Mental health was always in the background for me until….

Written by Shelly, Secretary of Doggie Dates NSW That was until February 2004 when my life was almost taken away from me. Saved by air bags is what the ambos said when they pulled me out of my crushed car after a drunk driver decided not to wait for traffic and sped out, lost control […]


      Some of you from Doggie Dates NSW Ltd would heard of Paws Pet Therapy. Several of our members are involved with them and it is an amazing journey. We consider them to be our friends and like to support them. Paws Pet Therapy is a charity which brings the love of dogs to people […]

Wet wet and more wet!

We have lost count of how many days of rain and flooding we have had on the Central Coast, but around three weeks. We know other areas have been hit really badly as well. Our dogs are over the rain (they even look depressed) and everything feels wet, smelly, muddy and disgusting. Does the weather […]

Dogs and Grief (through CSA)

*CSA – child sexual assault. There are references to CSA throughout this article and helpful links at the end. I’ll be brightening up this post with many many images of owners and their dogs. I put a call out for photos of dogs and their family. So many came through. Many more than I could […]

Doggie Dates and Me (Sharon French)

Thank you Sharon for this beautiful and poignant article. It is certainly a tear jerker and it definitely makes us proud and happy for what we are achieving. While Doggie Dates is all about the dogs, it is also all about the humans and you will be welcomed. I was asked to write about what […]


“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers Today marks 12 months since our beautiful Lizzy, 14, passed away after a short illness which was sudden and unexpected. We had, in many ways, been preparing ourselves for a long time but we […]


Today I heard a beautiful quote on AGT, from the lovely “Nightbirde” – singer / songwriter who recently lost her battle with cancer, yet in so many ways she won, because she refused to let it define her. She grasped onto her 2% chance of survival and refused to let it beat her down. “You […]


Armani I am 25 years old, and live in Mount Druit. I started attending Campbelltown Camden and The Hills District & Surrounds Doggie Dates last year. Three years ago I suffered with high blood pressure and fluid on my brain causing me to have emergency brain surgery. After three long months of recovery in hospital, […]

Col’s Legacy My Dilemma

A story of love by Rhonda (and Bliss) We all love our fur babies. They give us unconditional love, enjoyment and contribute immensely to our health and wellbeing. A wag of the tail, a slurp of the tongue, we know they love us. This being mental health week, I would like to tell my story […]

Holistic Healing for your Pet (and you)

We invited Ray McIntyre to share with us about her business and help it can help pets (and people) in many ways. We think this is a beautiful form of healing to help the body and mind of our fur friends and their owners. We hope you enjoy this article. Written by Ray McIntyre, Doggie […]