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Benji

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Dog with a Blog: Don't Leave Me

Hi it’s me again! Dog with a Blog is getting too much fun and I have so many things to say. Not long ago my human left me for what felt like a year, but someone said it was a week, (it’s okay though the human you know well, Claudine, took amazing care of me). When my human first left I felt a little bit scared and definitely very sad but once I warmed up to my new human I had the best time, she even gave me extra special treats. She took me to work and I got to hang out with all new humans in her sessions so my human being away wasn’t all that scary after a while. I remembered back to something my human is always talking about… separation anxiety.. woof! My human explained it looks a little like this;

-          Recurrent excessive distress when anticipating or experiencing separation from home or from major attachment figures.

-          Persistent reluctance or refusal to go out, away from home, to school, to work, or elsewhere because of fear of separation.

-          Persistent and excessive fear of or reluctance about being alone or without major attachment figures at home or in other settings.

-          Persistent reluctance or refusal to sleep away from home or to go to sleep without being near a major attachment figure.

Sometimes I even wait at the door when my human goes to get lunch while we are at work. I loved being with a new human, but my human is my favourite and she understands me. I am very thankful she left me with a super nice human that I was comfortable and familiar with! My human always makes really cool videos for other humans to listen to or learn from (posted on Facebook, along with cute pictures of me). Speaking of my human leaving, she’s just left me in the office so I am going to wait at the door for her to get back.. woof!

 

Benji... woof x

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Random Acts of Kindness

Hey everyone! I am back… recently I told my human I wanted to do some nice things for other people, she asked me “like who Benji” and well I said woof! I decided I wanted to do random nice acts for random people to make them smile! Everyone is always being so nice to me and making me smile by giving me tummy rubs I want to do the same! 

First of all, I wanted to give a special thank you to the coffee shop that always brings my human's treats! They go out of their way to bring them to her to make her happy and I think that’s amazing! Secondly, I went to this very nice doctors surgery and I know my human always goes to visit them there and they’re always so lovely and helpful! I wanted to show them some kindness to for all their support. Lastly, I decided to take some flowers and place them on cars with a message letting them know that we were just trying to make their day and we hope they smiled! Woof… 

I am very happy I got to do something so nice and fun! I really do love making people smile! If you guys do anything like this feel free to send the pictures to our Facebook Page! Woof… we love to see everyone getting involved and making people happy especially around the holiday times! 

 

 

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Dog with a Blog- Even I get Anxious

Hey everyone, it’s Benji… I am back! I recently found out humans love to take baths… I mean I do to but that blow drier.. grrr! I don’t know what it is about that drier, but it always has my heart beating quickly and I start shaking no matter how much my human tells me it won’t hurt me. I think my human called it a bit of a specific phobia. She talks about it often in the clinic she says it can do things like this;

-          Marked fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation

-          The phobic object or situation almost always provokes immediate fear or anxiety or is actively avoided

-          The fear, anxiety or avoidance is persistent, typically lasting more than 6 months

-          The fear or anxiety is out of proportion to the actual danger posed by the specific object

Jayne from Aussie Pooch Mobile always gives me a special treat after my bath to make me feel better and always makes me feel a little less scared of that silly drier by talking calmly and being extra gentle. My human always gives me lots of cuddles and belly rubs to calm me down as well. All humans are so nice when they understand how the drier makes me feel. Speaking of I think I just heard someone say bath time! Got to run, see you soon.. woof!

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Hi, it's me Benji and I'm back for more blogs!

Hi, it's me Benji, back for more Blogs. I know I have been away for a while but I have been working really hard at the office and getting lots of belly rubs from all the super nice humans that come into the clinic.. woof.

My human has always been really amazing at taking me outside, on bike rides, to the beach and to the park, when I am not working, and it made me realise she is always encouraging people to do something called "exercise" ... I am not sure what that is, but I think it means being outside! She says it has really good health benefits, but I thought everyone already liked to go outside and smell everything? Being outside does things like;

- Reduce stress
- Boost happy endorphins
- Improve self confidence
- Alleviate anxiety
- Boost brainpower
- Increase relaxation

She's pretty cool when she's helping other people. Hearing all the good things about being outside makes me want to play outside so that's what I am going to do. Talk soon humans woof!

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DOG WITH A BLOG: Benji's Birthday Week Four

This week is the last week of my birthday month!

I got to go for a ride in my humans basket to my favorite place ever... the beach!

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What a great way to wrap up my birthday celebrations. Thank you everyone for helping me celebrate my birthday month and for making it super special for me! We still have plenty of tennis balls in the clinic, so feel free to grab one the next time you visit us.

There will be more Dog with a Blog's throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled.... woof woof!

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BENJI

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DOG WITH A BLOG: Benji's Birthday Week Three

We are still celebrating my birthday month here at Drop of Life! My human organised more cool things for me this week:

My Human threw a party for me at work!! Even got some yummy treats. 

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My Human organised a spa treatment with my Jayne from Aussie Pooch Mobile who is so sweet with me, the body massage is THE BEST!

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If any humans want to pamper their pooch, Jayne is the best in the business. You can call Aussie Pooch Mobile on 1300 369 369 to make a booking with Jayne.

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All that pampering and partying made me super sleepy, so I spent the rest of my day relaxing.

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Even though its my birthday, giving makes me a lot happier than receiving For the rest of the month there will be a bucket of tennis balls in the clinic. Feel free to take one for your furry friend to brighten their day!

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My brithday month isnt over yet! Make sure you tune into next weeks Dog with a Blog to see how we wrap up my birthday celebrations.

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BENJI

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My human has organised so many things this week to help me celebrate my birthday month:

 

My Human planned a play date with my best  friends Campbell (the big bog) and Roxy (I think I love her) and we went and played in the park together! Campbell never has much to do with me but I know the big guy loves me

 

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Benji and Roxy

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Campell, Roxy and Benji 

 

My Human took the big dogs and I to the beach on the weekend and we ran and played in the water so much fun. It’s my favourite place in the world to go!

 

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My Human tells me that she has more exiciting things planned throughout this month to celebrate my birthday. Make sure you read next weeks Dog with a Blog to find out more!

 

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BENJI

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DOG WITH A BLOG: JAN IS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!

It’s my birthday this month!! Woof Woof

I turn 36, or in human years 5! Super excited and my human tells me I can celebrate alllll month long, with lots of things happening at the clinic so look out for it!

My Human went away for Christmas which makes me sad, but I got to stay with Poppy who spoils me and gives me all sorts of yummy food – some  I’m not allowed to have!  Which meant I got to see my vet at 2:00am, poppy was worried because I was feeling very unwell and was making a mess everywhere. It’s so scary to go to the Vet with all those smells and that strange environment, I get very anxious and scared.

My human has taught me that focusing on one thing at a time can make me feel better. So I looked at an ant walking across the floor, and focused really really hard on all the zigging and zagging that the little fella was doing. Before long I forgot where I was and didn’t feel so bad. Thanks mum, great advice!

My human is home now and I am back to normal and looking forward to what will come up this month WOOF WOOF – I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas and I can’t wait to see some of you this year. 

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  BENJI

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Dog with a blog

Hi its me again Benji, my human has asked me to do another Dog with a Blog.  My human and I went to an event the other night where other animals came, as well as a lady Kathy from the Pet Wellness Centre. Which sounded like a  pretty cool place to go but I think she also said their was a vet in their…grrr no sure about that now!! Kathy brought her pup which had really sharp teeth and really really wanted to play..with his teeth!! So I tried hard to stay away from him, lucky I made a good friend with another shiatzu who was pretty cool.

My human and Kathy talked about lots of cool things about animals.  Everyone got really emotional when Kathy was telling them about the research around what makes dogs the most happiest… which of course was the smell of their humans.. weird I thought everyone would of known that.. woof.

My human talked about what we do in sessions and how beneficial it was and what happens to humans bodies and minds when they interact with animals.  Again …weird… I thought everyone would have known that it is really good for them to hang out with us. It does things like;

  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Lowers Heart Rate
  • Reduces de-escalation times
  • Increase self esteem
  • Helps regulate emotions and behaviours
  • Helps form healthy attachments
  • Increase eye contact
  • Decrease distractibility
  • Improve appropriate voice tone
  • Significantly lower behavioural, emotional and verbal distress

She’s real smart to know all that stuff.  I can smell something really cool outside so I’m off to explore what it is.  I’ll talk later woof!

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It's Benji! A Dog with a Blog

HI my name is Benji and I work at Drop Of Life with my human Natalie. Let me start by reminding you I'm a dog! My Human Natalie has let me have my own BLOG... wooof a dog with a blog... it will become a thing I bet!
This is new to me my human blogs all the time however I'm not as good as she is so be kind to me when reading. When you read this you must remember I'm a Dog so I'm very focused on instant gratification.. Like when you come into the clinic I just roll over so you can instantly rub my belly (Coz that's what I love soooo much!!)
My Human tells me we have a big gathering coming up at the end of the month which means I get to hang out with everyone that comes soooooo looking forward to that, (don't tell my mum I asked but bring treats! I really like chicken the best... or sometimes cheese.. although that sometimes isn't too good for me..if you know what I mean anyway back to what I was saying… looking forward to the gathering ..as the BEST part of my day is when you come to visit me.

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