I mentioned “smartness” for the 1st characteristics for the Border Collie in my previous blog, 2nd one is it’s “friendliness”.
Saki’s friendliness hasn’t changed since she was puppy. (Although recently, we notice she likes human better than dogs!) When we first took her out for a walk, she used to greet every single dog & person!
Her lovely face (as most of the puppy dogs!) plus her friendly expression melted everyone’s hart!
Our 14 years old son often gives her some rough play and some mischievous thing, but Saki is very patient and she even shows her respect to him! For example, she waits forever when she is told to wait when my son puts her food in a bowl. How sweet of her!
My son, who is a teenager, often shows his frustration, then he comes to Saki to give her a cuddle and kisses.
We love ❤️ seeing this. For Saki, it must be quite frustrating as my son comes to cuddle her while she is at sleep, but she never gets angry. She has such warm hart. Thank you so much, Saki for your love to us 💕 .
I was going to continue to write about Saki the border collie, however, today I attended a special event via online.
Dog training (online) session by Asaka san was organised by Mari Ueda san, who is a picture book writer and animal soul communicator.
I was looking forward to it as I know Asaka san is such experienced and popular dog trainer. During his professional career life as a dog trainer, he trained approx. 2,000 dogs. His dog training school is one of the most popular schools in Osaka area.
2 hours session included “Dog’s history” and “What does dog training mean?”.
When we hear the word “dog training”, I think many people (even those who own a dog) have an image that t is for the people to force their dog to do something for them, or make the dog to listen to them. I feel it was more so in the past.
I agree with Asaka san’s theory that dog training is to make a good habit for the dogs and to realise this, people need to change, because dogs learn things from people. It is important that human/dog owners show their dogs a good habit-dogs observe their owners and copy them. This takes slow and long processes.
We also learnt how to use the treat when using for the training. It was an eye opening experience!
To us, Saki is a well trained dog, but I would remember what I learnt today. I really recommend all future dog owners to know what Asaka san teaches.
As generally said, there are 3 characteristics of Border collie-they are smart, agile and royal to the owners.
①SmartーDavid, my husband, used to volunteer as a dog trainer as a teenager (since 16 years old). He has had about 7 dogs in his life. The very last one, called Angus, Border Collie & Irish wolf hand mix, came to him as an adult dog. He was quite aggressive first time, and it took David a long time to train him. When I met Angus first time he was already a very gentle & smart dog.
Toilet training would be one of the big topic for everyone when welcoming a dog to home. We live in an apartment. We placed a small size real lawn for Saki’s toilet. She had a few accidents, but she quickly learnt to use the lawn for her toilet (took about two months to learn). After a while- around two months passed, she stopped using it, and only did toilet outside when she is taken out for a walk three times a day.
Regarding basic command, “Hand”, “Sit” and “Drop”, David started training her when she was around 3 months old. With some treats, she quickly learnt. She is training to wait after she is told to “sit” before she eats. Quite often we forget to say “Dozo” , =”please” in Japanese, so she keeps waiting for a while! (so sorry, Saki chan!)
FYI, please see here to access to the movie which shows one point command lesson by David. (To be continued.)
I pause the report on Eve’s situation (the ex wild dog who ran away from my sister’s place since late August.) Although she hasn’t been reunited with my sister yet, we believe she will return when timing is right. Thank to everyone who has given us kind words and the person who has been helping my sister, Mimi.
I am introducing our beloved dog, Saki the Border Collie. Saki is a chocolate coloured female border collie, born in April 2020 (1.5 yrs old) .
Since my husband and I lost our last two dogs before my son was born (16 years ago), we have been missing having a dog, but we didn’t have a chance to welcome one.
Since COVID hit and we stayed at home due to lock down, we started thinking now is the time to welcome a dog. We searched firstly shelters, however, there was none available (we live in an apartment, so only middle size dog can be kept.).
Then I searched breeders, but they are all out of dogs and asked me to register our interest. The price was also ridiculously high. For example, average price for Shiba dog was AU$7,000!
We didn’t feel right to pay this much for a dog, so our hope was almost gone. However, when I was chatting with my work colleague, she suggested to contact the breeder where she got her border collie from.
Without any hope I contacted the breeder, and to my surprise, she said,” we just had 8 puppies yesterday, I am going to send photos, so you can choose which one you want.”
With this unexpected answer, we had to make our decision quickly, however, it didn’t take us long to say yes, please to the breeder. My husband told me that girl border collies should be smaller in size (unlike our last dog Angus, border collie mix), and they are smart dogs.
What we chose (they all looked the same, but we chose one!) was a brown coloured one. There were black & white ones, too but I like the way the breeder said the colour was “chocolate colour”.
The lady from the breeder sent us a photo of Saki’s father and mother. Her father had the same colour with Saki, chocolate & white and mother, black & white. I didn’t know until I studied more about border collies, that there are more than 30 type of border collies depending on colours and sizes. Since her father’s name was “Whisky”, we decided to name ours “Saki” (similar to Sake=Japanese drink, but it is actually popular Japanese girl’s name, means “flower blossom”. To be continued.
Annual event, “Be kind to animals week” is scheduled from 20 -26 September in Japan. It was one of the events that I rarely remember being involved, as all I remember is the poster which was displayed at primary school.
The event is organised by Japanese Ministry of the environment. I have checked what kind of events are organised. Apart from the main event, such as Animal protection promotional poster competition, each prefecture is responsible to organise their own events.
As a main event organised by the ministry, online symposium is scheduled on 25 Sept, which I can participate!
In this symposium, there will be some panel discussions by mainly academics with topics such as “Pets in the future”, “Relationships with pets”.
This year, there were several big news in relation to pets, for example, update in animal protection law, or just recently, the Japanese government (Ministry of the environment) and Amazon Japan announced their partnership with support to give/receipt of rescue dogs & cats. I am interested in what kind discussions it will be.
According to Wikipedia, the Be kind of animals week started in the US with the purpose of strengthening ties between animals and human in 1915. As a main event, with sponsorship with Universal Studio, the children who showed their passion of loving animals, will be awarded…a big animal loving country!
Two weeks have passed since Eve, ex wild and rescue dog ran away from my sister’s house in Gifu, Japan.
To date there have been so many people on the rescue pet related FB group, who shared our post. I think it is over 1,000 shares. We cannot help but feel the power of the social media and thank them so much for their useful advice.
Many people who connected via social media happen to live nearby, and neighbours have been supporting my sister.
My sister received many calls who saw Eve. However, sadly, Eve ran off whenever she saw my sister.
This week, my sister received a phone call from a gentleman (Mr. M) from Tokyo, who has been a great help to her since then. I also checked his instagram and feel impressed with his deep knowledge regarding wild dog behaviour.
For example, he shares his suggestions of the harness. It is so important for the ex wild dogs to have appropriate harness and collar when putting double lead & collar. He warns that most of the dogs who ran off had harnesses, so basically he doesn’t recommend putting a harness.
Based on his advice, food and security cameras were set up where my sister thinks Eve would be seen. Eve was seen in the camera the next day.
He says he is happily helping her until Eve returns. We in Australia, are feeling so helpless as we cannot do anything. We feel so thankful to him.
Here is a copy from M’s instagram. When shelters are giving away ex wold dogs, if these are made sure with the new owners, the number of the missing dogs would reduce. １. Tie them even in the house. 2. Double lead and double collar 3. Put one lead over the shoulder 4. Put pet gate in front of the house entrance to protect them from running off.
A lovely spring day in Melbourne. When I was walking with my friend who wanted to see Saki after a while, I received a call from my sister in Japan. She told me Eve (ex rescue dog, she came to me sister’s about 8 weeks ago.) ran off. She told me she contacted the founder of the shelter where Eve came from and will report to the local police (unfortunately, in Japan pet is treated as an ‘object”, then will make a poster (missing dog) to ask for the neighbours.
My husband & I felt so useless as we live so far away from her. However, I couldn’t stop from doing something from here and emailed the the local council, public animal shelter and prefectural (Gifu ken) animal shelter to ask for their help. Further, I posted the poster on the FB group (foster parents group and another pet group in Japan and asked for their help by sharing the poster. About 3o mins later, one of the foster parents who read my FB post contacted me, “my friend who lives nearby says she/he will come to look for Eve!” I was so moved by such kindness of these people!. My sister sounded being in tears to hear it.
In Australia, we would contact the local vet, if our dog goes missing or found a pet on the street. Having a microchip in pets are compulsory in Australia. Also to register pets is also a must, so most of the missing pets return to their owners in Australia.
I feel so disappointed…What if Eve had a microchip…. I remembered the revised Animal protection law in 2019 (I mentioned about this in my past blog) had something about getting the microchipped for the pet will be a law. I checked again and found out it will be become legal for all breeders to get microchipped.
However, all revision of the Animal protection law is implemented gradually, and the microchip is to be launched at the last stage. It is not going to be legal until Jun 2022. Further, all breeders must get the pets microchipped at the vet, but this doesn’t apply for the pets that come from shelters. They are only encouraged to get microchipped.I feel this is strange, because like Eve’s case the dogs/cats that come from shelters tend to escape and be missing, and they need microchipped.
I wonder if each council covers the cost of the microchip for the pets that come from shelter. Also I noticed that the pet owners are required to register their pet to the company which manages the registration . It is doubtful how easy the process is going to be. I wonder if each council manages the pet registration like Australia. Also in Australia the cost to get the pet microchipped is much cheaper, if they are de-sexed.
My husband told me about Air tag by Apple. There are positives and negatives about this product, but it is worthwhile having it on Eve to use as a GPS. I am going to purchase one for Eve so that she can carry it when she returns.
私たちが住むポートフィリップ自治区(ポートフィリップシティ）のカウンシル（市役所）から「Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-25ー2022年から2025年ペット管理計画書」のドラフトができましたので、ご意見をお聞かせください、というメールが届きました。そういえば、さきを役所に登録した頃、2021までのペット管理計画が期限切れとなるので、次の計画書作成のために、アンケートに答えませんか、というメールがあったので、アンケートに答えていたのを思い出しました。
I received an email from Port Philip council where we live. The email asked to review the draft Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-2025. I remembered I participated in the survey so the council could prepare a draft of the Domestic Animal Management Plan when we registered Saki at the council.
I read that approx. 1,700 residents completed the survey. The draft plan had 27 pages. The purpose of the Plan is to “provide Council with a strategic, balanced approach towards promotion of responsible pet ownership, the welfare of dogs and cats in the community and the protection of the community and the environment from nuisance dogs and cats.”
As I mentioned in my earlier blog, each state is responsible for Animal protection/management. Each local council is responsible to establish their Animal management plan based on “Domestic Animals Act 1994“
As extra information, in Port Philip area about 10,000 dogs and cats are registered and over all human population is 110,000. We have been living in this area for more than 20 years and noticing more and more dogs and cats are living in this area.
The draft plan had updates for each action list of 6 themes, such as pet owner’s responsibility, balance of dog friendly parks and other spaces, euthanasia.
One of the items which grabbed my attention was the report that the number of the captured dogs and cats is reducing compared to 5 years ago. Of all the captured dogs and cats in 2020, approx. 94% of dogs and 84% cats were returned to their owners within about 2 days. Of these captured, about 28% were put down, but this number is a big reduction (50%) compared to 5 years ago. I feel this is due to the great support of the residents. For example, I am a member of the group FB which consists of the residents in our local area. I often see the post by some residents who ask ” I have this dog, do you know whose he/she is?” After the few mins, I go back to the FB and again I often see “the owner of the dog has been found.” It is great to see a great support within the community.
According to the report, majority of the pet owners are satidified with the dog friendly parks, however, some owners are requesting to have fenced off off leash parks for large and small dogs separately. To me this is such luxury request, as I come from Japan where off leash park is very rare.
Regarding pet registration, the coucil is already actioning so that it can be done on line and reminder email or message on the mobile phone is received. This is really good idea as we also wished it will be done via on line for the convenience.
Another thing I noticed was that there are only 3 full time staff who is responsible for handling the pet management work. Last year all 2,700 pet related matters (handling complaints etc) were responded by these 3 staff! (staff:pet ratio is 1:3,000!) They are planning to develop the staff’s training so that they can handle the cases more efficiently. i don’t think the number of pets in Port Philip is going to decline, so we as pet owner should take care of our pets so that we don’t bother the staff!
Australian Animal Protection Societyの方のお話によれば、このような悲しい事態の中、一つコロナがもたらした「良い」ことというのは、多くシニアの年齢の方達がペットを欲しがっている、ということ。このような方達は旅行ができないため、おうちでペットと過ごせる時間が多く取れるので、里親としては優先順位のトップにいらっしゃるそうです。このような方たちがペットに癒されながら、ハッピーに生活できることは一石二鳥でとても素晴らしいことです。
The other day, my husband said to me, ” I read a news article about more and more dogs and cats being brought in to the shelter in Melbourne.” It made me sad as I thought it was what was expected to come.
Since COIVID-19 pandemic started last year, Melbourne went into hard lock down. Both my husband & I have been working from home and my son has also been studying at home since June last year. This is when we started looking for a pet dog, however, we found it difficult to find it, as all dog shelters were empty.
In the news article, there was a story about a lady , called Ms Meehan, who has experienced rehabilitating her pet dog about 10 years ago, is now helping with the dogs with high level of anxieties and badly behaved dogs since last year.
Also according to PET BARN, which accepts overflow dogs and cats from the rescue organisations such as RSPCA, they have seen a 200% increase of the abandoned pets in the past 3 months at their 150 centres all over Australia (the news article was issued in June 2021). Most of the pets are around 1 year old.ま
Further, the data collected from the shelters by Companion Animal Network, the most common reasons for abandoning pets are pet’s bad behaviour, rental issues and domestic violence. I also hear the domestic violence and divorce rate increased during the pandemic.
There are many couples who, due to the loss of job and income, had to abandon their dog. As COVID is settled, many house hold members go back to their work and their dogs are left alone at home. The the dogs, who are not used to be alone at home, they become restless and start showing bad behaviours, such as unnecessary barking. Ms. Meehan says it is important to train these dogs by creating safe space, such as crate, and by making routines.
According to Australian Animal Protection Society, there is one bright side that COVID brought, that is, an increase in older Australians, who would otherwise travel, want a pet. Those people don’t have work commitments and can spend a lot of time with their pet, which make s it ideal pet owner. This is a win win situation for both the pet and its owner, as the pet would look after the owner’s mental health and both can have a happy life!
Our Saki is also one of those “Corona” dogs. We are gradually getting her used to the new life by making her stay at home alone for longer time or leaving her with someone else. Saki seems fine with this, but I am the one who misses her the most!