REUNION OF THE DAY: Ziggy the russian blue cat in Melbourne VIC Friday 11 May 2018 @ 13:00

REUNION OF THE DAY: Ziggy the russian blue cat in Melbourne VIC

"Our Ziggy boy is a Russian Blue cat and is 2 (human) year’s young. He is a beautiful, loving and smoochy cat who loves sleeping lots and playing with out Minature Groodle dog Ginger.

He usually stays close to our house but must’ve got curious early one morning and took a stroll. Ziggy didn’t come home at all that day so I knew something wasn’t right. I signed up to Lost Pet Finders (LPF) that very night before I went to bed and posted to all the local & City missing pet sights in the hopes of getting good news in the morning.

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Ziggy was found by a local neighbour on another road about 350 meters / 4 minute walk from where we live almost a week (day 6) after he went missing. They heard his cries beside their house and they fed him (he was starving) and then went door knocking to see who’s family he belonged to.

Another neighbour recognised Ziggy from the picture of the flyer I made posted to our local lost pets group and she messaged me via Facebook to check. I couldn’t believe our luck! They also took him to their local vet in the evening & I picked him up and took him to the animal emergency clinic for assessment.

Unfortunately Ziggy was hit by a car and has a broken leg. He is very lucky to be found alive and now we’re following our local vet’s instructions on his recovery which will take 6+ weeks.

The social media really helped find Ziggy and the LPF website was so quick & easy to use. I was able to just copy the link & post to wherever I needed. The general updates, useful tips & encouragement I got was really helpful & helped me stay focused rather than crying and being in a sickening state of anxiousness and helplessness all the time.

I went out looking every day for Ziggy, did flyer drops and called for him early & late every night, left his litter box and bed out front and asked the angels to bring him home. I was a bit limited about when I could look having a 6 month old to look after but I took our dog & bubby out every day for a stroll and walk looking & calling for Ziggy and never gave up.

However if I had done the 3am scout of all the streets within a 500 metre radius I might well have found him much sooner because he was injured so he might’ve been hiding somewhere not far from the road.

We’re now going to invest in a cat enclosure so he can’t escape our backyard and will be dropping off thank you cards to our neighbours who found him and cared enough to help him and get him home. Thanks" - Niomi

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Scaredy Pups: Dealing with a Fear of Men Friday 11 May 2018 @ 00:00

Man In Blue Long-sleeved Shirt Carrying DogContinuing with our series on helping with doggy phobias, our last post talked about dealing with your dog’s fear of children. This can be a very dangerous fear resulting in aggression on your dog’s part and injury or psychological trauma for the child in question.

Fortunately, though, there are ways of dealing with it.

Other fears you may come across when getting to know your dog might include the following…

We only have a few of these common fears left to cover, so let us know in the comments if there are any you’d like to hear about!


Before we can do any of that, though, we’re going to take a look at what you can do if your dog is afraid of men.

If your dog shakes, whines or snarls whenever a man is nearby, they may well have a fear of men. A common assumption is that dogs who are afraid of men feel that way because they’ve experienced trauma or abuse by a man. While there’s always a chance this is the case, it’s also sometimes the case that your dog will have a fear of men without any traumatic history.

It is just as likely (if not more likely) that your dog’s phobia has occurred as a result of physical and social factors.

Please note: This blog post will use some generalizations in discussing what “women” are like and what “men” are like. These descriptions may not all apply to you or the people you know because everyone is different, gender is a universe and our lives and personalities are our own.

Long-coated Brown and Black Dog on Focus PhotoSo why is my dog afraid of men?

The simple answer is this: We don’t know. There is no one, clear-cut reason that your dog would be afraid of men, but there are a few potential causes. The most likely cause of this fear, as with many other fears, is that your dog wasn’t socialized with men as a puppy.

As with the differences between children and adults, there are certain differences that exist between many men and the women and children they may be more comfortable around. For example, many men are louder and take up more space than women, and the vast majority have deeper voices. To animals like dogs, the larger size and louder voice can single out the man as a threat, putting the animal into defense mode.

It’s not uncommon for men and women to act differently with regard to puppies. In many cases, a woman will approach a puppy in a comforting, gentle way. Meanwhile, as being gentle and nurturing is considered a “female” response, many men will instead opt for a more assertive form of play. While this play would be acceptable coming from another dog, human men are generally much larger than dogs so their actions can read as threatening rather than playful.

Another potential cause is that dogs primarily see the world through their noses, and men can smell quite differently to women and children. The fragrances marketed to men and women are very different, and the hormones a dog will smell on each sex will vary, with most men producing testosterone and most women producing estrogen. In nature, the scent of estrogen would be familiar to puppies, as they are nursed by their mother while their father is rarely present.

Do keep in mind, however, that none of these theories have been proven, and we still don’t know the exact reason why some dogs are afraid of men. What we do know is that as their primary caregivers, it’s our responsibility to give them a good life and help them feel safe whenever possible.

Closeup Photo of Scottish Terrier and Adult Short-coated White and Tan Dog

Narrow it Down

Some fears are more complicated and specific than we might expect. Say, for example, your dog whines when your brother-in-law who is a police officer, or the local milkman, comes to visit. You’ll need to figure out if this means your dog is afraid of men, or if she’s specifically afraid of men in strict uniforms. Maybe your dog was once chased by an animal control officer in a uniform, and thinks that all men in uniform are about to do the same.

Are all of the men that scare your dog wearing hats? Are they wearing a specific cologne? Maybe your dog just isn’t used to seeing men in hats, or is confused by the smell of aftershave. There’s every chance that your dog finds these things frightening, and isn’t overly concerned about the wearer’s gender.

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Overcoming a Dog’s Fear of Men

If your dog’s fear is severe, you may wish to find an animal behaviourist, trainer or obedience class that can help you. However, a dog whose fear is only mild is generally much easier to help here. The main things you can do to help your dog are similar to those used to cope with other fears.

  • Don’t force your dog out of their comfort zone. If men frequently visit or even live in your house, don’t force your dog to spend time with them. This can often make the fear even worse, and can cause your dog to hurt you or the man in question.
  • Do use treats to encourage progress. Make sure men who spend time around your dog have treats to offer your dog when it’s appropriate. For example, if the dog comes a little closer to them than they normally would, get them to throw a treat (gently). Your dog may not even accept these treats at first, but eventually they should learn to associate men with positive things.
  • Do allow and encourage your dog to approach men of their own accord. Although it may be difficult, you need to get the men in your life to leave your dog alone and not approach the dog until they approach the men themselves. Attempting to befriend a fearful dog can often have the opposite effect.

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Oliver the ginger and white kitty from Melbourne VIC Thursday 10 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Oliver the ginger and white kitty from Melbourne VIC

"I would like to thank everyone who shared and offered their well wishes for Oliver. We have been so worried about him, being 16 years old and never a wanderer we couldn't imagine what had happened to him.

On Sunday we visited the shelters again and I was starting to feel very despondent that not only would we never see him again, that he may be in a dire situation wondering why 'mum' wasn't helping him.

We couldn't believe it when Oliver walked into the garage last night, he most likely was locked in a shed/ garage by the condition he is in. We did the knocking on doors etc...but was unable to locate him.

Oliver was taken to the vet last night as he has an abscess and has lost a significant amount of weight. He is there on a drip and awaiting test results to make sure he is well enough to come home.

We had just moved to Melbourne from interstate, and ourselves are not familiar with the area. I think the lost pet finder is a very good service as it got the message out to a wide area that he was missing, and when a cat is lost the wider the area that knows the cat lost can really help.

We are so thankful he is home and to the wonderful people who shared his post and offered well wishes and to our neighbours who kept an eye for him.

The vet has just given the all clear for Ollie to come home, so time to build his strength up and give him lots of cuddles and love. Warm regards." - Karin

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Pablo the ferret lost in Melbourne VIC Friday 04 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Pablo the ferret lost in Melbourne VIC

"Pablo is our little albino ferret with red eyes that my partner bought from a friend of his whose ferret had babies. Pablo's birthday is 27 December 2016 but he arrived to us in either late February or early March 2017.

He is a cheeky little ferret who is into everything. Everything needs to be investigated and he often provides me with ferret "help" this includes putting his paws up on the toilet after i flush to make sure everything goes down ok, he likes to try and get in the machine when I am putting washing in it or taking washing out of it. If there is a hole to be explored he is in it.

His favourite thing in the world is to run into my partners work boots, dig out his special insoles and take them up the hole behind the kitchen cupboards where they are never to be seen again (unless we remove the dishwasher and pull the cupboard backing off the wall which we have had to do in the past when the remote control made its way up there...)

That was how Pablo went missing. He stole my partners insole and was heading for the hole in the cupboards. My partner who was outside smoking at the time came rushing in to retrieve his insole but did not close the back door properly. We realised after about 40 minutes the door was open and Pablo had gone.

The emotional journey was awful. At first i wasn't too worried as I thought Pablo would be exploring the garden but then it became apparent he was not in the garden and had gone under the gate. I felt sick. It was about 8:30pm, dark outside and windy.

I was calling and calling. We had torches out and I was listening carefully in case he made a noise in the bushes. Every so often the wind subsided but the smallest breeze was making the leaves from the trees rustle down the road so it was really hard to hear him.

I left no bush un-turned and we have a lot of bushes. I was scouring the streets by foot calling and calling and my partner went by car. I started to worry Pablo might have gone done one of the drains so my partner got a crow bar and lifted every single drain in the street looking for him but he wasn't there. Eventually he jumped over the school gates to see if he had got into the school but we still couldn't find him. We were out searching til about 1:40am when I came in to have a bath.

At 2:30am I went back out and started calling him again. I even brought my dog out to try to sniff him out but that proved to be a futile attempt as my dog was no help at all and thought he was just going for late night walkies.

Before my partner went to bed he read that we should leave food out the front and back, leave entry to the house open and put his cage outside, so that is what we did. I eventually went to bed but had a terrible nights sleep. I kept dreaming I had found him then waking up realising it was not true.

At some stage during the night I registered him on Lost Pet Finders who were very supportive and immediately I received a email of all the things I should do, print posters etc, knock on doors. That was my plan for the next day. Thank god the next day was Sunday as otherwise I would have needed to take a day off to try to find him.

At about 6am I noticed the light had come on in the front garden. I went out to check the food and all the food had gone - this was not encouraging as I knew it could have equally been eaten by a cat but I went back into the house to locate some slippers and my glasses so that I could search the front garden. While I was putting my slippers on I heard a noise in the back and thought to myself I will just check his cage.

Went out to the cage but it was still empty with his food inside. Just as i was about to go back to the front garden something caught my eye on the floor and there was little Pablo inside the house, He was trying to get back outside!! He must have come in for some water. He was definitely not inside the house before as we tore it to shreds looking for him.

I was SO relieved to have found him. I scooped him up and gave him such a big kiss and a cuddle then went running into the bedroom with him to tell my partner he was back. He immediately got out of bed and brought the cage back inside for me. I checked Pablo over to make sure he didn't have any obvious injuries then gave him food and water and locked him tightly in his cage.

He was exhausted. He hardly wanted to come out for the next two days. I kept a good check on him to make sure he was eating well, drinking and toileting well as I had no idea where he had been or whether he might have eaten something but by day three he was busy charging around like a lunatic and back to his normal mischievous self.

When I first found him, I was half tempted to take him to the vets to be checked over but I figured that unless I paid for x-rays and blood tests there was nothing they could tell me that I couldn't see for myself so I left it for a couple of days and sure enough after a couple of days he was bouncing around as if nothing happened.

We have since ferret proofed the garden and Pablo has been out in the garden exploring and has yet to find a way out but I do not want to take that chance again. He is always supervised in the garden and we are extra vigilant with the door, windows, anything we think he can get out from (including the tumble dryer pipe that leads out the window as he has got out that way before). We are just so happy to have him home safe." - Sarah

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chilli and Lotti the staffies from Mount Barker SA Thursday 03 May 2018 @ 13:00

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REUNION OF THE DAY: Chilli and Lotti the staffies from Mount Barker SA

"Lotti is a bouncy pup from my girl ‘Chilli’s’ 3rd litter. She is 3 months old and a darling! So is her mum!

My dear son left the gate open Saturday late afternoon when he came home from soccer...Chilli and Lotti thought they’d go exploring.

When I went to feed them that night I realised they were gone. We were all devastated and spent until 3am driving around the neighbourhood calling for them...sorry neighbours! Didn’t sleep much after that.

Then come first light I went out again with no success. I had to go to the shops for a few things and left my phone home. I arrived home and my son came out with good news. The council had bought them back while I was out.

The lesson from this is to have your contact details on their collar and never take your dogs collar off!

I have excellent tags with my details however this was useless as it was not on her. (My 6year old had taken it off) .Family talk happening with stricter rules! Anyhow here they are home again....." - Rachel

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