Puppy Party!

February 1, 2010

February the month of love and what better way to show your dog that you love him or her but to throw a puppy party!  Well, not to mention it's the middle of winter, not much else to do at least here in the Midwest where we live :^)

Researching this topic, I found many puppy party planning ideas on-line. I was quite surprised at how elaborate some of these parties can be.  There are theme puppy parties, goodie doggy bags, party hats, doggie cakes and a multitude of party favors, just to name a few!  Crazy right?  Well, not so fast. I for one can't imagine going to this extent for a puppy party, but actually getting your puppy together with other dogs is really great, so why not have a party!

Here are a few tips and ideas when planning a Puppy Party...

  • Select an appropriate area to accommodate whatever size group you're having.  Outside is best, but this time of year, inside might be the only option. 
  • Tell you neighbors about your party, so they don't think you've lost your mind seeing several dogs arriving at your front door.
  • Provide "doggie bags" and a convenient outdoor trash for your guests to clean up after their dogs.  Have a designated area for theim to relieve themselves.
  • Have your party area where the flooring can be easily cleaned.
  • Make sure the room is puppy proofed.
  • Create a comfortable seating area for canine parents.
  • Designate a time-out zone for the misbehaving puppy.
  • Place water bowls throughtout the party areas.
  • Pick a theme, the ideas are unlimited.
  • Keep your dog and his guests on a leash until they are comfortable with each other. 
  • Plan games that are interactive with the puppies and your human guests, such as sit, stay and taking turns at fetch. 
  • Have plenty of doggy and human treats.

Here is a great treat that is easy to make and very healthy.

Biscotti for dogs

1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
1/2 cup pumpkin pureed
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup water
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 Tbls baking powder
4 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease a baking sheet or biscotti pan.  Mix all ingredience. Knead dough, then form into a 14x4x1 1/2 inch loaf.  Bake for 50 min.  Cool on wire rack.  Cut the loaf into 1/4 inch slices and place on a lihgtly greased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool and store in sealed container in the refrigerator.

Yield :28-30 Biscotti's

If you think this is all too much and a bit on the strange side, you're not alone. But for those of you who love your dogs and love a reason get together with friends, it can be really fun. The best part is you're exposing your dog to a new experience and a well socialized puppy is the best kind of puppy.


Australian Terrier Breed Standard

January 27, 2010

The Australian Terrier is small and sturdy with a blue and tan, sandy or red coat that is harsh in texture. They have a keen and alert expression and confident spirit. They are versatile in their work and living situations, making suitable companions in most environments.

General Appearance
A small, sturdy, medium-boned working terrier, rather long in proportion to height with pricked ears and docked tail. Blue and tan, solid sandy or solid red in color, with harsh-textured outer coat, a...

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Australian Terrier International

January 15, 2010

I am so pleased to announce a new Australian Terrier organization has been formed, www.australianterrierinternational.org for everyone interested in this wonderful breed.

The Australian Terrier International (ATI) was formed by Aussie people from all across the globe. 

The mission of the ATI is to "Encourage and educate others about this grand little breed.  To foster co-operation Internationally. Whether you own an Aussie OR are considering one, are interested in showing or breeding an Aussie...

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January 11, 2010

Every year I look at the mission statement of Dunham Lake Aussies and make sure it still supports our goals which are to raise healthy, sound temperament Australian Terriers for show or companion homes.  2009 has been a wonderful and interesting year in many ways.  In the Aussie world in which we are involved, by our peers, we have been challenged, harrassed, loved, stalked, included, excluded, welcomed, ignored, highly encouraged, commended and supported. Quite the range of experiences! Than...

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January News

December 24, 2009

Happy New Year and Greetings Friends!

We’re looking forward to 2010! It’s already off to a great start here at Dunham Lake Aussies! 

A few plans for 2010…
Introducing several of our beautiful puppies to the show ring! Mentoring and assisting our wonderful new families adopting one of our puppies.
     Support and assist our club. Continue to volunteer and offer support to our local Humane Society and Aussie Rescue. Attend many dog shows including International shows. A...

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December News Merry Christmas!

December 2, 2009

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The Aussie Down Under-Book review!

November 30, 2009

As part of my youngest daughters 5th grade curriculum for history, she is studying the Eastern Hemisphere, which of course includes countries such as Asia, Antarctica, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, in addition to Australia, just to name a few.  It's been an interesting exploration for both of us. While we're not even mid-way through the year, we've had the pleasure of studying  many countries which included New Zealand and Australia. They are both wonderful and beautiful places which we pl...

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Don't feed me that!

November 20, 2009
During this time of year, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, as we celebrate and feast on a variety of wonderful foods many, (guilty myself) tend to share a bit with our 4-legged friends.  While we think by giving our dogs "a special little treat" in celebration, it's really important for us to be reminded about what NOT to give them.

Here is something I pulled up on line that I thought would be a good reminder, some things like grapes and raisins, were new to me! If a grape of two roll off y...
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What's it like to show your dogs?

November 17, 2009

How'd you get started in showing dogs? What's it like to show dogs? I get asked these questions many times so let me tell you...

Our girls started showing our Aussies in 2007. We decided we have to start somewhere, so we jumped right into the ring (pretty much literally) and began showing our Aussies.  

Our first show was in St. Cloud MN, we didn't have any idea what we were doing. The girls wore tee-shirts with their dogs name on them and wore jeans (that's NOT how it's done :^). We thou...

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Dog Deaths and Blue Green Algae

November 16, 2009

My experience has been that the Australian Terrier breed LOVE to swim and they are good swimmers.  Ours jump off our dock, off the pontoon, are always with us in or around water catching frogs,  just playing in the water.  They love kiddie pools, even the sprinkler and fighting with the spraying hose.

Sadly, lake swimming is now something they won't be doing anymore.  This past July we lost our beloved Aussie Harley to Blue Green Algae poisoning.

Like most dogs, our dogs love to swim and catch ...

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Breeder of Merit

Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa