REVEALED: The most popular dog breeds of 2019

We’ve brought you many ‘most popular of 2019’ lists over the past few weeks, including the most popular baby names of the year, but we’ve gotta say… this one has to be our favourite.

The most popular dog breeds of 2019 have been revealed and it’s again made us question what we did to deserve these precious animals in our lives.

The list is according to Google, with the search engine revealing these are the dog breeds most people Googled this year.

Whilst some are no-brainers (helloooooo beautiful angel Golden Retriever), some others that made the list are a little surprising if we’re being honest.

I mean, where’s the Maltese ShihTzu and Corgis at? (Totally non-bias at all…)

Without further ado, here are the top 10 favourite dog breeds of the year:

10. English Cocker Spaniel

9. Great Pyrenees

8. Bernese Mountain Dog

7. Malinois (Beligian Shepherd)

6. Cane Corso

5. Doberman Pinscher

4. Rottweiler

3. Australian Shepherd

2. Poodle

1. Golden Retriever

 

Animal Welfare League Qld

AWLQ calling for donations for Christmas appeal

Over 187 animals will get to enjoy Christmas in a loving new home, following the Animal Welfare League Queensland’s adoption drive over the weekend.

More than 1000 Gold Coasters visited Gold Coast Animal Rehoming Centre on Saturday and Sunday for the AWLQ’s Home For Christmas, with many opening up their hearts and their homes to a new pet.

Now the charity is urging locals to get behind their Christmas Appeal, with donations to go towards a service that supports animals in need.

This Christmas, an alarming number of people will be sleeping rough with only their pet for company. The elderly, living in isolation, will also rely on their animals for comfort and reassurance this Christmas.

As much as these vulnerable people rely on their pets, their beloved pets also rely on their human owners for their care and companionship.

But what happens to these animals when their human companions are rushed to hospital and are unable to look after them?

Each year, AWLQ receives a number of calls from hospitals and support agencies pleading for assistance with pets of people undergoing medical treatment.

AWLQ provides these pets with somewhere safe and warm to stay until they can be reunited with their soul mate.

The organisation wants to continue this lifesaving service in 2020, and is encouraging Gold Coasters to dig deep and help raise $55,000 during its Christmas appeal.

For more information on the AWLQ Christmas Appeal, and to donate, visit awlqld.com.au

Gold Coast home raided as part of investigations into piglet thefts

FOUR women have been charged over the alleged theft of a number of piglets from a Queensland piggery.

The animals were allegedly nabbed from a piggery in Pittsworth, Toowoomba on November 10.

“It is alleged that during the offence the piglets were taken from their mother shortly after birth, prior to receiving their first milk, which is vital for survival,” Qld police said in a statement.

As part of the investigation to track down the animals, officers from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) and Firearms and Cannabis Team executed search warrants in Banyo, Margate and Currumbin Waters on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Two of the piglets were later recovered from a Maryborough address, however inquiries are continuing to locate the remaining piglets.

Four women, aged 21, 27 and 29, have been charged with one count each of enter with intent and stealing stock and will also be subject to biosecurity offences.

They’re due to face court next month.

Investigations are continuing.

WATCH: Male brown snakes filmed in vicious battle over female

Well it appears snake breeding season is in full swing!

Two male Eastern Brown Snakes have been caught feuding over a female on a property at Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast.

Noosa snake catcher Luke Huntley posted vision of the males locked in a vicious power struggle to Facebook overnight, where it has since gone viral with more than 27,000 views.

In the footage, the slithering serpents can be seen wrestling as they desperately try to overpower each other to get the attention of their lady love interest.

It took two snake catchers to catch the pair, with Mr Huntley writing it was a hectic job.

“HECTIC!! Today I was called to a home in Eumundi to relocate 2 Eastern Browns from her garden path. The 2 males were fighting over a female which was just under the concrete slab. We could see her after we got these 2 but without demolition she wasn’t coming out haha,” Mr Huntley wrote alongside the video.

“It was a hectic callout but was definitely the best callout I’ve had in ages!”

Eumundi is known to be a brown snake hot spot and Spring is typical breeding season, making sightings of the serpents much more likely.

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MEOW! Hot Aussie firemen cuddle with cute animals for charity

Cute cats, dogs, alpacas AND hot, sexy firemen? Woah, dreams really do come true!

Just when you thought the annual Australian Firefighters Calendar couldn’t get any better, they go ahead and team up some smokin’ hot heroic firemen with ridiculously adorable rescue animals.

Say hello to the 2020 Australian Firefighters Calendar – AKA the new gift on the top of your Christmas wishlist.

It’s extra steamy with a side of incredibly sweet, and this year there’s not one, but SIX calendars to choose from… phwoar, that’s one way to get the heart rate up!

“This year we have produced 6 unique calendars for 2020, featuring Australia’s hottest firefighters with rescue cats, dogs and horses… We have also produced calendars featuring Australian native animals and even a farm animal edition” director David Rogers told myGC.

The Australian Firefighters Calendar has a rich past of supporting some of Australia’s biggest Children’s Hospital organisations, however this year the organisation decided to support local, smaller charities with more of a focus on native Australian, rescue, and therapy animals.

“We felt that it was important to help some of the smaller charities that the public never hears about,” Rogers said.

“These grass roots organisations work tirelessly in their local community making a huge difference to people’s lives”

One of the charity’s that the proceeds from the sale of the calendars will be going towards is the Gold Coast’s very own Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

The animal hospital has has been caring for injured native Australian animals for over 70 years and this year will treat over 11,000 injured animals.

It’s understood the donated funds from the calendar will go towards purchasing new equipment and fund research into diseases affecting the koala population, which is an even better reason for you to get your paws on the hottest (and cutest) calendar EVER.

Another charity that will benefit from the sale of the calendars is Healing Hooves, which was setup to help children suffering with Autism and Asperger’s. The charity now also helps returned veterans suffering from PTSD and older people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

You can purchase the Calendars from the website here.

And whilst you wait for the big package to arrive in the mail, here’s a sneak peek of some of the behind the scenes action… You’re welcomeeee!

Dog Calendar Photoshoot:

Cat Calendar Photoshoot:

Wildlife Calendar Photoshoot:
Molly the Alpaca and Hamish: