Off-leash Dog Walking

Finding an off-leash dog walking area in the Sydney metropolitan area can be difficult. There aren’t many of them and that’s especially true if you live in the Sutherland Shire. Comparing the facilities available on a council by council basis and taking into account the physical area if each of them, the Sutherland Shire would definitely be down the bottom of the list by a very long way. I normally have to travel out of the shire to Hurstville, Rockdale, Kogarah or even Wollongong to get the space and facilities to run my German Shepherd any sort of long distance.

One of my favourite spots is Sharkey’s Beach down in Coledale.

Coledale is a small sea-side village approximately 18 kilometres north of Wollongong along the Princes Highway in New South Wales. It is part of the City of Wollongong and lies between Wombarra and Austinmer.

Coledale has several shops on the main road as well as a RSL club, public hall, fire station, private hospital and nursing home. Coledale’s shops include a newsagent, 2 cafe’s, video shop, hair dresser, pizza/fast food takeout and a bottle shop. Coledale also has a small public school with good views of Coledale beach.

Coledale has two sandy beaches: Coledale Beach to the north of the village which is patrolled during summer and Sharkey’s Beach to the south, a popular surfing spot and off-leash dog area.

Here’s a few shots taken last week of my dog Bess and a few friends she made along the beach.

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A Sucker For German Shepherd Dogs

As you may have guessed, I’ve got a soft spot for German Shepherd Dogs especially those in rescue shelters. I photographed Bonnie on Monday and she’s still available for adoption from Sydney Dogs and Cats Home (Phone: 02 9587 9611). Give the girls a ring or just drop in at 77 Edward Street, CARLTON, NSW.

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The German Shepherd Dog is known throughout the world for his loyalty, trustworthiness, intelligence and affinity for people. These qualities have helped make the German Shepherd Dog one of the most popular breeds of companion dog throughout the world. These attributes combined with the breeds’ well-balanced temperament, physical size, versatility and courage continue to make it the undisputed king of working dogs. In fact the breed is almost a canine version of a Swiss army knife.

 

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  • Denise Williams

    She is just beautiful. We have a gorgeous German Shepherd and would happily recommend the breed to anyone looking for an intelligent friendly obedient affectionate loyal puppy.ReplyCancel

  • Christine Thelan

    I have had 3 german shepherds ,best dogs ever.ReplyCancel

Buying a Rescue Dog

Purchasing a rescue dog is a big decision to make. This short article outlines some of the misconceptions associated with that decision and will hopefully encourage you to take that next step of visiting a rescue shelter. The images below are of dogs at The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home in Carlton, Sydney, NSW (Phone 02 9587 9611). Give the girls a ring or just pop in to see the animals.

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With shelters filling up and stray canines on the rise, adopting a rescue dog is the conscious choice to make. Adopting a rescue dog gives the dog a new lease on life, as without adoption many dogs in shelters face a grim future. Finding local rescue organizations is easy, as dog shelters are numerous and allow adoptions and there are many groups that specialize in re-homing dogs.

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Ask anyone who has adopted a rescue dog and you will hear overwhelmingly how glad they are to have taken that step. Rescue canines seem to know you saved them from doom and they become loyal friends.

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A common misconception is that rescue dogs are somehow broken and won’t make good pets. In truth, rescue dogs end up being rescue dogs for a variety of reasons. Their owners may have moved, and the new home may be unsuitable for dogs. Perhaps their previous owners had a child, and were unsure if it was a good idea to keep a large dog around a newborn baby.

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Maybe their owners decided that dog ownership wasn’t for them and decided to give up the dog or release it onto the street, or maybe their owners lost their jobs or found themselves unable to afford to care for their dog. In any case, you can’t simply assume that rescue dogs would be unfit for adoption or have bad behavior, whether directed towards their owners or towards other animals.

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Rescue canines are capable of being just as much of a lovable family pet as a dog reared from puppyhood. For those still leery of adopting a rescue pup with an unknown past, there are often opportunities to adopt puppies as well.

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There are many organizations that you can adopt rescue canines from. Shelters are always an option. Adopting a dog from a shelter means that you are potentially saving it from dying via lethal injection and are instead giving it a loving home. Other organizations exist, such as greyhound rescue organizations that specialize in re-homing greyhound racing dogs after they have become too old to race. In any case, adopting a rescue dog is a great alternative to purchasing a puppy in that you are giving a future to a dog that otherwise has none.

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You should bring an adopted rescue canine to the veterinarian as soon as possible. You may have access to vaccination papers and the dog’s medical history or you may not, depending on its previous owners. Many shelters vaccinate and spay or neuter all incoming dogs as a matter of course. A veterinarian will also likely want a fecal sample from the adopted dog in order to check for intestinal parasites, and may draw a blood sample to check for heartworms. A veterinarian can help you ascertain whether or not your adopted rescue dog has any outstanding health problems and can warn you about what problems are likely to occur in the future, depending on breed.

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  • Lisa Shaw

    We rescued Albert a senior GSD on Anzac Day this year from AWL in Adelaide . He is our third rescue & absolutely adorable, loves people big and small & we feel blessed to be able to give him his family he so richly deserves in his twilight years. We love him to bits . He’s an angel sent from heaven . Why shop when you should adopt. I wish I could pop up a pic – rescue dogs are the BEST !ReplyCancel

All About Pet Photography

You are in a studio, working with one or two professional photographers. They are about to shoot, but hey, you’re not the one in front of the camera! These days you are not the only star. It’s time to hand over the spotlight to your beloved pet.

Why Pet Owners Are Crazy over Animal Photos

Pets nowadays are not just mere home companions. They can be your best buddies while you are taking a walk, when you are shopping in the mall, when you need someone to be there for you by your bedside, or when you just don’t want to feel alone. In other words, pets are becoming more like humans. It is no wonder that they’re slowly imitating the kind of world we live in. The introduction of dog fashion brought several designs of dog clothing to match our own. Now with the launch of pet photography, dogs can also have their professional portraits hanging on the wall with our’s.

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There are several reasons why you would want to have your animal’s picture taken:

1. Something special to keep forever. Whether you like it or not, pets don’t have a very long life span. By the time your dog is 13 years old, it’s already quite old and could be suffering from different forms of illnesses. A photograph will be a good reminder of the memories you spent together.

2. It’s a way of making him part of your family. You would never feel like you belong to a family until you can see your picture together with those of your parents and siblings on the wall. It’s the same thing with dogs. He may never understand it, but adding him among the roster of family pictures will signify that he’s well accepted and is going to be treated like any family member-with love and care.

3. Send Imagery to your Friends. For Christmas this year why not do away with the usual falling snow scene by changing it with a photo of your dog on a greeting card, wearing a silver bell around his neck. It will look unique, festive, but also highly creative.

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How to Have His Photo Taken

You certainly have the capability of taking pictures of your pet on your own, but it’s not always easy, especially when you don’t have the right techniques. That’s why it’s highly recommended that you look for a professional pet photographer. The photographer won’t only have the best equipment, but is also well experienced in dealing with almost all kinds of animals.

You can, however, help make his job a lot easier. First you may want to warm up your dog to make him more alert and enthusiastic during the shoot. A 10-minute jog will definitely do. A toy and a treat will also keep your pet focused and entertained.

Are you ready for a photo shoot? Don your pet with the latest dog fashion before the photographer arrives. Request the photographer takes various photos of your dog both in and out of dog clothes.

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Adopting a Pet – Pet Adoption Story – Linda and Allie

This lovely adoption story tugs at the heartstrings, and goes to show how animals can heal, even when your heart is broken after losing another pet. The images below were taken last week at The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home. Why not give the girls there a ring: (02 9587 9611) and have a chat about adopting a rescue pet.

Introducing Linda and Allie:

My husband and I lost our beloved pet to intestinal cancer 2 years ago. I was devastated. He was only 4 years old and I didn’t think I would ever get a dog again. My heart was broken and my husband was so upset he said no more pets.

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But a couple of my friends belong to a program in my area that rescues dogs, and one day they called me with a problem. There was a terrier-type dog who really needed a warm loving home. “Just come take a look at her.”

So… I did.

It was March last year when I took the trip to see her. She had bad cuts inside her mouth and was very scared of just about everything. I offered to walk her to get to know her a little bit and see how she was with me. Allie and I walked in a park just opposite of the rescue, talking to one another the whole trip. She seemed very shy but was happy for the attention.

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I really felt like she spoke to my heart. She seemed to be in tune with me. Her face was soft and her eyes showed that she just wanted to have a heartfelt hug and love. I knew I could do that for her. When we returned I offered to foster her for a period till we could find her forever home. Well, when I brought her home, my husband fell right in love with her. I explained it was a temporary home and we agreed that would be best.

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Allie has been with us ever since that day.

Allie was 3 years old and (from what I could tell) had never seen a vet and was always outside during the short life she had already lived. She was never around people, and it showed. She would cower from anyone who came into our home, and I felt so bad for her.

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We worked with her day in and day out, slowly allowing her to explore her new surroundings and the people who lived there.

Allie wasn’t sure of anything at first, but in time she has grown to love people! She’s a real snuggle bunny and a bit of a showoff.

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We had our issues for sure! Allie would bark at every and anything that moved. A leaf, the grass, cars, people, other animals.

It was a problem she needed to overcome. I worked with a clicker and lots of rewards to let her know that it wasn’t necessary to bark continually. I would crouch down to her level and keep her close so she realized I wasn’t going to leave her alone to face her fears on her own. Her hair would stand on ends every time we introduced her outside of our home.

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Taking her to the vet was another issue. She would crawl under my chair and not move.

The vet we decided on was very patient with her. Instead of forcing her into an exam room he came to her and gave her shots while she remained under me. He is amazing.

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Allie had no understanding of potty training so it took a bit of time, but now she is great! Because she had never been in a home, she assumed it was fine to relieve herself anywhere at all. The bed and our carpet were two of her favourite places to go! It took me about 3 weeks to help her to see that outside would be a better area to go. I walked with her everyday, and she loved to sniff and really enjoyed getting a half a cookie when she did her business outside of our home. Soon, she was willing and asking to go outside. Mission accomplished!

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Allie had basically been left to fend for herself, and although her previous family fed her and she looked alright on the outside, she definitely needed a lot of support for the neglect she suffered for the first 2 and a half years of her life! Patience, love, and understanding throughout this journey has been a definite bonus! She responds very well to a soft voice, rules in our home and lots of cuddles and love.

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My husband is permanently in a wheelchair so Allie had to adjust to that but since she hadn’t been around people, it didn’t take her much time.

This little girl just needed to know that we were part of her world and that she was a part of ours.

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I have two pet stickers for my car and got them both after we rescued her. One reads: I love my rescue. The other reads: Who rescued who?

Believe me when I say, the latter fits this situation totally! Allie is a great dog, a good companion and has helped me to overcome the great loss we suffered just over a year ago.

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She still needs some help with walking on a leash and not pulling my arm out of its socket when she spies a squirrel or a rabbit, but it is coming. She is a smart and very happy young girl and we would definitely rescue again.

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