All Things Dog Blog
Is your dog trying to tell you something?
Is your dog trying to tell you something?

We LOVE our dogs! I do. And I know you do. But, do we listen enough to what they’re trying to tell us? Much of the time we do, but I reckon we all miss at times. If you’re like, me you want to bring your dog everywhere with you. My Pluto is a pretty […]

Dogs Need Sun Protection too! Fur alone isn’t enough.
Dogs Need Sun Protection too! Fur alone isn't enough.

Summer means fun in the sun! Swimming, adventuring in the bush, galloping down the beach, bush camping… absolutely beautiful times! But this means a lot of slip, slop, slapping for us humans. We don’t call this a sunburnt country for nothing. But what about our loveable canine mates? Sun safety isn’t just for people. Read on to […]

Beware of BPA & Phthalates in your dog toys!
Beware of BPA & Phthalates in your dog toys!

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a good time to chat about dog toys & safety. All our dogs will be sniffing out their parcels under the Christmas tree, right? What are they looking for? Toys of course! There have been a lot of changes in the market for baby […]

Dog Friendly Camping at Ophir, NSW
Dog Friendly Camping at Ophir, NSW

Camp with your furry buddy to the sounds of water splashing along a refreshing riverbed under a blanket of stars. Sounds good eh? And it is! A couple weeks back we had a spectacular camp out at Ophir, a gorgeous campground located at the junction of the Lewis Ponds and Summer Hill Creeks at historic […]

Obesity in Dogs – a Growing Problem…
Obesity in Dogs - a Growing Problem...

Canine obesity. It can be easy to overlook your dog’s increasing size. There’s just more to love, right? Aren’t our dogs lucky that they always look good to us? Well.. maybe not! We’ve become accustomed to seeing our dogs get larger and larger. Meanwhile canine obesity is one of the biggest health problems facing dogs. […]

Barking Part II: Fear & Aggression
Barking Part II: Fear & Aggression

Here’s part II of our series on barking… and more importantly how to curb this ear splitting canine hobby. This is the second guest post from dog trainer John Visconti to address some barking problems. Fear/aggression barking:  Essentially, these are linked. Fear is the emotion the dog is experiencing; aggressive barking is how the dog manages […]

Barking Problems? Your dog doesn’t think so.
Barking Problems? Your dog doesn't think so.

My dog is perfect… well perfect for me! But I will say Pluto’s got quite a bark on her. This is the one thing that Pluto does that makes me crazy.  Today we’ve got a guest post from dog trainer John Visconti to address some barking problems. This is the first part of a series […]

Understanding dog ear infections: Prevent & Cure
Understanding dog ear infections: Prevent & Cure

Who among us hasn’t been woken in the middle of the night by a dog’s wild ear shaking? Ear infections happen. All too often I’d venture to say. Today we’ve got a guest post from Lyndall Pinchen of Canine Vitality to give us some help. If your furry mate suffers from chronic ear infections as so many […]

FUN FACT FRIDAY: 8 more fabulous dog facts
FUN FACT FRIDAY: 8 more fabulous dog facts

1) What’s the fastest dog breed on earth? GREYHOUND The Greyhound is the fastest dog in the world. Their top speeds approach 45 mph. Amazing animals! The Whippet and Saluki are pretty darned fast too, with top speeds approaching 40 mph. 2 ) How many pups were in the largest recorded litter of puppies? Feel free to […]

Why does my dog eat poo?
Why does my dog eat poo?

Today we have a guest blog post on a fascinating topic: poo eating. If your dog’s a poo muncher I’m sure you’ve wondered why… and more importantly WHAT THE HECK you can do about it?. Well, without further ado here is some insight from Lyndall,  holistic health advisor from Canine Vitality. WHY DOES MY DOG […]

FUN DOG FACT FRIDAY: 9 facts about our k9 mates
FUN DOG FACT FRIDAY: 9 facts about our k9 mates

1 ) Can dogs see in colour? YES! Dogs actually do see color, but they see a more limited spectrum made of shades of blue and yellow and gray. Imagine what that’s like! They can’t imagine the colours we see either. Think of the variety of spectrums being seen by all different species of animals. […]

Million Paws Walk & a few words from my Inner Dog
Million Paws Walk & a few words from my Inner Dog

A glorious day was had by all the Million Paws walkers yesterday in Katoomba! We had a fabulous turnout and perfect weather. I spent the day in fur. Yes, that’s me with the spots. I have always felt I am part dog and I like to take any opportunity I can to set my inner […]

Holiday with your dog near Barrington Tops, NSW
Holiday with your dog near Barrington Tops, NSW

  Who can blame us for trying to squeeze every last drop of sunshine out of this season after that abysmal wet summer? We’ve got the camping bug and we’ve got it bad! We just have to be outside as much as possible and you can bet Pluto isn’t complaining. Last weekend found us at Riverwood […]

Canine Camping at Hill End, NSW
Canine Camping at Hill End, NSW

Looking for a fabulous bush camping adventure in western NSW? We had a fantastic four day camp out at Hill End over the Easter holiday. Pluto and I give the trip a double paws up! Hill End is a historic little mining town tucked into beautiful bush landscape just a couple of hours from Katoomba… […]

Together we can stop puppy mill suffering!
Together we can stop puppy mill suffering!

We can stop puppy mills! If we all just say no to buying animals from pet stores then puppy mills will be forced out of business. It’s that simple! If there’s anyone out there who’s unfamiliar with the terms ‘puppy farm’, ‘puppy mill’ or ‘puppy factory’, they refer to the mass breeding of puppies for […]

Are we over vaccinating our dogs?
Are we over vaccinating our dogs?

It would be really nice if I could answer that question in this post. And I would love to. But unfortunately, probably like you, it’s really hard for me to know. There has been long term, ongoing heated debate over whether vaccinations are safe for young children. It seems that the idea that children’s vaccinations […]

The Canny Collar : a tale of victory!
The Canny Collar : a tale of victory!

It was last week on one of those frightfully frigid winter mornings in Katoomba. The wind blowing like there’s no tomorrow… and you could almost believe there wouldn’t be one. It felt like a frozen razor to the skin. This is a day where you’re definitely NOT in the mood for a dog to pull […]

Amazing animal Sculptures by Teangi
Amazing animal Sculptures by Teangi

If you ever wanted to have your canine buddy immortalised here’s the answer! May I introduce Bart Chambers who heads up the phenomenal team at Sculptures by Teangi. Under his close supervision Teangi creates fantastic metal works inspired by animals… with a special niche in custom designed sculptures of beloved pets. My cat Maxine, who […]

Looking for a dog friendly rental property?
Looking for a dog friendly rental property?

I remember when I was a renter not so long ago. A renter with four cats and a dog! Let me tell you that is not an easy scene at all. I tried various techniques from telling the whole truth so help me god, to under-declaring my posse, to lying outright about my menagerie. Still […]

Amazing Navy Seal Dogs helped nab Bin Laden
Amazing Navy Seal Dogs helped nab Bin Laden

It never ceases to astound me how much dogs are able and willing to do for us! When I heard that a Navy Seal Dog was involved in the taking of Osama Bin Laden I shouldn’t have been surprised. Explosive sniffing dogs do their job better than any human or even specially designed machinery could […]

Dog friendly stays @ Copacabana Central Coast NSW
Dog friendly stays @ Copacabana Central Coast NSW

Where does the time go? (asks the mother of a 2 year old!) I have so many things I want to share with you but am challenged to get the time. I’ve heard that if you say to yourself ‘I don’t have time..’ then you will actually have less time than if you say ‘I […]

Dogsledding with Susanne Edwards in the Arctic
Dogsledding with Susanne Edwards in the Arctic

When Susanne Edwards casually mentioned on our facebook wall that she’d been dogsledding in the Arctic with a pack of 50 dogs I was more than impressed. And I had to hear the story! I knew you’d love it too. I asked her if she’d like to contribute to the All Things Dog Blog and […]

Dealing with Dog Anxiety
Dealing with Dog Anxiety

I read a fabulous article by Debra Flick – Scrunchies and Lavender Candles for Thunder Phobia? Yep. – on solving a serious dog anxiety issue. Pepper the dog was a really serious case. At the onset of a storm she’d begin by pacing and panting. This quickly escalated to racing from room to room and chewing at the […]

Dog Umbrella
Dog Umbrella

Just when you think you’ve seen everything…..! This inverted bumbershoot forms a waterproof cocoon around a small dog, enabling canine and master to maintain a walking regimen in inclement weather. The umbrella’s 29″ diameter canopy is made from 8-gauge clear polypropylene that sheds rain, sleet, and snow while allowing an unfettered view of your walking […]