The Week in Tweets – 17th September 2014

The ‘Week in Tweets’ is name in the optimism that I will post a Twitter round up on a weekly basis. This time it was a bit longer than a week… It’s basically my ‘recommended reading’ list. A lot of reading to do, so get ready!

First, Clover performing a dancing demo at the Royal Adelaide Royal Show! She later went on to compete with this routine, and got a pass and first in her class!



Tweet of the Week

ThatMutt made a post called “Is it okay to love a pet that hasn’t been abused?“. It’s a great commentary on some of the frustrations I feel working in rescue. I post a 9 year old dog (great mellow older girl!) to have comments along the lines of ‘Who could dump a dog after 9 years of love?’ – not focussed on finding her a great new home. While this article doesn’t go into it, I also get frustrated where people describe behaviours from their pet and conclude that this is because of abuse or neglect (hot tip: it’s probably lack of socialisation). So this post is my tweet of the week this week.


Dog Science

This article was close to being my tweet of the week too: Genome of longest-living cancer: 11,000-year-old living dog cancer reveals its origin, evolution. Mostly because I have an uncanny interest in canine venereal disease.

From Stanley Coren (Psychology Today): Is a dog’s head shape related to his intelligence?

From RetrieverMan: The first dogs were derived from ancient European wolves.

Acculturation – perception of breed differences in behavior of the dog.

Dogs recognize familiar faces from images.

From DogZombie: The star coat pattern in foxes: what does it have to do with tameness?


Animal Rescue, Rehoming, and Sheltering

This one, from Wisconsin Watchdog, was also a close runner for Tweet of the Week: What MIGHT you accomplish if you let go of your fears? This article challenges groups hesitant to adopt out pets because of what might happen – and therefore prevent animals from going to new homes.

From Saving Pets: For those new to animal shelter reform.

Backyard Breeding is the Blight of the Horse Industry.

From Companion Animal Psychology: The street dogs of Bangkok.

From Border-Wars: Killing for a Myth.

Abandoned dog with crooked legs get second chance to walk again.

Brent from the KC Dog Blog: On imagery, adoption events and celebrating success.

Putting our best face forward.


Dog Training and Behaviour

From K9Pro: 10 Reasons to Crate Train Your Dog.

From Denise Fenzi: How to get a recall.

What is my dog trying to tell me?


Fun Dog Stuff

Run Walter Run! (video)

Norwegian association of the blind – could have been worse (video)

The Diagram of Dogs

The day ‘dog vomit’ slime mold invaded my front yard.

The Writer’s Dog: Brooks’ Books – Dogs to the rescue and giveaway.


Other Dog Stuff

Coyote vs greyhound: One man’s sport.

Experiment for treats (for dogs with dietary restrictions).

Fatal crash (for humans and canines) at Lake Boga.

Poor Shaggy didn’t turn out as expected.

Guide to buying a dog ethically.

Take it all off!

Campaspe Working Dogs.


Cat Stuff

Kitty Cams – What ARE our cats doing outside?

GoPro: Fireman Saves Kitten.

Raglan cat killings ‘annihilate’ local birdlife.

From SavingPets: Good one #WACatLaws!


Other Animal Stuff

A slaughterhouse nightmare: Psychological harm suffered by slaughterhouse employees and the possibility of redress through…

Heredity: Crash Course Biology #9

Behind the scenes of the red crab migration – Christmas Island 2012.


Personal Stuff – Dogs on Instagram

Couldn’t have a smaller couch.

It’s (almost) show time.

Rue tired after a day at the Royal.

Landy, if you’re hot, maybe don’t lay in the sun?

My Clover Bean.

Keira. 9 years old and available for adoption.

How many wrinkles can you count?

Had to buy this stupid card because it has a border terrier on it.


Personal Stuff – Non Doggy! (ish)

Tegan and Jesse’s Wedding.

RA&HS Archives at the AdelaideRoyal Show.

Australian Red Cross Centenary event!


The Week in Tweets – 3rd July 2014

The ‘Week in Tweets’ is name in the optimism that I will post a Twitter round up on a weekly basis. This sometimes happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. But here’s everything we’ve tweeted about for the last few weeks. It’s basically my ‘recommended reading’ list.

Team Dog Facebook screenshot

Was really excited when I saw that Team Dog featured one of our blog posts on Facebook. Amazing!


Tweet of the Week

My favourite share of the week is the post titled “6 things you’re doing wrong in behavior modification“. My favourite being the rule ‘You’re being too stingy’. This is a serious problem! I am constantly reassuring my training clients that they’re not going to do any damage from feeding – but they may by not feeding. Too much food has never caused a behavioural problem! Of course, the other 5 things are good too.


Rescue and Sheltering

Pet Adoption Videos That Don’t Make Me Want to Kill Myself from Will My Dog Hate Me.

‘Rescues’ are overwhelming the veterinary industry.

100 very fetching dogs from Ruthless Photography.

The terrible, awful, heartbreaking story of Zeus from Saving Pets.


Training and Behaviour

DIY Wobble Board For Your Dog.

What’s an Antecedent Arrangement? from Eileen and Dogs.

Do Dogs Know The Difference Between Dogs and Other Animals? from Psychology Today.

Littermate syndrome: The risky downside to raising sibling puppies.

Train your dog while watching TV from Robin K Bennett.


Dog Breeds and Breeding

Fraser Island Dingoes from Ruthless Photography.

Huffington Post in a huff over mongrels.

Breeder Comparison Matrix.


Cool and Fun Stuff

What’s The Oldest Tree in the World?

The Non Swimming Dog.

Cute Animal Video.

Making Dog Hair Sweaters.

Swiss government bans rollkur.



Phoebe eating chicken poo off my shoes.


The Week in Tweets – 25th June 2014

The ‘Week in Tweets’ is name in the optimism that I will post a Twitter round up on a weekly basis. This sometimes happens, and sometimes it doesn’t. But here’s everything we’ve tweeted about for the last few weeks. It’s basically my ‘recommended reading’ list.

Phoebe - one of the current rescue dogs available for adoption. Find out more about Phoebe here:

Phoebe – one of the current rescue dogs available for adoption. Find out more about Phoebe.


Tweet of the Week

It’s tax time! So PetRescue is running their annual campaign to encourage tax-deductable donations. PetRescue is a great resource for Australian rescues. Read more: The lives of more rescue pets are depending on us.


Domestication, Breeds and Breeding

The Wolf in the Dog House and How Accurate are Dog Breed DNA Tests? from Terrierman.

The Hierarchy of Border Collie Smugness from Border-Wars.

Marginal Breeders.

Genomes of modern dogs and wolves provide new insights on domestication.


Dog Science

How your dog protects you from getting allergic.

Aggressive behaviour in dogs: a survey of UK dog owners.

Do dogs with baby expressions get adopted sooner, and what does it say about domestication?,  Do children benefit from animals in the classroom? and The Posts of the Year 2013 from Companion Animal Psychology.

Under pressure: Harness for guide dogs must suit both dog, owner.


Rescue, Sheltering and Welfare

Compulsory cat registration in QLD – an expensive flop. and Business as usual. from Saving Pets.

Beloved dog killed three days before letter from council.

Garland Country, AR struggles with the after effects of breed specific law.

Rescuing Riley, puppy rescued from 350′ deep slot canyon.

Lindsay’s Column: What does ‘no kill’ really mean?


Training and Behaviour

The Problem of Self-Reinforcing Behavior from Terrierman.

Dog training: Ways to use hand targeting.

22 rear end awareness exercises for dogs (video).

Epic recall failure from Denise Fenzi.

The Dog Whisperer is No Longer Relevant.

House and Crate Training.

Is lip licking beagle a threat to baby?


Other Animal Stuff

On ethics and zoos.


Border Terriers on My Instagram

Phoebe post desexing.

Breaker being scruffy.



Burrowa Kisses.


Myrtle at earthdog.


Other Dogs of My Instagram

Bailee takes herself into her crate to sleep, after chasey with Landy.



The Week in Tweets – 14th May 2014

The ‘Week in Tweets’ is name in the optimism that I will post a Twitter round up on a weekly basis. This sometimes happens, and sometimes (like this time) it doesn’t. But here’s everything we’ve tweeted about for the last few weeks. It’s basically my ‘recommended reading’ list.

Kelso is waiting for his new home.

Kelso is waiting for his new home. He’s our current foster dog! Read more about Kelso.


Tweet of the Week

This is one of my favourite readings on bringing a puppy into a new home. There is a rhetoric that puppies should be allowed to ‘cry it out’, otherwise you’ll be rewarding their crying and so create an ongoing problem. I argue if you let your puppy cry it out, you have in itself developed a habit of crying when left alone – bad habit!

Dr Rachel Casey more pitches her post ‘How puppies become anxious ‘home alone’ dogs‘ at the psychological level, but reaches a similar conclusion. I think this is one of the must reads for new puppy owners, and I have included it in my new puppy owners resource list.


Dog Bites

One of my niche areas is dog and child safety (and, indeed, my business is based on this). So it comes as no surprise that I present some dog bite resources this week.

Danger! Or: The worst can happen to any of us from aggression expert Jim Crosby.

National Canine Research Council Preliminary 2014 Updates on Dog Bite-Related Fatalities

Register for the UK’s National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

Infant Swings and Dog bite Risk: National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Can fatal dog attacks be prevented?


Dog Training and Behaviour

Do you know what the canine hip nudge behavior means? by Roger Abrantes.

More than just training: Changing your lifestyle to change your reactive dog from Crystal Thompson at Reactive Champion.

Ferren dog low stress vet practice by Jade Foundation of Animal Behaviour Matters.

Designing stress studies, part 1: what do you sample? from Jessica Perry Hekman at Dog Zombie.

Sound masking for reactive dogs from Eileen at Eileen and Dogs.

Religious Dogmatism or Meet Carrie’s Mom by Leonard Cecil.

Why I train dogs the way I train dogs by Robin K Bennet.

Jumpy, Skidboot (video).

How to teach your dog to get along in a multi-species household from Pat Miller.

5 calming signals (video).


Dog Rescue and Rehoming

KC Pet Project 2013 year in review

Rescued with Love Sponsorship Program

Genevieve’s vet bill (Adelaide All Breed Dog Rescue)

Sharon Harmon – What does it take to G2Z (video)

No safety for Kiki“, “Homeless animals without a hope in Orange“, “Welcoming 2014“, and “Sacrificed on the altar of temperament testing“, from Saving Pets.

The real reason homeless dogs die

One Picture Saves Lives

The Myth of Christmas Dumping


Spay-Neuter Laws Kill Dogs from Time4Dogs.

Cruelly Abandoned Dog from Viral Nova.


Dog Health

Shave my Newfoundland Dog?

Seven Canine Diabetes Myths

Blood Draw Lateral Saphenous

Sweden doesn’t repeat unsafe and unnecessary vaccines to pets

Loving tribute to dog erected at beach


Other Dog Stuff

Owners’ heartbreak as would-be thieves kill Belmont puppy

Safely securing a Kong to a crate

Pied pipers and the blot on the fancy’s landscape

Legacies: How to ensure your bloodline goes forward


Other Animal Stuff

The Goat (video)

What my beagle does when we are not home (video)

Pet Owners of Laos

Squeaky Duck Toy


Human Issues

Vegetarian Too Young

RSA Shorts – The Power of Empathy




Kelso’s here and likes the ball.

Landy cuddles.

At the Adelaide Animal Expo.

Just waiting for my new home.


Monty aka Bucket Head.

Casca the cafe dog.

Landy pants = public relations officer.



The Week in Tweets – 26th March 2014

MDBA Nomination BadgeThe ‘Week in Tweets’ is name in the optimism that I will post a Twitter round up on a weekly basis. This sometimes happens, and sometimes (like this time) it doesn’t. As such, we have a pretty big tweet list here for you to get through. Maybe get a large coffee to go through this time.

Firstly, though, some bloggy news. I was wrapped when I received a phone call last month from Julie from the Master Dog Breeders and Associates telling me I had been nominated for the MDBA awards. Instantly, I thought of a puppy buyer from my early 2012 litter, and that they may have nominated me. My next though was that maybe one of my rescue dog adoptees had nominated me – that was an exciting prospect to. Then Julie tells me that it was this humble blog! And it was a stranger that made the nomination too. How cool is that! Thank-you so much, stranger. Your nomination means a lot to me.

Bingo, one of the dogs in Leema Rescue, was sick this week and incurred $950+ in vet expenses. Luckily, Bingo is feeling a lot better - more than can be said for my wallet!

Bingo, one of the dogs in Leema Rescue, was sick this week and incurred $950+ in vet expenses. Luckily, Bingo is feeling a lot better – more than can be said for my wallet!

On with the tweets!


Tweet of the Week

My favourite tweet is a little bit old, but I loved it when I first saw it, and I still love it now. It’s a Facebook linky to Fetching DogsHow we assign a blend‘. I share it a bunch because it’s so true. And so well presented. Basically, having a ‘guess’ at what breed a dog is in rescue is not really useful. Can we get on with talking about how amazing this individual dog is?


Dog Rescue and Sheltering

From Saving Pets: Brisbane – two dogs killed for every one dog adopted.

Foster carer needed for Ziggy.

Bingo small male crossbreed available for adoption (white and fluffy!).


Dog Breeds and Breeding

From Retrieverman: Working golden retriever vs border collie on a problem solving task and The bulldog: What is to be done?.

From Border-Wars: How linebreeding causes disease expression.

100 years of breed ‘improvement’.


Dog Health

From Eileen and Dogs: How to give your dog a pill: several methods.

From DogStar Daily: Getting ready for the vets.

From Terrierman: The Billion Dollar Vaccine Scam.

And from Retrieverman again: Where do dewclaws come from?


Dog news

Heroic dog helps save owner after both are struck by speeding car.

Dog tortured, remains returned to owners.


Dog Research (and maybe research not about dogs but still relevant to dogs)

Should you take your dog to the dog park?

New study sheds light on serious to fatal dog bites.

2012 National Pet Obesity Survey Results.

On epigenetics: The epigenetics of fear (from Dog Zombie) and Mice can ‘warn’ sons, grandsons of dangers via sperm.


Buy Dog Stuff

Name that cookie – dog cookies with dog names on it!


The BarkShop.


Other Dog Stuff

Regarding my 1,000-year-old dog (very nearly Tweet of the Week).

From Speaking For Spot: Needing to vent.

15 reasons why not to date a vet – an eHarmony rebuttal.

What makes a responsible pet owner?

Cesar Millan Parody – The Idiot Whisperer (video).

Labor of love: Pack a suitcase, pack a kong.

Child competes in ParAgility (video).

Keep your dog safe while driving.


Other Animal Stuff

Brilliant crow makes a sled out of a mayonnaise lid.

Impact and Injuries of a cat hit by a car.

Voiceless lecture series at Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers, Adelaide.

How is that not killing you?

Did your mom or dad ever employ this parenting trick on you?



On my way to a meet (Ziggy).

Rue today.

This is Landy, our new dog! Yes, for keeps!

Getting the hang of this couch business.