Hans works out

Hans Sausage, Notes from S&S, Uncategorized

My New Years resolutions this year was to be more creative and to get fit.. In April I started Sausage & Sanchez and I am so proud of what has become and so thankful to everyone’s support along the way. Especially those of you that have bought the S&S products.

The get fit side of my new years resolution is a work in progress and I have had so much fun pushing my body to achieve the strong healthy body I have always longed for. It is amazing how when you really want something the universe has a way of making it happen for you. (I will explain what I mean more below).

The year started out great. On the third of January I started Bikram Yoga at Mermaid Beach Thanks to good old SCOOPON I was able to try it out for a month unlimited for $50. I have always been pretty flexible and loved how challenging Bikram was. It was such a great escape and even though I left looking like a hot tomato and constantly soaked my car seat with sweat on the drive home, (I purchased a moped to avoid my car smelling like a garbage truck). I truly loved it.

For those of you that don’t know Bikram yoga is synthesised from traditional Hatha Yoga, runs for 90 minutes and consists of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Sound easy? Here’ the kicker, it is practiced in a hot room where it is not uncommon for the thermostat to read 40 degrees Celsius.. YUK I hear you say. Well yes, it certainly does take some getting used to.

In the month I averaged 4 classes a week and I finished up with glowing skin and lots more energy. I could feel my body getting more toned but was not losing any weight nor losing any centremetres. I could feel myself getting bored as the movements in each class are always the same and 90minutes is a looooooooooooong time to spend in a hot room in the middle of Summer. So after a brief encounter with BIKRAM himself I thought it time to leave on a high and try something else.

Enter ESSENCE OF LIVING.

I L.O.V.E this place. Pilates Barre being my favourite. Again thank you Universe for the 21 day living social deal where I got to try unlimited classes, (and boy did I ever). I think I went every day for 21 days and then signed up again for a 3 month pass. The studios are beautiful and there are fresh flowers brought in weekly. You can even finish your class with a complimentary Apple to give you a quick boost of energy. Check out their blog for some awesome recipes.

If you haven’t tried Pilates Barre it was started by a Russian Ballet Dancer who developed a protocol for her own rehab after a serious spinal injury in the 1940’s. It integrates fat-burning interval training with muscle shaping isometrics to quickly and safely reshape the entire body. It uses a ballet barre, a yoga mat and hand weights  and boy does it help you find muscles you never knew existed.   This workout also requires mental focus which is great on the weekend when you want to block out work, and things you ‘have to do’ floating into your head.

With all this Yoga and Pilates I felt great and very elongated. I loved the chance to meditate and try new movements and to shut out the world for an hour. But I thought it was time to boost up the cardio and try something a little more ‘hard core’ and once again as soon as I asked the Universe provided.

“Congratulations Brooke you are the lucky winner of a 12 week challenger boot camp at Urban Babes“. OMG I think I have found my work out calling.

URBAN BABES

OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG OMG This is the best thing ever!

Urban Babes is about females who want to empower themselves, get fitter and improve their bodies by becoming stronger and more toned and I did just that. in 12 weeks I lost 26cm off of my body! Our trainer Revie is amazing and designs high intensity workouts that really get results. (I also love her because she owns a Sausage dog named Peach). I have met some great girls here and have never felt fitter. I am a convert!

The Babes. (I’m second from the right).

With all this energy and exercise on the brain I thought it only natural to make Hans Sausage a gym sweater. It is so cute, made from fleecy bulldog print he is snug as a bug and comfy as can be. I think I should change his name to Rocky he looks so tough.

You can order one for your pooch for just $11 by emailing brooke@sausageandsanchez.com

Thank you Universe for helping me stick to my goals and achieve so much in the last 7 months. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.

Are you sticking to your NY resolution?

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S&S learn to cook

Hans Sausage, Notes from S&S, Odie Sanchez, Uncategorized

If you know me you will know that when it comes to the kitchen I am no 1950’s housewife. I burn water, scrape the charcol off my toast on a daily basis and have pretty much come to terms with the fact that I will never be on Masterchef. (Did you watch it last night by the way? Go ANDY)! Believe me it is not through lack of wanting to learn to cook, heck Tom and I have had date nights at cooking school,  (however this to also resulted in the head chef looking at my knife skills and promptly taking the knife off of me while shaking his head).

Tom is the cook in our house and he is the most patient cook in the world. He spent 3 hours last night making Terriaki sauce! Albeit his time management is a little off and he is yet to master the ‘clean as you go’ rule, (he cooks I clean) I have to say he is pretty dam amazing in the culinary depatment. It relaxes him, and although you can’t have a conversation while he is IN THE ZONE his efforts are always delicious. (See what he made last night below).

Last weekend I decided enough was enough – I need to a have at least one meal in my cooking repertoire! So I called upon my Friend Sky who is a whiz in the kitchen and we decided we would spend the afternoon in the kitchen making Gnocchi FROM SCRATCH!

To get in the cooking spirit and to get the creative juices flowing, (pardon the pun) I brought over a 1.5 litre bottle of Shiraz. BEST IDEA EVER!

Hans Sausage and Odie Sanchez weren’t going to miss out on the action – they ended up doing more work then I did – Turns out Hans is a whiz with a Whisk!

Odie the typical Mexican wanted nothing to do with making Italian food and spent the afternoon doing shots!

Then lazing in the sun with Sky’s pooch Kurt. They pretend to hate each other but when nobodies looking they hang out like bro’s.
Notice how the Sanchez gets the couch while Kurt is banished to the floor. Little dog syndrome strikes again!

Here is Sky teaching me how to cook (I was taking notes the whole time – promise)

The finished product

We had such a good night and although we didn’t take any photos of us eating it suffice to say it was AMAZING!!

What should I cook next? Send me links to your favourite recipes – i’m inspired!

Lazy Sundaze

Hans Sausage, Notes from S&S

I love Sunday’s, especially when it starts with a trip to The Village Markets (TVM) with Hans Sausage and my good friend Magda. TVM is full of crafty goods and clothing, delicious food and fun people. I would love to have a Sausage & Sanchez stall there one day soon. It is also lots of fun because it is the one of few places on the Gold Coast where you can take your dog without raised eyebrows or cranky shop keepers and there is always lots of tail wagging and butt sniffing.. HANS LOVES IT! Check out photos here.

After the markets Magda and I took Hans to Burleigh Hill where he met an Australian Bulldog and proceeded to play hide and seek as he wasn’t sure if he would be squashed or eaten if he got too close.

When we got home I pulled out the sewing machine and inspired by the creatives at the markets got to work on a new coat for the little Lo-rider.

It is so hard to find a coat that fits Han’s body shape which was a big reason why I started Sausage & Sanchez. As it turns out I am not alone. Most of the Sausage & Sanchez fans are owners of dogs that are cross breeds with odd body shapes which leaves them with little options in the winter coat department.

I made a similar style of coat for Odie a couple of weeks ago and think it is a great design as it keeps their little chests warm. Hans lays on his tummy a lot so these style is ideal and I think he looks so handsome!

We will be selling this design in the S&S store from Monday for $55.

For custom sizing email details to brooke@sausageandsanchez.com

I think he likes his new threads.

What did you get up to with your poochies on this beautiful day?

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Sanchez compadre’s need a new home

Animal Welfare League of Qld, Odie Sanchez, Uncategorized

Seems to be a lot of little Chihuahua’s up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Qld lately. Please let your friends know if they are looking for a new pet to go and visit the shelter.

Here are the latest:

Donny is a 1 year old teacup chihuahua and is soooo tiny! He is a cute little guy who is looking for a new home at the Animal Welfare League of Qld 0755099000 to adopt

Chicko the 1 year old Chihuahua is a smoochy little girl who is looking for a new place to call her own with owners who will give her lots of love. She is currently calling the Animal Welfare League of Qld home but would love to meet you! 

Here are a few more little ones that we hope to find homes for ASAP

JET – the Kelpie x Foxi 9wks old 0755099000

Jet’s Brother OnyxJust 7 weeks old

 We hope they all find new homes over the weekend.

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50 Shades Of Grey(hound)

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Now that I have your attention I have to break the bad news.. This blog post will not be about the book, (50 shades of Grey) but the good news is I am talking about Greyhounds.

Shelters and rescue groups are inundated with Greyhounds because the racing community disposes of these animals when they are no longer running faster enough or winning enough money. They magestic dogs make incredible pets and are such loving companions it is a shame that more people so not consider them when wanting to adopt a pet.

Here are some quick facts about Greyhounds as sourced from Friends of the Hound, a rehoming orgniasation located in Brisbane whose sole purpose is to help find homes for Greyhounds.

    • There are around 20,000 Greyhounds bred in Australia each year for racing purposes.
    • Just under half the number bred don’t even make it to the track.
  • Most racing Greyhounds are destroyed by the age of 3-4 years when their racing careers are finished or after suffering an injury that prevents them from continuing to race.

Sadly, thousands upon thousands of Greyhounds are destroyed each year when they become surplus to racing industry requirements. Thousands of dogs are injured each year on the track.

It is wrongly assumed by many that Greyhounds are not the ideal family pet or childhood companion. This could not be further from the truth. Greyhounds are kind, loyal dogs that make fantastic household pets and are great with children.

You may be surprised to learn that Greyhounds do not need much exercise at all. In fact they are affectionately described by their owners as 45mph couch potatoes and love to spend their time indoors or on a sofa in the sun.

Greyhounds do not require a large backyard and do not have high energy abundance. Their friendly, gentle temperament makes them an ideal indoor pet. Greyhounds also make fantastic pets for the elderly as they are usually very patient.

Another misconception of the Greyhound stems from past law requirements, which have forced them to wear muzzles. This has created a common belief that Greyhounds are an aggressive breed. Reasons behind the muzzle are not due to aggression, but are to discourage chasing, as many greyhounds are trained from an early age to chase anything fluffy. Although greyhounds may not have the same social experiences as other breeds while growing up, they can adapt to a domestic life with a little help from their new owner.

If you are considering adopting a Greyhound here are some more fun facts:

HAIR
Greyhounds have little or no body fat, and short, smooth coats, and as a consequence, they tend to feel the elements more than other dogs. They should sleep indoors at night and have adequate shelter during the day if left alone. A greyhound that gets overheated or too cold can lose condition very quickly and their health can deteriorate rapidly. A warm coat is required for those cold winter days and nights.

BATH TIME
How often a greyhound gets bathed very much depends on how soiled they get. They have very little oil in their skin, which means very little “doggy odour”. Select a mild all natural, conditioning shampoo – oatmeal shampoo is fantastic for dogs with dandruff or dry skin. Unless a greyhound gets particularly dirty it will not need bathing very often – certainly not weekly. Washing too often strips the coat of its natural oils and dries the coat and the skin.

EARS
It is advisable to check your greyhounds’ ears once a week. Clean the outer ear gently with a baby wipe or damp tissue. When bathing a dog it is also a good idea to plug the ears with a cotton wool ball to avoid shampoo dripping down into the ear.

TEETH
It is not uncommon for ex-racers to have bad teeth, partly due to the soft diet they are fed when racing. Any deep cleaning is done before adoption, but like humans it is possible for plaque build up to occur after this. Brushing with a specially designed toothbrush or a gauze pad can help stop tartar from occurring. Brisket and raw chicken bones are also good for keeping teeth clean. It is advisable to have your dog’s teeth cleaned by your vet on a regular basis.

NAILS
All the weight of a dog is placed on its feet. Therefore it is vital to regularly attend to trimming a greyhound’s toenails. Most greyhounds are used to having this done while they stand. Using good quality clippers; lean over and bend the foot backwards to find the underside of the nail. A vet or a groomer will be only too happy to show the inexperienced or nervous owner how to cut them. Greyhound’s nails are often longer than other breeds, but should be trimmed to keep them from getting too long. As a general rule they should be trimmed to keep them just off the ground, but they will still look like they are a little longer than you’d be used to!

SAVE A LIFE – ADOPT A GREYHOUND

The Animal Welfare League of Qld is running a Greyhound adoption drive as they currently have 7 Greyhounds in their care who are looking for a new home. I was lucky enough to attend a photoshoot with these beautiful dogs at the beach on Monday with Diana from K9 Photography who once again captured some beautiful images. The AWLQ’s online campaign runs for 2 weeks and they hope to rehome all 7 Grey’s. Their design team have come up with the following posters to promote the great qualities unique to the Greyhound breed.

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Down at the beach with the AWLQ Greyhounds & Volunteers

If you are looking for a family companion or a big dog that doesn’t require much work then consider a Greyhound – you will not be dissapointed.

Bronx the Greyhound

Bess the leaning post

Operation Find a Chi a home

Animal Welfare League of Qld

As the nights cool down it plays heavily on my mind the animals currently waiting for new homes in shelters. Animals who through no fault of their own have found themselves displaced and outside in kennels and pens. For Chihuahua lovers check out some of the little guys waiting for a new home at the Animal Welfare League of Qld.
Phone 0755099030 to adopt or log on to www.awlqld.com.au
AnimalID: 11043 Name: Wilbur Age: 2 Years  Breed: Chihuahua / Tenterfield Terrier… Gold Coast – Coombabah

AnimalID: 10969 Name: Chester Age: 1 Year  Breed: Chihuahua
I am a sweet wee thing, who is looking for an owner who will treat me like a real dog, not a hand bag accessory, can you be that owner for me?

AnimalID: 10514 Name: Chestnut Age: 1 Year 3 Weeks  Breed: Jack Russell Terrier / Chihuahua
Hi my name is Chestnut, and I just want to be loved.  I will need someone who can remind me though that as cuddly and sweet as i am i am still a dog not a teddy bear. Kitty Cats are not my chosen friend, so I would prefer to go to a home with no feline companions

 

International Kissing Day

Notes from S&S

There is nothing better than a big kiss! It can mean so many things. I love you, I miss you, hello, friendship. The list goes on.
Today is International Kissing Day. It started in the UK but quickly caught on worldwide.

The idea behind the International Kissing Day is that many people may have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with kissing for kissing’s sake, as opposed to kissing as mere social formality or prelude to other activities. Kissing can be an enjoyable experience in and of itself. It is an expression and experience of intimacy. International Kissing Day is not as commercialised as Valentine’s Day.

These are my favourite kissing snaps:

Odie Kisses

Baby kisses

The love of your life kisses

Puppy Kisses

Best Friend Festival Kisses