How Gogglebox Stars Angie And Yvie Celebrate National Dog Day
We found out their paw-fect plans for lavishing even more love on their four-legged friends.
Dogs are the most common pet in Australia, with almost five million of the little floofers happily running around at this very moment, according to the RSPCA.
And there's a special day each year -- National Dog Day on Sunday August 26 -- when they're entitled to even more treats, belly scratches and long walks.
Ten daily spoke with pooch-lovers and Gogglebox stars Angie and Yvie to find out their paw-fect plans for lavishing even more love on their four-legged friends.
The jovial pair have been joined on their couch by a veritable menagerie of pups over the past seven seasons, so you'd be forgiven if, like us, you were wondering just how many dogs actually live there.
"We've had eight before, that was mad!" Yvie admitted.
She set the pet record straight with ten daily, saying that she currently owns two rescue dogs: Oscar, a pomeranian, and a bulldog called Sissy.
"Sissy was a 'foster fail'" Yvie explained, meaning that at first she only intended to look after the four-year-old pup temporarily, but ended up keeping her forever.
A small shih tzu affectionately called "Robbie Bobby Baked Bean" rounds out the furry trio.
"He is a kind-of foster, we help out his owner," Yvie said.
As for their plans for National Dog Day, the ladies are taking their faithful pooches out for a 'puppy pounder,' a yummy dogs-only burger at their local pub, the Annandale Hotel in Sydney's inner west.
For Angie, Yvie and their canine companions, National Dog Day is about so much more than just a trip to the pub -- it's about raising awareness for a cause close to their hearts.
"It's a really good day for people to recognise how important it is to adopt and not shop," said Yvie.
Choosing to adopt a homeless dog from a shelter not only saves a life, but it's a choice to steer clear of buying from pet shops, amid concerns that some source animals bred in poor conditions.
The female 'breeding' dogs may live their entire lives inside the mill, while many of the puppies born there suffer long-term health and/or behavioural problems.
This is why puppy farms or mills of this nature are, "a major animal welfare issue in Australia," according to the RSPCA.
That's why Yvie says she wants to have them all shut down.
And Angie adds that "rescuing" is a two-way street.
"Yes, you rescue them," said Angie, "but actually, I think they rescue you. It's a beautiful thing."
The pooches will be by their side when Gogglebox returns to Channel Ten on August 30 (or the night before for Foxtel viewers). But it's unclear how much viewing the dogs will be doing.
According to Angie, flat-nosed dogs are able to watch TV but long-nosed ones aren't.
"It's an eye position thing," Yvie added.
"We've got two flat-nosed dogs but they don't get into TV."
Although it seems that at least one of them likes looking at themselves.
"I think I caught Sissy checking herself out in the mirror the other day," Yvie laughed.
"She was chewing on a toy. It was quite funny."
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