or not to
Magazine for Members of
the Southern Coun4es
Australian Terrier Club
The Hair of the Dog
Party in the park. Our
annual big event.
Who were they?
series on Aussie
owners of the past.
Click clack. The
Aussie looks at
Training Tips looks at making
sure your Aussie plays nicely!
What a Tinker!
The first PAT
Little Legs, Big
Hearts. Catching up
with Bella the Agility
Why does my
Questions you keep
A thankyou to some
Killer. The Aussie
pyometra in its
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
GeKng the needle.
acupuncture. Part of
the series on
Talking Point looks at
the future of
In the Summer
Time. What to
watch out for in the
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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.
We gather the Chairman and yourself took part in an
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
What about the thorny ques4on of the JCF – the Judges
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
WHY DOES MY AUSSIE….
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
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
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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!
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,
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
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
Let Sleeping Aussies lie
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
¥ They may drink more oVen than usual, or become
lethargic or picky with their food.
The signs of later stage or closed pyometra include:
¥ Excessive pan4ng
¥ Increased thirst and water craving
¥ Disten4on of the abdomen
¥ 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
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
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
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
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
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 - /www.rufflesnufflemats.com
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…..is that possible?
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
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
Have you seen these dog
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
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.
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
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
Especially when we see
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!