DOGS NSW Long Term Tenure Proposal to State Government
The DOGS NSW proposal for the development of A State Dog Park – highlighting us the hidden asset in Sydney’s West, with a detailed proposal to vary our leasehold to the benefit of DOGS NSW, Local Community and the NSW Government. has been published. Hard copies of the proposal are now with Tanya Davies MP, Local Member for Mulgoa, who is taking the presentation forward for us. Click here to view the presentation.
As pet ownership increases across the world, our furry (as well as feathered and scaly) friends have become firmly established members of the family.
Wanting the best for our pets, we often offer special treats, and chicken necks are a favourite in many families – often considered a ‘healthy’ option. But vets are warning raw chicken, particularly chicken necks, can lead to a debilitating and potentially fatal form of paralysis in dogs.
A new study, led by the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, found the consumption of raw chicken meat increases the risk of dogs developing a paralysing condition called acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN) by more than 70 times.
Dr Matthias le Chevoir, chief investigator on the project, says the cause of APN in dogs has baffled the veterinary community for a long time.
“It is a rare but very debilitating condition where the dog’s hind legs first become weak. It can then progress to affect the front legs, neck, head and face. Some dogs may die from the disease if their chest becomes paralysed,” he says. “Most dogs eventually recover without treatment but it may take up to six months or more in some cases.
The DOGS NSW Board of Directors resolved that all Clubs must accept entries up until 12.00 midnight on the advised closing dateunless otherwise specified in the relevant Draft Schedule and advertisements.
Improvements to Booking Process at DOGS NSW Orchard Hills
What are the improvements?
As some of you may be aware, DOGS NSW has been working on a new online bookings system available 24/7.
Since July this year, over 40 Club Officials participated in extensive testing and trialling of a fully automated booking system for Meeting Rooms, areas throughout the Complex, i.e. Earthdog, Show Rings, Equipment, Function Tables, Catering, Camping and Temperament Tests. Members and Affiliates can now make bookings 24/7 on their mobile device, or computer, which will well and truly bring DOGS NSW into the 21st Century!
Bookings can now all be confirmed and managed online, a confirmation will be emailed, and a text message will be sent to you immediately. This is a great improvement on the current process of filling in forms and sending them to the Office and then having to wait for confirmation that that area is available.
Why did we make the change?
The Board of Directors is constantly trying to find new ways to improve services for our Members. This new system brings DOGS NSW closer into line with modern day offerings by most Organisations. The system gives ownership of bookings back to Members and Affiliates, who can now confirm and reserve if show rings are available at the time of their meetings, rather than further follow up with the Office. Bookings for camping and Temperament Tests require immediate payment, however, bookings for Show Rings and all other areas can be reserved with an invoice being sent to the Clubs 60 days prior to the event / booking date. The system is fully automated and will send you reminders to pay before your event date, i.e. at time of booking, 60 days prior to the event, then 45 days, then 30 days, then the final at 15 days. If you do not make payment 15 days from the event, your booking will automatically be cancelled.
You will receive your first invoice when you book, then the next one sixty (60) days prior to the event so you will have time to organise payment through your normal approval procedures. Once booked, you will receive an email and SMS confirmation.
How to pay
You can pay by Credit Card by clicking the link on the “pay now” button under the invoice total, or by direct deposit into DOGS NSW Bank Account. Please be sure to include the booking number as the reference, i.e. CVWR-181218. Although not preferred, cheques are still acceptable when mailed in as long as you include a copy of your booking or booking reference number.
What you need to do
The Office Staff have been busy loading all the permanent bookings for 2019, i.e. Easter and October Long weekends. We understand that some Clubs have been issued letters confirming that they have a permanent booking for each year, however, we do request that you go onto the website and make your bookings for 2020 and beyond, to ensure they are locked in and you are able to manage them in the future.
Please make sure that you use the same email address and mobile number in your bookings i.e. if different members of your Club make bookings on behalf of your Organisation, they should use the same email address and phone number.
We are here to help
If you are having difficulty, or require assistance, send us an email in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
DOGS NSW would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Members and Clubs who volunteered their time to assist with the testing. Your input and feedback has been invaluable and made many improvements to the system to get it where it is today.
Proposed Off-Leash Dog Area - JJ Kelly Park, Wollongong Deadline for Member Comments
Wollongong City Council is proposing to use a significant part of J J Kelly Park as an Off-Leash Dog Area. As the deadline for comment is drawing near, i.e. Monday 10th December 2018, it is important that the message is made public for affected members to comment ASAP.
The close of engagement for public comment is on the 10th December 2018.
As DOGS NSW Directors Russell Britten and Rob Harbin have been provided with all the information regarding this matter, they should be in a position to address questions raised by members in their area. There contact details are as follows: