Due to family commitments, Roger has recently undergone an exciting and arduous trip. He has flown to Canada! His family have headed over to Toronto to help out some ageing relatives, so naturally Roger had to make the journey as well. First he had to undergo some health checks, and be vaccinated against rabies, a disease we on the Australian continent are fortunate enough to be free from. After some more worming medication and a last minute tick bath in Fidos Fre-itch rinse, it was off to the airport, next stop Hong Kong.
He had a lovely stop in Hong Kong, did the usual things, shopped in Kowloon and caught the Star Ferry across to Hong Kong Island. He was very impressed with the array of treats on display at Stanley markets. Then back to the airport for the long haul across to Toronto to be greeted by a lot of familiar faces.
The best part of Toronto so far are the squirrels. Roger of course has never seen a squirrel before, but has taken to them as only Roger can. Every one he sees is a potential friend, so he hasn't stopped wagging his tail since he arrived. But the raccoons? Well, they are another story altogether. He hasn't quite worked them out yet. One thing is for sure, there is a lot of excitement to be had in the months ahead. Who knows what he will make of snow, being a born and bred Queenslander. Time will tell, stay tuned...
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Only Advantix is specially formulated to repel and kill ticks including the deadly Aussie paralysis tick. This easy-to-use spot-on is applied fortnightly, removing the worry of ticks harming your dog.
Advantix also kills fleas fast reducing the worry. Its rapid killing power stops fleas biting within 3 to 5 minutes, killing adult fleas and their larvae within 20 minutes. Because it breaks the flea lifecycle, Advantix is the only flea product you need to use.
Unlike other treatments, Advantix kills fleas in your dog’s surroundings – your home.
Advantix also repels and kills many biting insects including mosquitoes (responsible for the transmission of heartworm) and irritating sandflies - less irritation and stress for your dog!
Advantix is also waterproof*, so it keeps working even after swimming or shampooing.
For use with: Dogs only (must not be used on cats)
Acts on: Paralysis ticks, Brown Dog ticks, Bush ticks, Fleas, Lice, Mosquitoes, Sand flies, Stable (biting) flies Protects against: Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) Environmental parasiticidal activity: Yes. Flea larvae are killed in the pets' surroundings such as pet bedding and carpets in your home.
Safe for: Puppies from 7 weeks of age Application: Topical (spot-on) Dosing: Must be used once a fortnight for the prevention of paralysis ticks. Can be used once a month in non-paralysis tick areas for biting insects (fleas, mosquitoes, sandflies)
*See product label
The unique all natural Sashas Blend™ formula possesses anti-inflammatory actives which reduces inflammation in a non invasive method with no side effects. It promotes the growth of healthy cartilage and conditions the joints by helping maintain the fluid (known as Synovial Fluid) that cushions joints. The Synovial fluid is important for healthy joint function as it provides lubrication to the joint, supplies nutrients to the cartilage, provides impact protection for the joint and removes waste from the cartilage. Sashas Blend™ also suppresses the production of Nitric Oxide which is a major chemical produced responsible for pain and the breakdown of a healthy joint.
Sashas Blend™ also contains the full range of GAGS (glycosaminoglycans) including Keratin, Dermatin, Heparin sulphates and the commonly known Glucosamine & Chondroitin sulphates which provide the necessary nutrients required to stimulate healthy joint function.
Designed for DOGS The actives in Sasha’s Blend are very delicate. Dose:- 0-10kg 1/2 teaspoon, 10-20kg 3/4 level teaspoon, 20-30kg 1 level teaspoon, 30-40kg 1 1/4 level teaspoon and 40 -50kg 1 1/2 level teaspoon.
The 250 gram pack will treat a 20kg dog for 144 days.
Well Roger my black labrador continues to be 8 years old going on 8 weeks. Roger rarely barks, as his life philosophy has always been to love everyone and everything, even if his enthusiasm is not reciprocated by some members of the doggie community.
Last night he was inside the back door and he barked once, VERY loudly, his hackles were up, his body clearly in "I shall defend the house" mode; he was ready for anything. I got quite a shock, this had never happened before. "Let's take a look mate", I said, as I could indeed see a strange shadow outside. We locked eyes so as to co-ordinate our assault on the unknown. I flung open the door and went out at pace, turning left towards the strange shadow. Roger on the other hand went out at greater pace, turned right, and promptly disappeared from site.
The shadow was a neighbour up on a ladder backlit by his working light. I followed Roger and found him sitting squashed as far as he could go into the back corner of his kennel and bed. Some dogs are simply lovers, not fighters.
Roger was and is an unusually quiet dog, when you consider there is absolutely nothing quiet about his demeanour in general. It wasn't until he was nearly a year old that I first heard him bark. A huge deep throaty single bark that made me look out my office window to see what the hell was going on.
To go further with this, I must describe the stages of Roger's tailwagging. As I previously explained, in his capacity as "the world's friendliest dog" his tail is extremely busy. If he sees someone, anyone, walking down our street that he doesn't know, he goes for the conventional but enthusiastic side to side wag. If that person is walking with a dog he doesn't know, he stays conventional but also wags his entire rear end. If he sees someone he does know, he moves up a notch to the furious figure eight wag, and if he sees a person AND a dog he knows, he escalates it to the full "helicopter" wag.
All of this information is relevant for Roger's first bark story, because when I looked out the office window, he was standing in the backyard with a full helicopter wag happening, which confused me because he can't see any people or dogs from the back yard.
I had to go out and investigate, so shocked was I that he had actually barked for the first time. When I got there the helicopter was in full force, and the cause for all the excitement and the bark was a tiny mouse, which was standing up on its hind legs sniffing nose to nose with Roger, not in the slightest bit intimidated. A new firiend.
Its Christmas time, and for Roger that means going to the Pet Resort. To many dogs this may be a time of sadness and quiet reflection at being separated from the pack, but for Roger this is a time to be relished. He has been going to the resort on and off for 3 years now, and since the very first vist the pattern remains the same. I load him into the back seat of the car with his bed and some rawhide chews, and off we go. There is no need for a lead. When we arrive at the resort, I open the back dooor, and amid furious tail wagging he disappears down the driveway, through the reception area and is gone. No "See you later", no "I'll miss you", no "Merry Christmas".
By the time I arrive at the front desk to pay for his holiday, the owners already know he has arrived, because he has admitted himself and is out playing with the other dogs. I have mentioned in previous posts, that Roger loves other dogs, all other dogs, even the ones that don't love Roger, he loves them. So while I am spending time with the family and relatives, Roger is catching up with all his old friends. Marmalade, Ajax, Pothole, Bowser, its so good to see you guys. Have fun Roger.
Those of you who have received our catalogue have no doubt seen a rather handsome looking black labrador on the front cover from time to time. His name is Roger, and he lives with me, the founder of VPD, Michael, my wife Kate and our daughter Elliott.
Roger is 3 years old, and Roger loves every person and dog he has ever met. Even the dogs that don't like Roger, he stills loves them. Even the people who don't really like dogs, he loves them. In fact he usually goes out of his way to get especially close to them. He is a living example of how to see the good in everyone.
Roger, like most labradors I have met, has a burning ambition to be as fat as he possibly can be. His dreams, so he tells me, are along the lines of lying on his back on a poolside lounge while his adoring owner hand feeds him doggie treats one at a time. Unfortunately for Roger however, his owner is a vet, so these do in fact remain dreams. Hence his trim features.
But of course it is those trim features which allow him to work part time as a doggie model, hence his catalogue work. One day we may grant him his other great wish, a spread in the centre pages. You never know. We just have to work on getting his agent's commission down.
Advocate is the closest thing to a vaccine against Australia’s most common parasites.
An easy-to-use spot-on, it is applied monthly. The super ingredients in Advocate provide fast relief from fleas, prevent deadly heartworm and protect both your cat and your family from most gastrointestinal worms. Advocate creates a flea-free home fast. It stops fleas biting within 3 to 5 minutes, killing adult fleas and their larvae within 20 minutes – breaking the flea lifecycle. With monthly use it also protects your cat from the danger of heartworm infections. Plus Advocate takes care of worming worries, including the prevention and control of lungworm. It kills mites too and is water-resistant. It all adds up to the most thorough parasite protection available for your cat.
Acts on: Fleas, flea larvae, heartworm, intestinal worms such as roundworm and hookworm, lungworm, ear mites and sarcoptic mange
Protects against: Flea Allergy Dermatitis Environmental parasiticidal activity: Yes, flea larvae are killed in the pets' surroundings
Water-resistant: Yes when used as directed Safe for: Kittens from 9 weeks and ferrets from 0.8kg Application: Topical (spot-on)
Dosing: Once a month