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 email@example.com
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.
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:
Channel 10’s The Project
Channel 7’s Sunrise
Albert & Logan News
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
Behind the scenes at our Sunrise shoot
At the Channel 10 Studios for The Project cross
Introducing the latest and greatest from S&S.
As it is heating up the Sausage and Sanchez Coats are being put in the doggy closet (every pooch has one of those, right?) and the cool as a cucumber styles of summer are being snapped up quicker than a pigs ear in a dog kennel.
The Bad Ass Bandanas are a simple wrap around and tie combo that look simply adorable. We will also be making Bandanas that fit on to your dogs current collar to enxure maximum trendiness.
Order yours by emailing sizing and material choice to firstname.lastname@example.org
Odie Sanchez – loving his girly colour palette
My god daughter (or Dog Daughter) Maisy Grace the Pugalier, She always looks so sad!
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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!
By now I am sure you are beginning to realise I am a bit of a photo junkie. I can’t get enough of taking photos, looking at photos, critiquing photos (or the things and people in them) and just about anything to do with the art of photography. (I blame Pintrest, oh and by the way check out my account).
There are so many beautiful images in the world and amazing photographers that truly take my breath away, (some I have mentioned in this blog).
I hold a special place in my heart for pet photographers because lets face it, it aint easy photographing animals. Working at a shelter I have come to realise that a photo can be the difference between an animal being adopted immediately or again be left to wait another day. Our shelter is lucky to work with one photographer in particular who calls pet photography her “heart work”. Diana from K9 photography is always too happy to help photograph an animal if it will help it find a home sooner rather than later.
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Diana has a beautiful 16 year old dog named Max who she is crazy about and she has the same enthusiasm for just about every other pooch she meets. Originally calling Sydney home she is now based on the Gold Coast and volunteers her time between the Animal Welfare League and Best Friends Rescue. Her words to live by are:
“Dare to dream, believe in your dreams and go make them happen – life is short – Respect yourself, Respect others and Learn to listen”.
Here are is a shot Diana took of Han’s one morning down at the beach when he was still a tiny puppy.
And of some other Dachshunds I thought was too cute not to share.
Diana is also apart of the Animal Welfare League doggy makeover program where we take a scruffy looking pooch, give him a haircut and wash and then have a photoshoot which helps find them homes sooner rather than later. See below…
I am a HUGE fan of L.A based photographer Seth Casteel from Little Friends Photo. Not only is this guy involved in animal welfare projects but he has a genuine love for dogs that you can see throughout his work. I especially love his underwater series of photos especially the ones of a Dachshund that looks ALOT like Hans Sausage.
Check out more of Seths work here