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Lifestyle : Enhance Yourself Special Report December
1HERSA1 0056 Excellent Results Is your skincare achieving the result you expect? Environ believes that skincare should deliver excellent results. That is why we study the science of skincare. Through our extensive research, we have created a complete range of Environ AVST skincare products, each enhanced with vitamins and antioxidants to help with the appearance of rejuvenated and revitalised skin. The result is a beautifully healthy-looking skin. Now isn't that worth full marks? AVST www.sensaskincare.com.au For your nearest stockist phone 1300 888 708 G5549491AA-011212 Loyal pet will steal and save your heart Life savers ABOUT 250,000 unwanted pets are euthanased in Australia every year. Rescue organisations can be excellent alternatives to pet shops or breeders. Big Dog Rescue This Box Hill-based group specialises in breeds from Staffies up. Coordin- ator Anthony Melman says larger dogs are under-represented in rescue organisations. bigdogrescue.org.au Pound Rounds Melanie Norman's group uses Face- book to mobilise volunteers to get dogs from Blacktown and Hawkes- bury pounds, resulting in much lower kill rates. facebook.com/ PoundRounds Australia Monicka's Doggie Rescue This organisation claims to rescue about 1000 dogs from pounds each year. At any time, the centre has about 200 dogs looking for homes. doggierescue.com.au Dachshund Rescue Specialises in rehousing sausage dogs. dachshundrescueaustralia.com.au Staffy Rescue One of Australia's most popular breeds, the Staffordshire terrier is also heavily represented in the country's pounds. staffyrescue.org.au Editorial feature produced for The Sun-Herald by Clemson Text & Design. Advertising: Sixto Arana, 02 9282 3303, email@example.com. Readerlink: 9282 1569, firstname.lastname@example.org. Dogs can be the best kind of friend and exercise partner, writes Jason Mountney. Dog training . . . Vicki Miller says she's out every day doing something healthy with two-year-old Bo. When Mona Vale public relations consultant Vicki Miller adopted a rescue dog, she didn't realise how much hard work it could be. "He was so rambunctious and diffi- cult when I got him," says Miller, 51. "I took him back to the rescue, he was so difficult to control. But then he was about to get the needle. I could not allow that to happen, so I got a good trainer lined up and we went on a rehab program." Bo, a two-year-old border collie cross, now plays dog sports to channel his energy. And while Bo was spared the vet's needle, he is not the only one emerging from the situation for the better. "He is a joy," Miller says. "I'm lucky to have a home office and he is my companion. I'm out every day doing something healthy with him. It's mentally challenging as well." Dog ownership has many benefits. Research last year in Detroit found that infants sharing homes during their first year of life with pets were half as likely to develop allergies. And a dog is a good motivator for cardio fitness. "Taking your dog for regular walks is a really easy and fun way to keep active and healthy," says Heart Foundation chief executive Lyn Roberts. "Being active for at least 30 minutes on all or most days of the week can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as half. "For many of us, walking is an easy and convenient way to stay active. And if you have a dog as your walking partner, that's a great motivator. " Anthony Melman, of Big Dog Res- cue, says larger breeds are ideal for people who want an exercise partner. ''A big dog can run with you," he says. Saving a dog will make you feel good, too. Melman says adopting a dog not only saves it from the pound, but it can also be easier on the owner. "If you buy a puppy you have to be there all the time to look after it," he says. "With an adult dog, you can tell its behaviour." He says larger dogs also bark less and, despite many peo- ple's fears, can be better with children. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD ENHANCE YOURSELF
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