Aussie pet obsession creates a new breed of pet ownership

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The team at Frontline Plus contacted me recently with their latest research into Australian pet ownership. This new research shows that 48 percent of Aussies admit to treating their pets like their children. This comes as no surprise to me at all! Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world, over 63% of households having a pet, which is something I wrote about recently for Fidose of Reality in my Down Under Diaries series. Some of the key messages of the Frontline Plus survey, which was conducted by Galaxy Research with 1,005 pet owners between … Continue reading

Sprocket Pupdate: Sprocket debuts as a dancing dog!

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Meet Sprocket – the newest member of our family. He’s a 12-month-old Terrier cross (We’re not sure what’s in the mix!) adopted puppy from Melbourne’s The Lost Dogs’ Home. Follow along as I share his and my story as a new dog owner learning how to raise a healthy and happy little dog. I’ll also be doing regular updates on JOY 94.9′s Pets-A-Loud about my experiences and what I learn along the way. Sprocket is growing up fast before our eyes and he’s hit that age where he’s getting cheekier by the minute and really testing our boundaries. It’s been important for us … Continue reading

Heather Smith and Maddie: 1st Place HTM Crufts 2014

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Heather Smith and Maddie took out 1st place in the Crufts 2014 Heelwork to Music competition (they also won in 2012 and 2013) with this great routine! Heelwork to Music is slightly different to Freestyle (which Cynder and I compete in) as dogs must perform in a variety of heel positions for a percentage of the routine!  

International Dog Dancers: Heather Smith of Scotland

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Whilst Dances with Dogs is a relatively new and somewhat unknown sport in Australia its popularity worldwide is increasing every year. It’s a fun and creative activity that you can do with your dog that really strengthens the bond between you. Come with me on a journey around the world as I meet some other people just like me, people who love dancing with their dogs! Heather Smith is an incredible dog trainer based in Scotland who has competed in breed rings, obedience, agility, HTM and Canine Freestyle. Her dog Maddie won the Crufts Heelwork to Music Freestyle Final in 2012, … Continue reading

Learn more about the Kelpie with this great Australian video from 1947

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Made by The National Film Board 1947. Directed by Jack S Allan. They say Australia was built on the sheep’s back but it takes a top dog to get the sheep to go where you want them. “Johnny” is a champion sheep wrangler and this film shows how, with a few dog whistles from the master, a well trained dog can persuade some reluctant sheep to go wherever they are led.