Zac & Reg Get Their Dog On At Holdfast Dog Centre!

Zac & Reg Get Their Dog On At Holdfast Dog Centre!
You should know by now that we are animal people! I have my furry feline fools (Doris & Mr Pyjamas) and Mummy Ask has Zac & Reg the wonder dogs. Zac & Reg were adopted from SA Dog Rescue (read all about it here) and are as sweet as buttons! Honestly, they couldn’t be more awesome and we couldn’t love them more (we even made them a custom dog bed)! Of course they have their quirks (you just never know what happened to them before), they can be shy and worried and freaked out by things. So Mummy Ask took things at their pace, seeing how the reacted to different things and reassuring them. They learned the neighborhood noises, got used to rides in the car and got to know the family that visits.
Zac & Reg Get Their Dog On At Holdfast Dog Centre!
Just because they’re brothers, you can’t expect them to be the same about everything. Zac loves to watch over the neighborhood from the window and prove how brave he is when vacuuming is happening. Reg tends to watch everything carefully from a distance with a worried look. And when it comes to walkies, Zac is off to sniff everything and wants to run but Reg gives looks like he’s being forced into a PE lesson! Mum tried a single lead for each dog, a splicer lead and we have tried taking one each. But it was clear they need to run and play and make doggy friends. We talked about it and Mum was looking for a place to take them. The local dog park has a fence made of bars and we know they can fit through the gap and escape!
Zac & Reg Get Their Dog On At Holdfast Dog Centre!
I said I’d Google and see what I could find. Pretty quickly, I found gold – The Holdfast Dog Centre. Their website has tonnes of info but I’ll go through some info here. Holdfast dog centre is a membership group, $25/per household per year, regardless of how many people or dogs. But before you pay you can see how your dogs like it by making an appointment for visitor Friday’s (most days are doggy daycare/dog training although there are times when you can come and use the space too). We rang and spoke with Karen and made an appointment to see how the dogs went with things. 
The Dog Centre is made up of a large, main yard that is fully fenced and has shade areas.  This is where most things (doggy daycare etc) are happening. There’s a smaller yard (fully fenced with shade) that has a gate to the main yard and a gate to the foyer type area. The foyer area has several gates (like air locks) to make sure no one gets out accidentally!
Zac & Reg Get Their Dog On At Holdfast Dog Centre!
When we arrived,  Zac & Reg were very unsure of all the clanking gates! I think it reminded them of their time spent in kennels. Karen met us in the foyer and ushered us into the small yard, just the three humans and Zac & Reg. On that day there were about 50 small dogs in the main yard and many were right up against the fence, curious about Zac & Reg. Karen observed the boys for a while and spoke with us about the centre. After a while, she said ‘Let’s see who wants to come in’ and selected a few dogs to join the boys. Karen supervised and we weren’t worried, even at a couple of growly moments. Karen advised us to come back next week and see if we couldn’t get them into the main yard. We went home and paid our membership (we had been to our free consult and decided to come back) and started on a new feeding and training regime, suggested by Karen.
 
Karen’s regime worked, a week passed with no inappropriate inside toileting – yay! We came back the next week and again went into the small yard but a few dogs were added immediately. After a short time, Karen opened the gate to the main yard and we encouraged them to join the other dogs. Karen stayed nearby, supervising and sorting out skirmishes. And oh my! Zac & Reg were running, playing and sniffing and weeing! It was so wonderful, I made a little video! Go on, watch and tell me they’re not the cutest!
 
 
We have been back since (I took lots of pictures) and will continue to take Zac & Reg, so they can get their dog on! I highly recommend Holdfast Dog Centre and if you’re in South Australia, you should definitely check it out! Running, socializing, sniffing and being free are simply wonderful for your dog and Holdfast Dog Centre is just perfect for it! The whole centre is about positive training, where encouragement is the way forward. Karen is a qualified dog behaviorist and we have found her advice invaluable. Everyone there is nuts about dogs and it feels wonderful to have such kind and knowledgeable dog people around. Your dog needs this, so go visit their website and make a time to let your dogs enjoy this wonderful place and it’s wonderful people! Because even sooky little dogs that just want to be by your side are still dogs and they need a place to get their dog on!
 
In the interests of transparency, I was not paid or endorsed to write this, I just wanted to share the doggy joy with you all!
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Second Look Sunday 5 July 2015

Second Look Sunday 5 July 2015
What an amazing week! I started with some productive sewing (two skirts & a refashioned top) and a little crafting (a fruity headband). Then a fabulous book signing at Junktion on Thursday. I wore a skirt, top and fruity headband I made earlier in the week. I had a marvelous time hanging out with Pixi and some lovely readers. There were pots of tea and things were perfect. See?
Second Look Sunday 5 July 2015
Then a horrible headache morphed into a cold. Ugh! I cannot believe it, I’m sick again! This time I’m going to rest properly and let it pass. That’s why I’m in bed with the cats, having coffee and danishes. Of course, I have the internet to amuse me:

I make that coffee, set out those danishes &  photographed it. Then I drank the coffee & ate the danishes while I wrote this post. That’s probably the biggest effort I’m going to make today. Well, I might have to prep dinner because I am looking forward to some brussel sprouts & parsnips. And maybe some corn on the cob and some hot chips and ranch dressing. I may be sick but I am really hungry! But right now I’m going hit post, make some tea and watch Rosemary & Thyme on Netflix. Have a wonderful Sunday xxxxx
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Second Look Sunday 28 June 2015

Second Look Sunday 28 June 2015Second look sunday 28 june 15
Happy National stay in bed day! Yes, that’s really a thing! It’s a fund raiser for mitochondrial disease. I need no excuses to lay around but if you do you, have one now!

One of Mummy Asks work colleges has a niece who just lost everything in a house fire. If anyone can donate clothes, linens, furniture, appliances etc to her, please send me an email and we can make arrangements. The niece is a women’s size 12 and has a 4 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. They are in the inner southern suburbs of Adelaide. Let me know.

In good news, the U.S. legalized gay marriage and the internet has turned a gorgeous shade of rainbow! But that’s not the only thing that’s been happening on the internet:


Remember when I said I was going to ikea last week? Yeah, that didn’t happen until yesterday morning. The assembly has happened and Mr Ask now has a new desk and chair. Surprisingly, no arguments were forthcoming. Today, I’m going to try and convince Mr Ask to look at my misbehaving overlocker and get ready for some sewing next week. That seems enough, it’s National Stay in Bed Day after all xxxxx
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