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8 Purely Practical Reasons Dogs Wear Goggles
8 Purely Practical Reasons Dogs Wear Goggles

Dog sunglasses definitely turn heads and make quite a statement. BUT the purpose for wearing them runs much deeper than just looking schmick. Dogs are vulnerable to UV rays. Dogs’ eyes tend to be more recessed than ours and they usually have heavier brows than humans. This gives dogs more inbuilt eye protection, but powerful UV rays can still impact their eyes. Ultraviolet rays […]

Tackling Canine Allergies: the kryptonite of the dog world
Tackling Canine Allergies: the kryptonite of the dog world

Dogs are like superheroes. They face dark times with courage & humour. But if there is one thing that can change your canine into a raving maniac, that thing is itchiness. Allergies are the kryptonite of the canine world. Unfortunately they are all too common. I wish I could wave a wand and make all canine allergies disappear. I can’t. […]

Find the winter coat that will suit your dog best
Find the winter coat that will suit your dog best

DOGS ARE AN INCREDIBLY DIVERSE SPECIES! And they come with many different coat requirements. Some get super cold as they’ve got minimal fur coverage. Others are chronic undressers so you need something secure to keep them cozy. Incredibly active dogs need a low profile coat that coat won’t get caught on anything during a wild run. […]

My Dog Pulls On The Lead (And It’s Driving Me Bonkers)!
My Dog Pulls On The Lead (And It's Driving Me Bonkers)!

Before I adopted a dog I thought you just put a dog on a lead and VOILA! Behold the dog walking. Ha! Walking on lead requires that your dog put YOUR desire for her to walk sedately beside you BEFORE her fervent desire to run and frolic and sniff. In other words – extreme self discipline. Swap […]

The Slip Stops Here! (Increase your sliding dog’s grip)
The Slip Stops Here! (Increase your sliding dog's grip)

Who replaced my living room with a skating rink? Traction is so easy to take for granted until it’s gone. One day your dog leaps across the tile floor with the skill of a mountain goat. In what seems like no time at all he’s hesitating on his way across the kitchen to the food bowl. THE MOMENT YOU […]

7 Pieces of Gear That Help Dogs Overcome Physical Challenges
7 Pieces of Gear That Help Dogs Overcome Physical Challenges

You can’t lose hope! Because your dog never will. I’ve had the great opportunity to help so many people whose dogs suffer from serious physical challenges. You can’t imagine the relief they feel to find solutions to their dogs’ problems. If your dog (or any dog you know) has arthritis, hip displaysia, cruciate ligament issues, wobbler syndrome, etc… know […]

How to cope when your pet dies
How to cope when your pet dies

I know you don’t even want to think about it. I surely don’t. But when a customer of ours mentioned that she was a grief counsellor for people who have lost their beloved pets, I thought we might be able to benefit from her experience. Here’s Vicky Nonas from By My Side. The impact of losing a pet […]

Let’s Stop Canine Arthritis In Its Tracks
Let's Stop Canine Arthritis In Its Tracks

My gorgeous sidekick Pluto (a perennial puppy) is TEN now. And I never saw it coming. I never imagined her slowing down. She was always the first to get to any ball bouncing or frisbee tossed. About 3 years ago something changed. Pluto kept playing as hard as ever. But one day she started limping afterwards. The next time she played it […]

Anxiety turned my sweet dog into Cujo. Here’s how we got her back!
Anxiety turned my sweet dog into Cujo. Here's how we got her back!

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time… long before I had human children… Pluto was my only child. Just look at her gorgeous fluffy self. What a smile! Yes, she totally charmed us. She was the inspiration for Waggle. And she came everywhere with us. As surely as I was going somewhere, so was […]

Ricky & Murphy do Big Things for Brain Cancer
Ricky & Murphy do Big Things for Brain Cancer

I bet you didn’t know that brain cancer is the biggest killer of people under 40 in Australia. I had no idea either until I received an email from Ricky Anderson who had lost his incredible wife at the hands of this disease. He & his furry mate Murphy were planning a walking fundraiser and they […]

How YOU can (EASILY) make Guide Dogs more effective!
How YOU can (EASILY) make Guide Dogs more effective!

Happy International Guide Dogs Week people! When I see a Guide Dog I am filled with admiration, excitement & curiousity. Truthfully I want to run right over to that dog, slather that dog with love and say ‘Congratulations mate. You rock!’. LUCKILY I have impulse control! So I am able (*just*) to hold myself back. And really this is more […]

What if one day you just don’t show up for your dog?
What if one day you just don't show up for your dog?

We feed them. We give them water. We walk them. We play with them. We talk with them. We let them in and out. What would happen to your dog if you just didn’t show up one day? Arguably not the most pleasant topic to think about, but many of our fabulous dogs stay at home alone. And […]

A diet change stopped this dog’s seizures
A diet change stopped this dog's seizures

In our last newsletter we featured Marshall, a fabulous canine who suffers from extensive seizures. He is not the first dog I’ve encountered with this difficult & harrowing challenge. Chico, a darling dog very close to my pack, has suffered for years from terrifying grand mal seizures, but so far the super trooper keeps on coming good. It […]

The only walk you’ll regret is that one you didn’t take
The only walk you'll regret is that one you didn't take

How are you tracking for 2016? There’s been a fair few weeks to crack into it. I, for one, would like to announce that I’m fitter, eating cleaner and navigating a course of traffic jams, fighting children and barking dogs with the calm precision of a Jedi master. Ok… at least I haven’t given up […]

3 ways to tell if your dog is well hydrated
3 ways to tell if your dog is well hydrated

Summer is certainly here! Some places in Australia have been experiencing consecutive days above 40 degrees Celsius! It’s time for a nice cool drink. Only, your dog isn’t easily able to let you know that she would like a drink too. So, you have done all the right things this summer…you are walking your dog early in […]

Save Your Dog & Your Money with Dog Car Restraints
Save Your Dog & Your Money with Dog Car Restraints

Save $400 + 6 Months Of Your Life A customer rang us shocked last week after receiving a fine over $400 for having his dog unrestrained in the car. Whoah… what a budget buster! And don’t forget the 3 demerit points. We sorted him out with a dog restraint quick smart. That fine is unpleasant […]

Fabulous Dog Friendly Camping at Mount Alexander, Vic
Fabulous Dog Friendly Camping at Mount Alexander, Vic

Once we get our camping on it’s hard to hold us back! This time we escaped all the way to Mount Alexander Victoria, right outside the ever growing hipster hub Castlemaine Vic.  Top Reasons to Pitch Your Tent at Mount Alexander Bush Camping Area 1. Another truly beautiful and FREE dog friendly spot! Well, free camping is purely addictive. […]

4 Quick Tips for a Sun Safe Summer with your Dog
4 Quick Tips for a Sun Safe Summer with your Dog

HAS THE WORLD GONE MAD? Sunnies for dogs? I remember how I thought about the sun 20 years ago. We’d go out and bask in it for hours on end… just soaking up the rays. Sometimes we’d rub oil on ourselves first to ensure a serious browning. Suncreen for dogs wasn’t even on the horizon. […]

4 Ways to Stop Itchy Allergies from Driving Your Dog Bonkers!
4 Ways to Stop Itchy Allergies from Driving Your Dog Bonkers!

Dogs are my superheroes. Who can lose a leg & move right on making the best of 3 legs with unflappable enthusiasm? Dogs! They face dark times with courage & humour. But there is one thing that can change your canine into a raving maniac. That thing is itchiness. Allergies are the kryptonite of the canine world. Unfortunately here in Australia they […]

Dog Friendly Camping at Macquarie Woods NSW
Dog Friendly Camping at Macquarie Woods NSW

On a recent adventure we discovered a beautiful dog friendly camping spot at Vittoria State Forest, just west of Bathurst NSW. The campground is large and grassy, perfectly suited to both dogs and humans.  Top Reasons to Pitch Your Tent at Macquarie Woods Forestry Reserve 1. It’s both well maintained and FREE! Yes, you heard right. You can camp out at […]

3 Comfortable Alternatives to the Cone of Shame
3 Comfortable Alternatives to the Cone of Shame

We’ve all seen that hangdog look. When your dog has an injury the recovery period can be the most painful part. Wearing a big plastic cone makes things more traumatic. They’re cumbersome, collide loudly with obstacles and prevent your dog from eating & drinking and being in natural positions. Imagine trying to recover with all that working against you! Luckily there other […]

Get the best dog coat for your dog’s quirks & lifestyle
Get the best dog coat for your dog's quirks & lifestyle

Cold snap in effect! How’s your dog holding up? Despite their furriness dogs are vulnerable to cold just like us. Short haired dogs require more insulation than wooly ones. But tuck your mate in a jacket on a harsh day & you’ll have one thankful buddy!  Every dog has unique requirements in a coat. I’ve rated our coat range based on warmth, water resistance, security for escape artists, low […]

WIN a Surfdog Robe + PAW 2-in1 Conditioner
WIN a Surfdog Robe + PAW 2-in1 Conditioner

My dog SKANKED today. It’s the one thing Pluto does that can turn me into a hothead. And look at her smile there in the top picture. She looks pretty darned happy about it. What’s worse, when she finishes her SKANKING I am compelled to give her a reward: A FULL SPA TREATMENT.  See her enjoying herself in a post pamper […]

Never Lose Another Dog Toy To The Jaws Of Death
Never Lose Another Dog Toy To The Jaws Of Death

I expect dog toys to last WEEKS at the very least. Not days, not minutes and NOT seconds! Right? Follow my advice and you will get your money’s worth out of dog toys from now on. Your dog may be a ruthless chewer, but there is no reason your dog’s toys should bite the dust in no time flat.  I’ve got […]