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Lifestyle : Everything Pets August 2011
1HERSA1 W003 (02) 9417 0099 | www.cocoandpud.com.au Wholesale enquires to: firstname.lastname@example.org We are the sole wholesale Australian distributor for the Refinedkind Products Our unique collection of luxury pet accessories includes the latest designer pet clothes, a large selection of upscale pet carriers and small dog totes, a wide array of fabric and leather dog collars, harnesses, and leashes, as well as the most luxurious dog beds. Whether you are shopping for your own pampered pet or you are looking for a unique gift for a special dog or cat, you will find it here! You can also shop online anytime at www.cocoandpud.com.au THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011 3 S pets SPECIAL REPORT From death row to new leash of life Jason Mountney meets dogs that have good reason to be barking glad. Rare breed . . . Monika Biernacki with some of the pooches at her charity, Monika's Doggie Rescue. Photo: Dallas Kilponen WITH her misshapen jaw, scruffy coat and indeterminate origins, Tilly is unlikely to feature at Britain's famous Crufts dog show next year. But the six-year-old terrier cross is a loving dog who likes nothing better than cuddles on the couch. When Tempe accounting executive Lisa Wormleaton, 37, sought a companion for her pure- breed miniature schnauzer, she bought Tilly from Monika's Doggie Rescue. Monika's, at Ingleburn in south-western Sydney, takes dogs from council death rows and offers them to selected buyers. Dogs taken in by Monicka's are not put down. ''For my second dog, getting a rescue dog satisfied my conscience,'' Wormleaton says. ''I couldn't do two breed dogs.'' Tilly was rescued from Blacktown City Council's pound. Wormleaton knows little about the dog's early life, though she noticed Tilly was initially very wary of car journeys. ''She must have had a few early horrendous car trips,'' she says. ''It took her a while to get over that.'' Tilly is now well-adjusted and loving, and likes to stay close to the newest member of her new pack, Wormleaton's five-month-old daughter, Hana. According to the state government, more than 150,000 dogs and cats were euthanised in NSW pounds in the past five years. On August 15, a parliamentary taskforce was formed to investigate ways to reduce this figure. Until then, people can follow Wormleaton's lead and adopt a dog from a pound or rescue organisation such as Monika's. The charity's founder, Monika Biernacki, says prospective owners are given a form to assess whether they are suitable for particular breeds -- or indeed any dogs at all. ''We talk to prospective owners about their needs and their experience with dogs,'' Biernacki says. ''We talk about exercise, the hours a dog requires, allergies.'' She says prospective owners need to provide an indoor sleeping area for dogs, as this reassures animals often traumatised by abandonment that their new owners are nearby. Monika's, established in 2001, has about 200 dogs available for adoption at any one time. If experience is any gauge, the success of the film Red Dog will have an unpleasant consequence -- an increase in dumped kelpies. ''Historically, movies on a particular breed of dog have seen an increase in breeding and then dumping,'' Biernacki says. ''The average family is not suited to a kelpie. They're a working dog and require a lot of exercise and intellectual stimulation.'' Lee Amiti, of the Animal Adoption Agency in Penrith, says irresponsible breeders and a lack of awareness about desexing are resulting in a large number of unwanted animals. He says the main reasons people surrender dogs to his agency are owners moving to units, marriage break-ups and people suffering such onerous financial hardship that ''some dogs have come in severely underweight''. Amiti says his agency, which also has a no-kill policy, says every potential owner who contacts him ''must match the dog''. He says when housing energetic dog breeds, it is not simply a matter of asking someone how big their yard is. Someone living in a flat in Bondi may have an active lifestyle and be a better owner, he says, than someone with a large yard in a far- flung suburb that involves much of the week commuting. The RSPCA's online Adopt a Pet service lets people key in criteria about their lifestyle and location, then suggests a line-up of prospective new pets. The organisation's website says it has found homes for more than 72,000 dogs, more than 72,000 cats and more than 12,000 ''other animals''.
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