Sausage Scarf

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Somebody tell the weatherman it’s Autumn already.. While on the Gold Coast it’s still a balmy 30 degrees each day we are hoping that one day soon it will be time to pull out the winter woollies. 

The S&S ‘woof pack’ are testing the Sausage Scarf tonight and I think they like it! 

Here’s our newest recruit Petal Sausage making her modelling debut. 

  
What do you think?

There will be a limited release of these bad boys in the coming weeks. Knitted with love locally.

 
We would love to know what you think. Leave a comment below. 

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Introducing Petal

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They say three’s a crowd so is four a party?

It was the 24th of June, just your average day at AWLQ when one of the rehoming attendants at the Gold Coast centre grabbed and ushered me in the rehoming pens. “You have to see this Dachshund” said Lani. It’s common knowledge that i’m a sucker for a sausage but was completely awe struck when I met Petal.


Petal was surrendered as she suffered severe separation anxiety and her owners worked a lot. They gave her up in the hope she would find a home with other pets to keep her company.

Is the Gold Coast Fur Real?

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Our very own Rooby Sausage and our Sausage and Sanchez coats were featured in this weekends Gold Coast Bulletin! Check out the story here. We love that the Gold Coast is becoming more pet friendly – it’s about time!

If you are in the market for a new custom made coat for your furbaby hit us up at sausageandsanchez@gmail.com 

Roobs

 

 

Keeping warm with Hans Sausage

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Hans here,

You know as the weather cools down I like to make little burrows in mums bed and snooze the day away. But today I got dragged to the office to keep the breadwinner company so I insisted on wearing something fabulous!

I scored this beauty from the AWLQ Op Shop today and boy does it keep me toasty.. So to all those chilly dogs out there I say visit an op shop and keep your wiener warm! There are so many bargains to be found!

Love and licks

Hans Sausage x

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Victoria

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When I met Victoria at the AWLQ Ipswich Rehoming Centre she was curled into a ball, shaking and matted.
Her toenails were so long they had curled around her foot, her fur stained green from going to the toilet and not being cleaned. She had flea nests near her mouth that were impossible to scratch because her fur had grown and twisted which pulled her skin as she scratched.
She had been left and neglected for we will never know how long… When we bathed and began to clip her she laid in our laps letting out big sighs. Little by little though she came back to life. When the last knot had been removed she took her first pain free steps.

You can adopt Victoria from the AWLQ Ipswich Rehoming Centre 0732024688

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Odie Sanchez – Winter Fashion

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Odie is a true Mexican. He loves a good siesta and loves the heat.10472781_1491319167752421_1318765175_o

In the middle of Summer you can find him under a doona, blanket or pile of towels. When the door bell rings he doesn’t get up but rather barks from under the covers. All you can see is a blanket bouncing up and down insisting you make all the raquet stop because he of course is trying to catch some ZZzzZZZzz’s.

Odie is the master of hide and seek which will probably be his downfall one day because I flop on the couch and usually find him squashed under a blanket buried beneath the sofa cushions.

Ezy Dog – CLICK CLACK front and … bark?

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So if you have been following Sausage & Sanchez for a little while now you will know that I like to make coats and accessories for Odie Sanchez & Hans Sausage. I have also been honoured and lucky enough to make coats, bandanas, bags and toys for lots of Dachshunds, Chihuahua’s and small breed dogs all over Australia! There is one thing I am yet to master though throughout all of my tinkering and that is HARNESS’S.

Odie & Hans come just about everywhere with me. Shopping, to CrossFit, even to work! In order to keep the little rascals safe I found a travel car harness to avoid them bouncing all over the place while I am trying to drive.

I have purchased these contraptions many times and while Odie sits tight and puts up with not being able to sit on my lap Hans Sausage, (with his annoying Daxie determination) has chewed through many a harness and is back on my lap in record speed.

So I decided to try an Ezy Dog Harness with Car Restraint These bad boys had him sitting pretty and he is yet to escape! WIN!chestplate-diagram2.jpg

The Car Harness can also be used for general walking by attaching a lead.

It is Industry Award Winning which pretty much says it all. The unique molded chest plate I learned even forms to your dogs chest creating a custom fit.

It also rides lower on Han’s chest which apparently disperses his weight so it is easier to walk him. As you can see Odie was very unimpressed when he didn’t receive one so back to the shop I went for his own tough guy chest plate.

hansOdie demanded a badass harness to keep up with his tough guy rep

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Hans is now getting to visit the CrossFit Box again since he is able to travel safely.

998922_10152295521578308_1745453733_nKeeping your animal safe in your car is very important. In QLD drivers can be issued a $256 fine for driving with an animal on their lap so do yourself and your pet a favour and get a car restraint.

The Queensland Road Rules (QRR) do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle.  In other words, carrying an unrestrained dog inside a vehicle is not an offence.

However, section 297 of the QRR provides that a driver must not drive a vehicle unless they have proper control of the vehicle, and also that a vehicle must not be driven if an animal is in the driver’s lap. An offence under this section carries a fine of $256 and a maximum court penalty of $2,200.

While there is no legal requirement to restrain a dog that is travelling inside a vehicle, the Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends that all animals should be restrained in some way to ensure the safety and welfare of all occupants of the vehicle and of the animal itself.

– See more at: http://www.woodles.com.au/blog/dogs/dog-restraints-in-cars-is-it-legal-queensland-transport-rules/#sthash.EnRDrRiN.dpuf

The Queensland Road Rules (QRR) do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle.  In other words, carrying an unrestrained dog inside a vehicle is not an offence.

However, section 297 of the QRR provides that a driver must not drive a vehicle unless they have proper control of the vehicle, and also that a vehicle must not be driven if an animal is in the driver’s lap. An offence under this section carries a fine of $256 and a maximum court penalty of $2,200.

While there is no legal requirement to restrain a dog that is travelling inside a vehicle, the Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends that all animals should be restrained in some way to ensure the safety and welfare of all occupants of the vehicle and of the animal itself.

– See more at: http://www.woodles.com.au/blog/dogs/dog-restraints-in-cars-is-it-legal-queensland-transport-rules/#sthash.EnRDrRiN.dpuf

Caught in the act!

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Odie Sanchez is a graffiti artist, he tags all over our neighbourhood. I don’t even like to walk with him in public because he stops almost every five meteres to leave a small ‘Odie was here’ calling card.1001001_10151719915258308_2076573075_n

I’m talking of course about PEE.

Odie has always been a leg cocker and I put it down to him being desexed later in life because Hans, bless him, pops a squat when he pees and only goes when he absolutely needs to.

Odie is a also a sneaky marker in our house – he will raise a leg to anything out of the ordinary lying on the floor, bath mats and the side of the coffee table. (Our rug is ruined and now the go to pee spot for any foster animal or visiting dog that frequents my house).

When we visit family Hans will run and greet everyone one tail wagging tongue licking – Odie on the other hand will secure the perimeter and ensure his presence is made aware before entering the house and commandeering the highest peak of the couch cushions.

Urine marking is a normal form of communication among dogs. Dogs are drawn to urine marks left by other dogs and are apparently able to get information by sniffing the urine, such as the identity, the sex and the reproductive status (whether a dog is neutered or desexed) of the marker. Males are more likely than females to urine mark, and reproductively intact males are more likely to mark than desexed males, especially in the presence of females or rival males.
Reproductively intact females will mark, especially prior to coming into heat to advertise their availability, (oh la la). However, even desexed females sometimes urine mark.

A study of urine marking in dogs revealed that 10 percent of the dogs who urine marked started the behaviour at 3 months of age, 20 percent by 6 months, 40 percent by 12 months, 70 percent by 1½ years, and 90 percent before 2 years. Which is why Hans, (who was desexed at 8 weeks of ages barely lifts a leg – (unless he copies Odie of course).

While Odies’ shenanigans are something I have learnt over time to pre-plan and resulted in thinking twice before leaving expensive handbags/shoes/clothes (insert everything else I love here____) on the floor, there are some tips to help you if your dog is a graffiti artist too and you spend more hours on all fours cleaning up pee stain then your dog does.

After making sure your dog doesn’t have any urine related health problems or peeing due to anxiety or stress – try the following:

  • If your dog isn’t desexed – desex him/her. Desexing male dogs successfully eliminates or greatly reduces household urine marking in 50 to 60 percent of cases.
  • Confine your dog to one area of the house where you can watch him. Shut doors to other areas of the house or barricade them off with baby gates or improvise with whatever is at hand.20131015-180219.jpg
  • Restrict your dog’s access to things he’s likely to mark. Don’t allow other dogs to visit your home or yard. You can also try blocking your dog’s visual access to other dogs.
  • If you have a male dog, have him wear a bellyband (also known as a male dog wrap) so he can mark but not soil in your home. You can purchase yours by emailing sausageandsanchez@gmail.com
  • If your dog predictably marks certain objects, (bags, suitcases or shoes), or if he only marks in certain locations, place treats around those objects or in those areas. Your dog might start to regard objects he used to mark and places where he used to mark as sources of food rather than triggers for marking.
  • Clean previously marked locations with an enzymatic cleaner- you can find these in good pet stores or in the supermarket.
  • Try to make marked areas unpleasant to discourage your dog from returning. Try using double-sided sticky tape, vinyl carpet runner turned upside-down to expose the knobby surface, or other types of humane, harmless booby traps. Keep in mind, however, that your dog might simply select another place to urine mark.
  • When you see your dog start to mark, you can try clapping loudly or spraying him with water. It’s very important to deliver these punishments while your dog is caught in the act of urine marking.

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