Staff Pet Profile: Luna
Luna is a 5 year old Golden Retriever who is Nurse Laurens second dog (big sis to Bullzye). Lauren spotted Luna at the Alice Springs Animal Shelter when she was there dropping off donations and it was love at first sight. Two weeks later Luna was up for adoption. Luna is a massive sweetheart who will tap you with her paw until you pet her or at the very least hold her paw. "She does this in the car, at home and even at the park".
The master of the "puppy dog eyes", Luna rarely gets in trouble because the naughtiest thing she does is jump up for cuddles! Luna absolutely loves her swimming pool, as you can see in the photos. She is a gorgeous girl and a very welcome and much loved addition to Laurens furry family!
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: 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: 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.
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: 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.
Staff Pet Profile: Fantapants
Fantapants is an 8 year old cat who was adopted by Dr Ash in her final year of vet school, and was "my emotional support snuggles when the work and learning was overwhelming!". A true snuggler indeed, Fantapants lifts up the blankets to put himself in bed under the covers and even rests his head on the pillow. "He once did this in a neighbours grandsons crib- she showed me a photo- I was mortified, she was highly amused and asked to trade cats!".
Fantapants is a clever fellow who can open cupboards and door handles to let himself in and out of rooms at will. He can also sit, stay, shake, hi-five and twirl on the spot, but only when Mum has food in her hand! He is a lover of food and like many cats, does not enjoy "smothery, enforced cuddles!". What a handsome guy!
Staff Pet Profile: Esmeralda
Esmeralda was adopted by Dr Ash from Sydney University Vet Teaching Hospital and is kitty sis to Fantapants who we have already met :) Essie likes to curl up in tiny balls in different hiding places and often surprises her Mum hiding in cupboards among the towels!
After years of watching Fanta open doors she has finally learnt to also be able to do it herself- Go Essie! Esmeralda is a big snuggle bug and loves nothing more than being the little spoon when its cold. She is a sensitive soul and gets stressed in the presence of other cats - "Fanta is quite enough energy for my sensitive little Essie".... awww!