Nanny dogs not nuisances

Bundy is a four year old mixed bully breed with a lot of love for his human friends. He attends obedience classes twice a week and easily wins over even the most cautious guests in his owner, Tyler’s, home.

Bundy - four year old mixed bully breed.

Bundy is dog reactive and as such, one of the classes he attends is specifically tailored to help with this. It is his general obedience class, however, in which Bundy has run into issues.

Due to his reactivity, Bundy is kept muzzled both for his protection and for that of the other dogs present. Being a responsible owner, Tyler has no problem with this.

What she does take offence to, however, is that while there are two other reactive dogs present, Bundy is the only one who is actually required to wear a muzzle.

Tyler feels that Bundy has been singled out due to his appearance, as one of the trainers went out of their way to point out that dog reactivity is “very common” among Pit Bulls which is what they feel Bundy “obviously is”.

To add context, the other two dog reactive animals in the class are a Jack Russell type and a Cavalier type.

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Hero Dog Harley

Hey guys,

As anyone who knows me or my work knows, animal rights and welfare are topics that are very close to my heart. Harley, the little dog with a big dream, made a massive impact on these topics and although he has crossed the rainbow bridge he will be forever in our hearts.

This article is a tribute to him and all that he has done.

It’d be really appreciated if you could have a look at his stuff which is linked to in my article. He’s a really special fur baby and he’ll forever be missed.

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New Legislation Still Needed

This post is adapted from an assignment I wrote in my first semester. It is a commentary piece which accompanies my Puppy Factory Crack Down feature piece.

This article discusses Animal Welfare legislation in Victoria and the ways in which I feel it still needs to be improved.

New Legislation Still Needed

The recent announcement by the Andrews Labor Government that they will be fast tracking new legislation to crack down on animal abuse – specifically puppy factories – has been much celebrated. Although these laws are a step in the right direction there are still significant changes which need to be made. Even though more protection is now available for our furry friends, animal abuse is still rampant in our society.

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