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 

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CAT LOVING

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While this is predominately a dog blog I have been very entertained lately by all the cats looking for new homes at the AWLQ. There are more than 70 available for adoption of all breeds, ages and sizes. There is NO EXCUSE for getting a pet from anywhere other than a shelter.

Meet my favourites.

Animal ID: 25745
Name: Francis
Age: 2 Years
Breed: Birman
FRANCIS I LOVE YOU! The biggest cuddle bug on the planet! (Despite looking like grumpy cat)

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My Pal Chester

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Working in an animal shelter means I am lucky enough to play a small part in the rehoming of thousands of animals each year. in 2013 the AWLQ rehomed over 5000 animals and every one of those beuaitful animals had a story to tell.

On Boxing day 2013 one such animal arrived at the AWLQ with a HUGE story to tell. That dogs name was Chester.

Nine month old Chester arrived with an abnomality to his front legs. He was in good condition but it was clear that he had been born with out fully developed front legs which meant as he grew walking would become more difficult.

It was decided as we spent more time with him that he was going to need  a wheelchair to help him get around more easily.
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The cost of the wheelchair was $1000 and we put the call out to our social media supporters to ask for their help to cover the cost of his chair.  Remarkably within half an hour we had raised the money and Chester’s chair was on its way.

When the chair arrived from the USA Chester was fitted and with the help of vet nurses he took his first steps. While he was a little wobbly at first he slowly got the feel for it and with a little help from our vet staff he was walking slowly but surely.

Chester’s story has been an amazing example of the kindness and compassion of the community. From his foster carer to our community of online donators,  Chester’s story has touched everyone in a very special way.

In the past fortnight I have been lucky enough to promote the kindness shown to Chester and to highlight the importance of giving dogs like Chester a second chance to a national audience.

Chester and I have appeared on the:

Courier Mail
Channel 10’s The Project
Channel 7’s Sunrise
Nine News
Albert & Logan News
Totally Wild

Chester is getting stronger by the day and soon it will come time to find his forever home. I am so honoured to have met such a charasmatic little dog and I am so looking forwrd to introducing him to his forever family.

Chester and I on Channel 7 Sunrise program

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At the Channel 10 Studios for The Project cross

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Badass Brooklyn Rescue

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My name is Brooklyn – I work for and in animal welfare – so naturally when I saw the Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue I knew it would be write up my alley.1275344_592064134188292_2116384262_o

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is an all volunteer network of rescuers, fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from pounds in the New York area.

The dogs they rescue are in danger of imminent death as they are on the kill lists at very high volume, high kill pounds. Some of these animal control facilities use extremely inhumane practices like gas chambers and heartstick to euthanise the dogs and many have kill rates in the 90 percents before rescues get involved.

Since March 2011 their dedicated team has found homes for over 1000 animals looking for a safe and loving home. Dogs just like jigsaw (pictured right).

Social media is so important to the sucsess of these rehomings. Through finding volunteers, carers and ultimately new owners they cannot continue the work that they do without the help of the local community, and social media plays a huge part in raising awareness. The Badass’s are working towards opening their own rehoming centre and hope that in 2013 they find homes for 365 dogs (one for each day of the year).

Be sure to check them out on Facebook

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Torpedo turned out to be “The One” for this Badass family!

Mum tells us that his new name is Lenox, and he already has lots of aunts and uncles in his life.

Everyone’s thrilled about the new addition!

(Taken from BBAR FB PAGE)

OUT WITH THE DOGS

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Even though Hans & Odie could be mistaken for the most spoiled dogs on the planet their life was not always so chipper. Before there was “SAUSAGE AND SANCHEZ” Odie was a stray who was left to wander the streets before being found by a Animal Management Officer and taken to the pound, underweight with k9 cough and flea bitten ears. Hans was left abandonded as a five week old puppy in a dog park before finding his way to the Animal Welfare League and then into my heart. It is for this reason we sign up to Out with the Dogs every year in the hope that we can raise a few extra dollars for the companion animals currently waiting for their own happy home at the Animal Welfare League of Qld.

Hans & Odie love to camp and this year we plan to camp at Stradbroke Island. If you can sponsor our camp out please click here or to register for your own fundraiser log on to www.outwiththedogs.com.au

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3Odie only goes ‘glamping’

 

OH Micky you’re so fine

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The Animal Welfare League of Qld is teaming with puppies at the moment. They need our help in finding them homes so they can save more. There seems to be more and more Chihuahua’s and Dachshunds coming through which breaks my heart so please share this post with your friends on Facebook and lets help them find a home. If you are interested in adopting please contact the AWLQ Gold Coast rehoming centre on 0755099000 or visit them on shelter Road at Coombabah For full animal listings please click here

Micky is a two year old Dachshund who is also the father of the puppies below – phone 0755099000 to adopt

Tinkerbell, Fluffy and Husky are Micky’s puppies they are Dachshund x Tibetan Spaniel

Samson is an eight week old Border Collie who is the last of a litter of five to find a home. Look at those eyes!

Caesar and Jay are 8 week old American Staffy puppies 0755099000 to adopt

Agentha is a Dalmation x Great Dane puppy who is looking for a new home 0755099000

Duke is a 6 year old Dachshund x Jack Russell who was surrendered to the AWLQ because his owner sadly passed away. He is such a sweet boy. 0755099000 to adopt

Sushi is a one and a half year old Chihuahua who is cute to boot!

Choose to adopt – there are so many beautiful animals looking for new homes there is no reason to buy from a puppyfarm, backyard breeder or petshop that promotes unethical breeding.

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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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

My Human Family

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Through my job at the Animal Welfare League of Qld I am privy to pretty much every cat and dog related campaign nation-wide. Some are kooky, some are creative and some are all of the above.

 Once in a while though you see a campaign or an event that really speaks to you, My Human Family did just that.

 My Human Family is a community initiative based in Sydney NSW that really pulls at the heart strings. With the aim of creating awareness around abandoned, surrendered and neglected dogs, the My Human Family community photographic project invited people to submit family photos and share their personal stories about the dogs in their home and in their lives.

Stories of these shelter animals have been uploaded, (Hans Sausage and Odie Sanchez included) to the website and so a community of dog loving, animal welfare advocates was born.

Some of these animal stories are sad, some are happy and some are downright hilarious. But all have one thing in common and that is that these animals a have been given a second chance by people who are dedicated to ending pet overpopulation and choosing to adopt.

 In 2013 the Animal Welfare League of Qld hopes to bring this project to Queensland and bring more awareness to how important it is to adopt over buying from a pet store and I urge you all to get involved.

 But for now a make sure you visit the Pine Street’s community gallery in Sydney from the 7th of July 2012 and see the images from the project. If you can’t get there check out these other locations who whope to host the project later in the year.

 Proposed touring venues

 ·     Customs House – Circular Quay Sydney

 ·     Margot Hardy Gallery – Milperra

 ·     Riverside Theatre – Parramatta

 To see the complete project online click below

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/AboutSydney/ImageGalleries/MyHumanFamily.asp

Some of the photos (inlcuding Odie and Hans) in the exhibit