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Melbourne is shock after 11 year old murdered

Melbourne is in shock today after the senseless murder of an 11 year old boy by his father after cricket training last night. Although the details have yet to be released what we have so far heard is the the boys father attacked the poor child after his cricket training session in front of his team mates.

He brutally beat his own son with a cricket bat and then stabbed the little boy repeatedly with a knife. Police were unable to subdue the man with capsicum spray. When he finally turned on police they had no choice but to fire their weapons. The man died hours later in hospital. Counselling has been offered to all the children that witnessed this horrific event.

From what I have read the father had been estranged and had a history of family violence, in the last few years he had become homeless. Police believe that this was in fact premeditated.

As a parent I cannot get my head around this horrific event, it makes me sick in the stomach to think that a parent could do this to their own child.

Tonight as I check on my children sound asleep in their beds, I pray that they will always be safe and sound, healthy and happy. I pray too that this innocent boy will rest in peace.

Izzy’s Story

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Today I came across a very upsetting post by savingpets.com.au in regards to some really criminal behaviour that the RSPCA in Perth, Western Australia has been accused of. According to this article a beautiful timid King Charles Cavalier and her four, four week old puppies were euthanised for no comprehensible reason.

It is really is a sad day indeed when people running animal shelters are found to be harming animals instead of protecting them.

Here is the article about the RSPCA and Izzy, maybe if more people hear about this, something will get done to prevent other innocent animals losing their lives.
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The RSPCA WA is being questioned by the state government regarding their processes for euthanasia.

The WA Government has raised fears the RSPCA is destroying pets that could be kept alive.
Documents obtained by The Sunday Times reveal Agriculture Department boss Rob Delane was told of a case last year where medical histories did not support the destruction of some pets.

“It is unclear whether the RSPCA had sufficient grounds to destroy these animals,” a briefing note for Mr Delane dated May 2013 said

The notes prepared for Mr Delane warn the RSCPA’s processes were “inadequate”.

Even RSPCA staff seemed to have little faith in the ‘system’;

Revelations of the documents come as a former RSPCA regional inspector, who asked not to be named, also expressed concerns about the treatment of animals by the organisation.

The inspector, who resigned last year, said she would regularly try to rehome animals in country areas rather than bring them to the Perth shelter because she feared they would be put down.

“I wouldn’t take my animals up there,” she said.

“Some puppies would get put down at eight weeks and they would say they had behavioural problems,” she said……

The RSPCA remain unapologetic:

RSPCA state chief executive David van Ooren said no disciplinary action had been taken and the allegations in the report had not been substantiated.

An RSPCA spokesman said there were “very clear” and “well-developed” policies relating to the euthanasia of animals.

So how does this “well developed” policy work in practice?

The dog pictured above is Izzy. She was a breeding dog seized by the RSPCA under an alleged breach of WA’s animal protection laws. She entered the care of the RSPCA in March 2012. She was only a baby herself (probably less that two years old) but she was heavily pregnant.

Izzy was placed with foster carer, Cath (an experienced human midwife and dog lover) and her husband (a senior vet) so she couldn’t have been in more compassionate, capable hands. It was a new start to a happier life.

Izzy gave birth to four healthy babies; Izzy was ‘typical’ of many neglected dogs; sad, skittish and scared. She was terribly and heartbreakingly under socialised. The family worked hard to make her life peaceful, to give her good food and comfort, and to let her know everything was going to be ok. And under their care, Izzy showed she was a loving and competent mum – working hard to clean and feed her pups, growing them into cute little fat bellies.

Cath’s family worked hard to make sure these pups were getting all they needed to grow into healthy, happy dogs. Her daughter delighted in helping ‘socialise’ these babies and they learned to walk and eat solid food.

Not surprisingly, the family fell in love with these guys and considered adopting one themselves, but found that even as volunteers, the RSPCA adoption fees were prohibitive;

“We were going to keep one, but despite the fact I was volunteering my time to look after Izzy when she was pregnant and now raise a litter of puppies for them – they still want to charge me $700 for a puppy!!

Cath kept Izzy, and the four pups for a total of 4 weeks, before taking them back to the RSPCA for their scheduled check up. Cath assumed that she would drop them off in the morning, and pick them up in the afternoon, to continue her fostering.

“They simply wouldn’t give them back after I dropped them all in for a check over. I rang every day asking what was happening and when could I go back and get them. They kept fobbing me off. It was only after I asked for a meeting with the CEO and they realised I wasn’t going away that I was told they were already dead.

I had Izzy behaving and responding to us beautifully after a while. But they killed her and all of her pups. They didn’t indicate to me at all that they were at risk – they did it all without telling me.

My husband is a senior vet. We never saw the pups do anything strange behaviourally. Izzy was timid, but she was really coming good. And those pups were fine.”

Izzy and her pups were given a ‘behavioural assessment’ at the RSPCA kennel facility. All five failed.

Next, as is the procedure, each of these young dogs were held. Their leg was shaved. A syringe of poison was drawn. And then one by one they were injected until their lively, waggling bodies went limp and they were dead.

All under the RSPCA’s “well developed” policies.

The community has the expectation that animals entering RSPCA care will be given every chance to be rehabilitated. Pet lovers give tens of millions of dollars in donations every year believing that they are supporting life affirming processes. I don’t know a single rescue group who, if called, wouldn’t have found a place for these guys. But they didn’t survive being ‘sheltered’ by the RSPCA.

Izzy deserved a second chance. Her babies deserved a first one.
Our shelters should not be this way. They do not have to be. The killing has got to stop.

Warning – Extreme Heat Can Kill Dogs

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Despite the repeated warnings it seems that some people fail to understand the dangers associated with exposing dogs to extreme heat, whether that may be from leaving them inside park cars or by stupidly taking them out for walks in 40+ degree heat on searing hot pavements.

Yesterday there was an incident at work whereby a lady left her little dog inside the car. All the customers reported to reception alerting the girls, my supervisor then made an announcement over the loud speaker. One person had seen the lady go across the road to the funeral parlour. So the girls called the funeral parlour and the lady came and rescued her little dog that believe it or not was also wearing a coat. Lucky I wasn’t there I would have probably called the RSPCA or the police or both.

Today the weather is even warmer and yet I have seen several people walk past with their dogs in toe. I felt like running out and yelling “what are you doing?” I wish images like the ones above and below were up on every billboard, splashed across every tv screen, maybe then people would start taking notice. But you know somehow I don’t think even that will help. That feeling of invincibility that most of us have (it won’t happen to me), seems to apply to our dogs as well I think.

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Parenting At Speed. Are You Enjoying The Ride?

Parenting at Speed, are you enjoying the ride? Was the name of the information session I attended tonight at our local Council hosted by Rod Dungan, Director and Trainer for Thriving Youth Australia. It was a fun informative almost three hour session providing parents with handy tips and resources for staying in touch with and building growing relationships with their children while still maintaining effective boundaries.

There were over twenty parents at the information session who all had children with ages ranging from 10years to 18years, each one with their own story, their own struggle.

One thing that Rod said that really hit home with me is that as parents we are all learners. This is the first time we have ever had our child at this age, therefore it is the first time we are facing these issues. We all want what is best for our children but sometimes we have to think outside the box in order to be able to get through to them.

We heard that the ages between 14 and 16 is when a child (or young person) is establishing their identity and that the years between 16 and 18 are known as the grief years because these years are the ones were they start to lose their identity. They are moving from child to adult and can feel lost and scared. These are the most critical years when a parent most needs to be present in their child’s life.

There was lots of interaction between Rod and the audience which is always good. I really like hearing other people’s stories, I especially like hearing that the temper tantrums, the mood swings, the gross over reaction is all normal behaviour for children of this age, and in time it will pass.

Rod talked about a spike pattern that occurs in a persons life at 1 years old and then again at 11 years old and at 21 years. So at this time unless there is a massive intervention in between, the behaviour learnt will be repeated. So at 1 year of age a child learns to separate from mum to see himself as a separate person, this will again repeat itself at 11 years as he moves in to grade six and again at 21. At two we have the terrible two tantrums this will again be repeated at 12 years and at 22 years. At 3 it is all about why, and yet again at 13 why again and so on and so on.

It was a very interesting evening and I walked away feeling positive and armed with some newly found wisdom. As Rod explained at the very start of the session, all that we as parents have is wisdom, our children have all the knowledge but we have wisdom hopefully it will be enough.

Teenagers …..enough said

I know I’ve said before how challenging life with a teenager can be. Even though people warn you about how the teenage years are the hardest I don’t think you can ever really appreciate just how hard, how challenging they can actually be.

My teenage son is a sweet loving boy with a playful cheeky nature most of the time that is, but without warning he can quickly turn into this whole other person, he will rant and rave and say the most horrible things, he will be rude and obnoxious and totally self absorbed.

Me. Me. Me. To hear him going off like that is so heartbreaking. Everything is my fault. I don’t know anything. I expect too much from him. I clearly don’t have a life and on and on it goes, occasionally his father will cop a spray too but most of the time this rage is directed at me.

It makes sense I am the one home with him the most. Plus he knows that no matter what he says or does my feelings towards him will never change. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt, it does. Sometimes I will look at him and wonder what on earth happened to my sweet little boy. Who is this person, I don’t recognise?

Today’s tantrum was about what else school work! That seems to be what we fight about most lately. If its not school work its the Xbox. Fortunately these tantrums or mood swings do not last long, and when I’m least expecting it that sweet little boy that I adore so much will reappear, and within an instant the sun is shining again and all is well in my world again.

Beware

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Police have been alerting people in the Knox area in Victoria Australia, to be vigilant as there appears to be a group of men, could be women involved too, casing the streets of Knox in search of dogs that they can take to use for illegal barbaric dog fights.

According to police these criminals have a white van with fake number plates. They go around the streets of Knox marking the fences of the homes that have dogs and when the owners are away or when it’s night time and everyone is asleep they come back and take the dog. People have found dog bones stashed in their gardens in preparation for the kidnapping. These criminals will use any means to lure and then capture your dog.

Dogs are then chained up, and starved in order to make them vicious. If all this isn’t bad enough, we have also heard that cats are being taken as well, these cats are then strung up and as they struggle to get free the dogs are set on them. How horrific!! What a horrible way to die.

So the city of Knox is under alert now and this is probably only the beginning, after Knox they will undoubtedly move on to other suburbs, unless they are caught, so if you see anything or hear anything make sure you alert the police. These criminals need to be stopped.

It really angers me to hear stories like this. If I had my way these so called people would be shot, anyone that can kidnap a family pet and then use it to make money as they pit it against another dog in an inhumane fight to the death, anyone that can inflict that sort of pain on a innocent trusting soul does not deserve any mercy. What do you think?

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Animal cruelty

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There is nothing I detest more than animal cruelty. How anyone could ever harm an innocent animal is so far beyond me.

Last week I was privileged to meet Indie a beautiful British bulldog that a friend of mine rescued from her second home. Indie has been abused most probably by a male in her first home, the reason I know this is because she is terrified of men, even the sound of their voices will send her into fright and flight mode.

Indies second home was not much better than her first unfortunately there she was picked on and faced constant attacks by four greyhounds who obviously sensed how timid she is.

Aside from having a very shy and you could almost say skittish personality, Indie has a cleft leg, many scars down her legs and quite a sizeable overbite, yet despite all that this innocent dog has been through she remains a loving, gentle trusting soul craving for a little love, an affectionate pat, a kind word or two.

I could tell you all the things I’d like to see done to the people that abused indie how if I had my way I would like nothing more than to make them all pay for the pain and suffering they put her through, but that would not do Indie any justice, if she can forgive these monsters, if she can despite all that she has been through still give people the benefit of the doubt than surely I can too.

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My Bird Hates Me Again

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So my bird hates me again. Every year around this time just before spring is here Stan’s hormones kick into angry bird mode and my beautiful loving little Quaker turns into a mad little biting machine.

If you have birds you will know exactly what I am talking about, his whole demeanour changes, there is a look in his eyes a certain way that he moves, he is reluctant to come out of his cage, very vocal, there may be beak clicking or tail wagging, but if you miss all those signs you won’t be able to miss the excruciating bite that is no doubt heading your way.

Much like the self absorbed teenager, a parrot too becomes self absorbed and defensive around this time of year. Try not to be too hard on yourself or take it too personally.

So what can you do to snap you bird out of this phase? well nothing really, you just have to ride it out. Thankfully this uncharacteristic mood change does not last long and just when you think there is no light at the end of the tunnel that you have lost the love of your beloved friend for ever then suddenly he is back often sweeter than ever, calling out to you to come and play, giving you kisses, singing and talking happily again.

Unfortunately for me Stan’s transformation from loving bird to angry bird is only just commencing but I know that before long angry bird will be no more than a distant memory, and my beautiful boy will love me again.

Fundraisers are bleeding me dry

Is it just me or does there just seem to be a relentless amount of fundraising going on in schools at the moment? So far this term we have had The Entertainment Books, The Second Hand Library Books, The Sausage Sizzle and The Walkathon, and we have also been put on notice for the upcoming Art show , Fathers day stall, and heaven knows what else they will think of.

I know that schools rely on fundraising to help with the purchase of equipment and supplies and I am all in favour of helping out but when you are being bombarded with one thing after the other, and you are forever having to put hand in pocket it does raise the question of just how much is too much?

I believe the argument for having so many fundraisers is that parents can pick and chose which ones they want to support but its not that simple, because the teachers are simultaneously putting pressure on the children to support them all.

Incentives such as house points or special rewards such as hall monitor for the day, or get out of homework week are being offered to children who are first to submit their money. Try explaining to an eleven year old why we are not going to buy The Entertainment book, when most of their friends already have. When you have three children as I do the the cost of these fundraisers in then tripled, pretty soon I will need to get a second job just so I can afford to keep supporting these fundraisers.

In defence of the Dog

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It is no secret that I am an animal lover. This week there has been a lot of talk about dangerous breeds of dogs and how laws should be put in place to prohibit people owning certain types of dogs. I have even heard rallying in favour of a proposed buy back law (for those who have no idea what a buy back law is it is when the government pays you to turn in your dog to be euthanised ), like anyone is ever going to do that? Those of us who have pets know what kind and loyal creatures dogs are. We also know that the way in which an animal behaves much like the way in which a child behaves, is a direct reflection of his owner or parents in a child’s case.

I feel we are too quick to lay blame on the animal when really the finger should be pointed straight at the owner.

The heartbreaking death of the toddler that was mauled to death by his grandmothers dog this week is a classic example of what I am talking about. What was first reported to be a vicious unprovoked attack by a family pet has since been revealed that the dog was in fact being trained to hunt and I assume kill pigs. Why? Why would you train your dog to kill anything is my question.

I know that there will be many who do not agree with me, and that’s ok I guess, because I know that there are many many more that do, and like me are prepared to speak up to protect the rights of our best friends.

#The photo I’ve used is from Pinterest from fbcdn-photos-a-a.akmaihd.net