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!
Mr Yip, Mrs Chew & Mr Mao ❤🐾❤
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.
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!
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 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:
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.
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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Mr Yip is a scruffy terrier cross, and came from indeterminate origins in Ireland. That doesn’t detract from his cuteness one iota, of course 😉. Mr Yip’s fur is coarse, wiry and thick, mostly white with grey and black and a smidgeon of brown, and he also has black ticking underneath all that white. In a word, he’s Unique!
Now, Ireland is in the Northern Hemisphere, as we all know, and Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere. The seasons therefore are reversed.
When it’s Winter in Ireland (December-Feb), it’s Summer in Australia.
When it’s Spring in Ireland (Mar – May), it’s Autumn in Australia.
When it’s Summer in Ireland (June- August), it’s Winter in Australia.
When it’s Autumn in Ireland (September – November), it’s Spring in Australia.
Well, no one told Mr Yip that. When he first arrived in Australia in December 2010, it was from a below-freezing Minus 10 degrees in Dublin, to a scorching 35 degrees in Perth. Mr Yip was in his full winter furcoat, and he must have suffered in the sudden change in temperature. A month spent in Quarantine did not make him shed his winter coat.
In fact, in the 6 years that Mr Yip has been in Australia, his fur habits have never adapted to the Australian climate. Hypoallergemic he most certainly is Not! True to his Northern Hemisphere nature, he sheds the most in Australia’s Winter, when he really should be at his fluffiest. And he’s a real fluffball at the height of the Australian Summer, when he should be thin and lean.
So, if you’re reading this and are considering a tree change from one end of the world to the other, spare a thought for your pets. They may not necessarily ever change their shedding habits. Speaking of trees, we have also observed that some European trees planted in Australia also appear to Not acclimatize, even after many years…we have seen trees shedding their russet leaves in Spring instead of Autumn, or flowering in Winter.
Dogs from cold climates with very thick coats, especially Huskies and Malamutes, suffer in the stifling Australian Summers, and a swimming pool or even a clamshell paddling pool, or regular showers to cool down, will help tremendously.
So, if the Aussie lifestyle appeals to you, do spare a thought for your dogs and other pets, before buying that (very expensive) one-way ticket!