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Slip and Slide fun

Banksia Park Puppies Summer Fun

It was very warm here yesterday at Banksia Park, but we had lots of fun. We had some of our young cavie puppies down playing with us on the slip and slide, and some in particular loved it! We shared one photo on Facebook but we had to share more as it was such a fun time with them.

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Banksia Park Puppies under threat

An update of the ‘Puppy Farm’ Bill

We have been very busy over the last few months and particularly the last few weeks. The ‘Puppy Farm’ Bill was introduced into the Victorian Parliament, and since then, we have been meeting with politicians, media, and other well respected Industry officials about the unintended consequences of this Bill. See lower for an update on what this Bill entails, what it means for Banksia Park Puppies, and what it means for you.

The latest update

Your efforts have directly assisted in the Bill being referred to an Upper House Committee for review

This means that an  Upper house committee called the Economic and Infrastructure Standing Committee will undertake an inquiry into the Bill to make sure it is the best thing for animal welfare, and the best thing for Victoria.

This is FANTASTIC news.
We are putting in a written submission to the Committee, and have also been called to appear as a witness.  If you would like to have your say you can, send an email with your statement to the Secretariat at dabillinquiry@parliament.vic.gov.au. It does not need to be long and you could include the following:

  • Your experience in looking for a puppy in Victoria
  • The things that matter to you when buying a puppy
  • Your experience of buying from Banksia Park

What do we need to do now?

As you know the Bill is looking to limit the number of breeding dogs to 10 per breeder which will have the effect of closing Banksia Park Puppies.

It is still vital that we keep the pressure on the MPs We have come so far but we need to make sure that the Victorian MPs well and truly know that you care about this legislation and don’t want to see it introduced in its current form

While the Inquiry is a great step forward we still need MPs to vote against the Bill when it comes to Parliament.

What can I do?
Contact your Local Member of Parliament!

CALL, EMAIL, VISIT, EMAIL AGAIN!

Make sure your local members know your point of view. Tell them your story. Why did you buy a Banksia Park Puppy? Why do you not want to see us closed? Are you sure they know your thoughts on the Bill?

Check who the Members in your region are by putting your address in at this link https://electoratelookup.vec.vic.gov.au/LocalityFinder.aspx

As we have two Houses of Parliament in Victoria you have different Members representing you in each House. You have one Member of Parliament representing you in the Lower House and five in the Upper House. We need you to write to all of them.

State District Sitting Member (your local Lower House Representative):
It is important that they understand your point of view, and most MPs will respond directly to you explaining that they understand and take your concerns seriously.

State Region Sitting Member (your local Upper House Representatives):
These are the members who will ultimately decide whether the legislation is passed as law, reviewed, changed, or blocked. Remember to email them and let them know that you care about this issue and you don’t want to see the Bill introduced in it’s current form.
Your members need to know that this Bill is bad for animal welfare and bad for Victorians. Make sure that the members representing you know your thoughts.

Let us know if you want us to help and how your local members respond to your concerns.

In the Media

Have you seen us? We’ve been on the Bolt Report, in the Herald Sun, and in the Australian over the past few weeks. They all support our concerns about this ill-considered Bill. See below to copies of these articles.

Australian Articles:
Pain for Victorian Labor as dog breeders maul mongrel of a law
Weekend Australian Inquirer
Victorian puppy farm bill back on the leash
New Victorian laws will create puppy black market- vets

Heald Sun:
Herald Sun on dog breeding laws

Andrew Bolt:
Andrew Bolt live on SkyNews

 

 

Background

What does the Bill entail?

The Bill states that all dog breeders have a maximum of 10 female dogs. This is regardless of the care they are given, the experience of the breeders, or the number of staff a breeder has. It also doesn’t take into account the facilities, the rehoming practices or the benefit to the community.

There is no scientific or animal welfare reason for imposing a limit of 10 breeding dogs at one property. A NSW parliamentary inquiry into this issue found there was no valid reason to impose a limit on breeding dogs, and the RSPCA has stated that there is no evidence that imposing this limit will have any benefit to animal welfare.

What does it mean for Banksia Park Puppies?

Banksia Park Puppies will not exist as it does now. Victorians will not have an open and transparent place to get their family-friendly puppies.

Smaller does not mean safer. Our property has more than 100 breeding dogs which are looked after to the highest possible standard. The scale of our business enables us to make the investments needed to ensure our dogs and puppies are provided the best care and go to their new homes healthy, happy and well-socialised.

We have invested approximately $250,000 over several years to ensure our breeding facilities meet or exceed the required standards. Our dogs have access to playgrounds in their yards, two different agility yards, heated and cooled nurseries (including heated floors) and exercise areas in the nursery.

We welcome the supervision of our business by local council and animal welfare inspectors.

The welfare of our dogs and puppies is our top priority. We have nothing to hide and we welcome visitors so they can see how puppies and their parents are cared for.

Many of our customers carry out extensive research before choosing their puppy, many of which includes a visit to our property to see for themselves how our puppies are cared for. This avenue will no longer exist, and closing a business such as ours will force more consumers online and into unregulated markets.

What will it mean for you and puppies?

The legislation is well-meaning, but will have unintended consequences and may in fact lead to worse animal welfare outcomes.

We welcome effective regulation that protects and improves animal welfare and stops cruel puppy farming operations, but this legislation will not target these people.

There is strong demand for puppies and the proposed legislation will likely promote an underground industry with more (not fewer) rogue breeders, making it harder to monitor and ensure compliance with the rules.

Dog breeding businesses should be regulated and transparent but the proposed legislation does nothing to promote this objective.

Banksia Park Puppies Dont be scammed (1)

Scam Alert

Don’t be fooled by this scam

We have recently been told about another scam to fool the public into thinking that they are buying a Banksia Park Puppy. This is an announcement so that you do not fall prey to these scams!

The Trading Post has contacted us to let us know that there have been attempts to use our photos and our puppies in advertisements online. Pines Puppies do not ever advertise in the trading post/gumtree/other anononymous online outlets. We are not sure how many times this scam has happened or if anyone has fallen prey to it as yet. There have been times in the past where Banksia Park Puppies scams have fooled customers into paying $600 or even more, and after transferring money they never receive a puppy. Do not be fooled by these scams.

If you want to be guaranteed that you are getting a Banksia Park Puppy you need to purchase your puppy from Pines Puppies. This is the only place where you can be guaranteed to get a Banksia Park Puppy – every single puppy at Pines Puppies comes from Banksia Park.

We do not want the public to be scammed, or to be unknowingly supporting unethical breeding practices by thinking they are buying a Banksia Park Puppy when in fact they are not. Make sure that you do your research! The following points will help ensure that you are not scammed and that you are supporting ethical breeding:

  1. Ask for the micro-chip number of the puppy. Anyone who is scamming you will not have a microchip number to provide. In Victoria you need to microchip all puppies before sale, and all of our puppies are microchipped.
  2. We take fantastic care of our mums and dads: we have a professional groomer on site, weekly visits from a Veterinarian, and 15-20 full time staff including staff just for socialising the puppies and mums and dads. When you go to Pines Puppies, they have staff experienced in helping you pick the right dog for you, and you may spend hours with them talking you through how to care for your puppy. We put alot of time and effort into making sure that the puppy you pick is right for you, and when it gets home, you can help it fit into your family and your lifestyle. If you find someone is selling you something and the price seems too good to be true – it probably is – either there is no puppy, or it is being bred unethically.
  3. Make sure that you can tour the place that the puppy came from and see the entire property – at Banksia Park Puppies we offer full tours of our 220 acre property if any potential buyer wishes to see our park.
  4. See mum and dad in their environment. Some breeders will meet you in a ‘meeting area’ with mum and dad. Make sure you see where they live too, if you don’t see their live-in areas, you don’t know the conditions that mum and dad are living in.

For more tips on buying ethically see our website.

REMEMBER:

  • If you want to be guaranteed that you are getting a Banksia Park Puppy, only buy from Pines Puppies
  • If you are in doubt and someone is telling you something different – contact us! We will help you with the best way forward, and in the right circumstances will report them to the relevant authorities.
  • Get the microchip number of the puppy if you are concerned this is a scam. Contact us and we will give you more information on that puppy and where it is right now.
  • Do your research and ask questions, not only will this stop you from being scammed, it will mean you are supporting only ethical breeders.
  • The rule of thumb with scams – if it seems too good to be true it probably is.

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Who think’s it’s hot at 19 degrees?

Our Banksia Park Puppies mums and dads love a swim!

Here are some great photos of the fun our Banksia Park Puppies parents had in one of our Agility Parks the other day. It’s been so cold here lately that they loved the sun and some even took the opportunity for a quick swim. Featured here are Sami, Oops, Shorty, Luna, Willbee, Ponky, Odette, Jellybean, Jazz, Wally and Swoosh!

Banksia Park Puppies June Cavoodles

5 reasons to love Banksia Park Puppies Cavoodles

Black and Gold Banksia Park Puppies Cavoodle Fun

These 5 little cavoodles will give you a reason to smile this Friday! See these gorgeous black and gold cavoodles from June’s litter in our live video, and hear all about our property and socialisation activities.

We recent went live with these gorgeous puppies on Facebook, watch the gorgeous puppies and hear all about our property and socialisation activities. See under the video for some happy snaps with the puppies (and when they’re tired after playtime!

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Banksia Park Puppies bringing happiness

Bringing happiness to our local community

We recently went to Ashleigh House – an Elderly Citizens Village in our local town. We’ve been visiting this house for about 5 or 6 years now. We bring in some of our puppies who are 6-7 weeks old. They are the perfect age to sit on the elderly citizens’ laps and just have a cuddle for an hour or so.

We sit and talk to the elderly citizens and they always look forward to our visits with the puppies.

Dogs and puppies are so good for the sick and elderly, and we can see that when a lady who cannot use her hands for arthiritis pats a puppy, or a man who rarely smiles anymore has a puppy licking his chin and gives a little grin. These things mean so much to these people and their carers, and we are so proud to be connected with this Village and to be able to bring a little joy, and something a little different to the lives of these lovely people.

We’re so very sad that in the future these small moments of happiness which are enormous to these people may be lost due to the unintended consequences of legislation proposed by the Victorian Government (click here to learn more and how you can help).

Here are some photos of our day. The lovely residents all wanted their photos taken and were so happy to show off their puppies who wouldn’t sit still (or were trying to steal a hearing aid!).

 

 

 

Banksia Park Puppies Grooming

The one thing you need to know about Grooming

If you have a Banksia Park Oodle you’ll want to read this!

Did you bring your puppy home and a few weeks later wonder… how often should I be brushing my fluffball? What shampoo do I use? What about his toenails?! And the questions keep adding up and adding up and you are wondering who to ask for all the answers.

 

tails a go go groomingTo answer these questions, we’ve asked our recommended groomer. Her name is Kristy from Tails a Go Go Grooming and she has been working as a dog groomer since 1992 – that’s 24 years of experience!

Thank you Kristy for all of your help, we’re sure that this will help many of our customers! For anyone wishing to learn more you can check out her website Tails a Go Go Grooming, or her Facebook page.

 

A bit about Kristy

“Well I trained at the Australian school of dog breeding, and then also went on to study overseas at the New York School of Dog Grooming. During this time I also worked as a Vet nurse to keep the bills paid (who better to groom your dog!). I opened Tails a Go Go Grooming in 1994 and had a small break in the middle to have 3 gorgeous children, and then re-opened in 2010.”

When should I have my puppy groomed for the first time?

“Do it as soon as all your puppy’s immunisations are complete. I believe securing a good relationship early on between a puppy and groomer is just as important as socialising your new puppy. Having him or her groomed is a wonderful chance for Puppy to go and make new friends and learn to be away from you for a short period of time in a safe environment. Grooming is not only about getting a great little ‘Hairdo’ its also a time that they get a little health check; we always look at coat and skin condition, cleanliness of ears, and toenail length, if we can give advice on shampoos or give you hints on maintaining puppy from a grooming side, we are always happy to spend time and help give you ideas. Having been a vet nurse as well means that we are very used to looking over your puppy or dog and making sure he is happy and healthy right from the start.”

How often should I get my Oodle groomed?

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“I recommend that your Oodle should be groomed every 6-8 weeks. This keeps your furry family member neat and tidy, or scruffy (what ever you prefer); it gives us a chance to get onto any tangles and keep eyes, feet, and bottoms clean.”

What about brushing?

“Most Oodle coats could be brushed everyday, but as we are all busy and that’s not realistic, I say as long as you get every single knot out BEFORE bathing, that’s the bare minimum. If you can run a brush and comb through twice or three times a week would be great, If you are able to get puppy used to standing on a nonslip surface and that is where brushing always takes place, you’ll find it will end up a quick 10 minute job. Another advantage of regular brushing is you give your Fur baby a good look over, this way you avoid little nastys like grass seeds, scratches or fleas going unnoticed. I would recommend a good quality slicker brush and comb for your grooming.”

Do I need special shampoo when I bring home my new puppy?

“It is very important that your little puppy is bathed in a GOOD quality shampoo; their skin has a ph balance very different to a human. Using incorrect shampoos can lead to all sorts of issues ranging from skin disorders to eye problems.”

It’s my first groom, what do I need to know! Styles? Timeframe? What do you do?

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“When you come for your first groom – apart from discussing how cute and adorable your new family member is and having lots of cuddles – it’s important to discuss the coat length, if there are a lot of tangles, and what suits your family as far as brushing and maintenance. This will help us give you advice on what options you have with the type of coat your Oodle has. If you are looking for a particular style, we can also provide a few photos for you so you can get an idea of what styles are available.

In my experience a puppy’s first groom between 12-15 weeks is more a get to know each other as they are normally looking like a gorgeous fluffy puppy still with not too much to take off body length. When you come in, we ask you go have a coffee at the lovely cafes in Warrandyte while we bath, dry, clean ears, trim toe nails, trim little faces bottoms and feet. This is normally enough for your puppy to take in at this stage of their little life. We then can call you when he’s ready for a lift home; Its been a short sweet fun experience and the puppy will be ready for the next groom confident.”

What is the one thing to know about grooming?

“Always always brush all knots out of your puppy/dog before bathing. Little Oodles have wonderful coats, they do however tend to tangle and stay tangled if you add water to a matted coat. Most importantly make brushing an enjoyable experience, lots of treats and patience. If a puppy gets bored and bites during grooming, make sessions shorter and never end grooming on a negative note. If puppy is sitting and loving the brushing but you only have one leg done, give the little fella treats, praise, and cuddles then come back later for the other legs. Make sure grooming is a positive enjoyable experience.

 

How do I contact Kristy?

Kristy sees so many Banksia Park Puppies in her grooming salon and is always happy to see more. If you want to learn more have a look on the website Tails a Go Go Grooming, and the Facebook page or contact her through the below.

Email

tailsagogo@yahoo.com.au

Address

248 Yarra Street,
Warrandyte, Victoria
Australia 3113

Phone

+61 417 126 379