Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Dog Food Competition

This month Paddington Pups has decided to stock a new food brand in our shop, right beside Hill’s Science Diet, Eukanuba and Nutro.

We would love all our customer’s input into this decision, let us know if there are any food brands in particular you would love to see on our shelves!

We are also offering the chance for one lucky customer to win a Prize Pack, just for telling us which food they would like to see in our store!

The winner will be drawn on Friday 29th of April, and is unfortunately for Paddington Pups customers only.

The Paddington Pups team looks forward to hearing your feedback!... Click here to read more....

Suncorp “Back to Business” Grant

Vote for us!!

Suncorp Bank is awarding $250,000 in grants to flood affected small businesses right across Queensland. Some of the stories are incredible and worth a read- including ours!

Simply vote for Paddington Pups. This would definitely be a HUGE help, and the money will be put towards a worthy venture in our shop!

All you have to do is find what page were on currently page 24 and click ‘vote’, its that easy!

A huge thank you from the Paddington Pups Team!

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Breed Test- Newfoundland

NewfoundlandOne of the Giant Breeds, the New Foundland can be found in black, white, brown or grey. Their origin is traced back to being work dogs for fisherman in Canada, shaping their incredible swimming abilities and large appearance.

Their soft and cuddly appearance is not deceiving, as they are known for their loyalty and calm nature. They are often referred to as the ‘nanny dog’, due to their gentle behaviour around children. They are essentially the perfect family dog!

Newfoundlands have a water resistant coat and webbed feet, perfect for swimming despite their tremendous size. Their weight and strength has been bread through to help them fight currents and strong tides/waves. They are extraordinary swimmers, fighting the usual ‘dog paddle’ craze; they do a modified version of breaststroke!

As a result of their great weight, reaching 90kg, Newfoundlands often have health problems, especially in their joints. They can also ... Click here to read more....

Dogs In The Movies

The first couple of weeks of the year were the wettest it’s been in a long time!  The only thing that rainy weather is good for is curling up on the couch watching movies with our furry friends.  So, with this inspiration alongside our love of dogs, we decided to make a list of our favourite doggy flicks:

Turner & Hooch (1989) PG:  Starring Tom Hanks as a detective and a Mastiff named Hooch, this has to be one of the best “cop and dog” films.  The neat freak detective finds himself stuck with Hooch, a not-so-well-behaved witness to a crime, but the detective needs the dog in order to crack a murder case.  A feel-good film that’ll make you laugh with a sweet relationship between man and dog.

Beethoven (1992) PG: Starring a lovable, slobbering, 84kg St. Bernard called “Beethoven” who adopts a family.  All except the father, ... Click here to read more....

If My Dog had an iPod…

We thought it would be funny to think of what songs you might find on a dog’s MP3 player!  Here is the top 10 we came up with:

1.        Hound Dog – Elvis Presley

2.       Who Let The Dogs Out – The Baha Men

3.       Black Dog – Led Zeppelin

4.       Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

5.       The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang

6.       I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog – The Monkees

7.       Dogs – Pink Floyd

8.       Diamond Dogs – David Bowie

9.       Hey Bulldog – The Beatles

10.     Dog Eat Dog – AC/DC... Click here to read more....

Music For Dogs

Have you ever noticed how dogs respond to music? It appears that dogs feel the rhythm and harmony of music in their soul the same way that humans do.  Dogs seem to relax to soft slow strains, and sometimes become agitated to loud, drum-based tunes.

Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Rehoming Centre of the National Canine Defence League in Evesham, England studied the effects of music on dogs and found this to be true.  Guide Dogs for the Blind training facilities tested music specifically composed by Thomas Schoenberger to calm pets.  They were sufficiently impressed to endorse the CD called Doggone Songs for use in stressful situations such as separation anxiety, injury recovery, storms, fireworks, travel, destructive behavior and aggression.  This CD along with others are also touted as an aid in training.  Considering that music helps memory, and stress reduction helps learning, ... Click here to read more....

Did You Know?

  • A dog can hear sounds 250 yards away that most people cannot hear beyond 25 yards
  • dogs do not have an appendix
  • All dogs are identical in anatomy – 321 bones and 42 per
  • Dogs have twice as many muscles for moving their ears as people.
  • The Wizard of Oz‘s Toto was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry
  • Rin Tin Tin was the first American dog movie star and signed his own contracts for 22 movies with a pawprint.
  • The dingo is not native to Australia but was introduced thousands of years ago by the first immigrants.
  • Dogs have been used as guards, hunters, draught animals, eyes for the blind, drug and explosive detectors, rodent controllers – and even weapons!
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The Origin of Dogs

According to Scientific American, dogs were first domesticated in East Asia about 150,000 years ago. From the Huskies in the North to the Pekingese in the South, all domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) are direct decedents of the grey wolf (Canis lupus).

The revelation that humans began to domesticate dogs before agriculture (about 13,000 years ago) is fairly recent, until the mid-1990’s scientists believed that wolves were originally used to protect early farms and livestock. They thought that the different breeds came from varying species of wolves indigenous to specific areas of the world.

As it turns out, the first “Rovers” and “Pals” were wolves that early humans domesticated to act as companions on long journeys. This traveling led to the introduction of various subspecies, which is one reason why we have so many different breeds of dogs today.

Unlike most other animals, wolves and dogs have very elastic genes, ... Click here to read more....

Café Society and Dogs

In Queensland, café owners can now face a fine of up to $2000 if their patrons are found with companion dogs in the designated ‘food consumption area’.  Despite New South Wales recently passing a law allowing companion dogs in certain areas, only service dogs such as Guide Dogs are allowed in areas where food is served in Queensland.

The dog owner can also face a $200 on-the-spot fine in the instance of keeping your dog in a café area.

However, there is a new business venture that has spread throughout Australia recently called the “Doggy Café” where they provide a human menu and one for our pets.  There is a large outside area for pets to sit with their owners to eat and socialize.  If you are interested in researching near-by Doggy Café’s, there are many dedicated animal-loving cafes out there!

If some café owners do seem to be flexible, ... Click here to read more....

Paddington Pups Store Update!

As many of you who have been back in the store would know, we are well on our way to a full recovery.  We still have lots to do and as the weeks go by we will continue to bring down the stock we saved into the shop, and bring in some fantastic new stuff too!

We currently have a “50% Off” table where a number of leads and collars, toys and other goodies have been placed.  With the new layout of the store we are not going to supply certain products anymore, but we are getting other new stuff in – time for a change I say.  As always, if there is ever anything you need which we don’t have we can always order it in for you, so don’t be afraid to ask.  Be sure to get in and check out this discount table before we ... Click here to read more....