“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won't be too bad.”
—Robert Wagner

There is a saying that you are either a dog lover or a cat lover, I grew up with both and I must say I had a lot more fun and enjoyment playing with my dogs. Many years later our family dog Oliver, also known as “Love Sponge” has put up with all the same crazy things kids do to them and at the ripe old age of 10 he thinks he is still a puppy.

Every day when I arrive home from work Oliver greets me with his toy, we have called “the stinky duck”, he waits for his rub on his tummy and then will follow me around the house like a shadow until I get into bed with a cup of tea, he then curls up on the end of my feet until my husband comes in and puts him in his own bed, much to Oliver’s dismay.

Just like me, many of the women I work with have a special four legged friend in their life. I spoke to Dianna and Jastine who have kindly shared their stories.

Let me introduce you to Tiny Robinson, our Chihuahua and new member of the family.
Tiny arrived at our house on Christmas Eve, a present for Jed from Santa and is now 4 months old.
Tiny has recently graduated from Puppy School & achieved best improved.
Tiny loves to swim & enjoys doing the dog paddle.
Tiny loves to go & have coffee at our favourite cafes in Bondi and also likes to go walking around her favourite parks, Waverly Oval & Cooper Park where she meets her friends.
Tiny also loves chasing our Burmese Chocolate Point cat, Zara around the house.
Tiny loves to eat her Holistic biscuits & drinks a lot of water to keep her coat looking shiny smooth.

Di Robinson
Millers Garment Technician

This is my recuse puppy, Hemi Quinn. He is 9 months old and male Staffy cross but we think he has a lot of Kelpie in him too. He is mostly white with a big tan spot over his left eye but is gradually developing more spots on his back. He was left in a box with his little sister and rescued by the wonderful people on the Central Coast form Claws ‘N’ Paws Rescue. My husband and I found him on the Pet Rescue website when he was 3 months old and decided to adopt him.

He currently has a diet of Holistic dog food with frozen chicken necks and drumsticks for breakie and 
poached chicken breast for dinner but loves all food, especially carrots, broccoli stalks and mangos. His favourite spot in the house is in the kitchen by the sink as that’s where dinner gets cooked and he knows he will get spoilt with bits and pieces from dinner. His favourite pastime is swimming, he is a natural. We take him to Sandy Bay reserve where he has a good run and swim every weekend. He also loves playing with his Frisbee. He has a big walk every morning at the local school oval and every Wednesday he gets picked up by his grandparents for a sleepover, which includes big bush walks and regular trips to the beach. 

Jastine Lee
Assistant Buyer - Sleepwear/ Swimwear

Fun Dog Facts
1. It is a myth that dogs are colour blind. They can actually see in colour, just not as vividly as humans. 
2. Dogs’ only sweat glands are between their paw pads
3.  Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age
4. A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human
5. 87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch T.V.
6. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic – a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese
7. Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs
8. Dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s finger prints and can be used to accurately identify them
9. 70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards
10. Dogs have no sense of “time”

Till next time, Julie