Dog Blog

How much would you pay to save a life?

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

Ezy Dog – CLICK CLACK front and … bark?

So if you have been following Sausage & Sanchez for a little while now you will know that I like to make coats and accessories for Odie Sanchez & Hans Sausage. I have also been honoured and lucky enough to make coats, bandanas, bags and toys for lots of Dachshunds, Chihuahua’s and small breed dogs all over Australia! There is one thing I am yet to master though throughout all of my tinkering and that is HARNESS’S.

Odie & Hans come just about everywhere with me. Shopping, to CrossFit, even to work! In order to keep the little rascals safe I found a travel car harness to avoid them bouncing all over the place while I am trying to drive.

I have purchased these contraptions many times and while Odie sits tight and puts up with not being able to sit on my lap Hans Sausage, (with his annoying Daxie determination) has chewed through many a harness and is back on my lap in record speed.

So I decided to try an Ezy Dog Harness with Car Restraint These bad boys had him sitting pretty and he is yet to escape! WIN!chestplate-diagram2.jpg

The Car Harness can also be used for general walking by attaching a lead.

It is Industry Award Winning which pretty much says it all. The unique molded chest plate I learned even forms to your dogs chest creating a custom fit.

It also rides lower on Han’s chest which apparently disperses his weight so it is easier to walk him. As you can see Odie was very unimpressed when he didn’t receive one so back to the shop I went for his own tough guy chest plate.

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Hans is now getting to visit the CrossFit Box again since he is able to travel safely.

998922_10152295521578308_1745453733_nKeeping your animal safe in your car is very important. In QLD drivers can be issued a $256 fine for driving with an animal on their lap so do yourself and your pet a favour and get a car restraint.

The Queensland Road Rules (QRR) do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle.  In other words, carrying an unrestrained dog inside a vehicle is not an offence.

However, section 297 of the QRR provides that a driver must not drive a vehicle unless they have proper control of the vehicle, and also that a vehicle must not be driven if an animal is in the driver’s lap. An offence under this section carries a fine of $256 and a maximum court penalty of $2,200.

While there is no legal requirement to restrain a dog that is travelling inside a vehicle, the Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends that all animals should be restrained in some way to ensure the safety and welfare of all occupants of the vehicle and of the animal itself.

- See more at: http://www.woodles.com.au/blog/dogs/dog-restraints-in-cars-is-it-legal-queensland-transport-rules/#sthash.EnRDrRiN.dpuf

The Queensland Road Rules (QRR) do not specifically require an animal to be restrained while travelling inside a vehicle.  In other words, carrying an unrestrained dog inside a vehicle is not an offence.

However, section 297 of the QRR provides that a driver must not drive a vehicle unless they have proper control of the vehicle, and also that a vehicle must not be driven if an animal is in the driver’s lap. An offence under this section carries a fine of $256 and a maximum court penalty of $2,200.

While there is no legal requirement to restrain a dog that is travelling inside a vehicle, the Department of Transport and Main Roads recommends that all animals should be restrained in some way to ensure the safety and welfare of all occupants of the vehicle and of the animal itself.

- See more at: http://www.woodles.com.au/blog/dogs/dog-restraints-in-cars-is-it-legal-queensland-transport-rules/#sthash.EnRDrRiN.dpuf

My Pal Chester

Working in an animal shelter means I am lucky enough to play a small part in the rehoming of thousands of animals each year. in 2013 the AWLQ rehomed over 5000 animals and every one of those beuaitful animals had a story to tell.

On Boxing day 2013 one such animal arrived at the AWLQ with a HUGE story to tell. That dogs name was Chester.

Nine month old Chester arrived with an abnomality to his front legs. He was in good condition but it was clear that he had been born with out fully developed front legs which meant as he grew walking would become more difficult.

It was decided as we spent more time with him that he was going to need  a wheelchair to help him get around more easily.
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The cost of the wheelchair was $1000 and we put the call out to our social media supporters to ask for their help to cover the cost of his chair.  Remarkably within half an hour we had raised the money and Chester’s chair was on its way.

When the chair arrived from the USA Chester was fitted and with the help of vet nurses he took his first steps. While he was a little wobbly at first he slowly got the feel for it and with a little help from our vet staff he was walking slowly but surely.

Chester’s story has been an amazing example of the kindness and compassion of the community. From his foster carer to our community of online donators,  Chester’s story has touched everyone in a very special way.

In the past fortnight I have been lucky enough to promote the kindness shown to Chester and to highlight the importance of giving dogs like Chester a second chance to a national audience.

Chester and I have appeared on the:

Courier Mail
Channel 10′s The Project
Channel 7′s Sunrise
Nine News
Albert & Logan News
Totally Wild

Chester is getting stronger by the day and soon it will come time to find his forever home. I am so honoured to have met such a charasmatic little dog and I am so looking forwrd to introducing him to his forever family.

Chester and I on Channel 7 Sunrise program

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At the Channel 10 Studios for The Project cross

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Rhino V’s Stick

Who doesn’t love a game of fetch? Whether it be with a frisbee, ball or stick. Rhino our favourite Staffy is a huge fan of fetch but recently found himself at the vet after catching a stick which was then lodged in his throat!

Vet’s are working hard to educate pet owners about the dangers of sticks as it becomes an increasingly common case. In Summer when people are spending more time outdoors with their pet injuries can occur when a dog runs onto a stick in the ground, forcing it down their throat and cutting under the tongue or even tearing the gullet further back.

But this isn’t the only injury. Below are other injuries throwing sticks can have.

Eye: There is direct damage to the eye. If the force of the penetration is great enough, the stick can result in damage to your dog’s brain, too.

Mouth: Stick penetration in the mouth can damage a lot of important structures, including the tongue, laryngeal and pharyngeal tissues, palate (“roof”) of the mouth, teeth, esophagus, and trachea. These traumas can also damage the nerves or blood vessels within your dog’s neck, and, depending on the direction the stick takes, there can be significant damage to your dog’s sinuses or brain.

Chest: As you might imagine, with all of the important structures that are present within the chest cavity, the damage that a stick penetration in this area can be severe. Along with the heart and lungs, the chest also houses many large blood vessels and important nerves, as well as the diaphragm, trachea, and esophagus.

Abdomen: Stick penetration in this area can easily result in damage to multiple important organs. Commonly affected organs include the stomach, liver, spleen, and intestines.

To make matters worse, the initial damage caused by the penetration of the stick isn’t always indicative of the full extent of a dog’s injuries. Despite best efforts, it’s often possible for small fragments or splinters of wood to be missed during initial surgical exploration of such puncture wounds, because sticks shatter and splinter upon impact. Wood itself doesn’t necessarily show up on X-rays, especially small splinters of wood.

We went to visit Rhino after his ordeal and brought him a Purina Chew Squeaky Stick. We know he will love it when he is all better which after a couple of weeks rest

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Rhino’s brother and sister (Tank and Peach who are both rescue dogs) spent time chilling out in the cool while Rhino got better.

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RUN DOWN AND SICK

As the year draws to a close we have noticed friends and family winding down and with this has come the flu, and illness. WHICH TOTALLY SUCKS! One of our favourite bloggers Curose the Celebrity Dachshund (who is only slightly more famous then Sausage & Sanchez) knows how to deal with illness though and Han’s is keen to jump on board. Check out this Vine.

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To view Curose’s full blog post – Click here

Christmas Happenings

The latest from S&S in pictures. It’s Christmas – who reads on the holidays? It’s way more fun to tell a story through pictures. So here here is what we have been up to.

Our latest foster baby (who I really wanted to keep) was finally heavy enough to be desexed and adopted… What’s even better is that Penny got a home with her sister Piranha – There names are now changed and they have a home with three happy little kids who love them very much… WIN! I love knowing my foster babies are loved by their new families.20140105-130824.jpg

VINE VIDEO’S – I am obsessed with the animal vids – and during some vine viewing I came across a new breed of cat called a MUNCHKIN that looks like a Ragdoll hooked up with a Dachshund!

Check them out here

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Hans – the worlds sneakiest dog was sniffing out the Christmas chocolate under the tree and by the time Christmas was over had perfected the ‘please mum’ face! NO HANS, NO!

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BEACH TIME

Hans & Odie also got in some beach time – Loving life.

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Odie even made some new friends – We hope that the Sanchez’s new years resolution is to be nice to people and to stop giving them a puncture mark upon entry to our home.

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Our favourite Staffy Rhino had an unfortunate meeting with a stick. More on this story later – But suffice to say he spent Christmas at the vet and has a pretty mean scar – (impressing all his four legged pals)

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We hope you had a really great break and look forward to spending 2014 with you, bigger and brighter than ever

Tiny Confessions

When I came across the work of Christopher Rozzi I knew I had to get in touch to learn more. His comedic quotes attached to his artworks not only make them endearing but perfectly match the breeds associated with the artwork. See the Tiny Confessions interview below.
 What is your full name and role at Tiny Confessions?
My name is Christopher Rozzi and I am the illustrator/writer/creator of Tiny Confessions.
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How did Tiny Confessions come about?
I came up with Tiny Confessions in May 2011 when my wife, Pauline, and I adopted our Bichon, Willie.  As I was walking him through the streets of New York, I couldn’t help but imagine what he might be thinking.  I’ve always found people’s hidden secret thoughts to be funny, so I made it specifically about that.
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Do you have any pets?
Our dog, Willie, is a little fluffy white clown with a big black nose.
Favourite thing about your pet?
I love when Willie tries to play little tricks on me and fake me out.  He’ll pretend he’s going one way and then quickly runs the other.  He’s like a mischievous child in that way.  I love that a pet could have intricate playful ideas.
Where do you draw your confession ‘inspiration’ from? It’s like you are actually reading that breeds thoughts!
When I’m doing a Tiny Confession about a specific breed I usually do research about its temperament online.  Often someone will send me a picture of their dog and let me know a few things about their behavior and I take it from there.  The best is when they are very specific.  Is a good example of this: “My primary goal in life is to have my buttocks rubbed.”  A lot comes from things that my own dog does as well.
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What’s a typical day for you like?
I wake up, walk and feed my dog.  When we get back I check on any orders for prints or other items.  I then get into any new projects or ideas I might have.  Every day is very different, which is fantastic.
Where can you buy your creations?
People may buy prints and mugs on www.tinyconfessions.com and the book is available everywhere, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  We’ll have pillows, greeting cards, and other products soon as well!
What are your plans for Tiny Confessions in the future?
We plan to have Tiny Confessions on T-shirts and other apparel.  I also have ideas for an animated series that I would like to pitch.
Favourite pet quote?
For some reason, my favorite is a cat that says, “I am destroying your furniture because my options for enjoyment are limited.”
Where are you based?
I am in New York City, where there are doggies everywhere.
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