Magazine for members of the Southern Counties Australian Terrier Club

The Aussie



To bathe

or not to





Magazine for Members of

the Southern Coun4es

Australian Terrier Club


The Hair of the Dog

Getting the


What’s inside

Party in the park. Our

annual big event.

Who were they?

Con4nuing the

series on Aussie

owners of the past.

Click clack. The

Aussie looks at

dog’s nails.

Training Tips looks at making

sure your Aussie plays nicely!

What a Tinker!

The first PAT

Australian Terrier


Little Legs, Big

Hearts. Catching up

with Bella the Agility


Why does my


Questions you keep

asking us

A thankyou to some

PAT Aussies



Killer. The Aussie


pyometra in its

continuing series

about Bitches.

Hotting up. Have

we got hot dogs?

To Bathe or not to

Bathe that is the




The Hair of the

dog. How dog’s

hair show stress.

Let sleeping Aussies Lie.

The series posi4ons of

Aussies and what it all


Aussie owners in Norway have

an Aussie BBQ and party.

We are human too

or are we? Looking

at how our menu

and our dogs is

becoming similar.



GeKng the needle.

All about

acupuncture. Part of

the series on




Talking Point looks at

the future of

pedigree dogs

In the Summer

Time. What to

watch out for in the


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The Aussie

It’s over for another year…how was this year’s party in the



I have to admit in the run up there were a few challenges.

Not least the fact that the KC sent Heelwork to Music

documenta4on. Although many of our members are

probably Strictly Come Dancing fans, I don’t think they were

wan4ng to take part in a SCATC version! But all were resolved

and I think it made a few people smile on the day.

The Aussie

We gather the Chairman and yourself took part in an

obstacle course.


Oh yes, you mean the task of carrying a trestle table through

the rings, crowds etc from one side of the showground to the

other. Sadly, Bannerdown let us down and did not bring the

requested table. We decided that there is only so long we

could expect our members and friends to wait for their buffet

lunch. We took maUers into our own hands and fetched a

table ourselves. Who needs a gym membership when you

are on the SCATC commiUee!

The Aussie

But the show was a success, wasn’t it?


Absolutely. The atmosphere at Windsor is always brilliant and

it is helped by those who give so willingly to ensure the day

goes well. Thank you to all of you.

The Aussie

What else has been happening?


There was the AGM. We held it in a pub once again. Although

we looked for other op4ons, those who were able to aUend

felt that an AGM followed by a pub lunch, where we can all

chat aVerwards, was the preference. The Club covers the

Southern Coun4es and as the previous loca4ons have been

north of our area, there was a request for a more southerly

one so others would find it easier to aUend. Also, there was

the request no M25 and a weekday. So we tried to

accommodate as many of the members wishes as possible.

The Aussie

What feedback do you have from the AGM?


The pub we chose was right by the beach proved to be a

great loca4on. The sun shone as well. It was dog friendly

pub, so our Aussies could be part of the AGM and

The Aussie

What feedback do you have from the AGM?


The pub we chose was right by the beach proved to be a great

loca4on. The sun shone as well. It was dog friendly pub, so our

Aussies could be part of the AGM and aVerwards there were

some great dog walking opportuni4es for them. I am delighted

to report that Karen Ferris was co-opted to the CommiUee. I

am sure she will be an asset. Our finances are in good shape as

well. The goal is not to make mega bucks, but to give back as

much as we can to our members.

The Aussie

What about the thorny ques4on of the JCF – the Judges

Competency Framework.


Our dog show exhibitors will be aware that the new process is

on hold whilst it is being reviewed. Our members decided that

the Club would not hold a Breed Awareness Day on our patch

un4l the comple4on of the review. Then we could provide

exactly what the the Panel agrees to be the format. We did

discuss the Mentoring Scheme. Members unanimously agreed

that the hands on version would be ideal to link to the Aussie

Day we plan to organise.

The Aussie

This has been men4oned before. Do you have any more



We know the Australian Terrier Club of GB has expressed an

interest in joining the event. Other breeds run this and they

are incredibly popular with owners, who enjoy the breed but

are not dog exhibitors. At the mee4ng members discussed

possible content like fun agility; grooming; learning about the

history and the breed in general; how to show a dog and about

dog shows. Those that aUend Windsor are not always sure

how the compe44on works. Some Junior handling and perhaps

some scentwork and mantrailing ac4vi4es. We have a long list.

But so much depends on 4ming, venue, and who is going to


The Aussie

Sounds like you all had a good mee4ng.


Yes, but we s4ll had 4me for lunch and a good catch up. We try

to make everything we do at SCATC fun and appealing to our


The Aussie

Thanks Chris. We look forward to the update in the next

edi4on of the Aussie Magazine.

Party in the Park

Once again the Aussies were out at the Windsor Championship Show. Not just those who were being shown, but companion

Aussies heading to the annual Party in the Park to celebrate owning and loving their Aussies. This year there were classes

offering CCs at the Windsor Show. This is part of the Kennel Club Trial to help encourage more people to show their dogs. As

is oVen the case, its quality not quan4ty at our shows. So with placements in Veteran Terrier Group and being pulled out in

the Terrier Group - this year the Aussies certainly made their presence felt at Windsor.

Of course, our Club Show was as popular as ever. Being a Thursday we didn’t get as many Aussies there as usual, but

everyone who did manage to get there had a great day. Our judge was Peter Young this year and he certainly enjoyed the

SCATC hospitality. Our buffet was managed by Shani Stewart. Not an Aussie owner, but a supporter of the breed. We are very

lucky that so many people are willing to help our Club. Without it we would not be able to provide the day that we know

everyone likes to enjoy.

Once again we were delighted that Arden Grange provided prizes for the show.

Hon Secretary

Chris Foske5

briefing Sue

McCourt, a Vice

President - before

she opened the


Queuing for the ever

popular Pimms and

alcohol free Mojito.

The lull before the judging

began - our Judge and


Cerys eyes up the



WaiKng Ringside for the judging to


This year Shani coordinated

the buffet.

Not an Aussie owner -

she has a Shih Tzu - not

everyone can be


Chris chats to

Treasurer - Steve.






We all know our Aussies can jump. The art is making them do

it, when we want them to!

Becky Howell and Bella are regular compe4tors in the Agility

scene and it is great to see an Aussie gaining some great


Agility is very oVen the domain of the Border Collie, but

there are an increasing number of people with Aussies

compe4ng on a regular basis and bringing home the roseUes.

Many Aussie owners aspire to taking up the ac4vity, although

perhaps on a more fun than compe44ve basis. But our

Aussie can really pull out the stops when they have to.

Training an Aussie can be challenging - they do think for

themselves and like to let you know they interpret the

ac4vity for their own benefit. One Aussie compe4tor

admiUed that her Aussie was tempted by socks. One sight of

a sock and they were off to get it. Stuff the agility course.


But when they do concentrate - well they can really show

everyone that an Aussie is a great liUle Agility dog.

Recently, Becky and Bella qualified for the Final of the TAG

Team Compe44on in the UK. They were members of the

ABAA Mini Monster Team.

How did they qualify?

The TAG team consists of 4 handlers and their dogs and they

have to run a relay over the same course.

On May 5 ef , they took part in one of the heats. There were

26 teams entered of all sizes. This does means teams of

Border Collies. In theory the masters of the game. But on

that day, the liUle legs of the team won through and they

qualified by winning the first place. That does take some

doing, but it shows the spirit and determina4on of all


The finals were in July and the top 15 teams from the UK

took part. It is really impressive that Bella got there. Sadly no

first place this 4me, but just to get there and having an

Aussie in the team – well that is a great story for the breed.

We hope more people see what an Aussie can do and the

ever growing sport of Agility will see more and more Aussies

gaining success in this sport.

Bella in ac)on during the year, showing just

how much she enjoys it.

As Becky said, Bella doesn't’ know she is

compe)ng for a rose>e, all she know is that this

game is a lot of fun.


Eat grass

This is one of the most frequently asked

ques4ons. We see our dog ea4ng grass or

chewing on plants — seemingly for no

reason. Not surprisingly they can gag or even

vomit the grass they have swallowed and

then go right back to ea4ng more grass!

Other 4mes the grass they swallow may pass

through their diges4ve system undigested.

Are they trying to make themselves vomit?

Are they trying to make themselves pass

something? Are they aUemp4ng to clear

their intes4nal tract of foreign objects or


Some people believe that dogs eat strange

things to s4mulate vomi4ng or diarrhoea,

but this is undermined by the fact that most

dogs do not act ill before ea4ng grass.

Besides, most dogs that eat grass don’t vomit

at all.

Many vets medical opinion as to why dogs

eat grass and plants is quite simply: they like

the taste and texture — much like many

people eat celery or leUuce. If you watch,

Aussies do like the fresh grass in spring,

which is sweeter and tas4er. Next 4me your

Aussie eats grass, generally they are just

enjoying a free snack!

Rush around in circles in the house and garden

Most Aussie owners will have seen their dog running in

circles at top speed around the garden or house? The

Aussie can leap and jump extraordinarily well, but you do

wonder why. Have they been stung by a bee, spooked by

something, or had he turned into a wild animal? Chances

are it was simply a case of what is called the dog zoomies.

According to the Los Angeles-based, Animal Behaviourist

Dr Jill Goldman, zoomies are a type of Frene4c Random

Ac4vity Period (FRAP) where a dog seems to suddenly

explode with energy. She describes then as like a burst of

energy like a volcano. Energy builds up then there is the

expression and release of that energy. Usually, with the

zoomies, a dog will show repe44ve behaviour like running

around in circles, taking laps around the garden, or

con4nuously circling the dining room table, or leaping from

chairs to sofas.

Goldman explains that dogs engage in the zoomies when,

they have some form of excess energy that’s been

contained such as physical energy, if they’ve been cooped

up for awhile, or nervous energy, like when they have

tolerated an uncomfortable situa4on. Some4mes it’s the

prospect of their dinner being served, pent up excitement.

The chance to finally release that energy can lead to

seemingly wild FRAPping behaviour. Any4me your dog has

been denied the opportunity to express his natural energy

levels; you can predict a case of the zoomies.

Kick back their feet?

How many of you have no4ced that aVer your Aussie has

been clean, they kick back the grass, leaves, dirt behind them

and oVen over you if you are in the wrong posi4on when

poop scooping! Several of our readers have commented on

this and asked ‘The Aussie’ to explain why this happens!

Firstly, kicking their paws in a backward mo4on is much more

than just cleaning their feet of maybe covering their poo.

Dogs have glands in their paws that release unique

pheromones. By rubbing their feet, or scratching their paws

on a surface they release this scent which has a territorial


By kicking back when they have been clean or even when

they haven’t – it is your dog leKng others know they have

claimed the area. This relates to the canine behaviour of

establishing a hierarchy and who is in charge within the

territory. The same applies to urina4ng on objects in the

area, releasing their pheromones has the same effect and

lets all the other dogs in the area know who is boss.

This behaviour is not limited to the biggest dogs in the

neighbourhood. We all know Aussies think they are the same

size as a Great Dane and they do this! It is all about the fact

they believe they are the alpha dog and are leKng the

neighbourhood know!

It is interes4ng that the alpha dog of an area can change. If

your Aussie was previously the alpha dog of the road and

another dog moves in and establishes a stronger presence –

well your Aussie may refrain from doing this locally.

Another reason for scratching up the ground is to spread the

word that they are around. This ac4on is not limited to male

dogs, the females can do this just as much. As some of you

have men4oned.

Rip out the squeakers and stuffing of toys

You know the drill—you scour every aisle and

thoughnully consider what toy your dog will like

best. You pick out what you think is the perfect

squeaky duck or oinky pig, but within minutes of

presen4ng it to your dog, you’re picking it off the

floor in pieces. There’s a pile of fluff over there,

the squeaker somehow made it under the couch,

and the culprit—your dog—seems completely

sa4sfied with her crime.

No maUer how docile your lap dog might be,

there’s the shadow of a gene4cally encoded preykiller

lurking within them. When presented with a

toy that makes a high pitched squeaky noise, many

dogs will revert to a stylised version of the shake

and kill paUern of their wild ancestors. This preycry

trigger can cause dogs to rip apart their toys in

an effort to get to the sound and “kill” the squeak.

Have you no4ced that the thrill is gone for your

dog once the squeaker is vanquished? Silencing

the squeak by ripping through the plush allows

your dog to experience a sequence that fulfils a

small part of his wild dog ancestry.

Tearing through a toy is a fun job that has a very

clear start, middle, and end point: first, finding the

squeakers in the item through surgical explora4on

(“There’s got to be a loose seam somewhere!”),

then working through the pleasurable act of

pulling the toy apart piece by piece, and finally

deciding that toy is dead and surveying the


But toy eviscera4on is an expensive habit that can

be dangerous as well. Some dogs are driven to

ingest the pieces they pull off, which can lead to

emergency vet visits to deal with obstruc4ons. So

you should monitor your dog when playing with


We are Human Too…


Are we?

In this edi4on of ‘The Aussie’, we look at the

growing trend to offer humanised food for

dogs. In previous edi4ons of the Magazine,

we have inves4gated the various types foods

on offer. In this edi4on, we look at the trend

to offer food that is termed ‘humanised’ to

our dogs. The concept relies on our desire to

please out dogs, plus capture our interest by

menus and mixes that appeal to our palates.

As has been discussed before, a dog does

have a different view on food, but we know

they can be tempted by many foods that we

eat. And yes, many of us give our dogs a few

treats – the odd crisp, part of a sandwich

etc, but companies and establishments are

picking up on this latest bandwagon. There

are a growing number of restaurants that

not only accept your dog, but provide a

menu for them as well. Plus there are other

foods appearing on the market which cater

for our tastes rather than the dogs. ‘The

Aussie’ looks into this new and growing


You can splash out and

enjoy aVernoon tea

with your friends and

your dog at the Egerton

House Hotel in

Knightsbridge. It costs

around £50 for you and

£25 for your Aussie!

We all love to pamper our dog and there is a great

tempta4on to fuss them with special treats that appeal to

us, rather than the dog, but would you shell out £30 for

your dog to eat in a restaurant with you? If you head for

Chelsea that is exactly what you could be doing.

EaKng out

A new pop-up restaurant has launched at the Bluebird Café

in Chelsea. Here your dog can tuck into a delicious three

course meal which could include such delicacies as venison

sausages and peanut buUer. As recent research suggests

that 20% of Bri4sh dog owners would cut back on their own

meals before seeing their pets go short, hence this new

restaurant is proving to be popular.

Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge offers aVernoon tea

and a doggy aVernoon tea menu as well.

If you’re looking for a restaurant that not only allows

dogs, but also provides them with their own lunch menu,

then M Victoria Street is the place for you. For £35, both

a two-legged diner and their four-legged friend can enjoy

a two-course menu suitable for both humans and dogs.

Swedish Experiment

A Swedish restaurant group has recently taken the lead and

introduced affordable canine meals. Not only can families

take their dogs into the restaurants, they can buy them a

nice meal. Owners can choose either cod or organic beef

for their pets and the doggy meals cost the equivalent of

just £4.20. The Avenyfamiljen restaurants in Gothenburg

are even offering an imita4on beer to accompany the

special meals. The doggy beer is made from beef stock.

Most dog friendly restaurants and pubs offer bowls of water

and dog biscuits. Although, The King’s Head in Woodbridge

introduced a new MuU’s Menu to make the pub an

aUrac4ve prospect for people dining out with their dogs. All

items cost £1 and the range is: Cow or pigs ears, honey

dried pig snout (which is the top favourite), knoUed bone,

doggy sausage or a ramekin of gravy bones.

The Three Greyhounds Inn, Knutsford, Cheshire welcome

well behaved dogs to their Brandy Snug, the bar area in

addi4on to the Garden. As well as the bowls of water and

dog biscuits, they have their own ‘Dog Munchies’ menu

which includes Gourmet Porkies, The Dog Treat Company’s

Baked Doggie Treats and ‘dog boUled beer’, a meat based

stock drink for dogs!

Most Aussies would be

delighted to share the left

overs from your Sunday


Doggy Ice Cream

Restaurants aren’t alone in offering humanised dog food. People

are showing a growing need to serve their dogs with food which is

remarkably similar to their own. The US fast food chain Shake

Shack has a dog menu to keep your dog happy whilst you tuck in

to one of their burgers. ShackBurger® dog biscuits and vanilla

custard. Includes dairy, egg and sugar. Not intended for small

dogs... the company suggest that you just let 'em have a lick or

two! But guess an Aussie would want more than that! The Dogs

Cake Bakery offer a variety of tantalising treats like extravagant

canine birthday cakes. They have also created several varie4es of

ice cream including “Licker-Barker Glory” and “Wagnums”! They

have plans to sell them from a refurbished ice cream van for the


Tea and Cakes

Meanwhile Mrs Bishops Doggy Deli in NoKngham offers a range

of delicacies like Cherry Bakewell's priced at 4 for £4 or Chocolate

Biccy bones at £1 each. Or how about Chocolate Eclaws priced at 3

for £2.50. The same price is for doggy donuts. Oh and the

chocolate is suitable for dogs. Along wit the biscuits and popcorn,

Woof & Brew produce herbal tea bags for pooches. None of these

treats come cheap. The cakes can be washed down by the ‘Woof

and Brew’ herbal tea bags. With names like Lapdog Souchong, Earl

Greyhound and BarkJeeling. At £9.99 a pack it’s not a cheap

op4on, but certainly makes us smile.


The Shake Shack doggie bag.

Given that the modern Bri4sh human diet has done nothing for

the na4on’s health it is seems extraordinary that people would like

to mirror it in the food they provide for their pets. We have an

obesity epidemic, a huge rise in cases of diabetes and all sorts of

other issues are doubtless lurking in the shadows.

Many of the special humanised treats on offer have been

formulated specifically for canines and feature healthy ingredients.

However, there is surely a huge risk of pets being over fed here. It

is incredibly easy for dogs to become overweight. This is more

likely to happen if they are fed three course meals with sausages

and expensive birthday cakes.

Bad Habits

A few of the temp4ng cakes and biscuits from Mrs

Bishops Doggy Deli. The looks do appeal more to our

eyes than that of our Aussies, don’t you agree?

In addi4on to the danger of obesity it is never a good idea to

acclima4sing your Aussie to extravagant foods. You are likely to

end up with a dog that won’t eat its proper healthy dog food and

one which is only interested in treats and perhaps what is on your


If you want your dog to enjoy a long and healthy life then s4ck to

dog food. Your dog doesn’t care if its meals are in sausage form,

look like a donuts or are birthday cake shaped. If you feed only

good dog food and are careful about the amounts you serve then

your dog will not gain weight and will receive all the nutrients it

needs. These great op4ons should be regarded as ‘treat’ and

considered as part of your Aussie’s daily intake. Treats are not bad,

just in modera4on. Your dog will be happy and so will your bank

A couple of op4ons for your Aussie,

should they decide water is

no longer good enough for their

delicate palates.

In the Summertime

As you read this ar)cle, you are

probably watching the rain pour

down and maybe pondering

whether to switch on the hea)ng

again. Such is the varia)ons in our

climate. But we may be sweltering

in hot sunshine and humid

temperatures. Increasingly there

are a list of warnings and cau)ons

being issued as soon as it gets hot

in the UK. And - it’s not just the

heat to consider. ‘The Aussie’

reminds readers of just a few of the

things that are being raise as

warnings to us as dog owners.


These can be great places to visit with your dog. Although

during the summer, there are many beaches with restric4ons

on where dogs can walk. You can check this website to find

the best beaches that are dog friendly.


Some Aussies just love to swim, but the safety rules for us

apply to our dogs as well. And remember, should you dog get

into deep water and be struggling you are not a Baywatch

star , so call for help and don’t jump in aVer them.

Do check that your Aussie doesn’t drink the salt water – it’s

not good for them. To counter it, try to get your Aussie to

drink lots of water before you get to the beach, during and

aVer the fun.

Beaches look great but many owners have found that broken

glass, and sharp object can lurk in the sand and have cut a

dog;’s paw. Even the heat of the sand can burn the dog’s feet.

It's not just tarmac on the pavements and roads.

Talking of sand, it gets everywhere. Into our food, clothes, the

dog’s coats and if there are any tasty morsels that have been

discarded by your fellow beach enthusiasts. The undiscerning

tastes of an Aussie can mean it grabs the food as well as a

mouthful of sand. And that’s not so good for their diges4on!

Grass seeds

Already the vets are seeing dogs arrive at the surgery with

grass seeds in their feet and even up their noses and lodged

in the 3 }~ eyelid!. As the weather warms up and the grass

dries out, so do the grass seeds. They can be incredibly sharp

and penetrate the skin. The shape is almost arrow like and so

once in, they are less easy to remove.

Symptoms to look out for include;

-swellings on the body (can be red or pus filled)

-head shaking , loss of balance

-discharge from eyes or nose

-licking toes

-limping /lameness


-difficulty breathing

-licking at the genital area

-blood in urine or difficulty urina4ng

If you let your Aussie go swimming -

make sure it’s safe. Remember, in the

summer blue green algae appears in

lakes and ponds and can be lethal to

dogs. Sadly there have been more cases

than usual reported in S England this


Also lurking in grass can be an Adder.

When it’s warm they are ac4ve.

Usually it is less of a problem later in

summer, but vets are repor4ng more

incidents than usual.

A grass seed removed from a foot.

Posi)oned next to a syringe to give

an idea of the size they can be.


We have all taken to the idea of BBQs. As soon as we get an

evening where it is light and not likely to rain – out comes

the BBQ and friends and family come round. Our Aussies are

par4al to the BBQ as well. It means for them food in

abundance to scrounge. Picnics can have the same level of

interest as well.

Most Aussie owners will know the speed and stealth that an

Aussie possesses when it comes to grabbing a tasty morsel.

So care has to be taken where food is leV and recently there

has been concern with the wooden kebab skewers. A chomp

at the kebab and that includes the splintering wood. And it’s

not just meat that can tempt, alcohol leV around can be very

tasty to some Aussies.

Do be aware that the hot embers are just as dangerous for

us as they are for our Aussies. They can be very nosey and

try to look what is happening on the grill, so it’s a good idea

not to let them be the sous chef for the event.

If you have a few non dog aware visitors, it is important to

make sure they know about shuKng gates and doors. The

last thing you want to spoil a great BBQ is to spend the

evening trying to work out where your Aussie has gone!

It is also important to remember that not all Aussies enjoy

company during the evening. There are many tales of

Aussies being very upset when the party does not end at

their bed4me, so they need to be able to driV off to get

their beauty sleep. Oh and they probably assume your seat

is theirs as well!! Make sure you have plenty of seats!

Heat Stroke

So the Aussie loves to be out in the sun, but they can get

overheated. It is a good idea to 4me the walks at the coolest

4mes of the day. Most Aussie owners are very aware, but

when on holiday it is some4mes not so easy to manage the

daily ac4vi4es. Check out the guide showing the signs to

look for in rela4on to heat stroke featured in this ar4cle.

Outdoor event s oNen

mean food and can be

very temp)ng to an

Aussie. Not all food is

suitable, so don’t be

fooled by the bu>er

wouldn’t melt in mouth


Drinks can be another

tempta)on and alcohol

is not good for dogs.

Even when travelling in a car it can get hot, so make sure the

air condi4oning gets to where your dog is siKng in the car.

And we don’t have to remind you – NEVER leave your dog in

the car – it can heat up so quickly. A 2 degree rise in your

dog’s body temperature and heat stroke is star4ng. 15

minutes of intense heat and you can have one dead dog.

Keeping your Aussie

cool when out and

about on a hot,

summer’s day.

Who were


For decades, it was almost tradi4on that the Governors

and Governor General’s chose to have an Australian

Terrier when they arrived in Australia.

It appears that when Sir Robert George became the

Governor of South Australia he followed this tradi4on

and his wife became the proud owner of Pepper the

Australia Terrier in 1953. The same year they arrived in

Adelaide to take up the appointment. Lady Norrie, her

predecessor had been an ardent fan of the breed, so it

is likely that that it was on her sugges4on that Pepper

joined the household.

Sir Robert was Governor at a 4me where there were 3 natural

disasters in the State – the first was when Adelaide's worst

earthquake damaged Government House and many other buildings

in March 1954, a fortnight before Queen Elizabeth II made her first

visit to the city. Then in January 1955 when bushfires destroyed fiVy

homes, including the vice-regal summer residence, Marble Hill.

Trapped by the flames for two hours, the Georges and their staff lost

their personal effects and were lucky to escape with their lives.

Hopefully Pepper survived. Finally, the 1956 Murray River Flood was

the largest in recorded history.

Lady George was involved in many charitable ac4vi4es, but appears

not to have been up-to-date with the changing 4mes. She upset

educa4onists and feminists when opening laboratories and

classrooms at a girls' college, where she claimed: 'the most important

thing for a girl is to learn how to run a home well' and suggested that

'many wars might have been prevented' if women had 'kept their

menfolk beUer fed and more contented'.

Sir Robert also ruffled feathers demanding a swimming pool and a

personal helicopter. He was also taken to court for not paying his

Cooks wages. There was an out of court seUlement. But these did not

help his profile in Australia.

Sir Robert re4red to England in 1959 and became a director in

London of the Bank of Adelaide and the Australian Estates Co. Ltd.

Survived by his wife, daughter and three sons, he died on 13

September 1967 at St Marylebone aVer being struck by a motorcar.

13 proving not to be too lucky for him!

The photo features Pepper as an 11 month old pup and

not with Sir Robert but with his ADC Flt-Lt. Lionel

Taylor. This image featured in the newspapers of the

4me as a few days before Pepper had vanished from

Government House.

Adverts were places in the newspapers for everyone to

be on the lookout for Pepper and return him home.

He was eventually found wandering in a street in North

Adelaide by 19 year old Peter MaUhew. He had seen

the advert and recognised Pepper and immediately

took him to the Governor’s Residence.

A much relieved Lady George explained that Pepper

did usually wear a collar with a stamp saying

Government House and the telephone number, but he

had been playing in the grounds that day without his

collar. This is not the first instance of a Governor’s

Aussie going missing, so obviously the grounds of

Government House were not secure and less en4cing

than the streets of Adelaide.

There doesn’t appear to be much more informa4on on

Pepper, so we can assume this wandering spirit was a

one off. Unlike many other Governors and their wives,

they don’t appear to have been so entrenched in the

dog scene or even a part of the Australian Terrier

circles of the 4me. Their successor wasn’t persuaded

to have an Aussie and it seems that these were the last

to have an Aussie installed within the family.

However, that wasn’t the only link between Sir Robert

and Lady George and Aussies. When they visited the

Ta4ara Soldiers memorial hospital in 1954, Matron

Payne’s Aussie, named Sharpie by the hospital staff,

took a great fancy to Lady George and accompanied

her on the tour of the hospital and grounds.

A Thankyou to the

PAT Aussies

Let Sleeping Aussies lie

Crazy legs

If your Aussie sleeps on his back with all his limbs s4cking up in the

air – bit like a dead bug – it is a considered to mean it’s a sign that

they are submissive and vulnerable. If your Aussie sleeps like this -

well you have a laid back and independent Aussie who feels very

secure in their surroundings. Many Aussies typically sleep on their

backs and as owners we suggest it’s because the breed comes from

downunder – and they are actually the right way up!

Passed out


When an Aussie is sprawled out and laying on

their belly, they are probably an energe4c dog

that has finally crashed. OVen you will see

puppies sleeping like this – it allows them to pop

back up and resume play as soon as they wake

up! Aussies oVen can be seen lying like this on

cold surfaces to cool down in summer.

This is a varia4on on the ‘Crazy legs’ When a

dog is zonked out completely, – lying on their

back with limbs drooping across their body,

there is a good chance they are hot. This is a

great way for them to cool off. If paws are

draped across the chest, it is saying ‘leave me

alone’. Your Aussie needs some beauty sleep!

Tummy curl

A dog sleeping on its stomach with

paws underneath them or by their

sides is asleep, but not geKng

quality sleep. In this posi4on a dog

cant reach REM sleep and it does not

allow their muscles to fully relax. If

you have a gently, shy Aussie – it

may well sleep like this. But equally,

it could be napping as it’s on the


The Fox

When a dog’s paws are underneath them

and tail wrapped around face, it’s probably

a sign that they are cold. This posi4on

allows them to keep as much heat in as

possible. This posi4on can be seen if a dog

is apprehensive. One of the photos shows

an Aussie just back from the Vets having

had an anaesthe4c and recovering. It’s a

secure posi4on for them.

One topic of conversa/on with Aussie

owners is how their Aussies lie when

they are sleeping. Their posi/ons do

make many of us smile and provide a lot

of entertainment value. ‘The Aussie’

looks at what we can read into the way

our Aussies sleep and the photos will

certainly make most readers think of

their own Aussies……

Back to Back

You can see dogs sleeping back to back – and not

just with a dog but with their owners. Those who

have Aussies on their beds may well have

experienced this. Although many report the

Aussie is pushing the owner closer and closer to

the edge of the bed! Your Aussie will only do this

with one of the pack members that they trust


Side sleepers

Dogs don’t usually sleep on their sides for long, but it can be a

typical napping posi4ons for them. Aussies who do this oVen

have strong familial bonds and have a lot of trust in their ‘pack’ –

human or dog. Quite oVen these dogs are very carefree and


Aussie Pile ups!

Aussie head rests

One notable posi4on for an

Aussie is the need to rest

their head on something

comfortable. It starts when

they are young as the photo

reveals. If a pillow isn’t

available they will take

whatever is comfy. Be it a toy,

or fellow Aussie! And of

course whether their chum

likes being a pillow or not!!!

If you have more than one

Aussie, one thing becomes

obvious is they like being close

to one another. They seem to

gravitate to one another be it to

chill in the warm sunshine or

just rest aVer a long walk. And

another trend that many no4ce

being that the same colours do

seem to s4ck together!



Gone are the days when a ‘pedigree’ dog with a string on CruVs

Champions in its long pedigree is regarded by the average ‘pet

owner’ as being the best dog you could buy. With the high profile

media stories, social media and the world becoming a much smaller

place due to technology – dog buyers are believing that a Kennel

Club pedigree doesn’t always mean the best quality dog.

This us regarded by many as the result of purebred dogs geKng a

bad press and the fickle general public has started to tar all

purebred dogs with the same brush. Maybe this is one reason for

the ‘oodles’ an ‘poos’ to get so much good publicity, but more of

that later.

Sadly, the good informa4on about pedigree dogs seems to get

overlooked, as quite simply its less newsworthy; doesn’t sell papers,

or get good TV ra4ngs.

Yes, being honest about the situa4on with pedigree dogs - there are

some that have problems and some breeders have been slow to

respond. Even to the extent of brushing the issues under the carpet.

Only last week, we heard an example of this at a training classes. A

first 4me dog owner was chaKng about her 8 month old Springer

Spaniel. She had re4red and at last her dream to have a Springer

was possible. She did her research, found a breeder via the KC

lis4ng – with great op4mism bought a pup and 6 months down the

line found out it had serious hip dysplasia in both hips. Devastated

was her ini4al response. But as a responsible owner she has taken

the dog to the best Vets to find ways to make things more

comfortable for her dog. On their advice, she informed the breeder.

The result was the breeders had no sympathy, denying that it could

be from their breeding and that their dogs all had perfect hip

scores. Then becoming very aggressive when the hip score of the

pup was logged on the KC database. This type of approach to a

problem does not help the cause for purebred dogs, or their

breeders. All that has happened is the story being spread providing

more fuel for the an4-pedigree dogs lobby.

This is not the common approach that breeders take. Many are

equally horrified that their much worked on breeding programme

has gone awry. Serious breeders spend hours staring at pedigrees,

checking out the issues and many taking DNA samples to gain more

knowledge about their lines. For hobby breeders, this very

expensive exercise is a labour of love for their breed. They don’t

want to breed dogs with problems, be they physical, or with the

temperament. Those with smaller gene pools spend money

impor4ng new lines to assist with maintaining the quality of their

purebred dogs. If a problem crops up, they look into causes and if

the only solu4on is to shut down lines and start again, then they

take the necessary steps to do this.

Without an honest approach, dogs con4nue to be in the

gene pool with the chance of passing on traits detrimental

to the breed and purebred dogs in general. By hiding

issues, unsuspec4ng breeders can be caught out. Not

knowing the source and a veil of silence really does not

one any favours. The dogs, owners and breeders suffer in

the short-term – but real issues just do not go away.

Long term not sharing and being upfront with the

problems, leads to the detriment of the breed and maybe

even its destruc4on. Surely, as keepers of the breed for

future genera4ons and playing god by controlling the

breeding and outcomes we should have more

responsibility. Or maybe it’s the approach of - I’m all right

jack now and blow the future as I’m not going to be round

to see what happens down the line!

Natural selec4on is claimed by many researchers as the

best way for a species to develop. Linking this to the

concept of survival of the fiUest. Although Darwin was not

a supporter of the concept of natural selec4on and was

more aligned to the theory of selec4ve breeding, which is

how many domes4c species have been created. Not just

dogs. He believed that natural selec4on would produces a

wide range of weird and wonderful results that wouldn’t

necessarily be correct for the species to survive. For those

who rate the ‘Heinz 57’ varie4es these days as being

healthier op4ons to the pedigree dogs – the down side is

that you just don’t know what’s going to crop up in each

DNA can shed a

light on the heritage

of a cross breed.

But would you

imagine that this

dog is 25% Yorkie?

What isn’t mentioned about

the coat of many of the

poodle mixes is that you

have to groom it. Plus the

coats dont always turn out

as expected. This poodle

mix taken to the groomer

has had to be clipped

dramatically to remove the

coat, which is more like a

fleece. Great for Groomers,

not for the dog!

Looking at a crossbreed, it's some4mes extremely difficult to

work out what breed types are in the gene4c cocktail.

However, many interested breeders do invest in a DNA

profile, which has become possible since breed DNAs have

been mapped. Look at the example featured in this ar4cle.

Who would believe it was 25% Yorkie?!

Then, of course, we have to men4on the latest craze of

designer dogs. Those created by a mash up between 2 well

known breeds to create a look that is in vogue. The ‘oodles’

and ‘poos’ are at the forefront of many poten4al dog owners

wish list.

‘Why’ many breeders of purebred dogs shake their heads in


Many say the ‘non shedding coat’ – but not every pup in the

liUer will have a poodle coat. Groomers will tell you that the

rise in popularity of these in essence ‘mongrels’ their

businesses have increased. Managing the coats is challenging

for the pet owners, especially as many of these breeds have

an undercoat as well as the curly poodle-like coat. That is

just one physical result of the cross that can arise. It doesn’t

stop any health issues that the parents might be recessively

carrying. And again, unsuspec4ng owners are finding they

have these to contend with, as the ‘pop’ up breeders seeing

they can be onto a fast buck are just breeding to supply the

market and not for the good of the dogs themselves. We

hear of pet owners buying these dogs for thousands of

pounds and then being very upset they do not fulfil their


One dog trainer recounted the tale of a new owner turning

up at class with her pup and distraught that it wasn’t

obedient. When asked why thought the puppy would be fully

trained, they explained they had paid £250 extra for that!

So why doesn’t all this nega4ve publicity emerge. Just the

good stuff.

Today it’s vital to increase consumer confidence in the

pedigree dog. Everyone has to work harder to dispel the

myths. Raise awareness that pedigree dogs do mean quality.

So disillusioned crossbreed owners realise the benefits of the

genera4ons of work that went into crea4ng consistency of

type and the dedica4on of breeders to ensure health and

well being of their pups.

Sadly this wont happen overnight, but breeders mustn’t give

up. The breeds were originally created by mixing and

matching dogs that provided a type fit for purpose. They

built on these quali4es, so that today we have dogs that

possess that all important consistency. Dog breeders must

stop and think about some of the exaggerated traits that

have crept in for many different reasons that have become

detrimental to the future of a breed. If these become too

entrenched, it can get to a point where the true breed can

never recover. Don’t let your breed die out for the want of

care and considera4on into its well being now and into the


Click Clack

You hear that dis)nc)ve sound. The nails )p tapping on the floor and you realise - )me for a nail trim. This important

requirement is oNen the one thing that worries Aussie owners the most.

Some decide not to go there and take your dog to the groomers, or some vets have a nurse that manages this for your

dog and you! But what if you do decide that you will not let this important bit of grooming not defeat you?

Many breeders are happy to demonstrate how to trim the nails. ONen they will give advice on how to prepare your pup

and make things easier and happier all round. If you are s)ll needing a bit more confidence, this ar)cle has been sent to

‘The Aussie’ to help you manage this task and make it an easy and happy experience for all concerned.

Since domesticated dogs' nails

aren't naturally worn down

enough to keep up with their

growth, we need to trim their

nails for them. ... Your dog

can easily tear their toenails

when playing outside.

Additionally, nails left too

long can make standing and

moving painful and awkward

for your dog.

Why are dog’s nails important?

Dog’s nails were designed for the modern-day seKngs. They

were designed to allow dogs to walk on natural terrains. The

shape of the nail has evolved to enable it to dig into the

terrain. They enable a dog to dig and grasp things more

4ghtly and to claw at predators and food.

A dog’s nail comes out of the pad of the foot and contains a

quick, or blood supply. The quick is sensi4ve, living flesh.

This is why many dog owners dread trimming their dog’s

nails for fear of cuKng too close to the quick, which can

cause a dog pain and result in bleeding and possible


Why You Don't Want to Let Your Dog's Nails Get Too Long

•Long nails can actually be painful for your dog when they

strike the pavement or floor with each step.

•Long nails can make it difficult for your dog to have a good

grip as they walk along slick floors like hardwood,

linoleum, and 4le.

•Long nails are more likely to get hung up on things and torn


•Untrimmed nails can curl and grow into your dog's skin or

paw pads, resul4ng in an infec4on and pain. This is true

of all nails, but especially the dewclaws.

•Long nails can get torn or split,

•And then there's the damage that long nails can do to your

floors, furniture, and your skin.

Why do the nails on the back feet need less clipping than

the front ones?

This is due to how the dog uses its back legs compared to

the front ne. A dog’s back legs are used for propulsion,

which means they are used more for trac4ons. Therefore,

the nails are in contact with the hard surfaces more and are

naturally ground down. Whereas the front legs are mostly

used for stability.

It is important to understand that the quick grows with the

nail. To make sure the quick doesn’t grow too far into the nail.

It’s a good idea to ask your vet or groomer to trim those nails

as close to the quick as possible, but a bit at a 4me, regardless

of how long the nails are. This will cause the quick to

gradually recede.

Tips on cu_ng the nails

The more you cut the nails, the more experienced you

become and you can develop your own technique. Different

Aussies seUle beUer to having nails trimmed in different ways.

Some on their backs on your laps, others on tables standing.

Even Aussies related to each other have their preferences.

It’s not unusual for front feet being more problema4cal. In

fact they oVen they can be more fidgety with one front foot

than the other.

The best way to cut your

dog’s nails without

hur4ng them AND get that

quick to recede is to cut

the sides of the nails on

angling back.

CuKng nails this way it

becomes easier to get

your dog’s nails shorter

without hur4ng them as it

isn’t YOU the takes off the

boUom bit of the nail it is

your dog’s normal every

day wear and tear.

Aussies have dark nails,

which makes spoKng the

quick more difficult

Cu_ng the quick

This is the main worry with owners when it comes to

clipping their own dog’s nails. Especially when the nails are

dark. In light coloured nails you can see the quick more

easily. No dog wants to be hurt and no person wants

to hurt their dog! Where the nerves and blood vessels are in

the nail is called, the “quick”. So, if you cut the nails and

damage the quick, it hurts the dog and it bleeds.

A normally healthy dog will not bleed to death when it is cut

or broken. It can be quite intense when the blood does start

to flow, fast and furious, but a healthy animal will have the

proper coagula4on that will stop the flow in due course.

Some4mes it can look like a real mess, the blood geKng

everywhere, but in general cut quicks don't bleed too much,

and with the right cloKng agent and pressure, stop preUy

fast. (However, if aVer 30 minutes, you can't get your dog's

nail to stop bleeding, you should consult your vet or take

them in for a visit).

What about Dew claws

Dewclaws are essen4ally the thumbs and big toes of the dog

world. They are not directly equivalent to the human structures,

of course, but they are similar.

Many breeders will chat to you and show you the tools they

use to give you an idea. But if you don’t have that

opportunity, there has been a recent review of nail clipping

tools and these have been rated by users as the best. It gives

a star4ng point.

An important dis4nc4on to make is whether or not the

dewclaws are firmly aUached to a dog’s foot. In general, if your

dog has a single front dewclaw, it will be. You’ll be able to wiggle

the dewclaw a liUle bit (mostly in a forward and backward

mo4on), but you can feel the bones that connect it to the leg.

Rear and double dewclaws tend to only be aUached by skin and

are much more mobile. The laUer posi4on would be very rare in

an Aussie.

A dewclaw that is aUached by bone to a dog’s front foot has a

definite purpose. When dogs run, their front feet oVen bend to

the point where their dewclaws come in contact with the

ground. At high speeds (especially when turning) or on slippery

surfaces, these dewclaws provide extra trac4on and help

stabilize the carpal (wrist) joint. Some dogs also use their

dewclaws to help them climb trees, hold objects to beUer chew

on them, or climb out of the water if they’ve broken through ice.

The usefulness of dewclaws that are only aUached by skin is less


How to Maintain Dewclaws

When it comes to maintenance, dewclaws are no different than

your dog’s other nails. Dogs who are extremely ac4ve may wear

down their nails, including their dewclaws, to the point where

nail trims are not necessary. But for most pets who are rela4vely

sedentary, regular trims are needed to keep their nails at a

healthy length. Keep an especially close eye on the dewclaw.

Since they are not in contact with the ground as frequently as

the other nails, they may require more frequent trims.

TreaKng Dewclaw Injuries

While dewclaw injuries are rela4vely rare, they certainly do

occur. Any nail can become par4ally or completely pulled off,

broken, split, infected, or ingrown (if not properly trimmed).

Since most nail injuries are extremely painful and prone to

infec4on (think of all the places your dog’s feet have been!), it is

usually best to have them assessed by a veterinarian. He or she

can remove damaged nails or trim ingrown ones (under

seda4on, if necessary), and prescribe any needed an4bio4cs and

pain relievers.

Breeds where there is likely to be affected by dew claw injuries

in the past have had them removed when a few days old.

Contrary to some opinion, the removal of dogs' dew claws is not

currently illegal under the Animal Welfare Act. ... Therefore

legisla4on in rela4on to dew claws remains unchanged and a

layperson or veterinary surgeon may con4nue to remove

the dewclaws of puppies whose eyes have not yet opened.

Although, many vets no longer offer this.

The quesKon o`en being asked is what clippers should you


The answer has to be, what are you most comfortable using and

what works for your Aussie.

Here are the best dog nail clippers from a recent users


Best overall: Safari Professional Nail Trimmers

The top pick for the best nail clippers overall is Safari

Professional Nail Trimmers These rated the top score as they

are made from high-quality stainless steel and they come

extra-sharp for a quick, clean, and painless cut. They are

lightweight and easy to handle, featuring super-sharp

stainless-steel blades for a smooth cut every 4me. These

trimmers come in two sizes for dogs of all breeds, and they

work for even very thick nails. This set of trimmers also

features a rubberised grip for comfort and a quick-stop

guard for safety.

Best basic clippers: Millers Forge Quality Nail Clippers

Best for safety: GoPets Nail Clippers

Best guillo4ne clippers: Resco Original Deluxe Dog Nail


Best grinder: Dremel 7300-PT Pet Nail Groom


f you're going to buy a set of dog nail clippers, you want to

know that your money won't be wasted. A high-quality set

of dog nail trimmers doesn't have to be expensive, but you

do need to pay aUen4on to the materials from which they

are made as well as the design.

The unsuspecting killer

Con4nuing the series on the Bitch, we

feature that dreaded ailment - Pyometra.

This can sneak up on owners and be

devasta4ng. Only recently, an Aussie

succumbed to this and it is oVen t he fact

that Aussies don’t let you know when they

are ill that causes the diagnosis to be too


What Is Pyometra?

Pyometra, or pyometri4s (in Greek, pyo means pus and

metri4s means uterine inflamma4on) is a disease that’s seen

more oVen in unspayed bitches over the age of five – but it

can occur at a younger age as well.

There can be many causes of pyometra, yet the main one is a

combina4on of hormonal changes that happen within the

heat cycle of your dog. Every heat cycle, there’s a natural

reduc4on of white cells from the uterus to allow for safe

sperm passage, causing a lapse in protec4on that can

decrease the ability to fight infec4on. In most dogs, these heat

cycles usually occur twice per year.

In nature, most dogs would breed and either produce

puppies, abort or not conceive because of another underlying

condi4on, lack of nutri4on, stress in the environment, etc.

When dogs con4nue to go through oestrus (heat) without

being bred, their progesterone levels remain elevated for

eight to ten weeks – this thickens the lining of the uterus in

prepara4on for pregnancy. The entrance to the uterus is the

cervix, which remains 4ghtly closed, except during oestrus

when it can allow bacteria that are normally found in the

vagina into the uterus.

In a normal, healthy uterus, the environment isn’t suscep4ble

to bacteria, but when the lining con4nues to thicken with

every oestrus, some dogs will have a tendency to produce

cysts that can start to expel large amounts of fluid. When

progesterone levels are high, it decreases the ability of the

muscles of the uterine wall to contract, which inhibits the

ability to naturally discharge the fluid and bacteria inside.

The unhealthy uterine cavity will con4nue to fill with

discharge. And the dog’s body temperature, along with the

absence of circula4ng air inside the uterus, creates perfect

condi4ons for bacterial growth. This bacterial growth can lead

to an infec4on of the uterus, or pyometra.

The Two Types Of Pyometra

There are two types of pyometra: Open and Closed.

Open pyometra occurs when the cervix is open. The open

cervix gives the fluid a way to discharge.

Closed pyometra is when the cervix is closed. When the cervix

is closed, there is no way for the infec4on and fluid to

discharge – so the uterus con4nues to fill, leading to toxicity

from the bacteria and if enough fluid builds up, the uterus can

actually rupture.

This can cause sep4c infec4on and even death.

Closed pyometra typically ends in surgery because the

infec4on has no place to drain. But in the case of open

pyometra, there are several treatment op4ons at your

disposal – but the first and most important thing is to first

have your veterinarian diagnose your dog.

If you decide to treat open pyometra at home (which is

en4rely possible with the support of your veterinarian you

must closely monitor her symptoms, including her

temperature, and report this to your vet every two hours.

The signs of open pyometra include:

¥ Any excessive licking aVer their heat cycle.

¥ Vaginal discharge (usually white, yellowish or green but

it can also start off clear).

¥ The dog can seem a liUle “off” in behavior (if they

are usually cuddly, they may become distant, or

the opposite: becoming needy rather than their

usual independent nature).

¥ They may be depressed, grumpy with other dogs or

people, etc.

¥ They may drink more oVen than usual, or become

lethargic or picky with their food.

The signs of later stage or closed pyometra include:

¥ Lethargy/weakness

¥ Excessive pan4ng

¥ Increased thirst and water craving

¥ Anorexia

¥ Disten4on of the abdomen

¥ Vomi4ng

¥ Fever oVen 104 to 106

If your dog exhibits even one of the following symptoms

a`er her heat, seek veterinary help immediately. The

most important thing is to catch any of these symptoms



Once your dog has been thoroughly examined by your

veterinarian, including her cervix and discharge, many vets

will do an ultrasound and blood work. The ultrasound will

show the size of her uterus and rule out possible


If she does have pyometra, there will usually be a marked

eleva4on of the white blood cell count; there is a type of

protein produced by the immune system called globulins

that could also be elevated.

With pyometra, the sooner your dog is diagnosed, the

beUer her prognosis. If she shows any signs of the above

signs, take her to your veterinarian immediately.

Pyometra Signs And Symptoms

The earlier you catch pyometra in dogs, the more success

you’ll have avoiding emergency surgery.

Signs of pyometra can appear anywhere from two to eight

weeks aVer your dog’s heat cycle, but we have seen them as

late as 12 weeks.

Is there any treatment for pyometra?

Once the diagnosis has been confirmed your Aussie should

have an opera4on to remove her womb as soon

as possible. This is the same opera4on as carried out to

rou4nely spay a female dog, however in a sick

animal suffering from pyometra it carries much more risk.

The risk of not opera4ng is even higher; most

animals will die if surgery is not performed. If the womb is

not removed, toxins are released from the

infec4on which get into her blood and make her more and

more ill. Eventually these toxins can cause kidney failure.

Before performing the opera4on your vet may want to give

your pet some fluids (into her vein) and an4bio4c


Surgery might be delayed for 12-24 hours to give your vet

4me to get your pet into a beUer condi4on to tolerate the

surgery. She may need to stay in hospital aVer surgery for

con4nued treatment. Very occasionally dogs have been

treated with special hormone injec4ons to empty the

womb without having to perform an opera4on. However,

this treatment is only considered in valuable breeding

bitches and is oVen not successful. In very old animals with

pyometra and clear evidence of organ failure, eg kidney

and liver failure, or where other major problems such as

serious heart disease exist, euthanasia may be the kindest


Will my dog get be5er?

Pyometra is a serious disease and unfortunately a

propor4on of pa4ents will not pull through despite

treatment, owing to organ failure and complica4ons.

Overall, many dogs do recover remarkably well and it is

certainly well worth pursuing treatment.

If your bitch recovers from the opera4on then there is a

good chance she will return to her former health. In fact

many owners report that aVer the opera4on their dog is

beUer than she had been for a long 4me before. It may be

that the infec4on had been building up for a long 4me

before the animal became really ill.

With the right treatment undertaken quickly,

Aussies can live long lives a`er pyometra.


How can I stop my dog ge_ng pyometra?

The only way to be sure your pet won't develop this

condi4on is to have her neutered. If you are not intending

to have puppies from her then she should be neutered as

soon as possible. If a female is neutered, she is also

protected against mammary (breast) cancer developing in

later life. Ask your vet for details about the best 4me to

have your pet neutered.

Although pyometra may be more common in bitches that

are not neutered and have never had puppies, it is not

exclusively a disease of these animals. Breeding does not

guarantee protec4on.

Hotting Up!

At a recent Game Fair the

sun shone - shock horror

to anyone who has

supported us at one of

the string of Game Fairs

we attend. One question

that cropped up was, how

can the Aussies with their

coat keep cool in the

Australian heat? With the

use of infra red camera

images, ‘The Aussie’ shows

how a dog’s coat can keep

them cool.

It’s a Bri4sh Summer and although we rarely have scorching

temperatures, things do hot up during summer and people rush to

the groomers to get their dog’s hair clipped, trimmed, thinned etc.

Great for the Groomers and as you walk out and about you can see

endless breeds that have been under the clippers.

Many breeds to grow thick coats that are difficult for owners to

groom and to reduce the home grooming 4me and difficulty, making

the short coats are the answer.

However, is clipping the coat down so drama4cally isn’t necessarily

the right things to do for all dogs to keep them cool?

The thermal imaging camera can demonstrate the effect of this type

of grooming.

Image 1 shows a Border Collie in the sit posi4on. This photo appears

to have been taken indoors, so no excessive heat. The dog has been

clipped into a lion cut. That means no hair removed from shoulders

and front legs, but clipped very short on the rest of its body.

The surface temperature reading where the coat has not been

touched is 24 degrees Cen4grade. Where it has been clipped, the

temperature in over 6 degrees higher. The hair is ac4ng as a barrier to

keep the dog’s temperature constant. The higher temperature where

the coat is clipped, is because the body is losing heat as there is no

insulator to help regulate.

The lesson here is with breeds that have dual coats and this includes

the Australian Terrier, excessive clipping does not just ruin the coat,

but puKng the dog at risk from not being able to regulate their body

so easily and of course sunburn.

To give readers an idea of how our Aussies coats work in hot

weather, we used a similar camera to

We took two male Aussies of about the same size. One is a

blue and tan and the other was red. Both had spent an hour in

the sunshine - of their own choice. We know our Aussies love

the sun and enjoy being out there even at the hoUest 4mes of

the day. They had been sunbathing or poUering around the

garden, with intermiUent runs to chase aways intruding birds

and squirrels.

Both dogs were photographed in the standing posi4on, when

the infra red image was taken.

So what do these images tell us about the Aussie on a hot day

The blue/tan was captured when the heat from the sun

bea4ng onto the body was 45.2 degrees cen4grade that’s

113.4 degrees Fahrenheit. The shading shows the range of

temperatures hiKng the body. A dog’s body temperature

ranges from 38 - 39.2 Cen4grade (101 - 102.5 Fahrenheit). The

image clearly shows the dog is not pan4ng or showing signs of

feeling the heat.

The second image is of the red dog. The heat from the sun is

less when the image was captured, but not to such an extent

that it would alter the readings.

42.7 degrees Cen4grade is 108 .9 degrees Fahrenheit.

This image is demonstra4ng that more heat is bouncing off the

coat than the blue/tan. The red colour, being lighter, absorbs

less heat and as a result it should be easier for the dog to keep


It is interes4ng that right from the early days of the breed the

blue/tan colour existed and was most popular. As their coat

absorbed more heat, it would be assumed that it coped less

well with the high temperatures experienced in Australia.

In case you are wondering why the red dog’s tail is so cool

compared to the rest of the body. Well quite simply he was

wagging his tails. This was crea4ng air movement to reduce the

surface temperature.

The results do not mean you can leave your dog in the hot sun, but what it does show that when our Aussies choose

to sunbathe their coats are ac4ng as an insulator to keep them cool. The breed was developed to live in the heat of

Australia, so the right type of coat was essen4al for them to live and work comfortably.

In a recent on-line ar4cle, the Aussie was listed in the top 10 dogs that can cope well with high temperatures.

Unsurprisingly amongst the list were the other Australian breeds of Kelpies and CaUle Dogs. Their double coat

insulates them well. So Aussie owners, walking your Aussie in the mid day sun is not a good idea - but if your Aussie

chooses to borrow your sun lounger at 12 noon - then they are quite happy and comfortable to do so. They know

when things are hoKng up too much!

The Hair of the Dog

Anyone who has watched crime series on TV will be

aware of the informa4on forensic science can find

these days. A single hair and CSI New York is on the

case! Recently, researchers have been comparing

owner’s hair and that of their dogs to see what links

can be made. The latest Swedish Study has

demonstrated that dogs can pick up on their owner’s

stress levels and feel anxious too.

The author of this Swedish study is Lina Roth, who was one of a

team of researchers who looked into whether there was

synchronisa4on between dogs and their owners rela4ng to

stress. Previous research has demonstrated that stress is highly

contagious between people and between individuals of other

species. However, it has also been shown to occur between

species, for example between dogs and humans, making the

dog-human rela4onship a good model for studying this. Dogs

and humans are two social species that share a unique

interspecies rela4onship as a result of living in close associa4on

for at least 15,000 years. Today, most dogs live as companion

animals, sharing both environment and everyday life of their

human owners. Stress contagion can occur between the two

species as measured by cogni4ve performance, and it can be

no4ced when dogs take part in sports with their owners.

Where does the hair come in?

Cor4sol is one of the steroid hormones and is made in the

adrenal glands. Most cells within the body have cor4sol

receptors. Secre4on of the hormone is controlled by the

hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland, a

combina4on glands oVen referred to as the HPA axis. This

hormone is released during 4mes of stress, as it will increase

heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, respira4on and

muscle tension. It temporarily shuts down any func4ons that

are not needed in the fight or flight response, like diges4on.

When cor4sol is produced to manage a stress situa4on it will be

released into our hair. As a result, hair cor4sol provides an

objec4ve measure of stress over 4me. Because it reflects

cor4sol produc4on over a month or more, hair cor4sol is less

likely to be influenced by acute situa4onal or individual

stresses. In other words, hair cor4sol measures the longterm

impact of stress, rather than just 'a day in the life'. And this

applies not just to us, but also dogs have the same response.

Linking Dogs and their owners

The study was based on 58 dogs and their owners. Researchers

looked at the corresponding levels of cor4sol found in the hair

samples in both the winter and the summer. The study also

involved establishing the Personality traits of both dog and

human. This was achieved with a Dog Personality Ques4onnaire

and a Big Five Inventory Survey for the owners. This would give

a broader set of data as a basis for analysing the results. The

breeds in the study were Shetland Sheepdogs and Border

Collies and were also chosen with a mixture of sexes, pet dogs

and compe44on dogs. (Obedience and agility). The goal being

to ensure different lifestyles were included.

And the study showed…..

In simple terms, the study did suggest that dogs do mirror the

stress levels of their owners. The human personality traits

neuro4cism, conscien4ousness, and openness significantly

affected dog HCC [hair cor4sol concentra4ons]. Interes4ngly,

the study noted that the results did not show that physical

ac4vity had a significant role on the dogs’ stress levels. This

study showed that it was the owner’s personality rather

than dog’s personality affec4ng the Cor4sol levels and

therefore sugges4ng that dogs mirror the stress of their

owners. Not the other way round.

CompeKng with dogs

The study also found that a stronger correla4on was found

among people who compete with their dogs in disciplines

such as agility and obedience. But also female dogs had a

stronger correla4on than males.

When it comes to compe4ng dogs, it could actually be that

they spend more 4me together, and that this training could

increase this emo4onal closeness. The researchers did check

to see if there was any effect caused by greater amounts of

exercise which compe4ng dogs might do. But this proved

not to have any effect. Another interes4ng fact that was

established was that there was a seasonal effect on the

cor4sol in the dogs. It was higher during the winter months.

Is our behaviour hurKng our dogs?

This research doesn’t suggest that as owners we should

be anxious that, if we are stressed, it might harm our dog.

Instead owners should think of their dogs as being “a social

support for you, and you are a social support for the dog.”

So much so as we have read in previous ar4cles, the

stronger the bond between a dog and it’s owner could truly

help lower stress levels. The researchers want to inves4gate

further using support dogs to see the correla4on between

owners and their dogs.



There are lots of books to read and people to advise when you get a pup.

Even if you have had pups before, there is always the one that doesn’t

follow the previous paUern. So where do you go to get a few important

hints and 4ps. One book that comes highly is The Perfect Puppy Project

wriUen by the dog training specialist Dominic Hodgson. His fool-proof

formula eliminates all unwanted bi4ng, chewing, stealing — and indoor

pooping. This simple trick makes your puppy a joy to share your home


How to correctly exercise and socialise your puppy to stop him turning into

a dog-obsessed muU who's difficult and dangerous to let off lead. Get this

right and enjoy stress-free walks for the rest of your dog’s life.

How to avoid the five most common mistakes that can ruin your puppy –

including how to swerve the fluffy-bunny dog trainers who run

underground ‘dog park raves’ disguised as ‘puppy par4es’.

Follow Dom’s advice and you will quickly and easily create a calm rou4ne

for your puppy, helping him fit seamlessly into his new home.

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, there is a new pamper product

for your Aussie to try. On the basis it was good enough for Cleopatra,

then why not your favourite dog? The Warren London Cleopatra's

Doggy Milk Bath is made for 100% natural pure whole milk powder

infused with honey. It is describes as being a one-of-a-kind canine

experience that starts off with the incredible scent of Milk & Honey. It

will immediately transform your dog's temperament and the

environment around them into one of tranquillity and calmness. As the

Milk Bath is poured into warm water, the soak turns into an

effervescent milky delight as the 4ny bubbles gently massage and

soothe your dog's coat as all stress is melted away. The dog's coat with

look shinier and smoother with their skin feeling nourished and

hydrated for days to come. It is suggested that this is ideal to be used

2-3 4me a month and the product is added to water in your bath. If

anyone decides to give their Aussie a pamper spa day – let us know.

Although this product has been around for awhile, it is s4ll something

that might amuse and entertain your Aussie. The Ruffle Tuffle range

includes the train and treat ball as well as the ruffle snuffle rugs. Why are

these interes4ng? The ball makes an ideal item in which to hide treats. It

is made from fleece and so there is no rubber to chew. Yes the Aussie will

tug at the material and try to destroy it, but the game is more throw the

ball and the dog rushes to it and seeks the rewards. Once they know the

rewards are in the ball, it is a great thing to aUract your dog’s aUen4on.

Aussies do seem to like it and you can choose from a wide range of

colours. It is machine washable and dries very quickly. The mats are

something you can place on the floor of an evening. You can hide treats

and the dogs snuffle in the mat to find the treats. Again, it is something

to entertain and amuse an Aussie on a dark winter’s evening when

perhaps the walks were limited. The balls are priced at £5.99 and mats

range from £22. Available online - /

Concept for Life Veterinary Diet Hypoallergenic -


Kangaroo has been on the menu is Australia for thousands

of years and very possibly our Aussie’s ancestors might well

have enjoyed a taster or two in the past. Today Kangaroo

meat Is finding a role in hypoallergenic diets. The Concept

for life products that can be found in vets makes an

interes4ng alterna4ve to other more well known brands.

This food could be a way to establish the cause of food

intolerance as part of an elimina4on or exclusion diet. In

the UK its less likely that a dog has been fed on Kangaroo.

The only source of protein in this food is kangaroo and

parsnips are the only source of carbohydrates. This food is

enriched with thistle oil and linseed oil, both of which are

par4cularly high in omega-3 faUy acids and support skin

func4on in dermatosis as well as excessive fur loss. Cost

per can varies from £1.80 - £2. But the dogs really do enjoy

it so every last but it licked up! OK - will it make our

Aussies jump more… that possible?

Training Tips

Playing Nicely

It’s very important that dogs learn to play properly. Play is a

vital part of their development and it keeps them healthy

and happy. It’s a completely normal behaviour that allows

dogs to socialise and learn.

However, with some dogs play can get out of hand. Play can

become too rough and some dogs go past the point of play

and that’s when problems arise. Dogs need to learn to be

gentle and not get too over excited when it comes to both

playing with humans and other dogs.

When dogs are playing with each other it can some4mes

look quite rough. Some Aussies can make sounds that can be

misinterpreted. They are not aggressive, it's just Aussie play.

Most owners know the sounds and movements their dog

makes during play and would be able to recognise if

something changes. Owners of other breeds and their dogs

could misunderstand. Many breeds have their own ways of

play which can confuse other breeds. This can lead to mixed

messages and the wrong type of play being ini4ated.

Games can get out of hand

However, some4mes it can be very difficult to tell. It’s quite

common for dogs to bark, lunge and play bite during play

with other dogs. Dogs use play learn important things like

bite inhibi4on, so that they know how much pressure to

apply when playing with other dogs. Young dogs can

some4mes get confused and overexcited.

The key to making sure that games don’t get out of hand is

to try and get to know your dog’s body language so that you

can step in if needed. Occasionally even if both dogs are

having fun, play can get a bit intense, so it is at that point you

need to step in and give them a break to calm them down.

As well as signs of bad play there are also signs of normal

play that you should look out for. For example bouncing

about, play bowing and role reversal. Dogs occasionally

enjoy playing games that involve them swapping roles. For

example, one dog will be the chaser and then they will

switch. These are all signs of healthy, normal play behaviour.

Reading the dog’s body language

It’s also important to be aware of the other dog.

Are they happy with the situa4on?

Is your dog being over the top and making them feel


If you feel the other dog is not happy then recall your dog

and move on. If your dog can’t seem to play appropriately

and they push other dogs too far then don’t let them off the

lead un4l their behaviour has improved. Allow them only to

play with dogs that can cope with their level of energy.

For those dogs that seem to be too pushy, there are many

trainers that offer dog walking and socialisa4on classes

which can help put you and your dog on the right track.

In this edi/on of ‘The Aussie’, we look at making sure your Aussie play’s nicely with other dogs they might

meet. Aussies do have their own special way of playing and not all dogs understand, or play in the same

way. That’s why so many owners look forward to having a chance of their Aussies meet up and have a

chance to play with other Aussies. However, some/mes bad experiences with other dogs and the wrong

play interac/ons can be learned from other dogs. So how do you make sure that your Aussie learns to

play nicely? Here a few /ps from our resident southern based trainer.

SocialisaKon is important

The best thing you can do is to socialise your dog from a very young age.

Puppy socialisa4on classes can be useful as well as allowing them to

interact with other dogs that are suitable playmates. They need to learn

the right behaviours from the start. Pups are very impressionable and

care has to be taken. If they have dogs around them that know the rules

of the game, they will teach young dogs these rules. That makes life

easier for you.

Don’t forget training is important

Try and teach your dog very clear obedience commands. Dogs that are

more obedient and respond to their owners commands are more likely

to do what their owner says if play becomes too much.

Teach them good recall and get them to sit and wait on command. This

is also helpful if your dog is playing with another dog that gets too

aggressive or over the top, because you can get your dog back quickly

and easily.

Remember, not all owners put in the 4me to socialise their dogs

correctly. You can get big dogs being too robust with the smaller breeds

and crea4ng havoc. Owners will say, oh they are just playing, but it

could be terrorising your pup and causing future problems. The moral of

the tale is don’t let your dog play with another unless you are sure the

interac4on will be beneficial to your dog.

The ques4on oVen asked is, do you reward your dog for the right play

behaviour. The answer is yes. Apart from the fact they are enjoying

themselves, you can verbally praise them – or give them a treat – but be

careful when giving your dog treats when other dogs are around, it

could cause problems.

To Bathe or not to Bathe…

that is the question?

And what is the answer to the ques4on? Well if your

Aussie looks anything like the photograph its a no

brainer. That dog needs a bath.

Although, knowing Aussies you’ll have to be quick to

catch them, or they will be on your bed and washing will

have just got a lot bigger!

We are lucky, as a breed the Aussie rarely have that

doggie smell, even when damp. However, as most

Aussies share our homes, we do want them as fresh as

possible and there are lots of things that can add an

unwanted aroma or two. Yes you got it folks - fox poo -

being just one delicacy which an Aussie thinks is as good

as Chanel!

Have you seen these dog

washing products?

This brush is ideal for when you have to

wash just a small part of your Aussie as

well as the whole body. The 2 in 1 bath and

groom brush by Rosewood, dispenses the

shampoo exactly where you want it. At the

press of a buUon the shampoo is released

and the bristles and rubber teeth help

massage and clean the dog. Priced around


Of course it’s perfectly OK to wash a dog that’s as muddy

as this one. But you should always use a shampoo that is

specifically designed for use on dogs. And yes, you can

use a condi4oner - again - one for dogs only.

There is a wide range of products on the market and

many with smells that appeal to us more than an Aussie.

But if they live in our houses, well we make that choice!

The increasing range of natural products being used as

ingredients is gaining more of a following with owners.

Not only is it good for the dog’s skin, but they are kind to

our hands as well.

How o`en should you wash them?

This depends on lifestyle. This 4me of year. For example,

on holiday sand and sea can get into the coat and a good

wash down is oVen required. In winter, there is the mud

and grime. And in this category is the salts put on

pavements to prevent us slipping, but is not good for

your dog’s feet or skin. Aussies being close to the ground

can get this on their chest hair as well. Anyone who has a

coat for their dogs will see just how much dirt gets

picked up.

Dog groomers tend to visit breeds that need regularly

grooming every 6 weekly and dog washing is part of the

‘spa treatment’. Many agree this is a good 4me frame.

But with Aussies, unless there is a real need then you

can have longer intervals. Although dirty boUoms, messy

whiskers etc probably are washed more frequently for

hygiene and comfort purposes.

Show dogs may get a wash and brush up more regularly.

This can soVen some coats, which mean it is done in

advance to ensure the coat is back to its usual texture in

4me for the big day.

Drying out

One a dog has been washed, it should be dried

thoroughly. Not all Aussies enjoy a quick blast from a

hairdryer. Others like to sit in a warm spot and dry off,

but towel drying to absorb excess water is important. To

assist, there are many dog products on the market.

Recently, many vets, groomers and dog trainers have been

recommending, the ultra absorbent dog drying robe called the

Supreme Pro by Sicker. Unlike towels and towelling dog robes, it is

made of an absorbent viscose that can absorb 11 4mes its weight

in water. The manufacturers claim a dog’s coat will be 80-90% dry

within 15 minutes depending on the coat’s length and thickness. If

your Aussie takes to the water a lot, it’s a great accessory to use as

well. It is easy to put on, with an adjustable strap that fastens

around the belly using the Siccaro's 'ClickLock' that can be

operated with one hand or with gloves on. Not a cheap op4on as it

retails in the £80 price range.

Engineered in the USA, the 13 inch Waterpik pet wand Pro dog

shower aUachment for indoor-outdoor use is the fastest and

easiest way to wash your dog at home. This professional-grade

contoured wand washes dogs of all shapes and sizes. The pet

wand Pro dog shower aUaches indoors to a standard shower

head pipe or outdoors to a garden hose. Its unique water comb

spray provides maximum cleaning coverage and the power you

need for effec4ve rinsing of a dog’s coat, while the targeted

narrow spray is perfect for hard-to-reach or sensi4ve areas. With

one-handed opera4on, the easy select dial allows you to

customise the water pressure and control the spray seKngs. Your

dog will benefit from a faster and more thorough cleaning, A and

perhaps you wont get quite so wet as well!. Available through

Amazon and the size men4oned costs around £35. Even at this

price, it is listed by Amazon as one of the top 5 items owners are

buying for their dogs at the moment.

Getting the needle

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing

needles into special loca4ons on the body, in order to

alleviate pain and to increase recovery rates and

resistance to disease. It is a system of healing which has

been prac4ced by the Chinese and other eastern countries

for thousands of years, and may be used to treat a wide

variety of illnesses. Acupuncture may be par4cularly

effec4ve in the treatment of chronic disease states, either

to complement orthodox treatments, or if conven4onal

medicine fails.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is a treatment which involves s4mula4on of

specific points in the body, usually by inser4on of very fine

pre-sterilised needles. This, aVer superficial s4mula4on,

generates many responses within the animal’s nervous

and endocrine system. It can affect muscles, and the

circulatory, reproduc4ve, diges4ve and urinary systems, as

well as an4body produc4on and hormone output.

Acupuncture increases the body’s release of natural

painkillers - endorphin and seratonin, and modifies pain

pathways in the brain and spinal cord.

Alterna)ve treatments for

our dogs are increasingly

becoming popular.

Especially when we see

successful treatments

undertaken on ourselves.

In this edi)on of ‘The

Aussie’, Hook Norton Vets

have supplied an ar)cle on

acupuncture to give our

readers a be>er

understanding of this


On average four - six treatments are required. These are oVen

given weekly ini4ally, with gradually increasing intervals, un4l

the desired effect is achieved. The frequency of treatment

depends on the individual dog’s needs, but regular top ups

are usually required to maintain the therapeu4c effect. The

needles (which are single use and sterilised) are leV in place

for 10-20 minutes. Some pa4ents, along with some diseases,

will not respond to acupuncture treatment.

How will my pet respond?

In general, animals accept the needling process very well and

may become very relaxed. Occasionally, dogs may be a liUle

drowsy for up to 24 hours aVer treatment.

It is quite common for them to want to lie down during

treatment as they start to relax. Veterinary acupuncture may

only be performed by a vet with a thorough knowledge of

veterinary anatomy and physiology.

Is it covered under pet insurance?

Many Insurance companies do cover acupuncture treatment

costs, so do check your policy.

OVen, aVer treatment, animals can exhibit behavioural

changes with improved appe4te and demeanour, as well

as obvious pain relief. Some individuals are very

responsive to acupuncture and will show drama4c

improvement aVer one treatment. Most, however, will

respond gradually over a period of 4me.

Treatable condi4ons

Neck and back pain, eg. spondyli4s, spondylosis and disc


Acupuncture is par4cularly effec4ve at allevia4ng the pain

due to “trapped nerves”, either from disc disease or muscle

tears along the length of the spinal column.

Muscle and ligament pain due to sprains, spasms or muscle


Arthri4s, eg. of shoulders, elbows, s4fles, hocks and hips

from either trauma, or inherited condi4ons such as hip


OVen pets with arthri4s in their limbs, will alter their gait to

put more weight and hence more strain, on other parts of

their body.

It is common to find that a dog with arthri4c hips will have a

sore back as well, similarly, one with arthri4c elbows will

tend to throw their weight back onto their lower body, so

that several acupuncture points will be necessary.

Paralysis/paresis (muscle weakness) resul4ng from either

trauma (e.g. road accident) or a slipped disc. Acupuncture

can help to s4mulate damaged nerve fibres.

Some stress related disorders, eg. over grooming.

Lick granulomas - which are oVen caused by over grooming

of one area due to soreness elsewhere.

It is effec4ve with other disorders like fa4gue syndromes,

chronic eye disease, heart, liver and urogenital diseases an


How long does it take?

Acupuncture sessions involve a 20 -30 minute (double)

consulta4on so that the pet can be examined thoroughly,

and the needles leV in for the appropriate length of 4me -

generally 10-20 minutes.

The number and interval of follow-up treatments varies

with the condi4on; once a week for 2-4 weeks and then

wider intervals are common.

How to find a Acupuncture vet?

It’s important to remember that under UK law animal

acupuncture may only be administered by appropriately

qualified veterinary surgeons. Although your vet can advise

on specialist centres, you can also check the Associa4on of

Bri4sh Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA) website which lists

qualified vets in each region. Their website also provides

more informa4on on this topic.

Case Histories

There are no case histories available featuring Aussies, but

any readers who have tried acupuncture, please do send

your experiences to the Magazine to be included in another

edi4on. However, we thought readers might be interested

in a couple of cases, which could apply to an Aussie.

Our first case history features Molly, who is 11 years old

and was diagnosed with severe arthri4s in both elbows,

she had significant mobility issues despite conven4onal

medica4ons and was given a bleak outlook. Her owners

decided to try acupuncture as a last resort.

Although she was struggling when she came for her first

session, she was very bright in herself and had not lost her

spark. Points around her shoulders, elbows and further

down her forelegs were used along with some lumbar

muscle points. She had 4 treatments a week apart and by

the fourth treatment she was able to run to the door to

greet her owners. She now has top-up treatments

whenever her owner feels she needs them. The treatment

has changed Molly’s whole life from being unable to enjoy

life to a more ac4ve member of the household.

Our second example is all about a dog called Ollie. He had

developed allergies which had created a skin condi4on,

which has affected him for most of his 9 years. Then to

add to his worries, he developed arthri4s. With a

combina4on of acupuncture and herbal remedies, we

were able to turn round his life. The arthri4s eased and so

did the skin issues. Once the cycle of irrita4on causing

scratching had subsided, he grew coat and no longer were

his owners having to take preventa4ve measure to

prevent scratching.

Tinker was a blue and tan Aussie that lived in Toorak. His

was just a typical Aussie living a typical Aussie life. Un4l

one day when his mistress Mrs Trevor Wheler was

ordered to hospital. Immediately he was inconsolable.

He lost his appe4te. The day long romps 'with the

children in the gardens of his home didn't seem to count

very much, and the succulence of his bones just was not

enough to bring him forgenulness.

Then seemingly completely out of the blue - one

morning he disappeared from his garden and duly

reported at the hospital gates. Dogs, even very small

ones, are not welcomed with any show of effusion at

such places, and there are some4mes no4ces which say,

rudely, "Dogs Not AdmiUed." Today hospitals do

understand the importance of pets visi4ng pa4ents but

in 1936 this was certainly not going to happen.

Tinker the Aussie,

photo taken in 1936

But Tinker had a way with him and the hospital staff

decided to make an excep4on. So for five weeks he made

his way to his mistress's bedside, some4mes paying a brief

call to check she was all right and extending his visits to

other bedsides, some4mes remaining for hours.

Then one day, Tinker did not set out on his journey. It

was no4ceable, too, that he was excited, in a dignified way.

Some uncanny ins4nct informed him that the need for his

visit existed no longer.

Why? Because her stay in hospital was over and she

was released.

What a Tinker

When Mrs Wheler came home, it was to a very boisterous,

but not a surprised Tinker. He installed himself in her room

immediately—it was with difficulty that he was coaxed into

the garden. When the house door was shut, he charged at

it again and again, with an air that, suggested that a dog

who could not be awed by hospital rules thought very liUle

of an ordinary house' door.

Tinker made many, friends during his daily pilgrimage,

and some are wondering whether his heart is big enough

to find room for their memory too— and to Impel him to a

con4nued round of the visits which did a great deal to

relieve the tedium of the sickroom.

Thank you to the Magazine readers who have suggested three more books

which might be good for Summer reading. Not all might be to our readers’

taste, but its great to see authors making reference to our breed and it’s

great for us to know there are others out there who want to raise the

profile of our fabulous breed of dogs.



The God Whisperer: Growing in Obedience the Pack Leader's Way

By Fred BiUner

In The God Whisperer, Fred BiUner explores eight principles taught in

canine obedience training that help dog owners build a trus4ng

rela4onship with their pets. It all began when he bought his first Aussie

called Jazzy. Then, using Scripture, he applies the same principles to

faithful obedience to Christ. It refers to his training of Aussies and their

characters, as well as other breeds. You can enjoy heartwarming stories

and biblical illustra4ons while discovering new ways to approach God and

train your dog. In The God Whisperer, Fred BiUner brings us to the dog

world—a simple, unpreten4ous world of obedience, rela4onship, and

dependence. In three sec4ons, BiUner covers most of the major struggles

folks have in their connec4ons with God, from God as 'Pack Leader,' to

His unswerving par4cipa4on in our lives that encourages us to have

in4macy, trust, and pa4ence. BiUner not only comes at this work from

the perspec4ve of a dog lover but an obvious God lover. A curious book

that may not appeal to all readers, but interes4ng how Aussies have

inspired the book to be wriUen.

The Model by Valerie Lee J

Allison Randall considered herself successful in real

estate. She was once married to Edgar. He worked

as a consultant inside of his office. Their

differences in life had become more than their

rela4onship could withstand. They decided to

separate, and eventually divorce. Edgar decides to

work for a peace organisa4on. Allison con4nued to

raise their daughter Lynn on her own. Allison

realises that she is capable of a career change, and

decides to work with a photographer by the name

of Lowell. He introduces her to a career of

modelling. Lynn enjoys being around Lowell. Lowell

and Allison con4nue to focus on their careers, and

their newly formulated family. Amongst the family

members is an Aussie called Sammy who they

rescued from Kennels and the neighbours Aussie

names Zealand. Although not about the Aussies,

great to find a book that men4ons the breed.

The Heart of Max by Ina Louise Jones

This is a short, touching memoir wriUen by the

owner's hand through the eyes of Max, a spunky

and loving Australian terrier. Max adored his

Poppi and treats, and always knew what his

family needed - at least in Max's own opinion. All

his life, he gave love, laughter, and

companionship, and his flair for mischief and

sense of adventure kept his family on their toes.

A por4on of the sale of his story will go to the

Australian Terrier Trust, to help support the

future good health of this special breed.

It’s not just in the UK that Aussie owners comment that they rarely see another Aussie on their travels.

Around Europe, Aussie enthusiasts are finding ways to help keep Aussie owners in touch with each

other and provide useful events.

This year in Norway they had the first of these events. With about 12 Aussies and their families

a>ending the inaugural event, it certainly proved popular. The BBQ - a must for any Aussie event – a

chance to talk, for Aussies to play with each other. Owners to ask all the burning ques)ons and what

was so important was having something to engage the children. These are the poten)al Aussie owners

of the future – so these events are important for the future of the breed as well.

Aussie BBQ


Eagle eyed TV viewers think they may have spoUed

an Aussie in the TV detec4ve series ‘Mo4ve’. Is it or

isn’t it? Does look a bit like a red Aussie - what do

you think?

InteresKng Times

Facebook enthusiasts wouldn’t have missed the fact that the

Aussie has gone big 4me in Times Square, New York.

Julia Nathan photos have been widely published in posts. The

Aussie Gimli, who is a grandson of Melukylän ZingareK is

featured on this huge billboard. No one is sure what is being

adver4sed, but what we do know is that when it was being

featured NYC stats indicate that about 400,000 people would

have passed through Times Square each day. With the majority

being tourists there is a good chance that this image has been

seen by a worldwide audience and even photographed. All over

the world we are trying to raise awareness of the breed, what a

fantas4c opportunity this is to help make the breed more


Punch and Judy is a film featured at the Sundance

Film Fes4val. An Australian produc4on about

puppeteers in a fairytale type situa4on. It is a dark

tale with many features of the tradi4onal punch

and Judy stories that many readers may have seen

in their youth. There is a dog that steals the

sausages and the dog in this film appears to be an

Aussie. Gather this was considered to be the

highlight of the film by our reader! But it’s great to

see that an Aussie has landed a starring role in a


There are upsides and

downsides of ar4ficial grass.

Many dog owners find it the

perfect solu4on to have a

great lawn and dogs!

However, ‘The Aussie’ was

sent this temperature

reading comparing real grass

to ar4ficial grass on a hot

summer’s day.

Most people will be

surprised at the

temperature difference. So if

your Aussie is less than keen

to walk on your ar4ficial

grass in summer, this could

be why.

Please note that the views expressed in this magazine are those of the authors

of the ar4cles and not necessarily those of the CommiUee and Officers of The

Southern Coun4es Australian Terrier Club. We would like to thank all the

contributors for their input, without which the Magazine would not have such

a& diverse range of topics supported by some wonderful photographs. All

images have been provided for the sole use of The Aussie Magazine and are not

for reproduc4on without consent from the owner(s) of the image.

Since the last edi4on of the Magazine, Tyke

alias Wyeafon Percival was successful in

gaining the Kennel Club Gold Ci4zen Award.

For anyone who wonders whether Aussies

can be obedient, just another example of

how they demonstrate this fact. it is

thought that Tyke is the first Aussie to gain

this 4tle. Congratula4on to Karen Ferris and

Don Russell. Of course he couldn't’ have

done it without you. Aussies might be

clever but can’t yet drive to classes!

The Aussie



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