Lost pet!

What do you do when you are away from home and your pet goes missing?! This is what most pet owners dread. You have organised everything for your pets while you are away – food, care, cuddles but then you get the dreaded call that your sitter has not seen

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Man’s Best Friend is His Cat!

Man’s Best Friend is His Cat! Of course, we all still love dogs. It’s just that cats are so adaptable. They make us work hard for their affection (and don’t we love a challenge?!). And they look so cute! No wonder men love them! According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association in

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Adopt a Greyhound Month

Greyhound Rescue’s kennels are full! If it’s time for you to get a dog, it’s time to consider a Greyhound… Greyhound Rescue (GR) has declared April to be Adopt-a-Greyhound month. So, this seems like a perfect time to talk about greyhounds as a family pet. Greyhounds don’t need huge expanses

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Cats really do love us!

New research is showing that cats really do love human company. Funny, as I’m writing this blog post, my cat Wildfire is keeping me company, very closely! Are you a cat person? If you consider yourself to be a cat person, you are likely to prefer intimate conversations rather than

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Most popular Australian dog breeds

What will be the most popular dog breeds in Australia in 2017? Australian has an estimated canine population of 4.8 million nationally and 52% of all owned dogs are purebred. What’s the favourite breed? Well, there’s one breed that Australians are still barking mad for – the loveable, family-friendly Labrador

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Your personality as a dog!

I love differences in personality type, of pets and people, especially if science can back up and we can celebrate our differences. Have you ever tried the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator? This test classifies you into one of 16 types, depending on whether you exhibit Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I), Sensing (S) or Intuition (N),

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Cat Q&As

Cat toileting… Cat attacks… Cat fun… Cat litter box issues… Well, I had some fun today with my 3 (8 month old) kittens. I took them into the Purina office and together, we answered cat behaviour questions on Facebook LIVE. Well, the cats snoozed and had cuddles and I answered lots

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World Dog Expo

Fancy attending the World Dog Expo? I do 🙂 Taking place in New York City, from June 9th to 11th 2017, this is a dog show for your diary! (For those of you who have attended the Dog Lovers Show in Australia, this 3-day World Dog Expo promises to be bigger,

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Dimensions of dog petting: How positive interaction with your dog can be as beneficial as common forms of therapy

Can dogs really stop us eating chocolate? I recently met Kristin Finkbeiner, a PhD student at ISAZ, human-animal interactions conference in Barcelona. Kristin’s research immediately intrigued me as it involved dogs… and chocolate! Not dogs eating chocolate, as that would be bad. Instead looking at the positive effects dogs have

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K9 Scent Scramble

The K9 Scent Scramble™ is a whole new ball game! For your dog! And it’s coming to Australia. But just what is it? Well we all know that dogs have superb noses and that many love to chase toys. Well, put these two together and add a large dose of fun

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Pets in the Park

Pets in the Park is a fabulous initiative, set up by one of my favourite vets Dr Mark Westman. Pets in the Park helps homeless people and their pets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. I have spoken with one of their recipients (I find it hard to walk past a homeless

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Aussie pet bloggers

Do you have a pet blog? [su_highlight background=”#ddd8d2″]I am keen to find out pet blogs in Australia (and New Zealand).[/su_highlight] This can be any sort of blog, as long as you are updating it regularly. It may be a stand-along blog or part of your website. It may be on another

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#UberPUPPIES

Did you cuddle an UberPuppy?     The day that #UberPUPPIES came to town was a biggie! If you had a snuggle with an UberPuppy, you were definitely one of the lucky ones. Even if you didn’t manage a precious snuggle, you probably heard all the hype.   UberPUPPIES came

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Dog Survey

Your Dog and You? I would love to know more about the lives of dedicated dog owners and their dogs. This will help me in my work, helping pet owners understand their pets and the human-animal relationship. Survey I have a survey for DOG OWNERS to take. It’s great if you

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Goodbye Ginger

I should be celebrating. But I am not. Not yet… Today I leave for a month’s holiday with my family. A much needed break and time spent together. Well, minus son no. 1 who is staying at home to look after pets. (No parties please!) I am off with son

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Dogs locked in cars

      In the past 12 months National Roads & Motorists’ Association (NRMA) patrols across NSW and the ACT have rescued almost 2,500 young children accidentally locked in cars, a 16 per cent increase over the last four years. There has also been an 88 per cent increase of

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Houzz pets

Have you ever renovated your home with your pets in mind? Well, if so, you are not alone. It seems that lots of pet owners are considering their pets in everything they do around their home. Traditional Hall by Roswell Photographers Barbara Brown Photography Houzz recently conducted their first-ever survey of

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South Pacific Cruising

Lucky me! 16 nights cruising the South Pacific!   Visiting Norfolk Island, Tonga (Vava’u & Nuku’alofa), Fiji (Suva, Port Denarau and Dravuni Island) and New Caledonia (Noumea). My P&O cruise followed the route of the Bounty, fortunately we had no mutiny on board this time. What I love about cruising… Getting to

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Dogs are jealous

Can dogs be jealous? Many dog owners believe that their dog experiences jealousy. They may be jealous of another dog that the owner is giving attention to, jealous of the family cat, even jealous of a baby. Until now, there has been no definitive answer as to whether dogs are

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Australian attitudes to puppy farms

An Animal Welfare League Poll shows community demand for tighter regulation of puppy farms… The background Puppy farming may be one of Australia’s most pressing animal welfare issues. Also known as puppy factories or puppy mills, puppy farms often operate under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social

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Leo’s blog

Does your pet have a blog? Ok, we pet lovers are a little crazy! But it means we love our pets! When Leo was little  (was Leo, the Maine Coon cat, ever little?!) I kept a diary of his activities. For a year I recorded all important milestones in his

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Dogs help us

Dogs help us… and now, we can help them  help us All dog lovers know that our dogs help us get through our day. They give us unconditional acceptance in a world where everyone judges us, including (or perhaps especially) our family and best friends. But the help our canine

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Goodbye Clyde

Yesterday I said goodbye to my cat Clyde. The final goodbye. Clyde was 21 years old. An old man. An old cat with a big personality. As Clyde aged, he lost his hearing, his ability to jump but he never lost his love of food, a cuddle or his sense of

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Dogs & their toys

Does your dog play with toys? What makes a good dog toy? One which squeaks? One which rolls? One which can be retrieved? One which can be torn apart? Your dog may answer yes to all of these but you, the dog owner, may think differently. Perhaps you would like a

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Pets in your bed

Do you sleep with your pet?
Lots of us do. Some of us feel guilty. Some of us just know it feels right. Some of us would not dream (pardon the pun) of doing so.
New research has show that sleeping with pets may be a risky business. Diseases such as cat scratch disease, plague, staphylococcus and more can be passed on.

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Sh.sh.shivering

I’m shivering. Winter is here. And yes I know I’m a Scottish person living in Australia – I shouldn’t find it cold. I admit it. I am a wimp. I feel the cold. Perhaps that’s why I choose to live in a climate that is warm… most of the time.

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Tick, tick

No pet owner wants to find their pet paralysed. This happened to us on Sunday. Setting the scene Picking my husband up froom the airport early Sunday morning Looking after my neighbours dogs as well as my own pets and kids. Preparing for a 10 year olds’ birthday party Ok so

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Cat-alyst

Kings & Queens of the pet world Cats make wonderful pets. They can be left at home all day, relatively peacefully. They fit into your couch potato lifestyle, most of the time. They like a snuggle. They aren’t noisy. It’s no wonder they are now the no.1 pet in many

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A celebration of kids and pets

Kids and pets go together. Yes, life would be simpler without either but the rewards from having them outweigh the disadvantages. Having both more than doubles the lifetime of pleasure at watching them interact. Pets like children. When brought up together, dogs and cats will actively seek out children to

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Welcome home

“Life’s good. Mum’s home!” Is this what my dog is thinking as I return home after a 3 week overseas trip? Or it is just my wishful thinking? What do your pets do when they meet you again after being separated? I returned home and as I opened the door

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