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Animals, Actually

Welcome to Animals, Actually – a fun blog on all creatures great and small.

I write about topical issues, kids and pets, animal experiences during my travels around the world, silliness and travelling adventures of Cruz the Anatolian Shepherd, pet product reviews (‘Cruz Reviews’) and sometimes what goes on behind-the-scenes of articles and PR projects!

Who is Cruz?

Who is CruzCruz is our Anatolian Shepherd Dog, which originates from Turkey. They are sometimes called Aslan Kopek (Lion Dogs) and Kurt Kopek (Wolf Dog).

Cruz is naturally watchful and very agile for his large size. He has remarkable eye-sight, an acute sense of smell and very good hearing. Open a crackling packet of warm roast chicken and he’s suddenly beside you out of nowhere! He also loves his sleep – in many creative and farfetched positions!

Cruz is cruisy (which is how he got his name) – isn’t bothered by anything, really. He can be very stubborn, refusing to move if he doesn’t feel like it, and willing to fight to his death to avoid taking a pill. He also sheds enough to make another dog!

But putting all excess fur aside, he is a playful, friendly and incredibly affectionate family dog whose love and patience are endless!

Remembering my pets on World Pet Memorial Day

It’s World Pet Memorial Day today and I’m remembering all the amazing animals that were once a part of my life.

Today, I remember my childhood canine companion, Blackie, who taught me to swim and to protect those you love.

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Should homeless people have pets?

Question: If a person does not have enough money or permanent shelter for themselves, should they keep a pet? How can they care for an animal if they can’t even guarantee their own next meal or roof over their head?…

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An encounter with a whale shark – a dream come true!

I have always imagined swimming with whale sharks. Every time I came across an advert for a ‘whale shark n dive’ adventure, I wondered if it was such a crazy idea.

The truth is, I have bathophobia – a fear …

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The de-stenching test

When I look at this photo of Cruz, I still sigh with a little chuckle.

I wasn’t happy about bathing him that day and Cruz clearly wasn’t enjoying the experience either. Not because he doesn’t like getting wet.  Normally, when …

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Dog friendly camping at Mystery Bay, NSW

Dog friendly camping at Mystery Bay, NSW

If you’re searching for a pet friendly camping site on the south coast of NSW, look no further than Mystery Bay, located near the town of Narooma – the name said to be derived from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘clear …

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Let’s talk about dog poo!

Dog poo is not my favourite subject but it’s an important one because we have to clean up after our dog every day.

On the weekend, I road-tested what is claimed to be “the most efficient ecological pooper scooper on …

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Celebrating the International Cats’ Birthday

Celebrating the International Cats’ Birthday

Tuesday, March 1st is the International Cats’ Birthday – a day when cats are recognised and venerated as one of the world’s oldest and most worshipped pets!

I don’t have a cat to throw myself at his paws and …

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‘Cruz Reviews’ for Big Dogs!

‘Cruz Reviews’ for Big Dogs!

We got Cruz a Mammoth TireBiter Tire for Christmas and we’re impressed by how strong it really is – seriously great for chewing! Found Cruz relaxing with his TireBiter yesterday on the freshly cut lawn. I’m so excited this toy …

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Cruz meets Hoover Robot Vacuum

We received a Hoover Robot Vacuum cleaner for Christmas to help pick up the mountains of hair that Cruz sheds on a daily basis. See what Cruz thinks of the robot. He could have lifted his legs at least ……

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