Archive for January, 2016

13.01.16

Introducing Loki, DSH 8mths, Lucy and Ace both 1yr old mixed breed.

There’s a special authenticity when shots like this come together in-camera (not photoshopped). Three perfectly adorable subjects always helps! It was also the final shot I took of all three of them together, because I knew they’d given me the pic I wanted.

Alice says, “All three of our fur babies were rescues. Andy was trawling the pet rescue website for a little boy pup when he stumbled across Lucy. She wasn’t a boy but she was the only remaining pup in a litter and was a little funny looking, which tugged on our heart strings. We soon discovered that one of the boys had returned due to an unsuccessful adoption and we suddenly found ourselves adopting 2 pups!

They were with a wonderful SAFE foster carer in Chittering, so we took a little road trip to meet them. They weren’t quite what we expected, they were tiny, sausage looking pups! They had been brought down to Perth from an aboriginal mission in the Pilbara. Pretty amazing that such little pups survived! We fell in love with them and often refer to them affectionately as our little Pilbara specials!

We adopted Loki a number of months later when our previous cat sadly passed away. We decided to get a kitten so he could grow up with the puppies..but now he thinks he is a dog. He was adopted from Saving Animals Matters. When we met him for the first time he was full of beans but had a gentle and playful nature. He had us hooked straight away!

Lucy (aka the goose)- each night when it is time to get off the couch and go to bed we get the ‘goose dance’. This is when we say “goose it is time for a wee and she wags and rolls and kicks her legs out until someone picks her up and takes her outside!

Ace- both pups usually come up on the bed for a cuddle at night before sleeping in their own dens. Each night when Andy plugs his phone in to charge it makes the “Bing” noise. Ace immediately gets up, jumps off the bed and gets in his den. Such a clever boy!

Loki- he has so many..typical cat!! Swiping the dogs as they walk past, tackling them when they aren’t prepared and climbing the fly wire like Spiderman. His best and naughtiest trick is probably breaking out. Our last cat was hit by a car, so we decided Loki would be an indoor cat to avoid the heartache of that ever happening again. The puppies had been toilet trained using a doggy door, so we wanted to maintain their access in and out of the house while keeping the cat in. We found a microchip pet door which is programmed to read the dog’s microchips and unlock but not register the cats. He very quickly learnt if he sat right next to the door, he could wack the dogs in the face as they come back in and quickly get through the door before it shuts!!! When they are going from inside to outside, he would sneak out underneath them. We thought this would stop when he was too big to fit through with them, but at 5kg he is still managing to squeeze through with them. Sometimes we catch the dogs literally just holding the door open with their head to let him out. Luckily, the fact he thinks he is a dog also means he thinks he cannot leave the confines of the garden…so he just lazes around anyway.

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13.01.16

4 month old Sconce, Russian Blue

Jackie says, “Sconce came from a breeder in Rockingham. We met her when she was only about 2.5 months old and this was to see whether she liked us. I fell in love the minute I had her in my arms. She came to live with us a month later (she was my early Christmas present) and the first few days I lost hours just watching her play.

In the short time Sconce has been part of our family, she has made her way into our hearts. Everyday she entertains us as she runs between her toys having crazy fun and then settles next to you for a sleep eventually climbing into your lap for a cuddle. We can’t imagine life without her.

Kitten yoga as demonstrated by Sconce below.

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07.01.16

6 year old Silky Terrier x, Betty and 8 – 10 year old Maltese x Shih Tzu,Tessie

Bronwyn says “Betty and Tess are both rescue dogs. Betty was adopted from the RSPCA WA in 2011. At the time she only weighed 3.5 kg and you could see every rib.

It took Betty about 12 months to show her true personality. Now she rules the house and the other dogs. She can hear when someone is walking down the road 500m away and will let them know to avoid our house. She is a jealous little beast and tries to monopolise me and does not realise legs are for walking. She can be a little timid when meeting males for the first time – she’s not aggressive, just a little scared. Once she gets to know you then your lap is hers.

Tess was adopted after seeing she needed a new home. I was told she was active and playful but but it didn’t take me long to realise this couldnt be further from the truth. She is the grandma of the house. Betty and my housemates dog will be playing and Tess will watch them and bark at them to behave. If they get too boisterous she will give them a tap on the head to settle down.

It is difficult to get a hug out of Tess as she is a little standoffish, however (rarely) she will come just for a little cuddle so you have to take advantage of that time when it does happen. She doesn’t like to be picked up or carried, unless there is a thunder storm. Then she doubles as a hat as she wraps around your head. If I have more than two visitors in the house, Tess will greet them and then retreat to the bedroom until they leave.

Betty can be a little naughty sometimes. I had people coming around for lunch and had the dips, cheeses etc on the table ready to go. Betty knew she wasn’t allowed near the food but she jumped on the chair on the other side of the table so I couldn’t see her, then slowly dragged the table cloth towards her to try to get the food. I caught her just before the food fell off the table to the floor.

Tessie can be a little cautious when trying new foods. I bought her a puppoli cannoli to try. She loved the smell of it but did not know what to do with it. She carried it around all day until it suddenly disappeared. I assumed she had eaten it. That night when going to bed, I found the cannoli under my pillow. I put it aside and gave it back to her in the morning. It wasn’t until it had softened enough in her mouth she realised she could actually eat it. It disappeared in 30 seconds flat, approx. 30 hours after she got it.”

Betty & Tessie

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