Birthday Celebration!

4 Generations at Banksia Park…

Today Mary Hams – one of the founders of Banksia Park Puppies at Stradbroke – will celebrate her 90th Birthday! Just looking at her and her immaculate house and garden you would never guess she was a day over 60! Still fit and agile, she loves to get out and about to tend to her plants and chooks, with her dog Roxy close by and her rescued sheep Rambo wanting yet another feed. Our team members love to stop and have a chat with Mary as they walk the dogs past her house. Scrabble with her friends every week keeps her mind sharp and she’s never short of a witty comment or wise advice! She is still determined to do her own shopping and won’t even let you push the trolley, but this tenacity is what helped to start off Banksia Park Puppies at its current Stradbroke location nearly 30 years ago!

Mary’s son Colin had been breeding dogs for the pet industry for over a decade before that and his wife’s dad Alan had been breeding working dogs and then companion dogs since the 1950’s. Colin later moved the family’s dog breeding business to Stradbroke, Victoria in the early 1990’s. The environment is more favourable here in Stradbroke, with even temperatures, lower rainfall compared to other parts of Gippsland and sandy soils, which is ideal for good drainage to reduce the chance of potential waterborne diseases.

When Banksia Park was in its early stages Mary lived on the property by herself taking care of the puppies and parent dogs at night and on the weekend when her son Colin was travelling to and from Trafalgar. Over the years the successful family business has grown and now 4 generations of Hams’ reside at Banksia Park!

Mary has long retired from the business but is always influential with her moral support, level-head and witty advice. Colin is still actively involved as one of the Managing Directors and his supportive wife Kay is well known in the local area as a most loved Primary School teacher, and for her volunteer and charity work which the family is extremely proud of. The reigns have now been passed onto their son Matt who has grown up with puppy breeding in his blood, and along with his wife Kirstin are the Managing and Operational Directors and the face of the brand; you most likely have seen them on the news or heard them on the radio. They live here with their two children, Bella and Diesel who have grown up on the property and enjoy inviting friends and family over to play with the puppies.

On the weekend the family went above and beyond to pay respects to Mary with a spectacular birthday celebration fit for a Queen! A beautiful horse drawn carriage, lead by a bagpiper escorted Mary through the pines, across the road and through Banksia Park, stopping at Mary’s house. Over 70 guests enjoyed the afternoon with a traditional style high-tea and uncanny nice winter weather!

Happy Birthday Mary, may we celebrate many more!!

 

Puppy Teething

 

 Do chew marks on furniture or destroyed slippers sound familiar? What could be considered as naughty puppy behaviour may actually be less sinister than originally thought and in fact a part of the puppy teething stage! Puppy teething sounds much like toddler teething in humans and actually, it is quite similar. It is a tender time for your puppy as it is losing its ‘baby’ puppy teeth and growing ‘adult’ dog teeth all within the short time frame of 3-4 months. During this period your puppy’s primary aim is to ease the pain, so not only will there be excess chewing but also bleeding gums, whining, apathy and potential aggressive moments! We have some great tips about easing your puppy through this milestone as well as some great oral health information!

 

 

What to do?:

This stage in a puppy’s life can sometimes be challenging for puppy and owner. On-off pain due to losing and growing teeth can cause what looks like puppy mood swings and behavioural issues. You may feel helpless, concerned or have run out of options. Don’t worry, we have some helpful tips to soothe puppy’s pain, save your furniture and keep everyone happy:

  • Use tough but safe puppy chew toys to help relieve your puppy’s mouth pain and stress and hopefully save your belongings. If your puppy decides that socks etc. are more interesting, reinforce the use of their own toys and make it into a fun game so they associate the toy with fun. There are also many puppy toys on the market that can be filled with treats or a smidge of peanut butter, which is another fun way to keep puppy distracted and entertained.
  • Freezing puppy safe foods and even toys is a cooling chew treat. Foods to freeze can include sliced apples, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon (rind-and seedless), carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato, as well as ice blocks. These cool treats help to reduce sore and inflamed gums.
  • Playtime and obedience training not only is great for your puppy’s development but also a good distraction. When your puppy is active and mentally stimulated it has less time to remember its teething pain and also less likely to return to negative chewing habits.

 

Dental Care:

  • From a young age, get your puppy used to you touching in and around its mouth. This will help a lot in the future especially with brushing, oral examinations and vet visits.
  • Puppy and dogs can’t clean their own teeth, and chew toys and bones can only do so much. That’s why it is a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth regularly and to start when they are young. Brushing helps to reduce plaque build-up and keep breath fresh. This will reduce the need for regular vet visits and potential mouth diseases.
  • Begin with just a finger brush and then when you are both confident move to a soft toothbrush with puppy toothpaste (human toothpaste can cause an upset tummy).

 If you’re worried about your puppy and see that it is in a lot of pain or not acting its usual self, talk to a Veterinarian. They may prescribe puppy pain medication or provide other helpful advice!

 Also if your puppy’s behaviour requires extra attention it could be a good idea to get help from a dog behavioralist such as Ian the Dog Trainer. Even puppies going through their teething stage need set boundaries and discipline to prevent negative behaviour turning into long-term habits.

 Is your puppy going through Puppy Teething or are you passed those days? What cool tips and tricks did you use to keep your puppy happy and healthy? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Groodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Groodle puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Puppy!

For more information on our Groodle breed visit here.

If you’d like your Banksia Park Groodle to star on this page we’d love you to contact us via email, Instagram or Facebook.

Cavadors

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Cavador puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Puppy!

For more information on our Cavador breed visit here.

If you’d like your Banksia Park Cavador to star on this page we’d love you to contact us via email, Instagram or Facebook.

 

Spoodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Spoodle puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Puppy!

For more information on our Spoodle breed visit here.

If you’d like your Banksia Park Spoodle to star on this page we’d love you to contact us via email, Instagram or Facebook.

 

Cavoodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Cavoodle puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having happy and pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Cavoodle!

For more information on our Cavoodle breed visit here.

 

 

Real-life Pupstar

Wilson’s pawsome start to modelling…

 

The charismatic Groodle Wilson has become the talk of the park. He has recently shot to fame after starring in a Kmart Australia website photo! Wilson had the fur-abulous gig of posing as a doggy extra in the photo shoot for the ‘Moving’ category on their website, which has been a highlight of his modelling career to date.

Wilson took time out of his busy pupstar schedule to answer our questions…

 

Congratulations on your successful modelling career Wilson! How long have you been modelling for?

 Thank you! I only have been a model one time for the one Kmart shoot. It was incredibly fun and I hope I get to do it again!

 

How did your modelling career begin?

 It began when my mum placed me on an animal modelling agency (she always thought I was pretty handsome). My mum got a phone call asking if I was free for the photo shoot. 

 

What was the audition process to get the Kmart modelling gig?

 There was no real audition process actually, I was just lucky enough to be asked for that photo shoot.

 

Is there a special routine or ritual you practice before you go on set for good luck or to settle any last minute nerves?

 Not particularly, but I did get a nice bath the night before which was nice and relaxing. On set, I did get the opportunity to meet lots of new people and have a good sniff of the place before we began shooting!

 

What is it like being a celebrity dog? Do you get extra pampering or dog licks at the park?

 It is awesome! All of my parents’ friends and family are so happy for me. After my photo shoot, I was lucky enough to get a nice steak for a treat. My doggie buddies are very happy to be friends with a celebrity like me! 

 

Do you see yourself continuing modelling as a career?

 I would love to continue my modelling career. It was so much fun and I got to meet heaps of new people. I also had many treats throughout the day (I think it was to get me to sit and stay but I enjoyed it anyway).

 

Who would you like to thank for being supportive during your modelling career?

Definitely my mum and dad but especially my mum for driving me to my shoot and giving me lots of treats whilst I was on set!

 

 

*Kmart Australia photo and photos of Wilson kindly provided by Wilson’s owner