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!

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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 🙂

S&S learn to cook

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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!

Sanchez compadre’s need a new home

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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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Got Fans? S&S sure do!

Hans Sausage, Notes from S&S, Odie Sanchez

Hans Sausage & Odie Sanchez are becoming more and more popular by the day, This I knew… What I didn’t know is that they would start getting fan mail!! Han’s was even sent a wooden Dachshund all the way from Sweden! Check it out below….

If you would like to send S&S a present or a product to review please email sausageandsanchez@gmail.com

What is this thing mum???

Presents?? Don’t mind if I do!

Love letters…….But mum it says its from Butch…. Butch is a girls name… right… (gulp)…

Love and Licks the celebs… Previously known as Odie and Hans. xoxo

Odie’s Butt…

Hans Sausage, Medical, Odie Sanchez

On Christmas Eve 2011 Odie Allan Sanchez was very excited as he was set to spend the break with me at my parent’s 100 acre property in NSW. No leash, hanging out with the farm dogs and Hans Sausage, chasing cows, rolling in poop…. You know the good life!

What he didn’t expect, (nor I for that matter) was that he would wind up in a country vet clinic undergoing an operation to fix a soon to burst Anal Gland. A WHAT? I hear you say, yep you heard correctly ANAL GLAND. Now I never knew this but these little glands are realllly important. Most people, (myself included), would never think about their dog’s anal glands until there’s a problem with them. For those of you that are wondering, (and come on you have read this far so how can you not be), these glands are designed to provide lubrication when a dog passes a stool, and they also give each dog its own unique scent. They are sometimes more affectionately known as ‘scent glands’.

Now Odie is a bit of a lazy chap and spends pretty much all day under a blanket chilling out and snoozing, so for me to realise he had a ‘full’ rear end  and was in pain was difficult. To be honest the first sign I knew something was wrong was when I let him out of the car after our journey to the farm and he yelped when he tried to poop. I assumed he had been bitten on the bum by an ant, (who doesn’t think pooping right next to an ants nest is the best idea ever)?

Just hours after the initial Yelp his right butt cheek had swollen and he found walking difficult. He would walk a couple of steps, sit, try again, and sit. THIS WAS VERY UPSETTING!! I phoned the Vet who I had caught just in the nick of time as he was leaving for his Christmas holidays and  before I could even get Odie’s symptoms out of my mouth he blurted, ‘IT’S GOTTA BE HIS ANAL GLANDS..’……. “Ummmmmmmmmmmm excuse me?”I said, horrible images running through my head. This was followed by “YEEEEEEEP, you had better bring him in pronto, that little bugger would have to be in pain”. Great, am I the mother of the year or what? I thought hanging up the phone and racing out the door almost forgetting to even grab Odie on the way out.

When I got to the clinic it dawned on me that I was taking my teeny tiny Chihuahua to a Veterinarian that helps deliver lambs and calves before breakfast and it was probably a while since he had seen a dog a small as Odie. The ‘that’s not a dog, this is a dog,’ jokes were already running through my mind and I almost got back in my car set to forego Christmas and take my little Chi back to the Gold Coast. But when I entered the clinic I was happy to meet Joe, a kind, no nonsense bloke who was so nice to Odie and promised he would take very good care of him.

Odie had to be put under anaesthetic and basically have his butt check sliced open in order for the Veterinarian to fix his gland but as soon as he woke up it was if he was a brand new dog. (With a really trendy shaved backside and a gaping hole in his butt cheek no less).

Every few months now I make sure that I take Odie to the clinic for a check up and to make sure his ‘glands’ are in check and I think if you own a small dog you should put it on your to do list as well.. Here are the signs to look out for in your dog.

Signs the Glands Are Impacted

If your dog’s anal glands fail to express properly, they may actually become impacted and make your dog very uncomfortable. Watch for these signs:

·       Your dog begins scooting or dragging his rear across the floor.

·       Your dog keeps licking or chewing near his rectum.

·       Your dog’s stools have become soft and mushy.

·       You’ll likely notice a foul or “fishy” odor coming from your dog’s rear.

If you notice one or more of these signs, it may be a good idea to take your dog in for a check-up or end up watching your dogs butt blow up like a balloon and have them not be able to walk more than a metre before sitting down and wincing in pain. (Broke my heart).

Love and Licks Brooke, Hans + Odie

There was 4 in the bed until Brooklyn said….

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ImageI have a confession to make……It will be good to finally get it off my chest.. I have been keeping it all to myself for far too long and I think it is about time I told someone….

……Deep Breath..here..we..go…….

Every night I go to bed with 3 boys.

There I said it… They all have the most beautiful big brown eyes and I am truely, madly, deeply in love with all of them.

I don’t know how it happened. I swore it would just the one time.

But this has been my reality for almost a year now and you know what? I don’t think I would have it any other way!

Of course I am talking about HANS SAUSAGE, ODIE SANCHEZ and THE LOVE OF MY LIFE, (who did you think I was speaking about tisk,tisk). 

And these were my feelings before I read this article which talks about all the germs and bed bugs you are inviting in to your bed when you allow your dogs to call a bit of your mattress their own.

“When your dog sleeps on your bed, he is also bringing with him all his little treasures he has managed to pick up throughout the day. Since he doesn’t shower daily like you do, you are relying solely on the power of his tongue to clean away the dirt and the general ook he has picked up from outside. I like sleeping with my dog. I don’t like sleeping with his ook. And no matter how many times I convince myself that he is clean enough, he brings it in with him. The evidence is in the way the blankets smell the next morning. Kind of ookie.

What’s worse is when your sloppy pal has brought home a few friends. Right before bed while you took him out for his evening pee, he was out there collecting souvenirs. Of course, you’ll notice them the next morning when you wake up with flea bites on your rear. This can be a little unsettling. No matter how much I love my dog, I do not love sleeping with bugs. In fact, we spend a lot of money on shelter to guarantee we won’t have to sleep with bugs. If humans enjoyed sharing their bed with bugs, we’d all still be sleeping in caves. Fleas don’t care whether it’s human blood or dog blood they are consuming. They just need the blood to survive”. (taken from Professors House).

Did anyone else’s skin just crawl a little? I know mine did!Image

Of course there are lots of reasons we invent to convince ourselves that letting the dogs sleep on the bed is ok such as:

Health/safety: if the dog has a medical emergency, it will be quite easy to hear and respond. Plus, if the dog needs to go out, it won’t need to spend undue amounts of time getting your attention.

Security: if there is something amiss, the dog will be aware of it before the humans are, and can act as the first line of defense. This goes for fire safety, too.

Mental health: dogs are pack animals, and crave the presence of others. The aforementioned mini-dachs gets very lonely at night, and there’s really no need for a dog to be lonely at night.

But if you look really closely don’t you think we let them sleep on the bed because we secretly want them to be close by? Because we want something to snuggle up next to when we are home alone? Because they are our best mates and even having them in a bed on the floor is to far away? Becuase we don’t want them to feel left out or unloved? Or because we weren’t strong enough in our training to stop them from continually jumping up on the bed and making themselves at home.. (Any of this sound familiar)?

On the bed, in the laundry, in the garage or outside, wherever your dog rests his head at night know that they will feel loved no matter what…. Now, to see if I am stong enough to kick my habit and take back the bed for myself…… (I do not like my chances).

Where does your dog sleep?

odie sticking his tounge out

Happy Wednesday ❤ Sausage and Sanchez

Han’s Sausage Loves Toys.

Hans Sausage, Notes from S&S, Odie Sanchez

What is your dogs favourite toy? Han’s is a sucker for a plushie, (mostly because I think he likes getting to the stage where he has chewed through the material to reach the fluffy mess making fantasia that awaits him on the inside).

Odie on the other hand loves KONGS. He goes absoloutely gaga when the KONG is out to play and goes from a sleeping angel to an angry, lip snarling, pocket rocket in a moments notice. (I promise to one day film it beacuase it really is quite funny).

While he should br promoting his OWN range of LOVELY BONES I couldn’t help but share this video of Hans tucking in to the new shipment of Purina products that was sent to our office.. This dog gets away with EVERYTHING.

Happy Tuesday!