Sprocket Pupdate: Sprocket debuts as a dancing dog!

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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!  

International Dog Dancers: Heather Smith of Scotland

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Whilst Dances with Dogs is a relatively new and somewhat unknown sport in Australia its popularity worldwide is increasing every year. It’s a fun and creative activity that you can do with your dog that really strengthens the bond between you. Come with me on a journey around the world as I meet some other people just like me, people who love dancing with their dogs! Heather Smith is an incredible dog trainer based in Scotland who has competed in breed rings, obedience, agility, HTM and Canine Freestyle. Her dog Maddie won the Crufts Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final in 2012, … Continue reading

Learn more about the Kelpie with this great Australian video from 1947

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Made by The National Film Board 1947. Directed by Jack S Allan. They say Australia was built on the sheep’s back but it takes a top dog to get the sheep to go where you want them. “Johnny” is a champion sheep wrangler and this film shows how, with a few dog whistles from the master, a well trained dog can persuade some reluctant sheep to go wherever they are led.

I proposed… He said yes! Engagement photoshoot by We Shoot…

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If you’re around my Facebook page at all you may have seen that a little over a month ago I proposed to my partner JB, and he said yes!! Whilst we are unable to get married legally here in Australia (come on guys, it’s 2014, let’s make this happen already) it’s something that we hope to be able to do someday. Just after our engagement we were approached by Kirsty Daniel of We Shoot who kindly offered to do a photoshoot for us to celebrate this next part of our lives… and of course, we had to take the dogs … Continue reading