Pets

17 LolCats Every Cat Owner Will Instantly Relate To

Owning a cat means lots of laughs. 

September 16, 2016

Women’s Lives Don’t Matter: Why Oscar Pistorius Got Away With Killing His

Murder is murder – it should be as simple as that.

July 8, 2016

Weekend Wit: When Pets Think They’re People

Pets are so adorable. It’s no wonder people dress them up for a photo shoot or take snaps of them to capture their non-animal like behavior.

This week we’ve got a selection of pets and a few extra animals doing just that. To the pets it’s quite innocent. Yet to us humans it’s funny to see them mimic what us humans get up to.

RELATED Weekend Wit: Pet Shaming 101

Cats being toilet trained is just freaky. I get it, but still…it seems unnatural.

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Technology really has taken over, hasn’t it. I wonder if he gets upset when his laptop is taken away?

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Isn’t this adorable!?! The cat’s spooning the baby.

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If people get fined for doing this, do dogs?

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This dog looks quite content just hanging with the boys.

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Ah, Yogi. Waiting for that pic-a-nic basket. He does look very patient, doesn’t he?

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You know when you need to stand up very straight to get a good look at something? Well I think this cat has nailed exactly how we look when we do that, including the facial expression. Priceless!

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Please pass this fella the remote!

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These owls look quite happy enjoying a picnic in the mist.

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Man’s very best friend.

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Geez, with that scowl I’d be steering well clear of this cats breaky!

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I bet if this cat really could drive there’d be some serious road rage happening.

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They say cats have a great life, but this cat appears to have an amazing existence.

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I’m not very fond of rodents, but this little creature is just too cute!

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Now, he looks totally engrossed at whatever’s on that screen. I hope it’s G rated – he looks too cute to corrupt.

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OMG, I can so relate! That morning cuppa is so important.

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I thought only kids did this. I wonder if you’d get the same response if you told him he’s sitting too close to the TV? Just a thought.

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This fella certainly knows how to strike a pose!

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September 12, 2015

Vitamins To Help Your Dog Cope With Stress Is Now A Thing

Dogs lead a hard life. They have too much time on their hands, no accessible food to binge on if they get bored and often get told to quit running around come dusk. What’s a dog to do when the stress of their crazy lifestyle starts to build up? Take a pet vitamin to ease the symptoms, of course!

RELATED: Weekend Wit: Pet Shaming 101

Seriously though, vitamins for your animals is now a thing – and just like humans, their purpose is to prevent health problems that stem from life’s “challenges” and poor diet.

“Much like people, modern dogs, are living longer and many are living in cities in apartments and exposed to more pollution and spend less time outside,” a Blackmores spokesperson told Fairfax Media.

“Today’s dogs also face challenges because their ‘pet parents’ are often working long hours, so they may not get the company or the opportunity to exercise as much as they would like.”

Apparently these stresses commonly manifest themselves in joint problems, which a Blackmores spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald affects up to 70 per cent of some larger dog breeds. While it indeed sounds a bit ridiculous, it’s been reported that the average Australian dog owner is spending over $2400 on their pet’s wellbeing. Therefore, nutraceuticals (nutritional pharmaceuticals) for animals is designed to relieve some of this burden.

Dr David Neck, a spokesman for the Australian Veterinary Association, doesn’t agree, however. “The science behind [studies which support pet nutraceuticals] is often vague with little data,” he told the SMH.

“Generally speaking, any commercial diet labelled ‘balanced and complete’ doesn’t need anything more added… In fact in many instances supplementing commercial diets can upset their balance and isn’t recommended.”

Furthermore, he pointed out that feeding your dog vitamins could be doing more harm than good because “some pets are just not suited to anything other than a perfectly balanced diet.”

Ah, life in the twenty-first century. Who would have predicted that it would be so fast-faced and stressful that even our dogs would end up requiring a nutritional supplement to combat the problem. Next up we’ll be seeing an animal obesity epidemic! Oh wait; that’s nearly a thing, right?

July 29, 2015

Dear Dog Owners: My Kids’ Safety Overrides Your Rights

I adore dogs, particularly large breeds – my family has always had German shepherds – but what I don’t love is irresponsible dog owners.

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When a small dog recently attacked my three-year-old daughter in public, as she innocently walked past it on the beach, within arm’s length of my husband and I, we found ourselves engrossed in a very public and embarrassing spectacle. For instead of being contrite, the owner of the offending mutt strongly objected to my use of force to extract said attacking dog off my poor, little lass.

We couldn’t believe it!? As proud dog owners ourselves up until only very recently –when our beloved labrador X ridgeback cross developed cancer in her old age and had to be put down – we would never have behaved that way ourselves and did not expect such heinousness from a middle-aged woman. How could she feel nothing for our scared, upset child and be so blatantly unapologetic for her dog’s completely unprovoked attack?

As a dog owner, it’s her responsibility to control her dog and ensure its behaviour is appropriate and safe in public at all times – off-leash dog beach or not. A child’s safety is paramount: it’s a sad state of affairs if kids can’t play freely at the beach without fear of a dog attack!

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At the time, this dog owner then hurled abuse at us for my having kicked her small dog off my child, mid-attack. All I could see was my child in pain; her screaming her heart out in fear. Such is the absolute fierceness of mother love; I make no apology for turning lioness and using whatever force necessary to protect my child from harm and I wouldn’t hestitate to do the same again. Since when does the rights of dogs overrule those of a child? If you know your dog is prone to attack – or has behavioural problems – don’t take it out in public without a muzzle! Everyone knows, surely, of the deadly potential for dogs to attack kids?!

Luckily, my daughter escaped the incident with only a few minor cuts and scratches, but her emotional cost has been high: she’s now quite fearful of small dogs, something which we have been at great pains to try to quell and soothe.

I’ve also noticed a growing trend among dog owners for them to irresponsibly and selfishly let their animals roam freely across kids’ playgrounds without a leash, despite the signs instructing them to do the complete opposite. Again, this pet owner behaviour is both outrageous and dangerous. Kids and dogs can coexist happily, in the right environment, but don’t you dare let your dog terrorise my innocent children while they’re trying to play!? And if dog owners can’t or won’t behave responsibly, they don’t deserve to have pets – for their animals’ sakes too. Keep your dog on a goddam leash and stay away from kids!

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What do you think? Tell us your thoughts on the child Vs dog debate.

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July 28, 2015

Weekend Wit: Pet Shaming 101

Millions of people have a pet who has become part of their family. So like most family members, they too can develop habits that can be a bit annoying, or perhaps, a one off behaviour that was less than appreciated.

RELATED: Weekend Wit: Cute Pet Memes

This is how pet shaming was born. Instead of sharing pics online of their beloved adopted family member, some owners have chosen to share the negative aspects of pet ownership in hilarious ways. Let’s take a look at a few examples, shall we?

I suppose that’s one way to make sure they’re the alpha pet of the household.

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A second killer bird… Is this why goldfish are so popular?

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Oh well, pets need some form of entertainment, too, and they don’t exactly have many props to work with.

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Maybe he likes the texture, but the smell certainly wouldn’t be a turn on!

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I think I met this Tiger at the Adelaide Zoo.

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I’m not convinced. Don’t they all look like this?

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What’s the problem then? That’s perfect teamwork.

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He’s too gorgeous to be a cannibal.

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I thought this was just something kids do?

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He looks like he’d have a good set of lungs, too!

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The hedgehog has its revenge!

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Seriously? This little fella is too cute to be a menace!

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That’s one deadly beak!

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Yes, we can see that.

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Well that’s it for today. We hope you enjoyed our Weekend Wit for this week and come back for more funnies next time.

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July 25, 2015

Look To Your Furry Friend For Happiness

When you’re suffering from depression, it can be very hard to lift yourself out and you often feel like you’re drowning in a deep, dark hole. People suffer from depression for many reasons, some of which are not even known and it can be a very complex time in their lives.

RELATED: Is Your Job Making You Depressed?

While the cures for depression usually involve medication, many patients are turning to their pets for added support during such a tough time and there is more and more evidence to suggest that pets help depression. Having a pet is a joyful part of your life, and for people with depression, it can be a great aid to help them get better and start to enjoy life again.

Pets offer a lovely companionship that can fill a void for you. Capable of empathy and support that sometimes humans can’t offer, pets are a comfort that can really help you recover your happiness. Pets also offer a soothing presence that can help calm you during stressful situations. They have been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate and are also used for patients recovering from heart attacks.

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Pets have no judgement; they love you unconditionally – and it’s this unconditional love that can really help those suffering from depression. When pets show their love for you with no questions asked, it can make you feel far less lonely, especially if your human support system isn’t showing the same affection.

Having a pet promotes responsibility and having a living creature to look after is good for self esteem, independency and building structure into your day. Staying in bed until noon isn’t an option if you have a cat meowing for their breakfast or a dog barking for a walk.

Touch is known to be a great healer and having a soft pet to touch like a dog, cat or rabbit can increase your dopamine and serotonin levels, making you feel happier. Not only that, paying attention to our pet by playing with them, patting them or watching them do something can take our minds off reality for a bit and give you something to be proud of.

Dogs are active pets, needing exercise to keep them healthy. This is great for those suffering from depression as exercise has been found to reduce the symptoms of depression, and what better way to exercise than to take your best friend for a walk.

So next time you’re feeling down, reach for your furry friend and have a cuddle; it’s sure to make you feel better.

Images via women9.com and thelimewalk.blogspot.com

June 29, 2015

Weekend Wit: If Dogs Could Text

Ever wondered what would be said if dogs could text? Well, some pets owners have provided the globe with a few ideas. They’ve attempted to capture the thoughts of dogs and some do it fairly accurately, I reckon. Although we all know only canines really understand what’s going on beyond those beautiful puppy dog eyes, it does make the human mind boggle.

RELATED Weekend Wit: Cute Pet Memes

Here’s some owners’ interpretations of their beloved dog’s war between their archenemy, the postman, and others think they might question their owner’s devotion. Then there’s thoughts about wearing those unflattering cones around their necks. Are they right, do you think? Maybe they are!

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June 27, 2015

Weekend Wit: Cute Pet Memes

Cats have always been an internet favorite, so this week we’re bringing you a collection of cute and funny pet memes. We’ve included a few dogs who have got themselves into funny predicaments, beloved animals who just might consider themselves human – and, of course,  some cute and bizarre snaps from owners.

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This feisty raccoon either considers itself a mum or it’s doing one hell of a bad kidnapping job!

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Some expressions are priceless!

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 Who could get angry at this pup, seriously?

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A photo is worth a thousand words…

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Surprise, surprise, a cat with attitude.

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This is personal security at its very best.

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday.

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Imagine how cuddly this little fella is. How cute!

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Is is just me, or does this dog look like a soft teddy bear?

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This is either some awesome Photoshop work, or this dog has mastered the art of meditation perfectly.

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OMG, this pug is adorable!!

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He doesn’t look too happy. Are they sure it was red velvet cake mix? Quick, somebody go find the cat!

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This is one way to tire a dog out, I suppose…

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Some people go a little too far when it comes to treating their pets like babies.

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Cats and dogs generally don’t get along, but when they do, it’s just so damn cute!

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June 13, 2015

Have You Heard About Catstacam?

Pet food company Whiskas has launched Catstacam, a unique cat camera that gives felines around the world unprecedented access to social media.

Here’s how the invention works: Whiskas have sent out these mini cameras to key celebrity pet owners such as news presenter Deborah Knight and The Daily Telegraph’s Elle Halliwell. Once attached to a cat collar, the camera will live post photos to the pet’s very own Instagram account every 20 seconds.

RELATED: 10 Instagram Accounts for Celebrity Style Inspiration.

What’s more, if you’re unsure why your cat is acting in a certain way, upload a picture of it to Instagram and hashtag #AskWhiskas for a cat expert – or should we say cat whisperer – to explain.

Executive creative director Paul Nagy says the campaign is “absolutely mesmerising” and gives insight into the secret life of cats.

“We all know the internet’s obsessed with cats,” Nagy told Mumbrella. “We wanted to take this a step further by not only giving cats their own Instagram accounts, but the ability to take and upload their own photos, in real time.”

Why? Because… cats.

Here’s what we think Catstacam will reveal about what our pets get up to when we’re not around:

1. They are secret geniuses

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2. They sit on furniture that’s off limits when you’re home

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3. They show your other pets who’s boss

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4. They sleep in adorable positions

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5. They’re also seeing the lady next door

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6. They binge too

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7. They invite all their friends over when you shut the door

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8. They adhere to the rule: if I fit, I sleep

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9. That mess you came home to the other day? Yep, that was them

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10. Like everyone on Instagram, they love a good selfie. #catlyf

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Images via Zotheysay, Instagram.com/Marcelandpoppy, Buzzfeed, Care 2, Hermandotoday and Catmoji

March 17, 2015

Is Your Family Ready For A Pet?

In the lead-up to Christmas a pet will no doubt be on the top of many kids’ wish lists! But it’s important to make sure the family is ready for the commitment. A pet is for life, not just for Christmas and unfortunately many animal shelters are inundated with pets in the new year that, once the responsibility sets in, families are no longer in a position to care for the animal.

RELATED: The Best Low Maintenance Pets For Young Children

Dr Katrina Warren shares her six top tips on making sure your family is ready and how to prepare for having a pet:

  • The entire family should agree.
  • The children should comfortable around animals.
  • Children should be old enough to show respect and have self-control.
  • The adults are prepared for the responsibility  (don’t expect kids to be solely responsible!)
  • Choose the right pet for your lifestyle and be realistic about the amount of time you have for caring and training it.
  • Toy pets such as Little Live Pets can be a great way to introduce children to the responsibility that comes with owning a pet.

Little Live Pets are available from all major toy retailers Australia-wide, prices start at $12.95.

November 5, 2014

5 Reasons Coconut Oil Has Officially Gone To The Dogs

It’s one of the most raved about super foods of the year and by now most people are well and truly knowledgeable on the myriad health and wellness benefits of coconut oil; but did you know this wonder oil has significant benefits for your furry friends as well? Long gone are the days when man’s best friend was restricted to a bland diet of dry dog food and canned meat. Now your four-legged pal can reap the multiple wellbeing rewards from virgin coconut oil the same way you do. 

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Coconut guru and author of new book Going Coconuts, Brynley King, has raised her rambunctious French bulldog, Ernie, on a coconut heavy diet with her family’s Fijian-derived Banaban coconut products and he couldn’t be happier or healthier. Now Brynley is sharing her top five tips for why your pooch should make like Ernie and go coconuts as well:

Improves digestion

Just like humans, regular consumption of coconut oil has noticeably positive impacts on dog digestion, aiding in the healing of digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. Plus, when mixed into meals, the oil helps to up the levels of nutrient absorption in your pup, making it easier for their bodies to absorb the proteins, vitamins and minerals in their food.

Promotes good joint health

Many dogs suffer from arthritis, stiff joints and ligament problems, which have a huge impact on their quality of life. The anti-inflammatory properties in coconut oil promote mobility by reducing the painful inflammation associated with arthritis.  Massaging coconut oil into any sore joints will also do a world of good for your dog by increasing circulation and relieving built-up tension.

Relieves skin ailments

Applied externally, virgin coconut oil is a miracle skin and coat treatment, helping to heal everything from rashes to small cuts and everything in between. Similar to how we use the oil as a body moisturiser and hair treatment, try rubbing a decent amount of oil into your dog’s coat, skin and paws to moisturise any rough patches, ward off pesky fleas and give them a smooth, glossy coat with the bonus of reducing doggie odor.

Boosts energy levels and aids weight loss

If your fur-baby has been receiving a little too much love in the food department the good fats in coconut oil work wonders at speeding up the metabolism and balancing the thyroid. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconuts are incredibly easy for dogs (and humans) to digest and are converted into energy at a much faster rate than other oils which are usually stored as fat. This is why Ernie’s homemade meals are always cooked with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.

Supports good oral health

Just as many people have discovered the benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil, it can also be used as an all-natural toothpaste for dogs. Ernie loves the taste of unrefined coconut oil and will gobble it up straight from the spoon, which is fantastic for keeping his teeth and gums healthy; it also eliminates bad doggie breath, which means no more stinky kisses!

How much?

Start by adding 1/4 teaspoon of oil per 5kg body weight to your dog’s meal and gradually increase to 1 teaspoon per day.  Coconut oil can have a detoxing effect on the body, so if you’re noticing any flu-like symptoms try decreasing the amount. Alternatively, check out Banaban Organic Doggie Crunch – a natural certified organic dog food, high in fibre, iron and trace minerals with all the added health and coat benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil.

To purchase your Banaban Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Banaban Organic Doggie Crunch, head to www.naturepacific.com.

August 18, 2014

How to Photograph Pets

Sick of taking blurry, out of focus photos of your pet? Summer is the best time to dust your camera off and have fun snapping your furry friend. From jumping in the waves to evening walks in the park, you can use your photos to tell the story of summer for your pet.

Melbourne-based pet photographer Kerry Martin of Akemi Photography shares her best tips to take better photos of your pet.

1. Location, location, location
Picking a great summer location can really add to the feel of your dog photos. The ideal location for capturing your dog in summer would be your local dog friendly beach. Capture them racing through the water or as they shake themselves dry after their swim.

2. Maximise the colour
Bright blue sky, white fluffy clouds, golden sunsets, aqua water, golden sand and your pet in the midst of it all. To help maximise your colour saturation, use a lens hood or shade your camera with your hand (making sure it’s out of the frame). This reduces the risk of flare which lowers image contrast and reduces colour saturation.

3. Get on the same level
Regardless of their size, photographing your pet at their eye level is one of the most engaging ways to photograph your

4. Capture what your pet loves
If your dog has an old, torn sofa where they sleep away their hot summery afternoons, taking their photo here is going to give wonderful memories of your pooch’s nature and favourite things.

5. Summer is for running free
If your dog loves to run, a space where they can do just that will be fabulous in the photos. Try to get in as close as you can while they are running, either with your zoom or your legs. Otherwise your fast moving dog could be just a tiny dot in your photos.

6. Lighting
There is lots of bright light and daylight hours in summer, allowing you to leave the flash off and work with natural lighting. If you’re taking photos in the middle of the day, look for shaded areas for more flattering and even light. Pets will squint or blink when they are looking directly into the sun so wait until a cloud obscures the sun or wait until later in the day to photograph your pet.

7. Timing
Summer can be hot. “I love to wait for the gorgeous evening glow of the Australian long summer days. It keeps your dog happier and the lighting is gorgeous for photography,” Kerry says.

8. Grooming
Don’t forget to make your pets gorgeous for their photos. Brush their fur, clean away any eye goop, trim nails, etc.

9. Eliminate distraction
A hot day at the beach or a run in your favourite park can be the idea of many people.  Pay attention to what is going on in the background of your photo, as it can be easy to overlook things when you’re focussing on your dog.  If you see distracting elements – other people and dogs, towels, beach umbrellas, shoes or rubbish that will take away from your main subject – then pause for a second to remove them or change your angle or perspective to eliminate them from view.

10. Keep your camera handy
Pets can be spontaneous and unpredictable.  Having a camera within reach and ready to go will mean that you are best able to capture some of their most entertaining antics.

11. Just have fun!
Pets don’t always understand exactly what we are wanting them to do, particularly when it’s something new for a photo.  If you keep it fun, the photos will reflect the wonderful times you are having with your pet and their beautiful happy nature.

Share your best pet photos on Instagram using the #shesaid tag!

January 20, 2014

How To Alleviate Joint Pain in Dogs

There’s nothing worse as a pet owner knowing your beloved animal is in pain. Arthritis is a painful condition that affects around one in five Australian dogs. It is most common in older dogs of medium or large breeds, but can affect dogs of any age, size and breed. People are often unaware of the signs of joint pain and think their pet is just getting old.

Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren discusses the common symptoms and the simple things we can do to make our canine companions feel more comfortable.

Five signs of joint pain

1. Difficulty moving – hesitant to jump, run or climb stairs

2. Stiffness or discomfort when getting up from lying down

3. Limping or lagging behind on walks

4. Experiencing pain when being touched in certain areas

5. Licking or chewing at the joints

How to help alleviate joint pain in dogs

1. Moderate your pet’s exercise
Regular exercise is still important for muscle tone and joint flexibility. Offer daily, low impact exercise like gentle walks and swimming.

2. Weight loss
Being overweight can exacerbate arthritis by putting extra pressure on the joints. Talk to your veterinarian about a weight loss plan for your dog.

3. Pamper them
Dogs with joint pain may benefit from regular massages and acupuncture.

4. Home improvements
Provide an elevated bed away from drafts and add extra blankets in winter.

5. Discuss treatment options with your veterinarian
Create a program of treatments to minimise your dog’s pain and help slow its progression. Natural supplements such as Rose-Hip Vital® Canine may help improve joint health and the general wellbeing of active and ageing dogs. It’s made from 100% pure and natural rosehip fruit, which is a rich source of natural vitamin C and powerful antioxidant.

October 11, 2013