Don’t Blame the Dogs TV Show Review

New to Australian ABC 2 is a show called “Don’t Blame the Dogs”. The twelve part series presents dog training from a different point of view which makes it more entertaining than another Dog whisperer copy show. The last show for the is a great concept to experiment taking two bad dog owners out of their British homes and dumping them in the middle of Alaska with a husky sleigh team. The Alaskan team makes all the dog food and works a hard regime to ensure they have a winning sleigh team. The dogs are a mix of Husky and hound. I’m not sure what sort of hound – some of them look like hunting hounds, some look like the American Carolina, and of course some the husky. They sound like the American Carolina. We use to have a beautiful Carolina called Taylor who could also run and run and run and…

The TV Show Dont Blame the Dogs is actually quite hilarious. It’s great to see humans ‘being trained’ rather than it being about training the dogs. The fact that they are preparing prize winning dogs in a very cash competitive environment adds to the Brits stress and of course the shows entertainment drama.

Previous episodes can be watched online and headlines are: Lost Dogs Home, Melbourne Australia; Sheep Dogs, Australia; Army Dogs, Canada; Anti Rhino Poaching Dogs, Africa.

If you’re household needs a bit of hard yakka reality it’s definitely worth the watch. You’ll soon realise how lucky our urban dogs have it, and how easy it can be for us to take of them. More information is at ABC 2 or on BBC 3:


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Dog owners report benefits from taking their pets for a walk – Adelaide Now

Dog owners report benefits from taking their pets for a walk
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The Australian Companion Animal Council says dog ownership is associated with better heart health, lower stress and depression, and improved social skills and self-esteem in children. One in three households have a dog. One of those is Nick Thorne
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Akita Inu Dog Breed

The Akita Inu Dogs are one of the most beautiful calm yet powerful and strong dogs. They are native Japanese dogs and have a long history – luckily, as they almost became extinct during World War II. During the war the winters were very harsh and the north was isolated, food and amenities were rationed to poor everything into the war machinery. The unfortunate side affect of this was that dogs were not allowed to be kept, particularly Akita’s as they eat so much and also the dogs were killed for their coats. The Akita fur is thick and resilient in the snow so it was considered a prize accessorie by many officers in the japanese army. If it wasn’t for the ‘Dog Man’ of northern Japan we may no longer have Akitas to admire. To learn more of their plight and beauty of the Akita Inu Dog Breed I recommend reading ‘Dog Man: An uncommon life on a faraway mountain’.

The Akita’s like so many other stoic dog breeds was bred as a fighting and hunting dog so they still carry that spirit with them today. It’s important to be aware of as they will benefit and repay you a thousand times with loyalty if you train the Akita well. There staunch stance and tall height with piercing eyes and raised tails certainly does contribute to their handsome reputation.

Of course Akita Inu Dog Breed was also made famous by the story of Hatchiko. Known in Japan as Chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公 “faithful dog Hachikō” [‘hachi’ meaning ‘eight’, a number referring to the dog’s birth order in the litter, and ‘kō’, meaning prince or duke])


Hatchiko is wearing a harness and i’m sure he would have looked beautiful in a Leroy Madison Designer Dog Collar and Designer Dog Lead. I think we could design a dog collar and dog lead that is inspired by Hatchiko… Hmm what sort of dog collar or dog lead would you design?

Alano Espanol Dog Breed

These elegant strong breed of dogs are originally from Spain; hence, why they are also often referred to by their more common dog breed name of Spanish Bulldog. The Alano Espanol have quite a austere presence to them because of there size, speed and strong chests. They definitely are very fit dogs with good muscle strength and athletic build for fast running.
The Alano Espanol have a beautiful short thick coat and a litter can sport a variety of colours including brindle, fawn, yellow and even world gray. The eyes and face are definitely bulldog similar but the stout seems to be more prominent.
Like most bull dogs the Alanos dog breed were bred for hunting and tracking down slaves. Because of the Spanish location they were also used during bullfights. During the 1960s when bullfighting became illegal the demand for Alanos Espanol dog breed died out giving concern that they may have become instinct.

Given the long history of the Alanos Espanol as a warrior dog anyone considering having one as a pet needs to assess carefully their ability to run the dog everyday. The amount of energy this dog breed can expend is quite incredible, and not harnessed nor released in a healthy way creates quite a frustrated big doggie.

If you do want a loyal strong friend than the Alano Espanol is the dog breed for you. Ofcourse when the dog is fully grown it will require a large dog collar. Some of the smaller Alano Espanol dogs will fit a medium dog collar and it’s always good to measure the dog collar size required first.

Best Aussie TV Commercials featuring dogs!

Toyota TV Commercial
If you ever saw the Australian Toyota dog TV Commercials you’ll never forget it! This is definitely one of my favorite TV Ads. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Keep your eye out for the cute dog featuring in this TV Commercial. I think there was also a New Zealand version released, same visuals only with a funnier accent.

Toyota did a few TV ads with dogs in the ‘o bugger’ series. The blue healer in the tele commercial below I think pulled the short straw on what part she got to play. A good laugh none the less!

If you know of any other aussie TV commercials let us know, so we can pass onto our friends.

Madison our wonderful red Kelpie dog is unfortunately getting older

Seeing the grey appear around Madison’s jowls is a clear sign that the sprightly young girl she was once is now getting older. Maddie is now fourteen and a half years old and being a Kelpie she is just hitting the higher ends of middle age. Kelpies are renowned for reaching ripe old ages of seventeen to twenty years old. Especially the urban luxury Kelpies such as Maddie. I can’t say the same for the hard working farming Kelpies; however, they can still reach a longer lifespan than many other dogs.

It’s hard watching Madison slow down. Her eyesight is not what it used to be and all those years of chewing on tennis balls has grinded down her teeth. She does not look like an old dog. Give her a ball in the park she returns to her youthful self but becomes less interested in play sooner – unlike when she was young and would play for hours and hours on end.

The old dog now has to have hormones to help her with a leaky bladder and she often looks horrified when she wakes up from a deep sleep with a little puddle under her. It’s only has to have a hormone tablet now and again but it’s yet another sign that she is getting older.

Madison is also quieter now and will sleep all day if she isn’t disturbed by Leroy wanting to play with her. She needs more warmth than before and her recent move back to Melbourne has resulted in a padded new coat and comfy warm bed.

Getting into the car is not so easy either. The effortless jump she used to make into the back of the four wheel drive is now more of a well considered step up into the sedan with a hand from me at times. If she had to get in the back of four wheel drive she’d just look at me and then precede to walk around the car to the passengers door. She may be weaker, and sleepier but she hasn’t lost her Kelpie witt at all.

It’s not easy seeing her slow down and watching old age creep in. It’s an unstoppable part of life and a sad part of dog ownership. I wish she would live forever but there will come a time where old age will take over but until then she will be loved and cuddled just like all old dogs should be.

Taylor and Madison – two dogs, best friends and my heros

I was reading stories of dogs rescuing people and I was reminded of the time I had my own experiences with my dogs alerting me to dangers and rescuing me from a nasty fall.
Madison who is now nearly thirteen years old managed to alert me to danger.
I had come home from work, exhausted and desperate for couch time. Finally I made my way to the couch, laid down, opened my book and started reading.
At the time Leroy and Madison were asleep on their beds and all seemed very peaceful and relaxing when Madison got up from her bed and started to nudge me. I thought she wanted a pat, which I gave her, took off her dog collar and continued reading. Again Madison nudged me this time a little more forcefully and again I just patted her but did not look up from my book. A moment later she nudged me so hard that the book fell out of my hands. I looked at Madison about to reprimand her for being so demanding but as I was about to speak I saw the biggest White Tailed Spider only centimeters away from my bare legs on the couch. I looked at Madison and her eyes screamed at me to move. Which I did at a rapid pace.
I had no idea there was a spider let alone one that was so close to me and they are not the sort of spiders some one wants close to them. They are a particularly nasty spider which is known for delivering a horrible bite which can ulcerate.
It was very unusual behaviour for Madison to be so pushy and demanding. I will never forget the look in her eyes trying to gain my attention. I am sure she saved me from a nasty spider experience. I didn’t feel comfortable on the couch for days after that close encounter.

My first dog Taylor was only a few months old when he alerted me to a smoldering fire in the living room. I had been busy in the kitchen when he began barking and barking. Firstly I just yelled for him to be quiet but his barking was relentless. Angrily I stomped down the hall only to find a room full of smoke and a cushion from the couch smoldering on top of the heater about to ignite. I was quickly able to extinguish the smoldering cushion but hate to think what would have happened if Taylor had not alerted me to the situation. He was only a young pup but he had known something was wrong.

Quite a few years later I was sitting watching T.V with Taylor dozing at my feet, suddenly Taylor sprang up and raced down the house towards the front door. I heard the front door slam and then I could see someone running up the street away from the house. I realised I had forgotten to lock the front screen and an intruder had entered my house unbeknown to me but Taylor had heard them and went straight into protection mode. Again I dread the thought of what would have happened had Taylor not been by my side.

The third time Taylor came to my rescue was when I was bush walking. I had decided to go on quite a big bush walk which explored historical sites in my local area. At that time I was living in the Adelaide Hills so I started my journey from home with Taylor on the lead. I had been walking for only thirty minutes or so and I had let Taylor off the lead and he was happily exploring the gully ahead of me. He was quite some distance from me when suddenly I slipped and fell straight onto my knee. The pain was rather shocking and took my breath away. Taylor was instantly at my side, it was like one second he was three hundred meters away and then whoosh right there next to me and in fact I was still in the process of completing my fall when he was suddenly by my side. A wet nudging nose on my face as I gripped my knee. It suddenly dawned on me that although I was not far from home I was a long way from home with a knee that I didn’t think I could stand on. It was as if Taylor knew I had to get to my feet and he had to help me out of there back to home. I gingerly attempted to get up off the ground and I found that Taylor was leaning into me quite heavily, at first I had no idea what he was doing and then I realised he was allowing me to lean on him to get up. I pushed myself up with my good leg and leaned on Taylor to get to a standing position. Taylor didn’t budge he stayed by my side and as I tentatively put some weight onto my knee. It really hurt but I could weight bare a little on it and I was just able hobble back up the hill and head for home. Taylor stuck to me like glue and offered his support by taking some of my weight when I had to climb back through the rocks. The journey back home took nearly two hours as I had to stop several times to rest. He never left my side, he knew I was hurt. Taylor had never been trained to assist me. I had just trained him like a normal dog with the general sit, stand and stay commands, nothing out of the ordinary just everyday dog training.
My knee eventually got better but I will never forget the help Taylor had given me and again without him my walk home would have been much more difficult.
What an amazing dog he was a great friend and protector. Unfortunately Taylor passed away in 2007 leaving Madison and us very broken hearted. He’s big smile always live in our hearts.

There are numerous stories of extraordinary feats dogs have done to save people. I have experienced first hand their protective and nurturing natures and I truly believe there is more to dogs than we know.