assistance Dogs Australia’s Ambassador, Tim McCallum, who was left a quadriplegic after a tragic swimming accident. “I never realised how important my independence was until I lost it … Continue reading

Aussie pet obsession creates a new breed of pet ownership


The team at Frontline Plus contacted me recently with their latest research into Australian pet ownership. This new research shows that 48 percent of Aussies admit to treating their pets like their children. This comes as no surprise to me at all! Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, over 63% of households having a pet, which is something I wrote about recently for Fidose of Reality in my Down Under Diaries series. Some of the key messages of the Frontline Plus survey, which was conducted by Galaxy Research with 1,005 pet owners between … Continue reading

Sprocket Pupdate: Sprocket debuts as a dancing dog!


Meet Sprocket – the newest member of our family. He’s a 12-month-old Terrier cross (We’re not sure what’s in the mix!) adopted puppy from Melbourne’s The Lost Dogs’ Home. Follow along as I share his and my story as a new dog owner learning how to raise a healthy and happy little dog. I’ll also be doing regular updates on JOY 94.9′s Pets-A-Loud about my experiences and what I learn along the way. Sprocket is growing up fast before our eyes and he’s hit that age where he’s getting cheekier by the minute and really testing our boundaries. It’s been important for us … Continue reading

Heather Smith and Maddie: 1st Place HTM Crufts 2014

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Heather Smith and Maddie took out 1st place in the Crufts 2014 Heelwork to Music competition (they also won in 2012 and 2013) with this great routine! Heelwork to Music is slightly different to Freestyle (which Cynder and I compete in) as dogs must perform in a variety of heel positions for a percentage of the routine!