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  • dog


    Breed: Affenpinscher Temperament: Playful and affectionate Cost: $1,000-$2,000 Lifespan: Average 12 years Maintenance: Medium Recommended for: Young families, small dwellings... read more
  • Beating ticks this summer

    In our December 2012 issue of ‘Burke’s Backyard’ magazine, Dr Chris Brown has a special story on how to avoid... read more
  • Making a Cat Scratching Post

    Cat Scratching Post No matter how cute and how cuddly your cat might seem, there’s always a little tiger lurking... read more
  • newfoundland dog


    Breed: Newfoundland Temperament: placid, affectionate and eager to please Cost: from $1000 Lifespan: 10-12 years Maintenance: high Recommended for: large... read more
  • Grazing horse

    Standardbred Horse

    Breed: Standardbred Horse Temperament: calm, resilient Cost: average $300 Lifespan: 25 years Maintenance: high Recommended for: experienced horse people History... read more
  • Hermit Crab in its shell

    Pet Roadtest – Land Hermit Crabs

    Breed: Land Hermit Crabs (Coenobita variabilis) Temperament: social, non-responsive Cost: crabs $7-$30 (set up $100-$200) Lifespan: several months to years Maintenance:... read more
  • Key to the Dog’s Mind

    A good dog is the best friend you could ever have but a bad dog can be a real disaster.... read more
  • Wombats

    By Linda Dennis This is the full text of Linda’s presentation on Australian wombats, an edited version of which appears... read more
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    Poisonous Plants for Pets

    Some plants are bad for dogs. We’re building up a list of them, but it’s incomplete. Compiling this list is... read more
  • Bird-friendly & Beautiful

    For the full article click here (1MB PDF) Don Burke says you can discourage the bossy, unwanted feral birds and... read more
  • Shaking Hands With Horses

    You often see horses smelling each other’s breath.  This is the horses way of shaking hands – via an exchange... read more
  • Birds’ Beak and Feather Disease

      Correct Name: Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD). In Australia, and probably other countries, PBFD and French Moult in... read more