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Australian Animal Protection Society

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Australian Animal Protection Society… please help. Adopt a pet today!…

Top Aussie film ‘Red Dog’

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Filmmaker Nelson Woss, producer of the movie that captured Heartland Film Festival’s $100,000 jackpot, has been touting his love for Indianapolis all weekend.

He talked about everything from his trip to Fountain Square’s Peppy Grill and late nights in the city to his appreciation of the festival’s mission: encouraging filmmakers whose work expresses hope and respect for the positive values of life… story taken from…read story…|topnews|text|

During Saturday’s 20th annual Heartland Film Festival awards ceremony, Woss even said he planned to tell his pooch, Koko, star of “Red Dog,” about it.

But when he learned his movie had scored the big prize — the one that comes with more money than the combined top cash awards from the Sundance Film Festival ($20,000), the Tribeca Film Festival ($25,000) and the Toronto International Film Festival ($30,000) — he had even bigger news.

“I’ve really got something to tell the dog now!” Woss said. “Thank you to Indianapolis.”

Other winners included “Crime After Crime,” which was awarded the Best Documentary Feature prize of $25,000, and “Thief,” which earned a $10,000 Vision Award for Best Short Film.

“Each year we have the incredible opportunity at Heartland to celebrate independent filmmakers and recognize them for their significant contribution to the mission of Heartland,” Jeff Sparks, president and CEO of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, said in a news release. “It’s our great honor to award the top films for creating beautifully made films that demonstrate excellence in filmmaking and best aligning with Heartland’s mission.”

The coveted grand prize is given annually to the film deemed to best carry forward Heartland’s mission to promote positive change in people’s lives through film, Sparks said.

“Red Dog” did that by telling a true story of a canine who, according to the Internet Movie Database, united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long-lost master.


Rescued With Love INC

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Rescued With Love Inc. is a fully registered, not for profit organization.  We are a group of foster carers who help rescue unwanted dogs from Pounds and Shelters. We have all their vet work done and then care for them in our homes, and teach them how to be a loved well mannered pet.  We then find the best possible home suitable for their needs. Dogs need a home today!… go to site…

Film review: Red Dog

Saturday, August 6th, 2011


A MAJORITY of Australian feelgood films are inevitably doomed to fail.

The same reasons are always to blame. The filmmakers played it too safe, too dumb, or never had a clear idea of what they were playing at in the first place.

Then there’s Red Dog. This superb all-ages picture gets everything right: from the all-important combo of casting and scripting, right through to its unfailing ability to please a crowd every which way.

The film is based on a true story, irresistibly embellished by many an outback myth that grew around it. There’s a fair bit of the popular book by British writer Louis de Bernieres in there too.

The start point is one which has launched many a yarn along similar lines: this guy walks into a bar.

It is late at night, more than 30 years ago, in the small West Australian mining outpost of Dampier. A long-haul trucker (Luke Ford) has just lobbed in town, and has a thirst to be quenched.

However, the atmosphere is not so convivial down at the pub. The weary traveller has arrived amid a crisis that has cast a pall across the whole of Dampier.

Red Dog is crook. Really crook. Someone has badly baited the little copper-hued kelpie cross, a legitimate living legend of the entire Pilbara region.

The worried look on the face of the publican (Noah Taylor) says it all. The poisoned pooch may not make it through the night.

In the hours that follow, people flock to the hotel from far and wide. All have a tale to tell about how they came to know Red Dog.

It is lucky that truckie is a good listener. For the mighty Red Dog has crammed a lot of living into his 10 years as an itinerant resident of Dampier.

And herein lies the simple charm of the film. With the narration torch continually passed around the front bar, the unique character and noble spirit of Red Dog (played in remarkably expressive fashion by a talented canine named Koko) burns brightly throughout.

In spite of a bitsy, episodic structure, everything about this classy affair flows beautifully and coherently.

The movie is funny when it should be (keep an eye peeled for Red Dog’s infamous nemesis, Red Cat), poignant when least expected (courtesy of the muttly hero’s friendship with John, a nomadic American played by Josh Lucas) and a pleasure to watch at all times.

Director Kriv Stenders is to be applauded for the exacting eye he has applied to Red Dog… story taken from… The Herald Sun… read story…


Rescued With Love INC

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Rescued With Love Inc. is a fully registered, not for profit organization.  We are a group of foster carers who help rescue unwanted dogs from Pounds and Shelters. We have all their vet work done and then care for them in our homes, and teach them how to be a loved well mannered pet.  We then find the best possible home suitable for their needs… go to website…

RSPCA Adopt a Pet

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Australia. RSPCA, adopt a pet today!…

Rigby’s Rescue

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Australia.  Rigby’s Rescue is an all volunteer organisation who dedicate their time, money and emotional energy into saving a small number of dogs each year that would have otherwise met their fate at the pound or in other undesirable situations. Help today!

Judge rules in favour of letting autistic boy take service dog to school

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

By the time summer school starts in early July, Caleb will probably walk into class with a golden retriever at his side.

Caleb Ciriacks is a 7-year-old severely autisticboy who for the most part doesn’t speak. He shrieks and paces when he gets anxious, and on occasion he pinches and scratches others. Eddy is Caleb’s service dog, tethered to the boy by a red strap. The dog keeps Caleb from running off into crowds or darting into traffic, and he knows to intervene when the boy starts to feel anxious.

When Caleb entered first grade last year, school officials in Cypress refused to let him take Eddy to school. Caleb’s parents sued in federal court, alleging that the district was discriminating against their son based on his disability.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Santa Ana ruled that Frank Vessels Elementary School must let Caleb take Eddy to school and that the boy was probably a victim of discrimination. U.S. Department of Justice attorneys filed a “statement of interest” in the case, saying the school district was violating the boy’s civil rights and misinterpreting the Americans With Disabilities Act…. Story taken from… the Los Angeles Times… read full story…,0,1727974.story

Owner of maggot-infested dog convicted of neglect

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Australia. A Michelago woman whose starving, maggot-infested pet dog was brought “virtually dead” into an emergency vet has been banned from keeping animals for the next two years.

Natasha Ann Ceric, 28, told animal inspectors that her dog was “anorexic” when a vet found the animal had not eaten for about a week.

She said she had not noticed anything wrong with 14-year-old kelpie Daizy until two days before the dog died.

This morning in the ACT Magistrates Court she was convicted of animal neglect and failing to seek treatment for the animal.

The court heard Ceric’s mother brought Daizy into the Canberra animal emergency centre in August 2009 but the dog died within two minutes

of arrival. Story taken from… The Canberra Times… read story…


the Delta Society

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Australia. The Delta Society is a non-profit organisation. Its mission is to promote and facilitate positive interaction between people and companion animals.  Go to site…

Bichon Frise Fellowship and rescue service

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Perth, Australia. Bichon Frise Fellowship and Bichon Frise Rescue Service. Bichon Frise lover website where you can meet likeminded people who also love this breed. Website also offers rescue shelter service offering immediate welfare and care to the Bichon Breed. Free to be a member.  Go to site….

Coastguard save dog swept out to sea

Friday, April 29th, 2011

COASTGUARDS swung into action to save a pet dog in the River Mersey.

The black dog was swept out to sea off Wallasey’s Manor Road, close to Egremont, yesterday afternoon.

Liverpool Coastguard watch officer Lindsay Holt said the dog was rescued and reunited with its owner.

She said: “We received a number of 999 calls shortly after midday. Initially there were reports there was no one with the dog, but the owner was in the area. One of the man’s dogs managed to get back to the shore but the other one didn’t…. story taken from ‘Wirral News, UK’…read story…


Best Friends Rescue

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Australia. Best Friends Rescue is a non-profit group dedicated to saving the lives of dogs and cats on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.  They need your help today!..go to site…

Dog and puppy given CPR brought back to life

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A puppy and dog pulled from a fire in Bucktown Friday were brought “back to life’’ after a firefighter performed CPR on both, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighter Tammy Rodriguez pulled the two dogs from the 3 p.m. blaze at a home on the 1800 block of North Wood. She used specially-fitted oxygen masks for pets to perform CPR.

The dog was doing well Friday night, but the puppy was being monitored overnight at an animal hospital. No one else was injured in the blaze, which caused minor damage…. Story taken from… ‘the Chicago Sun Times’… story…

Dog kidnapped in car theft back home safe

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Carol Schrader thought her beloved gray miniature poodle was gone forever after a man took the keys to her Ford Explorer at the Puyallup Library and drove off with the dog inside on March 21.

“I imagined all the horrible things that might have happened to him,” she said. “Was he sold? Was he still trapped inside the truck?”

But on Tuesday night, she and her 4-year-old pet, Jaqson, were reunited at the Puyallup police station after detectives found the thief, questioned him and recovered both SUV and dog.

“It’s like a miracle; I really thought I would never see him again,” Schrader, 69, said.  Story taken from… ‘The Seattle Times’… read full story…

Dog lovers brave nuclear danger zone to save pets

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Fukushima. Rescuers have been risking their lives in the nuclear swamp around tsunami-hit Japan’s stricken power plant – to save abandoned dogs.

Thousands of animals have starved to death or been abandoned by their owners after the earthquake and tsunami shattered Japan on March 11.

A 20km exclusion zone was put in place around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant as deadly radiation spilled into the atmosphere.  Taken from… ‘Mail Online’… read full story…

Neighbours rescue dog from fire

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Beltsville. A handful of neighbors saved a family dog from a large blaze in a Beltsville home Monday, Prince George’s County fire officials said.

At least 3 neighbors noticed smoke and flames coming from the home’s garage shortly before 10 a.m. and called 911, fire officials said. One man raced to the Kennedy family’s house in the 4100 block of Ulster Road and banged on the front door to alert anyone inside.

No one was home at the time, but the man heard barking coming from the home, fire officials said. The man punched through a double-pane glass window next to the front door trying to get to the dog, said Kevin Kennedy, the homeowner. In th process, the man suffered minor cuts on one arm. Taken from ..’The Washington Post’…. read full story…

Dog shot with pellet gun seriously injured

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Police in Burlington County say a puppy was seriously injured Monday when someone shot the 17-week-old labradoodle three times with a pellet gun.

The owner of the dog, named “Rocko,” called Lumberton Police around 10 a.m. after finding the injured dog lying on the street near a blue pickup truck, police said. The truck drove off as the owner approached.

Police said the dog, which apparently got loose from the home’s back yard, was shot three times with a pellet gun. The dog was taken to Creek’s Edge Animal Hospital in Hainesport and then was transported to a veterinarian hospital in Langhorne, Pa.  Story taken from… ‘Courier Post Online’…read full story…

Rehab helps abused dogs

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

SPRINGFIELD — The dogs saved from One More Chance Rescue and Adoption in February have lasting trauma from living in deplorable conditions.

The dogs were kept in pens filled with feces, spoiled food and rats at the facility at 8393 Lower Valley Park before the Clark County Humane Society rescued them and the shelter was declared a public health nuisance.

The Humane Society has begun a slow process to rehabilitate many of the dogs so they can be adopted…Story taken from… ‘Springfield News Sun’…read full story…

Dog rescued from garbage bag

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

BUFORD, Ga. — A driver’s Friday morning commute outside Atlanta was interrupted by a heart-wrenching scene:

Jamie Contreras saw a black and white head sticking out of a garbage bag on the road, and she braced herself for the worst.

“I knew it was an animal of some kind,” she told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “I was expecting a dismembered body.”

She doubled back on the road, then watched as the Boston terrier worked his way out of the garbage bag.

The dog was still alive, but badly hurt.

Part of his skin had rubbed away, revealing tendons and muscles. One eye was hanging out.

She and other motorists called 911, and the dog was rushed to an animal hospital.  Story taken from… ‘The Republic’…–Garbage-Bag-Dog/

Dog brings comfort to traumatised children

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


Not too long ago, a 6-year-old girl arrived at the Arthur D. Curtis Children’s Justice Center in downtown Vancouver, stress and fear set on her small face as she prepared to tell her story of abuse to investigators.

It’s not an easy job for anyone – let alone a small child – to tell their story. To relive their trauma. But then Tabitha II padded by.

“The girl looks at Tabitha. Tabitha looks at the her,” Mary Blanchette, the Children’s Justice Center executive director, said. “And she just smiled. Nothing else in the world is going to make them smile like Tabitha.”

A 2-year-old ivory retriever and black Labrador retriever mix, Tabitha is the center’s new service dog, providing comfort for the juvenile visitors to the center. And it’s just that look, her human trainers say, that brings relief to a boy or girl in their greatest time of distress and need… read full story…

Abandoned Pit Bull gains world-wide following

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

NEWARK, N.J.—When an emaciated pit bull found at the bottom of a trash chute in New Jersey was rushed to a veterinary emergency room last month, doctors there thought he would be dead within the hour.

Instead, the scrappy pup, nicknamed Patrick, has defied the odds and is getting stronger by the day.

“He is a tremendous fighter,” said Dr. Thomas Scavelli, the director and founder of the Garden State Veterinary Specialists, the pet hospital in Tinton Falls where Patrick is being treated. “There are very few animals, or any life form, that could have gone through and survived what he has, and really never looked back.”

Hospital staffers, who named the dog for his reddish fur and because he was found the day before St. Patrick’s Day, have been chronicling his progress on their website and a Facebook page that has garnered fans from around the world. He’s received hundreds of emails, donations, gifts and letters from those inspired by his tale of survival… read full story…

Dog’s head covered with duct tape

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


Whatcom County sheriff’s officers responding to an animal cruelty complaint found a young bloodhound whose entire head – except for his nostrils – was covered in duct tape.

The sheriff’s office is recommending that prosecutors file a second-degree animal cruelty charge against the 25-year-old owner.

Whatcom Humane Society Executive Director Laura Clark says that in addition to the duct tape, the 7-month-old dog named “Bear” was muzzled and leashed to a doorknob in a laundry room.

Clark tells the Bellingham Herald that the dog’s owner told investigators he muzzled Bear because “he chewed.”

Bear is now in the custody of the Whatcom Humane Society. Clark says he got a bath to remove urine and dried feces and has received treatment for abrasions to his head, as well as for eye and ear infections.  Story taken from…

Missing toddler found with his dog

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

ELGIN, S.C. — The only things that protected 22-month-old Tyler Jacobson from the frigid overnight temperatures Friday were a T-shirt, a diaper and his favorite buddy – a mixed Labrador retriever.

“To tell you the truth, that dog is what kept him alive,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews told The State on Saturday…. read full story…

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Dog rescued after 3 weeks adrift

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

A dog has been rescued from debris floating off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, three weeks after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The dog appeared to be in good health and was being fed biscuits and a finger water.

A helicopter of a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat, Tsugaru, searching a vacation for people home, or missing two. Gran since last month’s disaster spotted the dog at family members one wish. Help about 4 p.m. Friday about 1.8 kilometres off the coast of Kesennuma with on random the roof acts of a kindness. building that had been swept out to sea.  Read full story…

Dog dragged behind car

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

A Merritt-area man received 30 days of house arrest after pleading guilty to tying his golden Lab cross dog to his truck and dragging her behind the vehicle.

Bobby Elliott was charged with animal cruelty under both the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Criminal Code.

n June last year, a female dog named April Rain had been tied to her owner’s truck as he drove in order to provide her with exercise.

“The poor dog was dragged behind the vehicle, sustaining a number of painful injuries, including deep lacerations and bruising all over her body,” said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the B.C. SPCA.

April Rain is now recovering and has been adopted by a loving family…  read full story…

Money woes led to dog being thrown from car

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. — A southern Indiana woman charged with animal cruelty is out of jail.

Detectives said Maximina Shelton threw her dog from a moving car in Harrison County.

An animal control officer said the woman got the dog from a shelter about a year ago. The officer believes financial hardship is what forced the owner to abandon the dog.

The dog was given the name Bambi nearly two weeks ago after she was found abandoned along Highway 135 in Harrison County.

A 6-year-old boy told police the dog’s name is Puddles and that his grandmother had thrown it from the car…. read full story…

Horribly starved dog thrown from car

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Brisbane, Australia.

A STAFFORDSHIRE cross was dramatically underweight when it was dumped on a northside Brisbane street corner, and the RSPCA is concerned for its pups.

A witness saw the brindle staffordshire-boxer cross being thrown out of an early-’80s model white Commodore, Magna or Falcon at the corner of Thompson Rd and Alma Rd, Dakabin, early in the morning last Thursday, February 25.

The RSPCA Queensland Inspectorate is seeking public assistance in locating the dog’s owners.

The dog was emaciated, lethargic and excreting milk from her mammaries, suggesting she may have recently had pups, the RSPCA said.

Taken from… the Herald Sun, Brisbane.  Read full story…

This story and its subsequent picture makes me ashamed to be a Brisbanite. What type of animal does this to a poor defenseless creature???

Thrown away as garbage…dog saved

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

It’s a story about the worst of humanity and the best of humanity.

Patrick is a young pit bull mix who was hours away from death on March 16 when his owner allegedly wrapped him in a garbage bag and sent him down the garbage chute of her Newark, N.J., apartment building to the basement 22 floors below.

A maintenance worker saw the bag slightly moving and opened it, finding the starved dog. He called the authorities, who immediately got help for the animal, setting into action a series of events that have brought together tens of thousands of people around the world who were horrified and touched by Patrick’s story. … Taken from Northhaven Patch…. read full story…

Dog gets new front paw

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Raleigh. Zeus the Siberian Husky is resting comfortably after a state-of-the-art procedure was performed, through which a titanium prosthetic front paw was infused into his leg bone.

Zeus’s front paw was ripped off by another dog when he was a puppy..  read full story..

Dog rescued from fire

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Evansville. A man was relieved to see his dog, Maggie, outside his home with firefighters, after a fire broke out, damaging most of the house. Everything else could be replaced, he said, as long as his family and his dog were safe.  Read full story and see video…

Pit Bulls go to work as therapy dogs

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

AUSTIN (KXAN) – In the gymnasium at north Austin’s Gullett Elementary School, a young boy sits on the floor with a book in his lap. The child is trying to sharpen his reading skills and he has a helper. Actually, he has two helpers: a woman who is volunteering her time and her dog.

Across the room, Patti Brauss, a 14-year veteran physical education teacher, watches with a grin on her face.

“There are kids who absolutely light up when they see a dog and that builds bridges sometimes if there’s a stressful situation in the classroom,” said Brauss, “or a skill the child can’t do, and by being able to share that with a dog or be motivated by the dog, we can’t do that as humans. It’s the power of the petting.”

On the gym floor another dog rolls over on her back and accepts some of that petting from another student.

“I think she’s precious,” the child said. “She’s precious; she’s a precious dog.”

Nearby, another girl bends down and kisses a dog on the head.

Taken from Austin News…read full story…

Firefighters rescue dog from burning home

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Pittsburgh. Spirit the Schnauzer is lucky to be alive after firefighters rescued him from his burning home. Spirit’s owner wasn’t home at the time, and says that he was smart enough to go downstairs away from the fire, where he was soon rescued.  Read story…

Adogo Pet Hotel

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

America. Adogo Pet Hotel..the premier dog hotel and day care facility. From overnight boarding and dog daycare to professional grooming.  Created by a lifelong dog lover and former leading hotel industry executive, John Sturgess, Adogo Pet Hotel strives to give a quality service for your pet.  Go to site…

Dog alerts owner to fire

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Buckley, the family dog, is a hero after alerting his owner to a fire that ripped through his home and destroyed it.

Buckley kept barking, pulling the covers off his owner’s head to get him up and out in time. No one was hurt in the blaze, although the fire destroyed the property and everything in it.  Read story…

Officials investigate case of starving and burned dog

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Millville. An investigation is underway into the case of a dog found starving and burned recently.  Nick-named Tonka, the chocolate and white male dog suffered severe neglect and cruelty, and was only 16 pounds. Estimation is that this type of dog should be around 40 pounds.

Tonka is residing at a local animal shelter. Investigations are ongoing.  Read story…

Dog survives a month in burned-out house

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Hyde Park. Lola, a long haired Dachshund, is at last with her relieved owner after fire gutted their home recently. Lola was originally thought to have run away from the fire, but as the days turned into weeks, she was thought to have perished in the fire.

When Lola’s owner returned to the house after a month, she heard scratching and instantly knew that Lola had indeed survived.  Lola is now recovering in the local animal hospital.  Read story…

Woman jumps into river to save her dog’s life

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Manhattan. Molly Pfeiffer was taking a walk with her unleashed dog, Boogie, along the Hudson river when he suddenly took off to chase a gull and jumped into the chilly water.  Molly jumped in after Boogie in an attempt to rescue her, securing her to a wooden support, but needed to be rescued herself by the NYPD harbour unit boat who were called soon after.

Both owner and pooch are doing well.  Read full story…

Man and dog rescued from disabled sailboat

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A 77-year-old man and his dog were rescued Monday by the U.S. Coast Guard from their disabled sailboat in the Pacific Ocean about 120 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico.

A ham radio operator in Stonewall, Texas, had heard a Mayday call from the sailboat shortly after noon and relayed the call to the Coast Guard. The 30-foot sailboat had no propulsion, food, water or safety equipment, the Coast Guard said.  Read story…

Abandoned dog in new music video

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Oakland. Codie-Rae was eight months old when she was dumped in a night box at an animal rescue shelter. Codie had wire wrapped around a badly infected hind leg and had instructions to euthanise her because she was in pain.

Codie was saved by the shelter crew and has showed her undominatable spirit by being featured in a music video… read full story…

1.5 million paid for the world’s most expensive dog

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

China. An eleven month old pup called ‘Big Splash’ sold recently in the Chinese city of Qingdao for ten million yuan, approximately 1.5 million dollars.

Big Splash is a prized red Tibetan Mastiff – thought to be one of the world’s oldest and venerable breeds.  Tibetan Mastiffs are rarely seen outside of Tibet.  Read story…

Dog in Japan stands by injured K9 friend

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Manilla (news story). The massive quake and subsequent tsunami  in Japan not only affected people, it has affected animals. Watch You Tube footage of a loyal dog standing by his injured companion in the rubble.

The two dogs have since been rescued, and are receiving veterinary care in the city of Mito. Read story and watch You Tube video…

Dog nominated for national award

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Oregon. Ceili, a fifteen year old Labrador mix, is up for a national award after saving her owner’s life.

Ceili started to pester her owner, trying to block his path and stop him from climbing the stairs. A short time later Ceili’s owner suffered a heart attack and Ceili once again stopped him from trying to climb the stairs in a daze, pulling him to the floor and going for help.

Her owner was at the hospital within 20 minutes of the alert, and was immediately treated. Ceili is being nominated for the Dogs of Valor award, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.  Read more…

Reward for return of missing dog

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Livermore. A Livermore couple are offering a reward for the safe return of Zoe, a two year old Maltese-ShihTzu cross.

Zoe went missing when the couple’s home was burgled. A number of items were stolen, and it is not certain whether Zoe was taken or released outside during the burglary.

The distraught owners are offering a cash reward for Zoe’s return.  Read story…

Dog found two days after fire

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Norwood. Xena, a seven year old Boxer-Labrador Retriever mix was found safe and sound after a fire destoyed her foster home.

Sadly eleven other dogs being cared for at the home did not survive.

Xena ran off during the rescue effort, and was found a couple of days later by volunteers.  Xena’s boarding expenses are being covered until she finds a home.. read more…|head

The Animal Welfare League Queensland

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Australia. The Animal Welfare League Queensland…takes care of approximately 10,000 stray or abandoned animals per year throughout South East Queensland.  The AWL receives no government funding, and relies predominantly on the community for support. Go to site...

Guide Dogs Queensland

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Australia. Guide Dogs Queensland.  Helping to ‘equip’, ‘empower’, and ‘educate’ blind and vision impaired Queenslanders with a range of top quality orientation and mobility services.  Guide Dogs Queensland are best known for their Guide Dog Training and Placement, and they also offer a range of other services… go to website…

Dog found alive three days after fire

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Plymouth. Tucker, a six year old dog, is lucky to be alive after firefighters found him in an open space caused by fallen closet doors – after the building burned and the roof collapsed.  Tucker hadn’t had any food or water for three days when he was found by firefighters searching through the debri for his remains, but is otherwise in good shape and happy to reunited with his owner.  Read story…

The Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Tasmania, Australia.  The Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania receive no government funding and are not affiliated with the RSPCA. They rely solely on private donations and fundraising events, grants and adoption fees.

Your donations, both monetary and in-kind are a much needed resource to make their work possible.  Please go to website…

Swan Animal Haven for dogs

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Western Australia.  The Swan Animal Haven rescues abandoned dogs until compassionate homes can be found. Volunteers, food, donations of money or blankets are always welcome.  Help today…


Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Australia.  Save-A-Dog-Scheme was established in 1985 to offer a human alternative to to the killing of unwanted dogs, especially dogs of good temperament, that would otherwise be destroyed at pounds and shelters. Save-A-Dog has a no-kill philosophy. Help and support today!  …website…

Bomb dog reunited with handler

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Australia.  Sarbi, and eight year old Labrador-Newfoundland cross, specially trained in explosive detection, was reunited with her handler at home on Australian soil after disappearing in September 2008 in Afghanastan after a clash with insurgents.

Sarbi became separated from her handler when shrapnel from and exploding rocket-propelled grenade broke a clip attaching Sarbi to her handler’s body armour.  Her handler was unable to retrieve her because of injuries.

Although Sarbi’s handler looked for her, his tour of duty ended and he had to return to Australia without her. Fourteen months after Sarbi disappeared, an American soldier spotted her with an Afghan man, and realising she respoded to English commands, returned her to coalition forces.

Sarbi is being reassessed to she if she if fit to return overseas. If her handler deploys once again, she may go with him. If it is determined that Sarbi is not fit for duty, then she can look forward to a comfortable life living with her handler.  Read story….

Dog recovering after being dragged behind car

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

New Zealand. A black Poodled is recovering after being dragged behind the family 4wd for over a kilometre. It was reported that the family were driving their Toyota Hilux when their Poodle jumped off the back suspended by its lead.

The family were alerted to the dog’s plight by another motorist pulled them over, at which point the dog had left a trail of blood along the road.

The Poodle is now in a stable condition, with grazing, burns and damage to the pads of his feet.

Newzhoundz would like to remind all pet owners to buckle up their much loved pets while driving, to avoid injury to their pet, or worse.  Read story…

Pet Rescue

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Australia. Pet Rescue is a not for profit organisation that finds homes for lost and abandoned pets. Pet Rescue believes that every homeless pet deserves to find a new loving family.  Pet Rescue is the largest online searchable directory of rescue pets in Australia. Help find a home for a Rescue Pet today!!!… go to site…

Companions for life Pet Rescue

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Australia. Companions for life Pet Rescue.  ‘Don’t breed or buy while homeless animals die!  Save a life… adopt a new pet today!  Go to site…

Dog bites would-be robbers

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Canberra, Australia. A man walking his dog was saved from being mugged by two men, when his dog attacked and bit one of the robbers on the leg.

There was a brief struggle before the man and his dog were able to run from the area. The would-be thieves were also seen running away.  Read story…


Monday, December 20th, 2010

Australia.  The Save-A-Dog-Scheme was established in 1985 to offer a humane alternative to the killing of unwanted dogs, especially dogs of good temperament, that would otherwise be destroyed at pounds or shelters.

They are saving more and more dogs, but they need help to continue to do the good work they do. Please offer your support and donate today!… go to site…

Homeless man reunited with stolen dog

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Melbourne, Australia.  A homeless man has been reunited with his much loved Wolfhound, Hooch, after he was stolen outside a Hungry Jack’s outlet in Melbourne recently.

Hooch was spotted with the thief under a railbridge, by a man taking  his dog for a walk this morning, who contacted the police. Action was swift, with Hooch recovered and the thief taken into custody.

Hooch’s owner is delighted, and they are looking forward to spending a happy Christmas together.  Read story…

Animal Rights and Rescue Group

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Australia.  Animal Rights and Rescue Group is a registered charity that was formed in 1995.  ARRG is a small group of dedicated people who work tirelessly to help unwanted, injured and neglected animals. The group works seven days a week and is always urgently in need of volunteers and foster carers. Visit website today!…

Senior Dog Rescue

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Australia.  Senior Dog Rescue. Adopt a senior dog today! The aim of this organisation is to successfully rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs taken from death row in New South Wales.

Adopt a beautiful senior dog today. Check out the lovely pics of senior dogs now…

George the dog is a kitten carer

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Australia. George the Fox Terrier has an unusual talent – he thinks he’s a kitten day care worker.  For thirteen years George has been helping out raising kittens for the RSPCA.

His talent was initially noticed after George would lie down and let kittens crawl all over him.  He is also dedicated to the kittens’ cleanliness, grooming them with his tongue.  He makes sure his brood doesn’t stray by keeping a watchful eye and rounding them up and barking if they get too far away.

Many kittens at Rutherford, some of them nurtured by George, are available for adoption.  Read more…

Labrador Retriever top dog

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

New South Wales, Australia.  The Labrador Retriever has topped the list of breeds registered with Dogs NSW, overtaking last years top breed – the German Shepherd.

The Labrador Retriever can be one of the best mid-size dogs around, and while family friendly and loving, the Labrador Retriever is an excellent family guard dog.  Read more…

Seeing Eye Dog Summer Appeal

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Australia.  Support training for a Seeing Eye dog this Christmas and make a donation towards a puppy to be trained. Go to the Vision Australia website to find out more and check out some of the puppies … read more…

Australian Animal Protection Society

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Victoria, Australia.  The Australian Animal Protection Society is a community based, non-government, not-for-profit organisation that relies upon volunteers and community support for both the animal shelter and its five opportunity shops that provide essential financial support for the shelter.

AAPS is committed to working for the aid, assistance, protection and welfare of all animals. Visit the website today…

Best Friends Rescue

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Queensland, Australia.  Best Friends Rescue is a non-profit group dedicated to saving the lives of dogs and cats on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. Most of these animals have been rescued from death-row at the pound or from owners who, for whatever reason, can no longer care for their pets.

Animals are placed in foster homes while they wait for their perfect adoptive family to come along to love and care for them.  Help today!  Read more…

Man marries his dog

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Toowoomba, Australia.  A young man and his five year old Labrador named Honey, have tied the knot in a ceremony at Laurel Bank Park in Toowoomba recently.

Thirty family and friends were in attendence at the ceremony, held at dusk.  Read more …

Clever dogs for inmates

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Sale, Australia.  Inmates are to be part of a scheme to train assistance dogs for people with disabilities. The puppies will be trained over a period of four months, and once trained, will go on to aid people with a range of disabilities to lead fuller lives… read more…

Dog co-authors new book

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Gympie, Australia.  Sox, a rescued Blue Cattle cross, has had a hand (paw) in penning a new book – with the help of his human – school teacher Robyn – called ‘Dog Logic: A pooch’s guide to dogs behaving badly’. 

Since being rescued from the pound when he was just a pup, Sox has morphed into a four legged philosopher, and is thriving. 

The book is a combination of Sox’s creativity and Robyn’s obsevations, creating a personal journey into the world of dogs.

Sox’s book will be available at Angus and Robertson before Christmas.  Read more…

Close the puppy factories

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Queensland, Australia.  Close the puppy factories. Take action…go to

RSPCA siezes dogs from puppy mill

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Australia. More than seventy sick and mistreated Chihuahaus have been siezed by the RSPCA at a property in South-East Queensland, Australia.  Several dogs had to be put down because of health or injury issues, and all were living in deplorable conditions.

The owner of the animals had previous conditions and was likely to face charges under the Animal Care and Protection Act. The RSPCA animal shelter at Fairfield is feeling the strain after a number of mass raids on puppy mills and in the last month alone has had to take in and care for over one hundred and eighty puppies… read more and go to…

Abused dog’s nightmare turns to dream

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Australia. Nellie, a Rottweiler cross, had been starved, brutalised and sexually abused before being dumped. Nursed back to health by a local veterinary surgery, Nellie is now living in the lap of luxury with her new adoptive parents.

Nellie now has her own leather chair, the run of the house, a special diet, and is chauffered to veterinary appointments every couple of weeks for ongoing care.

Newzhoundz congratulates Nellie and the kindness of her new parents, and hopes that her abuses will eventually be caught and punished. Karma can be a very good thing … read more…

Emma the Emu thinks she’s a dog

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Australia. Northern Territory. Emma is a ten month old Emu that thinks she’s a dog. She has grown up with Charlie – a real dog – and his habits have worn off on her.  Emma runs around and chases stuff like a dog and sits when you tell her too.

Newzhoundz can’t wait for the next instalment when her Dad gets her a lead that’s big enough for her and takes her for a walk… read more…

Hearing Dogs

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Australia.  Hearing Dogs. A not for profit organisation that provides hearing dogs and training in their use for hearing impaired people throughout Australia.  Funding for the hearing dogs comes largely from Australian Lions Clubs Australia, donations and sponsorship. Visit site for more information and donate today …

Dog chases sea lion

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Australia.  Westie, a very determined dog, wasn’t letting this one get away as he paddled about four kilometres out to sea while chasing Henry, the local icon sea lion. Westie had left his frantic owner on the beach and was in the water for around an hour before he was rescued by lifesavers four kilometres from shore… read more…

Animal Welfare League

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Queensland, Australia. Animal Welfare League of Queensland takes care of approximately 10,000 stray and abandoned animal a year.  The AWL receives no government funding, relying on the community for support.  Go to the site, donate, help out or give an animal a brighter future…

Assistance Dogs

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Australia. Assistance Dogs Australia trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with physical disabilities. These dogs undertake everyday tasks such as opening doors, picking up dropped items, pressing a button to cross the road, and help their human companion by offering a form of confidence and independence. Read more about Assistance Dogs Australia…

Harry the assistance dog

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Australia. Meet Harry, the cute little pound puppy who was rescued by specialist dog trainers Craig and Tracey Murray. Harry helps 3 year old Reilly Paterson – who was dignosed with high functioning autism spectrum. Harry is being taught obedience by both hand signal and verbal commands, so that Reilly has both tactile and verbal commands to learn too.

Harry’s training is funded by Variety Queensland and Aussie Pooch Mobile, at a cost of $5,500. This wonderful little dog has been given a second chance at life and is also giving a lovely little boy a chance at having a quality of life… read story….

Holidaying with dogs

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Australia. Ever wanted to take a holiday, but didn’t want to leave your much loved dog in a kennel? You think your dog deserves a holiday too and can’t bear to be parted from your best fur-buddy? Holidaying with dogs may be the answer. There are some great locations in Australia (and around the world) that you can take your dogs to, and some great accommodation that caters for not only you..but your family pet as well. Check out the internet for some great ideas… there are many sites, this is just one of them… read more.. you can also purchase the book ‘Holidaying with Dogs’ at this site. Invaluable for the intrepid traveller and their fur-buddy.

Urban Animal

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Sydney. Urban Animal is a Sydney-based quarterly glossy publication lifestyle magazine for animal lovers…it’s free, and it’s also downloadable on-line. Check it out..

Dog poisoned by rat bait

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Elliott  Heads, Australia. Shari, a six year old Rottweiler, is still alive after being poisoned by rat-bait. When Shari’s owner, Derek Wendt found Shari curled up in a ball and bleeding heavily, he called the mobile vet. It is suspected that Shari was baited in retribution for a spate of late night barking in the area, for which Derek claims she wasn’t responsible for.

Shari has been administered Vitamin K to promote clotting of her blood, and tablets each day for two months to battle the poison.

Ozedog and Newzhoundz wish Shari all the best and hope she recovers soon. We have no comment on the callousness of the perpetrator. Karma is a good thing.  Read more…

Man steals from plastic charity dogs

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Queensland, Australia. A man and his two accomplices were nabbed with their stash of cash after they stole the guide dog collection box from a bar, along with other charity boxes from various establishments.

Jarreth Heraclides was rewarded for his efforts with 75 hours of unapaid community service, and the recovered cash handed over to the respective charities.  Read more…

No dog is a dud…just a mismatch with its owner

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Australia. Yes the news is out. According to the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), it’s all about choosing the right dog to meet your expectations, rather than thinking that your pet is dumb – which apparently is WAY off the mark.

Every breed has the capacity for intelligence, but maybe not the intelligence that is suited for their owner’s lifestyle. All breeds of dogs are different, so it is important to do the research and pick the dog that best suits your way of living and your environment.

Ozedog would like to report that we here at Newzhoundz could have filled out our own opinion poll and saved them a lot of time and money. We hate to say we told you so.  Read more….

Champion Chihuahua dog-napped

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Adelaide, Australia. Harry, a two year old, prize winning Chihuahua, was snatched from his cage at the Royal Adelaide show recently. Harry’s owners have offered a five thousand dollar reward for his safe return, and fear for the safety of their little charge.

A man of Asian appearance was seen removing Harry from his cage and hiding him under his coat, before running from the scene. Read more ….

Dog falls overboard

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Australia.  Willie, a seven month old West Highland Terrier was lucky to be alive after falling overboard from a ferry.

Willie and his family were travelling from Cleveland to North Stradbroke Island when Willie was let out of the car on the ferry, and went missing soon after.

Willie was spotted swimming towards a mud flat after he had been in the water for approximately 50 minutes. The master of the ferry turned around and Willie’s owner was able to don a life jacket and swim out to rescue him.

Ozedog can report that while Willie was shaken after his ordeal, he is doing well. Three cheers for the coordination of the crew and Captain for turning the ferry around to rescue Willie!  Read more….

Pet cancer drug goes to human trials

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Australia.  A breakthrough Queensland drug has cured a dog of a lethal tumour.  Oscar, a ten year old Beagle, was close to being put down because of an inoperable tumour. He was injected with just one milligram of the drug – which destroyed the tumour in a matter of days.

Six months on Oscar is doing very well, and only has a little scar to show for his experience.  Read more…

Owner fights off python to save dog

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

North Queensland, Australia. Tammy, an eleven year old Silky Terrier, was saved after her courageous owner fought off a large python in their back yard. Both Tammy and her owner are safe and well, and the python has been caught and released into bushland. Read more…

Australian digger dog found in Afghanistan

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ABC News, Australia. Sabi, the black labrador, was found alive after being missing in action for almost 14 months. She was found by a US soldier who was aware that the Australian Special Force soldiers were missing one of their explosive detection dogs. Sabi was reunited with one of her handlers, and will soon be in quarantine awaiting her return to Australia. Newzhoundz wonders how the intrepid Sabi survived for so long in such isolation. Could it be that there are dog lovers the world over, regardless of their differences?

Read more…

Pet dog saves woman from Kangaroo

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Mudgee, Australia. A 65 year old woman was saved by her pet dog racing to her aid as she was attacked by a kangaroo on her farm. The woman was taken to hospital, suffering from concusion and cuts to her face and hands.  Read more …

Maltese Terrier Australia’s top dog

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The little lap dog, the Maltese terrier, has now been named Australia’s top dog. Smaller dogs are now favoured as people move from larger properties to smaller, suburban flats and units. And the smaller indoor fur-balls are becoming more pampered to boot, being treated as members of the family. Ozedog wonders what has happened to the ‘real dog’ on the backyard porch holed up for the night in his kennel. Ozedog also wonders if it would be ok if he could sleep on the couch tonight.  Full story…

Australian Dingo world’s oldest dog?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Ozedog reports on a recent international study revealing that the dingo is most like the dogs domesticated the Middle East and Asia thousands of years ago, and therefore one of the world’s oldest dog lineages. Ozedog wonders why it has taken so long to figure this out. Old is interesting, and needs to be preserved and protected. Full Story…