Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Purebred or Crossbred?

We all want to do the right thing when looking for a new family companion, but we’ve all heard the stories of pedigree breeds and their health issues or the unpredictability of cross breeds.  So when it comes to finding the perfect family companion for your family, be sure to put the research in so you can get the most out.

A pedigree breed from a registered breeder, has a traceable family line and can provide you with the peace of mind of knowing where your pup comes from.  This can allow you to know the size and characteristics it will develop and can make you confident your dog will be like the breed you have researched.

There is the belief that pedigree breeds can suffer from a plethora of health issues that have been bred into them over time.  It is important to know this is usually ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know…? Dog Facts

  • A 1 year old dog is as physically mature as a 15 year old human.
  • The oldest age recorded for a dog is 29 years, for a Cattle Dog called Bluey in Victoria, Australia.
  • A puppy‘s eyes do not open until it is 10 – 15 days old.  Its vision is usually not complete until it is about 4 weeks old.
  • People have been keeping dogs as pets for the past 12,000 years.
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Great Film Clip Full of Very Clever Dogs

We Hope you enjoyed this fun Music Clip with all those very Clever Dogs.

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Spring Has Sprung!

September is here already, how time flies!  In Brisbane Spring time can get a lot like Summer time, with temperatures sure to soar quickly.  It is important to keep in mind that our pooches feel the heat just as much, if not more, than us!

Temperatures in Brisbane regularly reach the 30 degree and beyond mark, not including how much hotter it gets the closer you are to the pavement.  Dogs only have sweat glands on the pads of their feet and nose, and rely primarily on panting to cool themselves.

Health issues can occur with overheating in dogs just like in humans, such as heat stroke.  Signs of heat stroke include a lost or staring expression, warm or dry skin, rapid heartbeat and excessive salivation. If they are disorientated, vomiting, have muscle tremors or they collapse a vet needs to be contacted immediately.

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Breed Test: Chihuahua

ChihuahuaWe are putting the Chihuahua under the microscope, not only to enhance their tiny proportions, but also to find out a bit more about this well known breed.

It is believed the Chihuahua originated in South America and was named from the Mexican state of Chihuahua.  It is even said they were sacred to the Aztecs with their ancestors being bigger and more robust than the Chihuahua we see today.

The Chihuahua is bred in a range of different colours with a large dome head and bulbous eyes, and can be either long or short haired.  It is physically petite, being one of the smallest breeds, but has one of the largest personalities you will confront.  They are known to be nervous and sometimes quivery, however a Chihuahua with confidence is a curiously brave and bubbly animal which will quickly bond to the one owner.

Chihuahua’s are sometimes unsuitable for ... Click here to read more....

Parvovirus: the Facts.

Canine Parvovirus Enteritis (or “Parvo”) is notorious to most dog owners.  We have all heard the horror stories of this horrible virus which sneaks up without warning and strikes so quick that it could never have been helped.  But what exactly is Parvo?  How do we stop our pooches from coming into contact with it?  And what can we do to prevent them ever being struck with it?

Parvo and your dogParvo is a viral disease.  It is not airborne, but even if your dog never leaves the yard he can still contract it.  Unvaccinated dogs are very vulnerable to the virus.  With the virus being so hardy, it is possible that just travelling down the road and picking up some infected faecal matter on our shoe, car tyre or hands we will bring the virus home to our dogs.

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Paddington Pups Raised $667.40 for RSPCA Pupcake Day

Once again Paddington Pups participated in the RSPCA’s cupcake day fund raiser.  Making a phenomenal $667.40 which (considering it being another quiet Monday) is an exceptional effort!

Thanks must go to Bree and her husband Ross for making a life time supply of cupcakes, Suzy for making some beautifully decorated and delicious cupcakes, and Katchia for expanding her cooking repertoire to package cupcakes (surprisingly edible!).

Last year we raised $672.60 Next year we hope to blitz these records!

A special thanks to everyone who bought and donated in support of the RSPCA.

rspca cupcake day

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Pet Grief

It may be hard for someGrieving Dog people to believe but our dogs feel grief when they lose a beloved four legged family member.

This grief may stem from the dependency built up over the years from one dog to the other, the companionship reinforced from being left home alone together regularly, or the lengthy period of time spent in the company of each other.  No matter how it happens it is a massive shock when a friend suddenly departs.

A grieving dog may become quiet or persistently wander the house or yard, looking for their lost friend.  Other dogs may go off their food or act generally depressed.  When this happens it is important to make sure the dog will eat at some point

When grieving, try to keep the routine as close to normal as possible.  For instance; by keeping dinner times and walk times the same.  It is ... Click here to read more....

Home Renovations: Can Tradies and the Pooch live in Harmony?

We often have new clients join us for short periods of time while they have home renovations going on.  Just as we get put out of home when performing renovations, so to can our furry companions.  Considering the hustle and bustle of building and demolition, how do we make this massive event a non-even for our dogs?

Dog in Hard Hat If you are considering home renovations at your place be sure to consider your pet’s physical and mental wellbeing.  Loud noises can be alarming and upsetting for your dog, just as with fireworks or a backfiring car, as well as their being a risk of contamination for your pets when different building materials are disturbed.

There are no protective gloves or face masks for your dog to prevent them inhaling fumes which could harm them!  Builders and tradies have extensive courses that they must undertake in safety and management of different materials, ... Click here to read more....

A Day in the Life of a Paddington Pups Pack Leader

7.30am – Opening the doors for another day.  We set up for the busy day ahead: filling mop buckets, turning on the hydrobath, dispersing toys, water bowls and beds for the pups, all the while greeting and bringing in today’s doggies.Walking Many Dogs on Lead

9.00am – Walks get underway! We organise the walks as per the personalities and capabilities of each individual dog, making sure everyone gets a walk that will keep them comfortable and satisfied. Some pups get to trek around Suncorp stadium, while others take a quick trip around a block or two.  The bigger dogs will sometimes be taken into the dog park to have a run and a play to wear themselves out that little bit more (making it easier on us Pack Leaders for the remainder of the day.)

12.00pm – Doggy and human lunch time comes next.  Followed by hydrobaths so the dogs go clean ... Click here to read more....