HaPpY NeW YeAr 2017!

We’ve been mostly on Instagram (as Mr Yip and Mrs Chew), so apologies for not updating our blog. Hopefuly our Human will post here more in 2017.

Happy New Year, Everypawdy! 

Much love,

Mr Yip, Mrs Chew & Mr Mao ❤🐾❤


Why Dogs Are Happier Than Humans

(Photo source: Pinterest)

Humans put too much emphasis on the wrong things. Dogs live in the Now only. They don’t plan, scheme, aspire, wish for anything. 

If right now is warm and snuggly with their Human or Humans, then their world is perfect, and they revel in it and show their happiness. 

If something bad just happened, they face it stoically, because they can’t foresee or predict the future. This too shall pass, is their philosophy. And inevitably, it does. 

Humans sure could learn a thing or two from dogs. Living in the Now, is a good place to start. 

New Collar!

Our Human has made Mrs Chew a nice new collar! But wait, this is only the beginning, because the collar will be part of a Collar + No Pull Harness + Lead set, all in the same matching fabric. It’ll be so cool when it’s all finished! 

This is such a pretty fabric. Sweet with floral accents, and wonderful colours too. 

I hope our Human whips up a bandanna to go with everything else. That would be so great to wear out and about during Summer!

Infographic : Your Dog’s Body

Us dogs are not just about wagging tails and snuffly noses, you know. Or of rolling in stuff that smell to high heaven, Heaven to dogs, that is 😄. Here’s an interesting Infographic (found on Pinterest) that shows our other working parts, and how you Humans can help take care of us and keep us in tip-top condition.

We know you love us very much, and you want the best for us so we can live longer lives by your side. So, please take a look at this infographic and familiarise yourself with our important bits 😉❤🐾. 

This is Doggy 101!

Our Human’s Mission : Saving Dogs And Homeless People

​Our Human is amazing, driven by a strong compassion to help animals, especially dogs. Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook page, when she shared this video clip. (The link takes you to Harmony Fund’s page, which contains the video of Sasha Pecic’s Sanctuary, as well as information on how you can help the plight of homeless dogs around the world).

(Google Images photo of Sasha Pecic with just a few of his dogs)

Some day I want to be able to say “Give me all your unwanted dogs”. Every dog is precious and deserves love, food and a warm bed at night. To be abandoned, neglected and unwanted is anyone’s worst nightmare, and to do that to any animal is cruel and inhumane. Luckily there are still some great people like Sasha Pesic in this clip here, and also Goran Grujin and Indira Causevic, who I am honoured to count as my friends, and who are doing their utmost best to save unwanted dogs in their area. I would very much like to do the same thing here in Australia. Who will join me?

We know that Australia is a terribly expensive place to live in. Everything revolves around money. Without money, it seems most things are unachievable. And our Human has no money. But that hasn’t deterred her. She will keep trying to find a way to make her dream come true, for the love of dogs. 

Our Human has also written directly to Harmony Fund in the USA, asking for advice on how she could bring about her Mission, with no funds and no land:

Hi, I’ve been following Sasha Pecic’s work for a while now, and also other dog rescuers like Goran Grujin and Indira Causevic on Facebook. I dearly would like to set up and run a Dog Sanctuary here in Perth, Western Australia, as there is such a lot of ignorance and backyard breeding going on, resulting in unwanted litters of puppies…and yet people still buy from pet shops. Dogs are also often the first victims of relationship breakdowns and changes in circumstances. Terribly unfair on the dogs. I also want to go around educating the public on responsible dog ownership and positive reinforcement methods of training (I am a qualified canine behaviourist). My main problem is that I have NO FUNDS and NO LAND to build that Dog Sanctuary…and I hoped you could perhaps advise me on how to get a campaign going to get around these obstacles. The Sanctuary I have in mind is also going to provide safe harbour for homeless people, who in return for board and lodging will be the ones looking after the dogs. They will get training in looking after companion animals, and hopefully gain qualifications that enable them to find employment and get back on their own two feet. It’s a Win-Win situation, but only if by some Miracle all this becomes possible. Can you help in any way, please? 

She’s put the idea out into the Universe before, but not in so many words and not so well articulated. And we really hope that there is someone or some organisation out there that will hear her message and be able to help her. 


Mr Yip & Mrs Chew wish everypawdy a very Happy National Dog Day!

26th August 2016 is National Dog Day. Here’s info on who started National Dog Day, why there’s even such a thing, and how you can celebrate with your beloved pooch. 

The website is http://www.nationaldogday.com, and we’ve copied and pasted the info here for those of you without opposable thumbs:

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day and many more philanthropic days to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption. The date of August 26th is significant, as it’s the date that Colleen’s family adopted her first dog “Sheltie” when Colleen was 10 years old.

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day…
for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they’re detecting cancer and seizures…things even humans cannot do. NDD was adopted into New York State Legislation in 2013. Read more about it here.

National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions, to consider choosing adoption first.

If you’d like a pure breed dog, look into a pure breed rescue in your city, to see if they might have some little furry soul just waiting to make your life complete. Another great place to find a new best friend is at large chain pet stores that host adoption drives for local shelters and rescues.When considering buying from a breeder, verify that you’re buying from a reputable breeder by checking out their licensing, internet reviews and ask for local references such as from a veterinarian. It’s vital to educate yourself about the breed you’re considering parenting.


“Millions of dogs are killed each year because they’re simply unwanted, says Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day. They’re unwanted because no one realized how to properly care for the demands of the breed. They’re unwanted because they were bought as a Christmas gift for a child that didn’t keep their promises about caring for the dog…unwanted because they shed too much…unwanted because they bark too much. UNWANTED…simply because someone changed their mind. All a dog wants to do is love you and be loved by you. Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider bringing what was once considered “unwanted love”, into your heart and home on National Dog Day!”


For dogs adopted on August 26th, National Dog Day becomes many a dog’s birthday and for all dogs, it’s as popular and exciting as the
Super Bowl, with the anticipation of the day culminating into an explosion of network news stories, national TV show segments, online videos, shelter events, internet photos and K9 parties planned around the globe!  Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter or rescue on August 26th.

Balance Harness Review

Mrs Chew’s 2nd harness was a Balance Harness. There are several other versions available, but ours is Australian-made by Black Dog. This is advertised as a No-Pull, front-leading harness.

Mrs Chew’s first harness was a step-in, back-clipping one that only had her pulling even harder. See previous post.

The Balance Harness works in a fashion, but we don’t like the way it gapes open at the shoulder when Mrs Chew pulls to one side. It looks like an unruly bra strap that needs pulling back into place – women readers will understand 😉.

It is quite easy to put on, you just have to remember that the black strap goes across the dog’s chest. You then clip your lead to the front ring on the black strap. For added control, you can clip another lead to the dog’s collar. 

There is nothing connecting the back of the Balance Harness to the dog’s collar at the back. You can however buy a “Connector Strap”, which is simply a short strap with a snaphook attached to one end, which you then slip through the Balance Harness’s back strap and clip to the dog’s collar. 

Here’s an illustration by Lori Stevens showing how the Balance Harness works:

Black Dog‘s Balance Harness packaging:

And here’s Mrs Chew wearing the harness:

You can see in the last photo how the black chest strap is gaping at the shoulder. 

Opposition Reflex

​Flashback to just over 8 months ago, when Mrs Chew first started walking with a Harness. This was her first Harness, a step-in which clips on the back. Dogs have an instinctive “Opposition Reflex” which means they will pull or push in the opposite direction to where the force of pressure is. So, if you’re holding them back by pulling on the harness, their instinct is to pull forward even harder. Think sled dogs. 

We had to use 2 leads to control Mrs Chew’s pulling. One was a standard nylon webbing lead, clipped to the harness. The other was a shorter, chain lead, clipped to Mrs Chew’s collar. And we had to “steer” Mrs Chew using both leads, as she was pulling really hard. It did not make for a very pleasant experience for anyone involved. Needless to say, we were soon casting about for a better Harness system. 

Tomorrow we’ll tell you about Mrs Chew’s 2nd Harness. 

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