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Woof at Whiteman Park

May 27/ 2018  10am till 4pm

Entry off Lord Street or Beechboro Road, WHITEMAN, Perth,

In conjunction with our Made-It Markets at Whiteman Park, we’re running these events that you can bring the fur-babies along to, we’ll have lots of stalls with custom doggy fashion, leads, treats and more!
There will be splash pools to cool off in, and lots of new furry friends to meet.
Whiteman Park is completely dog-friendly; they must be on a lead at all times.

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Kodie

Kodie is one of the most affectionate dogs we know. She loves humans, cuddles, and playing. If you are looking for some love therapy, Kodie is your girl. She’s a chilled dog who likes a nice stroll in the morning and enjoys sleepy afternoons.

Kodie thrives with loving human connection; and ideally, she would suit a human or two who work part time or even work from home. A retired (and fit) person or couple would be even better. Children over 12 years would be OK.

As Kodie is very affectionate and loves being around humans, and would need to be an inside dog – one who is made to feel part of the family. A back garden with high fences is a must. She would like the humans for herself, so there should be no more animals in the home.

Kodie has some basic training, is eager to please, and is a fast learner. She will do anything for a piece of cooked chicken! She knows how to ‘sit’ ‘stay’ ‘come’ ‘drop’ and ‘roll over’. She is toilet trained and knows how to uses the doggy door. One of the volunteers at K9 is spending lots of time with Kodie, and reports she is learning new things every day.

Kodie arrived at K9 in July 2016. As a young pup she was not socialised with other dogs, and therefore, she finds them confusing and threatening. She especially does not like other dogs getting in her face. She will need a strong and confident owner who understands her breed. As a wolfhound she will chase moving objects, such as cats and other dogs. If you think you could give Kodie her forever home, please come and see her at K9 Rescue.

K9 RESCUE GROUP

58 Sunshine Place
Nambeelup WA 6207
T:  (08) 9581 9005

Name: Kodie
Breed: Wolfhound X
Sex: Female
Date of Birth: 1/08/2012
Skin Colour: Black/White
Weight: 37kg

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5 Ways To Spot Pet Care Products That Are Truly Natural

 

How to spot natural products in the unregulated pet care industry

If you’re a dog owner, you’ll know just how overwhelming it can be choosing the right products for your pet. With so many brands out there, it’s difficult to know which are safe enough to trust. It’s an unfortunate fact that in Australia there are currently no regulations or requirements for pet care companies to print ingredients on their labels. This makes it incredibly hard for everyday consumers to find out whether their products really are as ‘natural’ as they claim to be.

5 ways you can spot unnatural pet care products

1. They will be cheap

Products that are filled with chemicals are usually very cheap. Old style surfactants like SLS or SLES for example, are inexpensive and can be purchased by manufacturers for around $2 per kg. The cost of surfactants in natural products on the other hand, range from around $11-$80 per kg. While this is a significant price difference, chemical based surfactants have a long list of potential side effects that could potentially irritate or harm your dogs.

2. They may be heavily fragranced

A surefire way to spot an unnatural pet care product is to have a quick sniff. Watermelon for example, does not have a fragrance and is a huge tip off as a synthetic material. These synthetic fragrances are also very cheap, which means manufacturing costs are brought right down. The flip side of this however, is that synthetic fragrances can contain up to 100 hazardous materials with over 95% of these chemicals derived from petrochemicals. Some of these including benzene derivatives and phthalates, are known toxins which have been linked to cancer and other horrible diseases. Organic Pet Pharmacy products do not contain any synthetic fragrances. Even our incredibly popular Couch Poppy Parfum  contains a natural perfume direct from France that has ECOCert approval.

3. Lack of transparency on the label

If a pet care brand hasn’t listed all of their ingredients on their label, this usually means they have something to hide. Currently there are only a few brands on the market that list all of their ingredients and Organic Pet Pharmacy is one of them. We pride ourselves on transparency so that our customers are able to make an informed decision. Listing our ingredients in accordance with human skincare standards means you will always know exactly what you are applying to your beloved pups. We also have a list of our ingredients on our website, so you will always be able to check up on the ingredients in your favourite products.

4. Your skin may react to it

Any groomer will know how chemical laden products can cause skin irritation. Using multiple products per day, chances are you will experience sore, dry, irritated, chapped and cracked hands at some point. I have spoken to many groomers and I know this is one of the biggest complaints groomers have! Products filled with synthetic fragrances and SLS can often worsen skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. It’s important to consider that if these pet care products are affecting your skin, what they may be doing to your dog’s skin. I truly believe that many of the skin issues facing pets today is as a result of the chemical laden products we use either in or around the home and those that we apply directly to their skin.

5. Your dog may react

It might sound like a pretty simple statement, but you would be amazed at how many people overlook the obvious. If your dog reacts shortly after bathing by itching excessively or biting at their skin, this is another indication that the products you are using may contain harmful chemicals. As a known irritant, SLS was the reason why in the past vets were adamant that dogs should not be bathed more than once per month. These harsh and drying ingredients can exacerbate or cause itchy skin condition. Have you ever used a cheap Body Wash on your own skin in the shower? Chances are as soon as you dry yourself off, you would feel your skin tightening (drying) and would automatically layer yourself in body cream. Your dog is unable to tell you that this is happening to his / her skin, but SLS is a very harsh detergent – it is also used as an engine degreaser!  All Organic Pet Pharmacy products are mild and can be used up to twice a week without any issues for your pet at all.

With companies being able to list as many or as little ingredients as they like on their packaging, transparency is a real issue for the Pet Care Industry. Hopefully with the help of my 5 simple steps, you’ll be able to make more of an informed, safe decision when shopping for your pets. Always be mindful that the word ‘natural’ on a label may be referring to just one or two ingredients contained within an un-natural product.

 

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This Months Rescue Meet Cheif

Hi everyone I am the mighty handsome Chief.  I am a very happy boy,  I love being around people and absolutely love my food.   I am a very strong boy who has never had training and sadly not given the opportunity to  socialise as a puppy.  I am extremely interested in other dogs but I do not know how to react properly around them.  I can come across as being reactive but I am not aggressive and I am learning how to socialise.  I am being taught clicker training, which is great, because I am very smart and I get some lovely treats for my good behaviour.  I know I need more training but I am slowly gaining trust in my Trainer and confidence being around other dogs.  My Trainer is happy to work with my future adopter where I can become a loyal family member.  I will be better suited as the only dog in the home.  If you would like to see what a lovely boy I am, I am waiting to meet you at K9 Rescue.

K9 RESCUE GROUP

58 Sunshine Place
Nambeelup WA 6207
T:  (08) 9581 9005

Name: Chief
Breed: Labrador X
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: 01/02/2012
Skin Colour: Black
Weight: 29kg

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A Guide to Dry Dog & Cat Food : Australia

What’s really in your pet food?

This is an independent collection of reviews for cat and dog foods available in Australia. The reviews focus on ingredients and guaranteed analysis, with an indication of whether a food is good or bad. Many are surprised about the real truth of what goes into most supermarket and main brand pet foods. It’s worth reading the comments to see what experiences others have had with a particular brand of food.

Please press link below

 

A Guide to Dry Dog & Cat Food : Australia

Pet Food Reviews (Australia)

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The Dog That Had No Friends

THE DOG WHO HAD NO FRIENDS

There was once a young dog who had a heart of gold.
He was from a good family who loved him very much.
They cared for him just like he was human…

He was a friendly dog, one who wouldn’t hurt a fly.
He had 2 younger (human) brothers who would always play rough with him
But he knew that they were only playing and so he would gently play back.

He loved to play and make new friends
He was always SO excited when he would go for his daily walks down to the dog park
There were always so many new friends to be made!

So he entered the park…
Tail wagging,
Senses going off with new scents and smells
Always different from last time,
New friendly faces that he couldn’t wait to meet.

But for some reason…
Every time he entered the park…
The other dogs would be put back on their leash…
They would be taken home…
They’d leave just as he would arrive..

He never had the chance to make new friends
He would never be able to socialise
These other owners took his new friends away before he ever had the chance to say hi

Day in, day out,
He constantly had the same troubles.
He started to feel down
Less excited about his walks knowing he wouldn’t make any new friends…

Was there something wrong with him?
What did he ever do to the others?
Why wouldn’t they come close?

His owners could see he was less energetic,
Less enthused about his walks,
His owners could see he seemed sad,

So one night, they went online & bought him some new accessories…
Thinking gifts may lighten him up.
And that they did.
A big, bright green collar, perfect for his next walk.

So one day, back out on their daily walk to the dog park
His mood was still a little down,
Expecting the worst,
Knowing the routine…

Until suddenly…
The dogs stayed,
One, Two, Three..
None of the dogs left the park!

THEN, dogs started to approach him!
He was socialising!
He had friends!
He could FINALLY play with some dog friends.

But what was different?
What changed for this to happen?
Was it by a stroke of good luck?

No,
It was his new collar.
His bright green new collar his owners got him.

It stood out so well that these other dog owners could read the big bold letters from afar that stated “FRIENDLY”

The collar was able to let them know he wouldn’t bite,
That he was a friendly dog and wanted to make new friends

From that day onwards his walks have become his favourite activities again,
He’s ecstatic for his walks…
To meet new friends
To socialise

And it’s all thanks to his new collar.

…Sometimes, all it takes is a bit of awareness to let other people know your dog is friendly & approachable.

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10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Forever Home for Your Foster Dog

By Katie Shannon

1. Be Patient: Some dogs have a line up for potential applicants and other dogs sit for weeks or even months waiting for a new home. There is the right home out there for every dog, sometimes you just have to wait a little while. Hang in there, it is worth it.

2. Adoptions Should Never Be “First Come, First Serve”: Sometimes the first applicant is not always the right one. If you don’t think its perfect, don’t be scared to wait it out a little bit longer.

3. Trust Your Gut: You have to be their advocate. If you get a bad feeling from an adopter or you just do not feel like it is a match made in heaven, speak up! You know this dog better than anyone else and genuinely want things to work out. They may not be a bad home; they may simply not be the best match for this dog.

4. Be Honest: Not all dogs are perfect. Be upfront and honest about any known history and behaviors. Surprises are not a good thing for new owners and their new pet. If your foster has some issues discuss them openly with potential adopters. You need to know if the new home is prepared and capable of managing them or not.

5. Manners: Great manners is an excellent way to positively portray them to anyone who meets them, and any prospective families. Always put their best paw forward.

6. Ambassador Dog:  One of the biggest reasons a home does not work out with a new pet is behavioral issues, many of which stem from a lack of training. Give your foster the best chance at a successful placement by helping the new family out and getting a head start on training.

7. Social Media: Use it to your advantage; share cute stories and videos and tell all your friends, (and the rest of world), how wonderful (and adorable) they are. Share, share, share. Dogs can have social media too. Set up a Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter account, of their own.

8. “Advertise”:  You need to tell the world that they are available. Rescue groups post adoptable dogs on their websites, but do not simply rely on this alone for exposure. You need to tell the world that they are ready to be adopted and eagerly looking for their family. When in public, or at the dog park, what greater way to attract attention than by sporting one of our “Adopt Me” leashes and collars so everyone knows this dog is looking for a new home.

9.Professional Photos: Capture your dog’s pupsonality with professional style photos.  You do not have to be a pro, but set aside time to dedicate to a proper photoshoot. Take photos outside in sunlight or slight overcast skies to get the best lighting. Snap tons of photos and pick the best. Using a squeaky toy can help capture cute head tilts, perky ears and big puppy dog eyes.

10. Profile: Create a captivating profile by including interesting quirks, personality traits and favorite activities that readers can relate to. Showcase which type of home and setting would be the ideal match so applicants know a head of time if they are a good fit. This will help weed out interest from adoptees that may not suit the lifestyle and needs of the dog.

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10 Tips for Living with a Blind Dog

By Katie Shannon

Losing use of one of your senses can be a real challenge, including for our dogs. Many dogs will loose eye sight over time with age, degeneration or disease, to varying degrees. For those that have significantly reduced visibility it can be a real struggle for both the dog and the owner learning how to adapt. Here are some tips to help with the changes, keep things simple and comfortable for your dog.

1. Provide a safe space: Your dog will especially enjoy a safe place, created just for them. Use a small room with a comfortable bed, or their crate as their own safe zone. This means when they are in that space no one will bother them. It is theirs alone to enjoy when they need some peace and quiet all to themselves.

2.Scent Trails: Everyday items you already have in your house like vanilla or scented oils can be used to help your dog to know the way around the house; create scent trails or mark important locations like doorways.

3. Other senses heightened: You can use this to your advantage. Even though visual stimulus is reduced or non existent, you can find new ways to interact with your dog; use sounds or your voice to help guide your dog to your location or for commands. Use scent to play games of play hide-n-go-seek by sprinkling yummy treats around the house.

4. Do not let them free roam outside: Ensure the back yard or garden is safe and fully enclosed so they can not escape. Dogs should never be allowed to roam freely. Keeping them on leash during walks is for their own safety as they may not be able to see dangers lurking nearby.

5. Use physical barriers to prevent injury: Your dog should never have access to anything that could cause injury. Block off stairs, pools, only allow them access to decks and patios with secure railings.

6. Close doors or limit space: This is especially important if this is a new space to the dog or rapid onset blindness. By reducing the amount of space it will be easier for the dog to learn how to get around. Block off access to the rest of the house like bedrooms and hallways by closing doors or using baby gates. Keep them happy and comfortable by containing them to the main living area where their food dishes, water and bed are available, and the majority of the household likes to hang out so the dog can be near you.

7. Use textures: Everyday items can be placed strategically to provide location markers which will help your dog to safely know their location and surroundings. Placing a carpet runner over a hard wood floor can act as a safe guide for a straight path through a room. Placed at the top of stairs can mark the entrance to the staircase and notify the dog of the coming decent. Using gravel around the perimeter of the yard provides a defined border before making contact with the fence.

8. Do not rearrange furniture unless you absolutely must: Your dog will use pieces of furniture to mark their location in relation to objects they can identify. Every time some thing is moved the dog will need to figure everything out all over again. This can cause stress and anxiety for sensitive dogs.

9. De-clutter: Remove unnecessary items from the main living space of your house. Large items like furniture need to stay in place, but that decorative vase should find a home on a shelf instead. By creating a minimalist floorplan for your dog to maneuver you are reducing the amount of obstacles that they must encounter on a regular basis.

10. Routine: Dogs are creatures of habit and do not like the unexpected. Create a routine or schedule. This will help them to know when to expect activity around the house and when to relax, helping to reduce stress. Include a morning routine, daily walk, feed schedule and bedtime.