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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NBN NEWS helps promote foster puppies

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Today I caught up with NBN news to talk about the importance of desexing your pet. As the weather heats up shelters are inundated with with litters of kittens and puppies from unplanned pregnancies.
Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Four out of five Australians have owned a pet and almost two-thirds of Australian households currently own pets. Despite these figures, around 23 cats and dogs die every hour of every day in pounds and shelters nationwide. Due to the ongoing problem of pet overpopulation, these healthy, loving animals are being killed because there are not enough homes available. Desexing helps put a stop to this statistic.

VIEW THE NBN NEWS CLIP HERE

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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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.

Babie’s got FAT

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I asked our Facebook following recently about how often they walk their dogs after it was discovered that one in five dogs are overweight. Luckily our readership are active and healthy and so too are their pets, but it occured to me that there must be pet owners out there that have overwieght pets and just don’t know it.

How much would you pay to save a life?

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I don’t know about you but my pets are priceless. They are my family and bring me endless love and laughter. For the pets at the Animal Welfare League Qld though there are 170 animals without owners patiently waiting for their new life to start.

With more than 700 animals waiting in foster care and in community vet clinics it is suffice to say that the shelter is bursting. That’s why for this weekend only (12th & 13th APRIL) they are letting the community and potential adopters name the adoption price on cats and dogs they would like to adopt.

So how much would you pay to save the life of an animal?

Help the AWLQ save a life today – to view animals available for adoption CLICK HERE

Toilet Training with the Chi puppies

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I have been lucky enough to foster the worlds most adorable puppies for the next couple of weeks while they grow healthy, strong and old enough to be desexed. While their cuteness is beyond even Ryan Gossling cute, their charm quickly fades when they leave their droppings and little puddles throughout the house and on your favourite rug. GRRRRR.

My little darlings are six week old Chihuahua’s.. They were born at the Animal Welfare League Qld after their mother arrived as a stray. It was an unexpected birth and very quick and before we knew it Pirana, Sasha Fierce and their two brothers were born. (Yes I know they have crazy names but they are names I have given them so as not to become to attached –  and by the way it isn’t working).DSC_2946

Hans is obsessed by these little critters and lays down while they jump and play around him.

So back to toilet training…. here are some tips to save your floors, feet and furniture from puppy poopies.

Toilet training should start as soon as your puppy gets home. Puppies urinate frequently and success in housetraining depends on anticipating their needs – they should be given the opportunity to relieve themselves at least every two hours. You can usually tell when a puppy ‘wants to go’ because he or she will look around anxiously, walk in circles and start sniffing in suitable corners looking for a place. That’s your cue to whisk your pet outside.

Voice your cues.

Whatever the weather, puppies should be taken outside after they have woken up, or had something to drink or eat. Once out of the house, say a command such as ‘Go Now’ so they know it’s OK to relieve themselves. Praise them when they go, but ignore them when they fail. And if you do find a puddle inside, don’t tell your pup off unless you catch him or her in the act; otherwise your pet will have no idea why they’re being punished.

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A puppy should be taken outside after the following:

  • When he wakes up first thing in the morning (before, if you manage to get up before the puppy)
  • After each and every meal
  • After each and every nap
  • Before he goes to bed for the night.

Never, ever ‘rub their nose in it’.
Old-fashioned responses such as ‘rubbing the dog’s nose in it’ or administering any form of punishment will not teach the dog anything, in fact it may actually delay the learning process. The dog may instead learn that toileting in front of the owner is inappropriate and this then makes rewarding toileting (when they do go in the right spot) difficult.

DID YOU KNOW PUPPIES CAN PEE UP TO 12 TIMES A DAY! EEEK

Paper training

You can paper-train small breeds and young puppies on newspapers or ‘wee pads’. Praise them with lots of affection when the newspaper is used and ignore them when it’s not. Be careful not to get in the habit of praising with food treats, because you run the risk of overfeeding. Over time, move the newspapers towards the door and then out into the garden. Take a small piece of soiled paper outside, as the puppy recognises its own unique scent and will want to reinforce it.

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An alternative method to paper training is crate (puppy playpen) training, where puppies are taught to wait in their own, special space before they’re taken outside. The key is to give them an opportunity to relieve themselves at least every two hours, especially after eating, sleeping or playing.

It’s important not to be angry when accidents happen indoors – you have a puppy, it’s bound to happen.  Just be sure to clean the area thoroughly to avoid the having the puppy return to the same spot next time.

Adult Dogs

When it comes to adult dogs, start by keeping them confined to a designated space. Make a point of taking your dog outside on a regular basis, and when he or she ‘goes’, offer lots of hugs and praise. Same as for puppies, if there is an indoor accident, neutralise the area to prevent them going there again.

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  • Training between 8-16 weeks needs to be consistent. This is the time when puppies learn that they’re either in a safe or a dangerous environment. Make your puppy’s world a safe one and treat him to consistent, caring house training. Also accept that bladder control is poor for puppies in this age range and he may appear to know what’s expected one day but let go the next. Do not take this as being difficult––it’s simply the act of a baby still learning to control his bladder.
  • By 16 weeks: A puppy can usually hold his bladder for up to four hours. (Prior to this, the bladder can withstand about 2 hours before the puppy must go.)
  • At 4-6 months: Puppies in this age group can often seem “half” house trained due to their ability to be easily distracted. He’s likely to want to explore the world, which means chasing a moth might prevent him from eliminating when you take him to his spot. By now, a puppy of four months can wait about four to five hours before needing to eliminate, while a puppy of six months can go as long as six or seven hours.
  • 6-12 months: Sexual maturity can cause males to raise their legs and pee on furniture, while females can come on heat. The bladder can cope with seven to eight hours before eradication is needed again.
  • 12-24 months: Depending on the breed, your puppy may not be an adult yet. Hopefully you’ve established house training well by now, but if not, you can still do so, even for adult dogs.

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Dog Dips – For Hot Dogs

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Dog Dips.

I met these guys at the Gold Coast City Council Pet Expo a few weeks back and not only are they lovely people, (they donated some delicious treats to the AWLQ shelter poochies who were there on the day), they were so passionate about their product which was a hit with dogs and their owners over the course of the weekend.

I bought a four pack for Hans and Odie and even these fussy foodies were impressed. WINNING!

Kristi and her husband first moved to Australia in 2008 and quickly found that there were no healthy frozen treats to offer their California pound puppy Madison who made the move with them. Kristi admits that Madison is a bit of a princess who wouldn’t eat ice, so she began making frozen yoghurt for her in the summer time.

I got in touch with Kristi Mulcahy the owner and founder who gave me the lowdown about Dog Dips

How did Dog Dips begin?

I used to make frozen treats for my gorgeous dog Madison and my in-laws saw the treats and wanted some for their Golden Retriever. Pretty soon, word travelled and I was making them for friends and family with dogs. While I hadn’t planned on returning to work until my two boys were school aged, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to make treats for animals I adore, work with some amazing charity and rescue groups, and contribute to the household income.

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Dog Dips are made with organic frozen yoghurt. There is no added sugar, salt, additives, preservatives, or colours. We add fruit, veg and honey, (and salmon in one flavour) to enhance the flavour for the dogs. Funny enough, some dogs have quite a preference from one or the other of our two current flavours.

Tell me about your dog Maddee
Maddee just had her 12th birthday on July 30th, and I’ve had her since she was 1. She came from a bad situation and I was lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time. She said goodbye to her abusers and never looked back. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…or in this case, my precious Princess Maddee.

Do you have any other pets?
We have Maddee our dog, 3 cats (Alfie & Cooper are the boys, both 5 and Lola is our foster failure, around 2), and just one rattie Lollie. We also have a family magpie who visit us daily for water and kitty kibble, (and fruit and veg most days). They’ve been around for a few months, and just recently brought their four babies back to our house. They spend most days under the trampoline in the tall grass, eating ants which is great!

I love all my pets for different reasons. They bring such happiness to my life, and I simply couldn’t imagine a house without a pet…or a bunch of pets.
My pets are always there for me, to lend a cuddle, make me laugh, listen to a rant n rave. My pets are my family and are treated as such.

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Working in the pet industry gives me the ability to be around animals, and people who love animals like I do. Having a business like Dog Dips, I’m able to help where I can and support local rescues and shelters by trying to make a difference to those animals in need, as well as providing a way to reward those animals who have homes and owners who adore them. We are a young business and trying to get established and I love spreading the word by participating in fundraising and Dog Day’s Out where I can. Not to mention all the adorable dogs I get to meet!
I’m a stay at home mum for most of the week and my youngest is off to school for 2 days of the week, but there is usually always something cooking for Dog Dips.

Whether it’s steaming carrots, baking salmon, receiving orders of cups & lids, getting invoices ready for pet supply shops, etc. I try to get something done for Dog Dips daily.

Where can we buy Dog Dips?
Dog Dips are available at Pet Supplies Direct in Harbourtown, The Lunch Basket in Mermaid Beach, Pet Café Ashgrove, Pet City Mount Gravatt and Pets Unleashed Morningside.
I would love to see Dog Dips grow to become a household name that every dog owner (and dog) recognise. We have a few clients currently who give their dog(s) a Dog Dip every night. I love that people recognise these ‘treats’ as something healthy enough to give their dog daily and it will only add to their nutrition. I’d like to expand to some more stores on the Gold Coast as well. I’d like to continue to participate in charity/rescue events and give to those dogs still in need of a home.

I have so much fun meeting passionate animal people and the dogs they adore. Every dog deserves a home and every home needs a dog.

Do you have a favourite dog quote?

‘Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.’ Dean Koontz

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