Poodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Poodle 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 Poodle!

For more information on our Poodle breed visit here.

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

 

Schnoodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Schnoodle 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 Schnoodle!

For more information on our Schnoodle breed visit here.

 

Moodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Moodle 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 Moodle!

For more information on our Moodle breed visit here.

 

Moodliers

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Moodlier 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 Moodlier!

For more information on our Moodlier breed contact one of our helpful Puppy Consultants.

 

Cavaliers

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Cavalier 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 Cavalier!

For more information on our Cavalier breed contact one of our helpful Puppy Consultants.

 

Bushfire near Banksia!

 

You may have heard in the media about the recent bushfires roaring through Victoria! Well, unfortunately the Rosedale/Gippsland fire happens to be close to our back door. We certainly do not want to alarm anyone but just keep our followers and families updated. We are not in immediate danger but are not out of danger yet either; the fire is hovering approximately 4-6 kms away. For now, we have no property damages, and everyone is safe and secure, but with this enormous fire we just dont know what’s around the corner.

At the local community meeting held at the Longford hall on Saturday, we were informed that it could potentially take 2 weeks to have the fire under control. CFA crews are currently creating containment lines and back-burning whilst still attempting to control the flames with tankers and aircraft. CFA Vic facebook has updated that the Gippsland blaze has already burnt through 10,952 hectares of land. Our hearts go out to the other families and livelihoods who are in danger or affected!

 

 

We have always been aware that the potential of a bushfire could be real, it’s just one of those realities that come with living and working in the bush! Because of this, we have fire plans and preparations in place.

These include:

• Members of the Hams family and team are trained as CFA Volunteers who stay and protect the property and dogs.

• Younger and older members of the Hams family relocate into the local town.

• Team members look after the puppies and dogs when appropriate and leave to the safety of their own homes in town.

• Regular burn-offs of the under-scrub throughout our property every year plays a huge role in reducing the chance of fuelling a fire.

• Installed sprinklers on all our nurseries, sheds and homes.

• Numerous water tanks and fire hoses throughout the property.

• Diesel pumps and dams.

• A bore system that can be used to flood the park or specific areas if required.

• Our nurseries are air-conditioned and fanned to keep our parent dogs and puppies cool with fresh air during hot and smokey days.

• We also move any of our parent dogs from the middle of our property up to the front where it is safer.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank CFA Victoria and all other fire agencies and fighters for their goliath efforts in battling this blaze along with the 700 other fires across Victoria since the start of December, according to ABC News!

We would also especially love to thank the generosity of our family, friends and members of the local community, some who even left the safety of their homes to help us out in ways they could, from being on-call for fire-duties, helping with our dogs, providing safe temporary accommodation and the many well-wishes!

Fingers crossed for some much-needed rain to help slow the fire and allow the fire fighters to contain the fire and get it under control.

If you’d like to stay updated with the Gippsland/Rosedale fire or would like to be prepared in case of an emergency, Vic Emergency (other Australian State’s equivalent) has an app, Facebook page and website to stay informed.

Here are some photos taken this afternoon on our property. No filter or editing here, just the golden-smokey haze of a nearby blaze!

We also took some photos at a nearby pine plantation just outside of Stradbroke, in Longford. Much of the smoke is heading in a south-easterly direction covering Longford, Sale and Wurruk.

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!!