Staff Pet Profile: Gillen
This precious little kitty was presented to us as a stray with his 4 siblings. Nurse Lauren and Gillen fell in love instantly and he is now a very special part of her furry family. Gillen is a very good helper who enjoys assisting his Mum with everything from video calls with family to hanging out the washing. The only thing he does not enjoy is having a bath.
For attention he will bite at the iPad or phone that is stopping him from getting love. Gillen (named after the suburb where he was found) is a handsome cuddle monster who we all adore. He is now big brother to new puppy Bullzeye who is having a lot of funny annoying Gillen.
Staff Pet Profile: Gilly
Meet Gilly, Nurse Alex's 1 year old (ish) Mixed Breed Dog! The very handsome Gilly loves chasing the water from the hose, food and his toys. He knows how to sit & drop but is still learning other tricks. He is an affectionate fellow who gives lots of cuddles and kisses with his worst habit being pulling the washing off the line! Nobodys perfect, right?
Staff Pet Profile: Angus
This is Angus. He is a 6 year old German Shepherd whose Mum is one of our nurses Kristen. Angus is one of 4 pets in his family, he is little brother to Bonnie the German Shepherd and big brother to cats Lilli and Clyde. He is a big fan of cats and has helped Kristen raise 3 litters of orphaned kittens- he will help with toileting them, grooming them and being a warm body to cuddle.Not only is he a sweet kitten dad but also very clever- his best trick is "play dead", but he sometimes adds dramatic effect by crying out before falling down.
What an all round legend!
Staff Pet Profile: Lulu
Lulu is our Customer Service Manager Kate's 5 year old boxer cross. Lulu was adopted by Kate as a 1 year old from a boxer rescue website. Born in Alice Springs, her previous owner flew her up to Darwin where Kate was living at the time and it was love at first sight!
Lulu is a kind and gentle soul who even visits an Aged Care home as a therapy dog. She is food obsessed and will do anything for treats- her best trick is “SPIN!”. Lulu is the master at arranging pillows to ensure her maximum comfort, and can sleep on her self made pillow land all day. Lulus best feature is her snaggle tooth that always gets a laugh when it comes out. She is head of security at home and takes this role very seriously by barking furiously at delivery drivers and the postman.
Staff Pet Profile: Zoey
Meet Zoey. Zoey is our receptionist Emily's 1 year old Cattle Dog Cross.As a tiny puppy, Zoey was one of a litter of pups found dumped in Emilys front yard. Whilst the rest of her siblings went to the shelter Emily had already fallen in love so decided to keep her. Destroying toys and climbing up onto window sills to say hello are a couple of Zoeys favourite activities. She can be quite shy with new people but Emily is helping her to build her confidence with strangers.
Isn't she cute?!
Staff pet profile: Bonnie
Bonnie is Nurse Kristens 10 year old German Shepherd. Kristen has had Bonnie since she was just a wee little pup and like most of our pets, she has her little quirks! Each morning Bonnie refuses to eat her breakfast until there’s a few cat biscuits put on top, then she will enjoy her brekky one biscuit at a time. One of her favourite pastimes is eating cat poop from her kitty sister Lilli. Bonnie knows many tricks thanks to a lifetime of training with Kristen, so throws them all out at once whenever the treat pouch comes out!
Staff pet profile: Lilli
Lilli is yet another stray kitten that was lucky enough to land in the right place. In this case, it was in the arms of one of our amazing nurses Kristen. When we first met Lilli she was basically hairless and very skinny. Kristen fell in love at first sight and endeavoured to take her home and get her healthy. Each night Lilli gives her 2 German Shepherd siblings a full body massage.
Lilli has flourished in her new loving home and is now one beautiful, well nourished kitty! She loves pulling the classic kitty move of coming inside then quickly dashing out again before Kristen can close the door, such a character! She can be seen here (front) with her brother Clyde.
Staff pet profile: Morwen & Verya
These beautiful cats live at home with their parents Ana and Omar who are two of our wonderful nurses. As tiny kittens these guys were left at our doorstep and because they were so tiny a few of our receptionists and nurses teamed together to provide them with the around the clock feeding and care that they required. Ana and Omar formed a special bond with the kittens so they became a big “foster fail” and the new additions to their family.
They are now just over 1 year old. Morwen is the black female and a total Daddy’s girl. She can be found snuggling with Omar and her favourite toy is a hair band. Morwen gets very cranky with her sister Verya if she tries to steal her favourite hair band. Verya has her own little quirks and will clean herself immediately after someone touches her. She likes to go outside for walks on her harness and lead but hates being cuddled for longer than 30 seconds!
Staff Pet Profile: Isis
The lovely Isis is one furry family member of our trainee Nurse Laurens family. She is a three year old domestic long hair and was found dumped on a construction site at just 2 days old. Isis was the only surviving kitten of the litter and was hand raised by a lovely lady whom Lauren then adopted her from. She is a lover of attention and will do anything for cuddles, including rolling on her back to expose her fluffy tummy and staring the other cats down until they play with her.
What a cutie :)
Staff Pet Profile: Frankie
Our Customer Service Manager Kate has another boxer named Frankie who just over 1 year old. Frankie came from a breeder in Melbourne and is a typical crazy but very loveable boxer! Frankie loves chasing bugs, ruining her Mums plants, rolling in the grass and all things nature. She is a very funny dog who makes everyone laugh with her boxer antics. Her favourite trick is “big cuddles” where she puts her paws up on your shoulders and gives you big kisses. Frankie won’t settle until she’s given new people she meets a proper big cuddle. She is much less brave without the company of her big boxer sis Lulu but enjoys her twice a week visits to doggy day care with all her doggy friends.
Staff Pet Profile: Sid
Meet Dr. Deb’s dog Sid. Sid is a 5 year old female Kelpie who was bred on Kidman Springs Station in the Victoria River region of the NT. She is named after Sir Sidney Kidman and is trained to help Debs husband Bryan with his cattle work on the NT governments Old Man Plains Research Station just south of Alice.
Sid best trick is walking very slowly towards her dinner on command. Despite Deb and Bryans best efforts she will still sleep on the cushions outside even though it is not allowed (and she knows it!).Being as Aussie as a dog can be, the magic word for her being allowed to eat dinner is “Righto”, of course :)
Staff Pet Profile: Alekay
This 4 year old boy was adopted by Nurse Lauren as he was unable to be used for breeding. Being a Bengal, he weighs in at a solid 9kg! Alekay LOVES kittens and can often be found running up to them to groom them, despite them being frozen in fear because of the fast approaching huge kitty coming at them!
Like most cats, Alekay has his quirks and ways of showing when he is displeased with something. He often knocks everything off the coffee table with one swoop of his giant tail! He loves ping pong balls and hates being told "No"! He is as handsome as he is cheeky! What a beautiful boy.
Staff Pet Profile: Jess
This 7 year old female, desexed Staffy Cross is the apple of Dr Richards eye. Jess grew up on a farm chasing rabbits in New Zealand. Whilst her breeds are unknown Richard thinks she is mostly staffy, possibly with a little border collie, greyhound or whippet. She used to be very fast, clocking in at 45km per hour running alongside a quad bike.
Jess made a smooth transition to the warmth of Alice Springs, much preferring it over the cold of NZ! She enjoys car rides and going for walks. When the "W-A-L-K" word is mentioned she leaps in the air, spins 360 degrees whilst yipping loudly nonstop until you take her.
Like lots of our dogs, Jess has an uncanny time clock and can identify the days and times a walk is most likely, and will begin barking and leaping before Richard has even decided its walk time! Jess is a very privileged dog, and often gets the best spot on the couch, even if this means kicking Richard off to sit on an outdoor chair! She is one of those dogs that think they are human, and is much loved by her humans.