Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dr Lisa To The Rescue - and a giveaway!

Dr Lisa Chimes and friends on set ... Who needs The Bachie?

While much of Australia, the female population anyway, are glued to this season's production of The Bachelor, there's a certain program that's tugging at the heartstrings at Chez MIA.

Forget roses; it's bones - the kind dogs chew people! - that win hearts on Dr Lisa To The Rescue.

Regular followers will know that I'm an animal lover from way back, so when I heard that Dr Lisa Chimes, of Bondi Vet fame, had her own TV show, it was already circled in my TV guide.

Bondi Vet, where Dr Lisa Chimes came to our attention, was always a favourite at our home when the kids were younger.

When you have young kids in the house, you need to find a show that has something for everyone.

For us, Bondi Vet had everything: Animals, Dr Lisa, and Dr Chris. Plus, all the other characters - the owners, the other vets, and the animals - who inevitably made wonderful stories, making us laugh and cry. (Okay, I was usually the one crying, but let's not make a big deal of it alright?)

And while we all love Dr Chris, as a bit of a Dr Lisa Fan Girl, I'm loving the fact that she has her own show. 

Dr Lisa juggles her TV role with family life, and is using her celebrity to make a difference: In this case, changing Australia's view of shelter dogs, one pooch at a time.

The show debuted recently at 4.30 pm on channel 9. 

The show challenges Dr Lisa with matching the right dog for the right owner; something she admits is a challenge. It sees her combing the Animal Welfare League to search for the ideal rescue dog for each pet-yearning family.

For each case, several dogs are found and presented, but which lucky pup will be chosen? It's a heart-warming show that has you questioning just whom is rescuing whom?

“Each year over 100,000 homeless dogs find refuge at shelters across Australia,” says Dr. Lisa. “Sadly, many Australians have misconceptions about rescue animals. They may not be aware that shelters regularly retrain and work with the animals to help them become loving lifelong companions.” 

We’re a bit biased as all our pets have been rescue animals.

Our mini-pomeranian-chihuahua cross Lucy has her own Facebook and Twitter page and will soon be on Instagram. Yes, she should have her own blog, but I’ll let you in on a secret: She doesn’t actually write or take photos, okay? Shhh! When am I going to find time to write Lucy’s blog?

But still, we have a vested interest, because we know how these gorgeous animals can take over a person, or a family’s lives.

Over the course of the show, Dr  Lisa finds and fits dogs to lifestyles ranging from a search for a companion to horses and chickens on a farm, to a single career woman in a tiny apartment; from a grieving couple looking to replace a beloved pet, to a large family excited to own a dog for the very first time. It’s a must-match of personalities and places, people and pets. Along the way, there are tips and guidance on pet care and proper set-up to ensure a happy home. 

“All these rescue dogs have stories, but their stories are not over,” adds Dr. Lisa. “My goal is to ensure their stop in the shelter is just the beginning of the next chapter for them, with a very long and happy ending. They have so much love to give, and the reality is, it’s their new owners who are the lucky ones.”

All manner of breeds -  tiny to large, some shy, others boisterous and brimming with personality, the rescue dogs have one thing in common: They are looking for love.

“You won’t get a more grateful, loving pooch than a pound dog,” she says. “These dogs know they’ve been given a second chance at life and they are so happy. They couldn’t love their owners more for giving them a home.”

Amen to that.

Dr Lisa to the Rescue is sponsored by Nestle PURINA Petcare, who has partnered with Animal Welfare League Australia to provide the dogs and cats at AWLA affiliated shelters looking for new homes, with the best nutritional care possible and to promote the adoption of rescue pets in Australia. PURINA have kindly given us three squawk ducks and two tri-balls to giveaway for five lucky dogs.

Squawk duck


To enter, just comment below sharing why you love your dog, or how your dog has become a part of your family. Did you rescue your dog, or did your dog rescue you?

Entry is only open to residents of Australia and closes at 5 pm, August 15, 20105.

Good luck.

The competition has closed and the winners are: GA Dawgs, Amy Peterson, Judith Maunders, Buddy8, and Sacha Pech. Please get in touch so we can send out your prizes. Congratulations!  


GA Dawgs said...

We re-homed our dog. It was from a family who no longer wanted her. Is is a major part of our family. She is super spoiled! She definitely rescued us for a life without a pet!

gagootzz said...

I love that my dog never judges me on what I look like!

scott said...

Its a friends dog and he is a rescue dog and is not the same dog that was rescued.. he now no longer shakes and wees when some one enters the room , he is now a dog that is obsessed with attention and loving

Unknown said...

We lost our little rescue dog, Milo of 10yrs last year and since welcoming our little pup Pepper into our lives in March she has healed our hearts, especially for the kids! So she rescued us!

voiletmay said...

Our rescue dog Scruffy died last year (we were lucky, we got 15 extra months after they initially removed his spleen tumour) and it took us about ten months to adopt another dog. It took so long as we have a diabetic cat, and I wanted to be 100% sure the new dog I adopt will not stress or harm the cat (I got it right). We've only recently adopted Lady - a blenheim coloured cavalier - she was from gumtree from a lady who wanted to breed from her, but things didn't work out. So we had Lady desexed and now she has multiple fun adventures each day including a long walk each morning where she meets many other dogs. She has blessed our family in so many ways. She plays with toys and has fun - very different from our old very sick elderly dog. She brings joy to our life each day.

Unknown said...

We got our dog, Sophie from the RSPCA, we rescued her and she has rescued us. As a depression sufferer Sophie has helped me through tough times and i've become her best friend and partner in trouble. My mum is always telling us to stop getting into mischief together and Sophie knows if she comes to me she gets away with her naughtiness.

Char said...

I have to find that show. It's right up my alley. We have three dogs - two we bought but one that adopted us. She followed my eldest home from school one day and has stayed. Despite my protestations that we wouldn't be keeping her.

Mary Preston said...

Ralph came to us when his owners could not keep him any more. He is such a joy & has saved my sanity on many an occasion.

Unknown said...

Kassie our dog came from the Lost Dogs' Home. She's a Koolie cross Basenji (we think) and is brindle, black and white with ice blue eyes. We chose her because she looked like a smaller version of our previous dog Molly - a bull terrier cross who came from the RSPCA. Kassie (now three) joined us when she was around 9 months old, and as she was a stray was a little crazy. She still loves running around the backyard madly and from time to time, she will steal one of our daughter's toys, running past gleefully with it in her mouth. But it doesn't take much now to get it off her and usually the two of them are great pals - at the moment they are sitting in front of the heater, snuggled together.

Tegan Churchill said...

Our dog Layla came to us from Facebook. She was a giveaway on a local page. The owners said that they were moving and the new house had termimesh, which they'd have to fix if she broke. They appeared to love her dearly. It didn't take long to realise that that wasn't the whole truth. She spent the first couple of days hiding under my bed. We thought it was because it was a new house. Then she cowered every time you walked past her while she ate and whenever Paul had his work boots on. We've had her for 18 months now and she's part of the family. Hell I think she misses me more than Dyllan does when I go out lol.

Unknown said...

Awww, these stories warm my heart. Dogs are so forgiving aren't they? Lucy was scared of men when we first got her, and cowered if we even turned around too fast, as if we were going to hurt her. (As if we would). She also used to pick her food up and run away to eat it. And she had a broken tail. She has learned to trust everyone - even men - though she still likes to pick up her biscuits and eat them in her bed. I hate to think what some of these pets go through before they find their real homes, but they certainly repay us with love and loyalty.

Sacha Pech said...

We have two dogs; but I have a very special place in my heart for Leila the rottweiler. She came to us from a litter of a friends. Her dad actually bit my arm before we got her (he was trained to be a guard dog) so I was adamant I didn't want a rottie. But she is just the biggest sook in the world and when I was pregnant she 'knew' and was by my side at all times. She's so affectionate and loves our kids so much, she's just patient and has the most gorgeous nature. I truly believe dogs are like kids; it's all about the upbringing... we have only ever shown her love and therefore that is what we receive.

Anna mum of one said...

He's not my dog but my daughter's, Hunter (also known as the honey bear or wiggle butt). He's a Velcro dog, he just wants nothing more than to be with you at all times. He's so cute I've even forgiven him for all the shoes he chewed!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I know nothing about The Bachelor but I love watching animal shows. Especially ones with dogs! :D

Unknown said...

Our puppy is a rescue dog. He was dumped at 3 months and we adopted him when he was a year old. We believe he was abused as a pup as he was terrified of men, loud noises and raised hands.
Four years later, Spud is bossed around by the cats, ignored by the birds and adored by the family.

sayanything said...

Our gorgeous boy Ziggy was rescued 8 years ago tomorrow (which is his 'gotcha day') weighing 12kg and he is a large dog who now weighs 25kg. He was afraid of so many things when we first got him but he has come a long way and is a really beautiful boy. Tomorrow we'll be celebrating him with lots of treats and a trip to pet o warehouse to choose his very own new toy :)

buddy8 said...

I love my Dog Missy, she is loyal, a great companion , and funny. I live alone and she always alerts me when someone is at the door and even when the phone rings. We go for daily walks and she loves it and it's good exercise for me as well. I play with her throwing the balls and she fetches them. I love her to bits.:)

Bec said...

our mr rust came into our lives nearly 8 yrs ago now. we weren't looking for a new dog because we had only just lost our beautiful miss bug aged 13 a week before.
he has become so much a part of our lives he is so spoilt. sleeps on the big bed has more toys than the kids and I don't know what we would do without him.

Unknown said...

Such lovely stories. I love the term 'velcro dog' - Lucy is like that. I also had a labrador call Daisy who never left my side, particularly wehen I was pregnant. She was great with the kids as well. And I have to laugh at big scary-looking dogs that are actually sooky with great hearts. I knew a rottie like that once too - not mine, but a family member's. Dogs give us so much, don't they?