Staffy’s named Queensland’s most popular dog

If you own a Staffy, it turns out you’re not alone! The Staffordshire Bull Terrier has been named Queensland’s most popular dog for the fourth year in a row representing over 10 percent of all new pups registered with Dogs Queensland in 2015.

Out of more than 15,000 dogs that were registered for the first time in 2015, Staffy’s accounted for 1553 of the pups.

While the Border Collie (934) and Labrador (852) held strong in second and third place, the French Bulldog (846) has grown in popularity in recent years, landing at number four on the list.

The German Shephard continues to remain a favorite breed for Queenslanders, sitting in fifth place with 720 registrations.

Dogs Queensland General Manager Rob Harrison said the organisation was not surprised to see the Staffy come in on top of the 145 breeds born in 2015 as it continues to be a very popular and fashionable dog.

“Staffordshire Bull Terriers are also popular because they are very comfortable indoors around the family and are easily house-trained,” he said.

“We expect their popularity to remain steady in 2016,” Mr Harrison said.

One of the dogs growing in popularity is the French Bulldog with 846 being registered in 2015 compared to just 316 in 2013.

“In just a few years we have seen the number of French Bulldogs spike as families, couples and single people look for a small companion, or a dog suited to smaller living spaces.”

George Clooney adopts shelter dog with birth defects

George and Amal Clooney have adopted a very special dog from an animal shelter in Kentucky.

“We are thrilled to announce that Hollywood Legend, Oscar/Golden Globe/Emmy winner and most impressively – philanthropist – George Clooney adopted our Prince Nate,” A post from the LuvFurMutts Animal Rescue in Ohio read.

Hollywood Icon George Clooney Comes to LuvFurMutts He Does Not Shop/He Adopts Nate the Terrier’s Redemption Story (Please excuse the delay in this Christmas story but it was important for us not to infringe upon the Clooney’s holidays. We decided to wait a month. Now we would like to thank the Clooney's publicly and let the world know what a wonderful family they are. We are thrilled to share this with you now.) Nate the Terrier came to LuvFurMutts from a hoarding case of 22 dogs; we took 11 of them. He was born with birth defects. A barrel chest, a leg that swayed. He walked like a Hyena. Some of these dogs where fat, but not our Nate. You could count the ribs on him. When we took Nate to adoption events, people would stare and kids would point. Several people applied to adopt him but then said no when they met him. He was with us 9 months. The lowest point came when an adopter cried when she met him and said she would be depressed the rest of her life if she had to look at him every day. Why could they not see what we saw in him? A handsome, charming, sweet and normal little boy. Little did we know someone had been ogling over him for a while watching his videos and reading his profile and Nate was about to get a very special Christmas surprise! We are thrilled to announce that Hollywood Legend, Oscar/Golden Globe/Emmy winner and most impressively – philanthropist – George Clooney adopted our Prince Nate!All details were handled by George's very efficient personal assistant, Angel. Angel said George picked Nate out, then showed him to his Mom, Nina, on YouTube. She watched his video over and over and she fell in love. He then asked his Father Nick how he felt about the way Nate walks and he replied “I guess it sounds like he gets around just as good as we do anymore.” Their terrier of ten years had died recently and it seemed that George had a feeling they were ready for a new furry friend. Secretly, George (and wife Amal) Clooney had Angel call LuvFurMutts and arrange to have Nate adopted for his parents and to have Nate delivered on Christmas Eve to Nick and Nina. Nina cried a little when she opened the door and Nate was put into her arms. She was

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All details were handled by George’s very efficient personal assistant, Angel. Angel said George picked Nate out, then showed him to his Mom, Nina, on YouTube. She watched his video over and over and she fell in love.

Nate the Terrier was born with birth defects including a barrel chest, a leg that swayed and visible rib bones which meant that people who had applied to adopt him later pulled out.

Nate is still looking for his forever home. This little guy will entertain himself with a toy and then when he is done lay by your feet and give you non-stop kisses. He is a hoot! ❤️ Nate is a male Terrier mix that is around eight years old and twelve pounds. He was one of eleven dogs from the hoarding case LuvFurMutts stepped up to help. Of all the dogs we took in from the case, he is the most unique one. The first day Nate was here he was comatose. We took him to the vet, he raised his paw and Nate just let it freeze there. But after a few days of getting used to his surroundings Nate quickly started to show that he was no old man and that he was actually the pack leader of the outside dogs in this hoarding case. He will go over to his brother Tank, growl and Tank moves right over. Then Nate started growling at all the dogs. I was worried at first but then I realized no one was paying any attention to him or fighting with him so he was wasting his breath. After a week, Nate was playing with the other dogs. Nate was limping on his back, right leg when he came. An x-ray showed no broken bones so we started him on pain meds. He gets around fine and it seems a little sore, but it does not bother him. Due to his leg, it would be best if he is in a home with kids over then so he will not accidently be stepped on. Nate likes to play a game if another dog is in a crate eating. He hunches up to the bowl, from the outside of the crate, and growls and snarls at the dog. He looks just like the hyena's in the movie The Lion King. Nate needs some good food, some baths in oatmeal shampoo for all the neglect his skin has had and some time to rest his leg and he will be puppy, ready to play and be a good companion pet for any home. Watch Nate in Action: If you are interested in meeting or adopting Nate, please fill out an adoption application at

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“When we took Nate to adoption events, people would stare and kids would point. Several people applied to adopt him but then said no when they met him,” the animal shelter said.

“Secretly, George and wife Amal Clooney had Angel call LuvFurMutts and arrange to have Nate adopted for his parents Nick and Nina and to have Nate delivered on Christmas Eve. Nina cried a little when she opened the door and Nate was put into her arms.”

The post continued to thank the Clooney’s for choosing Nate.

“They could have any dog in the world but they chose to adopt a dog who was crippled and could have been with LuvFurMutts for like,” the post read.

“We are just over the moon and most appreciative that they love Nate just the way his [sic] is – the way God made him.

“Our Nate is loved and in his forever home and will be spoiled to death for the rest of his life.

“From fighting to get food in his belly each day to being the only fur baby of two of the most wonderful people in Augusta, KY.

“It’s truly a fairytale ending for Prince Nate… or should we say… a perfect Hollywood movie ending!”

The Hollywood couple also made a significant donation to the shelter.


Old Dog

How do you know when you let your pet go?

A couple of years ago I was walking around a local reserve with a few friends when a tiny white kitten came up to us.

He was fearless and friendly, rubbing against our legs and purring madly. Since there were houses nearby, we decided to see if anyone knew where he lived.

When we checked in with the neighbours, they told us that the reserve was a popular dumping ground. Every few months, a new puppy or kitten showed up, waiting patiently for their owners to come back for them.

That just breaks my heart. Pets are so beautifully loyal. How anyone could leave his or her little furry companion alone and abandoned is a complete mystery to me.

It’s even more confounding when you consider that the Animal Welfare League, unlike most council pounds, has a ‘no kill’ policy, so any animal that is surrendered on the Gold Coast is going to be cared for until they’re adopted.

As for the snowy kitty in question, we took him with us and he is now perfectly happy and incredibly spoilt by my friend’s Dad.

But in our own household, we are facing an entirely different kind of pet conundrum.

Our dogs are elderly; one is 13 and the other 14. They’re little mixed-breed ankle-biters who love snuggling and sleeping and we love them to bits.

But one of them has a serious heart condition. We’ve been spending a small fortune on a cocktail of medications to keep him going for more than a year, but his health is starting to deteriorate further.

He’s coughing a lot. He sleeps a lot. He’s still vital and active and races like the clappers to the front door at dinnertime, but we’re in a bit of a no-mans land when it comes to deciding his future.

On the one hand, his health is going downhill and we don’t want him to suffer.

On the other hand, he still has a relatively good quality of life and we don’t want to wrap things up for him before his time.

It’s an impossible decision but we’re going to have to make it, likely sooner rather than later.

When (and how) do you make that final decision to send your beloved pet to his final resting place? Any tips or advice much appreciated, because we have reached Procrastination Central and don’t know what to do next!

AWLQ searching for home for sweet Gold Coast dog with no eyes

Daisy the dog may have no eyes, but it certainly doesn’t bother her.

The little 8 year-old Shih Tzu cross Maltese is eager to find a loving new home after coming into the care of the Animal Welfare League Queensland.

PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Qld

PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Qld

Daisy has been in AWLQ’s care for some months now, after being surrendered to the shelter in extremely poor condition with serious infections in both eyes. Whilst vets thought at first only one eye would need to be removed, after closer inspection, it was necessary to remove both eyes.

Daisy’s sweet nature and uplifting spirit has since captured the hearts of all the staff at AWLQ – especially rehoming Team Member, Belinda, who has spent weeks building up the pup’s confidence, teaching her clicker training and getting her used to walking around without the use of sight.

PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Qld

Belinda & Daisy | PHOTO: Supplied by Animal Welfare League Qld

Belinda also enjoys dressing Daisy up in ‘funny’ glasses (which doesn’t bother Daisy in the slightest) to help people to feel less uncomfortable about Daisy’s disability.

The AWLQ are now on the hunt for an exceptional home for Daisy and one with very specific requirements for her special needs. AWLQ are currently taking applications from potential adopters. For more information, phone 07 5509 9030, visit or head along to Shelter Road, Coombabah, Qld, 4216.

Meet the QLD police dog squad’s cute new members

The Brisbane police force have some adorable new friends.

Eight weeks ago, the Brisbane Dog Squad welcomed the ‘B’ litter to their pack, comprising of four boys and four girls.

They are known as the ‘B’ litter because all the pups name start with the letter – there’s Bella, Blaze, Boss, Ballast, Bailey, Bree, Brocky and Bendix.

This lively litter is the third for proud mum police breeding dog Carla, and the first for dad Police Dog Finn, who is a current serving member of a Townsville Dog Squad team.

According to dog squad trainers, the pups are stars in the making. Dog Squad officers began testing the pups’ potential abilities as working dogs since they were 12 days old. They start with desensitising them to surrounding noises and then retrieval exercises, such as tug-a-war and fetch, and have reported that all are quick learners and improve every day.

From today, the eight cute pups will leave the Dog Squad kennels at Oxley and head out to their adopted homes. Bree and Bella are heading to the New South Wales Police Force as part of an ongoing police dog breeding partnership and Blaze is going to the foster carer of breeding dog Carla. The remaining five pups will continue their development training with the QPS through their carers. The pups will learn socialisation skills necessary to be part of the community. They will increase in confidence with visits to schools, public areas and shopping centres where there are crowds and plenty of activity.

The pups will remain in foster care until they are 12 to 16 months old before they return to the Dog Squad in Oxley to receive 14 weeks of formal training.

Check out the adorable pups in the gallery below: