Fat Sausage (Bratwurst)

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I noticed the other day Hans Sausage’s designer Sausage & Sanchez coat collection was starting to fit a little snug around his tummy – thinking it must have shrunk in the wash, (gotta love product testing) I ignored it.  But it wasn’t until I saw him trying to look out the window of my car and I saw his little head on a chubby body did I realise I was making my dog fat.

I thought back at the past week on what he had eaten. Pigs ears, Barf, Bones, treats when I take him to work, left overs, a little bit of our breakfast here and there and goodness knows what he eats when he hangs out with his Tom (his dad).

Hans has nailed the ‘i’m starving why don’t you love me’ look.

You know this one

Which is why he is beginning to look like the dog below.

As soon as I realised I had a Bratwurst on my hands I decided I needed to give his nutrition and exercise routines a major overhall.

Hans is now on a strict portion controlled diet and is walked twice a day – I will keep you posted on his progress.

Is your Dog fat?

It can sometimes be hard to tell. Dogs with lots of hair may in actual fact be underweight. A good way to tell is by Placing your thumbs on your pet’s spine and then spread your fingers across its rib cage. You should be able to discern each rib easily, there should be no more than a thin layer of fat over the ribs. If it feels spongy, if you can’t find the ribs, your pet is overweight.

Viewed from above, your pet should clearly have shoulders, ribs, waist and hips. If there is no waist, or if the waist is bigger than the hips, your pet isn’t pudgy, it’s FAT!

If you are still confused ask a vet – they will give it to you straight. Don’t kill your dog with food just becuase they look sad when you are eating.

It is really important to keep your dogs weight in check but even more important if you own a dachshund. If your dachshund becomes obese, they will most likely have back problems as well and the last thing you want is to have your poor little Sausage in a wheelchair.

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Dog Shaming

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Go on admit it – your dog isn’t perfect.

All dogs, (yes mine included) have their cheeky traits, some embarrassing others down right discusting and some too rude to mention.

Which is why I am obsessed with this new blog dog shaming.

Dog shaming is a website where people can upload photo confessions of the funny naughty things their dogs do..

Below are a couple of my favourites.. Do yourself a favour – check it out!

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I aint lost just wondering – Christian Palmer

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I am LOVING the new works by Byron Bay artist Christian Palmer. Originally from England, Christian specialises in contemporary art and works with Canvas, stencil and wood.

Christian’s imagery often features animals such as dogs alongside thoughtful questions concerning the human condition – whether you’re an animal lover or a philosopher, these works are bound to put a smile on your face!

My favourite images are found in the Lost and Profound series which features what I think to be homeless and shunned dogs with beautiful quotes and questions that leave you wanting more.

The Pitty Dog works are a little sad considering the breed has been so controversial in the media and the banned in lots of areas of the country. What a great way to raise awareness though and make people stop and think about their feelings towards the breed..

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Meet the Rotties

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For the last 2 weeks Sausage & Sanchez have been playing big brothers to the adorable Olive and Carl. (Do you like the names? We took a poll on our FB page and asked our fans what we should call them Olive and Carl was the result).

Olive and Carl are just two of eight puppies in a litter that was surrendered to the AWLQ when their mother began to have seizures and stopped producing milk. They were two weeks at the time and I took them home for just one night and had to bottle feed them every two hours. (I only had them for the night becuase they were surrendered late in the day and it was too hard to find foster carers at such late notice). What an experience! It was amazing to hold such tiny babies in my hands knowing that if I could get them through the night, in the morning we would find them the best care possible to help them grow big and strong.

Fast forward 3 weeks and I was paying a visit to the foster house at the AWLQ and when I walked in to the office I was greeted by some chubby little pups who had just been dropped off for a vet check. I asked if I could foster them again and lucky for me I could. So back to the home of Sausage & Sanchez they went.

I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time around Rottweilers and did not know much about their temprement. So I was interested to learn all about their little quirks. Carl and Olive are typical little puppies, so clumsy and cute. They sleep and wee and poop a lot. (love waking up every morning to a puppy crate full of poop – toilet training still a work in progress). But at only 6 weeks old I am starting to see lots of little Rottie traits. They are beginning to find their barks and surprise themselves when they let out a big growl. They are very strong and their paws are huge! They have just grown taller then Hans Sausage (much to his discust), and he is realising he is not able to steal their toys as easily as he could when I first brought them home. I have also noticed that Carl is starting to drewl a little after he has a big drink (common in rotties as they have loose jowls).

I have to say the more time I spend with them the harder I am finding it to think about the day I have to give them back so they can find their ‘forever homes’.

For those of you that are interested in knowing more about the Rottweiler breed here are a few facts:

  • Rottweilers are primarily known as one of the oldest herding breeds and are quite good at farm work. Rottweilers are also a  relatively healthy, disease-free breed but like lots of larger breeds are prone to hip dysplasia
  • Most Rottweilers have protective instincts toward strangers. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognise the normal behaviours of “good guys.” Then they can recognise the difference when someone acts abnormally. Without careful socialisation, they may be suspicious of everyone. However, note that many Rottweilers have minimal protective instincts and are big cuddlebugs who LOVE everyone
  • Rottweilers with loose jowls (typically large males) tend to slobber or drool after eating and drinking
  • They are easy to groom
  • They are very loyal and devoted to their family

Tom and Olive

Treats-a-la YUM!!!

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What a delightful surprise to come home to a lovely package from the lovely Rufio and Naomi from Treats-a-la-bark! Naomi did a guest post for us earlier in the year which you can see here and has just launched a range of scrumptious and healthy dog treats.Their website is still under construction but you can buy from here shortly.

Naomi & Rufio kindly sent us the ANZAC variety but they also have Strawberry Shortcake, Carob and Mint Apple Pie, Peanut butter and Blueberry Barkscotti and lots more. They smell so good I almost ate them myself (it was dinner time after all).

Hans LOVED them even Odie took them and buried it and I can’t wait for their online store to open so we can try every flavour!

Thank you

TREATS A LA BARK!

What a week

Notes from S&S, Odie Sanchez

Is it the weekend yet?

Here is what has been happening in the week that was:

Monday: What a busy start to the week. I arrived at work a little dis-heartened becuase my foster dog Jedi had still not been adopted. Taking matters in to my own hands I phoned around everyone I knew who may be interested in the worlds nicest dog before getting a phone call from the lovely Lisa who I had been chatting to all year in the hope I could find her a new dog for her family. She came out to the shelter with her kids and her partner Sean, (who is also the co-host of 102.9 Hot Tomato’s breakfast show). I am fairly certain it was love at first sight. They took Jedi home late Monday afternoon and I have been getting facebook updates about his progress ever since. I look forward to hearing the adventures of newly named JED on the radio in the future.

Monday also saw our new keyrings arriving to S&S HQ! Don’t they look great? Buy yours by emailing: sausageandsanchez@gmail.com

Tuesday: What a day Tuesday was. Tuesday saw our longest resident Greyhound Hugo find his forever home! The entire shelter stopped to say goodbye to this beautiful boy and we were all so happy that he would never spend another night in a kennel.. His new owner intends on showering him with love and affection.We have lots of Greyhounds waiting for their forever homes. Some of which I have written about here

Farewell mate!! – We will miss you!!

Tuesday was also the day I was reunited with two of the little Rotti pups who I spent the night awake with a few weeks ago bottle feeding every two hours. They are now five weeks old and will spend the next 3 weeks living at my place getting bigger and fatter..

Rotty pups at 2 weeks old

Check out their video they are sooo cute! Han’s has his hands full teaching them who’s boss!

Rotty pups at 5 weeks old

Wednesday: Puppy central! I got to work to find that Jack & Rosie the Border Collie pups our photographer Jane had on foster are ready to be desexed and put up for adoption. These guys will be great playmates for a family that are able to spend time running around the backyard or a farm with them. They are so much fun!

Keeping on top of all the Sausage & Sanchez orders I went home and got to work on a new coat for a little Dachshund named Molly. Her new Strawberries & Creme coat looks just fabulous on Hans Sausage. (Although he did not seem to impressed in his new pink attire).

Thursday: Today I checked up on the Sharpei Mum who gave birth at our shelter to 7 little puppies. They will all need to go out on foster with their mumma to grow big and strong. They are so tiny and we think they are crossed with a Staffy. She is such a good mum.

Look out for tomorrow’s aritcle where I will post lots of new pix of animals waiting for their forever homes. It’s been a busy week!

A Day in the Big Blue

Hans Sausage, Odie Sanchez

What a glorious weekend!!! Having recently purchased a new boat from friends who are sadly leaving us for the grey skys of Melbourne we decided to spend the day on the water with family seeing what our new pontoon boat could do.

Hans Sausage and Odie Sanchez are often seen cruising the canals of the Gold Coast but it isn’t every day they go across the seaway in the big waves.. They coped quite well which was a relief to me because quite frankly I didn’t want to be spending my Sunday cleaning up puppy spew in our new craft. Check out our photos below:

Tom getting aquainted with the new gadgets

Tom and his Dad

Tina, James and my sister Breanna

Odie hanging out in his very comfortable abode

Sisters

My love and my Hans Sausage

Anchor Down  – Hans loves the water and will not sit still when boating. He is always bouncing around from one side to the other, tail wagging, nose sniffing and ears flying in the wind. funniest sight ever!

Ever Since Hans was little he has been out on the water – Hare are a couple of my favourite photos of him growing up on the big blue.

Han’s first life jacket.

In the Ski Boat

Watching his dad wakeboarding

Odie is more the fashionista. He is quite happy to be laying back watching everyone do their thing. He does love boating apparal though – Don’t you just love his collar?!

Here is Odie after we took him for a little ride on our Jet Ski. He LOVED IT!

Happy FUNDAY SUNDAY 🙂

A Day in the Big Blue

Hans Sausage, Odie Sanchez

What a glorious weekend!!! Having recently purchased a new boat from friends who are sadly leaving us for the grey skys of Melbourne we decided to spend the day on the water with family seeing what our new pontoon boat could do.

Hans Sausage and Odie Sanchez are often seen cruising the canals of the Gold Coast but it isn’t every day they go across the seaway in the big waves.. They coped quite well which was a relief to me because quite frankly I didn’t want to be spending my Sunday cleaning up puppy spew in our new craft. Check out our photos below:

Tom getting aquainted with the new gadgets

Tom and his Dad

Tina, James and my sister Breanna

Odie hanging out in his very comfortable abode

Sisters

My love and my Hans Sausage

Anchor Down – Hans loves the water and will not sit still when boating. He is always bouncing around from one side to the other, tail wagging, nose sniffing and ears flying in the wind. funniest sight ever!

Ever Since Hans was little he has been out on the water – Hare are a couple of my favourite photos of him growing up on the big blue.

Han’s first life jacket.

In the Ski Boat

Watching his dad wakeboarding

Odie is more the fashionista. He is quite happy to be laying back watching everyone do their thing. He does love boating apparal though – Don’t you just love his collar?!

Here is Odie after we took him for a little ride on our Jet Ski. He LOVED IT!

Happy FUNDAY SUNDAY 🙂