Gumtree Greys, Brisbane Australia

Gumtree Greys rescue and rehome greyhounds across the east coast of Australia, primarily from Gumtree (online classifieds) and regional pounds.

Believe it or not, detailed data support this most surprising conclusion

Soi Dog Foundation

About The Soi Dog Foundation

The story of Tai Chi, one dog, among literally thousands that people like you have helped tells the story of Soi Dog. Tai Chi was found lying in the gutter, severely malnourished and could not even stand. The first photo you see is of Tai Chi when he was first brought to the shelter. The second photo was taken a month later with his new, loving owner Ina.

Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organization in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France and Holland. Soi Dog helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand. Our aim is to set an example for the Asian region on how to humanely reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats through spaying and neutering, and to better the lives and living conditions of the stray dogs and feral cats of Asia.

Designer Dogs Costa Rica Style: Unwanted but Unique Breeds

If you want a new breed of dog such as the shaggy shepherd dachspaniel read on


Despite the fact that millions of dogs each year are “put to sleep” because no one wants them, many people still choose to buy purebreds from breeders themselves or from pet stores. I just learned of a brilliant program in Costa Rica that is well worth sharing widely because it can serve as a model for other shelters around the world.

“But what can be of more value that because of its mix is like no other?”

8 December 2012, Melbourne, Australia

Dogs sitting pretty thanks to carers

A NEW Melbourne-based website is making sure man’s best friend doesn’t end up in the doghouse., launched in August, has more than 100 sitters city wide ready to lend a paw to desperate pet owners.

Founder Tom LeGrice said the service was for all pets, but particularly dogs.

“Dogs account for about 80 per cent, but we do have cat, horse and bird sitters as well,” he said, saying even gerbils were minded.

Mr LeGrice said travelling and holidays were the main reasons people wanted friendly places to leave their precious animals and cost was a factor. Click  for more information

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The Animal Rehoming Service Inc. (TARS) is a Melbourne based registered charity which has found loving, permanent homes for over 1000 animals of every description, since it was established in 2000 by Michaela Newell.


  • To act as a contact and liaison point between people who want to rehome their animals and people who wish to adopt them.
  • To facilitate the provision of care and accommodation to genuinely homeless animals, by providing enriching foster homes, when available, whilst finding them suitable permanent homes.
  • To provide veterinary care for homeless animals, if required, prior to placement in a suitable permanent home. All animals are desexed prior to rehoming, to curb the exponential growth of unwanted animals in Victoria. When necessary, smaller vet expenses such as desexing and vaccinations are covered by the new owner, but larger vet fees are paid for via fundraising.
  • To provide ongoing support and advice to those adopting, for the life of their new pet.
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Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn ‘ t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company ‘ s website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey ‘ s, and they claim that ‘ It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won ‘ t eat it. ‘

This Snopes site gives the following information:

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman ‘ s Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called ‘ Theobromine ‘ . It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker ‘ s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

Ban the provision of pound dogs for research and teaching

Published by AAHR Inc. on Jun 17, 2009

Category: Animal Rights

Region: Australia

Target: Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland

Web site:…

Background (Preamble):

The Petition of the following individuals points out their concern about the provision of animals from municipal pounds to research institutions.

The use of pound dogs creates a dependence on pet overpopulation and is therefore taking advantage of the human irresponsibility and cruelty necessitating pounds rather than addressing the problem.

Abandoned animals in pounds and shelters have already suffered the fear and distress of losing their carers and familiar territory. Their use in research and teaching is the ultimate betrayal and one that cannot be condoned in a caring society.


Stand with Chinese Activists Against Cruel Dog Culls

June 2009—A shocking dog massacre is happening in Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province, China. More than 20,000 dogs—many of whom were registered and vaccinated household pets—have reportedly died a brutal death due to government orders.After achieving success in stopping government-mandated culls in several major cities, Chinese animal protection groups are mobilizing to stop this inhumane practice across the country. International support for Chinese grassroots efforts is vital to speeding up policy change and making dog culling history.Humane Society International condemns the current dog massacre in Hanzhong. We believe the indiscriminate, mass culling of dogs is not a solution to urban animal population and disease control. We urge the Chinese government to pass anti-cruelty legislation and to end dog-killing once and for all.TAKE ACTION

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Looks crazy doesn’t it?  Well, it works.  Frustrated to teach people what puppy mills do, I guess I was desperate to get the word out.  As I drive my truck from town to town, people stop me, in total shock, and admit they simply didn’t know.

What they didn’t know is that puppies and kittens in pet stores, pet shops, and yes, flea markets, are born from the puppy mill trade.  Puppy mills sell their pups for $5 or $10 a piece, while the pet stores sell them for hundreds.  What many do not know is most of the puppies die on the way to be sold.  The sick ones die as other puppies smother them in a hot truck.  The Pet Store will say that the pups are registered pure breeds, but registered where?  AKC?  Doubt it!  Phony agencies are created, papers are provided, but the papers are worthless.  But, that’s not the point.

Puppy mill animals are usually sick with a host of issues.  Puppy millers can’t afford veterinary care for the parents or the puppies.  No need to worry though, because once you purchase one of these puppies, you’ll be footing the bill for kennel cough, respiratory infections, possibly parvo, and serious genetic disorders that won’t even be diagnosed for several years.  Let’s face it, you’ll be buying a sick dog.  Why should you care?


PET LOO: Pet Owners Living in Apartments

Until now, owning a pet in an apartment has presented many problems. The lack of a back yard has often meant accidents inside and frequent walks to toilet at the most inconvenient of times. Now you can be both a pet owner and an apartment owner at the same time with no problem.

You can place The Pet Loo on your balcony, bring it inside on rainy days or keep it in your laundry – the possibilities are endless!

Simone is a qualified social worker with a difference!

Whilst her profession has an emphasis on working with people, it is her passion for animals which drives her. From an early age, Simone recognised the importance the presence of an animal can have on a person’s life and the multiplicity of benefits pet ownership brings.

As a result, Simone began her pet career employed at a local pet store which allowed her the opportunity to develop a wealth of knowledge about the pet industry. A move into animal health saw Simone work as a vet nurse before a practical assignment in her social work course lead her to develop a program whereby she recruited and trained volunteers to assist the elderly to care for their pets. She did so with an aim to decrease the number of pets being surrendered by elderly owners and to promote the healthy benefits of pet ownership.

The satisfaction she gained from establishing the program lead her to seek qualifications in “Animal Assisted Therapy”. Simone’s career in social work then saw her working in a large hospital in the field of aged care which allowed her to further gain an overall perspective in the field of animal assistance for the elderly.

Quite clearly Simone’s belief in the importance of animal companionship and her experience in the animal industry has lead her to develop “The Pet Loo” which aims to assist people of all calibres in their role of pet ownership.

Simone was driven towards social work as it is in her nature to want to help – both people and animals.

Doggles :

cares about your dog’s comfort. Doggles straps are made of comfortable, plush elastic. The inside of the frames are lined with foam padding and the frames are completely flexible to wrap around your dog’s face, regardless of the shape of the face.

  • Research has shown that long hours in the sun without adequate eye protection increase the chances of developing eye disease. UV-absorbant sunglasses and Doggles can help protect your eyes and the eyes of your pet from sun damage.
  • Check the label! The ideal Doggles should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Our labels read “UV absorption up to 400 nm,” which is the equivalent of 100 percent UV absorption.
  • For dogs with the increasingly common eye disease, Pannus, Doggles are proving themselves very useful. It is well known that dogs with Pannus should stay out of direct sun and get protection from UV light. Doggles are a great alternative for those dogs that can’t stay inside during the day.
  • Doggles are also shatterproof and provide protection from wind and debris. Whether your dog rides in a sidecar, on a motorcycle, or in the back of a pickup, he/she needs eye protection.

All Doggles feature:

  • Flexible snug-fitting frames
  • Foam padding for comfort
  • Shatterproof & anti-fog lenses
  • Deeper eye-cup to ensure your dogs eyes are safe whilst wearing Doggles
  • Adjustable elastic head and chin straps to keep Doggles secure

1.) Prepare. Don’t make it a last minute “pack-and-let’s-go.” Your dog will sense your anxiety and tension. Be ready days in advance, so that your dog has a normal experience before he has to get in the car or on the plane.

2.) Don’t feed your dog for at least 6 hours before plane travel. Some people recommend 8 or even a full 24 hours. However, make sure your dog has access to water – enough to keep hydrated but not full.

3.) Bring your dog’s blankie. Or his favorite stuffed animal, toy, bone–any item which is familiar to your dog and will comfort and relax him.

4.) Use a soothing scent. Instead of using drugs, try reaching your dog through his nose! Lavender is a great scent that can relax the brain. Drugs can make a dog drowsy and may leave him feeling disoriented and uncertain how to establish himself in a new environment.

5.) Go on a long walk. A recently exercised dog will be in a more relaxed state during any long trip.

6.) Take a break. On a long car ride, stop every four hours during the day for your dogs to relieve themselves, move their organs, and learn that they’re going to another environment. It is important for a dog to experience the different temperatures, smells, and feelings that come with a new environment. This will help make them feel that they are part of the process of moving to a new area. Once the sun goes down, you can go eight hours non-stop.

7.) Don’t leave your dog in the car. Summer temperatures can make a car heat up fast. Add an over-excited dog, and dehydration could be the result.


Yappy ending for puppy flushed down toilet

June 15, 2009

A London puppy had a lucky escape after a four-year-old boy accidentally flushed it down the toilet when he was trying to wash it, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Monday.

The week-old cocker spaniel’s young owner, Daniel Blair, thought the puppy needed a wash after it got muddy playing in the garden, so he put it in the toilet and flushed it.

But his plan went disastrously wrong when the animal was swept away and became trapped in a waste pipe for nearly four hours.

Firefighters and animal welfare officers could not reach it, so Daniel’s mother eventually called a plumber, who found the dog lying upside down in a pipe about 20 metres away from their house in Northolt, west London.

The dog — which has been named Dyno after the plumbing firm which rescued it — is now safe and well and back with the family.

Daniel has apologised, blaming his twin brother for getting the dog dirty and saying: “I had to give him a wash. I’m so, so sorry. I won’t do it again.”


Moscow’s stray dogs

By Susanne Sternthal

Published: January 16 2010 00:04 | Last updated: January 16 2010 00:04

A stray dog on the  platform of a Moscow metro station

Russians can go nutty when it comes to dogs. Consider the incident a few years ago that involved Yulia Romanova, a 22-year-old model. On a winter evening, Romanova was returning with her beloved Staffordshire terrier from a visit to a designer who specialises in kitting out canine Muscovites in the latest fashions. The terrier was sporting a new green camouflage jacket as he walked with his owner through the crowded Mendeleyevskaya metro station. There they encountered Malchik, a black stray who had made the station his home, guarding it against drunks and other dogs. Malchik barked at the pair, defending his territory. But instead of walking away, Romanova reached into her pink rucksack, pulled out a kitchen knife and, in front of rush-hour commuters, stabbed Malchik to death.

psychology Today-New York, USA

A Domesticated Wolf is a Dog
There is at least one There is at least one significant difference between a dog and a wolf. Our domestic dogsdomesticated species. However, I find a lot of pet dog owners are misinformed about wolf behavior … – of course they do. I am saying that wolf behavior models are a poor standard for domestic dog behavior …

Blog Entry by Marc Bekoff – Published on Jul 22, 2009
Why Do Dogs Like to “Kiss” Us?
was that the pre-domesticated dogs had to expand on the wolf‘s original way of sublimating the urge to bite … ‘s social behavior is based on sublimating the urge to bite, the domestication process for dogs is based … dogs took what was already a natural aspect of the wolf‘s pack dynamic, and expanded …

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on Sep 21, 2009
Going To The Dogs Is A Good Idea: It’s Not A Dog Eat Dog World
. They are socialized individuals but they have not undergone domestication . A domesticated wolf is a dog … . lupus), they can reveal how domestication has altered a species’ mental processes, enabling the dog … of actions in a food related task early in development. The synergistic hypothesis suggests that the dog-wolf

Blog Entry by Marc Bekoff – Published on Sep 3, 2009
Pack Leader or Predator?
.   Note the similarities in the spatial dynamics between the moose and wolf on the left, and the dog and man on the right. Essentially the wolf (on the left) and the pet dog (on the right) have a horizontal … is that even there were such a thing as a pack leader in wild wolf packs (which there isn’t), and even if dogs

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on May 22, 2009
Of Mice and Mutts: Why Behavioral Science Is Losing the Training Wars
the alpha wolf, and only applies to domesticated dogs; you can’t train lab rats and helper monkeys (let … You may not be aware of it, but there’s a quiet war raging right now in the dog-training world … cognitive science is based on its principles. The alpha theory: dogs have an instinct to obey anyone …

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on Oct 9, 2009
Why do dogs roll in garbage, manure, or other smelly stuff?
that this is sort of a means of writing a message to the other members of the pack. A dog or a wolf seems to like … at a leftover behavior from when our domestic dogs were still wild and had to hunt for a living. If an antelope smelled the scent of a wild dog, or jackal or wolf nearby, it would be likely to bolt and run for safety …

Blog Entry by Stanley Coren, Ph.D. – Published on Jul 29, 2009
Why are humans and dogs so good at living together?
. Their results are surprising. The social unit Domestic dogs are descended from wolves so recently … the dog a valued “family member.” Domesticating each other? Dogs were the first domestic animal with whom we developed a close association. Mitochondrial DNA research suggests that most domestic dogs have …

Blog Entry by Nigel Barber, Ph.D. – Published on Apr 30, 2009
Pampered Pooch Syndrome
. That is until recently when my cat tried to lick his dog bone. The wolf showed its colors 😉 Luxury Dogs … spend $5,000 to save their dog‘s life. Typically, one-half of the hands go up. When I ask who would spend $10,000, many hands remain up. Why do we care so much about our dogs? To the best of our …

Blog Entry by Paul J. Zak – Published on Dec 17, 2008
The Most Manipulative of Species
. Because wolves, dogs‘ distant ancestor, are pack animals, domesticated dogs are social by nature and thus … domestication, dogs came to share the same social cues as humans, facilitating their adaptation to our society … a stark contrast between the (mostly) docile nature of our pet dogs and the harsh reality of the wolf’s

Blog Entry by Kayla Causey and Aaron Goetz – Published on Apr 24, 2009
She-Wolf, Schmee-Wolf: She’s Still Dancing Naked in a Cage
‘s saying something). The she-wolf complains, before abandoning her domestic bed and familiar lover … ‘s not that I’m bitter, but doesn’t this new video-the singer is Shakira and the song is “She Wolf“– remind you … with a dog collar around her neck and a leash… You don’t find that offensive? You don’t find that sexist …

Blog Entry by Regina Barreca, Ph.D. – Published on Sep 2, 2009
Psychological Characteristics Owners of High Risk for Aggression Dog Breeds
a domestic animal or if the dog is believed to be of a breed that has a high probability of such aggression … , domestic animal, hamilton county clerk, human dog bond, insurance claims, national center for health … , staffordshire bull terriers, types of dogs, vicious dogs, wolf hybrids) …

Blog Entry by Stanley Coren, Ph.D. – Published on Mar 16, 2009
What do we know about dogs?
with a reasonable degree of certainty, that dogs may or may not have begun as domesticated wolves. Dogs may or may … , atlantic ocean, civilized men, coyotes, dog, dog trainer, Dogs, domesticated wolves, domestication, early … So what do we know about dogs? As a Psychologist, researcher and dog trainer, who has spent many …

Blog Entry by Stanley Coren, Ph.D. – Published on Oct 15, 2008
Of Mice and Mutts IV (Conclusion): All Dogs Are Good Dogs at Heart
In their groundbreaking book — DOGS: A Startling New Understanding… — Raymond and Lorna … they describe in psychological terms. This dog has separation anxiety; that dog has a compulsive disorder. Since … the same way. … And this is where the gap in understanding dog behavior lies.” (p. 34) I agree …

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on Jan 4, 2010
Of Mice and Mutts: Is Behavioral Science Failing Our Dogs?
and wolf prior to the dog being domesticated by humans (or prior to them domesticating us), is what enabled … of domestication, has often talked about how there are some predatory behaviors that can’t be trained into a dog … it is interpreted and applied. The wolf ethogram does not apply to domesticated canines. canines have been …

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on Oct 29, 2009
Siege at Druid Peak: Wolves, Social Networks, &amp; Feedback Mechanisms
domesticating us, around 12,000 years ago, they expanded on the wolf‘s natural social networking skills, so … network, the domesticated dog. Custom Teaser … — and the way dogs expanded on those abilities when they began domesticating us, dogs give us a window into …

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on Jan 18, 2010
Is Your Dog Dominant? Part III (Conclusion)
dogs and domesticated dogs, neither of which hunt large prey on a regular basis. Now, here’s why I … , Konrad Lorenz, misinterpreted the essential dynamic between a “dominant” and “submissive” wolf … . This brings up an interesting point about the wolves at Wolf Park in Indiana; it’s the first place where …

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on Apr 13, 2009
Why do we treat dogs so much better than we treat wolves?
Let me be clear: Dogs are not wolves. A dog is not “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”; dogs do not resort to wolves when they are wild; a wolf brought home cannot be made into a dog. The species … , and the domesticated dog, Canis familiaris , are certainly related, and can even interbreed, but are physically …

Blog Entry by Alexandra Horowitz, Ph.D. – Published on Sep 1, 2009
Canine Intelligence—Breed Does Matter
rather than a general increase? How do natural dogs (wolves) stack up against domestic dogs …      Just as everyone wants to have smart kids, most people want to own clever dogs. However whether a dog is “smart” or “dumb” depends upon the specific aspects of its behavior we consider …

Blog Entry by Stanley Coren, Ph.D. – Published on Jul 15, 2009
How Man Creates Dog in His Own Image
that the domesticated dog, and no other species, does. They read us and react, read us and react, read us and react … ‘s also the result of something very clever that the domesticated dog, and no other species, does … Everyone has their own theory of why dogs behave the way they do. People who don’t even have …

Blog Entry by Lee Charles Kelley – Published on Jun 5, 2009

Foster homes can mind dogs in Stonnington

03 Apr 09

  • Bailey could be a good mate for your best friend.

    Bailey could be a good mate for your best friend.

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    Cheryl Hill with Bailey. Pictures: Martin Reddy N40MP650

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WANT a happy holiday, but there’s no stopover for Rover?

Your precious pooch could have just as much fun with a professional pet minder.

Cheryl Hill, of Glen Iris, answered a small job ad in the paper for pet minders.

An animal lover, Ms Hill also thought occasional dog care would give her dog, Bailey, a companion.

“I love animals, and the company (Don’t Fret Pet) was quite happy to have minders with their own dog,” she says.

Dogs are matched to minders on criteria including breed, size and length of stay.

“It might be for a weekend, or a few weeks or months,” she says.

The owner will check out the minder’s house and yard and have a short visit to familiarise the dog.

Then they “drop them off with food and bedding (and) you look after them in your own home as part of the family, the way they’d be looked after at home”.

Her top tips for a successful stay are:

>> have a short stay first, to get the dog used to your home;

>> stick to the dog’s routine as much as possible, such as feeding times and foods; and

>> walk them and vary the route, but always keep them on a leash.

Don’t Fret Pet support Pets in the Park this Saturday in Central Park, Malvern East, 11am-4pm.

Dog Videos

Here are some amazing videos about dogs.  The first one is about a service dog turned surf dog.  It’s very touching, and I really like the approach to letting the dog be who she is.
The next 6 links are in order for a BBC program that just aired.  Several of my UK colleagues told me about it.  It’s called Horizon: The Secret Life of a Dog.  It is top-notch information for anyone who wants to understand more about who and what dogs really are about.  Each segment is about 10 minutes long, but well worth the time spent!

Prisoners for Profit– Australia

“I collect the evidence to raise public awareness about puppy farms. But the power to shut down puppy farming is in the hands of the Australian public. We all have the power to stop this cycle of abuse from puppy farm to pet shop to pound. Never buy a puppy from a pet shop or over the internet. I believe we can close down this industry that views dogs as mere breeding machines.”

Prison Dog Programs– USA

In prisons all around the United States, dogs are being trained by the inmates. Some of these programs focus on fostering dogs from local shelters, teaching them basic house manners and obedience skills, and finding them permanent homes. Other programs raise puppies or train shelter dogs who are destined to become service or facility dogs. In either of these cases, the inmates benefit both from the impact of performing the productive work for the community and from the emotional lift of being in the company of dogs day in and day out.

You can read academic studies about the effects of these dogs on the inmates and news stories about many of these innovative programs.