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!

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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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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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i’m sorry

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I have some news. I have been cheating on you and I am taking this time to ask for your forgiveness.

If you are a regular follower of our Sausage & Sanchez blog you would have noticed that I have been quite lately. For almost 40 days to be exact. Believe me I haven’t been happy about it either but I have had a bit of bloggers fatigue and I have also started a Tumblr account for the Animal Welfare League of Qld which has kept me very, very busy. Check it out here.. I am kind of obsessed with it.


Hans & Odie have been busy as well – they have been travelling around the coutry side doing as dogs do best. I will write more about this in a dedicated post but here is a bit of a visual round up (because why read when you can look at the pictures right)?

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Hans & Odie have also been playing foster brothers to an adorable little Chug named Bells. By Chug I mean a Chihuahua x Pug. I will again write a dedicated post about this little beauty because my gosh there is too much to say about the little fire cracker and we will be so sad when it is time for her to find her forever home.



I promise to be more up to date in the coming days but I hope you enjoy this round up and I will be in touch soon.

Sausage & Sanchez.

The adventures of a foster dog

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I like most people bring my work home with me…… A lot… It is not out of the ordinary lots of people do it, work overtime, weekends whatever it takes to get the job done, right? In my case though my work has 4 legs and a heart beat and big brown eyes that say “please give me some love I’ve been through so much”.

I have been working at the Animal Welfare League of Qld for almost two years now and in that time have brought home:

Billy (now Odie Sanchez) – Chihuahua – ADOPTED
Nipper and Taylor – Kelpie puppies
Max – Mini Poodle x Maltese
Rocky (now Hans Sausage) – Dachshund – ADOPTED
Arya – Shih Tzu x Maltese puppy
Penny and Pixie (now Bella and Missy) – Mini Foxie x Chihuahua puppies – ADOPTED BY FAMILY MEMBERS
Jedi – Border Collie x Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Olive and Carl – Rottweiler puppies
Pup – Dachshund


15 kittens and 3 cats.

 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” | MAHATMA GANDHI

Our home has become a half way house. A place where animals come to recover from a multitude of illnesses, tick paralysis, k9 cough, cat flu or simply needing some time away from the shelter to cope with the loss of their previous family. Hans and Odie have become big brothers to loads of pets much to Hans’ delight and Odie’s detest. When I arrive home with a car carrier or dog crate my partner now gives me the same eye rolldand the sentence, “Brooke what have you brought home now?” followed shortly by “how long is it staying for?” He then hears the back story, gives the pet a hug and falls just as hard as I do.

My latest foster pooch Rusty is going to be very hard to say goodbye to.


The 4 year old Corgi has me wrapped around his little stumpy paw. For the last two weeks he has been with me everywhere. To work, to the gym and for walks with Sausage and Sanchez.

His cartoon characteristics and beautiful demeanor is the epitome of the perfect pet. Which is why it is so horrible to know this gorgeous dog was dumped and left to fend for himself on the streets of Logan with an enlarged prostate and a bladder infection.

He is a submissive dog and has seriously attached himself to me. He is my shadow, if i turn around he is there, he sleeps on the ground next to my bed and waits at the door if I leave the house..

When he is accosted or told no he lies flat on the ground or rolls over which breaks my heart. It seems he has had a less then perfect life before us.

Today he was given a clean bill of health. After 6 weeks of AWLQ care and hundreds of dollars spent he is ready to find his perfect home.

I am so grateful to have been able to help him in some small way along his journey to his 2nd chance and am overjoyed that I will be there on Sunday when he meets his new family.

We love you Rusty!

Rusty loves to work out – Here he is doing flutter kicks with me at the gym


I have found Rusty the perfect home and I am so glad he is going to a family where I can still pop by and visit. He will have another Corgi Brother named Hamish and is sure to be spoilt rotten!

Check them out on YouTube on Rusty’s first night in his new home.


So what is Fostering?

The AWLQ does not turn any animal in need away from it’s doors, to do that they need the communities help. A high percentage of the animals who need fostering are kittens and puppies. These babies make up approximately 95% of the Foster Program requirements. The other 5% is made up of mums with babies (we try to keep these together for at least 5-6 weeks), and older animals who may need time to recover from surgery, non-contagious infections, malnutrition or from over-indulging.

The fostering period can be anywhere from one week to eight weeks – each situation is different. Mums with new born babies rely on finding special foster homes. These carers would be prepared to keep all of them together for five weeks, at least, until mum can return to the shelter to be desexed and rehomed. Every situation is different but you can be sure that each and every animal need your help and are very grateful to have a temporary home with a family who can love them.

The AWLQ provides food, bedding, bowls and everything else you can think of needed to care for the animal – they just nee you to provide the space and the time helping the animal recover.

If you would like to learn more about Fostering or about the AWLQ Click here

Hey there Delilah..


Delilah the Kelpie. What a delight.

As millions tune in to Big Brother to meet Delilah the Kelpie for the very first time tonight I am lucky to say I have spent the last few months getting to know her while she has been waiting for her new home at the Animal Welfare League of Queensland.

Delilah is cool as a cucumber and sooo much fun. She has made so many friends at the shelter and we can’t wait to see her win the hearts of Australia. (If only she could win the Big Brother prize money).

I wonder who she will bond with the most in the Big Brother house?? Josh, Michael or Sam? She does love the guys 🙂 Watch out Layla!

We took Delilah out for a photo shoot days before heading in to the Big Brother house with Diana from K9 Photography and she was such a star. Check out the images below.

Delilah is sure to get up to some mischief in the house. We know she is good at keeping secrets and is sure to be a confidant and great companion to everyone in the compound.

Hanging out around the office at the AWLQ

Good Luck Delilah!!! Have fun and we will see you on the other side.

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Love and Licks x

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

Operation Find a Chi a home

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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
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