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Lifestyle : Everything Pets 2012
S time-poorandsurprisingalovedonefor their birthday, it’s advisable to researchwhatkindof animalwill best suityouandyourfamily,vet andtelevision hostChrisBrownsays. ‘‘I think theimportant thing is, youhave to W choose with your head, but also with your heart,’’hesays. ‘‘Youhave tolove the animal you’re looking at bringing into your family;do researchandlook atwhether that petjumps out at youandscreams, ‘Takemehome!’’’ • Fully equipped hospital & surgery • Pet grooming • Cat boarding • Full range of pet supplies • Puppy pre-school SPECIAL REPORT MA Everything Pets Sound advice ...vet Chris Brown, with hisStaffordshire terrier patient Floyd, says potential pet owners should do their homework. Photo: Helen Nezdropa Every dog has itsway When selecting a furry friend, your personalities must match, writes Sarah Whyte. Brown likens the pet-finding experience henitcomestochoosingapet, it’saboutpersonality,notlooks. Thefluffy,high-maintenance puppymaylook cutebutifyou’re to finding someone you want to spend your life with. ‘‘Whenyou’re looking for ahumankind partner, yougenerallyknowwhatsuits you; whowouldbeanideal life partner.’’ Personalities aside, theamount of physical space you can provide the animal is also an important factor to consider before making a trip to the pet shop,RSPCAor pound,Brownsays. ‘‘I think a lot of people have fallen into that misconception that the sizeof yourdog should reflect the sizeof your house or unit. Trusted, experienced, professional care for your family’s pets open 7 days 9764 6066 24 The Crescent Homebush Extraordinary Nutrition Stainless steel, engraved with your pet’s name Order online at www.moggiesandmutt s.com.au AG4859519AA-040312 Pet Friendly Accommodation As Sydneys premier Pet Friendly Boutique Hotel, we are dedicated to ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible. With a range of pet friendly rooms with either large living spaces, glass atriums or private courtyards. Our Restaurant and Café has areas reserved so that your 4 legged best friend can join you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rates from $99 (Sun - Wed) and $128 (Thurs - Sat) per night for 2 people including breakfast and a bottle of Hughenden wine. Call us now 02 9363 4863 *Valid from 1st March to the 30th July 2012. Additional pet cleaning fee of $20 applies to all bookings. Ph: 02 9363 4863 | 14 Queen St, Woollahra | www.thehughenden.com.au 1HERSA1 W001 Pet Friendly Accommodation But I can’t think ofanydogthat rivals the energy of a JackRussell,whichwouldneeda lot of space,whereas a greatDane needs less exercise and, therefore, less space.’’ Thetime you’re willing to dedicate to your pet should also beanindicator ofwhatkind youwant. ‘‘Your time is notsomething youcanbuy,’’ Brownsays. ‘‘If youdon’thave time for them, it’s not something that is going towork very wellandthey will start tobemore difficultand mayendupwith behavioural problems.’’ If this isn’t your first pet and you’re still mourning the loss ofOscar the cat,Brown says it’s best to avoid a ‘‘rebound’’ pet. ‘‘You’ll knowwhenit’s time tomoveonand get yourself back out there,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s good to walksomedogs andbondwith them, learning to love again.Youwill start to learnhowyouare going tomoveonwithout that last pet.’’ Before youreplace your pet with adogor cat that looks exactly thesame,Brownadvises choosing a different breed. ‘‘Gofor a different lookanda different personality –anddefinitely a differentname– otherwise youare always going to be comparing,’’hesays. Personalised Pet Food Spoons MARCH 4, 2012
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