Women speak out on cat fracas

By Kimberley Schloss. The two women at the centre of a mid-ceremony disturbance at the recent funeral of Cutie the Curlew have spoken out in defence of their cat. Mrs Jayne Paronella and her daughter Ebony Mallon (above right) of Mount Sheridan were asked to leave the event after their cat, Edith (above left), leaptContinue reading “Women speak out on cat fracas”

Mourners flock to farewell Cutie

By Shirley Higgins-Croft. From Botswana, from Birdsville and from Brinsmead they came. From the families of Pelecanidae, Phoenicopteridae and Thurston they came. Over the canefields, from the swamps and through the McGregor Road construction-site they came. They drove, they crawled, they flew, they walked. And yesterday, they cried and squawked. On an unseasonably wet dayContinue reading “Mourners flock to farewell Cutie”

Internet explodes over curlew death

By Kimberley Schloss. Starting with a tweet by Kirriana wear a mask (above), the Twittersphere has been awash with grief, vitriol and indignation over the reported death of a curlew near a Trinity Beach barbecue yesterday afternoon. As the evening wore on, more and more disturbing information came to light about the deceased bird, whoContinue reading “Internet explodes over curlew death”

Ringo laid to rest

By Murray Murchison Former First Dog, Ringo, was laid to rest yesterday at a private ceremony at YAPS Smithfield, alongside his brothers Cozy, Keith and Buddy, and sister, Karen. Ringo’s youngest sister, Meg, was euthanized yesterday over reported “grief and shitting issues” and will be joining her siblings in the next few days. Duty gravediggerContinue reading “Ringo laid to rest”

Tributes flow for the ‘Kewarra Thirteen’

By Shirley Higgins-Croft: Journalist. Wife. Dog-Mother As a dog-lover myself, it is hard to report on the events at Smithfield yesterday, so please forgive any sentimentality. It was a heartbreakingly sombre scene at the YAPS ballroom and conference centre. Some three thousand grieving dogs and their carers attended a memorial service to pay tribute to their thirteen fallen friends.Continue reading “Tributes flow for the ‘Kewarra Thirteen’”

Dog chaos at Kewarra

By Allan Povah. Information is starting to emerge about the chaotic scenes that occurred during last Sunday’s community dog-walk at Kewarra beach. It has been reported that dog advocate and CEO of Cairns Pets, Kristen Fitzpatrick, was hospitalised during the event, after she became entangled and ensnared by the leashes of “several” dogs she hadContinue reading “Dog chaos at Kewarra”