Every day is Take Your Dog To Work Day at Sausage & Sanchez. So much so Hans & Odie are practically on the payroll. (Paid in cuddles and Treats-a-la-Bark cookies of course).
On June 21 (Friday) Local shelter Animal Welfare League QLD are encouraging the community and local businesses to get involved in ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ a day that promotes the bond between humans and their pets.
TYDTWDay has been going strong for 15 years, with employees around the world making room in their cubicles for their canine colleagues to encourage pet adoption.
There are loads of benefits in taking your dog to work including:
Increased Productivity Bringing a dog to work increases employee productivity level due to decreased stress.
Reduced Absenteeism Stress is a major driver to absenteeism and reducing stress by having the dog in the workplace could lower stress and ultimately decrease absenteeism.
Increased Employee Interaction A dog is a great icebreaker. When you walk your dog hoe many times do you get stopped by passersby? If you have a small dog or young puppy you almost have to fight off a stampede. (when Hans & Odie are out and about I constantly make new friends)
Promotes Healthier Habits Having their dog at work forces the employee to take the dog for a walk and get fresh air.
Even a short walk during a 15-minute break can revitalise employees which makes them more productive.
If you walk on any sidewalk chances are it has happened to you.
STEPPING IN DOG POO.
Enough to instantly put you in a bad mood, the smell, the squish, the hassle of removing it from your shoe, oh your glorious shoe!!
One man from Queens in the USA had enough of his communities dog owners not picking up after their pet so he decided to take it upon himself to not only forwarn pedestrians to the brown, smelly landmines but to encourage dog owners to clean up!
Lots of doggies are going to be snug and stylish this winter because the Sausage & Sanchez coat orders are coming in thick and fast. If you would like to order your dog a coat for the snuggle months make sure you send through the correct dimensions. The diagram below will help you.
Coats start from $45
Don’t forget we stock some incredibly cute bandanas as well.
I have an obsession with photography. Espscially pet photography – As you may have noticed from earlier posts I like things a little left of centre and photography with shelter dogs are my absoloute favourite. When I stumbled upon the blog Maddie on Things by photographer Theron Humphrey I knew Christmas had come early.
Theron describes his precious pooch as a great hunter, full of energy then flips and is super calm and cuddly – the perfect pet!
Maddie was adopted from a shelter – Humphery was about to embark on a year long adventure through the 50 states of the USA when he decided he would need company.
After a search on Pet Finder he decided that he just had to meet Maddie. ‘She looked like a Deer and when I was walking her from her pen she leaned on me the whole way.. I knew I had to adopt her’ he said.
Maddie has taken on a huge following and is growing to be more popular by the day. She even has her own Iphone app!
I love it when an artist hinks outside the square – especially when it comes to art involving dogs. My latest art crush is the series called Expresso Dogs by the very clever Brisbane based Stella Park.
The concept was conseptualised when Stella wanted to humanise animals thorugh her work in a fun and quirky way. And boy did she hit the nail on the head. She couples each piece with a quote about coffee which I find gives the artwork a little something extra.
A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.
I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without caffeine!
A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.
Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, ‘Jesus! This cup is expensive!’
Stella has also humanised cats.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
I was honoured to meet Stella a couple of months back and she was generous enough to do a sketch of Odie Sanchez which she printed on my very own mug! Odie’s ‘mug shot’ arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon and I was so excited to see how much it resembled my little mexican Sanchez.
Do I like my coffee black? Are there other colors?
Odie was excited to see he had mail!
Hans sad the package wasn’t for him
Odie rubbing it in – this present is all MINE
Don’t you think this portrait captures everything about me?
Hans was very jealous that Odie was getting all of the attention so stuck his head in the mug and wouldn’t pull it out.
Where is mine mum?
Is it in here? Surely she sent one to me as well?!
Oh well i’ll just slobber all over Odie’s and claim it as my own
If you would like to see more of Stella’s work be sure to like her on Facebook
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!
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 Rusty – Corgi – ADOPTED BY A COLLEAUGE Bells – Chug – ADOPTED BY A FRIEND
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
I was browsing my one of my favourite dog blogs the other day when I came across something pretty special. The words on the page in beautiful colours were ones that I say to people who want to help animals but don’t know how on a daily basis.
What were these words I hear you ask? Well lucky for you I have shared them below.
Serena from Pretty Fluffy has designed Project 13 to encourage others to do 13 kind things for animals. This equates to one thing per week for the rest of the year.
Her words to describe how she came up with the concept are words I hear from members of the public daily.
“Is it just me, or as someone who cares about animals, do you get a little overwhelmed with all of the groups, causes and individuals out there that need your help? I sometimes get so overwhelmed I start to feel like things are completely hopeless.
Some days it seems for every photo I see of a rescue dog going to their new home, I see ten more to take their place in the shelter.
There are times when I think, if I was more influential… wealthier… better connected… I could make more of a difference. That little voice inside my head tells me no matter how hard I try I’m just one person. And one person can’t make a difference.
Well I’m here today to tell that voice they’re wrong. One person can make a difference, and I want YOU to join me. Join me in The 13 Project”.
If you love your pets and want to do more for the homeless animals in your community then get involved.
Week 9 Make a Craft 4 Cat and donate it to raise money for the AWLQ
Week 10 Share the profiles of animals looking for a new home on my social media channels and on my blog
Week 11 Sign this petition to help save Greyhounds from a cruel export trade.
Week 12 Encourage others to get involved in the 13 Project
Week 13 Take the shelter dogs to the beach for a run in the sand.
Project 13 is all about the little things. If everyone does lots of little things the better off our animals will be. Let me know what your 13 little acts of kindness will be by commenting below or liking us on Facebook and sharing there.
Odie Sanchez may even share his Lovely Bones, (although unlikely).
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.