Rescue Dogs Will Be Stars at Show

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

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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.



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:

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.










Houses nestled in the hills with the occasional rainbow

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!

Beware of Humans My Son

Talking to my Son” was written by a close friend of mine who, like myself,  is a staunch advocate of protecting animals - domestic or wild. We try to be the voice of animals by making people the world over more aware of the terrible toll we humans are having on the animal kingdom, sometimes because of ignorance and sad to say, sometimes because of the downright cruelty of man.

TALKING TO MY SON – (A Lion’s point of view)
(by Kaye Edwards-Crandall)

Leo and son

Son, I need you to sit down while I have a father to son chat.
You know you are my PRIDE and joy, and I love you, but there are some things you need to know before you go out into the world.
Son, there are beings out there called HUMANS. Now, I am not saying all these beings are bad son, but a lot of them are here in our natural habitat. It is difficult son, to differentiate between the bad and the good… but most of the bad, they have these things in their arms called “rifles”..
These are the bad guys son. These are the ones who will take down what they call a ‘trophy’, and it could be any of our buddies here on the plains, they don’t seem to differentiate. They just see you, they aim, and they shoot.

My son… I have to tell you, that not long after you were born, your mother was out, hunting for food to feed you, and the pride, like all the mums do. She had left you with me, and went to ‘hunt’ son.. yes, I said ‘hunt’ because it’s a word we, in the Pride, have to use because it is how we survive, it is how we live, eat, it is how we procreate, and it is how you are here today. It is the way of the wild son.
Your mother did not come home my boy’ she was gone far too long and I knew instinctively there was something very wrong.
I left you alone son, and went to look for her.
I searched and searched, and as I got to the top of a hill and looked down… I saw her my boy.. I saw your mother, laying between the humans… they were laughing and joyous as your mother lay still and lifeless.
Your mother was so still, and I ran down to bring her back home… I was running down the hill, my head back and roaring, and as I got closer, I could see the blood running from your mother. I saw the “rifles” in these barbaric hands, and I got so angry son. These things called “humans” had killed your mother.
They turned and saw me coming, and they got their “rifles” and aimed at me.. I felt the danger son, I felt the pain your mother went through, and I had no choice but to turn around and come back to protect you, as these men were shooting at me.
Your mother was never to return to look after you and I thank the wilderness you were then old enough to grow and be helped by the other members of the Pride.

Leo and SonThe lesson is .. my boy … don’t trust them, not under any circumstances. They say there are some good ones, but I believe that, if any race takes a life for no reason but to laugh and have a trophy… then they don’t deserve to be on this planet.

I love you my son, and I want you to be very aware, because I never want you to become a mere stuffed head on a wall, called a “good catch”.
Your Loving father,

The question is, what can we do about the terrible things we see and hear being done to animals?
 We can speak up for them and be their voice, by reporting any animal abuse we see or hear about, to the authorities so each case can be investigated and hopefully, the perpetrators be held accountable for their actions.
We need to insist on stricter laws for animal abuse within our own countries.

Please do what you can - each one of us can make a difference.

Lion Licking Cub

They feel, just like us, and deserve better.

You know you’re Australian when….

It’s Australia Day today, 26 January, the official national day of Australia 


There is a serious side to our National Day which I blogged about last year in my A-Z of Australia segment, so this year I wanted show you a lighter side to our Australia Day.
Aussies celebrate this day with BBQ’s, get-togethers with friends and family at the beach, parks, at home - in fact, anywhere we can eat and drink with friends and have fun!


Here’s a little anecdote about Aussies – enjoy
(…and if you need a translation, just ask!)


You believe that stubbies can either be drunk or worn.
You pronounce Melbourne as ‘Mel-bin’.
You believe that the letter ’I’ in Australia is optional, and it’s a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
‘I’ in Australia is optional, and it’s perfectly ok to call it ‘Straya’.
You think ‘Wooloomooloo’ is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
You’re secretly proud of a country to have a $1 coin that is twice as big as a $2 coin.
You understand that ‘Wagga Wagga’ can be abbreviated to ‘Wagga’ but ‘Woy Woy’ cannot be just ‘Woy’.
Beetroot with your hamburger….of course!
You wear ugg boots outside the house.
You believe that the more you shorten someone’s name, the more you like them.
You understand that ‘excuse me’ can sound rude, but ‘scuse me’ is always polite.
You know it’s not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle and a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron.
You know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in ‘o’:  arvo, convo, garbo, lezzo, metho, milko, mso, servo, smoko, rego, speedo, righto, etc….
You know that there is a universal place called ‘Woop Woop’ located in the middle of nowhere, no matter where you actually are!
And you can understand all of this, had a giggle, and tell all your aussie and international friends.

I love it’s Golden Beaches and Green Hinterland!

HappyAustraliaDayMate                I love Australia!                     



Pet Friendly Accommodation

Are you having problems finding pet friendly accommodation?


From my own personal experience when I want to go on holiday and take my dogs, it’s pretty near impossible to find somewhere I can go with them. ‘No pets allowed’ signs are everywhere it seems.
I have never put them in to Kennels and am not going to start now.
Where they go, I go.  The Girls Penny and Poppy


There are places we can take our pets, but it’s hard to find information about them. However, I’d like to share a holiday home rental site I’ve discovered called who provide a large number of properties that allow you to bring your furry member of the family along with you.

This post is written with Australia in mind, but they also have properties available to rent both domestically and internationally. Their site has detailed property descriptions, photos with a list of amenities and nearby attractions.


With the holiday season only a matter of weeks away, it’s often a stressful time of year for many pet owners, who are facing the decision of what to do with their beloved family pet while away on holiday.
With over 50% of Australians now sharing their households with at least one cat or dog (or both), it’s also a very common holiday season dilemma, often tied to feelings of anxiety and guilt for their pets well-being and happiness.

Please take me with you

Please take me with you


It’s not surprising then that many holidaymakers are increasingly choosing to take their pets with them on holiday.

While the traditional hotel/motel experience often don’t allow for the inclusion of pets, many holidaymakers are thinking outside the square and opting for private holiday home rentals instead.

Attune to the increase in the number of travellers now seeking pet-friendly accommodation, leading holiday home rental site,, provide a large number of properties that allow you to also bring that furry member of your family along for the fun.

With over 600 properties listed as “pet-friendly” across Australia, recommends Phillip Island, Noosa and Byron Bay as ideal retreats this summer for people with four-legged travelling companions.

So there you go, have a look at their website or give them a call and they will do everything they can to find the right holiday home for you and your pet.

Tail Wagging Dachshunds

We’re going on vacation with our humans!