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Lifestyle : Everything Pets August 2011
1HERSA1 W001 AG4270967AA-280811 HOT WEB DEALS! FREE SHIPPING RID ANNOYING PET HAIR FOREVER! NOT SOLD IN SUPERMARKETS WWW.LINTROLLER.COM.AU AsseenonCNN/ Today Tonight Train your cat to use the toilet t. 02 9958 3363 | e. firstname.lastname@example.org Divine Creatures 52a Frenchs Road, Willoughby NSW 2068 www.divinecreatures.com.au Luxury Cat Resort Owned & operated by Veterinary professionals Four levels of luxury accommodation Spacious condos & themed bedrooms Amazing jungle gym Pet Boutique Exclusive contemporary cat furniture Bling for cats & dogs Quality cat, dog & bird toys & food Shop in store or online Other Services Cat grooming & day spa Deluxe bird boarding -- Avian Vet affiliated Mention this advert to receive 5% discount off boarding (Excludes public & School Holidays. One per customer) Pet Boutique & Luxury Cat Resort Brady-style blend brings the love Laura Csortan can't imagine life without her canine family, writes Jo Casamento. Part of the pack . . . Laura Csortan with dogs Abbey and Maggie. SPECIAL REPORT L aura Csortan says she and her partner, Silverchair drummer Chris Joannou, couldn't imagine life without their dogs, Abbey and Maggie. The ''blended family'' consists of Csortan and her seven-year-old border collie, Abbey, and Joannou and his four-year-old French bulldog, Maggie. ''You couldn't get two more different-looking dogs but they are best friends, like naughty little school kids,'' Csortan laughs, as her ''babies'' get up to mischief. ''Abbey was a pet-shop reject and I always think about how much happiness she brings me,'' she says. ''It's the closest thing to having a child. ''She's my baby -- she makes me laugh every day. She's also my personal trainer. I have to take her running every day rain, hail or shine. We all go together, usually.'' Csortan says when she and Chris knew their relationship was progressing, introducing their pooches would be very important. ''When you meet and start a relationship and it's going somewhere, it's paramount your dogs get on,'' she says. ''So we took them to neutral territory and let them get acquainted and then when they came to my house, Abbey got a little growly -- Maggie can be a little pig- headed -- but they are the best of friends now.'' In fact, there are often four in the bed. ''Their beds are right next to each other. But Abbey usually ends up on my side and Maggie on Chris's. Although Maggie has a snoring problem.'' Csortan's advice is to think long and hard before buying a dog but that you reap what you sow. ''To give a dog what they deserve, you need to have time -- it's a real commitment.'' She grew up with an almost identical border collie called Whiskey. ''Exercise is important but equally important is company. Maggie will often go to the studio with Chris and Abbey almost comes with me everywhere. I couldn't imagine life without them. ''Basically, the more you put in the more you get out. You really reap the rewards.''
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