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Top tips when traveling with your pet


 Top tips to make car-travel with your dog easier

Traveling with a dog in the car should be a good experience – but some preparation is necessary to make sure he will be a good traveler – and it starts at an early age.

     1. Introduce Dogs to the Car at an Early Age
It is important and beneficial to the whole family, to get the dog used to being in the car from an early age. Take them on short trips to the park and take his ball so he can have a play whilst there, or drive to a friend’s place, even if it is only a 10 minute drive; do this on a regular basis so the dog will start to feel comfortable in the car. Make it fun so that he will associate it as something exciting every time. Gradually increase the time by five or ten minutes each time he goes out in the car, and he will associate it with being a good and happy experience.

     2Open the Windows
When he is in the car, make sure the windows are open, because dogs love fresh air, and they love to smell it! If he is prone to car sickness, smelling the fresh air could prevent him from being sick.

     3. Do Not Leave Dog in Car
Please, please
do not leave a dog in a car for any length of time, especially on a hot day. DogLeftInHotCarThe temperature inside a parked car is much higher than the temperature outside. Temperatures rise very quickly inside a parked car and it becomes a heat-box in a very short time. On an 80(F) degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 120 degrees in the space of 10 minutes. A dog in that situation will suffer heat-stroke and can die in the space of only 6 minutes – even if the windows are slightly open. It’s just not worth the risk.

     4. Keep Dog Cool
Dogs tend to overheat quickly, so if it is extremely hot, close the windows and put the air conditioning on as this will mean less stress both for him and for the owner. Put sun shades up on the back windows of the car, as this will prevent direct sunlight coming into the car and causing heat distress to your dog on the back seat. It is very important to keep a dog cool in a car.

     5. Take His Bedding
A dog will always feel more comfortable when he lies on his own bedding and has his own familiar smells around him, so give him his own designated area every time he goes in the car, and put his blanket or bed in that area every time; this will make him feel more secure. Dogs like and actually need routine, so it’s important for him to know where his “place” is in the car. If he knows this, he will settle down in his “place” every time he gets into the car.DogInBed
Take his favorite toy with him too – it’s surprising the difference it will make having his own “stuff” with him.

     6Fresh Water
Depending on the length of the journey, take plenty of fresh water and keep it cool in an ice box or something similar. Take his own dog bowl to drink out of; keeping things as normal as if he was still at home is the key, because having his own “stuff” around him makes him feel comfortable, relaxed and secure.

Before embarking on any car trip, the dog should know basic obedience commands such as come, sit, stay, down. The owner’s safety and the dog’s safety could depend on it. There are harnesses available for dogs that travel in cars, and this could be a life-saver for a dog – much like a seat belt for humans! If he is restrained, he cannot jump over into the front seats and distract the driver of the car; that could be catastrophic for everyone in the car. This is especially a good idea when going on a long journey or if the dog is nervous and is jumping all over the place. It will calm him down and he will soon get the message to lie down in his designated “place”.
If your dog is used to a crate and it will fit in your car, then that would be the safest place for him and for you; just make sure you secure the crate!


8. Bathroom Stops
If embarking on a long journey, make plenty of stops to allow the dog to relieve himself; if he doesn’t get out often enough, he will become stressed from having a full bladder. Watch for the signs – panting, moving around and even whining.

     9. Leash Dogs
When travelling to an unfamiliar place, it’s a good idea to leash the dog before he gets out of the car. It will stop him from running off and getting lost! In a lot of places, this is a requirement anyway.

     10. Clean Up After Walkies
Be prepared with a “doggie bag” to clean up after Rover has had his walk in the park – not a pleasant job, but a necessary one for health reasons, and if everybody adheres to this rule, it makes taking Rover for a walk a more pleasant one for everyone else who uses the park.

two dogs Poppy and Reika

Did you mention ‘CAR’?

The following advice was sent to me by a friend whose family are visiting her shortly by car and bringing their dog with them; she would like to share her own tips here also. Thank you Kendra.

Traveling Successfully with Your Family Dog

When my family and I bring our dog on vacation, we do all we can to make sure she feels comfortable and at home during the trip. Shortly, some family members of ours will be coming to visit us in Chicago, and they’ll be bringing their dog along with them. I thought this would be a great time to share a few of the tips I use to help keep everyone happy when I travel with my own family pet.

1. Avoid Flying
Although there can be benefits to flying, airplanes and dogs don’t mix well. The only time a dog should be placed on a plane is when you are relocating and there are no other options. If you don’t have a choice concerning flying with your pet, make sure you follow guidelines for flying with animals that have been set by PETA.

2. Crate Your Dog Successfully
I used to feel terrible about having to crate my dog. Now I realize that she is actually happier and safer in her crate when we take a road trip. We always make sure that she gets plenty of exercise before putting her in her crate. When she’s ready to rest, a crate that fits her well is a great place for her to rest safely while we head toward our destination.

3. Keep Your Dog Calm
Overly excited dogs and traveling families don’t work well. When traveling with your pet, take steps to keep her or him calm. We like to use lavender essential oil to rub on her spine and help her relax. It also helps to bring her favorite toy or a blanket that she enjoys snuggling in.

4. Keep Your Dog Safe
When you go on vacation with your dog, be sure to take proper safety measures. In addition to following PETA guidelines for air or car travel, make sure you take proper precautions if you plan any water-related vacation activities. Flotation vests for dogs are essential if you plan to go onto the water in a boat. This is especially important if your dog is new to boating or has certain medical problems.

Family travel is more fun when the entire family can join in the fun. When my family visits, I suggested they stay right downtown as well. Not only are there a number of great hotels for both families and dogs, but also they are close to all the sites! If you have family travel plans coming up, take these tips to help your four-legged family member enjoy the adventure along with everyone else.

A happy, safe and secure dog in a car = a happy and relaxed car driver!

Just Another Day


Today’s Daily Prompt is entitled “Just Another Day”

Our days are organized around numerous small actions that we repeat over and over,during the course of the day.


My first ‘small action’ of the day would be to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy it outside watching the sun come up and  listening to the birds chattering away.

(I’m an early riser!)Sunrise


Here are some of the other things I do every day on a regular basis.

Take Poppy to the park...

Take Poppy to the park…

...sometimes to the beach

…sometimes to the beach

Cuddles with Poppy

and have lots of cuddles


What’s your daily ritual?




Rescue Dogs Will Be Stars at Show


My A-Z of Australia – S is for Sydney Royal Easter Show

barbs a-z of australia

Unloved and Abandoned Rescue Dogs will become Stars at the Sydney Royal Easter Show


More than 70 dogs and their trainers from the Australian Canine Sports & Training Centre (ACSTC) are set to ‘wow’ audiences at the Sydney’s Royal Easter Show and be the stars in the SUPERCOAT SPECTACULAR.

Supercoat Spectacular, Sydney Royal Easter Show

Amazingly the vast majority of these talented pooches are rescue dogs and from Monday, 14 April they will be spectacularly jumping and splashing into a 100,000 litre pool, playing doggie ‘soccer’ and showing off their trained tricks and K9 stunts. Supercoat Spectacular, Sydney Royal Easter ShowSupercoat Spectacular, Sydney Royal Easter Show

Ranging from three years old up all these special dogs were originally rescued from shelters and have faced many difficulties ranging from anxiety, high stress and abandonment. One of the ways the ACSTC assist the dogs in overcoming these issues is through sports and bonding through training and harnessing their natural instincts.

Farmer Dave, Trainer and Owner at the ACSTC is thrilled to be working with SUPERCOAT at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Supercoat Spectacular, Sydney Royal Easter Show“After months of training we just can’t wait to be able to showcase our dogs and their amazing talents at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. It’s hard to believe that the majority of these now confident and capable dogs are originally rescue animals.”

From Monday 14th April toThursday18th April, and Monday 21st April, the SUPERCOAT SPECTACULAR will be host an amazing display of doggie talents with performances including Dock Dogs, Treiball, K9 FUNgility, Dog High Jump, SUPERCOAT Tricksters and Canine Disk.


SITE: http://www.purina.com.au/show/events-and-activities

WHEN:  Monday 14th-Thursday 17th April and Monday 21st April

WHERE: SUPERCOAT Arena, Daily Telegraph Park, Sydney Royal Easter Show

TIMES: Shows (30min duration)
9.45 am – 10.15 am          10.45 am – 11.15 am          11.45 am – 12.15

12.45 pm – 1.15 pm          1.45 pm -2.15pm                2.45pm – 3.15 pm

3.45 pm – 4.15 pm           4.45 pm – 5.15 pm


• Treiball: It’s Sheep Herding without the sheep! Perfect for the inner herder in the inner city. Soccer playing dogs push large coloured balls using their nose and shoulder under the direction of their handler into 6’ goal posts.

• Dock Dogs: Fastest growing dog sport globally is all about fun. See the highest flying dogs in the southern hemisphere explode off a world class 40’ dock and splashdown into a 100,000 litre pool to the roar of excitement.

• K9 FUNgility: Its time to lose the apparatus and bring out the kids! Farmer Dave selects audience members to form a series of agility equipment and test our K9’s through this new challenge.

• The Dog High Jump: Taking an old country classic to new heights with our dogs taking on the vertical challenge of who is Sydney Royal Easter Shows highest flyer.

• Agility: Competing in teams of professional versus rescue dogs with only 6 weeks training this high paced sport proves that with great training and coaching the podium is only a paw away.

• The SUPERCOAT Tricksters: The team at Australian Canine Sports & Training Centre take the audience on a journey of taking K9’s from dumped dogs to Sydney Royal Easter Show Superstars with their array of trained tricks and K9 stunts to show what can be achieved with any dog and their humans.

For more information about the dog activities at the Sydney Royal Easter Show visit: http://www.purina.com.au/show/events-and-activities

Come along with the family and watch these talented pooches in action, remembering that most of them  are rescue dogs!

Hopefully this exposure will encourage folks who are looking to add a dog to their family, to give a rescue dog the chance of a new life.










Lookin’ out my back door


Daily Prompt:

Look out your back window or door — describe what you see, as if you were trying to convey the scene to someone from another country or planet.

Pictures speak a thousand words so I’ll let these photos speak for themselves.

When I look out my back windows, this is what I see

Fields as far as the eye can see and beautiful sunsets

Fields as far as the eye can see and beautiful sunsets


fields of green

Fields of green and mountains in the distance


Cows in the meadow

Cows in the meadow


Houses nestled in the hills with the occasional rainbow

Houses nestled in the hills with the occasional rainbow


  And the outline of Tamborine Mountain in the distance – famous for it’s food and wine trails, bushwalking and waterfalls.

Most days I see lots of brightly coloured parrots

Sulphur Crested White Cockatoos

Sulphur Crested White Cockatoos sitting on my fence

Rainbow Lorikeets

Rainbow Lorikeets


I feel blessed to enjoy all this on my doorstep!













Giraffe Manor Nairobi


Giraffe Manor is a unique property and hotel in the Lang’ata suburb of Nairobi, Kenya, famous for its resident herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes that live in the extensive grounds of the manor house. Every day shortly before 9am, the mammoth beasts stroll up to the house and poke their heads through the windows and doors in search of morning treats.

Giraffe morning treats

Morning Treats please

morning breakfast

Guests could feed the giraffes from their breakfast table, photograph them and interact with this graceful animal through the open window, at the front door and even at the second floor bedroom window!

Giraffe Manor NairobiThis is the only place in the world where one can share breakfast with the world’s tallest animal.


The Giraffe Manor was built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan, in 150 acres of land running down to the Mbagathi River , the southern boundary of the city of Nairobi .. In the 1960s the Manor was purchased by a local investor who leased it to a succession of people, including the late Dennis Lakin, before it fell into disrepair, unoccupied.   From 1974, Giraffe Manor was the home of Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville, whose lifelong ambition became the preservation of this beautiful and threatened species of giraffe.Giraffe Manor

When Jock died, Betty decided to open her house, now called The Giraffe Manor, to visitors. Today, many tourists make the Giraffe Manor part of their East African Safari. Some spend a week here and The Giraffe Manor is reported to have many repeat guests, who have become old friends with the hotel owners.


As well as the giraffes, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthog and the elusive bush buck.


Wouldn’t this would be an amazing place to go for a holiday and interact with these beautiful animals yourself?

The connection between animals and humans never ceases to amaze me!