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Pedro the Playful Puppy!

RSPCA Vollie Playing With Giants

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This past Tuesday I was introduced to Pedro. A puppy, if you can believe it, which thanks to his mix of Bull Arab X is still learning his own size. Pedro is a beautiful boy who has a shiny black coat, white patch on his chest and warm eyes.  He has a tail that simply does not stop wagging when he is happy, which is all the time! He has extremely long legs, which go any which way when he is running.

My time with Pedro was interesting; I took dozens of photos just to get these two where he is still enough so he isn’t just a blur on the screen. We went for a walk where he discovered his love for tennis balls! Although he loves to play fetch, sometimes the ball just doesn’t come back to you, as he is quite happy to play with himself! Now just like any child, he needs to be reminded of his manners, however unlike most children he is a great listener and will sit for you on first command.

Update: Since writing this blog entry, Pedro has been adopted by a lovely family…

By Claire Thrift, Volunteer.

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Lovable Lexie and Being an RSPCA Volunteer

Working in the RSPCA vet surgery as a volunteer is interesting. Each day your heart is broken and two seconds later resuscitated. When I arrived for my shift on Tuesday, the expected happened when I met ‘Lexie’, (picture below) a dog that was recovering from surgery for her fractured leg and who loved cuddles!

Lovable Lexie

Lexie was unable to move, so I lovingly hand fed her the mushy slop, forgetting that the smell will be forever under my nails and held up her water bowl as she lapped at the liquid.  When I thought that I’d petted her enough, as she had fallen asleep, I would move to shut her door, and lo and behold she would wake up and automatically start whimpering.

Even though I had duties awaiting me in the reception area, I knew that my fellow workers would understand that showering love onto a recovering animal is important. Most of my shifts as a volunteer is doting tender loving care onto these animals that may have experienced some not so loving situations.

The hardest thing each shift is walking out empty handed. But an uplifting one is the amazing people I work alongside with and seeing the passion they have for these animals they have never met before, it gives me the warm and fuzzies to know I’m right beside them, doing something for our four legged friends…I hope none of them read this!

Claire Thrift
Proud RSPCA Vollie

Saving Polly


This is Polly, a very sick little puppy who was admitted into our hospital yesterday morning. Polly was lethargic, dehydrated and had terrible case of diarrhoea. We tested her for giardia and parvo virus, both of which generated negative results. But when we looked at a faecal sample under the microscope we could see eggs from a nasty intestinal worm; the hookworm. Polly had a significant hookworm burden and, as a result, was anaemic.

Lobke, one of our wonderful Vets, was busy treating Polly when I arrived at work. She had started Polly on IV fluids, had given her antibiotics, medicine to combat nausea/vomiting and an intestinal wormer (to rid her of those horrible hookworms!). But Polly was dangerously anaemic, and Lobke decided that if Polly was to have any chance of survival, then she really needed a blood transfusion.

We needed a blood donor and Nanda, our Shelter Manager, knew of a perfect candidate waiting in our adoption pens and she went for him straight away. Bobby walked into the vet hospital, as calm and as laid back as any dog I had ever met. He is enormous, but a gentle giant with big, brown eyes… a beautiful dog with a wonderful nature.

Lobke checked Bobby over to make sure that he was fit and healthy. Passing with flying colours, Lobke started Bobby on IV fluids then gave him a light anaesthesia. When Bobby was asleep, Lobke collected enough blood to help Polly. Afterwards, Bobby was moved to a warm recovery pen to wake up from his anaesthesia. In no time Bobby was sitting up and later in the afternoon we moved him into a larger hospital pen so that he could stretch his legs.

Look at that waggly tail!!!

Wasting no time, Lobke started Polly’s blood infusion, monitoring her closely for any adverse reactions. Polly’s blood transfusion continued over the course of the afternoon and was finished by early evening. The night Nurse’ continued to monitor Polly overnight and she seemed to be getting better and better…

Today I had to pop into work quickly and, of course, I made a bee line straight to Polly’s pen. I peeped behind the towel and a lively little Polly barked out a “yip-yap” at me. What a difference from yesterday morning! I love that mischievous twinkle that puppies have in their eyes, and Polly definitely had a sparkle!

So as I sit here in the evening with my little Persian cat curled up on my lap, I think of Polly. You might assume that she is asleep in her hospital pen, but you would be mistaken. Dr Anne, our Chief Veterinarian, took Polly home for the weekend! Polly is still on IV fluids and is still a long way from a full recovery, but Dr Anne is giving her the best medicine of all; a home environment… and a warm lap!

Just a few days later, Dr Anne emailed me some photos of Polly playing with her dogs. You won’t believe the difference!


Isn’t she beautiful!?

Rohan Hughes, Vet Nurse

Spring is on it’s way!

It’s the beginning of Spring and once again our Wildlife Hospital is bracing for the onslaught of baby animals and birds that flood in at this time of year. Unfortunately hundreds of baby birds in particular are unnecessarily removed from their habitat and brought to wildlife carers and RSPCA Care Campuses across the state. Most of these are well meaning members of the public who are trying to rescue fledglings when this is usually not necessary. Unless the bird is sick or injured it’s best to leave it alone. The mother is usually close by and is keeping an eye on things.rspca-bandicoot

Still on the Wildlife Hospital, a two year old Bandicoot mother with two joeys (above) was brought in the other day after suffering bad smoke related trauma following a burn off on Mt Cootha.  Staff have nicknamed her Bonny (after wildlife vet Dr Bonny) and so far she and her babies are doing well. She’s still got a drip but that will hopefully be removed shortly.

Sadly not so lucky was a female koala. She was brought into us after being attacked by dogs in the Gold Coast hinterland. Her injuries were too severe and she didn’t make it. Please dog owners, remember to keep your dogs under control or contained, particularly at night. We see these incidents all too regularly. In fact two weeks ago we had four koalas brought in from Stradbroke Island. Three of them had been attacked by dogs.

We’ve had hundreds of enquiries about the progress of the miniature fox terrier that was found in a bin in Sherwood. I can tell you that he underwent tests at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (big thanks to staff for the care and expertise) and he has some “issues” that may require further tests. However his mobility has improved and he’s now walking again. We’ve also received some very helpful information from the public regarding what may have happened. Sorry if that’s all I can tell you at the moment but there will be times that I have to remain slightly tight lipped when it comes to ongoing investigations.

I was having a quick smoke in the smoking area yesterday, (I really AM about to give up!), when Animal Attendant Yorik came by with a Great Dane X called Simba. She was surrendered to us with her seven pups and is already starting to put on weight- although she remains very skinny. She’s also incredibly timid. Very, very fearful of everybody and anything. We’re starting to see signs of improvement but it’s going to be a long slog. If only some of the social media critics understood just how much work, care and compassion goes into transforming dogs like Simba and eventually rehoming them, they might have a better knowledge base from which to spout their vitriol. Sadly not every adult dog that comes into our care will be able to be rehomed. It’s not the animal’s fault of course. But some have been so badly damaged mentally that placing them back in the community would not be fair to the public or the animal. Can you imagine if an RSPCA dog was rehomed and then bit a child? The resulting publicity would taint any RSPCA dog and thousands of animals would miss out on finding homes.

RSPCA Moses Dog

Last year, my friend Jane Fynes Clinton from the Courier Mail told the story of Moses in Rockhampton. He was found starved and beaten in a churchyard. Despite ongoing foster care he remained terrified of the outside world. It was finally decided that the kindest thing to do was to put him to sleep. It was heartbreaking for Wendy,( his carer), and for Inspector Laurie who’d rescued him. However the good news is that our rehoming rates are improving all the time and RSPCA Qld now rehomes more animals that any organisation in Australia. So don’t forget, if you’re looking for a pet, come and see us first. You can check out the animals on adoptapet.com.au Remember to look at the animals that are currently in foster care as well.

I just had a call from the lovely Jacqui who trains our Customer Service staff and volunteers. She says the call centre is getting bombarded by calls from people who want us to remove snakes from their yards. Sorry everyone! We neither have the resources nor the legal authorization to do this. In most cases the snakes are just passing through. Some may take up residence but that’s usually only if they find a constant food source. (Chicken and duck owners may have more problems than most.) You can find snake catchers on the internet, but I’d urge you to be bit patient and you may find the snake moves on of its own accord. Our wildlife hospital does treat injured reptiles and we have had an influx over the last week. Obviously the breeding season has started early.

I seem to be doing more Probus and Rotary Club appearances as a guest speaker these days. Most are now asking me to also chat about the old TV days as well as explaining our work here at the RSPCA. I ended up by putting together a short tape of some of my more humourous moments before the camera. A lady came up to me last week and announced, “You’re stupid!” I was somewhat taken aback. I know the old grey matter isn’t exactly bursting out of my skull, but I thought there was some intelligence lurking within. “Why?” I said. “Because you’re lucky to be alive.” She said. I think she was referring to some of the incidents caught on camera. At least I hope she was.

Until next week, enjoy the first days of Spring and don’t forget to make the RSPCA your first port of call if you’re looking for a pet.

Michael Beatty