The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-06T06:16:35Z 2020 Older Pet Survey Results Show Needs Unmet 2021-01-06T06:16:35Z 2020-older-pet-survey-results-show-needs-unmet The results of the first annual survey of the needs of Australia’s senior dogs and cats  by the Older Pet Alliance have now been released. Read more..... Iso, Sunshine, Zoom and Dreamer - dog names predicted to take off in 2021 2021-01-04T05:23:10Z iso-sunshine-zoom-and-dreamer-dog-names-predicted-to-take-off-in-2021 With the Coronavirus pandemic and the increase in demand for highly personalised pet care services, the team at Pawshake predicts that 2021 will result in pet parents choosing unique names that reflect and inspire hope: Arrow Buttercup Captain  Dreamer Storm Halo Hero Hope Iso Rona Sunshine Zoom 2020 has resulted in the largest number of pet adoptions across Australia. Over the last 8 months, many pet rescue organisations reported a record number of adoptions and several instances where their kennels have been completely empty. Bella, Luna, Charlie and Max continue to be four of the most popular Australian dog names in 2020. According to over 250,000 dog profiles on the Pawshake platform, those four names consistently make the top 10 list each year. They are followed closely by Rosie, Molly, Alfie and Oscar. Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers is not surprised, “with an increase in the humanisation of pets, it’s not unusual to see human names gaining popularity with pet parents. In fact, all the male and female dog names on our top 10 most popular list this year are all human names.” “Especially during difficult times, people have a stronger desire to connect with their pets more than ever.” According to recent research from Pawshake, 97% say owning a pet has helped them through tough times. Additionally, 68% of participants confirmed that they spent more time with their pet in 2020 than in previous years.  This has led to the increase in the number of bespoke dog experiences Pawshake pet sitters are offering as part of their services. “We have seen a wave of more personalised pet sitting experiences,” Tanguy confirms. “From home organic home cooked meals to doggy spa days, doggy birthday parties and bush walking adventures. Dog parents are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a carer for their mate.” 2020 was also a record year for unique pet names on Pawshake. With 21% of all the registered dog names on Pawshake being one of a kind. Many were inspired by food and fictional characters. If you are looking for a special name, here are Pawshake’s top 10 most unique dog names: Food Inspired Dog Names Baguette Blueberry Cheddar Hotpot Lambchop Lamington Merlot Omelette Pistachio Satay Fictional Character Inspired Dog Names Alexis Rose Batman Elsa Moira Rose Mr Meowgi Murphy Brown Obiwan Olaf Snoopy Tigger Top 10 female pet names Bella Molly Ruby Luna Coco Daisy Lucy Rosie Lola Millie Top 10 male pet names Charlie Max Buddy Oscar Archie Ollie Milo Toby Leo Alfie While it may seem exciting to give your dog a name that is just as special as them, it’s also important to consider how it will sound out loud - especially for dogs. Names that are too long or hard to pronounce can cause confusion with your dog and for anyone who may be looking after them! According to Tanguy, “gone are the days of a simple walk around the block. 2020 proved that it was all about the unique names and pet care experiences. And we expect this trend to continue to grow in 2021.” Pawshake has had a significant uptick in new pet registrations on the platform in 2020. It looks forward to supporting Aussie pet owners with plenty of flexible care options for their precious pets in 2021. With more than 20,000 Pawshake sitters in Australia, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home. For more information, visit Facebook, Instagram Pawshake analysed over 250,000 Australian pet profiles from it’s website database. For additional quotes, high res imagery or to arrange an interview with a Pawshake spokesperson, please contact or About Pawshake Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $20/night and include veterinary coverage, customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates. Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in Australia in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 20,000 Australians are offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, the leading Australian venture capital fund. Death traps for dogs 2020-12-21T10:45:36Z death-traps-for-dogs Dear Editor, As temperatures soar all over the country, please remember that dogs should never be left in parked vehicles, which can become death traps in a matter of minutes. Even on a mild, 22 degree day, the temperature inside a car parked in the shade can soar to 47 degrees in minutes. Leaving the windows open will not keep animals comfortable or safe. With only hot air to breathe, dogs can succumb to heatstroke in as little as 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death. Symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, diarrhoea and vomiting, and even seizures. Please, when it’s warm outside, leave animals at home. If you see a dog left in a car, have the car's owner paged at nearby shops or call 000 immediately—the dog’s life depends on it. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Meating the future 2020-12-02T20:53:59Z meating-the-future Dear Editor, 2020, the year of fires and pandemics, has not offered us a lot of good news stories. But here’s one: Aussie Olympian swimmer Matthew Dunn and his dad Steven have opened an eleven million dollar business called Proform Foods that will manufacture some 5,000 tonnes of plant-based meat each year. The global meat-free meat market is expected to be worth over five billion dollars this year and to grow by almost twenty percent each year thereafter, reaching eighteen billion in seven years. The huge growth is driven by consumer awareness of the cruelty, health issues and environmental impact of consuming animal flesh. Nick Hazell, founder of another Aussie plant-based meat business v2food, suggests that Australia could be a world leader in this industry. This is not just great news for Australian business. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of emerging diseases originate in animals. On factory farms, animals suffer short, brutal lives, crammed together in unnatural situations, increasing the risk of human diseases emerging. Eating plant-based foods therefore makes sense for our health, the environment, and of course alleviates enormous suffering for animals. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Perfect Start Challenge: An interactive quiz to enhance pet parenting 2020-11-16T00:07:38Z perfect-start-challenge-an-interactive-quiz-to-enhance-pet-parenting This quiz was developed, by digital growth consultancy - alphawhale, who aimed to humanise the experience of educating Pet Parents on essential information in an engaging manner. Doing the best to care for our pets is more important than ever, with a significant influx of ownership during the COVID-19 pandemic. ROYAL CANIN® - Perfect Start Challenge, both puppy and kitten, involves a series of multiple-choice questions, informing participants on unique needs and developmental stages of a pet’s health. A Nielsen study found only 25% of all first purchased food for kittens is kitten food, and 40% of puppy food is for puppies. The quiz is available for a limited time, in conjunction with the offer of Double Brand Cash on selected ROYAL CANIN® premium food purchases, saving 30% on a future shop. Pet Parents can also book a free initial health check for their puppy or kitten at PETstock Vet where they can collect a 50% off voucher for their first purchase of ROYAL CANIN® Early Lifestage products, exclusive to PETstock Vet. Players can test their pet knowledge on PETstock’s website and selected social media channels. Their scores can also be shared with friends, allowing the option to compare results and learnings. Director of alphawhale, Nick Montagu, expressed the aim to “create an experience that invited people to learn and share this with others. We believed that overwhelmingly, pet owners want to do the right thing. If more people were aware of the problem, they would naturally make better choices. To work with two major brands who care deeply about animal health and welfare is an amazing opportunity”. Dion Collard, Head of Marketing Operations and Communications at PETstock, supported this statement mentioning that "feeding the incorrect diet can lead to debilitating health issues throughout their life. That’s why we’ve created the ROYAL CANIN® Perfect Start Challenge to educate new pet owners and prevent costly issues down the track". To find out more information and take the ROYAL CANIN® - Perfect Start Challenge, visit the PETstock website for both the puppy and kitten quizzes. Trixie Interactive Dog Toys and Puzzle Games Now Available in Australia 2020-10-18T05:23:50Z trixie-interactive-dog-toys-and-puzzle-games-now-available-in-australia A Dog's Best Life is pleased to announce the arrival of a new range of Trixie interactive dog toys and puzzle games to Australian shores. German pet brand Trixie sells over 6500 products to more than 80 countries worldwide and now their clever interactive dog activity toys have made their way to Australia. There are 15 different puzzle toys of varying difficulties, suitable for dogs of all breeds and sizes. These interactive toys are designed to provide a mentally stimulating, fun and rewarding activity for both dog and owner. The idea of the puzzle games is you hide treats or kibble in the various compartments of the toy, and then your dog must track them down and work out how to open the compartment and retrieve the treats. Click here to check out some of the puzzle toys on YouTube. Treat Dispensing Dog Toys Alongside the dog activity toys are a number of treat dispensing dog toys, ideal for keeping your dog occupied and their teeth away from your shoes! These treat toys include:  - Roly Poly Snack Egg: Egg shaped plastic container that your dog must roll around to get the treats to fall out, includes removable plates to change the difficulty level.  - Lick 'n' Snack Ball: Fill the grooves with snacks or a paste such as peanut butter, mount the ball to a surface using the suction cup and let your dog enjoy. Has the added benefit of keeping your dog in one place, especially handy for those not so keen on having a brush!   - Snack Snake: 2 styles of rubber snakes with a slit underneath to insert treats or pastes, also includes a squeaker in the head for added fun. Lick 'n' Snack Ball (above) A Dog's Best Life is an Australian owned, family run business based in Emerald, Victoria. Our mission is to help dog owners ensure their furry friends are living their best life with fun and rewarding toys as well as a healthy natural diet, and we are proud to bring this hugely popular range of interactive dog toys to Australian pet owners. The Trixie range of puzzle games and treat dispensing toys can be purchased online, or for wholesale enquiries please contact us. Download the Trixie Interactive Dog Toy Catalogue Visit A Dog's Best Life Website Meat the next pandemic 2020-10-08T11:30:54Z meat-the-next-pandemic Dear Editor, As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, part of our "new normal" involves admitting that human exploitation of animals caused the coronavirus pandemic. Global outbreaks of swine flu and bird flu and, more recently, the emergence of new zoonotic coronaviruses – including those that cause SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 – are hard lessons. However, we must acknowledge that even worse outbreaks could happen if we don't learn from our mistakes. Human demand for animal flesh means that animals on factory farms are routinely dosed with vast quantities of antibiotics in order to keep them alive in filthy, output-obsessed, intensive systems that would otherwise kill them. Because of this rampant use of antibiotics, certain bacteria have become resistant to even the most powerful ones, contributing to the emergence of "superbugs" – new, aggressive pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics. The director-general of the World Health Organization has warned that without effective antibiotics, even simple surgery and once-minor infections could be fatal. Other experts predict that by 2050, more people will die of diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria than of cancer – the current trajectory is 10 million deaths per year if no action is taken. We all need to follow health guidelines, but to save even more lives – human and other animal – and prevent future pandemics, we must also #GoVegan. Sincerely, Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Money to burn 2020-09-24T10:31:39Z money-to-burn Dear Editor, Last year, in the middle of those terrible bushfires, the NSW government refused to cancel the New Year fireworks, despite calls from within its own coalition ranks to do so. Despite the devastation, we were told it was too late to cancel the display. It’s not too late this year, yet the Premier is already promoting the event, three months out, and offering to pay for it, with taxpayer money. If the government has money to burn (literally) on fireworks, why not invest in twenty-first century technology used in other cities, such as little drones fitted with lights and able to create anything from flags to people to spectacular designs. And they are silent, which would prevent dogs, cats, wildlife, and humans from being alarmed by explosions. Each year, animal centres have to rescue lost dogs who panic and break loose from leads or jump over fences or even through glass windows in an attempt to get away from the terrifying sounds. Best of all, drones don’t leave a pall of smoke over the city, polluting our lungs and acting as an unwelcome reminder of the past year. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 No place for police horses 2020-09-14T23:24:04Z no-place-for-police-horses Dear Editor, The ugly scenes of confrontations between police and protesters at the Queen Victoria Markets on the weekend were bad enough. But right in the middle of the shouting mob were a team of police horses, with placards and hands being waved in their faces, their sensitive ears assailed by the shouts and screams of the protestors. Horses and other animals shouldn’t fight our battles for us. They are innocent of the conflict and do not need to be brought into it. Horses are extremely sensitive and have to undergo rigorous training to decondition themselves not to flee, a natural instinct for a prey species, when there is noise, confusion, and so on. Animals don’t start riots, and unlike human officers, they have not volunteered to be placed in these violent and stressful situations. In light of the dangers posed to horses and humans, the use of horses in riot control is clearly not the best method of approach, and should be discontinued immediately. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Katharina Ferster, Co-Founder School Beyond Limitations 2020-09-10T13:23:51Z katharina-ferster-co-founder-school-beyond-limitations It was always a fixed idea of mine to found a school. I don’t know where this came from and when I sensed this innate desire. I was always too fast and stubborn for school, for my teachers and my peers. That is why I always felt bored throughout my school years and throughout my studies in Mathematics at university – and still was one of the best students. “I know that I know” – I said over and over again. Only when my own two children were born and started to attend school I started to look for alternatives: for a school concept that would focus on the individual development of each child’s creativity and that would aim to guide the students to their own innate knowing: I know that I know. I was not successful. My children attended a Rudolf Steiner school. I trained myself in personal development, coaching and business creation. The more I developed in that direction and the more I built a successful business the less I could support the outdated traditional education concept. I was looking for freedom for my family. I wanted to take my children with me while traveling without being tied to school holidays. I wanted my children to spend their time with their father whenever they wanted as their father did not live with them anymore. I wanted my children to learn freely by being able to pursue their projects based on their interests and skills according to their pace without being pushed into a standardised system.During our world journey I tried out worldschooling and homeschooling. However, it was not enough. And then I met Martina Geromin, the co-founder of School Beyond Limitations. As our move to Cyprus was coming closer the idea was born to set up an online school. We wanted students to learn in a social steady environment that would never change, even if they were to move or travel again; with teacher-mentors who would take them by their hands until completion of their goals; an environment that is not based on judgement or grades, instead it was meant to be an environment with a strong emphasis on personal development in which each individual learns at her/his pace; an environment that acknowledges that children are in their knowing and as such they are allowed to think and act freely, beyond any limitations. That was the starting point for School Beyond Limitations. I wholeheartedly thank Martina and all parents who bravely undertook the first steps with us. Now, School Beyond Limitations is an internationally recognised school which increasingly captures interest and appreciation. It is a place that allows students to blossom as they understand that they are unique, that everything is possible and that they alone can choose responsibly about their life choices. Yes, I’d say that we are about to change the education system and, furthermore, we offer our students an unforgettable experience that will shape their adult lives considerably. Dog Snuffle Mats - A Stimulating & Enriching Activity for Dogs 2020-09-05T02:52:53Z dog-snuffle-mats-stimulating-amp-enriching-activity-for-dogs-1 Snuffle mats are an excellent interactive mental stimulation activity for dogs, consisting of a variety of hiding spots for your dog's food that they then have to sniff out. Encouraging your dog to use their greatest sense - that of smell - is wonderfully satisfying and rewarding for your dog. Snuffle mats also help with fast-eaters, feed your dog's daily meal of dry food or kibble via the snuffle mat and they are forced to eat slowly, as well as work their brain! Our snuffle mats are made from a fleece material with a rubber backing to help stop the mat sliding around on the floor too much. The mats are machine-washable for easy cleaning if your pooch has left it covered in drool! We recommend a gentle spin and then air dry your mat, do not tumble dry. As with all dog toys and games, please supervise your dog while they are using the snuffle mat and take the mat away once they are finished. We currently have 5 different snuffle mat designs to choose from and each mat comes folded in a reusable zip lock bag for easy storage. All styles are currently in stock and ready for despatch. We ship Australia-wide from our Melbourne location with regular or express post options available, order by 3pm for same day despatch. We also stock a range of dog treats and dry food ideal for use with the snuffle mats. Shop our range of dog snuffle mats now at Dog scam has a silver lining 2020-08-20T11:40:18Z dog-scam-has-a-silver-lining Dear Editor, It’s important to find the positive in every situation. So, what’s the silver lining in the case of an alleged scammer selling non-existent puppies to numerous Australian families, for thousands of dollars each? Well, fewer puppies born into a cruel industry that treats animals as commodities and robs animals in shelters of a chance at a loving home. Many of the cute, cheeky puppies we see for sale have a tragic backstory behind those big eyes. Their mothers—confined to cramped, filthy cages—are forced to endure repeated pregnancies until their bodies are exhausted, and they are killed or abandoned. Irresponsible breeding leads to genetic issues like hip dysplasia, skin and jaw issues, and heart murmurs. These puppies are removed from their nurturing mothers soon after birth, leaving them poorly socialised. This means—when we factor in vet visits and socialisation training—any dog who comes from a puppy mill will cost far more than the original price tag. Every time someone buys a dog from a breeder, they also take away a home from a dog waiting in a shelter. Each year, in Australia, over 200,000 healthy, adoptable dogs and cats in shelters are euthanised, because there are not enough good homes for them. If you have space in your home and your heart for a companion (or two), please, save a life and adopt from a shelter. Never buy animals from a pet shop or breeder – and always desex and microchip them. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 New Ziwi Peak Provenance Dog Food Has Landed! 2020-08-16T22:29:10Z new-ziwi-peak-provenance-dog-food-has-landed The new Ziwi Peak Provenance range for dogs has arrived in Australia and is in stock now ready for despatch! The new Provenance range is a welcome addition to Ziwi’s mainly single source protein foods, featuring 3 different recipes to choose from, all containing a variety of 5 meats and fish, ethically and sustainably sourced in New Zealand. The recipes contain 96% meat, seafood, organs and bone, with authentic ratios to mirror a natural diet for our canine friends, with an added superfood blend of cold-washed tripe, NZ green mussels and kelp to deliver peak nutrition. The recipes are grain-free and also contain no potato or legumes. The food is slow and gently air-dried to lock in nutrients without the need for artificial preservatives, and is a great ready-serve alternative to a raw diet.  Ziwi Provenance Recipes: East Cape: The first place on earth to see the sunrise, New Zealand’s spectacular East Cape is the inspiration behind ZIWI® Peak’s East Cape Provenance recipe. Featuring free-range mutton and goat combined with a blend of wild-caught fish from Cape Reinga, it’s a perfect topper or complete meal that dogs are sure to love. Hauraki Plains: Named in Maori for its gentle winds, the fertile farmlands of the Hauraki Plains are the inspiration and the ingredient source for ZIWI® Peak’s Hauraki Plains Provenance recipe. This delicious blend of poultry and wild-caught fish can be served as a topper or a complete meal. Dogs are guaranteed to enjoy each and every bite. Otago Valley: From ancient mountains to alpine valleys, this diverse region is the inspiration behind ZIWI® Peak’s Otago Valley Provenance recipe. Featuring beef, venison and lamb—all free-range and grass-fed on Otago’s native grasses—and wild-caught fish from the South Island’s subantarctic waters. Serve as a topper or complete meal. Feeding calculators, full ingredient lists and guaranteed analysis are available for each recipe with links on each page of our site, or head over to Ziwi and have a read. Click here to start shopping! Profit above public safety 2020-08-04T10:47:51Z profit-above-public-safety Dear Editor, Under Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria we cannot have a haircut, exercise for more than an hour, or buy food after 8.00pm. Why, then, is dog racing still permitted? According to the Premier, shutting down the industry would present "significant animal welfare issues." What can we take from this statement, apart from assuming that a greyhound who no longer makes money for his or her "guardian" is going to be neglected, abandoned, or killed? After all, this is an industry that railed against legislation requiring them to provide dogs with enriching toys, claiming this "anthropomorphised" greyhounds. Greyhound trainers have previously been exposed for dumping dogs in mass graves, and live-baiting small animals. I am the proud fur-grandpa of two rescued greyhounds. These loving, quirky individuals spent their early lives cut off from natural pleasures like play, socialisation, and regular walks. One of them was confined to a cage for most of the day, and forced to live in her own waste. Her only exercise was being chained to a walking machine. The other dog has badly-worn teeth from chewing on the bars of her cage, and anxiety issues that are only now settling after years in a loving home. The cruel practices of this patently non-essential business should not be permitted in a State of Disaster, or any state at all. This exemption to the lockdown only serves to prove that racing industries put profit above anything else – including public safety. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote 3070 0411 577 416 MULTI BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LAUNCHES ‘GLOBAL GOOD NEWS CHALLENGE' 2020-08-03T03:51:08Z multi-best-selling-author-launches-global-good-news-challenge A former journalist turned media master is on a mission to spread good news to the masses and says digital currency has the capacity to bring communities together in the face of the global pandemic. The bestselling author and journalist of 36 years who established her own media agency in 2002 in Southport on the Gold Coast, is launching the 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’ on 3 August in an effort to help combat suicide, depression and anxiety rates. Aldwyn Altuney, of AA Xpose Media, who recently joined Qoin (Eds; pronounced ‘coin’), Australia’s newest digital currency, is inspired to share positive stories and is using the Qoin platform to spread her message further. “Globally, around one million people commit suicide each year and that has increased since Covid-19. I personally had four close friends take their own lives before the age of 45 and, throughout my own life, I’ve also battled with depression and suicidal tendencies,” Ms Altuney said. “Next Monday, I’m launching an 8-day ‘Global Good News Challenge’, which will run from 3-10 August. Since COVID-19 hit, the public has been inundated by negative news and this challenge will promote positivity.” An advocate for empowerment, Ms Altuney believes alternative currencies to cash are “no longer a luxury, but an essential” and she acquired $10,000 in Qoin when she first joined as part of her own wealth strategy. She intends to both accept payment in Qoin and engage businesses through the Qoin network, as well as promote her message of positivity. “Qoin is a brilliant idea. I think it’s really important to have alternative currencies. Qoin not only brings communities together, but it empowers people to be able to do business and do life without relying on the traditional banking system. “People need to get smarter at having alternative ways of trading and dealing with their money. Silver, gold and barter used to be the way and now it’s digital currencies. “As a business owner, what I love most about Qoin is there are no fees.” Over six months, more than 7000 small business merchants, including many in Southport, are now accepting Qoin, the newest digital currency, built on blockchain, that offers cashless transactions. And now Southport is being specifically approached following research undertaken by Qoin that shows Southport businesses and merchants are keen to get involved in digital currencies. Qoin Australia Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Barker says: “We have done our homework in Southport and we have a dedicated sales team of independent agents that are in contact with Southport businesses. “The current economic climate off the back of COVID-19 has encouraged many business people to open their eyes to new ways of doing business and that includes digital currency.” Mr Barker says the time is ripe for digital currencies, like Qoin, as ‘coronavirus has paved the way for small businesses to consider digital currencies to attract new customers and facilitate in-store transactions’.