Strata Pets Blog

29 November 2012

Congratulations to Toru Oki for all the good work he is doing in Japan to save abandoned cats and dogs. For all of you who did not see the programme, on 27 November 2012 the ABC reported that Toru Oki, possibly Japan’s best blues singer, has funded the training of pets to help the elderly and disabled. For anyone who did see the programme, you will see Mr Oki selected a female from the Ehime pound to train her for dog therapy. You will be please to know that a few days after she was rescued she apparently gave birth to three puppies, so in the end four not one dog was saved. Does anyone know what she was named?

13 July 2012

Pets also suffer from the fall out from gambling. Take the example of Leanne Scott in Adelaide who stole over $800,000.00 from her employer to feed her gambling addiction and will probably be given a jail sentence for doing so. In addition to this having an effect on her family, her two cats are being sent to the RSPCA. Let’s hope someone can give them a happy home.

27 april 2012

It seems jumps racing in Australia and the British Grand National have 2 things in common. The first is: horses must jump over obstacles as part of the race. The second is: horses die. At the recent Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival in the Adelaide Hills the 10 year old gelding Virvacity was put down after fracturing his shoulder in the race. Yes, we know jockeys are injured or killed as well. The difference is that if a jockey is injured she/he will be cared for by the medical profession, friends and family: horses are invariably put down. Also, horses do not have a choice.

The jury seems to be out as to whether horses actually like racing (let alone race and jump obstacles at the same time). Some will say they enjoy it (or rather, don’t actually dislike it). Others will say they run because it is a herd instinct to do so and that they run from fear. When Virvacity died a spokesperson in favour of jumps racing was quoted “Everyone knows the risks”. The question is: did Virvacity?

28 march 2012

We identified with the sentiments of Leslie Cannold in her recent article in the Sun-Herald. From the photograph Leslie has an adorable, to quote Leslie “aggressively friendly” brown Labrador puppy: but like all pet owners can encounter people who just don’t get it when it comes to owning a pet.

We liked Leslie’s comment “at the heart of morality is a negotiation of our relations with others – other people, the creatures with whom we share the planet and the demands of the planet on which we depend.” The same sentiment could apply to owning a pet in a strata building: it is simply a matter of negotiating relations and understanding and accommodating the requirements of all interested parties.

1 March

Strata Pets is a great supporter of Animals Asia, an organisation which has for some years now been fighting against the bile farming of bears in China. Animals Asia has just released a media release about massive countrywide condemnation by the Chinese people of the bear-bile industry, arising out of an attempt by bear-bile business Guizhentang to list on the Shenzhen stock exchange. Although there are still many bears in captivity and milked for their bile, Animals Asia is excited about the public awareness and condemnation of this terrible practice, as is Strata Pets.

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29 February

Charles Dickens said “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” Dickens, like us, obviously loved animals (or at least cats) and so it is fitting that the start of Strata Pets coincides with Dickens’ anniversary.

If Dickens lived today in a strata building, we wonder who the characters in his book would be: the opportunities for him would be endless. We can think of some juicy names for members of that rogue executive committee who want to withhold consent to our pet.

We love animals of all kinds. As strata dwellers we found it hard to find information about pets in strata buildings and we thought it might be the same for you. So we started Strata Pets.

We hope that over time we have enough information from contributors to make our Pet Directory a good starting place for owners and tenants to find out the position and attitude of their building to pets. So please let us know about your building.

And don’t forget to send us some information and a picture of your pet: you may win pet of the month.