In our previous article we talked about the delightful dog, Xena Warrior Puppy being awarded Dog of the Year.This time, Koshka (Russian for cat) is in the limelight as she has been awarded Cat of the Year by the ASPCA. This impressive kitty is no stranger to awards having also won the Diamond Collar Hero Award from Oregan Human Society earlier this year.
The ASPCA Humane presented the Dog of the Year awards to *drum roll please* Xena Warrior Puppy (what a name). The annual ceremony recognizes special animals and individuals who made a positive and lasting impact during the past year. Let's take a look into the life story of Xena Warrior Puppy and find out how she got her remarkable name!
For people immigrating to Australia there are some strict quarantine laws for pets. Usual regulations dictate that upon arrival to Australia, pets must be placed in quarantine for up to 30 days. Quarantine can be financially taxing and may even cause pets to suffer from separation anxiety. The Department of Agriculture (DAFF) has recently announced changes to the import policy of pets much to the benefit of pet owners.
A major amendment to the regulations is that some pets may only need to stay in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. Animals may not be required to stay for the original 30 days (as long as they abide by and fulfill the import policy rules and requirements). For a pet to be potentially eligible for a reduced quarantine period, one of the main conditions is that that they undergo and pass a Blood Titer Test (RNATT) between 6 to 24 months before their entry to Australia.
This change is no doubt a relief for many pet owners as quarantine can cost upwards of $29 (per cat) and $39 (per dog). For example, if your cat was in quarantine for the original 30 days you'd have to pay $870! With these beneficial changes, you may only have to pay $290. However, you must still pay all quarantine costs up front and if there any additional charges (i.e. if your pet has to stay longer than the minimum requirement duration) you would need to pay a second installment.
There is also a noticeable modification to regulations for pets originating from non DAFF approved countries. Under the old policy, pets were required to stay in a DAFF approved country for at least six months before they can be brought to Australia. The new rules allow pets to enter Australia from a DAFF approved country as long as they meet the requirements to enter that particular country. Meaning that as soon as your pet is granted eligibility to enter a DAFF approved country, you can immediately apply for your pet to be granted permission to come to Australia from that particular country. No more will your beloved pet be forced to spend 6 months in a foreign country before you can apply for permission to bring them into Australia!
Some rules have remained such as the requirement of an Import Permit, 15 digit microchip for your pet and veterinary health certificates. Vaccinations (i.e. rabies) and various blood tests are still mandatory.
Pet owners can apply for the new Import Permit from December 2, 2013, but the updated Import Policy will only take effect from February 3, 2014. If you intend to bring in your pet to Australia before this date, then you would need to apply for an Import Permit under the old conditions.
On one lazy afternoon you are reclining on the sofa and watching a nature show. The next thing you notice is your dog coming over and appearing greatly absorbed by the TV show. He/she may bark randomly when a canine figure runs across the screen. In another instance, you observe a neighbour's dog having no fascination for their TV. You wonder why there is a difference between the two dogs in terms of their fondness for television. We investigate...
Have you ever wondered if a dog sees the world the same way as you? Perhaps you are under the firm belief that they can only see in monochrome? Well to tell you the truth, dogs do see the world differently to humans but not like a black and white film. Furthermore, they are by no means as visually acute as their human counterparts. Let us take a further look into the eyesight of the canine.
The Dog Profile we are looking at today is the gorgeous Siberian Husky!
Originating from NorthEast Asia, Siberian Husky's were bred for centuries by Chikuri people to herd reindeer, pull sleds and be watchdogs. In the early 20th century, fur traders from Malamute brought Husky's over to Alaska, United States to take part in Alaskan races. In 1910, the dogs took part in All-Alaskan Sweepstakes, a 408-mile long dogsled race for the first time. Due to the Husky's speed and endurance they excelled at the race and continued to retain their record title until 2008.
Got a baby on the way but also own a precious cat? We recently heard of a couple who are eagerly awaiting their first child and their friends warning them to get rid of their cat. These so called friends were strong believers that the cat would become extremely jealous of the new arrival and smother him/her in their sleep. We can honestly say that these beliefs are mostly fabrications and usually stem from the old world belief that cats harbour evil spirits. We have found that most cats are simply curious when it comes to babies. Furthermore, since cats are always after a warm spot or person to snuggle up to, then your baby is a perfect option.
There is no argument that Australia is considered to have one of the world's highest pet ownership populations. It feels like every second person you know owns a pet! However, with people renting apartments or townhouses at an all time high, owners continually face an uphill battle to retain their beloved pets. We have heard countless tragic stories of people forced to give up their pets since their strata building model bylaws essentially ban pets from being kept onsite. Hopefully these stories may start to become a thing of the past with the recent announcement of modifications finally being made to the NSW Strata Laws.
Today marks the annual celebration of Halloween in a variety of Western European countries and the US, and it is increasingly becoming a popular holiday in Australia. On October 31, numerous kids (and keen adults) don scary outfits and comb their neighbourhood seeking treats (or causing tricks). However, at this time of year the unpopularity of the black cat is at its peak. A variety of dated superstitions abound about the black cat such as them being associated with evil spirits or they bringing 'bad luck'. It is no lie that these poor felines are categorised as being the least liked to be adopted in comparison to other cats and can even be prone to torture or abuse by cults or people who buy into these wrongful tales. We take a short look into the negative superstitions surrounding black cats and efforts made to improve their popularity in today's world.